Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
I, being VERY old school, have never owned an iPod (or ANY MP3 player for that matter).
I still listen to CD's in my car and home.... (clearly quite antiquated, I am).
Anyway, my daughter, in her Great Eagerness to use this new piece of electronic wonderment, downloaded multiple Lil' Wayne songs (that's him above... the Gangsta looking fellow that Any Sensible Person would AVOID if you saw him coming towards you on a vacant street.....). Unbeknownst to my daughter, her iPod ALSO downloaded all the sermons I had on my computer by the other man pictured above - Reverend Nathaniel Bronner - who pastors a fabulous, spirit filled church here in Atlanta - The Ark of Salvation.
Of course, my daughter is mortified that there are SERMONS on her iPod. And I (with completely serious face) tell her that there is No Way to remove them. (insert smile). So, my sweet little girl can listen to her Gangsta cRap and then have her soul uplifted by the eloquent and relevant Pastor Bronner. (I take great glee in knowing that.) God works in wonderful ways.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
We had a party at our house Saturday night. Nothing huge - only about a dozen people - friends we've known forever - lots of laughter, food, etc.
Our friend Michael brought his new sportscar (WRX STI... pictured above, although his is black) and took me for a ride.... I literally have not driven that fast in a car in YEARS... we took some of the curvy little 2 lane roads near our house that are almost always vacant and the speed took my breath away and made me giggle until I couldn't stop. That car corners like it's on rails. It was a BLAST. :)
Later I found out that car was made for off road rally car racing. And let me tell you, driving at those speeds, around those corners made me feel like I was 17 again..... LOTSA fun.. :)
Now I'm wanting a sportscar of my very own....yes, I have Car Lust.... I wonder if I can trade in my Practical Mommy Sedan for the above?
Friday, December 25, 2009
For someone, like me, who is NOT into Christmas at all, it never ceases to amaze me how much I actually enjoy the day once it gets here.
My husband and I decided not to get each other gifts this year. Money has been very tight, and we decided to spend our money on the kids instead. However, he surprised me this morning with a beautiful bouquet and a lovely letter about what a great wife I am and how my presence in his life was "the greatest gift". I really almost cried (and I NEVER cry). I will keep that letter (along with a few petals from the flowers) forever and ever.
After 18 years of marriage, he can still surprise me. I love that.
The kids got a ton of cash from their grandparents. They're at that age.... they don't believe in Santa.... they're too old for toys... so what do you give them? The cold hard stuff. And BOY were they happy!
On a humorous note... I believe my mother is now a candidate for a hearing aid. My 13 year old son was trying to tell her that "beer was better than wine" (from a health perspective, which isn't true by the way) and she totally mis-heard him and announced "Beer can cure the blind?"
Hope you and yours had a great Christmas.
Take a moment to remember the Person the day is about.
And here's some groovy music for your enjoyment (thanks to ChiTown Girl for turning me on to these guys.... I'm now in love with them!)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Anyway, as we're stuck in mall traffic, moving at a snail's pace, and my 13 year old son decides to quiz my 12 year old daughter in the backseat regarding "historical trivia". The results were priceless. It went something like this:
J: What was the name of the ship that took the pilgrims to America?
S: The Titanic?
J: Are you kidding?
S: (after a long silence) No.
J: No, it was NOT the Titanic. It was the Mayflower.
J: Ok, let's try another one. Why did the pilgrims come to America?
S: Were they ill?
(at this point, I'm laughing hysterically, but silently... tears are streaming down my face.... suffice it to say that history is NOT my daughter's strong suit....)
J: NO, they were not ill. (He sighs loudly.)
J: OK, how about this. Who did the Americans fight?
S: (starting to get exasperated... she doesn't want to miss a 3rd question..) What do you MEAN who did the Americans fight? We've fought LOTS of people!
J: I'll give you a big hint. They wore RED COATS.
(I almost wreck the car at this point, I'm laughing so hard....)
S: (triumphantly) The British!
J and I both start to clap. We're thrilled she got one right.
