Monday, February 23, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
1. What brand & flavor of toothpaste do you use? We use Crest Baking Soda and Peroxide Whitening - Fresh Mint.
2. What is your earliest memory? My earliest memory is when I had ear aches when I was 2 years old and the doctor came in and jammed something in my ear and a bunch of blood came out...I actually still have nightmares of this...when I told my parents about it they said it really happened.
3. Hot Dogs or Hamburgers? OMG, do I have to pick...I love Nathan's Hot dogs, but I so love a really good cheese burger too...of course I prefer cheeseburgers that I make.
4. If you could bring any one famous person back to life, who would it be? I think maybe Susan B. Anthony or one of those other ladies that were so involved in getting women the right to vote.
5. What is one thing we would always find in your fridge... what one thing would we never find? You will always find Smoked Turkey Sausage. I keep a pack of it in there because when I don't know what to fix for dinner I can always create some sort of concoction with that sausage and whatever else I have in the kitchen. You will never find caviar in my refrigerator. Thank goodness neither my husband nor I like that stuff.
6. Did you have to go and look for the answer of #1? Yes. I knew I used Crest and it was some sort of whitening, but was not sure on the rest.
7. What don't watermelons grow on trees? Because their too freaking heavy.
8. What is something that you own that you should probably just throw in the trash, but you never will? I really have no clue...It will be interesting to see what others say to this.
9. I push you into a room and lock the door. I leave you there for 6 hours. The walls are chalkboards and in the middle of the room there is a box of colored chalk. What will be written/drawn on the walls when I let you out? I am sure I would draw my favorite picture...a house, tree, car, sun and birds in the sky...don't know why I have always enjoyed drawing that since I was a kid...and then you would find lists...I would be making lists of things I did not want to forget and of things I thought of while I was in there...I am a list person.
10. When was the last time you changed the oil on your car? I have never changed the oil. Thankfully my husband has someone do that for us...
11. In your extended family, who has been married the longest? My grandparents just missed their 60th anniversary in 2006. My grandpa dies a few months short of their anniversary.
12. Name one thing that is so normal to you now that someone who was your age 50 years ago would think was abnormal. Talking on a phone with someone while grocery shopping.
13. Have you ever wanted someone or something so bad that it hurt? Yes...my husband...we almost did not get married...that was a difficult time...
14. What do you dip your french fries in?Mayonnaise of course!
15. What was the last picture that you took? This picture is the last one I took...it is from my calendar in the kitchen for March...This could be our doggie that passed a couple of years ago...
Monday, February 16, 2009
So, here I am all numb, but can feel it when they try to mess with that tooth...so, since I have an appointment for tomorrow for the scaling and extraction they decided they would go ahead and take out the wisdom tooth on that side. I have never had teeth pulled before...I felt nothing other than pressure...did not even know when she had it out...
But...within an hour the jaw started to hurt and I could barely open my mouth...They said I needed to eat before I took the hydrocodone. Okay...what can I eat? They suggest mashed potatoes...well, that would have been good if I could have gotten my mouth open. I ate about 1/2 cup. The hydrocodone worked wonders. The pain is not as bad now that all that numbing stuff has worn off and jaw hurts less. Though it has been three hours since I took that pill and it is staring to wear off also. I can't tak another for 45 mins and I really want to go to bed...
Now, I just hope I can get my mouth open for the work tomorrow...
Whose voice can’t you stand?
There are three people that I have had in my life that I hated when I heard their voice. The first one was when I was a payroll technician at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. This one employee would constantly over draw her leave. I would then have to have her leave changed to Leave Without Pay as we do not have a policy that allows an employee to have "advanced" leave without prior approval. Once the leave was change dot Leave Without Pay I would have to collect the money from the employee. She would call me arguing everytime and threaten to go to the union. I would tell her that is her right. But it happened so often it got to where I could not stand to hear her voice. I even remember her name to this day, Nancy Gordon. Ugh... Another work one is in my current life. One of the people who I provide guidance to in payroll in Shreveport just don't seem to get it and she always has something to say on my training calls. I have grown to hate the sound of her voice. When I have a voice mail from her I often wait until right at the end of the day to return the call...less time to spend on the phone...
Lastly and sadly, the only other person whose voice reall annoyed me was my mother-in-law. When I read the question for today, her name came right to mind, then I was like...is it right to say that with her no longer with us? And I decided that yes it is right. I never hid from her how I felt when she was alive, why should I do it now. And truthfully I would give anything to hear that annoying voice again. As much as she did not like me and caused me so much heartache in my life I cared about her and did enjoy much of the time we spent together. Sadly I loved to share my life with her and she would take things I would tell her and turn it around or make untruths from it and then that is when the heartache would ensue and I grew very annoyed with her. I wish we could have had more time to mend those fences, but it was not to be. So, yes, her voice annoyed me. I often would just hand the phone to my husband rather than even have to hear her voice, but I tried hard every day to deal with how I felt and to love her for the good things. And I would glady hear that annoying voice today if I could.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Today I was listening to a podcast from the Austin Unity Church. It really helped put things into perspective and explain what I have known and felt for a couple years now.
The purpose of prayer is to get to your hub…your personal center…your heart…the heart of God…the heart of the world. It helps us to feel connected and secure. When I pray I enter into the depths of my heart, which is the depths of the heart of God. God doesn’t actually do anything…he/she just is…he/she is everywhere… Prayer helps to establish that connection with God, to enter into his/her heart. Communion with God takes place in our inner most being. So many of us pray with our head and never go to our inner most being. How effective is that? Prayer is an experience in our inner most being. It can be an outer thing that than that moves us to that inner place. Such as seeing a baby and feeling you have touched God. So, prayer is anything that moves you to that inner most being place where you are touched. Meditation helps us with that, to put us in that different state. The problem is we do our morning meditation and then we walk out of the house and life hits us. It takes a lot of practice to stay in that place that you are at peace and one with God. In order to help stay there more through the day and get rid of the negativity that creeps in we should take time in our day to pray multiple times in some way. I am going to try this more often. I work so much in my left brain all day I do believe that it will help me reach more to my right brain if I took time during my day for maybe a five minute break of prayer/meditation. I challenge you to do the same. I believe it will help us all to feel better with ourselves and handle real life so much easily.
I actually made this salad for Valentines Day, but hubby loved it so much he wanted it again today...and I had everything still so I made it again...just bigger. I wish I would have taken a picture because it looked so pretty. I guess I'll call it Spinach Tortellini Salad.
Ingredients, but no measurements...do what looks right for whomever you are serving...
Spinach - baby leaves
Tortellini (Chicken, Prosciutto, and Parmesan)
Mrs Dash (Sun Dried Tomato, Basil, and Garlic) (forgot this when first posted)
I filled the bowl for each person with spinach. I cooked the tortellini and rinsed with cold water and let them sit while I put the salads together. I cut up the marinated mozzarella into chunks and sprinkled over the spinach, about 2 oz. I chopped the green onion real thin, about 1 tsp. I then placed about 6 or so tortellini in each bowl. I sprinkled some shaved Parmesan and the green onion over the salad. I sprinkled with a little Mrs Dash and drizzled the Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar over the salad.
It was delicious. Hubby just loved it...a new fav I do believe. You can use different tortellini and mozzarella to change up the flavors.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Today's Saturday Social Question:
Do you have any special valentine's day plans?
I would not necessarily call them special. Hubby is working today so I am going to clean the house and make a special dinner for him. We will either watch DVR'd episodes of Life or continue watching the 4th season of Charmed. But then maybe there is something on PPV worth buying...we'll see. Other than that nothing special as we show our love for each other everyday in little ways, we don't need one day of the year to do that.
Friday, February 13, 2009
1. If you were to have a scholarship created in your honor, what qualities would you look for in applicants (leadership, service, GPA, etc.)?
I would look for someone that you can see has tried hard to do their best, but may just be average. They need to show that they tried to make good grades, whether they had a high GPA or not. I would also like to see that they took part in service clubs of some sort, be it at school, church, or in the community.
