I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend! Probably won't see you back here until Monday morning. : )
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend! Probably won't see you back here until Monday morning. : )
Thursday, October 28, 2010
1. If you could be a fly on any wall, which would you choose?
I'm going all out on this one. I not only want to choose which wall, but what time frame. ; )
I would want to be a fly on a wall in my parents' home during my childhood. I'd like to see my Daddy and Mama Jones again. I'd like to watch our interactions and once again feel the way I felt when I was young and spending time with them. : )
We definitely budget. My last name isn't Rockefeller and we lost the money tree in the backyard to high winds a few years ago.
Probably the grapefruit diet. Yes, I tried it. I ate grapefruit because it was going to 'burn off the fat'. And the really sad part? I was a size 3 when I tried it. Do you know what I'd give to be a 3 again?
What was I thinking?
LOST. Yes, I was (am) a LOSTy. There are probably also many others that would fall into this category. ER...for sure. The Cosby Show...more than likely. Thirtysomething...I'm nearly certain. And so on and so forth.
My name is Kelli and I'm a tv-aholic. ; )
There are so many! Ya seriously want me to pick only one?
I'd have to sayThank You Lord for Your Blessings on Me and The Old Rugged Cross. The former makes me think of my Mama Jones and the latter was my Daddy's favorite. Both hold very special places in my heart. : )
I'd also have to add You're the Biggest Part of Me by Ambrosia. An oldie but goody, that's for sure. : ) The first song to which I ever slow danced. Ahhhh...the memories!
And since I have already picked three, it really won't be an issue if I choose a fourth, will it? ; )
Pachelbel's Canon in D. Love. That. Song.
I'll stop now.
But I'll just mention that I have more than 1000 songs on my iPhone.
Yeah. I do.
On her blog yesterday, my friend Relyn asked us to reveal 'what you are the most'. Think about that. What a deep question! And it led to some deep thinking. Or I suppose I should say more deep thinking. I've been doing a lot of that lately, I'm afraid. Heavy times lead to heavy thoughts, ya know? ; )
Anyway, I love quotes. All KINDS of quotes. But on this foraging expedition I was drawn to quotes on relationships.
Assumptions are the termites of relationships. ~Henry Winkler
*Ain't it the truth? Pretty wise words from the mouth of The Fonz. :)
When we make assumptions, we create entire scenarios in our minds that may or
may not represent the truth of the matter. And when others make assumptions
about us, anger develops as we attempt to prove false those notions that
are suddenly so firmly set in their minds.
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.~William Jones
*I confess. My attitude is not always as it should be. It comes from years
and years of allowing the same thing to occur over and over again and never
doing anything to actually change it. But let's face it: In some
relationships you are powerless to change things. Sometimes you just have
to do what's best for you and if that involves stepping back and doing it
differently the next time, so be it. Sometimes you have to be the one who
looks out for you. And sometimes it takes 40+ years to realize that.
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves. ~Henri Frederic Amiel
*Don't think there's much I can add to that one, so 'nuff said. ;)
Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception--do not confuse them with "facts" or "truth". Wars have been fought .... because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint. ~John Moore
*Amen. Why do we struggle so when it comes to realizing that our perception is our reality and not everyone's reality? Why is it so difficult to realize that it isn't okay to expect others to behave differently in order to accommodate our own perceptions?
When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment. ~Source Unknown
*That's when you've done everything you can to right a wrong, to mend a fence, to allow someone else to see you as you really are and let them decide if you're worth it to them. And when you are, TERRIFIC! Smile and know go on with your life! And when you're not, realize that you can't change who you are to satisfy everyone in your life. No one can be that many different things to that many different people. As long as you can sleep at night and look at yourself in the mirror the next morning, knowing you've done all you can possibly do...just short of no longer being true to yourself. That's where you draw the line. The sooner you accept it, the sooner you can find that contentment. That's where I'm heading. It's a long road, but I'm getting there. :)
And the sweetest way to end this post, in my humble opinion. : ) One of my all-time favorites:
Because really, isn't that deep down what we all want?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Don't be fooled by Matt Damon's somewhat spooky looking eyes on the poster. It isn't a horror movie. I wouldn't even classify it as a psychological thriller, which happens to be one of my favorite kinds of movies. I'm not sure it should be pigeonholed by calling it one thing or another anyway. It is quite simply an excellent drama. And don't take your kids. This one's more for Mom and Dad.
I was going to start off by saying that you get a lot of bang for your buck because this movie is looooong, but I have since come to discover that it was only 2 hours and 9 minutes. All I can say is that the previews must have gone on forever because we were in that theater for nearly 3 hours. My butt was numb. ; )
Now, moving on...
