Friday, February 27, 2009

Way To Go, Sophia!!!!

Brittney, Sydney and I went to California Adventure today and were able to watch Sophia perform onstage! It was awesome and Sophia was spectacular! Sydney enjoyed it and clapped throughout the entire performance. Afterwards we hung out and went on a bunch of rides at CA Adventure. Sydney even got to go on Toy Story Mania for the first time. Thanks to the Larsen's for hanging out with us today!

The photo below totally cracks me up. What's the deal with the boys? None of them are paying attention or looking at the camera while all the girls are perfectly posed. (Although, Sydney needs to learn how to take that pacifier out when posing)"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Odd Eating Habits-Take 2

Well, Jane is at it again. Today while I was in Phoenix I discovered that she has now drug my boss into her odd eating habits. When I first saw Laura and Jerry eating their giant carrots I expected to hear one of them say "ehh, what's up doc". Seriously....the only thing that was missing from this scene was Bugs Bunny.

A couple of hours later Laura announced that she thought she ate a pound of carrots today. (Hopefully, she won't turn orange-see caution section at bottom) Then as I am about to board the plane she informed me that in addition to guacamole, she would like carrot juice at her last meal. (Are you kidding?) She may decide to add some cottage cheese to the list as well. (Really?) This is being recorded here so that in the event I forget and need to execute a last meal, I can reference this documentation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thanks, Elizabeth!!!!

Today, I received these great flowers and great card! I am so blessed!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Extreme Facebooking

So a guy in Florida got arrested Saturday because he tried to steal a Starbucks customers laptop. He asked the customer if he could use the laptop to check his Facebook account and when the patron said no he grabbed the laptop and booked it for the door.

He was tackled by two people in the parking lot and was charged with robbery by sudden snatching. (Robbery by sudden snatching, why does that make me laugh out loud?)

I find myself wondering what he was so critical that he needed to check? Was it because he needed to update his status? Would it have said "Joe is using a Starbucks customers laptop to check Facebook" or perhaps "Joe is drinking a latte"? or maybe he heard about the Kim Thomas fan club and had the urge to join right then? Regardless, this is an example of extreme Facebooking. If you have the urge to steal someone's computer to log in to Facebook it is probably time to join the Facebook group "I am addicted to Facebook and I need help"

Yes, Glenn Was On Top of Brittney Spears

2/22 is the best day! Happy Birthday! (Sorry it's late, last week was, well you know, terrible)

Monday, February 23, 2009

What's The Deal With the Followers?

Why do I only have two? Queen B has eleven and I used to have six.

$1.00 Food Stamps, Economic Stimulus?

The Associated Press reported the story below:

OLYMPIA, Wash. The state of Washington sent out $1 checks to the 250,000 food stamp recipients in the state.
The director of the Community Services Division for the Department of Social and Health Services, Leo Ribas, says the checks mailed Feb. 17 trigger an additional $43 million in federal food benefits. They also connect recipients to an energy assistance program.

I find myself wondering how the Food Stamp recieients will spend their dollar.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A New Photo Collection

When this happened, I didn't think it would become a photo collection. I was wrong.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Scrapbooking and Mini Vans

I will do a blog about that another night but suffice to say I enjoyed it. When my Facebook status said I was going scrap booking I was teased by Jenn, Sara and Courtney. With Sara's Facebook status changed to "Sara is constantly in awe of KT's transformation" and Courtney's comment "I never would have guessed the lady who doesn't carry a purse would go scrapbooking? hmmm?"

