Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Golf legend Tiger Woods
and ME! First thing I did today, on my birthday, was clean up PUKE that my son hurled off his top bunk at 3 a.m. No breaks on your birthday when you're a mama. Wonder if that's what Tiger did first thing today? How old do I look? I had a waitress at a local establishment the other night say I looked 23. I 'bout fell off my barstool. I ain't 23. I'm suspecting she was after a big tip???
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
- Next year I will have to learn to "Just Say No" and not volunteer so much. I was so busy this month that I hardly decorated my house... didn't finish shopping until the last minute... ate fast food 4 nights a week... lived in a pig pen until this past weekend & bottom line= didn't really get to enjoy the season. One of my favorite sayings came to life... "if the Devil can't make you bad, he'll make you busy."
- My sister made us go around the room this morning and say what we were thankful for. I said I was thankful that Christmas is over. My tree is down & the decorations are going in the attic tomorrow. I'm all Christmased out.
- The Money Maker & I did pretty good pleasing all our kiddos with their presents. They're getting older so we didn't have to buy a bunch of plastic toys that make noise & take all night to put together... which was nice but short lived... Lilly will put us back at Square 1 next year.
- NOTE TO SELF: Santa CANNOT wait until Christmas Eve to organize her sleigh. It was 11:31 p.m. when I finally had a quiet house and started pulling out bags, boxes & sacks hidden all over the house, garage & my car. I had a MAJOR PANIC ATTACK when I realized I was missing Baby #3's MAJOR present. I had bought the Playstation 2... but forgot to order the games. I became nauseated... had diarrhea... and it took me a while to calm myself down & convince myself everything would be alright. The poor kid had only been begging, crying... desperately waiting for Santa to bring him "Madden 07" for the past 6 weeks. But Santa also brought him a set of "real" football pads that he fell in love with and they were my savior. It dulled the sting of not getting the game.
- The Money Maker did good & bought me a video camera for Christmas. Now I gotta master how to use it before heading to China.
How was your Christmas? Though this one was a blur... the memories of Christmases past keeps hope alive in my heart that Christmas can be magical again. I need to listen to my Mama and bring more order to my life... say NO to more... keep life & especially the holidays SIMPLE.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
My favorite woman in the news... I mean woman who does the news... or whatever... Campbell Brown (formerly of NBC and currently employed by CNN) gave birth to her first baby, a boy- Eli James. She was due Christmas Day but little Eli came a week early. I was really rooting for Campbell to get Katie Couric's job (even though I like Merideth Viera) hosting the Today show, but she didn't and I was bummed. Nevertheless, CONGRATS to Campbell (like she or anyone she knows would read this) and at 39... and married... she's good motherhood material!
This is a developing story, but if your a fan of celebrity entertainment news like I am you will not believe the news making headlines this morning. Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old sister of trainwreck/washed up popstar/ horrific mother Britney Spears, has confirmed that SHE IS PREGNANT! Do these girls have parents? She is 12 weeks along & reportedly plans to keep the baby & raise it in her home state of Louisiana in order to have "a normal family life" (like she even knows what that is.) As the mom of two girls who are big fans of her hit show on Nickelodeon "Zoey 101," this is really sad news. (At this point they think God gives babies to MARRIED people who have prayed for a baby... they're still too young for "the bird & the bees talk.") And this is sad news. Like I tell my kids... who sometimes wish they "we're all grown up"... once you are grown up... once your married... once you have kids... once you start working... you can NEVER go back to being a kid. And being a kid is awesome! Enjoy it. Cherish it. Poor Jamie Lynn. At the ripe 'ol age of 16... still a baby herself... she's about to be all grown up. (Oh... and one last note... she states in this interview that she was "shocked" at the discovery. Listen people... if you have sex... you better be prepared that pregnancy is a REAL possibility. No birth control is 100% effective, except abstinence... (or my grown up friend w/ hysterectomies.) And that includes married people. I got pregnant with #2 AND #3 while using types of birth control... and I know now that nursing a 5-month-old is not "officially" birth control... and I was shocked when I discovered I was pregnant. So I'm talking to myself here. But especially for kids. If you have sex with your little boyfriend... you better be ready to get pregnant.. 'cause you're telling the world... I know how babies are made & I'm participating in that activity & if it happens I'm ready to handle it. Even though you're really not. Lecture over.)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
New Column: LOVE IT!
Monday, December 17, 2007
DJs with Alzheimer's
- "Sleigh Ride." Oh. My. Gosh. The program director must be getting paid by some mafia boss a gazillion dollars to play that stinkin' song EVERY SINGLE segment. Over and over and over and over. I don't care what time of day it is... I would bet my first born on it... if I get in the car to drive any distance, I WILL hear Sleigh Ride on the radio. No doubt about it. The Ronettes version is definitely MOST popular... followed by The Carpenters & Amy Grant.
