Reason to Relay...

Yesterday's miles: 4.7
Total so far: 362.3
Still to go for goal: 137.7

Such a long way to go! If I did 20 miles a week (a very respectable number considering what I've BEEN doing lately), it would still take me about 7 weeks to complete. *sigh* That's almost two months.

I didn't send out any letters asking for donations for this run. I'm not a great fund-raiser. I'm selling a few scarves. I've got the button on the web page. Some of the people who donated last year know that I'm still running. I'll definitely make another 500 miles. I just didn't feel comfortable sending out those letters again because I didn't know if all of my friends and family thought it was a one-time shot when they so generously donated last year, you know? What will they think when they get another letter this year? And now, I'm practically finished with the run. I can't hardly send the letters now!

So. The team had better hope we sell a lot of hot dogs this summer. And that the chocolate bars sell well. Mom and I did okay with the scarves. But it was nothing like the run. That was crazy. Maybe I can send out the letters again next year. Because I plan to keep running. So I may as well keep asking people to help with the fund raising. It isn't for me after all. Why should I be shy about asking for help for the ACS?

So today I ran for them. I ran for all of them. See that list? That whole list on the right? There are far too many names on that list. When I started this, it was really small. It was Keith, my husband, who had a brain tumor back in 2001 that was removed in surgery. And it was the Brain Tumor Warriors we met along the way. It was a handful of relatives who have had cancer. It was Lauren's mom, Dawn, who was battling breast cancer. And Kimberly, who continues to fight. It was a few friends who were going through battles of their own, some of them mighty wicked battles. And friends who'd already fought the battle. And then I asked for more inspiration from you. And boy, did you come through. With more inspiration than I ever could have imagined. Because there isn't anyone who doesn't know somebody who has battled the beast. And the list continues to grow all of the time. I could be adding to it daily, I bet. And I will run for anyone that you ask me to, anytime. And I will add their name to my banners and my t-shirt when we walk in that Relay come June. Please let me know who they are. Especially if I have any new readers. Because they keep me working on the Relay and help get me back on the treadmill when I'm ready to give up.

Okay. Back to my pen. I'm off to write into the New Year. It's my tradition. Hope you are all enjoying this New Year's Eve.

I'm working on a blog update. If anyone has any idea why all of my posts are stacking up on top of each other instead of listing down the page the way they are supposed to, please leave me a comment! I'm pulling my hair out every time I try and fix it. Thanks. And thanks for giving me a Reason to Relay. My three readers are the best...


Quack! Quack! (For Joe, BT Warrior and Hubby to Ena Mae)

That other day's miles: 4.3
And one more day's miles: 3.8
And then today's miles: 5.2
Total so far: 357.6
Still to go for goal: 142.4

Wondering what the title of this post meant? Every time I hit another 50 miles milestone, I earn another duck. I got this from my mentor, Marn.

I ran for Joe and Mae this week. I haven't been out to visit Mae's Caring Bridge website lately, but I'm on my way there now.

On the road again!!!!!!


Threes About Moi

Because I don't want to suffer a slow death...

Three names you go by:

Three screennames you have:
Crazy Girl

Three things you like about yourself:
kind heart
ummmm I can crochet?

Three things you dislike about yourself:
My challenged memory

Three parts of your heritage:

Three things that scare you:
lack of coffee
loss of internet access
inability to write

Three of your everyday essentials:
Coffee (especially at a coffee shop and these days - vanilla lattes)
Writing something down with a really great pen (even if it is just a list)
Checking in with Keith

Three things you are wearing right now:
Levi's 505's
My 2004 NaNo t-shirt
socks (no, really! I have socks on!)

Three of your favorite bands/artists (at the moment):
The Thorns
Jason Mraz

Three of your favorite songs at present:
No Blue Sky (The Thorns)
Pick something off Waiting For My Rocket to Come (Jason Mraz)
This is the Last Time (Keane)

Three things you want to do in the next 12 months:
Finish returning home from nowhere
Complete a whole new running destination
Organize my house

Three things you want in a relationship (love is a given):
fun (those may sound alike, but they aren't)

Three physical things about the opposite sex (or same) that appeal to you:
smile/laughter/sense of humor

Three things you just can't do:
Curl my tongue (the only one in my family who can't; Cory also claims he can't, but Jena says he is lying. :-p)
Stay off the computer for any real length of time
Not be addicted to something (reading, surfing, writing, tv if I've got it, coffee, soda when I drank it; I stay far from the bad stuff because of this!)

Three of your favorite hobbies:
(I'll have to copy Katie here) Spoiling or just plain hanging out with Kel - have to enjoy it while I can

Three things you want to do really badly right now:
Watch Gilmore Girls but it's a repeat again tonight
Go see a movie (The Life Aquatic is calling me)
Veg Veg Veg!

