Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I Am Honored! Really!

What happened the other day was a total surprise and I was soooooo shocked. I mean you want to talk about an honor, I was so honored by my bloggy bud, J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog when she asked me to start co-hosting Fawk You Friday with her. Wow! I can't even begin to tell you how great this made me feel. The first thing you all need to do is go visit her.

While you're there, grab her button and the Fawk You Friday button. She has great reviews and giveaways. Then if you peruse my blog, you will see I tend to rant and rave about things. Two very different blogs, but we are coming together to further the Fawk You Friday blog hop.

I feel I need to address a perception that seems to have stymied the growth of this particular hop. Some of you may feel that "Fawk" is a bad word. Well it isn't. All we are doing for this hop is letting out our frustrations with people and situations we have encountered the previous week. It can be a simple as a the heat that we have all dealt with this summer. Maybe you picked up a pen when you needed to write something and it didn't work. GET OVER THE WORD! It is not a bad word. So grab the button and get in gear with the hop. I know you all join several every week. This is no different. I expect to see you all there.

Here's what the button looks like. Jump over to Boobies, Babies, & A Blog to grab it now and start your post. You only have a couple of days.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday Train

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As you may have noticed, there are two buttons here. That's because we are changing the button for Tuesday Train. Starting next Tuesday, September 7th, we will only be using the second one. So grab the new button, don't forget to post it somewhere on your sidebar, and climb aboard. We are gaining riders every week and I look forward to seeing you there. Here we go!

Welcome to the Tuesday Train. I'm looking forward to another great day for a ride. So hop on and have fun!

These are the rules for the hop today!


1. You must have the button on your sidebar if you are just linking your blog. If you are linking a specific post, it must be on the post. It is the only way people will find us and that will help you gain followers too.

2. You must follow the hosts, I'm Just Sayin' and This Little Family. To help everyone gain some followers, follow the blog in front of you and the blog after you. This will help everyone and may help make new friendships.

Your entry will be deleted if you do not follow the 2 rules listed above. We want everyone to have fun, know what hop they are on, and gain friends. This will help accomplish that.

Please join us. Enter your info in the linky at the bottom of this post and I look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

If It Wasn't For Me

I’ve spent a lot of time collecting all kinds of things. I know I have only a few pieces that might be worth any money but some of it is just sentimental so it doesn’t matter. The fact is I have an ENORMOUS amount of stuff that needs to go. We aren’t even going to discuss how many books I have. That would take all day. I know. I’ll just start over again. Don’t be a buzz kill. Keep your opinions to yourself.

Books will probably not play a major part of any garage sale I put on. The fact is I LOVE books. There is no way around it. I have been known to read a couple of books in one day. Yes, I LOVE to read. I have already thinned out the books really. I only have about half of what I did when I moved into this house. That’s a lot of books for those of you who don’t know. It really is.

I have many other things that can go now though. I need to clean out everything. I have glass collectables that can go, not to mention clothes that have been in the storage room in the basement since I moved in here. So there really is a lot of stuff to go. This brings me to the next little part of this endeavor.

My husband was talking the other day about this garage sale he now wants me to do. Here’s why. He wants to sell some of his motor parts that he has in the garage and then take the money I make from the sale of my stuff so he can buy another boat. He wants one that runs. Yes, you heard correctly. He wants to take all the money from MY garage sale so HE can buy something. Let me tell you why this is a sore subject.

Everything about this house, everything in it, and everything in the garage is his. He says this too. He will say the words, “Me, my, mine”, all the time and not include me in any of it. Keep in mind my name is on ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Not even on the car I drive every day. It is especially difficult for me regarding this because I have had his last name for more than half my life, I am the mother of his children, we have buried one of those together, and he still thinks he’s the only one who has contributed for the last 27 years. In other words, I have been nothing but a burden and a leech.

What he fails to realize is this. If it were not for me, he would not have had the kids that we have today. If he had married someone else, they wouldn’t be these kids and he would not have had Amanda. He would not have anything he has now. I am the only who convinced him to move to the little town in Wyoming where he met the guy who would become very instrumental in getting him to a place in life where he’s above the poverty level. He would still be in the little town he was born and raised in with nothing to his name because he would never have left. There is nothing in that town.

If it were not for me, he would not have ended up in a place he loves, with people that he enjoys spending time with. The little town he’s from is a drug ridden and very corrupt town that’s less than 10,000 people. Check out the book, “Too Politically Sensitive”. It’s all about that town.

Going further, there would be no grandkids that we have today. I just can’t imagine life without any of them. But if it weren’t for me, he would have none of them. He was not a hands-on dad nor did he spend a lot of time at home with us. Many nights were spent with just me and the kids and most of it was not due to him working.

There you have it. I am not happy about the situation, but I’ll be damned if he’s getting ANY of the money from MY garage sale.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I Am A Horrible Person


I know you are all reading this and thinking, “Oh hell no, she is NOT”. But I must disagree with you today. These old, tired eyes missed a very important award given to yours truly by my seriously great bloggy buddy, Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. I am not worthy of her accolades, especially since I completely missed this. What was going on in my head? Nothing I’m guessing. So here goes, my dear J, I’m passing it on.

