Saturday, November 28, 2009


Whew...have I ever said that twelve hour shifts are long? I like my job but at the end of the day my feet hurt!
As many know, I went part-time back in early October (or right around there) and I really enjoy the time off. I have considered going back full-time through June, when the kids will finish summer school. Hubby and I think that it would be a real opportunity to save for a down payment on a house or finish paying off the credit cards.
It's really a tough decision because on the days that I work hubby has to get the kids up and ready for school, put in his 8-hour work day, pick the kids up from his mom's, feed the kids, get them ready for bed, and put them to bed. There are times that they are already down when I get home from work or I'm just too exhausted to give them the attention they need. I can guarantee that there will be more fast food meals because I won't be home to cook. Plus, there's just something "right" about me being able to pick them up almost everyday from school.
I have considered trying to find something one day a week for eight hours...then I would be home at a decent time.
Hmmm...maybe I should be prayerful about this? How is it that I forget this simple solution. I've often thought that it would be so much easier if God would talk to me in a burning bush...or send me a big news flash...or hit me over the head with the answer.
So, What To Do??

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Off to work I go...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Anyone know a good plastic surgeon??

It's amazing what people can do with photoshopping... least I hope this is digital photo manipulation!
Somehow I'm never able to be "wordless"!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Little Miss is more than happy to pose for me, no matter what (although I'm not sure you can tell by this face)...
...while Bubby never asks for it but will say "Mom, look at me..."
I interpret that as "Mom, take a picture even though I'd never ask..."
It always amazes me how they can make friends at the park and play like they've known that other child forever
I actually got a genuine smile here! He tells me "I doesn't know how to smile". When he was little, it came so easy...
She is my monkey, where he is more cautious...
BOTH are beautiful!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


I usually try to post recipes on Tuesdays but this is sooo yummy, I don't want it to be too late!I always use Libby's Pumpkin, however, I don't follow the recipe exact. This is how hubby's grandma made her pies and they were the absolute BEST!!
2 unbaked pie crusts (No, I don't make my was a flop!)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
I leave out the cloves!
1/2 cup brown sugar (the recipe doesn't call for this)
3 eggs (the recipe calls for two)
1 1/2 cups (12oz can) Evaporated milk
Then follow the directions on the can!
Believe won't regret it if you follow this recipe.
Now, I have some pumpkin pie to go eat...and Oh My Goodness...there's egg nog too! We'll worry about our weight later!


Remember Spike? being the idiot that I apparently am...decided to get Spike a friend. The people at the pet store said that since he's a male I could get another male and they might not fight. If they did, I was told that I could bring him back.
There was NO fighting at all when I put the new friend in the cage. As a matter of fact, they happily sniffed each other's rear ends (Did you think dogs only did that??). I started thinking... Is Spike really a he?? Thank goodness for the internet because I was able to look at pictures on how to tell the difference between male and female gerbils. Guess what folks? I'm thinking Spike is really a Spikette.
Who wants some gerbil pups? As you can see, they are in love!
Told you I'm an idiot!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This weather is incapacitating to me...I think I could just hibernate. Yesterday, after my shower, I put a clean pair of flannel PJs on and stayed in them all day. Several of my friends on Facebook have been mentioning the snow and how they are looking forward to it. I'd be happy to never see snow again. That's not true...I'd be okay seeing it...I just don't need to experience it. Driving in the snow and ice at 5:30 in the morning so I can get to work on time is not my idea of fun!

Trying hard to "bloom" but it's hard when it's gray, rainy, and 30 degrees. How am I going to get through this winter? Here's where I pause and realize that it's still fall...more than 4 weeks away from actual winter. Here's where I also see that it's 79 degrees in that awful place we left last year. Here's where I question my sanity for leaving. Here's where I need to LET IT GO!

Contentment...where or where can it be?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jolly Mom's Giveaway...I could use this one!

Jolly Mom will be giving away an HP Touchsmart 600 starting Novemeber 23rd!

Microsoft and HP collaborated to create best-in-class touch technology that melds the power of Windows 7 with HP’s revolutionary TouchSmart PCs. The HP TouchSmart 600 showcases this technology within its sleek design, HD widescreen, BluRay, adjustable webcam and more. It offers limitless potential for enhancing life at home.
I could really use one of these, couldn't you??

Tasty Tuesday is back!

(click on image for printer friendly recipe)
Beat three eggs for five minutes
Add 1 cup sugar and 2/3 cup pumpkin
Mix in 3/4 cup flour
1 T baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Mix ingredients together then spread in cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Spread tea towel out and sprinkle with powdered sugar, then roll cake in tea towel. Chill.

1 cup powdered sugar
3 oz cream cheese
4 T butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Unroll cake and spread filling. Reroll and chill. You can sprinkle more powdered sugar over top when serving if desired. Enjoy!

Monday, November 16, 2009


Apparently, this is one of the big Christmas hits for the year...Bubby has already let me know that he wants one. For those with little men, you might keep this in mind.

