Random January Nonsense

Here’s some random goodness on this wonderful day!

I’m not ‘allowed’ to remove Christmas decorations until after my husbands birthday every year. It’s Christmas until at least Jan 8. This year, it was Christmas until Jan. 13th.

I have a nail polish addiction. I recently had to purchase a new storage place for my nail polish.

My sister-in-law is about to pop. She’s growing a human and that human is READY!

Baby tummy

I have read Fifty Shades of Grey – Twice! And… I am not ashamed. I like the story.

I have this ‘feel like a teenager’ crush on Ian Somerhalder. I wish I could meet him. He seems so extremely down to earth. Every time I try to meet him, it never works out. Wait…do I sound like a stalker??

I’m at work right now. I actually typed this particular line on Notepad so I wouldn’t forget it. : )

Emerald Simply natural Almonds are DELICIOUS!

I have a teenager at home and we watch a lot of teenage shows together. I love it!

I just ordered my self a new purse/bag. It’s a Dooney. My first. I don’t usually buy myself expensive brand name stuff….  ; ) hehehe

New Bag

I need to go to Target today (this line was written on Monday) for things like Shampoo, Conditioner, razors.. you know… hygiene necessities.

I made it to Target yesterday and got my “stuff”.

Today is Tuesday.

The teenager used to be a cute pudgy little thing who wanted me to scratch her back every night before she went to sleep.

Cutie

I love my family and never ever get to see them enough!

My husband got me this awesome FM transmitter thingy that plugs into the lighter outlet. I can plug my Ipod into it (most 2004’s don’t have an Ipod connection!) . I love it so much. I got to listen to all the best stuff on my way to work today.

That’s it for January I guess. Unless I get another random mood.

Avoid Close-Ups

When looking at Earth from space it looks beautiful and peaceful. It appears to be a wonderful place with a lot of beauty.

Don’t look to close though, appearances can be deceiving. Our Earth, our home is becoming more and more ugly the closer you look. While it’s still full of wonders and natural beauty, the human kind is slowly making our world an ugly place to be.  We are cutting down much of the natural beauty to make more room for people, we litter, we pollute, we kill. It’s a vicious cycle that is hard to break. So don’t look too close and you can still see the beauty of our world.

Physical and Inner beauty of a person is much the same.

A woman may look like a stone cold fox from your seat at the table, but those sitting right next to her may have another story. It could have to do with physical beauty and perhaps when close enough, you can see the flaws in her skin, the pimples, the discoloration or her scars.

The deception could be in her inner beauty though, and that’s much harder to find and you sometimes have to look even closer to see that’s she’s an ugly person.

In reality, almost nothing is perfect and we can’t expect that everything will be. Everyone you meet will have a flaw, that perfect, brand new car will soon be dirty. You can’t please everyone and everyone can’t please you. Just avoid the close-ups.

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“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”
William Faulkner

Animals in recent news

I really hate feeling angry about things that I can do nothing about. If you read the news then you heard about the story in Ohio with all the exotic animals that were let loose. There was a wild animal preserve in Zanesville, Ohio and apparently the owner decided to let the animals loose and then kill himself.

This post isn’t to show my anger for the police officers who had to shoot and kill these animals but for the state, city, county and whoever is running things in the state of Ohio. From what I read, this man who owned the preserve was in trouble multiple times for animal cruelty and just in general for the animals he had on his property vs. certain permits. Police had been there many times and he was known by many.

From ABC: Thompson has been warned repeatedly over the last decade to get his animals under control – and no less than 30 times in the past year. He was arrested in April of 2005 for cruelty and torture of cattle and bison he had on his property, according to the website pet-abuse.com.

Soooo… he was in that much trouble and yet no one did anything to protect the animals??? Why exactly was he allowed for so long to keep these animals? Why was he permitted to continue buying more??

I really hope that after this mess and hurt and anger it has caused that the state will step up and do something about the laws in place.

Personally I don’t think any one person should be allowed to own a wild animal and keep it on their property for any reason. EVER! There are specific places and organizations that can take in and rehabilitate wild and exotic animals. It’s cruel to keep them locked in a cage or pen where they can’t do as nature created them to do.

I’m sure I could continue on and on with this but I’d like to hear how you feel. Tell me your thoughts!

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Filter or no filter

I met Matt in 2003. At the time, the teenager was a cute chubby little 6yr old ball of fun. Like most children, she had no filter on her conversations. I sure did love that kid though and was quickly falling for her daddy too.

She's actually 9 in this picture..I didn't have a digital camera yet when I met her at 6yr old!

