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Wild Flower & Co.
Saturday, 2 February 2008
Worst Soccer Day in History
Mood:  down

I haven't mentioned the fall soccer season at all.  And it's not just because I haven't blogged lately.  It was a sucky season. 

Scooter got onto a pretty nice team, but I hardly saw any of his games, because Guido made me take Fluffy to her games whenever there was a time conflict, which was nearly every weekend.

Fluffy's team sucked big time.  Talk about unbalanced teams again.  While one team was full of select and club players, our team had four girls who had never even played AYSO before.  But they were an amazing bunch of girls (and parents) who faithfully attended practice and every game.  Toward the end of the season, we actually won a couple of games, although it wasn't enough to get us out of last place.  Even though this was Fluffy's worst season in terms of wins & losses, it was her best season.  She had fun, met all new girls (she was the only one from her school), and she's turned into a great defender, too.

So why was today the worst day ever?  Because although Scooter's team made it to the playoffs and even advance to the final round, we had such ugly encounters with an opposing team and even worse officiating, that our team has called it quits.  There is a possiblity that we could take first place tomorrow and instead we are sitting out.  Today was possibly Scooter's last soccer game ever.  He scored two goals in the second quarter and I missed it.  For years I've asked Guido to set me up with the camcorder to record Scooter's games and he's refused.  I may never see Scooter play soccer again.

Posted by happyrainbow at 8:39 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2008 8:14 PM PST
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Reflections 2006-2007: My Favorite Place
Mood:  special

My favorite place is home because it is close to school and close to my friends' house to play at.  I like to go to school because that's where I learn and get smarter.

My favorite place is warm and cozy, and people are there to protect me when I get scared.  We support each other like a family should.  It's comfortable because I'm used to it being messy and untidy.  It's a happy place, where there's a lot of love in it.  It's where we have family game night and where I learn to cook.

My favorite place is home because I have my own room.  I know where everything is.  I've lived here my whole life.  I had my birthday parties here and sleepovers and friends over.  When I get sick my mom or dad will take care of me.  I fight with my brother here.  I get my shelter and food here.

This is why home is my favorite place.

Posted by happyrainbow at 12:25 PM PDT
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
No Fluff
This is the fourth day that Fluffy has been gone.  I asked, "Does anyone miss Fluffy?" and Scooter said no and Guido said, "Who?"  Am I the only one who cares about her?

Posted by happyrainbow at 10:06 PM PDT
Monday, 6 August 2007
Camp Round Meadow
Mood:  caffeinated

Both kids went to summer school this year.  Scooter went to Marymount again, but I think it was more fun for him than in the past, because in addition to the usual math and language arts classes we make him take, he took ceramics and cooking.  So he got to make stuff to bring home and stuff to eat.  We decided to try the GATE program for Fluffy.  It was a really neat idea; the kids created a city, board games, art, etc., by reusing recycled things.  I wish all kids could go to a program like that.  Not only smart kids can/should benefit by being inspired to be creative.  (I just found this great show in PBS called Design Squad.  Check it out!)

This week, Fluffy is at Camp Round Meadow.  It's her first residence camp.  I hope she's having fun.  Thea went with her, and we saw a lot of familiar faces from school and Indian Guides at orientation so she shouldn't feel alone.  I've been mailing her all kinds of notes and postcards everyday.  Like Scooter's first (and only) Round Meadow trip, I made some silly postcards using photos I took.  I hope she likes them.

I have to drive up to Big Bear on Thursday to pick her up since camp ends on Saturday, but we need to drive to Las Vegas on Friday for a basketball tournament. Oh boy, I get to make a six-hour round trip on Thursday, and another long drive on Friday.

