Need to Kick-Start the blogging again.

March 7th, 2010

I was on a role for a while. Not quite sure what happened. Well, I do know what happened. I’ve been trying to spend less time on the computer. And that’s been a good thing.

Random things I’ve been up to….

….Milo learned to walk. He went from tottering between furniture to chasing Lexi and the dogs around the house in about 5 days. We now have a human tornado living in our house. He also likes to spin himself in circles until he’s too dizzy to stand.

….I got called for Jury Duty. It’s not a bad deal. I call in at night and they tell me if I need to show up or call in. I’ve lucked out and have only had to call in at nine and/or noon the next day, only to be told I’m not needed and to call in again tomorrow. Only downside is the two weeks worth of lesson plans I’ve had to write. But, really, not complaining about it. It’s been fun to do stuff like take the kids to the zoo.

….went to the Minnesota Zoo with Lexi and Milo. Milo learned a new phrase “See it!” or “See it?” depending on whether or not he spotted the animals. Both kids love the dolphins. We watched a short training session and then spent another 20 minutes just sitting in the bleachers watching the dolphins swim and splash around. Incidentally, the MN Zoo is a great winter activity. Discovery Bay, the Tropics Trail and the Minnesota Trail are all connected and it takes about 30 minutes to get through each one. And you never have to go outside.

….I taught myself how to crochet over Christmas break. And I really like it. It’s super fast and looks really cute when finished. So far I’ve made about 6 hats, a sweater, a blanket, a poncho, and about 30 headbands.. Only downside is it takes much more yarn than knitting so depending on the project, it can be a little pricey. I’ll try and get a few pictures up in the next couple days.

….I’ve made a few sales from my etsy shop. Oh, and I started making jewelry as well. I needed a lanyard for work and decided to make one and I had left over supplies so I made a few other things. Then when I raided all my craft stuff I realized I had a pretty big pile of beads and other jewelry making supplies so I gave it a shot. It’s not my favorite thing to do but it’s different than sewing or knitting or crochet, so I like it. Oh, and my etsy shop is also supporting charity:water.


December 14th, 2008

Somebody tagged me for this. I don’t remember who because I sort of ignored it for, um, a long time. If it was you – sorry.

1. Who was your FIRST prom date?
Mike. Although I’m confused about the question – how many prom dates do people have?

2. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink?
I grew up in Wisconsin. Beer.

3. What was your FIRST job?
Babysitting. If that doesn’t count, then I worked at Shopko for way too long.

4. What was your FIRST car?
The first car I drove was a Oldsmobile – Delta 88. The first car I owned was a VW Jetta. It was a sad day when I traded in my Jetta.

5. Who was the FIRST person to text you today?
Nobody texts me.

6. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning?
My son.

7. Who was your FIRST grade teacher?
Miss Schaefer.

8. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane?
The Bahamas. Only reason I got to go was because I flew for free.

9. Who was your FIRST best friend, and are you still friends with him / her?
Katie & Margie. I lost touch with them after I moved in middle school but I found them both on facebook. So we’re kind of friends.

10. Who was your FIRST kiss?
Erick. Let’s not relive that.

11. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today?

12. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning?
Asked Kevin to get Lexi up. I wanted to sleep.

13. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to?
I was rocking out to New Kids On The Block. Jordan was such a hottie.

14. What was your FIRST tattoo or piercing?
I had my ears pierced in 4th grade.

15. What was the FIRST foreign country you went to?

16. What was the FIRST movie you saw in the theater?
I think it was the Never Ending Story. If you haven’t seen it, you really should.

17. When was your FIRST detention?
My elementary school didn’t hand out detentions. But if they did I’m pretty sure I would have gotten one for pouring grape soda on a kid’s head at a field trip. But he totally deserved it – he was spitting ice chunks at me.

18. What was the FIRST state you lived in?

19. Who was the FIRST person to really break your heart?
I think it may have been Andy. But I was 15 so I was probably being over-dramatic.

20. With whom was your FIRST date?
Andy. We went to the Junior Girls dance together.

21. What was your FIRST pet?
A gerbil named Jaws. We weren’t sad when he died.

22. Who was your FIRST roommate?

23. Who was your FIRST love?

24. What was your FIRST screen name?
I think it was amos4_4.

25. When did you have your FIRST baby?
January 31, 2006.

I gave up bothering to tag people – if you want to fill it out, then Tag, your it.

Waiting For Your Love

December 8th, 2008

I’ve been working on a kilt all morning and a chunk of the afternoon and I need a little bit of a break. Nicole did the iPod blog thing and it seemed like a good way to take a break.

What you need: an iPod and a blog.
What you do:
1. Put your iTunes on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS! (see? it’s such an important rule that the first person to post this needed to yell it.)

4. Make a fun/silly/witty comment on your answer. (Or, just write the song name and leave your readers wondering)

5. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing the same as well as the person you got the note from. (Or post it on your blog and see who does it just because you did – kinda like what I did with Nicole.)

