Monday, December 06, 2010

Pocket Full Of Change

If I had a handful of change for every time I have talked on this blog in the last few months about "Change", I would... have a lot of damn change.

"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the FEARFUL it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things BETTER." ~King Whitney Jr.

Please stand by for a blog post that won't be perfectly written, just as my life is not perfectly written, and just like anything about life on this Earth is not perfectly written. However, I am of the opinion that things which are not always perfectly written, end up in most cases a much better read anyway!

OK to start, I am not happy with myself for neglecting my writing, blogging. I've always said I enjoy writing immensely, so to neglect it is to neglect an important part of myself. If anyone is reading this, it means you haven't given up on me, which is good because I don't give up on my loved ones, and most of you who put up with me are loved ones, and damn lucky ones at that! :)

So life has thrown out a few curve-balls, fast-balls and even screwballs along with a good many uppercuts and jabs. I'm getting pretty agile in my old age honestly. Did I expect any less? In all honesty, I must say at an early age, YES because I was led to believe as a child how great life was going to be as an adult. I believed that, as I trusted my parents with my life, but my inner child must have known better because I also clung to her, as she clung on to me for dear life.

That's o.k., we help one another through these changes, and when something feels a little too tough to take, she and I pop popcorn and lock ourselves in our room and watch old Disney Movies. It works.

My point, however idiotic it may seem to those of you reading this is Change is a part of life. Now depending on whether we feel 'short changed', or given back TOO MUCH Change is the deciding factor between a spending spree or opening up a 'Can of Whoop Ass', but it all balances out somehow, so when Life dishes out these butt-loads of change go on a Spending Spree!!!

"Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow." ~Abraham Lincoln


Take it away David...

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Them's Fightin Words

Feeling "ok" today, nothing to really make much note of... however, I feel a little mean. You know what I mean?


If you have anything smart to say, then my response is...
Yeah Me :)

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Big Chill

It's getting colder, everywhere... Chillier days, falling leaves, life's chill. I still have my own warm heart to keep me going, that is if I can keep the fire burning. People do make it hard sometimes. We have to rise above things, and it's not always easy.

Let me digress... Let's talk about something else besides my continuous growing pains. I can only imagine how boring that gets. Boy could I write a good book right now though. Going to get on that project soon... bet that. :)

The weather has been giving me the lethargic and lazy qualities, so it's been a challenge for me to get everything accomplished. I have to be very tough on myself at times to meet my deadlines and get important work finished.

There's really not much to report if I am not complaining about the current state of affairs in life, so I will just say that I am trying to get some work done, and listening to my Pandora Radio on my TV. Music always does help productivity for me. We'll see. I'll report more shortly.

That's all for now my little pretties.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Dia De Los Muertos

Hope everyone had a great, safe and fun Halloween weekend... Mine was pretty nice. Still I struggle to write, and search aimlessly for my muse. Maybe my muse is as dead as my heart sometimes? I don't know, we'll see. Moment to moment and I will continue each day to try a little harder to get back to full creative mode.

Meanwhile, today I would like to pay tribute to our loved ones who have passed on, and remember them, celebrate them and thank them for having been a part of our lives and continuing to be so, in our hearts, in our souls, in our smiles, they live forever.

I would like to share a quote given me by a good friend (niece's boyfriend), basically a family member (if you will), Eddy.

"En la noche de la muerte, la esperanza ve una estrella, y escuchar el amor puede escuchar el susurro de un ala."

It means...

[In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.]

As I may have mentioned before, even as we walk through shadows, we should be uplifted with the thought that it means light is shining not so far away. So keep moving forward, and we'll get there soon enough. Never, ever give up.

I haven't.

Love,

Aunt Jackie

"Every moment is but another chance to turn it all around."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Circle Of Friends

So it seems that every day people new and people old weave themselves in and out of my life, leaving me wrapped up in the web that they have weaved about me and dulling my senses. I can only walk moment to moment and search the shadows, in which I have always hidden so that I may find myself and take me home.

AJ

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Forty-Two

Joyful as the thought may be of having all of the answers to everything, how much fun would that truly be? As painful as some of our lessons in life are, if you knew the end result of any given experience the odds are that you would avoid many endeavors that otherwise gave you a lot of joy, love and pleasure. You'd really miss a lot of those 'in between gifts'. So all's well that ends, well, even not-so-well.

Forty-two is just about as good an answer to the question of life as any I can think of, so you will just have to accept that and continue licking your wounds, and continue experiencing things that are not always joyful, magical or fairy tale endings. You'll thank me as well as yourself later for allowing yourself to live life.

Move forward, unafraid, knowing that in times of trouble you're equipped with an armor far tougher than you realized and bear a strength that has saved itself for this very moment.

Remember, "Change is neither good nor bad. It just is." That's right, it just IS and it is inevitable. What you do with the change (what you spend all of that spare change on is up to the individual. You can make it positive or negative)!

So I am waking up each day, sometimes not knowing just what's going to happen next, but I embrace the challenges that may come to pass, and know that I am going to emerge a stronger, more confident and radiant being on this sometimes-not-so-shining planet.

Each of us has different paths, although we may be traveling the same streets and highways with kindred spirits from time-to-time, and oftentimes many of us take separate exits. So, all those questions you have about your life? Only YOU can answer!

Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything (42)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spanish Castle Magic

Dragonflies are something very magical... This must be true since they're one of the few enormous insects that I am enamored of and I do not run screaming from. Yes, I think they hold many ancient secrets of the universe ;) Read Dragonfly Symbolism.

It just seems like a good day to take flight on the back of one of these mysterious creatures. What say you!?? Let's go!




It's very far away
It takes about a half and a day to get there
If we travel by my uh, dragon-fly
No it's not in Spain
But all the same you know, it's a groovy name
And the wind's just right.
Hey !

Hang on my darling
Hang on if you wanna go
Here it's a really groovy place
It's uh, just a little bit of uh, said uh, Spanish Castle Magic.

The clouds are really low
And they overflow with cotton candy
And battle grounds red and brown
But it's all in your mind
Don't think your time on bad things
Just float your little mind around
Look out ! Ow !

Hang on my darling, yeah
Hang on if you wanna go
Get on top, really let me groove baby with uh Just a little bit of Spanish Castle Magic. Yeah baby,
here's some
Yeah, ok babe, ok
It's still all in your mind babe
Oww !
Yeah !

Ah !

Hang on my darling, hey
Hang on, hang on if you wanna go
And it's happening, oh no, damn hey ! That's right baby, listen
A little bit of Spanish Castle Magic
Hey !
Little bit of Spanish Castle Magic
Hey hey !
I can't uh, sing this song, no
Yeah, ok baby
Get on baby
Yeah
It's all in your mind baby
Little bit of daydream here and there
Oh !
Yeah !
Ooh ! yeah !
Ow !
Ev'rything's gonna be alright!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Gettin Back In The Saddle

All I seem to be able to say whenever I come by to leave a post these last couple of months is "Things have been crazy and I haven't had time to think/post etc". As much as I would like to stop saying that, it's been crazy for sure in all areas of life.

Still, my longing to write, and to write something more than status messages for my blog is strong and I want to resume writing things that I enjoy here.

My attempt to try getting back into the swing of things, and get back to "Jackie", even more than ever before is in progress. I am here, I have been digging deep down inside myself to keep 'her' from drowning. Nothing I could say here would merit just a blog, just rest assured that everything that I have gone through lately and in the past too will become part of my book.

I've decided as soon as my feet are back on the ground enough to move forward, and I get some other projects done that I have promised to people, and that I have been trying to get done, then I am going to begin my own book. I don't know what direction it will go, but it will be time to start.

Oftentimes I think my life has been boring and without any interesting stories, but when I was with a friend of mine recently, and exchanging titillating tales (as girls often do), I realized that I have a great deal of material to entertain!

My concern never lies with creativity, or finding the words to start this, my only wonder is 'just exactly how is this insane little tale going to end?'. It's destined to be a crazy work, that's for sure.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Window Seat

My feelings for today can be summed up by the lyrics, not necessarily the content of the video for this song (although I am not ruling that out at this point). :)
Enjoy "Window Seat" by Erykah Badu

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Happy Labor Day

I know I have really taken a dive lately in the way of my blogging, but I seriously have had too much going on in all areas of my life to think straight, or think of much to blog about, or much that I can blog about too.

No matter, I am still around and I am not quitting, just having to collect thoughts and do some soul searching, rejuvenate and regroup I guess. No fear, you can't keep Aunt Jackie down for long... just fun low on fuel every once in a while.

So this is Labor Day weekend, and it's passing off faster than it was supposed to. There is no "True Blood" this weekend, so my B.F.F., Tamra and I are not happy about that. :) Means we don't get to have our usual Day-after True Blood discussions, plus when it returns next week for the finale, we will be disappointed it's over and have to wait until next summer to get the next season. Crazy sounding, I know. But it's one of those shows for us.

Enjoy whatever you are doing this weekend to celebrate your holiday off (if it is a holiday off), or if you don't have to live life holiday to holiday and paycheck to paycheck, then consider yourself lucky and just send a few happy, healing thoughts the way of the ones of us who still do (or maybe even do some work and think of us). Thank you on behalf of us all. Enjoy and make the most of every moment on this rock, because you seriously never know what's going to happen next.

Party on, and much love,

Your Aunt Jackie

For the hard working peeps out there...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blog Fog

I've been in a fog, haven't had much to write home about really. The heat, life, and all of the little 'this and that' have had my mind spinning around so I have been moving in high gear, and physically unable to sit and write lately.

I'll be back on form soon, I owe it to myself since I love to write, not just because I hope you comment, even though I do hope you comment.

Reading through old stuff, it would be nice to find something interesting... an old letter, more of my old teenage journal entries, something that might be entertaining. Maybe more voice (podcast) entries, but nobody really comes around enough to say, "Yeah, do ____ (fill in the blank)."

We used to have a blog-hood, people hanging out and buzzing around each other more often, now it's more like those projects that end up deserted and boarded up... kinda depressing.



"Radiation Blues" by Dax Riggs

Bury this and the rhythm of breath, there is only death
Maybe you're dead and ya just don't know
A shadow dressed only in sorrow
Tomorrow might not exist and ya should've been dead
Should've been dead like ten times over
Like ten times over
Should've been dead like ten times over
By the hand of your lover
By the side of the river should've been dead
Bury this song and the rhythm of breath
There is only death
There is only death, only death
These radiation blues sister
Gonna make me true
Movin' through the bones of you
These radiation blues
Movin', movin', movin', movin'

Monday, August 16, 2010

Time For A Cool Change

This has been a really long, hot summer to me... I read someone's status earlier that stated they had complained about the heat in their neck of the woods, and they thanked Mississippi for reminding them of what heat really was. I concur. So, no I haven't felt a lot of relief from these insane temperatures, and it has had the effect on me of making me not want to do much of anything really. I've not even felt like blogging the last few days. I honestly don't feel like it now, I just wanted to say a few words.

Today, my main objective and accomplishment was getting over a raging headache, so I wasn't feeling well for most of the day. I finally took enough Advil and a hot mineral bath, and ate a bit of supper and feel kind of human again.

In short, I can't wait for fall... late this afternoon when I stepped outside it actually felt pleasant and not like I was sitting between Satan's legs.

There is hope yet. Time For A Cooooool Change.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Dream, Dream, Dream

Today I looked down into the small deep eyes of an innocent puppy, and she only reminded me of all the spirit and soul that truly exists in the world. As small as her little canine eyes appeared, they were a vast universe of wonder and love. She looked directly into mine, unfaltering, as I sat still and stared into hers for a silent moment.

It was as if they were a portal to an entirely bigger better world... perhaps they are.

Yes my weekend has been o.k. so far, I visited my mother and I managed some time to myself to breathe. My mind has been quite tangled up in a fantasy world the last few days, and I cannot lie, I am not upset with that fact.

Some might think that staying in a fantasy world, and not "growing up" would impede your adult life and cause you not to fit into your 'adult costume'. But you see, I can take care of business, do whatever 'big kid' things I need to do, and still revert back to my flights of fancy and my world of dreaminess.

It's a special, if not rare quality if I do say so myself.

Now, let's have a quick moment of silence to allow the Negative Ninnies their chance to insert a cynical and sarcastic comment.

Thank you in advance for those, they are duly noted and promptly tossed out into a recycle container where I then have them turned into fertilizer for my lawn or other greenery.

Environmentalists can be proud.

For the rest of us, who are trying to ascend and become the best 'we' that can be, and we are spending our time wisely, filling our glasses full of joy and not poison, then we can move on to more positive thoughts, such as the following, by ME:

The only thing that makes anything IMPOSSIBLE is your belief that it is impossible. You already have everything that you want. How do you see it? Maybe all you need is a shift in perspective...

It's All In How You Look At Things!

That's right, it's Sunday and if you are here, then you might as well enjoy a bit of inspiration from your good ol' Aunt Jackie.

More favorite 'points to ponder', and a magic evening to you all! ;)

Don't miss the donut by looking through the hole. ~Author Unknown

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. ~Ludwig Börne

There are some remedies worse than the disease. ~Publilius Syrus


You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. ~Navajo Proverb


We are spirits clad in veils. ~Christopher P. Cranch

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Business Time and Other Sexy Goodness

With it being "Hump Day", I felt like doing something extra sexy special for you guys, and myself of course. It's been a busy week and a hot week too, so we need some relief! lol

So here we go. A few videos that I think are appropriate and fun for this fine Wednesday (a.k.a. in many areas of the world, "Hump Day"). Get yours! ;)

"Business Time" by Flight Of The Concords (Just damn funny)



"She's Tight" by Cheap Trick (AJ kickin it Old Skool)



"Bad Habits" by Maxwell (such a friggin sexy video!)



and finally...

"The Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground (Words are not necessary)



Hope you guys got a kick out of these, or at least enjoyed.

Monday, August 02, 2010

What Is Life?

Simple thoughts I would like to share today in the words of good ol' Mother Teresa (even though I am not Catholic or anything), I think these words are quite effective... Enjoy!



Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
Mother Teresa

While I'm at it, why not a couple more?



Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
Buddha

The healthiest response to life is joy.
Deepak Chopra

When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...
And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life.
Monty Python's Life of Brian

The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.
Chinese Proverb

Love,
Aunt Jackie

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Here's Mud In Your Eye

I often like to share cool links and articles that I find. So today I'm going to share something from an idea from a piece of Junk Mail I received this morning; yes I sometimes glean cool things from junk mail, although I don't actually click on the junk mail link for security reasons. I'll usually "GOOGLE" it and find out more. So kids, that's my reminder for you today always to be careful of what you click on, things that people send you, etc. If it looks odd, or seems like spam or a virus, just DELETE it. You should be able to tell.

Anyway, this interesting piece came from something that was titled "The Photoletariat". I was intrigued, so I looked up the word and found http://thephotoletariat.com/. One of their photos was from The Boryeong Mud Festival (Boryeong, South Korea). I had never heard of this, but found it intriguing and there are more photos at the above link.

I always enjoy reading about celebrations and ideas from other cultures. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day After My Own Heart

Did not realize but today is
National Milk Chocolate Day!

What a delicious sounding holiday!



As far as the last few days goes, as you can see I fell off of my daily posting for NaBloPoMo, and I do regret it. But I just got really busy with other things and was unable to keep up over the weekend and through the start of this week. I should have known, but I thought it was at least worth the fun of trying.

So it's too far gone and I am not going to back-track and try to cheat or anything by filling in lost posts. Besides, wouldn't be quality that way.

Well, it's Hump Day, so hope all is well with you guys... Here's to the rest of the week! Rock it, & here's a head start. "Givin The Dog A Bone" - How appropriate for Hump Day. ;)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Night Videos

This is a blast from the past, just wondered if anybody else remembers?



Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thirsty

For those of us who are a slave to the grind, we've almost made it through another work week, that's a great blessing! For those of you who don't have to report to anyone for your paycheck, well it's another beautiful day, so enjoy!

Richie went back to work today after Monday's oral surgery, still felt a bit loopy he said but all-in-all it has been a swift recovery. I'm glad... I did the best I could to take care of him.

So the weekend is in sight, and I'm trying to think of fun things to do. It's so hot weather-wise, and I don't mean to complain but I hate feeling sweaty and smelly. I like being pleasantly fragrant and sassy.

Nothing much to report otherwise, so I will let you go with a few cute graphics about the heat, one of which I stole from BBC's blog again (he always has the funniest cartoons). So there you go. Happy Thursday.

v

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Write Like

This is a fun little gadget to entertain all of you readers out there who love to write! A coworker passed this along to me, and I thought I would share.

Basically, what you do is simply input a few lines, paragraphs, or whatever--a sample of your writing and hit the "Analyze" button, and it will tell give you the name of an Author with whom you might share a common writing style.

I tried with several different pieces of my writing, and got various authors, but the one that popped up more often than not was, Stephen King! Pretty cool.

Anyway, hope you enjoy.


I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Missing Days

O.k., so I got a little caught up and missed a post. It's harder than it seems, but I'm not totally giving up. I'm still here, plugging away and trying to post each day, even if it is a little blurb about what I'm up to.

This week, it is just work, and as I stated before I had to look out for Richie after having his Wisdom Teeth extracted. He's doing o.k. though, just another busy week.

Will report more fun stuff as the week comes to a close. Happy Mid-week. Hope all of you are doing well.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Simply the fact that my "True Blood" show comes on tonight thrills me, is that so bad? I mean, I don't see any harm in wasting time especially on things that bring us joy.

Today's motorcycle ride went well, I enjoyed it, everyone landed back home in one piece (as far as I know), and I know Richie and I did. I have photos from that, but won't get to put any of those up for a couple days.

The ride was nice, scenic, sweaty and I was glad to get back home. The buffet was good too, so I have to put this day on the shelf as a perfect end to a really nice weekend.

I'll update more later. Enjoy your Sunday evening. -AJ

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saved Excuses

Would've posted sooner but went to my Mom's house and then had to prepare for Sunday plans to go Motorcycle riding in Arkansas. So there, I have my excuse!!! :)

Speaking of excuses, I wanted to post an example letter of excuse like a parent would write to their child's school to make a funny for this post, but it didn't quite work out. However, should I be upset at all that my blog is the first thing that pulls up when you type the words "please excuse jackie explosive diarrhea" into the search?

It's funny, I'm gonna go ahead and laugh.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ctrl / Alt / Delete!

Though being sentimental is one of my good traits, it is also somewhat of a curse. I'm not quite a "Hoarder" like you see on those scary reality t.v. shows, but I do hold on to wayyy to much useless junk, and disposables.

For instance, there are several blogs I have linked that have long moved on from the world of blogging, or have gone private, or even have simply deleted their blog. It is high time that I clean house, and stop wishing that these people would somehow miraculously reappear in the blogosphere.

Besides, if they still read my blog, or care then I guess they will show up one day and leave me a comment. So I am cleaning up the link list and if you ever want to link with me, let me know. I'm always glad to make new acquaintances. I do the best I can to get around and visit and I try to leave comments when I have time. I LOVE receiving comments as well, but I don't get very many (much to my dismay).

So, Here is a good funny that I saw shared over on BBC's 'Spirit's Doings' blog. Since I dislike Rush Limbaugh, I got a good giggle out of it.


Guess it's time to begin the WEEKEND!! I hope you all have a great one, and I will continue tomorrow with more titillating daily posts. :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Sharona

Saved from my Music Vault: My Sharona, originally done by "The Knack", but I happen to like this version recorded by Veruca Salt. They made it sound a bit edgier. To each his own, but enjoy:



What's been happening the last couple of days you ask? Well just finishing up the work week, really, and Mr. J has gone and had his teeth xray'd in preparation of having his remaining wisdom teeth pulled. This will happen sometime on Monday. Sunday we are supposed to go on our ride to Crowley's Ridge with the guys, weather permitting and all. We've missed the last couple so I am raring to go.

So looks like I'll be doing my preparations for that, seeing Mom, trying to clean, practicing and going on a bike trip all in one weekend. Busy one, me. But I have been trying to hold fast to the daily posting. Barely getting by on it but trying. :)

Been a good week, I'm trying to stick with a more positive attitude and a better path. That's not easy some days, so wish me complete luck! It's all in each of us, just have to hold the faith that things will work out well, and keep taking steps forward. I know it's hard, and some of us are more prone to negative thoughts than others, but think of it this way (this means you too Furtheron, and me, and a few others too), the feeling negative and self-loathing hasn't really worked for us so far (has it?), so what have we got to lose from just trying to think more positively? It can either do nothing, or it can bring you GOOD things. However, just like everything it may take a little patience and it might take more than just doing well for a day or two.

Perseverance and REAL intent are the key words. You have to feel good and MEAN it, ok? Stop hating yourself, and open up your heart to let in good vibrations, and love. There are bad things out there, and we can't change it all, and there are some things that we can't control or do anything about. The one thing we CAN change, and control and IMPROVE? Ourselves.

Just Feel Good... It's contagious.

Try and try again, besides... what else do you have to do while you're flip flopping about the planet? :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saved: The Secret

Just wanted to share this. Kim let me borrow her copy, and it is really great. If you get a chance to watch this, do.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Get Us To The Geek

Quite a lesser known fact about July 13th is that today is National Embrace Your Geekiness Day. I wish I'd known earlier, but of course what I do in a day is geeky enough, so I guess I wouldn't have a need to go overboard. However, if you are reading this and still have time, feel free to let your geek flag fly.


Helpful Geek Links:

Geek according to Wikipedia

Embrace Your Inner Geek

Embrace Your Geekiness Day - How To Celebrate

How To Tell The Difference Between Nerds and Geeks

Anyway, I just thought that was fun to share. I heard it when I was listening to Doreen Virtue's Daily Oracle Card Reading, just something I enjoy that gives me a lift. Don't we all need a lift sometimes... and the answer to that is 'yes' for you 'Doubty McDoubtfires'.

I think that's enough geek for one day, so I am signing out. Enjoy, and remember that any day is a good day to embrace the geek within.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lost Magic Of Summer

Although I tend to hate the heat of a Memphis Summer now, if I take a break from the noisy buzz of the daily adult grind, and take a deep breath, I can remember some of the magic that Summer could conjure up as a child.

Here are a few of the things that summer meant to me as a child growing up in the south.

Catching Fireflies


Going Barefoot (ah my soul)!


Riding In Back Of The Old Pickup Truck


The Smell of Freshly Cut Grass!


Watermelon, and sometimes
biting off more than one could chew...


Oh Summer heat, still deliciously sweet if you can find just the right way of looking at it.

I Miss My Childhood,

Aunt Jackie

(repeat from "I Miss My Childhood" -linked above)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

It Is What It Is

Maybe I had a better night's sleep, despite the bad dream but I feel a little more energy today. The heat of summer seems to take most of my extra energy away. Fall and winter are just my cup of tea, although early spring will do nicely. No, I've never been a fan of the dog days of summer... especially not around Memphis. Just gotta sweat it out.

I'm craving warm, flaky biscuits and gravy... I wish I had gone to Mom's last night and I could have eaten that for breakfast this morning. As it stands now, I haven't eaten anything yet, and I should... I've waited too long since awakening.

Today I have plans to have coffee with Kim, and I know what you're thinking, 'You just finished bitching about how hot it was and how miserable you were with summer heat, but yet you will go for a coffee date?' Well, the answer is yes... Coffee does nicely any time of the year, it can cool you in the summer and warm you in winter. I got this from my Mother, and it rings true, for us at least. So I will have coffee with Kim, and I get to hear a few details about her recent travels. If I can't be on the road and be free right now myself, at least I can live vicariously through her adventures.

Then, tonight I look forward to another episode of True Blood, and begin another week on the grind. I realize that I'm random with posting, sometimes great stories, sometimes funnies, sometimes just a mundane recap of what's going on in my life, but that's me, my blog, and it is what it is.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturdays in Summer

Woke up wayyy too early, then we went to the grocery store and picked up a few essentials. Mostly low-carb since Richie is back on that kick again. After doing some dishes, and a few things around the house, I fell victim to quite a long nap. I guess I hadn't slept enough since I arose too early.

Richie went to class, I played Wii a bit, then finished another load of dishes (yeah I had gotten quite behind this last week). Took a nice long soak too, which I am always up for.

Had some supper and Richie's Brother and his wife came by after, so we watched a couple movies.

Somewhere within the 2nd movie, sleep found me again.

Ahhh Saturdays in the Summer heat, always looking for the cool on the other side of the pillow.

Friday, July 09, 2010

I Just Don't Understand...

WHY is it that after I take a bubble bath, the tub is shiny and clean and perfect, but when my husband takes a bath, he leaves it looking like someone slaughtered a bear?

So yes I have been trying my best to post daily, but it has been a challenge. That's why you are seeing short but sweet entries, which I hope are still enjoyable and entertaining.

That's really it for today, except I will leave you with a Cat Funny... if you are married, or just like cats, you should get a giggle out of it.

MEN!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Thursday's Child

Who doesn't love Bowie? I give you... "Thursday's Child".

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Colt .45 Commercial

Saved Commercials. Guess at one time, Colt .45 was more 'high brow'.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Saved by Love

If you haven't heard "I Love You" enough lately, this is my gift2 you.



I thought I was going to think this video was lame, but just hearing all those voices saying "I Love You" was kind of moving... it's a little infectious.

And who can love us more than Animals??

Listen to Mishka the Husky say "I Love You".



And you know that I love you all, right?? So you're very blessed ;)

I'm sure the Negative Negatasons will have something to say now, right??

Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It.

YOU are psychic! I bet you had no idea that it could be this easy, but it is. All you have to do is relax and listen closely, and raise your awareness. Find moments of quiet throughout each day to sit by yourself and just "BE". Have faith in yourself and your intuition. You hold every answer, all you have to do is apply within.

Today I merely offer you this wonderful "Quote of the Day", if you had any doubts to your own potential:

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

All In Your Hands
It's Right There In Your Hands! ;)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Saved By The Prince

Peta's "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive"? Refuses to eat 'anything with parents'? Two more reasons that Prince earns his name in my book! It's not an easy thing to do, but every step we take towards loving and protecting animals is a score! (Thanks Tamra for the wonderful link!)

Peta agrees, "He's A Real Prince, siting his very words, "Compassion is an action word with no boundaries." Everyone could take a great lesson here. Thank you Prince! You really are "Revolutionary" ;)

Friday, July 02, 2010

Saved Memories: My Green Mazda

As I was headed to work this morning, passing by all of the car dealerships, the memory of my favorite car flooded back to me. It was my 1994 Dark Green Mazda MX-6.

When I bought the car, I was not close to being in the market. I was out driving around as I could often be found, in the current car I was driving, a little older black Mazda 626 GT, with Sun Roof, Stereo, 5-speed stick shift and all. It was a great car, and the only thing that was wrong with it was my Muffler had fallen off, and I needed a new one.

For some odd reason, I got a wild hair up my ass that I needed to go car shopping. Usually, my Dad would go with me and make sure that I didn't get a bad deal, and co-sign, check everything out and all that. But this day I went out on my own, with head full of youth fever.

I drove all the way out to Covington Pike Mazda (close to where I work now), and set out across the lot to take a look around. Of course one of the evil sharks was quick to fly over to his new-found prey and got me hook, line and sinker. The guy talked a bit about the cars, we were looking at the program cars (which basically meant there were a few miles on the cars due to testing, or other use, but usually not bad).

Those cars went for a cheaper price. I remember like it was yesterday: $12,500. I almost got the baby blue one. It was pretty. Why I decided on the dark green I don't know, although I do love green.

Not the actual photo, but very similar to the one I owned
except
mine did not have the spoiler. I loved that car. :)

When I arrived home, needless to say, my father was less than happy. I don't think it was really because I got the worst deal, but more that it was the first time I had ventured off and made a rash decision on my own without consulting him. For some reason I felt like he was going to be proud that I had made this command decision, but instead I guess I illustrated in some way that I had grown up a little more and needed him a little less.

Oddly I didn't give my little green Mazda a name, though it was so special to me. I'm rather inconsistent with naming my vehicles, I named my very first car "Paul" after Paul Stanley of KISS. After that I don't really remember naming any others, although I did name my motorcycle as everyone well knows, "Jimi" after Hendrix.

After all, his view was that there was nothing majorly wrong with my other car, just a muffler issue. That would've been an easy fix. Daddy could always fix anything, or knew someone who could take care of it, and he would always make sure that we didn't get a raw deal.

Although some of my most special memories were made in the green MX-6, cruising around with my friends, coming of age, listening to tunes, romantic moments (this was the car during my "Z" phase), and tons of outings with my partner in crime, Tamra. It turned out to be my favorite car. Still, I regretted doing it the way I did. Especially these days, oh what I wouldn't give to have my Dad alongside of me picking out cars once again. I miss him so much.

The car and I enjoyed each others kinship for nearly 3 good years before my nightmarish hydroplane off the interstate, hitting a tree and parting ways as it was totaled. That "totaling" marked not only the end of the car, but the end of a lot of things for me, and was the mile-marker for the start of a lot of harder times. About a month after the wreck, I did buy another car, my first real "NEW" one, and Dad had a hand in helping me with that one, but still not in the same way he used to.

That fateful day that I went off and made my own big girl buying decision, I guess I damaged a little part of my father's protective role in my life, one that upon looking back I dearly wish I could have saved.

Here is one of the first songs I remember cruising to in the car. Lenny Kravitz "Spinning" (from Reality Bites Soundtrack)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Saved Is The Word

July seems like a good time for me to try my NaBloPoMo (daily posting). I mean, half of the year has passed and I figure it might be a cool month to try. The theme for July blogging is "Saved", and that's whatever you make out of it, things we save or hang on to, saving lives, savings at stores, limitless possibilities.

So yes, July is here, and the summer is in full swing of course and the thermostat in Memphis has been turned all the way up. It actually feels a little cooler today than it has in a while, but it has been a sweat fest. I'm just a fall/winter girl. Can't help it. Still, I can't believe that the year is half gone already... Yeah I know, time, shmime, right? What does it really mean? We are the ones who make ourselves a slave to the clock.

Ok, so I am going to leave this post as is. I will make another official first post for "Saved", just letting everyone know that I'm trying for every day in July. Wish me luck, and leave no extra negative thoughts. I have enough of my own ;)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Creepy Goes Commercial

A few posts back I touched on creepy vintage ads in print. Now I simply must share these creepy commercials that I found in the depths of Marketing Hell.

Toy Commercial Fail

Good luck trying to go to sleep... ever again!

McCreepy McCommercial

No, he's no stranger, he's just a burger wielding psychotic clown who preys on young junk food eating innocents.

Taste My Niblets

Maybe they were trying to scare the kids into eating their veggies?

No creepy commercial post would be complete without...

Waking Up With A Heart Attack


The King Pole Dancing (was a close 2nd)

Any way you slice it, Burger King is Royally Creepy.


Freaky Frost Bites

It's nice to know that we haven't lost the creep factor in our modern commercials.

And for a final freak out attack...

Happy Meal

This is french, and I don't think it's an actual commercial but it will probably make you a vegetarian anyway haha!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Birthday Blast

Yes, I think I will just claim 15 again, and stay there. Looking back, my teen years were worry free. I mean, there was the bi-weekly broken heart and all, but geez. It was a time when people said, "You've got your whole life ahead of you." and it was still true... wait, well it's still true, just now there is less of it ahead of me. That's all.

No, I actually didn't get a cake, or any kind of party... Didn't really care.

Basically, I just took off two extra days and treated myself to a 4 day weekend in honor of my birthday. Today, June 22nd is the actual date. However, my honorary "celebration" of it began when I got off work Friday night. We met up with some friends at the Midtown Sekisui, and then came home to watch a few more episodes of "Weeds", a tv series that many of you are probably familiar with, one that my 'ol' man' got me hooked on. Finally we have finished the series thanks to Netflix Streaming, and can await the 5th season coming in August.

I was adamant that I didn't want a huge deal made out of my birthday, and that's always a bit tricky. Ok. Saturday, slept late and relaxed some, then Richie's familia called us up and wanted to meet at our favorite mexican restaurant, "Guadalajara Grill", which Richie's mom affectionately refers to as "The Guadamala... that guadamalan... guadamalan grill." Ok, so she just can't say Guadalajara. Anyways, I put the chokehold on my antisocial birthday wishes, and we agree since everything on their menu is excellent.

Of course Richie outs me to the waiter, and the whole gang comes over and slaps the sombrero on me and sings a Mexican happy birthday song. Then they distract me by putting a cinnamon/honey covered goody with a whipped cream smiley face on it in front of me (even though I opted for no dessert), and then when I least expect it, slam a saucer of whipped cream into my face. I wasn't a happy camper about that, but I didn't get too pissed. I just jokingly acted like I was going to get the culprit and his band of merry pie-facers back when they least expected it. I am also going to get Richie and his brother back, just for good measure.

So I got the cool whip off my face, and we finished up dinner and Richie and I spent the evening to ourselves to enjoy romance or something like it, birthday and all y'know.

Sunday, I'm sorry to say that we chose to forfeit the Motorcycle Ride to Shiloh due to waking up late and the damn Memphis heat index... Just couldn't bear it, although I understand the guys that went had a good time. Maybe we can make the July ride... I hope so. :(

Then Sunday afternoon I convinced my Mother to (shockingly) come to MY house to spend the night with me... I begged it in honor of my birthday, and that I thought it would be fun. Monday morning we got up, and had oatmeal, raisin toast and coffee and enjoyed a nice morning to afternoon. Took her home and I got a few things done around the house. A closet that I have been needing to attend to has been successfully organized. That made me happy.

Monday and Tuesday were kind of free days for me since Richie had to work and I took off to relax and goof off. A little R&R, and it was well needed. He got me a punching bag for my birthday, so I could practice my punches and kicks. I appreciate that, I will try to make good use of it. Speaking of Kickboxing, although today was the big day, I went ahead and made it to my 6:30 class, which was a good workout.

There were 2 other birthday gifts though, my Mom gave me 20 bucks and a lovely card, and my best friend Tamra and her daughter Jess sent me a cute card & gave me a really cool bracelet, it had pearls all the way around, and then several little charms hanging, hearts & birds. Very sweet. I'll post pics of my birthday loot soon.

So that's really the birthday rundown. Not too much excitement to speak of, but that is the usual around here... never much to write home about these days.

However, thanks all for the lovely birthday notes and wishes! I'd also like to send a big shout-out to my lovely Sister, Vickie who sent me several scary psycho killer clowns on Facebook for my birthday. She knows just how much I despise clowns, the stinking creepy F****rs!!!

Almost forgot, I owe you all the story of my Blood Drive motorcycle escapades with my friend Glenda too... this was LAST Saturday. Let's see... where do I start? I will gather my thoughts and make this tomorrow's post. Sorry, I'm tired tonight... it's been a long 15th Birthday, takes a lot out of a gal.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Here's hoping that all of you Dads out there are having a great day. I sure miss mine, so enjoy every moment with your kids. Make it a special one. I'm just going to leave it at that today.... oh, and with these.

Ruth E. Renkel

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.

Bartrand Hubbard

I've had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started.

Anonymous
4 years: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad's idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's Not The Heat

It's the humidity... right? That's what people always say around here. But they're lying. It is both. Memphis is a sweaty sauna. Maybe it's not the hottest city temp-wise, but I think we have a shot at first in humidity... and mosquitoes.

This week felt long, and I am glad that the weekend is here. It's Father's Day weekend, and a few other things, but I will be doing a special post for Father's Day and all that. The holidays are still tender without Dad's physical presence... still hard for my Mom. So I intend to spend time with her for Father's day. Don't knock it, don't judge it.

So, I think we are biking to Shiloh Sunday with our group, I know it's going to be hot, but I think it will be fun. I'm looking forward to it anyway. Little bit of Civil War reinactment, shooting off some cannons or somethin... Gonna take my camera. I know that it's going to be really hot, but other people have been riding around in this heat. It'll be fine.

The rest of the weekend, who knows. I'm supposed to do "Chola" makeup and post it on Facebook for Div, so maybe I'll have time to do that today sometime. People seem to get weirded out when I do odd make-up jobs just for the sake of taking photos, but I don't care. And it doesn't mean I have too much time on my hands, I barely have time to do it, I just make some time usually on a lazy day or late in the night.

Just trying to stay cool, and keep everyone straightened out and trying my best to enjoy a little time not being bothered.

Hope everyone's well... Here's a little heat humor.

Dry Bones

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lots To Talk About, Nothing Much To Say

Even when I ramble on, I guess it's just a bunch of "Malarkey" as my Dad always called it.

So many zany and interesting thoughts pass through my skull on a daily basis, and I forget to write all of them down.

Maybe I should start to carry that little digital recorder around with me everywhere so I can capture each and every little and genius and amazing notion. But now I will just ramble a bit and see what comes.

My kickboxing class fell through today since the teacher wasn't feeling that well and the other ladies in class had things going on. I was the only one who showed up today, and since it seems like we all had a rough go starting the week, I bowed out and gave Mrs. F an R&R day. I figured I could use the extra day to recharge my batteries too. I think we'll all feel a little better Friday, and maybe everyone will be there.

So I went back home, and Richie (who is slightly ailing from an Arm Bar by his instructor), and I went to our favorite little Mexican place for some supper. We exchanged a few funny little jokes with our waiter, who has become more of a good friend by now I suppose. He happened to mention that the news had been showing some of the happenings "on this day" in history. One of note was the 1994 OJ Simpson murder incident / car chase (one of the slowest car chases in history).

The actual slow car chase happened on June 17th when OJ failed to turn himself in.

As I eyed the footage, I was reminded of how funny it was watching the police on the news just trail behind OJ as he puttered around in his white bronco. What a time, that was just... so weird looking back.

My best friend Tamra and friend at the time Sherry laughed and made jokes for the longest time, every time they would see a white bronco out and about. "Oh my god, there goes OJ!!!" I remember that well.

All this "Malarkey" got me looking up a few other important moments from today in history:

1890 Stan Laurel comedy team Laurel and Hardy was born in Lancashire, England.
1903 Ford Motors incorporates
1903 Pepsi Cola company forms
1960 "Psycho," opens in NY
1967 Monterrey International Pop Festival Opened
1974 Homer Simpson & Marge Bouvier wed
1989 "Ghostbusters II" premieres
1990 "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer peaks at #8
1996 96th U.S. Golf Open: Steve Jones shoots a 278 wins at Oakland Hills CC

Ehh, I dunno. Something's always going on of course... We can always look back in awe or laugh at the funny and strange things that have happened throughout our world's history, but it does us positively no good for the present.

I personally feel that there is nothing at all wrong with missing the past, thinking about what might have been or having hope for the future. That's only human, and after all we're here to learn all we can about how to do that. The important thing is to keep moving, and never get too lost in the past or the future.

The present, that's really all we've got. What the world needs now, is more "NOW". If we could all learn to just BE and become more accepting of all that is, then the peace and love would just come naturally. Yes, open up and live in the NOW. After all, "THIS-- this was what made life: a moment of quiet, the water falling in the fountain, the girl's voice... a moment of captured beauty. He who is truly wise will never permit such moments to escape." (Louis L'Amour)

Now, as I never like to take too much seriousness in anything along with the fact that I couldn't find a decent motivational poster to sum up my entire jug of philosophical word vomit (above), I decided to leave you with this guy. ;) Have a good'n y'all.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Vintage Mania Monday

It's Monday, that sucks and we deserve a little laugh. I have recently found a number of creepy, whacked out and just plain 'wrong' old Vintage ads, and I give you a peek at these of course including my commentary. Enjoy the slideshow!



If you have trouble viewing the slideshow or reading the captions, Click Here To View Photos.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Sky Remains The Same As Ever

Oh terrible me, I see that I haven't written since the 1st. I can moan about being busy, but it won't help matters at all. I can moan about being stressed but it will only waste my valuable energy!! :)

So let's see, what's been shakin?

Still doing the Kickboxing class and I really am enjoying it. Whether I get good at it or not, at least it's something I always thought about trying, and did and I'm getting a pretty good workout to boot. Of course I listen to my music as I always do throughout the course of the day, and I get stuck on certain songs... sometimes I think when you hear a particular song over and over again, on repeat in your head, and just can't seem to get rid of it, that there is a message in there somewhere.

For me, the last few days I have been stuck on Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me Of Anything, which is an o.k. song, but I just don't get it. I haven't heard it lately, unless I just didn't pay attention so I don't know why it is stuck in my head. Check it out.


Monday night, we went to the Hi Tone to see Mono (from Japan). They are basically alot of Ambient music, some heavy parts, but really more sound and emotion... they were quite amazing to see live. Check them out if you like.

So needless to say, I got to sleep way too late at night on Monday (honestly near 4:00 a.m.) and had to be a trooper and still hit the grind stone. But I prevailed, which gave me a little confidence boost and made me think I still had it, I could still stay out all night and make it to work. ha-ha.

I have had a lot of thoughts on the brain and I want to share, but I'm sweaty from Kickboxing and want to take a soak and go to bed on time tonight. Oh yeah, so let me share this before I leave... It's from the Daily OM. I dig it.

June 9, 2010

The Greatness in Others
Recognizing Our Own Greatness

We cannot recognize greatness in others unless we too posses that same quality in ourselves.

A person who is said to possess greatness stands apart from others in some way, usually by the size or originality of their vision and their ability to manifest that vision. And yet those who recognize that greatness, whether they display it themselves or not, also have greatness within them; otherwise, they could not see it in another. In many ways, the achievements of one person always belong to many people for we accomplish nothing alone in this world. People who display greatness rely upon others who are able to see as they do, to listen, encourage, and support. Without those people who recognize greatness and move in to support it, even the greatest ideas, works of art, and political movements would remain unborn.



We are all moved by greatness when we see it, and although the experience is to some degree subjective, we know the feeling of it. When we encounter it, it is as if something in us stirs, awakens, and comes forth to meet what was inside us all along. When we respond to someone else’s greatness, we feed our own. We may feel called to dedicate ourselves to their vision, or we may be inspired to follow a path we forge ourselves. Either way, we cannot lose when we recognize that the greatness we see in others belongs also to us. Our recognition of this is a call to action that, if heeded, will inspire others to see in us the greatness they also possess. This creates a chain reaction of greatness unfolding itself endlessly into the future.


Ultimately, greatness is simply the best of what humanity has to offer. Greatness does what has not been done before and inspires the same courage that it requires. When we see it in others, we know it, and when we trust its presence in ourselves, we embody it.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Awesome

Today is my amazing husband, Richie's birthday! I just wanted to dedicate this post to him, and wish him a wonderful day. He puts a smile on my face when I am tired, and keeps me going forward. I'm grateful, and very blessed to have him in my life. Happy Birthday my love, my best friend and enjoy this and all of your days.

That being said, below is a funny Face In Hole video of him breaking bricks and looking awesome. For him, that's not hard. Richie, you rock... always! -Love, Jackie

Click Here To See Richie Break Bricks!!

Cheesy, I know- lol!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Just Not Forever (Poem For Daddy)

Warning: I was feeling quite melancholy tonight, I wrote this poem for my Daddy. Oh, I did it to myself. That's one of my gifts, heavy emotion, making myself all sad... but it's o.k., I don't mind. I would rather feel, and go through pain, and come out the other side shining than never to have loved, or felt, or been so loved at all. If you knew my family, and my friends you would sure know how lucky I am.

That being said, and if you have dared to go this far, then read on.


"Just Not Forever"
(For Daddy - 8/29/27 - 1/14/09)

I know what they say is true

How things appear to be
but all I really want
is for you to come home
sit across the table
have a cup of coffee
we'll share a laugh or two
maybe we'll even argue
but you'll be there
and things will be
right again
This world is really messed up
without you here
to talk to,
to tell my jokes to
and to laugh with
oh, without your shoulder
to cry on when I'm sad
when things go sliding
from good down to bad,
or reversed, yeah.
Even though I know
I can still talk to you
they tell me you can hear
but I don't hear you,
not like I want
so I can't just
lean on you now
because you're not here
to listen, laugh or
tell me that
everything will be o.k.
You always said it would;
but it's hard sometimes
to believe it
though I never doubted it
No, I never doubted you
not even for a second.
You and Mama have
always been
the only real thing
that's right with
the world
and these days,
these dark and lonely days
nothing feels right
and I know she cries-
yeah, I know it brings you pain
but what can I do?
I feel so helpless
I feel alone too.
She keeps trying, I guess
wakes up one more day...
She deserved all of
them to be good days,
but now we're all just
sitting here
with holes in our hearts
where you used to
sit across the table
have a cup of coffee
share a laugh or two
sometimes even argue
but you were there
and things were right
then, yes they were,
just not forever
like we dreamt,
like we dreamt,
not like we dreamt at all.

That one is for Mom and Dad... The ultimate teachers on how to love, how to live and what a family should feel like.

Daddy we can't help it, but we miss you so much, and I just had to write this out tonight...

Please keep on watching over all of us and send a little strength our way, we really need it.

I know that your warm smile is part of the sky's light that shows our way, and that we'll all be together again one of these days.

That's my Mama and my Daddy... my heroes.