Friday, December 31, 2004
Thursday, December 30, 2004
A little girl I work with asked me what I was doing on New years Eve. I call her a little girl because she is 21, teensy and looks a lot like Willow from Buffy. I told her I wasn’t doing anything and she looked at me in horror. "What?? You are not doing anything?" I said to her " Sweetie, after 30 It isn’t a big deal to go out on New Years Eve. It’s gonna come whether you’re out partying or not." I sounded so wise. She told me that she just wanted to be kissed at midnight. That was so sad. It reminded me of when I was 21. I thought that whomever you spent New Years with is who you spent the rest of the year with. Or if you had a good New Years eve then your year would be good. The best New Years I ever had was 1992/ It was totally rockin in Reno. The best. That was the year I fell into a deep depression and had to leave Reno for while. So there went my theory. Now, Jeff and I are usually asleep by 10 PM. Things are different now anyway. Dick Clark isn’t even going to stay up until midnight. No, I don’t want to drive anywhere so Abbe promised to stay on the phone with me. As for Jeff, He is working on Saturday. This year is not going to be about stress. I am going to try and not stress about anything I have no control over. It is pointless to waste al that emotion. With the help of my personal angels, and you know who you are, I am going into 2005 with a positive attitude.
Happy New Year. Please be safe. Stay off the Nascar.
Thank you for being there for the last eight years. You were there for the births of my children, the crying and screaming of daily life and the laughter we all shared. You have kept us dry in rain and cool in summer, warm in winter and safe from the night. Have we done something to upset you? I know that we haven’t painted you or fixed you up at all and you hate that your garage is so cluttered but really, what have we done to set you off? First, you take away our heat. The gas company can’t figure it out. Then you take away our dryer. Ok, So it takes 4 days to dry a shirt, no big deal. But yesterday the microwave and last night the TV in the kitchen. Now, really. Is it something we said? Have you overheard us talking about moving? What is it? You can tell me.
We love you.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Monday, December 27, 2004
Sunday, December 26, 2004
We had a rockin Christmas. The girls got enough toys from our families to put FAO Schwartz to shame. My brother and Julia went a little nuts and not only sent toys for the kids but 13 live lobsters for us to eat!!!! It was madness, MADNESS I tell you!! We went to Abbe’s to enjoy them with her family. We had an amazing night there on Christmas Eve. Mom and Dad got completely wasted and started to make out. Seriously. Jeff told me later that he heard and saw things from them that he never wants to see or hear again. But they had a great time and we laughed a lot. . I got some really nice presents this year. My mother in law, Marti gave me some antique kitchen utensils that were her Grandmothers and that really meant a lot to me. It was a thoughtful gift. It really surprised me that she would hand down something so meaningful to me. My mother totally rocked by getting me a digital camera that I have been whining about for the last few months.
So it is over. Christmas. Now I need to concentrate on serious matters. My health, finances, and relationships.
This will probably fall into resolution country but I am not allowing that since I blow those in a minute.
This is what I want.
1. To be more organized *
2. To watch what I eat and hopefully lose weight because of it.
3.To better budget
4. To concentrate on going full time.
5. To exercise with Alyssa
* I received a groovy Key/remote/ cell phone finder which will help me with this endeavor.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Well she threatened to beat up Stacy Becraft for me in 11th grade so I am a little afraid of STACE So I usually do everything she tells me to.
Three names you go by:
3. Babydoll (Jeff used to call me that all the time but hasn’t in a long time.
Three screennames you have:
3. Just cyndiblock, really the other was a joke.
Three things you like about yourself:
1. My hair today! I just got it cut.
2. My sense of humor
3.My family and friends
Three things you hate/dislike about yourself:
1. My lack of will power
2. My ability to not finish anything I start
Three parts of your heritage:
Three things that scare you:
2. Harm to my children
3. Being poor
Three of your everyday essentials:
1. Plain old cold cream
2. Clinique crystal Mauve lipstick
Three things you are wearing right now:
1. Sweater from Savers
2. Fleece boxers from WalMart
3. Man tailered panties br fruit of the loom
Three of your favorite bands/artists (at the moment):
1. I’ve been back into the Beatles lately. Older stuff. It is so good
2. Top 40 teen crap
3, Broadway hits.
Three things you want to try in the next 12 months:
1. Driving a stick shift. ( my honeys ‘57 to be exact)
2. Losing a ton of weight ala Anna Nicole
3. Yoga ... Again
Three things you want in a relationship (love is a given):
Two truths and a lie (random order):
• I have been in jail
• for protesting fur
• I can’t have my feet uncovered at night because of the boogie man
Three physical things about the opposite (or same) sex that appeals to you:
2. Soft lips
3. Broad shoulders
Three things you just can't do:
1. Listened to Marilyn Manson
2. Watch a Steven Segal movie
3. Watch Nascar
Three of your favorite hobbies:
1. Being at my friend, Abbe’s house
2. Knitting scarves
3. Computer stuff
Three things you want to do really badly right now:
1. Have clear skin
2. Have a healthy ear
3 dye my hair
Three places you want to go on vacation:
1. Laguna with everyone in the family including my husband this time
3. Anywhere we can go fishing
Three kids names:
Three things you want to do before you die:
1. Have money left from a paycheck
2. To pay my parents all I owe them
3. See my Great grandchildren
Here are the pictures of the cousins trip to Vegas. Keep in mind as you look at some of these shots. Also there are shots of the Holiday play that the girls were in.
1. Anna Beth is 1 MONTH younger than Alyssa
2. Sarah is 3 MONTHS younger than Emma
3. Sarah is NOT Jeff's child even though it looks as though they are.
4. Jen is not my blood sister even though it looks as though WE ARE!
So I saw Jesse last night and he is doing great. He is in his private rehab center where is undergoing physical therapy and counseling. I sat with him for about 30 minutes. He said that he is slowly getting his memory back and while he was “asleep/ coma” he would hear people’s voices and make up an imaginary world with them and now that he is awake he has to figure out what is real and what is not. Kind of if you fall asleep with the TV on and you kind of make the TV sounds part of a dream. That is what he is talking about, I guess. SO he asked me tons of questions to confirm what he already knew. He did ask me about three times if Jeff was in the car and if he is coming in to see him. So I am making that boy see him next week for sure.
Christmas is just a few days away and Hopefully, thanks to my brother and Julia, we will be enjoying tub O’ lobster for Christmas Eve dinner. I don’t want to jinx it so I will tell you all about it this weekend. All my shopping is done and all the gifts are wrapped. Yee Ha.I finally went to see a REAL ear doctor on Monday. He cleaned out the ugliness and confirmed that the hole was still in my eardrum and gave me 1000 grams of Amoxicillin and 20 grams of prednisone, which is a steroid. He assured me that it will not give me facial hair or make my voice deeper but it would bring out my “inner self” whatever that means. He said some people get very emotional or some people get giddy. Apparently my inner self is an insomniac because I was up all night tossing and turning. I finally fell asleep at 2 AM only to be woken up by Emma who said that she had to go potty and she needed me to help her wipe. (Happiness in bathroom) Apparently I did it wrong and she yelled at me. She went back to my bed and I saw that sometime during the night Alyssa came in too. They are little lawn sprinklers when they sleep, turning a quarter inch every minute and I didn’t think that there was enough room for them, Jeff and me so I went to sleep on the couch. I lay there until 5 and then woke up at 7:30 so I am a little slappy right now which may also be a little of my inner self. I am getting all my hair cut off today. I always either wear it in a bun or ponytail so I might as well cut it off. I don’t have a camera so I will draw you a picture of how I got it done.
