Monday, December 21, 2009 Life After You | Life After You | "Ten miles from town and I just broke down
Spittin' out smoke on the side of the road
I'm out here alone just tryin' to get home
To tell you I was wrong but you already know
Believe me I won't stop at nothin'
To see you so I've started runnin'

All that I'm after is a life full of laughter
As long as I'm laughing with you
I'm thinkin' that all that still matters is love ever after
After the life we've been through
'Cause I know there's no life after you"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tomorrow is my 1 yr. blogaversary

1 year ago tomorrow I started my blog. Wow. It doesn't seem like it's been that long ago. A lot has changed since then.
Guess you'll have to check back tomorrow to see what I have to say on my blogaversary.
Happy Monday!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Baseball makes me cry

It is that time of year. The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, apples are being harvested and the WORLD SERIES is about to start. Have I told you that baseball makes me cry? It does, and I don't know why. Even baseball movies make me cry. "There is no crying in baseball!"- name that movie. There is something about the green grass and fresh dirt with he crisp white base lines and the singing of the National Anthem that chokes me up. Every game I have gone to, major or minor league, evokes this emotion. I love sitting in the bleachers (or box seats, how ever it may be) eating a dog, drinking an overpriced beer and singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". Some of my fondest memories involve being at a ball park somewhere.
I am a Yankees Fan and I am shameless about it. I have been since I was 11 years old, but not because I loved baseball. There was this boy. It's always about a boy, isn't it? I had the biggest crush on this boy. He had dark hair and blue eyes and he loved the Yankees (and the Dallas Cowboys, but that didn't stick with me) Since he loved the Pinstripe Boys, I did too. We grew up, I grew out of the crush, but my love of the Yankees stuck. I have since friended this "boy" on Face Book (love me some FB, y'all!) and told him this story. He said the only reason he like the Yankees is because his Dad did. Go figure!

In June of 2001 I was in New York to attend a Yankees-Indians game. I was on cloud 9! It had been a life long dream of mine to go to The House that Ruth Built. Only thing was, I was with a large group of Indians fans. I remember the day clearly. I had on a Yankee jersey, a Yankee hat and my fingernails were painted with the NY skyline. On the way to the stadium I stopped and asked NYPD traffic cop for directions. He gave them to me, looked at how I was dressed and said with a heavy NY accent: "God loves a Yankee Fan" and winked his sparkling blue eye.

At the stadium a very large group of very large and rowdy NY Firefighters were having a tailgate party. As our group walked by the firefighters began showing true NY hospitality by telling all the Indians fans to "Go Back to Cleveland- Indians Suck!" All of a sudden, one fire fighter noticed that I was bedecked and bedazzled in all my pinstripe glory and literally snatched me up and took me to their party. I was hugged and kissed and cheered by this group of drunken men. They all wanted to know what I was doing with "that bunch of losers" and decided they wanted to keep me. My poor sister who was on the trip with me didn't know what to do! Eventually they turned me loose because they didn't want me to miss the opening pitch and this was their parting words: "Sweetheart, you're an honorary new Yorker today. Come back anytime!"

We went to the game, I spent an obscene amount of money in the gift shop and the Yankees won. All was right with the world.

Then 9-11 happened. As I watched history unfold on the TV, my thoughts turned to that cop and those fire fighters and I cried real tears as I realized they could be dead. It still breaks my heart.

And so, with the 2009 World Series about to begin, I wonder if those FDNY guys and that cop are gonna be watching down on the game tonight, and cheering on their boys. Cuz you know, God Loves a Yankee Fan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Change in My Life

There have been a lot of changes going on in my life here lately. I'm not sure where my mind is on a lot of them, but I'm sure that it's all going to work out in the end. I just read a quote lately that I loved. It said "It all works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out, then it's not the end."

I guess the biggest change is that I got married again last week. I love being a wife again. It was someting I missed when I became a widow. "Mrs." just fits me. And I'm head over heels, stupid in love with my Mr., just in case you were wondering. And in becoming a Mrs again, I became a step mama again, to three wonderful children. I'm in love with them, too.

My niece moved in with us. She is going to be going to college starting next week. Hopefully we have the new room addition completed before she graduates so she can have a bedroom of her own. It's been a long long time since it was more than 2 people living in my household, so that's been something different.

I'm having bi lateral breast reduction in 2 weeks. That will be a MAJOR change. I don't know how it will be not haing these giant bowling balls on the front of me. someone might actually see what color my eyes are!

What changes have you had lately and how do you feel about it?

Monday, September 14, 2009

This is how it works

Oh My! What a whirlwind of events that it has been since my last post over a month ago. Eventually I'll get around to telling all of it but for right now, this poem is what I want to share. (I blog lifted it from CarrotSpeak, who is a Blog of Note right now. Check her out!)

This is how it works
You're young until you're not
You love until you don't
you try until you can't
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
until their dying breath
No, this is how iat works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
and try to love the things you took
& then you take that love you made
and stick it into someone else's heart
Pumping someone else's blood
and walking arm in arm
You hope it don't get harmed
But even if it does
You'll just do it all again

~Regina Spektor

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I've been a bad bad blogger

I've been careless with a delicate man. Oh sorry, I was channeling Fiona Apple for a second.
My life has been so hectic that I've neglected my blog. Internet, you have my sincerest apologies. Please, take me back.

Lets see, where to start? Begin at the beginning!

I've lost 15 lbs. Woo Hoo! I'm still in weight denial and am afraid to try on my wedding dress. I'm hoping and praying that it does.

Sweetie now has his driver's permit and is taking his test this very afternoon. Niece has hers, and so does Sweetie's son. So y'all better watch out on the roads! Just kidding. they are all good drivers.

Sweeties's mama had surgery to remove melanoma. She is doing just fine now.

The room additions are coming along. We bought drywall and flooring.

I started tax class again. I'm rusty!

Woodpeckers destroyed my porch beams. I'll try to remember to post a picture of the damage soon.

We had to change the location of our wedding reception due to concerns of being too crowded.

Kids are done with summer ball and waiting for school to start.

I think that about sums it up.

So tell me, what's going on with you?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FORE! Watch out for my new addiction

There is a Sheetz gas station and convenience store just over the hill from where I work. I visit there often. They are my friends and they know me well. They supply me with what I need to fill my latest addiction. It's THIS:

Arnold Palmer Half &Half Iced Tea Pomegranate Lemonade. Yum o. I can't get enough of this stuff. I like tea, I like lemonade and I'm over the moon about pomegranate these days.

