Monday, March 31, 2008

Goodbye Chickens

I thought I heard something last night, I really did, but I didn't investigate it. This morning..I see two black lab puppies roaming around our backyard. I really didn't think TOO much of that. Annoyance is sometimes hard for me to dredge up. I actually THOUGHT about feeding them. I went out to the back deck and tried to call them up. NO deal. THEN....I saw all the feathers.
I STILL didn't think a whole lot of it.
I found the bodies. The damn puppies killed my chickens. I felt horrid. They had JUST started layin eggs again--having survived this brutal winter without a warming light. They made me laugh. I found two bodies, it was gruesome, I was crying. I don't think I'll ever be able to cook a chicken again...the guts looked the same as the chickens I eat. I know that doesn't make sense but...bleh.
The one calico cat Carmella, was WAY up in the front tree. Didn't have enough sense to come out of the rain and into the barn like the other two cats.
If ONE more person tells me how chickens HAVE to be in a coop...yah Ok I get it. But these chickens..they would meet me at the driveway..escort me up the front walk. ...I'm bummed.

EFT: Emotional Freedome Technique: the I can make you thin guy

In an effort many bloggers call "keeping it real" I thought I would share MY experience with the "pop" new "tapping" that is currently on TLC on "I can make you thin", by Paul McKenna.

I first experienced EFT WAIT: What is it??? SKIP to BELOW I want to tell my story!
I was at a Conference shortly after we got an Asperger's diagnosis for our then 12 yr old son. My leg was KILLING ME-the result of a car wreck and plates and screws(I have since STOPPED using that expression, and refuse to tell my brain that "its Killing me " as I think it would listen.)
Anyway...there was some nut job offering "tapping" as a way to release pain. I thought what the I was on vicodin MANY times a day.
She asked questions about my pain, my car wreck...had me tap here on my cheek, there on my shoulder blade, chin etc. I am not kidding when I say it was THE FIRST TIME in YEARS that I felt no pain. NONE. It didn't last Forever, but I have used this technique successfully for about 3 years. It WORKS. I don't know why, but..I am just trying to "keep it real" and share my success.
What is EFT?

EFT is based on a new discovery that has provided thousands with relief from pain, diseases and emotional issues. Simply stated, it is an emotional version of acupuncture except needles aren't necessary. Instead, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. The process is easy to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere. It launches off the EFT Discovery Statement which says...

"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."

And because our physical pains and diseases are so obviously connected with our emotions the following statement has also proven to be true...

"Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases."

This common sense approach draws its power from (1) time-honored Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years and (2) Albert Einstein, who told us back in the 1920's that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and that is why EFT often works where nothing else will. As you will clearly see, conventional healing methods have overlooked the obvious.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT):
The natural healing aid that almost anyone can use for almost anything

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 naughty

Three third graders from Tennessee (an Irish kid, an Italian kid and a Redneck kid) are on the play ground at recess.

The Irish kid suggests that they play a new game. "Let's see who has the largest weenie," he! says.

"Okay." They all agree.

The Italian kid pulls down his zipper and whips it out.

"That'! s nothing," says the Irish kid. He whips his out and proudly shows that his is at least an inch longer.

Not to be outdone, the Redneck kid whips his out. It is by far not only the biggest, but the fattest.

That night, eating dinner at home, the Redneck kid's mother asks him what he did at school today.

"Oh, we worked on a science project, had a math test and read out loud from a new book and then during recess, my friends and I played a new game called 'Let's see who has the largest weenie.' "

"What kind of game is that, honey?" asks the mother.

"Well, me, Anthony and Patrick each pulled out our weenies and I had the biggest! The other kids say it's because I'm a Redneck. Is that true, Mom?"

Mom replies, "No, Honey. It's because you're twenty-one.

Life Expectancy Calculat0r

Heh Heh...very cool.Your Virtual Age is a reflection of your health and vitality. The lower your Virtual Age the better shape you are in. It is used to calculate the Life Expectancy of someone of your current physical age.
Life Expectancy = 89.6
You can expect to live approximately another 15500 more days. AVERAGE Life Expectancy is 76.

