Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas The Night Before Christmas...

I will start this post by saying that this is not my original work.
I shamelessly stole this from a friend of mine 
and just as he did I have tweaked it a bit. 
  It was originally written by Harvey Ehrlich.


‘Twas The Night Before Christmas And Santa’s A Wreck


‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck.
How to live in a world that’s politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”
“Vertically challenged” they were calling themselves.
And labor conditions at the North Pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.


Four reindeer had vanished without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced by four pigs, and you know that looked stupid.


The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard heavy footsteps upon their rooftops.
The people at PETA were all up in arms,
His fur trimmed red suit had caused animals harm


If that wasn’t enough, to add to his woes
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose
And had gone on Oprah, in front of the nation
Demanding millions in fair compensation
And as for the gifts, why, he’d never a notion
That making a choice could cause such commotion


Nothing of leather, nothing of fur
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim, nothing to shoot
Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise,
Nothing gender specific, for just girls or just boys


No candy or anything bad for the tooth
Nothing that seemed to embellish the truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden
No XBox or Wii  that could ruin the eyes,
No iPods, iPads, iPhones, nothing with ‘i’s.


No baseball, no football, where kids could get hurt
Besides, playing sports exposed them to dirt
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passé
Computers would just rot your whole brain away.
So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed,
He just could not figure what to do next.


He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you’ve got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground,
Nothing acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.


A gift that would satisfy with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion,
Every ethnicity, every orientation
Everyone, everywhere…the whole population.
So here is the gift, it’s priced beyond worth,
May you and your loved ones enjoy
Peace On Earth


Whatever your thing at this season so bright
Kwanzaa or Hanukkah the festival of lights
Festivus, Christmas, Solstice, Diwali
We wish you great joy at your winter party
From the Dudleychick ladies, here's our wish to you
Warm winter blessings to you and your crew.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Times are tough...but I do my best!

My dear friends, 
Although it is somewhat embarrassing to admit, since I have been unemployed my Christmas budget is tight this year. I will be making bedroom slippers for you all as gifts. Please let me know your sizes. You'll most likely agree that it's a splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I've included the instructions below.


How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:
You need four maxi pads to make a pair. Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part.
The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.
Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part.
Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most aesthetically appealing), etc.

These slippers are: 
* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles
* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills 
* Disposable and biodegradable 
* Environmentally safe *
Come in three convenient sizes:
(1.) Regular(2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.

I've attached a photo of the first pair I made above so that you can see the nifty slippers for yourself.... Awaiting your response.Please respond with your desired size, and decoration color.

Happy Holidays 
Love ya, LeAnne


No really I just took them to my ward's RS Christmas party white elephant gift exchange.


They were a hit and Mary Jo ended up
choosing the box with these beauties inside. 
  She was not the one who ended up taking them home though.

The best gift of the evening was Becky's selection...
Yep, that's right. Of all of the gifts she chose the pregnancy test.

Uhhh, I think we all know the results of that test.

Anyway, fun was had by all.

I love white elephant gift exchanges.

Wanna know what I got? 

I ended up with this


courtesy of the talented Patti Merril.  It was hard to get a picture without the light reflection in the glass but it says LOVE in photos.

S*C*O*R*E!

I had just commented how much I loved this when she posted it on facebook, lucky me!




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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Catching up.

As I sat in my parents house my mom reminded me that I am still behind on my thankful posts. That was last week and now it is not even November anymore but I wanted to finish.

So here is the rest of my list, again in no particular order. 

#17. Chocolate
Oprah's set made entirely of Godiva chocolate

Here are a few of my theories on my favorite sweet treat. 

