Celebrating Women...for the Real World
Friday, March 31, 2006 Enjoy our Friday Funnies!


Because she smells like a new truck!



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Thursday, March 30, 2006 The Honeymoon is Pretty Cool!

A follow up to “The teenager turned loose on the town”.
***A positive twist***

It has been a couple of weeks now since we added G2 to the insurance so that he can drive solo. So far (and I know we are again on borrowed time) it actually has been very helpful to me. He has run every errand that I have asked him, I don’t have to be a chauffer, and he has come home 30 to 45 minutes before curfew every single time he has gone out in the evening.

Who is this teenager living with me? What did you do to my son?

I’m still having difficulties coping with him out driving at night. Yes I stay calm and cool and tell him to be careful; but as soon as he drives away, I just want to go hurl.

Now before you think that everything is all bliss, this past weekend I was stuck at home both days. Big G had business he had to attend to and G2 filled his dance card from sun up to sun down both Saturday and Sunday. Now granted, I needed to stay home and attack the dastardly laundry (who would have ever thought that three people could accumulate so many dirty clothes); clean the house; attack the kitchen; take a few mental breaks; and NOT go out and spend money.

So we still have to work out some kinks regarding the car-share, but all in all this transition has been very nice. Of course being such a control freak with time on my hands that I’m not used to having, I have been considering…


This
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This

Would I be wrong?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 Parking 101

Do you remember when you were a new driver? Remember your driving test to get your license (which btw the kids no longer take)? What killed me was the parallel parking. I had to take my driving test 3 times before I passed and it was all the parallel parking!

A friend sent me to this site to try my parking skills and wouldn't you know...I STILL SUCK! So play at your own risk, it did nothing but tick me off. When I finally didn't run into another car, I ran out of time.

Good Luck!

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Monday, March 27, 2006 If you aren't sure about having more kids.....

I'll lend you a teenager.....or THREE!

If I would have known what the teenage years would bring, I would NOT have had three kids so close together. My goodness. Just when I think I have things figured out...

Let me give you an example.

1) 15 year old daughter involved in her first "boyfriend" experience. She's been dating said boyfriend since December 2nd. I said over and over "you are spending too much time together", to which the reply was "stay out of my relationship. I can handle it!" Well, said boyfriend got on daughter's nerve and it hasn't been pretty around here. Now I have one sad puppy dog boyfriend calling and one pouty teenage daughter who is pretty sure I know nothing and was brought into this world by aliens.

2) 17 year old son who thinks he knows everything. It's my fault that there is not a shiny new car in the driveway for him along with hundred dollar bills for his weekend pleasure. You know "all of the other kids have a car and their parents give them like $300 every weekend." I asked him if those parents were adopting! He didn't see the humor in that and he also thinks the mother ship brought me to this planet and threw me out of the window just so that I could ruin his life.

3) 12 (almost 13) year old. Ah, the tween years. Not a kid, not a teenager. He is quite ill with some kind of virus (read-antibiotics won't help). His brother makes fun of him for wanting his mom to comfort him. He doesn't understand that his brother and sister, although they act like their family is diseased, still love us, but won't admit it. He also is having a major peer pressure dilemma at school. I promised I wouldn't talk about it, so I won't. But when all is over and the shit has hit the fan, I will be sharing. Hold on to your hats, ladies. This goes back to the hour long conversation he had with my daughter back in February. You know the one. The one know one talks about! He is my only child who is unsure if the aliens brought me, but I think he secretly checks for horns whenever possible.

How do I deal with this? Wine, lot's and lot's of wine! Oh, and blogging, of course! So, if the stork is knocking on your door-use the dead bolt! At least for three or four more years!

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HOW TO ANNOY A COWORKER!

Thought this would start off the week with a chuckle:




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Sunday, March 26, 2006 Texas…Can’t You Just Feel The Love!

The April Texas Monthly magazine has an interesting article “75 Things We Love About Texas”. If you think about it we really do have a lot to offer. Many of the selections I wasn’t familiar with. The list had a lot from Austin and Dallas, some things in Ft. Worth and yes, even Houston.

