Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winna! Winna! Winna!

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I am thankful for my Delicious Readers!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers and if you're not from the good ol' US of A, then happy Thursday to you!

Want to hear what I'm thankful for this year? Besides health and family and Delicious Readers ('cause those go without saying)?

1. We're celebrating with my family. Seven adults, five kids, three dogs.
2. Speaking of dogs, I'm thankful for our new puppy, Disney, even if he makes me insane sometimes.
3. I always feel warm and comfy inside when I'm with my mom.
4. My NaNo book is going swimmingly! (When I say swimmingly, I do not include the crawl stroke. I like to think that my plot is *not* crawling along. LOL)
5. Scott is so, so, so, so happy with his job.
6. We will have paid off two credit cards this year.
7. And we are better off financially than we have been in YEARS!
8. Creativity
9. Brownies
10. Patience

What are you thankful for? Click on the word "comment" below and let me know!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

100 Things About Me

1. I still have baby teeth.
2. I adore crackers.
3. Almost as much as I adore the color pink.
4. But it has to be the right shade of pink. None of that rose shade for me. Ick.
5. I'm addicted to my iPhone.
6. And Angry Birds.
7. I'm embarrassed about being addicted to Angry Birds.
8. I'm trying really hard to become a dog person.
9. Some days it works.
10. Other days it doesn't.
11. The verdict is still out on today.
12. I have a Jane Austen action figure.
Jane Austen Action Figure from Accoutrements
13. Sometimes I play with her.
14. I don't think 24 crackers is a big enough serving size for Special K Multi-Grain crackers.
15. I am one of those insane mothers who volunteers way too much.
16. I am manager of the middle school student store.
17. I should be over there right now reordering Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
18. I love plants, but hate watering them.
19. I abhor the color orange.
20. I have moved 16 times. I think.
21. I wish laptops never ran out of battery power.
22. For that matter, I wish dogs didn't chew through laptop power cords.
23. I'm very good at avoidance.
24. How else do you explain an exceedingly long blog post when I should be writing 1,667 words for NaNo?
25. I used to not mind cooking.
26. Now I abhor it almost as much as I abhor the color orange.
27. Maybe even more.
28. I love to look at the sidebar on my blog that says where my visitors are from.
29. I don't know where a lot of those places are. Pardes Hanna, Hefa? Not a clue.
30. Google is one of my bestest bffs.
31. My other bffs live all over the country.
32. I don't have a bff here in San Diego.
33. That makes me sad.
34. And sometimes lonely.
35. If I could take one food on a desert island, it would not be chocolate.
36. I can see your mouth hanging open all the way from here because of that shocking statement.
37. You should close it before you swallow a fly. You know, like the old lady in the nursery rhyme.
38. Sometimes I recite Mother Goose because it's fun.
39. Then my children tell me that I'm weird and to be quiet, please.
40. I don't feel old enough to have a 14 year old.
41. I think it's funny (and ironic) that I just noticed in #35 above that I typed "dessert" island.
42. If I was stranded on a dessert island, I wouldn't have to bring chocolate, would I?
43. I would like to be stranded on a dessert island.
44. Can prime rib be considered a dessert?
45. Because I would miss that.
46. You know when you watch a movie and the THX surround sound logo comes on and makes that sound they think proves their superior sound?
47. It embarrasses me.
48. I don't know why.
49. I always squirm in my seat when it comes on.
50. I agree with you that that was a totally random thing to share.
51. I agree with you that I should probably take a break here and work on those 1,667 NaNo words.
52. Organizing is fun.
53. Staying organized is not.
54. My desk can attest to my lack of skills in staying organized.
55. I think adverbs are under rated and under appreciated.
56. I'm very persistent.
57. Especially when it comes to Angry Birds.
58. Because I'm addicted to Angry Birds
59. Oh wait. I already said that.
60. I must be running out of things to share.
61. I'm currently craving a Walnut Chicken Salad sandwich from Paradise Bakery.
62. I can't have one, though, because Paradise Bakery is in Vancouver, not San Diego.
63. I just wrote 29 words on my NaNo novel.
64. Yay, me!
65. I'm resisting updating my word count on nano.com.
66. I have a crush on Tom Selleck.
67. And Pierce Brosnan.
68. And Scott D.
69. My biggest pet peeve is when people hang up without saying goodbye. What is that about???
70. At Target today, I put a pair of thong panties on my head like an eye patch.
71. I wanted Hayley to take a photo for all my Delicious Readers, but she refused.
72. I did make her laugh, though.
73. I have amazing carma.
74. Not karma. Carma.
75. That means I usually get amazing parking spots. Even at Target on Christmas Eve. Which is my birthday, btw.
76. I'll be 38. Ouch.
77. The dog verdict from numbers 8 through 10 is in.
78. Today I am not a dog person. Disney the Dog is Can. Tank. Er. Ous.
79. Slimy dog bones falling onto my laptop are not my favorite thing.
80. I have spent the afternoon and evening writing 1,884 words on my NaNo novel.
81. My favorite tv show of all time is Gilmore Girls. It makes me giggle.
82. My goal in life is to amuse people.
83. Sometimes I get confused, though, and annoy people instead.
84. My children will eagerly attest to that.
85. I read very, very, very, very, very fast.
86. I have the weirdest dreams.
87. Once I dreamed that an army of chocolate chip cookies carrying machine guns was marching down the street in front of my house.
88. I am not making that up.
89. I wish I was.
90. Because I'm not sure what it says about my mental health.
91. Three weeks after we started dating, I knew I was going to marry Scott.
92. Apples make me hungry.
93. I have been in over half of the United States.
94. I started writing this post over twelve hours ago.
95. My favorite book of all time is "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
96. Come on, there have to be four more things about me I can share!
97. But I'm getting really tired.
98. My highest Scrabble score ever is 485.
99. I'm mighty proud of that fact.
100. I scored a 5 (the highest score) on the AP English exam.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Yelp and the Plumbing Is Free" (A True Story by Kate)

