Bugs and Adam

Such a nice day….Got to see Adam Witzmann!! He flew into Cedar Rapids for a Wedding this weekend so WEston picked him up and they did breakfast before he went to get his Tux!  He may be staying with us Saturday night also.  Such a great young man and always a delight to have around….to answer all my questions about life!   Think Weston will meet up with some of his friends tonight…which is good so he can meet some locals he own age!  He is getting tired of me being his “best friend”  

Things are growing here on steroids it seems.  Weston cut lawn on Friday last week and it looks like it hasnt been cut in 2 weeks….and there are little gnat like bugs that buzz around always….makes sitting outside almost impossible unless you have mesquito netting.  Hopefully just the time of year as Morgan said she almost had to pull over driving home as her windshield was completely covered in bugs….but hit a downpour that cleaned it off.  Weston has been hired as the lawn man at this time….still looking for a real job!

AS for Bill, …. his blackberry died and he has decided on an Iphone.   He is the last man in the world to get an Iphone but you would think he was the first person on the planet to have one.  Thankfully both kids were home to counsel him on how to do EvERYTHING – only you couldn’t TOUCH his phone just had to TELL him how to do it.  This is virtually impossible when you are working with the SMARTEST man in the world….who has big fingers, NO LISTENING SKILLS and no patience!   Then we all had to be impressed when he got all his Contacts on his phone…literally a 2 hour process.   Bill is the sun and everyone must spin in his orbit….NOT!


Im BAck!

My real life preoccupies me at times and I felt guilty at first not posting but then I got over it.  When a lot is going on I have a hard time focusing on anything really.  Morgan likes to remind me of this as I will ask the same question in a 5 minute span as Im not REALLY listening to the answer…she thinks Im just stroking out!  So I need to work on staying in the moment — the EXACT moment.  I need to really focus on who Im with and not focus on all the little other things….well some things aren’t little….for instance “what will I do when I grow up?”  “What will the next 20 years be like”.   Clearly Im not feeling settled at all right now, maybe because I started counseling last week…which is a good thing.    Anywho…….. my birthday was fun in Chicago…Susan, alas could not make the trip at the last minute,  so I truly missed her.   So great seeing all the other Garden Fresh girls and going to the Earth Wind and Fire concert  together, plus dinners and a Crate and Barrel event and a Cubbies game….way too many open bars and free drinks!     Morgan came home for the Memorial day weekend– so this was the first time all 4 of us were here in the Iowa house together.  We rented a pontoon boat on Sunday… too bad it was a bit chilly but still good to cruise around.  I also made everyone go to a Renaissance Faire on Monday….such an interesting experience….so low budget compared to the huge ones I have attended in Marin county.   A virtual freak show but we loved it for what it was and ofcourse the food!   Weston is still looking for a job but keeps applying so kudos for his perserverance.  I think he is extremely bored but is hanging in there!

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Welcome to Bumblefuck

So my frustration today, besides the fact that I think deoderant becomes ineffective after you use the same brand too long, is that I live in the 1800’s here in Cedar Rapids.  My Iphone 5 battery dies in 30 minutes.  ATT, my wireless carrier, can not help as this is an Apple issue.  BUT, there is no APPLE store ANYWHERE near Bubblefuck, AKA: Cedar Rapids.  I called the authorized MAC HQ store in Cedar Rapids and they said the ST. Louis Store should have a replacement for me.  I then reminded him that I also live CEDAR RAPIDS and am no where NEAR St. Louis, MISSOURI!!!  The Cedar Rapids store was not given any replacements as clearly NO ONE HERE HAS EVER HEARD OF A CELL PHONE OR APPLE before!  Good god, there are 100,000 people in Cedar Rapids and some huge companies…get with the times.  My only saving grace is that they are putting in a HOME GOODS which will be done in the fall, now if only we could get a Trader Joes then life would be perfect.

