Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ghosts of Christmas Past

So, there's something else that happened over our Christmas break ...
There must be something weird in the air -Because not only was I visited by "ghosts of Christmas past" but, my sister was too - Allow me to explain ... I'm sure we all have people from our past that we don't talk to anymore -some on purpose. This always makes me a little nervous and cautious about things like having this blog ;being on facebook -etc. There are plenty of people from my past I do keep in touch with -That I went to school with or worked with -But, like I said there's others I'd rather not. Of course I also know they're out there and the whole -6 degrees of seperation and all. But, it was really weird that within 24hrs -and a couple days before Christmas I got not 1 but, 2 Facebook friend requests that I was unsure about. Being sick I thought maybe I was hallucinating or -this is it -I'm sick and gonna die and this is some kind of judgement- I was taken aback needless to say. I took a little while to think about it -I already ignored 1. The other I thought would happen eventually - And I haven't gotten into the whole story on here yet -But, I figured sometime I'd be contacted by my daughter's biological dad or his family -It was his mom. I talked to my husband, dad, and sister about it and I finally sent her a message (it's great being able to send a message to a non-friend) -I tried to be somewhat friendly but, also stern -I mean how else are you supposed to act towards someone who hasn't been involved for over 10 years?! As of yet I haven't heard back -the ball is in their court as they say -So, we'll see. And then the day after Christmas my sister was contacted by an ex of hers-Like I say -it's weird! So, yep seems to be the Christmas for ghosts of the past or something!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Not quite Wordless Wednesday -Our Christmas 2010

Well, our Christmas break started last week and my son and I both are fighting off sickness -my son started to complain about his ear so got it checked out and yep -ear infection (he's had quite a few lately-hopefully he won't need tubes). And I finally went in to the Dr. Christmas eve - I've got a sinus infection -Ugh. Especially being sick I was glad my Gma decided to host Christmas dinner. But, of course before that Christmas morning was at my house- my mom, dad, and sister came over. I had a few noshables out -a bagel platter and sandwich platter -etc. that I won from Schlotzsky's well actually from 918 moms -glad it held up since I picked it up Christmas eve-it worked out well. Once everyone got settled -we opened up presents -If you can't tell my son really like the Iron man arm thing and Woody from Toy Story ;My daughter like the Disney Sing It and other gifts she got as well. Then of course we all hung out for awhile until we got ready and headed to my Gma's for Christmas dinner and a bit more presents. Everything went pretty well -I was glad to get home and rest though- which been trying to rest and get better since then. Glad I am feeling a bit better and the kids are enjoying their new toys and everything - And that's our Christmas :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Christmas Traditions

For today's MckLinky Monday on the RHOK Mrs. Montgomery wants to know our holiday/ Christmas traditions - Well, each year it seems we're always trying to balance all the families -My mom's side, dad's side, in -law's side -And we kind of alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas between them all So, each year it's a little different. One of the things we always seem to do sometime around the holidays is see some holiday lights though. Used to be that we'd take a trip to see my paternal Gma if not on Christmas itself (while visiting my dad's side ) then sometime around the holiday to see her, friends, and the light display in Muskogee (Garden of Lights and The Christmas Kingdom) -This is the 1st Christmas she hasn't been with us though -so, we didn't see those lights this year. But, we usually see a few light displays like Rhema -etc. This year we drove to see the Chandler Park Christmas lights and also walked around Rhema -Rhema we've done for the past few years -so, that seems to be our new Christmas light tradition -Of course I'm always up to see other displays too :) How about you -What are your holiday traditions? Be sure to join in the MckLinky Monday!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -Pets under the Christmas tree

As I mentioned before my cat loves to get under the Chirstmas tree as you can tell by these pics -the top left was taken just a few days ago and the long 1 on the right was taken a few years ago when we had our Charlie Brownish tree. I wish I could say the other pics are of our dog but it's actually my MIL's dog. Hope everyone has a MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Monday, December 20, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Ornaments

For today's MckLinky with the RHOK Mrs. Bundy wants to see our favorite Christmas tree ornaments...Well, I can't show just one -So, here's a few - We pretty much have a mix of about everything -homemade ornaments, store bought ones, fancy ones, to kid -cartoon character ones. And even though they're all different kinds and colors I do have somewhat of a traditional theme of gold, red, and green.

About the ones that are shown -the top left - A gold light up ornament from the light display in my hometown/neighborhood of Muskogee -The Garden of Lights (I even remember when they 1st started that display), the bottom left -a homemade one and a penguin -gotta have a penguin! (per my huband ;), The top right- a red bulb and a character my daughter loves -Hello Kitty (guess I need to work on more boy ornaments for my son), and the edge of a snowflake, the bottom right -a gold angel -I just love the little pose it's in -hangin' out in the tree. So, that's a few of my ornaments -Be sure to join in and share some of yours!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Friday Five

I know I've been talking a lot about Christmas lately -but, it's always good to have a little holiday cheer -Right? Well, here's some more -5 Christmas songs for today's Friday Five...

1. A traditional Frank Sinatra 1 -Have yourself a Merry little Christmas:

2. Another traditional albeit more upbeat 1 -Brenda Lee -Rockin' around the Christmas tree:

3. 1 of my favorite traditional songs with a new twist by Annie Lennox:

4. A newer not so much traditional song -Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses -I also love the light display ;)

5. And last but not least a traditional singer Bing Crosby singing a not so traditional song -I'm not even going to try to spell it -But, maybe 1 of these days I can have a Hawaiian Christmas and sing this:

So, there you have it-an early Merry Christmas to you! Only about a week before Christmas -and I've still got some shopping to do! Well, I better get busy -Happy Friday and weekend!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -Christmas tree tour

I love Christmas trees which seems evident going through my pictures and seeing all the pictures I have of Christmas trees ;) So, here's a little tour for you from a Gaga Christmas tree, to fancy schmancy ones, to ones outside - most of them are in Tulsa and all of them are in Oklahoma -Have any guesses where they are from? Happy WW!

