Interstellar Adventures

April 18, 2007

Mighty Huntresses

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Interstellar Casa,It's Me, Lass,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 8:14 am

“Mom!  Oh my god! Come here!” Zed yelled at me this morning.

I dashed from the bathroom, right eye half eyelined. All in a panic, I’m thinking What!? What!? As I approached, he yelled “There’s a dead something on the patio.”

“Lovely” I think. I’m almost afraid to look.

It was a ‘possum. And it wasn’t ‘playing possum’. It’s intestines peeking from it’s missing gut made that clear. And dammit, Nick had already left for work.

So, I gathered up my gumption, cursing and waving my hands at the dogs to move away from their special gift. Zed got a plastic bag and I grabbed the pooper scooper. It would double as a corpse grabber this morning.

Zed was laughing and grossing out. Tween curiosity and morbidity overtook him. He couldn’t wait to tell his friends. Elle just had a look of disgust on her face. “Gross” was all she would say, watching from the inside.

Nick is always complaining that the dogs don’t chase birds, squirrels or any other invaders to the yard. Finally, they took some action.

I certainly won’t let them be giving me doggy kisses anytime soon.

Ms. TSM has sent me some interview questions that I’ll have up soon. In the mean time, find out more about her.

P.S. Happy Birthday to my niece today…she’s 4.

April 16, 2007

Was it Saturday? Or no? Sunday? What day is it?

Filed under: Adventures,Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Married Life,Mom Life,Mr. Wonderful,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 11:23 am

We survived Friday night. Elle and I made it to the train station on time, met up with our traveling partners and made it to the AAC just in time. It was actually very scary. Once we turned from downtown, we could see the storm approaching fast. Deboarding the train, there was lightning all around. The security personnel at the AAC instructed is to not stop to scan tickets or go through security…JUST GET INSIDE. We later found out they evacuated over 3,000 people out of the Dallas Convention Center and down to the underground parking garage (just a mile away) when the tornado sirens went off. That must have been when they told us to get in our seats and not move. And when you’re in the 3rd tier nosebleeds, the thought of a tornado shearing the roof off just a few hundred feet from your head is not a pleasant scenario. I told Elle that if I pulled her down under me, not to freak out. And was trying my hardest not to panic myself.

Saturday, after cancelling soccer pictures because of extremely cold morning temps, and only 5 of 12 team members, we proceeded to a 2-1 victory over one of our more closely matched soccer rivals. The fields were muddy and slippery and are now completely torn up.

Then, with the kids off with their dad, Nick and I drove to Irving (~45 minutes) to Nick’s cousins house. For a late-Easter lunch. We arrived at the house, and didn’t notice any cars parked outside. I suddenly became very suspicious that something was amiss. After all, we were fashionably 20 minutes late already. Everyone else should be there. We circled the cul-de-sac and then came back. Ah, there was Auntie’s truck. And there was her husband, supervising Nick’s cousin cleaning the table and chairs. When I touched him on the shoulder, he turned around, looked at me, and asked “Why are you here? We’re not eating until tomorrow?” I turned around, and looked at Nick, giving him long look with eyebrow raised. “Um. Sorry?” was his response with shoulders shrugged. Last time he gets to contribute to the schedule without me confirming details. 😉 At least he was a day early and not a day late.

Saturday night we went over to a couple-friend’s house. A few other people were there and we had some rockin’ sangria and fajitas. I plan on getting the sangria recipe and sharing it at some point. It was delicious.

Sunday we trekked out to Irving again. This time people and food were there! Joy! We played Easter Bingo, and I won a kitchy lamb statuette and a pair of cat and dog bobble animals. They were cute. Nick had his low-rider toy car stolen (complete with the Low Rider tune and multi-cultural gangstas) at the last moment. He ended up with some Art Deco bunny that he later donated to one of his nieces as a self-defense object. Super exciting trips to Target and Kroger followed, and we closed out the weekend watching The Sopranos. So far this season, EVERYONE is pissing Tony off.

Oh, and my Kroger Fuel Center? It’ll be open next week. *Does happy dance* 10 cents off per gallon bay-bee!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

April 6, 2007


Filed under: Elle & Zed,Interstellar Casa,Mom Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 8:56 am

You’ll all be glad to know that Zed was on the Grateful train yesterday. He didn’t complain about me asking him to water my plants (I forgot, which is why my thumb is brown), didn’t complain about me having him fold his clothes, was grateful he got to go to basketball practice, and was grateful many times over that he got to go to the Desperado’s game last night.

