Wednesday, January 28, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

I was sent this on FaceBook and thought I would share here. There were rules also sent with this, but I deleted them. All my bloggy buddies already share your lives so no need to include the disclaimer for you to tag so many folks and so on and so forth. I am snowed in from work today. Ugh! Hope you all are doing okay. A couple of the things below I may have already posted before. I apologize for any duplication.

1. I love reality shows.

2. I like to have control of the remote control!

3. I procrastinate a lot! I am deterimined to change that about myself but keep putting it off to another day!

4. I ride a motorcycle.

5. I was in the Air Force Reserves for 12 years. Went to basic training when I was 28.

6. I am really a shy person, which no one ever believes!

7. I have been married to my second husband for almost 13 years.

8. After being divorced from 1st husband for 20 years, I still hate to admit that I have been divorced once. Only because I felt like such a failure when it happened.

9. Forgiveness is a powerful, wonderful thing espeicially for both the forgiver!

10. I adopted my two older children, Kristopher and Crystal when I was only 20 and they were 3 and 2 years old. They were 1st hubby's biological kids.

11. My youngest son, Cordell, is technically my step-son, but he is my son! No difference.

12. Needless to say, I have never been pregnant. Never tried since I got my kiddos a different way.

13. Cannot stand to be asked "don't you want to have your 'own' kids?" My kids are not fake, they are mine.

14. I am a Gigi to two wonderful grandsons, Hayden and Austin.

15. I have a hangup about being called grandma. Sounds too old. I am not old yet!

16. I served in Operation Iraqi Freedon. I flew on Medical Missions as an EMT.

17. Now that I am older, I appreciate my parents. I regret that I did not appreciate them enough when I was young.

18. I love football!

19. I love Ohio with the exception of Winter.

20. I have recurring dreams of being back in high school and am frantic because I do not have my class schedule.

21. I have always had a lot of guy friends.

22. My best friend in 5th grade became the popular girl in 6th grade (through high school) and that really devastated me psychologically. I had a hang up about popular girls through high school. Sad, but true!

23. I wish I would have not been so dramatic in my formative years (see #22). I would have known a lot more of my classmates. I really do regret this!

24. I wish I would have gone by my first name of Debra in school. I thought I HAD to go by what my momma wanted to call me. It started out as Susie and was shortened to Sue. Always HATED that name.

25. I sometimes cry when I am happy, sad, or mad! Good thing is that the situation or feelings at that moment have to be extreme!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Amazing Generosity

I love buying and selling on Ebay. This past week I bid on and won this really cute pink bucket hat.

When I went to pay for it, it was showing as having been paid and feedback was posted for me as being a quick payer. I immediately contacted the seller on Ebay and told him there was an error and asked him to send me an invoice. I got an Ebay message today and all it said was “check your personal email.” So I went to me email and there it was. One of the most touching emails I have ever received.

NO VETERAN PAYS FOR MY AUCTIONS!!! Just let me thank you for everything that
you have done. I'm a 6'5'' 380 pound guy that will most likely cry like a
little girl if i was where you were in Iraq. Please accept this as a very
small gift from us in my family, again thanks you for everything and fighting
for our freedom. God bless you and the USA. Between us on this (wink).
Ebay has a “Me” section where you can post pictures and things about yourself. He had taken the time to go look at that. Not sure why, but he did. Here is a link for you to check it out for yourself.

Here is what I have on my Ebay post:

I am originally from Louisiana but have been in Ohio for six years. I live with all boys ~ my husband, son, and dog! I enjoy shopping and selling on Ebay. I have met lots of really nice folks through Ebay. I am a proud Air Force veteran, having served Iraqi Freedom. My husband serves in the Air Force and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom. Please pray and suppport our troops!

I flew medical missions as an EMT and helped care for our wounded soldiers. They are true heroes! It was a privilege for me to serve them! I feel so undeserving of this sweet gesture, but so very touched.

I love you, America!

