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Friday, September 30, 2005 I Have Been Tagged !!

SuZan tagged me (I'll remember this...hehehe) so here it goes:

The Rules:

1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same.

So, my 23rd post, 5th sentence was this:

A lot of my needs are taken care of over the phone as we work through different problems.
Hmmm, what was this in reference too???? Mind out of the gutter my friends. I was actually posting about how my geek husband and I can't work together or agree on computer or tech related issues and how I have no problem working with our computer geek at the office.

OK...now...the next victims...I mean....who to Tag?

Sleeping Mommy; Merritt (It's the coffee talking); Nancy (The Garden Spot) Jennifer's World;
and last, but not least Jana over at momandthe boys.

You didn't get tagged-that's ok. You can play too. Yes, YOU! Just leave a comment letting us know you played and we'll come by and check it out!

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 8:56 AM :: 2 comments

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Self Portrait Friday!

So today is Self Portait Friday. Katy says to take a picture to see us coming or going. Well, our front porches anyway. I didn't have time to take new pictures for this week's theme, so here is what I had. As Big G and I are the home remodelers, we are constantly "under construction". This year so far we have replaced the front door, stained it and redecorated our guest bedroom. As I am the "Good Texan" that I am, we have a "Lone Star" on our new front door!

Since we had to replace the a/c this summer, our remodeling budget was a bit low. The inside is looking pretty good, as you can see we still need to install the crown molding in the entry (we have been lax this year, I think we are still recovering from putting in the floors... folks... pay someone else to install your hardwoods, don't do it yoursleves).

Now the outside looks horrible. We don't have a porch, we have a courtyard and I can't landscape until Big G changes out the siding and we change out the windows and paint (get rid of the poo poo brown) so that will probably happen in the Spring. This is the door before I stained it.

So today's theme should be a lot of fun! Link on over to Katy's "The Dirty Days" (the NEW Deputy Mayor) to see who all is playing.

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 6:27 AM :: 8 comments

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Thursday, September 29, 2005 I Have Been Tagged!

Katy tagged me (she has the power now so we must obey...hehehe) so here it goes:

The Rules:
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same.

So, my 23rd post was this:

So here we go….open the box….get out all the goodies…make sure that everything is there….yippie!....hmmmmmm instructions (yuck)…cradle-check….cords-check….unit-check…yep…its all here.

This was when my Dell Axim arrived and was writing about the experience as I learned how to use the darn thing (Dell Axim and the Geek-Wanna-Be #'s 1 - 8).

OK...now...who to Tag?

Well I do think Sheri needs go into archives and count her posts (that was fun..lol). So I tag Sheri (my partner in crime), Kellie "Mom Is Nutz", Holly "Holly's Zoo", Henny "The Hen House", and Karen "Pondering Pengin".

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I Wonder If This Works?

Locked your keys in your car?

Try this.......If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at your home on your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the other person at your home press the unlock button of your key fob (clicker), holding it near the phone on their end. Your car doors will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.

Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk!).

Editor's Note * It works fine! We tried it out, and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!

Mike's Note *I locked the car had my youngest daughter call me while I was far awayfrom the car. I clicked open into the phone and I could hear the cardoors unlock through her cell phone. My daughter confirmed that sure enough the doors opened.

Pass this one on to your friends...

**I recieved this in an email and I'm passing it on. I haven't tried this so it will be interesting to know if it truely works or not.

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 6:30 AM :: 5 comments

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Way Back Wednesday!

Yes it is that time again...Mama Duck's Way Back Wednesday. This week's theme is pictures of your sorority or fraternity or one you and your friends made up while in college; in other words...it is all about drinking!

What is sad is that it was easy to find the photos. I didn't belong to a sorority but I would travel with friends at least once a year or I would go back home to Mexico City and visit friends. Can you guess what we would do? You got it....Party!

This first photo was taken in Quebec. That is me staring out into space and yes we would get started on the drinking early. I went on this trip with my best friend whos mother was a travel agent so of course we got a sweet deal on the trip and we had a BLAST!

The next photo was taken in Mexico City. Oh my gosh we had such a good time on those trips! We had all known each other for YEARS so of course when we got together we had to go DRINK!

We were so young and dumb. We even drank when we would go day hiking. There was a stream by a cave we would use for shelter and we would stick the beer in the stream to chill. I can't believe that none of us ever got hurt because we went on this same day hike several times.

And the next day I was usually like this! Those were the days.

Link on over to Mama Duck's "The Kept Woman" to find out who all is playing this week.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005 Hubba, Hubba - Ways to Get Closer to your Hubby

I found this on MSN's front page. Of course, I had to read it! I can't wait to put some of these to use!

Warning-TMI ahead! My hubby left on a business trip this morning. Of course we HAD to have our goodbye nookie. Problem with that-it makes me miss him more! Then I read mushy stuff like this! Ugh! Will Sunday EVER get here?!?

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How To Avoid The Flu

Eat right! Make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies. Take your vitamins and bump up your vitamin C. Get plenty of exercise because exercise helps build your immune system.
Walk for at least an hour a day, go for a swim, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. Wash your hands often. If you can't wash them, keep a bottle of antibacterial stuff around. Get lots of fresh air. Open windows whenever possible. Get plenty of rest. Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.


Take the doctor's office approach. Think about it...
When you go for a shot, what do they do first?
Clean your arm with alcohol..
Because alcohol kills germs. So.......
I walk to the liquor store. (exercise )
I put lime in my Corona...(fruit)
Celery in my Bloody Mary (veggies)
Drink outdoors on the bar patio..(fresh air)
Tell jokes, laugh..(eliminate stress)
Then pass out. (rest)
The way I see it...

