Whatever happpened to……

January 29, 2011

Whatever happened to …..

Wax lips

Penny candy

That kid who played in Oliver Twist and then HR Puffenstuff….Jack something

Drive in movies

Sitting on the front porch in the evenings

Picnics

Those giant crackers that were a square made out of four of the crackers we have now

Maypo cereal

Fizzies

Making butter in Kindergarten by taking turns shaking a canning jar full of cream

……Your turn!


How Well Do You Know Your Loved Ones?

January 9, 2011

I love Stephen King’s writing.  I just get into the way he thinks.  He often surprises me with the twists he takes.  I walk around a corner expecting to see the same thing I’ve seen everyday for fifty some odd years and what I end up looking at is…..the same thing I’ve seen for fifty some odd years only different.  Viewed from a different angle.  From a different perspective.  And it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. 

I just got done reading “Full Dark,  No Stars” and it is fantastic!  My favorite story in the book is the last one, “A Good Marriage”.  A woman accidentally finds the possibility that her husband isn’t even remotely who she thought he was.  It is an awesome story, brilliantly and sympathetically written. 

*********************************SPOILER ALERT!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!*****************************

 

In the days when BTK came back around, after he was caught, I often wondered about his wife.  It was smart in the extreme in my opinion for her to stay out of the media spotlight.  Because  you CAN be with someone for years on end and have no idea who they REALLY are.  What you see is the mask they let you see and nothing more.  This is true of everyone.  This is natural.  You can’t give every second of your life away to someone, it would take too much time and it really tells you nothing because I can’t understand completely how you perceived every moment of your life.  And your perception of your life is your reality. 

I heard many people talk about how his wife had to know something.  I don’t believe that’s true.  I mean I don’t believe she HAD to know something.  People have a blue million little quirks that never even register, much less make you look closer. I think it’s absolutely possible to live with someone like that and never even suspect a thing.  They would make sure that early in the relationship they set their limits on everything.  It would look just like every other relationship that is just beginning and people set their boundaries.  Only in this case the boundaries would be for hiding and not for personal space. 

Once you get into a habit of not invading someone’s space you never really think about it again.  Unless something really slaps you in the face about it.  Then and only then do you really think about what it might have meant.  What it might have been for

I’m guessing that women/men who are victims of a bigamist feel the same kind of wonder/horror/humiliation/shame that the spouse of a serial killer would feel.  All of the boundaries are set early on.  You never question them.  Until….

Anyway….read the book.  The other stories in the book are Stephen King through and through.  I just love that guy.  The Good Marriage just spoke to me of things I have thought about before myself.  Luckily, Stephen King has magic in his storytelling.  He can jell the random thoughts that roll through my brain in a way that makes me feel smart……and sorta creepy.  I like that!


2010 in review

January 5, 2011

WordPress is like the english language…..Always changing, cutting edge, and doing everthing it can every day to make sure that you have just what you need….even when you never knew you needed it until they give it to you!   My stats will probably make most of you bloggers out there laugh, but considering that almost all of 2010 I was offline, I don’t really feel bad about them.  Thanks, WordPress. 

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 4 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 125 posts.

The busiest day of the year was August 23rd with 48 views. The most popular post that day was Another Female In Military In North Carolina Missing*UPDATE*.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, blogsurfer.us, actingparent.com, google.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for i miss the old days, odd things to say, raising other people’s children, thought for food blog, and miss the old days.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Another Female In Military In North Carolina Missing*UPDATE* July 2008
9 comments

2

I Miss The Old Days January 2008
2 comments

3

Odd Things You Say If You Are Raising Kids, Updated, one mo gin March 2007
3 comments

4

Maria Lauterbach, Cesar Laurean, Christina Laurean January 2008
42 comments

5

OPC – Raising Other People’s Children or How to lose your mind in 20 ways March 2007
3 comments


Random Thoughts 1-5-2011

January 5, 2011

Ohhh this is the first time I’ve written the new year down.  Felt kinda good. 

