The Caffeine Addict

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Peanut free and hating it! July 27, 2007

Filed under: Family,Rant — Shannon @ 1:19 pm

I just learned that our local school is a nut free school. (insert your corny jokes here.) Kids cannot bring in any kind of peanut butter or snack that has been processed in a plant that manufactures peanuts.

I find myself getting a little upset about this. I mean, I am allergic to certain nuts and if I eat them I don’t die or anything but break out in some fabulous looking welts all over, so I certainly understand the sensitivity. But if your kid is going to die if they eat nuts – home school them. Don’t send them to public school to affect everyone else.

Peanut butter sandwiches are great according to me! They are fast to make, healthy (yes, I use the real peanut butter with no sugar or corn syrup) and cheap. Now I cannot make them for my kids? Are you serious? A lot of breads nowadays have the “has been manufactured in a plant that manufactures peanuts” so I cannot pack that! No granola bars or certain crackers. So what am I supposed to do? I do what my neighbor says most moms do – the school lunch program.

Now this ticks me off! Not only is this expensive, but I have no idea what my kids are eating and most things are not that healthy. Some are but those are the choices.

When are we going to stop being so sensitive – what about the people that have milk allergies, chocolate and/or wheat? Do we ban those from schools? What about when these children get to be adults and get into the workforce? They are so used to having everything peanut free that they demand it in the workplace too? What about bees? Are you going to ban bees from coming into the schoolyard?

Ahh. The main thing I am upset about is how this affects my 5 year old. That is all the kinds of sandwich that she will eat. What do I have her eat while at school? Sorry to rant – just had a bee in my bonnet.


Update July 10, 2006

Filed under: Family,Rant — Shannon @ 1:56 pm

Just a quick update to let you know we officially have a scooter! Rachel is doing awesome – she is moving everywhere! She is not going up the stairs yet (thank God!). She does this crab crawl and moves fast! The only downside is now that with all the physical therapy she is doing and sees different therapists all the time at CHOC – she is fearful around new people.
Seth is starting guitar lessons today and Audrey is starting ballet. I will let you know how that went.
I am doing good – I have been walking and beginning the running training every day almost. I have been eating healthier but have not noticed a weight loss yet. I can tell my body is changing shape a bit – it definately feels stronger. I am thinking I have to give up my diet soda. I have one can a day. Maybe I switch to every other day. What do you think?
Thanks for the support and the tips everyone has given me.


Today is the BIG date June 25, 2006

Filed under: Rant — Shannon @ 2:35 pm

While I was thinking about what I wanted for my birthday from my parents, I was thinking about maybe registering with Weight Watchers. Then I was thinking that I really do not have the time to go to meetings and the real reason I wanted to go was because I wanted to be accountable for my goal.
So, I decided I would do a weight loss goal on my website and let my friends and family help me be accountable. Then instead for my birthday, I would ask them for a nice coffee maker and coffee bean grinder instead.
Here it is – my current weight is 148. I know it is not bad but I have enough rolls from my three children that I look much larger. I want to lose 15 fat pounds. My goal is to get myself exersizing everyday and to give up (mostly) sweets. Boy, not working as a waitress has really shown me how much exercise I was getting there! I will try to post weekly about how I am doing. Thanks in advance for your support!


New job on the horizon April 28, 2006

Filed under: Family,Rant — Shannon @ 10:13 am

I have officially quit the restaurant industry! My last day is May 6th. I am so excited – I can enjoy weekends now! Through my brother, I have found a great job which allows me to work from home 25 hours a week. Nothing exciting – but the people I will work for seem really nice and cool.

The baby update is that she has been diagnosed with hypotonia. We will be doing physical therapy five times a week. I think three times at CHOC and twice a week someone will come to our home. From the research I have done online, it seems to be an underlying condition of something else. It could stem from a central nervous systems issue (cerebral palsy) or a muscular problem (muscular dystrophy or ms) . So hopefully, we will found out more after we are assesed at CHOC. I am praying for a total miracle – that she will just defy all the reasoning and catch up with kids her age and have no other issues.

I will keep you informed!


Update April 19, 2006

Filed under: Family,Rant — Shannon @ 4:19 pm

Boy – a lot of updates for you! We have a new puppy – her name is Gigi. She is totally cute and we have had her about 2 weeks. I will see if Jon can post a picture soon.

