Archive for July, 2008


July 30, 2008

I know, it’s been entirely too long since I last posted. I’ve had tons of stuff I’ve wanted to blog about, but just no time. We’ve had my sister and niece visiting for the last three weeks. For now I will just give a quick update. The Tour de France is over and I can now go through the day without having to catch up on my bike racing! I won’t go into all the details, but again the Tour did not disappoint and I can’t wait for next year. Look for some of my favorite riders at the Olympics next month!

Soon I will be back to a more regular posting schedule. You can look forward to posts about: swim class, diving boards, visiting with my sis, weaning & knitting!


Rebel Zeal

July 13, 2008

So – Jay’s gotten quite engaged in the Star Wars universe lately. It’s been fun to play lightsabers out in front of the house, watch the first two movies, and read the storybooks (see photo below).

Star Wars Storybook

Star Wars Storybook

Today he insisted on wearing a shirt I bought him last year at Star Wars’ 30th Anniversary Celebration, despite that it is several sizes too large. It depicts the rebel alliance logo above Luke, Han, Yoda, Obi Wan, and Chewbacca, notably leaving out Leia, Wedge Antilles, Mon Mothma and other long-suffering rebels.

This got me to thinking – if I were a rebel leader, working alongside Leia and the others, how annoyed would I be at these ‘johnny-come-lately-ies’ usurping power and glory for their hard-fought victories at Yavin and Endor? Sure they did their part, but they were a bit late to the party, weren’t they?

Obi Wan and Yoda disappeared for 18 years following the Jedi purge, Han and Chewbacca were merely smugglers in the right place at the right time, and Luke was a farm boy on a planet so far removed from the center of the galaxy to have proven to be insignificant in the eyes of the empire! Leia, her (adopted) father, Mon Mothma and hundreds of others worked under threat of dying as traitors for years before these bozos all showed up. And who gets the medals at the end of a Ep. IV: A New Hope? Luke, Han and Chewie!! Why not Wedge Antilles? He supported Luke in his destruction of the Death Star and survived the battle – where’s HIS medal? And don’t even get me started on Lando and Death Star II…

Granted – this sort of inner rivalry within the Rebellion has not been a subject of any SW story that I’ve seen. But, I’m just sayin’….

High Diving Jay

July 9, 2008

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Today Jay did the high dive! He was so proud of himself and so were we! I don’t know that I’d be so brave to go off that high dive.


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Swim Class 2008

July 8, 2008

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With the season of swim class upon us, what better life can a 5 year old possibly have? Swim class in the morning, playing all day long, light saber “fights” with daddy in the evening, and popsicles to  top the day off!

Caffeine-Free Mike

July 6, 2008

Coffee & Me

So on June 27, I took a step towards healthiness and decided to stop drinking caffeine. Many more steps are to follow, I’m sure. But I saw a friend take this step and thought it would be manageable for me as well.

It’s not really a big step, as I’ve been drinking Caffeine-free Diet Coke at home and whenever available at restaurants (thank you, Corner Bakery!) for years. But at Starbucks and all other restaurants, finding I always chose the caffeinated versions of Mochas and Diet Cokes.

And yes, I realize that chocolate also has caffeine… step at a time…

A Long Time Ago at a High School Far, Far, Away

July 6, 2008

\Ok – so La Habra is just a few miles away from Placentia, so that’s not quite true.

In any case, a couple weeks ago, close to 100 grads from Sonora High School’s Class of ’88 held our 20-year Reunion. It was great fun to see faces I hadn’t seen in 10 or 20 years and see who had changed and who hadn’t. Oddly – it was the men who had changed the most. The women all looked great – some better than when they were 18!
For me – it was also a great chance to reconnect with old friends and discover what other Raiders had accomplished since we sauntered across the stage at the La Habra football stadium. Sheryl and I decided to attend without our spouses for two reasons – first, neither wanted to come if the other wouldn’t be there, and second, tickets were close to $100 each! We sat at one of the committee tables with other planners Brent and Kate, Kevin, Sheryl, Dior and Heather. 

The most embarrassing moments of the evening were, naturally, my fault. I was asked to emcee the evening and in a moment of weakness, I agreed. Early into the program, we had planned to take a moment of silence to honor the memories of our two classmates who have passed. They are, for the record, Julie Smither and Jill Christopher. Julie passed away during the summer before our junior year and Jill more recently due to cancer.

As I introduced the beautiful memorial that had been set up near the back of the meeting space, I mistakenly asked attendees to honor the memory of Julie Smither and Jill Dennison. Of course, Jill Dennison (still very much alive) was about 30 feet away from me at the moment I pronounced her early passing…She very quickly (and loudly) proclaimed her health and continued existence (in a monty python-esque “I’m not dead yet..” exclamation)-, to which I was barely able to blunder through a correction and direct attendees to the back of the hall. All laughed and the moment was recovered, but I felt terrible for both Jills.

The second most embarrassing moment was during the contests. As with most reunions, we offered door prizes and ribbons to the ‘mosts’. We offered prizes for married longest, most children, traveled from furthest away, longest raider friendships and most recent baby. Of these, one of my closest high school buds, won for most children AND most recent addition. She was mortified and asked that someone else win the second recognition. I gave this to someone claiming to be Mark Peña, who later turned out to be an imposter. For the record, I lost by three months, as Kellen was four months old and the winning addition had arrived in early May.Karin & Sheryl

Ultimately, I believe these blunders were my subconscious attempt to assure that they won’t ask me to emcee any future reunions….

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summer loves

July 1, 2008

I’ve picked my summer project! This year, I’m knitting a blanket for Kellen.  I took a photo of my beginning rows, but am really to lazy right now to transfer the picture to the computer and upload! Last summer I made my first quilt and really enjoyed it. Then in the fall I made a baby quilt for Eileen’s baby Gracie. Since then I haven’t been doing many projects, except that I did finish my 2007 scrapbook album. (Well, I’m still working on getting the journaling done, but I expect to get that done by July 26th when I’m going to the Summer Sizzle workshop with Gina Stary! Check it out here!)  

Any whoo, I digress! My Aunt Pat sent me a knitting pattern and I got my yarn and materials and just started last night. I’ll post pictures when it’s finished.

I decided this summer I’m not going to can jelly like I have the past two years. I love canning, and it really is super easy, but with the baby and swim class and being TIRED, I’m letting myself off the hook! So for those of you that were looking forward to your jar of jelly at Christmas . . . you’ll have to wait a little bit.

For those of you who really know me, you’ll know that my obsession with the Tour de France bike race seems to not make sense. I really can’t explain why I love it so much either. I’m not athletic, I don’t go on bike rides, and I don’t follow the sport during the year. I got into it when it was Lance Armstrong’s last year, and every year I tune in again. All this to say, the race starts July 5th and is 3 weeks long! I will be TiVo-ing it like before and watching.  My favorite rider is George Hincapie and I hope his team (Team Columbia) does well! Look forward to posts regarding the race in the future.

Off to knit before I drop off to sleep!

Oh, one more thing . . . Mike recently went to his 20 year high school reunion! When he gets home from San Antonio, I’ll have him post some pictures! My 20 year reunion is this month! I guess that means we must be grown-ups now. Go class of ’88!