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Friday, June 19, 2009

It's BLU world

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I think a trip to New York City for New Year's Eve would be a great experience. Can you imagine spending the evening in Times Square as you count down the New Year? It's something I've watched on television for many years so it would definitely be a memorable experience.

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Trying to recover

I am around - so to speak - but I have been feeling like crap. I will hopefully post my health and weight loss journal on Tuesday to give you the lowdown of what's been ailing me. It hasn't been pretty.

There are a few "interesting" things going on around here:

My son lost his first tooth yesterday or the day before. It has only been loose a couple of weeks so I was surprised that it came out so soon. As I was waking up the other morning, I heard my two middle children - Andre and Amareah - talking about the tooth.

Then I heard two sets of feet running toward my room. "Mommy, mommy," Amareah yells when they bust through the door, "Andre took his tooth out."

"Really? Let me see," I said trying to focus and keep my eyes open. He grinned and his bottom, front, left tooth was gone.

"Cool. Let me see. Where is it?"

"I threw it away."

"You did?"

"Yea..." They both looked at me.

"You're not supposed to... Oh well, never mind."

Yes, this mommy didn't (and probably won't) tell the children about the Tooth Fairy. I know, tsk tsk. Their dad will probably tell them 'cause I heard him asking Amareah over the phone what Andre did with his tooth. (Andre forgot to tell his dad, but Amareah didn't. LOL)

The second interesting thing was the little visitor the children found in the yard today. Before I could get out of the house they all (well, little Miss Anna was standing back some) had their face in the visitor's face. I immediately started admonishing them never to get close to a snake like that before they know what kind it is.
Did they listen? Of course not. The most unfortunate part about our little friend is that I think she was pregnant. I'm hoping it was just a meal that wasn't digested!
I've never seen this type of snake around here so I guess I'll look it up to see what kind it is. The garden snakes I am used to are normally green or black... this one looked a little too real to me. (No, I don't consider the garden variety real.)

I think that's all of the excitement we've had this week. I hope everyone had a great week.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: My four babies

There are more wonderful photos at 5 minutes for Mom or check out more of my Wordless Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Destination SeaWorld

We all know money is a little tight for most people nowadays, but we also know that there are some things that we still need and want to happen. One thing is to enjoy the summer with a family vacation. To have a great summer trip, you don't have to book a flight for destinations abroad; you can jump in your car and take a trip to SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld is about a seven-hour drive from where I am in Georgia and it would be well worth the trip. (Better than sitting around a kiddie pool in the backyard!) One of the most enticing things at the park right now is the new Manta, which is the only flying roller coaster that combines up close animal encounters with head-first, face-down thrill riding.

The ride, which opened at the beginning of the summer, is said to spin, glide, skim and fly just like a giant ray. Now doesn't that sound like fun? Although I am becoming a little scared of roller coasters as I get older, I am still excited about the prospect of trying this one out.

You should try it out first and let me know all about it. And here's a deal that you may not be able to pass up to make that happen: Right now, if you buy a ticket to SeaWorld, you can get a ticket to Aquatica or Busch Gardens for free.

Yup, that's right. Free.

If you're like me then you like a great deal like that. It'll also help out with planning fun stuff for the family to do this summer.

Don't forget: Get your ticket to SeaWorld so you can try out the Manta and let me know how much fun it is. (And if it's scary!) And you'll get a free ticket to Aquatica or Busch Gardens.

Great deal, huh?

Enjoy your summer and I look forward to hearing about your trip to Orlando.


Jumbled thoughts

My mind has been racing with thoughts for about two weeks (probably more like two years, but it hasn't let up lately) and I can't seem to get everything expressed. Whatever is going on up there has me stuck... blocked. My creativity is blocked. My feelings are blocked.

Well, at least in most areas.

There's another place - another me - where I feel a little free. I guess I would say there are a few areas. But I'm free in different ways. One place I can be myself, but I keep a part back so I don't give the wrong impressions. Another place I can be myself, but I hold back because I don't get the feedback I think I need or want. And, there's one other place where I am free to be part of the me I want to be, but I have to keep some things back 'cause it's just not appropriate or timely.

Then today, I found a place that I can release a little bit of each part of me. It was liberating, in a way, but it wasn't complete.

I'm not even sure I want to find a place where I am totally free, but I know I want more. There's apart of me I want to share I just have certain... uh... conditions. I just need and want certain things.

I guess I have been cryptic enough for one day. It's possible that if you know me well enough you may not need to ask what I am talking about. If you only know me virtually then you'll have a little difficulty. If you're stalking me then you should be pretty baffled.

My only wish/hope right now is that the cloud will lift off of my brain. That the effort of creating, thinking and accomplishing won't continue to cause such an upheaval within me. Somewhere inside there must be some peace. ... I guess.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Diane Birch

The older I get the more I open myself up to new experiences, new information and new sounds. I'm glad that I've been experimenting because when I had the opportunity to review Diane Birch's CD Bible Belt, I didn't hesitate.

I'm glad I reviewed the CD because I was extremely pleased. Her sound seems familiar to me yet new. It's comforting and spirited. And it's impressive.

Birch, who's just in her mid 20s, wrote each song. She has a strong and stunning voice that comes through in each song from beginning (Fire Escape) to end (Magic View). It's a CD you'll want to listen to over and over again because she's reminiscent of an old favorite with a new sound.

Have you heard Diane Birch already? If not, I'd recommend you pick up a copy - I'm sure you'll enjoy her sound.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Amber at college

I don't know how I survived without instant messaging and digital cameras in the past. I am so happy to be able to see the pictures I took of Amber yesterday when I took her to her dorm. And, last night, I was able to IM her. She was doing well and settling in. I hope to "talk" to her sometime today soon, but I'm not going to hover and I'll wait for her to text, IM, email or call me. :)

Here's a small peek at her from yesterday.


Platinum ring dream

When my daughter graduated from high school there were a lot of things I would have liked to give her in honor of the occasion. A car would have been nice (her favorite is Mustang) or a quality piece of jewelry that's made especially for her, among other things. I did give her a sterling silver necklace that was accented with a positive message and it would have been nice to be able to also give her a platinum ring.

Maybe it's just me, but I think jewelry is a superb gift for just about any occasion. I'm fascinated with fine jewelry especially when it's handcrafted and designed to meet the individual need of the customer. Some companies put extra care into their customer designs and approach their work as artisan designers who add a unique beauty to each piece. That ensures that each client is satisfied with their purchase.

You can find a retailer for the fine jewelry you are looking for whether it's a bridal set, necklace, bracelet, earrings or a platinum ring. There are even choices for the man in your life (Father’s Day is coming, remember?). Fine jewelry is a personal gift that lasts a lifetime.
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