saturday seven; single mom edition

February 22nd, 2014

Specs

 

1. I’m not really a single mom. The hubs is at a nerd convention. He will return shortly.

2. I got glasses! (see pic above) Max and the girl got new glasses too. That means everyone but the animals wear some sort of vision correction in this family.

3. My hair stylist lady moved to Arizona, so I had to go to someone new last week for my annual (cringe) haircut. She was so delightful! Very young, cute and stylish. She was also very interesting even though she didn’t talk much. I’m actually glad she didn’t. First off, she couldn’t wash my hair because she had cut her finger pretty badly on her new shears. Next, when she was blow drying my hair, the end piece flew off the dryer and landed across the room. Finally, she tripped as she was trying to get an item off a cart behind her. I don’t mean to come off as mean. I thought she was a very interesting character that I may want to draw from someday. She was so endearing.

4. For knowledge addicts I recommend Quora.

Sargent Pepper Parker

 

 

 

 

5. <——This is Pepper. She loves everything and everyone.

 

 

 

 

*sigh*

 

 

6. Except our couch. It was old and ratty anyway.

Story Time:

7. After I clawed my way out of the book depression that Allegiant knocked me into, I moved on to lighter fare in the form of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It was light and airy, and I didn’t really care for the writing style. But I shall stick through the series (since it’s sort of an assignment).

Next I read the Newbery Medal winner from 1994, The Giver by Lois Lowry. It really shouldn’t have taken me this long to read it. I blame the old man on the cover and the short read (204 pages). Anyway, it was a masterfully written utopia/dystopia story that has a very interesting ending.

On deck: The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna is set in Ireland in the mid-seventies and is about a couple of lonely folk. It sounds like a fun read, right? Well no, maybe not. But do not be deceived, the writing is great, the characters more than interesting. For example, the main male character, Jamie reminds me of a more down-to-earth, lovable Ignatius J. Reilly. Read with me, it’s free in the lending library for Amazon Prime members.

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check it

February 18th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.shotglassgroup.com/hungergamesdivergent/

In which your humble blogger sends two beloved dystopian YAs into battle.

 

 

 

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oh my goodness

February 13th, 2014

…gracious, me oh my. Hello to anyone out there. I figured since it’s been approximately a year and a half since I’ve blogged at writer’s cramp, I’d give a little up-datey-do. **Feeling a little sing-songy today** Please bear with me.

Okay, bear. I will stop.

Although there isn’t much proof, I’ve been a busy lady (girl…chick…wo-man?) and some of what I’ve been up to has been writing. All of it has been non-fiction. sigh. I have not given up on fiction, I simply haven’t had time, or haven’t made time as the case may be. Hub’s lil side business has grown quite a bit and since he still has a full time day job, I have taken on some wicked responsibility at Oomph. Like building our site, becoming AdWords certified, managing AdWords accounts for our clients, and blogging for the Oomph site as well as a little bloggy-blog that helps showcase some of our clients.

Some things have changed. I’m no longer a homeschooler(!), Bird is graduating(!) this year and has been accepted to two fine Universities. Max writes, and writes and writes some more and shares his creations with a fan base of female schoolmates, but not with ME. The girl creates wonderful things out of cardboard and is a super star soccer athlete.

Now that you are up-to-date here is a trio of my current obsessions:

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Quora.com

Hay Day (oy vey!)

Random pic:

I’ll be back. <3

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Housekeeping

August 23rd, 2012

My children have quite the sense of humor

Summer, where oh where did you go? Kay, technically autumn doesn’t begin until September 22, and it’s still in the high 90′s, but school has begun so I declare summer over!

Stuff we did:

Visited Ripley’s–charged through the mirror maze, looked at the wax figures, marveled at all the believe it or not stuff, and made fabulous wax hands.

Hubs’ mom came to visit us for a weekend and the first night we went to a crazy awesome buffet that had little octopi in the salad bar. I’m kicking myself for not getting that pic.

The lot of us visited the Sea Life Aquarium where we snapped that smart pic of the kids shown above.

The boys went to scout camp for a week and LaLa was an only child for a bit. I’m not sure she enjoyed the extra parental attention.

All the kids started Judo, and LaLa started tumbling (the gymnastics sort, not down a hill or anything).

Grilled

Made new recipes, pics another post, maybeee.

Painted the kitchen

Stuff we did not do:

Wake up before dawn (except for the day the boys left for camp).

Wear “daytime” clothes for more than 6 or 7 hours.

Go outside. It gets so hot here that it’s not healthy to spend much time at all outdoors.

Worry about tardies, DPS (aka demerits), homework…

Ah, summer!

