Friday, January 29, 2010

Pro-Bowl Bound

Ok, so now that my kid is safe again I can concentrate on some fun for the weekend!

Tomorrow morning we're going to the Pro-Bowl players practice and hopefully I'll get my Witten jersey signed. Fingers Crossed!!!
Then on Sunday..... Are You Ready For Some Football?????????? Weeeeeeee we're going to the Pro-Bowl baby!!!


I know for sure its gonna be a good day....We're getting to the stadium at 2pm for a 7:30pm game. =0
Gonna hit up the NFL Experience area and hobknob with some players and then let the party begin.

I took off work on Monday because A) its a 7:30pm game, B) the people I'm going with are notorious partiers and known for having fabulous shitshow tailgating fun.

LOOK FOR ME!!!

Dear Liver,
Please forgive me for what I'm about to do to you.
Love, Me.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OK YES.

I had a mullet. Its not like I was alone, it WAS the 80's after all. Lauren was only about 6 or 7 months in this pic I'm thinkin. So it was 1988. STILL the 80's.

I just want to come clean.

There now the secrets out. I feel much better!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

TwoFer Tuesday

Being that its Eddie Van Halens birthday today we shall celebrate this!

I've seen "both" Van Halens live multiple times. My preference?? Definately David Lee Roth. I mean, Sammy Hagar was good but David just brings another level to the show.

I miss being young and a concert whore. lol

Happy 53rd Birthday Eddie.

Eddie - Eruption. Un-Effing-Real. STILL.


This one is best heard at ear splitting levels.
You Really Got Me

Monday, January 25, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines

I dont know about you but I dont think I'd be caught dead (no pun intended) on an airplane run by Ethiopian Airlines.

When I think of Ethiopia I think of mud huts and starving people and constant wars to take that little bit away. NOT airlines.

Just my opinion.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Chicks

They piss me off when they open their mouths spewing political stuff BUT I love their music.

Sue me.

Wide Open Spaces


Earl had to die...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Indulge Me

I Want To Go To Disney. NOW. I'm having such withdrawels its stupid. Havent been there since the summer before last. August 2008?? Could that be right?? I'm pretty sure it is. Lauren and I did the "last hurrah" before she left for Navy bootcamp. Spent 10 days in Disney with Hurricane whats.her.name. Edith from Mrs Bunkers Chainsaw Emporium probably remembers cause she was there at the same time.

For those that dont know already, Lauren and I have been to Disney over 100 times. Geeky? Maybe. Do I care?? No. Neither does Lauren.

I'm gonna stroll down memory lane. And its a lonnnnnng memmory lane. Your welcome to come with or come back when the next post is up.

Well I just figured it out...it was 8/08 cause the dates are on the pics. duh.
When we first got to Disney we dropped our bags in our room at the hotel on property, jumped on the monorail and went to the California Grill at the top of the Contemporary Hotel. We love having dinner up there and its one of our favorite spots to gaze at "The World". The pic in my header is taken from up there along the outside catwalk as are these below. This is what you see when you get out of the elevator. It takes my breath away EVERY TIME.




After dinner we hit the Magic Kingdom.
Hugged some characters

and watched some fireworks

and rode some rides (yeah I know its Aladdin. Shut up! We dont descriminate, we love 'em all!)


The next morning we got up at the ass crack of dawn and went to Animal Kingdom park.
Expedition Everest - love it!

Saw some aminals. check out this bat, you can see the family jewels. lmao. (click on pic to make bigger and you'll see)

And this tiger is sticking his tongue at you.


After we left that park we went to Typhoon Lagoon. Love that park at night!!


Once again the next morning we're up early to get to MGM Studios park. I cant remember what they call it now but it'll always be MGM Studios to us. Now, we need to get there first because we have to run our asses to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, get a fastpass then run over to Aerosmiths Rockin Roller Coaster and be the FIRST ones on that ride. We have to do this so we can then run all the way across the park at 8:00am in 95 degree heat to be FIRST in LINE to see this.

