Thursday, July 21, 2011


I was suddenly and unexpectedly hit with a bout of INVIGORATION just now. (Read that word and imagine me waving my arms wildly. Just ask the dogs if you can't imagine that. They saw it several times.) I was just minding my own busyness reading Hyperbole and a half (If you haven't heard of that, go here: ) when all of the sudden I got up. It was odd. I then proceeded to "clean all the things!"
I started the laundry, the dishwasher, put away some stuff off the counter, straightened the living room, cleaned the front room, Played with the dogs who were feeling slightly dejected and ignored, wiped the cabinets in the kitchen, cleaned up the mess that is the result of babysitting and then decided I should blog.
So, I'm blogging.
OH!! I have an awesome brother who got a new motorcycle today! Woohoo for him. And me, 'cuz he gives me rides all the time. Twice in as many hours!!
I keep trying to put things that I think are funny, then I realize they aren't really, I'm just tired. So my blog post is not going to be amusing. Sorry.
OH!! I'm a genius. Just wanted to be sure you knew that. No, really what that was leading up to is that I fixed my broken internets all by myself. (Actually that's not quite true. Sis helped but I was going to do it anyway before she even said that. So I win.)
This post seems oddly boring. No pictures. No fun sayings. No quotes. No music. Just words. I apologize for not being entertaining. For those of you (No I'm not hinting at any one person.) who only read picture books, this post is obviously not for you.
My phone (It's not really a phone.) is nearly dead. Not as in "it's dying please help it!", but more along the lines of it's running out of power.
My lower back is seriously messed up.
One time when I was between the ages of 10 and 14 I was jumping on the trampoline and I decided it would be a good idea for me to jump off of the trampoline. From the very middle. I didn't quite make it. I landed on the metal bar with my tail bone. I discovered I couldn't breathe. I discovered that I couldn't move without considerable pain. I also discovered that probably wasn't such a good idea...
I laid on my belly on the couch for about three days in wretched pain and every time I moved my breath would catch. Then I was all better. (Probably not really, but I was young and reckless.)
Fast-forward several years. I was in a car crash. Very few injuries. A sore thumb, a sore neck, that was all. We decided to go to the chiropractor. (Aren't you proud of me? I spelled that word right the first time!) He decided to do some x-rays to see what he needed to fix. He told us that the third? vertebrae in my neck was knocked to the side and would need to be worked back into place. All well and good up to this point. He then proceeded to tell us that three of my lowest vertebrae were so crunched and fused together that it was one of the worst he had seen. And he couldn't do much to fix it because it wouldn't be covered with the insurance we had. So he did the best he could until I left. My back was slightly better for about two months.
I am now to the point where I can't relax my lower back without severe pain and absolutely no breathing at all. The point of this long, rambling, senseless couple of paragraphs is that my lower back is really messed up. And it hurts.
I've been babysitting! I babysat on Wednesday and on Thursday. I adore babysitting. Especially when the kids are some of the cutest and most well-behaved kids I know.
I really do love babysitting. But if one of the children I was babysitting said that word with that inflection one more time... I was going to seriously burst out laughing at the most inopportune time. "Whatever" is the number one cutest exclamation ever coming from a six year old.
Playing Dutch Blitz and someone lays a card where you were going to lay a card... "Whatever!"
Sister does something incredibly silly (And cute)... "Whatever!"
Brother sits on your foot on the hammock... "Whatever!"
And not like the roll your eyes "whatever", or even the kind of mean and nasty "whatever". Just the cutest and most innocent "Whatever!" you can think of.
Ouch. I just busted my lip.
It's like one in the morning... My invigoration is gone. My eyelids are incredibly attracted to one another. I think I'll go to bed.

(P.S. My back hurts.)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Me, in a nutshell

Artist: Little Big Town

Song: Boondocks

Album: The Road to Here

I feel no shame
I'm proud of where I came from
I was born and raised in the boondocks
One thing I know
No matter where I go
I keep my heart and soul in the boondocks

And I can feel
That muddy water running through my veins
And I can hear that lullaby of a midnight train
It sings to me and it sounds familiar


And I can taste
That honeysuckle and it's still so sweet
When it grows wild
On the banks down at old camp creek
Yeah, and it calls to me like a warm wind blowing


It's where I learned about living
It's where I learned about love
It's where I learned about working hard
And having a little was just enough

It's where I learned about Jesus
And knowing where I stand
You can take it or leave it, this is me
This is who I am

Give me a tin roof
A front porch and a gravel road
And that's home to me
It feels like home to me


I keep my heart and soul in the boondocks

You get a line, I'll get a pole
We'll go fishing in the crawfish hole
Five-card poker on a Saturday night
Church on Sunday morning

You get a line, I'll get a pole
We'll go fishing in the crawfish hole
(Down in the boondocks)
Five-card poker on a Saturday night
Church on Sunday morning

Say a little prayer for me

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Random-ness becomes me...

1. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book?

"There's a Wocket in my pocket"

2. If you could live in any home on a television series, what would it be?


3. What's the longest you've gone without sleep?

About 50 hours. (I was very tired.)