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who gave this award to you. Thank you J, you know how much I love you.
2. Copy the award and put it on my blog. It’s already done.
3. List three things you love about yourself.
a. My sense of humor, of course. What else would I like?
b. My ability to make others feel comfortable. I can talk to strangers and laugh
with them in grocery store lines. Of course, my mom thinks I’m weird.
c. My curiousity. I have learned so much because of my thirst for knowledge. I
have to know.
4. Post a picture I love.
This one is from many years ago. All my babies in one place.




Now I must pass this on to five bloggers I feel deserve this award. Here we go!

1. Momma Fargo at The Boogie Man Is My Friend
2. Teri at The Bipolar Diva
3. Donda at My Husband Misunderstood When I Said I was Bi
4. Nikki at My Cyber House Rules
5. “No Name” at Snowbrush – he refuses to post his name that I can find. It’s
ok. I understand.

Internet Can Suck

I have been unable to get online since I got up this morning. Our service provider has a recording that says they are having an issue all over the state. This is very troublesome for me. I live and breathe on the internet. All my classes are online so that is vital.

Now I know what you are asking. How can she be writing a post if she is unable to get online? Well, that is simple in my world. I’m superhuman. Not really, but it brings me to the fact that I’m almost anal about my writing. So I put everything in Word then copy and paste. Yes, I have an entire file with all of my posts. That could be scary and I am fully aware of that. And don’t ask me why. I can’t even answer that. Now let’s get back to the subject at hand. How my internet sucks.

I have had so many problems with our provider. They are constantly having issues and they are one of those companies that just keep spreading all over the country. It doesn’t mean they have terrific service. What it leads to for me is horrible.

Without my internet I am lost. I have no direction; I have no will to do the things I need to do. Oh yeah, I probably wouldn’t do it anyway. It would involve cleaning my house. That is not the first thing I choose to do. Is my house a pig sty? No. It just isn’t spotless. I prefer to sit in my chair with my laptop and type away. (Do they still use the word type? I’ll have to look into that one.) I am in a state of euphoria when I hear the sound of keys being tapped on the keyboard. It soothes me.

Since I just checked, the internet has come back on. Now I can actually read your posts but I still cannot comment. Now Blogger is acting up. What the hell?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Don't Throw Stones

GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

Because of a friend of mine, I found out about a blog that critiques other blogs. This was her critique. All this blog does is read other blogs and pick them apart. Does anyone else find that a bit odd? Can you imagine spending all your days and nights ripping people apart? I find that sad. Your entire life revolves around trying to make others feel bad. Such a sad situation, don’t you agree?

Apparently these so called blog critics are able to dish it out but cannot take it. It seems that they can tell people their blogs suck big time, but they doesn’t allow anyone who reads said blog to comment back. Or should I say, they delete as soon as a reply comment is submitted.

I did some research, as we all know I do, and lo and behold, there are several critics on the blog in question. You can find their info here. I find it interesting that a blog that does critiques on other blogs cannot take comments about themselves or comments in defense of others. I say they are afraid of other opinions. If they can’t take the heat, then they need to leave the blogosphere.

More Friday Blog Hops

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Let's Just Give It Away

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Here are more hops I found today. It's been fun trying to find new hops. The secret seems to be following links through the blogs I currently follow. Most of these I found through Chubby Cheeks Thinks. I LOVE that she compiles this list and posts it. There are several listed on her post today. Go check it out and have some fun.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fawk You Friday! Blog Stalk Friday! & Flog Yo Blog!

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Still rockin' the blogosphere, here is one of my faves, Boobies, Babies, & A Blog with her Fawk You Friday hop. Join up and let the Fawks Fly!!!

Since I have some serious issues this week, let's get this party started. Here we go!

Fawk You to my room. You need to be about 10 times as big to accommodate me.

Fawk You to people who refuse to grow up and then want others to still like them.

Fawk You to people who keep expecting things from me when all I want to do it crawl in a hole!

What are your Fawk You's this week?

One Crazy Brunette Chick

Ah, the Crazy Brunette, affectionately known as CB. She's been concerned that she doesn't have a royal name. She doesn't need a special name, she will always be the Supreme Being we all know and love.

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And, finally, but definitely not the least bit important, is our Aussie buddy at Random Ramblings of a SAHM. She hosts the Flog Yo Blog hop I've been joining in recent weeks. She has given me the chance to meet other bloggers from across the ocean and it has been fun. I highly recommend it.

Now everybody get your buttons and start hopping! Go now! You heard me.

Hey! Are You Ready For Tomorrow?

Fawk You Friday is almost upon us. Get your button and join in. Just do it! (Yeah, I stole that. What about it?) My buddy at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog has it. Go there. Join. I said so.

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Next in line. It's Blog Stalk Friday with One Crazy Brunette Chick. She's the most trashy mouthed bitch I know. I LOVE her! So join that one too. Cause I said so!

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And finally, it's Flog Yo Blog over at Random Ramblings of a SAHM. She's is an awesome Aussie who is hilarious and has introduced me to some pretty bitchin' Aussie babes so check it out. I'm just sayin'.

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New Tuesday Train Button Coming!

I know you all are getting tired of me making new buttons and messing with my blog. Get over it! It's my blog. So, yeah, we will have a new Tuesday Train button that will be effective for the September 7th Train ride. I won't be redesigning it again any time soon. I just wanted to look a little more adult with the button. I didn't realize how much the current one looked like a kiddie button till I redid the blog. I'm an adult, dammit! Let's act and look like one. Ok, that may be a stretch. I don't get that accomplished all that often. So here you go. Grab it and get ready to use it later. Cause I said so!