A few hours later I had the following conversation with Rachel:

Kim: There is such a problem with trunk space and strollers
Rachel: When I get a new car it will probably be a Honda Pilot
Kim: Well, you better watch out that has horrible trunk space and won't fit a stroller. I hate that about my car.
Rachel: Yeah, Tahoe's don't have room either.
Kim: I hate to say this, I can't believe I am saying it but I may have to get a mini-van.
Rachel: Oh no, you can't! Get a Suburban.
Kim: I hate big cars though but I am not the mini-van type
Rachel: I will NEVER get a mini-van
Kim: I will remind you of this. At 7:16 PM on 2/21/09 Rachel said she will NEVER get a mini-van
Rachel: (Laughs) Well, unless I am traveling and I have to rent one. That is the only way.
Kim: (Laughs)
Rachel: I just want to say for the record that I don't think there is anything wrong with driving a mini-van.
Kim: I will note that when I blog this
Rachel: Mom, will think I am a snob when she sees that
Kim: I will note that too

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Moves of Uncommon Greatness

If you have paid attention at Starbucks during recent months you will notice that more and more pins are being displayed by Starbucks baristas. Today, I asked about the pins that all say "MUG" on them.

MUG stands for Moves of Uncommon Greatness. I love that!!!!!! (and need to come up with something similar, with Champion in it of course) The MUG pins are distributed directly from one barista to another when they spot their co-worker doing a move of uncommon greatness. I love recognition and I love peers recognizing each other. Believe me, we will implement something similar, when we do, I hope it catches on, I hope people aren't cynical about it, and I hope people feel recognized.

A couple of the Baristas modeled theirs for me.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Taxes and Crossing the Street In California

So the democrats in California want to double my car registration, raise the taxes on each gallon of gas by 12 cents and raise the state sales tax by 1 cent. I suggest rather than doing any of these things they start making better decisions when spending my money. For example:

These new fancy shmansy talking instructions were installed a couple of months ago on the corner of Lake Avenue and Cordova. My first question is what to do if you get the steady "Don't Cross" when you are half way through the intersection since if you get the flashing "Don't Cross" you should finish crossing.

My second question is how valuable are these expensive crossing instructions if 7 of the 8 coinciding signs look like this:

Friday, February 13, 2009

What the Conficker Virus Looks Like

Conficker Virus The totals don't even count today but they do include Wednesday and Thursday (and only from my cell phone, trust me there were land line calls too)

2 Days, 1583 Cell Phone Minutes

Date Time Minutes Description
2/12/2009 9:48 PM 19 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 9:07 PM 19 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 8:21 PM 5 INCOMING
2/12/2009 7:59 PM 33 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 7:45 PM 3 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 7:24 PM 4 SNLUSOBSPO
2/12/2009 7:02 PM 1 COVINA
2/12/2009 6:33 PM 29 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 6:28 PM 6 SACRAMENTO
2/12/2009 6:17 PM 11 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 6:16 PM 1 SNLUSOBSPO
2/12/2009 6:16 PM 1 INCOMING
2/12/2009 5:25 PM 50 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 5:20 PM 6 INCOMING
2/12/2009 5:09 PM 5 SACRAMENTO
2/12/2009 5:04 PM 1 GRANDPRARI
2/12/2009 4:54 PM 5 INCOMING
2/12/2009 4:40 PM 14 INCOMING
2/12/2009 4:36 PM 1 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 4:26 PM 11 INCOMING
2/12/2009 3:57 PM 40 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 3:32 PM 2 INCOMING
2/12/2009 3:29 PM 28 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 3:15 PM 3 INCOMING
2/12/2009 2:59 PM 6 INCOMING
2/12/2009 2:58 PM 1 PSDN PSDN
2/12/2009 2:45 PM 13 SACRAMENTO
2/12/2009 2:38 PM 7 INCOMING
2/12/2009 2:17 PM 1 LONG BEACH

