Monday, March 31, 2008

Fool in the Rain

Yeah... they suck, especially rainy, 45 degree days.  Ack.

I got up at 11am and found my self to be very swollen and in pain.  I took my meds, and after waiting an hour with no relief, I took a vicodin and went back to bed. 

Yep, the ole' bad weather, bad rheumatoid and lupus one-two punch.  No kitchen packing for me.  <sigh>

However, the boxes are now ready and I am determined that tomorrow it will be started!

Other big news is that tomorrow, the next Harry Dresden novel 'Small Favor' by Jim Butcher will be available for sale!  Yay!  I love this series, and so do my boys!  I will be heading to the bookstore early!

I hope your Monday had more sunshine than rain!

be well,

ps... remember that song 'I'm Too Sexy'?  This kitty is singing it!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Feelin' Groovy

You've asked for it... so here it is...

Some of you may remember pics of my shagadelic kitchen from a meme I did last June. 

For all of you who don't remember or didn't read me then... here ya go.  Shield your eyes... the 1970 horror of it all may be too much for your delicate constitutions...


Okay... I warned you... see the little designs in the Disco countertop?

Here is one more to show the horrid detail of the cabinetry.

See the ugly gold glittery details?  The frightening Harvest Gold of the no longer working compactor/garbage can? 

I hope you can sleep tonight.  Remember, you asked for it!!!!  LOL

I will be happy to show you pics as the work is happening.  Supposedly, it will be a quick job, but in this 'money pit' we call home, anything can happen! 

For instance, I forgot to share this gem with you. 

Friday morning my dad went to put in a load of his and mom's laundry at 5am, just before he leaves for work, and found that our hot water heater was apparently leaking.

AND, had been for quite some time because our basement was innundated with water. 

Yep.  Murphy's Law of Homeownership.  As soon as you commit to a huge job costing a whole heap of money, something else totally unrelated will break and you will be forced to replace it with money you don't want to spend.  <sigh>

The worst part is that this mishap of water damage has basically sealed the fate of the new floor Hubby laid as the foundation for finishing the basement.  It will have to be redone now.  We need to avoid mold underneath at all costs.  Between Fuzzy's asthma and my health issues... it is a must. 

Thankfully, our plumber came and replaced it, and Hammer with my mom's direction, was able to vaccuum up all the water mess. 

Never a dull moment around here, that's for sure! 

be well,


I almost wet my pants laughing at this one!  Granted, not that hard to do after 3 c-sections and hitting my 40's, but hey... for a big Monty Python fan... it really tickled the funny bone!

Hammer had his big date on Friday night for GalPal's Sweet 16!  Hammer took her to a nice restaurant in our town.   They had a really nice dinner together.  Afterward, they headed to the opposite corner to a little town coffee cafe.  They shared a drink and played UNO for a bit alone together.  Very nice.

Hammer asked her for a kiss at her door step, but GalPal was only ready for one on the cheek.  So sweet!   My little boy is growing up!!! 

Yesterday was the bowling finale!  I knew that Fuzzy had a chance to win most improved bowler, but as it turned out, so did Pumpkin!  All she had to do was bowl over her average!  Her average was 70, and in two games she bowled a 107!!!  She totally smashed the competition, and her average lept up 2.5 points! 

So, Fuzzy and Pumpkin both won most improved bowlers of the 2007-2008 season!  Yay!  They won trophies and bowling balls each! 

Here they are with their trophies:

Aren't they adorable?  And the trophies are awesome! 

Last night we went out to dinner with our friends Ilene and Bob which was too long in coming!  We haven't been out together in ages!  We all had a really nice time.  We went to Chili's and the kids sat at one table and we sat next to them at another.  ;-)

A nice little break for us grown-ups!

This week promises to be a crazy busy week!  I have to pack up my whole kitchen as well as organize new temporary places for cat food, dog food, medicines, and the like! 

Wish me luck!  LOL 

My coughing is finally at a minimum and I am determined to feel better!

Sometimes, it's what you have to do.  Just do it!  Right?!?

Today, I rest tomorrow, I conquer the world!  Bwahahaha!  Or at least the kitchen! lol

be well,

Friday, March 28, 2008

Got the Music in Me! (meme)

Happy Friday to all!

Paul over at Aurora Walking Vacation  did an Ipod meme.

