Sunday, September 28, 2008

Six Absolutely Unspectacular Things About Me

Okay, so my friend Mel has been playing tag and I'm apparently 'IT' LOL. Here are my SIX (yawn) unspectacular things about me. Stay awake for it:

  1. At 5'2", I am the tallest woman in my family and PROUD of it!;
  2. I can stay wide awake at the wheel of a car no matter HOW tired I am. (My dh is another story but this isn't about HIM);
  3. I have super powers. I'm able to see good in people that others miss. This does not always fare well for me, b/c sometimes I have to endure a lot of bad in the process of waiting for the good to come, but hey - I'm not in charge of Karma (thank goodness).
  4. I hate socks. I try not to wear them, even in the winter -- something I get a lot of flack about. At work I have been forced to wear 'supportive' shoes (aka ugly) and need to wear my orthotics and (ugh) socks, but the very minute I get home, off they come - ahhhhhhh!;
  5. I notice the small things people do for me. In today's world I believe these things are vital for survival. I believe in passing it forward and am pitifully hopeful it can change the world for better! (note to self to program dh's coffee for the morning - he likes this)
  6. I love the smell of clean whites. I don't know why I'm so anal about white clothes but they must be clean -- white -- and smell great. I use clorox bleach that smells like fresh linen and add bluing to the wash for extra whitening!

I could come up with a ton of these. Unspectacular is easy - don't tag me for spectacular - that may take awhile to think about (wink).

Let's Get Political for a moment

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Picture Retake Day

Just like in school. I wish I'd take the time to really learn how to use my camera. In the meantime, I popped it onto a tripod and took these without the flash. Some day maybe I won't have to pretend I know what I'm doing.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Giveaway Time

Jenny is doing a great giveaway right here!

Good luck!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Someone to watch over me...

We've been decorating for Halloween and had a lot of fun with these.
This is what I see from INSIDE my master bedroom!

View of one window from each of my daughter and son's rooms

And this is what it looks like from outside.

I need to get one without flash at dusk.

Oh and this was my little project over the weekend!

~There are purple lights inside~

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Conversations with a Diva

Miss 'N' came down this A.M. and (in typical Diva fashion) announced:

N: What's for Breakfast?

me: Whatever your little heart desires - what are YOU making?

N: Uhmmm, let me ask me and I'll get back to you

(LOUD LOL from me)

N: Well, I asked me and me doesn't know

Sooooooooooo dang funny!

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Sister ~~ My Friend

A ten year gap, yet the closest of friends

Even from day one

Me (age 6 months) with my best friend

My sister

Blessings on your Special Day

Monday, September 15, 2008


Thankfully we didn't take in any water, but some homes did. These were taken at 9am on Sunday. We had TWO days in a row of rain like this. Record rainfall in the history of since records have been kept. SIX inches fell on Saturday. We got about 3-4 inches MORE after these photos were taken. Prayers for all who have to deal with damages or clean up from flooding.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

experience list

from Sis's blog

Life Experiences (the ones I have done are in pink) Gotta warn you though, I'm pretty boring! LOL

  1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
  2. Swam with wild dolphins
  3. Climbed a mountain
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
  6. Held a tarantula
  7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
  8. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
  9. Hugged a tree
  10. Bungee jumped
  11. Visited Paris
  12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
  14. Seen the Northern Lights
  15. Gone to a huge sports game
  16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa (now closed to the public)
  17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
  18. Touched an iceberg
  19. Slept under the stars
  20. Changed a baby’s nappy
  21. Taken a trip on a hot air balloon
  22. Watched a meteor shower
  23. Got drunk on champagne
  24. Given more than you can afford to charity
  25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  27. Had a food fight
  28. Bet on a winning horse
  29. Asked out a stranger
  30. Had a snowball fight
  31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
  32. Held a lamb
  33. Seen a total eclipse
  34. Ridden a roller coaster
  35. Hit a home run
  36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
  37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
  38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
  39. Had two hard drives for your computer
  40. Visited all 50 states
  41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
  42. Had amazing friends
  43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
  44. Watched wild whales
  45. Stolen a sign
  46. Backpacked in Europe
  47. Taken a road-trip
  48. Gone rock climbing
  49. Midnight walk on the beach
  50. Gone sky diving
  51. Visited Ireland
  52. Been heartbroken for longer than when you were in love
  53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
  54. Visited Japan
  55. Milked a cow
  56. Alphabetized your cds, and my DVD's and my spices and....
  57. Pretended to be a superhero
  58. Sung karaoke
  59. Lounged around in bed all day
  60. Posed nude in front of strangers
  61. Gone scuba diving
  62. Kissed in the rain
  63. Played in the mud
  64. Played in the rain
  65. Gone to a drive-in theater
  66. Visited the Great Wall of China
  67. Started a business
  68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
  69. Toured ancient sites
  70. Taken a martial arts class
  71. Played D and D for more than 6 hours straight
  72. Gotten married
  73. Been in a movie
  74. Crashed a party
  75. Gotten divorced
  76. Gone without food for 5 days
  77. Made cookies from scratch
  78. Won first prize in a costume contest (I was a rabbit in a hat)
  79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
  80. Gotten a tattoo
  81. Rafted the Snake River
  82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
  83. Got flowers for no reason
  84. Performed on stage
  85. Been to Las Vegas
  86. Recorded music
  87. Eaten shark
  88. Had a one-night stand
  89. Gone to Thailand
  90. Bought a house
  91. Been in a combat zone
  92. Buried one/both of your parents (both sadly)
  93. Been on a cruise ship
  94. Spoken more than one language fluently
  95. Performed in Rocky Horror
  96. Raised children (raising)
  97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour (just a local group)
  98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
  99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  102. Sung loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
  103. Had plastic surgery
  104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
  105. Wrote articles for a large publication
  106. Lost over 100 pounds
  107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  108. Piloted an airplane
  109. Petted a stingray - I swam right over one, but no petting
  110. Broken someone’s heart
  111. Helped an animal give birth
  112. Won money on a T.V. game show
  113. Broken a bone
  114. Gone on an African photo safari
  115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
  116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
  117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  118. Ridden a horse
  119. Had major surgery
  120. Had a snake as a pet-it was my brother's-it got loose-enough said!
  121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
  123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
  124. Visited all 7 continents
  125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  126. Eaten kangaroo meat
  127. Eaten sushi
  128. Had your picture in the newspaper
  129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
  130. Gone back to school
  131. Parasailed
  132. Petted a cockroach
  133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
  135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
  136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  137. Skipped all your school reunions
  138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  139. Been elected to public office
  140. Written your own computer language
  141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
  142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
  143. Built your own PC from parts
  144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
  145. Had a booth at a street fair
  146. Dyed your hair
  147. Been a DJ
  148. Shaved your head
  149. Caused a car accident
  150. Saved someone’s life

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

(UN) Brace Yourself!

After nearly TWO years

The official UNVEILING!

Dr. Kelly removing the appliances

Giving him one LAST cleaning!

He really CAN smile!!

His 'JOKER' retainer

A Peek at it inside his mouth

(His teeth really aren't yellow, they just look it next to the white retainer)

Dr. Kelly, Senior (his son works the practice also)

with Nathan and his parting gift.

A gourmet caramel apple from Graham's

Monday, September 01, 2008

Off To The Races

We had a family day at Arlington Racetrack yesterday.

- It was over 90 degrees -
this was towards the end of the day - feeling toasty

Who am I?

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I'm a SAHM of 4 kids living in the Chicago burbs and enjoying life!

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