Friday, December 21, 2007
I have had some really good sessions with my new clients. It is an honor to be a part of facilitating positive changes for these folks. I had forgotten how profound it is to help people who are hurting find their way to healing. Not just the muscles are relaxed, the mind and body as one.
Grateful I am.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Even if they don't win, the game has been a joy to watch.
One other thing about the game. Terrell Owens, TO, is playing so well this year. I could not be happier for him. I am so glad he decided to get his head out of his a@@ and play the game he is played to pay. He is talented, no doubt. It's nice to see him having fun again and letting his play do most of his talking. Loving it!
Gotta go watch the boys play!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I know my friend Woody was excited! That had to be so much fun to watch in person.
Crazy sister Sandy and I went to see the Stingrays play the Texas Wildcatters tonight. They lost 2 - 1. It was a pretty good game, I thought. They played a very intense third period, but ya gotta play a full sixty minutes to win. They have lost the last few games, but the last two I have seen were good games from a fan perspective. I know it wears on the team though. They get in the habit of losing and that's not a good thing for such a young team.
They leave Sunday night at 10pm for a week long road trip. They will play Mississippi and Pensacola. A really strong showing on the road is just what these guys need. Having some time out of town with each other is always good too.
Handsom husband Mike is not feeling too well, he stayed home tonight. We both feel like we are coming down with something. Sinus, cold not sure, but his throat is sore and he is fevery. I am headachy and fevery too. Ah well, with this crazy weather, this isn't too surprising. We have a couple days in the high 70's then it gets cold, then warm, then cold! :)
I LOVE CHARLESTON! I love that I can wear shorts on Thanksgiving! :)
Enough ramblings....Happy Happy Joy JOY!
Blessings and prayers for PEACE.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thankful, I AM.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Mike and I moved into our new house in March and I just feel like I want to begin our life in our new house with our own holiday traditions. Both sets of parents have passed away, so it's just us and my sister. I just got back from Wal Mart. I bought a roasting pan and other random things most people already have in their pantry. Meat thermometer, baster, etc.
My friend Diane is on speed dial all day Thursday in case I get into trouble! :) She is the queen of the kitchen!
Island Time Massage is going pretty well. I am rebuilding my clientele slowly but surely!
I have some great packages going for the holidays and people seem to be buying them for gifts.
So far the most popular is 4 hour long massages for $140! That is a great deal.
Loving the new office and doing the body work again.
Blessings all around! PEACE
Friday, November 16, 2007
I fell hard onto my right knee, scraping up both hands and skinning the knee in the process. Very nice. Lucky girl...no broken bones and my hands are in pretty good shape, sort of a sprained thumb, but okay. I lay there for a moment thinking of how ridiculous it is that at 43, I still fall down like a 5 year old and skin my knee! :)
The massage session went well, we are getting some really good change for this person. He has been coming in weekly. He can really tell a big difference.
Gotta go put some ice on my thumb.....have a great Friday!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I have opened a new office in Goose Creek, right behind the post office.
Island Time Massage is my new baby. Life is good.
If you are looking for a great massage therapist...I am your girl.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I wish I had known that she was coming, I have clients until 5:30 or so. Ah well, I can meet them at dinner. It would be nice to be able to spend more time with her, but I guess not this time. She is very excited to be coming and I can't wait to see her!
Hockey Season is upon us! Tonight Mike and I went to the North Charleston Riverfront Park on the old Naval Base for a kick-off party given by the booster club for the Stingrays. It was a really fun night. The park is beautiful! Live oak trees with hanging spanish moss....gorgeous. There is a shelter built that has some picnic tables and such. Shrimp boil and fried chicken were on the menu! YUM! It was great to see so many old friends.
I am almost bored with the whole hockey thing, but the people are always a hoot! :)
The team is very young and seem kind of small, but that means they are also, hungry and fast! LOL Hopefully they will give us an entertaining year.
One thing that I really like about being with Mike is how well he gets along with everyone. He has never met a stranger. These are people I have known for about 10 years all told and he fits right in. That sure makes things easier!
Saturday is opening night! Here we go again!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
In the mean time, we went to the Folly Moonlight Mixer on Friday night. It was a gorgeous night on the pier. The weather was perfect. Mike, my sister and I met Woody and Traci at the beach. A disc jockey plays beach music and folks shag and line dance. So much fun! I was not feeling too well but still had a great time.
If you are looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, I think this is the way to go! They only do it a few nights during the spring and summer. Lots of different ages and all having a ball.
Vegas report coming soooon!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
We are so money and we don't even know it!
I'll be back late Wednesday night with a trip report to tell you how we won our millions! xoxoxo
Friday, July 06, 2007
The ballpark is so beautiful, it really blows away the old ballpark that was on Rutledge Avenue. I have to admit to having sentimental feelings about the old College Park. My daddy used to take me to the baseball games with him there. He had a man that worked with him on the Navy Base to make us some seat cushions! We always sat in the bleachers on the first base line, right behind the on deck circle. We sat on the bottom row, that made us level with the field. At that park, if you sat in the reserved box seats, you were inches away from the on deck batter! :) We went to a lot of games at that old place.
