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It's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned our color...

Thursday, January 31, 2008


It's so beautiful here right now. This is the first snow in almost a year that wasn't classifed as a ICE STORM. I'm so tired of seeing ICE STORM 2007 or Winter Ice Storm 2007. I was so glad today's snow was just a snow instead of...ICE STORM 2008!

Today my 4 year old son and I have played UNO until my fingers were raw from shuffling cards. He won almost every time...even when I wasn't trying to let him win. We played for 5 hours. He wouldn't have stopped if I hadn't made him take a break to eat and pee once in a while. Right now he's busy folding all his laundry while I blog. He insists on folding all his own, and leave the adult sized stuff for me.

It's so funny to put away his tri-folded shirts that are kinda lumped in a fold. Hey it's still folded...not the way I would do it...but he's taking responsibility for his own laundry! WHAT WOMAN WOULDN'T WANT THAT?

One day he's going to make his wife a very happy lady!

Monday, January 28, 2008

From my shoot on Saturday

Just wanted you all to see the fruit of my labor from Saturday. These are a couple of many of my favorite shots I took. Stop by and let me know what you think.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

New Travel Requirements

We will never have to leave early again.

New Airport Check-In Procedures
This eliminates getting to the airport 2 hours early, but you still have to take off your shoes.

We leave on a trip in July, and I'm seriously tempted to travel light...minus the umbrellas of course.


Today I'm shooting a friend and her daughter. Well not shooting them...but taking pictures. Every time I say shoot in conversation, I get weird looks so I thought I'd clarify for those that don't know that I love photography. Yesterday was in the 30's and today's supposed to reach 60 degrees. The weather here is nothing but crazy. You never know if it's going to have record highs or an ice storm a day apart from one another...and you wonder why it's called tornado alley...and the bible belt. We need Jesus to weather the storms here! Well we all need Jesus...but you get my drift.

I'll post some pics from the shoot on here with my friend's permission later today or tomorrow. I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Saturday.

As an update...I thought I'd lost 5 pounds (remember my new years post) but I've lost more like 2 1/2 pounds. I didn't set any resolutions to lose weight this year. I only promised myself to eat more healthy and sweets in moderation. Not that I eat a lot of sweets, b/c I don't. But once a month I crave chocolate....I think we all know why. So I've limited myself to chocolate LA Lite bars. They give me the chocolate rush I need while providing me energy without all the junk.

I've been adding in more fruits and vegetables, & I've increased my water intake. In 2 weeks I've lost almost 3 pounds. I'd say that's good, but what's great is the energy I have. I'm getting more housework done. I'm sleeping better...and my moods are more even keel.

I'm liking this eating healthy thing....

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A little about what I do

I need 4 thousand more dollars to make my month...anyone out there got it? Just kidding. I've got lots in my pipeline to make it happen, but I'm already past the half way mark in the month and it'd be nice if something just 'fell' into my lap. BUT how often does that happen?

A lot of you have asked what is it I do for a living. Well to give you a quick synopsis: I work for a great company that allows me to work part from home. It's a financial solutions company that allows merchants support whenever they either A) pay their own people or B) take payments from customers/consumers. So what does that mean? Simply put, I help anyone with their payroll, credit cards, or check services.

Credit cards is an interesting field. It's the only thing in the financial world that's NOT regulated by the government. That means, as a business owner taking cards, any credit card processor can charge you anything they feel without the government having any say in it. This means you can get miscellaneous fees and surcharges out the yahoo. My company is the only company out there that's worked like the government has had eyes on them since day one.

I educate merchants on our business, by not only explaining how it works but fully disclosing Visa and MasterCard's costs. This means you know what my real profit is and where it lies. No other company readily offers this. There are many more ways companies out there can cheat merchants out of their hard earned money, that we won't stoop to doing...but I'm not going to go into a sales mode on my blog.

I just thought I'd answer the question I've got from many of you out there. I work to make sure people are well taken care of when it comes to their hard earned dollars from their payroll to their payments. Payroll is another area where companies nickel and dime business owners, whereas my company doesn't. We don't charge for a lot of things that those other guys do. So bottom line---I work for a really great company that allows me to hold my head up. I like being the good guy among a sea full of sharks. The hard part is changing the perception out there that we're all alike, and proving that I am the good guy (or girl!)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hockey Mania

So my husband started taking my son to hockey games this last October/November. I don't remember which month, but it was toward the end of the year. My dad went with them one time, so it was a super guys night out. My son came home with his own wooden Blazers hockey stick that night, with the Marty Standish's name and number on it.

