Thursday, December 29, 2005

Bonus Photo Thursday

I thought I would share with everyone the pictures I took over Christmas with the new digital camera that Collin bought for me, just like I promised. Sit back, grab your bowl of popcorn and enjoy!!

This is the first picture I took. He's looming because I was sitting down when I took it.

Here we have Collin's kids, Justin & Jordyn. They actually had to be woke up and forced to come out to open presents and see what Santa brought. You can see they're mostly still asleep. Crazy kids - by this time (it was about 7:30am) Derek & I would have already been up for two hours and had everything opened!!

The girl posing with her "big" present, the hamsters. Although you can't really see the fuzzy guys in this shot...

Here's Brando, now known as Otto. This was taken in my bathtub when I still had custody of him. He's the cutest hamster ever! Look at his little paws!! Awww....

And this is Sam, aka Sunshine. So cute...go ahead and squeal at the obnoxious cuteness of him, I don't mind.

This was taken at Mom's house Christmas Day. Jordyn's so happy...I don't know what was wrong with Justin.

Saving the best for last, The Man - Dad!! I like this picture of him, although it looks like he's sitting in a seashell!!

I hope you all had a great Christmas as well and a safe & happy New Year!!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

A Rebuttal Of Sorts

A couple weeks ago, give or take a few days, I posted about my hearty dislike of Dan Cochell, the new morning dj on 95.1. While I was writing it, I told Collin, "I wonder if he's the kind of guy to Google himself. That would be funny if he found this post." Apparently, I wasn't that far off the mark. I don't know if he really Googled himself and ended up on my site but find it he did and he also commented. I feel this screams for an answer. Here's his whiny-ass comment:

"Why do you write crap like this? Do you think you would sound better
then me. Have you ever been in a radio station let alone on the air at

Oh wait you all are wanna bee's. You want to be on the air but you
can't get a job on one.

If you dont like what's on the air DONT LISTEN?

If you want to comment. Use your real
name and Email address.
Dan Cochell 12.26.05 - 5:10 pm #"

I will break it down and reply to each of his whinings. "Why do you write crap like this?" Well, Dan - you only think it's crap because you like yourself. It's my opinion, my blog and I'll write what I see fit. You drive me crazy and I had to let everyone know about it.

"Do you think you would sound better than me." I know I do. I know my brother does.

"Have you ever been in a radio station let alone on the air at one?" Funny thing, Dan...I went to college for broadcasting and was on the air at KEPC for three semesters. Then I landed a job at KVUU as a board op before being wooed across the hall to KSPZ to be the 7pm-12am dj. All done without having to record one single aircheck tape or type up a resume. This was in the early 90's and I had the top rated show for my time slot while I was there. So, yeah...I have been on the air.

"Oh wait you all are wanna bee's. You want to be on the air but can't get a job on one." I just explained it, Dan, keep up will ya? I was on the air. So was Derek. So was Andy. We all realized that being in radio pretty much sucks and it's better to get out while you can. And..."wanna bee's?" Is that a new breed of insect?

"If you don't like what's on the air DON'T LISTEN?" Why is that a question? I don't listen, Dan. I get in the car when I get off work and I listen to Charlie give the news because he has a great voice and he's funny and smart. Then I listen to the Battle Of The Sexes because I enjoy the game. As soon as that's over, I turn on a CD. I used to listen all the way home then go inside and turn on the radio to finish listening. Now I avoid the morning show like the plague (except for the small time frame mentioned above.). You ruined the only good morning show in town. Plain & simple. At least for me. I'm sure there are listeners out there who think you're just fine and that's their opinion. This is mine. You are in the spotlight with the job you do. If you can't take criticism better than that then get the hell out! Not everyone is going to think you're the cat's meow.

