Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Here's Hoping...

If things go as planned, we can repair my car within a day or so.  The hood won't match for a couple of weeks, but I'll be on the road.  I still need to look for another car before too long, but I'll be back in business for making it to work in the mean time.  If I don't go to work they won't pay me.  Isn't that ridiculous?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Damn Stupid Idiotic Jerk Asshat Deer

I have cried more than I care to admit.  It's fixable.  It really is.  However, how much money do you put into a car with 190,000 miles on it?  I will NOT take on a car payment.  I can't.  If I buy something else, it has to be something I can buy without taking out a loan.  Anyone know of a reliable car that I can buy for $1.72?

I just don't know what to do.  We just got our finances figured out, and we're paying bills just fine and living, but "savings" is something I've only heard others talk about.  Heck, we weren't even well with bills until 3 months ago.  Now, were staying on track, but this is something that has us standing on our side porch, staring at a broken car with our jaws hanging open.

OK, so we'll get it back on the road as cheaply as possible, and decide what to do from there.  I am truly blessed.  My airbag didn't deploy, my car drove home fine, and my darling daughter loaned me her truck to get to work.  What if we didn't have her truck?  What if I had been hurt?  What if?

I *did* want to stop at that spot and kick that deer in the head a few times, and then take a picture (sorry, but I was mad,) but he was gone.  If he died, he didn't do it instantly.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Just Another Sunday

I had the most amazing day ever.  That is all.
These are my people.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taco Bell

It's been insane at work, for both myself AND Kevin.  I managed to get off a bit early since he was working late, so I hit the Taco Bell drive thru for dinner.  Sheesh.  It was over 10 minutes between ordering and getting my food, but I got it, and headed home.

It was only a sack full of tacos and burritos, but it was SO good.  What is it about Taco Bell?  Everything there is the same, with different outer shells.  It all tastes the same.  However, it was WONDERFUL!

What am I, 12?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

8 Car Pileup

If Kevin hears a traffic report before I get off work, and if it could affect me, he will send me a text to let me know what to avoid.  I received such a text this evening.  "8 Car Pileup on Woods Chapel Road.  Exit ramp closed.  Backup forming on I-70."

In case you don't live around here, Woods Chapel is a 2-lane, in-town road.  The speed limit is probably 30 at best.  Tons of traffic lights dot the path.  Someone found a way to cause an 8 CAR PILEUP???  Ok, let's talk about idiots:

Idiots pay no attention to what is going on 3 or 4 cars ahead.  They brake only if the car ahead of them displays brake lights.  Idiots ride right up on someone's back bumper, and then curse loudly (and flip people off) if that person slows down.

Idiots eat with a spoon, shave, do makeup, and talk on their phone...all while in traffic.  They are quite offended if you DARE cause a delay in their plans.  Nobody else on Earth matters.  It's all  Yet, someone found a way to cause an EIGHT CAR PILEUP on Woods Chapel Road.

Sheesh.  I think I'll take my hot-air balloon to work tomorrow.  It's GOT to be safer than driving.  With IDIOTS.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Self Portrait

And here we are.  The final day of the 30 Day Photo Challenge.  I've struggled with it a lot of nights, but managed to make it happen.  I'm glad it's over, but not sorry I did it.  I'll try to be better about posting, now that I've got 30 days worth of habit to build on.

The final word was Self Portrait:
Yup.  I sneaked this one while shooting an image for "light."  That was yesterdays post.  Yup, I'm a cheater.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Today was an amazing day.  It got *almost* warm enough for even me, and some friends met us at Mom and Dad's for some shooting.  Then it was back to our house for bar food and stupid stuff on TV.  Yup, a good day.  It makes me thankful for the most important source of light:
Goodnight, sunshine.  Thanks for coming to play today.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I wasn't sure what I was going to type about "nighttime" for the 30 Day Photo Challenge, until I realized how happy it makes me to see Kami running around in her PJs before bed.  Sometimes, she even wears my slippers!

Friday, February 17, 2012


Nothing about my job is "routine," but here is what I see for 90% of my day:

Thursday, February 16, 2012


OK, mother!  Here is my 30 Day Photo Challenge post.  I'm too wiped out to do it properly, and I had some ideas, but they all fell flat.  I'll just post a picture of my baby.  The Smokin' Hot Neon.  If it wasn't for the SHN, I'd be unemployed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The 30 Day Photo Challenge keeps getting tougher for me.  Today's word is "artwork," and I am no artist.  I don't have an "eye for art" and I don't have that artistic side.  I thought about posting some of my children's artwork from school days of old, but then I sat back and asked myself, "What is artwork in YOUR world?"
My dad took a rust bucket and turned it into artwork, in my opinion.  It amazes me.  Rust to beauty.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Let's keep this short, because I am tired and it's an amazingly busy week for me.  I have no image to show "gratitude," but the point is to post, and I'm posting.  I am very grateful for many things in my life:
My home
My family
Kevin's family
No car payments
A steady paycheck
A husband with a steady paycheck
Good TV
Good food
A warm bed
My dogs
Cold beer
Warm pizza

Time to stop.  But I COULD go on.

Monday, February 13, 2012


OK, 30 Day Photo Challenge, you've thrown down the gauntlet.  (is that a real phrase?)  First, you ask to see my clothes, which was bad enough.  Now?  Now you want to see my closet?  OK, fine.  Ready?

Ain't Happenin'.

It's a mess, even worse than my room, and I am just refusing.  I'm a rebel like that.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Seriously, 30 Day Photo Challenge?  Clothes?  You couldn't have picked a topic that I care less about.  A challenge is a challenge, though, so here goes.
My clothing of choice tonight:
This headless version of me displays my wonderful wardrobe of choice for most evenings.  A long-sleeve Tshirt from work (free to me,) a $1 Tshirt from Walmart (2010) and some sweats that have been around for more than 6 years.  Oh, and socks.  I'm am one stylish chick, don't you think?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thanks to the 30 Day Photo Challenge, I must air some dirty laundry, as it were.  "Where You Sleep."  Seriously?  I thought about making my bed, picking up in there, dusting a bit, and taking a photo that I wouldn't be ashamed of.  And then I saw Monica's new Facebook profile picture today.  She took it in the mirror in my room.  *sigh*  Now everyone knows.
Unmade bed, makeup all over the dresser, stuff piled on the furniture.  Yeah.  Don't stop by my house unannounced unless you're comfortable with clutter.
::hanging head in shame::

Friday, February 10, 2012


We've had an unseasonably warm winter.  This weekend?  Not so much.  How appropriate that the 30 Day Photo Challenge word is "seasonal."  What do I do when it's cold?
Electric throw, computer, headphones, hoodie and hilarious videos online.  Yup.  THAT is seasonal.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Best Friend

The 30 Day Photo Challenge wants my best friend.  Umm, OK.  This poses 2 possible answers.
This apparent lush (she's not, but I made sure that she looked like one) is my BFF.  It is one of those things where I feel like I've known her from childhood.  Separated at birth.  We laugh non-stop the entire time we're together.  Chica gets me.  We only get to see her a few times a year, and I cherish those times.  It hurts me when our visit is over.
This dude is my other best friend.  He puts up with me like nobody else on earth could ever do.  He knows my oddities and loves me anyway.  He was even kind as we drove away from my other BFF after last year's gathering in Texas, and I was bawling like a baby.  Radar was crying about being separated from his mother for the first time in his 4-months on earth, and I was crying about being separated from Brooke, and Kevin just drove.  He let us have our tears.

He drove our sorry asses all the way back to Missouri, and kept all of his man-thoughts ("What the hell is WRONG with them?") to himself.  I love ya, man.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Something New

The 30 Day Photo Challenge said, "Something New."  I got your NEW right here!

This is Daniel.  Literally on his birthday.  Too cute for words.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


The other photo challenge wanted to see "sun."  Well, so do I.  Not happenin' today.  Here is one of my favorite sun pics from Myrtle Beach.  I miss that convention.


The 30 Day Photo Challenge asked me to show memories.  I am a grandma twice, and that will become three times in August.  This is the first time I saw my first grandbaby with my own eyes.

Monday, February 6, 2012


The February Photo Challenge wants "button."  Hmmm.  Long and busy day today is making me NOT want to get out of this chair.  I'll show my favorite buttons:


The 30 Day Photo Challenge today is all about animals.  Since today is Radar's birthday, I thought I'd choose him.  First, here he is as a pup (yes, my friend Brooke wrote my name on him so I'd know which one was mine.)
And now, he looks more like his mama, and tends to pass out pretty hard in the evening.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


The February Photo Challenge tossed "Dinner" my way.


When I started the 30 day photo challenge, I had no idea that "technology" would fall on Super Bowl Sunday!  Can you imagine the technology that goes into this one football game?  Broadcast in over 100 countries, it boggles the mind to think about what goes into it.  What technology is involved in the game at my house?

An audio receiver, a DirecTV receiver, several speakers, and a spaghetti-like mass of cords that most civilized people would organize.  All of this makes my TV entertain me.  I don't know how it works, but it makes me happy.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

10 am

The February photo contest offered up 10 am for today's challenge.  Because it's Saturday, I slept in.  This is what was going on at 10:
Ahhh, coffee.  On a table that looks like CRAP in a photo.  Maybe I should try using those coasters in the far right of the same photo.  LOL  Nah.


I wish I had a picture that actually showed the movement going on here, but you'll have to trust me.  There was a LOT of movement going on.  For the 30 Day Photo Challenge:

Friday, February 3, 2012


Wow!  What a coincidence!  The other photo challenge for today is "stranger."  Oh yeah, I got your stranger right here.

Written Words

This house is in turmoil over the plastic/satan guest.  Meanwhile, I have to keep up the 30 Day Photo Challenge, so here is written words.  The instructions for the plastic satan:

Thursday, February 2, 2012


From the other photo challenge:
Does anybody EVER read the terms of service?


Here is today's entry in the 30 Day Photo Challenge.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My View Today

Wow.  I've been challenged to another, uhhh, challenge.  It's another Photo Challenge.  I may do both, I may quit and do neither, or I may be sporadic, but my blog has had more attention from me in the last week or so than it's had in months.

Day one of this challenge is "My View Today."  My view?  Tonight?  Not pretty.  I was doing our tax return.  How about my view on a harvest-season drive home? (Yup.  I'm already breaking the rules of this one.  There may be no hope for me. Here ya go:
Slow traffic, anyone?

Something Old

Yeah, it's old, but I love it.  It's my fuel-sippin' baby, and I wish I could drive it forever.  What's this about?  It's the 30 Day Photo Challenge!