Saturday, May 26, 2012

May 26, 2012 - Liverpool, and more fun

We got up this morning and headed to Liverpool to do the Magical Mystery Tour and visit the Beatles museum.  I love riding through the countryside here, it is so beautiful!  It was also interesting to see the shipyards and industrial areas in Liverpool, and all the wind turbines that are there near the shore.  We had a nice tour on the bus, seeing many things throughout Liverpool.

After the tour, we went to lunch at this steakhouse that is at the Albert Docks, which is where the Beatles museum is.  There was so much to see at the museum, I really think it would take more than one visit to see and hear it all. 

While we were there, I was reminded that the shirt I was wearing tends to come unbuttoned at times, showing things off I'd rather leave private.  I tried my best to keep check on this, and did a great job.  Until dinner time.  We went to Salvatorre's for dinner, and at one point I glanced down and the top 2 buttons of my shirt were undone!  That had my shirt open to halfway down my stomach!  I said "oh shit!" and grabbed at my shirt to button it, and Brian noticed this old man at the next table just a grinning.  Apparently, he'd gotten an eyeful.  Oh well, I made sure to pay attention to the shirt the rest of the evening! (and will be sewing a stitch or 2 in those top buttonholes before I wear this thing again).

Had an awesome time at dinner - we caught Brian dancing a crazy dance on the landing on the stairs, coming back into the dining area - and so did the table behind us!  We were applauding him as he approached the table, and so did they!  And as they left, the gentleman came up and told Brian that he was the best entertainment all evening!  It was so funny!

Not sure what we're doing tomorrow - we are trying to arrange a couple of day or brief overnight trips to a couple of different places.  It's 12:15am on the 27th now, England time, so I suppose we'll be getting up in the morning and making plans for the day.

I posted all the pictures we've taken so far on Facebook in a new album.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 25, 2012

A note from across the pond.....

I see that I'm incredibly popular the last few days, not just in the good old USA with the usual folks, but also in various countries throughout the world.  Not sure why people in India, Norway, and Germany, for example, are so interested in my blog, but it is what it is.

So, I'm just dropping a note from jolly old England - been here since Wednesday morning around 9am local time.  The time change is a biotch, and from what Marion says, it will be worse when I get back home.  Oh well, that's what energy drinks, pills and coffee are for! 

Just wanted to let everyone know that we made it here fine, we are all having a great time, and now it's time for me to take a nap.  I probably will not blog a lot while I'm over here, but will for sure have a blog when I return home.  We are taking a lot of pictures of things over here - there are a lot of sights to see, and many places left for us to go, before I return home and Brian goes back to his deployment. 

Have a great memorial day weekend folks - we will likely head to Liverpool this weekend for the Beatles museum and some other stuff.  Stay safe, have a few cold ones for me, and I'll catch y'all up later!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Okay, before anyone reads anything into any of the stuff to follow - it was NOT posted due to any particular individual or situation.  I recently found these quotes and thought I'd share, because they're good.  That's not to say that they don't apply to any particular individual or situation, because some of them have (or still do!), but I'm not pointing fingers, bringing up personal situations, or blaming anyone for anything.  So, with that said - don't assume any of it is about you or something you were involved with!  I just wanted to share some good stuff!


A little girl was asked what forgiveness is...

She gave a beautiful answer...
"It is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed..."



If you aren't willing to forgive someone, then you don't truly love them.  [forgive, yes, but forget - no]



Refusing to forgive someone is like drinking poison, and waiting for the other person to die.  [yep, I've done this before]



Please don't lie to me, unless you're absolutely sure I'll never find out the truth.  [My own personal thought on this - if you're a man lying to a woman - you really think the woman won't find out?  Ha ha ha!  But seriously, regardless of who the liar is, male or female - why carry the guilt of a lie around with you?  Just don't lie - sure the truth may hurt, but not for nearly as long, or as deeply as the pain of a lie - not much hurts worse than knowing you weren't worth the truth - and lies piss me off to no end]



When you forgive and still hold a like driving forward with your foot on the brake.  [oh crap, I'm so guilty of this]



Never ruin an apology with an excuse.  [boy ain't that the truth - totally negates the apology when the apologist has to explain and offers lame excuses]

Promises mean everything. But once you break them, sorry means nothing.

If you are sorry why did you do it?

If you really were sorry, you wouldn’t have done it in the first place.  [And let's face it - you usually know, before you do something, whether it's appropriate or acceptable, or not, and if you're going to catch grief for it.  If you're going to have to apologize for your actions, then perhaps you need to rethink your behavior.]

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

One more week!

Yep, one more week til I leave for England.  I'm started to get really, really excited.  There's so much to do to get ready to go, yet I haven't started doing ANY of it!  Can anyone say "Queen of Procrastination"?

Went to interval class tonight - it was pretty funny.  About 10 minutes before class started, about 8 of the class regulars ran over to the door, hovering like vultures, waiting until they could run in and grab their regular spot.  It was pretty funny - I mean, I understand preferring a certain spot for whatever reason (best angle to see the instructor, close to the water fountain or exit, best place for the breeze from the ceiling fans, etc.) but God forbid if you get there before one of them and take their spot.  They will truly give you the stinkeye, and some of them will even ask you to move out of "their" spot!

