Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Is Moving Right Along

     I may be totally wrong, but I think Emily will pick Jef with one "f".  When she was on Brad's season he would give her a rose first, do something to reassure her and kind of give her a hint that she was safe.  She did pretty much tell Arie when he showed up at her room that he was getting a rose too, but I think picking Jef with one "f" first this week said a lot.

     I liked Sean, but I am not totally convinced he doesn't really live at home.  His dad was sweet, but a little odd to go as far as get an armadillo for a joke.  I totally missed out on the mother in law thing.  My former one was never very nice or respectful to me so I tell my daughter all the time how important it is to get along with the mom of someone you marry.  Nobody gets along all the time, but I will never be in that situation again.  I liked Sean's mom a lot, but the dad was pretty weird.


     We had a great July 4th!  We went to my sister's house and my brother in law had fireworks.  Me and the kids also rode towards the nearby mall and watched those fireworks.  I love the 4th, but it has just been so dang hot here!  I don't handle the heat well at all and it is killing me.  My mom worried so much when we first started getting out at her pool about heating it, but now she is adding water to it to cool it off!

     We just celebrated my mom and brother in law's birthdays yesterday.  I have always thought it is so neat that they share a birthday.  It was his 40th so everything was decorated for it.  That worked out really well for my mom.  I kept telling her she looked great for 40!  She is still a young 58 and could pass for a lot younger.  I am going to post some pictures soon, but I am having technical difficulties with my camera and just got a new phone that I have NO IDEA how to work!

     I am also a little disturbed that we only have a VERY short time before the kids go back to school.  The summer is always too short, but this one has gone by really fast.  I can't believe I am saying this, but I am ready for football!  The boys have been working out and practicing all summer so I am ready to watch them play!  I am just dreading sitting out in the heat.  I can't imagine how hot they will be in all that gear! 

How's your summer going?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tough Situations That Only Faith Can Fix

I don't know if I am going to be able to express my point effectively, but I am going to try anyway. First, I want to say that my faith is the most important thing to me. I haven't had the easiest time in the last few years, but my faith has only gotten stronger. I know there is a reason and a plan for everything and it isn't for me to question. I know that, but at the same time, I can't help but "think" about things. I don't really think I believe in accidents. I think God has a direct hand in our lives and one day absolutely everything will make perfect sense. That isn't always easy to take in, but I have faith in it.

I believe that sometimes when someone really good and influential is taken from us, then maybe that loss might help bring others closer to God, or maybe it is to test and strengthen our own relationship with God. I think the things that happen to us and around us are far more purposeful than we can even imagine.

  My kids have two friends that have suffered great loss this year. The first loss was a future dad and current role model. This person was a HUGE loss to a lot of people including my own kids. He stepped in at times as a father figure when my older son needed it. Now, these two havejust lost their real dad. I think what bothers me the most when I hear things like this, besides knowing the heartbreak of two very sweet, good kids, is that there are a lot of dads walking around,even sometimes in the same town with their children,that don't have a thing to do with their own kids. That situation I will never understand anyway. It is completely unnatural to emotionally, financially, and physically abandon your own flesh and blood. There are so many dads everyday that don't have the choice to see their kids grow up or be there for them in this world. Whether it is through illness or something that suddenly takes them from their family, it is not through their own choice to not be there for their children.  That is so sad and unfortunate to me. I would be willing to bet that they would give absolutely anything to have the choice some dads take completely for granted.

I am not saying bad fathers are more "deserving" of any kind of fate because that is in God's hands. I don't believe parents or their children are being punished when they are taken too soon.  There is a reason and I believe God takes special care of children missing parents.  I just always think about the dads who are taken from their children without a choice and how unfair they must feel it is, as well as their children, when other men have that choice and just disregard it. I probably feel this way and am thinking out loud today thinking about these two sweet kids who have lost so much. I know my kids are so sad for them. The thoughts that have crossed my mind have probably crossed my kids' minds also and that hurts my heart for them and kids in their shoes.  It is just a tough situation and there isn't any kind of band aid to fix those kinds of things.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

What The Heck, Emily?

What in the world was Emily thinking????? She is such a good judge of character and nobody is usually able to fool her, but I think Chris did. He just seems so desperate. I don't think it really matters, in the end, though. I don't think she would have ended up picking Wolf John, so she might as well have sent him home.

I just think it was totally unfair for Chris to be able to talk to her. I guess John could have spoke up, but again, I don't think it matters. I am really a little bit confused by Arie. I don't think he was meaning to hide his past relationship with the producer. He may have even thought it would hurt him if Emily thought he pulled strings to get him on the show. That would have probably looked more shady. I don't know. This season is a little more hopeful than some, but it is hard to find somebody in this situation in this little bit of time.

I feel bad for Doug, but I don't think it was going ANYWHERE. The only thing they had in common was being single parents. It is hard to blend families and I think she is more interested in building one than blending. These days, you have to be just as careful about the kids of someone you are dating coming around your children as you do the men you date. Especially when you have a young girl. That's terrible, but it is just the way it is.

I think Jef with one "f" might have just slid into the lead. Or should I say skated into the lead. I like Sean, but there is still something about him that I can't figure out. He is very good looking, but something bugs me. It's easier to sit back and see things, though, isn't it?

I like Jef with one "f". He seems sincere and if the magazines are right, his dad is loaded. He should really get along with Ricki. He is the human version of Jimmy Neutron!




Am I right?

Friday, June 22, 2012

My Little McGyver

     It gets harder and harder to get things accomplished.  If you try to resolve things over the phone, you get automated services that give you the run-a-round, if they don't disconnect you.  It isn't easy to get to talk to a person and a lot of times that doesn't work either.

     AT&T has given me fits this week.  I have tried to make it easy and resolve THEIR problem over the phone, but it didn't work.  For starters, when you use the English option, it helps that you actually speak to someone who speaks English as their first language and without a heavy accent you can't understand. 

     I decide I am getting nowhere so I go try to get things resolved in person.  The lady who helped me was very nice and very helpful, but I wasted my morning at the AT&T store trying to fix THEIR mistake.  Things just shouldn't be so hard.  What ever happened to the customer is always right?  Which, in this case, I actually was!

     I had the boys with me and they weren't happy to waste all that time either.  When we finally left the store and got into the car, my "little McGyver", Stratton, told me how he decided to show them how much fun wasted time is.  He set 4 random display phones and 2 tablets alarms to go off throughout the day. He said by the time they get to one, it will be time for another. They gave us so much extra time in there, he decided to use it.


