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November 29, 2008

People Watching

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I love people watching. I love sitting and just watching how people interact with each other. Wondering what they’re doing, where they’re going, who they’re with. One of my favorite places to people watch is the airport. As luck would have it, I found myself in an airport last weekend waiting for my husband to come back from Africa. I had 45 minutes to kill (that’s how long it took him to get through customs and to the baggage claim area!). So, I watched.

I watched as people greeted their loved ones and of course, made up stories for each of them. There was the grandmother travelling from Spain to visit her daughter and son-in-law…and see her grandson for the first time. And the older gentleman greeting his girlfriend, who was young enough to be his daughter. The woman greeting her friend who has travelled across the country to visit with her. The soldiers lucky enough to be returning home on R&R just in time for the holidays and those not-so-lucky soldier who would be celebrating Thanksgiving in Iraq.

And then there was the one I didn’t have to worry about, because he told me everything I needed to know. He hadn’t seen his wife and 11-month-old daughter in three months. He paced nervously, waiting, armed with flowers and a luggage cart. He worried about the flight his wife had, the mood she and their daughter would be in. Nervous about seeing his baby girl again…would she remember him? It was all very sweet! I didn’t get to see the end of that story though as my husband arrived before his wife. In my mind, it was a wonderful homecoming though!

November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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OK, so I know Thanksgiving isn’t until tomorrow, but I’m sure I won’t get the chance to get on here and I have a few seconds now. So, I’m taking advantage. 🙂

As I was typing my last post, I was reminded of one of my all-time favorite episodes of Friends. I love, love, love this show…for 10 years they brougt laughter to my house every Thursday night and I never tire of watching re-runs. Anyway, this episode has me in tears just about every time I see it. Joey with the turkey on his head, Chandler’s worst Thanksgiving, Monica cutting off Chandler’s toe and bringing a carrot to the hospital and we can’t forget the Flock of Seagulls and Miami Vice “looks” Chandler and Ross sported!

Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a couple clips from that episode.

November 22, 2008

I’m thankful for…

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This weeks Spin Cycle (brought to you by http://www.spriteskeeper.com) is all about what we’re thankful for. I must admit, I wasn’t surprised. I mean this IS the week of my birthday and we’re always thankful for that! What? That’s not the most important holiday this week? What do you mean you didn’t even know it was my birthday? What is this Thanksgiving you speak of? I thought everyone was celebrating MY birthday all these years! Hmpf!

OK, OK, so I know all about Thanksgiving. And posts like this always make me think of the TV sitcoms where they sit around and discuss what they’re thankful for. Everyone has something sappy to say with the gratuitous joke thrown in for good measure. Which actually gives me a topic for another day.

So, what AM I thankful for? Let’s see…

I’m thankful for my children.
I’m thankful that we’re all healthy.
I’m thankful that I’m employed with a fairly recession-proof job.
I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head with no immediate danger of losing it.
I’m thankful I don’t have to wonder where my next meal is coming from, that my cupboards and refrigerator are full.
I’m thankful my parents were able to make the trip down to see us AND that they are in good health.

And most of all this year, I’m thankful my husband will be home in time for Thanksgiving. I’m grateful that we’ve been lucky enough to spend every major holiday together since we’ve been married. So many military families can’t say the same.

And along those lines, I’m thankful for those who are away from home right now, protecting our freedoms all over the world. God bless them and bring them home safe.

November 18, 2008

Darius Rucker sings…

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Country? Really? That was my second thought when I heard Darius being interviewed on my XM Radio (I think I was on channel 16). My first thought was “Isn’t he the guy from Hootie and the Blowfish?” I love Hootie and the Blowfish and love Darius Rucker, but really didn’t think I’d like him as a country artist. Then I heard this song and became a believer.