SEVEN DAYS WITHOUT CHOCOLATE MAKES ONE WEAK
 
CHOCOLATE IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY, 
AND YOU DON'T NEED AN APPOINTMENT

THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A GOOD FRIEND, 
EXCEPT A GOOD FRIEND WITH CHOCOLATE

#18 Weather forecasts that are WRONG

Last week there was a "storm of the century" forecast for Utah, right before Thanksgiving. People were stocking up on groceries and water, buying generators, and schools closed early. College students prepared to face the worst roads in years as they headed over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. My daughter was among them. She loaded her car with essential supplies in case she got stuck in a blizzard. The blizzard that never happened. 

#19  Grocery Stores
While enjoying my Thanksgiving dinner I thought about the early settlers and all of the work they had to do to put on their Thanksgiving feast. I am thankful that all the good food I need (and some of the junk I don't need) is just down the street at my local grocery store.

#20 Sleeping in on Black Friday
 In past years I have been one of those crazy people who go out in the wee hours of the morning to stand in line in freezing temperatures waiting for a great Black Friday deal. Not this year. This year I slept in, went no where near a store of any kind...and really enjoyed it!

#21  My Sewing Machine
I have been sewing for a long time. I got my first sewing machine for my birthday when I was 12 or 13 (I don't remember exactly) but I still have that machine and it still works great, Thanks to my local repair man who told me to forget buying something new, that he would keep my old friend running for me. It has made baby clothes and blankets, pajamas, at least a dozen prom dresses, skirts, curtains, duvets, pillows and other home decor. It is not a fancy machine, just an old Kenmore with lots of miles on it but I love it.

#22 Computers
This was the first computer I ever used. It was a Radio Shack TRS-80 and I took a computer class in middle school. We learned to write programs using If>Then statements that would make a green dash on a black screen do something cool.

We've come a long way since then. Today computers can fit in your pocket
and connect you to the world. I love technology!


#23Tweezers
The older I get the more hairs I find growing out of strange places...nuff said!


#24  Children's Laughter

No matter how bad my day has been or how depressed I may be feeling hearing the sounds of children laughing (especially babies) makes my day.

#25  ATMs
Cash in a box, what could be more convenient?
Well, maybe unlimited funds.

#26 Peanut Butter
 Maybe I am just a kid at heart but I love Peanut Butter. 
A good PB&J is just divine.

Even just on a spoon I love the stuff.
Even better when combined with #17 above.


#27 Good Customer Service
I have worked in customer service for much of my career. It is often a thankless job. People can be very RUDE and unappreciative. That is why when I do get good customer service I try and make a point of letting them know how much I appreciate it. I have recently received great service at Wells Fargo, Dish Network, Chase, and even at Walmart in Grand Junction.
#28 My Faith
I am a Mormon, LDS, Latter Day Saint...whatever you want to call it. 
I am proud of my faith and thankful 
for how it has shaped me into who I am today. 

#29 America

I have always thought Lee Greenwood's song says it best. 

I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA


#30 ME

 I am not perfect.
I make mistakes. 
I laugh. 
I cry. 
I love and I am loved. 
I enjoy life.

 So that's my list for this year. I am sure there are things that I am thankful for that I neglected to mention in this list.
I am going to try and be thankful for something every day, 
not just in November because I am truly blessed to be me.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Want something FREE on Black Friday?

This year I opted to sleep in instead of get up early and fight the crowds of crazies for discount deals. It felt good! When I awoke after a few extra hours of sleep I decided to do a little blog surfing.

Imagine my surprise when I found this offer from the creator of my favorite song at the moment.

Mindy Gledhill is giving away a case 
of her new album (that's 30 copies) to one lucky winner!


If you have not had the pleasure of hearing Mindy's music then enjoy this video. The song is Hourglass and it is on her new album Anchor...which she is giving away 30 copies of!


Since I am unemployed this year and my Christmas budget is tight I am hoping I win, so I can give them as gifts this year. Wouldn't that be grand?

She also has some other great deals going on. You can get a whole case of Anchor CD's at the wholesale price of only $6.63 each. That's $199 for the case. 
The retail value of 30 CDs is $509.40, so this is an amazing value. 

She is also doing a 2/$20 special which gets you Anchor and her previous album Feather in The Wind both for $20. Such a deal! 

