Friday, October 24, 2014

Project Life Thursday (A Day Late :) )


 Aaand, here is my Project Life post-a day late. My sinuses were KILLING ME yesterday. I really, really hate allergies this time of year.

  Anyway, here is my Project Life layout for the week. This is December 2012. I sold my crafts at one event and went to see some popular Christmas light displays in my area. Top right is a neighborhood in my city that puts up Sparkleballs every December. It's beautiful to see each year. The bottom photos were of a housing development in a neighboring city that REALLY celebrates the Christmas season in style.



  Simple. Done. Not perfect, but I like it nonetheless. 

 Next week's post will show wrong sized photos made right in my Project Life pockets. Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Online Dating: Not For The Faint of Heart

 I've mentioned before that I tried out the free dating site Ok Cupid last year. An acquaintance suggested it after meeting his now fiancee on there. I figured hey, why not?

 HAHAHAHA!!!!

 I've shared the stories before, but I've never met so many weirdos in all my life. My neighbor (who found her boyfriend on Match.com) was telling me about another free site. Guys I met on Ok Cupid would also talk about it, calling it a meat market. A free meat market.

 Curious me decided to look at said Web site recently. I set up a free profile-which garnered me some interesting pictoral responses. Interesting is my key word for not wanting to scream. Let's just say that meat market was an accurate term... I've edited the photos slightly but want to share some of the non-pornographic, interesting ones I've seen-along with my narrative. :)


"Oooh baby. You got into an accident. You so fine!"


I just could not show the eyes. I couldn't. Why on earth would any guy show this picture?? Questions abound though. Did he get knocked out? Was he drunk too? Inquiring minds!

He was male....



 I could go on and on here with the material I have, which is sad-and gave me a good laugh. Needless to say, I was done after receiving the 50th penis photo. Yes, I saw so many penises that it was amazing! And not in a good way! Hahaha! 

 I've been to a few weddings where couples have met online-through EHarmony. They're nice, normal couples who have very solid marriages and are having kids now. As other single friends have said to me though, that site costs. I'm not feeling like I want to pay to potentially meet someone right now. 

 Until then, I'll just delete said free profile and try to rid my mind of that little blue dress. (SHUDDER!)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Project Life Thursday


 And so, we're at another Project Life entry. :) This was obviously March 2012. The shamrock paper is from my stash of patterned paper. I printed out the photo of the annual Art Walk anniversary my city does and stuck it in there too. The photos are from the front yard of a retired high school biology teacher who literally covers his yard in tulips every Spring. It's a site to see-and photograph!

 And this took me no time at all to do! I loved it! 

Aging parents: the humor, the sadness, life


Not me :) (Source)



 My parents are getting to that point where their age is setting in.

 Dad is 79. Mom is 76. I've sat through doctor's appointments with Dad, gone with him to pick out hearing aids and take him to get his heart medication. I've taken Mom to the hospital for cataract surgery and will take her shortly for another test where they'll get her loopy and I'll be driving her home.

 My patience is being tested more. I get easily irritated by them, but I also see the humanity there too. I remember my poor grandma who died at 87-heart problems and Alzheimer's robbed her memory. It was so sad. Sadly though, I see my mom heading down the same path as her mother. And it scares me. Conversations with her go something like this now:

(Parents looking at 10-year-old Thomas Guides searching for something)

Mom: "Oh hi Kim! Your dad and I are searching for (holds up new restaurant flier) this new place because we'd like to try them tonight."

Me: "Um, I'm sure the phone number is on the flier. Why don't you call them and ask?"

Mom: "Oh, they don't know where they are..."

 Me: "Can I see the flier?" I picked up the phone and called the place. They knew where they were. :)

 I've read that depression in the elderly can mimick Alzheimer's and wonder if that's what Mom has. It would make sense. She seems bored and is probably stressed out due to some different family situations. She isolates herself and seems moody. I don't think she'd ever admit she needs help though. When I think of poor Grandma though, I wish she would. She's highly intelligent but just seems to hate life, in my opinion.

 Mom just scares me now. She's forgetting words and what they mean. She sleeps all the time also. I can tell she hates life. She has macular degeneration now and drove me home for the last time after my procedure in August because she couldn't read the street signs.

 Dad, on the other hand, is a spitfire at 79. He had a stroke 16 years ago that forced him into retirement. Even though one side is basically not functional anymore, he still loves life. He accepts his age and recently said to me that I'm simply going to have to understand that he and my mom are getting close to 80 and have lost their steam. Fair enough. He's an amazing pain in the ass though who still thinks he can do a lot of the things he did when he was younger. He also loves life, has hobbies and keeps in touch with friends. He also reached out for help when he was depressed after his stroke. The whole block knows him because he walks their dog every evening and are concerned when they see me walking the dog instead.

 Dad is very mean and stubborn as hell when he argues with me. He knows how to push my buttons and does not stop talking anymore. When he explains something now, he'll literally go back to the turn of the century to explain a concept. His hearing loss makes it hard for him to watch TV, which means I'm explaining the program when over. (He has a hearing aid in one ear but can't put one in his other where there's a benign tumor that the surgeon couldn't take out all the way.) It's not pleasant to watch TV with him.... He also throws a fit when he doesn't get his way. It's like dealing with a child.

 I have an older sister who last visited them six months ago. She vowed to never visit them again. It's because it's not "fun" to visit them, she told me in a call from home the next day. She has issues, to put it mildly. It was sad when Mom cried to me "You're all I have!" It's true. My sister doesn't care. End of subject.

 Some of my friends have lost their parents, so I know I'm fortunate to still have mine. Frustrations and all. I'm just sad that we're at this point.

