Thursday, August 30, 2007

I took a little vacation

I went to the desert for two nights with Adrianne - my sister in law. We went to the spa and had hot stone massages - I highly recomend it! We stayed at Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells. The resort was beautiful, our room was awesome. We were right by the adults only pool which we took full advantange of. We ate, drank and were all around quite merry. The second night a couple of friends came out to join the party - shout out to Robin, Ashley and Christy! We went to dinner - mexican food and margaritas baby - thanks Ash for driving girl! Then after dinner I drug the girls with me to this tattoo shop I had found online. It looked like a nice place and I've been wanting to get my second one for a while now. I had seen one online that I liked but couldn't find it again so I drew it (the best I could with no artistic talent). When we got to the shop I looked to see if I could find one that was similar - I couldn't so I had to hand over my sorry excuse for "artwork" to the tattoo artist. He said it was actually an ok drawing...he made it look like it did in my head. The result...


Someday I'm gonna get another one...they're way to fun. Oh, and the guy that inked me - he was hot and he rides a harley...I'm just saying.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I'm starting a list...

of things I want to do/accomplish, places I want to go etc. I figured I'd post it here and just keep adding to it as I think of stuff. Some of them are big things, some of them are pretty minor - hopefully I'll accomplish most of them, though some I may never get to.

travel the US - all of it (or at least most)
take a photography class, or a few of them
take voice lessons (again)
dance lessons agian too?
audition for some shows
start a list of great books I haven't read - and then start reading them - any suggestions?
get a dispatch job
pay off all of my debts
actually save some money
paint the picture that is in my head for the girls room at the new house (whenever it's built)
build my house
buy a new car
actively look for ways to meet new people
read through the whole Bible
practice my violin till I'm actually good at it again
get involved in a new ministry at church

That's all I can think of for now - I'm sure there will be more later...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Who knew that grown up's could be so...junior high!!!

So I'm sitting in church tonight and...the two little girls behind me were chatting it up, oh and fighting - yes actually fighting - during church. They were probably junior high age so I kinda chalked it up to that. Never mind they had more than enough adults around them to handle the situation. They all came in together so I assume at least one of them should have had the power to, at the very least, give them "the look" if you know what I mean. At some point the noise got particularly ridiculous so I turn to look and realize that I'm not just hearing the tweeny's behind me but also their moms or aunties or whatever. They were talking so loud that I could almost hear what they were saying. This went on for most of the service. Now this would have been annoying under normal circumstances but it was even worse because the message was pretty intensive. There was tons of information and even several references to not being distracted (by cell phones etc) so here I sit distracted by grown ups who should know better and the kids they didn't teach any better. Don't you love it. I gave that sideways glance a few times (to the ones who SHOULD have known better) but refrained from actually saying what I was itching to say...SHUT UP!!! I didn't think that would help matters, nor would it be particularly Christ like! It's amazing to me how clueless people can be.

Oh, as a side note - is anyone else annoyed by the Target ads that use the word "less" with certain prefixes. They don't seem to mind spelling word wrong if they can use it for their purposes... like "Fabu-less" come on people - marketing maybe, good marketing - no way!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

funny thing happened on the way to my test today...

I was driving along, at what I like to call the butt crack of dawn, on my way to take the second test for the Sheriff dispatch position when I look over at a truck that was stopped next to me. I would say that I looked at the driver except that it would be a very loose term to use in this particular event. You see the man at the wheel of this vehicle was in fact playing...a trombone...I kid you not! He wasn't just looking at it or playing it while stopped, he took off from that red light all the while in full music making mode - I swear it was like the freaking twilight zone. I have seen a lot of things people do while driving but I have never heard (or even thought of) trombone playing on that list. So I'm thinking maybe my brother could get in on this new trend and play his upright bass while driving...that would be a sight, dangerous but funny!
Now for some exciting news....drum roll please... I'm apparently not as stupid as I felt after miserably failing that typing test last week because...I passed my Criticall exam!!! So I'm on to the background investigation portion of the hiring process. It has me wondering if I should stop blogging but, well, then what would I do with my random thoughts in my free time?

