Monday, May 31, 2010

Road Trip






On my way to see Elizabeth in Denver Co. So far, I made it to Gallup New Mexico. My plan was to be there by tonight, but yesterday I kept stopping to take pictures. I have seen some beautiful, interesting sights. First was Montezuma Castle outside of Flagstaff Az, then Route 66 had tons of Indian trading posts and jewelery. I bought the kids souveniers from each stop, and got my mom some earrings. Got pulled over by a cop in Az for speeding, (good thing he didnt ask for a green card) got out of the ticket, then made it to New Mexico. I cried when I saw the beautiful mountains, then stopped in Gallup to a shady motel that wasnt worth the 40 bucks I spent. Oh well. It was all worth it. Oh and did I mention, I almost hit a cow, he came pretty close, then I took his picture and gave him an orange slice and sunflower seeds. I think he liked it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Recycle (at the Taco Shop)














This was an unexpected random sight. I dropped the boys off at Seans for the weekend in Riverside and Tom and I stayed at the beautiful Mission Inn. Along the way, we came across this taco shop/art house/randomness. Anyway, good thing I take my camera EVERYWHERE. Everything was made of used scraps of metal, beer bottles, bottle caps, etc.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Im an organizing fool

Yeah, what a mess. Gross.

















Then...
So much better. AWWWWW. There is so much room and I even color coordinated all Toms shirts, (can
you say to much time on your hands)Anyway, I have a whole stack of canvas's and paintings from when I was with Sean. Funny you can see one of an angel with her wings on fire, and one of a New Orleans grave yard. And then there are the ones with Tom, happy flowers, hearts, cheerful colors.... Obviously a totally different mind set. Anyway, I put them up in the closet because they dont really go with the house. I also found a drawing Sam did of me right before he died. I wish he could have finished it first. Sheesh. Anyway, Im done tackling messy closets for a few years.


Im a gardening fool







I want a Zen garden. My idea of a Zen garden is a fountain of some kind so I can sit outside and listen to the soothing sounds of water. I also would like an unlimited supply of Bamboo and shade, pretty stones, maybe a Koi pond, teak furniture, umbrellas that don't break off when its windy, and a hammock. I should add that I am the only person I know that can kill a cactus. I'm still not giving up, even though I live in a desert and cannot have Bamboo and a Koi pond, I do love sitting outside and reading. Lately, Ive been planting drought tolerant plants and doing little things to make my own Zen garden in the desert. Yesterday, I made friends with a dragonfly, he even let me get close enough to take a picture. The funny thing is, its almost as if he held still so I could get a clear shot of him and all his colorful beauty. This put a smile on my face, I have a thing for Dragonflies, and he made my Zen garden complete.






Monday, May 10, 2010

Going with the flow


In my 35 years, I have learned:

1. You cannot change the past.

2. You cannot help those who wont even attempt to help themselves.

3. You cannot change people.

4. Your children are there own beings, not what we feel they should be.

5. Motherhood is the hardest job ever.

6. Admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness.

7. For as many shady people there are in this world, there are twice as many good hearted people.

8. Just saying "I wish I would have"... is pointless, you didnt, move on, end of story.

9. Depression is anger reversed.

10. Family is paramount.

11. Taking the easy way out never pays off in the long run.

12. As my dear nurse friend Renee once told me, "Stop swimming up stream" its a lot easier to let go and let the pieces fall where they may.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Vegas baby!!!!















































So Gram along with Martin, her "friend" stayed in a timeshare for a week in Vegas. My sister and I grew up with Martin around Grams house a lot. He was her handy man always fixing things around her home, only we referred to him as Mr Chase. I'm not sure when he went from Mr Chase, to Martin. He and my Gram are road trip buddies, bowling partners, and they fight like an old married couple. However, Gram has always made it a point that Martin is a friend and nothing more. To be honest, we all accept Martin and no one would judge her otherwise if there was something more than a friendship. So going to one of the busiest cities in the U.S with Gram showed me another side of her. Gram can only be described as Classy. A very poised, polite, immaculately dressed, woman with old fashioned values, something that is so out of the ordinary in this day and age, especially in a city like Las Vegas. Watching her maneuver her way around the city via public transportation was amusing. She is so polite and sweet and everyone else just seemed to be in such a hurry, so impatient while she counted out the perfect change for our bus ride, people were rude and yet she stayed cool as a cucumber. She was challenged and kept her composure throughout the pushy people trying to cut in front of us in lines, the loud drunken mess standing in front of us at the Treasure Island show, the smokers that blew there smoke in our faces, the rude cabbie that didn't open the door for her. It all really made me kind of sad that people of her generation that work hard, are honest, and compassionate, aren't around anymore. She is such an amazing woman that I love and admire more than she will ever know. What a privilege to have grown up with such a role model.
























I also got to accompany Steveo on his first flight ever. He had the hugest grin on his face and luckily, had a window seat. We ended up doing the whole tourist thing, and I noticed he was a little homesick. He told me he was tired and couldnt wait to get home. Unfortunatley, we flew out of Burbank so it was a 2 hour drive from the airport. He has been sleeping most of the day.







Sunday, May 02, 2010

Who knew it would be this easy



This is the easiest wedding yet. (this is my 3rd you know) Anyway, its all coming along beautifully. I ordered the invitations, chose a beautiful location, have a super hot fiance, (who doesnt think my kids are that bratty) and a wonderful cake designer. So far so good. Now all I need is the caterer.