Anyways, not much else to say for tonight, it's past my bedtime.  I hope you all had a great Monday, and will have a terrific Tuesday.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Today has been fun, and funny......

So I get up this morning and decide to try the chunking highlights before I go to the gym.  Imagine my disappointment when I see absolutely NO difference in the color of my hair after it's been washed.  Oh well, at least I didn't screw it up!  Now I have to decide if I want to try again, with some other option for the coloring.

I did manage to make it to the gym today - this makes 5 times this week.  I wish I had been going 5 times every week for the last 6 months, I would really have been making some progress.  And I'm not sure what it is, but something in me has changed over the last few weeks, and I'm really starting to sweat - a LOT - while I do classes.  In months past, I would barely break a sweat, but the last few weeks, I've left with very sweaty hair and clothing.  I'm just not one that sweats a lot - I can walk at a pretty quick pace on the treadmill for over 20 minutes before I'll start breaking a sweat.  Strange.

Oh, that annoying heifer was in class again today - you know, the one that goes "woooo!" waaaaayyyy too much.  I know it's mean and inappropriate, but I couldn't help but wish she'd choke on that damn gum she was furiously chewing on.  It did seem that she didn't "woooo!" quite as much today as before.  Seriously - WTF is up with her and her "wooo!" crap?!?

I got home and showered and fiddled around a little while, then Momma Clydie and I went to Walmart, the package store, and the Michael's craft store.  We were walking through the craft store, when I saw some people coming out of the section we were going into, and they both had these evil grins on their faces and devilish laughs.  Lo and behold, we walk over there, and I told Momma C to hold her breath, I think someone had shit over there.  Apparently Goof and Goofier had ripped a huge nasty fart in that section, and let me tell you - that stench lingered waaaayyyyy too long.  I seriously thought maybe one of them had pooped a pile over there somewhere!  It was gross.

I think I am over my aversion to tequila.  I picked up some strawberry margarita mix and tequila tonight, and just finished my second margarita.  I'm feeling quite relaxed right now, and am parked on my bed, trying to watch tv and talk to Brian online.  Gonna be a great night!

I want ice cream.  :-(

Friday, May 11, 2012

It's Friday......

and I just don't know what to do with myself.  There are so many things I could do this weekend, many of them that I should do, but right now, at this very moment, I am thinking of doing nothing more than laying in my bed all weekend.  My bed is where I've been since shortly after dinner tonight, and it is likely where I will stay until the boys wake me up for their morning walk around 7am or so.  (God, I pray they let me sleep that late!)

Some of the stuff I want to do this weekend - put chunky highlights in my hair, go to Interval class in the morning, clean house, start getting my shit together for my trip to England, just to name a few things.  At the very least, I need to do the first 3 things, and at least create my list of things to take to England.  Whenever I travel, especially if it's for more than just an overnight trip, I make a written list of everything that I need to pack, so that I won't forget anything.  I mentally go through my daily routine, writing things down as I go through each task in my mind.  It helps - a LOT - as I've forgotten some important things on trips earlier in life without doing this.

The highlights in my hair - something I've thought about doing for a while - if I screw them up, oh well, lesson learned, and to Sally's I go for an all over color to camoflage the errors.  I'll post pictures when I finally do the highlights and you all can judge for yourselves. 

The gym in the morning - this is an every weekend battle for me, to go or not to go.  I hem-haw around on Saturday mornings, trying to talk myself into/out of going, and the last couple of Saturdays, I've ended up going.  I was quite energized last week afterwards, at least until Steven and I went back out that afternoon, then I had a case of the dreaded sleepies.  Maybe I will be energized tomorrow and can come home and get busy around the house.  :-)

Cleaning house - that really needs to be done, especially the vacuuming of my room and bathroom.  Momma Clydie vacuums the living room every couple of days - it's really necessary right now, as the boys are shedding, Gabriel more so than Dominion right now.  I venture a guess that I have enough dog hair in my bedroom and bathroom floors, that I could knit an afghan with it.  And the hair on my bed!  Wow!

I wish I had some Bailey's right now - it would be so good, and so relaxing.  But, I don't.  There's rum, which I don't drink, and amaretto, for which I have nothing to mix it with.  There's beer, but I'm just not in a beer drinking mood, and I don't think my tummy could handle a beer right now.

Guess I'll get some tea and watch a little more tv before bedtime.  I hope you all get what you want accomplished this weekend, and I hope I can get my arse in gear tomorrow as well!

Sunday, May 6, 2012


 1. Touch her waist.
2. Actually talk to her.
3. Share secrets with her.
…4. Give her your jacket.
5. Kiss her slowly.

Are you remembering this?
6. Hug her.
7. Hold her.
8. Laugh with her.
9. Invite her somewhere.
10. Hangout with her and your friends together.

11. Smile with her.
12. Take pictures with her.
13. Pull her onto your lap.
14. When she says she loves you more, deny it. Fight back.
15. When her friends say “I love her more than you”, deny it. Fight back and hug her tight so she can’t get to her friends. It makes her feel loved.

