Sunday, May 30, 2010
I can't believe this day has arrived. I truthfully thought it never would. I never pictured my sweet little boy graduating from High School and going off to college. I'm not ready. I never prepared for it. I thank God for every day I have with him, but I'm kind of in denial.
Thursday night was his Baccalaureate Mass at the Cathedral. That is him with the black collar processing out of the church in the video. And yes, he did wink at me. We weren't supposed to take pictures or video....but I couldn't help it. We can purchase the DVD of that and the graduation, but I wanted a little something NOW!!!!
After the main part of the mass, the Principal stood up and gave out the academic awards. My friend and I laughed and consoled each other because our boys didn't get any. Then they called all the names of the kids who were on the high Honor Roll. They were called in alphabetical order. When we got past my friends' last name, I'm sorry to say, I was glad that we'd still be in the same boat! But then, miracle of miracles, Ryan's name was called. I can't tell you how proud that made me. I only cried a little bit. I think I'm saving it all up for the actual graduation.
I'll leave you with what I wrote to him in his yearbook:
Congratulations Ryan! It has been a joy to watch you grow into the incredible young man you have become. Eighteen years has gone by so fast. You have worked hard, but still managed to keep your sense of humor. Wherever life takes you, always remember that we love you!
-Mom, Dad, Sis*, & Bro*
*names changed to protect the innocent
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I have a friend I’ve known since childhood and I’ve been spending a lot of time with her lately. She has a brother I’ve known just as long, and that whole family lives within minutes of each other. Her brother is one of those Don Juan guys. Macho and a real ladies’ man. My girlfriend and I were working on her computer and here comes Mr. Don Juan… face contorted in pain, labored breathing, hunched over and limping. “Your daughter just hit me in the nut sac with a shoe!”
We knew we shouldn’t, but we just couldn’t help ourselves. We were laughing so hysterically that my girlfriend’s husband came to see what the hell was going on. Between snorts, I asked Don Juan if I could get him a bag of frozen peas or something. He declined, and then claimed that “it” wasn’t going to work for at least two weeks. It may as well be a lifetime for him.
I really like this guy. He’s incredibly fun, funny and the sort of person people like to be around. Which is why I wonder what makes me want to terrorize him and enjoy his pain. We got on to a crowded elevator yesterday and for no reason whatsoever, I said to him, “It smells like someone farted. Did you fart?” Instead of being embarrassed, he told the rest of the elevator, “She ripped a big one just before we got on and it probably came in with her”.
I fear I have met my match. I borrowed a shirt from him and wore it for hours (in Hollywood) before I realized the back of it said, “I’m not a doctor, but I’ll take a look.”
Friday, May 28, 2010
Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.
My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years old and we don't know where the hell he is.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.
Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate...(I really love this one)
I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they'll say, 'Well, she looks good doesn't she.'
If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years ...... just getting over the hill.
We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
but where does one start
this blog does have have a life of its own
it continues on no matter the circumstances
i have been so preoccupied with the life given to me
the blog for me as been neglected
you all have held it up
allowed it to flourish daily
tina in her ~sweetpea~ way always making sure
blogs are there for everyday publish
when i check the blog each night she has them all
scheduled and ready to go
so for me not to worry
all in her ~sweetpea~ way
and all of you writing away and sending them
off to her and all just to keep us together
there were so many who doubted us
thought we would never make it
took this blog as a joke
dismissed it as just a bunch of crazies
writing about sweet nothings
a group is so hard to sustain the personalities are many
some good days and some bad days
our group survives
we each pick up where one has left off
we group together
we proved to all the doubters
that we are real
so very many thank you's
just so many
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
A Time to BeLEEive!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Hollie from work asked me if I had seen the scrubbing bubbles video. I had no idea what she was talking about. She found it on youtube and Janice and I watched it. We cracked up. Now at work, when we just want a laugh, or the stress is getting to us, we all chant, "Loofah! Loofah! Loofah!" I hope you get a chuckle out of this, too!~
Update 5:19am MT:
I just saw this video....and I had to share~ omg!!!~
And I really don't think this guy has EVER seen anything like this!~ lol~
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Things that my daughter made mean a lot to me. She has always made cute handmade mementos. In the picture above are three of them. The middle one is the latest thing she made. She made it for Mother's Day and it says, "Mothers hold their child's hands for a short while but their hearts forever." She did this one with her "Little" in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Her "Little" made one for her Mom, too.
