40 Questions With A Twist

MoodSwingMabel did this the other day and seeing that I am super lazy I thought it would be fun to do myself so I stole it from her!

1. My uncle once: helped me skip school when I was 16. We went all over Connecticut looking at antique stores and he kept telling me not to touch anything. He ended up breaking something and he left his phone number so they could tell them how much he owed. My Aunt answered the phone and she told them they had the wrong number so they gave a description of my Uncle and ME! My mom and my Aunt were pissed at both of us but it was so worth it! 

2. Never in my life: Have I had a driving ticket. Knock on wood!

3.When I was five: I used to run away from home on a daily basis. I would get to the end of the street and stop and sit on the corner. My next door neighbor asked me what I was doing one day and I told him “I’m running away from home but I’m not allowed to cross the street by myself!”

4.High School was: weird for me. I loved choir and I found everything else just to hard for me. I don’t like having to learn things that I am never going to use again. To me it’s a waste of my time and what little space I have in my head. 

5.I will never forget: The last words I said to my mother. I told her I would be OK on my own and that I loved her.

6.I once met: Fuzzy Zoeller the golfer. He talked to my girls for about an hour after his golf round. I was also thisclose to Glenn Fry at the Masters once. Somewhere we have a picture of me with him standing behind me.

7. There’s this girl I know who: actually there are 2 of them and they are the best things that could have ever happened to me!

8. Once, at a bar: I had just a sip of a beer and then I headed straight to the bathroom and lost my cookies. That’s when I knew I was pregnant with my second daughter!

9. By noon, I’m usually: making myself lunch or playing on the computer.

10. Last night: I made venison burgers and grilled them and then we watched Jack Frost.

11. If only I had: my own restaurant I would be in heaven!

12. Next time I go to church: I will try to behave myself.

13. Terry Schiavo: I thought it was cruel to keep her alive the way they did. But I hope it opened up people’s eyes that they need to make a living will no matter what age they are.

14. What worries me most: Making sure my kids are well prepared to make it on their own

15. When I turn my head left, I see: my printer.

16. When I turn my head right, I see: the canal and cow pasture outside my back window.

17. You know I’m lying when: I won’t look you in the eye and I giggle a little.

18. What I miss most about the eighties: The music, the TV shows…the 80’s were awesome!

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be: go back up to #4. I have no clue Shakespeare was useless knowledge to me!

20. By this time next year: I hope my husband is celebrating a year of  sobriety.

21. A better name for me would be: I don’t know Mom just fits so well. Maybe Grammy in about 10 years?!

22. I have a hard time understanding: why people get totally enraged over things they have no control over. If you can’t change it then deal with it and move on. Life is just to short!

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll: be there volunteering!

24. You know I like you if: I laugh at your jokes.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be: All the little people I stepped on to get it!

26. Darwin, Mozart, Slim Pickens & Geraldine Ferraro: Darwin had some pretty good theories, Mozart made some great music, Slim Pickens was what my mom would say to me while looking through the clearance racks after Christmas and I am glad Mondale-Ferraro lost the presidential election to Reagan-Bush. 

27.Take my advice, never: let your brother tie your Big Wheel to the back of his 6 speed bike. It’s an ER visit waiting to happen!

28.My ideal breakfast is: Fried eggs, bacon, english muffin with Blue Bonnet on it and corned beef hash. If only I could eat it every day!

29. A song I love, but do not own is: Come on Eileen is the first one that popped into my head!

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest: Visit NASA and our Zoo.

31. Tulips, character flaws, microchips, & track stars: Tulips are beautiful but I can’t grow them, character flaws are just God’s sense of humor in action, microchips have changed the world and track stars do it despite the hurdles.

32.Why won’t people: respect the need for quiet time! I swear I figured out why I don’t read books it’s because I can’t at least not in my house! The minute anyone sees me with a book in my hands that’s when they decide to talk to me!

33.If you spend the night at my house: you would have to sleep on the world’s most uncomfortable sleeper sofa that my in-laws gave us. It is straight out of the 70’s with its gold colored flower patterns!

