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Thursday, August 31, 2006 A Public Service Announcement

Please be advised the HELL HAS FROZEN OVER!! How do I know this? Well, my ex-husband, who I like to think of as a sperm donor only, agreed with me about something. No, that's wrong. Let me change that. It's not that he agreed with me, I agreed with him. No, I didn't "cave", I agreed. He came up with a great idea concerning our kids and I agreed. It was a good idea, really.

Our oldest son is a Sr. and our daughter is a Jr. As you may remember from your teenage years, or, if you are currently raising teenagers, you will figure out that they have little regard for money. Both teenagers are driving. One of those teenagers will be going off to (gulp) college next year. Every time I turn around, they want (according to them-need) money for clothes, out with friends, gas, more clothes, more out with friends......You get the picture. When they are told no, you'd think we cut of a limb (in case CPS is reading, I have thought about it, but never actually followed through).

Here is a perfect example. My ex bought my son a truck. He is paying for son's insurance during football season because it would be too hard to arrange his schedule around practices, games, recovery, etc. My ex also said he would fill up his tank every other week. Well, that was not good enough for my son. My ex also gives him $20 cash to spend however he wants every week. I don't know about you, but I think that's VERY generous. When I was a Sr. in high school, I maintained a 3.6 GPA and worked two jobs averaging 65 hours per week. I bought most of my clothes. I bought my car and paid for gas AND maintenance. I think my parents paid for the insurance. That's it! The insurance! And I was happy that they did!

So, what's this idea? Well, my ex opened a checking account in son's name with a check card. He and I agreed on a dollar amount that we will deposit into that account. What's the amount? $200/month. Out of that money, he (son) will be buying his own clothes, gas when empty between the two tanks ex provides, he will have to pay for any extracurriculars (you know, the "I need $$$ to go out with the f-ball team for dinner; homecoming tickets; homecoming dinner; Sr. T-shirt;) etc. His dad is still going to give him the 2 tanks of gas/mo; pay his insurance; and give him $20/week for lunch. The whole goal is to teach him how to plan, budget, and hopefully, be more appreciative.

Now, here is an excerpt of my conversation with son last night:

Son: "Mom, are you going to fill up my gas tank the weeks dad doesn't?"
Me: "No. That's what your bank account is for."
Son: "So I have to fill up my tank AND buy my other stuff? That's not right."
Me: "I think that's more than fair."
Son: "Well, then I'll just run out of gas and you'll have to come rescue me."
Me: "No, a tow truck will rescue you. But I wouldn't recommend that as it will cost you a lot of money to get your truck back. Towing is very expensive these days."
Son: "You mean I have to pay for that too?"
Me: "Yup"
Son: "You just don't know how much it costs for stuff these day." Click.

Boy am I glad we're trying to teach him financial responsibility and cash management now rather than when he goes to college. I'm also glad that the account is in his and his dad's name. That way, if his account is overdrawn, his dad is responsible! (He, he. I planned it that way)!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006 A Great Offer For You

I don't want anyone to miss out on this. This is a deal beyond your imagination. It's such a good deal that, well, its free. In fact, I may pay you!

What is this deal you ask? I have one 16 year old daughter that comes complete with attitude, hormones, drivers license AND boyfriend! Oh, and that's not it. Should you order today, you get a complete week of PMS! That's right! And all for free! A self addressed stamped box will be included for you to ship her back when she's 18; or 21; or married!

Ugh! I swear we have to go through these teenage years so that sending them off to college, or on their own, or where ever is easier than if they were darling little angels that never complained, argued, yelled, screamed, threw a temper tantrum, etc. Yup, sounds pretty much like the terrible twos. Except, this is the terrible 16's. Not a girl, not yet a woman! Right now I'm experiencing that sensation that you get when your 9 mos and 2 weeks pregnant....... and it's August......... in Texas! You fear the pain of labor, but anything is better than the state you're in!

Someone, anyone, please tell me it gets easier. Please!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006 Tickle Tuesday


They say laughing causes less wrinkles than frowning, so without further adieu, we bring to you "Tickle Tuesday". Enjoy!


Three Men

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large, raging violent river.

Needing to get on the other side, the first man prayed,"God, please give me the strength to cross the river."

Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed, "God, please give me Strength and the tools to cross the river."

