Friday, February 26, 2010

Karma: Ready for the Times to Get Better

I was looking for some uplifting songs to add to my new Hope and Change playlist and I came across this old song from the 80's. I always loved Crystal Gayle when I was growing up.  I think good things are coming for my family.  And you know I believe in The Secret and thinking positive thoughts and all that jazz.  

I've decided to make this a regular Friday feature here at The Young and The Relentless.  Putting positive thoughts and messages out into the universe!  Leave a comment with your positive thought for yourself, your family or just in general!  Join me in bring good things into our lives!

Have a great weekend!

When you're out on a limb...the whole world is at your feet. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Steve and Alec do The Oscars

I'm a little bit excited today.  

I love movies.  I love the stories and the feeling of being somewhere else for 98 minutes.  I love that some movies make me cry, laugh and not be able to sleep at night.

I love watching The Oscars to see who wins for best actress, actor and picture for the year.  I really love when a movie that I've seen and loved wins.  And Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin should be fun to watch don't you think?

I'm really excited because my friends Sara and Mike invited us to an Oscar Party!!  As soon as I RSVP'd Yes....I went to check out the nominees for Best Picture and I was disappointed that I've only seen one of them.  And the one I have seen...I've seen 50 times. That movie would be UP!

*Movies I've Seen

Best Picture 
District 9
An Education
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Up In The Air
A Serious Man

Best Lead Actor
Jeff Bridges.....Crazy Heart
George Clooney....Up in the Air
Colin Firth....A Single Man
Morgan Freeman....Invictus
Jeremy Renner....The Hurt Locker

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon....Invictus
Woody Harrelson....The Messenger
Christopher Plummer...The Last Station
Stanley Tucci...the Lovely Bones
Christopher Waltz....Inglourious Basterds

Best Lead Actress
Sandra Bullock....The Blind Side
Helen Mirren.....The Last Station
Carey Mulligan...An Educaiton
Meryl Streep....Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz....Nine
Vera Farmiga....Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal....Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick....Up in the Air

So....the plan for the next 10 days is to see as many of these movies as we can.  A few of them are available on DVD and some are still in theaters!  I'm really disappointed that I won't be able to see Up in the Air.  There are theaters that are showing all 10 films over two I could go see it, but you have to buy a ticket for all of the movies and I don't have that kind of time.

And of course, there is an iPhone App for The Oscars.   

How many of these have you seen?  Will you be watching? Which movie do you think will win best picture?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

788, 922

I know I've touched on it before....but I'm so in love with my life.  Being here everyday with my kids and watching and enjoying every single thing they learn and do is the most amazing gift.  Knowing that I got to be here with them for all of their moments will be something I always hold in my heart.  And I know someday when they are teenagers and they don't like me...I'll be able to draw on those memories and remember when they were little people.

I've been in a panic for the last few days because I realized that Alex will be starting Kindergarten in 18 months.  Did you hear that?  That was the wind being sucked out of me again.  18 months will be gone in the blink of an eye.  We've been in Utah for 41 months and it feels like we just moved here yesterday.

The time is going too quickly and I have to savor every minute of the next 18 months.  788,922 minutes.   I have so much to do and thanks to my friend much to say YES to.

Oh, and can someone please explain to me how my about to be three years old?  How the heck did that happen?

So to go with the theme of loving my life and enjoying my job as a Mom...I came across this video that proves to me that what I'm doing matters and I intend to watch this every day for the next 18 months.

Get a tissue....

The Bachelor: Women Tell it ALL

I always enjoy the Women Tell All shows...they are usually very informative and this one didn't disappoint. The only thing that bugged me is how they jumped around all over the place on this one. My notes...are a mess. My husband worked on his laptop next to me while I watched and he said he thought this was one of the prettiest set of girls they've ever had.

The taped recapping of the season with Jake and Chris seems a little weird to me, I wonder when they taped it. He mentioned that Elizabeth was playing games with the no kissing thing and that crossed a line with him. He talked about how his relationship with Vienna blossomed when they jumped off that bridge together. And then he said what I've known all along...he and Tenley are a match made in heaven!

The segment where they showed the Bachelor Reunion Orgies in Vegas and Mexico made me really uncomfortable. But then I like how they tried to redeem themselves by doing charity work for homeless people. I still think Juan is as gay as a 2 dollar bill.

And then we begin....Chris talks about how they start out with 25 well adjusted women and that led to a segway of discussing Michele. There were several castmates that said she was scaring them and a little spacey. They put her in the hot seat and she did a pretty good job of defending herself. Because really what can she say? Chris asked the ladies twice if they did an honest edit job of Michele and everyone said there was nothing to edit...she was what she was. Bat Sh*t Crazy. Poor Michele....

I loved, loved, loved the comments that people had about Tenley. That she fell out of a disney movie, she sh*ts rainbows and dreams in cartoons. I love Tenley and she's been my favorite from the beginning and those were all completely accurate.