Posted by happyrainbow at 10:13 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 13 August 2007 3:24 PM PDT
Olvera Street Revisited
Mood:  happy

Fluffy and I enjoyed our field trip to Olvera Street so much that we decided to go again.  Janet and Thea met us at the Metro station in Redondo Beach, and we rode the green, blue and red lines to get to Olvera.  We went through some scary neighborhoods, but it was fun to see different parts of the city fairly up close.  Olvera Street wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be.  We ate at one of the little walk-in food stands.  Then we went to Chinatown in search of almond cookies.  We were told Chinatown was "right across the street," but I guess everyone's definition of "right across the street" is different.  We never found the cookies that we wanted and ended up buying cookies and rice noodles out of desperation at a little bakery that wasn't that great.

It as a fun trip, and we're trying to think of other "field trips" we can do by Metro.

Posted by happyrainbow at 10:04 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:22 PM PDT
Hiatus is Over
Mood:  bright

Yikes!  It's been a while since I updated.  This entry is mostly a Fluffy bragfest...

I probably bitched about Fluffy's soccer team in the fall, about the coach who knew nothing about soccer.  Well, her team took first overall for the season, they won the Commissioner's Cup tournament, and they took first place in the area playoffs (West, South, North, Central Torrance, San Pedro & PV)!  We had some good players on the team, but we still had incredible luck!

In February, I started working part-time at an agency that provides one on one therapy to autistic children.  I don't work with the kids; I'm the office person. The money isn't that great, but I have an extremely flexible schedule.  I've gradually taken on more and more responsibilities and I'm trying to figure out how to ask for more money, seeing as how I'm making almost $10/hr less than the previous person.  I'm still looking for a copywriting/marketing job, but I don't think I'm going to find one that meets all my criteria, so this autism job is going to have to be it until I find the right job.

In the spring, Fluffy took 2nd place in literature in her school's Reflections competition.  I think that got her a little jazzed about her writing ability, because lately her letters and thank you notes have been very "flowery."  Her conversational style has changed, too.  Sometimes it's like talking to an adult.

Fluffy also took first place in the biological category of her school's science fair competition.  Her project, "Germopolis," involved swabbing various school and home surfaces and culturing them in petri dishes.  Some of the results were disgusting and surprising; the school toilet seat was cleaner than the drinking fountain.  Visually, her project was impressive, but what I admired more were her observations and conclusions.  Her project went to the Torrance science fair and we got to see the winning projects from the other elementary, middle and high schools.

Scooter's project compared pens that claim their ink is "check-safe."  He didn't win any prizes, but the results were surprising and useful in everyday life.

At some point, Scooter commented that this is Fluffy's year, "because she's winning everything!"

During Spring Break, besides the usual visit to the monster-in-law, who by the way is getting meaner and bitchier by the day (she told Fluffy, "You don't need to listen to what your mom tells you to do"), we spent a few days in Sacramento at the railroad museum, Sutter's Fort, and the state capitol.

I went on a few field trips this year.  I accompanied Fluffy to the Hollywood Bowl, Banning Museum, and Olvera Street, and enjoyed Gold Rush Day at school.  I volunteered at a few events at Scooter's school and got to see a little bit of Renaissance Day.  I have missed so much by having to work all the time.

Fluffy got into GATE and Scooter made the honor roll every quarter.

That's all I can remember for the school year right now.

Posted by happyrainbow at 9:33 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:25 PM PDT
Wednesday, 31 January 2007
A Different Perspective
This morning Fluffy and I were discussing how some high school students don't take a full load of classes if they have enough credits to graduate, especially if they are planning to work instead of go to college, and feel they don't need to know things like calculus, physics or a foreign language.  But Fluffy thought the opposite, that if she knew she wasn't going to college she would want to learn as much as she could before she left high school and went to work, and instead she would take as many classes as she could.

Posted by happyrainbow at 3:33 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2007 3:40 PM PST
Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Today is my little sister's birthday.  But she's not that little.  Happy 42nd birthday, you old fart!

I am such a nice big sister!  I wonder if it's this same kind of stuff by Scooter that makes Fluffy not like being the youngest?