Take your ipod and list the first 10 songs it gives you on Shuffle.

Easy enough, so here goes.  I shuffled using every song which includes kid stuff.  Could get interesting!

1.  'Double Vision' by Foreigner

2.  'I Wanna Rock n Roll All Night' by Kiss

3.  'I Melt With You' by Modern English (the original)

4.  'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' by Queen

5.  'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' by The Charlie Daniels Band

6.  'Make a Memory' by BonJovi

7.  'Magic Man' by Heart

8.  'Yoda' by Weird Al Yankovich (one of the kids picks, done to the tune of 'Lola' by The Kinks)

9.  'If Everyone Cared' by Nickelback

10. 'No One Like You' by the Scorpions

Not bad!  Only one 'kid' song!  LOL  Thankfully, my kids are really into 80's rock and classic rock!

Today, Hammer's GalPal is turning Sweet 16!  Hammer is taking her out to dinner!  More details to follow!

be well,

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thankful Thursday

My picture today... 

Thankful Thursday time again!  Tempus fugit... time flies... she does, she does.

1.     Coffee.  Blessed nectar of life.  Thank you for giving me the 'oomph' I need to get my butt going.

2.     Hammer.  The sweetest man-child ever.  He has officially gotten taller than me.  I am not exactly happy about that, but he is very happy!  LOL  He is always ready to help, make me a cup of coffee, give my shoulders/neck a quick rub, and share a little blurb about something to make me smile.

3.      Pumpkin... I don't need to say anything, here is my silly girl, goofing around with sticky note flags to make Mommy laugh:


4.     Fuzzy.  Stomach virus over and he is at school today.  Yay.

5.     My parents.  More reasons than I can recount.  Our kitchen is going to be started on 4/7!  Yay!

6.     Hubby.  Things have been difficult with Scouts lately.  Political crap because certain assistant scoutmasters seem to have their egos tied up in it, when it should be all about the boys.  Hubby is pushing through and trying to keep the focus on what is best for the kids, but it hasn't been easy lately.  No one needs extra stress in their life, but you won't find a dad more dedicated to his kids than my sweet Hubby.  He won't give up, so long as the boys are a part of it.

7.     Bowling.  Thanks to the kids league, I have something to look forward to on this rainy, grey, yucky day!

I hope you all have a list of blessings that you can call to mind when the going gets rough!

be well,

ps... This isn't cats, but who can resist Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' no matter who is singing it?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday Word of the Week!

A little football humor for my friend, Dan !

Now, on to the Wednesday Word of the Week:


"I call myself a meliorist - a man who believes that by human actions wisely directed the world can be made a better place."
(NY Times)

The excerpt speaks for itself.  All that is necessary to add is that just as we have good, better, best, so Latin has bonus, meliorus, optimus.

(copied from Maxwell Nurnberg's book, 'I always look up the word egregious')

I chose the word in deference to my essay linked in yesterday's entry, The World is Inherently Good! .


Fuzzy is home today with a stomach virus.  No fever, and it doesn't seem too horrible.  Enough to make him throw up, though.  Hopefully, the worst is over.

I still have not received my xray results.  The stupid Advair powder inhaler that is supposed to make my cough better, is making it worse.  Ack.

I am cranky today.  Yesterday, too.  Disheartened some.  Feeling crappy can get you down when it is going on three months.  Add that to the constant pain and soreness and you have the recipe for being quite bitchy at times. 

Yesterday afternoon Hubby called me on it.  I knew I was being bitchy and just couldn't stop it.  So, I apologized. 

Then, since he can rarely leave well enough alone, he started to continue to ride me verbally about being a bitch.


Yeah... kind of bitchy again, but he got it and shut up, and we moved on.  lol

Some days isn't easy being my husband, I am sure...

... but it ain't easy being me either.  ;-/  <sigh>

Just to give you an idea about how wacky I can be sometimes, last night I couldn't sleep.  I was coughing and sore and cranky.

Comfort food was in order, so I made deviled eggs.  3 of them.  Just for me.  Yeah, at midnight.  I know, nuts.  Yep.  Certifiable.

They were really good though, if I may say so myself.  LOL

Ah well... time to go. 

be well,

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Memories - 3 Year Blog-iversary

Today is exactly 3 years since my first journal entry!