The comments and scenes about Vienna were right on as well. They described her as catty, drama, trailer trash and immature. They said she would say things without thinking and then apologize. After one liked her anymore.

No one had anything to say about Ali but she defended some things she said and confirmed what I already thought...she's a mean girl. She mentioned that she needs to work as hard at love as she does her job and I would have to agree. I fully expected they were going to announce her as the next Bachelorette last night...but they didn't.

Gia took the hot seat and she said that she realizes that she didn't tell Jake how she felt and she normally bottles up her feelings. But she's learned from this experience and the next time she finds a guy to date she's going to be more like Michele. WHAT???? Oh god NO!

Rozlyn took the hot seat and it was very interesting. Earlier in the show they had discussed it a little bit and some of the girls told stories about what they had seen between Rozlyn and the producer in question, we'll call him Dave Ryan. She was obviously not in *the green room* watching the show because once Gia, Jessie and Ella told what they saw...Rozlyn said they were all lying and none of it ever happened. She says that she and Dave Ryan were just friends and he letting her use his cell phone to call her son. She also said when Chris confronted her on camera about this inappropriate behavior, she thought he was talking about the cell phone use. That's why she didn't deny it. She asked Chris to produce tape that proved what he's accusing her of and he explained that they do not roll film 24 hours a day, that there is lots of down time and Dave Ryan would know when the camera's where rolling and when they weren't. And she accused Chris Harrison of hitting on Dave's Ryan's wife in New Zealand. Are you kidding me?

So...last but not least, Jake comes out. They discuss some of the break ups and he talks about how his heart was crying and then it was telling him that one of the ladies was wonderful and then it was broken. Jake's poor heart has taken a beating!

The funniest thing of the whole night....the blooper reel. I had to rewind parts of it several times because it was so funny. I'm sure it will be on You Tube soon.

Jake says that he is happy with how the show turned out. Unfortunately, I've read the spoilers and I think I know who he picks. I hope I'm wrong.

Who do you think gets the final rose? Are you Team Tenley or Team Vienna?


EDITED: The guys name is RYAN and you can see a sexy ass picture of him HERE.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Friend Makin Monday...Confessions

Do you ever lay in bed on Monday morning and realize you have nothing to blog about?  After drawing a blank this morning I was really hoping that Amber would have something good for me today to save me.  And she did....she wants me to confess what I did this weekend.

It was a pretty lazy weekend really.  We didn't do anything with the kids because they got in trouble for pouring a new bottle of saline solution down the sink earlier in the week so they lost their reward for doing their chores.

We don't go out to eat when I'm on the protocol so we BBQ'd outside since the temps were half way decent (38 degrees in Utah is a heatwave).  We didn't eat outside....cuz that would just be crazy!

Calvin is working his tail off to learn everything he needs to know for this new project I was telling you about.  Even though he's tired from getting only 6 hours of sleep a night...he's in a great mood and a joy to be around.  I mentioned it to him last night and he said he finally feels hopeful about something.  I told him that's some Hope and Change that I can believe in!  I'm so happy that he's feeling so much better about life in general and I hope this is the beginning of something great for him.

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~ Allan K. Chalmers

Bobbi and I started working on some stuff for Mallory's birthday party. ( can't wait to show you)  Bobbi is making something special for the gift bags and I was making her birthday invitations.  I realized that I suck at making circles so we ran out to Michaels for some circle making plastic stencils....and then we went to Target because I'm melting out of my clothes.  For a full account of what happened at Target....go to my fitness blog for Tales from the Fitting Room. The bad thing that happened at Target is the reason for my confession today.

I cheated on my diet again.  Bobbi failed to keep me from purchasing and eating a little debbie Red Velvet cake.  She is now fired from accompanying me to the store.  Psst...don't tell the people that read my fitness blog.  I didn't tell them about my slip up.  I didn't feel too bad about the cheat because it was only 100 calories and 17g of carbs and I still lost .4 pounds.  But I'm seriously not going to do it again.  That was my LAST cheat.  I promise.

I also watched the last 4 episodes of United States of Tara that I got from NetFlix.  Have you seen this show?  I just love it!!  It's on showtime so I'll have to wait for the next season to come out on DVD but I seriously love all of the actors and I'm going to miss them so much.

Just like I miss Bill since Calvin cancelled HBO.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Home Alone....

My sisterwife had the day off from work and she took my kids out for four and a half hours.  I didn't know what to do with myself.  I can count on one hand the number of times I've been alone in my house for more than an hour in the last 4 years.  I ate my lunch (taco salad...hamburger and romaine) and then I lit some candles and turned on some music.  I wanted to read...but I cleaned the windows instead.  Then I moped the floors, vacuumed and cleaned a couple bathrooms. I even texted Calvin and tried to get him to come home for a little Afternoon Delight.....

I finally sat down to watch The Young and The Restless but I kept jumping up to clean or organize something.  I think I have a problem.....

