Monday, July 31, 2006

I Got Tagged....Blogger Stuff

I was tagged by Izzy.   I'm emailing this post in, so if the links don't show, I'll fix them later. 

          1) When did you first start blogging and why?  Izzy had a blog and she talked Dylan into starting one.  Then Dylan talked me into it.  I didn't think       I'd have anything to talk about, but obviously I was mistaken.   

          2) What don't you talk about?  My sex life, other than generally.  I just think some things should be private.  Hmm, what else?  I think that's it.  I'm           pretty much an open book. 

          3) Are you and your blogging persona the same person?   For the most part, yeah.  What you see is what you get.
4) How do you use blogging to build friendships?   I don't purposely use blogger to build friendships, but I have been very blessed to meet some very       wonderful people because of  my blog.

5) How would you describe your writing style?  I'm not sure I have a certain writing style.  I think it changes depending on my mood.  Jazz says you can feel what I'm feeling when you read what I write, but I don't really buy that.   What do YOU think my writing style is? 

 Let's see, I'm going to tag.....
Jazz, Devon and Sybil

Saturday, July 29, 2006


I was tagged by a couple of people to do this...sorry it's taken me so long. *sigh*

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1. Manager at Dairy Queen (I worked at DQ for SEVEN FREAKIN YEARS..can you believe that?)
2. Bartender (probably my favorite job, it's like a night out, only you get paid for it...hehehe)
3. Housekeeper (this was my very first job. I cleaned room at a hotel...ugh, it sucked, too. I wouldn't recommend it..LOL)
4. Art Gallery director and framer (I did this for exactly 2 months, and then couldn't take my anal-retentive boss anymore and boned out..not my finest moment)

Four movies I would watch over and over:

1. Legally Blonde
2. Gone with the Wind
3. Ever After
4. A Walk To Remember (and I cry every time, too. *sigh*)

Four places I have lived:

1. California
2. Oklahoma
3. South Dakota
4. Illinios

Four TV shows I love to watch:

1. Grey's Anatomy
2. House Hunters
3. Football
4. Extremem Makeover: Home Edition

Four places I have been on vacation:

1. San Diego
2. Napa Valley
3. Panama City Beach, Florida
4. Cancun

Four Websites I visit daily:

1. All the blogs listed on my BlogRoll, and some that aren't. I swear, blogging is addictive!
3. SimonSays BB

Four of my favourite foods:

1. Lasagna
2. Cheesecake
3. My Dad's grilled chicken
4. Cranberry Tarts (Imagine that..ha ha)

Four places I would rather be right now:

1. Tuscany
2. Cancun
3. With MM
4. NOT Montana...ha ha

Four friends I think will respond:
Hmm, I think pretty much everyone has done this already, but on the off chance they haven't already...

Kate D. from Damned Scribbling Women
Beta Fishy from, oddly enough, Beta Fishy
Jerk from The Jerk Store
Moment from Inconceivable World

And anyone else who wants to do it. ;) If you lurk here on my blog but don't comment, I'm tagging you, too.

Just so y'all know, I'm not allowed to play on the internet at work anymore. One of my co-workers complained about the amount of time I spend on the internet (Honestly, I think he's pissed because my work ALWAYS gets done and his ass got called on the carpet for screwing around all day, but meh, whatever) so that's why I haven't been around as much. I'm all sorts of irritated about this, because I truly need to be doing at the very least 5 things at one time or I get very bored. My work has actually been suffering because I can't play around anymore. It sucks and I'm seriously considering a career change. Anyone out there need a new employee? Shoot me an email if so and I'll shoot you a resume. I'd prefer to work from home, but I'm not opposed to an office job, either. Hook me up, k?

I can't play much at home either, because my stupid keyboard STILL isn't working correctly. Now, not only is my A key not working, but neither is my shift key. So, basically, it's a pain in the arse to be on the computer at all and I'm just reading blogs and emails rather than responding. If you hit me up and I don't answer right away, it's because my computer sucks, not because I don't love you, K?

