Wednesday, December 31, 2008
*Complete NaNoWriMo (I've participated, but not yet completed)
*complete the 100 push up challenge (this starts 1/1/09)
*play a game of tennis
*learn a song on the piano
*list of 25 things that inspire me (to be looked at when I need some inspiration)
*get a college degree
*publish a second fiction book
*read the bible
*publish a non fiction book (I've always wanted to write Rick Springfield's biography)
*get a family photo taken (more often!)
*read all Harry Potter books
*travel to Australia
*travel to Greece
*create a book of my favorite photos (more inspiration?!?)
*inventory CD's, DVD's and books as well as electronics etc around the house
*complete AHA instructor course
*go to a non Rick Springfield concert (2/15/09-Motley Crue, Hinder, Theory of a Deadman and Last Vegas!)
*participate in a walk/run for charity (4/11/09 Red Shoe Run for organ donor awareness)
*take kids to Disney
*join a writer's group
*write a book/story with the girls
*create a family "holiday" calendar
*See Lyric graduate High school
*See Lyric graduate college
*See Lyric get married
*See Jazz graduate high school
*See Jazz graduate college
*See Jazz get married
*host an annual family game night
*participate in a support group for infant/child loss
*learn to knit
Meet Rick Springfield has always been on my list. Nice to finally cross that off!
So has meet Barbara Delinsky- does a 15 minute phone call count?
Publish a book- done!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I started working on my 101 things list 12/1. It's 12/30. I'm giving up. Well, not so much giving up as changing. I decided to transfer it to my "Bucket List"...or as I like to call it, "All the things I want to do before I die" or "My Lifetime to do list". some of the 101 things will transfer very nicely to the new/revised list. Some will just have to be forgotten. But I'm okay with that. I spent some time thinking about all the things I want to do and all the things I need to do. Then I decided that having a list of 101 things was too much pressure. There will still be things to do, items checked off, and photos of aforementioned things. Just here, instead of a seperate blog. And since I have "A lifetime" to complete them- the pressures off, or at least lightened.
So, once I get the new list written, I'll post it here. You'll get to see it and maybe get some ideas of things that you would like to do too! And now I'll be able to put things on the list that are farther in the future (trip to Greece for 20th anniversary, see Lyric & Jazz get married, be a grandma!)
I don't look at it as quiting. I look at it as realizing I jumped in with both feet before I really thought out the whole process. 1001 days is a really long time. And what if there was something that I didn't get done?!? Would I beat myself up about it? Would it really matter? A To Do list is nice because it is just things that I would like to do/make happen in a less stressful form.
Another nice thing about a to do list is you can add things and take away things as necessary. With the 101 things, I was kind of locked in to, well, 101 things....LOL
So, here's to a new year. A less stressful, more organized, fun year!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Okay, not really. At least not at our house. Everybody liked what they got. The kids were thrilled. I'm not sure what their faves are yet but Lyric got Harry Potter Clue and all the Twilight books. Jazz got a HSM Build A Bear. They both got new radios and socks, warm stuff, movies, etc.
Wanna know what I got?? Do you really?? Okay. I got this...
unexpected but much appreciated! Don't get me wrong. I like my nano and it has served me well, but I LOVE the touch! I haven't worked out all the settings and what not yet, but I did carry it around with me all day yesterday. It helped keep Jazz busy when she was "bored" because I already had a few games on it. I'm going to put Mama Mia on it for traveling, too.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We are getting more snow today and even though it is making the roads crazy slippery, it's the kind of light, fluffy snow that you should get at Christmas time. I wanted to take a pix but my memory card is full, so tonight I need to dump everything to the computer so I don't miss anything tomorrow.
Lyric got an ipod touch for her birthday. I'm hoping that Santa is bringing me one tonight. I know I won't get the camera or the car (and probably not the vacation) so I'm holding out for the touch. I must say though, Fisher is a very good gift giver. He is very generous and sometimes gets me stuff I didn't even know I wanted (like a couple years ago when he got me an ipod nano- that now I can't live without) So, whatever he gets me will be great. And since I know I've surprised him (because his gift is at my mom's) I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.
Side note- Fisher called last night to make sure he had my mom's phone number. Do you think that he's hiding my gift over there as well?!? Wouldn't that me funny.
Don't forget- Jesus is the reason for the season
Monday, December 22, 2008
Yes, I'm a gamer. I've always loved video games and if you bring me a Wii, I promise to share with the rest of the family. I will, really!
One less photo and it would have been this:
So, if you are reading this: go to your fourth photo folder and post your fourth photo. Link back to me or comment so I can check it out.
Friday, December 19, 2008
If you want to see who else is playing today, head on over to Candid Carrie .
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I got a gift from a co worker today. In it were these kisses. How many different flavors do you think they have?? These are mint truffle (green), peppermint (red on the left), cheesecake (gold on the right), hot cocoa(tan/orange on bottom) but the best is the one in the middle. Look closely. Can you read the tag??
I don't know if there are "nice" ones out there too, but how funny are these. I think they are just "regular" chocolate, but I haven't actually tried it yet.
