Friday, November 30, 2007

In memory of Kim

My dear friend Kim passed away yesterday morning. I hadn't been able to bring myself to post about her this week, she was in the hospital and that stinky breast cancer was just too much for her poor body to deal with anymore. Kim leaves behind a sweet husband, Anthony, and three beautiful kids - Giovanni (10), Anthony (8) and Samantha (4), a close-knit family on both her side and Anthony's and many many friends from different areas of her life. I have known Kim for 8.5 years and I miss her so much already. I am holding tight to the certainty that I will see her again. Kim, honey, keep a seat warm for me!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tree wars

The family tree-cutting day has come and gone. I didn't go, I sent Matt and the girls without us. James needed some time to recover from performance excitement and I was expecting the furnace guy to come and do a check up on the clunker for me. He didn't show, btw, he was sick :P Anyhow, I wasn't there to help choose a tree. So that's why we have a 14 foot tree outside right now. Okay, it might only be 12 feet, but it's still taller than the shed it's leaning against. Ugh. I don't like really tall trees, did I tell you that? I know I told Matt that. I even told him that on the cell phone while he was looking at trees. I'm a bit embarrassed at my juvenile attitude when he came home, I didn't say a word about the tree to him. I was actually trying to figure out how to get through a month or so with a tree in my house that was almost twice as tall as I would like. Well, Matt, bless his heart, said to me the next morning, "We can cut off as much of the tree as you like, you know. I know it's taller than you wanted and it's okay with me." Wow. I figured we were going to go have a disagreement like the great angel/star debate of years past. So we're going to compromise and have a medium height tree instead, put it in the medium height part of the room and hopefully we'll all be happy with our silver tip. For those wondering, we have an angel, I gave in :P

Friday, November 16, 2007

How was my week?

Thanks for asking ;) It's been a busy one. Front and center on my list - James's play. This thing has consumed our lives, I tell ya. Opening night was last night and all the headaches and hassles were worth it - it was excellent! Accents were good, mannerisms just so and the comedic talents of the two fellows playing the butlers - perfect. Yes, there were glitches as there so often are on opening nights...mics that cut in and out, a few flubbed lines (but I figure we don't all speak perfectly in real life anyway) and even some missed dialogue. They kept going, covered up the little imperfections and it was a rousing success. I'm so proud of James :D I didn't take my camera with me last night as I wanted to be able to help wherever needed. I folded so many programs that I'm surprised I escaped without paper cuts. I'll have Matt take his tonight or I will take mine tomorrow night when I go see it again :)

Wednesday night Matt & I went to see Garth Brooks. We like to pay our rent and other bills so we didn't go see him in Kansas City at $300+ per seat, we went to a simulcast at a local theater. It was still incredible and so much more affordable at $10. Everyone sang along, including me ;) and we all had a great time seeing Garth Broooooooooooooooks (said like "Bruce" at a Springsteen concert, don't ya know?). What an awesome performer he is, and he looks good with white hair too.

Other than that, it's just been the usual along with getting ready for company coming next week and Thanksgiving and gearing up to go Christmas shopping and all that. How was your week??

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

(borrowed from Traci)

Click the image to light a candle

(found out after I posted that the graphic was made by Heather...thanks Heather!!)

The Importance of Being Earnest

It's play week, and I might be winning for the most excited person, James seems pretty laid back about the whole thing. Opening night is Thursday, then it runs Friday and Saturday as well. I told James I wanted to come to all of them but he nixed that. I might sneak in two though ;) I did sit in on part of a rehearsal, caught the third act only. I laughed at appropriate times, so that's a good thing. And I took James to get his costumes, fixed his hat so hopefully it won't fall down over his eyes.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Lest we forget


