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Winter Wonderful Weekend

Joey hated it all but loved the way it ended.

I had been waiting anxiously for this Christmas Desserts since August. Something my church has been doing the past 12 years in the beginning of December. What I love to do, what pulses my heart and I literally dream about… planning and organizing big events.

I love planning and organizing. I love crunching time to get something done and trying to have the end product be perfect. I even love being so busy that I forget to eat or sit down. Granted I don’t love it so much when I’m hungry and my feet are killing me late at night ; ).

The crunch started last Sunday, calling all the volunteers and getting them preped for the weekend coming. Praise the Lord that so many people decided to help. I was blessed with 2 men who were new to the church, Ron and David. Both retired and willing to give me their whole weekend. They worked so hard for me and for the Lord. I could not say thank you enough.

I also had the pleasure of working with Shayla and Lisa. No way could the weekend have been so perfect without them. Lisa was my coffee and kitchen nazi. Never once were we short on hot coffee. Praise the Lord. Shayla was in charge of our youth volunteers. She kept them calm and occupied. She gave them all specific tasks and kept them working. We defiantly used up all our volunteers’ potential and they were all willing to give it all to us.  Shayla even introduced the concept of walkie talkies so we could do more without all the running about. Praise the Lord.

We started on Wednesday setting and preping. Thursday was our test day even though we had a show. I asked all the volunteers to be there at 3 for the 6pm show and from their hard work, we had an hour to kill. So Friday, I had them all come an hour late, and we had 45 minutes to spare. We all worked so hard that every show we had time to spare.

Even in the biggest crunch.

Sunday was the day of all the days. 14 hours of a constant going. It only took 9 people to remind me to eat. ; )

After 2nd service, I had 2 hours to tear down and set up. 4 hours of work in 2.  The performers, my volunteers and the church pulled together and 25 minutes later, I was just about done. Granted a tray of coffee cups were dropped but hey, that I can say was honestly the worst thing to have happened all weekend. I had volunteers who carried out my OCD and helped make perfection.

The way I see it, you’re paying $16 for a seat. Thats 2 desserts, decaf coffee and a great show.  For that $16, I will make sure that every fork is in the place I want it and not a single crumb is on your plate. A little crazy but it all looks wonderful when the doors open.

Than after the first show, I had one hour and twenty minutes to do 3 hours of work and all the thanks again to the performers and my volunteers, I had 42 minutes of down time within that hour and twenty to be shocked and dazed that we were done and set to open the doors. It was amazing. Lisa and I could not believe it. Sunday was Perfect; Every table, all the volunteers, the show and the feeling I had all day long.

I was tired when I got home last night at 10 but almost sad that it was over. Not once did I want it to be over, I just wanted to be enveloped by it all and I still had more in me.

I admit, there were times when I was frustrated but it was only a bump. My strength around me kept my head on straight. Joey was a phone call away to share his smile, Erin was beside me to allow me to vent,  Aunt Barb was always encouraging, and RockStar was always close by.

I had a wonderful weekend, simply wonderful…

…and all I wanted was to sleep in on Monday.

I knew I had to take Joey into work at 6am but I had every intention to sleep for the rest of the morning.

That all went out the window when Joey comes running and yelling

 “KAT!!!! KAT!!!!”

My mexican from Los Angeles was so excited that 7 inches of snow was laying so delicately on the road. I was dead tired but Joey didn’t have to go to work so we stood in the cold staring at it.

 

At no point during the weekend did I get to spend any time with Joey but I got the whole day to be with my hubby. I slept until 7:30 but woke up with coffee and layering sweats. We walked down the streets, holding hands enjoying the snow and chill.

We packed up some extra clothes and headed to Erin’s to have snow fights with the kids and a great morning with Erin and Harold. After being jumped on by Jojo Beans a good dozen times and the sun came out, we headed home and I finally got to sleep in with my mexican. With the heater warming the house, I snuggled with Joey and slept for 4 hours. Even better was the fact that the snow had NOT melted and it was great outside. We ordered some mexican and cozied on the sofa. My perfect day ending a great week(end).

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Our Christmas List

 

 

 

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I hope that you don’t think this is too vain. Posting a christmas list as a blog and all, but this way, it’s out there and I don’t have to think about it. 