My friend Shellie’s shower is this weekend. I should really start moving on that! Rachel had her one year check up and the doctor decided to have her start physical therapy. We have not started yet but I will let you know how that is going.

Work is crazy – I got in trouble a few weeks back about being late. I am talking 2 to 3 minutes late. The traffic is getting crazy – even up by us. My work is 12 miles away and it now takes me almost an hour to get there. Sometimes I ask myself if it is worth it. They are also requiring that I work Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. This is a new thing because previously you could chose one and then find some kind soul to cover it for you – normally for a fee or big favor. This year that is not allowed. I find that crazy because after almost four years of working there – I still have to do what the new people do. Holidays suck at restaurants – you make the worst money that day. People normally go one step up on the class scale on holidays – so the people who normally go to Denny’s come there. Poeple also want you to treat their guest of honor like gold. To do that at every table and not make any money is totally not worth it.

Do something else for your mother on Mother’s Day instead of waiting two hours in a restaurant. Most mother’s of adult children just want to hang out with you anyway and know that you are thinking of them. Mother’s of multiple young children just want time away from children as a present. If you happen to find yourself in a restaurant that day – give that server a nice fat tip. Trust me – you will be thought of kindly all day!

I have not told Jon yet but my Mother’s Day present was getting my face waxed for the first time – yikes that hurt! I did not want to be furry for this big important shower. So if I see you in the next few weeks – check me out!

See you soon!


Boys – this is not a post for you! March 27, 2006

Filed under: Rant — Shannon @ 2:58 pm

I have warned you stop reading. Girls can continue.

So I have been sick this weekend and today. I have also been having my period. Not a fun time. Today, I decided I should go to the doctor to get checked out and needed to leave fast because they fit me in between already scheduled appointments. I have Audrey and Rachel with me so I pack everything I need for them in a hurry. I am driving down the freeway when I get that feeling – you know what it is huh girls… I suddenly remember that I have my period because something is about to overflow. I start to panic – I do not have my purse – I have my diaper bag. There is normally nothing mommy related in the diaper bag. I start feeling around toward the bottom and I feel two tampons! I feel glee! I feel triumphant! And the first thing I think is, “The boys may be excited about Snakes on a Plane but this girl is more excited about tampons in a bag!”


Snails March 22, 2006

Filed under: Rant — Shannon @ 4:01 pm

Okay, awhile ago I said how I loved spiders and I still do. But another weird thing that I like and cannot kill and will not teach my kids to kill are snails. I know they are a nuisance to your lawn and garden but I just love how goofy looking they are.

This morning I saw a baby snail about this small ——– . It was so cute. I love how their eyes go two different ways. The slime is a slight deterrant to me liking them but not enough to kill them.

I know I could probably research why they are so bad and learn not to like them – but today go out of your way to not step on a snail for me!


Craziness and a broken toe March 2, 2006

Filed under: Family,Rant — Shannon @ 11:06 am

Hello all. We are in the midst of travel season right now. We are planning a trip for Audrey’s birthday to go to the cabin with some of the kids friends and their parents. As soon as we get back, Jon has a 4 day business trip and the kids and I are doing some traveling of our own. Since I am one to never sit still, I know my own fault, I knew if I stayed home with the kids for four long days with no relief, I would go crazy. So I decided to plan a road trip with the two older kids. My mom and dad will be watching the baby so we can go up the coast to San Fran area to see Holly (oh, and Joel and Erin).

On the way back down the coast, we are doing some fun sight seeing kind of stuff. I know my own sanity and although I know traveling with kids will be hard, doing fun activities will be good. So pray for us. I am also bringing some stuff to Joel and Erin that would be too expensive to ship.

As you can guess, planning for these trips and working is getting busy. I was so frantic yesterday, I was seriously running around – so much so I cracked my toe and ended up breaking it. I learned that there is really nothing to do when you break your toe when it is one of the middle ones – the only thing you can do is buddy wrap it. This helps it feel better or so they say. I am also supposed to stay off of it – hah!

Happy birthday Audrey! She will be 4 this weekend. Get better Seth – he’s been pretty sick for a few days now. (Thank goodness he is off track!) Say a prayer for Jon – he has to suck in his stomach for four whole days to fit in his old business clothes. (Now he can know what us ladies go through sometimes!) He was doing this hilarious routine late a few nights ago while trying on these clothes. They still fit, but they move what a little tummy he has to move up. While sucking in his stomach, he was pretending to meet his fellow collegues. Have you ever tried talking when sucking in your stomach? Pretty hard! He was funny. I told him I could show him the secret pregnancy button thing with a rubber band to give him more room, but he didn’t go for it. Maybe it doesn’t sound too manly.

