Saturday, May 31, 2008


I want to implore all of my friends here to check out a remarkable woman. I recently found Jodie's blog through Google alerts. Some of you might know that our youngest has Cystic Fibrosis, so I have anything to do with CF coming into my inbox daily.

One of them, was an article about Jodie. She is a 23 year old English woman who happens to have CF.

I've been following along with her blog daily...I won't give it away but she is an inspiration to so many people. Especially people living with CF.

Her adventure is truly amazing...please, please please (three for emphasis!) check out her blog and see what she has just accomplished!!!!

Go to Jodie's blog HERE!

Grateful for all of you!

I simply wanted to tell all of you out there in cyber-land, who have been commenting on my blog, I'm becoming attached to all of you! Yes, I really have. It makes me really happy when y'all take the time to come here, and then comment, I just wanted to thank you.

Truth be told, when the first comment came in (that wasn't from a family member) I was shocked maybe even blown away!! I just didn't think other people would read my words! I even remember who it was it was, Blessings from above

Thank you Jennifer, for starting this whole commenting thing! :)

Again thank you,



Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday's Foto Finish Fiesta

It's Friday and it's time for Candid Carrie's "Friday's foto Finish Fiesta"

I love this picture of my oldest daughter Ali, she was already for the homecoming dance, and she put on her sunglasses (so that she could see) and I think she looked pretty cool! She wore them all night!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chelsea and Me

Carrie this one's for you!!! modern day "Circus of the Stars"

Kitten update

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever the song goes, I was a little disappointed that she only had 1 single kitten, but I got ta thinkin. Heck shes not a human, she's a cat, a cat Carey--get over it!

I tend to liken animals to humans, can't help it, I just do that. Like:

"Ahhhhh it doesn't have a brother or sister to cuddle with, poor thing."

So what, she gets to have her mom all to herself, but of course, when the mom is gone she's all alone. So in jumps moi to intervene and pet it while the mom's eating so she won't be alone. This is going to drive me nuts, I will not do that.

Anyway, she's a cat and she'll be fine...

Stay tuned for pictures!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scout is a Mother!!

Update--Scout has one kitten!!! It's a beautiful calico like herself. (I say it because we don't know what it is yet. She already has a home with Chelsea's friend Rachel...what a great experience we had with her last night!

This is Chelsea's baby in her birthing box at around midnight last night.
Chelsea stayed up with her all night helping her labor. She kept getting up and down all night. Chelsea's like

"Hey Scout, just get through this one labor and we'll have you spayed, I promise!"

That was around 2:30am, still no kitties.

I checked on the mother to be around 4am and she was pushing hard in her box. Still nothing.

I get a text message from Chelsea around 4:30am , "come"

So, being the obedient mother I am, I go running up the stairs and Scout is under Chelsea's bed licking her first born kitten. "Ahhhhhhh" it was so cute.

It is now 5:15am. I will be giving updates throughout the day today

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What was it like when you were a kid????

Me, in the chair with my cousin, watching my aunt play airplane.

I was having a conversation with my younger kids the other day, and they asked me about what life was like when I was younger! Ya know, one of those conversations--the kind that make you feel really old.

I started off by telling them all of the things we didn't have.

1) remote control for televisions, of course we only had 3 channels!

2) colored tv. (is that politically correct?)

3) cell phones-Our phones were connected to the wall, if you wanted privacy you had to stretch the cord to someplace private like a closet or something! Plus we had a party line I think we shared a line with 6 other families...that was fun listening on!

4) home computers- we just got an electric typewriter....remember typos!

5) touch tone phones (for you really young ones, we had rotary dial, ask your Mom or Dad what rotary dial is)

6) fax machines, pagers (do we still use these?)

7) C.D. players and iPods

8) flat screen televisions

9) digital cameras-We did have a Polaroid though it was awesome!

10) braces--haha just kidding, we actually didn't want them!

And of course the question, what did you do for fun Mom? Or the question--Did you have cars? Are you kidding old do they think I am?

What did we do for fun?

How do they think we had fun? We didn't have anything! We entertained ourselves, we played outside until it got dark, we made stuff out of sticks, and mud, like forts.

We weren't Playing game cube or Xbox360 ,or play station,web surfing, texting our friends, or talking to them on the computer, we were at their houses hanging out inventing things to do! We used our imaginations!

