Open Mouth, Insert Foot...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

While it is true that I haven't spent a whole lotta time around many people of the cloth of late, that is still a rather poor excuse for statements like the following. But hey, nobody ever said I was graceful of word... *chuckling*

DJ: You wanna try some of this great drink?
Me: What's in it?

He begins to rattle off ingredients, the very first of which happens to be coconut... blech.

Me: Uh, no thanks. *making what I'm sure is a very nasty face* Coconut is something to be spread on the body, not eaten.
DJ: Whoa! Too much information!!! Too much information!

and then later during our intense game of Farkel, he was tossing a few bad rolls of the die...

DJ: I am a really bad Farkeler.
Me: I've never heard your wife complain. *in my head - ba dum bum - and there is hilarity, but I can see the two of them laughing with some discomfort and embarrassment...

Must always remember to bite tongue when talking with the Holy roller Roaster... He can enjoy a great laugh as much as anyone, but I really don't need go all blue and go there. I can elevate my level of discussion and thought. ;-)

And there was one other great classic (not spelling out better than this, you'll have to just go with the flow here readers) which had him utilizing some initials and how he had been interpreting them and what they stood for. I took his use of "S" - "servicing" in that way, which left him really flustered when he figured out what I had thought he meant. Had I looked at his face, I bet he would have actually been blushing. I apologized and said I would raise the bar and try to remember who I was dining with. Unfortunately, this was our first conversation of the evening. *ahem* I didn't do so well... Hope he forgives me and continues to hang out with me. It's all about reform, eh music man? ;)

Today's inspiration: Marijean
Today's miles: 4.2
Total so far: 286.25
Still to go for goal: 213.75

(and thank goodness, Michele - he didn't pick up on any of the signaling we were doing each other to let him win at Farkel tonight... it went right over his head. Phew! I especially liked the story you told to explain away that old standard signal of touching the side of your nose. He bought it all and never doubted or questioned a thing. Now we've got him roped in to playing for another couple of weeks for sure... ROFL!!!)

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

How cool is this???

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I love stories like this. I read it on The Cancer Blog this morning. Here for your enjoyment...

...Brian Mammen, an 18 year-old who has been battling cancer for the last three years and is having a tough time right now. I told you that Brian is a young man with dreams -- things he would like to do. Helping Heroes Productions had been contacting the media and community friends in the hopes that someone could help make his ultimate dream of playing guitar with Van Halen's legendary bass guitarist Michael Anthony a reality.

Dreams come true if they involve people with big hearts. Michael Anthony came to see Brian at Brian's family home and spent the day with him, playing guitar, sharing music, laughter and stories.

"I've been blessed with great kids and career, and if I can give anything back I am glad to do it," Anthony said. In addition to spending an hour jamming with Brian, Anthony gave him a signature guitar strap, CD, and specialized Van Halen picks -- and a signed bass guitar.

Written by Dalene Entenmann

Today's inspiration: Marijean...
Today's miles: still to come...
Total so far:
Still to go for goal:

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Yo! I went to the grocery store this morning!

and I bought...

wait for it...

maybe you should once again check the contents of this fridge first...

a newspaper!!! Woohoo! Kel is going to kill me. Yeah, well, I'll get something tonight. Maybe. She wanted lo-mein last night and it was too late to get it as she came home after 10. So I'll probably go out and get her some more chinese food instead. heh. It makes no sense to stock up on groceries if nobody will eat them! Right? Well, am I right??? I met the local Schwann's man today. I think he and I need to get better acquainted... He's the husband of a new friend of mine. How convenient would that be!

For Jerry...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I found the disk that had photos from my old computer on it today. (HURRAY!) This is a good thing as I have photo boards and scrapbooks and such to do. I'm happy. Amazing the things that pop up when you are moving boxes around. Anyway, I transfered the pictures to the newer computer today so I'd have them and can pass the disk on. It also means I can eventually upload a few of them to flickr and post a couple here, too. :) More happiness.

Another thing accomplished today was the cutting of the cardboard. This might make my papa happy to know. Now I can actually get it out on the curb for garbage day.

It is quite a stack.

This evening when I had finished these and several other accomplishments, I decided it was a beautiful night for a walk. So I set my location goal, emailed a friend to let her know I was headed toward her house in case she was home and wanted to set out walking towards me, and I just took off. I knew that there was a good chance she would never know about the email, and a good chance she wasn't there, but I didn't want to just call her and know that for sure because then I might not go at all. Especially since when I wrote the part of the email that told her what route I was taking, I realized what a long walk it was going to be.

I strapped on the headphones and took off. It was truly a beautiful evening. The humidity is down and the clouds had cleared off so it was bright and there was a crisp clear air that was so refreshing and sweet. It was one of those dangerous walks where every other song inspired me more toward dancing or skipping than walking. I had a ridiculous grin on my face and people were probably afraid of me for the most part. I think I had them guessing what in the world was wrong with the crazy lady walking down the street.

I may just have to post a hand drawn map later showing the route. A map that would make Billy proud. I took one way going out to their place (the route I told her I would take of course) and a different one - one which didn't take my life in my hands quite so seriously - on the way back.

Once again, the iPod died on the trip. Before I even go to their place it froze on me entirely to the point of being unable to reset it. That meant no music for the remainder of the trip back. DID YOU HEAR ME??? NO MUSIC!!!

I have yet to do the required research to determine why. It has only just now reset itself so that I can actually charge it up and start again. :( My poor baby! Somewhere around one of the houses or storage, there is an iPod shuffle just waiting to be loaded and for me to use for running. WHERE IS IT?!!!

At any rate, I did make it back home and got some decent mileage in.

Today's inspiration: Dana's dad, Jerry (pay a visit and please send prayers!
Today's miles: 7.35
Total so far: 282.05
Still to go for goal: 217.95

Tomorrow? I look forward to some coffee and more time spent prepping for graduation... Keli only had three days of school left! There will be more time spent on photos. More time spent on Relays. Bills paid. Friends visited. And hopefully and iPod fixed and maybe another found. And yes, mileage updated. I should surely make 300 miles before the Relay. And then some.

Jeff (more than a million latte man) put an interesting idea in my head about the Relay. I won't be doing it this year, but I think next year? A definite possibility. A whole new slant on my fundraising. Totally cool. *nods head contemplatively...* May have to kick this idea around some more and see how it can be utilized to make the most money possible for the ACS. Because that, my friends, is what it's all about.

Speaking of which... I only have a couple of weeks left until the Relay. Have you donated? Are you planning on it? Will you do it? Can you? I have set a really agressive goal. I realize that everyone has been squeezed from every possible side over the past many months for so very many worthy causes that all need the funding. You can't give to every cause that asks you. I'm not asking you to give a lot. If you can give $5 It would kick blogging butt. I get about 55 hits from different locations every day. If every one of you gave $10 that's $550 to the ACS. That would give my goal a much-needed shot in the arm. All you have to do is Click on that Relay For Life logo at the top of my blog and it will take you right to my page. You simply fill in the dollar amount in the donation box and hit enter and it will take you where you need to go for the rest. Or, if you don't want to donate online, you can print off a donor form and write a check or send a money order. No problem.

Who doesn't know someone who has fought the cancer battle? I know far too many. It breaks my heart every day. If I didn't get up and do something about it, if I didn't get on the road and keep running or walking, I'd curl up under the covers and just cry every day. I could do that so easily. I'd much rather be a part of finding and funding the cure. Join me. And if you are in the area June 16-17, join me at EP Rock School and take a walk with me.

In my head: Keep on Walking by David M. Bailey

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Umm, yeah. Sure. I can see that.

