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I am fresh out of blog ideas today.  I was perusing my great big book of blog ideas and came across a page that said “Just Confess!”  I wrote a blog post from the lovely Not a Mean Girl a couple of months ago, so I am going to recycle it for you guys, with a few added details! Away we go….

My paternal grandmother died nine years ago and at her funeral I almost tipped her open coffin over….take a moment to digest that. Now here’s the story….

My grandmother was a pet lover, just like me. I’m sure that’s where I inherited my need to have many furries around me at all times! When I was very little, my grandmother had an apricot toy poodle named Bianca. I don’t remember much about Bianca except that she always wore a “diamond” collar, was extremely yappy and I was always afraid I was going to get bitten!

When Bianca died, my grandmother had her cremated and she kept the ashes in a little urn on the bookshelf. Next to the urn she kept a little stone replica of Bianca in a little basket. Stone Bianca wore real Bianca’s collar and my grandmother made sure she kept a Milk Bone cookie underneath Stone Bianca at all times.

Flash forward several years to the funeral…..

There’s my grandma, lying peacefully, having passed away at the ripe old age of 95. Next to her side in the casket was Stone Bianca in her little basket. As I stood there saying my goodbyes, I found myself staring at the little stone figure and it suddenly became extremely important to me to make sure that Stone Bianca had a Milk Bone to take with her on her trip to the great beyond, so I leeeeeeeeaaaannnneeedd carefully across my grandma to lift Stone Bianca out of her basket.  In my defense, I had no idea those little fucking dogs were so heavy and I may have stumbled forward. Into the casket. The casket resting on one of those wheeled carts. Those collapsible, wobbly wheeled carts. Shit.

ROCK ROCK ROCK ROCK ROCK ROCK went the casket as time stopped. I watched in slow motion as the casket rocked back and forth threatening to topple over. Fan-fucking-tastic. I was about to see the body of my 95 year old grandmother toppled to the ground in a heap all because I had to look for a goddamn Milkbone. Really? Areyoufuckingkiddingme?

Fortunately, karma was on my side that day and the casket FINALLY settled back into place. I turned around and let out a deep breath, looking up to see both of my cousins looking at me with huge grins on their faces, trying very hard to hold back the gales of laughter I knew were threatening both of them.  I shot them both dirty, threatening looks – very scary since I am all of 5’4″ and they are both well over 6′ tall. Nine years later, they still this story every time we’re together. We laugh and clink beer bottles toasting Grandma and both of the Biancas. Isn’t that what family is all about?


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It doesn’t rain often in the Las Vegas area, but when it does the desert comes alive. Yesterday afternoon the skies opened up and it started pouring. LW ran to the window and started begging to play outside – no umbrellas, please! I want to get wet! – so I threw his sweatshirt hood up, slipped on his Crocs (sorry Miss Attitude) and off we went into the backyard. 

While LW and the dog splashed in puddles, I played with the camera. I laid on the patio, I switched lenses, switched settings and had fun seeing what Herb (after the late Mr. Ritts, of course) was capable of.  Wow. I got some great shots!  I won’t bore you with all of my raindrops falling on the ground and puddles, but these are a few of my faves….

OK, ONE raindrops in the rocks picture….I promise there won’t be any more!


Catching raindrops…


Ferns need love too!


LW dancing and praying for more rain!


The kid has mad rain dancing skillz because it is STILL raining. The backyard is covered with puddles, it is cold and the house is filled with the smell of wet dog. Maybe we’ll go have a little more fun in the rain today!

Happy weekend!

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Today was the awards ceremony at LW’s school to give kids their certificates for the second quarter’s academic achievements.  LW goes to a private Christian academy, so in addition to the regular awards, the kids also get awards for 100% memorization of their bible verses or passages and we sing a few “Praise Jesus, Hallelujah” songs too.  I stumble through the words and hope lightning doesn’t strike me where I stand for singing those songs.  There’s nothing worse than a hypocrite in a church!

