Monday, June 25, 2007

40 Random Questions

I shamelessly stole this from Michelle at Between Diapers and Dishes, because it looked fun :)

40 of The Most Random Questions You Will Ever Fill Out

1) What side of the heart do you draw first? right

2) Can you dive without plugging your nose? Wait, that would mean I would be able to dive... I can swim like a fish, but the thing about going in the water head first, no, I can't do that.

3) What color is your razor? Blue

4) What is your blood-type? AB+

5) Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours? Nobody

6) What is a rumor someone has spread about you? When I was a child I had a bad case of eczema in the folds of my arms. One of my classmates started telling everybody that I not only had rashes on my arms, but also on my rear end. It was embarrassing enough to have them on my arms, I really didn't need that, Hallie.

7) How do you feel about carrots? Yummy. Have a hard time keeping them in the house, I guess I'm raising a bunch of bunnies.

8) How many chairs at the dining room table? 6

9) Which is the best Spice Girl? Ummm...

10) Do you know what time it is? Yep, time to take a nap before work. I procrastinate.

11) Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince Theme Song? No, only the "smell ya later" part.

12) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator? Enjoy the peace and quiet!

13) What’s your favorite kind of gum? Not that I chew it a lot, but I do like cinnamon gum.

14) All’s fair in love and war? Absolutely not. Marriages would be a lot better off if we could esteem others higher than ourselves. If both partners did that, imagine the peace and devotion that would happen in that house. Of course, I'm not one to talk with two failed marriages, but...

15) Do you have a crush on anyone? No. At the moment, I feel too jaded and weary for crushes.

16) Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning? Probably. Although, I really want to know the correct usage for the word notated. I personally think that's a dumb word, noted sounds ever so much better and can be used wherever notated is. I mean, at work, I send a message to our vehicle impounds department when I notify an owner that their car was towed, and I get back something like "notated notification at blah blah blah"... why wouldn't that be "noted notification..."? It just sounds better! That's my language rant for the day.

17) Do you like to sleep? whenever possible.

18) Do you know which US states don’t use Daylight Savings Time? Parts of Arizona, and parts of Indiana.

19) Do you know the words to the song Total Eclipse of the Heart? I used to.

20) Do you want a bright yellow ‘06 mustang? Not particularly.

21) What’s something you’ve always wanted? I've always wanted to travel to Europe. Aside from that, yeah, a housekeeper would be great.

22) Do you have hairy legs? No.

23) What does “Semper Fidelis” stand for? "Always Faithful" Latin, Marines.

24) Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake? Ocean.

25) Do you wear a lot of black? No.

26) Describe your hair. Short, brown with quite a bit of gray showing up, in need of a trim.

27) Do you have Entomophobia? Mildly.

28) Are you an adult? Yes

29) Where is/are your best friend(s)? My lifetime best friend is in Virginia, and my other best friend is about a mile and a half east.

30) Do you have a tan? No. I turn into a lobster. I don't tan well.

31) Are you addicted to TV? No.

32) Do you enjoy spending time with your mother? Wish I could, she passed away when I was 10 - will be 30 years ago this December.

33) Are you a sugar freak? Uh huh.

34) What happened to number 34? My dog ate it. Except I don't have a dog.

35) What sign are you? like, zodiac sign? I'm a leo, but I think that stuff is bolony.

36) Where do you wish you were right now? At the beach.

37) Who did you copy this from? Michelle from Between Diapers and Dishes

38) How do you know them? One of my reads.

39) Have you kissed anyone in the past week? Nobody over the age of 11.

40. Favorite thing to wear to bed? tank top and shorts.

The fridge is dead, long live the fridge

So, a while ago, somewhere out there in blogland, I saw a meme where people were posting pictures of the inside of their refrigerator. For some it was no problem, their fridge is always neat and tidy. For some it was a chance to be real and honest with the bloggy world. And for some it was the motivation to clear out those science experiments growing in the back. Me, I passed on that particular blogging craze.

When I got home from Tucson a week and a half ago, I made a discovery that was not particularly welcome. My refrigerator was critically ill. It had been having issues for a while now, and I knew the day would come when it would pass on to that place where all refrigerators go. I made the decision to allow it to die with dignity and not take heroic measures to extend it's life, so began the refrigerator death watch. The refrigerator portion was not keeping things cold, so a good portion of the food I bought at Costco the weekend before was gone. The freezer was keeping things cold, but not frozen. My family spent the week encouraging the brave appliance to make it through just one more day, and we were ever so grateful for each additional day we were able to spend with us and have it provide us with a place to keep our foods cold. At the end of last week, our brave refrigerator passed from this place of working appliances to the place where appliances can run and laugh and play free of worry and strife. We pulled the plug. Our brave refrigerator made it to the point where I was able to buy a new refrigerator, and I counted it a blessing that at least part of it functioned a little bit.

