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Renee L’s last login was Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Hello! I haven't spoken with you in forever! What are you reading now days? I am currently reading Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris! I started it yesterday, but I have to finish it by Sunday because on Sunday, my mother and I are going to buy Lover Unleashed by JR Ward!!!! Have you read those books? You definitely should if you haven't yet! They are very provacative, but they have a great story as well!
Your experience makes me feel a little relieved that I'm going the medicine route. I started giving her Concentra last Sunday. Let's see if anything happens this coming week. So Haley's grades weren't bad. Would she just get frustrated a lot or something? Lindsey is struggling in reading and writing. She does fine in math. There might be a learning disability there too. We had a pow wow this week at the school between the principal, some teachers and me but it's too early to really say what needs to be done. The teacher said her daughter has ADD and a learning disability and they had her on a med from 1-3 grade. Felt after that that it wasn't needed as much since there's so much to learn at that stage. Thanks for supporting me! I homeschooled all week this week since it's conference week and I'm glad it's Friday, lol!
Isn't it funny how we remember any female that our guys take an interest in? They might say casually that some celebrity is pretty and we NEVER forget it. Why is that I wonder. Kurt's is Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The movie is decent. I never thought Kristen Stewart was a good actress but she was very good as Joan Jett.
Did you get that big storm? My Oklahoma friend was homebound for a few days last week and I heard that it was coming your way. We have been in the 70s. We were thinking of going to the local desert tomorrow.
I'm reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It's not all that gripping, one of those books where you don't get all the hype. Hopefully it'll get better. I've been reading it for what seems like forever! Did you or Haley read the new Richard Riordan that came out Christmastime? Blake read that and liked it.
Well, well, I'm just glad that you haven't forgotten me;-)
How's the weather these days? It was in the upper 70s here last week, which was kinda weird. But then that's why we pay so much to live here. Yesterday it rained and it's supposed to be much cooler for a while. I like winter weather to be cold (which means 50s and 60s, no colder than that).
Homeschooling is coming along. The first day I was so disorganized. I was literally running around trying to find all the papers/books. The teachers give out the teacher's editions of all the books and we have a set cirriculum. Every day we're supposed to teach certain lessons and I like that structure. I don't think I would do very well deciding on my own what to teach them. One of my old babysitters homeschools and does it all her way. She seems to think that I'll do better doing it "freestyle" eventually, but I don't think so. I like that they are in school 3 days a week. During the first or second week, McKenna ended up in the principal's office!!! Yes, she was a bad girl. They called me in and it turned out that she had been pretty resentful of being pulled from her old school and was taking it out on her teacher. Also, behavior that had been allowed at her old school was not tolerated anymore. I love that they have high expectations. Anyway, after a weekend of being grounded she has done a 180. Lindsey's new teacher was concerned about her being distracted and unable to focus, even though she put her in the front of the class. A year ago, her pediatrician told me she thought maybe Lindsey had a speech problem. I told her kindergarten teacher and he disagreed so I let it go. Neither of her prior 1st grade teachers said anything in the parent/teacher conferences, but this new teacher noticed it too and had the speech therapist come by to see if she agreed. The speech therapist agreed with the new teacher so Lindsey is going to do some speech therapy. The new teacher suggested that I take her to the doctor to see if there was anything we could do about her lack of focus so off we went to the doctor. Well, she might have ADD or learning disability or both. She had the teacher and I fill out questionaires and I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow. I'm so grateful that I have a teacher that CARES. We didn't have that before. They noticed Lindsey was distracted but just told me to work with her on sight words. Lindsey definitely doesn't act hyper or defiant but she may have the attention deficit. I was talking to an old friend about it yesterday and she's skeptical about all the ADD, ADHD, ODD diagnoses out there. I am too, but will keep an open mind. You know there've been kids who've always had a hard time focusing and what, they probably just muddled through and got low grades, right? Oh, and the pediatrician told me that there's a link between speech problems and learning disabilities and ADD. Interesting.
Car repairs are not fun. My car has over 150k miles on it so I know it's not going to last much longer. We've sworn not to put anymore $ into it. I know, what's with the rising gas prices?? I was looking at office jobs on craigs list out of curiousity. It really is an employer's market out there. They want you to know every computer program out there, to have working knowledge for years, be a self-starter, know every phone system, blah, blah, blah and then they'll do you the favor of paying you $10/hour. Which is peanuts in SoCal. You can't live on that here. I realized that that was the starting wages they were paying 20 YEARS AGO!! So while the wages have fallen behind, the prices of everything just keeps going up.
I love your blog!! You are one funny woman. When you were writing about that song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (which I have on my ipod) I could picture you singing with the wind blowing through your hair to Patrick. That made me giggle. And your daughters look like mini-Renees!! That was beautiful what you wrote about them. Is that going to be your style in the blog? I don't know how to describe it...kinda like haiku-type writing.
I've been reading here and there, where I find the time, usually in the evening. One that I read recently that I really liked was the Cherie Currie memoir. She was the Runaways lead singer. I don't know if you saw the movie but it was pretty good. I looked at old live videos of them on you tube and they really rocked!! I wouldn't want to end up in an alley alone with Lita Ford though. She would cut you w/out a second thought. Very, very tough lady, almost a rage-aholic. She got into the right business, lol!