34. I’d stop my wedding for: apparently nothing! My first attempt at marriage they got to the part where they ask who gives this woman away and they all looked at my mom and she said “Sure as hell not me!” I did it anyway! My second attempt I had a really bad case of morning sickness and ruined my dress but I found a backup and did it anyway!

35. The world could do without: people who hate just for the sake of hating.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: have to clean up after sick kids!

37.My favorite blonde is: …my daughter.

38: Paper clips are more useful than: rubber bands!

39. If I do anything well, it’s: cook.

40. And by the way: Life’s tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid. (John Wayne)

A Chrismouse Meme

I was tagged by Mabs over at Mood Swing Mabel  for this Holiday meme.

The Twelve days of Christmas have been celebrated since medieval times ~ traditionally beginning the day after Christmas Day (now known as Boxing Day) and ending with Twelfth Night.  And since the festive season is upon us ~ I thought it might be fun to do a Christmas meme!


  1. Copy the delightful Chrismouse picture to your post.
  2. Copy these rules and the explanation of the meme (above).
  3. Link the person who tagged you.
  4. List 12 things: either about a Christmas present or memories about Christmas past (or a mixture of both)
  5. Tag as many or as few people as you like!

If you are reading this then you are hereby tagged!

  1. I remember every year my dad had to tell us the “Story of the Angel on Top of the Tree.” You know the one, where Santa has a really bad day and it ends with the angel asking him where he wants her to put the tree. Every year my dad made this story longer and longer. When I was about 9 I really wanted to get done with the tree and go play with my friends and he was taking what seemed to me like forever and I piped in with: “Just get to the part where he shoves the tree up her ass!”
  2. Somehow over the years on Christmas morning nobody was allowed to open presents until we drank a glass of orange juice. When I was older I asked my mom what that was all about and she said it was the only way she could get us to wait until she had enough coffee in her! I asked her well why the orange juice? She said she saw it on the show Eight is Enough and thought it was a good idea!
  3. Every Christmas Eve before Santa came my brother and I got to open 1 present that was under the tree and it was usually new pajamas. I do this with my kids too and they actually look forward to their new PJs.
  4. My mom’s birthday was December 13th so every year we gave her a new tree ornament for her birthday. We still put a new ornament up on the tree on the 13th in her memory.
  5. Every year since I was about 5 or 6 my brother and I would find the stash of presents, unwrap them and then wrap them back up! Every year we vowed we wouldn’t do it but every year we did!
  6. When my oldest daughter was about 3 she kept taking off the tree ornaments and we kept putting them back on but just out of her reach. That year the bottom 2 feet of the tree was empty!
  7. Every year Santa would put an orange in our stocking. I have no clue why he did that but he still does it to this day!
  8. A few years ago Santa & Mrs. Claus must have had a few too many egg nogs and he must have forgotten to put out a few presents left a few presents in my closet!
  9. I thought it was the coolest thing when I was 9 and we had a little store set up in our school for us kids to buy presents for our parents. I bought my mom a spice rack with my own money and I was soo proud of it!
  10. I love going to Christmas Eve Mass. I love seeing the CEO’s looking around to see what to do in church. (Christmas and Easter Only people)
  11. Last year my youngest daughter wanted an Elf like all her friends. But I was late to the table and she ended up with Chris the Christmas Mouse which has turned into a new tradition!
  12. We have a little Nativity set that you can move around and every year my girls argue over who’s turn it is to set it up!

Dear 1989 Me

Dear 1989 Just A Mom:

Oops… I guess I let that cat out of the bag! This is 2009 Just A Mom and if you couldn’t figure it out from your new name you become a mom in the near future.

Let’s see your High School Class slogan is  Drugs are great, Sex is fine, We’re the Class of ’89! First thing I’m going to tell you is don’t drop out of school! You think you are sticking it to the teachers and the administration but the only one you are sticking it too is yourself!

