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Virtual GNO - Do Over!

I feel horrible! I want a "Do Over".

The morning routine was going along just fine; everyone was on time, a little mix-up of words created huge laughter, it was good times on a Friday morning. Then, something happened and it all went downhill. I get it now; I know why the mood changed. I just wish I had handled it better. Crap!!! Well, I do believe I need a Virtual Girls Night Out to lean on the virtual shoulders of my blog friends!

*New to the VGNO? Here's what you do to play at the Friday night blog-hopping party: Check out this VGNO post, sign the MckLinky guest book below with your blog name/blog link then click on links of fellow bloggers and leave some comment love. A sweet message of "Happy VGNO!" is great. Go blog-hopping!*

Time For Some Tunes!

*I need a good laugh. These guys 'aughta do it.*

Flight Of The Conchords "HipHop-o-potamus & Rhyme-nocerus"


"Why? Why? What? Why?". Love these guys!!!

Time For A Cocktail!

Happy Buddh…

Her Latest Trick

My morning routine is brightened by my 9 yr. old Lily. Though her older sister stays in bed as long as possible because, in her words, "there's nothing exciting to get up for", my little Lily gets out of bed without any prompting. (Or begging or bribery).

We have a heat vent tucked in-between a tall shelf and a 3-tier bookcase. This is her primo spot in the morning. I can't blame her. The house I grew up in had a heat vent in the floor and I would stand over it with my long nightgown. My own little heat tent.

What gets me laughing in the morning is Lily's latest move. When I pass by the tucked away heat vent Lily will go from sitting cross-legged to rising to her knees, facing the book case, and staying still until I leave the room. She thinks I can't see her. She's 9 yrs. old and still thinks that if she can't see me, I can't see her. Well peek-a-boo baby! I see you!

Love it. Love her. It's a great way to start the day.

Wish I Had Known

I wish I had known when it was the last time I would push my baby in a stroller. The last time we would play at a playground. The last time the girls would want to ride a Merry-Go-Round.

These were part of my everyday life. No more.

Not that by knowing I would have appreciated the experience more, I just would have given a proper 'Good-Bye'.

Time goes by so fast.

Virtual Girls Night Out - Just Breathe

OK. I've paid the bills. We're out of money. Hubby has been out of town all week. My 12 year old dear daughter is staying after school in detention for her crazy behavior in class. I say I need a night out. Since I can't really leave the house let's get going on our Virtual Girls Night Out!

*Is this new for you? Here's what you do to play at the Friday night blog-hopping party: Check out this VGNO post, sign the Simply Linked guest book below with your blog name/blog link then click on links of fellow bloggers and leave some comment love. A sweet message of "Happy VGNO!" is great. Go blog-hopping!*

Time For Some Tunes!

Pearl Jam "Just Breathe"


Anything you want Eddie. So wonderful.


Time For A Cocktail!

*It's more a grown-up dessert than a cocktail*

Everything's Peachy

Ingredients:
~ Two shots Disaronno Amaretto
~ One shot peach schnapps
~ 2 peaches
~ 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
~ One shot lemon juice

Directions:
Blend the above ingredients, …

Lesson Learned on Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday. The only reason I know this is because it says so on my calendar. This reminds me of a story...

My husband and I lived in Manhattan 14 years ago. I worked in a very nice office that was the USA headquarters for a French perfume company. Now, coming from Portland, OR I wasn't into the pricey smells and exotic lotions that permeated the cubicles. I had (and still do) my favorite essential oils that helped me get through my day.

I was a constant source of amusement for the NYC residents who kept questioning me about the Pacific Northwest. "So, people really wear those Birken-something-shoes? Really?!?" "So, it rains there all the time, right?" "Where is Oregon again?" Yes, people wear Birkenstock's (I haven't). Yes, it rains a lot (It rains in Seattle more, so there). And Oregon is that gigantic piece of land that is between California and Washington (What's the matter with you?!?)

Manhattan is such an incredible source …

Virtual GNO & Vlog Update

Happy Friday blog friends!!! A lot is happening today/this weekend so let's get started with our blog hopping party, shall we? Happy VGNO!!!