YES thats the Power Rangers but more importantly than seeing this awe inspiring entrance is to be first in line to meet a Ranger. Not for the Blue Ranger, noooo, not the Pink Ranger but the oh so coveted RED RANGER.

I was sweaty, exhausted already and it was worth it. For this pic.

Yeah, I have a (at the time 20 y/o) kid who still loves the Power Rangers. Hey whatever. I just like to see her smile and I'll do anything to make that happen. =)

Then we rode every ride in the park at least 10 times. Because thats what we do.
A great new ride that opened since the previous time we were there is A Toy Story. Effin Awesome!!!


I cant remember what we did that night. Probably passed out after running the parks for 3 days. And to think we only had 7 more days to go.

The next day was an explore the hotels on Disney property day. We love doing this. We pool hop and eat at the different restaurants and basically try to find new things that we've never seen before. We also rented some speed boats and wreaked havoc around Bay Lake.

I want to live here. The Wilderness Lodge.


The Kingdom


Speed racer aka: get yelled at for makin wakes in the marina racer.


I got tired of carrying my camera around so I left it back at the hotel for a couple of days. Eventually we ended up at Epcot. And our favorite place to eat there is the Biergarten.


And we ate breakfast at the Whispering Canyon Cafe one day and explored the Wilderness Lodge.
Please note our waiter had eyes that looked everywhere...




I really do want to live here.



Yeah she's 20 years old here. At Disney we are all 12 years old. I swear, it must be something in the air.

And please note the bracelets on her wrist. They are "extra magic hours" bracelets. Thats when they leave one park open realllllllly late for guest staying on property and its a different park every night. These are the reason I was physically exhausted by day 7. Up at the ass crack of dawn and not in bed until 1, 2 or 3am. Then right back at it the next day.

Ok, Hurricane whateverhernameis was fully upon us by this time. This is around 8:30 in the Magic Kingdom one morning. In a way it was awesome because the parks were really empty for a few days.


We always do the character breakfast at the Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom because thats where Tigger is. And Tigger rocks.


paparazzi!!!!


On Space Mountain...


My favorite pic of the Castle.


Its our last night on a rainy Mainstreet USA. They basically have to throw us out. We both know deep down we wont be here together again for a long time. Neither of us says it.


Ugh, its been too long.


If you stayed this long you really are a glutton for punishment. Thats almost as bad as watching someones home videos of their family vacation.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Werk. Werk. Werk.

My day at work.

I just try to be a good worker bee, kinda like Crash. Just doin my thing. Dont fuck with my system bitches, it just messes me up. 3 1/2 years I been doin this and I got this. No, really I do. It aint that hard.


Micro management will be the death of me. It just makes me find ways to mess with the system. And fuck around all day....




My superiors are the usual suspects...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Twofer Tuesday

Its better late than never I guess. Damn near forgot.

I read a new blog today. Jen stopped by from Redhead Ranting and left me a comment. Which in turn peaks my interest and I go see her blog which I'd never been to before. Well let me tell ya, she's a pistol!! I like!! So anyway, my Twofer Tuesday is inspired by her blog I guess in a roundabout way. Her being a Redhead and all got me thinking about other redheads I know and the first one that comes to mind is........Tori Amos!

I LOVE me some Tori Amos. Cant go wrong with any of her stuff but I had to pick two so here they are.

This is from very early in her career and off my favorite album, "Little Earthquakes".
Winter


And if I had to pick a favorite song (which is really hard to do), this would be it. Also off Little Earthquakes..
Silent all these years


Oh and I'd like to say....Massachusetts proved they have a brain!!! Weeeeeeeee!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ugh.

I'm so sad. The Cowboys didnt even show up today. As a friend of mine said on Facebook, "What a waste of a playoff game". I almost agree.

Everything looked like it was going so well up till today. I let myself grab onto that glimmer of hope, that this year was gonna be different, that Romo would lead us to the promised land.

Alas, its over. Another season gone.