I would say I'm a bit more like Beaker, but... whatever

You Are Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

You take the title "mad scientist" to the extreme -with very scary things coming out of your lab.
And you've invented some pretty cool things, from a banana sharpener to a robot politician.
But while you're busy turning gold into cottage cheese, you need to watch out for poor little Beaker!
"Oh, that's very naughty, Beaker! Now you eat these paper clips this minute."

Stolen from Ms. KathyHowe. What'd YOU get?


That explains it...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

No wonder I was exhausted and my feet hurt and it took so long by the time I was finished running (rather walking) a few errands last night. I told Keli to stop me if I ever mention that particular variety of things in the future as I'm headed out the door at that time of night. At least I think I told her. There may have been some hallucination involved due to exhaustion when I returned.

She said she was ready to call out the troops she was getting so worried. Or call me. Or something.

The worst part about it was the fact that my iPod froze up on me less than halfway through. I'm sure that slowed me down. Otherwise it would have been a much jollier stroll. I can just cruise along without a care when I have great music to accompany me. But I was only a couple of miles into it the first time it froze. I recovered with a reset that time. Only two songs later it froze again. Right after some Matchbox 20 from DJ Wes. Hmmm... ;) Wonder what froze it the first time? The second time I couldn't reset it.

The last couple of miles was a killer with the two heavy bags of groceries hanging off my shoulders. But hey, I've been talking about needing to work on my arms. I did do a couple of curls with them just for kicks.

Message to E if you even read - about that conversation of the a.m.? There's always this word of advice in that situation... Get right back on the horse. ;) How comforting is that? Not very. And sometimes not very wise. But it can help one forget and move forward.

Monday's inspiration: Scott
Today's miles: 6.2
Total so far: 274.7
Still to go for goal: 225.3

In My Head: Root City Band's Backyard Boogie Cursing Mama or Kazoofus - have either of you heard these guys? They are local to the TC. Great band. I've caught them a couple of times and think they are super talented. Love the Saint Anthony tune they have playing at the top of the link I posted here. Thanks to Anonybro and Truffle Queen for introducing me to them when they pointed out a show at the Great Minnesota get-together a couple of years ago. They found a couple more fans in Kel and me.

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...


The Countdowns Begin in Earnest...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Days of School left: 4
Days until the All-night Senior party: 4
Days until the first graduation party: 5
Days until actual graduation: 6

Days until the New Richmond Relay For Life (of which I have been a very lax Online Fundraising Chair - so sorry!): 11

Days until our RFL fundraising Hot Dog Stand: 11

Days until I have to go sign paperwork to close on house: ~15

Days until our RFL: 18

Days until second graduation party: 27

And you people wonder why I need so much coffee. And beautiful photographs to stare at and be distracted by. *harumph* Is it any wonder??? I finished watching this terrible movie. It never got any better, but the view was still awfully nice. ;)

UPDATE: ROFLMAO... I just realized when I went to get myself a drink from the fridge that I just may have to go shopping at some point during this time period, as well. Dang it!

Contents of my fridge updated...

Today's inspiration: It's raining, it's pouring...
Today's miles: Still hoping to get out after the severe thunderstorms
Total so far: 268.5
Still to go for goal: 231.5

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

To those who received the panic-striken emails...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.


MISSING XD has been found.

Location - floor of my bedroom near the laundry hamper where it must have fallen out of the pocket of my skort.

Found by daughter after I'd already searched the floor fifteen times.

(Waiting for smart remarks about the missing brain cells and how I'd never have lost it in the first place had it not been for the beer...)

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

The big nutshell

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I wrote it all out to email to a friend, so I thought I may as well just cut and paste and post.

  • Up around 9 only to learn that Kel had been awake for over an hour. What's up with that? She couldn't sleep... huh? Bizarre. I got up and showered and prepped for morning coffee. Invited her to join me but she wasn't interested. I drove rather than walking today because of the hour and the other things I needed to accomplish.

  • Medium vanilla latte as usual. :)

  • Discovered that I had misplaced Kel's XD camera chip with over a hundred photos on it within the past three days. Some of which had never been uploaded to the computer. :( I was more traumatized by this turn of events than she was. I headed out to the old house to look around there for it thanking it may have fallen out of a pocket but knowing it hadn't and if it had? I would never find it.

  • Hustled home to prep for lunch. Kel had a 1:00 date with her dad and wanted me to join them. Then she and I scooted to my Anonybro's house to get her photo board shrinkwrapped to take to school tomorrow.

  • That done we then ran to Shopko for a few things. (bored?) and from there back home again. Kel decided on a nap, I decided on a walk in the heat - about a 98 degree heat index today. Glorious! I got about 3/4 mile away when my phone rang. Kel wanted to know if I could take her to Michael's as he was finally home. So I walked back home and did that. Then I took off walking again. Got in about 6.2 miles.

  • Dripping sweaty (there's a picture for you. Yuck.) back home I took a shower and putzed around. Decided to go for a slow walk (so I wouldn't get all messed up again) over to three hats for a beer when Anonybro called to say they were near and would I want to go to Cold Stone for an ice cream? I've never been there, so I couldn't pass that up. Got to see Michele and Wes there. (Hi guys!) Got to hear that more than a million made mocha man is doing okay, too. Which was a real relief. Had a sinless raspberry sorbet. (but I didn't let it stay sinless. I had to add M&M's to it...) Yumm! Then I took my car home and walked over and had that beer. :) Came back home, watched part of a movie (I do believe that Andy Garcia and Richard Gere - who were both in Internal Affair - are two of the best looking men in the movies... so I provided two clicks each, what a treat!) until the kid called near midnight and I had to go get her.

  • Now? I'm dropping over and must sleep. *yawn*

Today's inspiration: The sunshine and high heat index... what can I say?
Today's miles: 6.2
Total so far: 268.5
Still to go for goal: 231.5

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...



The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Sometimes those earworms just come blasting into the head with a force and urgency that amazes me...

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Just like that and the whole chorus of Les Miserables is up there in my brain echoing their beautiful music.

Over and over and over and over again. *sigh* Good thing I like that music.

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Bumped because I've tagged people.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I was tagged by Trudi for this a couple of days ago. Or yesterday. But I haven't been able to come up with a single weird fact yet. Or habit. There are probably dozens. Hundreds even. But I am dismissing them as not weird enough to count. Or too boring. So I thought I'd go out on a limb here and have anonybro fill in the blanks for me by commenting with some weird facts about me. (yikes - I must be crazy). I hope he doesn't embarrass the hell out of me. I'm so scared right now.

So when he comes up with six, or something, and I can post them... I'll transfer them from the comments (or if he finds them questionable and feels kind enough to email them instead *folds hands in silent prayer* I'll make the decision and post them then) and then assign the meme to the next folks. heh

So YO Bro!

The rules:
- You must post a blog with six weird facts or habits about yourself. These cannot be used against you later on :)
- At the bottom name the six people you will tag next.
- Leave them a comment to let them know they've been tagged and to read your blog.

  1. Runs for fun (contributed by Cursing Mama) ROFLMAO. Yeah, why wasn't this obvious to anyone? Especially me??? I'll tell you why. Because I've been injured for so dogdamn long now, that I've been walking more than I've been running. :(

  2. Go for coffee and hang out frequently with a hysterically humorous hooker. ;-)

  3. *sigh* Wes thinks that I'm borderline completely obsessed with Farkel. (he's totally wrong, of course... I'm much more obsessed with Jack Bauer and 24... which we don't call 24 anymore; we just call it Jack, as in - "So, Jack tonight then?" And we've taken to talking at the screen when we watch, calling characters names and applauding when the ones we don't like get their comeuppance. Why yes, I am talking about Sherri. How did you know? Don't anyone give anything away. Some people I know are just going back and getting acquainted with very early episodes. Please no spoilers in the comments. Thank you.)