"If you want to comment. Use your real name and Email address." Ummm....I did. I even used my real name on the air. If you tried to email me about my post and it kicked back to you, that's because my name changed and hence, my email address. If you feel you must continue to whine, do so in the comment box and you will get a response. And I'm betting not only from me. I notice you didn't leave an email address either.

Seriously, Dan...grow up. You need to learn to take constructive criticism if you're going to be in the public eye. I'm sure I'm not the only one annoyed by your use of the word "Correctamundo" or by the fact that you continuously stomp on posts by saying things that are completely unnecessary. I would apologize for offending you if you hadn't left the most whiniest-ass comment I've ever seen.

Have a nice day!



Post Christmas Wrap-Up

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa brought you everything on your list! My Christmas was marred by the fact that I had to work both Christmas Eve & Christmas Day but other than that it was good.

My big present was from my Collin - he got me an awesome digital camera!! I'll be posting some of the pics I took with it later in the week. There's a funny one of Collin's son and a couple cute ones of his daughters new hamsters that she got for Christmas. Collin bought the fuzzy guys three weeks ago and they've been staying with me - now that they're happily ensconsed in their new home, I miss them. I had named them Sam & Brando but Jordyn changed their names to Sunshine & Otto. So far I haven't been able to make the transition to those monikers and she's getting annoyed with me.

Mom was very surprised with her gift of a ticket to see Bon Jovi in concert in February. If you saw her blog, you know that she was expecting a giant cardboard stand-up of WWE wrestler The Rock. Thankfully, she wasn't disappointed with Jon Bon Jovi. I ordered the tickets December 8th and they arrived late on the 24th! Talk about stress - I hated the thought that I was gonna have to wrap up a piece of paper saying "Your gift isn't here yet but this is what it will be." Derek printed up a fake ticket just in case that he still gave to her - on one side it looks like a retro ticket for the Bon Jovi show but on the other side is a picture of The Rock saying, "I'm flattered and all but I'm not your present. It's this guy over here." On the right was a scan of Jon Bon Jovi informing Mom that she would be seeing him live in February. I'm hoping he'll post it for everyone to see.

Derek & Heather gave me a gift card to Media Play which is sadly closing their doors next month. My parents also gave Collin a gift card there as well so we hightailed it over there yesterday to get it spent. It was a madhouse - a ton of people and a half-empty store. The book shelves were mostly bare, the music was depleted...but the good thing was everything was 30-50% off so my $40 gift card went a long, long way!! I got a Napster t-shirt, the first Berlin cd that my ex-husband stole from me, the most recent Berlin cd (which is excellent for any Terri Nunn/Berlin fan out there who hasn't heard it yet), Maroon 5's Live cd/dvd and a cool pen that looks like a rose. When the checker rang up the pen, it wouldn't scan. She tried three times and it wouldn't take so she just tossed it in my bag without charging me for it!

Stay tuned for my now-annual What Books I Read This Year post & my first digital camera picture post! :-)



Friday, December 23, 2005

It's That Time Again

Happy Friday!! Mom has a new post - she thinks she knows what she's getting for Christmas! Check it out! And I also still want your opinion on my micro-post from yesterday...

The end of the year: I found this over at Keri's blog. What was the first line from your blog the first day of each month in 2005?

January: Last year I decided to see just how many books I could read in a year. Whoa! Kicking it off with what a book-geek I am!

February: First off, I want to vent a little bit about this mail blogger system. Yeah, the mail thing ended up by the wayside. Now Collin is my Blog poster!

March: I've started walking on my break again at work. I did start. But then I quit. Then I started again...and now with the ice, I've postponed all late night walks.

April: I've mentioned many, many times how I hate spiders, they ook me out big time. Oh, God...I'm getting ooky...

May: "Sweetie, do you want to join the Columbia Record Club?" Nothing like a little Weird Al to jump start the month of May!