Poof! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed, "God, Please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross this river."

Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred-Yards up stream and walked across the bridge.

GO AHEAD! SEND THIS TO A WOMAN WHO NEEDS A GOOD LAUGH.

And just in case that didn't make you laugh, take a look at this:

and this



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Monday, August 28, 2006 Waste of Space Monday


This week's Waste of Space Monday is brought to you by the lovely Tammy. I didn't have a person to submit, but how about a Catalog?

Can you believe this?
This is a catalog I got in the mail and you know what they sell? CATALOGS! Now I get tons of these things every week, and the last thing I want is to order more catalogs. Further insult is that if you order them through this catalog, you have to pay one to two dollars each. Give me a break, if you want a catalog bad enough just go to the website and they will gladly send you one free.

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Remember I said I was finished with the courtyard. Well, now I'm really finished with the courtyard, really, I promise. I've had my eye on shrimp plants for a while. I don't know why but I love them (maybe because I love shrimp). So I went out this weekend and bought me a shrimp plant along with a couple of dwarf firebushes. The firebushes are in the ground and my shrimp plant is in a pot. I tried to take a picture using the night setting on my camara but I obviously don't have a steady hand. These are using the candle light setting (much more forgiving).


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Friday, August 25, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!


I laughed at this week’s assignment. Since I am in full fledged PMS this one was E-A-S-Y! So I present to you this weeks request by the lovely and random Kristine:

1. Stuff that annoys the living shit out of you.
2. YOUR space.
3. Something in your life that keeps the makers of Xanax in business.


STUFF THAT ANNOYS THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF ME

Oh I’m so going to get it for this one. See the dirty clothes on the floor? See the nice looking dirty clothes hamper next to the dirty clothes? Can ya see my point?


MY SPACE

Besides my spot on the couch, I also like to occasionally escape to the bedroom. It is kinda corny looking but I like it that way (It is an escape people). I can read, I can indulge in my pyro addiction (candles), I can watch some TV without hunting for the remotes or without prying them out of someone else’s hand.


WHAT KEEPS XANAX IN BUSINESS IN MY HOUSE

Right now it is Mercedes. She has decided that the litter box is not meeting her expectations and when we brought home Zeus, it got worse. I can honestly say that I fully understand the saying: “It is better to be pissed off than pissed on!”



Did you play?

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Thursday, August 24, 2006 How Does Your Garden Grow?

Finally! I finished, really, something is actually finished. The pain in the ass courtyard is done! The man said I couldn't plant until we painted so I did it. Check it out, see what you think:

This is before:



This is way before we changed out the siding and replaced the windows. I think we had just replaced the front door. That flagstone, Big G found dumped off the side of a road so he brought it home and it just sat for a while.

This is the after:


So we built the fountain and used the flagstone (only had to go get a few more pieces). With a lot of sweat and soreness, it is done! I love to go out there (at night when it is not so friggen hot) and listen to the water and enjoy the plants. I can't wait till they grow a bit.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Wacky Wednesday Musings

I really don't have a topic this morning. I seem to have a bunch of random thoughts/ponderings floating through my head that need to escape. Of course, none of these thoughts may be important to anyone, or bring about World Peace, but they are just taking up space. Maybe you witty Internet friends that visit will have some words of wisdom to add to these thoughts. With out further delay......

  • Why, why, why does my boss think that, if he triples his billing without tripling his staff, everything will get done in a blink of an eye?
  • Why does my boss think entering a $26,000 deposit is easy....when each invoice totals about $37.50? That's a whole lot of invoices!
  • When will I stop freaking out when I hear sirens, or see an accident while my kids are out driving. My heart was literally palpitating and my husband said I was white as a ghost when we passed by an accident along the route that my kids would have taken an hour earlier?
  • Why doesn't money grow on trees? I mean, really, that would make life a whole lot easier. But in reality, for the farmer, money really does grow...on trees, in the field.
  • Why do flucktarded drivers of big, flucking vehicles take up three lanes of the freeway, go under the speed limit, and block traffic from getting by......at rush hour?!?
  • When will my boxes all be unpacked? My motivation-I'm not getting a manicure or pedicure until it's done. My toes look pretty gross.
  • My daughter is taking an Ag class. She's going to raise a goat for a grade. She doesn't even take the dog out. Or take her garbage out. Her room does look like a goat lives in it, so it may work out.
  • We close on the house today. I'm not going to believe it until the money is in my account.

