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A Secret In The Hand. Or Was That A Bird? Whatever.

Just when I wonder…”what oh what will I write about now?” the fabulous Everyday Mama comes up with a blog-hop that really makes me think! Because, I have shared so much here, are there really 25 things you DON’T know about me?

Digging as deep as I can…Here are (I hope I can get to 10, but trying for) 25 things you don’t know about me:

  1. Every other first born female in my family (going back generations) had twins. I am that ‘every-other’ generation and I am the first born female. I do not have twins. Although I did marry one!
  2. My first job was in a tropical fish store. I was 13 and I gave the wrong change. The guy called me a thief and the owner convinced him it was just a mistake. I cried. After that I just cleaned tanks.
  3. When we played ‘army’ in the neighborhood I always volunteered to be the nurse.
  4. In fourth grade I was teacher’s pet.
  5. In fifth grade I was ‘put up’ to sixth grade the first week of school. (yea, I skipped a grade)
  6. My dad taught me to ride a motorcycle at age 9. My first bike was a blue Honda 70.
  7. Even better, he taught me to bait a hook and fish at age 5.
  8. There is only one thing I hate about SoCal: The lack of river fishing. I need some rushing water. STAT.
  9. I went snowshoeing with a youth group in junior high through the Yosemite back country to a cabin way out in the woods. There was no electricity and we read  Call Of The Wild out loud to each other until late in the night. It was the best night’s sleep I have ever had in my entire 48 years.
  10. I have seen many dead bodies through my work at hospitals over the years and I was okay with it.
  11. One time, though, it wasn’t okay and it wasn’t at work. Some day, maybe, I will tell that story.
  12. All I ever wanted to be growing up was a veterinarian.
  13. As an young adult, I only wanted to be in criminal justice.
  14. Now, I just want to be a vet again. Mostly, because I need one and can’t afford it.
  15. I worked as a ‘scab’ during the grocery strike. It was great money and we really needed it. But 70 hours a week isn’t something I could have sustained for long, so I was glad when it was over.
  16. I took three years of French in high school, was pretty fluent and wanted to be an exchange student my senior year. I can’t remember a lick of it now.
  17. I was president of the Science Club and in the spirit club, at the same time (I was a geek/popular chick blend–I belonged everywhere and nowhere).
  18. I played a GREAT right wing in PAL soccer.
  19. I split my leg open in a motorcycle accident at 14. I wasn’t driving, a friend of my mom was and we went over a bump. I flew off and hit a tree.
  20. I went to an emergency room in a teeny tiny town and got sewn up by what I am sure was an 18 year old crazy kid posing as a doctor.
  21. Three days later I had a red line running up my leg. After that I was put in isolation and my wound was left open to heal from the inside out. I had 17 different kinds of infection, including staff.
  22. I had cosmetic surgery at 16 and 18 to try and remove the scar.
  23. I still adore my husband. Even though we have been together since I was 13 and I am now 48. Or despite that fact.
  24. My dad bought us a pony named Chocolate when I was 15. He was a mean, mean pony who kicked and bit. He also ran me into a tree. His name should have been Houdini, because he was an expert at escape.
  25. Chocolate did not live with us for long.
OH wow, I did it! I am so proud of myself! If you want to challenge yourself too, head on over to EverydayMama’s bloghop! The more the merrier.

Renegades is a better word. It implies a spirit of adventure.

The doctor tried to break the news gently. She promises that in time I will overcome their careless disregard of consequences. That my sense of abandonment will dwindle. The ugly truth? My hormones up and left me. They flew the coop without even a kiss goodbye. Snuck off in the dead of night, leaving only a few stragglers. They didn’t warn me. They gave no notice of their intentions. Like deserters who knew we were going to lose the battle, they absconded while their general looked the other way.

Perhaps I knew deep inside, because I’ve been crying lately. I don’t know why I cry. Perhaps it’s their legacy: Tears for no reason. Happy tears, sad tears; random and unexpected tears at any given moment. That is not all they left behind, those hormonal cop-outs. There is the 30 pound weight gain in two months, a fatigue as deep and dark as the Marian Trench, a firestorm of evil probiotics wreaking havoc in my gut, and a vitamin D deficiency that I am sure is degenerating my bones as we speak. Farewell gifts I could do without.

I thought I had a few years left. Or, perhaps, I thought I was younger than I am. Years have a way of sneaking up on a person. One day you are cuddling babies, the next surviving teenagers, then one morning you wake up and you’re a grandmother. Time and hormones are stealthy like that: creeping up on you slowly, distracting you with their might, deceptively lingering only to vanish without warning.