Here are some other things you might be interested in:

Beauty: Stay away from the perm! Don’t do it now or ever! As for those glasses you hate wearing don’t worry too much you will get contacts sooner or later!

Men: Listen to your Grandmother! She will tell you, “Don’t get married just live with him!” Yes, YOUR Grammy tells you that! Listen to the women! If you don’t listen to her you will figure out she was right in 5 months. Not too much time wasted and you get a great daughter out of it.

As for the next round with men always take a dare and always follow your gut instincts. You will meet the man you are now married to through an on-line dating site your friend dares you to join. You will have to weed out a few jerks but it is worth it. Oh by the way you might want to get on a different birth control pill because the one you are on didn’t work the first time and guess what it doesn’t work the second time either! But your youngest daughter and your now husband will probably thank you one day!

Children: Like I already mentioned you end up with two daughters. They are seven years apart but they will still fight like cats and dogs with each other. Just walk away when they start in!

When you have your first daughter don’t be stupid, take the DRUGS! Make sure you listen to your mom about her name. You will have your heart set on naming her Gretchen but you’ll see when she is born it just doesn’t fit!

As for your youngest daughter, she will be a piece of cake! Just remember nobody has died from the 5 second rule!

Family: Your mom will always stay by your side. But you know that even back in 1989. Give her lots of hugs!

Your dad, well he is just your dad. You will get to use him in a few years down the road. It’s ok to use him, your Grammy, his mom, will tell you “to take what you can get when you can get it!” Again, that lady is one smart cookie! 

You lose quite a few of your close family members in the next twenty years but you also gain a few great ones as well!

Money: You make enough to cover the bills and have a little left over for some fun every now and then.   

Misc.: The winning lottery numbers for September 18, 2009 is: 18-27-31-36-52 with a Mega Ball Number 53.

One day you will get a bright idea to build a doll house with your girls. Buy lots of burn ointment!

I know I left out a bunch of information but you are pretty darn smart. You’ll figure it out!


Tag your it if ya wanna be! Write a letter to your own 1989 self!

I stole borrowed this from Jean over at Jean Has Been Shopping. Check her blog out, she has a great little site!

Oh, Crap!



It looks like Crap is going around and the worse part is it’s Honest Crap! Joy, JavaJunkee and JavaQueen all have this Crap!

Well here’s my Crap:

  1. “Jack of all trades and master of none” should be on my tombstone! I can do a little bit of everything but nothing good enough to make money at!
  2. When I die, I want to be cremated and have my ashes released at the beach.
  3. When roasting marshmallows I like to catch mine on fire and watch them burn.
  4. I use my kids as an excuse to act like a kid myself.
  5. I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do when I grow up!
  6. I like to lay in the grass and look at the cloud shapes.
  7. I have never eaten at a Sonic, Burger King or a Jack in the Box restaurant.
  8. I used to eat paste in school.
  9. I am allergic to marijuana. 
  10. I like to take walks in the rain.


If you want this crap go ahead and take it! Just take the award and post it on your blog with 10 honest and random things about you.

Happiness Is…

I found this over at JavaJunkee’s site and thought it was awesome.

Here are the rules which I found over at Little Miss Firefly’s

Simply write a post in your blog titled Happiness is…, list in bullet form what happiness means to you using you basic senses. BUT, it must be happiness felt without your sense of sight.

So here is my attempt at Happiness is…

  • The sound of the ocean crashing onto the shore
  • The smell of bacon & eggs while you are still in bed
  • The sound of my daughters singing along to the radio
  • The sound of coins dropping into a Piggy Bank
  • The feeling of a child tugging at your shirt
  • The taste of warm brownies that your kids made
  • The feeling of being hit with water from a water gun

The Survey Says…

I decided to go ahead and play along with Javajunkee. For some reason I am in a funk today so this is all I got!

