Sunshine State for Thanksgiving

Only three more days until Thanksgiving. My family and I are looking forward to traveling to Florida to spend the Holiday with family down there. Considering it’s been cold up here where us snow birds reside, and we’ve already had some snow, the warmth of sunny Florida is going to be a nice, summer-like change.

We are hoping to do the whole tourist thing. Hubby wants to hit Margaritaville, kids want to do Sea World, and I’m thinking of buying a nice little home on the beach!

Anyone got any real estate suggestions, or locations where homes are affordable?

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The 20 Tracks Playlist Meme

This is an easy meme…simple…fascile.

Create a playlist or mix cd based on the responses you give to the following 20 questions. Now go and give it a try!

1. A track from your early childhood
Sailing by Christopher Cross

2. A track that you associate with your first love
Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears

3. A track that reminds you of a holiday trip
Here’s Where The Story Ends by The Sundays

4. A track that you like but wouldn’t want to be associated with in public
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer by Queens Of The Stoneage (good song…but not one that I play if anyone is anywere near me…cause the subject matter is…questionable)

5. A track that accompanied you when you were lovesick
The Distance by Cake (I’m sorry, but I never had a lovesick song so I used this one ’cause I thought it was funny.)

6. A track that you have probably listened to most often
Breathe Me by Sia

7. A track that is your favourite instrumental
Children by Robert Miles

8. A track that represents one of your favourite bands
On Every Street by Dire Straits

9. A track which represents yourself best
Legend Of A Cowgirl by Imani Coppola

10. A track that reminds you of a special occasion (which one?)
I Was Brought To My Senses by Sting (which reminds me of my wedding because I kept listening to that song and that entire CD the week of my wedding)

11. A track that you can relax to
Wash Away by Joe Purdy

12. A track that stands for a really good time in your life
Stop by Jane’s Addiction

13. A track that is currently your favourite
Sexyback by Justin Timberlake (How can you not like the song that brought sexy back? hehehe)

14. A track that you’d dedicate to your best friend
Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips

15. A track that you think nobody but you likes
Mama’s Room by Under The Influence Of Giants

16. A track that you like especially for its lyrics
Bad Day by Daniel Powter

17. A track that you like that’s neither English nor German
Boom Boom Ba by Metisse

18. A track that lets you release tension best
Everyday by Dave Matthew’s Band

19. A track that you want to be played on your funeral
What I Got by Sublime

20. A track that you’d nominate for the “best of all times” category
Lovely Day by Bill Withers

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Crafter’s Anonymous

I swore to myself I would not do it.

I thought, “You will not go in there. You will not go in there.” Over and over again…but when I came up to the corner of Kuykendahl and FM 1960, the cause became…hopeless.

The car had a mind of it’s own as it pulled into the parking spot right in front of my biggest…greatest…most stupendous addiction. Hobby Lobby.

I’m like a sick twisted krack addict when it comes to yarn and quilting material. I just can’t drive by that darn building without feeling a twinge, then a stomach cramp…before I know it the cold sweats have begun. The urge to buy nifty yarns that can be turned into awe inspiring sweaters and blankets becomes too overwhelming.

I know I am not alone, so don’t laugh, because I see the same half crazed yarn buying look in the other women’s eyes. It is an addiction that must be fed!

As I left, with my skein of luscious red home spun wool and cream silk wool-ease…I pondered if I could take out a second mortgage on the house and just buy the entire stock of yarn and quilting material at Hobby Lobby.

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God Bless The Dentist

I had a lovely day off from my children today.

As I sat drooling in the dentist chair, while the dentist and his assistant performed two root canals, I enjoyed a relaxing four hour stint of listening to music on my iPod and watching TV. There were no kids screaming at me, “Stop touching me! Mommy! Fia’s touching me!”, or some other variation of that statement. Nope…just me, my iPod, the TV…and a root canal.

It was a great day!

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For A Certain Person Who Shall Remain Unnamed

***My friend Autumn has been on a roll this week with the funny stuff. I meant to post this earlier…but was kind of…not able to.

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bath room door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.

He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?” She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?” “Yes,” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”

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Side Effects

If today and yesterday are any indication of how this chemo stuff is going to effect me, I’m not going to be able to post except when the nausea wears off. My apologies to all of you that come by here daily to read my opinions on life, news and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Thank you for your continued patience with me since all this began back in March. Hopefully, this will be the treatment that puts me into remission (fingers crossed) and I will be able to get back to everything before the end of the year. Until then, like my husband keeps saying, I’m taking everything minute by minute and throwing the unimportant stuff into the garbage where it belongs.

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Once upon a time in the kingdom of Heaven, God was busy at work for six days. Michael the Archangel came upon him as he was resting on the seventh day.

