Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Mother's Sacrifice...



My mom only had one eye. I hated her... she was such an embarrassment. My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell... anything for the money we needed she was such an embarrassment. There was this one day during elementary school. I remember that it was field day, and my mom came. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school..."Your mom only has one eye?!" and they taunted me.

I wished that my mom would just disappear from this world so I said to my mom, "Mom, why don't you have the other eye?! You're only going to make me a laughingstock. Why don't you just die?" My mom did not respond. I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I'd wanted to say all this time.

Maybe it was because my mom hadn't punished me, but I didn't think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.

That night...I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me. I took a look at her, and then turned away. Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told myself that I would grow up and become successful, because I hated my one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty.

Then I studied really hard. I left my mother and came to Seoul and studied, and got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids, too. Now I'm living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it's a place that doesn't remind me of my mom.

This happiness was getting bigger and bigger, when someone unexpected came to see me "What?! Who's this?!" ...It was my mother...Still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling apart on me. My little girl ran away, scared of my mom's eye.

And I asked her, "Who are you? I don't know you!!!" as if I tried to make that real. I screamed at her "How dare you come to my house and scare my daughter! GET OUT OF HERE! NOW!!!" And to this, my mother quietly answered, "oh, I'm so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address," and she disappeared. Thank goodness... she doesn't recognize me. I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn't going to care, or think about this for the rest of my life.

Then a wave of relief came upon me...one day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. I lied to my wife saying that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went down to the old shack, that I used to call a house...just out of curiosity there, I found my mother fallen on the cold ground. But I did not shed a single tear. She had a piece of paper in her hand.... it was a letter to me.

She wrote:
My son...
I think my life has been long enough now. And... I won't visit Seoul anymore... but would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I miss you so much. And I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I decided not to go to the school.... For you... I'm sorry that I only have one eye, and I was an embarrassment for you.

You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn't stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye... so I gave you mine...I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye. I was never upset at you for anything you did. The couple times that you were angry with me. I thought to myself, 'it's because he loves me.' I miss the times when you were still young around me.

I miss you so much. I love you. You mean the world to me.

My world shattered!!!

Then I cried for the person who lived for me... My Mother

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Way to go, Cork!

My oldest tried out for the dance team today after school. The names of the girls who made the team would be posted on the front door of school at 7:00 pm. After dinner, we went to school and she nervously walked up the sidewalk to the white piece of paper taped to the glass. She stood there with her back to me and slowly turned and lightly skipped backed to the car. As she got in, she said, "I didn't make it, Mom." But, I was so proud that she tried.

Silly stories...

I was thinking this morning on the way to work about some silly things my kids did when they were little. If you have kids, I KNOW you have stories to share, so please, I want to hear them.

Here a few of mine,



When my oldest, Cork, was 4, she brushed her teeth with a tube of Hydrocortisone cream. It was laying on the sink and it "looked like" a tube of toothpaste. Sooo....after it didn't lather like toothpaste, she came to me, I freaked and called Poison Control. She is 12 now, so needless to say, it did not harm her.

Another thing Cork liked doing when she was little was walk around with her tongue stuck completely out of her mouth...to see if she could get it to dry. You know, because it is SO annoying having a moist tongue all the time.
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About a year ago, Ash, who was 7 at the time, was playing in my purse. She found a package of Ice Breakers Liquid Ice Mints. She asked if she could have one, and I told her she could. Well, she didn't exactly put it in her mouth once she got the mint out of the package. She thought it was cool that it was squishy...until it popped and squirted in her eye. No call to Poison Control on this one. Actually, the calls the PC actually go down drastically with each additional child you have. Live and learn.

Ash really likes to "collect" things. Her current collections include: erasers, The Littlest Pet Shop and crock charms. When she was around 4 or 5, she liked to collect leaves, from the yard and bring them in the house. She would bring them in and put them under the rug by the front door. It was a very frustrating time for me and her. I don't like leaves in my house. She would get really upset if a storm blew up and her "leaves" were blowing all over the yard. She want us to try to catch them all. I am very thankful she is over her leaf collecting stage.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I ate it anyway...

