Friday, August 22, 2014

MY ALS ice bucket challenge

Happy happy Friday y'all!!  I mentioned yesterday that I was challenged twice to do the challenge and you have 24 hrs to do it.   Todd had band practice at the church last night after work so I had to wait until he got home to video me.  The shock of the cold water and ice really does take your breath away.  I challenged  my cousin Lauren, my brother Jeremy and my bestie from high school Kimi.  Not sure if any of them will do it but we shall see.  I was kinda nervous once the video starts and I feel like I left some things out like where to donate. Oh well!

So do you have anything fun planned this weekend? Todd and I don't have any specific plans this time except have dinner with the kiddos tomorrow.  We are also wanting to prepare for our garage sale in a few weeks so I have tons to do.   It's going to be crazy hot so I will be in air conditioning no matter what.
Have a great weekend whatever you do. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Happy Thursday Y'all!! So the videos just keep coming and they never get old.  Some people say what does pouring ice on your head have to do with ALS? Well, its bringing awareness and that's all that's necessary.  Up until now, several people didn't realize that ALS was also the same as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Lou was the famous baseball player that passed from the disease and gave it its first exposure.  We all know in October when we see pink ribbons everywhere that its for breast cancer. We all know in February when people wear red its for heart disease. Why then question if millions of people want to drop ice for ALS?
I posted the other the video with Charlie Sheen dropping 10 thousand dollars over his head instead of the ice.  There have been soooo many creative and cute videos since then.  I wanted to show you a few of my favorites.  President Bush and Laura are great sports.  The Foo Fighters does a spinoff of the classic movie Carrie. The New York City Rockettes, and  One of them is very serious and gives you true perspective of how scary this disease is.   There are just so many to choose from but all of them mean so much.
One more thing, my beautiful step-daughter Ally and my pastor from church Brian, both tagged me for the challenge. I will be videoing my own challenge this evening. I said I wasn't going to but I made the donation, why not join the fun after all? 

Have a great day!!! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I want Candy!

When I was in the Rapid City, South Dakota airport on way home, I had a sweet tooth and stopped in the airport gift shop.  I came across a package of Twin Bing candy bars at the register.  I had never heard of them before and the cashier said they were really good and talked me into buying it.  Although it says candy bar, its actually 2 separate pieces like Reese's butter cups.   Twin Bings are made in Sioux City, Iowa and primarily sold around the Midwest states. Palmer Candy is the distributor.  They are chocolate and nuts all over but in the middle is a cherry nougat.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I loved it!!  I am so bummed that I cant get any here in Dallas.  People around here (Texas) have never heard of them.  Have you ever had one?
I think I can order some off Amazon so I may splurge next payday.

Do you have any candy that is primarily in your region?  We have pecan pralines all over our state and I know my mom loves me to send her some to Montana.  I love them too and there are chewy pralines and there are more harder crunchy pralines.  They are so delicious!

Happy Wednesday yall!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Date nights and ALS ice bucket challenge

I had crazy sinus headache yesterday and I just didn't get around to posting on this ol blog. I worked from home in case I my headaches caused another big dizzy spells.  I'm back at the office today but still a little lingering headache is still there. Boo!  
I had a great weekend and while it was fun playing matchmaker with two of our friends, Todd and I had a wonderful date night ourselves.  We had dinner at one of my favorite Italian restaurants and then went to another one of my favorite places that is called The Balcony Club. Its really small and quaint and they have good bands every time i'm there.  The crowd is a much older mature crowd and I think that's what made it even more fun.  Almost everyone would get up and dance with no care in the world.  Todd and I danced and it just made my heart skip a beat.  I love to dance.  I think the last time we danced was at our wedding a year ago (minus 13 days).  The band played older songs from the 60's but great hits.   I told Todd how much that meant to me , to take me in his arms on the dance floor and it was very sexy!  He said that we would be doing a lot more of that.  Woohoo!! 
Date nights are so important for married couples.  We always go to dinner at least one night during the weekend but that's it. We rarely go out afterward to listen to a band or dance anymore.  It really re-charged me and i'm excited to that again.   If you're married- do you and your spouse have fun date nights? What do yall do to add spice?

Now if yall are on Facebook, Instagram, etc then you've all seen the thousands of people doing the ALS ice bucket challenge.  I cant even begin to say how I excited I am that ALS is getting this much exposure and donations through all this.   ALS took my most favorite person in the world and my hero- Poppy. I've mentioned him numerous times on my blog.  My Poppy was the most outgoing and spunky man I knew.  To see him trapped on the porch sitting in wheelchair while looking at his Harley brings tears to my face. I can barely type this now without flashing back to all the sadness and pain he and my family endured.  Your body deceives you and withers while your mind is still sharp as a tack.  Ok, I cant go on about this because I am crying at my desk.  Anyway, the challenge is to donate 10$ and pour ice bucket over your head or donate 100$.  I pray that everyone is truly donating and not just pouring the bucket.  Yesterday my brother texted me and told me to look up Charlie Sheen's challenge. I went to the internet and it came up immediately after typing his name.  Instead of pouring the ice water- he dumped a bucket of money over his head. He donated 10,000 dollars and then challenged a few more celebrities.  Charlie kinda went crazy in years past and has certainly had his share in the tabloids but man did he ever redeem himself in my book!!

Hopefully this link works for yall!   I have made donations every year to ALS and receive several pamphlets in the mail from ALS organizations in the states. I wont be needing to dump ice water on myself. 

Have a great day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Its Friday!!