BTW - that is me eating a grasshopper in Survival School. Good stuff!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wordless Week

For the most part, I have been a lurker this week. I have been keeping up on reading your blogs but have not posted since Monday. I know all my "followers" that have allowed me the chance to lead them astray must be on the edge of their seats waiting for a post from me. LOL! I have had a really bad week when it comes to sleep. I have had insomnia for the majority of the night for the past four nights. By the time I get home from work, cook, and vegetate on the couch, it is time to start the nightly madness again! I tried to post on several of my favorite blogs (you all know who you are!), but I have had a hard time with blogspot this week. I would type a great comment and it would either not display the verification "words" or I would get to the end and the comment would disappear and not post! I got ticked off and gave up on commenting for the most part. I have missed "talking" to you, my blog buddies! I have a couple posts planned, so stay tuned! Lex - I know you have had a really bad week and my heart goes out to you! E - I hope you don't get yours in threes also. Allie - school in itself can be stressful especially with four kiddos! Hood Chick, Wunderwoman, Chris O, MommaYoung, Janna, and Always Home and Uncool - please know that I have been dropping in on your blogs too. I love comments, so I feel guilty that I have not returned the same thrill to you lately. Hopefully this coming week will be better!

I have a funny that my friend emailed me today. This is her contribution as my very first guest blogger! *note John is her husband who was laid off at the age of 60 and has been having a really hard time finding a job. (She is the blonde on the left in the picture.)

"I was talking with a friend last night who asked how John is doing. I let her know that he didn't get the job, our dog is very sick & may be dying, and then it hit me - we're one stolen pickup truck away from being a Toby Keith song! I actually said that & she about fell over laughing. It made me laugh too. You have to laugh at it, else you'd just fall apart."
You gotta love that attitude! I have always thought that one's friends are a reflection of one's self. If I am correct in that theory, I am not half bad!

x0x0x0x0 to you all!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go!

Look at them! A swarm of Steelers! I am in heaven. I love football and I love my Steelers! They will be playing in the Super Bowl in two weeks! Interesting facts:
  • Mike Tomlin, Head Coach, will be the youngest coach to have coached a team in the Super Bowl.
  • I have a massive crush on Troy Palamalou!
  • Ben Rothlisberger will be one of the youngest quaterbacks to win more than one Super Bowl.
  • I have carpet burn from watching the game last night. Got it as I dropped to my knees to bow down to the wonderful Troy Palamalou!
  • If the Steelers win, this will be a record yet again. The only team to have won 6 Super Bowls.
  • They currently hold the record of 5!
  • Troy Palamalou converted to the Greek Orthodox church (his wife is Greek) and is very spirtual. You will always see him doing the cross sign during games.
  • Keep any eye on Hines Ward. The guy is ALWAYS smiling ~ he loves his job!
  • I only had one "near miss" last night! i.e., I only almost peed on myself in excitement! May need a Depends for the big game!
Any of my bloggie buddies in the Dayton area on February 1st are invited to my Super Bowl party! BYOB

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Jesus Must Have Had Hairy Legs

Come on, admit it. We all have random thoughts all the time. I am willing to admit mine (well, at least most of them....), so here is my throw down for the day. Post a random thought on your blog and explain why the heck it popped into your head. Or if you are lazy like me, drop me a comment and let me know. Or just comment. I love comments! You too, lurkers!

Now back to my thought today. I was in the shower this morning shaving my legs and this popped in my head. Why? Because I have some freaking hairy legs! And I was getting cleaned up for church. Not that I need shaved legs for church. My hair was so long, I could braid it and I was tired of the hairiness. Ugh, how disgusting! We were all made in the image of God so it got me to thinking that Jesus had to really be hairy!

Now your turn!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Another Fun Game


2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of real name plus izzle) Debizzle

3.YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: :(fav color & fav animal) Pink Dog

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, and current street) Sue Coronado

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom's maiden name) Becdebcas

6. YOUR SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink) Red Beer

7. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (Mother's middle name and father's middle name ) Ray L. ..... dad's name is M.L. , intials don't stand for anything!

8. YOUR GOTH NAME: (black, and the name of one your pets) Black Brutus


Wanna play? Copy, paste, and get going!.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cookie Wars

Cast of characters:
Help Desk Queen - yours truly
Domestic Goddess – yours truly
Knuck - Hubby (shortened name for Knucklehead)
Hottie – Son (shortened name for Hot Rod)
Brutus, Boo Boo, Budgey, Boo Pup pup, Boo dog - Dog that is the real head of the household. He is not even in this story but my other love so I had to give him a shout out.

