October 16, 2007

Dyson how do I love thee...

A few weeks ago, we used some money from our savings account to by a Dyson vacuum. (WM had them on sale plus a $100 gift card!). Oh my gosh. The first night we actually fought over who got to use it first. It sucked up so much junk off the floor AFTER sweeping it, I started to gag a little bit. We don't even have carpet.

I try to vacuum the floors 2-3 times a week and it picks up such a large amount every time, i'd be frightened to space it out any more.

Bottom line, if you have the means to get a Dyson, do it. You won't be sorry.

June 24, 2007

One week down...

Alrighty kids, one week down and another to go until Adam returns. Of course it sucks to not have him here, but it's not been too bad. Like I'd said before I usually get a lot more done with him out of town and I have so far. The curtains and drapes are up in the kids room, thanks to my mom and dad, and wow. It's like a totally different room. It actually looks finished. Who'da thunk?

Ohh Ohhh. I also leave for Germany in just under 3 weeks. I can't freaking wait. I'm gonna miss bean and bug something fierce though. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that my passport arrives soon.

btw, anyone else find Mike Rowe to be a complete and total hottie?

April 25, 2007

Lucinda Williams/Joy

From last nights show:

April 09, 2007

Happy Belated Easter

day 60/Easter Leftovers

March 27, 2007

Knitting For A Need

Tonight was the second "Knitting for a Need" meeting, and I'm happy to report there were quite a few people who showed up from both the church and the community.

The CJ was there to do a story and hopefully get the word out about the group. I'd like to see the group become mostly a supplier for various organizations around the city to help the homeless or whoever needs it when it gets cold.

I'm very excited for this opportunity and thanks to all who have donated or come out to a meeting. Remember first and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 at Central Christian on Spring street!

March 25, 2007

6 months

My little bug, you're already half-a-year old! How did this happen so quickly? Over the past month you have started solid foods,
first cereal
found your piggies
lilli found her toes
and just continued to grow.

You're talking all the time now. Long and loud cooo's. And don't get me started on your brother, you are already trying to follow him around, and you get the biggest kick when he's around and pays attention to you.
lilli laugh at bean.JPG

Dad keeps saying over and over again how much fun you are now that you're developing your own little personality. You are not a cuddly bug that's for sure. But oh you're still doing quite well on the whole sleeping thing.

Happy half year Lilli Bug!

Lilli 6 months

March 24, 2007

"Waiting is the hardest paaart"

Our beloved Ms. Debbie is retiring in May. Kids, this throws a serious kink in things. I'm telling ya, just as you should automatically get a degree for being able to (successfully) schedule your college classes so you can actually get out of college in 4 years, you should also receive some sort of "prize" for being able to find suitable childcare (tho I guess finding the suitable childcare in the first place is really a prize).

I'm thrilled to death that some of you found success in daycares, but we couldn't take another day of the last and first thing we see when dropping/picking Conner up is him sitting on the floor and sobbing. Um no thanks. Plus a lot of these baby factories (what Adam calls them) usually aren't very flexible when it comes to part-time schedules. While it kills me to dole out hundreds of dollars a month for some other person to experience milestones with my kids, but I know they earn and deserve every bit of it.

Luckily, there seems to be a few things in the hopper* which will enable us to not need any more childcare in the near future, but I'm not holding my breath. (my knuckles are also raw for all the knocking on wood). Of course, right now I'm just interested in getting through this whole hellish debacle with some former employers.

I mean who wouldn't want to stay at home with this adorable face?

*a phrase that I often heard at my former job and hated. then i started thinking maybe I just hated it because of who said it, so to be fair, I tried to use it. Nope. Still hate it.

March 07, 2007

Votin' It, Votin' It.

day 30/ VOTE SUCKAS!

February 26, 2007

5 months!

Lilli-bug! You're almost a whole half a year old, I can't freaking believe it.

You're getting so big and gorgeous, with that lovely red hair, and your eyes, oh what a wonderful shade, just like your brothers. You sleep all night now and the milk is starting to not be able to hold you over. We tried a little bit of cereal on Saturdy, and pssh you've had better.

first cereal
It appears the only gene that you've gotten from me is the "nosey gene" you hold that noggin up so you can be in everyones business!

big eyes

At your last check up you weighed 11lb 11 oz! A far cry from the wee 5 lbs when you came to meet us.

I love the fact that you won't eat for your daddy as well as for me, and that you can always be comforted by the sound of my voice and the soothing touch of my hand.
blue eyes
I love you Lilli-bug!

Conner and the Beast

took the boy to see Beauty and the Beast at Adam and I's old high school.

Fabulous job, really. Made me a bit nostalgic for my days in high school theatre, and making out with Adam in the light booth putting on some fabulous shows.

Conner and the Beast


# 2

carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Happy Anniversary, Adam.

February 23, 2007

New Albany City Council

Hold on to your seats ladies and gents. Thanks to several last minute filings for city council seats, this is going to be an election not to miss.

Check out the new listings via the Tribune. With the primarys being the first of May, we have some major rushed campaigning to do, so if you live around here, watch for me hitting the streets and of course GET OUT AND VOTE!!

February 21, 2007

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first of forty days of lent.

I'll be going to the Ash Wednesday service at my church tonight, where I will go to pray, meditate and seek forgiveness for my sins and reflect on my relationship with Jesus and God.

**sidenote: I am by no means a perfect Christian and do not mean to come off as one, the road that led me to this point in my spiritual life was/is long and rough, I'm rather hoping to provide my experience, strength and hope for those who are curious**

January 04, 2007

Misfit Table, Party of 2 please

Over New Years Adam and I were more entertained by the characters we encountered then anything else really.

Stopping in at French Lick Winery on the way up we encountered the skeeviest couple ever. you know how some people just emit that skeezy vibe? Blech this guy was one of them, and of course they sat next to us at the little cafe. When his wife/lover/mistress got up to go to the bathroom he promptly whipped out his cell phone and dialed someone whom he called sweetheart the whole time, true it could have been his "daughter" I guess. Then when the WLM came back from the restroom he greeted her with a *SKEEZ ALERT* "hello lover" and I promptly threw-up in my mouth. Then she said she noticed she had something in her shirt. Rico Suave asked her if it looked like a pearl and it didn't matter because it would be on the floor later anyway. That's when I took the fork and gouged my eyeball out. He so reminded me of quagmire.

If only it stopped there! At the New Years gala, we were assigned tables and being the first at our table to arrive I began thinking of the other interesting people we were going to sit with, as I looked around and saw the other attendees chatting it up and shaking hands with their new pals for the night.

The first to arrive was a family of three straight outta NASCAR country. The wifey complained the whole time about the yucky appetizers (oysters and lobster!) and how she wanted more "pop". She also complained that she was so bored. I'm sorry was the 9 piece band, actors dressed up in zoot suits and flapper gear not enough for you? Sorry theres no WWE on.

Then two lesbian couples sat down at the table. Well since they knew each other they pretty much kept to themselves. The waitstaff brought out salad which had bacon in it and one of the lesbians was a vegetarian so they got pissed and left. Sweet.

So its us and the rednecks. Well mom is finally bored enough and cant wait to get to the casino so they leave. And it's just me and Adam all by ourselves.

Around 11, we decide that we are indeed lame and go back up to the hotel room to...(are you ready for this??) NAP before the big balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. I was terrified we'd sleep right on through.

We didn't though, and we had our sweet new years kiss and I was even able to convince Mr. No Rythem (Adam) to dance with me.

January 03, 2007


1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?

Purchased a business (well helped a little), made more money then before, spoke at a funeral, had my son and daughter dedicated.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I can't even remember what they were, so probably not.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
ME! and my cousin-in-law Tiffani.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Bleah. This was not a good year. both my grandpas, Adam's grandpa, my uncles dad and my friend Jessica's grandpa

5. What countries did you visit?

Um yeah, the whole kid thing kind of puts a damper on international travel right now.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

A clean house and more time to spend with my family.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 15-my grandpa died and Conner was dedicated, August 25th, my other grandpa died, and September 25th Lilli was born. Of course there are the birthdays and anniversarys etc

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Lilli and making enough money to give my family what they need and want

9. What was your biggest failure?

The constant battle with my weight and the times I was too easily frustrated with Conner

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Went back on Lexapro for my anxiety.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Ummm hopefully the flooring company and it will make us lots of money

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Conner-he has been amazing to Lilli, and rarely gets frustrated with her. He always does what he can to make her happy, which in turn makes me happy

My mom-she had a rough year. 'nuff said.

Adam-he is amazing with Conner and Lilli, and he deserves props for dealing with his chemically imbalanced wife so well on a daily basis

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

"anonymous in New Albany"

14. Where did most of your money go?

Conner, Lilli and my closet. Ok so savings and the house too.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Lilli arrived!

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?

Any Johnny Cash song, because every time we get in the car and we ask Conner what he wants to hear he has started answering "Johnny Cash"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier, I'm not faced with a sick grandpa.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same.
c) richer or poorer? Financially better off.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Ate better, exercised, and cleaning my house.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Yelling, eating and shopping

20. How did you be spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve, we cleaned and had our open house that night, and then I went to church with my parents and grandma. Christmas Day, Adam's sister stayed the night so we all opened presents together as a family. Then we had naps and went to my sisters house, where her boyfriends family was visiting from out of town (like Germany out of town) then off to Adam's mom and dads. whew.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?

With little Lilli-bug and even more so with Conner and Adam.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Grays Anatomy, The Office, Scrubs, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe and Mythbusters

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?


25. What was the best book you read?

Wow, I read so many before Lilli got here, now if I can just remember them...Zig Ziglars biography, and the Devil Wears Prada.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
OKGO, Justin Timberlake, Regina Spektor

27. What did you want and get?
A healthy baby girl

28. What did you want and not get?
A less stressful job

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Umm..oh I worked and ohh ohh Adam got me a gorgeous ring. I was 25

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Winning a bajillion dollars, being able to do freelance work and stay home with the babies

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

Do cardigans count as "concept"? Umm lets see how about trying to look mature but not 50 years old.

33. What kept you sane?

Adams stability and the adorableness of my children

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ohh la la House can give me a check up any day

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The complete and total cluelessness of my city government and Busy sending our people (and potentially) my husband to die for his clusterfuck mistake

36. Who did you miss?

My grandpas

37. Who was the best new person you met?

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Don't be afraid to ask for help, and some stuff is better forgotten.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"There's got to be a break in the monontany 'cause baby when it rains how it pours"

December 28, 2006

Christmas ReCap

Whew. Is it over now? We had our (what we hope to be) annual Christmas Eve Open House on Sunday with a great turnout and a busy busy Monday.

Conner was feeling a little sick on Monday, so it wasn't the wrapping paper tearing blizzard I thought it would be, until I got a present from Adam that was a box from J.O. Endris. Woot! A pretty bracelet to match my ring. He still had fun though, and Adam and I had just as much watching him.


After morning with the family and naps, we headed off to my sisters and then to Adams parents. The view at my sisters house was truly a great display of American excess...


It was a great and busy holiday, and as rushed and stressed as we were, I'm never happy it's over. I love this season and getting everyone together.

I had a great holiday with my husband and my two wonderful children and I am so grateful.

Adam and I, Christmas Eve

Plus Conner got a Johnny Cash action figure!

Cash and Conner

(click on any of the pictures for more)

December 27, 2006

3 months

Happy three months Lilli-Bug! Gosh this last month has been busy. You've started smiling and cooing and really starting to form your own little personality. We've had a few challenges when it comes to sleeping and have had to pull out the old ringer and place you in the aquarium swing so we all keep our sanity, but once you fall asleep, generally you're out for 5-6 hours at night. It really is great. Your gorgeous hair is still coming in red, and you're already up to 10lbs 2 oz! Officially doubling your size from when you were born.

It's amazing to see you respond to mine and daddies voices and watch you turn your head to find us. Conner loves you more every day, and still likes to comfort you however he can.

This last weekend we celebrated your first Christmas, and you took it like a champ. True you were pretty much up all night Christmas Eve, but you're so cute, what are you gonna do?

We went to church with Dad and Conner on Christmas Eve morning, and put you in a gigantic puffy dress that your great grandma bought for you. YOu slept through the whole service, just perfect.


December 22, 2006

Reason for the Season

This past weekend, we took Conner to the local firehouse to drop off some toys for the Toys For Tots charity. We tried to explain to Conner we weren't taking these toys to be mean, and that Santa was going to take them to boys and girls all over that weren't going to get as many things as he was. We also talked about sharing and how good he is with Lilli. Whenever she's crying he offers her whatever toy he's playing with to soothe her.

When we got to the firestation he was a little shy at first but eventually started helping the fireman empty out the toys and then said, "Santa give these to everybody". Gah! I was so proud of him.

I think we'll make this a yearly tradition and hopefully build in him the importance of caring for your fellow man, and realizing how truly grateful we are.

Firetruck for

December 08, 2006


Lilli has been coming to work with me about three days a week since I've been back and most of the time it's been going pretty well. Of course some days she's in rare form and decides she's going to be awake for no less then 22 hours a day and demand that I hold her while pumping, working, being on the phone and typing emails and contracts. Luckily she doesn't seem to bug anyone else but me, hooray for my own office.

That's why I decided to jump on the sling bandwagon. I ordered this gorgeous pink paisley sling from Hotslings yesterday and I can't wait for it to get here. I also must give props to Jenna for being such a supporter of baby-wearing and it rubbing off on me.

Lastly, here is a delightful picture of Lilli and I at work that my boss took. And althoug it doesn't really look like it in the picture, since Ms. Lilli graced us with her presence, I've lost 25 lbs and am down a pants size from when I got pregnant with her back in February. Woot!

Lilli and I at work

November 30, 2006

Lilli had her 2 month check up this week, and she's already up to 9 lbs and 21 inches long! She's in the 5th percentile for height and weight and the 10th for her head size. HAH!

She got more immunizations and the new wonderful WONDERFUL immunization against the awful rotavirus.

I was able to get her first small smile out of her yesterday by playing peek-a-boo. She's even prettier when she smiles!

Lilli 2 months

November 21, 2006

Practically Perfect In Every Way

Damn right.

November 20, 2006


*I had this post written yesterday I swear! My wireless just won't let me upload pictures*

This weekend we went to the Festival of Trees and Lights so I could take pictures for the Christmas cards of the babies. Yeah, that didn't work out so well. Conner scowled the whole time. Adam jr.

Anyway, here is a crappy one of the whole family.

The family

It's a good thing our kids are cute.

November 18, 2006

Holiday Tip

I need all the help I can get when it comes to artsy-craftsy and decorating stuff. I figure I'm not the only one. So I'll be posting all the tips and tricks I'll pick up over the holidays here for you guys.

First one. Tying the perfect wreath bow. Compliments of Martha Stewart.

November 17, 2006

Let the games begin

Tomorrow starts the official holiday shopping season for me this year. Garden Ridge is having a wonderful friends and family secret sale, and I'm off to buy a bunch of unneccesary, tacky, expensive Christmas decor that I'll end up making Adam put up.

I'm going to try and take the babies picture our Christmas card, and pull the rest of the Christmas stuff out of the basement.

I pointed out a house with Christmas lights up down the street to Adam the other day, and as long as I'm not the first decorator it's fair game.

We'll also be getting our Christmas tree Thanksgiving week-end. Last year we dicked around and waited until the weekend before Christmas, and I hardly got to enjoy the tree being up and decorated and Christmas-y.


November 15, 2006


Woman kicked off plane for breast-feeding baby.

Ok, even as a fellow nurser, I agree that sometimes women can take the whole look at me I'm nursing in public thing a bit too far. Why would you want to purposly make some people uncomfortable when there is a way for you to be more discreet?

But this? This woman was doing nothing wrong. She was by the window, no part of her actual boob was showing.
Airline, how about no, this is completely out of line. Kicking her off by refusing a blanket? Do you know how hot it gets underneath those?


100 Things *UPDATED*

whew I finally got it finished. It's hard to do these without feeling like you're bragging about yourself, no?