WHEW!! Glad I put I have one alcoholic drink each day, even though I don't always. Maybe I need to start!!
My Virtual Age also DROPPED when I put in I meditate every day.
Three-Minute Meditation

( A very short guided meditation to help you relax into the present moment. Although the instructions themselves only take three minutes, when they end you may continue with the practice.
Anytime you feel you've become too busy or a bit tense, and need to stop and slow down for a few minutes, come here.

Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm feeling very Very Overwhelmed

I feel very over my head. What am I doing? how can I continue to teach all these classes. BLEH BLEH BLEH.
I had to...RUN....well I had a accident in my panties from POOP TODAY!! Nerves??? I dont know thank god I came home for lunch and was HERE When it happened. My diverticulitis sometimes makes me do that. IT's awful. Embarrassing. ANd...Yes..well Funny too. I feel like a fraud. Why should I be teaching all this stuff.
Oh yah...because I"M THE TEACHER THATS WHY.

dammit. I knew there was a catch.

Zombies OH MY!

Because my teen boy is fascinated with zombies I took this test:


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Z 93 Radio!!

This is Oldest Son and his buddies from the Radio Station Z-93. Lynn was VERY gracious in meeting William, and Hoser, well...he's got LOTS of personality!!


Well, oldest son Will scored some FREE tickets to Saginaw Stings Arena Football game from his favorite Radio Station z-93!! We went last night. Stopped at our favorite Locomotive restaurant "The Junction"

The caboose is cut in half and attached to the building so you can actually sit in the caboose to eat. The Menu is all Railway themed, and TASTY. William and I had the barbeque..YUM, Don had fish. I had BLUE MOON on TAP. Yum.

THEN WE stopped by my favorite coffee house EVAR!! The RED EYE in Saginaw. Hours of employment as a Parole/Probation Agent in Inner city Saginaw were spent here bringing books up to speed. The Picture does NOT do it justice. They have rotating artists come in and display, Original old Tin/copper roof, brick sidewalls. And, its right next door to the rockinest tatt shop in the area.


If you look in the endzone closest, just to the left of of the left goalpost, you can see don's hairless head. We were THAT close. Arena football is a BLAST. You sit right on top of the action, played on a 50 foot field, players routinely smash into the audience. We scored TONS of "swag" 2 free harley t shirts, free pizza coupons, and son got to meet his buddies from the Z-93 radio station Lynn and Hoser!! She is supposed to put their pics up on the website soon!!
It was a BLAST! Very Family friendly, right on the action. I would NEVER have 'chosen' to go to this, but we WILL go again, even if we have to Pay!! DO IT!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Political Correctness


1. She is not a 'BABE' or a 'CHICK' - She is a 'BREASTED AMERICAN.'

2. She is not a 'SCREAMER' or a 'MOANER' -She is'VOCALLY APPRECIATIVE.'




6. She is not an 'AIRHEAD' - She is 'REALITY IMPAIRED.'

7. She does not get 'DRUNK' or 'TIPSY' - She gets 'CHEMICALLY INCONVENIENCED'

8 . She does not have 'BREAST IMPLANTS' - She is 'MEDICALLY ENHANCED.'

9. She does not 'NAG' you - She becomes 'VERBALLY REPETITIVE.'

10. She is not a 'TRAMP' - She is 'SEXUALLY EXTROVERTED.'

11. She does not have 'MAJOR LEAGUE HOOTERS' - She is

12 She is not a 'TWO-BIT HOOKER' - She is a 'LOW COST PROVIDER.'


1. He does not have a 'BEER GUT' - He has developed a 'LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY.'

2. He is not a 'BAD DANCER' - He is 'OVERLY CAUCASIAN.'


4. He is not 'BALDING' - He is in 'FOLLICLE REGRESSION.'

5. He is not a 'CRADLE ROBBER' - He prefers 'GENERATIONAL


7. He does not act like a 'TOTAL ASS' - He develops a case


9. He is not afraid of 'COMMITMENT' - He is 'RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGED.'

10. He is not 'HORNY' - He is 'SEXUALLY FOCUSED.'

11. It's not his 'CRACK' you see hanging out of his pants-It's 'REAR CLEAVAGE'

Please use your best judgment when referring to these people, so as to make it more comfortable for the rest of us

Sunday, March 16, 2008

WHO I Saw Last night

Laith Al-Saadi
WOW. Rocked the house here in Mid Michigan at the GEM Theatre!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I'm "no drama" and I knew it

You are a No Drama Mama!

