I just put up the rest of the answers in my 'Music Fun' entry below.
Those curious few should scroll down to check out the stumpers. I put up the answers in this lovely red!
Just wanted to tell everyone to go to CarnivAOL right now and think about what journal entry you would like to submit!
You know you have that one recent entry that you wish more people would read and this is the way to get it to happen! So, go on now, scoot... pick out the entry and send it to Paul the CarnivAOL master!!!
Also, since I am still under the weather and struggling a bit, you should all go and visit Susan and Dan at their journals,The Life and Times of a Rainbow and The Wisdom of a Distracted Mind respectively.
Susan has been around the journal world before under many different incarnations and is posting a lot right now, unlike me!
Dan is funny, wonderful, and talented writer, who also struggles with a disease of the immune system like me!
So, shoo... go... I will be back... just need some more time to get my legs back under me.
I have been very touched by all the comments and well wishes that I have been receiving. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
I wish I could have been here posting but I have been too sick and I am feeling miserable. Hammer got a cold which he gave to me. Unfortunately, since I got my IV medicine just as I was getting the cold, I am a mess. Bronchitis for sure, hopefully it won't go farther. I am on antibiotics and a good cough syrup and pills for my head. UGH.
I hope to be back soon...
I stole this from Paul at Aurora Walking Vacation
Here are the rules:
Step 1: Put your iPod /Tunes or MP3 player on random.
Step 2: Post the first line(s) from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING.
Since I don't have an mp3 player and my son's songs wouldn't really be mine I did this via my car bose stereo system with 6 discs set on random. Some of the cd's are home mixes so it still is pretty intersting.
Here are the results:
1. 'Once upon a time, not so long ago...' Paul, plittle - Bon Jovi 'Living on a Prayer'
2. 'Whenever I am alone with you, you make me feel like I am home again.' Sharon, buggieboo1 - The Cure 'Love Song'
3. 'High, higher than the sun, you shoot me from a gun...' Susan, rainbowmoonbeam, - U2 'Elevation'
4. 'Gypsy sittin' lookin' pretty, the broken rose with laughin'eyes...' Lisa Jo, queeniemart - Def Leppard, 'Bringing on the Heartache'
5. '_____ _____ are made of this, who am I to disagree...' Paul - Eurythmics 'Sweet Dreams'
6. 'Lady luck never smiles, so send your love to me a while.' Sharon - Def Leppard 'Foolin'
7. 'Forty seven deadbeats livin in the back street, north, west, east, south, livin in the same house' Susan, The Escape Club 'Wild, Wild West'
8. 'All you wanted was a one night stand, the fire of the wine and the touch of a man.' **Not guessed** Randy Travis 'What'll you do about me'
9. 'I guess this time you're really leaving, heard your suitcase, say goodbye...' Sharon - Bon Jovi 'I'll be There for You'
10. 'This is what I sound like after 5 years. Why do I still feel I got the floor? (<--- intro) Before 99 I was born again...' **not guessed** Puff Daddy 'Breathe, Stretch, Shake'
11. 'If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says 15 miles to the _____ _____' Lisa and Mawmellow - B-52's 'Love Shack'!
12. 'I'm not afraid of anything in this world, there is nothing you can throw at me that I haven't already heard.' **not guessed** U2 'Stuck in a Moment'
13. 'You may think that I'm talking foolish. You've heard that I'm wild and I'm free.' Linda, sangrialel, Randy Travis - 'Forever and Ever, Amen'
14. 'Every generation blames the one before. And all of their frustrations come beating on your door.' Linda, Mike and the Mechanics, 'The Living Years'
15. 'I'm the kind of brother, who been doing it my way, getting it my way for years...' **not guessed** Usher 'Caught Up'
Unlike Paul, I gave up at 15 songs though!!!
Good luck everyone! I think mine are wayyyyy easier than Paul's!
I forgot to tell you all about Hammer's first few days of homeschool! He was not happy when he read the previous entry...
So, here I am again!
Hammer started his homeschooling year also. He started with some math review, some history about Pompeii, writing about his summer, and lots of science and physics reading.
I think we are both happy that school has restarted and that the house is quieter again and he can get back to his regular schedule!
Oh, and some more good news! My Hubby worked his magic today and got my Orencia infusion moved up from next Friday to this coming Tuesday! Hooray! Less time for me and my achey joints to suffer! :-D
I usually don't like to reuse a graphic so soon, but this fits the Weekend Assignment so well that I couldn't help it!
Weekend Assignment #129: Write about something that makes absolutely no sense to you, or that you find almost impossibly ironic. This covers a lot of ground so let me make it simpler: Write about something you just don't get. You've rolled it around in your brain, you've thought about it, and it just doesn't add up. Yeah. Tell us about that thing. From the enduring popularity of talentless celebrities to people who put mayonnaise on their french fries (yes, I'm looking at you, Belgium), there's got to be something out there that makes you go, "huh?" Or, for the kids, something that makes you go "WTF?"
Extra Credit: There's a song playing in your head right now. Tell us what it is.