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Putting A Button On A Blog

I don’t understand the reluctance of people to put a button on their site in order to join a damn blog hop. How hard is that to do? I co-host the Tuesday Train with This Little Family and before 10AM, I had to delete almost 20 entries. By the end of the day, it was many, many more than that. I’ve asked for people to contact me if the button doesn’t work. Not one person let me know there was an issue this week and yet, there were too many without buttons. Most of the hops require a specific post and we do not. We just ask that it is ON A SIDEBAR ON YOUR BLOG SO IT CAN BE FOUND!!

Please help others, if not yourself, and put the button on there! That is how we gain followers.

I want to say thank you to all of you who did put the button on your blogs. You are awesome!

Odd Woman Out

I have to say that for the most part, I feel as though I am the odd person out in my family. Not my birth family, but the one I married into and sometimes with my kids. I don’t look at life the way most of them do. I know that some of the issue with my kids is that they are of a different generation.

I just don’t feel like I fit. No one wants to hear my opinion, ever. I am talked to like I’m a child who has to be taught the right and wrong of life. I am a very passionate person when it comes to how people are treated. I’m not supposed to ask questions to the boys and my husband doesn’t listen to anything I say. In fact if I give an opinion about anything, he does the exact opposite.

I get told, in no uncertain terms that I should not have an opinion. It isn’t in those exact words. But I’m able to read between the lines. I can only joke around if they say it’s ok. And as many of you know, I like to do that a lot. In other words, I can’t be who I truly am around them. Nobody really wants me to say anything. I don’t understand that.

I also found that when I offer help, it is very seldom accepted. A situation recently came up that was difficult for me to with. Someone I knew from high school has been going through some rough times with her daughter. I graduated with her husband and we all used to hang around before graduation and some after we left school. I don't live in that town any more, thank God, but they came to our daughter's funeral and were some of the very few that did. Their daughter is now going through the same type of health crisis my daughter did. She has a brain tumor and the prognosis is not good. Last week she spent a week in a world-renowned hospital that is only a little over an hour from where I live. That means she is almost 9 hours from home. I have offered many times to go with her so she won't be alone and she has never taken me up on that. This was part of her Facebook status yesterday...." it's a long week alone up here & you sure helped me out!!!"

I know some of you might think I shouldn't be hurt by that, but I am one person who may have a clue what it's like to do this by yourself and I'm actually very good in situations like this. Maybe because I never had many options for help when going through most of what I went through and don't understand snubbing the company. I also know part of her wasn't thinking about that, but she knows where I live. I really am not that far. Yeah, it bothers me.

Ok, I’ll shut up now. I’ve said too much.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tuesday Train

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As you may have noticed, I have a new look on the blog. From what I've seen today, I'm not the only one messing with the blogs. You all did great with yours. Some of you know I tend to play around with my site so get over it. The biggest accomplishment on the redo is that I, yes me, figured out how to change the font on the site. I was so stoked about that. I really do not like html. We have a love/hate kind of relationship. And I have a new button available on my sidebar. I think I finally like the one I chose. You'll still be able to use the previous one, but that one will disappear off the site on Sunday. Please take the new one and replace it. I figured that butts in the air were appropriate and fit me pretty well. I probably should have named the blog, "Kiss My Ass". What do you think?

Welcome to the Tuesday Train. I'm looking forward to another great day for a ride. So hop on and have fun!

These are the rules for the hop today!


1. You must have the button on your sidebar if you are just linking your blog. If you are linking a specific post, it must be on the post. It is the only way people will find us and that will help you gain followers too.

2. You must follow the hosts, I'm Just Sayin' and This Little Family. To help everyone gain some followers, follow the blog in front of you and the blog after you. This will help everyone and may help make new friendships.

Your entry will be deleted if you do not follow the 2 rules listed above. We want everyone to have fun, know what hop they are on, and gain friends. This will help accomplish that.

Please join us. The linky is at the bottom of this post and I look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Get Ready For The Train!

We'll be boarding at 8PM Central. Grab the button from my sidebar or from my cohost, This Little Family, and hop on!

These are the rules for the hop!

Before I start with these, I want to say a couple of things about blog hops. I know I've said this before. In order for people to find the hop, we must ALL have the button visible on our sidebars or on the posts. I found too many people who did not have the Tuesday Train button anywhere on their blog. I know that some of you did not have a post for that day. Just put it on your sidebar somewhere I can find it. Make it easier for others to find the hop too. YOU WILL GAIN FOLLOWERS IF THEY CAN FIND YOU. Every other hop has the same rule. If you have a problem with the button, just let me know. If it is an issue I can fix, I will fix it. OK. Enough said. I'll see you later.


1. You must have the button on your sidebar if you are just linking your blog. If you are linking a specific post, it must be on the post. It is the only way people will find us and that will help you gain followers too.

2. You must follow the hosts, I'm Just Sayin' and This Little Family. To help everyone gain some followers, follow the blog in front of you and the blog after you. This will help everyone and may help make new friendships.

Your entry will be deleted if you do not follow the 2 rules listed above. We want everyone to have fun, know what hop they are on, and gain friends. This will help accomplish that.