The one on the right is one she made for me when she was probably ten or eleven. I still use it! It is well worn but the "Mommy" has held up well over the years. It also has stars and hearts around it too. :D
The one on the left is one she made to commemorate her first trip as an adult. She and her girlfriend drove to Cocoa Beach and they each made one to remember their trip. The souvenir reminds me of the anxiety I had worrying about her during that trip...haha.
I have quilts from when I was a baby and I have crocheted blankets my grandmother made for me and for my kids. I have lots of clothes my mom made. I have a cross stitched bird I made for my grandmother. I got it back after she died and it hangs in my kitchen.
My Mom makes Memory Bears. She takes an item of clothing from the person that has passed and makes it into a bear. This can be treasured for years by the loved one. She has even made one in flannel to represent my grandfather. She puts a picture of the loved one on the front in a handmade frame. The saddest one she did was of a baby boy. The Mom had her made a bear out of his baby blanket.
Do you have handmade things that you have had for years? If so, who made them and what makes them important to you? Are there any handmade things that you like to make and give to people? What is your one most treasured homemade item...whether you made it or you got it? I can't wait to hear your stories. :D
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
You may not drive a black car on Sundays.
It is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
It is illegal to mistreat rats in Denver, Colorado.
New Jersey Crazy Law
It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.
You may not slurp your soup.
Automobiles are not to pass horse drawn carriages on the street.
It is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
Utah Crazy Law
It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon. You can have them, but you just can't detonate them.
Birds have the right of way on all highways.
It is against the law to fish from horseback.
When a person reaches the age of 50, he/she can then marry their cousin.
It is considered an offense to hunt whales.
California Crazy Law
Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
Many animals are illegal to own as pets, including snails, sloths, and elephants.
Bathhouses are against the law.
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
Women may not drive in a house coat.
It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
Arizona Crazy Law
You may not have more than two dildos in a house.
Hunting camels is prohibited.
Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
Monday, May 17, 2010
So, it's a Saturday night and Mr. B doesn't want to go out. I have had a busy day, but I am BORED! I mentioned this on FB and Ms. Tina suggested I write a blog. Okay, good suggestion, and I have been meaning to write about this anyway. My topic: Diet Coke and Crackers!
I personally could live on these two items alone. Of course, since I have lost weight and made healthy choices, a lot of people ask me why I don't give up the diet sodas. Well, I really like them! Also, I don't drink coffee so I always have a diet coke in the morning to get my caffeine fix. Really, do I have to give up everything!!?!!...
As far as crackers, I just love saltines. I buy the "hint of salt" Premium Carckers or the unsalted tops Kroger brand. I like the Hint of Salt a lot better, but only a couple of stores carry them so when I go to a store that doesn't, I have to buy the lowest sodium ones possible. My mom has high blood pressure and I never want to have it, so hence the low salt diet.
I don't know why I love these two foods, but they are important in my life. I NEED them. They are my comfort foods and they taste so good together!! What comfort foods are a must in your life? Is there any food combinations that are really a must for you? Do you have any foods you feel for sure that you could live off of if you had to?
So, if I ever had an emergency like Carol, I wouldn't want chocolate. I would want a diet coke and a sleeve of crackers! Haha....
Thanks Tina for suggesting I do something really productive with my Saturday night. :D
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
As usual, on the way to the doctor, Dad did what he always does. He talked. Nonstop! I still can't get used to it because he was always such a quiet man. He usually talks about what's worrying him the most, and it's usually a family member. This time, he talked about the side effects of the chemo. His hands and feet are pealing and hurt like no tomorrow, his feet and ankles are way swollen, and he has a bad rash. I didn't want to seem insensitive because I've never had to go thru what he is, but I couldn't help but think, "Dang, dad........it could be worse!"
I asked him how he was sleeping. He said that he was back sleeping in his own bed, and actually sleeping rather well. Before, on the chemo pills, he hardly slept at all unless he slept on the couch. I asked him if he had any pain in his bones. He said that all that had gone away. Before, he was constantly telling us about this pain or that pain.....in his ribs, shoulder, or back. Of course we all took that very seriously because of the kind of cancer he has.