Other things were not listed that I would have picked such as diversity in land and weather. Because Texas is so big we have a variety of landscapes to choose from. My personal favorite is the piney woods of East Texas. It is beautiful and not flat like Houston. As far is cities; Austin is just awesome (most desired city in Texas).


Here are the top ten from the article…see if you agree.

1. Bluebonnets: Well duh!

2. The Astrodome: In it’s day…not now.

3. Big Red: Yuck!

4. Friendliness: Well of course…this is Texas.

5. The sopa azteca at El Mirador, San Antonio: Never been there.

6. Broker Ervin’s version of Berkshire Blues: A classic!

7. Everyone has a story about a pickup: LOL….duh, this is Texas we are talking about.

8. The free advice at White Rock Lake, Dallas: I had to laugh at this one. When I lived in Big D, this was the place to go on the weekend mornings to see and be seen. Now there are a couple of guys (for the past 10 years) that will give out free advice on any trouble you may have.

9. The Humidity: This needs to be stricken from the list!

10. Barton Springs Pool, Austin: Now our Austin friends need to explain this one.


Honorable (or not so honorable) Mention:

11. Nachos: Actually just list Tex-Mex food. You can’t get it anywhere else.

29. Sunsets at Enchanted Rock, near Llano: This is the closest place to Houston to go rock climbing. The G’s go every year, It is just gorgeous.

40. The Texas Legislature: I had to laugh “When it is good it is seldom very good, and when it is bad it is horrid”.

44. Mustang Donuts, Dallas: OMG, I so remember these. This donut shop is right across from SMU and the donuts are just sinful……..sigh.

61. The Fort Worth Cultural District: The best variety I have seen in Texas.

66. Dallas Freeways: ?????, yeah, I’ve almost been killed a time or two getting onto Central Expressway.


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Saturday, March 25, 2006 Just A Little Time On My Hands...

This morning was a bit shocking to me. I didn’t have somewhere I needed to be. I no longer have to play chauffer to G2 (as a matter of fact, I’m stuck at home with no transportation…we will have to work on this problem). No plans for this evening (but still a hundred projects but who’s perfect). So with spring in the air I decided that a new look for the blog was in order.

This template does make me laugh because I certainly am NOT a domestic diva. The kitchen is definitely not a representation of my culinary skills, but a simple representation of the “hub of the house”.

As you know, I’m not as talented as our blogger friends that can create a new look at a drop of a hat, but I can certainly cut and paste a template and a few HTML codes…so here is the lighter, brighter look for Celebrating Women to commemorate the season change.

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Friday, March 24, 2006 When The School Has To Send A Message Like This......

This is an email I received yesterday. I am a "key communicator" for our district meaning, the district sends information to the group hoping to squelch any rumors.


This week we did have a fight between two students in the cafeteria. The Assistant Principal's handled the situation immediately and took control of the situation. Apparently there have been rumors that there was a gun involved or a gun found. We want to assure you that this is not correct information and that it was a rumor. It was just a fight between two students (proper disciplinary action was taken). Please share with your neighbors that Goodson is still safe.

Thank you!

Goodson Administration
Goodson Key Communicators


My youngest son goes to this school and witnessed this fight. Although there weren't any weapons, I will tell you that the two boys involved punched the Asst. Principal who tried to break up the fight. They through him against the wall and then went back to their fist fight!

If the threat of "corporal punishment", as in the right of the a/p or principal to spank or paddle our children was still an option, would these kids still had such disregard for an "authority" figure?

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Thursday, March 23, 2006 The Dirty Mind Test


Dirty Mind Test

Take a look at the picture first... So, what did you see?

Now proceed and read below to find an explanation of what you really saw.

I'm sure you will find this very interesting.


Research has shown that young children cannot identify the intimate couple because they do not have prior memory associated with such scenario. What they will see are the nine dolphins.

Additional note: This is a test to determine if you already have a corrupted mind. If it's hard for you to find the dolphins within 3 seconds, your mind is indeed corrupted.

Well....I still can't find the dolphins!


