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The Other Yvonne

The Other Yvonne

I'm a stay-at-home-mom of 2 beautiful boys, married, and I enjoy scrapbooking and watching tv/movies. Came to the bay area in 1997 from NJ.
Logan's a celebrity! This is our Sunnyvale Activity Guide.
That's awesome! - Stephen Mack
Royalties! You are rich I tell you, rich! - Steve C Team Marina
#ThrowOutThursday is here! Sounds ridiculous, but I threw out like 14 empty Starbucks coffee bags. I thought they were good for free tall coffees, but apparently they stopped that a while ago. Oops! Heave ho!
Does going through my pantry and throwing out expired canned foods count? - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Yes! For me it's removing anything that makes my life easier. I've been looking at those stupid coffee bags for a year. Now I know I can throw them out and make more space for things I WANT to see. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
What I made with Shannon's beads... Not bad for a beginner!
Cute! Love the 'green grass' bead, great idea! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Funny! The green grass beads were Logan's idea! =) - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Um. I joined a gym today. Yikes!
Yay. Go you! - Tamara J. B.
Did 20 mins on an elliptical which kicked my ass, and a Pilates/yoga class which I'm sure I'll regret tomorrow since I did it barefoot. They have onsite childcare. Yay! And it's an all-women gym. =) - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I'm already regretting the barefoot thing. Owwie. =( - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I set up a Melissa Etheridge station on Pandora and I'm really loving the songs being selected.
Now taking recommendations for cross country car transport. Advice online says to avoid brokers in case of damage to the car, but at this point I'll take anything! Thanks!
Hmm, my family always did it the hard way. I have a cousin who just loved road trips and has done it several times. I've never used a broker but surely there has to be a reliable one? - Stephen Mack
Last time I moved I towed mine behind the moving truck. - laura x
I used Magic Carpet Auto Transport to move my car from NY to CA. I have no complaints. The price was fair and it was delivered on time. - Mary Carmen
So. So. Tired. Shuttle comes at 4:15 a.m. to pick up my husband and I'm pretty sure we'll be awake until then packing.
*squeeze* - Alix May
Oof, sorry, Yvonne. - Stephen Mack
Still going! - The Other Yvonne
Konking out for a 1 hour nap. - The Other Yvonne
34 hours. =(
*hugs* It's all happening so fast! - Tamara J. B.
*hugs* - Anne Bouey
*hugs* - vicster
:-( - Stephan from iPhone
*hug* - Alix May
#ThrowOutThursday Lite. I got rid of a tea cup. Lol!
:) - Anne Bouey
I packaged up some old (but nice) clothes for GoodWill, but they're just in my car. - Jennifer Dittrich
I packaged up 3 trash bags of clothes, books and misc kitchen items to drop off at Goodwill tomorrow! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Good job guys! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I can tell my ear is getting better, but every time I put drops in my ear (twice a day) there's a period of time when I can't hear out of it. It's soooo annoying! Plus the ringing. I'm going mad!!
Boo! I hope it gets better soon. - Stephen Mack
Hope it's improving today! - Anne Bouey
Oops! Forgot to put drops in this morning! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
In complete and utter denial that my husband is essentially moving to CT this coming Sunday. =(
:(((( - Jennifer Dittrich from iPhone
*hugs* - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:( - Anne Bouey
:-( you'll survive. When do you join him? - Mary Carmen
I fly out with the kids for a week in Feb and again in April. He flies back to CA in March, May, and June. Hopefully in April we'll be able to find a house to rent and John can be more settled by the time I get there with the boys in June. - The Other Yvonne
For my Loki-loving friends. You're welcome. =)
So much to do. No motivation to do it. Yawn.
