Wednesday, December 19, 2007

for one more day

My daughter, S, and I went to a book signing by Mitch Albom, author of For One More Day, The 5 People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie tonight. We had to wait over an hour because Mitch was delayed by an accident on the roads. Most of the people waiting (and there were a TON of them) were really nice. We had talked and laughed and it was so nice just to revel in goodness for a while. My daughter was AWESOME, she was so well behaved and so sweet to everyone, but she did get tired after a while.

We were probably about 30th or so in line. When Mitch Albom finally got there he made a short speech then asked that everyone let the elderly people and people with small children come up first. S was sitting on the floor in front of his table, looking sleepy, so he pointed to her and asked that we be allowed to go first! I let another woman who was probably 90 go before us though.

Of course, when I got up to the table I turned into a slathering idiot. I told him "I'm a big fan" and The 5 People You Meet in Heaven was life changing for me. DUR, talk about dorky. But he was nice and signed my books (got one for my mom too) and told S she was a good girl for being so patient.

Afterwards I told S that she is FOR SURE on Santa's good list now after behaving so well tonight!

One of the big impressions I took away with me is; It's all about attitude. A few people were complaining about the lines, the wait, the people (i.e. ME and the elderly) getting to cut to the front. They looked so sour, so sad. What did they get out of this night, except a signature and bad feelings?

I got love. Love of my daughter, love of the kind people around me who kept shunting us forward in the line. Appreciation for all that is good and kind in this world. I am so glad my daughter was with me to share in this special evening, and I will remember how I felt every time I read my book and look at Albom's signature.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Brought to you by the letters H (HomeSlice) and L (LuvMyBoyz)... THANKS GUYS!!! Tongue out

If I had to be an actress I'd be Angelina Jolie. What's not to like? Hot mama, saving the world, BRAD? Hmmmm...

If I had to be a talk show host I'd be Oprah. Because she is flat out fabulous!

If I had to be an entertainer, I'd be Kathy Griffin. She's so damn funny and I love her hair (even if it IS extensions!)

If I had to move out of this country, I'd move to... This one is SO hard! First thought, Prague, second, Spain, third, Caymen Islands.... I CAN'T decide!

If I had to date a thug...showing my naivetee here, I can't think of any thugs!

If I had to eat just one food forever I'd eat burritos with guacamole, salsa, and all the fixin's.

If I had to be (taller/shorter) I'd be taller.

If I had to be a singer, I would be Margo Timmins from the Cowboy Junkies. I LOVE her voice, she's sexy!

If I had to marry an actor, I'd marry Harrison Ford, my favorite actor of all time. Sure, he's old now, but he's still hot!

If I had to be a flower, I'd be a sunflower.

If I had to be a drink I'd be a margarita! Yummy and fun and I'd go great with that burrito!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Just checking in

Here it is, Sunday again. AGAIN?!

I've been in a state of panic for days. The semester is ending, and I have less than 2 weeks to finish all my work. I fairly behind, so I spent all weekend (or as much of it as my family would allow) working on my projects. It's a start, a good start, but there is much yet to do.

This is the first semester that I am taking only computer science classes. So instead of final exams or papers I am writing code, creating databases, and scripting. Gawd! I'd KILL to write a paper right now. At least I could BS my way through. But with these classes... well even if you spend 20 hours designing a button, if nothing happens when you push it you still fail.

Sigh. This is the first semester where mom/work/student/me has been really out of wack. As a consequence not only is my school work suffering but so is my family. DH is tired of playing house husband, and the kids are tired of mama always being cranky or not available.

Just give me Dec. 15th, PLEASE! At that point I will have 3 glorious weeks off from school. I can't wait to bake cookies, get a tree, decorate, shop, eat, play with the kids. It's going to be fantastic and I am going to enjoy every second of it!

Until then, you won't see me around so much. I try to check in once a day, but I usually only have time to reply to one or two messages. I still love ya'll; I just need to get this stuff done.

Take care and have a fantastic week!