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Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
4:35 pm
Posted on Amy's myspace blog:
"Rost in Transration
Current mood: curious

Ohayoo gozaimasu.
The girls and I had real Japanese sushi for the first time on Wednesday. It was one of those places with the food on a conveyer belt, so you can just pick up what you want, and it's priced by the color of the plate. We only recognized the salmon sashimi and the tuna sashimi. So I sat by the conveyer belt and sniffed everything as it went by. Is that wrong?
I'm on GREEN TEA OVERLOAD! It's coming out of my pores.
Jaa mata!"
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
7:06 pm
...so Amy's probably already insulted the Japanese businesspeople who are supposed to pay her
Amy and Crista flew into Nagoya after 11 pm last night. They were met by a big group of people who took them out to celebrate. Amy was tired and annoyed and wouldn't order anything. She just drank water, and one of the translaters kept asking if she had a headache. Amy told her she was just tired. Great. She said the apartment is new and cute but small. Mom, tell Pop there's a McDonald's around the corner. Amy and Crista ate their first breakfast there. Hopefully, they can do some grocery shopping soon!
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
4:34 pm
How did I get so boring?
After signing a contract that said she would be leaving for Japan "on or about June 1st", Amy is finally packing to leave on Monday. Hmm...only 2 months late. The contract was originally for 3 months of dancing, but with all the delays she had her boss change it to 2 months so she can get back for the Rockettes season which starts Oct. 12--rehearsals in Myrtle Beach. She got her 1st choice cast--Houston/Dallas, so all of the Texas relatives are thrilled. The casting has been really weird this year, though. There's a new director, so I'm sure she's making a lot of changes. The 60% girls have all been told which casts they're in, and one of Amy's friends who is a Rockette who had to audition has been told she's made it. ...but there's still an open audition on Monday! I think it's weird that they've made all of these decisions before all the auditions are finished.
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
8:58 am
Kyle has a new uniform.
It has Mickey heads on the tie, regardless of his boss's statement that "Disney security is no Mickey Mouse operation." : ) You don't know (wait, some of you do) how wonderful it is to hug him good bye in the morning and know that he's going off to the Happiest Place on Earth--not The Place with the Most IED's. OK, he'll still wear BDU's for a weekend a month, and that means there's still a possibility he could be deployed again for the next 2-3 years, but right now things are good.

About Dead Man's Chest--Barbossa is dead, isn't he? What the heck? Now I have to wait a whole year to find out why he didn't die? AAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!
Monday, June 12th, 2006
9:26 am
Kid update
Wow, I haven't done this in a long time.

Amy's roommate has left on her Holland America contract, so Amy's being very bored right now waiting to get word from Spectrum (the company that hired her for the Japan gig) about WHEN SHE'S COMING OUT HERE! She's supposed to be here for 2 weeks for rehearsal, but it keeps getting pushed back so much that John's afraid she won't make it back for the Rockette season! As far as that goes, she's turned in her request for which cast, and she chose Dallas/Houston first. Then Chicago/Boston is 2nd, New York 3rd, Nashville 4th and Toronto 5th. We're all very anxious to see where they'll put her; I'm betting she'll get her first choice. She wants to do the New York cast eventually, of course; her dream is to actually perform on the Radio City stage, but she's having a good time in the touring casts and learning all the shows.

Kyle has been through the interview process with Disneyland security, and they're currently doing a background check. If he gets the job, he'll probably start on graveyard shift. Next week he needs to go to the veteran's office at Cal State Fullerton and start getting help getting into school.

I requested prayers for Marty's bio-mom awhile back, and I hesitate to say too much about it because Marty doesn't really like his life to be public. She's been in and out of the hospital; she's currently in and considered terminal. While she's home, Marty is care-giver, and I'm so proud of how well he does. It's an awful lot of pressure on a 20-year-old. He's constantly stressed, and I do all I can to get him away occasionally. He is taking a summer class at Harbor College which will hopefully give him emotional relief. I think I'm having lunch with him today, but I need to wait for him to call.
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
8:22 am
06-06-06 : )
I always thought it was cool as a teacher to point out numerically interesting days, but when you think about it every day only happens once a century. I watched all the news broadcasts about the goths planning weddings today, the new Left Behind book coming out (even though I think these guys are really clutching at straws, now), and, of course, the remake of The Omen opening.