  4. I once threw a creampuff at a wall in our living room upon which we were projecting movies and/or the television shows for which we have either purchased the seasons on DVD or have my mom tape the weekly shows throughout the season because we have no tv and until a couple of years ago, did not watch television. (Someone will ask via email, so here they are: Jack, aka 24; Gillmore Girls which we swear someone hides in our closet and writes based not so loosely upon our lives; and One Tree Hill.) This night? We were watching One Tree Hill and boneheaded Deb let her husband blackmail her into taking him back into the house again. I got po'd and tossed my creampuff. LOL! I did it for several reasons. Because I wanted to make a statement without saying a word. Because Keli was there and I thought it would really shock her (it did!). Because it just seemed like it would be really fun. Because I thought it would just sort of bounce off the wall, fall on the floor and be easy to pick up and toss in the trash. Well, it didn't and it wasn't. That sucker hit the wall with such a satisfying splat (if I recall correctly, it sort of hit Dan right in the face) and smashed all open with a wet sploosh in quite a large open circumference and went everywhere. It didn't clean up so very well, either. Most of it wiped off the wall, but forever more we had to watch our movies with the occasional spots on someone's face or something because not everything cleaned up.

Well, I guess I'm only weird enough for four items, so I'm going to go ahead and tag four people. Who??? Who will not only do it, but hasn't already done it? That is the question.

The Bumpees:
Kimby will probably do it. I think. She's pretty good about the follow through.
Krush, you're it.
Methinks, have at it...
KathyC... you're next.

Thursday's inspiration: Tom McC
Thursday's miles: 6
Total so far: 262.3
Still to go for goal: 237.7

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Dribs and drabs on a Saturday night...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Sounds like I missed a great senior concert tonight. It included some interesting things by the sound of it.

Things like the first group - brass choir - having half its members up in the "crows' nest" and the percussion section down on stage, and having the lights go out for this number. Keli said they couldn't see their music at. all. Then the student director came running up to the crows' nest and turned on a really dim light and they all sat hunched over with their faces up to the stands so they could see... Then (same number) two of the trumpet players were missing for this very trumpet-intensive piece, leaving one rather timid player and a partner who had just gotten the music the day before. The horns tried to make up for the missing players to no avail. But even more interesting was here they all are in the dark waiting to take their cue from the student director wondering how they are going to know when to start playing if they can't see anything, when suddenly - two glowsticks start moving in the auditorium... yes, he's directing them with glowsticks. And only half the group can see them. She said, "We were terrible. Terrible!" Then they all had to get up and race down the stairs to the front of the auditorium because they were also playing in the second number down on stage. But she said, "We had dragged our chairs and stands up to the crows' nest because things weren't organized and set up up there, so now we've raced down to stage with just our instruments and it's short the chairs and stands we took with us to go up! But he did something right... he left it dark in the auditorium while we moved so nobody in the audience could see who had just finished playing that awful piece up in the crows' nest. :)

But I, in the meantime, was at Anonybro's house teaching he and the Truffle Queen how to Farkel. I think Sir William (Hi Bill!) and co. were having a cookout down the street and I can just bet they could feel the farkel vibes across the little valley. The Truffle Queen is now the Family Farkel Queen after winning two out of three games tonight. Way to go, B!

When I came home I dug into the photos and got back to work on photo boards for Kel's various grad parties. That is, after I took another walk to get some more mileage on the meter.

Gorgeous weather today/tonight. Best of the spring. Incredible. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. But I guess I'll have to. In the meantime? Sleep is an order.

Sara? You probably aren't reading this, but just in case, I'm giving you a huge hug anyway. Smooches. From Kel's mom. :( (Been looking at tons-o-photos the past day getting that board finished, btw. You are so beautiful. Can't wait for you to see these.)

Today's inspiration: Tricia
Today's miles: 5.5
Total so far: 273.1
Still to go for goal: 226.9

In my head: Dave Matthew's Band, Stand Up (For It)

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...


Selling a house is hard work...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

First you've gotta work to get it ready to show... And you know how that is. You do all of the stuff to it that you wish you had done to it while you lived there. Because you really would have enjoyed having those sparkly floor to ceiling windows to see the woods all the better when you were there. And you would have really enjoyed that clutter-free environment. And you would have really enjoyed that artwork on the walls and seeing the kid's photographs (as in, the ones she took because she is such a dogdamn great artist in her own rights) framed well and hanging everywhere or sitting on shelves in many places. And you would have really enjoyed seeing your neices in all their girls' night photographic glory everywhere around. *sigh*

Then you have to go through that oh-so-painful process of selecting the dreaded (heheheh - Hi Jon!) Real Estate Agent. (I seriously cannot complain here. We've worked with two. Count 'em, two. And they have both been lovely to work with. True, we have not yet closed on this particular sale - are you reading, Jon? ;) I'm telling everyone already how wonderful you are, dude. No pressure or anything... And Jon and I not only went to school together and worked together for a while at the drive-thru teller window of the local bank, but his parents and my grandparents both are/were Howards and Dorothys and my grandma babysat him and some (all?) of his siblings. Plus there was a time when his sis and I were pretty good friends and she saved me from a pretty embarrasing situation. Did I digress? I can't even remember what the heck I was talking about, so I guess I did!)

Next there is the actual putting on the market, selecting the time frame, and the price... blah!

And the showings! And the opens... and blah blah blah.

It's all so awful!!!

Good thing it went well. First showing - full price offer. Thank you buyers! And we've had things going smoothly for the most part ever since. Now the real work is taking place. Cleaning and tossing and selling and moving. Yuck. Only Two and One-Half Weeks left! :-/ Oy. I gotta get my butt moving.

Who wants to help!!!

Today's inspiration: Debutaunt :( Go visit her here and here. And send some prayers. Please.
Today's miles: 5.3
Total so far: 267.6
Still to go for goal: 232.4

Got the more than a million made mocha man (yeah, I changed it - all those "m's" just float off the tongue, don't they?) on the brain tonight and I'm sending good vibes. Hope I get an update soon, Wes... Hint hint. If you guys are online at all. Hi Michele! :) No cell service perhaps? Hugs to all of you. Hope all is okay and the trip went on as planned and that's why I heard nothing.

In my head: missing you from John Waite - blast from the past or at least the late '80's, no?

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Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away...

I was hanging out on Kazoofus Street earlier today and saw this meme and thought to myself, I can do that!

So here I am playing the ten word meme.

This how it works: Kathy gave me the letter "S". I'll write ten words and include a brief description of why I chose each word. If you would like to play along say so in the comments and I'll give you a letter to post to your blog.

Clear as mud?

Let's play!

The letter "S":

  1. Smooches! Well, duh. That's become kind of commonplace around here. It's practically a themesong or something.

  2. Sunshine, springtime or summer! (oh my!) What can I say? I kinda dig this time of year. I've asked it before and I'll ask it several more times before I throw in the towel on this blog, why in the heck am I living in Wintersconsin???

  3. Santa Fe One of my very favorite places ever visited on the planet. Granted, I haven't visited a whole lotta (did she say latte?) places, but this one takes the cake. It reminds me of the summer Keli and I took our infamous/famous Mother/Daughter Hippie Road Trip And it's close to another favorite place - Los Alamos with other very cool and interesting things to see and do...

  4. Silver I like it around my wrists or dangling from my earlobes. They have it in great and shiny quantities down there in Santa Fe. And cool people to design cool pieces for around your wrist at funky stores where people like Billy Bob like to shop.

