Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I think the best part of the entire thing is that Corinna and I will get to spend some quality time together. We plan a lot of going to the movies and kicking back in bed and enjoying each other. It's a rarity that we get so much free time together. Life will definitely be good!!!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Several days ago we were sitting down in our store talking and thinking about the things we needed to do, but were too tired to do. When Don was talking about visiting his brother, Troy, down in Texas and going hunting with him. When we were talking he muttered soemthign about Christmas and then quickly changed the subject. I watched his eyes and tuned into him like a television set. Then I waited.
Yesterday, we were talking to Becky, a very good friend of ours who helps us out in the store from time to time. I brought up Don flying down to Texas to go hunting with Troy and elaving Christmas Day. He looked at me odd and said he was thinking the same thing. now, let me tell you. Aside from our side trips, Don has not had a true vacation in nearly 2 years. I ahve encouraged him to do this before, but he kept saying...no. So, now, when he came up with the idea I gave him the OK and so he called his brother. The plan was working well. of course I would stay back and we would be here for the returns and such associated with the holidays. I told him I would hire someone to lift the feed for me and there would be no issues. Then my big ploy worked. "Hey Don, why don't you take a couple of the kids down to see their cousins?" I was worried he would see right through me, but alas! He was thinking so much of hunting he didn't!!! We checked with my sister-in-law and she was thrilled that they would keep her kids busy and give her a break. My oldest had decided she was going to stay at home with me. So, for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day Corinna and I plan to "party like a rock star." Those were her words, not mine!!! Actually, we are planning to see Twilight 2 or 3...maybe 4 times!!! Just palying. However that is our plan. We are going to spend a lot of time just hanging out and having a good time together. Let's just see how my plan works out.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
"Sucker!" Just because I can never turn anyone down...even when I would love to!!!
2. Where was your profile picture taken?
It was at a tulip farm. You can't really see it unless the picture is larger, but it is a see of red tulips with one lone yellow tulip. Obviously, I feel like the yellow tulip, never quite fitting in.
3. What is your current relationship status?
Eternally married to my best friend and the love of my life.
4. Honestly, does your crush like you back?
Of course he does...it's a law or something isn't it?!
5.What's your current mood?
Grumpy...I am still waking up.
6. What do you like the most?
My favorite thing in the world is to be completely alone and working on my latest novel. I love it when I get the peace and quiet. With three kids it never happens, but I can dream can't I?
7. What makes you happy?
Ghiradelli chocolate, lazy days, winter, snow falling while I am sitting by the window reading a book with hot cocoa nearby, my kids when they are sleeping, my hubby when he is napping, lightning storms, rain storms, traveling here there and everywhere.
8. If you could go back and change something, would you?
No, because I think that everything that everything I have gone through and all the experiences I have....well...experienced have made me into who I am.
Well, kayaking went fairly well. At first it was comedy of errors because we kept zigzagging around the lake and rowing in circles. my dear frustrated hubby said: "Why can't you do what I am doing?" To which I replied: "Because I am sitting in front of you and cannot see what you are doing!!!" Ahhh what a dear man. It wasn't until after we relaxed and floated lazily down a small patch of the lake where we figured out just what each other needed to do. Once we got that down we did fairly well. I posted Don's picture instead of mine for two reasons: #1 because I can! And #2 he looks so much better in his picture than I do in mine!!! Ahh the fun and excitement!!!!
Today is going to be a bit of a crazy day. Don will be heading out to Farmer's Warehouse to pick up feed at 9am which leaves me alone in the store to fend for myself a bit. It's fine, shouldn't be too bad I think. We shall see what happens. It is normally quiet today anyway, but I think people are going to be coming by later in the afternoon for the feed anyway. So, I expect to spend most of this day on my own because Don will be exhausted by the end of all of this. Luckily, we have nothing too much planned for the night. Just a little BBQ'ing of a tri tip and then relaxing the rest of the night.