1. Name something you use in the shower? Soap

2. Name something a football player wears under his uniform? Pads

3. Name something people hate to find on their windshield? Those stupid flyers people put on them

4. Name something a man might buy before a date? If he is coming over to pick up my daughter life insurance would be a good idea! 🙂

5. What is another word for blemish? Pimple

6. Something you cook in the microwave? Popcorn, for years my oldest daughter thought it was just a popcorn popper!

7. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving? A couch! Can someone please help me move mine, out the door! I swear it is 25 years old and it has seen better days!

8. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? Show me the money!

9. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner? Bites the school principal after he follows you to school like mine did when I was in Junior High!

10. Name a kind of test you cannot study for? Eye test, I actually tried to memorize the eye chart once when I was a teen and my eye doctor switched the chart to the ones they use for little kids with all the shapes! 

11. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for? Not eating the Brownies! 🙂

12. A phrase with the “word” home in it? Home is where the heartburn is.

13. Sport where players lose teeth? Hockey

14. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a student’s day? Give a pop quiz!

15. What is a way you can tell if someone has been crying? If they have the sniffles and their eye’s are red. This is also a good way to see if someone has been snorting coke!

16. Name a bird you wouldn’t want to eat? Buzzard

17. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? Socks 

18. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? This has so many possibilities, but I will keep it clean! A bar of soap.

So You Wanted To Know…

This is a MeMe that Javajunkee did. She got it from The Girl from the Ghetto, who got it from Dr.Pepper and Writer Chick.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My mom, my grandmother and I all have the same middle name. Actually, we all have the same first name, Mom.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? When I opened the Credit Card bill from Christmas.
3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? It would have to be Turkey from the Deli. I don’t do the floor sweeping kind of lunch meat!
4. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, 2 daughters, 16 & 9. Do you want them?
5. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I hate this question! Yes, I would be friends with me. We would have a great time because we would like the same kind of food, same kind of music and the same kind of movies!
6. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Who me? Does a dog chase his own tail?!
7. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yep, just not my appendix.
9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Special K with Strawberries but I don’t buy the name brand. I buy the generic brand of it.
11. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes I am! Both physically and mentally. I think this happens the moment you hold your 1st child!
14. RED OR PINK? Pink.
15. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? That I am too much of a follower and not a leader.
16. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My mom who passed away 12 years ago.
18. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A cup of strawberry yogurt.
19. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The sounds of me typing on the keyboard.
21. FAVORITE SMELLS? Fresh cut roses.
23. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Baseball and IRL racing
24. HAIR COLOR? Brown with gray highlights.
25. EYE COLOR? I think they call them Hazel. They are green with orange in them. Like a cat’s eye.
26. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Yes. I hate wearing glasses!
27. FAVORITE FOOD? Lasagna, just call me Garfield!
28. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I would have to go with Happy Endings. Life is scary enough sometimes!
29. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Burbs. I love that movie!
31. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer so we can take the boat out more!
32. HUGS OR KISSES? Hey Chocolate is Chocolate!
33. FAVORITE DESSERTS? Cheese cake 
34. I’M MOST LIKELY TO…? Sulk in silence.
35. I’M LEAST LIKELY TO…? Ever be a millionaire.
37. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I don’t use a mouse pad.
38. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Hannity on Fox news and then General Hospital on Soapnet.
39. FAVORITE SOUNDS? The ocean.
40. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? The Beatles. Even though I saw the Stones in concert back in ’97 and they were just awesome! 
41. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Just to the end of the sidewalk. My kids won’t let me cross the street yet!
42. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Not that would make me any money! I am a jack of all trades and a master of none!
43. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? In a hospital in Dallas, Texas

Fourth & Fourth Meme

I was tagged by Betme to do this one. Just to note my harddrive recently crashed so I will just put my 4th picture up for this one.

These are the rules:

1. Go to your pictures file.
2. Go to the 4th file.
3. Go to the 4th picture.
4. Post it and tell the story.
5. Tag 4 more people.

Galveston Bay 10-11-08

I took this picture on October 11th, our 1st outing in our boat since Hurricane Ike. This sailboat is just sitting out in the middle of the bay. The anchor is down but nobody is on it from what we could tell without actually going onto the boat. I wanted to go onto the boat but my husband said no. Party pooper!

