Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cold toilet seats

My friend in San Diego says she is freezing. Its 58!!! It was not 58 here in the sunny day time today. Then we have 38 here right now at 11pm. (San Ramon ca) Then I look and its 69 in Mississippi at my mothers!! Dad has 30something. Well Anne tops it and is at -9 in Minnesota. Ha, no thanks for that. I will take 38 with no problem. I need to correct myself. ITs 35 feels like 27 in Tennessee. In Texas where my aunt, uncle and cousin are, it is 37 feels like 28. Ok I read MN wrong, its -9 feels like -31. Thats just wrong. Then Mississippi is 69. I told Anne and Dan they should go there for winter. My mom would love to have them visit. Plus it is way warmer!!! Ugh, I dont like cold weather, it means cold toilet seats.

Julian is so cute!!

My friends Jay and Chas, yes you guys know Jay. Anyway their son is 1 year and a few weeks and he has the cutest picture. Not only is he super cute but this picture is just so them!! Love it. Just had to share this with everyone.

Logan William Gerhardt

Jodie and Mark welcome the arrival of their new baby boy. Born on 12/19/09 at 8:54 am by c section. He weighs 7 lbs 5 onces and is 19.5 inches long. He has brown hair. This is all I know and no pictures posted yet. Welcome Logan

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Enjoy, after 3 hours of uploading.
She wants to bang on the keyboard
/she is so happy on Daddy's lap

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday stuff.... only 8 days left

Well I got my christmas cards mailed out. Many of you got them crazy fast. I put them in the post box on Sunday at the post office. What is crazy is that people got them Monday!! Well glad you got them and enjoy the picture. I am glad I got most of them sent out. (only have received 1 so far though) Now I need to finish the holiday shopping and wrapping and mail out the packages. Thankfully I have only 2 packages to send. Yay. It drives me nuts that I am not ready and have not sent this stuff out yet. (Yet here I am typing on the blog and totsite) Go figure. Well the temperatures are cold (for California) Apparently enough to make the news in Tennessee. My brother called saying Mt. Diablo was on the news due to the snow on the mountain. We had hail as you see. That was exciting to me. Shannon just laughed at me outside excited about it. He laughed at the news reporting about the hail here also. Hey, give us a break, we don't get this much in California. Sorry you people in MN and MS and TN and other places are so cold. 40's in the day is cold enough for me. Ok I have some videos to post so enjoy. Katie is 7 1/2 months old now. (Videos take forever to upload so it might be a while)
Due to the amount of time it takes for the videos to complete the upload, I am starting to upload them on youtube and will put links here and the totsite. Assuming I can figure out how to put links here. Keep watching for some updates. I have some suprise pictures that will post hopefully christmas.
Dalmation Dog outfit

New Things and more

Well here are the new things around here.
Shannon got a new desk for home and has it all set up. I think it is all set up, but he may be waiting to do something to it or add to it. I never know. I do know he was so excited to get it and put it together and add things to it and such. It has a computer keyboard that drops down and I actually don't know what else. Here it is!

Shannon and I also got a new tempurpedic mattress. It is Queen so now there is more room and it is nice. It is actually new to us and someone else had it and then after they got it the wife was diagnosed with some back problem and needed a firm mattress so we benefit from it. No pictures of it. Jasper likes it also, he sleeps between Shannon and I, right between our heads. Well he did at first but then he moved back to his kitty bed at the end of our bed. He barely fits in it he is so big but he sleeps there often.
We also got an early christmas present. Some people are contributing to it for Christmas as our gift so that is nice. It is a new barbeque. Shannon figured out which one he wanted and we went to order it. I figured since it said about 2 weeks for delivery, that would be perfect for Christmas. We ordered it on November 30th so figured that was due around December 14th, or right around now. No, it showed up on December 1st. I was shocked. So no bow on the box. I figured I would not be able to hide it until christmas. Heck it was so heavy I could not move it. So Shannon got to put it together and use it even. We still need a cover for it, maybe it will be a christmas gift from someone so I will wait to buy one. Here it is!

Not sure what else is new here.
Today is the day Shannon proposed to me in 2005.
Aren't we cute. This was just at Christmas eve that year. I am so happy he decided to move to California to meet me. (could not find a picture of the Broadway Plaza christmas tree he proposed under)
I dont have much else to post at the moment, well I do but its going on the totsite. Go there to see what else is up.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Wow its getting closer

Can you believe there are 22 days left in the year!!! Wow.
Ok and I paid $1.73 a gallon for gas and milk went down about $1 or so.
Today we are trying a recipe from the crockpot link on the right of my blog. We are doing the Salsa Chicken black bean soup recipe. HOpefully it comes out good. ITs been chilly in the evenings so lets hope so. When I say chilly its chilly for here, I suppose if I look up Mn or MS or TN it will be colder. This is cool enough for me.
Have you finished your shopping for the holiday? Have you sent out christmas cards? Have you recieved any cards? I have not finished or sent out gifts. I have not received or sent a card and I hope to by the end of the week. I need to get it together. Wish me luck.
I have to go get dressed and do things while the munchkin is sleeping. Tell me if you have had cards in the mail, its so strange to still not have any and it is Dec 9 already. Well I did not get the mail yet today. Gotta do that also before she wakes up.
Dont forget to check my moms blog under Sue's blog on my links, she has pictures up from her visit and from Katie in her new bath.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Fighting to upload videos

New stuff from Grandma Anne

Just FYI and more

Just so everyone knows. You can click on the button on the right and it will let you subscribe to my blog so you get emails sent to you when I update it. Then you dont have to check it each day.

My Mom has gone home

Well gas is at $1.81 here in San Ramon and lower is some places nearby I have driven.
My mom has gone back to Diamond head Ms. She was here about 2 or 3 weeks and it was great to have her here. She and Katie enjoyed eachother. Thanks to I have been keeping my house cleaner and my mom commented on it and she even told other people. We are not super clean and tidy but making progress with small steps to create habits. I am trying.
So my mom will laugh at this. While she was here, we went to Safeway one day and ordered sandwiches. You go up to the machine and pick the sandwich you want. You can change the meat or bread or condiments or whatever you want. You put in your order and pay and then they call your name when it is done. Well we got this lady that should not have been working in the sandwich place. I got frustrated, partly with good reason. About 20 minutes later I asked if our sandwiches were done. (Yes it took 20 mintues to make 2 sandwiches) However the lady had screwed up and put onions on mine or screwed up my sandwich and someone elses, I dont know. Either way I said give it to me anyway I will take them off. Ugh, I can not even explain to you how frustrating it was. So we took our lunch back to my house and ate. I have only been there once and like the sandwich but after this said I was not going back.
Well I went back. I can hear my mom laughing now. Yep I got the same lady. After I ordered I noticed the lady and so I walked around the store. About 27 minutes later they finally finished my darn sandwich. Unbelievable it can take that long. I can not believe I went back.
Ok another thing to remember when mom was here. She stayed at Aunt Dorothys. So one day we all met for lunch at Wendys, Aunt Dorothy likes Wendys. Then we went back to her house and I was going to leave Katie with mom and Aunt Dorothy and go run errands for me and my mom. I took Katie inside and sat her on the floor. (she is sitting up well now on her own) I went to the kitchen with my mom and when we came back in the room, there is my 90 year old great Aunt on the floor playing with Katie. It was the cutest thing to see her on the floor with her.

We got to go out on 2 dates while mom was here. We went to movies and dinner. That was nice. I did not get to some of the things I wanted to but that is ok, we had a good time.

We went to see my old babysitter Georgia. We had a nice visit with her.
We got a Christmas tree and got it put up. Katie played with the branch, she loved her first Christmas tree. (Just don't tell Jasper it is Katies first tree not his)
What else? Not sure, lets hope my mom post some other things on her blog. Its on the right under Sue's Blog. She has pictures also. I will post more Katie things on the totsite. There are a ton and its all working now I guess so I can post the pictures and videos. Keep in mind I have 300 pictures to go through so be patient.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Here is a cute video
She was sitting on the changing table being busy.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!!!

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's' mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and sc reamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep, was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arm and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, when the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stores closing

I copied this from a Mommy group's message board, but I wanted to pass it on to you all.

Stores that informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009.


Circuit City stores... most recent (? how many )

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide are to be shut down

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherine's to close 150 store nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down ALL stores

J. Jill closing all stores

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January.

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ (New Brunswick)

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pacific Sunware closing stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores.


$1.97 for Gas!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Check out the crockpot link i have on the right. She did a 9.5 lb turkey in her crockpot. I copied more recipes to try. I also tried the one anne commented on my blog and it was yum!

Yay we did it

We had a date night. We went to see a movie. We saw Bolt. It was cute and pretty good. We both laughed and enjoyed it. Love the California pigeons or the NY ones. I really want a toy hamster in a ball. Not a real one, then I would have to take care of it so a toy would be fine.
We went to dinner after. Went to Izzys steak house near our house. We would not take Katie there so it was a good choice and was pretty good.
Then we went to yogurt shack and had frozen yogurt. You pick a flavor out of 6 flavors and put as much as you want in a cup and then what ever toppings you want. (they have lots) The catch is they charge by weight. It was good so who cares.
When we got home, Katie cried when I tried to take her from Grandma Sue. Here they are when I came home.

Thanks grandma Sue for watching her. Katie was good for grandma. She ate some peas and carrots and apples and played.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Elf on a Shelf

This is so cute. Now I just need and elf for next year and can start this tradition with Katie. She won't understand it for a while but its so cute.

Its on our wishlist

Friday, November 21, 2008


yay, gas is getting lower here. It is 50% less than in summer. $2.09 today. I am busy so not updating much, other things have priority. I guess there are people checking the totsite all the time as it says 105 visits in the last 24 hours!! Wow. Hope everyone is doing xmas shopping. I will but have note gotten much done. Sorry not posting much but will put more pictures up soon. Videos and Katies 6 month pictures I got taken last month and have not sent out. She is 7 months in the 26th. Drop me a message and say hello

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


So with my not sleeping so well the last few nights, (darn full moon) I have been catching up on reading on the computer. Reading other peoples blogs and sites. Tonight I am reading one that I have on a link on the right of my blog. A year of crock potting. She has some great recipes on there and I can get these done easier it seems then cooking later in the day. So take a look at the link. I have gone way back to older posts from I dont know what month but I like it. Now I am tired enough to try to sleep. (wish me luck)
Let me know if you try an of these recipes or have one of your own.

Monday, November 10, 2008

This is one of the videos while Grandma Anne was here. It was warm so we had lunch outside one day. Nice weather while Grandma Anne and grandpa Dan were here!!!

Last night I started making this noise. Neat huh!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Wow, finally

Yes the little things get me excited. Gas is at $2.53 a gallon here, yay

Thursday, November 06, 2008


More to come but probably on the totsite.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

October and holidays approaching

Wow! I can not believe it is October already. No wait, its Halloween in 1 day (note to self to pay rent) and its November and only 56 days or something til Christmas. This end of the year is creeping up fast. We have been busy with Katies Grandparents visiting and Grandma Sue coming in almost 3 weeks and moms group stuff and whatever else passes the day. I just had Katie's 6 month pictures taken. They came out cute so watch for those on the tot site (link is on right of my blog under Katie Madsen). Halloween pictures will get posted obviously after halloween. We went to the pumpkin patch also and I used my SLR 35mm camera so film is being processed. If you want pictures mailed to you, yes real 4x6 type paper photos, just let me know and I will send anything, I have lots. You can read all about Katie on the tot site and videos will be uploaded soon. Its 3 am and I need to hear them before I upload and I dont want to wake Shannon or Katie with it. (sound travels through the baby monitor)
I am updating the wish lists on I set one up for Katie and I also have one. Remember, it is just an idea for gifts since some of you ask about what we want for Christmas. This does not mean you have to purchase through amazon. I posted a toy box for Katie. We are not particular, maybe someone is handy with wood and can make a nice one or has one or has seen one, just wanted to put it on the list so someone knows. Our bbq has also died, we know we would like something more than the basic gas bbq but not the expensive $300 bbq. If you are considering this, just ask me or Shannon as we know sort of what we want.

Ok enough on gifts and that. What else is going on? We just bought a tempur-pedic bed over the weekend. A wedding/christmas gift to ourselves. It was a great deal and less than 1/2 the normal price for them so thats even better. Hmmm why am I not asleep on it right now?? Not sure. We will get new bedroom furniture of some sort when we move sometime next year, there is not enough room for it here right now.

I am working on trying to build my business again for 2009. I have many requests for events but nothing booked right now. It always seems to be this way at this time of year. I also have a portion of my calendar blocked right now. We will be taking a trip to Ireland and Scotland in July or August and I dont know the dates until January sometime so I have to keep it blocked for now. That will be a great trip. My dad, aunt and uncle are to go together to bury my grandmothers ashes in Scotland, so we are all going. Since I did not make it to Texas when she passed away, I want to make this trip. Anyway, so until I know dates for that, my calendar is blocked off right now. I also only have 1 more wedding left this year. Obviously was not too busy this year due to pregnancy and economy.

Not sure what else I can tell you so I think I will try to sleep and continue soon to tell you more on whats going on

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hmm "Eye on the Bay"

Tonight we watched Eye on the Bay, King Walnut from the Walnut Festival was on it. We it turns out they did this thing that was getting from point A to point B. Point A was "Blackhawk" and point B was "Brentwood". I learned a bit of information on the East Bay. We saw my cousins boyfriend Mike who works for Blackhawk homeowners, yay Mike. Then the show stopped in Walnut Creek on its travel out to Blackhawk and "King Walnut" was on it. I also learned about the creek and where it travels in Walnut Creek and where it meets up, which I had no idea about. Next was Pleasant Hill. I had no clue that Tom Hanks had a childhood home in Pleasant Hill. Next was Pittsburg and its various names and history before being named Pittsburg. OH wait I forgot the cool part, Concord. I was born in Concord and they talked about the hospital, now know as John Muir .... something or another. It was called Mt. Diablo community hospital when I was born there. Well Luke Skywalker, whatever his real name is, he was born there also, how cool. Then they traveled to Pittsburg and then to Brentwood. The only thing I found interesting in Brentwood, besides how much it grew, is that they have fruit stands and you go pick the fruit/vegetables yourself. I might actually check that out since i am due to head out that way soon. Not sure what is in season but may check it out anyway.
Ok thats my non baby related post. I thought it was an interesting segment of the show. I never watch it so maybe I will now on occasion.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Videos of little things

She cant get this thing t her mouth...

This one is just her being cute

This ball is insane. It starts making noise by itself or when you walk by and its just crazy.

Friday, October 03, 2008


Can you find what I have recently added to my blog?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Katie Dancing video

I just found out that Tami posted a video of Katie dancing at Pancho's wedding. You have to click on her blog on the right to view it. Its says crochetami. Enjoy and thanks tami

Diabetes Walk

Katie and I are participating in the diabetes walk along with our team. Help us reach our goals and sponsor us.

As many of you know or do not know, I am diabetic and had a hard time at the end of my pregnancy due to diabetes and pre-eclampsia. I was hospitalized for several days at 32 weeks and then Katie was born 1 month early.
I am trying to get it together and train to do the 10k walk. Last year this would have been much easier to do. This year I have to get in shape and have until October 12 to do it. I would love to have others join me and walk or just donate to a great cause. I have a team together, Spontaneous is on it and we would like more to join us. (help us figure out a name also) The Date is Oct 12.

About the Walk:
Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is a fund-raising walk, benefiting the ADA's mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Please support me by donating to my campaign.

I appreciate your support and I'll keep you posted on my progress. Thank you very much!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Here are a few videos. Katie is finding her voice and she found her toes. Enjoy.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Ike and Tina

I talked to Tina today. She is in Spring Texas, about 70-80 miles away from Gavelston. I have not looked on a map yet but will. Here is what she said. "Everyone is freaking out, we got a bunch of ice and I did a emergency kit about 2 months ago. We are not boarding up anything and we didn't get a generator.
We did get a bunch of beer so we should be good.
I'll let you know." So now I am watching the news 7 hours after talking to her. I hope they ride it out ok. Will keep you posted if I hear anything.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Margaret Brodie 9/10/2008

Here are some of the pictures I have of my grandmother. My grandmother passed away this morning, she was 86 or 87 (I have to confirm which). She had been having a rough time with the lung fibrosis and was just miserable. I know she is in a better place now and not suffering or miserable anymore. It makes me so sad. I was born on her birthday and her first grandchild. We shared a special bond and I have missed her since she moved to Texas. I really do not have the words to say or describe how i feel or what I can say right now. We named Katie "Katharine Margaret" using Margaret in honor of my grandmother and I can not say how glad I am that I did that. Katie never got to meet her great grandma. My grandmother was the only remaining of my grandparents. Coincidentally, my Grandpa Brown passed in September and my Grandpa Brodie and a few others. (my mom told me who, but I forget who was September) She has a great Grandfather on Shannon's side and I hope we make a trip to see him. Katie also has a Great Great Aunt, my great aunt Dorothy. She is 90. We have been to see her and its so nice to visit with her. She apparently has a Great great uncle also, on Shannon's side. (I think)
Anyhow I did get to see my grandmother last November for Thanksgiving and I am so grateful for that. (For whatever reason, we did not take a single picture) I also spoke with her yesterday (she was in the hospital)and am forever going to remember that and I thank my Aunt dearly for putting her on the phone. There will not really be much done for her. A small family rosary and then a small mass in Texas. Sometime my dad and Uncle and Aunt will take her ashes to Scotland so we will maybe all go for that.
Please go to and look under Margaret Brodie and you will enjoy the pictures and please sign the guestbook.
Not sure what else I can say on this.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Pancho Got Married, yippeee!!!

Jodie and I with the groom before the ceremony.

Jodie and Katie. (Jodie is actually pregnant(5months I think), due in December on Christmas! Cant tell can you?

The day finally arrived for Pancho and Laura to get married. It was such a fun ceremony and reception. The ceremony was so cute and not too sappy but just enough to make tears.
We took Katie and she did pretty good. Shannon was able to keep her quiet during the ceremony. Only noise she was making was the sucking on the pacifier noise she did, loudly.
On our way to the location, I called Tami and asked her to come join us. I had been trying to figure out a way to have her join us and then Mark was sick and stayed home so it worked out great. She missed the ceremony but enjoyed the reception with us. It was nice to see so many people I had not seen since I worked at Eloan in 1998. Unfortunately Tina did not get to come out from Texas but we have been sending pictures. I will post pictures I have and hopefully will get some from Jodie and Tami and the photographer. I am attaching the slideshow the photographer did and then my own pictures I have.

I dont know if it will work to click or if you have to copy and paste. Someone will show me how to fix it.

I think this was the get away car or something.
Tami was fixing the cake I think.

Friday, August 29, 2008


We put Katie in the Jumperoo and as you can see, she loves it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Katie giggles (14-15 weeks)

This is so cute but when I hold a camera at Katie, she tends to just stare at it. I will have Shannon video tape it and I will get her laughing, its so cute.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

July has been busy

We have had a busy month. Katie is growing and learning and meeting lots of people and family. She will be laughing soon, she is working on it. We have had visits with Janene and her family and Stacey and Amy came to visit. Bobby and Maleah came out from Tennessee to visit and we have had a great time. We went to the cabin and it was a great trip. We went to the Dewings yesterday for a wonderful dinner. Finally getting to see the finished kitchen, so here are pictures. Its a major remodeling of the kitchen. It looks fantastic.

I will post more pictures on my totsite. Most are Katie not much to put here. Here are a few to enjoy anyway.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Videos of lots of stuff

We went to the cabin for 4th of july. Now I guess we usually did this as kids but I never knew they did much in La Porte for the 4th. (population 26) THis year they had a dog show and a parade and a ice cream social. The parade is the "Worlds only 1 block parade". And we thought danville had a corny 4th of july parade, well this tops it) Pretty much I have no idea who was in the parade except and old fire engine and a new one. The participants in the parade just circled around the block and came through again. Mildly entertaining.

Muir Woods

I had never been to Muir Woods. We took a drive on Sunday June 29th out towards the coast. It was beautiful. Katie loved looking at the trees. It wore her out and she fell asleep. IT was an adventure to drive and take Katie. Took us longer than it should have due to stopping to feed her but it was a nice drive with all of us together

Monday, June 30, 2008

Katie videos

If you click on the link on the right of my blog that says Anne Madsen, she uploaded the rest of the videos they did while they were here. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Gramma Anne and Grandpa Dan took some videos

Katie is here- testing some videos

This is a video Shannon did just after Katie was born. ( I think) I dont know exactly when it was done, within the first 3 days.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Spring is here!

Wow, I have not posted anything in nearly a month. Shows how exciting my life is. Lets see what I can tell you about. For pregnancy stuff you have to go to the little madsen site (there is a link on the right of this blog)
Well we are doing ok in out little world of wildlife. We had a skunk again but I think we got him out from under out place and got it blocked up. Have not smelled him so lets hope so. We did have lots of hummingbirds but they are gone to where ever they go. I put a different finch feeder out and it is not much success so I need to move it and replace/refill the sock. If nothing else it is amusing to watch the cat inside go crazy after them.
Our latest and newest addition has been ducks. The little creek you cross to get in to where we live has had 2 ducks and they hang around a little. Not all the time. I like to see them so I hope they continue for a while.
Flowers (and weeds ) are in bloom and the weather is nice so its nice to get outside more.
This morning (Easter) we had four deer outside to sit and watch. One was a baby and one had little antlers growing and not sure on the other 2. The one with the antlers starting was only using 3 legs and hurt its back leg. I could not watch long it made me have tears. Shannon and jasper watched them for a while. Could not take a picture either as my camera is in the car i think. Oh well.
Well it finally happened and shannon felt an earthquake. It was only 3.2 and really really quick. We had a swarm of them on Thursday were centered about 2 miles from here. So we were sitting here and one hit so he finally felt a very small and fast one.
That is about it for now. Whats up with you guys?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Easily Amused

So my cousin Amy and I had lunch today. As many of you know, I have not been working so I have been home a lot. It was so beautiful outside today!!! We sat outside at this little cafe in Pleasant Hill, (Fishermans Wharf) and had a crab melt, Yummmm!! So we are sitting there and this little old lady with a cane (probably 0 to 80 years old) she asked us if we could watch her cart. She was going in to get her lunch and she left her shopping cart outside with a grocery bag and pizza in it. I think my comment back was "sure no problem. If anyone touches it we will beat them up" or something. Amy can add ad comment to correct me. So this little old lady comments back, "I have a gun in my purse...... " not sure what else she said, I was stuck on that. So glad neither Amy or myself were drinking anything as it would have gone everywhere, we just sort of choked!! Did not expect that. Oh my.

OH and Amy got to sort of feel the baby kick around. After we had lunch baby started moving around, which happens after I eat. I dont know if she felt big ones but little ones. I did not want to freak her out or anything but she seemed to like the idea of feeling baby move. Lucky for her, because I dont seem to let most people touch my belly. Its not something I am super comfortable with.

So other things to just mention. So is anyone noticing the things going on in Oakland? Oak runs out of money for gun buybacks???? So they are trying to buy back guns and then they run out of money to do it? Great, but this is even better...
Oaksterdam University.... just what they need in Oakland or anywhere for that matter.

The other things that seem to be amusing to me. Well I bought this little finch feeder sock that hangs for the little birdies. Oh my the finches love it. I think I am totally teasing the cat also, he is so entertained watching it. I can sit there just about as long as the cat and watch them. I think we had 9 finches on the thing at one time. However, those little finches are pigs and ate the entire thing in about 2-3 days tops.