Kathryn’s

coffee maker

twilight saga books

iPod (or just plain ol MP3)

cute purse(as if I would ask for an ugly one)lol

Joey’s

All white Kswiss (size10)

or All white Addidas

video games:(xbox 360)

modern warfare 2 call of duty

dj hero

fifa soccer 2010

Ncaa football 2010

godfather 2

the garcia’s

video camera

clothes  (via gift card)

gas card

 

 

so as I wrote this out, I tried to remember what we asked for last year and what we actually got last year. I don’t remember a lot other than it was the first time I got a gas card (from my sis) and it was so perfect. Gotta love the simplicity.

Now obviously, we dont NEED anything. I know the economy has effected everyone and have no expectations. We just love the holiday times and together this will be our forth, 2nd with a tree!!! The quality of our christmas is not determined by the stuff under it.

a moment to do nothing

i get that.

just one moment.

no cleaning

no argueing

no joking

no planning

no deciding

just

be silent

listen

no one around

be grateful im not sick or homeless

.

i can if i want,

stand up and dance

*drive to the river

do bible study (which Im behind on,,, opps)

take a nap

call old friends

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With nothing to stress over this moment,

Im free

completely and totally

free

.

my energy isn’t low but not bouncing.

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so I think for this free moment

I will lay here and listen to my random thought and the (christmas)music in my house.

 

but in a couple of moments, I need to get on my bible study before tomorrows group….

K; )

I NEED YOUR HELP

joeys monster

I need your help.

This weird little toy is a My Pet Monster

This was Joey’s favorite toy as a kid. Handcuffs and all.

I know, weird. Or at least weird from my perspective.

He really wants one. Really really. I can find them online but I not someone to order from the internet. too many bad experience

If you have one, or seen it at Target or something, let me know. Help me out. I would love to see my mexican with this random toy.

My Pet Monster

joeys monster

“Fallin”

mmcc Every season its something different.Summer was a beach chair, a book, and small lunch down my the river for an hour or two.Right now it’s sitting in candle light with the heat of the lap top on my legs and music choice on the tvMy tv provider Wave has a set of channels of strictly music. I put it to channel 902 and surf. Eventually I end up just laying down not even on the internet, just like the heat of it.Than songs that I like/love come on and all my attention is to me singing (and sometimes dancing) to that song, than rewinding my TV and singing it another 8 or 9 times.So right now, I finished cleaning and Joeys over somewhere watching sports, candles are on, im on the internet and I cant stop singing Fallin by alicia keys.

And lord know I can’t sing it like her, but I damn sure try

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Hairy Proposal

meI love my hair. I finally have it at a length I love. However I despratly need a trim.

I can never just do a trim so Im opening up a deal to who ever takes me seriously.

If you pay for a nice salon visit, I will do what ever you want me to do to it

EXCEPT for bald or short short.

Anything you want. Any color, and style.

Shoot your idea, I’ll post pictures if anyone takes me seriously….

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I need to be here! I need to be where it is cold. I need to not be in my apartment right now.

I just might… ugh… do something… Im so upset.

I just got word that the owners will not be replacing it for another 2 – 3 weeks while I have to just sit here in the 90 degree apartment.

I just don’t think I can believe it. That someone would be willing to let someone else just sit in nasty heat. That’s what gets me mad and I probably do it to myself. If I had a car, I would go somewhere and just be. If I had money I would check into a hotel.

But this makes me think, what did people do a thousand years ago? When it got to be so hott and there was no ac. I often hear people say when their cell phone breaks, “What did people do before cell phones, I can’t function”

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Just want to say that I feel when it’s coming down on me. It’s really coming down on me. Even in great things hide it for a day.

Wordless Wednesday

(on tuesday since I wont be home tomorrow)

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Positive Post Tuesday

So what if I put a positive spin on something I’m not to fond of, will it make it better? Let’s try… 

 

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It’s cold outside. Maybe just to me, but it’s cold.

I don’t do cold, but I also don’t do hot. So this will be my starting point.

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Thank the Lord it’s cold outside.

The chill in the air brings about so many wonderful things.

Candles come out and burn out in days making my home smell so inviting and delicious. Blankets wrap tightly around my body keeping me warm. Holidays are always just around the corner bringing yummy food and conversations with people you don’t talk to that often.

Now I hate it when I’m cold at night but I love being able to snuggle up to my husband and warm up. I hate that minute before the shower when your exposed and freezing, but I love the hour I take in the shower after.

I would choose winter over summer any day.

In the summer, the sun forces your day to go on and sweat. In the winter, you can stay cozy all day long and be productive. You can turn your oven on and make yummy treats. My PG&E bill is less in the winter than summer.

As much as I hate the times when I’m really cold, there is no denying that its wonderful.

Now that I feel better about the cold, I just realized it not winter yet. It’s only fall. Darn….

; )K