Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I Don't Know

About Venezuela right now, but it looks like Chris will be going down to Louisiana soon to help restart the refinery there that was damaged from the hurricane. I guess all they have to do is find out how to get them there and how to sustain them while they are there. I do know they want it back up and running ASAP.


Sometimes I wish he wasn't as good at what he does.

Who knows how long that assignment might be.

On the upside, maybe Joseph and I will be able to go to Houston while he is there....and I can meet some forum friends from that area.

I'm so proud...

Joseph had a really good idea tonight. He is going to talk to Jo (the youth group leader) about replaying the concert they did, as a benefit for victims of Katrina. He thinks if they charge 5 or 10 dollars, people would be glad to go, and all the money would be sent for the hurricane victims.

Sometimes that kid amazes me :*)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

From what Chris told me the other night, Venezuela might not be off the table after all.

There was a conference call with different refineries, and he got a call back after the conference call was over. It was from a guy he knows....who is in Venezuela now. Shane said they "really need him" down there right now. If he goes, it won't be for three years (thank God). It would be for 6 months. I still don't want him to go. Shane said he feels safe, but I wouldn't feel safe having Chris down there. *Sigh*

Now we wait. Again. I hope he hears soon whether or not he goes. I can't tell him not to go, either:/

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Goodbye Miranda

There was a girl named Miranda, who had the sunniest smile......

I never got to meet this wonderful young lady , but I followed her illness nonetheless. She was such a brave young girl. My heart is broken for her family.

I have gone through this loss before. My friend Jim was diagnosed with glioblastoma in March of 1997. He died that September. 5 months. I think it has been 5 months since Miranda was diagnosed. I could be wrong. Whatever the dates, glioblastoma is evil.

I pray for Miranda's family. I cannot fathom what incredible pain they are going through. If I could send them a cyber hug and it would help..... I am praying for them now. Miranda is in a better of pain. Maybe she has already met Jim. He will take care of her. That's the kind of guy he was.

"Life is very short, and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend."

All the bullshit going on in my life doesn't mean so much right now... Maybe I will blog about it later....

This is my favorite Beatles song. I dedicate it to Miranda and her family right now.

In My Life

There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dear Letter to the Editor Writer

Who in response to my letter stating my opinion about Cindy Sheehan, said in part:

"If a person does not have the luxury of having advisors and intelligence analysts and collectors, as the president does, then that person should take time to think critically about how and when to voice opinions"

Get your head out of your ass. Seriously.

I may not have the luxury of 'advisors and intelligence collectors', but I do have a brain. I use said brain. I can think for myself. I also have eyes and ears. I use said eyes (without blinders) and I certainly use my ears. Last time I looked, I was free to voice my opinion any time (as are you)....most especially in a letter to the editor.


Why do you capitalize the word terrorists?

A woman, wife, mother and citizen of the world, who is still offended by this war, and who stands by my opinion.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Presenting..St Marys Youth Group

The concert /dinner tonight was a raging success. First...the dinner part. Outback Steakhouse catered for us. All you can eat chicken, steak, rice, marinated mushrooms and salad, plus yummy bread.

The concert was wonderful. I am so proud of every one of the kids (and adults) involved. When Derek's dad John sings I Can Only Imagine, or Breathe, it brings tears to my eyes. Of course, Joseph was incredible. I am so proud of my baby boy. He performed an acoustic instrumental he wrote; he, Derek, Roxana and Matt did "Ball & Chain" by Social Distortion; and when they did Let it Be at the end, he played the guitar solo. They got a standing ovation for Let It Be:-) I am a proud mom. I had lots of people come up to me at the end to compliment him.

The rest of the concert was really good as well. Roxana, along with playing bass on Ball & Chain (she picked up the bass on Wednesday...) sang The Prayer (Celine Dion I think??) and Ave Maria. She is incredible. What talent. She gives me goose bumps. I had to tease her at the end though. "From Ave Maria to punk rock".

Everyone else was also good. Nicole did a ballet to Beauty and the Beast, some of the girls did hula to a song from Lilo and Stitch. We really have a talented bunch:-)

We also made a couple of hundred dollars from the silent auctions of the gift baskets, and did a 50/50 raffle, and made about $150 on that, after splitting it with the winner.

All in all, it was a really good night, and we made a significant amount towards our trip to L.A. next march. Now we won't have to have quite so many early Sunday morning donut sales!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Will I ever.....

Reach the bottom of my laundry hamper? I seriously doubt it:/ Where does it all come from? I swear Joseph puts clean clothes back in the hamper rather than put them away >:/

I got the stuff from Bath & Body Works for the other basket I have to put together for Saturday. They are having a buy 3 get one free sale so I got myself a sweet pea body spray. I got Vanilla Sugar as the scent for the bath basket. Body wash, bubble bath, body lotion and hand soap, along with a bath puff and a rubber duckie. I hope these baskets make some money for the YG. I hope lots of people buy raffle tickets.

I found out tonight that besides the basket raffle, I am also in charge of the 50/50 raffle....the winning ticket gets half of what is collected. I am so glad I was informed of this 2 days before the event. / end sarcasm

I will be so glad when Saturday night is over.

