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Saturday, January 31, 2009

People are emailing me asking about book recommendations and wondering what I thought about the books I've read. So I'm going to start writing the author's name, a little bit about the book and a rating - 5 being an "I couldn't put it down" kind of book and a 1 being an "I would have rather read the Wall Street Journal" kind of book.

I also wanted to add that Eric now weighs 150, so he's gained 14 pounds since January 2nd...unbelievable. And he hasn't gotten taller.

Waiting for "Change"

Well, as of tomorrow I will be one of the millions in this country who is uninsured. Got turned down by GHP, United Healthcare and Blue Cross because of my back pain 4 years ago and my anxiety. Hopefully Obama will hurry up and fix the healthcare problem (by tomorrow would be nice). My agent said there is a state program I can join for $900 a month with a $2,500 deductible. I think I'll just risk it and hope for the best. Yah.

Great basketball game last night against Hazelwood East. Eric's team lost to them by 20 last time they played each other and H.E. won the whole Vianney tournament last week. Well last night DeSmet BEAT them by 5. It was SUCH a good game. It was tied with 34 seconds left in the game and after 10 minutes of play (I know, I don't get that) we beat them by 5. E had 6 points. Really fun game to watch. They played well as a team. They are really coming together now that they only have 2 games left. Darn.

That's it, just getting ready for our SuperBowl party tomorrow, and tonight we are going to see Benjamin Button.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Here is another video that I took yesterday. See also the two I posted yesterday. These take so dang long to upload! Kris, this one is for you since you like when they last longer. Six minutes and 51 seconds of Stella doing her head thing back and forth. Mmm...exciting stuff.

Eric has had his basketball game postponed twice because of the snow. The Tuesday-rescheduled-to-Wednesday-game is now rescheduled for next Tuesday. He does have a game tomorrow in Hazelwood.

Sad to hear about Kay Yow, the N.C. State women's basketball coach who died after battling cancer. She was a fighter and continued to coach throughout her illness. I love this saying from her - "When life kicks you, let it kick you forward."

Here's the song I posted earlier. I like this prerecorded version better. Scroll down once you click on the URL and go to the second box down where the actual video is (not the ad on top). The words are over to the right. I enjoy songs more when I can follow along with the words.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day #2

Eric has had two days off from school in a row because of the snow. Here is what it looks like outside today...

Here KC is romping in the snow and getting her feet wet in the pool. There is some water in the pool and with the cover weighed down by the snow, it went down to the water level. She didn't know what to think.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Totally Random Stuff

Eric dissected a sheep brain last Friday in Biology; this week, a cow eyeball.

We are hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday.

Snow and sleet are predicted this evening and into Tuesday, and Eric is praying to be off school.

This season's American Idol (Tues. and Wed) will be a good one...there are some great singers. You gotta watch.

Eric got his permit on Friday, drove home from the license bureau and accidentally ended up on the highway. Way to throw him in there, huh? He drove to his pitching lesson on Saturday and purposely drove on the highway and did a fine job. I figure he's got to learn some time! Yesterday, though, he wanted to drive in the snow and that's where I drew the line.

I'm not ready for E's basketball season to end. Only three more games left.

There is a freshman baseball meeting this Wednesday at DeSmet.

I love Jason Mraz's song "I'm Yours."

Prior to seeing the movie "Revolutionary Road" but after already buying tickets, I got online to read some reviews (I don't recommend doing that). The reviews were mixed. Some people said they walked out during the movie, some thought the acting was great but the story was boring, some thought it was too long, some loved it. Everyone has an opinion. Larry and I both enjoyed the movie. It was a drama. It was definitely dark, definitely deep and thought provoking, and the acting (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) was great. That's my opinion.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Dog Park Kind of Day

Boy, yesterday we had such beautiful weather - 60 degrees - and the "girls" could tell it was a dog park kind of day. So off we went. Some older men walking the path to the dog park told me my dogs were beautiful and asked if I was a dog walker. What?! Do I not look like I could OWN such beautiful dogs? I said, "Uh, no, actually they're mine." (Hmpf!)