Bye for now – Talk with you soon!



Can’t think of a title January 20, 2006

Filed under: Family,Rant,Work — Shannon @ 1:18 pm

I have enjoyed going to all of your blogs lately. Some of you need an update, eh?

I am in total agreement that Lost and 24 rock! I also started watching AI again. I know, guilty pleasure. Who else was totally freaked out about that guy that seriously looked like a chick? Did you crack up when the background music switched to the theme from “The Crying Game?”

I am officially working “full-time” now. I am working 5 nights a week Tuesday thru Saturday with the occasional double on Saturdays. Jon and I have some aggressive financial goals for the next year and my salary is flexible. The Victoria Gardens shopping center has taken a lot of business away from our restaurant. We are just not as busy as we used to be. Many of you have visited us and seen the growth (finally) around our house. We are expecting 3 new restaurants to open. They are rumored to be Applebee’s, Johnny Carino’s and On the Border. Have any ideas which one I should go to? I have heard several bad things about Applebee’s. I visited Johnny Carino’s website (I have never dined there) and they give a tenure bonus after one year! That is pretty unheard of in the restaurant industry. It is getting crazy getting to work at CJ! It takes me like 30 minutes to get 11 miles! To those of you who still remember the coffee store, I have not forgotten them, I just need to bring in more money than that right now.

Seth has become the scooter man. He does it every day after school. It is nice because I was worried before he would just be an inside kid and not too interested in playing with others. Now, he is off and playing around the cul-de-sac with the neighbors all the time. Jon and I have started to babysit one of his friends whose mom is a single parent and a flight attendant. We have him about 5 times a month.

Audrey just started gymnastics at her school. There is a program there that is called Tumblebus which is a mobile gymnastics studio. She loves is. She does it on Tuesdays before preschool and then they walk her to school. This allows me to volunteer at Seth’s school while my father-in-law watches Rachel.

Rachel just went for her 9 month check up and the doctor gave me that what for on her rolling over. Not something she managed to do before the check up. She needed to learn how to do it before she turned 10 months or they would send her to physical therapy. They said she was lazy. I know my daughter and she is not lazy. She is just compliant. She is happy to be wherever she is. She is sitting on her own and feeding herself. Anyway, we have forced the issue of rolling over and she mostly gets it. She still lands on her arm but she has learned to push herself over with enough force to go over her arm and then pull it out. The other two kids and most others learn to move there arm before they roll over. Hopefully, this will count to the doctor.

I have also been quite the social girl lately. I have made several new friends here in the IE. This was something I have not really tried to do – having better friends. I have always been okay with the ones I have had. I still love my friends in OC but it is also good to make friends that live a little closer I discovered. I joined a co-op for child care and that has been fun. We swap babysitting for Baby bucks which are good for one free hour of babysitting per kid. These are quite valuable considering that babysitting for three kids is about $15 an hour out here. Some new friends I have made have a husband that is in charge of motorcross and another the California speedway. Another one is in charge of distributing Jack Daniels around So cal. Party anyone? If only I had the weekends off!

J and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary. I know they call it the seven year itch but I am more in love with him than ever. I think I had the two year, three year, four year and five year itch but none so far. Having kids so fast has been quite an exciting ride, but I look forward to things starting to mellow out with all that. (yeah vasectomy!) Kids growing up has its challenges, but getting out of the baby stage is an achievement!

I look forward to hearing from you soon or seeing you soon! God’s blessings to you all!


A tale of two funny things December 7, 2005

Filed under: Rant — Shannon @ 3:01 pm

Today, two funny things happened. The first being that two stray dogs got into our garage and were playing with our recycled cans, tossing them back and forth. They left with a Dr. Pepper can. That is something you do not see everyday when walking into your garage.

The second being that Jon got a bill from the lab saying that we owe money because the sperm count check from his vasectomy was denied from our insurance – the reason – because it said it was from a female.

Now I know if I were Jon, Joe, Rich or Jason I could make this a lot funnier – but I just wanted to make everyone smile instead of role around hysterically on the ground while you were supposed to be working.

Update: My neighbor was caring for the dogs until their owner could be found and we heard today that they belong to another neighbor a few streets away. The dogs have been lost for over two weeks!