Then, I cheated on my diet and I ate a 1/2 cup of Golden Grahams. It was soooo good!!   Then when Bobbi got back she brought more candy into my house and I had a couple jelly beans.  I was so mad at myself and my punishment was a dinner that consisted of one hardboiled egg.  I still managed to lose 1.2 pounds...don't ask me how.

This brings me to this problem that I have.  WHY?  Why couldn't I relax and do something for myself?  Why couldn't I read a book or watch a movie?  Or take a freakin nap?  My head is still reeling at how panicked I felt.  I think there must be something seriously wrong with me and I need professional help.

What would you do with 4 free hours? 

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Love my Ordinary Days

You might not know this, but I started my second round of the hCG Protocol this week.  It's been tough...much tougher than the first time but luckily I had something to keep me busy and my mind off from food.  My friend Angie ordered a Chore Chart from me and I like the one I made for her so much better than the one I made for my kids.  I was so excited about it that I decided to share it with you.  Angie gave me a couple colors that she liked and I tried to find some scrapbook paper to match...I love the birds!




You may also remember me telling you about the family journal that I'm keeping. I read a wonderful post this week from InCourage about a similar journal and it inspired me to add a little more to mine. Now each week, I will add my lists. It's the perfect addition to what I wanted for this journal and I can't believe I didn't think of it myself. My goal with this is to have something to look back on to see a snapshot of our lives. To remember and enjoy. My lists and thoughts on a page will be the perfect thing for the kids to look back on someday and help them really know me.  My journals are my legacy...

And then I read a quote from a blog that I mostly lurk on.  Do you have blogs that you read but don't comment on because they inspire you so much that you don't feel like you can express in words what they mean to you?  I might be the only silly one but Enjoying the Small Things makes my life so much better.  Today I opened my google read to find this....

"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day, I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return."

Kelle's posts about her family are so touching and wonderful and her photographs...oh my gosh, she's just fabulous. So often when I read her posts I take away something significant that I want in my life. Today she helped me remember that I'm in love with my ordinary days and I want to cherish them. This is the life I always dreamed of and I'm so happy it's mine.

In other darling husband is working night and day. After the children go to bed at night he has been working several hours on a project that could bring that job opportunity I told you about the other day. I wish I could tell you more...and I will when I can. Thank you so much for keeping my family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'm a Geek Lover not a Greek Lover

Before I show you what Stavros looks like....I need to explain something.  I love nerdy guys.  A trip to the Apple Store turns me on and if you really want to get in my me a iTunes Gift Card.  I won't even tell you what I did to Calvin when he bought me Apple TV.

For TV boyfriends are all of the geek/nerd variety.  Like.....

Dwight Schrute

Henry Grubstick

Then there's the guy that invented Apple Computers....Steve Wozniak. 

And my honey bunny iKeith.

So it shouldn't surprise you at all that I'm attracted to brains.....

Garrison Keilor

This is who Stavro's looks like....about 20 years younger but very, very similar. 

My Big Fat Greek Boyfriend: The End

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Eventually, I took Stavro's phone calls and we met for coffee and he started coming around again.  I wouldn't say we were back together but we were keeping each other company and somehow I ended up giving him back the key to my apartment.

In early June, my parents came to visit and I was planning to meet them and my sister at Old Chicago's for dinner.  Bobbi had a new boyfriend and we were all going to be meeting him for the first time.  I was on my way to the restaurant when Stavros called me and asked what I was doing.  I invited him to dinner with us and he said no.  I could tell he was upset about something because he was being short with me.  He called back a few minutes later and said that he was coming.  Great.

Stavro's arrived after we had ordered our drinks and acted kind of huffy that we hadn't waited for him.  My family tried to make conversation with him and he was short with them too.  I couldn't for the life of me figure out what his problem was so I asked him.  He told me he was really angry with me for the way I'd treated his parents and that I'd ruined any chance we had at being together.  I kept trying to tell him that we were never going to really be together because of our cultural difference and the fact that his Mom didn't like me but he just kept harping on things that I was doing wrong.   This went on for 30 minutes...I kept telling him this wasn't the time or place to discuss this and he just kept at it.  I was so embarrassed and I asked him to leave.  He refused, so I ignored him.

Finally, he stomped out of the restaurant.  And then he came give me my key.  Thanks!  Then he came back a second time with $1.79 for his soda that he had ordered.  Thanks. 

When I got home....I discovered my journal on the couch.  He had come to my apartment and read the entire thing.  This is why he was so angry....he had read all that I had written about Ike and Tina and what horrible people I thought they were.  I was furious that he had violated my privacy and I never spoke to him again.

~The End~

Three months later....I met the love of my life.  

*Keep us in your thoughts...a job opportunity is brewing..... 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Bachelor: Torn Between Three Lovers

Have I told you lately how much I can't wait for this show to be over?  I like Jake but he is so freakin boring and I dislike Vienna soooo much.  I cringe through most of the show.  This week I was able to watch it live since my favorite shows were repeats because of the Olympics.  I checked twitter a few times and NO ONE was tweeting about it.  Not even Trista Sutter.