OK, that about does it. I'm pretty empty. Thank you to those of you who endured this post and listened to my ramblings. Like I said, your thoughts and wisdom would be appreciated.

See ya!


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Tuesday, August 22, 2006 Tickle Tuesday



Because it's not Monday, and it's certainly not Hump Day, it must be "Tickle Tuesday". This is our attempt to lighten the load and add a little laughter into our lives.

A skinny little white guy goes into an elevator, looks up and Sees this HUGE black guy standing next to him.

The big guy sees the little guy staring at him, looks down and says: "7 feet tall, 350 pounds, 20 inch private, 3 pound left testicle, 3 pound right testicle, Turner Brown."

The white man faints and falls to the floor.

The big guy kneels down and brings him to, shaking him. The big guy says, "What's wrong with you?"

In a weak voice the little guy says, "What EXACTLY did you say to me?"

The big dude says, "I saw your curious look and figured I'd just give you the answers to the questions everyone always asks me. I'm 7 feet tall, I weigh 350 pounds, I have a 20 inch private, my left testicle weighs 3 pounds, my right testicle weighs 3 pounds, and my name is Turner Brown."

The small guy says, "Turner Brown?!... Sweet Jesus, I thought you said, 'Turn around'!"


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Monday, August 21, 2006 The Stork Arrived!

We have a new family member:
Meet...
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Zeus!


He is a ten month old mostly Blue Heeler, but he looks like he has some Border Collie in him too. He has a great disposition and very calm. He is the sweetest pup, loves to be around people and...

...thinks he is a lap dog!

We picked him up on Saturday and have not seen wiskers or tails out of Mercedes. I don't think Zeus even knows there is a cat living in the house. We can't get her to come out from under the bed.


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Friday, August 18, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!


TGIF! I’ve only been back to work for three days and boy do I need a weekend! Kristine decided to give us a break and was straight forward with her assignment this week:

1. Your Supplies (home, office, school — whatcha got?)
2. Your Bag (we’ve done it before, but I know you all change purses like I change undies)
3. Your Mail box (most look the same nowadays so pan out and let me see where you go get your mail.



MY SUPPLIES


Here are my supplies for work. Since I work at five schools this is my proverbial “bag of tricks”. It has fun stuff like beads to string, putty, Velcro (can’t get enough of that), all kinds of scissors, stencils, chopsticks, tongs, etc. There are all kinds of goodies I use to help my kiddos increase their fine motor skills.


MY BAG


My little, bitty, purse has a purpose. First, I don’t really care for huge bags because they get heavy. If there is any space to be filled, I will fill it. Another reason for the little bitty bag is when Big G and I go somewhere he is forever asking me to put his sunglasses and his wallet in my purse; with my current bag I simply say “Nope, they won’t fit”.


MY MAILBOX


Nothing spectacular here…it receives mail (need to paint it now)…but I did try and get a creative shot. Too bad my neighbors thought I was nuts when I was taking this.



Did you play?

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Thursday, August 17, 2006 Because I Said I Would

I promised SuZan that I'd post this morning because she has been so wonderful to take care of the blog, alone, while I was somewhat preoccupied. Let me just ask you all this-does moving suck as bad as I think it does, or is it just me! I'm still living out of boxes. I'm so tired of boxes. I spent every waking moment prior to the move packing boxes. Now it seems that every waking moment is spent running into, stepping over, moving around, and sometime unpacking boxes. I think I just suck at this whole moving thing!

School started yesterday in our neck of the woods. It was really quite odd having both my son and daughter drive off to school....on their own. They needed books/supplies-they drove and got them....after getting the money from me, of course. I'm not quite use to all of this independence.

So as not to bore you with anymore of my whining, I decided to post a few "cool feelings" relating to some things that have happened over the past few days:

It's a cool feeling when........
  • You take your clothes to the dry cleaner and, while counting your garments, your thong falls from a pair of pants.
  • you walk into the closet instead of the bathroom
  • when your boss calls you at 8:00 a.m. and wakes you up, you think it's your son calling at midnight and you answer the phone "what"!
  • You change three times because, you can't find the other piece to your suit, your blouse doesn't match, and you can't wear the one that does match because you forgot to shave your Pitts
  • The toilet on the second floor overflows the first day you are in the house. Water starts pouring through the ceiling into the dining room. You can't shut the water off to the toilet because your son is in the shower. You call the landlord, they call the plumber, the plumber asks you for $112.00, you say we just moved in, how can this be our problem, then the landlord says it is YOUR PROBLEM!

