Friday, September 29, 2006

Another Adorable Stray

What an adorable face. I love big dogs. The bigger the better. As a kid I had a St. Bernard, Cindy. One of my best friends had two Great Danes, not at the same time though. Now I have my Rottie and Weimaraner.

This guy walked up to the house in August. He was so friendly and loving. He got some water and some rest. He hung around for quite a while. I called several people trying to find an owner and couldn't find one. McD said that he would probably just go home. I had errands to run so I took off and when I returned he was gone. I know that we didn't need another dog, but this one McD would have wanted to keep. And I would not have been able to say no.

I sure hope he found his way home.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Quote of the Day, Sept 28

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~~Herman Melville~~

The Dip

Corn Dip that is.

Barngoddess asked if I had any dip recipes. This is one I got from a friend and it is delish!

2 - 11 oz cans whole kernal corn (drained)
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. mayo
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp Tabasco
2 Tbsp cilantro (dry or fresh)
1 - 4 oz can green chiles
2 Tbsp jalapenos

(There weren't any directions with this recipe, but I mix it all together and chill for a couple of hours before serving.)


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Quote of the Day & This Day in History, Sept 27

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
~Thomas Huxley~

This Day in History:
Samuel Adams, American patriot, born in 1722. (Hmmm, did ya know that? It must have slipped my mind.)

Sock It To Me

The Cake

Here is the recipe I had mentioned in my 2nd meme. I wanted to make it and take photos, but who has the time?

1 Duncan Hines Golden Butter Recipe Cake Mix
1 cup Dairy Sour Cream
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
4 eggs

Filling: 2 Tbsp reserved cake mix
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)

Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp butter
drop of vanilla

Preheat oven to 375º.
Combine ingredients. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Put 1/2 the cake mix in a floured bundt cake pan. Then add filling and cover with the remaining cake mix.
Cook for 45 minutes.
Leave in pan for approximately 25 minutes.
Remove from pan and cover with glaze.

Now, if you make this cake take a photo and share it with the rest of us. I may do the same thing this weekend. Let me know if you like it. (Quick note, I do not add the pecans to mine.)


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Needed Details

Okay people. Apparently some are not paying much attention. So I need to clarify something. Ruby and Babe - are.not.mules. Got it? Okay. Sorry to be so blunt with it, but Ruby and Babe would be hurt if they knew they were mistaken for mules. I am not going to tell them, but you never know about McD.

Ruby and Babe are Percheron HORSES. Draft horses. (Everyone should know, McD was quite upset with the mule comments as well.) Sorry, hun.

One more thing. I failed to mention in my post about Susie that she belonged to Ree for 4 years. Then she went to her father-in-law. She was nice enough to point out in my comments that I failed to mention that. Thanks Ree. I just wasn't thinking. :)

Quote of the Day, Sept 26

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
~Malcolm Forbes~

(Thanks to Pam even while I am at school I can post my Quote of the Day!)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Our Working Girls

Ruby & Babe

These are our working girls. We usually just play with them, but occasionally we make them work. When we cut down trees - they pull them out of the canyon. When we take wagon rides - they pull us. We have plowed with them, and as soon as I can get to those photos I will post them. They are really amazing.

Ruby is on your left & Babe is on your right.

This is the team that sometimes gets asked and/or volunteered to be in parades. You can see McD driving them, well actually he is waiting for me to get on the wagon. This was taken this past weekend right before I got onto the wagon. We took the dogs for their first wagon ride. They did pretty good. Mia loved it, Hoss just wanted to harass the horses. They harass him when he is penned up in the yard, so I guess he thinks he should have his turn at them too.

Quote of the Day Returns

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge. --Isaac Bashevis, singer

(I got a new widget over the weekend and it gives me a new quote for each day. This way I can save a little time.) Enjoy Pam!! I know you were waiting for this to return. :)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Man's Best Friend

Everyone, meet Susie. She belongs to a friend of ours, Chuckles. In fact, you can also find her on Ree's post about a long day on horseback. I have even mentioned her in my post Monday Monday back in August. She is a very loving dog. Spoiled! Talented. (How many dogs do you know that can ride a horse?)

I love Jack Russells, but I only want one if it acts like Susie.