After his doc appointment, he had to go for his chemo. I waited for him and, hours later, when he came out, he was his usual self, raring to go and wanting out of there. Even before we got to the car, he was telling me that he has it so good and it could be so much worse. He told me about this very thin woman and how they had so much trouble finding a vein to give her the chemo. There was another woman in her 80's who had heart problems and diabetes on top of cancer. In his words, "She was a mess! They didn't even want to give her the meds because they were worried about her heart. They should just take her out back and......" I asked him, ".....and?" He didn't answer me, but I knew what he meant. This was my in to tell him what I thought. I told him that yes, it could be so much worse and as weird as it is to say, he's lucky. It's a very strange thing to say to someone with cancer and a broken neck, but had my dad become paralyzed, I don't think he'd ever consider chemo. He wouldn't be able to stand not being able to get around. It would have killed him.
So now when I wake up with a back ache, or remember that I have seizures, I think, "My God! That's nothing!" There are people with broken backs or those that wear helmets because their seizures aren't under control. I have to remind myself that it can always be worse and thank God for what I do have!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Connections change our world. With Facebook I am able to be in contact with people that were at one time just a fond memory. It is so nice to connect with people that have helped build who I am or I have help build part of their history. Also “Missed Connections”, like on Craig’s list or other sites make it easy to reconnect again today than it ever was before. Is there such a thing as two ships passing in the night anymore?
There is a commercial on television right now that shows a president being inaugurated and it flashes back in time to a man on a train platform and he sees a girl and changes his ticket on his quick wonderful phone to get a seat beside her. That caused me to reflect about how one connection leads to another which can ultimately be the person you spend your life with.
This mental journey leads me to one of my favorite poems:
Reason, Season, or Lifetime
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
My favorite line besides the “Reason, Season & Life” is this: “friendship is clairvoyant”. Clairvoyance is defined as the power or faculty of discerning objects not present to the senses and ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception. What makes me realize that someone is important? What makes us want to make it a “Lifetime” rather than a reason or a season? Is it something within us or is it something more? Are some people more predisposed to want one of the three – Reason, Season or Life? Do we need all three?
When writing this blog, I thought to myself there are really three blogs here…one about making connections, one about keeping connections and one about missed connections.. I would love to hear y our stories of your connections… Have you missed any and then found them? Have you had people come back into your life again and been very happy for it? Do you think that it should be “it is what it is”.. and people should move on? I always have hope for more, not sure why, but I do. Do you mind being two ships passing in the night?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
However.....I can say....
I am overworked, I am tired, I am angry, I am bloated, I need chocolate every minute of every day and my stash is gone and I don't have time to get to the store since I am working 12 hr days. To top it all off, its freezing here in NJ, the weather is awful.
In keeping with having a daily blog, this will have to do.
And on I go....
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A friend at work told me about Matt's video. I thought she meant Matt Lauer, so I looked for the video online and was disappointed at first when I found out it wasn't the same Matt. After watching it, I couldn't help but smile and even gasp at some of the shots. This is Matt's second dancing video. He was traveling in Asia when his friend gave him the idea to dance while he video taped it. He ended up filming at several different spots and put it on youtube. It came to the attention of Stride gum who asked him to travel once more around the world and film himself dancing that horrible dance. Who wouldn't say yes to a request like that? There is a third video on his website and he's got an idea for a fourth in the works. I hope you like it as much as I did.
Monday, May 10, 2010
As many of you know, I walked the Pegasus Parade for the Center for Women & Families on Thursday before coming to Chicago to meet all of you. The Pegasus Parade is the official parade of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Kentucky Derby Festival is the two weeks of activities that precede the Kentucky Derby on the First Saturday in May. The Center decided this year to participate for the first time and I was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer!
The Center for Women and Families is Louisville’s shelter for anyone who may need an escape or safe haven from a domestic situation. Also, they help any victims of sexual violence. They do so much good for the community. I work as a hospital advocacy volunteer. I go to the hospital when someone needs to have a representative from the center to coordinate assistance and be a general support to the victim.
It was a really long day in the hot sun. I arrived at the Center at 1:00 and we didn’t hit the parade route until after 6 p.m.! We were through by 7:30 or so. While we were waiting for our spot in the parade I was able to pet the dogs from the Humane Society and talk to a lot of people.
