Laurie's Life (Denver Style)

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Friday, March 30, 2007

This just makes me oh so happy


Every night I seem to find all these things my family does to be quite funny. Yes there are the desperately annoying parts as well but who wants to hear about that?

So how come I can never remember anything that happened the night before when I sit down to post in the morning? I have the vaguest of notions of what happened but can't fluff them out to their full potential.

Sigh. I just need to remember to write stuff down.

ETA: How on Earth do I insert the blogrolling code into the "new and improved Blogger 2?" I know I am not the most techno-savvy chica on the planet but C'MON! Thanks :)

Double ETA: Is it lame that I was hella impressed with the fact that I figured this out? 9/2m-8=-5.5+4m I already know I'm lame so really?

Thursday, March 29, 2007


The last few weeks here in the Denver area have been absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful weather. Clear skys. As I got up this morning I was thinking, wow, the weather report says April is one of the snowiest months here. It'll be really weird for it to snow again after all this wonderful spring weather (actually the thought process was more like is it really going to snow again in April? But I'm taking creative license and making myself seem smarter)

So I take a step downstairs and see out the cut out window above my front door a winter wonderland.

I semi freak out as I've been wearing shorts all week and don't even know where pants are to take the kids to school. Then it dawns on me that I parked outside. Damn.

I guess I get to uncover the 7 inches that fell last night this morning before dumping the kids off. Joy.

How is your day going?

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Things that make you go hmmmmm...

I know a very, deeply religious couple. Very, very religious. Alcohol has never touched the lips. Whatever other things mandated by said religion (I know they lose A LOT of weight during lent) are done to the highest standards set forth by their church. Now for the good part.

The male had a vasectomy approx. 2 years ago (which I do find odd given their religion but eh, who am I to judge?). He went back faithfully for the two "spew in the cup and let us make sure you're firing blanks" checks. The male also has some heart problems. He was told that with his heart medication, it would be next to impossible for him to impregnate anyone. See where I'm going with this?

Yeppers, the female is pregnant. My first response was who's the baby's daddy? Everyone else cited their deep religious conviction (they did bring their priest to Sea World with them after all!) and the fact that there is no way she would ever. What do you think?

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Don't you wish...

...that on days you get to sleep in NOTHING would bother you to wake you up?

...that your children would listen to you instead of suffering the consequences?

...Rob and Amber hadn't been kicked off the Amazing Race as I now am too bored to watch it?

...that Sanjaya would get kicked off AI this week?

...that you never had to even own a pair of "fat pants"?

...that people wouldn't harass you to death about stuff you aren't going to help them with?

...everyone could write the wittiest blog posts daily instead of coming up with drivel like this?

...your girlfriend was hot like me?


Friday, March 23, 2007

What about you?

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.



Classical Liberal


Modern Liberal


Roman Catholic


Neo orthodox




Reformed Evangelical




Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


What's your theological worldview?
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Last night I did the most amazing thing! I ate ice cream...and didn't cry from the pain (I know, maybe I should have just NOT eaten ice cream right? Anything cold would do it so bite me)

Did I mention to you yesterday that I LOVE my new dentist? Oh yeah. Think that was the title. Oh and I now know how people become addicted to Percocet. But that's another post entirely.

Of course now that my tooth isn't in pain I feel like the dentist socked me in the face (he didn't. He's a very nice man. He fit me in yesterday even though they had no room. His next appt was April 9th and he didn't want me to be in pain until then. Collective "awwwwwwww".) But I can handle that pain. With Percocet of course! J/K I'm like a bizarre (albeit happy) stoned freak on the stuff.

The downside to all this dental work is that it's the weekend. And I'm on too many meds to drink. Which, you know, I like to do on the weekend. But since I'm not an alcoholic (seriously, I'm not. Stop laughing J) I can do this. Of course it's better knowing I have happy pills.

What are you doing this weekend?

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

I am in LOVE

with my new dentist. I am not in pain anymore. He and his staff (not that one) are all WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

What a fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Why don't I ever go to bed before midnight/1 am when I am so dead tired all the time?

Why won't the fing dentist see me to make the pain go away but insists I have a cleaning first?

Why won't my kids stop fighting (I figured full moon on this one but NOPE)?

Why did my dvr record Nick at Night when it was set to record American Idol?

Why does my son insist on wearing the same Spongebob shirt every day made even worse by the holes he says "Shannon made". (yeah right)?

Why did my husband have to find a job with no real schedule?

Why do interactive whiteboards cost so much money (but are so damn cool)

Why must we do the "dog and pony" show that is parent/teacher conferences when they never really have anything to say?

Why did I say I'd work in my daughter's class today?

Oh and yes, I would like some cheese with my wine. I like reds.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007


It really doesn't take a lot for me to get excited. Really because I lead a very boring life.

Making lemon bars excites me
Having my car cleaned excites me
The thought of going to the dentist on Thursday not only excites but thrills (much pain)
Dropping my son off at school excites me (no mother of the year award here)
Planning trips I'll probably never take excites me

None of these things are what's exciting me today though. Today I'm excited because I found a local guy on Craig's List. This guy, Larry, is my new best friend. He's my new best friend because:


It's the little things really

So tell me. What excites you?