My husband is a sports anything enthusiast, from little league, football, bowling, baseball...etc. I think you get the idea. My son is going to be just like him. He's already rain man when it comes to games he's attended and the sports and team info. He can rattle off every Blazers game he's been to, who they played, and the score.

For Christmas, my husband's grandfather sent a nice check for my son's gift. We turned around and went down to the Ford Center to buy him an authentic hockey jersey. It was one he could grow into and still fit when he's like 8 or 9. As it is now, it looks like a short dress with the sleeves rolled up. I can't pry that thing off him. I thought his drum set would be his favorite gift, since he worked so hard for it. BUT nooo, it's his darned hockey jersey. I have to wash that thing daily!!!

He wears it to sleep in. He wants to wear it every day. He wears it to school. He wears it to Wednesday night church. Thank goodness, I can convince him to wear what he calls his 'handsome' clothes to church on Sundays.

Right now it's hanging to dry, after he got his morning's breakfast pancake syrup on his rolled up sleeve. He'll wait for it to dry and try to convince me to let him wear it on today's errands. Then he'll tell everybody and their dog that he's got on his Blazers HOCKEY JERSEY, like they're also supposed to be so impressed. I thought it was funny the first few 50 times or so, but by now the new of his jersey has worn off of me. I'm shaking my head with a grin as I type. That silly sports kid...just like his dad.

Oh and by the way he got STANDISH #8 on the back, because that's what is on his stick. We thought he'd want his own last name on it....yeah...not so much.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Buttcrack Blues

I think I may start a campaign in my state for butt crack awareness. I swear--I have never seen so much butt crack in my life as I have in the last few weeks. It's not like I'm looking for it either...it just seems to find me.

...walking on to a car lot to see a potential client...BUTT crack...a girl leaning over cleaning cars...not caring what she's showing to the rest of the world...

...driving down the road... two work men fixing cable on the side of the road and showing...you guessed it---right out the for anyone's viewing pleasure...

...at a restaurant...sitting down for a nice meal...and the table next to us...butt crack...hanging out for all to see...not very appetizing...

Now I know I'm not the only one seeing this people! Doesn't anyone else mind? And believe me, with the lower jeans I've got in my wardrobe, I know I've had a day or two when I didn't have a shirt long enough to cover. The difference is I'm aware of it and don't make any sudden moves to display myself for all to see. And if I did...then I'd say something smart-alec like, "oops I'm flashing ya...sorry" and I'd cover it up!

Anyone else out there have any ideas to let these people to know cover it up?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Unexpected Fatherhood

For Christmas my son got a hermit crab. Our 9 year old neighbor girl across the street has one, named Larry, which he's always been fascinated with. She'll bring Larry over to play, which just thrills my kid. For months, he's been wanting one.

One of my husband's co-workers got one as a gift, at the office, and was far from thrilled. My husband offered to take it off his hands, and we surprised my son on Christmas day. Now it's his own personal pet. Not that our dog isn't loved by my son, but this was given to him and it's all his. He knew he couldn't name it Larry, since that name belongs to hermit crab across the street. So he improvised and stole from his favorite new character from the Bee Movie, Barry Bee Benson. My son's hermit crab is now called, LARRY LEE LENSON. :)

My son feeds it, waters it, baths it...and plays with it daily. It's actually given such pride in taking responsibility for something that he's branched out. Now he's making his bed daily and cleaning more around the house. I love this pet thing!!!

Yesterday my mom, who was watching my son, called me. My son grabbed the phone and said, "I'm mad at my son!" I responded with a snicker, while he continued, "Mom did you hear me? I'm mad at my son!"

I assumed he meant Larry Lee Lenson, since he'd taken him over to my mom's for a visit. I asked what happened and he came back with, "He pinched me, it hurt, and now I'm mad at my son!"

He said it with such vigor that I had to giggle. I told him that sometimes kids do things to upset us, but I'm sure Larry didn't mean to hurt him. He seemed satisfied with that answer and hung up.

Last night at dinner, he told my husband that he had a son now too. And now they're both dads! My husband raised his eyebrows at me and I could pretty much read his mind, not ready for this yet...

