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  • Thursday, December 31, 2009

    Dead Pool 2010...

    Okay...so here's my list:

    1. Roger Ebert
    2. Nancy Reagan
    3. Amy Winehouse
    4. Dick Clark
    5. Clint Eastwood
    6. Liz Taylor
    7. Lindsay Lohan
    8. Steve Jobs
    9. Dick Cheney
    10. This is the same as the one I had for #7 last year. Obviously, you know why I can't write that particular name here.

    My Dad's already turned his list in to me. And Melinda wrote hers in the comment section from the last post. So, I'm still waiting for others to turn them in. You have until 11:59pm tonight.

    Happy New Year!

    Vanilla WAS My Favorite Flavor...

    ...and then I saw this. Ugh.
    By the way, Dead Pool Lists for 2010 are due to me no later than midnight tonight. Get them in before 2009 is ovah! I'll be posting mine later on today.

    Wednesday, December 30, 2009

    Meet The Beast...

    This is the newest addition to our family. Meet The Beast. She's a fully loaded 2009 Honda Pilot EX-L. The "L" means leather, people. Watch me as I burn a little rubber. Heh.

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Twelve Weeks Old...

    Time has flown by so quickly since Liesl and Leia were born. They are now 12 weeks old! I can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday that I was shuffling back and forth to the NICU and now they're smiling and "talking" to me.

    My favorite part of the day, which occurs many times throughout the day, is when the girls smile at me when I walk into the room. It's like they're saying, "Hey! It's you again...my favorite person." A part of my cold, dead, black heart melts each time it happens.

    Another memorable part of my day, which also occurs many times, is when Leia "speaks to the breast." She will all of a sudden stop nursing to look at me, nipple still in her mouth, and "talk." It reminds me so much of the same thing Livie would do when she was that age. Liesl enjoys the back and forth aspect of conversation. I say something to her and then she responds with various vocalizations. She seems to understand the reciprocation of conversation. It's amazing how far the girls have come since their days in the NICU with feeding issues. Now, they're less fragile and more vocal.

    And every minute is a blessing, even when they're screaming their heads off. Why is that? The answer is simple; it's because I know they are safe, warm, and loved and I'm never far away. Jack and Liv absolutely adore them, which I had no doubt about at all. We have a wonderful not-so-little family and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    I love my babies...all four of them. Each one is an important piece of the intricate puzzle that has become my life.

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    It's That Time Of Year Again...

    Yep. You guessed it. It's time to make my Dead Pool List for 2010. Any no-brainers come to mind for you? I can think of a few. Heh.

    Yeah, I know it's sick. My family and I do this every year and I have to admit, I get a rush every time someone from my list kicks the bucket. Isn't that awful? I'm not proud. I am one sick fucker, but a lovable one at that. And the only reason someone would ever hate me is because they can't BE me. So, go on and hate me. This is my idea of excitement, as macabre as it is.

    I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, people. I create a Dead Pool List instead.

    Sunday, December 27, 2009

    Ack!...


    Ugh. Just the thought of that makes me want to vomit.

    Saturday, December 26, 2009

    Time To Organize...

    Christmas was wonderful at our home. Lots of food, lots of fun, lots of love everywhere. Now, it's time to organize all these toys and gifts. It's also time to "retire" some of the kids' toys to the bowels of our basement.

    It's going to be quite a project, but I'm looking forward to keeping the kids busy next week until they go back to school after winter break. With all the new things they received, they'll be busy for a long, long time.

    Peace, people...Peace.

    Friday, December 25, 2009

    Ho! Ho! Ho!...

    Have a safe and happy holiday, my friends!

    Thursday, December 24, 2009

    Santa Is On His Way...

    Well, it's Christmas Eve already and Santa is on his way. I'm preparing for our dinner tonight with my family and hoping I don't get sick again. Yesterday, I was hit with an episode of vomiting, much like Jack was the other day. I'm hoping it doesn't happen again.

    Jack and Liv are both sick again with fevers, coughs, and congestion. I hope they can last the day and rest enough to be able to handle Christmas Day with my husband's relatives. I also hope that the twins don't get sick, too. That would not be fun.

    Wherever you are, have a safe Christmas Eve. We're thinking good thoughts for you. Peace.

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009

    The Antidote...

    I needed to post something humorous today. Yesterday was one of the roughest days I've ever had, so I needed to put something one here that would make me smile.
    Today is a new day. Let's hope it's a better one.

    Tuesday, December 22, 2009

    Something To Remember...

    ”Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted."

    -Garrison Keillor

    That sounds about right. As a teacher and a mother, I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. When it comes to kids, nothing you ever do for them is ever wasted. They may not notice right away, but they will later. Everything counts when it comes to kids.

    Monday, December 21, 2009

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!...

    I just can't take the suspense anymore. Every year during the week of Christmas, I get as anxious as any little kid, even though I'm a grown-up. I just can't wait to see my kids' faces when they open up their gifts.