I just found out that I am getting my pictures back from the concert today so I will post them as soon as I can scan them in. I am not too used to scanning so I will give it a try. Wish me luck!!!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Today should be an interesting day here. We will drop the kids off and go out on our breakfast date together, then head over to the boat store for a couple of life jackets, stop by the bank fairly quickly and then head off to Del Valle to do some kayaking before the day gets too hot. I am almost afraid to know how bad my arms are going to hurt tomorrow. Forget tomorrow...Tonight!!!!!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I'm a Talent!
You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.
Talent: 56%Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.
I'm a Mercedes SLK!
You appreciate the finer things in life. You have a split personality - wild or conservative, depending on your mood. Wherever you go, you like to travel first class. Luxury, style, and fun - who could ask for more?
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
So, last night we went swimming. It must have been hot because I actually went in the water. I think I have this phobia about being seen in a swimsuit because quite honestly not all women come out looking fabulous after three pregnancies in three years. Of course my youngest will be turning 11 in two months so I guess that is no excuse is it?! Anyway, I felt cooler for awhile. Don BBQ'd some chicken and we had dinner real quick. Just in time for the kids and I to catch "Camp Rock." I am a Disney fiend so whenever they come out even though it was meant for teens and such. I am a dork and I loved it!!! Of course the kids did not love that Don made them go to sleep halfway through the movies since they were so tired.
the best part about the night was the cool delta breeze running through my bedroom window right over my head. It will be another hot one, but at least I know it will cool down tonight. if i know that I can survive. For anyone else out there that is having a heatwave hit them I am indeed sorry and I truly feel bad. Trust me I understand...we don't have A/C so it gets hard to deal with sometimes. I am always thankful now that we aren't having the same temps as 2 years ago. 123 degrees...now that is ugly!!!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thanks to all who have asked.
We have been really enjoying this fabulous weather. Honestly, once it hits a hundred degrees I start messing with people who are whining about the heat and casually mention that we have no air conditioning in our house. You should see the look of horror on their faces, but really, most of the time we get the heat and then the delta breeze cools us off nicely at night. The same will happen today. We had it fairly warm this last night, but after experiencing 123 degrees w/o the good ol' AC then I can handle anything!!!!
Last night wasn't too bad because we took off the instant we made it home. We headed out to watch the Oakland A's and the The Florida Marlins battle it out at the ballpark. We had pretty good seats. We were in the 16th row. In fact, we are close enough for me to feel like I was watching a little league game. The players all looked soooo young. Ugh! Miserable, but honestly I got over it fairly quickly though. It was a really good game aside from when dusk settled in and we were all attacked by these little gnat bugs. At one point this poor Asian tourist had 13 on his back with A few of them crawling into his collar. EEEWWWW!!! We were all brushing off the backs of the people in front of us. Thanks heavens for cooperation!!!! The bombardment lasted about 30 minutes and then they all drifted off somewhere else. I am not kidding when if someone held up bug spray they would have made a mint off of it!!!! I will remember that one next time.
By the time we had made it home it had cooled off outside, but inside it was still a little warm. We were all so beat that we fell asleep no problem. Now here I sit in the store waiting for our bazillion customers to come in and make a bit of money to pay the mortgage. Of course, I can't complain...we do have AC here in the store. Yay work!!!!!