Monday, December 13, 2010

MckLinky Monday - Christmas Dish

Today on the RHOK Mrs. Coco is making us drool talking about Christmas food - and asks "What is your favorite Christmas dinner dish?"

Well, 1st I do love just about any kind of food ;) And I love how there's all kinds of great snacks around Christmastime from homemade Chex mix, to christmas chocolates, and candy canes filling up the stockings

But, back to the question - I also love all the Christmas dinner food -similar to Thanksgiving -I love green bean casserole and if I need to make/ bring something that's what I usually make:
I pretty much use the Campbell's recipe using frozen/thawed green beans and the french cut style at that.
This year I thought I was going to have to really get the cooking juices flowing because I thought the cooking/hosting duties would fall to me - seeing as how my paternal gma passed away earlier this year and my maternal gma hasn't been getting around too well -But, after talking with my gma the other day she said she's feeling better and wants to host Christmas dinner at her place - which is kind of a relief for me -but, I know I should be gathering and preparing more recipes for when I will have to host (we've only done it once before) So, looking forward to other people's Christmas favorites - What's yours? Be sure to join in the MckLinky Monday fun!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kinda WW - our Christmas trees past and present

We've only had 2 Christmas trees - When we were in an apt. I wanted to get 1 so bad but, we couldn't really afford much -so, when I saw a tree for sale ($20 at Target) we went around to a couple of Targets until we found 1. I was so excited to finally have a Christmas tree even if it was a little Charlie Brownish. Later when we got our cat -He'd play around and knock down the tree -as you can tell he was sitting pretty proud of his accomplishment ;)
Then when we moved into our house I knew we needed a nice big tree -I was glad to find another good deal (less than $100) and we've been using that tree since. It's gotten a little battered over the years- and we might have to get another 1 eventually -I'm not too sure about the new trees that all seem to be pre-lit and all ? Eh- Our tree is working out fine for now -the cat now likes to lay under it and occasionally knock a couple of ornaments down -but, not the tree ;)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The truth is Tuesday - Christmas Edition

I love Christmastime! -The lights, decorations, the holiday cheer with family and friends - It makes me think- 'Tis the season to be jolly and all falalalalalalala like this:

But, the truth is there's also the stress to get Christmas cards out, presents bought, and spending time with family ;) -Something more like this:

On top of all that -this year looks like we're hosting Christmas which is kinda stressing me out too - So, yeah -How about you -How are you holding up?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Not really wordless wednesday - our Thanksgiving

So, I know some of you are waiting to hear how Thanksgiving at my in-law's went -Well, it actually went ok. Sure, when we got there my husband had to be his usual mediator self -His, mom was complaining about how people won't help (which I think is somewhat true -but, I also think like most of us women when people do help we still get frustrated because it's not how we do it ) Anyways I know people helped clean before we got there and then my husband and other people helped with some yardwork. Like I've mentioned before my MIL had 7 kids -grown now -but, 3 still live there -there's also my sister in law's live in boyfriend, and my MIL is also pretty much raising her 1 grandson (which if provoked I would surely point out to his dad-the BIL that is always negative towards people.) I guess there is some tension about that whole situation -almost in a sibling rivalry kind of way for some. Anyways so, we all pitched in -we also put up a Christmas tree-etc. For Thanksgiving we all sat down and had a good dinner (as shown above) -the pic is missing a few people (me who took the picture,my SIL, and her boyfriend- who ate in the living room because the table was getting cramped-12 in all) Finally met the girlfriend of the 1 BIL -she seems pretty nice. Everyone is so grown up now with girlfriends and boyfriends and jobs and everything! Friday morning we had an early Christmas mostly for the kids. Later in the day I was ready to get out for a bit -we headed to a park- suprisingly the 1 BIL went with us and his son- so the cousins could play together. And then Saturday we headed home. So, no big fights this time -I guess there will always be some tension and there was possibly some passive agressiveness - with that many people -bathroom time can get kinda crazy -I was gathering my stuff to go shower when the "negative"BIL snuck in before me -not sure if it was intentional or not-Hmmm... And there was the usual noisy chaos and people shouting expletives here and there -and my 1 BIL did make a few negative remarks here and there -So, yep pretty much typical -But, that was our Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 29, 2010

MckLinky Monday - Christmas Decor

The holiday season is upon us and Mrs. Edwards on the RHOK wants to know - "When do you drag out the Christmas decor?"

Well, I say as early as possible! But, my husband thinks it has to be after Thanksgiving so, normally I'm ready after we eat our Thanksgiving dinner or ok maybe the day after Thanksgiving or so ;) This year I thought we might get the Christmas stuff out before Thanksgiving being that we were out of town for a few days for Thanksgiving -but, we didn't get around to it before. And then I thought we might get to it when we got back home Saturday but, after unpacking and other things we didn't -Finally we just got the Christmas stuff out and the Christmas tree up and decorated yesterday! Still have other decorations to put up though -So, still getting around to it all. I love Christmas and decorating for Christmas but, whew it can get kinda exhausting! -and is it me but, can it cause some tension? -It seems inevitably I'm telling my husband to move the tree topper this way and then no,no back that way a little and then he gets frustrated and then I get frustrated, then I grab my step ladder but, still can't reach and then I fall or get some other kind of boo-boo -Yeah that might've happened yesterday- Ugh the mom mayhem ;)

Well, anyways how about a picture of my tree:

I know it's dark and it's actually a picture from a few years ago -but, I still have the same tree and I ♥ that picture-the Christmas tree glowing in the dark :)

So, how about you-When do you get out the Christmas decorations? Be sure to join the MckLinky Monday with the RHOK!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -Happy Thanksgiving!

I know it's a little early but, I'm sure most of us are going to be pretty busy the next few days- So, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving / Weekend!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The truth is Tuesday

Well, Thanksgiving will be in just a couple of days -and we're going to my in-law's. So we'll miss out on my side of the family's craziness fun. But,the truth is I never know how it will go at the in-law's either... After 10+ years of marriage I have adjusted somewhat - But, let me set the scene of how it has been -Used to be that my in-laws smoked -Oh and my MIL had 7 kids (mostly boys) So, at 1 point it was like walking into some kind of crazy smoked filled bar -with the inevitable boys wrestling around over there and someone else screaming expletives about something else over there. Not saying I came from a perfect; quiet family but, still it's a little shock to the system for me. Luckily things are a bit different now - sure there's still quite a few people and it can get LOUD -at least I can stand to stay there being a smoke free house now -The only person that still smokes (outside) is my 1 BIL - And that BIL is a whole other story...
I just hope it's not like the last Thanksgiving we were there (2 years ago) when that particular BIL and me got into it - well, actually him and a few people. He's the type who is negative about most things and people -including me. As I was saying before their family takes a little adjustment for me- I can be kind of quiet/reserved sometimes which is different for them- I guess. Anyways I guess there's been some tension there with that BIL -he often makes remarks about people being lazy -etc. me included because I'm a stay at home mom-yada,yada. I try not take things personally but, I guess he represents that type of people -so, we got into it. I was actually kind of proud to stand up for myself -And like I told him like he has a lot of room to talk -this coming from a guy who the 1st time I met him was when he was in prison -I mean seriously-Urgh! So, yeah that was an interesting Thanksgiving -he made the other sis-in law cry, me and other people mad, which in turn also made my Mother in law upset. Well, here's hoping things don't end up like that again -(hopefully) Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Black Friday

For today's MckLinky Monday on the RHOK the gals want to know -"What's your Black Friday routine" ?

Well -The short answer is -Sleep! =D
I know, I know I do love a good deal - But, I'm just not sure getting up early in the morning (like 3- 4AM!) and going out to fight the crowds and quite possibly literally get trampled on is worth it to me. I'm sure I could come up with some convincing evidence of why Black Friday is not the best idea- If your so inclined-( ahem and ahem ;)
You know I never even really knew about this Black Friday concept until I got married and my mother in law went out into the Black Fridayness -Needless to say I was a bit shocked at this tradition! ;) And my husband (the early riser of the house) has gone out on Black Friday and grabbed some deals a couple of times for us -But, nah not really for me -is all I have to say ;) -But, if it's for you - ahh- Have Fun!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Friday Five

You know there always seem to be some kind of late night war or another- and I personally like all the late night shows and their hosts just fine -although I rarely stay up to watch them. Do you watch any of them-have a favorite? Well, 1 of the people I love is Jimmy Fallon -he's been around awhile-of course since back in his SNL days -etc. So, here's 5 videos of Jimmy Fallon and why I love him:

1. 1 of the things from kinda back in the day that I love -His song Idiot Boyfriend:

2. Other people appreciate his awesomeness too- which is why he hosted the Emmy's this year and had fun sketches like this:

3. And of course some great skits from his late night show:

4. This is awesome!- History of rap with Justin Timberlake:

5. He also does some great impressions like Neil Young -there was 1 going around this week with Bruce Springsteen -Here's another 1 though -"Neil Young" does Pants on the ground:

Well, that's it for today -Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -Not quite jack in the box

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The truth is Tuesday

So, I've been thinking about starting a confession thing maybe something like -The truth is Tuesday -Not sure if it will be a regular thing yet -But, trying it out -so,here goes....

As a lot of you know blogging is a lot of things to me -some admittedly cathartic even though I'm sure we all question how much we should put -out there. I've been a bit quiet lately- Some because I've been kinda busy and some because I've got a lot swirling around in my head. I've been thinking a lot about where things are going -The future of me -in many aspects of the word. I know we could use more money (especially around the holidays) -but, Ugh -such a catch 22 -I've been in the "working world" before -and not sure how I feel about going back to that goat rodeo. I've been trying to see about some kind of work -at- home job (why I do Examiner) and have pursued other jobs but, no such luck so far. My daughter of course is in school during the day and now my son is too (since the past few months) -Leaving me a stay-at -home mom with no kids during the day (With the exception of school breaks;taking care of sick kids -etc.) I do enjoy being able to help at school with the PTA-etc. And having a flexible schedule/ more me time -but, I know I should probably do something else -especially to bring in money -Just haven't figured out what yet - I guess for now I'll look into selling my body -fluid -(I'm talking plasma -people! ;)

And for anyone who's read this -Sorry for the rambling but, feel free to send me positive thoughts and prayers please -And I'll try to keep my head up:

Monday, November 15, 2010

MckLinky Monday - Thankful

For today's MckLinky with the RHOK - Mrs. Hart and others share what they're thankful for and ask - "What are you thankful for?"

Well, as the picture suggests I am thankful for my - Faith, Family, and Friends. I am thankful for my family and that for the most part we're pretty healthy -and I thank god for that! I also am glad for friends -family is family -but, friends are like family that you can pick out -Right?! ;)

I know there are other things -like Mrs. Hart mentioned there's many things we are grateful for and may not even think about. And even though my family and I may struggle at times I am thankful for all that we do have...

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Friday Five

As I've mentioned before my son likes to take over the camera sometimes-like this and this -He still does this at times but, I haven't shown any of his pictures in awhile -So,that's today's Friday 5 - Can you guess what he was taking pictures of ?...





