Archive for May, 2006

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To Washington

May 22, 2006

We are leaving to Washington, although we will probably stay in Portland tonight at Tony's sister's house. Tuesday we will be off to Washington. We plan to stay there until Friday or Saturday and then drive on back and hopefully spend the weekend at home sleeping.

If you live in Washington and want to meet up (Kel?) Send me an email with your details, like phone number.

For those in the loop, my mom is doing good. She is home now and that is wonderful news and is what is making my trip to Washington possible. I wouldn't be going if I thought for one moment that she needed me or wasn't okay.

Well, got to go packing the car before Tony crabs at me and we argue…not a cool way to start off a vacation. (ps…he slept and I didn't…wah!) (I get to sleep in the car…wah….so more…) (I don't even own sunglasses…) Who thinks the trip North in the car with a 5 year old and 2 year old is going to be pure torture? (raises hand…) Yikes!

Okay, so that is enough complaining I just had to get it out of my system. (For all of you who go to Hawaii for vacations without the kids, I envy you.)

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Mother’s Day, Cakes & Spiders

May 14, 2006

This weekend I had a joint birthday party for Sierra (whose birthday is on the 18th) and Madeleine (whose birthday is the 5th.) It was pretty successful. Of course in retrospect I wonder if everyone had a good time. We kind of ran out of drinks and then I realized after half the guests left that we didn’t run out of drinks but had another whole pakcage of them under that picnic table, oops. There were no kids activities as I cheated and had it at a park where the kids ran around crazy and free and did a lot of swinging and playing with wood bark and going down the slide.

I thought it would be nice to get a little sun and burned the hell out of myself. In fact, it made me go to bed real early yesterday (7pm.) I woke up almost unable to roll out of bed as my skin hated me. Why am I so stupid sometimes? I hope it doesn’t peel as I hate that, but have a feeling it will. People said I was getting red and well, I just thought I would be a little tiny bit sunburned. I didn’t realize to the extent.

Sierra and Madeleine had the best time. I am so appreciative to all the people who showed up to the party. All of the kids make such a difference and I am so happy I could almost cry. Tony did a great job making the cakes. You see, after I learned of his hidden talent with my cake, I had him make the girls’ cakes. For Madeleine he made the Elmo Cake:

And for Sierra he made a Castle Cake: 

We had an Elmo/Princess party.

Happy Mother’s Day! For Mother’s day we pulled out the rest of the shrubs and found a few more spiders. My camera doesn’t have a macro setting so this is the best I could do. I would love to get a better digital camera and have that on my Christmas list for this next year, though I bet school tuition will be on that list also…ha ha.

Typical Black Widow

This spider is probably not a black widow, but could be an immature one or a male one. They don’t have to be black.

Thanks for all of the support about dropping the classes. To be truthful it feels good to have dropped them. However, the was a part of me feeling that maybe I was being a quitter. I am so determined to finish school and be successful at it. I hate that I quitted years ago and am frequently reminded about how I quit and how the expensive education years ago has gone to waste. I did happen to get into an online Health class. So, I dropped two 4 credit classes and picked up two 3 credit classes, so I am still carrying 10 credits this summer. 🙂

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Summer school blah…

May 11, 2006

I started Summer school. It was 5 hours per day/4 days a week/for 7 weeks. Today was the 4th day and after realizing I could not memorize bone anatomy, skull anatomy, and spine anatomy in one day I quit it. The teacher said it would be 5 hours of class per day with 3 hours of homework at night. I tried it and decided I would rather take my time in this course and learn the stuff and get an A, then just rush through it, do it half-assed and then get a C. The way my gpa is, it is important that I learn the stuff and that I do exceptionally well.

The good news is I will get to go on vacation at the end of the month with my husband to Washington for a longer period of time than we originally expected. The bad news about this is that it will put applying to nursing school further out. However, I did pick up 2 other courses and so am hoping it will help boost my gpa so when I do apply for nursing school I will have a better chance at getting accepted.

Also, the good news for me and for all of you is that my other classes don’t start until next month, so I get a whole month of free time, crafting, hanging out, relaxing, chill’n….etc.

This brings me to my next point is that I have been having some minor problems with my health and I need to relax and not stress my body and everything out right now. I need to take it easy and take care of myself. Hopefully my minor problem is a big fat nothing and everything will be hunky/dory in my crazy crafting world. Apparantly it takes a week for insurance stuff to be verified to even get an appointment to see the almighty-know-it-alls and get tests done. I have been a little anxious.

For my birthday my husband bought me a swift and a ball winder. So, when I do get anxious, I have found winding yarn into balls to be quite relaxing. Tony thought it will be pretty funny if I start buying yarn just to wind it into balls. I love it when he gives me crazy ideas and excuses to buy more yarn, ha ha. I wish I had the time to use all of the yarn I have. I have a lot of WIP’s. I think I am going to spend the next few weeks finishing those. I might even get the “dusty” sari silk clapotis out and finish that. I have some socks almost done. I have the angelica tunic almost done. I just need some finishing time.

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Happy Birthday “Bay-Bah”

May 5, 2006

My Madeleine turned 2 today.

Yep, that is a “poor man’s candle,” aka match. Aunt Diane gave Madeleine, a little party with her cousin Brooke and sister, Sierra. We had a lot of fun.