Books we read:

Bird: The Fountainhead, Lord of the Rings parts one and two. Interestingly, The Fountainhead was not required reading. I love that he has smart friends that suggest books, cause if I’d suggested it it would have gone on the “Bird’s banned list” like The Great Gatsby. :(

Max: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, The Hobbit and I’m sure many others that he didn’t care to mention to me. For example, I found The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Filmmaking in his bed when I was helping him clean his room. He’s a night reader.

LaLa: Wishworks, Inc, The Lemonade Wars, The Case of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Dog, The Wonder Book, Wayside School and probably all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series multiple times.

Moi: A Song of Ice and Fire books one through four, Bright Young Things and Beautiful Days both by Anna Godbersen (again), Looking for Alaska (again), and The Fault in Our Stars (again). I went on a teensy bit of a John Green tear for a minute there. Ah, nerds.

Hubs audiobooked a couple of books about running. Oh, and he worked full time along with running his side biz so we won’t fault him for not keeping up in the reading department.

So there it is in a nutshell. My goal is to keep up with this little blog in the coming year and get my skillz up so I can write funny again.

No links, you’re welcome.

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fifteen for friday 3/16/12 spring break edition

March 16th, 2012

1. The theme for spring break:

 

 

 

 

 

The kids were not thrilled. The house is NOT ship-shape.

2.  Sold even more cookies. My favorite part was eating barbecue. It was windy and cooooolllllddd.

Cousin’s Pit Barbecue aka heaven on a plate (or take-out box)

 

 

 

3. So the next day I had a fever and had to miss a fabulous GNO which involved EATING and bowling. One of which I am much better at than the other. Bet you can’t tell which.

Yes, it is a fancy thermometor, isn’t it?

 

 

 

4. Tuesday Bird was home chillin’ cause he’d been up all night at a friends house.

Textual proof:

Me- Are u spinning the night at GPS?

Bird-Yes. The whole night. Spinning in large tea cups.

Don’t you just love how prim he is in his texts?

5. That very same day I took the kids to the park. Well, two of them anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. I wanted to make Bird jealous of the fun we were having, so smarty that I am I didn’t send the pics I took with my phone but texted him instead.

Me-There are kids your age here

Bird-Ok.

Me-They’re having lots of fun

Bird-Ok.

Me-One of them has blue skin and green teeth

Bird-You should take a picture!

Me-I tried. No image. Eerie.

Bird-Weird looking vampire thats immune to sunlight?

Me-I think the blue skin protects him.

Bird-Oh ok.

7. The girl and I went to Girl Scouts and I snapped this flattering pic. That’s pollen on my nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Wednesday we went to pick up boxes from a food bank when the TRE went screeching by. I wondered later if using my flash was disruptive to the driver. Then I remembered that it’s a train. On rails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Thursday we went back to the park and had a picnic. It was windy. And expensive. This week we all promised not to eat out and then we’d go to Kincaid’s on Friday. So instead of spending $20-$25 at Subway, we went to Albertson’s and spent $33. But we didn’t eat out!

10. That night we decided to go to Kincaid’s. :)

11. I found this great recipe for Seasoned Chicken Strips. It was sooooo good and healthy. What a combo. You’ll have to click the link to see the final product. I was so good about my before shots, and completely neglected the after (maybe because the food was ready?) But that’s okay since mine looked just like the pic on the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. The girl and Max decidedly not enjoying Ship Shape Spring Break:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. My cat:

 

No photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. My other cat:

 

Sup?

 

 

 

15. Both cats!

This is the closest they've ever been without fighting.

 

 

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blast from the past – 2009

March 8th, 2012
liljenDo not trust this little girl

This is from a summer 2009 post entitled ‘why i write’:

I’ve been doing a heckuva lot of reading lately, and I don’t mean the fun kind.  I mean the informational kind.  The kind of which I’ve never been a huge fan.  It’s the only kind of reading that can actually make me sleepy.  I love make believe (or at most history that’s as good as make believe).  Anyway, all of this reading has me wondering how I ended up the way I did, with this fierce love of all things not real.  I’m a drama queen actress by nature and a storyteller by nurture…  All this thinking led me back, as most things do, to my childhood.