5. -Have you guessed what it is? Yep -He was taking pictures of the Spongebob show that was on TV :)

Well, that's it for today's Friday 5 -Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

~ Looking at the world through Rainbow colored glasses ~

Monday, November 8, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Thankful for food

Today on the RHOK they're talking about Thanksgiving and ask - "What is your favorite food on the Thanksgiving table?"
Well, I pretty much love all food -especially Thanksgiving food! It's hard to pick favorites!
I do love me some sweet potatoes -My dad usually made a sweet potato casserole with mashed sweet potatoes and marshmallows on top that was really yummy! I also like other variations of sweet potatoes -etc. just fine as well though.
I also like cranberry sauce -I'm ok with different variations of that too - even if it comes from a can ;)

1 of my favorite dishes to make and eat is green bean casserole -I just use the Campbell's recipe -with frozen/thawed green beans and use my mother in law's tip of using french cut style green beans -if I find them easily.

Of course there's all the other great food like-stuffing! Which I think not all stuffing is created equal -Shh! Don't tell but, I don't really like my MIL's -she makes it in the Turkey -Ugh. I like my grandma's the best -I think it's a cornbread dressing -I even like Stove Top stuffing ok. And of course don't forget the turkey -with a little gravy -yum! You see I pretty much like it all ;)

So, how about you? Join in the MckLinky fun with the RHOK!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Friday Five

For today's Friday Five -I want to talk about something fun -like... Gummy bears! -or is Gummi bears?-(I've seen both spellings) Well, anywho -Here goes 5 videos related to Gummy bears:

1. Do you know how big the world's biggest gummy bear is? Well, if you watch this video you will:

2. There's this funny video that my son loves to watch about a Gummy bear -Here you go:

3. Speaking of gummy bears -Remember the cartoon? Here's something to jog the memory -and probably get the song stuck in your head;)

4. And speaking about that show -Here's a movie spoof about it: -The embedding has been disabled so you'll have to click here to watch it.

5. Also about movies with gummy bears -Anyone seen the movie Cloudy with a chance of meatballs? -This is what happens when gummy bears attack -Maybe they were the 5 pounders ;)

Well,that's it for my Gummy (Gummi?) Bear edition of the Friday 5 -I bet you feel so informed now-Huh? -I swear I love taking a random subject and coming with 5 things -Maybe 1 of these days -I'll do some from your suggestions -Got any?
Well,have a good day and weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Halloween fun

Well, the Halloween fun is over now - Been a busy past few weekends! ...
As seen in the top left picture we went to my husband's company fall festival a couple weekends ago. This past weekend of course was Halloween weekend. We spent a lot of the day Saturday at my sister's/ Boo HaHa. We parked at her place - Then we walked Brookside (Where my family got a picture with Julie Chin -dressed as Dorothy :) We stayed and watched the parade also -The 1st time we've done that.
And then of course Sunday evening we Trick-or Treated around the neighborhood -and that was our Halloween fun! -How about you?

Monday, November 1, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Family History

Today on the RHOK -We're talking family histories -And want know about yours...

For me -as my dad always says -I'm a Heinz 57 -I got a little bit of a lot of things ;) I believe I've got some Irish,French,German, and Indian (card carrying Cherokee -In fact :)

On my paternal side my Grandpa and his family were known pretty well in early Muskogee days. My Grandma -was an only child;her mother(my great-grandma) owned a big house in Muskogee in which she would rent out rooms sometimes. My Grandma was pretty interested in genealogy and I know she passed down a lot of research/papers to my dad and uncles. Unfortunately I'm drawing a blank on a lot of that -I know there were a few unsavory characters though ;)

On my maternal side -I'm a little fuzzy on my Grandpa and his family -(He died when my mom was pregnant with me-BTW) I do know that is where I get my Cherokee though. My Grandma however has told a lot of stories about growing up during the great depression and how her and her big family of brothers and sisters helped worked the family's farm in rural Oklahoma. I even remember going out that way to visit family -including my great grandmother before she passed away.

Beyond that -I'm not exactly sure where I get all of my "flavors".

How about you? be sure to join in the MckLinky Monday with the RHOK!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Friday Five -Halloween movie edition

Last week I talked about scary movies -and how I don't really like them. But, that's not to say I don't like some Halloween type movies -In fact -Here's my Top 5 movie choices for Halloween time:

1. Hocus Pocus:

2. Haunted Mansion:

3. Halloweentown- All of them are ok:

4. Clue:

5. Murder by Death -Similar to clue but maybe less known -I love it! :

Of course there's still others I like -Halloween is always a good time to watch a Tim Burton film -Beetlejuice,Corpse Bride,Nightmare before Christmas,-etc. And Charlie Brown's search for the great pumpkin is good too. What's your favorite movie(s) to watch around Halloween?

Hope everyone has a good weekend and a Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -Mr. Scarface

When we went to the pumpkin patch -it was a kinda hard to find a"perfect" pumpkin -I finally gave in to "Mr. Scarface" here and took him home. This past weekend (Sunday) was a great day to be outside for awhile and do our annual carving of the pumpkin. We all chipped in -My husband did most of the carving-at 1st my son just colored on the scrap newspaper (and yes he was in last year's Christmas PJ outfit ;) And then we all took turns getting the goop out -our dog and cat were even outside with us - And now we have our Halloween Jack-o-latern! :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Talk vs. The View


Anyone else been keeping up with these shows?
So, I've been a loyal fan of The View since it started (14 seasons ago) and when I started seeing commercials for The Talk - I admit I was a bit skeptical -Like oh these broads are trying to be like them. I decided to check The Talk out though and it's been on for a little over a week now...

