Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Darian

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Today my ‘favorite’ grandson turned
12. I cannot believe that sweet little blonde baby
is now a 12 year old young man. Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Stealing

Today we ripped this meme off blogger named Flea from the blog Flea's World. She states that she stole it at Warty Mammal. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!
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Cheers to all of us thieves!



Sunday Stealing: The Negativity Meme



Foods which disgust the crap out of me:

The only one that I can think of are Breaded Tomatoes...why would anyone want to put something that looks like that into their mouth is beyond me.



TV show I loathe:
Oprah Winfrey......that woman is so stuck on herself and how good she is that I cannot stand to watch her. And I USED to be a fan.



Movie I loathe:
I don't watch movies so there are not any that I loathe. One of the things about movies that I DO loathe however are movies that are filled with the word fu**. Not necessary!



Music genres I loathe:
Rap music



Magazine which annoys me:
'O'



Makes me cranky at restaurant:
Kids that are crying or running around the restaurant....and parents who let them



Makes me cranky in public:
Kids who are not minding and parents who aren't making them (I think there is a theme here)



Makes me cranky in general:
Kids! And believe me, I love the ones that I have. But they can make me cranky



Pisses me off at home:
Fights over video games. The counter piled with dirty dishes (and I have spent the evening at work) the toilet seat left up



Pisses me off at work:
People who call in on a regular basis and nothing is done about it. Staff that don't care for the elders. Why work in a nursing home if you don't like cranky old people????



Pisses me off in general:
The attitude of the young people of today



Makes me impatient at home:
People not doing what I ask, as soon as I ask.



Makes me impatient at work:
Same as above



Makes me impatient in public:
People talking on their cell phones



Celebrity I hate:
Oprah



Music artist I hate:
Don't think there are any that I hate



I could care less about:
Tiger Woods sex life....he is famous because he is a golfer....his sex life has nothing to do with that!



Annoys the crap out of me weekdays:
Having to go to work...can't wait to retire!



Annoys the crap out of me weekends:
Having to work every other weekend



Blogger's habit that annoys you:
Anonymous  comments



Feature on your blog you hate:
My lack of ideas on what to blog about...



Movie star you despise:
Can't think of one



Politician that you hate:
I don't know that I hate him but I am over Obama and all the promises he made and his lack of being able to admit that he isn't going to be able to make all those changes (an No, I am not a Republican....but a Democrat who did not vote for him)



Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Tribute to one of my favorite authors

Cover of "Jesse Stone: Night Passage"
Cover of Jesse Stone: Night Passage


Today I found out that one of my favorite authors died of a heart attack, while sitting at his desk writing. I have not been reading Robert B. Parkers books for very long, but I have found that I really enjoy his style of writing. He was the author of the Jesse Stone novels. These inspired some made for TV movies that starred Tom Selleck. While reading a Jesse Stone novel,I could actually see and hear Tom Selleck in my mind.  I am going to miss reading about Jesse Stone. Robert B. Parker wrote many novels and 37 of those novels were about a guy called Spenser. I cannot wait to start reading those. RIP Robert.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sunday Stealing


The Trivia About Me Meme

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Today we ripped this meme off a blogger and blog named Astrid Paramita. She states that she stole it at BubbleBoo. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!



Sunday Stealing: The Trivia About Me Meme



Opening…



Do you get regular massages?
Nope, I do not like massages.....I have a pretty large personal space!



Do you have an answering machine?
Yes I do



What cuss word do you use the most?
Unfortunatley.......God damn it....and f*** if I am really wanting to make a point



Are you underweight or overweight?
Undertall is what I really like to say. Even though I am 5'10"



Can you see your veins?
nope......and no one can ever stick them for a blood draw or an IV either



Favorite…



Soap?
Like in opera? I like All My Children......bar soap? Never use it.



Fruit?
I lust after fresh pinneapple



Kind of red meat?
Any kind of red meat will do as long as it is cooked and not bloody. I am an All-American girl



Fish?
I love all fish



Candy bar?
Snickers



Have You Ever…



Eaten a whole bag of potato chips?
Oh many more times than I care to admit. Especially with a carton of sour cream



Eaten lobster?
Love it!



Climbed a mountain?
A few.....



Been skydiving?
Never!!!! And have no desire



Been water skiing?
Once and almost drowned...not my thing. I'd rather float down the Lazy River



Do You…



Wish you could change something about your life?
Sure. Several things. I'd start with retiring tomorrow. And then I would finish all these damn home impovement projects I have.



Like your nose?
Well it IS my nose. And I wouldn't have plastic surgery. But I really don't like it



Like salt and vinegar chips?
not particularly



Eat salsa?
Love it. And I made my own and froze it this past summer. Got it a tad too spicey but hasn't stopped us from eating it



Own a boat?
Nope



What Is…



A small thing that people let slide but that actually has dire consequences?
Well I am a nurse so I can think of many...blood in the stool, lumps where they don't belong, yellow skin, blue skin, chest pain....need I go on?



Your most macho trait?
I don't think I have any macho traits. Wait, I am pretty good at keeping up with the boys when I am drinking beer



The longest relationship you’ve ever had?
These past 30 with my dear husband



Your most embarrassing thoughts?
Oh my.....don't think this is the place to put those.



Your most shameful moment?
I can remember once as a nursing student when I mispronounced Dr Didlo's name.....