If you keep your alcohol levels up, flu germs can't get you!!!!
My grandmother always said, "A shot in the glass is better than one in the ass!"
This was so funny. Our friend from Germany emailed it to us....Enjoy!

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Monday, September 26, 2005 WTF…I’m Behind The Times!

I finally ventured out shopping today (I was going a little stir crazy). Rita blew something in and my sinuses have gone crazy for the past four days. I’ve finally conceded that I have to go get something because I feel like crap and can’t even breath because of all the snot packed in my face. Sorry to gross you out but it feels a lot worse than it sounds.

As I go to pick up some Tylenol Sinus (severe congestion) I find out that it now requires your ID to purchase. Where the hell have I been? Come to find out that the law has been in effect since August 1st and that they (I don’t know whom…the bad guys any way) are using cold and allergy products to make pseudoephedrine. Even though it is a State law it is spreading and has passed in several other States nation wide.

Click to read “Don’t Meth With Texas” for the complete story.

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 12:07 PM :: 5 comments

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Desperate Measures for Desperate Housewives

Last night both families got together for a “pot luck” dinner (and yes, we had Ranch Style Beans with the meal). We realized that it was the new season premier of Desperate Housewives. You will never believe that during the high winds of Rita, we NEVER lost cable; but last night we lost cable not only in Houston, but we were told in San Antonio and Austin as well.

Of course we are a resourceful bunch, Sheri pulls out her 2” battery operated TV. Now the humor in all of this is that the darn TV wouldn’t stay tuned on the channel and would start scanning for stronger signals. James told us to go upstairs that we would get a better signal. So off we go to higher ground (of course he was right! darn it!). Now picture this visual, Sheri and I hunkered down upstairs watching a 2” screen TV; James and Gary making fun of us, and all the kids rolling their eyes.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005 Back to Normal (err, yeah)

I'm tired of hurricanes. I'm tired of 24/7 newscasts. I'm tired of junk food. I'm just tired! OK, PMS ain't helping either.

Here is a summary of my random thoughts concerning the events of the past week:

  • All of our news stations did a great job bringing us the facts and keeping us informed without using the usual scare tactics
  • Now that the storm is over, THEY CAN STOP! I swear they're going to analyze the bird shit on a car window to determine if it went splat in exactly that shape due to the hurricane.
  • I'm glad for Houston/Galveston that the storm turned to the East; I'm sorry that it affected other areas.
  • I'm proud of my children and the tolerance they had for me and each other; especially when the lights went off at 4:30 a.m. and we had no A/C until 3:00 p.m.
  • I'm glad that I decided not to try to drive to work on Thursday and stayed home with my family to prepare
  • We were very prepared, but I don't think we'll buy as much sweet stuff because, well, when the lights went off we got bored; when we got bored, we ATE!
  • Our public officials, especially our Mayor, did a FANTASTIC job at taking care of business. A few mistakes-of course. We've never done anything like this before. I admire the way he and other officials handled the press and the annoying way the press tried to point fingers for mistakes instead of concentrating on getting people on their way safely.
  • I would have gone to the liquor store BEFORE the crowds hit and cleaned them out!

Most of all, THANK YOU, our blogging friends, for your words of support and prayers. You guys are GREAT!

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Ready Are Not....Here They Come

We had to go out today and check on some homes for some friends of ours and Big G's mom's house to make sure they were OK. As you can see in the picture above it was a "ghost town". We drove on the feeder road on HW 290 because there was a line of about 10 police cars with lights flashing going onto HW 290.

His mom was at her home and she had power so we stayed and visited until our son called and told us we had power again. It is already starting; can you believe the traffic coming into Houston? This is going to get bad folks because I took these pitures around 3:00 PM traveling out-bound on HW 290. They are telling everyone not to come back just yet because we have no gas and EVERYTHING is closed.

I am glad that we prepared for Rita and even more glad that it is over for us and that we had no damage. Even though I am proud of what we did to prepare, I will do some things differently next time. First thing is LESS JUNK FOOD. If it had been a real emergency, most of what I had would have been gone and we probably would have been in trouble by Monday evening.

**you can click on the pictures to get a larger view.

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Whew! All Are Well

We were very fortunate here in Cypress. Granted we have no power and the temperature is rising, but we are all well. I expect we will have power this evening because we saw the electric company trucks out in forse. I can't load any pictures yet but Sheri and I both will post them when power returns.

Big G and I are at his office where they have a concrete building to house all their equipment. It is a female's nightmare; tons of digital and HD cable boxes all around (and remotes to match..lol). But there is phone, a/c, cable and internet (have to get a technology fix). Downtown Houston did get hit with some strong winds because there are windows out all over the place and they are urging everyone to stay away until it is cleaned up. They have announced that our schools will be closed until Wednesday to give those that left time to get back to town.

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Thursday, September 22, 2005 Is She Coming???? Hurricane Rita, That Is

Now that I'm not so emotional (yeah, right-I'm ALWAYS emotional), and everything that can be done did get done, I thought I'd sit down and post a little update. The news is now showing that Rita is going more to the Northeast. Of course, they keep saying things like "It could still come", or "it could get stuck and bounce back", or "we really can't tell which direction it may go"! Personally, I'm starting to read this as their way of saying "you better stay tuned because we get more money the more we are on the air". A little bitter-nah. Frustrated-maybe. Now I can completely understand why people in New Orleans didn't leave at the first mention of Katrina. I'm not even going to tell you how much unplanned expense this has added to my budget. Not to mention the impact this has had on our life. To be honest, I don't think that we would have reacted the same had it not been for Katrina. I do feel that is better to heir on the side of safety than the other way around.