*Is this new for you? Here's what you do to play at the Friday night blog-hopping party: Check out this VGNO post, sign the Simply Linked guest book below with your blog name/blog link then click on links of fellow bloggers and leave some comment love. A sweet message of "Happy VGNO!" is great. Go blog-hopping!*

Time For Some Tunes!

My 6th grade daughter is having a Valentine's Day school dance. Ah, nervous memories are flooding me now. Time for a flash back...

Michael Jackson "Rock With You"



Anyone else doing "The Spank"? Sway that tush*side-to-side*sway*sway*

Time For A Cocktail!

Agave Kiss

Ingredients:
2 oz Tequila
1 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz double cream
1/2 oz Chambord
white chocolate flakes for rimming fresh raspberries for garnish

Preparation:
In a cocktail shaker with ice, add tequila, white crème de …

Throwing Myself In The Den

Our schools art teacher has a very impressive resume. He has been teaching art techniques and Art History for over 30 years. His students range from Elementary School, High School, College age to inmates in prison. He claims to have worked with them all but, he told me, a particular group brings him to the conclusion that "Life is too short" and he's thinking of retiring. This particular group? The middle school kids at our school.

Yikes.

Now, I know I'm harping on a theme here. But it's my daily life and I'm hoping, by throwing out my concern and aggrevation, that someone will share some tools to help deal with these kids that are so lost and seem to be heading down a very bad path.

I decided to volunteer for this class. I wanted to be there and see how it was getting so out of hand. I’ve heard stories of all paint being taken from the 8th graders because they would load up their brushes and flick them at each other. I've heard of a student so de…

These Children Are Our Future?!?

It might be best for me not to go into the halls when I pick-up my 6th grader. I'm finding it more and more difficult to brush off the nastiness of Middle School age children. Nasty I tell ya'!

Our school has been adding grades for the last 4 years. We were a K - 5 but each year a grade has been added to make us a K - 8. And I'm happy about that, it's just that the school administration doesn't seem to accept that the "precious children" they knew from Kindergarten have grown up to be vile kids.

Oh. I'm being a bit harsh. Not all of the kids are vile.

I feel like the cranky old lady who yells at kids to get off her lawn. I'm trying not to be hyper-sensitive to what is probably normal 'tween behavior. It's just that words that are directed at Teachers are disrespectful and a majority of the behavior that I see scares the crap out of me! These children are our future?!? Aye Carumba.

VGNO - Are You Kidding Me? & The Mighty 3

Virtual Girls Night Out is oh-so-true tonight. I had to pick-up my youngest from school this morning. Fever, aches and pains. Crap. Not again?!? I'm going to tend to her all the while I bounce around the blogosphere and pretend I'm partying with my pals. It's a Virtual GNO!

*Is this new for you? Here's what you do to play at the Friday night blog-hopping party: Check out this VGNO post, sign the Simply Linked guest book below with your blog name/blog link then click links of fellow bloggers and leave some comment love. A sweet message of "Happy VGNO!" is great. Go blog-hopping!*

Time For Some Tunes!

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix "1901"



I feel like I'm at a dance in high school. Jump! Jump!

Time For A Cocktail!

Freddie Fuddpucker
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz tequila
Orange juice
Galliano
orange slice for garnish
Preparation:
Pour tequila in a highball glass filled with ice. Fill with orange juice. Top with Galliano. Garnish with an orange slice.

I've never…

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

I'm noticing more self-assurance from my 9 year old.

She questioned why, while on a little shopping trip, I asked her permission if we could stop to look at an item. I did? She said "Why are you asking me? I'm just a kid." I really didn't know what she was talking about, then I thought about my words. I have gotten into the habit of saying 'Can we just look in this store? It will just take a minute.'

I realized I had been doing this for years. And it isn't that I'm truly asking for my child's permission, my intention is more of a "gentle guiding toward a change in plans". My 12 yr. old is very intense (on the Asperger's spectrum) and you never know how she is going to react to a change in plans. I know that's why I don't give a direct 'I know I said we were going to the car, but I want to stop here first'. I need to be more direct.

After a long shopping trip last Sunday we were all pretty tired however, m…

Incredible P!nk

In case you missed Pink's performance at the Grammy's...

And Down Goes The Video. Oh Grammy's, Why?

Well, it brought,

Tears.

Goosebumps.

Love Her!!!