Friday, December 17, 2004
I truly believe that you life is already planned out for you and you are just an actor reading lines. Does that make sense? Well, yesterday I got off at 1 PM and I was planning to go to the hospital and see Jesse since I had not seen him in two weeks. To be honest with you, I totally dreaded going because of our last visit. I didn’t want to be bummed out all day. I know how selfish that sounds and how Jesse would be so happy to see me but I still dreaded going. After work I was still feeling iffy about going and thought that maybe some Chinese food would help me decide. So then I thought that maybe I should call Kim (his girlfriend) and ask how he was doing and if she asked me to come then I will. Well her cell had been disconnected and I kind of knew that she was only using Jesse’s phone but I didn’t have his number. So I ate my $4.95 chop suey and decided not to go. I felt super guilty. I had mentioned to Jeff how guilty I had felt that I hadn’t seen Jesse in over two weeks. And Jeff reacted strangely. Kind of angry that I would feel guilty. (I can talk openly about Jeff because he doesn’t read my blog) But then I realized that HE WAS ANGRY. Angry with Jesse that once again he would F*** himself up again. He wanted his best friend back again and he was angry that he wasn’t sitting up in bed making inappropriate jokes about the nurses. Well, to make a long story short (TOO LATE!) I dropped the subject and settled in to watch the season finale of The Apprentice. About 9 PM Kim called! I couldn’t believe it. She totally read my mind. She wanted to tell me that Jesse had been moved to a private rehab clinic and that he is doing great and has been asking for Jeff. HE WASN”T EVEN AT THE HOSPITAL!!! I stressed for nothing. But Jeff asked me to visit him first without him and then he will go. I will try and go this weekend. LONG entry, sorry.In other things two of the winners in this weeks reality shows that I wanted to win, won. Eva on America’s Top Model and Kelly on the apprentice. I generally do not watch these reality shows because I don’t want to get upset if I miss an episode. Lucky for me, both of these shows repeat themselves several times during the week. They are some of my guilty pleasures.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
I love me some dim sum. We all know that right? Well I have totally brainwashed my children into loving it as well. We usually have it Saturdays at a place called the Cathay House. They all know us and we love it there. This last Saturday when given a choice of McDonalds or Dim Sum, my children chose Chinese dumplings. I love them so! Funny enough, last night when my mother and I were doing Santa's dirty work at Satan's bar. A.K.A Toys R Us, We were looking through the play food. The girls are really into playing house and playing with their babies right now. I love this because when Alyssa asks for a movie that she sees on TV, because it is out "on DVD or VIdeo today" I know she is watching way too much. Anyway, One of the play sets was a Keebler set which we got as an ode to their Pa Pa Tatum* and, and, and, We got a DIM SUM SET!!! Can you believe it?? They actually had a chinese food playset with DIM SUM!! They will be so excited. Christmas will be a joyous occasion this year. Just like the Jews did so many years ago.
* Pa Pa Tatum, Jeff's father, James, has worked at Keebler as an elf for many years. He makes all the crackers. Just kidding, He is not an elf. At least I don't think he is. We never see him and the elves in the same room together so I am not sure.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Received our first Christmas card yesterday. It was from my brother and Julia. Funny how I never received a card from him before he got married! Julia keeps Rick in line, which is good because he needs someone to take care of him. Stop bitching, Rick, you know you are flaky. Julia is very good for him. They sent the girls beautiful silver earrings. They were so excited. They are going to wear them to the Nutcracker next week. Alyssa had not had her earrings in for a month so they sort of closed up. Well, we opened them last night with a few screams and tears. But she is pierced again. She kept screaming that she didn’t want to be girlie. It is hard not to laugh at her when she is trying to be serious. Emma too. She gets so mad if you laugh at her when she is trying to be serious. I cannot believe that Christmas is next week. I haven’t even mailed my gifts yet. My package to Georgia is going to be heavy. It will probably be late guys. Just a warning. Typical Aunt Cyndi.My ear is still very bad. It is 10X worse then when I first saw the doctor. And of course I do not have health insurance again. February should be insurance time for us again. It seems like we are always waiting for insurance! Que sara sara
Sunday, December 12, 2004
I have made a decision, I will not be doing my cheesy holiday letter this year. Yes, that is right. No, on "what is going on in the Tatum Family year". I feel that it is sort of redundant since I have this blog. You all (or y'all) know what has been happening to us and seriously I don't feel like buying stamps.
The girls and I had a fab day today. We went to the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus today with Abbe and her kids. They had a blast. We then went to see Seussical The Musical with my mom and it was adorable.
My sister in law, Julia made me a fabulous dress that I will be wearing to see The Nutcracker in. The only other custom made dress I ever had was my wedding gown and I only wore that once.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Friday, December 10, 2004
It is December 10th and I haven't received any Christmas cards yet. I do not count the Holiday address labels from State Farm a card.I love the holidays. I love the smell in the air. My work had a holiday party for kids last night. They had Santa and Mrs Claus, Singing Disney Princesses, Rudolph, Frosty, and Shrek. It was so much fun. The girls had a blast. Did I mention to you how much I love my job?
"Feeling Groovy" by Simon and Garfunkal come into mind.
Stop, you move to fast gotta make the mornin last....
This year went so fast. This life is going too fast.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
I am having withdrawals from not having a digital camera. I wake up at about 5 Am each morning with the shakes and sweats. I actually bought some disposables but they only supplemented the fix for about an hour. I have been so busy that I haven’t even turned on my computer. Instead I waste county taxpayers money by checking my email at work. Therefore I have not written in my blog in quite a awhile.
The week with the cousins was a lot of fun. It was loud, busy and a little exhausting. Those poor kids from Georgia are used to staying out all day and running and playing off their energy. Vegas made them into prisoners in my home since I am a neurotic mom in the suburbs terrified to let my kids go out by themselves. Do you realize what a blonde blue-eyed little girl is going for in the Mexican markets nowadays??
We had a strict itinerary that had us occupied minute-to-minute. I was very proud of this schedule and made it out a month a head of time and sent it to Jen, my sister in law. It was perfect. Then, Jeff got the new job at the shop and his schedule was changed therefore blowing everything off and completely destroying my plans. Bitter? No. So, the week started with the plane being an hour late because it had to stop for gas. ????? What?? You would think that after 100 years of flight they would be able to guesstimate how much gas would be needed. When they came in I proceeded to show them to the baggage claim rotunda, which was incorrect, and we lost thirty minutes there. We had to move the Bellagio fountains and flower garden to Sunday. It took us 30 minutes to park and gather the children up. Unfortunately it was also –20 degrees out 80-mile winds and the fountains do not perform in bad weather. The flower garden was being renovated and would not be complete until the following Saturday. (I am lying about the weather but it was cold and windy.) So my first day was a bust but what a better way to make it better?? We go to the Rosner’s house! Yay! My parents had not seen Jen, Rick, and Mathew for ten years and they and not even met the two girls. That was pleasant and my father only cursed and said crap about 14 times. Way to go Murray. Day two we were supposed to go to Hoover Dam but it was still too cold s we went to craft and hobby stores and had lunch which was nice but NOT ON MY SCHEDULE. By the way, Thanks for paying for lunch, guys. IF I had known that you were going to pay I would’ve ordered the steak sandwich instead of the chicken burger.
