I had another post that I took a long time to write the other day about my aunt. We just found out that the first type of breast cancer that she had ten years ago (she has had it twice- estrogen related 10 years ago and not just a couple of years ago) has metastatized to her lungs. I wrote long and painfully about it and then the internet being all knowing like it is, erased it and now that I’ve gotten it all out I don’t want or need to go back and rewrite it. I will spend as much time as I am able with her while she is still here and pray for a miracle (they said its unlikely that chemotherapy will do any good because its so far advanced) and just love her. She is my mom’s oldest sister and if she dies, the oldest and youngest will have gone to the same foe. I have chosen to be thankful for this time that we have left.

I am also thankful for the friends and family that surround me. Dana, thank you so much for the beautiful card and your encouragement. I will show everyone else as soon as I have pictures. Thanks so much all of you who stop by to listen to me ramble- it means so much to me.

I will have stories and pictures soon of Thanksgiving and the rest of the weekend, but I just got a new toy- an HP All in one printer scanner and copier and I have to get it all set up. Stick with me a little longer and you will be rewarded for your patience.

Also, we got the first real snow of the year last night and I, being a winter baby, need to go soak up my element. 😉 I love Love LOVE the snow!


Pulling Nose Hairs

There are things in life that are like that. Short painful jerks that bring a tear to your eye just from the impact and leave you smarting even longer. Controlled jabs at your tender parts that make you wince.

I don’t have anything more profound to add to this because it was just a random thought that popped into my head while I was walking through my house. So rather than messing it all up myself why don’t you expound on it either here or on your own space and tell me about it.

Our romantic weekend

A while back I mentioned that we were taking a romantic weekend to enjoy ourselves somewhere other than home and we did in fact go. I have been meaning rub it in tell you about it ever since but never quite got around to it. So today as I sit here surrounded by the sounds of silence- my fish tank in the other room, the freeway in front of our property, and the ever present humming of appliances- I will share with you a few pictures and a bit about the gorgeous hotel where we stayed.

Chateau Avalon is a lovely hotel located near the Kansas City International Speedway. Amazingly the walls were thick enough to drown out the sound of the cars racing around the track even tho our window looked out over said track.

View from our window

View from our window

This view was not however what we saw when we first walked through the door. Instead we saw this.

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102_2335copyFinally after some deliberation and warnings to my husband not to “break anything” we found this 102_2338copyand were quite pleased with our deductive skills.

We walked through the door/book case to find this


 As you can see I kicked my shoes off even before taking pictures. I also had one of the towels unwrapped in preparation for taking a bath in that big beautiful tub. It was some sort of fancy shmancy chromatherapy tub which is basically colored light therapy (how weird yes?) but all we cared about was that it was big enough for two and it had jacuzzi jets. Yeah that was nice. Obviously tubs that big come in handy for romantic getaways and now we have vowed to replace our space hogging jacuzzi tub for half a person (it came witht the house) with one of these babies.

We went to dinner at a Cajun restaurant nearby and fell in love with their crabcakes. Then we returned to watch a movie and eat a lovely dessert- white chocolate blondie outside in front of the fountain.


Photos from this weekend (Image HEAVY!)

These pictures are of course all clickable and to really see the detail you’ll need to do just that. I appologise in advance but the internet hates me so this was the best I could do.

In order left to right, top to bottom

My baby brother Clifford in all his finery, My darling dearest in one of his many costume incarnations, J11 putting the finishing touches on J13 for his Pyramid head costume, J11 and my MIL as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jarell again in another incarnation of the costume and his mom, J9 as the redneck Spartan (complete with Uncrustables box helmet :), J13 posing in the basement in full regalia, Me in my not Tia Dalma costume, and again me, J13’s back with fake scars and cuts, J’s 9,11,13, and 14, J11 in her costume- how cool are her eyes here, T-bucket in his not costume, A couple of closeups of my make-up – I was feeling bloodthirsty, J14’s full costume- aren’t she and her sister beautiful dolls?, J12- the other twin LOL and yet he’s not the one witht the nickname of Bubba, and the last three (sorry Dana!) are of our pumpkin display and haunted house candle holder.

Photos courtesy of myself, Jarell, and the rest of the J’s.

*oh and J11 went for the Jigsaw from the movie Saw look while J14 was leaning towards the look of a female Joker a la Heath Ledger.