I'm all about reading today. I guess that is because yesterday I didn't even get to read everything I normally do.
Check this out, it was a link from Mamalouges...
If THIS doesn't make you stop to think I don't know what will.
OK, try this! You type in a phrase in English then it will translate to another language..then back into English.
Starlight, Starbright, First Star I see tonight....was a good one. But you can put anything in there.
Like we don't have anything else to do. Try it: Lost in Translation
It's Halloween and it's nice weather, it is about time! I knew that one of these years the trick or treaters would get lucky!
It's also dad's 87th bday! Yeah daddy.
I've got bloggable material in my head but I haven't head time to write anything.
Watch out for those razors in the apples..Oh wait, that was the 80's.. watch out for the crack in your candy!
Yes I bite. At least today that is how I feel. So what if it's that time of the month. I can have an excuse to be crabby.
Weekend was good. A little nuts. For less than 24 Drew was over. He had 2 soccer games. His last game of the season he scored 2 goals. Pretty awesome. He said "When I get older I can be a professional soccer player and get paid for it. Did you know that is some peoples jobs, to play sports for money?"
Then I got tears in my eyes..THIS came out of the boys mouth, "Man, I LOVE Duran Duran"..doesn't that just tug at your heart strings. I know it did mine.
I've been going psycho on Flickr..digging up old pictures and joining groups and stuff. That is VERY addictive.
OK..I better not have a phone call in the next 10 minutes so I can eat my flipping food...grrrr
My birthday is coming up. I stole this from the internet and decided to post. I'll come back and read it in full later...alot of it is true..I think with horoscopes they are pretty hit or miss, they give you SO much information that some of it is bound to be true. You know what I mean? I'm sure if you were born in November or July you can find some of the below that fits you.
Scorpios are the most intense, profound, powerful characters in the zodiac. Even when they appear self-controlled and calm there is a seething intensity of emotional energy under the placid exterior. They are like the volcano not far under the surface of a calm sea, it may burst into eruption at any moment. But those of us who are particularly perceptive will be aware of the harnessed aggression, the immense forcefulness, magnetic intensity, and often strangely hypnotic personality under the tranquil, but watchful composure of Scorpio. In conventional social gatherings they are pleasant to be with, thoughtful in conversation, dignified, and reserved, yet affable and courteous; they sometimes possess penetrating eyes which make their shyer companions feel naked and defenseless before them.In their everyday behavior they give the appearance of being withdrawn from the center of activity, yet those who know them will recognize the watchfulness that is part of their character. They need great self-discipline, because they are able to recognize the qualities in themselves that make them different from other humans, and to know their utterly conventional natures can be used for great good, or great evil. Their tenacity and willpower are immense, their depth of character and passionate conviction overwhelming, yet they are deeply sensitive and easily moved by their emotions. Their sensitivity, together with a propensity for extreme likes and dislikes make them easily hurt, quick to detect insult or injury to themselves (often when none is intended) and easily aroused to ferocious anger. This may express itself in such destructive speech or action that they make lifelong enemies by their outspokenness, for they find it difficult not to be overly critical of anything or anyone to whom they take a dislike.They can harness their abundant energy constructively, tempering their self-confidence with shrewdness and their ambition with magnanimity toward others provided they like them. They relate to fellow workers only as leaders and can be blunt to those they dislike to the point of cruelty. In fact they are not above expressing vindictiveness in deliberate cruelty. They are too demanding, too unforgiving of faults in others, perhaps because they are not aware of the shortcomings within themselves, and extravagantly express their self-disgust in unreasonable resentment against their fellows. They do, however, make excellent friends, provided that their companions do nothing to impugn the honor of which Scorpios are very jealous. Part of the negative side of the Scorpio nature is a tendency to discard friends once they cease to be useful, but the decent native is aware of, and fights this tendency.They are fortunate in that their strong reasoning powers are tempered with imagination and intuition, and these gifts, together with critical perception and analytical capacity, can enable the Scorpions to penetrate to profundities beyond the average. They have a better chance of becoming geniuses than the natives of any other sign.But charismatic "twice-born" characters such as they can sink into the extremes of depravity if they take the wrong path, and the intensity of their nature exaggerates their harmful tendencies into vices far greater than the normal.Rebelliousness against all conventions, political extremism to the point where hatred of the Establishment makes them utterly unscrupulous terrorists. Brooding resentment, aggressive and sadistic brutality, total arrogance, morbid jealousy, extreme volatility of temperament, these are some of their vices. At the other extreme is the procrastinator, the man or woman who is capable of so much that they do nothing and become indolent and self-indulgent, requiring extravagant praise and flattery from those whom they make their cronies.Being so gifted, they can find fulfillment in many employments. Their inner intensity can result in the ice-cold self-control and detachment of the surgeon, the concentration of the research scientist, and the heroism of the soldier. Any profession in which analysis, investigation, research, dealing with practicalities, and the solving of mysteries are relevant, can appeal to them. So police and detective work, espionage and counterespionage, the law, physics or psychology may attract them, and they can become masters of the written and spoken word. They may be most persuasive orators and find fulfillment as diplomats or preachers and, if they make the Church their profession, their inner intensity can express itself in the spiritual fervor of the mystic or the thaumaturgy.Scorpio’s prove to be excellent friends. They are loyal and committed to their companions and are often vital roles in the lives of the one’s who love them. They are also extremely passionate lovers, but tend to be more complicated in the world of romance. The typical Scorpio believes in commitment and even marriage, usually only involving themselves with one partner at a time. Although, the Scorpio personality is one that will cherish the true aspects of love, they are more susceptible to receiving a broken heart because of their emotional traits.LIKES * Truth* Hidden Causes* Being involved* Work That is Meaningful* Being PersuasiveDISLIKES * Being Given Only Surface data* Taken Advantage of* Demeaning Jobs* Shallow Relationships* Flattery and Flattering
Your dominant hues are red and magenta. You love doing your own thing and going on your own adventures, but there are close friends you know you just can't leave behind. You can influence others on days when you're patient, but most times you just want to go out, have fun, and do your own thing.
Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.
Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
I read Widelawns every day. The blog is one of the best I know of..although I think all the blogs I read are the best.
Here is the challage. Raise $20,000 for Teachers. Who the hell doesn't like teachers. You go to this website and pledge a buck. They already tell you EXACTLY where the money is going to go.
Give a buck...$1...who doesn't have a flipping dollar for teachers, come on.
You can read more about exactly what is going on at Wide Lawns. Do yourself a favor and read the archives, they are hysterical!!.
PS...check me out...I've used my Biddy Skills!!
so, BBMP and Biddy have been
emailing back and forth most of the afternoon chatting occasionally and i taught her 2 new blog tricks! good girl, BBMP! oh wait, you're not Jack...nevermind.
i know...i rock and bossy would be SO proud...
Another meme! Slouching Mom www.slouchingmom.com has a new meme that you can go steal! Seven Random things...and yes, you are reading this you are tagged. Let me know if you do it since I love reading these things as much as writing them.
1. Inspired by LuLu's picture today; I have a Cabbage Patch Doll in the basement. His clothes hang in the closet. His name is Joel Chadwick. My dad's cousins, Hazel and John gave him to me when I was around 11 or 12. They were so proud they were able to get one since there was a rush on them at the stores. I don't think I appreciated their efforts as much as I should have. Hazel and John: If they have the Internet in heaven..THANKS!!
2. I'm obsessed now w/ Flickr. You see my little pictures over to the side. Yeah..if you go there leave me comments. I check my status a couple times a day on their popularity status. Crazy, I know.
3. I fall. All the time. Up the stairs, down the stairs, off the bed. I have ALWAYS been clumsy. Mom calls me "Grace". If I'm not falling I'm knocking into things. I almost always have a bruise, cut or burn somewhere on my body. Right now it's the burn scar on my right thumb. The oven gets hot, did you know that?
4. I don't wear high heels. Ever. Ever. I am not quite 5'4" but being "taller" even if it would make the clothes look better is not an option. Ever since I was little I couldn't stand on heels. To this day I wobble and can't walk normal. I'm talking about anything over 1 1/2" or so. I am OK if it's a big huge chunky thing...but I still can't walk normal.
5. I get car sick yet I LOVE amusement park rides.
6. I dream the day we can pack our house and move away and start all over somewhere new. I think the challenge seems SO exciting. I've never really moved before. I've been SO stuck in my ways the only time I ever expand my horizons is in my imagination. I'm thinking maybe we're on the 8-10 year plan. Depends on mom and dad though....and Yes knowing my mother she may be here at 92...well yesterday she said she wasn't going to make it to Christmas. Why do old people aways think they are dying? Wow I've one off on a tangent. ....back on track...
7. Even though my nails are RUINED...I wish I had my overlays again. They looked so pretty. My torn cuticles and bitten nails look horrible. I swore though when I got the overlays off a couple years ago that I'd never put them on again, now I'm reconsidering.
As you can see I finally updated pictures of Jack, I was comparing pictures from a few weeks ago. Baby sure did mature, facial hair and everything.
Well I did it. I told a coworker about the blog. Well she's different, she's like my doppleganger. Except a 20 something version..who is skinny w/ dark hair. Anyway she knew most of the stories I wrote about and has vowed not to tell anyone here at the office..not like I'm stupid enough to slam work anyway.
Last night the two of us went to the St Louis Rotisserie for dinner...AWESOME chicken and cheap then we went to see Elizabeth, The Golden Age. OMG it was great. I thought it was as good as the first one. Cate Blancette is amazing. This thing smells of an Oscar. By the time we got out of the movie theater it was really cold outside. I had food for J in the car, it was like being in the fridge.
I got home by 10pm played on the internet, took pictures of the animals and hit the hay. Thank God J didn't mess w/ the thermostate, it was PERFECT sleeping weather.
I have a haircut appointment tonight..so I'm doing haircut and grocery shopping. J's sitting outside w/ Drew while he has soccer practice. I'm not totally getting out of this though since he has a tournament game tomorrow night and it's supposed to be equally chilly. I welcome the turtlenecks and sweaters. I do have to go buy more long pants..the warm kind. Almost everything I have right now are either light weight or capri.
Here is a first for me: Did you every get shocked in the boob? Yesterday I got shocked TWICE while leaning in the door frame at work. MAN that smarts.
How 'bout those fires in California. Haven't heard anything from Dad Gone Mad...but one of my other boy bloggers that I read is getting ready to get out of dodge. www.childsplayx2.com Go there and you can feel the anxiousness in his post about packing getting ready to evacuate..and Sweet Pea and Monk knowing that something is up.