I really like Weight Watchers chocolate snack cakes. They are just what I need when I get that craving for chocolate. I could use a little cream filling though, they can be a little dry.

I grabbed two tonight, after my youngest was shaking an ink pen on the couch and it exploded. I thought about making a Mudslide to dunk them in. Anyhoo, the first one was great, the second one tasted like paint. But don't worry, I ate it anyway.

Do you want to make a sexy time?

I heart Goodwill...

I read a review of this book online and I thought I
would snag me a cheap copy on eBay or Amazon.

Well, today I ran into Goodwill and lookie what I found in the book bin. My very own, looks brand new, hardcover copy of French Women Don't Get Fat. And the best part, it was only fifty cents! I heart Goodwill.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Really, It's a mushroom!!!!

Actually, it is called a Stinkhorn. And it is growing on our farm, EEEEWWWWWW. My brother and his wife came across one this weekend along their fence row by their house, by nightfall, it was gone. He just emailed me and said there were two more this morning. YUCK!! At dinner yesterday, my sister-in-law was trying to tell me what it looked like, without telling me what it "looked" like. She finally just leaned over and whispered, "it looked like a giant penis growing out of the ground!" Again, my response is "YUCK."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Another Bravo reality favorite

My pick to win is Casey!
Go Casey! Go Casey! Go Casey!
My pick to not win, is
Hung.

He has a good eye for style


I am lovin' this new show. It is on Bravo and it is about real women. Not size 2 supermodels. Although one of the hosts is a supermodel, but she doesn't count.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Why is everything is so difficult?

I refinanced my home at the first of the year. I was only paying money into my escrow account for annual taxes due at year end. I am paying my homeowners insurance through EFT from my checking account, which I have been doing for years, without a problem.

So, I get a statement from my mortgage company first of the week saying they had paid half of my escrow balance to my insurance company for my homeowners insurance policy. WAIT A MINUTE, HOLD THE PHONE!!! I call my insurance guy, who happens to a long time friend and who used to be our neighbor, our kids grew up together. He says, he has never seen anything like this before, he is not even sure how they knew what amount to pay, they were never sent a bill. He pulls up my account and sure enough I have a huge fricken' credit on my account. *sigh*

He calls C.S., and of course, gets a voice mail. He leaves a message and asks me to call the mortgage company and ask the "twerps" (his words, not mine) why in the hell they would have made this payment. I say to him "does it matter why, they have already done it, I need my money back." He says, "well, not really, but it will help me argue your case." So, I am now looking forward to spending who knows how much time on the phone with rude C.S. reps who I am sure would rather take a hot poker to the eye than have to talk to me.

Group Therapy

A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their small children. "You all have obsessions," he observed.

To the first mother, Mary, he said, "You are obsessed with eating. You've even named your daughter Candy."

He turned to the second Mom, Ann: "Your obsession is with money. Again, it manifests itself in your child's name, Penny."

He turned to the third Mom, Joyce: "Your obsession is alcohol. This too shows itself in your child's name, Brandy."

At this point, the fourth mother, Kathy, quietly got up, took her little boy by the hand and whispered, "Come on, Dick, we're leaving."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Is it so wrong?

That I eat these
two at a time?
They taste JUST
like a Butterfinger
candy bar!

Can you say...Restraining Order?

I don't know about you...

But frankly, I have had about enough of The View. Sure, in the beginning, the little rifts between the co-hosts were entertaining. But, puuleaaze...10 years has gone by. And we have learned what??? That if you put a group of women at a drop leaf table, they will find something to bitch about. Duh!

Now, I know what you are thinking, if you don't like it, don't watch it. Well, I don't watch it, I work full time. But trust me, you don't have to watch it to hear about their antics.

The latest "buzz" is this little bit from Barry Manilow. I was laughing so hard, I almost pee'd in my pants while typing this. Manilow said that "Hasselbeck was "dangerous" and "offensive." Ahhh....ooookay, maybe he needs to bring his Mommy to protect him from the "scawy ewizabef."

I am TOTALLY diggin' this song...

Yes folks, it's back...International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

Top 10 Pirate pick up lines...