I have cute MM stories to tell, and two episodes in Tales of the Devil woman to post, but I'm not sure when it'll be. Soon, I promise. Just as soon as I get a new keyboard!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, July 24, 2006


First: The Fire

As of this morning, all fires are out and the only danger now is from mudslides and flash floods in the burned areas. We were very fortunate and I would like to once again thank the amazing firefighters who risked their lives to keep my home and family safe. THANK YOU! I can't express how much your hard work means to me!

Second: MM and The Montana Boxing Match

The day MM came home, we talked briefly about Montana. He'd failed to mention to me that he had an appointment with the Chief of Police on the Monday before he left to come home. The punk. In any case, he'd been schemeing and had a number of ideas (all BAD!) that he discussed with me. Such as him moving w/in six months and me staying here. We'd basically have a long distance relationship and he even suggested I rent his house in the beginning until I was ready to move. Uh, how bout NO!?!?

Then, in a complete MM moment, he said, "Whatever we decide, I can't live without you. I'd rather be here and miserable than there without you. So we'll talk about it and decide what WE want to do, but I'm not going to do anything to jeopardize our relationship. You're way more important than anything else." AWWW! See, that is the boy I love. Anyway, that was Round 3. I have the round to him, because his last statment was the best thing he could have said. Round 3: Holly 1: MM 1

During Round 4, however, he reverted back to Evil-Penis-Status and whined non-stop about how much he hates it here and blah, blah, blah. In a fit of temper I told him to just suck it up and FUCKING MOVE THEN! I said, "I will not be held responsible for you being miserable. So if it's that bad, MOVE!" He got real quiet for a minute and then reiterated that he couldn't live without me. I told him to shutup about it then, because I was tired of hearing it. He apologized and dropped it. And Holly takes this round.

Round five started out with us evenly matched unitl MM did that Evil-Penis thing again and started whining. I finally said, "Fine, five years." He said, "Two" I said, "Six" and so on and so forth. We finally agreed that we'd consider a move in four years if I'm no longer working in an office but from home (my dream..LOL) or five if I'm still working outside the home. Not that we'd actually move, mind you, but that we'd (Ok, I'd) consider it then. That's where we're at now. MM keeps talking about how we're moving in five years and I keep rolling my eyes at him and telling him to shutup about it or he'll be moving somewhere near HELL in about five minutes. So far this has worked for us. Final score of Round five? I have no idea. Did I cave? I'm not sure. Did he concede? Who can say. For now, I'm letting it go.

Third: Family Drama

Do you remember me mentioning that the Evil Cousin's sister was coming to nanny for me for the summer? Well, she flaked out. I bought her a ticket and she flew out here, then had to go back home because of a death in the family, then refused to come back after the funeral. Long story short? Her entire family is pissed as hell at her and she's been kicked out of both her mother AND father's houses. I have no idea what she was thinking, but I'm royally screwed now, because I spent the money I had for daycare on a plane ticket for her. Wish me luck with THAT. *Sigh*

Fourth: The Kids

They're still "re-adjusting" to being back home and away from the RB. They're both very clingy and have major attitude, but I figure another week and they'll be back to normal. Wish me luck until then, I'll need it. LOL

Fifth: Happy Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RENE LYONS! Everyone hop over to her blog and wish her a happy day, she certainly deserves it!

Ok, I think that's it! Did I miss anything? Hit me up if so. I know I still owe y'all tales of DW from my childhood, but I don't have time right now. Maybe tonight, but I'm not promising anything.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I Got Tagged...Blog Stuff and Music

I was tagged by Izzy. I tried emailing the post in, but it didn't work. But if it shows up later...again, you'll know why. :)

1) When did you first start blogging and why? Izzy had a blog and she talked Dylan into starting one. Then Dylan talked me into it. I didn't think I'd have anything to talk about, but obviously I was mistaken.

2) What don't you talk about? My sex life, other than generally. I just think some things should be private. Hmm, what else? I think that's it. I'm pretty much an open book.

3) Are you and your blogging persona the same person? For the most part, yeah. What you see is what you get.

4) How do you use blogging to build friendships? I don't purposely use blogger to build friendships, but I have been very blessed to meet some very wonderful people because of my blog.

