The Danger family is home. I have all kinds of stories and pictures to share but first, my ass hurts. But not as bad as my back which is KILL-ING me. But we are home and everyone is well, no one was lost or gone missing, and the house is still standing (including the fridge which was LEFT OPEN thank you very much kids!)
So as much as I would love to sit and chat I am so dang tired of sitting- laundry and butt massages await.
Happy (day after) Thanksgiving! Yesterday was a great one for the Danger Fam! We are still here in Miami with the husband's family. We spent the day by the pool (in NOVEMBER!) and then got all dressed up for Thanksgiving Dinner. We ate at Chef Allen's, because that is where Aunt Lil wants to eat her Thanksgiving dinner, and since she is 101 she gets whatever she wants! Oh to be 101....The baby was very well behaved and Tomas was an absolute gem! So all in all it was a success! They looked so cute in their holiday outfits! I can't wait to show everyone.
Today on the other hand was ridiculous! Cory and I took Tomas to breakfast alone so he can have some one on one time with us and he was super excited about that. The best part was- wait for it...... the four person bike! Oh man it was fabulous! There was a seat up front with a belt for the baby, and then we all had seats for one another. We ALLLLL had to pedal together to get it to work. It was ridiculous! I am sure that we looked like absolute fools, but it was so much fun. Tomas even got to drive once no one was looking which was remarkably safe you know.... Uncle Dan rented Rollerblades and held on to the back the whole time! That was as far into the dark side that he was willing to go. Thank God!
Well we are off to another fancy smancy dinner at 4 in the afternoon. Because- again- when you are 101 you get whatever you want whenever you want! Woo-hoo old age!
We made it. We are in Florida. So far we are having a ton of fun. Everyone is jet lagged, but we have already done sooooooo much it's ridiculous. I have so many pictures to post when we get home. Tomorrow my brother and his beautiful wife are driving to meet up with us for the day so we can't be more thrilled! Tomas and I were on a game show, we spent the day at the Animal Kingdom, we meet Spongebob, Dora, Patrick, Squidward, you name it....But tomorrow, we are GETTING SLIMED!
Things here at the Danger ranch have been a little hectic lately. Oliver had the flu, then Cory had a raging sinus infection last week, then Tomas had a week long asthma flare up that almost got the best of him on several occasions. Oliver is now sick again, and wants the whole house to know.
Uncle Daniel's birthday was Saturday, so we all got together and had a little birthday party for him at the MIL's (we heart Uncle Dan). That same night was the birthday party for a co-worker of Cory. He decided to have a James Bond themed party, so we all got to get dressed up all top secret spy like- it was tons of fun. Well, for us. Not so much for the rest of the group. Since we arrived late because of Dan's dinner party, Cory and I missed the limo. The limo that caught on fire, with everyone in it, then got pulled over and ticketed. Ouch. But when you are a double agent with a stocked wet bar, who really cares right?
Yesterday Cory's amazing tattoo artist line over at DiNG! was revealed, and it is totally awesome! He has been working so hard on it, and the kids and I are really proud of him. It came out great, and I am looking forward to getting my husband back once it all calms down a little bit.
Saturday we leave for sunny (and effing HOT!) Florida. We are all terribly excited! First stop is Orlando, where the kids get four days at the Nickelodeon Hotel. Then we are driving to Miami to spend Thanksgiving with Cory's 101 year old Great Aunt Lil who is freaking amazing. Plus, we get to visit my brother while we are there, which will rock because I will get to humiliate him in person, as opposed to online or over the phone. I mean, come on, he's the baby. Cory and I both have to bring a TON of work with us for the trip, but at least we get to go in the first place. And as long as the kids don't know, then I think we're good.
Oh- and I cut like a gazillion inches off of my hair. Pictures soon dearies, pictures soon.
