Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It's Over

High School, that is. Miss Priss graduated on June 3rd in front of God and everyone. A collective family sigh was released and now we're on to the next big adventure. Before I move on with this story, let me tell you that this graduation may have been the best one I have ever attended - 11 graduates in total (a charter school) - each graduate had a teacher give speech in their behalf, each graduate got to give a speech, and the parents of each graduate were allowed to give one, too. It was all very personal and very touching.

Oh, but the hits just keep on coming... The Graduate decided to QUIT.HER.JOB because it was "hard work" cashiering at the grocery store and it wasn't like, "sitting at a desk all day," like I do. Yes, mom and dad BOTH insisted you don't quit a job until you get a job, but she-who-knows-the-intricacies-of-the-universe knew better and did it anyway.

Well, this kiddo was informed not to expect ANY gas money from the parental units. She says, "I know," and we know she's thinking I have alllllllllllllllll this graduation money, etc... of course, she has almost sped through it. We're squirreling away $500.00.

So, will she get a job before gas money runs out? Stay tuned!

Monday, March 29, 2010


My kiddo turned 18 last week. Where did time go??

Miss Engaged is now a married woman - man, oh, man is THAT a long story. I don't have the energy for that one right now! Let's just say he got shipped overseas with the military, she's staying with his alternative-lifestyle sister, and looks for ways to stick it to her mom. Frankly, the mom kind of deserves it, but I would never say that in front of the girls. There's more, but like I said, there's just not enough coffee to get through it.

I miss blogging. I keep saying that and not committing to be faithful. Good thing I'm not married to it, huh?

Right this moment, life is good - how about you??

Friday, February 26, 2010

Teen Updates

Oh, the world has spun around again! Miss Priss and Miss Engaged are now sworn enemies.

Frankly, I couldn't be happier. Miss E is bad news. And we don't need no stinkin' bad news at our house.

Subject switch: Our little Shih Tzu, Georgi, just had two discs removed Wednesday. She's a trooper and can already stand, but we make her lie back down. I can't tell you how horrible it is to hear your little pet screaming in agony. But, that should be relieved now - we just have to get through the surgery recovery process.

Back to first subject: Senior pics are being taken tomorrow - all outdoors. I am really looking forward to this. So is Miss Priss as her hair got dramatically more blonde yesterday. Oh, yes it did.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I don't have a thing to say that I can think of as my fingers are typing this. Then, I remember that I don't think I have posted about my favorite Christmas gift - the Kindle. Oh yeah, I am loving that thing.

Now, don't get me wrong. I am a book LOVER - yep, all "all caps" kind of book lover. I love how they feel, smell, and look. If I had my way, I would live in a library (really) - maybe a lighthouse-shaped library on the edge of a beautiful ocean, but we won't go down that path right now. BUT, (mmmhmmm the big "but" too) this Kindle is a reader's dream. I can carry approximately 1500 books in my hand.

And so many free ones! The classics are free... public domain and all. Oh, it is big fun.

Do you have one? Do you love it?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Saying the "C" Word

Well... found out I have melanoma, BUT, it's gonna be okay. My dermatologist called me and informed me the mole she removed was positive for melanoma and she was going to refer me to M.D. Anderson's Melanoma Department. If you don't live here, you probably don't know what hearing those words do to you. MD Anderson is the world's leading cancer facility - an amazing place, but when you hear you're being sent there, you think... yikes!

So, let me get to it. I happened (by the grace of God) to have been assigned to the world's leading melanoma specialists - this is no exaggeration. Until you go, you imagine a host of scary thoughts, but I went and it looks as if what I have is very manageable and was caught early.

I'll know more after next week. This gives him time to review the pathology slides, but on the initial visit, he said he didn't think I would need surgery and for a surgeon to tell you this is a GOOD thing. Whew.

This may change if the pathology indicates something he doesn't know, but I feel so much better! And I can say, "cancer," and not freak out.

So, that's that. One thing I know for sure is I really, really WANT to volunteer at MD Anderson - the place is AMAZING. I called to sign up for weekends, but they are booked with volunteers. I'm getting on the waiting list.

Monday, February 1, 2010


Tomorrow I face something scary. It's health-related and I don't want to give it life by talking about here yet. I am a FIRM believer in positivity, so after tomorrow, I might be able to tell a bit more.

Send me good vibes!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


After going through a holiday season and MLK Day, it's hard to get back on a regular track.

It's Wednesday. Feels like Thursday. I need Friday.

Something scary coming up next week, however, so I guess I should be glad it's not Friday.


Monday, January 25, 2010

After the Drama

Okay... whew... hold on.

The girls did NOT meet at the mall... careful engineering by the Engaged one. But, Miss Engaged dumped both Nicole and Chelsea to hang out with her "only a friend" named Scott. Scott is not the fiancee. In fact, fiancee, Marine, would probably not be happy with this "friendship."

Wellllllllll, Saturday was New Best Friend's birthday party at her house. NBF's mom informed her that Miss Engaged was not welcome in their home (after all the previous drama). So, the girls must find a way to tell her. Eventually, Chelsea got the nerve to tell Michelle, whereupon, Michelle informed Miss Priss that Chelsea was a "retarded liar."

Miss Engaged was REALLY angry that she isn't welcome at Chelsea's home, but expects Miss Priss to understand and not be angry that Miss Priss isn't welcomed at HER home.