IT WON’T BE LIKE THIS FOR LONG w/Darius Rucker

He didnt have to wake up
He’d been up all nite
Lay’n there in bed listen’n
To his new born baby cry
He makes a pot of coffee
He splashes water on his face
His wife gives him a kiss and says
It gonna be OK

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon we’ll look back laugh’n
At the week we brought her home
This phase is gonna fly by
So baby just hold on
It won’t be like this for long

Four years later ’bout four thirty
She’s crawling in their bed
And when he drops her off at preschool
She’s clinging to his leg
The teacher peels her off of him
He says what can I do
She says now don’t you worry
This will only last a week or two

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon we’ll drop her off
And she won’t even know you’re gone
This phase is gonna fly by
If you can just hold on
It won’t be like this for long

One day soon she’ll be a teenager
And at times you’ll think she hates him
Then he’ll walk her down the aisle
And he’ll raise her veil
But right now she up and cry’n
And the truth is that he dont mind
As he kisses her good night
And she says her prayers
He lays down there beside her
Till her eyes are finally closed
And just watch’n her it breaks his heart
Cause he already knows

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah this phase is gonna fly by
He’s try’n to hold on
It won’t be like this for long
It won’t be like this for long

November 15, 2008

Calgon take me away!

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Please!!!

Ugh. I woke up with a stuffy head this morning. Great. A cold. And of course it happens today. I mean, my husband is out of town and I had a TON of stuff I needed to get done around the house today.

And did I mention that I’m the world’s biggest baby when I get sick? Yeah, I think I can rival any man in that respect. All I want to do is lay in bed, drink tea, and eat chicken noodle soup. Asking me to function is basically useless.

So, I’ve spent most of today either laying in bed or curled up on the couch feeling sorry for myself and cursing my husband (why? Because obviously it’s his fault that I’m sick. I mean if he hadn’t deployed to Africa, I wouldn’t be sick, now would I? Yes, I realize this is ridiculous, but I’m sick and being a big baby). I did manage to get the girls to clean their rooms. Only because we were trying to find the cat’s collar. Oh and I did manage to actually feed them today (so what if it was Lunchable for lunch and pizza for dinner…I had to make the effort to get off the couch to get them).

And the cat’s collar? We never did find it. If anyone has any ideas where my four year old could manage to hide it, please let me know. I’m fresh out of ideas and she denies any knowledge of the existence of a collar.

Great. Now she tells me Amber threw it in the trash. It’s probably not true, but I’ll still be wading through the garbage later…just to make sure.

November 14, 2008

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…

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Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I read today’s topic for the Spin Cycle (What’s the Spin Cycle? Visit http://www.spriteskeeper.com to find out!)

So, what are my favorite things?

Favorite pastime: I love to read (sadly I don’t get to do enough of it anymore). Stephen King is my all time favorite author, but I also like Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, Ann Rule (great true crime author!).

Favorite TV shows: ER, Law and Order (doesn’t matter which one), CSI (the original)

Favorite movie: Say Anything starring my all-time favorite actor: John Cusack!
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Favorite food: I’ve never met a chocolate cake I didn’t like. And it has to be a REAL chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I had the BEST chocolate cake today though…chocolate cake with chocolate icing covered in chocolate shavings. It was to DIE for!!

Favorite place I’ve lived: Phoenix, AZ…if it wasn’t for my husband, I don’t think I ever would have left (at least not willingly!).

Favorite nonalcoholic drink: Diet Coke

Favorite alcoholic drink: hmmmm…I love me a good margarita on the rocks. Tequila sunrise comes in a close second!

My all-time favorite thing: having my family under one roof. My whole family…all five girls, husband, and yes, even the dog. Unfortunately, this only happens twice a year. It’s the only time I don’t feel like there’s a hole in my heart and my family is incomplete.

