17 April 2015

N is for...


Nothing.


N is for nothing today.


Because I am too full of emotions.


So. You tell me something that starts with 'N' in the comments...we'll have this post be an interactive one...


And thank you for your participation...


Flashback Friday


May 2014

Text between Jaycey and Doug while he was in Alaska for a few weeks.

16 April 2015

M is for...


M is for that Military Diet that I saw a little while ago.

And for some reason, I clicked on it, because I was curious.

Because it said lose 10 pounds in 3 days.

And then, I almost laughed...because, some of the meals are absolutely ridiculous.

And I went on about my life.

Then Doug got serious about his food and exercise. And I remembered this Military Diet thing...and I thought, I'll do it someday.

Then I thought, I'll start it on Monday. For kicks and giggles. Let's see if it really does what it says it'll do...and because I can do almost anything for three days.

Then, Friday night, I remembered this joke that I bugged Doug with once:


(pause in the story...because when i went looking for that picture, i found these:)




(back to the story...unpause...)

So I decided I'd start my three days the next morning.

So I weighed myself and then ate this for Day 1:


So. How I differed from the official diet...I don't drink coffee, and if I'm going to have caffeine, it's going to be in the form of Hershey's Hugs or a Cherry Dr. Pepper with some lime juice. And since neither of those were on this diet, I went with herbal tea. For breakfast I had some blueberry kind of tea...for lunch, I had a honey vanilla chamomile tea (that i ended up liking better). Also, for dinner, I just had little bananas, so I said that was 1/2 of a big banana. And my 3 ounces of meat was actually more than 3 ounces because the turkey patties come frozen in packs of two and I thought, eh...I'm eating both of them. I did not eat the pint of ice cream, I just have the pint there for the picture...I measured it out. What did I learn? That I actually like dry toast...who would have thought! Of course, it was the Oat Nut bread, which is just awesome anyway. But, I survived and I didn't eat anything else...drank water...but that is all the food that I ate.

Then came Day 2:


Okay...breakfast was okay. Except I messed up by having herbal tea for breakfast and lunch...I missed where that was only supposed to be on day one. Lunch on this day was one of the reasons I did this diet...because cottage cheese, a hard boiled egg and saltine crackers is a meal? Get real. I also messed up with the dinner. Because I thought I had broccoli...I did not, so I substituted brussel sprouts. I also thought I would enjoy the hot dogs. I did not. I don't know if it's because I microwaved them...or if it's because I got the store brand..or if it's because they're turkey...but I do know that if I do this again, I'm getting the good beef hot dogs. Cuz these ones sucked. And...once again, other than more water, that is all the food I ate.

Then came Day 3:


I wasn't quite prepared for breakfast. It is supposed to be 1 oz. of cheddar cheese. The only solid cheese I had was string cheese, which is not cheddar, so...I got my shredded cheddar and eyeballed how much 1/8th of the 8oz. bag was. Thus, the pile o'shredded cheese on my plate. ALL the meals on this day cracked me up when I first read about this diet. I mean...come on...banana and tuna for lunch? An egg and dry toast for dinner? But I did it.

I woke up on Day 4. I thought if that scale hadn't moved I was going to be annoyed.

But this had been an experiment and done for entertainment and curiosity fulfillment.

Still...hoping...I stood on the scale.

Nine pounds!

That couldn't have all been water weight.

How did I feel?

I felt good.

And I went for a good walk in my neighborhood...and enjoyed the morning.

Nine pounds less than I had been three mornings before.

Hoorah!

15 April 2015

L is for...


Legacy.

I was originally stumped about what I was going to write. Then I thought I was going to write about something else. But just now, I read a comment my brother wrote and I'm going to quote him here...it's about two (or rather 16) of our ancestors...and a snippet of the legacy their lives provided for us:

"176 years ago, my GGGGrandfather, William Taylor [and his wife, Elizabeth Patrick Taylor], was driven from his farm by an armed mob. He, along with his wife and 14 children, walked through a harsh Missouri winter to escape their persecution. He died along the way. She continued on, then 7 years later was driven from yet another home by another armed mob, taking her fatherless children hundreds of miles to the West, once again hoping for peace. I dishonor their memory and their sufferings when I begin to think that I am "persecuted" for my beliefs. Because of their sacrifice, I live in a beautiful place, in a comfortable home, watching my children and grandchildren grow up. How blessed I am."

Thanks Dan.

Here's William Taylor, and Elizabeth Taylor with kiddos...my GGGrandfather is Allen...




14 April 2015

K is for...


I was stumped...so I turned to Facebook.

And we have a few brief "K" topics to cover now, here are a few of the suggestions..along with my thoughts, no offense to those not posted, I'm tired and these came to mind:

Chris: Krispie Kreme
I do not care for them. They leave an oily film in my mouth. I like the idea of them, but they disappoint...so I don't even try anymore.

Karianne: Kittens
I want one.

Tara: Kings
King George. 'Nuf said.


Jackie: Kardashians
Never seen an episode. Seen a snippet here and there, but I refuse to give them my viewership.