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?
9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?
8. Come on up and see me urchins.
7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.
6. I'd love to drop anchor in your lagoon.
5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?
4. How'd you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?
3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.
2. Well blow me down?
And the number one chat-up line for Talk Like a Pirate Day is...
1. Prepare to be boarded.

And if you still don't think you have the pirate talk down, watch this quick video, and you will be in business. Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day everyone!! My, the holidays DO sneak up on us don't they!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

O.M.G.

Sharon looks like someone performed a C-section on her as she arrived on the red carpet. Geeesshhh!

What color orange are you?

Twinkie posted this cute little quiz on her blog, I couldn't resist! Good thing, cause I really like pumpkins!

You Are Pumpkin

Realistic and practical, you see the world for how it is.
You know what it takes to succeed in life...
And you're happy to help others reach their goals.

"Love Will Keep Us Together"

Through the good times and the bad...I got you, babe! Oh, wait, that is another song.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The clarinet...

My oldest had, had, HAD to have an e flat clarinet for her birthday, that was in late May. She plays a b flat clarinet in the school band now. Sooooo, I searched e-bay until I found one that looked good and I wouldn't have to donate a kidney to purchase. It came and she was excited, she took it to school and showed the band teacher, who was also excited. Then, one week later, school let out for the summer.

Fast forward three months to last week. I walk into the family room and she is practicing on the old, b flat clarinet. I ask her where the new one is, the one she HAD to have?!?! The following is our conversation, right before I called Our Lady of Peace and reserved me a bed for the week:

Me: "Where is the new clarinet?"

Her: "Oh, I can't play that one at school."

Me: "Why not?"

Her: "It doesn't sound like the others."

Me: "Okay, then when WILL you get to play it??"

Her: "If I ever join the Louisville Orchestra."

Awwwww.......

My two girls and my two nieces


My new baby niece, who could NOT be any cuter!!!!!

I know, I know!! She is an angel!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Love. This. Song.

Skip work, make babies, governor says...

Why sure, why the heck not?!?! I am really going to have to butter up our boss on this one. I don't think I stand a chance in hell, but.....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/russia_sex_odd_dc;_ylt=AgYSMIUw2c65zuBGuT92qx0E1vAI

I really don't want to be at work today...

It isn't like we have worked all morning, we have been outside throwing bags of corn around. But I could think of at least 5 other things I would rather be doing than sitting at my desk, looking out the window, watching the construction of a new office building. **boring**

1. Taking a nap
2. Laying on a blanket in a park
3. Getting frisky with someone on a blanket in a park
4. Having a fuzzy navel or two
5. Lay on the couch and watch TV - with no kids, yelling "MOMMY"

But, since I am here until 5, I better get back to "work", uugghhh.

Meet Scotty...

Weight at birth 3/18/07: 285 pounds
Weight as of 8/25/07: 600 pounds
Fun Facts: The baby's favorite things to do are to play on the log and in the mud at the Elephant Exhibit.

We are taking a trip to the Zoo tomorrow with the girls to meet this cute little fellow. Six months old and he already weights 600lbs, wow!!!

Corn hole at 9:00am??

We are having a tailgating party at work today to celebrate the big game tomorrow. GO BIG BLUE!!! So, of course, we begin the day with an exciting double elimination corn hole tournament out on the back lawn. 36 of our most talented corn hole enthusiasts (and some who just wanted to get out of work) began throwing bags of corn at 9 this morning. At lunch we are having fried chicken and all the fixins. YUMMERS. And after lunch a pep rally. Yeah, I am not going to get to get alot of work done today.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Dear Britney,

We need to talk. I am really tired of seeing your hoochie. We all know you have one, you are a girl, all girls have a vay jay jay. Well, unless, you are a girl who wants to be a boy, but that is an entirely different subject!

For the love of gawd, you are the mother of two boys. If you have too, hire someone to remind you to put your panties on before you leave the house.

xoxo,
Charmed

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My youngest...she cracks me up!

I washed her comforter and threw it over the railing on the front porch to dry. She went out tonight and grabbed it and brought it in, she also brought in a little guest...

