Happy Fourth Of July!

July 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm (Big Benches, Day to Day, Family, For Jeff the BF, For Mason, Graduation, Holiday, Summer, Super Saturday) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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From Illinois! Tinley Park Benches 2015! The theme is “Heroes and Villains”.  Me and the BF walked the empty streets this afternoon and came across this one (out of twenty) that I thought would be perfect as a post today and a good way to pick up where I left off. As this site becomes more and more random, I still like to try and make the occasional effort for purpose and meaning.  Remember why we celebrate even if it’s just for a minute or two while waiting for the fireworks to start. My son will soon be out there as part of the bigger picture. This time next year he will be far from here, doing things, and going places he can’t even begin to imagine yet. He’s excited for his life to keep moving forward. I’m excited  for him (and just a little bit nervous because life does keep moving forward). But more about that later. Graduation and going away. Plenty of news to come, and a Really. Big. Party. But for today, just this. Have a safe and happy holiday! Later.

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Pneumonia Anyone?

June 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm (Advertising, Day to Day, Heat, Movies, Nature, Summer, Super Saturday, Weather) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Thank you, internet, for exactly expressing my thoughts. And a million other people’s thoughts. But seriously. I meant to post this last week when it was 90 degrees on Friday. And sweltering. Sunny. Hot. Humid. Then 40 degrees on Saturday. And raining. Thundering. Lightning. Hailing. Ice and tornadoes. Where else in the country can you run the risk of having both heatstroke and hypothermia within a 24 hour period? And potentially having all your fresh, green, spring, grass wither and turn brown today, and maybe have your house completely demolished tomorrow?

I only bring it up today, again, because yesterday was another rainy, humid day of varying temperatures. Sixty-ish. I’m told. Because I can’t remember. I was at work, and my work city doesn’t always reflect my home city. I drove in weather that ranged from so severe I could barely see through the downpour, onto a stretch of road so bone dry it looked like a wasteland. And I only commute 26 miles. Last night, cold. Well, chilly. And damp. It’s a peculiar wet-type feeling that’s not exactly uncomfortable but raises the hair on your arms. Not tropical but not mountainous either. And it was foggy. Like, ghost foggy. Scoop it up in a cup foggy. Things that jump out of the dark foggy. Say, like, dinosaurs running out from the forest. (Movie plug! We saw Jurassic World late last night. It was good. If you like dinosaurs or even think you might, just GO. It’s not a waste of your money. End of plug.) Our weather is so accommodating, to give us that slightly scary, element of surprise and effect while driving home.  Then rain and thunderstorms predicted for morning, and all day long.

Actual wake up weather today: sunny and gorgeous. Like, perfect. It’s 80 degrees already. Blue sky, white fluffy clouds. Soft breeze. It’s ridiculous.

I’d love to have a point here, or a guide for predicting and planning for the weather, but it’s mostly just observation and a little ranting. Tonight we are going to a wedding. I have no idea what the outside will be like. That’s the beauty of my little corner of Illinois. We could go in hot and come out cold. It could rain. Or it might not. Glancing outside it looks like the weather is getting ready to shift right now. I mean, it has been a whole hour. I need to go get ready and stop this foolishness. Everyone stay safe and enjoy these days and nights as you can. Later.

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This Is Your Lucky Spring

May 30, 2015 at 11:00 am (Day to Day, Flowers, Nature, Spring, Summer) (, , , , , )

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I literally took only 2 pictures of my daffodils that bloomed this year. This is the better one. It’s not that the flowers weren’t there. They all  came up on schedule and died on schedule but my opportunity to capture hundreds and hundreds of photos was not available to me this spring. Plus, I was super lazy. Sometimes one is all you really need anyhow. I’ll try not to let you down with the bird pictures. Someone (me) got a new birdfeeder for Mother’s Day, and the birds are plentiful and practically close enough to touch. Can you just imagine what you you are about to see? No. You can’t. That’s why I’m going to take a million pictures and post them all summer. Lucky you! Later.

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2 AM

May 3, 2015 at 2:11 am (Day to Day, Drunk Posts, Super Saturday) (, , , , )

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You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol.

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Happy Birthday To The BF!

