I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. – Lily Tomlin

Archive for September, 2010

Au Revoir Mr. Curtis

As soon as I saw the announcement that Tony Curtis had passed away I immediately thought of a post that Julia at Hooked on Houses had done back in October.  It highlighted he and Janet Leigh‘s Palm Springs home, which at the time was for sale for a cool $1.295 million clams.

I’m not sure why his digs from the 50’s/60’s was the first thing that came to my mind…

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Possibly because the houses features really stuck with me.  I don’t know.  Visit Julia’s post here to see more images of this fabulous house.  (And many others too!)

Of course, my thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Organic Pest Control – WW

This is my basement buddy.  I go downstairs to do the laundry and he greets me.  He doesn’t say much, just sits there.  But I have noticed a lack of those icky cave crickets.  So he’s now my friend.  I think I’ll call him Albert.  It fits him.  What do you think?

Back to School, Back to Blogging – Week 3

I was cruising through the Idea Bank looking for a topic to do the last part of my assignment for the Back to School, Back to Blogging class this week. There are so many good ideas that it’s hard to choose just one. So I chose two.

585. How soon should we begin teaching our children about God?
586. Why have you chosen not to teach your children about God?


I know that religion is a very touchy subject, but I’m going to poke it.

*poke* *poke*

I grew up going to church off and on.  I remember attending church with my grandmother when I was just a little girl.  One of the few things that I ever did with her.  I also remember going to church as a teenager because our bus driver was the pastor at the Methodist church.  I also remember not getting much out of it.

Now I’m going to open up about how I feel at the risk of losing followers because I have vowed to find my voice when it comes to my blog.  You can’t place me in a certain category when it comes to religion.  I tend to lean a little toward Buddhism and more Earth friendly higher powers.  I’ve never found that connection that many church goers have.  I feel that the Bible is a book.  History has shown us time and time again that it is written by the “winner” not necessarily the right one.  That is essentially what the Bible is, a history.  I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around and putting all my beliefs into the writings in a book.  Especially when so many other cultures and religions are out there.  The Bible teaches love and understanding, yet damns gays and lesbians and other religions.

When it comes to children…  my children have attended church.  They believe in God.  I try not to influence them in their beliefs because I want them to have a choice.  I want them to be free to chose whatever religion, or lack there of, that they feel most connected with.  When I first began to question my own beliefs, I realized that I felt like I was cheating on God.  I thought He would be mad at me for looking outside of the “Christian” box.  I don’t want my own children to feel that way.  It’s not that we don’t teach them about God, I try to teach them about all religions.  If they were to have grown up in India, they would most likely follow Hinduism, Japan; Buddhism, Iraq; Islam, and so on.  I want them to know that just because we live in America, we don’t have to believe a certain way.

Everyone needs to have faith in something.  Faith can get you through just about everything in life.  But I think George Carlin got it best…

http://www.youtube.com/embed/MeSSwKffj9o

And that’s all I’ll say about religion.

Where’s my sweatshirt?

Guess what happened this weekend?  Fall arrived!!!

This is how you know that you live in Kentucky.  All last week, the weather was decidedly NOT Fall-like.  Highs were in the 90’s, humidity was rampant.  Sunday morning I wake up and it’s 60F outside and it barely managed to make it to 75F.  What’s that?  You want to know what the high temp today is?  67F.  Yep, that’s the HIGH.  I’m not complaining though.  Fall is my favorite season, plus I can now get that extra yummy Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Yea, I know it’s overpriced, but I splurge every now and then.  And don’t forget that just because the “Tall” isn’t listed on the menu doesn’t mean you can’t still order it!

Last week I was kind of absent from the blog.  Life kept me busy.  I know I should have been more committed and I vow to do better.  I swear.

In working on my week 3 assignment from Gigi’s Back to School, Back to Blogging class, I’ve made myself a blog badge/button!  I really made it for you to spread around the interwebs!  Enjoy and if you’re having trouble with it let me know ’cause I’ve just crossed my fingers and hoped that I’ve done it right!  You can find it in the sidebar.

Woohoo part of my writing task is done!  Now I need to work on picking an idea from the Idea Bank.  I only had to pick one of these, but I’m going to do both.  Secretly, I’m hoping for extra credit.  Maybe I’m kissing the teachers ass…. *smooch*

Friday Flip Offs – September 24th Edition


Happy Friday!  I’m so glad that I can see the weekend from here!

This week I’ve got lots to flip off.  Gigi is still working the Back to School, Back to Blogging event so Momma Kiss is hosting again this week!  Be sure to stop by!
To my OB/GYN’s office… On Tuesday I got to visit my OB/GYN so he could smear my Pap.  This appointment is lovely all by itself, but when you add in the 2 HOURS that I spent chillin’ there it just gets better.  My appointment was at 8:55AM.  I arrived as soon as the doors opened at 8:30AM.  I look around, smile nice, and say good morning to the other 4 ladies who are waiting to see the same Dr.  I quickly figure this all up in my head and deduce he’s going to have to see all of them for only 5 minutes a piece for me to be seen at my appointment time.  At a little after 9AM, they finally call me back.  To the 2nd waiting area.  Finally I get put in a room.  A nurse does all the junk like take my blood pressure, ask about my period, how many pregnancies, how many kids, yada, yada, yada…  She hands me the ass-flapper gown and a starchy white sheet.  Get nekkid, she says.  So I sit, with my ass catching a breeze in the most uninviting doctors office I have ever been in.  One magazine, Field & Stream.  Not one single picture, poster, or clock on the damn wall.  NOT ONE.  I can’t even open the blinds on the window to see if there is any life left out there because they’ve got those new fangled blinds that are inside the glass.  I sat for almost 30 minutes before the doctor finally arrived in the room.  I made it out alive at almost 10:30AM.  So FLIP OFF for over scheduling patients and making us wait in what amounts to the most uncomfortable place for we ladies to go.
To the overly loud nurse at the OB/GYN’s office…  I understand that you need to take my information, but could you possibly call me to the counter before practically yelling my information across the room?  Oh and by the way, when you are calling patients back to let them know their lab results are back, why don’t you do that from a separate room?  I don’t know… maybe a room where there aren’t 3 other patients sitting and hearing every single word you say.  FLIP OFF loud nurse!
To the over priced, insufferably shitty trash service…  Do you notice a pattern here?  You are on my list practically EVERY WEEK.  This week you are on it because guess what?  My trash pick up day was yesterday.  Not today.  I didn’t enjoy picking up all the stinky smelly trash that ended up in my yard because you didn’t arrive to pick up my trash on the correct day.  FLIP OFF yet again, Scott Waste Management.
To the lazy asshole… who pulled up in my driveway yesterday and blew the horn.  Not once, not twice, not even three times, but a total of at least 5 times (not just one honk each time either).  Are your damn legs broken?  Were your passengers legs broken as well?  Let me tell you a little secret, if you are too damn lazy to get out of your vehicle and walk about 10 feet to knock on my door, I’m too damn lazy to come out to see who you are and what you want.  FLIP OFF you asshole.
Do you have some vents to let loose with this week?  Add your post to the blog hop!  Make sure to visit the other lovely ladies as well!

Back to School, Back to Blogging – Week 2

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It’s that time again!  Week #2 of Back to School, Back to Blogging has begun.  Thanks be to Gigi for getting us all motivated.

This weeks writing assignment deals with the dreaded writers block.  I have this all the freakin’ time!  I just don’t live a super exciting life.  I know that’s a shocker because I am so damn awesome, but it’s true.

The reading assignment for this week really had me thinking about the who’s, why’s, where’s, when’s, and etc. of me and my blog.  I started blogging because…  well, I don’t really have a reason why.  I just started to do it.  I have a friend, Cam, who has been my friend since we were like 11 or 12, who first got the idea going.  She is an excellent writer.  She should be writing novels.  Super ginormous novels full of awesome-sauce.  All these years together and her writing skills have not rubbed off on me.  After blogging since 2007, I don’t think I’ve found my blog voice yet.  I feel I should write with the true me more often.  Though I don’t want to scare any current or future readers away, I feel it’s time to start letting more of me into the blog.

On to the writing assignment!

Gigi has the best idea going for smacking the shit out of some writers block.  Guess what she’s calling it?  The Idea Bank!  Clever, right?  I think it’s awesome!  I haven’t even begun to come up with any ideas to add to the list, but as of Monday morning at 9AM there are already 310 ideas!  Wowza!  It was hard to choose an idea, but I finally picked one.

#204 РThere’s a Delorian in your driveway & you can now travel through time. Where would you go?

Seriously?  Marty McFly is in my driveway?  Sweet Mother of Pearl, let’s get the hell outta here!  I sat, thought, sat some more, had a cup of coffee and finally decided that I’d want to travel back to being a teenager.  Not because I love teen angst or zits, but because it was such a carefree time.  Of course, when I was actually there it didn’t seem very carefree, but now… jeez, it really was the best of times!

I wouldn’t want to change much.  I would want to do more.  I would like to have spent more time with my friends actually doing something.  I grew up in tiny little podunk town where the population was around 1,500.  We didn’t even have a stop light.  Didn’t have a grocery store either… still doesn’t have a grocery store.  What I’m getting at is that there was NOTHING to do in that town.  So instead of being adventurous teens who went camping or fishing, we did things like park several cars in a row in the middle of some random farmers corn field whilst passing a non-government issue “cigarette” from one car to the next.  Sure those were fun times, but we had no imagination.  None.  I mean, we were young!  We should have been more motivated…

I’d go back there.  Spend one day, one night.  Actually LIVING.  Instead of just sitting around thinking about getting out of that crap hole.  We were thinking about living, but weren’t actually doing it.

I love my life now so changing the past would be stupid.  Of course, there are things that I’d love to go easier.  Laundry that washes itself, dishes that were magically cleaned, children who were well behaved, and to have inherited a shitload of money… but we all have dreams, right?

So if I swung by your place in the Delorian, where would you go?  Leave me a comment then visit my community in Blog Frog to continue the discussion.

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Ready, Aim, Shoot!

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I love the fact that the image that is shown before you push play makes me look like I’ve smelled something funky… it’s great, right? UPDATE: I found a way to change the pre-play image! Thank goodness…

If you’d like to see a better view of the photos, just click here to visit my flickr. Just want to note that the only editing I did to these “out of camera” was to resize the images. I didn’t adjust the exposure, colors, or anything else.

Don’t forget to visit my Blog Frog community to discuss point and shoot cameras!