Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I was talking to the kids about family history and how it is important to know from whence we come. My daughter, who never ceases to amuse me (which is a good thing), claims to be Irish. OK. Works for me. My father was of German descent. My mother is of German, Swiss and French descent. Julie's paternal grandmother is of Italian descent. Her paternal grandfather was of Irish and French descent. Notice anything? Yeah, me, too. Irish is definitely not the most dominant ethnic background in Julie's history. Yet it is how she chooses to identify herself.
This caused me to wonder about Barack Obama. Barack Obama's father is a black man from Kenya. His mother is a white woman from a farm in Kansas. I do not know their ethnicity beyond this. Mr. Obama identifies himself as a black candidate. It is how he chooses to identify himself.
This is not nearly as much of an issue for me personally as the fact that he identifies himself as a Democratic candidate but I am not here to discuss politics.
I have eyes. Mr. Obama clearly looks like a person of color. I try to be understanding and compassionate and put myself in the other person's shoes. I cannot imagine growing up as the child of a mixed race marriage. It is just stuck in my brain, though, that this man, the grandchild of a Midwest farmer, is choosing not to identify himself as such but is identifying himself as the black candidate.
Maybe I have missed something and Mr. Obama has addressed this somewhere. If so, and you know where, please just point me in the correct direction.
Maybe, someday, none of it will matter. Maybe, someday, political campaigns will be decided on the written views of the candidates and not on their looks or ethnicity or sex.
Maybe. But in the meantime, I am curious. Who are you?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
That job ended in November. I was not aware that it was really ended until February. I started seriously looking for a job and, in March, went to work for the giant mass-market retailer in our town.
In the course of 1 week, I went from part time to full time and was cross-trained in lots of areas, including cashier. It is EXACTLY like playing store when you were a little kid! I love it.
There are parts of it that make me insane. There are decisions made by management for no discernible reason. It finally occurred to me that these decisions do not need to make sense to me. They are NOT my responsibility. Following directives is my responsibility.
Being friendly, courteous, helpful and conscientious is my responsibility. I excel at all of these things. I think I have found my niche.
I was not prepared for being on my feet for eight or more hours a day on concrete. The first few days I thought I had died but then I realized that if I were dead, I would not hurt so much. A friend of mine, who also works at the same store, wore a pedometer his first few weeks. His most strenuous day? 9 miles. Average? 5 miles. At least there was a reason that I was in pain.
I invested in some good insoles and life got better. I learned to schedule myself to two fifteen minute breaks and a lunch hour. I learned how to ask for help, from my coworkers and from my family. I learned how to say “no” to those people to whom I always used to say “yes”. I used muscles that I have not used in years. I familiarized myself with our products and their locations. I had my first days off and came back. I refamiliarized myself with our products and their locations. I got used to everything being moved on a regular basis.
I got my first paycheck last week. It was not what I had been making last year. On the other hand, it was a part-time paycheck. My next one will be better. There is already talk in the department where I work of a promotion.
I am still tired at the end of a day but it is a good tired. It is a fatigue brought on by hard work, some manual labor, and a LOT of walking. It is not the mental fatigue with which I had recently been plagued.
This job is not the job I thought I wanted. This job is the job I applied for while I tried and tried and tried to get the job I really wanted. This job is the job that I love.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Topics can range from pet-peeves, vacations, people who have influenced your life, jokes, favorites, philosopher's quotes/sayings, birds, flowers...anything. The sky is the limit. Your ABC list can be depicted with words, photos, illustrations... You are limited only by your imagination. Be funny. Be serious. Be creative. Be sarcastic. Be there, or be square.
And, yes, of course you may bend the rules. Just entertain us. If you can't do all TWENTY-SIX, do as many as you can. (If you have kiddos, let them join the fun and help with the list. Make it a family, brainstorming session.)
Who am I to give you guidelines for Fun Monday? I have bent broken most Fun Monday rules for over a year now, and all of you have been gracious enough to put me on your list. Here is your chance to bring it on. If you don't know the alphabet, make one up. In other words, just have fun and teach us something using your own set of A B C's.
A Arlington, TX/Albuquerque, NM/Abilene, TX/Angel Camp, CA
B Boston, MA/Blythe, CA/Birmingham, AL
C Clinton Corners, NY/Cle Elum, WA/Chattanooga, TN/Centralia, OR/Cabazon, CA
D Des Moines, IA/Dallas, TX/Dalton, GA
E Eagleton, NJ/Ellensburg, WA/Eufala, AL
F Fallbrook, CA/Frisco, TX/Forney, TX/Forest, MS
G Gainesville, FL/Grand Junction, CO
H Hialeah, FL/Houston, TX/Hazleton, PA/Helena, MT
I Issaquah, WA/Indio, CA
J Jacksonville, FL/Joliet, IL
K Keokuk, IA/Katy, TX
L Longview, TX/Long Beach, CA/Las Cruces, NM
M Modesto, CA/Moss Landing, CA/Missoula, MT
N National City, CA/Nashville, TN/Noel, AR/Nampa, ID
O Ontario, CA/OKC, OK/Orlando, FL
P Phoenix, AZ/Philadelphia, PA/Pearsall, TX
Q Queens, NY/Charlotte, NC (queen city)
R Raleigh/Durham, NC/Richmond, CA
S Sumner, WA/Salinas, CA/Santa Maria, CA
T Troutdale, OR/Talladega, AL/Twin Falls, ID
U Umatilla, WA/Utica, NY
V Villa Rica, GA/Vancouver, BC/Valdosta, GA
W Wilmington, DE/Walla Walla, WA/Wichita, KS
X Xenia, IL/Xenia, OH
Y Yakima, WA/Yankton, SD
Z Zanesville, OH/Zillah, WA
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Shorty's the tall one in the back.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
— “The Breastplate of St. Patrick
Saturday, March 15, 2008
A woman was very distraught at the fact that she had not had a date or any sex in quite some time. She was afraid she might have something wrong with her, so she decided to seek the medical expertise of a sex therapist. Her doctor recommended that she see the well known Chinese sex therapist Dr. Chang. So she went to see him. Upon entering the examination room Dr. Chang said 'OK take off all your crose. ' The woman did a s she was told. 'Now get down and craw reery, reery fass to odderside of room.' Again the woman did as she was instructed. Dr. Chang then said 'OK, now craw reery, reery fass back to me.' So she did. Dr.Chang shook his head slowly and said 'Your probrem vewy bad. You haf Ed Zachary diease. Worse case I ever see. Dat why you not haf sex or dates.' Worried the woman asked anxiously 'Oh my God Dr.Chang what is Ed Zachary Disease ?' Dr. Chang sighed deeply and replied 'Ed Zachary Disease is when your face look Ed Zachary like your ass.'
