Friday, May 29, 2009
One quick correction- after my friend Nikie pointed out to me that the picture in the previous post is not a doe, but a buck (look close for the 'buttons') everything made perfect sense! We had our 'moment', simply because well.... Bambi.... Buck... it just goes hand and hand! My short lived love affair with the DEER was ended suddenly because of my dogs, damn dogs! ANYWAYS.............
It's finally Friday- and THANK GOD for that right? I have my favorite summer dress on, waiting for my dad and Jaida to get here so we can go listen to some live tunes in this wonderful town of ours. I managed to get a lot more sun today- which is a super good thing, considering i am wearing a dress. I wouldn't want people not wearing sunglasses to catch on fire when they look at my legs. :) Have a firey weekend peeps!
She was excited to make her first wish as a 'big girl' and even went as far as to TRY and tell me what it was she wished for.........but we put a stop to that. We all know wishes dont come true if we tell what the wish is!
She didn't eat much of the cupcake, which is fine with me.... it took her a little bit to really wake up, surprisingly even after i SANG. The dogs gave her snuggies and we sat around talking about what she wanted for her birthday (her party is Saturday) and who might be there and such.
Scamps is always up for a good conversation, bad breath and all. Jaida even tried to give him some of her cupcake to 'sweeten' his breath, but he wouldn't take it :)
We got all dressed up, and fixed her hair. Headed off to meet her daddy for his part of her birthday. She was so excited to go to Chuck E Cheese, as a big girl for the first time.
After I dropped her off with her dad, i finished the day in the office. It was a highly productive day, even with ghosts everywhere I turned. I got home last night and began wrapping what I could afford for Jaida's birthday presents when I heard the dogs growling at something as if they were going to 'eat' it. I glanced out the front door and saw her:
She stood there, such grace and elegance. Each time a dog would bark her muscles would tighten and her ears purk up. Slowly, she would let her gaurd down and begin to take a step, and freeze again, as soon as the dogs would alarm. I stood there, camera in hand taking pictures through the glass of the front door. Every window in the house was open and I know she heard me speak, as she looked confused when I would signal for the dogs to quiet up. It was almost, as if when i looked through the lense, she was looking right back at me, with a kind and almost magical sparkle in her eyes:
We stared back and fourth at one another in a silent conversation that would go on for what seemed like forever. Finally the dogs began again and this time she decided to hide: (giggle giggle- you can't see her... can you?)
Didn't think so!~ :) She finally walked off, joining the other 3-4 family members that linger in the bushes, but it was our moment- Bambi and Doe- funny huh? I thought it was magnificant!
As I sit here breathing in the calm of the day- the beauty that is and the things to come, I can't help but be thankful for all that my life holds. I can't wait to take Jaida into town for the free music in the park, introduce her to REAL Blues music, live and buy her a sucker the size of her head as her birthday treat. Then we'll come home, finish cupcakes for her party tomorrow and snuggle up before bed to a good movie. Whatever the weekend has in store for you my friends, I hope it is a fabulous one in deed. May the sun kiss your face in a soft and warming manner, the rain drops cool your lips with the kindest of motion and the wind blow your hair from your site. Time flys- especially when it comes to children. I wish someone had warned me so long ago that it would be overnight and she would be starting school. Maybe they did, maybe i didn't listen? In any case.... I'm stuck here, in this happiness of watching a beautiful young girl grow up, and sadness of seeing my baby become a girl. *sniff sniff* I am going to sit in the sun for a moment and recharge. I hope you have a safe and happy weekend my friends. Go find some live music and let it feed your soul! Cheers
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
SO...... there you have it my friends. THE CAR of NW ARKANSAS. I was thinking, should I paint a glittery butthole on the back of the short bus and put MCAIN on the front? NAH, then my car will have a heart attack and die, and well.... she's too young for that! :) I hope you all had a super Holiday weekend! Mine was uber relaxing and I am still sleepy from sleeping! Have a fantastic day! Cheers!
Friday, May 22, 2009
It's a beautiful 80' degrees outside, the only clouds in site are the huge puffy ones that look like a harmless cotton ball floating around and the lake is calling my name! (holding hand to ear) Not before I look up our old friends (ok, not so old) Honky Suckle tonight while Nikie is in town and see about a backyard shin-dig. (in the best possible ARKANSAS voice I can muster)
I just got done scarfing down ham and beans along with cheeseburger soup (we all love hot things on hot days... right?) just before i go take my health/blood screen for work. I mean, they told me to fast for 8 hours, but seriously folks... me, fast for 8 hours............. (crickets**) RIIIIGHT. I made it for about 5hours (while sleeping) and started getting sick to my stomach so screw that noise! This chica needs cheese!!!