Hereafter is a prime example of exquisite storytelling. Don't look away! There are three stories going on here and each of them is worthy of your undivided attention. Really. It isn't often that you get a movie with one gripping storyline, let alone three, so this was a pleasant surprise. I could have watched a full movie based on any one of these storylines.
Now allow me to say that I could watch Matt Damon count blades of grass and be entertained. Anything he does is worthy of my time because I adore him. And now I will be on the lookout for any film starring Cecile De France. She was amazing! There is something so familiar about her; so 'I would swear I've seen her somewhere before'. But upon visiting her filmography I realized I had seen none of her previous work. She pulls off this character, a strong, educated, independent woman who has the world at her fingertips, and still manages to portray a certain girl next door quality that leaves you thinking you could easily be friends. I like her in this movie, and that's important to me. It is much easier to dislike the intimidation of powerful female characters than to relate to them, but Ms. De France doesn't allow you to even consider that you might not be able to forge a friendship.
I won't tell you that it didn't move a little slowly in places because I think it did. But I also won't say that it wasn't necessary to the storyline. Looking back on it, I'm not sure that there was any portion of this film that could have been edited away and still allow Eastwood (Clint...yeah, he was behind this one!) to maintain the integrity of the stories. Allow me to also say that it ended perhaps a bit....abruptly? I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it's true. At least until you look back on it.
You know how you leave the theater after watching a good movie and you think about it, pick it apart, and search for the answers to the questions you thought it should have answered? Well, Hereafter was one of those movies for me. It left me thinking (and discussing it with my husband) and I quickly realized that it ended pretty much as it should have. The questions were answered (if you were paying attention!) even if it wasn't totally obvious at the moment. Eastwood made YOU think about it and much of it was conveyed in undertones and actions, not through obvious verbal exchanges. I like that in a movie. And then I like to discuss it with others because most of the time, the next guy got something totally different from it than you did.
And I beg of you: DON'T READ ANYTHING THAT MIGHT SPOIL THIS FOR YOU! I went into this movie having read absolutely nothing about it (no spoilers at all and I really knew very little about the general theme of it) and I am so glad that I did. This was good stuff, so go in with a clean slate and no expectations or idea as to what you think is going to happen. You won't be disappointed.
And one little tidbit I found interesting. Do you know who this is?
Her name is Bryce Dallas Howard and she plays Melanie. But that's not the interesting part. What floored me is that she's Ron Howard's daughter! Yes, little Opie has a daughter who's all grown up! :)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It was October 26, 1996 and it was a Saturday.
The Yankees beat the Braves 3-2 in game 6 of the World Series.
A new episode of Early Edition aired, titled Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog.
There was a tornado outbreak in Minnesota.
But in Glasgow, WV it was a drizzly day; gray and overcast. I was watching neither Game 6 nor Early Edition (though I dearly love both my Yankees and Kyle Chandler!) because I was a bit preoccupied.
I was just a little over-dressed for the ballgame or sitting at home watching any type of serial television.
He even took off work today so we could celebrate, so we're outta here.
I foresee the Olive Garden in my very near future.
And if there is anything decent playing, maybe a movie.
And of course, a few other stops...
Like Lowe's, Books a Million, the mall.
Do we know how to celebrate BIG or what?
Monday, October 25, 2010
I nearly forgot.
But that's okay because the BAND was worth the drive to Morgantown! : )
The WVU Marching Band (aka: The Pride of West Virginia) never, ever disappoints and this homecoming weekend at WVU was no exception.
Plus we had the added bonus of seeing the Alumni Band!
The Alumni Band struttin' their stuff...
Did I ever tell you how much I love a band?
Anyway, the pregame show was fantastic! As always. Since I couldn't really get a good shot of the band from our seats, here is one of them on the JumboTron. They form the shape of the great state of WV! Isn't that awesome? And they march the length of the field, then invert the state so the fans on the other side of the field can appreciate it, too! Then they march the length of the field again. Pretty amazing. And they sound fantastic, too. :)
And I suppose that since it was a football game, after all,
I need to post a pic of some football action.
That is, as far as Tucker was concerned, these are bigger and better things.
That handy-dandy little blue and gold car is part of the PRT system in Morgantown.
The PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) is a lifesaver for WVU students because the University campus is all over the place. It's pretty terrific for folks like us on game day, too.
This is some of the scenery we enjoyed on the way across town to the stadium.
He thought the PRT was just about the coolest thing ever.
And just one more thing before I go.
I have a little wish to make.
I sincerely wish with all my heart that the seriously drunk young woman who sat behind us,
showering us with her peanut shells and jabbing Tucker and me in our backs with her knees
throughout the entire second half of the game,
has suffered a horrendously intense hangover ALL DAY TODAY.
She totally deserves it.