If anyone has any advice as to how to make the unpacking process go a bit smoother, I'd love to hear from you. I will tell you that the kitchen is done as well as the study. You can sit at the breakfast table, as long as you can hurdle the boxes around it.

Have a great Day! I promise, pictures will be forthcoming......as soon as I find the box with the docking station!


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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Oh Damn...It's here...


Hi Ho, Hi Ho

It's BACK to work I go!
(I guess for today I'll be sleepy)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Tickle Tuesday.....and other stuff.

Have a a good laugh with this one - laughter is something we all need.

When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,
And bring so much happiness...just as they did.
I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.
Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!

(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
I'll write on the wall with reds, whites and blues,
And I'll bounce on the furniture...wearing my shoes.
I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.
I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!

(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
When they're on the phone and just out of reach,
I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.
Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,

(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
When they cook dinner and call me! to eat,
I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,
I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,
And when they get angry...I'll run...if I'm able!

(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
I'll sit close to the TV, through the channels I'll click,
I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.
I'll take off my socks and throw one away,
And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!

(When I'm an old lady and live with my kids)
And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,
I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.
My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,
And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"


See, you laughed, you smiled...I know you did

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The Other Stuff:
It is back to work tomorrow and I'm not ready. I have been saying that I wanted to get the courtyard finished before I go back but I don't think that is going to happen. Yesterday was hot as hell and what idiotic thing do you think I was doing? Painting the damn courtyard...you read right...outside in the f-ing heat from 9 - 3 painting (just commit me now will ya?). I mean really that had to be worth at least 2-4 pounds don't you think?
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Today I shall attempt to dig up the beds, replace with good soil and maybe get something planted. I was hoping to post pictures tomorrow of a new and completed courtyard but at least I'll finish it up over the weekend.
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Sheri is going nuts getting settled into the new house. She'll get there, but like me she wants it all done yesterday. If she doesn't post it soon, I'll be marching over there and take pictures of the pool...it is awsome!
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That is all for now, I have to go dig in some dirt.

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Monday, August 14, 2006 Waste of Space Monday!

I don't have anyone in particular today for Tammy's Waste of Space Monday; however, I did run accross this email with some interesting word alternatives to the term "stupid people". So Tammy, in your honor, I give you a guide for anyone looking for a new way to descripe their boss, spouse, neighbor, checkout clerk, government official, etc..... :

38 Kinder, Gentler Terms for Stupid People

The wheel's spinning, but the hamster's dead.
A few clowns short of a circus.
A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
An experiment in Artificial Stupidity.
A few beers short of a six-pack.
Dumber than a box of hair.
A few peas short of a casserole.
Doesn't have all his cornflakes in one box.
One Froot Loop shy of a full bowl.
One taco short of a combination plate.
A few feathers short of a whole duck.
All foam, no beer.
The cheese slid off his cracker.
Body by Fisher - brains by Mattel.
Has an IQ of 2, and it takes 3 to grunt.
Warning: Objects in mirror are dumber than they appear.
Couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.
He fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
An intellect rivaled only by that of garden too! ls.
As smart as bait.
Chimney's clogged.
Doesn't have all his dogs on one leash.
Doesn't know much, but leads the league in nostril hair.
Elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
Forgot to pay his brain bill.
Her sewing machine's out of thread.
His antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.
His belt doesn't go through all the loops.
If he had another brain, it would be lonely.
Missing a few buttons on his remote control.
No grain in the silo.
Proof that evolution can go in reverse.
Receiver is off the hook.
Several nuts short of a full pouch.
Skylight leaks a little.
Slinky's kinked.
Surfing in Nebraska.
Strong, like Bear ... Smart, like Tractor.

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Friday, August 11, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday!


This week Kristine is mixing it up a little bit and going to make us think. “I’m giving you titles and you take a picture that goes with it". She said we can think outside the box or be really simple…NO RULES…just have fun!