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Wednesday, March 22, 2006 ATTENTION ALL ROAD CONSTRUCTION CREWS IN HOUSTON

This is a special public service announcement. The Texas Department of Public Highways, Public Transportation, Utility Commission, and any other entity that has decided to muck-up every possible route that I can take to work; please note that, for the rest of this week, year, whatever, you are to take a MANDATORY BREAK each and every work day from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. No trucks or heavy equipment of ANY type is to be on the road during this time. You are instructed to find a nice cozy spot and enjoy a refreshment of your choice. Kick back, take a nap, whatever, but under no circumstances are you to work during this break period. You WILL be paid IN FULL for this break. If you do not take a break, your punishment will be getting yelled at by one full bodied blond (sort of) bitch who is SICK, SICK, SICK of being stuck in traffic-DAILY!

That is all.....you may now return to your regularly scheduled programing!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 Random Stuff...



I don't know about you, but I think I would like to be here about now.


I never needed detailed instructions myself.

Now this is just wrong!


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Monday, March 20, 2006 Why Women Cry


A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?"
"Because I'm a woman," she told him.
"I don't understand," he said.
His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will."
Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?"
"All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry. Finally he put in a call to God.
When God got on the phone, he asked, "God, why do women cry so easily?"
God said:"When I made the woman she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort. I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children. I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining. I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly. I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart. I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly. And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed."
"You see my son," said God, "the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides."
This his gone around several times but is still very true. Please pass this on to all the special women in your life.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006 If Rednecks Ruled!

Things you would see if the rednecks ruled the country
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Friday, March 17, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!

It is time again for SPF, brought to us by the lovely Kristine over at Random & Odd. This week's SPF is brought to you by the letter C:

Your Couch
Your Coat
Your Candles



MY COUCH
I love my couch. It’s big and comfy and I can curl up on it in the evening with a nice cup of coffee.
MY COATS
Why do I have so many coats? (OK, only half of them are mine) Living in Houston I guess I just wanted to fill the coat closet because I/we certainly don’t wear them (or need them).


MY CANDLES
I love candles! It’s the pyro in me, I know. I have them all over the house but I burn the one’s in the living room/dining room most frequently.

Sheri gave me the candle holders this past Christmas and my MIL the candles. Meritt would appreciate the scent of these candles: one is a french vanilla latte and the other is a capuchino. They just make your mouth water smelling them.

The candles in the fire place are absolutely beautiful when lit. It's all about the atmosphere...baby...."wink".


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Thursday, March 16, 2006 The Love Dress

A woman stopped by at her recently-married son's house. She rang the doorbell and walked in. She was shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch, totally naked. Soft music was playing, and the aroma of perfume filled the room.

"What are you DOING??" she asked.

"I'm waiting for my husband to come home from work," the daughter-in-law answered.

"But you're naked!"the mother-in-law exclaimed!

"This is my love dress," the daughter-in-law explained.

"Love dress? But you're naked!"

"My husband loves me to wear this dress," she explained. "It excites him to no end. Every time he sees me in this dress, he instantly becomes romantic and ravages me for hours on end. He can't get enough of me!"

The mother-in-law left. When she got home, she undressed, showered, put on her best perfume, dimmed the lights, put on a romantic CD, and laid on the couch waiting for her husband to arrive. Finally, her husband came home. He walked in and saw her lying there so provocatively.

"What are you D O ING??" he asked.

"This is my love dress," she whispered, sensually.

"Needs ironing," he said. "What's for dinner?"

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Monday, March 13, 2006 "How Not To Paint A Room"....or as my husband says "Step Away From The Paintbrush"

I got a little inspired by G & SuZan and their home improvement project. I even got to go to Lowe's with them when they bought all of their stuff. SuZan was very helpful as I told her of my plans to paint two bedrooms since the carpet was going to be replaced, so we might as well go the whole 9 yards! Yeah, you've never seen me paint. (Neither has SuZan, but don't tell her how bad I was. She might not ever take me back to Lowe's!)

Here is a photo journal of my catastrophe, ur, I mean project.






So what is wrong with this paint job? Well, the paint on the can looked grey/silver. It dried baby blue! It would have been a great color-for a baby's room, but not for an almost 13 year old!