June: So...all those photo posts that Derek has done with the horrible pictures of me, Collin, Mom, Dad, Squatchy...he seems to revel in putting those bad pics up for the world to see. Hee hee. I got him good! :-)

July: Jordyn flounced into the living room the other night and said, "Do you know why I love Jim Croce so much?" Greatest sentence ever uttered by a 5 year old.

August: Last week I picked up a CD by a Broadway star named Kristin Chenoweth.
Yes, I did...and I still listen to it regularly!

September: There really should be no surprise here. All righty then. No surprises, remember that!

October: Sunday morning Prescilla & I went on our usual 5:30am jaunt around the lake. See? I told you I started walking again!

November: Sunday Mom & I went to the Broncos/Eagles game. Hell, yeah and we kicked McNabb's butt!! Whooo!!!!

December: Yeah. I got nothin'. But I can't leave my page without something pretty on it so here: I have that problem a lot - nothin' to post. A sad sad state of affairs, I'll tell ya!

So there you are - the first of what I'm sure will be many year-end fun posts to come!!



Thursday, December 22, 2005


Would you consider this a threat by my ex-husband? I certainly do:

nice job . Icertainly know a certain beautiful woman that was really haapy to hear i was free. She was just about to go ahead and make me a widower instead



The Scent of Christmas

The IHOP Gang & I decided to exchange gifts Tuesday night since that was our last day of the work week and Prescilla would be off until the New Year. Here's my haul:

From Ginny I got a new purse. It's black, a kind of crocheted material with round, black, shimmy-looking things hanging off of it. It reminds me of a 1920's flapper dress. It's very cute!

From Prescilla: This woman is like my Grandma Widegren - you tell her something once in passing and she remembers it forever! Everything she got me I could trace back to a conversation we had sometime during the past year! I got a Hickory Farms summer sausage & hot mustard box (which I ate some of yesterday. It's fabulous!), a Christmas ornament of a tall blue boot with purple laces and white fur trim, a Marilyn Monroe calendar and, the best part of all - a bottle of Obsession perfume!!!

About a month ago while we were walking around the lake, we got to talking about gifts that we had gotten, and hadn't gotten, in years past. I had mentioned that the last year I had been together with my ex, all I had asked for was the new No Doubt CD & DVD and a bottle of Obsession because it was my favorite (actually, it's a tie with X'ia X'iang) and they had it on sale at Walgreens for $20! I didn't get it - his excuse was that I would know what he go me but yet he still got me the CD & DVD. Well, Prescilla remembered that and went all over town looking for a bottle for me!! And it's not a small bottle, either!

I smell really, really good now. :-)

And a bonus: I got this from Yoli:

This Is My Life, Rated
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

La la la, I got de la la! And Mom has a new post!!!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Beardening

Before I start, here's my "gossip" for the day: Gwen Stefani is pregnant! I'm very excited for her - practically as excited as I would be if my sister-in-law were having a baby! *hint hint, Derek*

So, on with the post!! In yesterday's Gazette Life section they had an article about Jake Plummer's beard and how, since he's having the best season of his life, he might make having a full beard "acceptable."

I never realized that having a full beard wasn't fashionable. Nor did I realize, as the reporter pointed out, that full beards seemed to belong to communist leaders, mad Russian monks (Rasputin wasn't evil - he was simply misunderstood!) and Unabombers. When I was little, my dad had a full beard and he was none of the above. In fact, he looked pretty dashing. And Collin has a full beard, no matter what he might argue, and he's the most normal person I've ever known. Apparently only 2% of American men have full beards. I was staggered by that statistic. Simply staggered.

But back to Jake and his beard. I'm going out on a limb here and saying...I think Jake looks pretty damn hot with all that hair and the beard. I'm sorry but I do. I think he looks better clean-shaven but he's all rugged and mountain-mannish. But these people are acting like they've never seen a full beard on an athlete before. Have they never noticed Bronco's center Tom Nalen? He was doing Crazy Mountain Man well before Jake was ever a Bronco. And do they not watch hockey? It's practically a law that during the playoffs, hockey players don't shave. Patrick Roy had a hell of a beard going during the last Stanley Cup win, not to mention Shjon Podein and Jon Klemm. A guy in Germany just sent me pictures of Rene Corbet playing with the Mannheim Eagles and he had a full beard during their playoffs. .