Friday, October 22, 2010
It just seems appropriate to blog about 'flashbacks' today. Yesterday I got into a great conversation with some friends on Facebook regarding things that instantly take us back to our childhoods. My friend Holli was reminiscing about boxes of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that her mom used to bring home and her anxiety over the possibility of not getting her fair share once her siblings spotted them! ; ) Isn't it funny the things we remember?
Holli's flashback brought about one of my own. And it involves these:
Then my mother would finish up her nightly routine of listening to the news headlines with Daddy, straightening up around the house and making sure the kitchen was all cleaned up and ready for breakfast the next morning. Once everything was in order, she made her way to bed. But the muted sounds of the television and Daddy's heavy footsteps would still penetrate my bedroom door as he finished the local news and then made his way to the kitchen for a snack.
And I waited anxiously to see hear the squeaky hinges of my bedroom door being opened.
You see, Daddy and I had a routine. Once Mom had enough time to fall asleep, Daddy would grab the snacks and then let me know the coast was clear. The thin sliver of light coming through my not-quite-closed door would grow wide as Daddy pushed it open and his silhouette filled the doorway. He didn't have to say a word. I would scramble out of bed and follow him to the living room where I would crawl onto his lap as the voice of Shirley Love would announce that it was time for Saturday Night Wrestling to begin!
As I said before, the wrestling wasn't what it was all about for me. It was daddy/daughter time first and foremost, and it had the added benefit of being snack time! These Pizza Spins were our very favorite. For years I could find no one who could remember these little snack crackers and I was afraid I had imagined them! But it seems they do have a cult following. Check out this link. : )
It was like the ultimate in rule-breaking for a 6 or 7 year old child! My teeth were already brushed and I was supposed to be sleeping soundly. I can even remember a couple of occasions when, despite our best efforts to keep quiet, Mom came walking in and caught me out of bed and EATING AT MIDNIGHT!!!
But I survived.
And it also left me with some terrific memories. : )
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I wish my camera could really capture how bright they are!
They are perfectly luminous and these pics just don't do them justice.
This burning bush simply glows!
You can see it in the above pic, all the way to the left end of the porch.
I thought that perhaps a different angle of the tree might show the sunlight that made it a blinding red, but if there was an angle that did that I certainly didn't discover it. :(
This is a shot Brie took of Tucker.
She was practicing action shots and wanted to catch him midair.
I just think it is SO cute! Not sure where the hat came from or how it is that he managed to
look like a jazz dancer in his pose,
but I LIKE IT! : )
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
...Tucker had a Cub Scout meeting.
...was Perri's final volleyball game of the season. (They WON!!!)
...while driving home in my Two-Door Speck (it's really a Chevy Cobalt) from that volleyball game, we hit a deer . :(
...said deer did absolutely no damage to the Speck. YAY!
...my Yankees took a whoopin' from the Rangers during the ALCS. :(
Got my 50th follower!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have much more of the same in store for me.
But busy is good. : )
I'll also post the cute little story of how she came by the recipe in the first place. ; )
How sweet! Hope she realized that she really made my day! : )
I think that's about all the miscellany I can handle on this Monday morning.
How about you?
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Saturday, October 16, 2010
Her twin is not quite as far along in changing into her fall cloak, but I'm sure she'll catch up soon.
See the frost line? I love to watch the sparkles dissolve and melt away as the sun's warmth reaches further and further across the yard. It wasn't a very heavy frost, but it certainly was beautiful out there this morning. I just don't have that gift for capturing it with my pitiful camera.
My house currently smells like a little slice of autumn, too! :) Just took a pumpkin roll out of the oven and as soon as it has cooled I'll be spreading on the cream cheese filling, rolling it back up and putting it in the fridge to chill. LOVE me some punkin' log! :) Be sure to check for the recipe later on tonight over at Kelli's Kitchen.
Hope all of you are having the same beautiful weather we're enjoying and that your weekend is relaxing and sweet! :)
Friday, October 15, 2010
Perception is reality. The way you see things, the way a situation makes you feel....that is your reality. Whether or not the others involved see it the way you do or intended their words or actions to have the affect on you that they did, it is still your reality. And my daughter's reality had been somewhat troubled lately. I honestly believed that there was no malice intended in what was happening, that it was just a matter of them not realizing that my girl's feelings were being hurt. I doubted they understood that she has a bit of trouble putting any of her faith in the words and actions of others at times because she has been fooled so many times in the past by people who had no business abusing her trust. I thought I could help smooth things over if I got involved. I should have known better.