Click here to check out the deals.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WAAAAAAY Behind...

I am more than a little behind but here are a few more of the things I am thankful for.
In no particular order.

#6. My Cell Phone




Affectionately known as my "Crackberry".
It allows instant communication with friends and family
and even feeds my Facebook addiction on the go.
I never thought I would be so attached but I have to admit I am hooked.

#7. Paper, and Stamps, and Ink...OH MY! 

This is a picture of my table this past weekend. I was preparing for my Christmas card workshops.
I am thankful for the ability to create (it keeps me sane) and to share my creations with others. I am also grateful to be a part of a great company, Close To My Heart.

#8. My Car 

This is my ride (and my friend Jane). It's a 2000 VW Cabrio.
This pic was taken the day I bought it. 
Ashleigh calls it my clown car and refuses to ride in it, but I love it. 
Here are some highlights
115K Miles and still going strong
Convertible top (my fav on Indian Summer and warm Spirng days)
Great gas mileage
One out of four hubcaps (thanks to the jerkwads who stole the other three)
A few character dings that came with it at no extra charge
I own it...NO CAR PAYMENTS!

#9 Facebook
 I know I am going to get some heat for this but I am actually thankful for Facebook. It has allowed me to reconnect with old friends, make new friends with similar interests and keep on everyone's lives (also known as Facebook stalking). I have also seen how Facebook can gather people around a cause, predict election results and provide free marketing for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Plus there are some addictive games on there in case you have some time to waste.

#10 Netflix
What ever did I do before my movies and TV shows came to me in the mail
or instantly streamed on my computer.

#11  I am grateful that some children are not mine!
OK maybe that sounds bad but when I see the screaming child in the grocery store or hear stories of unruly children I am glad they are not mine. My girl had her moments believe me (if you want to know ask her about the time the neighbors called the cops or a certain orange juice incident). But in all honesty I had a pretty easy kid. Much to my mother's dismay who swears to this day that I did not get what I deserved.

#12  Modern Medicine
Don't get me started on my feelings about Health Care, that is for another post. What I am grateful for here is modern medicine and the people who chose to spend their lives taking care of others. With the recent hospitalization of my dad I have been reminded how important good heath care is.

#13 Books 
I am a lover of written words. Of stories.
Of escaping to another time and place.
Of learning and growing by reading.
more on what I love see this post.


#14  J.K. Rowling
Not only did she write some of my favorite books of all time, but I think J.K. Rowling truly changed the world. Before Harry Potter if you asked a third grader to pick up a 300, 400 or 700+ page book and read it you would have been looked at like you were crazy. And wait in line at midnight for a new book, no way! Books weren't cool. Yes, there were readers and people both young and old who enjoyed books but books were just books. Jo Rowling created a world both children and adults wanted to be a part of . She created anticipation as we waited with baited breath for the next installment of the story. She created jobs when bookstores hired extra people to prepare for the releases. Toy companies, clothing companies, the movie industry and now even a theme parked jumped on board. She created an empire. But most of all she made books cool, made children pick up huge volumes and read them from cover to cover multiple times, and paved the way for writers to tell their own stories.

For anyone who says that one person can't change the world...
this single mum from England is my example of how it can be done.


#15 Diet Coke



I have been working hard to kick my Diet Coke habit.
I try not to buy it to have at home and that has helped
but sometimes a few shots of Diet Coke
(or a bong as shown above) is what it takes to make it through the day.

#16 Plumbing

My bathroom may not be luxurious but it is not this...nuff said!
 
 More to come!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Live, Love, Laugh

This thankful post is all about 

Living...
           Loving...
                        Laughing

#3
Living in Colorado

I may have been born in California but I am a Colorado girl at heart.


The kids in this video went to school with my daughter
and I think they did a great job of summing up Colorado girls.

I really do love it here. I grew up on the western slope in
Grand Junction and this was in my back yard.
Colorado National Monument photo found here

Now the Mile High City is my home.
Photo found here
Colorado really does have everything I love (except a beach).