No need for drama, you just chill out and don't let things bother you

You've got a peaceful, zen-like attitude... even when things get crazy

You're a pleasure to be around, and you have lots of friends to show for it

You don't need to be the center of attention, you're happy enough as is!

Awareness test

"a Novel woman" had this on her blog. As my hub used to be a HUGE cyclist, and my sister in law was nearly killed last year by being hit by a car while riding..thought I would post this awareness test: Very interesting. I counted 14 passes. Oh well.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Jake, age 9 Pluera Pulmonary Blastoma

Jake is down in Ann Arbor this weekend for the full dose of chemo therepy. Jake's mom is very sad, as one of the other mom's she came to know, lost her child today. It's not easy.

The entire community came together tonight for an auction benefit. There were so many donations the event site was too small. The live auction was incredible. An INCLUSIVE 7 day stay at Cancun, a 1969 Snowmobile (Only in Michigan)-- that still ran and was "revved" up for everyone, leather coats, 4 Detroit tiger tickets, Nascar tickets, gift baskets. Over 10 thousand dollars was raised. AND, My personal Scoop of the night for son< MARIO PHONE.

I also bought a new table, one of the 6 ft plastic church type tables for 20 dollars, and a couple other goodies.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

No wonder gas prices are so high



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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

working mom tells all: Limmericks

working mom tells all: Limmericks

Listening ear

Like my friend "Working Mom" (whose link on my sidebar is mysterious as "http: "
I am SICK of listening to others woes. (but she has some REALLY cool limericks about it....
I used the word WOES.
Ok, not sick of OTHERS woes. Just tired. Maybe of everybody right now. With yellow snot dripping down my throat, I'm not very nice. To anyone.
My "Plow guy" who is worth his weight in gold called me. I ignored him. Damn. He called again. Sounded...desperate. Child visitation woes. And yes-he has multiple woes.
No job, No home, bad history. Yet REALLY trying to be a dad. Girlfriend "justs wants him to sign off".
This guy, I talked to WEEKS ago when I WAS teaching a parenting class about COMING to the parenting class since, GEES--He was "Court Ordered" for parenting classes TWO YEARS ago. He was so "wondering" WHY he was ordered to BABY classes when his child was 2 1/2 years old. Well Dude..YOU WEREN'T. Your baby WAS a baby THEN.
I will spare you the messy messy details. He can't read good. He can't hear very good. His white trash mom spent his SSI money and didn't buy him his 2 hearing aids he's supposed to have. He wouldn't look me in the eye. He is broken, beaten, and 23.
He is a Hard worker. Has a plow. Is willing to work. Bothered to GO to the Court house to get new Court Ordered Documents.
LISTENED to me as I royally kicked his ass. I told him to step up to the plate, quit whining like a girl and CHANGE.
HE LISTENED as I Carefully crafted out a notebook for him to use, and documented just what he had done yesterday and today.
He perked up when I taught him how to SHAKE hands like a Man and not a wuss, and "got" it.
He thanked me for talking "straight" to him.

Yah. Thanks lady for kickin my ass. I really needed that.
OK. I spared you SOME of the details. Really. Really. I did.

Almost Dead

Yeah, so this commuting thing...which is when a person of usually at least average intelligence gets into a vehicle, and drives for xx number of hours EACH day to and from generally a place of employment.

