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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

begins at 12:01am November 01, 2005.

I won’t be staying up until midnight to begin writing. I will be writing during lunch each day & in the evenings after work. I had originally thought I’d stay up tonight to write.. but… I’m not.

Bon Jovi tickets

My sisters & I got tickets for the Bon Jovi show coming to Oklahoma City in January. We’ve been fans since the first album and have seen them in concert each tour that comes thru Oklahoma City… or Dallas.. or Little Rock, AR… or Shreveport, LA. (anywhere that’s within driving distance)

Anyway.. we were all excited that we got to buy our tickets in the pre-sale (since I’m a member of bonjovi.com.. lol) and were able to get them 24 hours before they went on sale to the general public.

My sis was looking online today at the prices of the tickets for the Dallas, TX show and the front section floor seats are selling at $685.00! Can you imagine?? I thought we were paying a fortune at $87.00 a ticket! Sheesh!!

$685.00. They are PROUD of those tickets to be selling them for that price.

There’s a radio contest going on here that is giving away the chance to be on the side of the stage during the concert. I think I’d pass out if I were to win that.

Colder than hell

I think that is one of the dumbest things to say. How cold does it have to be to be colder than hell? I mean… really.

My image of hell, probably from growing up in the Bible Belt, is fire & brimstone, lakes of fire.. and THAT, my dear friends, is pretty darn hot!

So, in my mind, COLDER than all of that heat doesn’t really have to be very cold.

I wonder.. do people actually listen to what they’re saying? or do they just spout off the first thing that comes to mind without thinking of how utterly stupid it sounds.

Can you tell that this is a pet peeve of mine?

You know what would be funny? To go around in 110 degree weather saying, “It’s COLDER than Hell today!” I bet the looks on people’s faces would be hilarious! I may have to do that next summer when it’s scorching outside & people are complaining about the heat & humidity. LOL


The girls are spending the night at our neighbor’s house.. birthday slumber party.. my son is going to a church event with a neighbor from 6-9. Am I going to do laundry & get this place cleaned up???

NO WAY!!!!

I’m going to Mom & Dad’s house to hang out & visit!

Gotta have priorities! 🙂


I don’t really remember having nighmares in the past couple of decades. I remember dreaming that I was searching for a bathroom when I was about seven years old. I kept having to run up wooden winding staircases. When I got to the top, there’d be a door. When I went thru it, another winding staircase. Finally, after what seemed like hours, I got to the top of all of the staircases. Inside the top room was a bathroom. When I went to the bathroom in the dream, I woke up in a wet bed.

Not a good dream, huh? Certainly not a nightmare, but not a good dream, either.

When I was in high school, I saw one of the Friday the 13th movies, I don’t remember which one. It’s the only Friday the 13th movie I’ve ever seen. I don’t remember having nighmares, but I did sleep on the floor in my parents’ bedroom one night because I was scared of going to sleep.

I’ve not seen many scary movies, actually. That experience is probably why. Plus, since I’m divorced, I’d not want to be a scaredy-cat when I’m supposed to be a brave adult here with my children.


I started taking the formulated thyroid medicine this morning. It is a combination of T3 and T4 based on the blood test that I had last month. The test measured free T3, free T4, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, and total thyroid. I think that is everything. It turns out that I have a really high number of thyroid antibodies fighting against the thyroid, causing an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Symptoms of this are fatigue, depression, sensitivity to cold, weight gain, increased menstrual flow, muscle cramps, constipation, dry or brittle hair. I have some of these symptoms, but thankfully not all.

freak accident

This lady who is a relative of someone Mom works with had an accident yesterday afternoon & I’m just floored by it.

Here’s what happened:

This 33 year old lady was going out with her children yesterday afternoon. She put her four children in the car, ages 11, 8, 5 and 3. When she shut the door of the car & turned it on, the mom noticed a bee in the car. When swatting at the bee, frantically trying to get it out of the car, the mom somehow fell out & got ran over by the car. She died this morning.

The bee story is how the 5 year old explained the accident to family members and police.

I cannot imagine what those children must be feeling or how the family is coping/dealing with this loss.


Refreshment of the body or mind.

What do I do to relax?

take a really hot shower
read a book
listen to an audio book
listen to favorite songs
call/email a good friend

What would I like to do to relax?

an hour long massage
attend a yoga class
go running (if I could actually do this without feeling that I was dying.. which would cause MORE stress)
go on vacation
lie on a beach soaking up the sun
spend quality time with a wonderful (single) man


The elementary school that two of my children attend has just begun to use a new program called Scott Foresman Successnet. It is really a neat program. I am able to see my son’s fifth grade math and social studies books online and can print out worksheets if he “forgets” to bring them home. There are also quizzes the students can take. The teacher can see their progress on quizzes and study guides. Games are available that look like learning games. I have not seen much on my daughter’s class site, but I will be checking on that too.

100 words

I’m still doing the 100 words entries.. and am enjoying it. Several new posts here are entries, since I like to keep track of them. 🙂

It’s fun to see how much I can say with only 100 words.


My friend Ginger and her daughter came to visit last weekend. After becoming friends thru an online forum and talking on the phone, meeting her was like seeing an old friend. I wondered if it would seem uncomfortable or awkward at all, but not one minute did. Our children got along great which was very nice because it allowed us time to visit and relax.

The same thing happened when we met Fleur, another from the forum, to see the museums. It seemed that we had always been friends.

The internet has an amazing way of bringing people together.


Youngest daughter is reading a chapter book aloud across the room from me. Berenstein Bears. The story has a bully. She’s asked me what “thug” means. And what “throwing his weight around” means. Next was “scrapping.”

The part she’s reading now is about the bully boy or bear smoking cigarettes on the sly and sneaking in to take a shower. One of the bears said that she may not have a super smart sniffer but she can tell basketball game sweat from cigarrette smoke.

I think books like this are a great way to teach about mistakes and consequences!


I am sitting at my desk. Behind me, my oldest daughter is sitting on the couch. It sounds like she is breathing funny. I just asked her what she is doing. She is waving around her knitting needles around, pretending to be a band director. I am not sure what the breathing thing was about. She’s a funny kid.

Earlier tonight, she used those same knitting needles as chopsticks.

She does not know how to knit. We found the knitting needles and yarn for one dollar at Target. We checked out a guide for beginning knitters at the library.


I’ve been using the weekly menus from the crock pot menu mailer a lot. Probably four nights a week, we try a new recipe. Tonight, the recipe was called Southwest Crock Pot Pork Stew. It had pork loin, zucchini, red bell peppers, salsa, chicken broth, cumin, garlic and a little salt. After cooking it all day, I shredded the pork & put it on tortillas & then topped it with zucchini & bell peppers. It was really good. My kids liked it too, after they quit protesting loudly that they don’t like my new WEIRD recipes and tried it.

Gene Autrey

Did you know that there is a town in Oklahoma called Gene Autrey? Well, neither did I. Until Saturday. A couple of friends and I met halfway between our homes and decided to see some local stuff. We wound up seeing three museums. We saw a doll collection that is over three hundred years old, a museum in an armory that was very neat, and the Gene Autrey museum. Gene Autrey was known as the “singing cowboy.” I did not realize that he was such a big star in his day. My grandfather really enjoyed his music and movies