And I have to say -I like The Talk! They ARE similar to The View- I'd say that The Talk focuses more on parenting issues and The View focuses more on celebs,politics, and other "Hot Topics" though. I like how the co-hosts on The Talk got acquainted not only amongst themselves but to the viewers as well -Sharing their pregnancy;birth stories,and backgrounds. Of course all the ladies are great - and it's nice to see them outside of the other various things/shows they've been on. It's a good mix- even if Leah Remini is LOUD sometimes -Ha -Just kidding(kinda ;) -All of them are lovely though! I like that as they say they're a support system of sorts - as they mention coming from Sara Gilbert's idea after being in a mom's group after her 2nd kid. And as I've mentioned before- it was tough for me becoming a stay-at home mom after my 2nd kid -and partly why I started this blog and am glad for the community I get from it. So, I get the concept! Of course I'm still a fan of The View -I love all the ladies on there too! So, where does this leave me?! Well, apparently with another show added to my DVR -Just what I need-Right?! ;)

So, Have you been watching ? -What do you think?

MckLinky Monday - Worst Job

For today's MckLinky Monday with the RHOK -Mrs. Albright -Wants to know - "What's your worst job experience?"

Well, we all know that parenting is 1 of the hardest jobs(Mom Mayhem anyone ;) But, as far as jobs I actually got paid for... You know I was just reviewing my resume' the other day -Thinking about jobs I've had -and what future jobs I might have...
I started out in food service/a waitress,been a file clerk (at the hospital where my daughter was born), and also in "teleservices" -1st as a telemarketer, then a customer service rep. I can't necessarily say 1 was worse than another- each had ups and downs.
Some people might think being a telemarketer is a bad job- I definitely didn't like the pressure for -Sales,Sales,Sales! And I really hated when they cracked down on quota -people with families in jeopardy of losing their jobs even if they were in the top sales the week before. I got so frustrated about all the changes -I even wrote a letter to corporate -maybe I shouldn't have signed my name -Got me fired (probably 1 of the few people you've heard of that got fired over a letter-Eh? ;) But, even then I wouldn't say it was the worst.
It seems any job dealing the public is like a box of chocolates -You never know what you're gonna get! As a waitress I might get a nice customer,an angry customer, or a sleazy guy that hit on me ; As a customer service rep. I might get a nice customer,an angry customer, or a sleazy guy calling in to order an "adult" channel and/or hit on me (Why must there always be a sleazy guy?!) Not only do you deal with customers, but also coworkers;bosses -and we know jobs can be a minefield of political B.S. -And I've had some doozys! Good bosses vs. bad bosses can make a lot of difference! For instance my CSR job (at DTV) -I went through a lot of bosses -some ok -some not -I was even subjected to racism -kinda weird seeing as how I'm white -But, I believe there was some reverse racism that I was a victim of and other coworkers -by the same person. Luckily after talking with the manager I got to switch supervisors. Not much was done to the supervisor-he even later became a manager -I heard after I left he eventually did get fired after more complaints though. Of course that's not to say I was always the best employee -I've never been too excited to stay long after my shift,willingly sign up for overtime, or gladly work holidays -Even though I had to do all of the above at times. But, back to jobs so- Yeah I'd say any job dealing with a bad boss and the public makes for a pretty bi-polar job! Many stories to tell -again my CSR job- going from customers that are crying,to feeling like a super hero that saved the customer's day, to getting cussed out - all in a day's work ;) And to think now that the kids are in school -I'm thinking about going back to this world! What I really need is a job that has a good boss,good schedule M-F (maybe 10am-2pm) flexible when needed, oh and good pay would be nice too -If you know anything like that let me know ;)

Sorry for the long post -I could probably go on about fat cat CEO's and their golden parachutes -and their affect on the economy. (Why I love things like Undercover boss - I hope things like that do make changes for the better-and not just in their P.R. persona- Ok I shut-up now ;)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -Pumpkin Patch Fun

As I mentioned yesterday over the weekend we had visitors and we all went to the pumpkin patch. Usually we stop at a nearby church that has a pumpkin patch but, I've been wanting to go to a "real" pumpkin patch. So, off to Carmichael's Pumpkin Patch we went! It was the 1st time we've been and I love how it's a genuine country pumpkin patch! With all kinds of activities like a cane maze,animals to feed/see,yummy fudge to eat, and of course lots and lots of pumpkins -It was a fun day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A little update

Whew -What a busy past few days!
Last Friday I ended up having to take my son to the Dr. -as supected he had an ear infection -got him medicine and he rested most of the day Friday. Luckily my husband was able to take off work -since we had a guy out to fix our garage while I took my son to the Dr. The garage got fixed- over $200 later -just when we're getting back ahead seems something else needs to be fixed -Ugh. Oh well glad everything/everyone got fixed up.
We also got everything ready for my hubby's brother,sister, and her boyfriend to come in from out of town -they all stayed at our house. They got here Saturday around noon and just left yesterday afternoon! We spent a lot of time going out and about -keeping everyone entertained-etc. Went to a pumpkin patch,out shopping,the zoo-etc. We ate dinner out once at 1 of our favorite places -Casa Bonita -I even had some coupons to use - tried not to spend too much $ - We have a zoo membership so it doesn't cost us each time to go-etc. It was a little weird getting the kids off to school Monday and then hanging out with everyone some more. We did also end up eating lunch out with them Monday before they left -I wasn't sure if they were going to leave before or after lunch. It was a nice visit -just glad to be getting back to our normal schedule. Well, somewhat normal now Fall Break is coming up and more plans for the next few weekends -pretty busy lately! How about you?