The year the Charleston Royals won it all, 1980, we didn't miss more than a handful of games. We got to know everyone around the park. Half the time the guys at the gate let us in for free. My daddy was such a friendly guy, I think I learned my people skills from him. He taught me all about baseball, that's for sure! That year was magical. It was also the year I turned 16. You would think the last place a 16 year old girl would want to be is at the ballpark with her daddy!
We had a great time. We took my dad's old Baby Blue Ford Falcon that was a year older than me and chanced parking in the lot right next to the park. The car only got hit a couple of times with a ball, never broke a windshield though! :) We always walked across the street to the parking lot of the laundromat and bought boiled peanuts to take in to the game. We would buy us a coke on our way to our seats and we were all set!
When I got my first big girl job, I bought my dad box seats and had his name put on the back of them! :) He was too cute. He loved it. I felt like it came full circle a bit. We enjoyed the games just as much when I was 23 as we did when I was 5.
All those memories flood back to me everytime I watch a minor league game. The new park is impressive, but it does lack the character and the characters of the old park. There were always the old guys who sat behind home plate. They could tell you every name of every ballplayer that had made his way from the SALLY league to the show. They knew who hit what and why. They were always sweet to me when I was a little girl. They got a kick out of my dad bringing a little girl to the game. They chided us if we missed a game, all in good fun. Mayor Riley brought his two little boys to a lot of games at that park too. They sat up in the bleachers behind us a little, he was always very sociable.
Just down to our right sat Mrs. Betty. She was a rather large lady with big blond hair. She never missed a game. In fact during the playoffs, her car was broken and my dad and I went to her house to give her a ride to the game. Her husband picked her up! She had a daughter older than me by a few years named Shelby. They lived off of Dorchester Road near the hotel where all the visiting ball team stayed.
Mike and I had a great time at the game. The fireworks were spectacular. Our seats were in the perfect spot to see the show. It made me a little teary eyed. While the sky was lit up, I remembered all the fireworks I had watched as a kid with my daddy holding my hand at the ballpark. I sure do miss him. I like to think that heand my momma had the best seat in the house to see the show and this time I was holding the hand of my husband. That all made sense to me somehow.
Hope you all had a great 4th of July. I am glad people are patriotic on the fourth, I just wish they would remember to be patriotic all year long! God Bless America......indeed.
Friday, June 29, 2007
The good news I keep putting off telling yall about is that I am starting up a new business in Goose Creek. I will post the details here very soon! I am over the moon about it!
Hope yall are having a great end of the week!
The Friday Five Thing I Am GRATEFUL for:
1. My loving husband.
2. My sister, even though she drives me insane a lot, I am grateful for her love and friendship.
3. My friends, they are the best.
4. My health. The freedom to move through life mostly pain free is a miracle to treasure, so many folks can't.
5. Living in this country, but more specifically living here in the lowcountry. We are so lucky!
Today, I am feeling exceptionally blessed. Pass it on.....
Thursday, June 28, 2007
she lived measuring
herself by her own
criteria rather than
the judegment of
she laughed deeply
cried readily and
folded herself passionately into chosen arms.
she lived vitally and acted on impulse.
she managed her days as if she were
at game: coach and player both and
hard at it.
she knelt to be like children and
stood tall to aspire to certain greatness.
no one liked well her fury but rather
loved to be lavished by her generosities.
she learned as well as she taught but
never learned the grace of ease with
error - she preferred to be perfect.
we did not often tell her she wasn't.
and while she was not perfect - she
longed to love perfectly, protect and
inspire those she cherished and
those whome she named "friend".
our days shine
less brightly with her
by maryanne mbl radmacher
I pray with all my heart that when I am gone this will also describe my life. Seven and a half years later, loving and missing her daily, I am.
The baby was unresponsive when workers/guests found her sitting in her stroller in the hot sun. She was administered to by EMS and she is fine. HELLO PEOPLE! Criminally negligent.
Should they go to jail? Not sure how I feel about that one. They should be punished, but I don't think jail is the answer. I wish judges had the power to be a little more creative with their punishment. Have them work under supervision with special needs children. Have them volunteer with the Special Olympics. Smack them upside their head. You know, creative! :)
Here's the thing. Ann Coulter has said some horrible things about John Edwards. Joe's contention is that she was making a joking reference to the Isaiah Washington issue by calling John Edwards a faggot. Uh, okay....not funny. Joe also contends that when she said she should just say that John Edwards should be killed by a terrorist attack, that she was jokingly referring to what Bill Maher said about Cheney. Again....not funny.
He doesn't understand why people were not outraged by Bill Maher, but they were outraged by Ann Coulter's comments. Excuse me, doesn't Ann Coulter tout herself as a political analyst/pundit? Bill Maher is .....wait for it.....A COMEDIAN!
Bill Maher....funny. Ann Coulter....NOT. She will say anything to sell more books, but as Elizabeth Edwards pointed out to her in a phone call, she debases the whole political commentary going on in this country. She tries to bring us all down to her level. She is pathetic.
That is all.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I start out the day later than most people. I don't get up until 9:25. No matter what I do, it's 12 noon before I know it! :) Then I have to find some lunch and suddenly it's almost time for Mike to get home!
Does this happen to you or am I the only one who piddles around too much?
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
They call their wings "Corporal Punishment". If you can eat them, they are free. If you can't eat all 10 wings they are full price. It's insane. They bring them to you on fire........