This weeks show takes place in Saint Lucia and will include lots of pretend shocked facial expressions when the fantasy cards appear.  Why do they always act surprised?   We started the show with poor heartbroken Ali sitting in a hotel room in San Fransisco with 8X10's of Jake printed off the ABC website next to her bed, crying about having to leave Jake.  She loves her job but her life is without love.

The first date belongs to GIA.  Jake is hoping that she can move past her old relationships and move forward with least for the day.  They decide to take a boat to some shops because he wants to see her in her natural element.  They buy coconut drinks and Jake tries to dirty dance with her in the street.  This poor man has not an ounce of rhythm and seeing that probably killed any chance he had of getting laid.  Jake also tried to fist bump a street musician who thought Jake was trying to punch him in the face.  Luckily, someone quickly taught him the secret handshake so Jake could seem cool the next time they encountered a local.

They end the evening at Smuggler's Cove...a beautiful spot on the beach with candles and a giant hammock.  Jake wants to take care of her and make her feel least for today.  Jake tells GIA a bunch of crap that makes her think he is deep.  This is probably because Hockey players don't talk about their feelings and cry like Jake does.  Jake tells her that he is falling for least for today.  Gia accepts the Fantasy Card and says she's ready to go all the way.  They arrive at their love nest and get into a bubble bath.  My 2 year old was watching this with me and she wanted to know why they were taking a bath.  I told her they were dirty.  

Tenley arrives at the airport for her date and then gets to go on a tour of the island.  Jake enjoys watching her excitement and is happy that they agree on so many marriage and family.  The copter drops them off at a rainforest and they have a picnic and then go exploring.  She loves every little thing about Jake and he wants to have a boy crush on his wife for 20 years.

They go to a black sand beach and frolic in the surf.  Tenley is worrying about the Fantasy Card that is coming because this is her chance to mention her ex-husband and the fact that she hasn't been with any other men since him.  Tenley decides to throw all caution to the wind and accepts the card.  Jake dances with her and she tells him she wants to dance with him forever.  She trusts him with her heart and he can see she'd make an amazing wife.

Slutty Vienna meets Jake at the marina and they board the real Pirates of the Caribbean boat.  Jake puts on an eye patch and then closes the wrong eye...dork.  Then he and Vienna take turns licking each other.  GROSS!  Jake admits that he enjoys her immaturity. Cue On the Wings of Love music. GAG! They climb the mast and make they are are over their fear of heights and then they jump off from the boat into the water.  Jake needs to make sure that what they have isn't just sexual.  Vienna tells him that she wants to be a Mom but not right away.  Then he asks her what kind of ring she wants.

They arrive at the Fantasy Suite and she wants to show Jake that she can be elegant so she slips into a while satin nightie.  And then I threw up.

The Phone, the phone is ringing! 

Ali is on the phone....and she's a mess. She's made a wrong choice and she's sorry for what she put him through. And she wants to come back.  He tells her he was falling for her in San Francisco but she broke his heart there so he left it in the trash.  Plus, he just got done sleeping with the three remaining girls so he's so not in love with her anymore.

Ali can't beleive that his feelings have changed in such a short amount of time and she slumps onto the floor.  Jake thanks her for calling....bye.  Why does she sit on the floor everytime Jake makes her cry?

Rose Ceremony

Jake has fallen in love with all three womens. But he picks Tenley and Vienna to meet his family.

Next week:  The Women's Tell All!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Crafting...Instead of Eating Cookies

As many of you know...I've been on a super journey to lose massive amounts of weight and change my entire life by changing my eating habits.  Since I was a little girl I've been an emotional eater and....

OH MY GOD YOU GUYS!!  Chris Gorham just talked to me on twitter again!  He tweeted this:



Then I tweeted this:


And then he said THIS:


okay...where was I?   Oh yes, I'm an emotional eater and I've been changing my ways.  I can no longer take my feelings out on a bag of cookies when things are stressing me out.  I've had to find other outlets for my stress.  I made a short list of things to replace cookie eating with and this is what I came up with.

1. Exercise

2. Sex

3. Crafts

4. Reading

5. Cleaning

Exercise and Sex had to be removed from this list because  I don't like to get sweaty and I can only call the dishwasher repair man so many times  my husband isn't always home when I'm stressed out.  This leaves Crafts, Reading and Cleaning.  I'm currently reading three books at the same that one covered.  And every time I think Calvin's going to lose this job I start throwing stuff out, organizing and cleaning.   This brings me to the craft projects I've been working on.  They were both Valentine's Day related so I was under some pressure to finish them.

I made this felt pillow by cutting out circles, folding them in half and quarters, sewing them shut...then sewing them onto a piece of felt that I turned into an envelope pillow cover.  It looks so cute on the chair in our family room....but I can't get the kids to leave it alone.

