Thursday, December 30, 2004

Hey, Look Lorene

I thought it was sweet of her to get her boudoir photos done for Christmas!

(We are definately going to hell...)

Beautiful. Just Simply Beautiful.

The Cast of The L Word. The only reason to have Showtime.

It's about Bloody Time

This one is for Geoffrey and Gordon at Dogsnot...

Hat Tip: SistersTalk

And while you're there, read Why Jesus was Gay.

It's Nice to Know...

I am not the only one who Power Shops...

"Video games also increase efficiency in shopping situations. If you've played many tactical fighters, then you can relate to this situation:

Wife: "Urgh, its crowded in here. We'll never get all this stuff and get home in time for you to watch the game."
Me: "Sure, we will."
Wife: "But how? We've only got ten minutes..."
Me: "Alright, here's the plan. We both start out at the south entrance and cart up. At this point, I'm heading west into the dairy section, you go east and pick up the veggies. Since, I'll be out of dairy first, I'll head back around the north side and block off the pasta aisle with my cart, while you enter from the south and get all the stuff we need. Then, we'll both head north, you're on my flank, and we'll turn into the meat section. I'll occupy the old lady that tries to give us samples all the time while you roll behind me and pick up what we need. From there, you proceed south to the endcap and pick up the cat food. Hopefully, the traffic from the pasta aisle will still be lagged behind by then. I'll head straight to checkout lane six, since that's where the fast bagger is, and you'll rendezvous and meet me there. If all goes well, we'll be done in seven minutes with no casualties."
Wife: "You're very sexy right now."
Me: "And don't linger in the organic foods aisle. That's where the snipers are. Ready? Red team go!"

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Jerry, We Will Miss ya...

Law and Order fans everywhere are saddened...

NEW YORK — Actor Jerry Orbach, who played a world-weary cop on TV's "Law & Order" and put Baby in the corner in "Dirty Dancing," has died of prostate cancer at 69, a representative of the show said Wednesday.
Orbach died Tuesday night in Manhattan after several weeks of treatment, Audrey Davis of the public relations agency Lippin Group said.

Earlier this month, Orbach's agent, Robert Malcolm, announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease. But he told FOX News on Wednesday that Orbach had suffered from prostate cancer for a decade.

"He was diagnosed a long time ago. Ten years ago. He has been fighting an incredible fight for the last 10 years, and most people did not know, and he worked," Malcolm said.

Malcolm added that Orbach was a "man of the people."

"They took to him, and he took to them. He loved New York. He loved working, and people knew that and loved him back," he said.

Orbach starred for 12 seasons in the original "Law & Order" (search) series, but left to head the spin-off "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (search), set to debut next year.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Oh, Dear Lord

Time: 6:30 am
Place: My bathroom, looking in the mirror while brushing hair…

Me: “Oh, No…”
Lindi: “What’s wrong, honey?”
Me: “It’s… oh, no… It’s…” *gulp*
Lindi: “What is it?”
Me: (quietly) “I have a grey hair.”
Sarah (from her bedroom): “You’re Welcome!”

I have a grey hair. Right in front. I am 32. This should not be happening. Seriously. No one told me grey hair was part of the deal when I became a stepmother. I did not sign on for grey hair. I want my money back, it was not a part of the contract.

Maybe it’s due to my upcoming surgery. I spent yesterday getting my Power of Attorney and all that legal stuff finalized – just in case. My mom isn’t happy, but she’s not unhappy, with my decision to give full legal rights (as much as I can, anyway) to Lindi. She told me yesterday that she’s known me longer. Well, duh. But Lindi is my spouse.

A week from Friday. I don’t know what to do, I am so nervous. So many things to go wrong, yet so many things to go right. I am looking forward to a life of movement.

I think one of the reasons I am hesitant is purely selfish. I have always been known as the girl with the big boobs. Always. It’s part of my identity. When someone described me, they would say “the girl with the boobs!” And I liked that – it was a status symbol to have large breasts in this society. Naturally, I have more to offer than size G boobies, and I know that. But they have been such a huge part (no pun intended) of who I am, it’s going to be weird not to have them.

For those men out there who don’t understand what I am saying, think of it this way: Chop off half of your member. Then become a stripper. You would feel judged in an incredible way. This is how women feel about their boobies – well, not all women, but most. You guys (and lesbians do this too) don’t look at the hair or the eyes nearly as much as you do the boobies. It’s natural. And when you have breasts that a lot of women envy, it’s hard to give those up.

I tried to explain how I felt about this to Lindi. I could not have asked for a better partner during this time in my life. She doesn’t understand how attached I am to them, since they are so painful. I said, “Hey, these bad boys are my best feature!” She smiled and said, “No, they aren’t. Your beautiful face is.”

This is why I love her so.

So, I am going through with it – no regrets. It’s the first step to a better me – a healthier me. Very scary, but I will definitely get through it.

Some people have asked that Lindi post my room number on my blog once I come out of surgery so you can send flowers, candy, bras… I really appreciate the thought, but I’m not so comfortable with that. So, I tell you what. Email me personally, and I will give you the phone number to call to find out that information on Friday, January 7th. Mark your calendars. I like roses, carnations, alstromeria and daisies. Godiva and Ghiradelli are welcome.

Don’t worry, I will be in great hands! The Hospital is the top hospital in the state, and Lindi will be there for me every step of the way!

For Lindi... a triple play

You Are/Jimmy Wayne

Baby when I look at you, You know it breaks my heart in two
How beautiful you are
I've seen you in a million dreams, Now you're finally here with me
We will never be apart
I wanna hold you forever, That's all I'll ever need

You are my love, You are my life
My heart and soul, The truest friend I've ever known
You are my world, All of my dreams
My fantasy, my reality, I love everything you are

Every time I close my eyes, It hits me so deep inside
How real this feeling is
I'm intoxicated by your touch, It's a sweet, sweet rush
I'm in love with your kiss
You're the one I trust the most, You changed me

You are my love, You are my life
My heart and soul, The truest friend I've ever known
You are my world, All of my dreams
My fantasy, my reality, I love everything you are

Everything, I love everything you are

Monday, December 27, 2004

Prayers, Good Thoughts and Energy are Needed

It's hard to concentrate on the season when your brother is fighting for his life.

Send your love, thoughts, prayers and energy to Danielle and her brother as he recovers from a horrid car accident.

It makes you remember what's important.

For Lindi... Part Deux

My Wonderful/Jessica Simpson
(with gender edits)

Time when I was down and out
No lovin’ in my life
This angel came and brought about
A meaning of so right
Took my dark and lonely days into the light
With her loving ways

She's my wonderful
Everything a girl could want to love
And all I need
Yes she's my wonderful
She must have been sent from up above
Just for me

I gotta have her close to me
Each and every night
To give me that security
Of dreamin and delight
Love has got a grip on me
Oh so tight
Hope she never lets go

Cause I don't ever want to be free
From her love and care that more people will never see
And at night I pray that I'll have my way
And your love for eternity

No one could ever do for me
The things she does cause

A time when I was down and out
No lovin in my life
This angel came and brought about
A meaning of so right
And took my dark and lonley days
Into the light with her loving ways
Oh Yeah
I said she's everything
All I need la la la la la la...

Santa Came to Town!

Christmas was wonderful! Christmas Eve Day, I baked and baked and finished up the goodie boxes for the family. After Lindi got home, we headed out to her Uncle Tom’s house and ate dinner, played games, an enjoyed each other’s company. After Tom’s house, we hurried home and enjoyed our family Christmas – just the three of us. Santa loves us – our stockings were wonderful!! Santa even left toys for the kitties in their little stockings! We got the best present in the world – all five kitties came out and played in the living room – together! It was awesome, since we rarely see Mickey, let alone all five kitties at the same time.

