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Old 10-29-2009, 01:24 PM   #511
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You're here, you're here!!! Any word yet?? Need to hit the hay in a bit, but was just checking in.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:01 PM   #512
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You're here, you're here!!! Any word yet?? Need to hit the hay in a bit, but was just checking in.
I am here! I was supposed to be getting in my car, right about now.

But the guy is sick so we are rescheduling.

And it's ok! I feel really really well prepared, did quite a bit of mental exercising this am and will be that much more ready for sometime next week. I have a big meeting for my current job tomorrow and now can really focus on that which is fabulous. It is super exciting stuff and potentially huge.

Plus this way I don't have to reschedule the microwave repair guy (who hopefully shows up at the early part of his time window) and can get a Costco run in and still make the Haunted Mansion pumpkin muffins for Eric's class party!

And make it to zumba and a jewelry party without feeling completely guilty about it.

If I could only figure out what to feed the monsters for dinner, I'd be golden!
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I highly recommend the golden arches.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #514
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I am here! I was supposed to be getting in my car, right about now.

But the guy is sick so we are rescheduling.

And it's ok! I feel really really well prepared, did quite a bit of mental exercising this am and will be that much more ready for sometime next week. I have a big meeting for my current job tomorrow and now can really focus on that which is fabulous. It is super exciting stuff and potentially huge.

Plus this way I don't have to reschedule the microwave repair guy (who hopefully shows up at the early part of his time window) and can get a Costco run in and still make the Haunted Mansion pumpkin muffins for Eric's class party!

And make it to zumba and a jewelry party without feeling completely guilty about it.

If I could only figure out what to feed the monsters for dinner, I'd be golden!
I'm glad you have a sense of peace! I know it will all work out the way it is supposed to. You'll have to post the muffin photos. (You know how we Dis'er love food porn!)
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Old 10-29-2009, 07:07 PM   #515
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You, dh thinks I'm nuts because I look at food porn.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:08 AM   #516
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I highly recommend the golden arches.
Oh that would make the E's day. They've been complaining that they haven't been "since they don't remember when".

Too bad

Sooo sad.

Not.

They made out alright with some carnitas...

And mickey was QUITE the hit at Zumba tonight. My instructor asked me if it was from TOT!



It is probably better for straight weight lifting, I'm used to wearing tanks and I was quite warm! But it sure was cute.

I wore Jack on the way out and got stopped three times, quite the Disney t-shirt night at the gym!

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Will do! Still have to frost and sprinkle in the morning but they are made and I have all my tombstones ready to go!

Huge sense of peace. We will see how long it lasts lol, interview looks like next weds.

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Glad you are able to get everything in- sounds like a busy day/weekend. Hope Mr. Microwave can fix it, and it's not too expensive.

Score on the carnitas! That beats Ronald's place out, for sure! Although, I'll admit it right here in front of God everyone. When I landed in Frankfurt last time, the first thing I got was a Fish Filet with extra lettuce and tomato. Ah, heaven, I tell you!! (no ocean fish here.. I plan to load up on shrimp and fish in Sept!!!)

HM cupcakes?? This I gotta see!
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Glad you are able to get everything in- sounds like a busy day/weekend. Hope Mr. Microwave can fix it, and it's not too expensive.

Score on the carnitas! That beats Ronald's place out, for sure! Although, I'll admit it right here in front of God everyone. When I landed in Frankfurt last time, the first thing I got was a Fish Filet with extra lettuce and tomato. Ah, heaven, I tell you!! (no ocean fish here.. I plan to load up on shrimp and fish in Sept!!!)

HM cupcakes?? This I gotta see!
the microwave thing was pathetic, and annoying. When it happened, I called, and they scheduled someone to come out. They asked me if I had unplugged it.

Uh no, it's built into my wall/cabinet, no can do. I can go flip the breaker if you like. I assumed they'd want me to, it's generally the first step and I was just being LAZY since the oven, which is also on the same breaker, was FINE.

They said, no no, we will have someone out. So I'm thinking ok, the display screens just die at some point, that must be it.

Nope. Flipped the breaker, waited 5, it was fine. It didn't cost me anything but a bit of embarrassment though I did make sure to state I'd offered to flip the breaker and was surprised when they didn't want me to.

I felt kind of bad, the tech tried to sell me filters for my fridge (we've never replaced it) but hey...the water still tastes fine to me!

Filet-o-fish.

Sigh. That was my FAV growing up! I'd probably still enjoy one though fish tacos seem to be my "grownup" replacement.

Not so much a score on the Carnitas as remembering I had leftover meat. I couldn't let it go bad! I didn't have any though, too late to eat a full meal by the time I got home. Paid for it this am, the 3 cheesepuffy things I ate at the jewelry/skincare party really didn't hold me through the night, especially after Zumba.

