Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fawk You Friday!

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Yes, it's Fawk You Friday! Time for everyone to get together and let the Fawks fly. All the times you were irritated beyond belief, (or not so much), to be written down for future generations to admire and sympathize with. 100 years from now, the bloggers of the world will run across these posts and think, "What was wrong with these people?" Ok maybe not? So join my wonderful co-host, J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and me for a day of Fawking. Now doesn’t that sound like fun? I know, it sounds scrumptious.

Here's my Fawks for the week. Luckily, it isn't too bad, but I do have visual aids for you. Here goes!



And let’s not forget our bad buddy, CB, at One Crazy Brunette Chick. She’s holding court with Blog Stalk Friday and it will be fun. Because CB says so and I believe her.

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Now join the linky below have some fun with us. And you'll do it because I say so. You know you want to follow my lead. I just know.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tuesday Train


Just to make sure you all know how fairly easy this is, here are the rules. They are simple, yet necessary to grow the hop. Remember to follow the hosts, that's me and This Little Family. Then follow the blog before and after you. And here's the most important one, HAVE THE BUTTON ON YOUR BLOG SO IT CAN BE FOUND. It isn't that hard to do. I promise.

Before we board the train, take a minute and check out J at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. She also has the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop that is huge! We should all join hers too! Yes, I'm a hopping fool today. Just click on her button below and you'll go right to her blog where you can join her hop.

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So here we go again. Are you ready? Then all aboard!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oktoberfest 2010

As you all know, Oktoberfest in La Crosse, WI started on Friday with the big parade on Saturday. What I brought you today are some photos I took before and during the parade. I neglected to take photos of the trash that was EVERYWHERE after said parade, but I'm sure you can figure out how much there had to be from some of the photos I did include. Now I don't drink so I usually get to see the funny parts of the partying atmosphere as you can see. Enjoy!

This is literally the calm before the storm. No people, just cars.

It's filling up. The street is closed to auto traffic and people are starting to gather. This is a 4 lane street too, so you can imagine the amount of people in the vicinity.

These two girls apparently were planning on too much alcohol consumption so they put their names on their clothes. Yes, I know them and I haven't spoken to them. I hope they didn't lose their clothing!??! They might have forgotten who they were.

This was the year of unique fest wear. Here's one groups' take on their goals for the weekend.

This just proves that alcohol makes people fight. These two definitely had a bit much to drink.

I'm not even sure what to say about these guys. They are very happy. ?

How much alcohol does it take to forget to find a bathroom?

Let me have it! I know you have something to say.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What I Wanted To Be

You know how when you’re a kid and you start thinking about what you want to be? I wanted to be a detective. I was so engrossed in the Nancy Drew mysteries that all I could think about was how fun it would be to solve puzzles in the form of a case. I was sure that would happen to me.

Well life took over and things happened. In the end, I think I did what I was supposed to do and that was to have my kids and raise them. Now I’m going to school. It’s a little late for me to be a detective. I’m a little old to start that particular journey, but I know of one detective that has been on the case, or cases, for some time. You should all go check her out.

She goes by the name of Momma Fargo and she can tell a story like a sailor can swear. Follow up with her and you will find yourself living vicariously through her. I promise.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Light Bulb Over My Head

I was scrolling through my reader the other day and found out that the question for one of the hops was your favorite movie. I found it interesting to look through all the answers. One of them was “The Stand” which I found to be somewhat odd for me because that’s actually my all-time favorite book. Talk about the ultimate good versus evil plot.

I did see “The Godfather”. Great movie! Of course, there was “Midnight Express” which is another great one. And my buddy, The Bipolar Diva, picked “A Few Good Men”. I can also watch that one over and over again. It’s what I found on almost everyone else’s that got me thinking. And I think it has something to do with my age and how jaded I have become. That is when the light bulb lit up over my head.

The vast majority of women will choose one of two kinds of movies. It will either be a purely romantic movie or a romantic comedy. Sometimes they will have another type thrown in, but most of the answers will be one of these. I just don’t follow that pattern. Life has altered a few of my young ideals. There is no happily ever after. There is only life.

I learned long ago there is no such person as Prince Charming. Although there are men out there who may come close, no one actually lives up to those ideals. Men are inherently self-centered. If you don’t believe me, think about how when he’s sick, he needs all your help but when you’re sick, you really don’t get any help. And how many do you really know that clean house? Not that many. ‘Nuff said!

