Monday, July 30, 2007
- Mr. Beer: A Christmas gift from M about 8 years ago. This was when the micro brew beers were getting a lot of attention and Hector became pickier about the beer he drank. At the time it was thrown into the closet and forgotten. I'd see it occasionally while searching for other items in the closet but this time I thought I'd try making some brew. Hector gave me the go ahead since it's his gift and I followed the instructions exactly and now it's busy fermenting in the cupboard until Saturday when we'll bottle it and let it sit for another 1-2 weeks.
- Altoids poster: A gift from Hector circa 1997. We were living in Brentwood at the time and I was really into Altoids. The ads were cool but I especially like the one with the robot from Lost in Space holding a tin of Altoids saying Danger! Hector saw a poster at the bus stop and well, I somehow got it as a gift. :) It was too big to put up anywhere in our apartment so we rolled it up and put it away. It made the move with us and I found it in the closet just after we were reminiscing about it. I took it to Michaels today and it'll be in a proper frame and placed in spare bedroom in a few weeks. I still like Altoids but prefer the cinnamon ones while Hector still chooses the peppermints.
- Arched candleholders from Thailand: a cheap cheesy souvenir from Phuket. Almost a year ago we went to Thailand where I picked up some little things to remember our trip. I picked these out and they were wrapped up in some brown paper and lots of packing tape. I completely forgot about them until Hector asked me what it was. I promptly unwrapped them and put them on a shelf. Yay, it's fun to find unexpected items.
So that's just a few of treasures I found and there is so much more. I'll post more when I upload more pictures which reminds me...I got a new point and shoot camera (Canon SD1000). For those who know us and our messy house, things disappear in the "black hole" which is our house. I know everything should have its place but it doesn't help when I live with absent-minded people which I am becoming too. Our last little digital camera has disappeared and I'm the last one to have touched it so therefore, I lost it (sad but true). Most of time when we lose it, it turns up after a few days when one of us stumble across it. But not this time, it's been gone for about a month and I haven't seen it anywhere; not in its usual places or any unusual places. So I decided to get a new camera (and use up my gift cards). Yes, our old Nikon should be popping up somewhere now that I bought a new camera. I like having a small camera in my purse that is easy to carry around. You never know when something catches your eye!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Tyler's baseball game went pretty good on Saturday. Tyler got a base hit and he's starting to realize the power he has to really smack that ball. We're going to work on that more so he can gain more confidence.
Friday, July 27, 2007
This weekend will be busy...Saturday baseball game and we will be cleaning up the spare bedroom for guests next week. On Sunday I'll be taking Tyler to meet up with Kat at the OC Fair. There will be lots of games to be played, prizes to win and lots of food to eat!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
- She Talks In Stereo - Gary Myrick & The Figures
- The Four Seasons Violin Concerto - Candida Thompson
- Dancing Barefoot - U2
- Moving in Stereo - The Cars
- Black Celebration - Depeche Mode
- Oil 1 - Moby
- Speed of Sound - Coldplay
- Don't Speak - No Doubt
- Dreamland - Black Box
- M-Four - Moby
that I got a new video game for my Nintendo DS called Cooking Mama. There are several recipes and you try your hand at slicing, stirring and measuring etc. I had to try the boiling rice portion several times before I could finish the task before time was up. And I was just trying to measure the rice and add water! It's lots of fun though...I'm eager to try some new recipes once I'm a pro at boiling rice! Some of Nintendo's games sound pretty cheesy and lame but they are so much fun. Also try Brain Age to exercise your brain and keep it lively. Tyler likes it and he also learns without even knowing it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
We're also on 'relative watch' this week which has been dragging into its 3rd week. It's a long story and those who are in the loop know the situation but let's just say, we're still waiting for them to arrive. It's quite exhausting and I'm grateful to be an only child!
Our friend also finally received his car (baby)...it is a Shelby Cobra replicar that is just gorgeous. I got a quick spin and it was scary/ dangerous how fast and powerful this car is but also such fun. I can easily see myself getting whiplash riding around in this car just from the extreme acceleration since it doesn't have headrests!
Okay, more later because we now have to head to baseball practice.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
He also won't be able to bite anything until these new teeth start coming in. Tyler was a drooly kid growing up and for now he's learning to keep liquids in his mouth all over again. :)
Friday, July 20, 2007
"Mom, my tooth came out!"