You see, emotions rule in this sort of situation. The others involved may say they value the truth above all other things and that putting things out in the open and being perfectly honest is the only way to handle a situation, but that holds no value when your truth isn't what they want to hear. Remember: Perception is reality. Our perception of things that had been going on for quite some time was not the same as their own, therefore we are the ones who are wrong. It doesn't matter that there truly was another way to perceive some of the things that had been happening or that their own words and actions could have been seen as something less than honest and up front due to circumstances that existed long before all this started. All that does matter is that I handed over the perception of the situation and they didn't like it because it wasn't the same as their own. They didn't want to see that another person could have an opinion different from their own or that there was good reason for it. A persona can only be fooled so many times before they become suspicious and distrustful of everyone.
The hard part for me is that I like these girls. One I have known for a while and the others I was just getting to know. They are young, just starting their families and so full of possibilities and hope for the future, just like my daughter. I wanted to see their friendships grow and deepen and for my daughter to develop the kind of relationship with them that she deserves. Because no matter who we are or at what place in our lives we may find ourselves, everyone needs trusted friends. Even if that trust takes a little more effort than usual to build.
All I can do now is live with the results. No one can possibly know how sorry I am that I ever got involved. There are very few people in this world whose opinion of me doesn't matter to me. I sincerely wish I didn't feel this way, but I do. It bothers me to know that someone doesn't like me or that perhaps I've done something to hurt someone else. I can think of only 2 people in this world whose opinions truly do not matter to me and even though they are nasty through and through, I find myself wishing from time to time that I could do something to fix the situation. And I would never purposefully do anything to hurt either of those people. I don't have that in my nature, though sometimes I find myself wishing I could be just a little more mean and a little less easily hurt.
But then... I wouldn't be me.
Guess I'll just keep living my life.
And learning my lessons.
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Monday, October 11, 2010
Second birthday party for Hayden yesterday was a HUGE success! : ) That little guy is so loved! This is a little of the scenery surrounding the building where Brie had his party. Isn't it gorgeous there?
This place is only 7 miles from my house and yet I'd never been there. I'll definitely keep it in mind for future parties.
Also went on a hayride. WOW! 44 years old and I finally get to go on a hayride! Gerrod, a friend of Josh and Brie's, hooked up his tractor to their hay wagon, threw on a few bales of hay, and loaded up everyone who wanted to go! It was AWESOME! Beautiful scenery and don't ya know....I FORGOT MY CAMERA!!!
Anyway, I have a crazy week ahead. Tons of running back and forth to Charleston (1 doc appointment, a mammogram and picking up my Mom), then running Mom to her doc's appointment and a hair appointment up here before driving her back home on Thursday evening. Plus on Wednesday, after having already driven to Charleston that morning, I'll be driving back down there and then even further down the road to Perri's volleyball game in Winfield.
I have phone calls to make (Shannon, I PROMISE I'll call you before the day is out!), 160+ birthday treat bags to put together for PTO, a Cub Scout meeting to get Tucker to as soon as school lets out, and I have to pick up Perri at school and get her fed before her volleyball game this evening. At least it's at home.
Anyone know how to clone? I'd almost be willing to give it a shot! However, I'm not sure the world is ready for two of me. ; )
Friday, October 8, 2010
Anywho, Lauren has a little thing called Fill in the Blank Friday and I decided to play along today. (She uses a different pic each week so there is no code to C&P. If you decide to play along, just save the pic to your hard drive and use it with your post.)
So here we go. My first Fill in the Blank Friday. : )
2. Today I wish I was at the Bob Evans Farm Festival with my son's school. Unfortunately he is STILL sick and is having to miss out on yet another fun thing with his classmates. :( Hoping his asthma decides to leave him alone and that he can go back to school on Monday.
6. Something I can never pass up at the grocery store is bread. Lots and lots of bread. Rolls, loaves, garlic breads, dark breads, light breads...you name it. Bread is my Kryptonite. It brings me to my knees. It weakens my defenses. Unfortunately, it also pads my hips.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
And I have a terrible need to catch up. I'm hoping this means that I'm working my way out of the funk I've been experiencing for the past few months and that I'm ready to get busy around here!
Someone PLEASE give me a good swift kick!
I've been visiting some websites I've used in the past for ideas to jump start my cleaning/decluttering/organizing. Have you ever visited here? It is a terrific website with so many great printables to help keep you on track. I'm going to spend some time there in the next few days printing off the lists that I think will help me the most and then I'm actually going to put those lists in a binder and USE THEM!
How about you? Do you have any tips, tricks or secrets you want to share regarding how you do it all? If you've blogged about it in the past, leave me a link to the post. I'd love to see what works for you! I'm realistic. I know that what works for me doesn't necessarily work for everyone and vice versa, but there are often ways to adapt a plan to fit your own needs, too!
I want so much to be less like this tired, frazzled, overwhelmed version of me:
And more like this organized, capable version of me that I know is hiding deep down in there somewhere:
(And clean the house, get rid of junk we don't need, organize what stays, etc.)