Road Hazards

While on our way home from Creede last time this is what we found on the side of the road. Actually, what caught our attention were the two vehicles pulled over on the side of the highway. There was a white suburban with one of its passengers standing on top of it with either a camera or binoculars. The other vehicle was pulled over and the passengers just looking out the window, if you are wondering it was a red Grand Am, 4 door. I can remember silly little things like that.

We were passing those vehicles mumbling something about they probably see a buffalo or something. Yadayadayada. Then I glance over and see the bear. "STOP! It's a bear," I yelled. McD pulled over quickly. He loves bears! I am shaking while I am trying to get my camera out. Then, I have to change lenses. I don't think I am ever prepared. I am standing out on the side of the road watching for the bear because he had gone over a small hill. The antelope were running everywhere. They must have caught wind of this big guy and were getting the you know what out of dodge. Finally, I tell him that I am going to have to get on top of the Jeep if I want to get any shots of this guy. He didn't want me to. Why? I dunno. I took probably 25 photos, after I got on top of the Jeep. :) You didn't think I was just gonna stand on the side of the road did you? I even had him cruising on the shoulder of the road while I was on top of the car. We were going slow. Yes, I know how dangerous it is. But there was a bear on the side of the road. This is only the second bear I have seen out in the open. (Not counting zoos.)

This second photo is one I was playing with in Photoshop. I Y Photoshop! Anyway, I thought this shot looked good as a watercolor. What do you think?

I guess I should say that we were about 100 yards from the bear. We were at a safe distance. I wanted to cross the fence and get a little closer, but McD put his foot down on that one. He said he would go but I couldn't. How much sense does that make? I am the one with the camera.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

A few firsts for me

I will try to keep these in chronological order.

Tuesday, as I was cruising home from school, my odometer in my Jeep Grand Cherokee turned over to 100,000 miles. This is the first time I have ever had a vehicle with 100,000+ miles on it. I knew this day was coming and had hoped McD would be with me, but he wasn't. I did call him so we could be talking when it happened. I know, this is something silly to get excited about, but didn't you know? I am entertained. :) He was in the middle of telling me something and then it happened. "Ew, oh, it did it! It turned! There is 100,000 miles on my car." Then I had to tell him exactly where I was, etc. HA! Oh well, it was a bit of entertainment for the afternoon. My first thought after hanging up the phone with him (I know, I didn't literally hang up - I just still say that) was Crap, the trade-in value just went down even more. Oh well. I am gonna get a really good job and not even worry about it. :) (Yeah, right!)

Wednesday, spent most of the day trying - keyword is trying - to study for a test on Thursday. I sucessfully helped Swampwitch do things with her blog. We are still working on it so please don't judge it just yet. Give us a just a little more time. So, this was the first time that I really did not study for a test. I did read all I needed to read (I think it helped a little), but I am just not interested in this class so I don't feel like I am retaining much. Oh well! I am trying to get a headstart on the next chapter. Yes, I am a nerd.

Thursday night. I got home from a long day at school. Changed out of my jeans and into my sweats. Got all cozy in my recliner in front of the tele watching Survivor. I heard a sound that I really shouldn't have. Unless, of course, someone was loading my horses in a trailer without me knowing it. So I look out the window, from my recliner, and see Babe standing in the trailer. Ruby was right behind her wanting in also. The first here, you ask? This is the first time that these girls have loaded into a trailer without coaxing or leading them in. Crazy girls! I guess they wanted to get the heck out of dodge.

Friday, I got a new friend. Normally I would be sitting at the dining room table using the computer. But not today! Today I am sitting in my recliner posting this. I was out on the porch earlier today surfing the web. And this afternoon I am going to test this new Wireless Router and see just how far I can go and remain connected to the Net. I am hoping that I can make it to one of my favorite places and sit at a picnic table to do homework, blogging, etc. How relaxing would that be? I can't wait.

Oh and Friday night I made French Dip Sandwiches for the first time. I love Rachael Ray, and this is one of her recipes. Oh you should check it out. They were delish! They were Yum-O! I am getting ready to have another for lunch! Yum!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Interesting, very interesting...

Your Linguistic Profile:
45% General American English
25% Dixie
15% Yankee
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern

Yes, I know Ree!

Wow, I didn't realize that knowing Ree and Marlboro Man was going to make me famous. :) She has turned into the biggest internet celeb I know. Okay, the only one I know. Who else gets 68 comments on one post? I don't get 68 comments on 4 posts.

Several of you have asked how I know Ree. Well, there really isn't a huge story here. I met her at a Ranch Rodeo that her then boyfriend, Marlboro Man, was participating in with his family ranch. She was very friendly and we all liked her right away. She was very inquisitive. I believe it was her first Ranch Rodeo and they are a bit different than just your plain ol' rodeo. She has a great post over on her blog about her studly husband and the rest of the guys winning the Ranch Rodeo. Finally!! There were a couple of years that we just knew we won, but it ended up that we didn't. One time we won. Celebrated. And then they took the win away after further review. Oh well, it was one heck of a party.

I say "we" because for one we have been attending these rodeos with them for at least 13 years. We sit in their box, with them and cheer for their cowboys just like we were one of them. It is funny to sit and think about the early days with this family. Chuckles would drive me crazy calling at all hours of the night. McD went completely bald dealing with all of his crazy antics. :) Okay, I am just kidding. He was already bald. But it has been a ride. McD and Chuckles, M.M.'s dad, started it all with a business relationship. The business included working with Tim, Ree's pesky brother-in-law, and Marlboro Man, not to mention most of the cowboys. He got to know them all. Then he brought me into the picture. I got to know each of them and have spent time with all of them. And then the girlfriends showed up. Then they turned into fiances, and then they married these girls. Which is a good thing.

Early on when Ree & Marlboro Man were newlyweds, and pregnant at the next ranch rodeo , I think she felt like she had to entertain us because of the business relationship. She did a great job. She sat there and had some 7-up, I believe, while we all had our alcohol fix. She was very entertaining. She saved the belching and raising legs over her head for a bit later. :) Man, that girl is limber. Now, although there is still a business relationship, I consider them friends.

See, not much of a story here. WT - sorry I didn't get this posted last night like I told you I would. Can you say pooped!? I collapsed in the recliner and didn't do much of anything.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Happy 10th Anniversary

Ree & Marlboro Man!!

And many, many more!!!

(Sorry, I don't have any photos of you all so I had to rob some from your sites.)

I can't believe 10 years ago today we were watching you two lovebirds get married. Oh and then the spread afterwards. Yum!!

Congrats on 10 years!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

In Honor of Pirate's Day

My pirate name is:

Bloody Jenny Cash

Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
part of the network

I wonder if that is why they had a pirate family on Wife Swap last night? Hmmm. It was an interesting one.

My Second MeMe

Robin tagged me. Well, tagged me then un-tagged me, and then re-tagged me. So here goes!

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1. Fritter girl at Catfish Round-up
2. Waitress at Catfish Round-up
3. Buyer's assistant for a Farm/Ranch Chain
4. Admin. Assistant @ Doctor's office

Four movies I could watch over and over:

1. Pretty Woman
2. The Santa Clause
3. Monte Walsh
4. Lonesome Dove
(I have many more I could list though.)

Four Places I have lived:

1. Shawnee, OK.
2. Seminole, OK.
3. Summers, AR.
4. Enid, OK

Four things I like to do:

1. Cook - sometimes I like to eat what I cook
2. Spend time with McD
3. Spend time with Poohs & Punky
4. Do you really wanna know #4? Nothin' says "lovin'" like lovin'...... ;)(Ditto)

(notice I didn't say blogging; since it's obvious I do that and rather often, why state the obvious?)(Ditto to Robin again!)

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Steak
2. Southern prepared veggies (fresh corn, fried okra, sauteed squash in a pound of butter)YUMMM!
3. Fruit
4. Sock-it-to-me cake or popcorn balls (both made by mom)

Four places I would like to be right now:

1. Home (I am in the library on campus)
2. The beach
3. The lake
4. In the Mountains

Four websites I visit daily:

1. Weather sites (especially during the school year)
2. (for classes)
3. iTunes...I get free music for being a college student (ipod is getting full)
4. B L O G M A T E S, but actually, it changes day to day...too many good ones to read 'em all in a day, so it's a weekly kind of thing (Leaving this here but don't have time to put links to each blog right now.) Great idea by the way Robin.

Four places I have been on vacation:

1. Europe
2. Bahamas
3. Tennessee - Graceland twice. Opryland, etc.
4. Atlanta, GA - 2000 All-Star Game activities

Four friends I think might respond—-hmmm

1. Willowtree, because he tagged me on something before.
2. SillyHily just because I think she would have some good answers.
3. Pamela because she seems like the adventurous type. I want to hear where she has been & what her fave movies are.
4. Tiffany because we have got to get Pee, Poo, and Ebola Virus on down the page. :)

Thanks to Robin for re-tagging me. Although it was mighty considerate of her to de-tag me because she was concerned about me getting all my homework done. :) Thanks! I really wanted to do this though. I was beginning to get Globbers Block. :)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Oklahoma - Where the West Remains

R.W. Hampton

Last night we went to a great concert - Oklahoma, Where the West Remains.
R.W. Hampton teamed up with our local Symphony Orchestra to celebrate our great state turning 100 next year. It was a premiere concert. They plan on taking this show around the state and possibly even taking it to the Kennedy Center. It was amazing. Every time I hear R.W. sing I walk away knowing that I did not just waste that hour or two of my life. It is certainly time well spent. His voice is amazing. And he is such a nice man. We have been fortunate enough to get to know him a little bit.

Our day started with the Cherokee Strip parade. We were kind of roped into the deal. I do not like being roped into anything, but we went along with it but next time it will be a different story. At first people organizing this whole thing wanted McD to drive our team of horses and pull our wagon. But our girl Babe was a bit lame from a hoof injury. She is fine, it was just sore and we didn't think she needed to be pulling in a parade. Another thing is that they haven't been in a parade in three years, so I wouldn't be comfortable torturing them like that. I guess I should say, I do not like parades. Never have.

We ended up riding in a wagon with McD's bank banners all over it. We had the wagon full of friends , and R.W. McD's bank contributed quite a bit of moula to make this concert possible. I do have to say, it was money well spent. The mules that were pulling our wagon had not been in a parade before so we were a bit scared at first. We had two outriders.



They did a really good job as outriders, and most importantly, I think they had a good time doing it. The team settled down, and did really well. We didn't lose anyone off of the wagon, came close to losing R.W. once but I reached out to him just in time. Let's just say I got to know him even more on that little wagon ride. :) The kids had fun. Even the adults had fun.

I was lazy that afternoon though. I layed on the couch watching football and napping for most of the afternoon. Karmyn asked who I was going for between the Sooners and the Ducks since I am a OSU Cowboys fan. Well, I happen to be one of the few people that will root for both teams from Oklahoma. So, to answer your question Karmyn, I was going for the Sooners. And we got robbed!!! I'm telling you that those zebras need glasses. :) Bad, bad calls towards the end of the game. Oh well. It happens. But my Cowboys won!!

Then we went to the concert mentioned above. I just have to say this. If you like cowboy music, poetry, or just to hear excellent entertainment go to an R.W. Hampton concert. You can go to his website and see the upcoming concerts that are scheduled. And if I hear of anything I will let you all know. I know this. He will be here in town again this afternoon with our Symphony Orchestra and I am telling everyone I know that they need to go. :)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Celebrity Look-Alikes

Have you ever noticed that celebrity look-alikes are everywhere? Well, they are.

Last semester I had Napoleon Dynamite in my Management class. No lie, he looked just like Napoleon. He even sounded kind of like him.

This semester I have an Econ class with Screech. Remember him from Saved by the Bell? Now, in real life he is broke and trying to save his house by selling t-shirts. But the Screech in my class is nothing like him. He is much taller and does not sound like the Screech on television.

Before going back to school, I worked at a doctor's office and he had a patient that looked just like Ed McMahon. Every once in a while we would tease him about bringing us a big check. He acted like it made his day, but we didn't push it.

People tell me I look like Angie Harmon. I dunno. McD, (who is going to kill me when he sees this), was mistaken for Richard Dreyfuss one time. It was hilarious. I know I had more people in mind when I started this, but I seem to have forgotten.

It is really funny how people look so much like each other. Or so I think it is. Oh yeah, Willowtree looked like Charlie Daniels back in the day. :)

Well, to add more to my busy life, I have traveled to my Grandparents home and am getting ready to start my new job with them. I will be doing their billing for them once a month or so. :) After work we will get to go shopping though. :) Fun Fun!

Everyone have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

One Wild Bull

(Finally Blogger is cooperating. It could be because I just downloaded FIREFOX! And I LOVE it!) So here is the post I wanted to publish earlier.

This is the wild one.

Yesterday I received a call from McD telling me that the Longhorn bull was out again. This is not our bull. This bull belongs to some numbskull living in our area. I am not sure why he even has this bull.

The first time the guys were called the bull was in another man's pasture. The Animal Control guys had been out there in pick-ups chasing the bull, trying to catch him. OO7, Slick & McD used horses and ropes. And they got the job done in record time.

Here is the standoff between OO7 & the bull.

As you can see there were several tries at roping the wild beast. Slick did rope him, but had to let the rope go. This bull was jumping fences trying to get away from them. They eventually drove him to the pens and then loaded him in the trailer. I wish I would have gotten a photo of OO7 working his bull whip to drive that bull in the trailer but I didn't. He cracked that whip and the bull when right in the trailer. It was a sight to see that is for sure.

The guys after the job was done.

So when they called yesterday saying the bull was out again, the guys were ready to go. I wasn't able to go this time, but McD said the bull jumped 3 fences and eventually ended up in his pasture on his own.

Dear Blogger

Dear Blogger,

I had a really great post this morning. It was full of photos and a nice little story. But you refuse to allow photos today. WHAT.IS.YOUR.PROBLEM?

Stay tuned everyone. I am trying to wait patiently for blogger to pull its head out, if you know what I mean.

Places I Have Been

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

Here are a few places I have been. This does not include my trips out of the country, but they don't amount to much so I don't want to mess with them just yet.

Sorry, I can't figure out how to make this smaller. Any hints?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Alan Jackson said it best...

Where were you when the world stopped turnin'
that September day?
Out in the yard with your wife and children;
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Rising against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children
that lost their dear loved ones?
Did you pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
and sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out in pride for the red white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer?
And look at yourself for what really matters?

I'm just a singer of simple songs;
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN, but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference
in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, Hope and Love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is Love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning
That September day?
Teaching a class full of innocent children;
Driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
in a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her?
Did you dust off that bible at home?

Did you open your eyes hope it never happened;
And close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages;
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow;
Go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers?
Stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

I'm just a singer of simple songs;
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN, but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference
in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, Hope and Love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is Love.

I'm just a singer of simple songs;
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN, but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference
in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, Hope and Love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is Love.
And the greatest is Love.
And the greatest is Love.

Where were you when the world stopped turnin'
that September day?

-------I know that I will never forget where I was and what I was doing on Sept. 11, 2001. I also know that I am not alone. Please keep each and every family affected in your prayers.

Edited to say I should probably say where I was, and what I was doing. I worked for a doctor's office and he would sit in his office listening to the radio sometimes in between patients. It was a pretty slow day and he was listening. He literally ran into the front office spewing out all that was going on. We didn't understand or couldn't comprehend it all. We moved our weather radio out into the front and began listening to all the reports. We didn't have a visual on anything until we all made it home. McD was out of town and I was panicing. I called him over and over asking the same thing. Are you okay? And where are you? Most of our patients didn't even come in that day, they cancelled their appointments or just didn't show up. It was the quietest day ever in that office. I will always remember.

Practical Jokes

(This photo has nothing to do with this post. I just like it - Following WT's lead.)

I like practical jokes. Really, I do. I just like doing them on someone else. I am not too fond of them being pulled on me. But usually I am a good sport. Usually. My McDreamy's job sends him to several meetings every year. Sometimes his board of directors are at the meetings. These guys are a hoot. One of them, Cochy, is a jokester. When we get together we sometimes pull pranks. I think we were in San Diego. There was a store that had magic tricks and jokester stuff, and Cochy went & purchased. No one, except McD and I, knew about it until it was too late.

Picture an elevator full of people. I mean FULL. He did have the decency to wait until most of the people we did not know had gotten off. He took a package out of his pocket, dropped it on the floor and stepped on it. Nothing happened. So he stepped on it again. Keep in mind, McD and I know what he is doing so we are facing the other way trying not to let our inside laughter out. Then it happened.

The smell of rotten eggs filled the elevator. People were gagging, covering their noses and looking like they were afraid to say anything. All three of us were rolling with laughter. We just couldn't hold it in any longer. Luckily he stepped on it right before our floor so we got out and left the smell behind. It was hilarious. What made me laugh even more was thinking about the poor souls that were going to get in the elevator next.

What fun! I know there are some practical jokers out there. What has been your best? This one isn't mine but I have to say that post for a another day.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pet Peeves

Everyone has pet peeves, but how many people can say what their biggest pet peeve is? It is tough.

I would say my biggest pet peeve is people smacking. Smacking their gum. Smacking their food. Just smacking when they talk. Smacking. When I was a kid and we would all be sitting around the dinner table my Dad would tell us that we would have to get up from the table if we kept smacking our food. If we were chewing gum, and we were smacking - you guessed it. We had to spit the gum out. I didn't notice it too much as a kid but my Mom smacks all the frickin' time. I can just look at her and she will stop. It drives me bonkers!!!

But then there are always other pet peeves that seem pretty big when they happen. I am on the road all the time it seems. It drives me crazy when people don't use their blinkers. Oh, left lane drivers!! Don't they know that the left lane is the fast lane. Not lollygagger lane. I saw a pick-up one time that had a bumper sticker saying, "I hate left-laners."

Just a couple more. Lack of respect. Moochers. Liars. Wafflers. I really can't think of anything else. You have to understand. I had to make a list of things that bug me each time something bugged me. I could not think of any the day the question came up. So I worked on that one for a little while.

One thing that I do like. (I could go on and on about stuff I do like!) :) Today as I was driving home from class I was passed by a really nice 2006 Ford Mustang. I was going the speed limit because I am a chicken and I can't afford a speeding ticket. I can't get a small ticket, it is either all or nothing and I will go with nothing for now. Anyway, this person passed me like I was sitting still. I looked at them and thought, "I wish you would get pulled over." It seems like everytime someone flies by me there isn't a cop or a Hi-Po around. Well today there was! I literally laughed out loud when I passed them stopped on the side of the road with the officer getting his information. :) HeeHee

Another good thing that happened today. Now remember that I am a non-traditional student, meaning I am an old person (to the typical college student) and I am trying to go back to school so I can get a real job. Anyway, last semester I happened to see a guy that I went to school with, high school. We graduated the same year, but he moved and did not graduate from the same school. We caught up last year and then I never saw him again. Today I heard some one yell, "Julie." I didn't want to turn around because, what if they weren't yelling at me. So I didn't. I just kept walking and thought to myself I would look at the reflection in the window and see who it was. It was Brian! Now Brian was born with a deformity. I guess that is what you would call it. He is just a normal guy, size and all, but his arms are really small. I don't know what it is called and to be honest I am not sure what I would search for on Google to find out. So that is my description. It was hard not to know who he was immediately when I saw him last semester. He is a great guy. I always liked him. Drivers Ed wasn't too much fun with him, scary actually, but after we got used to his driving we all settled down. We did the typical thing of putting HELP signs in the window and stuff. He knows, he laughed. :) We live in the same area now, he lives in town though. He just got married, but I haven't met her yet. He went to school, graduated with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and couldn't find a good job so now he is studying to be an Architect.

So I really had a good day. Now I just wish McD would hurry back home from Colorado. He made a mad dash up there tonight and I wish he was home.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

You Asked - Round 6

MJ, you mentioned that you didn't ask certain questions but guess what. Jessie asked them. Here they are: (WT, you may want to pass on this whole post. If not, I warned ya!)

1) How old were you when you got to shave your legs for the first time? I was probably in the 7th grade. I think the rule was I had to be a teenager, but I couldn't swear to it.

2) How old were you when you were allowed to wear make-up? This one is a hard one. I was, and still am, a Tom-Boy. Me and make-up did not mesh. So, I probably could have worn make-up sooner than I did. I do not remember wearing make-up until I was 15, almost 16. And that was just because I liked Jared.