My granddaughter-in-law sent me this joke in an email. It made me laugh out loud for more than one reason.
A. It's a funny joke.
B. Julie and I heard it so many years ago that this, the boy doll, of course, was
renamed "Ed Zachary". Made lil man's momma and me laugh every time he said it!
Friday, March 14, 2008
On March 13, I was called into personnel and asked if I would like to go to full time. Hurray! More hours and great benefits. My life is good.
The kicker? On the way out that evening, one of the greeters was talking to me. She wanted to know what department I was working in, etc. I told her and she said, "Oh, you're the young white girl they hired."
That's me. 54 years old and I am the "young white girl". I love my life this week.
Oh, and I am getting used to standing on concrete for long periods of time. Lil man only asked me once this week if he needed to hold the door while I crawled up the stairs...lol.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Today's host for Fun Monday is the I.T. Guy (and how lame will I sound when I confess that I don't know what I.T. is?). This is his request.
I need YOU (yes, the wonderful YOU!) to pick 5 memorable lines from 5 different movies (if you could tell us which character said it and to whom, would be a bonus)...and tell us to WHOM (who in the people in your life) you could have said those lines.
From Fried Green Tomatoes, spoken by Kathy Bates as Evelyn Crouch. "I'm older and I have more insurance". Kathy's character was having a very bad overweight, hormonal day and some cute little chickies cut her off in a parking lot and then gave her some lip. I say this to myself and my family says it about me whenever I do something or act some way that lets them know that I am Towanda, a very secure woman "of a certain age". My sweetheart even calls me Towanda on occasion.
From Camelot (the Richard Harris, Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave version). Guinevere (Redgrave) is annoyed because her husband, Arthur (Harris), is spending all of his spare time with his new knight, Lancelot (Nero). I cannot find the direct quote and I am sure that I have morphed it through the years but it was something like - Maybe they can get a house by the sea and go shopping together. I think this one, and say it to my daughter or one of my girlfriends, whenever my husband and his brother go to wherever it is they go when they get together and forget that it's not the 60s or the 70s any more.
From Gone With The Wind, spoken by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara Wilkes Kennedy Butler. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn". This one I say under my breath or in my head whenever I just can't stand it (whatever it is) for another blessed second.
From Dirty Dancing, spoken by Jennifer Grey as Baby to Patrick Swayze as Johnny. " Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you. " Aw, this is what I would love to have been articulate enough to have said to my husband when we were first starting out. We had such different lifestyles and I was so afraid of not being what he wanted. And I so wanted to always feel the way he made me feel then. I don't feel that way because fires, left burning out of control, will burn themselves out. Fires, tended carefully, will burn forever.
From Top Gun, spoken by Tom Cruise as Maverick to Kelly McGillis as Charlie. "It's classified. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. " This just makes me smile and is my answer for whenever someone asks a question that I don't feel like answering.
And now, because I evidently have lost the ability to just play by the rules.
From The Man from Snowy River spoken by Jim to Jessica's father played by Kirk Douglas. "I'll be back for the mares (pause) and whatever else is mine." This is the line I always wanted to hear about me spoken by a man who loved me. I have come close.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
I do not know who said this originally. I just know that it makes my heart smile. Whenever I hear this, I also remember this one.
Do not tell God how big your storm is.
Tell your storm how big your God is.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
What's Your Blog Wanted For?
Friday, March 7, 2008
There once was a lass named O’Brien
Who, in March, set green eggs afryin'.
She cooked up some ham
‘cause she just hated Spam
Which set her little man to cryin’.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Thanks to Angie for posting this on her site.
It is truly intriguing and interesting. Wow, I must be hung up on "i" tonight. There are twenty questions about your religious beliefs. There are no right or wrong answers so you just answer what you really believe.
The quiz will then tell you which organized religion, if any, most closely mirrors your beliefs or, conversely, which organized religion, if any, you most closely adhere to.
Have fun and take it if you'd like. I will be posting my results later in the week.
Monday, March 3, 2008
The theme song? This is it. I am now, or have been, or will be, each and every one of these women.
I would hire, as my costume designer, whoever designed this lovely frock for Fiona. When Fiona was the Princess, the dress fit. When Fiona morphed into the Ogress, the dress fit. I NEED THIS DRESS!
The cast? So easy. I would play myself.
The supporting cast? Here they are.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
We have had terrible winds this winter and have lost quite a few shingles off of our roof. The tree has managed to hang onto one solitary leaf.