Three careers you're considering:
Editor (need any help, Katie?)
Web something or other

Three places you want to go on vacation:

Three things you want to do before you die:
Win the lottery so I can set Keli up comfy
The same so I can set Keith up comfy
I dunno... see Italy?

Three *cough* people who have to take this quiz now or die a slow death:
Mark (yeah, like that'll happen)
Jay (did you do this one already?)
Kazoofus (did you do this one already?)
Jen (did you do this one already?)


More Projects... Cheeseheads? Who, Us???

In light of this weekend's big GB/MN game, (yahoo, Pack!) Just thought I post a happy photo of my folks' stockings...

I should have placed a bet on the game (and the one in November) but I can never come up with anything good to bet!

Thank you to Katie who found me the cute duck blinkie on the right side of my screen. Later I'll post a photo of the rubber ducks I received for Christmas from my mother-in-law, too! These were obviously designed to get my butt moving. I'm off to hit the treadmill right now. I'm going to hit 350 tonight. I can't believe I still have 150 to go to return from Nowhere. *sigh* I never thought I'd not be home by the end of the year. What a sad sad state.


Ho Ho Hum Bug...

Slow progress at best, but some things are getting done. Maybe I'll be ready for Christmas by Friday...

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care...

And look out those windows! We've finally got a little snow on the ground! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I'm even dreaming of a White Christmas!


Another Jen Ripoff...

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas

For you, it's all about sharing times with family.
Even if you all get a bit cheesy at times.

You'll see why I titled it another Jen ripoff after I finally finish the meme I'm working on later...

A Jen Ripoff...

Shamelessly ripped off from Jen (who shamelessly ripped it off from Jay).

A kind of peachy/taupe color that I'm dying to change to my favorite green froth.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Southwestern artwork

Currently - Finish Line. Love board games with the family. Love them.

Urgh... We used to subscribe to Utne Reader. I really liked it. We subscribed to National Geographic while we home schooled Keli. Loved that, too. Shambala Sun always has terrific stuff in it that makes me think a lot. Very deeply.

My puppy's feet.

green froth (this isn't exact - I don't have the RGB numbers, but it is close when matching against my office walls) makes me feel peace-full every time I walk into the two rooms of my house that have the walls painted this color. Thus, I want to finish the rest of the house this way.


Not enough - always running to find a phone - four. And it isn't answering machine, it's voice mail, which is part of the difficulty I suppose.


Coffee, followed by peppermint.

Yes. Quite likely.


Totally cool.

At the moment? Vanilla Latte.

Next month!

Steamed Artichokes dipped in butter. :) decadent and infrequent.

If I could get paid to blog and do my crochet, that would be the perfect job for me.

Oh, I like the color of my hair, so I'd just keep it, thanks.

Still am.

21) TOP THREE FAVORITE MOVIES (NOT IN ORDER because I couldn't possibly pick an order)? (AKA Movies I can watch over and over) And this changes on a regular basis...
Meet Joe Black
The English Patient (left here from Jen because ME TOO!)
Practical Magic

Of course. Mr. Fegely would be rolling in his grave if I wasn't after all his tutelage... "Hunt and peck. Hunt and peck. What is with you people? HOME ROW!!!"

More dust bunnies than I care to consider and a wee bit of dog hair.

Currently - 500... 500 miles run last year to earn donations for the Relay. Currently running 500 miles to get back home. :) Trying to earn $500 in donations for the 2005 Relay. 500 is my kind of number. Maybe I'll shoot to run 500 miles before the Relay in June, eh? I'd better hurry up and get back home then... *coughlazya$cough* :)

Blech. Really? Hmmm. OH! Okay. Gymnastics. Especially during the olympics.
In person? Swimming and diving, I guess.

That I won't EVER get back home from the 500 mile return run so I can start my next running campaign for the 2005 Relay! I think I need a challenge!

All time: White Ladder by David Gray
Right Now: Keane's Hopes & Fears
In CD player: Currently rotating our huge collection of Christmas stuff through. And we do have a lot, including my favorite Windham Hill stuff, Narada, Lorrie Line, George Winston's December and Linus & Lucy, and our latest addition from Keith, The Colors of Christmas (Peabo and Company!), and last but not least, the CD my brother Kevin burned for us a year or two ago to bring back the Ghost of Christmas Past, Sing Along with Mitch!.

All time: This is tough! I loved the short-lived series American Gothic back in 95-96. Keith and I watched it and knew that it was doomed because like Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure which came before it and which we also liked immensely but ended long before we were ready for them to, we knew that by liking it we were killing it prematurely. Picket Fences died that year too, sadly enough. I believe we ended up letting our TV die shortly thereafter.
Right now: Gilmore Girls which we have to go elsewhere to tape so we can bring it back home to watch only through projection on the wall.