Christmas Morning, Lindi’s Mom picked up Sarah for church, then Lindi and I headed over to their house to help with Christmas Breakfast – sausages, eggs and potatoes and Sticky Buns, their family tradition. We all sat around in the living room and opened our bounty of presents. Sarah got mostly clothes and DVD’s, Lindi also got clothes, I got every piece of bakeware I asked for – springform pans, mini muffin tins, new cookie sheets, a jelly roll pan, spoons, spatulas – even new bowls and plates for the kitchen. I am soooo spoiled!

Afterwards, we packed up the car and headed to my parents house to enjoy Christmas with my family. The best part was when we gave each member an envelope with a brochure of the Ronald McDonald House and a letter that we had donated Christmas Dinner to the Ronald McDonald house in the name of our family to the 28 families who had children spend Christmas in the hospital. I don’t think there was a dry eye there. The other cry fest happened when the three kids gave my Dad a poem (written by me) and something he had always wanted, even when he was a child – a remote control airplane. I am glad my sister read the poem because I was a sobbing mess. I was crying when I wrote it!

Then we headed to Sarah’s other grandparents – her father’s side. They are always so gracious to us, even Sarah’s father was there. We only spent a little while there and enjoyed their company while Sarah opened even more clothes. They gave the three of us movie tickets and some money for a movie night, which was lovely of them.

When it was all said and done – we came home an hour ahead of schedule and our living room looked like a department store threw up! I took some meds and we all sat on the couch and sorted out the gifts and we realized just how blessed we are.

Sunday was a great day – the three of us cleaned the downstairs. Lindi and Sarah took the living room and put away all the Christmas stuff, vacuumed and rearranged a bit to give us more room. I took on the kitchen, which still isn’t done, but they promised to help me a bit. When Sarah got back from church with Grandma, we jumped in the car and grabbed some Chinese food, then went to the mall. I got my nails done (after a MONTH!) and Sarah got a pedicure while Lindi spent her Christmas money on Xbox games and a new DVD case for the living room.

Sunday evening, Lindi and Sarah put the DVD case together while I made dinner and we had our neighbors over for Christmas Exchange. The neighbors took their copy of our wedding invitation and created a beautifully framed artpiece by burning the edges of the paper and layering it over and over again to create the image of petals, then had it professionally framed. It is so beautiful, we hung it right up on our wall. It means so much to me that they took the time to create something so exquisite.

So, that is our Holiday weekend. I wish I had this week off, but I am not so lucky. Maybe next year I can take the whole week off in between. ?

Hope you all had a very blessed Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Sure, I may never update my own site, but I can still ninja post on this bitch.

Ha! Y'all don't even know what hit you.

~Tubbs, the ninja.

Okay, now THIS is Funny

Do these frighten anyone else but me?

Top 20 referring search terms...
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Last 25 Referring search terms
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virgo today (MSN)

Yeah, This Makes Sense

Your Christmas is Most Like: Miracle on 34th Street

Sweet and caring, Christmas is about helping for you.
While Santa may not exist, you try to share his spirit.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Four days 'til CRAZY!!

I took yesterday off of work to finish up my shopping and wrapping. I was able to get everything I needed and baked a little, get Sarah to her Orthodontics appointment and cook dinner. No time for a nap, but I was solidly asleep by 9:30 last night.

Friday was a great time at the Poors, it was great to see everyone again!!!

I started getting a migraine on Saturday and realy bad acheys in my back and legs. It swelled and swelled until I was a mess. I felt really bad, but there was no way I could go to Lindi's family party, it was just too much. Lindi sacrificed a lot and didnt go herself so she could stay home with me. I took a Lortab, muscle relaxer and rested the evening away. We finally figured out what the problem was - I hadn't had any Diet Coke for almost 24 hours. Caffeine withdrawl! It was horrible.

