Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Top 40 Status Updates...

1. Yes, I am one of those people who just sent myself an email – because I haven’t received an email yet today……just need to make sure it’s working…..

2. So many things to say….yet, can’t think of a facebook status…..

3. DEAR MUSKEGON BRANNS: So you got a make-over….great, looks nice….however, for heaven’s sake, could you please finish painting the siding behind your new sign – as my annoyance has grown to such extremes that I have contemplated hiring someone to paint it myself.

4. Once again, find myself listening to interviews of people who want to be my next boss…..again…..wondering why they never get asked the question “why in the world would you want this job – do you have any idea how HARD it will be???.....maybe I should give the finalists a call…….

5. The silver lining peeking through all the dark clouds surrounding my head – I think someone told me tomorrow is Pajama Day……

6. So happy my husband is finally home….wait….he’s already gone……

7. Simply wondering about the pay scale difference between the STARBUCKS Marketing Exec and the SUBWAY Marketing Exec…..Hopefully, it’s a huge difference……that “Egyptian-type $5 footlong” song has GOT TO GO!!!!

8. Love Love Love the WINDY CITY….wish my best friend and I could live here forever!

9. Monopoly with the fam….here’s hopin’ Tyler’s new strategy doesn’t work!

10. Hmmmmm…..I get to sleep in the same bed as my husband for 5 days….a girl could get used to this.

11. *ill-gotten gain has no lasting value*

12. As I woke up this morning, and prayed for a miracle, there is only ONE thing that keeps going through my mind…..TRUST Mr. Ross’ Grandma!

13. My dad’s always told me….power rises up.

14. Dear God, our prayer tonight…..please give us our school back.

15. And if our God is for us…..then who could ever STOP us?

16. While my dog spent the last 2 days over at Grandmas for his “mini vacation”, a very cute baby bunny moved in to my fenced in back yard…….Dudley wants to eat it, I refuse to let him out.

17. For the first time in over a decade, I will NOT be running the over-under game at Field Day – INSTEAD, I have the incredible honor of taking MY OWN TEAM around today!!! Mrs. Fetterley, you better watch out, I’m shooting for 1st place!!!

18. Oh yeah! My team took 1st place in the annual Field Day! Much credit goes to my co-coach, Mr. C, and our 8th grade helper, Josh N.

19. Still shaking my head…..as I was finishing up a large mailing at the post office, a woman “who stood in line for 10 minutes to buy one stamp” asked the Postmaster, “this letter was supposed to be postmarked by yesterday, is there anyway you could back-date the postmark for me?”…….it took everything in me not to give her the *Kristie Cook, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”*

20. Spent the last 24 hours with my nephew Dominic. I heart him! My favorite quote of the day, “no, Aunt Kristie, I am not old yet! I am NEW!!.....”

21. Sitting outside the camper listening to the birds & the sound of my sweet 10 year old singing “How Great is Our God” inside the camper……

22. Out of pure curiosity …..how many white tank-tops would a person need to own before they would be required to attend “white tank-top anonymous” meetings??

23. In an effort to celebrate that the last load of “camping laundry” just got put in the dryer (after 2 days of non-stop laundry), I opened the double-stuff oreos…..to find there was only ONE left in the package……….can’t celebrate with just ONE oreo.

24. It was a complete mistake to tell my husband that the new security cameras outside of the school begin to “record” when they sense MOTION…….

25. The President just waved at us from his motorcade…..

26. Totally bummed that a 16GB flashdrive can really only hold 14.9GB’s……so, why isn’t it called a 14.9GB flashdrive?

27. Don’t know how I feel about the fact that my husband is building a “Man Room” in the garage…..so far – he has the 2x4’s up…….

28. Spending the evening wondering why I don’t drink alcohol……

29. Although I may type LOL to all of your status updates, I really only Laugh Out Loud at my 2 brothers updates……and in fact, sometimes I just keep right on laughing for hours after I read their updates…..they’re pretty much the only 2…….therefore, Im sorry for lying to all of you.

30. What has my life come to when I’m marinating my dinner in the van at the kid’s soccer practice…..

31. Got totally peer-pressured into joining my very first YOGA/PILATES class…..not sure if the instructor appreciated me offering my 2cents about everything she asked me to do…..oops.