April 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm (Birthday Wishes, Day to Day, For Jeff the BF, Holiday, Jeep, Road Trip) (, , , )

 

1428076625174 A day late. Still from the middle of nowhere Illinois.  Thursday AND Friday night out of town? Oh yeah.  We came here for Jeep modifications and it’s just one problem after another. Hence the two night birthday bonanza. (And he says we never do anything together with just us!) 42 years old. I guess this is the birthday you will definitely remember! If you add 4 plus 2 together, that’s actually MORE than there are things to do here! And we did all of them.  Yesterday. I’d like to say I’m joking but its kind of true. What’s worse is,  we didn’t even get to town until 11:30 am and then we spent an hour at the shop. THEN we did all the tourist stuff and went to dinner by 5:30 pm. (Technically, everything closed at 5 so we really didn’t have a choice there.) But on the upside, the restaurant that we went to is actually a “thing to do” so you can kind of see what I’m talking about.   Tonight we can just drink and chill and hope to god we get to leave in the morning with our Jeep. Oh wait, I mean our “pizza cutter.” That’s for the   Jeep nation. Apparently what we will be driving home, (IF the Jeep gods allow us to actually get a wheel alignment done without any more issues), is  some kind of Jeep joke with little tires on a lifted truck. I dont know. It’s too much pressure.  Listen up all you Jeepers: WE HAVE BIG TIRES AND COOL WHEELS DAMMIT! We just don’t have them together, in the same place, and available for install, until next week. Just one more problem on the pile of problems. So don’t judge too harshly if you see us tomorrow heading north on 57 back to Chicago.  We  know. We already know.  At least we get to drive a really big loaner vehicle, for free, and spend another night of good quality time together, for free.

Seriously though, this gave me time to figure out this posting thing from my phone. (Hopefully successful if not looking a little crude. We didn’t bring a lot with, so this is it.) Despite all these little setbacks, we are still having a good time!  No fighting! Fingers crossed for the automotive angels that better be looking out for us in the morning, or there’s gonna be big noise from the bottom of Illinois around noontime.

Happy birthday Jeff! I love you! There’s no one else I’d rather be trapped with, in this  southern cow poke town, than you!   XOXO

Now let’s go get some alcohol before they roll up the sidewalks and turn off the lights. Later.

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This Is How They Get You

March 15, 2015 at 11:33 am (Day to Day, Flowers, Nature, Picture Posts, Super Sunday, Weather) (, , , , , )

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By degrees. Zero to Sixty in one week. I hear 70 for Monday. They freeze us out and then warm us up and we forget how miserable we were for 3 months. Tricksters. These are in front of the house. Bloomed. They don’t know what the heck is going on. I can’t remember what these are called, and my daffodils are still coming up. You can be sure I’ll post a pic of those happy flowers. For now here’s a close up, action shot, from yesterday, because I take too many pictures I just don’t know what to do with.  FYI: The “action” comes from the slight breeze that was blowing while I was balanced over the flower patch in  front of the house contorting and bending like some circus freak with my phone in one hand and the other pressing the bricks while maneuvering for the exact angle to frame these tiny purple petals without falling on my face in the dirt. Saturday’s can be so dangerous. Take that National Geographic. Later.

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Happy Birthday Me Madre!

February 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm (Birthday Wishes, Day to Day, Family, For Rita, My Mom) (, )

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I called you but I guess you are out doing birthday stuff. And I sent you a text. No reply. Did not do Facebook as you know I won’t be. But you have this! I like this picture. I hope you are having a great fun day and I will see you tomorrow! I love you! XO

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A Mississippi River Tree

January 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Day to Day, Family, Holiday, Skeleton Trees, Vacation, Winter, Zoo) (, , , )

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Because I like to take pictures of trees. With the moon, if you look in the branches. We went to the Memphis Zoo while we there,  so I have lots of pictures there too. I highly recommend it if you get the chance. It was amazing and full of good, healthy looking animals.  And I so want to keep this up every day!  I am going to try to be better, she says, yet again. But I promised four  and delivered four. I have that at least.  January 3. Still raining. 34 degrees. Thank you for spending some of your day with me.

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The Kids Wanted To Touch The Mississippi River

January 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm (Day to Day, Family, Holiday, Nature, Vacation, Winter) (, , , )

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So I let them. I let them climb down a rocky, steep embankment, to lean over and touch the freezing cold, fast moving, dangerously currented big river. I was nervous they would slip and fall in and be lost forever. They swim good, but this is a big, fast, scary river even when it looks slow from the side. I know because I also climbed down there like a dum dum to touch that cold ass water, and I don’t swim as good as them so I probably really would have drowned if I fell in. Tourists. But I was fine. And they were fine. And there’s the picture.

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November Near The Mississippi

January 3, 2015 at 12:22 pm (Celebrity, Day to Day, Family, Holiday, Vacation, Winter) (, , , , , )

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We went to Memphis for Thanksgiving. It was really nice actually. That’s where the BF’s family lives. We went to Graceland. We took the tourist picture. I’m going to post it as a bonus, just for you, my special friends, who actually take the time to read this sketchy blog every few months or so. Please enjoy this piece of American culture!

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