Day Three was bad. A bad day. Jen watched the girls while Jeff and I went to see Jesse. He is awake now and Jeff hadn’t seen him since day 1 of his accident. But Jesse isn’t Jesse yet and it really disturbed Jeff. Jesse still has a lot of swelling on his brain, which interferes with some of his mental, and speech capabilities. The MRI’s have all been looking good so Jesse WILL get better but it will take some time.
On Wednesday we went and took our pictures, which turned out really nice. The kids were great. After that we went on a beautiful hike up on the Red Rock Canyon. It was amazing. The waterfall was frozen and the kids walked on the frozen creek and gathered icicles. If I had my camera you would marvel at the pictures. If I had my ca………. sob sob sigh.
Well, Thursday was Hoover Dam day and that was way cool. I have lived here for thirty years and never went on that Dam tour. Ha ha get it? DAM TOUR. Yeah. I know, funny stuff.
Friday was the Cowboy Christmas show, which had more glittery belts and tassels that I will ever need to see again. On Friday night Emma and Alyssa had their adorable holiday play. See the pictures?? No, you do not see the pictures. BECAUSE I HAVE NOT GOTTTEN THEM DEVELOPED YET! I am a bitter old lady. And speaking of old ladies!! Dah dum dum. Just kidding Abbe! My best friend in the world just turned 40 and she looks fabulous! Jeff and I took her out for Moroccan food. IT was so good. It was complete with a 6-course meal and Moroccan beer and belly dancers. I hope she had a great time because we did.
We got our Christmas tree last night. We attached it to the roof to Jeff’s 56 Chevy ALA The Christmas Story, Just like the Jews did thousands of years ago. Well, we also said the blessing and lit the Chanukah candles on Tuesday night, so there! I spoke broken Hebrew and proceeded to give the girls their gifts. Little doggie key chains that actually poop. Just like the Jews did thousands of years ago. So here we are rolling into the holidays. I will post all of the pictures soon and that is all I will say about that.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Friday, November 26, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
This week is a mad house. Cleaning cleaning cleaning! Fixing fixing fixing.
I have my tooth taken out today at 4 PM I need to take my camera back to Costco. I need to shop for next week and plan what I will make for dinner and lunch and maybe even breakfast! I need to make my dishes to take to Abbe's for Thanksgiving. I need to clean out my car to trade with Mom. ( She has a mini van)I need to take Spooky to get groomed because he is starting to do the boot skoot boogie on the floor. I need to organize towels and beds for everybody.
My mind is racing and I just want to sleep.
I guess I will do that at 4 today knocked out at the dentist office. drooling like Pavlov's dogs. I wont mention how I still can't hear out of my right ear and how it is still infected. No, I won't mention that.
Both our toilets are acting up. We are going to have 9 people in this house on Saturday. I am not stressing because Jeff says he will take care of it. I wont mention the gabillion other things he needs to do before Saturday. I am having my wisdom tooth taken out today. I will not be in a good mood.
It is really hard to watch TV. Everything reminds me of Jesse. Even Rosanne. They were going to ride their motorcycle and it made me think of him. Howard Stern makes me think of him because of the strippers, which is a whole other story. Apparently they are easing him of his morphine cocktail so he can wake up. What his mental state will be is anyone's guess. I have been trying to go to the hospital everyday.
I am so bummed about my camera. I want to cry. I called Nikon and they told me that I have to send it in for repairs and it could take 4-6 weeks before anyone even looks at it! I loved my camera. I may just buck up and buy a new one. I don't know. I can't wait 4-6 weeks. I have so many things going on this month.
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Here are some of the Laguna pictures. I will have more when my mom gets her developed. My camera is broken so I am sad to say no pictures of the girls sleeping for awhile.
No change with Jesse. I will see him tomorrow since the hospital is right next to my work.
Saturday, November 20, 2004
I had a fabulous time in Laguna with my family and Julia's. Unfortunatly I came home to news that Jeff's best friend, Jesse had been ina horrible motorcyle accident as in in a coma at UMC's trauma center. This is not the first time we have been through this with Jesse. It is however the first time with his new girlfriend, Kim. We went to see him last night. Jeff was hesitant since this is his best buddy and he didn't know what to expect. Only one of us could go in at a time. I went in after Jeff and was a little shocked at what I saw. Both of his hands are broken and the right side of his face is pretty much mangled. He has had swelling and bleeding in his brain and they have to play the waiting game to see what will happen. Jesse has been in our lives for ten years. We have been through two wives with him and a miriad of girlfriends. We love him but he is self destructive. He is an alcoholic. The last accident he was in was so bad that the engine of his truck ended up in the back seat. He had an angel watching over him that time. His angel was probably exhausted and went out for coffee this time. We are on the edge of our seats waiting for news.
I will have pictures soon of my trip. Emma broke my camera in Laguna so I have to get the pictures made up. The girls come home today.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
SO MANY THINGS!!! Ok. Some not good, some bad, some ok. The girls are in California with my parents right now. It is really strange. I have never been without them for this long before.I keep thinking that I am forgetting something. Jeff and I are alone for the first time in almost 8 years. But instead of making Monkey love all over the house, (sorry Mom) Jeff has been working until 10:30 and I am getting the house ready for my brother in laws arrival. ( Thank you Rick for calling today to let me know how proud you are of Jeff. It means a LOT to him to know that you and Jen care.) We did go out to a really nice dinner tonight and then he took me to his place. His fine gun room isn't open yet but should be soon. I was completely overwhelmed by how enormous this place is. Today was the official opening. We were there at 7:30 PM and the place was so packed that you could barely walk. Tomorrow I leave for Laguna to join the family. Unfortunatly, I have a perferated (sp) eardrum. Cause unknown. But it really is bad. I am nervous about flying and may take a celebrity oxycontin pill beforehand. AND I also have an impacted wisdom tooth which has a cavity in it that has to come out on Tuesday. To which they prescribed me valium to take beforehand. I will be just like Anna Nicole at the American Music awards.
The pictures are the leaves outside our house. ARen't they a pretty color of pink?
Friday, November 12, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
There are many levels of the Dork Forest. There are levels of Trekkies,
Star Wars fanatics, Dungeon and Dragon nerds and I personally believe, the
deepest of all lies the Nascar freaks. Jeff and I stroll through the
dork forest every now and then with a little addiction of our we like
to call Buffdictions. It is a little addiction based on the show Buffy
the Vampire Slayer. First let me begin by telling you that we are not
this bad. But we do enjoy the show and we seriously love this. We
have it playing in all our cars and the girls know the words too. We
weren't always Buffy fans. I am not even sure how it happened. All I
know is that UPN plays their reruns and so does FX. We do NOT watch
Angel. That is further in the forest.