So, have you been naughty or nice this year??
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I do 90% of the Christmas shopping for the kids and the family. I usually don't mind shopping, but I hate buying just to buy, especially when I don't know what the nieces and nephews are into. I also do the wrapping of the previously mentioned gifts.
Fisher puts up some sort of lights outside. This year it's a spotlight on the wreath hanging on the house. Very cool.
The kids and I usually bake cookies with my mom. We don't have this set up yet, but Jazz was just asking about it the other day.
Christmas Eve is at our house with a 10pm church service to follow. Christmas eve is at Fisher's older brother's house. It's been that way for years, and it works out pretty good.
What are your holiday traditions???
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Finals are over (for me) and I'm *this* close to getting an A in art. Seriously. I took my final last night and then was able to figure my percent overall right away. 89.7% So, if they round up to an even percent, I'll have a 90- which is an A. If no rounding, a B. I hate, hate, hate being that close and not being able to do anything about it. I really, really,really want an A. Grades are due by Friday, and will be available to me next week. I'll let you know.
Jazz's first performance at her new school got cancelled due to the aforementioned weather. Which is good, we don't have to be out in this stuff, but bad because when will they reschedule it?? Next Tuesday when we are having our girl scout holiday party? Wednesday, when she has dance? After the winter break? I'm sure she'll bring a note home today.
Speaking of winter break- when did it become winter break instead of Christmas Break? Same with Spring Break instead of Easter?? Spring Break is for College kids. Not my 9 year old. I know that it's basically the same thing, and I am very open to other people, cultures, ideas and whatnot. I do however take offense that my kids can't sing "traditional" Christmas songs at school (you know, all the ones we sang) because we might offend somebody. If you are that easily offended, well, I don't know what to say. Instead of "Silent Night" or "Away in a manger" Jazz is singing some song about Martha Stewart. Yup, that's right. Martha has made her way into the Holiday Program. I know this, 1) because Jazz has been practicing and 2) because Lyric did this same performance when she was in 4th grade.
I hope that I have not offended anybody as that is never my intention. What are your thoughts on Holiday vs Christmas? Let's dish.
Monday, December 08, 2008
2. List at least six ways that you measure success in your life (or for your blog).
3. Assign this award to five other blogs and leave them a comment telling the blogger that you’ve assigned them this award.
I’m awarding this to…
Two new friends (like two people who don't regularly read my blog but would like to play along) Just comment that you are playing!
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Here's to keeping warm!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I had a long weekend away from work, and except for studying for my final, I wasn't on the computer much. Now, I'm back.
I stopped by Lynns Life Online and she had a favorite things sort of post. I'm playing along. I got the letter T and it was not easy, but here's my list.
*Tinkerbell (she's cute, funny, and a little bit naughty!)
*tea (green or white- hot or cold)
*The Shield (I know this is a bit of a stretch, but since the series ended last week, I figured it would count)
*Thanks (as in giving thanks to those that deserve it)
*Taking pictures (again a bit of a stretch, but it's my list)
*Traveling (as long as I know where I'm going, I love to travel, either by car, train, plane or boat)
*theatre (musical theatre usually but I love a good play)
*time off (see note above)
*Talking with friends ( I know, this is another stretch, but it's my list! )
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A big Happy Thanksgiving to all! I'm looking forward to December and getting ready for the holidays. We have several December birthdays in our family, including Lyric and my mom. As well as just enjoying time with family.
I'll also be working on my next book starting next week. I believe that this one is going to be a collection of short stories as I have several that I've written but not developed into full novel length. I'll keep you posted!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I found some very cool photos on my computer last night that I forgot I had, so I will be posting them over the next few days/weeks (look for them on Friday).
Okay, I'm off. see you Wednesday.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Have a great Sunday night, all. See you tomorrow.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I watched Grey's Anatomy last night, almost entirely uninterrupted. I liked it better than last week, but I'm not sure what the heck they are doing with Izzy and that bothers me. The morning DJ's were saying maybe she has a brain tumor. i don't know if I like that either, but come on! It's one thing to "see" dead people, a whole nother thing to do, well, what she was doing.
Twilight opens today (well, I guess at midnight it opened). We won't be seeing it for a few weeks, maybe by Lyric's birthday. I was excited for the movie, but after seeing a few photos and clips, I'm not as excited. I don't like what they did with Peter Facinelli, and Robert Pattinson doesn't fit my image of Edward. We'll see. I'd like to be pleasantly surprised.
People's sexiest man. Hugh Jackman. (Australian hunk) but sexiest?? Not so sure. Is it funny that he gets this honor right about the time his new movie is coming out?? And the others that I saw on the list?? Not impressed. What's the criteria to be on this list?? Blair Underwood and Zac Efron are the only two that I think deserve to be there. But that is my opinion. I understand that. If you are in love with Hugh Jackman then it's a great week for you! :-)
Okay, so that was a whole lot of "stuff" for today. Enjoy your weekend.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I received an invitation from a family member to attend their daughter "Heidi's" wedding on Father's Day weekend. We canceled our existing plans in order to attend, and gave "Heidi and Dave" an appropriate gift. As the ceremony progressed, the minister asked, "Do you, Steve, take Heidi" ... at which point the guests began whispering to themselves, "STEVE?"
