Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I feel the earth move.....

Yesterday while sitting at the computer - I felt that familiar rumbling that I have felt a few times in the past 5 years since we have been in California. Only my daughter and I were home and we looked at each other. Usually by the time you figure out it IS an earthquake it is over. This time is was not. The earth just kept rumbling and shaking. My daughter said "I am scared" I said "get over here" and we got under the desk. This was the longest and strongest that I felt. It was scary. The phones were out for awhile, but other than that everyone was fine. There were over 20 aftershocks but I did not feel any of those.

I am used to Buffalo, NY - usually you get notice of a storm. You can usually get to the store and get bread and milk and then hunker down for the blizzard. Not that a good thunderstorm is not scary, but this earthquake thing is scary because by the time you figure out what is going on it is usually over.

I already have some things in an emergency kit so I guess this will give me incentive to really get it together.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The County Fair...

We made a visit to the County Fair...

This was the first ride for D and me... he wanted to get a good view of the entire fair so he could map out his visit....
The county fair in the "OC" has to be the cleanest county fair I have ever been to. The roadies have teeth and even the greasy food is not that greasy. I do miss the taffy from back home. I am not sure if any other fair has the taffy like the Erie County Fair - it is the best. I have even had my friend send it to me. But at least we got to go on one of my favorite rides of ALL time...

I love Tilt-A-Whirl... you can lean into each other to try to get it to spin faster.. We had a great time while "L- their Dad" went to look for food - his main reason or only reason that he went to the fair!!

After the whirl - photo by a roadie with teeth! I had my fix of cotton candy and a candy apple and a good time was had by all...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Is it live or is it Memorex?

Do you remember that commercial? I do!! Is this really New York? It is as close to New York that you can get in California. This is Miniland at Legoland. D and I spent the day there yesterday. We had such a great time.

If you are ever in Socal and have younger children then a day at Legoland needs to be a part of your itinerary. So many cool things are constructed from Legos. My favorite area will always be Miniland. I am not sure if it because I am a designer and I love architecture. Or, if it takes me back to being a little girl and thinking about miniatures? But anyway here are a few more pics to enjoy...

A different angle of the Big City... Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Citicorp Center - I used to have lunch there when I was in school and Grand Central Terminal...
Lombard Street in San Francisco...

A rodeo... the kids can even make the cowboy buck on the horse...

You can also visit Las Vegas, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Middle America.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I Feel Your Pain - It Will Grow



Mario was terribly matted, some dogs get that way when they are not brushed enough!!! "I want a dog, I will take care of him..." I know I heard those words from everyone in the house. Well he does not shed which is great, but he needs to be brushed. Now I have also been told that it was because his baby fur was so fine. Well he went to the "salon" and came home a bit bald or buzzed for summer I guess you could say. We have told him not to spend too much time looking in the mirror. I personally have told him that I can feel his pain, but I also know that it will grow back. Hopefully it will not take 4 months as mine did!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cranberry Soup

Yesterday I took my son and his friend to the park. I sat on a bench in the sun with my sketchbook to try and get some ideas on paper. There were 3 other little kids there playing in the sand. Eventually they came over to play not more than one foot away from me on the bench I was sitting on. As my 8 year old boys played on the equipment I became engaged in a discussion with two 3 year old boys and one 2 year old girl. They had a plastic "fish" container and they were busy putting sand and berries into the container. I asked if they were making soup? "Yes, it is cranberry soup." They had used up their water supply and had spotted my Snapple. He wanted me to pour my Snapple into his soup. When I was not so eager to oblige he reminded me that I could just get some more when I went home. I thanked him for the offer, but declined to add to his "soup".

I asked their names - The little girls' name was Logan, the one boy (the original soup chef) was Stone and I forgot the other boy's name. When Stone told me his name at first I said "really" but then he looked at me and I realized that it was his name. (perhaps his Mom liked Stone Phillips?) Stone then proceeded to ask me my name "Mary Beth I said," he looked at me and laughed and said "that is the funniest name I ever heard" -(touche)!!!

The next topic was Moms. They asked me where my Mom was? I said that she was no longer living. "Then I guess you better get a new one" " A new one, how do you do that?" I asked. " you get a baby in your tummy and then you are a new Mom". Blue eyes - I will call him that because I can not remember his name, said "my Mom is 77" to be followed by Stone " my Mom is 70,60,40" to be followed by "that is not a real number".

Next topic: my kids... "which one is yours?" I told them and they wanted to know how old they were. when I said eight they both tried to tell me at the same time that they have older friends who are mean to them, one is 4 and one is 6 and one is Joseph and one is Daniel.
Throughout this whole conversation Logan just kept getting baggies full of sand and bringing them back to the soup.

It was now time for us to go and pick up my daughter from tennis, I called my boys and then I said goodbye to my new friends. They were going home with their nannies. They had to abandon their soup as the container was just found at the park and it was not theirs.

I think a lot was discussed in less than one hour. We did not do any big business, no power lunch, we did not solve the world's problems (except maybe to figure out how to get a new Mom), but it took me back a few years and reminded me of how much I enjoy children's imaginations.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Here's to Punk Rock Mommy

Usually each morning I check my email, then check Mothers with Cancer blog, then if I have time I ususally scroll through each of the "Mothers" individual blogs checking for new posts. This morning I only had time to check my email and the Mothers with Cancer blog. This evening, when I had a moment to check the individual blogs my first was Punk Rock Mommy. I got a glimpse and said "oh no". As I read the last 3 posts I started to cry. My son was aware that I was crying and he came over to ask me if my something happened to one of my friends. I told him yes, that she had died and that she had 6 children. He is very insightful and knew from my gasp and tears. He gave me a hug and said he was sorry and then asked what had happened to her. I told him she had breast cancer. I went into my room for a minute and then I came back to tell him that she had a very fast moving breast cancer (different than mine) and that when she found hers it was much further along than mine. That she fought it for a year. I know he still worries about me. He said "I know Mom - It really depends on when you find the cancer. The sooner you find it, the better."

I never met Andrea - I found her blog after I started mine in January. She had such a way of writing. Her honesty, her faith, her love for her kids. I especially like a part in her last post of how she "packed alot of living into that year that she was dying." The other part I liked is "that we have to be happy despite our circumstances" it is so hard to do sometimes, but I understand.

When I attended the OC Breast Health Symposium in March one of the speakers from Komen spoke about how instead of saying someone "lost their battle to breast cancer" he believes they pass the torch to those of us still living. Andrea has passed the torch us to get the message out. Please say a prayer for those who loved her and her 6 children. If you do not know about Inflammatory Breast Cancer - please learn about it.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

DV and his friend started the day washing the horse that they ride. This is Bravo! He throughly enjoyed his bath and the kids had fun too. The rest of the day will not be as exciting!!! Probably a trip to the pool, some food and then fireworks tonight. I love fireworks, I always have and I always will. I hope everyone has a "blast" on this holiday weekend.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I saw this flower on my walk/jog this morning. Unique is the only word that I can think of to describe it. It was so unusual with these delicate wisps extending from its circular center.


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