Monday, November 29, 2004

I got an early Christmas present!

My sister gave me her digital camera since her hubby has a nice one. This is one hand me down that I will not be bitchin' and moanin' about!

I chased my cats around the house and now they have been immortalized on my blog. You knew I would do that, didn't you?

More pictures to come, especially now that I'm inspired by Carmi!

Thank you, Sissy!



This is Shelby Cat. She originally belonged to my former roommate, but when she moved, rather than take her away from the only other cat she ever knew, (Fred) she left her with me. Isn't she gorgeous? Posted by Hello

This is my beautiful Fred! I got her in 1988 or 89 when she was a premature kitten. I love her in case you didn't notice! Posted by Hello
Thank you, Lujza!

Lujza over at Thoughts of Mine, recently had this on her blog, and I thought it was so beautiful, I wanted to share it on my blog, too! Enjoy!

Someday someone might come into your life and love you the way you’ve
always wanted. If your someday was yesterday, learn. If your someday is
tomorrow, hope. If your someday is today, cherish.


Back to ATL

The long Thanksgiving weekend with my sister and brother-in-law is over. I'm doing one last load of laundry before packing up to head back to ATL.

My sister and I got to spend some time alone yesterday and it was really cool. Not that I don't love my brother-in-law, but I really needed and appreciated that extra time to connect with my Sissy.

It's just a little less than a month until Christmas. I'll be going to Texas to celebrate with all of my folks there.

I am a very lucky person to have so many people who love me.



Saturday, November 27, 2004

How much are you worth?

My Sister directed me to this site to see how much you are worth.

I am worth $2,392,835.12!

Marti and I have discussed it and if you would like to purchase both of us, you can get us for the low, low, LOW price of $4,000,000.00! That's a savings of $612,259.18 that we're passing on to you - the discriminating consumer!

Operators are standing by...



Friday, November 26, 2004

Post Thanksgiving Day Wrap up

We had lunch on Thanksgiving around 2:00pm. We had a nice crowd with Rick, Marti, Amanda, Wayne, Jarrett, Alicia, a family friend and myself all happily stuffing our faces around the table.

After dinner, Amanda, Marti, Alicia and I sat at the table and ate a little dessert. Well, I should say, Amanda, Marti and I ate dessert - Alicia wore it! Alicia is knocking on the door of 2 years old and she is too cute. Knowing she was going to get dirty, Amanda took Alicia's shirt off and put her in the high chair with a plate of pudding. Alicia REALLY likes pudding. The adults were talking amongst themselves when we heard a spoon scraping across the plate as Alicia worked hard to get every last possible bit of the pudding. While Amanda was distracted, Marti showed Alicia how show everyone at the table what was in her mouth. Then she taught her to use her finger to get the pudding off the plate. Then she showed her how to pick up the plate and lick the pudding off the plate. When Amanda finally realized what Marti was doing, she protested, but couldn't stop laughing at her daughter. We have some pictures and I will post them when I figure out how to do that.

Marti has waited a long time to spoil someone's kid and then give them back to their parent. Needless to say, she accomplished that with much gusto! I was very happy for her!

Today found us doing some shopping. Crowds were not horrendous, but of course, once I got bored or claustrophobic, I asked for the keys and went and sat in the car! LOL!

We ended the day by having a big plate of leftovers. We followed that with some dessert, a continuation of our Yahtzee game from last night and a close game of Scrabble. (I WON!!!)

The simple things in life are the things I cherish most. Like sitting at a table, listening to Christmas music and playing games. *Happy Sigh*



Thursday, November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

I originally had planned to drive to my sister's house after the morning rush hour on Wednesday, however Mother Nature had other plans. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Tornado Watches and Warnings abounded, and by the time everything blew through, traffic was snarled. I reluctantly called my sister and told her I'd be driving on Thursday morning.

I left the house at 6:40am and stopped by the Quick Trip to "quickly" top off my tank and get a Diet Coke, however, because of all the storms, every roofing contractor within a 50 mile radius was there for their morning coffee and snack. I finally drove away from the QT at 7:00am, anticipating a lovely breakfast sandwich from McDonald's. However, McDonald's was closed! Krystal's was closed! Burger King was closed! (GASP!) I got onto the freeway hungry and feeling very bewildered.

