Friday, August 29, 2008

Silly Comments

Somebody twittered "do I have to like Palin because she is a mom and has 5 kids?"

that is it in this election isn't it?

"Do I have to like Hillary because I'm a feminist?"
"Do I have to like Barack because I'm black?"
"Do I have to like McCain because I come from a military legacy family?"

I'm not sure why we are asking these questions. Granted, previously we've chosen between "this white guy" and "that white guy" as Whoopi Goldburg mentioned on "The View" and so we didn't ask these questions because - well - you could like either of them if you were a white guy.

Frankly I think that all of the persons above may appreciate the commonality of shared view point or experience but I think they would all prefer that regardless if we "like" them, that we look at what strengths and weakness we see in their ability to run this country and we VOTE for whom we believe will do the best job. Not who we like best. Not who has the most kids. Not who is the most feminist (unless that is your voting platform) not who is blacker or whiter but who can seriously meet our needs over the next four years the best. Really.

Come on people, we are all grown ups. Right? We are supposed to know this already.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


I find the whole thing fascinating... but pinpointing what I agree with and disagree with becomes more difficult. I like the ideas... reducing/eliminating the tax 'punishments' imposed on small businesses; reducing/eliminating tax cuts afforded corporate giants who outsource (outsourcing is a sore spot around here with the IT support industry and all) can it be done without weakening the country even more? Where will the money come from? Reduce taxes for 95% of the population, and what, increase them for the 5%? How much??? It goes against my "American Dream" to punish someone for working hard regardless of how much money they do or don't make... get rid of oil imports, I'm all for it if it can be done without destroying our country - physically - no more "stripping" the country to obtain resources
hmmm.... I don't think my brain is going to chill out anytime soon...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I feel as though I have been run over by a rather large truck -
the whole school thing is so anti climatic and silly.
but really, there is something to be said for the 'helicopter mom.'
My Tiger was not in the right class and after all, I expected a lot of just 'rolling with it' from him last year. He has the right to return to comfortable and safe palce. The assistant principle acted like I was playing prima donna "My kid isn't with the cool kids" whatever and I wanted to jump through the friggin phone. "Hello. I hold titles in TKD - I didn't get there because I back down from a fight. You want to be condescending witch, lets go."
So I challenged her to go talk to Tiger's first grade teacher from first semester and have her look at the class roster and if she said he was in the right place I wanted her to call me and tell me so herself. Never heard from her.
Instead the principal called to let me know Tiger had been switched to a different class and was back with is 'cluster' WHATEVER! Don't tell me you don't "track" these kids - you do - so put mine in the right damn place.
K-Bear they confirmed was in the right place. It was just disconcerting to hear the specialist who has worked with K Bear over the last 3/4 years look at me and say "they put her where?!? WHY?" Ummm... I don't know... but believe me. I'll find out now! As we were gone in the spring and state testing occurred int eh spring, I've requested to have Bear tested ASAP. It is silly. I could care less if they kid gets titled "gifted" only an idiot would not think she was. And I seriously don't even know what her grades were in 4th grade (is that bad?) grades and titles are not that important to me. I feel they are false measurements of ability and potential and who really cares? Apparently the world would call me an irresponsible mom for such attitude. But honestly - who cares? I am more interested in what she is actually learning and whether or not she is engaged in the process because I really believe in the long run, my grandparents can tell more stories at the golf club if she is a learner than they can if she is an A+ robot. And since I'm not a member at the golf club - it doesn't matter to me a whole lot anyway.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Why Men Crave Real (Not Perfect) Bodies - Page3 - MSN Relat

Why Men Crave Real (Not Perfect) Bodies - Page3 - MSN Relationships

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Friday, August 22, 2008

More from Angel and Issabugs Boutique

While the Monkey Swing top I posted earlier is adorable, M Lyons is a dress girl. This one is her favorite; it was one of the many items I was lucky enough to barter for this spring. I think she likes the lady bugs but I especially thing she likes that she can get it on by herself, and that it is comfy, and she can run and play and twirl in it!