Once upon a time, a happy family of four moved to a new kingdom. And they smiled because no longer would they have to contend with water still struggling from the effects of a volcanic eruption 30 years before. But sadness enveloped the family bank account each month when they saw the effects of the new kingdom's hard water. Clothing wore out quickly. Glassware became etched by water minerals. Filters were needed to create the most basic of necessities--drinking water.

So one day, the happy family called the royal plumber to come provide an estimate for installing a whole cottage water filter. The plumber came and told them it would cost several hundred dollars. That was much more than they expected and too much for their meager budget. When the master of the happy family said as much, the  plumber shrugged and asked if he wanted a written estimate. "Yes, please," said the master. The plumber went to his wagon and scratched the cost onto a scroll of parchment.

When he came back, he confessed that he made a mistake and that the actual cost was two hundred dollars less. This was still much more than the happy family thought it should be. The master also got the feeling that the plumber was taking advantage of them, so he sent him on his way.

Now the mistress of the happy family was very disappointed because she had consulted the great wizard Yelp.com and found this particular plumbing company to be the best in the land. So deep was her sadness that she wrote a letter to Wizard Yelp.com telling him of their experience.

Some months passed and the happy family had forgotten about the whole cottage water filter. Then one day, the mistress received a reply from the great wizard Yelp.com. The owner of the plumbing company had heard of her disappointment in his business and felt so badly that he wanted to do whatever it took to earn her good graces. The mistress planned to contact him, but before she got a chance to (for she was very busy with her royal volunteering duties), one of his employees stopped by their royal cottage with his two small children.

The mistress and the gentleman had a lovely chat while all the children romped with the happy family's new puppy. She promised to have her husband call the owner the very next day.

Soon the master and the royal plumber talked. How sorry and forlorn that plumber was at the horrible service his employee had provided the happy family! After explaining how he had hired two new plumbers to help expand his business only to find that they hindered it more than helped, he offered to install the whole cottage water filter free of charge!

