Sunday, July 27, 2008


Guess I hit "off" instead of "snooze" this morning. I woke up about 10 minutes after church started. I always feel so guilty when I miss it! Anyway, guilt isn't what I want to feel today.....I'll try to redeem the day for myself!

I spent much of yesterday studying a book about civil service exams. Took a few of the practice tests. I understand now why they want you to take the official exam first thing in the morning. The first one was easy-peasy.....but as the day progressed, fatigue influenced my scores. I will take the math one today. This is the one I worry about most. Hey, at least I know I can do math through a sixth grade level. That sounds kinda pathetic doesn't it?

Today is Tim's grandparents 65th wedding anniversary party. 65th!! Amazing! I'm so sad I'm not allowed to be there. My son is there...I'm not. It's times like these that remind me of what a tremendous loss I'm suffering. So sad. I did manage to send them a card, which they received because I called grandma to ask her for her fried green tomato recipe. They're southern, and she makes the best ones ever! At least they don't treat me like I'm the enemy. It also reminds me that I never will have an anniversary like this one. Our 18th anniversary just passed. Wish I could have celebrated it with him instead of trying to distract myself all day.

Lost a few pounds this week. When I saw my doctor the last time, she suggested that I have an entire glass of water each time before I eat to trick my mind into feeling a sense of fullness. I think it's helping. I didn't go to the pool at all last week. I've really been feeling tired. I think mostly because I opened daycamp for Russ twice last week, so that meant waking up at 5am. I guess I'm just not used to it. May have to get used to it when I get my new job......

What's up with you?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hello all..........

How are we today? I am good. Not great, but certainly not bad....just good. That's ok. Some of you know that I applied for a office job with the county. Well, they email me back with a "Based on your application, you have qualified for testing.....yada...yada.." So next Wednesday, I have to go to Petaluma for said testing. 8:30am. I was feeling really excited about it until a friend of my son's, who's parents both work for the county told me that it took 5 months from testing for his mom to secure her job there. I truly hope that is not the case for me! I can't wait 5 months! I have a kid in private school! Pray for me please!!!

I realize I need to not put all of my eggs in one basket, however, so I will be venturing out more to do so. It's been hard with day camp and all. I'm starting with Kaiser. I visited my doctor last week to have her check under the hood before I lose my benefits. I told her my current current pain in my left shoulder hair loss....etc. She said "You're stressed out!" Thank you Captain Obvious! No...I didn't actually say that....cause I like the woman! She is so awesome! I thought about it though! Anyway, she told me where to go to get to the Kaiser business office, and was very encouraging about it. So...I will try. I realize I should be moving faster, but I can only cope with small steps I'm afraid. It will be ok......

On another note, did you know that there are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie box? Just thought you'd want to know.....

Thirdly, (I know....brilliant segway Kate) my garden is doing well, in spite of our odd weather this summer. Is it going to be hot? Is it going to be cold? Who the heck knows!? Yes, I realize it is slightly sad that my photography these days revolve around vegetables, but they are so neato! And I grew them myself! I made the most awesome tomato basil soup with my basil and zucchini. I know! Rachel Ray watch out! Let me know if you'd like the recipe....

Have a wonderful evening! I'm on vacation for two days! Whoo-Hoo!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy Tuesday everybody! My sister sent me these wise, wise words.......

None of that Sissy Crap

Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good,

but never actually come close to reality?

Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.

You will see no cutesy little

Smiley faces on this card-

Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.

1. When you are sad --I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.

4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off.

9. This is my oath...I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask -- because you are my FRIEND!

Friendship is like

peeing your pants,

everyone can see it,

but only you can feel the true warmth.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

We have no plans to see fireworks tonight, as we went to the field at Montgomery High School last night to watch them go off at the fairgrounds. It is a perfect place to do so, and you don't have to fight any crowds...especially in the parking lot. Chris and I took Mom with us. She froze! Note for next year...blankets! blankets! blankets! It was really nice though...we all had a great time! Tonight we're playing Lord of the Rings Monopoly! I am sooo going to win! Chris thinks he's winning....yeah right!

I actually cooked today! I know....what's up with that!? I made homemade tomato basil soup, with basil from my own garden no less. It was amazing! Not a Weight Watcher had heavy cream in it. I also had a head of cabbage, so I made coleslaw from the KFC recipe I found online. It was exactly like theirs. To finish the meal, I made Swedish apple pie. Haven't had it yet, because we're all full of soup and foccacia bread, but I think it's a winner too! I'm so impressed with myself!

Hope your holiday is going swimmingly! That's my word for the day......