Tuesday, September 21, 2004


I saw it this afternoon. I don't know what kind it is, nor do I care. I want it GONE. It is probably just a garter snake (so Chris says) but I. do. not. care. *Shudder* I hate snakes:/ I am going to stay out of my back yard until Chris 1. Gets rid of it, or 2. kills it.

Yes, I am a wuss.

Today was the first day of CCD for the year. I have a fairly small class....which is good. Karla repeatedly warned me about one boy....telling me to send him to the office at the least hint of trouble....but he was really sweet and good......much better than some of the other boys in the class. I guess I will wait and see. Maybe he just needed a fresh start with a new teacher. I do feel a new freedom this year. If they drive me crazy, I will take a day off;-)

We had to stay for the Confirmation meeting tonight.....the youth group did a presentation to get more kids to join. I don't know if it did any good.......we shall see.

It was good to see a couple of *my* kids who had taken a couple of years off. I almost didn't recognize Taylore...she has really changed the past couple of years. It did make me feel good to have her come over and give me a hug. Its nice to know I have made a difference in someone's life.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Busy Weekend

I think I am actually glad it's Monday;-)

Friday night Joseph and I went to Lodi to see th guys play. Great show as usual. Poor R is looking very tired though:/ It was good to see everyone. We got home about 12:30 a.m., and had to get up early Saturday morning. Saturday was the California Coastal and Creek Cleanup. We all got up and, armed with gloves, headed down to Rodeo for the town cleanup. Our group was assigned the main street, so we headed off, carrying a couple of huge trash bags, which were soon filled, and more passed out. We worked for almost 4 hours.....picking up every thing from cigarette butts to bike frames to sofa cushions, and a few really disgusting things. Thank goodness we were wearing gloves:/ I felt good about how the town looked after we finished, and saddened that it will not last.

When we got back home and showered all the yuck off, I dropped Joseph and his guitar off at Derek's house for the afternoon. While I was gone, Chris finished more of the trim painting on the house. I got home and managed to talk Chris into going downtown to the Jazz Festival. There were some really good bands! There was also a 'wine stroll'........$18 got you a commemorative glass and 5 tastings. They weren't actually tastings either......everyone poured full glasses. Yikes! Its a good thing we only sprang for one glass......we shared. Luckily there was lots of food to taste as well.

Another early morning yesterday. Joseph had to work after the morning Masses, selling donuts. I had to help 'supervise' so I was there all morning as well. After the kids were done, he went back over to Derek's until choir practice at 4:30. I got to go home for a couple of hours, then go back to the church for a meeting......then Mass, then another meeting.

Chris (who doesn't feel sorry for me and my meetings at all, since it was my BIG mouth that got me involved in the first place) went to the Jazz Mass, then went home and relaxed the rest of the day, watching baseball, then football.

Oh! We had our first rain of the season yesterday afternoon, too. It was a doozy....thunder and lightning, and a hailstorm. When I was driving to church, streets were even flooded.

It did make the air smell so good.....and I went to sleep hearing the water drip from the eaves.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

I finally have a few minutes to actually sit and blog:)

Camping at Pismo Beach was wonderful......and so peaceful. We got down there late last Wednesday night, and stayed til Sunday. There is nothing better than going to sleep with the sound of the ocean to lull you. I slept like a baby every night. We walked down the beach every day. One day we drove up to Cambria and went to Moonstone Beach. They have the most incredible rocks there:) Cambria is such a cute funky town. We went through some antique shops, but due to the fact that I had NO room left in the car I didn't get anything.

It was especially nice to be at the beach on September 11. I was no where near a television.....so I didn't have to watch endless replays of the towers getting hit......

We sat and relaxed....Chris took a nap while Joseph played in the surf and I hunted for shells. Later we lifted a glass to all those who lost their lives that day.

Memories of 9/11

I can still remember that horrible day as though it was yesterday. Chris had just left for work....the tv was on Channel 3 and I was asleep. I happened to hear Katie Couric though.....a voice cutting through my sleep. She said a plane had hit one of the towers. Sitting up and rubbing sleep from my eyes, I focused on the television. At first, they thought it was a commuter jet or something......they had a camera on the towers.....and the other plane hit the second tower. I knew then it wasn't an accident. I knew I had witnessed something horrific.