About 20 miles out of Atlanta, I exited to see if I could find an open fast food joint. All of the fast food joints were closed, however the Sex Toy and XXX DVD store was OPEN! It's Thanksgiving for Pete's sake! You don't need food, you need sexual gratification! I thought to myself, "Hmmm....." and motored on down the freeway.

While I'm thinking about it, let me pose this: Who is this Pete guy who's sake we are so concerned about and why are we so concerned?

Man, I'm full...



Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Something fun to do to escape the family for a minute...

I stole this from Shelley 'cause she told me to and I try to do what I'm told! ;-)

(A) First, recommend to me:1. a movie 2. a book 3. a musical artist, song, or album

(B) I want everyone who reads this to ask me three questions, no more, no less. Ask me anything you want.

(C) Then I want you to go to your journal, copy and paste this allowing your friends to ask you anything & say that you stole it from me.

Have fun! I know I did!



Saturday, November 20, 2004


Yes, I know I'm a few days early on this subject, but I was inspired by Carmi over at Written Inc.

I have so much to be thankful for. I'm an extremely fortunate person. I try very hard not to take that for granted and get caught up in the stupid, little things that bring a person down. I'm not always successful, but I do a pretty good job.

Here is my "Top 10" list of things I'm thankful for: (in no particular order)
  1. God. I really dig God. He and I have been through a lot this year and He has not let me down.
  2. My family, both blood and non-blood. Marti and Eric are the 2 most important people in my life, however I am so fortunate to have several people in my life, (like Jef) that I consider family, but we are not blood related. In addition, since Marti got hitched this past September, I have inherited a whole bunch of new family that I can't wait to get to know better.
  3. My friends. I can't say enough about my friends. I am extremely blessed in this department. This past year with my being unemployed, my friends have hung in there with me and helped me to remain positive and faithful.
  4. Rick. My sister's new husband is a God send for not only Marti, but Eric and I as well. We've weathered some tough times in the past, but Rick gives us hope that those days are over for Marti, and consequently all of us.
  5. My therapist. I don't mind telling you that this has been a year of growth for me. This has been helped by having a great therapist that truly works with me. I have had good therapists in the past, but my current one is a keeper!
  6. Not working at my former employer. I'm not going to lie and say this has not been a challenging year since I've been unemployed - it really has. I also wish that I would have had more control over my leaving my last employer. However, being the firm believer that everything happens for a reason, I truly believe that circumstances happened exactly as they should have.
  7. My cats. Fred and Shelby have been such good friends to me. They have been a comfort to me, have entertained me and have loved me. If every am feeling especially sad or upset, they stick close to me. They are the best roommates ever!
  8. My church. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would say that! However it's true. My church really rocks!
  9. My health. Since I haven't had health insurance for almost a year, it's been so great that I have been a very healthy girl.
  10. My blogging community. Who'd of thought that by reading someone's blog regularly, that you could feel so connected with someone you've never met in person? That's the way I feel about the folks I have in my sidebar and others I've encountered through Blog Explosion. It's really cool to have that barometer of what the rest of the world is interested in and thinking about and realizing that we are not that different from each other.

It's great that we have a day like Thanksgiving to remind us to sit back and reflect on what we are thankful for, but I think it's important to try to be thankful daily.

Happy Thanksgiving - today and everyday.



Thursday, November 18, 2004

Desert Island CD's

You are stranded on an island and you only have 5 CD's with you. What are they?
  1. Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
  2. Ray of Light by Madonna
  3. Santana's Greatest Hits by Santana
  4. 1200 Curfews by Indigo Girls
  5. New Blood by Beth Wood

Those are mine. Now it's your turn!



Monday, November 15, 2004

Dam! That's one crafty beaver!

Check out this story!



You thought you loved Ashlee Simpson...

...but now you feel betrayed by the fact she is (gasp!) a lip synch-er!!! What ever will you do? Fear not, my friend! This website gives you advice to soothe your troubled soul.

Check out what my sister has to say about the AMA's last night. I must admit, I agree with her on just about all of what she says!

Is it me, or does the new U2 video for "Vertigo" look like a fancy smancy "Target" ad?

I'm very much looking forward to U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" album coming out on 11/23/04. Yeah, I said album! Yeah, I just pretty much proved how old I am! ;-)

I also find myself in a trance when Gwen Stefani's video for "What you waiting for?" comes on. How does she move in those impossibly high heels? Why is she laying in a bush having an orgasm? How the hell does she get her stomach so tight you can bounce a quarter off of it?