Alive in '85
I always felt we were a lost class, lost generation. There are a whole hell of a lot of us in the world, aren't there? Why do I always feel that we were just pushed aside.
I had a few minutes and I was reading my favorite people's commenter's.. I found this chicky w/ this post and gave her a fist pump and a HELL YEAH! We not really but I was thinking it in my head. Read this: http://whostolemypeanutbutter.blogspot.com/2007/10/i-made-chilling-discovery-this-morning.html
In grade school I always felt the kids older and younger than me were cooler. When I made it to my freshman year I was told that I was "a freshman"..and had no rite to brag. Then I was a sophomore..kind of like being a middle child I guess. Then you aren't quite a senior.. Then Senior Year. We made it, we're here. Where? A high school kid, you aren't in college!!
Next step is college. You aren't cool, you can't even get into a bar without a fake ID. All that schooling is over and then what do you have? NO experience. None, you are a newby in the workplace. You don't know anything. How old are you? 23? Baby.
30, you think that is old? You are getting a little too old to run around anymore. Take you seriously? Oh for crying out loud you are only 30 years old. What do you know about life experiences. More money? How many times have you changed jobs asks the "old timer" boomer that has been in his job 25 years?
Ahh 40. Finally. The Boomer's are collecting social security and the bosses are all in their 30's. What happened? Where did we go? What happened, why has it never been OUR time?!
I remember I went with some old HS friends to a little reunion at our school. Mass and brunch. 20 years.. Who cares? They honored the 10 years..but not us when it was OUR 10 year. 2010 will be our 25th..will they recognize us then? Probably not, they will change to honor the 20 year reunion then.
It's not that I'm really bitter, but wtf? The Boomers were the cherished group...I get that I guess. There are a bajillion of them. What about us? Lost era of babies born in the late 60's??
Does everyone feel this way? Is it just me?
As I mentioned yesterday we were due for some severe weather. The issue is it's October, 80 degrees outside and Fall is trying to rush in like a Lion..wait, wrong season. Anyway we had lots of wind and some rain before we left. I put Jack's harness on him, first time in a month, and the leash. He wasn't pleased.
J, Jack and I hop in the car and head off to Petsmart. I was really a bit clueless. Believe it or not. I didn't know how long the class was, how many weeks, nothing. I paid and signed on one afternoon when my dad was with me, I did not retain any details. All I knew was; wear the leash, bring treats and shot records. As the instructor started J's eyes were rolling to the back of his head...as he put it : That was worse than any boring college lecture that I have EVER had.
But lets start at the beginning. If you have ever been to a Petsmart you will have seen the little training area. We walk in and there are already people there with their babies. No..not children. Babies aka puppies. That is how the teacher refers to the puppies, they are babies. Do we think teacher may not have reproduced herself.
I keep jumping ahead.. OK, here are the other students.
The Family: Mom, Dad, Pre-Teen Daughter and their poodle mix. The poodle mix is almost 2 but is having issues w/ potty training and with calming down. Poodle mix was on CRACK! I have never seen such a spaz. Raven..we'll call her...really knew how to calm the dog, she would just YANK on the leash which would send poodlemix flying back into the folding chairs. I guess we'll deal w/ that next week.
Piano Teacher: We're calling her that because that is what she is. She can't go any other night so her Australian Shepard who is 2 years old and looks like a hairy police dog is there w/ the puppies.. I think they were all a little intimidated w/ the big girl. (shepard not the piano teacher).
Mom and Tot: I see "bad idea" written all over this. Mom and tot come running in late. They have their shot records but have forgotten the collar and leash. They have to borrow. The tot is maybe 7 years old..and they have a Lapprodoodledodaday. This poor little chocolate animal can't see it has so much hair. It really looks like it is half poodle, half gerbil. It might be. The tot and mom are having issues. Mom can't control tot and tot is trying to control the gerbil. This just really doesn't seem like a good idea. Then when the tot gets ahold of the clicker, that is a whole other story.
Big Daddy: Big Daddy has THE cutest dog I've ever seen (next to Jack and Bindi). Big Daddy has Lucky. Lucky is a mutt so he says, in my wisdom though I believe he has a 1/2 mini pin and 1/2 Chihuahua. Lucky is smart. She listens and was the star of the class. Lucky is VERY social and has made a fab new BFF w/ Jade.
Grunge Girl: Grunge Girl is in her early 20's. Her dog looks like it may have been a boyfriends idea. Jade LOOKS like a chocolate lab but she's NOT. Jade is more than like a Pitt/Lab/Terrier. That is enough dumb strong energy to make for a spazz dog. Let me tell you though, if this class works for her she looks like she'll be an AWESOME dog for a young girl. Jade had paws the size of a small pony and I'm sure by the end of our 8 weeks we'll be able to strap a sandal on her.
..then there is Jack. You will not believe this. Jack sat there...then he laid there..then he sat there. rightatjeremysfeetthewholenight. He was GLUED to him. I tried picking him up to try the soothing technique...because my dog is a spazz and this may come in handy. He slept through the anti spazz training!! We did the whole treat at your eye, click, treat. HE DIDN'T WANT THE TREAT!!! The teacher gave him one of those looks, "your dog is so shy"... NO HE IS NOT! This is the dog that love people and other animals that will sniff butts w/ the best of them. He made a mockery of us. Grunge girl looks at me and says "Hmmff, doesn't really look like Jack needs any training". Oh yea Avril, I'm just spending 100 bucks to show off for 45 minutes every Wednesday.