(info copied from Amazon)

Maxus Dragonoid is a combination of 7 Bakugan (1 Bakugan and 6 Bakugan Trap) that unite to form the ultimate monster

  • The 6 Bakugan Trap that make up Maxus Dragonoid are unique to the Maxus Dragonoid monster and cannot be found in any other Bakugan products

  • Comes with Grakas Hound, Dark Hound, Grafias, Brachium, Spitarm, SpyderFencer & Neo Dragonoid

  • All the Bakugan that compose Maxus Dragonoid can also be used individually in the game

  • 1 Bakugan and 7 Bakugan Traps unite into ONE.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


**Well worth the read...
regardless of party affiliation**
The following letter was read on Glenn Beck's show. Americans everywhere can identify with this 53-year-old woman from Arizona. She has given us a voice.
(This is from way back in June but I missed it and want to share it)

GLENN BECK: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona . She writes an open letter to our nation's leadership:
"I am a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. Instead, we are burdened with Congressional Dukes and Duchesses who think they know better than the citizens they are supposed to represent.
There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would feel so horribly disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut-job am I? Well, these briefly are the views and issues for which I seek representation:
One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This is not to be confused with legal immigration.
Two, the STIMULUS bill. I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you No, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.
Three, Czars. I want the circumvention of our constitutional checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution, and honor it.
Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There are many conflicting opinions and it is too soon for this radical legislation. Quit throwing our nation into politically-correct quicksand.
Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision that will burden me, my children, and grandchildren. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night without even reading it. Slow down! Fix only what is broken -- we have the best health care system in the world -- and test any new program in one or two states first.
Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. More is not better! Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real [Constitutional] obligations. Why don't you start there.
Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes -- how did they pull that one off? Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with any of our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.
Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs -- and that is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person! Why do you want me to hate my employers? And what do you have against shareholders making a profit?
Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.
Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Every company must sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. (Have you ever ripped off a Band-Aid?) We will pull together.. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.
Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please stop trying to manipulate and appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.
Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.Take a breath. Listen to the people. Slow down and get some input from non-politicians and experts on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed-reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent.. I work. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.
I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is needless urgency and recklessness in all of your recent spending of our tax dollars.
From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back.. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on bringing our concerns to Washington . Our president often knows all the right buzzwords like unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.
We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented.. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work, pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone... and we are now looking at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic freedom spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us who will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.
Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution, and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them.. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you.
If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming."


I am where I am for a reason...I need to remember "Bloom where you're planted"
(taken in beautiful Hawaii)
Be happy where I am, thankful for what I have, looking forward to the future...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

He's singing...seriously! We had a blast at last year's American Idol tour!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hi ho, hi's back to work I go

Hi ho, hi's back to work tomorrow. I have been off for the past 17 days and it just doesn't seem possible. For the most part, I am better, but I still have the cough that's holding on. Today I went out for lunch and by the time I got home I felt like I'd ran a marathon. It will be interesting to see what a 12-hour shift does, huh?
Praise report: I follow Mckmama at My Charming kids and her little Stellan has come through surgery with huge success! Praise God!!
Happy Tuesday...God is good!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Before Little Miss's 6th Birthday we asked her what she wanted... I asked her if she wanted a bike and she replied "Mom, you already got me one of those...found it in the garage a few days ago." Little Stinker!

The only thing she asked for was an animal "just like bubby's". We had bought him a guinea pig and I decided that we didn't need two in the house. I could just imagine the arguments about whose guinea pig was the best. My other fear was that, somehow, she'd wind up with a guinea that actually was better and liked to be held and petted. So, after much thought we decided on a gerbil because it actually stays up during the day and has less tendency to bite than a hamster.
Meet Spike!
Kinda cute in a mousy kind of way!

I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, most of the time. This little piece right here connects to his cage and came with some litter because supposedly gerbils/hamsters/other small critters can be pottie trained to only go in there! Can you read gullible on my forehead from where you're sitting?? It actually came with a little yellow shovel to scoop the poo as well. Can you believe I seriously fell for it? Duh!

I've found out what it REALLY is. It's an escape pod. It's where he goes to get out of his cage. There's nothing worse then sitting here at my computer, happily typing away, and see this little white, furry critter scurry under my chair. We've found him everytime so far, but I always have this fear he's going to get into the vents or something. I think my mother planted that in my mind when I was a child and my hamster kept getting out of it's cage.

So here's my question?? How do you persuade the child to get rid of it??

Friday, November 6, 2009

Something to think about...

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise." (Adolf Hitler)
I only share this because I'm afraid that it's happening and most don't realize it...

Thursday, November 5, 2009


What has made you smile today? This little fella from the San Francisco zoo brought a grin to my face.
photo by George Nikitin

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Worldless Wednesday

Happy Humpday...Friday will be here soon!
(yes, still sick but now on antibiotics, Tamiflu, codeine cough syrup and Advil...)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My turn...and a little pumpkin carving

Anyone getting sick of hearing about the flu?? Oh yeah...that was me that posted about it in my last post like two minutes ago...

Bubby will not be going to school tomorrow--poor little guy is coughing so bad he gags, though fever is gone. Little Miss WILL be back in school (thank goodness). Unfortunately, I started coughing last night before bed and I woke up this morning with the aches and fever is 101 (update: make that 102). So, I guess it's my turn.

I carved this one...honestly, I was kinda impressed with myself! By the way, those little carving kits are pretty cool!

Daddy also participated...

Little Miss enjoyed doing hers and wanted to "count the seeds". Yeah, that didn't happen!

Thank goodness that they're old enough to do this part now!!

Congressman Blasts H1N1 Vaccine Distribution to Gitmo Detainees During Shortage -

And I say...SERIOUS??
Most know that I didn't get the vaccine, however, the majority of the United State's citizens that want it haven't either and we're giving it to suspected terrorists (WHO ARE BASICALLY IN A QUARANTINED SITUATION ALREADY)??
What do you think?? Would they be doing the same thing for our guys??

Monday, November 2, 2009

Getting better...

Slowly but surely we're getting there!
Little Miss is feeling better and is back to being her little stinker self. Bubby is still running a fever (now on day four) but it is lower and he's acting more himself. They were actually out of school today and Tuesday here's hoping they'll be back in the game, come Wednesday.


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