Wednesday, December 31, 2008

To Do List

This is the start of my To Do List. I will update/add as necessary, and eventually there will be a link over to the side so you can see what I'm doing. This is in no particular order.


*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

"101 Things" to a "Bucket List"

I'd like to say that I'm blogging with my Ipod touch, but I'm not that savy yet. Maybe someday.

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

Merry Christmas!

Happy Return Everything That Doesn't Fit/You Don't Want Day...





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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Merry Christmas and all that! I'm starting to get a little more excite about tomorrow. I have a feeling that this might be our last "santa" Christmas, and I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can. I have a few gifts left to wrap, but overall, I'm ready for tomorrow.

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

Dear Santa....

I've been a good girl and I know that I don't usually post twice in one day (especially one right after the other) but since Christmas is so close, I wanted to make sure that you knew what was on my list. In case you are out finishing up some shopping or something. (these gifts are in no certain order or importance)


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!


I know our family vacation was like 7 months ago, and I know that you want me to relax after working so hard to be so good this year, so if you want to send Fisher and I to Greece for a week, I'm sure that I can get the time off of work.

Ipod touch. What more can I say. I'm a music fan. and a gamer. and a internet freak. So what better gift for me.



I love my current camera, and I think I even figured out a good setting for concert photos, but doesn't this camera look awesome!??!



This is my favorite car right now. The Chevy Impala. I've driven a couple of different ones (This is what I get whenever I need to rent a car) and I LOVE this car. I don't usually have any preferences for cars. It goes, stops, heats, plays music- good enough. But if I could have any car it would be this. I know it won't fit under the tree but it would fit in the driveway.
Thanks for flying all over the world to bring good kids like me just what they want on Christmas!












Fourth Photo


Lynn has the fourth photo in the fourth folder meme on her blog right now. She said if you read it, you are tagged. So, I'm tagged. Here's the fourth photo from my fourth folder. Nice, huh? This was from Beloit Riverfest, taken shortly before Rick Springfield took the stage.




One less photo and it would have been this:



Even nicer!

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

Phriday Photo Phinish


I don't think I've shared this one before. It was taken at my Great Grandma's 90th birthday party. I snapped this because I thought it was cute that the girls were getting along and smiling. Late I found out that they had snapped a photo on my phone. So basically, I took a picture of them taking a picture of them(selves).


If you want to see who else is playing today, head on over to Candid Carrie .

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

All I want for Christmas is....Kisses

okay, not really but look at this...





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

Phriday Photo Phinish Phiesta Phun- Where would we go....

if there was a tornado? This is what Jazz asked me when we were on vacation this year. We always stay on a lake. This year we were someplace new and for some reason she was really worried about tornados. The property used to be a family homestead but has been converted into a resort. The building we stayed in used to be the main house but now is 5 units. The building across from us used to be the guest house. As we were walking around the property, we found this.


"That's where we would go!" I exclaimed.
Okay, now that you've checked out my photo, head on over to Candid Carrie and see who else is playing along today.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

holiday Traditions

In getting ready for Christmas, there are lots of things to be done. At our house, Fisher puts up the tree then the kids and I decorate. This year, I've realized that when the kids move out, I won't have any ornaments for my tree. LOL. Well, that's not entirely true. We have "our First Christmas" ornament and I get the fabulous decade ones from Hallmark. (one for each year). There's a few others in there, but I think I get new ornaments when Lyric moves out. :-) Fisher usually hangs the first Christmas one, so that is one of our traditions.

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

Rain, Sleet and Snow- Oh, my!

yes, my fellow readers, I am getting the most awful winter weather! Rain starting last night, into sleet and, since the temp has dropped, now snow. The roads are slippery...the sidewalks slushy....and my brain mushy!

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

This Blog Measures Up


Thanks to Paula over at http://www.paulafasciano.blogspot.com/ for this award. Because I like to do things my own way, my tagged friends are below.

1. Say one nice thing to a man in your life.

*I'm assuming this means "THE" man in my life, right?!? I want to say thanks for thinking about storing the boat for the winter so I can park in the garage. I appreciate the thought, even though the storage thing is not necessary. I love you!

