Friday, October 29, 2010

All You Need Is Love

In the immortal words of John Lennon . . .

"Life is what happens to you when you're making other plans."

Well, that's been my life the last few months . . .

. . . oh wait! To be honest . . . that's been the quote for my life during the last 10 years. It's only taken me 50 years to realize "Oh! This is just life!!" Did I plan to get divorced? Did I plan to have a chronically ill child? Did I plan to be laid off twice last year? Did I plan to have 6 surgeries in 3 years? *Sigh* It's okay. I'm alive.

"All You Need is Love." John Lennon (Right??)

On to 5 Question Friday!! Woo hoo :D

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog, answer them, then watch for the link back to Mama M. Feel free to answer in the comments if you don't have a blog or already wrote a post (although, for the record, she leaves the linky open until Sunday, so you have plenty of time!!)

1. If you could be a fly on any wall, which would you choose?

I saved this question for last, even though it's #1. Wow. This one really had me thinking. I even had to ask my husband. Since he's a Software Engineer you'd probably NEVER guess his answer (that was sarcasm, in case you didn't know!) . . . Steve Job's office, so he would know how to play Apple's stock.

For me . . . there are several: The Oval Office and Donald Trump's office. Can you imagine the secrets that would come out of BOTH those offices?

2. Do you budget your Christmas shopping or just get it done without budgeting?

Years ago . . . MANY years ago, I used to do my Christmas shopping all during the year and would have it done by October. Don't laugh . . . I really did. But as my boys have become older, their gifts have become more expensive. Now I have to SAVE all year and try to get it all done the week before Christmas. Hmmm . . . maybe I should go back to the "good 'ol days."

3. What is the craziest fad diet you have ever done?

Cabbage and Cayenne Pepper soup. Every day. Every meal. For 4 days. Blech!!! To the nth degree blech!

4. Is there a TV show that you have seen every episode/season of?

Ohhhhh, yes! Every episode! Two words: Gilmore. Girls.

"If you're out on the road . . . (doot, do, doot), feeling lonely, and so cold . . ."

5. What one song always pulls at your heart?

This exactly describes a relationship I had years and years ago. Enough said.

Link up:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Madsen Bikes . . . very cool!

How fun would it be to win this?? FUN! Click on the picture of the woman I'd like to PRETEND I look like and see how you could win one of these.

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

Friday, July 23, 2010

Life and Five Question Friday

WoW! Exactly a month since my last post and I'm going to revert to my usual "Five Question Friday" staple. Life has just been one cRaZY thing after another since the boys and I were in the play. Here are just a few highlights:

  • I turned 51. Woo Hoo!!
  • I may be losing yet another job (but positive thinking is leading me to new possibilities!)
  • My brother was stabbed and almost didn't live to tell the tale (a couple of flat lines in the OR and a VERY long scar from his sternum down past his bellybutton are evidence)
  • My youngest brother and his family were here for a visit (I haven't seen them since 2007)
  • And . . . I'm set for ONE more surgery on my shoulder. And this will be the last one . . . absolutely . . . positively!!
PHEW! I think that's enough for the summer.

Now . . . on to the questions for the day. If you want to play along, copy and paste the questions to your blog (or just answer them in my comments area), link back to the fabulous Mama M and you're all set!

1. What were your school colors?

♫ We are the Tigers. Mighty, mighty Tigers ♫

Can you guess our colors? Yep . . . Black and Orange. One year I decided I wanted to turn my lovely, dark, brunette hair . . . BLONDE! If you know anything about hair coloring, you just can't do that. So in keeping with school spirit, I ended up with . . . you guessed it . . . ORANGE HAIR! I tried quickly dying it back and ended up with brunette hair from my crown to my ears and orange hair from my ears to my shoulders. YAY! Go Tigers!!

2. What's the best compliment you ever received?

I used to be a college advisor at Purdue University. I LOVED that job and working with students is fun and satisfying. You hope you're doing some good for them and not just contributing to their weekend drunken brawls. I was 44. Most the students were 19-23 years old. One day one of the cute 22 year old grad students that I knew well, came to my office and asked me out. You should have seen the big grin on my face. When I told him I was old enough to be his mom . . . you should have seen the look on HIS face. Thanks, Tripp, for the nicest compliment a woman could ask for!