Second problem. See, I wasn't trying to show you progress with the partially painted walls. That's what the room looked like..... WHEN I RAN OUT OF PAINT! Sure SuZan, one gallon is going to be enough! This obviously spoken by someone who has NEVER seen me paint!

What was that? Oh, you want to know why I had so many partially painted walls when I ran out of paint? Yeah, see, I'm pretty sure this is an indication of Adult Onset ADD! I couldn't for the life of me finish one wall before moving on. I got bored!

Why the last pic of my fat ass? FUG Thursday at its best (it was Thursday come to think of it). See, I thought it ironic when my son laughed and told me I had more paint on me than on the walls! From the position of this spot, my guess is that I bent over to paint one area and inadvertently leaned against another area! I had to laugh when I thought about Merritt and how she talks about taping and painting like it's no harder than making a freakin piece of toast or heating up a hot pocket. I think she said something to the effect of "I rarely get any paint on me!" Bah! Yeah, the lady pictured on the box of the freakin roller thing I bought-full make-up; designer jeans; jewelry; and a starched shirt! WTF!

Be sure to watch for an update. The new color for the room is burnt orange (Longhorn colors). SuZan said she'd come over and help rescue, um I mean finish the job. Somehow my son with his wit & charm talked SuZan into painting the Longhorn sign on the wall! Sounds like a pitcher of Margaritas is definitely going to be a must!

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Sunday, March 12, 2006 We Have Been Tagged!

Doreen over at Thanks for the Ride, Lady tagged us. What is interesting is that our lists are very different even though we are very good friends.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

SuZan
1. Imagine: One of the best songs ever written (IMO). BigG gave me John Lennon’s CD for Christmas (my favorite group is the beatles) so I have been listening to it here lately.

2. Jesus of Suburbia: By Green Day. My son was surprised that I liked some of his music so he burned me a CD of what he thought I would like.

3. Holiday: By Green Day.

4. Are we the waiting: By Green Day.

5. American Woman: By Lenny Kravitz

6. Whats-her-name: By Green Day

7. Sweet Home Alabama: By Lynard Skynyrd

and a few other tunes on the CD.

Sheri

I really suck at this. I listen to music. Like songs, but never really get into the names of the son or who the artist is. For kicks, I'll give you what I know!

1. Holiday- Green Day

2. Are We The Waiting - Green Day

3. What's Her Name - Green Day

4. Most of the songs by Black Eyed Peas

5. Simple Plan-Their First Album

6. Nickleback-I can't name just one!

7. American Woman - Lenny Kravitz

No, no, no. I don't care what you think, I did not copy from SuZan (fingers crossed behind back blinking innocently). I'm like the freak who buys the "Now" Cd's with whatever the top 20's are at the moment.

Because we wouldn't want anyone to feel left out, we tag anyone and everyone! Let us know if you played!

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Saturday, March 11, 2006 WARNING….All Cypress Residents

Teenager turned loose on the town.

Yesterday when G2 finally finished the last part of his Eagle Scout Project, we called our insurance company and added him as a driver. After that, it didn’t take him ten minutes to have plans for the evening (I suddenly got that sinking feeling in my gut). He and a friend went to a baseball game at the High School. They came back to the house and G2 says “Dad, have you ever heard of ‘Dave & Busters’? Big G says “yes I have and you are not going there”. He then said that he found another “family fun” place close to the house so we agreed. Thirty minutes later I get a phone call:

Me: Hello

G2: Hi mom, we’re stuck in traffic.

Me: Where are you?

G2: On 290, we are at a stand still and life flight just landed in front of me.

Me: WHAT??? What do you mean Life Flight just landed in front of you?

G2: Well, there was an accident and we are stuck in traffic.

Me: Were you in the accident?

G2: NO MOM!!! As soon as we can turn around we are coming home.

After my heart stopped pounding through my chest I told Big G what happened. He actually said that it was a good thing that this happened his first night out driving because he might realize that he is not invincible. We’ll see!

