Monday, December 31, 2007

happy new year

I hope that 2008 will bring us lots of good things.

we made it through a rough year- from last Nov 2006 to now, but I am glad to report that god has been there for us.... and has provided a good job that I really like. S is doing well at his job and SSD1 is doing well too, making his way to graduation. Hh is the light in our lives and shines brightly. SSD2 is doing well and actually maturing and learning to maneuver some new challenges. J is better with ex-J these days and as much as I loath the thought it is probably for the best, it is sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees- tough love has been very hard- but again I have asked for strength and receive it daily.

I have decided to keep my senior warden position, and committed to trying to dedicate more time to my scout crew, ( geo caching) , there seems to be lots to fill my waking time. I look forward to planning some trips to see a few more folks this year. We will have a little time off in the spring I hope and maybe we can go west this year. Though we will miss our annual spring break with the " girls" of Nebraska if we swap a trip. I am looking forward to a raise, and the 1st thing I will replace is a maid service - this has been the thing I have totally missed the most from my loss of employment last November.

so there you have it a mini review and a mini hopes for the coming year. Sometimes it is the little things in life that are the best.

Friday, December 28, 2007

trouble with a big T

well for christmas S got me a cool new gadget as you can see it is a Sportline pedometer watch!
Well I really am not to hard to please and I would say I have some good intuitveness with most electronic type of things. I am being challenged by this big time.
It seems like it would be great if I could just understand what I need to do to get it to work?? It looks really pretty on and it beeps on command and off when I least expect it. like in the ladies room at work ( my neighbor in the next stall thought it might be a bomb) yikes!!
Today I think I actually got it to countsteps, buit I am not sure if it really was doing it. Apparently it does things like count calories and time spent and steps taken, though I have no idea how to get it to actaully DO all this stuff.
I have read the above pictured manual three times already, but as I told S it is just not that intuitve. hmmmnnn well Love it anyway maybe someone who has one will help me out?? you never know in the blog world.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

recipe for Me?

The Recipe For queue_t
3 parts Inspiration2 parts Wit1 part Vitality
Splash of Nonconformity
Finish off with whipped cream

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas has come and gone

we waited a while for everyone to arrive and open presents- with this blended family we sometimes have to wait until after , sometimes we have to do it ahead of time, over the last ten years we have adapted. This is our tradition, a santa on top of our tree, you will see him there everyyear. S tried to find an angel one year, but no such luck so this guy has been our combined tradition since we got together.
This year's tree was silver and red! it is gorgous and I have enjoyed having it up for a while. Hh and I had fun decorating it.

We did lots of shopping at Thanksgiving. The kids got a couple of extreme rockers for video and music listening and game playing. They all got a little mp3 player with 2 gig hard drives. these were the most coveted of the gifts this year.

I got a cool box of goodies from my Husker PAL- K8 ( I won't be taking these in to the university!!) these are meltaways in a Nebraska huskers box!!
then there was this cool ornament a coffee tree from Hallmark - it is so darn cute.....
it is not going on my tree it is going downstairs to be with the good Cuppa I got last year.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Real Life

"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead." Oscar Wilde

Jamie - who is in my side bar contributes to another Blog called Skulls, find it here - she asks us to really enjoy the holiday this weekend.

Well in my Real life maybe that would be the ideal thing to do, along with contribute my 1000 dollars to my church for the holiday, buy the presents and have them professionally wrapped already.... feel satisfied that my peeps were going to receive the best christmas cards ever ( not!) and that my sparkling house would be inviting all my neighbors and friends for a little party. Oh yes Oscar has hit me over the head with this quote today... well it is the small things that make the season and the real reason, so celebrate what you have and say thanks for all the blessings we really do have in real life.

Reading through my bloglines Blogroll, this is an older post from killer hobbies, Joanna has an interseting take on the holidays. Thanks for sharing thoughts on real life and the choices we make.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Puppy Crack?

About a month ago I bought some "organic" puppy Cookies at Costco.... well the dogs are addicted and pester me non stop until I give them at least one ! I am not sure what is in them but it is totally addicting to the dogs.