32. Spending the day celebrating little Layna’s 1st birthday, watching my favorite boy play a kick-butt game of soccer, and writing the letter that I should’ve written two years ago……

33. Time to start taking apart the bridge…..now, only if it wasn’t made of pure cement.

34. Will spend my last day of work tomorrow wearing my favorite hat….don’t really care about the dress-code violation……

35. When a random person looks at you and says “Wow, you look happy!” – it seems to make you feel happier about the decision you made to make yourself happy…….

36. Lovin’ my new life and how much time I can spend within the warm, cozy walls of STARBUCKS!

37. Had the best birthday!! Complete with HUGS from Sunday School kids, the best present EVER from my Baby Sis, and a Hockey Game with my favorite Hockey Star!

38. While driving and daydreaming of Christmas Cookie decorations, I found myself in the STARBUCKS parking lot, as I had driven there out of habit….although I had a Venti CDL already in my hand…..oops.

39. Well, you know you’re addicted to STARBUCKS when your bummed that they are only closed on Christmas……sounds yummy tonight!!

40. Wow! Updating from my new macbook pro.....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Popular

Respect is honoring and humbling. Respect is something you can only EARN, you aren’t automatically given it….it takes a long time to earn it sometimes. Maybe even a decade. Or slightly longer. If you’ve properly earned it with some people, you most likely have earned it with ALMOST all people. Like 95% of people. But, sometimes, a decade – or slightly longer – is not long enough to earn it from the other 5%. Sometimes the other 5%, regardless of what your character demonstrates, are too afraid to respect you, too. As that would indicate that they think you have a GOOD character, and that would also indicate that they thought their character was similar to yours. But, in all actuality, their character isn’t like yours. In fact, although they can’t realize why, they have a hard time earning respect….

So, instead, the other 5% point out your faults to others, they laugh at you and say things like “…..well, you’re just popular….”


But, what really is “popular”?


  • Respect is *exiting a community of people* and receiving an outpouring of support that you are unable to describe in words.
  • Respect is receiving so many gifts that your kitchen table is over-flowing.
  • Respect is reading letter, after letter, after letter, after letter that points out all of your strengths.
  • Respect is little hugs from small children who miss you after a week of you being gone.
  • Respect is reading a poem from children where you are described as responsible, honest, caring, helpful, gracious and loving.
  • Respect is now having enough STARBUCKS gift-cards to last a lifetime.
  • Respect is when your former comrades still want to hang out with you daily, even though you no longer work next to them.
  • Respect is reading a letter from children where you are adored for your talents, and thanked for your service.
  • Respect is when the person you *respect* most says, “you did the RIGHT thing, Kristie….you were gracious until the end.”

Respect is so many more things……


So, you see, “POPULAR” just isn’t the right word.

You’re using the wrong word choice, my dear 5%.

The right word would actually be “RESPECTED”…..

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Poem of the day.....

One of Us

Someday, the light will shine like a sun
through my skin and they will say
what have you done with your life?
& though there are many moments I think I will remember
in the end,
I will be proud to say,
I was one of us.....

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Poem of the day.....

Mrs. Cook
by Mrs. Lankamp's 1st Grade Class


My favorite friend
Ready to help
Sweet as a rose

Coolest office person
Over worker
Outstanding mom to us
Keeps us safe

Monday, November 1, 2010

Poem of the day......

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward......
Created by The 6th Grade Class of WMAAA
October 2010

As a new chapter in your life begins,
remember we'll always be your friends.
It will be rough when you go,
but we know you'll put on a great show.
All the performances, k-8,
you've never, ever, ever, been late.
Your desk was always squeaky clean,
we give you the award of "Ultimate Clean Queen"!
Mrs. Cook, you're always on the ball,
you make sure to help us if we fall.
If we needed to call home,
you always let us use the phone,
and hopefully we didn't break a bone.
You are kind of like the ring-leader of our circus.
What will we do without your service?
Remember our Kindergarten trip to Pizza Hut?
Well this year in Chi-town, the deep dish pizza will top that
kindergarten cut!
Amongst yourself you are very grand,
but even better with a Starbucks CDL in your hand.
A natural photographer is what you are,
with a camera in your hand, you're a superstar.
We all know you have mad tech skills,
but beware of the drink spills!
Keep your laptop close to your heart,
but never let it fall apart.
Your computer holds treasured memories,
whenever you miss us just press the keys,
and you will see where you used to be.
Your smile is as bright as the sun,
now it's time to have some new found fun!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My resignation

I wanted you all to know that I recently submitted my letter of resignation as Admin Assistant at WMAAA.

