Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday August 31st 2009

did you know...
Burger Kings original name was Insta Burger King

today was somewhat difficult for me. it's the 12th anniversary of when Princess Diana died. I know, that sounds silly. but that day started me down a path that has changed me forever. 12 years ago yesterday we had a birthday party for our kids. David was 6 and Hannah was 2. we went to Chuck E. Cheese with family and friends. It was a really nice party and we came home tired but the kids were happy so we were too. within a few moments of turning on the t.v. we heard that Princess Di had been in a car accident and had a broken arm. the news continued for a few hours with each report sounding more grim. I could not tear away from the television. I cried endlessly that week, although I wasn't sure why. how did this have anything to do with me? sure, lots of people were sad. but I felt crushed. and scared. A few months later the movie Titanic opened and I became totally obsessed with it. I actually saw it at the movies 23 times. in the theatre! the 3rd time I saw it I became ill during the movie with a terrible headache. to cut this story so it's not quite a novel (lol) I wound up in the emergency room critically ill with potassium depletion. after a few I.V. bags of potassium (which is VERY painful) I was driven home by a friend. after that, every headache or wave of dizziness began a journey of fear for me. I began having panic attacks. I was afraid to drive in the car anytime there was traffic or a over pass for fear of getting caught and having an attack. I was scared to go to the drug store. It took me a long time to figure out that the events were all tied together. I was so fearful of how life can change in an instant and that everything could be lost. One wrong decision could turn everything upside down. should I leave for the store now? or wait 5 minutes? what if I wait and become involved in a car accident I could have avoided by better timing? would I have stayed on the huge, warm ship? or gotten off into a lifeboat in the freezing water? things that looked simple became difficult for me to make decisions about. after a few years of fear and panic, therapy and meds I began to realize I could not, no matter what, control the out come of anything. I had no control. at first that was terrifying but after a while it was almost calming. it really didn't matter how i tried to force any situation. it would turn out the way it was meant to. after that I made a pact with myself to concur a fear every year. I started going to the dentist every 3 months so that years wouldn't build and keep me from going. eventually, the dentist became no big deal and I go every 6 mos. now. I took swimming lessons to end my endless nightmares of giant waves washing me away. I trained and completed the Breast Cancer 3 day/60 mile walk to prove to myself I could push myself physically after years of battle with my body, weight and a fibromyalgia diagnosis. and the biggest fear of all, flying. I flew, by myself, to a workshop to spend days with people I had never met. I took a taxi and even stayed in one of the teachers homes. that trip really turned everything around. I am no longer afraid of making choices and taking chances. I met people on that trip (Anne, Andrea, Bria) that will be in my life forever (I hope) and from them it has branched out to a whole world of friends and experiences I never would have had. so maybe leaving your little safe environment seems the best strategy for staying alive. but are you really living? and honestly, couldn't an airplane fall from the sky and crash into your home and kill you while you watched t.v. in your jammies eating chocolate ice cream?
that is why, on August 31st I think about Princess Di and on April 15th I think of all the people that died when the Titanic sunk. because in a very strange way, they helped save me.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday August 27th 2009

did you know...

that I am a total sucker?
meet Isabella the hamster
the newest addition to our family.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

oops! here are the links that actually work!

Wednesday August 26th 2009

did you know...
my business has changed?

for lampwork glass beads and fine silver things go to my store at:
for jewelry with a twist check out my OTHER store at:


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday August 25th 2009

did you know...
a mouse's heart is smaller than an m & m?

not much to report. didn't sleep well last night and got up early (for me!) this morning. I did plan on actually working on some new jewelry today but....same old story. at least I got one new bracelet up on my new etsy site. this site is still in progress and has no banner or frills, yet. but you can peek at this is a jewelry site. stars by stacey will become my store for beads and fine silver bits and pieces.
I may not have gotten any work done but I did go on an adventure with my hubby, Chris. Since the arrival of the new fridge we have been on a quest for a beverage caddy. I'm not really sure why. we just got it in our heads that this was a necessity. well, we scored. thanks Container Store!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday August 24th 2009

did you know...
that I keep forgetting to post on my blog? haha!

This is "spirit week" for Hannah and cheerleading. Interesting because any other sport would call it "hell week". I like the way cheer puts a positive spin on it! So...this is a crazy week for me too. She needs to be driven back and forth to 3 hour practices, helping football moms with snacks for the team, portrait photos, beach party and the completion of "the crate". The crate is basically a wood milk crate that had to be sanded, primed, painted, decorated and sealed. Then the girls stand on them during games. i would NEVER have believed what goes on to get a cheerleader on the field. Almost a part-time job for parents. Full time if you are crazy enough to head any committees. I have been accused of craziness but I have my limits!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday August 18th 2009

did you know...
the pouch on a pelican's beak can hold up to 2 gallons of water.