1. My middle name is Michelle
2. I have one sister, Alicia
3. My parents are still together
4. I have one son, Conner Addison, born July 29, 2004
5. I have one daughter, Lillian Eve Stockton, born September 25, 2006
6. Both of my grandpas died this year
7. I named Lilli after my grandpa Fred, his middle name was Stockton.
8. I was with my Granddad Dirk when he took his last breaths in the hospital.
9. He moved out here from CA in October of 2005. Before then I only saw him 4 times my entire life.
10. I miss them both terribly
11. I sell advertising for magazines
12. I make more money then Adam
13. It surprises me
14. Adam really is OK with it
15. That’s a lot of freaking pressure
16. I am a Christian
17. I am a registered Democrat
18. I used to drive a Jetta, it’s been my favorite car, and I regret selling it every day.
19. I am a deacon at my church
20. I am involved in the local politics of my hometown
21. I love shoes
22. A lot
23. A whole lot
24. Like, it’s almost a problem
25. I have 58 pairs of shoes
26. See!?
27. We live in a 130 year old house
28. I think it’s haunted
29. But the ghosts are nice, and don’t visit very often
30. We have a lot of renovation work to do.
31. We have the nursery done.
32. We have two weimaraners
33. Gandee and Gracee
34. Adam and I got married on February 26, 2005
35. We got married in a historic home in downtown Louisville
36. Our friend Bret was the officiant
37. He got “ordained” over the internet
38. It meant more to us then anyone else doing it
39. I’ve met Zig Ziglar
40. I think he’s great
41. I’ve never been to Europe
42. I really want to go to Italy
43. I’m a super fast reader
44. Sometimes it sucks because I spend so much on books and they only entertain me for a few days
45. I like to cross-stitch
46. I made a sampler with Conner’s name
47. I’m working on Lilli’s now
48. We are done having babies
49. I’m kind of sad about that
50. We are thinking about moving. AGAIN.
51. We have moved 6 times since we have been together.
52. Hiring movers is the best $150 I’ve ever spent.
53. I love music, like a lot.
54. I miss going to see local shows
55. Adam doesn’t share my passion for live music
56. Both my babies were in the NICU after they were born
57. I’m a member of public radio
58. I used to work at Victoria’s Secret and Target. I have also worked for a law firm.
59. The job I had in college, paid for most of my schooling.
60. I can tell you more about bras and undies then you ever needed to know
61. I have more undies then any normal person needs
62. I hate the word panties, blech it makes me shudder
63. I would love a job at an ad agency or PR firm
64. I scrapbook and make stationary in my “free time”
65. I’m not ashamed to admit I love diamonds and diamond jewelry
66. If only I could Adam to buy me more.
67. I have been struggling to lose weight for the last 5 years
68. I have three tattoos, on my wrist, ankle and back
69. I want more!!!
70. I used to have my tongue and right nipple pierced.
71. I took out the tongue ring when I was pregnant with Conner and it induced morning sickness
72. I took the nipple ring out like 3 months after I got it.
73. The nickname Ceece, came from my younger cousin who couldn’t say Courtney, and said CeCe instead, it eventually got shortened to Ceece.
74. I don’t talk to my best friends from high-school anymore, and it makes me sad. ( hi steph, sarah, amber)
75. In high school, I played tennis, swam, was in theatre and the color guard with the marching band
76. I loved being pregnant
77. I have a Nikon D50
78. I get sick to my stomach just seeing a commercial for Baileys
79. I passed out in my friend’s yard on 4th of July 2005, the cops came, and had to ask Adam if I was alright.
80. I haven’t had a drink of Jager since.
81. I love button-up shirts
82. My favorite stores are Target, Eddie Bauer, Gap and Babies R Us
83. Adam is in the Army National Guard
84. I love to decorate for fall and Christmas
85. I forgo my hair and manicure budgets in Oct-Dec to buy Christmas decorations
86. I love buying people presents
87. I have a hard time waiting till the right time to give it to them
88. My favorite restaurants are Qdoba, Panera Bread, Morton’s and Fuji
89. I love DMB
90. I have seen them 7 times
91. I did an internship at Walt Disney World in college
92. I hated it then, but am so glad I did it now
93. I am currently reading a biography on Walt Disney
94. He was a crazy dude.
95. I like bluegrass music
96. I take way to many pictures of my babies
97. Cardigans are my favorite article of clothing
98. Dr. Pepper is my carbonated beverage of choice
99. I HATE sweetened tea
100. I eat way to many carbs

November 14, 2006

Wal*Mart, Nazi's and Consumerism. OH MY!

In my small town, one of the many topics that comes up repeatedly is focused around Wal*Mart (and other chains) and how they are killing the small-town mentality and local business'.

This just added fuel to the fire.

I don't really care for Wal*Mart, mostly because of the censorship thing with their music. And isn't it wonderful to be idealistic and swear off big-box stores in favor of smaller boutiques?

I was all about this until I had kids. Especially Lilli, did you know that Meijer and Wal*Mart are the only stores within a 20 mile radius of my house that carry preemie diapers? I couldn't find one mom and pop or boutique store that even carried diapers, let alone preemie diapers. Target doesn't even.

Also, when buying clothes for a 2 year old which will most likely be stained or grown out of in a week, I head to a big box store. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to buy all their stuff from Strassburg and Hanna Andersson, but I can't spend $15/shirt that won't last around here.

I do however buy all my books from my local bookstore (which is quite a few) eat at a local restaurant at least 2-3 times a week, buy flowers from my local florist, buy my hometown newspaper, and Adam bought my birthday present at the local jewelers.

For Christmas, my sister and I get angels from the angle trees, in lieu of presents for some family members. Our budget goes a lot further at Target or Wal*Mart, allowing us to give these kids clothes, presents and just a little bit more then if we were limited to just boutique shopping.

November 09, 2006

Why I Support Same-Sex Unions/Gay Marriage

(or why my congressman is spineless and it hurt to vote for him)

I don't like him, but I voted for him. Baron Hill is my congressman, and I was appalled at how little he took a stand on. But I think that was the democrats "tactic" this year. Point out the faults of the others, and whatever you do, DON'T say anything about your political standings.

Baron Hill's commercials all reminded me that he was for our "Hoosier Values" and he doesn't support same-sex unions. Of course not, why would a forward-thinking democrat put his neck out there like that? I hate that term "Hoosier Values", I can garaun-damn-tee that Baron and I feel completely different about our values. I'd like to think that my Hoosier Values include open mindedness, forgiveness, acceptance. You know that whole live and let live thing.

I guess it boils down to my wonder of why everyone has their panties in bunch over people getting married in the first place. Umm look brother, unless it's you Bob down the street is trying to marry then why the hell do you care? Plus there is the whole separation of church and state thing. Last conversation I had with a gay friend, he was mostly concerned about getting the same rights legally when it came to making the same (and in some case stronger and more genuine) commitment to his partner. He didn't say anything about wanting God's or your blessing. So butt out.

Why would you want to keep apart two adults who love each other, who have found a friend, companion, lover in someone they want to spend the rest of their life with?

I'd like to think Britany Spears has done more damage to the "protecting marriage" campaign then my "queer" buddies.

Please don't mistake this anti-gay sentiment as a "Christan value" either. It's extremely far from the truth, while many Christians I know don't condone it, they also realize that A) It's not really their place when it comes to the legal aspect of it, B) If you are going to pull it to a God and sinning level, then every sin is the same in God's eyes, so whether it's ogling Brad Pitt on TV or cussing at the jerk who just cut you off, you're on the same sin level as "the gays" you hate so much.


Whatevs, I've gotten all worked up. I'm out.

November 05, 2006


Shit. I have to go back to work tomorrow. Has it really been 6 weeks already? Is my last baby already a month and a half old? How is that possible?

Uggh. I don't know which is worse, her 6 weeks into NOT being a baby any more or having to go back to work.

The nice thing is my work is super casual so I can continue wearing my sweatpants and t-shirts, but I have made the decision to start wearing my "Professional clothes" to work. Why?

Because I'm bored with my sweatpants and t-shirts, and the NoBloShoeMo, has made me revisit all my shoes, and I forgot how amazingly wonderful my shoe collection is. I mean I'm not pulling a Carrie Bradshaw and wearing Minolo's or anything like that, but my shoes are still fun.

Anyway back to work. Of course, I'll be able to bring Lilli with me a few days a week, so I won't be going cold turkey. Plus, all my clients are planning their budgets for 2007, so hopefully I'll be signing clients like crazy.

Have a great Monday and week, and happy Day 5 of NaBloPoMo.

October 24, 2006

More confessions

Umm, I really, really like Fergie (from the BEP) and her new single and I will probably go buy the CD.

October 15, 2006


So. The stove and I made up. I have actually cooked two (2!!!!) things
that turned out great! For me, this is a huge accomplishment.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls,Caramel Apple Crepes were on the menu when I cooked dinner for my dads
birthday last week.

People actually went for seconds. Since staying home with the baby,
even though I've been doing some work from here, I've also been trying
my hand at the stay-at-home-mom thing. OH.MY.GOD. It is kicking my
ass. Seriously, I don't know how you guys do it full time. I guess you
get into a schedule when you have longer then 6 weeks, but wow. I'm

Anyway, I've gone through my barely used cookbook, and mapped out some
recipes to try out for the next three weeks. As soon as I'm sure this
isn't just a fluke, your all invited over for dinner. :-)

October 09, 2006


When I go shoe shopping, this is totally how it happens.

September 26, 2006


Hey guys, just a quick update as I'm home for a bit to get some sleep, spend time with Conner and pump.

Lilli was born on Monday after my water broke EARLY Monday morning. Labor and Delivery were easy and pretty quick and she came out pink and crying. Her lungs are just a little tiny so it was working her hard to breathe and the drs made the decision to move her to Kosair's. We've been there just over 24 hours and she's been improving every second.

It's very scary to see her on a ventilator but I know she's in the best place. Adam is in love with her and Conner just wants to bring her home and play with her.

I've got a few pics and I'll upload them as soon as I get a chance.

Prayers are appreciated!

Thanks all.

September 21, 2006

It's Here, It's HERE!!!!

Hooray, it's finally here. My favorite time of the year. Cardigan Weather Time! Hot damn, I love me some cardigans.


September 20, 2006

Healthy Parenting

I always said I'd never be one of those parents who bought their kids everything, it was a waste of money, I thought.

Ha. that flew right out the window the first time I saw how happy Conner gets. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I run out and buy him everything I see or he see's, it can something as big as a helicopter toy or inflatable spider for the front yard(I'll get to that in a minute) or as small as a new cup with spongebob on it, or even a piece of paper for him to put stickers on. Seriously, that kid grins and it's all over. This is also part of the reason Adam and I choose to work full-time, so we can buy him things that he wants and needs, and we can afford to go to the zoo with him, or take him to the fair to see the "moos", or go camping and rent a boat for him to "drive".

Of course, sometimes this backfires. Case-in-point, since the stores started putting out their Halloween crap while fireworks were still going off for 4th of July, I have been way ready to decorate for fall and Halloween. It's always been my favorite time of year, and with Conner it's even more enjoyable. At one store we visisted, they had a huge section devoted to the big blow up yard displays, and then he saw it. The big black and purple "pidey" with legs that moved and eyes that glowed. He was infatuated. We had to take several trips around the pidey every time we visted the store. I went back 2 weeks ago to buy it and it was gone. I don't know who was going to be more heartbroken, me or Conner. They manager said they "may" get more in, but he just didn't know. Happily they did get more in and I brought one home on Saturday. Conner danced around the box and immitated how the pidey moved when all blown up.

Adam asked Conner if he wanted to set it up in the living room. Then all hell broke loose. Conner flipped shit and did a total 180. My proud purchase and attempt to lure Conner over from the "dadside" had backfired, and I think I just scarred him emotionally now.

Once the thing was out of the box and blown up, we couldn't peel him off our laps. Adam and I each took our turn sitting next to the pidey and even fed it a dog. Nothing. Of course Adam was delighted. Conner also said his first sentence that day. Pidey back in box!!!


(more once you click on the pic)

September 14, 2006

"I did my best, I did my best!!!"

shit, fuck, damn, bitch. I am having one of those days. The baby's almost here and we dont have the nursery done, the house is freaking filthy, I am at my wits end with the dogs and how dirty they make my house, I have so much shopping to do before the baby gets here, I'm super-stressed about work-GAAAHHH.

I am cranky and hormonal and want to sit down and sob. Just have a good, long, snotty cry.

Normal activities- isn't that how we got here in the first place?

I just had a really weird, really strong Deja vu moment with my moo goo gai pan for lunch. This baby is messing with my mind.

In other baby news, I got the all clear today from the doc to return to "normal activities" (Adam is psyched) he said that as long as I've made it this far he's happy. Lilli's heartbeat is all good and she's measuring right on track. No more checks until my next appt in 2 weeks. So it could be tomorrow, it could be 6 more weeks.

Let's hope for the latter as our nursery STILL is not done.

In other cute baby news Conner now requests "lubies" when he wants to hug and kiss. When I dropped him off at my moms house this morning he gave me extra lubies and gave "lilli" a "kisses" too. Christ on a cracker (thanks erika) this kid rules.

September 13, 2006

Already got a guilty conscience, might as well have the money too

We've got some major shit floating about at the Paris household including the new baby and some pretty big decisions that will need to be made soon.

Please cross your fingers that everything goes smooth and we decide right.

September 12, 2006

Immature? Yes

Sometimes I'll walk in on Adam while he is peeing in the bathroom (duh) and I'll start giggling and say in my head "hehe penises are funny", and turn and walk out.

Yes, I am 12 years old.

Last Sunday was Grandparent's Day. Sure it's a made up Hallmark Holiday, but it's still fun to celebrate none the less. Sunday was also the day that my grandparents church dedicated their new pulpit.

When my grandpa passed away in January, he made it clear that he wanted all expressions of sympathy to be donated to his church's building fund. He and my grandma had been going to this small church since they moved her 30+ years ago, and were both very very involved there. The church is in the process of going through some major renovations and having such a small congregation has put some strains of their plans, financially.

They needed a new pulpit to match the rest of the interior of the new sanctuary, but sadly that got pushed to the "hey won't that be nice" list. With the money that was donated by friends and family the church decided to get a pulpit and dedicate it in my grandpa's name.

My grandma spoke a few words during the service and she asked me to speak as well. I read the list I'd made of things I'd never forget about my grandpa. It was hard but nice. So many people were touched by knowing my grandpa and he was an excellent role model.

I miss you grandpa and I still think about you every day, I can hear your sing-song hi to Conner when we would walk in the front door of your house, and I wonder every time how long until I can't hear it anymore. I'm sorry Lilli won't get to meet you in person, but I'm glad Conner did. I'm thankful for all the love and support you always gave.

grandpa's pulpit 008

September 11, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Siigggh, my very first lovah. I've watched you grow from a young jazz singer down in Nawluns, to the television acting hearthrob known as Leo, and finally as the hottie hottness that you are on Broadway.

Happy Birthday Harry!

September 06, 2006

Confession Time

So I have an embarassing confession to make. I like to chew on sponges. Like really REALLY like to chew on sponges. And not just any sponges. They have to be a certain kind, have a certain texture and have no taste.

No kitchen sponges or make-up sponges. Usually I can find them in the car wash section.

I have had this weird-o fascination for a while, and now feel like I can openly embrace it. I have actually searched on the internet to see if I can find any information on this, but I haven't been able too.

This is something I can't explain, and Adam gives me shit for it all the time. It's really almost borderline obesession.

You guys have any weird-o stuff like this going on?

Watch the F out!

I've been fighting it for as along as I can, but the snark is starting to win out.

I have a huge list of people who have contributed to the current state of snark, but since this is a public thingie, I shant screw myself over by posting it here. (hooray for old school written journals).

While most of this is probably due to hormones from the baby, I'm pretty sure its also a good indicator that I need to get back with the Lexapro soon. Believe me, I don't like having to be right and superior all the time people, it get's old!

seal snark central

September 01, 2006

Mommy blogging?

I’m listening to the podcast (or whatever you call a non-live version of it) of the “MommyBlogging is a Radical Act” panel from Blogher 2006. Last year at Blogher 2005, Alice from Finslippy made the statement that Mommy Blogging is a radical act, in response to some of the accusations that writers who use their blogs to write about their children are wasting precious resources and should be focusing more on changing the world and other radical acts.

So this year they devoted a panel to this topic. The speakers are Finslippy, Sweetney and Mir, all of whose blogs I read on a regular basis. So far the dominating topic has been about the actual title of “mommy blogging” and whether or not it’s insulting and blah, blah, blah. BLAH exactly. That sums up how I feel about it and the fact that it’s even a controversy. I guess it goes along the same lines as what Ms. Roosevelt said, "Noone can make you feel inferior without your consent".

(Holy crap, Grace Davis just spoke, siigh, she's awesome)

When Jen talked about this very thing after returning home from Blogher, it got me thinking about a lot of things. One of the things (bashfully) was “Why isn’t my blog more read”? I guess not even that, I have a site counter I know people read it, and visit, and sometimes comment. People tell me they read my blog. Is it because of my topics? Because I’m a shit writer? Because I’m just not as cool?-Holy shit, did you feel that? I think we all just went back in time about 8 years to when I was in high school. Then I remind myself that, that’s not why I started, I started it to keep people that I loved who were away, updated on what was going on with me and home. I’ve used it for writing about me, Adam, Conner, my family, my hometown, my faith and for a while I wrote about work. (yeah I nixed that idea and deleted those posts). It also got me thinking about why I don’t write about certain things like politics and business news etc. I don’t write about that stuff because I have no idea where to even start when it comes to those things. Yeah, I consider myself to be pretty smart, but I don’t think along those lines unfortunately. Not to say I wouldn’t like to, but ask me about the GOP’s political motivation and you’ll probably get the head-tilted stare that I get from Gracee when I ask her if she has to pee. But ask me about Conner’s favorite past-time right now (helicopters and trains) or what’s the best way to market my hometown, then you better grab a seat because we might be here a while.

Sweetney has posted a few times about the ever-growing number of blogs that pop up everyday. (we are talking thousands a day), and then I think about the connections that I have made with other bloggers and how their actions and lives affect me. Example, TB over at Soul Gardening recently found out she was pregnant after years and years of trying. When I started to read the post announcing her pregnancy, I held my breath until she came out and said it, then? I cried. I cried and grinned. When I told Adam, he looked at me like I was crazy.

Maybe I am, but I’m glad to know that I was able to pray for her and J, and that I was able to see some good news in a world that seems like it’s going to shit.

Anyway, this probably doesn’t make a lot of sense but, meah, I felt like writing about this and I’m not done.

August 28, 2006

One Year

And our president and their mayor continue to disappoint.

You Play a Mean Guitar, Why Don't You Join The Band?

Damn baby...I'm thinking that since this is only 1 day before my due date, I'll prolly not go. But what a show it will be, I'm sure.

GWAR w/ The Red Chord & Municipal Waste
Thursday October 26th @ Headliners Music Hall
1386 Lexington Rd Louisville Ky 40206
18 & Over / Doors @ 7:30pm / $17.00 Avance / $20.00 D.O.S.
Call 502-287-7038 For More Information
Advance Tickets Available @ & Ear X Tacy (502-452-1799)

August 25, 2006

One last trip to the sea

My granddad passed away this afternoon at 1:10, we were all there and it was pretty peaceful.

August 24, 2006


I just wrote this long winded bullshit response to an article about Section 8 housing.

Before I was able to hit publish, my mom called from the hospital, apparently we are rounding the corner my granddad. He just got moved to the ICU and if his condition doesn't improve over the next 24 hours, then they are going to take him of all his meds (save the oxygen) and just let his body do his thing.

This decision came after he got transfered into his room and the dr came in to talk with him and he looked at my mom and said, please don't do anything to hurt me. Of course that was enough. They talked with him about his options and reviewed his living will, and the decision was made. The drs have said it could be anywhere from a day to a week, they just don't know how long he'll fight.

He's battling kidney failure, congestive heart failure, low blood pressure and an array of other complications. My mom finally got him some pain medication so he could rest. That's when she called to tell me what was going on. Since I had only seen my granddad about 6 times up until about 10 months ago, it's a bit strange, almost like a stranger. I hurt for my mom, this is essentially the last of her family. I feel for my granddad who I feel like I now view as a child, innocent, scared and I find myself protecting him against everything, from cruel nurse-aids to the truth about how we're all doing.