Her solo debut is droppin' like it's hot on 11/23/04, as well. (OK, did I get my street cred back?)



Saturday, November 13, 2004

Why, oh why does this link to my blog?

I have "Extreme Tracking" on my blog which basically tells me how many people visit my blog and how they got there. Another handy feature shows people who have found my blog by "Google-ing" or some similar thing and what they were searching when they found me. Here's a sampling:
  1. Extreme Home Makeover Chewbacca
  2. What happened to Joan Kennedy?
  3. What is frito?
  4. Free movies of women masturbating
  5. Rio Mambo
  6. Picture of a woman wearing pajamas
  7. Thick fat big boobed girls
  8. Cheaters Joey Greco Vh1
  9. How to make a woman feel appreciated
  10. bossy friends

I am very disturbed by how some of these lead people to this very humble blog, however for the most part, it's just kinda funny.

If you have "Extreme Tracking" or something like it, have you seen some weird stuff that led people to your blog? If so, what was it?



Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I wonder if my neighbors think I'm a prostitute...

I have a friend who had a home invasion almost 2 weeks ago and I've been staying at their house at night since then. I leave my house about 7pm or 8pm and I'm usually back at my house by 6am or 7am. I'm usually looking kinda disheveled and inevitably one of the neighbors is leaving for work about the same time I come in.

Now, I'm not wearing fishnets and a bustier - I'm usually wearing sweats - but I can't help but wonder what they might be thinking. As I re-read this, the first thing that pops into my head is, "They probably don't care enough to wonder where you've been, Joan!!!" Ahh yes, the gentle reminder that your brain gives you that you are not the center of the universe OR the apartment complex! LOL!

My friend that I'm staying with has a cat named Tess. She is a sweet little thing, but my friend has not taught her the best of manners and my friend has the scars to prove it. When she plays, she plays with all 20 of her claws as well as her sharp pointy teeth. My cats are very good with their claws and teeth, and if they should ever get out of hand, they flinch because they know I thunk on the head is coming...however...I digressed...

I'm looking at Fred now and wondering, "Does she think I'm cheating on her with another cat?" It's got to be weird for them because I leave for 12+ hours and smell like another cat when I come home.

Eh...she probably just thinks I'm a prostitute...



Sunday, November 07, 2004

My kitty has a cute butt

It's true...I cannot lie about such a thing. As she runs through the house with her tail straight up and her little extra skin from her hysterectomy swinging to and fro, it just puts a big ole smile on my face.

It's amazing how many bloggers are addicted to their cats like I am. There is even a big group of folks that post cute pictures of their kitties to be shared with the blogosphere every Friday. If I had a digital camera, I would expect that y'all would be way too tired of seeing Fred and Shelby's mugs (or butts, as the case may be) on this here blog.

It's a lovely day in the neighborhood here in North Georgia. It's 65 degrees and just a beautiful crystal blue sky. I love, love LOVE days like this!!!

I am not feeling especially verbose today so this post will be short but sweet. I hope wherever you are, that you are enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon.



Thursday, November 04, 2004

Looking for salvation at Chili's

I was headed over to my friend's house and realized that I hadn't eaten dinner yet. Knowing that my friend's refrigerator never yielded much that I wanted to eat, I pulled into the Chili's to pick up some chips and queso to go.

I was pointed to the bar by the hostess at the front. I sat down and asked for a menu. A young woman with an even younger male companion sat looking at me.

"Can I buy you a beer?" she slurred.

I looked into her inebriated eyes and saw that her question was sincere. I sat there for a second and finally said, "Sure!"

'Hey Spiderman! Get this lady a beer on me. She wants a big one!" I finally convinced her that I just needed a regular sized beer and the barkeep known as Spiderman obliged my request.

She introduced herself to me, and after we traded names, she reached out and hugged me and kissed me on the cheek. Under normal circumstances, my boundary alarms would have been sounding loudly, but something about her caused me cut her some slack.

She bummed a drag off the cigarette of the young man sitting next to her. He offered her a cigarette of her own and she replied, "Oh no, honey! I don't smoke and don't worry, I don't have cooties!"

She talked loudly about things I'm not even sure I understood for a while. She pointed out things on the menu that she liked, finally throwing up her hands and saying, "Hell, everythin' is good!"