I love being a mom. Even though my kids aren't little anymore, and the "magic" of Santa is long gone, moments like this one are priceless.... I loved this!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I truly believe Deron is in the presence of God now, and has the eternal body the Bible promises believers.... one without flaw, and one that is not marred by sickness and pain. And that's a beautiful thing. However, my heart still grieves for his wife and children.
So, I've been thinking about LIFE... and about the importance of LIVING while one is alive. We all tend to forget about the IMPERMANENCE of our state here on Earth, don't we? As though we'll always be here. But we won't. One day our time here will be done. It might be tomorrow, or it might be when we're 102 years old. Only God knows the day. But our days are, indeed, numbered.
So, LIVE. Quit thinking in "...one day...." terms.
(And I'm saying this for my OWN admonishment, more than anyone else's.... believe me....)
No more dilly dallying.
Be present now.
Quit putting stuff off.
Get up, go out, and drink the nectar out of life.
It's YOUR life. Live it.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Deron was suffering with end stage Cystic Fibrosis and had a double lung transplant in July, but has remained hospitalized since then.He was a loving husband, and father to twin 3 year old boys. He was a great guy, and his faith really inspired me.
Deron lost his long battle on Sunday and is no longer struggling.
Please keep his family in your prayers.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'.
2. Keep your cheerful friends. The grouches will pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,
is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is "Alzheimer's."
4. Enjoy the simple things, these are many.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only
person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while
you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family,
pets, friends, books, keepsakes, music, your garden, hobbies, or solitude, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take long term guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even
to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
So, in that vein, I'd like to encourage everyone (be they Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, agnostic, garden-variety-pagan...or something heretofore unmentioned....) to PRAY.
Just PRAY. For peace.
Because I believe God hears our prayers.
So, let's all pray for this broken, sad, twisted world which we call home (at least temporarily), that God might incline men's (and women's) hearts towards PEACE... and that we might live in a more peacable state, one with another.
Would you pray with me?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Hey y'all - it's ME! The one who has NO free time to blog anymore! I am home from work today, sick. Sick as in "feeling-flattened-by-a-truck" sick. But my doctor gave me a steroid shot (in the ARSE!) and I now feel better....
So, I thought I'd share some things that have been floating through my stream of consciousness lately. Don't you feel lucky? :)
1. Work is going well. Very busy. One of the guys in my office (who I work quite closely with) is Total Eye Candy (and yes, that was capitalized on purpose), so that helps to make the days go by. Not quite as cute as Alexander Skarsgard or Stephen Moyer of "True Blood", but pretty darn close. Bonus for me. :)
2. Barack Obama's Nobel Prize. Now, y'all know, I almost never swear, but I did have a "WTF" moment (in my internal monologue) when I heard on NPR that our President had won the Nobel. Here are my three prevailing thoughts: a) I have lost TREMENDOUS amounts of respect for the Nobel committee because this award was, at least in LARGE part, a political statement. b) Further, President Obama should have gracefully thanked the Nobel committee for the honor, but then REFUSED to accept the award because he didn't DESERVE it. (Personally, I think the award should have gone to the post-election political protesters in Iran.... just as an example); and c) I expect to win a Heisman trophy any day now. That's right, ME. Because after all... I have great INTENTIONS of ONE DAY becoming the best college football player in the SEC. Ridiculous? You bet. Point made.
Now that THAT is off my chest... :)
3. We have had a lot of flooding here in North Georgia. You may have heard about in or seen it on the news. 500 year floods. People died in these floods. Bad news. My house is up on a hill, so I have not floated away, and thankfully we didn't have any damage; although my office (and many Atlanta businesses) were closed for a day or two during the worst of it. I've never seen anything like it. Mother Nature's power is awe-inspiring.
I think that's it for now. Hubster and the kids are healthy. We got our H1N1 vaccines and I would ENCOURAGE you to do the same. This is not a virus you want to play roulette with, my friends. I've spent a substantial time in intensive care units with sick children and trust me, you don't want to be there.
Hope all my wonderful blogger-buds are doing well - miss you guys like CRAZY.... just don't have the free time I used to!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The 3 guys in this band are 3 of the guys from the band at my church.
