Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I hope that the courage, determination, and quiet dignity Rosa Parks demonstrated reminds us all of our personal responsibility to stand up against the unjust. Her legacy and the push it gave to the Civil Rights movement should serve as one of the proudest accomplishments in American History.

in the doghouse (speaking of dogs...)

Chuck wants to kick my ass.

My post surgery recovery instructions looked something like this:

  1. No stairs (yea, right – umm I live in a 3 story house)

  2. No sex for 6 weeks :(

  3. Don’t lift anything heaver than a bag of starbucks coffee beans.

  4. Stay in bed for a week (who has time for that??!)

  5. Not cleared for housework (This is actually the only one I was eager to cooperate on– I am wishing status reports for work were dangerous too)
Yesterday morning, after four days of recovery and being waited on by husband and children I loaded up my overnight bag, laptop and headed to work. I had a new guy starting and needed to be home by Wednesday to take over for Chuck who would by then be on the road to Pendleton.
By the time I returned tonight I was pretty gimped up. Sore and fussy and feeling like I might have pushed my luck because I’ve regressed on one of the post surgery symptoms that had begun to pass before I returned to work. (you don’t want more details than that).

When I confessed to Chuck that I wasn’t feeling so hot before heading home tonight he said, “I’m not going to yell at you until you come home.”

He lived up to waiting until I was home, but I’m sure in trouble now.

Had to chase a Vicodin with a Rolling Rock tonight. Seemed like a reasonable reaction to the emotional and physical pain I'm enduring ;)

No matter how bad she smells

When I came home tonight I was telling my kids how cute Adrienne’s puppy, Gretchen, is. Adrienne was given a prize Golden Retriever puppy from one of her clients at the kennel. Just a beautiful, darling dog. I’m smitten.

We have an ongoing conversation going on at home about whether or not our stray mutt, Magda, is the cutest dog ever. Papa insists he has seen cuter, I remain uncommitted.

Anyways – I came in to the house – kids waiting at the door, and Magda wagging her tail, and I said hello to the kids. I then looked down at our dog, and said, “I don’t know Mags, Gretchen is awfully cute, and you’re getting fat.”

Samantha says then, “No matter how fat she gets, no matter how dirty she gets, no matter how bad she smells, I will always love Magda best.”

Talk about LOVE!!! I told Chuck that’s how he should feel about me. And I smell pretty good.

I'm going to hold back on telling Chuck that Adrienne told me that when in 3 years she breeds Gretchen she would give us one of her puppies.

Monday, October 24, 2005

My husband's latest form of tourturing me:

Go here. Click"Watch this Movie!" repeat.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

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New timesuck...


Can you tell it's my boy?

Here's a picture of me, I believe in 6th or 7th grade? Next to a picture of Charlie taken this year, in 4th. The crooked teeth alone give it away...

Catch Phrase

I’m in the middle of a chick-lit book that is filled with dialog snippets that have enough appeal that I’m going to have to find ways to slip them into conversations:

  • “filled with fabulosity beyond measure”

  • “wheels up at eleven-fifteen” – flight departure time

  • “girl, you look fierce in that skirt”

These should nicely supplement some of the other phrases of the cosmomafia:

  • “Holy Balls”

  • “Buggin”

  • “Not so much”

Saturday, October 22, 2005

For all your decorating needs...

You could bid on this.
My husband just sent my babies to the park, by themselves. They are keeping in touch about every 12 seconds via two-way radios, but I'm still freaking out. I'm trying to transition off the narcotic painkillers the surgeon prescribed but this situation may call for falling off the wagon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Arrest warrant issued for lawmaker DeLay - Yahoo! News

yes! rot in prison you arrogant corrupt ass.


Can you take your commander in chief with you? And how about Karl Rove, too, while you're at it?

Score one for the good guys.
It is always a treat to stay at Nell Anne’s – her shower is reminiscent of a spa. Even though I’m a freeloading friend on my Portland nights, I’m very discerning. I judge a lot by the shower. The Robison’s with the power shower in the basement is hard to beat. The water pressure is so hard, it is almost like a full body massage – although I think I’ve come out bleeding from puncture wounds before.

Where Nell Anne has an edge, though (besides the deluxe tiled sitting bench) is in the product availability. What fun I have messing around with her shampoos, body washes, facial cleansers, and dousing myself in her perfume.

This morning I discovered that at the vanity table she setup two (count ‘em 2!) hair dryers. These aren’t just cheapo Revlon jobs from the supermarket, either; these are top of the line hair stylist purchased beauty machines. Probably $250 worth of fashion technology packed into the two devices. So, when I was asked this morning at the office if I had had my haircut, which I have not (long overdue in fact) it occurred to me that flipping my hair down and pulling a quick double draw with the hairdryers was a great styling technique. Half the time, twice the volume! Plus I felt like I was going to win the West!

