Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
And he's off............
Monday, July 28, 2008
I came to this wondeful realization though this weekend. I wrote about it in my Dating Dames.com column. It's basically this - after one year (today is our anniversary) I am finally feeling "just fine" right where we are at. I'm not in a big hurry to have more, these visits, they are all I can handle with things the way they are at my house right now. Someday things will change and that will be fine, but right now, I'm good. I miss my guy, but these kids have me pretty busy right now.
Sarah and Owen had fun today. She's pretty good with little guys. We got out the bubbles and the kids loved them, but not as much as Steve did. I'll share a photo of him bubbling later.
I turned on the sprinkler for him and he wanted the water to go stronger, so he grabbed the hose and shook it. Hard, really hard. That kid is really strong.
S was playing with his new phone. It's got some pretty cool features. I think he was golfing on it here.
I tried to fit us both in the shot.
Those boys should be just about home by now. I hope their drive went well. Owen got about 4 hours-nap worth of play in before they left. That kid, he's adorable.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Sunday my brother's family came over in the evening and we sat outside and enjoyed the rest of the day. The weather has been wonderful this past week - only in the 90s.
S and his son, Owen arrived this morning, but they have to leave tomorrow afternoon. Here's a message from Owen. vvx lhmyc`gy7bcx As he typed that, he whispered, "Dada dada......" His dad is running an errand. Well, that's about it for now. This is my 100th post, but I'm exhausted from my weekend of fun. And I'm wrestling Owen for control of the keyboard. He's so darn cute.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I've been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I run on my treadmill. I'm now into Season 2. I watched, "What's My Line, Part 1" today. I'm at mile 13.75 - have to finish by Friday, get that 20 miles in. It's funny how it's never easy for me, never easy. Some runs are not as hard, but I've never had one that felt like it was a breeze. I have to talk myself into finishing that first mile, that second mile, and on and on. I feel so good when I'm done. I feel taller, which I know sounds strange, but maybe I'm standing straighter when I'm done.
Today I had a job interview at Banker's Casualty and Life Insurance. They sell insurance to Seniors. My dad has sold insurance and financial planning since I was 10. He loves his job. In the past I've had some experience with sales. I worked in a health club and sold club memberships. I sold shoes. I sold hair products when I was a hairdresser. I worked for a very, very short time selling magazine subscriptions.
Well, I sold the one and only health club membership that I attempted. I did okay at the shoes. I sold a whole lot of hair products - it was easy, people always wanted to recreate what I'd done at home. I seriously sucked at the magazines. I imagine I would do okay with the insurance. I think it's important to be prepared - I look at my Grandma and my mom and I wish that they were both better prepared.
Another thing to think about, I have to be flexible with my time. I'm not sure that would be possible with this job. Oh well, I'll see if they offer me something and go from there. It was interesting to listen to the presentation anyway. It made me start thinking about my own retirement. And I got to wear a new dress.
Tomorrow I am going to start writing for http://www.datingdames.com If you are single and have anything in particular you'd like me to cover over there, please let me know. I think it's going to be fun and I hope to be informative, too.
I'm watching "So You Think You Can Dance," right now. I love this show.
Monday, July 21, 2008
This Jeep reminds me of how much I need to wash my own vehicle. Oops. Better get to that tomorrow.
The window worked almost as a mirror here - the colors of the sky look fairly true.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I got a new job offer last night and I've been checking and rechecking my email watching for the contract. I will be writing a dating column. Bay doesn't think that this is a good idea. She started teasing me about how a few years back, I took Sarah on a date with me (we went for a hike) and another time I called a guy and said I couldn't make it because my son was ill when he wasn't, but later he ended up being VERY ill and barfing. I used to date, though, and I read a lot about relationships and I am IN a relationship, so I feel qualified to write on the subject.
When I told Mom, she said, "Oh, I was hoping that meant I could drag you out to meet people with me." Nope, she's going to have to do that on her own or with her single friend.