Monday, October 18, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Frightful Movies

Today on the RHOK being close to Halloween -we're talking about scary movies and they ask -What's a movie that scares you? What frightful memories do you have?
Well, I admit when it comes to scary movies I'm a chicken -I try to avoid them and haven't seen 1 in quite awhile I guess that's why some of the 1st ones that come to mind that I've seen are older ones like...
The Birds: Link

From Alfred Hitchcock -I find him kinda fascinating maybe because we have the same birthday-albeit quite a few years difference (he died soon after I was born.) Something else that's cool about Alfred Hitchcock is that of course he's a master at suspense/scary/thriller films -But, also has a witty sense of humor as often seen in Alfred Hitchcock Presents:

Another older set of scary shows I remember is -The Twilight Zone -you knew even by the intro. music to expect something scary:

So, how about you? -Be sure to join in the MckLinky Monday fun with the RHOK !

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Friday Five - A little early ;)

For today's Friday Five I want to mention 5 things -some I might've mentioned before -But,If you missed it -worth a 2nd look kind of thing - So, here goes:

1. A few weeks ago I mentioned the hilarious Mompetition videos - Well, I guess they are getting really viral - Since then -there's even been an article in Time magazine about them!

2. You might've noticed a new widget on my blog -Kids Eat Free -over --> that way somewhere. I'm sure a lot of you are like me and love a good deal like kids eat free -etc. -In fact...

3. Besides that widget my latest frugal family Examiner article offers some Kids Eat free deals for October!

4. As we all know Halloween is coming soon! -I also have a few Examiner articles about fall fun/pumpkin patches, Free pumpkin carving stencils,Halloween crafts, -etc and probably some more coming up soon -I highlight a lot of that on my Facebook page -Check it out if you haven't already- Thanks!

5. Do you love candles? Glade candles? If you do -you should check out the design contest they're having -You can design a candle and the winning design gets $$! It took me a little while to get the hang of it -But, luckily you get a few chances per scent -I've made a few -I think these are some of my best ones- this,this, and this - Which 1 do you like the best? -Feel free to vote for me ;)

Well, that's about it for now -a lot of stuff to do around here -Our garage door is broken -have to get a person out to fix it (hoping it's not too expensive.) Also need to clean/get ready for some visitors -My sister and brother-in law are visiting for the weekend -I hope everything goes ok.
Until next time -Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -an iCarly inspired dinner

We had Spaghetti Tacos a few weeks ago but, I totally forgot that I was going to post about it until last week when it was everywhere that -Spaghetti tacos are sweeping the nation . Yep, even when I was watching Regis and Kelly last week I think it was this NY Times article they mentioned about spaghetti tacos. I have to say they were pretty good -not something we'll have all the time but, the kids had fun trying an iCarly inspired dinner :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Favorite John Hughes Film

For today's MckLinky Monday with the RHOK -the ladies are talking about John Hughes' films and want to know -" What's your favorite John Hughes film?" And- "Why?"

Well, there are a lot of good ones! But, I feel that I should make a confession -I should probably have a John Hughes film marathon because a lot of them I remember bits and pieces but,enough to get the gist of them. -So, what would be my favorite? As far as the 80's classics -I'd have to say...
- The Breakfast Club. I pretty much love the point of the film that we all have preconceived notions about each other and a lot of times we may not be in the same group or "know" each other -But, if you take the time to get to know someone individually then your perception might change and sure we all have our own issues /baggage as well. I guess I can relate -not that I bonded with people at a Saturday detention class but, there was the 1 summer I had to go to summer school- a lot of us kinda knew each other and it was nice to know each other away from our usual groups and somewhat bond even if it was over our common enemy known as Algebra ;)
Besides who can deny the awesomeness that is this 80's song:

Oh I also have to say I love Home Alone -I pretty much LOL at all the booby traps he made for the would-be burglars - So, I have to show some of that too:

So, what about you -What's your favorite John Hughes film? -Be sure to join in the MckLinky Monday fun !!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Friday Five

Ocassionally I watch things on the History channel (shout out to the American Pickers and Pawn Stars ;) it's not that I sit down and watch them every time it's on or even set it to record -they usually show reruns a lot so just whenever I catch it on. But, that's not exactly what I'm talking about today -also on the History channel -sometimes I do record specials- and depending -they're a hit or miss -Well, this 1 was a hit -How the states got their shapes-It was pretty interesting! Here's 5 things I learned that are pretty cool:

1. Derby Line, Vermont -Lies on the border of Canada and the U.S. -They've recently had a bit of a border change/increase in security -trying to control the border - Luckily for people they can cross the border if they happen to be in the Haskell Free Library and Opera House which has a black line running through it -part of it being in Canada and part of it being in the U.S.!

2. There was a U.S. state that only lasted for 4 years -The state of Franklin -It's now part of Tennessee.

3. Kaskaskia -Illinois' lost capital -Now an island that technically is still part of Illinois even though the few residents have a Missouri zipcode- Causing some confusion. Kaskaskia is also home to the "Liberty Bell of the West" -You might not have known America had 2 Liberty Bells -this one is even older than the 1 in Philadelphia!

4. Bloody Island -Another island causing confusion if it's part of Illinois or Missouri -It was mostly considered "neutral" therefore becoming a rendezvous for dueilist -Becoming known as Bloody Island.

5. I had to include something about Oklahoma -You might've heard about -No man's land -in the OK panhandle -a haven for outlaws when there was little/no settlement in the area.

So, that's some pretty interesting things I learned-It might come on again sometime or if you wanted to find it online -Here's a little bit I found:

Now how's that for putting some wrinkles in your brain -Pretty educational Friday Five today-Eh?! ;) Well, Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -If you were to go to the country...