IT'S THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MY DADDY'S ORDINATION! Of course, he's been retired for years, now, but being a pastor is one of those careers you never stop being. He still takes it very seriously, volunteering at the hospital and filling the pulpit whenever there's a need. I say quite often that my dad is my hero, and this is just an opportunity to remind everyone. YAY FOR MY DAD, AND THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE!
Monday, May 29th, 2006
9:11 am
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
7:53 pm
OK, well, I finally know what Constantine looks like. Amy went to Boston Conservatory with him and was very excited to find out last year that he was on American Idol. She didn't watch it until she found out he was on it, and I didn't watch it at all, but I just saw him on the red-carpet thing tonight.

I don't remember which year it was, but one of Amy's friends (whom I've seen perform, and he's awesome) auditioned and was told he's too trained. Because of all the implications of Chet's experience, Amy wouldn't watch any of these "contest" shows. This year, though, she got hooked and got me hooked. As long as you watch it just for entertainment and don't really expect anything to be "fair", it's fun.
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
9:19 pm
Three years ago a stranger came to my door and took my son away. After months of crying and arguing, I had come to terms with what he was doing. I had developed a sense of pride, but I was never happy about it. I almost fell over from shock when we received letters from basic; I knew the sergeants made them write, but it was still a shock. We went to Kentucky for family weekend, and I was again shocked by the "lean, mean" young man he had become. He graduated and was sent to Fort Hood. We knew by then that he would be in Iraq within months. We went to Texas a month before he left. I was sick the whole weekend, and I know it was psychological. That horrible, horrible weekend was only the beginning of a year of unspeakable torment.

Today he came home on terminal leave, which just means that he's on leave until the day he's officially out of the army. I've always said that it's too easy for me to slip back into "daughter" mode when I go to my mom's--let her wait on me and do everything for me. Kyle brought home a big bag of dirty laundry, but he also helped with dinner. When I told him to tell his dad that dinner was ready, he screamed across the house ("I could've done that."). He was being goofy when John walked into the kitchen, and John pointed out that he's only that way with his mama. I said I had pretty much figured that out. I know there is so much more underneath, now, but at least he is able to still act like my boy for me.

I don't think I've ever mentioned that Radio City automatically re-hires 60% of the Rockettes for the next season. Once that list comes out, those girls know that they have a job without auditioning--quite a relief. The other 40% do get to audition before they audition brand-new girls. We just found out that Amy is on the 60% list, so she can go off to Japan knowing that she has a job when she comes back.
Friday, May 12th, 2006
6:20 pm
My children, nieces and nephews
Oh, my, so much has happened, lately.

Amy had just contacted her former boss at Knott's to see if she could dance in the summer show again. Then she said she was walking around Central Park praying because she felt so lost since she hadn't been offered a job since Rockette season ended. When she got home, there was an email offering her a summer job dancing in a legends show in Japan. She'll be coming home for 2 weeks because they rehearse in LA (yay!); then they'll leave for Japan mid-June. The really cool thing is that one of her friends from the Knott's show is also going and will be her roommate.

Kyle filled out the paperwork to join the National Guard last week. He signed out of the army today, but he can't sign out of his unit until Monday, which seems a little backwards to me. He's putting his furniture in a Uhaul trailer and driving his Jeep back to California next week. He reports to the Fullerton office of the National Guard by July 4.