2. List at least six ways that you measure success in your life (or for your blog).

*Success is my kids being in bed at 9pm

*Success is my kids out of bed at 6:30am

*Success is the completion of the goal to write and publish a book

*Success is achieving a balance between what you want to do and what you have to do

*Success is the feeling of accomplishment- be it the conclusion of a class, figuring out a puzzle, or creating something out of nothing

*Success is being happy with what I have


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…

Sooz

Charlene

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

I was so mad...Friday Foto Finish

I was so mad because the photos I wanted to post today weren't in my snapfish albums. But, then I had a moment. They are on my handy dandy flash drive that I carry around. (I'm thinking I did that on purpose for FFF but who knows). So, anyway, here are some photos I've taken recently. I've been in a "Sky photo" frame of mind.


(This was taken from my front yard during a fall storm)

(This was overlooking the neighbor's house during the afore mentioned storm)


This was the sunset over the lake -duh- when we were on vacation this summer








Thursday, December 04, 2008

hello, my cold friends....

Okay, maybe some of you aren't cold, but if you live in the midwest you probably are. I went out to my car this morning and couldn't get in. The locks were frozen. Then I thought I'd start Fisher's car to get Jazz to the bus stop. Nope. he had to come out and start his car and unlock my car doors. My car has a history of not opening when it gets cold. I hate it. When I get done with school (if not before) I getting a BRAND NEW CAR! Right now, I choose an Impala, but I like the Dodge Journey and the Honda Pilot or Odyssey.

Here's to keeping warm!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sisters and Snow

My mom took the girls for pix the other day. They did Christmas and then Birthday photos for Lyric. Here's a couple of my faves.



(This is her fave- we got wallets for her to share)


We're getting snow today, and Saturday, and Monday. I took a couple pix the other day, but I'm going to try for some more tonight. If any turn out, I'll be posting them here.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I'm Back...with my T list

I hope somebody noticed I was gone...LOL

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)
*Telling stories
*Talking with friends ( I know, this is another stretch, but it's my list! )

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New at the Store

Just wanted to let you know that there are a few new items in my cafepress store (Hannikah Designs) and more coming. I will be adding more to the store and upgrading to offer more items over the next few days/weeks. If there is something that you would like to see there, let me know.


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 almost Missed

I was going about my business and realized I hadn't blogged yet today. Huh, just when I was doing so well. I bought another Christmas present today. I can't tell you for who, just in case, but after Christmas, I'm sure you'll see it here in a photo. It's supercool and something that this person really wanted. Now, if I could just figure out everybody else. LOL

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

Have You Ever...

no, this isn't one of those crazy game. Have you ever realized that something was not quite right, but couldn't quite figure out what was wrong/missing/different? I was having that sort of a moment (several times actually) with my keys. They just felt different in my hand. I thought maybe Fisher had taken off extra keys, but nope, they are all still there. Maybe I was just holding them different? Nope. Then, suddenly, it hits me. One of the keychains is missing. I lost my Ranger keyfob thingy. In the real world, not a big deal. In my world, huge deal! I got that keychain when I went to meet Janet Evanovich a few years ago. And Ranger is hot. Okay, on the key chain he's a cartoon hamster, but in the books- wow! So, now I'm bummed because I went to buy another one and the store is closed until 11/28. Okay, I can wait. But I ain't happy about it. I was on the website (www.evanovich.com) looking for the picture to put in here, but I can't find it.(Probably because the store is closed). I can tell you I will buy another one (or two) and I'm almost positive that Kelley will be getting something from that store for Christmas. (she's the one who originally turned me on to Janet). I might even get myself a black Rangeman tee. :-)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Happy Holidays

It's officially holiday time around here. We just got back from the Light the Park Parade (Lyric is in the band). It was cold out there, but not as cold as last year. The firemen had a cute thing. They were pulling santa's sleigh (it was on wheels) like reindeer. There were lots of police and fire vehicles lit up, too. I wish I had photos, but my mom has my camera and Fisher's camera doesn't have a zoom. Now I know I need to get him a new camera for Christmas. I was already planning to get him a photo printer so the two things will go well together. Lyric needs a new camera too. I might just give her mine and get a new one myself. I want a nice one like my mom's, but probably can't afford it. Oh, well.