3) How old were you when you got your first period? (WT - I warned you!) I was 12 when I got my first period. I remember the day. I had some friends over and we were playing in the water (sprinkler, etc). I had on my yellow bikini. I went to the bathroom and couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I wasn't warned about this. In fact, my parents never gave me any of "the" talks. It was kind of a learn as you go kind of thing at my house. So, I just knew something was wrong. Most of my friends were guys so I didn't know of this happening to any one else. Oh well. I went and told Mom. I took off my bikini and put on panties and shorts. That honker of a pad she gave me would have shown with my bikini bottoms, and I didn't want anyone to know what had happened. Why is it that we don't want people to know? I am sure they had an idea that something had happened. Since I suddenly didn't want to play in the water anymore.

4) How old were you when you went on your first date? I was 16 when I went on my first date. There was no way my parents were going to let me go on a date before then. My sister on the other hand was able to go when she was 15, but not me. My parents were very strict with me and a lot more lax with my sister. You know how it is - they were figuring out the whole parenting thing with me. But honestly they should have been more strict with her. I was the good child. :) Really!

5) How old were you when you had your first kiss? I was 15, his name was Jared (see Round 2). In Round 2 I forgot to say whether it was good, bad or ugly. I really don't remember. I know then at that time I thought it was good.

6) How old were you when you got your first bra? LOL! Oh my! Well, you see, I didn't want to wear a bra. I didn't want boobs. I am telling you, I was a bigtime Tom-boy. Big time! I started with a training bra when I was 13 or 14, then I went to sport bras. I didn't want them showing. By the time I was 15, there was Jared. LOL and I wanted him to notice me so I went back to the regular bras. Oh, aren't we girls silly. :) There ya go. That's the truth!

Now, I was asked about my biggest pet peeve and I responded with a quote from one of my favorite movies. Okay, Tommy Lee Jones is one of my favorite actors, and Capt'n Call is one of my favorite characters. Anyway, the reason I used that quote is because I couldn't come up with just one pet peeve. Tomorrow I will post about that.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

You Asked - Round 5

There is actually going to be 6 rounds. But they should not be near as long as Round 4.

SillyHily asked:
1) Tell us about your family. Do you have children? I do not have children of my own. I will go ahead and answer a few questions that might come up here. I can't have children of my own. I have two wonderful step-sons! And I have two wonderful twin grandkids. (I just got home from seeing them and am missing them pretty bad.) I love them all like they are my own. And would do anything I could for them.

2) Any brothers, sisters? If so, are you close? I have one sister. And we aren't that close. I have tried and tried, but I guess we just won't be. Oh well.

3) Do you live near your family or are you scattered all over the country? I guess you could say our family is scattered all over the country. My sister stayed in our hometown. I moved away and now live approx. 160 miles away. My grandparents live approx. 130 miles away from me, and approx. 160 miles from my parents. And then we live 10 hours from the kids.

MJ asked even more questions. And I know she is sitting on pins and needles waiting for my lame answers. HeeHee So here goes:

1) Which one of McD's friends would you marry? You are being forced to choose someone here, non of that "I was made for McD talk," even though I know it's true. hehe Tell us who it might be and why. Hmmm! You have to know that this is a very difficult question. McD has pretty high standards for friends, so there are just a few true friends. McD said, "What about MM (Marlboro Man, Ree's husband)?" But he is married to Ree. He is a great guy, don't get me wrong. But, I really like Ree and so I just can't say that. He is a hottie though, isn't he girls! So I am going to say Mark. And why? Well, he is a really good guy, he is a nice looking man, has a great job and he calls me Beautiful! You gotta love that.
2) What is the one big regret you have in life? I caused someone I love with all my heart a lot of pain. I am pretty sure I have been forgiven by this person, but forgiving yourself is harder to do. I certainly learned from my mistake though. And, no - I won't be going any further. Don't even ask. This person reads my blog and would be hurt all over again if I wrote about it. And I won't do that.
3) On the flipside. What has been the highlight of your life? There happens to be two highlights of my life. Poohs & Punky, our Grandbabies. 'Nuff Said.
(I would have added photos, but Blogger is being
a big Butt!)

Stay tuned~ tomorrow night will be the last Round.

Monday, September 04, 2006


I will be taking a night off to mourn the loss of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. (Really I am working on some homework.) But it was a tragic death. I can't imagine being stabbed in the heart by a Stingray barb. I guess he died doing what he loved. It is just so sad.