We didn't have that much but we certainly had fun!

My two younger kids just looked at me with a glazed over look in their eyes,

"Wow, We feel sorry for you, you didn't have anything!"

Oh well, someday they'll get it!

Monday, May 26, 2008

To Our Fallen Heroes

Saturday, May 24, 2008

(((((((((((((D I N N E R))))))))))))

I was talking to a friend today and we were laughing about dinner...yes, it was quite funny. Because we were discussing the different ways families conduct their dinner.

Take our family for instance: My husband is a manners Nazi... the harder the kids try to get away with bad manners the worse it gets...I, on the other hand love chaotic dinners! yeah the more the merrier pull up a chair and enjoy.

I don't mind elbows on the table, finger usage, singing if it's not too loud, and everyone talking at once. Now chewing with your mouth open, thats going a bit too far.

Now the husband-he's the proper one, do not put your elbows on the table....god forbid if you pushed some peas onto your spoon with your finger! And as soon as your elbow touches the table ...WHAM, you're nailed.

His philosophy, is to always be teaching your children (I agree to a certain extent) my argument to him is that the kids know how to act in public, they will not embarrass us! Can't we just have a relaxing dinner?

How can two totally different people eat peacefully at the table with two conflicting beliefs? I don't know, I have to button my mouth and wait until he goes out of town...

Friday, May 23, 2008

What are we having for dinner?

This is the question I hear every single day...and to tell you the truth, I hate it. Seriously, thats one thing about being a mom I could live without,

"What's for dinner?"

Here are some of my answers:

1) I don't have any idea...I don't really know.

2) Are you really hungry?

3) Have a bowl of cereal.

4) Go to Mama's losin' it blog.

5) How about popcorn?

I was talking to my mom the other day--about this very subject, and it's not that we dislike making dinner, it's coming up with different ideas.

Plus, you have to figure out the ingredients, go to the store purchase it, bring it home and make it...blah....then you do all that, and it takes--a minute or two to eat.

Everyone jumps up from the table:

"Thanks Mom!"

"Yeah, great dinner!"

And you're left sitting at the table and everyone's gone.

So, what are we having for dinner?

Friday 's Foto Finish Fiesta

I'm participating in Carrie's Friday Foto Finish Fiesta!

My two youngest kids huggin up our Golden Doodle...of course she was complaining under her breath...
"Plueeese enough already, hurry up and take the darn picture."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Seriously....Where does the other sock end up?....

I was watching TV this evening, and I glanced over to my son, sitting on the couch with my daughter. Not too unusual I know--but I glanced down to his shoes, and see the top of his socks and something didn't jive.

He had two white socks on, no big deal right? Wrong! He had on my favorite running sock, not two, but one! Yes, that's right they didn't match!

I don't know about you, but I'm very particular about my socks...I love socks. Especially expensive ones. They're just so comfortable, unlike their cheap impostors.

me: "Gavin, why do you have just one of my running socks on?"

Gavin: "Because, I hate to match socks."

me: "You cannot wear my running socks if you're not going to match them!"

Gavin: "It really isn't that big of a deal, is it?"

me: "Yes, I love them...and if you can't take the time, (like I already said a million times) you cannot, will not wear MY socks!"

"So there!"

Gavin: "OK mom, I hear you."

me: "Just remember, do not wear my socks anymore...even if you find the match." "Which by the way, you probably lost my other running sock and I'll never find it!"

Gavin: "I'll buy you another pair."

me: "OK."

Can you still PMS at my age? That was my moment this evening. All kidding aside, I am so into sharing, but when it comes to certain things (like socks) I really can't stand to see it on other peoples feet.

By the way, where the heck do they go?

Under beds?
Behind the washer...dryer?
some secret sock Nazi? who likes to mess with you?

I don't know-- where do they end up, at your house? Let me know!

Mother's Day Letter--from Ali

In Case you didn't click over and see this-here is a letter my daughter posted for me on Mother's Day.

I felt the need to post it here, it's that special to me.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

I have to be quick and not very eloquent because stolen internet is not easy to keep.