"Oh, wow. I thought you were asleep by now."
"Well, my eyes were closed....but my tooth was twisting around in my mouth so I pulled it out! Can I have a plastic bag so I can put the tooth under my pillow?"
Oy, I hope this time "the tooth fairy" has something smaller than a $20 bill for this tooth. I tell Hector to put something under the pillow before going back to sleep. Tyler informs me that he received $10 for the tooth and is just as excited (he has no real concept of $$).
Thursday, July 19, 2007
- With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion soundtrack
- Love's Divine - Seal: Grammy Nominees 2005
- Homicide - 999: Punk University Vol. 1
- Best Thing In Town - Green Day: Kerplunk
- Only The Lonely - The Motels: Modern Rock- The Cool 80's
- (Keep Feeling) Fascination - Human League: Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's Vol. 10
- Sexy M.F. - Prince: The Hits/The B-Sides
- Positive Role Model - Pet Shop Boys: Disco 3
- Marry Me - No Doubt: Return Of Saturn
Okay so I like complilation CDs and The Beatles are here because my friend Kat uploaded all her favorite Beatles songs onto itunes. I just like to tease her about her love for The Beatles when the songs come on.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
After my last attempt at haircutting, I was banned from cutting Tyler's hair. Joshua is another story because he will not let someone cut his hair...well, not without lots of screaming and squirming. In the past I cut his hair while he was asleep and sometimes he would let me cut his hair but it's always a struggle. So Hector found the hair clippers and Josh let me cut his hair! This time I used the 1/2 inch guide and just did his whole head this way. Boy, we had a nice pile of hair on the carpet.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Well, wadda ya know...I do look cute in this hat! :) It reminds me of when I was a kid and had really long hair so my mom always had my hair braided to keep it out of my way.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
- (Ghost) Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash. 16 Biggest Hits
- Miserablism (Moby Electro Mix) by Pet Shop Boys. Popart
- Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash. 16 Biggest Hits
- Too Marvelous for Words by Frank Sinatra. Songs for Swingin Lovers
- I Guess You're Right by The Posies. Every Kind of Light
- I Don't Know What You Want...by Pet Shop Boys. Popart
- Bizzi's Party (Booker T. Vocal Lick) by Bizzi. Groove Radio Presents: Speed Garage
- Working Class Hero by Green Day. Working Class Hero
- Your Joy by Chrisette Michele. Your Joy
- Glamorous Glue by Morrissey. Beethoven was Deaf
We came back home at 2 pm so I fed Tyler lunch because he had baseball practice at 3 pm. I had a dentist appointment at 3 pm too so it was nice that Hector was up to take Tyler to practice. My teeth cleaning went fine..the hygenist was very thorough. Tyler's baseball practice went well although Tyler becomes one of the clowns with his friend G...oh well, their first game is this Saturday! Eh, the whole league is just for fun and in Tyler's group they don't keep score.
Joshua came home at 4;15pm and used the potty again! Yay! Then I'm off to take Tyler to swim class at 5 pm. This is the last class of the session before the next session starts in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile Hector has been slowly going through our spare bedroom which has become the catch-all (junk) room. He has been going through everything, deciding what to save, throw away or give away. We can actually see the floor again! What a great guy...I can't organize myself to do all that.
After such a busy day, we went to King Taco for dinner. Oh, so good! The kids and I have our usual lengua (beef tongue) sopes and horchata. Ahhh, that hit the spot...somehow I forgot to have breakfast or lunch with only some popcorn at the movie. To top off the day, during the kids' bath & acoording to Tyler, Josh got out of the bathtub and went potty in the toilet. Double yay!!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
After dinner, we packed up the kids and headed on out to our local park to watch the fireworks display (which is about 1 mile away). We let the kids run around and play on the playground equipment until dark until the show starts. It's a good thing I packed some popcorn and other snacks to keep them occupied; also I ran into our neighbor Laura who gave us some yummy poundcake with strawberries & blueberries. The fireworks were cool to watch but nothing spectacular.
The real fun was today. Since Hector had the day off I thought that we could take the kids back to Soak City and also invite He-man & his wards. Last time the little girl was being so bad that they had to decline the invite. So we were already to go...that is until 7:30am He-man calls to say the baby boy was up all night teething & crying so neither of them got any sleep. So they had to cancel again...bummer.
