Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cherry Blossom Festival – Nago City, Okinawa

I took hundreds of pictures yesterday. Some were AWESOME. It’s going to take me some time to edit and upload them. Plus, Steven’s taking the kids bowling today so that I can have some writing time by myself. I don’t want to waste it!

Until I can get them edited and uploaded, I’ll leave you with a few to tide you over.











Aren’t cherry blossoms beautiful?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Can we take your picture?

On Thursday the girls’ lunch this week was at Jai Thai in American Village. It was pretty good. I’d go back. They seem to be a popular restaurant with the American set.

Charity and Bekah stopped for some picture taking:



Jai Thai is located right by the noodle place where Charity and I had our first “date.” I had joked with her the night before that we should get our picture taken there. I know better than to ever joke with Charity because she takes it as a dare and then we have to do it. So we did.



And then… There were some Judo players who fell in LOVE with Phoebe (Amy's daughter). I get that, she’s a doll. They started taking pictures of her, and then of Bekah. They did ask first, so that’s good. In the end there were about seven of them who kept posing with the baby. Ha!



This girl – she wanted to take our picture for us. This is what we got:


(L to R: Jessica, Me, Bekah, Charity, Amy and Phoebe)

How much do I love that it’s off center?! LOL!!!!!

And finally (after we were able to get away from all the crazy pictures being taken) we left. On our way home Charity said, “What a pretty rainbow!”

“What rainbow?” I honestly had no idea where she was looking.

“That rainbow.”

“Where?”

“Are you KIDDING ME?! You can’t see that rainbow? It’s HUGE!”

And then I did and was sort of embarrassed.



In other news: Here are some pictures of my new bedroom furniture. It came yesterday. Yea! The last one is of the kids’ playroom where we stuffed all the government furniture until we can return it on Monday. They’re not happy about their playroom being taken over.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I'm Sorry

I was going through Seth's homework folder and found this apology letter:



I asked him, "What did she do?"

"I have NO IDEA."

Hahaha. Obviously it scarred him for life.

That's a good kid, though, to write an apology letter. She must have good parents.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Crash and Burn

I try to be nothing if not transparent (to a point) on this blog. In that regard, I thought that I would give you a night in the life of me.

Steven came home and wanted to try a new restaurant for dinner. No specific restaurant, just one we haven't been to before. Okay, whatever, I'm game.

First off, some people had to change because they had dressed themselves that morning:




Steven observed that, "She certainly has the hobo look down." Heh.

Before we got to wherever we were going (at that point it was undecided), I wanted to hit a store that I've been eyeing. The kids were awful in the back of the car and I gave them the camera to keep them somewhat entertained.





In the end, the kids were acting so crazy that I didn't want to try anywhere new. It's one thing to take them on base, and another to take them out around the well behaved Japanese kids while they're acting like hooligans.

We decided on Macaroni Grill. The fact that I wanted pasta and chocolate cake tipped the scale.

Seth got a pizza -- which he ate upside down. I have no idea why. According to him, it tastes better that way.



The kids were all right during dinner. Even so, I came to a point where I realized, I haven't had a girls' weekend in a LONG time. I said as much to Steven and indicated that I was going to go on vacation by myself. Seth declared that he's going with me "just to bug me."


Mac Grill 2009.01.27 from Heather on Vimeo.

After dinner, Bekah and I were waiting for Seth to finish using the restroom. Bekah had a bit too much sugar. THIS is the reason I don't feed my kids desert very often. I was just saying, "You do realize we're in a restaurant" when this happened:


Crash and Burn from Heather on Vimeo.

Every time Bekah sees this video she says, "Mommy, that really hurted." And she blames the restaurant. Clearly, they're at fault!

Never fear, she's okay:



Then we came home (after buying an overpriced Tivo) and I was in bed by 9pm.

The end.

eReaders

I posted my article on eReaders (it's too long to copy!). I thought I should let you all know, since you asked. You can leave a question here or there, if you have one.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Not Good

I’ve been suffering from a headache all day (this is my excuse for the dumb move I just pulled).

I randomly looked at the clock. The time read five minutes AFTER the bus was supposed to be here. I literally took off running – without shoes.

Poor Bekah didn’t know what the heck was going on. I screamed, “I’ll be back”… Um, I think I did, at least. Maybe I was having a Terminator flashback, I don’t know.

Anyway, I ran my shoeless heart out. The bus was about to pull away, but the bus monitor saw me. THANK GOD.

The first thing out of Seth’s mouth was, “Hey, where’s your shoes? I thought we weren’t allowed to be outside without shoes?”

Uh, yeah.