     I might not should think that is funny, but I do.  He gets it good and honest, though.  My dad and his dad would have done something like that.  My dad is a complete jokester and isn't happy unless he is aggravating somebody.  His dad, my grandfather Tom Ed, was the same way.  A few years ago, he had just eaten a new Hardee's chicken sandwich and was explaining it to my dad.  He told him he liked it, but it had the "funniest tasting pickle" on it.  Well, it was a Hawaiian chicken sandwich with a pineapple on it.  That was the funny tasting pickle.  My dad decided to tease him about it using the next generation of pranksters.  He got Stratton to call him.  He called and asked him if he had tried Hardee's new chicken sandwich.  My grandfather completely unaware of what was going on completely fell for it.  "Yeah, I have," he said.  Then, Stratton said, "I liked it, but it had the funniest tasting pickle on it."  If I remember it right, Tom Ed hung up on him.  It wasn't much long after that Stratton had a birthday.  I think Tom Ed had been just waiting for the right time to get him back.  He gave him a birthday card with $1 in it.

     So, I guess I should blame Stratton's genes for his joking nature.  Either way, I still think it is funny!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

God Is Watching


     The Lord definitely works in mysterious ways. Sometimes I wonder why people who don't do the right thing get away with it and seem to go unpunished. I know God sees our good and bad deeds, but some people just seem lucky. It can appear, at times, much easier to choose the wrong path, but not so much in the long run.  I just get tired of seeing people get away with doing bad things. NOT the guy who lives in this house!

A tree fell on a house in Snellville on Wednesday morning, rendering the home uninhabitable. No one was injured, but a man who was renting the house was arrested after Gwinnett County police found an allegedly stolen pickup truck in the driveway.

His house was hit by a tree, but thankfully he and his children got out safely.  He was arrested later, though.  WHY???????  When help arrived, the police found an allegedly stolen pickup truck in his driveway.

 I saw this on the news last week and it proves that God does see everything and when we think others are getting away with something, maybe we should think again.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Croatia Vs. Scotland

     I am not even going to act like I am really smart and know all about other countries.  I am blonde, remember?

     The only thing I really know about Croatia is from the tv show ER.  Remember cute Dr. Luka Kovac?  He was from there and didn't really talk about it much.  He was an emotional wreck due to the violence and war from his homeland.


     The only kind of knowledge I have about Scotland is from the movie Braveheart.


     It does seem that hot  guys come from both places so maybe that is why last night's episode of The Beachelorette was in Croatia, but they watched the animated movie Brave about Scotland. There seemed to be a lot of similarity in the two places. That is all I can figure out. 

     I could have done without the bipolar look, though.  The guys were in muscle shirts and....................kilts.  As Jef with one "f" put it, there isn't really much difference between a skirt and kilt.  They looked really tough from the waist up and then had on skirts to finish the look.

THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 806" - Six men meet Emily in old town Dubrovnik, where she takes them to a breathtaking historic theater. There they are treated to a VIP sneak peek of Disney¥Pixar's highly anticipated new film "Brave" (in theaters June 22). The men had better be paying attention because afterwards, mimicking the movie, they will be asked to dress in kilts and compete in their own Highland Games. The bachelors fire arrows, throw logs and test each other's strength. Although one bachelor dominates the competition, another wins over Emily with his persistence in the face of defeat. The after party finds one handsome man taking Emily on an intimate walk and talk in the streets of Dubrovnik, while another brave suitor offers the Bachelorette his heart, on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, JUNE 18 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/NICK RAY)CHRIS, ARIE, JEF, EMILY MAYNARD, JOHN, SEAN, DOUG

The only one who might have appreciated the look and wasn't there was Ryan.  What the heck is in his wardrobe?  Did he steal Emily's tank top?


     I am so glad she sent him home.  Now he will have time to be the President of his own fan club.  He did try to manipulate her and not go home easily, but I am glad she didn't budge.  I have a feeling he would be completely demanding and degrading in real life.  That, and they evidently would be fighting over razors.  Does he really shave the hair on his fingers?  Oh well, I am just glad we only have editing to blame for him coming across as an arrogant jerk.  HA!!!  I love how he said, when the other guys were on the group date, that he "had a good day, spending time alone, that is all he really wanted."  That isn't weird or creepy at all!  What was extremely creepy were those turquoise shoes he picked out to wear and the way all of his clothes were hanging just perfect, his shoes all in a line, and the iron right there with them.  It reminded me of the movie Sleeping With The Enemy.

     I felt bad for Travis, but I don't think I could have ever gotten past the deal with him and the egg.  Chris got the rose, but it was more of a pity rose.  Only a mom would appreciate an effort more than the performance.

     I always wonder when one of the contestants go to the Bachelor or Bachelorette's room how they know where they are.  It was a bold move and there seems to be so much of a bromance with all of the men didn't anyone notice Arie was gone?

     I was tricked at the end.  I really thought she was going to send John and Doug home.  Heck, it looked like for a minute Chris might get the rose.  He is now, or about to be, single.  Is he eligible to be the next Bachelor?  It seems like every season at least one of the contestants knows a producer or someone with the show, so Chris could either be the bachelor or a contestant for the next Bachelorette.  That is what magazines are saying about Arie.  They claim he knows a producer that Emily is friends with.  I really hope it doesn't mess up his chances.  I think he may still be in the lead, but Jef with one "f" is close behind.  I was trying to listen to him tell her why it took so long to kiss her, but I couldn't stop looking at his hair.  It is sort of a mohawk, but I have to say I am jealous of the volume and body he has in it.

     I'll say it again, I am just glad she sent Ryan home.  She just might want to check her suitcase though, I am sure he took some of her wardrobe home with him!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I Knew It!

     I knew Kalon would be the one to call Ricki baggage.  It was kind of funny the way he bluntly said he wasn't going to apologize for it.  I don't know why it was funny, but it was.  As soon as he said it, me and Sydney just started laughing.  I think he wanted to be the bad guy thinking it would keep him around, but it backfired.

     I don't agree with Emily getting upset or thinking she was disrespected by the guys for not telling her what Kalon said.  We have learned that tattling gets you nowhere on this show.  With Ben,  the Emily on his season, kept trying to tell him about Courtney but it just made him irritated with her.  I think they were afraid to be the one to bring it to Emily's attention and be seen as the one to cause to drama.

     I do have to say, it is gross enough watching her kiss different guys in one night, but it was even more so with her having a cold.  They will just be spreading it around.  And poor Jef with one "f" waited for what he thought was the right time to kiss her and it happened to be when she was sick!


     I still think Arie is in the lead, but I also think there is a lot more to her and Jef with one "f".  That relationship seems very sincere and she obviously likes him.  Ryan is just a butt kisser!  He is going to do and say whatever he thinks she wants to hear.  He still gets on my nerves.  And what in the heck was he wearing?

THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 805" - Eight lucky bachelors meet Emily at Stratford-upon-Avon on a group date. Some of men embrace the opportunity to become thespians for the day, acting in scenes from Shakepeare's famous "Romeo and Juliet." Emily hopes they all have a blast, since part of being a parent is learning to go with the flow. A confident Ryan relishes playing Romeo and having the opportunity to kiss Emily for the first time. Arie is terrified when he discovers he must dress like a woman to portray the nurse. Kalon is so fixated on his performance, he shoos Emily away so he can get more rehearsal time. The live audience that gathers gets a lot of laughs as the men perform their scenes with Emily playing Juliet, but Ryan's kiss as Romeo rocks the rest of the guys to their core, on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, JUNE 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/NICK RAY)RYAN, EMILY MAYNARD

     I did impress Sydney with my Shakespeare knowledge.  As soon as they read the date card I told her where they were going.  She knows how much I love literature.  I had a problem with my math skillz over the weekend, so I had to make up for being a complete idiot in that area.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I Know I Am Not In Control........

     I know I am not in control, I know I am not in control, I know I am not in control....

Maybe if I write that on the blackboard (do they even have those anymore?!) 100 times it will sink in!

     People have all kinds of different things they use as security devices like blankets, lucky charms, pacifiers, etc.  I have figured out mine is my kids.  No joke.  I just don't feel "right" when we aren't all together.  They are getting older and I am not supposed to have them around all the time, but it doesn't make it any easier.

     My daughter, Miss Social Butterly, is always doing something.  I am so glad she has so many different friends and is always on the go.  Sometimes  A lot of times, she is out doing volunteer work so I really shouldn't complain about that at all. 

     My older son is away at football camp.  I am REALLY glad he is able to go and be with teammates and the coaches, but it feels weird not having him at home.  I have realized how much more free time I have, though, not feeding him 24/7!  He went to this same camp last year and he still talks about it, so I know he is having a blast.

     My younger son stays at my brother or sister's house playing with cousins.  That is good too because they are more like siblings than cousins.  He does love to torment my sister, though.  I swear some days she is going to send him home and not let him back in!  He teases her about her cooking and anything else that he knows gets to her.

     I don't think I will ever not worry about the kids with they aren't with me.  I have to remind myself that even though I think I am in control, I am not.  God is.  And whether they are with me or out on their own I am not now, or have ever been in control.  I kind of think about it like I have been a chaperone all this time.  BUT, it doesn't make it any easier on my nerves when I worry way more than I should.  It has just been the four of us for quite some time and I have gotten used to it being that way.  We are very close, but I just don't feel whole when we aren't all together.  I know that's silly, but I have been a stay at home mom for so many years that I don't know anything but being with them and taking care of them.

     They are so sweet, though, and always encourage me to get out and do things.  I would like to think they are just thinking about me, but I have come to the conclusion of what it really is.  They want me to have other things going on so they can feel better and not like they are leaving me when they do eventually move out and do the things they are supposed to.  They are weaning me instead of the other way around.

     My grandmother and grandfather divorced when I was really little and she used to float from house to house with her three children and their families.  She had two boys and a girl too, but her's were the opposite with my aunt being the youngest.  I always thought that looked pretty good!  She would have dinner with a different family each night and tagged along with the family that happened to be taking a vacation.  My dad, aunt, and uncle wouldn't have had it any other way, though.  She was always so much fun to be around and I can't imagine growing up with her not around.

So....................... even though I may not be in control, I can still be at somebody's dinner table or in the car of whoever is taking a trip!  They can't get rid of me that easily!

The way I see it, they will owe me a couple of dinners and vacations!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Just Desserts

     We all had dinner at my mom's house Sunday night.  We always have a good time and with all the kids it is always entertaining.

     I honestly don't think I could love my nieces and nephews any more if they were mine.  They are all so different and have different personalities.  I work really hard at my relationship with each of them.  The kind of relationship I have with them is my responsibility and I know I will get out of it what I put into it.

     They are all really sweet and REALLY funny.  You never know what any of them will say next.  I know if I want an honest answer which one to ask and if I am looking to be pampered and loved on which one to go to.  They definitely make life fun!

     The kids have their own table, which most of them try to sneak to the adult table, so we sometimes end up playing musical chairs through dinner.  Sometimes they just shift around for dessert.

     That is what happened Sunday night.  My 5 year old nephew, Macalister, came and sat by me while he was eating his dessert.  He had a nice piece of chocolate cheesecake and was loving it.  With a big 'ole bite in his mouth he looked over at me and said in his very husky voice for a 5 year old:

     "They call this cake, but it tastes more like pie."

     I thought I was going to lose my dinner I was laughing so hard.  It was funny, but it was also a really good point!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sorry, Charlie


NO!!!      Emily let Charlie go!

     Maybe she didn't see herself with him, but I don't think he got a fair shot at all. He just seemed so sweet and sincere. He has my vote for the next Bachelor!

      I also felt bad for Nate. I know she felt he was too young, but you've gotta love a guy that gets that emotional talking about family and loved ones. At least he showed her how much family means to him. I don't think Michael ever really had a connection with her. What he said when he left was the most I heard him say the whole time!

      Ryan is such a joke. He is like the guitar playing guy in Animal House. You just want him to shut up!

      I knew he seemed fake. I would be mad if I was her about some of the things he said. He always talks kind of down to her like he is lecturing her. I was glad to hear her say she thought he was manipulative, at least he isn't fooling her. I don't know why she kept him, though. He made it obvious last night he just wants to be the next Bachelor.

      I don't think I like Chris or Doug very much. Chris has bully tendencies and Doug is definitely hiding something. There is something dark about him besides his eyes. He has the all black-looking eyes like demons or bad guys do in the movies. My dad calls them "dead eyes" when they look like that.

      Arie is still my favorite. I like Jef with one "f" too. I think Emily has a connection with him that we have only seen a small part of.

      Next week looks really good! It is the episode where she gets really mad and says the big bad word. It looks like she does so because someone calls Ricki baggage. Wonder who it is? My guess is Kalon. He should know about baggage. Or luggage that is. It's like one of the guys said, you have to wonder about a guy who has Louis Vuitton luggage! That just don't seem right.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Something Is Missing

     Being a single mom is hard. It can be very overwhelming at times. I love my kids more than anything in the world and they are my life so anything I do for them is just part of me and I don't consider it anything extra. That's my life above and beyond anything else. But, it isn't always easy. Even co-parenting is hard but when you are in it completely 100% alone, it is hard.

      I rely on my family and they never disappoint, but the biggest thing I rely on is my faith. If God believes I can do this then I have to believe it too. He put me in charge of three very sweet, special people and I don't want to let them or Him down. I have my personal relationship with God and I have very strong convictions and beliefs, but one thing is missing. My church. I say it is "my" church because it is the only church I have ever belonged to. My children are fifth generation church members and although we need a new building, the one we are in has a lot of special memories in it for me. I say it is missing because even though it is great when a church grows it is not so great when there is total chaos in it. It has been a victim of pastors using it as a stepping stone for their own agenda and a group of members who just to be honest don't know what they are doing but making a total mess out of everything. We had a pastor that worked his tail end off getting us out of debt, ministering to the members in every way, being a great leader but fell prey to a group that, again, are clueless in their endeavor. I have lost MY church because, although I have fought and stood up for what I felt was right, I don't like to sit in a worship service with hard feelings. AND, I know that isn't very Christian of me, but things have been done that we're just simply uncalled for. These people even fight with and talk about one another.