Jeff has been crazy at his job. They open next week. He likes it though. It is hard to adjust to him not having cash everyday but soon we will have paychecks! I like my job too. November is speeding by. Next week my parents are taking the girls to Laguna. I will join them on Wednesday evening. Then the week after is Thanksgiving. And the week after that my brother in law and sister in law are coming with their kids. I have plans everyday for them. I am so excited! In December, I have finals. UGH!
Sunday, November 7, 2004
Saturday, November 6, 2004
That is so profound. Life is going so fast. So many things that are happening that I have to stop and take a breather.
The past year has been difficult. I absolutely hated the fact that Jeff was a cab driver. HATED IT. It freaked me out whenever I couldn’t get a hold of him on his cell and although the pay was good, It was inconsistent. It was hard to budget. Well new things are starting for us, the Tatum’s. Jeff is starting a new job on Monday morning. Yes, it is true. No more cabbie. I didn’t want to write anything about his three interviews because I didn’t want to jinx it. He is the new Asst Manager of the fine gun room at Bass Pro shops. Back to his love of guns and thank the Lord above, back to him being home at night and a (almost) normal schedule. Now with me working, we will almost be a normal family once again. Although my job is part time, it is with the county and things can only get better as far as pay and hours over time. Right now it is perfect for me with school and taking care of the girls. Take a gander at my Monday schedule.
7:00 wake up get myself ready.
7:30 wake girls up
8:00 breakfast for girls
8:45 leave for school
9:00 School Alyssa’s school and Emma’s are right next door
2:00 get off It takes me 20 minutes to get back to my car
3:00 Pick up Alyssa
4:00 Ballet for Alyssa
5:30 Pick up Emma
6:00 Drop off at my moms and rush to school
9:20 school gets out drive home to pick up girls from moms house
10:00 get girls in bed and do my own thing
12:00 go to bed.
Things are really only that hectic on Mondays and Wednesdays. School is almost out for this semester and it was a lot harder then I thought. I am sticking with it though. I leave you with pictures of Emma’s Ballet class. This week was observation week. That means the parents were allowed to sit in. Alyssa’s was on Mondays and I had forgotten my camera. She was very beautiful and very graceful but very serious. Emma, Not so serious but still very beautiful.
Thursday, November 4, 2004
Earlier today I spoke to President Bush, and offered him and Laura our congratulations on their victory. We had a good conversation, and we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need, the desperate need, for unity for finding the common ground, coming together. Today, I hope that we can begin the healing.
In America, it is vital that every vote counts, and that every vote be counted. But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process. I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we would prevail. But it is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted, which they will be, there won't be enough outstanding votes for our campaign to be able to win Ohio. And therefore, we cannot win this election.
It was a privilege and a gift to spend two years traveling this country, coming to know so many of you. I wish I could just wrap you in my arms and embrace each and every one of you individually all across this nation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.
To all of you, my volunteers and online supporters, all across this country who gave so much of themselves, thank you. Thanks to William Field, a six-year-old who collected $680, a quarter and a dollar at a time selling bracelets during the summer to help change America. Thanks to Michael Benson from Florida who I spied in a rope line holding a container of money. It turned out he raided his piggy bank and wanted to contribute. And thanks to Alana Wexler, who at 11 years old started Kids for Kerry.
I thank all of you, who took time to travel, time off from work, and their own vacation time to work in states far and wide. You braved the hot days of summer and the cold days of the fall and the winter to knock on doors because you were determined to open the doors of opportunity to all Americans. You worked your hearts out, and I say, don't lose faith. What you did made a difference, and building on itself, we will go on to make a difference another day. I promise you, that time will come -- the election will come when your work and your ballots will change the world, and it's worth fighting for.
I'm proud of what we stood for in this campaign, and of what we accomplished. When we began, no one thought it was possible to even make this a close race, but we stood for real change, change that would make a real difference in the life of our nation, the lives of our families, and we defined that choice to America. I'll never forget the wonderful people who came to our rallies, who stood in our rope lines, who put their hopes in our hands, who invested in each and every one of us. I saw in them the truth that America is not only great, but it is good.
So here -- with a grateful heart, I leave this campaign with a prayer that has even greater meaning to me now that I've come to know our vast country so much better and that prayer is very simple: God bless America.
John F. Kerry
Monday, November 1, 2004
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Free candy! We had a blast. Went to Abbe's of course. The kids got tons of candy. Alyssa was supposed to be Barbie Swan Princess but she left her costume at home so she wore Julia's Barbie Bride costume. Thank goodness it was still in the Barbie genre or the night would have been a complete bust. Emma went from being a butterfly fairy to the tooth fairy. She kept changing her mind. It was pretty cold out.
Last night Jacque taught me how to sew with my sewing machine. I was so jazzed. I wanted to run to Super WalMart right then and there and make stuff.
So, a horrible thing happened to me the other day. There is a girl, Jesse in my class who is about 22 and has two kids ages 4 and 2. She is way cool and we talk a lot to each other. Well, The other day at class I asked her how her kids were and she asked about mine. I said they were great. And she asked me how old they were. I said 7 and 3. She asked me how old I was. and I told her that I was going to be 35 in March. AND SHE SAID.......... Oh.. You and my mom are about the same age.
I said what?? She said yeah, My mom is 38, She had me pretty young.
I am no longer friends with Jesse because being friends with her means that I could be a grandmother. I was pretty upset.
Saturday, October 30, 2004
It took me a really long time to realize that not everyone in the country got Halloween off. October 31st has always been a day off from school and work here in Nevada. It is Nevada day. While the rest of the country toils and sweats, Nevadans sleep till noon. October 31st is the day that Nevada was admitted into the union by a one Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Thank Mr Lincoln. So we slept until noon on Friday. Not really but geesh, I was bushed after my first week of work. I wasn’t used to it and it totally cut into my nap time.
I know it has been awhile since I have written. This week flew by. On Monday I went to court to fight against a speeding ticket I am totally denying. It is $300!! So in lieu of going to traffic school or paying the full amount I chose to go to real court and fight it. That will be December 9th. I actually started my job on Tuesday. And on Friday I had the day off because of Nevada day!! Yay!! Jeff and I meant to vote on Friday but we didn’t get out of bed. We watched several teen flicks which we are addicted to. Mean Girls and The Girl Next Door. Both really cute movies. I didn’t realize it at the time nor did I do it on purpose but I have almost seen every movie Rachel McAdams has been in. Today we bought a new couch. We have had the old one for 8 years and it was starting to smell like us. And nobody wants that. It will be delivered on Nov. 12th. Tomorrow is Halloween. A true Pagan holiday which the kids adore. Which brings me to my beef of the day.
I HATE People who tell me what to read, watch, listen to or say.
I HATE people who will only listen to one side of things and think that their opinion is always right.
I HATE people who hate gays and lesbians. Because what it truly is really about is that person is just afraid of what they do not know about so they must criticize. Really. How does someone else’s love life impact your life in any way? If I chose to love another women why do you get your panties in a twist? I don’t even know you. Mind your own business.
I HATE people who tell me how to eat or what I should be doing with my body or what I am allowed to do with my body.
And I really hate people who tell me how to raise my kids. If you want kids go make them yourself. It takes some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill wine and a back seat of a car and about 7 ½ minutes of your time.
I know that Hate is a strong word but I cannot explain my beef any better. Just leave me alone with your opinions. Your lifestyle may work out great for you and I am happy for you. Just leave the Tatum family alone and love us for who we are. Fun and groovy and basically just good people.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Remember in "It's not the end of the world." By Judy Blume? She would grade her days. I think I will start doing that and focus on A days. Yesterday was just about a D-. Bad day in lab, And then Alyssa had another urinary tract infection which led us to the ER again. It is so frustrating to see her in so much pain.We got home at 2:30 AM. Alyssa is so courteous that she has her UTI's on Saturday so we can sleep in on Sunday. Some good things that happened this weekend were:
1. Abbe and her girls got a new puppy that I cannot wait to squeeze. She got one so I don't have to. It is a German Shepard that they named Francy.
2. I still have that job at the county!!!!!!!!!!
3. Some guy just gave me a Singer sewing machine for free!!!!!!!!!! We were in the parking lot of the Super Wal Mart putting things in the car and some guy said that they wouldn't let him return it and did I want it? Did I? Why yuppers! I don't sew but my friend, Jacque is going to teach me!
Friday, October 22, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Is is stormy here and the pressure is really low so I have a very bad headache. The girls screechy voices are like nails on a chalkboard. As soon as it actually rains my headache will go away. Some interesting things are going on this week but I will tell you about them as they happen. School is going well. It is still very difficult but I am sticking with it. I cannot even imagine being a certified reflexologist but my professor promises me that I will. You really know that you are a mommy when you recognize voices on the cartoons and realize the same actor does voices on several different cartoons. Paper napkin said it best in her Oct 12th journal entry.She has one of the best MOMMY blogs I have ever read.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Friday, October 15, 2004
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
The first president I ever voted for was Mr William Clinton in 1992. I was so proud and nervous. Stace and I talked about it a lot and even called each other right after, We had to double check what lever we were pulling. It is a special right to be able to vote. I feel that if you do not vote you cannot complain about anything. And if you vote for Bush, stop bitching about the price of gas.
Sunday, October 10, 2004
We went on a boat today. A Ferry, if you will. It was a breakfast cruise on Lake Mead. It started bad. Many, many, many, hungry seniors shoved in a very, very, very, small space. Grumpy children waiting to eat. Alyssa crying and saying" I came here for breakfast, not lunch." Emma drinking shots of half and half. Dozens of ladies from the Red Hats Society for what appeared to be their annual meeting.
After we ate we felt better. It was nice. The day would've been better if the A&W was open. I was craving a frosty cold A&W root beer. This A & W was very old and the entire city of Boulder City shuts down on Sunday.
Friday, October 8, 2004
Tuesday, October 5, 2004
I don't have pictures yet but my sister in laws sister (get that?) Luba, had her baby today at 4:30 PM . A girl! Natalie Jade Hodges. I think she was 7.2 lbs. Much smaller than her big brother, Daniel. Who I do have a picture of. See this entry.
Went to Abbe's today to help our friend Marti get on Ebay AKA Satans software. I shouldn't say that because I know that I will be back on it soon. I have a slight addiction. I also caught a picture of Alyssa thinking. Actually thinking. It is amazing.
Monday, October 4, 2004
My father had hernia surgery today. All went well. He was a tad loopy for awhile but he is ok now. I took pictures.
One big Hey Hidey Ho to my neighbors across the street who put up a for sale sign today.
Dear neighbors across the street.
Dear mother that lives there. You are an anti semite. I never really liked you. When you found out I was Jewish you said to me.." You're a jew?? Do you eat that gefilte fish stuff? That stuff is nasty." No, I don't like you.
Dear father that lives there, My boobs are very smart but they do not talk yet. Staring at them when I am talking to you only makes them more shy. And P.S. Black socks with your shorts really are not attractive with your pasty white legs.
Dear little boy that lives there. If you bring that whiffle bat near my husbands 56 Chevy one more time he will have a coronary. I am sorry that because of you and your nasty little friends, Jeff is now known as Old Man Tatum, The cranky old dude that doesn't return our balls when they are thrown over our gate. Stay away from my dog. Otis doesn't like you and he finds you boring.
** Long Duck Dong - Sixteen Candles
Saturday, October 2, 2004
These pictures were taken after one dinner at the Tatums. That is how many dishes I used. All we had was baked mac and cheese, Corn on the cob and chicken pieces for Jeff. Oh and tomatoes and mozzerella with olive oil for me. Geesh. But look at the after. I did clean up with the help of Alyssa who mopped.
OK OK, I have no interesting blog journal tonight.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
You have been very patient.. Really you have. I will now tell you the Reality show story that happened to the Tatum family.
Several months ago my mother saw an ad in the paper for people that want to be on a new cleaning reality show. One of my favorite shows right now is Clean Sweep on TLC. So I thought that it would be like that. So I called them and the Producer said that they were looking for the filthiest houses in America for a show called " How Clean is your House " that would be aired on Lifetime Channel. . I said that my house wasn’t filthy just cluttered. ( Quiet Mom) She said thank you but it isn’t what they were looking for. No biggie. A few weeks later. Dennis, Another producer on the show called me and said that they were looking for houses in Las Vegas and they wanted the Tatums! Oh really... I told them a little about us and when they found out that Jeff was a cab driver they got really excited. They told me to send pictures via email of all of my cluttered spots. Jeff was really hesitant. He DID NOT want to be on any reality show unless it was Pimp My Ride or Overhauled. But I sent pictures and they kept calling and yadda yadda yadda. A video interview was set up for that Thursday,
Send in Mercedes, the videographer with the very low cut tank top and perky little body that made Jeff giggle quietly every time she had to get something from her briefcase without crouching down to get it but just bending over. She asked us silly questions about the kitchen, which I answered, the living room , which I answered, the bedroom, which I answered... see a pattern? She did video the kids so they could 1. Show their panties and 2. Show off their somersault talents. Mercedes actually did not ask them to show off any talents at all and was not amused. But she took some still shots and lots of video. She was an hour and a half late showing up and stayed 2 and a half hours. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BY THE WAY.... I forgot to mention. They had asked us NOT to do the dishes for a week AND do not take out the trash AND spill something in our fridge AND throw the laundry around. (Quiet Mom) A week later we get a call from Alicia, another producer. She says that I did all the talking (ha) and they barely had any footage of Jeff talking at all. They needed to come back out and reshoot him, He was NOT amused in the least. But trooper that he is , he did it anyway. This time Mercedes was an hour late and stayed for two hours. I was getting pissed at this time. Fast forward another week or two and the premiere of the show airs on TV. We watched in horror. They ripped apart, mortified and humiliated this family. No way. All I needed was for child protective services to come and take my little filthy darlings away. No way. My brother called me in a panic and begged me not to do the show. My friends called, everyone called. We had already made up our minds. There was no way were going to embarrass ourselves like that. We do that fine on our own.
So I called them. After hours so I wouldn’t have to actually talk to anyone. And I said the following.
" Hello How clean is your house people, This is the Tatum family from Las Vegas. Please do not bother trying to edit in a personality for my husband because after watching the first episode of your show there is no way we are going to do it. We would rather not be humiliated on national Television. Thank you." They never called back. That is until last Thursday....I had a message on my cell phone from Alicia. She said, " Um Hi Tatum family, This is Alicia from HCIYH, Don’t hang up! Um Well, Oprah Winfrey wants to do a show on our show and we want your family to be on the panel. Please call me ASAP I need to know right away so I can contact them." HOLY CRAP!!!@ OPRAH!!!!! So, After I calmed down my internal giddy, I bounced this off of Jeff. He said" Well lets see Cyndi, I did not want to be humiliated on a small cable network with about two hundred viewers, so yes, lets go on a national show with 50 quadrillion viewers instead." Ummmm Nope. No Dice and he was right. I called and gracefully declined . Alicia asked me one more time to do her show but it really wasn’t going to happen.
SO there is my reality show experience. Let me tell you something. There is hardly any reality in reality shows. The things they asked me to do to my house to make it messier was disgusting. Don’t believe everything you see.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Had my lab yesterday and mastered a very hard technique and had many compliments from my professor. I left there flying ten feet high. It is getting a litlle easier now that I am using some of the relaxation techniques she tought me. I am less tense in the class.For all my friends who say they will be my guinea pig. Bring it on! Because in one year I will have my certification and I will be charging you $65 an hour. No freebies Jack, Mamma's gotta feed her babies.
Had a fabulous weekend at Abbe's. It was her daughter, Julia's 5th birthday party and the girls had a blast. It was a princess party so princess attire was required.
AND THEN THIS IN THE NEWS!! I am thrilled. I want everybody to love WHO THEY WANT!!!! Without people judging them. I know who you are. You, behind the Republican, back off and mind your own business. Hello!!!Sex And The City star Cynthia Nixon is having a lesbian relationship with an unnamed female, according to reports. The Emmy-winning actress, 38, who played cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbs in the hit TV show, has apparently been dating a woman for the past 10 months, since splitting from long-term boyfriend Danny Mozes. A friend tells the New York Daily News, "She's just a private citizen who would like to remain private." But Nixon is refusing to confirm the reports, insisting, "My private life is private. But at the same time, I have nothing to hide. So what I will say is that I am very happy." Her and Mozes, who met at high school, have joint custody of their children following their separation in 2003.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
The Old Navy Wrote me this today:
Thank you for your e-mail. We understand your concern regarding the
report of a Chicago-area teenager with Crohn's disease and her request
to access the restroom at an Old Navy store.
Old Navy and its employees deeply regret the embarrassment that this
young lady experienced while shopping with us, and we never want
something like that to happen again. A representative of Gap Inc., the
parent company of Old Navy, contacted the family to apologize upon
learning of the incident. Old Navy's non-public restroom policy was
clarified as a result of this incident. Old Navy does allow restroom
access to customers in emergency situations.
Again, thank you for your e-mail. Your feedback is appreciated.
Customer Service Consultant
Thanks Ed. I am sure that if Ed had Crohn’s Or if Ed’s child had Crohns, That manager would have been fired by now.
Anyway, I an thinking a lot about rich people and poor people. When I had a problem with the manager from The Gap store last week, she treated me as though I were cheap slime. Abbe pointed this out to me: These employees that are snobby in their expensive store have no reason to be. They are not shopping there! They are WORKING there. HELLO! Get a grip Miss Gap Manager.
Alyssa saw Titanic last night and got really angry how they treated the passengers in steerage. She said "first it is men against women then blacks against whites NOW rich against poor!" She was angry.
Then tonight I took Alyssa to ballet at her fancy shmancy ballet school where rich women or their nannies take their children. Well I started knitting while Alyssa was in class and one woman was asking me about it. She said she wanted me to teach her to knit. I said sure but you need to get yarn. She said she had some that she bought in a specialty store for $40!!! I was intrigued. I told her I paid $4.00 at Super Wal Mart and she looked as if I swallowed a bug. She had never been in Wal Mart.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Saturday, September 18, 2004
At about 2 PM Alyssa said the cutest thing. She said that this was the best day ever. When I asked her why she said that first she helped out it Emma's Ballet class then we went to Savers., and then we went to Abbe's so she could play with Julia. It got me thinking that Alyssa's needs are so simple yet they make her so happy. I wish that I could be like that. Why can't I be amused for hours with wrapping paper, tape and empty boxes? My world has become a complex scribble that ties me in knots. It doesn't have to be like this at all, I make it like this. I let the past control who I am today and I hate it. I am learning meditation in my class. It may have to become a necessity for me to obtain my reflexology goals.
Earlier today after my class , My mother and I got into another moot argument. I was on a emotional tightrope about to fall off when my friend, Nicole called to update me on her sister. Stephanie was rushed to the ER last night after she fell at work. ( She is a valet) She was in major pain. Stephanie is a marathon runner and in incredible shape. When Nicole called me today she told me that Stephanie was going into surgery because her ball joint on her hip had detached and fractured. They were putting pins in it and she will be in the hospital for a week. She will also be in recovery for up to 14 months and will have to walk with crutches or a cane indefinetly. After 14 months she will probably get a hip replacement. I just broke down. I just had to let go of all the emotions I was feeling that day and that was it. I felt so sad for her because she is only 27 and now her whole life has changed in a second. I adore Stephanie. Alyssa is in love with her son, Donnie who is exactly 1 year older than her. He is also Gage's cousin (see previous post) who Emma is in love with. They are betrothed. Anyway. I was a wreck of emotions and I am just plain sad. Going to Abbe's tonight made me feel better as it usually does. We had a nice dinner and just talked all night. I love that. I love my friends. Is that too cheezy?
Friday, September 17, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
I am trying to do a physical and mental makeover. I am documenting the physical part. Trying to eat healthier and drink buttloads of water. I am also learning meditation and all about Chinese herbs. We will see what happens!
My first test is tomorrow. It shouldn't be too bad. I also got our tickets to Laguna. My Mom and Dad are taking the girls first on Monday and Jeff and I are going up during the week. It is only for a day and a half but Julia's whole family will be up there. I am so excited. I hope the girls don't make my dad have a spell. He gets a little tense around them. Heck. so do I.
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Saturday, September 11, 2004
For the record, Do not go into the GAP KIDS in Summerlin. The manager there is a raving hormonal twat who probably took one look at my Dim Sum stained tee shirt and assumed I was there for a hand out. Hey lady, Dim Sum ain't cheap.And if I wasn't in such a hurry to get my shrimp ball down my throat before little piggy Emma got her grubby little paws on it, I wouldn't have a stain at all.
Thank you Luba for the gift certificate. It was very sweet of you. We did manage to get some lovely goodies for the girls. I had my lab today. It was moved to Saturday morning at 8:00 AM. Not a good foot healing time for Cyndi. It was hard and I want so bad to get it right. I was very tense today. Bad screamy day for me.
SO this is another promise to me day. Look at that picture of me. I am the one in the middle. I have yucky Bay City Roller/ Farrah hair. It is too long for my double chin.and I need a new set of glasses because the librarian look is not a good one for me anymore. I need to look my age. I got carded the other day at Bingo ( long story) and the chick that carded me was a year younger than me This will be my before picture. On Monday, I will try to get a hold of my life and body. I am going on SAM-E a new wonder drug, so I heard. I want to eat right and start relaxing. I am way to blitzed to be human.
Today was September 11th. I still can't help crying when I see the names scrolled on TV. Now I know what it must have felt like on December 7th, 1941. Very sad.
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Got my financial aid today. Yee Ha! It was about time. I owe my peeps some dough y'know? None left to buy some bling I gots to pay the utilities dig?
It will be fun trying to get Sveta to translate that! HA!
Sveta is my number one fan in Moscow, Russia. She is also my sister-in-law, Julia's younger sister. We have never met. My family ADORES their family. We are all going to meet up in Laguna in November. Julia's parents will be in America because Luba, (Julia's older sister) is having her baby! Got all that?? Julia's parents don't speak english so Julia or Luba will translate. We think that they may be talking about us so we listen for our name.
Monday, September 6, 2004
Sunday, September 5, 2004
There are a lot of things about me I would change.I would eat healthier, work out, meditate, relax, de-stress, challenge myself more, and last but not least, learn to not take evrything to heart. I am hoping this class will help me. I mean geesh, the idea of reflexology is to promote relaxation. How am I supposed to help someone else to relax when I am a sparkley nerve bucket myself? I am working on it. There is no class tomorrow because of labor day. A busy time for Vegas. People please tip your cabbies. Do you not know that? You would be surprised to know the amount of people who do not tip. We live off of tips. Remember that next time you are at a restaurant or in a cab.
Thank you America
P.S. Pictures of the girls last night. Asleep.
Friday, September 3, 2004
Last night was my first lab. Ugh! It was really hard! We worked on each others feet for an hour each and my shoulders, wrists and forearm were killing me! I am not used to it. My professer, who is fabulius, told me not to worry about it. She said we were too tense ( A TeePee and a Wigwam... hahahaha get it? Two tents!) And we were too anxious to get it right the first time. But I still love it. I cannot believe I am a medical student. I am 34 but surprisingly enough, one of the youngest in class.
Remember people, this is not a massage class, it is healing through pressure. But I still love to give foor massages and will do them for anyone who asks.
The picture is of the girls and my friend, Nicole's son, Gage.We went to lunch last Sunday. Emma is betrothed to Gage. She was conceived the night he was born.I know, I know, TMI*
*Too mucho information.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
things I don't get.
Sports pages, rims on cars, Avril Lavigne, Why Paris Hilton is famous, the financial aid office at my college, people who do not tip their cab drivers, people who blame others for their children behavour(sp), Nascar, Monster trucks, celebrities who can do whatever they want and do not get in trouble, celebrities who write childrens books and get them published just because they are famous, how we still break out after we are over 21, weight gain on some people and not others, people who are reading my resume and not hiring me or even calling me for an interview (don't they know me?), why Emma repeats everything 5000 times, why and how Alyssa turned 15 overnight, why Jeff refuses to let his hair grow, why Emma thinks it is funny to write on the carpet with a marker, why Alyssa cut out hearts in my drapes, why Spooky drinks out of the toilets even though he has a full and clean bowl of water.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
That is what George always says to Jerry Seinfeld when things are going well for him. In case you didn't know, I am a huge Seinfeld fan. Well, I'm bustin Jerry!, I'm bustin! School was amazing! It was everything I could hope for and more! I am so excited to get started. Reflexology is not a foot massage it is a healing process using pressure on your foot. No lotions or creams are used. I really love giving foot massages and now I get to learn how to heal too! I am Bustin! I have classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I will be so busy this year. My brother in law and sister in law and all the cousins are coming in late November. In early November we are going to Laguna again. (My happy place) If we get selected for this show then filming will be at the end of September. No word yet from them. I giggled a lot on the interview so they probably think I am slightly mental. If they don't think I am then Emma showing the lady her panties and Alyssa deciding to do handstands in a dress may clue them in on the mental standing of this family. The picture is of the full moon when I got out of class last night. It was orange.
Alyssa liked school except that her classroom was very far away and she had to walk. :( But she said that so far 2nd grade is harder then 1st. go figure. ) Emma was pleased with her class but you really can't complain when you snack and nap and have someone wipe your butt after you poop. She was happy with her new class.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Apparently, the embarressment emotion kicks in earlier then I can remember. Nowadays it kicks in at 2nd grade.WAH.She didn't want me to walk her to her class!(but I did) And she wouldn't let me take pictures. (but I did) Look at her face. She just about hates me in that picture. We met her teacher and she saw some friends and she said to me. "Step away from the Mom" WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN??? So I left. kinda teary with my tail between my legs. Emma ran off with her little friends too.It is a sad day at the Tatum house.
P.S. I start school tonight and my mommy can walk me to class any day. They will come back to me. Oh yes, they will come back.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
This horrible summer is now complete. Alas school will start in the morn. I figure that we will have to get up at 4 to get it all together. Emma starts a new class and I just don't want to leave her. Alyssa starts a new class and I can't just leave her. I start classes tomorrow too.. I am very nervous. I know that all of the future refloxologists in my new class will be 18 and weigh105 and they will all be wearing belly shirts with naval rings. I will inform you of all I learn on Tuesday.
This weekend was OK. Emma and Alyssa started Ballet. They were Sooo excited. Emma couldn't shut up about it. That is until;the class actually started and she ran out of class sniffling and crying.She didn't like ballet. She wouldn't even go back into the classroom. And once Emma decides on something it is said and done.She ripped off her pink leotard and flung her pink socks and pink ballet shoes but kept on her pink hair bow.She pinkie promised my mom that she will try again next time. Alyssa did really well and loves it. Then it was off to Dim Sum again and the Kohls where they were having fabulous sales on back to school clothes. Alyssa is set for the next year.
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Friday, August 27, 2004
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
It isn't any of these:
I am not pregnant ( thanks for checking, Stace)
I am not employed
We didn't win a lot of money
We didn't pose for any nudie mags
We did not film our own home movie
I, nor my husband are running for political office.
Jeff is NOT quitting driving despite THIS news,much to my dismay
We, as far as we are aware have not been kidnapped by aliens.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
The "job" and I put that lightly, was a bookstore job at the college. When I went to the orientation on Friday I didn't know two things.
1. It was a two to three week temporary position only during rush
2. it paid $6 an hour
Hmm, lets see. Putting Alyssa in daycare would cost me $160 a week and I would have made $60 a week, Momma didn't raise no stupids. I gracefully declined via email because momma most certainly raised a coward. So here I am deciding what I want to do,. School starts in one week and the ONE class I took last semester was difficult, this semester I have FOUR. Do I want to work? NO
Do I need to work? YES
I need a decent paying part time position now. I am looking.
Emma alept for 15 hours yesterday and woke up singing like a short bus special child. I heart antibiotic shots. Saw a Cinderella Story with Alyssa today. In a seven year olds world it was oscar worthy. My world, not so much.
Sunday, August 22, 2004
What a weekend. Very busy. Something very big may be happening to the Tatum family but it isn't confirmed yet so I will not tell you what it is. I will only say that it is neither really really good or really really bad.. Confused? So am I.
On Saturday we went to the Nevada Ballet Open House because the girls will be taking ballet starting next week. They are really excited. We also went to our usual Saturday afternoon Dim Sum. Emma ate 10 shrimp balls! The waiters kept pointing and laughing.. Shrimp balls are my favorite too but Emma only let me have two. Shrimp balls are steamed shrimp wrapped in rice noodle. YUM. But I only got two. Today Emma was at the doctors. (No connection to the ten shrimp balls) She threw up 4 times in a half hour. Now the funny little thing about Emma is that she is a neat puker. She always runs to the toilet, throws up, then wipes her little mouth and the seat. No one taught her that, she just does it that way. Alyssa on the other hand is Reagan from the Exorcist. (Have I used that connection before?) Turns out that she had tonsilittis, pharengitis and an ear infection in BOTH ears! It came from nowhere. She was one sick little critter. She fell asleep on the doctors table.Only to wake up to have a tongue depresser in her mouth. She got a shot in her tush which made her really mad. She has been asleep since 4:30. It is now 11:00. She needs the sleep though. I will keep you updated on the big news.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
Friday, August 13, 2004
So I had a really crappy day. So I am having a really crappy summer, so I am feeling sorry for myself. As my brother has said over a million times in the last two days, " At least you are not Scott Peterson" I am not sure how I feel about that but I am not going to tell you why my day was crappy. In fact, I am not going to tell you when anything goes wrong in my life anymore. I am only going to tell you the good things that happen because I am upsetting my mother.
The good things that are happening is Julia and Rick came in yesterday. Julia has been playing and taking care of my kids the entire time. I sure she will sleep for a month when she gets home. rick and Alyssa have chased each other around trying to give each other atomic wedgies. We went to breakfast at Mimi's and drove up to the mountains. It was very nice. We then experienced some crappiness for about two hours then we went to take pictures. That is what this family does. We take lots and lots of professional pictures. We don't know why. we just like to pose I guess. We will see them tomorrow and I will post ASAP.
P.S. A super dooper yay goes out to my brother in law, Rick and his wife Jennifer. They are coming to visit us in November for the first time in 9 years! My heart is so full I had to take off my bra. I am making lists of where to take them in Merry Old Vegas.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
We did something pretty nice this last weekend. My sister-in-law, Julia has a sister named Luba who is having a baby. We love Julia's entire family and really want to be close. So we decided to drive 400 miles to give Luba a surprise baby shower. Julia nd Rick ( My brother) were in California for a conference, so we joined them for a day. Luba seemed overwhelmed which was nice. Look at the expression on her face! Well, it was really nice. But not as nice as that hotel they were staying at! It was the Westin Boneventure in downtown L.A. Holy Moly. Us Vegas hillbillies ain't seen nuttin like that befo. To get the idea of the hotel, it was the one they used to film the "horse in the hotel scene" in True Lies with the Governer of California. It was very nice. But I am bummed because in the picture of me and the girls in the pool, the hotel was in the background and it was just beautiful with the glass elevators but you can't see it in the picture. You are gonna have take my word for it. Luba and Julia are very sweet. We are thrilled to have them in our lives and cannot wait to meet their other sister, Sveta who is still in Russia. But reads this journal and comments a lot. Sorry Sveta, you were there in spirit! Luba and her husband, David's baby, Daniel is such a sweet boy. He barely cried when Alyssa knocked his head into the wall......twice. Or when Emma chased him around to zerbert his belly whether he wanted a spit ridden blow on his tummy or not. That poor little boy had pure fear on his face the entire time the girls were with him in Laguna last November. They REALLY love him!!!! Any way. it was a nice time. The trip wasn't too bad. Julia and Rick will be here on Thursday so I will have more pictures.
Monday, August 9, 2004
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
As I said before, This is Alyssa's last week of school for the first grade. Her teacher. Ms. Horn, Had a little time capsule thing today where she brought out work the kids did in the first week of achool and work they have done now and it was amazing. They have really progressed. As she was saying goodbye she really lost it and started crying. She said that teaching is not just a job, it is her life. She eats , lives, and breathes it. She can't go anywhere without thinking that "Ooh the kids would've loved to have seen that!" But she said something that made me think. She said that she may not remember every kid in all of her classes but every kid will always remember her. Everybody remembers their teachers. And she said that there is a lot of pressure to know that you are always going to be remembered and you want those memories to be good ones. It was really nice.
I remember all of my teachers vividly. And at the time I thought they hung the moon. Looking back I remember that some of the things they did weren't the best things in the world. They helped shape me into the person I am. I should send them my therapy bills. Just kidding, I am not in therapy but if I were, they would hear from me. Mrs King, I want $250 from you for making me throw out my pencil just because it was sharpened down to a nub. Miss Mottus, I am not even going to begin with what you owe me. Talk about favoring certain students. She had some kids from my class in her wedding!! (not me) And for some reason, I can't remember my 5th grade teachers name even though I was teachers pet. She even started me on my love of theater yet I can't place her name. Mom? can you help?
Ms Horn, you were a great teacher. Thank you for being so nice to my kid.
PS: Doesn't Jeff's leg look better?
Monday, August 2, 2004
If you guys have seen a break lately please stop it so I CAN CATCH IT! Big loser walking did not get the job. What a surprise.
Loser spelled out with naked people
Loser in sign
donations are to the left of this entry. I will now need money for interview pantyhose.
Sunday, August 1, 2004
What a boring weekend. Did nothing! This is the last week of school. I have to get this house in order before school is out. I wouldn't want anyone to enter me in a contest for the messiest house AGAIN. Thanks to that person who shall remain nameless but name rhymes with Swommy.
I just need to get rid of the millions of dollars worth of toys I have in this house and figure out what to do with the mountains of clothes we seem to have that need to be washed. Alyssa and Emma are at the age where they need to change clothes every hour. The princesses need fresh material for every mood. Did nothing this weekend really except for that little shopping fiasco at Sears. Had a tea party with the girls last night that consisted of water and cheerios with marshmellow fluff. That gave me the sugar high I needed to push out the recliner with my butt and watch Nick at Nite. I love Roseanne. Classic 80's show. That was it.
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Friday, July 30, 2004
Update on Jeff's leg. He actually did go to the Dr on Tuesday. Today his leg resembles Freddy Kruegers face. but the swelling has gone down and it actually does look a little better.
On other subjects: I was approved for financial aid but wait, get this... I don't receive it until the 17th of August. Payment for classes are due on the 13th of August. Nice. I called financial aid and told them that it didn't make any sense. They told me this: "Just pay for the classes and you can reimburse yourself when you get the aid check"
Ummmm They don't seem to get it. IF I HAD the money in the first place I wouldn't need the financial aid. So my only hope is to write a check on that Friday (Aug 13) at exactly 5 PM, and by the grace of God they do not cash it until after the 17th.They NEVER works for me. I think I can bypass the system but there is no bypassing the system. Books are going to cost me $214. For books. $214. For books.I just need to keep repeating it.