Yesterday...First day of Daylight savings time. I see flashing lights in right lane, MERGE to left with 3 other vehicles in front of me...Each SLAMS on brakes...including me who BOTHERED to look in my rearview mirror first---because *#($@## had been riding my ASS for miles, and KNEW if I braked quickly (Suddenly the $700 repair bills we had last week on 2 vehicles seems WORTH EVERY DIME), that he would CREAM ME. SO....being the quick thinking commuter, I have to QUICKLY and DECISIVELY pull onto the shoulder of the LEFT lane...where I see TWO PEOPLE standing!!! WTF?????....So...I have to PULL back into the left lane, making the guy behind me (hopefully) think ..."Oh, maybe I shouldn't follow so close"...because there was a CAR on it's ROOF, and no cops even in sight yet. --just spent several minutes trying to find the news article but can't seem to find it. Seems a woman just FLIPPED her car. She was taken to local hospital but don't know if she survived or not.
(from above website)
There are about 280,000 rollover crashes in the US each year, resulting in about 10,000 fatal accidents. SUVs with a high center of gravity, are more likely to involved in rollover accidents than typical sedans. About 35 percent of fatal crashes in SUVs resulted from a rollover crash, compared to 16 percent of fatal passenger car accidents resulting from rollovers. This percentage indicates fact that SUVs are much more likely to rollover and result in a fatality.

Today...CHOO CHOO, Choo
Choo choo, choo choo ch'boogie
Whoo whoo, whoo whoo ch'boogle
Choo choo choo choo ch'boogie
Take me right back to the track, Jack-------There is a train track across the road from us, and crossing over it JUST YESTERDAY, I thought, Hummnnn...I haven't seen a train on these tracks in MONTHS!! and TODAY...I don't know how it missed me...all I know is I crossed the TRACKS, and it let out a HUGE TRAIN horn blast, and it was in my mirror when I looked back. My only sister works for AMTRACK and I KNOW to be 'train aware'. Shocked the crap (almost) out of me.
Yah..I think I mighta dropped something in MY tracks about then. What a bummer to be killed 1/4 mile from home. That would REEELLLY suck.
Yah. I just love commuting.
Why do I do it? Oh yah..>THE PAYCHECKS come EVERY two weeks, and I AM VERY very grateful!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Sick of sick kids

Broken fingers, surgeons, cast/no cast. ugh.

(I had put in the xray pic of her finger but it had all the information on the xray, insurance etc...OOPS)

So..youngest is getting over pneumonia. We were fortunate that the REGULAR pediatrician was in surgery, so we got Dr. Fox. She said, when little one starts with the hacking cough to immediately jump in and start the nebulizer every 4 hours.
We saw improvement after the 3rd treatment. She still missed 4 days of school this week. Not that I think that matters, but her dad was home with her 3 days, and one day she stayed at grandma's. Grandma is a warm body, and will make sure she has food, other than that she's on her own.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Haircut needed...Ya Think???


Have hair appointment in LESS than 2 hours!! REEELLYY???

Dyed, foiled, redyed on top of what was done...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's all a lie< I Guess you CAN Make this stuff up

SO...the ENTIRE incident at school the other day....when I had a chance to think about it...just DID not make sense. I was fooled. Really Fooled. and ..feeling slightly foolish.

I'll write more later, But I found out unilaterally today...she DID make it all up. All of it.

The Foster Kids
The cops
The body

Pray for her, she needs more help than she is getting.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Some days ....

I feel like I'm standing right where it's going.

Youngest has pneumonia (NOT saying "again)...Oops I just did, middle has appt. with orthopedic surgeon on Thursday for her finger, Grades are due, I am blue...

Monday, March 03, 2008

Female Fairy Tale

''THE WORLD 'S SHORTEST FAIRY TALE!" Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl "Will you marry me?" The girl said:"NO!" And the girl lived happily ever-after and went shopping, dancing, camping, drank martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, did whatever the hell she wanted, never argued, didn't get fat, traveled more, didn't save money, and had all the hot water to herself. She went to the theater, never watched sports, never wore stupid lacy lingerie that went up her butt, had high self esteem, never cried or yelled, felt and looked fabulous in sweat pants and was pleasant all the time. The End

Sunday, March 02, 2008

What I'm Reading

It's been kicking around my house for MONTHS. I must have just been "ready" for it..
psych / recovery book

Says as kids...when they are abused/ can "recur" in their minds "enforcing the event to happen again and again" into adulthood, and it takes a CONSCIOUS choice of will to stop the cycle

"the damage to the survivor's faith and sense of community is particularly severe when the traumatic events themselves involve the betrayal of important relationships. The imagery of these events often crystallizes around a moment of betrayal, and its this breach of trust which gives the intrusive images their intense emotional power. some Vietnam vets Prefer to work the midnight shift because the night was the scariest...although CONSCIOUSLY they didn't realize it.