I've been thinking about babies and children and motherhood a lot recently. I'm not pregnant, of course, but the spell of yearning was cast on me early in life and recently it has become much greater. At times, my arms tremble for a newborn, and I look at photos of my past and of babies that could be mine and I want to cry in anticipation.

My mom felt this same way. For years, throughout her twenties, she could not have a baby. She bought a doll, and secretly pretended that she had a child. When the stiff, fake doll would not cut it, she babysat for others so she could hold soft baby flesh against her skin. She smelled the sweet smell of a newborn, and I know if I were her, at that moment, I would have cried.

Eventually, I was born. I do not know precisely how she felt at that moment, after struggling through the painful hours of childbirth, through the months of anticipation of a first pregnancy, and through the long years of limp, childless arms, but I can almost taste that joy. There I was. Her baby. Her own flesh and blood, her own creation, her own responsibility, within her arms, on her chest, small head against breast. I want to cry. That joy seems intoxicating, calming, overwhelming.

This joy did not fade, she had a large family, just as she wanted, but she had to struggle through many trials. She had to live through an alcoholic and abusive husband, a man that has very little paternal instincts. She had to leave him, face the headfirst plummet into raising five kids on her own, after being a stay-at-home mom for twelve years. Life gets better, of course. But now my mom still has other trials to face--as Rickie, my youngest brother has just recently been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Being a mother is not easy. And yet, this is what my mom is--first and foremost. This is what she has always wanted; this is what she had been waiting for for years upon years. I am not sure how a single day could ever recognize the complexity and emotion of motherhood.

I love you, Mommy. Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Back pain....Ellen Degeneres

The back-pain is killing me...feels as though, someone hit me across the lower back with a 2-by-4! Taking a lot of medication and it still hurts! I am so impatient, I need to get back to my work-outs. Ahhhhhhhh!

I'm just not good at laying around.

I'm rambling so bear with me. Oh yeah, my friend from High School's daughter is on Ellen today! They picked her up yesterday and flew her and a girlfriend in...she's written Ellen numerous times through-out the apparently it's because she is a fan of Ellens. So, watch for Margo M.
Going to go lay down.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ok, so she was on. That quick for about 15 seconds in the beginning. One would think after flying her there and giving her a room with her name on it, that she would of talked to her a little longer. :( She looked cute though!

Monday, May 19, 2008


I was tagged by the beautiful, hilariously funny.....Kathy (mama's losin it).

The Rules:

~Each player answers the questions about themselves.

~At the end of the post, the player tags other people and posts their name, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

~What was I doing 10 years ago? Still married to the first guy...had five kids under the age of 9 the youngest, she wasn't 2 yet. I think I was on my way out...working at a research facility.

Five snacks I enjoy-

~French Vanilla Coffee-I know it's not food, but I love it!
~JalapeƱo cheese
~Crackers (to go along with the cheese)
~Chili (if you'd been reading my blog you would know this)

Five Things On My to do list Today-

~Check blog (I was missing all weekend)
~Laundry (didn't get there yet)
~Bills (blah)
~Insurance issues

Things I would do if I were a billionaire

~Move to California and live on the ocean
~Adopt children
~Give all of my family money
~Travel the world
~Cure Cystic Fibrosis

Five Jobs that I have had

1) Waitress
2) Secretary (investment banker)
3) Pharmacy (clerk)
4) Dental assistant
5) Pathology

Five of my bad habits

1) Stay up way too late (not copying you Kathy)
2) Exercise too much ( I just can't help it)
3) Lay out in the sun (OK, how much can you lay out in MI?)
4) Let my kids get away with too much. (There good kids, what can I say)

Five Places I have lived

1) Mattawan, MI
2) Kalamazoo, MI
3) Lawton, MI
4) Detroit, MI
5) Grosse Pointe, MI

Two (five) people I Want to Get to Know Better:
A nice way of saying “Tag. You’re it!”

The Life and crimes of a Mom
Ana and Isa's blog

6 Random things:

1) I love to sing....anywhere
2) I'm a bit of a show-off
3) I love the feeling of being hungry
4) I drink coffee all day long, up till the time I go to bed.
5) I love the smell of dirt
6) If I could I would run an ultra-marathon

Tagged--6 to 10 facts about me!!!!

