Friday Confessional

Ah Friday.  That means it is time to dance my way over to the confessional and get a few things off of my chest.  My thanks to the lovely Aubrey over at High-Heeled Love for graciously unlocking the doors so we can all confess our dirty little secrets.  Or not so dirty.  Click the link or the icon above to come confess with us and link up.

I confess…

I put on 4 pounds again.  Grrrrr…..it’s water, as I am once again in PMS bloat-up-like-a-water-logged-cadaver-in-the-swamp mode, which seems to be increasing in frequency these days.  This does not make me happy but is part of the glorious menopause chapter of life.  Oh lucky me.  It would help if I bothered to drink my 64 ounces of water but I usually forget lately.

I confess…

I really was bad with the dog today.  She isn’t supposed to have anything other than her prescription dog food.  For treats we can bake the canned version, into little cookies, but nothing else as she gets bladder stones.  In the near future she needs surgery for that very issues…again.  But long ago in another life when I resided with he-who-shall-not-be-named, I had established a bad habit and routine with the puppy.  Every time I went to the grocery store I bought her something too.  So upon my arrival home with the plastic bags (don’t hate, we reuse them for an abundance of things) she knew that meant mommy had a treat.  Who knew that 3.5 years later, as she is again residing with me,  the pup would remember this??? She waits patiently wagging her tail (okay it’s a stump because they cut Yorkie tails) when I return from the store.  I opt for a small piece of cheese usually, but today I brought home a raw hide, peanut butter flavored bone.  I am far above Marvelous to the 4-legged furry kid now.  But she must be watched as she manages to chew and work it into long, soft pieces and choke on it.  She also poops out paper money like an ATM because she finds cash and eats it, but that is another story.

I confess…

1098173_425647324218655_1928846249_nI may have bribed the Knight’s children this morning.  I needed to go over the river to get my hair cut and needed them to be good because there wasn’t time for my morning coffee and energy drink.  They were tired and crabby because we had to get out of bed early.  So, being the marvelously creative type that I am, yet firing mentally on limited brain cells at that hour, I promised McDonald’s for breakfast if they would just remain cool, calm and collected.  They did.  They now think I am close to walking on water as I introduced them to chocolate chip frappe’s, my current kryptonite.  Hey, really, who the heck wants milk with breakfast, right? Shhhh, I know, that is why I’m confessing.

I confess…

The honeymoon is quite possibly over here in the palace.  The Knight dared to NOT replace the empty roll of toilet tissue, leaving the naked, cardboard tube there on the roller thingie.  I was not impressed.  I didn’t feel like digging through my superhero duffle bag for my tiara, tutu, wings and magic wand when it was bed time.  I made him get up and restock it himself, the Restock Fairy wasn’t “feeling” it that night.

I confess…

I need to be careful about what I wish for, as it seems to happen in abundance and not quite the way I hope sometimes.  I miss my cat at night.  For 3 years, up until moving in to the Palace, my cat has been a constant at night.  As a tiny, 4 week old orphan, she slept against my cheek on my pillow, sometimes with her head on my hand.  As she grew up she moved down to curling up against my leg or foot.  Pixel was my baby, my heart band-aid, and that is perhaps the one draw back here.  The Knight is against the 4-legged, furry kids with tails sleeping on our bed or even in the room.  Only exception being the dog as she is crated at night.  I have teased him about opening the bedroom door when he falls asleep, and even tried one night to ‘forget’ to close it but he caught it.  Last night his 11yo lost a tooth and felt the need to come wake us up to share the news, and when he left the room didn’t quite get the door closed.  At some unearthly hour of the night one of the cats, Ditzy, found to her joy that she could come in and join us.  Over. And. Over.  She was on our heads, my hip, everywhere, meowing and purring and drooling (seriously did not know she really did this), and she is now on the Knight’s poopoo list.  As funny as it is at the moment, it was less than amusing over and over throughout the night.  Might have to rethink this.

Everyone have an awesome weekend!

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A Mickey-D’s Morning Musings

Similar to my frequent Coffee Musingsonly I’m musing over McDonald’s breakfast with a huge, fountain, Diet Coke.  Because I had enough coffee already today, it’s too stinking warm in this office with no A/C for anymore coffee, and fountain style is the greatest way to have Diet Coke.  I have no idea where we’re heading today, only that I need to write.