Which brings me to my point. I know it took long enough. Hush! My favorite movie is a lot like my favorite book. The movie you ask? Why, it’s the very classic tale of right versus wrong, good versus evil, and, the hatred of men for others not like themselves. It’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

Where else do you get intrigue, mystery, thrills, and a fight for the right? It’s set in 1930’s south with all the drama of the courtroom. A black man is accused of raping a white woman during the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan. Lynching was still a common occurrence. The jury of his peers was all white men. His attorney, Atticus Finch, defended him no matter the derision of his fellow townspeople. All the while this is going on, little Scout, her brother, Jem, and their neighbor, Dill, are having an eye-opening summer. And it’s all told through Scout’s eyes.

What I love about this story is that since it is told by a young girl learning about the harsh realities of life, you see her grow with the happenings in the movie. It was originally a Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Harper Lee. And it is the only novel ever written by Harper Lee. It was loosely based on her life in which her father was an attorney and she did have an older brother. Possibly the most interesting bit of trivia is that the neighbor boy, Dill, was actually based on Truman Capote, who really was a friend of hers from childhood. When he wrote, “In Cold Blood” it was Harper Lee he called on to critique the book.

I know I’ve rambled on, but I’m sure you can see that this movie is my favorite movie. Maybe I’ll tell you about my second favorite sometime. If I do, you’ll really get an idea of the theme I have going on in my psyche. I won’t go on and on, because I might run out of things to write about and I know you wouldn’t want that. What would you do without a regular dose of me?

Crazy Time Is Here!

Yeah, you heard me. Oktoberfest!!!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fawk You Friday!

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Yes, it's time. And you know what that means! It's time to break out and let the Fawks fly! You know what I'm talking about. All those really aggravating times when someone cut you off in traffic, gave you the stink eye for no reason, told you how to raise your kids, or anything that pissed you off qualify for this hop. So I expect to see you all today. Write it down, copy and paste. I do it all the time and I know you do too. You're bloggers for crying out loud!

For those of you who are not comfortable using the button, you are still able to use the button from either my c0-host, Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, or use mine on your post. We know you have family that reads these blogs. Just join in anyway and use one that will be comfortable for you.

My Fawk You list could be lacking this week just a bit. I finally got a halfway decent photo of the bird who hates to have her picture taken. Yes, she's me in foul form. Scary isn't it? Here's the proof that I got at least on shot. It isn't perfect, but this is about as close as she lets me get.

And don't forget about CB at One Crazy Brunette Chick for Blog Stalk Friday!

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So here's the short list this week.



Okay, I told you it would be short. Now get your list posted and link up. I said so!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

More Awards!

I am going to attempt to live up to these wonderful bloggers and pass on the joy. Hope you all enjoy them as much as I do!

This is from Samantha at Have Sippy Will Travel, and Lil Bit at Lil Bits, Big World, both thought I deserved this award. How great is that? So I am honored to accept. The only caveat is that the award originally required that you pass this on to 15 bloggers. That would be a bit much for me to do so I will choose 1. Here's the recipient.

To the Mad Woman behind A Diary of a Mad Woman, I love reading your blog. Such a wonderful take on life you have. Enjoy!

This one came from Miss C at Life As I See It. She thinks I'm a lady. The poor soul. I do appreciate the thought and I will pass this on to a couple of ladies I think deserve it.

A lady always has your back no matter the situation.
Drinks With The Diva

A lady always takes life in stride and comes out on top.

A lady always knows how to use her stilettos to her advantage.
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A lady always knows how to spread the love.

A lady always knows how to keep my in stitches.

There you have it. Awards for the week and hope you all will check out the ones I chose to pass them on to. You better, cause I do. And while we're at it, don't forget the Fawk You Friday hop that will be on the agenda tomorrow. I expect to see you all there too.

Where Did Sanity and Reason Go?

Don’t get me started on some of the inane things I have been seeing on tv these days. It’s really sad that people like Glenn Beck and Christina O’Donnell are making the big news stories lately. It’s mainly because they both preach discrimination. Yeah, you read me correctly. Don’t get your drawers all up in a bunch.

Let’s take Glenn Beck first, shall we? First, he reminds me too much of Rush Limbaugh and that’s enough right there to make me gag every time I see him. So you ask, “Why are you writing about him?” Because we need some sanity infused somewhere in this world or it will explode!