My granddad retired from the Navy and is a first generation Dutch-American. That's pretty much all I know about him, that and that this was his favorite poem.

I Must Go Down to the Sea

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

-John Masefield

4 generations2

August 22, 2006


Freaking Old Navy, can they make anything the same?

Last week I went in there and bought 2 pairs of maternity jeans, same size and cut, the color was the only thing differant. The pair I wore on Friday were way to big and I had the saggy crotch thing going on, today I put on a pair and the damn things are so tight I'm afraid Lilli's going to come out with a waistband mark on her noggin.

Plus the shirt I have on is like big enough to be a damn skirt. Although what can you expect when it cost $6?

I'm taking this shit back, well the crap I haven't "tarnished" by wearing yet.

August 21, 2006

roosevelt quote

This was on a banner at the entrance to the Indiana War Memorials Musuem, in Indianapolis. We were there on Sunday for Adam's graduation from his OCS class (which I'll talk about later).

This banner made me stop and ponder for a bit because it really sums up what, I think, being in the military means to a lot of these men and women.

They do something most of us could never do by serving in the armed forces, they sacrifice family, security and a lot of other things on the off chance that they will get to help someone just "be better".

As you walk through the musuem it starts at the beginning of our country basically and follows the conflicts up till the present day war in Iraq.

Several of the displays are about individuals in the armed forces who made a significant impact (most gave their lives) to the country and sometimes even world. And these are just people from Indiana.

It also made me question what I am doing to help others better their current situations. Is it everything I can bed? Is there something more?

This quote just hit me in such a way that I wanted to share it with you guys and I hope you can find some kind of special meaning in it too.

August 18, 2006


Fellow blogger and Ceese, posted recently about a song that had a strong meaning to her. Later on I was tooling around YouTube and came across a live version of the song Stay or Leave by Dave Matthews. I've posted on the significance of songs and music to me before, and thought I'd add to it. I didn't even hear the first compelete bar for this song and my eyes were already watering.

I have always been a huge fan of Dave Matthews and his work either solo or with the band. It's been interesting to watch this group of partyers grow-up and start singing about world and social issues as opposed to just getting loaded.

I have found solace is several of Dave's songs and Stay or Leave was one of those. It was written beautifully and really helped me get a good cry out when I needed it. When Adam and I went through a period of rough patches, I would listen to this song, and usually cry but sometimes it's just nice to feel something so intensely.

also, Dave looks super hot in this no?

Snakes on a Review

So, I went and saw SOaP last night with my friend Jim and a couple of his friends. Let me just tell you ifyou have been even a little excited about seeing this motherf*&$ing movie, you won't be motherf*&%ing dissapointed!

The fans that were there were just awesome too. There was one kid running around acting like he was Sam Jackson, greeting people as they were walking in theatre thanking them for coming to see "his movie", people had all kinds of snake toys and accessories. At one point someone stood up an announced that once the movie was over everyone should head over to the Steak N Shake, to which a chick in the back stood up and announced, SNAKES ON A SHAKE! Fucking right.

The audience yelled and cheered through the whole thing, which in another setting may have been annoying but not here, it just made it better. Behold the screaming and yelling instances:
-when the lights dimmed for the previews
-When the opening sequence began
-When the title appeared on screen
-When Sams name came on screen
-When Sam actually appeared on screen
-When we saw the first plane
-When the snakes made their entrance
-Everytime someone got bit
-When Sam delivered his famous line about getting the motherf&*%ing snakes off this motherf&^%ing plane.
-Too many others to list.

I'm not a big fan of horror movies, and especially not campy stuff, but this played off everything so well! Then ending is awesome and I can't wait for the sequal!

If you go see it let me know what you think!!!!

August 17, 2006


Hell yeah! I'm going to see Snakes on a Plane tonight. Squeeeee!

snakes on a plane

August 16, 2006

Snakes on a Daily Show

Hot damn, Samuel L Jackson, Jon Stewart and Snakes on a Motherf*&*ing Plane!
Damn right.

August 15, 2006

Ambu-lar's Wedding

My friend Amber got married on Saturday, and I wasn't in the wedding. :-) Whatever, that's not the point of this post. The point is to say congrats and show you guys some cute wedding pictures. Also, I want to show off some of my "whack" photo-playing-around-with skills.

(click on the photo for more)


August 14, 2006

30 weeks

Wow, she's getting so big (and so am I!) We are getting more excited by the day now. Only 10 weeks it feels like this pregnancy has just flown by!

(Click on the picture for a few more)

30 weeks


So, I figure I better see 'em again before they die!


Religious Spew

For those of you that don't know or are new to my little blog or whatever, I consider myself to be a Christian. HANG ON! Don't hit your Red X just yet. I want to clear a few things up.

When I say Christian I mean it in the way of believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he died for our sins, I believe in the bible when it tells us that we need to look out for each other and love one another, and that it is not our place to judge, lest we be judged.

I am a Christian who believes that the whole argument/debate about homosexuals being able to get married is ridiculous. That whole part about God wanting us to love and look out for each other applies to EVERYONE fools. Not who you think should get it or what gives you "the willies". I am a Christian who believes that none of us is perfect or better then someone else.

This last Sunday at church, we had a guest speaker give the sermon, it focused on building and tearing down walls, literally and figuritively. The speaker was a young man who is about the same age as me and I have had the pleasure of knowing for a while.

He spoke about a recent trip he took to Mexico with a group to learn about the current status of immigration and that whole mess. He talked about people who live in cardboard boxes with no running water, and who make $3/day yet they save up enough money to make the illegal trip across the border which costs around $2500-$3500.00 and is, now more then ever, dangerous.

He talked about the good-semaritan groups that were set-up in border cities on both sides and the deeds they do. How they are there to look out for immigrants trying to cross into the USA, to look out for them and get them water and medical treatment when neccesary. He told us about the number of deaths that occur in the desert because these people run out of food and water. He talked about a 2 young men who were members of a group that helped these immigrants and one instance when they were transporting some immigrants they came across who were near death, and they got stopped by border patrol and arrested, and now face time in prison as well as heavy fines. Why? Because they were doing the thing that God calls us to do as Christians, to take care and look out for each other.

As a Christian, God calls us to be kind and extend our hand, not build up walls to keep those we don't like out, as a Christian, God calls us to love one another and be happy for our fellow-man, not persecute and judge them because they have been able to find love in a way we don't understand.

As a Chrstian, I am personally hurt each time our current president throws around that word as an excuse or justification for his decisions. Most Christians I know feel the same way.

My local political blogosphere, in which I regularly participate in, has had two posts over the last week in which "Christian behavior" has been called under attack.

I wish that anyone who has ever been offended or disgusted by Christianity had gotten the opportunity to hear the sermon this week. As I sat there and listened to what he had to say, I felt the tears roll down my cheek. I was feeling so many differant things, hope because of the people who were helping, sadness because of the hate that is being brought against so many people, anger at these people's home country for making their situation so bad that they would literally risk their life to come to a country where they would not only be doing hard labor for probably the rest of their life, but probably never get the respect they deserve for being hard workers, and then hope again, because of people like Andy, our speaker, and the other Christians and non-Christians out there who are tearing down these walls of fear, ignorance and hate, we can all look out and love each other.

To me, that is a Christian.

August 11, 2006

Pie-Giving Angels of Indiana

From the Daily Show, a segment about just how dangerous it is to live in Indiana.

August 09, 2006

sloooooww doooowwwn

Damn, I feel like ever since Adam got home, we've just been going and going.

I feel super stressed at work, at home and in the city. I'm not sure if it's nesting coming up early or if my brain chemicals are off again.

Conner started a daycare this week and today's his second day. He seems to be going strong, but I'm a paranoid mess, and imagine EVERY worse case scenario. Like he manages to escape out the front door and into the street, he cries all day, he gets bitten or physically assaulted in some way, he gets attacked by a venemous duck, he get's the gay,you know every mothers worst fear stuff!

Plus, our beshitted city can't get their act together and it's driving me just nuts. I'm sick of incompetance and I'm sick of the blame. I'm sick of everyone trying to be all politically correct and not standing up and saying what the real problems in the city are.

Adam and his brother just bought a new house to redo and that will soon be sucking all our free-time :-(, and I just want to go home and curl up with him and Conner on the bed. I feel like I'm not good at being a housekeeper person and like the house is in perpetual nastiness, and it kills me because I know Adam hates it.

Gaaahhh, must breathe...

August 08, 2006


Yesterday was a busy day. It being Monday there was a lot of stuff to catch up on at work so that pretty much kept me going all day long, plus we went out for lunch for my birthday, which is always fun.

Hurried home to see Adam and Conner and just hang out. Conner was in a fabulous mood and it's still just so nice to have Adam home again. Conner thinks so too. I got my birthday present from Adam and Conner and hooray it's more bling! Adam picked out a lovely right-hand ring for me. He has fabulous taste in jewelry it's just too bad he doesn't buy more of it :-) Conner signed his card by himself and it made my heart melt.

Adam took Conner on a bikeride and as I was waiting for them to get back so we could get dinner I called my mom and dad and finally reached them on their cell phone. They were at the vet's office. My mom was putting her cat down :-( So I called my sister and we headed up the hill to be with her. Switzer was about 15 years old and it was truly the most humane thing to do, but it didn't make it hurt any less. My mom was pretty devastated, she was the only person that cat really liked and sometimes I wondered it the reverse wasn't true.

So we sat and cried with her and walked with her as she carried Switzer's, now at peace body to the car and let her and dad go home to grieve.

I talked to Dad this morning and he said they had a little ceremony for her and buried her in the back yard. He said mom was doing alright, but I know she has to work today so it's going to be hard on her.

Sooo... there was my birthday in a nutshell. It was a good day and I think it's always fun to make a big deal out of a person's birthday, after all it is the one day a year when it's truly about them.

Thanks to everyone for the happy, happy wishes and I can't believe I'm 25, I wonder how old my parents must feel :-)

August 07, 2006

They say it's your birthday...

It's My Birthday too YEAH!

Conner and mom

August 03, 2006


So surely you all have seen this whole brooohaha over the magazine, BabyTalk, featuring a child, nursing on the cover.

As a mom who nursed and plans on nursing the next baby, I feel strongly about the strengths of breast-feeding as well as the tribulations and trials that accompany it. I only nursed Conner in public once, and I had a lightweight blanket over us.

I'm all for nursing in public, I think it's important for the baby to be feed and kept on a schedule, just as I think it's imporant for the mom to be able to get her stuff done and not have her life revolve around the booby. However, I do think that women should make an effort to be discreet if they know they are in a place that has high-traffic or children. Why? Because it's common freaking decency. Why would you want to go out of your way to make someone feel uncomfortable? just because you can, fine we'll just start calling you Howard Stern (gag).

I don't think stores should kick out mothers who are nursing, but at the same time, have a little respect for your fellow citizen and realize that they are all not as mature about bodily functions as you may be, but don't take it upon yourself to think you have to educate them.

As far as the magazine cover being offensive? Give me a break. It's what the body was designed to do, and I'd rather have my son learning about women and their body's this way rather then sneaking a playboy or feeling that there should be anything embarassing about the human body. PLUS it's a freaking BABY MAGAZINE. and I know it's already been said but what about the covers of pubs like FHM, MAXIM or others?

Grow up people, freaking grow up.

When I arrived at my mom's last night to pick up the boy, she produced a lovely Target bag full of maternity clothes purchased on clearance. Whooot.

The non-whoot part, she still makes me try EVERYTHING on. in front of her. so she can do the crotch jiggle and make sure everything fits. I am 25 and pregnant with my 2nd child. Mom, seriously. But hey it means' free couture* so what can you do?

She was the most excited about a pair of brown/baby blue plaid pants. "For Church" she blurted! I told her that right now we are working on about 3 pairs that fit so they're all church pants.

As I was trying them on, she also excitedly pointed out that they were capri's. Umm yeah mom, see me putting them on? Only, on me? Not so much. The just look like I got pants that are too short.

What the hell, I can make 'em work.

* Right so I know that Target doesn't exactly qualify as couture but piss off it's a fun word to use.

August 02, 2006

Because nobody ever posts the positive shit

Here is an article about some training at Camp Atterbury (where Adam goes for his OCS training) on how to control mobs overseas.

Of course, not many blogs are going to pick this story up, instead they'd rather wait until some random crazy person who happens to be affiliated with the military does something stupid it's picked up and toted as how our troops are evil bastards who just want to Kill,Kill, Kill!!!

Bleah, I can't wait till my military man gets home. I'm at the end of my rope being a single mom, dog mom, housewife and world-saver.

July 27, 2006

Man's Best Friend

Last night I drugged the dogs with benadryl and pulled some grass out of Gracee's butthole.

That's what I call getting awesome.

July 24, 2006


Tonight I'm sitting here watching crap on tv(ms universe pagent for God's sake) trying to not go to bed.

Usually when Adam's been gone for the week-end with military he's home by now. All is right in our family, Conner is elated that dada is home, and I feel safe once again. Of course Adam's not here and we still have 12 more days without him. I keep reminding myself that I did this for 4 months before and it is only 14 days and umm hello, there are people whose better halfs are actually in a dangerous situation across the world, and mine is just in Alabama. But it still sucks.

I was able to talk with him on Friday night so that was nice, and Conner was still awake so I was glad for both of them.

I'm comforted though that it's about this time that Lilli "wake's up" and insists on pumeling the crap out of my insides, but it reminds me that I won't be going to bed "alone" and I'm surrounded by most of my loved ones and Adam will be home soon.

July 21, 2006

Help me and my site

Ok kids, I need some major help here. My blog is just a mess. I use movable type and don't know a damn thing about it, so if you're so inclined to help a sister out, shoot me an email at cparis56 (at) netzero(dot) com.

I'll even give you some money.

The Lord Has Himself Another Soldier

I pretty much just stole that title from Jenna because it's the truth and this really isn't a time to be witty.

Matt passed away this morning, surrounded by his family.

Here is Jenna's post. Please don't stop praying as now his family will need it more then ever.

Thanks to all who contributed financially and spiritually.

July 20, 2006

Happy dance

Hooray. Our ultrasound following up on LIlli's kidney went wonderful today. They said she still has a bit of fluid but it's nothing that is a problem. They will be doing an ultrasound once she is born, just to check out and be safe, but it's pretty good news!

She was moving around everywhere and the tech was just awesome. She even snuck us in a few 3d/4d pictures.

My God, Lilli is just gorgeous. She has the same nose as Conner did (mine) and, oh hell just see for yourself! Click on the picture for more!

4d profile

July 18, 2006

Update on Matt

yesterday I posted about a fellow blogger Jenna who had friends who desperatly need prayers for their son/brother Matt who was injured overseas. I have copy and pasted the entry that she wrote most recently below.

The Great, the Good and the Need
I have some updates regarding Matt and yesterday’s long, continuously updated post. Read on.

The Great!

Jess called this morning and they were able to get his ventilator reduced to 50% of his lung function. Therefore, he can be transported to Texas. This is proof that prayer and whatever else you all did last night does, in fact, work.

The Good.

A friend (thanks, Lisa) let us know that the military has emergency help for situations like this so that one sister could also be paid for to fly to Texas. The Army is paying for three family members and with the relief money, that’s four. We still have two to get to Texas which brings us to…

The Need.

The family needs to pay to fly everyone to Texas as well as the amount of money that will have to be spent on their stay, however long that may be. The IMMEDIATE need is to get the family TO Texas. The family has all ready spent a lot of money to have the youngest sister, Micah, airlifted via helicopter out of Panama where she is on a mission trip. I asked Jess this morning if she would be opposed to setting up a PayPal donation system and she said, “No. Not right now. This is no time for pride.” And so, readers, if you have one dollar to donate, please take the time to do so. This is a family in crisis and in need. The PayPal account is secure for the family. We need quite a bit of money by tomorrow so the family can rush to Matt’s side in Texas. The rest can trickle in as needed.

If you have a dollar, two or a hundred and you feel so inclined, please make a donation to the Wallace family. They need the support, moral and financial, at this time. I will be posting updates of how much money we have raised for the family. Jess’s Father wanted to thank me yesterday and I simply told Jess, “I’m just doing for you what I would want done for my family.” And with Josh still in the Army, that’s a scary thought and reality. I’ll be contacting our batallion today as well.

Please. Even a dollar. This is a huge financial burden. Let’s help lighten the load.

Update: Just over an hour after posting, we have raised $211.00. I’ll be updating this. Note: One plane ticket will be $700.00.

If you'd like to donate, then go here.

Thanks to all!

July 17, 2006

Birthday Party!

Yesterday we celebrated Conner's 2nd birthday. Yes it was a wee bit early, but Adam will be gone with military on his actual birthday so this just worked out better.

Here are some fabulous (read:cute to only me) and repetitive pictures of Conner enjoying the balloons and attention.

Conners birthday 007

Awesome: my friend/neighbor Tabitha is leaving shortly for Thailand to volunteer for like 5 months, she also went down to New Orleans a few months ago to help clean-up, she's like super woman.

Not-so-awesome: dropping off Tabitha's birthday present at her house last night to her husband and in mid-conversation realizing that not-only was I not wearing a bra but hooray, my boobs had started leaking.

Hooray for pregnancy!

July 14, 2006

take me out to the ball-game

Yesterday was another busy day, but strangely enough a day of firsts with the boy.

Right after work, we all had to hustle to church (while managing not to sweat off make-up and frizz-up the hair-well me anyway) for directory pictures. I was a little aprehensive as the boy has a tendancy to be well...spoiled. Alas, the photographer was great and knew just want to do to get the bean to smile. Make farting noises and have a stuffed animal fall off his head. We were also able to get a picture of Adam and I and a good one of Conner, perfect for his two-year pictures.

I had my glasses on for half of them and then took them off for the over half, you know variety and all. hah it turns out that when I don't have anything on to help correct my vision I have a wonkey eye. Now at least I know where Conner gets it. Saaah-weet.

After pictures we headed off to sweet our butts off at the Louisville Bats game with the fam. Adam went home to paint the primer on our trim.killjoy. it was hot, but worth it. The boy got to hang out with family and have a great time.