3. Do you buy cheap or expensive toilet paper?

I buy in bulk from Costco. I'm not sure if that's cheap or expensive because believe it or not, I have an allergy to toilet paper and their 2-ply brand keeps my "nether regions" happy, happy, happy.

4. Have you ever had a surprise party thrown for you? Or have you had one for someone else?

My husband threw a surprise party for my 40th birthday. I had gone to a craft fair, walking around in 100 degree weather and came home hot and sweaty. I couldn't get in the front door, nor would the garage door open. Needless to say, as I came around the back of the house I was a little perturbed. The guests were on the back patio . . . 3 couples that my husband (now ex-husband) thought I knew well. I didn't. Oops.

5. What is one material possession that you "can't live without"?

Most things I'm coming up with, I probably could live without. But as I'm sitting here in the kitchen I'm listening to my bottom freezer, french door refrigerator getting ready to dump some ice in the bin. I LOVE . . . not just like . . . or occasionally want . . . but LOVE ice. Preferably pebbled ice (the kind you can get at Sonic) but crushed ice works just as well. I don't think my family appreciates my culinary choice . . . as I DO get the "stink eye" from them when I'm crunching away.

Your turn. I'd love to read your answers. Link up, have a terrific weekend, and enjoy what's left of summer.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

To Be or Not To Be

Yes . . . I've taken up acting . . .

or attempting to act.

The boys and I have been rehearsing and performing Bells Are Ringing, an old 1950s musical starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin. We started rehearsals in April and we have done performances every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday through the month of June. We only have 3 performances left, which is bittersweet--I'm tired!! But I'm really going to miss all the youngsters I've been hanging out with.

Michael as Blake Barton and Josh getting ready to do the Cha Cha

A couple of shots of the old lady . . . oh yeah...that's me in the lovely wig and red coat, too.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Where is the year going?

Is it really almost June? Time flies when you're having . . .

a. Car issues.
b. Play practice until 10p or later every night.
c. Haters for Co-workers
d. Youngest child is graduating from high school
e. All of the above

Things feel out of control right now so I'm hoping some time this summer I'll get a nice vacation. "Calgon, take me away!"

Now . . . for 5QF . . . or Five Question Friday . . . or the only time I blog these days :)

1. Do you have an iPhone and, if so, how do you get apps and what are your favorites?

2. What is your fondest memory of K-3rd grade?

3. What makes you cringe at the thought of touching?

4. If you could have any celebrity show up on your doorstep who would it be and why?

5. What would you say is your best physical feature?

Copy and past these to your blog, or just answer them in my comments area. Have fun. And be sure to thank Mama M!!

1. Do you have an iPhone and, if so, how to you get apps and what are your favorites?

Yes . . . I DO have an iPhone and as much as I hate to admit it, Steve Jobs, I LOVE it! My loving husband convinced me to get one when he bought his. I struggled with spending the money and figured it was WAY to much phone for me. But now . . . I'd be lost without it! Some of my favorite apps: BEJEWELED (I'm a junky), Backgrounds (I'm constantly changing mine) and FMC (a great tracker for that lovely time of the month. This will make my kids laugh!!)! On a weird side note, I stop my DVR when an iPhone commercial comes on so I can see all the apps shown, then I look them up . . . just in case I can't live without one :)

2. What is your fondest memory of K-3rd grade?

Some of you might think this is a bad memory . . . myself included . . . but it's really not. When I was in Kindergarten we lived in a pretty rough neighborhood in Seattle. So as a 5 year old (and my brother was 4) we really had to stick up for ourselves. Needless to say, I developed quite a "colorful" repertoire of words. I got upset at my brother for something he did to me (which was nearly every minute of every day and probably all he did was follow me to school, which was embarrassing!!) and I let loose . . . "with the mother of all bad words" (A Christmas Story anyone?) and called him a little f*cker. Can you just imagine a 5 year old spewing those words? Of course, my brother ran home and tattled on me.

So my dad washed my mouth out with soap. Ewww. But my dad, the tender hearted daddy that he is, felt so awful, that he took me down to Piggly Wiggl
y and let me choose a whole package of cookies . . . my favorites at the time . . . chocolate covered graham crackers . . .

all for me . . . no sharing . . . yummmmmm. Have any of you done the "soap" treatment to your own children? After my experience, I vowed I would never do that to my own kids. Well . . . that lasted until I had my second son. :)

3. What makes you cringe at the thought of touching?

I cringe at touching my own wounds. All I have to do is unwrap it and I'm ready to pass out. I can look at other's stitches or surgeries or profusely bleeding wounds, but I can't look or touch my own. And I've had my fair share of things in the past 2 years!