They have a wall of Fame and a wall of Shame. It's ALL too much for me. I prefer to still have my taste buds intact!
We had what they call the Kings Feast Pizza the first couple of times we ate. This pizza has Pepperoni, Sausage, Ground Beef, Honey Baked Ham and Bacon. A heart attack waiting to happen! :) The price is pretty good, 14" Medium Pizza for $14.95. They also have a Large 18" size for $17.95.
The past couple of times we have been in we have gotten the Chicken Ranch Pizza, zesty ranch sauce, baked chicken breast, vine ripe tomatoes(we skip these), mozzarella, and cheddar cheese.
The first one we got was awesome, the second time it was awful...we forgot to ask for no tomatoes and it had too much ranch sauce, this weekend it was perfect! :)
They have a wide array of appetizers: chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, nachos, french fries, etc. They also have sandwiches, pasta and salads. They have a full bar and VERY COLD BEER!
Each time we have come in the smoke has been either non-existent or not too bad at all. They have Karaoke some nights and that is always entertaining! :) The folks who work there are very friendly. They have a fooseball table and a couple of pool tables. We enjoy ourselves there every time we go in. If you are up in the creek, check it out!
Monday, June 25, 2007
One of the women actually has a son this guy's age. The older women were all dressed in eveing wear and it was night time when they met him. My husband pointed out something about this woman we saw out the other day. He said she had old looking legs, they gave her away. The truth is that I found that to be true of some of these women too. One was 48 and said people say she doesn't look her age....she doesn't but her legs do!
The 20 somethings all meet him in their bikinis and the jacuzzi! They were each one more beautiful than the last. The camera catches them making fun of the older women saying he will pick one of them because they "can still have kids" and "my mom is 40!".
They have a cookout and then get in the hot tub....and there is dead silence! They don't talk to him or to each other. They have nothing to say. He gets them alone and they have a lot of nothing more to say. One girl, the big breasted blonde, said her little maltese/poodle mix had the same personality as she did! They showed an interview with him and he said I started wondering what the 40 year old's were doing. He missed the interaction and talking to women who knew what they wanted. Hysterical!
I hate the whole idea of this show. I know a lot of couples that have an age difference and if it works for you, great! I hate the idea of women competeing over one guy, who gets to choose from the group. It's so obnoxious. At least on the bachelor, they try to make it romantic along the way. They don't succeed, but at least it makes it fun to make fun of! This show is just pathetic.
I think we are going to start walking here in the neighborhood every day to get used to walking around in the heat. When I worked outside everyday I was used to it, now I am a big baby! Where Mike works it is really hot all the time, so he is used to it to. I just want to be able to have a good time while we are away and not be tooooo drained by it.
There are so many cool websites for Vegas travel. I am getting lots of good info. Tripadvisor is good and the Las Vegas Advisor is good too. I am reading a lot of trip reports to get ideas of what people found to be fun and what was a waste of time. I keep reading over and over that you should not try to see it all while you are there. There are a few things I definitely want to experience on my first trip out. I want to win $$$$$$$$$$ and then the rest is just gravy! :)
Anyone have any good Vegas Tips? What is the one thing we should not miss? Email me or comment here. Thanks!
Friday, June 22, 2007
The service at the coliseum is being attended by Rudolph Gulliani, John Edwards, Governor Mark Sanford, the weasley looking guy in charge of Homeland Security, Joe Biden, Lyndsey Graham, The Indianapolis Fire Department sent folks to sing the national anthem - Beautiful!,
FDNY came down on a long bus ride to be here, those bagpipes are so haunting and beautiful. Just hearing them is amazing.
There are Drumers from the Emerald Society FDNY. They led the families in, so many small children. So sad. As I watch this, my heart goes out to those families. Grief is such a difficult and personal thing. I can't imagine having to go through it so publicly. I guess it could be helpful, maybe. I know that I had trouble when my mom died dealing with people saying they were sorry. They don't know what else to say, but after a while, it makes your head want to explode. These families lost their loved ones in such a tragic, public way. My heart goes out to each and every one of them.
Chaplain Rob Dewey with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy gave the invocation. He was so broken up on the night of the fire. This man is truly amazing in the work he does. He is always there when tragedy strikes.
Mayor Joe Riley is talking about what those men did during that fire. He also spoke about Chief Rusty. He says that these men followed him because of who he is and how he leads. He says that Chief Rusty showed leadership and grace under pressure during that fire. "They entered that building and walked into the pages of the history of this city. They gave us now and those who follow us and example of how to live our lives. We will never be the same."
Governor Mark Sanford is such a good speaker. He took the time to make it personal for each of those families. " Live lives that would glorify the life that they lived. They serve as an inspiration to each one of us as individuals. Will we live a life that inspires? Three thoughts..1. Walk out of this place committed to living. Life is fragile and precious and fleeting. We know that. But what happens between the dots? Tombstones have a starting date and finishing date....what happens in between. Favorite quote from Braveheart by William Wallace "Remember that every man must die, but not every man gets to live." Cover of Forbes Magazine when Malcolm Forbes died, " While alive he lived. " The Bible sayds, "Be hot, be cold, but don't be luke warm." These men were fully engaged in life. You don't make a living fighting fires living life at half speed. 2. Will we serve others? Ultimate meaning in this life are the things you can't see the things you can't touch. Things like love and courage, service and sacrifice. 3. Will we commit to acting on belief? Who you are depends on what you are willing to stand up for in life. Will we be willing to walk the walk in life? Semper fi. The Marine credo "Always being faithful." In battle that Marine will stand and deliver because it is a core value of what a man is about, he is always faithful to that man to his left and to his right. These firefighters were faced with that critical test. This critical test compelled them toward the flame or away from it, each one answered the call. They walked there walk into the company of angels right up to heavens gate." Governor Sanford did an excellent job. He speaks like he is having a conversation with you. Very moving.