Conner and mom

*Conner and Rene', my sisters boyf, "Charging"*

kizito cookie lady
*the kizito cookie lady*

July 12, 2006


Holy crap what a week-end. Adam was gone for military, meaning it was just the Bean and I. So naturally I opted to do some power-shopping and damn the boy was a trooper!

The boy and I spent most of our Saturday looking for nursery furniture that either doesn’t cost as much as a mortgage payment or doesn’t look like we dragged it out of an alley. Yeah turns out they don’t make it, so umm furniture companies out there, how about we hop on that?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the babies changing table has to be made of gold or some shit, but I’d like to be confident that when I lay Conner or Lilli on it, they won’t drop through the top like a refrigerator on the top floor of an apartment in a cartoon!

Right, so we have a nice painted room, but not furniture. Booo.

Then we went looking for the holy grail airplane themed birthday stuff for Conner’s birthday and guess what! Haha yeah, they don’t really make that either. Good times. So I decided to totally throw the boy off his nap schedule and detour to Victoria’s Secret since I had a coupon for some free undies. Score! Also stopped by the Children’s Place and got some super, amazingly, cute clothes for the wee-ones. (hooray for clearances and 20% off coupons). I tell you what, the chicks that work in there really get my props, I mean damn you are surrounded by bad, screaming, spoiled people-who bring their kids with them!

Now for some cuteness!!!
lilli outfits

new shoes!
*New shoes*

July 10, 2006

$20 to the person who can accurately guess what I was doing last night from 2:30-3:30!

More later I promise, Mondays are super busy here at work. byee

Oh wait, here is a picture of Conner's birthday invites I made. I hope this tides you over.

Conner's invites 005

July 07, 2006

how old am I again?

I have a confession to make.

I'm a snob when it comes to my neighborhood. We paid pretty decent money to live on a block and in a house that isn't overrun by slobby renters who don't give a shit. We were extremely cautious about moving to the city and living downtown because honostly, New Albany varies block by block as far as the niceness facet.

To date there are only 1 or 2 houses I just want to bulldoze. One is catty-corner from us and actual in forclosure and Adam has started communications with the bank to buy and rehab it, but it may not be until October until it's "released". The other is a shoddy little duplex down the way, but the renters are quiet and keep things picked up enough so they don't really bother me.

UNTIL, 3rd of July as I was taking Bean and the dogs for the firework walk of dog-death I ran into some...undesireables in the street. A bunch of drunk kids hollering and whooping it up. Now wait a minute before you start calling me names and saying I'm just a kid myself, you're right let me explain. I don't mind people partying it up on holidays and week-ends, but I drove past the house last night on an emergency run to Ben Franklins (good God I do sound lame) and they were all out piled on this little porch drinking and throwing shit in the yard. Arrrrrgggghhhh. At least take it in the backyard where people driving past don't have to see you.

I know this stuff is going to happen and where I live is never going to be like a gated community. New Albany has some of the lowest tax rates in the state of Indiana, so naturally lower income people gravitate here. That, I don't have a problem with either. Hey man make what you can and do the best you can, it's all good. What I do have a problem with is the lifestyle certain people bring with them, no money or lots of it. I don't like being woken up at 3 in the morning by Gracee barking her fool head off at some crazies hanging out in front of my house. GET A JOB OR GO TO BED, or hell go hang it at your own house/car/friends couch.

Anyway, back to my lame-ass story, on the way to BF's I noticed a cop car pulled over in an old parking lot (hoo boy don't get me started on the lack of patrols in New Albany) and mentioned to him the crowd of seemingly underage kids drinking a few houses down from mine. Perhaps if he could just cruise past they would scurry back in the house.

Whatev-call me a snob, prude, bitch, I don't care.

What have been your experiences with your neighborhood and where you live? I grew up in a pretty rural area so this city-livin is all still new to me.

July 05, 2006

Happy 4th

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July with their families and whatnot.

Monday I had to go into work, but we got off a bit early at 2 or so. This was so nice. I was able to pick up Conner from Waterfront Park where Alicia had taken him to play, and when we got home it was naptime for all. saaah-weet. Nothing like a 2 hour nap in the middle of the week. I'm not sure who said that the second trimester see's an energy burst, but umm yeah right. I could take a two-hour nap EVERY DAY. Of course it could also be the crazy pills that I've been taking again too.

I woke to find Adam sleeping on the couch and fixed dinner for the Bean. There was a city-council meeting that night so I was out the door by 7. ( I had to go save the world you know).

After the meeting I noticed on the way home that lots of people were celebrating early with fireworks so I loaded up the boy and the dogs and headed out the door to catch some fun. Ha of course the dogs were a major pain in the ass, and we only got to see a few fireworks, but by far the highlight of the evening was SEEING A DOG GET HIT BY A CAR. I thought I was going to puke right there on the sidewalk. God that's the most disgusting noise in the world. Luckily it was OK.

I decided that was enough fun and home we went.

Yesterday we all slept in a bit and then went to Cracker Barrel for some brunch. Mmmm nothing like a carb overdose to get you going. Off to the grocery store where not only did Adam hit Conner in the head with the car door, but they both lost their shit over there not being a driving cart for Conner. To be fair, it was near Conner's nap time, and the driving car was all we had talked about on the way in to the store, oh and he just had some mild head trauma. you know from the car door? Adam was pissed that Conner was pissed, so mom saves the day and stalks some poor family out to the parking lot to get their cart. Good times. Of course now Conner could care less and all he talks about the way home is the sucker that dad gave him. Ungrateful little shit...

anyway. the grocery store adventure was then followed by (can you guess) another 2 hour nap! damn right. which meant we rolled out of bed, late for the festivities at Adam's parent's.

Conner ate 3 hotdogs, ran around in the garden, got naked and played in the pool and was just overall cute.

I was in charge of lighting the fireworks for a bit, not really sure how that happened or whose idea it was for the pregnant, chemically imbalanced chick to be in charge of the pyrotechniques but noone got hurt so it was all good.

then we took a family picture and I look like crap. but at least I have an excuse for the bedhead. (see above napping incident).

my house.
(my bitchen' house)

4th of July family.
(the fam)

(blackmail, wheee)

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Conner's first sparkler experience.
(last one I swear)

July 03, 2006

now, if we could just get rid of the pizza boxes.

*updated broken link*

Today, I did the biggest thing that symbolized being a real responsible adult (to me anyway). I went and ordered our bedroom furniture. I know right! How crazy is it that now, we will actually have a room in our house where everything matches and it doesn't look like a freaking dorm room.

It's from Ashley's and the style is "Britannia Rose", doesn't that even sound grown up. We liked it because it's all wood and will fit in with the style of our house, mostly the architectural style because really, between Adam's cheapiness and my crazy bi-polar taste, we really don't have a style.

Are you jealous? I mean I'd be jealous if I were you! (say you're jealous).

June 29, 2006

is today national douchebag day?

Riiiight. So did I miss the memo that went out telling everyone to suck today?

This morning there was some stupid lady in the drive through who would not pay attention to anything. We sat there behind her while she fussed with her hair (hey lady it looks like crap no matter what GO.ON) and talked on her cell phone, and took the opportunity to clean out her purse. Oh and then when she was ordering AFTER the drivethrough person had said, "will that be all?"
dumb lady,"yes",
drive through person" Your total-"
dumb lady" oh wait can I get blah blah blah"
She did this TWICE.

Then, THEN, on my way to lunch some assbag HIT MY CAR AND LEFT while I was waiting in line at a stoplight. He was trying to go around me on the right and didn't have the room so he just HIT ME! When he got up next to me I said yelled, "Hey you just hit my car", and do you know what sweetie said? "Fuck you I have to make a turn here".

Oh hell no bee-otches, it's on. So I turned to, he then ran every stop sign in the parking lot trying to escape the wrath of me. (and he probably didn't even know that i was pregnant and chemically impbalanced), then the smartypants thought he'd outrun me by turning into a subdivision. Oh you poor stupid little man. Don't fuck with me, I'll take your ass out! (he's just lucky Conner wasn't in the car) So I pull onto a side street because this subdivision is a dead end, and here he comes barreling down the street. He sees me out of the corner of his eye as I am writing down his license plate. The look on his face was priceless.

So I called the cops and reported him for a hit and run, unfortch unless he has a record there's not really anything that can be done since he didn't cause enough damage for me to turn it into insurance. Karma baby, karma.

*Sniff sniff* What is that?

Umm I smell like baby pee today. What.the.hell.

getting ready to paint

helping dad paint.2

In other news, Adam will be gone on Conner's birthday because of his OCS (hooray for the military, two weeks!!!!)so we will be having a little (family only) party the week-end before. I decided to do this family only, mainly to save other people the time and energy of attending a two-year olds birthday party, it's nothing personal, but seriously, who gives a shit about a two-year olds party. It's basically going to consist of me running around like a younger version of my mom, all crazy and tweaking out if things start going off plan, Adam will grill and that's about it, and the grandparents will "fight" over who gets him the most, and Conner will behave as though he has been fed a steady diet of nothing but crack for the last two days.

Yee-haw. Although I am going to make the inviatations and party supplies with a plane theme, so be prepared for me to post lots of pictures of how awesome and creative I am. :-)

June 19, 2006

I'm Dead Sexxy

Saaahhh-weet. I've wiped off my computer screen twice today after coughing fits and yesterday while we were eating dinner with Adam's family, he made the following two announcements:

Adam: Haha yesterday while Courtney and Conner and I were napping, Courtney fell asleep first and Conner was making fun of her snoring!!
Family: hahaha
Me: yeah Heh
Me: I'm so tired today.
Adam: You're tired?! You kept waking me up with your snoring!
Me: (red faced) umm you should have nudged me
Adam: I did!


So yesterday was the ESNA neighborhood picnic, and we got to meet a new neighbor! Guess what she does!? She is a psychic and she is going to come do a home reading (hopefully) sometime next week.

She mostly does tarot cards and personal readings, but I am waaaay more interested in what she has to say about the house and what former residents still hang out. Of course Adam has poo-pooed the idea but I secretly think he is excited to see what she has to say too.

I've done some research on the house and the previous owners so if she starts to name drop I'll probably mess my pants right there. She was also telling me that she can teach us how to communicate with them. Hmm I've had one or two "run-ins" with one of the male ghosts and I don't know how much closer I can get to communicating with them, other then stammering and staring at the floor after padding my way back from the bathroom, and asking him to please move, but we'll see. So far they've been pretty easy roomies.

Oh she also says that she can communicate with those on the "other side" perhaps she can check-in with Grandpa? I think that would freak me out the most.

Anywho, I'll definately let you know what she says and what we find!!!!!!

June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day

Today, we celebrated Adam's second father's day, and it was all around a fabulous day. I got up and made him blackberry pancakes and eggs, which are two things I can actually cook quite well,( in fact I'll challenge my pancakes and eggs to any bitches in the land!).

After breakfast, and Conner boycotting the pancakes, seriously kid, as if it's enough you don't like Adam more, you won't even eat my food(!) we gave Adam his present. A new cd face for his truck that will allow his IPod to be plugged directly into the face, so we don't have to mess around with crappy FM Modulators anymore. Adam was pretty stoked. So much in fact, that we all had to hurry up and get dressed so we could go get the darn thing installed that morning.

Looking back, it was a pretty damn good day. We had some time to kill before so we went to Target and futzed around the baby furniture and then over to Bed Bath and Beyond to check out some linens and window treatments.

I realize to a lot of people this may sound like the day from hell, but it's these kind of days, even moments that I love the best and remember the most. Moments when it seems like it seems like everything just falls into place and my world is right.

I kid a lot that Conner likes Adam more than me, and while of course who doesn't want to be Ms. Congeniality, it actually makes my heart feel more full then I could have ever imagined. I knew that Adam was going to love Conner, after all, it's his son, but I had no idea he would like him so much. They have the best time together, doing anything. Whether it's playing in the drywall mud, or just reading a book, they just makes my day when I get to see them like that.

We are all excited for Lillian to make her big arrival, and I know that while it doesn't seem possible Adam will continue to be an even better dad, and for that I am so grateful.

Happy Father's Day, Adam, you really are doing a fabulous job.

June 16, 2006

I swear I just have a cold! or Open letters to the bitches who ruined my night!

Yesterday proceeded to get worse and worse once I realized I was coming down with the same cold that Adam was trying to shake and Conner seems to be trying to fight off as well.

Dear Hairbitch,

I had an appt to get my hair cut and colored last night with you my perpetually late, client-treating-like-shit hairstyist. I've been ready to kick you to the curb quite a few times, but you really saved your ass when you did an amazing job on my hair and make-up for the wedding. Last night was it. You is always late, and not like 5 minutes like 15-20, you never ever can remember how we did my hair the last time, even though you guys are supplied with these fancy little client sheets, where you can practically write down my life story and have it on had when I come in. and the part that just pisses me off even more is everytime I call to make an appt you ALWAYS asks if I can be there early. WTF not like it matters because you are forever taking walk-ins before I come in.

Actually that's what happened last night. I called at about 10 minutes till my appt to say I was stuck in traffic and would be there about 5 minutes late. The receptionist said you'd scampered down the street to do blow or something (ok not really but I'm super pissed here) and she'd let you know.

So I run in, my big pregnant ass sweating all over the place. The receptionist lady tells me you'll be right with me.(Psshhhawww) 10 minutes later, still no hairbitch. I get up and find out what the hell is going on. "oh", the whiney receptionist tells me, "She's with another client, she took a walk in right before you came in".

MOTHER.FUCKER. I saw red (and not just the red on the tacky felt couches in the lounge). "cancel my appointment, i'm out"

I got up and left and went and sat in my car and just shook, I was so pissed. There is absolutely no excuse nowadays for bad service. Look bitches, I have worked in the customer service/retail/sales field my entire(short it may be) career, and with all the competititon that's out there, you better step up your game, because guess what, there are tons of people who will step all over themselves to take my hundred bucks every 6 weeks to do stupid shit with my hair.

I checked my phone last night and you had called like 3 times saying you were sorry and to come back in, I haven't even listened to all the messages. In the notorious words of Amil, "Never test my patience nigga I'm high maintenence"
Dear Wal-Greens Pharmacy Bee-otch,

First off, I'm not against body piercings in anyway, yeah yeah freedom of expression and all that shit, hey I know, I had a tongue ring and um...other body part pierced. Hooray for bucking society and authority. However, when you're talking with people about important shit, like dying if they don't take their medicine properly, and you get that little what foamy thing of spit that forms around your lip-ring, I'd say take that bitch out, you're making us gag sister!

Anywho, back to me. I know that you all just trying to do your job and protect the public from their own self-destructive ways, but seriously, I'm sick right now, and I need my damn sudafed. I am lucky to be functioning with the pressure in my sinus cavities right now, so forgive me since I didn't bring my drivers license. Oh what's that? What, you can't sell me an over-the-counter sinus and cold drug without proof of ID? Excuse me? Now look, I don't even want to get all political here, but come on goverment! I'm a sniffling, coughing, sinus-pressured mess, and I can't get relief because we have to protect all the junkies from themselves? F-that. I'm out.


June 15, 2006

Wheeee guess who's getting sick! Arrgghhh. *UPDATE*

Adam has been sick for the last week, and I was hoping that it was just a sinus infection, and not anything he could pass along, but when the boy woke up all crusty around the schnoz yesterday, and I woke up with a thick scratchy throat this morning, I knew it wasn't so.

Shit. On my week-end too.

* Still feel like shit even worse. so I went to get a mcflurry on my lunch break. good times. It's helped a little*

sick damnit

eat it!

June 12, 2006


Wheeew. I can never tell if I feel rested or exhausted the Monday after returning from a vacation. This last week-end we spent with Adam’s family down at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. We got their Thursday morning, and were treated to 4 days of fabulous weather and more fun with the boy then we could have imagined.

Conner loves the outdoors and takes to it like his mama takes to water. Adam always calls me a mother duck, I would live in the water if I could. Even on it. We grew up with a boat and spent almost every weekend from the late spring to early fall on it. I can get my sea-legs back in an instant. I love when you just get on the boat and it’s a no-wake zone, but you can see the opening just ahead. Waiting for you to get out there and cut the engine loose. I love the smell of the exhaust from the boat. When I was little I would hang over the edge and drag my hands through the water, just hoping to feel the water spray up on my face. I love how friendly other boaters are.

I was pleased to see that Conner seemed to feel the same way. He’s still a little wary of getting in the pool, or any body of water bigger than the tub actually, but wow did he love the boat. He would run from side to side to look over the edge, and then turn to get our attention and tell us all about it.

The cabin that we stayed on was lakefront and that meant that Adam and his brother and dad spent a lot of time fishing. Of course Conner wanted to fish too.

We also stopped by Mill Spring for the day and took some pretty pictures of the springs and waterfalls and also some of our fam.
The fam

There was a lot of time for me to spend on cross-stitching and just enjoying not being at work, and of course it went way to fast. I look forward to another vacation, but now it looks like my major things to look forward to are the baby in October (duh) but sooner then that is the finishing of Conner and Lillian’s room, buying of new furniture for our bedroom and the babies, and enjoying the weather.

More pictures if you click on the picture.

June 02, 2006

Adam just called to check in before going to bed (he is away for military drill) and said he is considering signing another commitment with the national guard.

I really, really don't want him to do this. I want this stupid fucking war to be over, and I want all the troops we lost to come home, and I want there to be no need for any military forces in the world ever again. Ha I know foolish thinking, but this just gives us another 6 years(from now) to hope he doesn't get deployed.

I am so proud of him for wanting to help protect his country, but I just want him to be home with me and our family. Fuck you George W Bush, and the rest of your money hungry bullshit administration. Fuck you for destroying families all over the world, and then having the audacity to pull God into it.

Have I mentioned how much ass my husband kicks?

So there is this super fun and time consuming political blog that I spend way to much time reading, and today there was a fun post about a recent Memorial Day broo-haha put on the by city.

This one guy makes some really dumb and assanine comments about the military brainwashing, so of course my big mouth responds, though I did retype it several times, the first reply was just a string of cuss words.

But the most beautiful part was where my husband, who hates all things blog, posted and put this little shit in his place. Saaaaah-weeet.

You can read it here.