  5. Skort skort (sk├┤rt) A pair of shorts having a flap or panel across the front and sometimes the back to resemble a skirt. Why skort? Because I live in them all summer long. You rarely find me in anything else during the spring/summer. Kathy found me in jeans and then *gasp* sin of all sins, (so many are shaking heads and decrying the horrid return of these things, but I have one pair and damnit, I look cute in them, I don't care what anyone says! ;) ) I put on a pair of gauchos! Oh, the horror! The fashion faux pas! Come on, let me have it...

  6. Sassy as in lively and spirited, or maybe even a little bit lippy but in a joke around with your big brother way... Never in a rude or nasty way.

  7. Sub sandwiches from Jimmy Johns. So fast you'll freak! ;) The number six. The guacamole spread will make you roll over or maybe just cry. It's that good. I could eat these every single day for the rest of my life. But nobody would ever want to talk with me again. I would have garlic scent wafting from every pore.

  8. Schipperkes. Or at least one little guy who touched my soul. Miss you Bear. :(

  9. Smithwick's Irish Ale - smooth! And besides, Marge and her mum are over there right now! Well, they might actually be in Scotland right now, but Ireland is on the itinerary, too. Lucky girls.

  10. Speedwalking which is my new sport of choice as running hasn't been possible since the injury to the upper muscle of the foot or ankle or whatever that thing is. But at least these days I'm walking on sunshine, baby yeah!

Today's inspiration: Tom McC
Today's miles: 5
Total so far: 256.3
Still to go for goal: 243.7

In my head: The original theme song for the TV show Sesame Street, which I watched faithfully every day when I was a kid.

Just a test.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Test of the new set up...

Go on about your day. Thanks.

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...


Jeepers, Creepers...

Kel needed to upgrade her assisted vision-wear pretty badly ;) so on Sunday we headed over to the local eyeglasses place. She'd already been there once this spring and picked out a pair of funky looking glasses that she liked. She thought she looked as if she belonged in a David Bowie music video when she had them on and I felt like they would be pretty appropriate eye-wear for an art student. When we walked in the door on Sunday afternoon to have a look around, she had pretty much decided that those funky white ones would be the pair for her. We stood there in the middle of the store for a moment to get our bearings and one of the sales associates immediately swooped down upon us... "Can I help you find something today?"

M (is for me or Mom, whichever you'd prefer...): No, we're just going to look around for now. My daughter is looking for a pair of new glasses.
SA: Okay, well, the junior frames are over here. (sweeping her arm across a small display rack) Ladies frames are here (again, sweeping) and over there (motioning across the room where Kel had found the Bowie-video frames) are the unisex frames and those are definitely the more unusual and quirky frames.

So we wandered around for a little while and she tried various frames on again and as she did so did I because I thought that I might pick up a new pair as it's been several years since I updated my own assisted vision-wear... my vision hasn't changed that much, but I could use a new pair for night driving all the same. As she tried them, she kept her eyes open for the Bowie frames.

K (is for Keli): Mom. They aren't here anymore. I just tried them a few weeks ago and now they are gone.
M: That isn't possible. Why would they be gone? Should I ask somebody? (In the meantime, we'd wandered back and forth across the place a couple of times and checked the frames on both sides a couple of times... and the rather annoying very helpful Sales Associate had reminded us at least twice that the unusual quirky frames were on that side of the store *sweep*...)
K: No you shouldn't ask. She'll be hovering and hanging on us F O R E V E R if you ask her a question. They just aren't here. What do you think of these? She showed me a couple of other pairs. Both were excellent and also frames which were suitable for art students and really cool musical rock video background people. ;) She asked me to choose the ones I liked best. I did. She, of course, bought the other pair. :-/ This is a common occurence and one that no longer bothers me in the least.

When we walked out of the store, Kel looked at me and said, I like how as soon as we walked in the place they pegged me for "Odd girl, dresses weird, send her to the 'unusual quirky frames section' over and over again. Could you believe that?"

I had actually fallen in love with a pair for me, which, when I put them on Kel's first reaction was, "Scary!" I later learned that they grew on her and she liked them. Good thing. I went back on Monday and ordered them for myself. Photos of us both to follow. Someday. When we are feeling photogenic.

They were ready for pickup today so we went in and got them after school. This was rather humorous. We became the main attraction. There were half a dozen or so customers in the place ahead of us but everything stopped when they realized who we were. The SA's got kind of excited and ran to get our glasses. They got us cases to put our contacts in and saline. They fitted us and pulled all of the other associates and technicians to "have a look at the mother/daughter pair that bought the funky glasses!" and everyone gathered 'round to ooh and aah. This time when we walked out Keli said, "Ha! Funny how we were the main event in there! I thought she just found me odd on Sunday, but now I'm thinking she was just excited by the prospect of having someone in the store who might actually buy something fun and quirky! That was kinda cool..."

Our little town is so hum drum sometimes. They need Kel and me around to shake things up! ;)

Today's inspiration: Tom McC
Today's miles: 5
Total so far: 251.3
Still to go for goal: 248.67

In my head: Pure Imagination from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Movie as sung by Gene Wilder

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing
To it


  1. I'm feeling the results of Sunday night's sleep deprivation much more today than I did yesterday. My body wants needs craves demands necessitates? a whole lotta good strong 20-ounce over-a-million-made-5-star-latte-man's lattes today. As soon as I shower and am ready, that's where I'm headed.

  2. Being sleep deprived makes one's speech stoopid. Things I said last night which made my daughter tell me in no uncertain terms, "Go to bed."

    • "My feets hurt."

    • "Why won't the Jack start to playing?"

      This one wasn't just spoken with thick tongue. It was a ridiculous thing to say. I was looking through the DVD case trying to figure out why the show wouldn't play when the DVD was in the player and the power was on - but nobody had pushed play yet and it had been paused the last time we watched.

    • "We watched until both were sleepy and then paused to shut off and you went to bed but worked on cards. We only started and then fell asleep and shut off to go to bed. You said, 'I'm tired' and..." She shut me up with that one and said, "You can't even speak English anymore. What are you even saying? Just go to bed! What is wrong with you???" as I kept stopping and restarting my sentence to try and say something coherent and make her understand what I did actually mean.

  3. Walking in sunshine is wonderful. Walking in many different kinds of shoes, even cute and fabulous shoes, even when some of those shoes are meant for walkin', is not. I have got to get down to bidniz with my shoes. I am seriously killing my feet one day at a time.

  4. Making a teen's lunch at 6:30 am when sleep deprived can be an interesting experience. Even when not sleep deprived it can be interesting if the parent in charge is not Suzy Homemaker and not accustomed to making cold lunches... (Hey, Kathy... What was the group blog I was thinking you and I should start up when we were drinking our beers the other night? "Not just another Domestic Goddess?" "Domestic Goddesses R Us?" Something like that... Anywho) I mean, now that the kid has reached the ripe old age of 18, at least she knew enough to warn me a week in advance that she was going to need a bag lunch today. And yes, at 18 she could have packed her own lunch, but if you saw the mornings around here? You would understand the logic in my doing this for her. Neither of us is morning people to put it mildly...

    The contents of my fridge...Cold lunches aren't easy to pack from this wide array of choices... heh. Yes, fruit and more Chinese take out than you can shake a stick at. But two of those containers got cleaned out yesterday! So come on - give us a break...