    I. Just. Can't. Take. It. Anymore. Gaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

    Are you as excited as I am?

    Sunday, December 20, 2009

    It's Magic...

    Well, Christmas is almost here and before I know it, it'll be over. It always seems to come and go way too fast each year. I guess it seemed to last forever when I was a kid. Now that I'm older, it goes by so quickly that it's over before I even knew it began. I guess that's the beauty of being a kid; a few weeks seems like such a long time.

    I miss that feeling. I miss the anticipation of Santa coming to my house while I'm asleep. I miss leaving cookies and milk for him, along with a letter I'd worked hard on writing. I miss "hearing" the reindeer on the roof in the middle of the night. Being a kid seemed so much more fun than being an adult. However...

    Now, of course, I get to BE Santa. I get to see my children's faces light up when they open their gifts from him. I get to sneak stocking stuffers into their stockings while they are fast asleep on Christmas Eve. I get to assemble millions of pieces of toys to make sure they are ready for play the next morning. I get to listen at the foot of the stairs while my children fall asleep lightning fast so that Santa comes to our home. I get to be the one who leaves the cookie crumbs on the plate with a half-drunk cup of juice, knowing that my children will wake up and see the magic they believe in has come true.

    It's all a part of growing up, I guess. I get to recreate the magic I experienced as a kid for my own children. And in doing so, I feel the magic within myself. 'Tis the season, my friends.

    Saturday, December 19, 2009

    Consider The Sun...


    They didn’t consider the sun when designing this wall. Heh.

    Friday, December 18, 2009

    Happiness...

    It's not difficult to make a woman happy.

    A man only needs to be:

    1. a friend
    2. a companion
    3. a lover
    4. a brother
    5. a father
    6. a master
    7. a chef
    8. an electrician
    9. a carpenter
    10. a plumber
    11. a mechanic
    12. a decorator
    13. a stylist
    14. a sexologist
    15. a gynecologist
    16. a psychologist
    17. a pest exterminator
    18. a psychiatrist
    19. a healer
    20. a good listener
    21. an organizer
    22. a good father
    23. very clean
    24. sympathetic
    25. athletic
    26. warm
    27. attentive
    28. gallant
    29. intelligent
    30. funny
    31. creative
    32. tender
    33. strong
    34. understanding
    35. tolerant
    36. prudent
    37. ambitious
    38. capable
    39. courageous
    40. determined
    41. true
    42. dependable
    43. passionate
    44. compassionate

    WITHOUT FORGETTING TO:

    45. give her compliments regularly
    46. love shopping
    47. be honest
    48.. be very rich
    49. not stress her out
    50. not look at other girls

    AND AT THE SAME TIME, YOU MUST ALSO:

    51. give her lots of attention, but expect little yourself
    52. give her lots of time, especially time for herself
    53. give her lots of space, never worrying about where she goes

    IT IS VERY IMPORTANT:


    54. Never to forget:
    * birthdays
    * anniversaries
    * arrangements she makes

    HOW TO MAKE A MAN HAPPY:

    1. Show up naked
    2. Bring alcohol

    Thursday, December 17, 2009

    Nine Things I Hate About Everyone...

    1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?

    2. People who are willing to get off their ass to search the entire room for the T.V. remote because they refuse to walk to the T.V. and change the channel manually.

    3. When people say 'Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too'. Damn right! What good is cake if you can't eat it?

    4. When people say 'it's always the last place you look'. Of course it is.. Why the hell would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they? Gonna Kick their asses!

    5. When people say while watching a film 'did you see that?'. No Loser, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the damn floor.

    6. People who ask 'Can I ask you a question?'.... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

    7. When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn't be new.

    8. When people say 'life is short'. What the hell?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that's longer?

    9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks 'Has the bus come yet?'. If the bus came would I be standing here, dumbass?

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    The "It" Girl...

    Liv has adjusted quite well to preschool. At first, she cried every single day we dropped her off; it went on for several months. Now, she's the life of the party and every kid wants to be her friend. One girl in particular cries and cries when they have to go home because she wants Liv to come with her.

    Another one of her classmates lives just a few houses down the block from us. She and her brother have come over a few times just to see if Liv can come out and play. Livie seems to have become the life of the party...at just three years old!

    If this is any indication of what her teen years will be like, I'm going to have to start mentally preparing for it now. With her sparkling personality, her sense of humor, and her flair for the spotlight, I'm going to be completely gray before she even goes into high school.

    Sigh...

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    Our Family...

    This is our holiday picture this year. Jack is holding Leia and Liv is holding Liesl.
    It only took about five minutes for me to snap this shot. The kids were all very cooperative.
    Happy Holidays!

    Monday, December 14, 2009

    The Definition Of Peace...

    Santa was caught napping on the job. And isn't this beautiful?

    Sunday, December 13, 2009

    Are You With Me?...

    Tiger Woods is an idiot. Do you agree? He's really fucked things up with his infidelities. How could he be so stupid? That's easy...he let it all go to his head (no pun intended).

    Of course, just like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, this will all blow over and he'll be the comeback king, repairing all of this by coming back to his game stronger than ever. And people will forget his indiscretions. And they'll forgive him because that's what happens when you're a star athlete with millions in the bank.

    Except for his wife. She'll never forget it and the shame he's brought to their family. What an idiot!

    Okay...I'm done now. Back to your regularly scheduled bitching...

    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    The Twelve Days Of Christmas...

    From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

    It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

    -The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

    -Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

    -Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

    -The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

    -The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

    -The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

    -Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

    -The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

    -Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

    -The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

    -The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

    -The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

    So, there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish.

    Friday, December 11, 2009

    The Spirit Of The Holidays...


    Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after 2 days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever.Great stories. But two things made me take it down.

    First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by.

    Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.


    Special thanks to my friend, Lucas, who sent this to me. Heh.

    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    Growing Up Before My Eyes...

    Liesl and Leia...my wonderful twins! They're almost ten weeks old now.

    Wednesday, December 09, 2009

    Apple Does It Again...


    Apple announced today that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size.. This is considered a major social breakthrough, because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.

    Tuesday, December 08, 2009

    Two-Month Check-Up...

    Liesl and Leia had their two-month well-baby visit yesterday and both girls are doing very well. They're getting so big now; it's hard to believe they were in the NICU for feeding issues their first two weeks out of the womb. These are definitely not the same babies!

    Leia is now 9lbs., 10oz. at 20" long. Liesl is now 8lbs., 14oz. at 21" long. They have the same head circumference at 14". Comparing these current stats with the last month's ones and their birth stats, I'd say mama milk DEFINITELY rocks!

    Both girls have umbilical hernias, which should fix themselves with time. Leia's is much better than it was last month, but Liesl's is more recent and is a bit bigger. We just have to give it time to repair itself; no surgery is required. Liesl also got antibiotic eye drops for her goopy left eye. I'm going to try breastmilk in her eye again before I use the drops. It worked when Jack was a baby and it worked on her last month for that issue. We'll see what happens. Breastmilk is a "wonder drug," after all.

    They both got a vaccine in each thigh and an oral rotavirus vaccine and are feeling a little punky right now, but I'm sure they'll be fine...sore, but fine. Poor babies.

    I still can't believe they're two months old. Wow!

    Monday, December 07, 2009

    Itchy...

    A teacher noticed that a little boy at the back of the class was squirming around, scratching his crotch, and not paying attention. She went back to find out what was going on. He was quite embarrassed and whispered that he had just recently been circumcised and he was quite itchy.

    The teacher told him to go down to the principal's office. He was to telephone his mother and ask her what he should do about it. He did it and returned to his class.

    Suddenly, there was a commotion at the back of the room She went back to investigate only to find him sitting at his desk with his penis hanging out.

    "I thought I told you to call your mom!" she said.

    "I did," he said, "And she told me that if I could stick it out till noon, she'd come and pick me up from school."

    Sunday, December 06, 2009

    Grrrrr...

    Here's a sneak peek at the Christmas card Tiger Woods is NOT sending out this year.

    Saturday, December 05, 2009

    Thankful...

    I'm thankful that the photographer wasn't standing on the other side of this couple. Heh.

    Friday, December 04, 2009

    I Am A Machine...

    I am a nursing machine. I have successfully weaned my twin girls ONTO the breast after having them be in the NICU on bottles for two weeks after they were born. I didn't think I could do it...and then it happened. Both girls are great at nursing and have been for several weeks now!

    Of course, the minute I find a system that works (nursing them together, nursing them separately, etc.), they throw a wrench in my plans. I just take their cues and run with it now.

    And life is grand...tiring, but grand, and sooooo worth it. (Insert big smile here!)

    Thursday, December 03, 2009

    Holiday Virus...

    The newest virus circulating is the UPS/FedEx/DHL Delivery Failure.

    You will receive an email from UPS/Fed Ex Service along with a packet number. It will say that they were unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date.

    It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached. DON'T TRY TO PRINT THIS. IT LAUNCHES THE VIRUS! Pass this warning on to all your PC operators at work and home. This virus has caused Millions of dollars in damage in the past few days..

    Snopes confirms that it is real.

    http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/ups.asp

    Wednesday, December 02, 2009

    A Girl After My Own Heart...

    When I walked into the office yesterday, I saw Livie breastfeeding her baby, Apple. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. She has even constructed her own make-believe breast pump for when she needs to leave milk for her babies while she's at school.
    Oh, how I love her so!

    Tuesday, December 01, 2009

    It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

    We put our Christmas tree up yesterday. Jack and Liv were very excited! The picture above isn't the greatest because I took it with my phone, but it'll have to do for now.
    The holiday spirit is alive in our home. And snow is coming on Thursday! Woohoo! Are YOU ready for the holidays? We soooooo are!