This week in learning

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A little color and hope of spring for my friends stuck in the depths of winter.

Things I learned this week:

  • Reading twitter is the 2011 version of  “cleaning the oven”. I know, you are confused. See, back in the 80s when I was still in college a classmate and I came up with the phrase “I’d rather be cleaning the oven than studying” based on the fact that one night she actually DID clean her oven before starting to write a paper. It was the ULTIMATE tool of distraction/procrastination. Well, reading twitter is of course not such an undesirable task as oven cleaning but the beauty is that is is ALWAYS THERE. So, time to start taxes? Oooo – let me check twitter first! Deadline for a particularly mind numbing report update at work? Oh, a quick glance at my twit stream wont hurt first! Need to organize those old sports programs to get ready for possible sale? Well, gosh, it’s been a whole five minutes since I checked twitter! There must be over 50 new updates that I NEED to read first! If I really want to drag out a process, I actually click through just about every link that someone sends on twitter literally doubling the time I can spend procrastinating. It’s fabulous! **For the record, the work report got done, my taxes are 80% done and I did organize the programs – after I read every tweet of course**
  • Watching an episode of Modern Family with your teenage son, in which the kids on the show freak out over walking in on their parents having sex? AWKWARD! Thankfully the only light on in the room was the glow from the tv so that he couldn’t see the shades of purple in my face.
  • Forcing your kid(s) to scrub the microwave just *once* will teach them how to finally – FINALLY – use the damn microwave cover when they heat their food. Seriously. It works.
  • Teenage boys truly can set records for being air heads. Case in point: Chip the cat was startled while eating this week and tipped over his food bowl sending dried food bits all over the rug near the computer desk area. I was in the middle of making dinner. The Boy laughed at the event and then proceeded – TWICE – to jump OVER the spilled food at one time commenting “geez, what a pain! I don’t want to step on them but they are everywhere!” I then heaved a sigh and rolled my eyes in a way that would making ANY teen envious and responded “Perhaps you could clean UP the spilled food?” The Boy’s response? “Oh, hadn’t thought of that” SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • Those little black rolls of electric tape? Magic!
  • Watching Tom Beiber-Brady get sacked on what seemed like every other play on Sunday? Made me smile each and every time. Apparently I am quite the revenge loving sports fan.
  • I’m 46 – shit.
  • But I still laugh at fart jokes (as I did earlier this week from a tweet someone sent) – does that EVER stop being funny?

Let the sun shine!

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Mini daffodils in bloom

Saturday version of Friday beauty. Some pictures from this week in the back yard. I know daffodils are supposed to be February flowers, but these mini daffodil bulbs that I bought several years ago can’t wait that long. They are also becoming more and more prolific year to year. The spikes poked out in late October and the flowers started bursting out in December. They are at their peak now in this one pot, but a new set of plants have seeded in the other pot and are just starting to bloom. It’s such a lovely burst of yellow and orange against the wall in the corner and when you get close there is even a really lovely scent. I’ve never had daffodils before so these are a fun and cheerful discovery and I will surely continue to encourage them spreading themselves around the yard. Enjoy these lovely little bursts of floral sunshine. I’m going to enjoy the real sunshine in my yard. The bands of rain seem to have passed and now it’s down right warm and dry again. I am not complaining 🙂

 

 

Late Friday beauty – is there anything better than cats with kids?

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A rare moment when someone ELSE has a cat problem

I had to capture this moment last night – Amber actually sat in someone elses lap while mine was available on the same sofa! And? They are BOTH smiling! Doesn’t get better than that does it?

After 10 days of winter break, the first work week of 2011 has been survived – barely!

Each day did get easier, but MAN it was hard to focus on work all day long.  On Monday my eyes were literally hurting from looking at the computer after just 3 hours at the desk. It doesn’t help that we go full speed ahead into a month end close being in the accounting department. Which means no gradual adjusting – Just Do It!

The weekend wont get better. There’s the 1st freshmen winter baseball game tomorrow morning – 40 minutes away of course.  Then an August dad comes in town for business so we will hang out with him for dinner.

Sunday I drive up to LAX to pick up my long absent Sweet Prince who has been in China on business. Yes, he missed NYE & my birthday. He has some making up catching up to do!

If I get back down to San Diego in time, SB & I will go for our third workout of the week. Which is good since it seems like all I’ve blogged about up until now this year was FOOD 😉

Speaking of which, tonight I tried the slow cooker roasted chicken that I posted about a couple of weeks ago but with a twist. Bacon. Lots and LOTS of bacon. Shoved in the middle. Shoved under the skin. And then draped over the entire carcass. A whole pack of bacon.

And? My house smells divine and it tasted even more divine. Yeah, I think I better make sure I make it to that third workout!

And yes, I am a huge sports fan normally and YES, I would normally be grumbling about being away from the TV for the 1st weekend of NFL playoffs. But much like the baseball playoffs when the Padres were eliminated the last day of the regular season, my Chargers fell on their helmets this year and are done. And I am bitter. And this weekend anyway, I am FINE being too busy to watch. The rest of you who have teams still in it? Bite me!

And I mean that in the *nicest* possible way of course 🙂

My goodbye to 2010

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Today and tomorrow are the probably the two biggest listacle days of the year. Everyone will be blogging about the highlights/lowlights of 2010 and then tomorrow making their 2011 resolutions. Given that most of us who write on the internet are doing to unload one or two (or 10,000) frustrations through the keyboard vs onto real life peeps, the vast preponderance of the 2010 retrospectives will be negative. I’ve already seen plenty of of twitter posts leaning in that direction.

As always, I gotta be contrarian 🙂

Sure, 2010 had some personally and universally truly sucky events. Certainly beginning the year as it did for me with the death of an August mom and then my best friend from high school managed kicked the year off in a rather craptastic fashion. Later on in the summer I lost a dear C&J friend as well. Death, being part of life, probably touched all of us at some point this year and I do feel the holes that they left. But then, I am also thankful for the fact that I knew them. That I carry parts of them in my heart. That my memories help to honor their life.

Moving on…I said I was gonna be different..so…Happy Time!

2010 has been a year when my immediate family has been healthy and drama free – I call that pretty damn good!

When I cut up my credit cards one year ago, it was with the wish that nothing major happened so that I could live without them – 2010 complied.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. I’m sure I don’t need to go into a deep political essay since you all already know how much equality means to me 🙂

19 of 35 countries have been cleared of their loose nuclear material.

Wait…what?

Yeah – no matter where you stand politically I would hope you agree that this is rather brilliant news. All the more intriguing when you find out how it was done – James Bond style:

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Thank you to Rachel Maddow for being the ONLY person on ANY “news” channel yesterday to cover this! Even on vacation she put this segment together for her show and it’s not the first time. Another such adventure was highlighted by her earlier this year, but this one is great because of her fantastic interview with the NNSA director. C’mon now, be honest – show of hands – how many of you even heard of the NNSA or Director Thomas D’Agostino before watching this? Well, other than Page of course! Anyone? Beuller?!! Yeah, I didn’t think so. And like I said – this isn’t really a right or left issue – this is just pretty damn cool and VERY important in the grand scheme of, oh, not getting blown up by this stuff anywhere around the world!

OK, moving on to something lighter – I did make it through 52 books this year as planned AND I did get out on the trails and hike more often – a lot of the time with SportsBoy so that’s a huge win for the year.

The cats didn’t escape or destroy anything major. Sure, they barfed in terribly creative places. Shoot, just this week Chip “blessed” Music Man’s bed and I sure had to laugh when I saw a pile of dried hairball on the carpet when we switched out old bed for new in my room last month. Then there was the perfectly placed hurl on SportsBoy’s dirty laundry which he couldn’t QUITE put IN his hamper – a risk her no longer takes after a white t-shirt was ruined! But hey – that’s life with cats right?

So really – if you think about it – and you should – there ARE high lights to the year that is leaving us. Enjoy the good, learn from the bad, and turn around and face the new year eh?

Oh, and it’s never a bad thing to walk forward with a little more glitter and love 🙂

 

Happy New Year!

 

Friday beauty – Halloween + Civic Pride

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Death star pumpkin

Even though I have never carved a pumpkin, they are my favorite Halloween decoration by far. That flickering, glowing orange orb is just so perfect for a spooky night. As a child the church hosted these truly awesome Halloween parties complete with a reenactment of the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown story and some truly fantastic jack o’ lantern carvings.  I must say this Death Star example is particularly intricate & creative!!

Another thing of beauty eh? I always love the pictures that my media twitter friends send of the White House throughout the day and seasons. Such a gorgeous place. And something on many folks minds thanks to the mid term elections coming up on Tuesday. So please go out there and VOTE!

And no, I promise I wont put a Pledge To Vote badge on your Facebook wall! I had to block that application after 15 attempts by my friends to post one on my page. Civic Pride is awesome and I do want ALL of you who are eligible to turn in a ballot, but I really don’t need it splashed all over my Facebook page 😉