We were embarrassed, thinking we had made a horrible mistake in addressing the gift card -- and we weren't the only ones. Finally, after much discussion among the guests, someone approached the bride's mother to ask if we had made a mistake. "Oh, no," she replied. "Dave backed out two weeks ago. Heidi asked Steve if he would marry her, and he said he wasn't doing anything else this weekend, so why not?"
I was flabbergasted. Predictably, in less than three weeks, this sham of a marriage was over. Heidi, of course, retained all the gifts.
My wife says it's no big deal. I say the bride's parents should have called the guests and explained the circumstances so they could make an informed decision about attending. I was also raised to believe that in cases such as this, where the commitment to marriage was so obviously missing, that the gifts should be returned. Am I wrong? This has caused a rift in the family. -- JILTED GUEST
DEAR GUEST: It appears that Heidi and her parents became so involved in the details of the "production" that they forgot the real meaning of the wedding celebration -- the joining of two people together in a lifetime commitment to each other. Frankly, I am shocked and disappointed that a minister would go along with such a farce, much less "bless" it. (Could the clergyman also have been a stand-in for the real thing?)
Yes, the wedding should have been called off when the groom backed out. Yes, the guests should have been notified. Yes, any unopened or unused gifts should have been promptly returned. And no, you're not wrong.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Now, it's Darren Hayes. I've liked him since the Savage Garden days. He's cute, he can sing, he's from Australia (sound like anybody else??) I didn't even care that people thought he was gay (not like the other guy). And then he came out...Darren, honey, it's okay. I really do like you for your musical ability. As long as you are happy and keep writing songs, I'm there for you. So, anyway, the other day I'm scanning my ipod (prior to the activity that lead to yesterday's post) and I find "In Your Eyes" Darren Hayes UK single. Okay, I just wish that I could imbed that song right her for you to listen to. (Note to readers: If anybody knows how to make that happen, I will send you a gift!) Anyway, there's a couple of things about this song. 1) it was original performed by Peter Gabriel (I don't know if anybody has done), 2) I didn't know/realize that it was on my ipod, and 3) I LOVE THIS SONG. seriously, there is something about it that has totally sucked me in. I listened to it multiple times, in a row. and I'm getting ready to listen to it again. Then, as I'm scrolling through said ipod I find two more Darren Hayes songs that i didn't realize I had. "Strange Magic" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" (which is my second fave Elvis song). So, I'm on a Darren Hayes kick right now. I know that he has some music out there that I don't have. I'll be putting it on my Christmas list. I've been good this year, Santa. I promise!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This is cute. I got it from Heaven's Gift
By my answers, you'll see how varied my music tastes are!
1. Put your music on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag ** friends who might enjoy doing the meme as well as the person you got the meme from.
IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
"We Rock" Camp Rock Soundtrack
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
"You Look Good In My Shirt" Keith Urban
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
"Can't Have You" Jonas Borthers
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE??
"Nothin To Lose" Josh Gracin
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
"It's A Love Thing" Keith Urban (This is sooo true)
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
"Hero/Heroine" Boys Like Girls
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
"Who Knew" Pink
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
"For No One" Rick Springfield
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
"Hicktown" Jason Aldean
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
"This Is Me" Demi Lavato (I know, I know...I let my kids use my ipod too!)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
"Finale" Wicked Soundtrack
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
"You'll THink of Me" Keith Urban
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
"This IS The Life" Hannah Montana
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
(This one is weird because I'm already married but...)
"Special Company" Josh Kelley
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
"Holiday" Boys Like Girls
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
"Rollercoaster" Keith Urban (SO not true)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
"Don't Let Me Down" Beatles
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
"She Likes Rock N Roll" AcDc
WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
"Jessie's Girl" Rick Springfield (This is pretty funny because JG is my least fave RS song)
HOW WILL YOU DIE?
"Seven Days Of Lonely" I Nine
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
"I Caught Myself" Paramore (Twilight Soundtrack)
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
"Bet On It" Zac Efron (Which is sooo true, there's a little inside joke with my friend, K and this always makes me laugh)
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
"All These Lives" Daughtry (again, soo true. I love this song and the story within it)
WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
(Umm, see previous note) "A Little Too Late" Toby Keith
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
"Rock N Roll All Nite" Poison
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
"On Top Of The World" Boys Like Girls
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
"Justice' Josh Kelley
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
"Abide In Me" Kristen Chenoweth
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
"Gunning Down Romance" Savage Garden
It was too fun so see what songs were shuffled to each question. Come on and try it! I'm tagging a few people but if you want to just play along, let me know.
Tagged: Amy, Lynn, Ally, Paula, Carrie
Monday, November 17, 2008
Lyric caught up on some sleep last night. One minute she was watching TV, the next, she was passed out on the couch. It was kind of cute. She's already looking forward to Thanksgiving week because they only have 2 days of school.
