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Five Question Friday on Saturday!

Oops! I’m a day behind….

What’s the last thing you spent too much money on?

By far my biggest purchase ever has been my car even though I’m still paying on it now and will be for a few more years.   The down payment for her (yes, my car is a she) was the largest amount of moolah I forked over to anyone at any given time for any reason.  The other thing that I am indebted to would be my school loans… BLAH!  As if my undergraduate work didn’t cost me enough, I had the idea to start graduate work a coupla years ago so there’s still lots to be paid out on those.

As far as actual physical items that I paid for in their entirety I would say that my laptop, which is now currently hooked up to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse because the backlight went in it when it was less than two years old, is the most pricey.

On a whole though, I would have to say my crafty supplies cost me a small fortune.  While I’ve accumulated them over the course of many years, each purchase has surely added up to a lofty grand total if I surmised correctly. I could seriously open my own supply shop with all that I have.  From ridiculous amounts of decorative paper to the insanely absurd amount of clear rubber stamps to all the gadgets you could think of…. I’ve got ’em.

This is only a LITTLE of my stash!!!

2. What celeb chef would you want to make you dinner?

Celeb?!?  Ummmm, I’d settle for a hot, handsome, dreamy fella cooking me dinner… doesn’t have to be a celeb.  Hell, I don’t care who it is…. Who wants to make me dinner????? Come on over!

3. Where do you hide things when visitors pop over or do you let them see the real deal?

There is no hiding my mess.  I blame it on my creative personality.  🙂 Just ask my cousin who lives next door… You may not be able to see my living room floor if I am in the middle of a crafty project…. which tends to become an issue because, well…. I am always working on a crafty project!!! 🙂

4. Who is your oldest living family member?

That would be my Great Aunt Lyna… Although I can’t remember her exact age (I know mom would know), she is the last of my great aunts & uncles on my mom’s side of the family. She is the tiniest of ladies with a spunky personality… She’s always been the spitfire in our family.

5. What is your favorite DQ treat and/or Sonic drink combo (ie: cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper)?

I have never been to a Sonic before!!! EVER!!!  Now, DQ, that’s a whole different scenario.  My absolute favorite would be a sundae with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and raspberry sauce.  I haven’t had one from DQ in YEARS!!!!  It’s best that it stay away. 🙂

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All Gave Some…Some Gave All

Today I join the many in remembering those who served, fought & defended.

Those that are honorable, selfless, and admirable.

Many in my family served in the military and I am very happy to say that they all returned home safely.  From my grandfather and my step-dad, to several uncles and a cousin to my step-brother and a friend… they proudly served to uphold our freedoms and defend our nation so that we can enjoy our lives in the US of A as we have grown accustomed.

Each of their journeys were different; the sentiment the same. None has spoken of their time away very often.  But what little I have gathered over the years leads me to know that defending our freedom is a task that bears great weight.  Sights and sounds stick.  Bonds made unbreakable.  People do incredible things to save the life of another.

HEROES come in many forms.

A player that catches a winning touchdown; A firefighter entering a burning building; a police officer entering a standoff.

But these are the heroes that serve and protect; defend and sacrifice.  The ones that fight for our freedom; the ones that protect us from terrorist attacks; the ones that miss the births of their children and the funerals of their loved ones.   And the ones that never return home.

I take great pride in my country.  I am thankful to have the liberties that I do.  I do not agree with all that the current Administration (or others previously, for that matter) has implemented nor am I an advocate of war.  I do believe that when people are doing wrong they should be stopped.  When we are threatened as a nation I find  it a conflicting comfort knowing that I am blessed to live in a country where we can defend our freedoms; we have individuals who voluntarily FIGHT and DEFEND our rights.  In reality, it’s an awe-inspiring and frightening idea all the same. They are putting their lives on the line for us each and every day.  I’m honored that someone I don’t even know would do that for me. It just gives me chills.

So, today as I honor those who served and remember those that never made it home, I also remember my step-dad, Lynn, on what would have been his 66th birthday.   A husband, a father, a grandpa, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, a hunter, a machine operator.   

A gentle man with a heart of pure gold, who wasn’t afraid to scare the livin’ shit out of ya if you messed with his family.  An honorable man with a smile that brightened everyone’s day.  A veteran.  A hero.

Sometimes being a slacker pays off!

Ya, I know…. I’ve still been slacking.  Barely squeaking out a post a week these days…..