Teacher was something else. We learned she lived 55 miles away in the "country". They have a miniature horse, 3 dogs, 2 cats , a goat, gerbil, hamster and water buffalo. OK one of those I made up.
Teacher talked about NOT leaving the food out all day, "eliminating" outside. NOT yelling. She also said it usually takes a year since it takes most real children at least 2 years. (boys a little more)...and they SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE. We'll I'll be! I didn't realize that.
J was SO bored. The gates of heaven opened and the storm really started moving in. J went to get the car. I stood and told Jack to walk with me. He looked at me like I was speaking cat or something. I picked him up and started walking out, teacher said "We'll work on that next week. I think Jack is shy. Try what you learned when you get home".
Home: SPAZZ. I can't believe I thought we were going to do this all in one class.. 8 weeks. I guess I need to reschedule my haircut for next Wednesday. Thank God I don't have shows at 7pm. Hopefully she doesn't go over so I can get home in time for Criminal Minds..unless my husband calls Dish and spends time w/ them to get my dvr in the bedroom fixed..
GOD I hope this class works. !
Oh the things I read that just have my brain spinning in OT.
Ricky Martin has a star on the Walk of Fame. Ricky Martin...hips gyrating, Menudo guy. Who are they going to give one too next? Vanilla Ice? Well I guess that's not fair...
Dick Cheney and Obama are 8th cousins. THAT is cool. What are the chances that 2 distant relatives that didn't know each other would BOTH be in high profile politics. That is cool.
Baby Jessica from the well...remember her, if you don't that means you are 12.. WOW I'm mean today... any way she is getting something like a million bucks that have been in a trust since the whole dreaded well incident. Baby Jessica is a mom now. Yea that makes me feel really old.
We're supposed to get storms, tornadoes and hail today. Here is me...without a window to watch it.
There was a sandstorm in CA that actually killed someone. Isn't that freaky.
I just got a reminder call...like I could forget...tonight is Jack's puppy school. Does this mean that he will quit tugging on the bottom of my pants? Will he quit biting my hands? Will he automatically walk on a leash? After $100 or so I hope the answer to all of the above is YES!
George Lucas is creating a TV show based on the Star Wars minor characters. I think that is TOTALLY AWESOME. Can you imagine? I wonder when it will take place. I'm hoping it will be during the Clone Wars. They can either do this really right or totally screw it up. I hope it is on the Sci Fi channel..I don't want one of the major networks getting ahold of this. I'll have to look into it. From what I understand David Eckstein's wife is in it...I can't remember her name and don't feel like looking it up.
I REALLY need to get some new pictures of Jack, I can't believe I am such a bad mommy.
Today is my mom and dad's anniversary.. 54 years?? I guess I'll have to ask. Don't you agree that an Anniversary..other than 25 or 50 should be something shared between a husband and a wife?? I don't feel that their anniversary is something I should celebrate, do you agree or am I a selfish bitch?
I've been cleaning house. NO not that type. I've deleted some of my favorites in my browser and a while back took off some people on my reading list. I mean..if you aren't Pioneer Woman, Dad Gone Mad or Dooce (all though I have received a couple emails from Danny Evans)..then you can give a girl a courtesy comment every once and again...especially if that person is commenting on almost all of your posts. Don't you agree? There are some that I just REALLY enjoy reading so much I don't care if I get comments, aka Bossy. Am I the only one that feels that way. I do need to add to my side reading bar, not today though.
SO...we have a NEW KILLER.. Not AIDES anymore, this is associated w/ Staf Infections. There are all kinds of medical words and abbreviations..all I know is that you can carry it in your mucous and skin and it has been found in hospitals, schools and old folks homes..great. That's all we need. I always did think that we used antibiotics for WAY to much stuff.
Remember when Aides was a diet candy. There were brown and kinda looked like a heart worm pill. My mom used to take those. I remember when the disease was first named in the 80's I thought "ooo there is a marketing nightmare for the diet pills"... wonder if they renamed them or just went out of business. Hmmm
OK..back to work! Have a happy humpday!
OK, even though Pioneer Woman told me that I was witty..I think that was it, we'll go with that. I'm giving you a heads up. She is doing another photo naming contest. There are over 1000 entries already. The prize today is a $600 JC Penney Gift Certificate.
I could use that..Christmas is around the corner.
My entry was Da Bull Tra Bull ... get it. Go check it out and enter!
TV: It has been YEARS since I've watched a half hour sitcom. For some reason though Samantha Who ? seemed interesting to me, plus I like Christina Applegate.
That was a darn funny show... a little thought provoking too.
Samantha gets dumped by her boyfriend. She's a bitch. She has one superficial friends, she's an alcoholic, she's having an affair with a married man and she hasn't spoken to her parents in 2 years.
Then she gets hit by a car, is out for 8 days. When she awakes all she can here is the Pina Colada song in her head and her mother video taping her in the hospital. There is a girl, Dina there plus mom and dad. Mom and Dad figure if they talk loud she'll remember. Then she meets the boyfriend...who she doesn't remember. By talking to him, Andrea her bff also a bitch...and Dina who was her friend in 7th grade..she realizes that she has a chance to do it all over again...reinvent who she is. Make better choices. The wise doorman of her building suggests starting at he beginning. Sam moves back with mom and dad; praying that they weren't the ones that hit her with their car...she also crosses her fingers hoping she may be adopted. I will tune in next Monday! Funny stuff.