    I have finally learned how to make a pb&j sandwich (hey, this was her request! And there is an art to the proper pb&j... I got the scoop from Bos - indirectly.) but I suspect that totally sloppy was probably not what she had in mind for the field trip... and unfortunately, I didn't have any sandwich size baggies, so yes, it went into the two gallon bag, folded over several times. :-/ And the strawberries? She loves strawberries, so a two-gallon bag of them will be great. The handful just got bigger because I couldn't stand to see all of that space go to waste. She'll be able to share them with her friends. *coughshe'sgonnakillmecough* The juice box should hold things in place along with the little pre-bagged thing of trail mix that she had picked out at the health-food store a few weeks back. It's a healthy enough lunch and if the sandwich isn't complete much, she'll be fine. (ROFL! In rereading to edit I see this sentence makes perfect sleep deprived sense, so I'm going to leave it alone!!!)

    Hey, I never claimed to be a domestic goddess. I'm a runner. I only wish I'd remembered the note. When she was little, she did actually take cold lunch every. single. day. Because she was afraid of the school lunches. Every day? It was egg salad sandwiches. Until she was so sick of them she nearly hurled just looking at them. And every day I included a note in her bag. Sometimes on her napkin. Sometimes on a paper towel. Sometimes on a sticky note. Always a note. Through elementary school. She kept them all. I don't know if they survived the move or not. Wish I would have remembered that note today. :( It would have been way better than the lunch. A non-sleep deprived mom would have remembered. Oh well. She loves me anyway.

Now I gotta get ready for that coffee...

In my head: Absolutely nothing. Who can hear a thing over all that silence that is the exhaustion?


I'm a Walkin'...

Zoofy was talking about exercise the other day and her task to find other ways to get it done. Well, there is just nothing like walking in my book. Yeah, I run too. And I get a few more miles in per month when I do that, but there is nothing like walking to keep the injuries to a minimum and go easy on the joints and let you really see the beauty in nature and wildlife and such...

Take my walks today for example. (yep, walks as in the plural form, kids. If I'm going to get as many miles under my belt in the next 25 days until the Relay, I have to push things a wee bit. Obviously I won't finish all five hundred of my current block, but I'll finish the current 300 maybe...) They had everything you could wish for. I saw rabbits, myriad birds, dogs and cats of all variety both on and off leash. I saw scampering squirrels (and a couple that could scamper no more - poor things :(). I saw two beautiful Irish Setters being walked by a beautiful man with that just-right graying hair... The kind that is silvering, like Richard Gere's early salt and pepper days? He was lovely. I said hello to him. :) And I saw squealing children delighting in so much fun and play that I wanted to join right in. I almost told one little girl how lucky she was to have dad there playing badminton with her because I've been searching for weeks for someone to play frisbee with me and have resorted to dragging my cheapo disk around in the back of my car with me on the off chance someone will say they want to play too.

Kel has no interest in this "bo-ring" game of standing there in one spot flipping a stooooopid plastic disk back and forth to each other what-so-evah. Obviously she hasn't played with me lately. Or perhaps she remembers all too well playing with me. One or the other. Because she will not play. But that's all right. One day someone will play with me. Or I'll go get the over-a-million-made-5-star-latte-man's pooch, Sid, and make her play fetch with me. I haven't heard anything about her frisbee skills, but she's probably a star with a fabric frisbee as well... *sigh*

I wonder if the Richard Gere look-alike plays? hmmm. I wonder if he walks his dogs every night at 8:30?

Today's inspiration: Tom McC.
Today's miles: 6 (I outta walk sleep-deprived more often!)
Total so far: 246.3
Still to go for goal: 253.7

In my head: Daughters from John Mayer. I play a lot of John Mayer when I walk. He makes me smile.


Living Out Loud...

And today I got to see Mystical Marge when I went to Stillwater to have a bunch of wallets of Kel's senior pic printed so I could include them with the grad announcements I'm sending out tomorrow. (nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh? Yeah. She graduates two weeks from today...)

So it's been a weekend of good friends, laughter, and connections with all the bestest people I know. If I didn't get to see 'em? I got to chat via email or phone or text message, or something. Unless they were off visiting people or seeing people get married (congratulations, Donna!) or something.

What did you do this weekend?

senior drawing

Trippin' down memory lane...

Do you know what they still have in the grocery store? I was so excited to see it today! (yeah, I know. It doesn't take much...) They are selling Quisp Cereal again! Wasn't this gone for a few years? I don't remember seeing it when Kel was younger. Not that I bought a lot of sugary cereal for her, but I think I would have bought this one just for nostalgia's sake.

How I spent my summer vacation... by Keri

In bullets, for Kazoofus... ;)

How I lived yesterday. Because we're all living every day now. Right? RIGHT?

  • Go here for the details. She wrote it so much better than me. Made me laugh my butt off. Or my Kadoofus. Or something.

    And Kath, I did a much better job letting you follow me on the way back UP to Hudson, didn't I? Or is that when you snapped the photo? Our walk, by the way, was a mile over and a mile back. Thereabouts.

  • I also managed to go to DB and have a latte, pick up fritters for the coolest high school senior EVER! (Hey, I'm not going to change a perfect description when I hear one. I already knew it, but now that Kathy has dubbed her, I'm not going to mess with a good thing...)

  • Did a few loads of laundry while I designed the invitations for the grad party for which we now have a date and time as of today! Woohoo! I'm getting somewhere on this thing, thanks to my anonybro and his wife, who told me she loves parties and throwing them (thank dog!). And I have received an offer to help from my new friend, Michele, too. :) Smooches, Michele.

Yesterday's inspiration: Tom M.
Yesterday's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 240.3
Still to go for goal: 259.7

In my head: Memphis in the Meantime from John Hiatt


A reminder...

I emailed David M. Bailey many moons ago because as we prepared for our Relay For Life I wanted to be able to post some of his lyrics on my blog. At that time I asked him for a little blanket permission to be able to post a few lyrics here and there as time goes by, provided I always link back and give credit where credit is due. He said that would be fine. Because he is a cool and generous and trusting person. And he had a look at the blog and figured I wasn't the type to try and rip him off.

So that said, this song (which if you go buy the cd (you can hear cuts from his albums out at cdbaby - a great little distributor, by the way), and actually listen to it, it's really great with the music, the lyrics are pure poetry but I love them even more set to music), is put here as a little reminder. Our family and friends got a big reminder this week when a very lovely friend let us know that his colon cancer has now become stage 4 lung cancer.

The doctors are now giving their hateful little predictions, of course. But all any of us has ever been promised is this moment, right? This day. So just a gentle reminder to get out there and use it wisely, luvs.

Celebrate today. Hug your babies. Smell the beautiful lilacs that up here are in full bloom (provided you aren't allergic - sorry Jodi!). Enjoy the sunshine or the rain. But live this day. As fully as you possibly can. Because it is a great one.

One More Day (1999 Kerrville Finalist)
by david m. bailey

Don't let the grass grow beneath your busy feet
Don't let the grass grow above you when you rest
You've got one more day to get to where you're going
One more day to give your very best
Don't let the clouds forever block your sunshine
Don't let the sunshine blind you on your way
You might have years of tears put behind you
But right now you've got one more day

One more day when you can hold your children
One more day you can hold your wife
One more day when you can watch the grass grow
One more day when you can live your life

Don't let the cynics tell you they know better
better yet, don't let them talk to you at all
You've got one more day to prove that they know nothing
One more day to find your private call
Don't let your loved ones ever doubt your passion
Don't let your passion ever start to fade
I know how it feels to be so frightened
But right now, you've got one more day

One more day, when you can hold your children.....

A good night for spaghetti...

It was a great turnout at the Tricia's fundraiser. There was a wonderful show of support. It filled our hearts with hope for the common good in our little community to look around the high school commons and see just how many people came out to show one of their own how much they cared. At one point the commons was filled with people. Good food, good conversation, and the money flowed for a good cause.