I LOVE this song (and that's saying a lot, because I don't like rap.... in fact, one of my favorite sayings is "You can't spell CRAP without RAP.") .... sorry, all you rap fans out there....
But anyway... I love this song. I LOVE the talent these guys possess.... I LOVE how their music makes me SMILE! :)
Monday, September 28, 2009
(.....and of course a Serious Message followed about the Decade of Denial.... you can find the message online at www.12stone.com)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
12Stone's Amazing Band outdid themselves with this tribute to 70s music last Sunday at church. Keep in mind this video does NOT do justice to our ground-shaking sound system, NOR to the fabulous talent we have in our band (especially to Rudy Vaughn, the AMAZING singer-songwriter-musician you see covering the Boston tune as well as covering "Rock and Roll", one of my FAVORITE Zeppelin tunes...)
Anyway, to say yours truly was rocking out in church was an understatement! The whole CHURCH was! And yes... the music montage tied in with the pastor's message about how the "feel-good-anything-goes-70s" ultimately led to empty spiritual lives. (Although I agree with that statement, I gotta say I still LOVE the music!)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
They live in St Louis..... we don't see them much, but we last saw them when they were in Atlanta over Christmas. Everything was fine then. No cancer. We had a happy evening out with several couples.... dinner, drinks, saw a band at a local club.
Don't let little things get you down.... they're just little things. (Keep them in proper perspective.)
Tell the people you love that you love them.
Enjoy that sunset.
Look at that flower a bit longer.
HAVE that slice of pie.
Life. It only comes around once.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A Dash of Happy Wife + A Cupful of Smiling Suz + A Liberal Sprinkling of Sassy Bev = A Perfect Lunch Date!
And INDEED it was!
I love my dear friend Suz... we've known each other since 9th grade and even though we only get to see each other in person every couple of years, it's almost like time hasn't passed.... we giggle just like we did back when we were 14!
This past week Suz was in town visiting her Wonderful Mom Bev (who hasn't changed a BIT and who I loved catching up with!) and we all met, kids included, for a fun, giggly lunch.
It was wonderful, and boy how I wish Atlanta and South Florida were only 30 minutes apart instead of ..... 13 hours apart!
Love and miss you, my sweet forever friend!
Which is why I know you'll forgive me for once again posting these embarrsing photos from us way back in high school! (And yes, you can do the same - turnabout is FAIR PLAY!!!) :)
Hug and kisses! :)
Friday, August 7, 2009
And I will FURTHER say that the healthcare bill that is stuck in Congress right now smells.
WE, as a country, can do better. And we should. This is something we NEED to get right. This is NOT something we need to PUSH through. To me, this whole situation smacks of when you go into the car dealership and the sleazy sales guy with the fake smile pounces upon you because he knows you have that "new leather smell" in your nostrils and he thinks if he doesn't make the sale THAT VERY NIGHT that the world will end.
The world will not end.
Let's take a Collective Deep Breath. And sit down.
And make our congressmen and women sharpen their damn pencils and start again.
And take the TIME to get it right.
Just my opinion.
P.S. And by the way...... has it alarmed anyone ELSE that the "Cash for Clunkers" program, which ran out of cash in about 45 minutes, and which was supposed to have enough cash for a month.... is also run by the Federal Government.... who will be running this Healthcare deal....? (Anyone? Anyone?) .... just asking......
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This is my very favorite Wyeth painting. I think it's ethereal and I love the light and the shadows.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Brian Jones is one of my FAVORITE authors. He wrote an amazing book about faith, honesty, doubt, vulnerability, and having a TRUE walk with God. It's called "Second Guessing God" if you want to check it out. I've talked about it on my blog before, and I simply can't recommend it highly enough. It really really spoke to me.
Anyway, Brian had a blog for awhile, then he didn't (he is also a pastor of a big church in addition to being a writer... plus he's a husband and father, so he's kinda-sorta really busy).