The happy family was delighted by the generosity and the strong morals of the royal plumber. The mistress couldn't wait until the water filter was installed so that she could write back to the great wizard Yelp.com and tell him how thrilled she is by the generosity and concern of the royal plumber. His high level of ethics proved to her that her happy family would live happily ever after in a hard water-free cottage.

The End

(P.S. This is an entirely true story. Courtesy Plumbing is installing the whole house water filter FREE OF CHARGE on Saturday!)


Monday, November 14, 2011

Shhh... don't tell anyone that I took TWO naps today...

I couldn't help it. Really. I tried not to fall asleep this morning while typing my NaNo novel.

Yes, I actually did fall asleep while typing. Scott found me snoozing away, laptop warming my lap and dog warming my side. He closed the computer, moved it and THEN WOKE ME UP!

Horrible man.

No, I'm just kidding about that. He is amazing and I adore him and he was entirely right to wake me up because I had to leave the house ten minutes later. (I drove up to Anaheim to meet a wonderful friend for lunch.)

So then I'm driving home from lunch and (imagine your eyes now following a trinket swaying back and forth in front of your face)... you are getting sleepy... you are getting sleepy...

I was getting very sleepy, so I dug out my leftover chocolate mousse cheesecake (heaven!!!!) and ate that to stay awake. Got home, kissed the kids and said, "I'm going to take a nap."

And I did. I slept for an hour before opening my computer to start playing word catch up. I stared at the last two sentences I typed wondering why they made so little sense. Then it occurred to me. "Ah, I wrote those while falling asleep." ROFLOL

Too bad those sentences didn't really work. I could have used the word count since I've made so little progress this evening too. But it's not for lack of trying. The dog was being insane tonight and it's really hard to concentrate when you have to get up to let him out (and in) over and over and over again.

I finally sent Hayley up to bed, turned off the TV and knocked out several hundred words. Progress!

Tomorrow is mostly wide open so I will be writing (not sleeping!) and by the end of the day, I'll be 50% of the way through NaNo, both in word count and day. Yay!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Birthday, Hayley!!!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, dear Hayley!
Happy Birthday to you!

Well, technically, her birthday was yesterday, but we were celebrating so I couldn't really blog now, could I?
I cannot believe that my little angel is 14!!! She is such an unbelievable person, so compassionate, intelligent, kind-hearted, talented and gorgeous...
Here's my girl last week just before the Homecoming Dance. She went with a group of friends since she's not allowed to date yet.
Opening gifts on her birthday! Scott and I gave our avid reader girl a  Nook.
Where's that cake already??
An ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins--white cake with rainbow sherbet
Hayley couldn't decide what special activity we should do on her special day. Ice skating, bowling, browse around a cute town... She eventually decided that a movie was the best option given that the day was rainy and sodden. Let me just say that I was bored silly during "Puss in Boots". I tried desperately to fall asleep to relieve the agony of the boredom. Didn't work though. But the movie wasn't too long and we all went to the bookstore afterwards so Hayley could buy a cover for her Nook.

A fun dinner at Macaroni Grill, then home for cake and xBoxing rounded out a super fun day!

Happy birthday, again, Hayley! I love you!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Scott has the BEST boss...

The girls received a letter from Scott's boss today...

"Hi Hayley and Emma,

I hope all is well. I wanted to reach out to you personally and say what a wonderful pleasure it is having your dad, Scott, on our sales engineering team. He is bright and passionate about what he does. He is one of the most organized individuals I have ever worked with. And, he has the dedication of ten people with a never-ending tolerance for the crazy work we do. Our customers drive us to the edge of sanity but your dad always engages them with a smile. Your dad is indeed one of the *best* engineers on our team.

Please give your dad a warm hug when you see him next. Also, tell your dad to take the entire family out for pizza and expense it to the company. My treat."

How totally cool is that?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Extreme lap dog

Quite a difference from the lap dog in my last post!
(Scott snapped this photo outside a Starbucks this morning.)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A baby...

This wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I wanted to adopt a baby, but I love it nonetheless!!


A perfect rainy day

It's a cold (53 degrees) and rainy Sunday in not-so-sunny California and I love it!!!