Sunday was Lindi's work party, so we made a turkey, honey glazed ham, dressing and gravy to contribute to the dinner for her crew. It was WONDERFUL! Well, mostly wonderful, a homeless drunken Native American couple refused to leave Lindi's store so we had to call the police. They smelled so horrid, I can't even begin to describe it. I felt so badly for them, we were thinking of making them a plate to take with them, until they got in Lindi's face and the woman started swearing at her, saying, "The police don't care about us Native Americans anyway! Stupid white people!" I nearly ripped her head off. I am part Cherokee and Cherokowa from the North Dakota tribes, and I wanted to sooooo educate my fellow American Indians about tribe pride and self control... but Sarah held me back from it. If my daughter wasn't there, I would have picked them up and thrown them out myself. The woman literally had extrement soaking through her pants. It was disgusting. The man took a "shower" in the restroom - out of the urinal. They were escorted away by police and I felt sad and disgusted at the same time. No one should live like that.

I received an email from Scott - he is in Iraq, stationed in the North.

"Hi, yes I'm now in the great country of Iraq. This place is one big sh*t hole. Thank you very much for the package. I'm glad to hear that you are doing better. Things here are ok. I wish I was there. Take care ~ Scott"

The care package was sent off yesterday - The grand total: 14 lbs!! ($27 to ship!) The Military will have it in 2 days, hopefully they can get it to him soon. It sounds like he needs the pick-me-up.

I included many goodies - peanuts, pretzles, butterscotch candy, jolly rancher candy, butter cookies, oreos, nutter butters, mixed nuts in the can, poker set with cards, dice and poker chips, beef jerky, SPF48 sunscreen, Curel lotion, 10 pack juicy fruit gum, 10 pack wintergreen gum, 3 pack Eclipse gum, Stuff Magazine, FHM Magazine (with bonus calendar for 2005!), Maxium Magazine, card and pictures!

Thanks for everyone's suggestions. We're going to do another care package of lotion, lipbalm, sunscreen for his unit for Valentines Day, so keep your ideas coming!!!!

Send your prayers - it sounds like they need them. 20 US Soldiers Killed today...

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Song of the Day

I am totally digging on my Internet Radio courtsey of LaunchCast. I hear so much music that I love... so I will put lyrics out of songs that I am happy to have heard today... As you can tell, I am in a soft country mood.

This one just makes me cry. I am a mush bucket.

In My Daughter's Eyes/Martina McBride

In my daughter's eyes I am a hero, I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see - she was sent to rescue me
I see who I wanna be... In my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes everyone is equal, Darkness turns to light and the world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me, gives me strength when I am weak
I find reason to believe... In my daughter's eyes

And when she wraps her hand around my finger, Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer, I realize what life is all about

It's hangin' on when your heart has had enough, It's giving more when you feel like giving up
I've seen the light... It's in my daughter's eyes

In my daughter's eyes I can see the future, a reflection of who I am and what will be
Though she'll grow and someday leave, maybe raise a family
When I'm gone I hope you see how happy she made me
For I'll be there... In my daughter's eyes

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Hat tip to The Pixie.

The name of the rose
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose. You are a
mystery novel dealing with theology, especially
with catholic vs liberal issues. You search
wisdom and knowledge endlessly, feeling that
learning is essential in life.

Which literature classic are you?
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My New Favorite Picture

I have always wondered why anytime I see a picture of Angelina, it was taken on a siginifcant date for me. This one was taken on 10-10-2003 - my wedding day. The pic in the right hand column, of her waiving, was taken on my birthday this year. The one below was taken on my Mother's birthday just four days later.

I think it's a sign. I think Angelina is sending me messages through her pictures. I am not entirely sure what she's saying, but the one above was definately for me... look at those eyes and that look on her face. It's as if to say, "Sorry I couldn't attend your wedding, I just couldn't watch you marry another woman..."

Yeah. In my dreams.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Thought of the Day

"The best portion of good man's life - his little, nameless, un-remembered acts of kindness and of love."

- William Wordsworth

Monday, December 13, 2004

Heard This Song Today...


