Friday, May 29, 2015

Giggle, Snicker, Snort

Enjoy life and have no regrets!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I'm Still Sick, Now What?

When we had Mama's funeral I was battling what I thought allergies, and was proactive so it wouldn't turn into sinus infection. I was so proactive, that it turned into bronchitis instead!

Two weeks later, two rounds of antibiotics, and all the other crap you need when you are congested, I am back at the doctor with round 2 of bronchitis. Thankfully it did not turn into pneumonia. 

So back on antibiotics and all that other crap. Plus I am now getting asthma like breathing. I am tired all the time, very lethargic. Can't cough anything up (yeah that was a pretty visual huh?), and I am done with doctors and prescriptions!

I am just fed up with the whole treat the symptoms and see if that works. I don't want a guess I want to feel better!  I can go on and on about the whole health care system, my money, and how it is just a revolving door of sickness. But I am not. Instead, I will arm myself with my trusty laptop and  diagnosed myself! It is a toss up between Adrenal Fatigue or Chikungunya Virus. Well, maybe not Chikungunya virus, but close. (I just love saying that word!)

Wouldn't it be cool if we could figure out what is wrong with us or even have the option to say "I will take the sniffles for my sickness." The world would LOVE that! But we can not do it and we are only as advanced as we are. So I will be sucking on my inhaler, popping my antibiotics (2 days left!) and Mucinex with the hope of relief before summer hits. 

If you need me, I will be in bed taking it easy…because I am awesome like that!


Wait…it's awards awesomeness for me. I will be awesome tomorrow. LOL

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hodgepodge and a Little Weekend Update

1.  Did you do anything 'memorable' this past weekend?

I took my dad to our all-school reunion. He and all three of his daughters graduated from the same high school. Every 5 years there has been an all school reunion. You have to understand. The town is around 800 people and my graduating class alone only had 18 (classes ranged from 18-30 people). 

2. Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying-

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."  

Your thoughts? Do you somehow acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms you enjoy? Did your upbringing contribute to that sense of appreciation? If you're a parent, are there specific things you do to pass on this sense of responsibility and appreciation to your own children in regard to the freedoms they enjoy?

The thing that affected me the most this weekend about freedom was a reunion (of sorts) of all living VFWs from my home town. There were close to 20 men and woman representing wars from Korean to the Gulf War. Watching my dad stand there saluting the flag as The Star Spangled Banner was sung was very emotional for me. It made it more real than any story he has told about his time in the service. If it was not for him and all the others, living and dead, we would not enjoy the freedoms we have today. And this new generation wouldn't know what entitlement is…hmmmm…need to think on that one!

My dad is the one on the right in the tan coat.
The bottom photo are those who served.
Bottom right photo is a little swing dancing!
3. Loudest noise you've ever heard?

The most recent is the clap of thunder throughout the whole night. Reminds me of storms in Kansas. But the loudest would have to be when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas back in 2003. You would have thought it happened outside the house. NASA was about 200 miles south of where I lived doing recovery. It scared both me and Gavin, my furbabe. Then to find out what it was, it really made me realize the enormity of the event.

4. What was the last thing you ate that might be considered 'junk food'? Did you enjoy it?

Hate to say it, but yesterday we went to Group Dynamix with our students and ate at Ci Ci's Pizza after. You know where I am going…those dessert cinnamon roll thingies are THE DEVIL! Yes it is junk food oozing with butter and cinnamon but I just couldn't help myself! I went for seconds! You decide if I enjoying it or not…LOL!

5. When was the last time you were somewhere the crowd felt 'packed in like sardines'?

I am sure there are many places as I hate to have the feeling. To narrow it down, I would say in an elevator, either the Sears Tower or at the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb which held me and 6 firefighter with full bunker gear including their SCUBA. Thankfully I know how much I don't like those scenarios and stay to the front by the doors. Made it out without freaking out both times!

6. Are you organized when it comes to packing for a trip? Do you make a list weeks in advance or toss items in last minute? Are you a carry-on only sort of packer or do you need an entire suitcase for your shoes?

Very organized. LT and I both make our own lists on what to bring and share with the other. Plus we will say…"did you remember…" as we are packing. Even though I do organize and list make, I still have throw on, last minute stuff. I will be honest, I overpack each time! Better safe than sorry, huh? My dad always said he would rather drive than fly that way he can take as many shoes as he wants and isn't limited. I like the concept but don't like the time it takes to drive vs flying.