This is from the three dog bakery
All Natural Ingredients.

Oven-Baked Flavor

tail-wag as you walk in the door. A constant cuddle companion. A big, slobbery smooch. Our four-legged friends give us so much everyday – of course we want to give back to them the very best we can! If there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that the best way to reach your pup is through their belly – either with food or a good, old-fashioned tummy rub. Since drool-worthy, all-natural, oven-baked doggie delicacies are our specialty – the tummy rubbing is up to you. In putting together the best, all-natural ingredients we admit, we had a little help. Our team consulted with vets, breeders, pet shop owners, pet lovers and even held our own in-house focus groups (the girls loved every minute of it). The results were conclusive. The ingredients make the difference – using healthier ingredients means healthier, more energetic dogs.

We do want to warn you, there may come a time when you get a little jealous of your dog. Who wouldn’t? Just a whiff of our rich and nutty peanut butter and you might find yourself drooling too. The thought of our sweet and delectable carob chip cookies has been known to set our legs kicking with delight. And that’s just scratching the surface of the ingredients we offer in our all-natural, oven-baked goodies. Take a minute to read some more about our individual ingredients and learn how they lead to happier, healthier dogs (and jealous owners).

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sing Hh Sing

Hh had her singing Christmas program tonight, it was at the middle school with a few other elementary schools and the middle school participating.
The kids were good, the place was packed and parking was non-existant! The program was alot of " christmasy" toons, with a disclaimer in the program about making sure that the public notes that the school district doesn't really support the theme, but doesn't want to offend anyone!!

I wish they would just get over it.....

Merry Christmas- happy Hanuka and whatever else comes to mind.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Party hardy

We went to the University of Colorado's Party last night at the museum of nature and science. Hh came with us and she an I wore our santa hats ( festive was the dress code) the museum was open with some exibits so we went to see Titanic... S said it was sad to see this at christmas time, but facinating none the less. The preservation and recovery of the items on board was fantastic, the displays and layout were creative ( like you were touring in parts of the ship) . Hh already had been one time with her classmates and had a unit in school studying this event in our life history. it was interesting and informative. Here is a link to the exibit.

Tonight it is off to the Downtown Denver Broker, it is located in the bottom of the bank building and inside a vault. here is the link

Built in 1903 and set in an original bank vault, The Broker Restaurant is one of Denver's most unique dining experiences.

Our dinner menu features dry-aged, prime cuts of beef, fresh Alaskan seafood, Colorado lamb, pork tenderloin, and many other wonderful gourmet entrees. Dinners may be accompanied by an appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables or potato selection from our a la carte menu

Thursday, December 13, 2007

rocky mountain ringers

Check these folks out! we went to a handbell concert last night... given by the Rocky mountain ringers. Fabulous - this is definatley the way to get in the mood for the christmas season.
S's boss Bob pays for tickets, this is the 3 year we have had the privilage of hearing this fantastic musical group .
It was good fun and uplifting music.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

snow, snow and more snow

it's begining to look alot like christmas around town. It snowed all day in Boulder and the buses ran slow, but I am thankful for someone else doing the driving, I can't believe what a stress reducer that is. I actually get some unwind time. I have read more books in the last 5 months than in about a year too:) I am currently reading an innocent man by John Grisham, and just finished Playing for Pizza by him as well. I am happy to read authors I like.

I am contemplating the return to education, possibly my Master's degree, The U provides us with the opportunity to take some credit hours in our " field" this could be a very good thing.

The video clips below take a while to load, but they are fun and worth veiwing and listening too, I am so proud of Hh and all the good things she is accomplishing. She takes pride and satisfaction in the goals too.

