• friends,  GYOW,  Random and Odd

    Camping Trip 09

    In February of this year when I could finally leave the house without fear that my bladder would explode or decide to shut down on me, I started planning various trips. The library gave me many good ideas. Yosemite, walking trails, San Francisco and a couple on camping.  YES! I could go camping! I googled, I plan advisored, I read the local campsite reviews on a daily basis.  After a few days I decided we would take our family to Rollin’s Lake.  They had everything we would need. …and then the world came crashing in. When all the plans I had made for my life came to the forefront of…

  • friends,  GYOW

    “good times are coming, Kristine….good times are a comin’.”

    Today wasn’t one of the better days. In fact, at the end of the day on the way home I decided it was time to just lose it.  I cried the whole hour plus on the way home.  I’m sure if you were one of the many unfortunate souls that had to drive next to me, you would be thinking I had just lost a whole football team in a tragic plane crash. It wasn’t just the tears that were streaming down my face, but the body shaking sobbing that accompanied the tears. I questioned every thing I have ever said or done in the last seven years of my…

  • Anxiety,  Dashababy,  friends,  hope,  Letters,  My Brats,  Shaun,  stuff portrait friday,  The Fonz

    and then a hero comes along.

    This week Stuff Portrait Friday is Hero.  I had several days to think on it and as the hours came down to minutes, I realized that if you have been reading this blog for anytime, you know who my heroes are. 1. My Mother: You know that saying, “you’ve come a long way,baby.”? I’m pretty sure that was made up for her. Her road isn’t a road I would wish on anyone.  I wish over and over she could see how proud of her that I am. To see her at rock bottom and not only pull herself up, but bring those around up with her is awesome. 2. My…

  • ex,  friends

    I’ll keep him.

    During my first marriage I learned many things that I never thought would form me into the person I am today. Some of them are stupid things, but some of them are the core of who I am. Car maintenance was the number one thing. I was the horrible one in the relationship when it came to remembering to get the oil changed. Dan would hand me a coupon to get the oil changed and would hound me until I gave him the receipt from the mechanic. He made sure the brakes weren’t getting to thinned. He could diagnose the problem of the car by the sound it made or…

  • friends

    Happy Birthday SmoochDog!

    Today is Michelle’s birthday, so head on over and give her some birthday lovin! (Someone hired a stripper…shhhh) ‘Cita took me to a King’s preseason game and we had a blast. Tina called as we were at the game to see if we wanted her tickets. Her tickets were like spitting distance from the floor so we fanangled our way into those seats. THANKS CITA and TINA for a fun night. It was SO worth taking a shower for!! The Seattle Sonic guys…they need some sun. If any of you out there are pasty white, come to California for a few days and we can fix that, mkay? More tomorrow…

  • friends

    Misunderstandings…as always.

    ‘Cita was telling me a story that her husband was telling her. He was talking about a show he saw in Las Vegas and he was describing what was was going on and said, “Then the people came out and were Flamingo dancing….” ‘Cita interrupted him and said, “Flamingo dancing? You mean Flamenco dancing?” She said she gave him shit about it all day. I then admitted I thought it was Flamingo dancing too.” “Kristine, I can’t believe it, YOU TOO? I have a huge portrait hanging in my house with a Flamenco dancer with the word FLAMENCO on it.” “I just thought it was a fancy-shmancy way of saying,…

  • friends

    Do a little dance, make a little love…get down tonight!

    My Beautiful Friend, Lisa, SCORED US SOME SMOKIN’ HOT TICKETS!!! I grabbed Jeremiah today for an hour or two and when I brought him back over to her house she had a pair of tickets to a concert sitting on her catch-all. I kinda, sorta pulled them out from under her purse and FUH-REAKED when I saw who she had gotten tickets to see. “OH. MY. GOD! You have tickets to see KC and The Sunshine Band?!” I’m not certain if she thought my enthusiasm for the tickets was genuine or mocking until I burst out with song and dance to “SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE. SHAKE YOUR BOOTY,…

  • friends

    …and back at the house of Random and Odd

    Not a lot of great things happened to me in 5th grade. I had a teacher who was on the mean side and all my friends were in another class with the dorky teacher who had no idea how to teach and just scratched himself the whole time. 5th grade was the point where I realized that you’re either “IN” or you’re “Not”. I wasn’t ready for the fact that the world was that complicated. I think be separated from my friends allowed for all of it to come into focus. Everyone sort of fell into certain cliques and I never felt like I fit in. In 5th grade when…

  • friends

    Cosmic Conscious

    My Old Friend, originally uploaded by Random and Odd. Last week I made a phone call to the parents of my best friend from High School. I caught up on the stuff I have missed in the last 5 years or so since I had talked to them. At the end of the conversation I got my old best friend’s phone number and gave her a call. She just had a baby so she was sleeping, but her daughter promised that she would call me back when she woke up. She didn’t call me. (Heavy sleeper?) A couple days later I was talking about my new crush to ‘Cita. I…

  • Anxiety,  friends,  Shaun

    arrrrgggg….

    Twenty Four hours after taking the ‘Mack Daddy’ of all sleeping pills. I have finally recovered from the side effects. The first hour or so was a blast. I felt like I was walkin’ on sunshine. Not a problem…until hour two. I began getting violently ill and unable to eat. I would drink a sip of water, throw it up. I would THINK about drinking water to kill the cotton mouth and I would throw up. I finally passed out from a headache around 4 am. God Bless my wonderful husband who drove the kids to school. With so much to do today I managed to work my way into…