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May. 9th, 2015

Yesterday my youngest passed his driver's test.  I feel so old and proud. :( and :) 

May. 3rd, 2015

Yesterday my son took his ex to the prom.  They are still good friends and I'm glad he decided to still take her, especially since they stopped dating so close to the dance.  She had asked me to go with her to get ready for it.  After some confusion and confirmation she still wanted me to go.  So after I dropped off Cod for the SAT's, I drove down to Henderson to meet her and her mom while she had a professional take care of her.  She had her nails, hair, and make-up done.  She was beautiful.  She had her long hair curled so long ringlets went down her back and framed her face and had a few diamond-like jewels on two of her nails.  Everything was very classy.  We all went to lunch afterwards and had a great time.  I was going to go back to her house after a while for the dress.  But when my son picked her up, I was still home.  It wouldn't be fair to have them wait for me.   That would be weird.  But there are pics on facebook and her mom will give me some if I ask.  

Apr. 15th, 2015

There was a huge dust storm yesterday.  Winds got up to 55 miles per hour.  I had to drive through it for about 40-45 minutes to pick Cody up.  It was not fun.  A haze lay over everything.  Fortunately, I survived and now the weather is must calmer and cooler.  I heard it will soon get hot too.

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Apr. 11th, 2015

So last night I went to a Barry Manilow concert at the MGM.  It was pretty great!! Dave Kox opened for him.  He's a saxophone player and performed beautifully.  Then there was an half-hour break before Barry came out.  He only sang for one and a half hours which was a disappointment and there was no encore.  His voice though is still amazing.  He hit all the right notes and sang out strong.  I just found out that he is 71 years old.  I hope I am half as active when I reach that age.  We were given hand gel lights when we entered and watching the lights wave and sway throughout the whole stadium as he sang his songs was memorizing.  

Apr. 5th, 2015

So two of my sons performed at the House of Blues today.  Their church drama team had three performances today.  It sounds like it will be a monthly thing.  I wanted to go but it is $60 for a ticket for each performance.  The team leader said she will try to get me in free next month as one of the tech members.  I'm so excited.  They were on tv last night for a promotion for the show.

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Mar. 1st, 2015

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Some small photos from my trip.  Most of my photos were too dark or had family members in it so I don't want to post them.  But here these are!! It was a blast!

Disney California Adventure

Yesterday I got up at 5 am and then we all went to  Disney California Adventure!! It's the first time I went to that park.  We got there around 11 and spent the whole day.  I loved the Cars race ride and the, well I can't remember them all.  My top all time favorite was the Aladdin show.  It was incredible! I've been told it is way better than the one on Broadway even and I can believe it could be.  It's not that big a park really and majority of the rides and shows I wasn't all that interested to see so I probably won't be going back for a long time.  I'm glad I went though.  I bought two key chains for my souvenir.  We took sandwiches and snacks and water which saves a ton of money.  The only other thing I bought besides the key chains was a bottle of Coke which costs over 3 dollars.  Crazy.  The group split up for awhile.  Jules brought her friend Katie who actually got her in for free!  They park hopped.  I would be too tired to try it.  I was exhausted as it was. Jes brought his girlfriend who is extremely shy and very, very nice. We got back home around 3:30 this morning.  Needless to say, we all slept late.  Jules and Katie are leaving tonight for New York to get back to school.  It was great seeing them on their Spring Break even if they did head out a lot with plans on the town.

I'll try to post pics soon.

my birthday

Yesterday was my birthday.  The best part was that my whole family was here. :D  I spent it by having a family board game of Aggravation and pineapple cake and ice cream and pizza.  Then we went to trop cinema and saw the movie Intersellar.  It was one of the few times I ever went to a movie without having any kind of idea what it was about beforehand.  I ended up really liking it.  The acting was great and the story held my interest the whole way through it.  So I had a good day and relieved that I had made it through another year.  

Jan. 31st, 2015

So Betty took me to a professional to get my hair cut for a late Christmas present. My bangs have been widened to cover more of my forehead, and the bottom third of my hair is layered. I really, really like it.

The next day I was sick though and spent the whole time sitting in a chair either reading, sleeping, or watching tv. I couldn't do much more. When I went to bed I found my back behind my right hip was in extreme pain. I pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve. Whenever I bent at the waist it about killed me. I blame the chair. Trying to sit and then stand was gruesome.

Somehow I miraculously made it through work the next day. I so desperately wanted to call in sick but with this job it just means I'd have to make it up later.   My boss generously gave me overtime since one of the pages quit. I really didn't want to use that for my regular time. The money is desperately needed. I work tomorrow on Super Bowl Sunday and I won't miss it at all. I also have another extra day next Saturday. Just as long as my hip continues to work and my congestion calms down enough so that I can continue breathing then all is good. :D

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Jan. 18th, 2015

So last night Jules and I went to a new local bookstore. It's called Writer's Block. It's really cute and has a bunny and a very nice sales person. Unfortunately I didn't save any money buying my one book and the tea was high but I think I will still make a point of going back probably next month. Then we went to Savers and I bought a bookcase for $3 which is awesome. We spent the rest of the night buying clothes and dinner at McD's. After I got home and this morning I spent it cleaning the den. I got the books off the floor and out of boxes and onto my new bookcase. I could use two more of them but the room looks sooooo much better now. I can reach the desk safely. :D I also sorted through my books and found copies and old series I no longer want. I have a box full of books to donate to the library. I already gave away two bags. I love uncluttering my home.

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Jan. 11th, 2015

Hope everybody's new year is going well so far.

I have had a cold for the past nine days. Congestion and cough, mainly. It's a real pain at work. A couple of times I had to stop what I was doing and make my way to the break room and restroom until I got my coughing under control. I awoke late this morning to a rainstorm. Being fair to myself I did wake at 4:30 am to get medicine and it knocked me out. The rain is nice though especially when I am tucked in bed with tea and a book. My plan this year is to get healthier as in losing some weight about 10-15 pounds and eating a bit better and possibly start exercising regularly. Ironically when I thought of this plan was when I got sick. Of course I won't hold myself to it. If I do the plan then wonderful, and if I don't I won't worry and hold it against myself. I also want to clean out my garage and den. I think I will do this in stages. I already cleaned two separate small areas in my garage. At this rate it will take a full year, but since there's no rush and it's getting done then Yeah me!

I started reading a book called The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling. It’s a mystery and very, very good. Highly recommend it.


"After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers"

Dec. 29th, 2014

I feel LJ is dying.  Poor thing.

Christmas went well. Mostly quiet and calm. I got an awesome pair of dragon bookends and a lot of sweets. We got a 50" tv in the den. Now when I play Batman: Origins it looks really awesome.

Otherwise everything is the same and I am doing well.

Have a Happy Happy New Year!!



Dec. 16th, 2014

So all my presents are bought.  All my baking goods are bought for the rest of my 25 days of christmas baking.  So proud of myself for not missing any yet.  The house is decorated.  All the kiddies are home!  All that is left is the tree which hopefully is today after work.  Also need to find the stocking stuffers though there are no actual kids here.  We are all kids on the inside.  I need to buy a santa present for my co-worker who I drew for this year.  The party is Thursday.  I'm off that day but I will stop by for a little while.

I have been baking a lot of cookies ranging from mini M&M ones to cinnamon bun cookies. I also made strawberry cupcakes that were filled and topped with cream cheese frosting. That was the best one yet. I'm going to make a strawberry roll cake and fudge and cheesecake petit fours. I'm even going to try to make my own eggnog with low-fat vanilla yogurt.

Jesse and Cody were in a church performance with their drama team. They performed in Alamo, NV and at Opportunity Village. I watched them at the Magical Forest and they were excellent. They made me cry with the last act. It was about how Jesus will always be Mary's baby boy even through all his trials.

Btw I did finish NaNo! I got it done one day early. It's a mystery starring two characters from a short story I had written earlier. The new novel is called The Blackstrap Murders. Once I've edited it a bit I will post online somewhere for anyone who wants to read it.

Nov. 28th, 2014

Aarrgh. I am so pissed. I thought I had finished my NaNo story. I am using Open Office and the word count read 51, 078. I was thrilled. So I went to validate and NaNo said I only had 48,794. WTF. I am so tired and I want to cry. It seems that Open Office counts curly quotes or dashes or I don't know what it does. Now I need a little over 1200 more words. The only good is that I have an extra day although I work tomorrow. I was just so ready to be done with this. OMG. My story is finished and I was happy with it and arrgh. What do I do now? Fill it with garbage?

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Nov. 22nd, 2014

So I sat at my computer ALL day (except when I watched an  X-men movie).  I had a burst of writing and now have 33,550 words. The problem is that I decided to skip around. I wrote the ending and part of the story between the middle and the end. Now I need to figure out how to get my detectives to those spots in the story. I hate being stuck.

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