Earlier last month, my brother called and asked if Amy and I would go to Disneyland the next day. We had a really good time! He wanted us there because it meant the adult-child ratio was 1:1--him, their nanny, Amy, me, Kailen and the triplets (You can figure out which are the adults and which are the children.). Neil told my mom that it was probably his best day at Disneyland. The kids were great; excited to be there but very patient. Ethan talked my ear off, as usual; Jaclyn has matured an awful lot, and Madlyn and Kailen were their usual lovely selves. In the evening, our middle sister stopped at one of the hotels on their way to our mom's, so we all trekked over to see her and her kids, who are also sweethearts. Jared ate his self-designed pizza while making insightful comments about Anita. Amy talked to Emma about the fact that she wants to be an actress (which I didn't even know!). Then at the end of the month, I went to Kansas City to stay with my sister's girls while she and her husband took a much-deserved long weekend in Vegas. When Susie first asked me, I asked, "Can I drive on the right-hand side of the road?" She laughed but reminded me that I had to drive the handicap van, so I learned how to do the scooter-crane-van thing. Rachel gets around on the scooter like a champ! It was also weird watching Stephanie do her teenage-social things. Like Amy said, "No! She's still a baby!" : ) Yeah, she's almost driver-age! Wow, I have such amazing children and nieces and nephews!
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
8:28 am
The Da Vinci Code
I just heard that a cardinal has suggested that the Catholic church sue the movie-makers. My sister asked if I thought she should read the book. I tried to get my mom to read it, and I gave it to my children, so I guess that answers that question. I remember Amy being upset with some of theories the book places forward, and my only answer to her was that it's fiction. Interestingly, I was never offended, and I think I've just figured out why. As I was growing up, my dad was very anti-Roman, so I grew up with more of a puritan-Lutheran background than I probably needed. One thing that really stuck with me was that "holy relics" probably aren't real and shouldn't be worshiped. That was strengthened when Pastor Meuter taught me the word adiagrapha (I'm not sure how to spell it, and I can't even find it in an online Greek lexicon!), which means basically all of the parts of worship that exist because of tradition. They're not necessary for our salvation and possibly not Biblical. Pastor Meuter believed that the ONLY necessary part of worship is the knowledge that Christ is our savior, and ALL the rest is adiagrapha! That is why I'm not offended by any assertions made by The Da Vinci Code.
Monday, May 1st, 2006
6:11 am
Sent to me on myspace:
The First of May is Shopping Day!

Illegal immigrants are planning a nationwide boycott of all goods and services on Monday, May 1st. They have marched in our streets and demanded rights as a reward for breaking our country's law. They hope to show that they have an impact on our economy, they hope to hurt American business, they hope to emotionally and economically blackmail us into submission.

So what can we do? All Americans who support LEGAL immigration but demand that all immigrants RESPECT our law are asked to act on May 1st. Wear RED or BLUE that day(They will be wearing white), and go SHOPPING.

If you have to grocery shop, make it May 1st. Need gas in your car? Fill it up May 1st. Buy Mother's Day gifts, buy summer clothes, buy whatever you need, but BUY THAT DAY.

American citizens outnumber illegal immigrants, and we MUST make ourselves heard. Wear red or blue to! show your pride in your country, and your opposition to weak border and amnesty legislation. And GO SHOPPING! Let's make May 1st a day to remember, and remind Congress that the illegal immigrants they cower before can't vote. We can. And we will.

The First of May is Shopping Day!


Forward this to everyone on your email list, at work, at school, your friends, your family. We CAN make ourselves heard. We CAN remind the politicians that WE are the ones that put them in office, and that it's OUR tax dollars they're squandering. Pass the word along and make your voice heard!