There are a few things that make no sense to me... and I will share them now.
I am boggled by the fact that all baby strollers must have a tag that reads 'Remove child before folding.' Where there really that many stupid parents trying to fold up their child in a stroller to stuff it in their trunks? I guess so... there really should be licensing to procreate, you know?
I will continue in that vein about the fact that baby walkers basically don't exist anymore because so many stupid yuppies and generation x'ers apparently let their kids use them near stairs. Yes, it specifically had to be them because a whole generation of baby boomers, my parents, aunts and uncles, were all able to put 2 + 2 together and keep the walkers away from the stairs.
Personally, we had a walker with my eldest Hammer. He loved it, we loved it, and we gated the stairs. However, I had a cousin in Georgia whose son was born one week before Hammer and he took a header off her deck in a walker. No, she didn't gate the stairs. Yes, she turned her back. And, yes, somehow the walker got blamed. UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE!
Last but not least, toilet paper. 'Facial Quality' it states. Huh? I mean, I don't get it! I actually use stuff with ground up almonds in it to scrub the dead skin cells off my face!
I want my toilet paper to be 'sore butt quality'. And, you all know what I mean. Enough said.
Okay, moving on to the extra credit.
All week I have had this song stuck in my head since hearing it on Sunday night during the Giants vs. Colts game. It was in the background, as they were playing it before the game started in Giants Stadium.
Hells Bells by Ac/Dc. Yup, can't get it out of my head... I keep hearing the bell at the beginning of the song and then the guitar. I am sure there is a psychotherapist out there that could make a gold mine off of the significance of this bizarre fact, but I am not going to think that hard.
Have a great weekend everyone!
The kids are doing well in school!
Pumpkin Muffin has a teacher that taught me when I was in school! There are always rumors about how tough she is as a teacher, and even though I tried to dispell them, Pumpkin was a bit nervous. Now, she knows I was right, loves her, and has even positioned herself as the teacher's helper/pet. All is right in the 4th grade world.
Fuzzy is happy, too. I suspect the fact that he hasn't had any homework (neither has Pumpkin) probably helps, but he likes his teachers, too. 6th grade is all about increased responsibility on the student and team building with your peers. So far, so good! Next week, the fun begins, with homework and quizzes, etc.
Tomorrow, at 7am, Hubby and the boys leave on a Boy Scout bus trip to Howe Caverns and Cooperstown, in upstate NY. Saturday they will visit the caverns and stay overnight there and Sunday am move on further north to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the day.
You may remember that last year we went to the Hall of Fame as a family. They are so excited to go back! And, they are even more excited that their grandpa is going on this trip with them, too! They wanted grandpa to see all the cool stuff at the Hall of Fame last year, and now, they will get to share it with him! My dad has never been there and is pretty excited himself!
It will be just us girls at home! My mom, Pumpkin Muffin and myself! It should be nice!
So, Maxine basically sums up the way I feel today!
My body is missing the Orencia (my rheumatoid arthritis medicine) and adding to that a few days of rain and my joints are positively squeaky and sore. UGH!
However, I am going to refrain from complaining right now and put a smile on my face and face the world!
(or at least my family and pets for today...lol)
I am so happy that school is actually starting today!
No more delays, no more crying Pumpkin, no more days taken away from other vacations!
Of course, that picture above is what I look like this am. Hopefully, I won't frighten the school nurse too badly when I visit her this morning!
I am drinking my coffee right now and hoping to get myself and the kids presentable and out of the house by 8 am!
Catch ya all later...
I usually stay away from religion and politics but I thought maybe you all would like to read this.
I think this says it all...
Thank you to everyone who left comments on my 9/11 entry. I appreciate your kind thoughts and praise for the entry. It was a tough day for many, including my household.
We have other drama here at home as well! The schools in my town are having construction and renovations done. As you know, if they tell you it will take 10 weeks, you just double the figure and hope for the best! lol
Well, the summer work that had to be completed was not completed and they had to delay the opening date. The first delay was from 9/6 until 9/11.
Sunday night, at 7pm, I spoke to a friend who told me that she heard official calls were on the way. By 8pm, I had received both calls, one for Fuzzy and one for Pumpkin.
Fuzzy cheered and Pumpkin cried. Hammer also cheered, knowing that with his siblings home, no school for him either. As for myself and hubby... we just sighed.
School opening delayed again until 9/13, tomorrow.
However, the rumor mill being what it is... I have already heard that another delay is going to happen.
I am not going to get upset or angry because I am very fortunate. I am a stay-at-home-mom and do not have to scramble for last minute babysitting as many parents have had to do.
So, I will wait and listen for the phone and see what happens.
The only inconvenience I had was changing my infusion from tomorrow until next week. I need to go into the school and get Fuzzy's asthma medicine needs settled with the RN. Usually, this is done earlier, but the construction has literally thrown a wrench in everything usual.
I don't know how I will fare being delayed a week with my meds... should be interesting. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers!