Have a great Sunday night, all. See you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

More Music

I was at Target today and bought the 2008 Christmas with You CD. I also picked up To Remember by Josh Kelley. I'm off to load it onto the ipod so I can listen while I'm cleaning. If it's like the other one of his, I should like it. There's a whole bunch of music out there that I want to buy but I have to control myself. I could spend hundreds of dollars on CD's and MP3! What's in you ipod?? Any new music suggestions??

Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Friday!

It's finally the end of the week. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo for PPP because snapfish is stupid! usually I can pull a photo out of one of my albums and upload it. That's not working today. I guess next week I'll have to be more prepared.

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...

I found this post yesterday and had to share. It is almost hard to believe, but then again maybe not. let me know what you think. The whole question is a train wreck, but pay close attention to the text in RED.


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

More About Music

Since yesterday's post was about music, today's post will be about, well, music. Do you ever rediscover music that you love? Have you ever heard a few songs by a band but suddenly one song turns you into an obsessed "i can't get enough of their music" fan?? Both have happened to me. Last summer it was Nickelback. I had heard some of their songs and like them okay. I think we even had a couple of their CD's already. But one day, with my friend (Chad Kroeger is her RICK), and I was hooked. I think I listened to all Nickelback all the time for over two weeks. It was like I was trying to absorb all of the music.

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

Gunning Down Romance


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?
"Holiday" Waltham
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

Happy Monday!

Well, the cruise that I didn't get to go on is over. Now I get to live vicariously through everybody else as soon as they start posting photos!

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

quick note

It's Sunday. i'm blogging. Done. LOL. I've been helping Jazz with homework for the past 4 hours. on one project. and we're not done yet. Almost, but we still have an hour or so. pray for me.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

(no)sleepover

Lyric and Jazz and I went to a mom/daughter "sleepover" last night. Why, oh, why do they call it a sleepover? There's not a lot of sleeping going on. Jazz was up until 11:30, which is 3 hours past her bedtime and two hours past her "I can tolerate almost anything that happens"time. It's way into her "don't even look at me or I will cry hysterically for no reason and you will feel bad" time.

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

Candid Carrie: Friday Foto Finish Fiesta 11.14.08

Candid Carrie: Friday Foto Finish Fiesta 11.14.08

PPPP-play along

Hello, All! Here's a couple of photos for PPP. You can play along right Here





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

So Much to Say

I almost forgot to post. I was watching Grey's Anatomy and then ER and I realized I hadn't posted yet today! So here I am.
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...an excerpt

Hello, readers. Today you are in for a treat. I'm going to give you a sneak peek at my next book. Enjoy!


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?"
"Didn't you?"
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

Happy Tuesday

I don't know if it's really a happy day, but I'm trying to think positive. Tomorrow is the visitation, and I don't do well with stuff like that. If anybody is crying, I'll cry. Even if I don't know them. It's a really sad flaw of mine.

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

Shocking Monday

I was going to blog about my 101 things list. I was going to blog about how we did nothing all weekend and it was wonderful. I was going to blog about getting ready for the holidays. I was going to blog about my latest story that I'm working on. But all of that went out the window with one phone call.

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

Sunday Post

I don't really have anything insightful for today. I've been working on math for 3 hours and it's killing me. I should be able to finish this class within the next two weeks though, so I'm going to keep working on it so I can be done. See you Monday! (with my 101 things list!)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Happy Saturday!

I've got nothing exciting going on and that is GREAT! I ran a couple of errands this AM, but now I'm home. I have homework to do and I'm going to watch Grey's. I taped it, but for some crazy reason, my VCR immediated taped ER over the top of it. And I missed Friday's GH, so I have to go check out some links on youtube. Homework will wait...a little bit.

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

PPPP- What I Miss (ed)

Last night we went to see Lyric's play. They performed "Ramona" based on the the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary, that I never read. Lyric played the mom. No singing in this show (that happens with the spring musical). But while we were there I missed watching this




and this



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

Getting technical... a possible GH spoiler

If you have not been watching GH this week (especially Wed) but you plan to, you may want to stop reading. I'm going to breakdown a couple of things again. Not major plot points, just referencing a couple of things. A few posts ago, I noted the paging of code pink and nobody responding. I know, I know, Aim, it's just a TV show, it's entertainment. I KNOW! But I also knwo that there should be some "realness" to my fake hospital shows. Here comes the spoiler parts.

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 in 1001 days

I don't know how I got sucked into this, but yesterday I started my 101 things in 1001 days list.
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

NaNoBloPo....whatever

This "requirement" to blog every day is tough. I've been keeping a list of things I wanted to blog about, but right now everything seems forced. I could blog about getting the girlies up in the morning (which is so much like work, I'm exhausted just thinking about it) or getting everybody to bed at a decent hour (which again is alot of work), or report cards (which is seems like we get once a month-there's mid quater, quarter, mid quarter, semester, mid quarter..well, you get the idea), there's the upcoming fall play, the fact that I can't get into ANY nursing program, and I don't really know what else I would like to do- maybe health education??, how about the upcoming holidays, or the fact that I hate math. Maybe I could blog about things I care about: girl scouts, organ donation, giving blood, my family, my friends, being a writer. Or I even have a couple compare and contrast things in mind. None of these seem to fit today, so they will have to wait and maybe show up later on.

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

Breakfast with Santa

Lyric's scout troop is sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa. I, of course, have been the point person on this, making phone calls, fliers, etc. I just took the girls' ideas, polished them and off we go. I hope it all turns out for the best. Any money raised will help the girls get to New York next summer. YEAH! If you are in the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area and are interested, there should be a link to the right for the BWS blog. Or leave a comment here and I will get back to you.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

NaNoBloPo

Is today Nov 1?? Does it count if my clock was wrong on my computer and it said 11/1 when I started it up?? No? Oh, well. Here is post #1 of hopefully 29 more.

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

PPPP-biggest leaf

Welcome to another edition of Phriday Photo Phinish Phiesta (Phall Phun)...nice how I got a couple more P's in there! Anyway, today's photo is of one Jazz, taken in front of our house, with one of the biggest leaves I have ever seen. After she found it, I actually went back into the house for the camera because I felt this leaf needed to be documented.







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

world's largest mom group

okay, maybe not the largest, but I've been a member Here for awhile and I'm loving it. Mom Blogger's Club is a great place to connect with others like you, voice your opinion or learn something new. check it out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Life Expectancy

Amy at escape to thought, posted about this. I went over and put in my info. Here's the outcome.

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

Good Writing...lines that stick with you

I've been analyzing my new found "appreciation" for Zac and I've figure out a couple of things.

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

HSM 3

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The above post/link is my friend Kelley dancing with "troy". Seriously, this is good stuff. The link to make your own is below.


I will admit I was mostly going to see this movie for the kids. I will also admit I have a new found appreciation for Zac Efron. I will also admit, I'm not a fan of Vanessa Hudgens. But that's just me.







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

Phriday Photo Phinish Phiesta...Grandparents


This picture is cute, funny and good for a laugh.

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.
I always forget to link back and tell you to go check out Candid Carrie...she's the one who started this Phriday Phree Phor All.
Afternoon Update: Also, I need to give a shout out the HUSKIES - our football team. They are undefeated this season. Tonight they play the TITANS- who are undefeated this season. HUGE. GAME. TONIGHT. Tonight of all nights. Duh, HSM3 premiers today. We are going to the 6:30 show. Then Lyric will be able to watch TV like a normal teenager- or at least as normal as a teenager can be. Right now she runs screaming out of the room because she doesn't want to know anything about the movie before she sees it. NOTHING. NOT ONE THING. Not a song, not a scene, not a costume. I was messing with her because she knows it is called "Senior Year" and she said she didn't want to know anything about it. LOL
I'll have a review for you soon, and maybe a photo or two of the kiddos standing in front of the poster.
GO HUSKIES! GO HUSKIES! GO HUSKIES!





Thursday, October 23, 2008

Getting your words out

November is National Novel Writing Month and for the past 4 years I have participated. However, this year is a no year for me. I have too many other things taking up my time and I just can't think of 50,000 words right now.

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

Catholic wedding ...pregnant..conflict of interest

okay, I was just here and Robin said she wants a traditional Catholic wedding. Having been raised Catholic there is one thing I know for sure. They frown upon premarital you know what. Robin being pregnant might be the proof that she was doing the deed prior to the wedding night. I know this is pretent, but shouldn't there be at least a little reality. I'm sure that several GH viewers are Catholic. They might be offended by this (or maybe not). Now, I will admit, it has been quite a few years since I was a practicing Catholic, but have things changed that much? Maybe I'm way off base here, but I think this wedding could take place without naming a religion to go along with it. A couple other things to consider: To get married in a Catholic church, don't both parties need to be Catholic? Was Patrick raised Catholic? (me thinks not) If not, he would have had to have been going to some classes on converting.