Today, I crawled to the computer (not really...more like walked humped--over) and I read a lot of my favorite blogs and low and behold I've been tagged by (Sunshine Buzo) and I have to tell you 6 to 10 things that you don't know about me!
I have to say, I feel honored when someone picks me--a long the same lines as Candid Carrie's post, and her mentioning hardly ever getting picked at recess for Red Rover...well, I wasn't' picked either, or when I was picked I was last. Duck, Duck, Goose.
Talk about being anxious--sitting in the circle, circling around-- D u c k......D u c k......D u c k (hurry the heck up--PICK ME) GOOSE!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhh it was such a stupid game, you're always caught off guard when you finally do get picked!
Another game we played in gym, was bombardment...they don't play it anymore--too much of a liability I guess. We were tougher back then. I'm totally getting off subject. So here ya go:

1) Get lost easily--(might already know this) I think I'm the Only person who gets lost with a
system. Yes, I got one for Mother's Day, hey-- I only called her a bitch two times! (sorry lady)

2) Third in the world 1977 World Championships--Jumping and Working Hunter! (enough bragging. :)

3) Raised horses when I was a kid. (love the smell of barns) Used to throw the horse manure at my younger brother, of course when they were frozen! duh.

4) Love to ride motorcycles! (still have a motorcycles endorsement)

5) Getting a tattoo (don't tell my husband) he's very conservative. (not politically though) He doesn't like the way I dress either! He thinks I dress too young.

6) We've had many different pets--(can't say no to my kids) bearded dragon, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, fish, cats, dogs, asia frog, and soon another exotic pet. (cannot tell you it's a secret, husband doesn't' know yet!) Shhhhh don't tell.

7) Would love to be a foster mom-husband thinks we have enough kids....I just want to take care of kids, that don't have homes!

I need to stop here, as to save some secrets, for another time!

Thanks for coming here!!!!!!

I'm tagging:

(spokes N spin)

The Wilson House

(blessings from above) She's such a cutie! Jennifer


Saturday, May 17, 2008


I threw my back out guys, so I won't be on here for a while...actually my daughter is typing for me. (thank you Chelsea) I will catch you up later and catch up, on all of your posts when my back allows me to sit!

Have a great week-end.

Thanks P90X you rock!

Friday, May 16, 2008


This was just yesterday! (not really!)

Well, today is Friday-- already! I know most people are celebrating the fact that it is Friday, hence TGIF was coined. But wait, wasn't it just Tuesday?

Just yesterday my daughter Ali was born...she's almost 20!

Not even two years later Chelsea was born, and then Hannah, Gavin, Chloe! And six and half years ago my baby--Rickie.

I remember talking to my Grandmother once, (not that we didn't talk at other times) and she said to me.."Carey, I'm old, and I have to tell you, I just don't know how this happened."

I knew what she meant--but, didn't quite get it. I get it now. I'm 48 and the number sounds sooooo old to me, yet, I don't feel any different, than I did in my twenties! Yes, I've learned a lot--gained experience, but the core person who I am is the same.

So, I'm 48 already and I got here pretty darn fast...will I blink and be 68.....78....etc. Probably.

I need to enjoy every bit of my life, because you just don't know what tomorrow brings really. When Rickie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis--it was a total wake-up call. Enjoy all the time you have with your family and friends--plug in to your kids. Talk to them--get in their face and find out who they are! Not just as your child, but as a person, what are they really like?

I have to tell you...I have the most incredible children--their funny, smart, loving, compassionate, smart alecks, (sometimes) and you know I like that about them. Their
not push overs...

I have to be the luckiest girl in the world! :)

Even if I am getting old!

p.s. It's Friday Foto Finish go to Candid Carrie
She'll explain it there! Thanks! Oh yeah, click on
candid carrie above.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cat in labor!????

Call out to all of you cat people!!! We have a cat, a calico much like this one pictured above. In fact, this picture looks just like her, she might be a tad bigger in the belly than our Scout. (she's my daughter's cat) anyway, we decided we wanted one litter of kittens, before we do the Bob barker thing and have her spade.

So we let her out at night and boy did the males come around...have you ever in your life heard male cats howl, when there's a female in heat? My gawd it's scary.