Now my feet hurt and my head hurts even worse.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

“Libby says, ‘Hi’”

I wasn’t on the computer yesterday so I have a whole lot of randomness stored up. You ready for it? Here we go…

This morning I was trying to find Seth’s bus pass in his black hole of a backpack. When found it, Seth was impressed. “How’d you find it?”

I smiled. “I’m just that good.”

“Well… You’re not the best in the whole world.”

“Excuse me? Of course I am!”

“No, Daddy is.”

Steven’s got those kids brainwashed!!! It’s terrible. Isn’t that a form of child abuse, or something?

***
Last night was the season opener of LOST.

[I’m not going to complain (too much) that it takes forever to see things on AFN, mostly because I’m so happy that they’re showing LOST. There are many television shows that they don’t bother to include in their programming, like Grey’s Anatomy.]

Anyway…. OMG. Did anyone see it? Anna Lucia?! And… “Libby says, ‘Hi’” !!!!!! Who was the old lady in the church? She looked familiar but I can’t place her. I need to know!

ETA: Old lady was Ms. Hawking. I KNEW I recognized her!!!

***
This weekend Steven and I cleaned out The Pit (AKA the play room). Not fun. We organized all the toys and then to ensure that the same problem will stop repeating itself we came up with a solution:






Improvise, adapt and overcome.

Those kids will not beat us down. Oh, no. Mommy WILL have a clean house.

ETA: I forgot to tell you, click on the picture of the closet doors and see who's learned to write his name quite well. ON THE DOOR, peeps! Ugh. There is plenty of paper around here, believe me. Why is he writing on the door?!

And finally, this was me and my littlest monkey this morning:



See ya!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Minty Goodness

It’s the little things that make me happy, especially living overseas. I’ve been craving peppermint tea so bad. The commissary didn’t carry it (of course!), so I’ve been on the lookout for it close to seven months now.

On Wednesday after our weekly lunch date, Charity and I were driving by a store and I said that I’d wanted to go inside that store for quite some time. The traffic had us backed up to the entrance of the parking lot – it seemed fortuitous, so we stopped.

Guess what I found? Peppermint tea. I am one happy girl.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

This Morning

Seth grabbed his lunchbox out of the fridge. "I don't want to forget this. Lunch at school today is gross."

"Why?"

"It's spaghetti." You could substitute 'booger sandwich' and you'd get just about the same expression.

"Ah."

He packed his lunchbox in his backpack, and then asked, "What are you making for dinner?"

"Spaghetti."

"ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today

Things I should be doing:

  • Typing in the writing I did longhand at Starbucks last night.
  • Getting ready for my lunch date (I don't want to go without makeup, it might scare people!)
  • Getting Bekah dressed and ready.
  • Uh... folding laundry. *shudder*
  • Mopping the kitchen floor.
  • Figuring out my dinner menu and grocery list.


  • What I am doing:

    Shopping for books at Fictionwise! It's a 60% rebate sale, can you blame me? And I am working on that eReading article. My goal is to get it posted by next Wednesday.

    Speaking of books, I started Septumus Heap Bk 1: Magick last night. It's pretty good so far. I'm enjoying it. I put the rest of the series on my buy list. I can't just read the first one! I've got to find out what happens.

    Oooh, and it's been a long time since I brought you an installment of my fashion advice, hasn't it? Well, last night at Starbucks I noticed something that should NEVER be repeated.

    This lady walked in wearing all black...

    In my opinion, all black is a good look. I wear it all the time. HOWEVER, she made two mistakes.

    1. She wore a hair scrunchy. Do we need to have a discussion that hair scrunchies are only to be used in the bathroom to tie back your hair in order to wash your face? Do NOT wear them out of the house.

    I could forgive that, if not for...

    2. She was wearing black capris with --

    [Capris are a tricky item of clothing to wear. You must always pair them with shoes that are delicate and strappy, preferably with a heel so that your leg does not look stumpy.]

    --She was wearing black capris with BROWN CLOG MULES.

    The only brown item of the whole outfit -- and they were mules! Ick. People.

    What have we learned today?

  • Heather is a serious procrastinator who has an unhealthy addiction to books.
  • Fictionwise is having a sale.
  • Do NOT wear scrunchies out of the house.
  • If wearing all black (especially with black capris), brown clog mules are not the best shoe choice.
  • Monday, January 19, 2009

    6 Things I Loved this Morning

    Casey tagged me with the six things I love. Quite honestly, I hate tags. And this one is especially hard - only six things? Everything in my life makes me happy (except laundry and cleaning bathrooms) so...

    How about I list the six things that made me happy from the time I woke up an hour ago?

    The rules are as follows: link to the person who tagged you; write down six things that make you happy; post the rules; tag six others and let them know you have done it; tell the person who tagged you when your entry is up.