5) How would you describe your writing style? I'm not sure I have a certain writing style. I think it changes depending on my mood. Jazz says you can feel what I'm feeling when you read what I write, but I don't really buy that. What do YOU think my writing style is?

Let's see, I'm going to tag.....

Jazz, Beta Fishy, Devon (who tagged herself from Dance Chica..LOL) and Sybil

I also got tagged by Ames for this one.

Top Ten Songs on My Play List:

My Playlist is funky. I listen to EVERYTHING...

1) Hips Don't Lie by Shakira (She is so dirty-hot! LOL)

2) Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado

3) Savin' Me by Nickleback

4) Down With The Sickness by Disturbed

5) At Last by Etta James

6) Nothing Compares to You by Sinead O'Connor (shut up!)

7) Faith by George Michael

8) Head Over Feet by Alanis Morrisette

9) Let Me Clear My Throat by DJ Kool

10) Fur Elise by Beethoven

Yes, this is truly my current playlist. Yes, I realize this is odd. MM makes all kinds of fun of me for putting so many different genre's on at the same time.

Just so you know, I also have Just Like Jesse James by Cher, Repsect by Aretha Franklin and Closer by Nine-Inch-Nails on this same one.

For this one, I'm going to tag...

Zeek, Kristie(J), Beta Fishy and Dance Chica

I didn't check to see if they'd already been tagged. If so, oh well, if not, get those answers up!

There was a big thing at work recently, so I can't play on the internet during the day anymore, except during my lunch hour. Things are all shaken up this week at home, too, so I won't be around in the evenings much, either, but starting on Monday I'll be around a lot more. Until then....

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Happy Birthday To You...

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday dear DEVIL WOMAN
Happy Birthday To Youuuuu....

Yep, that's right, today is DW's 45th Birthday. Bitch is old, eh? *snicker*

I said, "You're 45 right?" and she said, "Pffft. No! I was born in 1970, remember?" I just looked at her. Then she said, "Cuz I'm SUPER MOM and I had you when I was 9." Poor thing, living in denial like that. Tee Hee.

Anyway, in honor of her birthday, I'll have a post that will be dedicated to some fond memories I have of growing up with the Devil Woman for a mother.

Till then everyone wish DW a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Monday, July 17, 2006

They Say It's My Birthday...

...And that I'm 27, but they LIE LIKE DOGS! I'm only 25, I swear! Really! You don't believe me? *Le Gasp* They've poisoned your minds, haven't they? I'm telling you, it's all a conspiracy!

This morning me and the kids stopped by my mom's house to pick up DW and my dad says, "So, it's your birthday, huh? How old are you again?" He asks me this every year..LOL. Little Man says, "My mom is 27 today, but she tells everyone she's 25. Since it's her birthday, I'm letting her live with her delusions." WTF? He's 7. He shouldn't even KNOW the word delusions! Sheesh. Little bugger outted me. LOL

A quick fire update: As of yesterday the mandatory evac was lifted for me and my mom. I went home for a little bit yesterday, but it was still pretty smoky, and really, really hot, so I only stayed for a while and then went back to MM's. I plan on going home tonight for good, though. Honestly, I can't wait. It'll be nice to go home!

They've gotten the blaze 60% contained by my house, but only 10% contained where it met up with the second fire on Friday. The good news is that the area it's burning in now is very sparsely populated, but the bad news is that the terrain is so rough the fire fighters can't get up there to get control of it. It's moving North, away from my house, which I'm thankful for, but other people are in it's path now. Please continue to pray for the Fire Fighters and the residents who lost their homes.

A structure a block from my house caught fire on Saturday, but fire fighters worked VERY hard to get it under control and managed it brilliantly. No other homes or out buildings were lost and everyone was safe! Isn't that amazing?

