Monthly Archives: December 2010

Check out the new “Every day I see a cow” blog and Facebook page

Skating cow Christmas ornament - December 2010

Skating cow Christmas ornament - December 2010

Hi everyone,

Check out my new Christmas ornament for 2010 (I buy a new tree ornament every year). Yes, it’s a skating cow! Cute, huh? Who knew cows were such a part of our daily life that they made it into the Christmas tradition?

The brand new “Every day I see a cow” blog is up and running, just in time to document my daily cow sightings in 2011! 2011 may be the year of the rabbit, but on that blog, it will be the year of the cow! Take a look and let me know what you think. You’ll find another cow Christmas theme there, if you think the skating cow on the right is an isolated occurrence.

“Every day I see a cow” is also on Facebook, so feel free to visit the page, like it, and share your own cow sightings with everyone. The more, the merrier!

Every day I see a cow on Facebook

As I said in a recent post sharing my thoughts on 2010, this new blog will be completely useless but a lot of fun!

Happy new year and best wishes to you and your family for 2011!

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Dear Santa, do you have a boat handy?

I’m sure that by now you’ve heard about the snow storms pounding the North East as well as Europe this past week. Maybe you’ve heard less about the heavy rains drenching Southern California, so here’s a quick weather update for you.

After six days of continuous light, moderate and heavy rain (yes, that means the rain did NOT stop falling for even one minute for six days) in the San Diego area, we finally got a lucky break today. I even saw a ray of sunlight piercing through the clouds for about… 15 seconds! And now the rain is back… How bad can this be, I hear you asking? Bad enough to cause plenty of flooding and several landslides in the area.

We’re lucky enough to live right on the edge of the San Diego River. I say “lucky” because it provides us with lush greenery otherwise rare in the county (don’t let anyone fool you, most of San Diego is a reclaimed desert!). All of that rainwater has to run down to… you guessed it, the river, causing the water level to rise quickly in the past few days. How high? Take a look for yourself with these pictures – high enough to almost reach the park walkway right behind our yard:

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

 

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

San Diego river flooding - December 2010

That’s some muddy water, huh? And plenty of trees underwater… Usually, the water goes as high as the yellow line I’ve drawn on the photo below…

San Diego river flooding - normal water levels - December 2010

San Diego river flooding - normal water levels - December 2010

Santa on a boatSo, yes, seeing the water rise so high and so fast always makes us nervous. I’m even starting to envision that Santa may need a boat to deliver presents at our house this year, not a sleigh… Oh, let’s not forget waterproof boots and a raincoat – those could be handy too.

If the weatherman has it his way (and he’s usually wrong 75% of the time!) we’ll get a couple of dry days around Christmas and the rain will be back on Sunday. So, Santa, if you read this, could you please give us an extra day to dry up and postpone the next storm for a few days? I promise you the weatherman won’t be upset with you if his scientific prediction is off by a day or two!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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What happened to 2010?

2010 2011 countdown

Countdown to 2011!

Wow, I have to admit it, the past couple of months have gone by in a blur. Actually I’m not really sure what happened to 2010… Now that only 17 days are left in the year, it’s time to reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly that 2010 brought to me and my family.  I blogged about some of those events, and still need to do so for others. So here we go, in no particular order:

My four-year-old son got his tonsils and adenoids out, and gained over an inch, several pounds and tons of energy within a couple of months. Love it!

● He also started a new preschool this summer and I couldn’t be happier about the new school, where he learns a lot every day while having fun. Score!

● My youngest broke his front tooth, requiring a crown. Six months later, he broke that crown and needed another one. Bummer!

● This same little guy could barely put a few words together at the start of 2010, just before he turned two. Today, he speaks in long sentences, sometimes garnished with his favorite swear words (e.g. “Where did you put my f#$%ing triceratops?”). I’m almost proud!

● We took our first family trip overseas to Europe. Exhausting, but full of memories!

I turned 40 and survived it!

● I got my first crown. Dental crown, I mean. I didn’t become royalty, not even of the b-i-t-c-h club. That happened several years ago.

● I started the year with an injured back that got better after several months, only to injure it again a few weeks ago. Hate it!

● I took a new job in January that promised more money, great responsibilities and a good career path. It turned out to be nothing like the job I was sold. I mean, told. I got a way out in September. Lucky!

● I’m now spending two weekdays a week with my youngest and will add my oldest to those days starting in January 2011. I didn’t know how much I missed being with my kids until recently. Precious!

● I started my own freelance marketing copywriting business, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Happy!

● I just launched a new website I’m very passionate about, BuyProductsFromFrance.com, to fill a gap on the internet by helping French expatriates and French enthusiasts find French products online. Very excited!

● I’ve decided to create a new blog for 2011 to capture my daily sightings of cows (check out Every day I see a cow and Did you know they have cows at SeaWorld? for the daily cow sighting theory). I want to test this theory once and for all, and I think it will be fun. Stay tuned for the new blog announcement! Completely useless, but adventurous and fun!

● After seven and a half years together, my partner and I are tying the knot in January, mostly for tax purposes, since I’m probably going to be poor for a while… Smart!

I’m glad the end of 2010 is near but I wouldn’t take away anything bad that happened this year (well, except for the back pain and the dental issues!). Each challenge gives us the opportunity to think about where we want to take our lives next. For me, these 2010 events have forced me to reconsider the right balance between work and life at home. Work now means doing something I really enjoy and am passionate about, rather than solely focus on career and status. Life at home means spending quality time with my kids and taking a few minutes every day to smell the roses. Hmm, I’d forgotten how wonderful they smelled…

DECEMBER 31, 2010 UPDATE – The brand new “Every day I see a cow” blog is up and running, just in time to document daily cow sightings in 2011! Take a look and let me know what you think. “Every day I see a cow” is also on Facebook, so feel free to visit the page, like it, and share your own cow sightings with everyone. The more, the merrier!

Every day I see a cow on Facebook

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