A great Tuesday indeed!

What can I say, Caroline put it best “you’re like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” and what a ride it was! And it is not over yet, one more episode next week. I am not going to give anything away as some may not have watched the part 1 of the reunion show of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, let’s just say, I love Caroline Manzo and well Danielle Staub just proves over and over she is crazy, creepy and contentious, my heart breaks for her two girls.
I am currently working to raise money for United Way, it is a cause near and dear to my heart, the nursing home my mother lived at in Oklahoma received funding from United Way, a fact I did not know until after she had passed.
I am looking for donations to raffle off, if you have a business you would like to promote or something you would like to donate for a raffle or silent auction, please contact me here, if you don’t know me personally or call me if you do know me!
This is the 3rd year I have done this and I love it more every year, it is incredibly rewarding and can be a lot of fun, it is hard work, and I go to bed every night and pass out! But it is a good exhaustion, knowing that I have made a slight difference in my corner of the world.
I believe everyone should volunteer for something, when my children were little I was not able to, now that they are grown and I have more time on my hands I can devote some of my time to a worthwhile cause and this is the one I choose. This one and The Mary Kay Ash foundation, that is another one dear to my heart, they give money for research into cures for cancers that effect women, and also give funds to help end violence against women.
I hope everyone has a great day and if you can donate to United Way please, please, please contact me!!!

A great Sunday Evening Recap

Have I bragged yet that I bought the new Katy Perry CD? Yes the physical CD not the ITunes one. I did immediately upload to my ITunes so I could download to my IPhone. Such a great CD, love her. I don’t know why people insist on comparing her to Lady GaGa, Katy is not weird or avante garde. She does dress with certain flair but she doesn’t cover her face or drown herself in paint to make a point. She is pure old fashioned bubble gum fun.
I had a fully busy evening yesterday, first on the agenda was celebrating my amazing sons birthday, had a wonderful time with him, his wife, daughter, Elizabeth, Freddy, Alex, Jessica and yes even my ex-husband his wife was there. We went to a new place in McKinney, an Italian place, it was fun and casual and the conversation was fun and never stilted or awkward. A great time.
Then to come home to the Emmy’s, well let me tell you that was just the cherry on the Sundae. I love, love, love award shows and the Emmy’s are my favorite. I love television and anything that celebrates my love is just, well, wonderful. Jimmy Fallon did a great job hosting, he kept everything moving with just the right amount of humor, loved that Betty White won for her SNL guest appearance and that Neil Patrick Harris won for his guest appearance on Glee. Really love that Jim Parson’s won for The Big Bang Theory and that Eric Stonestreet won for Modern Family. What a great night.
I hope everyone had an Emmy night!

Happy Birthday Jeffrey!

Today is Jeffrey Andrew’s birthday. He is 25 years old. I still remember the day he was born so vividly. He was two weeks early because back then that is what they did for a scheduled C-section. He was born with water on his lungs and spent 5 of the longest days of my life in intensive care. One of the doctors there told me that he would never be normal, would never play sports, would never be able to breathe normally; in fact he would more than likely have asthma and a host of other breathing issues.
Jeffrey proved him wrong, he not only was a great breather, and he went on to play soccer, baseball and football. He never had asthma; he does have allergies; however that is hereditary as his father has them as well.
I am so proud of my son, he has grown into a man that takes responsibility for his life, he doesn’t wallow in things when they go bad and if he makes a mistake he admits it and works toward correcting the issue.
I love you so much son, from the moment I found out you existed you have been an amazing miracle. I hope that today you have the best birthday ever.

Just Another Brick in the Wall?