Anyway, that's my update for now. Oh, just so you know: For my birthday, MM bought me my ENTIRE wish list from Amazon, including the eBook reader I really wanted. Isn't that AWESOME? *sigh* I'm loving him today! :)

I really need to update, but I'm swamped at work today, so we'll see how much I actually accomplish. What you can look forward to:

Rounds 3 and 4 in the Montana Boxing Match
Family Drama
Weekend Update
Another reason I love MM

I hope everyone else had a great weekend, and thank you so much for your well wishes and thoughts and prayers. They were much needed and much appreciated!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Friday Fire Update

As of this morning more than 57,000 acres have burned, 45 homes were lost, 65 other structures and 89 cars and trucks. This fire merged with another fire and it's headed towards us and towards Big Bear. Our town is the only one still under mandatory evac. I was standing in my parents backyard this morning before I came into work and I was looking at the hill behind their house. There was black smoke billowing up from behind it, and as I stood there watching, flames leapt over the top of the hill and started down the side towards my parents house. Within the space of five minutes the flames had moved a quarter of the way down the mountainside.

If it moves down to the bottom of that hill, the chances of our homes being lost escalate from the 13% it is now to 80% (I heard that on the radio this morning). My parents are still at home, as the danger wasn't immediate to them, but my mom called me a few minutes ago and said that over 30 fire trucks have moved into the area and have stationed themselves at the base of that hill. They're hope is that they can dig trenches and set up a fireline there in the hopes of stopping the blaze there or pushing it back. With the 20 mph wind gusts, however, their plan may backfire (that's what happened to start this particular fire in the first place). We're hopeful and praying, and I ask that you do the same.

I'm at work right now, but I plan on leaving at noon to head back to MM's house. Little Man is with MM right now, and they're driving to San Diego to drop of his sister's truck and pick up his Jeep. They should be back by 2 this afternoon. My biggest concern at the moment is if they close the highway that leads to Morongo and Yucca Valley's. If they do, I'll be stuck down here in the low desert with no way to reach MM's house or my own (not that I'm interested, really, in going to my house. I'd rather be safe than stubborn). If the winds keep blowing the way they are, the CHP (California Highway Patrol) predicts the highway will close this afternoon. I told my boss if I hear they're closing it that I'm leaving right then, noon or not. I won't take the chance that I'll be separated from MM and LM for the entire weekend.

There is another road that leads up to the High Desert, but it's more than 200 miles out of my way, and I'd like to avoid that if possible.

I'll try to get online this weekend to keep y'all updated, but if I can't, I'll all Izzy so she can update you for me.

Please, please keep us in your prayers, along with all of the brave men and women who are risking their lives to keep us safe. I'm less worried about my house than I am about the lives that could potentially be lost.

This *picture below is the hillside behind my parents home. It still had a ways to travel when this one was taken on Tuesday, but it's much closer now.

All photos taken from the Hi Valley Star website. You can view the gallery here, and check for updates here.

*All pictures were taken Tuesday the 11th.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Fire Update, Sorry to The Jerk and Yet Another Reason I Love MM

As of about an hour ago, we're still under mandatory evacuation, over 40,000 acres have burned and the fires are at about 20% containment. I was able to stop by my house last night and get some of the stuff I could never replace, but sadly, I had to leave my books. Over 1500 of them. It was so strange, leaving my house last night, with all of my personal belongings, and not knowing if I'd ever come back to it. Strange and sad.
I stayed at MM's last night with his 2 Stupid Dogs, my Greatest Dog Ever and my parents 2 dogs. It was loud and I didn't sleep for shit. I have a headache today and I'm bitchy, but I'm alive and my house is still standing, so I can't complain too much, right?
My parents are on their way home as I type from Vegas with my kids and my aunt. They expect to arrive sometime around noon. I'm excited to see the kids, but I wish I could take them home, rather than to MM's. Plus, I already know I'm going to have my hands full dealing with them after their week with RB, and not being able to do so at home is going to be a trial. It's NOT something I'm looking forward to.

I guess I was mean to the jerk over at The Jerk Store yesterday. I apologize. I wasn't in my best form, so if I offended or upset you, I apologize. Though, honestly, I doubt you care, because as your blog states - constantly - you're a jerk. But still, a public apology seemed the way to go. Especially since you were very sweet in your comments to me yesterday. So, I'm sorry.

