Sunday, November 30, 2008

Things that irk me

Totally pilfered idea from Lex's blog. Seemed like a good way to reflect.

As a parent:
- parents who sit on their bums in public places while their children run around annoying people and making noise.
- parents who discipline their children out loud, but do not stop the behavior or follow through with consequences. "stop're running again...I said stop running...sitdownsitdownsitdown..."
- parents who dress their children in completely age inappropriate and offensive clothing (saw a kid once with a T-shirt that said "IF YOU CAN READ THIS THE BITCH FELL OFF")

As a wife:
- watching couples fighting in public
- seeing a husband ogle other women in front of their wives
- listening to other wives put their husbands down in public
-women who dress themselves better than their children and husband
- couples who walk out on each other in public

As a daughter:
- hearing children sass their parents
- seeing children ignore their parents
- listening to children disrespect their parents

As a sibling:
- when siblings curse at one another
- when siblings don't stand up for one another
- when siblings fight over money

As me:
- greed and gluttony (watching people eat themselves into a stupor)
- belching (especially women)
- people who talk loudly and draw attention to themselves
- loud fake laughs
- people who monopolize conversations
- women who wear cheap perfume and drench themselves in it
- people who talk about all the people they know (you know si' Joe? He's auntie Mary's Godson from former senator so-and-so. You don't know Joe? He said he knows you)
- people who always have some kind of fundraising ticket to sell you every time they see you
- people who ask questions just to piss you off (eh, so you got a new purse ha? plenty money no? I wish I had plenty money like you)
- passive-aggressive compliments. (You know the kind, when you're looking and feeling dumpy and you know it and someone says, "what's up sexy?")
- people who stare
- people who have to "amen" everyone in the room just for attention (Brown Noser: ñiora tun Ko. Tun Ko, after BN departs: Lao håyi dai enao?)
- grown men and women who desperately try to hang on to their youth and end up making public fools of themselves (hey dude, I saw your dad freak dancing at Club V last weekend!)

Oh Gosh I could go on, but I won't. As Lex says, rant ends here.

We color inside the lines

I've always had the ability to disappear from the world in motion. Retreating into my own thoughts has been a life saver in crowded areas, bustling restaurants, noisy rooms. People say Peyton and I are the most alike. I've never given it much thought. I see myself in all my kids and I'm grateful that I've been given the honor to raise them. Catching glimpses of resemblances like this fill my spirit with such love. It's the greatest thing, being a mom. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Friday, November 28, 2008

That's What I Said Thursday!

Complete the sentence:

I could really go for _______________ right about now.

My answer: I could really go for a nice back rub right about now.

(sorry so late folks, shift happens)
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

The stuffing ain't food, its laughter and love!

My garlic parmesan mashed potatoes

Kimmie and Hope

Savannah and Sommer


Peter, Snowy, Savannah and Sommer

Peyton and her delicious apple turkey

two Pete's, is that a re-pete?

Me and Glenn

Mmmm good

This is what dad resorts to when the women sit around and start talking about the men. I'd say its pretty productive work and it saves him from the conversation.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Keeping the beer cold for you

Get better Glenn. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

One more piece of land up for grabs

Yay! I got a call from the Marianas Land Corp. (I think that was them) telling me that the application I filled out when I graduated from high school, the one for homestead was finally being considered (ahem) almost 20 years later. The nice gentleman told me that all I needed to do was give them a copy of my driver's license. Boo! My grandparents gave me some land before they passed away; after I'd waited ten years for the homestead program to come through. (sigh) I told them to close my file and find someone else who could use the land. If you need some homestead you can run over and fill out an application because there's one more piece of land up for grabs. No need to rush though. Trust me.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Salt of the earth?

That's my mom Lucy. She just got back from a pilgrimage to all the holy places. She took a little dip in the dead sea and says that she is now completely spiritually rejuvenated. That's a lot of trouble to go to, I think. Me? I just lick the salt off the margarita glass and I'm good to go!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

That's What I Said Thursday!

Okay, let’s stretch the imagination here a little bit, but if YOU were a member of the Presidential family, what code name do you think the Secret Service would give you?

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

You got pranked

The only reason I knew Wayne was back from his golf game was when his laughing woke me from my nap. It appears my two sweet little girls have a sense of humor. They put a warning sign by my pillow while I slept. They're smart little girls who know how to pull off a funny prank. But, they're still no match for their mommy. When they took their naps I took out a green crayon, edited their sign and viola!

Friday, November 7, 2008

You Tat Too?

Pete's Arm: Reyes

A Chinese friend was talking about personal preference, he says that some folks prefer cabbage while others enjoy radish. We were talking about tattoos, I think he was really talking about kimchee, in which case confused people should not confuse people. I am the only one of my siblings without a tat, but only because I have trouble committing to an image for all eternity, not because I don't think tats are crazy sexy. The closest I ever got to getting a tattoo was scraping JaB on my ankle in high school. I eat radish but I crave cabbage.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday!

While all of us were out there voting, my little Goddaughter and my father were celebrating their birthdays. Happy birthday dad and Savannah, we love you!

That's What I Said Thursday!

Google Hits
Have you ever Googled yourself? How many hits do you get? What's the weirdest or most unexpected hit?

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Saturday, November 1, 2008


It was a gorgeous night, the clouds were moving out and there was a nice breeze, unusually cool for the islands. The stars weren't out yet, but the sky was clear and the air smelled fresh from the previous day's showers. It was a shame to stay indoors.

So the girls picked up some necessities to go with dinner and the boys...

built a bonfire.

No scary stories tonight, just some good fun and...


Do you have a My Own Space?

A nice (ahem) sophisticated eveningWhat do two people with eight kids who find themselves suddenly childless and alone on Halloween do? Well, with the opportunity to get dressed up and a whole night of possibilities wide open, they spend a nice sophisticated evening together laughing and talking.

Then they try to act badass and someone catches it on film!


My mother came to visit from Rota today. She announced that she has one of those things, you know, the one with pictures and friends on the computer....the My Own Space.