I was reminded at a family dinner recently of one of my weirder escapades (and there were many weird ones).  I don’t remember how old I was, but I was most likely the same age as in the pic to the left when a new girl moved onto our street.  She was about my age, so this was cause for serious excitement.  I immediately went out on my bike (that had a string for the door so it was easier to pretend I was actually sitting in a car) to meet her.  And I had a plan.  I was going to introduce myself as Jessica and talk about my twin sister, Jennifer.  She was pretty well on board with it until I went to go get my twin and she came out without me…in different clothes of course.  Unfortunately the girl wasn’t as big a fool as I’d hoped (even though I’d roped a sibling or two into the ruse) and my act didn’t last long.  Next came the uncomfortable scene when I had to explain why I did such a weird thing.  It was not the kind of opening that leads to a great and lasting friendship.

So I’ve never been content with life as it is…too much reading has ruined it for me I think.  But that’s okay, ’cause even if I can only live out my big dreams in my head they can eventually end up on paper and that would make them real to me.  And if someone else gets a kick out of my stories too, then that’s just icing on the cake.

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fifteen for friday 3/2/12

March 2nd, 2012

1. This blog cracks me up. Warning: There may be some strong language.

2. Wednesday was leap day. And we had 2 leap day miracles:

a. I got to go to Target TWICE in one day!

b. This:

This is an excerpt from Max's Math book. And it was from his lesson ON leap day! caaaaraazy

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Just going to remind you a little teeny bit about my wattpad account. If you like my grammar, the way I put quotation marks around dialogue, or ya know, the story please vote. And comment. I like comments. :)

4. Is this a cry for help?

Sam? Sam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. THE HUNGER GAMES!

6. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, you absolutely positively must finish reading this blog post and then read it.

7. I haven’t read a book in like 2 weeks. I knew I was feeling an empty hole in my life.

8. I’m supposed to be reading Oliver Twist. My dad is reading it too. Rather, he’s most likely finished with it and I am just slacking!

9. number nine, number nine, number nine

10. One of my children thinks Yoko Ono can’t sing. But he wants to go to Yoko’s Donuts on his birthday. He couldn’t explain the thought process behind this. I have to add that he’s never been there before so he has no idea if it’s good or bad.

11. This same child thinks ’80′s music is terrible. I. am. ashamed.

12. A Treasure Trove

13. Spring?

Look very closely you can see a little bird in the tree. Not my son, an actual bird. This is getting confusing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring! (Ok, I know it’s not official, but it will be in 18 short days–and also, did you see the blooming tree?)

14. I wrote most of this post on Wednesday, thinking it was Thursday and I was getting a jump on it. This was the least procrastonaty I think I’ve ever been. And it was a mistake.

15.

Do you think he minds me going through his wallet?

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george harrison and food

February 28th, 2012

This is a dump for the stuff rolling around in my head for the last few days that must get out. Enjoy!

   So apparently Beatle George Harrison showed up to my daughter’s first birthday party approximately eight years ago. I don’t remember this.
He doesn’t look half bad for a 61 year old, does he? Although the pastel polo seems a bad choice.

And here’s a pic of me with some chick named Patty.

Wait! No, that’s not right!

This post is dedicated to my father-in-law Richard…who pointed out that my ‘do was quite Harrisonesque. And Bird enthusiastically agreed with him. Bird got grounded as soon as Richard left. Not really.

 

 

 

So, all 2 of my regular readers should know that I lurve passiveaggressivenotes.com. So I’m always on the lookout for great notes that could possibly be submitted to the site and might actually have a chance to be uploaded. Let me know if you think this is a good candidate:

Maybe it's a little more aggressive. I'm still a little offended by this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random food I made:

Fajitas...nom nom nom

Homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese...yum.

Bob freakin' Armstrong dip. The Mona Lisa of dips...takes about as long to make it too.

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inevitability

February 23rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every school day I drive up and down a street called McCart to pick up the kids. Located in a dazzling half mile–reminiscent of  the Las Vegas strip–the three fellas shown above stand and wave and dance. They are selling inevitability in silly costumes; dressing up to make light of some of the most serious business out there. First I pass Ms. Liberty with her crown around her neck and a ‘do rag on her head dancing with ear buds firmly in place, reminding us that our taxes are due in less than two months. The newest addition on the magnificent mile is Mr. Toothpaste, as a reminder that mouth issues will plague each and every one of us at some point in our lives. Finally, on the way back home we pass the bird–is that a crow?!–(not to be confused with my oldest son). When it’s not tax season he sells us insurance, and unless you’re an irresponsible outlaw you’d better have some of that.

I wonder if sometime soon I’ll see a break dancing undertaker.

*Please excuse the low-res photography. My oldest, aka the bird (no, not that one) was my photographer and I actually think he did a fantastic job considering I was going about 30mph and nagging him not to make it too obvious…I’m a chicken.

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wattpad

February 2nd, 2012

I’m going to try this wattpad thingie out for a bit. Come read me here.

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