4. If you could have any celebrity show up on your doorstep who would it be and why?

There are too many to choose from. Do I have to choose just one? Okay . . . I will :( I think I'd like to have Julia Roberts knock on my door. I think we'd be great friends . . . based on interviews I've seen she has a fun outlook on her life . . . and she knits!

5. What would you say is your best physical feature?

I'd have to say my fingernails. Weird, huh? I have awesome nails and many times I get compliments from people asking who did my nails and if they're acrylic or gel. I used to look at my parents hands and wonder where I got such great nails (not that they have bad ones, but mine just aren't shaped like theirs). Then one day I was visiting my grandma in her nursing home and VOILA . . . I looked at her hands and it was like looking at my own. Very cool that I have something of hers to carry on.

Ok...take a whack at it :)

Friday, May 7, 2010


It's that time again where I get to embarrass myself with Mama M's . . .

FIVE QUESTION FRIDAY (said with my game show announcer voice).

Join in. Just copy and paste the questions to your blog, or you can answer them by posting a comment at the end of my entry. Link up if you want to learn more about all these wonderful bloggers!!

1. What is your worst memory of your siblings?

2. What was YOUR naughtiest childhood memory? (Must be something YOU did, no pawning it off on someone else!)

3. Where do you like to go to relax?

4. What was the last thing you won?

5. If you could be on a game show, which would you choose?

Here goes:

1. What is your worst memory of your siblings?

I'm the oldest of 3 . . . 2 younger brothers . . . that, alone, should get your imagination going! My brother just 15 months younger than myself has created a lifetime of . . . ahem . . . "choice" memories. Here's one: have you ever been poked on the back of your knee, the most tender spot EVER, with an electric cattle prod??? No?? I hope you never do.

2. What was your naughtiest childhood memory?

Again, this involves Brother #1 (and I'm really picking one of my tamer incidents). When I was in Kindergarten, my parents both worked and we went to a sitter. My memory of this sitter is sketchy . . . but then . . . so was she! She used to let us do whatever we wanted and go wherever we wanted, while she watched TV and took naps. Can you imagine letting a 5 and a 4 year old have complete control over their day?? She always had matches lying around the house, so I talked Brother #1 into grabbing a book of matches, running in the bathroom, locking the door, and trying to light whatever we could get our hands on. Someone must have been watching over us, as the only thing that we really lit on fire was my thumb nail!

3. Where do you like to go to relax?

Most of the time it's this room:

I can shut the door and have some peace and quiet. Even if I'm not doing any "business." :)

4. What was the last thing you won?

My family knows . . . I'm a junky for radio contests. Most times when I call in I'm the correct caller. I've won round trip airfare to anywhere in the U.S., diamond rings, food, concert tickets, LPs (yes, I'm that old!), and money. The most recent was a wonderful book by Carol Tuttle "It's Just My Nature." If you haven't read it . . . get it. It's changed my way of thinking about my body image and personality. Thanks, Carol!

5. If you could be on a game show, which would you choose?

"I'd like to buy a vowel, please."

I'm sure it's much harder in person, but when I've watched this (which really hasn't been in a LOOOONG time . . . really!) I can guess the word or phrase with only 1 letter on the board; sometimes I can guess it without any letters. I LOVE puzzles and word games! As I'm driving everywhere I look at license plates and make up words from the letters on the plate. Of course, the letters in the word have to be in the same order as they are on the plate. Weird, I know.

There you have it! Join in and leave a comment if you want. I love those :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring has UN-sprung

Everyone here knows the saying, "If you don't like the weather in {insert your hometown here}, then wait 5 minutes."

HA . . .

HA . . .

HA . . .

We've had snow storms and cold weather since the beginning of October 2009. I'm tired of having cold toes, blue fingers, and a frosty butt!! Mother Nature is playing a cruel joke on us. 75 degrees for two days and then this is what we woke up to this morning:MORE snow!!!

And then as we drove to school and work, this is what we saw:

Snow really IS beautiful!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring has sprung!