Here is the link to the first entry:  Good Friday

I started to blog with the intent to help others cope with chronic diseases, like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.  It has become so much more. 

I found a great online community, friends, and support, while also having a wonderful place to vent and write!

Here is one of the first entries I wrote about coping with RA/Lupus and not having enough 'Spoons':

What's it like to have Unlimited Spoons?

I have revisited that topic many times over the three years!  In 2007 after a similar entry, the most wonderful thing happened.  Paul, who writes at  Aurora Walking Vacation, and was one of my first blog readers, wrote an entry about my entry.  I still reread it quite often, because it makes me feel good. 

Someone got 'it' and it felt good.  Here is that entry:

I wrote this essay/entry during my second month of blogging... I still feel the same today:

Thanks for letting me revisit and reminisce.

I have to say, the 3 years have passed very quickly.  Yet, much has changed while staying the same.  I'm still coping with RA and Lupus, but now have the brain tumor thingy to deal with, too.  I had 3 'kids', 8, 10 and 12 when I began this journal... Now I have 2 teenagers of 13 and 15, and another close behind at 11! 

One thing never changes... trying to Carpe Diem -  Seize the Day, everyday.  Some days go better than others, but I am always trying.

Most importantly, always hopeful.

be well,

Sunday, March 23, 2008


How about a meme?  It has been a while and this one was fun!

Feel free to copy and paste and do your own answers!

Your best friend tells you she is pregnant. What is your reaction? OMG!  I would be thrilled.  I think her hubby would have a heart attack... but I would be thrilled! 

When is the last time you wanted to punch someone in their face?
Wow.  I have no idea.  I guess a long time ago.

What is the last thing you spent money on?

Do you think you gained or lost weight this past month?

Crunchy or Puffy Cheetos?
Crunchy.  I will eat the puffy if they are around though.  lol

Congratulations! You just had a son. What's his name? 
Well, it would be some sort of a miracle, but after the vatican investigation, we would name him Evan Michael.  That was our name choice for a boy when Pumpkin was born.

Congratulations! You just had a daughter. What's her name?
See previous for miracle part... then, I would name her Brenna Nicole.  And, Hubby would hate it.  lol

What are you craving right now?
Any food would do, I am so hungry! 

What was the last thing you cried about?
Fuzzy said something hurtful, and I was overtired and cried about it.

When you buy something and your change is 2 cents, do you keep it or tell the cashier to keep it?
  I put it in the "free change" thing if there is one, or I take it.

What color is your tissue box?
The one nearest me is purple with green, orange, and yellow funky designs! (Puffs)

Do you have a ceiling fan in your room, and if so, is there dust on that fan?
We have ceiling fans in all the bedrooms, and there is dust on ALL of them... eww.  I should probably do something about that.  lol

Scariest thing you've experienced in the last year?
Brain tumor diagnosis.

Do you wear a name tag at work?
I didn't when I worked out of the home.

Have you ever had a garage sale?
No.  Hubby hates them.

What color is your iPod?
See picture!  It is a silver 2nd gen Nano, but this is my new skin!

What is the last alcoholic beverage you had? A glass of White Zinfindel last night after the kids went to bed.

Are you happy right now?
Oh yes!  Life is good.  Hard, complicated, but full of blessings that I embrace each day.

Who came over last?
I guess it would be Fuzzy's friend, Russell.  He was here from after school Thursday until yesterday, when we left for the league.  His parents met us at the bowling alley.

Do you drink beer?
Yes, occasionally.  Usually a Corona or a Coors Lite. 

Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted?
  Being an only until Kathy came at 17, I missed all that fun stuff.  However, Hubby's older sister, Cissy, used to tell him in a comforting way, 'Don't worry, we're adopted.  We're not like them.'   Gives you an idea how pleasant his childhood was...

What is your favorite key on your key chain?
What a bizarre question.  The only one I use really is my truck key.

What was the last movie you watched at home?
I think it was Gladiator for the umpteenth time a few weeks ago.

What is in your pocket?
No pockets in my jammies.

Where do you hurt?
My list is long and varied.  I pass.

Has someone ever made you a Build-A-Bear?
No, but we did it with the kids years ago.  I do have a Vermont Teddy Bear from Hubby from way long ago.