Garden Burgers and Not Dogs... love em both. :)

Hiking: Colorado Rockies, Montana Rockies, Badlands; State Street, Madison, Wisconsin; Mineral Point, Wisconsin

A photo of me with Kel, Jena, Caitlin and my Dad from one of our Wednesday nights.

More importantly, do I eat McDonald's fries? Can't remember the last time. I have been seen dodging very quickly through the BK drive-through picking up a small chocolate shake and a gigantasauras fries, however. And they NEVER skimp.

Olive Garden for the salad, breadsticks and white sauce to dip them in. (Add a strawberry daqueri and I'm a happy camper for the whole day!)

Matthew Eldon (but wouldn't THAT just be a miracle?!)

one of those two...

Resolution Coming?

Let's hope my friends have the answers they've been looking for by year end.

We've all hoped for resolution. But this is far from what we expected.

Another Update...

Well, Kona/Donna/Mom has her Moose-deer back. She went with a house/search document to her son's house on Saturday morning and demanded it's return. Indeed, it was there at his house. She is still unclear as to who kidnapped it from her house in the first place, only that she found it at his house in the end. She is now ready to post a reward for the return of her shaker jar of Christmas Cheer sprinkles which has apparantly disappeared from her kitchen. It was there on Wednesday when we were there for Girls' night having our Christmas cookie decorating contest but was ogne when we were there last night having dessert after going out for dinner to celebrate her birthday. It was used several times to give Christmas cheer and happiness to a few of the girls at the table that night who needed a little lightening up. :)

I have a few photos for the family (and anyone who is interested) to enjoy from Wednesday night of the activities the girls took part in. I'm missing the photos of the actual cookie part, though. I was a little busy at the time. Cookie decorating is fun! For some reason, my nieces consider me a little anal retentive after observing my technique. Hmmmm.

Gramps gets cleanup when the girls have frosted the cookies (I'm hoping he'll be sending a few shots of us working on the cookies because I didn't get any pictures of those - his camera is having some problems, though)...

Here is Jena on Wednesday looking for things to quiz the girls on from a book that has characters in it named Keri and Jenna... We're partial to that book (even if Jena's name is spelled wrong!).

Erin and Caitlin are working on decorating some plain gift bags here that can be used for Christmas gift giving...

Jena is hard at work on her homework here...

And Keli went to use Gram and Gramps' computer after the cookies were all decorated because she had Japanese homework to complete...



As you all know by now, I'm a great cook (quit laughing).

So I'm posting here, my newest recipe for Christmas Cookies, sent to me by my cousin Dianne (also known as, She Who Took My Daughter to Japan)...

Christmas Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequilla

Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer...Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar..Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK, try another cup ... just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit, Pick the frigging fruit off floor... Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it lloose with a drewscriver. Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who giveshz a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl out, finish the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.


Now that's my kind of recipe! Thanks, Dianne! :)

Bearly - an Update...

Took the dog in for a weight check yesterday and to ask some questions. He has gained a pound! Oh happy day! He's eating more and he's comfortable. He's keeping the food down and he's acting much more like the dog we know and love.

I hadn't mentioned this before because I hadn't told Keith about it and didn't want him learning of it here first, but the last time the dog was sick, I discovered he had some internal bleeding going on. So when I had him in to the vet on Thursday, we got him on meds to handle this, too. Between that and the morphine and the new food, He's doing so much better.

In talking with the vet yesterday and discussing all of the options, he said that if Bear continues on this current path of more weight gain, keeping the food down and comfort on the pain killing (and extremely low dosage) drugs for the next couple of months to give his pancreas a chance to heal, he has a very good prognosis.

So please keep him in your thoughts because this will be the path we'll take for now. I have no intentions of taking extreme measures as I think this will only cause him more pain and suffering. It is my belief (here come arguments, perhaps?) that extreme measures (as in surgery or the feeding tube to bypass the pancreas long term) for pets are taken for the owners' sakes, not for the pets'. I do not believe it adds to the quality of the animal's life.


Friday Update

Quick update before I head out for the Friday morning writing ritual with Magical Mystery Marge...

Bear is on morphine now. At least for a little while. The hallmark treatment for chronic pancreatitus in pets is pain management while trying to get it under control. One phrase I never thought I would hear my veterinarian utter: "We have to see if we can get some weight on this dog." Unfortunately, the morphine might affect his appetite. Keith and I have some decisions to make this weekend. The most difficult part of pet ownership in my opinion...

Have a good Friday all. More scarves done (gift scarves)... Kel and I are hard at work in our free time. Christmas approaches!


Bearly is Hurtin' Again...

Puppy is going back to the veterinarian today. He's taken a turn for the worse. Wish us luck. It's so hard to see the furry friends in pain.

Most recent shot of him looking up at me while I was standing on the kitchen counters putting the village up the other day. He should have been named Shadow because I can always count on him being right under my feet when I'm home during the day...


Lest Anyone Has Forgotten...