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So here is my stolen (and not won or given! oops...) list of sevens-
7 things I did before (before what? kids?! HA! I can't even remember.) 1. read just for fun 2. stayed up very very late 3. went out on the weekends 4. wore very short skirts 5. work full time and then some 6. listen to very loud obnoxious music 7. went to lots of concerts and hot rod shows
7 things I do now 1. read 2. commute 3. cook 4. try to remember to call my family 5. cannot imagine life without the Internet 6. laundry / clean 7. keep my eyes on the prize
7 things I want to do 1. Hang up my ph.D and get used to the title "Dr. Danger" 2. Publish a book 3. Just hang out with my husband 4. Live to see my child as happy healthy and productive members of society 5. Read all the books in my library (ha!) 6. travel a LOT 7. Host holidays at my house
7 things that attract me to the opposite sex 1. Cory's artistic talent 2. Cory's awesome sense of humor 3. Cory's stability 4. Cory's patience 5. Cory's imagination 6. Cory's parenting ability 7. Cory's ability to put up with me
7 Favorite Foods 1. big salads with oil and vinegar, chicken, almonds, s&p&garlic, a little cheese (totally hungry now) 2. Lasagna 3. Margherita Pizza 4. Ice Cream 5. Coffee and Diet Coke 6. My mom's enchiladas 7. Steak (who would have ever thought!)
7 things I Say Most Often 1. Yes he does look JUST like his dad....I know... 2. Oy Vey! 3. Let's go, Boyos 4. Don't pick your nose 5. Don't poke your brother 6. Hands to yourself. 7. Is that poop?
Tomas and I had to go to the grocery store this afternoon. Whats that you say- I thought that you went yesterday? Oh yes, I did go yesterday and yet somehow I still had to go again today. The shopping center that houses our grocery store has been under (pain in my ass) construction for(EVER) quite some time now. Needless to say, you have to be careful with the wee ones.
Tomas and I are waiting to cross the parking lot, into the grocery store. There is also a group of firemen waiting on the other side. I wait for two cars to finish driving through, and then the coast is clear. Tomas and I take three- tops- steps into the street when this lady -with two kids in the car I might add thank you very much! - totally zooms in front of us. I yank on Tom's arm, practically pull him to the ground and glare at her while she pretends to not even notice us. As if!
So whatever, we make it. We go to get a cart, and I realize that I have left my list ( I just love me some lists!) in the car. I leave Tom there with the cart, as I can see him the whole time, and I got back to my car for the list. When I get back to the sidewalk, guess who I see. That's right. So I walk up to Tomas, I grab that cart, and I get right in front of her and her two children.
And I stop. Dead in my tracks. And I make her wait. And she has the nerve to say to me "Well, excuuuuuuse you."
Now, recently I have been working on NOT being a total hermit, so I go out of the house when my dear husband makes me. I have also been working on NOT being a crabby ole' hag at the ripe old age of 28. So I did what my husband tells me to do when I feel my good ole' redhead temperament rearing its angry head- which was say nothing.
So I said nothing. But I also did not budge one god damn inch. NOT ONE. I blocked that entire door frame. She eventually gave up getting in through this door, and after I glared at her for at least a full minute, she turned to walk away.
Now, I wouldn't want her to think that I was rude or anything, so I very loudly said to the fire men who are now laughing (handsomely) on the sidewalk -"Oh my. I must have cut her and her children off. How terribly irresponsible of me".
She got the point, and I didn't have to raise my voice or anything.
So you can easily see why they have become as successful as they have been. And plus, how freaking adorable is Judy?! They are a total hit up in San Francisco, where they live now. But my friends, they are leaving us for further fashion fame. Alas, they are moving to Paris.
I know that people are probably already tired of hearing about it, but I am still on cloud nine. Although I am extremely disappointed in California and the decision regarding Gay Marriage and also the prison system, I cannot describe how amazing it is to finally see a President in office that I feel good about supporting. This is the first time in many years that I am proud of our Nation's leader. This is a time that will surely go down in history; with both a female candidate and a black candidate, this is an amazing epoch in history.