J is at his Dad's currently we had a falling out, and he did a few things that I don't agree with or want to condone, it is a hard line to take- but I am a parent and not a friend, is a mantra I have to take as a parent. Though love is hard. It is hard to explain that I love him, but don't want the bad behavior and I have rules and expectations to live by in my house. His indiscresions, lead to a suspention from school and a ticket- maybe time one on one with Dad is what he needs... it is hard

Working on some projects and will be scanning in my Woodbadge Scrapbook soon, for all to enjoy. I want to put together a digital version for distrubution to my patrol mates and some friends. It was a great project to put together. so be looking forward to that soon I hope.

I also want to get back to my regular blogging schedule. So don't hold my feet to the fire, but I will try to be a better blooger.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

last but not least - save the last dance for me

watch this to the end, HH smiles and is very satisfied with her performance of Ancient city of Stone.

Next piece please, take two percussion Princess

Montazoa's Castle sees her on the snare drums. look at her count! :)

Percussion Princess plays

this was advance band in concert with the Princess HH on cow bell here the piece is Magnificant Seven

Friday, November 30, 2007

Colorstrology - still my number one search hit.

at Amazon you can buy the book by Michelle Bernhart and check it out for yourself. This is my number one searched item on my blog, it goes back to spelling it incorrectly the 1st time I posted about this concept.
here is the editorial review : from Amazon
Editorial Reviews
Book Description
Colorstrology is a fascinating blend of astrology, numerology, and color theory that offers exciting new insights about our lives and relationships. Written by renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt with the artists at Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color, the system features 366 "birthday colors" that illustrate who we are and how we behave.

For example, people born on January 29 (like Oprah Winfrey) share the color Keepsake Lilac; they are "ambitious" and "tender" and "born to make a difference . . . it is not uncommon to find [them] in front of an audience." People born on May 11 (like Salvador Dal ) share the color Green Tea. They "have a vivid imagination and can see new ideas and concepts more readily than others."

Using Colorstrology, you'll quickly understand how to enhance your best personality traits with your birthday color. This full-color book features detailed profiles of everyone you know plus 366 perforated swatches so you can take your birthday color wherever you go.

PANTONE , COLORSTROLOGY , and other Pantone, Inc. trademarks are the property of Pantone, Inc.
About the Author
Michele Bernhardt is a respected healer, astrologer, and metaphysician who has worked extensively with the healing aspects of color and sound. She has contributed to many national publications, including Travel + Leisure , Fitness , Seventeen , and The Mia

Monday, November 26, 2007


My Friend K8 lists some things she has learned lately.

so here is a go at this topic.

Game night with Hh is fun, except that I don't understand the stratagy of stratigo !?!? this is supposed to be something we learn and share, this was not one of those things. :)

there are not enough hours in my day to get all the things I want to do done. I still have lots of things that I NEED to do tonight. yet I am blogging.

Magazines multiply in my house like bunnies- the more I give away the more it seems I have.

The Broncos are sucking big time and I am not even watching them.

I like my office, but today had to walk down 6 flights of stairs ( fire drill) so I am hurting tonight. No one can agree on the procedures we need to do before and after leaving our offices. this seems bizarre for a big entity like a school... when I was a fed we had a fire drill everyyear without fail and lots of plans.

Dogs and couch blankets are directly proportional in size... the smaller the dog... the more they want the biggest blanket on and off the couch.

this was fun.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

pics of purple belts

A late thanksgiving wish

We traveled to Topeka and Back - in snow on both ends, but had a lovely time with S's Dad and step-mom.
this was a non- kid year so they are with their other parents.
We had a wonderful meal and lots of R& R there.
I am happy to be home and back to my own bed. The older I get the less I want to sleep in others guest beds....
I am thankful this year, for many things....
My health
my Family
my church
a great job
lots of blessings
my peeps who read my blog.
Happy thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Way

People Who deal with Life generously and large-heartedly go on multiplying relationships to the end.