Book: This weekend I read The Thirteenth Tale. GREAT book. You can find it at Target or any bookstore. It's a first novel and reads very well. I don't want to tell you too much. If you like a beginning, middle and end...or like Jane Eyre or Wurthering Heights..this is the book for you. Margaret is a biographer and works in her dad's shop. She is commissioned by and OLD author Ms Winter; to write her biography...the TRUE story. Great book!
Techy: iPod Touch. WAY COOL. I gave it to J last night. He was SO psyched. I got it synched..he needs to do that wi fi stuff. Internet, photos, videos, music..WAY COOL... did I say that already..well it is!
I stayed up playing with it, and iTunes way to late and I'm sleepy. I did make a new playlist and burn myself a new CD (J got iTunes cards too). I downloaded the new Duran Duran single, it's pretty good. So on my ride to work I had: Duran Duran, Cake, Pink, Avril Lavine, Dead Kennedy's, Green Day, George Harrison and Chaka Chan. :-)
Well...Friday night my dinner turned out great. We ate Red Velvet Cake and played dominos. Mom and Dad playing dominoes is hysterical...we play Mexican Train. The evening was upset by Jack peeing on Grandma's white rug..you would have thought it was the END OF THE WORLD. Drama...way too much drama.
Saturday was a beautiful day, it was actually HOT. We went out to Drew's school's Country Fair. They had popcorn balls, cotton candy, BBQ, large inflatables, games! We spent way too much money..but it was "for the children".
We came home and Drew played street ball. This is the quote from the email I sent his mom: Yesterday afternoon we were going to bring the dog to the park, when we walked outside there were boys out there playing streetball. They asked Drew to play. I sat on the steps reading and “watched”…Drew did awesome, and the older boys he played with were really good to him…telling him that he did awesome… or telling him he it didn’t matter if he missed. It was 2 on 2..Drew’s teammate was a 15 year old named C . They are new neighbors..from Pakistan or something. The other two were Caleb from across the street (10 or 11 years old, Xtreme bike rider, he travels to tournaments) and Dennis, C’s younger brother. I SO wish I had my camera. Drew used all his tricks from the soccer field. Drew played outside until the street lights came on… no whining about mosquito’s or anything!
Today is J's 40th bday. We got him a set of golf clubs..and tonight I'm giving him his New iPod!! I got him the 8gb Touch. He will LOVE that!
Drew has soccer practice tonight, only if it doesn't lightening. Yes, we're due for thunderstorms today!
Happy Friday All. I don't have TONS of news...let's just recap what is going on!
Today is Mom's birthday. I called her earlier, she was still asleep. It was 11am..yeah, now you know where I get that. (weekends only). Mom is 82 today. She isn't really thrilled w/ being in her 80's. She is a worry wart. I try to tell her that she can't CHANGE things by worrying about them..she worry's so well though. She'll never learn/change.
I took dad to the doctor yesterday. Bottom line. He's in GREAT shape but he's OLD. He can't hear, ends up he has 1874 pounds of shit in his ear. Doctor couldn't get it out, he has to go to the ENT doctor. Dad wants to leave it in so he can block out my mother. Nice idea, wonder if I can borrow some of that shit.
Jack went to the doc yesterday too...he has ALL his shots. He was very good. The doctor and nurses thought he was the cutest puppy EVAH!
Oooo lunch is here..chicken soup and 1/2 sandwhich. Gotta run, I'll come back later and finish...
15 min late: DAMN that was good eats. The girls went to Breadco..aka St Louis Bread Company aka Panera Bread. I got 1/2 low fat chicken noodle soup and 1/2 chicken salad sandwich on whole grain...hold the red onions, thank you. Much better than the Weight Watchers frozen dinner that is in the freezer. I KNOW..did I need it? No. But damn it was good and I don't regret it. So there!
Tonight is the big birthday celebration. We're going to my MIL's. I'm making the pasta..we're having salad and Red Velvet Cake (J's favorite)..his bday is Monday. (40)
If you want to read today have a look at the side list that I have.
Pioneer Woman has a recipe for Eggs Benedict. I LOVE Egg's Benedict.
Widelawns: Hysterical, she goes on a rant about this author and her book...then talked about her own memoirs that she SHOULD write.
Biddy: Biddy is home from the hospital...again...and she woke up at home to a, no never mind, if you want to know read it yourself.
Lulu: Lulu is thinking about Hawaii...and has a picture of a hottie... (note to self, pick date for Aruba)
Humbling Moments: My dear Canadian friend is being thankful, this Friday after her Thanksgiving.
I have a new link: Poop and Boogies. Written by a man. He's good!!
Bossy: Scary big picture of Al Gore..Yuck...ewww, made me throw up in my mouth a little.
Pumpkin: She is an ARTIST! I didn't know. She has these cool geometric kinda flower looking drawings that I want for my house..or office. (bday nov 10)
What else is going on?
I think Grandpa is about to die in the comic For Better of For Worse. Jim's had a couple strokes and he's very unresponsive. I also think Elizabeth is gonna get hitched.
I quit watching Cane on Tuesday nights. Jimmy Smits was easy on the eyes but I wasn't loving the writing of the show. I fell asleep during Without A Trace last night. I rewinded and got caught up, I was pooped.