One particular day as we were all sitting around the house, that cute little squishy face asked me “When are you and my daddy gonna get married? “Was this adorable? Yes! Was it awkward as I sat there wide eyed, mouth agape trying to come up with an appropiate answer for a 7yr old? YES!!! I had only known Matt for a mere 4-5 months and I think marriage was the last thing on my mind. (His too considering we didn’t wed for 7 more years!)
I think Matt was appalled that she would even ask this question and for sure thought he would never see me again, what with my running for the hills and all. LOL!
I love kids though and have been around them my entire life and I know their minds and was in no way offended. It was awkward though! 
 
Another wonderful time with little squishy face, involved her bringing up the dreaded “ex”. Oh yes my friends, this little ball of joy brought up the ex in such a manner that it was awkward for all involved. She simply wanted to know if her daddy remembered the time they did this with “her” and it caused complete silence to ensue. I’m no silly jealous girl though and wasn’t bothered by it all. I wasn’t silly enough to think Matt had no ex’s and that this little cutie had never had another woman in her life. 
 

Me and the Teen years ago. (She made us get matching shirts!)

 
What is it about kids that cause them to say the worst things at the worst moment? We think they have no idea, but is this actually true. It seems more like they DO know exactly what they are doing and just like to see adults squirm!
All these years later that little squishy kid has grown into a beautiful teenager and guess what?? Still no filter! I cringe sometimes when we are conversing with strangers.
 
I sure do love her though with all my heart and soul, filter or no filter.
 
So tell me, do you kids have a filter? If so, how did you install it? If not, tell me about an awkward moment in time.
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Trips to Walmart

If you have been reading my blog for any certain amount of time, you should know by now that I blog about anything and everything and sometimes even nothing. Today’s post is just for fun!

I was looking through some old pictures for a project I am doing and I noticed multiple trips to walmart and even one to Ikea where we had maybe a little too much fun while there. Let the pictures speak for themselves…..

This last one was a fun trip to Ikea. Roomie is a major goof!

So honestly, how would you react to seeing any of these things take place? I would be thinking – peopleofwalmart.com but alas, these are MY people of Walmart so I didn’t send the photos. That’s cheating! We do have fun though!

Yes, today is a mindless silly post, but, it’s Tuesday and sometimes Tuesday can be more of a drag than Monday! Oh, and I’m tired. It’s hard to not be silly when you’re tired!

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When there is nothing to blog about….

When there is nothing profound to blog about, what do you blog about?

Well one thing could be the fact that my 7 month old kitten Moo still tries to nurse. She nurses anything soft. She latches on and kneeds her little paws and sucks, leaving little wet spots behind. It’s quite cute actually but odd. She will do this for a long time and obviously no milk is coming out of a blanket, yet she continues to try.

 

Another thing is Matt’s skittle addiction. He’s been eating skittles like crazy. He recently discovered a huge bag of skittles and now everyone in the house is in on the addiction.

Skittles are delicious. I like to eat one of each color at one time. It is similar to tasting a rainbow. Yum!

One other random thought for the day would be – why are we more hungry on some days than others. I’m wondering this because I just had my breakfast and my stomach is still growling. This is the same amount of food I eat everyday! Usually it keeps me full untill lunch, but not today!! Why???? Can anyone explain this to me?

Do you have any random thoughts for today? What has been on your mind?

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Those pesky butterflies

Don’t you just hate when you are waiting for something and waiting and waiting and those butterflies emerge from their cocoon in your stomach?

 

There is a feeling within your body, it’s somewhat like spinning or falling. It makes you take deep breaths, you can’t eat and you limbs are shaky. Yup, that’s the pesky butterflies.

I’m still deciding where they go after they take flight in our body. Eventually the waiting period is over and the butterflies disappear. I like to think they secretly flew out of my ears to begin their outside life.

This is my somewhat random thought for this wonderful Thursday. It’s only semi random as I have actually hatched butterflies in my stomach this morning and can currently feel them flying in circles waiting to be released.

Where do the butterflies go? Do you know the feeling? What was your latest butterfly experience and how many did you hatch? My number today is about 77, yes, 77 butterflies are in my midsection this morning!

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Joys and Woes of aging

Over the past few months, much of our lives have revolved around age related things.

We started off with the teenagers birthday. Not much changed as she went from 14 to 15. She still the same wonderful teenager she was at 14. She has a little more knowledge and a little more maturity than she did this time last year. The year made a bit of difference but not a lot.

She's so beautiful!

We also celebrated my …. ahem…25th birthday. I sure love being in my 20’s! Ok, so I’m lying. I’m now 31. I think 30 is the actual age that you start to forget how old you are and you have to really THINK about it. I just did. I knew I wasn’t in my 20’s but how old am I? Oh riiighhttt…. ugh…31! I don’t usually feel 31 though so that’s a good thing – right?

Can anyone name the show this is from?