For over 10 years, I have served the WMAAA community with passion and dedication. It is my belief that the school empowers students to be better individuals within society, and I am proud to say that I have assisted in that process for so many years.

My husband and I will continue to speak highly of WMAAA, most importantly the staff, as they continue to touch the hearts of my children on a daily basis. It is my intent to continue to serve the community, through the many volunteer opportunities available to me as a parent. I believe that I still have many talents that I can offer the school community as a whole.

I will plan to stay on in my position until October 28th, which should allow for plenty of time to hire a new Admin Assistant.

Many thanks to all of you who have blessed my life, by letting me take care of your little ones for so many years!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tyler's last days of summer



My boy who hates school, is about the most depressed kid ever - since he had to go back to school today. He spent his last days shooting TRAP at the range. He's actually really good at it, and Dan is looking into getting him into competition shooting.

Too bad the poor kid can't skip school and then fish & shoot guns all day....that'd be the life.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy 11th Birthday, Eyliana!!



Because Eyli just had her tonsils out 7 days ago, she wasn't feeling UP for a kayak trip this year - instead, we spent her 11th birthday baking!! Her favorite thing to do!! She made cupcakes, of course, and for the first time ever, we made chocolate heart lollipops! FUN!
Happy Birthday to my sweet girl!!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

End of Summer.....Beginning of Real Life


When did she stop needing me to change her clothes, or brush her hair? All of a sudden my little girl grew up. Kaitlyn has spent the end of her summer working to get money for her car. Logging miles to get her drivers license. And making good choices.

She is perfect for this job, as she is a social butterfly. She's building up the muscles in her hand, apparently it's very difficult to scoop hard ice-cream!!

Come visit Katie at the Hometown Creamery in North Muskegon, they will be getting a coffee machine, too - so, they'll be open year-round!! (This is important for Grandpas to know)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Introducing "Coat Boy"....

You would think that the "Story of the Day" would center around the two of us spending time together in Chicago, but with the Cooks, it is ALWAYS so much more......

On a very "ridiculously easy" bike tour of the Windy City, we saw some beautiful sites - like the Old Playboy Mansion, for example - which everyone must see ONCE in their lifetime, right? We also gathered some very valuable historic information about the city of Chicago. But, in addition, we also met some very fascinating people.

"Coat Boy" being one of them.


We are actually pretty smart people, so we should have known how the relationship would progress based on our first encounter with him. Upon arriving at the Bike Tour location, he approached Dan and informed us that this tour was the best in the city, and that he would be repeating the tour TWICE the following day.

At that point, our question to each other - VIA our eyes - was "Why in the world would you want to do this MORE THAN one time in a week??"...

As "Coat Boy" proceeded to do his WARM-UP exercises,
(YES, he was actually doing WARM-UP exercises),
we gathered our helmets and water bottles - and secretly checked our phones for any recent facebook updates.....as that was the *normal* thing to do.

As the tour began, it became apparent that "Coat Boy" was a very FAST rider, as he was constantly speeding up to ride DIRECTLY BEHIND Mary, our tour guide. At first I really just thought he was a Professional Bike Rider, as he insisted on being the *Right Hand Man* at all times.

He quickly became the Teacher's Pet, as he knew the answer to EVERY question Mary asked the group - most likely because he had BEEN ON THE TOUR a dozen times before, and could most likely RECITE Mary's entire speech from memory.

By complete accident, Dan and I started off from one stop in the "FIRST" position, simply because we were right next to Mary as she left the Catholic Church. We followed closely behind, not anticipating that "Coat Boy" would experience a weird form of jealousy....

As I avoided a large pot hole, from the corner of my eye I spotted "Coat Boy" veer around me and SPRINT-peddle to catch Dan - as Dan had begun a polite conversation with Mary about her residence in the city of Chicago.

Im assuming "Coat boy" had *planned* to ask Mary about where her residence was located, but was too busy doing WARM-UP EXERCISES to remember to ask her. Dan, however, had managed to gather alot of information in a very short amount of time.