I refuse to discuss what he said about the First Daughters not being educated, but I will discuss the comments he had for Michelle Obama. We have a First Lady who is taking on the topic of obesity and how to combat this awful scourge in America by starting a vegetable garden on the White House lawn. She truly believes that we as a nation are overweight and it is contributing to the decline in our health. Who thinks this is incorrect? NOT ME!!! WE ARE AN OVERWEIGHT NATION AND IT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED!!! I am one of those who needs to change my eating habits so I believe it’s a great idea. I am not in denial. She wouldn’t be the first First Lady to come up with an idea that the nation gets behind. Does anyone remember “Just Say No”? That was Nancy Reagan’s baby. Yeah, the opposition.

So this time “Mr” Beck tells Ms. Obama to “Get away from my fries, Mrs. Obama”. He went on to say, "First politician that comes up to me with a carrot stick, I've got a place for it. And it's not in my tummy." I think he wants to keep everyone overweight so he might stand a chance of outrunning them when they try to beat him up for being a celebrity poser. He so craves the limelight that he even held the “Restoring Honor Rally” in which he claimed he didn’t know it was the anniversary of the famous “I Have A Dream” speech by the most honorable Martin Luther King Jr. And he claims to be an historian. Another nail in his coffin, don’t you think?

Then we have Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party poster child. And if she’s a Wiccan, so be it. Don’t we have the right to worship as we choose in the country? (Oh yeah, I forgot. Not necessarily.) Apparently she can’t decide what religion she wants to follow because she started out as a Catholic, “dabbled” in witchcraft, and then turned Evangelical Christian. How did she win the primary in Delaware? Are we to believe the entire Republican party in Delaware has lost its mind? I am inclined to believe it.

So here’s what I want everyone in the Washington D. C. area to do because I won’t be able to. Go to Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert’s March To Keep Fear Alive on October 31st. I don’t care what age you are, just get there and support them! Let’s get those right wing wingnuts shaking in their shoes! Just do it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Why Is It So Hard?

Why is everyone on Capitol Hill so reluctant to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? How hard is it to give loyal, patriotic soldiers the option to be open about who they are? What makes them less than human in the eyes of Congress? Why do they have to be “separated”? Are we being told they have some dreaded disease that will spread like an epidemic? Are we being told they are not as intelligent as the rest of us?

These are people who fight for our country just like any other soldier in our armed forces. They sweat like every other soldier. They learn and become experts at every part of combat fighting they are taught like every other soldier. They help other soldiers when they are wounded like every other soldier. They bleed like every other soldier. They die like every other soldier.

I am ashamed of our Congress right now. Our duly elected officials are discriminating against those soldiers who VOLUNTEER for service. We do not have a draft. Every soldier who serves has volunteered for the service they provide us. They have made a conscious decision to defend the United States of America. And the lawmakers do nothing to support them. We already have enough soldiers coming home with PTSD and showing deep emotional problems. Why would we add to that by not letting them be who they are?

I am proud of those soldiers. I do not care if they are black, red, white, purple, green, or blue. And I really do not care what their sexual orientation is. They are heroes to me. They should be to every American citizen.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tuesday Train


Alrighty then! It's time for another trip on the Tuesday Train. Are you ready? I know I am. Believe me when I say I love the train ride.

Most of the last week has been okay; however, I lost two followers over the last couple of days. I'm beginning to think it's my witty repartee. I'm thinking they don't like what I write about. Maybe I'm too boring for them. Oh well, too bad for them. If they can't take it, they need to go elsewhere. And, yes, I'm playing with the template again. Deal with it!

Before we start boarding the train, don't forget about Fawk You Friday. If you are offended by the button, use mine or J's at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog, and you'll be just fine. My friend J also hosts the Follow Me Back Tuesday meme. Now click on here to join in that great hop too. Now on to today's business.

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So here we go on the ride! Remember, have the button where me or my most awesome co-host, This Little Family, can find it and you're good to go. That's all we ask. So join the linky at the bottom of the page and have some fun.


News Of The Not So Norm

Who knew that caffeine could be used as a defense for murder? I wonder if that guy really understands how ludicrous that sounds. Oh yeah, his lawyer gets to argue this in court. I have a feeling the judge allowed it because he knew that any reasonable person would throw it out the window. I know I would. Check out the story here!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

How I Loathe Teacher's Pets

I always have. What, you ask, prompted this statement? Why, the teacher’s pet in my Accounting class, that’s who. The little varmint that decided to start monitoring everyone else’s posts in the class is who I’m talking about. Let me explain.

I go to school online which is called Blackboard. We also have a discussion board for everyone to participate in discussions with fellow students. All my classes are online including all my math classes and at my age, that’s a bit scary. I am currently in two classes and one of them is going to kick my ass. It’s called Statistics. Yikes! I’m wondering what I got myself in for with that one. My other class is Accounting 1. Accounting 2 will come later. I hope she isn’t in that one.