He must have thanked me 10 times for taking them, and also thanked my friend Judy for getting the tickets. He watched the game pretty well, and kept an eye on the dancers too. The game had a dramatic ending, with the Desperado’s scoring a 3-point field goal with 3.3 seconds remaining in the game to pull ahead 53-51 for a win. It was pretty amazing actually, as they were down 37-14 at the half. But, in the 3rd quarter they held the opposing team scoreless, and enabled the dramatic comeback.

Elle was grateful to, but not as overt about it. She wore herself out at her brother’s practice, running around and playing. By halftime she was ready to go home, and when we couldn’t find the cotton candy vendor, she about lost it. I don’t think we saw one the whole time we were there, although we saw plenty of other people around us with cotton candy. I think they must have gone down to the first level to find it. A second helping of peanuts brought her back though, and the night was saved.

It was a late night though. We didn’t get home until almost 11. Nick was out late too, hanging out late into the night with his writing pals at Denny’s. It’s good for him though, so I don’t mind.

This weekend will be busy. Soccer games, hair appointments, bathroom drywall installation, a trip to the city dump, maybe some egg dyeing, Easter brunch with the family. It should be a blast! Have a great Easter ya’ll.

To the hag in the lane-switching, brake-slamming Acura on the Tollway last night: Nice. Real nice. Karma will get you. Just remember that.

To the speeding jerk-off crotch-rocket riders on 75 last night: I won’t feel one bit of pity for you if you have an accident. And if you cause someone else to have an accident like you almost did me, remember what I told the hag: Karma will get you.

March 28, 2007

Little Girls, Little Girls

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 10:41 am

Where have  you gone!? Where is the sugar and spice and everything nice?

Elle has a couple of friend we’ll call Ally and Lynn. Elle has known both girls since kindergarden, and they have gone to each other’s birthday parties and whatnot. Ally’s birthday was most recent, back in February. She had a slumber party, and Elle, Ally, Lynn and a few other girls were all there.

The next week, Elle came out of school almost crying.
Elle: I don’t think Ally wants to be my friend anymore.
Me: What makes you say that?
Elle: She wouldn’t let me play with her today. She was playing with 3rd graders.
Me: Did you ask if you could play with them?
Elle: Yes, but they said there were enough people playing already. I had to play with a first grader.

This continued for a couple of days, with Elle asking to play, and being excluded from the group. At the end of the next week, I had a parent/teacher conference with the teacher and speech therapist (Elle will be getting speech therapy to help with the soft ‘r’s in her speech). During the conference I asked her teacher about the issue with Ally and Lynn and if she was being excluded. Her teacher said that yes, she had been.

Evidently Ally and Lynn are ‘growing up’ faster than Elle. They’re interested in their hair, are carrying purses, match their jewelry to their outfits, wearing ‘makeup’ (lipgloss), etc. Elle is still very tomboy, will put her hair up in a messy ponytail, will wear wristbands and her soccer shorts to school, mismatches her socks on purpose to be silly, etc. So, because she’s not ‘cool’ enough, she’s being excluded.

Let me just go ahead and say it. I didn’t like girls when I was growing up. There were a few nice ones, but most of them were bitches, a la Kate. I’ve always found it more difficult to make friends with girls that are very girly. I don’t wear makeup on the weekends unless I have to, I pull my hair into a ponytail when I get home, I will wear sweatpants to the grocery store, and sometimes I’ll even wear my glasses out! My mom didn’t do that. She would take me to the store and make me go inside with the short-list…she couldn’t be seen without makeup! I don’t care about that kind of thing.

And I don’t want Elle to have to care either. I want her to be who she is. Comfortable with who she is. Comfortable with what she wears and how she looks and not self-consious about her appearance. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ll tell her an old t-shirt she has on looks tacky and to go change it. I want her to be presentable when we go places, and I expect her to be clean and groomed. But I don’t want my 2nd grader to be all dolled up like those Bratz. And really, it’s this kind of stuff that I blame. I don’t buy them for her. Her dad does though. And that bothers me. I don’t want her to have to grow up obsessing over her appearance, the size of her body parts, or anything else. She is still a little girl. Still into little girl things. I’m not ready for her to grow up, but neither is she.

 I had a talk with her about it being OK to be different from other people. That it’s OK to play sports and run around at recess instead of playing ‘shopping mall’. That it’s OK to do what she wants to do…she doesn’t have to follow anyone around and do what they want to be liked.

