Thursday, March 29, 2007


This is spring break people! That means you're out 'til 11 pm, and up and running by 7:30am. We have 4 things planned - No break until 5 when everybody leaves. Then it's make dinner - so strike that. . . 7 pm you can have a breather. But for now drop your keyboard and grab your keys, it's GO TIME!

(Caity went to the Nuggets game with Dad and Friends last night, and now mom needs her coffee talk!) Ciao -CFD

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What is it like to sleep in?

No one told me that when you have kids you will never ever be able to sleep in ever again. Maybe when they are lazy teenagers. Well, can't stop to talk now, I've got too much to do! I'll try to use the photos (they say they are worth a thousand words!) on break to cut down on my wordiness. I'm off!

Friday, March 23, 2007


Ah, I feel better already. It's good that it's my break. I was about to take a swing at Olga. More to come after I've decompressed alittle.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

New Pet Peeve

It's not really new, it's just made it to my public enemy #1 this weekend;


Stop interrupting. Everyone! Stop it now!

I had babysitting co-op duty this Saturday. (This was after I met the worst interrupter I've encoutered in a long time at a party the same day.) So, I was trying to rid the dinner table of this annoying habit among the young'uns. Who ever talks the loudest, longest wins. Everybody else is frustrated and mad, and cries that no-one is listening to them. I was fighting an important, and obviously losing battle. (I didn't cry in the afternoon, but I did abruptly leave as I decided I didn't want to waste my time any more.)

I realize that it's because adults are as guilty or more of talking over each other constantly. It was called "stepping on" someone on the radio. (Pilot license, using the radio was as involved as flying the plane.) You only did it once or twice when you where very new and EVERYBODY would tell you - "let go of the mic honey, you Keep stepping on people." "You'll have to repeat that, 499 stepped all over you again." 1 or 2 of these publicly broad casted comments was usually enough to cure you of the habit but quick. (You see, it's very important that everyone is able to say their piece, and be heard. You have to take turns, or someone won't get the message to change altitudes before it's too late, or you passed your turning point because some jackass butt in again.) I need to find a way to carry this over into the mom pack.

Adults are always harping on their kids to take turns, share. Well, they don't get it unless you do it yourself. I need to come up with a program were we can rid the world of this rude behaviour.

Now I know we all do it sometimes, and that's OK. I enjoy a lively conversation as much as the next person. I'm even occasionally a "blurter". Sometimes I interrupt, but I've usually done it very intentionally. But, if you do it all the time, and it's just the way you talk, I need to Help you see the light! Right now I'm thinking a nice firm slap in the face, followed by a pointy fingered "don't interrupt!" Alittle more drastic than what I do with the kids, but if you haven't figured it out by the time your 30-something, it's just a bad habit that's not going away. . . If my 5 year old can get it, so can you!!! - Now if your wondering if I'm infering that it's you, DR (dear reader), I'm not. But, if sociopaths are 1 in 20, I think chronic interupters must be. . . well, must be STOPPED!

OK, #2. . .

(just kidding - I'm done.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"A mixed can of nuts"

Ed Ford - I must be getting old, I'm remembering like an old person; co-worker Ed once commented that the employees we got to deal with were "A Mixed can of nuts", these ones are yours, those are mine, but they're still all nuts" - and for the most part they ALL seemed to be.

One thing, BTW, that feminism unfortunately couldn't touch, is the fact that women are a bigger pain in the ass to work with than men. Maybe I'm wrong, but in my experience, this is a reality. I don't think I'll even bother ranting. I'll just leave it at that. Although it would be fun to make up nick-names for some of them.
I have an "Olga Sphincter", crossed with a Martyr. . . . I could call her what? "Our Olga of perpetual suffering" - nah, too long.
I have a "little Hitler"/Alzheimer's of convenience haver.

OK, I'm off to Regis tonight for an information session about the Masters of Ed with teachers license program. I'm looking forward to rush hour traffic after my day today.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

"5 Things I like about Feminism"

I can't pass this one up having been a Womens Studies major and all:

1. My daughters can play sports instead of being cheerleaders. Go title 9!

2. NO MORE PANTY HOSE. Bra burning was nothing! All hail the feminists and praise them mightily. Do you remember? Do you have mothers or grand mothers who still wear them always? I was just a 1/2 generation away from girls who had to wear dresses to school (with panty hose of course). If you could see your legs, you had to wear panty hose - gross!

3. Now that we are our own recognized consumer group, studies, and all the things that go with that. (The medical profession used to think women threw off the results, so they didn't bother researching them.)

4. Psychology - at least the REALLY ridiculous biases are gone. (Hysteria, Humunculus's, Penis Envy, etc.)

5. Not being considered property has to be in the top 10! I'm forgetting the obvious ones here.

6. GI Jane - I love that movie, I can't help it.

oops, I haven't hade a good feminist rant in a while, that was fun! Thanks for tagging me TZ!