My baby cousin gave birth to her first child at the age of 20. She then turned 21. She was just a baby in my arms the other day and now I’m holding her daughter in my arms, 21 years later. This is actually the first time I held the baby of a baby I used to cuddle with years before. It’s surreal actually.

My grandmother passed away recently as well. It’s not the same rejoicing moment as a birthday or giving birth, but it does bring up age and aging. She was in her 80’s and to many, that’s a great long life. I have talked with older people before that feel 80 is quite an accomplishment. Her 90’s or even 100 would have been better. We would have had her with us that much longer. I miss her. In reality, I would not have even seen my grandmother in months. She doesn’t live near me and I only saw her once a year when she was here for her visit. But somehow, knowing you will never see someone again makes you miss them more, no matter what.

Love and Miss her!

My mommy turned 50 this month! The big five-oh! She took an awesome trip with my dad to California and got to do a lot of amazing things that she has always wanted to do. They went to “The Price is Right”, The Tonight Show, some great restaurants and saw some Hollywood sites. I’m glad she got to go and have an awesome time for her birthday! Happy Birthday Mommy and Thanks for the awesome gifts!

My mommy years ago.

My mommy and daddy just 1 year ago.

 I don’t feel 31, I don’t think my mom feels 50, my husband doesn’t even know how old he is, my much younger baby cousin is having babies and the teenager is aging with rapid pace and soon to be off to college leaving us behind. So how much does age affect us on a daily basis? When exactly do you start to feel old? Or feel your age? I know I feel older than I did 10 years ago but in reality, not that much. So how much does age matter once you reach a certain point? This is a thought that changes with age. How ironic.
 
As a child you think age does matter and you want to be older so you can do all the cool stuff and stay up late.
As a teenager, it is much of the same thoughts with thoughts of boys mixed in and how the age difference shouldn’t matter.
Ages start to become less important in your 20’s and you don’t think age is such a big deal anymore.
Once you have children age plays a part in your life once again. Your babies are growing up and aging quickly, and with boys the age difference matters big time, when it comes to your teenager!
I haven’t figured out when it changes again. When does your thought process on aging change in life once again?
 
What do all of you think about age? Do you feel it? Does it matter to you? I rambled a lot in this post but that was the thought process in my head this morning. So – tell me what you think!
 
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Yup…that’s me!

The one who puts a five dollar bill in the snack machine because she forgot her lunch and is dying of hunger and thirst.

Yup….that’s me! The one who now has a 10 pound pocket of change to warn everyone she is coming.

Yup….that’s me! The one who now has a delicious snack and cold Dr. Pepper. Yum!

Now, you tell me…was it worth it? Have you ever been forced to do this?

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What do you think about on 9/11?

I guess the common answer these days to that questions would be: The World Trade Center attacks, a loved one lost, America, New York and maybe even fears of a repeat attack of some kind.

My answer is a bit different. While I do think of most of those things on that day, I think mostly about my own lost loved one. She didn’t die on 9/11 but was born on 9/11. I think of her so much on this day. How old she would be, what would she have looked like, who would she have grown to be, how close would we be and how would my family and myself be different if she were still with us?

I have been thinking of her on this day for 23 years. Although my thoughts changed 19yrs ago when my first thought was that she would be 5 today. NOw, in 2011, she would be 23 years old. A grown woman in the world, my family and my friend. I miss her still, her hugs, her smiles, her little voice singing a song.

I was 12 years old when she died, I was an awkward kid trying to get through my days. My life was about school, friends, boys and hanging out. Death was a slap in the face, especially when it was such a tiny little person so close to my heart. It was hard for my 12yr old brain to grasp.

I remember very clearly coming home from school and seeing my mothers car in the driveway. (this was weird because she worked and didn’t get home until 7ish, was home after school with my dad) Both of my parents were in the bedroom talking in hushed tones so I filled a bowl with puffy Cheetos and sat at the table for my after school snack. I remember taking a bite of one of those Cheetos as my parents walked out to tell me about the car accident my Aunt was in with the babies on board. It was explained to me that my Aunt was very hurt as was my cousin. She was in a coma with no brain activity. I don’t remember the words or phrases they used, I only remember that cheeto still in my mouth and I had no idea what to do with it as it turned to mush.

The following days are still a blur. I only remember bits and pieces. I remember the wake and the open casket (I never should have looked) and I remember staring for so long that I thought she was breathing, I remember rumors flew at school in my absence that I slit my wrists, I remember how small my other cousins were and how much less they understood than I , I remember a Thanksgiving right after where my grandfathers voice cracked in saying the prayer (I had never seen or heard him cry before) and I remember how I changed as person.

These are all things I think about during the year but I think of everything on September 11th, the day of her birth. It’s still hard and I tear up every 9/11 but for different reasons than most of America.

We miss you and we love you Mikki!

Beautiful Girl!

What do you think of on 9/11? What does this day mean to you?

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