 It's sad to see the people you love becoming helpless in some ways.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Project Life Thursday

 I decided to start a new feature called Project Life Thursday to highlight this new way of scrapbooking-and to also keep up with it. :) I'm a year and-a-half behind right now!

 I personally think Becky Higgins is a genius for thinking up this product. Genius. Not only is it more cost efficient than regular scrapbooking, but it's also time saving too. You can get a lot done with your scrapbooks this way. Put in the pockets and voila! Done!

 Today's pages are summer themed-from June 2012. :) I took a trip to the Huntington Library. Robyn also came to visit-and we went to LA together. We visited the Brady Bunch house-and LACMA. It was fun!





 I used the old adage of "use what you have" and indeed did here. It was freeing. I was getting rid of stuff and totally enjoyed it. I could totally justify going to get more supplies-if I had the money. Lol.  Did I mention I also love the arrows? Lol. It may not be polite for humans to point, but it's fun to point in memories. :)

 Do you have your photos of this trip Project Life'd, Robyn? Would love to see it if you have! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Selfie-itis

 I recently organized my digital camera downloads. Six years and 560 folders later, I came upon a few themes.

 One namely being the selfie. I've taken a boatload of them! Good grief!

 There are probably hundreds of them in these folders. Hundreds. It's like I channeled Kim Kardashian, except without the great body. Lol.


 The collage is only a snippet of my photos. I don't think I was trying to be vain. I hope not. It's a fun history of my life though. Laguna Beach. Great Park in Irvine. Fat. Skinny. In my car. Hiking. In my patio. 

 I remember when the joke about selfies becoming a mental disorder in the DSM was taken as gospel. Really, there is a point to that-even though I don't like to admit it. Selfie-itis it was called. Kim Kardashian needs to be treated for it. ;) (She's really going to have a coffee table book of her selfies??) I mean, it's almost narcissistic and self-absorbed. But, an interesting history of our modern lives.... 

  Do you have a lot of selfies? How many? If so, were they taken in interesting places and tell a story like mine do? 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sleep, precious sleep....

 Lack of sleep seemed to be the theme of my week. I seriously think it was triggered from an event that really pissed me off on Saturday. 

 I got my work done though! Let's see how well, but I did it! :) 

 Read on to know all about my exciting week. (haha) 


Saturday, September 27, 2014-I loved it when I came in to pick up some laundry I left at my parents house and they were trying to figure out where a new pizza place was. They had the phone book map out as well as an old Thomas Guide.

Me:  "Um, how about calling the place?"

Mom: "Oh, they don't know where they are."  (????????)

 I picked up the phone and called them. The girl knew where she was. :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014-I must have been up all night long and slept during church. It was the strangest thing to be awake at 3 a.m. for no reason. I think it was triggered from an event that happened yesterday that really pissed me off.

 I had dinner with my parents this evening. I had a discussion with my parents that needed to happen. Mom was nervous, I could tell. There was no negotiating with Dad. Really, that's how it should be with fathers in some ways. Not with everything though. I understood their point but had to be honest though about some things in my life and almost drill it into their skulls.

 We had Mountain Mike's pizza. It was pretty good. I liked making my own salad instead of having something pre-packaged. We also watched Hoarders. :)  I always like watching Hoarders there for some odd reason. I guess it makes me feel better about my cleaning skills. ;)

Monday, September 29, 2014-I got started later today because I covered a candidate's forum in the evening for the community's high school board elections. Of course the main topic of discussion was Common Core.








Tuesday, September 30, 2014-Aaaand, another sleepless night! This is almost like when I worked night shift. I'd go to bed that late and wake up around noon. Twice in a week though? Not good.

 I put up my article about the high school board candidate's forum. People asked me my opinion of them. Not going there.

 I was also informed by my mom that she needs a special kind of echocardiogram done where they knock her out. Guess who gets to take her at 6:30 a.m. the day of the procedure and probably stay with her the whole day?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014-Happy birthday month to me! It's hot again today. Again.

 I'm tired today due to last night's (almost) sleepless night. I really, really hope this doesn't go on another night. I feel like going night night now-at 4:45 p.m.

 I looked at the university alumni house down the road from me to profile for a wedding location. I'm also alumni of that university and fell in love with the location. I would personally use it. Of course, the monstrously high parking garage near it wasn't pretty, but I could live with that. After all, I'd get a discount as alumni. :)

 I went to my once a week job today. The poor thing and I hit up a consignment store for her to sell her crystal and jewelry. :( I browsed while she took care of business and may go back when I need furniture because you can negotiate prices downward. It was a very high end store that I enjoyed browsing at. We also went to a thrift store for her to donate clothes. I asked her if she was okay, because it gave me a funny feeling. :( Apparently so. We stopped afterwords at Costco for the $1.50 hot dog and drink special. I know I'm going to have to end this because it's obvious the woman is struggling for money. She does need help though. Very sad.

Thursday, October 2, 2014-Aaaand, I have cellulitis! <sarcasm>Great!</sarcasm> My primary doctor was all booked up today, so another doctor diagnosed it. She said it's very early stage, so I got some topical stuff to help it heal. My dad had to be hospitalized for sepsis related to cellulitis, so I know this has to be treated pronto.

 I got my wedding article up. I also scheduled an appointment to look at another site-a stable! It's very popular. Not kidding! Google Analytics shows that people are Googling sites in this city the most to find me, so guess what I'll be writing about for the time being?

 Another late sleep night....

Friday, October 3, 2014-It feels good to see that I'm finally hitting the point of working full-time again. I have to space out my hours appropriately, but I can do it!

 As for work, I checked the city council agenda for the city I cover since the meeting is this coming week. I can probably write something up about it even though it's an uneventful meeting for the most part. I also kept up with my social media and started writing my weekly museum happenings column.

 I went grocery shopping too. Yay! Lol

 Here's to sleeping tonight!