Other evening activities worth mentioning: Thea made this amazing salad – grilled chicken, turkey bacon, gorgonzola, avocado, tomato and leaf lettuce. We piled our plates high with these colossal cobbs and since it included fresh vegetables we could even delude ourselves into thinking the taj-ma-salad was healthy.

Then they talked me into watching Nip Tuck. Gore city man. Although I called it on the latest Carver victim being the detective. Why I was watching this creeporama over sitting in the hot tub, now finally filled, I still don’t get. But it was a good night with the girls.

I'm going under the knife tomorrow - for a girly surgery. I hate being anesthetized. Hoping for an extraordinarily speedy recovery. Think good thoughts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I seem to be buying too many photos lately. I have just been awarded a "Super Shopper Bonus!" from Kodak.

Monday, October 17, 2005

"Hey Deb," says coach Josh at tonight's game, the last of the season, "Will you take a team picture?". Here's the crew. I'm so proud to be one of the distinguished mothers of Tillamook. I'm not sure if the coach or the kids are sillier.

For the rest of the pictures from last nights game, click here.

I went through thousands of pictures from years past at a girls retreat this weekend. I ran across these taken, I believe, Halloween 1990. Apparantly, I looked at this man and thought, "Hey, I'd like to marry him and have his children!"

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Note to self: Sunrises in the EAST

So what I envisioned this morning was hooking up with Beth at 6 a.m., parking the car at the bottom of the hill you have to climb to get to our lot and hitting the top as the sun was coming up to enjoy a beautiful view at sunrise from our new property.

Umm. That isn’t quite what happened. Beth did show up at 6 – and it was very dark and raining pretty hard. We put on ugly hats, raincoats and our running shoes and headed out.

We drove to the neighborhood and parked the car, when she turned out the lights on the car – it was too dark to see ANYTHING – there are no street lights, no homes yet built, nothing to shed any ambient light.

We get out of the car and start trekking up the hill, it is very, very steep. Out of the dark I hear Beth say to me, “Where are you going???” My response: “I didn’t think you’d see me scoot away from you in the dark. I was embarrassed that I was sucking wind up this hill, and didn’t want you to hear.”

When we finally crested the hill, we A.) remembered that we weren’t going to see the sun rise over the Bay, since the sun rises in the EAST. Duh. and B.) Since anyways, it was still dark, we crested the hill and had this amazing view of the Tillamook City Lights (I drove Chuck and the kids up there after dinner to get the same view). I did a happy lot dance when I first saw the lights, despite the sore thighs and shins. (Beth mentioned how great our asses are going to look once we start running up this hill).

We walked all around my neighborhood to be and went back to the car. It was still dark.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

We wrote a big earnest money check today and signed the agreement with our realtor today. As of yet we have no buyers remorse. We are just plain psyched. Beth and I are thinking about taking our morning workout up the hill to our lot tomorrow – see if we can catch a sunrise view. It’s quite a climb, but shorter than say this mornings efforts of almost 4 miles – so I’m game.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Ready for Bed

I give up, I cannot pack anything else into this Monday.
  1. Up at 5 writing up interview comments for meeting this morning

  2. Work all day

  3. Recruit Mother-in-Law’s best friend for head lice check at East Elementary tomorrow

  4. Send same friend Harry and David’s gift basket in likely event she finds some

  5. Monday Night Football, 10 year old style – in the rain shooting pictures

  6. Dinner with Charlie

  7. Homework with Samantha

  8. Stop Samantha’s head from spinning and steam coming out of her ears when she has complete meltdown (the pressures of first grade seem to have sent her over the edge tonight)

  9. Bedtime stories

  10. Cuddling

  11. Dishes

  12. Weekly team status reports for work
Tomorrow’s another day - and as it turns out only a few hours away.

Sunday, October 09, 2005


Offer Accepted! Look at our Lot! Future home of casa de Mundorff, Tillamook Branch.
Two years ago, the neighborhood grocery store, Ray’s Foods, closed their doors. A mystery corporation purchased the property and wouldn’t renew their lease. The supermarket was across the street from a long abandoned five & dime store, McGregors, leaving us one block away from two ugly abandoned storefronts. It has been a bummer. Shortly after Ray’s closed it was disclosed that Safeway, tired of occupying property that flooded on 101 at least every other year, was behind the purchase and also working with the city to purchase the McGregors property as well. We were jazzed about this but roadblock after roadblock of everything from hazardous materials – fire route obstructions to concerns about widening roadways from ODOT – made the Safeway Marketplace I was envisioning seem like a pipe dream.

