Saturday, September 29, 2007

My Head is Spinning

I love my kids very much and have a great time hanging out with them. However, tonight we had to go to four stores, it was raining, Lindsey wanted the phone to try and spend the night with a friend, Rachel wanted bubble gum and they were both constantly under my feet that I just wanted to scream. I need a hot bath, my book and total peace and quiet.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Her Name Was Lola

I write the songs that make the whole world sing........I LOVE BARRY MANILOW!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


This is an old riddle that my Grandpa Johnson told me.

There was a man in a funeral parlor looking down at someone in a casket. Another gentleman asked him if he knew who the man was. He said......

Brothers and sisters I have none..this man's father is my father's son.

Who is the man?????

Monday, September 24, 2007

Things I like and don't like to eat


Macaroni & Cheese
Hot dogs
Steak unless it is Filet(what a brat)
Not a big pasta fan
Pizza doesn't do anything for me
Tuna-only occasionally

Protein Shakes
Thai Food
Chocolate (M&M's)
Crab, Fish-any and all seafood. ( I do live in Seattle so it would be a sin not to like fish)
Eggs, Bacon & Waffles..I love breakfast foods anytime of the day

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Trivia

"Sweet....Dude". I'll have some fried rice..and then, and den, and den and den

"Do you realize the street value of this mountain"..I want my two dollars.

Song clip..what movie, "you must be kind , you must be witty, very sweet and fairly pretty". "many thanks sincerely, Jane and Michael Banks"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mrs. Van Winkle

Isn't that a great name for a Kindergarten teacher? Tonight was cirriculum night for Rachel's school. The teacher told all the parents that she had a very sweet class and that everyone was nice but they were all very loud. She said they were going to be a great class but they were all social and busy. Next month they go to a pumpkin patch and then have a carving party that night at the school. They will be seeing the Nutcracker in December and it sounds like they will be doing lots of fun things. They have Spanish on Mon & Wed. so I'd better brush up since I was the President of the Spanish club in high school however I was probably hung over at the meetings. All I have to say is....where did the time go????????????

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Major Adrenaline Rush

Well our Saturday started out peacefully and fun. Mike left in the morning for his guitar playing with Joe so the kids and I ran some errands and did grocery shopping. My mother in law, and two sister in laws showed up around 12:30 and we all went to lunch at Luca's (our favorite local authentic Italian restaurant). Around 2 Mike came home and we all spent the afternoon making two beautiful picture boards of Frank and all the family for the Memorial service on Wednesday. I broke out my creative memories kit which was helpful as we cropped, cut and rounded out a lot of the pictures to look nicer. Lindsey just watched a movie and Rachel helped as she gathered all the scraps to make her self a collection as she called it. About 5:40 Mike left for a meeting and we were wrapping things up. We were all standing in the kitchen and Rachel kept asking me to sharpen her pencil. The pencil sharpener is in the garage and we always have the garage open on the weekends. So anyway, I asked her to wait until we finsished talking. She came back a few minutes later and she had done it herself. Then, I was walking everyone out and I said, "Where's Rachel?". First we checked Aysha's house (her friend) and she wasn't there. We all went looking through the house and yelling but no Rachel. Outside we went, some on feet and Michele in her car. It was about five minutes later and I really started to panic so I knocked on all the neighbor's doors and had the whole block outside looking with me. At this point I was completely freaked out, crying and every senario in the book was running through my head. Finally I decided to call 911 so I ran in the house (yes my achilles is hurting like hell today) and I passed the hall closet. I had already looked in there as Lindsey and Charlene did as well. I opened it again and Mike's coat was in the floor behind the vaccum cleaner but this time I reached down to pick it up and felt my daughter's head. My first reaction was that of fear and anger and I sat there crying just right in her face telling her she could never ever do something like this again and when someone called her name she was to respond...yada yada. Then I just held her as she was crying hysterically and saying sorry mommy over and over. When I talked with her later she said she was playing hide and seek with her imaginary friends. These would be the friends that I have to hold in the grocery store:) I want my child to know it was wrong and instill in her that she cannot do anything like that ever again. However, the stress in my home lately has been kinda high and she is little so I don't know if she was just reacting how she could as she has never done anything like this before. Anyway, I can breathe a lot better today.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Excuse me....


God Bless you Frank

My father in law Franklin Phillips passed away yesterday and he was 84 years old. Frank was full of life and joy..always had that Irish smile on his face. He was so proud of his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren as he thought they were the most precious things in the world. He always told jokes, was pleasant, enjoyable and a true gentleman. I will miss him very much and so will Mike.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Laughter really is the best medicine.

Well today had to be one of the most interesting days at Precor. We have a gym in Atlanta that has not made a single lease payment for a year. So, last week we filed writ to possession and that gives the customer 14 days to pay us or the police show up and we take the equipment back. I guess we were behind the eight ball as we received a call this morning that the customer had been evicted by their landlord. Mind you this is a very large gym and completely outfitted with Precor. Our equipment got put out in the parking lot/alley. I spent six hours on the phone today with lawyers, policeman, fireman, storage unit facilites, installers, nice guys who were helping us, etc. By the fifth hour I was mentally exhausted and annoyed beyond belief. At that time I was on a call with our director, the lawyer, and a mover. Well I lost it big time!!! I put the phone against my leg and starting laughing so hard that it was insane and I couldn't stop. All the girls around me had heard me all day long so when I started laughing so did they and then I really couldn't professional but I couldn't help it. When I left work I laughed the entire way home and thank the lord for my personal trainer today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Don't eat old food

Okay I am the worst about throwing stuff out even when the date is the same day. However, Mike will eat crap that has been sitting in the frig forever. By mistake today I ate some edamame salad that had been in there for a week. Now I feel totally sick-stupid thing to do.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Last Day with Denise

Rachel has been cared for by my dear friend Denise since she was one. Denise, Dean, Ethan, Abby and Sierra have become her second family and their surrogate child. She has been loved, cared for, taught, guided and become such a sweet little girl under the care of Denise. Rachel will be starting Kindergarten this Wed. and I know she will miss the Opper family so much. Thank you Denise from the bottom of my heart for loving and taking such good care of what is most important to me. We all love you and your family.

Attached is a video Denise made for Mike and I last Christmas and I just cherish it. Make sure you have your sound on.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Love of my Life`

The sweetest thing that cares more about getting me ice for my achilles than a chocolate chip that is huge:)