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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Morning ramblings

Do you remember that old Army commercial from when we were in High School/College? "we do more before 9 AM than most people do all day?" or some such baloney {I think at the time I was on the crew team, getting up at 5Am to run 1.5 miles to the boat house to row for an hour and run back up the hill and fall asleep in my 8 AM Chemistry lecture... I remember wondering how that commercial was supposed to be enticing...}
but anyway my point was:
Sorry Army Recruiter you ain't got nothing on me
I got up and walked the dog 2 miles (didn't do the loop because I wanted to be home by 6 before Tiger woke up)
I made the dog his rice & beef kasha with parsley (I'll explain in a minute)
Made the kids their oatmeal and whole wheat pancakes a la Grandpa Howie
cleaned it all up
moved two loads of laundry and now I'm off to bathe kids and clean house
and it was 9 AM when I poured my coffee - so seriously - what Mom has it all that different? The Army should let moms run boot camp.

On the dog food note: while looking up German Shepherd puppies and breeders I came across the website of a breeder who came highly recommended by my veterinarian. In addition to pictures and video of absolutely amazing animals; Vonlotta has a page regarding diet for these dogs. Her theory is that the excess of animals dying of cancer in the US is due in part to the diet we feed our dogs. Pre-made processed dog food is like feeding your kids McDonald's French Fries every meal every day.
On her page she has several recommended meals for her puppies and a recipe for Ground Beef and Oats Kasha with a variation for rice or barley. So I made that for my black lab this morning. mmm... yummy.

And now I am off to tidy up and try to catch up with the laundry situation (ugh - please fairy god mother send me a laundress)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

OMG! What happended to my "visual memory?!"

I was in the parking lot with Bitsy - leaving the grocery store and headed to the car and there was a man waving at me out the window. I kind of looked at him, smiled and he kept waving so I looked behind me. He yelled "yes, we are waving at you." and I'm still thinking he is talking to someone behind me. I get to my car and he was across - so visually he his car was parked nose towards my car's nose - and he pulls out and I saw the license plate which is personalized and I immediately figured it out. Shawn - Dad to a friend of my "tiger" and fellow swim team parent - yeesh. I'm totally embarrassed but more than that I'm freaking out. I used to be SO GOOD visually - sure I can't remember people's name to save my life but usually once I see something or someone it is imprinted for quite a while. And heck - I can't remember someone who I've seen several days this summer. OMG! So how does one get one's visual memory back? How? And I DID paint last week...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Future Raspberry Patch...


okay - so there is a LOT of work to do - but just imagine in 3 years what it could look like

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I have this obsession with a raspberry patch...

Since we moved into this house 3 years ago now... I've had this obsession with a raspberry patch. You see a storm (possibly Isabel?) knocked down some big trees and left quite the sunny spot on the slope there...

ans I'm just sure it could be a wonderful patch of berries... doesn't that sound yummy? I'm happy to share with the deer and the bunnies as long as they leave the future stalks alone long enough to get firmly established. So yesterday I started digging...

and researching berries and also honey bees...

photobucket is being annoying - I wanted to upload picture of my future patch - maybe later

More on the Hak5 thing...

so a bit ago I posted in angst regarding Wess and Hak5 and going out to dinner and then Mubix left me a comment - well two actually but self censored the first one - and then I went about writing my little article. But I was right - change was coming and it is too bad really. Over the last few weeks I've been getting updates from various sources regarding discussions involving Wess, Darren and Matt and now today Wess has simultaneously resigned as Matt and Darren announce a new partnership/direction for Hak5. It appears Hak5 is going to a weekly format? Is that right? and Wess is moving to a different project which he hopes to get off the ground soon...

and so it remains to be seen what if any changes this will bring about in the day to day of my own rather odd relationship with various players.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Monkey Swing Top & Jeans


During the spring I bartered Arbonne for some hand made clothes for M-Lyons. The seamstress asked me to take a picture... so FINALLY I have! Look how cute!

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Monday, August 11, 2008


I stopped by my friend, Stephanie Grogan's, new shop this morning "The Parent Trap" which has great funky bags, cool shoes, amazing tutus, lovely baby clothes, accesories for kids's rooms and so on. Great stuff and I want it all.