I hope it will be a success.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Happy Birthday You Old Fart

Today is Chris' birthday. We went to Best Buy and got a new camcorder. is so much tinier than the other one we have, and it makes the first one we ever got look like a friggin motion picture camera, lol. I almost crapped when I got the total and wrote out the check for $500 though. Yeah, Happy Birthday Chris:)

We just went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner, because we didn't want Joseph to miss his rehearsal tonight. I felt bad having Chris sit there for his 50th birthday though, so Kathy and I snuck out and got a cake and some champagne (and sparkling cider for the kids)

He said he wasn't surprised...that when I told him I had to go get some stuff for Josephine he knew I was up to something. I think he was surprised though. Heh. I have the hardest time trying to surprise him. He knows me too well:/

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

In an hour or so, I will be married to a 50 year old. He'll finally be as old as I am again;-)

Right now, I am feeling a bit frustrated with the 'powers that be' at YG. Saturday is the big concert/dinner the youth group is putting on. We had been told that Thursday would be the dress rehearsal. We were told that 2 weeks ago, with continued reminders. That was fine, even though Chris had to change his plans. He was going to take the rest of the week off and he & Joseph were going to go to the redwoods for a father/son campout. They were going to leave today and come back Friday.

Today (this evening actually) we get an email that the rehearsal has been changed to tomorrow evening, and attendance is 'mandatory' WTF? No reason was given either....just that someone changed their mind:/

I'm sorry, but Joseph will just have to be late. His dad's birthday is important as the rehearsal:/

Monday, August 15, 2005

Cindy Sheehan is the person who got me started teaching CCD. When I took Joseph to register when he was little (either 1st or 2nd grade....can't remember which) Cindy was the youth minister at St Marys. She was so quiet and sweet.....and persuasive. What started out to be a simple sign up for CCD ended with me taking home the teacher's book and a roster of kids names;-)

I have been teaching CCD ever since.

Cindy is my hero. Unless you have been hibernating, you have probably at least heard her name. More likely, you have either read about her or seen her on television. She lost her son last year in Bush's folly. Now she is losing her husband as divorce.

I admire her so much. No matter what, she is doing what she feels she has to.

I wish I could go to Crawford and be there with her.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

I Need A Nap

It has been a busy couple of weeks here.

First, there was the Seattle/Vancouver trip, which was way too much fun. The boy had a blast. He loved the EMP ( I think he could have spent days there. *Sigh* A boy and his guitar fixation. The Paramount shows were terrific. I got to see Linda and Joanne again. It has been a year since I saw them. We got to hang out with the KSBG crew. What funny people they are. We didn't really go out after getting back from the shows. One night, we all got pizza delivered to S & C's room and we watched Help.

The absolute best thing about the Seattle part of the trip was finally getting to meet Denine and Jojo from the forum. They are both just as sweet, funny and real in person as they are on line. I could definitely be real life friends with both of them:-) Once I gete some pictures developed, I'll post a couple. Denine's boys are all adorable (and have THE most gorgeous eyes ever) and Jojo's daughter is just precious. We met at the Seattle locks, which is a very cool place. Denine and Jojo provided a picnic lunch for all of us (thanks, ladies!) When we left the locks, we all ended up at Archie McPhee......a store that should be illegal, it is so much fun. I won't say how much I spent there........but I really did need the Devil Duckies;-)

We drove up to Vancouver after that. I think Vancouver was having its hottest days of the year. It was in the 80s....perfect weather. The hotel Joseph and I stayed in was small and quaint. It was a block or so from the hotel C and the boys stayed in. I wish I could have afforded that one, but close to $200/night American was a bit steep, especially after the $$$ I had already spent on this trip! Thank goodness Chris is ok with it, and we can afford it.

The shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre were good as well. What a beautiful theater! Wow. It was nice seeing the Canadian crew again. What nice guys! I think Canadian men are real gentlemen. We did go out one night there. After aone show, I took Joseph back to our hotel and went to meet C & S, and we then went to a little pub to meet the rest. After a couple of glasses of wine, and a few pints of Kilkenny for the guys, J decided that he was hungry and needed pizza, so off we all went to find pizza.

Joseph and I explored Vancouver during the day. Forget anything historic, or any of the beautiful parks...his favorite place there was Tom Lee Music....all 6 floors. Remember what I said about a boy and his guitar fixation?

We got back last Saturday (Aug. 6)

Sunday I had to serve at Mass, then Joseph had practice afterwards for the upcoming dinner/concert.

Wednesday it was back to Tahoe for a couple of days. I got home late last night, and today we all went to the Oakland A's game. Field Level seats too. Too bad none of us remembered our camera:/ Today the As retired Dennis Eckersley's number, so there was a presentation and speeches before the game. It was very cool...something we will always remember. We had to leave before the end of the game though. Joseph had practice again tonight.

This next week is going to be busy as well. More practices, guitar lessons, mass, and Chris' 50th birthday is on Wednesday. Plus, I have to make 2 gift baskets for a raffle at next Saturday's concert, and get the house (which is a pit right now) cleaned for a visit from the inlaws.

See why I need a nap?