I’ll tell you what I am going to do:

I am firing my ovaries.

So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness

As I keep saying, I have a bunch of stuff to post about. But then I never get to it. So I have decided to just throw a bunch of it into one post with bullets. So be it.

  • I am going to be a Grandma again. Nannygoat is pregnant with her third. Due in September. A bit of a scare at the beginning, which I may or may not ever get around to posting about. In the meanwhile, it looks good now and we shall continue to perform the Snoopy Happy Dance.
  • I am getting a horse. I wasn’t going to write about it until he got here, but then it kept getting delayed and people took my money to transport him and then didn’t do it. Bottom line, an extremely wonderful and giving woman whom I met online (!go figure!) gave me a horse. Like as in gifted to me. A new transporter (who has more of my money, lol) is picking him up this Monday. He should be here by Saturday (the 26th) and there is all kinds of THRILLING EXCITEMENT in my heart.
  • I have health insurance. And tomorrow I am going to start using it to it’s fullest extent. There is some weird, not-normal stuff going on in my gut that is driving me insane and I can’t seem to function much after 2-3 in the afternoon. I mean serious exhaustion. Commence medical mystery solving at 9am tomorrow.
  • RolyPoly is starting to walk. I am still stymied as to how how he grew this fast.
  • It is almost March and I still want to post about Christmas and our post-Christmas trip to a cabin with snow. Maybe this year.
  • I am dog-sitting Ladybug’s dog again while they make their annual trek to visit Utah. So far I have managed not to paralyze him this time; however, he randomly started pooping while he walks. He doesn’t seem to know he is doing it. Sigh.
  • I am was learning to quilt. I want to finish it. And post about it. And share photos. I was going great and then…well see the medical mystery bullet above.
  • Oh and there is the awesome post about our Valentine’s Day cruise to share. If only it would write itself.
  • The more I bullets I create, the more I realize how much is missing from this journal of mine and I get really depressed that I didn’t share it immediately so as not to lose some of the thoughts and memories that I want to have memorialized here for myself.
  • I better quit with the bullets now. Happy Friday.

I’ll Never Be Lost Again

Crazy, funny thing is? I do feel like a part of my life is coming to a close tonight. I am sure there will be tears.

Fall seven times and stand up eight


Funsize tagged me

THE RULES: Mention who tagged you. Complete the list of 8’s. Tag 8 other people.


  • Seeing how my bathroom looks when I finish painting it
  • Vegetables from my garden
  • Seeing my Dad and GreatGram and relaxing at the cabin over 4th of July
  • Meeting Funsize and MacDougal’s new baby next February
  • The infinite possibilities of the coming months
  • Getting a paying job
  • Watching Bear graduate and partying with family after
  • Celebrating Sparkles and Bear’s birthdays this month


  • Went to a pre-interview for my background check for a possible new job. So far I passed to the next level
  • Went to the bank
  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Some work for my old boss
  • Went to the post office. Twice.
  • Worked on a crochet baby blanket
  • Watered the garden


  • Pay off my debt
  • Buy a trailer and camp across the country
  • Travel to Ireland. And Great Britain. Possibly Rome
  • See Collin alive
  • Go back to college
  • Buy my kid’s houses
  • Retire to the mountains
  • Cure cancer


  • Heroes
  • LOST
  • CSI
  • Medium
  • House
  • Renovation Realities
  • Survivor
  • House Hunters International


  • Artichokes
  • Mexican food
  • Onion dip
  • Potato Salad
  • Prime Rib
  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Fish and Chips
  • Zucchini


  • Ireland
  • England
  • Rome
  • Egypt
  • Switzerland
  • Scotland
  • All 50 states
  • Costa Rica


Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”  ~Ann Frank

I have a new home, but I am losing my job. I have a wonderful family, but wonder what will happen next. There are so many unknowns in life. Everyday I wonder what will greet me in the day. Life has been a roller coaster of amazing times lately. Today was the first time I manged to gather all the kids together at the same time. A bbq in the new place, even though they will be here for Thanksgiving. And for once the timing came together. Nanny, Lloyd, Ladybug and Butterball; MacDougal and Funsize; Bear and Fishboy, and even Sparkles altogether in one place at one time. Laughter and love, fun and games. Sparkles and Lloyd had to leave early though, to go to work. As they went to leave, Funsize and MacDougal asked if they could wait a moment…..