I love the ID channel too. I despaired for a little while because I thought maybe Oprah was taking over that channel too (she took over discovery health) but I was relieved that ID was still there. They're playing reruns of 90210 on Soap Net and I like to watch those too when I can. I would love if they brought back Knots Landing on Soap Net. Maybe someday.
I agree with you about marriage and I heard about that poll--4 out of 10 think marriage is obsolete. I wonder about the age groups though. That was not explained in the poll numbers. If it was mostly 20 somethings that were polled than that makes sense. They don't have any examples of a long-term marriage and the guys can easily hook up w/out any entanglements. Deep down, I think women want to get married but they go along with what the guy wants (living together) to keep him and tell themselves that this is what they want too. It is much easier to leave these relationships and you see it happen all the time. My parents are still married but it's not an example of a good one! My dad is fighting her over having a computer in the house. She just wants to be able to have email and look at pictures. I'm going to try to help her when we visit on Thanksgiving. She was surprised that you needed a phone line to hook up to the Internet, (no way are they forking over money for DSL or cable) that's how little she knows.
Have you been to etsy.com? I've bought a few knitting/crochet patterns on there. It's devoted to handmade items so I think craftspeople can do pretty well and there's a market for that stuff. No need to go to a harvest festival necessarily these days, although it's great to see the items in person.
I had never heard of cake pops but I watched a demo on youtube and they look yummy! Do you feel like you accomplished something by selling cards? I would. I'm impressed too that you've already finished your Christmas cards. I'm on the fence whether I'm even going to get any to send. I don't think I did last year?? I used to send the photo cards when the kids were smaller but I've really scaled back. I'm looking forward to your package...whenever it comes:-) Your snuggling/latte comment makes me want to curl up by a roaring fire right now! That sounds so special.
Robert is 8, right? McKenna still believes, hasn't made any comments yet. I remember Blake was 9 when he started to question things. I think it was 10 for me but I never said anything to my parents since I thought maybe the presents would stop, lol.
I took Blake and his friends to HP on Friday. He's so silly, he thought he could arrive 10 minutes early and waltz right into the theater. He was shocked to see the line and I dropped him off 30 minutes before showtime. Did your kids like it?
I'm embarking on a new adventure soon. I'm finally going to be homeschooling 2x a week. Their names came up on the waiting list. I went to the school on Friday and got a ton of books for each child-teacher's edition, student's, CDs, etc. I needed a cart to get it all to the car. I'm also responsible for them getting a majority of their PE time. I'm excited and scared at the same time. McKenna was reluctant at first but she met her teacher and liked her. I told her she would make new friends. I'm going to have to sit down this week and make sense out of the lesson plan. It's all so overwhelming right now. I felt like I couldn't let this opportunity pass us by, even though we're 2 1/2 months into the school year and I have to uproot them. Lindsey needs extra help anyway. She processes information slower and I don't want her to be behind anymore. Wish me luck! Gonna need it, lol.
I couldn't believe Gretchen won either. I was surprised that she won this year for that collection when Emilio lost last year for the same reason-ready to wear, not enough oomph. I watched an episode of the Iman/Isaac Mizrahi show but didn't like the format. Plus there's no Tim Gunn. I might watch Runway next time only to see him. Maybe PR has jumped the shark. I've been watching Hoarders more. Man, those people are really nuts. And these spouses stay with them for 20+ years with the fear that they might go to sleep and be crushed by boxes.
Well, Craig isn't out of work but it's not full time. I think 30 to 35 hours a week. I went to the ups website and started filling out an application. It was very easy and then you schedule an interview time online. It took me about 30 minutes at the most to do all that so it's not like it's time consuming. I think he's used to getting $ from my parents and his in-laws to survive. I told my mom that they are all enabling this family. She didn't really see it that way but she's too close to the situation. He's not going to be there for Thanksgiving since Amy wants to do it at their apartment with her parents. Good for them!
I'm reading On Gold Mountain by Lisa See. I like it but there's way too much detail in it. I think only a See family member would appreciate all the details. She is such a talent though!
Once again, going camping this weekend. We'll be in a cabin but we have to walk to the bathroom and showers so it's not luxurious, lol. It's in Sequoia/Kings Canyon national park. Lots of huge sequoia trees. The General Sherman is the largest tree on Earth! I used to visit with my family growing up and I introduced it to Kurt when Lindsey was still a baby. He loves it and this trip is his idea. We went there for Thanksgiving weekend years ago and it snowed!
We celebrated our 9th anniversary yesterday. I found a Mediterranean restaurant in Old Town Temecula (20 minutes away) and that's my new favorite food lately. Very healthy usually. Old Town has a lot of little shops, like antiques and doodads so we walked around before and after our meal. We went to the Harvest Festival the day before that at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Have you heard of Del Mar? Famous horse racetrack that's been around since the '30s. The festival was all arts and crafts. I bought a few Xmas presents. I was bowled over by the craftsmanship. Some of these festivals look like garage store crap but these people are definitely in a league of their own. I should've left Kurt at home and just come with my friend and our kids because you know how men are about shopping! He tried to be a good sport but...
