Tuesday means random which means I don’t have to write coherently or something like that.

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Welcome one and all to this week’s edition of RTT or Random Tuesday Thoughts. I’ll do my best to write coherently despite the post title or maybe I won’t; I’m under enough pressure as it is. So deal with it.

Over the weekend we got to see Bill Cosby perform live. Yes, he’s still alive. I say this only because a couple of my friends asked me that question ~ Is Bill Cosby still alive? He put on a great show! He walked on stage right on time and didn’t stop talking for two hours. The man is still a laugh riot. I was actually crying from laughing so hard. There was even snot dripping outta my nose. Seriously. OK, I know that’s kinda disgusting but it’s true. He was that funny. All but the last part was new material that I’d never heard before. He ended the show with his legendary Dentist bit. You know the one I’m talking about right? Funny shit people.

Nope, I haven’t written my thank you cards. Yep, I am aware that another week has passed. I’m fabulous at procrastination.

There are tax papers that I need to get working on both for business & personal taxes and I’m gonna refer you back to the last statement above.

Birthday parties abound. Both gremlins have been invited to parties within the next couple weeks plus their own birthday’s are coming up shortly. We’re trying to convince them to do a joint party and when I say joint I mean a party together at the same time not a joint that you would smoke cause that would be bad to have that sort of party with a bunch of little kids. Heh. Anywhoo, if they have the party together then they can have it at this really cool place filled with jump houses. And I’m sure you know how much kids love the jump houses. Well, also adults who act like kids love jump houses. Why are we forcing them to have the party together? Because that place is expensive, yo!

Pumpkin decided to get up in the middle of the night again & climb into bed with the husband and I. Making for another delightful, oh so restful night sleep. Bwahahahahahha! Not really. If she isn’t sleeping basically on me, then she is sleeping with her arm or leg flung over me. OR! She is sleeping horizontal to our vertical and thereby forcing each of us to the outer edges of the bed. Good times.

I finished the book club selection finally. We’re supposed to meet on Sunday for brunch to discuss. I’m actually more interested in the brunch part. The book was fair. Title: Sister of my Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It didn’t end the way I wanted it to. In fact, the whole book wasn’t the way I wanted it. But I didn’t write it so what I want doesn’t really matter, does it? I guess I’m just used to the no brainer books that I generally read that are all the same. I like it that way. There is enough drama, confusion, and whatnot in my regular life that I don’t want it in the books I read. Yeah, I’m one of those people. Escapism. Works for me.

Thanks for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

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Tuesday random thoughts

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Welcome to the new year! And the first RTT of the year 2010. I’m sure, like many of you, I’m still adjusting to saying/writing 2010. Wild. Not like I didn’t see it coming or something. It’s just mind blowing that we’re here already. Just reinforces my belief that time is flying by on one of those flying cars that we’re all supposed to be driving by now. Heh.

Gah! I don’t want to write thank you cards. I managed to get out of Christmas cards by doing a photo card through email. Heard of Smilebox? No? I hadn’t either until I decided I didn’t want to have to address, stamp, lick, and write a gazillion cards. Seriously easy system & I had it done in a few minutes. Now I just need to figure out how to do my thank you cards that same way.

Apparently, my little Pumpkin wants to be a cheerleader after she finishes karate… 6 years from now. I just found this out myself during her karate class today. She’s always good for some chuckles.

Speaking of karate, Honey bunny has another chance to break a board that will enable her to continue on with her group to black belt testing this summer. If she doesn’t break it this time, then she’ll move to the January 2011 group. No matter what happens, it is how it is because that’s the way it was meant to be.

This morning while I was driving Pumpkin to school she started having a conniption fit because she wanted to take her jacket off while she was strapped down in her car seat. So she proceeded to get herself all tangled up and she was forced to endure that state for the remainder of the ride to school. Needless to say, she didn’t like it. I’m sure I could have pulled off to the side of the road at some point and fixed the whole thing but I had warned her what would happen if she attempted to remove her jacket. I didn’t pull over. I remembered something that my friend has told me over and over, “It is our job as parents to frustrate the hell out of our kids. Life is frustrating and they need to learn how to deal with frustrations as early as possible.” Let me tell you it was HARD listening to her frustration, anger, and tears. It took every ounce of my strength NOT to pull the car over to help her. Seemed like the longest three minutes of my life. And no, I’m not joking, it was really only three minutes but damn did it feel like eternity.

Getting old sucks beyond all sucking! I’ve gone and jacked up my back in some new fashion while exercising this morning. SUPER.