Last Thing She Said/Ryan Tyler

When she opened up her eyes
She was blinded by the lights
Everything was flashing red and blue
She heard "Do you know were you are?"
As they pulled her from her car
She saw the helicopter and she knew
It must be really bad
And as they lifted off the ground
The only thing that she could think about

Was the last thing she said
To her husband that morning
And the look on his face
When she slammed the door
And the way she drove off
Without one ounce of regret
And knowing "I love you"
Was not the last thing she said

She tried to stay awake
Long enough to see his face
Wishin' she could take the whole day back
She kept asking where he is
And "Am I gonna live?"
While the voices in the room faded fast
Before she drifted off
They tried to calm her down
But on and on all she talked about

(Repeat Chorus)

He was waitin' in the hall
Starin’ at the wall
When he finally saw the doctor walk his way
Oh, he was scared to death
Just holding his breath
Right up until he heard the doctor say
"She’ll be okay
And right now she needs her rest
But she wanted me to tell you she’s sorry
And ‘I love you’
Was the last thing she said."

This one is really good, too... very haunting

Whiskey Lullaby/Brad Paisley & Allison Krauss

She put him out like the burning end
of a midnight cigarette.
She broke his heart.
He spent his whole life trying to forget.
We watched him drink his pain away a little at a time.
But he never could get drunk enough to get her off his mind
Until the night

Chorus: He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger.
And finally drank away her memory.
Life is short but this time it was bigger
Than the strength he had to get up off his knees.
We found him with his face down in the pillow
with a note that said "I'll love her 'till I die.
And when we buried him beneath the willow,
the angels sang a whiskey lullaby.

The rumors flew. But nobody knew
how much she blamed herself.
For years and years, she tried to hide
the whiskey on her breath.
She finally drank her pain away a little at a time.
But she never could get drunk enough to get him off her mind
Until the night

She put that bottle to her head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away his memory.
Life is short but this time it was bigger
than the strength she had to get up off her knees.
We found her with her face down in the pillow
clinging to his picture for dear life
We laid her next to him beneath the willow
While the angels sang a whiskey lullaby

The Holiday's Threw Up

... everywhere. You should see our house, presents, cooking supplies and wrapping paper in every nook and cranny. So far so good, but it's been pretty crazy.

Saturday was spent shopping and making treats for presents, Saturday night was a Holiday party, Sunday was more baking. Tonight, I get to bake some more... I'll be happy when it's all done and over with!

I got tons of things for Scott's Care Package - gum, candy, peanuts... I hope he likes it! He should be in Iraq any day now. I will keep updating as I know.

Kinda having a depressive day. I just want to curl up in my bed and cry. Lots going on, not anything I really want to blog about. Sometimes I wish I could turn back the clock and start over - about two years ago. I would do things so much differently.

Hope your Monday turns out well!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

I am Alive!

Sorry for not blogging. I have not been anywhere near a computer for days, let alone felt up to blogging.

Monday, I started feeling bad. I thought I would take a day, recharge my batteries, stay at home. I was nauseated and achy in my joints. My back hated me. I took a muscle relaxor and rested the whole day. I wasn't worried about the nausea because I am usually nauseated at least twice a day. Bad stomach, no worries.

I woke up Tuesday, went to the bathroom and started getting ready for work. I felt nauseated again and threw up. And didn't stop. The worst part? There was blood - a lot of blood. My neighbor took me into the ER and they performed a NG (nasal gastric tube) and found that the blood was not coming from my stomach. Let me tell you, I will never have an NG ever again. It was horrid.

I went home and called my regular doctor and asked her to order a scope. I went right back up to the U and had a scope done - to find out I have a hiatal hernia and a "puckered esophogus" from acid reflux. Yay.

Then, Wednesday, I started feeling shortness of breath. I expected to have a sore throat after all I'd been through, but it was hard to breathe. Another trip to Urgent Care and the doctor tells me that sometimes when a person has a procedure like a scope, the bottom of their lungs will collapse a little and that's probably what I am feeling. He gave me a breathing treatment, ordered a chest x-ray (which was okay) and sent me home with an inhaler. He also mentioned something about needing a pulmonary function test because I might have early COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). I am not happy.