I even managed to bring home a hand-blown vase made by a young man who was one of the art department shining stars last year and has only just stepped off to his first year of college... the point that Keli will be in next year. :) DSCN13401 I think it is beautiful.

A couple of days have been spent hauling furniture around with my dear taskmaster anonybro because he had a trailer from a bud. We had a lot of laughs. Or I did, at least. I may have just caused him a lot of frustration... As he said, we weren't even farkeling! Waking up and groaning my way out of bed this morning, I'm really feeling it. Glad the massage chair is finally here. Now I just need one of those large tubs of ice that the athletes use after a hard practice. Not that I'd ever submit my body to the torture of getting into one, but it obviously needs one. (speaking of ice, DJ, did you ever soak your foot?)

Last night we attended our first grad party. It was wonderful. Scrumptious food - with a ginormous chocolate fountain and fruit, marshmallows, and tiny little cream puffs to dip in it. Very cool kudos for that idea. After, we went to anonybros' and did a little discussing of Kel's grad party. The nieces helped put the perfect menu into my head for that. When I mentioned it to Kel last night she said, "YES. That's Totally what we should have." So I guess you were right!

I have many envelopes to stuff and addresses to find now that things are being planned further. When the final date and time is solidified I'll have things to print and envelopes to seal and mail so it can all go out by Monday.

Oh am I feeling old. Somebody get me the Bengay because I don't think I can move...

Yesterday's inspiration: Jessica
Yesterday's miles: 3
Total so far: 236.8
Still to go for goal: 263.2

Thursday's inspiration: Jessica
Thursday's miles: 4
Total so far: 233.8
Still to go for goal: 270.2

I have a new inspiration for upcoming days. Rather a revised one - recurrence. :( Be watching for that. With love for you, Mr. McC. You're heavily on my mind. You too, Carol. Smooches and Hugs to you and all the family.

In my head: I'm posting this because I thought it was bizarre... I woke up with it on some loop in my brain and I never understand why that happens. Well sometimes I get it, like if I go to bed listening to music and then I wake up with a song from that music looping, that makes sense to me, but this esoteric stuff that I haven't listened to in a really long time, never clicks with my logic... this time it was from Jesus Christ Superstar - Hosanna. And the loop was the part where the male chorus is singing "Always thought that I'd be an apostle.... knew that I would make it if I tried. Then when I retired I would write the gosple and they'd all talk about it when we died..." I'm not entirely sure which song it's from because I haven't been able to find matching lyrics. I thought it was part of Hosanna but it isn't showing up there... My brain is smooshing them into that song, though...


It's Back!

Yes, it's true. The brilliant blue skies, the blinding bright of the sun... it was all back. Again! And more gorgeous than ever today. So dazzling. So wonderful and warm. So incredible that I walked out the door and headed out for my mileage and my latte without a care in the world.

Until I came back miles later and realized that I had locked myself out.


Good thing I let my dad have the extra garage door opener when I first moved in so that he'd be able to transport some of my stuff into the new place and I've just let him hang onto it all this time.

Good thing I took my cell phone with me when I ran off for that mileage and latte.

Good thing my mom answered the phone when I called.

Good thing she was willing to drive over with the opener to let me in the garage.

Good thing my keys were in the car of that garage and not further locked in the house.

Today's inspiration: Jessica
Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 229.8
Still to go for goal: 270.2

In My Head: Good Things by The BoDeans (What Else?)


Had to laugh today...

Michele wouldn't show "over-a-million-made-5-star-latte-man" Jeff my blog today. She didn't make me change the new moniker for him, but she also wouldn't remind him how to get to the site. Even though he didn't make that beautiful cuppa I pictured here.

In my head: Romantica's There She Goes

Where am I?

Oh my gosh! I don't recognize my neighborhood/city/state anymore!

The sun is out!

No wait... I blinked.




Wise Words for Being a Support

And now, some very wise words for anyone who wants to know how to help when a friend or loved one is fighting the battle...

Thoughts on Supporting Families When Time is Short Due to Cancer

and now for the not-so-good news... Attention HHS Raiders!

I heard some bad news today when I was passing the word around about a spaghetti dinner benefit later this week for a fellow alumni of my old high school (Tricia N, class of '84). It seems that yet another alum has had a recurrence of her cancer. I don't know any details, so those of you Raiders who might be reading, don't bother to write me for updates. I only know that Norah O (another from the class of '84) is again in the battle.

If you are in the area or want to pitch in to Tricia's much-needed financial struggle and did not get my email either from me or from one of the people I sent it to (let's face it, I don't have many of your addy's), please write me for more info. The dinner is this Thursday. I know she'd love to see a whole mess of people from the old hometown walk in and show their support, so if you are around town, come on by for some spaghetti and a silent auction and to say hello and show her your support.

Today's inspiration: Jessica
Today's miles: 4.5
Total so far: 225.8
Still to go for goal: 274.2

A little good news...

From May 11th... because I'm a little behind on my email... but how exciting is this? And thank you for everyone who got involved!

Mark, go slap your Senators. Seriously. ;) Yo, Kathy... You and Cursing Mama can have at that Norm, too.

We did it!

Moments ago, the U.S. Senate failed to pass S. 1955.

The vote was close and the debate was fierce. But, at the end of the day, tens of thousands of cancer advocates around the nation stood up and let their Senators know this bill would be harmful to our fight against cancer.

We stopped the U.S. Senate from eliminating guaranteed insurance coverage for mammograms and other life-saving benefits for cancer screening and care!

The vote that just took place was on a process called cloture. Before Senators can have a final vote on a bill, they must pass a motion that cuts off debate and discussion on the bill. That "cloture motion" requires 60 votes. Your actions led to more than 40 Senators opposing cloture, preventing the bill from proceeding.

Visit our vote chart to find out how your Senators voted.

These past two weeks have been a remarkable time for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). You and your fellow cancer activists around the nation have produced an unprecedented level of grassroots activity and have left an unforgettable mark on Capitol Hill.

In just two weeks, ACS CAN volunteers have:
* Sent 167,000 emails
* Made 8,600 phone calls
* Held nearly two dozen media events and rallies

Together, we have once again made cancer issues a priority in Congress. Your U.S. Senators heard from you loud and clear and we can't thank you enough for your efforts.

This incredible victory gives us great momentum as we fight for our other priority cancer issues. These issues include more funding for cancer research and re-authorizing the federal program that provides mammograms to those cannot afford them. We look forward to working with you on these issues later this year and into the future. Please visit www.acscan.org on a regular basis to stay updated on these issues and more.

Thank you so much for your actions over the past two weeks and for your passion toward this and many of our other cancer issues.

Without you, we could not have won today's vote. Without you, cancer issues would not have catapulted back to the front burner on Capitol Hill. Without you, we would have taken a turn in the wrong direction in our fight to defeat this terrible disease.

But, with your continued support of ACS CAN and cancer issues, we can and will make cancer issues a national priority at the federal, state and local level. Please continue to be a part of all of these efforts - we wouldn't have won without you, and there are more fights to win ahead!


perfection in a paper cup...

Check it out...

A truly beautiful cuppa

And it wasn't even made by "over-a-million-made-5-star-latte-man" Jeff! Wish that I had asked her name. Whoever you were, it was a sheer work of art. (5:30 pm on Saturday).

It was so beautiful that I couldn't put the lid on.

It was so lovely that it was the first cup I'd ever felt the absolute need to take a photograph of before I could take a drink.