I'm gonna be at the Pro-bowl this year. In case you didnt know it, the NFL had this bright idea to move it to the Superbowl city (Miami) A WEEK BEFORE THE SUPERBOWL. Personally I give the NFL a FAIL for this. But, I wont complain. It'll be fun and I want to check out the NFL experience stuff that goes on the week before the Superbowl.

The games not until 7:30pm, WHAT??? Its on a school night for flippen sakes!! I got smart and took that Monday off. I have a feeling I might be a tad hungover cause the group of people I'm going with never fail to throw a shit show tailgaiting party.

Oh and the Saturday before the pro-bowlers have practice at Lockhardt Stadium which is right down the street from here. I'm gonna go get my Jason Witten jersey signed. =)

Tony is a cutie.


And Jason Witten is not too shabby either...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Blog Bling

So, I got a blog award. I must say when I started this little journey I wasn't aspiring to anything and certainly not looking to be acknowledged by an award. Hell, I didnt even know they had awards. Writing is a release of sorts for me. It was going to be a place I could write what I felt about anything and everything. A mishmash with no real purpose. Anonymous and free. Not so anonymous anymore but still free. It works for me.

I’m not sure I expected anyone to ever follow this blog much less comment on a regular basis. I’m not so sure I’d follow me if I weren’t me. I don’t think I’m that interesting quite honestly. It has got to be the boys that keeps y’all coming back. =)

I am grateful.
Greatful for everytime you stop by.
For every link to your blogroll.
For every comment.
My blog is much more important to me now. Much more than when I started. You all helped make that happen. Thank you!

My taste in blogs does fluctuate a bit, but I think I’ve found what I truly like. I like funny, I like informational, I like medical, I like political. There are some I keep going back to and can’t wait till they post. Those are the blogs I love!

So here’s my award. Given to me by Angelia at Living, Loving, Laughing. She’s an amazing person who I enjoy on a daily basis. She is funny, sunny and full of life. Thank you dear for my first blog award. You made my day, week, month even!!!



The rules are to pass on to 15 people/blogs that you like. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs for a long time now or at least in my bloglife timespan and these are in no particular order really. Well maybe, but you’ll never know for sure so stop over analyzing it.

1. Mrs Bunkers Chainsaw Emporium - I found Edith through another blog I started reading a long, long time ago and it was love at first sight. Probably one of the few that I’ve gone back to the beginning and read Every.Single.Post. She is that good. She is funny, sarcastic and witty as shit!! And she finds time to blog while juggling a crazy ass hoarding husband, two young kids and being a world class doctah!! Gosh she makes me proud!!!

2. A Gia’s Life! – Love, love, love me some Gia! We’ve even met when she came down here to Flo-rida for a visit with her daughter. She’s got a fabu blog about life and her adventures. It’s a fun read but she’ll bring you back down to earth with a post about something important and/or reminding us to help out with the troops which we all need every once in awhile. She’s very nurturing but I can count on her for a swift kick in the ass when I need it! Thank you Gia!

3. Report on Conditions – Capt Joe Schmoe is one of my buddies. He may not consider me a buddy but that’s ok lol!! He is a fabulous human being who happens to be a Capt in the Fire Dept and he saves lives & property and does it with a heaping dose of compassion. His blog is well written and it’s getting bigger by the day. I’ve been there since very near the beginning! ::big cheesy grin:: You should read him. Its worth the trip over there. Plus he wears a uniform, rides in a huge red truck for work and he probably smells good so what are you waiting for????

4. Nobody Asked Me – Old NFO has one of my favorite reads. He holds a special place in my heart because he’s a Retired Navy Pilot, P-3's to be exact. He’s old school and tells a great story, has a fabulous sense of humor and he’s a staunch Republican that believes in our country. I like that. A lot!! Thanks for tolerating a Navy moms questions now and again. =)

5. Booshy – Jessica Bold is one crazy ass, hella talented writer. She never, ever fails to make me laugh. Her blog is one of my must on a daily basis. Because she writes daily! And good quality stuffs. Plus she’s an ex-college athlete which makes her even more badass. She’s got basketball stats that will put other peoples stats to shame. Oh, she has some super cute fur-kids as well.

