Thursday, January 31, 2008

I'm Impressed. . .

I have a habit about getting on my soap box about people in the spotlight.
Those of you who read this blog should not be surprised by this! :)

I may be strange, but my feelings are:
If you are in the spotlight (especially in the sports and entertainment arenas), you have a responsibility to be a good role model for the kids watching you.

To be fair, I am giving equal billing to someone in the spotlight who impressed me.
In fact, the story brought tears to my eyes.

I take no credit for the article copied below, all credit belongs to Geoff Hobson.
Friend for life

Frostee Rucker has a new offseason workout partner.

Devon Curling was buried in his No. 92 jersey that first week of 2008, but Rucker is still wearing the boy's 11-year-old heart on his sleeve.

Come to think of it, their hearts are what made their differences seem so inconsequential at the end.

"Both Devon and Frostee," says Mike Curling, "have hearts the size of Texas."

Leukemia took Devon's last beat on New Year's Eve, the day after Rucker, a backup defensive end, finally made it back on the field for the Bengals in the season finale in Miami. Despite his brief number of snaps, two of Rucker's four tackles were for losses.

"I called him right after the game to see if he had watched," Rucker says. "But he was in a coma ... "

Mike Curling, Devon's dad, watched the game sitting on his son's bed. Devon had barely moved during the holiday week, opening his long-awaited box with the iPod Christmas morning and holding it just long enough to give it to his 15-year-old brother John.

"That's the kind of kid he was," Rucker says. "Always caring about his brothers and his sisters and his classmates. So mature."

"Christ-like," is how Mike Curling remembers the minister describing his son at the memorial service.

Rucker made the drive to Florence, Ky., with a friend and his dog later Christmas day for a holiday visit. Then when word came Devon was fading, he came back Friday, the day before the trip to Miami.

"I don't know why, but they were friends," Mike Curling says. "All I know is that on Friday, you could tell he wanted to be left alone, that he was sick. But when Frostee came in the room, he sat right up in the hospital bed with a big smile on his face. That's what I'll always remember about Frostee. In my kid's last
days, literally, he put a smile on his face."

Pro athletes aren't supposed to do this, right?

Especially a backup lineman with just five NFL games to his credit in a career known more for injury than impact.

Especially a guy who had experienced the worst part of the game and fame when a domestic violence case from college put him in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Frostee Rucker, a pro jock from the other side of the world in Los Angeles, just wasn't supposed to befriend a fifth-grader from Kentucky via Michigan, right?


"There was just something about him," Rucker says. "I wanted to help and be around him. "I think it's because we had the same personality. Socially outgoing. Like to be around people. Like to talk. He understood. He told me he was going to die. He said he knew it. But he said, 'As long as I'm around, I'm going to do as many normal things as I can.' I thought that was really courageous."

Yeah, wrong.

Because, as it turns out, Devon Curling has had as much of an impact on Rucker as the other way around.

Drafted in the third round out of USC in 2006, Rucker blew out his shoulder during the first preseason game in season-ending fashion. Then he suffered a hamstring injury in the first practices of this past training camp and couldn't play in the opener. Then he broke a hand in an October practice and although he didn't miss any time and played with a cast, he couldn't get back in uniform after ringing up four tackles in seven snaps in the Nov. 11 victory in Baltimore.

"Maybe there is a reason he came along now," Rucker says. "To get me grounded. To give perspective. Here I am worried about trying to get on the field more and he's fighting for life."

It began last spring with an e-mail from one of Devon's teachers at Fort Wright Elementary, about the time they found out his bone marrow transplant had failed. While the Ben-Gals cheerleaders got involved, Rucker and fullback Chris Manderino also visited and then set up a date that the Curlings could come down to Paul Brown Stadium for one of the spring workouts.

"The norm. He wanted to meet Carson. Chad. T.J.," Rucker says. "Coach Lewis met him. He played basketball on the court. It was huge for him and it gave the guys a chance to shake his hand, give him a hug."

That's all the Curlings really expected. They had been dealing with the disease for two years, when they moved from their home in Warren, Mich., to be close to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Chauncey Billups, the Pistons guard, had been nice, reaching out and inviting him to a game and into the Detroit locker room.

But after the PBS visit ...

"You just thought that they would leave and that would be it and that it was nice," Mike Curling says. "But
Frostee kept coming back."

On Devon's 11th birthday in September, Rucker, Manderino, and some of the Ben-Gals showed up at Fort Wright Elementary and led a birthday bash with Devon getting out of class and leading the players around school.

Tracy Todd, the school's resources coordinator, remembers asking Devon if he was having a good birthday.

"Now I am," is the line she remembers.

"I gave him my cell phone number and told him to call me any time," Rucker says. "He'd call, and if I was working out, or in practice, I'd call back. I'd always ask him, 'Tell me what happened at school.' "

Rucker would sometimes stop by the house on his off day and they would play video games (usually Madden), or just talk.

"He liked to talk about me and USC. He liked Reggie Bush," Rucker says. "I told him Reggie deserved
everything he got with his work ethic. When we'd play Madden, he wanted to know everything about football, and it was fun explaining it to someone who was young. And he wanted to know when I was going to play."

A couple of days before Christmas and Rucker trying to make things as bright as possible, he again invited the family to PBS, this time for the Saturday walk-through before the home finale against the Browns.

"We couldn't park that close and he was really sick and I didn't think he could make the walk," Mike Curling says. "About halfway there I said, 'We can go home,' and he said, 'No, I want to see Frostee.' ''

And this is one of the reasons Rucker loved the little man. T.J. Houshmandzadeh called Devon over to him and egged him on to ask Lewis, "Will I see this (Rucker's) jersey on the field this week?"