I like beards on men. Collin threatens to shave and I get misty-eyed. I just don't see what the big deal is.



Sunday, December 18, 2005

It's A Christmas Miracle!!!

I've posted before about Pudding, the stuffed mouse I got when I was in 3rd grade and who became my favorite toy ever. I still have him, his fur matted and missing in places, sitting on my bedside table. What I haven't mentioned is Acorn.

Acorn was a small stuffed squirrel that Mom & Dad bought for me one night on a whim. He immediately became Pudding's best friend. They were always together - if we played with Pudding, we played with Acorn. And then one day, Acorn got put away. I don't know why, I don't know where...I asked Derek once but he had no idea where the little guy had gotten to.

So, flash forward to Saturday afternoon. Collin, the kids & I stopped at Collin's Aunt's flea market to look around. There's always a large bin of stuffed animals for $1. I always comb through them - I love stuffed animals and for $1 you can sometimes find some great bargains. On this trip I found a really cute dog and an expensive-looking pink Russ bear that said on it's tag that it came from the floral dept. But what I found first will from hereon out be known as The Christmas Miracle. [There should be symphonic heartwarming music inserted here.]

I found Acorn!!!

I don't know if it's thee Acorn, if somehow my little guy got given away and somehow ended up in the flea market but there he was!! The only thing that had changed was he had a little orange bracelet around his neck. Maybe he had been in stuffed animal prison and that was the variation on the anklet they slap on prisoners...I don't know...and I didn't care! I was so excited to see Acorn! I freaked out showing him to Collin and his aunt overheard me.

"You just put that in your purse," she told me. "Go ahead, just stick it in your purse right now. He's yours." Oh, I was so happy!! Pudding & Acorn together at last!! Now Pudding has a friend on the bedside table. I hope everyone gets their Christmas Miracle, too!

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Friday, December 16, 2005

A Long & Winding, Twisted, Messed-Up Road

In July I filed for divorce. By that time I had been separated from my husband for over a year but it was an expensive process so it took a while to get to that point. I thought all I had to do was file & be done with it. Nope. I had to have him served within a certain amount of time and then we had to meet with a domestic facilitator because we didn't have legal representation. He was served in August and in September we had our conference.

Mike, the mediator, explained that if we agreed on everything that we could file a non-contested, non-appearance divorce packet and we wouldn't have to pay anything more nor return to court for anything. Sounded like the way to go since coming down to the courthouse was a pain. We filled out the paperwork, turned it in the end of October and on November 10th, the divorce was supposed to be final. We even had a little party at Derek's that night to celebrate.

So imagine my surprise when on November 30th instead of getting my certified copy of the divorce papers in the mail I got a Delay Prevention Notice saying that I had 30 days to file a Notice To Set And To In Fact Set (whatever the hell that is) and I still needed to have a status conference!! I was incensed. I had done all of this. And now it looked like I was still married. But I had already had a party!!

I called the courthouse that Monday and asked the clerk what the paper I had received meant. He said that I needed to have a status conference. "Is that where you meet with the man in room 101 and he goes through all the different paperwork you need to fill out, blah blah blah?" The clerk was silent for a minute then said, " might be." He finally looked up my case in the computer and said there was a problem and gave me the number for the domestic facilitator manager. I called her and left a message. She didn't call me back until the next morning and when I told her what was going on, she sounded confused and said she was handing the case over to Mike, the man we had dealt with. She saw no reason for the delay. She would have Mike call me back or she would do it herself.

