Posts Tagged ‘NYE’


My baby girl turned 26 today. She got married this past July to her wonderful Alex. For someone who writes and edits other writers for a living, it’ll be amazing to others (just as it is to me) that I have no good words to describe how proud of BOTH of them that Roy and I are.


She’s done well for herself. Considering all she’s been through in her young life and considering how she was underestimated in elementary, middle, and high school by teachers and administrators, all I have to say to them is “I told you so.” I’m proud that I taught her to fight for herself and to never be a victim of any circumstances … no matter what they are.


Kara, Papa Roy and I … your renegade Placerville mama and step-papa … love you dearly. We are beyond proud of you and are honored to be part of your life. We are there for both you and Alex … NO MATTER WHAT.


… and Baby Girl?

I’m proud we can be adult friends.


I love you, Bug.



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As 2013 ends and 2014 begins, we shout “hooray”. This has been a fantastic year, and we are looking forward to another great year coming. We continually remake ourselves depending on what life tosses our way. So … when someone tells us that we can’t do something … we prove them wrong … and we announce ourselves as we go.


We’ve been able to once again land on all 4s and carry forward, no matter what gets tossed in our paths. We firmly believe that we can do anything we truly desire … and we continually strive toward it.


I know that you may think we’re nuts … but whatever … we learned a long time ago to say “thank you” when someone says we’re weird or nuts or not normal. We live our lives happily and hope you do too.


We wouldn’t want to be normal. Like we’ve said many times, being normal would be boring and no fun whatsoever.

Thus, as 2013 ends and 2014 begins (geez, Jill will be SIXTY this year … and she feels more often than not like she’s 16 instead of 60 … and Roy keeps trying to catch up to her age-wise, but he never will …) … we’ll end with this:

Being normal sucks. Go out there and make waves. Stir the pot. Enjoy life. Cause a ripple. Turn things upside down every once in a while. Let your light shine brightly.



Happy 2014!   We wish you a joyful and prosperous new year.



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Oh dear *GOD*, the PC crowd and the lamestream media make me laugh. They are pathetic, to say the least. I was told today by someone I barely know I should try to be more “PC” and “fit in”. They don’t like my political posts and/or views. So as the last working day of the year comes to a close, I offer this:


I will *perhaps* if they will … but don’t hold your breath on that.

I wish you a prosperous new year full of freedom and without government intervention, without censorship, without the thought police, and without the politically correct BS crowd.


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Baby Girl


(This was taken just 3 days ago at the Bridal Shower/Tea for my “baby girl”, Kara.)

It’s hard to believe that my baby girl is 25 years old as of today, New Years Eve. It seems to me like she should still be riding on my hip … or tagging along with her hand in mine … or yelling at her older brothers (she always was the one in charge, even though she was the youngest). She was a beautiful baby. She is a beautiful young woman. She’ll make a beautiful bride next July 4th.

Most importantly, she has a beautiful, kind, and loving spirit.

Happy birthday, baby girl! I am proud and honored to be your mother. I wish I could take credit for how wonderful you are, but it’s all you.


My Beautiful “Baby” Girl on 12.28.13

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I work for the State of California Employment Development Department in the Unemployment Insurance Division on Capitol Mall in Sacramento, 2 blocks from the Capitol Building. I know I’ve said this before, but I am reiterating it for a reason.

I am quite well aware of what most people think of government workers and, in particular, state workers and, even more so, those of us blessed with working in Unemployment Insurance. You can’t fool me. I *know* what most of you think … that we are all lazy, stupid, overpaid, do-nothing’s, sucking off the taxpayers. (No, that would be people like BO, the current occupier of the White House, and his gang of crooks.).


Hold that thought close to your hearts and think about that throughout the Christmas season as you go to your parties.

Yesterday (Thursday) I worked from 7am to 6pm. I worked 7am to 5pm today (Friday). Tomorrow (Saturday) I’ll work 7am to 5pm yet again. Then on Sunday, I’ll work 9am to 4pm, just to get up on Monday and work 7am to 6pm (yes, that’s right … you read all of those hours correctly). Tuesday … Christmas Eve … I’ll work 7am to noon, taking the afternoon off, wanting to spend *some* Christmas time with my family. I have Christmas Day off since I hold that day to be a holy celebration. I’ll be at work the day after Christmas from 7am to 6pm yet again, as well as on Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I get Saturday off (woo) to attend my beloved daughter’s wedding shower (gee, we actually do have families and lives too). Then I get New Years Day off, when I’ll probably sleep all day, just to be back at it the day after. How many of you are willing to do that?

There may be some government workers that are lazy but there are many private industry workers that are too. My point is …. the vast majority of the government workers put their hearts and souls into what they do.

I get tired of the clichés.

Oh, hell, I just get TIRED.


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