28 September 2006

Evening sky

Evening sky
Originally uploaded by foodchronicles.
As the sun sets on another evening this week, I am still working through a patent application. I am buried to say the least. So enjoy my view of the Arizona sky from my little part of the world. Well, not the California sky I see currenlty, but my future evening sky. See ya in a few days. Please be patient.

I wish it was something as fun as what s'mee did a few days ago. Hoever, not! Just working on important paperwork.

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19 September 2006


calm river
Originally uploaded by foodchronicles.
is one of the many rivers we found in Idaho. I was amazed at the amount of water in Idaho. Being a Californian I always assumed that since we were near the beach, we had lots of water. The occasional man mades lakes seem to be more of a humidity nuisance than anything. The beach always ruled for us.

Then we went to Idaho on a portion of our vacation. Wow. I could not believe it. Everywhere we went there were lakes and rivers. The scenery was beautiful.

The picture shows the calm side of the river. So serene and inviting. Then you cross over the bridge and see this:


That is a lot of water! What a fun place to play.

Monkey Rock

This is what the locals call Monkey rock. On any given summer day you can find an assortment of young people splashing about and getting nearly drowned. It looked like a blast! Idaho kids have all the fun.

After the water goes over the falls this is where it goes from there:
some kids have all the fun

In my best John Candy voice I say " Beautiful scenery, beautiful!"

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18 September 2006

The worst part about being a grandparent...

is that I don't have a wallet as big as Texas. Thank goodness! My granddaughter would have tooooooooo many things! Why? Because of places like this:

Baby Gadget. They show these kinds of things, just to entice me to buy! And to think I'm going to have another one in March! Oh My!

or this:

Go to Baby Gadget and buy stuff! Maybe it'll all be gone when I go there again. Please!

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17 September 2006

News Flash!

After 60 minutes tonight the new Amazing Race is on! Yay! Yay!

So don't call me everyone. I'll be consumed by TV tonight. Any other time I take calls. But not during Amazing Race. Unless, of course, if someone is bleeding or worse. Join me in watching the best hour of tv worthy of your time. Most tv isn't, but the Amazing Race is!

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14 September 2006

Complete the thought...

Never again in my life: will I let anyone hit someone I love. Not even spanking, thank you.

When I was five: my dad left my mom and brother for dead, me, he just ruffed up a bit.

High School was: Less than fun, as my parents moved from the beach (and the hottest guy ever) to a farm town my sophmore year.

I will never forget: the sound of my brothers voice the last time I heard it.

I once met: a guy whose uncle is Melvin Dummar (google it).

There’s this girl I know who: who could put her fist (to the wrist) in her mouth. She is now a quasi-famous (Broadway) opera singer.

By noon I’m usually: awake. I've been up for hours, but by noon I'm finally awake and personable.

Last night I: stayed up too late thinking about projects to do on Saturday.

Next time I go to church: Not counting tonight, Saturday evening, then Sunday too.

What worries me most: Is that politicians will continue to fight over the minutiae while us working class folks become less and less secure.

When I turn my head right, I see: a view of the front lawn.

When I turn my head left, I see: My latte colored wall with a couple of pictures hanging on it.

You know I’m lying when: I keep talking incessantly about the same thing. It's like I;m trying to convince you. In my mind I'm screaming to myself to just shut up!

If I was a character written by Shakespeare, I’d be: tragically in love with the wrong guy; my true love having died a horrible death from mistaken identity.

By this time, next year: I should have a bricks and mortar home built in Arizona!

A better name for me would be: Half. (I'm part of a trio of sisters, our last name being wit. My sisters, nit and dim.)

I have a hard time understanding: Why people gamble with their own money. Who likes losing hard earned money?

If I ever go back to school I’ll: I'm majoring in chocolate.

You know I like you if: I find some way of touching you. Whether it's a light tap, or a hug or just a quick brush of your shoulder.