First order of business, PLEASE do me a huge favor, my marvelous readers, and go vote for my son as Cincy’s Hottest Dad.  I realize beauty and hottness are in the eyes of the beholder, but as a mom I am biased as hell and his wife is too.  And he could win a $1,000 shopping spree, which if I know him will be used more on the wife and kids than himself.  And besides, odds are you don’t know anyone in this particular contest so help a sister out here. Click -> HERE <-  to vote.  You need to register your email to have your vote count, and can vote daily!  Please do and please spread the word. Thank you, wonderful readers!

Life in the castle just got better last night, as if that were even possible.  First, my cat, Pixel, finally decided to venture up from the lower level bathroom where the litter box is located, and explore the house.  This while we were up and active.  I strongly suspect she comes up at night, as there is no way one cat is eating all of that food herself.  But her making her way up while the Knight and I were watching TV is fantastic.  Sunday it will be 2 weeks since I relocated her to the castle, and while I know it can take 2 full weeks for them to get confident and venture out, I was getting worried about her, down there in the bathroom, residing behind the toilet.

The other reason life got even better in the castle?  We got cable!!!!  The Knight has a wonderful, HD, projection TV…9×15 foot!!! It totally rocks.  He plays Call Of Duty on it.  I wanted to watch The Walking Dead and other favorites on it.  Now I can! WOOHOOO!  I love this TV!  Not nearly as much as I love him, mind you, but what a perk!  And those zombies look scarier and their brain splatter nastier on that large of a screen.  AWESOME! Just have to get my hands on the remote (*wink*).

1010260_641335462560958_218663362_nOkay I am trying SO hard to be patient as I adjust to the horribly rotten “different” driving habits of Kentucky drivers.  I am now a Kentucky resident so I am one of them and need to become “one” with them on the highway.  But I just don’t see that this can happen.  These folks SUCK as drivers!  REALLY they are terrible!  One of the worst, deadliest stretches of highway in the United States is supposedly the I75/71 “cut in the hill” in northern Kentucky, at least I had heard that it was at one time.  It isn’t in the top 10, or even 15 that I can find.  It is a very steep grade, I will give you that.  But honestly, is it necessary to come to a complete stop before venturing downward?  I’ve skateboarded on steeper hills folks!  I kid you not, we’re moving along a decent clip, heading north, when suddenly traffic stops.  I swear I can hear the other drivers, “OMG!!! THE CUT IN THE HILL, SLOW DOWN OR WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!”  Yesterday it was going south, which is UPHILL on this stretch.  Again, dead stop.  If traffic comes to a complete halt, I expect to see bloody carnage, severed body parts and shattered glass strewn across the lanes, crumbled cars, maybe one on its top and a random bumper to add some drama to the scene.  I simply cannot, with my lead foot, conform to the Chicken Little ways of my new community.

Okay now on to the serious sex part.  Hey, I get that sex sells, I really do.  Men are just horn-dog animals (Pigs according to the ex-oinker, King of said swine).  But really, am I the only one disturbed by the lack of respect for the sanctity of marriage?  I stumbled on a show, Mistresses, and I am really disappointed.  Oh I know, what did I expect with that title, but really?   No one on this show has any respect for marriage. NO ONE.  All the leading ladies are bed hoppers except the one, a widow, who has discovered her dear, departed spouse was carrying on a multi-year affair and had a love child. I can accept and deal with the lesbian couple (so far they seem to be the only ones faithful to one another), but everyone else is either married and banging others or single and doing the sheet mambo with someone who is married.  Is it any wonder that marriage and life long fidelity is almost unheard of anymore?  Even supposedly devout Christians have a huge problem in this area.  Lured by images, tv shows, movies, magazines the temptation just keeps growing and folks cannot seem to resist and lean on their vows.

Years ago when the ex-oinker had ‘issues’, he worked through a fantastic book called Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Timeby Steve Arterburn.  Not only was it super for him, there is a section in every chapter for the wife/girlfriend that helps her understand men and their sexual needs.  Though I haven’t read it yet, but it is on my book bucket list on my Kindle, there is one for the gals too, Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillmentby Shannon Ethridge (forward by Steve Arterburn).   (Every Woman’s Desire is a great book, not just for the women, but for men to read to really understand us women and what we desire…but it is pricey and not on Kindle.  I’m going to check my local library for it because it can’t hurt me to read it again)  I really do not know all the answers, but ladies, meet his needs! Men, fulfill her desires!  COMMUNICATE and learn about what the other needs and stay faithful!  Oh, and the book Love and Respect is awesome too, though I’m learning “respect” is defined differently from man to man, so ASK him what it means to him.  I’m waiting for the Knight to define it in his terms for me, as showing him respect is paramount in my heart.