Below is one of her missives and this one was for me. I am not alone in her monitoring, she monitors everyone. She finds it her job to correct people on their posts. I find that hard to deal with. I am not perfect, and I know I’ve written things that could be considered rude, but when she takes on the job of correcting people before the instructor does, I have a problem.

“Hey Christina,
Just wanted to let you know that the transaction you used was already used by *******. You might want to check with the Professor to see if you have to redo it using a different transaction.”

Now is that her job? It just so happens that the person she’s referring to that I “copied” posted just a few moments before I did. That means I would not have seen her post before submitting mine. And the instructor commented on mine as though I was spot on with my post. She had to have seen that I had the same transaction and did not tell me to choose a different one, but the teacher’s pet did.

I may have to consider getting my bat out again. I really don’t care for teacher’s pets. If you are one, hit “Next Blog” and do it now!

Well, What's Your Answer?

My buddy at Crazy Daze and Nite Dreams is trying to get a new meme going and I want you all to give it a shot. She’s pretty cool and you all should go check her out. It’s called What’s You Answer and here’s today’s questions.

What do you think other people think of you? Do you think they see you the way you really are?

I’m not sure what others think of me. It depends on the person. Some people think I’m not worth their time and others think I’m okay. No I don’t think they see me the way I really am and it is mostly because no one has really taken the time to get to know me.

Have you thought about what you want your epitaph to read?

She loved to laugh.

Let’s see your answers!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Are We Going Too Far?

Maybe someone can help me with this. Are we going too far when young men of a certain age, maybe 18 or 19, have a 17 year old girlfriend and they are charged with a felony sex crime? At the risk of bringing down the wrath of all those parents out there who think they should be, I say yes we are. I know….I’m going to hell.

I have read too many stories of these young men who send “photos of themselves” to their girlfriend they are already having sex with and mom and/or dad finding it, then having the boyfriend arrested. Up until this time, the boyfriend was probably welcomed into the home as part of the family. Even if he wasn’t, there isn’t this huge age difference in the two. Most people would consider this a normal age gap in a relationship. The poor kid now has to register as a sex offender and live that way for the rest of his life.

These circumstances are nothing like the Mary Kay Letourneau fiasco or maybe the guy who searches for a young girl on the internet and lures her away. We are talking about a normal relationship between a girl and a boy. They just have more technology available at their fingertips than we used to. What are the lawmakers thinking when they press charges? How do they hang a sex offender tag on a boy with his girlfriend? I don’t get it.

A few years ago, there was a case about an 18 year old boy whose girlfriend was 17. They had been junior high sweethearts so they had been together for about 3 years. He had been considered part of her family and she of his. Well, her dad found out they were actually having sex and had him charged with statutory rape. This was a boy who had NO CRIMINAL RECORD AND WAS ON THE HONOR ROLL AT SCHOOL. He already had a scholarship to go to college. He was going to make something of himself. He was sentenced to 10 YEARS IN PRISON. He isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last.

I think it’s sad that boys like this are branded like that when there is no huge age gap and they were known to be girlfriend and boyfriend. What happened to common sense in law? What damage is done that is not reversible? That boy I told you about? He missed out on a promising life just because the law has no allowances for cases like his. How sad is that?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fawk You Friday!

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There was an issue raised with me that J and I have talked about. It has to do with the fact that some of you may have an issue with the button for Fawk You Friday. We are willing to compromise because we are so awesome (LOLOLOLOL), and let you choose one of our buttons for your post. Hopefully, this will let some of you who do have a problem with the current button but not the words, to join in and not offend your followers. Does that sound fair? I think it does.

Yes you must link up because I said so. Check out my lovely co-host J at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. She has great giveaways and reviews. So link up with us today and have some fun! Just do it!!!

And don't forget the super sexy CB at One Crazy Brunette Chick. She hosts the Blog Stalk Friday. You can get there by clicking on this really awesome looking button.
Really, you should join there too.

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My Fawk You list is as follows:

Fawk You to boaters who make you want to carry a long range rifle. YOU ALMOST KILLED MY GRANDDAUGHTER!!! YOU SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!


Fawk You to html and web design. DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO HARD?!!? I NEED TO LEARN AND NOT BE DISCOURAGED!!!

Get your Fawk Yous listed and link up now! We want to see them. We want to sympathize. Really!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Do You Ever Want To Go Back?

