The (family) Players

10. My Family-The breakdown

  • Larry- My Dad- The busiest man on the face of the earth. I have to schedule appointments months in advance to see him…that is unless I stalk him by dropping by his work, or as I like to call it, “his home away from home.” I have learned every ounce of determination, dedication, and drive (like the alliteration?) from this man. Some people call it obsessive compulsive, but we won’t accept anything less. If you don’t like it, tough.
  • Patsy- My Mom- The sweetest, most understanding person I know. She is always there for me when I need her. She is slowly teaching me all the domestic things she knows. I’m aspiring to cook as well as her (and believe me, Simeon loves it when I practice!) and maintain the cleanest household, however I think the sewing and gardening gene must skip generations!
  • Jeni- My Sister- She is the sibling I can relate to most. She is one of my best friends. We have very similar personality traits (but she did get the gardening gene!). BJ, is her handy husband, and together they have created the most beautiful children: Emmitt, Emily and Hayden.
  • Greg- My Brother- He always makes for interesting family gathering! He likes to “stir things up” and have heated discussions. He’s backed down with me over the years; as I can actual defend my positions now! He is the only person I know in real life that actually wraps presents in comics. He now has a lovely wife Amy, who brought Maile, Nicholas and TJ to our family, as well as their children together, Hannah and Benjamin.
  • Darcie- My Lil’ Sister- She is the trouble maker in the family. She is very hot tempered and filled with energy. She has a very short attention span and changes her life path every time I see her. She is also the hardest person to track down. Short of installing a tracking device into her skull, I fear this will always be the norm with her. But she is my little sister and I love her anyway.

11. Simeon’s family

  • Steve- Sim’s Dad- He is quite the Jack-of-all-Trades. His life has taken him on many different paths and I intend to utilize them all! Whenever anything breaks (or starts making weird noises) Sim scampers off and calls his dad to save the day. He can be a very sweet, but don’t mess with the man’s Tequila!
  • Jesse- Sim’s Lil’ Bro- I have been luck enough to watch Jesse grow up over the years. I first met him as a free-spirited boy, and have watched him evolve into quite the young man. He is also he musical member of our joined families. He can honestly pick up (or sit down at, as the case may be) any musical instrument and figure out how to make music. I have the musical abilities of a rock, so I am very privileged to know that my future children have a chance at musical talent. Oh and he is very excited for Sim and I to start a family.

Happy Administrative Assistant Day to Me!

So today is Administrative Assistant Day, and since I am lumped into that category I get to celebrate! Our office actually put together a nice spread. Elephant’s Deli provided a fabulous luncheon, there was tons of cake, and my super wonderful boss bought me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers. It smells so good at my desk today! I keep catching myself closing my eyes and breathing in the smell of all these fragrant flowers. (I am really bad at flowers, but I can safely say there are some stargazer lilies, sweet peas, tulips, heather, carnations and a few other things that are very pretty.)

Happy Administrative Assistant Day to the rest of you too!

You’re my inspiration!

Ok, so I have been trying to think of ways to make myself commit more to my blogging. I think I have just found the source of inspiration. While reading Dooce today I came across this site.

Which lead me to this site.

I know those projects have been a long time in the making, but I think that is something I could aspire to do. I really would like to spend some more time working on my photography, and I think this could be a great compromise. Lets see if I can get Sim to help me make it happen! 🙂

The Players

Here is just a little about those I may mention on this site:

1. Me (check out the whole About Me section if you don’t know already.)

2. Simeon -My loving husband. He is the “man behind the screen” on this website. He is slowly teaching me how to figure all this stuff out and helping me up my geek quota.

3. Ellie (short for Electron)-My first canine furbaby. Ellie is the most beautiful black lab I have ever seen. We just celebrated her 3rd birthday on March 9, 2004. She is a Frisbee catching machine and will play fetch for hours. Oh and she makes a wonderful pillow.

4. Molly (short for molecule)-My youngest furbaby, and our second black lab. We brought her home September 4, 2003 and she will celebrate her first birthday on July 10, 2004. She is the cuddliest dog on the planet and don’t even try and convince her she is not a lap dog. Her fur is as soft as a rabbit and the pads of her feet feel like silk…I love to tickle them!