What's something fun you did today?
The Easter egg hunt with the kids.  They asked for it to be hard.  And, it was.  Very. Bwahahaha!!!

What is your favorite aisle at Wal-Mart?
I have never been inside a WalMart.  The one near us is nasty, and I have issues with them as a company.

When is your birthday?
November 22.

Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror?
No.  I grew out of that in my late teens.  lol

What kind of milk do you drink?
On those VERY rare occasions when I drink milk, 1% or 2% is good.  I hate skim.  ICK.

What is something you need to go shopping for? Hmmm, need?  I don't 'need' anything.  Want, but not need. 

Tres fun?  Oui? 

Okay... back to your regularly scheduled Sunday-ness.

be well,

ps... LOVE this kitty! lol

White Rabbit

  A little Easter humor... Happy Easter to you and yours!

The Giant Mutant Bunny with Pointy Teeth (think Monty Python) left the kiddies their goodies.  They are all on chocolate highs this am.  $20 for books from Grandma and Grandpa... $20 for books from Mom and Dad, Chocolate bunnies and other assorted chocolates, candies, and Peeps - yep good haul for the kiddies!

Yesterday we had bowling.  Fuzzy had a good game 156 - a new high for him!   Pumpkin did not have a good day... 'nuff said about that. 

Hubby treated me to a skin for my ipod that has a lanyard and a clip.  I love it.  I wanted the lanyard, so when I am listening I keep my hands free!  Yay!

Today, we are having a quiet calm day. 

Hope you are also enjoying a good Easter Sunday!

be well,

Friday, March 21, 2008


Lot of guitar licks here last night!!!

Let's see, we had 1 fifteen year old, 4 thirteen year olds, 1 twelve year old, and 1 eleven year old!  Yep, it was a full house of teens and pre-teens!!!

Lots of Guitar Hero battles, Halo 3, and Call of Duty 4.  Then, the Family Guy spoof of Star Wars called 'Blue Harvest' and then the movie 'Beowulf'.  We kicked them upstairs at 2am to try to get them to sleep.

Fuzzy wanted to sleep... his buddies did not.  Between 3 and 4am, they were all out.  Fuzzy was up at 7:30am and the friends began to wake around 8am. 

Hubby and I had fun watching the kids battle with the Guitars against each other!  I thought the kids might not like us being there, but they were all cool with it, and told us we were 'cool'!  lol 

Everyone is gone now, except for Russell!  He is in the shower now and is going to continue to hang out for the day! 

Tonight, we are going to a favorite pizza place in the next town.  It has super thin pizza.  The place is totally disgusting inside, but the food is amazing!  The first time we took my Hubby there he was shocked and amazed that my mom and I would eat there at all!  LOL 

Anyhow, it has been a quiet day here.

Hubby let me sleep in, since I was up with the kiddies!

Have a good Easter weekend!

be well,

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Thankful Thursday

It is just too early for Easter for me... however, the calendar, nor time, heeds my wishes, so here we are... almost Easter!

Today is the first day of spring... but more importantly...

Gaz and Phil's Wedding Day!!! (Diary of a podgy poof!)

Congratulations to you both!!!  26 years together already, and I wish another 26 years, and another for you both, full of love, joy, wealth, health, and happiness, now and for always!

I am very thankful for getting to know you, dear Gary!

The rest of my Thankfuls...

1.     Hammer got his first 100% complete on Guitar Hero today!  At first, he was reluctant to play at all, thinking it would be too hard for him.  I am so glad he changed his mind, and has kept at it for the last 2 weeks!  Great job, Hammer! ;-) 

Sometimes, it is nice to achieve 'fun' goals, too!

2.     I am happy for Pumpkin that even though one boy told her she can be a little 'weird' this week, another boy asked several girls why they couldn't be more 'fun' like Pumpkin!  (she was laughing at their fart jokes...)

Most of all, I am happy that my daughter likes herself, and is confident enough to brush off any one who doesn't find her 'uniqueness' to their liking.  I wish I had been more like that as a kid her age!

3.     Fuzzy's birthday sleepover extravaganza is tomorrow!  Yay!  Although we lost one guest when their parents decided to make an unexpected Easter weekend visit, the other two boys are still coming.  So, bowling league afterschool, then White Castle dinner, movies, Guitar Hero, more movies, and sleepover. 