Enough of that. I promised a 1st person point of view from someone who hasn't ever been through a hurricane. At one point today, I was so confused from all of the information that was coming from the media, friends, family, etc., I found that I was running around in circles starting several projects and not finishing anything. I was doing unimportant things like making the bed, vacuuming the floors, stupid stuff like that. When I talked to SuZan, I found that she was doing some of the same. Why were we doing this? I don't know. It was like I really wanted my house to look nice in case something bad happened. Kind of like wearing clean underwear in case you're in an accident.

The dogs were acting strange today as well. They wouldn't leave our side. They were begging to go for a walk today which was not at the top of my list of things to do. But I did. My daughter went with and took some video of the path near our house that also serves as a retention area. When Allison hit in 2001, the ditch was full to the top with water. We took some before shots and plan to take some after if we get the rain they are calling for. We did notice how hot and still it was. Even the dogs were tuckered after only a short distance and didn't pull when we turned around to go home. There was also an eerie silence in our neighborhood. Usually the trail is filled with families walking dogs, running, kids on bikes, etc.

Everything is done. I made a good, hot dinner with the thought that this may be the last real dinner we have for a while. I'm about to go soak in the tub with the thought it may be the last time a enjoy that luxury for a while because we may be filling it up tomorrow to have water to flush the toilets, etc. I'm planning on making everyone take a shower tomorrow afternoon in my shower (I have a stand-alone shower as I'm planning on filling all of the tubs with water). I guess all we have left to do is wait. My son asked if I could take him to buy a video game on Saturday. My answer to him was "I don't know." I guess it depends on the weather. Now I know how my kids feel when they want something or want to go somewhere and I tell them to wait! Ugh!

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 8:32 PM :: 5 comments

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Awaiting Rita!

Well we are just about ready. I had all intension to go out today and see our niece who just had her first baby LAST NIGHT (too bad it is a boy or she could name the baby Rita). So welcome baby Austin I guess we are having a “blow out” for your birth.

We decided that we were going to stay. I was successful yesterday getting things we may need and getting some cash for afterwards. Big G and G2 are doing a great job getting us prepared, heck they picked up plastic sheeting I guess to condom the house. After I finish all the dastardly laundry, the guys are setting up my “cooking station” on the washer/dryer in the garage. I guess now I’m thankful that we have so much damn camping equipment (I always cringe when Big G goes to REI).

Like at Sheri’s, the sweet fairy has hit our house. I don’t like to keep stuff like this because I’ll eat it. We have filled all empty water bottles, water bladders, empty two liter bottles, and I purchased two additional cases of water bottles so it is safe to say we have plenty of water. Of course I had the need to stock up on TP (I'm funny that way). Big G taped up windows (he used what plywood we had and boarded up G2’s window…I guess that’s that father instinct coming out), and we have our “plan B” in place if needed.

People here have gone nuts! You cannot find any gas around here, not to mention that the shelves are empty in the grocery stores. Traffic leaving the city is horrific and that’s why I decided I wasn’t going to the Hospital to see our niece. I was supposed to work at another Hospital this weekend but thankfully they called and said that they were not providing therapy and not to come in. So we wait and we pray.

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 12:33 PM :: 3 comments

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Hurricane Rita - "Before"

Just thought I'd drop by and make a quick post before I start "preparing" (yeah, like can you really be ready for the unknown?) for Hurricane Rita (BTW-I have decided that I'm going to create one kick-ass drink called the Hurricane Rita when this is all over).

I want to start off by saying-I'm a damn Yankee! I grew up in PA and moved to TX when I was 18. In the 19 years that I've lived here, a hurricane actually hitting this close to where I live has not been a reality. Tropical storms, yes, hurricane, no! So, I'm not exactly sure what I should do or what I should expect. Basically, I'm going to fake it until I make it. To add to the drama, I have three teenagers looking at me and expecting me to know what to do. They want to leave, but that's not an option as, THE TRAFFIC AIN'T MOVING! I've made my first major decision. We are staying! There, I did it. I actually made a decision!

Gotta have a little humor folks! Yes, this is serious, but I believe I would be a blithering idiot ready for admittance to the local looney bin if I didn't have a little fun!

In an effort not to bore you with details, here is a little bit of what my family and I are going through:

As of yesterday, the partners at the firm were saying that we'd be working normal business hours through Friday. After all, the worse part of the storm isn't supposed to hit until Friday night! Oh Goody. Just enough time for me TO GET STUCK IN STUPID TRAFFIC AND PROBABLY BE BLOWN TO NEVERLAND! My kids then find out that school is cancelled and start sending me text messages. There is clearly panic in their messages and they want to leave. My bosses at the same time are expecting me (yes, me of all people), to make sure every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed and prepare the office for whatever may happen. Great! More stress.

I call hubby. I told him I wouldn't be leaving until 5:00. He suggested we stock up on food. I said something sarcastic (would never believe that, would you) to the effect of "yeah, I'm sure there will be enough of everything we need on the shelves when I manage to make it back to our side of town." He then graciously offered (read-he knew if he didn't offer, he would have never heard the end of it) to go to Sam's and stock up. At that point phone connections, land and cell, became non-existent. The circuits went into overload. I had no clue what he was able to find, or not find. I've posted pictures for your entertainment. You'll notice, if nothing else, we'll definitely have a kick-ass sugar high!