Since I was such a tomboy growing up, no one would have guessed that underneath the manure, back tag glue, hay, and wet horse smell, that I liked girlie things. I'm not sure I even realized it until I was in my 30s. Who doesn't love flowers, glitter toes, and massages?!

Here's what we did today to satisfy my girlishness for the week: The Tulip Festival (my most favorite flowers EVER!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grover, and Gaga, and Pintos . . . Oh My!

Five Question Friday here I come!! Join in. It really is fun getting to know other bloggers. Here's what you do: Copy and Paste the following questions to your blog and answer them, and if you want to link up using the Link at the bottom (formerly known as McLinky) so that others can read what words of wisdom you have to impart, feel free. Thanks, Mama M!!

1. What was the first car you owned?
2. What song are you embarrassed to know the lyrics to?
3. Have you ever had stitches?
4. What was your first job?
5. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?

Here's my two cents:

1. What was the first car you owned?

This will TOTALLY give away my age (ok, my previous post did that, not this question!). I had a Ford . . . wait for it . . . PINTO. Woohoo!! And boy, did I feel cool driving around in THAT!

2. What song are you embarrassed to know the lyrics to?

I've mentioned this before, but I DO like Lady Gaga, even though some of her lyrics are a little dicey. So right now I know the lyrics to most of the songs on both the CDs we have. But, as a 17 year old (even for my 21 year old) to have your mom sing: "Cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin . . ." is just a little TOO much.

3. Have you ever had stitches?

Oh, yes. I'm including surgeries in this one, since I'm just slightly accident prone. I've fallen down the stairs one too many times and have had to have 3 knee surgeries and 1 ankle reconstruction (probably more than 30 stitches there). My last mishap was from the garbage. NEVER, EVER, push the garbage down in the can to make room for more. You might find a can lid that wasn't dropped in to the can properly. That little space saving measure cost me feeling in the side of thumb and several stitches.

4. What was your first job?

I always tell my kids I started working when I was 9. In spirit, I did, but wasn't legally paid until I was of age (15?). We had a family business and my brothers and I all worked there until we left home (some of us even came back after college). We did everything from filing papers to shoveling manure. Guess which one was my favorite? :)

5. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?

I didn't grow up with Sesame Street, so didn't ever watch it much until I was in my late 30s (I worked for PBS and didn't have a choice then!). I'd have to say it's a toss up between two: Grover and the Cookie Monster. They're both so goofy and deep down, they care about others (yes, I know they aren't real!).
Have at it!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

AARP or Bust

I'm only 50 (ok, 51 in 3 months). That's not that old, but according to my boys "I'm older than dirt" and according to society I'm past my "prime." To both statements I say: HA!!!

Of course, most days my knees hurt when I sit too long or when I get up from my comfy couch (OKAY, so if I got OFF that couch more often, they might not hurt as much!).

My memory isn't quite as sharp as it used to be; but then, there are SOME things I'd LIKE to forget (ummm...the year 2005!?).

Looking in the mirror (or through the eyes of my "observant" children, I have more gray hair every day. . . even in my eyebrows!

I still have radar hearing, which is terrific . . . except at 11:30pm when my neighbor starts her laundry and then jumps on the treadmill for 45 minutes!!

I'm not going to let the world OR my family put me in a nursing home just yet. I'm still going to get glitter toes and dance around a stage in a musical with a bunch of 20 somethings and listen to Lady Gaga . . .

. . . and to all the AARP mail I've been getting . . . thanks, but no thanks . . . I. AM. NOT. OLD!! (well maybe for $16/year I can start getting those AARP discounts on cruises)

Friday, April 9, 2010

It's Friday!!! I was looking forward to 5QF and wanted to get this posted early so someone would have a chance to read it, but alas . . . SLACKER!

No, really . . . I forgot. I'll be lucky if anyone even reads this post this week because I'm so far down on the McLinky list, but I've been working hard on creating positive thoughts this week so my positive thought is . . .


So here goes . . . if you want to participate copy and paste the questions. If you want to link up using the McLinky, you can do that at the end of my blog. Thanks, Mama M!

1. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Wow . . . I get a movie made about ME? Hahahahaha. I'm pretty boring. But since we're dreaming, I'll go with Demi Moore. We have some of the same features. And since we're dreaming . . . I'll just play HER and have that cute Ashton Kutcher on my arm :)

2. Did you ever go to summer camp?

I picture summer camp as being something only rich kids did because their parents didn't want them around for the summer. That wasn't me . . .

But our family went camping almost every summer for 1-2 weeks and THAT was better than any summer camp.

3. What sends you running and screaming in the other direction?

ANY . . . and I mean ANY kind of creepy, crawly thing will send me bolting in the opposite direction. I know they're all God's creatures and have a purpose here on Earth . . . but really . . . what purpose does a a tiny mouse scurrying out from under my stove have, except to scare the pee out of me?!?!

4. What is something you do that drives your spouse nuts?

HA!! There are too many to choose from when
I look at this, but if you were to ask my loving husband, he'd probably tell you that he can't come up with anything . . . cue the "awwwwwws."

Since I'M choosing, I'd have to say I drive him nuts with the sheets. I can't stand wrinkles in my sheets at night. If there is the slightest little bump or roll in the sheet, it keeps me awake. I'm like the story
"The Princess and the Pea" to the nth degree. I have even made him get up in the middle of the night to help remake the bed. Thanks, sweetheart!!

5. What is currently your favorite song?

This is tough, since when I listen to music I pay attention more to the beat and rarely notice the title or artist. Since I have two young men in my house who listen to all the latest music, I'd have to say "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga. I know . . . weird that a 50 year old would listen to her :)

You're turn!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Another Five Question Friday.

My Little Life

Woo hoo! It's Friday. Although the week has gone by fairly quickly, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. Three words: Festival of Colors!! We're going to go hang with the llamas and Krishnas :)

It's 5QF again. Thanks Mama M. And thanks to everyone who commented last week. That was fun!

1. Did you pass your driver's test on the first try?

Not only did I pass it on the first try, I got 100%. And it was scary! One of the testers in our little town, was missing an arm, but he had this large, cold, steel hook where his hand should have been. EVERYONE who had to take the driving test hoped, prayed, lit a candle, or whatever religious affectation they could muster, wishing they'd get any instructor but "The Claw." As luck would have it, I got "The Claw." I couldn't look at him, so I pretended it was my dad, and I passed with flying colors.

2. What is your most embarrassing moment?

I must be pretty boring, because I honestly can't think of anything embarrassing. I'll just have to live vicariously through other 5QF participants :)

3. What TV show would you like to be on- Oprah, Biggest Loser, or What Not to Wear?

Since I'm Dressing My Truth I wouldn't want the makeover. I have weight to lose (WAY more than 10 lbs), but I'm not obese like the participants they choose. So I guess that leaves Oprah. And if I was on Oprah I'd want to be there because in my imaginary life, I'm one of the "rich and famous" :)

4. Would you ever get plastic surgery and what kind?

As members of my family grow older, we get jowls. I probably started getting them about 5 years ago (at least, that's what I like to convince myself!). If they get too bad, I may have to plastic them away.

5. What are your favorite jeans to wear?
My favorite jeans are whatever pair I'm wearing. I LOVE jeans! I grew up on a "farm" and to me, jeans mean "home."

MckLinky Blog Hop

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Little Life

It's Five Question Friday again. How does this happen? I think I'm going to blog something wonderful and profound during the week and I get busy with other things. This week it was being sick again. I don't think I'm too happy about getting old!!! Anyway, have a crack at the questions Mama M has put up for us. If you want to join . . . I'd love to know more about you. Or just leave a comment for me :)

1. Have you ever had a celeb sighting?

I've had several. Layover in Chicago O'Hare . . . sitting in a new construction area of the airport . . . hardly any people . . . coming up the escalator an older gentleman bracing himself up on either side of the rails and swinging his legs . . . Bob Hope. My brothers followed him in to the Men's room and got his autograph . . . which I still have.

A few others: All the members of Spinal Tap (Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean); 60's group Jan & Dean; Wolfman Jack; Magic Johnson (I followed him around Venice Beach, once); worked once with Donny & Marie; was in line at the DMV with Gene Hackman; met Charlton Heston, as well as Boss Hog from Dukes of Hazzard; country singer Gary Allen (I was the Asst. Director of the preschool his children attended); when I worked for PBS I interviewed Jim Brickman and met the cast of Sesame Street; and when I worked at CNN I met Pres. Regan, Pres. Carter, Pres. Ford, Anwar Sadat, Ted Kennedy, and a whole list of other famous politicians. Probably more than y'all wanted to know, but not many people know about my long list. Now you do!