When I told Steve about the job, he didn't really have anything to say. I don't know why that is. Maybe he's not interested or maybe he was distracted when I told him. He has been working very, very long days, and then he goes home and takes care of his big kids, so I know he's got to be tired. I haven't told him that I started a food blog. He is a little bit of a food snob, so I'm hesitant to share it with him.
I feel like I need a nap.... and a break from these cartoons. Maybe a swim would wake me up.
Did you notice that I lost my steam and I'm just writing a sentence here and there to fill in the area around these photos that I already downloaded?
What I would really, really like to do is to grab my camera, get in the car, and drive around until I find something that I'd like to shoot. Something different. An old building or ....... something that I've never thought of shooting before.
Okay, that's it, I'm officially out of ideas for this entry.
I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
It took about 40 minutes for the brothers to get onstage after Demi. I was wishing that I had brought something for us to do at that point. The sun went down and it go so much cooler. Whenever anyone would walk onstage, the girls in the crowd would scream - they were so ready for those brothers when they finally arrived. They came up through the floor on this catwalk thing, that sort of went up, then forward across to the front of the stage, then down. And there was was some smoke and fire and lights.
I'm sorry that I don't have better pictures. I had my point and shoot with me and it doesn't have a big zoom.
Sarah had a blast, singing all the songs.
Later, we went out to the food court area and I noticed that we could see the boys much closer if we stood outside the path that led to the expensive seats. Once, one of the ushers said we had to move because it was a fire lane, but we just stepped back a little and we were fine.
It was a fun night. I love seeing live music. The girls were all wound up - nothing quite compares to a cute boy with a guitar.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
My daughter is currently sitting outside, on the grass, looking at the moon, with a boy. And older boy. A senior boy. This is a first around here. I'm worried about the boy riding his bike home in the dark. I went out and asked about a light - truly mortifying my daughter. Sorry honey, I just want the boy to get home safely. I asked him to please think about getting one before he rides at night again. They are snuggle-ish. She is turning 16 in a couple of weeks.
Twenty something years ago, Steve was 16 and I was 17, and we were snuggle-ish. I'm hoping that this pair is not quite as snuggle-ish as we were. I'm pretty sure that they are safe out there on the lawn - there's a whole lot of neighbors moving around out there in the evening.
Steve is hoping to come down next week. He will be bringing his older kids, but not Owen. Dang, I really like that Owen. The older kids are pretty cool, too. I'm thinking up some fun stuff to do - we will have a really limited amount of time together. I'm pretty excited.
I'm also sore. I started running in earnest again this week. I'm taking a slow pace, but putting in time and mileage. I want to get my good habits back in order before my birthday next month. I'm giving some thought to a local 10K next month - on the 2nd. Not sure though, I'm really not ready.
Oh heck, sure I am. I don't have to run a good time, just finish.
I am so glad it's not smokey anymore. I'm sitting here with the windows open and a nice breeze flowing through. Very, very nice.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This morning was not very smokey, so I got out on the patio before the heat hit. I cleaned my litle fountain a bit, added some new rocks, and ran it for the hour plus it took me to cut back and feed my plants. Most of my petunias are a bit spent, so I cut them back. This pot is the exception. I've never grown this particular color before, but I definitely will again.
I found a praying mantis when I was cutting back dried pieces on my little patio tree. Here he is upside down. I climbed the stairs to the little landing that is barely visible in this photo and took some from overhead, as well. It was interesting to see a different view of my patio. It reminded me to take the time to try to present things in a fresh way.
I found this little bee, next to the same tree, on a red canna. Bees are tough, they are always moving and I have a hard time getting them in focus.
Duncan brought this dragonfly by to show me last night. This is the second one he's brought by. Apparently I am now the Dragonfly Lady. I can live with that. Steve explained the lifecycle of the dragonfly to me last Summer. I was so surprised - they begin life as something that lives underwater. Did you know that?
