Monday, July 30, 2007

The "baby's" first date

My "baby" had her first real date this past weekend. Her boyfriend came to pick her up and take her to a movie. Okay, so his parents drove them. He's only 14 and all he can drive is his skateboard.

The boyfriends name is Richard. After they left I thought to myself, "Well, I just met 'Little Richard'." And then got a picture of the real Little Richard in my mind. Lord help me, but all I could see was that Geico commercial he was in.

I giggled all damn afternoon. It doesn't take much to make me happy.

Also this weekend...

The episode of "Paula's Party" that I was on aired again. Apparently this was the episode to watch. I've heard from more people about it today. I've been dubbed the Food Network Star of my family and company. Great...my claim to fame is fried balls.

I guess we all have to have our special talents.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

We've Come Full Circle

My daughter is back from summer vacation with her dad. I was doing laundry this weekend and noticed that she had bought some new chonies. I held a pair up and started to giggle. These things are as small as the My Little Pony chonies I bought her when she was three! Then I held up a pair of my chonies and went straight to the gym.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday's Thought

A Relationship With Self

The most important relationship we have in our lives is with ourselves. And even though we are the only ones who are present at every moment of our lives—from birth onward—this relationship can be the most difficult one to cultivate. This may be because society places such emphasis on the importance of being in a romantic partnership, even teaching us to set aside our own needs for the needs of another. Until we know ourselves, we cannot possibly choose the right relationship to support our growth toward our highest potential. By allowing ourselves to be comfortable with being alone, we will bring the people with whom we want to have a relationship closer. Once we’ve satisfied our needs and created our support system, a mate then becomes someone with whom we can share the bounty of all we’ve created and the beauty we’ve discovered within ourselves.

As we move away from tradition and fall into more natural cycles of being in the world today, we may find that there are times where being alone nourishes us and other periods in which a partnership is best for our growth. We may need to learn to create spaces to be alone within relationships. When we can shift our expectations of our relationships with ourselves and others to opportunities for discovery, we open ourselves to forge new paths and encounter uncharted territory. Being willing to know and love ourselves, and to find what truly makes us feel deeply and strongly, gives us the advantage of being able to attract and choose the right people with whom to share ourselves. Choosing to enjoy being alone allows us to fully explore our most important relationship—the one with our true selves.

I received this from my boss. It made me wonder, "What does she see in me?"

Thursday, July 19, 2007

One Word

I received a "chain" e-mail from a friend this week. The e-mail directed to to respond to your friend with one word. One word that describes them. Then, forward it to all of your friends. The objective being that you'll learn what others think of you. I guess you could just ask them, but where's the fun in that? Here are what my friends think of me:

AWESOME

Wubba (inside joke ~ think MTV in the early 90’s)

Fun

Confident

Selfless

Mischievous

Drew (as in Barrymore)

Quirky (isn’t that how Seinfeld described ‘George Costanza’?)

Mischievous (damn! I got this one twice!)

Rambunctious

Disturbed, Demented, Psychotic, Unbalanced, Crazy ~ but in a good way

Exuberant

Goober (from my child)

Silly

Friend

Different

GracieLou (from my friend Chris. She said there wasn’t just one word that defined me, but this was close).


My WorkHusband didn't reply. We're so in a fight.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My Best Good Friend

I gathered the mail for my boss while she was on vacation. One of the pieces of mail she received was the community newsletter for DC Ranch. I admit, I had to open it and take a look. After all, my best good friend Vanessa is the community manager. On the front of the newsletter was a story about the recent change of security providers.

I felt myself swell with pride. Years of hard work, determination and perseverance had come to fruition. The previous security company was awful. Awful in every sense and definition of the word. Vanessa championed this issue for the residents and found a solution. And her solution was there, right on the front page.

I admire this woman so much. She challenges me to be the best of version of me and she loves me not in spite of things, but because of them. She’s intelligent, beautiful and loves spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. My life is sweeter for just having known her. I pray that everyone finds a friend like my Vanessa. But, not my Vanessa…’cause I ain’t sharing.

Monday, July 16, 2007

I wonder if there's a cookbook...

I was browsing the Food Network website looking at the recipes of the day. I found this ad next to a recipe for low-carb cheese snacks...

Enema Recipe
Fantastic Enema Recipes Reviewed
And Rated For You!
Colon-Cleansings.info

Lawd Jesus...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Summ-summ-summertime...

As the weather turned warmer and the days grew longer...

it still didn't feel like summer.

As the smell of charcoal and grilled meats filled the air...

it still didn't feel like summer.

As the sound of children laughing and splashing in the pool was heard throughout the day it still didn't feel like summer.

It didn't feel like summer until last night when those loud ass Palo Verde beetles came out and started their annoying buzzing. These things are huge. Seriously, they could rape a chicken.

I grew up in a house that had a bug zapper on the back patio. You know...one of those lantern looking things that attraced bugs with it's alluring blue glow only to turn them into fried little bug bits (I think this is a delicacy in some countries). Now, normally when a regular size bug hits the zapper, it's quick and over. Not so for the Palo Verde beetle. These things are at least two inches in length and I swear they put up a fight when they hit the zapper. There's smoke, an acrid smell and sometimes flames. And they take for-freaking-ever to get done cooking. Rachel Ray would hate these things because they take longer than 30 minutes (wink wink).

I've seen a bug zapping device that is shaped like a tennis racket, only without the strings. With one fell swoop of your Bug Racket you can take down a whole family of creepy crawlies. I'm not someone who should own one of these things. With my luck, I would swing and miss the bugs and the racket would go over my head and I'd end up looking like the Bride of Frankenstein. Not a good look for summer.