I’m not going to promise to post more frequently because every time I say I’m going to do that, I post even less!

Lots has been going on but really nothing at all at the same exact time.  Does that even make sense?!?  In my twisted little corner of the earth it COMPLETELY does. 😉

And what does a blogging slacker get rewarded with?!?

What’s that you say????

Yup…. A blogging award!

In the midst of my slacker-dom in the blogging world, I somehow managed to get an award thrown my way from one of my dearest blogging friends and most favorite-est people ever,  the fantastically-fabulous and incredibly-hilarious Donna at The Redneck Princess.  This lady is the perfect addition to your daily reading material as she is funny as all get out, she’s as REAL as they come and she’s one of my biggest supporters.  AND to boot she’s pretty kick-ass at all this technology stuff and currently flaunting ( I mean that in the nicest way possible!  xoxo)  it well at her NEW SELF-HOSTED home for The Redneck Princess.  It looks phenomenal so check it out!!!!  OODLES of thanks my friend!  You are one “Versatile Blogger” and am happy to be lumped in that category along side ya.

Sooooooo…. on with the deeds I must do.

THE RULES

Here’s the dealio…

  1. Thank and link to the person who nominates you
  2.  Share seven random facts about you
  3. Pass this award to five new blogging friends
  4. Contact and congratulate the awarded bloggers
Now to the nitty gritty…. doling out the digs…
Just a disclaimer… you know I love you all but…. I’ve been a slacker for much too long so I think I should at least pick some peeps instead of giving it to everyone. 😉
1. The Ramblings– ah, the lovely Tori… I know Donna passed this along your way but I can’t help but slap another one on ya!  Tori’s ramblings are my newest addiction in blogging land.  I’m not sure exactly how long our paths have crossed, but all I do know is she simply cracks me up with each and every read.  PLUS, she’s doing some pretty cool stuff with her wedding!  Check her out!!!  You’re an absolute gem, Tori!  🙂
For the next four, I’m going with some of my tried, true and trusty blogging friends on this one… The ones who have been by my side since the very beginning and supporting me along the way.
2.  The Wordsmith’s Desk–  If you are a poetry lover or an inspiration seeker, this is the place to go.  LeRoy’s daily musings have a way of centering me and putting me in check during all of the craziness that I tend to let consume me.  He’s a kind soul and his positive messages are a true inspiration.
3.  Laughter Is Catching– There aren’t enough adjectives in the english language to accurately describe this lovely gal… Miss Tink has been scheming a way to get me on one those them there aero-plane thing-a-ma-jigs along with the fabulous Miss Vix since we first became blogging pals at the beginning of this year.  She’s a hoot, insightful and one of the sweetest and real chicas I know.  She will make you laugh… Go on now… catch the bug and head on over her way.
4.  Mirth and Motivation– Eliz is truly a breath of fresh air… Her positive outlook on life is infectious.  Her words are so incredibly eloquent in each and every post.   She continues to motivate me and help me to hunker down and focus or take a step back and just breathe for a minute whenever it’s needed.
5.  Little Miss Vix– My long-lost sister from across the pond.  🙂 Vix was my very first subscriber many moons ago leading  us to become quick friends bantering alongside Tink.  From music and fashion to writing and reading she covers it all!  One day we will cause a raucous with Tink over there or here… it must happen one way or another!
So there you have my five picks of the litter…. It really is hard to do as I have sooooo many favorites and much respect for my fellow writers out here.  🙂
NOW to the INCREDIBLY hard part… sharing 7 random facts about myself (Ummmmmmmm…. I’ve already listed 100 here so this is gonna be rough!!! 🙂 )

1… I am an extreme lover of peanut butter & Nutella. On bread, bananas, pretzels or by the spoonful.   Alone or a little of both.    Pretty sure I could eat them both every day if I let myself!

2… I think perhaps I may be a bit obsessive compulsive in some regards. Not in ways involving specific rituals or routines per say. More along the lines of once I get a notion in my head (good or bad) I can’t shake it… honestly I can’t control it. Sometimes it can be a good thing yet other times it’s not so much. I think it may tie in to the worrier in me. I dunno, but it’s led me to be known as “the persister” by some.

3… I ask questions.   A lot of questions. If you tell me you’re cooking dinner, know that I am going to ask WHAT you’re making. I’ll ask HOW it’s coming along, only to be followed by my asking how it turned out and if it was yummy. Numbers 2 & 3 correlate well or work against each other depending on the situation.

4… I love to paint my nails.  Both fingers & toes.  However, I hate taking nail polish off so don’t be surprised if you see me with chipped polish! 🙂

5… I’m probably the biggest klutz you’ll ever meet. Between falling up the stairs more times than I care to admit and walking into things, I’m a cluster of accidents waiting to happen.   Amazingly I’ve never broken anything more than a toe or two.

6… I am a procrastinator. I should have been writing this post about a week ago whenever I was first given this award…. but I started putting it off & now here I sit.   Finally, 3 days into writing this post, I’m finally finishing it. I can know about a crafty project 3 months ahead of time but without fail the week before it needs to be completed I am against the wall cranking it out at the last-minute. (I will say some of my best writing has occurred @ 4:00 AM, only hours before a research paper was due!)  Time management is NOT my forte… going to make a concerted effort. LATER. 🙂

7… I am a “fixer”. When there’s a problem I want to fix it. If a friend is in distress I want to help. If someone is down I want to cheer them up. If someone is sick I want to make them feel better. Giving words of encouragement or a listening ear may be all it takes but I’m always up for a challenge. The hardest part tends to be when you surround yourself with people who tend not to reciprocate when you are the one that needs some fixing.

Soooooo…. there you have it. 7 more dirty little secrets about yours truly. Now you know wayyyyy more about me than you probably ever wanted!

Time for me to get back to business. Time to take my nail polish off & paint my nails.

Eh, maybe later. 😉

Just a quickie…

Hello my loves….

Just want to thank you all for the positive words of encouragement during recent weeks.  Your words mean more than I can ever say… You all are the B.E.S.T!!!!

A little bit of an update….

In recent weeks, I picked up a temporary position as a photographer for a company somewhat close by thanks to one of my loves… It’s COMPLETELY different from anything I expected and is leaps and bounds different from anything I have done in the past, but I am loving it!

I have also been on several interviews in recent weeks & days for jobs in my field.   Some I am really crossing my fingers for ,while others not so much.  So for now it’s a waiting game while continuing the search.

It’s not about my time…

When the time is right and the job is right, all will work out! 🙂

In the mean time, I’m enjoying what I’m doing and spending time with those who matter most.  My friends have been wonderful… as has my family.  You do learn who really cares and just how much they do by their words and actions.  They just listen when needed or offer advice when needed… most seeming to know just what to say!

So that’s about it for now… Just wanted to give you a quickie of an update.  Off to meet one of my friends to listen to a Beatles cover band and have dinner. 🙂

Thanks again, my peeps!  Love ya all!

 

…NEVER forget…

September 11, 2011…10 years later…

TODAY…

As many others have commented and contemplated upon the tragic events that occurred in New York City, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, I have found myself  thinking of nothing but the same today.  It’s a hard feeling to shake.  The utter shock and disbelief that our country, our FREE country could be subjected to such an outrageous and devastating tragedy still reigns true till this day, 10 years after first hearing the news.  The hows and whys that were muttered by millions replay in my head as I begin to think of what my eyes stared at on the television and ears heard on the radio stations.  I, among others, stood in disbelief as each report broke over the sound waves. The trademark skyline, no longer pictures the World Trade Center… The world changed that day…Everything
just stopped.

For me, not much has changed in 10 years.  The shock and disbelief still linger on, but are intermingled with sadness, anger and pride in the present day.

After watching several documentaries in recent days and reading reports and articles, I am taken right back to that initial moment 10 years ago when the world STOPPED…   Overflowing with emotion, I sit and watch and relive the horrific scenes and emotions.  Still seemingly fresh wounds ever after time has transpired since the actual events occurred.  Here are my thoughts and tidbits about the day’s happenings on September 11, 2001 as well as my thoughts today.

Never Forget

HOW could this happen????

I still find myself asking this question.  How could something so devastating occur…How can so many people have lost their lives without a chance of escaping…How so many individuals gave of their own lives so freely while trying to save those trapped, hurt and afraid.

The fear that took over me, was something I had never experienced previously.  Staring at the images on the television have not gotten any easier.  As I sit here watching all of the coverage today, the chills down my spine and tears down my cheeks are as fresh and real as they were in 2001.  The emotional response that my body endured 10 years ago is still ever-present in today’s thoughts and experiences.  I was fortunate to not have any loved ones directly involved in the attacks or collapses or rescue efforts…yet I was still affected so strongly.  The outpouring of emotions I went through during those initial moments were inexplicable.  We as a Nation, were in shock..disbelief…angered…mourning… No matter where you were or who you were, you stopped what you were doing and watched, listened, cried and prayed…

…Sadness…

The sadness I experienced in 2001 is the much the same as the sadness I experienced today.  The sheer fact that the event occurred and that lives were lost saddens me.  The loss of so many lives saddens me still.  Sadness for many reasons… lives of innocent people were lost that day; lives of children, parents, firefighters, policemen, rescue personnel.  People were minding their own, going about their day-to-day when their world stopped and ended without them even so much as getting the opportunity to say good-bye or defend themselves.  Their lives were taken by sick, tormented individuals.

I think my sadness lies deepest with the families that were torn apart by the ruthless actions the terrorists carried out.  Children losing a parent… Unborn children having lost a parent… Wives losing husbands… Husbands losing wives… Parents losing children… SO many lives ended… THE WORLD JUST STOPPED on 9/11.  Eventually, many of us started to “pick up the pieces” and get our emotions in check, resuming our normal, day-to-day routines.  The families directly effected by that days events would never be the same.  Their normal, day – to – day just got ripped right out from under them.  The healing process is a long and hard road that so many had to embark upon much too soon…

…ANGER…

The fact that a group of individuals could be so ruthless as to carry out the events that occurred, sickens me beyond belief.  I hold such anger that there are such disturbed, evil individuals walking the same planet as me.  Anger that so many lives were lost, loves lost, breaths stopped.

So many lives were changed without warning, without care that I just simply get angry.  There is no further explanation I can provide.  I have such disdain for those whom orchestrated and carried out the terrorist attacks that occurred on 9.11.01.

…Pride…

One nation, indivisible…If ever there was anything good to occur out of these attacks this would be it.  Americans took pride in our country.  We banded together, stood strong and supported each other.  We came together to aid those directly affected by loss or injury.  We took pride in ourselves, in our rescue personnel. Words of encouragement were shared, patriotism abounded immediately.  Flags flying, hymns blaring.  Sadly it took something so tragic to help us exhibit such pride in our nation so freely.  Americans spoke out of their pride.  Americans stood behind each other.  We became ONE NATION in support of all those lives lost and loved.

I take pride in the fact that so many individuals displayed such heroic actions on that day and coming days afterwards.  The individuals aboard the hijacked flight that crashed near Somerset, PA come to mind first when thinking of heroic actions of that day. Their strength and endurance, ambition and selflessness amazed me.  The rescue personnel that so freely risked their lives or gave their lives during the rescue efforts at Ground Zero,  are the epitome of heroes.

TEN years ago….

WHERE I WAS and WHAT I was doing…

Seems like it was centuries ago at times…then again it seems like it was just yesterday.  I was 23 years old.  Had already graduated from college and was enjoying my job at Kennywood.  I was part of a group that worked at the Amusement Park in the offseason, wrapping things up for the current season and getting things situated for the following season.  We did odds and ends such as taking inventory, tagging merchandise, and restocking items.

One seemingly ordinary day, us girls were up in the gift shop in Lost Kennywood doing inventory.  One of my friends was upstairs folding shirts, another counting something else.  I was sitting outside, on a milk crate, counting key chains.  They looked like bouncy balls, were yellow and had the trademark Kennywood arrow on them.  The exact item bares no significance to the days events, I just find it interesting that I can remember those details of something that occurred 10 years ago and I can’t remember if I turned my flat-iron off when I leave for work on a daily basis these days, but that’s neither here nor there.

The radio was blasting…given the time of day, had we been in the warehouse, Howard Stern would have been on.  But I can almost guarantee that since it was just us girls in the gift shop, we probably had B94 on.  My friend, folding shirts upstairs yelled down that something happened in New York…we didn’t think much of it, but as she continued to listen and share and more reports kept coming over the radio, our world just STOPPED.

…TODAY…

Today I am reminded of how lucky I am to be a citizen of this great nation.  Albeit a nation that has seen such horrific tragedy, our nation came together on that day.  We came together in support, strength and prayer.  I continue to keep those whose lives were lost close to my heart, their families in my prayers.  I continue to pray for those who are haunted by their memories of that day. The heroes who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe will forever be honored.

  I am thankful for those who defend our country so that I can maintain the freedoms that make our country the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Our world stopped 10 years ago…we continue on.  Honor those who defend us.  Remember those who died for us.  Cherish those with us.

How were you affected?  Where were you at that very moment???

If Not Now, When? – Incubus 8.31.11

Myself, Lil bro and one of my girlies, Carrie,  have been not-so-patiently waiting for this show for MONTHS.

IT WAS AWESOME.

Incubus killed it, opening up with banging performances of  Pardon Me and Wish You Were Here… Two of my favorites!

Fan-flippin-tastic!!!  

We were a little apprehensive as to what the set list was going to look like since they just released a new album.  I really do like the album, If Not Now, When? a whole lot.  That being said, it is a TOTALLY different feel than most of their other music… it’s a bit more mellow than all of their previous albums from which I have countless favorites.  I was just hoping that they’d play a good mix of old and new tunes throughout the night and THAT THEY DID.

 I also got to hear Have You Ever, A Crow Left of the Murder, Dig, Drive, Nice to Know You and Megalomaniac… ALL of which are favorites as well.

Brandon Boyd is just simply delicious… he has an awesome stage presence.  His voice soft and soothing, sending chills while mesmerizing.  Very easy to become entranced by him… It’s happened once or twice I’m not gonna lie. 😉 For a quick second though I thought I spied a porn stache and about died, but I was wrong… Thank goodness!

INCUBUS did NOT disappoint.

They quite simply “brought it.”

And we loved every single minute of the show…

Including the opening act!  It is always a crap shoot when it comes to opening acts.  Sometimes you like ’em, others not so much.  It’s take ’em or leave ’em.

On this night, at this show, the opening act was a “like ’em” and a “take ’em.”

Young the Giant was awesome.

They were fun. They sang. They played.  

And they did all three very well… They had a TON of energy too!

Made a fan outta me for sure that night, as I had never heard of them before.

But apparently they’re getting some recognition.  A bloggin buddy sent me a message while we were at the show saying  these guys made an appearance on MTV’s VMAs that aired on Sunday.  News to me!

I am not much of an MTV gal these days… Why?  You might ask…. Well, when was the last time they actually played MUSIC on MUSIC TELEVISION???? Not very often at all anymore, that is if they even do at all! Too many nonsense and rubbish shows filling up airspace on there now…. I miss the “good ‘ol days”.  I WANT MY MTV!!!  😉

Forgive my digression….

Incubus… phenomenal show.  THANK YOU.

Young the Giant… fanstastic show.  THANK YOU.

Next up… 2nd Jason Myles Goss show of the year later this month, which will put me at 8 shows for the year so far.  Think I can get to two more before the year’s out?  Hope so!  Then I can cross it off THE LIST! 😉

Bush is coming to Stage AE with Chevelle in October as is Parachute on a separate date… Hint, hint.

 Tickets would make a FABULOUS early Christmas gift!

 Just sayin’…

Expect the Unexpected

I know I’ve heard many a person say, “You never know what to expect”.

 Time and time again I’ve heard those words or uttered them myself in relation to various situations, circumstances and events.

This has always held true in my personal experiences in life so far…

Just when you think you know, you find out in reality you really have no idea…

But you see, life always has a way of changing on ya… the path in the road winding in a different direction of sorts…

Some days you’ve got your plan all set and the floor comes out from underneath you…

While other days you’re so lost you’re driving around in circles having not a clue as to which direction you should go…

You never know if what you’ve always done and what you’re used to doing is what you are meant to do…

You never know what opportunities will present or how you are to respond to them…

You may find yourself doing something you’ve always wanted to do in a way you never thought of…

You may find yourself doing something you never thought you’d be doing but loving it anyway…

Whether your dream is your journey or your journey is your dream, take hold and live it out…

Don’t limit yourself with expectations… expect anything and everything and all that lies in between.

A lot of triumphs arise in direct relation to the way you respond to life and all it throws your way.

Whatever your dream may be, live it.  

Love it.

If I’ve learned anything at all in the last two months, it is to ALWAYS expect the unexpected

It’s a little less of a shock if you prepare yourself for the best, worst and everything in between.

AND

Just roll with the punches… tomorrow IS a new day.  Why not make it a good one?

Loves to my loves!