The good news is that he came home 30 minutes before his curfew. The car and the kid all in one piece. This is a hard new phase to raising teenagers; I hope I live through it.

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Friday, March 10, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!


With this week being Spring Break, I completely lost total track of time. It is time for SPF, brought to us by the lovely random and sometimes odd Kristine. This week's assignment (if you dare) is to take pictures of:




1. Your Garbage Can
2. Your ‘Junk’ Drawer
3. Your Trunk


MY GARBAGE CAN
Now I can’t resist this one. Since we are changing the siding this is the garbage so far off the house. Don’t panic, we don’t really live like this and it will all be hauled off Saturday morning.

MY JUNK DRAWER


Don’t know if I even want to comment on this one (ewww). Maybe I should have used PhotoShop to blur this or something.


MY TRUNK

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Again the remodel has taken over. I have to show you Big G’s truck. See inside? See all the lovely insulation? How many others are going to have this scenario? By Sunday we have to get back to some sort of normalcy (yeah right).



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Thursday, March 09, 2006 S L O W . . .P R O G R E S S . . .

Wouldn't you know that the rule of thumb for the do-it-yourselfer still rings true, but we are still makeing progress on the house. Today is a very slow start because we are under a tornado warning untill 1:00 pm. It was raining when I got up so I just let Big G sleep. He stated last night that even the muscles on the bottom of his feet hurt. The courtyard has been a big pain in the assets, but we are plugging away. The back of the house realistically we are going to have to do on weekends but at least we have all of the materials.


THE PROGRESS

It was strange having big holes in the wall. My cat was most upset about this, when we got to our bedroom (I mean her bedroom), she stayed in the room meowing at us through the hole.

One great thing is that all the windows now are double pane windows. I could tell a huge difference in the house yesterday afternoon, we had better not have $500+ electric bills this summer.


I had to laugh when I first saw this up after we did it. "Look honey, it looks like we've condomed the house" LOL.

Today we will take advantage of the bad weather and go ahead and get exterior light fixtures and some temporary blinds up. I told both son and hubby last night that with the windows exposed there was not going to be any walking around the house naked until we cover the windows. :)

So that is it for now. I'll update when I can.


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Wednesday, March 08, 2006 Teenagers, Vacation Time, Cell Phones, Margaritas....Read on!

Yeah, thanks to TKW and two homemade margaritas.....(ok, so with as strong as I make them, that should count for about four) what's forthcoming should be a VERY interesting post.

TKW posted an interesting post last week where she just "emptied" her brain of useless thoughts. It was good to see that someone else thinks about some off the wall subjects. Add to that two strong margaritas and the anticipation of three days (count 'em one, two three) days of vacation time.......well, read on.

1) Someone told me something that really hit home. We were talking about the "grass being greener" on the other side. She shared something with me that hit home. She said...."well, the grass might be a little greener on your side if you spent more time watering it!" That is so true. No matter WHAT our task, if we spend more time trying to succeed, we will definitely see progress.

2) Computers sometimes really piss me off! Blogger sometimes pisses me off as well. All day today......argh.......

3) I admire SuZan and her husband for taking on the task of siding their house. They inspire me.

4) I am off for the next 3 days! (Oh, did I already say that?)

5) I admire all of our blogging buddies. You all are so eloquent with your words and writings. I have so much that churns through my head, but rarely have the time to put the words to paper (well, I guess I mean to computer).

6) Most of our new buddies have younger kids. I have teenagers. While reading your blogs, a small part of me thinks it would be great to have another baby. The part of me that enjoys the freedom of leaving to run an errand at any time a know that my kids will be OK at home......priceless!

7) I feel very stagnant at my job. There is absolutely no chance for advancement! I am underpaid. One of the two Sr. partners cares only about himself and his welfare. Never does he take the time to say "Good job!"

8) I used to stress about taking a few days off. Not so much anymore. I figure that if they can't get by for a few days without me...that would indicate that I'm waaaayyyyy under paid!

9) When I was 16, I went to Virginia Beach with my friend and her family. They rented a condo. I called my mom maybe twice during the week. My son is down in South Padre. I'm not. I feel like I need to call him every few hours. How did we grow up without cell phones? I think it's adding to our stress. Oh yeah, I also know what I did when I was at the beach. Not helping......