Breakfast in the am, and more Xbox, Wii etc.  A fun day to be had by all.  Fuzzy has waited an extra week to celebrate, and he deserves some fun.

4.     I sold my first custom ordered two pairs of earrings for a bridal party!  Yay!  I was so excited, I forgot to take pictures, but that is okay.  Pumpkin deserves special credit as saleswoman, as this was a teacher at her school!

5.     Music and the ipod.  Sometimes all you need is a little 80's rock n roll to get that blood pumping and a smile on your face!!!

Today for me it was a little Ozzie with 'Crazy Train', Scorpions with 'Rock you like a Hurricane' and Poison with 'Talk Dirty to Me'!!!  Yep!   Almost makes me want big hair again!  Almost... lol

6.     Coffee is good.  It is warm.  It is rich and full bodied tasting.  It fills all  your senses at once.  Ahhhh.....  Yeah... it was that good this morning, as is the cup of decaf I am drinking now.

7.     It is good to my computer to come to when I can't sleep.  Blogging and entry and maybe a little online game playing and soon, hopefully, I will be snoring away.  :-)

8.     I know I probably bore you all with this too much, but books are really amazing.  There is a huge amount of knowledge out there to be had, just waiting for you.  You can self-teach yourself, or enrich yourself learning about anything you can imagine!  And, if you can't afford to buy it, you can go to the library for it... worlds, cultures, ideas, facts, histories, languages... it's all there for the taking!

Alrighty then... time to hit the sack again, and give it another go!

be well,

Here Comes the Rain Again and Wednesday Word of the Week

So, here we are... Wednesday.

I have decided to do a weekly feature!!

The Wednesday Word of the Week!

With the help of Maxwell Nurnberg's fabulous vocabulary book "for people who don't need one", called 'I Always Look up the Word Egregious', I am going to share a word with you each week! 

The beauty of this book is that it gives the meaning/definition and then gives you the background of the word, and examples of usage.

In light of recent politicos (<cough> NY Gov. Spitzer <cough>) having to fall on their swords...

I give you the first Wednesday Word of the Week:


- a sacrifice

(from the latin mola, a millstone) Molars, the name of the grinding teeth, is derived from the same word.  The Latin word mola came to mean the thing ground, a kind of grain or meal.  In accordance with prescribed ritual, Roman priests sprinkled this finely groun grain, with a portion of salt added, over a sacrificed animal's head.  By another transfer of meaning, the word immolatio, literally "the act of spreading the ground grain", was applied to the sacrifice itself.

Modern usage in a sentence:  His self-destruction was an exemplary one, and can even be understood as a self-sacrifice, a self-immolation for the benefit of others. (NY Times)

So, there you are... expanding your minds and vocabulary one word at a time!  LOL  Tell one tell all!!! 

Nothing much else going on here, hope you are all doing well.  I seem to have some laryngitis now, so I am trying not to talk much.  So far, so good.

be well,

Monday, March 17, 2008

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all!

I haven't written, because not much has changed.

Except for my frustration level... that has skyrocketed.

I bought myself a mug last week from, through that says 'I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!'  Yep.  That about sums up my life, state of mind, etc.  It is March 17th and the last time I felt 'good' was Christmas.  <sigh>

Fuzzy is finally well.  I would say 95%.  We have stopped the nebulizer treatments (but he is still on all his regular meds of course), and he is about 95% caught up in school as well.

Fuzzy's birthday party was postponed until this Thursday night.  The plan is dinner at White Castle, playing Guitar Hero, and a sleepover.  Fun!  ;-)

Pumpkin Muffin had her 5th Grade Social/Dance on Friday night.  It was Hawaii/Beach themed, and she had a blast.  She danced so much she twisted her ankle, but it didn't put a damper on her fun.

One little fun thing happened for me!  I got my first, very own, ipod!  I was able to get a brand new nano 2nd generation on for about $70 including shipping!  It was such a bargain!  I love it!  I can't wait to get one of those car thingys to use it in there.  Our lease is up this year on the truck, so I may just wait, since so many of the new vehicles are mp3 integrated already.

Maybe I will do one of those ipod memes soon.  lol

As soon as my lungs clear up completely, I am going to start walking on the treadmill, about 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week.  Having the ipod will be nice.  I need to get one of those neck holder things, but I have time... This cough doesn't want to leave quite yet.