7. What was the last sporting event you attended in person? Did your team win? Did you care?

Wow. We are not really big sports people. I do plan on going to my great niece's t-ball game sometime but that is about it. I guess I have been to a STARS Hockey game and they won. I always did enjoy hockey, mostly when the fights break out. I used to LOVE going to AFL Football. But that kinda went away and I am good now.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Enjoyed seeing my classmates, but really, the ones I want to keep in contact with I do. Funny, I found myself traveling back to my time in high school and having those same feelings towards certain people. Which is also funny because those who I thought didn't like me (or whatever) would come up like I am their long lost friend and hug me. Please…. let's not pretend and be fake. Yes, time has elapsed but there has been no communication (thankfully) so what makes you think we are friendly? Just smile and walk on by would work for me. Am I a terrible person? Oh well…it's over.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

OCD Anyone?

So I have this kiddo that is OCD. I was watching him this morning separate out his M&Ms. It was just cracking me up that he had to put them in colored piles. The next time he had them in colored columns!  He then proceeded to eat each pile before moving to the next one.

Now I am a little OCD on things, but I don't separate my M&Ms. I just want to eat them all up and not wait! But it would bother me to no end if there were colored piles and there was a different color in one of the piles. I would have to fix it.

It takes all kinds to make the world go round. It is awesome and amazing God has made us all individual and unique. All I can say is enjoy the ride!

LT is not really OCD. He just puts stuff away willy-nilly. To me everything has a place and it needs to go there, if not…it is lost to me. We have it worked out that he will load/unload the dishwasher and not say anything if I rearrange it and he leaves the stuff he knows will freak me out on the counter so I can deal with it. 

My question to you is…are you OCD? Or live with someone who is? How is that working out for ya?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hodgepodge Fun!

It is that time again! Join us as Joyce from This Side of the Pond leads us through probing questions.

1.  Did you make someone laugh yesterday? Was it intentional?

Anytime anyone laughs around me, I do it intentionally. I LOVE to make people laugh. It is my gift. 

2. What's a simple question with a complicated answer?

Have you set a wedding date?  I get this all the time now that we are engaged. I don't even want to go there. As LT says "That is a whole other Oprah!"

3. Rhododendrons or have to choose. Are either currently blooming in your yard

This is easy: Azaleas! We go to Tyler, Tx every year for the Azalea Trail. It is where you wonder in peoples yards on the trail and look at the azaleas and other flora. LT and I ended up buying two different azalea bushes. They kinda bloomed a little, but not as many buds as usual. I haven't killed them yet, so there is hope! You can read about our planting of the azaleas here.

4. May 21st is National Waitstaff Day. Have you ever worked as a waiter/waitress? How would you rate the experience? What was the best/worst part of the job?

I have never worked as a waitstaff. I have worked in the service industry as a maid and receptionist. I think waitstaff have a hard job. People are very demanding. It would be hard to keep an calm face and not whip out the snarky sarcasm! 

5. What fashion trend for women should be outlawed? How about one 

Girls who wear tights and leggings for pants with a crop top as an outfit not to workout.  You may be fit but no one wants to see how tight it is!  Also any older woman dressing as a younger woman, even teenagery. There is a time to let it go, and ladies that fall in this category…let it go. 

As for guys…skinny jeans. I don't know who thought this was a good idea but it is not. I can't even go in to what I think about it, but I will say it is not manly.

Or sagging pants. I don't want to know what color your panties are! 

6. Name a writer who inspires tell us why.

I love Jana DeLeon. She is so witty and funny and she makes it appear effortless. I eagerly await her next book and will go back and reread them. I wish I could write like her, but I am learning to write authentically and find my own voice. I just wish it sounded more like her! LOL

Her books: Mudbug Series and Miss Fortune Series. You will not regret either one, but I am really partial to Miss Fortune!

7. What well known quote or saying sums up your plans for today or this week?

Pull Up Your Big Girl Panties!

I got sick last night and feel like I have been run over by a big ol' Mack truck! But for me to  keep going, I have to pull up my big girl panties! No whining allowed. Too much to do.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I will be going to my all-school reunion this weekend. We are such a small school we just do it for every year. My dad, both sisters and I graduated from the same school. We will be taking dad up. I graduated in 1988 so this would be year 27. Wow! I have been out a long time. Honestly, I am only going back for my dad. Those I want to keep up with I do and those I don't, well, there is a reason. LOL At least I will have something for the blog!

