Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Even Wednesday night Halloweens are parties where we live.

Photos below - video to come.

Monday, October 29, 2012

we got the beat

Kooka had her first band concert tonight.


Yeah - that's right, my girly girl plays the drums.  Despite the fact that she barely weighs 75 pounds, prefers ballet to baseball, loves lip gloss more than ice cream and was told by absolutely everyone she knows that she "looks like a flute player" (which I am loathe to admit is true) - my baby girl chose percussion. 

Thank God.

Not only am I spared the torturous squeaks of a woodwind practicing in my basement, or the constant bleating of beginning brass player - but there's the added benefit of drummer swag. Girls look cool on the drums. As one of the only chicks in her section, Kooka feels powerful, unique, a bit like a 5th grade rock star. She's not lost in a sea of (and yes I counted) 79 sparkly, girl flutes.

Not that there is anything wrong with flutes, or clarinets or piccolos or any other instrument at all. But when I saw my somewhat reserved Goldilocks twirl her drumsticks a-la Tommy Lee, and flash her little sister the international hand symbol for "rock on dudes" - I knew it was her way of saying "no worries - I got this."

And she did. She was secure, confident in what she brought to the table. Willing to carry the beat, provide a backbone for her entire team.

But maybe she should save the hand gestures for something a bit more hardcore than Old McDonald.

Monday, October 22, 2012

do it yourself

I am not sure if HALF of this stuff works - I'm not sure if ANY of it works, but since I live with a guy who thinks we can do EVERYTHING ourselves, I think I'm willing to try ALL of it.


If you put a sheet of fabric softener in your back pocket, it repels mosquitos.

If you place a wooden spoon on top of a pot of boiling water, it won't boil over.

Pinning a saftey pin to your slip totally eliminates static cling.

When you make deviled eggs, just put the yolks and stuff in a ziplock bag -save yourself the bowl. Mash it all up, squirt it into the egg white and toss the bag when you are done.

Cornmeal will get rid of ants and is safe for kids and pets.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012


I've sworn off of facebook for the past week.  Actually, sworn is probably the wrong word - I didn't make a vow, or promise or anything at all. It's just that I actually feel nauseous at the mere thought of going to that site.  I can't stand the vitriolic words that people are using.

I suppose I will have to back for work eventually - but for now, it feels wonderful to be out of the loop.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

35 years

35 years today.
Just one year for Rico.

I keep thinking that one of these years it will pass me by, that I will just forget - but I never do.

ryan's petition

If you believe that teaching your kid to do the right thing is important, no matter what - please sign this mother's petition.  This kid spent 12 years working towards his Eagle Scout Award - now it is being denied to him.

He worked for most of his life learning lifelong skills of cooperation, leadership, public service and respect for others.  Now, simply because he admitted he was gay (while standing up for a fellow scout who was being bullied), he is being denied this award.

The Boy Scouts are entitled to have their rules, and we are entitled to ask them to change  - please do.

Ryan's petition

Friday, October 5, 2012

i don't think

I don't think I can do it anymore.

Today I saw photos posted on facebook by a site called "Obama Makes Me Puke."

I get sick every time I see that crap. 

I think I may have to swear off facebook until mid-November.

Ironically, I can handle everyone's blow-by-blow of what they coughed up this morning, what color underwear they have on or what their kid ate out of the dog dish - but I just can't handle the rest.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

my not-so-private rant


I am going to vomit if I see one more facebook post about why liberals are 100% right and conservatives are the spawn of Satan.  I am going to drown myself in Ben and Jerry's Clusterfluff if I hear one more person say that liberals are stupid and conservatives know everything.

Didn't ANYBODY watch the debate?  Doesn't anybody really care? Both sides have valid points on different issues - and full credit to the Lorax here:  "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot - nothing is going to get better - it's not."  Why don't people care enough to work together?  They care enough to repost mean spirited-one sided propaganda.  Why not care enough to run for office, to work on a campaign, to call your city council person?  Which brings me to:

In our little city, the council recently passed a resolution stating that they believe the marriage proposal violates the anti-discrimination portion of the city constitution.

Basically, they are saying "vote no to the marriage amendment."

And I'll just put it out there - I intend to.  Anybody who wants to should be able to get married - period, end of story.  It's none of my business who you date, who you marry, what you eat, what you watch, what you read, what you think.  That's why humans are given the gift of free will.

BUT. . . . the only council person I really agree with is the lone woman who abstained from this vote.  Not because she opposes the rest of the council - but because THAT IS THE WAY THE LAW WORKS.  Her words in a nutshell were: "Hey, we live in America and we are supposed to let the people vote and not spend taxpayer money just to tout our personal opinions, or the opinions of a very vocal group in our community."  She basically said, "I'm not piping in here, because the people haven't piped in and it's my job to represent them."  Even the mayor backed her up  and said -  she's right, we can't actually spend any more money or resources on this - and we've already done it.

I get why things are worth speaking out about - and this issue is one of them.  There are lots of issues I feel passionate about - health care, this particular amendment, unemployment the environment. But I also live in America, and am willing to work with other people to change things - to make things better - and nothing gets better by cramming a one-sided opinion down somebody's throat.

So for everyone who is concerned about your personal freedoms - and the freedoms of others, just give some thought about the people you choose for public office.  They are supposed to be thoughtful, open-minded people. They are not supposed to be so entrenched in their own dogma and popular hoopla that they don't even give the people a democratic voice. Give some thought about the "open minded and fair" things you repost - they never sound educated - they sound intolerant - no matter what side you're on. Nothing in life is that black and white - nothing.