November 13, 2008

Define “relax”

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I find it funny that my first spin cycle post is about relaxing (brought to you by http://www.spriteskeeper.com). I almost had to go look the word up in the dictionary to remember the definition! You see, I don’t think I’ve truly relaxed since December 1, 2006, otherwise known as the day my youngest was born. It’s also the day I entered into the world of three fulltime children. With two we could tag team…Tony gets one kid, I get one kid. With three, all hell breaks loose. We can’t tag team anymore and end up arguing over who’s “turn” it is to take care of the “odd” kid (meanwhile, the other two are being neglected so nothing is getting done!). And we won’t even talk about the never-ending pile of laundry and dirty dishes. Seriously, we do laundry and two seconds later there is another pile waiting to be washed, dried, and folded. The dishwasher is filled just as quickly as it’s emptied. Oh and did I mention I work two jobs??
Despite all that I suppose I’ve managed to find a relaxing moment or two. I can easily get in 10 minutes worth of a shower before someone is pounding at my door screaming, “Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom!” And then there is that brief period between the kids’ bedtime and mine when I veg out in front of the boob tube. Though I don’t know if you can really call that relaxing because I’m sitting there thinking of all the things I’m neglecting, but am just too exhausted to get off the couch to do them. Every once in awhile I get lucky and the Air Force will send me on a short trip and I’ll get a blissful week to myself. No one to take care of but me and I can actually sit and read a book! That’s about the only time I get to read a book anymore!
Alas, at the end of the day I know this time is short-lived. It won’t be long before my kids will grow up and I’ll suddenly be left with nothing but time to relax while I wistfully dream of days gone by and wonder how my kids grew up so quickly. So, for now I’ll steal my few moments of relaxation when I can because there will be plenty of time for relaxing later.

November 12, 2008

Take it off! Take it ALL off!

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I’ve been wanting to get my haircut for a couple months now, but never seemed to be able to find the time to do it. On Tuesday, I found myself with some time on my hands so I bit the bullet and did it.

I went to an Aveda salon. If you’ve never been to an aveda salon, you need to go!! They are very reasonably priced (at least the one here is) and they don’t accept tips. That’s a HUGE bonus for me because I never know how to tip at a salon and always end up stressing over whether I tipped enough. The best part had to be the hair washing though. They have these wonderful chairs/sinks that are actually more like beds (seriously, I about fell asleep while she was washing my hair!). They also gave me a mini-facial that was heavenly!

My intention was to only get a few inches cut off, making my hair shoulder-length. Then I learned about Beautiful Lengths. Like Locks of Love, they take human hair and make wigs for cancer patients, but they only require 8 inches of hair. So, I made the big decision and had this much cut off
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Yikes!

Of course, I forgot to take a before picture, so this is the best I can do

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And now the after:

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And now for the funny part, when I went to pick the girls up from daycare that afternoon, Angelina ran up to me and asked, “Are you my mom?” Then she insisted that I grow my hair back, right then and there!

November 10, 2008

Leave it to the Japanese…

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This is a water fountain in a Japanese mall. It’s amazing!

November 9, 2008

What might’ve been…

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Being alone with my thoughts is not always a good thing. Tonight, I think, is one of those nights. An old flame “friended” me on Facebook today. Things between us didn’t end horridly and we were friends long before we were lovers, and so we managed to remain friends. Not like we were before, but we do exchange Christmas cards every year.

Looking through his pictures in his profile brought back a flood of memories. I was quite taken aback by the rush of feelings that came with it. Oh, how I loved him. And oh, how I missed him. How things ended between us is hard to explain and at times I don’t even know if I completely understand. In a way, I guess we just grew apart. Or maybe we just grew up. The whole thing was just complicated. I’m not sure I ever stopped loving him though.

And now, tonight, sitting alone with my thoughts, I can’t help but think what might have been. What if he hadn’t gotten married? What if I hadn’t met and fell in love with my husband? Would we be together still? What would our life be like? I try not to let my thoughts go there because, it just doesn’t matter any more. It all brings to mind one of my favorite songs by Little Texas.

And like the song says, “We’ll never know what might’ve been.”

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