Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - YUMMM

Post-It Note Tuesday - Damn the Spammers

Well looks like a fifth of the week is over as it's time again for another addition of Post-It Note Tuesday! YAY! Go on over to Supahmommy's and join in on the fun! Without further delay:


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Short - Epitome of Summer

I apologize for being absent for a week and will be back to your regularly scheduled reading schedule this week. I love all my readers and appreciate all the support - have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Short - It Wasn't Our Time Yet...

I had to take a step back this Saturday and instead of giving you my usual Saturday Short, I am going to bore (or scare) you with a Saturday long and tell you of the life threatening experience I shared with my family on Lake Michigan yesterday...

It started out as a beautiful sunny summer Friday and since my husband and I both had the day off, we decided to go out to his dad's boat on Lake Michigan. We had just been given the okay from the head hancho to be able to use the boat without them being there. Skies were blue at noon, not many clouds and so we went from the marina to a boater's beach about a 45 minute drive from where we started. It was a great day at the beach, being able to anchor the boat a few yards from the shore. The kids made sand angels and buried each other in the sand and were able to jump off the back of the boat and almost touch the bottom. I was able to lay out in the boat and get my long awaited summer tan.

About 2pm I hear on the radio that a storm was going to ruin rush hour for Chicago moving east. I let my husband know and he put on the weather warning radio on the boat which honestly, gave no warning except for Michigan City - which was way east - and St. Joseph's - which was way south. We decided we would leave soon but not be in a hurry. I would say at least another hour went by before we started pulling up anchor and getting ready to head back. I can't tell you the timing exactly but let's say it was going on 4pm and clouds were coming in but you could still see skies behind them. We figured we would be in for some rain we would pass through and be done. My husband is an experienced boater and I had every confidence that there would not be a problem.

We started on our way all smiles and laughing about our hair blowing in the wind, I was wishing I had brought my camera to capture the hilarity on video. Little did I know what other entertainment we had in store for us. About 15 minutes into the 45 minute ride home, the rain started to move in..no big deal a little rain right?

The wind picked up quickly making the waves pretty strong and the rain started coming harder at which point the kids were told to get under the front seats for protection. With the waves tossing them around in the front, they bumped the cushions off their shelter which collaped on my daughter. This was the only time she cried. I went up to try and put things back together and I must say it was at this point where - pardon my french, but - the shit really started to hit the fan. I looked at the horizon, now basically black with lightning touching the water and the waves were out of control, rushing in over the front of the boat at this point. I think I might have lost it a little here as I grabbed my purse (my purse!) and tried to get under the cushions with the kids. The waves made that impossible so I quickly put on my life jacket and gathered the kids to the floor in the middle of the boat (close to dad's feet). I didn't want to look again but a compartment in the front came open that had to be closed and my husband went up and told me to take the wheel. I can't really say I saw too much with all the rain in my eyes but as he was heading back to the healm, a big wave came in and he hit his head, straight on the window between the front and back of the boat. I saw him hit his head and then the floor and my heart just sunk. In that moment that it took him to get up, I thought about our inevitable demise if I really had to actually take over driving. I can drive a boat but not when I can't see and the swells are 10 feet! I know it was not an easy feat and thank god he wasn't bleeding or knocked out.

As the kids and I sat shivering with the rain pelting us, David in the tornado drill position trying not to lose his lunch and me holding onto both their life jackets for dear life, we all kept our cool. There was no crying, no screaming and no yelling through the waves crashing into the boat. They both told me they were scared and I admitted that I was too but that we would be okay no matter what happened. I think they realized that screaming and crying was not going to help the situation. I would let out a yell like we were on a ride when the big waves hit mostly because I was trying not to freak out and dad kept telling us we were almost there when we asked and to think of it as an adventure. I think that was the best thing he could have said to the kids at that point. I did some heavy breathing almost like I was in labor and just kept telling the kids it was gonna be okay whether I believed it or not, I think just repeating it helped them stay as calm as they could be.

Rhiannon at one point told me, "It didn't take us this long to get to the beach," and that she wanted her Dora blanket and David started praying. The next half hour seemed to last a lifetime and I know there was a point where we got completely turned around heading back the way we came from. My husband tried to keep the shoreline in view which would lead us to our destination. I don't know how he did it but he got us back. The storm went past, it was still raining when we got to the marina but the storm was definitely over. The waves subsided significantly and even though we were all soaked to the bone and a little jostled, we were alive and well. We were able to get the boat docked pretty easily and quickly, got everything closed up and on our way home by six.