So, without further ado (and while sounding "virtual trumpets").... I give you, ladies and gentlemen, the link to the blog of a GREAT thinker, pastor, fellow-follower-of-that Cool Cat From Nazareth..... Brian Jones. :)
Friday, July 31, 2009
Yes, I know. For many of you who read my blog regularly, you're thinking "Who the heck hijacked Happy Wife's blog?"
Nope, it's me. I have a CRUSH on a vampire. ERIC the Vampire. From "True Blood".
If you get HBO, you HAVE to watch this show. It's "wicked good" (to use the vernacular of a younger crowd....)
If you don't get HBO, read Charlaine Harris' "Sookie Stackhouse Novels" - the show is based on these novels. The novels are the perfect "summer read".... each one is right around 280 pages or so.... fun little page-turners, nothing too heavy.
And as far as the ACTOR who plays Eric, his name is Alexander Skarsgaard and he's positively yummy. And smart, funny and charming. Here's an interview. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Boy, I tell you, those are two Lucky Dogs!
Welcome to the club, girls!!! :)
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
A LOUSY one, that's what kind!
Can you imagine if she had pulled this crap in the White House?
"Um, sorry.... but it's all just gotten too stressful..... and I have a better offer to do my own radio show.... I've been told I'll be the 'female Rush Limbaugh'!!"
If I were an Alaskan, my response would be: Good Riddance. And give me a governor who WANTS the job.
Friday, July 3, 2009
(Tim Hawkins is hilarious - I've seen him live a couple of times and he's Da Bomb!)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
(The church who produced this video is Life Church, pastored by Craig Groeschel. Neat place.)
Friday, June 26, 2009
2. Phillipino prison inmates re-enact "Thriller" (pretty impressive!)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
However, all that being said, he was a really really talented singer.
So, here's a link to one of his best songs, covered by Chris Cornell (I like Cornell's version much better).
I pray that Michael Jackson's children will be raised by people who will love them and will give them some semblance of a normal childhood.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
My new job pays FAR less than what I was used to making (about 20 - 25% less), plus it's a LONG drive from home, AND my "time freedom" during the week is all but GONE.... but I am so CONTENT now.
I truly, truly am.
And it's a beautiful thing.
I've decided to focus on GRATITUDE and it has really made just a HUGE difference for me.
Sure, there's stuff I still want, but when I start the day by thanking the Father for all the stuff I already have, and focusing on my blessings rather than my wants, it's amazing how that "re-centers" me, and what a BIG difference that makes.
And it's a good GOOD thing.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Do you remember it?
Has it gone the way of the dodo bird, Vanilla Ice music (good riddance), and RSVP'ing for parties?
Is it just not DONE anymore?
Y'all know what I'm talking about, right?
You let someone out into traffic.... they USED to give you the friendly little wave that signified "thanks!" or "Appreciate it!"
Now - NOTHING. At best, you get a blank stare.
Is it just me?
Is it just Atlanta Drivers?
I think the thank you wave is truly a thing of the past.... I just don't see it anymore. So sad.
And it IS true - it's an amazing, accepting, LOVING, REAL community of believers where people THRIVE!
However, one thing I feel I must say... 12Stone is very much a biblically sound place. In fact, when we were preparing to open our doors in our new building a year and a half ago, Kevin (our pastor) felt it was critically important that the entire Bible be read aloud, from the stage, before the first service. So that was done. Non-stop. Out loud. Around the clock.
I forget how long it took, and how many people volunteered, but many, many people came in and volunteered in 2 hour stretches and read the word, from the 1st chapter of Genesis through the 22nd chapter of Revelation.
And it was a beautiful thing.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I LOVE my church!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
You don't need a pen, pencil or paper.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series Winners.
How did you do?
(Not very well, huh??)
NONE of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
There are no second-rate achievers on the above quiz. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Now here's another quiz.
See how you do on this one:
1. List a couple of teachers who really made a difference to you in school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time in your life.
3. Name three people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name five heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Now, wasn't that quiz a whole lot easier?
The people who make a difference in your life aren't the ones with themost credentials, the most money, or the most awards.
They're the ones who care enough to spend personal time and effort foryou.