- "Jingle Bell Rock." The only reason that I haven't already ripped out my car radio with my bare hands is because the station was offering the 98th caller $10,000 when they played "Jingle Bell Rock" twice in a row. So every time the played it I grabbed the phone & listened close. I never heard it twice. They always played "Sleigh Ride" next. I'm just going to call & say I'll pay THEM $10,000 if they'll never play the song again!
- "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Not really when ya'll keep playing the SAME frickin' songs over & over!
- "Winter Wonderland." This use to be one of my most favorite Christmas songs because it's the ONLY song (Christmas or not) that I can still play by heart on the piano. But now, I just want to make a big bonfire out of the piano & burn my radio in it. Hands down... The Eurythmics version is THE most popular.
- "Santa Baby." Uhhh. It's all I can say. "Santa Baby I forgot to mention one little thing... please bring... some new CDs to the station...."
- HONORABLE MENTIONS: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (Bruce Springsteen's version is the worst!), "Feliz Navidad," "Last Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Same Old Lang Syne" (God rest Dan Fogelberg's soul... I loved him.)
And while I'm on a roll... I'll pick on the Christian station too. And don't be fooled... they play the songs above over & over too... they "cross over" during the Christmas season!
- "The Little Drummer Boy." It's not my favorite Christmas song to begin with... then play it a gazillion times a day and I want to knock myself unconscious with his drum stick.
- "Do You Hear What I Hear?" I don't know... do I? I keep hearing ya'll playing the same blasted songs over & over... do you REALIZE you're doing that? Is it a calculated move to drive me out of my mind?
- "O Holy Night." I'm gonna fall on my knees and beg ya'll not to play this song every 10 minutes. But the Josh Groban version is pretty good.
- "The Christmas Shoes." I think this song is so morbid. I don't like hearing it once much less a million times. I mean the idea is sweet, but I don't think that Jesus is really gonna care what you have on when you meet him. The song reminds me of when The Money Maker's uncles were telling his dying Grandmother to tell Jesus when she saw Him that they wanted Him to get their Harleys ready for when they got there. Like Jesus is some Santa Claus ready to grant wishes or Joan Rivers, ready to hand out compliments to a lady on her fabulous department store shoes.
- "Joseph's Lullaby." Now I love this song... I think it's beautiful. And I like hearing it every day... but not 50 times a day. It's like my Queen Anne Cherries. I like them for one month a year... not all 12.
- HONORABLE MENTIONS: "What Child is This?", "The First Noel", "Mary Did you Know?" "Mary's Lullaby" and "I'll be Home for Christmas" (and I know it's not a Christian song, but the Christian station is playing the mess out of the Josh Groban version that has the soldiers saying hello & Merry Christmas to their families back home... it's sad.)
So I've got a week left to endure the repeats & repeats & repeats and I've got a 11 months left to find my own personal Christmas CD collection!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The Rumor Queen
Once again, The Rumor Queen has outdone herself, and earned the title of Her Highness. Let's look (you may need to squint or go get your glasses... go ahead... I'll wait) at this most excellent chart and discuss some very interesting points:
- 1.) This chart starts in March of 2005 (see Referral Date)... while we were still paperchasing. At that time our file was actually "on hold" for 6 months while we moved back home to Georgia from Florida. At that time you can see that "The Wait" was slightly less than 6 months. Incredible!
- 2.) You can also see that in April of 2005, 33 days of LIDS were sent in referrals. All those families logged in between September 16 and October 19, 2004 received a referral. Compare that to last month where we only got 6 days.
3.) Look at October 2005... just a month before all our paperwork was submitted to our agency for authentification & certification... the slow down begins. The CCAA goes from referring around (more or less) a month of referrals to only 19 days... less than 3 weeks. Things continue to go downhill from there... 18 days, 16 days, 11 days... bottoming out in April of this year when we only got 2 days!
4.) By the time we sent our dossier to China in December of 2005 the wait had gone up to about 8 months. Just over a year later... in March of this year that wait had doubled to 16 months!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
The following was sent to me by my cousin Chad. I've seen it before but after hearing a lady on the radio yesterday it made me read closer. This lady, on the radio, was Jewish and was given a Christmas ornament as a "Thank You" by a member of her child's school's staff for some volunteer work she'd done. Oh boy was she offended. I can see the irony... she's Jewish... she doesn't celebrate Christmas... but instead of making a big stink... just be gracious & go on. Perhaps this gift giver didn't know the exact religious belief of every family in the school. If someone at my kiddos school gave me a dradle... I wouldn't raise up arms & contact my congressman... I would just tell my kids what it was & what Hanukah is and how it's different from what we believe and celebrate. I'm not going to preach to you... plus, I'm so dumb what I say would be all wrong, but I thought Ben's commentary was pretty good. (p.s... you can tell by the Nick & Jessica comment this was written a couple years ago:)
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us..
Honestly and respectfully,
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
It's Funny Every Year!