Closer and Closer

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I turned on my TV today and what did I see? A man with an assault rifle running down a street I know all too well. In fact, it was a street that I’ve walked down hundreds of times, and only a block and a half away from the house my kids were raised in for many years. I knew exactly where the man was heading as he ran through the yards of people whose kids had gone to elementary school with mine. I also knew our close friends were within a block or two of where he barricaded himself. They were put on lockdown, as were others we know, and for several hours we waited, hoped, and prayed for a peaceful resolution.

We were lucky. The swat team was able to talk the guy out and no one was hurt. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this is becoming a constant story.

Guns and seatbelts have always been my issues. They are two issues that feel as though a little common sense is all it would take to save thousands of lives. I’m not someone who naively believes I am untouchable, or that I’m safe simply because I choose to wear a seatbelt and don’t own a gun. I know it’s going to take more than that to keep myself and my loved ones safe. In my ideal world no one would own a gun, but I know that’s unrealistic. Still, an assault rifle? It’s insanity that this guy could not only have this weapon, but run past a school and into a residential neighborhood, threatening innocent people.

We all need to speak up and demand that some common sense be restored, because everyday this threat is getting closer and closer to every one of us.

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Life in L.A.

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We headed down to Hermosa Beach this weekend for what was said to be the biggest art festival of the year.

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It was big alright! It was also crazy busy!

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So we headed towards Manhattan Beach to check out a house I’d seen on line. I love that this was built in 2013 but it has old world charm.

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Then we went to McDonalds because down there even their fast food places are pretty!

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Something Unusual Happened

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I never get to go to the movies. In fact, before yesterday I don’t even know what the last movie I saw, was. However, something incredible happened; not only did I get to go to a movie of my choosing yesterday, but it was enjoyable!

As anyone who is a long time reader of this blog knows, I am a huge Emma Thompson fan. When the TV began advertising The Love Punch with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan playing a divorced couple who lose their life savings and decide to get it back, I was intrigued. It looked like a typical English romp, but then I like those, so I decided to splurge.

The theater was nearly empty on an early Friday afternoon, which is just how I like it. Imagine my surprise when the preview trailers came on and three out of four actually looked interesting to me. That was a first.

As soon as the feature began, I was in. Yes, you had to be willing to suspend reality, but the scenery alone was worth the staggering price of admission. Most of the film takes place in the south of France. For an hour and a half, I was able to forget everything and just laugh and fantasize about one day seeing Cannes in person. The performances were delightful and the story, although a little far-fetched at times, was fun. If you need a break, I would definitely suggest going to see this film.

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Counting Down to Summer!

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There are only a few days left of school before summer is thrust upon us. I am looking forward to the break from an institution that I find frustrating, and at times overwhelming. I was so relieved when Tessa first began high school and it looked as though we had found a school that was creative, academic, and nurturing. Three years in and there has been a lot of upheaval in the administration. Tessa only has one more year, but I am stressing over Tori and the next three years. I’m not sure if my standards are simply impossibly high, or if once again we need to look for another school. It is certainly a process I dread.

First and foremost I think we all need to take a step back and breathe before any decision is even considered. I think we need to put a little distance between recent events, and then reevaluate what will ultimately be best for everyone. Summer should be a time of relaxation and revitalization. I am hopeful that we can put things into perspective and move forward in a positive and rewarding way.

How about you? Do you have big summer plans?

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It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here!

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It is only May and yet we are in the midst of a heat wave. Now granted, it’s not unheard of. This is California and we do this. Generally just the southern part of the state, and later in the year, but right now it’s everywhere and frankly, it is miserable. However, when handed lemons, why not make lemonade? So here are some pictures for you.

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Balancing Emotions

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It all started last week, when I showed my daughter a house I discovered on one of my walks. To be honest, I expected her to hate it. As you can see, it’s old, run down, and needs work. It also just happens to be for sale. She wants it!

I do, too, and although the $710,000 asking price might sound like a lot in some parts of the country, for Los Angeles and this neighborhood in particular, it’s dirt cheap. Not that I have that kind of money, but I choose to believe I will, and this makes my daughter crazy. She is disappointed that I can’t get this for her, but it makes her even more upset that I say one day I will have a house like this.

She says it is better not to get your hopes up because then you won’t be so disappointed in life. I say I would rather be optimistic and occasionally disappointed, then to walk around like Eeyore, expecting the worst. Round and round we have gone all weekend, with her alternating between moaning that she wants the house, and groaning that I never should have shown it to her because we are never going to have anything close to it. Then she gives me this for Mother’s day.

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I love it. Especially what she has written at the top.

Yesterday, she decided she wanted to go see if they were having an open house, so we drove up to the house to look at it in person. “I want it!” she continued to say, but once back home she became frustrated again. I finally told her we have to agree to disagree because while I am hopeful things will get better, she is not. All I can do is live by example and she will have to take from it what she will, but as I told her, I can’t argue with her over this. It’s too depressing to have her constantly telling me, in essence anyway, that I am a fool. I can’t wait for the day when I can say I told you so, but in the meantime, we have to co-exist in an admittedly small apartment, and I will choose happy over her teenaged angst every time.

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Mother Love

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Mother’s Day has a little more significance this year. Not only have we been blessed with new babies within our extended family, but my oldest daughter is looking at colleges. It makes the passage of time abundantly clear, as well as the knowledge that I won’t always have my kids home with me for this holiday.

Because my son is eleven and a half years older than my daughters, it makes it even more profound. I’ve been at this job for twenty-eight years, for crying out loud. I can’t imagine what it will be like to have no more kids on a daily basis. Sure, there are some things I look forward to, but overall they will be missed. They have been the best thing I ever did! I love them more than anything and am so proud of the kind, creative, funny and compassionate people they are. They make the toughest times bearable and the good times that much more joyous. They are my first and last thought of the day, every day, and I am eternally grateful that they came into my life.Scan0009

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