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Facebook Can Suck

The thing is, with the good ol' fashion diary you can shred, or burn, the pages to get rid of things you've "said" that you wish you hadn't.   When you chose to share your thoughts on Facebook your words are there forever.  Even if you delete your ramblings, the words were there, and they were seen.  And they will not be forgotten.
(Found this on  Love it.)

This Should Be Interesting

If you were young when your parents got divorced, you might have wished for them to get back together.  I did.

It has been years, decades, since my parents had divorced.  I've pretty much let go of the "getting back together" stage.  I am forty-ahem -something years old after all and life keeps movin' on.  I was so blessed that my parents remained friends.  There really hasn't been much tension, as far as I know anyway, which is best for the "child", right? ;->

With my dad's wife's passing in October, and my dad's sudden failing health, my sister and I have needed to step in and take care of things.  It's been very... um... weird?  No, um... let's just go with weird, and yet very good.

My mom has been calling dad and giving support, hoping to set him on a positive path.  (She's a fantastic person.  I'm so lucky.)  OK.  Get this, right now my sister and I are going up to be with our dad this weekend and guess who is going w…

Mean Girls Never Go Away, You Just Wish They Did

Mean girls don't just reside in Middle School, High School, College.  When you think you are grown and can have mature relationships with people, there comes along a woman that, for whatever reason, just doesn't like you... and won't let you forget it.

I'm about to embark on a little business venture that I'm very happy about, but it brings up a memory from a past venture that still stings.  Hey!  How about I tell ya' about it?

There was a time when I was the President of my daughter's Cooperative Preschool.  I absolutely adored my experience.  I loved the schools message, I loved Teacher Cheryl, and I loved those that were on the school's board with me for 4 years.  But ya' see, for whatever reason, there was one gal that just didn't care for me.  Now, I'm not the kind that needs everyone to like me, I just couldn't figure out what the issue was so her attitude really stuck in my craw.  (No.  I don't know what a "craw" is,…

All A Twitter

Hey, it's a Tuesday.  Why not be all a Twitter?   (groan?  was it that bad?  really?  yes, yes it was ;-> )

Let's play at All A Twitter Tuesdays hosted by The Chickenista

Join by visiting her site and adding your Twitter id.   See you in the Twitterverse!

Yes, I'm a Dork for the Grocery Outlet

So our neighborhood was notified that a Grocery Outlet - Bargain Market would be opening in the new year.  I can't tell you how thrilled I was to hear this!  And when I received my friendly Grocery Outlet postcard with my friendly notice of the friendly festivities for their Grand Opening I actually put it on my calendar.  I knew exactly where I was going to be on Saturday morning.

Whoo Hoo! There was a giant "Wheel - o - Bargains".  I spun and won a $1 off my purchase.  Oh man I can't tell you how happy I am when I get money off my purchase.  yeah baby.  We were one of the first 1000 customer's so my husband and I received free Grocery Outlet - Bargain Market reusable bags!  (Rob was so excited.  Yes, he can be a dork sometimes too.)

What is it about this place?  Most of the items are things that I've never heard of, or have any interest in, however I am drawn to it like a kid to a candy store.  (Or better yet, like a wine lovin' mom who's found some…

Virtual Girls Night Out - First Day of My Life

It's amazing when you start letting your mind "go there" how your memories begin to flow.  And sometimes your heart begins to hurt.  Ugh.  I need a break.  I'm going to hang out with my fantastic blog buddies and smile and dance and have our little Virtual Girls Night Out!!!

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Time For Some Tunes!

Bright Eyes "First Day of My Life"

I  cry!  But it's a good cry :->

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Time For A Cocktail!

Bright Eyes Kiwifruit Fizz
1 oz Plymouth Gin
1 egg white
3 oz Zespri Gold Kiwifruit puree
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz lemon verbena infused simple syrup
1/2 oz half & half
Club Soda
Shake all ingredients except club soda on ice vigorously for at least on…

Portlandia - Yeah, I Get It

I love my city.  I love Portland, OR.  Grew up here (moved away to the East Coast for 4 years - liked that very much), came home, got married, started a family. 

Portland is odd.  Portland is laid back.  Portland is odd - oh wait, I said that already. 

There's a new show starting tonight on the IFC Channel called "Portlandia". (Here's a delightful picture of the statue Portlandia herself as she sits atop the entry to City Hall...)

Kinda creepy.  Kinda cool.
I think they got it.  I do believe Fred Armisen (SNL), Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and Jonathan Krisel (SNL) feel the silliness that is Portland and portrayed it accurately.  If the "show" comes across as absurd, I don't care.  "Portlandia" is a great take on my town.  I love it.

Power of Jesus? No, Power of Reggae

We all know what makes us feel good... it could be faith... it could be the great outdoors... it could be fresh baked chocolate chip cookies... or, it could be...

Love this kid!!!

Always Thinking of Dad

It's amazing how often I think of this new dad situation.  (Catch-uphere).

Despite his sorrow at losing his wife, and dealing with the weakening of his heart, he has a lot of power.   His current situation has brought out in him so much anger.  I get it.  It's just, I don't respond well to someone who is so angry.  I try not to take it personally.  I know when he yells he isn't yelling at me, but I happen to be in the room, and he happens to look at me occasionally, so how ever much I don't want to feel his power, I do. 