Take a minute to send this to a friend. Or do you have to go accept an award? :)
(The above is from the always inspirational and thought provoking www.mountainwings.com )
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I've NEVER watched the show, and I sure as heck don't want to see it NOW.
Does every single cough and sneeze (or sighting at the local Starbucks) have to be captured and broadcast on "Entertainment Tonight"???
I think it's almost reached Octo-Mom frenzy status.
(And I just really feel sorry for those poor kids.....)
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Hubster and I got married on 5/22/92 ..... which was, ironically, Johnny Carson's last night on the air as the host of the Tonight Show. So I've always known how long Jay Leno has been the host.... because it's been as long as my marriage.
Anyway, I've been sad that Jay is leaving the Tonight Show. (Nothing against Conan O'Brien, but I just don't think he's quite the same caliber as Jay is.)
Here's a clip from last night's show, and Jay's farewell. This almost made me cry.
Thank you Jay for 17 wonderful years! You will be GREATLY missed!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
OK, here goes:
1. What are your current obsessions?
Embarrassing confession coming..... our finances are rather "bruised" from when my business was torpedoing to the bottom of the sea, so Obsession Numbero Uno is "righting the financial ship". But we're well on the way. A much more FUN obsession to discuss is transforming my home office (which I really don't need anymore, now that I'm back in corporate America), into a Teen Den/Hangout Room, etc. The kids are getting to the age where they need their own "space" to chill out. I'm working on finding (inexpensive yet fun) furnishings to make it a fun place for them...
2. Which items from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
a) My demin capris. I love them and they fit me perfectly. Plus they're perfect this time of year. I also have a top my next door neighbor brought me back from Bombay that I absolutely love. It's a gorgeous shade of green, very comfortable, and every time I wear it I get so many compliments. Unfortunately, a certain someone ATE my favorite sandals. (I won't give her full name but her first name is DIVA.) :(
3. Last thing you bought?
a) a pint of blueberries (my very favorite food)
b) a really pretty $12.99 dress from Ross (LOVE that store!)
c) a Lotto ticket last night (I spend a whopping $1 per week on the lottery).
d) some bones from Red Bandana for Diva and Ruby.
4. What are you listening to these days?
The White Stripes; The Doves; U2; The Raconteurs; Led Zeppelin; Peter Frampton; Coldplay; Chris Tomlinson; Duran Duran; and PlayChase Music (12Stone original tunes). Like KBL, I listen to a wide variety..... just depends on my mood.
5. Favorite kid's film
Ole Yeller (yes, I still cry EVERY time he dies!), Bambi, Wizard of Oz! The Lion King, Snow White (the original), Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty (all the Disney Classics).... but Ole Yeller and Wizard of Oz are my 2 faves!
6. Favorite Vacation Spots
Tybee Island, GA; Maui; Cayman Islands; New York City
7. What are you reading right now?
I'm not reading ANY FICTION, which is very bad. I have (literally) stacks of books under the windows in my bedroom. I love, love, LOVE to read, but my new job is leaving me tired.
8. Four words to describe you:
Wife, Mother, Friend, Christ-follower
9. Guilty pleasure?
Godiva dark chocolate truffles with raspberry puree.... better than sex (well, not REALLY... it is just a saying after all....)
10. Who or what can make you laugh until you are weak?
My husband, and now, more and more, my kids. I have a houseful of Very Funny People.
And John Pinnette. I love John Pinnette!
11. First Spring thing?
Here in Atlanta, we see the daffodils, tulips and hyacinths all bloom in late February or early March. Taht's when we know Spring is coming.
12. Planning to travel next? Just got back from Tybee Island for Memorial Day weekend. Possibly taking the kids to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville later this Summer.... no big trips on the horizon for now.
13. Best thing you ate and drank recently?
My husband's home made mac & cheese. He uses 6 different kinds of cheeses, then crumbles bacon on the top. Yes, it's a heart attack on a plate, but BOY it's good.
14. When did you last get tipsy? It's been a LONG time. Unfortunately, I suffer from migraines, and alcohol is a trigger. So, I'm always the "DD" when we go out with our friends.... which is fine.