And still, yesterday, Elle came to me and asked me to curl her hair before school. She’s never done this before. The last week she has also been carrying a purse. She’s still wearing her wrist bands and holey jeans. But today she walked out of the house with a hair clip, which is rare.

Ally is moving at the end of the school year. Lynn will still be there though. And there will be more girls like them. And Elle will hold out hope that she can change enough for these girls to like her. And maybe she can and still be happy with who she is. I hope so. But my crying shoulder is ready to take her tears and her hurts, and the mom in me is going to continue to build her up for the greatness that she already possesses.

March 25, 2007

Basketball, Soccer and Running, Oh my!

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass,Mom Life,Training — by InterstellarLass @ 5:58 pm

Zed’s basketball coach is out of town. We need him back. Desperately. I ran practice on Thursday. I was a little unsure at first, but then a couple of ideas came to me, had them do some different drills. Some worked better than others. But the game. Ugh. It was our worst defeat ever. So bad that they had to clear the score during the 4th quarter. Ugly. We need the coach back.

Elle’s soccer game was rescheduled. I’m jonesing for soccer. I haven’t seen a game in 4 weeks. So we went to a skills session at the elite soccer club that’s local here. It was worth the $10 I think. They had some good drills. Except Elle went a little haywire during a mini-scrimmage. My sweet baby actually got very frustrated with one girl, grabbed her shirt, and spun her down to the ground. *pause for dramatic effect* I wanted to fall through the ground and disappear. Where the hell did that come from!?! She has never done anything like that before. She was also yelling at a couple of other girls she knew there. She’s never done that during a game or practice or anything either. We had a little talk. That kind of stuff had better not happen again.

I’m getting off my lazy butt and refocusing myself again. How I got off-focus I don’t know, but I’ve strayed from my routine where I was doing so well and taking care of myself. So, I’ve created a new blog to journal my running and my preparation for NYC later this year. I hope you’ll check in there from time to time and keep me honest. I remember how helpful it was for me to have you all cheering for me the last time around.

March 13, 2007

Thunderstorms Anyone?

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass,Mom Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:56 pm

We had plenty to offer up tonight. More forecast for later tonight and tomorrow. NOT a good thing when you have a brand new car. On the way home there was pea-sized hail for a brief period. I was freaking out. FREAKING. As in cussing at the top of my lungs and having a slight panick attack. I mean, I just signed the papers today and called to update my insurance and toll tag. BAH! For about 20 minutes on the toll road, it was car-just-in-front-of-you visability. Can you say whitenucklegrip? Then, when I exited and was sitting at the light, I saw a lightning hit. It was well far away, across the other freeway that crosses the tollroad in fact. But it must have hit a power sub-station or something. Because there was a giant blue glow that lit up the entire sky. Yikes! Thankfully Zed got home from school about 10 minutes before the rain started. And the rain let up just as I was getting Elle from school. Everyone made it home, and Pacifica made it safely into the garage. Nick laughed at me when he saw me inpecting the hood. What!?! There was pea-sized hail! For at least a full minute!

On Sunday night, Nick and I watched Stranger Than Fiction. I don’t think this movie did very well at the box office (at least I don’t remember it being out very long), and I can’t figure out why. Nick and I thought it was very clever and very funny. And Nick really doesn’t like Will Farrell. And Emma Thompson is very funny too. If you’re looking for a good flick to rent, I can give this one a thumbs up.

This weekend the kids are going to SeaWorld. With their dad. I’m not 100% happy about it. But I’m glad they’re getting to go. Elle has been very sensitive lately, and I gather that her dad isn’t spending too much time with them during their visits. In fact, I gather that he’s either working or studying, and not making time for them. Which really upsets me. So, I hope they have fun. And spend some good time together. They’d better. Elle is missing a soccer-skills session and 2 soccer games, and Zed is missing a basketball game.

Oh, and speaking of, the Sporting Overlords have just released the practice schedule for the Spring basketball season (the week practices start by the way). 4-5 pm? WTF? Either Nick or I would have to leave work at 3 pm to get him to practice. We pay enough for them to play AND practice, and it shouldn’t be at a time when over half your team can’t attend. Grrr. Our coach is going to try to get it changed, but I happen to know that they’ve ‘oversold’ the number of teams, and with K-9 teams practicing (half-court!) M-Th nights only, I’m not holding out hopes. I may be looking into a kids’ taxi service. (I’ve seen a flyer for one.) How bad would that be? Or car-pooling. But I think there’s only 1 mom on the team that doesn’t have an outside-the-home job. *sigh*

February 12, 2007

My future in which my children take care of me

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 8:43 am

After their stellar sports weekend, I can see it. There I am, proud mom, waving from the stands as a retrospective plays during the big games of their respective sports. From little tykes to NBA and WPSL players. Trips to the Olympics to watch them each win for their country. When interviewed for ESPN and FoxSports, they’ll each start by thanking God, then their mom and pappy.

