Friday, June 12, 2009

giving up?!?!?!?!?

Well, I can't seem to keep this thing up to date anymore and it also appears that any fans I did have on this blog have given up as well.

If you wanna keep up with me, I am almost always on facebook.

I'll keep this up for a few more weeks and then the blog of me is going away, where ever dead blogs go.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lucky me!

Did you know I have the worst luck in life? No joke, people from miles around know this.

Mom my jokes about it… for example the other day I was driving and got stuck on the road because of some hazardous waste mess. When I was talking to the cop, I asked if I should be on the lookout for anything – like odd rashes or what not. He told me I would be fine… at this point in the story my mom interrupts and says “did you tell the cop he doesn’t know you and you will most likely end up with some rare bacterial infection from just sitting outside this hazardous waste mess” and all I can do is laugh because she is so right.

There’s a reason I only buy $5 sunglasses because I know some how that a bin from the top shelf is going to randomly fall and bounce and someone hit said sunglasses, breaking them!

One would assume that when their landlord gives them keys to their new apartment they work… well only I would be unlucky enough to turn the lock from the inside before shutting the door only to discover the keys don’t work and the latch is on the other door so there is no getting in that way.

Only I would be unlucky enough to be all dressed up at work, only to have to toss out a bin of dirty water, only to have it fly right back onto said dressed up clothes and then have to sit through two meetings covered in dirty water.

Really I could write a book. This is just a small sample of situations I have found myself in the last few weeks. Maybe they should write a show about all the crazy not so lucky moments of my life… the writers would never need to make stuff up, I would supply them with endless ideas.

This is a picture of my feet with shoes on in the ER, mind you I didn't have clothes on, just one of those lovely hospital gowns... Someone was making fun of me for keeping my shoes on, but if I had to walk somewhere and didn't have my shoes on, I'd be so unlucky that I would just so happen to step on a used needle and get some horrible thing like AIDS.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

califonia adventure and not the park

well, I can't believe I have been in California just over two months now... although a lot has happened.

My job is going good, it keeps me really busy and I am normally pretty beat when I get home - my bed time is about 9:30pm, but then again I do get up a 6am every morning.

On Feb 25th I was in a car accident while driving to work. For the most part I am okay... although my neck is curved the wrong was from the whiplash.

About a week later my car died, it was dying, but it really did die, while driving 70 mph on the freeway in the of fast line... thankfully I think fast and was able to get over 5 lanes of traffic before it totally died. I got to ride 36 miles in a tow truck and I never met Sid the Science Kid (which I were I was headed) That day I bought a new car... a 2008 Toyota Matrix!

totally cute, huh? It's been so nice to have a car again that you don't have to worry about, although it means living on an air bed for a wee bit longer.

Monday, February 9, 2009

things I think...

doesn't anyone know how to drive in the rain?

doesn't anyone know how to use their turn signal?

why does everyone think they are the wicked witch of the west and that rain will kill them?

why isn't anyone coming to pump my gas?

why is something that was 3.99 now 4 something?

and the list goes on and on... it's amazing how you can only be away for 2.5 years and already have a different way of life and thinking.

Friday, January 23, 2009

What Every Woman Should Know...

By Pamela Redmond Satran

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .. a youth she's content to leave behind....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE . a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .. one friend who always makes her laugh.. and one who lets her cry...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .. eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE a feeling of control over her destiny..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without; ruining the friendship...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.... how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.. . whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... where to go... be it to her best friend's kitchen table.. or a charming Inn in the woods.... when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.. What she can and can't accomplish in a day... a month...and a year...

Be yourself...everyone else is already taken.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

a trade

I am trading this...
for this!

This past week I went to So Cal for a job interview and got it! I start Feb 2nd, so it's a fast move back to So Cal. I am super excited, but overwhelmed with the idea of the big CHANGE and finding some where to live. Thankfully I have wonderful friends to crash with while I search.

Re-cap of 2008!

