Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
We need to thank God for them and their sacrifices.
At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.
RED FRIDAYS Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday ~
The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority'. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV to reflect our message or our opinions. Many Americans, like you, me and all of our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts NOW - and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message; That every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once 'silent' majority is on their side more than ever; certainly more than the media lets on. The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is... We need your support and your prayers..
Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Got to thinking the other day about my tattoos -
I really did not realize how many I DO have until I put them all together!!
My tattoos all have a special and particular meaning to them:
My zodiac sign was my first and obviously shows my devotion to Leo the Lion
The Bird of Paradise was next - With the main flower representing my Love, Steve and the anthuriums for my two kids.
Next came the dedication to my Mom; the Whales. This is actually a copy of a painting that she painted for me and my awesome tattoo artist replicated them perfectly. I got this one on Mother's Day 2006, my first one without my Mom. I was blessed to have both of my kids there which made it even more special.
I added the hawaiian leis on each side of the bird of paradise. I love Hawaii, does that show??? It was at this session I had Steve's name redone in a fancier font ~
Erin & I got our first rib cage tattoos together in 2008. The purple color represents my Mom's favorite color and the orchids were from Erin's wedding. The one picture shows both Erin & I after our tattoos healed.
Following in suit, I got the next tattoo to match Tommy's; the hummingbird is for Mom and the Pacific Northwest Haida tribal art represents Tommy's new home. Note the picture taken on mine next to Tommy's.
Feeling out of balance, I had the other rib cage done in 2008. Again, following the hawaiian floral theme I had the artist draw up a bunch of hibiscus and plumerias.
If you hadn't noticed, I have the best tattoo artist around! She does such a great job and really sees my ideas!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
My final entry is this impulse buy!! The Fireguy and I saw it at the market and both laughed it off! The following week I HAD to have it... This is such a kick! The pancakes come out just as if you had used a mix. I'm planning on trying it out on the family this week-end!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time;
Friday, April 10, 2009
I can't decide if I am in love or obsessed!!! I took the camera and standard lense out back this morning to test some settings out. Since it had rained last night many of the flowers had moisture on them still! (Thanks for the idea Missy!!) I may have went a bit overboard but I was really having fun ~ Besides shooting my favorites; flowers, plants, etc. I also had two very obligatory subjects to work with; Belle our chocolate lab was really a ham and Bella my daughter's dog. She is very difficult to shoot, she is always running around... but I managed to make her sit for just one!
Two weeks ago I was told that due to the CA budget crisis one of the school district programs may be cut. That would in turn allow another employee to bump me from my current position.
I am not a stranger to this sort of thing since in April 2002 my position with my then employer was cut. I held a management position, no union and had no bumping rights... no where to go - but out the door. I had been a loyal employee for 16 years! At the same time my position was cut the Company also lost other employees which collectively had over 100 years of experience and committement to the Company. But I'm not bitter... The Fireguy and I decided that I would lay low, reflect on my life and decide where I would go and what I would. I was given a six month severence package and had intended to enjoy the down time. I was 42 and needed to start over in the workforce!
After two months I became very antsy and wondered 'what if a great job is out there and I am just letting it pass by???'
I was happy to secure a position with the local school district at the district office in August 2002. Unfortunately, after only 8 months there were again layoffs at the school district and I was bumped! I had not held any other positions within the District so I had no where to go... but out the door! Bah!!! Thanks to the Union I was placed on a re-employment list and performed some substitute clerical work within the District.
I chose not to wait on the 'list' and in January 2004 I was awarded another position, this time at a school site. The school was brand new and I would be in charge of the scheduling for middle school students. This was completely out of my comfort zone, but involved computers & new software and I caught on very quickly. I found out that working with students just wasn't my cup of tea (don't know how my Mom did it for 25 years!) but hung on until a position in the same department at the district office that I began in opened up. How cool would that be!?!?
Luckily for me I was hired back at the district office in my current position in December 2005. I love this job!! It is a very busy desk, but I always know that I will have something to do and it keeps me busy all day long!