Do you ever want to go back to a simpler time in life? I know I do at times. I usually want to go back to a time when my kids were still young. Of course, that means we still had Amanda. That may be part of the wishful thinking.) I just think about how we did everything together and I sometimes wish it would be nice to go there again. I know life doesn’t work that way, but at least I have my memories.

There was one year in particular that was especially fun. We lived in Wyoming in a town that was in the middle of nowhere, but it had outdoor activities galore. The North Platte River went right through town and there was always the mountains a short drive away. We camped every summer and almost every weekend. That was a blast for several reasons.

We had a dune buggy or sand rail as it is sometimes called. There were so many old forest roads that you could be gone an entire day and still not make it back where you started. We put so many miles on that thing it’s a wonder it still ran. It was only a two-seater so we all took turns.

My boys loved to ride on it, but the girls had more fun with it. Amanda, our youngest, couldn’t really go very far in it. Her balance wasn’t the best and we didn’t have a way to get her really secure. But she did get to go for short rides that made her giggle so hard her whole body shook and she wouldn’t breathe. That would all happen in about 100 feet. She loved the jiggling she got from the ride itself. Then there was my oldest, otherwise known as………The Fearless One.

This girl was a blast as a kid. (She still has a killer sense of humor that I truly appreciate.) My brothers threw her around all over the place. I mean they threw her. That was when she was still small. I remember her being placed on the newel post at my mom’s house (by my brother’s), then told to jump. And she jumped! She wasn’t even a year old. She had no fear and complete trust in her uncles. She carried that all through her childhood.

When it came to the buggy, her appetite for adventure did not waiver. My husband would take that buggy through anything. That meant snow, dust, or mud. The latter is the one my daughter had so much fun with. Those two would be gone for a couple of hours because of their favorite mud hole. When they came back, they would be covered from head to toe in mud. (Picture an open frame vehicle with monster rear tires and no fenders. Boy can they sling the mud.) Many times they would come back and the only thing visible would be around their eyes where their glasses had been. What a sight they were.

And there is my beautiful, blue-eyed, blond haired daughter covered in it. All you could see were her eyes. You couldn’t tell what color her hair was or what clothes she had on. She would stand by the campfire and wring, yes I said wring, out her hair. The mud would be in piles when she would get done. Of course, you always knew she’d had a great time because the only other part of her visible would be her teeth. That’s because they didn’t get covered in mud and she was smiling from ear to ear.

This is one of my favorite photos of her.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Really Rude Boaters

The rules of the water state that you are responsible for your own wake. I guess that doesn’t apply to the rich assholes running their boats up and down the Mississippi near La Crosse. On Sunday we were out on the river for my birthday and it was turning out to be a great day. Then the bottom feeders of the river came out. Yes, I said the bottom feeders.

They are the boaters who think they are above you but they really have the worst manners and do the most damage to others and to the river. The boats they drive have a very large draft. In other words, they have to have a lot of water underneath them or they will scrape the bottom. What that means in terms of the wake their boats churn up is not good for other boaters. They leave deep, deep troughs in the water that other boats must go through. It can be a dangerous situation.

I was riding on top of the boat (we have an old houseboat) with some friends when one of those jerks flew past us. Sitting on the top deck you don’t get the full force of the hit. So we didn’t know how bad it was until my husband came out to ask if I got any photos of the boat that flew past ours. I hadn’t because I didn’t realize how bad it was.

My son was driving the boat when it happened and he turned into the wake like he was supposed to. The problem was that the trough was so deep it slammed into the bottom of it. The step came off the front of the boat and the whole deck was covered in about 4 inches of water. It moved the grill about 2 feet and slammed all the chairs against the rail. My daughter got soaked from the waist down and my granddaughter got fairly soaked too. The only reason she didn’t get it worse was because my daughter picked her up in time.

Since I didn’t get that guy on video, I made it my mission to video anyone else out there being assholes by going too fast. So now I have some video and believe me, I will be doing that. When you have other people on the boat and you are responsible for them, you take crap like that personally. My granddaughter could have been seriously hurt or worse, swept overboard. Even though she had her vest on, it would have been a scary, scary thing. She’s only 2. I will be on the lookout from now on.

The picture I took shows what’s left of the water on the deck 10 minutes after the fact. Even with 7 or 8 drain holes there was still standing water. Ridiculous! Wish I’d had my bat. I might have caught up with him and used it on him. He shouldn’t be allowed to drive a boat on the Mississippi.

An Award!

Nanny at Naughty Mommy Reviews has been so gracious to award me the One Lovely Blog Award. How great is that? So here goes the rules and what I need to do.