So, remember when I posted a while back about Snakes on a Plane? Well BITCHES! Get ready cause it is opening on August 18th, and the official trailers are out, and you know who's in this movie?(Besides Sammy J) LIN SHAYNE, the crazy lady who played the Landlady in KingPin. Damn it just keeps getting better.

Here is the official trailer

Here is an interview with Lin

Check out Snakes on a Blog.

Here's a piece from CNN

Here is a kickass comedian talking about SOAP

May 31, 2006

Busy Bees

Whew Memorial Day weekend was super busy with swimming, visiting a local nature area and oh yeah doing some demolition and renovation in Conner's room!

Saturday morning, Conner and I took a stroll with Adam's mom and dad, and cousin's to the Loop Island Wetlands.

The Ohio River
This is a shot of the old dueling grounds that open up to a beautiful view of the Ohio River, and we are trying to convince Adam's Dad to bring his metal detector and see what we can find.

Old railroad tracks in the wetlands.

The Tannery
The tannery that remains on the property, this is the building Mr. Goodman would like to turn into condo's.

I'll have more about our swimming adventure and the knocked down walls in our house later on today.

May 26, 2006

Image of the Day!

Hey, I've got a picture over at Blogging Baby that's image of the day!

You can see it here.(Scroll all the way to the bottom!)

May 24, 2006

Fiddler on the Roof can SUCK IT!

Gosh, we have already reached the point in this pregnancy where it’s time to start thinking about a birth plan. Something, I intend on taking very seriously this time around. Before, when I was pregnant with Conner, I had always assumed that the Drs and hospitals had your best interest at heart. HA!

After my mildly traumatic birth experience with Conner, I resigned myself to make sure that I was always there to be his advocate as well as my own. So far in this pregnancy I have already switched dr’s, and seriously debated the whole circumcision thing. Plus, with Adam being here it will be a whole different ball-game. While I’ll be taking the epidural thank-you very much, I still would like to re-attend birthing classes as well as learn as much about Lamaze and the Bradley method as I can.

See, back in the day before I actually carried a living human being around in my gut for 9 months I was so totally going to have natural child birth, hey if my mom did it with my sister and I then why not? Yeah…that abruptly ENDED when Adam and I attended our first childbirth class in which we were lucky enough to get to watch a real live natural child birth! Ring of Fire and everything, good times abound. I stood up after that movie was over, and searched to see if I could just go ahead and have that epidural right now. Natural child birth my ass, crazy bitches all of y’all*

So after we decided that I didn’t want to carry around a grudge against my child for putting me through inexplicable pain, the next question was what type of “pain management” did we want to use. The epidural was pretty much a no-brainer. See, I don’t do so well when it comes to narcotics. No one in my family does, so I guess there goes my shot at becoming an addict! Not only do they make me nauseous, but I tend to get a little bitch, and if there’s narcotics and alcohol, I may, just may, make out with the nearest wife (now-ex) of the lead singer of my favorite band(you’re shocked right?)

For example, when I was about 19 I had my wisdom teeth taken out, and since they were awesome-ly curled around my jawbone and a bunch of other nasty stuff, I requested to be put down
to sleep. You think I want to hear all the drilling and chipping away at MY BONE?

Anyway, it was the first time I had ever been anesthetized and I didn’t know what to expect. With my mom and dad and Adam working, my grandma was the lucky person who got to escort me from the drs office to the pharmacy and back to her house.

I remember getting to the pharmacy and asking if I could go in the store with her, she didn’t think it was a good idea, I told her to get a cart and she could push me around in it.

Umm not happening, I guess I went back to sleep or whatever because I woke up a little later, lying across her backseat with the window down and it RAINING ON MY FACE. Damn. I went back to sleep. Again.

Later on at her house, Adam called right before he got off work to see if I needed anything or wanted anything. I told him I was bored and wanted some movies(I think my grandmas house was hard-wired for golf-channels only). A bit later he shows up with some flowers and fucking FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and THE SOUND OF BLOODY MUSIC. All I remember is throwing the movies at him and going back to sleep.

What? I mean could he have picked out some lamer shit? He still brings that up.

Then there was the awesome time I broke my back in high school, and when they made me go back to school (only 2 weeks after I broke it-crazy bastards) I had to try like 10 different pain pills before deciding that I was screwed and had to tough it out on Extra Strength Tylenol. That shit doesn’t even touch a headache let alone 2 BROKEN VERTEBRAE AND 3 BROKEN RIBS. The non-tolerance was demonstrated after I had been to school about 20 minutes and I threw up percocept all over the girl sitting in front of me. (haha that’s how the cool kids do it.)

Anyway, I don’t think it would be a good idea to get all exorcist or kd lang on any of the staff who is helping to bring my lovely and amazing miracle into the world, so I’ll do us all a favor and stay away from the narcotics and go straight for the epi.
(see how happy I looked)
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*I’m just KIDDING!

May 23, 2006


Whew Vegas was tiring for a lot of reasons. I got up yesterday morning to go to work after our majorly delayed flight rolled in at 1 in the AM and felt drunk all day long. I went home and went to bed at 7:30, and Adam was so awesome that he did kept Conner pre-occupied with baths and peeing on Adam's army boots, and let me just sleep.

Anyway, I was out there for work (we had a convention on Thursday and Friday) from Wed-Sunday, and flew my mom out for Mother's Day on Thursday. I don't know which was more wearing, her or my clients for work.

I can see where I got some of my quirks that's for sure, but damn! Oy, girl wears me out! She immediately reverted back into mothering stage as soon as she got there, and I am sure that me being pregnant only amplified her urges. Don't get me wrong, it is sweet and awesome, but if I say that I don't want another glass of water I DON't WANT ANOTHER GLASS OF FRIGGIN' WATER!!!! ahem.

Oh did I mention she is nosey as hell? Now at least, I know I come by that honestly, that's what our major fight was about. She has to like, "help" everyone around by joining in their conversation. Mother, SHUT IT for a minute!

Oh yeah, and she doesn't like to spend money,at all. That must be why I sought out that characteristic in Adam. She gambled like once, and didn't even bring herself home any souveniers or whatever.

I mean she is so anxious she makes me look sedated. Ha for example, one night we got back in the room after dinner and the message indicator was blinking on the phone. Here's how that went down:

Mom: Courtney, what's that? What does it mean?!
Me: Mom, it means I have a message.
*I proceed to call the front desk for the message, mom stands next to me and begins to nervously bite on her nails, like they are going to tell me some big national secret.*
Me: MOM! Can you go somewhere else and do that?
Mom: Fine, I just want to know what's wrong!
Me: Nothing is wrong, I had a package at the business center but I already picked it up. NOTHING IS GOING ON!
Mom: So nothing is wrong? Everything is alright?
Me: YES!!!!!!

*Mom at The Venetian*

I did take a bunch of fun pictures of her though, and we had a good time, but I think we were both glad to get off that plane.

*Mom at Ceasars*

I also did a little bit o' shopping and got some maternity clothes, bean-town some clothes, and I got my watch!

Giving props to my local homies

Congratulations to Roger and everyone else at Rich O's, NABC, and Sportstime, in this bitchen accomplishment.

Rich O's named 19th in top 50 places to have beer in America!

May 16, 2006

Sometimes I've got to unh-unh get away...

Hooray. I leave for Vegas tomorrow through Sunday. On Thursday and Friday I will be balls-to-the-wall busy with the conferance that we are hosting but Wednesday night and Saturday I'm not doing anything but shopping or sitting by the pool.

Since I have a suite at The Veneitian all to myself and Adam has military, I invited my mom to go with. (seriously I hate to do shit by myself, unless it's shopping, then, you better get the hell out of my way, especially if you shop at bullshit stores like 5-7-9)

She couldn't bring herself to pay for the plane ticket so for Mother's Day we all chipped in together and bought her the ticket.

I'm not much of a gambler and I won't be doing any drinking this time around but I freaking love Vegas. I love The Venetian, I just like getting away I guess. Of course I'll miss the bean-town and Adam, but ahh I love a vacation.

May 15, 2006

Mother's Day part 2

Conner and I on Mother's Day

Flowers from my mom and sister. They also took me for mani's and pedi's but I figure noone wants a picture of my feet.

Mother's Day Belation part 1

Sorry for the delay in posting. I usually try not to post over the week-end so I can be at home and enjoy my boys and this week-end was no different.

It being Mother's Day and all got me thinking about a couple things. One of them being how eerily right on my own mom's intuition can be. I mean it's freaking creepy sometimes. Even when she meet's a new friend for the first time, she can usually peg which ones are the flakes are which ones are going to really be there.

I'll give you a few examples of the creepiness.

When I was a senior in high school, a bunch of us decide that on the last day of winter break, we would go sledding at one of the local parks. It had been snowing, but it wasn't anything that resembled a blizzard or the like.
Anyway, that morning as my sister and I are piling on the layers, my mom is all but begging us not to go. She just keeps saying she doesn't have a good feeling about it. Yeah, right. Of course I'm just thinking that she totally doesn't understand me, and just doesn't want me to have any fun! (ahh teenage angst).

So we all load in the cars and off we go.

Dude, the park is packed! We all roll out of the car and get out our assortment of things-to-sit-on-while-we-go-down-the-hill-that-will-make-us-go-really-fast.

I’m so freaking stoked by this point. So I grab an “innertube” and my friend Jennifer hops on as well and with a whoosh and a squeal we are off down the hill. About halfway down we hit a bump and Jennifer goes flying! I remember the tube spinning around and I see her lying on the hill laughing her ass off. I’m laughing too, but stop once I realize that I, somehow, got way off course and, you know that part of a good sledding hill that is real long and flat at the bottom, well I managed to get to the part of the hill that didn’t have the nice long flat part for me to stop. Fuck. I am headed straight for the trees.

I get spun around backwards again and can’t see where I am going. Once I am facing the front I see, oh joy, I’m not going to hit a tree, but a big ass utility box. I remember trying to lie flat thinking maybe I could slide under it. Ummm not so much. The tube slams into the box and that causes me to slam into the box.

It knocks me out for a few seconds. When I come to, I can’t catch my breathe, and I am hurting like a sonofabitch. My sister and friend come running over laughing, and soon realize, this aint’ cool and we got a problem.

Some dude runs out of nowhere and crouches down beside me, telling me not to move. Umm yeah not a problem. Anyway, to make a long story short. I ended up at the hospital with 2 broken vertebrae and a handful of broken ribs. The point of this post is not me being a loser and messing up sledding, but HOW DID MY MOM KNOW??

Case 2: My sister wanted to go out with her friends one night when she was in high school and my mom said no. She didn’t give a reason and my sister wasn’t in any kind of trouble (for that minute anyway) but mom just said no, she had a bad feeling. Early, early, early the next morning we got a phone call that the group of friends she was going to go out with was in a very serious car crash and one of the girls was in a coma. It was pretty fucking scary, and the first thing we all thought was how glad we were that my sister wasn’t in that car. Once again HOW DID MY MOM KNOW??

Of course there have been the friends and boyfriends along the way that she had warned both my sister and I about, knowing that there would be tears and a broken heart involved somewhere in the future, and I think, while we misunderstood her pleas as being paranoid, she soon realized that a lot of the time this was just shit we had to learn on our own. Of course if she would, she would stop the hurting and let us learn the lessons of life
the easy way” but it just doesn’t work like that.

Already I find myself watching Conner in, what I am sure is, the same way my mom watched us. So proud of how big he is and how much he can do on his own, but so fearful of the harsh lessons life will surely bring his way.

When he has a check-up and he is due for immunizations I think I oftentimes cry harder then he does, it’s so hard for to not be able to make him understand that I am not hurting him on purpose and I do this because I will always use everything in my power to keep him safe and healthy. Much in the same way my mom reacted when she took my sister and I for immunizations when I was going into 6th and my sister into 3rd grade, my sister was crying and asking why she had to get a shot. I will never forget the look on my mom’s face when she grabbed my sisters hand and said, “I will always take away the hurt when I can”. Of course now I realize she meant much more then just a sting from a shot.

Thanks Mom, for being such a good role model for me and Conner. I am truly, truly blessed.

May 12, 2006


So who watched The Office last night?
I know it sounds a little weird, but umm when Jim and Pam kissed, total butterflies in my stomach, much like when I watched Garden State for the first time. It was just really sweet I guessed. But damnit now I have to wait until the next season to see what's going to happen.

Now before you go giving me any grief for being lame, please keep in mind the following:
A) I am pregnant and hormonal so back the F off
B) I am emotional anyway
C) Shut uuup, it was really sweet!

May 11, 2006

This is why I'm sad I didn't go away for college

Since I stayed at home and went to a "commuter college" I never really got the full experience of living away at a college dorm. Although I think doing the WDWCP did make up for that, well partly anyway. I met a lot of people that I still talk with today, and learned a lot about myself. Mostly I did it to prove that I was independent. I mean I cried just about every night I was there for the first three weeks just wanting to go home, but I didn't. That (besides Conner) is one of the things I am the most proud of.

Right, so now that we have established that I am a lame-ass, moving on...

I made good grades here, worked and paid my way through school, didn't have to be far away from my fam or Adam, but sadly I always felt like I missed out on something.

Today, I realized what it was.

How sad is that?

May 09, 2006

Mother's Day

Just in case you are itching to get me something special for Mother's Day this Sunday, let me help you! Seriously, I don't want you going through all that stress of thinking up something special for lil' ole me.*

So, if you want me to come and make out with you, this will do it!

Or if a simple call of thanks is all you need, this will work too!(any color I'm not picky)

*Of course I'm just joking. My mom and sister and taking me for a pedicure and I already told Adam that he could get me a weed-eater, because well, we need one. boo.

May 08, 2006

Der-bay Par-tay

Whew Derby has come and gone and it always seems a little like Christmas, I just get so amped up and ready for all the events and I can't wait for it to get here, and then it's done.

I already miss the small festive things like all the local tv morning new shows broadcasting from Churchill Downs, all the Derby Festival events like the Hot Air Balloon Race, and Balloon Glow, Pegasus Parade, Steamboat Race etc.

Anyway, our party went off without a hitch, and thank you God, our weather was perfect! Here are some pics.

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May 02, 2006

If I could teach the world to sing...

On the way home from work the other day, a War song came on the radio, and it was like one of those nerdy sci-fi movie scenes where the character is sucked into a vortex and transplanted somewhere else. Luckily, in my case it wasn’t a far away land with 3 headed monsters or some shit, it was on a boat with my mom, dad, and sister.

Up until recently I always thought that music played a huge part in everyone’s life but it’s just not the case. Especially, with Adam. I guess it has to do so much with how you grew up.

My parents always had music playing. I can remember this one stint my dad went through when he decided he was going to be the next great saxophone player, and he got this complete Beatle’s songbook. I can remember being like 7 and thinking that “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” was like the greatest thing ever written. What literary genius!

My very first concert was The Rolling Stones, on their Steel Wheels tour. Actually, we didn’t have tickets, but they were playing at an outdoor stadium in Louisville, so the night before the show, my parents and us drove down and parked one of their cars like right next to the stadium so we could come back the next day and tailgate. They even took me out of school early (haha eat it Ms. Bauman I didn’t have a dr’s appt! I was going to see Mick and his lips!). We brought mine and my sisters bike’s along and this guy had a whole roll of these promotional stickers that he just gave to us. My whole bike was covered in these fluorescent orange and pink Rolling Stones stickers. It was awesome. To this day every time I hear Mixed Emotions or Sad, Sad, Sad, I think back and realize how awesome it was that my parents actually pulled us out of school for a freaking Rolling Stones concert. Eat shit all you bastards in school who thought they were cool. My parents whooped your ass.

Then when I was in high school, my dad was running Saturday morning errands when the radio came on a said that Bob Dylan/Joni Mitchell tickets were going on sale that morning for a show in Indianapolis. Dad decides he can make it to a devil-stand, Ticket Master in time. Awesomely enough, he is the first in line, and manages to get us 5th row tickets. 5th row for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell bitches! It was so awesome. I mean these two are freaking legends, I’m just glad I got to see BD before he just blew away like dust a la’ Kicking Wing in Joe Dirt.

In fact, I think most of the shows I have been too have been with some member of my immediate family. How bitchen’ is that? When the IBMA show was in Louisville my family always volunteered to work, then there was the BlueSky Jam Fest (only happened once :-( we all volunteered to work security and stuff.

As I type this post I have realized how freaking grateful I am to my parents for being so damn cool and therefore making my sister and I even more bad-ass.

April 21, 2006


Remember, what I said about Adam having an uncanny knack for taking bad pictures? Well the reign isn't over. This was the best I could get him to take of me in the Derby hat, so I had to do some creative editing so I would feel better about looking like total ass in the picture.

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It looks better when my hair is fixed, and I have on makeup, and Adam and I haven't been having a silent fight all night.

Good times.

April 19, 2006

But the baby needs it's vitamin C

So I just fell in love with Panera Bread all over again.

Upon returning from lunch, and ready to eat the amazing salad which they call Fandango, I quickly realized that there were NO MANDARINE ORANGES.

I was a little peeved, but it was cool. I called them anyway just to give them the heads up, cause I saw a guy back in the prep area that I had never seen before, and thought maybe he just didn't know.

Well who should answer the phone then the awesome chick that works there (whom I have praised before for being so awesome and nice), and I told her what was up. (this is why she is awesome) She immediately sided with me, saying she'd be pissed and did I want her to bring me some oranges for the salad. I was taken aback. I wasn't be super pissy or anything, but then I started thinking hell, the girl probably wants to get out of work. So I said sure. She put her boss and and told me to act super pissed.

Well, it's kinda hard to act pissed over oranges, but I did my best. The manager said they would send some right over. t

Just a minute ago, they dropped off a brand new salad, and enough cookies for the whole office! wheee

Panera you are back in my good graces, and thanks Katie!

April 18, 2006

Little Baby Xenu has arrived!

TomKat has had their alien freak baby.
The world can now commence in ending.

You can read more interesting accounts here, here, here

April 17, 2006

marsupials scare me, cause they're fast

I'm watching Wayne's World 2 right now, and I can't get over how freaking young Christopher Walken looks.


April 16, 2006

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

I hope this day finds you and yours truly blessed and able to celebrate Christ's resurrection with those you love.(you know if that's your thing).