There are firefighters here from all over the world. St. Louis, Indianapolis, New York, Massachusetts, Atlanta, North Carolina, Rhode Island and more.
"Angels Among Us" sung by NC Fire and Rescue. Awesome!
Michael Chertoff, the Secretary Of Homeland Security read his notes. I appreciate that he was here. The president sent a personal message to be read on his behalf. Mr. Chertoff, arguably, does a good job, but he is no public speaker!
Chief Rusty is about to speak, he is so broken up. Bless his heart. "All week long people have been asking me how ya doin? I said if I can get past the first of this speech I will be okay.
I am proud to be a 4th generation firefighter. There is not a tight knit community around like the citizens of Charleston. The outpouring has been awesome. The city of chas the neighborhood fire stations are the centerpiece of our city. People visit daily, kids, grandkids, family. The city of chas fd you don't just have a badge number, everybody knows everybody and I know everybody personally on a personal basis. Most of the faimilies I know, the other night Chief Mullen from the police department said is there anybody you don't know. No sir that is part of my job. each member I know personally. I hiree 6 of these 9. I promoted each of them to their rank.
Mondy we lost men who died doin what they loved best they represented over 130 yrs of service to the chas fd. Three had over 90 between the 3 of them. This is how Rusty Thomas will remember each one of them I will be okay.
mike benke he had family in the fd He served for 29 years, he retired and returned he loved his job so much.
billy hutchinson My daddy nicknamed him lightning. Nicknamed by dad, my dad said Lightning would have to strike to ge thim to move fast. He went to work all the time. he did something people don't dream aobut, he retired and returned. He said Chief are you sure you gonna hire me back? I need a job!
luis mulkey What a guy! Summerville, the town and community will lose a great great person he meant so much to the kids at summerville. Football to basketball and he was a substitute teacher. Monday I was talking with the Battalion Chief from his station. He always said his dept is the best, picks on everybody all the time. While I was talking to the Battalion Chif I heard Luis say somehting smart in the background, but didn't make out what he was saying. We finished our conversation then my phone rang right back. It said that the call was from the battalion chief, I answered Yea Chief? and it was Luis, he said,"I just wanted to hear you call me chief one time." and he hung up. That was Luis.
brad baity You could go to work 24 hour period and he wouldn't say 10 words and if he did you had to ask him to speak up did his job quiet guy always on the computer talking to people all over the world.
Mark kelsey You know that little pink energizer bunny? That was Kelsey round the station he didn't want to do to much sweeping and cleaning or checking his truck off. All he wanted to do was fight fire. He was a little banty rooster he was here, he was there. His part time job he worked at ashely river fire department, tell me this man didn't love fighting fires!
mike french he only been 2 years with me. He got everybody in the fd to talk for him to get a job. Everybody said why don't you hire mike? The way he finally got a job was my secretary said chief please give mike an interview, he comes here everyday! He would hunt me down all over town and say Chief you got any openings? Tell you about Mike we had to use a reserve truck the other day. My mechanic was showing Mike how to drive the reserve ladder truck. Mike said man Chief how old is this truck? I said it's a 1980. He said Chief this truck is older than me! He tried and tried he came to the office. He sat in front of me. He didn't wanna know about the pay or the insurance, the only thing he wanted to know was, when do he would get one of those badges. I told him he would have to get trained throught the recruitingclass. He was so excited, he went out the door. My secretary asked me is he gonna sign any papers, I told her, I don't think so, he's just going on! He wants a job!
melvin champaign His cousin called me,we went to school together. He said, "My cousin wants a job. He's kinda old but he wants a job." I said, "Tell him to come in he came to the office he had on a leather hat with a feather sticking out of it he wanted to know hey chief i just want to help people, that's all."
earl drayton oh my gosh, he been fd longer than me we came in together on cannon street together, i told you before i started if i got here i would be okay i love talkin about them we weren't married we would stay up til 2 or 3 in morning i was driving wer got a call 1977 housr fire st phillip & morris he's hoolerin rusty get this thing going thats my house! and it was Hot water heater on fire. retire and return he came to me and he had 30 years on the job. yeah I'll hire you back i, 56 years old . eraland billy and benke engine 16 and 19 2 truck 1 station earl wanted to chief on cell phone can i go next door with billy i sure would like to be onthe turck with him you sure he wants you yeah he does we;ll make a good team. change he shaking around while hes talking to you chief you gonna move me? I'm about to move the whole station , billy calls....earl says your moving me. the whole station you included
brandon thompson from summerville wanted a job with me came to me and I gave him a job. everytime he get a nose dribble he wanta go home sick he show up downstairs with his dad a cast on his right leg and a set of crutches, chief i was helping afriend of mine cut a tree and it fell on me iI will be out 3 months we got a problem yes sire chief we do he ain't got no money we aint' got a lot of one leg firement around here. I gave him ajob testing fire hydrants. his da dwould not leave until we found him and brought him out. His son helped bring brandon out and w elet that happen you know what chief if you wouldn'a done that to help him out I don;t know what he would have done with his life.