2. Who would be eligible to apply for your scholarship (members of a certain major, ethnic group, sexuality, etc.)?
Everyone can apply for the scholarship. I don't believe excluding people is in the true of what it means to be a human being.
3. Would it be need-based or not? Why?
Yes, I think it would be need based. If someone comes from a family that has the means to pay for college then why should a scholarship be awarded to them in lieu of someone who does not have the means to pay and could possibly lose the chance without the scholarship.
4. What would you call it?
I know it says it would be in honor of me, but I would have to make it in honor of my grandma. I would call it the Rumina E. Bondurant scholarship in honor of my maternal grandmother, whom graduated high school late in her adult life. She was 51 and graduated the same time as my mom did from high school. I often wonder how much further my Grandmom would have gone if she had the means.
5. If you made applicants write an essay, what would the topic be?
I think it would be interesting to see what they would have changed in the last 2-4 years. What would they have done different, how and why. I think this would be good to see how they have grown and matured.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
1. You are driving down the road and there is a puddle in the road. A big puddle. Not one that will really wreck your car or anything, but a big puddle. There is no other cars in front of you or behind you - do you drive through the puddle or drive around it?
I drive around it...never know what is in that puddle that could mess up my tire.
Can you guess my word?
3. A college calls you up and says that you have been selected to take get any degree that you want on their dollar.... what do you choose?
A teaching degree. I dream of some day being a teacher.
4. Are you blogging on a laptop or desktop?
I use both. Right this minute I am on a laptop though.
5. Which store, excluding a grocery store, do you shop at most often?
Best Buy; I should own stock there. If you saw our DVD collection you would understand.
6. My daughters tried out for the school musical last night. Were you ever in a school play/musical? Which one?
No, I never was. I was to scared, but I yearned to be.
7. I read yesterday that a school PTA group wants to try to ban white bread, cakes, brownies or any other "treat" from their lunch menus... plus make kids' lunchboxes brought from home not include any "junk food". Thoughts on that one?
The idea behind it of course is to make our children more healthy, but I do not believe the PTA nor our government has a right to dictate what we eat or feed our children as long as it is not on the list of poisons or toxins.
8. How many people can your kitchen table seat?
As it sits right now 4, but if we put the leaf in it, 6.
9. What time is it right now?
It is 9pm on Wednesday...though this won't be posted until Thursday...hehehe
10. Walk out the front door of your house/apartment, turn right, walk 2 blocks. What do you see?
That is a bit difficult, if I turn right I cannot walk a full two blocks, in less that a block you have to make a left or write.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
My BFFL can get deep, but she is also very loving and that to me deserves a warm fuzzy.
Storyteller does some of the greatest blogs and she always gives me warm fuzzies when she comments on my blog so I just have to give her one back.
RoseAnn has a very warm page that is so welcoming and always has something nice to say. I believe that all makes her more than worthy of a warm fuzzy.
And last, but far from least I need to give this warm fuzzy to Mel. Her blog is an open book to who she is inside and out and I always look forward to reading it and learning more about my special blog friend.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
1. What do you think is the un-sexiest part of the body?
Hmm, I think the nose...it is functional, but I can't say that a nose has ever looked sexy to me.
2. Toilet paper: over, under, or what the hell are you talking about?
It has to be over I you are talking about what I think you are talking about.
3. Have you ever called in sick to stay in bed with a sexual partner?
Yeah, when I was first married I did that quite frequently. Funny how things change. I will call in to stay home with hubby now, but sex is usually the farthest thing from our minds. We have so much fun just being together and spending time together.
4. Did your parents have a "birds & bees" talk with you? Id so, at what age?
OMG, I have no clue. Sad huh? I don't think we did as a let's sit down and talk about this. My family was always very open about sex and our bodies so yes, we talked, but it wasn't like...."the talk".
5. What is one thing a someone could do to you to rock your world?
If this question is about sex, which they usually are....well, I would have to say to "kiss my sweet spot" as some authors in romance books might put it. To me there is nothing else like it...
But my husband can rock myu work just by cleaning the house and making dinner. There is just something so sweet about a husband that will put aside his fun time to do that for me so that we can spend fun time together.
Bonus (as in optional):What does sex mean to you?
Hmm, well, when I was first married sex to me was all about creating a baby. I wanted a baby so bad and we were never given that. Sex has also always been a very intimate occurence for my husband and me...not a way to show love, but if we were having sex it was our emotions for each other in the physical form. The same would apply now, but we just don't have sex much any more. The main reason I believe is my weight, sadly. Not that my husband don't love me the way I am, but I believe sex is not as good and he is not as attracted to me at this weight. Then there is the fact that my hubby is a morning sex person and I am a night. I get up early and he sleeps in, so we are not in bed in the morning to have sex.
Okay, that is so much more than I usually reveal about myself so we will end this here...hugs to all.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I have done so many things that are of the creative nature, but I go about it in a logical manner...sad, huh...So, I never fully feel creative. I never feel like I just let my right side of my brain be in charge for a little while.
Well, I do try to believe I can be creative and that is the reason for the title and why I post here. I decided maybe I would share something with you. I will first say that I am an avid reader so I know this is not "good", it does not have enough of what a reader needs to "see" the story forming and put themselves there seeing the characters. But it is my start at something that I hope to someday publish if I can ever find the time and the creative juices to really do it.
So, I present to you what I am calling "The Maiden's King", the title will mean nothing by what you read, but I hope to make the title self evident as the book unfolds to the reader...
The Maiden’s King
“People thought of me as gauche, well, I guess I was now that I think of it,” laughs Raelina as she tells her story to the young maiden lying under the wooly furs in the corner.
The young girl had recently been caught rummaging through the old woman’s private residence, while the old lady was out getting some willow bark for the aching that she had begun feeling in her bones. Tobias rummaged through the box of jerky looking for the biggest pieces to take with her. Her pockets stuffed with everything from a sock to the common trinkets she found lying around the old lady's house. However she didn’t hear the lively squirrels barking their greeting, she didn’t hear the latch open or the creak of the old rosewood door, she didn’t even hear the old rogue stand behind her watching curiously as a young person dug through her box of dried jerky. “Take care to get the peppered ones they keep you warm." Only then did Tobias know she had been caught. The girl tried to run, but the older woman, still strong from her days as a rogue and fighter, was easily able to catch and hold on to her. The girl of course was not very polite and did not take to being held down by this old woman. She reminded Raelina a great deal of herself in her younger days. That is why Raelina decided to keep the young girl around for a while. Of course, Raelina knew that a young girl such as this would not stay with an old woman on her own, there would have to be a good reason. Was the girl hungry? Did she need a warm place to sleep? What would keep her around for a little while? An offer to train her maybe, oh, but if she is as arrogant as I was she would not believe that she needed any training.
“Get off me you old fool”, shrieked the young girl, “before I break those old bones of yours.” Tobias, thinking to herself, this is a great mess I have gotten myself into now. How was this old woman able to retain me so easily? She is fast and strong for a woman in her fifties. I could learn a lot from her, but I am sure she will turn me in to the king’s guard. This place of hers is really nice. I wonder how this old crow came to have such beautiful things.
“No, I will not get off of you until you tell me who you are and what you are doing in my home”, retorts Raelina. Knowing exactly what the girl was doing there. She was so thin she obviously had not eaten a good meal and a very long time.
“I am not going to tell you who I am and I know you are not a fool enough to not know what I am doing. Anyway if I tell you who I am that is something else for you to use when you turn me in to the guards.”
“What if I tell you I will not turn you in?” Asked Raelina.
“Yeah, right and why wouldn’t you, you have something to hide yourself? You must with all these beautiful things. I bet you stole this stuff from the King himself. I’m right, aren’t I?”
“No, I do not have anything to hide. You obviously do not know who I am. But, you were right on one account, many of my splendid possessions were my prizes from my earlier life as an adventurous young rogue who could fight better than half the warriors in the King’s land.”
Well, that explains her stealth and strength, Tobias thinks to herself. And what does she mean; I do not know who she is anyways. Out here in this house in the middle of no where, how could she be anyone of importance? She must be bluffing. “Well, who are you then?” Tobias daringly asks.
"You are the one who is rummaging through my things and you think I should tell you who I am before I identify the little rat in my house? Well, why not, I have nothing to hide. I am Raelina Ragingheart. Does that mean anything to you?"
“You are a liar; everyone knows Raelina died at the hands of a Dragon.”
“Oh, that old tale. I thought people had stopped telling that tale ages ago.”
“Okay, prove that you are Raelina.”
“I do not have to prove anything to you. You are nobody. I could have you locked up just for being in my house uninvited.” Raelina thought about this for a second. Hmm, this could be the very thing that could convince her to stay here for a little while. “Okay, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll prove who I am, but it will take some time. You stay here and live with me until I have proven to you who I truly am. While you are here I will teach you.”
“Me, stay with you, in this house?” Tobias laughs. “Why should I? I am free. I can do whatever I want whenever I want. I don’t need the likes of you, a liar and who knows what else.” But, Tobias thinks to herself, it sure would be nice to eat well for a while and to sleep in soft furs. What would it hurt?
“Free, you won’t be very free once I have you in the King’s dungeon, now will you?”
Well, she has a point there. “Okay, I will stay for awhile, but I do not need you to teach me anything. I will stay and help you. I am sure in your old age you could use some help.”
“What, old, who is old? I’ll have you know I am as fit as the day, well, never mind that. I don’t need help from a little bit of nothing maiden who has the manners of a swine. You stay; we will work out what you will do here as we go. Deal?”
“Okay, it is a deal. And I guess you might as well know my name is Tobias. Tobias Skylace.” Winter would be setting in good soon and Tobias wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth. She could stay here until it warmed up again and who knows she might get some good stuff off this old lady and have her living money for the summer. Yeah, this will work just fine.
Or so she had thought. Early the next morning, before the sun was even good and up yet Raelina was waking the girl. “Come on get up! There are things to be done and if you are going to stay here you are going to pay your way,” chimed Raelina.
“Leave me be you old crow. The sun has no yet shone itself. I will do my bidding as I like. I will not be ordered about by the likes of you.”
Raelina laughed to herself, hearing herself in those words. This girl has spunk, but she will not last long without some self-discipline. “Then you can get that carcass right out of my house. I am not going to have a freeloader here. I worked hard my whole life for what I have and won’t be disregarded by the likes of you.”
Tobias was feeling hungry and knew she had no jerky or bread left in her pouch, especially since the old biddy took her sack yesterday when she was caught. She could leave and steal food else where. She had done it before, this would be no different. But down deep for some reason she felt a need to stay here. The night before she had a dream. She saw herself in beautiful clothes, the clothes of a Lady. She almost wanted to laugh. A Lady, right, she would never have such fine things. But, it seemed so real. And she knew this old woman was the key to all of it. “Okay, okay. But I want to eat first. You can’t expect a person to work without food.”
“Well, that is a good place for you to start. You can draw some water in a pot and I will boil us some eggs. Then we will head to the market.” Raelina was pleased. She knew the girl needed to stay here. She had no one and no where to go for the winter and she was hungry.
They ate a meager breakfast of boiled eggs, cheese and bread. Then Raelina showed Tobias where the horse and buggy was and introduced her to her stable boy Ginan. Tobias did not realize this woman even had a stable or someone working for her. Yet, they just ate such a common breakfast. How odd.
Though she does not know it, Raelina was born to noble blood in a very small kingdom in a far away land. The people of this kingdom were very happy. They were ruled by a benevolent king. In turn they were happy to work hard to provide hearty crops, of which some of the best whine was created in all the lands. They enjoyed their lives in this peaceful land. Of course there were more than just farmers. There were blacksmiths, bakers, butchers and tailors. In addition to these you were sure to find an apothecary, an artist or two, and the local witch, wizard, or both.
Magic played an important role in this kingdom. The monarchy believed his kingdom to be well protected from intruders because of the protection spells cast at each full moon. Due to his belief in the protection spells the kingdom did not have a very large army to put up a defense if an opposing force were to break the protection spell.
Raelina is the daughter of the king and queen of this kingdom. She was born in the winter months, earlier then was expected. Due to this early birth there was much concern as to whether she would survive. The queen, herself having the fairy blood, prayed to the Goddess for the life of her child. What the queen did not know in those early days was that the life she was asking for would come at a very high price. Raelina made it through that winter. In the spring the king held a celebration for the child’s birth and survival. It was a glorious affair. The king who had always been somewhat of an introvert and rarely entertained was so happy and proud that he invited peoples from the neighboring kingdoms.
The king’s brother was the monarch of one of those kingdoms. Due to his own wife’s difficult pregnancy he decided not to attend the event. He instead sent a messenger to give his regrets and to deliver the child’s baby gift, a silver comb with a pearl handle, very rare to these land locked kingdoms.
After the celebration ended the king decided to visit his brother to thank him for the gift and provide support and comfort to his brother at the time of his wife’s delivery. The king took his whole household, which took ten carriages to transport. As the caravan prepared to depart the king had his most trusted wizard cast a protection spell on the travelers to ensure their safety during their travels. Their route would take them through some treacherous terrain, an area that had many hiding places for those that may wish to cause them harm. With the spell cast and the king feeling confident of his people’s protection they began the five day journey to his brother’s castle. They would travel for six hours each day and break when the sun had begun had begun it’s descent for the day. Tents were put up each night to protect the travelers. A full meal was cooked each night for the royal family. Though the king did trust in the power of the protection spell he felt it necessary to post four sentries surrounding the camp each night.
The first three days of the journey went well. Traveling is never a very comfortable undertaking, but the king found himself pleased with how things were progressing. On the fourth night he called for the head of the sentry in charge and told him that the guard could be reduced to two sentries. The sentry dared to argue this with the king; however, the argument did not last for long as the sentry was aware of his position and that the king would have his way. After this night the king would regret his fool hearted decision to relax the guard in this unknown land.
For the last four days a band of thieves had been following the king’s traveling party. One scout they had sent closer to the camp the first night had learned of the party’s destination. The thieves were then able to plan their course. They watched for the first three nights learning of the habits and weaknesses. By the fourth night they had developed their plan and were prepared to put it into action.
We are leaving tomorrow to see some rental places there and hopefully have something pretty much lined up when we get there. We may have a week or two in temporary quarters, but it should not be long. At least we hope not. But then you never know.
Then next week I am hoping by the end of the week the moving company comes to do their assessment.
The next week I have three dental points I am trying to squeeze in before I lose my Flexible Spending Account money from last year.
And then the next week we will be finishing preparing for the movers who I plan to have here on the 26th, then clean the house on the 27th and out of here on the 28th. I imagine next week we will start taking stuff off the walls. We pretty much went through boxes again when we moved here and got rid of a lot of stuff. I need to go through stuff on my desk again, but that should be done next weekend while hubby is at work.
It all seems to move so fast once it starts.
So, I have not had time to read blogs, but I plan to make time in the evenings this weekend at the hotel if we have internet service. Otherwise it will have to wait until Sunday afternoon. I wish I could see them on my Palm like cell phone, but they just don't come up well on there. So, I'll have to get to them later. So, don't think I forgot about you, I have not and I miss reading what is going on with everyone and some of the witty items posted by you.
Hugs to everyone and I'll blog with you soon...LOL
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I don't do these photo meme's to often, but I thought I had a good one to share for this. This picture is of Mt. St Helens I do believe. It was taken from Shelton, WA at an Oyster Festival that was taken place while we were visiting the area in October of 2005.
I always thought the clouds and the mountain looked like someone painted them into the picture. Of course since I took it I know better, but it is just a sense I get when I look at it.