I saw this felt heart garland featured on Tatertot's and Jello and I knew I had to make one!  I didn't add as many embellishments as Frills, Fluff and Trucks did....but I think it turned out pretty cute.  This seemed to take me longer than it should have because the kids kept stealing my hearts.  And that glass vase on the had MandM's in it at one time. Note to self: Don't decorate with candy.

I've had a few people ask me if I was going to be putting my Chore Charts in my Etsy Store.  I wasn't planning on it but I've decided that if anyone is interested in one I'd be more than happy to make them on a special order basis.  If you are interested in buying one...they are $24.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What A Friend We Have In Pez Jesus

A couple weeks ago...Bobbi and I were grocery shopping at Wal-Mart when we found the most amazing thing. Pez Jesus. wasn't really but it looked just like him and I had to buy it especially since there was only one. You got it, there is only ONE JESUS.

We took it home and showed it to the kids and they were so excited....about the candy inside Pez Jesus. Once the candy ran out....Jesus was discarded like an old toy. I collected Jesus from his forgotten spot on the floor and put him in the fruit basket.

Yesterday, Mallory went searching for a snack and she spotted Jesus with the apples. She was so excited and ran to me exclaiming that she had found Jesus and he loved apples!

Soon...a fight broke out. The children were fighting over Jesus. And then Jesus was found again, this time in the couch cushions.

Mallory carried Jesus around all day and then informed me that he wanted to sleep with her during nap time.

And then he went to dinner with us. Mallory, who usually isn't very friendly with strangers asked our waitress if she knows Jesus. Imagine....the shocked look on her face when Mallory produced a Pez Jesus for her to see.

As she was headed to bed last night....Mallory told me that she loves Jesus. Me too, honey. Me too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Big Fat Greek Boyfriend: Part 3

Part 1
Part 2

After a few weeks of Nikki and Angelo trying to teach me Greek...I gave up.  It was too hard and I didn't want to do it anymore.  This made them angry....and the speaking of Greek in front of me became more frequent and now they were arguing with Stavros in Greek.  I knew it was about me....but he insisted that they just talk louder in their language.  I guess he thought I was dumb enough to believe that. During this time, I wrote long entries in my journal about how unhappy I was and I nicknamed his parents Ike and Tina.

I started feeling physically sick when I was at their house and would escape to my apartment more and more complaining of illness.  They started getting upset with me for not spending more time at their house and it was becoming very obvious that Nikki and I didn't like each other.  Every week, Nikki would rearrange and refold the clothes that I had at their house and one time after we disagreed about one of my outfits, she removed the items she had bought for me from the closet. 

Then we viewed My Big Fat Greek Wedding together and I panicked!  It was like I was watching a movie of my life!! 

One weekend in early March, I woke up with cramps and a migraine and got my stuff together to go home.  Nikki wouldn't let me leave.  She informed me that I could be sick at their house just as easily as mine.  We went round a few times and then I couldn't find my purse.....

I went up to Stavros room and I was crying because this bitch was holding me hostage in her house!!  Nikki followed me and decided to have a heart to heart talk with me.  She told me that I had better shape up and start liking her and liking staying at her house because Stavros doesn't do anything without her approval. If she doesn't like me I'm out of there and he will never see me again.  She told me about another woman that Stavros was involved with that didn't get along with her. I told her that woman was pretty damn lucky if she got away.  She made sure that I knew that she had all of the power. 

I told her that was fine with me because I couldn't spend another minute in her company and that if she didn't give me my purse I was going to kick her ass.  She sauntered out of the room like she'd won but I knew that I was the real winner and once she returned my purse to me, I grabbed my Hello Kitty slippers and I got the hell out of there.

Stavros showed up on my doorstep later, begging me to apologize to his parents.  I told him I was never going there again and I would never say I was sorry because I didn't do anything wrong.  He tried to tell me that things are different in his country and they haven't fully adapted to the United States.  I told him that was ridiculous because they'd lived here for 20 years.

It took me a couple weeks to figure it out but I realized that Stavros was only stopping by my apartment for an hour here and there and we weren't going out on dates anymore. I guess I didn't mind because I loved my apartment and being alone!  I asked Stavros if his parents thought we were broken up and he said yes.  They insisted that he break things off because I was never going to be GREEK. He'd been sneaking around to see me.

And that's when I told him that I didn't want to see him anymore and I packed up the few things he had at my apartment and asked him to leave.  We argued...about his parents and about our non-existent future, then he gave me my key and left crying.....

An hour later....he was back but I didn't want to talk anymore.  He stood there for and hour and a half crying and pounding on my door.  Finally, one of my neighbors got tired of it and told him they were going to call the cops if he didn't leave.

A few days later, I got a call from the manager of my apartment complex.  She said a couple had left a box for me.  I asked if they were old and had accents and she said yes.  Nikki and Angelo had returned all of my stuff.  I had to laugh as I went through the box because they gave me back their Christmas presents and stuff I had given Stavros.  Crazy people!

