Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Fun With Imaginary Friends

Today our mailbox was filled with the usual junk mail.....grocery store flyers, catalogs, Val-Pak coupons, etc.

Amidst the junk, one envelope caught my eye.

It was an advertisement/solicitation from the Dish Network. The upper left corner of the envelope displayed their company logo, which you can see on their web page.

I must be pure evil, because I quickly called Destructo over and showed him the envelope. He knows about addresses on mail....the name in the center is who it's for, and the name in the upper left corner is who it's from.

I showed him the return address, and helped him sound it out.

Ddddd.........iiiiiiiii.........shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

There goes my Gold Star for the day.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I Hate To Say It.....

And I may regret saying it.

But....

We

Love

It

Here!

We're not missing Hawaii nearly as much as we thought we would, with the exception of a few things. We have been spoiled by Hawaii's beaches, the soft sand, turquoise waters, and blue skies. California beaches are grey.....grey skies, grey water, and grey dirt. Definitely not as photogenic as the Hawaii beaches!! The Hubster misses his Hawaii surf, but broke down and bought a wetsuit for the cold Pacific Ocean.

The traffic here can get crazy, especially on the freeways. A friend pointed out that we still drive like we are in the islands. Oh well, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

On the plus side, we LOVE the cooler weather. I'll probably complain about it when winter comes, but we love being able to be outside more than in Hawaii.

We love the convenience of everything. The Diva and Blonde One have a ten minute commute to their college. The Wildcard's school is less than that. The bank, the mall, any store or restaurant we need is within fifteen minutes. Parking is free and without hassle.

We have a Target (ten minutes away), Olive Garden (five minutes away), and Mervyns (ten minutes away)! It's the trifecta of things I've been missing.....I don't know if I'll be able to contain myself if I find an Auntie Anne's pretzels nearby!

We rented our house sight-unseen. Have I mentioned that we love it? (More on that another day.) The neighborhood is Norman Rockwellish, but in a non-freaky way. Our neighbors introduced themselves, had pizza delivered while we were unpacking, and sent their kids over to welcome our kids to the neighborhood.

People are (gasp!!) nice here! I called the DMV and not only did they answer their phone, but they were pleasant when answering my questions. The secretary at the Wildcard's school returned my call within an hour of leaving a voicemail. And.....sit down for this one.....I have had TWO pleasant shopping experiences at Costco!!! Not only were the employees friendly and helpful, but the customers smiled and didn't shove me out of the way to get free samples!!

It's funny because we've been avoiding California like the plague for the Hubster's entire career. It was never, ever on our list of places we wanted to be. Now we've been here three weeks and are already including it on our Top Three Places We Want to Retire list.

Crazy, eh?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Question of the Day:

A woman walks into a grocery store carrying a pineapple, a jar of pickles, and a package of coffee filters. She makes a beeline for the Express Checkout and plops her items down in front of the cashier and says she needs to return them. She fumbles through her purse and comes up with a handful of wadded receipts, some from the grocery store and some not. She, the cashier, and the bagger look through the receipts and attempt to find a pineapple, a jar of pickles, and a package of coffee filters.

The manager has been watching from a distance and comes over to let the lady know that the coffee filters are not a brand carried by the store. The lady insists she bought them from the store, but after a brief argument decides not to press the issue.

Meanwhile, the cashier and the bagger find the pineapple and the jar of pickles on two different receipts, charged to two different credit cards. The cashier needs both credit cards in order to do the return.

Once again, the lady fumbles through her purse....this time looking for credit cards. She produces a half dozen cards, and the cashier attempts to match the card numbers to the receipts. She finds the credit card used to buy the jar of pickles, but not the pineapple.

The cashier says she can't do a return on the pineapple without the credit card. The lady argues and the manager steps in. After a few heated words, the lady grabs her pineapple, jar of pickles, and package of coffee filters and stomps out of the store.

The question of the day....

Who was next in line?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dish

Destructo: Mom, can I play with my friend today?

Me: Which friend would that be?

Destructo: Dish.

Me: Dish?

Destructo: Dish.

Me: I don't think I know Dish. Where does he live?

Destructo: He lives on Kauai.

Me: (silence)

Destructo: He's going to drive his Mustang here. He's five, so he knows how to drive.

Me: How do you know Dish?

Destructo: From swimming lessons. His class is before mine.

The Diva (not wanting to be left out of this conversation): What does Dish look like?

Destructo: Like me. Except his belly button is here (pointing to a spot three inches above his own belly button).

The Diva: Why is his belly button up there?

Destructo: Because he lives on Kauai.

(Duh.)

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like.....

Home!!

We're (almost) settled, finally. I have to finish hanging pictures, buy some new throw rugs, and find a solution for the lack of towel racks in the bathrooms....oh, and register the Wildcard for school.

Anyway.

It's been a long two months.

The move itself went well. After doing this more than a dozen times, we have things figured out and were able to handle the unexpected issues without getting stressed.

As far as the 'vacation' is concerned, it really wasn't that much of a vacation. We spent a lot of time handling issues related to aging parents - financial matters, medical care, etc. That, and mopey jet-lagged teenagers, sucked most of the energy out of me. We also received news that one of our neighbors in Hawaii was killed in Iraq, leaving behind a wife and four children.

On the positive side, in spite of the cold and rainy Michigan weather, we did manage a canoe trip and then had (almost) the entire family together for Father's Day. That's a rarity, since there are so many of us!

In Florida, Destructo went fishing for the first time....and ended up catching the biggest fish ALL BY HIMSELF while his brothers weren't watching him (grrr....). We also went to see the Bodies Exhibition in Ft. Lauderdale. It was cool and a bit gruesome at the same time.

Anyway, we're "home" now and getting back to normal. A makeover of the Blog is in order, to go along with the new life off the island. Stay tuned....