It’s Your Birthday! It’s Your Birthday! (One Week Later)

November 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm (Birthday Wishes, Day to Day, For Stevie, Stevie's Nails) (, , , )

For a girl who cannot take enough pictures of herself, she would not let me get even one picture of her for her birthday. This is the best I could capture, taken under extreme protest. And she looked so cute in her new birthday pj”s from her grandma. Teenagers. Just when you think you know a girl, the 14 year old life truck hits them hard and you can’t push them out of the way fast enough. Sigh. Anyhoo. This is my girl. She turned 14 a week ago on the 21st. The day before Thanksgiving. And a Wednesday. So there wasn’t a lot we could do by way of party or celebration. She had a few dinners and saw a few people, spaced out over the week, so I think it actually worked out better. Her birthday lasted way longer than most. And here is one more day, and a post just for her, to acknowledge the joyous occasion of her birth! She is fully entrenched in teenageville now. And what you can’t see behind the pillow is her new best friend, I-Phone. I hope that little device doesn’t put out any serious UV radiation rays, because if it does we are looking at a generation of young adults that are going to have major face skin cancer in a few years. And probably some crippling finger arthritis too. They hold it so close to their faces. Pushing those tiny keypads with their poor little crampy fingers and thumbs. Tip of the day: Wear sunscreen while operating your mobile device. Slather it on good and thick, especially over the face and neck area. Just in case. And maybe give those hands a break every few hours. Extend those digits outward. All that cracking you hear when you first do it is not always a good thing! Flex and extend. Flex and extend. Jazz hands. Whatever it takes. Alright I need to wrap this up. Shower and work. Must make more money to support the daughters other obsession: fake nails. Oh yes. We buy too many packages of this addiction in a box. I think that I will start posting all the nail work that Stevie has dedicated the rest of her waking time to creating. It will be very easy to make this the new winter feature on this site because she takes a picture every time she sticks any new nails onto her hands, which is practically every day. I am not exaggerating. Stevie’s Nails. Watch for it. In conclusion:

Happy happy birthday! I love you my beautiful, little girl! Hope the day and week and weekend were the best you have ever had! At least until next year! XO Mom.

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Veterans Day

November 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm (Day to Day, Holiday, My Dad, Thank You) (, , , )

To all the soldiers who were, are, and shall be! You let me have the freedom to be as serious or silly as I want on a daily basis. And it’s a pretty good reason to re-post my favorite picture of my dad. Now go out there and get yourself a free meal from whatever restaurant is offering it in your town! It’s the small things sometimes that make a big difference. And since I haven’t won the lottery yet here in this big, free country, I’m heading in to work myself on this glorious, sunny, windy, unseasonably warm, November day! But still, life in America… not too shabby.

Thank you.

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Get Your Vote On!

November 6, 2012 at 11:40 am (Day to Day) (, , , , , )

It’s election day! GO VOTE! If you don’t, you have no good ground to stand on when getting into political arguments with all of your friends. Whatever your beliefs may be, if you don’t take the opportunity given to voice that opinion, then you do not have the moral right to bitch about the system and how this country is run. Sorry, but this is your chance to have your vote counted. And don’t give me the argument that it doesn’t matter either way, or one vote can’t make a difference, so that’s why you don’t even bother. It’s a flawed world with an imperfect government and no one will ever be happy 100%, but that’s the beauty of America. You have the unalienable right to pretty much do and think whatever you want, but you have to flex that muscle when the heavy lifting presents itself. Every person matters! If you want to make the big changes, you have to start small. Think globally, act locally. Success works it’s way up to the top, not the other way around. Is that enough poster-board rhetoric for today?  Besides, voting is super easy and quick if you use the paper ballot. Pick up that black felty marker and connect your lines for the future. I was number 92 today at 8 am. I wish I was a higher number but at least I was counted.

So that concludes today’s post and the lecture on freedom and democracy. Just do it! (Ha. One more line.) In honor of government and election day, and to all the high schoolers that have or will be, taking that dreaded Constitution test to move on to the next level of education,  I would like to end this post with my favorite School House Rock tribute to: The Preamble. You know you have to memorize it right? How many of us sat in those little one armed desks singing this song to ourselves to remember the words?

Anyway…one more time for the cheap seats in the back…GO VOTE!!!

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Dia De Los Muertos For The Lazy

November 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm (Holiday, Recycle, Skeleton Trees) (, , , , , , )

My own decorations. Not even photographed particularly well. And a recycled post from last year. Not even written, just linked.

Check this out: Click here to read what I can write when I really have time to burn.

I have to go to work now and keep all the spirits that walk around my place at bay. It can be very quiet and eerily still at night and we have some people that are constantly teetering on the edge of this world and the next. I don’t know what it says about those of us that keep them here longer than even they maybe want to be, but it’s our job and someone has to stand watch and guard and wait for them to decide which way they would like to go. Anyway this wasn’t meant to be long; Just a few words, a link, and a couple of fast pictures. You all take some time to remember those who have gone before. Look around and pay attention. We need to keep these souls happy and content to stay wherever they may be.

Read this too: Because I like the pictures and I like the sentiment and because I am really trying to milk some extra time off the website.

And speaking of skeleton trees…this is from last night. Prime movie lighting from the western sky:

The western sky:

God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.  ~Author Unknown

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