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

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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

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

Sleepy Random Tuesday Thoughts

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Why is this post titled Sleepy Random Tuesday Thoughts? Because I took a Benadryl, and I can hardly keep my head from hitting the keyboard as I type this. So this week’s RTT will probably be short and may or may not make any sense as I’m barely coherent. This’ll be fun, don’t you think?

Yeah, I had to take a Benadryl today. Frackin allergies are starting up again with the changes in the weather. I’ve found that taking a half of one pill works splendidly without the sleepy side effects. Sadly, I bought the wrong type of caplets and these can’t be divided. FAIL.

Pumpkin told everyone at karate that she had a dream about a monster with three boobs. Awesome. Wanna talk about embarrassing. A chorus of giggles could be heard from the other kids. Well, and the parents too. This ties for #2 most embarrassing thing… when she was about 2 yrs old she pulled tampons out of my purse while we were at Honey bunny’s karate class. More awesome.

So Friday night was a surprise birthday dinner for my step-mom. She turned 70 years old. I know! But she doesn’t look or act like a 70 yr old. The woman plays tennis & golf three or four times a week. My brother & sisters and I decided to take her out to dinner with our Dad. No kids, just the core family including her brothers & sister (we kept it low key because of my Dad’s health issues). They ended up arriving before everyone. Except the husband & I, and her older brother & his wife. But she was still so shocked to see us there. The look on her face was classic.

Speaking of health issues… we’re waiting for more test results from the latest series of tests run on my Dad. I know I’ve never discussed his health situation before so you’re prolly all, “the Hells wrong with your Dad already?” Last year around Thanksgiving we found out that my Dad has cancer. It’s stage four. It’s incurable. It’s in numerous places throughout his body. You know, I had zero intention of writing about any of this today but it just starting spilling out. Since I’ve started, I might as well finish it. He did a round of chemo, radiation, and drug treatments back in late December, January, and part of February. At that point he lost a lot of weight and began having problems with his heart and liver which forced them to stop treatments until those secondary problems could be worked out.
In the meantime, he had to have a surgery on his heart to drain fluid that was building up around the heart causing pressure that could have made his heart explode at any time. Shortly after that they found cancer on his brain. They performed a procedure called cyber-knife. This is a seriously insane deal with lasers that eradicate the cancer without ANY recovery time. For reals. He went in for the procedure in the morning and left a couple hours later to go to work. It is so new that there are only two places in California that perform it.
So, needless to say, my folks have decided to start on his bucket list. People, I don’t know how else to say it but this scares the F–k outta me. I go back and forth with emotions that I cannot even begin to describe. My Dad isn’t suppose to die. I mean logically I know we don’t live forever but on the other hand, he is suppose to live forever, he’s my Dad! Yo, cancer can suckit.

On Saturday we had the husband’s HS reunion. It would be nice to say that it was only his 10 year reunion, but unfortunately I can’t say that because it was actually his 20 year reunion. I KNOW! 20 years have gone by since he graduated, and given the fact that we are the same age that means it’s been 20 years since I graduated from HS too. Blech. Between this and my Dad’s health I’ve been going through some major head trips. MAJOR. HEAD. TRIPS. And I don’t like it. However, I will say that it’s made me realize that you can’t wait to do the things you want to do. Go to the places you wanna see. Try the things you never thought you could do. I don’t want to regret NOT doing something when it comes to the end of my life. Really none of us know when that will be, right, so do it now.

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

Random Extravaganza

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Well it may have been a good handful of Tuesdays since I last participated in Random Tuesday Thoughts but I made it! I’m here! So lets get on with the randomness…

My little Pumpkin got her new karate belt today! Yes, already! It’s wild. She just started at the end of March and already she has begun her advancement toward black belt. Only 6 more years to go. Heh.

The husband & I decided to take the plunge and buy a boat. Not a new boat or a big boat or fancy schmancy boat, just a simple 10 year old boat that we can take the gremlins out and a perhaps a few friends to do a bit of wake boarding, inner tubing, or whathaveyou. We’re taking it out tomorrow for the first time. We’ve managed to convince a friend of ours to come along and show us a thing or two about how to use the bloody thing! This should be fun. Oh, and did I mention, the weather people – who think they know what will happen with the weather – are now calling for possible rain & thunder?! IN JUNE. IN CALIFORNIA. The Hell?

I’m going to Las Vegas again & I am sooooooooooooooooo, sooooooooooooooo, soooooooooooooo excited! Now with extra O’s!! My best girlfriend from forever will be there on a business trip and I’m meeting her for a few days. HOLY CRAP I’m so excited! It has been nearly 5 years since I last saw her. We’re planning to go out dancing & see a Cirque du Soleil show & whatever else we feel like doing. Cause the husbands won’t be there and the gremlins won’t be there and we might just decide to sleep all three days. Who knows!

Went and got a spray tan done tonight. Go ahead, judge me if you want, I don’t give a *BLEEEPITY BLEEP BLEEP* what you think. I do not intend to go to Las Vegas in the summer, mind you, looking like a ghost. Nope, no way, no how. And given I don’t have spare hours in my day to head on over to the beach or even lay out on my own deck, I’m forced to do the fakey stuff.

At least they got a new machine with a whole 25 bazillion steps to follow so that it will hopefully look like a natural tan. We shall see.

Friday is the last day of school for Honey bunny. I won’t be there. Boohoo. But I’ll be in Las Vegas! YEA ME! It just amazes me that the school year is done. Man that went by fast. And I know I’ve said it before but I can’t believe my baby is going into 4th grade! {sobbing} Someone hold me.

My, oh my, she will be busy this summer. She is going to three different camps & a summer program with her after school care people. I better not hear WORD ONE about being bored. Or I don’t know what I’ll do.

I’ve gotta go get some shut eye. Early morning tomorrow… if I get a couple minutes I’ll tell you all about the boating experience. Maybe with pictures?

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