I think not! Consider widening the scope of your investigation into this matter.

Here's the postcard the folks' got from the missing reindeer/moose:

Thank you, Bill!

For the great plug! You're awesome...

Scarves for sale!!! :) Don't plan on them until after the holidays, though. I'm really busy making a bunch right now for gifts. The ones I'm making these days are less frou-frou and more utilitarian. Wish I'd been taking photos all along. I always forget before I deliver them.

Anyway, thanks again, Bill!

Moose (Reindeer?) Mail...

Well, I'm hoping to get a photograph emailed to me from Dad of the postcard that he and Mom received in the mail today.

It came from the missing moose. :) He's apparantly on vacation down south with his family and sent a photo of himself and his lovely lady moose living it up with drinks in hand and the caption that read something about thanks for letting me take this trip to see my family.

There is still some question as to what the durned thing really is. She says moose, others say reindeer... Here he is living it up with the family last year after he had been kidnapped from me (after I had lifted him from mom's)... He's the one second from the left.

Reindeer games.

For Mae...

Today's kickoff to complete the Return from Nowhere was run for Ena Mae, battling pancreatic cancer in Denver, surrounded by friends and loved ones. You can visit her Caring Bridge website and leave her a word of encouragement or just follow her battle if you like.

Caring Bridge is totally cool. It's a nonprofit organization that provides a free online service for patients so they (their families) can communicate with loved ones and let everyone know their status and how their recovery is going. I wish I'd known about it when Keith was going through his surgery and such. I'd have definitely used it instead of trying to send out all of those e-mails I was putting together. If you know of anyone who could use this service, please pass along their website information. It is very easy to use.

Today's miles: 5.2
Total so far: 344.3
Still to go for goal: 155.7

I'ma gonna be one hurtin' girl tomorrow! But I need to get some miles under my belt by the end of the year so I can put the Return from Nowhere to bed and get moving on the new campaign for Relay 2005.


tuesday is chooseday

either leave your answers or a link to your webpage with your responses.

    Would you rather:

  1. A garbage collector OR a fry cook at a greasy spoon restaurant?
  2. With my cooking abilities, I'd fit right in at a greasy spoon! :)

  3. The person who repairs downed power lines OR the person who cleans the shark tanks (while they're still in it) at aquariums?
  4. Doesn't that sound thrilling? At least it wouldn't take place out in the elements during the snowstorms and ice storms and freezing cold temperatures that bring the power lines down! (It's cold up here, can you tell?)

  5. The person who does makeup on dead people for open casket services OR the person who who has to scoop the ashes of a dead person into an urn?
  6. The first one could be difficult for those cases where the people have had to have really major reconstruction because of the way they died, I would imagine.

  7. A beat cop in new york OR a navy SEAL on a covert mission?
  8. I wouldn't want either of these jobs, thanks. But given my druthers since I have to pick one, I'd prefer to be the cop I guess.
Mileage coming soon.


Okay. Enough of this not having time crap. I've been busy before. I've just got to get my rear in gear so I can get started on the new year with a new pledge drive. You know? I've got to put this return from nowhere to bed already. Besides, I'm tired of looking at this dogdamn duck. It's getting old fast. Must have a new layout.

Kicking off a late-night Monday with tidbits of news. What else is new?

Billy got his scarf in the mail today... that means all bloggers who ordered scarves have received scarves. Now I'm working on some last-minute Christmas scarves. After the holidays I'm hoping there will be more blog orders. I'll get more photos up at that point. But I'll be okay with it if there aren't because I'm going to get a new run in gear at that time and a letter-writing drive going.

I'm angry with myself for not getting on top of my Christmas shopping earlier. There is one thing I really wanted to get someone and now that I am ready to order it, they don't have it in stock. My loss. And it was the perfect gift. Drat.

Kel had a "Winter Concert" this evening at the school. It was great. But we can't call it Christmas Concert. Or even Holiday Concert. It has been winter concert for several years now. Although they did squeak in a couple of traditional holiday songs.

Keith's Mom has a dear friend battling pancreatic cancer right now. Ena Mae is out in Denver currently in Intensive Care after surgery last week. Tomorrow I run for Mae. Her hubby Joe is a BT warrior who made it on my T-shirt at the Relay last year and on our banner, but somehow never made it to my list of Inspirations here. So I'm adding him tonight. I'll be running for him this week, too.

When the month is over, I'll see where I'm at and get the letter together for the Relay Run and my new fund raiser. Putting on my thinking cap. As my daughter says, I just don't quit.