The look on my son's face when we told him that Obama had won, and the fact that we no longer need to move to Canada, made it all worthwhile.
It has been hard for me here at school to be vocal in my support for Obama, but I was and I am. And now, I get to walk around and gloat.
For those of you who remember the 2000 presidential election and the fiasco that happened in Florida, then you understand the importance of knowing your voter rights! We can't afford to pay for the Republicans' mistakes for another four years. Get yourself educated about your voting rights and make sure your family, friends and neighbors are informed as well. We must make sure that every registered Democrat votes and that EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED! For your information, we've provided your Voter Bill of Rights below.
Absentee Voter Information
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is Tuesday October 31.
When voting by mail using an absentee ballot, we recommend that you allow enough time for your ballot to reach your County Registrar's office. Be sure and use the correct amount of postage. Some ballots may require more than 39 cents.
Postmark date does NOT apply to absentee ballots. They MUST be received at your County Elections Office on or before Election Day.
If you do not mail your absentee ballot in time, you can either:
Hand carry your completed absentee ballot to any polling place in your county; or Relinquish your uncompleted absentee ballot at your designated polling place, and vote the regular way. If you have lost your absentee ballot, go to your designated polling place and ask to vote using a provisional ballot.
Voter Bill of Rights
You have the right to cast a ballot if you are a valid registered voter. A valid registered voter means a United States citizen who is a resident in this state, who is at least 18 years of age and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, and who is registered to vote at his or her current residence address.
You have the right to cast a ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls.
You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at the polling place prior to the close of the polls.
You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation.
You have the right to receive a new ballot, if prior to casting your ballot, you believe you made a mistake. If at any time before you finally cast your ballot, you feel you have made a mistake, you have the right to exchange the spoiled ballot for a new ballot. Absentee voters may also request and receive a new ballot if they return their spoiled ballot to an elections official prior to the closing of the polls on the Election Day.
You have the right to receive assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance.
You have the right to return a completed absentee ballot to any precinct in your county.
You have the right to election materials in another language, if there are sufficient residents in your precinct to warrant production.
You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and observe the elections process. You have the right to ask questions of the precinct board and election officials regarding election procedures and to receive an answer or be directed to the appropriate official for an answer. However, if persistent questioning disrupts the execution of their duties, the board of election officials may discontinue responding to questions.
You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local elections official or to the Secretary of State’s Office.
It is rare that Cory and I get to go out. Alone. As adults. You know, still a couple- not just mom and dad. We did that last night.
I got all dolled up- which means I put on clean clothes and combed my hair. Just kidding, I really did- and it was fun, and we felt grown up. For a few hours.
We went to go see W. It was a great movie, and we really liked it.
Then we went to dinner. It was not a great dinner, and I did not really like it.
We splurged, and ordered an appetizer. It was greasy, and left a funny film in my mouth.
Then, because I am watching my weight (of course!) I decided to try to be good, and ordered a seared Ahi salad. Booooo salad. The salad was mushy, and there was like a pound of ginger in the middle, so it looked like a big salad but it was not. I can deal with this, no big deal. But then I got to the Ahi- also mushy. Blah.
The waiter was totally cool though, and took it off. (So long gigantic unaffordable bill!)
At this point, we are tiiiiiiiiiiiiired from the time change, it has been so long since my face has seen makeup that it is now sliding off, and I am starving- so we go.
Then we decided that it was probably time to get los boyos from my dear mother in laws house. Totally missed the whole dinner, bedtime, story routine which is pretty sweet.
Until we get outside.
And Oliver starts hacking....and hacking.....and really hacking....
and throws up all over me.
We are talking projectile vomiting here folks.
I saw cookies, I smelled sprite, I met his hot dog dinner. Part of it is still in my adorable new(ish) flats.
When we got home, Oliver wrapped in my beautiful Ivory car coat, I asked him if he wanted some cough syrup.
His response- "No I want waffle syrup"
And our date night was over, projectile vomiting and all.