Monday, January 28, 2008
As our trip wouldn't be complete without my favorite stop. I had to stop at my Ghiradelli shop to bring home my favorite chocolates. Yum!!!! And no... I do not share well....ask my children
The trip was fun, the kids had fun. We were worn to death and yet, even in our exhaustion we were not stupid enough to pay $225 for a shirt we found for sale in Carmel. At least I have some sense left in me!!!! Well, it was a fun trip. Hopefully next month's trip will be just as fun!!!!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
by the way...i did not write this. i simply read it and laughed about the truth behind it!!!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Blog on my dear friends!!!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Now, here I am sitting in the dark of the middle of my living room. It is nearly 11pm. All are quiet, except the few giggles from my girls telling their sisterly secrets. I just don't have the heart to tell them to be quiet yet. I actually embrace the night now. When everyone is asleep in their beds I have time that belongs to me and only me. I am no longer mom or wife. I am simply me. Perhaps that will be the name of a book that I writes someday..simply me. We shall see.
Tomorrow I will take aspirin in advance of coming home from work as we are hosting Corinna's 13th birthday party on Saturday. As of Sunday i am a mother of a teenager. Now, for most people that would cause quaking of knees and lines beginning to form across their face along with a bulging vein in their forehead. To be honest, i totally love my kids moving into this point of their lives although i am having a bit of trouble with the concept of in five years Corinna will be graduating high school and then moving onto school. her latest choice is to go to culinary school. Whatever she chooses she will be great, but it will change...we've got five years until we send her so something will change. I love watching her independent and truly loving her life. For the most part she is my easy kid, but she is sooo emotional right now. All part and package of becoming a woman which I am proud to say that she handled the entire transition quite gracefully. She even laughed as we joked about her ice skating party if her period started that she would fall on her rear end and cause a large red streak across the ice. needless to say we really had a good time laughing at everything. It was quite fun. I love my life, but I also love the silence when they are all asleep.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
*Be a stay at home Mom again.
*Feel like I am a good Mom- this is one of my major insecurities.
*Have a clean home- some may say it is is impossible, but if I were a stay at home Mom it would certainly be in the realm of possibilities.
*Finish reading the Book of Mormon straight through. I am a spot reader. I will either look up a certain topic that has touched my heart. I have most certainly read the entire Book of Mormon..just not in order.
*Be able to cook a decent dinner- I truly have no time to actually even cook. I love to cook, but it is hard.
*Get a dishwasher- enuff said!!!
* Believe in myself more.
*Be prideful less.
*Work in the temple when I am able to truly appreciate it.
*Be as humble as I was up in Oregon and receive the instruction through dreams like I did back then. it was the absolute coolest time of my life although I struggled.
*Love my fellow men--including the rude people that i come into contact every day.
See...very simple things but things that I can work on myself. I swear I am going to get a bucket and decorate it someday and write down the things I want to do
oh and by the way Don clarified that I may get into a cage with Great White Sharks all around me as long as he is not there to see it. Anyone want to go down to South Africa with me?!?!?! Just checking!!!
"I just don’t find myself compelled enough to want to see more."
Wow!!! From what I have heard it wasn't too bad of a story, but I guess my letter did not work on her. Oh and believe me I am not shedding tears one bit about it. I have a collection of my rejection notices piling up. I am keeping them to remind me of where I have come from. it will make it THAT much sweeter when I manage to get it published. Right? I have quite a collection of them for now, but that is all right. Dr Seuss was turned down over 25 times. JK Rowling was turned down on the Harry Potter series nearly the same amount. The more I throw it out there...the better methinks!!!
Don't worry, I am not taking this too much to heart. I sort of laughed when i looked at the agency name because they were actually from Canada. I had sent a query to them by mistake as i would rather support my dear friends here in the US. Don laughed and said: "Silly Canadians, they will learn what they missed when your book is published." It always feels good to have my hubby on my side. He is probably the best BFF I have ever had in my life!!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The other good news is that I almost blew my New Year's resolution...#9 which was not to fall down and hurt my knee. Well, my ankle gave way coming out of the train car with a bag of dry cob on my shoulder and I fell down. Luckily, I did not hurt my knee...however my shin on the other hand hurts like crazy....Shh...don't tell Don. He won't let me walk again without guidance!!!