He inquired of God. “Where have you been?”

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, “Look, Michael. Look what I’ve made.”

Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, “What is it?”

“It’s a planet,” replied God, “and I’ve put Life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a great place of balance.”

“Balance?” Inquired Michael, still confused

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. “For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth but cold and harsh while southern Europe is going to be poor but sunny and pleasant. I have made some lands abundant in water and other lands parched deserts. This one will be extremely hot and while this one will be very cold and covered in ice.”

The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a land mass and said “What’s that one?”

“Ah,” said God. “That’s TEXAS — the most glorious place on earth.

There are beautiful beaches, streams, hills, and forests The people from TEXAS are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace.”

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, “What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!”

God replied wisely, “Wait until you see the idiots I put in AUSTIN.”

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Mix CD Meme

I found this somewhere in an old e-mail and thought it would be fun.

Pick a song that represents each of the people in your life.

Wash Away by Joe Purdy

Stand by The Blue’s Travellors

Oldest Daughter
Upside Down by Jack Johnson

Youngest Daughter
Lollipop by The Chordettes

Blue Bayou by Linda Rondstadt

Goin’ Down To The Country by Canned Heat

Fernando by ABBA

Sean Mc
Day Break by Barry Manellow (you did this to yourself Sean, when you rewrote the words and forever ruined this song for me… 8) )

Lemon Jinny
Xanadu by Olivia Newton John

Country Boy by John Denver

Under The Scotsman’s Kilt by Tom Lehrer

Float On by Modest Mouse

Hell by The Squirrel Nut Zippers

Orinoco Flow by Enya

Cheeseburger In Paradise by Jimmie Buffett

Paul Revere by The Beastie Boys

Faith by George Michael

Everyday by The Dave Matthews Band (because I seem to be listening to this song every time I drive up to your house)

Laura Leigh
Mi Vida Loca by Pam Tillis

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My New Investment Plan

I got this one from my good friend Jennifer in the e-mail box today and decided to share it.

If you had purchased $1000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00

With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.

With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of Beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have had $214.00.

Based on this, current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.
It’s called the 401-Keg Plan

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High School Meme

I got this one from my bestest friend and husband, psyguy.

1. Who was your best friend?
Suzy, Laura and Ginny

2. What sports did you play?
I was in choir and took piano lessons…there was no time for sports.

3. What kind of car did you drive?
A tan ‘87 Toyota Corolla, my junior year and a white ‘91 Pontiac Sunbird, my Senior year

4. It’s Friday night, where are you at?
Dancing at #’s, Kokomos, or Carz

5. Were you a party animal?
I went through phases…sometimes I just wanted to stay at home, read and listen to music, while other times I wanted to be out of the house, so my friends and I would hang out at the no longer in existence, always infamous…Jo Jo’s.

6. Were you in the “In Crowd”?
Not even in the same room as that group…in fact, if you looked for the dregs of society, I was a few seat down from them.

7. Ever skip school?
Once and subsequently got put in detention the next day.

8. Ever smoke a cigarette?
I went to boarding school in Europe for part of my senior year, so you do the math.

9. Were you a nerd?
I took every computer class they offered at every school I went to. I think nerd is tattooed on my head.

10. Did you ever get suspended/expelled?
I was asked to leave boarding school…quietly.

11. Can you sing the Alma Mater?

12. Who was your favorite teacher?
Mrs. Duncan, my English teacher for two years and Miss Lynch, my Art History professor at boarding school.

13. Favorite class?
Art History and Photography

14. What was your school’s full name?
Minivan Mom High School…and that’s as much as you will get from me.

15. School mascot?
Cougar and at boarding school it was the Wolverine (it was a play on the local hero Wolfang Almadeus Mozart’s name)

16. Did you go to Prom?
Nope…sad isn’t it?

17. Would you go back again and do it over?
You would have to kill me over and over for a millenia before I would even say maybe.

18. What do you remember most about graduation?
It was raining…a lot. The next day, I left for Bordeaux, France, to spend a couple of months with my parents at their flat.

19. Favorite memory of senior year?
U2’s The Fly playing at Rocks, while the wolfgangers tried to teach me and my group of freinds how to speak German over too many liters of beer.

20. Were you ever posted on the senior wall?
Senior Wall? Never heard of it.

21. Did you have a job your senior year?
Nooooooo…I was to busy trying to get out of school and get out of dodge.

22. Who did you date?
A guy here and a guy there…here a guy, there a guy, everywhere a guy, guy.

23. Have you gained weight since then?
I am ten pounds heavier than I was when I graduated.

24. What did you do after graduation?
Spent the summer with my parents in Bordeaux and hung out at the pub way too much, drinking and smoking with my best friend, Sue, from boarding school.

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