To be continued....THE END!

Oh yes, there's more!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Bachelor: De-Ice Jake's Heart

ABC didn't have The Bachelor from last night on their website this morning so I had to pay $1.99 to see it.   Towards the end....I wanted my money back soooo badly.

This week is the hometown dates.  Normally, I enjoy these episodes but these meetings with the parents seemed forced and unnatural...except for one.  But I'll get to that in a minute.

Stoop Sitting with Jake 

Jake starts off in New York with Gia's family.  She takes him on a boat ride of the harbor and they take cheesy photo's in front of the Statue of Liberty and she tells him more about her past.  Including a bad boyfriend who slept with all of her friends.  What kind of crappy friends did she have that they all slept with her boyfriend.  Jake has dinner with her family and her Mom is very concerned about Gia's haut.  Jake describes Gia as amazing and organic.  Organic?  Looks like someone was playing around with the thesaurus. Gia's brother with a little bit of a hair gel problem...threatens to hunt our sweet Jake down and brake his legs if he doesn't pick Gia.  After dinner, Jake and Gia sit on a stoop and kiss.

When You Wish Upon a Leaf

Ali's hometown date takes place in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  Jake says amazing twice and then Ali says it too.  Because I'm watching this at drinking game (i'm drinking coffee) includes take a drink every time Jake says AMAZING.  Ali talks about her tradition of wishing on leaves that fall from trees but the trees are bare so Jake shakes a tree for her so she can make a wish.  Jake is a big baby and can't take the cold weather so he and Ali break into her dead Grandma's house to warm up.  She introduces him to her Ghost Grandma and they share a tender moment.  He has dinner with her family and Ali's Mom invites him to come outside by the fire which really was just 5 tealight candles.  Poor frozen Jake can barely form whole sentences because he's frozen.

Mom feels it in her gut that Ali and Jake are going to end up together and gives him her blessing.  You can tell this woman is just itching to plan a wedding!  Finally, a producer gives Jake his giant blue scarf and a cup of coffee because everyone insists on making him sit outside next to this *fire*.  Ali thinks she's going to get everything she wants and they share a tender kiss.

And they dined on Red Herring

Tenley's hometown date is in Newburg, Oregon.  They meet in the woods and she runs to him just like the producers told her too but someone forgot to tell her to wrap her legs around his waist so when he picks her up off from the ground...her legs are stick straight.  Awkward!  Jake has not returned the giant scarf and now he has added a red plaid blanket.  He and Tenley talk about the kind of marriage they both want and they agree that being a team...a WE is very important to both of them.

Tenley takes him to a dance studio and dances for him.  He loves it and is happy that she shared this part of herself with him. Tenley introduces Jake to her family and they are all moved to tears about the possibility of Tenley being with Jake.  Her Dad admits to Jake that he watches the show and had wished that his daughter could hook up with him when he saw him on The Bachelorette.  Jake asks for permission to marry Tenley.  I think this is just a trick so that we think he picks Tenley who is so obviously made for him.  Tenley says that her heart feels safe which is the kiss of death on this show.  This hometown date had more substance and feeling than all of the dates put together.  I'm afraid I'm about to be terribly disappointed.....

She really is Daddy's Girl

Jake joins Vienna in Florida and he looks so much more relaxed now that he doesn't have to wear 4 layers of clothes.  Of course, Vienna is dressed like a big ole slut and runs to him in a swamp.  They board a boat and take a leisure ride looking at native animals...turtles, alligators and tramps.  She warns him that her Dad has never liked any of her boyfriends and that he's very protective of her.

 Jake meets her family and Vienna's Dad can't keep his hands off from her.  He's crying because he hasn't seen her in so long (what? 4 weeks?) and gives her 4 more hugs.  He takes Jake out to the shed *cue the music from deliverance* and tells him that he had better treat his little girl like a princess.  Jake agrees to the terms and says that he's falling hard for Vienna.

At dinner he tells her family that he loves that she is brutally honest and that she made the other woman crazy with jealousy.  He describes her as refreshing. DRINK!  Jake and Vienna go lay on a bed and she shows him the ring she wears that her Daddy gave her and says she'll take it off when he becomes her Daddy.  Her Dad comes in and tells Jake to keep his hands off his woman daughter.  And that he's just right outside the door.

Back in LA....

Ali shows up at Jakes hotel room and she's crying.  She's pulling an ED and says that she has to decide if she will stay and lose her job or go back to work.  She's looking for Jake to help her make a decision.  Jake tells her he doesn't want her to go but that she needs to minimize her regrets.  She leaves and then sits in the hall crying.

Jake talks with Chris Harrison and tells him he's fallen for all four women and he doesn't know how this is going to turn out.  Ali asks to talk to Jake again and they spend an unbelievable amount of my time talking and crying and sighing and finally Jake asks her NOT to go so then she says well, I'm out of here and he walks her outside and tells her that he feels like she's slipping through his fingers and he doesn't know how to stop it.  He has a breakdown (Jake cries...DRINK) when her limo drives away because his haut is broken.