Our grief was short lived, as on Saturday, we welcomed a new refrigerator into our home. My daughter has named it Bob. And so now, I am willing to post a picture of the inside of my fridge, and I can guarantee, it will never be this pretty again :P

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Disappointing trip

But we still had fun, and it may have been that time off that I needed. The plan was to stay with my sister in the resort where her company was hosting some sort of function. Only she didn't realize how strict the company's no family policy was, and she didn't realize that her company booked the ENTIRE resort for the week. That meant there would be absolutely no children there. At all. So instead I got a room at a hotel, and we figured we'd spend Wednesday together, because my sister was supposed to have that day off. When I spoke to her Wednesday morning, the plans had changed because her boss changed the schedule and she would have something to do between 1 and 5. Ok, so we'd spend the morning together, and then have dinner and spend some time in the evening together. I picked her up from her hotel, and she had some errands to run. We stopped at a store and bought snacks for later, and she bought both of my kids a ball. We spent about an hour and a half together and thinking that we'd see each other later, I didn't take any pictures. After I took her back to her hotel, I took my kids swimming in the pool at our hotel. Then my sister called and said they changed the schedule again, and there was a function she was required to attend at 7. So dinner wasn't happening either. She didn't get back to her room until after 11. So I was pretty bummed that I didn't get to spend more time with my sister. I hadn't seen her since July of 2004, and now I'm not sure when I'll get to see her again. The kids and I drove around Tucson for a while and then went to eat, and more swimming, and more bed Jumping. I think my kids' favorite part of the trip was the fact that the hotel actually had cable TV, which we don't. Without cable, we don't get good reception, so we don't really have TV. They would have been content to sit and watch Disney Channel all day, everyday. This has reinforced my desire to not ever have cable again :) (It started because I couldn't afford to pay for it - now it's a conscious decision to not have cable tv.) Today before we left, we stopped by San Xavier Del Bac Mission. I'm not Catholic, but I can certainly appreciate the beauty of this building and the history behind it. When it was built, Arizona was still part of Mexico!

But we did have fun, got away from home for a couple days, I just wish I got to see my sister more. Now we're home, and I still have a couple days off. Which is very good, because the appraisal for my house is Monday. I guess that means *gulp* I actually have to clean it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I'm a bad mom

I let my kids jump on the beds. Or rather, jump from bed to bed in hotel rooms :)

And btw? I really like hotels that have free wifi :D

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Clue #2 that a vacation is a really good idea...

Not only do you have dreams that the police are coming to put you in a room with rubber walls, but they're speaking a language you only understand bits and pieces of, and the only reason you know that much is because you hear conversations with an interpreter in this language all night long. Yes, I've been dreaming in a language that I don't even really know!

Bad news - no real vacation till the end of September.

Good news? I arranged to have an extra day off this week (Wednesday) and my sister that lives 2000 miles away will be in Tucson! She'll there on business, staying at a resort (with a water park!) so the kids and I are going to head down there. So it may not be a vacation, but it will be a nice little getaway!

Thursday, June 07, 2007


I've been pretty stressed out lately. First, work has been stressful. We're in the process of switching to a new phone system, and it doesn't work as well as we'd like at this point. They've moved us from our modern, clean building with plenty of places to spread out and relax on our breaks to the old yucky cramped basement of police headquarters while they install the new system there. They already installed in the dungeo.... I mean, basement of HQ, so we're using it already, but it's got plenty of bugs. It was supposed to take 3 weeks to install it in our building and get us back there. It's been 4. They haven't even starting putting it in our building yet, and they won't until they work out all the bugs. Like duplicating 911 hang up calls from cell phones. You call once, we call you back not once, not twice, but 5 times! How's that for service?!

Normally the stuff I hear at work doesn't bother me. Occasionally it all gets to me and I really feel like I can't keep doing this. Then I remember who is in control and it gets better and I love my job again. Sometimes it's hard to lose sight of just who is in control when at least once a night you talk to someone who has been shot, who saw someone get shot, or who has shot someone else. It's been getting to me lately. Part of that is being at police headquarters. I don't feel safe walking in downtown at 11pm. Part of it is hearing reports of violent crimes right down the road from where I live. And I feel less safe at home. I feel like I've lost my innocence in a way. I grew up in a place that was very low in crime. Or at least I didn't have a lot of awareness of it if there was crime. When I was 5 my oldest sister's best friend was abducted and murdered in the woods behind the houses across the street. We moved shortly after. I wasn't aware of any crimes in my neighborhood growing up, none like I hear on a regular basis here. No shootings, no kidnappings, no rapes, no stolen cars, no vehicle burglaries, no graffiti even. We didn't hear gunshots like we do here. I know the area where I grew up is not as safe and idyllic as I believed it to be, and I know it's not as crime free as it once was. But I never once went outside to find the tires missing off the car there, and nobody ever wrote the words "West Side" on my garage door there. I knew crime happened when I was growing up, but it didn't happen near me. Now it's all around me. In a way I wish I could go back to being as ignorant as I once was. I wish my kids could grow up with the feeling of safety that I had. The world is just not the same.

