Saturday, June 28, 2008

Spider sense....

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Iron Man
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Just for laughs -- I always thought that I would love to be MJ, sigh....

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A tale of a mighty dragon...

There he sits. Rojo. Mighty dragon. He carries my family from place to place, does battle in our streets keeping us safe from harm as he wings down the black highways of L.A. And yet, there he sits. Why, you might ask, does he sit? Just sit... he rumbles and groans, but the ease with which I would guide him has been hindered. Rojo, the mighty dragon, does not want to move. His engine roars, but his wheels stay firm. His hand release for the parking brake is broken, the once strong cable torn and the handle pulled loose in my hand. We are going nowhere today.

It could have been better timing - couldn't it always - but it could have been worse. I am in Palm Dessert, visiting my parents time share, and we had just finished buying a boat load of groceries, loaded them into the cavernous rear of my mighty dragon, and were about to take off - so I thought. It was at this point that the aforementioned handle came loose into my clutch. Thankfully, it was AAA to the rescue. Liam and I went with the tow truck driver, Sam, to Palm to Pines Automotive where they would unclench the parking brake, and my mother waited with the groceries for us to return. Thankfully Maia and Brandon were with my father - but unfortunately he could not come to my mother's rescue because the car seat necessary to move Maia in a vehicle was, of course, with me. So off we went. And the brake was released, and I went to get my mother from the store. We drove back to the timeshare in triumph and joy. We parked. And that is when it happened. I stepped on the parking brake again. After having spent 3 hours of my afternoon working to free Rojo from the parking brake's grip, I engaged it again. Habit. And I have never felt so stupid in all my life.

So after several minutes of wailing and screaming, and crying to the gods about a simple lapse of mind, I turned and went into the house. I knit. I chatted with my dear friend online. I went swimming. And in the best words of Scarlet O'hara, I decided that "I'll think about that tomorrow."

The knitting is from a kit that my wonderful husband procured for my birthday, another beautiful design by Ann Hanson of Knitspot. And sitting atop that lovely mountain of fiber? The cutest little sheep that ever graced my needles, thanks to my lovely Jen, who is today sporting a new look herself.

Here's wishing you a better day.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


So as I toodle around the internet, reading blogs and boards, reflecting on life's little subtleties, that little voice in the back of my mind starts reminding me about the fact that I have not added anything to this blog in maybe a month - not counting our backyard fire, of course.

So, what have I missed?

Brandon turning 8. This was a HUGE blow. Don't ask me what's so different about 8 than 7, but suddenly he seems much too grown up. Sigh. I keep telling myself I will let go when I need too... hope I don't end up with empty nest syndrome instead. But then again, I do love those little squishy babies.. sigh.

We had a birthday party for him in the back yard a week after his birthday. It was small, but it was a load of fun. Everyone enjoyed pizza, and Javier was out there playing a game of... of... well, I don't really know what they were playing. I just know that it involved lots of pool noodles, and ambushes by the children.

Much hilarity and joy was had by all. It was a good day.

The preschool had their carnival, and Miss Mary Mac had her last year as the Childcare Booth Chair. Mary is a hoot. I love to be around her. At least I'll still bump into her at the Elementary school for a few more years and a few more laughs. The kids had a blast riding ponies, and bouncing, and buying their own treats with the handful of tickets I got each of them this year. It was a wonderful day had by all.

Brandon competed with his Cub Scout Troop in the Pinwood Derby. He had a blast, but didn't win a thing. I love youth.

We got kittens. 3 of them. They are beyond cute, and I can't even begin to express how adorable it is to see my rough and tumble Liam curled around a baby kitten. He is more attached to his kitten than either of the other two, and he makes sure that she is fed, and comfortable, and in his arms about 2/3rds of the day. It is beyond cute. We have Fluffy Kitty (aka Dr. Pepper per my hubby), Tiger (that's Brandon's), and then the dangerously beautiful Kiki (Liam's pride and joy.)

My older brother turning 47. Dude. No words. But I have to mail his present soon...

My siblings turning 31 - David and Danae - somehow them being over 30 just makes me feel really old. Sigh.

(That's David Girlfriend, Lea)

Then my best friend (from across the continent) Jen getting yet another year older thousands of miles away.

Javier and I celebrating our 12 anniversary. Yah, all of you who bet we would last a year...ya'll can suck it. :D

(Anyone getting the feeling there are a lot of celebrations for us in May?)

And Liam got is very first Spotlight Award at the school - for "Asking great questions, and getting the answers!" This is very much my Liam. I love it.

And that kind of brings us up to date - at least on the big stuff. My birthday is coming up. Maia's birthday is coming up and we are planning a little get together in the park. I hope it goes off well. My secret weapon of choice? Costco. Cake. Pizza. Cheap and good. Doesn't get much better.

Well, off for now!