Ivy is so toxic. Does she not realize that this show is actually a very long job interview? No one will want to hire her after watching her in action. I think the needle thing was edited that way. I think the editors have been having fun with this bunch of mean girls. I felt awful for Michael. To be bullied like that all season and to know that his parents don't accept him as he is and will just tell him that he's a loser, that's gotta be very hard! He's always worn his feelings on his sleeve so I wasn't surprised over his breakdown. At least he pulled himself together with Tim's help. I love that man! I thought that Gretchen's "collection" was so bad! It looked cheap and ugly. The judges were trying to find something to like and were having a hard time. Those short outfits that Andy did--I didn't think they had a good fit. Looked like it rode up in the butt. But he was better than she was! I don't get what the judges like about her. Bizarre. You know Irina did an all black collection and she was the winner that year so what's the problem with having all one color in different shades since it's been done before?!? I smell something fishy. I don't think they had any intention to keep Michael, even though he won the last challenge. But I heard that Mondo and Michael are in the early stages of doing a TV pilot together. Maybe they'll be like Austin and Santino! That really is a feel-good show.
Nope, can't return those costumes at all. You can only exchange. I can understand why. People go to an early party and then try to return them before Halloween and get their $ back, even though the costume was worn. Hope you are all caught up on Halloween stuff now. Sorry you missed out on Audrey:-( Bummer...
Craig blew it. I only heard from my mom so far but it sounds like he expected this guy to hold his hand through the hiring process. Kurt has to talk to his friend to see what was actually said. It's hard to explain in detail but I'm very disappointed in my brother. He made the guy sound like an a** and doesn't seem to realize that he needs to work a little at getting a job and also all the trouble these 2 went through to find something for him. Stay tuned;-)
I've read 2 memoirs about Chinese women during the Mao years. One was excellent--Wild Swans and the other was full of self-pity, Falling Leaves. She had an evil stepmom and her siblings were kinda mean to her. I might've been mean to her too because I was losing my patience with her victimhood. That sounds bad but I can see where they were annoyed with her. She was always perfect of course. Now I'm reading The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith, the latest in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. They are a light read, only about 200 pages, but I never get tired of them.
You probably won't read this until after your festival is done but I hope it goes well for you. Someone invited me to a card-making party and I thought of you. Seems to be the latest craze. You really have a knack for it though.
How was your book festival and A. Nifenegger? Did you get a ton of books?
I've gone to a few parties here. My good friend finally left for Michigan. We were all set to go to this Halloween party. I bought a costume after not caring for years--but it got cancelled! And now I can't return it. We were going to be Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf (Kurt's idea). I need to find another party to crash, lol! No, I'm over it now. The girls are going to be a witch (Lindsey) and a vampire (McKenna). After being Disney princesses all their lives, I finally took them to the dark side a little;-)
The weather continues to be weird here. It's usually the hottest month of the year and we've had gloom and rain. Hopefully another year w/out having to be evacuated because of wildfires. Keep your fingers crossed!
I've read a few books. Read the new shopaholic but it didn't seem to be as funny as the previous ones. I wonder if Becky's schtick is starting to get worn out. I'm reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang. It goes over life in China in the 20th century through the author's eyes and her mother and grandmother. Her poor grandmother went through the foot binding--ouch! I will never forget Lisa See's in-depth description of that nightmare.
Kurt is trying to get my brother a job at UPS. He did some work for a guy who used to be an executive there and they hit it off. The ball is now in Craig's court since the guy really went to bat looking for something for Craig. At least Craig seemed interested although he really doesn't deserve all this effort. I sound mean but you know how he's been. Kurt is so thoughtful to do this though. One reason why I'll hang onto him:-)
You're not a lousy friend...just really busy right now!
We had a great time at the party. Aside from wine, there was a large carafe-type thing filled with vodka and pineapple slices. The vodka had been infusing the pineapple for 5 days and it was a big hit. It was so yummy and I kept thinking I was going to regret it later. Which I did, believe me! One guy told me I was "smoking hot" and that's always great to hear! Someone who's the Bikini Chef was there. I had to google her to know exactly who she was, even though I heard that name before. She was nice.
Nanci is my friend w/MS. Actually, extreme temperatures are bad for MS so I don't think she'll be stepping outside in the winter. I hope she's ok out there. Her boyfriend is there looking for a job right now. I had volunteered to help her clean her place before she leaves and now she's taken me up on it. Yay, lol!
The Patty Duke book is good. I don't know if she had a ghost writer but it reads like she's talking into a tape recorder. There's a lot of grammatical errors though which annoys me. I remembered about her son being in LOTR. I saw all 3 in the theater. The best way to see those movies. Did you read the books? I haven't. I tried to get Blake to read them since he likes the movies but he doesn't seem interested. My dad has all of them.
I haven't really been on facebook but I'll make sure to see the card you're talking about:-) Kurt just recently got back into golfing. He's always liked it but would rather surf. He bought the clubs and shoes and has been going a couple times a month. He got a set of jr. clubs for free and sometimes he can persuade Blake or McKenna to go to the driving range with him. I've gone to the driving range too just to hit a few with him. I suck though!
I found another court reporter to use my proofreading services. She lives in Vermont and her name is Karen too. She ran me through a couple tests and I passed. She had had flakey people who didn't know what they were doing so lucky me! So now I have 3, hoping for more...
