Monday, November 28, 2011

Turkey Madness

Here's the quick version, just in case I get lazy down the road...

2:30 am Friday Morning :
Turkey digested after all are asleep....Lisa and I are watching infomercials....I had this bright idea that I was going to get me a pot belly pig as a pet. So cute....

8:45 am Monday Morning :
Googled Pot belly Pig... HELL NO! No way! I am not having a potential 90lbs piglet walking around my house, litter trained or not!

Something happens to your brain when you are having a good time with your sister...Neither one of us thought it was a bad idea at the time.

Disclaimer: I was warned that they do not stay small...If I am lucky, 50lbs...Nope.Nope Nope!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

To Infinity and Beyond

There are some doctors out there releasing a book, "Stuck Up" of things inside people.

Ok, this is just too weird. Really? Was Buzz looking for (a) Woody?

No !

Seriously? Bradley Who? Cooper...
Sexiest man alive?

No No No No

Ryan Gosling please ;-)

School Project

Amber made an A on her project!

I didn't get to snap a picture of the finish project but this is about 50% complete.
Amber and her friend made the stain glass windows. Not bad, not bad at all.

I tried to get them to do another building but they had their heart set on Westminster Abbey. I was hoping an igloo or something. hahahaha
She wanted to do it because of the Royal Family interest, ahhhh just like her auntie Thu;-)

(I remember Chi Tram's project in high school pre-internet days, on the international outfits across the world. I loved that project. Then I remember how Chi Trang made Sam Houston's house...WOW!) Wish I had pictures of those projects.

Anyways, it was nice to be able to bond with Amber.

Cat Lady...Nahhh Panther Lover...

How typical, Single, Forty and a Cat Lady...
Gee wiz....
But I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love her.
I can see she is getting older and so much nicer during her old age.
Don't get me wrong, be a guest at my house and you probably will get a whack or a hiss from her. But if she gets you alone, I think she will be nice. But God forbid, do not pet her! She can rub on your legs but ignore her, otherwise, you will gat a whack, whack...

She's more like a miniature black panther. I just love this feisty girl.
When I see her, I usually think of Penny too. How they use to play.
I know how Allie misses Penny.
I miss Penny.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ten things not to say to your "Child-Free" Friends

1. "When will you finally have kids?"
Once you have offspring, you want your friends to share the experience. But please don't loudly ask this question across the table at Thanksgiving dinner or at a baby shower. Although many people are happy to be childfree or waiting, the situation may be more complicated. A friend could be facing infertility, in the agonizing position of having a spouse who doesn't want children, or otherwise in a complex struggle over the issue. Bring it up privately with close friends, or wait for them to share with you.

2. "We always wanted to have a family."
If you use the expression "have a family" to mean "have children," you inadvertently send a message that people without kids are... family-less. Family comes in many forms: significant others, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors -- happily, the list goes on!

3. "I only invited other parents."
Having children is the norm, and people who are childfree can sometimes feel isolated or excluded. So invite us to birthday parties! Sure, there are some people who just don't like kids and have no desire to spend an afternoon surrounded by them. They can decline the invitation, and the rest of us will cheer when the birthday boy takes his first bite of cupcake.

4. "Are you hung-over?"
If you had kids when you were on the younger side, you may have transitioned abruptly from staying out bar-hopping to night feedings and Yo Gabba Gabba -- and years later, you may assume that we're still acting like our crazy twentysomething selves. But just because we don't have kids doesn't mean we aren't growing up.

5. "You're so lucky you get to sleep in/shop/travel."
We understand that you give up a lot to be the amazing parent you are -- and we do appreciate our extra cash and free time, and god, yes, the sleep. But too many offhand comments like this make us feel like you assume the reason we don't have children is that we're lazy, selfish, or shallow. The decision is never that simple.

6. "This must be birth control for you."
Parents often make this joke when their kid is being loud or persistent, and we understand it's because you're worried the situation is bugging the hell out of everyone around you. Don't stress -- a good friend understands that your kid is going to have a meltdown once in a while. We can take it. And, of course, a crying toddler is not actually a tipping point in our decision to have kids. We're not that shortsighted.

7. "Your dog/cat/parakeet is your baby."
Pets are a huge part of many people's lives, whether or not those people have children. But it feels like a consolation prize when you put it like this. That said, ask about my cat; I'm happy to pull up my latest photo of her adorableness.

8. "I can't die; I'm a mom."
During a recent brief terrorism scare in New York City, a friend said to me, "I have to get out -- I can't die; I'm a mom." We know you have someone depending on you in an unprecedented way, but there are people who love and depend on us, too.

9. "I'm sorry it's taken forever for me to call/email/text you back."
Don't start every correspondence with an apology. Your life is insane and letting us know you want to make time for us is appreciated. But don't stress so much: My life is busy too, and more often than not, I didn't even notice a lag.

10. "You wouldn't understand."
We know there are many things about parenting you will turn to your mom friends to talk about. And, honestly, with anyone other than a close friend, that's probably best -- I lose interest fast when someone I don't know well talks too much about their kids. But when we're real friends, don't let our relationship fade because you're afraid of boring us with parenting stuff. Just like we used to listen to you talk about your ex, we want to hear about what's important in your life now. And we hope you'll do the same for us.

Saw this on the internet and well, I like what it said ;-)

Spooky Thu-ki

Didn't feel like spending any money on my costume since I was treating, not tricking.

Had a toilet paper roll and bought some bad fake nails.
Why not?

Say hi to Snooki!

(An older co-worker did not know who Snooki was but complimented on my hairstyle. She liked the change...OMG!)