I’ll star in commercials, feeding soup to Zed’s team mates. I’ll take Elle shopping for the perfect sports bra to expose when she scores the winning penalty kick. At home, in the Room of Honor, I’ll tenderly dust all the little league trophies, the varsity jackets, the college scholarship offer letters. Nick and I will get to travel with them from city to city, cheering for them from the stands.

Elle’s team tied their soccer game this weekend, 1-1. Her basketball team won 12-7. Zed’s basketball team won 24-16. I can hear the scouts calling my cell phone right now…

January 22, 2007

I’ll never look the same at people

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Interstellar Casa,Mom Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 9:59 am

Still no news so far. I feel bad for Nick and the kids. I was pretty snippy Friday night while I cooked dinner. So after dinner I just kept my martini glass full and only opened my mouth to sip from said martini glass. Then I was OK Saturday. What could I do? Nothing except enjoy my weekend.

Saturday afternoon, Nick and I went to see the Body Worlds exhibit at our Museum of Nature and Science. It was both thrilling and disappointing at the same time, if that can be possible.

In all, it was an excellent exhibit. The plastinates were fascinating to look at. It was as much a display of science as one of art. The details of the dissections were so precise, and the positioning of the bodies was so natural. I think that actually made it more comfortable to look at them. One thing I noticed was that there was some aspect of life to the bodies. For the most part, they all had nails and lips. It was still slightly human and in no way grotesque.

The part I didn’t like was the crowd. The tickets were sold with specific admission times, and you figured they would have a limited number of tickets sold for each admission time. And they may have. It was just too many. We actually had to skip a few display cases because there were so many people crowded around them it would have been 10 minutes before we even got close enough to see. And it was also very hot, which made it more difficult to wait. We stayed by one exhibit longer just because we found air conditioning!

I know that’s not the fault of the exhibit, but rather the museum. I wonder if it would have been less crowded during the weekday or a weekday evening. I’d like to take Zed, but I will definitely need to study up on my anatomy before I go again. There were some explanations, and I remembered some of my learnings from Anatomy and Physiology from high school, but there were some things that just wouldn’t come to me.

After, we were able to enjoy a nice quiet lunch, then a little bit of a nap before the kids had back-to-back basketball games. Elle’s team didn’t fare well. I don’t know what it is that they’re not getting, but it is their first season and hopefully they’ll improve over time. It was very frustrating to watch. Zed’s game was also frustrating…in that it was 30 minutes late starting due to long-running games before. How is it that they’re able to get backed up when they allow 60 minutes for a 24 minute game to be played? But once the game started, it was fantastic. This is also the first season for Zed’s team to be together, but a few of the boys have played before. There’s one kid on the team that’s quite obviously the best, and he typically scores the majority of the points. He’s a fast-break scorer really, and he’s able to get those opportunties a lot. But not Saturday night. We had several kids, including Zed! that really stepped up and played. He was 3 for 6 (a personal high score of 6 points), and had numerous rebounds and steals. He was really playing ‘heads up ball’. A couple of other boys on the team that don’t typically score much put up several baskets as well, and the coach even sat the ‘star’ player out more than he ever has before. I was all smiles and thrilled for Zed to have a such a great game, and for his team to win. If they continue to have games like that they’ll finish the season really strong.

My other accomplishment over the weekend was that I took both dogs for baths. Tori did pretty well. She only freaked (and I do mean freaked) when the girl tried to help me cut her nails. I’m not sure I’ve heard a more painful noise come from my dog. Wrigley was good too, but I think I’ve figured out she’s afraid of heights. She laid on the drying table and clenched her paws around the end of the table. When I made her stand up to dry her belly, she was shaking the table with her tremors. I stopped and patted her and tried to soothe her along the way, but I know she was glad when it was all done.