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Things I'm trying to teach my kids (that my husband needs to learn as well)

These are just the "basics" of life types of things. Things like:

Don't ask mom where your clothes are 10 mins before you have to be somewhere. You know you are going. I don't keep a running tab on your wardrobe.

If people are still sleeping, don't run around the house being as loud as you can. This does in fact wake people up and piss them off at the same time.

If you make food, clean up the trash and crumbs and put your finished plate in the sink. Ditto if you spill coffee on the counter (or floor). Wipe it up! (the coffee part does not apply to my kids but could, I suppose be replaced with juice. Though the kids don't tend to spill as much as dad)

If it bothers you that we're wasting electricity (this again not so much the kids thing) then turn the lights off when you leave a room. Don't get pissy when others do it either. Lead by example.

If you need clothes washed, put them in the hamper. I will not hunt them down for you.

Put your keys/money/shoes/laptop bag/cell phone in the same place all the time. I do not want you to wake me up for any reason to have to help you find these items. We all need to be responsible for our own things.

Any others I've forgotten?

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Musically happy

Rolling with the "I'm lame" thing, I was totally stoked this morning when I read an article in the OC Register about Chester Bennington. It reminded me that I needed to go to Linkin Park's website and see if there is EVER any new music gonna be coming from these boys. I joyfully noted that yes, on May 15th they will (finally) release their new album.

And I smiled. I'm kind of sentimental about LP. Weird I know.

Then, for shits and giggles I decided to check on another fave of mine - Maroon 5. Apparently May is gonna be all kinds of musical fun as their album comes out on the 22nd. Hopefully today's going to be a good day. It's certainly shaping up that way (well except for the fact that I seem to have caught a cold. And I am a miserable wench when sick apparently. I don't see it but whatever)

How's your Friday? What's going to make you happy today?

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The beast has been finished

I have been reading this book for the last week. I can't remember the last time it took me a whole week to read a book but this is a big mother. 822 pages. I got it for 25 cents at the carnival at my kids school so really it was an excellent investment. Besides, I love the author.

I was really needing to finish the book. I did enjoy every minute of it but it's a bit of a downer. That and the fact that it never takes me that long to finish a book I enjoy was really working my nerves.

Last night I conquered the beast. I'm done. I'm vindicated. Now I feel as if I can move on with my life (ironic given the subject nature of the book). Time to watch the Real Housewives of the OC! I never said I wasn't lame!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Because I am stupid I didn't realize that when my husband got a new job I would have to get up with him. Not because I have to make him breakfast or even a cuppa. It's because the man is so damn loud in the morning there is no way I could sleep through it.


He got up at 6, went downstairs and left his fucking alarm on. While I'm trying to navigate the fucking Q by Motorola chiming away at me for the next 10 minutes (unsuccessfully I might add) I'm cursing up a storm (no 'gosh darnits' this am Julie!). Then he comes up and finally turns the thing off. Starts up the shower and closes the door. As I fall blissfully back to sleep he opens the door shining the bright light on my face, drags the clothes pile into the bathroom and loudly (I mean really? How loud are clothes?) searches for something. I ask what he's looking for. An undershirt.

Throw my tired butt out of bed and down the stairs (thank god the cat didn't try to kill me on the stairs for once. It would have worked) and grabbed a white shirt. Threw it at him muttering something about being "worse than the children". Hop back in bed and curl up. Start to sleep again. Dh comes out and starts rifling through a plastic bag. And rifling, and rifling. As I am about to murder him he thankfully stops. Then as I am getting comfortable once again, he throws his laptop on the bed, sits down hard and starts to put the thing in his bag. And he leaves. Just in time to live another day.

Go back to sleep AGAIN. Do I fall back to sleep? Almost. But dh then opens the garage door. Which is located right under my room. Said garage door is almost as loud as my husband.

Needless to say, I've been up since 6 this morning.

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Monday, March 12, 2007


This weekend we had my 12 year old dd's birthday party. It was "American Idol" style. She made the invitations (which were 'audition' style), the "golden tickets" to Hollywood week and the contestants numbers. We had 4 girls over and they sang and danced their little hearts out. It was too cute.

When they needed to be refueled we got some Subway and chips. Then at 7 I took them to "Ranch and Roll" which is a dance for middle school aged kids at one of our rec centers. The kids love going to this but I cringe every time I pick them up and see the other kids. Some of the girls are so "hoochie" it's unreal. The oldest they can be is 13 so really. Skeery.

While the kids went to the dance, I realized upon coming home that one of them had left her "myspace" page up and was logged in. I spent a stupid amount of time checking up on all the kids this girl knows. Again that feeling of dread crept in. There was sex talk, tons of really nasty swearing, talking shit, talking about beating the shit out of people, nasty cartoons. Most of these kids are 11. I really have no idea what to think or do about that. Luckily my dd doesn't have a "myspace" page. We did away with that right quick.