And good news number three is that I had an idea for a totally new story of sorts. I am kind of excited about it and will start writing shortly, but you all will need to be kept in the dark for now!!!!! I love that feeling when I first get the idea for the next story. I am going to continue on with Ethan and Ari, but the way my brain works is that if I am still to finalize the manuscript then i can't go any further with them until i am done. So here I am. I am going to be starting a new story while I am finishing up the one currently i am on. We shall see what happens with that one. I got sort of a bee in my burr and actually sent out quite a few queries so hopefully I will hear good news....someday.
i hope you enjoyed my good news for the day. By the way. I am curious...does anyone else have a bucket list?!?!!? I don't want to be the only crazy one in the world.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
For those of you who do not know I have taught Sunbeams before. The last time I taught was in the old ward before the great dissolving of our old one. In that particular class I asked for assistance of a second adult to help me out. I even told them I would teach every single lesson. So, with one child who was autistic and another that was ADHD I plodded along taking aspirin before even leaving to church. Until the one fateful day...My dearest little Trevor was running around the room. I was just waiting for him to slip and run directly into the wall. When telling him very strongly that he needed to stop running and sit down he screamed: "You are not my mom! You can't tell me what to do!!!" A nanosecond later he slipped, fell and slammed his sweet little head into the air conditioning unit and blood started pouring out. Can we just say the sunbeams were traumatized!!! So was I!!!! I stood there directing the sunbeams to retrieve the Primary President...as it was her son...while I applied direct pressure to his head. It took 4 or 5 staples to close the wound. So..now you know the anxieties that I faced teaching a new set of sunbeams in the same exact room that this happened.
Apparently, the Lord has seen to grant a smile to me as I had just gotten out of church and made it home when I was able to catch the end of my beloved San Diego Chargers win the second game in a row that they were not expected to win. Now, please understand, I am not saying that Heavenly Father has helped them in any way, shape or form. When I was young I was born in San Diego and as I grew up and was just about the age of my Sunbeams when my grandfather and parents would take us to see Charger and San Diego Padres baseball games. I remember the Charger games the most as we would bring a couple hundred rolled tacos from El Indio's along with some truly fresh made corn tortillas that still make my mouth melt thinking about it!!! It was a family tradition to go at least twice a year and the rest of the time we would gather on Sunday and cheer on our team. Please don't be too offended, but I was not a member then either. So, when my dear Chargers play on Sunday it is more than just a football game. It is my time with my Grandpa for whom I will always miss. He was my favorite person in the world..aside from my parents. So, when my team wins I can picture my Grandfather sitting in his easy chair raising a fist cheering for our team. Thanks for the memories Grandpa!!! I miss you!!!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
*See a book I had written on the shelves of a bookstore.- At least I am working towards that!!!
*See a Great White shark in person- Don won't let me get into a cage with one swimming about. Go figure!!!
*Survive Girl's Camp as Head Cook- We shall hope and pray that happens this year. I am still a bit jittery so that may not happen.
*Retire and buy several hundred acres and build my dream home on the acreage- we've already started looking for the property in either Texas or Wyoming.
*Take pictures of a Grizzly Bear fishing in an Alaskan River- No cage required for this one.
*See a pod of Orca in the wild. No---I am not going in the water for that one!!!
*Go to Scotland and meet my best friend- Sounds weird, but we have e-mailed nearly daily for seven years. I often wonder why we were separated by such a long distance here on this earth.
*Visit Ireland, The Netherlands and the UK to see the places where my ancestors came from.
Now, that is the short list as I have been able to mark several off my list. Here are a few that I have marked off:
*Swim with Dolphins- For an ocean person like me it was incredible. Getting to ride belly to belly with them was truly awesome!!!
*See the Sistine Chapel in person- Again, awe inspiring. I will never forget the feeling as I stood int he center of the room and took in the masterpiece before me.
*Walk the streets of Venice- It was the best feeling to spend the evenings getting lost with my eternal sweetheart.