~Arthur Christopher Benson

This is on my friendship quote calendar for today... I hope that I can exemplify this in my life.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


What Your Handwriting Says About You
You are a fairly energetic person. You know how do pace yourself, and you deal well with stress.
You are very extroverted and outgoing. You are loving, friendly, and supportive. However, you are also manipulative and controlling at times.
You are balanced and grounded. You know how to get along well with others.
You need a bit of space in your life, but you're not a recluse. You expect people to give you a small amount of privacy, and you respect their privacy as well.
You are somewhat traditional, but you are also open to change. You listen to your head and your heart.
You are a decent communicator. You eventually get your point across, but sometimes you leave things a bit ambiguous.
What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Monday, October 29, 2007

been awhile...

There have been a few days of hard times for me, I am super busy at home and at work. And been tired alot, not sure if I am sleeping all that well ( I need a new silicone mask piece for my CPAP machine)
The Rockies didn't do very well - but I am very glad they made it to the series anyway.
the bronco's are doing just so so
I have been traveling to Colorado springs this week and last week.
I will try to catch up soon.....

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Karate Kids

saturday was a tournament for the Karate kids. Hh and SSD1 were in fine form and enjoyed their time to show what they know - each got a participation trophy and had a good time.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Brothers and others

this is a veiw from my window on Tuesday morning in Boulder - it was foggy, we don't get too much of this stuff.
My younger Brother aka Gg these days.. was here and we went to see Anne Lennox in Concert on tuesday night at the Macky auditorium in Boulder. What a performance, this lady is 52 and still going strong, she sang danced and generally had a great time. what acoustics in this venue and we all really loved it.

before the show we went to the Dushanbe Tea house and had wonderful tea.
it is so lovley there and full of cool stuff a feast for all the senses.

Hh joined us for the concert and had a great time too. here I am waving to all my blogger and friends and family. Kiss kiss time to go to bed .....

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Write whats on your mind meme

I cut this right out of scott's blog and pasted it here, only my answers are different.


1. My last relationship = the best one

2. I am listening to = Brad Paisley's new album

3. Maybe I should = call my friends more often

5. Chocolate is = my vice, but I love it.

6. I don't understand = why people lie

7. I have lost my respect for = ( this is really a hard one for me)

8. I last ate = bitty Quaker rice cakes witrh chocolate drizzed on them for 100 calories

9. The meaning of my display name = sounds like cutie or for the computer queue(line) and T for Tamara

11. Someday= Visit the effiel tower

12. I will always remember = Where I was on 9-11-01

13. Love = Love

14. My MySpace is = not my favorite, though I have one

15. Today = working, taking care of getting Gg back to Denver Tonight

16. Tomorrow = Vestry meeting- business to do

17. I get annoyed = by dirty dishes

18. Parties = are fun to give

20. Simple kisses = rock my world

21. Today was = o.k.

22. I wish = I had a lot more money in disposable income.

23. is your hair wet? yes, I walked and did the stairs at lunch

24. is your cell phone right near you? Yes

25. Do you miss someone? Yes I do

26. Are you wearing chap stick? nope , I don't often get too chapped even though we live in a very dry area

27. Are you tired? Yes - not enough sleep

28. Are you wearing pajamas? NO

29. Are you mad? as in crazy like and antelope? thn yes.

30. Are you upset? a bit, I got a bit of bad news last night

31. Is there a person who is on your mind right now? yup the news I got has them on my mind.

32. Do you have any siblings? yup 2 brothers

33. Do you want children? been there done that have the t-shirt

34. Do you smile often? all the time

35. Do you untie your shoes every time you take them off? Hell no

36. Do you like your handwriting? Yes I do

37. Are your toenails painted?: yes see a previous post for pictures

38. Are you a friendly person? People tell me I am

39. Whose bed other than yours do you sleep in? none.

40. What color shirt are you wearing? Beige/ cream

41. What were you doing at 2pm yesterday? trying to move along my work day

42. What can you not wait for? retirement Ha!

43. What's bothering you right now? J's behavior as always

44. Will you kiss the last person you kissed again? I have no doubts about that one.

45. Next time you will kiss someone? Today

46. What do you wear to bed? Not much.....

47. Do you remember your dreams? Not very often

48. What was the last text message you received? From S about J's behavior

49. What are you listening too at the moment? the phone

50. What have you learned recently? How much I like my life

Monday, October 15, 2007

My Name - is this

is this your name ?

