Friday, December 31, 2004

10:41 PM New Years Eve

It is before 11:00 And this rockin family has partied out. After making and eating haystacks, the family poops out. We can rock with the best of them.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

2005: The year of the beehive

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.

Dear House

Dear House,

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

microwave goes boom

Our microwave broke. Now how are we going to warm up our food? Ugh. Just another expense. It totally sucks. I suppose we could Laura Ingall’s it for a while and use the stove but that is so time consuming. The girls don’t even know where popcorn comes from if it’s not in a folded up bag. And how will I warm up their TV dinners?? I don’t even think that there are directions for a, a, a.can I say it?? Should I say it?? Conventional oven!!!!  It has been raining like mad here. Or has Emma says. Naining. And cold! It is so cold and windy. I finished another scarf, which I am keeping. I bought this great book. Stitch and Bitch, which Stace assures me, will teach a monkey to knit. The book is really entertaining so far.  I haven’t read for pleasure in quite a while. I like to knit. It keeps me off the streets.  Mom is going to sit me down and teach me another stitch other then knit. I would like to make something more than scarves and square hats.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Jesse is lookin pretty

I really wish I had the forsight to take a picture of Jesse when his accident first happened last month. You would not believe the difference. His head was so swollen and both of his arms were broken. His lip was bruised and huge and the left side of his face was road pizza. It was so horrible. And now, look at him. He is just about normal. Normal being a state of mind. This was the first time Jeff had seen Jesse since that time in the hospital where Jesse was calling him Jason and totally not with it. I was so happy that Jeff went tonight. He felt better too. Jesse has an angel. Several of them.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Happy Festivus!

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

Because i always do everything Stace tells me too.

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:

1. Mommy

2. Cyndi

3. Babydoll (Jeff used to call me that all the time but hasn’t in a long time.

Three screennames you have:


2. Lvsugarlips

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

3. Laziness

Three parts of your heritage:

1. Jewish

2. Russian

3. Polish

Three things that scare you:

1. Drowning

2. Harm to my children

3. Being poor

Three of your everyday essentials:

1. Plain old cold cream

2. Clinique crystal Mauve lipstick

3. Buffy

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):

1. Laughter

2. Trust

3. Understanding

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:

1. Forearms

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

2. Hawaii

3. Anywhere we can go fishing

Three kids names:

1. Jackson

2. Reagan

3. Maya

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

A fab pic of my dad and bro


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!

How's it Hangin?

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

Whatever happened to Baby Jesse?

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

Dim Sum : A love story

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

Christmas card 2004 update

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


Elizabeth had her baby!! Alexander David Olson was born at 8:10 a.m. on December 6th.  He weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20" long.  He actually looks like. her. I want to touch and squeeze this baby.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Happy X-mas

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

Rollin Rollin Rollin into the Holidays

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

Smack dab in the middle of cousin country

YAY! The cousins are here. The house is loud but happy. Of course we are Tatums, we get pictures made. Here are the ones we took today. I will update you on my week soon.