This week the demolition is finally beginning and the word is we will have our store by spring time. Complete with deli and prepared foods, a Starbucks and all the accoutrements just like the big city. Woo hoo!!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

This is my girl! She loves "auntydeb"! Posted by Picasa

Terrorism 'Not Likely' Cause Of Fire At Local Laundromat | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Important news story.
Samantha stretching out for her big game this morning. What a cutie! Posted by Picasa

"For Pet or People Accidents"

Here's this in case you need it:
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(my emphasis added. I mean if I don't point out that it is "Supersized", who will?)

Friday, October 07, 2005

Well, we just made an offer on two acres in "Valley View Heights," located in the east hills of Tillamook. The landowner pressured us to deal with him directly but we had a loyalty to a realtor that has put up with showing me random properties on any whim of mine over the past few years, and wanted someone with fiduciary duty to us as a representative. Here's a bad phone camera shot - beautiful views in all directions. He has until Sunday to accept - but claims another offer was on the way in.
OK. Fess up. Who wants this for Christmas?

Dress-a-Cow with Six Outfits


"AFP/LifeGem-HO - Thu Oct 6,12:37 PM ET This picture released by LifeGem, shows one of their creations: a diamond made from the ashes of cremated remains. LifeGem uses super-hot ovens to transform ashes to graphite and then presses the stone into blue and yellow diamonds that retail for anywhere from 2,700 to 20,000 USD(AFP/LifeGem-HO) "

Thursday, October 06, 2005

My sister in law Valerie sent me this picture of my nieces Lauren and Taylor. The subject line read, "Think your day was bad?"

p.s. Valerie is truly a hero, because these two sweeties have a 2 year old brother. And I thought Samantha was a handful!!!

Samuel's daddy, Landon, sent me a picture of his boy. Beautiful picture of a beautiful baby!


The Alaskan tourism industry is running a series of billboards touting Alaska as one of the places to see before you die…

Got me thinking about my list of places I’d like to go/things I’d like to do someday:
  • Victoria Falls

  • Pub Crawl in Ireland

  • French Quarter in New Orleans. Sadly I did want to experience the music, food and festivities this part of the Gulf Coast is famous for. It is hard to say at this point if that opportunity has come and gone.

  • Broadway show in NY

  • Octoberfest in Germany

  • Villa in Tuscany

  • Time at a beach front vacation home in Baja Mexico

  • Ellis Island

  • Paris

  • Golfing in Scotland

  • Fly in fishing trip to Alaska

This reminds me of some grief my husband doled out at the golf course the other day. We were matched up with a couple of other golfers, including Clint:

who has since become part of the inner circle. Clint was bemoaning his singleness saying all he wanted was a good looking nympho chic who golfed and liked to fish. I quipped: “Too bad for you I’m taken, that describes me to a tee.” Rather then defend my reputation, Chuck pipes up, “Since when do you fish?” Clint offered up that the fishing was optional. Anyways – we may have hooked up him up (are you impressed that I have managed to use “tee” and “hooked” in a story involving fishing and golf? Christ I’m clever.) Stay tuned for potential updates.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Bits from today

  1. Found out today that the lots we were most interested in are in fact sold. Developer recommended we look at some others; Chuck’s going to try and get to see them tomorrow. Hating being out of town while this is going on.

  2. Despite being in San Diego, and on expenses for dinner – with a day that started at 4 a.m. and another tomorrow that will start also very early - I just couldn’t get up for going on the town tonight. Hanging out in the Woodfin watching Friend’s reruns.

  3. I’ll try to fill y’all in with great details about San Diego night life tomorrow. I’m not going to get away with hermiting in the hotel, I have been asked by my lead to go to dinner.

  4. I guess that’s it. No more bits.

Leaving on a jet plane

I’m once again on my way to San Diego. Catching the 6 a.m flight. I’m enjoying a low carb "Fruhstuck" in the Portland airport Gustavs – with free wireless and ESPN Sports Center on. Yesterday morning – which started several hours later with two beautiful children climbing in my bed was much more pleasant than this one, starting with the cell phone alarm playing “Ode to Joy” at 4 a.m. while I was alone at the Staybridge Suites. Although the breakfast brats aren't bad.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Wanna see something funny?

I promised earlier that if I could dig up the pictures of me at 20 thinking I was a cute cowgirl (nevermind the fact that I was living in my mother's basement in Colonial Heights in Portland), and scan them, I would put them up for you. See the sacrifices to my dignity I make to entertain you? Here it is... these are from a self-portrait assignment in a photography class I took at Portland State.