Dear Jen called me last night. My heart leaped to see her name on my caller ID. It's always exciting to know a fellow blogger is calling; especially one from far away with whom I've got a face and personal meetup connection to put with the voice on the other end. But when I answered, all I could hear was her sobbing and pain. Dear Jen had called to talk with someone who might understand her pain. Someone she could cry to. Cancer, Baby died yesterday. All mileage this week will be for you, Jessica...

Today's inspiration: Jessica
Today's miles: still to come
Total so far: 221.3
Still to go for goal: 278.7

In my head: Rockin' the Paradise by Styx off their Paradise Theater CD (y'all have Wes to thank for putting that one in my head. And if you remember that one? You must be really old, too. Isn't that right, Wes?)

garage/rummage sale...

I suspect that down in the Milwaukee area, they call 'em rummage sales because everytime he asked about or mentioned it, Jeff (aka over-a-million-made-5-star-latte-man) either stumbled over the words garage sale or called it a rummage sale outright. (Michele is cringing over that new title for him... I'm going to have to change it before he reads it I bet or she won't be able to work with him for how puffed up he'll have gotten! ;) ROFL...)

Hostess with the Mostess, Janet

Anyway, we sat through two days of miserable cold and drizzly weather for our Relay For Life sale at the fabulous Janet's house on Thursday and Friday after two days of pretty gorgeous weather setting the whole thing up. We did alright and managed to sell a great deal of clothing, books, furniture and miscellaneous items, too.

The best part? We did a lot of laughing. How could we not with such a great crew?

Alva checks the clothes Crew Chief Donna and Evie have a laugh

We were visited by many wonderful people from within town and outside of town. The grand totals are not yet in, but the garage is already clean, the leftovers are already delivered to the local second-hand shop who will now sell them with their proceeds going to people who have health needs to be met. And I still had time to head out for an evening with my long-time Gray Street buddy, Cari after all was said and done last night.

That's a lot accomplished in a couple of days! (Even for an old codger like me! *ahem*) And tonight I'm going to go let my hosts beat me at Farkel because they are planning on feeding me dinner. :) First I think I'll go get that walk in. My foot/ankle is starting to heal, I think. Maybe.

Oh, and that rash? It's back again. What a delightful life. *sigh*

In my head: Jack and Diane by John Cougar Mellancamp because it is like a little virus that pulsates in your nerves and never goes away completely. Almost as bad as the worst song ever that I will not name here because if I do someone close to me will inevitably get stuck in their head and just when I least expect it, they will start singing it around me and I will have it back again. Horrible, horrible song.


fun and games...

How to relax after a hard day of garage sale prep...

How to relax after a tough day of Garage Sale prep...

ummm, hmmm...

I dunno. I'm not sure I'm this bad.

You Are an Espresso

At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic

At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung

You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping

Your caffeine addiction level: high

In my head: The Shins (pick a song...)

Happy 75th Birthday, Dad!

Twinkly blue-eyed dude...

And father? If you know what is good for you, do not mention the fact that I cut the top of your head off in this photo. Or I will not take credit for having taken it. I will blame it entirely on my mother. Who always cut off our heads. Or got us with our eyes closed. Or took fifteen minutes to take a picture.

Love ya, mom. :)


with a bullet...

  • Last night was the Senior Band Banquet at Keli's high school. As she has spent the past six years excelling at french horn and mellaphone, she was an attendee and tortured in the slide show by photos I sent the band mom who put the thing together... I think she has forgiven me for it, though. (Let's hope she doesn't check out and click on the blog tonight...)

  • It was an okay time.

  • I learned this morning that her ensemble received a 1 at State last weekend. She said they laughed when they heard because they thought they sucked. I thought it was beautiful, so I agreed wholeheartedly with the judge.

  • There is no band called Quintessential. I do not know why I continue to block the name of the band Kel saw Saturday night while I was out having fun with Michele and Wes at Erin's housewarming party... (what a great place she is living!) and meeting Syd (sigh) the hairy one. ;) She saw Mike Doughty as well as, Gazillion. Gazillion/Quintessential. .. yeah, slight difference there. So I'm a moron. I don't think I'll forget again. We'll see. So somebody needs to form a band called Quintessential, don't you think? Sounds like a great band name to me.

  • I received my first check in the mail from my fundraising letters last week and today I received my first two online donations from said letters. Thank you to the G family for the awesome check and thank you Renee and Dianne for the incredible online donations! I'm rolling once again... The garage sale is Thursday and Friday. The hot dog/brat stand is the second weekend of June (hey Zoofy, are you coming over for lunch?). We are going to kick some cancer ass with the money we make this year again.

  • Will you help me? Just click the link to head over to my donation site and put in a little donation. Thanks! and Smooches!

  • Walked to the store and for coffee, etc. last night after the banquet. Good times. Nobody asked me if I was back again. Of course, I was at a different coffee shop entirely. That always helps. ;)

  • Today I took photos of the furniture that I'm selling in the garage sale. Now I have to head on over to the store and print them off so I can put them up on a bulletin board at the garage sale to let people know about it. I'm not dragging it all over to the sale. If they want to buy it, they're gonna have to drive out to the house and haul it away. I don't have the vehicle for that sort of thing.

  • Also, photos of my folks to come. We were there yesterday for a little cake and ice cream for my dad's birthday. He's going to be 75 years young tomorrow. With the twinkle in his eye, you'd never know he was a day over ?? I dunno. I'm bad with guessing people's ages. Always have been. Okay. Much to do. Many things to accomplish this week. Later...

  • mom and dad

  • I dedicate yesterday's miles to Jeff's dad, Allen. After hearing about the strong will to live this man has (colon cancer, heart problems, etc.), I have decided I want to be just like him when I grow up. :) Makes my little swollen ankle seem like peanuts.

Yesterday's inspiration: Jeff's dad, Allen
Yesterday's miles: 4
Total so far: 221.3
Still to go for goal: 278.7

Thanks to everyone for the really great comments about the photos. It isn't my photography. I was driving with one hand, holding the camera with the other and just aiming in her general direction and pushing the button - doing nothing special. I got lucky. She just happens to be a great subject. Whether she agrees or not. (She hates to have her picture taken... I was being very nonchalant and she couldn't hear the camera working so she had no clue I was taking any at the time. I will have to try this method more often!)


waiting up like a good mommy must...

If I didn't get out of the easy chair and head to this dang pc, I knew I would be out like a light again, and that just doesn't work when I may need to head out into the cold, cruel night at any minute to pick up my kid from her evening of music and fun with her friends in the big city of RF...

yes, i'm driving and taking the pictures

I'm beat. I had a fun evening of music and fun with friends tonight, too. I imagine mine was a little more low-key as it took place at the house of a friend who lives out in the country, where food was cooked out on a grill and in one of those deep fat fryers (but healthy fries were made in it and they were gooooooood...). The music played on and on from all of the cool bands that insisted on bringing back memories... Let's see. I may need help remembering who they played. AC/DC, Bon Jovi, (what was playing when we arrived?), The Boss (no more disparaging remarks about him from any of you or I'll actually wear my Bruce t-shirt to the coffee shop next week. That'll teach you.) Uncle Cracker (don't get me started), I think I heard a little Aerosmith at one point when we were in the garage reminiscing about the first concerts we ever attend... (heh, I'm still chuckeling about yours, Wes. I'm not going to give it away, though... I didn't laugh to the point of snorting - you guys haven't heard that. I'm saving that one until you can't live without me... ;) Mine by the way was Men at Work. It was definitely a good time. Thanks for the invite, Erin. I hope your frostbitten hand heals soon. ;)

I wish I'd pulled out my camera and snapped a photo of my new love, Sidney. Like another love of mine Striker (missing you so much, handsome!) this new interest, while a little hairier than most that I "go for" was really into playing with *ahem* balls. ;) What can I say?

