Thursday, August 21, 2008

37 Things About Me

So, today is my 37th birthday and I'm pretty indifferent about it. I will say that it started off very well with my husband driving 4 hours home from work in Salinas, climbing into bed and being the first person to wish me Happy Birthday. I promptly went back to sleep, but remember being very happy that he was home again where he belongs. I got this idea from Jill over at her blog (see Creativity, Musings & Such in my blog list). I'm still too much of a dufus to figure out how to include a link in my post.
Here are some important things about me to celebrate my 37th year of life:
1. I wish I could make a living as a photographer, but I don't know if I'm good enough
2. My favorite place on the planet is Yosemite
3. My middle name is Lynn, but I dropped it when I got married and now use my maiden name as my middle name
4. I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan since I was 5
5. I was born in Utah, but I'm not Mormon
6. I was the only brunette in my class until 4th grade
7. I moved to CA when I was 14
8. I've had the same best friend since I was 11
9. We haven't lived in the same state in 23 years
10. I love my in-laws, all of them
11. I hope to work for the JDRF in some capacity one day
12. The sounds of my daughters laughing makes me smile wherever we are
13. My last boss was crazy, seriously
14. I am a list maker, I have them everywhere
15. My brother is one of my favorite people and I'm so grateful for him
16. I love Texas
17. I lived in Philly for 3 years and couldn't wait to move back to CA
18. I love New York City and feel completely safe there
19. I'm addicted to scrapbook supplies and any kind of paper products
20. My daughters have made me a girly-girl - I wasn't before I had them
21. I love to cook
22. Sushi is a relatively new passion for me, I love it!
23. I hate to play games....philosophically that is - I LOVE board games
24. I am an awesome thumb wrestler
25. I'm addicted to magazines...I buy at least 5 a month, but do not have subscriptions to any
26. I love to write, stories, letters, notes, you name it
27. I am learning to speak my mind
28. I am a people pleaser by nature
29. I love the fact that one of my daughters looks just like me
30. I have really great friends that love me just the way I am
31. I am ALWAYS late, but I'm getting better
32. My cell phone is the bain of my existence
33. I am very stubborn, sometimes to the point of being unreasonable
34. I work better with men than I do women
35. I want to be the mom that other mom's want to emulate
36. Fall is my favorite time of the year
37. I love being married, truly.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

And so it begins

Ms. J, my crafty, way too intelligent for her 3 year old (almost 4)self started preschool today. She's been talking about it for months and we decided that a full year of school prior to kindergarten would be a good thing for her. She was up and dressed, hair done, breakfast almost finished by the time we had to go - we were off to a pretty good start for the first day of school. THEN, we get into the car to head out and she informs me that I'm going the wrong way, that the school is above Guncle's (that's Uncle to most folks) house. I tell her that we have a different way to get there from our house and to please trust me....we pull up to a stoplight and she points to a blue trash can with numbers and letters stenciled on and asks me, "Do you know what those letters and numbers on that blue trash can say Mommy?" When I give the honest answer of "No", since I was focused on the light and hoping not to get rearended by the man in the ginormous truck speeding up behind us - this is what she tells me....."Those letters and numbers say "THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO SCHOOL"!" I laughed so hard I snorted...for about 5 minutes.....this girl cracks me we passed the bank with the digital sign out front, she commented "that sign says to turn around and go back to where you came from"....again I laughed out loud. She kills me, this child of mine - couldn't love her any more if she was twins!
I did spend her first day of school with her....mostly for my sense of well being. We had a training session with her teachers regarding testing her blood sugar and I thought it would be a good idea to be there as a back up just in case. I'm happy to say that the teacher did a great job, Ms. J was a huge help and told her teacher exactly what she needed to do.
One other really great thing about Ms. J's first day of school is that she is with her best friend, who is also her cousin, Ms. K - they were so happy to be there together and I really think that it will be a great thing for them to share this experience sans their parents. I'm so proud of them!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

What an Awesome Group of Ladies

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There are a group of women on eBay, who are in a phenomenal group, The Boutique Angels - and several times a year they do a charity drive via their auctions. The newest launch starts tomorrow, August 4th and continues until August 17th. 100 PERCENT, yes ALL OF THE PROCEEDS from these auctions will be going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
This is a very personal matter for me as my oldest, Ms. J is a juvenile diabetic since before she turned 2. My husband is also diabetic, his kicked in when he was 23. We've had many ups and downs with this tempermental disease, but most of the time it's business as usual, just a few more steps than your average kiddo at meals, playtime or bedtime.
If there's anyone out there reading this blog (highly unlikely, but you never know). I would definitely encourage you to check out the auctions or read about the Boutique Angels on their blog -