2. What temperature do you keep your house?

Ok . . . this is another one of those things in our house that is a constant battle. The thermostat usually says 68 degrees in Winter, but if you're upstairs it feels more like 80 and downstairs feels like 50. I will turn it up if I'm home so it's around 69, but as soon as the dear husband comes homes he'll turn it down to 65, OR LOWER! In the Summer I like to keep the A/C at 72 because we don't get direct sun downstairs and it stays pretty cool. Again, as soon as the dear husband gets home the A/C goes down to 65. UGH!!! Last year on Good Morning America I remember they did a story about men and women and how the thermostat causes problems at home. I SO related to that!!

3. Do you notice dust at other peoples homes?

I don't think I really do . . . except maybe when I go home to my parents. Weird that I notice it there and nowhere else.

4. What's the worst job you ever had?

Hmmm . . . this is a tough one for me. I've really liked my jobs; it's been the people I work with on a couple of jobs that made it really difficult. But if I had to choose ONE job I'd say working my job in high school where I had manure flung at me, glue used for putting tags on cattle thrown in my hair, and ketchup packets exploded in my face. These guys were really just flirting with me . . . but they sure showed it in immature ways!

5. What is your most sentimental possession?

My grandmother passed away in 2006 and I was lucky enough to get her "Grandchildren" charm bracelet. She had this bracelet from the time she had her first grandchild. Each of us had a boy or girl profile charm with our name and birthdate engraved on it (there are 38 charms). I loved that bracelet growing up and now I own it . . . thanks to my mom :)

Your turn.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Friday, March 12, 2010

Five Question Friday

My Little Life

Rules for Five Question Friday: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then go to Mama M's page and link up (Thanks, Mama M!).
  1. How much time do you spend on the computer a day?
  2. Will you pay for your children's college or raise them to pay for their own way?
  3. Have you ever been in a car accident?
  4. What is your favorite book?
  5. Do you make your bed everyday?
Here are my answers:

1. How much time do you spend on the computer a day?

Well . . . do I have to really admit how much? I work all day on the computer and you would think I wouldn't want to touch the thing when I get home. But, alas, I'm hooked on one thing and I guess I WILL admit it here . . . FARMVILLE! I need to get those crops harvested and my eggs collected. So, to answer the question, I probably spend about 8-9 hours a day. That sounds awful!!

2. Will you pay for your children's college or raise them to pay for their own way?

I have a unique situation. I've worked for several universities where a benefit of employment is reduced or free tuition. If my boys want to go somewhere other than where I've worked, I agreed to help them with what my portion would have been had they gone to school where I worked. I now work at UVU where tuition is free, so how lucky are my boys??? (You hear that M & J???)

3. Have you ever been in a car accident?

I've been incredibly lucky. I've never been in an accident; other than the time I hit a deer (see my previous 5QF entry), but I don't consider that to be a true accident. That deer hit ME!

4. What is your favorite book?

I'm not really sure I can name just one. I've been an avid reader since I was in grade school and when I find a book I like I will read and re-read until I can quote it almost word for word. But if I had to choose, I'd say
Anne of Green Gables. I always wished I was more like Anne; not afraid to speak up or try anything new. Maybe some day :)

5. Do you make your bed everyday?

Ohhhhhh, boy. This is something that bugs me EVERY DAY! I get up earlier than my husband. I have to leave the house by 7am and he doesn't have to be to work until 10a. He gets to sleep in. How unfair is that?? And every day I come home, the bed is unmade. I'd love to have the bed made every day, but I'd say it gets made 1 or 2 days . . . A MONTH! That's even worse than spending 8-9 hours on the computer!!! Please don't judge me :)

Your turn.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Reflections of a Mother

I'm not sure why the death of Marie Osmond's 18-year old son has touched me so. Maybe it's because I've followed the Osmond's since the beginning of their careers and had posters plastered on my "tween" bedroom walls; I was a part of their family. Or maybe it's because I identify with Marie's weight and depression issues. But I have a feeling it's more because I'm first and foremost a mother of two wonderful young men.