I dont know what your plans are for the Memorial Day Weekend, but whatever it is, be good, be safe and dammit.... let the sun kiss your face! Cheers!!!
Things that make me laugh/smile:
- Laugh- The Presidential Car- (i promise i'll show you this next week)
- Smile- Nikie is coming to hang out in Eureka tonight! Whooo Hoooo! The two of us havent' hung out just US in years!
- Laugh- My hair, when it gets longer than two inches.... it's like Fragle Hair or the Muppets... whatever!
- Smile- Pay DAY!
- Laugh- Thinking about my daughters upcoming bday and how big she is for just now turning 5! Too damn cute!
- Smile- Logging in and seeing more followers! YAY
Have a super day!~:)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
As you can see, they are not only ugly, but tiny and these little shits can stick to anything! I swear they smell your human blood and leap from the trees with their little claws out ready to get you. Sadly they are difficult to find, until they are already dug into your skin causing you to scratch until the first layer of skin is irritated. After you pick them off (and burn them because much like any other blood sucking creature you would see in the movies, these bitches are indestructible unless burnt) your skin is red, and the place you got bit grows hard underneath and the spot stays red, and itchy and then you continue to feel as if you have them all over you just because you found one, and are so repulsed by the damn things that your hair begins to crawl.
Yeah, not the most uplifting post in my history but it's true. Thank god for Al- Jennis boyfriend (now redeeming his once labeled 'douchebag' name tag...he is back in the picture and I think this time he's here to stay) in any case, they came to get the boys yesterday and since I had sprained my ankle horribly Friday he sprinkled the tick powder around my house for me, THANK YOU.
However, the human kind of tick... the energy sucking people in the world. There is no magic powder to keep them away from you. They bite you through words and reach you through technology. In stead of just leaving a red irritated bite on your leg, they leave a scar inside your soul that seems to ache and slowly bring you down. These people hide behind all kinds of faces. They could be someone you once considered a friend, but gossips consistently causing you harm and making up stories (really? You dont have anything better to do with your time? Really?) They use your loved ones as a 'host' of sorts to cause you pain and 'get to you' with their ugly little claws. They irritate you on the inside, where it matters the most and say mean horrible things to get under your skin.
Being that our bodies in this lifetime are only a shell - holding what is truly important- our souls... this can be a serious threat to us. Everyone deals with this. We all have days we get bitten by a poisonous person and let it drag us down to the pit of hell right along with them. It's hard to climb back up, dust yourself off and realize that these words, this ugliness of anger and hate is simply a self reflection of how those 'human ticks' see themselves. It's hard to overcome their bites.... but we can, and we will, so we do.
It was a lovely weekend here! The kids swam in the lake Saturday. Mr. Tulsa drove down on Sunday just to turn around and leave at 3AM today- It was nice, though I wonder if he's having a hard time trying to stay awake. The weekend just wasn't long enough folks. The sun is out again, thankfully- days like today when we are trying to recover from tick bites- of all shapes and sizes- it's always best to have a cloudless day to focus on the positive things in your life vs. the ugly things lurking around the dark little shadows. So goes life though right?
Have a beautiful day everyone! I'm going too! Tick bites and all!
Friday, May 15, 2009
This is Claires- Cute little place on the square. This is where my cousin Tara and i saw the family of Elk come rest in the middle of the part last summer (or was it the summer before?) Anyways, then the police on segways came and chased them off. It was comical, i mean really... a segway? Up agains a daddy Elk? IF he wanted to kick your ass mister, he would have done so. I think he was just being kind since there were so many spectators in the area. Back to the story- Claries has good bloody marys and great service. If you go, try it out. It's nothing fancy, but it's got GREAT food and good drinks! You can't beat the view either.
Of course I try (key word here... try) to take pictures of most things i eat, or places I suppose. mainly so i can rant about how good it is...I often see people that work in the establishment looking at me funny while i set up the 'scene' of the menu and my meal/drink. I keep waiting for the day when they ask me if i'm a critic. I can look at them dead in the eye and say "No, I just have a very serious obsession with food and pictures" then snap one of them and see how they react. I keep waiting, they never ask... If you're wondering... NO, these Bloody's are not even close to comparable with the Cat House Bloody Mary. It's worth the trip to Eureka Springs (yes people... Arkansas) just to have one.. I promise! For the guys out there, all the girls who work in the bar are smokin' hot... ladies... Latty's pretty damn cute too!!!! You should go... no matter it's super fun and the peeps are a hoot. Why else would i hang out there?
Oh YEAH- damn attention span of a hummingbird on days like today. Sorry. Anyways, so after we ate we tried to go up to the mountain, but the tram was closed (doesn't open til next weekend.. jerks) So we stopped off and got our beverages and headed to the hot tub. Here are some pics for you of that little outing:This was fabulous. 105 degree water... cold mountain air coming down from the Rockies in swoops. It was marvelous. I think we were in there for a few (several) hours.
and then from the other direction: (keep in mind the Big T is actually a LOT bigger than this down river... this place is up the mountain a bit and closer to the National Park)
Here, you can see by the horrid expression on Tulsa's face HOW FUCKING COLD the water actually is. But I think by this time we had a few drinks in us and it didn't matter. I got in too, but there is no photographic proof and thank god for that because look at this:
NOT ONLY I do look like a block of swiss cheese but my hair is still in the faux hawk. See people, i'm not your average bear! I'm not too good to post horrible pictures of my muffin top on the Internet....blending in with my snow white legs and bleached out swim suit... NO.. Besides... I am at lesat a .5 shade darker after today... so HA! I like this picture though... it's kinda cute and sorta funny if you look at it right. I'll leave you with that.
It's been a super fabuloustic day today! I keep getting lost in the sky and i have YET to see a cloud. I hope (as always) no matter where you are, who you're with, or what you are doing. Work, play, school, or on the other side of the world in bed right now, that you are as happy as you can possibly be WHERE you are... right this second. If you're not... get your ass up and eat chocolate, drink some Riesling, or sing your favorite childhood song. Whatever it is that makes you giggle a little inside. Sometimes, even when things are really hard.... if you fake the smile, and you work hard for the laughs, they become real... and you forget what your frown was even about to start with, you carry on with what WAS a fake smile on your face... and continue your day being happy. If thats not enough, and you just live to see how many chipmunks I save... WELL- I let keane out once today........... for only a few minutes (because if he didn't stop trying to ride the dogs out the door during potty breaks there was going to be a fight) and he didn't manage to catch a damn thing! HA. So i'll leave you with with this cute little number- the serial killa- resting for his next hunt _TADA!
(check the fangs on this guy! Man he's a beautiful cat.... but geesus those poor chipmunks!)
Cheers my friends......... until Monday...........MUWAHHHHHH!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- Laugh- When my dog scamps goes outside and runs in circles around the front yard. he runs so hard and fast that he literally flips rocks at the house. This is a 6 pound Maltese that looks like a white floor mop with eyeballs. It IS one of the cutest, and funniest things to see... Seriously!
- Smile- When my daughter takes a bath in 'my' tub. The bathtub is a jet tub in the corner of my bedroom, so I can sit on the bed and read, make grocery lists etc while she is off in her own little world of bubbles. The funny part is when i've gotten so INTO whatever it is that i'm doing and I happen to look up, she's standing in the tub, nearly overflowing with bubbles, painting the tile with the bubble pile on her head. It's not so fun to clean up, but it's hilarious while she does it and quite calming to watch (until i realize how long it's going to take to clean it up)
- Laugh: This- morning hair, sipping milk off a spoon- THIS makes me laugh- Nuff said:
- Smile- My house and everything around, about, and in it. I LOVE IT HERE. (have i told you that before? didn't think so)
- Laugh - Memories of people, places and things. There are so many wonderful memories it's hard NOT to get lost in them. They tickle so much it's funny!
- Smile- The fact that i've saved TWO (yes two... ) Chipmunks from death by Cat today- Watching them scamper away as Keane struggles to chase after them, working so hard to excape my grip- makes me smile... (nature... not always so pretty.. is it!)
- Laugh- This strand of beads Jaida just put around my neck- I look like Marg Simpson!
- Laugh- The fact my daughter can make JUST as good Tard faces as I can. I'm so proud- Her Fifth Birthday is in two weeks. I dont know if it is the fact she's starting school this year, that she's a foot taller than most kids her age, or the fact she already has a crush on boys... but it scares me, makes me wish in a way that she would stay his little forever, then again... i look forward to our 'friendship' when she gets old enough that I dont have to be a strict mother 'constantly'. I look forward to it all- So I think for her birthday i'll get her a pink helmet- to match Mommy's!
Wherever you are in the world today, if the sun is out or the rain is pouring... no matter what, no matter where. I hope you can name at least 2 things that make you laugh, or smile. Not just a surface smile a real one you feel in your soul. Not just a giggle but a deep down laugh that tickles so deep that your face hurts when it's over. There are so many things to love and laugh about in the world that it is funny when sometimes we get stuck in that storm cloud of grey and can't seem to find any of them. One day the sun comes back out, blinds us and makes us realize that we can smile and laugh about everything in our lives, even the bad. EVEN if it means getting stuck in the Denver Airport for 8 hours, Flooded in on Grande Isle, LA- Not getting to eat your favorite cheese for weeks, or saving a few chipmunks and lizard eggs. No matter what it is, that makes us smile........ we should appreciate it, laugh at it, and cherish every single moment of it. After all- we really never know when we will be making our very last memory with someone, so it should be the best it can be, at all times.