But the economy... right. And my lovely husband wants to expand his business which means the family is reigning in more than usual (Yeah I KNOW I live a cushy life but even so, with this gang it goes fast!) And so I must control myself and my desire to purchase and purchase and purchase. Bummer.

I looked at my business yesterday and realized I need to get serious about my client base if I want to make money. Which is a hard struggle - I am not in business to push people to purchase something they neither want nor need. I simply want to reach people like me! But I also want to be able to purchase frames for art work and have a little lee-way in the clothing budget (I do love clothes) and don't even get me started on shoes!!! and so... Brainstorming I go. One thing I notice is that a lot of people keep their publicity up on blogs and sites by running contests - so I think I'm going to try that for a bit. We'll see....

So I decided on an ABC (Arbonne's Baby Care) contest first. If you are interested in that check the arbonne blog at or the web page at

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Dinner with Wess of Hak.5

Wess works with my husband, he is a great guy who is a founding member of Hak.5 a popular IPTV show.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008



Bitsy likes to taste the Biscuits first...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A contest; please come vote for me!

So I took that picture of the girls feeding Mali a milk bone and entered it into a cute kids, cute dogs contest...

please copy and paste the link and come vote for me!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


today was one of those long drawn out awful surreal days... you know you are not dreaming... you know you dont have time for solitude or reflection... you cannot function as you are... and so it never ends
This morning at 9:30 AM I walked into the Animal Clinic and Wellness Center with my 12 year old yellow lab "Malachi." Mali was a wedding present from our Best Man Scott. He was a good hunting dog from excellent stock, low to the ground, barrel chested, eager to please, easy to train, happy go lucky guy with a nose like radar and we completely wasted his ability and spoiled him as a house dog. But he was an excellent house dog. He taught my nutcase German Shepherd dog to swim and I think he was instrumental in my progress towards "letting go" and living in the moment and choosing to be happy. My Mali had not been so well lately, arthritis kicked in, one side of his throat was paralyzed, somehow he suffered some "trauma" to his back and then to add insult to injury he arrived home in June with hook worms. UGH NASTY. We solved the hook worm problem, kept him on joint supplements and pain killers but we just can't make him walk again. This morning the Dr. initially looked at my energetic happy tail wagging dog and thought he looked fairly good for his age. Then she felt the mass on his left shoulder, and watch him hobble outside to use the rest room and she shook her head. "It kills me when they are so up" she said "but this dog is in a lot of pain and he is not showing it because he is such a good dog." And so, she prepared the proper needles and we let him go. I knew going in there was a 95% chance this would be so. And so, like that, my "angel puppy" passes into the next life. To go look up his older brother the crazy, nervous, high maintance German Shepherd who surely isn't so in the next realm... to run with rabbits and play chase and no longer be in pain. I miss him. The kids miss him. My black lab misses him.
It is odd, driving home, to go about the rest of the day. Laundry, dishes, lunches, naps. I want to paint or write or just go sit by the river with a cup of tea. Not to be.
To get Tiger to stop sobbing I agreed to look at "the next dog." My husband stipulates it must be a German Shepherd Dog. My husband was forever ruined by the seeing eye dogs his friend had. We look in the listing for the local shelter, a one year old long haired "Sully" is listed. But when we arrive to meet him Sully is already adopted. This may be a good thing, one year olds are high energy puppies and without basic training they can be work.
We look at the German Shepherd Rescue Site, there are several dogs, many older dogs, but we don't see many for whom we would be a good match. The three year old and 20 month old throw a spin on that.
So we look at websites. I find gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous dogs... for two thousand dollars.
And in the midst of all this I wonder... is that it? We just move on from our wonderful Mali?
Tomorrow we will go to the GreenHouse where we bought the German Shepherd statuary in the garden and we will purchase a yellow lab. His ashes will not be returned to us for some time. I think it took 6 to 8 weeks on the Shepherd, which did make closure difficult. I have not decided if we will plant another dog wood tree as well: I suppose I will have to ask the children.
I miss my yellow fluff ball. He was such a good dog.

5 kids, 2 labs...


Monday, August 4, 2008

Dragon lost his first tooth!

Well Aunt Alicia told him it was ready... he has been working it all day!

loose tooth:

announcing it was out:

close up - he won't be toothless for long!