A mother lost her son to a terrible illness. Mothers in Chile and Haiti have lost their children as well, and I can only imagine all the pain these women are enduring and will continue to endure for the rest of their lives. So this has caused me a lot of reflection over the past two days on my guys and no matter what . . . I LOVE THEM!

I love them when they tease me incessantly about my "ranting" while I drive. I love them when they hide in the hall closet and try to scare the pee out of me (that HAS happened!!). I love them when they act as if they can't make their own sandwich (don't get any ideas you guys that I'll be doing that every day for you!). I love them when they unexpectedly say "I love you, mom." And no matter what they say or do or how angry I may get at them or how busy life becomes, they will always be my babies . . . and I LOVE THEM!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Yummy!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Doctor's Orders

Soooo . . . . Do you ALWAYS follow doctor's orders? We pay big money for their expertise and we sit there and nod our head that we "promise" to do as we're told, but how often do we REALLY follow exactly what the doctor says?

Case in point . . . the doctor made me "promise" not to lift anything heavier than 5 pounds for the next 6 weeks or I could possible blow out one of the tendons in my shoulder. What?!? Ok, I can do that, because I definitely don't want a blown tendon.

However, upon further scrutiny of this order, do you realize how many things in our daily lives weigh 5 pounds or more?? Here are just a few:
  1. My purse. Ok, maybe I should clean it out. Do I really need 2 umbrellas, 1 journal, and an orange in there?
  2. When emptying the dishwasher I don't take 1 dish at a time. I stack before putting them in the cupboard. Our dishes are WAY heavy!
  3. The laundry basket. Oh no! Maybe someone else will have to do laundry :)
  4. My laptop and case. Thank goodness I only have to carry it 3 or 4 times a week.
So how do I keep my promise? I'm trying; I really am. Only 5 weeks to go. Ugh . . .

Friday, February 19, 2010

Five Question Friday

My Little Life

Soooo . . . . I saw this on a blog last week and followed the link. I thought it looked fun, so if you're interested in joining in, here's what you do:

Copy and paste the following questions to your blog and answer them. Link this back to Mama M's blog (if you want, but I bet she'd appreciate it!). My answers are below the asterisks. Happy reading; you may discover something new about me and I hope to read something about you.

Have you ever hit an animal with your vehicle?

2. When you see a string on your clothes do you pull it off or cut if off?

3. Did you have your own room or share a room when you were young?

4. Would you rather wear the same thing for the rest of your life or eat the same thing for the rest of your life?

5. What was your favorite TV show as a child?


Have you ever hit an animal with your vehicle?

Oh boy, did I ever!! I t-boned a huge deer, totalling my car and throwing the deer 30 feet in the air. The deer walked away--I didn't--only because it was 10 degrees and I had my Christmas jammies on (penguins wearing a santa hat), which really seemed to amuse the Sheriff.

2. When you see a string on your clothes do you pull it off or cut if off?

Pull it off. Although I've learned by doing that, I sometimes end up with a lost button or a big hole in my clothes!

3. Did you have your own room or share a room when you were young?

Being the only girl, I had my own room. That totally rocked!

4. Would you rather wear the same thing for the rest of your life or eat the same thing for the rest of your life?

Since I don't know what food I'd be stuck with (because if it was saurkraut, I'd die from starvation!!), I'd go with wearing the same thing for the rest of my life. I sometimes do that on the weekends, so how different could that be?

5. What was your favorite TV show as a child?

When I was really young, I liked Romper Room and hoped that someday I would be chosen to be on the show so I could be best friends with Miss Julie. A few years later, I was a huge fan of
The Brady Bunch. Greg had NOTHING on Peter. Woo hoo!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Soooo . . . every 6 weeks "young son" and I make a trek up to Primary Children's Medical Center for a 3-4 hour treatment for his chronic illness. And ever 6 weeks I go through the same anguish . . .


I wish I had an old beater car. I'd put it in "ramming speed" mode and do this:


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Living with Three Men . . .

. . . . need I say more?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Clowns are Supposed to Make You Laugh

Soooo . . . . I've never understood why some people fear clowns. Clowns are funny and entertaining. Aren't they?

This commercial makes me laugh histerically EVERY time I see it. Now I think I know where the fear comes from for some folks. This would have put me in therapy for years if my parents had planned a party like this one.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"The Blind Side" Makes You See

Soooo . . . . I had the chance to hear Leigh Ann and Collins Tuohy speak today; second row in front of the podium (kinda makes you really pay attention when she's looking you right in the eyes!).