Once upon a Monday, the Help Desk Queen arrived home from a hectic day at work and immediately started job #2, Domestic Goddess. Although work was phone ringing hell, I started dinner as soon as I got home because (1) I like to eat (2) Knuck gets grumpy if he is hungry (3) and more important, if I cook Knuck will clean. That is one of the rules of the palace. I will take cooking over cleaning ANY day. Ever heard the phrase, the calm before the storm? This was it. I proceeded to start a quick and easy dinner which is my normal M.O. during the workweek. As I started Knuck was lurking around the kitchen looking for a snack…. because that is what he does. He did not earn the nickname, Snackster, at work for nothing! Here is where the drama begins.…

Knuck spots the sleeve of Oreo cookies that Hottie got in his Christmas stocking. Not just any cookies, these had the cute little toy soldier on the side of the box. Knuck had to have his snack fix, so he opened the box and ate (only) one. Hottie walks in kitchen and realizes that Dad (Knuck) has opened his box of cookies. He proceeds to chastise Knuck about respecting other people’s things, and he (Knuck) should have asked him (Hottie) prior to opening his cookies. Yada, yada, yada…. Now keep in mind Hottie is a boy that has really good manners and wasn’t being a snot. I think he was upset because it was part of his stocking stash and his dad did not ask.

Knuck was supposed to take Hottie to his physical conditioning class as I finished up dinner (Hottie eats when he gets back because one does not exercise with a full tummy). Hottie is still miffed at Knuck because of the cookie incident so he “wants mom to take me.” So I asked Knuck to slice up the loaf of French bread while I am taking Hottie to class. Knuck having fun pushing Hottie’s buttons says “I will cut some bread for you and me”, meaning he would not cut any for Hottie. At this point I am still in kitchen cooking until time to take Hottie to class.
Next thing I know, Hottie is running into the kitchen crying and shouting “I didn’t mean to hit you in the face…. Wahhhhh, sniff sniff, wahhhhh!!” Now we have all been 13 year old’s and highly dramatic so just imagine this in your head to get the full effect. Next thing I hear Knuck in the living room saying “Get out of my house!” I don’t know what the heck is going on! I finally got it out of Hottie. He was trying to be funny and threw a cookie (not the Oreos but a big cookie that was wrapped up in Saran Wrap) at his Dad. He threw it across the room and it hit Dad in the face. Hottie is still crying, Knuck is stewing on the couch but showing no sign of aggression. Why are you crying like this, I ask. “Dad is going to hit me!” Yea, right, because you are hit all the time. NOT! I see an Oscar in Hottie’s future with all this drama. Knuck will be up for best supporting actor after the “get out of my house” comment. I grabbed my keys and told Hottie “lets go.” Took him to his class and he was still crying in the car. At this point I am laughing hysterically because this entire thing is so stupid and funny! Then Hottie gets mad at the Queen because it is “not funny.” It took every ounce of energy that I had left after a hectic day to tamp down the laughter that was bubbling over. I managed to get him dropped off without any further drama.

Back at home, ate dinner and within the hour it was time to pick up Hottie. Queen declared that Knuck will pick Hottie up from class. I am tired! So Knuck picked up Hottie per the royal decree. When I inquired later on about how it went, Knuck said that Hottie walked far away from him to the car and sat in the back seat instead of the primo “Shot Gun” (front seat). No words were exchange between the two of them.

Fast forward, next day. It is a normal day like any other. Knuck and Hottie are friendly again. The remaining cookies are sitting on the kitchen untouched. I am taking bets on how long the cookies will be sitting in that same place untouched.