I hope you are all having a Green Monday of fun!  Too bad there isn't green coffee... I would be so stylin'!

be well,

ps... Indiana Jones kitty wishes St. Patrick was around...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Fuzzy Birthday

 Happy 13th Birthday, Fuzzy!


1.     My dear sweet Fuzzy!  I can't believe that you are now 13 and officially a teenager!  WOW!  Time truly flies!  I am so happy that you still love to cuddle up with mommy, even as you are growing into a young man.  I love you, my sweet baby boy!

2.     My new kitchen is ordered!!!  Yeehaa!!!  I know that in a few weeks when my kitchen is demolished and we are in the middle of construction and sick of eating out, I will not be as ecstatic as I am now, but let me just revel in the anticipation of the completed project... fantasizing it just arrives - complete!  LOL

The cabinets are a plain honey maple, with very basic stainless hardware, to match our new appliances.  This is close to what it will be... mine will be a slightly warmer color.

The countertop is Corian, called Burnt Umber:

 with a molded sink in Vanilla, a slight off-white.

I can't wait!  I have hated this 1969 yellow and gold ugly kitchen since day one!!! Yay!

3.     My parents, without whom this kitchen remodeling would not be possible.  Nor would so many things in my life.  I am so truly blessed.  Each and every day.

4.     Coffee!  Ahhh.... I think it is helping my cough go away.  No, seriously... well that and...

5.     Emergen-C!  Definitely a wonderful product! 

Okie dokie...

Off to do 'mommy' type things! 

Have a wonderful day everyone!

be well,

ps.  My kids LOVE pizza bagels!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Poor kitty!  I am feeling much the same... and I sound like a 90 year old geezer, who has smoked 3 packs a day since he was 13, followed by a scotch chaser.... ACK!

On a lighter note... I do have some good news to share! 

First, Fuzzy is in school again!  YAY!  Hooray for silence in the house (lol), but mostly hooray for him getting back to work at the 7th grade.  He has lots to make-up, and Hubby and I have been working with the principal, guidance counselor, and teachers to be sure nothing slips by.

Second, the title of this is 'Fame' and I am happy to share with you that my dear cousin, Karol, has gone all glam on us!  With respect to her job as a director of a Chamber of Commerce, she was giving a speech and her picture ended up in a few magazines. 

She will kill me that I am posting this, but I don't care!  I am so proud of her, and I think she looks gorgeous!

Congrats Karol!  You have put up with a lot of crap over the years, and I am happy to see you in a job you love and getting the recognition that you deserve!  Brava!

So, look at my picture on my sidebar... do we look alike?  There have been times when we have been taken as sisters! 

I went to bed last night at 6:45pm and slept until noon today.  Yep.  18 hours.  I was up and down a bit, with the hacking and nose blowing, but for the most part sleeping more than not.  I still feel like poop though.  Well rested poop, but poop, nonetheless.

Someday, when the sun shines and the weather picks a season to stick with, and it stops raining, I will feel better. 

But, for now, I will muddle through, smile on my face and just do what I can.  Carpe Diem, right?! 

be well,

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Believe it Or Not

Hmm... wonder why I identify with this Momma cat?  LOL

I found this meme around the interwebs and thought it would be fun because it didn't require a lot of thought or skill.  Yeah, my brain is mush right now.

5 Little known things about me never mentioned in my blog:

1.     I dated a 'Mr. New Jersey' in my youth; he was an idiot.

2.     I had many problems with my mouth/teeth/oral surgery, which cumulated in me wearing braces for 18 months from right after my high school graduation at 17 1/2, to one week before my 19th birthday.

3.     I have been an anglo-phile (brit lover) since reading an Elizabeth I biography around age 10!  I then wrote to Queen Elizabeth II for her autograph, and was written back by a Lady in Waiting that she doesn't give them out.  I wrote her two more times afterward, somehow thinking that my subsequent pleas and devotion would change her mind... but she didn't! lol

4.     My Aunt Pat, my dad's sister, dated Tony Kubek, who was a Yankee rookie (1957) at the time, and foolishly broke up with him!  (well, of course, hindsight is 20/20... lol)

5.     I was certified in Senior Lifesaving from the Red Cross, and could have been a lifeguard, but never worked as one.  I also swam on our town swim team for two years, but I may have mentioned that before!