Hey! New Button Coming!

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Here's my new button! I know, I know. I just changed it a few months ago. I think I finally found the one I like. It's more me. And, yes, I took that photo. Did I tell you I LOVE to take photos? I know I did.

Both buttons will work, but I will be taking the old one down from the blog this coming Sunday. Have a great week! I'll see you on Tuesday for the Tuesday Train ride. Don't forget to hop on over to my cohost's blog, This Little Family, and enter her awesome giveaways. She has great reviews too. I mean it, check it out!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Problems With My Button

This is just to let people know my button is not working. I suspect it is a Blogger issue as my bud CB had the same issue yesterday. Bear with me here and I will get it fixed.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Consider This

I am a person who will do research to find information about things I don’t know. I do it every day because someone will ask a question or I’ll hear something I’m curious about. If I have a position that I have taken, I try to make sure I have all the facts. I truly believe that we need to have all the facts in order to make informed decisions. I have included a couple of links below.

This is what I found out about the purported “Mosque at Ground Zero”.

1. It is not AT Ground Zero. It is 2 blocks away.
2. It is on privately owned property.
3. Now the kicker. IT IS NOT A MOSQUE. IT IS A CULTURAL CENTER.

It will have a prayer room, but the majority of the facility will include a culinary school, gym, basketball court, and swimming pool. In addition, it will have a September 11 memorial space. There will be a mosque, or said prayer room, included in the building, but it will be open to all visitors, not just Muslims. That means it is not strictly for Muslims to use as a house of worship. It has many other functions for the community. For more information on what is in the area click here.

Here is my bottom line. I do not agree with discrimination in any form. I mean ZERO, ZILCH, NADA. I believe in equality for everyone. It means we don’t always like what we see. But how else do we get past our aversion to those situations if we do not expose ourselves or accept that they have that right? What happened to the First Amendment here? If you do not believe in the First Amendment rights, then what do we have? We have nothing. This country would have been founded for nothing.

If you look through history, there have been many wars that were based on people imposing their religion on other people. And the biggest perpetrator of that came in the form of the Crusades. They were started by the Catholic Church. They went into these foreign countries to stamp out the infidels. Those wars were fought off and on for HUNDREDS OF YEARS WITH MILLIONS DYING.

I want to live in an America where we are truly able to show are enemies and we do have them, that we are able to get past their actions of hate. I want them to know that although we do not understand their hate, we will thrive and continue to be a strong country. I also want them to see it. I want them to see that we can separate what those terrorists did not what the Muslim faith did.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fawk You Friday! and Blog Stalk Friday!

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Oh yeah, it's time for Fawk You Friday! My favorite day of the week. Head on over to our hostess with the mostest, Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, to pick up the button and join us for today. Here's my list for this week.

Fawk You to the people in the park again. IT IS A PARK!!! DRIVING 40MPH THROUGH THE PARK IS NOT COOL! YOU'RE MESSING WITH MY PHOTO OPS!!!

Fawk You to my inability to decipher html. DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO HARD TO FIGURE OUT? I'D LIKE TO DESIGN MY OWN TEMPLATE!!!

Fawk You to the humidity that returned THE DAY I HAD MY ROOTS DONE!!! REALLY?! MY HAIR IS FRIZZING OUT ALL OVER!!!

That's it for now. Of course those of you who know me, know I will find something else to bitch about. In the meantime, get your lists on this hop too! FAWK IS NOT A BAD WORD!!!

Now for the newest hop on Fridays....

My really cool, really slutty, most trashy mouthed, you have to go check out, blogging buddy at One Crazy Brunette Chick has started a new hop. It's called Blog Stalk Friday with CB. I know if you join, you will definitely enjoy it because she is one trashy mouthed trophy wife. She says what she wants and she means what she says. Did I say she was funny as hell? Oh yeah.

I first must apologize because for some reason the button will not work in my post. Too bad CB! You'll get over it. It's Blogger not me. It's on my damn sidebar. You set the rules, I didn't.

So what do I talk about today? I am SICK OF THE WEATHER. Yes, we have cooler temps. Yes, it hasn't rained AS MUCH in the last week. THE RIVER IS STILL TOO HIGH! We've had a shitty boating year. The big thing around here is taking your boat to a sandbar and that has been nearly impossible this summer because the river is something like 9 feet over normal. What the hell? It makes my allergies worse because now everything grows like never before. I'm ready to MOVE TO THE DESERT!!!

Flog Yo Blog!

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Yes it's Flog Yo Blog Friday started by our wonderful Aussie friend at Random Ramblings of a SAHM. Yay! I always wanted to go there. Go check them out and join the hop today.

A few months ago, I went from a brunette to a blonde. Yes, I took the plunge. Today I had to have it "touched up". I'm thinking it isn't worth it to keep it blonde, so I've been thinking about going darker. Not as dark as my natural color, just several shades darker than it is now. Don't ask for photos, it won't happen.

After the other day, I'm thinking maybe the girl on the bicycle in the park would not have been irritated with me about not passing her on a blind curve. I mean, there's NO WAY she could pull over. That would be ridiculous. How dare I even think she should pull over. Not that I cared. I was just cruising looking for a photo op. But I do think she may have a prejudice regarding blonds. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thank You Very Much



Yes, it's that time again. It's time for Thank You Very Much brought to us by our buddy, Kmama, at The Daily Dribbles. Get your thank you list together and come join us now. Here's mine!

