Sunday, April 29, 2012

Eating Extravaganza at Knott's Bloggy Brunch

My bestie bloggy friend, Desiree of Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest, was so sweet to invite me to an exclusive Mom Blogger brunch at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm today. It was a superbly-delicious eating extravaganza! I ate to capacity, then I ate some more. 

Here is a photo from Round Two which includes: fried chicken, salmon, potatoes au gratin, Swedish meatball, apple stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, fruit tart and strawberry shortcake. I think my overall favorites of this Blessed Bloggy Brunch was cherry rhubarb slices and the apple stuffing. 
A little plate of home-cooked heaven.
Snoopy is cool for kids of all ages.
Questionable photo station. So many jokes here.
Knott's Berry Farm would like to promote their official Mother's Day Brunch at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant next weekend. If you book your tickets by phone (714.220.5055) be sure to mention the "mom blogger event" to receive 10% off.
Imagine our All You Can Eat Buffet during the holiday seasons with our expanded menu and fantastic holiday-themed decor! Snoopy will be dressed for occasion! Join us on Mother's Day.

Book early for our Mothers Day Champagne Brunch on Sunday, May 13, 2012 from 9am-4pm at Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant. With our expanded menu and unlimited champagne this is a memorable Mothers Day that your loved ones won't forget!
Adults: $29.95 Seniors: $22.95 Children: $16.95

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Make Time for Fun!

I've had great luck in building a nice little career for myself. I'm a pretty good worker and know how to get the job done. One thing I need to work on though, is scheduling time for fun. I have so many interests that I would love to pursue if only I had the forethought to carve time out for leisure.

Here are the things that would be good for me if only I would plug them into the calendar:
  • Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Reading
  • Tennis
  • Travel
  • Paddle boarding
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Wake boarding
  • Dining
  • Socializing
  • Sex
It's sad to continually make excuses for yourself myself.  To talk about things you love but in the same breath mention that you haven't been able to do anything you love for yourself in months, years. No more excuses! Time to take a stand and create the life you want for yourself myself. I could die tomorrow and if I don't learn to surf before I die, I'm going to be really pissed off!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Melancholy About Mortality

Everything that is born will eventually die. It is a fact. We all know this. We just don't want to admit to it or think about it.

I am acutely aware of death and illness and the fragility of life lately. A childhood friend with three young daughters is battling breast cancer. Another childhood friend's husband just died suddenly at the age of 40. No one is saying the cause of death. I'm wondering if it's suicide or a drug overdose. It seems that they may have been separated or divorced, but I wasn't in the know about that. We are simply friends on Facebook now. Life is busy and people move away and grow apart. 

Lately I've been having chest pains and having fear of death and illness. I live in a secret fear that maybe I have cancer and I will leave this earth prematurely. But today I had an appointment with a family practitioner and had an EKG and basic exam - I am apparently healthy from his assessment. My next appointment scheduled is for a mammogram, which I'm dreading. Squeezing these already deflated breasts to an even more smaller size is not something I want to endure. Then to wait for the results, envisioning the phone call with the bad news. Saying good bye to my family and friends. Ugh. Please stop my mind from going there.

The 40 year-old friend that died suddenly was two years older than I am, and hung out will a lot of the same guys I dated or had crushes on. So, when his friends post old photos on his Facebook page and share memories and loving sentiments, it makes me even more melancholy. The hot bods! The hair cuts! The youthful energy and invincibility! Every picture of him had a beer in it - and that's how I remember my high school and college years too. Drinking and smoking out with friends was everything.

This guy had a family history of addiction and alcohol abuse though. You shouldn't party forever. At some point you have to let go of immaturity and be a good husband and father, worker, member of society. I'm just speculating of course, but it seems to be a common theme with the partying crowd - clinging to the 'fun life'. 

So this week I am feeling sad, melancholy and homesick. I wish I could visit my family and friends and give them all big hugs. I love all the people who have touched my life in some way and helped shaped who I am today. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Gum for the Working Gal

Love this retro chewing gum I bought at Powell's Sweet Shoppe in Laguna Niguel!