An Arnold Palmer is half tea, half lemonade; a drink made famous by Arnold himself after completing some famous round of golf.

And the thoughtful folks at Arizona Tea put this on the bottle:

"AriZona uses new amber bottles to protect the natural antioxidant properties of our beverages from the light. Here's to your health"

Thank you for being so concerned, AriZona Tea. It's so kind of you. Especially when I'm shelling out $1.49 every single day for the crack in a bottle shaped like a golf ball.

If you don't have a local dealer, I mean a Sheetz station near you, visit the AriZona Website. You can get 12- 20 oz. bottles for $9.99 and shipping.(Shipping to me is $13.21) It comes in regular half and half, and a green tea version or you can buy mix stix that are only 5 calories.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Roller Coasters

I am taking a road trip this weekend with my niece Jes, her brother Andy and Andy's lovely wife, Robyn. (It was their wedding I was in last July.) We are going to Cedar Point, an amusement park on Lake Erie. This is going to be an interesting trip. It's always an interesting trip. Here's a backstory....

The last time I was there, a lady of middle eastern descent shang haied me on a ride and force me to sit with her child, who spoke little to no English. I tried to refuse but she stuck him in the seat and walked away. I couldn't make the child understand how to fasten the seatbelt and I was not about to fasten it for him and have some crazed parent scream that I was molesting him. When the ride was over, the little boy didn't know where to go and his mother was no where to be found. I turned him over to the person in charge of the ride and skedaddled right on out of there.

Here are some reasons why this trip is going to be interesting.

#1. Sweetie and I are not huge fans of roller coasters. I'm afraid of heights and he'd much rather stay on the ground.

#2. Part of this trip is to the water park part of the park. Sweetie and I will not be participating in this little jaunt because we are not huge fans of water parks. He doesn't even own swim trunks and we won't even discuss putting my size 16 behind in lycra and spandex.

#3. A brother, a sister and a wife all together in one car, for a four hour drive.

#4. I got online this morning to get driving directions to our hotel. (The hotel was picked by Andy and Robyn) I made the mistake of reading the "guest reviews" on a hotel reservation website. Holy Smokes were they ever bad! There were approx. 50 reviews and they were all terrible. They were so bad that it made me want to stay there just to see if it really is THAT bad. What made it so funny is that they all sounded the same. Dirty, cockroaches, poor location, inattentive staff, soiled get the idea.
These were some of my favorite comments:
"Run as far and as fast as you can away from this hotel"
"I've traveled and stayed in hotels for more than 25 years and this is by far the wors I have ever seen."
"There was something dead floating in the pool"
"There was a dead thing in the pool and it stunk!"
"There was a white stain on the chair and I'm pretty sure I don't want to know what it was"
"My bed linens had blood on them. Not stains, real actual BLOOD."
"When I asked to see the hotel manager he came out wearing sweatpants that had obviously been slept in. It was also obvious that he didn't feel the need to launder anything."
And this was my very favorite:
"The pimps and the ho's were fighting in the parking lot all night long. We piled a dresser and a table against the door to keep them out of our room!"

So, come Monday, I'm sure to have some entertaining stories about my trip to Cedar Point. Don't worry, though, I cancelled my reservation and Club Dread and booked at Hotel Breakers. It's well worth the extra cost!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Some wedding DEETS

See how cool I am? I used a new hip word "Deets" short for details. How old are you when you have to start acting your age? Oh, wait. I think I'm over the limit. Oh well.

Anyway, since I've been posting about the wedding, I thought I'd share some of the planning stuff. It's only 89 days away! ACK!

9-9-09 was selected as a date for many reasons. 9s are lucky numbers. Wednesday is supposedly the best day of the week to get married on. I wanted something different. Sweetie says the day is easy to remember so he won't be forgetting our anniversary.

Our colors are black white and baby pink.

Our invitations are hand made, by me, and they still aren't finished. Once I've got them ready to go I'll post some pictures.

Our reception has a strawberry theme to it. Strawberry cupcakes, strawberry jam, strawberry fruit salad. It's the berry best!

I like non traditional things so our ceremony will be very non traditional.

I will be walking down the aisle to A River Flows in you by Yiruma. If you are a Twilight fan, you will recognize this as Bella's Lullaby- the song Edward played on the piano for her.

After the wedding we will leave the church to My Sweet Love by John Mellencamp.

And, I ordered these for toasting:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

97 days and counting

In 97 days I'm going to the chapel and I'm gonna get married. Woo Hoo! Sweetie proposed on Christmas Day and I said yes. On 9-9-09 we're gonna do the damn thing. I've filled my hard drive with tons of wedding "porn" (that would be bridal pictures) and I have about 10 bridal blogs bookmarked. I have visions of a beautiful pink and black Martha-esque wedding. I love my hardworking man and can't wait to be his Mrs.

In 97 more days I go from being a widow to being a wife again. It feels strange and it scares the hell out of me, to be truthful. This will be #3. Yes, that's me, Three Time Loser. I joke about it and say that I'm like the Pittsburgh Steelers and won't quit till I have "one for the thumb" but in truth, it keeps me awake at night and give me great anxiety. I'm worried that I won't be a good wife and a good step mother. I'm worried that this relationship will fail. I'm worried that something bad will happen to my Sweetie and I'll be left alone again. I realize that I just need to have faith in him and me and in the situation and be confident that everything will work out the way it's supposed to. When I start to worry too much, I put in a CD with songs that will be played at our reception. This is one of my favorites. I prefer Jewel's version over John Hiatt's or Mandy Moore's.