#4


Some of little things I love.
These are a few of the every day things 
that will always bring a smile to my face.


1. Baby Laughs
2. Clean sheets and towels
3. Cards, letters and packages in the mailbox
4. Bubble baths
5. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
6. Birthday Candles
7. Good music
8. Cupcakes
9. Disney Movies
10. Blog Comments :)


#5
Girlfriends who make me laugh.
Throughout my life I have always been privileged to have great girlfriends. Life moves on and some friendships remain close, others fade, and new friendships are made. Some of my fondest memories are of laughing with girlfriends, often until our sides and cheeks hurt.

I love how I can speak to old friends and remember fun times like they were yesterday even if life has taken over and we haven't spoken in a long time. Just the mention of the ice cube incident,  shopping for Dark Helmet, a certain Sarah Lee cheesecake, Hoppy Burfdae or Mr Microdot brings a smile to my face to this day.
(If you were involved in these memories you know who you are.)

I love how girlfriends can make you laugh when you really feel like crying and then still be there when you remember what you were crying about.

Girlfriends are like chocolate for the soul. 

Today I am thankful for the laughter brought on by girlfriends...past and present.

.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Giving Thanks

Lately, I have felt like I have been making lots of 

As in, "When life gives you lemons make lemonade."

My life is not where I would like it to be and I feel lost in the LEMONS. 

But, even on the days where I am feeling the sorriest for myself 
I am reminded that

I have lots and lots to be thankful for.

So since this is November, the month of Thanksgiving
I am going to attempt to post something I am thankful for every day. The posts may not be daily but by the end of November I will have posted 30 things I am thankful for. 

#1 
 My Family 

Even though there are admittedly a few nuts on my family tree (I MAY even be one of them) my family has always been there for me. They love me unconditionally in spite of all my faults. I am so lucky to have them.

#2
My Daughter

I know that technically she is encompassed in being thankful for my family but to me she deserves a separate mention. I love this pic. She will tell you that it is a result of photoshop enhancements, but this is how I see her.

Fun

 Funky

 Sweet and Beautiful 

Perfection.

Stay tuned for my thankful thoughts, more to come. 
What are YOU thankful for?




Thursday, October 28, 2010

My problems are solved!

For the past six months that I have been unemployed I have been worried about finances and where the money I need is going to come from. Imagine my surprise when in my email today I was offered the answer...from a Princess no less. 


Hi,I am Princess Ruby,
I'm diagnosed with esophageal cancer, because it went unnoticed
I had to undergo laryngectomy.I have decided to donate the sum
of 15.5 M USD to you for the good work of the lord.
I am also donating my body after i am gone for research.
I want this last act of mine to be an offering to GOD and humanity.
send a note back to rubiesforruby@gmail.com with this ref. SvaSo so i know you
got this.I know I don't know you, but I have no family to leave my fortune to 
and I know you are a good person.
God bless you abundantly,
Hotarubi

WOW, I could use 1.5 million! 
 
But wait, there is another interesting email for me today. This one looks
very official. I better contact them right away and get my money.


FROM THE DESK AND OFFICE OF HISASHI OWADA
THE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDING JUDGE,
THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE,
(WORLD - COURT)
PEACE PALACE, CARNEGIEPLEIN-2 2517 KJ,
THE HAGUE, NETHERLAND.
EMAIL:          thomasicj@w.cn
OFFICIAL WEB-SITE:  http://www.icj-cij.org/homepage/index.php

ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY,


                   INTERNATIONAL COURT INTERVENTION ON FOREIGN PAYMENT:

IN CONFORMITY WITH THE DETERMINED INTEREST OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT TO PAY OFF 
ALL OUTSTANDING FOREIGN PAYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOREIGN PAYMENT POLICY AS 

CONTAINED IN THE FOREIGN  PAYMENT ACT OF 1990, AMENDED TO EXPEDITE THE IMMEDIATE 

SETTLEMENT OF ALL OUTSTANDING APPROVED FOREIGN PAYMENT. 