6. Rescuing Providence – Michael is a great blogger who has brought the street world of Paramedicine right to our computer screens. He’s a published author too! I found him awhile ago and go back on a regular basis. He really draws you in. Strong & compassionate is how I think of him when he works. His stories bring me right back to the feelings I had when I was working at the only job I ever loved. Being a Paramedic. Thank you Michael.

7. In A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – USA Admiral’s blog is truly special and I've been reading him for quite some time as well. He keeps me abreast of the political doings of the third reich, umm I mean the current administration. I enjoy his concise reporting and I value his opinion on these matters. And he's in Florida, so he's my homeboy. =)

8. Bloviating Zeppelin - I've been reading BZ for some time now. I dont comment much if at all but his stalker tracker obviously knows I've been there. =) Smart as hell and very politically savy. He's doing his part to help me know how to do my part to save our country. LOVE him. Shhhhhhh, dont tell him I said that.

9. Verbal Incontinence - Sisu is an amazing woman, raising two boys on her own due to circumstances beyond her control. She's an amazing woman with a keen, quirky sense of humor. She hasnt been around all that much lately and I hope all is well.

These next few blogs are newer to me but I'm hooked and I like it!

10. The Chronicle of Linnnnnn - Linnnnn is a fantastic writer that really has some talent. She draws me in like no other. Another florida mom who keeps me laughing.

11. The Adventures Of Being A Dick - This dude Mepsipax just plain cracks.my.shit.up. I pee a little every time I visit his blog cause he does not hold back and he's truly a dick. Talented little fuhker. Go read it and tell me you dont laugh.

12. Ann T. Hathaway - Ann T. is just one of those people you run into in life that you say to yourself, "How the fuck did they get so smart and where the hell do they store all the information in that head???" This woman awes me. I just started commenting on her blog even though I'm terrified to do so most of the time out of fear of looking the fool. I'm getting better at it though. She makes me smarter. And thats a good thing.

These last blogs I read regularly but don’t comment on so I’m sure they have absolutely no clue who I am. BUT they are awesome just the same.

13. Instapinch – Pinch is another retired Naval Officer and pilot. He flew the fighter jets - F-14s Tomcats I believe which are just a mind blower to me quite honestly. He tells a good story and satisfies my need for the coolest pictures ever of Tomcats and other Navy fighter planes. He seems like a really nice guy too.

14. Neptunus Lex – Lex provides me tons of info on the goings on of the Navy, the military and the world in general. He's another retired Naval Officer and Navy fighter pilot (F-18 Hornet and others) and was a Top Gun instructer. It doesnt get much cooler than that. Worth a look and another nice guy.

15. M.D.O.D. - 911Doc has been around the block a time or two. I agree with his political leanings and love reading about his ER escapades. Although he has left the ER for the private Urgent Care sector recently. He has multiple docs that team blog over there too. Good stuff.

Well thats it. I think I covered all the bases. Go visit some of these blogs if you have never gone there off my blogroll. You'll be glad you did.

Have fun with your awards and dont be shy, post them proudly!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Prepare Urselves

I got an award. A blog award. My first. Your thinking, "The Fuck??" Yeah, I thought that too. But someone likes me and now I get to bestow it on some blogs that I like.

So prepare yourselves. I shall bestow tomorow. Its too late to do it tonight and I spent too much time on my fabulous farm on Farmville and I'm tired. Ooops. Sorry.
Feast your eyes on my farmyness....
The barns and coops up on a rise

My badass house up on the hill for my farmer to kickback in after he's done workin the farm..


Representin'

=)

oh and a Remi update....He's been on the phenobarbitol (or peanutbutterballs as some of my old patients used to call it) for two days now (4 doses) and I'm happy to report that he is still the same spastic, crazy puppy so far. This is good. And the bloodwork came back mostly normal. His liver enzymes are normal but his thyroid is low. We, me and the smart doc are trying to figure out what to do with that little tidbit. I'll keep ya informed.