When the road gets dark, And you can no longer see
Just let my love throw a spark, baby
Have a little faith in me
When the tears you cryAre all you can believe
Just give these loving arms a try, baby
Have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
When your secret heart, Cannot speak so easily
Come here darlin, From a whisper start
Have a little faith in me
When your back's against the wall Just turn around, you will see
I will catch ya, I will catch your fall
Just have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
Have a little faith in me
Well, I've been loving you forsuch a long, long time baby
Expecting nothing in return Just for you to have a little faith in me
You see time, time is ourf riend *for you and me*
Cause for us there is no end All you gotta do is have alittle faith in me
I said I will catch you ,I will catch your fall
Have a little faith in me
Hey baby, oh, baby
All ya gotta do is have a little faith in me

Thursday, May 28, 2009

All Grown up

I remember when my niece Jes was born. She had big blonde curls and loved all the colors of the rainbow. I remember the cute little frilly dresses and her grins filled with teeth that looked like white chiclets.
My sweet little girl is all grown up. She is now 17 years old, filled with a spirit of independence. Tonight, she will graduate from high school. She is ready to face the world as a full on college student. (She will be attending the same college I did. That just makes my heart sing!)
I am very proud of her and I wish her all the best. Go get em Jes. You'll be awesome!
Love you.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday Randomness

I don't have any specific thing to blog about today. Sorry. You get to follow my thoughts as they pop into my head today. lucky you!
I'm still on the search for a grill. I need a new one- BAD. I grilled a couple of RibEyes last night and only about half of the burners worked. :o(
It's graduation season. My niece is graduating next week. How did she grow up so fast? ACK! I guess that means we better get the new rooms on the house finished so she can move in and go to college.
Its also (shh!) swimsuit season. I am officially banning swimsuit season. Sorry for those of you who will be disappointed.
I did not watch American Idol this season. Not one show, even. But, I'm curious. Did you like the winner?
I also did not watch Dancing with the Stars. Again, did you like the winner?
I did however, watch a few episodes of Survivor. I'm glad that TJ won. He's a cutie.
80 deg. in Ohio. Today. Bring on the sunshine!
What random thoughts are you processing today?

Monday, May 18, 2009

I stole this post!

My friend Cook And Bottle Washer posted this on her blog and I liked it so much that I stole it and put it here.

# 22 is my favorite. Which one speaks to you?

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone...
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It's the most Wonderful time of the Year

Grilling and BBQ season! Woo Hoo? My motto is: "If it ain't smoked it could be better". Thank you Lord Jesus, for greasy hickory smoked pork but and St. Llouis Style ribs. Amen.
I have been on the hunt for a new propane grill. I know there is a lot of debate about propae or charcoal, but for me, propane is what works best, so that is what I use. Let me take a moment to pay homage to Hank Hill and his propane and propane accessories. I digress, sorry.
My grill is a 3 burner monster of a thing and it has been much loved and well used. It sits on my back porch, just outside my bedroom window, so when I smoke something my dreams are filled with the sweet smell of smoked meat. Mmmm- hmmm. Now, after 6 years, the burners are falling apart and the grates have lost thier porcelain grating and it's going to cost more to fix than to jsut buy a new one.
I want specific things in my grill and it's been difficult to find one that has everything. I want more than one burner, rotisserie capabilities, NO side burner, (waste of space!), stainless steel grill grates and I'm kind of jonesing for one of those new fangled infrared burner things but I'm willing to compromise. When I find just the right one, it will be a momentous occasion, to be celebrated properly. I'll keep you updated on my search. I'm open for suggetions or recommendations, so fire away!
This is one of my favorite sauces. I like it best on pork but it's awesome on chicken too. Try it and let me know what you think. If you're into grilled vegetables, go to The Food network site and look up Bobby Flay's grilled ratatouille recipe. Yum-o.

Chinese BBQ Sauce
1 c ketchup
3 ½ Tbs soy sauce
1 T liquid smoke (i don't use this)
¾ c brown sugar (i prefer dark brown sugar)
1 Tbs ground ginger (i use freshly grated)
3 cloves garlic, minced

In a med. sized sauce pan bring all ingredients to a low simmer. Stir often and cook until sugar is dissolved. Sauce is done when it become thick. Brush on chicken or ribs. Also good as a marinade.

What kind of grill do you have and what is your favorite thing to cook on it?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo! Ole!

It's Cinco de Mayo! (fifth of may, in case you aren't all bilingual and stuff)

Are you celebrating with margaritas and tacos?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I think I need to punch something....

Last week I went to pick up "the dress" at David's Bridal. Next door to the store is a very large Jo Ann's Fabrics and Crafts store so I stopped in just to see what they had that I can't live without. I bought this:

It is called a Squeeze Punch, and it was 40% off. It works great! If you like punches but the thought of pressing-slamming-hammering- put it in a vice- a standard punch makes you cringe, then these are the punches for you. It took very little effort to use. All you do is squeeze the handles together, much like pruning shears or scissors. The edges cut crisp and clean and there is no wierd little cage/window thing to hold the punched out piece inside the punch.

I highly recommend this to any card maker, paper crafter or scrapbooker. Give it a try. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

These photos make me happy and I don't know why

Sometimes the simplest things bring me great joy. Like these photos. They have no rhyme or reason behind them at all. They just make me smile every time I look at them.

Photo # 1
The photo up above was taken last August at a Columbus Clippers baseball game. (Hence, all the peanut carnage) Sweetie's daughter and I painted our toe nails matching blue. We also have on matching ankle bracelets. They were cool. Black metal coiled springs. It was a great day. The kidlets had never been to a baseball game before. Afterwards, the fans were allowed to run the bases. Girl Kidlet and I had to take off our shoes to run because they kept falling off. We held hands and ran those bases for all we were worth. The dirt was very cold, which I thought was strange. Boy kidlet was "too cool" to hold hands with us, so he went ahead of us. He said we were slow.

Photo # 2
This photo on the right was taken the day of my nephew's wedding, July 12, 2008. What makes that day stand out is that it was my wedding anniversary, and my husband was supposed to be the best man. When he died, nephew and his then fiancee asked if they should change their date. I said absolutely NOT. Let it be a day filled with happiness and joy. It was.
A lot of eyes were on me that day, to see if I was going to break down. I had my moment while we were getting ready and decorating everything. You see, Sweetie and I had been dating for not quite 2 weeks. He knew my story and told me that I did not need to be alone that day and came to the wedding with me. While we were decorating, church bells started ringing. For what ever reason, I was very affected by the sound. It was the saddest thing I had ever heard. I stood there and bawled my eyes out for a good 20 minutes and Sweetie, bless his heart, just stood there and held me and stroked my hair and said these words :"Cry all you need to. Let it out. I'm right here with you." It hurt him that I was hurting and he wanted to make it better, but he knew that it was something I had to feel...something I had to go through. I think it was one of the sweetest things anyone had ever done for me.
Enough of being melancholy...back to the fun stuff!
A lot goes on at weddings and it is easy to forget the details. This is what I clearly remember about that day:
It was HOT. Too hot for a fat girl in a bullet proof bra and chiffon.
It rained, which made it humid.
My shoes were dyed purple to match my dress, which was beautiful, BTW, and when we had to walk through puddles (the wedding was in a park) my toes turned purple from the dye.
The cupcakes were AWESOME!
The bride was beautiful.
And I clearly remember thinking, as they said their vows to each other : "Please don't ever let them take one minute with each other for granted"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Totally Random Tuesday Thoughts

It's Tuesday, folks. This week feels like it has lasted forever and it is only Tuesday. I'm run down, worn out and stretched thin. I'm in need of coffee, sleep and a vacation. At least that's my opinion on the subject.

