Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
We're choosing wall colors....I'm tempted to go very neutral at the moment- sort of Scandinavian and spare with lots of woodwork...
My parents and Onkel Norbert came to visit last week. We spent loads of time outdoors and a significant part of the time eating and laughing.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Part 2...and continuing with my rant- when you fail, you are forced to see what you're really made of- will you blame the world? your parents? will you play the victim and throw yourself a pity party? Will you give up? Will you dig in and take an honest look at yourself (see reality) and put the necessary effort into doing what needs to be done to succeed or choose another path? No one likes to fail or to see their children fail, but a society that shields their children from it is raising a generation ill equipted to live up to their own potentials and contribute good to a greater world, they are doing them a very great disservice...okay, I'm done for now...that felt good!
I'm posting this again in reference to my post where I talk about how children are not being given the experiecnce of winning or losing anymore (wouldn't want to make them feel badly...must be happy always...prozac? ) anyhow- This is a speech about the BENEFITS OF FAILURE- Yes! Failing is not always bad...it does things like build character and drive and focus...it helps egnite passion and creativity...Some of the darkest and most challenging times in my life have taught me the most and been far more vaulable and interesting than the successes...
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Okay, well just the first image is a little down...
Today we had another transition day with Tristam. He has such troubles with them. It's got to be tough for a little guy to deal with 2 homes. At least he has no recollection of his biological parents ever living together - well he has 2 memories both dealing with injuries which is why I think he remembers them...well 3- he remembers his father sleeping on the floor of their living room for several months before moving when he was around the age of 2.
Anyhow, up until the transition today, we had a lovely time over the last 4 days and we get to see him again in another 2 days.
I've been a bit grumpy for the last few day. I think it's the general state of things right now and seeing patterns in them...People are getting burned right now for being greedy and living beyond their means and playing risky games. Unsavory mortgage lenders giving loans where they shouldn't have...
People expecting great things for mediocrity and not reaching, stretching and trying their best- their real best. A friend and I were talking the other day and she said that her son plays on a soccer team where no one is allowed to win. Seriously. No one loses or wins...everyine is equal...good luck in life kids, really. Good luck. And then they will be in therapy for the whole of their lives wondering why giving little effort is getting little reward and how mummy and daddy messed them up and why are they so far in debt- after all buying all of that stuff makes them feel better about themselves (since they don't have any accomplishments and haven't had tp experience anything diffecult and come through it)...little victims. Argh! I'm getting started and I need to stop. Karma will catch up with everyone. And with Karma, there are winners and losers.
I hear Mr. Obama being slammed for being an "elitist" because he's educated (when did an eduaction become bad thing??) and meanwhile ms. Palin (who is NOT) is more likable (equals electable??)...and Mr. McCain (who is also not) said (in his own words), "Thanks to my POW experience, I had...a good story to sell."And now we have this financial fiasco of HUGE proportions unfolding and what's happening to the Presidential hopefuls? They are getting nasty and ugly...well 2 are...the canine with lipstick and the guy with the good story. As I said before, I'm not huge Obama fan, but with the low depths that the other two are diving to...
BUT! If I tune out the outside world, life is very good. Lots of exciting stuff going on and almost a glimpse of things mellowing out (with the noise of some of the outside personal stuff)...the house remodel is cruising along books are being illustrated and Fred is coming home tonight. I miss him terribly.
So...it's hot here. My office is sweltering. I'm fighting falling asleep on the keyboard. I better get up and moving or wake up with an unfortunate impression on my cheek!
The previous books have had the following awards and kudos: A starred School Library Journal review, A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee, Texas Bluebonnet Master List, a ton of other lists and lots of very nice reviews...
It's so great to be a part of these books. The Valentines Cat is another really sweet and funny story.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Okay...so when I saw the hilarious SNL spoof on this interview, I had no idea that the actual interview was SO close to the spoof...This is it..you won't even believe it what you compare the 2. I'm having a diffecult time believing that this person and the "maverick" are seriously a choice for running the country. That's the joke...and not a funny "ha ha" joke.