2/12/2009 2:09 PM 4 INCOMING
2/12/2009 1:28 PM 49 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 1:13 PM 4 INCOMING
2/12/2009 12:46 PM 11 INCOMING
2/12/2009 12:38 PM 4 COVINA
2/12/2009 12:34 PM 4 INCOMING
2/12/2009 12:22 PM 5 INCOMING
2/12/2009 12:19 PM 2 ARROYOGRND
2/12/2009 12:03 PM 7 INCOMING
2/12/2009 12:02 PM 2 INCOMING
2/12/2009 12:02 PM 2 INCOMING
2/12/2009 11:45 AM 16 SACRAMENTO
2/12/2009 11:05 AM 3 INCOMING
2/12/2009 11:01 AM 3 INCOMING
2/12/2009 10:31 AM 9 SACRAMENTO
2/12/2009 10:14 AM 15 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 9:54 AM 5 INCOMING
2/12/2009 9:48 AM 19 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 9:42 AM 6 INCOMING
2/12/2009 9:14 AM 26 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 9:05 AM 9 INCOMING
2/12/2009 8:55 AM 10 STOCKTON
2/12/2009 8:45 AM 9 INCOMING
2/12/2009 8:33 AM 1 ARROYOGRND
2/12/2009 8:13 AM 12 INCOMING
2/12/2009 8:06 AM 1 ARROYOGRND
2/12/2009 8:04 AM 1 SNLUSOBSPO
2/12/2009 8:02 AM 1 ARROYOGRND
2/12/2009 7:55 AM 5 MODESTO
2/12/2009 7:54 AM 1 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 7:42 AM 2 PHOENIX
2/12/2009 7:29 AM 25 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 7:25 AM 4 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 7:19 AM 6 TOLL-FREE
2/12/2009 6:57 AM 22 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 11:11 PM 5 SACRAMENTO
2/11/2009 10:18 PM 53 GILBERT
2/11/2009 9:19 PM 16 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 9:16 PM 3 CVNBLDWNPK
2/11/2009 8:43 PM 33 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 8:39 PM 4 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 8:37 PM 3 SACRAMENTO
2/11/2009 8:35 PM 2 GRANADAHIL
2/11/2009 8:34 PM 2 CVNBLDWNPK
2/11/2009 8:33 PM 1 SACRAMENTO
2/11/2009 8:27 PM 6 GILBERT
2/11/2009 8:21 PM 6 PSDN PSDN
2/11/2009 8:15 PM 5 GRANADAHIL
2/11/2009 8:13 PM 2 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 8:09 PM 4 PHOENIX
2/11/2009 8:08 PM 1 CVNBLDWNPK
2/11/2009 8:03 PM 1 COVINA
2/11/2009 7:55 PM 37 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 6:52 AM 63 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 6:51 PM 1 SAN FRANCI

2/11/2009 6:48 PM 28 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 6:36 PM 11 PSDN PSDN
2/11/2009 6:04 PM 8 INCOMING
2/11/2009 5:54 PM 10 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 5:39 PM 14 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 5:31 PM 8 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 5:13 PM 1 INCOMING
2/11/2009 4:58 PM 33 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 4:55 PM 1 REDDING
2/11/2009 4:40 PM 13 INCOMING
2/11/2009 4:39 PM 1 INCOMING
2/11/2009 4:35 PM 4 PSDN PSDN
2/11/2009 4:19 PM 17 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 4:15 PM 4 LOS BANOS
2/11/2009 4:06 PM 7 INCOMING
2/11/2009 2:50 PM 2 PSDN PSDN
2/11/2009 2:49 PM 2 INCOMING
2/11/2009 2:37 PM 10 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 2:33 PM 4 INCOMING
2/11/2009 2:31 PM 1 LOS BANOS
2/11/2009 2:16 PM 15 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 2:15 PM 1 LOS BANOS
2/11/2009 2:01 PM 5 SACRAMENTO
2/11/2009 1:59 PM 3 PSDN PSDN
2/11/2009 1:58 PM 1 SNLUSOBSPO
2/11/2009 1:31 PM 7 SACRAMENTO
2/11/2009 1:02 PM 1 INCOMING
2/11/2009 12:21 PM 7 SACRAMENTO
2/11/2009 11:12 AM 1 INCOMING
2/11/2009 11:03 AM 1 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 10:41 AM 1 INCOMING
2/11/2009 10:37 AM 4 INCOMING
2/11/2009 10:36 AM 1 REDLANDS
2/11/2009 10:35 AM 1 REDDING
2/11/2009 10:12 AM 2 INCOMING
2/11/2009 10:06 AM 6 COVINA
2/11/2009 10:06 AM 1 GILBERT
2/11/2009 10:01 AM 5 INCOMING
2/11/2009 9:23 AM 25 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 9:21 AM 2 INCOMING
2/11/2009 8:47 AM 36 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 8:40 AM 2 INCOMING
2/11/2009 8:25 AM 2 INCOMING
2/11/2009 8:01 AM 4 LAS VEGAS