By Friday I had heard nothing so I called the manager - I got this message: "Hi, this is Katie Pierson and it's Friday, December 9th. Today is my last day...." Oh, crap!! Luckily, she left the numbers of both domestic facilitators so I called them both and left a message. No one called me back. So on Wednesday, seeing as I was running out of time on that 30 days, I went down to the courthouse to speak with Mr. Mike.

He did a cursory glance at my case on the computer and did not see the reason for the delay. He did see, however, that on November 9th, the day before the divorce was to be final, that Nicole, his partner in facilitating, had gone over our paperwork, approved it and had sent it to Division V for the judge's signature. Then later that day the case was "vacated." Mike said that meant cancelled. WHAT??? He went to look for my case & said he would go through it with me and if he found no errors, he would personally hand it to the judge and get it signed. Guess what? He couldn't find my case!! I was getting discouraged, to say the least! Of all the thousands of cases to screw up, it's mine??

Mike said he'd find my case file and call me. He never called. But Nicole did call yesterday, returning the call I had made the week before. This is the conversation:

Nicole: Hi, this is Nicole down at the county courthouse returning your call. What can I do for you?

Me: Well, I actually spoke to Mike Vigil yesterday and -

N: Oh, good so everything is settled then?

Me: No, everything is not settled. I got a Delay Prevention Order in the mail and when I asked him about it, he couldn't find my case. He said he would call me back and let me know what was going on and he hasn't. I need to know what's going on.

N: The reason he couldn't find your case is because it's closed. You're divorced.

Me: What?

N: You've been divorced since Monday.

Me: I have??

This is stupid on so many levels, I'm not sure I can explain. Why the delay? Why the "vacating" of my case? Why send me a DPO 18 days after the divorce was supposed to be final? And why, if I've been divorced since Monday, did Mike not see that in his computer on Wednesday? He told me the case was still open. That worries me. I'd love to believe that this is over and I really & truly am divorced but what if what Collin said is true, that now I'm "doubly married" or something? I'll be waiting impatiently by the mailbox for those papers to prove it's true!



Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Peak Of Annoyance

I used to never listen to morning radio. There's too much talk and stupid gimmicky stunts and not enough music. But about a year and a half ago I stumbed across The Peak 95.1's morning show and surprisingly I actually enjoyed it; there was enough music to keep me happy, normal, funny dj's (Dave Moore and Steve Ryan) and when they did have guests on they were entertaining like William Lamb The Horoscope Man and Jimmy Hollywood. I even like the news guy, Charlie. He makes me laugh.

A few months ago, Steve Ryan announced on-air that he was leaving radio to focus on his insurance company. I was bummed. He was the goofy one that always kept the laughter flowing. But I kept listening. One of the weekend jocks, Curt Lambert, replaced Steve for a while and I liked him. He was a little more low-key but I didn't dislike him. I thought that he was going to be the full-time replacement but...

Turns out they were looking for a new morning dj and they found Dan Cochell. It's all I can do to listen to them anymore, this guy bugs me that bad. Every morning about 7:05 they play Battle of the Sexes and before the game begins they play Michael Buffer and his famous, "Ladies and gentlemen...we are...ready to rumble!!!" This Dan fella talks over it, trying to sound like Buffer and failing miserably every time. It drives me bezerk! And then he's full to the brim with superlatives. I'm not joking.

Whenever he introduces the traffic girl, he says things like, "Here's the best traffic girl in all the world, Sharon Austin!!" or "And now for the most brilliant traffic person in all of the galaxy..." And when he's doing the Battle of the Sexes, all the men contestants are "representing all men around the globe" and the women are "standing for every woman known to man." When they get an answer right he belts out, "You are correctamundo!" Or a contestant will give their answer and he'll say, "Did you say {insert answer here}? That is absolutely incorrect!" I'm sure he thinks he's being funny but he bothers the hell out of me!! I've never laughed at anything he's said and I don't recall hearing Dave Moore laugh at him either, at least not the big belly laughs he used to have with his former on-air partner.