And alas, there will be no rose ceremony.  Next week...they go to the Caribbean and in the previews...Ali calls Jake.

Edited: I've gotten a bunch of emails asking for my drinking game.  Here it is:

Drink (liquor in PM, coffee in AM) when Jake:
  • Says Amazing, Refreshing or Nice
  • Puts a girl's legs over his legs
  • Cries
  • Carries Gia like a baby 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Aftermath of Abandoning Constellation

Back in October I wrote about how Constellation was in danger....and I asked you to write letters to the president asking to keep his promise to keep the space program as a top priority.  Many of you joined me in the letter writing campaign but I still feared this day was coming.  The end of a dream....I wrote about how excited we were that Calvin would be a part of this:
Calvin and I discovered that we had both had a fascination with space as children.  Calvin even has a carefully folded and protected diagram of the moon that he had gotten at Mc Donalds when he was a little boy.  The prospect of being involved in a project that was going to take people back to the Moon was so exciting!
The last few days, as I've sat and pondered what this horrible decision really means for American...I've become more and more angry.  It isn't just my husband's job and career that are at stake here.  There are thousands of people and companies that are going to be effected by this.  People and companies that have invested time and money into this project.

Long term, when you abandon American's space are effecting thousands of people across the country who have dedicated their lives to the endeavors of space.  There will be Engineer's with no jobs to go to and no prospects, Astronauts without missions to go on, and families displaced because there is no longer work in the United States for them to do.  Companies that depended on NASA for contracts....will go out of business. 

And then, I get really sad when I think of the young boys and girls that dream of being astronauts and engineers.   Sad that they had the unfortunate circumstances of being born an American under the leadership of Barack Obama.  Because their dreams will not be realized....not as long as Russia, China and India (yes...India is building a rocket) are leading the world in space exploration.

Calvin and I have talked about what we are going to do now.  What he is going to do for work.....and the prospects are slim.  There are so many people out of work right now....and with 7000 (and probably more) people joining the unemployment line, it's going to be tough.

Calvin came home from work Tuesday night and he looked like he'd been through the ringer.  I was almost afraid to ask how his day went but I did anyway.  He said the atmosphere at work was like going to a funeral.  Everyone is upset and feeling rather lost.  I told him that I'm so sorry that Obama killed his dream.  And that is exactly what is happening.  He is killing the dreams and careers of so many people. For Now, Calvin still has a job but they are eliminating two of his responsibilities. 

I read this article on Fox News and I was encouraged that maybe Calvin can get one of these jobs.  Here is where some of your tax money is going in the name of STIMULUS. 

  • $233,000 to the University of California at San Diego to study why Africans vote. Jobs created: 12, but seven of those are Africans in Africa. 
  • In Nevada, $2 million in stimulus money built a new fire station, but because of budget cuts, the county can't afford to hire firefighters to work there. 
  • Penn State University got $1.5 million to study plant fossils in Argentina. Of 5 jobs created, 2 belong to Argentines. 
  • Researchers the State University of New York at Buffalo got $389,000 to pay 100 Buffalonians $45 each to record how much malt liquor they drink -- and how much pot smoke each day. Consumption is then reported via an automated phone hotline. Cost per job: almost $200,000.
  • The Obama administration is spending $5 billion to weatherize homes. But one Texas county spent $4 million to weatherize just 47 homes. That's $78,000 per house. Each retrofit is supposed to save homeowners $500 a year in energy costs. That means taxpayers will recoup their investment in 156 years, long after the home is probably torn down.
  • Two Arizona universities got almost $1 million dollars so 3 grad students can study how ants work. That's more than $300,000 per job.
  • Companies that raise tropical fish, shellfish, catfish, alligators and even turtles qualify for $50 million in tax money to buy fish food.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Big Fat Greek Boyfriend: Part 2

Once I met *the parents* I was expected to spend lots of time at their home.  If I didn't come around for a few days, they would complain to Stavros that I didn't like them.  They insisted that I wear slippers inside the house so I got a pair of Hello Kitty slippers.  Nikki thought they were ridiculous and would roll her eyes whenever she saw me wearing them.  This pleased me to no end.   Soon...I'd have trouble finding them when I came over because Nikki would hide them from me.

Nikki loved taking me up to her large walk in closet and showing me all of her beautiful outdated clothes and fur coats.  She was very proud of the fact that she was still a size 6 after all of these years and would always ask me if I wanted to try anything on.  Because her clothes would totally fit me....since I was several inches taller and wider than her.

This is when I discovered that she hated my clothes.  She made Stavros take us to the mall one weekend and she insisted on buying me an outfit.  It was a black skirt and sparkly top and awfully dressy for just hanging around the house watching music videos of Sarah Brightman.  Soon...outfits for me started appearing in Stavro's closet and she'd wrinkle her nose at my sweatshirts and jeans.