1. I accept this award from Nanny and am very grateful for it. Thank you so much.
2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers. This list will be below this.
3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they have been chosen.

Here is the list of those I feel deserve the recognition.
1. This Little Family
2. Buzzing The Day Away
3. Crazy Daze & Nite Dreams
4. Diary of A Mad Woman
5. My Cyber House Rules
6. Traci66
7. The Lunatic Cafe

I’m going to buck the trend like I always do and only list 7. Sorry folks but this would take me forever and school is calling. Now I'm off to let everyone know. If I don't get the email to you before you see this, please don't think too harshly of me.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Tuesday Train


Welcome to another Tuesday Train. We are boarding now. And we're going over this again. If we cannot find the button on your blog, you will be deleted. It isn't hard to copy and paste so just do it. Now onto more business.

In addition to having the button on your blog or post, you need to follow the co-hosts. That would be me and This Little Family. Easy enough right? Then just enter your link in the linky below this post and you'll be ready for some hopping. Now doesn't that sound like fun? I thought so.

Now for another shameless plug. We have been trying to get our Fawk You Friday hop up and running and it is not going as well as planned. We use this to vent all our frustrations for the week. It isn't a bad thing or a bad word like I've heard some say. Please consider who you follow. I'm sure there are ones you follow that use much worse language than Fawk. Here's the button, plan your post and link up with me or my super scrumptious co-host, Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. Join the fun. Here's the link to the button.

IF I CAN'T FIND THE BUTTON YOU WILL BE DELETED!!! Now get with the program and board the Tuesday Train!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

When Does a Blog (or writer of said blog) Get Too Big?

And why aren't you joining Fawk You Friday?

I’ll tell you how they get too big. They join other people’s blog hop and don’t follow the rules. Really? How hard is it to follow some simple rules? I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again. Copying and pasting a button into a post is one of the simplest things a person can do in blogger. If you can navigate writing a post and publishing it, then you can put a button in the post. It’s really starting to piss me off.

My co-host, This Little Family, and I host the Tuesday Train. We have in excess of 30% that DO NOT POST THE BUTTON! The worst part of it is that most of the repeat offenders are blogs waaaaaaay bigger than me. Some are even bigger than my co-host. I don’t get it. It is just absolute disrespect for others that cause this and it pisses me off. That’s when you know a blog, or the writer, has become too big for their britches. GET OVER YOURSELVES AND FOLLOW THE RULES YOU REQUIRE ON YOUR HOPS!!!

Now don't forget about Fawk You Friday this week! We aren't doing so well in the amount of participants. Why is that? I have been on this planet for many years, 48 to be exact, and I know there is ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BITCH ABOUT!!! Trust me, you can find something. I also know that most of you don't think the word Fawk is bad. So where have you been? My buddy J, at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog is freakin' awesome and she's the one who started this hop. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE REASON IT WAS STARTED. THE OTHER HOP DIDN'T WANT TO SUPPORT A KID WITH CANCER!!!

Let's talk about that. I don't mention it much on here, but I lost a child to cancer. It is disgraceful to me to think that someone would not be supportive of that child. So to keep this going, everyone needs to remember why it began in the first place. Show your support of J because she was one of those who hosted the other hop and withdrew her support because they wouldn't let one of the blogs raising money for the child with cancer be listed at the top of the hop. That really stinks in my book.

So for the rest of the week I will be reminding you that you should join the Fawk You Friday and enjoy it! There are some really awesome blogs on the list every week and you may be missing them. Be there!

Friday, September 10, 2010


That morning I was getting my youngest ready for school and had CNN on as usual. I remember hearing the tone of the news person’s voice change to fear. After all, they were in New York too. I was in total shock. I could not believe what I was seeing. What a day.

What struck me as even more unbelievable were the stories I heard about those directly involved. Here are two that made me realize how small this world is.

The first story I heard was of two friends who were going to fly to Los Angeles for vacation. One of them was taking her young daughter. I believe she was about 8. When they went to purchase the tickets, there were only a couple of seats left on one of the flights and because of business scheduling; the friend would go on the later flight. They decided to fly that way instead of postponing their trip.