these are the memories and the relationship I have with these guys and everysingle one of those guys back there that belong to me. The city lost 9 great people. I am almost done. Many of us went to ny after 9/11 when i got hom if oudn the tshirt all gave some and some gave all. these guys gave it all every single day they came to work. they gave it all to our community every single day. they owould want us to carry on the tradition of the city of charleston fire dept alway sgo forward, keep moving evyeoner of us wil pledge and honro to do that for them
we had a breakfast at th egaillaird autitorium I gave them a challenge and it all starts iwth me. we will never forget each one of thsoe stations i want them to do something every single day we will never forget these nine great heros we will serve this community like no one else has ever served.
"How Great Thou Art" Seacoast Church Choir beautiful.
Monsinor John Roth spoke and prayed. The names of the fallen were read. The bell was rang for each of them. Then Taps was played. That song tears at my heart.
The bagpipes and drummers played Amazing Grace. So incredibley beautiful and sad.
The Reverend Jimmy Gallant III did the benediction. He said the benediction means it's all right with God. His son is a fireman. He spoke well.
Drummers and pipers played out the color guard, playing America The Beautiful.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
It brings to mind that Joe Dee Messina song that was embraced by so many firefighters after the 9/11 tragedies. The name of it is "Bring On The Rain" by Billy Montana and Helen Darling, the part I am thinking of says,
"Tomorrow's another day and I'm Thirsty anyway so Bring On The Rain".
I gotta get to bed. Tomorrow's another day and I for one am looking forward to the light. Bring on some sunshine, it will do us all some good.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This is just another example of how short life really can be. The lesson to live life to the fullest is one of the hardest. We become complacent in our daily routine. Shake it up a little bit this week. Do something out of the ordinary for yourself. Shake it up in honor of those brave men who lost their lives doing their job, walkinig into the flames. Blessings.
Monday, June 18, 2007
For now, here are a few more in the tourist comment/questions that make ya laugh!
One spring I started writing down things people said or asked when I was working in the shop for Palmetto Carriage Works. This shop is located in the historic Market area of Charleston.
1. Can you tell me the difference between the boat tour and the carriage tour?
2. How long will it rain?
3. Don't you have enclosed carriages?
4. As the team of mules are jumping up in the air spooked by something a helpful tourist says,
"If you would take that metal thing out of their mouths, they would probably be a lot easier to get settled down."
5. Overheard as two tourists were waiting on a carriage tour. "It was real eerie walking through the market knowing slaves were once sold on those very tables. You could just feel their anguish."
6. Where can I buy a stuffed bannana tree?
7. Are we just going to keep on seeing more houses on this tour? Where's the city?
8. We want the carriage that goes by the plantations.
9. Do you have a guide that can talk?
10. When the city started regulating the areas (zones) that the carriages were allowed to travel through folks went nuts. Zone 1 goes along the battery between Meeting and East Bay. Zone 2 is down to South Battery between King or Legare and Meeting. Zone 3 goes to the College Of Charleston, Ansonborough area. That is the simplified version of the very complicated Zone system. The Zone is determined by loading up a carriage and pulling up to what the city calls a gatekeeper and they literally pull a ball out of a bingo machine. SOOOOO this caused all sorts of issues with people not seeing the things they wanted to see. "We don't want Zone 1 now, we want to see go down to the battery."
11. We want the good zone. You know, the one that goes to the battery & by the College Of Charleston and to the Citadel. We went on that tour last year and it was great! (There is no such tour)
12. Can you tell me how to get to the historic area?
13. Can you tell me how to get to the battery? What is it anyway?
14. We want the carriage tour that goes along the beach.
15. What street is the mall on?
16. And one of my all time favorites, telemarketers calling Palmetto Carriage Works... "Hello, may I speak to Mr. Carriage? (imagine this with some weird French pronunciation---Ca-Ri-AHGE)
LOVE THOSE TOURISTS~ :)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
He hugged me and we took a picture together in my dad's living room. After a short respite at home, he was sent to Fort Lewis in Washington State. Before he left Mike brought him by to meet my father, I wasn't home, but he got to meet my sister and my dad. My dad was a 37 year career military man. The 19 year old newly minted soldier and the 83 year old sea dog had a mutual respect for each other right away. On that note, he left to go train with the Strykers.
In March, Mike was really missing his son and Josh was a bit homesick, having never been away from home before then. We got it worked out for Mike to go visit Josh in Washington State. My dad had been in the hospital, but was so proud of Josh and really excited for Mike to go see him. We were and are really proud of him. He had a chance to visit with him and meet the folks he was training with. I think it gave him a lot of peace of mind to see the men who were teaching and taking care of his son. With one day left of his trip, my dad passed away. Mike flew home to be with me. (LOVE THAT MAN)
Josh did well in his training, taking some time to get used to his new freedom from mom and dad....not from Uncle Sam though. After his initial training was through, he was assigned to Vilseck Germany and has been there ever since. In that time he was able to come home this Christmas for a bit. Mike was able to see him some while he was home. He has, it would seem done a lot of growing up since he has been in Germany and on his own. He's not the most communicative of folks, but after all that isn't very surprising as men are not known for their communication skills! :) LOL He has recently asked a woman he met there in Germany to marry him. I am very happy for him, that he has found someone with whom to share his life.