Posted by happyrainbow at 10:46 AM PST
Fluffy declared that she doesn't like being the youngest in the family, but she likes being the baby.  Guido doesn't get it, but it makes perfect sense to me.

Posted by happyrainbow at 10:43 AM PST
Friday, 1 December 2006

Last week we were running around in shorts.  We spent the weekend in S.F., where the weather was actually pretty nice except for rain the first night, and came back to freakin' cold weather.  Yahoo! says it's currently 52 deg.  I need to get me some flannel-lined jeans.  Make that flannel-lined everything. 

Posted by happyrainbow at 8:49 AM PST
Sunday, 26 November 2006
You Thought the Turkey Had Bad Luck

I almost forgot about the real highlight of the weekend.  On Thanksgiving day, we got rear-ended on the freeway on the way to Guido's sister's house in Orinda.  Nothing major, just a shock to the system and a few scratches on the bumper.

But the incident brought up an observation by Scooter - "Bad luck Thanksgiving."

A few years ago, on Thanksgiving weekend, Guido and Fluffy were driving home with a fresh Christmas tree in the trunk when Guido somehow rammed into a Mercedes.  Damage wasn't that bad, but the other driver worked for a lawyer and a few months later threw a lawsuit at us.  (It was just a threat, though, and the insurance took care of it.)

One year later, we were driving home after spending T'giving weekend in S.F. and Guido rear-ended a car and caused a four-car accident on I-5.  We were exactly halfway between S.F. and L.A., and our car was undrivable.  Do you know it costs $700 to have your car towed 200 miles?  Our minivan was so old that the insurance company wanted to total it, but Guido pleaded with them to fix it, and we were able to drive it around for a few more years.

Because the minivan was in the shop with near fatal injuries, we had to take the Accord to S.F. for Christmas that year.  Not the best time to be driving the little car when you have a pile of Christmas presents and two weeks' worth of clothes for four people.  When we got to S.F., the car died (it was just the beginning of a series of me-being-stranded-with-a-dead-car).

So although the turkey has it bad on Thanksgiving, at least he doesn't have to relive the event every year.

Posted by happyrainbow at 4:16 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2006 10:36 AM PST
Monster in Law

Just about everyone I know has in-law horror stories.  I've always maintained that, although she drives everyone crazy with her opinions and demands, Guido's mom is basically a good person and means well.  That is, until this weekend.

We were having lunch at the new Westfield Plaza, which is adjacent to the S.F. Center, and Guido's mom said flat-out to my kids, "Your mom is so fat, but she just keeps on eating."

I don't care if she's dying of cancer, and it wouldn't have mattered if I was eating a plate of carrots or an entire cheesecake; she was completely out of line to say that to my children.

I've silently taken all the insults made by her and her husband all these years.  All the comments about my parents went unchallenged.  Even when the old man said that Scooter was stupid and that I was lazy, I said nothing.  Guido just looks the other way and lets them treat us that way.

How did these people get to the point where they have the right to treat their family this way?  I've taken a lot of shit from them, from the planning of our wedding 13 years ago up to this very day.  I make excuses for her, saying it's a cultural gap and she really wants what's best for us.  But by insulting me in front of my children, she crossed the line.  That's something that will never be forgotten or forgiven.

Posted by happyrainbow at 8:25 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006 4:37 PM PST
Monday, 20 November 2006
Mary Ann
Scooter and Fluffy have known since early this year that their S.F. grandma has cancer.  However, it only dawned on Fluffy at dinner tonight that Pau Pau is going to die from it.  After she wiped away her tears, she got out her flute and music book and started to learn a song entitled "Mary Ann," which is her grandma's name.

Posted by happyrainbow at 8:02 PM PST
Ooh Baby
Hugh Grant's birthday is just one day before mine.  Same year and everything!  I didn't realize he was that old!

