Thursday, September 6, 2018

Burt Reynolds

One of my favorite quotes anyone ever said is from Burt Reynolds:

"I've been rich and miserable and I have been poor and miserable. Rich and miserable is better."

RIP Burt. Thanks for the memories!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Simple Love Quote

It is hard to love yourself more than you have been loved. —author unknown

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Yes Virginia - There Are Miracles

I left work in a foul mood yesterday – which is quite normal as of late. The day was filled with meetings that could have been emails. There were also the requisite calls from angry parents, decisions made by staff that thought they knew the best way to do things, although they never asked the staff that actually DOES the things, if their idea was even possible, and 5,000 emails.

But it was also July 11th. Doesn’t mean anything to you? It does to me. It was my parents wedding anniversary. It would have been their 65th. But my father passed away 28 years ago. And 28 years ago on July 11th, was the very last time I ever talked to my dad.

I was very close to my dad. I loved how he could fix anything. I loved to work on cars with him. I loved that he loved model trains and slot cars. I loved his sukiyaki (the only dish he would cook). I absolutely loved his sense of humor. Without him…well…you get the idea.

So, yesterday as I left work, miffed as hell about the day, baking in the afternoon heat, and generally just wallowing in self-pity, I got in my car and backed out of my parking spot. My radio came to life because I always have it on, usually blasting as loud as I can take it most times, and a DJ was talking. I generally change the station when I hear that, but I could tell he was almost done, so for once I left it.

And that is when the miraculous thing happened. The song came on. “Everything I Own” by Bread.

I almost had to stop the car. That was the song I listened to over, and over, and over, and over after dad died. Every time I hear it I think of dad. It was ‘our’ song. I hadn’t heard it in years – but it was on the radio TODAY.

That my friend is not a coincidence.

That was dad saying hi to me. That was dad telling me he remembered the last time we spoke. That was dad trying to tell me everything will be ok.

I hear you loud and clear dad.

Thank you. I love and miss you every day. Every day.

P.S. Years ago I read an article that stated that most people thought David Gates had written that song about a relationship gone bad. But he later revealed that he had written that song about his dad after he passed away. Makes it all the more special.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

No Tacos for You!

I have not posted in a long while. Too much is happening to even jot down a quick thought.

But today I have something to share.

For dinner tonight my family had agreed on tacos. But this afternoon, our resident chef, also known as 'our son,' called to say that the menu needed to change.

My son: "We can't have tacos tonight after all."

Me: "O.K., but why?"

My son: "Because I have to teach at 7:00."

Me: "Ok, well, I will leave work at 5:30 instead of 6:00 and you can just have them ready when I get home (it takes me about 10 minutes to get home). That will be enough time, right?"

My son: "No, we have to have something else."

Me: "Why?"

My son: "Because I eat tacos really slowly."

What do you say after a statement like that?

Friday, March 23, 2018

Happy Easter from Pee-wee Herman & Godzilla

To know this family, is to know that we adore Pee-wee Herman AND Godzilla. It has always been this way and probably will be until we die and go to Heaven and meet them both!

My very clever sister who owns an armada of Godzilla action figures (Godzilla's figures are not 'dolls' or 'toys'), and for holidays does amazing dioramas featuring Godzilla and whatever holiday being we are celebrating, created Godzilla taking out a peep community 2 years ago. It was hilarious. 

Well, in the last year, this picture, that she featured in her blog post, has taken on a life of its own. People we don't even know are finding it on the internet and re-posting it. Everyone loves it!

Well, today PEE-WEE HERMAN posted it on his Facebook page and his Twitter account. Two of our favorite things in the world have found each other!

Congratulations Sherry and thank you Pee-wee!!

Godzilla Says Happy Easter

Pee-wee Herman FB Page

She posted the peeps retribution this year. You might want to check it out. :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking has passed away. A brilliant mind tethered to a shell of a body. He did not allow self-pity. He just overcame. A lesson can be learned from him, that can apply to all of us, about that.

CBS This Morning’s Mark Phillips said it best, “He was born on the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo and has died on Albert Einstein’s birthday. As he said, there may be order in the universe after all.”

R.I.P. Dr. Hawking, you are free to explore the universe at last.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Echos From My Past

Below are phrases that are/were common in my family since I was a teenager. I just wanted to document the fun. :)

Scram gravey ain't wavy.

When 'yourin' 'yearins' to 'urine', 'yourin' better 'urine', or 'yourin' trouble. (all words in quote marks use the sound of the word "urine")

Let's go to Valdosta and get some toasta. (Don't pronounce Valdosta correctly or it makes no sense)

Let's go to Macon and get some bacon.

Are we there yet?

I would like a chork pop please. (pork chop)

There goes an airy-go-buzzer. (plane)

Is he in the horsepistol? (hospital)

Thank you Dad and St. Luke's United Methodist Church youth group.