But I am here at work, eating mushroom rice soup and waiting for my bed.

When it rains, it pours, eh?

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Disbelievers, You Better Believe it Now.

In 11 states, Anti-Gay Marriage Amendments were on the ballot. 11 states passed them in an attempt to “protect” Marriage. Supporters of these amendment said, “we’re not trying to discriminate against anyone, we’re clarifying the definition. Don’t worry, your rights won’t be affected.”


Thanks to Rosemary, Queen of all Evil. She has tipped me to the beginning of the “Heterosexual Agenda” – wiping us homosexuals off the map.

Don’t believe me? Read this.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A state representative said Monday he's working on a measure to oppose health benefits for gay partners of state employees in new contracts for state workers that have been agreed to by the state and five labor unions.

Rep. Ken Bradstreet, R-Gaylord, also said he is writing a letter to Attorney General Mike Cox to ask whether it's legal for the state to offer same-sex domestic partner benefits after Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

Bradstreet's resolution, expected to be introduced on Tuesday, would urge Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Office of the State Employer to refrain from negotiating or approving any state contract with domestic partner health care benefits for same-sex couples.

"It's unfathomable how, before the ballot boxes are hardly put away, some state leaders are going against citizens' wishes to even consider this issue in the labor contract negotiations process," Bradstreet said in a news release.

No, sir, what is unfathomable is that you are willing to sacrifice the protection of hundreds of domestic partners and their children for your anti-gay agenda, especially when the contracts have already been negotiated and signed prior to the vote. It’s called contract law, and you’d better get a brushing up.

The fact is this: These Amendments have the potential to place all gays and their families in direct harm. No longer can we file proper Domestic Protective orders in court, expect that our employers will continue their benefits and any of the other things forward thinking people have bestowed upon us. The fact is I, as a “single” employee, am compensated almost $4000 less per year in benefits because they fail to recognize my spouse and my child. I don’t receive that in cash, therefore, I am being inappropriately compensated for my work.

You Conservatives said it wouldn’t happen, but it is, and will continue to happen.

And, eventually, all of these Constitutional Amendments will be repealed because, in essence, if you have to change the Constitution to “make” a precept Constitutional, there is something fundamentally WRONG with it!

When your states have multi-billion dollar lawyer and court fees, don’t come crying to us gays. You did it yourself. You put discrimination on the ballot and fed the public all the horror stories about how gays are destroying marriage, when all I want to do is live with my spouse in peace.

In the end, you would have saved a whole lot of money if you would have just given us the due benefits we deserve.

Oh, and This Nimrod wants all books mentioning homosexuality to be banned from public libraries in Alabama. He wants to “dig a big hole and bury them all.”

If a state legislator has his way, works by Tennessee Williams and Alice Walker could be pulled from public and university libraries.

Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, prefiled a bill in the House of Representatives that could ban literature with gay protagonists or textbooks that present homosexuality as natural.

The bill aims “to prohibit the expenditure or use of public funds or public facilities by any state agency or public entity for the purchase, production or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that sanction, recognize, foster or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state.”

“I don’t want someone teaching my children that it’s OK to have an alternative lifestyle,” Allen told The Plainsman Wednesday. “Our culture is sick.

“It’s a small minority group of citizens who drive the train on our culture,” Allen said.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy statute in 2003. That precedent deems similar state statutes ineffectual.

Possible ramifications of the bill, if passed, include banning and pulling books such as Vladimir Nabakov’s “Lolita,” Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes” and Truman Capote’s “Other Voices, Other Rooms” from the shelves of public libraries, including university libraries.

Auburn’s theater department performs “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” every Halloween. The legislation could put an end to such performances.

Mark Potok, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the legislation is the product “of a politician trying to make time with a cheap and easy issue.”

“I think it’s outrageous,” he said. “It really is like a Nazi book burning,” repeating his statement published in The Birmingham News Wednesday.

“It could eventually result in the banning of the Bible,” Potok said.

