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    Special Sauce….

    Why is it so hard to like yourself? Is there some reason why people have such a hard time accepting compliments? Why do we try to find the best in other people but turn around and refuse to believe anything good about ourselves? And of course, when I’m saying ‘we’ I mean ‘me’….. This is my new knowledge quest….I want to appreciate me. The Christmas Insanity is in full swing. Parties and events etc out the ying-yang. It gets more than a little crazy. On the other hand, it’s a great excuse to get together with good friends you haven’t seen for awhile and eat too much. We had a…

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    time flies when…..

    Wow….Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas is right around the corner and I think I see 2003 over my shoulder. I had a great time during Thanksgiving. I went to see Rhoda is Seattle area. She picked me up from the airport about 10 am Thanksgiving morning. When we got to her house, I went straight to bed since I hadn’t slept in 24 hours or so and I totally missed the big dinner but I hear it was great. She saved me some leftovers, which are the best part anyway, and they tasted great since I was completely over the airsickness by that point. My ankle was only swollen…

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    Here we go again…..

    A new week. *sigh* I feel a little trepidation for the holidays. I don’t have any money coming in yet and the kids are coming for a week and I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to give them this year present wise. I’m trying to look at it as a great opportunity to help them grow into the next phase of Christmas : giving instead of getting, but only part of me is that grown-up. The rest of me wants to spend a million dollars and buy them everything in the world. I did get to see the kids for about 15 minutes on Saturday. It was so…

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    for the birds….

    Today I looked out my living room window and saw a most peculiar thing. In preface to this little story, I should tell you that my home is now at the top of a small mountain. (I would call it a big hill but that might hurt its’ feelings.) The Santa Ana’s have been blowing through the area and at the top of this little mountain I live on, we get some wonderful gusts for a few hours every day or so. The patio umbrellas have blown over, taking with them the table a time or two, but all in all I can’t complain about the wind as a factor…

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    It's been a busy week and weekend.

    so. It’s been a busy week and weekend. But it was awesome. My kids came down and spent time with me. It was SO great to see them! We went and saw the new Harry Potter movie, to lunch and had the best bread sticks in the whole world at Pat Oscars and then to the Zainy Brainy store to check out all the new cool stuff. My boyfriend came along and it was just a great day. I wish I could have had more time with the kids but some is better than none and December will bring with it a whole week that I get to spend with…

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    can i help you with that ma'am?

    When did I turn into a ma’am? Last time I checked the mirror I swear I was only 19 or so….. But somehow, I’ve traveled over that bridge (or murky swamp) into adulthood. Gee, it took me long enough to figure that out since really I’m almost 32 and my oldest child is starting high school next year. But still, it takes me by surprise when the bagger at the grocery store calls me ma’am. Remember when you were the cool young person at the family reunion? One of the cool people, along with the other cool teenagers in the family….so cool it was hard to even stay in the…

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    loving my life

    I’m finding I love my life right now. It’s kind of amazing. Yes, I love my life. This is a new thing for me. Of course there are things I would change if I could, like, seeing my kids more often and having less stress at work, but all in all I feel very blessed, cared for and looked after. I have so many things to be grateful for that I wouldn’t even know where to start if someone wanted an itemized list. My stuff from storage will be here on Sunday. I’m excited to see all my old crap again. It’s my crap. I’ve missed it. I had a…

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    in the HOUSE

    So I’m moving in the house this weekend. I love this house. Did I mention that already? I feel like I’m sleeping in a tree house. The view is incredible. It’s so nice to have my own space again. The bulk of my stuff will be showing up next Sunday. My roommate, Craig, has at least 2 entire households of furniture and kitchen paraphernalia to his name, most of which is already in the house, so I think I’ll be fine. It was fun getting to know him a little through watching how he reacted to the stresses of moving with his friend ‘helpers’ that don’t really help all that…

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    homeless and moving……

    I can’t wait until I’ve found my home and moved into it. Through the generosity of my friends and family, I have had a roof over my head from week to week and haven’t had to spend even one night outside in my car. I have been super blessed. I do have the best family and friend network ever. Although I’m just a bundle of fun to be with and anyone in their right mind would want me for a house-guest, I can tell when my welcome is wearing on the thin-ish side purely from the days-at-one-place formula. If I’ve been able to use the same towel for more than…

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    my weekend

    I have been missing my family SO MUCH this weekend. Yeesh! Not just my kids, although that would have been enough, but also my brothers and sisters. I’ve talked to all of my siblings except 2 and my yearning for familial contact has almost been quenched….and I should be alright at least until Thanksgiving weekend when I hope to see some of them. It’s so nice to live closer to my kids. I hope to see them much more than I was able to this last year. They are all growing up so fast. Went to see White Oleander for the second time today. It brings up tons of emotions.…

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    One week down…how many to go?

    This week was GREAT! Who knows how often I’m going to get to say that, so I thought I’d put it in bold. I really did like this past week and I’m finding I really like working with numbers and loans etc. And I feel smart and that’s never a bad thing. The guy I work with who is the broker is the most honest guy I’ve ever met in the finance world or just about anywhere except my mom who isn’t a guy so maybe that doesn’t count anyway…. Went and looked at Ford F-150’s today. Loved a dark gray one. I just might go back and get it.…

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    The CURSE of the CAR

    dun….dun….dun…..! Our story begins a few months back when our heroine was spending an afternoon conversing with friends. It was an innocent conversation. There was no foreshadowing that day that could have possibly prepared her for her CAR being STOLEN! dun….dun……dun……! And yet, there it wasn’t, right not where she had parked it only scant minutes before. At first she was surprised. Then flabbergasted. Then unsure as she thought she may have parked it somewhere else and just forgot. It happens. After walking up and down the street a few times and looking like a deranged, forgetful idiot (which some say she looks like more often than just then, but…

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