I no longer will ever accept infidelity in a relationship.  One strike, zero tolerance, it is O-V-E-R.  Temptation? WALK, no wait, RUN THE HELL FROM IT! If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, tend to your own and maybe it will green up!

The storms have blown through, now I’m working and listening to multiple scanners hoping to find work to dispatch my crews too. More work equals more money.  I am all about getting those finder bonuses!  Guess it is time to get back to what I’m paid to do.  Ya’ll have a marvelous day!

Friday Confessional

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*beebopping along to the loud music playing in the background, I dance my way over to the virtual confessional to let it all out*

I confess… 

I have had about a half a cup of coffee today, which should mean I might have slightly homicidal tendencies on any other day, or at least be driven by random episodes of road rage on the highway.  But it is Friday, I have a mega large, fountain Diet Coke I’m sucking down so I have caffeine, and everyone played extra nice on I-75N this morning.  I’m not sure if I should be disappointed or super thankful about that.

I confess…

The Diet Coke is from McDonald’s.  I was running behind and my brain was just not yet in the game from the lack of coffee, so I treated myself to a completely unhealthy breakfast sandwich, bagel/steak/egg/cheese and hash browns.  I seriously do not feel a bit guilty about it either.

I confess… 

my officeI really love my office!!!  I actually look forward to coming to work to be in my space and knocking out what needs doing.  It still needs some decorating but I seriously have no complaints.  Doesn’t hurt that I totally love this job, makes it all awesome!

I confess… 

I LOVE that we have trees right in front of the building and the one by the front door coming into the office/showroom is a magnolia tree, which had beautiful blossoms on it.  However, every time someone comes through the door from outside, or we leave it propped open for the spring breezes, the showroom is covered in petals.  I’m over the beauty of it all now, tired of vacuuming the carpet in the show room to stay ahead of the flower debris invasion. I do want to put a humming bird feeder outside of my window, and maybe a bird feeder for the other feathered friends of the area.

I confess… 

I am SO glad it is Friday! I am so exhausted lately.  I have fallen asleep sitting up reading the past two nights and I’m looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!  I’ve busted my tail and deserve it with working 2 jobs.

I confess… 

I was contemplating buying a new car, well leasing one.  But I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Instead I spent the money to have the rack and pinion fixed so that I can keep  driving my car for a while longer.  I gave up waiting on the ex-hubster to keep his word to fix the shocks/struts (he kept saying he would for years prior to the divorce and when we were splitting up he gave me his word he would still fix them), hell is likely to freeze over first.  So once I pay off the steering fix, I will get those shocks done, and then I think I want to have my car wrapped for my Avon business.  I LOVE what our company vehicles look like, the designers at the place that did the wraps are great so it would be worth the money to have it done.

So, have anything you need to confess this week? Click the cute little girl up top of this post and link up, let it out, you’ll feel better!

Monday Quiz About Me

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Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me – hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered!  Click the badge above to link up and add it to your post:

1. Do you decorate outdoors for the holidays?

2. What is the best thing about office Christmas parties?

3. Gloves or Mittens?

4. What do you think of Secret Santas?

**Bonus question for visitors to the post to answer**

5. What is your favorite holiday indulgence that you only find during this season?

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1. Do you decorate outdoors for the holidays?

We put up lights but not a lot of them.  When I was married the outside was always nicely decorated on the marital residence.

2. What is the best thing about office Christmas parties?

NOT having them!  We never had parties in the 26 years I worked for the company, that included spouses or significant others.  It was usually a ‘party’ all day while working and frankly I do not miss those one bit!

3. Gloves or Mittens?

Mittens are warmer and I love them!  Gloves when driving though, I don’t feel I have a good control of the steering wheel in mittens.

4. What do you think of Secret Santas?

They can be fun.  I prefer the Secret Encourager program at my church with the Ladies Outreach.  You fill out slips with some general information and then they go in a ‘hat’ and are drawn by someone who secretly encourages you all year long.  I love that!

5. – Bonus Question – What is your favorite holiday indulgence that you only find during this season?