I thought I would be done with my math class this week, but I'm not so sure now. I only have 2 1/2 sections of homework left, but it's HARD. and I keep thinking I'm doing to right thing, but getting the wrong answer. At least on the tests we get partial points. I know I will be done early for sure. If all else fails I'll be taking the final next week instead of this week. Wish me luck.
Jazz got her science project done last night. She better get a good grade because we (All of the family) worked hard on it. It's taking her a little bit longer to do homework and she's having a bit of trouble understanding things that are not layed out black and white. BUt when I look at it, I have trouble understanding things too. Go figure.
well, that's all for now.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Lyric reconnected with an old friend. I don't know what time they layed down, but it was after 1am.
We are all kind of lazy today, but I did get 92% on my art test...and I finally finished section 8.2 in math. I only have four more sections (which is like 4 more days) one test and the final, and I'm DONE. Whoo, hoo!
Friday, November 14, 2008
This photo was actually taken by Lyric, then tweaked by me. I love doing this coloring thing.
This lis Lyric and a Friend, hanging out. The recolor on this is sort of subtle, but I always like to try to get those casual photos, and I think this turned out nicely.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My stop at the visitation was short and sweet. I found out later what happened, but I feel like that needs to stay private for the family. Suffice it to say, he was not in a good place and now his family has to pick up the pieces.
Lynn texted me from the ship! I was so excited to hear from her. She actually told me that there is talk of another cruise next year. I'm so going to try to talk Fisher into going, but I've got that NYC thing with Lyric in August, so I'm not sure. But a long weekend, Fisher and I, (and a few hundred Rick fans!) would be a great thing.
ER tonight is phenomenal. I have always been a fan of Anthony Edwards and it is so nice to see him back. I think the people at ER are going to do a great job of closing out the show, and I think I need to get all the seasons on DVD. I've watched ER since the very first night (The two hour movie). ER and Chicago Hope premiered in the same week, and ER has stood the test of time.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Six Things By Amy Krueger
Find a Man Who:
*calls you beautiful
*is not afraid to hold your hand in front of his friends
*wants to show you off, even when you are in sweats
*kisses you on the forhead
*calls you back when you hang up on him
*tells you how lucky he is to know you
My mom gave me this list when I was twelve. I tucked it away and forgot about it. I found it again when I was packing to go to college. I read through it, and tucked it away again. I didn't really believe it. I thought it was just some junk she made up.
Apparently, it wasn't. And, as I would later find out, Tony was not the man for me either. We met the first week of freshman year. Tony and I. His dorm was across the square from mine and we ran into each other one morning on the way to class. Literally ran into each other. It seemed like we became a couple without meaning to.
........Our divorce was final when the kids were four and five. unfortunately, my sister also found the love of her life that year, with a wedding in the works. I was happy for her, even if I was a little cynical from my experience with Tony.
The wedding was a four day event, with the groom's family coming from out of town. Shelly, my sister, and Steve, her fiance, rented out half of the hotel and insisted that everybody stay there. I couldn't really afford it, but Shelly insisted and paid the bill.
After we checked in, Shelly and I were sitting by the pool talking. She asked if mom had given me the list. I laughed so hard, I almost choked on my drink.
"Mom gave you that list,too?" I asked.
"She gave it to me at the start of junior high. I thought it was a hoot."
"I thought it was mom's way of telling me what to do. I tucked it in a book."
Shelly patted my hand and smiled. "Steve is that guy. He does all those things."
"Are you kidding me? You really found a guy who does all that?"
I shook my head. "Tony was so not that guy."
We looked across the pool at our parents. Dad kissed mom's forhead and they were holding hands.
"Dad is that guy," I said dryly.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
On a good note, my 101 things list is done. I'll be posting that on my other blog in a few days.
Another good thing is that I should be able to be done with my math class in about a week. I'm going to take one test Thursday. The next one on Monday, and the final the end of next week. That puts me done 3 weeks ahead, and that is a GREAT feeling. After that, I just have to finish up the art class, which is going well. And I'll be working on my next book.
I have two basically done, just need the "meat". I know, I know, last time I said that it took me like 3 years to complete it, but I'm a tad bit more motivated now. So, maybe by the end of the year I will have two books on lulu (and more things crossed off my 101 things list)
Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow.
Monday, November 10, 2008
My mom was looking through the paper and found an obit for a friend of mine. We were friends in high school and two weeks after graduation, he married my best friend (at the time). We hung out together a lot over the course of the next few years. Then things tapered off. They did their thing, I did mine. They are no longer married, but they have 3 beautiful children (the boys are the same age as Lyric, their daughter just turned 19 and is about to have a baby of her own). The obit says he died "peacefully at home". There are notes in the online memory book that say things like "we didn't you call me" "I would have been there for you" "why did you leave us". I don't know for sure, but it seems like maybe it was self induced.
I called another friend, and she and I are planning to attend the visitation on Wednesday. I don't know if we'll be greated warmly by the ex-wife, but we're planning to show our support.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I hope everybody is staying safe and dry (it's cold and rainy here, with snow on the way).
See you tomorrow.
Friday, November 07, 2008
So, tonight I will be playing catch up. Or not, the play runs again tonight.