.. traumatized people suffer damage to the basic structures of the self. They lose their trust in themselves, in other people and in God
... with severe enough traumatic exposure, no person is immune
.... like kids who have been Kidnapped, or schoolchildren
Sometimes (and adults) feel they need a "lucky charm" to protect them through life.
the lucky charm takes various forms.

the ways that the BEST people cope:
active, task-oriented coping strategies, strong sociability's
not loners

STRONG perception of their ability to control their destiny.

child hood abuse resist the belief that it was NOT their fault
persistent attempts to "be good" through out life

perfectionist zeal, desperate need to find favor
inner sense of badness
elaborate bargaining

"unable to form a safe consistent caretaker picture in their minds"

puts the people on "hyper arousal"...or state of confusion, agitation, emptiness, and utter aloneness..."a dark bundle is a step forward, and sometimes I don't' even feel THAT good".

the victims' intimate relationships, are driven by the hunger for protection and care and are haunted by the fear of abandonment or exploitation.
Ordinary interpersonal conflicts provoke intense anxiety, depression or rage.

I can only read a little at a time.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Students, you can't make this stuff up

I was in class telling a sign language "STORY" (sign is: picture mushing a marshmallow together back and forth, there that's the "sign" for Story)...about my Daughter's broken finger.
A Premier student comes up with no prompt, and asks me to SIGN her story as she tells it.
O. My. God.
At no point was there a place I could stop.
Background for the day: I had an observer from a local University there, who also Signs, and told how she and her 4 brothers were adopted.
SO Student comes up, tells how her shirt tail relative showed up last night with 2 young kids boy 6, girl 4. To be DUMPED off or they would go into foster care. Keep in mind for 6 years I was the local Foster / Adoptive Recruiter for the State. I trained many new Foster homes, and worked with Bio parents to get their children back. It is near and dear to my heart.
Student says woman says Here, or foster care. Her parents faced with mid life, NEVER knowing these kids felt they simply couldn't do it THEN, with no time to think of it or whatever.
State Children's services takes the children, they are in Foster care. Within hours one of the "Daddies" (bio mom had been married 6 times), makes an appearance and DEMANDS his kids. The same 4 yr old girl that had been previously molested. The studetns story is that DHS released the kids, without DNA testing. He was NOT the dad.
Fast forward a couple hours, "the children are missing". (I don't know all details). The Family, my students family split up and "go looking" for the kids.
Students mom, finds child on the Highway, cold, but alive.
My student (at this time I am bawling as I'm signing, but I STILL thought it was going to be a happy story about how SHE has a new brother and sister)...She is driving,
sees some blonde hair on the side of the highway
calls her mom, police
baby girl, age 4, naked, barely breathing
Dies on way to hospital.

Perpetrator whereabouts unknown. I tried to decompress the class, 18 IN room about 20 on the ITV screen, blew my nose, got a drink, kept going. I felt I HAD to tell the school counselor who then didn't really believe me.
"Well SHE is friends with my daughter, she would have Come to me". I said, well...Obviously NOT. She looked up to see if it was on the news. It was not. I don't know WHAT is going on, but I'm not one to be hoodwinked, I don't think the story has broke yet.
I tried to call my boss twice to tell her about it, no return call, stopped by one of her offices, but she's not there.
Since, the student has called me twice, the counselor called HER mom, told her "She told EVERYONE in TWO classes about it,"....My student is AFRAID her mom is going to be mad, My otehr students were WORRIED about this student, I had no choice to go to counselor. BUT if the COUNSELOR has a DUAL role with the student, shouldn't someone else have been asking about it? ITs all so horrible, and fresh and raw.
That's my story. It wasn't fun.