That morning, the mother and daughter boarded the plane and took off for L.A. The friend boarded her flight about a half hour later and that flight took off. What happened next is something the whole world is aware of. These flights were connected in a very tragic way. One plane carrying the mother and daughter hit one tower and the plane carrying their friend hit the other. What were the odds that would happen? Of all the flights the terrorists could have hijacked……

The other story that sticks out in my mind was the story of a father and son. The father worked, and still does, at the Pentagon. He had taken the day off because his son would be boarding a plane for a school trip to San Diego. After he saw his son off on the plane, he hit the links for a few rounds of golf. He had just teed off that morning when he received a call from someone at the Pentagon asking him to return to work. There had been a terrible event. It wasn’t until he arrived that he found out a plane had hit the Pentagon. It hit the wing that he worked in and he would have been killed had he been at work. No one in his office survived. Not long after that he found out that the plane that hit the Pentagon was the plane that carried his son.

When I hear stories like this I know we live in a very small world. What are the chances that any of this would have happened? Were they people singled out in some sort of karmic way? Were they part of a bigger picture? I don’t know, but I do know that we should all be thankful for every day we have.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fawk You Friday!

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Here we go again! It's Friday and that means you get to vent your frustrations and let your Fawks fly. How simple is it to do you ask? Why, very simple. Write your post, publish it, copy the link, and paste it into the link at the bottom of this page or my co-host's at Boobies, Babies, & A Blog. Then make sure you are following us and you are good to go. Not hard at all.

Before I continue with my Fawks for the week, don't forget to join our other buddy, CB at One Crazy Brunette, for the Blog Stalk Friday. And believe me, she's crazy. Just like she says.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mothers and Daughters

This is for all you moms with daughters out there. Our daughters look to their fathers to judge men. They look at how their father treats their mom and how he treats them. It goes even further. Our daughters will look at how he treats his own mother, even picking up how he talks about her. That is their basis for what a man is supposed to be. I know this is what I did.

Our daughters will look to their mothers, us, to judge themselves. We did the same thing growing up. Our mothers were the cornerstone of our own self worth. We look to our mothers to tell us the truth. We look to our mothers to tell us how to feel about ourselves. This is a balancing act of massive proportions.

The entire time we are growing up, we are bombarded with images of what a body should look like. It is all over the television, magazines, and fashion sites on the internet. We are supposed to be a certain size and dress a certain way. Without our mother’s influence, it can become a very troublesome and time consuming issue we lose control of quickly.

I have to preface the next part of this post by saying that I love my mother dearly and she has had some serious health issues in the last few years that could have taken her. I do not want that and I am not ready for that yet. I love my mom and would do anything for her.

When I was a child, I grew up with a mother who was very concerned with appearances. I can remember as a very young child wearing clothing that she thought was the best for me. Now I realize that is normal. We all choose our kids’ clothes. Otherwise they would look like they’d been drug out of the closet and may not have been washed before they were worn again. That is a typical kid thing to do. What I didn’t know at the time was how much more that had to do with my mom’s way of looking at things as opposed to the normal mom thing about kids clothes.

She always made sure my hair was done a certain way, my clothes were done a certain way, and I acted a certain way. Although that’s normal to a degree, it didn’t really change to accommodate my age. In other words, she ruled with an iron hand long after it was necessary. Throughout all of this, I was aware that she felt I did not measure up when it came to my physical attractiveness.

It was never that she said that. Believe me that would not have come out of her mouth. It was in comments that were made over the years. I remember being in junior high and looking at my mom’s wedding outfit. She got married in a small ceremony and did not have a wedding dress. I asked her if I could try it on. Her response was that I wouldn’t be able to wear it. I thought that was odd, because I knew what size I wore and I should have been able to wear it. When I tried to tell her I thought I could, she insisted I would not be able to because she was so much smaller than I was.

The problem with this was that I really wasn’t any bigger than she was. That was when my obsession with the scales became more and more prevalent. From then on, I watched them. After I graduated from high school, I lost more weight. I think it was because I was started working more hours and some odd hours, so I wasn’t eating as much as when I had a schedule. I was also working overtime at one job and had an additional job helping friends of mine with their dairy cattle. I got pretty thin. I stayed that way for several years.

When I got married, I was still really thin, but I was healthy. The thing is I was pregnant with my first child. No one knew it because I didn’t show until I was almost 5 months pregnant. What happened the last couple of months though was not so much fun. I developed a health issue with the pregnancy. My blood pressure didn’t skyrocket like some, but it did stay elevated. Part of that is weight gain that is a bit above normal. I gained about 50 pounds during the entire pregnancy.

My mom informed me that she gained about that much too but walked out of the hospital with only 6 to lose to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight. I walked out of the hospital needing to lose about 30 to even come close to where I was before I got pregnant. I never did lose it but I heard about her weight loss more than a couple of times. One summer when I was young, she only weighed 110. I know because I’ve heard about that. My weight, on the other hand, has continued to fluctuate every since.