In his little bio, Dan Cochell mentions that he chose broadcasting over a career in graphic design. Damn. If he had decided to be an artist, I wouldn't have to listen to him every morning. I actually yell at the radio while I'm driving or in the shower when he starts talking: "SHUT UP!! God, just SHUT UP!!" I'm hoping that the numbers will go down and they'll realize that they made a mistake and find someone else! Let Charlie the News Guy be the sidekick...he's hilarious! I'd definately prefer that.

I just need stability on my morning drive home. Is that too much to ask?



Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Mom & Funny Just Go Together

Sunday I went to the Broncos/Ravens game with Mom. The game itself was blah - no energy as Mom said until the last part of the game. But it's still always fun to go, to see the players, to watch the cheerleaders dance to a hyped-up mix of "Hollaback Girl" and to cheer my team on, even if it is rarely.

On the way up there, Mom was telling me about a show on Friday nights called Close To Home. She watched it for the first time last week and really liked it so she was filling me in. "It started with these two kids in a car doing meth. You know, whatever you do with meth...smoke it, crack it..."

Me: "Did you say 'crack it'?" She laughed and shrugged.

The only touchdown that Baltimore scored was, dare I say, controversial. The Raven receiver caught a long bomb from Boller and ran to the 1 yard before being pushed out of bounds. We all thought the Broncos would be attempting another goal line stand but they reviewed the play and come to find out the receiver stuck his arm out so the ball crossed the plane of the goal line before he stepped out of bounds. Hence - 6 points for the bad guys. Mom was incensed. "Pfft. What does he think he's doing, sticking the ball out like that. What a Smart-Alec!!" I had to laugh as I pointed out that if it had been our receiver that had done that it would have been a smart play but a Raven does it and he's a Smart-Alec! You gotta love her loyalty to the Broncos.

And speaking of her loyalty, she turned to me at one point and said, "The next time I write a letter, if I ever do write a real letter, I'm signing it 'Bleeding Orange & Blue Forever. Karen'." I love it!! A true Broncos fan! What we all need to be!

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

What Does It Mean

If I had a dream that Mao Tse Tung was going to play with my boob and I was afraid?



Thursday, December 08, 2005

Sex And The City Friday

Apparently, I'm a Carrie! I just finished watching all of Sex And The City this week. I now understand the hoopla that surrounded it when it was first out. If I had had to wait a whole week to see the end...I would have driven myself crazy!!

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Meme Thursday

It's been a while since I've done anything of this nature so brace yourselves: I stole this from The Peanut Queen!!

1. What is your middle name? Michelle

2. What color underwear are you wearing now? Violet

3. What are you listening to right now? Nothing. It's very quiet because Collin is sleeping.

4. What are the last 2 digits in your phone number? 98

5. What was the last thing you ate? A South Beach Diet microwave dinner...chicken and asian noodles with snap peas and peppers. Surprisingly good. But that was 10 hours ago and now I'm STARVING!!

6. If you were a crayon what color would you be? Hot pink.

7. How is the weather right now? Frickin' COLD - it's -13!! Gack!

8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My Dad. I called him to find out who the new boy in goal for the Avs was last night. BTW, it was Vitaly Kolesnik and he only let one goal go by!! Whoo-hoo!!

9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Smile.

10. Favorite type of Food? I feel like Rincewind in the book Interesting Times..."Can I get them mashed?" I really, really miss potatoes...french fries, mashed, little red ones....*sigh*

11.Do you drink? Sometimes. Depends on if they have any DiSaronno!!

12. Do you smoke? Nope.

13. Ever get so drunk you don't remember what you did? No. I was drunk once and I remember everything, including puking by the fence in my friend's yard. Yuck.