On a happy note, my Aunt and Uncle from Indiana visited yesterday. They had dinner with us and spent a few hours after chatting and catching up. It was really nice, and took the 'edge' off the day for hubby and myself. The kids really adore their Great Aunt and Uncle so they enjoyed it, too.
Okay... that is a lie... I have had my coffee. Actually I am on my second large Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee of the day.
Tonight, I have 3 boys sleeping over as a last hurrah of the summer. So, that totals 6, yup, S-I-X kids tonight!!!
And, thus, the caffeine.
As for this list, before I went on vacation someone did this in their journal and I wanted to do it but ran out of time. Now, I have the time, but forgot who to give credit to!! Ugh.
So, here goes anyhow...
Keep in mind that my bag is very small,due to the Rheumatoid Arthritis in my hands, yet somehow it, packs a punch! lol
10 Things in My Pocketbook/Purse/Bag
1) Fuzzy's albuterol inhaler (don't leave home without it)
2) 6 to 10 crayola crayons (because even grownups don't mind a game of hangman while waiting for food, lol)
3) Purell (a must have when you are on drugs that suppress your immune system)
4) A big metal capsule pill case (emergency vicodin for me, because, well, you never know with RA and Lupus)
5) Listerine spray pocket thingy (perfect for my dry mouth)
6) A small round case containing soft earplugs (for Hammer when he is having a hard time with loud sounds, crowds, common with Asperger's Syndrome)
7) A copy of mine and hubby's EKG (we both have quirky things that are normal for us in our beats enclosed with a list of all my medications)
8) My drivers license and all of our insurance cards (dumb Oxford gives you one for each family member, ugh)
9) My cell phone (of course!)
10) Fuzzy's retainer case (the newest addition to the bag)
Notice that money did not make the list! LOL
Okay, all you gals out there need to do this!
As for you guys, how about 10 things you have in your cars?
You can only type 2 words....no more....no less.
From Brenda at Brenda's Way
1.yourself: happy smiley
2. your husband: self amused
3. your hair: very long
4. your mother: helpful friend
5. your father: Grumpy helpful
6. your favorite item: laptop computer
7. your dream last night: old boyfriend
8. your favorite drink: iced coffee
9. your car: perfect suv
10. the room you are in: old kitchen
11. your ex boyfriend: which one?
12. your fear: hurt kids
13. where you want to be in 10 years: published writer
14. what you're not: super mom
15. your best friends: Kathy Karol
16. one of your wish list items: basement completed
17. the last thing you did: read emails
18. what are you wearing: t-shirt capris
19. your favorite weather: sunny cool
20. your favorate zoo animals? lions tigers
21. your thought for the day? Carpe Diem!!!!
22. your favorite book: too many
23. last thing you ate: bologna plain
24. your life: about others
25. your mood: happy usual
26. your body: needs exercise
27. what are you thinking about right now: tomorrow's sleepover
28. your crush: Brad George ( Pitt, Clooney)
29. what are you doing at the moment: refereeing kids
30. your summer schedule: soon ending
Come on... give it a try!
There she is, Libby.
Isn't she just the most beautiful yellow labby you have ever seen?
She has the soft brown nose and eye area, not black. A true blonde. :-)
I have spoken before about John Grogan's book, Marley & Me, and, again, I will tell you all to read it. Especially, if you have a dog.
In the book, he discusses how breeders have 2 classifications for the labs.
The 'normal' lab that will be an excellent hunting and working lab, and the 'subnormal' that will make for a fabulous family pet, but not much more.
That was Marley in his book, and that is our Libby.
These 'subnormal' labs are overly affectionate, overly attached to their owners, are too emotional, too sensitive, easily distracted and are too submissive.
In other words, they will love you too much and never, ever, hurt you or anyone else!
The perfect family dog. The perfect description of Libby.
Libby loves kids, cats, other dogs, squirrels, skunks, babies, anything and everything. She tries to lick everyone she meets.
Libby has allowed toddlers to pull her ears, tail, and stick fingers in her mouth andplaces they shouldn't, all completely passively. Okay, maybe not completely passive, she will occasionally go for a good lick on the toddlers face.
Libby is the most loving, mushy dog I have ever seen or known.
Thus, every time we go on vacation is a disaster.
By the end of the week, our dog sitter reported, she was hardly eating and refused to leave her crate when she came to visit, feed and let her out.
This results in Libby then peeing and pooping on the floor when the sitter was not there, and then she would punish herself for doing it and refuse to leave thecrate.
Libby was also losing big clumps of hair, the poor thing was so distraught.
So, we came home to a smelly house and slowly balding, sad, thinner dog. Thank goodness for my mom, she scrubbed the dining room and kitchen floors until they were clean and ever trace of 'accident' was gone. Thanks Mom.
Poor Libby. It took her about 3 days to even begin to get back to normal!!!
Of course, as her mommy, I felt totally and horribly guilty!!!
So, that is Libby's vacation story. Thankfully, it will be a long time before we go away again, all seven of us. Ugh.
ps... Libby has also never met a food she doesn't like and will try to eat and chew just about everything, another trait of the 'subnormal' labs. We call her a 'food hound'!!! ;-D