My other big task of the day was my laundry room. I feel like I've been working on it for days and days. Oh wait. I have been working on it for days and days. I'm almost finished. I've been cleaning and organizing. I read an article in the local paper this evening that made me laugh out loud because I totally recognized myself in it when I realized that the reason I so frequently can't get my Christmas decorating done until right before Christmas and sometimes not even then is because I haven't finished my nit-picky cleaning yet. I must be somehow related to the columnist. I kept thinking, "I'm not as bad as her." But I have a really hard time getting to my decorating every year because things aren't perfect yet in the house. I can NEVER get it to the stage I really want it. So yes, I am as bad as she is, she just has an organized enough system where she can actually get her house to that stage in a timely manner. I never can! (If you aren't able to see the article because the paper wants you to register, it is free, but if you don't want to register, let me know, I can put the article out here or e-mail it to you, it isn't long)...

Here it is, two weeks prior to Christmas and I'm working on my laundry room shelves; Saturday morning I cleaned the refrigerator; I cleaned the top shelf on the pantry Friday night (well, not completely, but part of it.) The tree is still boxed up in the basement along with all of the decorations. I did get the village out and set up but only because my mom bought me some of that new garland this year and sent it home with me the other day. It wasn't something that I had to get out - it was something new and exciting. It is so fun decorating with good, quality stuff.

Dog took another turn for the worst over the weekend. His pancreatitus flared up causing him abdominal pain again. I went to visit the veterinarian today and switched his diet to an even more bland food. He's still on the generic pepcid every day and still eating frequent tiny meals. That should have helped prevent this. The doc says if this really bland food doesn't stop it, he'll have to see him. Bear hates the vet as most animals do, I think. But it isn't looking good for our little guy, really. His is a very severe case.

Argh. I'm exausted. Must go to bed. 6 comes too early when writing blog posts at 2.

Please keep Mae in your thoughts and I'll see you tomorrow after my run...



Busy day. Met Mystical Marge for writing this morning at la Poste. May have to rethink that strategy, though. Not Marge, just the location. Arrrgh. After all our wonderful time there. Blargh.

Our team is officially registered online at the brand spankin' new online site for the Relay for Life for our location. So far three brave members of our team are online - guess which three? :) I even have had my first online donation. My paypal site will be coming off the blog soon since this is now available. I added a link to it from the blog tonight (the RFL logo on the right).

I dropped off two scarves yesterday to a woman who ordered them at the craft fair last week. Will be dropping off three more over the weekend. I dropped off another today. I loved that one. May do another for myself. It was gorgeous. Wish I'd have thought to take a photo because I think others would have liked it, too. It was called Lapis and it was really a wonderful silky soft and lucious warm material. When I make the one for me I'll take a photo.

Keith had a massage, I had a hot tub. I put out some lights in the bushes and a tree in front of the house. Haven't hauled out the extension cords to see how they look yet. Could be interesting. :)

Anxious to see how the fund-raising from the scarves is actually coming once the materials are deducted. I haven't done any figuring at all yet to know where I am on any of it. Looking forward to it. Some haven't paid because I still don't know what to charge for a few. HA! I'm so unbelievably wet behind the ears at business. Good thing I'm not trying to feed a family with my scarves. No nutritional value whatsoever.

Never updated you about them either, did I Robert? Catching on yet? ;)

Visited the parents when I dropped off the blue scarf. Also brought Keith in to town for his massage at that point. He got himself back from the apartment. Tomorrow? Grocery shopping and more holiday decorating. And perhaps Russian Tea Cakes. A request from Keli. And in the evening a holiday concert with the hubby in our little town. Maybe I'll get a few e-mails out to my teammates to try and convince them to get online and register. They are dragging their feet.

Kimby... perhaps you could get on here and extoll the virtues of being online for the Relay. How did your online fundraising go? Was it smashingly simple? Did you do well online? Did people love it? I know I loved the ease of use when I donated to you and the other two people for whom I utilized it. Perhaps some of my blog friends will donate to me and my friends and family will see me racking up the donations and jump on the band wagon... (just a tiny hint but no pressure!).

I'm off to bed before I fall out of my chair. G'night! OH! Before I go, I'd like to toss the idea of a contest out here. Now, I realize I only have three and a half loyal readers, so posing a contest is a pretty lame idea, but I'ma gonna do it anyway in the hopes of generating some thoughts for my meeting coming up for Relay because it would be great to have something fresh to walk in with (and all credit will go to you, the winner - and a prize, too. I'll come up with something, I promise! I'm putting on my thinking cap as I write...)

We are working on themes for the Relay for 2005 and along with that a Logo. It doesn't have to be big and elaborate (simple is actually pretty good). Themes that we've used since I've been there have been Mardi Gras, Stayin' Alive, and actually, the very first year I was with them it totally escapes me. I loved the Stayin' Alive theme for obvious reasons - These are cancer survivors! And it was a really great, upbeat tune and we could dress up and get all hip and jive and ... well, I digress.

