Sarcasm and Whimsy

Life shouldn't be a trek to the grave with the idea of arriving safely in a nice, well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, whiskey & chocolate in hand, body used up, worn out & screaming, "WOO! WHAT A RIDE!"

Weekend randoms February 1, 2013

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My girls were singing “Friday” by Rebecca Black today. Now I can’t get it out of my head.

I’m watching Blade Runner while Phil snoozes on the sofa next to me.

I’m going to start selling Premier Designs Jewelry soon. Pretty excited about that.

Got a new car. Love it.

And I hear a kid up talking in her sleep. Goodnight!


1 Corinthians 13 January 7, 2013

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Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.


OK. Let me back up a little bit. When I was a teenager, that was the reading one Sunday morning at Mass. Everyone was all smiles and lovey-dovey eyes at each other. Later that day, my Mom told me that she was always bothered by that reading. She told me that sometimes love was impatient. When you have love, you can be unkind occasionally and you will be forgiven. You will be jealous. You will get mad at each other. But yes, love will persevere.

Every time I hear that reading, or see it written in script on someone’s wall, I always stop to wonder if their relationships have always been patient, kind, if they’ve never kept a “record of wrongs.” I don’t ask, though.

This is Katherine Meyer’s version (written by me):

Love is sometimes patient, love tries to be kind.
It will envy, it will occasionally boast, it can be proud.
It wishes to never dishonor others or be self-seeking,
it will anger and – try as it might – keep a secret record of wrongs.
Through it all, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always tries to protect, always wants to trust, still always hopes even when hopeless, and it always yearns to persevere.
Love, in it’s heart, never fails.


RACK Time! December 4, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — ladyblayde @ 8:30 am

So, it’s that time of year again. Time for the Gaitan Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. Last year we left dollar bills in books at the used book store, we dropped dollars on the ground for kids to find, we placed random candy canes on the cars of strangers, and even handed them TO those strangers and walked away. We secretly bought meals for people from “Santa”.

This year I’d love to step it up a bit. I’m going to challenge the girls to go out of their way to find creative ANONYMOUS things to do. I’m very proud of the charitable work my girls do. Each one saved up money (Anna saved almost $100!) and donated to World Vision. They didn’t want the glory or the kudos, they wanted to help people in need. We had told them we would match whatever donation they raised and I was AMAZED at how well they did.

Anyway, time for the RACKs to begin!


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Growing up

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So, you have kids. When they’re little, you do the playdates and make friends with the Moms. The kids aren’t in school yet, so it’s a nice blend – the Mom friends and the kid friends.

Then the kids grow up and hit tween-dom. That’s when the problems start.

Suddenly this one’s too cool to hang out with that one. Then this one’s friends don’t like that one’s friends. Or they grow apart and have nothing in common. Or they fight like cats and dogs.

You want to step in and talk to the other parent, but you shouldn’t. I’ve got an agreement with a couple of friends where we don’t talk about the kids’ problems, we let them settle them on their own. With others, we make them sit down and talk it out.

Funny thing – you think when you’re an adult you’ll be done with the teen drama, then you relive it with your kids. And sometimes, it’s worse than when you went through it yourself.


Who is this? October 17, 2012

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Who is this?

Can anyone help me ID the man in this picture?


I like to move it, move it… October 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — ladyblayde @ 7:38 am

So, we’re moving. Not tomorrow, but hopefully next summer. When we built this house in early 2002, we loved the neighborhood, we loved the house, we loved our neighbors and the location was awesome. Most of those things we loved are gone now.

Our neighborhood was hit buy the housing market crash. A lot of the houses that were in foreclosure went to rentals and section 8. Now, let me start by saying that not all renters are bad! Our current next door rental neighbor and the house next to them are FABULOUS. They take care of their houses, they are friendly and don’t cause any trouble in the neighborhood. Unfortunately they are the exception, not the rule. We don’t feel safe in our neighborhood anymore. There is one house on the block that is home to a known prostitute and another that has drug dealers/gang members. I can’t raise my kids here.

My goal is to have the house on the market around the first of the year. That means I’ve got two months to stage it for a sale. I don’t plan on spending a lot of money on it, but there is a lot of work that I’ll need to do decorating-wise. I’ve got to take down all religious and family pictures from the walls. That really won’t leave me with hardly anything up.

We aren’t looking to move until June at the earliest, though. I’m just realistic about how long houses in this area are on the market. Let me tell you, it’s both fun and overwhelming to house hunt. Phil’s got an awesome Uncle who is going to be our agent, thank God, but right now I’m just searching zillow for areas and ideas. It seems that Cibilo will be the best area for us, based upon location to Phil’s work and excellent schools.

Anyway, that’s the big news in our life.


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