To add to those stresses, I've been having major childcare issues. All 3 of my older kids are in Ohio visiting family. That leaves me with Sassy and Snugglebutt, age 10 and 7. So before she left, Allison assured me several times that her roommates had volunteered to take care of the kids while I worked and so that I could get some sleep. Only the truth is she pretty much volunteered her roommates, an engaged couple, to watch my kids. Only they really didn't want to. I kept telling Allison I could probably get one of Sam's teenage friends to stay here if I paid them, in fact, I've done that several times in the past and it has always worked out well (aside from them getting onto Sam's account on our computer and changing his myspace page background to pink and yellow fairies, but it's a small price to pay, I think... :> ) She kept telling me "No, no, my roommates will watch them, you have nothing to worry about!" But now that all my built in childcare is gone, the roommates are at her moms and don't know when they will be home, he needs to go look for a job (on Saturday night - who hires on Saturday night??) she has to work till 10:30 (and guess who did that scheduling - Allison!) So I've been completely stressed out with text messages back and forth, miscommunications and misunderstandings. Because my job is one of responsibility. They can't just get someone from a temp agency to fill in for me. When we don't have enough people, it puts the citizens in danger and creates added stress for everybody who works there. That, and after a certain number of unscheduled absences, we can be suspended or fired. I went to my supervisor and explained the situation, and some of my stress has been eased. I didn't know it, but I'm allowed to take up to 40 hours per year of family leave, which includes child care situations, and it doesn't count against me. Phew! And, Sam's friend is more than happy to help me out. The glee of the chaos he's planning to cause in Sam's life is a good incentive :P

So today, we had some fun. We went to Tempe Beach Park's splash playground. Several of these have been popping up around the Valley of the Sun, and I think they are a brilliant idea, especially on those 100+ degree days (today wasn't one.) The kids had a blast! I went with a friend who brought her kids also, and we had lunch at the park. Tonight? I've got 3 of my friend's kids here sleeping over. Can I plead temporary insanity?

As for being stressed out at work, I know the stuff with the new phone system will pass - either they'll get it straightened out or we'll go back to the old system (please please please) and the bad stuff getting to me will pass too, it always does. I know and trust that God has a plan that I may not understand right now, so I'll cling to that. It's enough.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Getting to know Sassy

I've mentioned a while ago the email group I've been part of since 1996 when I found out I was pregnant with Sassy. It was a group of moms (and a dad or two)from all over the world who were due to have babies in May of 97. Yes, it's been around that long, and it's been an interesting experience! In honor of our kids 10th birthdays, we are putting together a yearbook, and are including a survey done by the kids. Here are my daughter's answers to that survey.

My Nickname: Racoon Face, Sassy girl
My Mom's Name: Connie
My DOB: 5/4/97
How tall am I? 4'll"
Favorite color? black
Favorite Animals? my cat
Favorite Bands? superchic[k]
Favorite songs? one girl revolution
Favorite TV Shows? sponge bob
Favorite Books? The Series Of Unfortunate Events/Junie B. Jones
My favorite board game is.... Monopoly
My favorite sport is..... talking on the phone

Funniest thing about me: my mom can make up the craziest things to rhyme with my name

My favorite clothes to wear.... my camo pants and turtle shirt

If I were an animal, I'd want to be a .., because... cat,because they can make funny noises and scare little children.....sometimes

When I grow up, I want to be...., because.... teacher because they are veeerrryyy good at scaring little children on purpose

If I were a Superhero, the superpower I'd want would be.. to turn into an invisible cat,so during school,i can be invisible and make a HUGE scratchy noise on the chalkboard

My favorite thing to do with my Mom is...... play animal crossing

My most un-favorite thing to do with my Mom is..... clean my room

What I like to do with my family: go to castles and coasters

I wish my Mom would let me....... stay home alone more often

It would be really cool if kids could... make their mommys clean their rooms(the kids room)

I really like it when Mom cooks.. (bakes)brownies with CHOCOLTE.LOTS AND LOTS OF CHOCOLATE

The chore I HATE the most is... cleaning my room

I'm really good at.... math

My favorite subject in school is... math

I wish I didn't have to learn.... science

True or False:

I like to read. True
I like to write. True
I like to draw. True
I like math. Very True
I like science. Very False
I like history. False

If I were president, I would.... roller skate in the white house

The one "baby story" my mom/dad tells the most about me is... how i used to hate everyone and puke on them on command

Three wishes:

1. more wishes
2. lotsa chocolate
3.even MORE wishes

What does your kid have to say?