2/11/2009 7:56 AM 1 INCOMING
2/11/2009 7:50 AM 27 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 7:47 AM 1 VAN NUYS
2/11/2009 7:43 AM 5 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 7:30 AM 13 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 7:23 AM 7 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 7:16 AM 2 GILBERT
2/11/2009 7:10 AM 6 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 7:09 AM 1 INCOMING
2/11/2009 5:52 AM 63 TOLL-FREE
2/11/2009 2:57 AM 4 LOS BANOS
2/11/2009 2:21 AM 1 REDDING
2/11/2009 2:20 AM 1 REDDING
2/11/2009 2:16 AM 3 S BERNDINO
2/11/2009 2:13 AM 2 INCOMING
2/11/2009 12:01 AM 58 TOLL-FREE

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hometown Favorites

The Sacramento airport has a sports store called "Hometown Favorites". Can somebody tell me why the Sacramento Kings are pushed off to the side while UCLA, USC and the Lakers are featured prominently in the store windows?

In addition to the Kings there are small displays for Berkeley, A's and Raiders but the Los Angeles teams are everywhere.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Great Gifts In The Mail

The only thing better than cards in the mail are gifts in the mail. (Actually, I love cards so much that they are usually just as good but not this time) Today, I arrived home from work to not one but TWO gifts in the mail! Thanks so much Diane and Jane for sending us Valentines Day wishes!

XOXOXOXOXOXO P.S. With custom embroidery the possibilities are endless!!!!!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Another Trip To Disneyland

Andrea (Leahy) has the most commanding voice of anyone I know. Today, I ran into her at Disneyland, well, I didn't run into her, I heard her.....

While walking from "It's a Small World" to the Carousel I heard "Kim Thomas". The voice was so loud and clear that it reminded me of cartoons where people hear a booming voice shout their name from heaven. I looked up and immediately spotted Andrea and her family while they waited in the ultra short line for Dumbo.

It was great seeing her, Paul and the kids. It was a also a perfect morning to enjoy Disneyland. People tend to stay away when there is fear of rain and that makes it perfect with very short wait times and few people getting in your way. We all ate lunch at the Winery at California Adventure and then headed out (It was starting to rain). We made it on all three of Sydney's favorites (Dumbo, It's a Small World and the Carousel) as well as the Winnie the Pooh ride.

Since resuming my Disneyland annual pass membership (January 16th) I have been 4 times. Gotta love the mouse!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Sydney's 3-D Ultrasound

A little over a year ago I decided to get a 3-D Ultrasound of Sydney. I had only seen one before (Ben's daughter's) and it looked really cool. So off we go to get it.......

I couldn't make heads or tails (no pun intended) of any of it and a couple days later I showed Laura the pictures (figured the Radiology background could help me translate the pictures), she couldn't tell what most of the body parts were. This is the exact reason why the Radiology Technicians aren't supposed to tell you anything and respond to your query of "Does everything look okay" with "We are not allowed to share the results with you, they need to be viewed by the doctor first". So what does Laura say to Kim's query? "When you go to your next doctor appointment you should ask him what this is, I'm not really sure". NOTHING GOOD ABOUT THAT!

So I go to the doctor and I specifically ask him about picture number 1 and 3 and he says "I'm not really sure, you know these pictures are not as good as they could be. For the next 4 months I was terrified I was having an alien.

When she finally made her appearance I just asked "Does she look relatively normal?"

Moral of the Story: Don't go for the 3-D Ultrasound

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Other Income By Turbo Tax

I was working on my taxes the other day and Turbo Tax prompted me to verify if I had any of the "Other Income" listed below:

Crime Hot line Reward (You really have to report this as income? You report the uni bomber and have to get taxed on the reward money? That sucks!)