MM came home on Tuesday. He drove 19 hours straight through so he could see me. He kept calling me and saying, "I'm so tired of being in this car, but I'm not stopping until I can see you." AWWW! He's been really sweet since he came home. I'll be posting Round 3 sometime in the next day or so, to update y'all about Montana. We talked about it a little bit on Tuesday when he got home. Nothing is settled, of course, and I'm sure we'll be talking about it for months to come, but we've let it go for now. With the fire and what-not, it's just not something either of us want to deal with at the moment.

That aside, he's been an absolute peach since he got back. He keeps saying, "I'm so glad I'm home." It's cute. He's been very supportive throughout this whole ordeal and taking good care of me. I've been short-tempered and PMSy, so he took me to the grocery store last night and bought me Strawberry Short-Cake ice cream bars, rainbow sherbert, donuts, chocolate milk, Pepsi and Reeces Cups. Then he gave me a foot massage last night before bed and rubbed my neck. It was nice to be pampered.

He had to go to San Diego yesterday to pick up his dogs, and I got the news about the evacuation while he was there, so I called to let him know. He was on his way to lunch with his family and his mom asked to talk to me. He said, "Uh, honey, my mom wants to talk to you and I'm scared. she is." She came on the line and asked me if I was ok and if I wanted her to send MM home to be with me. She said, "I know what it's like to deal with these kinds of things, so if you need him there for moral support we'll do his Birthday Lunch another day." *sniffle* I love that woman.

He called me on his way home and said, "I'm almost there, what do you need from me?" At that point I didn't really need anything but to go home and see that my house was still standing, so I asked him to meet me there. He picked up the dogs from my grandparents house and met me at mine. He helped me gather a few things up and then headed home. He'd been gone about ten minutes when he called me and said, "You know, I'm sure things are going to be fine, but just in case the worse happens, you might want to grab something that's important to the kids, like a stuffed animal they've had since birth or their favorite toy, just to make things easier on them." I sniffled a little and told him I loved him. I'd already done so, of course, but I was very touched that he thought of them.

Anyway, that's all for now. I have a killer headache and a pile of work to do, so I won't be around too much. I'll keep everyone posted on the fire situation, though.

To all of the extremely brave and heroic firefighters working to get this blaze under control and keep my house safe, THANK YOU!

To the rest of you who wished me well yesterday, THANK YOU! Your support means the world to me.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

When Reality Intrudes

One of Dylan's favorite questions to ask is "If your house was on fire, after your family, what are three things you'd want to save". Though I've thought about this question many times, and even answered it to the best of my ability, I've never really had to thing too hard about it. I mean, it's not real, right? How do you know exactly what you'd save in that situation?

Well, now I have to wonder. My house is very close to actually catching on fire. On Saturday, lightening sparked four wild fires that quickly became uncontrollable. On Tuesday, fire officials had the blazes 90% contained and were confident the fires would be out before the end of the day. Then the unthinkable happened.

The wind shifted, causing the fire to jump the fireline (a fireline is a perimeter dug around the fire which is cleared of fuel to a width approximately one and a half times the height of surrounding vegetation) and caused the flames to spark up again.

As of this morning, over 26,000 acres have burned, more than 1500 people have been evacuated and more than 100 structures have been lost. There have been 9 people injured, but officials don't yet know if there are any fatalities.

This is all happening with in 20 miles of my home. That's it, just 20 miles. As of last night, the wind was working in our favor, pushing the raging inferno in the opposite direction of where I live. But that changed this morning. Now the flames are descending the hills that surround the valley I live and pushing the fire directly towards my home and that of my parents.

Basically, chances are, my house could burn down. Luckily, the kids are still gone. They're supposed to be home some time today, but THANK GOD, haven't arrived yet (they're driving from Las Vegas).

I started packing our clothes last night, just in case our area needs to be evacuated. I also packed up all of our family photos (I guess it IS a good thing I haven't finished unpacking yet, eh?) and some of my favorite books. Unfortunately, that's all I can do.

