Thursday, November 29, 2007

Super Tarton's Shoes...

Today while leaving Panera Bread, some hip college kid complimented Calvin for his cool shoes. Calvin smiled from ear to ear. He must have felt so cool!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Today is my last day at work. I'm a little sad because I've been affiliated with this company since 1999 and they stayed in touch during my Air Force career and were kind enough to offer me a great job when I was prego. The company has given me several opportunities to broaden my horizons. But, there comes a time when you have to let go and stand on your own. I transferred to Parkland for the Spring semester to major in Radiological Technology. I am so super excited! Going back to school fulltime would not be a possibility at this time without the Veteran's Assistance grant and my Montgomery G.I. Bill that not only pay for my school but also send me a hefty check each month. The perks of being a veteran! :-)

Tarton and the new shoes

My superhero son, Tarton (as he calls himself), LOVES LOVES LOVES his new shoes! He even told me, "Good job!" The new shoes give him super speedy running powers that he demonstrated this morning as he ran all over the house in his new super fast shoes. It made me smile knowing that I totally made his week!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Terrorist Drag Queens

I kind of got a kick out of this picture. I could tell you all this is my fiance, Chris dressed in drag... but it's really not. This bride-man was actually part of a potential terrorist attack in Iraq. Man, these terrorists are getting desparate... don't worry we have drag queens, too! j/k!
Here's the story:

Sunday, November 25, 2007


You know you're doing something right when your 2 year old is obsessed with praying... for everyone. :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Note to snack vendors

Day After Thanksgiving.
Shoppers up since hours before dawn.
Standing in lines.
Fighting for merchandise.
Battling the crowds.
Standing in over 1 hour check-ou lines.
Disgruntled women.
Angry women = pushing, road rage, yelling, honking, screaming.
Fix: Provide a snack vendor at stores.
Full stomaches = Happy women = more shopping.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I love shoes... and it just so happens that my son inherited this shoe-loving gene from me.
He is 2. He has 1 pair of tennis shoes - they were cute Adidas ones. He loved them. Whenever he'd see a stranger or feel uncomfortable he'd say, "Shoes... Mom did it" in a very cheery manner. He was proud. Well, somehow during the moving back and forth from our new house to Grandma and Grandpa's on a day to day basis, we lost one of these coveted tennis shoes. I suspect it fell out of the car. So, he has had to wear his semi-casual brown ones. He's not so proud of these. So, this morning I told him we were going shoe shopping just for him. Instantly, he smiled from ear to ear. We went to 10 or more stores looking for shoes. No luck. Either they were all ugly, since that appears to be the style for toddler boys' shoes this year. Or, they didn't have his size. The poor guy at Foot Locker was constantly running to the back to get us the right size... always to return empty handed saying they didn't have Calvin's size. It was a disappointment. Calvin, did great. Each store was like a new adventure to him and he tried not to be disappointed as we left each store empty handed. Finally, I had to tell him that there were no shoes and I would order them online. He said, "Oh, man" with a sigh and then tried to smile through his teary eyes. My heart broke. I kid you not, I would have paid a ton of money today for a good pair of shoes just to make him smile. When we got home we instantly headed to the loft to shop online for a new pair of tennis shoes that he could be proud of. We found them. These are what he picked out.
These shoes are cute - and he will be oh so very proud to show them off! So, the next time you see the Calvster tell him how much his shes rock!
Todays trip was disappointing. The majority of the stores we went into didn't have anything near worth buying. When will shoe designers realize that to a little boy his tennis shoes are important. He's not like girls who have lots of glitzy, sparkly shoes. He needs "little man" tennis shoes. Please, shoe designers, design more attractive tennis shoes for toddler boys. Give them something to be proud of.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DESPERATE NYTIMES.COM published "Sweeping the Clouds Away" by Virginia Heffernan this month. had it rotating through it's top featured stories/articles.
Curious I was.
I never dreamt that anyone could attack the American child education icon we all know and love as Sesame Street. This article targetted the early Sesame Street shows. I was apauled. Really, how bored or desparate is a reporter when they have to stoop to this level? What has Cookie Monster, Ernie, Big Bird, and the gang ever done to anyone to deserve this outcasted treatment?!?
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
"The concept of the “inner city” — or “slums,” as The Times bluntly put it in its first review of “Sesame Street” — was therefore transformed into a kind of Xanadu on the show: a bright, no-clouds, clear-air place where people bopped around with monsters and didn’t worry too much about money, cleanliness or projecting false cheer. The Upper West Side, hardly a burned-out ghetto, was said to be the model." Hmmm... What's so wrong with having a show where every child can escape to - where everything is bright and cheery? I didn't realize pre-K children needed to be worried about money and the image of the Upper West Side.