      I stuck it out hoping and praying for things to get better. I am stubborn that way, but if it is possible, things only get worse. All I know is not being in church is not okay with me. It does my heart so good that it is not okay with my kids either. If I have only done one thing right I have guided them to have their own relationship with God and they now nurture it independently. We will find somewhere new that we feel we belong and maybe one day MY church will be a much more pleasant place where people get along rather than constant chaos. Until then, I have to take care of my relationship with God and see that my kids have a place to do the same. Every day we face struggles and strife. It is easy to get caught up in things, even get bitter about things we feel we don't have control of. That's why it is so important to get reeled back in and reminded before starting another week. My outlook on the new week is totally different, so much more peaceful and positive, when I get that reminder and message of where my head and heart should be.

     During all the graduation events, my favorite was the Inspiration Service. I was sitting around a lot of people that mean a lot to me. Some new friends and some old ones. The message was given to the graduates as they make their way into the world, but it was a sermon everyone in the room regardless of age could get something out of it. That is what I miss. A spiritual, inspirational message.

 Here is a picture of Sydney at the service.

      I started writing this blog for me more than anything, but I have gotten so much more out of it. I have met through here some great people I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. Like I said above, being a single parent is very hard and I certainly believe in helping each other in any way we can. We all have different situations and bring our own ways to help one another to the table. In my post yesterday, I put a link at the bottom of the page. I briefly looked at it before adding it, but I have had time to read more of it. This is a really neat lady who has a lot of positive and encouraging things to say.

      Her address is

      She gives personal help and has a really good blog that is very honest about some of the things single moms face. I just wanted to add it again because if we don't help and support each other it makes a difficult situation even more overwhelming and isolating. If any of you have information you think would be helpful please post it in a comment.

      Kat has some very good quotes on her page, but I think I like this one the best:

 "Remove those 'I want you to like me' stickers from your forehead and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good - on your mirror!"---Susan Jeffers

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Maybe I Shouldn't Joke

     The weather is great today.  It isn't too hot or humid which is unusual for Georgia!  I am still a little stuck inside though.  I have another week or two before I am allowed to go swimming according to my doctor.  They want to make sure everything has had plenty of time to heal but it is killing me!  My mom has a pool and everyone is at it, including all my kids and nieces and nephews and I can't get in with them.  I can enjoy the company, but it is torture not being able to get in.  Mom had to get a new liner and it is really blue and makes the water look even better than last year.  The kids get out and I am even smelling them and their hair which smells just like the pool!  She uses salt water, but there is just no smell like a pool.  They should make a scented candle out of it.  I would buy it.  Especially now!

     I don't have much longer, though.  It is just hard because the summer goes by so fast and I don't want to miss any of it.  I am also having a little trouble after a minor complication with my surgery.  I can't seem to get rid of a bladder infection.  I have to be careful just sitting outside because I have been on antibiotics for a while and I will burn in a short time even with sunscreen.  Speaking of antibiotics, I have always made the joke that with my sinuses and frequent bronchitis that I have to be close to being immune to them.  I have also always joked that one day I am going to die of something simple like a bladder infection because none of them will work anymore.  Hmmmmmm.........  Maybe I shouldn't have joked about that!

One of the readers posted this on my facebook page The Sisterhood of Spiritual Single Moms if any of you are interested in checking it out!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kathie Lee.....Open Mouth, Insert Foot


      Kathie Lee Gifford made a mistake in her interview with Martin Short. She asked him about his marriage and wife without realizing she had passed away in 2010 of ovarian cancer. Kathie Lee always got on my nerves so bad on Regis and Kathie. I loved the show, but didn't care for her. I have to say, though, I feel sorry for her with this mistake. The video is really uncomfortable to watch.

      My gosh, I am totally blonde sometimes and don't even think before saying something. Just the other day, I made a comment on Facebook and worded it wrong. It was no big deal, but I happened to see it later and realized how dumb it sounded. I have a really good friend who is really smart and always thinking of things to do or invent. I told him, "I saw something the other day we need to invent.". Well, if I saw it I don't guess it needs to be invented. I meant I saw something that made me think of something we could invent, but that's not what I wrote. That isn't quite as embarrassing as other things I have done or said, but nobody likes to look foolish.

     Things like what Kathie Lee did go beyond embarrassing, they make you feel horrible about hurting someone's feelings. Short handled it very well. She has had a less than perfect marriage so her heart was in the right place complimenting him on having a strong marriage.

     She is one of those people that tries to be funny and it can come out rude, but in this case she was being sincere. What she said that follows the "tries to be funny but isn't" is when they were talking about his son graduating. Short was saying he graduated from Notre Dame and his other son works at Warner Brothers. He also said his daughter works at UCLA neuropsychiatric center to which she responded, "So you did get one smart one.". I don't know if there was a Notre Dame and Warner Brother joke in there, but that comment is what the all fuss should have been made over! You don't insult someone's kids. Especially when they are college graduates and have stayed out of the tabloids.

      I can't believe I am defending her because I have always seen her as obnoxious, but everybody makes mistakes. With all the ways of saying hurtful things to and about people and having them heard through technology and social networks when it is unintentional it should be excused. When things like this happen,it always makes the person who made the mistake feel a lot worse than the person it was said to. You have to think more of her for apologizing after she realized what she did.

I am going to go check my temperature now. I still can't believe I am defending her, but I can't help it.

What do you think? I would ask you if you think I am completely nuts, but I am not sure I want to hear the aanswer to that!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bachelorette Emily



     First, I have to say I love Emily. Being a single mom, I think she is portraying herself in a very dignified manner. She isn't embarrassing herself or her daughter and deserves nothing but respect from the guys. There are some guys I like and some I do not. She seems to be a good judge of character and not letting them play her. Although, I am not sure why Kalon is still there.

      I think he is there for the wrong reasons, but I also think he is very smart. If we have learned anything from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, it's that the hated one in the house rarely goes. I think from his helicopter entrance, he made sure he was that guy! If he wants to act one way to ensure his stay that is one thing, but I don't think it is all acting for that purpose. When he told her Monday night "to let him finish", I would have told him to finish his conversation with himself in the limo ride outta there. All the fancy suits don't make a gentleman and if he is going to talk to her that way now, he will definitely do it again.

     I was just entertained at the way she let Alessandro go. I can't believe he never understood that saying Emily and her daughter would be a compromise was so wrong. By saying that he meant it would be some sort of sacrifice on his part. You can't compromise without giving something up. I think he actually thought he was making good sense, but she left him rambling to himself!

