February 19, 2010

What's New?

I’ve been a bit busy lately so I’m just going to give you a blog of what’s going on in my life.

I took Jennifer to the eye doctor because she hasn’t been seeing so good and now she is sporting dark purple frames making her look totally different. It’s like having someone else in the house. She can see much better so I probably look different to her as well.

My husband’s blood pressure has been dangerously high and they keep changing his medication. He’s now on four different ones all with various side effects that are fun to work with. The latest one can cause him to grow man boobs so we have to keep an eye on that one. I told him I’d loan him some of my bras.

I also took my daughter to a new psychologist. She has some social issues that have been a challenge her whole life and various counselors have worked with her but no one has really helped her. Most just attributed it to her ADHD and just wanted to put her on drugs. This latest doctor is pretty sure she has Asberger’s Disorder. I pulled up the website and it sounds just like my daughter. I had heard of Asberger’s but never really read up on it. Here’s the website if you are interested:


I’ve been watching the Olympics some and last night I came back in the room and asked Mark what country the male figure skater was from. He said I think Switzerland. I said, “He has dark hair. I thought Swiss people have blond hair.”

He said, “It doesn’t matter anymore, the Canadian is Chinese, the American is Russian, the French is Spanish and this Swiss guy has dark hair.”

We are all just one big happy family these days aren’t we?

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February 15, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year

It’s the year of the Tiger so if you were feeling like roaring or eating a bowl of frosted flakes when you woke up Valentines morning that could be why.

I’m not really a sports fan, okay, I’ll level with you I don’t like sports at all but I’ve watched a bit of the winter Olympics for lack of anything better on and I’ve learned a few things.

For instance, I kept seeing South Korea but they were only calling them Korea. So I was wondering if North Korea wasn’t participating and if not why? The Internet isn’t very clear on this but the best I could gather is that they were participating together until things starting getting a bit strained between them. As far as I can tell North Korea is competing I just haven’t seen them yet.

The two countries aren’t getting along too well after a few incidents that occurred so now we just have to look at the flag on their uniforms to see which country is competing. I wish the reporters would say North or South for those of us that have a little trouble keeping up with those fast athletes.

Here’s a story about the two countries feud:


North Korea’s flag is mostly red with a red star and South Korea is white with a happy red and blue yin yang symbol. In case you didn’t know.

So here’s a question for those of you that are sports fans and keep up on all of this stuff. I know this is probably a dumb question but have they always just referred to them as Korea or is it a new thing?

Part of the reason I am not a good sports fan is because I’m worrying about everyone getting hurt. After that Japanese girl fell in the skiing event (sorry, I don’t remember the proper name.) I couldn’t get past feeling sorry for her and hoping she was okay. Then I couldn’t watch those guys going down that chute after that Russian boy got killed.

My sons were never much into sports and it’s a good thing. They wrestled for a while in junior high and I had to stop going to their meets because I was a nervous wreck. A couple of mothers made me feel bad for not going but I just couldn’t do it. Their daddy always went so it’s not like they didn’t have a parent there. How do parents do that? Luckily they took up drums and guitar and became musicians. The likelihood of them getting injured is pretty slim.

February 12, 2010

YouTube and Stupid Signs

If you have an account with YouTube they try to guess what you like and recommend videos they just know you’ll be tickled to death to waste time watching. Sometimes they are spot on and you think, “Cool, I really like that.” But most of the time I find myself wondering, “What were they thinking?”

I watched this group:

So YouTube thought because I listened to them I would want to watch the movie Twilight. I’m trying to figure out the connection between this band and a vampire movie? Don’t get me wrong, I love Twilight it’s the connection that confuses me.

So then I get another one that says because I watched Joe Wong on Ellen Degeneres I might want to watch Taylor Swift on Ellen. It is both Ellen but…

Here is another one YouTube recommended for me. It doesn’t have a darn thing to do with what I was watching but this guy cracks me up.

I already mentioned that I traveled down to Dallas Sunday and it’s truly amazing how screwed up some road signs are. We were going around a curve and the sign said left lane ends up ahead. I noticed most of the cars were in the left lane but I thought maybe they either didn’t see the sign or thought they had plenty of time. Turns out it was my lane… the right lane that ended up ahead. Those crazy Texans are just trying to trick out-of-towners.

Oh but Oklahoma can’t measure distance so we are no better because I got back over the border and see a blinking sign that said roadwork four miles ahead. I drove and drove and no roadwork so I thought maybe that sign was from a previous job and they just forgot to remove it. Nope, I see another blinking sign that says roadwork four miles ahead. Whoa, deja vu. So I look at my odometer and watch. I go six miles and there’s another sign, roadwork two miles ahead. So I watch again and this time it really is four miles. Ah, they just misplaced a sign… maybe.

I pass another sign that says restrooms closed. I never did figure out what restrooms they were talking about because I was in the middle of nowhere and didn’t see an exit for several miles. The next exit had a Braum’s, a McDonald’s and a couple of gas stations. Surely they didn’t close all of their rest rooms. I didn’t stop to find out.

Oh, they have a store in Dallas called, “Condoms To Go,” I guess that’s all they sell and you have to take them with you. Don’t try to use them there.

February 8, 2010

Snow, Snow Go Away

I’m so tired of snow. This is the most snow I’ve ever seen in my life. If I wanted this much of the white stuff I’d have moved to Colorado.

We had a blizzard Christmas Eve and another big snowstorm in January and it’s doing it again this morning.

I drove to Dallas yesterday to see my new great nephew that was just born and one of the relatives said the Farmer’s Almanac predicted the last two big storms and says that somewhere between February 21-23 Oklahoma will have the biggest snowfall we have ever seen in history.

I sure hope they are wrong. There are towns that still don’t have electricity from the last storm; we can’t afford another one. The schools have already used up all of their snow days and are going to have extended hours to make it up. They talked about taking away Spring Break but some people already have travel plans. My daughter has a Branson church trip. Kids always get excited when the news reports that schools are closed but don’t realize they have to make those days up. They aren’t really gaining anything.

A couple of years a go when we had that big ice storm and power was out all over the state the kids had to go past the last day of school. This messed up a lot of people’s travel plans. Some just pulled their kids out anyway because they had plane tickets bought and couldn’t change their plans.

Even the White House had a huge snowstorm causing them to close down early one day. People were out on the front lawn throwing snowballs at each other. The President called it Snowmageddon. You have to have a sense of humor about the whole thing. It doesn’t do any good to get mad about it.

Oklahoma’s barometric pressure, humidity and temperatures are almost never right for making snow. We go some winters without any at all. We’ll have some freezing rain or sleet but hardly ever snow. This has been a very weird winter for sure.

February 5, 2010

Go With The Flow

Change is inevitable; even if we sit where we are doing nothing it happens all around us. There is nothing we can do about it.

Some people embrace it while others fight it; they are most comfortable when everything remains the same.

It can be a good thing if it’s what you expected or looked forward to but sometimes it comes in a form we don’t want making the process hard to accept.

Loss can be devastating but afterwards there is often something even better that comes along. I look around my neighborhood at the devastation caused by the firestorm last year and now see new bigger homes in place where smaller older ones resided previously. I’m sure the people who live there miss their burned possessions but are enjoying their new homes.

During the 80’s recession many people lost their jobs and even their homes. I knew a family that had to move in with his parents for a while until they got back on their feet. He decided to open a mail center store with UPS pick up. They borrowed money from family since banks frowned on the foreclosure in their credit rating. Their shop sells boxes, gift cards and anything you might need to send a package. The business has thrived and they now own a much bigger house than the one lost a couple of decades a go. He is much happier working for himself and has risen above the change that occurred in his life. Would he have opened his own business if he hadn’t been laid off? Probably not: it’s not always easy to make huge changes in our lives unless forced to.

Some people remain stuck and can’t seem to move on. There is a woman that lost her son in the war and because she felt she has been wronged this person goes around to military funerals picketing with signs disrupting and causing trouble. She is so obsessed with this mission her husband has divorced her. Now all alone she only has one goal in life and that is chaos. This woman could have done so much with her life and for the good of others but instead she is cemented in the past and cannot move forward.

I know a woman that was married to a man that suffered from depression. She met him in college. He was a serious melancholy man but he intrigued her and she fell in love with him. There were days when he couldn’t function and she had to take care of him as well as their two little boys. One day he couldn’t take it anymore and committed suicide. She was very sad for quite a while but had to move on and deal with the changes life had dealt. A few years later she met another man and remarried. Her second husband is so different from the first. He’s full of life and even ran for political office. She is happier than I’ve ever seen her.

Change is what you make of it. It’s not always easy but in the end things have a way of working themselves out.

February 1, 2010

Buried Under Our Treasure

We all collect things some more than others. You’ve seen the women scrambling for Beanie Babies or the latest “it” toys. Then you have to store those treasures and what can you possibly do with five hundred miniature, stuffed critters anyway?

Some of our homes are bulging at the seams with treasures and we think if I just had a bigger house all my troubles would be over. That doesn’t work because no matter how big our space is we fill it up.

When my sons were babies we lived in a small two-bedroom nine hundred square foot house and needed more room. We moved into a 1700 square foot four bedroom with a very big attic and I thought to myself, “We will never fill this house up.” Now I only have a daughter left at home and we don’t have enough room. What happened?

I’ll tell you what happened. My mother and father in law passed away and we inherited some of their stuff. My husband’s grandmother died leaving us a few more heirlooms and when my boys moved out they left behind a lot of their stuff and that’s not counting all the great junk I’ve collected over the years.

I used to have a bad habit of frequenting estate sales, antique shops and tag sales for treasures. I collect jewelry and books. I used to collect tea pots until a cat we had helped me thin out my collection and I decided to put the best ones in the attic and let someone else enjoy the rest.

We reach a point when our belongings are no longer a blessing but become a chore. You have to find a place for them and keep them dusted and eventually they become more of a job than an enjoyment.

I saw a man on television that has collected Bart Simpson memorabilia since the shows beginning. It is an obsession with this guy; he has to have everything that was ever made. His house is literally a Bart Simpson museum. His wife left him because she couldn’t take it anymore so now it’s just him and Bart. I guess without her stuff he now has more room for his hobby. You can hardly move in his house for all his toys.

It’s no longer fun when your possessions have taken over your home. Some people even pay to store their things in buildings. What good does it do to have those things if you never see them or use them?

I’m just as guilty. When I go in my attic I seriously don’t know half the stuff I have up there. I’ve been known to buy something because I couldn’t find the one I have stored.

We don’t have cable but I’ve heard there is a show on television about this situation called, “Hoarders.” These people are an extreme case of this disorder but it makes us take a look at our own homes. I am nowhere near this bad. Good grief! They can’t even see the floors or kitchen counters. I would go nuts.