It was recently announced publicly that his brigade will be deploying to Iraq in August. He was scheduled to come home this summer, but his leave was cancelled. Everyone was very dissappointed. According to our "beloved" Commander and Chief, the tour of duty for Army soldiers currently being deployed will now be 15 months long! That is just insane in my opinion. To send a man away from his family for over a year is just ridiculous. ANYWAY.
I am so grateful that there are men and women in this world who are willing to put their lives on the line for the freedom's that I enjoy. I pray every day for their continued safety. I could not be more proud that Josh, my son, is one of those brave, highly trained men. We will most likely not see him before he leaves to do the will of the President of the United States. That in and of itself is a difficult thing to take.
I have faith in the ARMY that trained him. I have faith in the officers who lead him. I have faith in his fellow soldiers who will watch his back. I have faith in his strength of body. I have faith in his strength of mind. I have faith in his fearless bravado. I have faith that these things that make up the funny, strong, brave, smartass that is the son of the man I love will bring him back home safe and sound.
Prayers and good vibes, as always, are appreciated!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
SO I told him to give me 5 minutes and I would be right out. He waited in the truck while I got my teeth brushed and out of my pajamas! My hair was lovely and I wore no makeup. It was not a pretty sight.
The good news is he was followed by the half a dozen other folks who were to show up today and make my new house even MORE perfect! :) Between the paint, cleaner and polish aromas wafting about, I had quite a high going before too long. Yes, it was lovely.
When they all left around 1:30 or 2:00pm, I was left with a perfect house. A perfectly still full of unpacked boxes and unplaced furniture....house. Ah....perfect!
Monday, June 11, 2007
In the past month or so I have really been disheartened with the nursing student world. Just so many prereqs and such a long waiting list. I am also worried about how I will do at the nursing home, if I ever get that far! :)
My whole reason to get into nursing was to be able to help people and to have a stable income and benefits for myself and my husband. He has great benefits where he works, but when he retires he will have to pay his own. I also don't like not contributing to the household. That is my issue, not his. Anyway, I know that I am good at massage. I just need to get my license renewed. I am in the process of doing that now.
The down side, no benefits and unstable income, starting new business. The up side, work my own schedule, already have the training, less than a mile from my house, I like doing it, I am good at it. I guess I am really just talking myself into it. I don't know. I talked to my sister about it earlier and I felt like she was dissappointed in me. Whatever. No matter what I do, it has to be the right thing for me. I think I am through pounding my head into a brick wall in regards to nursing. Maybe it just isn't meant to be. In reality, I guess I have been nursing since the moment my mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 until my father passed away in 2006. Actually it all began when dad had his leg amputated in 1996.
Maybe the burnout I got with massage had more to do with being drawn in every direction and less to do with the actual massage business. I also think I had allowed my clients to take my for granted a bit. I have more to think about, but I am leaning more toward renting the space and starting over AGAIN! :) Thoughts? Post a comment or you can email me privately if you would rather. Any input will be appreciated!
I thought for sure that Meadow would be walking in on them being killed. I guess with the black screen they leave the ending to each persons imagination. Ah well, I for one am sorry to see it go.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
It was cool to see them play average folks! They are very approachable and seemed to be very nice. Nick Varner was there. He was nice and looks somewhat like a little clown without makeup. That sounds bad, but I don't mean it in a bad way, I swear!
The most delightful thing of all was that Johnny Archer was in attendance. You have to understand, before Mike and I got together, I knew nothing of professional billiards. I mean, I had seen The Hustler and The Color Of Money and I knew who Minnesota Fats was....that was it. Mike is an excellent player and quite a student of the game. His work in cue repair is second to none. So he has been around a lot of this stuff and understand the history of the game and the characters therein. He records a lot of the tournaments that are televised now that we have Directv DVR (WE LOVE THIS). As we are watching, I ask a lot of question. (Shocked arent you?) I like to know the players nicknames. I love the shady characters and the colorful characters that make up the game. They have these monikers that sometimes suit them and sometimes it's a play on their names. So anyhow, this guy Johnny Archer is known as The Scorpion. That just sounds so much like some James Bond nemesis that it made me laugh. When I saw the guy on TV, I cracked up. He doesn't look nearly as intimidating as you would imagine. It is sort of ridiculous to me that this guy from Georgia has this scarey sounding name! I started saying his name with a lot of drama and in a whispery accent. Totally making fun of it and saying things like "The Scorpion has his next victim in his sights" "a mere mortal might miss this shot, but not the Scorpion, for him it is child's play", etc. It helps to imagine a British accent! ROFLMAO I know you had to be there, but trust me it was funny.
You can imagine how hard I was giggling when I realized we were in the same room as THE SCORPION! :) For the record, he is an incredible pool player and seems to be a very nice guy. I just couldn't stop laughing at the whole thing.
What is really cool is that we got to watch these hall of fame and future hall of fame caliber players here in town a mile from our house. We had been talking about trying to get to Vegas for a tournament, etc. So here they were and we just stumbled upon the whole thing! Way cool!
Since it was hotter than Hades yesterday, we sat inside this bar and drank ice cold beer. It was a lot of fun. So much drama and FUNNY people watching. We had a blast. And it was neat that some local folks will have a chance to say they played in a tournament with these famous players. Some of them even played them or should I say got beaten by them! LOL
Mike and I had a great time, I love going places with him. We saw several folks we knew and a good time was had by all!
In closing....BEWARE OF THE SCORPION.....he could turn up where you least expect it!
Friday, June 08, 2007
1. Piccolo Spoleto Finale - A fun time at Hampton Park downtown on Saturday. Bring a picnic or buy food from vendors on-site. This is the finale for the laid back! Families with children and folks that just want a casual kick back will love this event.
2. Ocean's 13 Premiere - I cannot wait to see this one! Mike and I are headed to Vegas in July. That is one of the reasons I want to see this movie, but also anything that has Clooney, Pitt, Damon and Garcia in it, I'm there!
3. Moonlight Mixer On Folly Pier - Friday night from 7pm - 11pm. Oldies, Beach Music and dancing under the stars at the beach. Sounds like a fantastic time to me. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on-site. Call 795-4386 for more information.
4. COWBOY MOUTH - Friday, Saturday and Monday night at the Windjammer on the Isle Of Palms. This band has such a history with the Holy City. 886-8596 for more information.
5. Saved the best for last. HARRY O'DONOGHUE AT TOMMY CONDON'S! Friday and Saturday night starting around 9pm. This guy is the very best Irish Troubadour in the business! I have been listening to Harry sing since around 1991. He has a great voice, a quick wit and a ready smile. Go check him out and don't forget to give him some love in his tip jar!
The art of DISTRACTION. Heaven help us all.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I hope they do a good job. I'll keep ya posted!
Monday, June 04, 2007
Keep your fingers crossed it all works out for everyone! They are hoping to close by the 28th of this month. WHEW!
Sunday, June 03, 2007
So we called the store and they replaced them Friday. The same two guys showed up and this time the furniture only had small nicks in the wood and the chair was perfect. They are supposedly going to send someone over to fix the nicks in the wood. Meanwhile they completely screwed up the doorway and the wall in the foyer. NICE! I took digital pictures to show the company, not sure if they will do anything about it, but I am going to at least let them know that it is really more than just a bit of a rub.
I LOVE this furniture! We have been looking for the set we liked for almost a year. It is just what we wanted and looks great with the curtains we put up in the living room. We also bought roman shades to go behind the curtains, Mike got them hung up today and they look great!
We are slowly....very slowly getting things fixed up in our new house. It takes so much time and $$, it's unreal. Also, you have to be able to visualize how something will look in your space and you have to decide how you want your space to look. UGH!
We are getting there....s....l....o....w...l...y.
Gotta go to bed, more later!
Friday, June 01, 2007
2. Vaccum out said shed.
3. Watch as moving men not only damage my new wood and leather couch (for the second time) but also the entire wall in my new foyer.
4. Itch and burn horribly from the acne medicine I put on the HUGE zits on my chin.
5. Scream at the newspaper when for anther day there is NOTHING at all on the front page about the war in Iraq.
NOW SOME REAL FUN
1. Husband off today ! Woo Hoo!
2. Lunch at FATZ!
3. Finally getting through with my dad's house.
4. Making a counter offer to the contract written on my dad's house!
5. Admiring my beautiful new furniture in the living room. My first all new living room furniture, I feel like such a grown up! :)
THAT IS ALL.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Few things are more annoying to me than people who are late for appointments. It shows such disrespect! If you are going to be late or unable to show up at the agreed upon time, CALL at the very least!
We moved in to a new Beazer home in March and this was supposed to be our 45 day walk through. Later I will list the things we had them take a look at. The guy who came out, named Tim, did a good job, I think. After being 30 minutes late! :( Anyhoo, they will be here to fix it all on the 12th, not too bad.
We are getting new furniture tomorrow...today...whateva! SOOOO excited!
We finally found what we wanted. A leather sofa and loveseat. We are also getting this really cool wingback chair that reclines. It is red with yellow dots. Sounds weird, looks good.
Gotta go to bed....more later!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
We went to lunch at Breck's on Rivers Avenue. They have a steak special, ribeye, 2 vegetables, and salad for about $6.99. Not a bad deal at all. We had lunch with my crazy sister Sandra and her friend Robin. Mike and I then went to Lowe's and spent $200 on all kinds of fun stuff.
We bought grass seeds to fill in the places in our new yard that haven't taken hold, a step ladder for me, fertilizer for my sister's yard, a sprinkler for my sister, a chainsaw and oil for it. I think that was it! This new house sure is costing a lot of money! LOL We looked at ceiling fans and lights and storage shelves and blinds and on and on and on.....we were lucky to get out of there when we did! :)
Mike worked in San's yard and I worked in our house. Another exciting day in the life! :)
After dinner we headed out for some live music! We went to see our friends All Purpose Remedy at the Wolftrack Inn on Hwy. 61. They didn't have much of a crowd at all. Sad really. But the band rocked. Johnny Cathcart is hard to beat on the guitar! The band harmonized really well and played a wide variety of music. The sound was really good and we had a great time. Mike and I danced and so did Di. Fun!
Pet peeve....random drunk people who want you to dance with them and won't leave you alone.
Pet PEEVE #2 Random drunk people that want to hug you. UGH
We danced and drank and had fun. Well I didn't really drink. I was the designated driver, but a good time was had by all. The only thing is how far that is from our house. I like where we live, but I don't like the drive home. That is the price you pay I guess
Friday, May 25, 2007
1. Live Music - Especially Bluesy Rock locally Johnny Mac, regionally Tinsley Ellis, nationally Kenney Wayne Shepherd for a start. For those rock n roll covers that make for an enjoyable evening catch All Purpose Remedy with ex-RUI guitar slinger Johnny Cathcart, still putting it out there. TONIGHT IN CHARLESTON: Wolftrack Inn: All Purpose Remedey
The Sand Dollar: Johnny Mac & Booty Ranch Go support live music in Chas!
2. Good Food - Boiled Shrimp, A Good Steak Cooked On The Grill By My Handsome Husband, Anything we fix at home and enjoy together at the table.
3. Beautiful Beach- Pick one. Get there early! Bring a good book and plenty of sunblock.
4. Bicycle At One Of The Plantations - Magnolia or Middleton and rent a bike or bring your own. Beautiful trails to explore! Bring a picnic!
5. Dance, Dance, Dance - Put on some of your favorite music and DANCE! Around the house, in front of the mirror! Get that hairbrush out and SING BABY!
Happy Friday! PEACE
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Listening to these spirited debates has been so refreshing for daytime television. Seeing these women debate intelligently about today's most difficult issues was inspiring. There is one problem with this picture. Elizabeth Hasselbeck. She is cute as a button and seems very sweet. At first blush, she seems to be a conservative, Christian mother who is young and naive, but willing to look at other points of view. Then she started getting some attention from FOX news. They built up her ego and seemed to really care about her opinion. They were in fact just using her to get to Rosie. They could care less about her, but she is too dumb to see it. The more attention she has garnered, the more coaching she has needed from the executive producers to try to help her grasp the complexities and histories of the issues at hand. This week on the view she has come across as mean-spirited and uneducated in my opinion. It's a shame really.
It seems that she sees the writing on the wall. This is her last chance at any chance of "fame". When Rosie is off that show, those folks in the media who are presently courting EH will not even remember her name! What made me feel this was all pretty accurate? The recent interviews/sound bites she has given to ET, etc. ! Give me a break already.
I will certainly miss Rosie on the View. My view is that she will not be out of sight for long. She has put her money where her mouth is, perhaps more than anyone. She isn't afraid to ruffle feathers. She inspires me. I wish her fair winds and following seas, whatever she decides to do.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Viva Las Vegas! Viva Las Vegas!
Anyone want to buy a house in Wando Woods for $169,000? 3BR, 3Bath, BRICK house built around 1965ish? If so, leave me a message and I will give you more specifics! If yall know of anyone who wants to buy a house, please pass the word!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
1. Walking in to the shop clearly labeled with various signage saying BULLDOG TOURS "Uh, so yall do tours here?" No sir, this is a florist shop. YES WE DO TOURS HERE!
2. "Can you tell me how to get to the old church?" Um, WHICH old Church? St. Phillips 1838, St. Michael's Cornerstone 1752 Bldg 1761, French Hugenot Church 1845, Cathedral Of St. Luke & St. Paul 1815, First Scots 1814, just to name a few!
3. "Where will I find the historic houses?" Walk out of my door onto market st. then walk North, South, Or West and within 1-2 blocks you will find some. Could you be a little more specific please! :)
4. "Do people really live in these houses?" No, they are just false fronts, like a movie set or Disney.
5. "What happens if we are on our walking tour and it rains?" Do I really need to answer this one? YOU GET WET!
6. "Regarding the ghost tours or haunted jail tour. Will my children be scared?" I really have no idea, I have never met your children. Will they?
7. "So this is the slave market, right?" Nope, slaves were NEVER sold in the city market between East Bay and Meeting. They were however sold almost everywhere else in the city!
8. "Regarding the carriages. Do you give your animals water?" No, we like for them to dehydrate and die in street. It's in our best interest financially to have to continually spend $1,000's of dollars on purchasing and training new animals. And the press we get from the animals dropping like flies all over town, well you just can't buy that kind of good will! OF COURSE WE MAKE SURE OUR ANIMALS ARE WATERED AND FED AND CARED FOR!
9. "So are these tours any good?" NO, they suck, why would anyone want to take one of our tours? YES, they are good. That's why we stay in business and my boss takes care of his family so well!
10. As he is handing me $100 for his family to go on tour "When are you Southerners ever going to just get over it and admit that we won the Civil War?" Yes sir, you won alright. Now, wait a minute. Let me see if I get this straight. YOU are visiting MY city and PAYING ME, yep you win! :)
Who is your best guide? What is the best tour? Where is the best food? Where is there a bathroom I can use? Where is the taxi stand?
That is just a few, there are many others.
Understand that I write this with love for these people and their um, unique questions. They do, after all pay the bills for some of the people I love the most!
Happy Hump Day!