     I was impressed with the way she handled Tony. I don't think he was that into her or he would have been more upset leaving. It is nice to see a guy putting his child on top of his priority list.

     The guy who isn't getting enough attention is Charlie. He seems so sincere and genuine. I am not sure he is edgy enough, though.  Although she hasn't talked to them much, she has kept Columbian Alejandro and Michael with the long hair. I think she likes some of the guys that seem mysterious.  However, on the group date when Michael was swinging with the kids he had a creepy look for just a second. Maybe I have watched too many Criminal Minds. I like Sean, but there is something bugging me about him. You can tell she really likes Chris, but he seems a little too anxious and competitive.  Same thing with Ryan.  He is from Georgia so I should be pulling for him, but something about him seems a little fake.  She seems to like Jef with one "f".  I like Doug and they definitely have a lot in common.  I am just not sure she is wanting to blend a family as much as add to hers.  He is there for the right reasons, though.

      Arie, Arie, Arie. I could just say his name over and over! He is my pick......for now. She was definitely smitten when he got out of the limo the first night. Monday night, she was almost shy and couldn't look right at him some of the time. It is kind of ironic that he is a race car driver, but I think that may actually be a positive thing. She may find some healing and closure with the passing of Ricki's dad. All I know is I have two friends who live in Scottsdale and if she sends him home I am going for a visit!

THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 803" - Emily surprises an ecstatic Arie with the last individual date of the week, which begins with a private jet to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where she reveals that they'll spend the day at Dollywood, one of her favorite places. The couple have the park all to themselves to ride all the rides, play games and have a ball. But even Emily, who went to the park many times growing up, can't guess what is coming. She gets the surprise of her life when her idol, the legendary Queen of Country Dolly Parton, serenades the two of them. After the special concert, things get steamy as they enjoy a romantic dinner and share one of the most intense first kisses any couple has shared in "Bachelorette" history. Is this the start of something special or is it too good to be true? -- on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/JON LEMAY) EMILY MAYNARD, ARIE    

Monday, May 28, 2012

Best Dog-Adoption Story Ever

 My Great-Aunt, Kay, sent me this email:  They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street. But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news. The shelter said they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn't look like "Lab people," whatever that meant. They must've thought I did. But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his previous owner. See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his new home). Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to adjust, too. Maybe we were too much alike. I saw the sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten about that. "Okay, Reggie," I said out loud, "let's see if your previous owner has any advice." ____________ _________ _________ _________ To Whomever Gets My Dog: Well, I can't say that I'm happy you're reading this, a letter I told the shelter could only be opened by Reggie's new owner. I'm not even happy writing it. He knew something was different. So let me tell you about my Lab in the hopes that it will help you bond with him and he with you. First, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier. Sometimes I think he's part squirrel, the way he hoards them. He usually always has two in his mouth, and he tries to get a third in there. Hasn't done it yet. Doesn't matter where you throw them, he'll bound after them, so be careful. Don't do it by any roads. Next, commands. Reggie knows the obvious ones ---"sit," "stay," "come," "heel." He knows hand signals, too: He knows "ball" and "food" and "bone" and "treat" like nobody's business. Feeding schedule: twice a day, regular store-bought stuff; the shelter has the brand. He's up on his shots. Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet. Good luck getting him in the car. I don't know how he knows when it's time to go to the vet, but he knows. Finally, give him some time. It's only been Reggie and me for his whole life. He's gone everywhere with me, so please include him on your daily car rides if you can. He sits well in the backseat, and he doesn't bark or complain. He just loves to be around people, and me most especially. And that's why I need to share one more bit of info with you... His name's not Reggie. He's a smart dog, he'll get used to it and will respond to it, of that I have no doubt. But I just couldn't bear to give them his real name. But if someone is reading this... well it means that his new owner should know his real name. His real name is "Tank." Because, that is what I drive. I told the shelter that they couldn't make "Reggie" available for adoption until they received word from my company commander. You see, my parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could've left Tank with... and it was my only real request of the Army upon my deployment to Iraq, that they make one phone call to the shelter ... in the "event"... to tell them that Tank could be put up for adoption. He said he'd do it personally. And if you're reading this, then he made good on his word. Luckily, my C.O. is a dog-guy, too, and he knew where my platoon was headed. And now I hope and pray that you make him part of your family, too, and that he will adjust and come to love you the same way he loved me. Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as long as the Army has been my family. He is my example of service and of love. I hope I honored him by my service to my country and comrades. If I have to give up Tank to keep those terrible people from coming to the US, I am glad to have done so. All right, that's enough. I deploy this evening and have to drop this letter off at the shelter. Maybe I'll peek in on him and see if he finally got that third tennis ball in his mouth. Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and give him an extra kiss goodnight - every night - from me. Thank you, Paul Mallory ____________ _________ _________ _______ I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope. Sure, I had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even new people like me. Local kid, killed in Iraq a few months ago and posthumously earning the Silver Star when he gave his life to save three buddies. Flags have been at half-mast all summer. I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at the dog. "Hey, Tank," I said quietly. The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright. "C'mere boy." He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn't heard in months. "Tank," I whispered. His tail swished. I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each time, his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood him. I stroked his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried my face into his scruff and hugged him. "It's me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me." Tank reached up and licked my cheek. "So whatdaya say we play some ball?" His ears perked again. "Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?" Tank tore from my hands and disappeared into the next room. And when he came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth. If you can read this without getting a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye, you just ain't right. A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including their life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it. "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." Support Your Veterans  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Does Anyone Have A Tissue?

     I have been an emotional wreck so far this week.  It's only Tuesday.  My oldest is graduating from high school next month and it is hitting me even harder than I thought it would.  I say next month, but an email I got saying it was only 24 days makes it seem much shorter. Time goes so, so fast.  I know I am not the only parent who feels like this when a major chapter in their child's life is closing.  She is a beautiful, sweet, smart girl and I couldn't be more proud of her.  She is doing everything I would choose for her, but yet it is still hard to see such a change coming.

     She isn't going away to college, but things are just going to be different.  I took her and her brothers on vacation Spring Break because I realized this is the last year we would all be on the same break.  Things aren't going to be drastically different, but I know it is just the beginning.  I am sure one day she will want to get married.  My basement would make a great first place to live, but I doubt a future husband would go for that!

     I think all the changes are making me realize that in 5 short years, all my babies will be out of high school.  The last 18 years have gone by so fast that 5 years will probably seem like 5 minutes.  One of the more comforting things about her graduation is the fact that she is not only graduating from the same high school as me and her grandparents (she is the fourth generation to attend this high school---that never happens anymore) but she is also graduating with the kids of friends of mine from high school.  Well, it is comforting but makes it a little more special and emotional at the same time.  I have been talking to my high school friends in the last few days and it does help to share such a time with people who know you so well.

