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RMYou're so kind

I have been rather absent from here, real world has been a lot lately. Too much going on, I want to get back in here more than I have :) 9 months ago


worth it! Good luck! 10 months ago

RMI think

we ALL have that song for that one that got away… 11 months ago

RMMaybe I'll

get those as well. At least they’re an escape from my everyday life :) 11 months ago

RMI have

so many books on my list to read, I should not be adding anymore at this time, haha. But thank you.

Well, I was a kid living there and I remember trying to catch fireflies at night, walking to school with my friends and having Santa come to my birthday party :) 11 months ago

RMI believe

my dad used to read/listen to him when we used to live in north Indiana, near Kokomo as I recall. Seeing this name gives me good memories :) 11 months ago


RMFinished-Officially, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This was one of those ones that just took FOR-EV-ER for me to finish because it was so intricate and frankly, boring to start off in the first third of the book, but once it hit a certain point, BAM, I was off like a rocket.

Larsson writes beautifully and crafts his words so carefully, I much enjoyed it once it got going. The mystery at the center of the story of a missing or possibly dead girl from 30 years ago, really takes off and turns into something much more sinister and crazy than anyone could believe. The two main characters, Mikel and Lisbeth, are fully formed and fleshed out characters and I might read the follow ups but it was very graphic and detailed in some of the gory details of the mystery so I might just pass on it. Depends on my mood I suppose, but this ones was really good. 12 months ago


too funny! 12 months ago


I’ll have to check it out, thanks! 12 months ago

RMYou are quite kind,

it must be the heat over here, keeping me young :) 12 months ago

RMExactly :)

(But everyone likes a little attention sometimes, right?) 12 months ago

RMTom Baker is

golden. No one can take away that he’s the favorite Doctor, that’s for sure. He was in the 50th Anniversary episode-it was magnificent.

They are so well written and funny and so clever, I hope you will partake in them. There’s nothing like it on TV and I love it for that.

Here’s a great quote from one of the episodes (not a well liked episode among fans per se but I liked it) that says just how wonderful life really is.

Love and Monsters
“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”
— Elton Pope, Season 2, Episode 10. 12 months ago

RMI don't think that

I will try to find out, but I’ll continue my covert flirting with him. It’s kinda fun. It’s not worth making the next few months that we have to work together awkward. 12 months ago

RMI agree

I think he was trained to treat women nicely, and it’s really rare to see it in young men these days.
I wish I were that young, but I am in my YOUNG 30s.Maybe you should come to my work :-) Hee, hee. 12 months ago

RMMissing You by Tom Waits

I have always likes this song from day one, and I had read and seen that many regular folks and recording artists alike find it strikes such a simple and true chord about feelings and such. I think this is his biggest hit and certainly his best. Whenever a bad break up of something like that happens, this a normal turn-to-song for me but even not in the midst of something like that, I find solace in it’s words because it’s just so honest. It’s wonderfully written and I always sing along. I put in red some of my favorite lines

“Missing You”

Everytime I think of you, I always catch my breath
And I’m still standing here, and you’re miles away
and I’m wondering why you left
And there’s a storm that’s raging
through my frozen heart tonight I hear your name in certain circles and it always makes me smile

I spend my time thinking about you
and it’s almost driving me wild
And there’s a heart that’s breaking
down this long distance line tonight

I ain’t missing you at all (missing you)
since you’ve been gone away (missing you),
I ain’t missing you (missing you)
No matter what I might say (missing you)

There’s a message in the wire
and I’m sending you the signal tonight
You don’t know how desperate I’ve become
and it looks like I’m losing this fight
In your world I have no meaning
though I’m trying hard to understand
and it’s my heart that’s breaking
down this long distance line tonight

I ain’t missing you at all (missing you)
since you’ve been gone away (missing you),
I ain’t missing you (missing you)
No matter what my friends say (missing you)

there’s a message that I’m sending out
via telegraph to your soul
and if I can’t breach this distance
stop this heartbreak overload

I ain’t missing you at all …ow…(missing you)
since you’ve been gone away (missing you),
I ain’t missing you (missing you)
No matter what my friends say (missing you)
I ain’t missing you
I ain’t missing you.. I can lie to myself
And there’s a storm that’s raging
through my frozen heart tonight
I ain’t missing you at all
I ain’t missing you…missing you
I ain’t missing you, oh no
I ain’t missing you, I ain’t missing you
I ain’t missing you, I ain’t missing you
I ain’t missing you, I ain’t missing you..
Everytime I think of you, I always catch my breath. 12 months ago

RMThis song

is so alive. I just adore it. I can’t wait for happiness to hit me “like a train on a track” :) 12 months ago

RMI love the penguin picture

I think more people feel like that more often than not and I wonder why. I mean, I’m exactly the same way, insecurities I suppose? I really feel like there are more introverts that extroverts in the world so that sure makes things tough. We keep trying to improve though :) 12 months ago

RMDoctor Who 50th Anniversary

In the past 2 years I have become an insane Doctor Who fan and have been devouring episodes since. So this past November, it was the 50th Anniversary and since I don’t have BBC America, I wasn’t able to watch it in real time BUT I did watch it at the cinema on Nov. 25th.

It was A-MAH-ZING! Not only did my oldest son go with me which was great, I was in a theater surrounded by dozens of Whovians, it was in 3D, and I made a friend. Her name was Naomi and her sister ditched her before it began so we talked and squeed together-it was so much fun! Sidebar-My first name is the same as a very popular character and I just LOVE it!

AnyWHO, the episode where Matt Smith regenerates into the new Doctor is in 2 days and I can’t see it BUT, I might try to head over to a friends house and see if I can watch it at her house, just for this one time. I might even cry. I was so overklempt when David Tennent regenerated and even though we get new Doctors and I’m sad, that’s the nature of the show and I think that’s what keeps it so fresh and alive (Although Christopher Eccleston, the 9th, will always be MY Doctor because he was my first). 12 months ago


Thank you for saying that. That’s so sweet of you.
I’m way too old for him and I’m sure he’s messing with me any how. I’m in such a female dominated workplace that any attention or conversation with a man not married, tends to get me riled. It’s silly really, I’m (gulp) 10 years his senior and I feel like a thirteen year old girl around him. Yeesh. 12 months ago

RMBeing Nice VS Flirting?

I may have posted something about this or had a conversation with someone, but I vaguely feel some deja vu.

Manners are so far gone these days that whenever a man (just because I really haven’t had women flirt with me, or least I never picked up on it) says thank you, holds the door or responds to me immediately, I’m leery of someone. I think it’s sad that in general I expect or assume the worst from most people. I get different vibes from people and in general, I think guys are messing around, just being guys but then again I’m a terrible judge in people. Anyhow, I don’t know how to act when someone is nice really, I guess that’s what I’m trying to say.

My whole point in this is there is a guy that kinda works for me, and I think he’s just adorable, waaaay young, but just lovely and he’s very polite and nice. I appreciate that. I think I am mistaking his niceness for flirting and it’s messing me up. I kind of boss him around (I love it) because he’s young and I have no problems telling someone younger what to do, and shockingly, he does it. Like, he’s bringing me coffee next week because I’m opening up work for him, all I said was “BTW, I like my coffee with sugar and cream,” and he said, “Will make a mental note and will do”.” He thought I was waiting for him outside ( I was actually looking for someone else) and he had 2 bags of chips and gave me one. He said I looked “all sad”, hahaha, he gives me a hard time about stuff but guys do that. He’s like a big ole teddy bear, my friend dubbed him Teddy Ruxpin for me, that’s his code name, hahaha. I think I have a little crush on him too, which is no good either I’ve realized. He’s working for me over the MLK Jr. weekend, and he was giving me a hard time saying, oh I’ll plan on being out, blah, blah and I was like dude, c’mon you can’t. So he says, “Don’t worry, I’m all yours that weekend.” My brain and hormones shorted out a little. I blacked out for a minute.

Oy. 12 months ago

RMIs it considered cheating???

Since I have kids, is it considered cheating that this goal is getting done?
So 2 weeks ago, I watched a Tom and Jerry version of the Nutcracker and then this week I watched Elf (with my class). That’s one of my favorite movies too. It was so unexpected and has such a sweet naivete to it. I love holiday movies really. If one does not like holiday movies, you have no heart, you grinch! :P 12 months ago

RMNovember was a bust

I didn’t attempt a challenge this month, just too busy, ended up getting sick as well as my kids and sports starting up with school. SO MUCH! So my new goal in December will be a fun one. Each week I will commit myself to watch a Christmas themed/oriented movie for the month of December, at least one a week. I started early, it was Love, Actually last night and I watch it every year but it’s wonderful.

Let the movies begin! 12 months ago

RMI think you are SO right

And no matter what I try, I CAN’T let go. I don’t think having girls would be any easier but my son is just too much these days. He’s really growing up without his dad much (here and there), his closest important male figure died (my dad) and no matter what people say it does make a difference. Being a single mom and trying to do what’s right for them is tough. Adolescence is killing me…I can’t imagine what it’s doing to him :/

Thank you for your words. 12 months ago


love it! Life can be TOO much if we don’t just laugh every once in a while. 13 months ago

RMLove it!

Good luck :-) 13 months ago

RMNovember 1

Well, my one month challenges have been pretty empty as of late and that’s okay I guess. Work gets in the way but I want to try to get this back going. I like having to keep myself true to something and striving towards something new.

Now my only task…what to do? 13 months ago

RMLoneliness, happiness and more

A friend and I were talking (texting) last night and we attributed some of our unhappiness to being lonely. On a scale of one to ten, I think I’m holding steady at a 6 I feel, but he was much lower. Sure, we all have contributing factors to our unhappiness. My loneliness is brought on by myself; I don’t go out, I don’t even care what I look like sometimes when I go out (HA) I stay with my kids mostly, and I don’t have much desire to meet anyone and trust me, I’m WAY too busy anyhow but…it would be nice. I think everyone wants someone to love and care about them, but I don’t do anything to help me in that way so, eh, I do it to myself. But I have other factors too for my level of happiness…

I know I have SO many blessings and I don’t take those for granted (I hope) but I worry and fret about things that I have no power over, for instance; how’s my oldest son in class, is he being good, turning in his work, are his friends being good to him, how’s he feeling, what’s he hiding, what’s he thinking….you get the drift. My oldest son hasn’t had the best year so far overall starting back in January and he has good days, but he’s also seen some really bad ones. Some his fault, some brought on by others. It’s tough and I am always thinking about him and worry. It doesn’t help and makes me crazy but until he can seem to pull it together, it’s not getting much better. It hurts my heart so much for all he’s been through and how I’m possibly screwing him up even MORE.

I have to learn to let go in more ways than one but he’s only 11. I can’t do that yet with him. 13 months ago

RMNot caring

So on my way home, I had a slight epiphany. I’m starting to NOT care what people think of me. I’m tired of trying to please everyone-it’s freaking exhausting! On my drive home, it occurred to me that a recent situation at work had been on my mind but it wasn’t affecting me as much, say would have been a year ago. I think everyone wants to be liked but I’m not interested in being invited to things anymore really, to always being included, and caring what people really think of me. I have my boys, family and those that matter, so you know what, I. Don’t. Care.
(It’s SUCH a freeing feeling!)14 months ago

RMNot happening

So my friend who’s 40th birthday is tomorrow and she was going to have an 80’s bday party decided not to. She lost her job about a month ago and has been super bummed BUT thankfully this Monday, she got a call back and she’ll start a new job next Monday for the city-WooHoo! But no party. I can see how she feels she shouldn’t be having fun when she’s on the look out for a job but maybe when she’s feeling more up to it, we can at a least do something fun :) 14 months ago

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