I'm on a waiting list for the 3 days a week school and 2 days a week homeschooling for the girls. Their school now is so chaotic that I'm losing my patience. I think the 2 days a week homeschooling would be perfect for us. The principal sounded very positive, said it's very fluid, people move away, parents/children realize that homeschooling isn't for them (even if it's just 2 days) and they go back to regular school. I'm next in line for 3rd grade and 2nd for 1st grade. Wish me luck! I hope to be doing this by the holidays. It seemed like the school gives the parents tons of support.
Hi there! I finally finished It. It took me a looong time. I remember the movie too. Tim Currie was the perfect Pennywise. It's funny, The Stand was on SyFy recently. I watched a little bit of it. Still need to read that...getting closer, lol. Right now I'm reading Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke. I don't know if you've heard of her. Kurt hadn't. She was a child actress and still acts. She's bipolar and was undiagnosed for many years. She's done a lot to bring awareness to that mental illness. Her life was a roller coaster--she married one man for 13 days, lol!! They made a TV movie of the book too. It was written in the '80s.
Casanova was starting to grow on me. I got a kick out of his little sayings. I think the producers stepped in on the judging because they wanted a villan on the show and Ivy fits the bill. What did you think of last night's? The judges were awfully mean to Andy but he really needs to eat some humble pie. That outfit was hideous! I used to think he was nice but he comes across as arrogant and snobby now. Besides Mondo, I don't like the people who are left. I used to like Valerie too, but she's turned into a busybody regarding Michael C. Her stuff has gone downhill too. I think Gretchen's style is too hippy for me and notice how she's still walking around, giving everyone her criticism? They're much too nice to her. I would like to see Michael C. make it to the end, just to spite all the elitists there.
We're going to a party tomorrow night. My parents are watching the girls (Blake is at his dad's for the weekend.) It's going to be posh with catered food. The guy is an old high school friend of Kurt's. I went and bought a special outfit since I don't have anything that isn't t-shirt and jeans that fits me. I bought these leggings at Kohl's, which I haven't worn since the 1990s and swore I'd never wear again! But they go with this long sweater I bought. I'm also having my hairstylist style it for me since he's on the way. I've never done that before, just feeling impulsive since I know that it's going to be fancy.
The weekend after that, I'm spending with my friend, Nanci. She's moving to Michigan shortly after. I hope it works out for them! They deserve a break. I'm looking forward to that one last hoorah.
McKenna's party was fun. She had a good time and that's what counts, right? The water balloons were a hit. I wish we'd gotten a lot more since the kids loved them. The weather was perfect. My brother actually called me the next day (after I called him)! He didn't want to go because he was working later that night and we're 1 1/2 hours away. Can't expect much from him.
I'll have to look into that series. It must be excellent reading if you couldn't put it down. Can't wait to get your package in the mail. How exciting! I have a friend from high school who has a business making greeting cards--another paper craft. She's an artist and she channeled it into that business after having her son. When is the Fall Festival? Such a great opportunity for you!!
I hope your internet is working better! I use my Droid a bit for the internet. I wonder if it would be affected if we had bad weather?!? It would be a pain to type a shelfari note though.
I agree about Gretchen and Tim was my hero that night. She didn't take the hint though. She says she was a cheerleader, lol. She is manipulative. She knew that her style was all over those designs so she tried to get everybody to go along with her in keeping mum about who should go home. I thought that Ivy's outfit was so hideous that she should've gone home. I don't know where she gets that ego from because her designs have been bad from the start. I think she is worse than Gretchen! At least Gretchen has some talent. I was disappointed in Christopher and Andy for letting Gretchen steamroll right over them. I don't mind Michael C. and I felt bad that they were dogpiling on him. I think Casanova is more of a diva than Michael C. My kids are all in bed before PR starts. I'm always the only one awake at that time, lol.
How exciting your favorite author is going to your book festival! Still haven't made my way to one of those.
I'm preparing for a birthday party for McKenna-her 8th. It's going to be a Hawaiian theme. I even left a voicemail for my brother to come. Let's see if he even returns my call. Should be interesting!
I'm reading Stephen King's It finally. I've been avoiding it because of the length but it's good. The TV movie did not do it justice (of course). Even Blake wasn't scared by it.
McKenna will definitely be wanting her independence. She already does most of the time! Most of the time, I love that about her. She's very assertive and doesn't take crap from people. But that makes it harder to parent her! She's told me that she's not going to get married. She's going to live alone and have a career. We were playing that game, Life, and she told me "you should stick your husband way in the back, mommy." That sums up her view of relationships;-) Whereas Lindsey can't wait to have a husband and children. Sweet.
I hope you get them cleaning up after themselves. They should be able to understand by now why their sister can't help out. Although I wouldn't put it past kids to try to pull that excuse out of the bag, lol! McKenna is the one in my house who's very good at cleaning up. The other 2 I have to nag and point things out they missed. Lindsey will move at a snail's pace, hoping McKenna gets it all done before she has to do much. How about having a chore list with their names on it--chores they need to do every day that you can stick on the fridge so they see it. I know friends who've done that and it's effective. Just don't let them avoid going by the fridge;-) Yesterday my kids washed both the cars while I supervised.
We've had a few days of very hot weather but overall it's been a great summer. This weather didn't come until last week and before that it was upper 70s the whole summer! It should be low 80s again when the kids start school on Monday. But it's often hot until the end of October so we're not out of the woods yet.