My name is = 36% of the letters are vowels. Of one million first and last names we looked at, 47.7% have a higher vowel make-up. This means you are averagely envoweled.

Your 'Numerology' number is 2. If it wasn't bulls**t, it would mean that you are supportive, diplomatic, analytical, and play well with others. A team-player, you seek peace and harmony in a group. This is funny given my 2-2 connection all ready

According to the US Census Bureau°, 0.092% of US residents have the first name 'Tamara' and 0.007% have the surname 'Cr****ll'. The US has around 300 million residents, so we guesstimate there are 19 'Tamara 's with my last name.

little factoids - while watching the Rocks tonight.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

halloween thing

What Your Halloween Habits Say About You
You're a friendly person, but not the life of the party. You like making someone else's day - and you'll dress up if you think of a really fun costume.
You often feel invisible when you're in public. And it's a shame, because you're really quite a character.
Your inner child is full of wonder and very sweet.
You truly fear the dark side of humanity. You are a true misanthrope.
You're prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind... even if you don't admit it.
You are a total overachiever and workaholic. You're the type of person who plans their elaborate Halloween costume weeks in advance.

walking - tickets - stuff

Walking has made it to the top and here's why! It's virtually injury-free, will boost your energy level, help you "walk" away stress and burn calories more effectively as compared to running or sprinting. Experts are no longer promoting vigorous exercise to get fit. They are recommending walking for better health. More and more people are adopting it as the most popular form of exercise and combining it with other fitness programs and activities.
This is one of my " ticket items" a personal goal and i have to say I have been pretty successful in tracking my steps: cause here are my pedometer reports
To date you have taken 428,798 steps. This is about equal to: 214.4 miles (345.2 km)1st Day steps tracked: 3/20/2006 - so I am feeling pretty pumped by these numbers.
I have lost 15 lbs since starting my new job and adding my bus commute that includes about a mile of walking a day! YEAH its not huge but i feel better.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

It is scouts... and more

I have been a busy girl, I volunteered for scout duty at the Denver Area Camporee and I will have my first " crew" meeting wed- the 10th. I have scout pics on my Camera I haven't even downloaded in nearly a month, I have been scrapping my Wood badge adventures and will post them in electronic form too. NOt to mention all my duties at church and with the kids.

Monday, October 08, 2007

I have a bunch of blogs on my blogrolls

And There are lots of different folks to choose from, something for everyone. this happens to be from Trevor aaaaaaaaaat
Found in a fortune cookie: "Be kind, for eveyone you meet is fighting their battle too."

this touched me right there ( you know where your heart is?)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

hey- how about those Rockies!!

Rocktober is a kick'n time this year with the home team, beating out the padres ( sorry auntie Sunny! i know those are your guys) is it really possible that we could see a world series in Denver?? They are doing an awesome job- with a bunch of rookies.

We had an employee recognition luncheon today at work, it was awesome- and the boss kept us posted on the Rockies throughout. We really have baseball fever here. Even J who's not a big fan is caught up in watching the boys do well.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cherry Pie

Your Karaoke Theme Song is "Livin' On a Prayer"
You believe the best things in life are mostly forgotten, and you're definitely more than a little nostalgic .You're likely to still like the same foods, fashions, and music as you did when you were a teenager.
You have a knack for knowing what elements of pop culture people have missed, without them even realizing it.It's great to remember the past, but don't forget that not everyone is as stuck in it as you are.
You might also sing: "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Rapper's Delight," and "Cherry Pie"
Stay away from people who sing: "Toxic"

Monday, September 24, 2007

weather, chili and bambi

Today we had one of the greyest days I can remember - and Rain, wow and hail - yikes. I got to work a bit early, because we were having a fall chili cookoff and fun hour to team build at Lunch and I took my very famous secret ingredient chili. as I was going down the turnpike the rain started in earnest and by the time I was in front of the building... it was hailing and raining cats and dogs.