Monday, May 18, 2015

I Survived the Weekend!

Well, my whirlwind weekend is over and I have survived!

Meet some new people and got to hear more stories about LT when he was younger. I already knew many stories, so I wasn't surprised or shocked, thankfully!

Got to see my sis walk the stage and get "hooded". She is now Dr. Sister, but I told her I was not calling her Dr. Daddy got to see her graduate, but it was bittersweet Mama could not be here. We were all feeling a little sad.

Debra wrote a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who was in the journey with her. You can see where "We Got This" comes from and what it means.

Since you were unable to be there with me, here are some pictures of the concert. I only got a couple on Friday and none on Saturday. The crowd was uncooperative…they kept standing up in my way!

Speaking of crowds…I can spot them out of thousands of people! What makes it better is I get pictures! Now, I am all for individuality and enjoying life. Heck, I am kinda a center of attention person myself (to LT's utter dismay), but then there are those who go over board. I think they love the attention, otherwise why would they do it?

She was just as delicious from the front as the back! 
Yep, that is an ankle monitor. She is
loud and proud with it! My friend said
even bitches have to rock! LOL
Pat Benatar and Spyder rockin'!!
My favorite photo! This was done with my
Samsung Note 4! 
The Smithereens!! On a side note, a friend LT
grew up with was The Smithereen's
roady! How cool!
So that was basically my weekend. On a side note, out of 7 days, I made my step goal with my FitBit Charge. Heck I even made OVER 11,000 steps on one day! 

How was your weekend? Was it jam packed or did you get to relax and enjoy?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tick Tock: Not Enough Time!

This is the busiest weekend EVAH!! This is so how I am feeling!

 I didn't know you could pack so much into 2 days! Let's break it down, shall we?

1. Out of town friends of LT's coming in to stay the weekend. I have never met them.
2. My sister D is graduating with her Doctorate! Woo Hoo! So the reception is at 2pm and the graduation is at 4pm
3. My Dad and other sis K also my nephew, his wife and two kids are coming in this weekend for the graduation
4. Wildflower festival is the weekend (a whole weekend of concerts! Pat Benatar, The Smithereens, and Blue October)

1. Entertaining out of town guests
2. Wedding of LT's best friend
3. Family in town
4. Wildflower festival: Tonic, 38 Special, Fuel, Kansas and Everclear (so many bands, so little time!)

1. Everyone will be leaving
2. Clean the house
3. Do laundry
4. Wildflower Festival: Wynonna (It is mostly country music so I won't be going. Don't judge. Just not my genre)

Because my weekend is on overflow and I am being pulled in so many different directions, I will leave you with this: You may have your plate full, but baby, you got this!

What is your weekend shaping up to be like? Busy or chillin'?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Yay another Wednesday, another Hodgepodge! I love to answer questions and Joyce From This Side of the Pond is dishing them out! So let's get started.

1. When is your next big deadline? What's it for? 

Ummmm….something for school, I am sure. We have a field trip to Group Dynamix May 26 and then May 28 we are holding a banquet for my group of kiddos so I guess those two things. You know, getting everything ready, reminding students, getting field trip forms, finding something to wear, etc

Then we have the end of school on June 5 so I have all those lovely grades to post and credit slips to fill out. Paperwork really. But I don't want to stay late, so got to get all my ducks in a row and end the year early!

2. May is National Barbecue Month  Do you prefer cooking indoors or out? What's the best thing about a barbecue? What was the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill?

Lt is my BBQ-er. He does a mean grill. 
We mostly cook chicken or hamburgers. For those quick meals he will use the propane grill. But for those awesome BBQ nights, he loves (as do I) the taste of charcoal briquets.  I think it is because he is a firefighter and can play with fire, because let me tell you I can feel the flames shooting in the air!

3. What is one thing on your 'never again' list?

Scary things: roller coasters, haunted houses, scary movies….Nope, nada, never again! 

4. What's something that annoys you about people your age? Something you love about your generation?

Good and bad of my generation. Wow that is a hard one! I say good (because it is easier) is the music that came out… 80s baby! The way that we grew up: outside because we didn't really have the technology to be plugged into a computer, the low threats of pedophiles, terrorists, kidnapping, etc (I grew up in a really small town), being home when the church bells ring. We remember these times and how good they were and how good we had it. 