     We have had to get pictures together for some of the year end and graduation events.  My sister in law posted this one on facebook.  It is me and Sydney at my college graduation.  It seems like yesterday and the thing I remember most about that day is her running around with my cap on.  It was way too big.  Who knew she would fill it so fast. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Love This Weather!

     I love the weather we are having.  I much prefer warmer weather to the cold any day.  After the hot summers we have in Georgia, I am always ready for the cooler football weather, but I look much more forward to the return of warm weather after the winter.  We had a rather mild winter which is why I am having tons of mosquitoes in my garage already!  It makes me worry when it wasn't cold enough to get rid of some of the bugs.  I am not fond of anything creepy, crawly, or landing on me!

     The only bad thing about this time of the year is allergy season.  There is no escaping the misery for me.  It is the weirdest thing to me,  when it is in the middle of the night and I am sleeping only to be awaken by a sneezing attack.  How in the world does it wake you up while sleeping?  Coughing I understand, but this seems strange to me.  It's probably because when it starts getting nice outside the first thing I want to do is open windows and doors and that is just letting all that pollen in. I guess the same way that while it is covering my car and I open my door to get in it gets on me.  Have you ever noticed how dangerous it is to be driving and sneezing?  Especially in an allergy sneezing attack! It's okay, though.  I will take any amount of sneezing attacks as long as we are having weather like this!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Just Take A Chance

     Well, I can say one thing for myself, I am not afraid to just put myself out there and try something new with the risk of making a fool of myself.  That is what I did with this blog.  Unfortunately, I have a lot of examples of the risks ending up in me looking like a complete fool.  Thankfully, this is not one of them.  I have called it cheap therapy several times and I feel like that is exactly what it is.  I love talking about my family, but it is also a chance for me to just get things out.  Since my divorce 4 years ago, I have learned a lot about myself and have changed some.  In some ways, I feel like I have gotten back to the old me which was kind of lost there for a while being in a very unhappy situation.  In some ways, I have been forced to grow up a little and find my independence.  One thing is for sure, my faith is stronger than ever.  I don't know how anyone gets by without it. The unfortunate part is that after being a stay at home mom all these years I have found it almost impossible to begin a career at 41 years old.  If it wasn't hard enough already, it certainly is so with a terrible economy.

     Even though I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, I have stumbled on a love for making jewelry.  It is a really personal thing for me.  I don't just put together something to try to sell it, I really put my heart and time into everything I do.  Part of it is pride because I want it to look good, part of it is because  most of the time I know who I am selling it to, and then there is the creative outlet.  I feel like the best part of making my pieces is that I can express myself  through creativity.  I think we all do that in some way.  Maybe through a love of sports, hobbies, or anything that lets you just be you. 

     Moms are always going through changes no matter what your situation is.  Your children grow and with each stage you have to adapt and grow with them.  Maybe you go through a divorce, get back into the workforce, or even if you are fortunate enough to be with the same spouse for many years there are definitely changes there too!  Retired individuals don't know what to do with themselves after years of working, and stay at home moms eventually find an empty nest. We are constantly reinventing ourselves.

     I put myself out there through this blog and I am so glad and thankful that I did.  I have found that if you take a chance and are just honest, you will find there are a lot more people who can relate to you and you can never have too much support.  I love the feedback I get from being on here.  Especially so when someone else realizes they too are not alone.

     I have my jewelry in different places.  I have a shop at my brother's office, I have a facebook page, I have a blog for it attached to this one, and I have a shop at Etsy.  I put myself out there again yesterday on Etsy.  You can start a team with other members and I did just that.  There are really neat ones for specific things and of course there are several teams for moms.  I started a team titled "Moms Reinventing Themselves."  It is a team for moms who use their creativity as they are constantly changing with the role of being a mom.  We get lost in taking care of everyone else, our situations change and can overwhelm us, or sometimes we are just looking for something to do so we don't forget who we are.  Whatever the reason may be, using your creativity to express yourself, work through difficult times, or even just use as an outlet to keep your sanity being creative has many benefits.  I was scared starting the team, I have a lot to learn about how it works, but I already have a few members and through our first discussion thread I am excited about the things we have in common.

     If any of you have an Etsy shop or know someone who does and you think they would be interested please let them know about the team, Moms Reinventing Themselves. Starting something new is always a little scary and definitely makes me nervous, but as the saying goes "you'll never know if you don't try."

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzy

“Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.”

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

“Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry van Dyke

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins

“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” -Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement address 2005

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” –Elbert Hubbard

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” –Michael Jordan

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” –Unknown

And, my personal favorite.  A quote from my grandfather, Tom Ed   "100 years from now we'll never know the difference."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Well, It Was Fun, But Ended Too Fast

     We are back in school this week after a great Spring Break.  I didn't realize just how much me and the kids needed the time off of school and a regular routine.  I also didn't realize how much good getting away for a few days would do us.  We haven't been anywhere in a long time and we were in dire need of a change of scenery.  It was a lot of fun to just go to a beach and relax and enjoy being with all three of them.

     This was the last Spring Break all three kids will have at the same time.  Although Sydney isn't going away to school, she will still be in classes and won't have the same break as the boys.  I thoroughly enjoyed just being with them without talking about homework, projects, committments, or anything else.  It went too fast, though, just like I knew it would.  We do have a lot of fun things going on in the next few weeks until the end of school.  It seems like a long time before they are out, but the end of the year always goes fast.  I am assuming it will go especially fast having one graduating!

     I took a lot of pictures while we were gone, but this is my favorite.

     I am not sure what they were laughing about, I can't remember, but I love it when they all get tickled.  Stratton makes me laugh just watching him laugh!

     We had a perfect end to our great Spring Break.  I love Easter.  I heard my dad say on Sunday it is his favorite day of the year.  I have to agree.  Besides the fact that Spring is new again, the whole day of knowing what God did for all of us just makes it a joyful, peaceful day.  Family gets together and it is just a warm rememberence of how much God loves us.  For me, the rebirth of Spring symbolizes how we are reborn everyday.  No matter what, God loves us, and although we make mistakes, if we live with Him in our heart and try to live as He wants us to He will always love and forgive us.  Just as we know the flowers, trees, and birds singing comes back after the cold, dead winter, we know that we can live again through Him and our relationship with Him.  That is what it means to me, anyway.  It is just an all around "good feeling" day.

     We made new pictures of the kids with all the grandparents.  We know we have a lot of kids, but when they got on the steps around my mom and dad, we were kind of amazed at how big they all have gotten compared to last year.  We are very blessed and I am thankful for each and every one of them!


      I have been working on my other two blogs.  It has been a while, but I have missed keeping them current.  I am trying to keep my jewelry updated on The Lollipop Fence.  I am a very busy mom so I write what interests me on Grand Central Mom, but if you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mary Had a Little Lamb

I love the e-mails my grandparents send me.  Along with this was a quote:

     "Life without Jesus is like an unsharpened pencil- it has no point."