(I know this was a bit of a stretch for PPPP but GH and GA are my two favorite shows, so I'm counting it!)
Thursday, November 06, 2008
When Robin passed out, Patrick started CPR. Without lowering the head of the bed. You only need to be certified in CPR once to know that your patient needs to be on a flat surface for CPR to be affective. Robin was still propped up on pillows as well. Second, PATRICK did the CPR. Come on. Doctor or no doctor, he wasn't the best choice to be doing it. How about, oh, Robin's doctor?? I know, I know. It's just a show. Thirdly, someone (I believe it was Ephiphany-who I love!) hollered at the family "Get that baby out of here!". Again, working in a hospital, I'm pretty sure that's not happening. Somebody who works there would have taken her to the nursery. The only people at my hospital who can take/move/transport a baby are staff/mom/dad (or whoever mom designates).
Okay, so that's my "point" for the day. I'll be watching GH again tonight, after Lyric's play. Hopefully Grandpa Drake will be making an appearance. It's about time, right?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
101 things follow this link to start your own list. Starting 12/1 I will be blogging about all of the things I am doing. Some are for me (me time!), some are for the family (monthly family game night), some are for fun (read a new author every month). I have 78 things on the list right now, so I have a couple of weeks to complete the 101 things. I will be photographing things as well as blogging about them. It should be fun and not too overwhelming. I'll let you know.
If anybody wants to play along, let me know because one of the things on my list is to get somebody else to do this as well.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
More importantly than all of those things is that today is Election Day. I don't care what your beliefs are, or who you are voting for, or what you think about the candidates in general. Just get out and VOTE. If you are a registered voter, today is the day to use your mind, voice your opinion....VOTE
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
We're off soon as Jazz is singing with a church group this afternoon. Fisher and Lyric are working in the yard, and I am avoiding my homework at all costs. But I am going to go print it out and take it with to work on before the performance. See, I am a good student.
See you tomorrow!
Friday, October 31, 2008
This next one is from a couple of weeks later. We were sitting at my MIL's house waiting for the holiday parade to come by. Lyric plays in the band so we had to sit out, freeze our butts off and wave as she went by, even though she could not wave back. (must stay in formation-LOL)
jazz is wrapped in one of those fleece/flannel blankets that zips and snaps around you. Very cozy when you are inside, chillin, watching TV. Outside, well, let's just say I could have used about 5 of them. LOL
Go check out Candid Carrie and see who else is playing along.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Life Expectancy Calculator
If you continue maintaining healthy habits, you'll want to plan for a maximum life expectancy of 102 years or more.Your "ideal" weight for maximum longevity is: 136 lbs.The three biggest positive factors that you have going for you are: 1. Age 2. Gender 3. Age of parentsThe one biggest negative factor that you have going for you is: 1. Exercise
102?!? Are you kidding me? I'm raising a teenager and a preteen, I'm not even sure I'll make it to 40! Just kidding. I'm just a little down about a bad decision that Lyric made. But I know that we will all work through it. Say a little prayer for us.
and if you are interested, here's the link so you can find out how long you can expect to live.
Monday, October 27, 2008
1) it's not necessarily Zac, but Troy, due to some pretty slick lines that were created by the writers (but have you seen him shirtless?? sheesh!)
2) I appreciate good writing. Well, I'm sure we all do on some level, but once in a while there is a line - whether it be from a book, a song, a movie that just stays with me. Here's a few that have stuck with me.
"Look at me, right here, look at me" This one probably makes more sense in the context of the movie, but it struck me
"Talk to me" duh, like that's so deep right? But it's from Lipstick Jungle. Brooke Shields' character is having a bad time and her husband is just sooo awesome. That is one strong onscreen marriage, even with all the crap. I hope I'm not wrong and they get into a big fight this week.
"Why didn't you talk to me about this?" said very calmly and matter of factly. This is a very mature comment made by an "18" year old. I love this line.
Disclaimer-the lines are from my memory and may not be exactly as originially written
Saturday, October 25, 2008
My friend, Kelley has had a huge crush on Zac since HSM 1. I didn't really see it. Whether it's because Fisher is out of town or I was just having a moment, or maybe even because that boy looked great, I now understand her crush.
The movie was predictable, with only a couple of surprises. It went fast (a whole school year in two hours) but the musical numbers were fantastic. How you can get that many people all in sync singing and dancing and whatnot is amazing to me. My hat's off to the choreographer and the cast. They did a great job.
If you haven't already seen the HSM 3 scenes at jibjab check it out. I laughed so hard I cried...really, it is that funny.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The scene- My nephews 3rd birthday party
The action - opening presents
The stars- the grandparents (my mom and ex step dad) both taking pictures,
so I had to take a picture of them.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Other thing going on in November is National Blog Posting Month . This is in the same vein as NaNoWriMo, but you have to post to your blog every day for a month. They've done a cool thing over there with themes for all of the months, but I didn't really play along. For November I'm in. I'm a fairly regular poster, except for the weekends, but for one month, I'm on it. So be looking for 30 posts in 30 days. Some will be sort and sweet and some will be longer, potentially thought provoking and hopefully interesting. I've got a list of things started that I've been wanting to blog about and I might even do a give away or two (and they won't necessarily be Rick Related!)
