Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Projects on the Table, A Call for Help...

This is for family members and close friends near and far...
I have some projects that apply to you and am requesting your e-mailed "donation" of a photo of you and your loved ones. This includes you, Frank and Barbara, heehee!

Project #1
I am making an album for Sean with all of his family member's and our friend's photos inside. This will be a little book for him to look at on car trips, during our 2nd and 3rd block of Church, and so on. Please help me out and send me (through e-mail, the best way) a recent photo (headshot preferred) of you and any of his cousins. That way you are not strangers to him when you meet him next time.

I will be compiling it all into a file and will ask Mike to help me e-mail it out to you all. I will right everybodies names underneath the photo (ex: Grandpa Blah, Grandma Blah Uncle Blah Blah, Aunt Blah, Cousin Blabla).

If you would like this "album" for your kiddos, let me know. -BUT- you must send a photo or else it won't work... it's not that hard people...please?

Of course, you will not want my friends in your album, so I will not send those.

Oh, and let me know if you have a special name/nickname for particular family members or the grandparents, such as Grandpa Rueckert or Oma Barbara, auntie, or tio, or whatever. Just let me know in your e-mail...
This project has been haunting me and I want to get it done, so e-mail away!

I thought this would be a good way for Sean to get to know you all, especially those of you who are far away :o(
We miss you guys!

Project #2
I don't know about you guys, but Sean loves being read to. It would be nice if Frank and Barbara could read a book on video camera and then I can edit it and send you all a copy. Pop it in the DVD player and your kiddos have instant Gramma and Grampa...What do you all think? I hope you aren't camera shy Frank and Barbara... It will also give us parents a few minutes to ourselves..haha.

Project #3
I e-mailed Fawn and reminded her of her idea to have a "just us Rueckerts" reunion this summer. What do your calendars look like? We are short on vacation days, so maybe a weekend would be fun...camping or the like? Let us know...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Economically Brainwashed

So I made this huge pot of Pozole, and now I regret making so much. I think to myself- in these hard economic times, why am I making so much food that I don't really want to give away to others (selfish?)? I am so used to making a big batch of the stuff because its nice to have leftovers and sometimes invite others to have some. It feels like I need to horde things, even though we aren't really "suffering" through hard eceonomic times the way some people might be (I am grateful that Mike is still employed). I think I am getting brainwashed by the current economic society to save, horde, use coupons, by on sale items, clearance items, not use so much energy to save money, be thrifty, so on and so forth. I think that we have been blessed to still have Mike working, and still be able to do things every now and again like before this economic dive.
I guess in the end, it doesn't hurt to save money, if it means we can have fun or invest in something later on. What are your thoughts? Does anyone else feel obligated to save money? Maybe you are having a tough time, what do you do to help yourself through it?

I think I will share my Pozole with a friend...share the wealth, right?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Shallow Kitchen Sink

I CAN"T wait until I move out of this place and into a house of my own! I will make sure the kitchen sink is not shallow. My pots do not fit inside the sink . Arrgh! If I am filling a pot with water and forget about it as I am cooking, it will often spill out and on to the counter. Mess! I can't have the water on full blast either because it splashes out. Flthup!

Well, I can at least say I have developed the good habit of wearing an apron.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Shopping Bags

I have so many plastic shopping bags. I recycle them. I also bought the reusable kind, but I often forget them in the car or at home, making it so I have more plastic bags. My mom put bags over my dad's feet so he could walk out into the rain and not get mud on his shoes when he went into the backyard. (Yes, he has rain boots, but this was faster). Ingenious, I say. What do you do with them?

25 Things

Okay, so I have been tagged many times, I can't avoid it any longer. But really, who will read all of these? So I will keep it short, ask questions if you want me to expand.

1. I am afraid of aliens.
2. I have Sleep Paralysis (partially the reason for #1).
3. I am getting my hair laser removed.
4. I do not give in to my obsessions.
5. I wish I was Wonder Women.
6. I appreciate classic cars.
7. I own a Civic Hybrid.
8. I bite my nails (arrgh).
9. I have very vivid dreams (therefore, #1).
10. I am an amateur artist.
11. I love recycling.
12. I sat on a drunk driving cholo to keep him from running away.
13. I threw discus in High School.
14. I bake my own bread now.
15. I am scared of the dark.
16. I chased a peeping tom with a bottle of Tapatio as a weapon.
17. I can do an oil change.
18. I rescue lost dogs.
19. I am an aggressive person. No fear.
20. I watch concerts on TV, but have only been to 2 real ones.
21. I am an arachnophobe. Seriously.
22. I am an Anthropology major.
23. I think I am invincible sometimes.
24. I am a tomboy, as much as I try not to be.
25. I sometimes do not think before I act.

I tag: Heather

Friday, January 23, 2009

What’s a Medicine Cabinet For?

So I was thinking today, what is a medicine cabinet's use? I don't have medicine in my "medicine cabinet." I store my make-up remover, deodorant, facial lotion, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, Chapstick, and other items (including my hubbie's stuff). Is that what other people put in their cabinets? I don't snoop in other people's medicine cabinets, so I couldn't tell you what others do with it. I grew up with my medicines in a kitchen cabinet. So, naturally, I continue to do it the same way. I have so many different cold medicines, allergy pills, and vitamins that they wouldn't fit in the cabinet anyway. It works for me, so I guess that's what matters.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Is it normal for me to have a sock collection? I enjoy organizing my sock drawer, is that strange? I had a pair of socks with little pictures of sushi on them (up until Jake the Dog decided to eat them, I think he was confusing them for real sushi), is that okay? Lets not get started on the socks with toes phase I went through. I tend to keep socks long after their pair has gone missing, pining away for the day that the dryer may decide to return my favorite sock from its dark depths...

I know where I got each pair: who gave them to me, when I purchased or received them, and where I purchased them from. I can probably still lead you to the sock store in San Francisco at Ghirardelli Square where I spent half an hour picking out 3 pairs of socks for $15.

I have so many socks, for different occasions, I feel like what's-her-name teacher from the Magic School Bus (Ms. Frizzle?). Anyway, I think I need an intervention, because my time is precious, and I think I would rather spend it with my son, and not pairing socks together and organizing them in a drawer.

I think that I will make a resolution to throw away socks that are missing their pair (how sad that sounds) and not buy anymore socks without asking myself, "Do I need these socks, or am I just giving in to my obsession?" If I do purchase them, I need to get rid of another pair. There, I admitted to my sock addiction.

P.S. To my horror, it has been almost a year since my sushi sock was eaten by Jake, I still had it's matching pair in my drawer when I pulled out socks for the photo...will I find the willpower to throw it out?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Yes, its mindless blogging at its best...

I have decided that I need to supplement my busy life with another blog. I have so many things rattling around in my head and no where to write them down. I walk around doing everyday mundane things as thoughts that put a smile on my face surface in my mind. Sometimes its just things that can only happen to me (it seems) need to be shared apart from my family blog. maybe you will relate and I won't be so odd by myself, with no end in sight...