    1. Steven's off of work today so he let me sleep in and he took the kid to the bus stop.

    2. COFFEE! Steven made me some when I got up. MMMM... I love me some coffee.

    3. A day ahead of me with nothing to do. I could work -- I mean, YES, I'M GOING TO WRITE.

    4. Twitter, Facebook and Blogger (technically, I guess that should be 4, 5 and 6). I love me some online socializing. You peeps make me laugh.

    5. Getting a friend to switch to eReading. That put a BIG ol' smile on my face. I'm a 100% eReader and I LOVE it. It really is the only option when living on this island if you want books ASAP.

    6. My dad sent me a picture email this morning from his blackberry. He sends them everyday. They crack me up. Today's was of Lola.



    Only two more weeks until my parents are here!

    Sunday, January 18, 2009

    TWILIGHT - Movie Night Recap

    Yesterday I was going to do a recap of my girl's night out. However, Blogger wouldn't let me upload pictures.

    BAD, BLOGGER! BAD!

    Today I was running around and when I came home, Charity had already blogged the scoop - complete with pictures. Aren't they cute?

    That's because she stole them off my Facebook page!!! Just so we're all clear that Charity is a picture thief. ;)

    I shall add a few items of interest to her observations.

  • Tara and Joelle were there with like... 50 kids (okay, more like 11 or so, but still, it seemed like 50). It was totally obvious that they had NO IDEA what they'd gotten themselves into. It was sort of cute that they were scared of the crazies (ahem, me). Their kids were screaming before the movie... "OMG... OMG... OMG..." OF COURSE, I was right there screaming with them.


  • The BEST part was when Edward told Bella that he'd been in her room for the last three months and then one of the girls that were with Tara and Joelle gave a hissed, "STALKER!" That was AWESOME, I've got to say.


  • And then Charity was complaining about how crappy the movie was (it is, but anyway...), then she pauses and says, "I sure hope the next three are WAY better, because I'm totally going to see them." HAHAHAHA!!!
  • Thursday, January 15, 2009

    *SPARKLY*

    I have a hot date tonight. I’m going out with my posse (Charity, Heather, Jessica and Laura) to dinner and a movie.

    Why???

    BECAUSE IT’S OPENING NIGHT OF TWILIGHT!

    And you know how crazy I am about Twilight. And how I’ve been counting down the days to see the movie.

    [Rant: Stupid Okinawa movie theater that shows the move TWO MONTHS LATE. Don’t they understand the there are people who really want to see it?!]

    Here’s how excited I am… I went out and bought a new shirt so that I could look cute. I want to be prepared in case there are any hot vampires hiding in the theater. You never know…

    Of course, it is cold. Two jackets over the top might ruin the look. But, hey, I did try.

    TEAM JACOB!

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    This is what happens

    When you have a mother who buys really weird food from all over Okinawa and makes you try it…








    Monday, January 12, 2009

    Blueberry, please.

    I was going to blog about my fun day yesterday, but Charity already did it. Why reinvent the wheel?

    Instead I'll talk about something totally random.

    I read this week's PostSecret and I started dying laughing when I read this one:



    Hahahahaha!

    My Mr. Smarty-pants husband would say that because he thinks he's a funny guy. Ha!

    The question to the secret person is... Why would you ask him something like that? You obviously knew how he was going to respond.

    Sunday, January 11, 2009

    Happy 6th Birthday, Seth!

    It is impossible to take pictures of Seth when he doesn't want to take them. He won't stand still and wiggles. Plus, it was really cold. His teeth were chattering, poor thing.

    He wanted to know why were were taking pictures.

    I said, "I take a picture every year on your birthday."

    "Hurry up and get it over with!"

    I did and ended up with these less than stellar shots.







    Birthday 2008

    Birthday 2007

    In 2006 I didn't post his B-day picture (here's one from a couple days before), but this was the year that I messed up his cake.

    Saturday, January 10, 2009

    Marriage Vs. Mommyhood

    I got nothing today. I think I'm too hopped up on Cinnabon to make a coherent post.

    BTW - Cinnabon is evil.

    So why don't we have an open forum discussion today? I haven't done this before, so we'll see if anyone participates. You do NOT have to have an account to leave a comment. Nor do you have to use your real name. I'm all for being anonymous, if that's what you prefer.

    This article from Dooce got me thinking. Heather (Dooce, Heather) was saying that she found raising children to be much harder than marriage and then was surprised when no one agreed with her.

    Well... I agree.

    Marriage is work, sure. BUT. I must have missed the memo where it's really hard work. Because I don't feel like it is.

    With a marriage you can have conversations, with an adult, where you tell the other person your thoughts, feelings and what you need from them.

    With kids... I'm talking to a wall. They don't care how you feel or what you want. They're going to do their own thing anyway.

    What do you think?

