Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Benny!!

It's been 4 years since I gave birth to this little cutie.  Can you believe it?  We planned a last minute gathering.

We just invited Benny's one set of grandparents. No extended family or friends.  There was a total of 6 of us here.

With everything that has been going on the last few weeks with my commute, Lydie's drama practices, and hubby's VFW volunteering, we haven't had a whole lot of down time.

The hubs grilled out steaks.  We had salad, potatoes, mac and cheese, and bread.  Everything was super yummy.

Since we decided to have a party last minute,we had not ordered a cake or made any preparations.  Usually, I order a cake from the grocery store.  Of course, those cakes are okay,but most of it goes to waste, because the frosting is too sweet.  Well, the hubby was close to a private bakery, because he was getting a hair cut.  He decided to pop in to see if they could make him a cake on such short notice.  As you can see, they could do this for us, and the co-owner, being a sci-fi fan was more than happy to make this spidey cake.  It cost us a bit more to than the typical mass-produced grocery store cake to have this cake custom made, but it's well worth it.  The filling is strawberry cream.  The icing is amazing.  I am supporting a local business.  I think we all came out winners here, and I plan to go back for all our special occasions

Total shameless plug of this bakery:
Batter Up Cakes
Love them!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

I Love Family History

Some of my favorite blog posts to read are about family history.  I love those old photos.  Even the ones that aren't so old, like 1980's.  They are someone's past, and there are great stories there.

I have been watching Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC.  It is a great show, if you haven't seen it already.  I've been curious about some of my family history.  My dad's side is a little more easy to research, because it's documented, but at some point, I would like to search my mom's side.  My mother has passed, and so have my grandparents.  My aunts are still here, but they are not getting any younger.  I have a finite window before a lot of that history starts fading away.

On my dad's side, my cousin sent me this amazing picture.  It's the wedding for one of my aunts.  My dad is back center.  This other people in the picture are all brothers and sisters.  My grandfather is the one in the suit next to the bride.  His wife, my grandmother, died when my dad was two.  I can't tell you how much I absolutely love this photograph.  I can't wait to get it printed and framed.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Friday!

My Lunch
My goodness!  Doesn't this smothered burrito look amazing?  My coworker's church is having a fundraiser, so I couldn't resist.  It's for a good cause...LOL!  I also got a banana pudding to take home to the family.  I made sure to wrap it up and put it in the fridge, so I would not be tempted to sit here at my desk and eat the whole darn thing.

Do you see my adding machine in the background?  I've never had one of those before.  I've hit the big time.  I use the one on my computer though.

My supervisor talked to her boss about getting me moved to an office closer to my home, and he approves it, but it's a matter of finding a place.  Then, he flew out of town for a conference.  Argh!  I hope to hear something next week, but we are moving in the right direction.

I took Lydie to the orthodontist Wednesday, and she is going to be getting braces in October.  It's expensive, but it's worth it.  I never had braces, because I just got lucky and never needed them.  My sister, Sunshine, had very crooked teeth, but we were poor kids, and never had the opportunity to have braces.  The hubby had braces, and he said his father made a bid deal about the cost, like it was an inconvenience, but that was his father's general attitude about being a parent (Don't get me started).  We have always vowed to be better parents than our parents, and we have made this an exciting time for Lydie.  The hubs gave me cart blanche for her to have it done, so I was able to sign all the paper work right away.  Fortunately, she just has a little crowding, so no need to have teeth removed or have those crazy palatal expansion.  I'll make sure to show you the pictures.

I'm supposed to be writing a final paper that's due in 9 days, so I better get to it.  Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Harvest Time!

I have apple trees in my backyard.  I live in a fairly arid climate, but this summer we have had quite a bit of rain, so the apples on my two trees did very well.  I think this is the first year we have ever had consumable apples.

Yesterday, I tried to make something like an apple crisp.  It's extremely tart, and I don't think the family is even going to eat it.  Oh well, I plan to try to see how it will taste with something like ice cream or milk.  I didn't say I was a chef.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Knitting Update

Oh gosh!  It seems like forever since I have posted anything knitting related!  I have been crazy with working and kids and working.  Anyway, I did manage to cast on the Mayapple Shrug I found on Ravelry.  I had to rip the pattern the first time, because the way it was written wasn't registering in my head.  I'm not good at directions either, if you remember some of my previous rippings.  Finally, I figured out it's a modified seed stitch.  Now, I'm in business.  I wish I had a better picture, but this is a quick cell phone pic.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I'm Back!

