Sunday, November 21, 2004

I made it!

My flights were both went smoothly. My secfond leg from Arizona to Detroit was the most beautiful flight I have ever been on. Above the clouds the whole way. Wonderous white fluffy clouds.

I arrived about 25 minutes early and caught mom off gaurd when I called to say we were taxiing in to the gate. It was a bit cool and misty/rainy, but it didn't matter I was home.

Gretchen met us back at the house and Erika and Jackson arrived a short time later. He was a little apprehensive of me at first but warmed up when he saw I was willing to crawl around on the floor, up the stairs and could fly him through the air higher up then the short people he is used to. He really is as cute in person as he is on the internet. And the camera certainly doesn't add ten pounds to him. Those cheeks are for real!

Saturday was a family reunion kind of day. In the morning I went with Erika to see Grandma Zynda and Lyle's Uncle David. It was so nice to see their faces light up when Jackson came in the room, they showered him with gifts and love and he swallowed it all up. Later at dinner is where I got to meet our newest family member Arn. Steph did good, not only is he a nice guy but he was reaslly good later when we played Catch Phrase. Dana and Jeff came and so did Aunt Rita. Mom's cousin Jeanette came and we realized we hadn't seen each other in about 20 years. I think it was my High School Graduation party. After dinner (Long John Silver for me, pizza for everyone else), Erika's friend Anna came and again someone I haven't seen probably since Erika's wedding (she was the Maid of Honor), and that was 20 years ago this year.

Today, Erika took her baby home and Mom and I ran a bunch of errands (even more than wer planned) and have arrived at West Branch. A nive leisurly dinner at Ponderosa (Ponderosa steak house! LOL!) and a quick visit to Walmart for a new vest pattern and here I am. Tomorrow we head off to my first casino stop and then back here on Wednesday for the arrival of Jackson and Erika and dinner on Thursday.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

All checked in and nowhere to go!

I am officially checked in and have my boarding passes in hand. Okay so their still sitting in the printer but I can grab them at a moment's notice. Everything at work is ready for me to leave it behind. 4 pages of sub plans with a detailed listing for what will be happening each day. Don't want any surprises scaring my sub away! The only thing ready at home is I bought a ton of pre-packaged food for Adam. Kathy is being so good on her watch it, and Adam eats 3-4 McDonalds chicken sandwiches after a practice, I thought he might need a little extra than what she cooks.

Last night I went to the hairdresser and got all dolled up (deep condition and straighten - till it gets wet), tonight I go make my fingers and toes beautiful. Then it's manual labor of laundry and packing deep into the wee hours of the morning when we leave the house at 5am. Yes Kathy I said 5AM. This time tomorrow I will be snoozin' in the air. I am so excited!

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

One Week Mark

I didnt want to take a chance and go a week without posting. Some readers get cranky when you do that. Happenings around my house have been plentiful, not all of a happy nature. I am getting ready to go on my fabulous vacation. I have everything organized at work and should come back to minimal to fix. The person that is subbing for me was the school secretary at Jefferson when Marisa was in elementary. So I am very confident that my teachers will be in good hands.

Marisa and Josh are going to Phillidelphia to spend Thanksgiving with his family. This is a big step in their relationship, I just hope it is in the right direction for them. Maybe they will realize it's not all peaches and cream to spend 24/7 with the same person all the time.

Adam is almost done with Fall Ball. His team has 14 boys and they are starting (now that the end is near) to come together as a team. He is also playing ball at school and has been doing very well. He has a 5th period baseball class (instead of P.E.) and has practices every other day until 5ish. On a sour note he has also developed something called Little League Elbow (we think) the closest Dr.'s appointment I could get is 23rd of this month, when I will be in Mi. but Kathy has agreed to take him. LL Elbow is a form of Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow. Found in kids who have over extended the ligaments and tendons in their elbows. Adam has always had a "good arm". He is perfect in Centerfield becuase he can make the throw to home without a cut off or a bounce. He also makes a great catcher (when his achilles tendon isn't hurting) because he can make the pick off throw to 2nd base. But now with this problem, it is possible he may have to take some time off. I know this will absolutely kill him. He swears he can learn to throw just as well with his left arm. I don't know how I can force him to take a break when he is finally where he wanted to be - High School Ball. But if I don't he may never make it to his next goal college baseball. He has talked about UCLA and USC baseball even Notre Dame once or twice (God knows his grades need to improve). I know I HAVE to but that doesn't mean it will be easy.

Needless to say, there is never a boring moment in our house.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

We did our part

California did it's part for the Democratic party. We kept our congressional seat and still have our house rep and local assembly member. We also have ok'd Stem Cell Research funding, DNA samples of ALL convicted felons and kept casinos out of our backyards. We had a whopping 16 statewide propositions, the most in many many years. There was a lot of things to remember, to think about and to make a decision on. And a lot of them ended up being very close. To the point of less than a million votes separating the outcome. So other than the rest of the nation letting Kerry down, it went ok out here.

I think that with all the vote or Die and Rock the vote, the young people were in it for the party while the party was going on, but actually going to a polling place and voting is not very partylike and not very enticing. Only 17% OF 18-21 year olds voted. That's disgraceful! Voting is your first really grown-up thing to do at 18.

As for one person saying this election put God back in the White House, that's ludicrous. God has no place in the White House. Let her be in the churches and synagogues and mosques
where she belongs. Whatever happened to separation? We condemn religion run countries and then try to force it down our own throats! Talk about a flip flopper!