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

The Hidden Meaning of Dreams....

One thing about me is that I truly believe that God has a plan for us. He knows what is going to happen to us. We can only slightly alter our course, but there is an overall plan for us. i know everybody does not agree with me (make your own destiny and all that) and that's okay.

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

Happy Sunday

The weekend is almost over. I finally got a chance to spend some time on homework. Fisher is on his way home from the Packer game and I'm about to iron and watch Grey's Antomy. I want to try to catch the replay of Rock of Love Charm School but not sure I have that much time.

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.!


Aim

Saturday, October 18, 2008

new wallpaper

Hello, there Write One Two fans! I've changed the sourroundings again. I see I need to tweak a couple of things, but I like this. I'm going to head on over the BY blog and make that one pretty as well!

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

MRI results

I just got the call from the doctor. Lyric's MRI results are good. YEAH! there's one little spot by her maxillary sinus that has "a little something" but it's not something we'd do anything for anyway. YEAH again! we're still on for the neurologist (on wikipedia Dr Patrick Drake is listed as neurologist, think I could get him to consult on our case???) and she has to do a headache journal for two weeks before that, but at this point, we're moving away from the more serious issues and onto other things. Fisher talked to somebody today who used to have awful morning headaches. He started using a bite plate at night and the headaches went away. Apparently there's a good one that you can get at walgreens and form it to your mouth. Looks like I'll be going to walgreens tonight.

Okay, so thanks a ton for all the thoughts and prayers. We're not done yet, but the weight is lifted oh so slightly.

Phriday Photo Phinish Phiesta

I wonder how many more PH's I can put in there...LOL.


Lyric did REALLY REALLY great last night for her MRI. She talked with one of her teachers yesterday who gave her some pointers, and she was able to listen to a CD while it was going on. (Secondhand Serenade...A Twist in My Story). It took about an hour for the whole thing. She looked a little groggy when she got out, but overall, it was not a bad experience. The radiologist will read it today. Lyric's doctor will get results today or Monday, and we see the neurologist 11/13. So, we still wait, but step one is complete.


For this edition of PPPP (or FFFF) I found a pix I forgot I had taken. And believe it or not, it's of Fisher. :-). I have a couple others in mind for future posting, but they are still on my camera right now. So, today's photo is below.


It was taken at Beckman Mill in Southern Wisconsin. Fisher and Jazz sat down to watch the falls and look for fish, and I snapped this photo. it's very calm and peaceful.



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

International Stillbirth and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day

This is something you'd think I knew about, but I did not. I found it over at SITS (who by the way gave away a ton of super cool prizes yesterday). Anyway, pregnancy loss is something that I have been touched by (or hit by a mack truck!) on a very personal level. I first found out I was pregnant in early July 1993. By the end of August, we had lost our first child. He (I believe it was a boy) could not be found on the ultrasound at 11 ish weeks. It was an ultrasound to check baby size to help determine a due date. Since we weren't actually trying to get pregnant at that point, I wasn't really tracking my cycle. At 11 weeks, they couldn't find the heartbeat. At 12 ish weeks, I went back to have a repeat ultrasound. This time I had to go alone. I was told that the baby wasn't there, had no heartbeat, would never be born, whatever. I don't remember what I was specifically told, but I remember waiting while they scheduled a semi emergent D&C for the next morning. Then I got in the car to drive home, and had to pull over because I was crying so hard. The next couple of months was a complete blur. I remember nothing of that time. I know I worked, ate, slept, but that's about it.

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

BLOGATHON at SITS

Who doesn't like to make new friends and win prizes?!? The girls at The Secrets In The Sauce (see link to the right) are having a blogathon today. Stop on by, sign up and maybe win! Tell them I sent ya!

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

I know, I know

two posts in one day!?? How is that possible?? LOL. I'm getting ready to pop in the movie and I thought I'd vent/blog a bit.

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,

A

Let's Roll...movie reviews..possible spoilers

Last night I watched a movie marathon. I needed it after the fiasco that was last week. I did get some homework done, but I needed to do something mindless and brainless for a few hours. The kids were at at birthday party.