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
— John McCrae

Friday, November 09, 2007

'scuse me

Sorry, guess I stepped on some toes with yesterday's post. I didn't mean to insult anyone and hey, if you want to wear makeup you go right ahead. I don't think I ever will again but I'm weird like that. According to my oldest daughter, anyway. But I might be speaking too soon, as it were, as I do have two more daughters growing up way too fast and I might have to do the mother-daughter makeover thing again one day a few years down the road. I will if they ask me to, and with only a slight amount of complaining, just like yesterday. I saved most of it for here but I guess it didn't go over so well here either. C'est la vie. I'll try harder next time to write something interesting enough to comment about ;)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Think pink (Cadillacs)

I'm going to try not to name any names, but I'm sure that most of you know which name I am trying not to name in this post. I took Maya to a friend's house today, a friend of mine not hers. Well, she is a friend to Maya too in a sense, but I just meant to clarify that said friend was in my age range, not a classmate of Maya's or anything. Anyway, this friend sells skin care products (aka makeup but I guess that isn't as PC as skin care products). She had asked if she could please teach Maya how to enhance her features with said products. You know, how to wear makeup so that it looks like you aren't wearing any at all, that sort of thing. My personal philosophy is, if you want to look like you aren't wearing any makeup, just don't wear any! Ooops, I gave away the ending to my story. Sorry! So, she did the whole makeover type thing on Maya, complete with before and after pictures. Clarifying again...she took three pics of Maya - one when she got there with her own makeup on (the raccoon look, you know the one), one after she cleaned her face off and a third after putting on those skin care products. And yeah, I had to do it too. I hated it. I felt like an idiot, probably looked stupid and it didn't feel nice. Now my face is all dry and yucky feeling too. I imagine my friend would tell me that I need another product to put on my face after taking off the makeup so that my face would feel like it had never had the makeup on in the first place. Things that make you go hmmmm... Oh, and Matt didn't notice at all, when I told him he said I always look beautiful to him. Awww :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Thank you Jen!!!!!!

My hands thank you too! I *knew* that I should use better gloves than I had been but it had slipped my mind until I read your reply to my whiny tree post. Today was much much better - wearing my thicker "guy gloves" saved my delicate little paws.

34 bags and counting...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

At a loss for words


My dear friend Kim has had a very bad day. She was told by her doctor that they are discontinuing all of her current treatments. The cancer isn't cooperating :( Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Blisters and slivers and scrapes - oh my!

With a yard that has about 70 gazillion trees, you'd think I would have realized how much work fall would be. Fall, good word, that. I knew the leaves would come down, and I was prepared to deal with them. But nobody warned me about all the needles from the evergreens. Ack! I don't think the previous tenants bothered with raking, the needle beds under the branches were pretty thick. So, I've raked. There are piles of needles and/or leaves all over the yard. Thus the injuries to my hands and my arms, not to mention the mysterious pains in muscle groups that I obviously don't use very often. Last night we bought some "lawn and garden" trash bags, supposedly they're stronger. Yeah, sure. Anyway, I filled 15 of them today. I don't think I've made a very big dent either. That jumbo sized purchase of 48 bags might not be enough.

All whining aside, it does feel good to accomplish something for my family. Even if none of them really notice ;)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Misleading words

It says over there on the right ------------> that I made it through the immigration maze but that's not really the whole story ;) Yes, I am in the US, really. But I'm not finished with immigration. We're still waiting to hear about our adjustment of status application which we sent in with requests for work permits. That was sent in September and received by their office on or about Christa's birthday (the 20th). It's a waiting game again. Looking back at some of my posts from last year about this time, that sounds all too familiar. Oh, and we're also dealing with the IRS right now. We sent in taxation number applications for James & Maya last month and for some reason they rejected the apps for insufficient proof of identity. Matt is getting their passport pages copied and notarized AGAIN and we'll see if that will pass the test. Isn't the government fun?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sugar rush...sugar crash

All that sugar. Oh my gosh. I can't believe how much sugar my kids got in those bags last night. I think I'm in trouble now, how am I going to get through the day without raiding their stashes?