I'm still trying to figure out who's who on PR. I liked Gretchen's faux leather jacket (party store challenge) but don't really like her designs overall or her teacher's pet attitude. I was shocked that they were drooling over Michael C's dress?!? And they didn't like Christopher's?!? I didn't think it deserved to be in the bottom at the very least. Weird. I like Mondo. His style reminds me of Jonathan last season. I doubt he'll be a judge favorite. Have you noticed Andy? I think he's good. I don't like Casanova, want him off my tv. Peach is funny but I don't think she'll go far. I love the 90 minute format. Have you watched Austin and Santino? The show seemed a bit awkward at first, but they're sweet together. Santino has brought his huge personality down a few notches. I like that they stay respectful of the hicks. And Austin is adorable. I read that Danielle was fired. They have to bring in another crazy one because the show won't have any conflict otherwise. I laughed when I read that that country club banned all of them after the show where Teresa was practically hunting Danielle down (after Danielle pushed her buttons) and Jacqueline's daughter grabbed her weave. Trashy!! I saw that scene but still don't watch the show.
I noticed your book The Seance. Looks good so I added it and found some others like it. I just read Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris. This Aussie moves to France to be with her French boyfriend and she whines about how different people are there. She writes more about her Westie puppy than her b/f! He's barely mentioned even though love is in the subtitle. I didn't like that.
Hard to believe Blake is starting high school!! I sent him alone to do his registration. He almost didn't want to. I want him to be a little more independent. Kids these days are more exposed to things on tv and the internet but I think in some ways they are more sheltered than us. Is Haley proactive in getting together with her friends? Maybe it's a boy thing. They're all content texting each other and seeing each other on World of Warcraft and don't feel the need to be around each other. I've seen his friends at his birthday so I know he has them but other than that, if the moms aren't driving them to sports activities, then that's it. Things were soooo different for me growing up. Kurt and I scratch our heads all the time. Guess we're getting old, we don't understand the younger generation, lol.
We got back from camping yesterday and needed a whole day to recover! I'm glad to be back. There were 2 days of sun and the rest of the time we were too cold to go to the beach. We brought the dog but that was a mistake. She had to sleep in the tent at night with us and she wanted to bark at everybody that passed by. Ay yi yi! She doesn't understand, she thinks she's just doing her job. So not much sleep for the adults. They had an educational program, junior ranger, for the kids and we learned about gray whales, painted rocks and picked up trash at the beach. Well, the kids did, lol! I helped though. Lots of people riding bikes and scooters. I was glad I had my friend bring down the kids' scooters when she visited.
I really enjoyed Stones from the River. The ending made me cry, which isn't easy to do. I'm usually not a softy when it comes to books. Now I'm reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.
School starts in 2 weeks here. Blake will be registering for high school later this week. Wow! How is school going there?
I decided to keep my Droid, mostly at Kurt's urging, lol. He really likes the Pandora radio app! I think it's a guy thing, although I really like music too. I mostly listen to my ipod for that.
Well, write back when you can. Miss talking to you!
I saw a magazine ad for Pillars of the Earth. I'm not sure we get Starz but I'm avoiding it. I do that because 9 out of 10 times I'm disappointed in the movie version of a book I've read. They have a miniseries of Empire Falls with some big names--Paul Newman and Ed Harris among others, but I won't watch that either. Anyway, this is a great book I'm reading. During the first chapter some bad things happen and I felt very sad for these fictional characters, a sign of good writing to me. I'm still not halfway through it yet, lol.
I bought a Droid phone almost a month ago and I think I'll return it this week for a phone with a cheaper data fee. It's such a gorgeous phone but I can't justify having it in my mind, no matter how much I try to persuade myself;-) It has cool apps, that's for sure, but do I really need them?? No. Some of them are very convenient but I think I'll get the Samsung Reality instead. I was planning on getting that in the first place since I was supposed to get a discounted phone after 2 years and wanted a phone where I could text better. But Blake talked me into the Droid. It's all that kid's fault!! Haha!
This certain lady has 3 children from her first marriage. The youngest was already 9 or 10 when these 2 hooked up so they are out on their own now. She didn't have primary custody of them which is a red flag. She was onto her 2nd marriage when we met her. He was older and obese but he had lots of $ so that's why she stayed with him--financial security. She had her tubes tied prior to meeting my ex so thank GOD they didn't procreate!! I looked her up on facebook and saw a picture of her holding a baby. She's probably a grandmother now since she had her first at 16. My ex doesn't have any other children. That's a blessing since he has a hard time providing for the one he has. Btw, they are both 6,7 years older than me.
Is that the reasoning for selling liquor in separate stores because I've never heard of a kid knocking down a display of bottles. They're sold in grocery stores here w/out any problems. They're put on shelves, not out on display. Otherwise it's a safety hazard. I think parts of this country have never gotten past the Prohibition era. Liquor is baaaaad!!
The friend that I mentioned who moved to Oklahoma, she's coming out to visit early August. I'm very excited to see her since it's been 4 years. We were roommates when we were both single moms and became very close, going through the same stuff. I'm glad she's coming before our camping trip.
Did you like the Ramona movie? I saw your facebook post:-) I remember reading those books when I was young too, don't remember the content though.