Tomorrow I'm going to the eye doctor. Hopefully they can fit me with night vision googles or something. Driving to work this morning in the dark was a bitch.
FYI: The best drink evah: Gold Peak Iced Tea. The Diet tastes JUST like the sweet tea you get down south. Yum!
Have a great weekend. I should have pics from the birthday party later this weekend.
Saturday: Go Mizzou!!
Oh yeah! I woke up this morning to take Jack out and about froze my booty off. It was around 45 degrees outside.
It was time to break out the NEW SWEATER!! Earlier this summer if you recall I hit the Dillards sale..take an extra 30% off. I found a sweater on the sales rack that I HAD to have. It's a Susan Bristol PINK sweater w/ yellow, orange, pink and lime threads weaving through. It's a cardigan w/ pretty mother of pearl type large ass shell sized buttons. I put this on OVER my white turtle neck.
I have to tell you I am SO psyched to have on closed toe shoes NOT sandals ; long pants NOT capri's; Turtle neck and sweater NOT a T shirt. The air smells crisp too.
Now it's going to get to 75 degrees this weekend but that is OK...we have Drew's school Fair.
Well I'm going to have a busy day today. Work, Dad to the doctor..work again? then dog to vet.. they are also installing our new backdoor. We no longer will have an old TV against the door to keep out bad guys.
OK...I have work to do and blogs to read.
So...In my 5 meme I just wrote about I talked about working in Hell..but liking the people. I just found out one of the girls that I worked with died. She was 42, a mom w/ 2 kids. Unfortunately her older son was in jail, due to get out this Christmas.
Leona was a firey redhead w/ beautiful curls. She was a country girl at heart and loved her family very much. She was our accounting person...she was quiet but had a dry sense of humor.
Before Leona died, around a year ago I found out Jennifer, the girl whose position at that job I filled was diagnosed with cancer. Jennifer is still fighting hard. I was her assistant before she left to be a stay at home mom.
Then of course prior to all of that my friend Jim was diagnosed w/ ALS in 2001. He died a couple years later.
All three of these previous co worker are dealing with this CRAP in their 30's and 40's.
Leona came home from work Monday and went downstairs on her treadmill. She called up telling her hubby that she "pulled something in her neck". He got her a cool towel and the next thing you know she collapsed and was gone. He called 911, administered CPR..she was hooked up to machines and they transferred her to 3 different hospitals. She didn't make it. She donated what organs could be used to science.
It's just really strange though...from an office of 7 people 2 are dead and 1 has cancer..all before 45 years old. I'm feeling a little strange about that.
You know how I am about these things, I love them!
5 Things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Bought My House
2. Partyed All the Time
3. Worked in Hell but w/ awesome people
4. Was a major slob
5. Was still driving the green Regal w/ the stuffed animals in the backseat
5 Things on my To-Do List Today:
1. Make an appointment for Jack to get his shots
2. Make an eye appointment for me
3. Call the bank and follow up on the fraud stuff
4. Go grocery shopping tonight and get stuff to make my pasta for Friday night
5. Get at least 2 loads of laundry done tonight
5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. Yogurt or Smoothies
4. Cup of Campbell's Soup
5. String Cheese
5 Things I would Do if I were a Billionaire:
1. Donate to my church, grade school and high school..creating scholarships in my name for girls like me. Big mouth, type A, B students :-)
2. Buy an awesome house in Aruba
3. Make sure my family doesn't want for anything.
4. Buy the company that I work for and work when I want to.
5. Hire a personal trainer
5 of my Bad Habits:
1. Biting my nails/cuticles
2. Not finishing things I started
4. Telling people what they want to hear and not what I really think
5 Things I will Never Wear Again:
1. Anything in my closet over size 16.
3. High Heels (I'm like a 3 year old, I can't stand up)
4. Cool Sunglasses (since I'm all prescription now)
5. My wedding dress...what a waste of money those things are.
5 Favorite Toys:
3. Pink Nintendo DS
4. XBOX 360
(I was supposed to write about my toys that I have now, right?)
Consider yourself tagged if you are reading this! Let me know if you are doing it on your blog!
No, this is NOT a nasty post. If you want nasty you clicked on the wrong link.
Drew is obsessed w/ his penis, and his dad's and the dogs..penis in general. I'm not quite sure how the plural is spelled, penises?
Anyway; we go to the park after work/school. We thought there was soccer practice but it was cancelled because the coaches grandma passed away..he emailed Dana, she was in Jeff City. So we end up at the park which was fine, there were a bunch of little boys there and they were playing in the playground; running around, driving the dog crazy. Jack likes to go down the slide. OMG, I know. I about had a heart attack.
Drew to the boys: Look at my dog's penis, isn't it cool?
Other boy: Drew didn't know where the butthole was on the dog, I had to show him!
I was going into the ladies room at the park and I told the little rugrats that I was going to the restroom and it was OK if Jack followed me. Squealing was at an all time high cause Jack CAN'T go into the ladies room, he's a boy dog! Next think you know Jack peed on the ground outside the bathroom door...the boys' room...then someone had to try to pick him up while he was peeing and people in the next country heard "Jack's penis was peeing and it touched my hand!!!"... To which I yell : I want whatever boy touched a penis, or pee to get into that bathroom this minute and wash their hands!
To which I have boys running to me, "I didn't touch the penis, can I play"...
What the hell? When I was Oh...25...I would have NEVER imagined such a conversation.
It gets better though. I think I may have blogged about this..I don't remember: One day Drew was going to the bathroom and said "Look BB, my penis can wiggle"...and midstream urine gets ALL over the toilet, he's cracking up..and I'm trying not to laugh..cause it was a good trick. Inappropriate yes..but good none the less.
8 years old = he is more than likely sharing these tricks with his friends.
So at the park yesterday I think this trick came back into play. While J and I were talking to coaches wife Drew comes up and says, "Daddy, can you make your penis wiggle? I can"...J FREAKED... "You do NOT talk about penises when there are women around, you talk to me, Paul or Papa".. Drew was very sad and I think he was just trying to show off..but I was mortified until coaches wife says, "Yeah, I got a call from school the other day and they said Chase can't go to the restroom with the other little boys cause the teacher caught 5 of them using the same urinal and having a urine fight and checking out each others penises".. So I felt a little better.
Please tell me this is a stage cause I'm finding it hard not to laugh...
No...not really. It's still almost 90 today...BUT there are signs that it may cool off by this weekend. I can actually wear long sleeves and I'm very excited about that.
It was funny driving across the state this weekend. The leaves are TRYING to change colors but they haven't quite made it yet.
I changed up my colors today on my blog and my little header do hicky.
Maybe tonight I'll get the pictures downloaded from the camera.
Well we will be home for a month before our next excursion. The camera is still somewhere in the car, J doesn't feel like cleaning it out yet...but he has to since I have to return it tomorrow.
Brew N BBQ came in 4th place in brisket in the inventational. Let me 'splain. 500+ teams compeated today. Saturday there were 100 of those teams that were invited to compete..the best of the best. They had all won a major event this past year. Chris's team won the Lenexa BBQ so they were invited. The Matag Repair man (I shit you not) was annoucing the winners Saturday afternoon. The went through chicken and pork first...name was not called. Then as they got to brisket I was holding my breath, I knew that was his best catagory. They started at 15 and worked their way down..#4!! That was awesome...you realize this was a world championship. Last night J and I walked around and checked out some of the other teams. Unbeliveable..they should award some of these people just for their names. Boys of Tornado Ally, Jiggy Piggy..Pork til your Purple..YEAH...they were winners too. Last night they had a big party. We stayed for a while then went back to the house and watched the AWESOME Mizzou Game...YEAH>>>>>Ranked #11. OMG that was fun.
Tummy was a little upset this morning, I was worried about the 4 hour drive home...too much bbq and beer...I didn't drink too much...it was just that I drank at all.
OK...we need to run to the grocery store. Jack's going to be pissed he has to go in his kennel. He grew 473 inches while we were gone..how do they do that?
Can't wait to share the pictures!
You know how we are all correct all the time, and do things the RIGHT way...how these other people don't have a clue how to live their lives...well, thank goodness they have ME to tell them what to do.
- Drive or own a Mustang. Just do it. (I got to drive my friends today...I forgot how cool that is!)
- Fly on a plane, somewhere. If you have the opportunity to EVER sit co-pilot in a smaller plane do that too, I've done it twice.
- Learn how to use a computer. There is SO much stuff to see, read and learn.
- Read a book. Pick up a short story, memoir, novel, non-fiction. I don't care. Get your head out of your ass and have some imagination.
- Try new food. I know your mother told you that but you will never know if you like it until you TRY it.
- Don't use the words NEVER and HATE.
- Don't waste your time and energy with people that you don't like or that don't like you. Even if you are related to these people it is wasted energy and time being angry, sad or hurt. Surround yourself with people that respect you and/or love you.
- Vote. Get involved in life. We live in a free country and have boys and girls fighting for freedom everyday. Use your freedom to vote and be involved in what matters to you. From annexing the local farm for a new Walmart, Abortion, Healthcare...whatever. If you have an opinion do something about it.
- Learn how to say NO in a nice way. You don't have to do something just because someone asks you too. There is a difference from being a doormat and being responsible.
- From what I understand we only live once on this earth. Try not to have any regrets..both for doing things you shouldn't do..or not doing things you really want to. You never know when your time is up.
I hope I've been helpful. This is your life coach wishing you a GREAT weekend.
Got the rental car today...need to do laundry tonight and J will pack up the car. We're off to the Americna Royal BBQ competition. From what I understand it's the largest in the world. Over 500 teams compete. My BIL's team is damn good...here's hoping they ribbon..that will be SO cool for them. Personally I'm looking forward to eating the brisket..his is the best..well so is the pulled pork and the chicken.
We're leaving from work tomorrow, getting Drew from school and driving to KC. We're all staying w/ J's sister. They have a rodeo and country bands (?? wtf ??)...I will be sticking near the food and music (non country). There is some big Canadian country bad..in KC why? Isn't Texas and Oklahom a little closer. Oh well.
They have fireworks...I LOVE fireworks. Too bad I can't get off work early so we get there before bedtime. Drew will want to play with his cousins but Aunt Suzie will lay down the law..there will be NO playing. Boys have early soccer too. When you are with J's sister...you just do what she tells you. Everyone knows that. I just hope I get some sleep.
Last night..I walked! My friend emailed yesterday and we went walking for a while. I was so pooped I got home, at a bowl of Lucky Charms (the rest of the box) and watched Criminal Minds..I feel asleep during CSI NY... :-( I FELL ASLEEP WATCHING ONE OF MY SHOWS. That usually does not ever happen. BB was tired girl.
So, if you watched CSI NY last night can you tell me what happened after they realized there was a bomb somewhere and they arrested the one Albanian guy??
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Jenn had a family member killed in the war. I mentioned her the other day..please stop by and see the tribute in pictures that their town had for their fallen soldier and offer them words of support and love. She will use that post to send to her BIL and his family.
It FINALLY rained. We figured it has been at least a month. I should have been in bed but instead I was finishing up this stupid Nicolas Sparks novel.. Dear John..don't waste your time.
The last couple of storms have blown North and East of us and we were left high and dry. Last night when we were out at Drew's soccer practice we could tell something was different. Planes routes were rerouted...there was SOMETHING out there. Sure enough a few hours after practice and a few miles north of there there were tornado's, over turned tractor trailers, lightning... a few hours after that we ended up w/ a really nice soaking storm at our house.
I was sitting in bed w/ Jack sleeping at my side. KA BOOM...the first huge thunder, and Jack's ears perked up, he looked at me like "mama, what the hell was that, should I be scared?"...I just put my hand around him and he sat their, silent and awake.
J asked if I wanted to go outside and watch since it was such a light show...well of course I did!! I carried Jack out w/ me and set him down on a dry spot on the patio. The rain was coming down hard and one more flash of light and clash of thunder and that little puppy bolted up the back stairs. We realized that was the first time he didn't want to be right next to us. He was scared but never cried.
The rain chilled things off. This morning there was some light fog and it smelled like Fall. I'm hoping this rain will help w/ the change of colors on the leaves. They were just starting to die and drop :-(
I'm still guest blogging over at Biddy's. Nothing exciting. She's in the hospital. Sounds like it's her back. Do they give you Valium for that? My doctor has never given me more than Tylenol.. I take it that is good stuff.
I have 2 huge spreadsheets to go through and 9 messages in my voicemail...my choice. Update the blog.
I slept good, thanks for asking. I started reading a Nicholas Sparks book last night, Jack didn't even bite at the pages, good boy! That really helped me unwind.
Tonight Drew has soccer practice. God Love Him..I had to get J the map. I'm usually with him and tell him where to turn to get ot the park. He's not sure on his own. I'll meet them there, it's a very nice park. Jack likes to run around too. When we get home I have MAJOR TV NIGHT...this is MP heaven on Tuesday nights. NCIS, The Unit and I am going to start watching Cane. I missed last week though..we were in Chicago; J gave me The Unit..and he hates anything remotely associated with "war"...so I gave up Jimmy Smit's..yeah, very big of me. So I'll be starting w/ episode 2.
The boy started taking sales calls today. So far so good. It may not be til Monday when he can actually answer incoming phone calls...those damn phone programmers take forever to get out here, they are like the cable company.
I read Wide Lawns...see the side bar for the link. Her parents crack me up. They went to LA for vacation and moved there. If you don't read her stories please check her out. She really is a great writer.... Not a "mommy blogger"...and not about day to day drivel like I do..it's bizzare stories of her very excentric family. Funny stuff.
OK, I procrastinated enough...
OH...beautiful post over at Serving The Queens...Jenn's bil's brother was killed in the war. Very touching.
Friday and Saturday night bedtime couldn't come soon enough. I was pooped!! And pooping, thanks for asking.
I watched my shows last night then downloaded NCIS on iTunes since my computer and cbs.com wouldn't jive. Then Jack, Patches and I got under the covers. Then I got up to pee..then I forgot to set the alarm..then I had to blow my nose. I just laid there.
Then I was thinking about how busy I'd be today. Would B start maternity leave? Would someone help with phones and quoting.
Finally J says " take a nighttime pill"...Oh yeah and I had cramps. So I took a Tylenol PM..just one. I was OUT..and dreaming...and sleeping then there comes the alarm. It felt like 30 minutes although it had been a whole 4 hours.
I got to work by 7:20 and the day began. Quotes and the phone...and transferring calls, "MP do this, do that"..emails and quotes and phones..until 5:10...I headed up a chicken fried rice meal that sucked..it was soggy.
I am so hungry but we don't have any food. J is finishing cutting the grass then we're going to go to the grocery store.
We bought Jack a crate. We had been sending him to my mom's or my neighbors EVERY time we had to go out...we figured in short periods he'll survive. He's getting a "little big man" complex. He thinks he's all that and a bag of chips. He keeps that up and Bindi is going to break off the engagement.
OK...I just stepped in pee on my way to get Lucky Charms...FYI..puppy training is Oct 17th.
I have 2 sick cousins. One is just a couple years older than me the other is 50..cancer and a heart attack. That stuff sucks...ALOT... Hopefully everything works out..all you can do is wait and see.
I ran into one of their mom's this weekend and the other cousin told me face to face at our parish picnic...she has known for months and is just now coming to grips w/ the C word. Not enough close people in her life to push her to do things quicker.
We're off to KC this weekend. Tonight is grocery store, tomorrow is soccer practice..then I have my shows on. Tonight was Weight Watchers but I just didn't have it in me to go..like I said I'm pooped.
Did you know that w/out the marshmallows Lucky Charms tastes like Alphabits..I don't think they make those anymore.
Beautiful Indian Summer...I hope it lasts though this weekend.