Now, as you can see, I dont know how to do the links like Tami does on her blogs. I guess I need to learn how. I guess since nobody responded to the post I did a few posts ago, nothing is going on with anyone. I would love it if you people reading this would leave comments or stories or something.

Dog Diary vs Cat Diary

Dog Diary vs Cat Diary

For all my animal loving friends............
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre
little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other
inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my
contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something
in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my
dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I
had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly
demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending
comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed
in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could
hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due
to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use
it to my advantage.

This morning? I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of
my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this
again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The
dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be
more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to
be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am
certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective
custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.

For now...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I dont have anything exciting to post. I am keeping busy meeting with clients for later in the year. I also had a wedding last weekend to do. I have been keeping the baby website up to date with information and pictures. I also added to my links, a baby pool to see what people are guessing for the gender and size and birthday of the baby.
As for my grandmother, she is not doing well at all. She is now living at my Aunts house and they are taking care of her and helping her.
Not much else to report. I am just keeping busy with things and thats about it. So tell me whats going on with all of you?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Things going on

Well we are into the new year. I have not done much to report that is exciting. We went to the Walnut Festival Crab Feed. It was fun to do. We saw some people we had not seen for a while and then some we had not seen in a week. It was fun. I have been keeping busy a little on the weekends meeting with clients I have for April and for August. This past weekend was busy, Saturday especially. I had a client meet me at 10 here. Then I left at noon to drive to Tracy for a baby shower for a childhood friend.
She is due March 1. It was good to see her and her mom and some people at the shower and it was fun.
Then I drove back from Tracy so Shannon and I could get back in the car and head to Concord for his glider club Banquet. That was fun too. Shannon did great this last year and had many #1 slots including Pilot of the Year in his category. Yay, go Shannon.
It seemed there were just 2 people in a lot of #1 slots, Shannon and another guy, Ramy. I told Shannon to beat him this year. However, with a baby on the way, it may have put a damper on some of Shannon's flying and priorities this year. I am sure he will get out and fly though.
Upcoming things we have going on? mmmm My birthday. Nothing exciting on my calendar, I just checked.
Anyway, all these pictures are from Saturday. Do I look 23 weeks pregnant?

Monday, January 07, 2008


Happy New Year to everyone. Please share in the comments, what you did New Years or for the holidays or anything interesting or not interesting or just leave a comment.
This year I was determined not to stay home again new years. So Jim, Shannon, Tami and I all went out. We stayed out this way to keeps costs down. We ended up at Skipolini's in Walnut Creek for pizza dinner. It was good. I think I was the only one that had been there. We were just attempting to not pay $20 or more a person for dinner, so kept it casual and such. Worked out well, everyone seemed to enjoy it. Next we went to Dan's. We got there early and got a table to sit at. The band, I had not seen before, was doing sound check and was awful and way too loud. Then when they started it got worse. We left and went over to Meenars in Danville. The private partiers were there. It was better and we had a good time. The drunk people got annoying so Shannon and I left just after midnight. Jim showed up at our place after he left and crashed at our place. It was not a super eventful night. Tami has the only pictures and she has one posted on her blog.
Other than that, my brother got engaged on New Years. He is pretty happy on that. Its now the 7th.
All evidence of Christmas is gone. I took the tree down and decorations. I had a break in rain to get to the storage bins so I did it. I have a new wedding to do in Feb. Should be easy and good an gives me something to do. I do have a few little things coming up here and there to occupy time. The gym or excercise is on my list. I guess one of the exciting things would be that I finally made a decision on a new cell phone and got one. I had to get one with speakerphone since the new handsfree law is approaching. So good bye to my little alien I liked on my phone. This one has nothing special I know of yet.
We are at 21 weeks of pregnancy now. Check out the little madsen website. I got all excited and sad when I was in Target as the bedding I picked out is going on clearance. So I will have to find out if mom is buying it or what or just buy it ourselves. Good thing is it is cheaper and it does not show the clearance prices online on the registry. OH well.
Thats about it for now.
Tell us about your holidays!!