Weston arrived here Saturday evening….it is a delight to have him home!  He likes his room and wondered why he couldn’t have one this big his entire younger years.   I am leaving on Thursday morning for Chicago!  Meeting some of my favorite work pals from Souplantion that will be in town for NRA conference……no they are not gun lovers……..National Restaurant Association.  We have some fun filled activities with the conference that Morgan and I get to piggyback along with too.  Cubbies game and Earth WInd and Fire concert at the House of Blues……..if Susan and I can ever stop talking!!   And as for that Iphone problem, well I have an appointment at the APPLE STORE IN CHICAGO on Friday morning where they will replace my phone.  LAME

Mother’s Day

So today we have a humid 75 and thunderstorms… I must have missed spring??!!   Wishing everyone a Happy Mothers day.  This is one of the most important days of the year.  I had to remind Bill of this about 10 years ago when he barely acknowledged the day as he said, “you’re not my mother”.   Mind you, I’m sure I was the one that sent his mother the card and gift.  I screamed at him “It is the only thing I do!!”  Alas, Bill can still be an ass but he no longer minimizes Mother’s Day.  Mission accomplished.     Mothers are the glue that keeps everyone’s lives together.  Mothers are courage under fire. Mother’s are Mama bears when it comes to their children, who will eat anyone alive if you mess with their cubs.   Mothers are cheerleaders. Mother’s are the live in nurse, surgeon, vet and therapist.  We are cook, maid and accountant, gardener.  We are everyone’s personal assistant and scheduler.     It’s that special day in May when EVERYONE can celebrate their mother, because everyone has a mother.    Even if your mother is no longer on this earth you can still honor her today.  Celebrate yourself if you are a mother, alas I am clearly my biggest cheerleader!!!   We are the unpaid and unsung hero’s that take care of all the details of everyone’s life. 


So thank you Mom — for being an awesome example of crazy.  For your courage to divorce after 18 years, going back to work and keeping 4 teenagers together in the house we grew up in.  For allowing me to be a total bitch to you for divorcing because you burst my perfect bubble.  I get it now.   You are my hero and are so much stronger than anyone will ever know…    love – your favorite daughter


PS.. I am a loser and only sent a card.  I hate myself now!

Spring in Iowa

Well I’m back in Iowa.   Arrived late last Thursday night after driving 3 days straight.  That is a long ass drive but it was easier on me this way because Bill was driving too.   Got stuck a bit again going back.  200 miles of HWY 80 was closed from Rock Springs Wyoming to Cheyenne.  So Bill, myself , Daisy the dog and a lot of truckers spent some quality time in Rock Springs.  Fortunately we only had to wait about 90 minutes before 80 was open again and we could get on our way.  Wasn’t really snowing much once on the pass in Wyoming but super windy and blowing snow.  The next day when we drove through Nebraska we saw a few large trucks (18 wheelers– that was for Bill–) blown over on the side of the freeway.  When you are trapped in a car for that many hours you discuss many things…one was “why is it called an 18 wheeler” (see the texts below from last week) .  Bill also wanted to know what a ‘hashtag #” really did.    At this point I would like to praise the lord for smart phones and google!  Anyway as I was looking up the info, Bill decides to pass a State Trooper doing 82 in a 75 zone.  He knew it was a trooper but must have thought the speed limit was just a guideline.  So as Im looking down doing my research I hear this siren …I look to my right as we are passing the Trooper , who is looking at Bill with his hand out doing the “WTF” look on his face.  Bill let off the gas and we got behind him.   He no doubt thought we were giant idiots.  No ticket or stopping was involved…thankfully, although Bill still tried to justify his behavior “as he wasn’t going that much over the speed limit”.  

So now I’m here and what a difference a month makes.  Grass is green.  Trees are blooming.  I have clumps and clumps of daffodils in my front yard and a huge blooming magnolia in the back.  It looks like everything will have flowers…even the bushes surrounding my house.  Its all very exciting if you like plants and flowers and incredibly dull if you don’t care.   So many great birds here too….kinda like snokeling in Hawaii vs California-  ok that is a stretch but my point is there are so many colorful birds. I saw 2 Baltimore Oriole’s yesterday which are bright orange, not to mention the Red Cardinals.

Weston arrives here on Saturday…so excited to have him for awhile….hopefully he can find a job.

Lastly today,  my favorite thing:  My Keurig Machine –  how can I love a machine so much?  It makes me so happy.  I love a good K cup.  It was given to me as a gift — I must blame Amy!  She then gave one to Morgan also.   I gave one to my mom for Christmas — which secretly was for me to use when I’m there!  I have given them to a few other friends also.   I just think its the gift that must be paid forward!  It’s an addiction now and I don’t care how much those K Cups cost….its all worth it!

I need to get a life………..