The last time I heard about the weight issue was when I said to her, “I know Mom. I’ve always weighed more than you.” That was only a few months ago. I was reminded how she feels about appearances the other morning when we were watching CNN. A female politician came on camera talking about her ideas and she said, “She isn’t a very pretty woman is she?”

That’s when I realized why my self esteem was so low. She always told me I was smarter than she was, but she always made me feel I didn’t measure up in the looks department. It was never overt, but it flew under the surface. There is a reason why I’m telling you this.

Please do not feel I resent my mom for any of this. I understand some things now that I did not when I was younger. She still has some of those tendencies but I know how to deal with them better than I used to. She is who she is and she will not change.

I don’t want any of you to make the same mistake. Your daughter’s self esteem will suffer terribly if she feels she can’t measure up to you. You are her model of how to be a woman. I know that because I have done things with my daughter I shouldn’t have because I didn’t know any better. I didn't learn this lesson until it was too late. Please, learn from this.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tuesday Train


A little "bidness" before we start. Last week a full 39.2% of all entries did NOT HAVE THE BUTTON ON THEIR BLOG ANYWHERE. This is a problem. I find it disrespectful to everyone who is joining us on the hop by not helping direct people to their blogs. This is not about me or my co-host. This is about the other people who enter their blogs hoping to find other followers and blog buddies and are losing out because no one knows there is a hop. I will find a hop on another blog and follow some of those links so I know everyone else does. By not letting people know there is a hop takes away from the start up blogs or blogs just looking for others like theirs. That I find rude. I want everyone to have fun here and meet new people. That will only be accomplished if EVERYONE POSTS THE BUTTON. You WILL be removed if you choose not to do so.

The rules are simple. Follow the hosts, I'm Just Sayin' and This Little Family, make sure the button for Tuesday Train is visible on your blog (not a specific post if you don't want to) and join the hop.

Meet Me On Monday?

I haven't participated in this before but thought it looked like fun. Our blog peer, Java at Never Growing Old, is the wonderful host for this. Hop over there and join in the fun. So here goes.

1. Do you wear socks to bed? No. I wear a cami and panties. Used to be really naked, but when I did, it was almost expected that I "perform". Not every night thank you.

2. Do you have any pets? Yes. Two dogs, Boo and Maddy.

3. What topping(s) do you like on your pizza? I'm a supreme pizza girl. Must have peppers and black olives.

4. What time do you go to bed? That varies, but mostly between 10 and 11pm.

5. Would you rather get free chocolate for one year or free potatoes forever? Neither. I really don't eat either one of them.

Let's hear your answers. Hop over and grab the button and tell us what your life is like.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What Is Going On?

My mom has been here since Thursday and I have been sort of slacking on the old blog. I know, shame on me, I should be hung from the nearest flag pole and flogged. Well, you’ll all live. Anyway, I went to the store Friday to get some things for supper and the place was crazy. I don’t mean everyone was jumping around, dancing like zombies or anything. I mean there were crowded aisles, no room to turn around, and the parking manners were atrocious.

Talk about crowded in the store. The aisles are narrow anyway and then you have people leaving their carts IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AISLE SO THEY CAN SITE SEE!!! Don’t they have some manners? They weren’t apologizing for being rude. I’m not saying I never do it myself, but I will apologize for it when someone comes down the aisle just trying to get through. Not one time did I hear anyone say they were sorry for blocking the aisles. Rude people should just stay home.

Then there are the people who think they can park any way they choose. What the hell are you thinking? Do you really think it’s okay to park so someone cannot get in their own car? If you can’t park correctly, GO PARK AT THE MOST OUTER REACHES OF THE PARKING LOT!!! Do not try to park closer to the store than you are capable of having the finesse to get in the space. Rude people to should just stay home.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

An Award!

1. If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be? I don't think I would change anything. The fact is, I am who I am because of how I've lived. And I think I'm a pretty great person.

2. The second thing is to pass it on to 4 bloggers and let them know they won it. This is going to be a tough one. I have so many bloggy buds that deserve this award so much, but I'll give it my best shot.

The Random Blogette
and they think I'm crazy?
Blog Trolls
Darwinfish 2

3. The third and final thing is to thank the person who gave you the award. This thank you goes out to the stupendous Miss C at Life As I See It. She is funny, smart, and has a wit that cannot be ignored. I'm telling you that you need to check her out. SO DO IT!!!