Eggnog shakes!  McDonald’s has a good one.  But by far the best is from UDF (United Dairy Farmers) and because they are only available during the Christmas holiday season, they are a wonderful treat.  I shudder to think of the calories and fat content, however.  I’ve never looked, just don’t want to know!

Longing For A Simpler Time…

I remember a simpler time in my life. 

Stores were closed on Sundays.  So were gas stations except along the highway and even then I’m not sure many were open.

McDonald’s was a treat, every 2 weeks when dad got paid.

Decorations didn’t go up for Christmas until Thanksgiving turkey had been eaten and everyone came back from grandmother’s house, through the woods and back over the river.  I don’t even know when this happened, maybe after the stores closed on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving?  I only know that come Black Friday everything magically was Christmas.  But never before Thanksgiving.

Fun was riding the bus downtown to see the windows and the train display at Cincinnati Gas & Electric.  It was free.  Now you have to PAY to see them at the museum.  I won’t go for that reason.

We looked forward to Christmas shows like Rudolph, and Charlie Brown, Frosty The Snowman, The Little Drummer Boy, The Grinch,  and Miracle  On 34th Street.

While we were not Little House On The Prairie, when one really nice, special gift for Christmas made it a wonderful year, this massive gift pile mentality was still not the norm for anyone that I knew.  We received a few toys, things we really wanted, but we also received things we needed, like socks, pajamas and underwear.  A batch of homemade cookies from anyone was a real gift!

Acura is running a commercial of late for the holidays, that says “listen to the voice of reason”.  What a novel idea!

We’re in an economy where a large number of people have no jobs, or haven’t had raises in years.  Seriously these commercials of fancy cars, diamonds and such are really not doing it for me.  Not that they ever have but my ex one time remarked, the Christmas right before he asked me for a divorce, that the car commercials were really good at making a guy feel guilty that he couldn’t buy his wife an Audi for Christmas.  I don’t know too many husbands that can afford to do so!  Unless it is a Matchbox car!

With money exceedingly tight this year, I’m wondering…why not go back to that simpler time.  Why not listen to the voice of reason?

Sure, I’d love diamonds and fancy clothes, or a new car.  Maybe a Kindle Fire, or iPad.  All very nice, don’t get me wrong.  But I do not NEED them.  And need is really far more important.

I was sitting here thinking, what are gifts that I need that I’d truly LOVE to receive?

A gift certificate to my hair salon.
Footie socks, 12 pair? (I go through them fast as I hate shoes).
Jammies!  I love jammies!
A gift certificate to Hobby Lobby, my favorite store EVER!
Essential oils, they are becoming increasingly more of a need for me!
A new phone.  It is a need as my current one is just shot.  And I can buy the phone outright!
Clothes for the new job I’ll be starting.
Gas cards – those are awesome.
Gift Visa Cards – I can then buy what I need as I need it!

Beyond that…there is not much I need!  What if we all actually just made a list of what we really need…chances are that it would be a lot more practical, and less expensive than the list of things we’d like to have.

6 Drinks/Beverages I Love

As part of the 100 Things I Love, here are 6 drinks or beverages that I love!  Again, as with the other lists, no particular order is given.

Diet Coke – happens to be sitting on my desk at the  moment.  When it comes to sodas, I prefer diet as the regular stuff is just too sweet.  I also prefer diet Coke to diet Pepsi.  And a fountain version is always far better!

Coffee – another drink that happens to be sitting on my desk at the moment, a hot cup of pumpkin spice coffee.  I love coffee, especially flavored, and I drink it black.  In the winter I sometimes use a flavored creamer as a treat, but over all just plan black coffee is tops.

Beer – I am of mostly German roots, some Hungarian and a splash of Irish to keep it interesting.  Naturally my German side loves beer.  Of the many beers, I prefer Mich Ultra though it gives me migraines if I have one or have several.  Next up is Bud Select 55.  Yes yes, diet beer I know.  I also like Fireside Nut Brown Ale in the winter months.

Wine – I enjoy wine, though I know about nothing regarding quality, I either like it or I don’t.  I buy wines based on the labels.  The  more amusing the more likely I will try it.  One favorite to date is 7 Deadly Zins.  I kept that bottle, and the Middle Sister wine, Forever Cool, because the label is so on target with my personality.

Herbal Tea – Cinnamon Apple Spiced and Cinnamon Rose are favorites, as well as Peppermint.  During the summer I enjoy mint iced tea like grandma made.  Many of us in the family got hooked on mint tea, and some of my cousins have mint from grandma’s garden.  I need to get some from them to start my own mint bed.