It was at this point, I think, that something SNAPPED for "Coat Boy" and the Bike Tour officially became interesting.

By the last leg of our tour, the picture of Dan and "Coat Boy" next to each other was pretty much like-
let's just say -
TWO race cars
one yellow
one red
TWO drivers
one cool
one not cool
BOTH glaring at each other off the start
peddling as fast as humanly possible to catch Mary first

I'll let you decide which ONE
well,
WON....

And for the wondering mind - "No, (although it was a HOT 90 degrees here in the city) "Coat Boy" never removed his COAT.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I could only wish.....

As a dedicated Law and Order fan, I've become obsessed with watching my mail box for something that tells me that my services are required to serve on a JURY. For me, it would be like winning the lotto. How does a 35 year old woman NEVER get called for Jury Duty in her entire life.

Is it possible to walk into the courtroom and just volunteer?

Because he could care less about this responsibility, Dan has been picked for Jury Duty approx. 7 times in his life!! SEVEN!! You would think he could "let me take his place" - but, no.

He once AGAIN will have Jury Duty the week of September 6, 2010. I at least talked him into letting me fill out his paperwork, just so I felt important.

And yes, I will take this opportunity to mention that I think it ridiculous that they print his full name at the top of the paper, and then the first question they ask is - First Name, Last Name, Middle Initial.........

Thursday, July 29, 2010

FLASHBACK - Nightime Reading with Eyli


When she was little, it was back when reading was the IN thing to do with your kids. You know, right when everyone discovered “READING to them” would determine if they were a good kid or bad kid when they grew up. She loved this concept as she was a little reader from the minute she could hold a book. Most of her nighttime stories consisted of a dog named Biscuit, and his adventures. Mostly because SHE could actually READ the books to us, and let’s face it – by the 3rd child, you would rather just lay there and have them do all the work. Because you were most likely sleeping instead of reading anyway.

When I searched for a photo of Eyliana with a book, I found about 20. So, I went with the one above, basically because I miss the days when the kids ran around with their pacis in their mouths.

FLASHBACK - Nightime Reading with Tyler


When he was little, he was about the same as he is now – he hated reading. Everything about it. We spent countless hours trying to make him “like to read”, but it didn’t work. It took us a while to find ANY books that he liked. Most of his nighttime stories consisted of one of us screaming….."FFFF-RRR-OOOO-GGG-YYY”…… He loved the FROGGY book series, and I think maybe it was because we actually yelled and screamed some of the lines in the books. We should have known then that he would become a Soccer STAR, based on the fact that the Froggy Plays Soccer book was the most worn-out book we owned.


As I searched for a photo of Tyler with a book, this seemed to be the ONLY one. And mostly because you could never catch him "reading" one, let alone have time to snap a picture. I think I got lucky with this one because it was a Christmas present. (Where I very obviously tricked him into thinking that a BOOK was a PRESENT)

FLASHBACK - Nightime Reading with Katie

When she was little, it was back when your kids didn’t know the whole alphabet BEFORE they went to school. You know, when they actually learned their letters and sounds in Kindergarten. At the time we thought she was the smartest kid in the universe because she loved to learn. All of her nighttime stories consisted of one of the Little Alphabet Books. Little A had a box, and he said “I will fill my box” – and then he proceeded to find little items on his trip that started with the letter A, which he then carried with him in his box.


As I searched for a photo of Katie reading (any) book, you would think I had all of my photographs alphabetized and labeled based on the fact that I found the picture of her 2nd Christmas - where she actually OPENED the books as a gift. (above) But, it was a total mistake that I actually stumbled on this photo at all.......

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

my favorite quote for the day.....

We are only defensive when we are guilty of something and why would I trust the intentions of people who are defensive of telling the 'truth'? -a friend

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday message

the righteous live by Faith, with confidence that God is on the throne....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer 2010 - Us





Im not sure this post needs any words.

Summer 2010 - Katie

Where has the time gone?
Katie has spent her Summer doing all the things that 16 year old girls want to do. She spends time with all of her friends that don't live at our house. We barely ever see this child any more, so that is why I try to snap a picture when we get the chance - so then I can put it up on my blog, so I remember what she looks like.

