Friday, August 31, 2007
the birth of a child
be on Dancing With the Stars
Thursday, August 30, 2007
1. Copy and paste the story below, and the rules, on your blog.
2. Find out who you're going to tag. (2-3 people, or more, if you wish)
3. Write one or two sentences to continue the story, and use the titles of the blogs you're tagging or any word(s) associated with them as keywords in the links you include in your part of the story.
4. Remember to tell your taggees that you've tagged them!
5. Feel free to use this and start your own viral link story. I'd very much appreciate a link back to Mother's Home if you do. (Or a tag, if you prefer!)
Once upon a time, after the evil stepmom had put up a Barbed wire fence around everything, the Empress came and shouted: "I've come to give you A little piece of me mind!" The evil stepmom, Shelby, came out to see what all the Rambling from this Crazy person was about. The cranky, evil stepmom watched in horror as the insane person began to parade around singing "A Boy Named Sue."It seemed like forever this insane person would sing and for miles he would parade, all the while twisting and dancing to the song.
It was nothing short of sheer brilliance, though, this Empress, dancing like a wild monkey in an accordian store, waving goodbye to the evil (and I mean very evil) stepmom and heading off to her job as a Kelly Girl on a military base in South Carolina. It was there she was swept off her feet by Officer Gorgeous and signed up to be part of the USO.
It was day by day living with Officer Gorgeous. They went to dances, watched movies, star-gazed, & drank their fountain drinks from the same glass. Then, her Mother, Sister, and Friend came along.....
She hadn't seen them for years, and couldn't wait to introduce her new love to them. "This is Officer Gorgeous," she said. "He's really a misplaced midwesterner. We're crazy in love!"
"You must come all the way home with us!" her family cried.....
The Misplaced Midwesterner
Crazy Working Mom
Whee! All The Way Home
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Bubba's Sis and USO Girl's Improved Dancing With the Stars Lineup:
The seasoned performers:
Instead of Marie Osmond, we want DONNY OSMOND!
Instead of Wayne Newton, we'll take DOLLY PARTON.
The TV stars:
Instead of Jenny Garth, we want ELLEN DEGENERES.
Instead of Dr. Quinn lady we want MATTHEW FOX.
The Disney star:
Instead of the Cheetah Girl we want ZAC EFRON.
The music star:
Instead of Scary Spice we want QUEEN LATIFAH.
The sports stars:
Instead of Hélio Castroneves, Mark Cuban, and “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr., we'll take PEYTON MANNING, TOM BRADY, and DANICA PATRICK (since we need to throw in a girl there).
The soap star:
Instead of Cameron Mathison, we want JOHN TRAVOLTA (ok, he's not a soap star, but he used to be on TV and he's been on Oprah!).
Instead of supermodel Josie Maran and male model Albert Reed, we want...letsee, gotta be 2 girls here to make it even.....how about KAT VON D (from Miami Ink) and EVA LONGORIA?? They're pretty hot.
That makes 6 guys and 6 girls, right? (We had a much easier time picking the guys than the girls! Runners up included Will Smith and Josh Duhamel.)
- Donny Osmond
- Matthew Fox
- Zac Efron
- Peyton Manning
- Tom Brady
- John Travolta
- Dolly Parton
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Queen Latifah
- Danica Patrick
- Kat Von D
- Eva Longoria
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Five Things I Hate About My Job:
- My office is in a file room with no windows - kind-of like a cave.
- The ladies' restroom is just outside my file room office - and every day the woman who works in the parts department takes a big poo in there and stinks up my office!!
- When I'm not there, people take my stuff off my desk. Not my PERSONAL stuff, but my pens or my scissors or my stapler....ticks me off.
- My computer at work does not have Internet access.
- I am constantly fixing stupid mistakes that people who were there before me made.
Five Things I Like About My Job:
- It's easy.
- I set my own hours.
- The pay is good.
- I get to organize things - I like to organize things.
- The guys in the parts department are funny and keep me entertained while I'm there.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Jolene over at The Middling Monettes tagged me for the 8 Things Meme - since I've already done it, I decided to do another one I saw on her blog - the Middle Name Meme:
1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts.
4. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
D - Dog-lover
A - Anal (not a great word - I prefer "slightly obsessive/compulsive" - but no S, O, or C in my name!)
R - Religious
L - Loving
E - Easygoing
N - Nap-taker
E - Emotional
Next, Crazy Working Mom tagged me for the 7 P's Meme - I think you're supposed to put something about yourself after each P-word:
1. Passion: Christ
2. Purpose: to raise happy, healthy children and be a good wife (OK, so that was also Tish's answer but it's a good one!)
3. Pursuit: inner peace - sounds hokey, but I want to get to a point where I really don't worry about things because I know that God is in control; I'm getting there!
4. Position: hmm - well, my favorite sleeping position is on my side
5. Pummeling: Would love to pummel smokers! And rude people!
6. Progress: see Pursuit
7. Personality: fun
2) Click on Google images.
3) Type in your name and search.
4) Re post (w/ a link) the picture of the oddest, craziest, strangest, coolest, oldest, etc. person that shares your name. Post multiples if you find a few you like.
5) Pass it on to at least 5 other people.
