Facebook, Blogs, & No Time

I joined Facebook.  Yep.  And I’ve neglected these blogs.  Yep.  Are the two related?  I think most likely.

Anyway, that’s not what I’m here to say.  Just a few thoughts to leave you with as I am not sure when I’ll be back.  I never do!

1.  My dad’s 55th birthday is tomorrow.  Only, he’s been dead for 3½.  Still … I plan to celebrate.  And cry.  Honor his legacy by making sure you are a registered organ donor.

2.  I rearranged furniture in my living room!  Remember what it looked like back in September-ish

Living Conditions

It now looks like this:

Rearranged

3.  In order to acheive such a look, I first had to do this:

Unexplained Wires of Technology

 

 

 

Man, oh man … this is SO not the same thing as untangling necklace chains.  I plan to simplify our lives my life by cancelling our DishNetwork … after this season of Lost is completed, that is.  (Chad made me promise.  Big baby.)  I can not STAND that mass of wires that is most likely an enormous fire hazzard!  Enough already! 

 

 

 

4.  We leave for Guatemala in 13 weeks.  Umm … what?!

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Must Read

Friends, you MUST read this latest book I plowed through yesterday.

It’s called Still Alice by Lisa Genova and it is BRILLIANT. (The Short & Sweet of it is: The main character is diagnosed at age 50 with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and you journey with her.)

I cannot say enough about this book. Please, please check it out from you library and spend some time with it. I whole-heartedly agree with author Julia Fox Garrison as she writes, “It will inform you. It will scare you. It will change you. You owe it to you and your loved ones to read this book.”

Now GO! Check it out from the library.

PS –>  If you do actually go and read this book, drop me a comment and we can discuss or something.  I’d love to hear others’ thoughts.

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Interactive Opportunity

I’m lonely.

Chad’s been on a q4 call month and tonight he’s working late out in Palisade.  So,

I need you.

Would you please leave me a comment with a movie title (or 6 …) that you’ve enjoyed.  Don’t worry about it being a “current” new release.  Almost everything is considered a “new release” to a family who doesn’t get out to the movies and spends family movie nights watching The Incredibles or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

HOWEVER, please spice up the list with some titles that are PG-13 rated or above.  Not that I don’t appreciate all the wonderful kid flicks out there … I’m just sayin’ … R-rated films don’t hurt me.  In fact, I’m craving ’em.

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So Boring

I used a bad word in my title.  My kids would flip if they read it …  Nevertheless, it’s true.  Because I post very few photos of my children on this blog, I find it utterly boring.  But that could be the appeal for you friends and family who are sick to death of my children.  ‘Nuf said.

So, here’s a photo of the cakes the kids and I made on Election Night.

Obama Cakes

Obama Cakes

My husband was, of course, on call … so we schlepped over to another resident family’s house to eat tasty treats and watch the states roll in.  Incredibly, we were popping open the champagne by 9:15pm!
Celebrating
And not that you really need a photo of me looking puffy and soft and aged and weathered, but there you have it.  Thank the heavens my husband loves me despite my appearance!
Notice the necklaces?—————————————————>
One is an Obama ’08 necklace I’ve been wearing since July.  It was a gift for my almost 83-year-old grandmother, (who supported Obama!) but she doesn’t wear much outside of her cross.  Gotta pick your important jewelry, I suppose!    
And the kid to the left is my youngest daughter.  That’s all you get to see.

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Lessons Learned as a Family

So, we adopted.  Without doing ANY research.    No hours logged on-line, digging for answers and information.  Nope.  Just fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants adoption.

We adopted a yellow bellied slider TURTLE.

We were told turtles are the easiest pet to care for.  We were told that her tank was the right size, the lighting was what she required, and the Walmart brand of turtle pellets provided all the nutrition she required.  And we believed what we were told without finding out for ourselves .  Hmmm, that’s a little scary…

Banana has been a member of our family for almost 5 weeks and it wasn’t until after we moved her tank from her home next door and set her up on top of my son’s dresser that I started to examine her living conditions.  Her shell size falls somewhere between a saucer and a dinner plate.  And her tank is 30″ x 12″ x 12″.  Her lighting is a basic aquarium light.  She didn’t look healthy.  So I started my research …

Banana's Back

Banana

I discovered that Banana belongs in a pond.  She should have access to water and an area that is out of the water with a temperature somewhere around 79°.  Her diet should include meal worms, dark lettuce, strawberries.  And of all the turtle pellets out there, the Walmart brand offers NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE to a turtle.  In all actuality, turtles should NEVER be sold as pets.  We don’t know enough about them and it is a crime that pet stores are allowed to sell these critters who don’t belong in a tank.  Basically, we adopted an abused creature and my heart broke into a million pieces that night.

 

Sweet Face

Sweet Face

 

I can really be an instant gratification kind of gal.  I wanted to fix the situation the moment I discovered all of this information.  It was almost midnight, my husband was at the hospital for the night, and I was participating in the slow demise of our stunning adoptee.  I cried.  I paged my husband.  And I handed the next step to him.

Chad got to work and found a tutle rescue outfit.  Turtle Homes matches turtles with an approved adopter — usually a herpetologist or scientist, or someone living in Florida who has undergone investigation and has a pond appropriate for these creatures. 

Our dinner conversation with our two older children was hard and heartbreaking.  Banana was our first pet and she had only been with us for a little over a week.  We all cried.  But they recognized that Banana needed to come to us in order to find a home appropriate for her.  It was a wonderful opportunity to foster lesson-learning as a family, filled with tears and reflection and discussion.  An important journey of growth that we, as a family, got to walk together.

Banana

Banana

 

 

We packed Banana up today and shipped her to Florida.  She will be missed.  But we know that we made the right decision and that we learned valuable lessons together.  

 

 

Godspeed, Banana. 

Adios, Good Friend

Adios, Good Friend

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Activities on the 31st

I really do have children, I just choose not to post their pictures on this site.  I don’t have pictures to share with you of my 20 month-old zebra, my 5 year-old vampire, or my almost-8 year-old mummy.  What I do have is a photo of how my mom and I spent our Halloween night after my kids begged for candy … (my husband was, of course, on call …)

This is absolutely one of my top 5 movies I would require on an island all on my lonesome:

Halloween Entertainment

Halloween Entertainment

I got started early this year … and if all goes well on Tuesday, I’ll put up our Christmas tree on the 5th in celebration of PRESIDENT OBAMA!!
Anyone else have celebratory plans for this week?!  Do share …

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Amendment 48

It’s official.  I dropped off our ballots this morning.  We voted and it felt good.

The Colorado State ballot has an amendment that CAN NOT PASS.  Amendment 48 is a scary attempt to define “personhood” from the moment of conception.  All rights, therefore, would be afforded to this person from that moment.  It begs several questions: 

First:          Do women who find out they are pregnant and then have a natural miscarriage undergo investigations for murder??  How do we expect to pay for this dramatic increase in homocide investigations nationwide??  Are our courts, district attorneys, police detectives, etc. staffed for this?

Second:     Do women need to apply for TWO passports if traveling out of the country while pregnant??

Third:        If “inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law” apply to the human “person” from the moment of conception, is the legality of birth obsolete??  If so, shall we create “Conception Certificates” rather than “Birth Certificates”??  Who will pay to update the computer systems?  Must a woman apply for a “Conception Certificate” when she purchases a pregnancy test?  Or will her physician be required to notify the government when her urine sample comes back positive for increased hormone levels??

OH, wait … my third point wouldn’t necessarily apply to a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered conceived “person”.  Our GLBT neighbors aren’t afforded equal inalienable rights as living, breathing, working, tax-paying adults!  My mistake, my mistake.

VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 48,

my fellow Coloradoans!!!        

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