Put away Xmas stuff - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Load up car with donations and take to Goodwill. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Fold lots and lots of laundry - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Wash and fold more laundry - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Do something fun with John before he leaves next weekend. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Put together shed - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Rehang towel rod. Why did no one tell me it was upside-down?? - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Squirrel! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Xmas stuff got packed up and is ready to go in the garage! Yay! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
And I finished folding 1 load of laundry! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
#SaturdayFF inspired by 'Maura'. Before I moved to CA in '97 I consulted at UPS on the SW Install Team. I had customers that I would call to do installs and upgrades. When leaving voicemail I'd say my name, Yvonne Azzollini. SO MANY TIMES I'd get calls back from people saying, "Is Ivana there?".
My coworkers started calling me "The Great Ivana Zollini"! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I have royally messed up my left ear. I don't even want to describe how stupid I was to try to 'fix' what I'd done. Now I can't hear from it at ALL and it hurts. I'm hoping some fluid will eventually work its way out, but I think I'm going to have to tuck my tail between my legs and see a dr tomorrow. :-(
What's worse is that the left was my GOOD ear so now I'm practically deaf. :-/ - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Oh, that is the worst feeling. Definitely go in to have someone take a look, even if it feels better. - Jennifer Dittrich
Good advice Jennifer. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Go in for sure. I messed up my ear a couple years ago and had a PA at urgent care who went to high school with me. It cannot possibly be more embarrassing than that. - laura x from iPhone
Should I just say I put something besides my elbow in my ear? Lol! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Going to urgent care now. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Swimmers ear. Getting ear drops now! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Ah, no fun - but glad they were able to take a look and get you some medication. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh, glad it wasn't anything more serious! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I'm glad you got it taken care of. - vicster
:( - Adam B
Thanks for your concern guys! I still can't hear, but hopefully it'll be better tomorrow. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
How is it today, Yvonne? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I can hear a bit today, but it still hurts. =( - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
#ThrowOutThursday I'm losing track of all the stuff we're getting rid of.
- Shredding old papers. - Donating old costumes, clothes, bags, towels, toys, electronic equipment, books, kids' stuff. - Throwing out little bitty things we have no idea what they went to. Basically hitting lots of areas of the house every day. Soon I'll have to do deep dives to determine if I really want to move something across the country. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Bridesmaid dress! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Moving is always such a great excuse to purge! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
My SIL has FINALLY made it to the 2nd trimester with a pregnancy (her 6th one). She's at around 14 weeks now and just found out there's a 93% chance the baby has Downs. While it's not the end of the world, I just wish she could catch a break. *sigh
I'm sorry for her -- how does she feel about it? - Stephen Mack
Oh man. I'll hold out hope for that 7% and that she has an otherwise healthy baby. - vicster
Jury's still out. She's obviously upset by the news, but it's still sinking in. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
If she has CVS, I would be concerned. Typically, the quad screen is done between weeks 15 and 20 of pregnancy — the second trimester. If she had one done at 14 weeks I would be suspicious of the results. - Janet
She goes back tomorrow to see if it was a false positive. IMO while I'm sure the news was a shock, if I'd had so many miscarriages, having a baby with Down syndrome wouldn't stop me from finally being a mom. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
:( I really pray it was a false positive. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Oh jeez. That's rough. I really hope she'll get different results on the next test. - Jenny H. from Android
Results are back. It wasn't a false positive. My heart aches for them and the choice they now have to make. =( - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Mine too. They will be in my prayers. - laura x from iPhone
Such a tough situation for them. :( - Anne Bouey
I am so very sorry. - Janet
Oh my goodness. - YvonneM
Lots and lots of love for your family xx - Melly
I have an uncle with a brain injury that he received as a child, so I grew up with a dramatically disabled family member. I know what the challenges are in that, but also the joys and dignities. And so this was my greatest fear when I was pregnant. My heart goes out to you all -- it's not simple. - Jenica
Welp! Cat's out of the bag! John has accepted a job offer in CT. He starts at the end of the month and I'll be headed back east at the end of the school year. What an adventure we're in for!