They need to save momma from all this drama!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

Thank you Janna! This means alot to me. As promised I will post 10 honest things about myself and re-gift this to some wonderful girls! Here is the scoop that I lifted off Janna's blog:
The rules for the Honest Scrap award: The honorees are to: A) first list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep! B) pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.
1. I REALLY am a hot 25 year old who just so happens to be stuck in this 44 year old body.
2. I have three kids but have never been pregnant.
3. I love, love, love Reality shows.
4. I wish I could be Queen for the day. For real.
5. I am very disorganized to the point of getting on my own nerves.
6. I am my own worst critic.
7. I have gas a lot. LOL! Sorry, but the award calls for honesty.
8. I have the hots for Chuck Norris, Howie Long and Troy Palamalou. My hubby knows this already, so you cannot blackmail me. hee,hee!
9. I have a bit of voyeour in me, but I am harmless and don't peek in anyones windows.
10. I think it is freaky to get married in Taco Bell, classy or not. ......I'm just saying......
Now for the really fun part. Handing out the award! Ladies, I think you all ROCK!
Alexis - Running away? I'll Help You Pack & CCC Wars
Elizabeth - TMI & 5 (yep, FIVE other blogs)
Allison - Misadventures in Baby Raising & My Mommy Said
The Blond Duck - A Duck in Her Pond
Wunderwoman - Wunderwoman
HoodChick - My Life Requires Alcohol
Photonuts - Documenting Memories
I would like for all of you ladies to know that I so enjoy reading your blogs. Enjoy your award!

Girlie Wisdom (author unknown)

1. A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care.
2. One of life's mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.
3. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.
4. The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.
5. The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.
6. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.
7. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
8. Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.
9. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my sweatpants.
10. Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks 2 sizes!
11. Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' ....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!
12. The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.
13. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Goodbye Mrs. Kravitz! Kinda....

No, I have not committed a felony. I did not take Mrs. Kravitz for a swim with concrete boots. It is not quite official, but I am getting a promotion! The hiring manager told me he was working on the offer letter yesterday, so it is pretty official. Right now I am a Help Desk Technician who answers phones all day and remotely assists customers with software/desktop type issues. Yes, I am the one who asks those dreaded words "have you rebooted your computer?" While I like my job, I am so sick of answering phones and even sicker of Kravitz. But as of January 20th, I am starting my new adventure. I will be in the same office but a different job, different desk, different team, and different company. Computer Support on the Air Force Base is awarded to companies via contracts. Different companies team up to bid on the contracts and once they are awarded the work, their employees (me) do the work on base. This is why I am switching companies, positons, but yet working in the same place. Clear as mud? I will be doing video teleconferencing, administering blackberry accounts, equipment custodian duties, and learning Sharepoint products. I am super excited and hoping my butt will stop expanding from sitting on the phone all day! LOL! As an added bonus I will be sitting out earshot from Kravitz. So you could say this is a promotion with an sanity!

Thursday, January 8, 2009's harder than it looks! Got this in my email today and thought it was fun. It it great to see what folks come up with. I have included my answers and would love to have feedback as to what yours is. Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, things. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers than mine if you have my same initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

1. What is your name? Debra
2. A four-letter word? Duck (not my first choice...hee,hee)
3. A boy 's name? Derek
4. A girl's name? Dana
5. Occupation? Dentist
6. Color? Denim
7. Something you wear? Diamonds
8. Beverage? Dr. Pepper
9 Food ? Deviled eggs
10.Something used in a bathroom? Dental floss

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Feeling Crabby

Hey sexy mommas! I woke up at 3 am with cramps. Felt like I sprained my ovaries! I am having issues trying to post comments and links are not working on blogspot. Got the blue screen of death on my laptop earlier. I am so crabby, I am getting on my own nerves! I give up for tonight! I am going to crawl back into my shell and read my new book, Twilight! Looking forward to starting fresh tomorrow.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Working With Mrs. Kravitz

Ever watch Bewitched? It has always been one of my favorite shows and wouldn’t you know I now have to work beside a real life Mrs. Kravitz! If you 20 to 30 something’s don’t know the premise of the show, let me fill you in. The show is centered on Samantha Stevens who just happens to be a witch. Samantha is married to an ad executive name Darren Stevens. Of course, no one but Darren knows that Sam is a witch. This show is absolutely hysterical! Mr. and Mrs. Kravitz are the neighbors that live across the street from the Stevens’. Mrs. Kravitz is very nosey and happens to see a lot of the shenanigans going on across the street. She always screams “Abner, Abner!” and ,of course, the times she can talk him into getting up to look whatever has happened has stopped so he thinks she is hallucinating (again). The woman is on meds, so Abner is always telling her to take them since he thinks it is all in her head. It is darn funny! It is kind of like payback for being so nosey.