Things are returning to "normal". Joe and Eli (my bro and his little son) have returned home. Cheerleading started back again after 3 weeks off. In just over 3 weeks school will begin again and the house will return to it's regular rhythm. It's one o'clock and I've got 4 little girls upstairs bouncing up and down above my head practicing who knows what. But, they are not outside at someone's pool, the mall, the movies or whatever. They are here and in the house. We will try to squeeze a few more days at the beach out of this summer but today, it feels close to over.
And I am friggin tired!

Friday, August 14, 2009

August 14th 2009

did you know...
Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.

Happy Birthday Mom!
see you tomorrow

so the fridge came today. which is good. so far, it has yet to reach the right temp so I'm a tad worried. especially after going out to purchase a new supply of EVERYTHING!
hopefully, it's just worry and not much else.
my friend, Cris, isn't feeling well and I'm hoping she got some (painless) answers at the doctor today.
more later

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August 12th 2009

did you know...
Odds of being injured by a toilet seat in your lifetime: 1 in 6,500

and that's all I have to say about that.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Is anyone there?

Hey! If you're reading this could you post a comment and let me know? I just feel like I'm totally talking to myself! Thanks.

Tuesday August 11th 2009

did you know:
Meat Loaf is a vegetarian

Well today was jam-packed in a really boring and expensive way. The fridge took it's final breath sometime during the night and David opened the freezer around 9:30am to discover everything had defrosted. Popsicles were liquid. Hot dogs dripping water. Ice cream plopping on the freezer floor. The freezer was 50 degrees. Soon the fridge began its final descent into blackness. Of course this is after a $365 repair a few months ago and numerous gasps that we thought were it's last. 3 entire fridges full of groceries wound up in the trash over 3 months. The warranty on the repair was only 30 days. we shopped for a fridge. Shopping can be totally fun or totally suck. This is numero uno sucko shopping! We bought one (please, please be kind to us) but it's not coming until Thursday. The fun news? I got a teeny tiny baby fridge for the studio! And, in the mean time it's loaded with waters to get us through.
Other news: took Moo to be groomed. Always a joy to have the moo in the car.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday August 10th 2009

Did you know:
First movie to earn $100 million: Jaws (1975)
First movie to earn $200 million: Jaws (1975)

Today was a super-duper boring day. Laundry, grocery shopping, playing around on Etsy...I think I'm getting spoiled. Chris has begun taking me on adventures every few days and when I'm home for the day it's like this huge let down. Of course, we did just go play yesterday. That's what I mean about spoiled. Let's go do something fun! I guess I like to ignore the fact that he actually has a job. Bummer. Speaking of jobs, I have done NOTHING (with the exception of filling the wonderful and supportive Ann's order) in regards to my business. Since returning from Bead and Button I have been a big, lazy lump. My excuse: it's too hot in my studio. And I'm sticking with that excuse.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

August 9th 2009

Did you know...
the all time most stolen car is the Honda Accord.

wonderful, beautiful day at Laguna Beach today. Went to Reef Point with Chris, Hannah and David. We met our friends Marilyn, Jim and Amanda Orens there. Sorry you were sick today Lexi-Loo. Had great Mexican food at Javier's.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

August 8th 2009

Did You Know:
Hans Christian Andersen died by falling out of bed. (odds of this happening: one in 2 million.)

Monday, August 3, 2009

August 3rd 2009

I am tired. After a crazy few days this is the first opportunity I have had to just sit and think. And write. Chris and I went to Vegas on Thursday. We left about 6 am. Stopped at Peggy Sue's Diner for breakfast. If you haven't been there (it's in the middle of nowhere - Barstow, I think) you are not missing a lot. Although Huell Howser would probably be appalled at my saying that! We hit Vegas about 11:30. We stayed at the Signature MGM which is new and beautiful. It's a resort off the strip. Very tasteful and upscale. And quiet! We spent some time at the pool and then went to dinner with friends staying at the same hotel. After dinner we wandered around for a few hours. Friday we also wandered around shopping, flushing $$$ down the toilets in the casinos and went to the pool. We then went to a little Mexican Food place that was off the beaten path. Very good food. At 9:30 pm we had tickets to see Cirque Du Soliel "Ka". This was at the MGM Grand and it was beautiful. I really loved it. It was more story driven than "circus-y" like the other Cirque's I have seen. Chris' tummy wasn't feeling great so after a little more gambling we went to bed. Unfortunately, Chris woke up about 5 am very ill. We tried to have a little fun but he really wasn't doing well and fading fast. After heading to the Wynn Hotel (which is breathtaking) and walking around a bit he was zapped. I have never seen him that ill before. So....he went to sleep in the backseat and I drove home. We weren't home 15 minutes when he was in bed and asleep. By then, he was running a fever. Of course David decided Chris had Swine Flu and that we should roll him out of bed and lock him out of the house to protect ourselves! Luckily, in the morning Chris felt better because it was Hannah's 14th birthday. After a large breakfast she opened gifts and then we went to the beach. Went to CPK for dinner (tho Chris wasn't up to eating) and had birthday cake when we got home. Needless to say it's been a busy few days, and with the exception of poor Chris, we had a blast. Now...back to work! Ann, if you're reading this: I'm starting on your order right now!