Beverage Container Recycling Income (Who does this?)

Sale of a Bond or Note

Received Income from Foreign Sources

Water and Energy Rebates

Payments Related to Forest Land

Compensation for False Imprisonment (What about people who consider work or their home to be prisons?)

Grants Received for Energy Efficient Buildings

National Guard Surviving Spouse and Children Relief

Ottoman Turkish Empire Settlement Payments (Is this so common that it needs it's own entry?)

Other Income (I guess this is for income that is more obscure than Ottoman Turkish Empire Settlement Payments)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

"I Lost The Softball Checks"

This morning at the beginning of our all day encryption meeting the following conversation ensued:

Kathleen: I need your help. I am the team mom for softball and I had to collect $75.00 per player. Last night I was reviewing the checks and this morning I can't find them.
Kim: You had them last night before bed and you can't find them this morning.
Kathleen: Yeah, I can't find them now. I did have a glass of wine last night
Brian: How big was the glass?
Kathleen: It was just a normal glass. I have ripped the house apart trying to find them. And my car!
Kim: Did you check the trash can
Kathleen: Why would I throw them in the trash?
Kim: If you had mail that you threw away it could have been all stacked together
Kathleen: But what am I going to tell the parents?
Kim: Well, where do you guys think they are
Brian: Maybe it's on the toilet reservoir
Juan: I think it's in the cushions on the couch
Kim: The freezer is also an option but I am definitely thinking trash.
Kathleen: But I still don't know what to say to the parents
Kim: Just tell them that you were shredding bills and you accidentally shredded them.
Kathleen: That is unbelievable! Nobody would believe it.
Kim: Any other suggestions?
Juan: How about? I was in Starbucks and somebody swiped them from my purse
Kathleen: That's not believable I live in the safest city in America, Simi Valley
Brian: Say they were stolen from your car
Kim: Mike what would you say?
Mike: I would tell the truth
Kim: Mike is so great! I should have said that, he gets the integrity award for the day

***3 hours later***

Kathleen: I found the checks in my car!
Kim: I am so happy!
Mike: Great!

***1/2 hour later***

Kathleen: I am so happy that I found the checks. You know I wasn't very nice tracking down those parents for the money. It was going to be hard to tell them I lost them.
Brian: What would you have told them?
Kathleen: The truth (Second integrity award for the day)

Monday, February 02, 2009

Super Bowl Post #2 (AKA: The Cell Citation)

While watching the Super Bowl, I received the following citation from James:

In case you can't read the citation it says that I made a General Infraction of lack of consideration. A Conversation Infraction of airing dirty laundry and Several Environment Infractions including talking in a an inappropriate location with no disregard for my surroundings. The Remedy for my citation includes apologizing, considering others, seeking therapy and having my phone impounded.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Super Bowl Post #1 (AKA: Being Sassed)

Tonight while watching the Super Bowl I got yelled at by Jessica. She called to yell at me for being a Steelers fan. Apparently her mother told her I was a Steelers fan. I call foul! First and foremost, I am a Green Bay Packers Fan, second, I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan, third, I am a Baltimore Ravens fan and fourth, I am a Jets fan (Hey, I can't leave Favre). I am not a Steelers fan......however:

Everybody I was watching the game with was rooting for the Cardinals so I decided to create a little controversy and root for the Steelers. I changed my Facebook status to: "Kimberly has finally chosen a team, go Steelers. (Give me a break it will make our PA family happy)"

Back to being told off by Jessica. From the background I hear someone say "We don't like anybody that is a Steelers fan". I didn't like this and I changed my Facebook status to: "Kimberly doesn't like being told "We Don't like you", regardless of the circumstances". This prompted many comments via Blackberry Messenger, Facebook and email:

Comments included: "Wow, what is that all about", "Love you, Kim", "Wait, who said that?", "Well then they have issues, cause I love you so much and you are a terrific person", "What?,Why? Who?", "Who doesn't like you?", "Do I need to kick some arse or what?", "Who said they didn't like you".

Thanks to all those looking out for me. I am waiting for my apology, sore losers.