Friday's are the BEST because I get to work from home.  This means 30 minutes later on the alarm clock and working in my pajamas until I feel like getting dressed.  I also love that Jax doesn't have to go in his kennel and its almost always in my lap the whole day.
My mouth is very swollen and sore from yesterday.  I was there for 2 hours and left with the most raging headache ever. I hate the sound of drills while inside of my mouth! I look like  a chipmunk or  a squirrel with mouth full of nuts.  I am so happy that I can take it easy and not have to be in the office.  I do have to get dressed later this afternoon because I have to go to the Apple store and I have an appointment with the Genius Bar.  I feel there may be a post about that experience.  My iphone and ipad has the wrong Apple ID for my cloud. They have to reset it for me.  Wish me luck there!

What are your plans for this weekend? Tomorrow is our Free Shopping Day that our church sponsors. This is our 3rd one so far.  Its so awesome because families can come and get 10 articles of clothing a piece all for free. They get so excited and I love helping them.  We also have a prayer team there that is of course optional but if they have something on their heart that needs prayed over, its done.
Then tomorrow evening, Todd and I are having dinner in Dallas at one of my favorite Italian restaurants Scalini's.  We are actually setting up a friend of Todd's with one of my cousins. I am so excited and nervous and I hope its a match.  They have seen each other before at my Holliween party and my birthday party so its not completely blind. 

Have I told yall that Todd is playing the church band? This is his 3rd week so far and I love to watch him on Sunday's during worship. He is a drummer and most of our friends at church had no idea how good he is.  I am excited that  (a) Todd is involved in something with church and (b) he's able to play drums which is his passion.  Win Win!!   Its also kinda sexy to watch him play in the band. Oh wait sorry- we're talking about church band.  hehe!!

Have a great weekend y'all!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm getting a crown and not the fancy tiara kind

I am such a baby! I just really really really detest going to the dentist for any kind of dental work.  I had braces as a kid for almost 4 years. During those 4 years I wore neck gear, head gear, rubberbands, a protractor thingamajig ( I hat to sleep with it and bite into ), and any other contraption they could come up with.  I dealt with it because I had jacked up teeth.  True  Story.  I did however lose my retainer the first year I got it and it was before the day they permanently put them on bottom teeth.  My teeth have since shifted and are a little crooked again. Dangit!!
I have always gone twice a year for my checkups and do the best dental hygiene I can.  Around 4 years ago I went to a dentist for checkup and was told I needed a crown. Um ok sure. I always heard they were harmless and really no big deal.  Leave it to my experience to have the worst.  The dentist had to make a mold, and then put in a temporary crown.  It was very painful and I was traveling for work every week then. I was in California the next week which is my favorite place to visit and I stayed in the hotel room after work and cried.  I called the Dentist from the airport and they said yes just get here before we close which was 5 on Friday. I drove like crazy thru traffic and when I got there, she (Dentist) was in a hurry to get out and didn't see me. Then she proceeded to make me schedule another apt with her the next week which luckily I was in town . I was then told I needed a root canal and that I would have to go to a specialist.  It just kept getting worse! I scheduled an appointment with the Specialist and I kept feeling what she was doing after 5 shots of Novocain. That made her stop and then reschedule for yet another appointment and I had to take a pill to knock me out and someone had to pick me up.  A month of discomfort still with a temporary crown, I finally got the root canal ( hundreds of dollars later) and got a permanent crown ( much anguish later).

The week I was leaving for Sturgis I had my ordinary checkup when I was told I needed a crown on one of my teeth that still has a silver filling from almost 30 years ago. Needless to say I almost broke into tears.  I have had such anxiety leading up to today.  The good news is that I have a new dentist that I really like. In fact, I fired/quit going to the Dentist who put me through Hell on the last crown and that was when I found this one I have now.  He is aware of my horrible time with last crown and he's so sweet. He promised me it wont be like that. Fingers crossed!  Say a little prayer for me around 2:30 central time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A little HodgePodge today

1.       The best part of waking up is____taking my sweet puppy out to the backyard and both of us stretching and  shaking the cobwebs out. How many of you sung the jingle to Folgers when you read the question?  Cant help it!
2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?

It’s a toss between the dolphins and the lions. I really would love to do both.  Florida is easier to get to though so I may end up doing that before the lion encounter in Africa.  The condors being the least but I would take ANY excuse to get to California.

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to? I look forward to the AARP and senior discounts in restaurants and retail shops.  I look forward to the day I’m retired and I can sit still and look back on how long and hard I’ve worked.  I fear dying alone and being too sick to take care of myself.  I don’t want to live with Alzheimer’s or a crippling disease that would put me in a position to burden someone else. I cant even think about it without getting very sad. 

4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot? I love a good mild to medium sauce that has great flavor. I am not a fan of it being too hot.  I am very fortunate and biased of living in Dallas with the best salsas around.  I love chips and hot sauce and can eat it every week. 

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house? I don’t have kids of my own. I have 2 stepkids that are both teenagers and they don’t come over often anymore. I did babysit last weekend and the boys didn’t want to leave. I would hope they know that they can have fun and be safe at my house while at the same time abide by rules.

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title? Hmmm, for teenage campy I loved Sixteen Candles, for a scary creeper I liked Seven and old cheesy would be Three Amigos.

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here.   Here is a wine joke:
Father O'Reilly was driving down to Boston when got stopped for speeding in Medford. The highway patrol officer smelled alcohol on the priest's breath and then saw an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He said, 'Father, have you been drinking?'
'Only water', replied Father O'Reilly.
The policeman asked, 'Then how come I can smell wine?'
The priest looked at the bottle and said, 'Good Lord! He's done it again.'

8.  Insert your own random thought here.   So last night we all got the news that Lauren Bacall died at the age of 89.  I had always heard death happens in 3’s.  Do you believe that?