The questions (and answers):

  • What is your motto? You Okay Honey? Rent
  • What do your friends think of you? Spring from the sound track of Little Women
  • What do you think about very often? See the Star by Delirious?
  • What is 2+2? Back the Road by Trace
  • What do you think of your best friend? My Desire by Salvador
  • What do you think of the person you like? Whisper Softly by Chasing Furies
  • What is your life story? Joyful Noise/I Will Not Be Silent by David Crowder Band (I’m happy and I talk a lot)
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? Drop the Pilot by Mandy Moore (umm…)
  • What do you think when you see the person you like? Wonderful Christmastime by Jars of Clay (well, we were married at Christmastime)
  • What do your parents think of you? The Fool by U2 (I think I need to talk to my parents)
  • What will they play at your funeral? If I Only Had A Brain by Harry Connick, Jr. (and apparently I also need to talk to the people choosing my music at my funeral – or get some new friends)
  • What is your hobby/interest? Blowin’ In the Wind by Joan Baez (I’m undecided?)
  • What is your biggest secret? Took My Place by Third Day
  • What do you think of your friends? Theme from Summer by All Star United (yeah, summers are always fun)
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen? When It Doesn’t Come Easy by Justin McRoberts (
  • What makes you laugh? Cleaning Windows by Van Morrison (Therapy, I need therapy)
  • What makes you cry? Daisy by Switchfoot (And to confirm I need therapy – windows=laughing, daisies=crying)
  • What scares you the most? Julie by Jacobstone (I don’t know who Julie is but she must be terrifying)
  • If you could go back in time, what would you change? Hold on to Me by Nina Gordon
  • Now for the title of this blog entry…Waiting For Your Love by Justin McRoberts (This seems to fit my current situation…)

Tag – I’m It.

October 14th, 2008

tagCathy tagged me…so 7 random things about me…in no particular order.

The rules are pretty simple:

Link to the person you tagged you.

List 7 random things about yourself.

Tag 7 new people and link to their blogs.

1. I eat M&M’s by color. I dump the whole bag into a bowl and pick out one color before starting on the next color. It makes a bag last longer and I usually don’t have to share because who wants to eat out of a bowl that I’ve completely pawed through?

2. I train dogs professionally. I work at All Breed Obedience and most the time the dogs are better listeners.

3. I can’t stand e-mail forwards. If you want to be my friend you will not forward me anything that will bring me luck within the next 7 minutes, days, hours, years, whatever. And you will also not forward me any warning or news story without checking it out on first.

4. I can sew. And quilt. And smock.

5. I am not a stay at home mom. I enjoy spending time with my kid but all day, everyday is not for me.

6. My favorite TV shows include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother.

7. I always think these memes and tags are cheesy but I usually fill them out anyway.

Tag. You’re it.

Lack of Inspiration

October 12th, 2008

I realize that there has been a lack of blogging on my part. Actually, many of the blogs I read have slacked off lately, seriously people, what’s up with that?

I’m out of things to ramble about (for now).

I don’t want to talk politics anymore. That subject got old about 6 months ago.

I really don’t want to talk about economics because
a) I don’t like economics
b) because I don’t like it, I don’t understand it
c) everyone’s sick of hearing about it, so what’s the point?

I know that everyone is super excited about all the stuff I’ve been making lately but you can check that link for yourself.

My kid is still cute but today, not so much. She stuck her hands someplace that nobody wants to hear about.

We are at #11 on the waiting list for our baby – but the movement is slow.

My kindergarten is testing the limits. I fear bootcamp may be in their future.

So, maybe I’ll come up with something else soon. But there’s the list of everything I don’t feel like talking about right now.

August 11th, 2008

I copied this directly from Leah’s blog. Leah is the mother of Angela, who has Down Syndrome. Leah titled her blog post: If you love my kid, you won’t go! And although I probably wouldn’t have gone to this movie anyway, I do love Angela so I put this up on my blog as well.

I bet you’ve seen the trailers for the new movie opening this week “Tropic Thunder”, the new Ben Stiller movie. I’ll bet you thought the trailers were hilarious. I’ll bet you DON’T know what’s really in this movie!

Ben Stiller and his team put a lot of thought into this movie, trying to be very careful to not cross the lines on racial humor. They wouldn’t want to offend anyone of color or other nationalities in fear of loosing a lot of money in the movie.

But people who are intellectually disabled are fair game in the world of Hollywood. The word “retard” is the whole sub-plot for the movie. The term “Going full retard” has been coined and it’s been announced there will soon be a line of t-shirts appearing in your local stores with the term plastered across the front. If you take every time the word “retard” is used in the movie and replace it with the “n” word, or any other racial slur, the movie would be banned in the U.S!

And that, my friends and family, is what Angela has to look forward to when school starts. (Last year it was Napolean Dynamite pens that talked, with one of the phrases being “you retard!” which, after complaints, were quickly pulled off the shelves and banned by schools across the country.)

Yes, the movie is rated R, so young kids shouldn’t be seeing it. But they will. And their teen siblings and parents who DO see it will be coming home repeating what they think is a funny phrase, and kids will be coming to school with it. They’ll love the t-shirts as well.