Good luck! - Spidra Webster
I'm very happy for you guys and your new adventures but I'm going to be sad you're not closer. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Oh wow! Congratulations! We now have how many months to plan a Bay area/NorCal FF gathering? - Corinne L
Congrats to John, but I am still in denial that you guys are moving! - Stephen Mack
How wonderful for you! :) For us, not so much. :( - Anne Bouey
Thanks guys! 5 months to go. We're not selling the house so we can afford to move back. =) Stephen- I'm in denial, too! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I'm happy for John and your family, but sad for our local loss. - vicster
Congrats! Happy for you, sad for us! - Mary Carmen
Mary - ferry from Port Jeff to Bridgeport! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Wow, that's exciting news! I hope it's a good move for you guys! - Jenny H. from Android
What a big change! - Lnorigb
I grew up in NJ so it's not TOO big a change for me, although I don't know much about CT. My whole family is on the east coast so it will be nice to grow those relationships for me and my kids. - The Other Yvonne
Yeah for the adventure and the East Coast just got a touch more class! - Janet from BuddyFeed
You're too kind! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
My 86-year old MIL has been staying here for the last week. It's just one more thing that's driving me nuts right now. It's amazing how much the energy at home can change with an extra body in it.
How much longer is her visit? Remember to breathe! - Anne Bouey
She's actually leaving at this exact moment for her around the world cruise!!! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Just thinking about this move exhausts me. Not to mention the number of weeks I'll be on my own with the kids over the next 5 months. Ugh!
It's going to be stressful, no doubt, but you're superwoman/mom so I know you're going to get through it. We're here when you need to vent. Xoxo - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Logan doesn't play Minecraft yet, but watches YouTube videos about Minecraft whenever he gets the chance. It's all he talks about. I'm so sick of it already. If Minecraft was a person I'd punch it in the face.
*fistbump* - Marina's Godmother :-)
It's actually easier when they do play it, because then at least they're more likely to be doing it instead of talking about it! - Marina's Godmother :-)
*fistbump* back! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
My son sits here and watches people play it on YouTube. I don't get it. - Eric - ill subliminal
I'm afraid he'd then want to PLAY it all the time. That would drive me over the edge. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I play it and watch people play it. Then again people play football in the park then watch other people play it on TV so I'm cool with it. - Johnny
I used to stand and watch people play Pac-Man so I get the appeal, but I guess today it's just so much more content. It's such a big industry. - Eric - ill subliminal
His personality (he's 6) seems to be the more he watches the meaner and more disobedient he becomes. He's like an angry drunk. It creates more conflict in our home life. He needs more activity than he realizes. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
The live streams on are popular too. It's interesting watching different designs. - Rodfather
Yvonne, yes! Minecraft can't be at the expense of physical activity. OTOH ... - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Resistance is futile. Honestly, if you learn about it enough to set it up so he's just building stuff instead of playing as a game, it's pretty creative. But yeah, Wade talks about it a lot. I pretend to listen for awhile and then perfect the art of tuning it out or just break it to him that I don't want to hear about it. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Both my kids play and while my son typically isn't a very talkative person, he once jabbered to me about Minecraft for 2 hours straight while I was driving somewhere. No breaks. I am not exaggerating. He also watches one particular series of Minecraft Youtube vids and it's gotten to the point where I can't tell if the stories he tells me of what he's done in Minecraft is stuff he's actually done or he's just projecting himself onto these vids that he's watched. - rönin
Crazy how it's taken hold of so many! I'm sure we'll give in at some point, but not yet. =) - The Other Yvonne
Hahahaha, Stampy friggin' Longnose and iBallistic fecking Squid. Josiah knows if his behaviour falls below acceptable levels then his iPad is the first thing to go. There will be days when it seems everything he does is Minecraft related, but he might mix the actual activities up even though they all revolve around the same thing - so watching the videos, playing the game, reading the... more... - Melly
And awesome kids book about computer games is "But It's Just A Game", helps teach kids about balance: - Melly
Thanks for the recommendation, Melly! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
OMG, Melly - Stampy! His voice drives me INSANE. Before him it was these two guys who were much more mellow and easy to take. I miss those days. - Laura Norvig
Jayden talks at me about Pokemon, the Marvel Universe, Yu Gi Oh, Sonic and friends, all his obsessions...constantly. Every day. Ad nauseum. I care about none of it. He knows, and doesn't shut up. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm okay with discussing it occasionally. But they seem to get stuck on it. don't they? I try to steer the conversation elsewhere but it doesn't always work... - Melly
I've told Logan he can only watch Minecraft videos once a day during the school week. Hopefully then we'll make it to the end of the week unharmed. =) - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I played Skylanders with Josiah today. Together, one mission takes about half an hour. That I can handle. I've tried Minecraft and just can't get into it! - Melly
I think Minecraft is great. It's digital legos. Except you can't walk around inside lego buildings. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, you can if you have enough legos. - Amit Patel
Today Josiah keeps talking about the Pokemon texture (?) pack in Minecraft. His interests are melding, help! - Melly
Melly, there's a mod called Pixelmon that Wade plays - sounds like he and Josiah have a lot in common. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Funny you should mention that - Josh is getting it for Josiah this weekend as a good behaviour/helper reward ;o) - Melly
Fasting blood work this morning... I'm so hungry!!!
I want to start a group for women only to openly discuss lady problems... Yay or nay?
Check your messages. :) - Laurie Boots from Android
Is there one already? I'd be interested, too. - Katy S
Me too! - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Check your messages, ladies. - Laurie Boots from Android
count me in, please! - vicster
Me too. - Corinne L
Yes please! - Galadriel C. from Android
Yay! - Jen
Yes, please. - bentley
Hopefully that group has declined in general BS since a few years ago. It was...not a good place to be. Much in the same way that the Adult Confessions group was. - Hookuh Tinypants
Today I definitely felt sluggish; like a wet sponge. And unmotivated. Getting back into the school year hasn't given me the kick in the butt I was hoping for. :-/
Shall I kick you in the butt? Just trying to be helpful. :P You'll bounce back tomorrow. Sorry today was lackluster. - Tamara J. B.
This is me trying to get back into work! - Melly
Tomorrow morning is Luke's gymnastics class so hopefully being up and out early will help. Plus I think going to late movies 2 nights in a row hasn't helped my daytime energy. :-/ - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I'm totally crushing on Theo James from Divergent atm.
Did you know he's also Pamuk from Downton Abbey (don't know if you watch)? - YvonneM
OMG!!!!!! You're right!!! I never would have put that together. Too bad he wasn't in the series longer. ;-) - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I certainly didn't...I read it online somewhere and was all, no way. - YvonneM
Happy Thursday, everyone.. It's my first #ThrowOutThursday of 2015!
My HUSBAND has been a rock star at finally going through the boxes and boxes of paperwork in the office. An entire box is to be shredded! - The Other Yvonne
Over the break we emptied out about 4 Rubbermaid bins of Burning Man costumes to be donated. Sweet! - The Other Yvonne
AND he found a long lost receipt from CoinStar worth over $200. Yay! - The Other Yvonne
My first successful CD-section! Lol!
I was afraid I was going to have to bring the entire VCR/DVD player to the library to return the Alvin and the Chipmunks cd. =) - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Good work with the cdectomy! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
There's no lil' hole in the front of tray that you could push in w/a paperclip or something to force the tray to eject? - rönin
No, it was pretty stubborn. Now it's a science experiment. =) - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
So far 2015 has brought tantrums and crying from both my boys. I certainly hope the year improves!
Rut row. :( Effects of staying up too late last night? I hope the day improves! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
That plus too many days at home off our normal routine. Better get back on the wagon before Monday! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Happy New Year FFriends! 2015 is going to be a crazy year for my little family. <3
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