     It just seems that the more we leave God out of everything, the easier it is for the devil to get into everything.  By not allowing prayer in schools and generally separating church and state the more chaos there is around us. It is a scary world and we need prayer and God in our lives more than ever.  God isn't allowed in so many places for the purpose of not infringing on the rights of other religions.  Well, in the meantime, my rights as a Christian are being infringed upon and I don't like it. 


Thursday, March 29, 2012

What In The World Are They Thinking?

     I saw something on the bottom of the TV screen yesterday watching a minute of Good Morning America.  It kind of stayed with me all day and I looked it up to see if I could find more information on it.
Call me crazy, but this whole idea sounds ridiculous.

This is the title: (click here for the article) 

U.S. judge bars import of drug used in death penalty

Here is a little more:

 A U.S. judge on Tuesday barred U.S. authorities from importing an anesthesia drug used in carrying out death sentences because the Food and Drug Administration never approved the drug for use in the United States, and he ordered supplies be confiscated.

Ummmm, it seems that it isn't right for the use of sodium thiopental, a sedative drug used before lethal injection, to be used because it hasn't been FDA approved.   ??????   Are you kidding????????

I know it is an issue that we aren't supposed to allow things into the country that aren't approved, and I know they can get into the wrong hands, but this is crazy.  A group of inmates sued the FDA for letting this sedative in.

Why were they able to do that?  I am glad we live in a free country, but when you don't behave as you are supposed to and end up in prison, then, I believe you should lose a great deal of your rights.  Besides the absolutely insane idea that this sedative shouldn't be used on people about to be put to death because, as a US district judge who sided with the inmates put it:

"The FDA appears to be simply wrapping itself in the flag of law enforcement discretion to justify its authority and masquerade an otherwise seemingly callous indifference to the health consequences of those imminently facing the executioner's needle.
 How utterly disappointing!"

I don't know how you say that out loud with a straight face.  "Callous indifference to the health consequences of those imminently facing the executioner's needle."

That is a flipping moronic statement.  And why are inmates allowed to sue the government?  We stand on the steps of government buildings, take months of getting signatures, trying to get bills and legislation passed and it is that easy for an inmate to question or accuse the government?  Who is in charge here?

Tell me if I am wrong, but aren't these people on deathrow in the first place because their discretion was "callous indifference to the health consequences" of those they HURT and KILLED?  Why are we protecting them?  We are making sure they are safely sedated before they get the easy way out?  What about the pain the families live with everyday?  Did they safely sedate victims before they killed them?

This makes as much sense as giving them medication for their nerves if they are a little anxious the week before execution.  I just don't get it sometimes.  We have become such a "land of the free" that we are taking rights away on a daily basis of those who aren't doing anything wrong.  When did the system become more about worrying about invading the rights of those who are the wrongdoers and punishing the innocent victims?

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Friday, March 23, 2012

LBD (or not?)


     Audrey Hepburn made the Little Black Dress (LBD) famous in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Styles come and go, and sometimes repeat throughout time, but the LBD has pretty much been a fashion staple for years.  Until now.  Kelly Clinton told us yesterday on The Chew as long as we have a well-fitted dress, just above the knee, that is professional enough for work with jacket and fun for night, then it doesn't matter if it is black or any other color.


     I don't think I agree.  Any other colored dress that is professional but can go from day to night is just that, any other dress.  I don't think we should be so quick to discard the longtime, fashionable LBD.  I love color, especially in Spring and Summer, but you can't replace the sophisticated and elegant look of the LBD.  It can be spruced up with a little color and personal style, but as Tom Cruise said in Risky Business about the Porsche, "there is no substitute."

     I love the look of old Hollywood glam.  I think women in that era knew how to be sophisticated and sexy at the same time.  There are just some looks that don't ever go out of style and the LBD is one of them.

     My daily attire consists of sweats and T shirts.  I am especially fond of my old concert Tshirts, so I am not exactly the best person to ask for fashion advice, but I do know what I like.  Some things just shouldn't change.

     I kept thinking yesterday, after I watched The Chew, about this new idea.  By the way, I love this show.  The people are a lot of fun, there are always great recipes, and it is just a really entertaining show.  The thought kind of went out of my mind until I heard one of the ladies on my local radio show talk about it today.  She was reporting this new information, in a way, but I kind of feel like she was putting it out there questioning it a little herself.  Maybe I am putting words in her mouth, or maybe it is a southern thing, but some traditions shouldn't be changed.

     In the words of Coco Chanel:

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.

Fashion passes, style remains.

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.


Do you think the LBD can be any other color?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm Country And Proud Of It

     My family is so funny.  No matter what, we can always laugh and see the humor in most situations.  We are also VERY country.  I try not to sound so bad, but I have decided to just embrace it.  I know I am not supposed to say double negatives and it sounds a lot more intelligent when you say all the sounds in a word.  Like saying "doing" instead of "doin' ".  Whatever.  I am country and I am proud of my family no matter what we sound like.

     I hate to hear myself on a recording.  I will swear up and down that it isn't me.  It is a less than subtle reminder of my southern ways.  I would like to think I sound interesting, and at times, sultry, but let's face it, it can really come out embarrassing sometimes.

     Tonight was one of those times.  The really funny thing about my family is that we live right here all on the same street and when we are out we act like we haven't seen each other in a week, and won't for another week.  My younger son had a basketball game and we were talking afterwards.  We ended up being the only people left in the parking lot.  I was talking with my mom when I heard the noise.

     The noise was my dad racing my older son on foot in the parking lot.  My dad doesn't wear tennis shoes.  My dad is diabetic.  I gasp when I turn around and see the two of them running only to hear my mom yell out of the car behind me, "Tee-am!  (his name is Tim, but we put two syllables in one syllable words and names), You look like runnin' through the parking lot when you can't even feel your feet!" Tee-am has neuropathy from the diabetes and won't realize the impact of the parking lot on his loafer covered feet until probably later on tonight or tomorrow.  By the way, I am not making light of his situation, I have diabetes too, but can still feel my feet enough to know I CAN NOT outrun my 15 year old 6'1" son at any time with any shoes.

     But I gotta love my dad for trying!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Has Sprung!

     I have no sense of time.  I don't know why in the world I think my head can keep up with what I am supposed to do and when.  Life is crazy enough without me planning and/or realizing I have something to do at the last minute.  My mom would be totally lost without her calendar.  So would I! (hers I mean)  She is the most organized person I know and she has everything written down and scheduled on her calendar.  I guess with 11 grandchildren she has no choice!  It was like that when me, my sister and brother were at home though.  She keeps up with where we all have to be and I am very thankful for that.  If I had a calendar I would probably lose it!