I decided to make back-ups of the firms accounting files and my files on the server in addition to our normal back-up, and take them with me so, in the event that we did leave, I would be able to take care of shit! Such a dedicated employee. On my way home (not even going to bore you with the details of THAT little adventure), I stop at the grocery store to pick up my prescription. A delivery of bottled water just arrived. Let me just say - picture vultures here people. Myself included. I think I may have stepped on someone while trying to capture my allotted two cases of bottled water. Then, as I was waiting for my prescription, someone tried to take the water out of my basket that was only two feet away! Animals!

When I finally got home, I made the mistake of turning on the TV. I sat there, watched and listened. I was even more confused as to whether we should stay or go. As SuZan said in a previous post, we are about 100 miles inland. Anything could happen. I have to say, I was mesmorized. You know, that feeling when you know you should be doing something, but you can't. I couldn't focus on anything and just stared at the TV. Finally, at about 1:30 a.m., I realized that I was going to have to make another decision. To go to work, or not. I decided on not. I phoned in and left a message on v/m (yes, the wimpy way out). I checked on the kids who fell asleep in various places through-out the house. I covered them, turned ceiling fans on, you know, basic mommy stuff.

Now, it's a new day. Yes, I have a lot to do. Yes, I'm procrastinating and blogging instead. I really needed to get some of these thoughts and feelings out of my head. Now, I can move forward. I'll probably post again later. I'm off do take care of things like taking video and digital pics of the inside and outside of the house, backing up computers, bringing all the yard stuff into the garage, doing laundry (in case there is no power or water for a time), putting candles, batteries, flashlights, matches, etc. in one localized place, cleaning out an interior closet that can be used as shelter in the case of high winds and or tornados, and figuring out how to make this an adventure for my kids. Below are some pics. Like I said, I needed to add a little lightheartedness into my day.

A few adult beverages. Come one, I gotta have something. Think about it, stuck in a closet with three teenagers, no cell phone, computer, TV, VCR, or regular phone? Plus, if you figure we'll be eating the likes of this.............
need I say more?

Ranch style beans, my friends, a Texas delicassy!

OK, this is probably what we'll really be drinking!

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 9:00 AM :: 5 comments

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Oh No! Here We Go!

Rita is now a category five and headed our way. We have always felt pretty secure here in Cypress, Texas, after all we are about 100 miles inland from Galveston. Today they announced that they are closing our schools Thursday and Friday to give everyone a chance to evacuate or prepare. I went out in search of food and water I did get mostly what we needed and we are still not sure if we are evacuating or not. The roads are all ready packed going out of Houston, and there are no hotel rooms available between here and Dallas. Say a prayer for us and we will keep everyone posted when possible.

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 6:23 PM :: 4 comments

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Way Back Wednesday!

We cannot believe that we're playing this week! The theme for Way Back Wednesday is "You were so HOT". That is one word that we would NEVER use to describe ourselves, but OK, we'll play.


Hot? Nahhhh. This picture was taken in my late 30's. I did feel good, probably looked my best and during that time I was back in school with all those young whipper snappers (anyone see "The Graduate"? LMAO).

I have always been a tomboy and still am. Nothing frilly about this gal, what you see is what you get. Of course Big G is thrilled that I'm not high maintenance (LOL...yeah right). So my message to all of you readers is....STOP LAUGHING!


This was taken on my wedding day BEFORE I took the plunge. This was a very special day for me. A new beginning. My "peeps" helped make it special. From left to right: my sister (Diane) in the blue, my soon to be mother-in-law (Leta) in the red (she's a very special woman), my aunt (Lois) in black and white, the little pup in black and white in the front with the cheesy smile (God, she reminds me of me) would be my daughter Jessica (this was back in 98 folks. She doesn't look anything like this now), then on the end in the off-white would be me. I think my eyes say it all. I may not have been a "hot" chic, but I was definitely happy!

P.S. We were married the week before Christmas, hence the Christmas decorations.

Go link on over to our Blog Pick this month "The Kept Woman" to see who all is playing!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005 Well What Do You Know? We Were All Right!

There was an unfortunate accident at Sheri’s house, where someone (and they shall remain nameless)…(and it wasn’t me) blew out a candle and the wax spattered all over the wall. I have done this but not THIS time. She has been getting advice all over the place and pretty much one extreme to another. I told her to put ice to it and scrape off what you could, others have told her to get paper towels and an iron (burgundy wax on white walls).

According to the October 2005 issue of Good Housekeeping we are ALL right. You are suppost to do the ice and scraping first then the paper towel and iron, so we shall see how it goes. They had some other interesting first aid for stains:

INK: Sponge the ink with rubbing alcohol until the color from the ink stops running. The ink will spread when the alcohol is applied. Launder as usual.

NAIL POLISH: Blot away as much as possible while it is fresh. Soak the stain in an oil-free nail polish remover that contains acetone. Launder as usual.

TOMATO SAUCE: Soak the stain in cold water. Sponge with dry cleaning fluid, then rub in a liquid laundry detergent. Launder as usual.

GUM: Apply ice or place garment in the freezer to harden the stain and scrape off with a dull knife. Apply dry cleaning fluid to any residue left and launder as usual.

Posted by Sheri & SuZan :: 5:55 AM :: 5 comments

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Sunday, September 18, 2005 Well I Sure as Hell Can't!

Well I tried, but I can only find seven (and I’m counting the baby in the woman’s arms…don’t know if it counts or not). Can you find all nine?

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Friday, September 16, 2005 Art Immitating Life? or Life Immitating Art?

First and foremost, it is a wonderful cause that former Presidents Bush and Clinton are doing by raising money, first for the Tsunami victims and now for the Katrina victims. I do want everyone to understand that I’m thrilled to see something done that is truly bipartisan. However, every time I see them together, I can’t help but think of the movie “My Fellow Americans (1996)”. Can’t you just see the resemblance? If you have any doubt, and haven’t seen the movie here is a quick description:

“Political "Odd Couple" pits cantankerous conservative Kramer (Lemmon) against womanizing liberal Douglas (Garner) when current President Aykroyd frames his two predecessors for a White House scandal. The age-old adversaries must set aside their differences long enough to clear their names by reaching Kramer's presidential library, where he has vindicating papers.”

If you haven’t seen the movie you should, because the movie is a lot of fun. I do have to chuckle when I see the former Presidents together. Hmmmm art immitating life? or life immitating art?

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Self Protrait Friday!

Yes it is that time again! Finially I get to play. Today's theme is to be creative (you have to see the photos on Katy's site...lol) using things around your house.

Mercedes is quite the athlete in our house, besides the continuous races she holds every day from one side of the house to the other; then there is the attempted piller climbing she likes to try (which is quite funny since she is declawed) and splats, as you can see, she even plays golf!

Go on over to "The Dirty Days" and see who else is playing! I always look forward to checking it out after work.

Happy SPF!

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Thursday, September 15, 2005 The Real Women Show #12-Get Ready to Rumble!

The Real Women Show #12 (MP3 - 21Mb - 55min)

Sit back, relax, and get ready to listen. We had a TON of fun putting this show together. It is our 11th, I mean 12th show (who did these notes?)!

What did we cover this week? I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to listen to find out. Oh, OK, I’ll give you a little hint.

We talk about that fateful day, September 11, 2001. SuZan has started working with some of the kids that have enrolled in our school district due to Katrina. Someone slammed into Sheri’s car, did some damage, then drove off! Enter CSI! Sheri also gave a “boyfriend” update. Could Jessica’s (Sheri’s daughter) love affair be over?

What else did we cover? You really will need to listen. I will tell you that topics include: Victoria’s Secret; thong underwear, granny panties, and going commando; and a visit to Celebrating Women’s Blog Pick of the Month for September.

Our “tips n’ tricks” segment has to do with “brain power”. Yes, all of you moms-believe it or not, not all of our brain matter was sucked out during child birth. Find out some neat tricks to do to be a better thinker.

All of this, and we’re only half way done?!? We finish the show by sharing our “Reasons to Celebrate Being A Woman” as well as a few miscellaneous topics including white mud (you’re just going to have to listen).

Until next week remember-we are NOT Queens of Clean; we are NOT Martha Stewarts; we are REAL women, in an UNREALISTIC world, trying to keep it real!

PS-as always, special thanks to jkOnTheRun for his technical support and emmetonline for their music!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005 More Accident Info.-With Pictures-Well, Sort Of...

I went by the body shop to get some stuff out of my car since the back door is now pried open. My bumper was sitting in the manager's office. Seems State Farm is really going to pursue this license plate deal. They wanted the manager to get pictures. The body shop manager is very kind. He told me that he will make sure I get to keep the bumper should we need it for evidence. I happened to have my camera in the car (too bad I didn't have it on Friday), and snapped a few. My husband has the pictures up on his blog. OK, I'll post one. You really need to go to his blog for the full effect.

Isn't this just crazy?

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This About Sums It Up!

Thanks Janean...I love it!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005 My Son Has a JOB…..dang I wish it paid!

Well the boy is following his dream (and that is good). I happened to meet the announcer (for the varsity football) for three of our area high schools (my son’s HS included). I jokingly told him that my son needed to talk to him since he wants to be a sportscaster. He gave me his business card and I passed it on to my son.

To my surprise, G-2 did call him and made arrangements to be his spotter during this past weekend’s game. Of course the boy had to gloat that while we were melting in the humidity with the threat of rain, he was in an air conditioned booth, and at half time they went over to the VIP area and fed him. Don’t they know “IF YOU FEED A TEENAGE BOY…HE WILL NEVER LEAVE?” I guess that he did a good job because they asked him to come back and spot for all of his High School’s varsity games, and since next year he will be playing on the varsity team, he has to do this now. The boy is walking about 10 feet off the ground!

G-2's blog: SPORTS TALK

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Monday, September 12, 2005 Are We There Yet?

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How do you live your life

This is Sheri

How You Life Your Life

You have a good sense of self control and hate to show weakness.
You're laid back and chill, but sometimes you care too much about what others think.
You prefer a variety of friends and tend to change friends quickly.
You tend to always dream of things within reach - and you usually get them.
This is SuZan
How You Life Your Life

You have a good sense of self control and hate to show weakness.

You say whatever is on your mind. Other people's reactions don't phase you.

You tend to have one best friend you hang with, as opposed to many aquaintences.

You tend to dream big, but you worry that your dreams aren't attainable.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 Where were you on 9/11-Part II

Where did I leave off? We have fluid and swelling, healing of a collapsed lung, blood pressure that's not stable, and two doctors that said we'll probably be going home in 3 or 4 days.

We are watching Good Morning America. They have a breaking news story announcing some kind of fire at the World Trade Center. A few minutes later, they announce that a commuter plane has struck the building. Not thinking much about what happened, I decide to walk downstairs and get a Starbucks. By the time I got back up to the room, the second plane had struck and it appeared to be passenger jets. Then, as we're watching the report, they announce that a plane has crashed into the Pentagon and there are reports of another plane over Pennsylvania that was hijacked. I looked at my husband and asked "are we under attack?" He said, "I think so." After what we had been through the past week, it was really hard to comprehend what was happening. What did this mean to us?

Suddenly, there were a lot of people "coding" on the floor. We were on a cardiac ICU floor, so, you can imagine what that meant. Our nurse became quite harried and, well, scatter brained for lack of a better word. She came into our room and told us we'd be going home today. You can only imagine what was going through my mind. OK, maybe not. But more on that later. She finally told us that any patient not considered critical or on life support was being released as Houston was on high alert and, at the time, it was thought that our refineries would possibly be the next "hit". That is when I finally understood the full scope of what was happening.

I am planning to write a full recap of my our ordeal, but that sums up where I was on 9/11 and touches on what was going through my mind. I would like to close this post with a little insight to my mental state that day. I was bringing my husband home who, up to this point, was constantly being monitored with medication being administered intravenously. I knew he was not ready to come home, but I understood the reasoning behind his release. He was in severe pain and so weak that he couldn't even go to the restroom by himself. I almost had to spoon feed him. My sister lives in New York and I could not get in touch with her. My aunt who lives in Texas and is the closest thing to a mother that I have, happened to be back in Pennsylvania visiting friends (I don't know if I've mentioned that I grew up in PA). I could not get in touch with her. I remember sitting on the couch at 2:00 a.m. watching the recap over and over in utter disbelief. I wanted to feel so sorry for myself but couldn't. I still cry today when I see a recap of that fateful day. I watch with sadness for the families that lost loved ones. I feel angry at the scum that did this. I even feel a little sense of comfort because, on that one day, it didn't matter if you were the richest man, on the highest floor, wearing the most expensive suit, or if you were the janitor who cleaned the toilets; on that day I feel that we, at least in the US, truly became one person, under God, indivisible. I saw people helping each other out of the buildings that were hit and surrounding area; I saw a group of people selflessly give their lives as they took control of a plane and crashed it in PA in what I believe to be an effort to save hundreds of thousands of lives. There was an unselfish effort to help each other regardless of race, age, gender, and financial status! Out of all of the bad, I personally found comfort in focusing on the positive!

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Today is 9/11-Part I

Yes, another 9/11 post in the blogging world, but I feel it's very important for us to never forget the tragedy that occurred on this day, and the impact it had on each of us, not only in the US, but world wide. There have been many tragic happenings in the world, but I doubt that anyone will ever forget where we were and what we were doing, or the feelings we had on that fateful day.

On that very day in 2001, I was sitting in my husband's hospital room just 6 days after his open heart surgery. It was one of those days when you wake up (I was sleeping in a chair in his room) after a life changing event and think "OK, everything is shaping up. Things are looking positive. We may actually be able to get back to some normalcy."

Two doctors had been in that morning and both had agreed that, although he was doing amazingly well in his recovery, we weren't out of the woods. We'd probably be in the hospital another 3 or 4 days. His lung had collapsed during surgery, so he was going through respiratory therapy twice a day. They were trying to reduce the medication they were administering through the IV and figure out a combination of drugs that he could take orally to control his blood pressure and his diabetes. We were not aware that he was diabetic until I took him to the ER. More on that later. He was starting to experience a great deal of swelling in his legs which, although not uncommon, needed to be sourced and controlled. In other words, the swelling could be from the incisions in his legs where they removed the veins used for the bypass, or, his body was retaining fluid as a result of many different causes which needed to be identified. They also couldn't control his potassium levels which is very important when dealing with cardiac patients. All of this, however, was much more positive than where we were exactly one week prior when I rushed him to the ER with chest pains.

I guess I should add at this point, he was only 45 and I was 33. As I was reading what I've written, I realized that you all must be picturing an old couple on walking canes. Not the case at all.

What does this have to do with 9/11? Check back later. A lot happened that day in my world. Too much to include in one post.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005 Scouting…Just an Hour a Week!

Yep; that’s what they tell you. But after being a Boy Scout volunteer for the past ten years, all I can say is “YEAH RIGHT!” Yes it is a great organization, yes it is a notable organization for teaching leadership skills to our boys, yes it is fun, yes we have made some great friendships and YES it is worthwhile.

It is wonderful to see your son trying new things. They are so starry eyed in first grade when they are recruited through the school. If they stick with it, you get just as excited watching them lead the Troop and develop those leadership skills.

As Advancement Chairman, I have two busy times a year, and that is right before “Court of Honor”. Let’s see, my hour a week consisted of taking off of work a half a day on Friday, working on the advancements, COH program, printing, cutting, folding, filling out cards, stuffing them in baggies, getting all the paperwork in order to go to the scout shop Saturday morning. I finally finished everything at 11:00 PM.

So I guess since I put in 10 ½ hours I’m good for about two and half months :) . Yes I know, I’m dreaming. I’ll be back up at the church Monday evening.

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Accident Update

It's 24 hours later and things are definitely looking up. The girl who hit me hit me so hard, the numbers from her license plate were indented into my bumper. I went to the police station to file a report and the officer confirmed the number. He asked me what I remember about the car. I was pretty sure it was an older model Honda, mostly primer, no paint, and a metal bumper. He ran the plate and guess what, that plate belongs to the owner of a 1990 Honda!