Have a beautiful weekend!!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
The name of the book is: "Dragon of My Dreams" by Tammy Caldron
Barnes and Noble online had the best price so far, but like I had mentioned I am waiting as I had the paper back edition set to go out. So enjoy the jumping for joy that I am doing. Today I have to get back to work. Not my favorite but there it is!!!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I know, you all are quite unsure of what I am talking about. I saw my very own first novel listed on the Barnes & Noble website. It was insane and beautiful all at once. I saw the price and about fell over. Way too expensive, so I am going to change it into a paperback edition. It will be cheaper that way. It is a shock to see my book listed on their site. WOW!!!! Life is good for today!!!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thanks to all!!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I can hear your minds.....Kayak?!?!?!?! That is what my hubby received for Father's Day. It was a double kayak that he wanted for his days off and our visits to Tahoe or any lake for that matter. Yes, we have tested it out...as I am not the smallest woman on the planet. At nearly 6 ft tall how could I be? Anyway, we both climbed on in the pool and paddled a bit about. It was great. No capsizing or anything!!!! Now we just need to find the life jackets. That will be a job for later on this week perhaps. We shall see what happens. Anyway, now we can hopefully find time to relax a bit before the end of the week hits again!!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Oh and by the way, I know I am whining, but I just can't stand all of the selfishness going on around here sometimes!!!!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
The worry is that with so many homes being foreclosed and people just walking away from their homes that the pools that were normally crystal blue in the past become green and a breeding ground for mosquitos who could pass on this horrible disease. If you have neighbors that have walked away then call vector control and they will have solutions for these pools and they will take care of them. This is a really serious thing that is going to happen and West Nile has already been documented here in Tracy, not far from your homes. It is better safe than sorry. Wearing a little bug repellant while being outside in the early morning or late day will help as well.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I just want my friends to protect themselves and their families.
Friday, June 13, 2008
In the end she called to yell at me for being heartless and unchristian. I took a great offense to that and my heart aches for her, but at the same time...this business has my family's name on it and not hers. She has truly hurt me that she could be so negative. She said that Don has been rude to her more than once and that she was done with us and our store. I tried to explain to her that our decision was not one trying to be hurtful, but she refused to hear it. I feel angry right now that it seems to me that she is being selfish in her attitude towards us. I will take a deep look at myself tonight and decide if my attitude is one of selfishness. I hate to be that way. Unfortunately, when you own a business calls need to be made that aren't the easiest to make and sometimes people get their feelings hurt. I hate this day!!!! I wish I could hide under the covers!!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
1st Wish: I wish how best I could understand how to help others through their challenges.
2nd Wish: I wish I had more time with my kids. They are growing so quickly. In just 4 1/2 short years my oldest will be in college.
3rd Wish: I wish I could find more time to write and work on my novel.
4th wish: I wish I could accept myself for who I am and not who I wish I was.
5th Wish: I wish my children would learn from their mistakes and live to be a happy people.
6th Wish: I wish I could give my best friend a hug just once before I die...She lives in Scotland and we have written for over 7 years now and never met face to face. She is my sister in every way.
7th Wish: I wish people wouldn't be in such a hurry all of the time. Let's take time and smell the roses.
8th Wish: I wish gratitude was a daily thought process.
9th Wish: I wish the world would stop arguing and learn how to get along like a couple of three year olds I know.
10th Wish: I wish when I closed my eyes I could focus on the positive things in my life and not the negative.
What do you wish for?! Rub your lamps and show me!!!
Yes, that is the time that the alarm went off at the store. Don and I plopped out of bed to check it out. Now let me give you a really good picture of it. It is 4am so there is no make-up, my hair closely resembles Albert Einstein...not a good look in my opinion, I am wearing a ratty pair of pink plaid pj bottoms and a green striped shirt. I throw on a pair of flip flops and my hubby hands me a shotgun...yes, we are not dumb enough to go over to a store when the alarm goes off without being armed. I hate guns. I really do. Personally, I think if there was a burglar then he would have been frozen in horror seeing my appearance. There was no need for the shotguns, but it made my hubby feel better. I figured for just waking up I was fairly prepared. I brought my cell phone in case I needed to call the police and a flashlight as well.
And where was my fearsome dog?!?!?
Yes, hiding under the train car. She a tough little pit bull isn't she?!?!?!