     It is chaotic and very stressful not being organized and living moment to moment, but I have learned with my three kids that if I have something written down or planned it usually gets changed anyway.  I was a lot more organized when they were little, but there was a lot less going on and to keep track of.  Time completely gets away from me.  From the simple, oh that happened two weeks ago (only to realize later that is was actually 2 months ago) to oh, I have three weeks to do that (three weeks that are here in the blink of an eye).  I don't think I am alone, though.  Time does seem to be moving much faster than it used to!

     I always think the malls and stores are way ahead of themselves when they set things out for a holiday or a season that seems so far away.  However, it gets here way faster than I expected and they don't look so anxious after all.  I was just thinking, as some places were getting rid of Christmas decorations before Christmas had arrived, how soon Valentine's candy was put out.  THEN, Easter things were being placed on shelves BEFORE Valentine's was over.  Just when I think others are getting way too ahead way too soon, I am proven wrong.  Here it is, on into March and Easter around the corner. 

     I am thrilled that Spring Break is in a hurry to get here, but just like the others, it will be gone too soon.  High School Graduation is another thing that I will be celebrating sooner than I would like.  Only to be followed in a few days by my older son's 16th birthday.  Things are going way too fast and even though I would be ripping off the months of a calendar in what would seem like every week, I definitely need to work on getting myself organized since things are getting here much faster than I anticipated.

      I can't believe Spring is here tomorrow, but I am always glad to see it arrive.    I have always considered myself a "stop and smell the roses" kind of girl, but I better hurry up with that too.  The way time is moving along we will be back into fall way too soon!



Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ben and The Titanic

     Well, I have basically just endured this Bachelor.  I normally love this show, but it has gotten to be kind of a joke.  Just to be fair to all of those on it this season, I think editing has a lot to do with how we perceive Ben and all of the girls.  When Michelle Money was on Brad's season, she was totally misrepresented.  Not to say that is the case with Courtney, but I feel like she showed a much different side on the hometown date.


     I do feel bad for Kacie B.  It never works out well when someone that has been sent home returns.  You are just asking to be insulted.  When he said he didn't see her there at the end that had to hurt!  It was kind of obvious it took a lot out of her when she hit the floor after she left his room!

     They re-introduced us to Emily getting us ready for her season.  I love how the brilliant people of the show have decided to use the song from a tragic movie to relate to her.  I mean, do they not know she had a tragedy and that is why she is single?????  Let's just remind the poor thing the whole season!  I get it that her "heart must go on" but that song is such a downer.

     Every woman is going to hate me, but I am probably the only one that absolutely hates the movie The Titanic!  For starters, I am claustrophobic so all that water coming in terrifies me.  Second, it has to be the most depressing, sad and morbid movie I have ever seen.  AND...............I watch horror movies all the time!

     I know it is this big romantic movie, but it is also one of the most tragic events in history.....................but let's make a romance movie to "drown" out all those people dying.  (No pun intended!)  Let's not forget that this love story is about a woman named Rose (Kate Winslet) who cheats on her fiance`, Cal (Billy Zane) with Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio).  I know, I know, she was in a bad situation with a complete jerk, but there just seems to be bad energy all over that ship.

     It has been a long time since I have seen the whole movie, but I am not eager to watch it again.  I am scared of the ocean so the thought of them being confined AND in the ocean gave me a panic attack for the whole duration of the movie.  It wears you out!  People are running all over the place trying to survive and hopefully get on a lifeboat, which happens to be on icy water.  Families are being separated, there is limited number of space on the lifeboats so total chaos kicks in as well as greed trying to be one of a few to get on the lifeboat.  And, it makes me want to cry, but what about the old couple lying on the bed with the water rushing under them just waiting there to die together.  What the hell?  They really had to go there and put that image on screen.  You know, it is crazy, but when you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean and all that water, the last thing you want to see on that boat is a whole lot of water!

     I could go on and on, but I am getting depressed and feeling like I am suffocating just thinking about the whole movie.  One more thing, though, while Rose and Jack are playfully running through the hull or bottom part of the ship bothers me.  I know that is supposed to be romantic too and maybe the steam is supposed to be symbolic of their "passion", but isn't it more ironic that they are in the part of the boat that is submerged under water?  It just looks hot and uncomfortable down there.  Not very romantic.

     We know what Emily and the movie have in common, but it has something in common with Ben too.  If we are all right about Courtney, she is as icy as that water and he is going to be looking for a lifeboat REAL soon!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Satan's Trifecta

MODERN FAMILY - "Leap Day" - Cameron's birthday falls on Leap Day, and with opportunities to celebrate so few and far between, the pressure for Mitchell to get it right is exceptional. Meanwhile, Jay's machismo is in question, and Phil's plans to observe the Leap Day holiday with the boys is thwarted by the girls, on "Modern Family," WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE)JULIE BOWEN, SARAH HYLAND (OBSCURED), TY BURRELL, ARIEL WINTER

      I love TV and watch WAYYYY too much of it.  It would be a shorter list of shows I don't like than do.  There aren't many I can't watch, but my absolute favorite right now is Modern Family.  That show completely cracks me up.  I love my family and know how many humorous moments we have and it is so funny to watch a show that demonstrates how much family means and no matter what the dilemma is, true family love gets you through it.

     Any man that is in a house of even one woman knows that there are certain times of the month you might as well just say "Yes, dear" and agree.  I am not saying that every female emotion should be blamed on PMS, but you ladies have to admit, we have no control a few days of the month.

     Last night, I thought they showed the three basic emotions perfectly through the mom and two daughters.  (Hence the Satan's Trifecta.) You can go from emotional, to downright pissed, to spacey and plain dumb.  If the fatigue isn't bad enough during that time, walking around the house going into the same room five times because you forgot what you went in there for is enough to wear you out.  Plus, it is draining to be Bitchy, Mopey, and Dopey all at the same time.

     I never really thought about how hard it had to have been on my dad and brother with me and my mom and sister and our monthly episodes.  The dad character,Phil, said on the show last night that women who are around each other a lot tend to have the same cycles and where that is true some of the times, I remember my dad always saying, "With 3 women in the house someone is always on their time of the month."  I will say I think my brother is a much more sensitive and understanding man and husband because of what he witnessed growing up.  Men that don't have sisters seem to kind of miss out on that experience.  I don't know, maybe my brother is more scared and aware than anything! Maybe I should start keeping track of the weekends he and his twin boys show up at the house and stay for awhile!  (I am teasing you, Bethany!) And we women know that really and truly we only have one week out of the month that we actually feel normal.  I think my two boys will be more sensitive having an older sister.  At least in our little family it balanced with 2 on 2!

     The thing I love about this show is that there is always something going on with all 3 families.  While the women were out of whack in one family, the man was recognizing his feminine side in the other, and the third family was celebrating a Leap Year birthday with a suprise party that went completely wrong until the end.  And, of course, unlike life, all the chaos and obstacles get cleared up in thirty minutes.  But, what a funny and great escape for me those 30 minutes are!