I also took down all the house lights from Christmas. I leave them up till after New Years, but the first weekend after we were out of town, and last weekend we had a bit of ice. I was so excited when it cleared up and was actually SUNNY (for the first time in over a week!) yesterday. I was quick. The actual taking down was about 15 or 20 minutes. Then about another 10 for wrapping the strands. Nick was impressed with the speed in which I completed this. Go me.

How ’bout you? Do anything fun?

January 9, 2007

Love Letters

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 11:24 pm

If there’s one person that can get me thinking about my kids, it’s Raehan. Her posts about Rachel and Hannah bring a smile to my face and occasionally a tear to my eye. If there’s a mom out there in the blogosphere that I admire most, I think it’s probably her. Her recent post, Booty Ballet, made me think. She talked about the expression of love and affection.

Elle and Zed are both very affectionate children. Zed’s getting more standoffish now that he’s getting older. He still holds my hand through the parking lot, but walks five feet away once we get in the store. Elle is still very lovey-dovey. She loves hugs, snuggling, and most of all, love notes. She writes them all the time, leaving them on our pillows, on the couch, and sometimes they get delivered, kamikazee-like, thrown in our laps as she scurries down the hall. Recently, they’ve gotten more eloquent than “I love you mom and Nick”, decorated with hearts. These are the last two I got, and are unedited. The first one is my Christmas letter.

Dear Mom

I Love you so much that I Look in my photo book. I Look at you in My Photos Book. And im am so happy that I smile. I love it so much that I smile so big. In then I come out of my room and huge you tite. I love you momey. I love you more ok momey.


I sometimes tell her that she’s growing up too fast. She’s getting taller, and her writing and spelling (believe it or not) are getting better since she got her glasses. She’s maturing and becoming more independent. There was a day when I was talking about college and how she’d end up moving away to go to college. She couldn’t quite comprehend this, and this was the result.

Dear mom

I am so sorry that i am gronging up so fast. In a few years I will still be with you because I wont leave you.


I love getting her love letters. They make me smile when I’m sad. I get a love letter from her almost daily. Folded in strage ways, folded so many times she couldn’t fold them anymore, some with tiny corners torn out to write mini-love notes to Nick. And the beautiful thing is that they’re simple. Just I love you. Nothing fancy, but they make my heart squish.

November 23, 2006

Thursday Thirteen, ed. xiii

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Married Life,Mom Life,Mr. Wonderful,Thursday Thirteen — by InterstellarLass @ 12:25 am

Thirteen Things Interstellar Lass Is Thankful for this Thanksgiving

1. My family. On January 1 of this year, Nick and I formed a new family. The transition was a bit choppy at first, but we’ve smoothed out some of the rough edges and we’re humming along beautifully. We are happy!

2. Nick. He is an amazing man. He’s a wonderful step-father. He loves me, supports me, and treats me like I’ve always wanted to be treated. The kids trust, respect, love and appreciate him. We are lucky to have found him.

3. Our house. There is work to be done. We are making it our home. It feels wonderful to have our own home.

4. A healthy year. We didn’t have any major illnesses or health issues this year. That’s a good thing.

5. Smart, happy kids. Elle is doing much better in school this year. She’s really put in a lot of effort to do better. And Zed brought up his grades between the progress report and his last report card. Not quite to where I wanted, but pretty darn close. Elle had a couple of great soccer seasons, and they’re both looking forward to playing basketball this winter.

6. Resources. You know, the resources to make improvements to the house, the resources to let the kids play sports, and the resources to have a little fun along the way.

7. Being a mom. It helps me to have patience, empathy, and sympathy. Being a mom reminds me that taking care of others is a priviledge that has great rewards.

8. Laughter. I think we have a lot of laughter in our house. I think it helps to have a sense of humor.

9. My friends. Getting away with them, playing poker with them, having fun and being girlfriends. They’re all so neat in different ways.

10. Growth. I feel that I’ve grown this year. I’m a lot calmer than I used to be, and I think I’ve done a lot to improve myself and my kids this year. And I’m watching more closely as my kids grow up. I’ve seen them do some awesome things this year, and I’m so proud that they are growing!

11. Ya’ll! I appreciate the support, the affirmation, and the laughter that you all give me, both about my life and yours! I have realized so many times that I’m not the only one that feels a certain way about things, or struggles with certain things. We’re all in the same boat and just doing the best we can.

12. My calendar/planner. I’ve done a good job this year of keeping up with my calendar/planner, and it’s helped me be more organized. I’ve still got lots more to do, but I’m getting there!

13. Thanksgiving. For reminding me to think about all I have to be thankful for.

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