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Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Inspired Posts: Who I am inviting to Thanksgiving....

Seven People I would invite to my Thanksgiving Dinner
I’m going to do a weeks’ worth of Thanksgiving Inspired posts. 
My first post is going to be who I would invite the Thanksgiving Dinner.  This can be anyone: living, deceased, fictional, whomever you want, you could even invite a unicorn if you would like (I don’t know how great of a conversationalist they would be though)
  1. My grandmother.  She passed away in 2003 and I would love to have just one more Thanksgiving with her.  I have so much to catch her up on.  I mean, fourteen years’ worth of things!
  2. Dr. John Carter – you know from ER.  Actually, I would like him to invite me to his lavish Thanksgiving feast. 
  3. Greg Holland and Wade Davis – even though they are no longer Royals Pitchers, I would still love to have them for dinner.
  4. Walt Disney
  5. Gregor Mendel  -- a discussion of genetics will have to take place
  6. Steve Kazee 
  7. The Smacktavist – an amazing roller derby athlete!  I would love to have them at my dinner table and learn all the derby things.
Who would you like at your dinner table?  I tried to throw a fictional character in there.  Which fictional character would you enjoy a conversation with?

Friday, November 17, 2017


The North Kansas City Fire Station #1 recognized the girls for staining the Fire Station deck this past summer.  The ceremony included all the new Firefighters getting their pins and promotions of Fire Fighters already working there.  The girls were the only community people recognized during the ceremony.

The certificate is nice.
It's at my home now.
Not sure what I should do with it.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

writers workshop: five things

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  • I only have 3 papers, one test and a work sample before my Masters is complete.  People don’t know this, since I just passed my high stakes exam yesterday and that was my big class to pass. 
  • My exact stance on political items.  If you know me, you can probably guess, but I don’t talk about things.
  • I have a Monster problem.  Not really a problem for me.  Because I love the stuff.
  • I hate having to ask people if they are registered voters while I’m at work.  Some people are nasty about it when they answer.  I have to ask, Missouri got sued previously because we were not asking. 
  • I have a big beautiful bruise on the side of my thigh.  Nobody knows this about me because they can’t see it.  I do have a picture though.

5 Things I’m Knowledgeable About

  • Missouri Family Support policy and procedure and all the Federal mumbo jumbo that goes along with it.  I’m good at my job.
  • Biology Education
  • Baking and Inventing new Recipes
  • Planning vacations and road trips.
  • Target.  I know where all the things are.

5 Things I know Nothing About

  • Cutting a Turkey
  • Saving money
  • Hunting
  • MCLs
  • Why some people are just asses.

5 Things I Believe

  • All people are good people until you prove me wrong.
  • I trust people until they prove to me that they can’t be trusted.
  • Hard work does pay off. 
  • People can change their circumstances for the better, but sometimes it’s just easier the other way.
  • Cats are the best animals in the world.

Monday, November 13, 2017

a few throw back pictures...

Last year, we were in Texas fighting for the MADE Championship title.
My first year of Daisy Scouts.  I barely recognized some of the girls in the pictures.
I barely recognized my own daughter.
Only two girls from our original troop remain.
This was eight years ago.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day

My friend, Sue, has been trying to get me to go paint with her for the longest time.
She goes to this place called Blanc Palette.  It is at the square in Liberty, Missouri and is a convert bank.
They use a bank vault for lockers and for keeping all their supplies
Sue getting us some wine.
They take care of all the supplies.
And we did these awesome palette paintings of flags.
I did mine with dabbing and made the paint thick because the texture looked cool.
Sue did the Police flag one since she was a former police officer. 
Here's my flag.
I have a place I want to put it in my home.
Thank you to all the Veteran's in my life.
My grandfather who served in the Army during the Korean War.
My sister and my Brother in Law.

Friday, November 10, 2017

new kitteh

What do you do on a Friday night?  Get a new kitteh, of course!
Great Plains SPCA had fees waived for Black Cats and Kittens.
Tanner and I went and had dinner then I suggested that we go to the shelter and look at the cats.
Tanner had been wanting a cat for a very long time.
He had one he was looking at, but we couldn't find her when we went back to the shelter.
We spent about 1.5 hours looking at cats and kittens, testing them out.
Tanner decided on this little bit of joy.
His name is Jager.  Jager means hunter in German.
My kitteh sitting.  Tanner ran to the gas station.
I couldn't find the kitten!   I seriously spent so long looking for him. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

writer's workshop: most recent favorite things

Current Favorite Things:

Doing the Thanksgiving Planning!  I am hosting this year and I’m more excited about it than I should be!

Derby things!  I’ve been jamming lately.  That means I am donning the star and scoring points.  It’s exciting especially when you get lead on a travel team jammer and score 15 points on her.  Hard work eventually pays off.

Pen Pals!  They are the best and I love writing! 

Having everyone back at home.  My oldest son recently moved back in with me.  He’s been trying to do it for about a year and it finally happened.  I feel Tanner is in a much safer environment considering his dad posted surveillance video of someone coming up to his house with a rifle in hand.  We just saw a little coyote this morning.  Much safer in my opinion. 

ER reruns.  I loved ER the first time around and I am enjoying it even more this time around.  I feel for Dr. Romano even though he is a cockroach, I think Abby is a jerk and I’m glad Carter ran off to Africa and left her selfish, inconsiderate ass.  I am just at those Africa episodes, so the crazy episodes haven’t started yet; you know the helicopter falling on Dr. Romano and the patient stealing the tank.  That’s coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Take your Child to Vote

Politics are not over children’s heads.  They hear about it every day regardless of if you want them to or not.  I took Alli to vote with me.  She also went to the polls with her friend’s mom earlier in the day.  She went through the whole process with me.  She saw the ballot, recognized names on the ballot (probably because our area is so small and we actually know the people on the ballot) and gave opinions on those people.  Every vote in KCK was important yesterday, especially for Mayor.  The incumbent Mayor Holland was beat by his challenger Alvey.  Alvey won with a 51.8% vote.  Holland is taking it hard.  I’m not displeased with the change, as it was needed. 
Take your child to vote with you!  It's okay and displays civic responsibility.
The pen pal adventure is going well!  I have a few e-pals and a few snail mail pals! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017


It's starting to get dark earlier and earlier.  That's just how it goes.
I go to work when it is still dark and soon I'll be leaving work and it will be dark.
When will I ever get to see the sunshine again?
On the weekends, I suppose.

Halloween was low key and fun.
I dropped my youngest off at a friends house.
He didn't have a costume.  He didn't want a coat.
I didn't fight with him about it.
What's the point?

The two teenagers that ended up in my car, went looking for the red balloons.
My friend, Dana, had tied them to the sewers around the Highland Crest Area.
We found the red balloons.
Cole and Alli waiting for Riley. 
The red balloon and the creepy swinging child.
I really loved the red balloons.
And Jack Skellington, of course.
Riley and Alli with the little pup.
I totally just showed up at Dana's house.
She offered us food and drinks.
That was the second time I had just shown
up at someone's else. 
And it all worked out nicely.
Cole's red balloon
After we left Dana's, we went to Target.  It is
the place to go on Halloween.
The lonely aisle and all the shopping.
After shopping, we went to Sonic and snagged some
fifty cent corndogs.
Two teenagers in the backseat with their corndogs.
Peyton came home.
He did alright.

But dang, it was dark.