Sunday, June 29, 2008

Home Sweet Home

I survived a whirlwind of a business trip. It was great and exhausting all at the same time. I really want to return to Mexico but to visit, not work.
I ended up getting sick....No not the sick you are all thinking off, a cold. Yes I sound like a waitress in a truck stop who has smoked 10 packs a day for 30 years.  My cold medication wore off midway through the return flight home. It made for a really painful decent. My head felt like it was going to explode. My left ear only partially popped so I couldn't hear a thing, which made immigration slightly interesting.
I will write more about my time in Mexico but right now I am going to knock myself out. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am home safe and sound.

Friday, June 20, 2008


It's Hot! I'm Hot!
I know it is the first day of Summer but come on, why is it so hot?  The Bay Area doesn't get Hot, that is what they tell me. I think 100 degrees is warm. Because it isn't supposed to get warm most places in Oakland and San Francisco don't come with air conditioning.
So I am sitting in my very, very warm living room watching one of the most retarded shows on TV (Camp Rock, sorry Ali), with a warm lap top, wishing I had a swimming pool or the guts to sit around in my underwear.
I think I am going to take a walk outside just to find some ice or ice cream.
Wish me luck with sleeping...I just can't when it is Hot.

I wish I were here at this very moment....

Pronto una loca semana en Mexico

I am leaving early Sunday morning for Mexico. No it is not a vacation, it is work. Yes my company is paying to fly me to Mexico and stay in really nice hotels. The downside is the itinerary is nonstop from 7 am to 11 at night. Constant meetings with clients. I have been incredibly stressed out attempting to feel somewhat prepared for this. I don't, instead I am discombobulated. 
I will be flying to Monterrey Sunday, then to Guadalajara Tuesday morning and Mexico City Tuesday night. Part of me can't wait to see it all but I think I will be seeing a lot of conference rooms.
I will be back in a week. Hopefully with pictures.

South Park Mac vs. PC

My family is pretty much divided between PC and Mac. My brothers and I are Mac fanatics and my sisters are PC users.
I am sure most of you have seen this. I do love the Mac Ads with John Hodgman, He is one of my favorite contributors to the Daily Show.

Whether you are a PC or Mac user, I think this resonates with us all.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Brian!!!

Yesterday was my Brother in Laws Birthday. So I'm a day late...Sorry.
Brian has been part of the Family forever it seems. He started dating my Sister while in High School and they married shortly after his mission to the Dominican Republic. He has been the only Bro-in-law up until last year when Em married Jake. He is a saint, He has had to put up with my Sisters and I for a very long time. We never go away.
Happiest of Birthdays!!! I hope it was spectacular and that you didn't have to work on the Sprinkler system.
I would send you a box of Mac-n-Cheese but that may conflict with your Cholesterol. So instead here is a picture and you can salivate.

Here are a few Pics I found of Brian...

YUMMY... Wendy's. I took this a couple of years ago. Noah was obsessed with the photo option on my phone and wanted a pic of his dad. 

This is his normal position. Actually the family was obsessed with Peggle over Christmas break. We were all on the computer.

Christmas Story...anyone? Sledding, He barely could put his arms down.

Noah the Diver

I received this photo on my phone the other day.  
After watching 1 episode of Blue Planet Noah wants to be a Diver. 

I love that he is using a vacuum attachment as the mouthpiece. 
As usual the kid is in a Lightning McQueen T-shirt, he is really keeping that franchise alive.

I wish that I lived closer so that I could play Diver with Noah.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"What the Crack?"

A statement overheard at the scene. Returning home Saturday from the movies this is what was found on the front steps.
Somebody was having fun, I guess.

Other strange happenings over the weekend.  Early Monday morning 1:30 or 2 am, I woke to a crash. I was to tired to get up and investigate. Thank goodness A-gril wasn't. A yellow VW Bug turned into our driveway and slammed into the retaining wall just outside of A-gril's room. Then reversed hitting the garbage cans (narrowly missing the volvo and my car parked on the street) and sped the wrong direction up Harrison. What do you think, Stolen Car, Drunk Driver? I am just glad no one was hurt except the retaining wall. It now has a nice yellow to go with the mint green and a few dents.
It is never boring living in The Green or in Oakland for that matter.


When clients come from overseas they bring treats...sometimes they are yummy.
One of the Japanese customers brought me Strawberry chocolate and a chip like snack made with B.A.F. product. I think it is supposed to be steak flavored.... delicious???
I have yet to try them. I just like the packaging. They really like their cartoons in Japan.

Making My Day...

I love my church calling. I am a primary teacher for the Valiant 9 class. I have the "cake" class. All of the other classes have a few "difficult" children. The kids in my class are sweet, smart, funny and they think I am cool.
A couple of weeks ago, I wasn't feeling totally prepared to teach. Usually I can wing it with my class and the kids still behave somewhat. At the end of Opening exercises the Primary president whispered in my ear asking if I could also teach the 11 yr olds. UGH! There are sooo many kids in that class and it is one of the more "difficult" classes. Of course I said yes...I am a yes person.
One of the boys in my class asked what was wrong and I told him... his response "Ahh Man, do we really have to". My sentiments exactly.
There were 15 kids total and a big age difference between the two classes. My kids saw a new side of me, I was strict and did not bend. I am sure the 11 yr olds were happy to have their teacher back last week. It was exhausting and made me wish for the easy days of attending Relief Society.
At the end one of my girls gave me a present. I waited until I was home to open it. It was a sweet little keepsake box she painted herself. I almost cried. It made my day! 
I really LOVE my calling!

Legion of Honors

What do you do on a gloomy Saturday...why go to the Legion of Honors Museum
The parking was insane and the crowds unbelievable. It was Memorial day weekend and the last weekend for Annie Leibovitz show.
The Photography was amazing. It was interesting to see her professional work intermingled with her personal photos. I fascinated by her family photos. 
It was nice to get away from the crowds and peruse other parts of the museum.

Joan of Arc and I