Monday, January 31, 2011

Soledad Mission

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It's California mission time in fourth grade.   Vinny (and Hubby) finished his mission with a few days to spare.  Phew!

"Yahoooooo!" shouts Vinny. "My mission is finally finished!"

Note: No Mission Kits were injured in the process of building this mission, but only because I had nothing to with building it.

Except to offer criticism, "are you sure the mission is white? Aren't they kind of orangey?"

For some reason Hubby is diorama-cally opposed to mission kits.

"We spent the same amount of money on the supplies to build the mission, as a mission kit costs," says Hubby proudly.

"So why didn't you just buy a kit?" I ask in amazement.

"I will NOT buy a mission kit!" exclaims Hubby.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

In Loving Memory Chloe Kitty 1995-2011

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Yesterday, Chloe showed me a picture of her Hubby, Shadow Cat, who passed seven years ago. I knew, then, she was ready to go to, whatever resides beyond our world.

She was the best kitty ever. Loving. Smart. Fun. Patient.

I miss her so much. She was my kitty soul mate. Now she is my kitty angel.

When I close my eyes, I see Chloe and Shadow, running through a field, chasing butterflies.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Words With Friends

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Oh Em Gee, Internet! I beat @Virtuallllmom in Words With Friends!

"What is words with friends?" asks a Non-Social Gamer.

Words With Friends is a Scrabble-like, social gaming app, for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The comparable android app is WordFeud. My username is wendysurf for both apps, so hit me up, y'all.

"And why is this victory remarkable? " asks Non-Social Gamer.

Never in my wordiest dreams did I think I would win a match against @Virtuallllmom, since I usually lose to her by two to three HUNDRED points. I am over Noah Webster's Moon.


Friday, January 28, 2011

I Love My Huz

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I just finished taking a shower, and I discovered to this vision of cuddly sweetness. I love my husband.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Don't Touch It!

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"Mom, is this my hat from when I was a baby?" asks Gio.

"Yes," I say.

"Hey Gio, where did you find that hat?" I ask.

"In here," he says, pointing to a basket of "things to get RID of."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Every Girl Like Me

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"Every Girl Like Me," is probably my favorite song on Sugarland's newest album "The Incredible Machine." It's just plain fun to sing along with, Internet. And fun is all I need to have a good time. :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


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"Hey this is a rocky shoreline!" says Gio.

"Yes it is," I answer. "Good noticing!"

"Look there's a predator," says Gio pointing to a bird.

Gotta love kindergarten, especially since they now teach what I learned in college.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nice Hat

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He looks as if he knows he's in trouble.....

"Hey Mom, do you like my hat?" asks Vinny.

"Love it," I say laughing out loud. "Now put the head rest back where it belongs, please."

I like to acknowledge the boys' creativity while restoring/maintaining as much order as possible. Parenting is the greatest juggling act, ever.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Carmel Point Mack Daddy

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Macking set, Carmel Point.

Sun and swell. That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lovely Weather

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Today's temperature, 69 degrees, at the beach has me wondering is it really January?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cheer Worthy

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Give me a D!

Give me an A!

Give me a T!

Give me an E!

Give me an N!

Give me an I!

Give me a G!

Give me an H!

Give me a T!

What does it spell? Date night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I hope we can stay awake for it.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Not Again?!

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The cat dish, fell off the fridge, splattering wet food everywhere, again. That's the second time today, and who knows how many times this week?

One more food splattering episode will surely send me to my pillow crying, while the dog squeals with delight.

At least, it's good to know one woman's bitch, is another bitch's pleasure.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Big Sur Bixby Bridge Base Jump

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I'm a little afraid to drive over Big Sur's Bixby Bridge, let alone jump off it. Just watching this guy, who seemed incapable of walking, made me scream,"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"

"What are you watching?" asks Hubby. "That's dangerous. Don't post it on your blog. You'll just encourage those crazies."

"Who the boys?" I ask pointing at our sons.

"The base jumpers!" Hubby says.

"I'm pretty sure they don't need encouragement," I say.

And for that matter, our sons don't need much encouragement either.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Totally Worth It

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So I could have gone grocery shopping by myself,  while the boys were in school today, but I went surfing before going to work instead. 

"Mom can we get ______________, " they ask in every aisle.

"No,  no and no," I auto respond.

And yes,  the surf was totally worth every bit of grocery store torture.  It always is.  :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

High Fallootin' Fashion

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Long before folks donned Snuggies, pillow cases were all the rage.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


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"Hey mom I found a cave!" exclaims Gio.

"That's not a cave, that's a stairwell," I explain incorrectly.

"But I'm staring at it, and nothing's happening?" says Gio confused.

I'm not sure what he was expecting to happen by staring into the well. But it's no wonder he was confused, since the space under the stairs is actually called a spandrel, not a stairwell.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tandem Foot Massage

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They say,  "Energy is wasted on the youth." But in this case, I'd say I'm defying the odds and hopefully tiring the boys out at the same time.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wonder Twins' Powers Activate!

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"I always loved the Wonder Twins!" I say.

"You did?" asks Hubby incredulously. "Form of water, what's that all about?"

Well, actually Zan, the Wonder Twin guy , could be the form of water in any state, from liquid to ice. I believe that would include, "form of a wave," which in my opinion is very cool, and would be seriously convenient for this surfer girl!

I could go surfing without ever leaving the house!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Creative Genius

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A 9-year-old's creative genius is my parental annoyance. I can't get in the room to lay out tomorrow's clothes. I guess that was the idea.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Karate Themed Birthday Party

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"Mom I need a white shirt, white pants, and a black belt," says Gio preparing for a Karate themed birthday party.

"Okay, but I don't think I have a black belt," I say. "Will purple work?"