5 Guilty pleasures I indulge myself in

1.     Obviously, my coffee, and my Keurig single cup coffee maker.  Heavenly.  A fresh brewed individual cup each and every time!  Yummy!

        1a.     Starbucks Venti Vanilla Breve Latte, no foam.  
Of course, I maybe only get one a month, but I do love them and consider it a guilty pleasure.

2.     I like to play video games with kids sometimes, and sometimes without the kids!  I love playing Tetris and Uno on the Nintendo handheld that we own.

3.     New books.  I worry about germs on used books because of my rheumatoid arthritis/lupus, and the meds I take that suppress my immune system.  I love, love, love to read.  I like silly fun, vampire/magical fiction, drama/action/intrigue,  murder/mystery, historical fiction, biographies, and even non-fiction books about an array of topics, historical or science driven!

4.     <<sneaking a look around>>  I am not very materialistic, but I do love my Coach pocketbooks!  I have 5 or 6 real Coach bags, big and small (mostly small),  and a few knock offs.  However, I really treasure the real ones!  They are so durable and well made!  I will have them forever!  :-)

5.     Now, this one won't surprise you either... blogging!  Ya think?

Okay... now you all have to do lists in your blog.  It is easy and fun.  And, it will entertain me, your sick friend, so let me know when you do it, so I will not miss it.   Thank you!

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming, while I grab a cup of coffee and put my footsies up!

be well,

Monday, March 10, 2008

Yesterday, When I was Young

Today, is my dad's birthday!  He is more than that many... 68, actually!  And, if he read my blog he would not be amused with the title!  LOL

However, know this... I have the best dad in the world.  He is awesome.  ;-)

I hate Daylight savings time, and doing it earlier, bites.

I may expectorate a lung through my mouth when coughing... is that bad? 

I did my shot even though I am sick.  Going to just take my chances.  I can't keep stopping and starting or I will never get any benefit and will have thrown away another 2 weeks of shots for nothing.  Ack.

Long weekend... longer week coming up.


Think on me kindly, if you have a moment to spare.

be well,


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thankful Thursday and a shout out!


Situation normal:  All muffed up...

Enough of that, we have Thankfuls to do, and a new journal to visit!

As some of you may already know, Gaz (Gary) of the journal Diary of a podgy poof! is going to marry his partner of the past 26 years, Phil, on March 20th! 

In order to give them a proper send-off, J-Land style, Cin (screen name: tenyearnap), has created a journal for all to leave the couple good wishes.

Please visit OrGAZmic Bliss: A Wedding Shower Page and email Cin so you can add a happy wish for the couple, too! 

Now, on to my Thankfuls!

1.     Coffee.  Last night I fell asleep about 1 am, only to get up at 2am with Fuzzy, who was having an asthma attack.  I sat with him during his 20 minute treatment on the nebulizer, and then we watched some tv together, until about 4am, when he felt he would try to get some sleep. 

'Nuff said about the coffee, huh?

2.     Medicine.  If not for the ability to have a nebulizer at home and the meds to go in it, I would be in the ER an awful lot. 

3.     That my kids love books, too.  Especially with Fuzzy home sick, it is nice to see that he reads for more hours than watching tv or playing games. 

4.     Hammer.  My angel.  He is so helpful and wonderful... truly.  Today, he is starting the laundry for me.  He does the basement stairs, I do the folding.  Good deal.

5.     Lolcats.  My Hubby thinks I am nuts, but I laugh and laugh at them.  And, laughter is good.  Very good.

6.     My email Loopies and Jland friends.  Your support, friendship, and kindness mean so very much.

Okay, off to giggle with the boys!

be well,

ps... Ellen, Lori, Missie... how often do you hear this?  lol


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

In the Year 2525

Fuzzy is still home struggling, and I am, too.  Accuweather says the arthritis index indicates 'extreme' pain.  Yeah...  I am totally sore.

However, I wanted to give you all a chuckle today with some Star Wars related lolcats.  Enjoy!


How about some Yoda?


And, now for some Jabba the Hut!


Hope you enjoyed...

be well,

ps... a little Tom Petty for fun, too!

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