Remember when I took the kids last week to Soak City and everything was a breeze? Well, this time was the opposite. There were about 6 day camps this time and we started off the morning waiting 30 minutes in line to buy tickets. We decided to get the season passes but you can only buy them at Knott's Berry Farm (across the street) so we bought day passes which we later credited to the season passes. So if you ever plan on going to a water park, check to see if you can buy tickets online which will save you lots of time. With all the extra people there, I couldn't find any loungers under the canopies and the cabanas were all rented out but I found a couple under partial shade so that was fine. We had our usual fun in the wave pool then I thought we should grab lunch before the crowd starts. Well, it already started....if I knew if would take an hour to wait & order our food I would have played in the water longer with the kids. Instead we waited at a table while poor Hector had to stand in line. Ugh! Oh well, that's part of the day. Overall we had lots of fun and now we can come back and bypass the ticket line!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Earlier this evening I tried to fix my problems and ended up creating more headaches for myself. I can't even remember what I did...I just know that I deleted the bad copies of music from my itunes library (over 3000 songs). I agonized over the idea for a while then went ahead because itunes couldn't play the songs anyway. I downloaded the Music Rescue program and that was fine. I hooked up my 80 gig iPod which started asking me question about transferring music. It gave me the choice to transfer or don't transfer....last time I transferred the results brought me to where I am now (really deleting my original itunes files did me in) so I chose Don't transfer and lame itunes proceeded to sync my iPod and basically deleted my music in the iPod. I thought I was going to cry! After worrying about all my music disappearing, I remembered that I have another 20 gig iPod that I use upstairs that has practically all the latest music. This time I set it to enable disk use and manually manage the songs and went through the whole process again. This time it worked although copying 3400 songs takes up a lot of time then it puts the music into itunes. Now for the final test....I set up my playlists which took another hour or so and hooked up the 80 gig iPod. Now the dang thing has to sync then load all the songs back on.
It's 10:20pm...I went and downloaded a program that will transfer your iPod music to your computer. Under normal circumstances I think the process would have been quick and painless but because we're talking about my seriously messed up itunes, the process has taken about 5 hours. That's because of one false start where I waited for all my music to load and then it didn't work. After tweaking it a bit, the program worked about copying my music and right now it is transferring my music to my 80 gig iPod.
10:40pm...still loading but it's on 2800 of 3300 so just a little bit more. I got some duplicates during the copying process but I'll take care of it another day. Let this be lesson for all...learn from my horrible mistakes and just use Music Rescue.
10:45pm It's done! I believe that my nightmare is over (at least for tonight).
Here is the Beach House just as the bucket is pouring 100's of gallon of water. Don't go in if you don't want to get wet! I'm trying to plan another day ASAP!
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Compared to yesterday's party, this one was fairly lame. The kids don't care but this water slide was much smaller than the one from yesterday. Cindy said the guy didn't ask how large her yard is or maybe he only had one size. This one would have fit in our yard easily. Oh well, Tyler jumped right in but there were about 12 kids his age fighting over the slide. After a while it got ugly when a kid sitting at the top of the stairs placed his feet on Tyler's chest as he climbed up and shoved him down the stairs. OMG....I was on the balcony at the time so I witnessed the whole thing so I yelled down to Hector to get on this kid. Tyler started screaming & crying and I ripped into that kid who had some nerve to appear nonchalant about the whole incident. If Tyler had done that to some other kid I would have reacted the same because I want my child to have actual manners and common sense. That's a major reason why Hector and I chose Torrance to live instead of PV because those kids are major brats who have no sense of responsibility. Those boys were rude to Tyler because they didn't know him. I know a lot of their behavior is normal boy rowdiness but I can see how they'll turn out later if they don't have boundaries. Anyway, Tyler was fine and luckily no other kids were at the bottom of the stairs when he fell otherwise there would be a lot more kids crying. This party just reconfirmed our right decision to live where we do!
Hector pointed out the difference between the 2 parties. The 1st one was geared equally to adults and children. It had lots of food, drinks (regular and alcoholic), plenty of entertainment for the kids and an area for the adults to hang out and relax. The 2nd party was mostly for the kids since it appeared that most of kids were dropped off by their parents. So the kids were a bit rowdy with little adult supervision...the kids were operating the sno-cone machine with the red syrup all over the table and food. Yikes, what a mess. Oh well, the kids had fun at both parties so that's all that matters.