11) This post will have to wait until my eyes stop closing by themselves.

12) According to my husband, I was falling asleep and snoring in the chair. He has a vivid imagination!

13) This is the 3rd bad hair cut in a row that my hair dresser has given me. Is this grounds for divorce? Ugh. Finding a new hair dresser sucks!

14) If you have a Mary Kay lady, then your invited to a Mary Kay party and you want to go to support your friend, are you cheating?

15) Why is it so hard to diet when on vacation? I'm thinking I may just blow it off and star over on Monday.....

16) There is a 45 lb house cat on Jimmy Kimmel. Isn't that pet abuse? Poor kitty!

17) I just got the ice cream out of the deep freeze and there were about 10 spoons under the carton. Teenagers!

OK, done. I'm empty. Thank you for reading my useless pondering. Come again!

Ta for now!

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006 B-Bye Poo Poo Brown!

This week we are on Spring Break so of course instead of basking in the sun somewhere, or visiting family we plan to reside the house. Yesterday we didn't get that much accomplished because we had to wait for the hardy plank, windows and other materials to be delivered. But at least the demolision has started. I'm really looking forward to the new windows since we are replacing the single pane for double pane, that should really help with the electric bill not to mention the new insulation in the walls.

DEMOLISION
Big G says "Hey there's that pan you lost a while back." We lost this pan YEARS ago. I accused Big G of using it to give the dog water (when we had a dog) and he swore that he didn't...Hmmm, I'm just leaving it at that.

Trash pile started, this thing is going to be massive by the time we are done. But the poo poo brown will finally be history. Of course you know I haven't decided what color to paint, but I'm leaning towards a color in the taupe family with cream trim. Whatever color I decide on I have to contend with the brick which has sort of a terricota color to it. No matter what color I paint, it will still be better than the poo poo brown.

This is the bad boy that I learned how to use today, holly smokes that thing is dangerous but if you have decking to do or framing of any kind, you want this bad boy instead of pounding on nails.

I'll post an update tomorrow.


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Sunday, March 05, 2006 Celebrating Women March 2006 Blog Pick of the Month!

I am Cat, aka Amomintheswamp. This is my life out of the swamps. Since Hurricane Katrina Pushed us back "HOME" to Kansas City where I was born and raised. Sit back and have a cup of java while you read about my rants and raves and bitching and moaning


All of us who blog around here are familiar with Cat. Her blog started out as A mom in the Swamp, but since Katrina and relocation, she is now Cat's Life Out of the Swamp. This month we agreed hands down that Cat's should be our blog pick. Cat is 37 and is married to her childhood sweetheart (18 years) and they have three boys. Her other babies are two golden retriever girls and a newly adopted cat.

We remember after Katrina, checking her blog frequently to get any sort of information. When she could, she posted the experience all around her (scared us half to death). Her sister Heather was also wonderful posting updates and keeping us informed on how Cat and her family were doing and on how we could help.

What we love about Cat is her perseverance and her attitude at life. She states "Despite all the Storms we have weathered! "KATRINA" kiss my ass!" We all could only hope that we would have her outlook, strength and courage to start over after facing what she has.


So Cat…Sheri & SuZan honor you as

Celebrating Women’s March 2006

Blog Pick of the Month!



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Saturday, March 04, 2006 TO FRIENDSHIP!

Are you sick of all those sissy "friendship" poems that always sound like Hallmark cards, and never come close to reality? Well, here is a series of promises that really speak to true friendship:

1. When you are sad - I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry knucklehead who made you sad.

2. When you are blue - I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile - I will know you have farted and I will quickly move away, roll down the windows, or spray something.

4. When you are scared - I will rag on you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried - I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and tell you to quit whining.

6. When you are confused - I will use little words.

7. When you are sick - stay the heck away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall - I will point and laugh at you.


This is my oath...I pledge it till the end. Why, you ask?
Because you are my friend.

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Friday, March 03, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!