I am going to be a grandma again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so blessed and amazed. I know it will be wonderful and beautiful and amazing. I just know it will be, whatever it is. I feel Collin’s presense so strongly, I know he has had a hand in things.

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.

  • I am taking a lot of naps, to test this theory.
  • Yesterday my eye started weeping and swelling.
  • I had to leave work early and on the way home developed a terrible headache.
  • I took 4 aspirin and took a nap. Then I laid on the couch until bedtime, then I slept.
  • I woke up and the left side of my face was still swollen, my nose was running and half way through getting ready for work it suddenly felt like someone had smacked me in the back of my head with a 4×4.
  • I then curled up in a ball on the couch and cried until the urgent care opened. The doctor said I had sinus swelling that triggered a tension/vascular headache.
  • He gave me a shot and some meds. I went home and took a nap.
  • There is nothing on TV during the day.
  • Oh! And the city messed up our paperwork for the loan, their office was closed yesterday for some holiday I don’t get off, and now it looks like we probably won’t close on time. They say maybe on Friday.
  • I am going to take another nap.

The Adventures Of Vlad and Vixen (Or OMG She Posted)

Another week past
Frivolity and Haiku
I can do it all
(Visit TheSassyOne for Frivolous Friday and A MommyStory for more Haiku)

My new friend Vlad the Candy Corn dude arrived from Mrs. B. I won Vlad in one of Mrs B’s many contests during her 31 Days of Halloween. There are still plenty of contests left and much fun to be had, so be sure and head over and join the festivities. I decided to take Vlad along with me this week for some photo ops during my boring exciting life. He is easy to port about He is one of the wonderful goodies over at Knits and Notions! An adorable little candy corn, isn’t he?

On Saturday, I finished up another apron. This was a custom order for Susan at PotandKettle. It is one of my favorites I have made so far.
If you like it and want one, shoot me an email and I can get it done and out for you in a jiffy! Speaking of aprons (like I can stop speaking of them). You should all head on over to ApronFrenzy and order your Halloween apron. There is plenty of time to have it delivered before the big day AND they are on SALE! Go ahead, I will wait.

Monday was Vlad’s first day at work with me. The computer was running a bit slow and we both got very frustrated. There is nothing worse than that stupid little floating hourglass thingy! Tuesday was much the same of boring and exhausting work, so we’ll just move on ahead to Wednesday.

Some time ago, I was invited to host a Saturn House Party celebrating the premiere of Real Simple® and TLC’s new series, “REAL SIMPLE. REAL LIFE.” The show looks really good and premieres tonight. The party is co-sponsered by Saturn and (drum roll please) I was given a chance to drive the Saturn of my choice this week. Early Wednesday morning, Vlad and I headed over to the dealership and we chose a Hybrid Vue. Let me tell you, we love this little lady. She is beautiful, fuel efficient, comfortable, peppy and just a joy to drive. Although I can’t afford to buy a new car right now (or probably ever…I did that once back in 1995 and it didn’t work out that well for me), it is still a great way for Saturn to advertise. In fact, it worked so well that within my first 10 miles of driving it I was approached by a lady in the library parking lot asking how I liked it and I was able to send her over to the local Saturn dealership for a 24-hour test drive. Did you know that Saturn did 24-hour test drives? Me neither, until I picked mine up and they told me. No one is paying me to advertise and I didn’t have to blog about it, I just enjoyed it so much I wanted to share. Here is Vlad kicking back with his new water bottle, enjoying the sites on our first day driving the Lady Vue.

Wednesday evening, with a somber heart and loving prayers at 7pm Mr. Vixen and I lit a candle in remembrance of Collin and all infants and pregnancies lost. I tried hard to get some pictures of our special blue candle, but it was nearly impossible. My lack of talent at taking pictures in low light is tremendous and paired with my crappy vision, it’s nearly impossible. So I had to ask Vlad (being bright enough for me to see through the tiny viewfinder) to stand next to the candle so I could get at least one of the 67 pictures taken to not be blurry.