It's the perfect day to curl up in bed with my laptop and tap, tap, tap away on my NaNo word count. I have a cup of Comfort and Joy tea steaming next to me and a shortbread cookie just waiting to be nibbled.

I'm kind of sleepy, though, so I'm wondering if bed is not the smartest place to write. Guess I'll find out, won't I? LOL


Friday, November 4, 2011

Has it seriously been over a week since I posted?

I'm so sorry, Delicious Readers. I think about you every day and plan to jot down a post for your reading enjoyment. But........ then I get busy.

Uber busy.

Even now, as I try to pen this missive, I had to stop to:

1. Get Tylenol for Emma's migraine (poor angel).
2. Search for said Tylenol (which she must have finished 'cause I couldn't find the bottle)
3. Mash up a tablet form of medicine and stir it in applesauce.
4. Convince Em to actually eat the applesauce.
5. Dry the dog off after he came in from the rain.
6. Wipe down the kitchen counters (Hayley forgot after she did the dishes), and...
7. Grant Emma a few candy corn for good behavior

And that was just in the past four minutes.


So I mentioned in my last post about the book fair. It was a great success! We ended up grossing $4000 and earning over $1,200 in books for the library. Isn't that awesome?! The librarian wrote me the nicest thank you note and the assistant library confided to me that she sang my praises to the assistant superintendent. I feel so loved!
This is Disney helping me on Day One of NaNo

November 1 started the annual pilgrimage of novel writers worldwide. We put our lives on hold and write, write, write, write, write until we reach 50,000 words. Oh yeah. It has to be finished within the month of November. And what's the carrot at the end of the stick? Nothing tangible, I'm afraid. Simply pride in our tenacity to wrestle all those words onto paper (or screen) as most of us do now.

If you break it down, 50,000 words in 30 days equals 1,667 words a day.

A. Lot. Of. Words.

But what you want to know is if I'm on top of things, right? Is Blogger Kate on target or has she fallen behind after only four short days?

I am on target, thank you very much. I have another four or five hundred more words to write today. I'm not concerned about them though. They come easily to me right now. (Say a prayer that they'll continue to!) I'm at 6,101 words thus far and my story is cracking me up. I love the random characters that come into the story completely unbidden. And the personalities and appearances of people I'd planned, but have changed because... well, because the characters develop themselves more than I develop them.

I tell ya. If you're not a writer, you're missing out. It is SO. MUCH. FUN!

I can't forget to write about Halloween. Tons of kids stopped by. I adore the little toddlers, barely old enough to walk, much less to eat candy. But their parents are so excited to initiate them into the traditions of trick-or-treating. I remember doing that very same thing with Hayley in her sweet little Hershey's Kiss costume. Emma, at only seven weeks on her first Halloween, wore the cutest pea pod costume! I'll have to find the photos and post them. But not right now. Right now, I just need to blog and post lest I get distracted again!

This year, though, Hayley was a cute witch and Emma was a rock star/famous person. (I know I don't have a photo of Hayley here. She wasn't in her costume long enough for me to get a picture.)

Disney has infiltrated our family and our hearts completely. He is so funny, making us laugh all the time. We love the way he bounds instead of runs, insists on crawling into our laps or between our feet and the way he cocks his head when he doesn't want to mind.

We started puppy classes this week. He knows most of what is being taught and is really there more for socialization with other pups. He's a pretty shy fellow.

We taught Disney how to roll over this week. He can also sit, lay down, "look at me", come, stay, wait, go to kennel (haha) and heel. He's getting the hang of "out" meaning "get out of the kitchen before you trip someone and send them flying into a pan of sizzling oil". He's also doing bee-you-tif-fully with potty training. The only couple accidents he's had this week were teeny little puddles and those were the effects of his excitement at seeing someone come home.

Hayley sang in her first choir concert last week. Naturally, we couldn't distinguish her voice from all the others, but it was still fun to see her up there.
So that, Delicious Readers, is a super-fast snap shot of the past week in the Delicious household. I hope your weeks have been as entertaining and enjoyable!