Thank You Very Much to the bicyclists in the park. Did you really expect me to PASS YOU ON A BLIND CURVE? DID YOU THINK THAT BY GIVING ME THAT NASTY LOOK I WOULD JUST PASS YOU ANYWAY?!!!

Thank You Very Much to the newscasters. Do you think that by MISINFORMING THE PUBLIC ON THE MOSQUE WOULD BE OK TO DO? IT'S A CULTURAL CENTER, NOT A MOSQUE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank You Very Much to the weather in the upper Midwest. Too much rain MAKES BOATING SUCK!!! CAN'T FIND A SANDBAR ANYWHERE!!!!

There you have it. So far, so good.

Don't forget about Fawk You Friday tomorrow. Head on over the Boobies, Babies, & A Blog to join in the fun.

Apology

Just a short one here. I know I haven't been commenting much in the last few days. We had some company and it can be difficult when your normal blog time is interrupted. It was a very pleasant interruption. Hopefully, I will get back on the wagon here. Later!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fanatics

I have apparently opened up a whirlwind of controversy here by posting my opinion of the Mosque being built, not ON Ground Zero, but two blocks away. I have some concerns about the reasons why people are against it. I feel it shows discrimination toward the Muslim faith.

If we are to decide that the Mosque cannot be built near Ground Zero, then Catholic churches must not be near schools or have a school of their own. There have been many cases, especially in the few years, where many priests have been accused and convicted of child molestation. One could infer that Catholicism encourages child molestation. They swept most of it under the rugs for so many years it’s only been more recently that the Pope has come out to publicly condemn this action.

We could say the same for the Church of Latter Day Saints. When Joseph Smith began his teachings and started his own following, he condoned polygamy and said that was what God wanted. Warren Jeffs has used the Mormon religion to condone child molestation. He claims it is the will of God to have many wives and many children. He just doesn’t distinguish between a grown woman and a little girl. He seems to like little girls for new wives. So does that mean we should expect to do the same for the Church of Latter Day Saints?

The Baptist Church has not been without its own scandals. You can find them here. Again, it’s child molestation at its most hideous. We trust our clergy with not just our faith, but with our children as well. That has been a mistake at times. I had not heard of many of these until I started looking for them. They seem to have their own issues.

My point is simple. Every single religion in the world has fanatics who twist the words of their teachings. There is more violence talked about and advocated in the Bible than in the Qu'ran. Every single religion has fanatics who do not follow the law and break laws every single day.

EVERY SINGLE RELIGION HAS FANATICS.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday

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And for Follow Me Back Tuesdy. This is hosted by my bloggin' buddy at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. She's awesome and also the host of Fawk You Friday. She has GREAT giveaways and reviews. Please check her out.

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Welcome to the Tuesday Train. I'm looking forward to another great day for a ride. So hop on and have fun!

These are the rules for the hop today!


1. You must have the button on your sidebar if you are just linking your blog. If you are linking a specific post, it must be on the post. It is the only way people will find us and that will help you gain followers too.

2. You must follow the hosts, I'm Just Sayin' and This Little Family. To help everyone gain some followers, follow the blog in front of you and the blog after you. This will help everyone and may help make new friendships.

Your entry will be deleted if you do not follow the 2 rules listed above. We want everyone to have fun, know what hop they are on, and gain friends. This will help accomplish that.

Please join us. The linky is at the bottom of this post and I look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

30 Day Challenge - 6-10

I'm trying to follow in my bud's footsteps with this. She's the reason I found this particular meme. Go check her out at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. She's awesome!

Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do. Bury another child. I’ve done it once and that is the hardest thing I will EVER do.

Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for. My kids, hands down. They are the best and love me even if I did screw them up.

Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit. A person who “claimed” to be my friend and took advantage of me shortly after the loss of my child.

Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted. Yes, someone I’ve known since high school and I can’t find her now.

Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know. Letting go of a relationship is one of the hardest and I know it’s time.

Hopefully, I'll get caught up with these. I know it may not happen. After all, I do know how to procrastinate.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Aaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhhh!

What the hell do I have to do to live in peace? I mean really, what does it take? I’m pissed and I don’t even know where to start. I live with two people who really don’t give a shit about me. No matter what I say, unless I am in total agreement with them, I am the enemy.

Let’s start with my son. He has had emotional issues most of his life. He’s now 24 and lives with us. Because of his financial situation, he is unable to pay rent, and I don’t have a problem with that. Maybe I should have more, but he really has had some serious issues that need to get better before we approach any of that. My problem with him right now is the yard. He hates to mow and because we live in an area that just can’t stop letting the humidity and storms go crazy, the grass grows at an exponential rate. I get attitude from him about mowing. Why? Because he hates the humidity as much as I do, but he’s younger and I don’t think he has any right to complain. Period.

Now we’ll continue on to my husband. He has been on a tear lately about the damn electric bill. It was huge, I understand that. Why was it so large? He’d rather buy things for himself than fix the a/c unit. It was messing up for a while, I mean like a month. It would freeze and then there’d be no air coming through the vents at all. Instead of having someone come in and just get an idea of what it entailed, he kept putting it off. Then his parents came, and he paid for their train tickets, and it still wasn’t working. The condenser was running constantly. For any of you who don’t know, that is the part that makes your air cold. And it takes a lot of electrical power to do so. So because he didn’t want to spend the money to fix it, the electric bill went waaaay up. And that isn’t all that’s going on with the a/c or furnace as they are attached.

