Thursday Thirteen #11: August Wrap Up

27 08 2008

This is the August Wrap up. 13 very significant days this month.

  1. I made 3 years with The Company. 8/1
  2. I am finally divorced. My great grandmother’s funeral. 8/2
  3. I sent my son off to start Kindergarten. I didn’t cry or have a panic attack. 8/5
  4. I began the process of changing my name – e.g. my SSN#, driver’s license, bank accounts, etc. My son also gave me a heart attack because he didn’t get off the bus and the bus driver thought he was on the wrong bus. 8/5
  5. FINALLY convinced Preston to get rid of his crappy 95 Honda Accord. Nothing wrong with it, just don’t like Honda. 8/10
  6. We traded in 3 of our 7 cars – 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, 99 Chevy Blazer, 95 Honda Accord. Yes, all our cars run, legal, and insured. Insane huh? Preston bought me a 2004 Toyota 4Runner for my birthday. 8/13
  7. I turned 24 years old. 8/16
  8. I celebrated my birthday with 4 other family members of which I didn’t even know they birthdays fell in August. Hell I only knew 3 of the 4 people on that cake. But it was awesome. 8/17
  9. I attended my first official open house and school book fair, as a parent. o.O I finally bought my son a Recaro Car Seat, w00t! 8/20
  10. I bought supplies to start a hobby of soap making. 8/23
  11. We went to the beach twice on complete opposite sides of the island. I hate the beach. But I had fun. 8/23-24
  12. I attempted to body board and ate shit failed, but it was TONS of fun. 8/24
  13. Best one, I had my son for the last 5 weeks. J. always had an excuse ….. reason ….erm…. screw it, he was always too busy to pick him up. 7/20-8/28

I write it out it seems like I had on hell of a busy month. I guess I did, it went by pretty fast.

Thursday Thirteen #5

5 12 2007


13 Amazing things that happened to us this week.


1.Playing in the most unsanitary mud pit. It’s been storming here and when the rain let up for just a little bit I decided to go out and play in the mud puddles with my son. Since it’s been raining he’s been cooped up inside. We had tons of fun, got really dirty and he seeked his revenge on me with the water hose.

 mud pit


2. Our trip to Oahu. It was for Short Stacks 4th birthday. Although we are prematurely celebrating a week early. This weekend he has opened my eyes as to how much he truly loves traveling. Everything from checking in to picking up our luggage just amazed him and he loved it.

Oahu Bound.


3.  We actually had tons of time to spare to check out the Waikiki Aquarium. I’m so glad we did. We spent a fair amount of the morning in there.  And the Clown fish really do look like Nemo. lol. Short Stack loves fishes and I’m sure he is patiently waiting for us to set up the fish tank again. But the fishes we say at the Aquarium were simply amazing. Not only that, but I got some great shots of my son. These being one of them.

here fishy fishy fishy

4.  Nothing beats sharing and being a part of my son’s favorite hobby, cars. We went to Hot Import Nights and checked out nearly every car at least twice. I found my beautiful dream car. A Nissan 240sx. It was gorgeous. Short Stack and I both wanted sit in it. 😦

Zoom Zoom

5. Then there’s also nothing like watching my son blush when meeting a girl that has taken his heart, KT SO! She really wanted to hold him and tell him Happy Birthday, but he turned instantly shy and hid his face. Regardless, even though he was so speechless he didn’t like passing her table without say hi first.

Kt So

6. I didn’t think I was capable of it, but since there was no other kids in there – being that it was 8am – I played in the McDonald’s play place. Please don’t ask how hard it was to get in and out, but let me tell you it really smelt funny.

Playhouse fun

7.  Nothing beats capturing Kodak moments of The Beau torturing our son while he sleeps. Come on you can’t say you don’t do that too.


8.  So I may not believe in him. And I may not have the greatest imagination to keep up with my son’s imagination about Santa, but if his heart is really there and it keeps that sense of imagination, mystery, and excitement in his heart and eyes then I guess I can’t hold back Santa from him. I couldn’t help but become as excited as Short Stack  was to see Santa. It was like making my son’s dreams come true. He was antsy, anxious, excited, scared, and curious all at the same time. He made me want to sit on his lap and ask for something. I didn’t realize this, but my son made sure that guy knew where he lived, what he wanted, his name, how to spell it, and if he forgot to call my cell phone for directions. I wonder if Short Stack gets that paranoia of forgetting from me? lol.


9. Even though I didn’t get to watch the game because we went to the car show instead, University of Hawaii is undefeated. They beat Washington, which I thought was a miracle because the last I heard of the game the score was 28 – 14 in the 2nd Washington in the lead. I really thought UH was going to lose, but damn they pulled that miracle out of know where.


10. In one day we accomplished ALL of our Christmas shopping for practically everyone. And if we get any more gifts it will be for us. lol.


11. The sexist, degrading asshole from my work has left work for the rest of the year. I get to deal with his better half, JV. Sadly, I have to see him some time in January. But for now it’s a good thing.