It is raining in Ohio. It has been raining for 2 days and its supposed to rain tomorrow. I'm tired of the rain. It needs to be sunny. NOW. Thank you very much. I appreciate your cooperation.

Tax day is tomorrow. Have you filed yet? Don't be late. There's a penalty if you are. And the IRS isn't someone you want to mess with.

My niece's prom (hi jess!) is this weekend. She's a senior. It's her last one. The dress is beautiful. Maybe I shoudl start working on the alterations soon. Maybe.

Sweetie's mama made the yummiest ham for Easter dinner. I can't stop thinking (drooling) about it. I heart Sweetie's mama. She's cool.

Today is my friend's birthday. Happy Birthday to you!

My other friend is building a giant swing set/play ground in her backyard. It is neat. I want to play on it but I think I'm too big/old. Maybe not! :o)

I need to put gasoline in my car. Gas is $1.97 a gallon here. How about where you live?

Got any totally random thoughts of your own today? Share them!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Last Night I had the Strangest Dream

I sailed away to China, in a little Row Boat to China. You said you had to get your laundry clean.
No, not really, but I had a very strange dream last night. One of those "wake up and shake your head" kinds of dreams.
I dreamed that I had a massive amount of plastic surgery done on my face. I was all wrapped in bandages. When the bandages were removed, my face was so tight that I couldn't close my eyes. They were all stretched back and pulled tight, like when your Mama pulls your pony tails too tight and you can't blink.
People kept saying, "But Amy, you can't close your eyes!" To which I replied"I know, but don't I look good?"
Strange dream. Strange indeed.
But when I woke up, I was thinking, "Wow, what does that dream say about me?" Does it say that I'm so stuck on looking good that it doesn't matter that I can't even blink? Or does it say that my eyes need to be opened so that I can better observe my world around me? Or does it just say that I shouldn't have eaten a chicken taco an hour before I went to bed?

What is the strangest dream you have had lately?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Have you ever had a life changing moment? Something that continued to affect you years after it had happened? Something that made you re evaluate who you are, or what you do, or what you want out of life? I've had several, but I'm focusing on just one for today.
I remember a few, (ok, several- like nine) years ago just after I was divorced and was living with my cousin/BFF and her children that someone asked me "what makes you happy?" and I couldn't answer that question. It made me sad to realize that I was such a hot mess that I couldn't even define my own version of "happiness" I went home and cried about it and decided that I would indeed, one day be able to answer that question clearly, with out hesitation.

So, here I am, a few (ok, nine) years later and I'm still trying to figure it out. Some days I can tell you immediately what makes me happy. Some days it changes hourly. Some days, nothing on this good green earth makes me happy. I'm a work in progress. I can tell you this, I know that there are certain things that will make me happy no matter what kind of day I'm having or what my current mental state is. A hug from any one of my children, nieces or nephews is a sure fire happiness maker. I know that it's not usually big, giant things that make me happy, but rather, small, everyday kinds of things, like a text message from my son just saying hi, putting on my pajamas at the end of a long day, or someone telling me that I look nice or when my sweetie kisses my forehead. What makes me the happiest isn't something for "ME" at all, but seeing my friends and family members happy. THAT is the good stuff.

More importantly, I have learned what DOES NOT make me happy, and how to stay away from it. Things like that suck the life out of you and make you a bitter person.

What has someone asked you that made you re-evaluate yourself and has your answer stayed the same over the years?

Friday, April 3, 2009

10 things about me

1. Favorite Alcoholic Drink Vodka
2. Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink: Iced Tea
3. Favorite Place to Visit: any family member’s home
4. Favorite Breakfast Food: Eggs Benedict
5. Favorite Vehicle: Cadillac Escalade, pearl white
6. Favorite Fast Food Spot: Chipotle
7. Favorite Shoes: Anything with high heels
8. Favorite Sport: baseball or MMA, depends on my mood
9. Favorite Thing to do in my Free Time: Read
10. Favorite Snack/Junk Food: cookies in any shape or form

Now, tell me 10 things about YOU!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

For Those About to Rock...

I was in High School when the bubblegum pop phenomenon hit. New Kids on the Block, New Edition, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany...they were all the rage. Not for me however, I was a metal girl into Autograph, GNR, Metallica, Def Leppard and AC/DC. I was in L.O.V.E. with that Aussie School boy named after a breed of cattle- Angus Young. I don't know why, I just do. It's a force of nature or something. I can tell you this, I may not have been able to balance an equation in algebra but I knew that Angus played a 1969 Gibson SG standard guitar with his signature Humbucker bridge. Like this:

Don't know much about AC/DC you say? The band was founded in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcom. They were managed by Shania Twain's famous ex husband, Mutt Lange. Their singer, Bon Scott died in 1980 and the band paid tribute to their lost friend by making the album Back in Black with Brian Johnson as singer, which is one of the best selling albums of that genre in all time. It has gone Platinum 22 times. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Their latest album is titled Black Ice, which I got for my birthday from my Sweetie.

So, why am I tell you all of this? Because I heard on the radio this morning that today, March 31, is Angus Youngs's birthday.

Happy Birthday Angus. We salute you!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I bought this dress

Actually, I ordered it from David's Bridal. The nicest girl helped me and her name is Jennifer (Thanks Jen!) She fetched dresses in varying sizes and zipped and pulled and helped me pick colors and made suggestions and didn't even make a funny face when I told her that I needed a larger size.
Why do I need this dress you ask?
Because I am marrying my sweetie in September.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Amy Needs

I found this fun post on another blog that I can't remember the name of right now. Its fun. You should try it.
Go to your favorite search engine (I used google) and type in your first name and needs and see what comes up in the search. If you're a blogger, post your results on your blog.
Here are mine. I have to admit, I was kind of disturbed/mildy amused that almost every one was related to Amy Winehouse.

Amy needs
some help drinking
a lot apparently
a dentist
to find a home
a break
another cocktail
your support
a home
to remember that shes married
to buy plane tickets
a camera.