Now that you have the background of the fictional Mrs. Kravitz, allow me to tell you about the real Mrs. Kravitz! Unfortunately I do not have Samantha’s powers or I would be wiggling my nose and turning Kravitz into an inanimate object! For 8 hours a day, 5 days a week I have to listen to her as she butts into every conversation I have. It does not matter if it is about work or personal, she is there with her two cents. Don’t get me wrong, I like for folks to share their opinion….. When it is appropriate! You know when it is an A and B conversation and she should C her way out of it? To make matters worse, I will be talking to a customer (we work at a computer help desk) and she will jump in and take over the entire conversation. She has no more experience than me, actually I have been doing this type of work longer than her. She will tell the customer the exact same thing as I when she is doing this! I have been on the phone with my husband and when I get off she comments about the conversation that she just heard me have! Like she was in the conversation from the beginning! She will ask our other co-workers who they were talking to when they get off the phone! We work at a Help Desk people! It is our job to be on the phone with folks all day long. Besides what business is it of hers who the co-worker was talking to? Seriously! Once I was talking to another co-worker and Kravitz was on the phone so she could not ease drop and/or butt into the conversation. As soon as she got off the phone she said, and this is a direct quote, “What, what, what?” I am not exaggerating. She asked “what?” Three times! OMG! Can it get any more obnoxious than this? Just yesterday she butted in my conversation I was having with a customer and talked so loud I could not even hear myself talk! Short of smacking her upside the head, what am I to do? It has gotten a little better lately because I have been totally ignoring her so she does not talk as much, but she still drives me insane. Maybe I should write to Dear Abby.

Thanks for letting me rant a little. Like E says, it is cheaper than therapy!
Here is a link to a page dedicated to Gladys. It is great and brought back so many wonderful memories of a delightful show!

*Note: there were two different ladies who played Mrs. Kravitz on the show. They were both absolutely perfect for the role!

Monday, January 5, 2009

I Need Help With a Puzzle!

Okay, my hubby and I are racking our brains tryng to help our son with this puzzle and need help! I know you girls will know because not only are you hot, sexy mommas but you are smart too! We are so close to figuring it out but are stuck. Here it is:

The challenge is to split some apple juice into three equal portions. The juice comes in a 24-ounce container. You have only three other containers each holding 5,11, and 13 ounces. How can you divide the juice into three equal portions?

I think I would be able to figure this out if it was wine!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Best, easiest salsa EVER

I have a confession, I am an addict. A salsa and mexican food addict. My sister-in-law sells Tastefully Simple and made me a bowl of salsa to take home for Christmas. This is hands down the best homemade salsa I have ever had and better than most that you get at restaurants. The most beautiful part of all this is that it takes two ingredients. A 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatos and some of the dried mix. I am not sure how much of the mix you use because I have not gotten my bottle of it yet. Usually with these mixes, all it takes is 2 tablespoons of the dry mix. I am pretty sure that is the case with this as well. It costs 8.99 for a bottle of each which seems pricey, but keep in mind that the bottle will make lots of salsa and have you priced good salsa at the store? The kind I get is 3.99 for about 8 ounces!

INGREDIENTS: Onion, bell peppers, jalapeƱo peppers, garlic,
cilantro, crushed red chili peppers, salt, spices.

Here is the info I lifted from their suggestions card they have published on their site:

Simply combine with fresh or canned tomatoes.
• Add diced peaches, pineapple or mangoes for
a fruity salsa.
• Spoon onto quesadillas, tostadas, nachos or taco salad.
• Sprinkle dry mix into chili or ground meat for tacos or enchiladas.
• Make a layered dip with refried beans, Fiesta Party Dip Mix™, Simply
Salsa, chopped lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and freshly
chopped cilantro. Serve with Blue Aztec Chips.
• For a creamy salsa, add sour cream to prepared salsa.
• Look for more recipes at