After placing my order for chips and queso with Spiderman, the woman asked me where I was from. "Smyrna." I replied. "Well, what are you doing all the way up here?" she inquired.

As I tried to explain to her about visiting my friend, she interjected that she knew that it was none of her business, but she was just curious.

"Hey! I know!" she almost screamed, "Can I get your phone number and some day we can hang out? I'll make some chili and we can rent some movies and drink some beer - it'll be FUN!" She paused for a minute and then said laughingly said, "You think I'm crazy, don't you?"

I told her that I didn't think she was crazy. That I knew she was just having a good time. I must admit, I secretly hoped that she would forget that she asked me for my phone number.

"Do you go to church?" I replied that I do. "Well then, maybe I can go to church with you! I need to get back to church. What church do you go to?" I told her what church I go to and she said, "How do they feel about homosexuals, because that girl over there is my girlfriend - HONEY! Come here and meet my new friend!"

Spiderman looked sharply at the woman and she giggled and said, "Hey! I'm just trying to get my girlfriend over here!" She returned her attention to me, "How does your church feel about homosexuals?" I told her that my church was accepting of homosexuals.

The woman's girlfriend finally walked up and the woman quickly introduced us, "Honey, this is my new friend that I just bought a beer for and she's going to take us to church!" The girlfriend shook my hand and said, "I'd love to talk with you further, but I'm drunk, so I'm going to go sit down now."

The woman's memory was better than I hoped it would be because suddenly a bar napkin and a pen appeared in front of me. "Write down your name and number and I'll call you and we can hang out and you can take me to church." I looked into her eyes again and saw only drunken sincerity. I wrote down my name and phone number. She smiled and wrote "Church" on the napkin underneath my name.

My order arrived as I finished my beer and I started to get up to leave. The woman reached out and hugged me and then held my hands and kissed them all the while assuring me she would call.

As I drove away from Chili's I thought about the woman. I didn't feel pity for her, per se, but more of a sadness that comes from watching someone that wants so desperately to be loved.

I don't know if the woman will call me, and if she doesn't, quite frankly, I won't be heart broken. However, I hope that I had a positive effect on her for the short time that I was with her. If she remembers nothing else about me, I hope she remembers looking into my eyes and seeing sincerity.



Tuesday, November 02, 2004


...at least the voting part is. It was very painless. It only took 50 mins from out of the car to back in the car.

This was my first time doing electronic voting - no hanging chads at my polling place! I enjoyed it! Quick and easy.

It was cool to look around at the folks that had come out to vote. Young mothers with their kids in tow, a man on a break from the garage down the street, older ladies with their hair all in place and their lipstick carefully applied, a man that quipped, when he was referred to as a "Senior Citizen," "I'm not a Senior Citizen - I'm just old!," people wearing red, white and blue, one lady even carried a small flag with her, no one complained, everyone smiled - all in all, a great experience.

I also really enjoyed seeing the younger men and women there, too. Now, granted, I'm not ancient by any stretch of the imagination. However there were some first time voters there that you could tell were 18 and this was their first election. Very refreshing!

As I left the polling place, the man at the front door thanked me for coming in. I thanked him for being there. You could tell he was thankful, but embarrassed for the recognition.

America - far from perfect, but damn, I'm glad I live here.



Monday, November 01, 2004

OK...I know you are being inundated with this plea but....

If you are a US citizen, PLEASE go forth and exercise your right to vote tomorrow. If you aren't a US citizen, please send forth your good thoughts and wishes that the election is safe and that the outcome is positive.

I was watching the news today and they were talking about how they are expecting long lines at the polls tomorrow. I was heartened because everyone they interviewed said that they would not be deterred from voting because of the lines.

I'm planning on taking a lawn chair, a book, and my cooler with a few Diet Cokes in it. I'm also planning on starting up conversations with people in line. This will hopefully make the time go by faster, but even if I'm there all day, I will vote and I will do it cheerfully thanking God that I have the right to do so.

Whoever your candidate of choice is, be kind to your fellow voter, even if they disagree with you. You are not going to change someone's mind this late in the game. Just be thankful that those who have gone before us have made sure that we continue to have the right to disagree peacefully.

Thank you to our forefathers and foremothers: From the colonist to the Suffragettes to the Civil rights movement and beyond. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


See you at the polls!



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