Now there is a leak in the furnace. You see, when the humidity is taken out of the air, it has to go somewhere. To help with that, there is a tray in the furnace that the water, a.k.a. humidity, goes to. Then it is supposed to trickle down a tube and enter the drain that is provided for it. That tray in our furnace is rusted. There is a hole in the tray that allows the water to drain right through the furnace to the floor in the basement. Not only is it rusting out the furnace, but I have to go to the basement twice a day to squeegee the water over to the drain in the floor because the house is old and the floor is uneven. So the water just gets deeper and deeper and deeper. Well he isn’t here all day, so I get to squeegee the water at least twice a day. If I don’t, everything in the basement will be under water. I guess I’m just the maid. He does not care if I have to do that.

On top of all this he bitches about our son all the time too. So not only do I get to listen to the two of them about each other, I get to clean up all the messes because neither one of them clean anything and guess what. MY NAME ISN’T ON ANYTHING!!! He’s made it so his name is on everything and I have nothing. Oh yeah! We’ve been married for almost 27 years. What the hell is the problem? I guess I’ve done NOTHING for all those years.

I WANT PEACE!

Friday Follow Me & 30 Day Challenge

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Joining in the Friday Follow Me hop this week. I'm looking forward to finding new buds.

I found this challenge through another blog I follow, Homesick Cajun, and I’m a bit late getting into it but I’m giving it a shot. And since I am so far behind, I’m going to try to catch up. Of course, I’m 16 days into it, so we’ll hope I can. I’ll do 5 a day till I get caught up. This should be fun!

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself. I hate the fact that I do not have the will power to stay with a diet plan. I let other things get in the way.

Day 02 → Something you love about yourself. I love my sense of humor. It really does help get me through some of the hardest times in life.

Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for. I still don’t think I did enough for my daughter before she died. Logically I know I did, but there’s always that little inkling in the back of my mind.

Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for. I need to forgive my in-laws for what they did to me during my husband’s emergency hospitalization 3 year ago. I just don’t know how to do that because what they did hurt me more than they, or my husband, will EVER realize.

Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life. I would LOVE to take an Antarctic cruise. It would be so awesome to see those icebergs and just the clean environment.

There is more to come!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Big 100 & Follow Me Friday

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I found this list through This Little Family. Go check her out. She's great and has awesome giveaways and reviews. How many of these have you done?

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22.Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Went skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day


What have you done on this list?

Fawk You Friday

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Let the Fawks Fly!

Here we are again with another edition of Fawk You Friday. It's the day you get to let anyone or anything know how pissed off you are at what they've done to you in the last week. Stop over at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog to grab the button and join in. I know I'm ready.

Fawk You to the damn bird who WON'T LET ME TAKE HER PHOTO! DON'T YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LIVE FOR IT?

Fawk You to my inability to LOSE WEIGHT! JUST BECAUSE I'M 47 DOESN'T MEAN IT HAS TO BE HARDER TO DO!

Fawk You to the Perseid meteor shower. Do you HAVE TO BE BEST SEEN AT 3 OR 4 IN THE MORNING? I'D LOVE TO SEE YOU BUT THAT'S JUST THE WRONG TIME OF NIGHT!

Fawk You to the humidity. SERIOUSLY? GET THE HELL AWAY!

Fawk You to anyone who doesn't want to work with me. DO YOU NOT REALIZE HOW GREAT THAT WOULD MAKE YOU? I NEED AN INTERSHIP!

Ok, that's it for today. Remember to save all your irritations from now till next week, join us, and let the Fawks Fly next week. I know I will and I expect you all to be there with me.

It's Flog Your Blog Friday!

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Our hostess, Random Ramblings of a SAHM, is a great hostess with the mostest. This week, in honor of Friday the 13th, she is calling it Black Friday. For you superstitious folks out there, it could be an adventure. I live for sarcasm so if you're looking for sweet stories about my bunch, this is the wrong place for you. If you want to get into the mind of a somewhat disturbed 47 year old that has an opinion about almost everything, then this is the place. On with the hop now.

Glad to be here and hope to meet some new friends. But I want to introduce you to another bloggy friend of mine. She goes by the name of Miss C and you can find her by clicking on her button below. She's just awesome! She's funny, smart, and sarcastic which makes her a dangerous combination. Please give her look.

Get Ready For Fawk You Friday

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Yes, tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the week. It's Fawk You Friday with our hostess at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. She is most awesome. So let's help her out with this hop and get things off your chests. Of course, she'll tell you not the boobies. She loves them too much and thinks every woman should have the best ones available on the market.

Jump over to her site, check it out while you're there, and grab the button. You'll be glad you did. I expect to see all of you on the hop tomorrow. Yeah I said it. Be there!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Omphalotus illudens: The Jack O'Lantern

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This is hosted by Obviously MArvelous and For The Love Of 4. Head on over to join up.

I was out trying to get a photo of a certain bird who still eludes me and found these along side of the road. Most of you know, if you truly read my posts, that I LOVE to take photos. Don't get picky about the fact that I don't put a lot of them on here. You'll get over it I'm sure. If you're desperate for my photos, I am going to work on a photo blog. I've started it just haven't worked on it for a while. I'll let you know.