P.S. Shutup. Everyone had big hair. It was the 80s.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

I have to make a comment about this story, which to fully understand, you should probably start with this story.

You know, I'm trying to help here. I don't want my loyal readers to have to go through the same trials and tribulations I have. By sharing with you my most embarassing stories, I am providing a public service.

If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times. You don't need sexy jammies unless the situation truly calls for it. Sleeping in the same bed with two women? As a heterosexual woman? not necessary. Sleeping with your six year old daughter during a hotel fire? also not necessary.

Although I do dig those purple jammies. I also look ravishing in them.
I am completely wound up today. A local friend, Tina Weeks, came over today to drop off my son from a sleep over, and was complimenting the lines of our house. I explained to her that we go back and forth with our “next step.” We need more room – at least better accommodations for our daughter – stuck in a small dormer room and better places for guests – a real master bedroom and there’s definitely things we could do to make it easier to entertain, which we very much enjoy.

We have toyed with the idea of knocking down our garage, which is a separate structure to accomadate a large addition– since we can’t seem to find an existing home in Tillamook on the market that we like enough to warrant moving. If we move, it is going to have to be to a home we build. Tina lives in an area on the east part of town just at the base of these hills that look over Tillamook valley. She told me that there are several 2 acre lots up on that hill for sale – which would mean a view of Tillamook, the bay in the distance, the farms, etc. One of the best views in the area, short of living on the Ocean, which I don’t see us doing in the sort term. (we like Neskowin but are fairly wed to this community for now).

I told Chuck on hearing Tina describe the lots that we were going for a drive – and we loaded up the mamamobile with the kids and dog and headed for the hills to check out the lot. I LOVED THEM. What a view! I’m ready to make an offer. They are two acre lots – and I know enough of the neighbors to know I would like my children to live there. We now live across the street from a multiple convicted child molester and across the street from an apartment building with parolees housed in it. Advantages are location to a coming soon fancy Safeway, and being very, very close to the elementary school, YMCA and Chuck’s office. I also really like a lot of features about the house we are in – including lots of built in storage, and inlaid original hard wood floors. Despite this I got home and called my mortgage broker to ask what are options are for buying the lot and Candy to see about the advisability, and left a message with our realtor. All systems are go. I sent Chuck back to the location to get the numbers to call and we left messages with him too. I think we want to secure the lot we like the best (sewer, water, power, etc already setup) and then figure out how to go about building in the next couple of years.

Here are my goals for our home:

1. A large, light kitchen, with a “bar” to sit next too and room for a very large farm style table. The table will be the center of the house – homework, family games, and family meetings, drinking wine with the girls, craft projects, and poker games with our friends. If we can fit a big table like this in the kitchen and the kitchen is big enough, I don’t know that we even need a dining room. We are not formal entertainers, we tend to serve beer and little smokees in front of the game or host fish fry barbeques in the summer.
2. A big yard. The kids need to be able to play ball, we like entertaining outside.
3. Outdoor fireplace and hot tub.
4. I would like the kitchen to be open to a family room – when I’m making dinner or 10 quarts of spaghetti sauce like I did last Monday night – I want to be able to interact with those on the leather couches.
5. The leather couches will be set in a big family room – with a game table, our big screen and lots of rooms for friends to gather on Saturdays in the fall and watch college football (if you can’t beat them, join them – Beavs had a good day today coming back from a 30-13 deficit to beat the undefeated Cougars by 4). Although can I take a short break here to tell you how frustrating it is when I cannot get chuck’s attention to talk about the lots because he’s watching football???
6. Our master bedroom doesn’t have to be huge, but my closet does as does the Jacuzzi tub.
7. A kid zone – bedrooms and a big playroom that will accommodate the video game consoles, foosball tables, etc that are sure to be part of our lives for years to come. We want all the kids in the neighborhood to want to be at our house and feel welcome. Not because we covet chaos, but so we know where our kids are and get to know their friends. We also have many close friends who's kids are our kid's bestest buddies. Ideally when we have the whole gang over the kids will have someplace seperate to play allowing the adults to visit without screeching kids running laps through the kitchen like we now enjoy.
8. An office for me to work from home. With broadband access.
9. A place to do crafts for me! (sewing room?)
10. A place for Chuck to store and play all those flippin’ guitars.
11. Office space for Chuck.
12. A comfortable place for guests. With their own bathroom, somewhat distanced from the family areas. We love guests.
13. Lots of wood - exposed beams on the ceilings - lots of window light. Solid surface counters. Two ovens! Lots of storage. Energy Efficient and water tight.
14. A big stone fireplace.

Shouldn’t I have this?