Life with my son is never dull thats for sure, because you never know what's going to pop out of his mouth.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

My bookshelf

Reading has always been an outlet for me. I read really fast, and can go through a couple thick hard bounds in a day. Now that I'm a mom, and have a life...reading is a pure luxury. I read when I can, which is usually right before bed time after I get my son to bed.

I've added a bookshelf on my widgets, toward the bottom of the page, that will give you a glimpse of a few of my favorites. I'll update it from time to time to show you what I'm currently reading, and give you quick review of that title. For now, you can look to all those titles on my shelf and know they're a good bet for an intriguing story line that will keep you hooked all the way through.

If you hit the arrow key at the bottom of the shelf it will show you all my selections. You can tell I like mystery, and a little romance from time to time, but I've also added the Writers Market, as I'm submitting query letters right now for my own manuscript. Cross your fingers for me. I'd say pray for me...but my Grama has that down already. She prays every day that I'll get published, so I know it's just a matter of time.

I encourage all of you to pick up a book for yourself and join me in a reading frenzy in this new year. Add your own shelves and let me know what you're reading.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Work in whine

Any mom knows that once you go back to work after a long holiday season, it's hard to get your kids in gear. My son is fighting it so bad. At least it's not a full tantrum so to speak. He's just been whining and complaining, that it's not supposed to be a work day for mommy...that he's supposed to be with me. Don't I wish that were true.

Over the holidays I accomplished a lot. I finally did a 'once over' of my manuscript and fixed all the little bits that needed finessing. I worked out the last chapter, and started putting it down. Now I just have to complete the whole thing to give to my sis for her review.

As far as family and the home: The never ending battle of clutter is cleaned up! Ah-hah! It took five days off, but I did it...yay! (small victory dance) And amazingly enough, I did all the laundry...you actually can see the bottom of an empty laundry basket.

For anyone that knows my family, that's a miracle. There's just three of us, but my two boys quick change a couple times a day. My husband works out and always has at least 3 T-shirts and 2 boxers he dumps in it daily. And of course with a kid, they're always spilling or changing their mind on their attire. So there's constantly an overflowing laundry basket that seems to taunt me every time I walk by it. Finally, we put up all the Christmas decor, which got our living room back to normal status.

I was hoping that taking the tree down this past weekend would help my son get used to the idea that it's time to get back to the grind. As for today, his first day back in full swing, his care taker is picking him up as I'm a little under the weather. He goes back to school Friday. I know once he's there he'll be excited to get back to our routine. He even asked yesterday when he'd be back to school...because he missed his friends and his teachers. I thought that was so so sweet. Man, I wouldn't have cared about school at that age. Gimme a skip day any day...my mom could attest to that.

Next on my project list: (note these are not resolutions--only things to be done by February)
Getting the broken garage door opener replaced
Painting the brick fireplace
Stripping the kitchen's wallpaper to paint (apple or avocado green...can't decide between the 2)
Finish my book

Yay...I'm looking forward to all of it. I hope you all are getting back into your routines effortlessly and comfortably. Happy January.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

How'd you ring it in?

Is it me or did Ryan Seacrest have some major blood shot eyes going on last night? Who knows how hard he's been working or if it was due to work at all, since New Years is party central, but it was so distracting to both me and my husband. He kept hitting pause on our DVR, saying, "Look how glassy and red they are!" Although I was diggin' his tie! It was very 80's.

It also made me sad fto watch Dick Clark. He's had so many surgeries, I'm sure. How else can his face be so smooth and his hands be so wrinkled? He seemed to still be sharp as a tack, but physically you can tell how he's breaking. He's such an icon, and I can't imagine New Year's without him on the tele! How old is he anyway? Does anyone know?

We were pretty boring last night...nothing exciting to ring the new year in. We sat like just another night and had our standard family routine. I put my son to bed a little more late than normal, and tried to stay up to see the ball drop. Emphasis on TRIED...I couldn't make it. I had my husband record the last hour, so that I could watch Natasha Bedingfield today.

So this year, we rang in the new year with normalcy...yawn! But, it was nice to just be at home with my loved ones. I'm sure each year that passes, as my son gets older, we'll have more to do with him. He knows it's 2008, but doesn't quite get ityet. In future years, we'll be celebrating as a family. I look forward to that.

How'd you all ring it in??