On with the story here. Boy, do I get sidetracked sometimes. I found these very pretty orange mushrooms along the road. I get home and decide to research them. When your search words are "orange mushrooms", you get a lot of stuff about poisoning. I guess that's one way to fix a problem, huh? :)


Thank You Very Much




It’s that time again! Yes, it’s Thank You Very Much! Kmama is the host of this hop and since she is funny and smart, you must follow her at The Daily Dribbles. Go check her out and join us. Here’s my list for today.

Thank You Very Much to the nasty humidity THAT REFUSES TO GO AWAY! OMG! I think I will just melt away into the earth from whence I came.

Thank You Very Much to the bugs that love humidity. Can’t I just go take photos for a short time WITHOUT BEING EATEN ALIVE? Is that the price I have to pay?

Thank You Very Much to my husband who decided during the middle of this nasty humidity and heat wave to TURN UP THE THERMOSTAT ON THE A/C! Who’s fault is it anyway that he waited to have the unit looked at and made it run continuously? The condenser never shut off running up the last bill.

That’s it for now. Jump over to Kmama’s place to join us. I know you’ll love it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Found My Prince

Ok so that was a bit overstated. There is no such thing as a Prince. I should know. Men can be such asses. Anyway, I’ll get on with my story.

The other day I decided it was a good day to attempt to get a picture of a HUGE bird that resides in a park near here. She has been eluding me for several months now. Every time I even think about slowing down anywhere close to her, she takes off. I promise I will get one at some point here. I don’t think she’s aware of how determined I can be. I WILL get a good shot of her.

Because she was being so uncooperative, I decided to check out another spot that the birds seem to like. Well, that’s across the river. Not a problem really, just in the opposite direction. I went anyway. Photos are my drug. It is when I am the most content. But I had no luck there either. Well, I made a decision. I kept driving.

I ended up at a park that I’d been to one other time with family that had visited. It’s a really cool little park with a waterfall, flowers, and trails. Since it was really muggy I knew I wouldn’t be hiking but I did want to see the flowers and maybe get a few photos with my new camera.

I’m strolling along through the flowers and I move the camera over to the next one. Most of you know that when you’re looking through the “viewfinder” of a digital, everything is really small and in the sun it can be difficult to discern what you’re seeing. I realized there was something that looked like dirt or a spot of some kind on this flower. Of course, I had to look. And was I ever surprised. Sitting inside the flower was the tiniest little frog I think I’ve ever seen.

I’m sure he was just trying to stay cool but I thought he made a cool photo op for me. Did I find my prince? Sadly, no. That day will never come for me I’m afraid. So, I’ll have to settle for photos of my Prince.



Monday, August 9, 2010

Tuesday Train

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It's Tuesday, it's Tuesday! It's time for the Tuesday Train! Ok, I know, stop. I stopped already. I'm just so happy to be boarding the train again with all my wonderful bloggy friends. Who's riding with me?

As a reminder, here are the rules for the Train...

1. You must have the button on your sidebar if you are just linking your blog. If you are linking a specific post, it must be on the post. You can find it on my sidebar or my co-host's sidebar at This Little Family.

2. You must follow the hosts and to help everyone gain some followers, the blog in front of you and the blog after you. This will help everyone and may help make new friendships.

Your entry will be deleted if you do not follow the 2 rules listed above. We want everyone to have fun, know what hop they are on, and gain friends. This will help accomplish that.

So have fun and enjoy! We look forward to seeing you on the ride.


All Aboard!

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Don't forget to join us on the Tuesday Train! We really like to meet new passengers and have them back as riders every week. The rules, and they are few, will be listed on tomorrow's post. Come on, you know you want to.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

To Fly Or Not To Fly




I have a large bay window in my front room. I am constantly being startled by loud thumps at the window. It’s usually bad enough that I almost come out of my skin and I do not startle easily. I’m usually laughing at the person who tries so hard to scare me which generally causes them to be irritated at me.

On Saturday I was minding my own business, sitting with my laptop, and trying to finish some school work, when I was again startled by a loud thump on the window. As per usual, I put my laptop down, walked over the window, and looked out at the very odd scene before me.

Below my window are 3 birds. They were just normal sparrows not some fancy colorful birds. These are the ones who hang around my house. I see them flitting about from tree to tree all the time, and yes, they are the cause of the thumps on my window. This time, the perpetrator of the thump had actually stunned himself senseless.

He was sitting upright on the lawn and his buddies were sitting on the ledge to my neglected front garden watching him. I was convinced he had unwittingly committed suicide by plate glass. Then I saw his head move. Just barely. Because I am an avid photographer, I grabbed my camera to take his picture. His buddies did not seem to like the idea of an intruder on their odd little scene, so they flew away.

I proceeded to take his picture and he did not attempt to get up. As you can tell by the photos, I had plenty of time to snap a few and they were fairly close. He never tried to leave. Now because I hate the idea of any living creature being in pain, I told my husband we may need to see if there was anything we could do.

He went out to look at the bird and decided to pick him up. He thought maybe the bird had damaged his wing. As he started to pick the bird up, the bird all of a sudden took off and did not appear to have any problems with a wing. Apparently, he had knocked his identity out of his mind for a brief moment in time.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Is She Really At It Again?