We had to do a short routine and I will admit I was not very good at it. We all had trouble though when we got in front of the cameras. The music started unexpectedly and we were all over the place..but not a single person cared. We all laughed about it on the way back to the Center.
While we were walking that parade almost all of us had a touching moment. – by either a child pointing to us and telling their Mom..”look there’s the Center!”, Or women holding up a fist and saying thank you, or whole sections of the crowd bursting out in a small roar when we went by. This really made you realize how many lives the Center has touched. It was to say the least, inspiring!
The group consisted of a group of cheerleaders, volunteers and Center employees. Many of the Center employees said they saw people that had been through the Center. After the parade, the Center Director said thank you and we basked in the true happiness we felt. I am so glad I did it and would do it again in a minute!
Have you or any of your family ever walked in a parade?
Sunday, May 9, 2010
We love ourselves and others.
There is no sky we'll ever see
Not lit by that first love.
Stripped of love, the universe
Would drive us mad with pain;
But we are born into a world
That greets our cries with joy.
How much I owe you for the kiss
That told me who I was!
The greatest gift--a love of life--
Lay laughing in your eyes.
Because of you my world still has
The soft grace of your smile;
And every wind of fortune bears
The scent of your caress.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Turns out I had unfounded worries. I met a group of fantastic people who welcomed me warmly with big hugs, kisses and smiles. As the first day turned into two and then three and everyone arrived I was struck by how caring these people were. Dianne who would scan the room and make sure she acknowledged everyone there, Mary with her Mingos and chocolate chip cookies she baked and carried on the plane. Jodi dragged Spotted Cow beer and homemade potato salad for all of us to enjoy and made it to Chicago with it still chilled even with all of her car misadventures.
Just/Lin and Sacbarb taking care of me by being my back up memory and excusing my travel burps and butt. Sacbarb with her never ending suitcase full of things we might need. She packs everything and guess what it all came in handy. Whabby taking his time with all of these excited crazy women, showing up and surprising us all and giving us his gentle welcoming smile.
Goldie and Mr. Goldie playing host and host-est with the most-est in their room with no hesitation. Mr. Goldie our charming bartender and food server always checking to see if we were allright or needed a refill. He also warned us to travel together and take care of each other. Goldie laughing and teasing, with her the conversation never flagged. Bebbi jumping in to organize our food orders keeping us on track and double checking that she had the list right. I say thank goodness for that because I am the worst at this task ever and usually end up with something missing.
Carol took the care in finding a Hotel that we could all meet setting up the reservations for dinner and when she arrived worried that we were happy with it all. Her smile that made you feel wrapped in a hug and above all worried about our comfort. Mo showed up bearing food too! Divine cheese and summer sausage with her laugh and quick wit so sensitive to others.
Tina, our quiet one. Not sure really what is running through your mind most of the time, but you were there in a pinch picking up many at the airport shuttling them to the hotel, including me. Being there when I called in a semi panic from Ohare when my flight was delayed you went into care mode and called Janice and tried to find a way to avoid my missing my connection in Minneapolis. It didn't work, but it was comforting that you were on the other end of the line trying to make things easier.
Even when I talked to Zona and Shirley on the phone they were excited and wanted to know about everyone but I kept hearing are you having fun? Are you comfortable? Are you enjoying yourself?
Care takers everyone of you. Always looking out for the other and taking the time to worry about someones feelings and comfort. To me this is what keeps floating in my mind and made this trip so memorable. How lucky am I that I met you?
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I got to the airport really early. I had a nice salad for lunch and the plane arrived twenty five minutes early so they did pre-boarding early too. When I got on I sat down in the front row on the left. I wanted to be able to get out fast when I got home because Mr. B was coming to pick me up and I didn’t want to make him wait too long.
When I sat down there was an older man at the window and a younger man in the aisle seat. I know that people are always disappointed when someone takes their “extra” middle seat so I felt a little guilty. I didn’t realize the seats in the front row had no under storage so I had my bags under my legs. The flight attendant had me put them up in the overheard which was fine. I was really glad that we were going to get off on time and then the last minute this girl comes on….
The first thing I hear is, “I need a bloody mary”, and around the corner she appears, this girl who was young and very pretty but definitely disheveled. She was small and cute and had what looked like mascara running down her face. She smelled of alcohol and went to the back of the plane. Everyone in the front really took notice and eyebrows went up and there were a few comments about how she really needed her bloody mary. We laughed because we all thought she was a drunk flier. So the flight attendant is preparing us to depart and guess who holds up the show??...yep, you guessed it..