Here is a picture of her and her friend....who is a boy.

Summer 2010 - Eyli

So far, Eyliana has spent her summer doing all the things that she likes to do.
She took a Summer Cooking class at the Tech Center, she watches alot of the Disney Channel, and she loves to play with her cousins, the big ones and the little ones. She's especially good with the babies, as she loves to "help" in anyway she can. She's my little scholar, as at least once-a-day she complains about being bored.....she misses school.

A picture of Eyliana and all of her cousins (on daddy's side)....wow, they're all getting pretty old.

Summer 2010 - Tyler

So far, Tyler has spent most of his summer fishing as much as he possibly can.
On little lakes and big lakes.
Catching little fish and big fish.


I just realized he is wearing the same shirt every time.
Hmmmm....maybe this should be his lucky fishing shirt?
Or maybe he just needs some new shirts.

Back to Blogging

I guess it's time to get back to blogging....
mostly because I tend to THINK in facebook status updates.
I spend hours re-writing sentences in my head
sentences that no-one else will ever hear.....
weird.

Friday, May 21, 2010

HipHop Dance Performance

Eyliana had a great time in an After-School HipHop class this semester, and was extra lucky that the teacher was her Aunt Jamie!! Congrats, Eyli (Along with her BFF, Morgan, and her cousins Andrew and David)

Congrats WMAAA students!!

Tyler had the greatest opportunity to participate in an Intro to FILM class this semester. One of the projects that came out of this class was a PSA the kids did on Cyberbullying. It turned out great! Congratulations WMAAA kids!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Congrats, Eyliana!

Eyliana plays her version of "Old Suzanna" at her piano party today......

video


Eyliana and her BFF, Morgan play their DUET, a culminating project from their Spring Session of Piano lessons. Their teacher was very happy, as it is much harder to play a DUET with another student. Great Job, Eyli and Morgan!!

video

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56
1 O God, have mercy on me,
for people are hounding me.
My foes attack me all day long.
2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
and many are boldly attacking me.
3 But when I am afraid,
I will put my trust in you.
4 I praise God for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?
5 They are always twisting what I say;
they spend their days plotting to harm me.
6 They come together to spy on me—
watching my every step, eager to kill me.
7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
in your anger, O God, bring them down.
8 You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
This I know: God is on my side!
10 I praise God for what he has promised;
Yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?
12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
13 For you have rescued me from death;
you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
in your life-giving light.

It seems David and I have a few things in common.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Congratulations, Tyler!

Despite a very difficult week at our wonderful little school, the staff, cast and crew of Into the Woods, Jr. managed to produce a very successful Spring Musical!! Dan and I were very proud to watch Tyler, starring as Jack (and the Beanstalk)!

Enjoy the photos, most of which include Tyler's best friend, Antonio - not to be confused with his "on-stage best friend", Milkey White the cow (played by Shelby).


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Accusations fly at charter school board meeting

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BY BECKY VARGO
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com

FERRYSBURG — More than 100 people jammed the music room-turned-board room at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics on Tuesday night, criticizing school board members and the personnel company involved in the recent firing of the school's director.



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The audience of parents, students, teachers and staff spent almost three hours of comment time denouncing the decision to remove the man they claimed was respected and loved by almost everyone at the school.

Demonstrators were on the street Monday and Tuesday, protesting the ousting of Tom Stout and working to get people to attend Tuesday night's regular meeting of the charter school's Board of Education.

The meeting crowd rose and cheered when Stout entered the room and made his way to a front row seat, moments before the meeting was called to order.

Board President Judy Bregman made a statement claiming the board had nothing to do with the firing. She said they were made aware of it Friday afternoon by the personnel company contracted by the school. Stout was terminated Saturday.

Ed Culberson, of the personnel firm Advanced HR, told the audience that the situation was an ongoing issue that was not resolved. He said Stout was let go because he continued to do things that were not in the best interest of the Ferrysburg school.

Culberson declined to give a specific reason for the firing — indicating it was best that the former director leave now, rather than at the end of six more weeks when Stout planned to retire.



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A new director, Travis Thomsen of California, is scheduled to be in place July 1.