The whole summer visitation was very hard at first. He was 5 at the time and he was away a whole month! My ex wanted him longer and I said no. The first summer I would take him every other weekend but it was hard for him to adjust so I stopped after that. One year early on, his girlfriend called the day that we were going to pick him up and she wanted to know if they could keep him an extra day so they could watch the fireworks at Disneyland. I thought she was nuts for even thinking that, much less calling. I hadn't seen him for 4 weeks and she waits until the very last day to try to extend it?!? Like they couldn't have seen fireworks during the whole 4 weeks Blake was there?!? They tried to pull that crap every summer with some excuse. Ugh! Luckily I don't deal with that girlfriend anymore. She had Blake's best interests at heart but what a pain she was! I noticed her car in my ex's driveway a year ago, after many years of being out of our lives, and Blake told me she was recovering from chemo. She stays hidden there and has never come out to say hi or anything. That's ok with me! She stopped dealing with me about 4 years ago after she called me up for the summer visit, making an outlandish request. I went along with it the year before but I wasn't willing to do that again. They wanted me to load up all of Blake's clothes, once again, even though the year before I hadn't gotten any back, despite constant nagging on my part. Buy your son some da*n clothes! She got snippy with me so I got snippy with her. I didn't talk to her for the first 3 years because they had cheated together while we were married. She gave up a half-a** apology (he was pursuing me, what could I do?) so I decided to suck it up and deal with her, even though she's a bit loony. I ended up thinking that they were a perfect match, lol. She would go off with her husband sometimes. It was interesting to watch their little soap opera. My ex loves the drama.
I've even heard of Huntsville. That's very strange about the clinics and strip clubs. Although I think those in the Bible belt have a love/hate relationship with sex so it kinda makes sense to me in a weird way! Alcohol too. My friend in Oklahoma has to go to a special liquor store, can't get booze in a grocery store and she said people give her dirty looks. I know some states have these blue laws but it just blows my mind!
We go to the county fair once every 5 years. So we went last year and only brought home a special hair holder for each girl but somehow spent over $100?? That was just the 4 of us with Lindsey getting in free.
I texted Blake a little bit about his room so he's aware of it. I asked him about colors and we narrowed it down to 2 shades of blue. Kurt likes the midnight blue but I think that's too dark.
I haven't been watching much tv except what I get on netflix. We just finished watching the 2nd year of True Blood. We got bored with the or*y scenes after the 2nd one and yet they just kept them coming. That whole Maryann storyline was so drawn out! Did you like it? Seemed to me they were trying to show what an adult show they are. Danielle's face scares me, never mind her antics! I watched the snippet of Jacqueline's daughter pulling her weave and Teresa wanting to keep her a**. Teresa was nice to her until the word "foreclosure" left Danielle's lips and then she got violent. It's all about money with that one. I'm sure the show would be a bore w/out Danielle since the others get along. Now they're going to have a D.C. housewives one.
I've never had a butter mint but they sound delicious. I'm sure they're totally bad for you, right? I noticed that Oxygen hasn't been showing Inhale, the yoga show, in the mornings anymore. Luckily I have them on my DVR but I hope they bring it back. My friend wants me to go to a holistic living expo in 10 days. I've never been to one but it sounds interesting from the brochure she emailed me. I've told you about her, she has MS but has radically changed her diet (among other things) because people with MS who did this got results--it actually reversed the symptoms. Western doctors don't always know what they're talking about.
I finished reading Empire Falls by Richard Russo. It won the Pulitzer and I agreed with that. Great book. I'm starting Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Finally going to dive into one of my unread 1000 page books! I usually read at night or when the girls are swimming (although when daddy's not there, they want me to go in the pool) so it'll be a long time before I finish.
We had a great 4th. Although won't be going next year to the town's fundraiser/fireworks. They already charge you plenty at the door and this year they charged for kids to go in the bounce house and big, inflatable slide! I thought that was far too greedy. $1 each time or $10 unlimited and they charge $10 for kids to enter the grounds in the first place.
Only Wells book I kinda liked was Little Altars Everywhere. From what I read on amazon, people who loved the Ya-Yas mostly hate her latest Ya-Ya book and the non Ya-Ya book she wrote was even worse. I wish she would go away, lol. I've read a couple books lately. The one that sticks out is My Lobotomy, a memoir from a guy who was given a lobotomy at age 12 because his neurotic stepmom couldn't stand him. Incredible! I'm reading Exodus by Leon Uris about the birth of Israel. It's one of those sweeping epics, written back in the '50s.
Blake left to go visit his dad last week...won't see him again until mid August-5 weeks! McKenna was crying the first night. She really looks up to him even though she teases him unmercifully. She seems to be better now though. We're planning on fixing up his room while he's gone. Scraping the ceiling, putting in can lights, painting the walls a different color (probably a darker blue), giving his closet a makeover. Might put in new carpet. I don't know how old the present carpet is but it has a couple stains.
Did you hear that Santino and Austin are getting their own show?? It's going to be on right after Project Runway later this month. I like both those guys. Austin is so nice and I hope he doesn't let Santino with his huge personality walk all over him. He was way too nice dealing with Wendy Pepper. I saw all this on Santino's facebook page. We're not "friends" lol, but he has it set to public. I thought Austin was doing pretty well in the design world so I'm a little surprised he's doing this, didn't think he needed the publicity.