“Bloody Mary Girl” was in the restroom and the flight attendant had to get on the speaker and tell her to find her seat. It was one of those situations when you just shake your head and really wonder about people. So, the younger man beside me was really nice and we started talking. We joked about bloody mary girl and he was very kind and flirting with me. He told me I looked 35 and that really made me laugh. But we had a good laugh over Bloody Mary Woman.., he would look back and see what was going on. So, after our delay we got up in the air fine and we went through the 58 minute flight, it went by fast with Mr. Flirty Thirty Something. He was so cute! Right after we landed I grabbed my bags quickly. I hurried downstairs and put my purse and carry on in my car I told Mr. B I had to go in and get my luggage. I went back in and the turnstile that had our flight on wasn’t working any longer. After a few minutes they said over the speakers that another turnstile was the only one working and had us go one over to it. I walked to the far end away from the cute thirty something flirty guy…and was standing at the other end. Well, I noticed someone crouching on the floor. Sure enough, it was “Bloody Mary Girl”. She was on the floor and almost in tears with pain! The “mascara” was actually a black EYE and her arm was hurting and she couldn’t get her large checked bag off the turnstile. I told her not to worry and I would grab it. Her bag was a large taped up broken bag. She told me her boyfriend had beaten her up and her mom was picking her up to take her to the emergency room.
I got the bag off the turnstile and then realized that I couldn’t carry her bag and pull my own. So, I looked across the turnstile and 30 something’s eyes and mine met and I motioned to ask him to come over. He didn’t hesitate and came right over. I told him the situation and asked him to help carry out her bag. He was so funny and kind. He carried the bag outside for her and I stood with her until her mom came. I really could have given him a big hug and kiss for jumping in and helping like that. When we were walking over to go outside he was asking the girl what happened and she said it was a “long story”..well, while we were on the flight he was asking me things and I told him they were a long story too. While we were walking he said, ‘Well, I guess I am never going to get to hear the long story!” He sounded so downhearted and It made me laugh and realize that a lot of women (and men too) have, “Long stories”. I waited with her while her Mom drove down to us. “Blood Mary Girl” gave me a hug and thanked me several times and so did her mom as I put her big bag in the back of their truck for her. So, from this I really learned that I shouldn’t judge people so quickly. I had no idea that this poor girl was beat up and not just a drunk woman on a flight. I did give her information about the Women’s Center and felt like a real bad person for judging her when these are the people that I volunteer to help!
Have you ever judged something too hastily and then realized your mistake later? I thought this was also a good thing to ask because of all of us meeting too. We all think about how we “think” someone is and then when you meet, it may be different. Or, you meet someone and after getting to know them realize that there is so much more. I am excited to hear your comments on this one.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
On Saturday, upon arrival at the airport, I felt myself getting nervous, I pushed back the feelings and read till we boarded the flight. The only flights out of Newark to Chicago (on Saturday's) on Continental are smaller shuttle flights, which I have never been on.
I must say when I entered the plane I froze, in my eyes it was a 2 by 4. It was def a miniature plane, almost like a toy one, just so very small. As I continued down the aisle, I kept telling myself "you can do it" you can do it".
When I sat in my seat, I felt it hard to breath. I immediately took out my ipod and turned my tunes on very loud. As the music played in my ears. I felt the tears, I allowed them to flow. I put my sunglasses on, and continued with my music. My breathing got better with each song, I truly think it was the familiarity of the songs that allowed me to reach out of this panic attack.
Thank goodness it was a short flight, and once I landed into Tina's arms, I felt safe, and knew all would be alright, and it surely was.
There is so much to be said about all who attended the MWMAG. I am so very pleased to have met them all. Tina's blog said it all, and Maureen has one I will post tomorrow.