Now the annoyance of my generation. I guess maybe the helicopter moms or those parents who want better for their children (nothing wrong with that!) but end up enabling them and giving them a sense of entitlement. They help their children get out of consequences which really doesn't help them to grown

I do have a pet peeve that annoys me about anyone not age specific. This really needs to be a public service announcement: People, close your gas flap after pumping. Don't drive around with your flap open! 


You just don't know how hard it is to resist closing your flap at a stop light!

5. Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy...your favorite purple flower?

Lilacs or Irises. They both remind me of home and mama. Lilacs for the smell and Irises for the look. My sister K and I have batted around the idea of getting an iris tattoo in honor of mama. It is in the thinking stages, but I am ready for #2! LT isn't down with it, but….

6. Whats a song that always calms you down?

Tough one because I love the songs that boost me up. The fast beat and up tempo gets me going in the  morning or anytime really. So calms me down…hmmm… Maybe "We Lift You High" from LifeChurch.

7. What's the last thing you donated?

Funny you should mention this. LT has been going through storage boxes so we are getting a nice little pile of odds and ends to donate. Mostly it will be clothes and household things, decor, accessories, etc. Hopefully we can do another round and purge even more. More purging more room in our little house!

8. Insert your own random thought 

I think I am still in the "purple" phase!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I Wish Mother's Day Didn't Exist This Year

Do I really need to say any more than what my title says?

Mother's Day came way too fast for me. I knew it was in May, but the day just snuck up on me. I made it a point not to recognize the day really. I blocked it all out. Oh, I did some funny posts about being a fur mom on some social media sites, but other than that it was just another day.

How can you celebrate your mom when she just passed away and every emotion related to that is so raw? I was blessed to just hole up in the house with LT so no one could give me condolences or hugs. Hugs are the worst! It just opens the dam of emotions. I HATE that! I can hold it together as long as no one touches me.

Social Media bit the big one Sunday, too! Everyone posting pictures of their mamas. I couldn't handle it. As the day went on, the thoughts would sneak in my head. It was like ninja memories coming at me. I talked to both my sisters and they were having a very emotional day. I was not. Why?

I asked LT if something was wrong with me. I was not emotional. I didn't think of Mama on this day. I blocked it all out the best I could. But I still felt something was wrong with me. I should have cried. I should have looked at all the pictures I have of her. I should be laying in bed with some major depression. What is wrong with me?!

I can spout all the info:
Grieving is individual and not one grieves the same.
When she was diagnosed you knew the outcome.
You were prepared for it. You were preparing every day.

No matter how you slice it, I still feel like I am grieving wrong, or because I don't show my emotions I don't love mom as much as my sisters. Sometimes I feel since I don't have the emotions, maybe it's because I didn't do as much with mom or something. Sometimes I feel my sisters are judging me on how I am grieving and what I think or talk about. Even now as I am righting this post, I feel I am just glossing over things and not really delving into my feelings.

I know: Time. Time is what I need. Everything will happen when it happens. For those of you who are going through this all I can say is however you are handling this, it is how you are supposed to handle it. It is ok if you grieve differently. It is ok if you bottle all that crap up only to explode later (God help LT when it does!). It is not ok to beat yourself up, compare yourself to others or allow others to make you feel you are not doing it right. You are you and you will get this.

…Now to take my own advice…

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Gift from Gavin (The Westie)

Gavin just had to participate in Mother's Day with not just one but TWO gifts! Awww….NOT!

Little man threw up twice: Once in bed while napping with dad and the other in the living room after a round of cocktails (water). He could never hold his liquid.

He did really well in the nasty weather we had and only ran in the water puddle twice (once going and the other coming back) and didn't stay out long and smell like wet dog. Plus he was a snuggler all night and in the morning.

Of course he woke up a hot mess, but what else can I do but forget the gifts and just love on him!

You'd be a hot mess too if you
 just woke up and mom has
a camera in your face
Hope you had a great Fur Mom's Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

This is my first time to join up with From This Side of the Pond, whom I found during my stint in the A to Z Challenge. Today's hodgepodge is about mama. I am not a mama, unless you count a spiffy little Westie as my son, so it's about my mama. This is a tough one for me to complete because I lost my mama last month (April) and all those feelings are resurfacing. I gotsta get me a kleenex! UGH!

1. What's a phrase your mother often said to you? If you're a parent, is this something you now say to your own children? 

