Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Late Night In Oakland

A late night for me, but wow! Well worth it!

Of course, that 5:30am wake-up call (that actually ended up being 6:30am because I overslept -- OOPS!) wasn't easy, but we got to the hockey tournament in Antioch on time.

As I've said before, my little wannabe video camera isn't the best, but it works...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010




We seem to live and breathe hockey at my house. I rarely have much time to myself, I work, take kid to hockey, go with other (grown) kid to performances, and then I work some more.




More hockey.

I don't regret this though. My kids will all be grown, just like my oldest, and leading their own lives soon enough. They all grow up way too fast. Way too fast.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Native American Music Awards


I wish I could be there. Check out the website.

I'm So Excited!

My daughter did some background work recently and the artist was very happy with it. So she's going to be on an album.

OK, OK, I know, they're CDs now.

I can't say more than that right now. As soon as the CD comes out, I'll post all the details and which track she's on.

Background work is the bread and butter of the vocalist. Luther Vandross, God rest his soul, was a background singer for years before his breakthrough.

Anyway, it's a good start for her. Here we go...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Novel Is Moving Along

Slowly, very slowly.

I've been writing it, little by little, but I'm sure it's going to be more than one volume at this point. The chapters are flowing but I just write them, they'll be rearranged and put in proper order, tied together in the editing.

It's taking a very interesting turn, I didn't know it was going in that direction until the words were flowing out onto the keyboard. Wow. Just wow.

I have a sample chapter on my website, but it's very much the first draft so, well, I dunno.

I've already written the ending, but there's a whole lot of travel between the beginning and the end. I feel like I've just put my feet on the road...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Genealogy Stuff

Mom said it was OK to post these images, in the hope that they'll be of help to other families looking for information on their ancestors.

1909, Christmas Dinner at Fort Assinniboine, Montana
"L" Company, 2nd U.S. Infantry

1910 Thanksgiving dinner

This menu was very fragile so we didn't try to get it entirely flat on the scanner. It is also too large for the borders to show.

1909 Christmas
Captain Chas. (probably Charles) S. Lincoln
1st Lt Geo. E. Kumpe
2nd Lt F. A. Barker
1st Sgt Orin H. Rigley
Q.M. Sgt Harry J. Burns
Rother McCoy
Michael Andes
Wallis Brumby
William J. Smith
John W. Rock
Tilden Ingle
Jack J. Evans
John W. Grey
Patrick Hassen
Edward LaTaine
Henry H. Barnes
Herbert Hammaker
Anthony J. Lukomsk (Lukomski)
William T. Whitteker
Antek, Stefan
Bush, Frederick
Capps, Lester R.
Carson, Ray (Corson, Ray)
Conner, Fred L.
Cooper, G. L.
Cooper, J. F.
Coyle, Edward
Duffy, Thomas J.
Fletcher, James
Goneau, John A.

Hall, Scott

Hammer, Clarence A.
Hilliard, Harry W.

Hillman, John G.
Himanka, Sam

Hudson, Jesse J.
Jones, Ellis M.
Kastner, Reinhold
Kemp, Earl E.
Lantinen, Otto
Manry, Eugene A.
McHugh, Patrick J.
Miles, Delmus
Moulton, Charles E.
Parsons, Charles A.
Pate. Marcelles
Polk, Willie
Sanford, Otis E.
Schwarz, Edward H.
Wells, Estell

Added names at Thankgiving 1910
Sgt Martin L. McGaha
Sgt Martin Brogan
Sgt Eli J. Wells
Corporal James Wilkins
L. Corporal O'Brien
Musician Paul Matloha
Cooper, Charles S.
Cooper, Giles L.
Corson, Ray
Cummins, Alva T.
Evans, Jack J.
Gillman, William
???, Harry (in the fold, can't read it)
Milligan, James J.
Stewart, Alfred E.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dreyer's® Fruit Bars: Where Will You Plant Your Vote?

Dreyer's® Fruit Bars: Where Will You Plant Your Vote?

Who should win the orchard?

This is a simple way to support a tribe. I voted for the Yurok Tribe in Hoopa, CA.

Who will you vote for?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My Friend Published An eBook!

My fellow hockey parent has published an eBook.

I really thought I should share his information and website because he has 15 years of experience in the field -- executive recruitment.

Yes, he's one of those guys that got your boss that great job with awesome pay!

Anyway, he decided to write an eBook and share his expertise with us. With his tips, your resume will stand out from the crowd, you'll shine at your interview, and you'll know exactly what to say to the dreaded question, "Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses." (ARGGHHHHH -- actually, mine are the same, I'm articulate, strong, strong-willed, tenatious, and stubborn. Good when you have to bull on through a project. Not so good when the boss is wrong and I know I'm right... LOL!)

Insider Interview Secrets by Steve Schwartz -- check it out!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The National Anthem at Roseville Speedway

Check her out!

Yes, yes, I know it's not a great camera, but check her out!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Silver Borne Is Out!


The latest Mercy Thompson novel, Silver Borne, by Patricia Briggs is out! I actually pre-ordered it from Amazon, something I never do.

No spoilers here, let me just tell you that it's awesome.

If you haven't read these books yet, start with the first, Moon Called. It's 100 times better than the Twilight series (which are romance pap disguised as urban fantasy in my most biased opinion).

If you like urban fantasy, you'll love Mercy Thompson!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Juan Antonio de Jauregui Went Home

Uncle Tony went home to be with the Lord. I haven't seen him in many years, but I will always keep him in my heart as the happy, fun loving guy at the de Jauregui family events.

RIP Uncle Tony.

May all the family be comforted in their sorrow on this sad day.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

This is actually more a book for an older child or young adult about author Judith Kerr's experiences as a child, fleeing Germany with her parents just ahead of Hitler's election in 1933.

It was fascinating.

Viewing the rise of Hitler and the dangers she and her family faced as they got out of Germany just in time, their travels as refugees from Germany to Switzerland to Paris and on to London was riveting.

I highly recommend this little book for older children, young adults and adults who are interested in the rise of Hitler and the beginnings of World War II.

As I looked for some bio information for this post, I found that she wrote not just When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, but two other books about her life. I'm going to locate and read them as well as her children's books.


Friday, January 22, 2010

UP -- A Great Addition To Your Video Library

We recently rented "UP".

I really enjoyed this movie. It was simple enough for the kids to enjoy, and subtly complex enough to satisfy me. The animation was awesome and the story line moved right along.

The official website:

Another great from Pixar, I HIGHLY recommend it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back From The Holidays!

Oh my goodness, there is so much to do in this New Year.

Now that I'm back from the holidays, I have to get busy. I have writing to do (yes, I'll be taking my little QuickPad with me to hockey later so I can get some writing in while my son practices), I have boxes to go through and sort into sell-keep-donate-toss, I have yard work and clean up to do, oh my goodness, there is much to do in the New Year.

I'm going to have to allocate my time and money better, so I can do everything I want to do.

However, it's a nasty foggy day today, and I'm resting up from an 8 hour drive home yesterday, so just for now, I'll write a little, wash a few clothes, rest up for the start of my work week.

Back from the holidays and lots to do...