I watched it again....watched Katie and Matt try and report on what had happened. I felt then I needed to talk to someone, but didn't want to wake Joseph yet. Let him keep his innocence for just a little while longer. Chris wasn't at work yet, but I emailed him and told him to get to a radio ASAP. Then I turned on ICQ....something I rarely did. Luckily Sandy was on.....there was someone I could share my fear with. I went to the SAHP forum then....and the women there were a Godsend.

When I finally woke Joseph up.....we sat, stunned and crying, in front of the tv most of the day. If I wasn't watching tv, I was at the computer, chatting with others who were just as horrified as I was.....

Wednesday, September 08, 2004


I typed out a nice newsy post, and it disappeared somewhere.

Dammit. ETA......never mind, it showed up...twice. I deleted one.

Anyway, we're off today on a back to school camping trip. Joseph got to choose where, so we are going to Pismo Beach. Math won't be so bad at the beach;-)

Besides, falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean is wonderful.......

Have a nice rest of the week:)

Back to school time

We're leaving today for our annual back to school camping trip:-) We usually try and start back to school while camping, but couldn't get away in time. It always seems easier to ease back into the daily schoolwork while sitting at a table under the trees. (for both Joseph and me) This year we're camping somewhere different, in honor of 8th grade, lol. We let Joseph choose, so we will be camping at the state park at Pismo Beach.. Falling asleep at night while listening to the ocean......mmmmmm)

I hope everyone had a nice labor day weekend. Saturday we went up to Reno (Sparks, actually) for the Rib Cook Off http://www.nuggetribcookoff.com/ Yum! There is nothing better than ribs and cold beer on a hot day;-) I bought some different sauces while we were there.....we used one of them on Monday.

Sunday morning Joseph had to help sell donuts after the morning Masses, to raise money for the L.A. trip in February. While we were at church in the morning, ( I had to be there to help wioth the kids) Chris got some trim painting done. Boy, the trim looks so much better now! Sunday evening at youth group, Joseph got his guitar our and played and sang Imagine. It brought tears to my eyes. If I do say so, the kid has talent:)

Monday Chris took him over to Derek's with his guitar, amp, and skateboard (but no helmet. Grrr) He, Derek, Kurt and Heidi are starting a band. Lord help us all;P I am very happy that John and Kathy have decided to let the kids practice there, lol. Its actually easier.....the other three live within a couple of blocks of each other, so I am the only one who has to drive to get there. After they practiced for a while, they decided to ride their boards downtown to get an ice cream and stop at the music store. Well, while they were riding, my darling son (no helmet, remember. Grr again) takes a header off the board. Smacks his head on the sidewalk. He had a humongous goose egg . Instead of turning around and going back to Kathy's though, they decide he is fine, albeit scratched, and continue their adventure. They did call Kathy to come pick them up from the music store though.......after all it was 103 degrees. When they got back to the P's house, John put an ice pack on dear son's head. I arrived soon after that to pick him up.

I am glad he didn't have a concussion (he does have a niiiice bruise now, and the knot is gone already) .....but he is now grounded from the skateboard for a while, because he knows better than to ride without a helmet:/

Oh, one more thing. I told Karla last year that if she needed a catechist for tis year, I would help her out again. I was SO hoping she wouldn't.....but no such luck. She called last night, and I will be teaching 6th grade. When will I learn???

Thursday, September 02, 2004


I have to take the car in tomorrow. The *idiot* lights keep coming on....but I don't know that there is a problem in any of the things! The battery charge light, the light that shows the brake is on, and the 'brake failure' light are all on. I think it is a short somewhere in the light area. I know what I mean, even if no one else does. Anyway....I hate electrical problems:/

Tonight was the parent leader meeting at Jo's house for youth group. She is really coming along with the preparations for the LA congress. Looks like we'll be staying at the Anaheim Hilton:-)
From the preliminary roster, I will have Theresa and Melanie in my room. Two quiet girls, thank God. I hope it stays like that.....I don't want to be responsible for any wild ones.

The best part of tonight was watching Adria get evicted from the Big Brother house. Whatta bitch! Poor Will.....as of tomorrow, he will be alone with both twins in the jury house. Too bad CBS doesn't show more of the jury house, lol. It could be more interesting than the regular house;)