100 Miles Away From Somerset, Pennsylvania

June 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm (Day to Day, Family, For Jeff the BF, For Tom, Holiday, Jeep, Motorcycle News, Road Trip) (, , , , , , )

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I’m told somewhere in West Virginia, near Parsons.

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And here is Parsons. 12:30 pm by the clock tower.

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Virginia. That sign says Mitchelltown. Looks about perfect weather out there too. That’s all I have for now.

I think I’m going to go drink a beer, dead head my flowers, and sit for a spell in the backyard while waiting for the rain and my children to arrive. I did actually leave the house today to go get some stuff I needed, and when I came out of the store, a guy was looking at my Jeep and offered to buy my tires and wheels, if I was thinking of going bigger, and selling the ones I have now. I am and I will. He left me his card. Chatted with my brother (also a Jeep owner but like, seriously Jeeped out with lifts and tires and winches and heavy duty trail capability) and he said sell them. Sell anything a buyer will buy. Especially when the stock stuff is still new and good. You can really get your money’s worth. I love being part of this whole other world I had no idea existed.  There’s probably a slogan or something too that I don’t know about. Jeep Nation. I’ll post later if I can. Gotta finish up some work. Watch for motorcycles! Later.

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Happy Father’s Day!

June 15, 2014 at 11:10 am (Day to Day, Family, For Jeff the BF, For Tom, Holiday, My Dad, Thank You) (, , , )

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Another year. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by great dads my whole life. My kids are equally lucky. I don’t know how I managed it, but I am thankful. To all those daddies out there putting in their time, it’s worth it, keep at it, you got this! You are making a difference. And of course, I can’t let an opportunity go by to post my favorite picture.  One dad. Standard issue. Military grade.  I see you more and more every day when I look in the mirror at my wrinkly forehead and my squinty pale eyes. It’s weird, but it’s working.

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Random Sunday Butterfly

November 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm (Babies, Butterflies, Christmas Spirit, Day to Day, Family, Flowers, For Tom, Nature, Picture Posts, Random Images, Super Sunday) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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I’m going to go babysit my brother’s new baby for the first time today! Although technically since he’s 6 months old now, he’s not all that new. So expect the random pictures, I promised, plus new and updated baby pictures, throughout the day as I add this new thing into my Sunday of football, work, and posting. Our dinner was very nice except we forgot that they had the lighting/parade/Christmas thing downtown (in Chicago–in case you want to look it up) and we got caught in a million people’s attendance and traffic. No joke. I heard the news last night, they said one million people were estimated to have attended. If I research and confirm this factoid, I will let you know. But I probably won’t. I won’t research. I won’t confirm. Or refute. Heck, I probably won’t even ever speak of it again. If you want to keep it real, feel free to comment with the correct number and facts, otherwise, let’s just all agree we were downtown with a million other people last night and leave it at that! I will post pictures of anything food/fun related the kids took as soon as they send it to me. I am also planning on a lot less words to go with the rest of the posts I put up here today. Consider this all the reading you need to do for the day! I have to shower and gather my things. Time is a ticking. The kids are going to their dad’s and I think the BF is staying home. It’s individual Sunday. That can totally be our new thing! Later.

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Happy New Year To Me!

September 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm (Birthday Wishes, Day to Day, Family, For Amanda, For Jeff the BF, For Noelle, For Rita, For Tom, Getting Old, Holiday, Thank You, Wasting Time In General) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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44 years old today. My final birthday in which I will actually be getting older. I like the number 44 so that’s what I will be staying at.  This is a super fast post before I go to work in half an hour. It’s my holiday to work. Boo. At least it’s double time. Let’s all hope for a fast shift and a fun day if you aren’t working! Have a drink for me. Please! These are my presents so far. Lighthouse bird feeder from the BF. LOVE IT!!  Just imagine all those bird shots I will be getting now. Amanda, I am talking to you. Boring, my ass!

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From my mom. These are fall decorations for my house. And I got cash. The pumpkins are in the living room now, but they will be relocated to the bathroom as soon as I get new towels and crap. Thank you mommy!!