We're going out for mexican tonight before my mom's bash so I can make it up then! Otherwise all I'll get to eat is Krispy Kremes...

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Old 10-30-2009, 12:19 PM   #519
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A blustery day

As I get myself, and my family ready for my mother’s infamous annual Halloween party tonight I think about the evolution of annual events.

Of family.

Of tradition.


I think about the fact that even though it isn’t our weekend, Kendall is making a point to come to the party tonight, with her best friend, because it’s a tradition she is now part of. Traditionally her mom is not flexible about weekends and extra time unless it’s driven by the kids. Kendall drives this one. She has a soccer game in Spokane tomorrow, needs to get to bed early and still she’s pushing for it. It makes me really happy. It makes my mom really happy. So did Evan, who mastered email last night, emailing me while “writing” his book report to say

“LOL I’m really excited about grandma’s party”

I of course had to forward that to my mother. Made her night.

I make cupcakes for Eric's classroom party, putting Haunted Mansion tombstones on them (stolen from CP who graciously posed the HM Printables link, I'd have not thought of it otherwise). And the HM makes me think of my mom.

Family is not always born “naturally”. It is created. It takes work. And in some ways…it is earned.

It is always a gift.

Let’s take a step back in time.

Back to say…

1975.

Good lord, was it really that long ago? Man, that just completely freaked me out doing the math.

I’m thinking it was. I need to check in with my mom and see.
1975 was a time of flux for my family. As I imagine was for many. Though likely, for very different reasons!

My parents had split up a few years prior, nasty icky divorce, long story blah blah blah and now my dad was dating again. He’d survived a very brief second marriage and was now dating.

His new GF wanted to go to Disneyland. To California. On vacation. With my dad and his 4 kids. We would have been 3, 5, 8 and 9 at the time. In my mind I’m 12 on this trip and yet I know that was the 2nd trip to DLR. I really was 9. I can’t believe I was 9 looking back. I certainly didn’t feel 9. But it was the summer before 4th grade. I was 9. The math tells me I had to be.

She had never been married, did not have any kids.

Prior to this, all we’d ever done were trips to the Oregon Coast, and visiting an Aunt who had a farm in OR. California was as exotic and foreign to us as say…New York City appears to my kids right now. It was bright, shiny, sunny. Full of surf and sand and oranges.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Oregon Coast. Some truly great memories and I’m a bit ashamed that the E’s haven’t been there yet. They will, would have last summer but it was thwarted but still. It was all I knew, it was my definition of vacation.

This. This was different.

Bigger.

Grander.

More adventurous!

UNKNOWN


We drove from Seattle to San Diego and back. We camped the entire way and I’d never camped in my life. Pretty sure I still know how to set up that 12 man tent they had. It had a bazillion poles all color coded and each kid had a role, a corner and we could whip that thing up faster than they could get the Coleman stove going. Who knew then it would be the first of a lifetime of family camping trips

We squished 6 of us into a little hatchback. Back in the days before seatbelt laws. I rode on my dad’s GF’s LAP the entire way to CA and back. The 3 littler kids squished in the back seat. Our suitcases and tent strapped to the top of the car

So many memories.

My first artichoke. Who knew that artichokes were a great camping dining option? Giant things (even more giant in my 9 year old eyes) that we had PERMISSION, no make that ENCOURAGEMENT, to take each lovely little slices and rub it all over our very own pat of butter.

Real butter.

San Fransisco. A blur of so many impressions. Most notably my brother Todd overdoing it at Ghiradelli’s.


Soon we were in LA. Staying with a college friend of my dad’s. They too had multiple kids and many were around our age. Going with them into the yard to PICK oranges. Who knew you could grow them in your yard? We never had oranges except for Christmas morning!

We went to the beach…those kids knew how to surf (they also knew how to peek over the rocks at the nude beach adjacent to the one we were at but I digress).

And then…the moment we’d been waiting for.

DISNEYLAND!


That first trip is a blur. A blur of sensory overload.
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • IASWAA
  • PTOC
  • Lunch at The Blue Bayou – by far the most exotic thing in my entire existence. I fell in love with the Monte Cristo then. Just writing about it makes me want to make them for my kids for dinner! WHY they don’t have this restaurant at WDW is just beyond me.
  • Fried Chicken from Aunt Polly’s on Tom Sawyer Island. Ditto the above comment! Or at least the fried chicken part, it's there but not the same.

It was…

Unbelievable.

Magic.

Overwhelming.

And I got my very first ever trip souvenir.

A red Winnie the Pooh T-shirt that said “Disneyland”. Oh I loved that shirt.

We’d come down 1-5 and headed back on the 101. Somewhere in the redwoods…it rained.
The rain came down.

And down and down and down.

It was a blustery day.

It was not a gentle zephyr.

Our suitcases were strapped to the top of the car.

They were not waterproof.

They were blue.