Pray for me, please? And all the other people effected by this? It's very scary and I have no idea what I'm going to do if my house is threatened, or God forbid, actually burns.

You can see the news article from last night here.

The pictures you see here were taken last night. You can see the rest of them here. And an update from this morning can be found here.

The picture below is of the Morongo Valley Market, about five blocks from my house.

Monday, July 10, 2006

I'm Just Lazy...Not Dead or Anything

A quick apology:

If I used to stop by your blog and comment a lot but I haven't been recently, it's not because I don't love you still. It's because I'm lazy. I've been blog hopping just as much as usual, but I rarely comment anymore. I love reading what y'all have to say, but I don't want to take the time to write out a response. Sad, isn't it?

Just some stuff from the weekend:

I drank a little bit too much on Friday night and managed to dehydrate myself enough that I was slightly hungover on Saturday. That's very rare for me. I'm pretty sure it was a combination of the heat (it was 115(f)), the humidity (a horrible 62%) and the beers I drank. Whatever it was, I won't be doing that again.

Evil Cousin's sister arrrived in San Diego on Saturday. She flew in from Chicago to spend the summer nannying for me. Though I'm glad to have her help, I'm also a bit upset about the intrusion into my house. I'm a homebody and somewhat unsociable. I'd rather have the house to myself than have to share it. Still, the help will be nice and we get on amazingly well, so I don't have to worry about that, at least.

The poor girl's luggage was lost in SD, though, and she's basically got my wardrobe and nothing else at the moment. The airline called yesterday to tell us that they've found her bag and are shipping it to us via Fed-ex, but it probably won't arrive until Wednesday. I would hate not having my own things, but at least it's only for a few days, right?

I haven't talked to MM since Wednesday last week when we went through Round Two. Part of me understands that he was going to be busy preparing for his best friend's wedding, but another part of me - the more emotional part, I think - is very upset that I haven't heard from him. We weren't really on the best terms the last time I spoke with him, so I've got all kinds of scenerios running through my head at the moment, and none of them are good. I don't think a five minute phone call is an unreasonable request. Especially since I stopped by his house yesterday to check his mail and walked into a stinky house. The idiot didn't clean his dog kennell before he left and the entire house smelled. I spent more than three hours disinfecting and cleaning so he wouldn't come to a mess. There will be retribution! You can count on it.

I'm also in another major fight with the Rat Bastard. It seems he's dug his heels in and refuses to let my parents pick up the kids tomorrow morning. He's decided he wants to keep them until the late evening or the following morning, where he'll meet with my parents at the airport. I honestly don't have the energy or the emotional reserves to be put in the middle of some pissing contest. I get the feeling he's being petty and trying to punish my parents for the debacle last week, which is just stupid. But what can I do about it when I'm 2000 miles away?

I need to do some more updating here and on SF, but I'm much too lazy to think about doing it now. I'll get back to you on that.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Wanted: Point of View Gun

About a month ago, Isabel saw the movie The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and in it, they talk about a Point of View gun. She posted about it here. From her blog:

The Point of View gun conveniently does precisely what its name suggests. That is if you point it at someone and pull the trigger, they instantly see things from your point of view. It was designed by Deep Thought, but commissioned by a consortium of intergalactic angry housewives, who after countless arguments with their husbands were sick to the teeth of ending those arguments with the phrase "You just don't get it, do you?"-The Book: [about the Point of View Gun] from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Anyway, I was talking to her the other day and I said something about pointing Joey's new rifle at him to make him see her POV.

The more we discussed it, the more I realized I many need one of those to help MM along in his retarded quest to move to Montana. *shudder* So me and Izzy came up with this:

Think it'll help?

Oh, and Happy Friday! Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Round Two

MM called me last night and, after awhile, mentioned that he thought he'd scared me with his announcement the day before. I was quick to correct him.

"Honey, you didn't scare me. You just pissed me right the eff off."

