Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thoughts for a New Year

As the year 2008 wraps up and we are presented with a brand spanking new year of 2009, I bet some of you out there are making your list of resolutions. Any other year I am sure I would do the same but not this year. I think I will just be happy when I accomplish a demanding task and jump for joy when I something great happens. When challenges arise I will just work harder and keep on going, doing the best that I can. I will laugh during the good times and cry when times are hard. Most of all I will live, love and be grateful for every moment I spend with my friends and family, knowing above all, this is what really counts.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Back From the Snow Break

So, I slacked off once again. I was snowed in last week and since I was so bummed out from Snowmageddon I opted not to post anything. Who wants to hear: It is snowing again *&%$^@!!!!! ? Seriously, that is exactly what I was yelling every time I looked out the window. Two weeks of snow can really wear one out. instead of going into all the gory details of all the snow we got (I don't know it was a LOT -came up to my knees), how crazy I felt from being trapped in my house for so long (pretty darn crazy- I was locked up for 5 days), and how I even began to miss working in the office (you start to get desperate after awhile)...I will share some pics I took during the white out.
So much Snow!

This is how people got around unless they had a ginormous truck to off-road in.

The reason this one appears so blurred is because of the massive amount of snow falling at the time. The flakes were so tiny and so many!

This is one of my faves. Don't know why. I just like it.

**I was taking the pic above when I really should have taken pics of all the fools snow boarding down the hill past my house. It was too funny to watch all those people fall on their butts.**

Miss B decided to make some use of the snow and worked with the Mr on this year's snow sculpture.....


I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

Friday, December 19, 2008

No More Snow...Please

The Weatherman says more snow while I say OH NO!!!!!! You have got to be kidding me. When I got to work this morning it had begun to snow yet again but thank goodness it quit soon after. Still, the weatherman says we will have more snow this weekend forcing another weekend of lockdown at the Kally Casa. I don't think I can stand much more of it.

Dang I cannot get through this post. It is snowing AGAIN!!!! Wish me luck that this white nightmare will end soon. Cabin fever stinks :p

Good news: Even though B is at home (school is closed) she has Granny (the Mr's Grandmother) there to entertain her. Maybe escape is still a possibility...even if it is only a stroll through the neighborhood. I am hoping to make it to Target to get a cute little hat. (Miss B keeps telling me that when I let the snow just land in my hair (not covering my head) makes me look like I have a major case of dandruff. I love how she is always looking out for me :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

So I Lied

Sorry guys. I will be the first to admit that I was WRONG. I awoke Sunday morning to nothing on the roads and not a flake falling from the sky. This meant we had to scurry to get ready for Sunday School. Then, wouldn't you know....the sky opened up and down came the snow. Lots of it. I couldn't believe my eyes. I knew I couldn't let you down so I braved the winds and flying snowballs (courtesy of Miss B) to get some pics of the snow.

Here is one from yesterday... while I was working... in the office. Funny how most of the people from Tulsa are showing up at the office but the Portlanders are staying home.

12/18/08 Most of it has melted off today because of the higher temps and rain. I am hoping & praying it doesn't freeze overnight making Miss B complete an entire week of no school. I'm starting to go a little nuts because one can handle only so much Suite Life before they REALLY lose it! Yay me! Aaaagh!!!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008


After I received this from a co-worker I have decided to stay of the roads in the case of snow. These Portland drivers are NUTS!


Every time I check my email I have had at least 3 to 7 warning of the impending snow we will get here. Well according to the weathermen we should be getting snow. I DON'T believe it. Being from OKlahoma and enduring many a winter always including snow and ice - I've even made through a couple of icestorms in my lifetime.- I know the kind of weather in which to expect snow. Portland will not get any this weekend (this is my prediction). In the chance that I am wrong and snow does fall, there is NO possible way it can stick to the streets. Our temps have been too high to lower the ground temperature enough to the point for snow to stick to the streets. The kiddos might get lucky and have some stick to the ground/yard but I kinda doubt it. As I said before it really does not matter if it is cold enough outside to snow but whether the ground is cold enough for any snowfall to stick. So to all of you locals that check out the blog take a deep breath and put AWAY those tires with studs on them and stop freakin' out. Drive slowly if the snow does fall and if you are worried about sliding around on the roads, weight your car down by putting heavy stuff in the trunk (like firewood). This too shall pass.

Have a great weekend y'all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Friends Who Have Gone Private

I just noticed one of my blog land gal pals has gone private. Kim if you see this PLEASE, Please, please invite me to your blog. :)

If anyone else thinks about going private...let me know.

Starbucks I am Not

Wow! Another post. No. Not really, just a couple of quick thoughts and that's all.

  • I was thinking about celebrities vs normal peeps as I drank my crappy coffee this morning. I had to get my morning dose of celebrity gossip. Today it was provided by MSN - Hot Gossip and I began to think..... Thank god NORMAL people like me are not stalked by the likes of paparazzi. Imagine what it would do to your self esteem to have a bad bloat day or gain a couple of pounds and have the world claim you are preggers. I thought I was going to die of depression over the summer when I had put on some extra weight and my parents accused me of being with child. I told the truth and denied the awful assumption of theirs while they continued with their winks & nudges. How embarrassing it must be to have your "fat day pics" posted all over mags & tabs across the world. Don't get me wrong I LOVE reading that stuff while waiting in the grocery line as much as the next mom but after pondering that kind of existence I am glad I am a nobody.

  • In regards to the aforementioned crappy coffee I have learned...I really do NOT like coffee maker coffee! With the limited resources available here @ work, I have been nursing a half full styrofoam cup of black coffee with only one tsp of sugar. Blech! If it was not for the caffeine boost I will get I would dump that junk. It tastes like dirt! You can bet the next time I am desperate for a caffeinated jump start I will suck it up and make the stroll to the nearest Starbucks for some calorie laden but oh so yummy frou frou coffee :) with whipped cream & sprinkles :)

Well Holy Cow this actually turned out to be a post after all.

Neglect - No pics

I guess I have been neglecting my duties as a good picture taking mom lately. I glanced through the pics and the most recent pictures I have taken are the ones from the pow wow night which is a story in itself. I was thinking about posting a couple from that night but then thought ...Naw, it feels outdated. After all, that was Thanksgiving weekend which seems forever ago. How do you fantastic picture takin' peeps keep up with your camera duties? I tried carrying it with me in my purse so I would remember to take a pic every now and then but it seems to get eaten by the black hole in my purse. By the time I dig it out the moment has passed and taking a pic feels so staged. Do I need to wear it around my neck and play like I am a real photographer?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Back in the Swing of Things

I am trying really hard to get back to blogging regularly again. Things were pretty rough for me after some major changes at work were made and I had a mountain of things to do here, there and everywhere. I still do have a lot on my plate but I am learning how to manage it better. Thank God because I thought I was gonna go CRAZY there for awhile.

Last night I went over to ScrappyGirl's for some cool crafting of bags & tags. It was odd for me -the Queen of the dollar store gift bag- to create my own gift bags & boxes. I should have taken pics of everything last night but my camera was in my purse and my glass of wine was on the table. The wine won -Sorry. You would choose the wine too, I bet. I will try to get some pics of the finished products and add them later.

Must get back to work. The fridge here at Computer Co smells like nothing you'd find in the kitchen and more like something from the bathroom. I have to send out an email to get these nasty boys to throw away the science projects from the fridge and freezer. :p

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Little Dork on the Side

So, I totally made the last post assuming everyone was as geeky as the Kally family and knew what a griffin was. For those of you who don't know...

The griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and often wings of an eagle. -got that from Wikipedia. You can click on it to learn more.

AND for those of you who want a you go

Kinda freaky that my kid wants one of these!

Kally Cooks Again

Today I was informed by the Mr that I will need to cater snacks for the next "planning meeting" at work. Personally, I believe the only planning that went on today was -how to get Kally to bake for us- and MAYBE some company planning too. I am thinking of making some ginger cookies next. The Mr says I have many willing test subjects for any new recipes I want to try out. Hahaha! Men...B-O-Y-S....all of them.

Here is a little B-ism for you:
Last Sunday I took her grocery shopping with me and left the list at home. -D'oh! I hate it when I forget the list!- So here I was shopping from memory & asking Miss B if there was anything special she would like. And Soooo, while I only half listened, she began with her list: "I would like ice cream, pomegranates, bananas, latkes, turkey, pasta, and a griffin. Unfortunately, there are some things you just can't get from Albertsons."

Whow! Back the trolley up! Did B just ask me for a griffin? Where do they come up with these things?!

Monday, December 8, 2008

New Tricks

Learning html

My latest adventure? I am trying to learn html. I can't let the Mr be the ONLY tech savy person in the Kally Casa. So far I am just kind of learning the tags and what they do but I am hoping that within a couple months I won't have to reference my cheat-sheet note cards as much.

  • I used some of the tags I am learning in the piece above. Go me!

  • Then I cheated and decided to change the color of the sub-head I created :)

  • How many of you know html? or Are you interested in learning some?

    Thursday, December 4, 2008

    Ack! Cleaning House

    I had better get my butt in gear. The Mr says if I don't hurry he is putting the pile O boxes in our bedroom. Hmmmmm now that I think about it maybe I could be okay with that as long as he leaves my closet alone.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008

    That Time of Year

    I wanted to share one of my favorite pics of Miss B with you in the midst of the constant Crazy mode I have been with work as busy as ever and family on the way. -Granny, the Mr's grandmother, is coming to visit while B is on winter break. So of course I am stressed out knowing she is going to get here on the 18th and the room she will be sleeping in is still full of boxes. Tonight I will be making a huge attempt to clear out most of these boxes and make the room livable :)

    On the bright side, I am about half way there as far as getting gifts goes! I can't post pics because Miss B will totally sneak a peek here to see if I am letting you in on the loot she will receive.