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From my sissy Noelle. Lottery tickets and a magnet. That magnet is already on my fridge. I hope I win money! Thank you! Ok Amanda and Tom, I am waiting…

I also received many internet birthday wishes and coupons from places I shop at and places I don’t. I plan on listing them all later, because some of them are pretty funny. I hope they age adjust the coupons to places I will need as I get older. That would be awesome. Although I am NOT looking forward to my first birthday wish from the “Depends” company. I really really “gotta go” hahahahahaha. Have a great day! With any luck I can spend the last 30 minutes of my birthday back at home tonight! XO to all! Lisa.

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Memory Intermission

July 23, 2013 at 12:37 pm (Books, Day to Day, Family, For Tom, Getting Old) (, , , , , , , , )

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As opposed to the “Daily Life Intermission” I was going to do. My mom just brought over this CD that my brother found at a garage sale somewhere. This was my favorite book as a young person for a very long time. And it was the first book that I ever spent my own money on. And it’s also the book I used to read to my brother when he was little. If you don’t know, it’s a book of seemingly funny, rhyming, short and long, poems. Easy to read and so lighthearted that you don’t even realize that you are getting some serious, touching, emotional, and real-life views, without being bogged down in somberness. I did not even know there was a CD. And I did not know that he remembered about all the time we spent going through this book. It was a lot. And a long time ago.  I will be listening to this, in my car, on the way to work, in about an hour or so. I hope it’s good. I’ve never heard the author’s voice or even heard anybody else read these poems out loud except my teacher in 4th grade who read it to me. Well, not just to me. The whole class, but it felt like me alone. So, anyway, even if the CD is complete crap, it will stay with me now. Thank you so much Tom! Even though you probably hate to admit it, or recognize the very small amount of mushy I am about to throw out right here, I guess you will always be my little brother. Love and hugs.

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Happy Father’s Day!

June 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm (Babies, Day to Day, Family, For Jeff the BF, For Tom, Holiday, My Dad, My Mom) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies. Past, present, future. By blood or by life. If you are taking care of the kids every day, you are a daddy! Keep on truckin’. That’s for my dad. Old school. Gone but not forgotten. (Sorry little brother,  you weren’t born yet in these pics!)

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Look at that old time stroller! It’s like a shopping cart for babies. My brother, who just became a daddy for the first time, and the last of all us kids to have kids, is rockin’ it new school with all the hip gear. And a baby backpack. Show me the love:

WARNING: The picture below my be unsuitable for children. And adults. It contains a gesture that may be considered offensive. Please proceed with caution.

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My brother is still not fully embracing the whole “baby thing”. Or is he? We’ve seen him pushing the baby, changing the baby, feeding the baby, carrying all the babies stuff in a snazzy backpack, (see above), so I don’t know. He’s a rock. He’s an island. But this is a man who knows how to protect the important things in life. Last picture. Hooch and the baby. I think his son is one finger away from looking exactly like him. Have a very, very, happy Father’s Day!

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And Now, The Baby!

May 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm (Babies, Day to Day, Family, For Tom, Updates) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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I went with “smiling” baby. It’s been a week, but I finally made it over to the new baby house. And I only took a few pictures. I know. I was having an off day I guess. It’s hard to take pictures though, while you are holding the baby, so there is that. I tried though.

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And since this is pretty much all the baby does right now, I didn’t stay long either. I told my brother to call me when his boring kid starts doing stuff and I’ll come back over. I think he is still convinced (hoping) that this is how puppies look before they start growing fur and a tail. I’m going to let one of my sisters break the human news to him. But, he sure is cute isn’t he?! Later.

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Updates!