Fast forward to current time; I was again in jeopardy of being bumped by another employee that had held this title back in the 90's... Seriously, do I have a target on my back or something??? I could go on a rant about how poor performing employees are not given proper evaluations and perpetuate this sort of bumping ritual or the people that take their jobs entirely for granted but I will not bore you with all of that.
Suffice it to say that I seem to be getting very good at dodgeball and have once again averted the unemployment line. The program in question proposed a five-year plan with adequate funding and was removed from the chopping block, thus saving me my job. Sure, this time I would have been able to bump back down to my school site position, but I really did not want to have to upset someone else's world and keep the domino effect going! YIKES!!!
In closing, let me remind each and every one of you that a job is a gift not a right.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Since it is Spring Break and perhaps some of you have a little extra time on your hands...
Let's hear it...
Here are my answers and why:
1) Smelly Cat by Phoebe ~ Everytime I clean the cat box I think of this song!! Then it just sticks in my head!!!!
2) Anything by Miley Cyrus! I really just don't understand the big deal with her. I am not impressed by her singing let alone her acting... Gad!
3) I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry ~ For starters the radio stations overplayed this song. I feel that if you DID kiss a girl, good for you, did you need to write a song about it? I suppose I am showing my age here, but there is such a thing as being discreet...
Monday, April 6, 2009
Erin's Daddy named her, after a character on The Walton's TV show, her middle name is the same as mine which is my Father's name.
Erin & I were able to bond for 3 1/2 years since I took time off from working outside the home. We have the most amazing relationship and I cherish that everyday!
Our first born has made us so very proud over the years. She is such a warm, caring young woman and has a determination that amazes me. Erin is the type of person that sets her mind to something and gets it done; thus receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I am positive that no matter what goal she sets it will always be met.
If you have wondered what a real winner looks like, here is an example:
Happy Birthday Erin, may you enjoy many, many more wonderful years ~
Dad & I love you !!!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I had done a lot of research on-line, read reviews, etc. and finally decided that the best price was going to be at Costco. I even went in and drooled on it one day, but without being a member I was not able to buy it. Besides, I wanted to make sure I had the Fireguy's blessing before making a large purchase!
Since things can often become complicated, I was not totally surprised that when we went to make the purchase two days after I saw it in store, they were out!! Yup, had just sold the last one... Luckily, they had five left in Rancho Cordova. As I mentioned, we were not members and went in knowing we would pay the membership fee, purchase the camera and still come out price wise very well. I pull out the debit card to make the purchase and am DENIED due to my financial institution having a dollar amount purchase limit per day/transaction!! Of course it is now past business hours and I cannot contact them to have this cleared. Since I do not carry a checkbook we decide to put the purchase on our VISA, but oh guess what... Costco only takes 'their' American Express credit card ~ We head back to customer service (who by the way were very patient and understanding!) to apply for the American Express card.
Fortunately, this all took less than 30 minutes, but seriously...
Good news is I have my new camera and I am slowly making it through the instruction book and can't wait to post some new pictures!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Today marks the 4th anniversary of losing my Mom to cancer.
By the time we learned of her disease we only had six months to deal with the inevitable. Those six months came and went all too soon. One of the hardest things I ever had to do; to stay upbeat and positive for her while preparing to let her go.
Today is a very emotional day, I reflect more on this day of the time that I did spend with her. There is such a special bond between a Mother & a Daughter - one that cannot be explained and runs very deep. There is a definate void without my Mom around.
It amazes me that even after her being gone for four years there are still times when I think about calling her just to talk!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss her...
Mom was very proud of not only her two daughters but of her 4 grandchildren. I am so happy that she was able to see her grandchildren become such awesome young adults. She was able to see all four graduate high school, but missed college graduations - Her chest would have been so puffed with pride she might have burst!!! Unfortunately she also missed the weddings of her two eldest grandchildren, but I know she saw the entire day from the best seat in the house.
So to all you children, don't let a day go by that you don't let your Mom know how much you love her, and Mom's don't ever take a day with your children for granted; because life can change in an instant.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be
I Love You Mom ~