I want to thank all of you who attended and made it so very special. Many owls brought gifts to share with all the owls.. Bebbi, Lynnd, Sacbarb, Just_Lin, Dianne, Mo and Goldie.. Mary brought home made cookies and Jodi made her famous potato salad, both were delish. It was so good to taste Jodi's potato salad, I had waited so long. It was so special to meet Mr. Goldie, what a wonderful man he is. Goldie and Mr. Goldie make a fantastic couple, you can truly see the love in their eyes. Whabby was a pleasant surprise, if not a naughty one, cause I'll tell ya, you just never know what our dear Whabby is going to say. And we got to meet Annie (from Rossland) I remember Annie well as she was on Rossland when I was back in 2006. We had lost touch, but when I saw her and her family it was like we had spoken yesterday. Her family was amazing, from her husband to her children, and most of all her precious Piper, who was practically born on Rossland .
It was a total success, we did it as a group, and it went without a hitch. I wonder how we pulled it off. So many times you hear stories about groups trying to plan a Meet and Greet, and there is so much confusion. Yet with us, it all fell into place. Our group of owls made it happen, it was certainly meant to be. Kudos to all of you.
Its Just_Lin's birthday next week, so in owl fashion we sang to her. The beginning of the vid is dark, as the restaurant was dark. But the rest of the vid is fine
Monday, May 3, 2010
This is just my take on the weekend in Chicago~ (in order of arrival)
LynnD~ so amazing.....I thought so anyway, but you're also funny and sweet and oh so innocent~ (don't let Di blame you for anything!!!)
Di~ the perfect roommate~ I don't even think I want to kill you anymore~ :)~ Want to go for a walk? and btw......India is NOT on the other side of Lake Michigan~
SacBarb~ You are the perfect Mary!!! Thanks for going to church with me~
JustLin~ OMG!!! So quiet, but in those eyes, I see you laughing and you make me laugh my stinkin' butt off~
Jodi~ I could have killed you for licking my face.....but I'm over it now......well, as soon as I have that chemical peal on Wednesday!!! I'm so glad I finally got to meet you and your laugh is so infectious~
Mary~ So sorry I got carried away with your boobs! ....but dang they're hot! I wish you could have stayed longer!!! Oh.....and huh?~
Goldie~ You and Mr Goldie were such gracious hosts that first night! You're perfect together~
Bebbi~ Shhhhhhhh......don't tell anyone......you're my favorite~ I'm so glad you came~
Mo~ Whether on the blog or in person........your one-liners make me laugh my butt off! I'm so glad you were able to come!!!~
Carol~ Absolutely beautiful!!! I want you to remember that! I hate to admit this, but I think you should be first on the blog every day!~ ijs~ Oh....and you're perfect!~
Bear~ I was nervous to meet you, but you were so gracious, very funny, so sweet and genuinely kind........and not a bad kisser, either~ (just kidding everyone.......that was Mary!)
Shirley~ I know you weren't there, but I feel like I got to meet you too~ I'm honored that you felt I should be squirted with that dang super-soaker first! NOT!!!! It was nice to finally "meet" you.......so funny and sweet~
For those who weren't in Chicago, I have to tell this one story! O M G!!!!! At dinner on Saturday night, we tried to sit at one long table, but it was hard to get in and out, so we were sort of separated into three different tables, but still close together. At the middle table were bear and I and across from us were SacBarb, Mary, and Dianne. When the food came, Dianne looked over and asked, "Mary, what did you get?" Mary turned to her with a "huh?" look on her face. Dianne was staring at SacBarb but talking to Mary and it didn't make sense to Mary. Dianne leaned forward a little and asked again. Mary looked from her to SacBarb, where Di was looking, and back. SacBarb continued eating. I could tell from the look on Di's face that she was a little embarrassed that "Mary" was ignoring her. Mary had this look of absolute confusion. SacBarb was still eating. I couldn't help it and started laughing. That's when Di turned to me with her sad face, and it dawned on her, she had called SacBarb Mary..........AGAIN!!!!! She had been calling SacBarb Mary since we arrived, but when Mary finally got into town, she thought she had everything straightened out! I guess not~
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
nervous butterflies are flying around
fear is not far behind
its the loneliness of the travel
that is frightening me
the fear of my friends does not exist
excitement is what my body feels
2006 began my internet adventure
4 yrs later, the windy city awaits me
i will miss who cannot be with us
they will be there in words
as words are what we know
words are what brought us together
i will think back of all the bloggers
who once where here and gave us smiles
i wonder what could have been
from state to state we arrive
all for the same reason
to see, to feel, to touch
life goes in full circles
where we began
a apology appeared
and there it was in black and white
and off i go
the windy city awaits