*Tuscany- need I say more?!?!
* Bear children- Sometimes I can hardly bear them, but I do anyway.
*Disney World- For a Disney Fan it is a must see. I am dying to go back!!! Someday!!!
* Temple Marriage- That of course is a hard one considering I didn't join the church until 16 years ago. However, from the moment I looked into Don's eyes I knew that this life would never be enough.
What is on your Bucket list? And what have you already accomplished?
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thanks & Enjoy!!!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
#1) Accept myself for who I am and stop wishing that I had someone else's figure.
#2) Accept that I am truly not fashion forward, but admire those who are and ask advice...hint hint...if anyone knows of an online store for larger women that has truly cute clothes please let me know!!!
#3) Do not kill my children when i ask them for the millionth time to clean their rooms.
#4) Do not answer the telephone at work: "Caldron's General Store...Can you help me?" Not very professional, but extremely funny.
#5)Write something everyday...blog is included.
#6) Look for humor in the worst situations.
#7) Receive 20 rejection notices for my writing...you can't get a rejection if you don't send out your work...I already have 3 rejections!!!
#8) Take a chance...you never know what will happen.
#9) Try not to fall down and hurt my knees this year.
#10) Keep my sense of humor to help others smile when they are down.
So, there we have it. My resolutions for the year. I think I can live with them. What do you think? Throw out your opinions!!!! I love them!!!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I talked to a friend today…
I talked to a friend yesterday…her husband asked her for a divorce.
I talked to a friend yesterday…she is battling depression.
I talked to a friend yesterday…she is fighting for her life.
I talked to a friend yesterday…she watched her father beat her mother.
I talked to a friend yesterday…when she announced her engagement her fiances family protested the marriage.
I talked to a friend today…with the strength of the Lord she stands with her head held high.
I talked to a friend today…through the dark clouds over her head she has found the sun beams streaming through.
I talked to a friend today…She has kicked cancer in the butt.
I talked to a friend today…She knows she is worth more than that.
I talked to a friend yesterday…She just celebrated her fifteenth anniversary ready for an eternity to the man the Lord has sent just for her.
You never know when facing turmoil what can be in store for you. I actually wrote this as a challenge from a friend. I will read to her for the first time when we go back to Girl's Camp. From there we shall see where the future has taken us!!!!
He only saw work involved!!! Now, in case you haven't figured it out that is the gutter from our store that decided to fly off into the yard. We were greatly amused!!! It is just a few screws to put it back in. This too shall pass.I would also like to take this time to introduce you to the Valley's latest resort.....Lake Caldron. Just enjoy a day with the family at shore's edge!!!! Fresh squeezed lemonade from our very own lemon tree!!! Can't you just picture it? We will soon be constructing cabanas and taking reservations for this upcoming summer. We are hoping to stock our lake with some world class fishing just around the corner in good ol' Tracy California!!!!
Reservations are limited...CALL TODAY!!!!
1 (800) RUU-NUTS!!!!
Oh...and yes...that is my darling daughter playing along with my insanity!!!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
now, for my complaint. As I am sitting here in the store you would not believe the smells that walk in the door. i can handle most of them as our clients are not the well-to-do, but the farmer's, dairymen, and all around hard workers of the world. Many times they come in smelling of the dairy, fertilizer and that sort of thing. I can handle that. You are wondering where my complaint is going aren't you? My one huge complaint is that we have several different men that come in that wear an incredible amount of cologne. Is there a nice way of telling them not to bathe in the cologne? I have been known to yell at the gang members that come in to stick with school and grow their brains instead of beating each other's out. I have been known to tell youth that come in smelling like pot that if they come into my store smelling like that ever again i will call the police and send the drug sniffing dogs over to their house jsut to get them arrested. i ahve been known to yell at drug dealers. How in the world do you tell a customer that he wears waaaaaayyyyy too much cologne? That could be a sensitive situation. Any suggestions? Oh and by the way just for common knowledge you should see the young men in the gang when they come in. They pull their pants up because I don't allow their underwear showing in the store. At least, they don't wear way too much cologne....