I wonder if Bravo even does a background check on any of these "housewives"? It started out as a peek at the rich behind the gates show. As it turns out, Vicki is the only one from OC who had real wealth. The rest were all posers who refinanced their homes to the hilt and racked up the debt. That's what happened to Teresa too. How was it possible for these two to have 2 million-dollar homes, their fancy SUV and all their toys on $80k a year?? That's criminal to me. I've heard good things about Teresa's cookbook. So you're not into cooking but you like Top Chef;-)
How was the Star Wars expo? That sounds like fun. Have you ever been to Canada? I think I was 10 when I went there. Pretty country. Kurt's sister is going on a cruise through the Mexican riviera next month. It doesn't sound safe to me. People here have stopped traveling to Baja and mainland Mexico because of all the drug murders, etc. Even surfers aren't going there anymore. Maybe they don't get that kind of news in Iowa?!? We're going to be camping at the beach when she arrives in Cali and she's planning on coming to hang out for a day.
Have a good week!
Happy anniversary! 18 years...wow! Looks like you waited a while before you started having children. My parents did that too.
Already back to school soon...we don't do that until the end of August. The time does fly by. I can't believe sometimes that my youngest is 6!!
Cities here are very strict about fireworks because of the fire threat. If you want to do your own you have to be sneaky about it. Some cities put on their own firework show, usually with money raised by the residents. My hometown is one of the few cities around where you can go out in the street and light your own stuff legally. Hope you have a happy 4th! I already got a 4th-themed t'shirt from Kohl's. We'll all be decked out in red, white and blue. I think next year we'll stay home too.
Sorry to hear about your ugly heat wave. It's crazy to have 90 degree weather in June. Right now we're having below normal temps. Yesterday it stayed overcast all day. Weird. August and September are usually Godawful here and it doesn't let up until the end of October. Good thing you have the slide! I bet that helps beat the heat so much.
Had a huge beehive in our elm tree, way up at the top. I felt guilty about having to hire pest control to come out but you never know if the bees are Africanized. The guy said some of them were. They say that the bee population has declined for unknown reasons so I didn't want to exterminate them but didn't feel I had a choice. We were going to have a team of men come lay concrete the next day and you can't have the bees getting mad about that.
I don't blame you for not wanting to watch Eclipse with a bunch of screaming teenagers, lol. Hope you like it whenever you see it. I want to see the Sex and the City movie before it goes to DVD even though I heard it was a real turkey. I'm a loyal fan of the show anyway.
I don't watch the New Jersey wives but I hear that Danielle is a nutjob. I saw her book at Target. Who would want to spend $ on that?? You know it's garbage. I heard Kellie on New York is pretty delusional, thought Bethenny wanted to kill her or something. I really wish she would leave the show and take care of her mental health but the $ I'm sure is too tempting. Did you read about Teresa and her bankruptcy? It's sickening how much money her and her hubby spent. All these homes and a $1300 SUV payment alone. I really loathe irresponsible people. If you look at how much they put down for their income (probably underreported that) there was no way they could afford that lifestyle. I'm sure Bravo or the sponsors paid for all those shopping sprees for her daughters. Hopefully her cookbook will help them out. I hear it's decent.
I've only read one Alice Hoffman and didn't like it. She tried to do a modern day retelling of Wuthering Heights and it didn't live up to the original (which I love). But I'm willing to give her another try since it was just one book. I'm reading Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I just finished They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky. It's the story of three lost boys from Sudan. Amazing what they did in order to reach the U.S. They walked all over the country into Ethiopia and Kenya as well, trying to avoid bombs, landmines, hyenas, lions, hostile tribesmen and all between the ages of 5-10. I was blown away. So much suffering. I'd love to meet them someday. Some of them are hopefully still in San Diego.