1. Song Title
2. Book Title
3. Movie Title



SONG TITLE


"Why Can't We Be Friends"

During Sheri’s move we baby sat Oreo for the day. I did warn her that Mercedes flunked Hostess 101. So I thought the appropriate song would be “Why Can’t We Be Friends” by War. How appropriate is that? Sorry it's blury, but they wouldn't stop moving, and growling, and hissing and snapping at each other.


BOOK TITLE

“The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot

Enough said!

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MOVIE TITLE
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"Analyze That"

The perfect movie title for my son’s room is: “Analyze That” with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal.



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Thursday, August 10, 2006 Self Portrait Thursday...a la Sheri!


A little update here. As you know, we're moving....TODAY!
Two of my kids got their drivers licenses...on the same day!
School orientation...for all three kids....while packing!
Back to school shopping...no money!
Oh, and my husband and I got a stomach bug...that put us down and out...for two days!

However, through all of this I've managed to keep my composure and kept myself together. Here's a self portrait for proof:


See-told you!

All it takes is plenty of this:

Life is good!


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Wednesday, August 09, 2006 WAY BACK WEDNESDAY!


Completely Random Picture That Has Fit Into No Other Theme Week!

Pull out those pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey pictures or the one with your Aunt Edna wearing a lamp shade this week!


Mama Duck wanted random, well this one is random. I opened up the photo album and it is the first picture I came to. This is a photo of my best friend from college and myself. She is originally from Chile, and when we were in Quebec, we stumbled upon a Chilean Restaurant called "Chile Lindo" and had to eat there.

The funny thing about this trip is that we hardly ever had to pay for a meal. Time after time people would stop us and ask what language we were speaking, telling us that it was beautiful to listen to (Spanish? compared to French?...I think they were nuts!). Either the owner or a customer would pick up our tab, which was wonderful because we were so broke when we traveled. The only reason we were able to travel out of the Country every year was because my best friend's mom was a travel agent. Ahhhh those years were so much fun!


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WBW Bonus
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TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED
the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and
NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because .
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING !

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride downthe hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms.......
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers,
problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up askids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives
for our own good .

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!


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Tuesday, August 08, 2006 Tickle Tuesday!


...ah, those old camping pranks...
its all fun 'till someone loses an eye.


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For us chocolate freaks:
Chocolate is a Vegetable:
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Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable.
Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS.
Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category.
Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.
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To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy.
So candy bars are a health food.
Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.
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The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car.
The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
Diet Tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less.
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If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet?
Don't they actually counteract each other?
Chocolate has many preservatives.
Preservatives make you look younger.
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Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today.
That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
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A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Now, isn't that handy?
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If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You can't let that happen, can you?
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REMEMBER: "Stressed" spelled backward is "desserts"

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Monday, August 07, 2006 Celebrating Women's AUGUST BLOG PICK OF THE MONTH!

Celebrating Women’s
AUGUST BLOG PICK OF THE MONTH
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The Butterfly Girl

"You only live this life once"

It was hands down this month. We both agreed that we should feature Kate for the month of August. The Butterfly Girl, is one of the many awsome bloggers that we met in Austin this past February. She recently went on a wonderful vacation and we had the pleasure of helping her keep her blog updated by posting at the end of June (btw Kate, that was fun!).

What we love about Kate is her perseverance and her optimism. She has recently been to Hell and back, but always seems to look for the positive in any situation and makes it so. Family if very important to her and we don't think you could find a kinder heart.

Kate, we have been there with you (via internet), prayed for you, feared for you and you have made it though with valient resolve. You truely are a tribute to what we all should aspire to be. For this we celebrate you and we look forward to seeing you in Dallas!


So go over and say hello to Kate and help us celebrate:


Celebrating Women’s
August 2006
Blog Pick of the Month


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Friday, August 04, 2006 Stuff Portrait Friday! - S P I C Y


For this weeks SPF, Kristine over at Random And Odd is getting a little SPICY with her assignment. She wants pictures of:

1. Your Spices
2. Salt and Pepper (?, black and white?, shakers?)
3. Add a little spice to your picture.


MY SPICES


I wish I could say that I use all of these spices. I don’t have much time to cook more “flavorful” food so usually I am the box food queen out of necessity and have a lot more spices than I use. I just won't tell you how many I had to "dust off" before I took this picture. :)


SALT & PEPPER


How about Mercedes’ chin (trying to be creative here). Her chin coloring is perfect symmetry of salt and pepper. BTW: She hates the camera; it was an adventure getting this shot.