I don’t understand how in the world it’s ok to to belittle this population of people, but if they were using the “N” word, or any other racial slur, it would be all over the news! Our countries schools have a zero tolerance policy against racial harassment, and you won’t hear certain words thrown around the hallways of your child’s school. But you WILL hear “retard” on a regular basis.

I know there are plenty of you who feel I’m overreacting. Well, apparently I’m with the 3 million other families in the country who are FURIOUS this film has been allowed to be produced the way it has. You can expect to see national and local protests about this film, as those of us who are overreacting demand that our children, brothers, sisters, cousins, and loved ones get the same respect that everyone else in the country gets, including illegal immigrants. That they aren’t set up for yet MORE harassment by teens who think it’s funny to mock our children because Hollywood has encouraged them to do so.

I hear the word by friends and family members all the time. I hear the “short bus” jokes. Most of the time I’ll call someone on the carpet about it, but sometimes I won’t. Sometimes I just get tired of constantly having to defend my child against the people who are supposed to care. Their lame responses of “I wasn’t meaning HER, it was just a joke!” Well, HELLO!!! Who do you MEAN then? Who are you comparing yourself or others to when you toss those words around? And my personal favorite “It just slipped out”. Funny…words that aren’t part of my every day vocabulary don’t “just slip out”!

My child, and millions like her, are intellectually disabled (that’s the proper term, by the way…”retarded” is going out the window because it’s become such a hateful slang term. School districts aren’t even putting it on their paperwork anymore!) Just as people of color don’t have a choice of what color skin they were born with, children with intellectual disabilities don’t have a choice but to ride “the short bus”, and so they become the brunt of your jokes. I’ve watched people who’s own children ride “the short bus” make the same jokes, without even realizing (or caring) that it’s at the expense of his/her own children. “Oh, but they think it’s funny too!” Do they really? Or are they laughing along while inside they squirm with discomfort?

These people don’t have a choice to have the medical term “Mental retardation” plastered all over their medical records. Those with syndromes such as Down Syndrome can’t even hide behind a “normal” appearance. It’s plastered on their face, leaving them open to hateful ridicule by their peers, and yes, even their family members.

So, if you’ve seen the trailers, and thought, “That looks like a fun movie to see!” Please don’t. My child…your grandchild, your niece, your cousin, your friend…. and those like her, deserve the respect more then Ben Stiller and his team deserve a few bucks!


July 21st, 2008

I’ve added a few links to the side bar in on my blog. You, too, can check out my facebook profile, follow me on twitter, read all the random stuff I’ve saved in and check out my talent for sewing things on flickr. (And just so you know my flickr pictures are only pictures of the things I have made or that I’m currently working on. If you are looking for cute Lexi pictures you need to go here.)

Problem Solved. Sort of.

July 11th, 2008

A couple of weeks ago I had some serious words with my blog about how it was posting pictures. There was much complaining, muttering, and swearing under my breath at how irritating it was being. Today I tried to upload a picture of the most beautiful pile of fabric ever seen and more words were exchanged. However, Kevin and I realized it may not be a wordpress thing like we originally thought. We figured out it was the particular theme I was using. I really liked the theme I had but instead of trying to fix the code for how it places pictures (which I have no idea how to do anyway) I just changed the theme. There. Problem solved. Sort of. Oh, and go look at the new theme. I like the color scheme. Although I either need to add some type of picture/graphic to the top, or shrink it all little bit. Suggestions on which way I should go?


May 1st, 2008

Too lazy to write full posts about several topics so I’ll write several topics in one post.

  • No work tomorrow. This is good.
  • Child who said “MAKE ME” is now suspended for 3 days (bad for him – huge relief for the staff for 3 days) And no, he wasn’t suspended just for saying make me, his list of crimes for the day is long. Very long. And it includes calling me “Stupid face”. Zero points for creativity in the name-calling category. I prefer such insults as “Bunny-hopper”, “Chicken-head”, “Baby-ass” or “Spicey-spice hands”.
  • Tomorrow is the Missions Dinner at church. I’ll be there, all day, cooking Thai Pork Satay and assorted side dishes for 100 people.
  • The Walk for the Animals is Saturday. Lexi, Speak and I might walk it. If it’s not raining or snowing. Mazie, however, needs to stay home because she’s forgotten how to play nice with others.
  • Been thinking a lot lately about shopping for a cause. This may become its own post. Basically, I’ve been trying to decide if it’s financially possible (for us) to limit our shopping to stores that support fair trade, support small business men and women, support local produce growers/farmers, etc.
  • Kevin is getting very close to being bald. Kinda freakin’ me out.
  • Did I mention that the plan for cooking for 100 is actually grilling for 100? And that it’s supposed to rain tomorrow?
  • Consider yourself warned – Rummage Sale Madness, Part 2 will soon be upon us. So if you missed the first one, come see what’s at the second sale. Rumor has it there may be new stuff to view.
  • Did you know Ice Hockey is now the official Minnesota State Sport?
  • I need to go to bed now.

new blog

March 31st, 2008

I made the switch over to wordpress. After much putzing and frustration with finding a theme (the first three I picked were filed under “widget ready” but weren’t) I got everything set up the way I want it. I might switch a few of the colors around, but we’ll see.