I'm not dreading high school...at least not yet. I work hard at keeping the lines of communication open and I think that's so important! I know teens are going to be sneaky and try to keep things from their parents but he has always been easy to raise. He likes to chat with me after school. I got him to tell me who his crush is months ago and he came and showed me in his yearbook what she looked like (w/out me asking). She looked like a classy girl and she's on the honor roll. I hope his taste remains the same, lol! No skanks please! I've talked to him about drugs and Kurt has had the sex talk with him. I never talked about boys with my parents and they never asked. Never seemed curious about my friends. Or talked to me about drugs or sex, other than to say "You'd better not do drugs!" one time when I went to a party. Oh yeah, when I was 16 my mom mumbled once "I should have a talk about sex with you." That would've been interesting because my mom has lived a sheltered life. I'm determined to be different. Maybe it's the generation gap?? The girls, I know, will be very difficult. I can see it already. I know I'll make mistakes but I don't want to be a lazy parent is all. I think you agree after reading about Haley and her date.[br/]That's too bad about Opryland, lame that they used the land to make a mall. In San Diego we have our famous zoo and wild animal park and Sea World. Sea World now has a ride, not just sea animal shows. We used to have annual passes when we moved to this county 5 years ago. I always had mixed feelings watching the killer whales and dolphins perform. The orcas have killed a few trainers and I don't think they were meant to put on shows for humans (obviously). Sea World always whitewashes the killings though since it's their biggest moneymaker:-( I stopped getting Sea World passes after the first year, just didn't feel right. They have a Legoland here too. It's less than 10 years old. It's so freaking expensive though. As much as a day at Disneyland. The owners are totally delusional. I took Blake there once when he was a little boy. At the time they had a few kiddie rides and all the Lego displays and rooms where you could make Lego anything. I have to admit the displays were amazing. When we were there, they had the whole D.C. mall on display--all done in Legos! They had a life size Darth Vader up front. Your boys would probably be in heaven, right?? Now they've added a water park and sealife exhibit. What that has to do with legos, I don't know! LOL! Btw, Blake went on some roller coasters! Peer pressure won out. Some they wouldn't let him on because of his cast.[br/]So your family is pretty light complected? Slather on that SPF 70! I'm jealous of Kurt and McKenna. He's got Chickasaw Indian blood--he's pretty dark naturally and she inherited his complexion. Beautiful olive tone. Blake and Lindsey are paler. I tan easily but I've always needed sunscreen. I wish I had used heavy duty stuff when I was younger because I have such sun damage. If I had the $, I'd get laser resurfacing on my face. My upper chest is covered with freckles and sun spots. It's so gross.[br/]That's crazy that your lawnmower was stolen. How far off the road do you live? Are there streetlights? Our street is considered private, although there's no gate. The residents are responsible for maintaining it, not the county and it's against the law to enter if you don't live there, although it's not really enforced. There's no streetlights so it's pitch black at night. It sounds like a pain to drag the slide around. You know where we used to live, they had a HOA and people would steal the plants that the HOA planted in the front yards and open spaces. I thought that was really low! My aunt lives in a bad area and people have stolen her rose bushes. [br/]Blake's birthday is Friday and he wants to go to Boomer's. I don't know if they have those where you are but it's mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag etc. He's going to spend July 4th with us and he hasn't in years, so I'm thrilled about that! Fallbrook has a pay-to-enter celebration with food, games, hedge maze, a band and then a fireworks show. We had such a great time last year that we're doing it again. The money goes to a charity that works to keep the town looking nice so it's a good cause.[br/]I'm reading Timeline by Michael Crichton. Sci-fi isn't my thing but it involves time travel, which always intrigues me.
I just watched my boy graduate from junior high. So cute!! Now he's going to spend all day with his friends at Knott's Berry Farm, an amusement park in Orange County. He still has his cast until next week so no water rides. I can't picture him on roller coasters, etc. since he's scared of heights. I wonder if peer pressure will work? Lindsey is having a pizza party and McKenna a breakfast party (unusual!). Last day of school. I think I'll take the girls to the Y pool when they get out today.
I've never read a self-published book but I imagine it's not worth the time (unless they're a good friend or family member). I only know of one person who did it and she's a friend of a friend. No desire to read it. I ignore "writers" on here who want to shill their book...also the people who already have 100s of shelfari friends and just want to see how many "friends" they can get. Don't feel bad about the e-book. It's good enough that you humored that author. Now look who's being mean, lol!
I'm guessing that your water slide is more than a slip n slide?? Is it one of those huge blow-up things? I bet the kids won't get tired of that on those sweltering summer days. One of my friends got one of those $300 above ground pools and the water is starting to get warm enough to enjoy.
We're almost ready to lay the concrete for Kurt's pet project....portions of the front yard. I liked it fine the way it was but he's anxious to do this so whatever. He's the one who takes care of the outside anyway.
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I gave up on the Confederate Widow book at 550 pages. You know when you start getting resentful about the other books you could be reading that it's time to move on! I'll try to watch the movie someday, I hear it's pretty good.
Unless they don't know how to speak English, I'm not big on kids in preschools, (although they're wildly popular here). I can see where you're coming from though with the expense and seeing other kids getting it free while you pay taxes, etc. I agree it's gotten way out of hand. You know if I want to transfer out of the school because of the lousy test scores, if a disadvantaged family wants to transfer as well, then they get first dibs because of their status. The middle class really has it hard in this country nowadays. Let's not forget the free breakfasts and lunches:-(
I don't think you're being childish at all about Mother's Day! I'm always puzzled by men who use that excuse "she's not my mother". My dad pulls that one too. Does it not matter that you brought his children into the world?!? There's some women who get competitive and want to brag about stuff they get but I'm happy with a card and being pampered. I wouldn't do anything for Kurt either if he blew off Mother's Day.
I hope you're able to get at least one good shot with all the kids. I tried taking a picture of my nephew, Blake and McKenna...probably when McKenna was 2 for my mother-in-law, her request. It was impossible to get a good shot. My nephew was 13 and just starting into the gang life, so he was over it and wouldn't cooperate. And McKenna was 2 and had a hard time staying still. When the pictures came out (before digital) my nephew looked so bony that Kurt immediately went to his dad's where nephew was living and voiced his concerns. It was obvious he was doing drugs. Unfortunately, dad was deep in denial and although Kurt broke through Brett's shell, it wasn't enough. Well, you've heard plenty about his downward spiral. The funny part was when my mil said, "Not very good pictures, Karen. What, you couldn't get Brett to smile?!?" Oy vey. Never again!
Blake's dad gave him a cell phone yesterday. Of course he paid no attention to parental controls so I have to go through and do it. No pictures and I don't think he needs texting either. He's not interested in facebook, twitter or any of that social networking and for that I'm glad.