Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Never at a Loss for Words...

...until now. Watching Katrina's aftermath. No words. Only silent prayers. Many, many silent prayers.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

I've Been Dreaming of this Day...

...is what the boy said.

He was able to sleep until he woke up (i.e. no alarm clock) - a lovely way to start a Monday. He got to wear his favorite bright shiny yellow sleeveless shirt and bright shiny blue shorts to school (i.e. Dad in charge). He was able to use the red crayon with abandon at school.

After school he went to McDonalds and got an Excelleraser car in his Happy Meal. Throughout the day he proclaimed, "I've been dreaming of this day!"

At sunset he and his friends decided to have a bike race down our street. He was winning - and then he was crying. Between great painful sobs..."I was aiming for the trash cans, but...Oh it hurts so bad! Why won't it stop?!!"

Half his toe nail was torn away on one foot and most of the skin on top of the toes of his other foot was scraped off.

"I knew I should have put my shoes on, Mom! I was dreaming of this day!"

Friday, August 19, 2005

The 19 yr. Old Girl...

...is being a royal fucking-pain-in-the-ass!

What is it about being female, and that age? I was like that too. I knew absolutely everything there was to know about every little thing on this Earth, and had someone asked - any planet! I'd bet that I knew about the newest planet in our solar system - all the way back in 1980. God came to me for advice!

And so it is with great humility that I apologize to my father (who reads this drivel from time to time) on Earth and to my mother who lives with God now and is most likely laughing her ass off at me (as she should be) for being a royal fucking-pain-in-the-ass at age 19.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Last of the Firsts...

School starts tomorrow. I have mixed feelings about this.

Everything, where my son is concerned, is his first and my "last firsts".

Here's a list of fun facts running through my head this week:

1. This is my last "First Day of School".
2. We have the school supplies and the new school cloths. Don't you just love that new shoe smell?
3. Along with the regular "tidy-whities" and Power Ranger underwear - the boy is giving Spiderman boxers a try.
4. By the time he graduates from high school I will be 56 years old.
5. By the time he graduates from high school I will have purchased school supplies and school cloths for more than 35 years.

Fourteen years ago I didn't appreciate how fast it all goes by. I appreciate it now!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Take a Meeting...

Oldest daughter...she's becoming "L.A." Her Oklahoma accent has faded to the flat, western U.S. - speaking only the intended amount of syllables - accent.

Some of her Oklahoma-ness remains. She still eats her french fries with Ranch dressing. (Everything tastes better with Ranch) And she prefers Dr. Pepper over any other type of coke. (coke=soda in these parts)

The sure sign that she's becoming a Californian? She "meets" with people. On Saturday she "...had a lunch meeting with Uncle Mikey."

In Oklahoma we "get-together." Next weekend I have a get-together with my board of directors. We don't take meetings. We meet...for a get-together.

The similarity?
Business gets done, and food/drink is consumed.

The main difference?
When you take a meeting - the food is made (and usually consumed) in a restaurant.
When you have a get-together everyone brings a dish of their favorite recipe. And sometimes there's a porch swing.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Hanging with the Boys...

I just overheard this conversation between my son and his two best friends:

My Boy: "Hey, did you hear me fart?"
Best Friends 1 & 2: Laughter
My Boy: "No, really - did you hear me fart?"
Best Friends 1: "No Dude, do it again."
My Boy: "Okay. Pull my finger!"

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

"Sky High" A Movie Review...

The best part of "Sky High" was when I discovered a large Jello cube at the bottom of my purse while feeling around for my cell phone (to turn it off as the movie was starting).

Ah well, the boy enjoyed it very much.

The First Accessory...

It's been a few weeks since the Shuffle came into my life. I knew I would enjoy this toy, but now I want to listen on my 40 minute morning/afternoon commute. But ear buds and traffic do not mix. Enter the FM Transmitter. The first of many accessories to come, I'm sure.

Since the Shuffle is relatively new, 3rd party accessories are hard to come by. I looked for a sleek little case to carry the tiny iPod and it's ear buds. The closest thing I could come up with was a tampon holder. It all fit nicely inside, but lets face it - it was a tampon holder. So, for the time being - I continue to use my spare reading glasses case. The girly-girl in me likes that it all matches, but its not the solution I was hopping for.

Ah, but who cares when I can spend my traffic time with Jesse "America's sweetheart" Thorn on The Sound of Young America or the Tartan Podcast, thanks to the Belkin TrueCast? I thought about springing for the $33.96 model at Walmart, but went for the less expensive $19.96 model. My car stereo tuner sucks, so more money would have not made much of a difference. Anyway, if I slip the little transmitter in the hole where the cigarette lighter assembly used to be (yeah, I drive a P.O.S.) I get pretty damned good reception (which is much, much better than what I could pick up on our local NPR station).

Looking forward to the commute!