Monday, March 12, 2007


It's the middle of the night. Abigail was coughing, crying, coughing, crying. I stumble in half asleep to check on her and WHAAAAH! There's blood on the pillow! - "House" flashbacks of people REALLY coughing up blood; Caitlin laying in Children's hospital all dull and listless unable to speak; Cody's little 7 year old friend who just died after just being diagnosed with leukemia; Tasheen's 6 year old daughter who died of cancer. . . . oh, it's a bloody nose. (A very slight bloody nose.) Refill the vaporizer and go back to sleep. Or not, because now you have some kind of hyper vigilant mom adrenaline coursing through your veins!

I'm up. So, TZ, I don't understand the TAG - how do I know I've been tagged? And you may not know what a meme is, but at least you apparently know what one looks like - I don't see mine. Here, I'll do MC's instead:

We had an "extra hour" of daylight today. How'd you spend it? Any regrets? If so, describe how you'd spend it differently, given the chance.
I woke up early and did my Yoga tape! Part of my new no regrets outlook on life you ask? No, I just got lucky and did something productive while you were watching!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Quality time with the family

Stuck home sick for a full week + 2 weekends! The staggered Caitlin, Abigail, Me, drill has got to go!

But , looking on the positive side, I managed to memorize every scene of Airbuddies and Zoom (which is pretty fun), primed and textured the family room ceiling (only painting left to go), several projects - back down to the basement (knock on wood) organized enough to pull out one at a time during spring break which is now . . . . . .

10 days away! , not that I'm counting.

I had a almost frightening but funny conversation with the Hub about the chosen paint color for the ceiling.

"You wanted the green" he starts,
"No", I say, "I wanted the blue".

Long pause. "YOU SAID, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda"
"No, I said yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah."
To make a long story short, I'm happy that he actually was listening enough to get it backwards, and in the end we actually wanted the same color. And all you SW know why it's scary, so I won't bother explaining.

New baby in the family - second cousin thrice removed?

Nolan Garrett Miller, aka "Cheeto"

and looket, I made a link!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Local Woman Throws Bowling Party

Today is Abi's bowling party - she's 5. Unbelievable. And I'm having all those crazy I want another baby feelings! Maybe I am on a different cycle than most. Aren't you supposed to want another one when your youngest is 2? And before your 42? Oh well, that's what Lily is for.

I'm going to cheat and do Martha's Blog challenge from last week, because "I too busy". . .
10 Favorites
Color: medium ash blonde - hahahaha
Food: today I'd like some Alfredo sauce and shrimp fettichini
Month: April! (spring break, 3 weeks long!)
Song: I've been running Woman in Chains, what's there name. . . songs from the big (therapy) chair. . . I can't remember. Don't know most of the words either, just humming
Movie: Little Miss Sunshine - watched it last night, loved it
Sport: skiing - I'd like to go skiing
Season: Usually winter, but today - SUMMER
Day of the Week: SATURDAY
Ice Cream Flavor: BandJ Chunky hubby
Time of Day: 10 am

9 Currents
Mood: Breathe smile and wave
Clothes: sweats, and happily cropped sweat pants - it's balmy out!
Taste: Constant comment tea
Desktop: new neverending slideshow from google
Toenail Color: ruby red, but just the tips because that was months ago
Time: 10am
Surroundings: tiki hut
Thoughts: Breathe, smile, wave
Wonderings: Why are the girls so quite. . . and should I go check

8 Firsts
Best Friend: Mike Hardin
Kiss: Mike Hardin
Screen Name: papaumamowmow
Pet: Pablo the neurotic dachshund
Piercing: ears - it was the 70's,
Crush: Lon Sears. Every girl in 2nd grade loved Lon Sears,
Computer: IBM, 429? does that sound right?
Home Location: still sitting in it

7 Lasts
Cigarette: wow, more recently than I care to admit, at least once this year, post social committee meeting
Drink: wow, longer ago than I care to admit, hehe - I don't know, probably wine at Bunko
Kiss: This morning in the shower ;)
Movie seen at the theater:
Phone Call: SAMS - I forgot to order the birthday cake!
CD played: Peter Paul and Mary, kids tape in the car. It's a classic
Gift received: A dessert cacti hothouse from the girls, (Grows them from seeds - 5 more days to see if that's true or not.)

6 Have You Evers
Dated One Of Your Best Friends: Yep, felt like kissing my brother
Broken the Law: Yes, I turn left out of the school (using my best judgement), and am proud of it
Been Arrested: nope
Skinny Dipped: all the time. . . 20 years ago
Been on TV: A few times, local news, standing around at events
Kissed Someone You Didn't Know: Yep. . . 20 years ago

5 Things
You've Eaten Today: Bagel, banana, tea, tea, cafe cookie
You've Done Today: blogged, answered emails, paid bills, laundry, bath, ordered cake, phone calls
You Can Hear Right Now: Kevin sanding the ceiling-ha, the stereo upstairs, a humming from the computer, nothing from the girls (scary!), that's it.
You Can't Live Without: family, friends, music, my car, my dogs
You Do When You're Bored: Impossible. Too much to do. And if you don't want to do what you have to do - well, you blog, breath, smile and wave~

4 places you've been today - upstairs, downstairs, basement, upstairs

SORRY - I'm done! - Ciao - ColleenO