Friday Footnotes – It’s Dodger Night!

Welcome back to Friday Footnotes.

Time for my weekly post of the stuff going on around Casa La Primera.

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The Dodgers are playing the Mets right now. National League Division Series in effect. Goooo Dodgers!

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Sarita has mastered the art of DENY, DENY, DENY. Using her acting skills, she will pretend that it wasn’t her that made a mess (or whatever naughty thing she did). When asked, “what did you do?” Her answer is,, “uh, nuffing.”  

Friday Footnotes - Sara drew in blue marker all over the place.

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A lot of crappy stuff has been going on this week. One thing that I found recently is a new service from Audible called Channels. It has all kind of cool stuff to listen to, stories, news, commentary, history, and more. But the best thing I found was some Relaxation recordings. I listened to them while falling asleep and I feel so much better equipped to handle stress through my day. It’s kind of trippy because it’s hypnosis. So feeling yourself fall into a hypnotic trance is weird. But I feel so much better as far as coping with stress. I’ve slept better and had more energy. Amazing.

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What’s happening in your world? Sound off in the comments. Tell me something good!


Knott’s Scary Farm 2015

My teen daughter loves Knott’s Scary Farm!

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For the past few years, Knott’s Scary Farm has been a “date night” for me and Marco. But Isa has been begging for me to take her. Finally, I decided she was old enough to get to go. She was super nervous and anxious. AND I had to act really brave! I depend on Marco to help me calm my own fear.

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 I’ve seen Scary Farm evolve and get better and better. It’s so much fun and I love that the designers of the mazes and experiences have gotten more and more creative. Watching Isa’s reaction was so much fun for me.

She was so nervous she barely ate a thing at the reception. She was holding tight to my arm all through the scare zones. She was really excited about the Dia de los Muertos scare zone because she loves seeing our culture in the world.  And the scary llorona characters were “so cool.”

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To help her conquer some of her anxiety before hitting the “scary” mazes, we hit a ride and played shoot bad guys in the Voyage to the Iron Reef. Thanks to twitter, I found that Leila was there with her daughter Kimi. Isa had met Kimi before and meeting up with them was the best! They went arm and arm through the park, screaming and scaring each other.

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Leila and I had a great time watching our girls brave the scares and had so much fun laughing with them and enjoying everything.


Our faces are permanently stuck like this 😉 #scaryfarm

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Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest Halloween experience in Southern California, with endless mazes and killer new surprises in 2015. Investigate a haunted hospital in the groundbreaking new maze, PARANORMAL, INC.  Escape the icy grasp of the chilling Snow Queen in The Dead of Winter. Or enlist to fight the zombie apocalypse in an all-out war against the undead in the interactive experience, Special Ops: Infected – Patient Zero. With 11 haunted attractions and more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog, whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm. Select nights from September 24 through October 31. 

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You can get tickets, season passes, Fright Line passes, and Skeleton Keys at by going to the Knott’s Scary Farm website. Share your fun on social media with the #ScaryFarm hashtag.

Thank you to Knott’s Berry Farm for inviting me to the media event. Can’t wait to visit again! I received no compensation for this post. 

Friday Footnotes – Sept 25

It’s Friday! You know what that means, right? Friday Footnotes!

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I don’t know if you noticed, but I missed last Friday’s Footnotes. That happened for two reasons. Number 1, my home wifi decided that getting to my blog was no longer acceptable. Finally, it’s back! yay! Number 2, I spent most of last Friday at the emergency room, after I was experiencing chest pains. Everything checked out ok and I’m not dying any time soon. Nevertheless, I need to be better at managing stress. I have yet to figure out how to do that but I must.

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Have you heard of the Whole Life Challenge? I thought it was a great idea, but I missed the signups. But, I am going to give it a go anyway and follow the rules on my own with Marco and a few friends. Kind of. With a little imagination and creativity to make it a little more flexible. Hopefully, I can do it officially next time! In any case, the idea is to get a handle on my health, mind, and well-being. And have some fun as well.


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I’m super happy that my favorite shows are back! Thanks to hulu, I’m catching up on TGIT today and hooray for Shonda continuing to kick ass!


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I love the stage the twins are at right now. Sarita told me a joke the other morning as I was getting ready for work. At 6:00 am.
“Mommy, how does a chicken touch his butt?”
“With his feathers!”
Giggles ensue.

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How was your week? Do you have any jokes?


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National Shake Month with Johnny Rockets

Did you know that September is National Shake Month? 

Johnny Rockets is celebrating and I got the chance to try out their special edition hand spun shakes made with premium ice cream, available September 21 at participating restaurants. We had so much fun at the event, tasting the delicious shakes and burgers!

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Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake  Made with real Reese’s ® Peanut Butter and chocolate, and topped with a Reese’s ® Peanut Butter Cup and Reese’s ® Pieces ® Mini Candies, this shake’s a true taste sensation.

The new Goosebumps shake is made with premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, milk, and mixed with Oreo pieces and
topped with whipped cream, an Oreo garnish and colorful gummy worms.

We had a great time and I really wish I had a burger and shake right in front of me right now because it was so good! Johnny Rockets hamburgers are available with 4 protein options, Fresh, Never Frozen 100% Domestic Farm-Raised Beef, ground turkey, Boca Burger or chicken breast. No wonder they are so tasty!

Gabi tried hard in the gummy worm hunt contest, but my friend Liz’s son was the victor. 


 But she still had fun!

And this taste size shake was just perfect! 


 Notice Ema didn’t waste any time removing the Reese’s ® Peanut Butter Cup and Reese’s ® Pieces ® Mini Candies first!


Thank you Johnny Rockets for a great time! We’ll sure be back soon!