Happily, though, I’m dropping those extra pounds I put on during Christmas and New Years when I couldn’t seem to leave a piece of food uneaten. I heard a quote from Kate Moss yesterday that it’s her belief that no food tastes as good as skinny feels. OK! Before you blast me about Kate Moss being too skinny and blah blah blah, she makes a good point. I REALLY enjoy being able to fit in a size of clothes that I haven’t worn in approx. 20 years. No, unfortunately, I’m not exaggerating. Between getting married, getting lazy, getting pregnant ~twice, being busy, and being more lazy, I put on a “few” extra lbs. Well, not anymore! And so, that is why I’m going to repeat IN MY HEAD (just in case you were thinking I’d go around saying it out loud) “no food tastes as good as skinny feels”.

This is the first year in maybe 4 years that we aren’t going to CES in Las Vegas. I’m kinda sad. I really like all the techno gadgets and stuff. Seeing all the latest products from all the top companies was always cool. Plus, I love Las Vegas. So despite being extremely busy, I still wish we were going. We’ve had some excellent times at CES & in Las Vegas more specifically. Perhaps next year we’ll go. To CES. We can’t go more than a few months without going to Las Vegas! I flew 6 times last year and 5 of those flights were to Las Vegas.

Thanks for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

Tuesday randomness, baby!

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Aaaaaaaaand here we are again. It’s Tuesday. That means I get to spew some randomness all over this post for you to enjoy, if you will.

I have a raging headache that is like a herd of cattle wearing metal spikes on their hooves while stomping on my brain directly behind my left eye. Good fun people, good fun.

How is it possible that there are only two days left in the year? WTH happened to the other 11 months and 29 days?

I’m officially four months behind on reconciling bank statements. But I’m slowly making forward progress! And frankly, that’s all I can ask for at this point.

Going to see the Sherlock Holmes movie with the husband, sister, and friend tomorrow night! Have you seen it? It’s supposed to be really good. I’m excited about seeing this movie.

On Sunday I took the gremlins to see The Princess and the Frog. LOVED IT! I could see it again about 30 more times. Really.

Probably I’ll be taking down the Christmas decorations this weekend as this week is completely booked with work and other events. Seriously NOT at all excited about doing this. And wasn’t it just yesterday that I was putting all the decorations up?

Speaking of Christmas, we got some fantastic gifts from Santa this year. Including the wii, wii fit & rock band for the wii. Squeeeeeee! We’ve been having a blast playing with all the games and testing out all the instruments.

Still reeling from this happening the other day.

Pumpkin has crawled into my bed every day for the last week somewhere between 4-5 AM and it’s kickin my butt. I need SLEEP. Cause lets be real. You can’t sleep right when a 4 yr old is elbowing you or kneeing your back or smothering you with half their body. Am I right? I’m right.

No doubt like everyone else, I’ve eaten my weight in food over the last week. No? You haven’t? Oh, damn. You mean it’s just me? Heh. And haven’t been exercising. Partly that’s due to a back problem I’m re experiencing. One of those nights that Pumpkin strolled into our bedroom I decided that I just couldn’t put up with it so I went to pick her up to carry her back to her bed when I heard a snap, crackle, pop sound from my back. Not what ya wanna hear. It’s been bothering me ever since. Last time I had this issue I had to take Cortisone pills to get the disc off of the nerve in my spine & back into it’s proper place. We shall see how this ends.

Thank you for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

Random freezing thoughts on Tuesday

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Oh Hai Tuesday! I’m just freezing over here. How are you? Well, since we’ve gotten the pleasantries out of the way, how about I tell you what randomness I’ve been thinking about.

The weather has officially gone crazy. It snowed here last week. Not a bunch and it melted pretty quickly but the fact that it snowed AT ALL here is craziness! It never snows here! This is California and not even in the mountains. Yet it snowed. We had a fun time watching it slowly float down. The gremlins tried to catch some on their tongues. It was cute. We took a few pictures. But I can’t seem to get warm.

Speaking of warm… my poor little Pumpkin was sick for 4 days last week with a super high fever & cough and it was a nightmare. It freaks me out when her temp gets really high like that. In addition, I had to take her with me to the office everyday and I literally got no work done. She’s better now thank the LORD.

I went shopping over the weekend for Christmas presents and only managed to get one more gift. All those stores in the mall. Why is it that I could only find one gift for one person? I’ll tell you why… because my family is SO DAMN HARD to shop for, that’s why! So I’ll be doing a bunch of online shopping with express shipping in order to get these things in time.

You know, in case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas Eve is 9 days away. Commence running around & shrieking in… three, two, one. Aaaaaaaaaah!