May 23, 2013 at 11:27 am (Birthday Wishes, Day to Day, Family, For Tom, News, Updates) (, , , , , , , , )

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One baby born! This little boy was actually born last week, but as you all know, I am lame. Hopefully any family people saw it on facebook. I mean, you can just go with this site for your local, state, national, news, but you will be getting very specific, and very late updates.  Specific to me and my life and the things I feel strongly about, and, more importantly, anything I actually have time to post about. Good thing it’s not my job. Anyway, this is my brother’s new baby. About a week old now with several names. John Thomas James. It’s a nice strong set of names. I just looked up the date and it was May 16th. Now all of my siblings have children in May. (My one sisters kid was actually born June 1, but I’m counting it because it’s close enough and I still have to send the card in May) I guess I know what everyone’s been doing in the fall. Labor Day Fun Times. Ah love. So he is pretty cute huh? And he’s already got that look in his eye that my brother has most of the time. Congrats!

And a special thank you to my brother for telling me the good news in a hilarious and awkward fashion. It made me laugh all the way to work. You know you want to know, and I hope it translates here as funny as it was when he did it. He calls me and of course I figure it has to be about the baby so I just say, “Hello? What’s going on?” And he says (very seriously and literally), “Uh, well, um, well, you know, uh, we, uh, um, the baby, you know, um, well, it’s here. The baby is born and you know, it’s, um, it’s born now…” That may not be word for word, since he was mixing those “ums” and “uhs” and “wells” up all over the place, but it’s pretty damn close. I said, “Geez Tom. Could you tell me any more awkwardly? Just say ‘we had the baby!’ It’s not like, Oh hey, you know that thing that’s been growing in April? Maybe you noticed that she’s been getting kind of fat lately? Well, we went to the hospital because she was complaining about some pain in her stomach, and well, turns out it was a baby! So they, uh, got it out of there and it’s here and we have one now that we get to keep and take home!” Man, I love my little brother!! Hopefully he won’t be mad that I shared in this public place! Love and all that stuff. Later.

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Baby Watch 2013

May 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm (Day to Day, Family, For Tom, Picture Posts, Posts In Pictures) (, , , , , , )

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They tell me this is a baby picture. For some reason, when I got this on my phone, in a text message, after my brother’s wife went for the ultrasound, I just could not figure it out. I couldn’t “see” the baby in here. After some help from an outside source (another pregger lady in my family who happens to be another sister-in-law) I was able to see the image. At any rate, this is the little one we are waiting for. My brother texted me last night that they went to the hospital late to start the exit process. As of this morning, no baby yet. I hope he doesn’t get mad that I posted this. It’s a beautiful day to have a baby and become a new daddy! Good luck little brother and mama! Hopefully not too long now! Later.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Feliz dia de las Madres!

May 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm (Day to Day, Family, For Amanda, For Noelle, For Tom, Holiday, My Mom, Picture Posts, Posts In Pictures) (, , , , )

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Guess who the “Mother” is in this picture?? Trick question!! We’re ALL mother’s! Even the man…sort of. His wifey is preggers and should be having that baby soon. Technically not a mother but still a parent.  I think I already went over this in an earlier post.

So here is another family pic. I am really expanding here, including self portraits now and everything. But of course I have to work. They need to make Mother’s Day an unofficial holiday for nurses because I have worked two years in a row and that doesn’t seem fair. We should have to switch off like other holidays. Next year I guess I better be smarter and plan ahead and take it off like probably every one else does. Live and learn.

Anyway, this is my official Mother’s Day shout out to all the Mother’s in my life! I included the Spanish version too because that’s how my son greeted me today. He’s actually nearing an “A” in Spanish, and he’s very happy and proud, and he’s really trying to use his new language to remember. Everyone do something fun today! The weather even seems nice. A bit chilly but sunny and perfect for outdoor things like walking back and forth between a house and a car or a car and a restaurant!

I am about to go call my mama and take a shower. Maybe we can do a breakfast in the morning, on Monday. Rita…maybe?? That way we avoid all the Mother’s Day rush and crowding! I know it’s last minute as usual, but why plan ahead anymore? Anyone in?? You can comment here if you like, but we should prob do a text thing or phone calls. Unfortunately I have to go now. Have a fab day to one and all! XO Later

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