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Archive for June, 2009

A Day in My Life – June 29th, 2009

Chris was off work due to a doctor’s appointment.  The kids were camping with my in-laws.  Not a typical day in my life.  A good reason to take photos of anything and everything all day though!

If felt a little strange to not have Neil wake me up with the usual “Mom, I’m hungry. What’s for breakfast?”.  I don’t see how he can wake up and eat so quickly.  I have to give myself some time to actually get motivated.

I should have checked this the night before, but I forgot to. I sometimes hate to use these "maps" because they aren’t nearly as accurate as they pretend to be.



Stopped by the courthouse because Chris’ license expired back in April.  He’s never had time to go get a new one made.  Oops!  Did you know he even got pulled over for not wearing his seatbelt?  The officer took his license and used it to write down all his info for the ticket, but never even noticed that it was expired.  See we aren’t the only ones who don’t notice that type of stuff!

Had to make a extra trip 30 miles out of our way just to go by and pay our phone bill.  There isn’t anywhere in our town to pay it.  Which I think is a crock of cow manure.



Hunger started to hit us just in time for the lunch menu and close to the old reliable Minit Mart.  I used to work there for anyone interested.  It’s been a really long time though and I only lasted 6 months.  Then I quit to go wash cars.  We got our food stuffs and headed to the park.  Which I used to play at nearly everyday during the summer when I was a kid.  Then I quit to go do… other stuff…  

This has been true for years.  Gas has always been cheaper in Franklin.  I guess it’s their proximity to the Tennessee border or something.  When we were younger, we used to drive all the way to Franklin because over there the gas was only $0.79 a gallon.  Yea, that’s right.  Seventy nine cents.


Not the greatest picture of Nashville ever, but I love to just sing the Batman music while driving by.  I don’t know if it was the designers goal to make Nashville look like Gotham with, what we all call, “The Batman Building”, but that’s what he ended up with.  


We only got slightly misdirected on our way down.  A stop by a car dealership and a nice salesman and we were on the right path.  We even got a parking spot in the garage on the ground floor right next to the entrance, exit, and elevators. 


Arriving early apparently doesn’t help your chances of getting in to see your doctor any quicker.  We got there about a quarter to 1PM.  His appointment wasn’t until 2PM.  He was finally called back into a room at 2:45PM.  The nurse asked questions.  She then sent Chris for an X-ray.  Then the resident came in. asked questions, poked, prodded and said do this and do that.  And THEN the doctor came in, asked questions, poked, prodded, said do this and do that.  THEN he went to view the previous MRI.  THEN he came back and said, “I don’t see anything on that MRI.  I want you to do a contrast MRI here.  Not there.  Here.  I want you to start physical therapy and I am going to prescribe you a pain reliever that has an anti-inflammatory in it.”  Thank goodness there is a pharmacy in the hospital because by the time we got out of his office it was 4PM.  However, it was a waste of time because upon reading the warnings on the label and the paper, he will NOT be taking that medication.  Not only no, but HELL no.


By the time we finally got out of there, after grabbing a burger at the in house McDonalds, it was just the beginnings of rush hour traffic.  Luckily, it wasn’t that bad and we never really even stopped.  Just miles of driving about 15 MPH.  All went smoothly and we were out of that craziness.  I could not live in a city that large.  I would become a hermit.



After spending a very long day being stressed and busy, home never looked so good.

 The End

I kicked off my shoes, popped a top, and enjoyed a little breeze sittin’ on the front porch.  Ain’t life grand?

Now I want you to show me a day on your life!  Come on you know you want to!  It’s a great reason to pack your camera around with you all day and snap random photos…


This Day in My Life

Good Monday morning!  Today is Chris’ doctor’s appointment in Nashville.  No kids.  The weather is half way nice.  Low humidity. I’m glad I’m not an actor this week.  In addition to the 3 other celebrities that died last week, Billy Mays (that loud TV pitchman) died on Sunday!  Jeezel petes…what the frick is going on here?

Moving on…

I’ve decided that today I’m going to do “A Day in My Life”.  Now I’ve done these before.  You can see them here, here, and here.  You see I used to use LiveJournal to blog.  It was my first foray into the blogging world.   Cam had me trying every blogging service in the world until we finally settled on Blogger.  While I was a card carrying member of LJ, I happened upon a “community” called, appropriately, “A Day in “My” Life (in pictures)”.  I love this community.  People from all over the world, all ages, all sexes, all kinds, take pictures of a 24 hour period in their day.  This community has lots of rules though.  That was a downer.  The one single thing that I like better about LJ is the “LJ cut”.  You can write a really long post and then “cut” it to only show a small portion and have a link to view the entire blog.  That’s nice when you have a post with lots of photos.

So I started this morning taking pictures.  I’m going to post them all tomorrow so you guys can see what I did during my day.  Since tomorrow is supposed to be “Think About This…” day, I’d like for everyone to think about (and take photos!!!) of a day in their lives!  If you’re a blogger, post it!  I know I was bagging on the LJ community for all their rules, but just try to remember time checks are important.  That way we know where you are in your day.  I hope to see a day in everyone’s life soon!


I can remember when I was younger both my Mom and my Dad telling me that the older you get the faster time goes by. At the time, of course, I was like, “Whate-v-e-r.” Now that I am older and I have kids of my own I see that they were dead on right about that one.

I mean, what happened? It’s like I went to bed one day and woke up 20 years later. I’m 30, my parents are in their 60’s, and my oldest turns 10 this year. I look at the calendar today and it’s nearly July already. I barely remember what happened in January and we are darn near half way through the year.

This is why I take pictures. If you find me without my camera, something is wrong. Photos are memories. I can look a photo and tell you where we were, what we were doing, and how funny or serious the entire situation was. Sometimes (most of the time) Chris gets irritated at me because I’m constantly snapping pictures. I can’t help it. I watched my grandmother forget nearly everything. She called me by my mother’s name and didn’t even recognize my mom. I’m sure that fate awaits me as well and I hope that by capturing all these memories I can stave off the loss of my mind for a little while.

This is also part of the reason that I’ve been embracing Buddhism. Buddhism is about living for today. At least that’s the way I see it. Live your life today to be the best person you can be for yourself and for others. By living this way, you ensure that your next life will be a better one. Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion. I have no problem with whatever religion you choose to place your faith in. As long as you have faith in something. I just find too many questions in this life to put all my belief in a book written by many different people. My feelings on this are that history books are written by the winner, not the defeated. Just because the winner was victorious doesn’t mean they were right.

But enough about that… this post is about time. No matter how hard we try to stop it, time keeps going on. It doesn’t stop for anyone. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, just live today. Live everyday like it’s forever. One day at a time.

Fridays, Pools, Vacations, and Benadryl

I was about to write… Happy Friday everybody!  Then I remembered… it’s not Friday!  See how desperately I want the weekend to be here.  I’m willing to just skip whole days to get there.

Yesterday, about 12:30PM, I discovered that from the left side of my forehead to just below my eye was a little swollen.  Not like, “Holy crap!  What’s wrong with your face?” swollen, but just a little puffy swollen.  It never got any worse, but it hasn’t gotten any better yet either.  I first thought that it may have been the awesome sunburn that I acquired on Monday, but that was on Monday and yesterday was Wednesday.  I think it would have swollen sooner.  I have no Benadryl, Cam, but I’m going to send Chris to town this afternoon to get me some ’cause he again left me without any moulah.  He offered to yesterday, but I said I’ll just wait and see if it gets worse.  Not worse, but not better either.  I was laying in bed last night trying to go to sleep when it dawned on me that I had done a little head butting with the cat yesterday.  With that side of my head.  Now I’ve never been allergic to cats.  I’ve almost always had a cat around the house.  The only thing I can think of is that we just put some flea drops on all the pets a few days ago and that I’m having a bit of reaction to the residue that was on her fur.  That’s my best guess.

Good news!  I finally found the drain plug for the pool!  We got it out of the garage yesterday afternoon.  Some time today I’m going to clean all the old grass and dirt and junk out of it in preparation for filling it in the next couple of days.  It’s not really big enough for all of us, but it works to cool everyone off.  There doesn’t seem to be a single level spot in our entire yard.  Except for right next to our back door.  Which is the door we primarily use.  For now we are just going to try to leave ourselves a small walk way and put it right there.  Next year we will concern ourselves with leveling out a place that we’d really like to have it in.  Our intention is to get a bigger pool.  Twelve feet by three feet just isn’t working anymore.  It was fine when the kids were a bit smaller, but now…just not enough room!

The countdown has begun.  Ten days.  Ten more days until we leave for vacation in Georgia! 

Extending an Invitation

I just wanted to tell you guys that I decided that instead of making this blog private, I would just start a seperate blog.  I didn’t want to lose the readers that I have and I want to be able to allow new readers un-restricted access to Distract Me. 

I would like to extend an invite to all those interested to read the private blog.  You can find a link in the side bar.  Just click the True Story image or send me an email.  I’d love to see you guys there as well!  Don’t worry though I will continue to make posts on this blog as well!  Hope to hear from you soon!

Random Thoughts

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”

—Oscar Wilde

I scheduled this quote to post… at least a month ago, but I find it an appropriate post for today because Cam‘s seester Ash is right now as we speak on her way to Georgia!  This really is a “dangerous” idea.  No, not really, but Ash is risking a lot to step out of her comfort zone and I’m proud of her.  Not that me being proud of her probably matters to her at all, but I’m proud anyway.  She’s like my fake sister.  I don’t have any sisters so I live sisterhood through Cam, Ash, and Kat

I think it will do Cam some good to have some family around and I know that it is the right choice for Ash at this point in her life.  So, thinking of you Ash on your new life journey!

A Day at the Park

7AM… Already tired.
Big, scary bridge over the Ohio River next to big, scary coal powered power plant.  Kaia had us all humming the theme song from “The Simpson’s”.
Big, scary bridge.
Rubi being scared by big, scary bridge.
Welcome to Indiana!
All the girls pose with Santa.
We break for sandwiches and photos.
It was so hot!  The girls would take any kind of water to play in….
I don’t think they really wanted me to take their picture.  I think they just wanted to play in the water.
Peace out, man!