*sidenote: I do believe in God, in fact I have a dandy relationship with the big G, I just don’t ever seem to make it to his house on Sundays. Oops*

Anywho, I digress…..this is about my fucking fabulous child and his awards, not my heathen ways. So I dropped the little tyke off in his classroom this morning – super excited because *I* was the one who brought him to school today instead of Mamacita. Then I marched over to the church and plopped down in a pew that would have a semi clear view of the stage when my shining star was up there.

In an hour and fifteen minute long ceremony, LW was on stage for ooooohhh, maybe 5 minutes. I took about 30 pictures and most of them had the head of the kid in front of me at the bottom of the frame. He wouldn’t sit still! Plus LW could see me with the camera and was not having any of my stalkerazzi biznass, so here’s what’s left…

“No! No more pictures! I want to be left alone!” img_9909

“I’m bored. Hey I can wave this piece of paper around or….I can go hands free!” img_9912_21

Finally, my shining star!


When all was said and done, LW ended up with two awards – Perfect Attendence and Perfect Citizenship. We missed a phonics award because of one goobered assignment and he is thisclose to A/B Honor Roll – no easy task when you are learning cursive handwriting in kindergarten! Maybe next quarter…..

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I got tagged for this over on Facebook by the one and only Citizen Janey. It’s a different kind of meme and a whole lot of fun!  It’s all about my first baby.

1. Were you married at the time?
Yessirree Bob!

2. What was your reaction when you found out you were pregnant?
I was so excited!

3. How old were you?

4. How did you find out you were pregnant?
We had been trying for a few months and I just randomly took a test and POOF!

5. Who did you tell first?
DigitalRob of course.

6. Did you want to find out the sex?
As soon as we could!

7. Due date?
September 1st.

8. Did you deliver early or late?
Two days early on August 30th.

9. Did you have morning sickness?
A tiny bit. I never threw up.

10. What did you crave?
Strawberries, pineapple and blueberries.

11. What irritated you the most?
That I was not allowed to exercise – even walking -at all.

12. What was your first child’s sex?

13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy?
25, but I retained so much water it looked like 60.

14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy?

15. Where did you give birth?
Summerlin Hospital

16. How many hours were you in labor?
Hmmm….we went to the hospital about 10 p.m., but I had been having contractions since about 2:00 in the afternoon. If we go by that…26 hours as LW was born at 4:04 p.m. the next day.

17. Who drove you to the hospital?

18. Did you take medicine to ease the pain?
As soon as possible, unfortunately that was not until I was almost fully dilated and they determined I would need a C-Section.

19. How much did your child weigh?
7 lbs., 7 oz.

20. What did you name him/her?
LW – Little Whirlwind (heh)

22. Who does your child look like?
People say both of us, but I think he looks like himself,

23. Did you get mad at your husband during labor?
Only when he looked at the contraction monitor and said, “Wow! This is going to be a big one!”

But it was all worth it. See? dsc00016

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Mamacita told me this morning that she had dropped a box of my old books off in our garage yesterday. After I took LW to school, I hauled the big ass box inside, nearly giving myself a hernia in the process, and brought it into the den. I opened the top and after inhaling a face full of dust and incurring massive lung damage, started pulling out diamonds and pearls, emeralds and rubies. With every cracked spine and weathered cover, I got more and more excited and nostalgic. 

Anne of Green Gables, King of the Wind, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and my favorite…Tailchaser’s Song. Along with those cracked and tattered covers was a set of hardback books with “Children’s Classics” embossed in silver on the bottom of each worn spine. My most precious possessions when I was nine or ten.


See the tattered covers? Oh how I loved these books…. *sigh*  They don’t have ISBN’s, they were published in 1954. The pages are a little brittle, but I was so happy to see them again. I need to make room on the shelves for them and for their companions.  