One of the themes batted around so far is The Boss's Dancing in the Dark, which is cool, since we're up all night for the Relay, it's got a good beat to keep us going, and it's a fun song. So that would be one starting point. Any takers? You can look here to see what I'm saying about a logo and theme combination. It has last year's on it from the Staying Alive theme if you scroll to the bottom of the page. Okay. NOW I'm going to bed. For real.


I know, I know... I'm still older than you are.

Good Dog, we've been friends for a long time!

Happy Birthday, little buddy! Hope you have a great day!

And Hutch? I'd have done this for you, too... But I have two photographs of note... That one I posted earlier of the bathing beauties, in which I managed to crop you completely out of the photo, and the other has us in our Halloween costumes. I'm laughing sitting here just thinking about it. Me standing in the middle of the living room staring out at you in the middle of my front yard staring in at me. I'm wondering who that boy is in my front yard looking at me and if I should know him. He looks kinda familiar. And he's acting like I should know him. I didn't invite any boys to my party. It's creeping me out how he's staring at me like that. That was one dang good costume, girl. You must have been laughing your butt off at me. Well, all that and the fact that you turned 40 on your birthday. (40 for crying out loud!) Which is going to be me soon enough and we're just going to pass right over that like it didn't even happen. Just like I kindly did for you. See how I did that? Wasn't that kind of me? :) How's life? (At 40, I mean... and can you even read this or do you need glasses now? heh. Just kidding old buddy old pal. HA! OLD buddy. OLD pal. Get it? Oh Dog. I'm just full of 'em tonight. I crack myself up. I think I better go to bed. I must be tired.)

Okay. I'm off to dreamland. Hoping to meet Marvelous Marge for writing in the morning if we aren't getting pelted with freezing rain by then. It is raining now and 34 degrees. Going to bed with this kind of weather usually finds you waking up to late starts for school.


Wednesday already???

Today's miles: 3.0
Total so far: 339.1
Still to go for goal: 160.9

Not much, but better than nothing.

And hey, here's the big news anyway, our relay is getting with the 21st century! Check it out (and be kind because we JUST got online this week and started rolling it out to the first few team captains plus it is very early in our team recruitment season...)

My Relay!

Now I'm going to bed. But I might go warm up in the hot tub first. I'm frizzin'.

Silly Girls...

Katie's blog inspired me the other day. So mom, when you start to blame me, realize that you must instead blame Sunaliza. It was all her fault. It had nothing to do with me, really. You were just so photogenic that night. And I think everyone would agree that they are simply lovely photos. And they just make people happy. So don't fret. Enjoy the notoriety fame instead! After all, you like making people happy, right?

Kel and grandma being goofy...

And even goofier...

P.S.Did you find the missing reindeer yet? So sorry to hear that it's been kidnapped again. Seems awfully reminiscent of another kidnapping from a holiday about a year ago... You do remember who was responsible in that case, and in the subsequent case of the missing reindeer, don't you??? I could pass this information along to Bob the Detective, if you'd like me to. It might be helpful in his investigation...


Cheesy Moments in Film...

British Baker Warburton's posed the question "What are your top three cheesiest moments in film?" to 2,000 U.K. moviegoers in celebration of the launch of their new cheese-flavored crumpets.

Here are the big winners:

  1. "Titanic": Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm the king of the world!"
  2. "Dirty Dancing": Patrick Swayze's "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."
  3. "Four Weddings And A Funeral": Andie McDowell's "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed."
  4. "Ghost": Demi Moore's "Ditto," to Patrick Swayze's "I love you."
  5. "Top Gun": Val Kilmer to Tom Cruise: "You can be my wingman anytime"
  6. "Notting Hill": Julia Roberts'"I'm just a girl ... standing in front of a boy ... asking him to love her."
  7. "Independence Day": Bill Pullman's "Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"
  8. "Braveheart": Mel Gibson's "They may take our lives, but they will not take our freedom!"
  9. "Jerry Maguire": Renee Zellweger to Tom Cruise: "You had me at hello."
  10. "The Postman": A blind woman says to Kevin Costner: "You're a godsend, a savior." He replies: "No, I'm a postman."
Can you think of others?

(story from the AP)

Tuesday is Chooseday...

tuesday is chooseday

either leave your answers or a link to your webpage with your responses.

    Would you rather:
  1. be best friends with screech from "saved by the bell" OR urkel from "family matters"?
  2. Urkel I remember. Screech came a little after my time. Besides, Urkel was cool. He sort of reminded me of someone I went to school with. He actually moved away a while prior to high school and annoyed me to no end in middle school, but perhaps I'd have matured enough to be friends in high school.

  3. discover a rare new mineral on your property OR a species of animal once thought extinct?
  4. Don't you just know they'd rip apart the property for the animal?! For the animal, you'd hope it was protected (animal and property, that is).

  5. fart everytime you sneeze OR everytime you hiccup?
  6. Let's see... one to three sneezes in a row or fifty gazillion hiccups...

  7. get scammed by one of those nigerian bank account spams OR by a pyramid scheme?
  8. Neither, but that's not really an option.


And the correct answers ARE...

No! No! Yes! Barely! NO! (Which is probably the reason for the negative response to the first two - had I taken care of this FIRST, like Dana suggested, I probably would have gotten through much more of the million and one and the mileage! Way to go, Dana! I believe that makes you the winner on all counts! And Hutch, my back is okay surprisingly enough, making it okay for the uprightness, but there is a migraine lurking, so uprightness with eyes fully open and happiness on my face was not a possibility by the end of the day. Point to Kathy for the positive upright answer.

Whaddup with both of you saying no about the mileage? Oh ye of little faith! Okay, I didn't, but still!

That means the million and a quarter things get tacked on to Tuesday. Oh joy.


She's got a million and one things to do today. Will she accomplish all of them? Will she add to her mileage? Will her daughter be speaking to her after parent/teacher conferences? Will she still be able to stand upright (scrubbing grout and glass block and tiles in the shower is hard work and painful)? Will she take time for coffee and a scone?

YOU be the judge...

Stop back (much) later to learn the answer! Same bat time! Same bat station...


Another Week Begins...

Frustration and gloom arise from the basement as my one and only child struggles with her FST homework. She has gotten a little behind on her understanding of it and the further behind you fall in math, the harder it gets. She's trying to get through a probabilities assignment tonight and I can't even help her with it. I've been trying but I'm failing miserably. I should have called my brother and asked if we could have gone to his house for a little tutoring. He may have been some help. I had nothing to offer, I'm afraid.

Must get her caught up on the subject this week. You know what I'll be boning up on during the day at any opportune moment. I have parent/teacher conferences tomorrow night. She doesn't want me to go because she knows I'll have discussions with how I can get things moving again with the math teacher. Damn right I will. I should make her come with me.

So that will be a main concern this week. Along with updating the Relay online fundraising website and getting packets out for the teams who need them and doing some more scarf work and stocking work and hey! I still have to get a photo or two online about those stockings! And I've some Christmas shopping to finish up and some decorating to do and I did laundry all day today and I'd like to do some baking and some candy making (without injury, I hope) and keep my dog healthy and still get some writing in and maybe even a little reading and try to catch up on a few more blog friends and even a 3D friend or two (Hi Hutch!).

Kel was asked to play her French Horn on a CD that a very talented fellow student is putting together for the holidays - she'll be practicing for that this week and having to do a couple of rehearsals after school. She should be hearing in just a couple of days whether she was accepted for Japanese/English camp next spring, too. And she's going to participate in the Japan bowl at school on a team which has some real potential. Crossing fingers that they at least make it to the state level.

Okay. Enough. I really have to get some more stuff done before bed. I'm hoping to get her to get some sleep tonight. Her sleep schedule is so far off it isn't even funny. I would think that could help improve her math aptitude a little bit.



Hot tubs are wonderful things.

Very busy day today. Keli had her first behind the wheel scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon. She has had such a busy schedule that she hasn't been practicing much lately. So we headed to the old hometown to use Grandma's car for practice for a little while. (Read: 3 hours) She was a little more confident by the time we finished that. I dropped her off at the high school for her session with Chris the Driving Instructor and realized I'd already been gone from our house forever today.

From there I headed to the co-op to get a few things Keith had on his list which were needed for his apartment. Afterwards, it was off to the Ben Franklin/Hallmark to look at their Christmas in the City buildings. We have a small collection and I wanted to kill time there seeing what we needed this year. We usually add two things because if you buy one retired item, you get a second retired item of equal or lesser value at half price. Mom wants to get one for us this year. (I took care of that for you, Mom. I'll bring it up to your place tomorrow! :D ) This is one of them. And here is the other. As soon as it retires? I'm getting this one. I think it is beautiful.

Hutch, thanks for letting me know about the Tug McGraw brain tumor bracelet. I hadn't heard anything about it, or about his foundation. I'm adding a link to the blog about it when I get done with the post and we'll be looking into the bracelets or the "Ya gotta believe" patches. They're a little more complex seeing as how you have to tie them on instead of slipping them on and off, so... but I do like that attitude and the cause.

After the shopping I dashed back over to the school because I didn't know exactly when Kel would be done with Chris the Driving Instructor. I got to sit there in my cold car for another hour, but I did have some crochet to do. I got an order for a couple of scarves and was able to almost finish one of them while I waited. Once she got back, we filled the tank with gas, picked up the boyfriend and headed home.

And here I am. I made us some dinner, they're watching a movie and I hope to catch up with one or two of you before I go play around with the other scarf for a few minutes before bed. Oh. That's right. No bed for me until I return the boyfriend to his house.

