Sunday, August 31, 2008

Am I supposed to feel sorry for you?

LOS ANGELES – Fuel prices have grounded an unexpected frequent-flyer: Diddy.
Sean "Diddy" Combs complained about the "... too high" price of gas and pleaded for free oil from his "Saudi Arabia brothers and sisters" in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. The hip-hop mogul said he is now flying on commercial airlines instead of in private jets, which Combs said had previously cost him $200,000 and up for a roundtrip between New York and Los Angeles.
"I'm actually flying commercial," Diddy said before walking onto an airplane, sitting in a first-class seat and flashing his boarding pass to the camera. "That's how high gas prices are. I'm at the gate right now. This is really happening, proof gas prices are too high. Tell whoever the next president is we need to bring gas prices down."

(Warning, I did not embed the video because of the language, but click on the link above if you'd like to hear what the poor boy has to say....)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Salty Crabs

Last night, Matt and I decided to go up to Horseshoe Casino in Indiana... for the Friday Night Seafood Buffet, of course!

We were sitting next to a lady who was definitely no newcomer to the casino... or the buffet. She was killin' some crab legs. Below is our quick conversation:

Lady: "These crab legs sure are salty tonight!"

Me: "Yeah they are! And I don't know if you've had any mashed potatoes, but they are a bit on the salty side too!"

Lady: "Maybe that cook's got a heavy hand with the salt tonight."

Me: "Must be..."

Lady: "Or they could be salt water crabs...."

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Forward Reason

So, my dad sent this forward to me this morning and I thought I would share it with you. With Matt and I both working what feels like all the time, I am constantly having to remind myself to just stop and enjoy the moment. I can say that last night Matt and I were finally able to do that... Matt did not have a game, and as much work as I had piled up to do, the computer was turned off at 5pm and we were off to eat Mexican and have Margaritas! And no worries, mon...

Anyway... I know it's long (Matt has a rule if it's more than two paragraphs he won't read it), but I promise it won't hurt you to read! :-)


A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water? "

Answers called out ranged from 8oz. to 20oz.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."

"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance."

"In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. "

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow."

"Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy!"

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
1* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
2* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8* Never buy a car you can't push.
9* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
10* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12* The second mouse gets the cheese.
13* When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
15* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
16* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
17* We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18* A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Princess and the Attitude Problem

So, I'm a little perturbed right now and I am sitting here at home by myself at 7:39 at night, working, so I thought I would take a break and write about my frustrations...

Anyone who knows me, knows I love my dog. She IS my child, I don't care what you say... However, the past couple months she has decided to turn on me at times. She normally would never hurt a fly. But for some reason, she has been getting entertainment out of making me suffer lately. She is currently closed up in the bathroom for her timeout.

Just about 15 minutes ago, she she brought a kleenex (from who knows where since I just emptied the trash cans) right in front of where I am sitting here at my desk. She held it in her mouth and then looked right at me, began to tear it in shreds and then looked at me as if to say, "What are you gonna do about it?"

So, being the not afraid to discipline mother that I am, I immediately pointed my finger at her and told her if she did not put it down, she would be in serious trouble. I stood up... and she ran... with the kleenex in her mouth. Once I finally got a hold of her, and tried to get the kleenex out of her mouth, she decides she will go after my finger... and proceeded to bit the hand that feeds her.. literally.

So, she has now been in "timeout" AFTER a spanking (I could never live in Massachusetts, because we will spank, government, thanks) for a good little while. No 3 minutes for 3 years, Nanny.... yes, I know she's a dog, but like I said... she's not. And I'm left here thinking, "Where is this coming from?" Is she bored? Does she miss Matt cause she hasn't been able to hang out with him for like a month? Is she just pissed at me? I don't know...

Anywho... so if you can give me ideas, or hook me up with the Dog Whisperer as to why my usually lovely, relaxed, care-free princess has decided to attack JUST ME, please let me know how to handle.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Everyday Italian

Last weekend, August 15th and 16th, Matt and I went up to Boston for his family reunion. I know he had a good time catching up and getting to see family he had not seen in years... Here's a few pics to let you know who everyone is (in no particular order):

This is us.... oh, you probably already knew that... ok...