My almost 14 year old son was having a sleep over in the basement one night, and they heard the howling...of course they didn't know what it was....scared the begesus out of them. It's not just for an hour or so it's all night long. Poor cats they don't leave either, they stay for days and days. No food or water for those rascals! So anyway, we thought for sure she was should of seen us staring out the windows spying on the cats "doing it"

"Mom....they're doing it under the bushes!"

"Shhhh, be quiet we don't want to interrupt them!"

I have to say we got into it. This was in January.....60 some days come and kittens. She even gained weight! Well, 3 weeks later the males came back around. What the heck, why are they back I thought for sure she was pregnant. We let her out again...same routine. So, by our calculations she should be due any day now. She's showing, she has pick nipples. My daughter felt the kittens.

Are there signs we should look for? You know like, like for humans? I have goggled it many times and it doesn't really give us specific answers. I don't really want to take her to the vets either. Sorry.

I know the other Carrie has cats maybe she could help me? Please.

goodnight for now.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Butterfly Effect

Movies should-- inspire, move, entertain. Not many movies in my opinion do all of that plus more. When this movie first came out on dvd, I watched it with my family. It had such a profound effect on me I couldn't get it out of my mind. I started thinking about my own life and the decisions I've made.

We all have, our shoulda, coulda, woulda moments...every single thing we say, and do, has an effect on another human-being, be it negative or positive. We might not even realize it. It can actually change the course or path they take in life! I know that when my younger brother passed away, my whole family felt that way..."If only, I'd done this or that--he might still be here."

Who's to say if that is true or not, we are only human and we do think these things I'm sure. At least we're given the ability to accept situations that are painful and go on. Still our minds will go there and sometimes drive ourselves crazy with the "if onlys"

Back to our decisions and how they affect others, we all should, (and I really try to teach this to my kids) to always think before we say things, to strangers, family members, anyone we're having a conversation with because how do we know where their head is at, at that moment. One wrong comment could profoundly change the course of someone's life.

Believe me, I'm no saint and would never profess to be one, yet I really hope that even on here, I wouldn't want someone to take something the wrong way, feel bad etc. That is never my intent. I just want someplace to vent and share ideas with... It's really easy to get attached to people on here. I especially like the humorous girls and their way of putting things out there!

So, yeah that's my thought for the night...

As my boys would say--"peace out!"


Monday, May 12, 2008

Don't Smoke it here!

A Law was just passed in Michigan, no smoking in public places.
Of course, all of you that know me personally, know that I couldn't be happier.

What do you all think of this? Is smoking allowed in your state?
All Native American run casinos, are exempt from this law.
So, it's OK, for casinos to allow smoking? Why is that?

Just some food for thought.

And that's all for today.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day Gift--part 2

I still need to post the gifts my fabulous children have given me--I want you to read what Chelsea posted for me on her blog here.

You can have 6 children, and all of them are soooooo different yet alike.

Mother's Day Gifts--part 1

I have received many wonderful Mother's Day gifts, which later I will show you. Please go here and read this from my oldest daughter! Get some kleenex. :)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

To My Mother (and to all Mothers)

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.
- Quote by Zora Neale Hurston

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Great Strides/Rickie's Warriors Friday May 9, 2008

For our little peanut, we love you Rickie. We will find a cure!


CF Great Strides Walk in Detroit: Take steps to cure cystic fibrosis at this fund-raiser 3 p.m. Fri. on the river walk in downtown Detroit.

Let it be

To go along with the post below this is one of my favorites for now!

Call out for advice


  1. Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
  2. A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.

Habit may refer to:

  • Habit (psychology), an acquired pattern of behavior that often occurs automatically
  • Habituation, non-associative learning in which there is a progressive diminution of behavioral response probability with repetition of a stimulus
  • An act done repeatedly, sometimes unconsciously (such as a tic), sometimes for leisure (such as a hobby)

Today I'm putting something out there that y'all might help me with.

I tend to eat or listen to, or just do things until I can't stand it any longer. Does that make sense?

For instance: my daughters made me a playlist for my iPod ( nice I know) I love all the music they put on this one certain playlist.

The problem, I only now listen to that certain playlist. Why? Because I love it sooooo much.
and I don't want to listen to anything else. I will listen to this, until finally I start to detest it! Thats right, I will start hating the music. I just can't help it.

The same with food, I'll start to love a certain food (chili) and I have to, or want it everyday--until bam, yes, that's right I hate it!