Tell me what you need today.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Go Green

We've all got a little Irish in our blood....
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I fought the law and the law won

Yesterday I had my very first ever experience in court. (not counting divorce court) I was arrested (GASP!) in January for Unlawful Entrustment, which is a violation of the Ohio Revised Code. I allowed Sweetie to drive my truck knowing he does not have a valid driver's license. On a very snowy, icy day, he wrecked the truck, flipping end over end and rolling 3 times before coming to a stop against a tree. Anyway, I was charged as a result. The possible punishment for this crime could be $1000 fine, 12 month license suspension and 90 days in the county jail. I've been stressed out and worried about the impending court hearing. Yesterday was my court date. My wonderful lawyer, David, got the penalty reduced to a $250 fine and 5 yrs. probation, during which time I can not have any traffic violations or the original penalty applies.

What surprised me about this event was the attire/state of dress/general appearance of the other defendants. Some even had house slippers and pajamas on! I was shocked!!!!

Anyway, I have always believed that when you have a lesson that you need to learn, it will present its self to you in a very unique and divine way. Imagine my surprise while reading The Pioneer Woman's Blog today I ran across another blog/website for Wild Olives Tee Shirts ( I found this bible quote from the book of James, Chapter 1 vs. 2-3:

Consider it Pure Joy, my brothers, when you face trials
of many kinds because you know that the testing
of your faith develops perserverance."
So, that has become my lesson learned for today. All of my stressing and worrying was helping me to have stronger faith and more perseverance.
Nevertheless, I've stopped speeding and have no desire to be arrested,or back in court, EVER. AGAIN.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Have you heard the ZBB?

Have you heard The Zac Brown Band? They are my new favorite thing. Chicken Fried has gotten a lot of airplay and their new single "Whatever It Is" is quickly becoming popular. I just bought the CD The Foundation yesterday at Wallyworld. It was only $11.88 and there isn't one song on it that I don't like. And, its in on eof those environmental friendly CD packages made of recycled cardboard instead of plastic.
The band's sound reminds me of James Taylor mixed with Jimmy Buffet on Bluegrass and a little Marty Robbins thrown in for good measure. It's fun, easy to listen to and just sounds good. I dare you to listen to "Where the Boat Leaves From" and not imagine having a fruity rum drink with a little umbrella in your hand, or to listen to "Sic Em on a Chicken" and not crack a smile. They do a great version of Jolene which is a Ray Lamontagne song.

If you've got $12 bucks in your pocket and you need a little smile on your face, I highly recommend buying this CD. At least download a couple from iTunes or

There's a place, where the boat leavesFrom
It takes away all your big problems
You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from
Take one part sand, and one part sea, one part shade of aBig palm tree
The drinks they're cold and the ladies are hot
And I know this is the place for me
So get away to where the boat leaves from
It takes away all of your big problems
You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from
See the problem is that you're down there
And there's a perfectly good island somewhere
Where a ride that floats and don't grab your coats
You won't need them where we are going
So get away to where the boat leaves fromI
t takes away all of your big problemsY
ou got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from
Pick me upOut on a boat that is huge
Pick me upI don't know how to do
Pick me upPut me downDown on the sand where it's cool
Put me downWhen I fall off my stoolPut me down
I'll just sleep there til morning comes around
With sunshine and ladies and pina colodas
And Bob Marley songs that are playing
There's a sound in my ear that I want you to hear
Soft tropical lips that are saying
Get away to where the boat leaves from
It takes away all of your big problems
You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pie, Pie, me oh my I love pie.

Have you seen the movie Michael, where Andie MacDowell sings a song she wrote about pie?
I love pie. Tender flaky crust wrapped around a sweet fruity or creamy filling Lawsy Get In My Mouth! I can't hardly stand it. I've never met a pie I don't like, (except for maybe humble pie and the pie I tasted at a baking contest 3 yrs ago that was so bad I actually spit it out.)

I love pie so much that I can't even pick a favorite, although Coconut Cream, Lemon Meringue and Pumpkin are very high on the list and if there is a from scratch black raspberry pie in the vicinity, bar the door Katie.

I almost had a wedding pies instead of a wedding cake when I was married the first time. (Apple and Pumpkin, it was Fall)

One of my favorite quotes is "Pie and Coffee is the third most impotant intersection a man can have with a woman" I don't know who said it but I like it.

I once received a very sincere proposal of marriage over a particularly delicious pecan pie that I made. (He moved on...I'll keep the pie, thanks.)

Anyway, back to the reason I am writing this post. I have a 20 lb. bag of apples in my kitchen and it is destined to become apple pies. So, I thought I would share my favorite recipe for the said Apple Pie. It originally came from my beloved Aunt Pat who, by the way, made the wedding cake that won out over wedding pie, loves coconut pie like I do AND makes a Custard Pie that I dream about. But I digress.

Aunt Pat's Apple Pie

You need crust for a double crust pie *see my note*

6 apples, more or less, how ever many it takes to fill your pie dish

1/3 cup applesauce

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup quick cooking tapioca

Make your crust however you like to make it. Put one crust into the bottom of a pie plate. Set aside. Peel and slice your apples. Put the slices into a bowl and add the apple sauce, sugar and tapoica. Mix together. dump into the pie crust.
Cover it all up with the other crust you already rolled out with your favorite rolling pin.
Pinch the edges together to make it pretty. Bake in a 350 overn for about a half an hour
or until the apple slices are cooked. I just stick the tip of a steak knife in the top of the
pie to see if its done.

*Note about Pie Crust*

Although I love to cook and bake it took me years to learn how to make really good pie crust. I've watched my mom make pies for years and her method, or her recipe, just didn't stick. So, finally my sister C taught me a few tips and tricks and I've been doing it that way ever since. I'm sorry, but I can't give you a recipe. I make pie crust by feel. However, I will tell you that Crisco shortening is a must, and if you add water it must be icy cold. My mother says Gold Medal Four is the best but I use what ever is on sale. If you simply can't master the art of making pie crust, store bought is fine. I know, I hear some people gasping, BUT Marie Callendar's pie crust that is found in the freezer section of the grocery store is THE. BEST. store bought pie crust I have ever eaten in my life, and I've eaten a lot of pie crust. It rivals home made and I admit, I've cheated and passed it off as my own. And, it comes in a handy dandy little metal pie pan, not one of those flimsy aluminum jobbies.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Finally Friday

It's Finally Friday Y'all and I am happy about it. Its been a good day and I'm tickeld about it. I'm even willing to overlook the dreary grey skies and 3/4 of an inch of rain that fell overnight and is still falling as we speak, and the cold temperatures that are going to come later.
The day started out wonderfully because I got to sleep in for an extra 45 minutes this morning. Then when I got to work my dear co worker and friend made breakfast for all of us. It was a scramble of eggs, sausage, (straight from his farm) onions, peppers and cheese and it was delicious. I keep asking him to marry me but I think his wife would woefully object. Then the boss brought in donuts to thank everyone for doing such a good job. (is it any wonder my ass is so big?) Then a good friend who I haven't talked to for a while called and chatted and we got to catch up for a bit. The kidlets are coming tonight and I don't have to work tomorrow. It might all go down the crapper in a minute but for now, I'm calling it a good start. What makes you happy on Friday?