    Friday, January 9, 2009

    Friday Movie Night

    Last night:


    Friday Movie Night 2009.01.09 from Heather on Vimeo.

    Sorry about the video going out of focus. The car was moving and it's digital, so it loses focus as we drive.

    Take note of the part where Steven is severely sucking up to my parents. Sick.

    And a couple of pictures:



    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    And this is where I came from...

    I was talking to my mom today. Remember when I blogged that she follows my life through Charity? She's in love with Charity. It's Charity this... Charity that... "Charity is so funny."

    Yeah, yeah, whatever.

    Then she said, "Did you read what she wrote about your lumpy boobs? It's the Fergie song. Have you heard the Fergie song? Just sing the lumpy boobs with it. My humps, my humps, my lumpy, bumpy humps..."

    *Dying*

    "Did you just sing Fergie to me?! How the hell do you know what a Fergie song is?"

    My mom laughed. "Of course I know Fergie. I didn't think you would."

    "Seriously, Mom, I have a headache now."

    My dad walked into the room and told my mom, "Ask her if the kids have the playroom clean. I know that the rest of the house is clean, I read it on her blog."

    My head exploded. "Dad reads my blog?!"

    I recovered somewhat and told her, "You know I'm blogging this, right?"

    Her response, "Don't you dare do that! I don't want people knowing I can sing Fergie."

    I've decided that I'm "lunching" everyday

    I went to lunch with the girls -- to a sushi and pancake place. It was yummers.

    You'd think that would be the highlight of my day... but it wasn't.

    After lunch, I came home to a CLEAN HOUSE!

    OH! YES! I! DID!

    My husband ROCKS.

    Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    Facebook

    Holy Moly! Is the whole world on Facebook and I didn't know it?! Sheesh!!!

    I've signed up. And seriously, I'm bugging out at how many people I know who have accounts.

    Find me.

    I'm working on figuring it all out right now. Um... yeah.

    Another thing to suck up my time!

    How'd you find me?

    I haven't talked about how people stumble on to my blog in quite a while. Mostly because the searches weren't that interesting. For instance, I get a bizarre amount of Google hits from "Midnight Sun draft copy." -- Here was that post.

    PEOPLE. Go to Stephenie Meyer's site. It really isn't that difficult to find. Promise!

    But then... Something odd has been happening lately. People are suddenly becoming concerned about caffeine and lumpy breasts -- Here was that post.

    I'm getting at least two searches a week with those tag words.

    Weirder... I'm hit number THREE on Google (this was a search done three days ago by someone):



    How's that for lumpy boobs, huh? It's like I'm famous or something.

    Tonight I looked at my sitemeter and there's another one! Only this time it's from "Yahoo UK & Ireland." I've gone international, baby!

    Even better, I'M NUMBER ONE! Woo hoo!



    I'm the Queen of lumpy boobs!

    Are you jealous?!

    Sunday, January 4, 2009

    She's still four, right?

    Bekah asked if she could put on a movie. I said yes.

    I waited for her to find one and ask me to start it...

    And then.

    I heard the movie playing.

    Wait? What?

    I went over to the TV... She'd switched everything: the TV, the tuner and she'd even put in the DVD and started it. CORRECTLY, I might add.

    I was in shock. "You know how to switch it all over to a movie?" Sheesh. Sometimes even I have a hard time figuring it out!

    She gave me the look... MY look. The look that I give Steven when I'm patiently (or impatiently) telling him something, but really thinking, do you think I'm stupid, or something? It's very uncomfortable having that look thrown back at you.

    Her eyebrows were raised and her head dipped slightly forward, so she was looking up from underneath her eyelashes. "I know how to press all the buttons." Then... she rolled her eyes at me.

    !!!

    Well. That sure told me, didn't it?

    Thursday, January 1, 2009

    Lunch Meat

    Purchased YESTERDAY from Lester Shoppette:



    EXPIRATION DATE: October 3, 2008

    The Sheriff Restaurant


    Why did I randomly capitalize "pizza"? I don't know. And I'm too lazy to change it. :D

    Christmas Morning...

    I wasn't going to post these...

    My family has a tradition, we take pictures every Christmas morning. Early. After we just rolled out of bed (read: no makeup and nasty hair). Before we open presents. I hate this because I always looks pathetic. And trust me, I have a Christmas morning picture for every year of my life -- and it only gets worse.

    I checked... I've been smart enough (up to this point) to NEVER do a blog post that includes the "Christmas Morning" picture.

    Why am I doing it now? (yeah, good question...) I feel bad because our families didn't see us at Christmas. It's worth a little humiliation to share our morning (well, maybe not, but I'm doing it anyway!).



    Seth wanted the "reindeer picture." I'm not quite sure what Bekah's doing.

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