Why can't I just go along, like everyone else, in moderation and like, and eat, a variety of different things?

Maybe it's habit--my life is a habit and series of rituals.

Started a long time ago: get up in the morning and feed the horses, run back in the house take a shower and go to school...everyone has a morning ritual, not a problem--the problem is when you start hating the habit, ritual or obsession (don't really like the word) anyway, I think you're starting to see where I'm going with this.

Am I normal? Do you do this too?

Comment please! anonymously, I don't care just tell me.

I'm really not that upset about this habit of mine, just curious that's all!

p.s. don't really think I need therapy, would only love it and then hate it!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Moods 101

What a difference a day makes...that could go for many things. I'm talking about moods. My moods are all over the map at times. I didn't even realize I'd been depressed, until I felt great today. Wow, unbelievable.

I really think it's the peri-menopausal thing. I'm not in menopause yet, just the beginning stages.
Talk about hormonal....*phew* I heard someone liken it to PMS on steroids! Ha you can say that again. For all my younger friends out there, I don't want to scare you or depress you, just reiterate what you've probably already heard.

I started having night sweats about 5 years would think someone poured a bucket of water over my body, when I was sleeping... So, I make it to the bathroom and wring out my clothes, and by that time I'm freezing. Take them off, and grab a towel lay it down over the crime scene (thats what it looks like) so that I'm not laying on top of my sweat.

I will say something strange--I like the smell of my sweat. Yes, I do, it's sweet. I 'm just weird that way...I tend to like strange smells. I'm so wet, my hair and inside my ears are wet--like I've been swimming.

I look at it in the morning and think, "boy I've lost that much water.?" "What does that calculate out to, in weight loss?" Hmmmmm.

I've mentioned before everything goes back to the weight thing.

Another aspect of pre or peri-menopause is the thinning of your hair and I'm not talking on your head! I don't have to say anymore do I ladies? That is just so weird as well. No one ever told me about that aspect. You look south and I'm like where'd it go? huh.

Back to the reason of this post is, it's a great day! And I'm enjoying myself.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Turning something potentially negative into a positive

I'm following Candid Chatters suggestion, and posting a situation today that was ticking me off, and turn it into a positive situation for myself and the other person.

I was simply cleaning my house and minding my own business and the phone rings. Not anything negative about that right? Wrong! Telemarketers on a whole are just doing their job and I can appreciate that. I have to say a lot of times if their selling something and I think I can benefit, or if I feel sorry for them-- I bite the bait and they have scored with me!

I am such a sucker! Yes, thats me, hard to say no to someone.

The telemarketer wants me to agree to try DSL and I already have cable, I nicely tell him. He kept going "Ma'am, you don't have to pay for anything just try it!"

Me--"No thanks, I just don't think I want to try it at this time."

Him--"Ma'am, you don't understand, you don't have to pay just try it for free, if you don't like it send it back."

Me---Getting ticked....Ahhhh....remembering what Heidi's blog was about..."No thanks, I hope you have a wonderful day today."

Him--"OK, sure. "But,.....


Well, it ended OK, I didn't yell at him...that was good.


Jennifer, from Blessings from above, tagged me! (that cute girl!) Have never done this before!!
The tag is to post six uninteresting things about myself and in turn tag six others to do the same.

1) Along the same lines as Jennifer-- I do a really weird thing in my head I type out conversations,
actually with my fingers while I'm talking. Have always done it don't know why. There's another thing I do, if I'm bored like in a waiting room or something I count straight lines, for instance trim around windows would be 4 depending on how many windows they have and trim on the floor and crown molding, you get the picture! weird, and it doesn't stop there it has to end on a even number not odd.

2) I get lost easily! No matter what--if I've been there a million times I'm still going to find a way to get turned around! (husband hates this)

3) I have very high arches, which makes it very difficult to purchase any sort of cool shoes...and wide feet to boot! Thanks Dad!

4) I'm obsessed with my weight, no matter what it is, it's never good enough!

5) When I write out my bills I write them out like it's a race...the faster the better. Thank you internet for making it a lot faster!

6) I take on other peoples emotions, to the point of totally feeling their pain, joy etc. A good thing to a point.

p.s. I think I need therapy! lol

-- If you want to play:

  • Link back to the person who tagged you.

