Goings On

I went looking through my photos to see if there was anything blog worthy.  Most are of my great-niece as I still request daily photos of that little peanut.


IMG_2440There were also some pictures of Air Force One that is housed as the Ronald Regan Presidential Museum.  My niece Taylor and I drove up last Saturday to take in the Titanic exhibit that is currently there.  We spent a couple of hours going through it and then rushed through the Presidential part.  I was interested in seeing more but it was crowded and just seemed more like propaganda than a museum.

Besides baby pictures I have food pictures so I guess I have done some cooking.  I made a peach crostata because the peaches were magnificent.  I also have this picture of chicken wings I made on the same day, trying to use up some panko I had opened and also bake in the convection oven and not heat the house too much because it is in the 90’s.  Saturday before Taylor and I drove up to museum I made biscuits for breakfast as well.

It may be Summer but that doesn’t mean that Lori is not crazy busy getting ready for fall classes.  Her office shows her dedication to the upcoming school year.

What we should both be working on is the yard, but I did mention the 90+ degrees and that coupled with hot flashes has meant that we have gotten started a couple of times, but boy oh boy are we behind.  I am sensing a pattern here.  I keep thinking, If I could just caught up then I could maintain it.  However the last time we had help to get caught up then peak happened, or travel, or finals or a myriad of things that got us way behind again on the weeding.  It is on the list for this upcoming weekend.

Memorial Day Nap

Yesterday included a glorious nap on the couch.  From approximately 4:30 to just after 6:00, a nap was a must to make up for little sleep over the weekend.

Thursday night I got off late and didn’t get home until about 1:00 in the morning.  That made Friday morning come super early as there was a lot to get done on Monday.  Shopping, grading and posting final grades, wrapping presents for Corals first birthday party, clean the house for company, pick up my step-sister Kayleen from the airport and entertain.

There was only so much time, so a quick straighten and a vacuum was all the house really got.  Being the end of the school year and Lori taking her own class this semester her office had stacks of books and graded finals and class journals in it.  She was working away and worried about getting her things cleared out of her room for my guest.  Instead I told her Kayleen could just sleep on the couch.

We weren’t really going to be at our place much of the weekend anyway.  We took her to dinner after we picked her up at the airport and visited there for a couple of hours.  Then home and sat talking and catching up for a couple hours and went to bed.

Saturday when we got up and ready to go Kayleen and I left for Calimesa, Lori stayed home to finish up school work.  My sister and nieces had no idea I had brought Kayleen down for the party.  I video’s everyone’s reaction when we got there.  Crying and hand waving along with lots of hugs.  It was a great surprise.

Saturday while everyone got busy visiting and catching up, I baked cupcakes and a baby smash cake for Sunday.  Food had to be picked up, balloons were also due to picked up at 6:00, once we got all the errands done we all went out to The Spaghetti Factory for dinner.  Then when we were back for the night my brother drove out.  We finally headed to bed about 2:30 after more visiting.

Sunday was the actual birthday party.  Sunday was a fun but completely exhausting day.  I got up about 7:30 and started frosting the smash cake.  Lori showed up soon after and everyone else was up and the decorating began.  We put together the tent outside, blew up the pool we were using as the ball pit, put together the big table and hung streamers and balloons and finished setting everything out, everyone showering and ready for the first guest who got there at 12:30.

Then the party, visiting, cake, presents, more visiting and everyone was gone.  We left there late and headed back to LA in three cars.  Dale in his, Lori in hers and Kayleen and I in mine.  But real food was needed so we all stopped and had dinner and then got home around 11 pm.  With only 5 hours of sleep the night before we pretty much went straight to bed.

Monday Kayleen’s flight was at 10:59; so we were up and out of the house by 9:00.  Got her all checked in, grabbed some breakfast and headed to Irvine to help Vicki and Emily put together some new chairs.   By the time we got home we both just wanted to relax and watch TV.  That and the sun shinning in made for the perfect nap atmosphere.

What I know from this weekend is a year goes by crazy fast as Coral is already a year old and I miss naps!  I need more naps like yesterday.


Palm Springs for a day

Lori and I headed out to Palm Springs last Saturday morning.  Our friends bought a house out there last fall and we had yet to go visit.