Finally Friday by George Jones
I got a hundred dollars smokin' in my billfold
I know I oughta save it but it's burnin' a hole
Right through my pocket and into my skin
Come Monday morning I'll be broke again.
It's finally FridayI'm free again
I got my motor running for a wild weekend
It's finally FridayI'm outa' control
Forget the workin' bluesAnd let the good times roll.
I got a little sugar baby down the road
She's sittin' on a radio and rockin' on roll
We'll dance up a storm and later all night
We'll be workin' on doin' all the wrong things right.
It's finally FridayI'm free again
I got my motor running for a wild weekend
It's finally Friday I'm outa' control
Forget the workin' bluesAnd let the good times roll
Monday, I'll be hurtin with my head in a vice
Tuesday, I'll be wonderin' if I'll ever survive
Wednesday and Thursday, I'll be slowly tunin' in
Friday, I'll be revin' up my motor again.
It's finally FridayI'm free again
I got my motor running for a wild weekend
It's finally FridayI'm outa' controlForget the workin' blues
And let the good times roll.
It's finally FridayI got my motor running for a wild weekend
It's finally Friday Forget the workin' blues
And let the good times roll...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tax News

Stimulate me!

If you're interested in learning about President Obama's Making Work Pay Stimulus Plan, check out this website:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Will someone please tell Spring that we are tired of waiting?

Today is February 24th, 2009, year of our Lord, Amen. There are 24 days until the official first day of Spring, which is March 20th. It is supposed to be getting warmer, the grass is supposed to be getting greener. Robins are supposed to be migrating back north. I'm ready to plant flowers and sit on my porch swing with a big old glass of iced tea.

When I woke up this morning the temperature was a whopping 10 degrees. In addition to being c.o.l.d. I was not a happy camper! I'm tired of snow and cold.

So, if you happen to see Spring lurking around somewhere, would you tell him (or her, what ever the case may be) to hurry it up? The Ohioans need to thaw out.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Something I must know

Is it just me, or does does country singer Jason Michael Carrol look like the lost brother of Hanson? You be the judge:

Taylor, Isaac and Zac
Jason Michael

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Things that are on my desk

I readily admit that my desk and my office are a MESS. I have paper and folders everywhere and the floor needs swept. While I was looking at my organized (HA!) chaos this morning I realized that I have some strange, out of place things on my desk so I thought I would share them with you. If I knew how to upload photos, I would post a photo of it, but I don't, so I won't.

I have:
A Bob Marley "Survival" CD
Tax instructions
A Harlequin Secret Romance Book
Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine
A half full coffee cup
A packet of ketchup
A check
A bottle of lotion
A business card for a Mary Kay consultant
A toothbrush (wouldn't my dentist be proud?)
A golf ball
A sketch of my next tattoo
AND...a yard of red taffetta ribbon.

Is it any wonder that I never get anything done?

What is on your desk?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

I'm a mildly superstitious person, but not in the normal sense. I believe in strange superstitions. I NEVER put shoes on a table and I NEVER rock an empty rocking chair. It's bad luck at a baseball team if you get up to go to the bathroom when your team is at bat. I don't know where I picked those up but I did.

In honor of Friday the 13th, I'm posting some Stevie Wonder Lyrics.

Hope you don't have any bad luck today, Watch out for black cats, don't walk under any ladders or break any mirrors. And throw some salt over your shoulder , just to be safe.

Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.
When you believe in things that you dont understand,
Then you suffer,Superstition aint the way
Very superstitious, wash your face and hands,
Rid me of the problem, do all that you can,
Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin strong,
You dont wanna save me, sad is my song.
When you believe in things that you dont understand,
Then you suffer,Superstition aint the way, yeh, yeh.
Very superstitious, nothin more to say,
Very superstitious, the devils on his way,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin glass,
Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past
When you believe in things that you dont understand,T
hen you suffer,Superstition aint the way, no, no, no


Check out this website for some fun and funky superstitions

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Letter to a Loved One

February 11, 2009

Dear Mark,

It has been one year ago today that I lost my best friend, my biggest cheerleader and my husband. The best part of me went with you. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you or miss you or wish you were here. I tried to save you, I truly did. I would have given anything at that moment for you to open your eyes and draw another breath.
If I had only known that morning what was to come, I would have done a million and one things differently. But, how were either of us to know that a bowl of oatmeal would be your last meal, or that you singing to the dogs would be the last thing I would remember, or that “Bye mommy, see you later, love you” would be the last thing you would say to me?
Planning your funeral was the most bizarre and painful thing I have ever had to do. How was I supposed to know what kind of flowers to choose, or what to have the minister say? How was I supposed to pick out the clothes you would wear for the very last time? I remember saying to Mitchell, “What can I bear to part with?” As I got ready to go to the funeral I looked in the mirror and thought, “This is like getting ready for a last date, instead of a first date.”
I clearly remember thinking to myself, “How and I ever going to survive this year?” Well, this has truly been the year I wasn’t myself. I wonder if you would even recognize the person I’ve become. There have been times when I was stronger than I ever thought I could be and there were times that I felt so broken and shattered that I couldn’t even function. I wonder if you would be proud of me for surviving or if you would be disappointed in the choices I’ve made.
It is a great comfort to me to look at your ashes. Troy told me that if the time ever comes when I’m ready, that he knows the exact spot to spread them. He said you always called that place on the Licking River “magical”. I hope you forgive me if that time never comes.
I don’t know how much more I can say. Just please know this: You are missed deeply by me, your pets, your family, and your friends. We were all touched by your presence and we are all affected by your absence. Thank you for being such a wonderful influence.
I hope that you are having lots of good blue days filled with big sacks and limits.
Amy Jo

I don't ever want to feel like I did that day.
Take me to the place I love, take me all the way