Pumpkin is having a party at school tomorrow for the holiday season. I volunteered to bring plates. Yes, I chose the easiest thing on the list because I just don’t have time to mess with making anything.

Honey bunny had another karate belt test last Friday and she didn’t break the board again. This means that she’ll have to re-test one more time in January. If she doesn’t pass this time she will be moved to the next group. I don’t really want to think about that right now. She was so close to breaking it this time!! We thought for sure that she would do it. Well, more practice & she’ll get it!

Our shipping guy is leaving. Today is his last day. Uh huh. Leaving. 10 days before Christmas. And we don’t have a replacement yet. Until we get someone hired we’ll have to do the employee shuffle. Moving this guy off this task & that guy to fill in over here. And me to cover while one of the girls is home with her daughter who is now running the same fever as my Pumpkin. Good times people. Good times.

I am officially boycotting Christmas cards this year. Although perhaps I’ll institute a new policy… if you send me a Christmas card, then I’ll send you one. That way I don’t send out two hundred cards to all the family, friends, and customers that are on my list but only get 15 in return. Seriously, at this point in time we’ve received less than 10 cards. Doesn’t that sound like a good plan? The way I see it, the people who send cards are thoughtful enough that they deserve one in return. Right. That settles it.

Finally figured out the puzzle piece to the American Express statements that was driving me absolutely BANANAS!! Yay me!! This means I can now reconcile the last 4 months worth of statements and then move on to the Bank Statements! Envy me people. I live the life of a rock star.

Thanks for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

What?! It’s Tuesday again? Time for Random Tuesday Thoughts!

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Besides being Tuesday it’s also December 1st. Can anyone explain to me how it’s already December? I seem to have misplaced all previous 11 months of this year.

So, last week was Thanksgiving, as you’re all aware… I’ve been doing the cooking for Thanksgiving the last 8 or 9 years and I love it. Sure, it’s a lot of work. But at least I get to relax in my own home the whole day! This year my Dad & Step-mom plus that side of the family came over to eat. It was a much larger crowd than usual. No worries, I got a big enough turkey. I just had to get up at the crack of dawn to start cooking it. I actually really enjoyed it because this was the first time that my Dad & Step-mom have come to my house for Thanksgiving. And given the situation of my Dad’s health… I was even more glad to be celebrating it with him.

I haven’t made any progress on my Christmas shopping since I last wrote a RTT post. So, yeah, I’m thrilled about that! I need to get some lists going! STAT!

Right, Christmas cards. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do about that. I generally send cards out to family & my customers but this year I’m so far behind at work that I don’t know if I’m gonna do all that. I feel bad about it which is pretty pointless but guilt is a part of my existence.

At least I got all the decorating done for the trees & the house. I still need to hang the Christmas lights on the gates out from of the house but that will all depend on whether I can FIND the box that holds the strings of lights.

Tonight is our book club meeting. We read The Street of a Thousand Blossoms. Or I should say that I’m still in the process of reading the book. Uh huh. I’m not done yet. In fact, I went ahead and downloaded the book from itunes so that I could listen to it in the hopes of finishing it before the meeting in 2 1/2 hrs. Nothing like waiting till the last minute. Honestly, the book is good, it’s interesting, but I have been incredibly busy, lazy, and distracted. Although, that’s everyone’s life, isn’t it?

My birthday is coming up in a couple weeks. I’m both happy and sad about that fact. I’m not really pleased with the number of years this will be for me. It seems to have all gone by so very fast. And now I’m recalling being a child wishing I could be older, for my life to start. Ha! Now I understand what my Mom was always telling me. Don’t wish your life away…. I’m happy that I’m still around to celebrate another year with my husband, children, friends, family.

Thank you for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

Random Thoughts on Tuesday

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I suppose the title of this post might be a little confusing to you lovely people… I don’t mean that I’m going to be sharing random thoughts about Tuesday but that I will be sharing random thoughts and it happens to be on Tuesday ~as in the day that I’m sharing them~ get the distinction? Of course you do, you all have brains. Certainly I don’t even need to be spelling this out to you but I like to be accommodating, and clear spoken. Contrary to what you may have read here in the past.
Anywhooooo, last week was our book club meeting and we discussed this book The Girl Who Played With Fire which is book 2 in the series by Stieg Larsson. We read the 1st book a few months ago and I very much enjoyed it. This book was even better, in my humble opinion. You should read both of the books. The third book isn’t due out until May! I can hardly wait. We did an hors d’oeuvres & wine theme for the food. Everyone brought delicious items to share. I found this new recipe & one that was made up by my Mom. Which goes a little something like this: French bread baguette sliced semi-thin slathered with Fig jelly, Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, covered with sliced pear & a balsamic vinegar/honey mix (to taste) and broiled till the cheese has melted. Yummy! I’m getting hungry now.

