Monday, June 27, 2005

End of an Era...

My son spent every night of his life sleeping in our bedroom. Half of his life we all spent many a night snuggling together. I don't believe its for everyone - its what worked for our family.

I knew the day would come when he would be ready to sleep in his own room. That day was Saturday.

I was helping him clean up his bedroom (he's always had his own room, he just chose not to sleep in it) and sort his laundry. Matter of fact-ly I asked, "When are you going to sleep in your own room?" He answered "Today." This didn't tear my heart out, or make me jump for joy. I knew, for him, it was time.

We chose the bed linens he wanted to have on his bed. Moved the night light into his room as well as the radio. He likes to go to sleep to classical music. He calls it Pretty Music. And when bedtime rolled around, I read him "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish", tucked him into his bed and gave him his customary hugs and kisses. My husband and I didn't sleep well that night - we kept one ear tuned to hear "Mommy....Daddy...." but our son never called for us. He slept like a baby (which is a very silly thing to say - because babies tend not to sleep all night long - at least mine didn't). And early Sunday morning he burst into our bedroom. "MOM! I did it!!!"

Later that day, while cleaning up after dinner I said, "You know what? Last night was the first time in your entire life that you slept in your own room." And the precocious little booger says to me..."Yeah, I was thinking I needed a change."

Monday, June 13, 2005

Summer...

The season's layed back attitude - my only real desire involves lemonaide and my patio swing - makes it so hard when you find out you have to travel for work. Yuck!

Not that I mind going to Wichita, Kansas (Wow!, Rully - That's a special inside joke. Sorry for the interruption) for a day. Kansas is lovely and very, very flat. The soil looks like its great for growing stuff. (I don't garden, so I'm guessing here) I noticed the difference at the Oklahoma/Kansas stateline. Oklahoma-side = red clay, Kansas-side = that almost black stuff you see people on cable's DIY Network and HGTV ooh & aah over (just add perlite or vermiculite for proper drainage and you're set!). That must be where they make potting soil.

The drive is very nice. There's an old truck stop about 45 minutes out of OKC that has the most delicious cheeseburger. The lady behind the counter wears a huge black wig and her wispy greys peek out of the bottom. She's so kind and quick to talk to you while your burger is being made. I would have never found the place had I not consumed a glass of iced tea before I left the house. I had to pee so badly when I got off that exit. But I can't remember exactly where the place is so I may have to resort to the tea again.

Yeah, I'd like to be sitting on my back patio, swingin' on my swing - but I'm looking forward to seeing the southern end of my northern neighbor.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Oh So Close...

Interesting that the hit counter is close to 1,000 and I'm almost to the end of my first Moleskine notebook. (Okay, interesting to me.) Its review time as I ponder the potential of the new Moleskine that sits - unopened - on my night stand. Will it have that new Moleskine smell? Will I use the stickers? What the hell is the purpose of the stickers? Should I be so concerned with the stickers?

Much of the book holds observations; many of them have been posted here. Some of my favorites are:

100 (Plus 1) Things About Me (can you say narcissistic?)
Draw Outside the Lines - From Now On
Mother's Day
White Women Can't Dance
Sisss Boom Bah
(received my first comment)
You Know its Time to Go On a Diet When
A Prayer for My Dearest Friends

Some of the other stuff includes:

The "100 People I know" list. It started out as a tool to build a client base when I was toying with the idea of building an Arbonne business. I have a specific thing I want to accomplish before I do that, but the exercise has been so interesting that I kept it up. So far, I've come up with 44 people I know directly.

John Thornell, PhD's quote, "True bravery is: Arriving home stinking drunk after a very late night out with the boys...Then, being assaulted by your wife with a broom; and still having the guts to ask, 'Are you cleaning, or were you flying somewhere?'" I have no idea where I picked that one up, but I thought it was funny enough to keep - I still do.

Ideas for a bed & breakfast specifically for filmmakers.

Many "To Do" lists. (some of it got done)

Many grocery lists. (all of that got purchased and eaten)

My quote - "How close to on-time your flights are...is directly proportional to how badly you want to get home."

This little $10.00 notebook is one of my favorite possessions. It has a place to put your address and a reward amount, should you loose it and want it back. This one has a $20.00 reward. I think the next one will have a $50.00 reward.

Why so much for the next one? The nearly full Moleskine holds the dreams. The unopened Moleskine could be the potential to realizing them.

Monday, June 06, 2005

My Kid's a Dot Com...

If you've read this blog for any length of time you know that I gave birth to three amazing kids. The youngest is a 5 yr old boy and is frequently the subject of one blog or another. The next oldest is a 19 yr old woman and she's a very talented hairdresser. Her ability to get my father's "Seven Cow-lick" head of hair looking good is truly magical. My oldest is a singer/song writer living the starving artist life in Hollywood, California and this blog entry is for her.

Audra Mae is 21 years old and to say that she's grabbed onto the talented branch of my family tree is an understatement Watching and listening to her bloom into a musician has been a real honor! And now she has evolved into a dotcom! Yep, I can now share her with the world!!!

Surf over to www.audramae.com and click her "Tunes" link and you can hear what I get the privilege of hearing all the time. You can download the MP3's posted, or just stream them. And if you live anywhere near L.A. you'd be crazy not to see her perform live.

So...what are you waiting for?!!! Go! See! Listen!!