If you want to play along with either or both of the above, use the links, head on over and sign up!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
And to take a slight tangent, if the wedding is set for 10/29, will it actually take place that day or will it stretch out to be completed by the end of the week? And baby scrubs is supposed to be making an appearance on 11/3, so potentially, the wedding and the birth could very likely be on the "same" day. I'm super excited to see how Grandpa Noah and Grandma Anna react. I think Patrick's gonna cry. Just my prediction. And Jason better get off his high horse, get with Elizabeth and go to Robin's wedding. I love Jason Morgan, but man is he stupid sometimes.
Okay, done with that, I'm going back to reality.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Another thing I believe in is the hidden meaning of dreams. There are tons of books written on the subject and I occassionally try to read the meaning of my dreams. Especially the REALLY REALLY intense and seemingly real dreams.
Last night/early this morning I had a morphing sort of dream. No, I didn't turn into a monster, but there were lots of parts of my life all being tied together. I can't really remember the order, but the high points are:
*It was Sunday morning and I was trying to decide if I should let Jazz sleep in or get her up for church. (in real life this is a no brainer- we get up and go unless we are out of town or somebody is sick)
*prior to this scene, I had gotten into a huge fight with an old friend. maybe past is a better word. We had an argument that was so intense that I RAN AWAY. Through a corn field, around a huge apartment building, into the house in which Jazz was asleep. The crazy thing is I have never had a fight with this friend on any level. Okay, we haven't always gotten along or kept in touch for various reasons, but an all out almost come to blows fight, never.
When my alarm went off this morning, I really thought it was Sunday. But Fisher was there and he's not going to be this Sunday. I had to quickly process. He laughed when I told him I was dreaming it was time to get up for church.
Anyway, if anybody is into analyzing dreams, let me know what you think of the above.
(I hope that everybody else is seeing the blog background as a pretty aqua and pink print. At work it shows up for me a blue page!)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I hope everybody had a great weekend. My mental state is finally starting to get better. I finally feel like I have a handle on life again.
See you tomorrow.!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We're going to see Annie tonight...Lyric's friend is in the show. I'm sure it will be cute.
Hope everybody is having a great weekend. See you later.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Okay, so thanks a ton for all the thoughts and prayers. We're not done yet, but the weight is lifted oh so slightly.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
In November, we got the go ahead to try again, if we wanted. Oh, we wanted! Even though baby #1 was a surprise, we/I was out to be a mom. We got pregnant right away. 12/3/93 I took a pregnancy test at a clinic. Initially it was negative. Which was okay. The lady and I talked, she gave me some brochures, I headed out. She ran out the door after me and called me back in. While we were talking, the test had turned positive. (I'm not sure if we didn't wait long enough or what, but that's what happened.) So, I went back in, we had a different talk and then I was off.
A week later, I started spotting. A day later, my new, wonderful doctor, confirmed that I had been pregnant, but was "losing" the baby through a blood test. This really, really, REALLY sucked.
This time the fog was not as bad. I figured getting pregnant wasn't the problem, staying pregnant was. With the help of the above noted new, wonderful doctor...(don't laugh when I tell you his name...well, you can if you want. Dr. Rick Field.) we were able to get pregnant that March.
Lyric was born the following December. She was 8 pounds of beautiful and except for the cord being wrapped around her neck TWICE, the delivery was pretty uneventful, albeit LONG. Everything went so well, that 3 1/2 years later we decided to give her a sibling. Jazz was not as easy to get started, but she was a wopping 8 pound 9 ounces, and really was a quick, uneventful delivery.
I can't say I don't wonder what would have happened if either of the first pregnancies had made it to term, but I do know that I would not have Lyric or Jazz. I wouldn't give them up for anything. So, even though sometimes life sucks, I do believe that God has a plan for me and I have to play along, even if I don't know what or why.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I guess I should read all the details. I'm supposed to post my top 5 bloggers from over there. I don't have 5...yet. But I do have 3. Two of them are already linked on my page- Lynn and Escape to thought. The other one I like is Ronda's Rants . If you go here , and scroll down to the list of names/blogs, Amy at Escape to Thought is #72, Lynn is #81, Ronda is #61, and I am # 159. Come on in and play along.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Fisher is back tomorrow...YEAH! I don't mind when he goes, but I think I missed him more this weekend than any other time. I've been sliding into some sort of funk for the past few weeks and the stuff with Lyric last week didn't help.
I made the neurologist appointment today, with the one that is close by and on our insurance. I'll give him a shot. There's always a second opinioin of we need it. And what I'm find on the internet is that it's probably something easily treated. Cross your fingers and say a prayer or two or even three. We have to wait until 11/13 to get the results, unless her pediatrician calls us before the neurology appointment.