I’m sorry, but if the legislators of Alabama actually pass this thing, and the subsequent effect is the banning of the Bible, that would make me giggle with glee.

Shopping with the Grandma

There are benefits to being older. You can pretty much be as cranky as you want to be and everyone just chalks it up to being crotchety. Priority parking. Forget something? No problem, you’re getting old. Want to pretend you forgot something? Go ahead, no one can tell the difference anyway.

But the biggest perk to getting older is the Senior Discounts, which a lot of places are giving at age 60 now. I don’t consider 60 to be Senior, but I am all for giving out of the free-ness.

Last night after Family Therapy (which is going swimmingly), Sarah, Lindi and I picked up Lindi’s Mom and went shopping at Kohl’s. Most of the items in the store were anywhere from 40-80% off. We browsed, picked out clothes, presents, jewelry, and had a blast. I love Kohl’s – Department store quality, and last night, Kmart prices. We were getting $40 sweaters for $19.00, earrings normally $38 for $15, lots of great things for Christmas.

The best part? At checkout, they gave us an additional 15% discount because Lindi’s mom is 62. Took $49.00 off the total bill. Hells, ya.

We then went across the street to IHOP and had dinner. Guess what? It was Senior Night! Buy one meal, get one free! But it only applied to two Seniors eating, so that didn’t work, but it was a great thought. Lindi’s Mom told us many places just take a discount right off the top of the bill. Whoa.

So, we’ve decided we are taking her everywhere – to the grocery store, out to dinner, to the car wash. We’re going to cash in on this Senior Discount thing. Good God, why didn’t anyone mention this sooner?

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

For My Lindi

When You Say you Love Me/Josh Groban

Like the sound of silence calling,
I hear your voice and suddenly
I'm falling, lost in a dream.

Like the echoes of our souls are meeting,
You say those words and my heart stops beating.
I wonder what it means.

What could it be that comes over me?
At times I can't move.
At times I can hardly breath.

When you say you love me,
The world goes still, so still and silent.
When you say you love me,
For a moment, there's no one else alive.

You're the one I've always thought of.
I don't know how, but I feel sheltered in your love.
You're where I belong.

And when you're with me if I close my eyes,
There are times I swear I feel like I can fly
For a moment in time.

Somewhere between the Heavens and Earth,
And frozen in time,
Oh when you say those words.

When you say you love me
The world goes still, so still and silent.
When you say you love me
For a moment there's no one else alive.

And this journey that we're on.
How far we've come and I celebrate every moment.
And when you say you love me,
That's all you have to say.
I'll always feel this way.

When you say you love me
The world goes still, so still and silent.
When you say you love me
In that moment I know why I'm alive.

When you say you love me.
When you say you love me.
Do you know how I love you?

Thank You Dogsnot

That was really classy.

Wonderful Evening!

Every year, the owners of Lindi's McDonalds hold a "Hot Hamburger" contest with all of their 7 stores. Basically, a group of five employees from each store create a team and study everything McDonalds, from proper temperatures, to placement, to order of service, to stocking. Name it - there is a question about it. Lindi gave a pre-test and chose the top 5 employees from her store, I hand painted team t-shirts and "Lindi's Legends" were born. Yesterday was their competition.

Lindi's team wiped the floor with the rest of them. They didn't lose one round. Not ONE round! Grabbed the Number One spot!

The McDonalds Area Manager, Jeremy, was extremely impressed with her team, and is putting them up against other teams in Utah owned by other people and McDonalds corporation. That's when the prizes get REALLY big. Last night, each team member recieved $75 in cash and a beautiful McDonald's Jacket (worth about $150).

Trust me, these questions are not just flipping burger questions. McDonalds is extremely anal about the proper cooking techniques, procedures, and quality in their food. These teams needed to know proper cooking times and temps for all food products, where they were to be store, how they were to be thawed, emergency thawing procedures, microwave times AND codes... it boggles my mind.

Lindi's Legends were awesome and Sarah and I were there to cheer them on to victory. I couldn't be more proud of my children. *wink*