Anyone reading this is in for it because I'm kind of bored, so get ready to groan:

First, you'll all be glad to know that I have given up sugar. Larry's dad told me a story about how his brother, Ellis, a doctor, told him many years ago that he should quit smoking. Ellis took him to the hospital where he worked and showed him people who smoked and were dying of lung cancer. And he quit the next day, just like that. I thought, if he can quit smoking, surely I can stop eating sugar. I seriously am a sugar addict, so to me they seem comparable. My friend Kay and I ate a pack of Skittles every day at work for I don't know how many years. One time we tried to "give them up" and we lasted for maybe a week. I am going on two weeks without sugar now. Those of you who know the severity of my sugar addiction I'm sure are just flabbergasted. I quit. Cold turkey. No twelve-step my-name-is-Lynne-and-I-am-an-addict program or anything. I must admit I tried for a couple of days to read food labels and not eat ANYTHING with sugar on the label. Do you KNOW how hard that is? Everything has sugar in it! That was way too drastic. But I haven't had a piece of chocolate or even a yogurt covered raisin in 2 weeks. I can't say I've lost any weight, but I do feel a little better. You know, when I think about it, I'm not even sure WHY I went on this no-sugar diet anyway? I guess to say that I COULD? Boy, that's dumb.

The other big news is that I worked out yesterday for the first time, let me get out last year's calendar and flip back a bit...oh, here it is...since November. I don't even know why I stopped. I think it was something to do with the holidays and being busy. Good one, huh? I DO know why I didn't start up again. It was because I got sick with a nasty cough and cold. But that lasted for only three weeks, so I'm not sure what my excuse was after that. I'm sure it was good, though. Maybe something about all the ironing I had to do.

This is even more spectacular than my sugar-free diet and exercise news but along the same lines: Eric has gained 8 1/2 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks! How did he do it? I don't know, but I'll be sure not to follow HIS diet, which is probably the Ben and Jerry's Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream Diet. It's easy to follow. Just eat 2 pints a day and you'll gain weight in no time. Really, though, he's been following that regimen for months, so I'm not sure why it's suddenly kicked in.

Until next time...(I know, you're just dying to read some more of my exciting news. LOL)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Belleville Basketball Game

With a trip to Belleville, Illinois, via scenic East St. Louis, Brian and I ended up seeing a good game against Belleville West. DeSmet won, despite predictions to the contrary - 47-42. E had 10 points. G and R, you'll be glad to know he used the ol' pause-beneath-the-basket-while-waiting-for-the-defenders-to-go-up-then-down move. He really is getting better as time goes on, as is the team as a whole. They've won the past two games against some tough teams, although it could also be because their coach FINALLY (!) started using the press??? Not sure why it took him so long, but better late than never, I suppose.

That's it. Just wanted to post the latest winning score and E's points :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Third Place Finish and Hot Dog Test

DeSmet did lose to Hazelwood East, but it was double elimination so they got to play for 3rd place last night against Hazelwood West. DeSmet beat them 40-31. E had 7 points, and they got 3rd place out of 8 teams. DeSmet was the only "B" team in the tournament, so they did very well. Tonight they play in Belleville, Illinois. Brian and I will drive over there to watch him. I wasn't going to go, but last night he gave me (and Brian) kind of a guilt trip. "You're NOT going to go to my GAME??!!" (GASP!) I've missed ONE of this child's sporting events, and he was in kindergarten.

Some general news: My house is still for sale. Our realtor said that a lady looked at it the other day and loved it but wished it had a fireplace. Larry said, "Call her back and tell her we'll put in a fireplace!" He has workers that will do it and said it's not a big deal. I had to laugh because when we added on the new family room to that house, my mom told Larry to put in a fireplace... that it doesn't cost that much to do and if we ever sell it, people really like to have a fireplace. He didn't listen. And she was right once again. So I don't know if this lady liked it enough to buy it if we put in a fireplace. We'll see. At this point we're willing to do anything.

I just spent three hours applying online for health insurance. My COBRA runs out next week and Blue Cross Blue Shield declined me. Sheesh. I don't have any family history of cancer, I don't smoke, I am height/weight proportionate, and I don't ride a motorcycle (what a weird question to ask). They didn't like that I had back pain four years ago and that I take Effexor for anxiety. Tell ya what...don't ever change insurance companies when you're old (like me). I've always worked and belonged to my employer's group plan. They don't ask what kinds of problems you've had in the past, they just accept you...hmpf...for who you are...sniff, sniff. I feel like such a reject...hmpf...sniff. Waaaa!!!!

If you know any movie stars, be sure to have them call my brother Gary if they want their house painted. Just kidding. But really, he is painting Scarlett Johannsen and Ryan Reynold's house right now. Or maybe he just finished since I know he was on a timeline as far as getting that done, and came to St. Louis last week at a critical time. Thanks, Gare! We loved having you. We appreciate that you put us before Scarlett and Ryan. Wow, just saying that makes me feel famous..ha!

