Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Anyhoo-I'm taking Music Appreciation. If you know nothing about music, don't take it. You'll be SO lost. Luckily, I know SOMETHING about music.
One of my assignments is to attend a performance by an orchestra and then write this whole essay on it. I talked Ron into going with me, and we actually really enjoyed ourselves. It was the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and they played at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre in Irvine. The weather was beautiful, and we were allowed to bring a picnic-which we did. The theme was Rodgers and Hammerstein, so they played music from their original scores and played the movie scenes above-pretty cool, right?
During intermission, we entertained ourselves by taking pictures. Of ourselves. We don't have many of just the two of us, so we took some.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Colin and his freakishly look-alike friend, Jack. Jack's mom and I joked the whole time about how similar they are, and then the one picture I take of them together, they posed the same. They're brothas from another motha.
Does your child know how to give himself a hickey? Apparently mine does.
Blake is constantly hurting himself but acting as if it doesn't phase him. The first injury was his head bouncing off of the cement. No tears shed. The next day he hit the same spot again. Let's just say the scab didn't last long. Yuck! He's gone under in the pool a couple of times (with us next to him!), however, like before, no tears. He scares me with his lack of fear. He often tattles on himself as well. "Mom. Blake hit the dog.
Now that Blake talks more, he and Colin have become better friends (and sometimes worse enemies), so it's fun to watch their little relationship grow.
We will be going to the Melting Pot for dinner, then heading out to a movie (probably Harry Potter...I just can't wait!). On Saturday, we're going to see the Pacific Orchestra play in Irvine. It's Rodgers and Hammerstein night! (That's actually for my Music Appreciation class and Ron got roped into going to with me.) We are also going to go whale watching with the boys somewhere in between all of that.
The boys' Auntie Kymmie just before leaving for Germany. She's short.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The following week, two of Ron's fellow "cast members" ended up getting fired from their jobs as Front Desk Managers at the Disneyland Hotel. We were crossing our fingers that it would mean a promotion and transfer for Ron. On Tuesday, Ron gets an appointment request from the Hotel Manager for a meeting with her. He goes in and gets told he's being transfered to the now open Front Desk position. Woo hoo!
Next he's told that it's not a promotion but a lateral move. This also means no raise in salary. Then he's told that they won't have his replacement until August, so he'll be working his normal job while training for his new job.
Earlier this year it was demanded of him to take MOST of his 10 weeks worth of vacation time THIS year. I know...."OK!" We had a vacation planned in April that almost got taken away because of work conflicts. Now we are planning a long road trip to my home town in Washington State for the first two weeks in August. (I haven't been home in over SIX YEARS!)
Today he was told that his August vacation is now a no-go because he'll be training (I'm not driving by myself and flying isn't cheap!). He's also not allowed to take vacation time in June or July, November or December because it's so busy. I know the experience is great for Ron, but I can't help but feel sorry for us/myself. No house, no vacation, no pay raise, and possibly going back to work. Ron is definitely being a trooper and finding the positive in all of this.
I love that guy.
Monday, June 29, 2009
His face lit up and you could tell this man loved his job. I figured since most of our friends are buying homes, this would be good advice to pass along. Here's what he said:
Whirlpool is the best. Next is GE. You're wasting your money on Maytag, LG, Fridgidair, or Electrolux (a fancy Fridgidair). He didn't mention Kenmore, but that's probably because it's not on the top of his list. Basically all he kept saying was, "Whirlpool or GE. Hands down."
So there you have it. Some sound advice from someone who knows what they are talking about and wasn't making commission off of it. Ü
P.S. Is it weird to anyone else that quite a few famous people died so close together? Michael J., Farrah, Ed McMahon (whom never delivered my giant check, by the way), and Billy Mays. Whew! Slow your roll people!