"on the very first episode, which aired on PBS Nov. 10, 1969 — a pretty, lonely girl like Sally might find herself befriended by an older male stranger who held her hand and took her home. Granted, Gordon just wanted Sally to meet his wife and have some milk and cookies, but . . . well, he could have wanted anything. As it was, he fed her milk and cookies. The milk looks dangerously whole." ?!? Really... Gordon??? C'mon... Gordon is a figure many adults can remember from our Sesame Street years. My son watches him almost daily as Flash Gordon on Sesame Street. Why oh why would anyone imply that he may or may not have wanted more than to share milk and cookies with Sally???

"Alistair Cookie and the parody “Monsterpiece Theater.” Alistair Cookie, played by Cookie Monster, used to appear with a pipe, which he later gobbled. According to Parente, “That modeled the wrong behavior” — smoking, eating pipes" It's Cookie Monster!!! We all love him. To children, he's not an overweight cookie grubbing monster... he's a furry, loving, hilarious monster that just so happens to love cookies... don't we all???

If you get a chance, read the full article. It is interesting - and although unfair to the Sesame Street cast, it is well written and would be funny if it didn't appear that the author was being serious. Today, there are dozens of cartoons on the air that deserve much more criticism than Sesame Street - if you don't believe me, turn on Saturday morning cartoons. I don't believe that any show can be 100% perfect, but for decades Sesame Street has been an educational starting point for toddlers nationwide. And, let's face it - the first Sesame Street show aired in 1969... things were different back then - but that doesn't mean that those shows are unfit for today's children. I hardly doubt that my son or your children are going to start smoking and eating pipes just because Cookie Monster did.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all my loyal readers and their families have a wonderful Thanksgiving! What a grand holiday... it strictly revolves around over-eating and watching football!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Being Sick...

Do you think it's biologically possibly to be sick periodically over an extended period of time because you don't allow yourself enough time to actually be sick? I think that's what's going on with me. For about 3 weeks I've had flu like symptoms off and on. But, who has time to be sick?!? I've been so busy with the move, wedding, work, school, etc. that I just haven't had enough time to be completely sick and get it out of me. So, I am dedicating this weekend to being sick.


In my opinion, Winter starts at 1st Deer Season... so welcome, Winter!
1st Deer Season started today.
By 10:00 my sister called to tell me Dad got a 13 pointer!
On a side note, Chris had to work today - poor Chris.
He'll hunt tomorrow.
Expect more about Deer Season next week. :-)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

OMG... OMG... SNAKE!!!

This morning - I found a dead snake in my basement!!! (insert screams) I totally freaked out! Needless to say, I won't be staying in this house any longer. I'm outta here! So, if you don't hear from me regularly on the blog - it's bc I might not have internet for awhile.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New Home

Last night we signed the lease. We officially have a new home in Champaign. Calvin went with us last night. I let him pick out a box of toys to move up there to make it "his room". He liked the new place - especially the loft. I have to go back to Champaign on Thursday so I'm taking more stuff up there, then. Official move-in date: December 8th. :-)

Sunday, November 4, 2007


"All my bags are packed. I'm ready to go. I'm standing here outside your door. I hate to wake you up to say Good-bye... I'm leaving on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again..." Okay... so we're not really leaving on a jet plane. BUT we are moving! (Saw Armagedon Sat. night and have that song stuck in my head!) Thursday night we found the right place for us in Champaign. It's a nifty 2 bedroom + loft condo in a great neighborhood with a pool, tennis courts, lake, and walking trails to campus. Plus - it was a great deal. Anyway, tentative moving date is December 8th. But, we get the keys already tomorrow because our landlord is moving to California so he's giving us the keys a month early. So yeah... I'm bringing some stuff up there tomorrow. :-) Chris and I are going to steam clean the walls, kitchen, and bath and also shampoo the carpets tomorrow night. It's gonna be a late night...
I gotta say that I got a little teary-eyed the other night thinking about leaving the house I've made a home for me and Calvin. This is a big change. But, I know it is a positive change. Since we have to go to Champaign tomorrow to sign the lease, I decided to go ahead and get everything in order at Parkland tomorrow, too.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

My big day

My big day... I was the guest speaker at Dieterich H.S.! I felt pretty important that I was asked to speak to students about the Air Force. It was great. I felt so good in my BDU's and combat boots. I got a little teary eyed as I remembered how wonderful my Air Force career was and how much I miss wearing BDU's and living the Air Force life. By no means does that mean I regret my decisionto get out. Just that I miss it. The students seemed pretty interested in the AF - especially when I talked to them about careers they'd like in the AF.
I told Chris this morning that I wish I could do this everyday... recruit for the AF. But, it's just not gonna happen, now.
Wearing BDU's also inspired me to be organized. I rushed to Wal-Mart this afternoon to buy dozens of plastic storage boxes to organize my stuff. :-)
ALSO - the other part of my big day was that I was supposed to get Cooper this afternoon. But, Jami cancelled bc she's sick and Coop's grouchy. I didn't want to tell her that he was grouchy bc he missed me and Calvin! Hopefully we will get him soon.


Somehow... I forgot to post the biggest news...
He started working at Pilson's in Mattoon on Monday as the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Service Advisor. I am really happy for Chris! :-)