Thoughts and photos by Lois. It's supposed to be funny, or thought-provoking, or both.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
And gratuitously, here are my kids opening gifts. Roman loves his bubble gum machine. Laney loves everything!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Okay, here's my cute middle sister and niece and nephew too:Then somehow, middle sister (far left) looked the cutest in this picture. Tho oldest sister (center) looks cuter than me too (the best one of ME middle had her eyes shut). That's me -- such a giver, putting the worst pic of myself on the LoSpace. Anyway, do we 3 look alike or what?!?!
Inside to Robyn "I'm still STUMPY!!!!"
Sunday, December 14, 2008
"Come on mom, I just want to sit on the team blanket and drink some water" face:
Soccer is over. Roman's team won their final game yesterday, a shutout. Bella is still the leading scorer. Roman blocked a couple of kicks as goalie and told me on the way home that he is ready to sell his jersey to some other kid. I guess we'll have to find one named "Valenzuela" . . .
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Basically, the story says that Jackson's lawyer told the rich Bahrainian sheik who's suing Jackson for breach of contract, among other things, that his client can't travel to London to testify.
The story, hilariously, goes on to explain how much money this sheik gave Jackson for projects and expenses, reportedly millions of dollars, including $300,000 for a "motivational guru" -- money which the sheik considers an advance. Jackson and his attorney's are calling it a "gift".
Can you say "A fool and his money are soon parted" . . . ?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I love this quote from Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland on why she joined the virtual march with www.stopglobalwarming.org:
"I watch the world. I watch people. I love both. I am afraid of the damage that is being done to both. We are worth protecting. Even if it's from ourselves. We don't have to be perfect. We just have to try. Let's try."
StopGlobalWarming.org is an equal opportunity -- our opportunity -- to make a difference. Can you try?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Over Labor Day Weekend my sister and I repainted Roman's room - a Ruin Your Weekend Holiday Bonus! This required 2 coats of Kilz Primer and 2 coats of thick Behr paint. I think a pair of socks were sacrified too. The cottage white made the room bigger (the prior paintjob was dark muted blues). But the light bright walls were now too big and bare. He had requested a robot room for at least 2 years, so we found robot bedding in August, repainted walls in September and now, after 2 short months, 2 Behr rebates, and at least 5 trips to Michael's, voila, the decor is completed. Pretty much. Custom artwork by Roman's Mom takes TIME! Each robot is painted on a 22"x28" canvas with liquid acrylic -- so move over Martha Stewart -- you are OWNED!
I think this ruined more than one weekend, but the outcome is fun and happy. As a bonus, he also chose this very cool ceiling fan (Home Despot comes through again!) and it's a great accessory.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Laney has enough hair for a barrette now! She got this one (she calls it "ba-loo") from her sitter, Miss Jenny. Can you say adorable? Now if I can just get her into her Halloween costume . . . hmmm, maybe Miss Jenny will be able to convince her to wear it . . .
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It would be a great companion to his other stickers -- "Veteran Against the War" and "Bin Laden is a Conservative." I think Manny is a Goldwater Republican.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I was looking at the Staples catalog when I saw these pens. Admittedly, it seems like a good idea, but really -- can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be to write with that stupid little flag poking out at your fingers? And the diameter must be fat and uncomfortable. Not to be daunted, the pen manufacturer actually includes the following features and benefits in a bullet list:
-Write notes on documents then flag the page for easy reference
-Twist barrel to open and reveal Post-it® flags
-Conceal flags for ease of use when highlighting
-Flag size: 3/8"W x 1-3/4"L
-Includes 150 flags
What?!?! Ok, first bullet -- duh, I know what to do with a pen, and a post-it flag. Second: Twist barrel to open and "REVEAL" Post-it flags?!?! Like they're a secret treasure?!? Third: Conceal flags for ease of use -- because why? They're totally irritating me when I try to write with the pen?!?!