To read more on what the Illegal Immigrants plan to do on May 1st. Go to...http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/

--- I have to point out that I am not against people immigrating to this country, I just ask that it's done legally and that our laws are respected. Land of Oportunities doesn't mean free hand outs!

added by me--if I notice any businesses that are closed for the boycott I will never, ever patronize that business again!!!!
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
1:32 pm
May Day walkout
I don't quite get it. This is supposed to prove that we should be allowing illegal activity? ...or just another excuse not to work or go to school?
Friday, April 28th, 2006
11:41 am

LJ Interests meme results

  1. beatles:
    since the age of 9 when I first saw them on a magazine cover and my dad told me Paul was Ringo
  2. cav scouts:
    That's what Kyle is.
  3. dead like me:
    : ( I miss that show so much! I can't ever remember the name or day or time or channel that Mandy Patinkin's new show is on.
  4. fine dining:
    I'm way too expensive for my current lack of income.
  5. jamaica:
    I want to live there. It's one of my best memories from the Westerdam cruise.
  6. lewis black:
    He's hilarious, even though we disagree on a few things.
  7. musicals:
    I prefer stage to screen, but I only get to see one or two a year. We're going to _Wicked_ for my birthday.
  8. raymond michael:
    ...old college buddy and favorite Elvis impersonator
  9. sleeping:
  10. the last unicorn:
    I'm Molly, you know.

Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
10:03 pm
"What we do for ourselves, dies when we do, what we do for those around us and others is immortal" - Albert Pines.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
12:52 pm
Does this mean I'm going to be governor?
<td align="center"> Kathy --

A real life terminator

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com</td>
Monday, April 24th, 2006
10:38 pm
Child Labor Laws
For decades, child labor laws were ignored. Children were paid almost nothing for manual labor and worked almost to death--used until they were used up. It wasn't until 1938 that Congress passed the Federal Wage and Hour Act that enforced child labor laws that had been in effect for decades. It took 3 more years for the Supreme Court to declare it constitutional. Companies that relied on cheap child labor actually had to start paying a living wage. Well, guess what? Since they couldn't use children anymore, they turned to illegal immigrants. Children, for the most part, probably weren't aware that they were being used. Are illegal immigrants aware? ...or do they just know that the pittance they're making illegally is more than they would make in their home countries? If we start enforcing current immigration laws, who will be left for unscrupulous companies to use?
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
9:40 pm
Aahhh...to have my children home.
They've both been home for less than a day, and already I hear the lovely, shrill sounds of "Kyle, stop that!" coming from the other side of the house. They're 24 and 21; I'm not even going to get up and see what's going on. Oh, wait, Kyle just came in wearing a pith helmet and drew an airsoft pistol on me. ...should've figured....
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
10:13 am
weird habits?
Once you are tagged you MUST write a blog about your 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next six people to be tagged and list their names.

-Tagged by peresnickety

OK, I haven't been ignoring this-just pondering. I've come to realize how boring I've become since I quit teaching. I even put out a bulletin on myspace for people to tell me weird habits, and I thought I'd get a LIST from my son, at least, but the only response came from my sister who said I must be doing pretty well if even my sister can't think of any weird habits. I've thought of some things I don't do anymore, so I'm going to include those. ...and some of these aren't really habits. Here's my try:

1. It took me decades to realize that chocolate puts me to sleep. My sister says she remembers me falling asleep all over the place. Now I try to limit chocolate to just before bedtime.

2. When I had pets, I used to sing off-key random tunes with their names.

3. I get the urge to polka in the kitchen. I don't give into it anymore since I don't live with Susie, as she was the only one willing to be grabbed and polka-ed.

4. Since spending decades living with stubborn Tauruses and Gemini with Taurus tendencies, I've gone from the bossiest, most self-centered big sister in the world to the wimpiest wife and mother.

5. This is an actual habit: I spend Sunday morning reading the paper and cutting out coupons in bed, and I don't care who criticizes me about it.

6. When I log onto the internet, no matter what else I have to do, I check email, lj, and myspace, in that order, and sometimes get so distracted by those that I don't do what I sat down to do.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
7:32 pm
ABC remade The Ten Commandments?
Isn't that...illegal...or...something? How can anyone else be Moses? Who could replace Yul Brynner? ...or Vincent Price? ...or Edward G. Robinson? NNOOOOOOO!!!!!!
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