This is Maria, Matt's sister - please ignore that random piece of hair on my forehead.

This little one, that's Elisa - if you've read this blog at all, you've seen her... She is Maria's daughter, and the apple of Uncle Matt's eye. But wait, could it be that cousin Ben is now just a little cooler than Uncle Matt? We'll keep you updated!

This is Nan, the beloved Matriarch of the family. I love her - everyone loves her! She's always there to bake and decorate a perfect cake or make your favorite food - anywhere from peanut butter cups to raviolis! And the little one with her? That's Derek, her great grandson, our nephew, Mark and Mary's youngest.

This is Paula, Matt's mother, and Mark, Matt's brother... I know, I know, I should have had them turn around and pose, but they were serious at this grill. You will see more of them in the slideshow below. Mark even took a special order for me and delivered up a nice, burnt hot dog!

This is our niece, Miss Samantha, she also belongs to Mark and Mary... and yes, everyone has kids except me and Matt.... And yes, we're good with that for now, so don't ask.

This is the Mary I have been speaking of - Mark's wife, our sister in law. The family reunion was held in her and Mark's backyard, which used to be Nan's backyard... keepin' that family tradition!

And here is Uncle Pat, Nan's brother. Not only was it the family reunion, but it was Uncle Pat's 95th birthday! Yes, I am very glad to know that Matt has such good genes in his family! And you'll see the cake Nan made for him below...

I think that just about covers the key players here... so enjoy the highlights from our weekend below!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

oh really?

From the door on the Subway in Douglas, Ga:
"We no longer accept checks no more."

So you do accept checks?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Don't add water!

I just have to share this.....

This is our dog, Dixie. Not only is she the world's greatest, smartest, cutest dog, but she can fly!

This is my mother's dog, Coco. She has a mohawk...

Does she remind you of anything?

This little corner...

Growing up is weird when you think about it.... I mean really. What happen to those days when you talked about what you want to be "when I grow up"? They just kinda slip right on past you and you don't even realize that you've past that "when" phase and you're already there! And then BAM it hits you that not only are you already even past that phase, but even your little sister is past that phase. What? She's not old enough to have a job where she has to dress up every day!

You may be wondering where all of this came from... well, you know I'm gonna tell ya.

I grew up in an amazing little church - "this little corner we call Pinedale" - and they had their 60th Anniversary Homecoming this past weekend. Funny how I didn't realize how amazing it really was at the time. We don't go to church there anymore, but it's almost like you'd never know. It's home. I can't tell you how many necks were hugged on Sunday and how many "do you remember when..." stories were told.

At one point, I just stopped and looked around me.... I saw the other "kids" my age that I grew up with having kids of their own. People who had fallen away from everything they used to believe finally coming back "home". People who would do anything and everything they could just to help you through the tough times and celebrate with you in the good times. Women who were your mama, even though they weren't your mama. People who used to go to all the high school football games just so they could yell "Heeey Hope!" as I conducted the band. Men who were my baseball buddies even when other people thought I was crazy. It's amazing those small things that can lead to big things... I think, if they hadn't encouraged my knowledge of baseball, I might not have grown to love it so much, I might not have changed my major so I could have a job in baseball, I might not have ever met the man of my dreams. These are the people who helped make me who I am today... and they make me smile...

Floats, Fire, and Flea Fun!

I just wanted to put this pic up cause I like it! Matt and I were finally able to have a weekend to ourselves last weekend where he did not have any games and I didn't have any work to do... it was a miracle! We had so much fun just enjoying being together! We went to the water park, the Louisville Fire arena league football game (which was just straight comedy as Matt would say). And of course, we can't forget Matt's favorite even of the weekend - the Flea Market! He has so much fun walking up and down aisle after aisle after aisle with me... he's such a good husband!