15. Favorite ever film? Too many to say just one, but here are some: It's a Wonderful Life, Bella, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind.
16. Care to share some wisdom?
I love what KBL put, so I'm going to leave that in here.... in the immortal words of Mahatma Gahndi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." (I really love this!)
Last, in the (paraphrased) words of Jesus: Love God. Love people. (If you can do these 2 things, you will have lived a very good life! Jesus said that the whole law boiled down to those two simple principles!)
Last, relax. Enjoy the ride. Life is not a dress rehearsal!
17. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Being a petite curvy brunette my whole life, I've always wondered what it would be like to be a tall leggy blonde. Just for a week or so. Other than that, I really like being me. :)
As far as who I tag, I tag anyone and everyone who wants to play! (And let me know if you did it.... I want to read your answers!)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Very nice and relaxing.
I really can't believe we've been married 17 years.
Time really flies, doesn't it?
Amazing that I was only THREE years old when I married him. :)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
97.1 The River - Classic Rock (Led Zeppelin, Heart, The Stones, Peter Frampton, Boston, etc.) - the GOOD stuff you remember from the late 70's and early 80's. Plus they don't have annoying DJ's or too many commercials. I love this station!
Clark Howard - Atlanta's GEM! Clark is a consumer guru who gives on air consumer and financial advice Monday - Friday from 1 - 4 on WSB radio... Clark also now has a national TV show on CNN/HLN. Additionally, you can always find out about him via his website. Everyone in Atlanta LOVES Clark!
Dave Ramsey - yes, anyone who knows me knows I LOVE me some Dave Ramsey. Here in Atlanta, he's on WGST every afternoon from 3 - 6 PM. (Also, here's the link to his site.)
Long live good radio!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Isn't she CUTE?!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
OK, KBL, you said you wanted to know the "scoop" on my new co-workers.
By and large, we Insurance Nerds are a pretty boring bunch. It's rare that you find a smokin' hot actuary, or a devastatingly attractive underwriter, however, I'll do my best to find something interesting to keep you guys amused about my new work surroundings.
The people at my new office are all very nice. It's an uber-professional office (as most insurance brokerages are); we have very nice, comfortable offices in a lovely building in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
However, there is ONE thing that I'm having to deal with that is rather, well, unpleasant.
The person who is training me is very knowledgeable, kind, patient, and all around nice.
BUT..... she doesn't wash thoroughly.
I have been blessed (CURSED in this case) with a very sensitive nose, and some days it's VERY obvious that she has been "less than thorough" with her personal hygiene.
I don't think I need to be any more specific than that, do I ladies?
It's really awkward. Of course, there's NO WAY I can say anything.... if this were my best friend, sure, I'd sit her down and say "Girl. You've GOT to keep it clean."
But I guess I'm just going to have to deal with it.
(I just don't know how someone can not KNOW..... you know????)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The story behind the Kentucky Derby winner - "Mine That Bird" - is an amazing, and really inspirational underdog story!
Below is not just a clip of the race, but also a very sweet (albeit brief) interview with Calvin Borel, the jockey. And, additionally, an AMAZING aerial view of how Mine That Bird came from last to FIRST!
Here's some interesting trivia:
- Mine That Bird cost $9,500 (some of these Kentucky Derby thoroughbreds cost hundreds of thousands of dollars!).
- Mine That Bird was taken to the derby not in a fancy caravan, but in a plain horse trailer, pulled by a pick up truck.
- Calvin Borel, the jockey, is the son of a Louisiana sugar cane farmer, and only has an 8th grade education (and has been racing horses since he was EIGHT years old!!)
It's really a fascinating story! Enjoy the video... and LONG LIVE THE UNDERDOG!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
OH-MY-GOSH..... I arrive home after battling the Atlanta traffic and fall asleep on the couch for 30 minutes before I can DEAL with my REAL job (Mom, Wife and Domestic Goddess).
But, really, I am SOOO thankful to be employed.... SOOO thankful!