This/That…



Bath/Shower?
Shower



Markers/Crayons?
Markers



Pens/Pencils?
Pens



Jelly/Cream Cheese?
Cream Cheese



Bagel/Toast?
Bagel



Finish…



My greatest weakness is…
I am so impatient



I wish I was…
RETIRED




Three things I wouldn’t do for a million dollars are…
Skydive
Bungee jump
Eat mice or rats
(well maybe for a million dollars, I would do all three)



The oddest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth is…
Crocodile



Firsts…



Credit card you had?
Visa



Loan you got was for?
House



Paycheck was for how much?
gads.....that was too long ago to remember



Time you had stitches?
after the birth of my first son......and he wasn't a C-section!!!



Time you went to the hospital for something?
Car wreck when my oldest brother was driving and flipped the car



Lasts…



List everything you ate in the last 24 hours?
Cheese sandwich
Spam sandwich
Cheeseburger and Fries from Wendy's
Chocolate Frosty from Wendy's
(Man my diet sucks.....S.U.C.K.S)



Last thing you used a credit card for?
That would be for the trip we took to Mexico in 2006
I don't use credit cards anymore




What was your job previous to the one you have now?
I worked in an Insurance office



Last thing you celebrated?
my husband's birthday last week



Last time you were at a sports bar?
Oh wow....that was a lot of years ago...





Thursday, January 7, 2010

Was it this cold when I was young


We are having a cold spell right now in Kansas. As I sit here in my home office right now it is 6F outside my window.

And the wind is blowing…..so I don’t know how to figure wind chill but I know that makes it damn cold outside.

On  the TV this evening they have been talking about how many school closings there have been.
Because of cold weather?
What the heck is that all about?
I don’t ever remember school closing because it was too cold!
Heck, nowadays all the kids ride to school. Either in their parents cars, their own cars or on the school bus. Why do they need to close the schools because it is so cold? They have better furnaces now than they did when I went to school back in the 1950’s……
hey, that makes me sound old, doesn’t it?
I was researching here, on-line, and found that in January 1959 in Pratt, Kansas, where I grew up, the low temp was –15F………………

I am pretty certain I did not get to stay home from school.

And I am even more certain that no one drove me to school.


We walked….or perhaps that day we ran!

Christmas 2009

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sex Education

Sex Education
Sex Education (Photo credit: Hibr)

During this past trimester, my grandson has been having his sex education classes at school. In the 5th grade they get some basics. Then in the sixth grade they go into more detail. This is all new too me……when my sons were in the 5th and 6th grades, they barely touched on sex education. I taught them what I wanted them to know at home. But I signed the sheet of paper allowing my grandson to attend these classes. Because I really do feel they need the classes.
And now I am feeling the full effects of that decision. It seems that my " almost 12 " year old grandson thinks about sex….a lot. And he doesn’t mind sharing it with us. Or his cousins. Or his sister. Or anyone else that happens to be around. Because he is just so laid back and natural about it. That is the way it should be. Don’t you think? But I am an old-fashioned granny and this is a new experience for me.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not a prude. I am an RN after all. I know all about the birds and the bees and how the body works. Just now from the eyes of an "almost 12" year old.

One night during Christmas vacation, he surprised me when he said “I don’t think I want to go through puberty.” “Why not?” I asked, not really fully into this conversation. “Because I don’t want to have any of those wet dreams.” he calmly answered. After granny picked her jaw up off the floor the only thing I could manage to say was “OH!”
Then on another night during this time out of school, I went into his room to tuck him in and he was acting a little funny. Like maybe he had hidden something under his covers and didn’t want granny to see. So I says to him “what are you hiding here?” and flipped back the covers. Silly granny…..just not stopping to think. His answer was……..are you ready for this? “Nothing granny! Did you think I was masturbating?” OH my God! Am I going to survive an "almost 12"year old boy?
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Monday, January 4, 2010

My new award

I received this nice award from NurseExec at Driven to Distraction. If you haven't read her blog, head over there right now. She is so totally honest and direct.....my favorite kind of person.
This award did come to me with some responsibility.
1. First, I must Thank the person who gave this award to me. So a great big thank you to NurseExec.
2.Copy the award and place it on my blog. There you see it. I will also add it to my awards in my sidebar.
3.Link to the bestowers site.
4.List seven interesting things about myself: And here they are
1. I am a RN who worked for 25 years in the hospital before I found the courage to leave and go to work in long-term care. I love what I do now!
2. I am a grandma to 8 of the most beautiful, brightest children on this earth.
3. Two of those very special kiddos make their home with me and it is a challenge and a delight.
4. I smoked for more than 30 years and I quit 10 years ago. And I still miss it everyday! I loved smoking. And I didn't achieve any of those wonderful benefits that were promised. I gained 50 pounds and still lug that around. But what keeps me from never smoking again.....I never knew how horrible I smelled! Just being around smokers now and smelling that stale cigarette smell will keep me from ever lighting up again.
5. I am a reality show freak. I love Survivor, Big Brother, and some of the more horrible ones on VH1 like Flavor Flave (I know, I know) and Rock of Love.
6. I have two sons....and they are on different sides of the law. What is a mother to do?
7. I love to write and share my thoughts but I haven't managed to get it all put together yet. Stay tuned! Maybe 2010 will be my year.
Now I think I am supposed to share this award with 7 of my favorite bloggers. But I just can't pick right now...help yourself to the award and tell us some interesting things about yourself. And feel free to link back to me.