My little 12 pound baby is growing up.
This is how I remember Madeleine when she was born…

12 pounds…3 ozs.

eta: Yes, she was born via C-section. I wanted to have a VBAC, but the hospital wouldn’t let me. Thank goodness I didn’t try for a vaginal birth. I do believe I had gestational diabetes that wasn’t diagnosed during my pregnancy. At 3 weeks after she was born her weight dropped down to 10 lbs 3 0zs. Then she started gaining. Her growth chart was pretty funny. Some babies go from a low weight on the growth chart and then steadily climb. Madeleine’s line decreased. When she was a year old she was only 50% for weight and height with a 30% head.

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Happy Birthday to me!

May 2, 2006

Today was a great day. Thank you for all of your birthday wishes. I wore my birthday tie-dye, which is a bright tank top that I wear every year on my birthday. Tony made me an awesome dinner and a cake. Look at this cake! This is the first time he ever baked a cake.

Sierra helped with some of the decorations. I don’t know about you, but my first cake looked nothing like this. This is the first time in the 8 years that we have been together that he baked me a birthday cake. He really made today a special day for me.

I finished crocheting a bag. This time I got the straps on in the right spot. I really like the shape of this bag. 

Here it is fulled. I couldn’t get it to felt anymore and the strap is a little too long. I will try to felt it one more time. I made this for a friend, so am hoping that if she doesn’t like the strap she can cut it and then sew it back on so it is a good length for her. It is a belated baby gift and I thought would be a nice diaper bag…or in her case…carry her yarn and some diapers bag. Either way, I hope she likes it. It is from the yarn Deneen sent me and was dyed with easter egg dye. I noticed in the felting process the colors became lighter. This is the first time I have had that happen, but most of my dyeing has been with Kool-Aid, not food coloring. I still like the results.

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Grades, Spiders, and Craziness…oh my!

May 1, 2006

First my grades….I got 2 A’s the last semester. What I am really proud of is my Microbiology class and the fact that I got the highest grade on the final in my class.

Of course, it will never make up for my past grades, 11 years ago when I took 19 credits one semester and bombed the semester getting a whopping 0.94. Those grades haunt me and will always pull my grade point down. In fact, they may prevent me from getting into the programs I need to get into. I am now attempting to find out if I can do something about that semester…it may haunt me forever, unfortunately.

On to other things…Tony and I have been doing a lot of yardwork in the backyard.
Here we moved two plants closer towards the house so we can eventually have more patio space.

The plants we moved is the one in the corner and there is one behind the center gardenia plant.

See that shrub? I think it is jasmine. There were three huge shrubs that took up the back planter box. We spent this weekend tearing half of it out. We killed atleast 30 Black Widow spiders and I am NOT exagerating. It was frightening and an eyeopener of the poisonous critters we had in our backyard. We have some more tearing out to do. I might keep one jasmine on the end and reshape it so it grows up and not out and get rid of the dead debris and spider nests undereath. Apparantly this is the Black Widow Spider Mecca. Can you imagine if one of the kids threw a ball in there and went after it and got bit? One black widow was twice the size of most of them and now the picture of that mutant has scarred me and I cannot shake the image of it. I told Tony that maybe when we pull out the other half maybe tomorrow or this weekend I will take pictures.

Tony is off of work tomorrow for my birthday. I am excited to spend the day with him. It was suppose to be a surprise, but apparantly we can’t keep secrets from each other.

You can see the corner where we tore out the shrub I planted a lavender plant. It looks small, but it is actually a pretty good size and I expect that once it takes and grows it will take up that whole corner. It smells so good over there.

This is walking towards my front door. I planted some flowers, can’t remember their name. They are suppose to like direct sun, which they get most the day (except for the moment I snapped a pic, ha ha.) However, they aren’t doing so well right now. They haven’t died but the flowers looke kind of wilted, so we will see what happens. The purple bunch is an African Daisy and is doing pretty well. I expect it to get quite a bit bigger.

Here is another view of my front porch. Do you see the little patch of wait flowers in about the center of the picture? Last night I sprayed them real hard with the hose and 2 seconds later a huge black widow popped up onto the siding of the house. The shells in the corner are abalone. My husband and dad went diving for those a few years ago. The plant in the green pot is a Spanish lavender. It smells a bit different then the variety I planted in the backyard. I don’t know how the lavender will do in that pot. So far, so good. Planting lavender in your front yard is suppose to give you luck.

Tomorrow is my birthday, Friday is Madeleine’s birthday (she will be 2,) Saturday Sierra is in a gymnastics event, then the next weekend (the 13) I am planning a joint birthday party for the girls, Sierra’s is on the 18th so it makes sense to me. It will be lots of kids (hopefully) in the park with pizza and cake and I am trying to think of fun games and activities for them to do.

This week is suppose to be my “vacation” between semesters, but tomorrow I get an ultrasound on my thyroid. I also am trying to mail ebay stuff out, meet with my school counselor, and contact the University of Montana to find out if there is anything they can do to help me with my 0.94…I feel crazy from it all, but will be okay. Oh… and I missed a period. I am not pregnant, no worries there, but isn’t that weird?

I have been crocheting. I might have pictures tomorrow…or Wednesday.