Monday, August 20, 2007

I've been contemplating joining the divorce recovery (or some similar) group at church. Here's the problem, I don't feel like I need to recover from anything. I'm not depressed or sad, I'm not spending all my time blaming my ex for my awful life...Actually, I'm content with my life. I have actively dissected my marriage and the things I could have done during the dating process to have prevented finding myself in this situation. I have a plan. I have a goal in terms of career and finances. I have plans for where I want to live. I know I am valuable and that life is not over because I'm not married anymore. I am not particularly desperate to get married again, though I will admit that I hope someday I do. There are so many things I will do differently the next time around.
My real reason for thinking about joining a divorce recovery type group is that I want to get out. I would like to meet people who are, relatively speaking, where I am. People to go out with a few times a month who also don't have spouses. Where else am I going to find people who are in a similar place in life? I could go to a young adults group...but how many of them will have four kids...or any for that matter? I guess I want to be able to spend time with people who might share some common ground. On the flip side though I keep thinking that people in divorce recovery might be really bitter, sad, angry...or a lot of other things I'm not. I don't want to surround myself with miserable people. What should I do? Maybe I'll just go take a photography class instead...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I think I live in my car...


On Saturday I took my kids to a birthday party for their cousin. Before we left I packed up all the necessary supplies to spend a night at my aunt's house in Torrance with all the kids...and enough for the older two to spend a few nights. So we drive to Azusa for the party, then drive to Torrance to visit my aunt. My cousin in Torrance is only 10 so Isaiah and he are super good buddies. My aunt's name is Barbie, her husband is Ken...no joke. Ella loves Barbie, the toy and the aunt. Abby wants to be a firefighter, Uncle Ken is Battalion Chief at Manhattan Beach Fire Department. This was a big event for the kids. We spend the night at my aunts house, manage to get all 5 of our combined kids to church on time - this was an act of God! Then we eat lunch and go visit Uncle Ken at the firehouse. I have the coolest pics of Abby in all of Ken's gear but I had to take them with my cell because I forgot the camera...anyway, I posted one here. If the quality is awful I apologize. Back to the point...after that I load up all of my gear and anything belonging to the little two and head towards home. We stop off in Glendora to visit a friend (and break up the drive). Oh, and we picked up some of the worlds best donuts before we headed home from there. We get home at 'o dark thirty. Then I had my test...see blog below. Monday night I'm at home and then yesterday we head out again...back to Torrance to pick up the big kids. My cousin (the 10 year old) plays baseball so we went to his game last night. He is awesome...one day he'll be a pro ball player if he wants to be! We went out for mexican food and then my uncle made cookies - it's kind of a tradition! We spent the night at my aunt and uncle's again. This morning I packed up gear from all four kids and myself (and the air mattress) and we drove home. I need a nap. The kids are beyond tired and I'm hoping they go to sleep early and sleep in late...well not too late I have to take them to the park at 9 a.m.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Wanna watch me eat my words?

So remember when I said I might have to have my hands amputated for betraying me if I had failed the typing test I took a week or so ago??? Well I'm glad I have revocation rights on that comment...cuz I failed a typing test today! Can I first say that I'm not really dissapointed...just perplexed really. I can't figure out how I could loose 20 words per minute in a matter of a week or so. Now let me tell you that I had a bit of a crazy morning. I woke up late - my alarm clock didn't do it's job, or it did but I didn't hear it. Then I couldn't find the testing location. I finally found it and realized that they just didn't have the street number where it could be seen. I get there about 10 minutes early and shoot the breeze with another girl - by the way she failed too. We go in and take the test and I felt like I was in slow motion. Because I woke up late I was rushed and hadn't had any time to eat, come to think of it I hadn't had a drink either!!! I had prayed on the way there that I would do only as well as I was supposed to do on the test. I guess I was supposed to fail it?!? I get to retake it in about a month which is actually kind of a good thing. By then I will have taken the second part of the test with the Sheriff and know what I am in for. If I had passed the City typing test today I would have had to take that second part of the test this afternoon with them. Not having a practice run with the Sheriff first might have made me more nervous. So I woke up this morning planning to have a full day of testing...and I was home before 11 a.m. with nothing left to do for the day! I guess I'll have to relax instead...bummer, or not.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Do me a favor...you'll get a good laugh!

