Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday, November 19


staring into space

Wishing for the phone to ring,

A message, email, anything


At last,

A project

Something to do.

Five minutes,


Now what?


Staring into space

Looking at the clock

Only 7 hours

55 minutes left

Of this 8 hour day.




OMFG. I am so bored. This has been the longest day. I’m  ready to cry I’m so bored. I hate this.



Thursday, November 15, 2012


The pic I promised.

Thursday, November 15

Tell us about your favorite pet.

Today's prompt is an easy one.

My favorite pet is my dog, Whitley. He's my favorite for many reasons. First
of all, he's the first dog I've been able to have as an adult. Let me
explain. After I moved out of my parents' house after college, I lived in a
series of apartments that didn't allow pets. Then, when I bought my first
house, I just had a cat, because I worked all the time. When I got married
the first time, my ex had a dog, a Dalmatian. He never worked with him and it
was one crazy ass dog. One day my husband got tired of the dog and took it to
the pound. That should have been my first clue that things were not going to
work out in the marriage. Several years into the marriage, I found out I
couldn't have children. Ex didn't want to adopt, so I threw myself into pets.
We had two cats at the time, and I asked for a dog. He said ok, and we spent
a lot of money on a cute little West Highland White Terrier puppy. I had the
dog only about two weeks, when I came home from work one day and the dog was
gone. Gone. The ex had given the dog away. Because he decided he didn't want
it. My feelings were never considered and it was never discussed. His word
was law. If he'd wanted a houseful of dogs, horses or trained elephants, we
would have had them. That was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's
back. The marriage was downhill from there. I've never forgiven him for that.

Anyway, my current husband and I got a dog a couple of years ago. He's our
'baby'. We'd talked about it for a while. We didn't want a big dog; I was
looking for either a Yorkie or a Sheltie. We got neither. I saw an ad for
Silky Terrier/Jack Russell Terrier mix puppies. I called and we went to look.
There was one male and two female puppies. I latched on to the male the
minute I laid eyes on him. My husband knew he was going home with us. We even
already had names picked out. He was either going to be Whitley (after
Whitley Strieber, Ben's favorite author) or Jack (after Johnny Depp's
character Jack Sparrow in the POTC movies). Since he's part Jack Russell, I
thought Jack would be silly, so we named him Whitley.

I wouldn't trade Whit for anything. It's been fun watching him grow, since we
had no idea what he was going to look like as he got older. He's a funny boy.
He's got a Jack Russell body, with shortish hair, long tail and long legs,
but the hair on his tail is long, and his legs are sticks. His nose/snout is
long, but the rest of his face is silky. He's quite unique, and he's our

I can't post a picture with this post, but I will send one from my phone.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday, November 13

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?


Two things  come to mind: divorcing my first husband, and moving from Kansas City to Kingman, AZ.


Asking my husband for a divorce took a lot of courage. Even though it was a horrible relationship, it was comfortable. But, I finally reached my breaking point and had enough. I just wanted out. I didn’t care how.


I never thought I would leave Kansas City. However, after getting together with my second husband, my ex would not leave me alone. I, we, needed to get away from him. My second husband already had his new start – he had moved from Indiana to Kansas City after his divorce, so he was away from his ex-wife. By staying in Kansas City, I was too close to my ex. So, we made the decision to leave. It was a relatively quick decision too. We got married in July in Las Vegas, spent part of our honeymoon in Kingman, and rented a house. When we went back to Kansas City, we quit our jobs and were moved a month later. If we hadn’t made the decision to move then, we probably would still be in Kansas City.



Monday, November 12

Since I don’t have internet at home, and yesterday was a holiday, I didn’t get a chance to blog.


The prompt: Where is your favorite place to blog?


My favorite place to blog is sitting out on my back patio on a gorgeous summer day. I much prefer blogging at home, but since we don’t  have internet at home right now, I have to blog via email from work. During Christmas break, I will most likely blog from either the library or someplace like Starbucks.



Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday, November 9

Today’s prompt:


If you could change one thing about your life right now, what would it be?


That’s easy: If I could change one thing about my life right now, it would be to have more money. I’m not talking about millions of dollars, I’m just talking about a little extra each month so that we can do things, like go to Vegas, or Sedona, or the Grand Canyon, or even just Laughlin. It seems like whenever we get a little bit ahead, something happens that we have to use what little we have and we don’t have any left just for us. Even an extra hundred or two a month would help. But, things happen for a reason, so a cash infusion will happen when it’s the right time.