Have a good night all. I'm going to sleep hoping the people of Haiti can catch a flippen break sooner or later. I'm prayin for them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It is Tuesday right??

Twofer Tuesday.

It dont get much better than this. My FAVORITE Elton John song.
Harmony.

Harmony and me
We're pretty good company
Looking for an island
In our boat upon the sea
Harmony, gee I really love you
And I want to love you forever
And dream of the never, never, never leaving harmony

This song runs a close second...and this video has really cool old NASA footage in it.
Rocket Man

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don't understand
It's just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man

Remi Roo

This past summer I wrote about Remi having siezures. He was having petite mal and they were far and few between. You can read about it here. And see him having a siezure here.

I had to take the Rem-ster to the vet this morning. His seizures have been increasing in numbers, strength and length over the past month or so. Over this past weekend alone he had 5 grand mal and 2 episodes of near staticus epilepticus.

So he's on phenobarbitol twice a day and we have pill and liquid valium for sustained seizures that wont stop.

The vet had talked to me about doing some special testing for a condition called liver shunting. Although not common, its not uncommon in large breeds; Labs being one of them. Remi has a lot of the symptoms of this condition, but blood work is the only way to really find out. So she drew the bloodwork for general chemistry and this special liver function testing. Results tomorow.

$245.00 later he's home resting comfortably with his first dose of Phenobarbitol on board. We'll see how it goes.

Say a little prayer for my baby boy please.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snow Flurries In SoFla - Yikes!!

I told you so!!!



Snow Flurries Reported In S. Florida
Last Snowfall In South Florida Was in 1977

POSTED: Friday, January 8, 2010
UPDATED: 9:02 am EST January 10, 2010
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. -- Snow flurries were reported across the state and even in South Florida as a strong cold front moved into the state on Saturday.

Trained spotters reported seeing
snow flurries in Oakland Park
.
<----- I live less than a mile from Oakland Park!!!

Sunday night is expected to be the coldest night yet with temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

Farmers have been scrambling to protect their crops and the cold blast had South Floridians bundling up against the unusual chill.

A freeze watch has been issued from Saturday evening through Sunday morning for areas in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Residents in the central part of the state reported seeing snow flurries and sleet early Saturday morning. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Melbourne said sleet was reported in Brevard and Volusia counties, along with a mixture of rain. Naples had a few snow flurries.

The cold weather even forced the cancelation of some events Sunday. The 3 Kings Festival at the Pompano Beach City Center mall was canceled because of the bone chilling temperatures.

A slow warming-up period will begin early next week, with temperatures forecast to climb back up to 75 by Thursday. <------- Yesssssssss!

Its all good. I'll be warm again by late this week.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Beaker Chronicles 2

Its been some time since you've seen Beaker around these parts. In fact the last time was way back here. And here. I appologize up front for the length of this post but we've got some catchin up to do as he's been quite busy since then!!

He went to the keys with Josh and I back in October...

























He plays a mean game of Scrabble too.




















He swam in the pool, played with Remi and went to Bingo with us....




















































And then I did something every finger puppet mother should do. I let him see the world. Ginger took him back to Boston with her and he went on some travels with her.

Beaker in Boston






















Gingers friend thinks he is Beakers long lost daddy. They do show a slight resemblence to one another...


















And then Ginger and Beaker were off on their big trip....with a stop in Chicago before boarding their flight to the other side of the big pond. They should've stopped in to see Edith of Mrs Bunkers Chainsaw Emporium, but not much time inbetween flights.















Beaker in PRAGUE with a local!!!


















Havin a beer in the Biergarten in Dresden....


















Poor Beaker drank too much!















And listening to the heavenly voices sing Ava Maria in a really old church in Vienna..

















I cant remember what this place is called but I think its in Vienna..(look for Beaker dead center)















Beaker finally came home in late December. I put him straight to work, and caught him on Facebook at work!!! Shame!

















And he had a fabulous Christmas with his family. =)


















Thanks for indulging me!