"Sure!" says Gio.

And according to my friend who took Gio and his BFF to the Karate birthday party, "all the other kids were wearing normal clothes, except for our boys. They were the only two kids wearing Karate outfits."

Great minds think alike.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Coldest Winter Ever

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Even the dolphins agree with me.

If last Winter was the best surf I'd seen in my 25 years of surfing, then this year has got to be the coldest.


Monday, January 10, 2011


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Today I saw an old wood paneled car driving South on Pacific Coast Highway.

I laughed outloud when I read the license plate, "TERMYT."

I love a car with a sense of humor.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friends In Real Life

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@wendysurf and @kimjay_everyday twins in real life.

Oh my goodness Internet!!!! Hubby and I had a double date Friday night with Kim and Charlie, also known as Dancin' Jimmy! And he DANCED!!!! Two times.

I am freaking out, they are so fun and nice. I wish they lived here. Sigh.

"Who in Memphis are Kim and Charlie?" asks a dedicated blog reader.

Oh right, sorry. I met @kimjay_everyday, photographer extraordinaire, on twitter, a few years or so ago. She is one of my twitter friends. Actually now we're facebook friends, and Words With Friends(scrabble), too. Charlie is her Rock Star Hubby.

Communicating with a friend on twitter is very similar to texting due to the way I have my notifications set up, and therefore easy. When I think about it, online friends are just high tech pen pals.

"So you're going to meet kimjay_everyday for the first time in real life?" asks Gio. "Do I get to meet her, too?"

I wasn't sure about that part. My Mom was coming over to babysit and the house was A MESS. You know how people say, "Oh my house is a mess," and then you go in and can't find anything out of place, except for an unfolded couch blanket?

That is not my house. When I say it's a mess. It's a mess. And by mess I mean, laundry-toy-miscellaneous items bomb explosion everywhere because I've been surfing so much.

They actually did get to come and see our messy house and THE BOYS, but only because I temporarily lost my mind and listened to Hubby. He's usually right, but not this time.

"Have them come over," says Hubby. "I'll clean up the house."

15 minutes later, well before any cleaning could take place, Hubby says, "Uh, someone's knocking on the door."

To which I reply, "That's not someone, that's kimjay_everyday!"

Anyways, Kim has been a great friend online. I mean I sort of know how to fold a fitted sheet thanks to her. And she makes me laugh when I feel like crying. So to actually get to meet her in person, was, like, CRAZY COOL!!!!!!!!!

And Charlie is a great guy! Did I mention he danced twice? They both scored big time!

They were both easy to talk to, and did I mention fun? After last month it really was a sweet treat surprise to finally meet them in real life.

I may never visit Kim and Charlie in Memphis, but who knows, maybe I'll meet up with them sometime on Maui?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Karate Guy

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"Can I wear this to the Karate party tomorrow?" asks Gio.

"Uh, you can wear that as much as you want AT HOME," I say.  "Where did you find that outfit anyways? "

"I dug it out of a laundry pile," answers Gio.

I glance around the room and sure enough there is a basket laying on its side, with laundry spilling out.

I am going to have to be way more strategic with the laundry piles in the future.   But I am not sure why the boys' infant baptismal outfit is still in laundry circulation in the first place?

Oh right, now I remember!  It's because I am in charge of the laundry and I have no proper training in that department.

Friday, January 7, 2011


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Now accepting prayers for Chloe Omi Nay Nay Kitty. Any of those names will work. She's still eating, and having good output, and by output I mean peeing and pooping.

Also, she's not in any pain. We've been doing a lot of cuddling. She's a love.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Amazing Grace!

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Vinny is doing great. So great, in fact, he won't stop asking, "When can I go swimming?"

Honestly, we aren't ready for that.  And by we,  I mean Hubby and I.

"When the hole is completely healed," I answer vaguely.

"So in a few months?" asks Vinny.

"Probably not that long," I say.

And WE might be ready in a few months, hopefully before his gills dry out.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Justin Bieber Pray

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"Gio" Justin Bieber, Age 5.

"I do not look like Justin Beaver," says Gio.

It's all in the hair-do. Hehe.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lightening Bug App Android

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The other night I fell asleep after midnight. No biggie right? When I woke up I thought it was 5:30, almost time to get out of bed. I turned on my phone it was just after 4 a.m.

When I finally fell back to sleep, it was time to wake up. Ugh. I could have used the lightening bug app on my phone. Lightening Bug is a free Android app that turns my phone into a soothing sound machine.

Next time I have a hard time falling asleep, or going back to sleep, I'm going to use the Lightening Bug App. And I won't put the button next to my speed dial buttons either. At least that will make it harder to accidentally ring someone when I wake up in the middle of the night.

"We're you really up at 4 a.m.," asks my Cousin.

"Uh, yeah, sorry I accidentally hit your number," I say sheepishly. "I tried to hang up before I rang your phone. I guess I didn't.

"At first I thought it was an emergency, but when you hung up right away, I knew you called me by accident," says my Cousin. "I figured you were playing with your phone."

Good thing she loves me. Maybe I shouldn't have a speed dial app (Speed Dial Lite). It's dangerous.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fire Worshipper

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It's good to believe in something. And with this Winter's cold weather, I'd say Gio is on the right track.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Back To Normal

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I have surfed three days in a row, and it feels good to be back on my medication. Vinny's catching up on homework. Tomorrow's school clothes are set out, as well as Tuesday's.

Feels like things are FINALLY getting back to normal. Phew.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

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I resolve to accept all people the way they are, especially myself. And to spend at least 5 minutes a day organizing something. Hey it's a start.

There I said it. Doesn't mean I am going to do this perfectly, but I will do my best.

What's your New Year's Resolution?

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