Now where I come from, this little booger is called a granddaddy long leg. And when my little one was a toddler she would call them "daddy daddy long legs", it was soooo cute. Well, I am here to say, tonight, her encounter with Mr. Bug was not cute. She had a nervous breakdown. She convinced herself that it was a bad spider and there were several of them and they were crawling all over the house. She also kept slapping at herself as if she were knocking them off of her, only there was nothing on her. Ahhh....yeah, a good time was had by ALL.

Fall into Autumn

Against the backdrop of twilight's blue,
windows glow amber and jack-o'-lanterns beckon.
A chilly gust sends up a swirl of leaves.
Set out on a walking tour of autumn.
Take in the sites of cornfields and hay bales and sunflowers.
The views have never been better.

Monday, September 10, 2007

What the hell?

I snagged this from 91*, they always find the funniest stuff! Now, I am rather partial to the typical charging of the mound with your fist throwing and dirt kicking. I am not really sure what this is...

Mmmm....warm cookie and cold milk


"As If"

My ex-husband was IN LOVE with Sara Evans, hmmm...I wonder if he knows she's now divorced too?

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Far Away



"Far Away"

This time, This place
Misused, Mistakes
Too long, Too late
Who was I to make you wait
Just one chance
Just one breath
Just in case there's just one left
'Cause you know,
you know, you know

[CHORUS]
That I love you
I have loved you all along
And I miss you
Been far away for far too long
I keep dreaming you'll be with me
and you'll never go
Stop breathing if
I don't see you anymore

On my knees, I'll ask
Last chance for one last dance
'Cause with you, I'd withstand
All of hell to hold your hand
I'd give it all
I'd give for us
Give anything but I won't give up
'Cause you know,
you know, you know

[CHORUS]
So far away
Been far away for far too long
So far away
Been far away for far too long
But you know, you know, you know

I wanted
I wanted you to stay
'Cause I needed
I need to hear you say
That I love you
I have loved you all along
And I forgive you
For being away for far too long
So keep breathing
'Cause I'm not leaving you anymore
Believe it
Hold on to me and, never let me go
Keep breathing
'Cause I'm not leaving you anymore
Believe it
Hold on to me and, never let me go
Keep breathing
Hold on to me and, never let me go
Keep breathing
Hold on to me and, never let me go

Nuff said...

What is the definition of happiness anyway?


*Finding happiness is like finding yourself. You don't find happiness, you make happiness. You choose happiness. Self-actualization is a process of discovering who you are, who you want to be and paving the way to happiness by doing what brings YOU the most meaning and contentment to your life over the long run.
This definition of happiness by David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy

*True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
This famous quote on happiness by Helen Keller

*You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.
This famous happiness quote by Bette Davis

*Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
This happy thought by speaker Og Mandino

*Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
This quote on happiness by Spike Milligan

*Let's define happiness as a feeling of contentment created when all of one's physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual and spiritual needs have been gratified.
This definition of happiness excerpted from 12 Steps of Self Esteem

*Happiness is when your mind is thinking through your heart.
This definition of happiness by Judi Singleton

Thursday, September 06, 2007

I forgot...

My 12 year old has been using this excuse lately. I forgot. Tonight her and her cousin run through the house and into her room, minutes later they run back out the front door. I thought nothing of this, they do it ALL the time. I was putting some clothes away and went into her room and her window was wide open and her screen was out and sitting by her bed, letting every flying bug in the county in my house! Hmmm....now, they didn't sneak out, they walked right past me. What were they doing? I called my brother's house and made her come home and what did she say when I asked her about the window? "Oh, we were doing something and I forgot to put it back."

I then asked her if she had fed the dog yet...and she said, "I forgot", I swear to you, I wish I was kidding. Btw, now that I think about it "I forgot" was one of her Dad's favorite excuses too.

Go Team Mom Maria!!!

Maria's daughter is starting soccer soon and she's the Team Mom. I had to post this from Everybody Loves Raymond, when Deb brought snacks that weren't on the "approved snack list." This is where Ray tries to sneak in the healthy snacks...too funny!!!

I'm sitting in traffic this morning...

and this woman is wanting over in my lane. She has her turn signal on and every car in front of me is bumper to bumper. So, I left enough space between me and the car in front of me and waved her in. What did I get in return? Nothin', Nada, Zero!

This blatant act of rudeness truly ticks me off. All I was looking for was a simple wave of the hand or nod of the head. Is that too much to ask for? I don't think so.

After I let her in and she so rudely ignored my kindness, I said to myself (outloud of course), "Beeeaacchh, you had better not have any arms to wave with, cause that is the only way you are gettin' a pass for this one!" Upon further review, she did indeed had two arms, I got her tag numbers and the Dollar Tree on Shelbyville is out of Silly String.

Life is good.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

"I caught you a delicious bass"

I was browsing Malls of America's blog and I came across this entry. I don't remember a store by this name, does anyone else? Is it, nuts ah! or ah! nuts, frankly, I am not sure either one make much sense. For some strange reason, I find this kiosk very disturbing.

Speaking of vacations...

Won't be long now!

O to the M to the G

I passed ANOTHER frickin' kidney stone yesterday. This one was so large, the ER staff was congratulating me on the birth of my little jagged bundle of misery. The only good part of the day were the back rubs by Dunnski and the shot of pain medicine in my I.V., that happened to be on top of my hand between my fingers. OUCH!!!!!!!!! I need a vacation.

Delicious stuffed peppers with ground beef and rice, topped with cheese

INGREDIENTS:

6 green bell peppers
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or chuck
1 1/2 cups cooked long-grain rice
shredded mild Cheddar cheese, about 1/2 to 3/4 cup, optional


PREPARATION:

Directions for stuffed peppers with ground beef and rice; Cut tops off peppers; remove seeds and membranes. Chop edible part of tops and set aside. Rinse peppers under cold water. Place peppers in a large pot; cover with salted water.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain peppers and set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Sauté chopped green pepper (from tops), chopped onion, and chopped celery for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, crushed garlic, oregano, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, combine egg with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Gently stir to blend; add ground beef, cooked rice, and 1 cup of the tomato mixture. Mix well. Stuff peppers with meat mixture and place in a 3-quart baking dish. Pour remaining tomato mixture over the stuffed peppers. Bake at 350° for 55 to 65 minutes. If desired, top stuffed peppers with a little shredded Cheddar cheese just before peppers are done; bake until cheese is melted. Recipe for stuffed peppers serves 6.

Mmmm....I'm McLovin this sweet tea!!!

Being from the South, I do enjoy my sweet tea. When I heard that McDonald's was now serving sweet tea, I was a little skeptical. I decided one day to try it and was I surprised. It is as good as I make at home! This is real tea, not instant. Real sugar, not Equal or bitter artificial sweeteners. Oh man! Real sweet tea, at McDonald's, what is the world coming to?


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Not HER again!

I settle in on the couch with a refreshing drink and Paula is on the Food Network, ahhhh. Then, SHE comes on, Giada. It is really hard for me to find anything wrong with this little tart, I mean look at her! So I have decided she has too many teeth in her mouth. Yes, you heard me, too many teeth. Look at that smile, can you count those teeth? I would, but I am watching her on TV too and I can't stand to look at a picture of her also.


I ask you, she looks like she really likes food. And she tries everything she makes. Is she gagging herself during the commercial breaks? Look at that figure, something is not right.

This is what happens when you can't sleep...

You play on the Internet!! Go to this site - The Face Transformer. Trust me, you will have hours of fun. I know! Maybe even host a party, and make it your theme. Your guests will love you!

Okay, I picked a picture of myself and let the site do it's thingy. Trust me, there is no way I am going back to sleep now, I am to disturbed. Please see the results below:


This is me!

This is me as an East-Asian.


Jiminy Cricket!! Umm...do men wear their sunglasses on top of their head like that?

Me by Botticelli


Awwww....me as a baby. Wow, look at those choppers!


Me as an Afro-Caribbean


Me by Mucha

I'm really tired of not being able to sleep...


T.V. really sucks at 4 am.