Yes, Sarah Palin is now saying that President Obama doesn’t have any cojones. First of all, she is using a slang word for balls. In other words, she was cursing in Spanish on national tv. And she wants to be regarded as respectable? Really? I personally think she has no clue as to how absolutely uneducated she sounds. And she was the governor of a state in our country. Wow!

This is the same person who accused him of “palling around with terrorists” during the campaign. Not only can she sling mud, but she can show she has no real answers to questions. She was asked once, that with the exception of Roe v. Wade, what other Supreme Court rulings she disagreed with. Her response wasn’t really a response. “Well, let's see. There's -- of course -- in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings.” Again, what?

It doesn’t stop there. She didn’t know any examples of how John McCain, her running mate, pushed for more regulation. This should have been a priority for her to know. She claimed that Alaska supplies 20% of the oil America uses when, in fact, it is only 3.5%. She has also insulted large city America by saying the real and patriotic Americans come from small towns. I have a feeling that the citified people in the U.S. will strongly disagree with her on that.

She had never met a head of a foreign state before she became a VP candidate. In the last 32 years every vice presidential candidate had met at least one head of a foreign government but she said if they had been asked the same question, they would have replied the same. Did she do any research before she had an interview? I think not.

Then there’s her inability to pronounce nuclear. I believe that is the correct spelling. In fact, I know it is. It is not spelled “nucular”. She got that directly from Bush I’m sure. She goes on to show us how little she knows by not being able to name one news organization she looked at or followed when asked. They didn’t do a very good job of vetting her did they?

Then there is the maligning of the pit bull. I love these dogs. If they are raised correctly, they are great family dogs. She compared a soccer mom to a pit bull. The only difference she said was lipstick. How dare she compare a pit bull to her!

The only thing she’s ever said that I agree with is her opinion of Tina Fey’s impersonation of her. I love Tina.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Confusion

Apparently I’ve confused some of my readers because of my nom de plume when leaving a comment. I find this most interesting. I didn’t realize I would be so missed. I realize there needs to be some explanation as to why I was no longer signing my real name to my comments and this is a short one. The stalker was at it again and I felt the need to stymie her in some way. I think I may have stymied some of you. I sincerely apologize for that. I promise it won’t happen again.

This brings me to the question of the day. Why am I missed? Is it for my rapier wit, my beguiling, yet oh so subtle humor? Is it for my bedazzling smile? (No, it can’t be that. I only put my real picture on there recently.) So what is your fascination with the greatness of me? I am perplexed by this. Let’s look into this a bit further.

My children definitely do not hold me in such high regard. After all, I told them no for most of their lives. I still do on occasion. And they still look at me with less than loving eyes. I have ruined them you see. They do seem to regain their feelings of exaltation when in my presence, so I believe their disappointment in me is short lived. You can understand why I’m sure.

My husband really has never put me on a pedestal, so he really does not count in the grand scheme of things. He usually regards me as a nuisance. One with which he must endure in order to not admit defeat. It is his loss though.

I may have figured it out. You love me for my sarcasm. And I accept that. Never mind my obvious intelligence my sarcasm is an awesome thing to behold. I know. I get to drown in it every day. From the time I lift my head from my Egyptian cotton covered pillow in the mornings to when I lay my head back down on said pillow, I bathe in the warm light that shines upon me. The light that is known as Christy’s Wonderland. Never fear my dear legions, I will forever be known as Christy in comments.

Missing Blogger Alert!

I have been missing a certain blogger for over a week. Oh where oh where did she go? I am completely mystified by this. I know she went on vacation to California, but I don’t think she’s checked in once. Not one time. How can she do this to us? What is wrong? Is she having so much fun on vacation that we have all become chopped liver? I don’t know about you all, but I’m having serious, serious withdrawal pains. I may have to be hospitalized. If you see her, report it to me ASAP.

She’s a really hot brunette who goes by the pen name of One Crazy Brunette Chick. She has the mouth of a sailor but she’s really hiding a heart of gold. Ok, so that’s a little questionable. I’m just trying to make you all realize how much she’s missed. I mean really, it’s getting bad around here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fawk You Friday!

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It’s another edition of Fawk You Friday and I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start with who you are supposed to follow. That would be our fabulous host, Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. She’s more awesome than free milkshakes for me for the rest of my life. I can’t have any, but it sure is nice to dream. Anyway, here goes.

Fawk You to my computer. It is making funny noises now that SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME!!! I can’t afford a new one.

Fawk You to the new camera I just got. Do you have to be SO DIFFICULT TO LEARN?!!?

Fawk You to haters. Anyone who cannot accept people for who they are should GET A LIFE AND LET PEOPLE BE WHO THEY ARE!!!

Fawk you to exes! Do you really have to continue to POISON EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH?

Ok, let's hear yours. I know you have some. Don't disappoint me 'cause I'll find you, I promise.


Tomorrow Is Fawk You Friday!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for the Fawk You Friday post. It's such an awesome thing. I love being able to say "Fawk You" to everything that pisses me off and I really think you will enjoy it too. Come on, I expect to see some familiar and some new faces. I do, or I'll come find you. :) Head over to Boobies, Babies, & A Blog to grab the button. She's better than ice cream. I know you thought I would say sex. She's all that too!

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