Tag your it! If you read this your it!

Tag, I’m It…

Mrs.V tagged me not only once but twice! I will play nicely even though she double tagged me. 🙂 

Tag Number One

You are supposed to find the 6th folder in your pictures directory and post the 6th photo in it.

So here are the instructions:

1. Go to your sixth picture folder then pick your sixth picture.
2. Pray that you remember the details.
3. Tag 5 others, leave a comment to let them know they’ve been tagged. (I’ll do this at the end of my post.)
My hard drive crashed 2 weeks ago so I just went for the 6th picture in my  picture folder.

Here’s the picture:

Hairless Rat

Hairless Rat

I took this picture at the pet store because I knew when I told my kids about it they would not believe me!

Tag Number 2:


Again, the rules:

1. Link to the person or persons who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Six Random Things About Me:

1. I love coffee. I dink it black in the morning but in the afternoon I like to add some flavored creamer to it.

2. I used to collect dolls when I was a kid and I still have them.

3. I used to work for a Wendy’s franchise for 20 years. I managed stores for 12 years and then moved into the office and did payroll and accounts payable.

4. I like to cook. Unfortunately I like to eat what I cook as well!

5. I ride my bike for 30 minutes five days a week. (I need to get a gadget to see how far I go!)

6. I met my husband through an on-line dating service 11 years ago.


OK Tag You’re It! I hate picking people so if you want to do it go for it!

Google Image MeMe

The rules are:
a) answer the question below, do a Google Image search with your answer, take a picture from the 1st page of results, do it with minimal words of explanation; and
b) tag 5 people to do the same once you’ve finished answering every question.

here we go… 


1. The age you’ll be on your next birthday:

 I am still climbing up the hill! 

2. Place you want to travel to:


3. Your favorite place:

 The ocean 

4. Your favorite food:


5. Your favorite pet:

 Our turtle is great! No noise, not much of a mess and I never have to walk him!

 6. Favorite color combination:

 Purple and Red 

7. Favorite piece of clothing

 My brother’s Navy boot-camp sweatshirt that I stole from him, I mean borrowed!

 8. Your all time favorite song:

 We sang this song in High School and I have loved it ever since.

 9. Favorite TV show:

 7 PM

 Brothers and Sisters

10. First name of your significant other/crush:

 Oh, I wish! 

11. Which town do you live in:


Somewhere deep in the Heart of Texas. 

12. Your screen name/nickname:


That’s me! 

13. Your first job: 

 I worked in the JSC Nasa gift shop. 

14. Your dream job:

When I figure it out I will start doing it. 

15. One bad habit that you have:

 I quit smoking and drinking, give me a break! 

16. Worst fear:


17: Things you’d like to do before you die:

Make the world a little happier

18. The 1st thing you’ll buy if you get $1,000,000:

An old house in Galveston, although I think I will pass on this one! 

19. Your husband/wife

 Best Friend 

20. What present would you like for your next birthday?

 OK, I’ll take any old maid but they would be nice!


Tag your it! Unless you don’t want to be it!

6 Word Meme

I was tagged by Betme for this one. I don’t play tag very well, I always hated that game as a kid because I was always It, so if you want to play go for it!

Here are the rules:

·  Write a six-word memoir.

·  Post it to your blog including a visual illustration if you would like.

·  Link to the person who tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.

·  Tag 5 more blogs with links.  

·  Don’t forget to leave a comment in the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.


“Jump in, the water is fine!”

Seven Songs for Singing…

Here is a song Meme:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to. I don’t like playing tag so do it if you want to.

I am stealing Joan’s idea because I like having the videos of all the songs.  Here’s my list:

John Mayer – Say

Duran Duran – Box Full of Honey

Colbie Caillat – Bubbly

Taylor Swift – Our Song

Carrie Underwood – All American Girl

Pink – Who Knew

Patti Scialfa – As Long As I (Can Be With You)