So, I just take it all in, reassuring myself that it isn't me he's mad at, it's Life.  But the thing is I would like to yell too, and not at Life, but at him!  But I won't.  I'll just sit on the couch, and revert back to being 9 yrs. old.  Confused.  Looking to my sister to try and understand what's going on, and wanting to run to my bedroom and play Barbies. 

He is feeling better, that's a blessing. 

Here's somet…

Virtual Girls Night Out - Positive Energy

It's Virtual Girls Night Out time.  I need to... well... I just need to lighten things up for my own sake.  Going through my thought process with my dad's health and our rekindled relationship.  "Crazy" showing itself so proudly in it's Arizona mug shot, bizarre flooding in Australia.  And just yesterday a funeral procession for a police chief that was killed in the line of duty, rolled by my front door for 40 minutes. Fellow police chiefs from around the state of Oregon and Canada, with their lights flashing and their hearts heavy. It was very touching. 

Light and love.  Light and love.  I'm feeling pressure from this crazy life and I don't want to.  I choose to put energy on the positive.  Negative is easy.  Let's do the hard work and keep it light, positive.  Peace Baby! ;->  Let's lift things up with our Virtual Girls Night Out!

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No, Your Zodiac Sign Did Not Change

Every 5 years, or so, a Scientist somewhere "discovers" that the moon and the stars aren't where we thought they were and they claim that our Zodiac signs are incorrect.  Well, if you live in the Western Hemisphere, and you like to play along with the Zodiac signs, then rest assured you are the animal you always thought you were.  For me, that's a crab. (I prefer not to call myself "Cancer" however, I say I'm a Moon Child.  Doesn't that sound 10 times better?!)

So, if you care,  your Zodiac sign has not changed.

So, what's your sign ?  ;->

(Info. from - and other sources)

What Part Do I Play?

Dad continued.  (see here.  then here.)

We needed to have dad at the hospital by 5:30 am.  That time of the morning is not the norm for me.  I did my best to lay out my clothes the night before so I wouldn't be shuffling through my bag all dazed and confused.  But ya' know what?  At 4:00 am I AM dazed and confused, I don't care how prepped I think I am.  There isn't enough java in the world to get my brain on track.  But that's ok.  Being a bit numb while admitting your father for surgery feels just fine to me.

After he was all gowned and gurneyed we were told that the stent procedure would take about 45 min. so we headed to the hospital cafe for breakfast.  My sister would rather be in the operating room, not waiting in the cafe, so we ate our breakfast bagel and headed back to the waiting room.  Good timing.  Our names were called for a post-op consult with the surgeon. 

Wow.  My dad's procedure was on the computer monitor.  I was looking at my dad's hea…

Virtual Girls Night Out - Blog Hop

I need some fun.  Something light.  I'll continue with the dad saga later.  How about we get our Virtual Girls Night Out blog hop going?  Right?! Right :->
*The VGNO blog-hop is for those who want to party "virtually" with other bloggers. Add the link to your blog below.  More exposure for your blog is the point of VGNO. Connecting, supporting, encouraging - those words describe the VGNO Guest. So get on your bunny slippers, make yourself a cocktail add your blog link below and have fun! Happy VGNO!*

Time For Some Tunes!

The Black Keys "Tighten Up"
Oh, those silly boys.  When will they ever learn.

Time For A Cocktail!
Fist Fight Ingredients: •1 oz. Schnapps, peach
•1 oz. Vodka, currant
•1 oz. Vodka, raspberry
•1 oz. Cranberry Juice
•1 oz. Pineapple Juice
Shake everything together and serve.

I don't wanna do it, how about we just drink it ;->

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So... Did You?  Did You Make... A Resolution?

I don't usua…

University of Oregon Ducks Power Ballad

If you like football then you know of the BCS National Championship game this Monday night.  It just so happens that the University of Oregon Ducks are playing.  (I'm in Portland so guess who I'm rooting for.)
I don't know much about football but I do like a good rock power ballad.  So let's get ready to rumble... or whatever... and enjoy Sebastian Bach's power ballad for the Oregon Ducks.  (What?  Doesn't your team have a power ballad?  I thought all teams had these  ;-> )

Go Team!

Bells And Whistles

The night before dad's procedure he wanted to take us to his favorite casino, "Muckleshoot".  (This is the Pacific Northwest so there are plenty of casinos. )  I have such a hard time gambling.  I keep thinking that I could be doing something with this money... likebuying groceries.  When I look around the room I don't see many people that have the same quandry.   *Flash* ding-ding-ding *Flash* coo coo sounds and bright colors.  It's hypnotizing.

I think dad was able to forget about his procedure for a little bit.  A teeny-tiny bit.  A little distraction at .30 cents a pop isn't such a bad deal.

Heading To Seattle

Today my sis and I head up to the Seattle area to stay with our Dad before he heads into surgery.  5:30 am check-in time.  (ugh).

I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about all of this. 

Due to a very sad circumstance our Dad is back in our lives.  I feel individually we all have issues to resolve and I was anticipating some really good conversations when the shock of his wife's passing had subsided a bit.  And now this.  Now he's having the same procedure that his wife was undergoing when she was "lost" on the table.  His mental space isn't in the strongest place.  I don't blame him.

Can we give him a strong will to live?  Can I help him understand that he needs to stick around because we have a lot to catch up on and a lot of memories to create.  He has grandchildren that he needs to know, they are wonderful people, he should hang out with them.   My dad has a lot to offer as well.  From what I remember, he can be pretty cool.

I'm a bit numb. …