Da kid, on the other hand, was listening to Quintessential and others who were rockin' the big city tonight. She looked so sweet today (as everyday). We were up at the crack of dawn because I had to run her to another big city for her fast and furious performance for State solo/ensemble. They did awesome - a beautiful performance. If I knew anything about pod casting and all of that, I'd put it on here so you could play it back. Some day.
that's my girl

I'm going to bed because the Awesome Sara just delivered Kel to my door. Yeah Sara! :)

What a great day. And I survived it with only one latte and one small java chip frap that I got when I went to visit a friend who is working for the enemy giant takeover coffee monster.

asleep but not at the wheel
Kel not being the driver, is always the fortunate one who gets to sleep on the way to where we are going... lucky thang...

Today's inspiration: the healing of the foot
Today's miles: 0 - rested foot which is wrapped
Total so far: 217.3 (same as it ever was)
Still to go for goal: 282.7

I have Romantica in my head tonight. New (to me) music rocks. Thanks, Wes and Michele!


For Carol M...

Okay. Yeah I'm pretty sure I did something seriously wrong to my foot/ankle during those couple of days that I packed on the mileage this week. But not to be outdone, I put a few on today anyway. But now I'm adding ice in to my regimine. And I've pulled out the musty dusty trusty Bioskin from that time a few years back when I sprained my ankle really badly the morning of the Relay. Fun times.

I'm back in the brace and I'm icing heavily and I'm trying not to think about that discussion we gals had at lunch the other day (my fellow HHS Raiders Class of '83 - Hey Cindy, Anne, Connie, Chris and Katie!!! How's it going?!) when Cindy was discussing the fact that she suspects it takes a little longer to recover from injuries now than it used to; I'm trying to imagine she was referring to those who were actually in real sports back in high school and had to deal with injuries back then and have continued that same sort of off and on physical pace. Not those of us who were dancers in school and just eased our way into a nice gentle running schedule over the years like me.

This is nothing. I'll bounce back in no time. *harumph*

seriously. I will.

Busy week ahead. Good thing Wes has been fixing me up with music. I must be an easy read or something. I walked in to Dunn Bros today and he said, "Okay. Today? Here's what I want you to listen to..." and he laid out the plan. So tonight when I went for my walk (a nice leisurely stroll and let me tell you, it was a necessity... if I had to crawl, I would have done it tonight because I had some serious dietary indescretions to pay for tonight and I even went out in the dark but refused to let myself off the hook for it. I took no money because I didn't want to be tempted if I recognized any cars in the lots, to stop at a favorite haunt and join a friend for a cuppa). I didn't know what I was going to find at the end of the earphones with this totally new listen, but I loved it.

Josh Rouse was a great new find. Thanks Wes. I loved it. You were totally right on with that one. Oh, and when I was updating my iPod earlier today? I did a quick little search on one of the groups you shared with me yesterday, which I love and they were giving away three songs which I didn't have. Thought you might like to know... FYI. Head over here if you want to check it out. Very cool.

Today's inspiration: I found out when I read yesterday's paper that a dear friend of mine lost her mother-in-law this week. I knew that Carol was really in bad shape when they found her cancer, and that she would probably go very rapidly, but I'm still very sad for Terri, her husband and the whole M. family. It has been a rough year for them.
Today's miles: 3
Total so far: 217.3
Still to go for goal: 282.7

In my head - Joshua Radin's Sundrenched World


aging myself?

Yeah, I'm well aware of the fact that I'm aging myself (but I've already done that a few times around here...), but I've been talking music (a happy addiction of mine) a lot lately with various friends and after pulling some of my cd's out of storage this week I'm updating my iTunes with a few of them today before I do a little exchange with another fellow addict later this afternoon (Hi, Wes!) I doubt being the young pup that he is he's going to want any of the stuff I'm loading today (loads of Styx music - oh man have I got memories of growing up hearing these tunes floating out from beneath Anonybro's closed bedroom door and sneaking in to listen to them when he was off to college, etc.) I picked up an excellent Eric Clapton (The Cream of Clapton) cd the other day and that led to Keli borrowing "The Very Best of Cream" from Brandon, so those are being loaded... We're getting some really nice stuff out here. Thank dog my kid has very well-rounded musical taste.

Then yesterday Wes introduced me to Joshua Radin which is a new favorite. I'm slowly coming around to the Wilco he gave me (sorry, Michele! but there is actually some really good stuff on there! Wes, have her listen to just a couple of tracks... slow intro. ;) )

So yeah, I'm busy with Relay and graduation and other things, (*coughcoughcanyousayIhavefoundadiversion?coughcough*) but I'm also having some fun, which as everyone knows, is very important to one's sanity.

(Too lazy to put in links at the moment. Perhaps I'll add them later.)


what a co-inky-dink... visit this link!

Oh my dog! Does this blogger find the concept of edible fingers disturbing, too??? (intentionally not taking you to the blog but only to the photo now because he had a lot of annoying pop-up ads)...

happy franki's blog

:) ROFL!

mileage update... for Mary Jane and David Bailey...

Just a quick mileage update. I'm cruising around the streets of my new neighborhood getting familiar with what routes will get me what kind of mileage. And breaking in my feet. And my achilles, which I admit is giving me a little grief after just a few brief pounds a couple of weeks ago. So I'm walking. A lot.

I've not been icing, either. Ice, people. Good for the shins and other things that ail you when you are old and doing things that your body doesn't like you to do. Like run.

So Michele, remember when I told you I wasn't going to do another 8-miler today because I did that yesterday and I was still hurting? Well I had a little time to kill... check it out... Hope your adjustment was a good one. ;) I'm needing one tonight. *sigh*

Today's inspiration: David Bailey who recently announced another clean scan and will soon celebrate ten years as a GBM survivor! Congratulations, David! Wishing you many more years of life and love and wonderful music!
Today's miles: 9.4 (hey, when I start to come back, I come back strong - I've got a lotta ground to cover in a little bit of time!)
Total so far: 214.3
Still to go for goal: 285.7

Yesterday's inspiration: My friend MJ, a survivor who now has a hole in her heart! All our best in your newest battle to recovery, Mary Jane!
Yesterday's miles: 8.5
Total so far: 204.9 (woohoo I finally broke through that 200 mile barrier... I was beginning to wonder...)
Still to go for goal: 295.1

I got to visit with a lot of great friends today. No farkeling involved, but someday I hope to get them back to that. I mean, what's more fun than games and laughter? When I stopped for my last latte of the day, the barista said, "That was an awfully harsh sounding sigh, did you have a bad day?" I think I must have just been completely exhausted between the long (and fast!) walk and all of the great chats and laughter with all of the great people. It was a good day.

I have a really terrific set of music on my iPod titled "Walking Music" and one particular song gets my pace moving perfectly. I can keep going uphill without slowing even when I've been going for over 90 minutes (so I discovered today) and I can smile throughout because this music just gets me feeling upbeat in more ways than one (if that's possible). Whenever it comes up as I'm cycling through the set (I always play it mixed up so I never know when anything will play - it's a surprise!), I pull the iPod out and set it to repeat track so I hear the same song over and over. Sometimes I'll let that song play repeatedly until I've finished my walk because I really like the pace that much.

Now that is the sign of a great workout tune!



a thousand paper cranesIsn't this cool? Last week I gave a training session of the online fundraising system for Relay at the Middle School in my hometown, this caught my eye as I passed through the media center there. It is made up of a thousand paper cranes and is based upon the story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

Book description from Amazon: Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic--the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan.