Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanks For The Memories

My earliest memories of Thanksgiving included watching my Mom and Dad work together to make the best homemade dressing in the entire world. He would stand at the table, mixing it all together, adding the sage, celery, seasonings... both of them did their parts, but it became a running joke in the family that we were eating "Daddy's famous dressing". Still, his recipe and his love lives on. (Although perhaps the icon pic to the left will turn you all Vegan! ha-ha!)

We raised a few Turkeys growing up, but I made cuddly pets out of them, certainly, and not one of them ever landed on a dinner table. I wish that were the case for all of these sweet birds in the world. But of course, I'm one of those kooks who enjoys the company of our animals more than I do most people... I won't apologize for that! ;)

Daddy delighted, actually reveled in holiday traditions, so between the two of them, we have been steeped in traditions of spending the holidays as a family, sitting down to joyful dinner. As the years went on, however, the family grew, the house was more and more crowded and of course some have split off or had to juggle multiple family. Everyone has their own families, and kids and responsibilities and it gets more complicated.

So, we take moments like these to remember the simple times and give thanks for all we have and all that we have been lucky to enjoy in this lifetime. When we sit and take inventory it's way more than we think.

This year will of course be our first Thanksgiving without Daddy. We're trying to keep the tradition and have dinner at Mom's but I know it is going to feel just a little odd and somewhat lonely, even with all of us. They have made a very nice, big and joyful family together.

With busy work weeks and so many things to do, I haven't had much time to get ready for this, but here it is. I hope that the day goes off without a hitch for all of you, and everyone has a very happy time together with your family, and/or friends and those closest to you.

Although we pause in gratitude today, we should try to remember not to make this a one-day per year thought, because there are so many things every single day we need to remember to appreciate.

So I will end this, my Thanksgiving post with a quote and a bit of humor by sharing a few shots where the Turkeys have their revenge...

as well they should.

Let's turn the tables for a moment, shall we?

Take THAT Cousin Reginald!

I guess the Turkey fancied a little Thanksgiving Bush!

And of course, we have to end with a bit of holiday inspiration (if you will, and I know I do).

Mark Twain
Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for -- annually, not oftener -- if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments.

John Baillie
The very fact that a man is thankful implies someone to be thankful to.

Erma Bombeck
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.

Rita Rudner
My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.

Ellen Orleans
I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the 'history' I was told in second grade. But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America's traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it's a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all.

Charles Lamb
Gluttony and surfeiting are no proper occasions for thanksgiving.

Irv Kupcine
An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
I love Thanksgiving turkey... it's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.

Kevin James
Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.

Mike Connolly
Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.

P. J. O'Rourke
Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Spam and Eggs

Spam annoys me so much. It's everywhere, some places we can't do anything about it, and some we can. I love visitors to my blog, and I indeed adore comments, but I am not desperate enough for comments that I let the "Spam" ones pass as legitimate luv to my page.
Therefore, I had to make changes to the security features and again enable the Word Verification feature. I regret having to do this because I try to make reading and visiting me easy and enjoyable, and most people hate the word verification feature, but I have had more than my fair share of idiotic spam comments lately, on old posts and the like so I am gonna try that for a while. Please bear with me.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I'm Dreaming Of A Sunny Christmas

I don't know if I have mentioned it or not, but there is a comedy series on Fox called "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" (Danny DeVito plays a big role in this), which is one of the funniest comedy series I have seen in some time. I love it.

Anyways, they came out with a Christmas special that is only on DVD, I'm watching it right now. If you have never seen "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" I highly recommend checking it out.

Meanwhile, check out the preview of the Christmas show (warning: Naked Danny DeVito which is pretty disgusting, but will definitely make you LOL).

Click Here If You Cannot View Above Video

Other than that, just general weekend stuff going on. Trying to get ready both mentally, and physically for the upcoming holidays. This week is Thanksgiving week and I don't know how this is going to go, hopefully we can all keep our spirits up.

I'll say it again, 2009 has not been an easy year for many of us. The important thing, however, is to continue taking everything as it comes, living in the moment and being grateful for the good things that we do have in our lives.

There is always someone somewhere who has it much, much worse. Everyone we meet is fighting some kind of battle. It's not something that people really think about though due to the fact that everyone is so selfish and apathetic.

That's why comedy is so essential. I have to escape and try to laugh it all away. Between comedy, music and my motorcycle I find a way to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Cheers to a great weekend y'all!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fur Balls and Dog Paws

The time has come for you to see how much "Dion" (Dionysus), my German Shepherd Puppy, has grown. He's made a lot of progress. He no longer looks starved, he's learning a lot, and he's getting to be such a handsome dog. He is going to be a big and gorgeous Shepherd. He just doesn't have anything to herd haha... well, except us.

All is going o.k. this week. The workload is still very hectic at work, but that's just the way it is going to be for a while. I just need to remind myself always to be happy that I have a job. Even though we screw things up for ourselves, and get all tangled up in too much, we need to try to simplify as much as we can, and make sure to take time to breathe, meditate and relax and enjoy the scenery on this rock.

It is amazing how comical people begin to look running around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying to beat each other to "nowhere", acting like rude assholes, cutting each other off at the pass, stressing out and freaking over stupid issues if you just take a step back and watch them, it's like you're in a peaceful, slow motion watching a ridiculous comedy. I wish they could see themselves.

Now, I am not saying that I'm not guilty of stressing out myself, I am! It's just that I do know how to get a handle on it, and I can take a deep breath and let it go when I need to. I can get things done and still at the end of the day say, "Whatever, none of this means anything in the big picture so I might as well chill out and enjoy... trusting that it is all in Divine Order." That's very true, no matter what our circumstances are, or what we are going through. You'll get through it and it is small potatoes in a HUGE pot roast. ;)

Oh my god, now see?? I have relaxed myself before I got the chance to bitch about the lady that annoyed me at Petco earlier. See, I was waiting in line to exchange dog collars for the right kind, and the lady was checking out right in front of me. She was one of those people who gets in front of the cart, gets her stuff out and leaves the cart behind. She finished up, and walked right off without even attempting to move the cart out of my way. I just found this to be extremely rude.

Even if it hadn't been her cart, she should've seen me as I inched the cart slowly towards her, thinking that she would take the hint and pull it out of my way on her way out (it would've hardly been any trouble for her). I rolled it forward, a little more, and I just kept thinking, 'Yeah, she's gonna realize and say she's sorry and just roll it back into the other carts as it is on her way out.' But it never happened. She took her bag (one small bag, it wasn't like she had her hands full) and just walked away. People are such apathetic, rude and thoughtless creatures.

I resisted the urge to slam the cart into her when she turned her back.

Another thing I have noticed is the number of abrasive jackasses who don't slow down and allow people to cross at Pedestrian cross-walks. What is the point? You are supposed to have the right-of-way and be able to cross a parking lot or street, but people just fly on through the parking lot at break-neck speeds. Even if you try to cross, it seems like they speed up in some morbid attempt to "plow you down" or at least make you think that. What gives??

Every day I find more and more reasons to dislike the human race and love my animals.

I mean, take a look at this cute guy! 'Course there are a couple of gratuitous shots of Mr. Rodney the Cat at the end.

Cats always have to have the last word! So the world turns.

If You Cannot View The Slideshow, Click Here.

Until next time...

*The animals shown in the above slideshow were all adopted or rescued. "Don't Breed Or Buy While Shelter Animals Die!" Rescue Your New Pet Today!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lazy Me

Not only have I been busy with so much lately, and a lot going on at work, I have been a little lazy too. Just haven't felt enough energy to gather my thoughts and post.

There are so many things that go through my head on a daily basis, that I wish I could get it all into words, and post it. Perhaps I might entertain you guys then. But if I do not catch the thought and write it down or record it whenever it happens, later on the feeling or sentiment passes and it turns sour... not even worthy of blogging.

I don't know how that happens. The ideas seem really good at the time, and I jot down a note or two that I think will remind me of what I wanted to write about and later when I go back to it, I'll read and think to myself, "Geez, I don't really feel like finishing that."

To recap the last few days? Wow, I can't think of anything to make it sound interesting honestly.

Work. That sums it up pretty well, and then when I am not working, over the weekend I was at my Mother's, and taking care of business (TCB like 'Big E').

One interesting thing I guess is that lately I have noticed a lot of people calling me "pet names". These are not only people I know, but other people that I don't know, like fast food workers and wait staff. One night we went to Fox and Hound pub because Mr. J was fiending for a brewsky and I ordered the fish and chips. When the waitress brought out our order, she sat my plate down and said, "Here you go love bug."

At first, I thought I was hearing things. When she walked away I looked at Richie and said, "Did I just get called Love Bug?" Of course he thought this was the greatest thing ever for a waitress to call me these names. It didn't extend to just Love Bug, she also referred to me as "Sweety" a few times too. Other than that, I have heard Sweetheart, baby and the usuals.

Not sure what this little trend is all about... maybe it's my cologne. (scratches head)

While I was too busy to get to it, I totally wanted to blog about November 11 since I am obsessed with 11:11. Because basically, if you think of it there are 3 elevens involved: November is the 11th month, it was the 11th day, and our year, 2009 adds up to 11. Whadaya get?? "11-11-11" Yeah! So I was going to talk all about that and the 11:11 phenomenon, which still affects me greatly to this day but just didn't get to. I know a lot of people see different occurrences of this "synchronicity", some buy into the strangeness of it, some just shrug it off and others don't even notice. I notice... I think it's pretty interesting, and of course do not care if BBC thinks it's bullshit hahaha. (Because I just knew that was coming).

Anyway, it's Sunday night, and although there is another busy week ahead of work, I will be trying to chronicle more of my wisdom and insights and occurrences. I hope maybe I will be able to find the time.

Until then, enjoy my pictures below... I got this from this flash tool over at (Sp Studio). It was fun creating the "South Park" versions of Mr. J and Me.

The South Park Mr. J (complete with bald head, goatee, tattoos, a
Raisins shirt and no pants in front of the computer)

The South Park ME, looking as mean, wicked and vixenish as ever!!! :)

So there you go... Hope ya enjoyed! Wishing a safe and magical week to the dear few readers that I have left. ;-)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Cleaning Bug

Those who know me well know that I am the worst housekeeper on Earth. It is strange because when I do start something, I am rather "OCD" about it, and will clean in pretty heavy detail.

The photo to the left could not be less like me. A Stepford wife I am not. In fact I have always been more like "one of the guys" who likes to have fun, play video games, and of course mostly just enjoy treats of a physical nature (safe way to say it right?) Sometimes, I wish I was the epitome of "Domestic Goddess", but then I think on the larger scale of all that is, it's a small and unimportant shred of talent that I missed out on.

Sometimes I do have my "moments"... like today.

I made great progress in the room I have been neglecting, but meaning to clean for a long time, I am proud of that. We'll see.

The rest of the weekend, Mr. J had been sick, he says with a sinus infection, I thought he probably had a cold. I got a little sniffly and spent the weekend with sinus irritation too, which might be one reason that I was prompted into a cleaning binge.

The weather has been gorgeous and I was going to ride my motorcycle a lot over the weekend but just didn't get to, or didn't get to it one or the other. I think that the time change and the fact that it is getting dark now before 5:30 in the afternoon is still bumming me out quite a bit. I love winter, but I hate the hours. It just kind of sucks driving home from work and it is dark already.

So that is my boring, uneventful, sad little "dirge" lol. I hope you enjoyed it.

I am sweaty, stinky and still have clothes to put up so I am back at it for a few. Mr. J has gone to grab us some Subway. I've worked up a bit of an appetite so I'm ready for that!

Have a good week ahead, whatever that means to you!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Cartoon Me

BBC shared this in e-mail the other day and I had to put it up... It is me in cartoon form (well the before pic could use a bout triple thighs and arse, but you get the picture...) It's me at heart.

I want to talk more, say more and vent more, but I need just a bit more time to gather thoughts.

This has been a tiring week.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Fair Share of Nightlife (WWC)

Ok I made it this week! To be fair, I will have to say that these were all taken from my Halloween 2009 collection, which are mainly taken from a gig we attended Saturday night for a 60s rock band we are friends with called, The Vynals. Craig and the gang do a bang-up job of some of the great 60s songs. Artists they cover include, "Paul Revere and the Raiders", "The Zombies", "The Beatles" and more! We enjoyed the gig quite a bit and I will just briefly cover a few event highlights in this week's "Weekly Words Challenge" brought to us by the lovely M.C. "Tink", now on Facebook.

I started out trying to figure out what the heck I wanted to be, and had a hard time settling on my costume. But I finally wimped out and went for the easy "Goth" look... As you can see here, I go right along with the nightlife as my undead-looking self.

I had my fun little self-portrait photo shoot, and then it was time to head out to see The Vynals play. Mr. J had been deeply rooted in an all-weekend long game of "Super Paper Mario Bros." on the Wii, but I peeled him off to get ready finally, and we were off.

There was a vast array of characters at the show, including the band, most of which dressed like "Paul Revere" and "Raiders" ;) The drummer, Craig just dressed up like a Hippy.

I guess the "cutest" costumes I saw were...

Dorothy and one of the Lollipop Kids

Father Dick is another story entirely...

Member of the "cloth", he had no trouble
whatsoever showing us his gospel

Father Dick shown here with his Slutty Taxi Driver Wife

Wayne and Garth even came out to 'Party On'

Mr. J shown here "FourDinners" and "Cappy" style...
He does love the nightlife.

However, he hates dressing up so here's what
he thinks of Halloween... lol

Party on the lot of you!!! Have a great week... AJ

Monday, November 02, 2009

Sweet November

Halloween came and went so fast, and I find myself here at the face of November wondering what I have really accomplished in 2009. It hasn't been that much, not that I am able to really scratch together on paper right at this moment. I am going to have to take stock and see where I am, gather my thoughts and start looking at the upcoming holiday season.

This is going to be so very surreal, the first Thanksgiving and Christmas ever without Daddy. It's something we have to do, and learn to get through it and continue moving, always moving.

We went to a show of a friend of ours, his band is called "The Vynals". They play a lot of 60s music, and he has always supported our band so we try to support his when we can. It was pretty fun. Most everyone wore costume, myself included, and there were some characters at the gig. I'll have to blog about in more depth and post a few pics. Just don't have much time right at the moment. Another week looms ahead, got so much to do.

Aside from the gig, we were around the house and Mr. J was deeply immersed in a game of "Super Paper Mario", he played it most all weekend. I just did my own thing, and relaxed, etc. It was all-in-all an o.k. weekend.

November... so we meet again.

The leaves have certainly taken drastic turns in the last couple of weeks, I have been watching them with a keen artists eye. I do so need to hit the canvas, but I can never find sufficient motivation, space or solitude. I need my own art studio so badly. Why am I not more motivated and resourceful??

Everyone else around me always seems to have their head on straight and always be able to do the things that they want, need to do or enjoy doing. What is wrong with me? Why did this 'gene' seem to escape me? Where the bleep is my mind??

Even so, I find myself captivated by the beauty of the season, the chill in the air and everything about fall and winter except for the time change. I mean the extra hour was cool, but the getting dark earlier seems to just be depressing me mostly.

Oh Fall...
bringer of winter,
and Death's maiden,
kiss me
on the cheek
as you and
your brilliant leaves
brush by to say
their goodbyes.
Here comes the hurt,
here comes the cold.
On play the memories
over and over
in my head,
like an old
movie reel
from long ago.