We spent a lot of time this weekend outside enjoying the fabulous weather and we went to an Easter Egg hunt in which we saw, the Easter Bunny, the fire trucks and even the Weiner King.

Pictures to come shortly!

April 14, 2006

Derby Hat!

For the last 3 years for Derby, we have been going to a colleagues amazing kick-ass Derby party, but this year they are going out of town to like the Bahamas or the Cayman’s or some shit. Anyway, we I decided to have our own Derby shindig.

Although I have lived here my entire life, not once have I ever been to the Derby, or even Churchill Downs for that matter. Never really had the time, money, or people to go with, someone else was always have a party that would be just as fun. I guess maybe I feel slighted.

So anyway, this year's party, chances are most of you that read this are friends, and are invited to our little party.
-ONE CATCH, you must wear a Derby Hat! It can be something you bought or made yourself, but you have to participate DAMMIT!

I'll be sending out more formal invites early next week, and if you want to make sure you're invited leave me a comment or send me an email with your address.

That being said, I was out shopping (shock shock right?) yesterday on my lunch break, and decided to go into this season hat store, that comes out just for Derby time. I figured I'd poke around, and try not to let myself feel like I am below poverty level. (That issue is a whole other post waiting to happen, even with my sudden sharp increase in income, I still feel very less-than).

Anyway, I parked the ole Vue, and madewaddled my already growing pregnant butt into the store. I was just in shock. Look at all the hats, I would look like such a tool, holy crap that hat is $400.00! Just as soon as I turned to high-tail it out of there, I heard a voice say, "Miss, is there anything I can help you with?" Well, being from retail and sales, I truly detest the "lookers", because when you explain to your boss that they really were just looking, they don't give a shit, if you were a decent sales person, you could have sold them (again a whole other post).

So, I told her about our party, and that I didn't know what kind of hat I was looking for, but I did know I couldn't spend a car payment on a hat.

She started buzzing around the room and grabbing all different kinds of hats for me to try on. Ha some of them were so laughable!

I did find a nice taupe small sturdy brim hat with coffee accenting, and a big magnolia blossom. As soon, as I put it on, I was sold. It was just like freaking Pretty Woman. I felt so classy.

Only one obstacle stood in my way of the hat....ADAM!

But oh no, this clever hat store was not going to let one pesky, frugal husband stand in their way. They have this lovely little program where you can take the hat home for 24 hours on "approval". AKA take the hat home, bond with the hat, so there is no way you could ever dream of returning it, promise your husband all kinds of favors(!) if he let's you keep the hat. Sneaky hat shop.

While this was coincidentally the cheapest most inexpensive hat the in the store, let me tell ya, these hat's aint cheap.

Adam was none to pleased when I told him the price tag, but being the awesome husband that he is, (that and after nearly 24 hours of me buzzing in his ear about wanting, nay, needing the hat) he called this afternoon to say it was alright.

Hooray! I have my very first Derby hat, and it is so fab. The best part is, I can replace the ribbon and embelishments to wear it again.

I'll try to get a pic of it later!

April 12, 2006

12 weeks appt

Yesterday was the 2nd drs appt and everything looks good. The doc had a bit of trouble finding bean #2's hearbeat, and I thought we were going to get an ultrasound, but she found it in the end.

I know we've heard it before with Conner's but, wow, what an amazing sound. It's like what really drives home that we're having a baby. There is something alive in there, and it's depending on me to keep it going and give it what it needs. No pressure.

Next appt is in 4 weeks, and that's when we do the AFP test.

We decided to do the test, not because the resutls would have any bearing on terminating the pregnancy, but our thoughts are should there be a problem, we can start reading up on it now.

Not that we are thinking we will have a problem ,but this is major controversy for a lot of parents and practitioners, and I'm happy that this is one of the things we agree on as parents.

April 10, 2006

Which is Worse?

Having to spend time with someone you don't like, or spending it with someone with whom you have nothing in common?

April 07, 2006


The other day, I was outside taking pictures of the neighborhood, when this assbag in an ugly van drove past and threw a beer bottle on the sidewalk. It shattered into a million pieces and all I could think was Conner getting cut.

So being the act before thinking moron that I am, I took off down the sidewalk with my camera to get a picture of the van. There was a train that was stopping him from going much further. As I was running and trying to get a picture of his license plate to turn into police, (seriously, I know i have said this before, but when it comes to my property, my family or just being a douche overall, I started thinking, Courtney this guy is obviously braindead enough to toss a beer bottle onto a sidewalk in a residential area, he could be crazy enough to get out of this stopped van and beat the living shit out of you, AND take your new camera (the horror).

So, I turned my wheezing pregnant butt around and walked back home, all the while hoping and praying that none of my neighbors or aquaintances saw me running down the sidewalk like a freak.

This is the best shot I could get. Be warned asshat in the ugly, dented van, I'm watching for you!

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April 06, 2006


Recently, my friend and all around amazing person, Tabitha went to volunteer in cleaning up New Orleans. She has posted her pictures over here on Flickr.

Really, go check it out. It may not be covered by the media as much anymore, but these people are still hurting and need a lot of strength, prayers, good thoughts whatever to get back any sense of normalcy.

It's a good reality check too. I have been all lame and acting sad because of my job, when there were people who lost everything. It's enough to make myself sick-of myself.

So, again, check it out, and don't forget that many organizations are still accepting donations to help.

April 05, 2006

Sorry, I have been a bit absent. I have been out of town for work since about 2 hours ago, and well, it just brings me down.

March 29, 2006


Adam's latest purchase for the boy is a new bike with one of those little seats mounted on it.
We just got it on Tuesday, and neither boy could be happier. A

Adam took Conner to Target last night to get him a helmet and they went for their introductory cruise around the block. I stood on the sidewalk like a geek taking pictures and everytime they would pass me, Conner would squeel really loud. I'm not sure how was having more fun.

We weren't quite sure how Conner was going to do with the helmet since he kept pulling it off at the store. Once they got home, I could hear Adam telling Conner that wearing the helmet was a prerequisite to riding the bike. I had to stiffle my laughter. We can't get the boy to say anthing, but he is going to understand what prerequisite means?

Anyway, we loaded him up, helmet, jacket and all, and headed to the garage. Conner wasn't quite sure what was going on, but he was up for it.

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We got him all buckled in, and off they went. They only circled the block a few times, as it was a little nippy and getting dark, but Conner was definately ready for more! I don't know who was more excited Adam or the boy. I love to watch Adam with Conner and am constantly amazed at how much he adores him. Conner and I are both so incredibly lucky to have Adam as his dad.

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March 27, 2006

Personal Responsibility

Over at SuburbanBliss, one of my favorite bloggers, Melissa, has been stirring the controversy pot over her last few postings.

I always hesitate to comment on such heavy subjects such as Rusty Yate’s involvement in his children’s death, as well as the issue of false advertising when it comes to marriage. Mostly because I feel like I don’t know enough about what’s going on, and I don’t want to seem like a dumbass. (I have an easy enough time doing that as it is, har har).

But I just can’t help but think about this Rusty and Andrea Yate’s scenario. (in case your memory needs a jog, she is the mother who murdered all 5 of her children in a bathtub 3 years ago).

Melissa’s point, which is valid to an extent, is that she feel’s Rusty, who just got remarried this last week, is getting off to easy for his involvement in the murders. She feels (from what I am reading, and I could be wrong) that the whole life they were living was responsible for Andrea killing the children, and Rusty should be responsible as well.

This scenario is so complex on so many points for me. I have a personal history of mental illness, while my own has never been as severe as Yate’s, I still have experience. I have family members and friends who have battled with mental illness as well.

Continue reading "Personal Responsibility" »

March 24, 2006


I just picked up our camera at lunch. It is so amazing. I love it and want to have it's babies, and it is sooo easy to use. Granted I've only been taking pictures of stupid stuff here at work, like T on the phone, and the air unit outside. But seriously it's easy. Maybe I love it so much because when the zoom is fully extended it looks a little falic(!) dirty.

Anyway, get ready for some bitchen' picture posts!

March 13, 2006

Conner Says

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yup! Yes it's on purpose, I think we are due around October 25th (our first appt is tomorrow morning), and yes I am freaking out a little bit!
We told all the families yesterday, they are as excited as we are!

March 10, 2006

Broken Record...

Don't they say this every time a poll comes out ?

March 09, 2006


Congrats are in order to my little sister, who got into the nursing program at her school today.
Good job lame!


i swear i didn't use the worst picture I could find


I just went to Murphys Camera yesterday and put our camera, lens and memory card on layaway. (the camera is on sale and we won't be getting our tax returns until after the sale is up).

So anyway we ended up going with the Nikon D50, it's an easy to use SLR and I can't even wait, behold in all it's glory, and picture-taking-ness:

We also got the upgraded lens action. Nikon 70-300 f/4-5.6G AF , seriously I will be able to watch you picking your nose from 3 states away so watch it.

March 06, 2006


Remember when I got all pissed off at Scott Richter?
Well I did end up writing a letter to Velocity, which I could never find on this here intraweb, but anyway.

This weekend Adam had military, and I met him for dinner when he got home. He was still in his uniform. We stopped into Graeters once we were done eating, and this lady came up to the table and put down a $10 bill, and said, "I want to buy your ice cream, as a way of saying thanks for what you are doing for our country and doing something I could never do." *

Seriously, can we do something about making sure this lady has her spot secured in heaven? Lady, thanks for doing that, I hope that, even if you dont buy other people's ice cream, that you keep on letting our military guys know how thankful you are. It helps them more then I can say.

So anyway, this creep Scott may be out there floating around, but people like this lady, trump his lame ass a billion to one. Thanks, again.
*yeah I was crying.

March 02, 2006

Hey look the wasabi matches my sweater!

Whenever we go out to eat as a company, it is inevitable that we end up at a Sushi/hibachi grill restaurant. It's not my favorite food in the world, but hey, it's free lunch so who am I to complain?

Anyway, I usually just eat the fried rice from the grill, and have slowly been trying some differant kinds of sushi, most of it-NO! We got this new guy who is apparently a sushi expert extrordanaire or some shit, so we go today and he is like ordering stuff with raw quail eggs, eel parts, shrimp heads, fish tenticles. BLEAH.
It took everything I had not to just yack all over the place.

I wanted to get my friend rice and get the hell out. Give me my Qdoba naked, vegetarian, queso burrito anyday. My beans and rice are my friends, no eyes or feelers or anything.

February 28, 2006


Kids, it's official, Adam and I are doing the mature thing and using our tax return to pay off our credit cards, BUT(!!!) we will have enough money left over to get a brand new Nikon D50

(don't worry I didn't know what the hell half those words meant either) but it does take some damn good pictures! I can't even wait.

It's also easier, like socially, to take pictures in public with something other then a point-and-shoot. Especially at concerts or something, this way you kinda look like you know what you are doing, instead of just some crazy fan-whore taking more pictures for your mini-shrine-errr-not that people do that...

Adam and I stopped by Murphey's Camera on Sunday to just check them out and get a little bit more information. The lady there was super helpful, and they have lots and lots of fun toys for it. I was looking at the lens selection they have and was impressed by two things, how many different kinds there are, and how relatively inexpensive!

February 27, 2006


basically, the last 24hrs of my life has been hell. I have been yelled at by too many clients to count, snubbed by a friend, screwed over by another professional contact, felt just about every range of emotion that there is toward my husband, all I want to do is go and destroy my body by lying in the tanning bed with silence for 15.freaking.minutes, but no, no rest for the goddamn weary.

Here's to a better tomorrow and tonight, too. CHEERS


waa-hoo. The Courier-Journal has posted the Derby Calender of Events.

Or check out the official Derby Page

February 22, 2006

Creative Juices- Negative

So our first anniversary is coming up on Sunday and I have absolutely NO IDEA what to get for Adam. I mean absolutely no clue.

I wanted to go the traditional route, which puts the first anniversary gift as paper. I know there are lots of routes I could go down, but none of them are striking me as something he would like or get a kick out of.

Hell, maybe I'll just give him money...bleah how boring. If only he wore jewelry!

If you have any good ideas, hit me up!

February 18, 2006

More and more prayers

Hello all. So I am here to grovel for more prayers please.

Adam's aunt's kidneys have shut down this past week. She has surgery to put the shunt in, and then she starts dialisys on Tuesday.

My uncle's dad is now in palatative care while his family waits.

Thanks to all.

February 17, 2006

what a small, crazy world

I just read a post on Roger's blog about the death of a local girl.
Come to find out, we knew her too. She worked here for a very short time.

Her name was Sara Zozula, and she was a crazy as her last name and curly hair. She was a little much for my speed but I really liked her. She was nice to everyone and had a great attitude.

Sara, I hope you had a great life, and didn't suffer. My prayers now turn to your family and those that were closer. Please look down on them and deliver peace.

Hammer don't hurt 'em

Whew! sorry for the hiatus, but the work thing whis weekend kicked my butt.

I did get to see Moraiba and (surprise!!) Chad (hi guys)! I wasn't expecting to see Chad so that made my visit even more awesome.(seriously!)*

We drank, we froze, we chatted, we couldn't believe how long it had been, we promised it will NOT be another 5 years and I hope we keep that promise.(seriously!)*

thanks you skinny fuckers for making me look HUGE!

You know how you go and time slips by and you don't see someone for a really long time, but when you do again, it's just..right? That's how it was with those two. Sadly, between the drinking and freezing, we didn't get near enough catch up time, but it's all good. I'll be going down again soon, and I made them promise (seriously!*) that they would come up for Derby-MIchael too!

I kicked some major ass at work too. Got some contracts signed, and shook a lot of hands. This year is going to be a big and busy year for me!

I even got to meet "Duby"(booo!) and Hammer(yes as in Hammer don't hurt 'em)(seriously!)*

*inside joke

February 09, 2006

my business,my businasss

I leave tomorrow morning for 5 straight fun-filled days with my co-workers. That's right. It's NADA time again, and this year it's in Orlando, which excites me for a few reasons.
1. WDWCP and Moraiba!
2. Hopefully the party's won't be as crazy as they are in Las Vegas and New Orleans, and I won't get to much grief for pussing out early. (dude to be fair, I have to walk around for 8 hrs/day for three days, covering like a bajillion square feet)

But let's get back to reason number one. When I was a sophmore in college I did an internship at Disney World. This was powerful on so many levels for me. It was the first time I had been away from home for an extended period of time, since I attended IUS, which was like 10 minutes from my house, I obviously didn't "go away" to school.

While I was there, not only did I become good friends with my roomates and surrogeate roommates, but also with the full-time people who worked at Disney.

Moraiba, who was our trainer in a lot of the stores, was probably the most memorable for me for a few reasons. Ha, the first one was because on my first day of actualy work, she spilled hot water on her hand from the coffee machine and the store was in total chaos. The other (not quite so painful) reasons revolved around her being just an awesome person.

She always went out of her way to make you feel welcome, and if there was something you were struggling with then she was there to listen, bitch with you, whatever.

She heard every stupid story about Adam, and was so psyched when he came down to visit. She had a Christmas party at her house, and since we were away from our families, she invited all the cp's* over.

She is pretty good about keeping up via email, and always has something fun to say.

Moraiba, I can't wait to come see you girl!

*college programmers

February 08, 2006

Managers and boss's out there please take note

Nobody likes to be micromanaged. It creates hostility and resentment. ESPECIALLY if one of your employees has been the top sales rep for the last 6 months, yeah, she especially hates it. SO.FUCKING.STOP.

That is all.

February 07, 2006

National Annoyance Day

Did someone send out a memo and I missed it? Or perhaps wasn't included on purpose. I swear to everything that is holy, yesterday was my own personal National Annoyance Day. I mean this shit just came in waves!

Where to start,oh how about work. No real change, still micromanaging every second and every step of my day. You would think, that being the number one sales rep for the last 6 months would earn me some kind of peace, or make them step back and say, "oh, hey she seems to know her shit, let's leave her alone and let her do her thing." Yeah, not so much.

Then I made the mistake of picking up a Velocity and reading the cover article on Scott Ritcher. WHAT.A.CREEP. This guy takes pride in stealing the "Support our Troops" magnets off of cars, because it is "a tiny victory in his guerrilla attempt" to curb super-patriotism. Ummm...what? Needless to say I am super, super SUPER PISSED. I wrote a letter to the editor as well as a phone-call.

Then there was a city council meeting. Good lord. I can't count how many times I was sitting there when I realized that my jaw was hanging open from disbelief. I can't quite understand if people want the city to grow but are afraid to spend money (and if I hear about grandma's freaking cigar box ONE MORE TIME...) or they want the city to stay how it is, or maybe they have no real opinion but just like to hear themselves talk. One council man talked for a good 10 minutes about how and why he voted like he did, and if we just were a little more like him, what a better place the city would become.

Ahh politics, how I love thee.

My mom said that she see's this being my kind of thing because I am so social, but it's not really that, I don't think. Nope. I am just nosey.

February 05, 2006

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Adam! Hard to believe you are 25 (that means I will be soon).

Hope you had a great day, and I am excited to be around for your next 25.

Love you.

January 30, 2006

I have some shirts in my car, that were my grandpa's, to give to someone. I was driving home yesterday and put my hand on one as it was draped across the front seat. I, of course, lost it immediately. My grandpa was a very broad, solid man. He was the kind of person you could hug and would immediately feel safe and secure. I realized how many times I had probably hugged him while he was weariing these shirts, then I thought about my grandma. I think she has been sleeping on the couch, not ready to go back to the bed they shared for 54 years. They had completely opposite schedules. She stayed up late working on crosswords or geneology and he went to bed and got up so early. Maybe that will be her finality setting in, slipping into the empty bed.

I wish she would slow down. My biggest fear is that she will get rid of all of his clothes now, and regret it a little later. I guess I just dont want her to hurt anymore.

I also took one of his ties that I always remember him wearing, just to have it.

It's been just over 2 weeks, so I know I should be getting over this, but I guess it's hitting me that I didn't realize how big a part he played in my life, all of our lives actually.

It also makes your own morality set in too, which is always good times. meh.

January 27, 2006



I am so, so, so sick of reading religion-rant posts. I don't know if it has something to do with the time of year or what, but STOP IT ALREADY. I

You don't believe in what I believe, OK, but stop making it seem like if you believe in God and consider yourself a Christian that you are an uneducated, sheep. It's insulting and frustrating.


January 26, 2006

Public Service Announcement

I have decided that the public is again due for another one of my PSA's regarding driving. The one I wrote regarding yielding (motherf-er!) went over well, and I thought I would inflect my knowledge again.

1. Pedestrians Have The Right of Way. Yes they do, but, that may give said dumbass the right to stop while crossing the street/parking lot, but generally-not a good idea. This includes but is not limited to STOPPING TO TIE YOUR DAMN SHOE, stop-once you are already out in the middle of the damn lanes- and check for traffic, or slow down their gate enough to appear like they are walking backwards.
When you are crossing the street and a car is coming your direction MOVE OUT OF THE WAY ASSHAT!


2. DON'T PARK IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE!!!!(public parking psshhh-sshhawww)

That is all thank-you.

January 20, 2006

Finally, he gets it...

I just got this email from Adam. It's what I have been saying all along...

From: P****, Adam
To: P****, Courtney
Subject: re: Flight School

How many tiles would you have to sell to make $____ next year? You better get to work. It is going to be 20 hrs a day of making tiles, babies, and saving the world (you may as well just run the world).

Did you catch that last line?(I italicized and bold-ed(?) it for you in case you missed it)
You damn right...

January 19, 2006

I'm Ba-ack!

First off, a big thanks to everyone who helped me and mine out in some way over, not only the last few days, but ever since my grandpa got sick.

The service was nice and had a lot of meaningful parts in it, some of his favorite hyms, some bible verses read by a close pastor friend of his, and I read my list. It was nice while I was reading it to hear some people chuckle at a few of the things and respond in a knowing manner. I felt I did a good job representing and summing up parts of him that made him, him!

It has been your prayers, thoughts, messages and visits that have made this bearable. Those that made the trip to come to the funeral home on Tuesday, just wow, you guys are awesome.

(does this feel like it's turning into an Emmy speech to anyone else...)

But seriously, it has been rough and still is, but you guys really have helped!

I have some pictures to post from Conner's dedication, and a few other cute ones so click below to see 'em

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January 16, 2006

Sinking in

It's weird to see it in print. It's still not really sunk-in though. Perhaps because he looked so differant lying there in the hospital room, perhaps because of denial? I'm not sure.

This is the obit from The Tribune. The night that I found out from my mom and dad that he was diagnosed with the cancer, I went home and wrote a list of things I would always remember about my Grandpa, my grandma asked me to read it at the funeral. I have a feeling, Adam will be reading it while I stand up there and cry.

I will try to post it later.


Fredrick S. Hill

76; Shriner

Funeral services for Fredrick S. Hill, 76, of Floyds Knobs, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Floyds Knobs Christian Church. He died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Service in New Albany.

Visitation at the Market Street Chapel of Seabrook Dieckmann and Naville Funeral Homes will be from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the church.

The obit seems so short and weak. Nothing like my grandpa.

I will miss him and it saddens me to know that Conner won't get to know him. I feel the worst for my grandmother, what does she do now? There are so many things that needs to be taken care of but where do you start? They were married for 54 years and now she is alone. She has us, and luckily we all live so close, and we will be with her, but what about at night? You can't share a bed with someone for 54 years and wake up to them not being there, eat breakfast and go to church, and watch golf with?

I don't know I just want to make sense of this for her...

January 15, 2006

Good bye

My grandpa passed away this afternoon at 1:45 pm. He went peacefully and we were all there oddly enough.

It was sudden and unexpected this early on, but we know he is at peace and finally at home. I spent all day with my grandma and family and we got out pictures for the slideshow and were able to laugh some, which felt nice.

Thanks to all who have prayed, sent positive vibes and everything else.

The visitation is on Tuesday and his funeral is on Wednesday. So if you notice an absense, pretty good bet that's where I'll be.

January 13, 2006

Grandpa Update

Last night I went to see Grandpa and Grandma at the hospital. Whew he looks bad...More hair is gone, and he doesn't wear his dentures. It's awful to see someone just deteriorate before your eyes.

But oh my gosh the people that have come to visit him. Yesterday when I went, a guy that he did business with in Evensville had driven up. This is someone that he knew only through work, but he made that strong of an impression on him. It really is a great testement to the type of man my grandpa was/is/and will be again.

I think he has started to decide he doesn't want to continue, when he is coherent enough to form clear thoughts, he starts to tell us the pictures he wants at his funeral and in lieu of flowers donate money to his church.

I don't want him to hurt anymore but I don't want him to give up either.

The other day I made a list of things I will always remember about my grandpa, it was sad and fun at the same time.

The drs hve pretty much told us that for right now it appears as though we are prolonging the inevitable and he is to compromised to do any more chemo, so for now, we just wait..wait and pray

Also, to all of those who have emailed, called or told me in person that you are praying, chantiing sending out vibes for him and my family-thanks. It has meant more then you know.

January 12, 2006

National De-Lurking Week

Alrighty, if you read please post. Just drop me a line to know the traffic is not all spambots!


Image a la Sweetney and Papernapkin

January 07, 2006

Boring Saturday Update

I just got back from a brief but eye-opening shopping trip to Stein-Mart. Ever been there? You should definately go if there is one near you. I had never been, but received a gift-certificate for Christmas. So with Adam at military and no other plans what do you expect me to do? SHOP of course. Except the darn budget got in the way. Alas-I have my gift certificate. So the boy and I loaded up and met Adam's mom, and off to shp we went.

Stein-Mart is apparently like a higher scale Fashion Shop, and oh-the shoes. Lord have mercy the shoes! I showed restain though. I only came away $20 over my gift card and sadly with no shoes.

They had such a wonderful selection of clothes for Conner too! I will have to take Adam back and get some clothes for the boy, because when he sees cute clothes for the boy, the budget goes out the window.

I got my first piece of cashmere there. I'm excited to wear it. Hopefully it fits nice and lives up to the cashmere reputation.

I can't wait to go back... BUDGET BE DAMNED!

Went to see Grandpa last night. He keeps trying to get out of bed to leave. He keeps saying OK let's go, Im ready, where's the car? His oxygen dropped down to 62% so now he has an optimzer hooked up to his regular oxygen.

He was pretty alert though and was very happy to see Conner. We only stayed for a bit, but I think that seeing the boy really helps out Grandpa and grandma. His hair has started to fall out too. So sad. When do you decide if the remedy is worse then the cure! Thanks for all the notes of comfort that have been sent our way it does help and mean a lot.

In New Albany news, a bunch of dumbass vandals have been screwing up the riverfront property with spraypaint and with cars.

It says that the police are busy patrolling neighborhoods and can't be down at the waterfront. Umm yeah, I don't see them in my neighborhood at night when creeps are using the street in front of my house as a damn drag strip. Also why not put in surveillance equipment, like a camera. If nothing else hopefully it will be used as a deterrant.

That's all I got, have a great Saturday!

Boring Saturday Update

I just got back from a brief but eye-opening shopping trip to Stein-Mart. Ever been there? You should definately go if there is one near you. I had never been, but received a gift-certificate for Christmas. So with Adam at military and no other plans what do you expect me to do? SHOP of course. Except the darn budget got in the way. Alas-I have my gift certificate. So the boy and I loaded up and met Adam's mom, and off to shp we went.

Stein-Mart is apparently like a higher scale Fashion Shop, and oh-the shoes. Lord have mercy the shoes! I showed restain though. I only came away $20 over my gift card and sadly with no shoes.

They had such a wonderful selection of clothes for Conner too! I will have to take Adam back and get some clothes for the boy, because when he sees cute clothes for the boy, the budget goes out the window.

I got my first piece of cashmere there. I'm excited to wear it. Hopefully it fits nice and lives up to the cashmere reputation.

I can't wait to go back... BUDGET BE DAMNED!

Went to see Grandpa last night. He keeps trying to get out of bed to leave. He keeps saying OK let's go, Im ready, where's the car? His oxygen dropped down to 62% so now he has an optimzer hooked up to his regular oxygen.

He was pretty alert though and was very happy to see Conner. We only stayed for a bit, but I think that seeing the boy really helps out Grandpa and grandma. His hair has started to fall out too. So sad. When do you decide if the remedy is worse then the cure! Thanks for all the notes of comfort that have been sent our way it does help and mean a lot.

In New Albany news, a bunch of dumbass vandals have been screwing up the riverfront property with spraypaint and with cars.

It says that the police are busy patrolling neighborhoods and can't be down at the waterfront. Umm yeah, I don't see them in my neighborhood at night when creeps are using the street in front of my house as a damn drag strip. Also why not put in surveillance equipment, like a camera. If nothing else hopefully it will be used as a deterrant.

That's all I got, have a great Saturday!

January 05, 2006

Enough with the celebrity romance dreams!

So I told you guys the embarassing John Mellencamp dream story, and sure enough, I had another dream. This time about House.

The story line of this dream is even weirder. 'kay..ready?

I was at the Kroger salad bar, when this guy (house) started chatting it up. We made small talk and as I was leaving said sorry, i would have laughed a little more at your jokes if I wasn't married.

We leave for the parking lot at the same time, and as he is driving away he crashes into a telephone pole.

A few days later he shows up at our house with a contract saying that he will sue me for causing the wreck because he just couldn't get me off his mind (puh-lease I get that line everyday!) the contract also says he will pay Adam $7,000.00/month for alimony. I am like duh take it!

So the rest of the dream goes on and on about how I end up falling for him, and my inner turmoil. Pretty damn weird huh? yeah I thought so too. Although House is pretty hot in that angry, jaded addict, who hasn't shaved in a few weeks, and is killer in the sack sort of way. Yum...

January 04, 2006

Grandpa update

Just talked with my mom, and she said they are going to put a feeding tube in through his stomach, because his throat and stomach are so freaking painful. The drs have said that the chemo shouldn't have affected him so strongly, and there may be something else wrong.

This isn't looking good kids, not good at all. Keep the prayers'a comin, please...

It sucks.

January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year's Eve and Day. Adam helped Aaron move to Virginia Beach this weekend and got back on Sunday afternoon, when we went to the Hollins family Christmas get together. Since everyone has so much going on the days around Christmas they just moved it to New Year' day.

On New Year's Eve, Adam's mom watched Conner (my mom and dad spent the night at Floyd Memorial with Grandpa) and I stopped by the Embry's and then to Tim and Jess's new digs.

Pictures will be posted later.

Grandpa is doing much better, his white cell count is finally back up, and they have given him medicine to sleep, so he is not in so much pain. His throat still hurts terribly because of the chemo, but the specialist says it will get better.

Since he is no longer in isolation, I am going to take Conner up for a quick visit this evening. I hear he has been talking about him quite a bit.

and now the resolution bit. Mine are posted below, share yours if you wish!

1. Stick with WW
2. watch the language
3. Increase my income by 150%
4. Sell the house on French Creek Road
5. Get lots of work done on the new house
6. start saving for Italy

December 22, 2005

Holiday Open House Reminder

Remember Saturday we will be having an open house starting at 5. Feel free to stop by and eat and drink and celebrate each other!
Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2005


My grandpa starts chemo today. So please pray, cross your fingers, whatever.

Conner and I were by there on Friday night for a few hours and he seemed to be doing pretty good. His biggest problems are the pain and he won't eat so he is pretty weak. He has 6 hours of chemo a day starting today going through we, then we break for a month and do it again.


December 16, 2005

Time to Think

Last Saturday I rang the Salvation Army Bell at the Wal-mart on Grantline Road for an hour. (the whole day was people from church).

It was a great time to observe people, and see things I didn't really want to, but some that absolutely made my day.

As any of you who know me know, when it comes to emotions I don't hold anything back. I can cry at just about anything, usually it has to do with children or other people being mistreated, or seeing people do incredible things out of love. I am a happy and a sad cryer. I did A LOT of crying between 3-4 on Saturday.

As I was walking through the parking lot to the stand, I walked past a group of people consisting a lady probably in her 40's, a small child of 5 or 6, and an older women maybe in her 60's. The younger lady was pushing the cart (very full) with the child in it when one of the bags fell out of the cart. She started yelling, about how her "fucking egss were broken and maybe if she had some help and if someone would watch their own fucking kid this wouldn't happen". Ecch it makes my heart hurt just recalling it.

I stood there and rang the bell and watched people walk past me, doing their best job to avoid eye contact. I stood there ringing the bell and cried.

I cried for the people who were able to give and did, I cried for the people who were able to give and didn't, for those who weren't able to give but did anyway. I cried when parents would come out yelling and cussing at their kids. I cried for those who where having a good time with their families. I cried and wondered if any of the families who walked past me where maybe some of my angels that I had collected from the Angel Tree.

I prayed. I prayed for everyone who gave, for everyone who didn't. I prayed that they all had a great Christmas/holiday season, and that they got to spend time with their families if that's what they wanted. I prayed that they would all be warm and well fed.

I laughed too. I laughed at the older men who wore santa hats. I laughed at snippets of conversations that I heard. I laughed at the teen-boppers who refused to wear jackets, and wore the most revealing clothing even though it was FREEZING out! I laughed at myself for crying at everything.

I laughed about how when I told people that I was going to ring the bell, they acted like it was some big act of kindness, when really it's not, and it's the least I could do to help people for the holiday season.

So maybe, if you get a chance to ring the bell next holiday season, or even this year. You will take it. Take the hour out of your oh-so busy life and do something for someone else. Take the time to think about everything you have to be grateful for, and what things you would change if you could. Take the time to rejoice in the season, even if you are opposed to nativity scenes in public and writing out Christmas and replacing it with an X., just take your time.

Great... I am crying again...

December 09, 2005

The Marriage is Over

Did you know that Adam doesn't even know the names of all four Beatles?

What the hell is that? Who do I blame? What kind of person doesn't know the names of the Beatles? Whil I shed a tear for George and John, he had to ask which ones they were.


December 06, 2005

Conner and I are Movie Stars!

well, ok maybe not movie stars or really even tv stars..oh hell we're not even stars at all, but The Muckrakers released their video for Through My Door and we are in it! Three shots actually but the one at the end is the best.

Hell yeah we are getting down!

Here she be:

December 03, 2005

Front Runner for Worst Day Ever

my grandpa was diagnosed with an agressive form of lung cancer. He only has 2-6 months left to live. My sister had a test come back with pre-cancerous cells, so she has to go in and have them removed.

I got all this news at once 2 hours ago. I feel like shit and cannot stop crying. This sucks.

December 01, 2005

Wheeeeee! It's snowing.

It's the first day of December and there is light snow falling. Awww like something out of a Bing Crosby movie...

Watch out kids! That hill's a bitch and 5 months in a backbrace is not worth the alleged good times to be had by sledding!

November 30, 2005

Encompassing the Christmas Spirit

All that I can think about today is getting to a store and buying some more Christmas decorations, and dominating the neigborhood when it comes to being the master decorator for this time of year, oh yes CHARLIE* IS GOING DOWN!

See, the ESNA hosts a Best Decorated House contest, and the winner gets $100 from the NAB, but most importantly, they get the bragging rights of having the house that sums up Christmas, that gives you that warm feeling inside when you see it, the house that kicks ass and takes names-er I mean, the house that reminds you what Christmas is about...

Let me clue you in on where some crucial mistakes have been made in this decorating game so far. See we were premautre decorators. The contest is tomorrow night, and we started putting stuff up on Saturday. Well this gave ole Charlie* across the street time to see what we were doing and he put up his decorations, when we pushed it a little more and added more lites, he pushed back and added lites. The neighborhood foolishly thinks we are done-but wait! Oh no, it was all a trick my friends! We just wanted to make the neighborhood think that we were done, when in reality-haha this is where it gets good- we are just waiting in the sidelines to pounce. POUNCE I tell you. It will look like a freaking nuclear reactor is going off at our house, think National Lampoon's Christmas but with class, style, pizazz even!!!!


*Charlie knows this is all in good fun, his house always looks great and I am only slightly jealous of his awesome decor!

November 29, 2005

churchin' it, churchin' it

Last Sunday was the Hanging of the Greens service at church. It was probably my favorite Sunday there since I have been back.

First off, it was so crowded, they combined the two services into one at 10, so it felt full and everyone was sitting close. You got a real sense of fellowship. There was also the fact that a lot of people were home for Thanksgiving, so I got to see a lot of the kids who went off away to school. The church was even brave enough to give several of us in the congregation the opportunity to recite prayers, a bible verse here and there and even some meditations.

Since going to Central, I have had the opportunity to begin to reconnect with my God, as well as with people who can help me do that.

My only regret was that Adam refused to come.

November 28, 2005

Rob Thomas

Last night, Adam and I saw Rob Thomas at the Louisville Palace. one word...FABULOUS!

Anna Nalick opened, and mooned the crowd, and then Rob Thomas came out and rocked the freaking house! One of the morning shows said that he is an example of a true rockstar. They are so right.

He was so interactive with the audience, told stories about the songs, for the encore he took requests, he had great interaction with his band, he even took some of the cameras that people had in the front row and took pictures with them.

He played some Matchbox 20 songs, but only about 4. He did Smoothe and of course his solo hits, Lonely No More and This is How a Heart Breaks.

I don't have any pictures :-( because our camera is broken. (conner pulled it off the counter) but it was just a great time.

If you haven't given much thought to Rob Thomas or Matchbox 20 in the past, you should reconsider. He is a great songwriter, singer and looks really, really , really good.

November 18, 2005

Great American SMOKEOUT!!!!

Yesterday was the Great American Smokeout!
I applaud all who participated and if you did not, and still smoke, encourage you to learn on differatn ways to quit, to not only better the lives around you, but your own!

November 14, 2005

A Very Merry Christmas

I think that I am going to talk with Adam about doing this for Christmas.

You "adopt" a soldier and fill up a box with some of the items listed on the website, and send it to the soldier over seas.

November 12, 2005

Once the dogs kick it....

We are sooo getting fainting goats.

If you have never seen one, or a video of one, please allow me to describe these awesome awesome creatures, how they will, someday, provide hours and hours of entertainment and fun for my whole family.