ALL AFRICAN PRESIDENTS ADDRESSED THE UNITED NATION'S ASSEMBLY BEFORE THIS 
HONORABLE COURT OF INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE (WORLD COURT)DURING THE 
OFFICIAL MEETING WITH THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND OTHER 
UNITED NATION"S (U.N) COMMUNITY'S OFFICIALS ON THE 10TH OF OCTOBER,2010 ON THE 
THEME: THE SCAM/FRAUD IN AFRICA AND ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD, FOLLOWING SERIES 

OF REPORT AND PETITIONS AGAINST FRAUD/SCAM.

THIS LETTER IS AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS WAS FOUND AMONG THE 
LIST OF FOREIGNERS THAT HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENT.YOU WILL ONLY RECEIVE A 
PART PAYMENT OF ($5.5M) FIVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES 
DOLLARS IN THIS LAST QUARTER WHILE THE BALANCE SHALL BE PAID TO YOU IN THE FIRST 

PAYMENT QUARTER OF NEXT, YEAR 2011.

THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE, ALL PRESIDENTS/HEADS STATES AND ALL UNITED 
NATION COUNTRIES MEMBERS ARE IN A GLOBAL CRUSADE TO SALVAGE THE IMAGE OF OUR 
GREAT NATIONS WHICH HAS BEEN TARNISHED AND ABUSED INTERNATIONALLY BY FRAUDULENT 
SCAM IMPOSTORS. BY THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THIS HONORABLE COURT,THE AFRICAN 
STATES GOVERNMENTS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRITISH 
GOVERNMENT AND ALL UNITED NATION?S COMMUNITIES ARE NOW ON RAMPAGE WAR TO STOP 
THE IMPOSTORS? OPERATIONS SO AS TO ENABLE THE AUTHORIZED OFFICIALS TO DISCHARGE 
THEIR DUTIES DILIGENTLY.

NOW YOU ARE WARNED TO STOP ANY COMMUNICATION AS A CONTRACTOR/INHERITANCE/LOTTERY 

WINNERS WITH ANY OFFICE OR GOVERNMENT AGENT NO MATTER WHATEVER NAME, OFFICE OR 
POSITION HE/SHE MIGHT CLAIM TO BE OR REPRESENT AND STRICTLY ADHERE TO THESE 
DIRECTIVES. THIS MESSAGE IS ON CIRCULATION ON THE WEBSITE, CNN AND BBC. IF YOU 
RECEIVE THIS MESSAGE AND DID NOT DISCONTINUE DEALING WITH THOSE FAKE OFFICES AND 

OFFICIALS, YOU WILL HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME ON ANY LOSS, NOT ONLY THAT, YOU WILL 
BE PROSECUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LAW.

IN OTHER TO ENSURE A PROPER CO-ORDINATION BY THE APPOINTED LEGAL BODY SADDLED 
WITH  THIS SANITARY RESPONSIBILITY, A COMMISSION'S OFFICES HAVE  BEEN 
ESTABLISHED 
FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

THEREFORE BY THE DECISION AND DIRECTIVES OF THIS HONORABLE COURT,THE ENTIRE 
UNITED NATIONS COMMUNITIES HAS CONSTITUTED INTERNATIONAL COURT AND APPOINTED THE 

UNITED NATION'S COMPENSATION COMMISSION, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF HON. IDRIS 
LEGBO KUTIGI, AND APPOINTED SECRETARY IS MRS. CAROLYN JONES (FROM THE UNITED 
STATES OF AMERICA) AND FIVE OTHERS IN THE COMMISSION THIS LEGAL BODY IS THE ONLY 

AUTHORITY IN CHARGE OF FOREIGN PAYMENT FOR NOW BY THE LEGAL AUTHORITY OF THE 
INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE AND IN AGREEMENT WITH ALL UNITED NATION'S 
LEADERS.