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Thursday, March 8, 2007

New love

my daughters and I have a new tv love. It's called What is that house or something along those lines. They show you three really weird houses and the host is interesting. It's just nice to find something we can all watch together. Because really, what is family time if the tv isn't on?

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

But of course...

yesterday was far from relaxing. I ran around like a mad woman all day. So much for wonderful silence. I did get to have a nice conversation with a new friend D who moved here a month before us. All was not lost.

Today the wonderful bedroom furniture will arrive. My daughter is so excited that when she gets home it will be here waiting for her. I on the other hand am less than thrilled as it will be delivered between 1 and 3:30 - aka when the boy is in school. Said boy needs to be picked up at 3. And unfortch D can't pick J up today because her son has to go to the doctor. Sigh. Guess there's just no quiet to be had around here.

Is it wrong that I'm starting to freak about having to clean my house because delivery people are coming?

The bright spot to my day will be watching AI and Lost. Yes I'm lame. Oh, you can up that lame quota, Real World and Road Rules are on tonight too. Trifecta!!!!!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Cherish the silence

Today is the first day in I don't even know how long that I will be all alone. Even though this monumental occasion will only last approx 2 hours, I am already cherishing the thought. See, my husband was home for the last 9 months. I know he started work last week but my daughters were off of school so I had two extra kids home and bored. My son was the only one gone during this time (though this was nice for everyone). So today, finally, they will all be gone at the same time.

In my heyday I may have partied. I may have painted the town red. Oh no, not today. Today I have special plans. Special plans indeed. See today, I have to go to Costco. I know. You are in awe too. It's ok to be jealous. Hell I would be if I were you too.

Yesterday was a nice "last-day-before-having-to-get-back-to-the-grind-of-school" day. We went to the pool in the am but were a bit bummed to find that the lazy river and log crossing pools were closed for maintenance. Only the "waterscape" area was open. So the kids played in there for a bit (the older ones usually can't be bothered to hang out there. That's where the "babies" are). Then some kid took a dump in it. So we had to leave. Nice.

Dropped my son off at pre-k and took the girls to lunch and furniture shopping. Got oldest dd a new bed and nightstand. Couldn't find a dresser in the whole damn million sq ft building* to please. Went home, then got ready to go out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday's. DD got many presents and phone calls and was a very happy camper. Now hopefully some of her friends will be able to come to her bday party next Sat. Or not. I'm cool with not.

Off to get the darlins ready for school. Have a great day.

*only a slight exaggeration

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Monday, March 5, 2007

Happy 12th Birthday to my darling A!!!!!

Man, I can't believe she is 12! Where did the time go? She is back to a nice point in life. She's trading with her 9 year old sis.

I had some of the most random dreams last night. They included:

People chasing me with bats and knives (baseball not the rabid little beasts)
3 dobermans sniffing my face whilst I was hiding from the bat wielding freaks
Adam from Road Rules
Charlize Theron
Parts of the movie Bring it On

Anyone care to interpret that one?

Happy Monday ya'll. Hope it's a great one!

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Saturday, March 3, 2007


Went looking at some new houses today. Yes, we've only owned this one since October but we're really not feeling like we're in the right area. Found some nice, new areas today. We'll see.

Kids have been fighting all day. So looking forward to Tuesday when they all go back to school. I really won't know what to do with my free time as I haven't had any in so long. Should be nice.

Watched like 3 hours of "Handy Manny" this morning. Most of the time my 4 year old wasn't even in the room. What on earth is wrong with me? My kids think it's hilarious when I laugh at Hannah Montana and Drake and Josh. Guess I've never grown up eh?

Got a weird email today. Sent by an old acquaintance. She said that her new bunco group had been talking about me a lot last night and that she hopes we're doing well. Just odd.

My 9 year old made homemade noodles for dinner tonight. She and her friend spent over an hour shaping them. Some were stars, "sleeping bags", bows. Some had names on them. Was very cute, great way to keep the kids quiet and occupied. Also tasted great as a bonus :)

Tomorrow we're doing nothing. Hopefully the weather will be nice and we can go out exploring. I might have to dust off my phone book and find my realtors number and have her show me some homes.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Yesterday I felt helpless

Yesterday I felt helpless when:
My oldest daughter cried after talking to her grandma on the phone. When asked why she was crying she said "because talking to grandma reminded me of how much I miss her"

Yesterday I felt helpless when:
I watched my son almost drown in the community pool. Thank god my friend was standing right next to him and got him.

Yesterday I felt helpless when:
My husband came home frustrated for the second day because his commute home took an hour and a half to drive a 20 minute max drive (I thought we moved from Orange County to get rid of this problem)

Yesterday I felt helpless when:
I found out that a lady on one of my boards whose son was born on the exact same day as my son was just diagnosed with leukemia. I couldn't help but wonder, what if it had been us?

Yesterday I felt helpless when:
I made one of our favorite family desserts and it tasted like crap. And I have no idea why.

Hopefully today will be better. I know these problems are very minor in life (well except for the lady on my board) But sometimes you just can't help but feel like you have no control over life.