as for the chili- well you might have to dig in the archives to see what the secret ingredient is. But everyone loved it anyway!! It was the perfect day to eat chili and kick off fall. I made " silver spoon" awards for the best chili - the winner ( not me) got one with a blue ribbon. And a star bucks card.

the boys and S were disapointed that none of the chili made it back home. it was eaten and enjoyed.

we moved offices at work today, so I now have a more permanent home- but the phones are messed up and now no one has a key to thier own office. It is pretty funny. I went from two windows down to one that is a bummer-- but I got more wall space instead. so now I need to find a few things to take for my walls. I think I need a few plants too.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Green Belts

Hh an SSD1 made it to green belt in Karate at Seo's national Karate!! HH got a perfect attendance medal too. it gets a little more competitive and tougher from here.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Four leaf Clover

Joanna Campbell Slan is writing on a blog called Killer Hobbies and I found this article in the archives and wanted to link here for K8 because we did this this year on spring break. We found a bunch of four leaf clover and it was so fun that K8 actually found them too. It is all about your perspective on life. Luck is where you find it.

here is her point :
Here's the point: In finding four-leaf clovers, as in most of life, luck is where you find it--and it's all in the way you look at things.
Posted by Joanna Campbell Slan at Killer Hobbies

now my tootsies

I treated myself to a pedicure too. .... love this treat and the cute designs. this is not my usual color choice I like deep reds or brilliant purples so this is nice change pretty in pink.
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New hair cut is long in front shot and layered in back, the Hair dresser advised that the bangs newly cut in will not lay flat do to a " stupid cowlick" Hh chose and explained this is a Rihanna type of cut. you go girl ......
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these are Hh's new pedicured nails, as a treat after her Green belt Graduation she got hair and nails. a photo of Hair is next...
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Mad Greens

Interesting place to eat lunch, not far from my office in Boulder. Mad Greens I went there with a work mate and had a really yummy salad last week, today I had a Panini it was yummy too.

There are lots of place in Boulder with good eats because there are lots of pople to eat lots all day. Right across the street from My office is a great little italian place, and next door to that a bagel place, across the way a Thai Restarant that this same co-worker recomends we go too soon.... there is the tea house that we went to when my Brother was here a couple of summer's ago. Well I just have to save up my pennies and do lunch every once in a while.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What are we made of?

"We imagine we would be all right if a big crisis arose; but the big crisis will only reveal the stuff we are made of, it will not put anything into us." Oswald Chambers

Rebecca Sower had this quote on her web site today, and My girl Kate too! Seems a good thing to Meme them with it here too.
The two pictures above are New York, New york Las vegas style. but since I have never been to NY city proper these are the photos I have to remind me of the twin towers, The recent history of this event in our lives will touch us all for a long time. As I drove to work today I reflected on how much my life has changed in the 6 years that have gone by, but every year this aniversary marks a pivitol place in my life and that of my family. I didn't lose anyone I know of personnally that day, but all the lives lost touched my soul, the memorey as clear as if this happened last week not 6 years ago. My S lost his job, we went on a jaunt to SLC, UT the weekend after this happened on a Tuesday- it was a weird trip full of people on the roadways and in hotels and everywhere news on all the time. ( there were still no planes flying) Creepy in someways, end of days in someways. But we did survive as a nation, and that which didn't kill us made us all stronger. I think I have come out stronger on the other side. I think S would say so too. I know America has too.
Stay strong, and don't ever forget this day.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

whoops !! blogger thought I was done

Little did it know that I was less than done , when it posted the one liner below.

See I wanted to talk about Colorology and Colorstrology. These are my edge in the blogging world. It is a funny thing that my blog just get hit on hit for this title and subject matter. Pantone Colorstrology web site
My personal color is Orchid Hush - a kind of purple/grey
MOST PEOPLE born on this day are highly evolved. You have a sensitive nature that does not understand cruelty, greed or ugliness. Artistic and kind, you can be giving to a fault. Try not to be so hard on yourself. It is vital for you to express your creative talents and to surround yourself with people who honor and respect you. Your personal color helps you vibrate to your highest frequency. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Orchid Hush helps you stay magical and lighthearted as you build your dreams into visions of glory.