A LITTLE SPICE TO A PICTURE


Since I’m the one that drools over all of ya’lls photo skills, I will say upfront that I DID NOT take this picture. We had G2’s Senior pictures taken and this is the one that he picked for his ad in the football program. I edited the photo mainly to take out his name, the photo itself is pretty spicy on its own (good Lord…that’s my baby).



Did you play?

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Thursday, August 03, 2006 Things I've Learned While Moving!

While moving:

1) My idea of clean and my husband’s are very different.

2) My husband thinks that since his study and closet are all packed, we’re done.

3) I can’t throw a Bible away-regardless of WHO gave it to me (i.e. the X).

4) I have OCD.

5) Bugs lived under my sink-and enjoyed themselves immensely.

6) If you continue to put stuff in a box because there is still room, it most likely will be too heavy to carry.

7) My husband and I snap at each other- a lot!

8) You get tired of fast food quicker than you thought.

9) I have OCD.

10) Liquor stores don’t open quite early enough or stay open late enough.

11) Cheap wine bought at the grocery store doesn’t taste good.

12) Cheap wine in a plastic cup tastes worse.

13) The number of cabinets, closets etc. that need to be emptied multiply in # whilst packing.

14) You keep some pretty stupid shit through out life.

15) Cast iron skillets that were my German Grandfathers are heavy….dude, don’t ever drop one on your foot. I know this now!

16) Did I mention I have OCD!

17) Underwear-what underwear. Shit I packed them.

18) Don’t have the Salvation Army come out to pick up a dryer a week before you move. Duh!


Other than that-didn’t learn a damn thing~

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006 The Boy’s New Ride

Holy cow we finally did it! G2 has wheels. We were on such a budget for this that I have been dreading it all summer long. Well we finally got serious and scored yesterday. We have been to so many used car lots, test driven pieces of crap, in some the a/c wasn’t even working…in short…JUNK BUCKETS.



Of course the last dealership we went to, I knew as soon as we pulled up that they were way out of our price range. It seems that everyone in Cypress is after cars around the same price range being this area is inundated with teenagers. That’s what we get for living in Stepford.

It happens that this dealership did have one car that was not even out on the lot yet. They usually don’t keep this price range of car on the lot but the lady that traded it in was able to produce all the maintenance records, it was obviously garage kept, not a stain in any part of the interior and everything worked (it passed the a/c test, when I stepped out of the car my glasses would fog up).

Pretty nice for a '98

I HAD to have Big G take a look at it and asked if I put a deposit down (because we were serious) could they hold it but they couldn’t. Damn I knew, and they knew this car was not going to last. We had to get Big G in to look at it and I had to go and make a transfer to our account. We got a hold of Big G and had him get down to the dealership IMMEDIATELY! G2 was instructed to stay at the dealership and if anyone approached the car, to lick the handle in front of them (he would have done it too).

"Mom can you please stop with the pictures?"


It all worked out, by the time I got back, Big G had already driven it and was messing with stuff under the hood. He gave me the thumbs up and we sealed the deal. I don’t want to go through this again any time soon.

BTW: He wouldn't let me drive it anymore, but he did let Sheri check it out...offspring...you just can't figure them out.


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Tuesday, August 01, 2006 Tickle Tuesday.....and other stuff.


The husband had just finished reading a new book entitled: You Can Be the Man of Your House.

He stormed into the kitchen and walked directly up to his wife. Pointing a finger in her face, he said sternly, "From now on, you need to know that I am the man of this house and my word is law! You will prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished eating my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert. After dinner you are going to go upstairs with me, and we will have the kind of sex that I want. After that, you are going to draw me my bath so I can relax. You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe. Then you will massage my feet and hands. Then after that's done, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?"

His wife replied, "The f...in' funeral director would be my guess."

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And the other stuff:
We went to visit family at the lake this weekend. It was great seeing everyone and enjoying their company. This has always been a speacial place for me. You just can't beat the beauty of nature. G2 took these pictures:
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On the way to the lake, Big-G decided to battle a stump that was in the middle of the road. Needless to say, the stump won.

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