So…..how come there is no patterned toilet paper?  The cheaper stuff could be patterned after wood chips to disguise the actual wood slivers that are embedded in it.  You could have camo style….to hide stuff.  Duct tape pattern…to fix up any pesky problems you might have in that area.  Flowers….for that springtime fresh feeling.  You get the idea.

Not to give anyone any stooopid ideas or anything,  but a certain city in North Carolina wants to ban smoking in public parks.  *sigh*  Sure, why not?  You already can’t smoke IN A BAR!!!!!!  Why should you be able to smoke out in the open air?  Did you notice that bold type “in a bar” up there?  That’s because not being able to smoke while you are consuming mass quantities of alcohol makes perfect sense.  God forbid you should be suffering from the effects of second hand smoke just before you jump into an automobile and wipe out a family of five.  I’m just saying.

I recently came to the conclusion that I grow several things really well.  Hair…wow can I ever grow hair!  Fingernails….these babies grow like there is no tomorrow.  And ass….it’s like it’s being fertilized!  (please refrain from making that way too easy connection) I”m going to start The Ass Club.  It’s sorta like the hair club only different.  People with no ass could come in and get an ass transplant from someone who is lucky enough to grow all the extra ass in the world..i.e. ME!  I would sell my fingernails too but that’s just nasty.

I’m starting a revolutionary new diet!!!!!!   It’s called don’t eat too much and get exercise.  Okay, I kid.  But did you ever notice that EVERY diet plan that promises to deliver incredible weight loss also has, in tiny print, along with diet and exercise.  The ONE common denominator, diet and exercise.  Let’s just skip all the crap designed to suck us into paying exorbitant amounts of money on some weird contraption and go straight to the diet and exercise portion of our program. 

Christmas was awesome!  Possum, her MDH, and our newest grandson, Lil Man spent the holidays with us.  I love babies.  All babies.  Big uns, small uns, medium uns.  I love em!  That’s because we are on the same intellectual plane.  There is nothing more fun than making faces and strange sounds with a tiny person.  They get such joy out of it.  Needless to say, me and Lil Man had a great time playing with his new toys.  These consisted mainly of the boxes his toys came in.  He loved putting his hand in the box and looking at it through the transparent window in the side.  He is just learning to talk.  DAAAAAA  is his favorite word right now, followed by Naaaaa Naaaaaaaaa.  That means night-night, Nana, and NO.  And he waves backwards, which is possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  Buddha and Princess Bella both got just what they wanted and were happy and satisfied. 

It hit me just this second….I have FOUR grandchildren!!!!!!  Holy cripes I’m gettin on in years!  You don’t hear about my third grand baby because he passed away from complications that he had from birth.  He had just turned two years old.  One of the two saddest times of my life.  But he was the most smiley faced baby I’ve ever seen.  Like he knew he only had a limited time available to him and he intended to enjoy every minute of it.  R.I.P Baby Jimmy!  We love you.

So, did you make New Year’s Resolutions?  Not me!  I learned a long time ago that I’m only setting myself up for failure if I do that.  Just because I don’t like being made to feel forced into anything.  Not even by myself!  I have an attitude problem in those situations.  I have to sneak up behind myself and fool myself into doing the things I need to do.  Where most people need a support group to do things like quit smoking….I would only say screw you to them and do it anyway just to prove to myself that they don’t control my actions.  I know, it’s a self defeating attitude.  But at least I know I have it.  Dr Phil says that you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.  But just who does he think he is, anyway?  HE can’t tell me what to do!  Grrrr….oh.  Sorry.  But you see what I mean?  You just can’t deal with me sometimes! 

Ok, so get this!  Princess Bella’s teacher gives her this enormous project in mid-december……build a castle.  One foot tall at minimum.  WTF?  Noooooooo this isn’t the busiest month of the year!  We have NOTHING to do but build a damn castle during the month of de freakin cember!  Keeping in mind that we have company that includes a kid just big enough to remove every object off of every flat surface in the house!  Criminy!  I’m telling you, I have very little love left for that teacher.  Note to teachers:  For the love of GOD!…..THINK about the timing of this stuff!   I love watching them do projects.  They are full of imagination.  Just not at Christmas time.


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