This is also going to be a sub-blog for my sister and her kids since she would never in a million years sit down and try to figure out how to do one of her own. Not that she has the time...I know, but even if she did she wouldn't do it. So the sub-blog post is that my niece Maysen, who is 8, is a basketball player in her OWN right. Her team won the other day 14-12 and she had eight of the points. You go, girlfriend. Now if Krista could ever figure out how to videotape AND send it to me via email, I would be able to post that video right But since that probably will not happen anytime in the near (or far) future, you're just going to have to imagine her running up and down the court.

Okay, here is something for fun. I got this from the TV show "The Bachelor," which I love, by the way. I really hope he picks Jillian and am glad Erica got send home. Jillian is from Canada and seems like so much fun. She has a way of weeding out guys by using what she calls the hot dog test. She determines what kind of person a guy is by what condiments he puts on his hot dog. Test yourself:

Ketchup - This is a good, strong, loyal, loving guy. He loves his mom, talks to her several times a week.

Onions - We love this guy but he never gets married; he can be kind of rude.

Sauerkraut - This is the "bad boy," the guy all the girls go for.

Mustard - this is the kind of guy we all want to settle down with. He's part "ketchup" and part "sauerkraut."

So, what kind of guy are you? Or what kind of guy are you married to? I'm married to a mustard guy. I'm a mustard girl, so we condiment, I mean, complement each other.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Birthday Boy

The girls hanging out

What happens when you try to make birthday signs for your son with permanent markers that explode. Luckily, most of it landed on the poster board and my hand and only some on the counter.

KC showing Eric his Happy Birthday sign from her and Stella

KC in her new jean dress

Dad and Ryan doing the dishes. Really. Look closer. This was not done on Photoshop; it really happened.

Eric, KC and Gary

KC and her paper towel war

Eric turned 15 10:17 AM. It's funny how every year on his birthday I watch the clock and in my mind go through the hours leading up to his birth...right now I got pitocin, now I got an epidural, now Krista arrived from L.A. (an hour before he was born), now I was he was just born. I wonder how long I'll keep doing that? It's interesting, though, how you forget the pain part of it and only remember the excitement and the instant, overwhelming love.

Oh yeah, so I have a 15-year-old (earth to Lynne!) who will be getting his driver's permit on Tuesday and demanding, begging, pleading to let him drive...for an entire year. Lord help me. Not sure if the muscles in my legs can stand a year of pushing an imaginary brake pedal. "Watch out! Slow down!" I may have to start doing squats and working out again in preparation (oh dread).

On the basketball front, E had a game yesterday and won 49-28 against Wentzville-Holt (wherever that is). He only had 4 points, but since some of the kids don't score at all, I think he's okay with 2 buckets. It was a tournament, so they go on to play Monday at 2:30 against Hazelwood East. Don't bother going to that game. They will get killed. And the pessimism is warranted since we watched Hazelwood play yesterday after DeSmet. They looked like a varsity team. In fact, I think it IS their varsity team. On Tuesday I'll let you know what the beating, uh, I mean the score was.

P.S. I know what ya'll were thinking...she looks way too young to have a 15-year-old. That IS what you were thinking, right?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

KC and her new dress

Eric won't be too happy that I'm putting this video of K.C. in her jean dress on the blog. He says, "Mom, she's a dog, not a girl." Well technically she IS a girl, and since I don't have a girl to dress up... I mean, really, you have to laugh. She doesn't go out in public like this. She just dresses up in private :)

Eric, the blog about your game last night is below. Sometimes it's not all about you, ya know. Ha! Love you, baby! Happy Birthday in 3 days. The big 1-5.

Family...COME BACK!

We need the Moeller clan/E's fan club back in St. Louis. E's team lost 46-43 to Westminster last night. Such a close game that, unfortunately, was (and I know you're not supposed to make excuses, but...) determined by the refs. Oh they were awful. Same two we had when we played Oakville and our coach yelled, screamed, jumped up and down waving his arms, trying to call time out when the ref was practically standing directly next to him but "didn't hear him." Okay, calm down. I forgot, it's just a game. Anyway, it's frustrating for the kids when the fouls are 4-11 against us. I guess having the Moellers fly out here isn't going to help how the refs call the game.

So here are two quick videos of E's 2 baskets. (I DO think E's fan club had something to do with his 13 points in the one game.)

Larry is off to Arizona today. He is going with Scott Brandt to the Barrett-Jackson car auction. As he was packing, knowing it would be 10 to 15 below zero here tomorrow, he shouted out to me in the kitchen, "How many pairs of SHORTS do you think I'll need?" and "Do you think I should pack SUNSCREEN?" Seriously, he did that to me. And then as he walked out the door he had the nerve to say, "I'll call and let you know my forwarding address." I am not making this up. It's okay, SOME day (3 years, 3 months and 16 days but who's counting) we'll be able to go somewhere warm for the whole winter and come back when and only when the first spring tulip is in full bloom.