~You might come across a pond or some country wildflowers -You may even see the flag waving in the sky beyond the flowers showing a hint of the nearby city~

I love that I live in the city but can literally go down the street for a touch of the country -I finally decided to get some pics - Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Monday, October 4, 2010

MckLinky Monday -YouTube videos

For today's MckLinky Monday with the RHOK we're talking YouTube videos -Specifically -What's your favorite YouTube video?

Oh gosh -It's hard to pick a favorite! I've talked about different videos on here before -Some that represent The Mom Mayhem well like these or these, I've talked about parodies and memes and even a specific meme. Of course 1 of the things I also like to watch on YouTube are music videos -Maybe of my current favorite band, or just an old favorite, or maybe a cool mashup. I also like cool stop motion videos like this.
So, yeah I pretty much like any funny,cool,video-music or otherwise - And I love stumbling onto something new- I might play around on YouTube a lot ;) So, what would be my favorite -Hmmm?...
-Maybe 1 we put in -Showing my cat playing fetch and also my daughter- She's pretty funny too (but you'll probably have to turn the volume up to hear her though)

As you can probably tell this was a few years ago -My cat and daughter are both bigger now ;)
It also appears there's quite a few videos of cats that can play fetch -Some even named Shadow-Who would've thunk it!

So, how about you- What's your favorite Youtube video? Be sure to join in the MckLinky Monday on The RHOK!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Friday Five

It's time again for another Friday Five - Today I want to share some videos that represent The Mom Mayhem pretty well -So, here we go:

1. These videos are hilarious -I'm going to share a few of these -1st -Why it's hard to make mom friends:

I think most of us moms fall somewhere in the middle of these -I know I do -But, it's hilarious!

2. Another one:

3. And another one that I like - this time I'll share the link from Mompetition's Channel -You can also join the Mompetition Blog!

4. Here's a classic Bill Cosby video about having kids:

5. This comedian is also funny -Talking about parenting:

Hope you enjoyed these! Have a happy friday and a good weekend!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -As usual not really wordless ;)

Now, that school has been in session for awhile - We've got a stack of school papers. Mostly from my son as seen in the picture -A school bus he decorated,a "tooth" he painted,various papers he's colored,and even a letter the teacher helped write and my son decorated. You might be able to tell what my son wants to do with the papers -put ALL of them on the fridge which he did the other day. Around here there's a few things that might get tossed -like the mouth with "teeth" made from marshmallows -after our dog ate a couple of the marshmallows-crazy dog! But,for the most part I keep a lot of it -The kids each have a school box -and my plan is at the end of the school year/summer we look through it and see what we really want to keep-That's the plan anyway. What's your system for school papers?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My family is crazy

See, I've been thinking about doing a whole series of posts about how my family is crazy -Since I could probably write a book. But, heaven forbid they read this sometime -and besides I don't want this blog to seem like I'm "bashing" my family or anything. And I'm sure all of our families are a bit crazy in some way or another -So, here's a glimpse into mine...

As I've probably mentioned before that growing up my dad got custody of me and my sister (a story in itself). So, anyways 2 girls growing up with their dad is a little bit out of the norm to begin with. And my dad he's kinda a quirky minimalist,conspiracy theory type of guy. He's had a few different jobs-from working in downtown Tulsa to a few odds and ends ones especially the past few years but, now he's retired. And now he lives here:
It's our family cabin -Plenty of family memories -Spent some summers camping there-etc. And when I say camping it was pretty much camping you see the cabin -is shelter and it does have electricity -But, no running water! Since the outhouse is falling apart he is looking to get a bath house built -with water though.
So that's about my dad -
My mom wasn't really involved while we were growing up -even if it was her weekend for us to visit her -she seemed - busy a lot of the time with this boyfriend or that boyfriend. But, now I think basically she's overcompensating - there's a rare day that goes by that she doesn't call and sometimes her mom (my gma) too -So, yeah sometimes I get a few calls a day from them. Also my mom facebook stalks me -No, really she does! Like the other day I happen to not catch the phone call -which she will call my home ph,then my cell phone - I called her right back but, she didn't answer - So, later when I was on Facebook she was all like -Where were you earlier?! I made sure to let her know that I had called her right back -etc. She also emails me about 10 times a day -A lot of them are different links to articles or videos or whatever -But, she also posts a lot of them on Facebook too -Ugh! It's just been driving me crazy lately!
So, yeah I get crazy from both sides and believe me there's more -But, I'll leave it at that for now -So, how's this stack up to your family? ;)

Monday, September 27, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Pet Peeves

Today on the RHOK we're talking pet peeves and they want to know - What's your pet peeve?

A couple of expressions come to my mind on this subject - Communication is key and Say what you mean and mean what you say. Oh sure I understand there may be times that require a little sugar coating on a conversation -I also understand some things cannot be communicated right away- waiting awhile to reveal a pregnancy for example (and no I am not pregnant! ;) But, for the most part it really gets under my skin when there is a break down of communication -No one really likes the runaround!
I'm sure I have other pet peeves -but lack of communication is the source for so many problems! Maybe it's because I'm a planner -But, I don't want to hear Sunday night that there's a school project that needs to be done, I would like for everyone to work together and be on the same page for whatever upcoming PTA event, and if the spousal unit has a problem -Let's talk it out - Communication is key!

So, there you have it - How about you -What's your pet peeve? Be sure to join in on MckLinky Monday on the RHOK and let it out!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Friday Five

It's time for another Friday 5 - and I'm talking about memes again -except this time it's 1 meme in particular - It's so awesome it deserves a post by itself - I mean it's Double maybe even Triple Rainbow Awesome! ;)

1. In case you haven't heard of the Double Rainbow meme it all started with this video:

2. Then the most infamous part of this meme happened- the Gregory Brother's (who are famous for Auto-tuning various things) Auto-tuned the video and made it into a song -You can even purchase it on Itunes! -Here's the Double Rainbow Song:

3. Of course now there are lots of different versions of the original video out there like the OMG Cat 1:

4. And what's a rainbow without a Leprechaun?! -This video is even an Interactive- Choose your own adventure! :

5. This video is not necessarily a parody -It's more talking about a music tour -called - Wait for it ... Triple Rainbow Awesome!