It's part of a gift bag I put together for my friend's 40th birthday party. I put together a huge bag of bulk pink Jelly Bellies, lemon drops, Pop Rocks and this fun, retro gum. I put it all in this adorable Dick and Jane bag by Blue Q. On the card I wrote, "May you always remain a little girl at heart."

It was either going to be the cute little girl theme or the dirty girl theme with a stripper and a dildo as a present, but I erred on the prudent side.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

America's Family Pet Expo

Next weekend, April 20-22nd, one of the most fun activities in Orange County will be at the OC Fairgrounds - America's Family Pet Expo

In 2009, this is where my husband and I researched our ultimate ideal dog breed and agreed our next dog would be a Saint Bernard. (Done and done!) The chickadees were in animal heaven! One of the best parts were the animal shows - we all thought it was so entertaining.

Our ideal lap dog.
This year's Pet Expo has a really fun line up. You won't want to miss it!

Facts and Details:
OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626 
Friday, April 20 - 10am-6pm
Saturday April 21 – 10am-7pm 
Sunday, April 22 – 10am-6pm

Tickets: General Admission, $12.00; seniors 60 and over, $10.00. Children 6-12, $6.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Save $2 off general admission tickets by purchasing in advance online. Active military FREE with ID.

America’s Family Pet Expo, celebrating its 23rd year of being the world’s largest consumer show pet expo. More than 1,000 animals on display along with 450 exhibitors! “Salute to Hollywood Pets” – Expo guests can meet the four-legged and feathered stars and learn about the roles pets play in television and movies. See Angel and Rusco who star as Chloe and Papi from Disney’s “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” franchise, Stella from “Modern Family”, Uggie from the Academy-Award winning film, “The Artist,” Yakult from ABC’s “Surburgatory,” Charlie the cat from Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm”, Owen the cockatiel from Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally”, and Suzie Q who portrays Jim on CBS’ “Mike & Molly,” plus others!
“Fido Friday” April 20th from 10am to 6pm – For the first time ever, the Pet Expo will open its’ doors to man’s best friend. Dogs will be allowed inside designated locations of the Expo area.

Kristi Yamaguchi Appearance and Book Signing
, Saturday, April 21 from 1:30pm-3:00pm - Olympic Gold Medalist, New York Times bestselling author and Dancing with the Stars Champion, Kristi Yamaguchi, will be making a stage appearance and meet and greet at the OC Pet Expo, to sign her new children’s book, “It’s a Big World, Little Pig” the sequel to her inspirational children’s tale, “Dream Big, Little Pig” which spent 7-weeks on the New York Times best sellers list in 2011. Kristi will be speaking about her illustrious career, followed by an autograph signing and photo opportunity with Expo guests.

Reptile Show and Sale – From lizards, snakes, to tarantulas, Expo guests will have the opportunity to interact with hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars, touching and holding.
Animal Acts and Entertainment –
Reptile Show & Sale - CFA-Iams Ambassador Cat Program - Avian Actors of Hollywood on Stage - JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Show - Dog Training With Renee - Splash Dogs - Police and Protection Dog Demonstrations - Pet Adoptions - Kid’s Aquarium Contest - Fish Toss - The Aquatic Experience - Adoption Dog Grooming Demonstrations - Hollywood Parade of Animals.

*Disclaimer: I received free passes to America's Family Pet Expo in exchange for two written posts and promotion.

Not-so-Good Friday

I was fortunate enough to get Good Friday off. But the stress of trying to clean and the almost-constant feeding and corralling of children proved to be too much.

Look at this disaster! I obviously have an issue with paper clutter and the entryway is my dumping ground for all my bags of clutter. The office is a room we don't even go in because of the mess.

I want to hire a solutions person. I need someone to guide me along and help me break these seemingly-impossible tasks into manageable bits. Or just do it for me.

I managed to make a dent in the kitchen, but that took all day. The rest of the house is still suffering. The kids undo my puny efforts within minutes. This discourages me from even trying to keep a clean house most days.
How do people do it? Do I need to hire someone?? Would it be worth it? The workload is definitely putting a strain on things. I just want to have some fun and recreation in my life. Is that so much to ask?