Friday, August 29, 2008

because I am a sucker for a chance to WIN stuff

So, I saw a link on Life is Short Partake in Happy Hour (I love her blog is so damn fun!)
and one of the stipulations is that you make a blog post about the give away!
SO here it is...the templates are way cute...

check out the portfolio


Thursday, August 28, 2008

did I stand on the scale wrong?

I am asking myself that very question..
why you ask? I have a history of having a difficult time losing weight..very difficult.
I like food (blush) and alot of it..I also like my 'free time' to lay around (read: play on the exercise bores
well, in the last 18 months or so I have lost 26 lbs..TWENTY SIX.
that is very not like me...
now granted I have started working (since april) and have been on a diuretic for about 6 months..(for high BP..which I believe is weight related....)
so I am guessing a combination of those 2 factors has been instrumental in losing..
Part of me is thinking I stood on the scale wrong..coz I STILL feel all bloated and icky..but apparently not..I have been watching what I am eating too..more fresh foods, veggies..letting my stomachs cry for food go unheeded (heh)
I am STILL in the red zone BMI wise (39...w0w...better than in the 40's tho..)
for comparison here are 3 pics.
November 07

Jan/Feb 08 (before diruetic)

July 08

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Do you hear that?

I do..
and it is SILENCE sweet, blessed BEAUTIFUL silence. no 'MOOOAAAAAOOOOMMMMM!!' No 'Can I play the PS2' no bickering, no arguing..just blessed BEAUTIFUL SILENCE.
GOD bless the school system!

Monday, August 25, 2008

CREEPY family resemblances

My eldest looks like me, this I know, and have know for a long time..
sometimes, however, it smacks me in the face!
LOOK at him in 6th grade and me in 6th grade..
just plain weird.
Me in 6th grade (please excuse the misguided was 1986 and I was painfully unaware of how bad I


The Boy in 6th Grade (taken this morning)


and for is The Gav


Growing, changing and sadness

OK, so I am not usually a weepy mom....I rarely am weepy over my kids growth and changing...lost teeth make me smile..birthdays make me think of them as infants and their births and always makes me feel warm and fuzzy..I love seeing them reach milestones in their development..
BUT for some unknown reason, when they start school, it makes me weepy...
This year the Big Boy is going to Middle School..THAT is part of it..he looks SO grown much like a pre-teen..and I am learning to cherish his openness while it is still here..his willingness to talk to me, his willingness to hug and snuggle with me..I know it will be short lived, and in a few years he will be a sullen teenager..not giving me more than monosyllabic words and grunts ;)

I sent him off 40 minutes ago to his new bus stop, alone...into the BIG world of Middle School...on the bus w/ kids 3/4 yrs older than a school he has only been briefly introduced to..
It is so hard to let go let them be grown do things on their own...this is definitely one of those times.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Twilight books

OK on Brooke's suggestion (and my thinking I would like them!) I decided to go and get these..went to amazon and got 3 of them..
I have since ripped thru 2 of them and have about half of the 3rd to go..
alot!I see there is a movie about to come out, and Yay to that!
I am so digging this series..I need to get the next one (or is it 2) REALLY quick..


I dreamed of Giant Otters last night for some ungodly reason...
They were sliding down a waterfall behind me, I had to jump out of their way..
I have VERY weird dreams.

BUT this one interprets well!!


To see otters in your dream, symbolizes happiness and good fortune. You will find ideal enjoyment or unusual tenderness with your loved one.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Ya know, PMS sucks donkey balls.
I am having a bad day...
My PMS lasts 1-2 weeks out of the month, depending on my hormones I guess..
It can be pretty bad..lately it has been OK..but I feel a bad couple of weeks coming on...

I took the kids school shopping..not fun.I spent close to 200 bucks and still need to find the oldest a back pack and shoes..
but they are outfitted w/ 2 new packs of undies and socks each...
and a few clothing items..
pencils and a binder..

It was just exhausting today...Gav was whiney...Dannion was helpful tho..I was impressed..
so I need to go tomorrow or sunday to get the big one a bigger back pack..his one from last year is NOT going to be big enough..I know it....

We went to the middle school yesterday and did a small was fun..its so much bigger..but all the core classes are in the same hall way as all of the other 6th that is nice..

I am off to watch football practice...taking a book...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Would you rather...