One thing my mama and I would always do was to say "I love you", the other would then say "I love you more" and then it would go back and end "I love you most". Those were the last three things I said to mama.

2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home? 

Lilacs. There were 2 humungous lilac bushes on either side of us so I was surrounded by the smell.

3. What's an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)? 

Mama and I loved to put jigsaw puzzles together. We enjoyed it up to when her macular degeneration took most of her eyesight.

4. Flared jeans, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits are 70's fashion trends back this spring. Are you on board? Which trend would you be most inclined to try? For the men...flared corduroys, wide-collared shirts, and floral prints...what say you?

Maxi dresses. It hides more! It is like wearing dressy yoga pants!

5. May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and also Nurse Appreciation Day. Is there a nurse or teacher  you have especially appreciated along the way? Tell us why?

Me! I am a teacher LOL! Really though, I have had so many teachers from my education foray from K-master's degree. It would be hard to name just one. Those that stand out were the ones who had a personal connection with me. It could be just taking the time and talking to me. I guess the one that stood out was Mr. Burke, my college history professor. He made teaching and the topic interesting and he took the time to talk to me and be interested in what was going on in my life. I remember sitting in his office figuring out what classes to take next year and someone brought in a tape of radio chatter from the Vietnam War. Mr. Burke was in that war and he new the names and codes. He immediately had to stop and I could tell he was still affected by it. It made him more human to me.

6. If I came by your house, what would I find on your frig door?

Too much stuff! Just a few things: pictures, list of concerts attending for the year (about 12), FF calendar to know LT shift, and lots of magnets.

7. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her royal entrance on Saturday, May 2nd. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention did you give to all the news coverage? 1=Who's Charlotte? 10=sat glued to the telly, cuppa in hand.

I would say about a 3. I noticed the postings on Facebook, but didn't take the time or energy to look anything up.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I really need to win the mega lottery! 
I have too much on my plate this month.
Grief is very individual and she is a sneak bitch. (sorry for language)
Mother's Day is gonna be hard. I wish I didn't even know it was happening.
Proud of my Texas police both in Garland (stopped a terrorist attempt) and my local PD (apprehending an escape prisoner today).
LT is pretty amazing man and does so much for me like coming to take my car to get oil changed.

What a Wake Up!

This morning as I am getting ready for work, I scroll through my Facebook. I guess I think I missed something from the night before and need to catch up. Anyway, I noticed some postings about a prison inmate who was taken to the hospital had jumped off the 3rd floor and escaped!

Now mind you, my house is about a block or two from this hospital. Did this bother me? Yes and no. I was concerned about said inmate because it WAS so close to home, but felt he would not come my way. He would rather head to the interstate which is away from me (which he did).

As I left for work, I made sure the doors were locked before leaving garage including my car locks. Here is what went though my mind: If I started the car when the door was down, I would get asphyxiated so I didn't want to start the car until the door was up but if the door was up then the guy could get in the garage and then the house before I started the car! Yeah, I went there like a hysterical little girl. But I made it out and to work just fine.

Of course, you know me, have to know what is shaken. So I opened my trusty scanner app and listened to the whole search and take down.

Needless to say, this young gentleman prisoner will have extra sentencing added on to his already nasty business. And I found out it is really nasty. Don't ask. I have my ways!

So the sun is shining and all is well in the world now that he is back in custody, but what a way to wake up in the morning! Sure does get the blood pumping!

So how did you wake up this morning? Have you ever had anything like this happen at any time in your life?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

99 Things About Me

I saw this on another blog a couple of years ago. I am sorry I can't remember who and link to them. I thought, Hey, what a great way for y'all to get to know me better, especially after that big challenge, huh?

So here are the rules...Bold anything you have done. I got this!

1. Started your own blog: hence the post
2. Slept under the starts: used to camp all the time with the family when I was young
3. Played in a band: Does school band count, then yes!
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower: In Kansas, not a lot of trees or city lights to block the show!
6. Given more than you could afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
Had a 30 minute mountain
climb to see this beauty
in New Hampshire Oct 2012

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo: Again when I was young. I think 6th grade or middle school.
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm: In KS it's just fields where I live. The light display is amazing!
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning: 1st vacay with Lt to Tennessee. 1st 3 days were spent in hospital.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France: Paris/ Louve: yes, but Mona Lisa: no. The line was too long!
20. Slept in an overnight train: From London to Edinburgh, Scotland on a midnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight:
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you weren't even ill: shhhh, don't tell
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping: my lips are sealed
27. Ran a marathon: Did my first 5K. Didn't run the whole time, but I'm counting it!