THEREFORE, YOU ARE NOW DIRECTED TO CONTRACT THIS BODY FOR YOUR PAYMENT 
ENDORSEMENT AND NORMALIZATION THROUGH THIS BELOW STATED CONTACT INFORMATION 
IMMEDIATELY SO THAT THEY WILL GIVE YOU DETAILS TO ENABLE YOU RECEIVE AND CONFIRM 

YOUR OVERDUE PAYMENT IN YOUR DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY.

AUTHORIZED PANEL:     UNITED NATION'S COMPENSATION COMMISSION.
CHAIRMAN:                 HON. IDRIS LEGBO KUTIGI.
SECURITY I.D. NO.:        UN 2O1O COMP/ICJ.
TELEPHONE:                +234 808 180 3895
E-MAIL:                            honidriskutigi@w.cn
OFFICIAL WEB:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idris_Legbo_Kutigi

CALL THE BODY/ OFFICE IMMEDIATELY FOR YOUR PAYMENT INFORM THEM THAT YOU RECEIVE 
A  MESSAGE FROM MR. PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE, INSTRUCTING YOU 
TO CALL THEM FOR AN IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR COMPENSATION FUND AND ALSO FORWARD 

YOUR INFORMATION (YOUR NAME, ADDRESS,TELEPHONE,OCCUPATION AND AGE ) TO THEM FOR 
AN IMMEDIATE  PART PAYMENT OF FIVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES 
DOLLARS ONLY.PLEASE TO ENABLE ATTEND TO YOUR PAYMENT VERY QUICK AND SERIOUS,MAKE 

SURE YOU CALL THEM AFTER SENDING AN EMAIL TO THEM.

NOTE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED AS WE HAVE MOUNTED A HIGH SECURITY NETWORK TO 
MONITOR ALL PAYMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS. IF YOU ARE FOUND STILL DEALING WITH ANY 
OTHER GROUP OF PERSONS OR PEOPLE (BANKS OR INDIVIDUALS)THOSE FRAUDSTERS THAT 
HAVE DENTED THIS NATION?S IMAGE GLOBALLY, YOU WILL BE HANDED OVER TO YOUR 
COUNTRY GOVERNMENT FOR PROSECUTION. YOU SHALL BE EXPECTED TO CONFIRM TO US 
IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU RECEIVE YOUR FUND  FOR RECORD PURPOSE.

REGARDS,
MR. THOMAS BUERGENTHAL
FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE.
http://www.icj-cij.org/homepage/index.php


CC:      SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS.
CC:      UNITED NATION'S COMPENSATION COMMISSION. 
Another $5.5 million now, 
and more in 2011, my luck is certainly
changing. But wait, that wasn't the 
end there was still one more.  


Dear Friend,
 
Compliments of the day and God's blessings
 
I am glad to inform you that I have successfully concluded the 
transaction,the money transferred to London. It was
 transferred through the assistant of your country man 
Mr.Howard Ferraro who is a London base business man.
 Currently I am in London with him,my husband 
and children.
 
However,I did not forget you because you are the source of 
my success,you made me what I am now though you are not there
 to complet this project with me but I gave all the credit and 
thanks to you. I know it was not your fault or rather
your wish to back up on me and the transaction.
I understand it is simply because of what you must have heard 
about my continent and her business opportunities.
 Actually there are still good ones for example myself.
In appreciate of your assistance I have mapped out as a 
compensation and wrote on your favor an International 
Certified Bank Draft worth of US$2,500,000.00.
(Two Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
 Only) I left the Draft with my attorney  Dr Philip Martin, on my 
departure to London. I would like you therefore,to
 contact him on the below info so that he can mail it to you.
 
Dr Philip Martin
Email:(philip.martins92@yahoo.fr)
PLEASE SEND TO HIM WITH YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT
1,FULL NAME.................
2,DELIVERY ADDRESS........
3,PHONE NUMBER...........
4. AGE:........................
 