And corporate America has remained unchanged (yes, you can smile, or smirk, or snicker....) There are still cubicles, still crazy HR rules, still office politics, etc.
But really, all in all, the first week went well. I will undoubtedly miss the Time Freedom I had when I had my own little business, and of course, being at home.
And, of COURSE, I am missing YOU, my blogger buddies! Missing my daily dose of all your bloggi-dociousness!
I'll try to get caught up on your blogs on the weekend, but right now, I'm going to have a glass of wine and snuggle with Hubster!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Yes, that would be.... ME. With NO HELP.
Miss Do-It-Herself (NOT).
Said doorbell was broken.... I realized Hubster was moving about as quickly as a 3 toed SLOTH to get it replaced, so I went to Home Depot and said "how tough is this" and lo-and-behold, it WASN'T.
I feel so.... accomplished. :-)
Someone call CNN.
This weekend I found out someone had gotten ahold of my number and somehow (who knows how) made a new card... and began a shopping spree! Keep in mind my card NEVER LEFT MY POSSESSION!!!!
My bank has been very helpful and is (supposedly) crediting the money back to my account within 48 hours, still it's a huge hassle.
Since check cards tap directly into your checking account, the money evaporates RIGHT AWAY. Major pain.
I have, of course, no clue who could have done this. Up until yesterday, I used my check card for everything (except online purchases).
Not anymore, though!
Yes, there was a long wait between the job offer and the start date.... lots of formal hoops to jump through (and background checks to clear) but I will finally begin working again tomorrow, officially!
I'm relieved, and believe it or not, slightly nervous!
It has been 2 years since I've worked in a traditional office.... so it will be a little bit of a re-adjustment for me.
I'm sure it will be like riding a bike .... a bit wobbly at first, and then it will come right back to me.
I'm really just SO HAPPY and SO RELIEVED to have an income again! (I'm sure my creditors will be thrilled too..... ha!)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
God Provides Film Series Trailer from Crown Financial Ministries on Vimeo.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I have seen a miracle occur in MY life (my son, who was born 16 weeks early and is now a strapping soon-to-be 13 year old!).
I love, love LOVE true, inspirational, real-life miracle stories, and love to SHARE them with you, my loyal blogger buddies.
So, it's with great delight that I introduce you to Shaun, a 29 year old who lives here in Atlanta, who, with his wife, just planted Courageous Church, a church in downtown Atlanta a couple of months ago, and is himself a living, breathing MIRACLE.
Here's the story. Enjoy!
(For more on Shaun, check out his blog, or the link to his church.)
Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents were all present. Anyone who is concerned about our BROKEN tax system in this country....
Hubster and I were unable to go, but we did watch coverage of it on Fox News (the big 3 networks only gave it a cursory mention). Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a "taxpayer revolution" which will get our irretrievably broken tax system THROWN OUT and a new more FAIR TAX system put into place.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Dear Internal Revenue Service:
On this April 15th tax return due date you will find enclosed my 2008 tax return showing that I owe $3,407.00 in taxes.
Please note the attached article from the USA Today newspaper,dated November 12th, wherein you will see the Pentagon (Departmentof Defense) is paying $171.50 per hammer and NASA has paid $600.00 per toilet seat.
Therefore, I am enclosing four (4) toilet seats (valued @ $2,400) and six (6) hammers (valued @ $1,029), which I secured at Home Depot, bringing my total remittance to $3,429.00.
Please apply the overpayment of $22.00 to the "Presidential Election Fund," as noted on my return.
You can do this inexpensively by sending them one (1) 1.5 inch Phillips Head screw (see aforementioned article from USA Today newspaper detailing how H.U.D. pays $22.00 each for 1.5 inch Phillips Head Screws). One screw is enclosed for your convenience.
To recap my enclosures: Four toilet seats, Six hammers, and One screw.
It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year.
A Satisfied Taxpayer
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
If memory serves, this would have been 10/31/98.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
And thank GOD that this nightmare scenario has finally ended!
(I thought I was going to have to charter a plane out there and go kick some pirate ass myself! Damn!)