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Seen a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise: My sister and I cruised the Mediterranean and toured Italy and Greece.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language: trying to learn Italian
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person: Chose to go back to Florence to shop!
39. Gone rock climbing: Not sure this is what they mean, but I am counting it. That was some climbing!
Lt leading the way in New Hampshire
to see the waterfall in #8.

40. Seen Michelangelo's David
: Absolutely awestruck!
41. Sang karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt: Trip my senior year with my parents and aunt and uncle.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on the beach in the moonlight: LT and I go to Galveston every year.
46. Been transported in an ambulance: Bad bad wreck in Georgia back in like 1991
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person: rules were not to talk or take pictures. You just soaked it up.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris: I have drove by the Eiffel Tower. Does that count?
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater: In college I used to work at the drive-in. Great memories!
55. Been in a movie: 1989, Cross of Fire. It was a made for TV movie with Lloyd Bridges and John Heard. They were filming a scene and needed extras. Viola! A star is born.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone skydiving
66. Visited a Natzi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check: When I was young and just starting out. Live and learn
68. Flown a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial: Sister and I took the folks on a Spring Break trip to W. Virginia and into Washington DC. Best. Trip. Ever!
71. Eaten caviar: In Boston on 2nd vacay with Lt. I got Lobster Ravioli with caviar. OMG!
72. Pieced a quilt: got the stuff hoping to do it!
73. Stood in Times Square: Every December, Sister and I go to New York to get in holiday spirit. 
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job: When I was young and starting out. Don't judge!
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broke a bone: 5 years old. Tripped on rocks and broke my collar bone. Only bone broken to date.
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle: I LOVE riding on the back of a motorcycle. I have the boots  and do-rag waiting.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican: Wow!
82. Bought a brand new car: 2011 Sonata
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper: Usually something for work (I'm a teacher)
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Years Eve: Does it have to be NYE?
86. Visited the White House: I have been by the White House from #70, just never inside.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating: Does fish count? We fished all the time and would have fish fries. Mom would make us help "prepare" the fish.
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury: He was GUILTY! 
91. Met someone famous: Jon Reep, comedian.
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo: It is this, that is all I am saying. I just turned 30 a did a little rebelling.

94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee: Called Lt at work but he said it wasn't an "emergency". It was my first bee sting...yes it was an emergency!

I have done 47 out of 99!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Reflections on A to Z Challenge

As part of the challenge, any challenge, reflection must occur. In other words, what was the good, the bad and the ugly of the challenge and my roll in it.

I have decided to just make a list while I let my brain purge the information.

1. I actually completed a challenge! Ok, so I missed the letter Q, but there was exentuating circumstances beyond my control. Feels good to complete the challenge

2. Even in the midst of pain and sorrow, writing can be an outlet.

3. If you set your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. In the past I got in a rut of not posting because I couldn't figure out what to write or had so much stress and everyday life "get in the way". This challenge helped me know I can write and it doesn't have to be daily, but just write!

4. I loved having a perimeter. It was specific to a letter but broad enough you could pick anything! I made a list and would write out what I knew I wanted to write for specific letters. Others, I just winged it!

5. There are great writers out there and I found different ways to complete the next challenge

6. Speaking of: You do not need to stay in the box and write a post. It could be pictures, quotes, bands, actors…anything and it is ok! (I tend to stay in my box)

7. I have found I love comments! I guess I need some kuddos, love, acknowledgment. Not happy with the vanity of it, but there it is.

8. I still hate Blogger scheduler and Blogger scheduler still hates me. This made it difficult to post. I had to be on top of my game and not write a bunch of posts and let it automatically post.

9. Blogging on Saturday felt weird and sometimes hard to do because it is my play day and didn't really want to blog on weekends.

10. Will I do the challenge again? Yes but need a break in between. Will I recommend the challenge to someone else? Heck yeah. It was fun!

Pat yourself on the back if you attempted and/or finished the challenge. Sometimes we do not need to finish something to be successful. Kuddos to us all!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Funny Friday

I am just taking a chill today. After the April blogging challenge I am wiped! LOL I am sure you are tired or reading my stuff. So I plan to post 3X a week starting next week.

Hope today your are the cat and not the dog! Wa-pow!!