Contact
 My attorney in Benin-Republic so that he can release your Draft 
to you. While contacting him you have to mention 
this code 999 to him for identification.
 
Regards,
Mrs. Joyce Gimba   
 
I guess I should stop looking for a job 
now, looks like I am all set.
 $9.5 Million dollars 
just for opening my email. 
 
 Let me know if you need a loan.  

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the story of a girl...

Let's see how should this story begin?

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

No that's not right!

Once upon a time in a magical kingdom...

Hmmm.......nope.


One cold dark night....

in a unfamiliar room I hear the beeps of machinery, the chatter of people outside. I am uncomfortable. I can't seem to find a position where the pain subsides. I am scared and excited and tired and unsure. I have been here for more than a day and I just want to go home. I realize that there is no turning back now, I must make a decision. I look to familiar faces for help, for comfort. I am told that the decision has to be mine but that time is running out. It is nearly 9:00pm. I tell them my choice and am whisked away. Bright lights, funny smells, whispers of , " Think Pink". It all happened so quickly.


At 9:01pm on October 22, 1987 
this changed my life forever.
  

Ashleigh Rene' Dudley - 7lbs 7oz  - 19 inches

This tiny perfect pink bundle is mine. It is the best thing I have ever done. Hmmm, I wonder what happened to the instruction manual?


I watch her grow and learn and develop. There are lots of firsts. 
First smile, first laugh, first foods, first teeth, first words, first steps.





  She grows so quickly and before know it a year has passed, then two, then five.

 Now, she's wrapped around my finger
She's the center of my whole world
And my heart belongs to that sweet,
little, beautiful, wonderful, perfect
All American girl



Time goes so quickly now. I need to pause, to rewind. I wish I had a remote control.




What happened to my little girl? School days, homework, sleepovers, girly giggles.




 Growing up so fast...
                           Middle School...
                                              BOYS...
                                                        trip to England...

High School...
                      Driving...
                                      Proms...
                                                    College Applications...
                                                                                      Graduation...


Leaving home for the first time






Butterfly fly away, 
butterfly fly away,

Flap your wings 
now you can't stay,
Take those dreams and make them all come true.



 College days...
                        fun..
                                friends...
                       independence

Personal Growth


Meeting an eternal friend,
who shares the same birthday. 





I could not be more proud of the young woman she has become.



 This is the story of MY girl,
And I absolutely love her when she smiles. 

Happy 23rd Birthday Ashleigh...and Gabby too!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. ~ Walt Disney ~

First a quick follow up to my last post. Operation body clock reset has been at least partially successful. I got up around 10:30 am on Monday and stayed up all through Monday night. I was planning to meet a friend to do some crafts on Tuesday so I knew that I would be busy and it would be easier to stay awake all day if someone else was there. Thanks Vicki for keeping me occupied and awake. I made it until 9:00pm and then went to bed and fell asleep immediately. I did wake up for a couple of hours at around 2:00am but then went back to sleep until around 9:00. I felt better than I had in months and had a pretty productive day on Wednesday. I was in bed before midnight and only read for a little while. On Thursday morning I woke up around 8:30 and reached over to my nightstand  and grabbed my book for a few minutes of reading before I got out of bed. 

I had just started The Hunger Games the night before and only read a few pages before falling asleep. Upon picking it up again in the morning I was sucked in. I spent the day reading then forcing myself to put it down and get something else done only to come back to it again and again. I finally finished the book at around 5:00am (so much for that reset) but it was worth it.

  
"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside a dog, it's too dark to read.~Groucho Marx
 This is my nightstand.
Can you tell that I love books and readingSince I have been unemployed it has been my books and my crafts that have kept me sane. I love to escape to another world where I can be magical, supernatural, or explore another time and place. Books let me live out dreams that I could never have imagined on my own. They teach valuable lessons on life, relationships, history, and what is possible if only you have the determination and courage to follow your dreams.