It's true, too. When you're in a relationship, you don't call your partner and just say things like, "I'm moving, come or don't." You discuss things, and come to a conclusion that suits you both together. Which is what I told him. He agreed with me, to a point, but y'all realize that once the penis is involved in something, a man can't back down, right? Some call it pride, but I, for one, know it's really the penis rearing it's ugly head (Have you noticed my overuse of the word? Betcha you're glad now that I posted my blog yesterday so you know why, eh?).

Anyway, we started "discussing" (translate that to: arguing, with me winning and MM unhappy about it) the pros and cons of moving.

His arguments are as follows:

The quality of life is better
The pace is slower
There aren't as many idiots because the population is lower
The cost of living is a lot less
The weather is perfect

My responses:

Quality of life is all in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I don't think it's better to have to work two jobs for the rest of your life to make ends meet.
There are idiots everywhere. In this case, it's not so much about quantity as quality. I mean, seriously, I'd rather deal with 5 not-so-bright idiots than one highly intelligent idiot.
Though the cost of living is lower than in California, so are the wages.
The weather sucks.

Of course, I'm a very bright person, so I did research to back up my arguments, and he didn't.

For example:

Ten years ago, the average income for a person in Montana was $28,000 and the average home price was $69,000. Today, the average household income is $36,000 and the average home price is $260,000. MM was trying to tell me that though things might be tight for awhile (i.e., one or both of us working 2 jobs a piece) it wouldn't always be that way, because wages would go up over the years.

But really, if you look at the stats, the average household income has only gone up $10,000 in ten years where the average cost of a home has gone up $200,000. Perhaps I'm not so bright, but that doesn't seem even out to me.

Basically, he had arguments for everything which I was able to counter with hard facts, something he didn't have. I'd say I took this round. Unfortunately, the fight is far from over.

Stay Tuned......

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Random and Odd Things About Me

Here are a list of 10 Random and Odd things about me that you probably didn't want to know, but are now curious enough to read about. Just because.

1) I hate the Pillsbury Dough Boy. He sucks. And that giggle? OH HELL NO.

2) Sometimes, I'm afraid of the dark. So I carry my cell phone with me everywhere in the house when it's dark out, just in case the power goes out and I need to use it as a flashlight.

3) I have to have to have access to a clock, no matter where I am or what I'm doing. It drives me nuts when I can't see what time it is. Even if I don't check the clock, just knowing it's there makes me happy.

4) I have a mild obsession with the word penis. For some reason, I like saying it. I think because it rolls so well off my tongue. (No pun intended...seriously!)

5) Sometimes, when I'm sitting at home and no one is around, I have conversations with BOB. Actual, verbal conversations. Like, I talk to him. Yes, I realize this is probably unhealthy, but what are you gonna do, right?

6) Even though I love shoes, and have a ton of them, I actually hate wearing them. I'll stare at them for hours, try on hundreds of pairs in the store, but five minutes after I put them on, I'm ready to take them off again. I think I just like looking at them.

7) I like sucking on lemons. Shut up.

8) Sometimes, if I'm really bored, I'll call Dylan at work and pretend to have a reason for doing so, when really, I just wanted to talk about nothing. I think she knows I do this, too.

9) Speaking of Dylan, 9 times out of 10, when I'm on the phone with her, we're both totally silent while we type emails to each other.

10) Guns turn me on. A lot. I consider it dirty talk when MM tells me he's cleaning his gun, going to fire it, or loading bullets into it. I literally get wet thinking about it. I'm not sure what this says about me, exactly, but I don't want to explore that any further....So we'll just leave it at that.

You feel better now that you know these things about me, don't you?

Round One

In this corner, we have Holly. 5'3", 115 (ok, ok, like 120, but shut up, it's my blog and I'll lie if I want to) pounds. Holly is a single mother with responsibilities, deep family ties and no desire to leave California.

In the opposite corner, weighing in at 220 and standing at just over 6'1", we have MM. MM has no deep family ties, no responsibilities and the immediate urge to leave behind the stark beauty of the desert for the wilds of Montana.

Let's Get Ready To Ruuuuummmbllle.....