So it is Friday again, and time for SPF, brought to us by Kristine at Random & Odd. This week's assignment if you dare to play is:



* your favorite jeans
* your birthmark, mole or freckles
* your photo albums & where you store them





MY FAVORITE JEANS (sort of)
My favorite jeans are not regular jeans it is this jean skirt that I hang on to. I keep it because I’m determined that I will get back into them. Of course my son would be horrified (the mom thing, you know) but if it fits right, and looks good, I will most definitely wear them again.



MY BIRTHMARK


My birthmark is just how it looks in the photo…RED. The funny thing is that when I was very young (back in the dark ages), my uncle told me that my mother inhaled an ash and it burned me there when she was expecting me. It is so silly the things that you remember when you are young.



MY PHOTO ALBUMS & WHERE I STORE THEM

Now I know that this is sooooooo bad. Right now I store all the photos on my computer (yes, I know, you don’t have to tell me). The grand plan is to burn them onto CD’s (and we have burned a few) so that we can view them on the big screen in a slide show (very cool too btw). I had started scrap booking after G2 was born and I was faithful and kept it up until he was around 2, then it just seems that life got crazy so a lot of photos are stored in a tub in the closet. When we entered onto the digital scene, we started storing them on the computer. I just seem to take pictures faster than we can burn the CD’s.


Did you play?


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Thursday, March 02, 2006 And Now For the Rest of the Story......

Here's a little background to help you understand the emotions behind this....umn, conversation between me and my daughter. Over the summer, my daughter went from a size 12 to a size 5. She decided that she wanted to lose this weight. At first the only thing she would eat in a day was like a cup of cereal and a glass of juice! We had a long talk about why our bodies need food and that, if she wanted to keep the weight off, she needed to change her thought pattern about food and make healthy food choices. She was OK with that and she made sure that I kept healthy foods in the house. She also worked on portion control. Obviously it worked. Here's a picture of her last October.















My daughter is athletic. She plays soccer so keeping the weight off wasn't too hard. Then around Christmas she met boyfriend. What happens when you fall in love? Yup, you eat because, well, when you're 15 and don't drive, there isn't too much to do other than get dropped off at the mall or the movies. A few weeks ago she bought a cute pair of shorts. My first thought was "man, those are short!" It hasn't been warm enough to wear these shorts until recently. She put them on. I looked up at her from the foyer and did that little eyebrow raised thing that moms do. Read on for the conversation that ensued.....

J: "What? Why are you looking at me that way?"
Me: "You're shorts are a little small."
J: "So, you're calling me fat!"
Me: "No. I just said that they're a little small. You have other clothes that fit better."
J: "Why do you say they're too small? I got them buttoned and zippered!"

...I'll stop here for a brief intermission. In order for you to get the true visual of how tight they were, think back to your college days when you had to lay on the bed and your friend helped you zip and button. Sometimes a hanger was needed to assist. Of course, you didn't drink any beer or sit down for the rest of the evening! Got the visual now? Good, read on!

Me: "Did you try them on in the store?"
J: "yes, and they are size 5 and that's what size I wear!"
Me: "J, the size that's on the label doesn't mean as much as what they look like when you put them on!"
J: "See, I knew you thought I was fat!" -----as she stomps off to her room crying------

So now, as you look back at your pictures trying to find just the right one for Way Back Wednesday, and you find one of you in the most horrific outfits ever and you ask your mom "why didn't you stop me? How could you have let me go out looking like this?" You will know.....the rest of the story!

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006 A little Something to Hold You Over

Oh boy! Hold on to your hats ladies. I have another drama unfolding in the house of teenagers. This week's feature is entitled "What Not To Say To Your Daughter About What She's Wearing!" Check in tomorrow. You really won't want to miss this.

For now, I'll leave you what could possibly a blogger's dream desk. See you tomorrow!















Finally-Something Practical!!

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March: WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH


Take this quiz to see is if you know who these important ladies are, and/or learn how they influenced our lives.



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Famous Women's Quotes

"Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead
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"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road - the one "less traveled by" - offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."
Rachel Carson

"We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home."
Rosalyn Sussman
(Nobel Prize-winning medical physicist)

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