Go see for yourself - According to Michele Bernhardt, "Your birthday color may or may not be your favorite color, but it is a color designed to nurture the real you to recognize, celebrate and honor your own TRUE COLORS. While your color preferences may change as you evolve, your birthday color remains constant."

So I am shamlessly adding one more blogger hitable colorology link and reference. yeah me.

I am adding this to my wish list of birthday items LOL :)

for the love of Pete! !

Friday, August 31, 2007

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

how are those for some words for you?? expensive stuff, made from shellfish and I don't know what, meant to help with joints ( not the smoking kind) like knees.... Why you may ask am I talking about this?? Well this photo was taken moments before I fell on my knees, really landing on the right one full on. It got pretty swollen, though the nurse on duty gave me great care and they brought me ice and we elevated and rested for the next two days they drove me most places so I didn't have to hike, but in the end I had a big big purple bruise, so I gave in and went to my Kaiser Doc.... well he took and x-ray..... and I really hadn't messed up anything to badly.
he offered to give me some pain meds, but I declined and decided to take my advil and get on with moving and staying active ( scince I had already been on it for a week at that point).
So to make this long story even longer, a few days went by and I get an e-mail. well low and behold I have arthitis in my knee read by the x-ray doctor , I have had it for a while. SO... one of the recomendations was the above combination of dietary suppliments not a cheap fix but if it works great, i can least try it and see if I get a little relief. :)

Monday, August 27, 2007

new altered project

My newest fun altered project, this is a BE brand desk file holder/sorter I used the wild asparagus line of paper "tres jolie" the front frames are a k and Company Marcella line metal frame, and in the outside frames are dementional susan branch stickers. I used acrylic paints and semi luster mod podge to preserve it and add a nice shiney finish. but the paper is what really makes this a pretty project.


the Boulder turnpike , I usually have been taking the bus, but this day I drove with traffic. love those blue colorado skys.
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1st day of school, last year of elementary

sad and Happy for me as a mom, the last one to be in elementary and the 1st day of a new school year.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

School's in

Can you believe it my girlly girl is off to 6th grade this year? the last of the kids at home and now the last one in elementary school. She is very excited to go back to school, it has been a long boring summer for her.
She and SSD1 have gone to karate twice a week and that has been good for her. But she is ready to go DO something.
The boys are starting tomorrow too. I'll be looking forward to a little occupation all around. SSD1 is going to go to the technical school again and the last semester for him he will be there full time. I think he really is looking forward to that. He is in the culinary arts program. J has deceided to continue with public school ( I think some of his peers actually shamed him into it) so we will see how and when this will change.
SSD2 is going to be in 10th grade and is doing well, we look for him to be in the basketball program again this year. He is telling eveyone he wants braces, but I think a doctor or dentist visit to sit still and have some one give you pain is more than he really can wrap his brain around.
My Job is GREAT!!!!! I can hardly believe it has bee a little more than a month. I have already given 3 new employee benefits orientations. I am going to a convocation on thursday- should be interesting. I was told it is something fun especially if you are an alumni too.
so enough catching up, will try to post up HH tommorrow sometime.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


Here I am at the end of the course - beaded and ready to go back to Gilwell ,happy land, I am going to work my ticket if I can !
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A combined church service at the Chapel at Tahosa

Looking out over the lake.
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nothing but blue sky

can you believe what a glorious morning this was? these are skys that you will only see in the mountains, so blue and crisp.

this is the Wood badge flag of Troop 1 antelope patrol had the flag ceremony this day ( saturday morning)
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I am back

Me at Wood Badge 2nd Weekend. This was the first morning, so I look pretty good here! Later I had a couple of good spills and managed to really mess up a knee. But I did things I didn't think I could, I am challanging my self to do other things I didn't think I would and I can't wait. :)
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