Thursday morning, while Vlad and Vixen were working hard at earning their dollar for the day, the Lady Vue was car-jacked by one bossy, convincing teenager by the name of Bear. In return she left Vlad and I with her convertible. Vlad was of the mind that we could make the most of this opportunity and enjoy some sun.Those hopes were quickly squelched. As Bear sped off to regale her school mates with Lady Vue, Vixen accidently set off the car alarm and quickly realized she had no idea how to turn it off. Twenty loud, frustrating minutes later she figured it out. But then, she discovered she had no idea how to put the convertible roof down. Thwarted again. Needless to say, Vixen and Vlad quickly reclaimed Lady Vue as soon as was physically possible. (also note that Vixen’s dishes are on the floor of Bear’s car, not in the house where they belong)

Last evening, we finally heard from the loan company and the city regarding our down payment program. It was all approved. I haven’t talked much about the house, to be perfectly honest, because I was truly afraid that like everything else in my life recently it was going to go badly. But with 5 days to spare (escrow is scheduled to close Wednesday the 22nd at 5pm), it appears all systems are go. The ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ mentality however, means that I have only three boxes packed… about waiting till the last minute? That’s me. Vlad, myself and Mr. Vixen celebrated the evening with a $5 pizza. Because we are big spenders like that. And a dollar of it was in quarters.

This morning Vlad has been manning the phones while I created this short little masterpiece of a blog entry. This evening, Bear and Fishboy are attending a concert down south. I can’t tell you the exact name of the band, only that one of the members is “the cutest guy on the face of the planet.” This, of course, according to Bear not Fishboy. That leaves Vlad and I free to sneak out of work early finish our duties, grab Mr. Vixen and take the Lady Vue (and the free gas they filled it up with) for a drive up into the mountains in quest of colored leaves. I have my doubts about our abilities to locate any, but I am up for the challange. Lady Vue doesn’t have to go back to her rightful owners until tomorrow afternoon, so I am thinking we can fit in a morning trip to the beach also! Hopefully, I can post the pictures as we go along, rather than saving them all week like this time!

Deep Peace of the running wave to you.
Deep Peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep Peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep Peace of the shining stars to you.

Surviving ~ Updated

Edited to add: Please go here and leave Funsize and MacDougal a quick thought: and if you are able they both would appreciate donations in Collin’s name to the Ronald McDonald House or here in Collin’s name.

It appears that when the world around you has come to a sudden, abrupt halt the rest of the world just keeps going on without you. There was an entire weeks worth of work on my desk this morning.

I have internet at home, sort-of. The hard line works in Bear’s bedroom, but my wireless (and thus my laptop) is “unable to renew your IP address.” No idea what this means except that I will need to call India tech support again to get it fixed.

I am getting through this two ways: I concentrate on taking care of MacD and Funsize (can you say distraction?) and the love and support of my family and friends. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to Nanny, Bear, Lloyd, Fishboy, Sparkles, my mom, dad, step mom, step dad, sister, brother, aunt and cousin. Also to the wonderful people at Funsize’s, MacDougal’s and my work. And, of course, to all of you who sent me notes and comments of support and love and positive thoughts.

It would not have been a true family event if we didn’t laugh in the face of adversity and this time I managed to win the prize for most outrageous. It seems I failed to recognize my own sister at the funeral service and actually introduced myself to her. Embarrassing and humiliating, but hysterically funny when re-told later.

I went away over the weekend. My work had long ago planned a get away for the entire company and it seemed perfect timing to take a breather since MacDougal and Funsize were well attended by family. We went on a wine tasting tour, to dinner, a Pink Floyd Laser Show and spent the night at the hotel. All compliments of the world’s greatest boss (mine!). I also managed to donate some money to the local Indian tribe via the slot machines at the casino. I hope they use the money well.

Things will never be the same, but life goes on and I am following along in my usual meandering way.

Vixen needs internet at home

I was tagged by the sweet and talented Storyteller from Small Reflections for this quick and easy needs meme. I am very behind on visiting, commenting and posting due to a lack of internet connection at home. My DSL should be hooked up by Thursday, so hang tight and have some snacks while you wait.

The rules: All you have to do is Google your first name with the word needs behind it and post the first 10 results. Don’t forget to tag people (if you are the tagging sort)!

1. Vixen needs to make money (well, that could not be more true)

2. Vixen needs to find the answer (still searching for that one)

3. Vixen needs reassurance (who doesn’t?)

4. Vixen needs updating (you mean the 90s clothes I am wearing are out of style?)

5. Vixen needs a new Boob Job Tour (what do you suppose happened to the old tour?)

6. Vixen needs a major traffic overhaul (a tune-up won’t do?)

7. Vixen needs to shut up for 5 minutes (bwahahahaha)

8. Vixen needs a little insight (actually I’ll take a double, tyvm)

9. Vixen needs a miracle maker (I have one and I talk to Him daily)

10. Vixen needs wind power (only if it can make my car go).

I won’t tag anyone because A) most of you have already done this and B) I am at work and don’t have time to set up a bunch of links!

Happy Monday, my friends.

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