Eggnog Shakes – UDF (United Dairy Farmers) makes the world’s best eggnog shake!  McDonalds doesn’t have too bad of one either, but it rates second in my book to UDF.  I LOVE these and they are only available during the holiday season.

When it comes to beverages those are the first 6 that come to mind.  There are likely many others but 100 Things list only asks for 6, so there you have it.

Soggy Doggies & Other Oddities

My sister and I were invited to attend a leadership trip to Avon’s Zanesville, Ohio, distribution plant today.  We had to leave home at 4:45am, so right about now (6:16pm) I am ready to pass out from exhaustion.  This was a total and complete honor for us, and OMG was this amazing!

As is usually the case with the two of us, we had entirely too much fun on the ride up there.

We stopped at a McDonald’s to grab more coffee and use the ladies room.  WOW, have things  changed since I had small children.  I closed the stall door to a spacious ‘potty’ spot, sat down and found myself looking at a chair mounted on the inside of the door, complete with straps.  Frankly that  kinda creeped me the heck out.   Oh don’t get me wrong, having had to use the bathroom with a small child in tow in my distant past, I get the need and the idea is really a good one as it keeps the little  crumb crunchers out of trouble in a germ infested area.  But my first, very sideways and wrong thought, was “oh, a midget bondage chair!”  Yes, I know, wrong and sick.  My Biker appreciated the sick humor when I shot him a picture of my view from the top of Mount  porcelain.

We got lost, sort of, thanks to mapquesting the directions.  We left the highway 2 exits too soon and the address turned out to be a high school.  But that is okay, because while driving through that area we found some rather interesting businesses.  One called the Splash And Dash car wash.  Next door to that is the Soggy Doggy pet groomer.  The topper was the strip bar in what appears to have been an old church.  Ice the cake with what appeared to be life size iron sheep, horses,  cowboys and some other barnyard critters on the one sidewalk, and well you have one very interesting little town.  We were in tears from laughing.

The rest of the day was, to us Avon reps, the beauty industry version of crack for druggies!  It is a fabulous distribution center, high tech, and totally amazing!  It makes me appreciate what I do for a living all the more.  It was a huge shot in my mojo.  Doesn’t hurt that all of us that went are a peppy group of ladies bursting with excitement for the brand, Avon.

See what one misses when they don’t run with a totally crazy person like myself?  🙂

Meet Me On Monday

Welcome to the 57th edition of “Meet Me On Monday!” 

Blogging  is a funny thing…we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read  and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, “who is  this person!?”  I know them…but yet I don’t know them!  I want  to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great  way for all of us to “meet” each other!

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you  questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we  can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

Java will add a linky so we can follow who participates and get to know them  better!!  Be sure to link the POST and not just your whole blog!!

Questions:

1.  Does your family/friends know about your blog?
2.  What is your favorite card game?
3.  What do you wear to bed? 
4.  What is your favorite kind of French Fry?
5.  What is your usual bed time?
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My Answers!

1.  Does your family/friends know about your blog?

Yes, my family, friends,  the ex-husband, the kids, guys I dated off the online dating sites (some of them even subscribe to it!) and yes, Steve knows and to my knowledge doesn’t read it but supports me, probably the only people that really don’t know about my blog is the current neighbors.   I have an open door policy for my blog.  Though I admit, parts are password protected, and I DO post on a site  where I can let it all loose when I just need to vent without hurting feelings.

2.  What is your favorite card game?

That  would be Rook (aka Baptist Bridge).  I really am not much of a card player but I really like Rook…I GET IT  so it is a good game!

3.  What do you wear to bed?

Well…jammies until I am IN the bed.  Then partial jammies.  No bottoms as nothing bugs the crap out of me more than getting tangled in my jammies so I remove those.  They are close by lest the house catch fire and I have to hang my big white butt  out of the window naked.  NOT good fodder for the community press or the 11pm news.

4.  What is your favorite kind of French Fry?

Regular old fries….used to be McDonald’s but they got all healthy and ruined the flavor.  Now, I suppose White Castle is good, Burger King….just fries, ya know?  For the most part I haven’t met a french fry I didn’t like.

5.  What is your usual bed time?

Well I aim for 10pm but lucky to get there at 11pm most nights.  Once in a while  I am just too tired and go earlier but that is  rare.  11pm ish  so to speak would be my regular bed time.