12. I can finally start counting down till we are on our way to New York! I can’t wait to see you G-mama! Oh and you too G-papa. lol. But to bring Short Stack to finally play in snow, go sledding, ice skating, watch the ball drop, and tons of things more. I can’t wait.


13. On top of having an already amazing week already, this is the week I actually get to reminiscence almost 4 years ago being completely bloated and being the most anxious and impatient pregnant person in the world. Waiting for the day that I finally get to hold my beautiful son in my arms. Hear his first ear bleeding scream. Kiss his gorgeous head. And FINALLY be a mom. Though this was the hardest week of my life waiting for him, it was the most valuable learning experience I’ve ever had and has been ever since.



Thursday Thirteen #4

29 11 2007

Thursday Thirteen

13 Horrible Gift Ideas

Atleast I think they are horrible gift ideas. Some from personal experiences, I’ve been the receiver.

  1. Real life baby dolls. Ummm WTF? Even when I was growing up I didn’t see what was so great about having a doll that pees. Don’t we all get enough of changing diapers and feeding babies as it is?  
  2. Baby Pals for DS. This also goes along the lines of #1. Is this their form of teaching kids how to take care of children? Or is it teaching them that baby’s are like pets? I don’t know, but once again really retarded.
  3. Loud toy guns. I don’t know the exact name for it, but I’m sure you know what I mean. The damn toy guys that when you shoot there’s that LOUD screeching laser sound. On the box it says it’s no louder than 20dBs, that’s a bunch of crock too. My son received one for Christmas last year as a joke to put me through torture. Regardless to say to this day I hate that man. Lol.
  4. The Hillary Clinton Nutcracker. Though funny and I will admit I wanted it the moment I saw it, but the novelty of it wore off the next second.
  5. Non-interactive toys. You know the toys where you just put in the batteries and just sit there and watch it. My son received a Thomas the Train set for Christmas last year. He though it was cool and I thought it would be fun. But lo and behold all you do is sit there and watch him bring “coal” from Point A to Point B and back continuously. If you dare touch Thomas while he was moving it would screw up the whole rotation and my son ended up hating it.
  6. Gift Cards for Fast Food joints. Nothing says you are at the bottom of my list like a gift card from McDonald’s. I’m sure they won’t be “lovin it.”
  7. Fruit Cake. Period.
  8. Cinderalla Toaster. Umm… hmmm. Not only does it toast your bread, but it toasts your bread with Cinderella’s slipper on it. Nothing says tasty like burnt shoe on your bread. Did I mention it plays music also? Uhhh yea… I’ll pass.
  9. Socks. I prefer to buy my own socks. And besides you can get socks any time of the year. While Christmas is left to get those special gifts that you can’t get yourself through out the year. So please leave the socks out of it.
  10. The cheaper older version. I know you mean well. We all mean well when we buy gifts, but honestly to the people receiving they don’t see that. For instance you may get a wish list from your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc. on their list they are probably very precise as to what model and version of this gift they want. Without a doubt it’s the newest and most expensive. So let’s take for example Apple’s new iPod Touch and they want the 16Gb, but Goddess knows you can’t afford to buy that one. So you opt for the 80g iPod Classic. Sure that’s still a great gift and they will try to pretend they like it or not, but with some damn rotten kids they will probably scream at you for not getting the right one. So you might as well have gotten some completely different. Believe me, been there done that and that kid isn’t getting anything from me this year. Damn kid.
  11. Bratz Dolls. So for a while not it’s been the alternative to Barbie. Sure I wasn’t really into Barbie, but I don’t understand why some girls prefer Bratz dolls. Yet alone the make up kits. We are talking mini skirts, mid-drifts and more make up that even prostitutes are amazed. At least Barbie was sometimes a teacher, an astronaut, and even a veterinarian. All I see in Bratz are under dressed, piled on make up, snotty, dumb dolls.
  12. Gifts with messages. I’m talking about those shirts with annoying messages on it. For example, “Baby in the oven” with the arrow pointing down. Take it from me, pregnant women will not find that funny or sweet. It’s tacky and ugly. I’m sure these make great gifts for people under 16. This has happened to me.
  13. Gifts you actually want. Now I’m talking about those gifts that you actually want, but buy for someone else in hopes that the person receiving it won’t want it and insists you have it. Now that is just down right dirty and shameful. Might I add pathetic? This has also happened to me.

Thursday Thirteen #3

14 11 2007

13 Quotes I love.

 In no specific order. I was going through a lot of my old things and found random scribbles of mine. These are some quotes that I have found some meaning in through the years and some I just kind of found funny. Believe me I have way more than 13 sitting around at home. But these are just 13 I randomly picked out. Maybe one or a few of them will strike you. Each holds some meaning to me. Each I have applied to my life in some way or form. And maybe each will give you a little better understanding of the person I am.

1. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

2. The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in you life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. ~ Euripides

3. The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its’ children. ~ Dietrich Bon Hoeffer

4.  Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. ~      Blaise Pascal

5. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein

6. Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor

7. The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous. ~ Anna Quindlen

8. Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything. ~ Frank Dane

9. If you can’t sleep then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep. ~ Dale Carnegie

10. Live well, it is the greatest revenge. ~ The Talmud

11. Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common. ~ Dorothy Parker

12. Dreams are the touchstones of our character. ~ Henry David Thoreau

13.  We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is something today.  ~           S. Tauscher


Thursday Thirteen #2

25 10 2007



13 Things You should do when visiting Hawaii.


1. Spend the day at the beach. I’ve met tons of tourists that come for vacation and didn’t spend a single day at the beach. Plan for a whole day at the beach. Nothing beats relaxing to the sound of the crashing waves, the feel of the warm sun on your skin, taking deep breaths of unpolluted ocean breeze, and watching girls/guys run around half naked.


2. Go snorkeling. You can do this on almost any island, but Kauai is known best for its off shore snorkeling on the South Side. You really don’t have to go out far and its simple. Within 100 feet of any beach in Hawaii there is a snorkel gear shop. It’s cheap to rent and its really relaxing too.


3. Try local restaurants. Please you can get your McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc back at home. You go to a new place try NEW foods. Yeah, it’s nice to eat out at the nice big restaurants here, but it’s no different than any other 4 or 5 star restaurant back at home. Eat some Lau Lau, Kalua Pork and Cabbage, Loco Moco, any fish here because it’s caught right here at home off the shores of the islands, Poke (Ahi or Tako).


4. Go to a Luau. Sure they can be over hyped, but its great entertainment. Practically every hotel in Hawaii offers a Luau and if they don’t then your hotel can refer you to any great Luau on the island. It also give you a great chance at doing #3, new foods.


5. Fish for your own shrimp. If you love shrimp you’ll love the North Shore of Oahu. There is a giant shrimp farm in which you can go pick your own shrimp, yes it’s alive still, and bring it over to the restaurant and have it cooked to your order. Now that is Fresh!

 6. Watch the sunset and/or rise. It is absolutely beautiful to watch that beautiful sun rise and set on the horizon. With the ocean and the sky it looks like time goes on forever and it’s just you in the world. Absolutely peaceful.

7. Go hiking through the trails and/or to a waterfall. You can do this on any island, but Kauai has the greatest trails and the most beautiful waterfalls. Kauai also has the waterfall where Jurassic Park was filmed on the East Side.

8. Swimming with the Sharks. On the North Shore of Oahu at Haleiwa Boat Harbor you can take a boat ride about 3 miles off the shore and jump into the clearest ocean and of course swim with the sharks. Granted, there is a cage protecting you and very qualified people to take you out. I’ve done and I loved it.

9. Mardi Gras of the Pacific. If you are here on Halloween then Maui is your island for partying. Take a drive to Lahaina and experience the party of the year.

10. Go ATVing in our backyard. Nothing beats some mud, the wilderness, and mean ATV between your legs. Kauai is the real country backyard of the Pacific. I took my boyfriend for his 22nd birthday and he loved it.

11. Feel the different energies of each island. If you are really in tune with yourself, enjoy meditating, yoga, and very spiritual each island holds it own energy. When you stand on the beaches barefoot and just focus on your surroundings you can feel the different energies of each island. It can be very a powerful feeling.

12. Look at the stars. Of all the places I’ve lived, out of Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, and Vegas, Hawaii is the only place that no matter where you are at at night you can see the stars as bright as day. It’s truly one of the most beautiful things here. At least that’s what I think.

13. Slow down. I know that sounds weird, but in Hawaii they have this weird saying “Hawaiian time.” It’s totally weird, but makes absolute sense. People here are very relaxed and kicked back. There’s no need to rush anything, just cruise. Toss the cell phone, forget about work, screw the people that are dragging you down. Just relax, don’t rush everything. Because it’s rushing that you forget to stop and take in the true beauty of Hawaii.



My First Thursday Thirteen meme

18 10 2007



13 Things I Say Everyday


1. “Please don’t stick your fingers in your mouth. I know your hands aren’t clean.”


2. “For Pete’s sake please wash the dishes already!”


3. “I wonder what will happen if I. . . . . “


4. “Please take your hands out of your pants.”


5. “No sweetie that’s not what she said. . . . “


6. “Please stop licking me I’m not a (insert something you suck or lick)”


7. “That is so not kosher.”


8. “Honey, please buy me (insert some ridiculously expensive item here)”


9. “No we aren’t gangstas we’re ninja pirates.”


10. “Uhhhh, No.”


11. “I don’t care about the 10 second rule, don’t eat the food off the ground.”


12.”I don’t care if so and so has it, I already said No.”


13. “I love You.”


You’d be surprised who I say these too. Believe me it’s hardly ever my son. Except for the last one. I tell him that nearly ever 10 minutes.