Just in case you are interested, I shared a quick stir-in type pasta recipe over at my cooking blog today. It's simple and you can adapt it in a variety of ways. I like pasta on hot days, because it's quick and doesn't heat up my kitchen too much. If you'd like to see it, it's at http://www.acooksbounty.blogspot.com
Saturday, July 12, 2008
At JoAnn's I found a 3 inch pad, that was approximately 2.5 ft long, to fill in a smooshed spot in Max's foam pillow perch. I found what I needed for less than $15, took it home, and loaded it into the bag. I got Max out of bed, that kid, he would sleep 24/7 if I allowed it, and he actually stretched out on it. It was, as these small happy surprises are with Max, thrilling. Lately, he has taken to pulling himself into a protective semi-fetal position. To see him stretched out and looking up, it's progress. And for only $15. :D Okay, I didn't load these photos in the correct order, but I'm in a hurry, so I've got to roll with it. I want to learn how to catch the kids mid-run. Here's an attempt I made about a week ago. It's Alana running. The feet look cool, but no amount of messing with the photo could make the body look the way I wanted it to. As soon as the smoke...........
this is a photo with the smoke - can you see it in the background - clears..................
I am going to see if I can get the kids to try again. Right now, I don't want to encourage them to run when the air sucks. Sarah and I have been swimming and we poop out after 30 minutes. It's hard to breathe and really gives us a headache, but we've got to get outside a little bit. I'm trying to re-fit myself. Sometimes, in the evenings, it's clearer and Sarah will go hang out with the neighbor kids.
Speaking of neighborhood kids, 4 of them are moving today. Two families are combining, which is pretty cool. The rest, I know one family is moving in, not sure about the other family. I think it's been hard for people to get through today with the trucks and the trailers.
Lastly, I did make the French Toast. I started a new blog today - a cooking blog at http://www.acooksbounty.blogspot.com I started it last Spring - only a couple of posts - but I'm moving it over here. I love food and cooking. Please take a look, if you have a chance. Only the one recipe so far, but I will be adding more regularly.
That's it. Happy Saturday to you!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
It was eerie outside today. The light was very orange and there was ash floating down. I like floating on a raft in the creek and when I was on my back, I could see it landing on my legs, my chest, my belly. It was creepy. And sad. Our beautiful California is burning all over the place.
People who have never been here think that California is all like LA, but it's not. There's desert and mountains and incredible coastline. I live up at the top of the Sacramento Valley and let me tell you, there are parts of this valley that are not beautiful, but my town is surrounded by orchards and foothills. There's a park that runs up through town, into the hills - that's the park that I always talk about. Anyway, my point is that it looks nothing like the California where the stars live - the sky is usually blue and clear. This latest fire, I hear that it's in Paradise/Magalia area. A lot of people who live up there are retired. Steve's dad lives there.
Bay's out here now. She is sick and somehow thinks that using the computer will help. I need to go outside and see if I can photograph something for tomorrow's Wordless Wednesday. Good evening to you.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
He is a bit more restful today, a little less warm. These are the times I wish he could speak, that he could tell me what hurts. He's laying very still.
I didn't use my camera at all yesterday, so I grabbed it and went out to look at my patio garden. I have new strawberries. Yum. I'm going to point them out to Sarah. Okay, I did, she's on her way out to grab one now. She told me that she'd been eyeing it and that Karlee told her that when it was time she had called it.
I am surprised that I don't have any green tomatoes yet. In the past I've grown Early Girls. Apparently, Heirlooms take longer. Happily, I found a lot of little buds.
Lots of mint. Hhmm.....what should I do with it? I like it's blue-green color.
I have a mini lemon tree. The first year, I had no lemons. The second year, I had two. This year, I have a ......okay, not a bunch, but a few. Yay!
Bay just got up, it's after 3pm. She is sick, too. The teenagers always seem to come down with something at the same time. They are so darn delicate.
When I woke up this morning, I was surprised that my boyfriend was not beside me. I must have dreamed that he was here for a visit. His absence, I'm really feeling it right now. I've felt so emotional lately, sort of raw, and he gives these huge hugs. When he's here, I feel like the heavy weight of my life, my responsibilities, that's it's a little lighter. He's my peace.