I'm back!  I've missed you guys.  I decided to take a few months (since the end of May) off to deal with a few things.  Namely, you guys know that my contract job was not renewed.  I have figured out one thing in the few months I have taken off of blogging.  I NEED to blog.  It is such a stress-reliever for me.  It is the journal entries I need in my life.

With that being said, I will give you a little catch up.

I kind of left you on a little cliffhanger.  I had an interview scheduled for an associate systems analyst job, and the great news is that I got the job!!  I did not have a lapse in jobs.  I went straight from my contract job to my permanent job.  Okay, here is the downside.  I am working in the city (Denver), and it's 1 1/2 hrs drive.  I know, that sucks!!  I have been in this position a month.  I can do this job from home, which I did one day last week when I had a dentist appointment.  I emailed my boss begging her to let me work at some of our locations closer to home.  I'm not asking for special treatment, like working from home every day, but we have locations way closer than this.  She said she is considering it, and I'm sure she needs to make arrangements, but conveniently, she has been out of the office for the last two weeks. Ugh!  Tomorrow, she should be back, and I HOPE she has decided to stop dragging this out.

Teeth Cleaning

Wait, before you think, "Sapphire is a mean mom for posting pictures of her kid getting his teeth drilled."  He is getting his teeth cleaned.  Dental work has been the recent theme of how my money has been going POOF!  Benny's teeth are fine.  No cavities, hallelujah!  Unfortunately, Lydie needs orthodontic work.  We are waiting for the consult on the 20th.

Over this summer, I have had a root canal, and it didn't quite go as planned.  Granted, I did this to myself neglecting my teeth for the last 5 years or so.  My root was calcified and very curved, so I had to go to an endodontist twice, because the first time the tooth would not go dead.  A bit of narcotics helped the 2nd time.  Then, I had to get the temp and permanent crowns from my regular dentist.  Lesson learned.  I have another cleaning in 3 months, and I am going to keep on top of it.

Who is this grown-up looking person?  As you can see, Lydie has grown up quite a bit this summer.  She is 12 and almost taller than me, and I'm not short.  Plus, she's wearing size 11 shoes!  I can't handle this. Slow down!  She decided to get a pretty dramatic hair cut.  She picked a great style!

Lydie has been busy with community theatre.  She is on the tech crew of the production of Holes.  She loves set design.  Remember, she's quite the talented artist, got that from dad, not me.  Saturday, she found out she is a townsperson on the production of Sleepy Hollow.  We haven't gotten the script, so I am not sure if she has lines, yet.  It's a great activity for her.  And she starts school this Thursday.

Never a good sign to see the hubby looking under the dishwasher to determine where a leak is coming from.  This dishwasher came with the house, and had multiple issue, so we decided to take advantage of Memorial Day sales, and got a new dishwasher.  The combination of the sales and coupons got me a $600 dishwasher for $400, the price of a normal dishwasher.  This girl is spoiled with the new dishwasher.  You can barely hear the thing running.  It's amazing!

My New Baby!
Lydie and I attended Denver Comicon for the first time.  The event is enormous, and there we so many people. I took a picture with Edward James Olmos while we were at Denver Comicon.  I thought, I could not touch him, because there are very specific rules for interacting with the celebrities.  He just came right up, put an arm around me, and posed for the picture.  
Don't we look related?  Well, we're both Hispanic, so maybe we have some similar ethnic features.  He's a very kind man.  I wish I could have chatted with him forever!

That about sums it up for the summer.  I know the biggest request I have had is to have more pictures of the kids. I will work on that.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Well, That Was Unexpected

Yesterday, I wrote about my job, and how today, I would find out if my project only position would be permanent.  Today, I found out that they will not be keeping me on after June 30th.  What did I do?  I cried right at the table as they told me blah, blah, blah, we know you've been here 8 years.  Blah, blah, we kept an idiot who cheated on his proficiency exam.  We also kept someone you trained.  I'm not very happy about this as you can imagine.

I walked straight out the back door in tears.  I was trying to calm down in my car when I got a call from one of my colleagues. He had been hired permanently a while back.  He and his team lead wanted to take me to coffee.  I tried to explain that I was currently crying in my car.  They said that was okay.  So over coffee the team lead had a rather colorful language that would make a sailor blush about how it was complete b.s. that I didn't get hired, and she couldn't believe who was kept.  Her whole team was expecting me to be hired.  It made me feel good that so many people were just flabbergasted and pissed off on my behalf.  So she told me to email my resume to her, and it was their mission to make sure I got hired.