5. Abby (short for Absolut, as in the vodka–I love the ads)-Our very first pet! We adopted Abby in October of 1999, when she was abandoned on our doorstep. She is very shy cat and is timid around new people. But when she wants to be loved and cuddled, there is no denying her! She is currently the only one sleeping in our guest room, as she has claimed it as her own.

6. Frodo-Another adopted cat, and the third in the pet order. He came to live with us when our friends moved into an apartment that wouldn’t allow pets. He came with a few quirks as a result of their raising him during the critical period (his name, for example, we had no choice in this matter). He is very lively, loves to play tug-o-war, and propel himself off the fireplace mantle at whoever happens to be walking by.

7. Heather-My best friend. We have been friends since she moved here from England in the 6th grade, mostly because I wanted to talk to the “girl with the cool accent.” She recently moved far, far away (ok, so only to Bellingham, WA) with her husband, Barney, and decided to procreate. She comes back and visits occasionally, but not nearly enough.

8. Barney– I first met Barney on the Seaside High School swim team, where he swam with our school because Warrenton didn’t have a team. Simeon and Barney became friends at CCC and haven’t stopped causing trouble since. Simeon and I convinced Barney and Heather to double date (as friends) with us to prom. A few years later they started dating and finally got married August 2002. Our lives continue to further intertwine themselves every day.

9. Lindsay-The adorable offspring of Heather and Barney. She is very cute and is growing at warp speed! Due to her parental lineage, she has no idea what an interesting future is in store for her!

10. Family…to be continued


So, being the impulse buyers that we are, Simeon and I recently purchased a box of the new Nestle® Butterfinger® hot cocoa mix. I am telling you, this is some seriously good stuff. If at all possible, the smell is even better than the taste. It’s so warm and comforting. The only other time I have encountered a smell like this was when Chloe and I were microwaving candy bars in diapers for Heather’s baby shower (but that is a story for another time…).

Warm beverages are critical at my office, that and dressing in layers, because they haven’t turned the air conditioning off since last summer for fear that is may never come back on again. That sounds kind of ridiculous, but it actually happened the first summer I worked here. It was 90 degrees in the office for like a week.

So here I sit, fighting off the shivers with a steaming mug of Butterfinger® Cocoa, enjoying the fact that it is finally Friday! Wahoo!

The importance of canine oral hygiene

So in following with the new fangled rules of dog ownership that states even dogs (that’s right I said dogs) need to have their teeth brushed, Simeon and I experimented with Ellie and Molly tonight. At first I was a bit scared to voluntarily be sticking my hands into my dogs jaws (have you seen the size of their teeth??). Not that I have any reason to think my babies would bite me, but you just never know what is going to happen when you embark on an adventure such as this. But you gotta try everything once, right?

Surprising thing? They loved it. I mean rolled over and begged for more! Here are the photos that prove it:

I, um, well, yeah, and uhh….

So why is it that you always thing of a gazillion (yes, a gazillion) witty come backs as soon as the person walks away? I swear sometimes I just get so irritated when people confront me that I just freeze and politely say, “Uh, ok.” and they come out looking like the superior person. Then I reel for like an hour about all the things I should have said. Too bad all confrontations can’t take place on the phone. I rock at standing up for myself when I’m on the phone. If only there were a way to have all people complaining about me just call me on the phone….

Back up and running

Due to technical difficulties beyond my control, my site has been down for the last couple days. During that time there were so many occasions in which I wanted to write an entry. Now that I have the opportunity to post, I am at a lost for words. So all I can do is apologize to the masses for my lack of bloggin’-love, and ask that you stay tuned for future entertainment. I promise, it’s in the works.

I’m coming out…I want the world to know!

Well, ok, maybe just my website is coming out. I just sent an email to my friends and family letting them peak into the inner working of my brain through this site. I have been trying to get most of the kinks worked out before I notified the world, but I just realized that may never happen. So here I am. Accept me and all my flaws! Oh, and don’t forget to comment. I love the comments! 🙂

My husband: Smartest Man in the World

In my daily life there are several things that I consult my husband about. He is very patient and helpful and more often than not has the perfect solution. Today I was pestering him about hotsynching a Palm. His reply was classic and blog-worthy. I will share:

“I know that it is very tricky business. If it works, all in the world is right. And if it doesnt…drink early :)”

Its my new motto in life.