In the meantime, Culberson confirmed that his company had contracted two people — who had helped the school in a search for the new director — as interim directors. David Peterson and Harry Rossi, both former school superintendents from northern Illinois, will be meeting with administration and faculty at WMAAA this week. Peterson arrived at the school Tuesday afternoon and attended the board meeting. Meetings with staff were scheduled for today.

Peterson said he hoped to address parents' concerns about their children's welfare and how they were dealing with the loss of Stout.



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Stout made a statement at Tuesday night's meeting, criticizing the board — most notably Bregman — and accusing board members of repeated violations of the Open Meetings Act and conflict of interest because of her friendship with the school's curriculum coordinator, Connie Stewart. He encouraged the crowd to "question policy and decision-making at every level," and told parents they needed to "take their school back."

Several audience members asked that Bregman and other members of the board step down so the new director can start with a clean slate when he comes to town. Others accused Stewart of bullying teachers and also asked her to step down.

At the beginning of the meeting, eighth-grade students Mackenzie Fairfield and Lorenzo Pretta — who are in Mandy Deboer's Introduction to Film class — made a presentation on bullying and showed a 30-second public service announcement the class produced.

"This has been an ongoing issue in our school," Fairfield said.

Parent Wendy Swenson brought up the topic of the video after a couple of hours of comment on the director situation.

"I teach my children that bullying is not acceptable," she said.

Swenson noted was an underlying theme of bullying brought up by parents and teachers at the meeting, in relation to curriculum and activities. She said the allegations of bullying, conflict of interest and possible illegal activities of a staff member being investigated by Stout needed to be continued.

Bregman said she would reply to questions asked that night by e-mail and the responses would be on the school's website. In response to a question from the audience, Bregman emphasized she would not be able to answer all of the questions.



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Many of the people in attendance directed their comments to Dan Matthews, a representative from Grand Valley State University, the entity that oversees the charter for WMAAA.

Parent Andrew Ross said they needed GVSU's help to eliminate the atmosphere of hostility "which affects our children's learning environment." He asked Matthews to have the university investigate the possible conflicts of interest between board members and staff, and to investigate school attorney Errol Goldman for the same type of issues.

After most of the audience left, Matthews — who gave a report as scheduled on the agenda — said GVSU was bound by state rules that they had to follow in overseeing the charter school.

"We cannot get involved in personnel matters," he said.

Matthews spent most of his time talking about how well the school was doing, despite the conflict.

"When you look at the data, this is a great school," he said. "This is one of the top performing schools in the state of Michigan."

Ron Lindquist, grandparent to a current WMAAA student, said about the only choice parents had was to "contact your (state) legislator and make that board elected and responsible to" the people.

The academy's Board of Education is appointed by GVSU. When there is a vacancy, applications may be filed, but the board then selects the next member.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pet Peeve of the Week - Week 2

To start, please review -
Pet Peeve of the Week disclaimer –
1. YES, I know that all of you won’t agree with my logical weekly assessments – too bad, don’t read them.
2. YES, I know that there are plenty of things that I do daily that you would like to list out under this heading – too bad, get your own blog.
3. NO, I’m not writing about anybody in particular, so don’t take things so personally if I happen to touch on a subject you don’t agree with. [and if you can’t handle it, you may want to stop reading now…..as I’m not planning to filter these posts to protect you over-sensitive readers…..ya, you know who you are.]

You see these cars every day. The ones with the bumper stickers that say


Ok, so what are these people really thinking?

1. SO……. I bought this car from my great Aunt Sally, and she had a bumper sticker on the back, and I’m too lazy to scratch it off, so I’ll just leave it on there even though I realize McCain will never be named president…….
2. OR……I am not very fond of our current president, and in fact did NOT want to see him elected, so I will keep my bumper sticker on my car for the rest of my life, so everyone that sees me will know that I do not support the current president regardless of what he does/doesn’t do to help/hinder our country…..
3. OR……What? There’s a bumper sticker on my car? ….hmmm….I guess I didn’t realize that I never took it off after the election was over in 2008…..
4. OR……I am quite certain that McCain WILL run again someday, and will be named President of the United States, and in fact, he will also ONCE AGAIN realize that Palin would be an excellent choice for Vice President, so he will choose her as his running mate, and they will FOR SURE be elected this time around – and my car will be READY!…..