I looked at the tour dates and was so excited that they're coming to Oklahoma- Looks like they took T-town off the tour and are just going to OKC now though. (I know my nerd side is totally showing right now ;)

Well, that's it for today's Friday 5 - Hope everyone has a good day and weekend!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday -Fun family outings

The past few weekends have been great weather -perfect for getting out and about -So, that's just what we've done! And of course being as frugal as I am these outings didn't cost much either. In case you can't tell we... Went to a Shakespeare Festival,an Elephant Birthday,Philbrook's Free Family Day, and a Greek Holiday -Opa!

What fun outings have you done lately or are planning to do?

Oh and if you like museums be sure to check out my latest Examiner article -Free Museum days! And you can always check out my other articles by clicking the button over there --> or by looking me up on Facebook -Tulsa Frugal Family Examiner -Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

Cindy over at Cindy's Clipboard gave me -The Versatile Blogger Award -Thanks Cindy!

Here's the rules of the award:
-Reveal 7 truths about myself
-Select 7 blogs I would like to share this award with

Oh gosh 7 truths about myself -Here goes:

1. I have a major sweet tooth

2. I baked some cookies last night -ate a few then and so far have had 1 this morning

3. When I was younger my sister and I would fight a lot -But, now we are "mature" and don't fight

4. I have a bit of a temper -and I have red hair -I guess it's true what they say "Redheaded temper"

5. I am for the most part nice despite the temper-I don't really start fights But, I don't back down from them either (Totally stole that from Caroline Manzo -on the Real Housewives of NJ ;)

6. I love TV especially Reality TV

7. Like anyone else I'm not perfect -I have made some mistakes in life

And the 7 blogs I would like to share this with are:

Even if you don't pass along the award -would you please list 7 truths -It's always nice to get to know people better -Have a great day!

Monday, September 20, 2010

MckLinky Monday - Career Day

For today's MckLinky Monday with the RHOK Mrs. Hart wants to know -What if your kid had a career day at school - What would they say about you?!

That's a good question! I don't think there's ever been a career day at my kids' school . And sure they'd probably know what to say about my husband -Daddy works with computers. But, as for me it would probably be a little harder to explain -my daughter might remember the days when I had to take her to daycare before I rushed to my customer service job -wouldn't necessarily consider that my career though. I would hope my kids would say say something like - Now mommy stays home -gets us to school,takes care of things at home, takes care of us when we're sick,drives us to places we need to go, she's also a writer too! I hope they'd say something like that not - Mommy stays home and uh ... plays on the computer?! Seems I'm fighting this kind of assumption a lot - as most of you know -there's more to being a SAHM than that :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - like father like son

My husband -always doing something with computers and this time my son decided to "help" too :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

MckLinky Monday -Favorites

For today's MckLinky Monday -we're talking - Favorites - 1st I must say it's so hard for me to pick 1 favorite on anything -But, I'll try -I might only be able to narrow it down to 2 on somethings - Well, here we go...

Favorite Actor: I might've mentioned before since I was younger I've loved Tom Cruise -He's in some great movies -Jerry Maguire, Top Gun, Far & Away, The Outsiders (made here in Tulsa I might add) - Just to name a few -There's something else I like about him- Hmmm -What could it be? ;)

Favorite Actress: I'm kinda partial to redheads like myself -Maybe a great award winning actress- who is not necessarily a size 0 - like -Kate Winslet: So many great performances -like Titanic -even if she's gone more blonde -she's still ok in my book Oh and did I mention my fav actor/actress both seem like great parents too?!

Favorite Band: It's hard to say what my all-time favorite band would be -I'd say my current favorite right now is -Neon Trees -I really love this song/video:

I've watched that video like a billion times over the past few days. I've also watched some interviews they did and was impressed that for 1 - A female drummer- but, also that even though they're an alternative pop/rock band -they're "clean living" -No drinking, no drugs - They also just seem like a fun group see:

Favorite movie: There's really so many -But, I'll narrow it down to 2 -

Vanilla Sky -Takes you on a crazy ride-it might also have my fav. actor in it ;)

Office Space -Gotta have some comedy in your life too -Especially when it comes to things like work ;)

Favorite Musical: The Sound of Music

Favorite Novel:
Favorite Cuisine: Do desserts count? ;) Really I love most food-So, it's hard to narrow it down -I'll go with Italian though:
Favorite Store: I like a good discount store too -Whether that'd be Wal-mart, Target, the Dollar Store -It's so fun to see what you might find -for $1 !!

Favorite Vampire: Well, I could go old school

Nah ;) I'd have to say Edward from Twilight:

Favorite TV series: I'm also looking forward to season 2 of Parenthood:

-But also love some classics like Seinfeld:

Favorite Time Waster: Blogging, Facebook,Youtube -All that kind of stuff ;)

Favorite Chore: Don't really like any of them -But, will go with Vacuuming

Favorite Quote: So, many great ones -inspirational,funny -etc. A random/poetic 1 I like though is: "Drink to me only with thine eyes,And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I'll not look for wine" ~Ben Jonson

Favorite Smell: A nice fresh,clean smell like -Clean linen

Favorite Vacation Spot: Gosh can't say that I've been on a lot of vacations to know what my fav. is -Somewhere tropical would be nice though :)

So, what are your favorites? Be sure to join in the MckLinky fun on the RHOK :)