The whole list….in case you’re interested:

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  5. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  6. Five Little Peppers – Margaret Sidney
  7. King of the Wind – Henry Dennis
  8. Aunt Erma’s Cope Book – Erma Bombeck (I was a strange child)
  9. Traveller – Richard Adams
  10. The Winter People – Phyllis A. Whitney (I went through a mystery phase when I was eleven and I was soooo over the Bobbsey Twins, but my mom wouldn’t let me read anything more grown up. There’s a lot of Phyllis on this list!)
  11. Hunter’s Green – Phyllis A. Whitney
  12. Listen for the Whisperer – Phyllis A. Whitney
  13. Vermillion – Phyllis A. Whitney
  14. Snowfire – Phyllis A. Whitney
  15. Lost Island – Phyllis A. Whitney
  16. Sylvester – A.C. Crispin
  17. Fury and the White Mare – Albert G. Miller
  18. For Love of a Horse – Patricia Leitch
  19. Angel on Skis – Betty Cavanna
  20. The Ghosts of Now – Joan Lowery Nixon
  21. Anne of Windy Poplars – L.M. Montgomery
  22. Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery
  23. Anne of the Island – L.M. Montgomery
  24. The Blue Castle – L.M. Montgomery
  25. Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry
  26. Julie of the Wolves – Jean Craighead George
  27. The Secret Horse – Marion Holland
  28. Brian Piccolo: A Short Season – Jeannie Morris
  29. Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  30. Wanted: Date for Saturday Night – Janet Quin-Harkin
  31. Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
  32. Dragonwyck – Anya Seton
  33. Winter of the Owl – June Andrea Hanson
  34. A Wind in the Door – Madeline L’Engle
  35. Stephanie – Jack Weyland
  36. Tailchaser’s Song – Tad Williams

There were also a few comic strip books in the mix and a couple of children’s books that I will put on LW’s shelf.  For now, I’m dusting all 36 of these off and making room for them among my more contemporary friends because I like to mix the old with the new.

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The Digital family loves to hike. We don’t do nearly enough of it, but we do love to go out exploring nature. The other day DigitalRob was googling around the iPhone universe and stumbled on a really cool geocaching application. He bought it right away and started playing around discovering caches in our hood.  

We thought that might be a fun little adventure to try out, so we loaded some coordinates in the GPS and got ready for adventure. Scooby was on his leash with his nose pressed against the front door ready to go. LW didn’t want to go for a hike – until I told him we were going on a treasure hunt! We grabbed a Luke Skywalker bobblehead to put into the cache and hit the road! 

Out into the desert we went, LW reading the GPS like a champ – ok, maybe he had a little help from DigitalRob – and after about 25 minutes of walking through the brush filled desert, this is what we found…. img_9789Woo hoo! Treasure! LW was giddy with excitement when we pulled the rocks off the top.  Before I would let them open it, I had to preserve the moment for prosperity….. img_9788Yep, there they are, the brave adventurers and their trusty guide dog.

LW had to exchange his treasure for something new and …er, shiny…. img_9797Yessirree Bob. He traded that Luke Skywalker booble head in his left hand for a genuine glow in the dark rubber rat. *SIGH* It was either that or a rubber centipede. He wasn’t interested in anything else in the box.  Oh well, I guess boys will be boys.

This was a short hike, but we had tons of fun! I am already looking forward to geocaching our way through Park City this summer!

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Furry little fuckers.  

If you have children between the ages of fetus and fifth grade, you have probably had an encounter with the cute fuzzy little guys with the rainbow “W” embroidered on their paws. We haven’t just met them in passing, they are invading our lives! LW looooooooves these things and the magical allure of their website. At last count he 18 of the little fluff balls and would happily spend hours organizing their stuff and feeding them on their specially designed website if we let him.

The problem with Webkinz is not their cute fuzziness, nor is it the need to collect every last one f the little suckers. It’s the games on the website. I am addicted to the games. 



Yep. I said it. I cannot get enough of the games on Webkinz.com. I have lured LW in so we can play Zacky’s Quest for hunt for jewels in the mines. I have been known to log in after LW goes to sleep just to practice my mad skillz on Hungry Hog. Oy. They need something like this for adults….wait, they have it. It’s called Facebook!

Excuse me while I go read, watch a movie, fold laundry oh fine! I’m going to play Ant Mania! WHEEEEEEE!

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