Both of my gremlins are testing for their next karate belts on Friday night. Pumpkin is still so new that I’m not really worried about her. Honey bunny will have to perform kick combinations, form kata, and break a board!! OMFG!!! I’m so scared for her!! Keep your fingers crossed.

My girlfriends & I are having a girl’s night this weekend and I CAN NOT WAIT!! I’m gonna say it again… I CAN NOT WAIT!! We’re doing a wine crawl and then making dinner at W’s house where we’re all sleeping over. Squeeeeee! We were talking today about what we’re making for dinner and breakfast the next day. And W told me that A was making a french toast casserole. I know first hand how fantabulous this tastes since we had it at a previous girl’s night sleep over. But that’s not why I brought up the food exactly, you see, I suggested that I could bring some eggs and the husband said, “oh are you gonna go egg someone’s house?” W and I laughed our guts out and said at the same time, “maybe we should bring some TP also!” That started us laughing all over again. And remembering times when we were teenagers doing that shite for real. Ahhhh, youth.

In less than two weeks we are going to Las Vegas for our annual company party. Holy cow I can’t believe it’s been a year already. And nearly the end of 2009. Someone hold me.

There are 45 days until Christmas. Go ahead and let that marinate for a minute. {Commence synchronized screaming} I haven’t even given ONE thought to Christmas presents. Wait. I take that back. We did get the gremlins the Wii and Wii fit. But in terms of presents for everyone else in the family, nope, not one thought. I’m gonna need some serious help.

Thank you for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao

Random Tuesday Thoughts… for those of you who care what random things I’m thinking about right now

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Parenting WIN! My Pumpkin has told her whole karate class AGAIN that she got to go a poker party. Really, it was a costume party. I swear! And I told her that there are just some subjects that we don’t talk about outside of the house. But does she listen to me? Noooooooo. What’ll it be next?! Maybe I shouldn’t ask.

Sales tax return – yes, I’m still not done and it’s due & payable by Friday. Or, well technically, Monday ~I think~ since Saturday is the last day of the month. They give you that one extra day to get it filed. Now we have to do the filing via internet which makes it faster than mailing, certainly, but I had to learn a whole new way of doing the return since it’s different than the paper form.

We had a fabulous time at the costume (poker) party I mentioned above. The kids dressed in their costumes as well. Our friends decorated their garage to the hilt. It was amazing. And I did wear the Queen of hearts costume that I was discussing in a previous RTT. Here’s a pic of the husband & myself. I’d like to mention that I’m wearing like six inch platform shoes… in case you were wondering.

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How do you like the photobomber in the background? Awesome! This is typical behavior for this group. We all try to mess with each others photos and over time we’ve gotten in some excellent bombs. Oh, yeah, I forgot to tell you, I won 2nd place in the costume contest. Squeeeee!

There is less than one month till we take our company trip to Vegas. For some reason I’m not as excited about this trip as I have been in previous years. I can only attribute this to the myriad of emotional & mental crap I’ve been going through lately. Well, that and the fact that we aren’t going out dancing this year. I LOVE to dance. And have been known to dance until 2-3am easily. We so rarely get to do that now that we’ve got gremlins. Plus, we are starting to approach the age where we probably don’t fit the demographic of most of the clubs, in other words and to be more brutal, we’re getting too old. DAMN IT. Blech.

Honey bunny will be starting her 6 month countdown to Black Belt in January. I’m really, really, really, worried that she’s not ready. They have to pass the President’s Physical Fitness in addition to the regular karate stuff (which is a tremendous amount on its own). I’ve been trying to get her to work out with me at least three times a week. Mostly what I get from her is complaining, whining, and crying. Not how I normally like to do my workouts. That’s not to say that I don’t feel like crying, whining, and complaining when I have to do MY workouts… I just keep it in my head and move on so that I can get the shite done.

My parents are coming home from Maui tomorrow. Unfortunately, there was only bad news after this last series of tests. It is becoming more difficult not to think about him dying sooner rather than later. And I just want to burst out crying EVERY TIME I think about it. I don’t know how I’m going to handle it when he’s gone. For months I’ve been putting on a good face, staying positive, and trying to spend as much time together as possible but it’s getting harder with each piece of bad news.

Gonna go watch some mind-numbing television now. It’s either that or drink a bottle of wine and I’m pretty sure the television is a better choice for my health. Boring. But better.

Thanks for listening (or reading, if you must be technical),
Ciao