Ok, I have to stop this post, it is just too absurd.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Roman and his dad are playing Battleship. The game boxes are now all cool and aerodynamic and laptop-like. They've also upgraded the design with a radar sort of graphic on the top part where you put the pegs for what you've called out. The competition is stiff with Roman's fleet down an aircraft carrier and Daddy down a battleship. Uh-oh, Roman just lost his PT boat too.
Roman thinks the "Battleship" stickers that came with the game are for the winners. I'm not sure the strategic location of his remaining armada will fool Dad, but as of now he's learning something . . . I hope . . . maybe next week -- Bingo!
Friday, October 03, 2008
I got a set of cool abalone and coral bracelets in August. Two days ago, I started freaking out that the baby magpie (Laney) had made off with 2 of them, because I could only find 3. For some reason I had convinced myself there were 5. And I had let her play with 2 of them last week, I thought. So, being as they are almost new, I blocked out time in my schedule last night to straighten up while I looked for them. The beauty of this was at least I could multitask, right?
After straightening the playroom, and organizing, and cleaning, and peering under couches and furniture, it was about 11pm. Time for bed. For some reason on a whim, I pulled out the jewelry catalog, looked at the bracelet page and I realized I AM NOT missing 2. There were only 3 in the first place! Then I thought, if only I had indulged my OCD in a different way to begin with and checked the total number of bracelets in the first place, I would have saved sooooo much time. On the other hand, the playroom would not have been straightened, either. I can't tell if I need professional help, or not.
Oh, and I found all but one piece of the set of 4 puzzles that were scattered throughout the playroom...so now I'm going to have to see if it shows up, or consider blocking out time in my schedule to search for it. Or get professional help.
Postscript: another years-old missing item found! While cleaning out a drawer so I could store the 97 CD-ROMs that had accumulated on my desk (do these things breed at night or what?), I found the knob for a recliner that had been removed (probably by the first baby magpie). The knob keeps the chair at the desired reclining angle AND I had scraped my leg on the uncovered screw at least quarterly for the past 3 years. Win win win! The chair is "fixed," no more scraped legs, my desktop is clean, the desk drawer is organized, and Lo-CD is happy!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Move over Oprah, here's our own local version. It's part of a contest. I could explain, but I won't. Let me just say, there's a reason for hair/makeup/photography professionals.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit -- those kids have unique names. Now thanks to a genius AK blogger, you can get your very own Palin Family Name! Come on - it'll be fun!
Snooker Hinge Palin
Monday, September 22, 2008
PS I am not very good at Photoshop . . .
PPS And how cool is my sister for still being able to find this t-shirt in her closet in 2008?!?!
Sometime in the early 80's my sister was on a school trip that included a stop in Sandpoint, ID (yes that Sandpoint). She got a "Better Dead Than Red" shirt at the army-navy surplus store. Recently we were laughing at the new connotation of "red" as in "red states" and what the shirt meant now. So we remade the shirt -- for the new political "red" . . . see the progression above.
#2 Slammed in focus groups for seeming to link McCain with Communism
#3 Ok, no hammer and sickle. Hmmm, needs a little something more
#4 Now that's more like it!
Get your orders in now!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I also noticed the eye-catching, yet disturbingly "which of these things is not like the other" title Garden and Gun. How did these two items hook up in the publishing industry? I would love to take a peek at their demographics, I can tell you.
In my neighborhood, and across central and southern Arizona, and maybe even a great deal of California, we need our own "living" publication . . . maybe we could call it Suburban Stucco "Life in the Southwest Subdivision".
Here are some proposed articles . . . c'mon, who's with me?
"Fixing the Cracks -- for Good"
"Sun Screams: Pretty Windows That Beat The Heat"
"Lifetime Roof Tile Warranty: Dream or Reality"
"Harrassment by HOA -- Are YOU Compliant?"