Pet Peeve of the week: People who want other people to know that they are either living in the past or the future, and therefore must spend very little time focusing on the present.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Conversations with Tyler....

How many times can I say, "Yep, he's just like his dad...."
Today alone I said it 3 different times to 3 different people.

Because Dan is gone so much lately,
I am able to find laughter in my
"Conversations with Tyler".....

Starbucks drivethru voice:

I'll have your total at the window, please pull ahead.

Me
(as I pull ahead):
You don't have to tell me my total, because I already know it's $4.19.

Tyler:

How do you know that?

Me
(giving him the look):
Believe me, it's $4.19. But, I use my card, so I save $0.80 cents. So, it's really only $3.39. Isn't that AWESOME! I get my syrup for free.

Tyler:

Well.
Ummm.
Actually.
I don't know, Mom.
sounds to me like pretty pricey syrup.......

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pet Peeve of the Week

I decided to start this Pet Peeve of the Week, in hopes that I will actually be able to come up with ONE annoyance per week.
Then, after some thought I laughed.
Yep, this should be NO problem……

To start, please review -
Pet Peeve of the Week disclaimer:
1. YES, I know that all of you won’t agree with my logical weekly assessments – too bad, don’t read them.
2. YES, I know that there are plenty of things that I do daily that you would like to list out under this heading – too bad, get your own blog.
3. NO, I’m not writing about anybody in particular, so don’t take things so personally if I happen to touch on a subject you don’t agree with. [and if you can’t handle it, you may want to stop reading now…..as I’m not planning to filter these posts to protect you over-sensitive readers…..ya, you know who you are.]


How many times do you hit the “SEND” button in a day? In a world where you almost have to be a better writer than a talker, I probably send close to 75 emails a day, not counting my facebook comments. Ok, so when you people get my emails in your inbox, what actually happens after that?
1- Am I in the “delete hers without reading it” category?
2- Or do you actually skim over it, and then hit delete?
3- Or do you just read it, and leave it sitting there in your inbox, and then talk to me about what it says the next time you see me?
4- Or do you actually open it, read it and reply to it?

If you wanna be a #1 person, fine. Honestly, you people don’t bother me at all, as I already know that you could care less about me.
If you wanna be a #2 person, fine. Honestly, you don’t bother me at all either, as you are pretty much just a nicer, more polished version of the #1 people.
If you wanna be a #4 person, I heart you, as you are just like me.

But, these #3 people – SERIOUSLY.
#3’s, let’s talk.
If I send you an email
and ask you a question
and you don’t reply to it
Yet, then I see you a week later
and you say something similar to …
“Oh, hi, Kristie….ya….got your email last week, ummmm, ya that should work out for us, we’ll be there.” …..
Do I really need to explain why this is ANNOYING?
Talk about a complete waste of YOUR time and MY time.
Why not just hit the little button that is labeled “REPLY” and type the words “Sure, that should work” and then hit the little button that is marked “SEND”.
If you take the time to read your email,
what in the world is so hard about replying to it?

Not to mention that I totally have a wrong impression of you, as I have just spent the last week of my life thinking you were a #1. When in actuality, you weren’t a #1, you were a #3.

Pet Peeve of the Week – People who give other people the wrong impression about themselves.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Why dads usually know best.....


Kristie CookDaniel Cook: hey....BFF.....wanna get pedicures this weekend?? I could use an outing with my best friend....
Daniel CookKristie Cook: Who r u talking too. .I get confused on FB. R u asking me if I want a pedicure? Or someone else. ;)
Kristie CookKristie Cook
well, let's see....i am talking to my best friend...that would be you....which would explain why I wrote on YOUR wall......
Daniel CookDaniel Cook
Okay. I'm not sure how to write on a wall. Black berry is confusing sometimes. ;)
Kristie CookKristie Cook
LOL babe. you crack me up!
Kristie CookKristie Cook
but the real question remains......pedicures?
Kristie CookKristie Cook
by the way......you just 'wrote on a wall' when you posted this.....LOL
Daniel CookDaniel Cook
Okay well u will have to teach me a little more.
Kristie CookKristie Cook
are you avoiding the real question? :)
Daniel CookDaniel Cook
No what the heck r u talking about
Kristie CookKristie Cook
lol .......pedicures.
David HulingsDavid Hulings
Suggestion: call him on the phone