I wanted to put out a public thank you to all who read my blog, post and play along. I'm very grateful for my close friends, and my friends, and my soon to be friends. As I've gotten older, I've realized that people with diverse backgrounds and interests can be friends with the connection of one simple thing. If my blog is that- I'm thankful. If somebody else's blog is that- I'm still thankful. So friends and family don't always have to be related by blood or somebody you have known forever. There are a few people I have known forever and I need to touch base with them. I apologize for letting time get away.
Okay, I'm ranting and rolling. I'm off to watch the movie. If I haven't freaked you out or scared you away, stop back tomorrow....I just might have something witty to say.
til next time,
Movie List: Over Her Dead Body, Flight 93, The Family Stone. If you continue reading and have not seen the movies be prepared for possible spoliers. I'm just saying, you have been warned.
I watched "Over Her Dead Body" because I thought it looked cute and funny. Not so much. There were a couple of different times I thought they could have done something different. Jason Biggs as the "gay" but not really gay best friend was awesome. I wouldn't recommend this movie.
Then I watched "Flight 93". It's about 9/11 and the airplane that went down in the field. Well, actually it's more about the people on board and their families. It was interesting and scary all at the same time. I liked that they did in a time line sort of way. They had all those phone logs to tie together the story. Our friendly neighborhood Night Shift Doctor, Dr Julian was in this movie. obviously before he was on Night Shift. I'm finding it more difficult for me to "forget what I know" when I watch things. Maybe I'm getting jaded in my old age. It was hard to look at him as a terrorist. The other actors were great. Familiar looking faces, but none I could place. It made it feel a bit more real. I would recommend this movie.
To top of the triple header, I watched "The Family Stone". I was interested at first, but it almost seemed too over the top. Then the main character, Meredith,(played by Sarah Jessica Parker) let loose a little bit and things got interesting. I was pleasantly surprised at how things turned out, as it was not what I expected. I would recommend this movie. It showed some good dysfunctional family dynamics.
Tonight, after the kiddies go to bed, I'll be watching Definitely, Maybe. So watch for a review in the near future.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Best/Worst this week are: Best - I only worked a three day week. Did some home projects yesterday and a whole lot of nothing today. (well, that's not entirely true, I did do some homework and go grocery shopping).
Worst - Lyric has to go in next week for an MRI. She's been having headaches almost daily since June. We've tried some meds and some symptom treating, but it's not really getting better. After the MRI, she will go see a neurologist and we will go forward from there. The neurologist that her peditrician referred us to would not be my first choice (sometimes working in the medical field can be a bad thing) so I'm weighing the options of this doctor versus one that is farther away (Can you say DeKalb, Lynn?!?!) Anyway, my first thought, of course, is brain tumor. Even though this is not a brain tumor sort of presentation. It's probably something easy, but still, I'm scared. She is having the MRI with and without contrast. Which requires an IV. Lyric hates needles....Let me rephrase that, Lyric would rather jump off the Eiffle Tower than have an IV. She's been warned, and I'm trying to prep her for the over all experience, but she's bigger than I am and probably stronger. I hope they have the big guys working that night.
I'll keep you posted on the events/results, but for now, just a quick prayer for good news would be really nice.
Til next time....
Quick addition...talked with my brother's fiancee tonight. She had a similar headache issue that related to puberty, and she still has really bad headaches at her "time". I know there are so many possibilities, most nothing.
I forgot to mention my complete breakdown Thursday night. Lyric had a performance at school, so we were out for a bit, but Jazz did over 2 hours of homework and still wasn't done, it was after ten, I was tired (not to mention premenstral myself), stressed about school, about Lyric, about the neurologist, and more. I would have been okay, but Fisher asked if I was okay and I lost it. I was bawling. I think I just needed to get it out but I think it scared him a bit too because I'm not usually that person. Oh, sure, I can cry at drop of a hate for an emotional commercial or get caught up in a show, but usually at home, I'm pretty strong. Just too much stuff all at once. It was a good thing I had two days off, or I might have quit my job. LOL
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
This morning, Fisher and I were awoke at 4am by a loud scratching sound. Actually, several loud scratching sounds. i thought maybe one of the troublesome chipmunks had made it's way into the wall, and was partying by our bedroom. Fisher went and looked out the front door (nearest to the commotion) and didn't see anything. The sound had stopped so he came back to bed. Then it started again. He got up, looked out our window, and there it was. A HUGE raccon, sitting on the roof looking down at us. That little bugger had been scratching at the roof. Fisher went outside to try to scare him away, and I think it worked. But this morning, when he assessed the damage, he found that there was an acutal hole into the roof.
He called the "Wildlife guy" who only charges $145 to come out and $50 per animal he takes away. Seriously? So, we may have to pay him some money, and we must, must, MUST get that hole fixed. Fisher is going to be away for a couple of days, and I'm tell you right now- if any kind of animal besides our dog is in our house, I'll be staying at a hotel until I am 100% sure that it is gone.
Monday, October 06, 2008
"Random Thoughts that don't mean anything to anybody but me" actually started a couple years ago as a journal. However, I didn't do so well with the journaling, so I've transferred the title over here. If you think about it, it fits. The blog has no common theme, it is all very random. (And yes I know that today is money making Monday- I'll get to that in a bit) So, instead of spring cleaning, I'm fall updating. (i'm acutally doing this at home this week as well- shampooing carpets, steam cleaning floors, getting rid of all that junk that has collected in my basement and if time allows, repainting my dining room - right after I get all the wallpaper off).
Thanks for continuing to come back and see what I have to say.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
So, you might notice that link to the right. If you have not already signed the petition to bring Rick back to Rockford, please do...and spread the word. I'd love to have 100 names to send to the OTW committee before they start recruiting for next year. i don't know why I didn't link it over there before. Seriously.
Thanks for sticking with me through all of my moments.
Get on over there and check it out and tell them I sent ya.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Your Blogging Type is Unique and Avant-Garde
You're a bit ... unusual. And so is your blog.
You're impulsive, and you'll often post the first thing that pops in your head.
Completely uncensored, you blog tends to shock... even though that's not your intent.
You tend to change your blog often, experimenting with new designs and content.
Monday, September 29, 2008
make up, body, mens, womens, jewelery, kids, gifts.
I've been an Avon lady a couple of times, so I can speak from experience. With a little bit of effort, this really can be a great business. If you are just in it to get the discount for yourself, that works too. The start up is only $10.
If you are interested, go check it out.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Then in May, I went on my annual trek to Milwaukee. And I got to meet Rick Springfield . A lifelong dream come true. I got to share it with my two best friends, and that made it all that more fun.
Now, it is September and I got to meet Jason Thompson . FYI, I was going to sit on his lap, but Lynn told me not to. I'm just brazen and bold enough to tell him. I say "I was going to sit on your lap, but she told me not to." His response was "She should have told you to do it!" I totally called her out then. I said, "See, Lynn, he told me I should do it!" Sorry, Lynn. I hope I wasn't too bold for you. Thanks for suggesting we go. I'd definitely do it again.
I think it was finally my lucky year. I was due for some good karma and I recieved. Be sure that I will definitely do my best to pass along the goodness because I do believe in sharing, something, most of the time...LOL
And lets not forget, the most important guy. Here's a picture of me and Fisher taken last summer.
Friday, September 26, 2008
These were taken during our Southern Wisconsin Apple Orchard Tour last fall. I wish I could remember which orchard we were at because this tree house that they are in was AWESOME!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Enjoying Grey's Anatomy anybody???
It was the end of 7th grade. We were signing yearbooks. Most people addressed mine to Amy or Aim. One boy, I believe it was Jim Fox, said that Aim was a toothpaste not a name for a girl. he said if we were going to do that, my name should be Colgate. And so I was, for the next 6 months until I moved. How funny is that??
So anyway, Lynn, you will now be able to distinguish me from the other Amy's (I saw that there were 3 of us today that posted on your blog, all in a row). If need be, I can tweak it again later. But for now, Aim works.
On a semi related note, I have a funny story from Lyric's school. The teacher was asking her what she liked to be called. Her "real" name is not really shortenable, but she did it. Anyway, she told the teacher that she used either/both and it didn't matter. Right after that, a friend of hers piped in with- "My last name looks like Mitchell, but it's pronounced Jonas". Is that the funniest damn thing you ever heard? I told Lyric that I was going to tell people my last name looked like what it is but is pronounced "springfield", she was highly disgusted as only teenager could be.
Also, Lyric has decided that she is marrying Kevin Jonas. I said he's too old for her (7 year difference), and she says "you and daddy are 7 years apart"...which is totally true, but it's a little different when you are 20 and 27 instead of 13 and 20. I have a feeling she will date/marry an older man. She is my daughter by the way.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Dr Patrick Drake
Dr Matt Hunter
(however he looks more like Shawn Douglas Brady in this photo than Matt Hunter. Matt has the scruffy thing that I love going on)
Last week, a new cat was let out of the bag. A new doctor in town, Matt Hunter, is Noah's son. Patrick has a brother. Patrick is pissed. Noah is...well, I don't really know what Noah is, and Matt is just hurt. I can relate.
A few posts back you may remember that I addressed the situation with my father. I would love to have a relationship with him, but I won't die without one. My mom is wonderful. I love her, I look up to her, and I'm so thankful to her that she did not give me up for adoption. (even though there was a time or two that I wished Rick was my father, but I digress).
A particularly painful scene on GH for me to watch went something like this:
PATRICK: what do you want?
MATT: nothing. I want nothing from you.
A few words, short, but it was like a sucker punch. I was asked that same question, several times. And really, all I wanted was to know the rest of my family. that's it. I didn't want money, or a place to live, or anything else. I just wanted to know. and if anything comes of it, that's okay. So, I've been thinking about writing a letter to the siblings I can and just let them know I'm here and I'm open to whatever they might be open to. And if that is nothing- it's okay. I'm good.
As far as Patrick's response, I can't imagine what I would do if somebody showed up claiming to be my sibling. I just don't know. I have thought about what would happen if say, Fisher had a child before we were together. I actually based one of my books on that situation. But while I was watching this scene, I had to think about the fact that I put somebody else in that position. It made me think about what I wanted to do from here. Hence the letter mentioned above.