Happiness is a new CD. Keith bought us The Colors of Christmas on CD. It has become an annual tradition that we attend Peabo Bryson's concert in the cities. We missed it last year because he changed venues. :( We went to A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie instead, which was fabulous. We didn't go this year, either because of a bit of miscommunication. NEXT year for sure. But Keith bought the new CD they put out (at least I think it's new), so we get to hear the classic songs that we love hearing every year anyway (Peabo and Roberta Flack singing The Gift, This Christmas which we usually hear Peabo sing live, but James Ingram does it on the CD and we did get to hear him do it a few years ago and loved).

Okay. Heading out. G'night!


Whatta Week!

It's been a busy one! First I had to finish my novel before the beginning of December. And I did! I finished up early in the afternoon on the 30th. I love the month of November. NaNo is FUN. Don't let anybody tell you any differently if you've never done it. If you are thinking some day that you'd like to try it, by all means DO IT! This is my second year and I enjoyed it this year even more than last year. I think that's because I did most of my writing at home late at night last year. This year I left home and did it in my favorite coffee shop for the most part. It was a blast. And I'm going to keep up the habit as much as possible.

As soon as I got the word requirement finished for NaNo, I had to start back in on the scarves because of the Holiday Boutique that took place on Wednesday and Thursday. You know what? Some people just do not appreciate the quality of homemade products. WallyWorld has ruined the Arts and Crafts world. You can go there and get a cheap scarf for $7.99 so why go to a Holiday Boutique and pay $35 for one? Especially when Jane Doe has over at her table for $15, even if hers are scrawny and scratchy? Aunt Bea isn't going to know the difference since she never saw these thick, warm, plush, gorgeous ones over here! LOL. And I don't care if the proceeds (aside from supplies) are going to Relay For Life and Jane Doe's money is all going to line her pocket. Makes no difference to me. I don't care where the money goes.

Okay. It was a little frustrating for the work that was done. That's all I'm saying. But I might be doing another one next Saturday. :) I have more stuff to sell! And I'll be better prepared with my new business cards and with a sign telling people about the proceeds going to Relay and knowing about Jane Doe in advance and with more of my Christmas Stocking examples out there and with some mittens done, too. Maybe.

And the dog was sick again. He added to the hecticness of the week. Just a little bit. And then there was the kid. Who just has a busy social schedule in general. And there was a big Relay For Life Kickoff Meeting followed by a Committee meeting. I got a little busier there, too. But that's a good busy. I like Relay.

And Keith had his appointment on Monday. Which I didn't even make it to. With the dog getting sick again, which we began to suspect over the weekend, I took Keith to the hotel on Sunday night so he could be right by the hospital for his MRI on Monday morning. We had dinner together and then I dashed back home. He was going to go for the MRI and call me when he got there and asked what time the follow-up to get the results was going to be. Then I was going to drive out there and meet him for that follow-up. He called at 7:45. We thought the follow-up was scheduled for 3 pm. He said, "The follow-up is scheduled for 8:30." So there was no chance I was going to make that. I told him to call me when it was over and let me know. And I wished him luck. Then I went back to bed! Shhh. Don't tell him I did that. Can you imagine I was that relaxed?

He called at 10:30 when I was getting ready and asked where I was. I should have been over there by then really. I think that's what he was thinking, too. His appointment had gone well. There are no signs of growth from the residual tumor and no signs of further enhancement. Another good checkup for the year. I told him I was on my way. Thanks to everyone for their good thoughts and prayers!

Now it's time to get back to real life and figuring out how to do that after NaNo. I need to figure out how to do that in addition to Relay Committee responsibilities. Will somebody remind me how to do things like work plus have a real life? Because multi-tasking just isn't me. I'm single-threaded now. But life is good.

I'll figure it out. Somehow.

In other news, cool things I learned today. Michael Billet has a website. Go check it out and you'll be reminded who he is because I've told you before. Unless you have only recently come to meet me. In which case you'll just be meeting Michael. If you need some cool music for someone on your Christmas gift list, check out his Silent Victory C.D. It has some great stuff on it. I haven't heard Citizen in the Land of Dreams yet, but I would bet it's pretty great, too. We heard Michael live last May at the david m. bailey concert (another awesome musician by the way and highly recommended for the holidays - and a brain tumor warrior to boot!) and loved his music.

I also learned today that the American Brain Tumor Association now has Brain Tumor Wristbands! I think that's totally cool. I've ordered them for the members of the Brain Trust (our Relay for Life team) and some extras. I saw recently that you can now get pink ones for breast cancer support. I'm sure everyone has seen the yellow Lance Armstrong ones that support his cancer foundation. These are gray - for the gray matter of the brain, of course.

Okay. Enough already for one post. Need to update a few things on the template and will put it to bed for the night. Hope to update regularly after this and regain my three loyal readers. I have missed you.

Soon to bring back What Was Keri Watching, Question for Hutch and updated MILEAGE!