My shirt was on the top of everything.
I learned a valuable laundry lesson that day. Colors bleed. Badly. And they take things out. Things that are important, that you can never get back.
I cried. Oh how I cried. I was a strong kid. Had to be. My “real” mom was pretty MIA and out there and so when we weren’t with my dad, I took care of everyone.

This trip was the first time someone was taking care of me. Don't get me wrong, my dad did, he is a rockstar and a half, but this was different. The girlfriend. She bought me that T. She wanted me to be a kid. Just a kid. Not the big sister, not the one keeping track of her siblings when our biological mom farmed us out to 3 different houses because she couldn’t take care of us, she wanted me to be just a kid. My dad was dealing with a mentally ill ex and 4 kids and trying to provide what little stability he could with the little time the court had given him and he really was doing a fine job. That shirt was more than just a memory of a magical place, it was a memory of a feeling of belonging and security and losing it was wow, like pulling the rug out from under me again when I’d just found there even was a rug to begin with.

She didn’t minimize my loss, she didn’t make me false promises about trying to get it back (though I later learned just how very very hard she tried to replace it) she was just there. There for me when I really needed it because it really really wasn’t about the shirt at all.

Somewhere in the middle of that trip my dad asked her to marry him.

Smart smart man my father.

We did go back. Many a time growing up. I never found the “right” shirt to replace it. I attempted once with a WDW version from 1992 or so but it was back in the oversized T days and the thing is HUGE. I could fit 2 of me in it and it’s not like I was bigger then. I “should” let Kendall use it as a jammy shirt but I can’t let it go.

Pooh came home to me last week. It’s not remotely the same but then again neither am I. The feeling I get though.

IS.


I was at a girls weekend with my gourmet club not too long ago. We played a game where each took a rock out of a bag and it had something on the bottom that you had to share with the group.

Mine was…favorite memory.

I’ve got a lot of ones, as do we all. Pivotal ones, both good and bad. Perhaps it was because I have Disney on the brain lately, perhaps not. For whatever reason this is the memory that came to mind.

Next....Food porn, bumping pumpkins, a new page, a revised page and…the soccer drama begins!



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We're going out for mexican tonight before my mom's bash so I can make it up then! Otherwise all I'll get to eat is Krispy Kremes...
So, why not just have the margarita AND the Krispy Kremes??

I won't mention the microwave thing.... You so crack me up!
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So, why not just have the margarita AND the Krispy Kremes??

I won't mention the microwave thing.... You so crack me up!
Oh I fully intend to have both! But I need a little filler food before I toss a round airy sugar filled delight on top of it!

The reality is that the ONLY way to get the KK is to participate in the annual donuts eating contest. Where my mother strings them up and hangs them from a beam and you have to eat them with your hands behind your back.

Jeff wins the adult contest every time.
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That was a truly lovely update!

Well thought out, well said. I just loved it!

Thank you for sharing some of your memories with us.
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Okay, so that was certainly a poignant (or cathartic, as TK likes to put it) kind of story!! It just doesn't get more beautiful and thought provoking than that!!!

Funny how a trip to Disney can do that to someone....

If I had to reach into my "what did family trips (they were regular and often) do for me" bag, I'd have to answer: a feeling of togetherness, of being family, of freedom and confidence (we were allowed to roam free in there since we were about 10- back in the 70's you could do that without being paranoid of Jack the weirdo); and even a touch of sadness, which I'm pretty sure I went into in June when Grandma died.

Thanks for the touching moments of soul-baring!
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Oh I fully intend to have both! But I need a little filler food before I toss a round airy sugar filled delight on top of it!

The reality is that the ONLY way to get the KK is to participate in the annual donuts eating contest. Where my mother strings them up and hangs them from a beam and you have to eat them with your hands behind your back.

Jeff wins the adult contest every time.
That's just rich!! If I could only be a fly on the wall for that spectacle!
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That's just rich!! If I could only be a fly on the wall for that spectacle!
For your viewing pleasure, a few pics from the past...

The kids going at it. Kendall's wig getting in the way that year.
Yep, that's my dad with the pirate mickey ears on...He's a pirate mickey every year.


Eric and Evan both cheating! (Blue and the Race Car Driver)



Last years showdown between Evan and his cousin Conor (the Werewolf Waiter versus the Don)




Conor won.

and of course Jeff. With my sister cracking up in the background.


I love Halloween. Even when the donut gets all over your nose as you try to grab it. Jeff has quite the strategy...it is hysterical.

I think the apple bobbing is actually more entertaining but it doesn't photograph nearly as well. My mom had to stop doing caramel apples as this would happen...


Yes, that's Jeff dipping his hand into the caramel, scooping it out and eating it.

I will say this. We are bringing our own beer tonight to be safe. Pumpkin Ale and Krispy Kremes is not my favorite combination. My brother may come through but my money is on dad getting Pumpkin Ale. Again.
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