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Monday, July 28, 2008

The older I get.....

....the more I become like my grandma.

Charlie brought home a wrought iron plant stand today. Nothing fancy, just something he picked up from Rick's property that has literally been sitting in the elements since the day he died 6 years ago.

Immediately upon seeing the thing I was envisioning a nice coat of black paint and potted plants filling every nook.

I didn't even make it a half hour before I was headed to town in search of plants to fill my stand.

My grandma was a lover of flowers and plants, every house we ever lived in had elaborate flower beds and gardens and even a few potted plants on the dressers and stands. When I was 9 she made me a flower garden of my own full of poppies and bachelor buttons and irises.

Perhaps that is precisely why I love my flowers so much now. Every time I look at them I feel a piece of her is still with me.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

I have officially hob-nobbed with the uber wealthy, and lived to tell about it.


I have my doubts that I will ever, in my life, go to another house warming party for a billionaire family.

Several things I have learned about people this rich:
  • You can say anything you want, no matter how politically incorrect, or abrasive, if you have enough money.
  • No matter how hot the weather, the wealthier you are the more clothing you are wearing.
  • Shoes are always to be worn at least 1 size too small.
  • When you are wealthy, you don't need to own a car. If you want to go somewhere, you just fly there.

As most of you know, my husband is a carpenter who works for a builder that puts together some pretty spectacular houses. While it doesn't happen all that often, once in a while a homeowner will have a party for the workers who build their houses. As luck would have it, we were invited to the party for the opening of a house built for the daughters of a billionaire to vacation in when they visit.

It was a completely eye opening experience to see how the other side lives.

I was absolutely beside myself with shock as I sat and listened to a conversation that had begun beside me. An aunt and uncle of the sisters who threw the house warming party had sparked up a conversation with a few of the other family members.

Racism, controversey, illigitimate children belonging to scandalous mayors..... You name it, I heard it. It was like something out of a movie.

But, I couldn't help but like the old woman. She was 81 and smoked like a chimney. She had on a lavendar pantsuit and enormously gaudy jewelry, all of it genuine I'm certain. She had looked over and smiled at me asking me where I was from. When I told her Gaylord she immediately recounted a tale for me about how she had canoed down the Jordan River and nearly died. It was 1942 and she and her husband had just had a baby 3 weeks earlier. This woman was fascinated by Charlie and I, surely she didn't get to spend much time with the working class. She had thanked us both for the wonderful conversation she'd had and exclaimed that she had a spendid visit and that we should remain grounded because it was a pleasure for her.

I don't think I'll have any problems remaining grounded. LOL I don't see myself becoming a billionaire any time soon, no matter how appealing that sounds to me.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Question: What has 3 teeth and bites everything in sight?

Answer: My daughter.

It's been a long time since I've had to worry about protecting myself from the jack-o-lantern smile of a teething baby.

I am now keenly aware, however, since my arms are now peppered with the tiny lacerations and bruises a pint sized biting machine makes.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Good friends, deep fried turkey, and flavored vodka....

Note to self: Never consume alcoholic beverages at friends bbq's.... ever.

It's amazing what friends will say to each other at a bbq when alcoholic beverages are involved.

Last Saturday I attended a bbq at my friend Mary's house. I had so much fun, it's been a long time since I've enjoyed myself that much. Not sure if it was the fact that I've recently started taking anxiety/depression medication or if it was just seeing a few old friends I hadn't seen in a while, either way, it was good to be out.

By the end of the evening Mary, Deb, and I were feeling pretty good. With several drinks under our belts, our lips were loose and the word 'secret' was no longer in our vocabulary.

Undoubtedly not a good thing!

I'm just thankful I didn't have as much liquid bravery coursing through my veins as Deb. I'm sure her husband would be pretty upset if he knew she let it spill that the two of them were having an affair for quite a while before they separated from their previous significant others.

Which makes me wonder, just how many people out there have had an affair or are currently in an affair that nobody knows about? It seems as though in one way, shape, or form that everyone I know has had some experience with the temptation and allure of something new.

Myself included.

I want to think that the human race has the capability of staying faithful to that one life long partner, but, is it possible?

When hapiness is involved, I can't help but think it isn't.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Crown Me

It's official.

I'm the biggest moron on earth. But, I digress, you all knew that anyway.

I started the day on the wrong foot, as usual. Waking up late, I scurried around to get myself and Thomas ready for our dental appointments today. Me - I had to start the process of getting one of my teeth crowned. Thomas - he had 2 teeth that needed fillings.

As usual, if it could go wrong it did. On the way to the dentist I not only hit road construction in 2 spots requiring me to sit idle for 15 minutes, I also managed to poke my eye with a dental floss container.

We get to the dentists office where I proceed to apologize for being 15 minutes late only to discover my appointment wasn't for another 4 hours.

It wouldn't be so bad if gas wasn't $4.29 a gallon and this particular dentists office wasn't 30 miles from my house.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Someone give me a pat on the back!

Trying to be a little proactive and save some dough, I started to shop around for better insurance rates last week.

I've never been so happy I did!

Not only am I now saving $70 a month on car insurance I also saved $657 on my home owners insurance this year! Why didn't I do this sooner!

Just imagine all the lipgloss and shoes I can buy with my savings.......

On a funny note: Thomas has discovered that Hannah does not have a 'peepee'. I was grabbing her out of the tub when he asked me where it was. Trying to be as honest as possible without getting into too much detail I told him Hannah was a girl and girls were made a little different then boys, they carried their 'peepee's' inside. Not sure if this was a good move on my part, because, last night I overheard him asking Charlie when Hannah was going to grow her 'peepee' back.

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