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday, Nov. 8

If you could have any job (and instantly have the training and qualifications
to do it), which job would you want?

My first thought in response to this question was "any job except the one I
currently have". But that's not completely true, because I could definitely
get a worse job than what I have right now.

Truthfully, I would love to be able to write full-time. I just don't make
enough money at it right now to be able to quit my job and stay at home.
Writing is a tough business to break into. There are a lot of clients who
don't want to pay anything, yet they expect high-quality writing.
High-quality writing and low pay just don't cut it for most writers. There
are those who are willing to make next to nothing, and they make it harder
for writers who won't accept low pay to get good gigs.

And, it seems to me anyway, the majority of writers who do get good gigs
can't write. To me, writing includes using good grammar, spelling,
punctuation and proofreading. Yet I see article after article where there are
numerous errors. It's not just online writing either. I read my local
newspaper primarily for the laughs, because there is at least one article in
every issue that is full of errors. Usually, there's more than one.

Sadly, kids today are not being taught how to write. They are barely being
taught how to spell. Working at a school, I see so many grammatical and
spelling errors every day, and those come from the teachers.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday, November 7

Prompt for Wednesday, November 7:

Talk about the last compliment you received.


I receive compliments daily from my husband, so most likely, his was one of the last I received. However, I’m not going to talk about his compliments. I’m going to talk about a compliment I received from my employer. At work, I was named Support Staff of the Month for November. It was a surprise, especially since I don’t particularly like my job. I like the people I work with, I just don’t like the position I’m stuck in. That’s another story, one I’ve addressed before I believe. Anyway, receiving that recognition from administration just goes to show that even when I don’t like what I’m doing, I do an awesome job and rock it.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday, November 6

Prompt for today:


If you were President of the United States, what would be your first act in office?


If I were President, my first act would be to abolish pay for all US political offices, including the President. Especially the President. He’s given a place to live, he gets his meals cooked for him, he doesn’t have to drive, all his bills are taken care of while he’s in office…what does he need a ridiculously high salary for?  Same for the VP and US Congress. If they didn’t get paid, maybe we’d have individuals who really want to make a difference in office. Plus, we’d be lowering the national debt.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday, November 5

I didn't get any writing done over the weekend. It was a whirlwind weekend.
We currently don't have internet at home, so any writing done on the weekends
either has to take place using my phone, or if we go to the library or my
father-in-law's house.

Anyhow - I'm back for today. Today's prompt has to do with the election. I
don't have my prompt list with me so I'm not exactly sure of the wording, but
it's something like what are your thoughts on tomorrow's election.

I, along with so many others, will be glad when tomorrow is over. I'm also
really glad that I'm no longer working in television - political season in
television is an absolute nightmare.

I'm voting, and I'll be voting for the least offensive of the two candidates.
You can decide who you think that is.

There are a couple of changes I would like to see made to the Presidential
election. First, I think the Electoral College should be abolished. It's
worthless, and makes me feel like it's a waste of my time to vote. But, I do
it anyway. Second, I think that there should be one candidate for each party
- no running mates. Then, whoever gets the most votes on Election Day is
President, and the second place vote getter becomes the Vice President. That
would be a true bi-partisan government. Neither of these things will happen,
at least in my lifetime, but I can dream, can't I?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday, November 2

Today's prompt: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Easy, peasy. I'm right where I want to live, right where I belong. Before
moving here, I'd never even dreamed that I would leave Kansas City. Now, I
can't imagine ever going back, or to anywhere else for that matter.
I used to think that I would want to live in San Diego. Now, I love San
Diego, but I don't think I'd want to live there these days. It's just too
expensive and "citified". I love to visit though. If I had to choose one
place other than where I'm at, though, it would be in Grand County, Colorado.
If I could take the cold and snow, that is. I love Grand County. Any of the
towns there would do. We started taking family vacations to the Bar Lazy J
guest ranch in Parshall in 1971. My parents bought a condo in Grand Lake in
1985 or 1986. They moved out there full-time many years ago and my dad still
lives there. It's gorgeous country. Peaceful and beautiful, even in the snow.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday, November 1

Prompt for Thursday, November 1:


Tell us your favorite quotation and why.


My favorite quote is from my favorite movie, “The Wizard of Oz”.


The quote comes from the scene where the Wizard is giving the Tin Man his testimonial, and says “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others”.


This is how I would like to be judged, by how much I am loved; not by how much money I have (or don’t have), or how successful or powerful I may be. I do believe though that you have to love others in order to be loved.