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

Happy Friday...this week I forgot about PPPP

and remember Best/Worst. I have some cute pix ready, but I've been home the last 2 days (of my own choice) and got busy doing other things, so I'll save the photos for next week.

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

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof...aka Racoon at 4am

I have a whole list of things I want to blog about. Yes, I know I missed Money Making Monday. Sorry. There's this little thing I do called work that got in the way. I'll try to make up for it later. But, those other blog posts are going to have to wait because...

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

Cha...cha...cha....changes

See sometimes I do sing, thought it's hard to convey singing through a blog. that is my favoirte David Bowie song, BTW. You can see that I have again changed the template (see what kind of blogger are you post below) and I have also changed the title. The "address" is still "writeonetwo" the new title- Random Thoughts. Ta Da!

"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

Phriday Photo Phiesta...making history

Here's a picture of each of the girls. The specialness of these, is the necklaces they are wearing. They are add a pearl necklaces that were a gift from my grandparents. They have a pearl for being born and then one each year for Christmas and their birthday through the age of 18. Both of the necklaces are complete because my grandparents wanted to be the ones to do that, and they wanted the girls to have the completed necklaces even if something happens to them. A little morbid, and it made me cry when they told me that. But it is also a very sweet and I love them very much.




Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Seriously, I have issues

Okay, this post could go so many ways with a title like that, but what it's really about is the fact that I rush through things and don't finish well.

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.

Giveaways

I think we have determined that everybody loves giveaways (Hey, Amy, I'm still waiting for your address BTW) So here's anther one that I know a lot of people would like.

SITS giveaway

Get on over there and check it out and tell them I sent ya.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What Kind of Blogger Am I?




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

Money Making Monday...Avon Products

Everybody knows the name. Avon has been around forever and has a vast product line.

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.

www.avon.com

Sunday, September 28, 2008

2008 is a Trifecta!

First back in the Spring I won a contest from Barbara Delinksy . I actually recieved a signed copy of her newest book, a "life size" authographed poster and a phone call! I got to talk to her for about 15 minutes. I was super excited and thanked her for the call. You know what, she thanked me for reading and spreading the word about her book. Very nice lady.

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




Here's a couple of pictures of me with the guys.









And lets not forget, the most important guy. Here's a picture of me and Fisher taken last summer.

Friday, September 26, 2008

And the Winner is...

AMY at escape to thought. A few weeks ago, I threw out a contest/drawing to all who posted that week. Well, I finally looked through the posters and wrote down the names. Then did a blind drawing. Amy you are the winner. Email me your address and I'll get that copy of the Potawatomi Times to you ASAP!

Phriday Photo Phinish Phiesta...aka when sisters get along

These are a couple of my favorite photos of the girls. They are happy, smiling, and not yelling at each other (for a minute). I always wanted my girls to be strong willed, independant, self sufficient, but not at the cost of my sanity! I love them, but some days I would willingly trade them.


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

A Soft Impeachment

it all goes well in the cyber world, ASI is now available for purchase again. The cover is different than before, but the story is the same. I just did some grammar editing and put it back up. I was going to "publish by lulu" and then it would be available thru Amazon too, but in doing that it would also double the price. So I tweaked and tweaked and it is only available through LULU because I'm not that crazy.

Enjoying Grey's Anatomy anybody???

Name change

Since Amy seems to be one of the coolest and most popular names around blog land (and you know I totally made that up), I changed my display name to Aim, you know, like the toothpaste. But I guess if I was going there, I should have changed it to Colgate. Funny story from middle school.

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

Found Siblings...AKA I'm Matt Hunter

Dr Noah Drake
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)

Sorry I haven't been around the past few days. I was busy and I was thinking and I was pondering. I've been a fan of General Hospital since the 80's. I didn't watch it then because of Rick Springfield/Noah Drake, but I do now. It was exciting when Noah came back a couple of years ago. We got to find out what he had been up to (married, had a child, alcoholic, etc) and where he was going. We got to meet his son (who I will REALLY be meeting this weekend!) and see some new stuff.

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.


Here's a link to a letter about a found sibling. dear margo It's true, there should be a book, a support group, a place to go for answers and a shoulder and an ear. Looks like I may have found a new coping mechanism. We'll see.