Ranee: Kindergarten
A story about Brittany came to mind. Each Wednesday was "Parent Day". Her teacher would set up stations, each parent would man a station...the stations all had something to do with the letter of the week...she would try to have some food that she thought they hadn't tried at a table for them to try. During "C" week, she got coconut. Like the real thing...crack it open...break off some coconut. Brittany did not want to try it. That was fine, she didn't have to. Her teacher looked over a bit after that and Britt was sitting there with tears...she went over and was all, "What is wrong?" Brittany burst out crying. She thought she was going to fail kindergarten now...because she didn't want to try the coconut. Her teacher was there with hugs and "Oh honey, you're not going to fail...it's okay..."

And that is another reason why I will always love her teacher.

Because she loved all of my daughters.

13 April 2015

J is for...


J is for Jamberry...



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11 April 2015

I is for...


Inside the Actor's Studio...my children style...

At the end of each episode of 'Inside the Actor's Studio', James Lipton will ask the actor(s) a series of 10 questions. It's kind of fun to hear their responses...so, I asked my children the questions...with a bonus one at the end for me...someone somewhere will say yes. I have faith.

So...in order I was graced with them as family:

Brittany
1 - What is your favorite word?  No
2 - What is your least favorite word?  No
3 - What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Other people being open, authentic, raw
4 - What turns you off?  When people don't see that I'm competent
5 - What is your favorite curse word?  F^@*
6 - What sound or noise do you love?  Soft laughter
7 - What sound or noise do you hate?  Chalk on the board
8 - What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Photography
9 - What profession would you not like to do?  Accounting
10 - If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  You were right, everything was fine
..and Jo Muddah's question: Will you name one of your children Augustus Lorenzo?  No

Kimberly
1 - What is your favorite word?  Intense
2 - What is your least favorite word?  No
3 - What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Art and music
4 - What turns you off?  The news
5 - What is your favorite curse word?  Sh%#
6 - What sound or noise do you love?  My husband's laugh
7 - What sound or noise do you hate?  Silence
8 - What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Owner/Operator of my own business
9 - What profession would you not like to do?  The people responsible for picking up poo at the zoo
10 - If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  Welcome home
..and Jo Muddah's question: Will you name one of your children Augustus Lorenzo?  No

Jaycey
1 - What is your favorite word?  Wonderful
2 - What is your least favorite word?  Sure
3 - What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Music
4 - What turns you off?  Nicolas Cage
5 - What is your favorite curse word?  F^@*ing
6 - What sound or noise do you love?  Baby Noises
7 - What sound or noise do you hate?  Bones Breaking
8 - What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Photographer
9 - What profession would you not like to do?  Roofer
10 - If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  "NOW the fun can start."
..and Jo Muddah's question: Will you name one of your children Augustus Lorenzo?  Nope!

Christopher
1 - What is your favorite word? Facetious
2 - What is your least favorite word? Stupid
3 - What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Van Halen
4 - What turns you off?  Pain
5 - What is your favorite curse word?  Sh%#
6 - What sound or noise do you love?  IDK
7 - What sound or noise do you hate?  Sirens
8 - What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Gunmaking
9 - What profession would you not like to do?  Prison Guard
10 - If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  Party on dude
..and Jo Muddah's question: Will you name one of your children Augustus Lorenzo?  No

Stephanie
1 - What is your favorite word?  Sike
2 - What is your least favorite word?  Hate
3 - What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Family
4 - What turns you off?  Negative people
5 - What is your favorite curse word?  Sh%#
6 - What sound or noise do you love?  Ocean
7 - What sound or noise do you hate?  Bubble wrap popping
8 - What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Teaching
9 - What profession would you not like to do?  Medical
10 - If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  You did an amazing job down there, Stephanie!
..and Jo Muddah's question: Will you name one of your children Augustus Lorenzo? No way!

Eddie
1 - What is your favorite word? - (eddie doesn't do favorites...unless it's kim...)
2 - What is your least favorite word?
3 - What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? I just do it
4 - What turns you off?
5 - What is your favorite curse word? None, they all work
6 - What sound or noise do you love? -
7 - What sound or noise do you hate? -
8 - What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Racing
9 - What profession would you not like to do? Anything behind a desk
10 - If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? n/a
..and Jo Muddah's question: Will you name one of your children Augustus Lorenzo?  (his wife already said no...)

(and then...i was getting a bit of teasing here because of these questions...so i started asking him...and he jokingly started answering...then was annoyed that i kept on going...when i was typing the cuss one, he said wait, is this going online? i said yes...i'll not put your name...so...here's mr. anonymous...)

Mr. Anonymous
  1 - What is your favorite word?  I have never thought about such a thing...I do not have a favorite word...how about Alaska?
2 - What is your least favorite word?  Satan
3 - What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  We're still doing this? I'm not doing this.
4 - What turns you off?  Annoying quizzes
5 - What is your favorite curse word?  C@*%su@*$%
6 - What sound or noise do you love?  Ocean waves
7 - What sound or noise do you hate?  Dryer during the night
8 - What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  IDK
9 - What profession would you not like to do?  IDK
10 - If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  Well done thou true and faithful servant
..and Jo Muddah's question: Will you name one of your children Augustus Lorenzo?  Sure... (mini party by me...and then he finished his answer:) Jaycey's name is now August Lorenzo


Now...sometimes the actors questions to that 10th question are touching and great. But this response has been my favorite to air...brought me to tears...and I said, "Amen brother, Amen..."


Your turn...feel free to answer Mr. Lipton's 10th question in the comments: