Heavy On My Mind

Ok, I wasn’t going to ever, ever write about this, however, I had a very sleepless night and this is so heavy on my mind I have to get it out, so you all get to read about it!

At work there is (well there used to be) a woman that allegedly stole company money. I say alleged due to this has not been tried in a court of law.

It all started with money that she took from our morale committee and she said she was putting it in a bank account. No one else had access only her. The members of the committee repeatedly asked for a bank statement, she always had an excuse as to why she could not produce one, until finally she just flat out refused. She is a manager, did I mention that.

Well, someone on the committee called in asset protection within our company.

Unbeknownest to everyone, allegedly (there is that word again) she has been doing this type of thing with real company money and for quite some time.

Here is what is heavy on my mind. She is a single mom and her financial situation was precarious at best. I am simply basing this opinion on things that she let slip.

As a single mom, over the years and there have been times over the past 15 years where I have had to make very difficult decisions. Do I pay the electric bill or feed my children? There is nothing more difficult than making that call to ask for an extension to pay your bill, you feel like such a loser. There are so many of us that face or have faced those challenges. I admit I no longer face those types of difficulties. I thank God every single day of my life for my excellent paying job and my Mary Kay career as one allows me to pay the bills and feed my children and live in a great neighborhood (my job) and the other, my Mary Kay career allows my to buy all of the extras, class rings for all of my children, my sons lacrosse equipment, the boys guitar lessons, art lessons and dance class for my daughter. I am so amazingly blessed.

Now I know what you are thinking, this woman was a manager, didn’t she make good money. Well, no, she didn’t make what I make. She made way less.

The huge difference between me and her is I never took what didn’t belong to me to see to my financial obligations.

I wish I could go back in time and talk to the woman she was, the one before she made all of the bad decisions. I wish I could tell her if she just persevered things do have a tendency to work themselves out.

What I would like is for anyone who reads this to do is to simply say a prayer not only for the single moms who face these hardships, but the single dads, and the two parent households. Everyone faces adversity of some form or another. None is immune. It is how we face those situations that says who we are.

I hope everyone out there has as good of friends as I have been blessed with, the ones that when I let slip I was having a hard time said, OMG Girl, Me Too!!!

That made things easier somehow.

Thanks to all of you!!!

Epiphany

I have recently had a huge epiphany. I will never achieve my goal of being like my mother. It is way hard! I don’t know how she did it! Being good all of the time, only thinking good thoughts about people. Never judging them for the things they wear or they way they speak or the things they do. OMG! I don’t know how she did it!

My only conclusion is she must not have been fully human. In the Bible it talks about Angels coming down and mating with humans. She must have been a direct descendant. That is my scientific conclusion as to her perfectness.

I have decided that in order to be like her I will have to suppress my natural inclinations to voice anything I am thinking at the moment I am thinking those thoughts.

This is going to be way hard. I will probably backslide a lot. For those of you un-baptist people, backsliding is a very Baptist term for those of us who continually sin. Wait, I don’t mean us, I mean other people. Not me…. (just in case anyone I know reads this, I never, ever, ever do anything that could be considered backsliding….)

Tetanus Shot

Thank you Wanda Lewis!


                 
An old man in his mid-eighties struggles to get up
 From the couch then starts putting on his coat.His
 Wife, seeing the unexpected behavior, asks,
“Where are you going?”
 He replies, “I’m going to the doctor.”
 She says, “Why, are you sick?”
 He says, “Nope, I’m going to get me some of that
 Viagra stuff.”
 
Immediately the wife starts working and positioning
 Herself to get out of her rocker and begins to put
On her coat.
 He says, “Where the heck are you going”?
 She answers, “I’m going to the doctor, too.”
 He says, “Why, what do you need?”
 She says, “If you’re going to start using that rusty old thing, I’m getting a Tetanus shot.”

OMG DAY!!!

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! Foreigner is on Private Sessions! Can you believe it? OMG! I love Foreigner. They totally rock, yes present tense. Mick Jones is just awesome. Every song from Foreigner 4 was the background music of my senior year in high school. Every question in life can be answered by a song on that album. They sang Waiting For a Girl Like You, Cold as Ice, and now they are singing my ultimate favorite song Urgent. Urgent is my favorite, favorite song. I such vivid memories of driving down highway 169 going from Owasso to Tulsa with Tammi, Pam and Tonya singing Urgent at the top of our lungs. Now that was the best ever.

I wore out two Forgeiner 4 cassette tapes (remember those?) I have the album thanks to my son Jeffrey. He bought it for me for my birthday 2 years ago, he saw it in a used book store and remembered me playing the cassette when he was little. Thank God for my son and vinyl! I am so going to have to get the cd. I love that hard hitting sax, omg it so totally rocks! Everyone has a soundtrack of their lives, Foreigner is mine.

This totally makes my whole week start off the right way!

My Mom

I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom lately. Not surprising considering the anniversary of her death was August 11th. She has been gone for 5 years now. However, mentally, she was gone years before her physical passing. She has Alzheimer’s.

Before the disease came along my mom was total greatness. She was funny, kind, gentle, thoughtful, resourceful, confident and just in general amazing. She was all of the things I so desperately want to be. I never ever heard her say one bad word about anyone. EVER! That is a hard thing to accomplish. I remember asking her once if she had ever done anything bad in her life. She sat there for a long time, finally she said well this one time when I was 5 years old…. I can’t tell you what she did, as she made me promise never to reveal her secret, but the real point of the whole thing was she had to go back 80 years!!! She was 85 when she told me that story. I can begin my list at the age of 4 and just continue on till today! She had the patience of Job. I remember the one and only time I ever saw her lose her cool and it was when I was 15 and my dad decided to teach me to drive, well, during one of our driving lessons I backed the car into the fence. No comments please. My mom shot out of the house like a lightning bolt, pointed her finger at my dad and said “Driver’s Ed!” then went back into the house. My dad looked at me and said “Well, I guess that settles that”. LOL! It was funny.

My mom was so very intelligent. She was a published author, a retired dental assistant, seamstress, Sunday school teacher and frustrated wannabe English teacher. She told me that when she was a girl she wanted to go to college and become a teacher. Well since it was the depression and she was a girl there was no money for college. It wasn’t even discussed. I often wonder what kind of life my mother would have had if she had been able to go to college.

The quality that I loved the most, and still miss to this day, is the way I could tell my mom anything and she never judged me. She never offered advice unless I specifically asked for it, even then, never expected me to act on the advice.

I try and mimic that characteristic with my own children. I hope I do half as good of job as my mom did in the whole parenting department. I sometimes feel bad that my children don’t have as good a mother as I had.

Did I mention the cooking? My mom was a terrific cook. She made the best ever fried green tomatoes and this coconut cake, it was white cake with this icing that was out of this world, made out of that marshmellow stuff in a jar with coconut, it was a pure white cake, so good!! Trust me when I say we ate well. She tried to impart all of that domestic stuff on to me, it hasn’t taken yet…

When I grow up I want to be like my mother.

 

Senior Dating

Courtesy of Wanda Lewis:

Beatrice and Edna, two ‘senior’ widows, are talking.

Beatrice: ‘That nice George Johnson asked me out for a date. I know you went out with him last week, and I wanted to talk with you about him before I give him my answer.’

Edna: ‘Well, I’ll tell you. He shows up at my apartment punctually at 7P.M., dressed like such a gentleman in a fine suit, and he brings me such beautiful flowers!  Then he takes me downstairs, and what’s there but a luxury car…A limousine, uniformed chauffeur and all.  Then he takes me out for dinner… A marvelous dinner… Lobster, champagne, dessert, and after-dinner drinks.Then we go see a show. Let me tell you, Dorothy, I enjoyed it so much I could have just died from pleasure!  So then we are coming back to my apartment and he turns into an ANIMAL.  Completely crazy, he tears off my expensive new dress and has his way with me two times! ‘

Beatrice: ‘Goodness gracious!… So you are telling me I shouldn’t go out with him?’

Edna: ‘No, no, no… I’m just saying, wear an old dress.’

Time Travel

Last week I was talking to friend of mine who got married a while back, my friend was saying how sometimes they missed their single self. I immediately responded I miss 16 year old Angie.

Then I started thinking, I really do miss her. She was absolutely, totally fearless. Faced every day with the expectation that it was going to be amazing and wonderful. She was right the majority of the time, you have to account for normal teenage angst in there.

So, being who I am, I decided to do a little time traveling. No, I do not own a Delorian, or a flux capacitor. I have a Ford…

I put on my wide legged jeans, hoop earrings, tons of lipgloss, sparkle eyeshadow (I don’t own blue, however, have found a copious amount of sparkles covers a ton of sins) and got my hair as close to Farrah hair as possible.

Got into my car, sans cell phone, 16 year old Angie didn’t even know what that would be! Backed out of my garage and turned on the radio. There is this great station that plays nothing but ’70’s music.

To my great delight More, More, More by Andrea True Connection was playing, I turned it up so loud the car pulsated, next was Todd Rundgren, love, love, love him, I was rewarded next with Peter Frampton.

I was 16 again, carefree, slightly wild and always perfectly coiffed. As I drove down the street I didn’t think about bills, work, kids, politics, war, famine, death, taxes or dinner. It all melted away.

I drove for about 20 minutes, enjoying in every indulgent second.

As I pulled back into the garage the ’70’s melted away and I was back in good old 2008. I wondered if I would miss it as I walked into the house.

My 17 year old son was waiting for me, gave me a huge hug, announced the cats had thrown up and he was leaving. I found I didn’t miss 16 year old Angie as much as I thought I would. She is great to visit, fun to reminisce with, however, I love my life, my children and who I am now.

I highly recommend time travel, however, I suggest you only do it in 20 minute increments, anything longer and you might not find your way back.

Marriage

Thank You Gladys for this!!!

How to tell you are married…

Three women: one engaged, one married and one a mistress, are chatting about their relationships and
decided to amaze their men. That night all three will wear black leather bras, stiletto heels and a mask over
their eyes.

After a few days they meet up for lunch.

The engaged woman: The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask. He saw me and said, ‘You are the woman of my life I love you.’ Then we made love all night long.

The mistress: Me too! The other night I met my lover at his office and I was wearing the leather bodice, heels, mask over my eyes and a raincoat. When I opened the raincoat he didn’t say a word, but we had wild sex all night.

The married woman: I sent the kids to stay at my mother’s house for the night. When my husband came home I was wearing the leather bodice, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes. As soon as he came in the door and saw me he said,

‘What’s for dinner, Batman

Music

I have a new favorite song. I know that you are all surprised by this new development and may wonder why it is news worthy

It is the new Kidd Rock song, All Summer Long. See lyrics below:

Kid Rock All Summer Long Lyrics
Songwriters: Marinell, Leroy; Wachtel, Robert; Zevon, Warren; Ritchie, R J; Shafer, M; King, E; Rossington, Gary; Vanzant, R;

It was 1989, my thoughts were short my hair was long
Caught somewhere between a boy and man
She was seventeen and she was far from in-between
It was summertime in Northern Michigan

Ahh Ahh Ahh
Ahh Ahh Ahh

Splashing through the sand bar
Talking by the campfire
It’s the simple things in life, like when and where
We didn’t have no internet
But man I never will forget
The way the moonlight shined upon her hair

[Chorus:]
And we were trying different things
We were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long

Catching Walleye from the dock
Watching the waves roll off the rocks
She’ll forever hold a spot inside my soul
We’d blister in the sun
We couldn’t wait for night to come
To hit that sand and play some rock and roll

While we were trying different things
And we were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long

Now nothing seems as strange as when the leaves began to change
Or how we thought those days would never end
Sometimes I’ll hear that song and I’ll start to sing along
And think man I’d love to see that girl again

[Repeat Chorus x2]

Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long

—–

If you changed 1989 to 1981 and Northern Michigan to Northern Oklahoma and all the she’s to he’s and well you get the point this could have been my summer! Almost, some differences…

This song is the most amazing thing ever, any song that samples Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama! OMG, seriously amazing.
I am not usually a huge Kidd Rock fan but he really out did himself with this piece.
I love it!
If I had music on this site I would have this song playing.

10 WAYS TO BE AN EVEN BETTER FRIEND

By Kimberly Bonnell & Pamela Redmond Satran

As seen in the current issue of Glamour:

 

Gossip, yes, but don’t get mean.  She’ll wonder whether you’re talking that way about her to everyone else.

If she’s got a poppy seed in her teeth, mascara under her eyes or deodorant on her sweater, tell her!

Do not, repeat, do not side with her mother.

If she’s crazy about him pretend he’s your brother and never date him. EVER

Have that scary fight about how she’s been bugging you. If you can go there for a guy, you can for her too.

Oh, just wear the bridesmaid’s dress.

Remind her that she wasn’t that into him, either.

See straight through her attempt at cool perfection and lover her more for the weaknesses she’s trying to hide.

Keep her ring size filed away in case you-know-who calls for advice about you-know-what.

When the guy dumps her, the cat gets cancer, the job explodes, simply be there.