"Best Use of Tandem Garages, 2008 Contest Winners"
"New Build or Existing Home, How I Chose" (Drama in Real Life)
"A Clean, Well Lighted Shed: Keeping it Invisible from Surrounding Properties"
"Easement Shmeasement -- How One Family Makes Four Feet Seem Like Ten"
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
How disappointing and frankly, lame. Harkening back to 2004, the RNC once again turns to disillusioned and disenfranchised (and pretty much disowned) members of the Democratic party to speak at their convention. Is this their best and brightest? Can they not find someone younger, more energizing, and non-polarizing who is actually an (R) to speak?
2004 Convention: Zell Miller, age in 2004: 72
2008 Convention: Joe Lieberman, age in 2008: 66
Are these men the future of the party? Great -- really appealing.
And if Sarah Palin continues to call the Iraq debacle a "task from God," I think people, and not just McCain's campaign organizers, need to get pretty scared. It reminds me of the speech that crazy French archeologist makes in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
(AP quote: "Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan." This from a speech in Alaska, June 2008).
Monday, September 01, 2008
Roman is pictured at left attending Meet the Teacher night, Polytechnic Elementary. Roman's charter school is affiliated with ASU so Sparky was in the house! On right, first day of school: ready to rock with new backpack and all! This charter school touts tailored instruction with an individual learning plan for each student. We'll be heading to a PT conference in a couple of weeks to check out what they'll be throwing Roman's way. I hope it's a good challenging curriculum but I'm okay if they hold off on particle physics til spring semester...
As long as we're checking out the daughters, Willow looks like she's wishing she had a different kind of drink in her hand!!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The schedule for ruining my weekend was as follows:
Saturday am Go to Home Despot (you can do it; we will MAKE you) and buy paint, sandpaper, brushes, etc etc. Discuss at length the paint shade and type with HD paint guy. Wait for paint mixing and browse the doorbells (hey, they're right around the corner). Buy materials. Proceed to Manny's parents to borrow sander(s), tools, gloves, steel wool, more sandpaper, and commiserate about how much this project is going to ruin my weekend. Return home and start sanding. Send husband back to HD for spackle to fill most obvious rodent/dog distress marks. Quit sanding at 1130 because garage temperature is approaching 98 degrees. Wipe dresser with steel wool in final feeble attempt to do something as cool as Andrew Dan-Jumbo of HG TV. Complete prep work and collapse, dehydrated in the house, complaining to family of possible heat exhaustion. Render self useless for remainder of day.
Sunday am Arise by 700 with every intention of starting work ASAP. Make coffee and peruse the Sunday paper. Hit the garage promptly at 830 to continue sweatbox torture conditioning. Wipe, steel wool, and blow dust off paintable surfaces. Paint first coat; ask passing neighbor for advice, agree on need to change brush size and direction. Hope this end of dresser will be facing away from high traffic areas. Paint three coats with 1 hour drying intervals and call the job good when garage reaches sauna conditions for second straight day. Fantasize about finding cute girly coordinate drawer knobs for less than $4 each, which has thus far proven impossible. Retreat to air conditioned house and chug gallons of water while texting friends and family of triumphant project completion. Return to garage after dark to reinforce and WD40 sliding drawer hardware.
Monday am Move repainted dresser into Laney's room and resolve to re-post companion dresser on CL rather than attempt repainting it as well. Rationalize that one 24 lb kid does NOT need two dressers and a full-sized closet with shelves! See "after" picture above -- cute affordable drawer knobs still pending (call me a cheapskate but for some reason I cannot spend $50 on cute knobs for a $75 dresser, I just cannot!). I am thrilled to observe that Laney's store-brand pull-ups actually coordinate with the room decor. Life is GOOD! Plan next RYW project: repainting Roman's bedroom over Labor Day Weekend. Crap - viewing this picture just reminded me I wanted to change out those shlumpy bun feet.
Postscript: that "before" picture is actually very flattering: the thing looks much worse in real life. Hmmmm maybe that's the photo I will be posting on CL to get that shabby chic piece out of my garage!!!