State Farm is my insurance company and I can't say enough about how wonderful they are! As my agent took down the information, I expected her to say "OK you dumb shit, why did you leave the spot where the accident occurred and try to move to a parking lot!" She didn't. She was incredibly concerned about whether I was hurt. She told me that this is handled as an uninsured/under insured which means I have higher levels of coverage and a lower deductible. I'm still pissed that I even have to pay anything, but in light of the license plate information, the lawyers in my office told me not to worry. State Farm had everything set up at the body shop and car rental place before I got there. (I have to insert that, due to hurricane Katrina, car rentals are hard to come by. State Farm has an agreement with Enterprise to keep a certain number of cars in reserve. They set me up with a Cadillac CTS! Holy shit Batman!) Everyone was so kind and the whole process was very efficient! Way to go State Farm! The State Farm claims adjuster assigned to my case even called me at home last night to make sure that I was all right and told me not to hesitate getting medical treatment if needed.

Immediately after the accident, I was running on adrenaline. When everything settled down, I realized the pain in my neck & back was to the point of not being able to sleep. After a nice codeine & Ibuprofen cocktail, it was off to la la land! My back and neck are a little stiff and sore today, but now my shoulder, chest and pelvis are hurting most likely from the seat belt. My right knee and shin are very tender. I must have hit the dash.

Jeez, what a long update. All of this is so minor considering what could have happened. I am in much better spirits now since the police and State Farm assured me that I did the right thing considering the situation (oh yea, and driving the Cadillac makes it a little easier to handle). Everything is moving forward and the cost to me will be minimal. Now I can concentrate on finding the bitch that did this!

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This One's for You!

I felt so horrible after hearing about Sheri's morning. While I was not so patiently printing 60, two page programs, on a little Epson Stylus printer, I stumbled upon this. It seemed rather appropriate at the time.

This one is for you Sheri!

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Friday, September 09, 2005 OK-This Sucks

I am around the corner from the office at the light, then BANG! Rear ended! Bitch then drove off. No one else stopped either. Bumper needs to be replaced and got pushed up so the back won't close! Foreign cars-I'm thinking this is going to cost me! Now my head is pounding as well as my pelvis from the seat belt. She hit me so hard, I slipped off the seat UNDER THE SEAT BELT! It even through my car into neutral!

Can you tell I'm not happy!

OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Thursday, September 08, 2005 Survival!

I just loved this and how appropriate
right now for me!
I found this at Falling Through Time.
Go check her site as she has a lot of funny stuff.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005 Our Podcast is Back! Check out The Real Women Show #11

The Real Women Show #11 (MP3 - 23Mb - 60min)

We’re baaaacckkk! We took a week off to cope with all of the happenings down here along the Gulf Coast. We’re happy to be back and in full swing.

We devote a portion of the show to conversation about Hurricane Katrina and how it has affected our lives. We share some stories of how the United States as a nation is pulling together.

Oh No! Say it isn’t so! Does Sheri’s 15 year old daughter have her 1st boyfriend?! Find out what evil ways Sheri used to make sure the three “couples” stayed honest while “hanging out” at her house.

We then venture off into a discussion about a post SuZan did regarding women and aging. Do you act your age? In what ways does your body remind you that your are not 20 anymore?

Stay tuned to find out which blog we chose to be our “Blog Pick Of the Month” for September. Nope, I’m not going to tell! You’ll have to listen to find out!

After a short break we share this weeks “Reasons to Celebrate Being a Woman”. Who is our “Extraordinary Woman of The Week”.? It could be you! Yes, YOU! Our pick this week went through a horrible experience during the peek years of her life. She is truly and inspiration.

Can you believe it-we actually ran out of things to talk about before the timer went off. Never fear, we pulled a few “tips n’ tricks” out of our hats to fill the gap!

We hope you enjoy the show. We certainly enjoyed putting it together. Until next week remember….We are NOT Martha Stewarts; we are NOT Queens of Clean; we are REAL women, in an UNREALISTIC world, trying to keep it real!

PS: We would like to throw out some props to Sheri’s wonderful husband James from jkOnTheRun for his technical assistance and to Emmitonline for the bodacious (yes, we are a product of the 80’s) song entitled “Felicity Bangg 2005 Remix”.

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Oh Dear Lord!

This just seemed appropriate!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005 Cross The River

Oh my God! I got this from Jennifer's World. I'm not going to admit to the amount of time it took me to figure out the solution, but it can be done! I dare you to play! Come on, you know you want to! Just a little clicky poo!

This is all you have to do:

"Everybody has to cross the river".

The following rules apply:

1. Only 2 persons on the raft at a time
2. The father can not stay with any of the daughters without their mother's presence
3. The mother can not stay with any of the sons without their father's presence
4. The thief (striped shirt) can not stay with any family member if the Policeman is not there
5. Only the Father, the Mother and the Policeman know how to operate the raft
6. To start click on the big blue circle on the right
7. To move the people click on them
8. To move the raft click on the pole on the opposite side of the river

Click Here to Play then click the big blue button to start

I'm going to go try it again just to make sure I didn't figure it out by accident!

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This story was sent to me by a friend. I don't know if the actual story is true, but the meaning behind it certainly is. Enjoy!

Babs Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to thedisplay of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation betweenMr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me.

"Hello Barry, how are you today?"

"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin'them peas . Sure look good."

"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"

"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."

"Good. Anything I can help you with?"

"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."

"Would you like to take some home?"

"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."

"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"

"All I got's my prize marble here."

"Is that right? Let me see it."

"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."

"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"

"Not zackley, but almost."

"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."

"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, cameover to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps."

I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering.

