Thursday, June 25, 2009

It came upon Hollywood in 3's...

First Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett and now Michael Jackson.

This is a sad week for Hollywood.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Flashback Friday

I am participating in Flashback Fridays over at More Than Words. This is my first time doing this.

An old friend emailed this picture to me this week. I believe it is from winter of 1989/90???

Ah, the 80's, big hair, big shoulders (remember shoulder pads) and big trouble (for me, oh, if I could only remember all the crazy things I did!)

My friend was OBSESSED with the band Warrant (Cherry Pie; Heaven) back then. We chased them all over Chicago whenever they were in town. This was somewhere outside of Excalibur nightclub in Chicago. I spent WAY too much time there in the early 90's!

This is a photo of me, an old friend and the lead singer from Warrant, Jani Lane.

My hair and Jani's blend together....gotta love those 80's perms! Registered & Protected

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Really??? I. Don't. Think. So.

I am truly speechless after seeing this infomercial one night this week.

Have you seen this?

Check out the girl in the pink bra who looks more like she's doing an 'adult film' than an infomercial!

Did you see it? Really? That stick is going to make my boobs do that!?!

Hmmm, stocking stuffer??? A girl can dream, right?

Well, I need to get out my Rejuvenique Mask, put on my Snuggie, get my PedEgg out and scare my kids.

And that's all I have to say about that. Registered & Protected

Monday, June 8, 2009

6 Years

Today is my 6 year wedding anniversary.

It got me to thinking about how much our lives have changed living away from everyone we know and love for the past 6 years.

We met at the end of January 2002 and had our first date on 02/02/02.

He was told by the company he worked for that he had to move to Arizona to the corporate office or lose his job. This was October 2002. We had been dating for 8 months.

He called me at work to tell me this news. I was upset by the news but also by the fact that he told me over the phone while I was working. He said we needed to talk to which I replied that there was nothing to talk about. I wasn't about to pick up my life and move to away from everything I knew and loved. Plus I had a daughter, 7 years old at that time. Long distance relationship was also out of the question for me.

I cried at my desk at work and told my two good friends in the office about it to which they replied: Well he just won't go! To which I replied: Sounds to me like he's serious about going.

Later that night, we talked...a lot. I had made the decision to go with him under the condition that we make a commitment to each other in marriage being that I had a young daughter and would not risk picking up both of our lives for him to have it end when we move (it happens).

We planned a wedding, I left a job and working for a company that I really loved, sold my condo & bought our house in AZ all by June of 2003. I had refused to move sooner than that because my daughter was having her first communion that April and I wanted her to finish 2nd grade at her school before we moved which gave us the summer to get settled in AZ.

Here's a picture of the room we were married in...I loved it! It was so beautiful.

There were velvet benches and seats around the room for the guests. The chairs were for our parents and grandparents.

The 3 of us boarded the plane with my 3 cats in tow. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I've never lived anywhere else.

My daughter made friends easily. For me & him, it was much harder. I made every effort to know my neighbors (something that can be hard to do in AZ, believe it or not, because you hardly ever see anyone out of front of their houses).

I worked part time for the first time in my adult life. Until we had my youngest girl.

I have been a stay at home mom since she was born almost 4 years ago.

I will tell you that one of the hardest things was being in the hospital with my newborn baby with no visitors. I was happy to have the new baby but so sad that my mom wasn't there to see her like she was with my first one.

But this is our life. We don't like being so far away from everyone but this is the way it is now.

Last June, we went to Vegas to renew our wedding vows with Elvis. This was the first time since we were married that we were away from the kids (his dad and stepmom flew in to stay with the kids while we were gone).

It was so much fun to do that I'm thinking we might have to do that every 5 years!
Elvis walked me down the isle! He was so much fun! He sang 3 of my favorite Elvis songs, too.

6 years has taken us far away from our family longer than I'd like.

It has given us a very small handful of new but great friends.

It has given us another beautiful daughter to love and made my oldest a big sister (something I will never be)

It has taken us places we might not have ever seen (the Grand Canyon, Sedona) and given us the opportunity to take road trips together to California & Nevada that we wouldn't have done otherwise.

It has introduced us to creatures that we have learned to live with but don't necessarily like!

In 6 years we have seen death touch our family 6 times, one that effects our lives daily.

It has taught us that like it or not, we only have each other to count on.

It has shown me that even when we don't like each other, we still love each other. Registered & Protected

Thursday, June 4, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award!

Lola at Lola's Diner has given me a One Lovely Blog Award and so to her I say: Thank you, thank you very much (in my best Elvis voice).

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Since starting this blog in January, I have come across so many blogs that are worth sharing so here I will give you 15 of them in no particular order that you should check out!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Summertime in the Southwest

Do I even need to say anything more! Honestly! I hate these SOB's! So freaking creepy! This is a bark scorpion, in case you didn't know. They are poisonous and they are the only (as far as I have been told) scorpions that can crawl up walls, etc.

My husband found it today in this glue trap in our garage.

Last summer when I was putting my youngest in her car seat in the garage, I saw one crawling on the garage floor. Guess what I did? What any other sane person who hates these @?*! things! I got in my SUV, pulled back onto the driveway and lined up the tires as well as I could from the view I had of it and ran his little creepy a** over! Happy Ending.

My husband thought it would be a good idea to get it out of the glue box (it was alive) and put it in a container to show our family who will be visiting in less than 2 weeks! WTF!?! Are you freaking kidding me??? I made sure he smashed the heck out of that thing and got rid of it.

Another happy ending.

(sorry for the 'language' but I seriously get so upset whenever I see these things!)

Summer in the Southwest. Registered & Protected