Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fly Bye

My FIL is in the hospital. He went in for a routine heart check on Tuesday and the EKG wasn't happy with him so they've admitted him. I'll know more on Friday but it's not looking good. He had quadruple bypass surgery 15 years ago and those bypasses are wearing out. He' 80 so he's not willing to have invasive surgery of any kind (valve replacements, shunts, etc.). The doctor is agreeing with him on that. Because of his age, weight, and previous surgery, he may not survive another surgery. They may try angioplasty but the doctor says that's a very short term solution to a very long-term problem.

It's so strange because he's in top spirits. He's his usual self and is cracking up the staff, enjoying the food services, the bed and generally having a great time!

I'll give more details on Monday when I know more.

For now - Sophanne has won the contest!

The Spring Fling was a rousing success again this year. We raised nearly $10,000 in 3 hours! The Silent Auction raised $6600 (with the Yarn Bouquet going for $100) and the rest of the event raised over $3000. We have a popcorn/cotton candy/pizza/soda/bake sale and then outside, we sell tickets for carnival games, a fake jail to put your friends in, a jumpy castle and a giant inflatable slide. We have this event and a Fall Festival and between these two events (and a couple smaller things we do during the year), the kids never have to go door-to-door selling crap no one wants (I'm looking at you $8 popsicle mold and $10 wrapping paper).

I've been woefully slacking on the blog front lately. I have no excuse other then stress. I've had many bloggable and exciting things happening here. I've not had a free weekend for over a month now! I even have a couple of FO's. I've even got pictures of most of these things! Stress. Killin' me. I need a massage!

Send good vibes to the FIL.

More soon, Ruth!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Six Things

Sorry for being absent. I've had so many bloggable things lately but I just can't seem to get my self together to get it done! I've had amazing weekends for the past, I don't know, 4 weekends! But I'll speak on that soon. For now, I'm easing back in with a meme...

The ever-lovely Sophanne tagged me with this:

"The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer."

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was living in Tucson, working at a nefarious bar, finishing massage school and in October of that year, meeting my husband.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
work, return some things to stores, go to Costco, make more Stitch Savers, knit

3) Snacks I enjoy:
anything with sugar, but lately I've been addicted to hummus and Ritz chips

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire: hire a maid.
D and I always talk about what we'd do if we won lottery - travel, buy a medium house with a lot of land, buy cars for friends and family. Parker had a bill on the table to build this fancy new library with a preforming arts center. D said he would build it but they'd have to name it after the Nebraska Huskers (which, in Colorado is sacrilege!)

5) Places I have lived:
Reedley/Clovis/Fresno/Shaver Lake, CA; Ft. Jackson, SC; San Antonio, TX; Ft. Benning, GA; Wurzburg and Schweinfurt, Germany; Tucson, AZ; Parker, CO

6) Jobs I have had:
packing baby products for retail (you wouldn't believe the mark-up on that stuff!), optician in the Army, waitress, massage therapist, head-hunter, many others that I'll discuss someday...

I was once offered a job as a student beautician in a mortuary. I was all for it until the tour and there was a small child on a slab. The funeral director was in mid-sentence but when I saw that little girl, I just walked out without a word. I took the job as a student beautician for an insane asylum instead.

7) 6 peeps I wanna know more about:

NoMoreSweaters (maybe then she'll start posting again? Miss her!)

and anyone else who wants to play!

Getting back in the saddle, Ruth!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Answers - Part 2

I copied Uberstrickenfrau's idea to open the blog up to questions.

Nell asked, "What's your favorite trip ever?"

Wow. Can't even begin to answer this one.

Some friends and I conned our parents out of $200 each to send us to summer camp and the five of us hitchhiked our happy asses down to LA. We spent the week living on the streets of LA and had an amazing time! We went to the Zebra Club one night and I hung out with Anthony Keidis (lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers). He and I talked for several hours - way in to the wee hours of the morning. He made a move on me and I told him, "Dude, I'm only 14." He stopped and said it was great talking with me and we said good-bye. Five minutes later, he was making out with some blonde chick. I didn't mind in the least and was glad to finally get some sleep!

I went to Europe for a few weeks when I was 17. Great adventures ensued.

Spent two years in Germany when I was in the Army (from age 22-24). Can that count as one big long trip? Because I had the Time. Of. My. Life! during those two years. I traveled as much as possible (and considering the ease and lack of soldierly nature of my job in the Army, that was a lot). I went all over Germany (at least the Southern parts), whitewater rafting in Austria, a trip to the Swiss Alps and the Black Forest, and made my pilgrimage to Jim Morrisson's grave in Paris to name a few highlights.

What about the trip to Tahoe when I got married? Or the roller coaster hopping honeymoon after?

The Vegas trips? The trips to the hospital to have babies? (OK, that last one wasn't so much fun as just great results after.)

Rachel asked, "What is your most favorite fruit? What fruit do you refuse to eat? And most importantly, if you could be a fruit, what fruit would you choose? Why?"

I adore fruit. I can't think of a single fruit I would refuse to eat. Or any food really. OK, sushi and liver. I don't care for raw meat and I refuse to eat another thing's filter. But fruit - bring it all! My most favorite has got to be peaches.

The 10 years I lived in Tucson were a particularly disappointing time produce-wise. The stuff you'd get was never ripe and would usually rot before it ripened. I grew up outside Fresno, CA and the San Joaquin Valley (which I may be spelling wrong) provides 1/3 of the produce for the nation. So I know the good stuff! The first time Dave went to CA was with me. It was before we were married and we went to go see my family and to San Francisco. On the drive between Clovis and SF, I made him stop at EVERY roadside produce stand we saw on the way. I was gorging on fresh cherries and peaches, plums, all of it!

But peaches. Round, fuzzy, juicy, sweet. I guess that somewhat describes myself so I'll pick to be like that fruit, too! (ugh, grammar much?) It also goes into my all-time favorite dessert - peach cobbler!

Rooie asked, "What are you most scared of?"

I used to be terrified of the dark - mostly because of Very Bad Things when I was a kid. Now I'm usually OK with it. Although, if it's really dark and I'm in it too long, I still end up freaking myself out.

Silence, too. I don't do well with silence. Too many thoughts creep in. I don't like to think too much - haha. I used to sleep with a nightlight and the radio on until Dave and I moved in together. I was 28 then.

Bees. I'm terrified of bees. I'm one of those dorks who flail and scream and make the bees mad.

I think the thing that scares me most is when I think of my man or my boys dying before me. I'm fatalistic and selfish that way. I try not to think about it because it's the stupidest thing ever. As if I have any control over that! My husband teases me about how we'd be better off with the insurance money if something happens to him. I punch him in the arm as hard as I can and say, "It'll just be spent on therapy! Therapy for the boys for having to live with what I'll be like without you and therapy for me for having to be without you!" He's a dork, too!

Well, that's all the answers I have for now.

Feeling nostalgic for travel, Ruth!