The goats, are regular looking enoughm, but what set's them apart is a genetic trait called myotonia congenita

Apparently, when the goats get startled, the body releases a chemical which causes the muscles in the body to stiffen or lock. They then pass out. It only lasts a few moments, and seconds later they are up moving around as if nothing happened.

My mom was the first person to tell me about this demented source of entertainment, and we have been fascinated with them ever since. My mom and dad actually have a big enough yard to keep one or two more then comfortably. So everyone should email me and say that my mom should get a fainting goat, I will then send them her way.

Heh, heh, heh

November 09, 2005

Grandma will be so proud

For a long time, I have been pretty happy with my relationship with my God. I knew that I needed to find a "spiritual home", I also knew that I wanted to get Conner into a place where he could feel like he was comfortable learning, growing in and questioning his faith. Just like my Grandma's church was for my sister and I as we were growing up.

I had gone to Central Christian for a while about 3 years ago, but you know schedules and the baby and all that good stuff got in the way.
When we moved to the new house, I was so happy that Central is only about 4 blocks away.

I started going at the end of September and last Sunday, came before the pastors and church to request a transfer of my membership. It felt great. Of course when I was saying my pledge of faith, I got a little choked up and almost cried in front of the whole congregation but-eh, what are you going to do.

Central Christian is a Disciple of Christ church, and that "branch" of CHristianity is known to be more open minded and liberal (if you can even be that when it comes to church) then most religions. While it is certainly not the most free-spirited, it seems to fit perfectly with my beliefs.

The pastors are great, and that is important for me. They are both young(er) and have a way of talking to you during the sermon instead of at you.

I know for a lot of you, this isn't your thing, but for those of you who kinda feel the same. Keep us in your prayers that we continue to grow spiritually, that Conner gets a great support system there, and that, eventually, I can get Adam to come with me.

(Can you believe he hasn't come once?-ass)

November 08, 2005


He is just such an idiot.
The thought of him makes my skin crawl.


Pirates attack cruise ship.
I bet none of them were as cute as Cpt Jack Sparrow

November 02, 2005

All by myself, part deux

it seems that noone had a solution to why i have become such an outcast bitch, but several of you did say that you had tended to feel the same way.

none of you had the balls to post it though, just emailed me. leaving my poor little "why am I a loser" post to dangle in the wind. :-)

Bottom line...get over it i guess

October 25, 2005

Everybody move to the back of the bus

Today, a great rold model, activist and person died.

She makes people like Christopher 2X seem like a joke.

October 21, 2005


Well in a sense yes. Ever since Adam got back from basic last year, he hasn't gone back to the corporate world. Totally our choice, and we were totally digging it. He worked for the Embrys for a while, then for Bob, then for himself, then for Bob again. Then Bob just couldn't handle the pressure anymore of having a dependant.

Adam has been very busy working on the house on French Creek Road and getting it ready to sell/rent, and spending some awesome time with Conner. It is great that we haven't had to put Conner in day care yet (knock knock). The money so has not been a problem either. (major props to me for being the major and sometimes only breadwinner).

The only problem? Adam is going crazy not having some kind of militray schedule to adhere to. Here is the sick part. The crazy actually likes to work. It's just messed up. Even when he worked at Centimark he enjoyed the job and the peole that he worked for most of the time.

Me on the other hand. Nope, I will probably only be completely happy if I am working for myself. Or in promotions and communications, but damn you want to talk about a major paycut. No thanks.

The thing that has been so funny is despite all of Adams talents and his crazy-smartness, it has been so tough for him to get hired somewhere. I think it is 1 of 2 things.
1) He is in the military. The employers are probably afraid that they will hire him and then he will get called to active duty (not bloody likely).
2) His crazy work pattern over the last year.

I can recall hearing differant people talk about how when their kids are older and grown the stay at home parent would probably go back to work and how they are dreading, re-entering the workforce. I never understood why until now. There is always someone just a liiiitle more qualified and who will take just a little less money.

October 15, 2005

Proving Their Point?

I in NO WAY condone any type of Nazi-thinking or any type of bigotry/racism/racial profiling-black,white,blue,green- whatever.

However, I am sure in the eyes of the Nazi demonstrators, this pretty much proved their point.

I mean good lord, they just showed scenes on the news, and it was all these people (99.9 % being black which is what the Nazi group was apparently demonstrating- well "black crime" whatever that means) started rioting. Burning buildings, throwing rocks and shit at ambulances and the police. I mean what the hell is that about???

Hello? What the hell were you trying to prove? I mean I think the Nazi's followed all the "rules" and ended up putting on a respectable (Good lord respectable and Nazi don't even go in the same damn sentance) protest.

Anyway, before I start getting hatemail or comments, all I am saying is that it just seemed ironic that the group was protesting a certain groups level of crime, and then they went and demonstrated it right in front of national news channels.


October 14, 2005

Driving Refresher Course


It has come to my attention that a majority of the drivers out there do NOT know what the above sign means, so as a gesture of public service, allow me to help.

IT MEANS YIELD FUCKERS, THE OTHER CAR HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY, WHETHER YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN(READ: NOT SPEED UP AND RIDE SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEM DETERMINED TO BE THE WINNER) AND ALLOW THE OTHER CAR TO MERGE, OR STOP, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!You are NOT exempt based on the size, cost, color of your car, or the area in which you live (yeah I mean you, you Anchorage living bastards).

I have been cut off so many damn times, I can always see it coming.

First there is the recognition of the other car, you can see it in their eyes, They. Will. Win.
Then there is the acknowledgement but disregard for the Invertred red triangle sign.
Next is the getting down to business pose, both hands on the wheel, foot slammed on the gas pedle and evil sideways glance.


World Disasters

Every Friday, I look at MSNBC's Week in Pictures. I don't know why, I almost always get upset by the images, there is almost always a heart-wrenching picture of our troops, and especially lately of the destruction across the world.

It seems like these natural disasters are just happening left and right, and I get so upset. I can't stand to see family's ripped apart, the children who lost parents and the parents who lost children.

Yesterday on the way home I was listening to 89.3, the local NPR station and they were interviewing a Pakistani man who was sitting outside one of the destroyed school houses. He said he knew that both his sons were dead but he just wanted their bodies so he could have a grave for them, that was all he had left. I just lost it. I had to pull over I was crying so hard. I couldn't imagine how it would feel to lose not one but both of your children.
I wouldn't be able to go on. Dramatic as that may sound it would be the truth. If I lost Conner, life would cease for me.

I try to tell myself that these things happen and God is there to provide comfort and the lost ones are in such a better place, but how hard for those that remain?

These are the times when I struggle with my Christianity and I get just so angy. Not at God specifically, but at myself, for not letting it go, and for trying to question everything. For not understanding.

How do you cope with these times? Do you just push it our of your mind? Do you pray?

October 04, 2005


crap, I think I am getting sick. My throat is swollen my nose is stuffy/runny and I have to go-all the time!

Also, Rhonda A, I know you lurk, Adam told me! and congrats to Lisa. When is she due?

October 03, 2005


The shirt that I had on today, yeah it made my boobs look great. I couldn't get over it! I just keep checking them out in the mirror everytime I would go to the bathroom!

Post-baby cleavage rules!


There is this girl that works at the Panera Bread by my work, who always makes an effort to talk to me when I come in there. It's kind of nice to be a "regular" somewhere. She is very talkative and kind of reminds me of my old friend Brooke.

She always comments on something I am wearing, or my purse or ring or something. Today she told me she liked my shirt, and commented to the girl working beside her, "she always has the prettiest things."

It absolutely made my day. I know it may be stupid but what a great thing to hear-from ANYONE!

So Katie, thanks for always making my day when I go into Panera Bread, it's always a pleasure.

September 28, 2005

I feel pretty

I got mah nails did, don't they look purtey?


September 14, 2005

Makes me Sick and Angry

The following article is in this weeks LEO, After it, you will find my response

Katrina to be known as the ‘black tsunami’
Guest Commentary by Phillip Bailey

Whatever historians decide to call this current decade, the few photographs, documentaries and essays will paint a grisly, Hobbesian picture. One tragedy after another has developed, and at each corner Americans are seeing how thin, incompetent and indifferent their institutions can be.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman reported that before 9/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the three worst and most likely disasters facing the United States “were a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Francisco and a hurricane strike on New Orleans.” Scary to think that in just half a decade that prediction is two-thirds complete. Maybe the presidential candidates in 2008 ought to pay closer attention to scientific studies that predict there’s a 75-percent chance an earthquake will hit the City by the Bay. The last image of the decade should not be a smoldering Golden Gate Bridge with thousands fleeing for safety.

While the disaster in New Orleans doesn’t have the direct political overtones of 9/11 — terrorists are much easier to hate than hurricanes — the failure of political leadership, again, is disturbing. Think about it, even my conservative readers. As David Brooks, a more conservative New York Times columnist noted, in five short years “we’ve seen intelligence failures in the inability to prevent Sept. 11 and find WMDs in Iraq. We have seen incompetent postwar planning [and] the horror of Abu Ghraib.” Not to mention the collapse of Enron, corruption scandals on Wall Street, leading magazines and newspapers, steroids in baseball and skyrocketing gasoline prices.

Not our best five years.

With New Orleans ruined, the truth is already surfacing that has accentuated the intersection of race and class in a way that the fire hoses, police dogs and hyper-racist Bull Connor did for civil rights. By now we should all know the story. Days before the storm hit the Gulf Coast, the most vulnerable were left behind. Instead of compassion and aid, many responded with the popular Cosbian script, “They were too lazy, too stupid to leave.”

But besides walking out of New Orleans, what other options did they have? Twenty-eight percent of people who live in New Orleans live in suffocating poverty. Of the poor, 84 percent are black. That type of racialized poverty created 21,787 black households with no means to leave, as they had no car, which was essential to an evacuation plan based on driving out.

“This is a pretty graphic illustration of who gets left behind in this society — in a literal way,” said Harvard sociologist Christopher Jencks. “Maybe it’s just an in-the-face version of something I already knew. All the people who don’t get out, or don’t have the resources are African-American.” Richard Walker, professor of economic geography at UC Berkeley, said, “Natural disasters always reveal the social order of things — the social disorder really. You start peeling away the layers with an event like this hurricane, and the ugliness comes up from beneath very quickly.” Which is why on message boards and blogs, and In editorials and barbershops, Hurricane Katrina is referred to as the “black tsunami.”

Visuals from New Orleans prompted all sorts of criticisms from black leadership. “If you know that terror is approaching in terms of hurricanes, and you’ve already seen the damage they’ve done in Florida and elsewhere, what in God’s name were you thinking?” said the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, Adam Clayton Powell Jr.’s old pulpit in Harlem. “I think a lot of it has to do with race and class. The people affected were largely poor people. Poor, black people.”

Even rapper Kanye West heeded the racial and class divide and said matter-of-factly on live television, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

But the present demands we deal with the political reality. New Orleans cannot be made livable for some time. Not since the Civil War has such a significant American population been displaced across the country. That means the short-term arrangements and private donations will soon become inadequate.

Katrina will create problems of overcrowding, overtaxing and intense competition for limited resources. I am not doubting New Orleans, a trade hub, will be rebuilt, but the question is what happens to the displaced in the meantime? “The bottom-line mentality for government, unless something forces the issue, is to do things as cheaply as possible,” said Paul O’Brien, chairman of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at Cal State Stanislaus. And that has been the real tragedy all along.

Phillip M. Bailey is a U of L student, chairman of the Student National Coordinating Committee and political science major.
Contact him at

IF we are tryiing to erase the lines of race This weeks guest commentary just pushed it back a few paces. In one ear we are being told that it is necessary to be color-blind if we want the nation-world to move forward, then two minutes later we hear that we must pay attention to the "poor black" people.( See Guest Commentary by Phillip M Bailey) Which one is it? The rest of the nation has been accused of not doing enough for poor communities in New Orleans to "prepare them" for the hurricane. What exactly does this entail? If these people are as poor as has been described then most of them are/were probably on some sort of government aid already. Should we give them more? Should we see to it that they get jobs? Should we raise the minimum wage? Every time there is a pending hurricane should we go in and shuttle out everyone who doesn't have a car? Where will they stay? How will it be paid for?

My point is, no doubt about it what happened to New Orleans was/is a tragedy. I have visited the city several times and can't wait to go back. The other tragedy is that there are those who insist on opening the racial gap even further. I am a white female in my mid 20's and I have made several donations to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, even PETA, but every day I am being told that because I am white I couldn't possible understand how mistreated the "poor blacks" are/were in New Orleans. I agree something needs to be done with city's nationwide disaster plans, let's start with the cities taking care of their own people. I agree the good ole Pres mucked this up too, but he isn't the only one. And isn't the Mayor was black of New Orleans black? Surely this wasn't a racial plan with him. Someone ask him why he didn't do anything to get the poverty stricken people out, ask him instead of the people who weren't even there.

New Orleans, your city and people (all) are in my heart and prayers

September 06, 2005

Bad Kitty

I just got some new lip gloss and it's called, are you ready for this? Bad Kitty. I had to laugh when I saw it, I mean who comes up with these names?

Anyway here is a pic, I have to wear it very shear or else it makes my teeth look yellow :-(

September 01, 2005


God, this is terrible. You can't escape the images of the hurrican and its effects. I am praying for all those who have been affected. I have been trying all morning to go to the donation site of the red cross but I think several others have too, as the server has been busy every time!

Donate what you can and pray for everyone.

Get Thee to Eddie Bauer

So I just got back from a little lunch shopping excursion. (shh don't tell adam) and I discovered that Eddie Bauer is having a retardely huge clearance on some of their summer/fall clothes. I got some great stuff for me and Adam, I wish they made beaner clothes.

Now, how do I get them in the house without Adam seeing. Agh crap the joint account will give me away. Damn you post-modern feminism and all your 50/50 crap! I want to keep secrets from my husband :-)

Anyway go shopping...NOW

The Big 310

My mom and dad have an Airstream 310. The Big 310 is what my dad calls it, and I think know they like it more then they like me and Leesh, it's a close call between the 310 and the boy though.



We are trying to get them on Pimp My Ride. How awesome would that be? Hang on- my family would be on national tv-MTV-yeah that would be awesome.

August 26, 2005

You have a face for radio

Today I am going to record a spot for WPFKs faces/voices of public radio. I submitted what I liked about public radio a few weeks back and the coordinator called me to set up a time.

I am terrified that my accent will suddenly be more pronounced, but I am relieved that I did have radio experience from school.

I will let you know how it goes!

August 23, 2005


Mother, daughter killed during fight
Car struck them during street brawl

By Raygan Swan
The Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS -- A morning street scuffle Saturday between a woman and her daughter resulted in an accidental hit-and-run that left both women dead, a security guard injured and two men confessing to driving the car, Indianapolis police said.

The incident began, police say, about 12:40 a.m. Saturday when Jan Bailey, 49, and daughter Torre Bailey, 30, were "rolling in the street," exchanging blows outside the apartment complex where they lived.

Neighbors said the women were fighting over the younger woman's ex-boyfriend.

At that point, investigators said, Tommy Whitfield, 19, of Indianapolis, turned onto the street and drove straight into the altercation.

Police said his car hit and killed the women and injured security guard Alex Murdock, 22, who had been trying to break up the fight. Murdock was reported in good condition with a broken leg following surgery at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

After the impact, police said, Whitfield at first stopped the car, then backed up.

A second security guard, Donald Thurman, apparently feared the driver was coming for him and fired at the car with his handgun, police said.

Whitfield couldn't understand why the guard was firing at him, panicked and fled, police said.

He drove to the home of his mother and stepfather.

A short time later, Joseph Hatton, Whitfield's stepfather, called police and told them he had been the driver, even though police later said he had actually been at home all night drinking alone.

Police arrested Hatton, 44, on preliminary charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving under the influence causing death, said Sgt. Steve Staletovich.

But a devastated Whitfield refused to let his stepfather take the fall, Staletovich said. He called investigators and offered a tearful confession to his role in the accident.

Police then withdrew the charges against Hatton -- and said they don't plan to charge Whitfield, either.

Staletovich said Marion County prosecutors will review the case today.

Jacqueline Hatton, Whitfield's mother, said he told her he couldn't stop in time to avoid the women.

"My poor son," she said. "He couldn't figure out how people got on the ground (in front of him). ... He couldn't believe he was rolling over people."

Authorities also will try to unravel one further mystery that came to light after the bodies of Jan and Torre Bailey arrived at the county morgue.

Jan Bailey had been shot in the head, they found, although the car's impact was severe enough to kill her.

Investigators say the gun carried by the injured security guard might have discharged when he was hit by the car.

August 22, 2005


Hooray, we are closing on the Elm Street house today at 5:30. I can't wait. We aren't moving until Labor Day weekend, so that kinda sucks but at least we are hiring movers again. So, Aaron, Daniel and Sean you can come our from hiding, you have escaped moving duty again.

We went through our final walk-through on Saturday. Bwwaahhh! I am so excited. There is a lot of work to be done as far as the backyard is concerned, lots of overgrown stuff will need to be trimmed back but the end result is going to be fantastic. As soon as I get pictures I will put them up!

August 16, 2005

Don't Be a SHEEP!

Ahhhahahahahaha I am laughing so hard right now. This has to be the most hypocritical piece i have ever seen, and not to mention paranoid.

They are saying that we should do things to damn the man and not be bullied into doing things the "man" says. Well, what the hell is this article doing? The same thing.

They say that Abercrombie is bullying you into wearing their clothes, when the author is bullying you into not.

Sorry, I am just a firm believer in everyone doing their own thing as long as noone else gets hurt.

August 15, 2005

I am quivering with excitment

Walken 2008

Thanks to Sweetney for the heads up

August 12, 2005


When will this bullshit war be over and our men and women can come home and OUR families stop being torn apart?

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Just because you don't support this war, you better be damned sure you support our troops and their families, lest you ever have to feel these emotions.

August 09, 2005

Runaway Bride mows the yard

look you can see her crazy eyes peeking out from under the hat!

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August 08, 2005

Busy Day

so far i have already had an emotional transaction with Sarah M, and decided that we are going to try to rekindle our friendship, and I think I have royally pissed Bret off but he won't return my calls or emails. Whew how exausting.

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