At first I typed in my first AND last names, and was shocked to see a picture of MYSELF come up! I forgot my teacher picture is still on the dance studio's website. So I went back and did just my first name and here is my favorite:
A philanthropist awards you $50,000 with the stipulation that you may use half of it for yourself and the other half you must use for the benefit of others. By "benefit of others" it can mean anything really, buying a gift for a family member or donating to a charity.
a. How do you spend the money on yourself? $25K would pay off some debt!
b. How do you use the money for others? Please be detailed, so if you say "give X dollars to charity, let us know what charity and why you select that one. There are several charities that I would split the money between - including breast cancer research, Habitat for Humanity, the SPCA, and a local women's shelter. Would also give a big chunk to my church.
c. If you were to spend part of your money to have a performer do a show for you, who would it be and why? Bon Jovi - because I love him.
d. If you were to use it on a new vehicle for yourself, what kind? probably a Chevy Tahoe, but $25K probably wouldn't buy the one I would want!
e. If you spent part of it to go to a "fantasy" camp, what type would you choose? baseball
f. If you were to use it to buy season tickets for a sports team, what team would it be? absolutely the Houston Astros!
g. If you were to use it to go on a cruise (assuming you like cruises) where would you cruise to? I do like to cruise and would gladly do the Caribbean again. An Alaskan cruise would be cool, too.
h. If you were to use it to go to NYC to see a show (or shows) what would you see? Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago
and i. Totally off subject (but since Fall is coming) what is your favorite carnival food (I was watching "Big" while writing this and saw them at the carnival)? funnel cakes!!
**Since I've just done FOUR memes, I'm not going to tag anyone specifically for these - but if you want to play along, feel free! Let me know if you do and I'll come check it out!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
To begin with, we have the new house. You know about that. We love it here and we are so happy with how everything worked out. Life is good.
Tomorrow the kiddos go back to school. Daughter doesn't have to change schools since she is in a district-wide magnet program for gifted kids; tomorrow she starts 8th grade - her last year of junior high school. She is very excited. Little Son will be at a new school for 5th grade this year - his last year of elementary school - but he is looking upon it as a new adventure and an opportunity to make new friends. Coincidentally, one of his two teachers is a friend I went to junior high and high school with, and ran into at our reunion just last month - small world, isn't it? Navy Son is starting classes at the Naval Academy Prep School - he has a fresh buzz haircut and is ready to go! He even made the cross-country team at the school.
There are other changes for us as well. Daughter and I have decided to take a break from dancing. She took for 9 years at the studio where I danced growing up, the same studio I came back to to teach 5 years ago. But Daughter's passion is drama, not dance, and she has made the mature decision to focus her energy on what she loves: acting. My ankles have given me problems the past couple of years, and the fun of teaching dance was wearing thin, so Daughter's decision to move on made an easy transition for me to move on as well. I will continue to do some part-time warranty filing at Hubby's job while the kids are at school, and enjoy being home with them in the afternoons instead of running off to the dance studio four days a week. It's all good.
We celebrated a fresh start for another family today - a family from our small group at church who welcomed the Daddy home from Iraq this past week. This was his second tour of duty in Iraq, and boy are they glad to have him back home!! It was quite a celebration today, with lots of friends and family there to welcome him home. Home safe and alive. God is good.
So Happy New Year to you and yours! The best is yet to come!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I'll try to do better keeping up with blogs this week, but know that after August 25 I'll be back online and back in the blogosphere!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The move went swimmingly - we still have a few things to move over, but for the most part we are "settled in". Of course we picked the hottest days of the year to move - no kidding, it was 107 degrees both days over the weekend. It was exhausting. Thank God for A/C.
More from me soon!
Friday, August 10, 2007
stay inside where it's air-conditioned
I would probably pick my bedroom and get new bedroom furniture and bedding; make it a peaceful, beautiful retreat!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
- wear a white bathing suit
- get so drunk I puke
- get an adjustable-rate-mortgage
- get pregnant
- smoke a cigarette (for the record, I only ever tried it ONE TIME)
- evacuate Houston with millions of other people running from a hurricane
- shave in the bikini area
- work for a lawyer
- buy fudge for Hubby (I did this several times before I remembered he doesn't like fudge!)
- watch the Astros play in the Astrodome
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
This is where The Kiss became a problem.
As the story goes, Ariel falls in love with a human prince. She swoons over him and sings to him - none of which were a problem for the girls, despite the fact that they found their "princes" completely unattractive and rather obnoxious. But at the end, Ariel marries the prince, which means....a kiss. Now, these are kids putting on this production, so no real kissing was expected of them. The first plan was to have them lean in for a kiss, but have a blackout just before their lips met. But the lighting crew was a little slow with the blackout, and the leaning in but not connecting became awkward. Giggling ensued. Character broken. This was not going to work.
While driving the girls home one day, Daughter's BFF was explaining how they were instructed to try the "French kiss". Whoa! I almost drove off the road! French kissing?!?!? But what they meant was the European style of kissing each cheek. Whew! So they tried that. It was silly, too. No good.
The final plan worked wonderfully - Prince Eric would hold up his cape to cover their faces and they would lean in and pretend to kiss behind the cape. Very cute! Worked like a charm and went over well with the audience. Success! Until the final performance. It seems Drama Daughter's prince - who really seemed like a nice guy but she assured me was an obnoxious boor - decided to go for a REAL kiss on the last show. The cape went up, they leaned in, then Daughter's head jerked back quickly! Not exactly the reaction of a smitten bride, was it?
As infuriated as she was, she did not break character and all ended well. Bravo!
The Texas rains stayed away during my garage sale - for which I was thankful. It was damn hot, tho - hot and humid and not a breeze stirring. But I can't complain - the customers came and they bought stuff. The rain at least waited until afternoon!
Now to get what's left organized, packed up, and given away to someone who needs it more than I do.
Friday, August 03, 2007