Monday, February 9, 2009

My beautiful, thin, fun friend Diana often posts song lyrics on her blog
( and last week she had Everyone’s Free to wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrman. Personally, I think this is a wonderful bit of wisdom. If you’ve never heard/read it before, check out her blog.
I was in a strange emotional place when I read this and it got me to thinkin’. (Why, yes, I DO speak hillbilly. Thanks for asking) I have lived a thousand lives in my lifetime and have been through more than most people can ever even imagine, and I have learned from it and it has changed me. If I could offer up for the whole internet to read bits of indispensable wisdom that I have learned in my 37 and a half year journey, what would I say? (I know, I had a similar post a month ago. I’m doing it again. Sorry. I warned you that I was in a strange emotional place.) So, this is what I would say:

Have at least one friend that you know you can count on for anything, at anytime. If you’re lucky, you’ll have two.
Have at least one close friend of the opposite sex.
Don’t waste your time or someone else’s. Be efficient.
Sometimes, doing nothing is what you need to be doing.
Never underestimate the power of great sex.
If you find something you enjoy, ENJOY IT!
When you do something, do it all the way.
Dance every chance you get, even if it is in your very own kitchen.
Visit New York City at least once.
Have a pet, and make them part of your family.
Accept compliments and criticisms graciously.
Sometimes you need to argue with your significant other, just so you can make up.
Buy yourself expensive lingerie and wear it.
Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Things that keep you awake worrying at 3 am won’t be changed by the worrying or the lack of sleep.
Never try to change someone else. You won’t have the time or the energy to do it and they won’t change anyway.
Look at every opportunity – good or bad- as a unique possibility to learn something.
Be goofy every once in a while.
Things that can’t be bought with money are PRICELESS.
Take what you do seriously but never take yourself seriously. It makes you old.
Things have a way of working themselves out. Let them.
Trust that you are where you need to be.
Laugh out loud in public.
Learn how to ASK for help, and how to ACCEPT it.
Say no, and mean it.
Celebrate the small things and make ordinary things special
Make memories every chance you get because some day they are all you will have.
Write REAL letters, with paper and an envelope, or send someone a card in the mail.
Hug children with both arms and don’t be the first person to let go.
Listen with your eyes and your ears.
Learn how to balance your checkbook, change a tire, install a light fixture, unclog a drain and cook at least one fantastic meal.
At least once in your life, spend $100 on a meal and don’t feel bad about it.
Never ever feel bad for eating birthday cake, especially if it is your own.
Have a porch swing and sit in it often.
Take bubble baths.
And finally….LOVE.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The End of a Very Long Week

Have you noticed that I haven't posted anything for a while? Long story, but, it's Friday and am I ever glad about that. Its been a long and trying week and I'm ready for it to be over. My sweetie was in a car accident and ended up in a trauma care unit due to a head injury. I was given a lovely blue citation from the nice folks at the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It's cold and snowy. Work is nuts. I'm tired of dealing with idiots. And did I mention, I'm tired of dealing with idiots?

But on the bright side, the temperature is supposed to rise, the kidlets are coming tonight and we have been missing them badly. We didn't see them last week because of the accident. I get a day off on Sunday (my first day off since Jan 4).

Warning, I'm about to digress for a second....
Last week I was visiting some of Sweetie's family with him and they have a sweet little baby who I am just stupid-in-love with. I would be perfectly content with doing nothing but sitting and holding that baby for hours on end. It occurred to me, while I was doing just that, that it is so strange that everything can be up ended and chaotic all around you and all it takes is one small thing to shift your focus and give a new purpose to your stress filled life.

So, this Sunday morning, I am going to make breakfast for my kidlets and we are going to sit around in our pajamas and eat pancakes with whipped cream and blueberry syrup and then we will cuddle up on the couch with a dog and a blanket and watch SpongeBob until I can feel every ounce of intelligence run out of my brain, and I am going to have my focus shifted.

I wish there was a way to bottle that feeling up.

What shifts your focus when you're stressed out?
Post Script
Sweetie is recovering nicely and should be able to return to work next week. The vehicle was a total loss but the insurance company has been fantastic.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This may surprise you

I love to cook and bake. I own hundreds of kitchen gadgets that have been left to suffer in my cluttered kitchen drawers. But, the one thing I have NEVER owned is an electric can opener. NEVER. Nor do I want one. Sweetie has offered to buy me one, but I'm not sure if its because he thinks I'm deprived, or if its because he despises my can opener. At one time, I even had a vintage hang on the wall contraption with a hand crank that I bought at a flea market. It was WAY cool. Wish I still had it. Even in this hurry up and rush around world of wonderful technology, I honestly don't want an electric can opener.

This is what I own:

It is a smooth edge can opener from Pampered Chef. They are $17.50 and can be ordered from I've had mine for about 10 years now and I love it. It has opened literally hundreds, maybe even thousands, of cans. I know that I have to turn the little handle exactly 12 times to get a lid open. I know that there is a slight flat spot on the roller that causes it to get stuck sometimes. Its getting a little worn out and I'm thinking of buying a new one.

I went to my parent's house a couple of weeks ago and made dinner and when it came time to open up some cans of vegetables, I had to get my Dad to open them because I don't even know how to use an electric can opener. My family thinks I'm strange and that it's funny. Glad I can bring such entertainment into their lives.

Last night I was at my parent's again to make dinner and I successfully used the electric opener, ALL. BY. MYSELF. It has been decided: I still prefer mine.

What kitchen gadget do you enjoy using that others might not?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sleigh Ride

"Just hear those slepgh bells jinling, ring-ting-tingling too, Come on it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you" sings Johnny Mathis.

If you read my previous posts you know that we have snow in Ohio. SO, I ordered sleds from for thekidlets. If you've been to any of the local MART stores, you know that sleds cost upwards of $30. These were less than $15 each. (One was only $10.95) Even with shipping I spent less on three sleds than I would have for just one at the store. They arrived yesterday. I'm so excited!