Have you told everyone you love... that you love them today? You should- maybe, it will even make you smile!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
and so... without making you wait anymore for the Saturday Tochiese Festival of 2009 pictures:
What is even worse- I didn't even MEAN to make this tard face........ geesus- where in the hell is my helmet when i need it?
Pretty, Pretty, Pretty............................ I think It would fit me juuuuuust right!
BUT... this bike? SEXY SEXY SEXY SEXY SEXXXXXXXXXXXYYYYY! I would Make love to this bike on a daily basis, beg and plead to make it's every single wish my command and even spit shine it's wheels- DAMMMN thing is smokin!!!!!!!!
Ok, sorry about that. I suppose I should head into the bathroom and take a freezing cold shower after that - wheew.
I think i'll leave you with this much of the story, and fill you in on the shopping and continuous adventure into the night tomorrow. Gotta keep you coming back for more raw surprises dont i?
Much love to you all- may the sun be shinning on your face, kissing you ever so softly and making your cheeks blush just right. CHEERS
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday night was a lot of fun, as I said in the first chapter....and frankly it's all become a huge blurr at this point, but we all ended up back at my house. Honkey Suckle (Eric and Dave) came back to play for us around the fire pit (yeah i know right... total Arkansas site right there) My friend Matt from Shell Knob and Hilary showed up to join the rest of the crew. We sat around the fire outside, listened to good music and chatted in our jammies. Here are a few pictures, as the night raced on, I served chips with salsa and cheese dip (and made an ass load of quesadillas) enjoy the story in pictures.
Here is mostly everyone camped out in the gravel front yard, listening to music having a great time. Notice... Jenni is the ONLY person who could pull off leopard heels with cherry PJ pants... but just wait for the closer pictures.........
Merrie, Eric, Dave and Amanda
Merrie and Eric Groovin
What a waste of good cheese................ man......................... i dont love cheese as much when i look at this picture............ but i digress: On with the story!
It wasn't long after the CHEESE that i decided to make all my hungry and very drunk friends some Quesadillas, which by the way, got eaten as fast as I made them. While in the house though, like any little get together people are in and out of the house, mixing drinks, using the facilities and conversing in various areas of the house. It just so happened, I was in the one room of the house that the girls from the Motley Crue videos' showed up. I mean i love Nikki Sixx- but I think I love the following pictures even more:
except, this particular video was shot in the floor of my kitchen....... and, the music was live, and....... the band was outside........... i'm not sure what happened here but it became a pretty funny floor sitting experience. THESE two cracked me up- This is Merrie and Brianne in their debut of "Motley Floor Girls"
And from here turned into this:
and soon after this.............. we all just ended up on the floor, making faces, doing poses and well... heading for ONE hell of a hang over the next morning:
(Yes, i have my shoe above my head and my glasses on- My eyes were cashed and i looked horrible so be thankful you CANT see my eyes)
But the night didn't end with JUST cheese on feet... or drunk girls who haven't hung out together in ages, rolling around on the floor in the woods of Arkansas, pretending we were all 10 years younger again. It didn't go un noticed that we were missing a few of our 'crew', nor did it seem as if the 'new members' had become NEW to the group, or had been there all along.
Even when you traipse around in the hills with no shoes on: (no these are NOT my feet- this person shall remain nameless to keep from hillbily status) listening to live folk music played by your friends around a fire pit... you can't help but look at them all in a group and be thankful that after all of these years, they are still the people who held you up when you felt like you couldn't stand anymore... (even if you were just drunk in HS) They talked you through break ups you thought would never heal. They sent you birthday, mothers day and Christmas cards, even though you can't seem to remember to send them to anyone - you got one... from them. They are the ones that you call when you need to cry, and you just really have no idea why. They are the ones you drive hours to see for 30 minutes because just that thirty minutes alone can make an entire difference in the next year of your life. No matter what you do in life, mistakes you make, tears you shed, people you lose or smiles you share... these are the people that will stand beside you no matter what. They love you, for who you are, what you were and where you have traveled to become the person you are today.
This friendship- between this group of girls is not something you find around every corner. This 'institution' (because that word seems so fitting, especially after the pictures) of friends, seem to fit together like a bunch of puzzle pieces that never fit anywhere else. Our edges compliment one another, and each piece more different than the next, yet the same in some way that you can't quite put your finger on.
Up next- Saturday's events in Eureka Springs with the Tocheise Girls:
To Be Continued...............