The other day, while on my way home from work, Pink Floyd’s The Wall was playing on the radio. This song brings back so many memories and latent emotions. When I was in high school and I listened to it, it represented education, which the song says, “we don’t need no education”, but this time it was the “just another brick in the wall” that got me.
Is that what I am? Have I become just another brick in the wall? In the machine that is corporate America? Have I lost my individuality? And if so when did that happen? I thought about this for days, and while yes, there are times through out the day where I do have to blend and become a brick in the wall that is corporate America, there are days I can paint myself lime green and stand out.
I do this in my thought process, my fashion sense and my innate ability to make every situation about myself. So totally kidding on the last part of that sentence, however the rest of it, yes, I believe we can keep our individuality and still be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves.
So this is what I say to you, foster your individuality, keep your sense of self, fly your freak flag high and proud! Let everyone see that although you work in the corporate world you have individualistic thoughts and a keen fashion sense, wear your designer shoes proudly. Let your voice be heard, your thoughts are worthy of hearing, well not all of you, but most of you, if the thoughts are too way out there save them for Facebook status updates or 140 character tweets.
I refuse to become another brick in the wall, I will eat my pudding when I haven’t had any meat, and I will continue to voice my individual voice while working for a major telecommunications corporation. I will continue to be an individual part of a whole.

The Greatness that is Joss Whedon

I am officially annoyed. I read an article today that talked about the vampire craze going on in society right now. It listed the CW as being the groundbreaker for the teen influence with The Vampire Diaries. SERIOUSLY! Before the CW was the CW it was the WB there was Joss Whedon, who gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her broody vampire boyfriend Angel. This show defined teen angst and the vampire mythology. Why is he not being celebrated in proper form? That is the question of the day.
The show was total greatness, it had all of the characters you expect to see in high school, the nerdy smart girl (Willow), the nerdy not so book smart guy (Xander) the totally snobby “mean” girl (me, I mean Cordelia) and the new transfer student who didn’t really fit in (Buffy) who ends up saving the whole student body on a weekly basis. This show appealed to more than just teenagers. As an adult the appeal for me was seeing a girl empowered every week, she was the hero, she had the brute strength, didn’t need to be rescued, she did the rescuing, she had no desire to be turned, had a killer vamp boyfriend that she kept in check. The gang she had surrounding her had their own abilities that they discovered along the way. The characters evolved, grew, yet kept their core personalities intact.
I totally fail to understand how the greatness of Joss Whedons’ creation continues to be overlooked in the annals of television history. His characters were flawed and driven and at times evil, at times conflicted by their desire to do good. Now that was new, conflicted by their desire to do good. That was Spike, even when his soul was returned he was still conflicted, he knew he was supposed to be evil, but here he was with a soul, driven to do good. Don’t get me wrong, Spike retained his innate ability to break every situation down to a sarcastic sound bite, let’s face it, Spike was quotable, almost as quotable as Cordelia Chase.
In Cordelia Chase Joss created a character that said exactly what she was thinking at every moment, we all secretly want to do that in real life. She did what we wanted to do, she was what we wanted to be, the person who realizes she is not a sheep and she will do what she wants, wear what she wants and date who she wants. No matter the price she paid for it. Cordelia Chase is the most amazing female character brought to life on television. I miss her.
Joss writes amazing women characters, I don’t know his personal history, but I have to wonder, why don’t women write women this way? In Twilight the girl is not strong, when her boyfriend leaves her she falls apart and tries to kill herself. Really? We want young girls immolating that behavior? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the books, but I am not an impressionable 14 year old girl.
Joss continued to write strong female roles in Angel, Cordelia moved there, and then there was Lila, who did not revel in her evilness! Fred was brought in along with Faith making an appearance, all strong female characters. He moved on to Firefly; once again, creating very strong female roles and breaking the rules in the form of the little lady did not, in fact need rescuing. Dollhouse brought it all home. I am having a hard time understanding why the networks have such a hard time with Joss and his vision, I believe he should be on cable, like SyFy, FX or a premium channel like Showtime where they foster the different and give shows a chance to grow.
Here is hoping Joss’ Avenger movie totally rocks and is a huge financial success, I really hope he comes back to television, soon. I miss real vampires and I miss strong female characters.

Fall is in the air!