This is what I ordered:

The one on the left is a blow up type thing, shaped like a peanut with low places for "seats" The one on the right is a rigid styrofoam thing, much like a surfboard with a highly polished bottom. It is a FAST sled.
I got called in to work last night but when I got home at 9:30, I opened the box, took a sled and went outside, dress clothes and all, and threw myself down the hill in my front yard. It was fun! I'm not sure what my neighbors thought of it but I really didn't care. I looked like I was smuggling SnoKones in my cleavage. I begged Sweetie to come outside and play with me but he wouldn't do it. He said that he was "old and fragile". When that excuse didn't work he said he was "warm and cuddly". That didn't work either. The he said "Baby, it's 10:00 at night!" I told him he was a big sissy. (actually, I used a different word that ends in -ssy. You can figure it out. )That's OK. I don't care if I am 37 years old. I'll dress in layers. I'll have someone to play with when the kidlets get here this weekend. He can stay in and be warm if he wants to.
Get outside and do something fun. Stop acting your age and go sledding with your kids. Build a snowman. You'll have fun. I triple dog dare you!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Snow Update

I don't have a "real" blog post today, but I wanted to let you know we got 5 inches of that wretched white stuff and it is a whopping 6 degrees outside. I won't even tell you about the windchill. Let's just say all of the brass monkeys stayed home today.

Bundle up, stay warm and don't go out if you don't have to.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just say no to snow!

They (whoever "they" are) say, "If you don't like the weather in Ohio, just wait five minutes and it will change" That right there is some truth told, let me tell ya. I swear, this state is the only place you can use your snow tires, windhsiled wipers and the sunroof all in one day.

True to form, the weather is changing and I don't like it, not one bit. I'm having a temper tantrum and stomping my foot about it. Snow is on its way from some arctic region north of here and the temperatures are dropping. Fridays high is 4 degrees. 4!? That isn't even a temperature! BRR! Please bring me balmy, sunny weather. I'd be forever indebted.

Being the native Ohioan that I am, I'm going to make the best of it. There is plenty of firewood. I'm putting the flannel sheets back on the bed. I'll dress in layers. I have plenty of hot cocoa in the cupboard and I'm going to go buy sleds for the kidlets. I hope it isn't too cold for them to play outside. If it is, I guess I'll have to get my butt kicked playing Pictureka.
Whatdo you like to do when its cold outside?

Monday, January 12, 2009

20 questions....

Let's play! Copy and paste this into your blog and answer the questions yourself.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Planned a funeral.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? My 2008 resolution was to obey the speed limit. It worked for about a month. For this year it is to stop using the phrase G*d D**n. I’m a work in progress.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes. My husband died in Feb. later that year, 6 more people I was very close to all died within a month of each other.
5. What countries did you visit? No countries, but I did go to Missouri.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Mental stability, sense of self. 7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 2-11-08 It’s the day my world changed forever. It’s even tattooed on my back. 5-26-08 is the day I totaled my car.7-4-08 is a good one, too, along with 12-25-08.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I began teaching classes.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not being able to keep track of things. Important things.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Oh, my, yes. I lost my voice in March, broke my finger in November, and in between all that there was too much to keep track of.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Board Games for the kidlets.
12. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My trip to Missouri.
13. What song will always remind you of 2008? Want To, by Sugarland
14. What do you wish you’d done more of? Appreciating what I have right here, right now.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying.
16. Did you fall in love in 2008? Many times!
17. What was the best book you read? Sisters
18. What was your favorite film of this year? Wanted. Not because it was a particularly good movie, but because it was the first date for me and my sweetie.
19. Who did you miss? My husband, my grandma, my friend Jim. I miss my kids every day.
20. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. You can’t waste a single day. NOT. ONE.

This is REVERB

I REVERB, do you?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Once my newphew asked me what my favorite food was. I toldhim I hve two: spaghetti, and hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. He laughed hysterically and I didn't understand why. He told met hat I like "broke food" - the stuff you eat when you can't afford anything else. That was several years ago and my tastes haven't changed. I LOVE mac and cheese in any way, shape or form and at any time of day. Now, don't get me wrong, I love a perfectly grilled chicken breast with a balsamic reduction wth oven roasted baby vegetables. I can be as gourmet as anyone, but when I want comfort food, I turn to mac and cheese.

Today for breakfast at work I had a cup of Kraft Easy mac. I nuked that sucker in the microwave and was happy.

Have you ever tried Easy Mac?

What is your favorite food?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


It's cold, dreary and rainy. I'm tired. I have a lot to get done today. So, those, gentle readers, are the reasons why this post is going to be full of randomness.
Amyisms are things that I say that sometimes don't really make a lot of sense. They come from some deep seated strangeness inside my psyche, or maybe from The Man in the Flaming Pie (that is a Beatles reference, in case you didn't know.) Maybe its some kind of defect in my DNA because my regifting sister L mixes words up. (bay hale, carchoal)

These are some of my more frequent Amyisms. Feel free to use them at your own whim.

"You can put boots in an oven but that don't make 'em biscuits" (this phrase was actually spoken by the G-Man, Gerald Swingle during a bass tournament, but I made it mine)

"I'm about to fall down on you" (This is a refernce to the movie Falling Down, meaning I'm about to lose it.)

"We are going to have a Come to Jesus meeting!"

"Its gonna be all bad for someone." This is usually paired up with "Someone is about to have a bad day."

"I don't have kids of my own to beat." I used to tell my nieces and nephews this all the time. They thought it was funny when they were little. They still think it's funny now that they are grown.

"Get to gettin'!" (The translation for this is HURRY FASTER)

"I'm lobbying for an Amy Jo lane." I drive fast and think everyone else should, too. But they don't. Someday I will start a petition to have my very own amy Jo lane on the highway where only people who actually go the speed limit can drive.

"This is like trying to sort cats" used to describe a difficult task.

So, tell me, what -ism do you have?

Friday, January 2, 2009

You say you want a Resolution...

It's the new year and everyone and their brother is making resolutions. I think that resolutions are less about reaching a goal and more about changing yourself, so I always make strange resolutions...never "I'm going to lose 10 lbs." or "I'm going to be more organized". I think about ONE thing about me that I really want or need to change, and I give it a go. My resolution last year was to obey the speed limit. (It worked for about a month.) One year it was to be nicer to my sisters. (I was) another year it was to keep my check book balanced all the time. (I was good about 80% of the time)

So, I've been thinking about what I want to change. There are a lot. I want to be a more patient person.(you can stop laughing now) I want to be more tolerant. I want to be more appreciative of the little things. I want to learn how to let go of stressful things. I want to learn how to actually live my life, not just fill my time with busy work. I want to find out who I REALLY am, and what I REALLY like. Some are going to take more work than others. Some things I will be successful. Some things I will fail miserably. That's OK. What I'm truly hoping for is that the process...the being aware of it, making a concerted effort, recognizing it...will make me a better person and that the people who love me will see it.

But, on the smaller scale, I've decided to try and stop using a particular swearing phrase. Not so successful so far, but I'm working on it. I've got 363 days to get it.

What are you hoping for in 2009?