Honestly, I figured they'd talk all about how the movie came to be and funny stories from behind-the-scenes. There WAS some of that, but the Tuohy's just want people to know you can make a difference in the world. I left the event, not wanting to adopt a 6'6" 320 lb. African American, but believing that I CAN make a difference. All I need to do is stop making judgments about people I see.

Is that all??

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Coincidence? I think not.

Soooo . . . . I've been transferring all my old scripture markings into a new set of BIGGER scriptures (that's what happens when you get old!). There was a bit of tension tonight while we were all in the living room and some angry words were said.

I resumed my scripture marking. The first scripture I started with?

Proverbs 15:1:

"A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger."

Hmmmm . . .

Saturday, January 23, 2010

"Titanic" only has two good parts?

Soooo . . . I'm sitting in the living room watching "Titanic" for the 100th time, only because I'm being forced (by my loving husband) to stay off a badly sprained ankle and there isn't much else to do on a cold, snowy Saturday when you can't get up. As my loving husband came downstairs, this is how the conversation went:

Loving husband: "Oh, you're watching a chick flick?"
Me: "Yes. And since you're making me sit here, you have no say in what I'm watching."
Loving husband: "Did I miss the boob part?"
Me: Disgusted look.
Loving husband: "Well, that and when the guy bounces off the propeller are the only good parts."

I wonder how James Cameron would feel about that comment.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Theater or Living Room?

Soooo . . . the boys and I went to see Avatar 3D . . . again. I liked the movie the first time I saw it in Imax 3D, but do you realize it's almost 3 hours long? We went expecting the theater to be mostly empty since we were there in the early afternoon, but who knew . . . it was sold out and the last two seats available were right next to me. The elderly couple looked nice enough and since it was dark and the previews had started, I hollered to the end of the row that we had 2 seats open. Sometimes elderly people can be deceiving.

If you've seen Avatar you know there are some scenes that are action-packed and some are emotional. From the first scene where we see the main character in his wheel chair the "movie etiquette handicapped" lady started off with an "Oh no!" and an "Oh my gosh;" not in whispered tones, but in a "I'm sitting in my living room so I can say whatever I want" voice. After the 3rd or 4th "Oh no!" I happened to see Josh holding his hand over his mouth snickering, which set me laughing. I seriously wanted to ask her how long it had been since she'd been out of the house. And did I mention the movie is almost 3 hours long??

After all her vocalizations, when the movie ended her final comment was, "Hmmm. That was . . . interesting." Wow. Oh no! Oh, my gosh! Interesting???

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blog Naming 101

Soooo . . . after browsing through hundreds of blogs, I started to wonder how people came up with their blog names. I’ve seen people who write from the perspective of their pets (“Saucy and Snooty”) or “The Adventures of the xxx Family” (add the family name of your choice) or NUMEROUS titles about a “simple” life (who has a simple life anymore???).

I wanted my blog name to be original (it probably isn’t, but I don’t have time to browse through EVERY title!) so I went back over events of the past 10 years hoping a name would magically pop into my head. Here is a “short” list of happenings:

  • 5 moves (4 different states and 1 move intra-state)
  • 2 layoffs
  • Several beatings
  • 2 marriages
  • 2 divorces
  • 1 Ankle reconstructive surgery (after falling down the stairs for the 100th time)
  • 2 Rotator cuff surgeries
  • 1 Knee surgery (from an injury that happened on the Rockin' Rollercoaster at DisneyWorld. Woo hoo!!)
  • A breast cancer scare
  • 1 broken hand
  • 11 stitches (7 in a ring finger, 4 in a thumb)

Read enough? I have. And through it all, I’ve discovered I’m a strong person and I’ve never asked “why me?” (well, maybe once) and I fought through it all (with a lot of praying and crying) and I kept moving on.

Thus, “The Patience of Job” was born. Enjoy ☺

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bloggity Blog Blog

Soooo . . . a few years ago, I created this blog just so I could leave a comment on my friend's blog. The past few days I've gone through page after page of blogs (my family says I'm 'blog stalking') and I guess at this point, I feel compelled to really start. We'll see; I don't think I'm interesting.