Skills that are used once a year

Posted On October 30, 2009

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Once a year, I get to use my make up artist skills.  This year, we are going to a party the day before Halloween and then going out on Halloween, so I get to use my skills twice. 

This morning, I added antenna to a butterfly.  Tonight, I will make two people look dead, and make a half-angel/half-devil child.  I am looking forward to it.  Its been a long time since the last time I did this much theatrical make up.  Those years in theatre are finally paying off…

DDS: Dentist or Butcher?

Posted On October 29, 2009

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Bear and I went back to the oral surgeon today.  They can still do nothing for him and he is in pain because the living bone is exposed.  I will never ever again ask anyone ever to go to the dentist!



You decide…

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Okay, I am listening…

It’s Tuesday again.  Time for some random updates, funny quotes and to go see Keely.   But, not if you are a Zombie with the swine flu.  She will have to shot you and won’t appreciate it one bit.

* Bear’s mouth is still hurting.  He has pulled out three more pieces of bone since last Tuesday.  I really hope he has a jaw left when he is finally done with all this nonsense. 

* Since he has been so sore, he tends to eat soft foods.  And cereal because you can soak it a bit so it is not so crunchy.  He mentioned that he liked Boo Berry cereal, so I went on a hunt to find it.  I struck out but, I called in reinforcements.  I called my Mom and my cousin (who works at a grocery store).  My Mom managed to snag some for us.  And my cousin bribed a stock boy to get the last of the Boo Berry set aside for us.  Thanks everyone!! He has been eating Boo Berry everyday.  Its a step up from Apple Jacks, truly.

* The Show and The Tyrant went outside to play in the leaves.  The Mother Hen joined them and they buried The Tyrant until you could no longer see her.  Then, Bear went outside and sat on The Show and they buried her.  This was followed by an all out leaf fight.  Several hours later, The Tyrant started to freak out, “There is something in my eye!  It hurts!  It HURTS!!!”  I tried washing it out, I tried using air and nothing came out.  She still said it hurt.  Using a rag in the corner of her eye, I managed to dislodge a small piece of leaf…

*  I want this book.  If only for entertaining myself when people try to argue with me.

* Yesterday, I was really grumpy.  My day started out bad and got worse.  I was frustrated, short-tempered and probably just plain mean.  Then, I got a phone call from someone I love who was dealing with a real problem.  Not like my petty problems about people arguing or bad drivers.  A real one.  It was my wake up call.  And I looked up to the sky and said “Okay, Universe, I am listening.”  I was karmically put back in my place, which I needed.  No worries though, the problem was solved with no tears, blood or drama.


Posted On October 26, 2009

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The girls and I made these this weekend.  Bear said to me, “You know, I really wish you would do more creative things with the kids.  I mean, your a great person and all, but if you really loved them, you would make the Oreo’s from scratch.”

Ode to Coffee

(This post is dedicated to the lovely Blissfully Caffeinated and her new addition, Baby Half Caff.)

I have loved coffee for a very long time.  I think it started when my mom would let me share her flavored coffee with her in the winter time when I was a tween.  As a teen, I became a coffee-house regular and an all out junkie. 

I love the smell of fresh ground coffee and love to just smell coffee brewing.  I still drink coffee on cold winter afternoons.  A warm cup of joe will help me get to sleep, if I am having trouble chilling out before bed.  Bear thinks I am nuts because he could not have coffee that late and then go to sleep.

I am not sharing my coffee love with The Mother Hen and The Show.  I don’t think we would survive the hyperness if we let The Tyrant have it just yet.  But, I hope to pass on my love of coffee to all three of them.  Because for me, coffee always smells like home.

Spin Cycle: Recipe Exchange

Posted On October 22, 2009

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I am posted The Tyrant’s all time favorite recipe.  All you have to say is “Ging-”  and she shouts “GINGER BREAD WAFFLES!!!!!”  Its a winter time favorite in our house and I got the recipe from Rachael Ray.


3 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I always add a little extra cinnamon)

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, eyeball it

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 1/4 cups milk

1/2 cup molasses

1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, plus some to butter the iron

Syrup, whipped cream or fresh fruits for topping, to pass at table

Preheat waffles iron.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar until fluffy, then beat in pumpkin, milk, molasses and melted butter. Stir the wet into dry until just moist. Do not overstir the waffle batter. Brush the iron with a little melted butter and cook 4 waffles, 4 sections each. Serve with toppings of choice.

About that…

Dear Mom and Dad,

Remember all of those times when I was a teen and you gave me advice that I didn’t follow?  Remember how you always had to pick up the pieces after I went head strong into a situation that you knew would end badly?  Yeah…  Sorry about that.


Your older, wiser, and not listened to by teens daughter

Random Tuesday Thoughts: The Wrong Mug!

* The last few days have been exhausting.  All I want to do is sleep.  I really hope I am not getting sick again.  But, if I do, I will make sure that I share my germs with the world, as the world has been kind enough to share its germs with me!

*Teenagers are great…  Now that there are two of them in the house, instead of one, life is nothing but rainbows, puppies and pleasantness.  Oh, who I am kidding?  Anyone know of a good military school?

*I can actually bite down again without crying.  I am pretty excited.  I may even eat something more substantial than pudding today.  Though, I will miss my all pudding diet.  Now, having dessert for dinner can’t be justified to three very observant children… <sigh>

* I grabbed Bear’s mug instead of my own this morning, accidently. I am going to be off for the rest of the day.  Both mugs feature pictures of us with the kids.  I am not a large Irishman…  I am a tiny Mexican/Scot.   My feet are too small to fill his shoes, but apparently, I can steal his mug without having to walk around like a clown.

Lazy Person’s Photo Essay

Posted On October 16, 2009

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This is me…

This is my tooth.

This is Bear’s jaw.

Thanks for visiting and view my photo essay.

Compensated Dating

Posted On October 15, 2009

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Have you heard about the latest trend in Hong Kong?  Its called compensated dating.  Girls are going on dates with men that they meet in chat rooms.  The dates typically involve sex.  After the dates, the girls get paid.  IF that is not bad enough, the girls and thier dates are not looking at is as a form of prostitution.

For the most part, the money is going to pay for material things, like designer clothes or electronics.  If my girls came home with designer clothes that I did not buy for them, I would want to know where they got it. And if I could not get a straight answer from them, I would keep looking until I found one.  I don’t understand how the parents of the girls in Hong Kong have missed this.

A wise woman told me just the other day, “A mother always knows when their kids are up to no good.”  I think this applies to dad’s too.  I know when the girls are hiding things like treats from each other.  I know when they are trying to pull a scam.  And I would hope that I would know something was up if they were doing something this crazy.

I talked to The Mother Hen about it.  This is what she had to say, “Oh my god, that is awful!  How can they not know it is fricking prostitution?!”  I think that lack of communication between children and parents is the biggest problem here.  I think they didn’t talk to their children about sex and how they feel about them being sexually active.

What do you guys think about all of this?  Do you have teenagers?  Do you talk to them about these things?

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