It was a 90+ degree day in the shade.  We took a tour of their mid-century modern house.  Perused the back yard they have been working on.  Had a nice lunch and then they drove us around showing us houses they liked, houses they almost bought, houses they wanted their friends to buy and move into.  Lots of houses.

They were clearly enthralled with their surroundings and had historical facts and trivia to add to every twist and turn or our tour.  It was kind of funny, they so wanted to show us these houses, and clearly they have been by and seen them all before.  So they went kind of fast, leaving little time to actually look at them before we were off to the next cool mid-century home.

Lori knowing so much more about architecture and architects held up the conversation.  I sat there laughing at it all and wondering what kind of houses do I like.  (not mid-century modern by the way)

Either way, the only pictures I took were of their work in progress back yard as we sat around the pool visiting after our tour.  They moved most of their tiki’s from the old house to this new one.  Luckily their daughter is living in the old house so they can go by and get more whenever they are in orange county.  They really do fit this house, its like they have been collecting furnishings for this house all their lives and finally found it.  The perfect home for all of their Polynesian stylings.

We did swing in to see the family and have a little baby time on our way home, visiting for maybe an hour, getting home just before midnight.


It was a good (albeit exhausting) day!

52 and exhausted

I turned 52 today.  It was rung in with cards, emails, texts, phone calls and a visit.  I felt very celebrated!

Right now I’m working late, hoping third shift is in before midnight so I can get out.  I technically got enough sleep this weekend but feel like I am needing a good nights sleep.

Katherine flew in on Friday night and I picked her up after work.  Saturday we slept in a little having gotten in around 1am and then headed out to see the girls in Calimesa and Katherine got to meet Coral!  It was a very quick visit and when we got back home no one wanted to go out or wait for me to cook so Lori went out and picked us up Thai food.

Sunday we all went out to breakfast and then Katherine and I went for a walk on the beach and having not enough walking and chatting in we headed over to Bolsa Chica and walked there as well.  We all managed to make it out to dinner and had a lovely time.


Today I dropped her off on my way to work and when leaving I left Lori instructions to cook the chicken I had gotten for the weekend but didn’t cook.  Granted all I did was wash the potatoes and put them in the dish and left her directions for temp and time.  She looked up a recipe, added the herbs, onions and lemon and sent me this picture of a happy birthday dinner.  She is going to have to give up the “I don’t cook” if she keeps this up.


I am a very luck (albeit tired) girl!


8 months

Whats not to Love


Here is my focus today.  Focusing on the GOOD things.  Tomorrow, well tomorrow I have been trying to avoid and it is here.  (Lori stop reading now and wake me up, let’s go to breakfast and stay busy – I will not be watching)

I have been trying to not get into political rants.  I haven’t been completely avoiding Facebook but pretty darn near.  Twitter on the other hand is another story.  I have been scrolling and reading and getting mad and sad and overjoyed and on a rollercoaster.  I have been tweeting and re-tweeting and calling congress people and following more senators.  But tonight when I found myself RESPONDING to a PEOTUS tweet I stopped and texted my niece, just one word.  Baby.

I then received today’s picture of my great-niece eating her moms homemade organic lunch.  Ommmmmmmmmmmm.  (just look at that fuzzy head)

Another New Year


If the year goes according to my theory, we will be spending the year in Calimesa, hanging with family, playing games and eating yummy food.  Sounds great!

We drove out yesterday morning loaded up with an air mattress and pomegranate margaritas.  My sister did all of the cooking and made a great prime rib and lots of roasted veggies.  Before dinner however we played a raucous game of MGM Monopoly.  I totally, TOTALLY, could have won as I had the Tribute Theater and the Michael Jackson Theater (think Park Place and Board Walk) and they had three chips each (think houses).   But after several hours the game disintegrated into pandemonium just when I was about to start raking in 1300 payments.

Dinner and overeating was had, then games of Cards Against Humanity, which was hilarious playing with the sweetest most rational Pollyanna (Vicki).  Then some exhausted skipbo while we all waited for midnight.  Wished everyone a happy new year in the quietest celebration ever because the baby was asleep.  We were all in our beds within ten minutes of the new year.

We all went out to breakfast this morning and then we headed home.  I already had purchased ingredients to make my usual black-eyed peas with greens and cornbread. Hopefully this will bring the luck, health and prosperity for the new year….this year can use all the help it can get.