Darwin, Mozart, Slim Pickens & Geraldine Ferarro are: dead.

Take my advice, NEVER: think you can't drive a car with a clutch. Everyone can, given some alone time with the vehicle, far away from where they really want to be. Oh yeah, and you can't have a cell phone to get someone to help bail you out of the predicament.

My ideal breakfast is: A dutch baby pancake, three thick pieces of maple bacon, 4 ounces of grapefuit juice, and some really toasted bread with butter dripping from it. If I can't have that, just a quick scone and a hot chocolate, please.

A song I love, but do not have is: The Twelfth of Never by Johnny Mathis.

If you visit my hometown, I suggest: you send me pictures. I have no idea what it looks like. I was born and we moved away three months later. Never been back.

Why won’t anyone: build a car that runs on water. It's been invented. But no one will mass produce it.

If you spend the night at my house, DO: make yourself at home. What's mine is yours.

I’d stop my wedding for: to wait for my brother to return from Australia. In fact I did. I waited almost a full year.

The world could do without: Bed bugs, after reading that recent article in the New York Times I have serious concerns about ever staying in a hotel again.

I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: creepy. Nothing. I don't even want to lick the belly of a cockroach.

My favorite blonde is: 4 non-blondes

Paperclips are more useful than: I can't think of anything. I guess because I'm biased against paperclips, I really don't like them especially those big ones.

San Diego means: home. My childhood. The Zoo. When I was a girl you got in free if you were under the age of 16. I went every weekend with my brother.

I stole this from my friend RTG You can steal it from me! I'd love to read your finishes.

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10 September 2006

Not this time. Never forget.

September 11, is not about me. It's about them. 2996 is a collaborative effort by volunteer bloggers nationwide, possibly worldwide. There are 2996 bloggers who have comitted to remember and blogging about one victim of the 9/11/2001 attacks on the world trade center. 2996 blogs are a lot to visit. A lot of reading to do. A lot of pain, and remembrance to consider.

I remember as a young girl my mother would always pause on Dec. 7 of each year to remember. Pearl Harbor day. Now it is almost a forgotten memory. I am not sure many people under the age of 20 could tell you the significance of the date. It was a horrifying event. One the nation hoped would never happen again. But it did.

Sept 11 must live in bright and vivid rememberance for each of us. We must remember the sacrifice made, the heroes killed, and the lives lost. We must each, in some way, remember the horror of the day. Maybe, just maybe, it can unite us. Not against a common enemy, but for each other. Instead of the "me first" mentality, we could begin to adopt a more genteel manner, a willingness to let go and let someone else be first this time. Open a door, assist with someone in need, look into the eyes of those you interact with on a daily basis. Maybe we can quit objectifying people and see the human being inside each of us and extend a bit of love to one another.


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02 September 2006

Check the blog descriptive, it's changed.

Everything you wanted to know, and then some.

ME-MEME... Like the description says...

All you ever wanted to know about little ole me!

1. How often do you blog? At least thrity times a day. I live for comments and it just makes my day when someone does leave a little something. ;-)

2. Online Alias: AIM: momrules411 (whatelse would I be known as except information mom?) However, I am not ever on AIM. Sorry if you IM me there and I don't answer. To the rest of the world i am either TMG or chronicler.

3. Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew? Oh yeah. Sometimes I just cannot hold my mouth. It makes me crazy when people allow an injustice to continue.

4. What do you do most often when you are bored? I don't have time for bored. And, you know what they say... "If you're bored, you're boring."

5. When bathing, which do you wash first? I'm a top down gal. Shower hits the head first and it's soap bubbles from there! I know some of you must be screaming TMI! TMI! right about now. heh.

6. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight? definitely. anyone who has children has done this several times.

7. What color looks best on you? I'm a red person. Especially at parties where my sis will be. We usually both show up in a shade of the same color and then become the entertainment.