THIS is a funny celeb dirt site...
I picked Jocelyn's face..just an FYI


Tuesday, August 19, 2008


It may be wrong to be SO excited to see the kids go back to school...BUT I am just carrying forward a LONG tradition of summer weary moms...excited to see the return of backpacks, pencils & notebooks in the stores...and counting the days, nay, MINUTES until school starts again...
Will the joy wear off?
Yeah, the endless days of waking early, the homework arguments..(oye vey the homework- I KNOW I hate my kids homework more than I hated mine..and I.HATED.mine...A LOT)
In all seriousness, its not been a bad summer..just alot of IM BORED and The Spawn(UGH)
my friends, I leave you with the BEST EVER back to school commercial..enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Funny for Monday

Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out
making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of
gas.As luck would have it, a Texaco Gasoline station was just a
block away.

She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas.
The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned
out,but she could wait until it was returned.

Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient,
she decided not to wait and walked back to her car..
She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas
and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always
resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station,
filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.

As she was pouring the gas into her tank,
two Baptists watched from across the street.
One of them turned to the other and said,
'If it starts, I'm
turning Catholic.'

Sunday, August 17, 2008

dude. this is a must read

This is some funny stuff here
OH and just to be sure I am racially balanced..LOL..(says the irish/polish/slovakian/ easily sunburned chick)
this is just as funny as Stuff White People Like

First Football game!

How fun..the first 3 hours anyways...hour 4 had me up and stretching...then to the concession stand..then back to the bleachers (ow) hour 5 I was playing a game on my cell phone..and hour 6 I was just plain worn...
got to see my boys play for a grand total of Oh, 2 minutes?
rofl..not that I expected gotta earn time on the field..
Gav got to hold the bench down ;)
It looks like it was about to make a break for it a few times, but he kept it firmly attached to the ground!
They played well and both of their age divisions won..
they both have some real talent on their teams!
I got their team/ individual pictures, well one anyways, Dannion had to have his retaken for some reason?

we are SO investing in some stadium ass is STILL sore...and I am taking my own food and drink..and possibly more entertainment..for my ADD addled brain..

and let me say, midget flag football is ADORABLE to watch...just adorable..I wanted to go squeeze some little faces they were SO cute...hehehe
and the little cheerleaders?
OMG..way WAY beyond cute...

my camera had dead batteries (!!!) and I will get pics next time...
suffice to say, this is my LIFE for the next 6 weeks..arghhhh

Friday, August 15, 2008

Plastic Surgery anyone?

In case you DON'T know who she is a link..

and remember, your face is nice just as it is..unless you have some horrible birth defect, facial tumor, or burns of some kind..don't screw with what god gave ya!

fuggita about it!!

My kids football team rosters read like a mobster family tree!
we have TWO Antonio, TWO Dominics and a Dominico...the last names are Pampena, DeLuca, DeCesar, Giannangeli, & a Zannotto!!!!!!

Maybe I need to make friends..after all, I have a few people who could use some Italian Justice....

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Teacher assignments!

Well, we got the teacher assignments today!
Thankfully, The Spawn is NOT in Gav's class...and even more thankfully, his bestest buddy Tristan IS in his class!
and they both got the NEW third grade teacher...I told Del that I bet she is some cute young thing, and how HE will be attending the parent teacher conferences
School starts 8/25..we have school shopping to do this weekend, and football game for the boys...and who knows what else..

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

overheard tonight at football practice

Kid was telling his mom about a play he made..

Kid- I so ran and tackled both of them, I hit them hard.(long pause)
It felt REALLY good...

I was chuckling to

My own Gav made a good hit today..and he bloodied his nose...not too bad...but it was sort of seeping..ew.

and then a kid on Dannions team was in a 'pile up' and BROKE his LEG...
ambulance and all were there..
Dannion said he heard him scream...I can only imagine!!


THANK YOU JAYSUS the car odyssey is OVER!!
I am now the proud owner of a Hyundai Santa Fe!!!!!!

Here are all 3 vehicles (look the Ghetto Blaster is hiding! it is ashamed of itself..)

Here is my new baby all by herself!! *sigh* isn't she pretty???