14. Hair color? Blonde with ruby red streaks courtesy of my friend Shanon.

15. Eye color? Greeny-grey.

16. Do you wear contacts? No, but if I did I would get those cat eyes....that would be so cool!

17. Favorite Holiday? My birthday. It's coming up - only a month from Christmas so start planning now!! :-)

18. Favorite Month? January. My birthday and the SuperBowl!!

19. Have you ever cried for no reason? Ah, geeze. I finished watching Sex And The City last night and cried my stupid eyes out. I'd call that no reason!

20. What was the last movie you watched? In the theatre, Corpse Bride. At home, Cannibal! The Musical. Both were funny and entertaining.

21. Favorite Day of the Year? June 18th. And January 25th.

22. Are you too shy to ask someone out? I think so. I don't think I asked Collin out...did I?

23. If you can say something to someone right now what would it be? To the people at the courthouse - "What the hell are you doing??? Get your heads outta your asses and get me my divorce, dammit!!" Ahhh...that felt good.

24. Hugs or Kisses? Both, please. But I only want kisses from Collin. Thank you.

25. Chocolate or Vanilla? Mmm....vanilla....

26. What books are you reading? Right now, Terry Practchett's Feet Of Clay which I left at work and I am embarking on a 5 day weekend and I have no book!!! I hate having more than 1 book going at a time so I'm doomed. DOOMED!!!

30. Piercings? My ears are pierced 3 times but they're growing closed.

31. Favorite Movie? Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. Seriously. It will never change. I don't care how many times I watch Charlie & The Chocolate Factory!

32. Favorite football Team? Broncos, baby!!

33.What were you doing before this? Trying to buy a Christmas present online for Mom but the purchasing part of the site was down for routine maintenance. What the hell???

34. Any pets? I'm a surrogate keeper for a couple of cutie hamsters until Christmas - Sam & Brando. I named them so they wouldn't be the Fat One and the Other One while they were with me.

35. Wendys or Taco Bell? Wendy's. They have fries and baked potatoes!! But Taco Bell has those wedges with cheese all over them....*drool*

36. Butter, Plain, Sweet or Salted popcorn? BUTTER!!!!!!

37. Dogs or cats? If I had to choose, it would be cats. I adore cats. But dogs are so much more loving. Cats just use you.

38. Favorite Flower? Carnations - my birth flower. I don't care what Carrie and Charlotte said on Sex And The City!

39. Have you ever been caught doing something you weren't supposed to? Well...yeah.

40. Are you taken or single? Very, very taken. Yay! :-)

41. Have you ever REALLY loved someone? Yes. Go here to visit him!

42. Who would you like to see right now? Chazz and Claude. And Rita.

43. What's your favorite color? Purple and pink.

44. Have you ever fired a gun? No. I've never even held a gun I don't think.

45. Do you like to travel by plane? I like the take-off. But after that it's all downhill.

46. Right-handed or Left-handed? Right but I can write like a 3rd grader with my left.

47. If you could be with someone right now, who would it be? I'm with him. Thanks.

48. How many pillows do you sleep with? I have 3 at my house. 2 at Collin's.

49. Are you missing someone? I don't think so. I just looked.

50. Do you have a Tattoo? No. I can never make up my mind what I would want. Calvin & Hobbes would be cute but so would GIR....

51. Favorite TV Show? CSI, Without A Trace, Sex And The City, Friends.

52. Favorite Song? It's been Timeless by Badfinger for years but slowly, somehow, Crush On You by Roxette and Return To Oz by The Scissor Sisters are claiming the top spot!!

Don't worry. There's no tagging. But feel free to use it if'n ya wanna!!



Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Rules Of The Road

It's been snowing here since yesterday afternoon. It's cold, too. Today's projected high is 6. Six. That's freakin' FREEZING!! What that means to me is that the snow from Saturday's snowstorm hasn't melted and is being covered up by the new snow. Which makes me nervous driving. I hate driving in snow and ice. Yesterday I was on my way to work - because of construction I've been taking Murray to Fountain to Circle instead of Maizeland to Circle. So I was on Murray going 30...the speed limit* is 35. I figured that with the adverse weather conditions, this was a perfectly acceptable speed. Apparently the guy coming up behind me, though, thought otherwise.

He came screaming up on my tail and sat there practically on my bumper. Normally this makes me do one of two things: a) slow down even more or b) slam hard on my brakes to scare him away. But with the snow I didn't want to play so I stayed where I was. We went through a lit intersection and I caught a glimpse of the tailgater - it was a COP! A policeman who is supposed to uphold the law and be a model for us civilians was crawling up my butt while it was snowing and making the roads slick. That just made me even madder. You'd think of all the people out there driving that a cop would know that that's just NOT ACCEPTABLE! He stayed there until it divided into 2 lanes and he finally got over. He wouldn't look at me, though. I just wanted to tell him that he had no business being that close to me, that's all. Really!

* = the other day I was picking up Collin's son from school and Jordyn was in the back seat. We passed a Speed Limit sign and she piped up, "That sign said that you have to go 25...speed...things." Thanks, Jordyn!

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Last Call For Alcohol

When I was in my junior year of high school, my best friend at the time, Rhonda, was a senior and she lived across the street and three houses down. We walked to school every morning. More often than not she would pick me up but that spring, her parents took a trip to Alabama and left her at home. Alone. The first morning that her parents were gone, she called me and said to meet her at her place. So I did. We walked into the kitchen and she had a can of Cherry Coke sitting on the table. She was the kind of person that always had a soda for breakfast, usually Mountain Dew so when I saw the Cherry Coke, I was surprised.

"Want a drink," she asked me.

"Sure!" Never one to turn down a shot of sodee, I took a big-ass swallow of the stuff. And thought I was going to choke. She was laughing her butt off while my throat burned, my eyes watered and I started coughing. What the heck is in that?"

"I dumped out half the Coke and filled it with Amaretto," she explained. Up to that point my entire experience with alcohol had been a couple of parentally supervised wine coolers. This was different. It was GOOD! I took another drink (this one a bit smaller, though) before handing it back to her. We drank it all the way to school.

First period was earth science. I sat in the very back of the room but I was still petrified that Mrs. Stroud was going to smell the Amaretto on my breath. My stomach was hot and churning slightly. But that didn't stop me from going to Rhonda's locker before lunch later and taking one more sip. She actually went home for "lunch" and filled herself up a Coke can of pure Amaretto. She drank it in the smoking area with her buddies and they passed it around.

After I turned 21 and went out anywhere where I could get one, I would get a Cherry Coke and Amaretto. Later I just started having Amaretto Sours. I hadn't had a Coke & Amaretto in a while until Collin's Christmas party Friday night when I had a Diet Coke & Amaretto. It was sooooo yummy. If I were an alcoholic, I'm pretty sure that would be my drink of choice. But only DiSaronno. The Good Stuff!



Thursday, December 01, 2005

Take nothin', divide by nothin', carry the nothin'

Yeah. I got nothin'. But I can't leave my page without something pretty on it so here:

Fire Fairy
You are a Fire Queen. You are a Brave warroir and
you know how to fight for yourselve and your
kingdom. Your kingdom is very strong and
wealthy. You might get in some wars but mostly
you win and you fear nothing!

What kind of Queen are you? ( With BEAUTIFULL pictures)
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What's cool is that's a painting by Nene Thomas, an artist who (whom?) I really admire.

So as a queen I would be brave and good. But as a mere princess...

The Evil Princess

You are drawn to the sinister side of life and
gravitate towards darker things. You are quite
proud of your dark side and often flaunt it.
Your sinister nature and your willingness to be
cutthroat often result in you playing the

Role Model: Snow White's Stepmother

You are most likely to: Team up with an evil dragon
to spread terror across the countryside.

What Kind of Princess are You? - Beautiful Artwork (Original Music is BACK!!!)
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My dark side. :-) Yay!



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