Are you thinking of someone?
16. Always hug her and say I love you whenever you see her.
17. Kiss her unexpectedly.
18. Hug her from behind around the waist.
19. Tell her she’s beautiful.
20. Tell her the way you feel about her.

One last thing you need to do to show her you actually do mean it.
21. Open doors for her, walk her to her car - it makes her feel protected, plus it never hurts to act like a gentleman.
22. Tell her she’s your everything - only if you mean it.
23. If it seems like there is something wrong, ask her - if she denies something being wrong, it means SHE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT - so just hug her.

24. Make her feel loved.
25. Kiss her in front of OTHER girls you know!

26. Don’t lie to her.
27. DON’T cheat on her.
28. Take her ANYWHERE she wants.
29. Text message or call her in the morning and tell her have a good day at school, and how much you miss her.
30. Be there for her whenever she needs you, and even when she doesn’t need you, just be there so she’ll know that she can always count on you.

31. Hold her close when she’s cold so she can hold you too.
32. When you are alone hold her close and kiss her.
33. Kiss her on the cheek; (it will give her the hint that you want to kiss her).
34. While in the movies, put your arm around her and then she will automatically put her head on your shoulder, then lean in and tilt her chin up and kiss her lightly.

35. Don’t ever tell her to leave even jokingly or act like you’re mad. If she’s upset, comfort her.

36. When people diss her, stand up for her.
37. Look deep into her eyes and tell her you love her.
38. Lay down under the stars and put her head on your chest so she can listen to the steady beat of your heart, link your fingers together while you whisper to her as she rests her eyes and listens to you.
39. When walking next to each other grab her hand.
40. When you hug her, hold her in your arms as long as possible.

41. Call or text her at night to wish her sweet dreams.
42. Comfort her when she cries and wipe away her tears.
43. Take her for long walks at night.
44. Always remind her how much you love her.
45. Sit on top of her and tell her how much you love her and then bend down to her face and kiss her while you’re sitting on her.

You’ll never know when she needs just a little more love .. ♥.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Boy I'm Glad I Did It!

Had a totally freaking AWESOME workout in interval class this morning!  I worked really hard and burned a bigger sweat than I have in a long time.  Such a satisfying feeling, to know that I worked hard in there.  My only issue with the class this morning was this one woman kept going "wooo!" during class.  I know that shouldn't have bothered me, but damn, she would not STFU.  I mean, it seemed like every 30 seconds or so, you'd hear "wooo!".  I finally looked over to see who was doing it, and it was this woman that was smacking and chewing her gum so furiously, it was like watching a cow on speed, chewing their cud.  I found her excitement for the class to be extremely distracting and quite annoying.

Ran over to McDonough to hit Petsmart for some food for the pups, and ran  into an old friend from high school.  We chatted a bit until Mom called from across the pond, then I went about my business to get the dog food.  I chatted with Mom all through my foray through Petsmart, and to Randar's Reptiles (for snake food), and headed home.

So now it's showertime, then Steven and I are going out to run errands (to include 1 more rat for Prissy - she's really hungry today!).  Hopefully I'll still be energized when we get home and I can get some stuff done around the house.  I need to make my packing list for England, and start putting things aside that I'll be taking with me, and I also want to go through my closet and either pack stuff up that isn't used regularly (like all the extra blankets and pillows and stuff), and file the box of papers that's in there.  I can't file, though, until I go through the filing cabinet and pack up all of Steven's old school papers from elementary school and shred other documents that I no longer need.  I really need to organize that filing cabinet so that it will be easy to just file documents rather than stack them on my desk or stash them in a box.

Anyways, gonna go wash away the sweat and find something to get into.  I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Just not feeling it.......

Sitting here this morning, with my usual Saturday morning internal debate of "should I go to the gym, or stay home and do stuff?"  Of course I need to go to the gym, and of course going to the gym doesn't mean I can't do anything when I get finished.  Interval class will do one of 2 things to me - it will either energize me, and I'll feel like doing stuff when I get finished, or it will exhaust me and I won't want to do a thing when I get home. 

Ms Clydie and I went through family pictures last night - I got to see a lot of Brian's family, and a lot of old pictures of Brian.  Of course Steven wants me to scan them and post them on Facebook, as there are some really cute pictures of Brian from his youth, but I won't do that.  Well, at least not yet.  :-)  And of course there were some old pictures of my family that we went through - love those hairdo's in the 60's and early 70's that my mom had!

I'm having some feelings I just can't shake, some stuff having to do with old wounds that just haven't healed.  Things from my 'past life' that are lingering - thoughts of how things were and how I was treated regarding some things, and I just have that sick, senseless feeling that I may go through something similar again.  These feelings are senseless, as I truly know in my heart and mind that I won't, but some things were just so ingrained in me for years, it's hard to shake it off.

Well, it's getting time for my 2nd cup of coffee, and to get ready to head to the gym shortly.  Hopefully the gym will energize me and I will come home and get busy doing stuff.  Y'all have a great weekend.