4. What's your favorite Barry Manilow song?

Can't take my eyes off of you.

5. Who's your favorite Muppet?

Cookie monster?

6. What's the habit you're proudest of breaking?

Not putting on shoes... :P

7. What's your favorite Web site?

Blogger... (not really. It's

8. What's your favorite school supply?


9. Who's your favorite TV attorney?

Umm, Mac?

10. What was your most recent trip of more than 50 miles?

Out to Cuba, New Mexico for my nephews dedication.

11. What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale or thrift store?

Books. Always books.

12. Where were you on September 11, 2001?

Sitting on Mom's bed.

13. What's your favorite tree?


14. What's the most interesting biography you've read?

I forget the name, but it was about a presidents dog.

15. What do you order when you eat Chinese food?

Egg drop soup.

16. What's the best costume you've ever worn?

Hmm. Probably the clown one...

17. What's your least favorite word?

Detest. (It sounds just like what it means...)

18. If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Oklahoma of course. My nickname would be "Okie" and it would apply both ways!!

19. Who's your favorite Care Bear?

I don't know.

20. Describe something that's happened to you for which you have no explanation.

I once got a spot on my arm that felt like I had been injected with something. (See

21. If you could travel anywhere in Africa, where would it be?

To see Jennifer Jestes.

22. What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Broccoli and cheese.

23. Where do you go for advice?

Mom, or Sis, or T1, or... Any of my other siblings.

24. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

A thesaurus.

25. Have you ever been snorkeling? Scuba diving?

Snorkeling yea. Well, not really. And no to scuba diving.

26. Have you ever been stung by a bee?


27. What's the sickest you've ever been?

Hmm. I guess it was when I had the chicken pox.

28. What's your favorite form of exercise?

Running, or swimming.

29. What's your favorite Cyndi Lauper song?

True colors.

30. What did you do for your 13th birthday?

Had a party I think...

31. Are you afaid of heights?

Not unless there is a real reason to be. Like if I was on a bridge and the ropes were breaking.

32. Have you ever taken dance lessons?


33. What's your favorite newspaper?

Dunno. I don't read newspapers.

34. What's your favorite Broadway musical?

Either Wicked or Little Orphan Annie.

35. What's the most memorable class you've ever taken?

The art class I took from Shannon.

36. What's your favorite knock-knock joke?

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Interrupting cow.

Interrupting cow-MOO!!!

37. What's your favorite commercial?

The Geico commercial with the retired drill Sargent therapist.

38. If you could go to Disney World with any celebrity alive today, who would it be?

Kate Mulgrew. Or David Duchovny.

39. Do you prefer baths or showers?

Baths, but who has time for those anymore?

40. Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?

Usually, but sometimes I cover it with plastic and it doesn't.

41. What's your favorite breakfast food?

Nothing. Or hot tea.

42. Who's your favorite game show host?

Howie Mandel.

43. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

To fly maybe? I don't know.

44. Do you like guacamole?

Yes, but only homemade.

45. Have you ever been in a food fight?

Nope. I guess I'm missing out.

46. Name five songs to which you know all the lyrics. (Better yet, sing them.)

Firework by Katy Perry

Arms by Christina Perri

Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri

Fireflies by Owl City

Lead Me by Sanctus Real

(Pause for fifteen minutes and imagine me singing.)

47. What's your favorite infomercial? Seriously?

The Shamwow commercial.

48. What's the longest you've ever waited in line?

An hour, tops.

49. What's on the cover of your address book or day planner?

I don't have one, but if I did, I bet it would be a horse.

50. Have you ever taken a picture in one of those little booths?

Yup. Three whole times in my entire life.

51. What is the yuckiest thing you've ever had to do?

Eat an oyster. But it was worth it. (I won a radio.)

52. What was the major turning point in your childhood?

Erm... Turning where?

53. Who is the best teacher you've ever had?

My mum. But my sister is a real close second...

54. If you could bring one historical person back to life in order to make things better in the world, who would it be?

55. Who are the friends that you wish you still had?

Christina. Brittany.

56. Which one of the world's cultures do you find the most interesting and fascinating?


57. How has the world changed the most since you were a kid?

It has become war ridden. (Maybe not exactly a change, but now I notice it.)

58. What do you wish hadn't changed in the world?

I haven't changed anything, so nothing.

59. What are the top four places you would like to visit in your own country? In the world?

My own country:

The Statue of Liberty

The Grand Canyon



The world:




The Berlin Wall

60. What are the top four places--in your country or in the world--you would like to live?




...The Grand Canyon?

61. Who do you need to forgive?

Someone, I'm sure.

62. What historical event would you like to have been a part of?

The colonizing of the New World.

63. Who do you find yourself quoting the most?

Sis. Or L1.

64. What kind of old person do you want to be?

The sweet old grandma with lots of cats... :P

65. What really is in outer space?

Umm, Space, that's like... Outer.

Monday, July 4, 2011


If you happened to be at the same wally world I was at the other night, and if you happened to see a large red dog dragging a girl across the parking lot.... That wasn't me... But it was an interesting sight, wasn't it?

In other news, I am bruised in some odd places.

All in all it was a good weekend.