Yep, the battle lines have clearly been drawn, people. As of last night, MM informed me that he's done with Cali and as soon as he can put his affairs in order, he'll be moving to Montana. No, "Honey, I really want to live here." Not, "What do you think about moving." Not, "The kids will love it here." Just, "I hate Cali, I'm sick of it, and as soon as I can, I'm moving to Montana."

This disturbs me on many levels, the least of which is the lack of consideration for myself or my children. I was informed, "I'm moving to Montana." And that was that. Not, let's discuss it. Not, what do you think. Just, "I'm moving." I said, "I'm not sure I can move" to which he replied, "Well, I'd hate to lose you over Montana, but I'm done with Cali."

Basically, MM has decided he's moving, with or without me. Though he doesn't want our relationship to end, he's willing to sacrifice it to do what he wants to do.

The sign of a good, solid relationship? I don't think so. Proof of a deep commitment to seeing the other person in your life happy and content? Not from where I'm sitting.

What to do, what to do? I suppose it makes it even better that he won't be home for another ten days. We'll, "discuss it then" he says, which translates in MM-speak to, "I'll try to convince you to move then."

My other blog about this was more of a joke than anything. But unfortunately, he's dead serious now.

Fabulous. Just fabulous.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Silence, RB Vs. My Pops and my newest fight with MM

The kids stayed at my mom's last night, and left for Vegas first thing this morning, so I woke to silence today. It's an odd feeling, to know your children are gone when you wake. To not hear the television or arguing or sneaky little whispers. It's funny, because they've stayed at my mom's countless times together, and I've heard silence when I woke, but it's different when I know they won't be home for more than a week. I'll miss them, but to be honest, I'm glad for the break. Every mother needs one, especially single mothers. I urge you, other single moms, to let your kids attend summer camp or something, just to give yourself time to rejuvenate. You'll all be better for it, I promise.

My pops spent the last few days fighting with the Rat Bastard over the kids' time while they're visiting. So he pitched a fit and called me screaming, "You fucking selfish bitch. You're just doing this because you're pissed at me. I can't fucking believe you'd act like such a bitch over this." Well, besides bringing back some rather unpleasant memories from my marriage to him, that just pissed me off. So I told him, "Look. I don't know anything about weddings or reunions or anything else that's happening there this summer. Because I'm NOT GOING TO BE THERE! If you have issues, call my parents." So he did. He and my dad spoke several times over the course of the weekend, and finally the RB gave in. I'm not surprised, to be honest. My dad can be quite persuasive when needs be. He does it all without raising his voice or becoming overly upset. Very diplomatic is my father.

Of course, the RB couldn't be happy until he'd done something completely asinine, of course, so he told my father he (the RB) thought my parents should reimburse him for half of the kids' airfare. My dad laughed a bit and said, "Well, I don't really think that will work. You see, we're the ones who suggested bringing the kids out to begin with, and to save money, are flying out of Vegas. So we have the added expense of fuel to and from Vegas, plus food, drinks and lodging. We'd be more than willing to give you half of their airfare if you'd be willing to reimburse us for their other expenses." RB didn't have much to say after that. The idiot.

In other news, MM arrived in Montana and wasted no time in calling me to tell me not to bother unpacking because we'll be moving soon. This is an ongoing argument between us, because I know him so well and knew that once he got to Montana he'd want to move there. Me, however, being totally adverse to any kind of cold, is dead set against it. He then informed me that he'd seen several pretty girls on his way into town. I told him I hope they're happy (he and the pretty girl) in the cold weather. He didn't say much after that.

I'm sure you'll hear more about that in the future.

I'm not doing much for the holiday but enjoying the peace and quiet. Hope the rest of you are having fun and staying safe.

Monday, July 03, 2006

We're Off To The Pool

The kids are leaving tomorrow morning for a visit with the RB, so I took the day off so we could hang out together. as I type, they're in the process of screaming at each other and possibly beating on each other. Good times, eh?

If I can get them settled down I'm going to take them to the pool for the day. It's supposed to be over 115(f) today and the humidity is high, too. So I think a day at the pool is just what we need.

I probably won't be posting again until tomorrow, cuz I'll be busy getting the kids ready to leave.

I hope everyone has a very fun and very safe 4th!

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