I know my husband is the only one that knows the true danger we were actually in and I am so grateful that he was behind the wheel and able to keep his cool. He did admit he may have lost it for a moment and to hear him tell the story really makes me wonder what kept us afloat. He gets choked up telling it and said it was the worst boating experience he's had in all his years of boating - he went so far as to say it must be what hell is like. He's got a nice lump on his head where he hit it, I'm finding bruises in places I didn't know existed and we are all a little sore today but alive and well. It wasn't our time..it could have been, we could have been another Lake Michigan statistic but we made it somehow through faith and perserverance. A day we will never forget - that's for real! Grateful we are able to live to tell about it!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Best List Ever!

I received this list in an email yesterday, agree with and enjoyed quite a few of them and thought you would enjoy as well...

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection ... again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -- ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Dang it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night, more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Post-It Note Tuesday!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

You're Drinking Too Much Coffee When..

I happened to come across this list in my documents on my computer tonight and although I cannot take credit for writing it, and I don't normally have the expected effects from coffee as I think I have become immune to caffeine, a few of them really made me laugh so I wanted to share..please enjoy responsibly!

You Know You're Drinking Too Much Coffee When..

You answer the door before people knock.
You ski uphill.
You get a speeding ticket even when you're parked.
You speed walk in your sleep.
You have a bumper sticker that says: "Coffee drinkers are good in the sack."
You haven't blinked since the last lunar eclipse.
You just completed another sweater and you don't know how to knit.
You sleep with your eyes open.
You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
The only time you're standing still is during an earthquake.
You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using the timer.
You lick your coffeepot clean.
You spend every vacation visiting "Maxwell House."
You're the employee of the month at the local coffeehouse and you don't even work there.
You've worn out your third pair of tennis shoes this week.
Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
You chew on other people's fingernails.
The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
Your T-shirt says, "Decaffeinated coffee is the devil's blend."
You're so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.
You can type sixty words per minute... with your feet.
You can jump-start your car without cables.
All your kids are named "Joe".
You don't need a hammer to pound nails.
Your only source of nutrition comes from "Sweet & Low."
You don't sweat, you percolate.
You've worn out the handle on your favorite mug.
You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it's not plugged in.
You forget to unwrap candy bars before eating them.
Charles Manson thinks you need to calm down.
You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.
People get dizzy just watching you.
You've worn the finish off your coffee table.
The Taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.
Starbucks owns the mortgage on your house.
Your taste buds are so numb you could drink your lava lamp.
You're so wired, you pick up AM radio.
People can test their batteries in your ears.
Your life's goal is to amount to a hill of beans.
Instant coffee takes too long.
You channel surf faster without a remote.
When someone says. "How are you?", you say, "Good to the last drop."
You want to be cremated just so you can spend the rest of eternity in a coffee can.
You want to come back as a coffee mug in your next life.
You'd be willing to spend time in a Turkish prison.
You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.
You name your cats "Cream" and "Sugar."
You get drunk just so you can sober up.
You speak perfect Arabic without ever taking a lesson.
Your Thermos is on wheels.
Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position.
You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
You can outlast the Energizer bunny.
You short out motion detectors.
You have a conniption over spilled milk.
You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.
Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
You think being called a "drip" is a compliment.
You don't tan, you roast.
You don't get mad, you get steamed.
Your three favorite things in life are...coffee before, coffee during and coffee after.
Your lover uses soft lights, romantic music, and a glass of iced coffee to get you in the mood.
You can't even remember your second cup.
You help your dog chase its tail.
You soak your dentures in coffee overnight.
Your coffee mug is insured by Lloyds of London.
You introduce your spouse as your coffeemate.
You think CPR stands for "Coffee Provides Resuscitation."
Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.

So hoping you enjoyed this list as much as I did and maybe it brightened your Monday a little - be sure and let me know your favorite and feel free to add to the list. Here's to a great week!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday Shorts - I want COFFEE!!

I think that says it all - have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gevalia Coffee GIVEAWAY! (ENDED)

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Post-It NoteTuesday!

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Shorts - KIDS...

This picture was taken last summer while my kids were visiting family in Monticello IN. One of my favs, the title says it all!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


One week ago tonight, I was driving home from the GLEE LIVE Concert
and let me tell you,
these kids are SO talented it is UNreal - and I plan to give you the play by play!

First I must give a BIG THANK YOU to DOVE HAIR CARE for putting on this awesome GLEE FOR ALL - the tickets were awesome - and to my lucky stars for somehow aligning and having ME win - seriously. I just started to win stuff recently and when I talk about it, it's only because I am amazed..I consider myself truly lucky - and I think by believing that, I am attracting more luck, try it sometime...

I have to tell you
about the opening act,
The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers

They are NOT kidding!!
Please do yourself a favor
and check these guys out!


They display a whole new side of dancing I could never have imagined including roundhouse kicks three feet in the air and yes, you recognize
Elliot Hoo from GLEE
as known by Sue Sylvester as "Asian kid".

Third, I feel the need to comment about what a diverse crowd GLEE attracts.
I think every walk of life was there, younger kids with chapperones, junior high girls in casts, gay boys, (insert my date and I between here) middle aged ladies night outers, couples, band geeks, music majors, families with kinda moping dads who probably enjoyed the whole show, guys in suits and ties, older folks and of course the Drake and Josh wannabes that happened to be sitting in front of us!

There was an intermission after The LXD and pretty soon multiple Cheerios came into the theater which excited the crowd. They took pictures with people for a few minutes and passed out what looked like barf bags..then Sue, in her tracksuit, came on the big screen to offer these special Sue Sylvester barf bags - in case the nausea insued by the Gleeclub provoked anyone to use them, you know, just in case..and so the show began!

Sorry I didn't grab one of those souvenirs...

The crowd was on their feet the entire show, it was intense the entire way and so full of energy and ethusiasm that just oozed out around every turn! Who wanted to sit with all that FUN?? You can just tell these kids completely enjoy what they are doing - it's really quality stuff and the live show was more amazing than any episode you could imagine! I was almost afraid for a minute that the live show would not compare when it really is the other way around!

Rundown of Characters...

SUE AND SHU: Even though they weren't physically in the theater, they did appear on the big screen and were part of the show periodically, Mr. Schuester directing solos with Sue mocking his hair and cutting GLEE in her usual tactful lovliness.

PUCK: Really plays guitar, came out into the crowd for Sweet Caroline and rocked The Lady is a Tramp. Did I tell you how delicious he is? Did I say that out loud?
FINN: Rocked the drums on a couple songs and led the group in his usual fashion.
KURT: Did Defying Gravity but no Beyonce - they did a couple moves from the dance but that was all...wah! I realize the group doesn't actually sing that song, but still..
ARTIE: Rocked his parts however I missed his Safety Dance solo - I really figured he would want to be a dancing part of the show but alas, he was confined to the chair for its entirety.
RACHEL: Came out into the crowd for Don't Rain on My Parade which was a real thrill! Her voice gives me chills just thinking about it!
QUINN: Seems to be in the shadows, I notice this on the show lately too.
MERCEDES: Had her solo Bust Your Windows and did The Boy is Mine with Santana - those girls can really belt one out!
SANTANA: Did Mercedes' part in the Gaga number which kicked ass, she needs more solos, seriously what a powerhouse!
BRITTANY: Was about the hardest worker and definitely the most incredible dancer. After the Jump number, she came out in her boy Pj's from behind the curtain to talk to Kurt, reminding him of when they made out and how she loves his soft hands. I think she has become my second favorite character with her blonde one liners and I hope those turn into more humor from her, she plays that part so well!


If you saw that episode with the ad for the bed store, it was that with trampolines!


I really could go on and on! I can't get enough GLEE and am becoming a bigger GLEEK with every new experience with this extraordinarily talented group.

Not about the show itself, but the tickets specifically stated:


And being a middleaged ladies night outer, I followed the rules...

Here's one of two incredible (note the sarcasm please) pics I got with my phone. The other is the top pic of the big screen during intermission. Nobody inforced the no camera rule, they should have noted that on the ticket damnit. I am disappointed in myself for not being a rebel I once would have sneaking stuff in to the concert..you can kinda tell who they are though right??