In January I got to give two workshops at the Southwest Washington Early Learning expo thing (I am really bad at remembering the names of things and I don’t want to go look them up), I went a little overboard, but this is me we are talking about – I don’t do simple.

In February I went up to Seattle for a networking meeting of all Infant Toddler people in the Pacific Northwest, I love this group of women and one man!

In April/May I was in California working for nearly 2 weeks – it was great fun. For the past 10 years I have helped One Circle put on huge events and this year we rocked! I had amazing volunteers and actually got to enjoy (and sit down) for part of the event. Then I got to lecture at UCLA (hello, me really!) It was very intimidating, but loads of fun. Everyone was super nice (even the people I made lay on the dirty ground- my lecture was on gross motor development and I needed some models).

This past July I went to Budapest AGAIN – love that place. They were having an advanced course on Infant Toddler development and I had to go again. I learned so much and even got to do some observations. While I was there we took a 32 hour trip to Vienna and had a blast. The highlight on Vienna was the food and most importantly the strudel, yum-o!
The day after I came back from Budapest I drove up to Seattle to help with a training for like 4 or 5 days (it really is all a blur), it was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Getting to work with my mentor Polly is always a treat. The only room left in the hotel I always stay at in Seattle was the “kings suite” it was amazing. It had two (yes, two) big flat screen TV’s one in the bedroom and one in the living room. With all that luxury I was expecting a decent tub (you know me and my almost nightly baths) and it was just an ordinary tub, boo.

September – I took on a crazy project. I had the opportunity to use the Vancouver Hilton Hotel free of charge pretty much, so I decided to organize a training with me as the trainer. I had over 60 people there and had to hire a good friend to be my assistant. It was a great day and Polly sent me flowers – the first time anyone (yes anyone) has ever sent me flowers and it totally made my day.
The last weekend before summer ended my mom, sister, her three kids and I went camping at Cape Lookout on the coast. We had a great time, got eaten by a ton of mosquitoes and enjoyed some cool sunsets and discoveries on the beach.

In October I got to speak at the Seattle Infant Conference again and I love this event, the people are awesome and my friends put it on. Also in October I got to speak at the Washington Early Childhood Education Conference which was entertaining. The posh hotel we (Polly spoke too) stayed at was amazing. I think I would go back to Tacoma again just to stay in that hotel again. And the HIGHLIGHT of October was the birth of my GREAT Nephew Elliott, born to my nephew Nate and his sweet wife Dana. Elliott is the love of everyone in the family. He is Mr. Personality and our little man. He was born with a full head of redish brown hair.

In November I entered back into the life of working craft shows, yuck! I have been making jewelry since at least 1991 and haven’t done a craft show in YEARS. Some friends talked me into this one and since I needed the money – I agreed. I didn’t make a whole lot of money, but it was still a fun day of hanging with the gals and talking about crafts.
Starting the weekend of Thanksgiving (well, really the work starts long before) my family gets into full gear for the holiday community project. For the past few years my family has headed up this project which serves nearly 400 families (one family has 14 children). It’s a LOT of work, but we love it. I love getting to spend other people’s money and making sure the magic of Christmas stays alive for so many children. Every year I stand in awe of people’s generosity and willingness to give of their time and money, even if they don’t have much. Many of the people that help this project to be successful should be recipients themselves.

In December most of Oregon was caught off guard with a giant SNOW storm, the biggest one in like 30 years. The town of Portland for example pretty much just shut down. We really only have enough snow plows to keep the freeways clear and good old Portland the greenest city in American can’t use salt… it kills stuff, didn’t you know. We use recycled gravel of course. In my neighborhood we got hit with nearly two feet of snow and others got more. I didn’t see mail for over a week and trash piled up, it was ridiculous. It also meant that I spend Christmas by myself with a TV dinner (which was gross by the way). Most schools ended up with a 3 week winter break this year, although they will have to do some make up before the school year comes to a close.

These were my highlights (well that I can remember anyways) I am sure I left stuff out, but oh well; I have a horrible memory so this is what you get.

Here’s to 2009!