8. What’s your favorite drink? Silly as it may seem - ice water. What better, more refreshing drink can you think of? I love it. Especially at 6 in the morning.

9. Do you believe in heaven and hell as a real place that each of us will go to after death? For certain. Hell is commuting and heaven is where my cats live - my house. Seriously, I believe there is definitely life after death, and we will answer to our creator. We then will decide if the next life will be supremely awesome or we spend it in regret because we know how disappointing we have been to ourselves. That is, to put it in very simplified terms. There is a plan and we agreed to it.

10. Do you find that you have more online friends than offline friends? Not especially. I do have friends I have made online, that are great friends, we're just geographically challenged.

11. What was your favorite subject in school? Languages. I was a Bank of America Language Scholar speaking French german Spanish and doing a bit of signing. Today I can still understand a lot of each but my conversation skills suffer as there is no one to converse with in a foreign language except my #3 daughter. Her and I still speak a bit of french to each other. I also liked to run. I ran around the globe in high school if you count how many miles I did around the track.

12. Are you a perfectionist? If I was, I'd still speak three languages.

13. Do you spend more than you can afford? Never. My sister taught me something about money once. She said if money can't buy happiness, then let's spend it. It has become my mantra. I spend it when I have it and I'm happy with the life I have. Money is not a factor in my happiness.

14. Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have love before? That is such crap. My sis in law loved and the love of her life died very early in their marriage. She has been eternally sad ever since. I think sometimes she would have rather spent her life alone than in a constant state of wanting.

15. Do you consider yourself creative? Yes. In a wierd way though. My sense of humor is one of my most creative things. I love to laugh and find humor everywhere.

16. Do you give yourself the credit you deserve? Probably not.

17. Do you donate time or money to charities? Of course. I am just beginning to work on beginning a new charity in our community. They do not have a chapter here and I want to get it started. So that will be next. Their name is Shoes That Fit

18. Have you recently done something that you’ve criticized others for doing? Heck yes. Don't we all? It's so easy to do and I kick myself a lot because of that horrible trait. I am trying to quit and hope I can answer this question better in the future.

19. What’s on your mind? Three daughters in three states all growing in ways that are amazing. I think of them almost all the time and cannot believe what icredible people they are.

20. Say one nice thing about the people you are going to tag!

Well, Lisa totally tagged the group (because she's so smart and witty, and we all go to her place first!), so maybe I'll step outside the comfort zone a bit and reach out to someone new.

Kimis the most amazing artist with illustrator I have ever seen. I look forward to her Illustration Friday with baited breath each week.

Susan is the brightest music lover ever. Her take on the indie music scene is awesome. I love her stories about her family and the fact that she lives in hunka hunka city doesn't hurt either.

Janet is the pinkest girl I know. She lives in the LA area and I'm living a portion of my life vicariously through her. She's young, fun and a talented budding phtographer.

Last but not least is a newcomer to the blogging scene. Drum roll please........

the 3rd Sister has just started blogging. I am looking forward to reading her and seeing her grow online. She's a bit unsure on what to write so this should help her get into the scene of it all. Oh, and BTW, she's related to me too!

If you haven't been tagged by me, but you want to do the meme, go for it! Let me know and I'll add a tag for you.

Love ya, see ya!

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01 September 2006

Public Service Announcement

In the last week I have had the opportunity to see a couple of really good movies.

I recommend you go rent Akeelah and the Bee if you haven't already seen it. It was uplifting and an overall feel good film. It's recommended viewing for everyone.

Then jsut this evening I chose to go to a movie at a theatre. We decided to see a movie I had not seen advertised. It is called The Illusionist. It stars Edward Norton. I am a fan of his acting abilities (you see he was in the Italian Job) and so I chose to see this film on his merit. WOW! Great film. Yahoo users gave it a B+ I'll add my A grade to their B+ and recommend everyone see it. It is well done and has some very good twists and turns. And best of all - it's a love story.

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