Sunday, June 28, 2009


i promise i will go to the beach this summer

and put my chunky self in the water even though i hate being in a bathing suit

let summer begin!!!

glad to have a completely errand free day! now if i could just stop my mind from spinning on to new projects, stop it already!
happy sunday!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

to be a wetland, or not to be a wetland

(i am interrupting my daycamp week to bring you this whiney rant) so let's see.... i have been a part of the effort to save los cerritos wetlands for about 3 years now, getting pretty much as "in to it" as anyone could get. i have done my own research, i have attended meetings and vigils, rallies and protests. i organized the rummage sale to benefit the cause, i have spoken to lots of people about it, i started the facebook group page to spread the word. so i am thinking, after all this, why is it so HARD to get people on board? i know everyone is busy, i know people have things that are important to them and that they will donate time, money and energy to. but seriously, there is 400 acres of open space,one of the last chunks of wetlands along our entire west coast in need of being saved and i can hardly get residents who LIVE DOWN THE STREET FROM IT to want to save it. i would think people up and down the entire coast would deem it worth saving, let alone the people next door to it. i have heard people say they live in the next county so aren't SURE if they CAN support saving it. what??? i would think if you live in America you can help us save this wetlands. i would be interested in saving any wild open space in the whole WORLD if it needed to be saved. so after an article like this, i get emails and facebook messages asking me if we should still fight the fight if a small chuck has been "proven" not a wetlands? well this is a perfect example of how the "system" works. the developer gets property that cannot be developed, he illegally scrapes off the top 6 inches of soil, he removes all vegetation, kills all the animals living there, disrupts the nesting wildlife in PRIME nesting season, he then brings in soil from somewhere else and puts 6 inches back on the land, THEN he PAYS a biologist to come out and "test" the soil.... which comes back with no wetlands vegetation or wetlands soil....what a surprise! the paper writes an article and all the environmentalists look like jack asses? oh really? it would be a lot easier for some people to be able to say, "well i would have got on board if it HAD been a wetlands, but look at this article, there is your proof so i don't need to feel guilty or worry about it now do i?" 
ok, so there is my rant for now. i will keep chipping away at this, hoping for more passionate people to join me, people who won't let the city "machine" run us all over and develop every square inch of our town. people who think that wildlife needs a place to call their own so they aren't in our chlorinated "ponds" trying to survive or getting hit by cars or forced to live in our flowerbeds. heck, I need a wild place for MY OWN survival!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

camp shiwaka day 3

day 3 was great, we made fairy houses which is something i have wanted to do since day one with this group and they took to it like water. awesome! tomorrow is the sleep over and then camp is done for another year. i will have to talk more later about this amazing group of girls and how "interesting" this week has been...stay tuned.

Monday, June 22, 2009

camp shiwaka 2009

this is the first year i will be missing a few days of camp, so sad!! can't wait for wednesday! you guys are so awesome!
this year we had a few twists, we picked a new indian name and our caper chart is in "indian"... the girls also have new indian names for themselves as well. the indian theme is fun fun fun! Stay tuned for more camp mayhem!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

los cerritos wetlands rummage sale

first glance

set up
liz came up with the idea to "barter" pictures for merchandise, she did very well!
full swing
ok, my dad donated some cool watches and cleaver was assigned to sell them (she has some pictures liz made, remember she bartered for things?) and between my dad and cleaver, that table made 210 dollars!!!! unbelievable!!
liz shopped non stop
some crafty stuff
this baby never fussed once (sweetness, hank!) love jen!
life savers (or wetlands savers!!)
guerilla art kits (cant believe keri smith gave me a personal ok to make these, so cool!)
working the streets
chris became the entertainment
boy the grunion gazette missed a photo op! (the photographer had already left)
liz found (and bought back) many of her "donated" toys (ooops, note to self, dont bring your kid to a rummage sale if you have pilfered things from their room. they will seek them out!)
goodwill here we come! the kids had a blast and i was so happy to see new friends and old friends come out to help. thanks to celeste and fred from high school! christine, linda, pete, janet, mary, kathleen (the girls too!) from camp fire, the walkers (for the awning that saved our bake sale in the rain), beth and mark found on facebook!! jen and brent my favorite blog pals, alicia from the gaslamp, all the wetlands folks (elizabeth, ann, pat, many many volunteers who came to help sell).... the list goes on and on... oh and CHRIS who just rocks beyond belief (but he knows it!) so many people saved the day. i tell you my folks were so amazing, cleaver and my dad!! oh man, cleaver, you were the one and only person who came and sold your goods for us, thanks so much!! love you!

ok, enough enough, time for bed!!! happy day for the wetlands, tomorrow we rest!