Posted by happyrainbow at 5:03 PM PST
A couple of years ago, the daughter of a friend broke her wrist when she fell out of her dad's truck.  I thought, what kind of dingdong falls out of a truck?  Well, a couple of weeks ago, I fell out of our SUV, not once, but twice in the same week.  No real reason.  Just fell onto the garage floor as I was climbing out (it's an SUV, so it's pretty high off the ground, especially for those of us under five feet).  I wonder if it's related to my hands and feet being numb and weak for the last eight years.

Posted by happyrainbow at 4:24 PM PST
Blue Soccer

Just found out that, based on the Sunday games, Scooter's team ended up in second place for the season.  It was assumed from the beginning of the season that Chivas would take first place as that team was way stacked so I didn't even dream of first place.  It came down to us and Quicksilver for second.  We ended the season with the same number of points.  So it went to how we played against each other.  We played three games and we each won one, lost one, and tied one with each other.  So from there it went to overall goals scored against each team for the entire season.  And we squeaked by with, I think, four fewer goals.  Talk about a serious tie.

U14 doesn't have a Commish Cup, so we'll play again in January in the area playoffs.

Posted by happyrainbow at 10:26 AM PST
Saturday, 18 November 2006
Soccer Mania

Today was an intense soccer day.  Scooter's game against the Rhinos was a make-it-or-break-it kind of game.  If we won, we definitely took second place.  If we lost, we probably dropped down to third.

So what happened?  The Rhinos scored three quick goals on us, and I thought, oh no, it's the Chivas game all over again.  Instead, in the last part of the game, our guys came back with three goals, and the game ended in a tie!  And now I don't know where we stand.

Fluffy's game was next, and again it was one of those do or die games.  The Whale Riders scored on us and got everyone's attention.  The Red Hots came back with three goals, and that put us in first place for the season!  (Very strange, the coach seemed to downplay that, and some families didn't even know we took first.)  Now we need to make it through the Commissioner's Cup and area playoffs.  We are going to get killed when we go against San Pedro and the other Torrance teams.  (Our coaching is very dysfunctional.  Our head coach is basically a cheerleader, telling the girls that they'll win if they're confident and work as a team, but not really teaching them skills or plays.)

After Fluffy's game, we raced over to RJ's house for the boys' team party.  We all potlucked, and it was a very easy party (at least I hope it was for our hostess).  I made a huge card of photos I took throughout the season for the coach, and had the kids sign it.  I wish I had taken a picture of it, so I can remember what I did when I need to do it again next year.  Does that make sense?

Overall, a great soccer day!

Posted by happyrainbow at 4:40 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2006 10:37 AM PST
Saturday, 11 November 2006
Blue Brothers

The Blues Brothers started the season very strong.  Their only loss was to Chivas, which was to be expected as the teams are really unbalanced this year.

All of a sudden, the Brothers started falling to pieces and haven't been able to get back together.  We should have won our game against Quicksilver.  In fact, were ahead, but Quicksilver plowed through and the game ended in a tie.  We are barely hanging onto our position, and Quicksilver is clawing their way ahead with everything they have.

With one more game left in regular season play, it's still a toss-up as to who will go to the area playoffs!

Posted by happyrainbow at 1:51 PM PST
Red Hots are RED HOT!

What an exciting soccer day.  Fluffy's team, the Red Hots, faced the undefeated Red Dragons.  With eight wins and one loss, the Red Hots were the only team that could possibly take down the Dragons.  The score was 0-0 for a long time, then the Dragons scored.  The Red Hots came back with three goals!  Fluffy played great defense ("I realized that if you back down when they're coming at you, they come at you harder.  But if you don't back down, then they back down!") and helped prevent the Dragons from making anymore goals.

If we win next weekend, that should put us in first place for the season!


Posted by happyrainbow at 1:37 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006 1:51 PM PST
Hairy Beast

Fluffy:  Can I shave off all the hair on my legs?

Mom:  No.   You're only nine.  You can shave your legs when you starting shaving your armpits.

Flufy:  Gross...

Posted by happyrainbow at 1:35 PM PST

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