  • Post these rules on your blog.

  • List 6 uninteresting things about yourself.

  • Tag 6 random people at the end of your entry

Heidi at Candid Chatter
Kathy at Mama's losin' It
Ali at WhimsicALIty
Chelsea at qu'e es esto?

Monday, May 5, 2008

I love Chili

Candid Chatter on her post today reminded me of how much I love chili lately...don't ask me why! What's more amusing is, I have never liked chili until this year...I know someone (and I'm not telling you who) that used to make chili all the time. He spent so much time on his chili--ground beef, sirloin steak, etc...all the best ingredients. Do you think that I would try it? No way I had this mental block...I was not going to try it.

So just a few months ago I thought "I'll just make some chili." Truth to known, I'm thinkin to myself--there's beans in it (carbs, protein) ground beef (protein) tomatoes (vegetables, carbs) Wow, all good, that's why I started making it. I have it down to a perfection...cut up onions to put on top...(yum) a little bit of sour cream (extra yum) and maybe grated cheese (Ahhh) My mouth is watering just writing this down.

So why am I obsessing about chili? Who knows, but until I get sick of it and believe me I probably will, I will make it and family you don't have to eat it anymore (more for me) I will eat it until I can't eat it no more! There.

Just had to tell ya!

Love ya,


Sunday, May 4, 2008

Great Strides May 9, 2008

GREAT STRIDES is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest and most successful national fund-raising event. This year, I'm walking in the GREAT STRIDES walk at the 2008 Detroit - Downtown River Walk, walk on 05/09/2008. Please help me meet my goal of 2,000 dollars! It doesn't matter how much-even one dollar will help. Please click on the link below and donate.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Detroit Free press (article) "Fast foot forward"

The article is up and I'm not happy at all! OMG I can't believe what this lady printed!!! Ahhhhhh!!! I am sooooo glad that I'm not a celebrity, can you imagine waking up and reading **ap about yourself and it's half truths and innuendos?

What I am so upset about: "an incurable disease that tends to kill quickly." Sh** why would she print that? How many people with cystic fibrosis are going to read this article. It is not true, yes it's not curable but it does not kill quickly and why would she say kill? This is my child she's talking about.

I don't know what I'm going to do. Any suggestions?

Plus the pictures of me are horrendous.

Alright, I just talked with my Mom and her opinion-it's not that bad, and the fact being it does kill that is the fact...maybe people will stop and take notice of the disease.

I tend to react quickly when it has anything to do with my kids. So, I will take a deep breath and let it go. I need some coffee. Bye for now.

Article on Mackinaw Bridge Run

Friday, May 2, 2008

May national awareness Month for Cystic Fibrosis!

Dear Friends,

We have some exciting news. We are pleased to tell you that, over the past seven days, Congress and the President took action on four separate bills that champion the rights and health of people with cystic fibrosis.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation played a hand in each of the following developments:

  • The Senate officially recognized May 2008 as National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

  • Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) today. This law makes it illegal for employers and insurance companies to discriminate based on genetic information.

  • President Bush signed into law the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act, which provides resources and funding for new and existing newborn screening programs through 2012.

  • The House of Representatives reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This program awards grants to small biotechnology companies that conduct important CF research.
Each of these initiatives has tremendous potential to help people with CF. These bills help increase awareness of cystic fibrosis, focus research funding on CF, and establish critical legal protections to help people with the disease live longer, healthier lives.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Moving Day for Ali

Everyday here seems to be an adventure of some sort. Especially when you factor in six kids and their different personality's. There's never a dull moment here.

Today, was very momentous for our oldest, she moved from the dorms and moved today into a house with three other people. How exciting is that! Talk about looking at things through rose colored glasses, her description to me- verses reality....Wow. Don't get me wrong the house is fine, but boy is it dirty. There were two ladies there cleaning it, so maybe after that's done it will be OK.

The setting is very nice, it sits back from the road a bit, with numerous trees. I'm just so excited for her. Staying in a dorm is basically still living at home everything is taken care of for you, meals, bathrooms cleaned etc.

Living in a house is a whole new experience and my child has crossed over to adulthood. Very bittersweet for me. Ali I am so proud of you. I am also very happy that you have become the person that you are.
Dorm Room^
Love and miss you.