Go visit http://pinknun.com ! It is probably one of the funniest sites I've found in a long time. If you don't find it entertaining and informative I'll give you a full refund...of nothing, but I'm telling you it's great. Be sure to check out the merchandise that is for sale...I'm tempted to buy some of those underoos...or at least a button or two. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first but as I read a little more I decided it was probably more entertaining than the last few movies I've seen and it cost less to look at too. O.K. so if you're reading my blog and you actually do what I ask you to...come back and leave me a comment to tell me whether or not I've steered you wrong!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

I added a link to some blogs I read.

I say some because if I added all the blogs I actually read I'm afraid some people would think I was a bit crazy. Mostly because I read blogs of people I know (at least a little bit) and from their blogs I click on links to blogs of people I don't really know, and to blogs of people I don't know at all. I feel like some sort of peeping tom but I figure if people write it and put it online for the world to read then I'm entitled to read it - right?

The cool thing is that I get to stretch my thinking when I read other perspectives on the world. It's fun to see the world through the eyes of someone else. I have thought more about faith, religion, outreach, acceptance, love, the environment and our responsibility to care for it, oh and tattoos, because of the blogs I have stumbled across than I ever would have otherwise. Sometimes my brain hurts from trying to understand, empathize or playing devils advocate in my own mind as I work through my thoughts and try to balance them. I am challenged and stumped, energized and exhausted from all of it - but it's fun!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

So I went to a birthday party...

At a skating rink, for a 40 year old...awesome. It was a kid friendly event so I went with all four of mine. None of them had ever skated before so I knew it would be interesting. I confidently (or at least with feigned confidence) strapped skates to all four kids, and myself. A funny thing happened. Ella fell, Abby fell, Isaiah fell, but Sophia...she looked like she'd been on skates her whole life. Well, o.k. maybe not her whole life but seriously she was amazing. She wanted on the skating rink and she didn't want to leave it. She also didn't want my help - except when she fell, but she didn't really fall too much anyway. She made her way around the rink several times without even holding on to the wall. Poor Abby and Ella looked like they might become one with the wall. Isaiah picked it up quicker than they did but even he was pretty unsure of himself. It was pretty funny.

So I learned something interesting...apparently skating rinks haven't gotten any new music since I was 7 years old. The music was all the same. My body, not so much! I remember when we could go to the skating rink and spend four hours flying in circles and never get tired. I'll pretend it was the fact that I had to go so slow and stop myself to pick my kids up off the floor so many times but...it's not as easy as it used to be! Oh, and for those of you who know my issues with germs, skating rinks are almost as fun as bowling alleys! My hands are a little dry today from too much sanitizer - but I survived.

I came home with an extra kid. Well, short one of my own and up two others. You see, Isaiah and Ella have been scheming to spend the night with the Arroyo kids for months. When it came down to it we were going to swap one for one - just the big kids. Well Abby was devastated - she is in love with 'Renzo and was miserable at the thought that she wasn't going to get to spend the night with her friend too. I ended up sending Ella with DeAnza and taking Marquez and Lorenzo with me. It was too cute! I get home and put the kids down on Isaiah's floor. They were lined up in a row - I should have taken a picture...but I didn't so you'll have to just take my word for it.

Random sidenote...Isaiah lost a tooth, the tooth fairy almost didn't make it, she "couldn't find his tooth" and stuck the money under a random extra pillow on his bed. Well the toothfairy didn't check to see how much she grabbed - she was in a hurry remember - and well, Isaiah got $6 (and kept his tooth)! He's been wanting to go to the bookstore and buy a book for a while now. He had decided he wanted to read Charlotte's Web - which I was stunned that we didn't already own but anyway - so we go to the bookstore and he buys it with his toothfairy money (and some help from mom). He read the entire book in less than a day. I don't want to tell him to read slower but I can't afford for him to read so fast! He owns probably two hundred books - but he's read them all at least twice. I would take him to the library but if you've been to the Rialto "library" you would understand why I don't! He might have more children's books than they do and his are better organized. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to get a job to support his habbit - at least it's a good one!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

In The Company presents....Ragtime!

Thought provoking, intense, and it has the potential to shake some people out of their comfort zone... which is a great thing! I really don't know what else to say except that In The Company does a fantastic job and I think it is easily as good as some of the high end productions I've seen in major theaters in L.A.! I'm really glad I got to go. A little different than your usual fare in a church setting but I think it's about time. Wouldn't it be great if we saw ALL people as children of God who are valuable to His kingdom?! Just a thought.

Friday, August 3, 2007

I just had to mention that...

They didn't just look pretty - they taste pretty good too! I haven't gotten reviews from my neighbor yet but I'm pretty sure I will at some point.
Anyway...in more important news...I went to Riverside Sheriff's testing yesterday only to find out I wasn't actually taking the big test that I thought. Instead I take a big huge scary (dun, dun, dun...) TYPING TEST! Now seriously I didn't think there was a person on the planet that couldn't type 35 words a minute accurately. I guess I was wrong! Some poor girl was devastated because she didn't pass the typing test. I think I'd have been pretty upset too...and may have considered having my hands amputated for betraying me if I had failed... I didn't - apparently I can type. I have to qualify my speed by mentioning that the stupid keyboard that I was testing on was retarded...super old, and was so stiff you had to p-u-s-h e-v-e-r-y l-e-t-t-e-r v-e-r-y d-e-l-i-b-e-r-a-t-e-l-y in order for it to actually register. It was so not my laptop! Anyway I type 50 wpm on a dinosaur. And I go back for the "real" test in a few weeks.

Can I also say that, while I am happy with my life and very content with my current way of being, I am not fond of a certain question that gets asked in social situations. It's happened a few times at different places but it is awkward in any location... To set up the scene: I am somewhere where there are lots of people - many with kids - and making small talk with people who I don't know very well. Someone invariably asks which kids are mine - this part I'm cool with, I'm not trying to leave any of my kids behind when I leave and the more people who know which kids belong to me the more likely it is someone will mention it to me when one of them tries to escape...but back to my point...at some point in the conversation they will say "so where's your husband?" my answer... " Uh, well, I don't have one." I think that might be the most difficult part life as I now know it.

I'm now that woman with all the kids and no husband. I have this internal urge to make sure people know they all have the same daddy. What does that say about me? I'm afraid that I'm being judged - do I care more about what people think of me than what God knows? I'm just mulling around in my head trying to decide if it is wrong for me to feel like I need to explain my situation to people. I wonder if people are speaking in low whispers behind my back. I wish I could say that I am more confident than that. I wish I could say that I know my position as a child of God well enough to not care about what people think or say about me. I guess I do know it but putting it into practice isn't always natural or easy. I'm glad at times like this to remember that God sees me as His child. Perfection isn't my task it is His work in me and His power is made perfect in my weakness. I am definitely weak - so I'm glad He is strong.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

I'm baking and my house smells YUMMY!




Since I am single, and have never mowed a lawn in my life, my dear neighbors have been beyond sweet and started mowing it for me. I love to bake and got the idea that it might be nice if I make them something every week or so to thank them. So I made them some cookies - my favorite eggless recipe - and they LOVED them! Then I made them our family holiday desert called Pan-Am cake. I don't know why we call it that but it is a chocolate(ish) cake made from scratch topped with pecans, chocolate chips and sugar. It also has dates in it but that's a whole 'nother tale - you'd never know by tasting it I promise!


Here's the problem... I find myself wanting to top my last fabulous delivery. I haven't made my killer brownies yet but I thought I'd better start getting creative first cuz I might need to pull an easy one out sometime! So I have had this vision in my head of a pie that Marie's used to make back in the day when I worked there...forever ago...that they don't make anymore. It was a chocolate macadamia nut pie. Think pecan pie but with macadamia nuts instead and add a layer of chocolate at the bottom...yum! So I decided to try to recreate my memory.

I made two pie crusts from scratch - oh, and I broke out my grandparents 30 year old food processor to make them, that was cool! It's in perfect condition - I mean like in the box with all the original plastic - seriously they kept everything! Ok, back to my baking...I follow the directions on the back of the dark Karo syrup bottle for pecan pie but add my twists on the original. I put those bad boys in the oven (I made two cuz I have to know if it's good enough to take to the neighbors before I subject them to my creation) and holy crap - my house smells so good! I just pulled them out and not only do they smell insanely fabulous but they look beautiful too! Hmmm can't wait to try it out, but I'm supposed to let them sit for two hours. So I think my breakfast may consist of chocolate macadamia nut pie and coffee - healthy huh!?!?