Monday, August 11, 2008

Useless facts about me

  • I have no full siblings
  • I am the oldest of 38 grandchildren
  • I have been with my husband since I was 17
  • I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue (endlessly fascinating at a bar)
  • I breast fed BOTH of my boys- my youngest till he was 2.5
  • I am not really a Dr but I play on on TV (AKA I know alot of medical
  • I have been online since 99
  • my parents were only married for 2 years
  • my eldest boy was a surprise- I was in the middle of planning my wedding when I found out I was pregnant
  • my best friend has been my friend since we were in grade school
  • I moved out a month after I graduated from high school- I moved to Utah :)
  • I LOVE to garden
  • I smoke
  • I JUST got a tattoo
  • I learned to drive- when I was 22
  • My mom, my dad and my gramma have the same phone number as when I was a kid
  • I despise cleaning- but I like the results
  • I have been a licensed hair stylist since 95
  • My birthday is December 19
  • I go to therapy once a week
  • I have colored my hair since I was 13
  • My family is littered w/ alcoholism yet I am not an alcoholic
  • I was DX'd with major Depression
  • I am medicated for afore mentioned depression
  • My moms dad was schizophrenic
  • I broke my ankle and have a plate and screws in my ankle
  • My grandmother is married to my father in law (yet my husband and I have been together longer)
  • my sister and I have the same cousin, but we are related on different side of her family
  • I do not remember my parents ever living together
  • I am a slight internet addict
  • I just lost 25 lbs in 18 months
  • I have almost at much gray hair as my mom (I am about 30% she is 45%)
  • I procrastinate ALOT
  • I have ADD
  • Sarcasm is a parenting skill as far as I am concerned
  • I LOVE to paint (walls, not pictures)
  • I am a thrift store JUNKIE
  • I can read a book in one day
  • My favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King
  • I heart CHEESE, any cheese... *drool*
  • I gave birth both times with NO medication
  • If I had one more, I would have a homebirth
  • Both of my boys had the cord wrapped around them in one way or another at their birth
  • One of my fondest wishes is to become a Doula

Jon & Kate + 8 hatred?

I had no idea there was a "hate club' of this is very both of these links...


OK so I am about 20 years late, but WOW that was fun!
got a call from my good friend Krista asking if I wanted to go, after some arm twisting and pissing and moaning from the husband (long story) I went..and it was so fun!
They put on a great
also Sebastian Bach was there & Dokken
They were really good, played their old hits and nothing new really, which was fine..
the people watching was saw some SCARY peeps...and some peeps who should have worn a BRA (granny boobs) and some chicks who needed more shirt-haha!
some Rock of Love wanna be's...some kids who were barely 18..and I also saw a 3 or 4 year old there..kind of scary...
we also saw a woman who we dubbed Headbanging Chick, she was a few people over from us..OMG she was headbanging to beat the band, literally I was a RIOT...we got video on Krista's phone, as soon as I get it uploaded, I will add it..if this girl can even lift her head today, I will be shocked.. (spoken from the voice of *ahem* experience,or just plain old age..lmao..I did my share of head bangin back in the Day)
No good pictures tho..we were on the lawn seats and any pics of the bands looked like SPECS of nothing...

ALSO Rock of Love 3 is in production now(so says Brett!!)..we saw the hoochies on the side of the stage shakin what thay mama gave em (LOL)
and might I saw Brett still has a nice ass, even if his face is sort of wrinkly..lmao..

good times, good times!

Friday, August 8, 2008

deep dark secrets

how many things have you done in your life you will never tell anyone???

Thursday, August 7, 2008

end of a long week

but nowhere near as long as last week!
THAT was a hellish week..
Thankfully, we have the car issue resolved, we will be getting it Tuesday-woooo!

kids have settled into a nice routine in more
they have a scrimmage game on Saturday...I will have to miss, but hey, that is OK...I will be there next time!

Work is good- building more clients (for those of you who don't know me IRL, I am a hairstylist, and just recently got back into it and working again after a 8 year hiatus...LOVE it.)
I have a busy week this week coming can be hit or miss, but all and all I have done well...I get killer tips most of the time...

Del will be home-he is supposed to be done w/ Erie this week...thank god..(I think..he is after all neurotic..and drives me looney- but I will keep

I do have to say I lost the neighbor lottery..on BOTH sides..
one side is the Spawn and family..the other side is a retired teacher...who has gotten decidedly more bitchy in the last 5 years..and we now know is a Pack ain't pretty...
She actually was kind of rude to one of Gav's buddies Dad today...he parked out front to pick up his kid and she apparently couldn't get into her driveway (?? WTF ever..looked like enough room to me..and further more, why not go up the street and turn around, come back and pull in the opposite way? old bat) so she says RATHER loudly and NOT in a nice tone, "Can you MOVE your car-I can't get in my driveway" No please, no could you, just snotty tone and demands..
I felt bad and embarrassed...I told Tristans dad that she is like that...I still was embarrassed..I mean really..old bat...she just expects the world to run perfectly..just for her..
I could write a whole entry just on her..she is almost as bad as the Spawn...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Wordle

Check this out!
how cool is that?

Me, waxing philosophical

was reading another blog, the poster was talking about religious beliefs..
I was surprised at how many people do not believe in a god or a higher power...
maybe I am just that simplistic, or that much of a Pollyanna, but I had NO idea so many people are atheists...
my beliefs are just that- I do believe.. I do not know for sure that there is a god, but I do believe in is what it boils down to for me..I have faith that there is a higher being than me..

I don't pray perse,
I don't go to church (organized religion has left a bad taste in my mouth...)
I am a lapsed Catholic(but aren't more catholics lapsed than not?)
But I do believe..
I went to church w/ my gramma when I was a mom washed her hands of the church when they annulled her marriage to my dad when they divorced and he remarried a few years later..but she never gave me any negative feedback..

is it because my life has been relatively trauma free that I have Faith?
maybe...but I have had my own personal traumas in other areas..

what is your belief??


we have approval...weehewww


sent in the final vehicle information via fax just a few minutes ago...keep your fingers crossed

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

something to make you laugh

I may go to hell for laughing so hard at this, but I am sure it will be worth

Saturday, August 2, 2008

the car we looked at

SO this is what we looked at today.. LOVE it..
love it.
we are going to submit the info to our credit union this week to be approved (since it is a private owner)
keep your fingers crossed

Friday, August 1, 2008

rotten %^#% neighbors

OK so some of my long time friends will know my issues w/ the Bad Neighbors next door (their yard makes the Addams Family jealous I am sure..)
Dad is a complete dumb ass, and while he has a job and goes to said job every day..and he loves his son..he is a dumb ass of the highest degree...AND it turns out he has a grudge against my 11 year old..simply as retaliation against our dislike of his Spawn of Satan (hence forth known as The Spawn)
The Spawn is a child that grates on ones nerves..our first clue to this was when we FIRST bought our house...we were only over here cleaning and fixing up...maybe a week tops..well, he came over to play w/ my kids and within the first hour he dropped the F bomb..he was FOUR.
we have heard it at least a dozen times since...and we have been here 5 years...
I kick him out of my house on a regular basis..all I have to do is say GO HOME and he is gone..
he listens to me better than his own father most of the time....coz he knows I will open a can of whoop ass on him..and I have..
The Spawn has multiple behavioral issues and in my opinion, he also may have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome...his mom was in rehab 2 yrs ago and as much as she was drinking?
Yeah, she has been a boozer for a while..
He is infamous for ignoring you when you say something to him...and generally not listening and causing small bits of mayhem..
Del & I have refused to integrate him into our childrens lives as a normal friend b/c of his problems and the fact that he drives Del put it mildly...and so we do not take him places with us...
WELL the Spawns father has tried for the last 2 or 3 yrs to get Gav to go along w/ him and Spawn to a local amusement park (his company picnic) We have declined politely...simply put, we don't trust him...
WELL he is trying again..
we have not said NO as of yet. but we will be tonight...
Spawn is over here talking to the kids..apparently the subject of the amusement park came up...and Spawn said that his dad won't take Dannion (the 11 yo) because he won't listen..
HA fucking HA..
talk about the pot calling the kettle black?!?!?
Spawns father has a dislike of my eldest simply because he needs to retaliate against our dislike of The Spawn...he snaps at Dannion(I have heard it) he is harder on him than Gav and the is plain and clear he doesn't like my boy...for whatever his reasons are..
and the feeling is mutual..Dannion has said for quite some time now that he CANNOT stand Paul..(spawns father)

Hearing that Paul doesn;t think D can listen on an outing just put me over the edge...fucked me right OFF...not that I would let him go, but the fact that I know he has something against my BOY..oh fuck no...

OK rant off..I feel better