Now, somebody fluff my pillow, I am going back to bed!!!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
"Misty"...aka...our truck. So, she had a check in Don's hand that leaves us free and clear to pay our deductible and it is paid. I am grateful that portion is done. We also have our claim number and it is all set so that when we put the truck in we go and get our rental for the time being. I love my insurance company!!!
Now off to the real fun!!!! We set up for the concert on friday for a couple hours and then made our way back home. I left early on Saturday morning loaded with products to sell. With the help of my girls we set up in a few hours and were ready for business. The gates were not opened until noon so we had a little time to relax. Once the gates were opened I attempted to be my charming self. it seemed to work. We sold a decent amount of goods. i wished I had sold more, but I can't help that people were just holding onto their money tighter these days. When the concert started the party began.
I snuck away from the booth at the end of each act to meet the men performing. This is me while the concert is going on and before my camera died. Sad but true. They didn't allow our own cameras backstage as it would take too much time so I will be getting the professionally taken pictures later on and I will post them when they are delivered.
For now I will share with you the men I was lucky enough to meet.
First: Lee Brice-
Lee has been on the scene for a little while. he was a football player for awhile until an injury sidelined his college career. He was headed for being a civil engineer when he decided to go for his dream. Lately he is known for writing Garth Brooks latest hit "More than a Memory" which I do admit is one of my favorite songs. he sang it saturday and I loved it. He is quickly making his name known in the country music world and it was a fun time getting to see him perform.
The second one I met was Andy Griggs.
Andy seemed to me to be a real down to earth kind of guy that appreciated where he was at and what he was doing. I truly enjoyed him and he got the house pumping fairly well. Just a quick side story. While getting my picture done with my group there was a little girl named Skyler. She was about 6 years old. He took his own time to give her some special attention. As we crowded in for the picture Andy had his arm around me and another gal on the other side. he stopped the photo from being taken and asked Skyler to stand right in front of him. Afterwards we headed back to our tent, but Andy called her back and autographed her VIP pass especially for just her since autographs were not allowed as they were available for a limited amount of time. He's a good man.
And finally...Blake Shelton
Now, you need to understand I love his music. he is just as close to really hitting it big as Taylor Swift was last year at this same event put on by the radio station. If you get a chance to listen to his song "Some Beach" then you will hear a bit of why I love his music. He really knew how to get the 20,000 plus people dancing and playing. As we went over there to meet him the group i was with froze when he said hello. I looked at them strangely and walked right on over. He shook my hand and swept me up into a hug and said: "Hey there darlin'" I have to admit my thought process shut down for a moment while I caught my breath. After the picture I was the last to wish him well and I received another hug. hey! Why not!!! I am adorable!!! Right?!?!?! I thought so!!!
So, I managed to get everything we hadn't sold home and was incredibly exhausted last night. It was a great night!!!!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
We drove up after work Saturday to see my two nephews, Bradley & Jeremy, be awarded their Eagle Scout awards. It was terrific to see them and have my little guy the chance to see his cousins getting that award he was worried about.
Sunday we went to church where Don began to have chest pains. Before you all freek out he does this when he is stressed out. it has nothing to do with his heart, but with stress instead and how his body reacts. He is doing much better. After he rested a bit I drove us all down to see my nephew Kenny, who we attended his graduation from high school on Thrusday. On Sunday his birthday/graduation party was set and we attended that. needless to say my hubby couldn't help, but give Kenny an extra surprise!!!!
If you want to know whyI fell in love with my hubby here it is: He always makes me laugh.
I was buying this t-shirt from Bubba Gump's down on the pier. Normally delicious it had failed to impress us at all today. I wnated this t-shirt especially for mutual this week. it would at least give the girls a giggle. Well, the young lady at the counter said to me......drum roll please!!!!!.....................................
"Did you see the smaller ones over there in the back? They would be great for your GRANDKIDS!!!!!!!!"
My heart broke and after picking my chin up off the ground I quickly explained to the young woman that I am merely 36 years old and that she should keep her thoughts to herself."
I hate her...