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Archive for November, 2007


If you watch Ace of Cakes (and you should every once in a while) and you watch the Office (and you should, regularly), you will quickly realize that the briliantly fictitious character Toby, from the Office, seems to be based on the real life man, Geof from Ace of Cakes.  Geof is Duff’s right hand man, but talks JUST like Toby.  Whoa.  It’s amazing how art imitates life… 🙂



OK, much to my shigrin, I learned that the United States Postal Service shows NO MERCY when it comes to PO BOXES.  Apparently, I hadn’t checked my mail since late October.  I guess, in that time frame, my PO BOX renewal fee notice was given and eventually due…I never knew because I didn’t check my mail.

So, today, I innocently skipped along to my PO BOX and was startled when my key didn’t work.  I asked the nice lady behind the counter…she said that the PO BOX lady means business.  I missed the cut-off by 2 days…in those 2 days, she’d already closed out my box, sent all my mail to ‘return to sender’ and changed my lock. Huh.  So, the moral of the story is to check your mail regularly. 

By the way, if you have snail mailed me anything in the last 6 weeks (to my PO BOX), I didn’t get it.  Sorry. 


I just got back from taking a night class at nearby placerita jr high school.  It was ‘Algebra Refresher For Parents’.  As you may (or may not) know, I am not a parent.  I am, however, a substitute teacher and often I am substitue teaching math classes.  ‘Substitute TEACHING.’  The phrase indicates that the substitue is a replacement for the regular teacher and is therefore replacing what the regular teacher does: which is TEACH. 

Well, standing in an 8th grade Algebra class and bluffing my way through the instruction portion by having the ‘smart kid’ be teacher for a day can only last for so long and certainly does not constitute TEACHING (it’s more like a substitute manager…that’s what my title should actually be).  So, while real estate is slower and I’ve got a wee bit of time on my hands, here and there, I figured I would better myself and take a refresher course.  It was BLOWIN’ my mind!  It was so fun and makes me want to retake all of my education from approx 3rd grade to present OVER again.  A few summers ago, Ken announced that Kristin and I would be taking ‘summer school’ and learning algebra principles with him at home…we laughed and ate more ice cream.  Now, fatter and not smarter, I curse myself for not taking advantage of the fount of knowledge that I let slip through my fingers and blow away to Hanford. 
Well, today is a new day and as the principal of La Mesa always says,
Q- ‘What type of day is it?’
A-‘It’s  a GREEEEAT day for learning!’

(side note: the parents that showed up to the refresher course…just a grown up version of the kid classroom.  Every kid-type was represented…but as adults…jocks, nerds, cool, divas, flyin’ under the radar, class clown, etc.  Fascinating.)


So, I wrote a post a while back about my pet peeves in Christmas Letters.  To my surprise it’s one of THE most clicked through posts (per my wordpress stats).  Since it’s that time of year when people are writing their Family Christmas Letters etc.,  it seemed appropriate to re-post…CLICK HERE FOR THE ORIGINAL POST  (please remember, I LOVE getting the letters/cards, but read the post for maximum joy giving tactics!)

Here are the cliff notes, though 🙂
-Pictures should include ALL family members, not just pets and/or children
-Even if it’s one line, write something personal
-Be brief; give highlights only
-Include all contact info so that recipient can reply someday
-No glitter in envelopes 🙂

Happy Communicating this Christmas season! 🙂


Do you know the show 30 Rock?  Well, I actually think it surpasses The Office.  I have my reasons, but this post is about something else. 
So, back in ’91, I went to Ireland and met tons of people from around the U.S. (and ireland, of course).  I stayed in touch with many of them and later got to visit too.  So, back in ’92 I went to New York to be on a talk show and visit some of my new travel buddies.  Blah, blah, blah…my friend’s dad worked at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (which we went to).  Months later, she mailed me something from her dad’s office…I just found it last night….now I feel like I’m so relevant to the genuis of 30 Rock… 🙂

30 Rock


At this very moment, sitting on my desk is a faded blue ribbon.  The front says, ‘Tabernacle Baptist School Field Day- FIRST’ with a little jogger at the bottom.  The back says, ‘Winner- Anne Neylan (6) 17’3“.  Event- Shot, 5-6th.  Date-6/11/85”  Translation: In 6th grade, I won first place in the shot-put throw on Track & Field Day!  As I recall, I held that record for years.

A few clarifications:  1) I went by ‘Anne’ from the 1st grade -7th grade.  The first day of 8th grade, I realized ‘Sam’ was cool again.  2) In 6th grade, I ranked 1st place for BOTH the shot put AND the discus. . . I just can’t find the ribbon for the discus.



There will be many random posts coming, mainly because I have an ongoing project of cleaning out memorabilia boxes.  So, this Thanksgiving, following my beloved tradition, I spent it alone and loving it…I decided to spend a portion of my day tackling the boxes ranging from 1985-1991ish…oh, the treasures!!!

As I sifted through boxes of my past, I learned alot today…
-We worked much harder with paper/pen than kids do today to ‘pass notes’.  Texting is so much easier.
-I too, composed a ‘Top guys’ list with my best friend…when we were freshmen in HS (and it’s typed)
-I was a VERY naughty child in school…I have a stack of progress reports, notes to parents, etc. oops
-I have received hundreds of cards over the years.  I am very loved.  Some consistent senders: my aunt Colleen, my mom, my dad (which actually dispelled a few erroneous memories), my uncle Tony, my best friend from junior high Becca…
-I had long seasons of consistent international correspondence (friends I met in Ireland and Jamaica)
-I was much thinner than I actually thought I was…I used to think I was really fat…now I wish I was as thin as I was back then

Of course, there’s MUCH much more, but I’ll leave you with this…

1) Here’s me in 1989 going to a black tie event.  Where was the event..on the set of Moonlighting?  Kristin, I’m particularly looking forward to your commentary.
Me in 1989        

2)  Apparently we had daily ‘journal writings’ in English class.  Reading through a few of mine, one could conclude that I had issues.  Here’s one that I thought was telling (and I quote), 
All things work together for the good for those who love the Lord & are called according to his people…This is what we’re writing on today, but ya know, there’s a setback happening here.  I’m not real big on the Lord right now.  I’m not sure I want to be a Christian, but I won’t walk on the edge.  SO I need to decide…will I be wordly or will I be Godly?”
Huh.  It only took about 5 more years before I made the decision.  While life didn’t get easier after that, it did reveal meaning and joy…due to the grace of Christ’s shed blood on the cross.  I’m thankful.      

there are more boxes…stay tuned…