I got back to my car feeling a little better.  I texted my coworkers that I would not be returning to the clinic today, because I was too upset.  That was still true, but mostly I said, f--- it!!  As soon as I got off hospital property, my cell phone started ringing.  I got a call from another department supervisor, because she had just been forwarded my resume, and she is interested in interviewing me Tuesday.  Wow!  That was fast!  I had just pulled out of the driveway.

Well, the job search is on for me again.  Worst case scenario, I go back to the switchboard, but I really don't like that option.  The hubs is supportive and even took me for margaritas.  I'll be okay, but I'm still a bit of an emotional wreck.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Busy, Busy Month


Ugh!  I've been an awful blogger lately.  There has been so much going on lately.  I will try to catch you, but in order to do so, I'll do it in chunks.  Sounds good.

So today involves school and work:


I finished all of my Spring classes, so that's a good thing.  I managed two A's and a B.  I'm finished with my community college classes.  I'm now working on my junior year classes.  You should have seen me during finals week.  I had three different papers I had to turn in.  One was 8 pages, one was 5 pages, and one was 17-25 pages.  It's a good thing I'm a good typist.  I have one class I am taking right now.  Taking one class at a time is so much nicer, and I deserve the break.

I did get a scholarship of $1,000 for next semester.  That's going to help immensely!  My Bachelor's program classes are so much more expensive than community college.  Fortunately/unfortunately, I make more money, so next year, I probably won't qualify for a Pell Grant anymore.  I'll make it work, though.  I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.


It's going to be an emotional few days.  If you remember, a year ago, I took this job.  It is only a contract job, with the possibility of being hired on permanently.  There are 25 of us (I think), and they will only be keeping 10 of us.  Last week, I had to re-interview for my job.  Tomorrow, I find out if I will be able to continue in this position.  Some will find out today.  I've got some major jitters.  When I interviewed, I pointed out that I have been her almost 8 years, so obviously, this isn't a job to me.  I've made career out of working for the same company.  I hope they take that into consideration.  I am fairly sure they will keep me on, but you never know what management is thinking.  I will keep you posted.

I'll post more happenings in the next few days.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's Me from the 50's. Very Twilight Zone

This beautiful bride is my Aunt Gracie.  Her mother, my grandmother, died very young.  Aunt Gracie was left to help raise her 9 brothers and sister.  Trust me, she never has stopped taking care of us.  Remember when my sister, Sunshine, was ill.  She brought us tamales every day that we were in town.

She was married today in 1954 in Mexico.  Unfortunately, my uncle in this photo died over 10 years ago.  It would have been their 60th wedding anniversary.  This is one of the most beautiful old photos I have seen in a long time, and I'm happy to have an electronic copy of a bit of family history.

Now, here's the Twilight Zone part.  When my cousin posted this photo, I made a little double take.  I had to show my coworkers.  It's ME!  Who fired up the way-back machine?

Lets compare shall we..

That's me.
You just don't escape genetics. Wow!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I'm Back!!

Hi everyone!  It's been a very long time since I posted.  There's been so much going on.  Of course, you know I had a very difficult work assignment, so I wasn't able to do school work or blogging while I was in clinic.  Yes, I know that I am at work to work, but the general nature of my job is that I am busy for the first week or two, and the rest of the time, I sit in a spot and don't do much.  Then, I have to keep myself looking busy by doing homework, blogging, or reading blogs.  Since I was not able to do those things at work, it meant I spent a lot of my time at home doing homework.  It does cut into my family time, which is hard.

The good news is that I am back in infusion, the one down the street from where I live.  I know the staff and patients already.  They have some new software components, and they are doing great.  I suspect I'll be getting a lot of homework done at work again, so I am happy that my home time will be better.

I did want to share some mini-vacation photos.  We went up into the Estes Park during Spring Break for three nights.  We rented a lovely cabin and commenced the rest and relaxation.  Benny enjoyed the cookies as evident by the chocolate on his face.  The hubs and Lydie went to Rocky Mountain National Park, and Benny and I hung out at the cabin.  Next time we are staying way longer.

 Do you see this bull elk?  Apparently, the cabins are his territory.  He is fat and happy on some bird feeders.  They named him Brat, and he's always there.

I will write more often.  I hope everyone is well.  I need to catch up on my blog reading as well, so you will be seeing my comments on you blogs.  They'll be a little late, but they will be there.