Monday, January 12, 2009

One more...

Be sure to see the blog below, but here is another video...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Making Memories

This past Thursday night, my dad, Ryan, Gary, and Krista came to St. Louis to surprise Eric and go to two of his basketball games. Eric had some friends over to watch the football game Thursday night and I told Eric I was leaving to get gas in the car so I didn't have to do it before school in the morning. I went to the airport and came home the gang. Somehow the "tree family" fit in the car along with their carry-on luggage, although we had to open the sunroof for Gary's head and Ryan just bent his head so it wouldn't hit the roof. We looked like a bunch of huge circus clowns uncoiling themselves out of a tiny little car. Eric and his friends were in the driveway playing basketball (at 32 degree weather...wearing shorts). I had bought DeSmet basketball shirts for everyone, so we all put them on in the car. The clan walked casually up to Eric and asked if they could join their game. He was very surprised :)

Boy did we have fun in the short time they were here. We all went in the house and had Hamburger Noodle Bake (a family favorite) which I made for an after-flight snack. Gary had two GIGANTIC platefuls and said that was perfect for an appetizer and asked what was the entree. Thankfully we all got a little before Gary polished it off.

The next morning Krista made (I assisted) breakfast burritos for 8 (Gary counts as 2), hung out, and then Larry took Gary and Ryan on a joyride. Not sure if you call going 140 mph joyous, but it was definitely a ride. Gary drove Ryan in the Corvette and Larry drove the Porsche. They said it was fun. Scary, but fun. I'm glad I wasn't there.

At 3:30, with Krista blowing her camp director whistle and all of us wearing our DeSmet basketball shirts, we piled in the car to head to the game. And what a game it was. We played SLUH, a big rival for DeSmet, and beat them. Eric had 6 points. After pictures of us in our matching shirts, it was off to Farotto's for dinner and from there we went to the Maplewood-Brentwood game. Wow, that was interesting and out of control. Taylor Dee (my second son) got an elbow to the head and ended up getting staples. Brentwood lost, but they put up a good fight.

After that we went home, hung out and went to bed to get ready for MORE basketball. In the morning, at o-dark-hundred, before she blew her whistle, our camp director was so kind as to to serve us coffee in bed. But THEN blew her whistle she did! All campers were in the car at 9:29 AM and on our way to the next game. And it was a doozy! The team DeSmet was playing (Riverview Gardens) looked like they were all 18 years old and between 6'8" and 6'10". Okay, that's an exaggeration, but they looked good...scary but good. Eric said he was at the free-throw line and noticed one of the players had a big tattoo on his arm. Regardless, Eric played great, as did the rest of the team, and they won 39-38. Eric had 13 points and with the other team ahead by 1 with about 30 seconds left, he got fouled. He made both of his free throws, making it 39-38, and DeSmet was able to hold them off to the end. E won the game for them! It was so exciting, and I know he loved having his family there. Julie, Taylor (staples and all) and Amanda Dee were there, as were Julie's parents, Phebe and Pat, from Decatur, Illinois. E had quite the fan club.

After the game we all went to Schneithorts for breakfast. Brian joined us so we had a table for 8 (again, Gary counted as 2, and if you could have seen his plate...sheesh). The food was wonderful, but everyone was full, so we came home and took naps (okay, I took a nap) and hung out and watched MORE basketball (poor Larry). Then it was off to the airport for their trip home. They all got to go first class thanks to CDK (camp director Krista). We had the best time ever and Eric wonders when they can come back. After two wins in a row with our family there, Eric's coach even said he'll pay for the plane tickets :)

Thanks, everyone, for the memories :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Semester Grades

Wow, look at these semester grades. I am just SO proud :) I told him to keep up these kinds of grades for 7 more semesters and he can go anywhere he wants. Figuratively and literally. He got A's on all of his finals except for a B in English.

Algebra 1 Mr. Jeff Wendling A
Eric is a good, hard-working student

Biology Dr. Mariette Baxendale A+
Eric continues to be a pleasure to have in class. He works
diligently for his grades and he is unafraid to seek my help
outside of class. His hard work in reflected in his A+. Keep
it up, Eric!

& Study
Skills Mr. Ryan Sextro B+
Great Work!

English Mr. Thomas Fontana B+
Eric participates in class and puts forth a good overall effort.

Intro to
Religion Mr. Anthony Fior B+
Great semester, Eric.

Health Mr. Pat Mahoney S

Spanish Mrs. Carmen Bowman A+
Very cooperative and attentive. Excellent effort. Conscientious
and diligent. Ole, on your exam!!!

Semester GPA: 3.95
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