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July 1, 2005

Can I go to Brazil?

My head is pounding. Not a good way to start the day. C's birthday swim party is tonight and I have done nothing to prepare other than invite people. I think he is old enough now to call around and confirm if people are coming or not. I'll get him going on that when I break for lunch today.

I am really excited about the party. I love getting together with friends and watching kids have a good time is a cure for about anything. I am a little concerned that one of C's buddies isn't going to make it due to some weird family dynamics. I normally stay out of stuff that doesnt concern me but I thought a lot about it last night and dammit, I'm going in if necessary. I hope it wont be becauses I get quite passionate about these things. By passionate I mean fired up. By fired up I mean loud. Loud = stupid. Dear Lord, please let this work out without me having to get stupid. heh.

I will elaborate more on this later when I have time but for now, if you have extra change burning a hole in your pocket, go to http://www.dropcash.com/campaign/justlisa/brazil_or_bust and do a good deed for the day, won't ya? Thank you SOOO much to my online friends for helping kick this thing off and being most generous. The world really is full of good people.

July 2, 2005


Thanks to everyone who has pitched in so far. We're just over a quarter of the way there. Eva is getting so excited and her excitement is certainly contagious.

Last night's swimming party went fabulously well. All of the invited kids, except two, showed up. I had hoped that all the parents would hang around and swim too but most of them had to go tend to other things. Ah well, I got in the water and was sprayed on multiple occasions with water guns. While in the water. I don't get that. I'm already in the water. I cannot get any wetter. Yet it's great fun to spray me and splash me apparently. Kids are weird.

Emily is trying to talk her dad into going swimming again today. She is so funny. She tells me she loves me a lot but her dad only hears that when she wants something. "Daddyyyy.. I love you." and then she pours out her heart or at least her requests. Hopefully her heartfelt pleadings will get us to the rodeo tonight.

July 3, 2005

Give me sugar!

Since I quit smoking two years ago, I've gained quite a bit of weight and therefore try to watch what I eat. As a smoker, I could eat anything and still be ten pounds underweight. Not so anymore.

As I have experimented with my diet over the months, I make a mental checklist of what works and what doesn't. Something in my diet was making my stomach bloat up like a 7th month pregnancy and I could not figure out what it was. One day I did a google search - not sure what magic word combo I used but it had to do with bloat. I was half convinced I had cervical cancer until I found a couple of sites about sorbitol and sucralose. Both of these are sugar compounds that have had their molecular structure altered somehow so that they supposedly are sugarfree. They are found in diet sodas so I quit drinking Pepsi Edge and the daily bloat went away. I still had it occasionally and traced that to various sugarfree gums.

This week I had a bout and searched my desk for the culprit. Altoids chewing gum. Crossed that off the list of acceptable things to shove in the mouth. This evening my gut bloated up huge again so I turned the house upside down looking for what it might it be. There was a partial pack of Eclipse Polar Ice gum on Todd's reloading bench and I'd chewed two pieces of it. Got on the Wrigley's website and sure enough, add that to the list too. I guess I can either keep gaining weight or I can bloat up with air. Bloating up with air is quite painful so bring on the sugar!!

July 4, 2005

Mark the time... 8:25AM

I am "unbreaking" my comments page. I have nothing better to do besides a parade, a picnic, a rodeo, and hook up with my out of town cousins. This is in addition to the dishes, laundry, and general housekeeping that follows a 3-kid weekend. I surely have time in there to clean up 1,000 spam comments. Let's just see how long it takes before the first 200 hit. Ready... set... go!

Update: It took 21 minutes for the spam to roll in. Comments are off again.

Another holiday come and gone

First off, if you haven't given to the Brazil or Bust campaign, please consider.


I have a great picture of Eva and two of the kids. Maybe I'll post it tomorrow if she and her mother do not care.

Okay, to the holiday. I cleaned house and did some laundry. Christopher rode with his baseball team in the parade. Todd worked. The End.

That pretty much sums it up. If a holiday doesn't fall on the weekend, Todd doesn't get it off. My cousins are back from Indiana this week so C's dad was nice enough to let C. come home early today to spend time with our family. It's scary when he is nice but seriously, I do truly appreciate no matter what the reasoning.

July 6, 2005


It's been over two years since I smoked so why do I still want one really bad? Today the cravings are bad enough that I know I need to totally avoid my friends who smoke.

I hate being grouchy. If you encounter me today, wave and run.

West Nile

If West Nile exists in our neighborhood, then I surely have it. My friend Lisa came over tonight and we took a walk then we started cutting little mulberry trees out of the big evergreen tree. That's how things happen here. One minute we could be washing windows and the next tilling up a garden spot we hadn't even talked about previously.