Several years went by, each more rapid that the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words o f comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts .. all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

"Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about! They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size ... they came to pay their debt.""We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that takes our breath. Today .. I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ...A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself ..An unexpected phone call from an old friend . Green lights on your way to work . The fastest line at the grocery store. A good sing-along song on the radio .. Your keys right where you left them.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but an entire life to forget them.

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Gender Based Language 101

Check this post out at Falling Through Time. We should print this and post for all husbands.


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Monday, September 05, 2005 My Daughter's First "Boyfriend"

I say "boyfriend" loosely because, well, he is a boy and he is a friend. But this is definitely turning into something a bit more serious. Let's see, he came over Saturday night, other friends were here as well. When it was time for me to take a few of them home, he made sure to sit in the back seat beside her. As soon as we got home, she went straight to the computer and was on instant messenger until 4:30 a.m.! As soon as she came home from church, back to the computer. There's been a few whispering phone calls with that shy smile when she hangs up. Today his dad picked her up and she went to his house to "hang out". When I picked her up this evening I asked her if they were dating or just friends. Her answer, "Well, he asked me to go to Homecoming". So, I ask you more seasoned mothers, does that mean they're dating?

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Right Brain vs. Left Brain

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Throwing Passes While Wearing an Ankle Monitor

This really pisses me off! I love sports, have always loved sports (my own son got the amplified gene), but this I think is ridiculous.

Read what this High School football star in Mesquite, Texas did:

“Jackson, who has drawn interest from major college football programs, awaits an Oct. 17 trial on six counts of aggravated robbery, each a first-degree felony punishable by a prison term of five to 99 years or life. According to a police report, Jackson admitted taking part in the robberies of six people at gunpoint during two incidents Jan. 18 in Garland and Mesquite.”

So the Texas High School Coaches Association says it is unethical for a school to play an athlete who is facing a felony charge. Now does that sound unreasonable to you? Because it doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. The Coach from Mesquite High School stated that he would have not allowed Jackson to play because of the code of ethics. So now Jackson’s attorney is stating that he will plead “not guilty” and he is attempting to transfer to another school that will let him play.

Lancaster High School has welcomed him with open arms. The coach Andrew Jackson (no relation) stated: "Kids are kids," Jackson said. "Sometimes they make bad decisions. But you can't throw away a kid's life." Can you believe this crap?! It sounds like Brandon Jackson has decided to throw his own life away.

Check out the full article in the Dallas Morning News, you are not going to believe it. I also have to add SI's humor about it:

“Go long, go long”…. "I can’t man…I can only go 40 yards”

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Sunday, September 04, 2005 The Difference Between Your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s

What sparked this, is a conversation I had with our niece’s mother. Her birthday is coming up and she will be 30. Her mother was telling me that she is having a difficult time coping with this change in her life. I started thinking about each milestone in my own life. What she doesn’t yet understand is things really do get better.

The image that I remember most about my 20’s is the fact that I felt like I was constantly proving that I was an adult and that I should be taken seriously. I have always been mature for my age and even had a brain, but it seemed that it was difficult for “the older crowd” to acknowledge that I did have something important to say. I married in my mid to late 20’s and had my son in my late 20’s.

The 30’s came marching in. It seems that this was a break out decade. We went though very tough times in the beginning, but we positioned ourselves smartly and mid to late way though we were able to relax and enjoy it. It no longer felt that I had to prove anything to anyone else but myself, and because of age alone, rendered an instant percentage of credibility. I went back to school and discovered that finally I was doing what I should have been doing all along.

Oh and then came the 40’s. I smile thinking about it because a lot of times I feel like a kid again. My husband and I laugh at things now and are rediscovering twosomeness. I enjoy the relationship I have with my son and most of the time I feel he is going to be OK. I no longer wish that I could even be in contention of keeping up with the Jones’, and just relax and enjoy what we have. I like being home, taking the occasional nap, and entertaining. The best part has been occasionally stopping and smelling the proverbial flower.

With the way that each decade has improved I imagine that the 50’s will be FABOULOUS!

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Saturday, September 03, 2005 My Son is Passing!


I guess you can tell what this post is about based on the title. Yes, the same son that had to go to summer school has finally decided that he really is smart and can pass when he puts forth some effort. My son is a Junior in High School. He does not have any disability that could impede his learning. In fact, he was on honor roll through out his entire elementary school years. Sometime during his sixth grade year, aliens (read-HORMONES) invaded his body and girls took a front seat to, well, everything. Nothing else mattered. Yes, I nagged, grounded, and threatened. I did everything any other mother would do. I was beside myself. How was my son going to get accepted into college? It certainly wouldn't be based on grades. We have now completed the first three weeks of school and I'm happy to say, MY SON IS PASSING EVERYTHING! He actually has more A's than B's. We have even had a few days where we carried on actual conversations! I'm so proud of him! Way to go son!

My son plays football for the High School. When did he grow up?

The "BFND" on the paw stands for Bobcat Fight Never Dies!

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Friday, September 02, 2005 Self Portrait Friday

Today is “Self Portrait Friday”. The theme this time is “Where you hang-out and watch TV”. Both hubby and I have to fight for OUR spots as Mercedes (the cat) seems to know when I’m going to curl up on the couch and she proceeds to go to sleep. G-2 is always trying to get the “Man Chair” when Big-G isn’t in it.

So anyway…this is my spot:

And here is the famous “Man Chair”:

We can’t forget the “big-a** black TV” hubby had to have (it is great for movies though). Big-G is supposed to build a cabinet to hide the thing (as if it could be hidden):

Link on over to Katy’s "The Dirty Days" to see who all the players are this week.

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