Thursday, February 24, 2011


I received news today that a friend and classmate from high school passed away today after a long battle with cancer. Not only has this made me realize how blessed I am but it's made me face the rest of my day with a bit of somberness.

Someone my age is gone. A life all too short.

It's very sobering.

Rest in peace, Bryan.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

From Sophie...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Earlier Today....

::Sophie knocks on the door::

Me: "Who's there?"
S: "Tookie! Num Num!"
Me: "Cookie Monster?"
S: "Noooooo!"
Me: "No? Who's there then?"
S: ::runs over to hug me:: "Pho-phie!" these little bits of progress she's making speech wise!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011


We've had quite the "cold" snap in the desert recently. We had a couple of days where highs barely reached into the 30's (I know, I know...there are places MUCH colder) and lows into the teens to 20s for several nights.

Yes, it's cold. I've been in colder. People in the midwest and northeast have been dealing with winter storm after winter storm. Buildings are collapsing, snow piles are mounting and things are a mess. Here, here however, it's like we're in a third world country. We have a few days of below freezing temperatures and the utilities system falls apart. Gas service was interrupted or lost for several thousands of people (and still is not functioning for many), a few lost power for a short time and many, like us, have been without water since Wednesday night.

The water service returned late Friday morning at which time we discovered one of our outdoor pipes had burst despite being wrapped and insulated. "But you should have left a slow trickle of water" people say. Yeah, couldn't be done because we lost service Wednesday night BEFORE the coldest temperatures hit.

We have a really busy week coming up. The Little Miss is beginning a few free Speech Therapy sessions, being evaluated for Early Intervention services and has her usual gymnastics classes. I have a few Dr. appointments and add in the usual work, meetings and chores/errands it's going to be busy. I was already preparing ourselves for the week ahead with the plans to get ahead on laundry, get some meal plans together, clean and get the necessary errands done starting Thursday and finishing things up this weekend. Now, we're trying to function in a house with no running water. Most meals have been take-out. I'm sick of take-out already. The Little Miss and I ran to her grandparents house, 45 minutes away, to do a couple of necessary loads of laundry today. I don't feel like I have my head on straight and am getting frustrated at the diminishing promise of having any sort of running water by the end of the day Sunday.

I know I'm whining and complaining. And I KNOW things could be so much worse but after 3 straight days of no running water....about to enter our FOURTH day of no running water and I'm frustrated.

I'm really considering going off into the closet, closing the door and throwing a little tantrum. It might just be cathartic.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011