I walked out the door to a completely different world, one that has rain! I wish it would rain every day. I love rain, clouds, cold, snow, and ice, all of it, except heat. I despise the heat. I will be so happy to see fall come to North Texas. I am so very jealous of people who live in the states that get real weather, like snow and ice and coldness. However, I don’t want to move up North, I am a Southern girl by birthright and by choice. I find that the people are more smiley here in the southern states. I can’t explain it, I don’t try, and I just enjoy it. I find I like going places and strangers smile at you and you smile back. Ok, I admit, I am the one smiling first, I can’t help myself, I am a naturally gregarious person, saying hello, never meeting a stranger. How awesome would the world be if everyone was that way? If someone doesn’t smile back at me it does not ruin my day, I just figure that person is a transplant and needs more doses of niceness infused in them.
I am not really sure how this can be achieved, I am aware of people that have lived among us for many years who still retain sour attitudes. Before you can remind me that I am from Oklahoma, which is considered Midwest, not really sure why, I want to tell you that Oklahomans are the friendliest people on the face of the planet. I love going home because no one there has ever met a stranger. If you run into someone who has a sour disposition, ask them where they are from originally, I guarantee it is not Oklahoma.
I sit here typing and I hear thunder, it feeds my soul, hearing thunder means cooler weather is around the corner, cooler weather means great outfits, better dispositions all around and getting out of the indoors more! I look forward to fall here in North Texas.

Teenage Dreams

her album is out today!

Katy Perry:

You think I’m pretty
Without any makeup on
You think I’m funny
When I tell the punch line wrong
I know you get me
So I let my walls come down
Down

Before you met me I was alright but things
Were kinda heavy
You brought me to life
Now every February, you’ll be my valentine
Valentine

Let’s go all the way tonight
No regrets, just love
We can dance until we die
You and I, we’ll be young forever

You make me
Feel like I’m living a
Teenage dream
The way you turn me on
I can’t sleep
Let’s run away and
Don’t ever look back,
Don’t ever look back.

My heart stops
When you look at me
Just one touch
Now, baby I believe
This is real
So take a chance and
Don’t ever look back,
Don’t ever look back.

We drove to Cali
And got drunk on the beach
Got a motel and
Built a fort out of sheets
I finally found you
My missing puzzle piece
I’m complete

Let’s go all the way tonight
No regrets, just love
We can dance until we die
You and I, we’ll be young forever

You make me
Feel like I’m living a
Teenage dream
The way you turn me on
I can’t sleep
Let’s run away and
Don’t ever look back,
Don’t ever look back.

My heart stops
When you look at me
Just one touch
Now, baby I believe
This is real
So take a chance and
Don’t ever look back,
Don’t ever look back

I’mma get your heart racing
In my skin tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight
Let you put your hands on me
And my skin tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight (tonight)

You make me
Feel like I’m living a
Teenage dream
The way you turn me on
I can’t sleep
Let’s run away and
Don’t ever look back,
Don’t ever look back.

My heart stops
When you look at me
Just one touch
Now, baby I believe
This is real
So take a chance and
Don’t ever look back,
Don’t ever look back.

I’mma get your heart racing
In my skin tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight
Let you put your hands on me
And my skin tight jeans
Be your teenage dream tonight (tonight)

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Totally Rock!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey, man, what a season finale! I love, love, love Caroline Manzo. You mess with my family you mess with me. That could be me up there on the screen. Meeting with Danielle was a gutsy thing to do and how crazy was Danielle, bringing armed guards, to meet with a lone woman. And how horrible was Danielle’s education? She cannot string simple sentences together. And I quote; “This is how their mother teaches them to treat people and woman.” What does that mean Danielle??? You say that all the time, using the word woman instead of women. Not only are you certifiable, you are insanely uneducated. Your poor daughters, wow, little Jillian begging you not to go where she knows you will act crazy. You drag these sweet girls into your craziness, I can only assume that their father is the stable one and has instilled that in them. I so totally cannot wait until the reunion show next week! It looked awesome! I have to say this is the only Real Housewives show I watch. I love these New Jersey girls, I can’t help myself.
Last night I slept so hard, I fell asleep at around 7, woke up at 11, fell back asleep and woke up at 12:45 then back asleep, then the alarm went off at 3, I woke feeling like I had been drugged. I usually wake up like that if I have been on a sugar binge the day before, I did not go on a sugar binge, so I don’t know what was going on.
I got my mail this morning on my way out of the complex and am so excited; I got the Vogue Fall Fashion Bible! Cannot wait to tear into it and see what is going to be fabulous for fall fashions. It makes me long for fall, sweater dresses, boots, jackets, sometimes coats! I have already spotted boots that I want.
I am still reeling from the news of the weekend, I am too sad to talk about it anymore, but if you all could continue to pray for my friend and her family I would greatly appreciate it.

Profound Sadness

I have a deep, profound sadness today; I haven’t slept all night so forgive me if this post is disjointed. I learned last night that a very dear friend could simply be losing her battle with cancer. This is her 3rd round with the beast in the 20 years I have known her.
I vividly remember the first time I met her, my oldest son had just started kindergarten and for the first week he came home every day talking about one particular little boy. So I asked him if his new friend rode the bus home or if his mommy came to pick him up. He said that his new friend’s mommy came to pick him up. I told him that when I picked him up the next day to point them out to me and I would introduce myself and see if we could arrange a play date.
The next day I go to pick up Jeffrey and said ok, which one is your friend, he says he’s over there and randomly points. So I said son, there are a lot of little boys with mommies over there, he said, he has on a blue shirt. Well, this was kindergarten; there were at least 5 little boys with blue shirts on. I explain this to my son, he sighs and grabs my hand and takes me over to meet his new friend.
I was faced with the most gorgeous, sophisticated woman I had ever met. For the first time in my life I felt a little intimidated, she immediately put me at ease and explained that she didn’t let her son go to just anyone’s house, nicely of course, and that perhaps she could come over with him. That agreed with me as I love making new friends. She then explained she was a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and would I mind having a facial. Would I ever! That was even more up my alley. So began a lifelong friendship of not only myself and her, but between our sons.
I think our sons spent equal time between our two homes, I consider her son my son, and he is a member of our family as is she. She not only generously shared her son with us; she has shared her mother with me when mine passed away.
I am both angry and sad, I am angry because she didn’t tell any of us how bad it was this time, not one word. Not that any of us could have vanquished this monster, but we could have helped her with chores or errands or simply telling her a funny story to lift her spirits.
I am asking that everyone lift up a prayer for my friend and her family, and all of us that love her.

Sunday’s Thoughts

It is Sunday morning and here I sit waiting for Tessa to awaken. We had a huge day and night yesterday. First I picked her up from her Great-Grandmothers house, and then it was off to Target for a round of shopping. She ran straight for the $1 aisle, a girl after my own heart, she promptly picked out plastic dinosaurs and a puppy. Then it was popcorn and icee and a new outfit!
Oh and the movie! I found the Care Bears movie; we promptly came home and had popcorn, whoppers and the movie. She loved it; in fact we had to watch it twice. Then it was off for an evening of playing with my friend Gladys’ daughter Sam. Those two played like they had never seen another child before!
They kept me hopping, we had to go up and down the stairs about a hundred times, I really should go over there with the girls and do that about three times a week! Those girls had the best time; they would just squeal with laughter for no apparent reason, well at least to my adult eyes, I am sure their toddler humor was in full effect.
They are both for all intents and purposes only children (Sam has siblings, they are adults and do not live in the home, much like I was raised) so I think that is why they got along so famously, perhaps they are kindred spirits.
Tess fell asleep in the car on the way home and is still zonked out. I am wide awake and contemplating being productive. I am not sure how that is going to work out for me.
Will be seeing The Irishman today, we have decisions to make, he got a really bad schedule at work, I believe I have spoken about that before here. So we need to figure out how we are going to carve out time for us in there.
Not much of interest today, sorry about the rambling, however, I can’t be on a soap box every day!