I recently subbed in a third, fourth and firth grade classroom where I took in a creative project. We made book marks using famous quotes about books and reading. I am including a few of my favorites in this post.


"I often feel sorry for people who don't read good books; they are missing a chance to lead an extra life." ~ Scott Corbett ~

A closer look at the books currently on my nightstand. 
Here is a list of some of my recent favorites and what I thought about them just in case you're a bookaholic too.


1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I loved this book but I will be the first to say it is probably not for everyone. It is about a future world where a controlling Capitol requires teens from 12 districts to fight to the death in a yearly televised game. It is captivating and I could not put it down. There are some great lessons to be learned here but you have to be in the right state of mind for it and I would not recommend it for anyone under 13. 
2. Water For Elephants by Sarah Gruen -This was a great story that I have had on my bookshelf for over a year and never gotten to. It is a about a traveling circus in the 1930s. The characters are memorable and the story is a little taste of history with some adventure mixed in. 


There is no friend as loyal as a book. ~Ernest Hemingway

3. The Time Traveler's Wife - by Audrey Niffenegger - I had read this one when it first came out a few years ago and enjoyed it. Then I saw the movie and couldn't remember how it differed from the book but I knew it did. I picked this up again and liked it even better the second time around. After seeing the movie some of the time lines were easier to follow and the story made more sense.
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - This is a wonderful story about a time not so long ago. It gave great insight into the lives of the black maids and "help" in the 1950's. I have a much better understanding of what was going on in the south during that time and an even greater appreciation for all the progress we have made since then. I am so happy I live in a time when I do not have to choose my friends based on the color of their skin.

So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall. ~Roald Dahl
5. The Alchemyst, The Magician, The Sorcerer and The Necromancer by Michael Scott- If you like Harry Potter then you should pick up this series. It is about the immortal Nicholas Flamel who is mentioned in the first harry Potter book as the creator of the sorcerer's stone. Nicholas Flamel was a real person and he and his wife Pernelle lived in England. Their home still stands as one of the oldest in London and now houses a restaurant. What I love about this series is the extensive research Michael Scott has done to create this series. Only the main characters Sophie and Josh Newman are fictional. All the other characters are real historical or mythological figures. The stories are fast paced and exciting and left me wanting to find out more about history and mythology.
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling - What can I say about this one. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Harry Potter freak. This one is my favorite of the series by far. I have read it at least five times so far and will probably read it again before the movie comes out in November.


 "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."   ~ Maya Angelou~
 
7. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert- I read this one because of all of the hype. Everyone said it was great. I liked it but can't say it was one of my favorites. I loved the eat part in Italy, struggled with India's pray portion and ended up enjoying Bali and the love sound there.
8. Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortensen - These books were real eye openers, great examples of how one person can make a difference.
9. Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris - This series is the one that HBO show True Blood is based on. While I have only watched a couple of episodes I found it much to risque for my tastes. The books are much more PG-13. Vampires, werewolves and fairies..oh my!  


Life happened because I turned the pages. ~ Alberto Manguel 
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10. The Percy and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan - Another great young adult series. Lots of Greek mythology, suspense and action. The books are WAY better than the movie.
11. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer- Since I am a Mormon and Stephenie Meyer is a Mormon author I was reading these books long before they weer so popular. I have read the entire series multiple times. Team Edward...nuff said!
12. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks - I enjoy Nicholas Sparks books but I know I need to be ready to cry when I pick one up. This one was no exception. I finished this one literally within minutes of meeting a friend to see the movie. What was interesting was that at the end of the book the author explains how the story came about. It was actually written for Myley Cyrus who wanted a story similar to A Walk to Remember. He actually wrote the screenplay first and went back and wrote the book later. I found this very interesting when comparing the two. I almost always like the book better but in this case there were parts of both the book and the movie that I loved.  


I could keep going but this is enough for one post. Leave me a comment and tell me what you've been reading.



The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.~Dr. Seuss