Friday, March 16, 2012

Escape....

I confess.....

I am going to Zumba--once again to escape my crazy life....I can not be the only the only person who does this.  If I am that is just sad.  But I am and that is that.

I confess...

I did not participate in PMM with Emmymom and Kmama yesterday because I felt ornery.  I was just thinking about the fact that kids do not listen.  They have fantastic hearing.  They just do not listen.  It's amazing how many times I have to tell them to do something.  And it's even more amazing that they are surprised and/or upset that they are getting yelled at when they haven't done what I've told them to do 5 or 6 times previously.

I confess....

I mutter under my breath "You suck!" every time I pass the Verizon Kiosk. Mostly because I am chicken to simply shout it.  Because let's face it, they do. 

I confess....

On days when I am cranky--kind of like today--I wish I took kick boxing.  It would relieve so much tension.  Can you imagine just kicking the snot out of something and burning calories too??  It would be a total win win.

I confess....

I am getting all excitedy for DWTS!!!  Yipppeee.  But I have to watch 5 shows before SUNDAY!!  Because I am so addicted to TV and I want to be all caught up by then!!  HA!  What a nerd.  Go ahead and say it.  I embrace my nerdiness.  Do you!?  We all have some form of nerdom....Hunger Games anyone? 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Call Me A Dork...

Call me a dork, but I have been going crazy looking for my Monkees photo album for the past week.  I have pictures in it that I can not replace.  Memories of happy times.  Oh the stories I have!  And in some cases, a picture to back it up.  But not without that photo album!  I was going crazy.  I felt stupid, but I actually prayed that I would find the darned thing.  It took a couple more days of searching, but I finally it, plus another with even more photos in it!  Wow.  I was so happy.  I found treasures I had even forgotten about!  Treasures like this one...
That's right baby, he signed that one to me.  Me!  Yours truly.  I felt like Marcia Brady.  No he didn't take me to my prom.  I did run a fan club for all four of them for a few years from about 1988.  I ran it with a friend for about 2 years, and then on my own for another year or so.  It was then that I received this photo from Mr. Jones.  What a sweet treasure to find now!  I have many others.  Plus many happy memories.  Call me a dork if you must.  But this was awesome stuff to me.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Time For Random Silliness

I am ready for Spring.  It keeps giving us previews but then winter comes back and laughs at us.  But winter, I am over you.  I am ready to part ways. Besides, Daylight Savings has come so that means it really is time for you go.  So POOF!  Be gone!

Kristin is reading Odyssey.  Do you remember reading this?  She asked me to help her understand it.  It's funny, I really don't remember it very well from high school, but as I read it I was sure thinking well this is a good story.  And hearing it helped her understand. But I still have to ask, why do kids have to read this stuff?  Because we won't chose it as adults?  Why  not let them pick?  I guess to see and appreciate the different styles of writing. 

There was an accident this morning.  I didn't see it.  Rich was taking Kristin to school, and they saw the result of a very bad accident.  She said the kid on the stretcher looked familiar.  I guess her being late was a tender mercy.

I put 102 miles on my car in 3 days.  I am in it driving so much that I just don't want anything to do with driving.  I also did some math.  Some days I spend as much as 3 hours in the car.  Now that is just sick. 

I need a hair cut.  It's been at least six months since my last one.  I am thinking of doing something crazy....
Too bad it wouldn't make me look like her along with it!  Okay...I will be more realistic....how about Jamie Lee Curtis?  Same hairstyle.  But by the time I get around to getting a haircut I will probably chicken out. If I did do it, I would have to invest in new earrings. 

My mental list is huge.  I really should put it on paper.  And then prioritize it.  I might get something done that way.  Might.  Remember I spend I a lot of time in my car.  And when I am home.  I am either making dinner, doing homework or just plain sitting because I need to.  I need to win the lottery.  A maid and chauffeur would be awesome.

Monday, March 12, 2012

TSA-X-Ray Machines

I found this video on Facebook the other day.  You will have to turn the sound up...at least I did. 


Here is my take.  First of all, the images are questionable at best.  Is this what they really look like?  I haven't traveled since they brought these out.  I am kind of geeky.  I think it would be cool.  Kind of like new age, and super spy.  But it's kind of hard to be a super spy in an airport full of people who have to do the exact same thing.  It's also even harder when we are being told our rights as American citizens are being taken away from us.  And this is where I get my panties in a wad.

After 9/11, Rich was transferred to Washington DC.  He was part of Homeland Security.  And later was part of the Terrorist Screening Center.  We lived on a military base which was guarded by MP's who had arms the size of tree trunks and carried weapons.  They did random inspections of vehicles and if your car wasn't properly stickered or you didn't have your ID you got inspected.  I didn't protest.  I didn't feel my rights were taken away.  I felt safe.  I felt sheltered in my little world.  I brought them popsicles in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.  

When we were asked to take off our shoes, dump our belongings in bins(at the airports), and all that pain in the butt stuff did I gripe?  No.  I got panicky that I wasn't doing it fast enough for the people behind me. And I worried that I didn't do it the right way.  But again, I felt safe.    My rights?  I have a right to feel safe when I travel.  

The X-ray machine and pat-downs.  I have done neither.  However, the x-ray machine is, as I understand it a random thing right now.  My BF got picked coming and going!  Just her luck.  Mine would be the same.  I would have to do it.  I have already been X-rayed so many times in my life that I am surprised I don't glow in the dark.  I don't think my rights are being taken away because I have a right to feel safe when I travel.  

When Rich made Chief he flew from DC to CA.  He was in CA for a month. His plane tickets back somehow got messed up and had to be changed on the same day. Well, that puts up red flags.  And of course he knew this.  He was pulled out, and his bags were inspected and it took him forever to get checked in to fly back home.  Did he pull rank?  Come on he worked for TSC at the time!  No.  Did he yell about his rights? No.  In fact, when they saw his ID they began apologizing.  He told them to do their job. 

As for pat downs, my mom has to be wanded and patted down by a female security guard.  She has two full knee replacements.  They are metal.  She sets off the security alarms at stores.  The guards have always been very gracious and kind with her.  

I do not feel am losing my rights.  I do feel  I have the right to be safe when I  travel.  I do not lay blame on the TSA for "making" me go through that X-ray machine.  I lay the blame where it belongs.  The blame is on the terrorists.  The ones who plotted against our country.    

What  do you think?  Are our rights being squelched, or do we have the right to feel safe?