Sooooooo... this means Miss Engaged was not allowed to come to New Best Friend's birthday party, but there was a lot of texting going on which led to an all-out fight over the texting airwaves.

My kiddo is playing Switzerland throughout the whole process. She still wants to be friends with Miss Engaged, but I don't understand why.

This left Miss Priss and New Best Friend having a great weekend.

And for something completely non-related: The boy across the street has commenced flirting with Miss Priss. Previously, she dismissed his attentions as he was "like a brother" to her. Seems that is no longer the case. We'll see.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Can You Get TOO Much Drama?

No! Of course not!

The drama now is rather mild. This is all-girl drama. A third "best friend" has entered the inner sanctum and jealousies are flaring up all over the place. It seems Miss Engaged (Michelle) is not happy that Miss Priss (Nicole) is friends with New Best Friend (Chelsea), so accusations and rumors are flying all over.

Things like, "Chelsea's parents don't like you and don't want you at their house," "Chelsea really doesn't like Michael - he's too clingy," etc.... Of course Miss Engaged is saying New Best Friend is saying all this stuff. Miss Priss is believing Miss Engaged.

Miss Priss calls New Best Friend to "confront" her about all these accusation. New Best Friend denies it all. Miss Priss gets New Best Friend and Miss Engaged to agree to meet at the mall to hash it all out after school.

After all the plans are in place, Miss Engaged has Miss Priss also believing New Best Friend won't be able to "lie" when they are all there together.

WELL....evidently, New Best Friend told her mom all this and her mom called me today to let me know that Miss Priss is most assuredly liked and allowed in their home. Seems Miss Engaged must be the jealous culprit and the instigator of issues.

Hmmm... will the truth come out at the mall? The mall is, after all, where one would go to mediate issues. They DO have a food court.

My guess? Miss Engaged will retain her powers and put a spin on everything and the Gullibles will buy the story.

I'll let you know.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pro Nap

That's right. I am completely, totally in FAVOR of naps!

I need one right this minute (either that or go out to lunch).


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's Over

The long weekend, that is. We shipped Miss Priss to Denver last Friday and she came home yesterday. She spent the entire MLK weekend with my aunt & uncle (her greats) and all their extended family - tons of cousins.

Nicole had never seen snow or mountains, so she had a tee-total blast!

And her parents... did too.

Thank you Southwest Airlines for having inexpensive flights. I love you.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bad Book Choices

Went to my book club meeting last night. We had read, "Home," by Marilynne Robinson. The general consensus was, "Ugh."

I have to say her writing was beautiful... I wanted to keep reading just to see how she would phrase the next sentence, what words she would choose, but the storyline was... well... boring.

The choice for the next meeting is, "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie," by Alan Bradley - a little adventure, murder, and detective story. Sounds like we're in for just a plain, fun read.

Have you read it?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Out Patient

I had some "out-patient" surgery on my arm yesterday. May I just say one word? Thank you. Here it is:


Friday, January 8, 2010

Starting Fresh

Okay, I know it's been a LONG time since I blogged. Facebook has gotten hold of me and I seem to be trapped there, but am finding I am missing longer, more thoughtful posts. So, no commitments to daily posts, but I can start anew in 2010.

That brings me to a quick wrap-up of 2009. If you have visited me before, you already know the majority of this will be kid-related. When you insert MY kid into that sentence, it would really be drama-related. Let's see... since last we spoke, all report cards have been really good. That's a cool thing.

Miss Priss seems to have relinquished the over-burning desire for a boyfriend at all costs for a few minutes. She is happily esconced in her friend's drama right now. She has a new best friend - Shelly. Marine was on leave the 2 weeks of Christmas break and Shelly informed her parents she would be spending the entire 2 weeks in a hotel with Mr. Marine. Her parents, of course, were adamant she would NOT do such a thing, but she did. It seems 17 is that "twilight" age in Texas - the kids can leave, but the parents can't do much to get them back, however, the kids can come back and the parents have to take them. I know, I know... this is a rambling story.

Let's get back to it... she left, she stayed the 2 weeks, and when the 2 weeks was up, her parents wouldn't let her back home. Well, they would with these conditions: Give up Mr. Marine. Give up your cell phone (the one he bought and pays for). Give up your friend (my child). She has to give up my daughter because Miss Priss does not encourage her to leave Mr. Marine.

Why these parents expect my minor to have more sense than their minor, is starting to get my goat! These girls believe in the fairy tale romance, etc...and think Mr. Marine is like Richard Gere in "An Officer and A Gentleman" and he might just swoop in and carry Shelly out the door to a new and wonderful life (ugh! as if!).

Anyway, the parents were refusing shelter until she met all the stipulations above. I know I would be as angry as they, but they aren't leaving this kid any wiggle room. Personally, I would've grounded her for two weeks, restricted phone use, and tried to get some counseling for the kid.

It got to the point where another mom and I had to call Shelly's mom and tell her we weren't raising her kid and she needed to make something happen. She refused, so we decided to tell Shelly she couldn't stay with us either. She ended up with a 3rd friend and got some sort of bug. They called her parents and she is home as of yesterday.

They took her to the doctor - respiratory infection - her parents made her stay home from school yesterday and today, plus the weekend. Miss Priss is worried she might never have her best friend back.

So... that's the lastest drama update here.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Geez... you quit blogging for months on end and they deactivate you?? I think I need to get back at it!

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