Whenever I did visit their home...we were never alone and they'd feed me huge quantities of food.  And it was all delicious.  But I started to gain weight and then Nikki started getting after me to *make diet*.  She even took me to the basement and showed me her exercise bike and encouraged me to use it.

Nikki and Angelo had a dinner party on New Year's Eve and I was introduced to their Greek friends as Stavro's future wife. The entire night...they spoke Greek and not a word of english.  This was happening more and more and I was sure that they were talking about me.

I complained to Stavros that I didn't appreciate them not speaking english in front of me and he talked to them about it.  That's when they decided to teach me Greek.  They bought me a bunch of children's books that explained the alphabet and things around the house.  That language is hard!!

And thus began my Big Fat Greek Education.  Everytime we'd sit down to dinner they'd quiz me on my new greek words.  Refrigerator, table, stove, chair, clock, getmethefuckoutofhere!

To be continued...PART THREE.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Focus on the Family: February 2010

**I will not be blogging The Bachelor today...I have enough drama in life that I can't even think about Jake. Plus, Lost starts tonight and I'm consumed with getting some freakin answers.**

Happy February! What an emotional day yesterday was.....I think the shock has worn off a little bit and I'm so thankful that I have this monthly reminder of my goals and plans so that what is really important stays in the forefront.

We are so excited to celebrate Valentine's Day!  We'll be decorating and doing crafts and Mommy and Daddy will be going on a date!  I'm enjoying my crafts to keep me busy and I'm excited to get into the meat of the Simple LIving Book Club selection...7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Steven Covey.
Family Time....quality time together.
  • Family Outings (bookstore, movie, lunch date, ice cream)
  • Play in the snow
  • Decorate the house for Valentine's Day
  • Holiday Breakfast on Valentine's Day 
  • Read Your Child's Strengths

Kid and preschool.
  •  Play date with friends
  •  Visit TWO a new librarie
  •  Start using the Chore Chart
  •  Work on counting with Alex
  •  Make Valentine Cards
Me Time....cuz if Mama ain't happy....
  •  Time for crafting...finish felt pillow
  •  Make Valentine Garland for the mantel 
  •  Read Steady Days
  •  2010 Simple Living Book Club
Couple Time....all because two people fell in love.
  • Friday Night Movie/TV night (No World of Warcraft allowed)
  • Date Night....February 12th AND February 28th

Home's where the heart is.
  • Finish Bedroom Redo (FINALLY)
  • Clean and Organize Living Room/Home Office
  • Plan Mallory's Birthday Party 

Since I started my family journal that I jot a few sentences in each day, I've been able to really focus on the positive things that happen in our day. I'm so thankful that I have two fabulous children. They have such distinct personalities and make me laugh so much. I'm thankful that I'm home with them and hope that I will always be able to devote so much time to them. It is so important to me....

What are your plans for your family this month?  What are you going to be doing to celebrate love?  Link up your posts about your plans for the month.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Constellation Program....CANCELLED!

 I'm heartbroken and angry today because my husband's project that he's been working on for over three years is over.  Obama cancelled it.  Hours and hours of time away from our family, wasted.  Billions of dollars, wasted.  7000 people....out of work. 

I'm sick to my stomach because I have no idea what we will do now.

EDITED: I've talked to Calvin and he says that there is still budget money for 2010, so the layoff's won't be immediate.  We have to wait and see what happens which as you know is not my strong suit.  Also, Congress has to approve his plan. 


Statement from Charlie Bolden....NASA Administrator.

Now let’s discuss the Constellation Program. The Program was planning to use an approach similar to Apollo to return astronauts to the Moon some 50 years after that program’s triumphs. The Augustine Committee observed that this path was not sustainable, and the President agrees. They found that Constellation key milestones were slipping, and that the program would not get us back to the moon in any reasonable time or within any affordable cost. Far more funding was needed to make our current approach work.    The Augustine Committee estimated that the heavy lift rocket for getting to the moon would not be available until 2028 or 2030, and even then they found “there are insufficient funds to develop the lunar lander and lunar surface systems until well into the 2030s, if ever." So as much as we would not like it to be the case, and taking nothing away from the hard work and dedication of our team, the truth is that we were not on a path to get back to the moon's surface. And as we focused so much of our effort and funding on just getting to the Moon, we were neglecting investments in the key technologies that would be required to go beyond.

So this budget cancels the Constellation Program, including the Ares I and V rockets and the Orion crew exploration vehicle. NASA intends to work with the Congress to make this transition smooth and effective, working responsibly on behalf of the Taxpayers.

With my deepest gratitude, I commend the hard work and dedication that thousands of NASA and contractor workers have given to Constellation over the last few years. Their commitment has brought great value to the agency, and they will have a pivotal role to play in our future path. Many of the things we've learned will be critical as we move forward. Norm Augustine and his blue ribbon panel of experts, whose advice the President wisely sought, gave us some options for a different path. From those, we have built the path that we are taking.