Continue reading "West Nile" »

July 17, 2005

Vacation is over

Short version of a very long, pathetic story about two people who cannot catch a break...

Were gonna go to Tennessee but Hurricane Dennis broke up into rain / t-storms in that area so we decided to stay closer to home and just roam around through some state parks. First one had a fish kill a couple of years ago, second one had so much grass you could walk across the water but you sure couldn't launch a boat, third one was a ski lake so sitting on a fishing boat was like being on a rollercoaster. By Wednesday we had done nothing but six hours or so of driving each day and getting nothing accomplished.

Back home again in time to go visit Christopher at his boy scout camp. As I suspected, he was fine and actually a little put off that I showed up after I'd said I wouldn't. We drove five hours from his camp to get as far down into Missouri as we could. Got up the next morning and hit Bass Pro Shops. Quick four hour drive back home and to bed. Fished our favorite pond on Friday (which we should've just done all along).

Saturday morning got the kids and decided to go camping. 100 degrees. No breeze. Yeah, let's camp. Sweat bees were stinging us all day and we were literally caked with a film from sweating and tromping around in dust. It's been a long time since it's rained around here. Gritty is the word.

Packed up this afternoon and got home in time to do all of C's camp laundry, our laundry, build a railroad tie wall for our driveway, construct a new flower bed, can some peppers, and a few other things. No one said I was smart but I have heard people say I am a hard worker. HA!

Now we can go back to work and rest.

July 23, 2005

I've been tagged

A certain Iowa bear tagged me to do this so here goes:

1. If you were a celebrity, what kind would it be (movies, tv, literature, crime, etc)?

Singer. I love to rap but I think giving my looks and midwestern twang, I'd probably better stick to being a country singer.

2. Which other celebrities would you make a concerted effort to try and be around?

Madonna. Cuba Gooding, Jr. Dustin Hoffman.

3. Which other celebrities would you avoid like the plague?

Anyone even remotely like Gilbert Godfrey.

4. Which celebrities would you date?

Keith Urban. John Mellencamp.

5. What would be your “Celebrity Cause”?

Raising money to find a cure for leukemia.

6. Since celebs always get off, what crime(’s) would you commit?

I guess I'd have to go with Mama Bear on her crusade to smack people who need it.

7. What would be the name of your tell-all book?

Yup, I Heard Ya'.

8. Tag 3 people to do this poll.


9. Link to the post that tagged you.

This Bear Bites

July 24, 2005

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers

Back when I was first married to C's dad and thought playing Betty Crocker might be the secret to a happy marriage, I used to have a big garden and I'd snap beans, shell peas, husk corn, can tomatoes and pickles, etc. in the summer heat. Then I got real and discovered sweating in a 100 degree kitchen made no one happy.

For some reason I began to miss gardening and the satisfaction of eating something I'd raised myself. This year we planted a small garden behind the new garage. Mostly it's a pepper patch. I think there are 18 plants bearing 5 different varieties of peppers. 4 cucumber plants, 1 acorn squash, 4 eggplant and 10 tomato plants keep the peppers company. The acorn squash was mine alone and it was so beautiful. Someone/thing stepped on it right as the squash began to take shape so no squash for me.

The eggplants and rainbow peppers were acquired by Christopher but I don't believe he's even seen the garden since the first watering. They are looking a little frail from this godforsaken heat but the peppers, Todd's peppers, they are coming on like gangbusters back there. Cucumbers and tomatoes are also producing a bumper crop. This will be my third weekend of slicing, dicing, and canning. Today I am trying a refrigerator pickle recipe. It's over 100 degrees outside so pardon me if I don't heat up the kitchen by boiling insane amounts of water.

My grandma used to make the best sweet pickles but the process was like being chained to the kitchen. I think they took 7 days and I remember we couldn't go anywhere or do anything because there were cucumbers in various stages of the process every day for what seemed like forever. The end result was so good that I'd eat a quart at a time while watching cartoons.

My aunt gave me the recipe in my grandma's handwriting when grandma passed but I wasn't gifted with her patience. 7 days is just too long to baby a pickle along. Maybe when I get to be a grandma I'll give it a go. Right now I doubt my boss would understand if I told him it was time to take the plate off the pickles in the crisper and stir them around.

July 26, 2005


The hellish heat from the past couple of weeks has finally broken and there is a gentle rain falling. I am more tired today than I have been in years. It's the perfect kind of morning to retreat back under the covers. Unfortunately, I am needed in the land of the gainfully employed so I must slam a Pepsi, power up with some Cheetos, and give my body another half hearted apology for the crap I put it through.

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