Rucker tried to shoosh him, but there was Devon saying OK and Houshmandzadeh saying, "Hey Coach Lew, this little dude wants to ask you something."

And Devon did.

"They were very comfortable around each other. Frostee treated him like a friend," says Dodd, who was there that last Friday. "I can't say enough about what he meant to Devon and his family."

During that last visit, as Devon slipped in and out of sleep, Rucker told him, "If you want to let go, it's OK.
And if you want to hang on, that's OK, too, because we'll be right here with you."

As Todd arrived at the service, a large throng where Mike Curling says he didn't know most of the faces, she wondered if the family needed a suit to put him in. But then she thought, "He wouldn't want that," and when they told him they had put him in Frostee's jersey, "that sounded more like it."

"He always wore Frostee's jersey. He'd wear it in the shower if we let him," Mike Curling says.

"My wife washed it so much that it began to fall apart. We asked him to bring another one, and he showed up with a brand new one."

Mike Curling, who does drywall, hasn't been to work since October. He's mulling moving the family back to Michigan, where they buried Devon next to his grandparents. Now, he's just not so sure.

"We didn't want him to be alone," he says. "But, it's funny. When we went back there, it just didn't seem
like home anymore."

They may end up bringing him back. But if this is where he met his buddy Frostee, this is also where Rucker got a life-long inspiration.

"There's a printout of a picture of me and him. I'm going to put it up in my locker. No matter where I go," Rucker says. "It was a pleasure to get to know him. To know that I touched his heart and his whole
family and brought his spirits up and it helped make me a better person."

In the end, he wasn't a pro athlete, a backup, or a college star.

"I told Frostee," Mike Curling said, "you've got a friend for life."

Yep, I think Frostee Rucker is one of the good ones.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008


There are many changes happening in my life right now.
I apologize for being vague, but I'm not at the point that I can post what is going on yet.
However, since I blog about what is going on in my life - and "changes" are what is going on in my life, I am blogging about it - vaguely, of course!

The thing that I have realized is that changes are like rollar coasters.

  • I am excited about them.
  • I get stressed about them.
  • I am looking forward to them.
  • I can't find time to get the change into place with everything else that I have going on.

Right now, I am trying to figure out how to have a life, get through all of the changes and not drive MBB nuts in the process. . .
Wish me luck!


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sometimes I Don't Understand. . .

How do you make sense out of why a little boy was taken from this life so young?
How do you try to explain it to the young ones in your life?

All I could do is hug him and offer to talk if he wanted.
This one is going to be on my mind for a long time.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Oh My!!!

February is going to be a big month for me. . .
Huge, I say. . .HUGE!

10 days until I am four-eyed free
16 days until I am metal free

I have been thinking about it the last few days and I am beginning to realize that this may be the biggest month of change that I have ever had.
If it isn't, then it is only a close second to the May 1996 when I moved to a new town for a new job.

I have another countdown in the making. . .
Stay tuned. . .


Friday, January 25, 2008

Say It Is So!!!

Could #99 be back next year?

Looks like it is a possibility!!!

I believe that it would be huge to have two 1st round draft picks joining / rejoining the team next year - one from 2006 and one from 2008.

I'm not getting my hopes up about the 2nd round draft pick from 2006 however.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Some Weird Facts About Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the USA.

The Cincinnati Reds is the oldest professional baseball team in the USA.

Cincinnati is showcased in movies such as Rain Man, Traffic and Seabiscuit.

Over two million pounds of Cincinnati-style chili is consumed annually.
Locals can choose from 140+ chili restaurants in Cincinnati.

The Contemporary Arts Center is the first US art museum designed by a woman.

Cincinnati is home to six Fortune 500 companies.

The first greeting cards were printed by Gibson Greeting Card Company in 1850 in Cincinnati.

Got Grippo? Comes from a family factory in Groesbeck...

"Please"... I use it as in "Yes, Please." Natives use it instead of "Excuse me?" or "What?"...
I have some humorous memories of trying to get cafeteria food my freshman year at X.

X is the sixth-oldest Catholic University in the nation and one of 28 Jesuit colleges/universities nationwide.

Anyone have more to add?


Wednesday, January 23, 2008


It seems like a lot of people in blog land are talking about getting organized. . .
Especially (not expecially) in regards to crafting.

Don't believe me?
Check here.
And here.
(there were many more, but I decided not to research for them...)

Hmmm. . .
Nickey helped me start a redo of my craft room last year, but I never seemed to have gotten it "done". Now, my time at the condo is limited and I haven't been able to work on it much.

For other reasons, I have decided to put off finishing the craft room for a bit longer. :)


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Almost There. . .

Saw my orthodontist today.

He is fast becoming one of my favorite people.
Why, you might ask?

WELL. . .
He is giving me a metal free mouth in 22 days!!!

I'm loving life!


Monday, January 21, 2008

Since You Liked The Last Story So Much. . .

There once was a boy and a girl who woke up shivering and realized that the electricity was out.

After waiting for the sun to wake up, they were able to get ready for work, still shivering, via daylight, candlelight and flashlight.

This girl ran outside (yes, ran - it was tooooo cold to walk) to warm up her car, but alas - the car's battery did not like the cold. The boy and girl tried to "jump start" the car, but since the car was parked at the bottom of a hill. . ."I think I can" did not work very well in getting the car up the hill.

After finding a vehicle that would start and some jumper cables, the boy and girl were able to get to work. . .only 45 minutes late.

The girl will be stopping at AutoZone on her way home.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Ever Had A. . .

. . .Week that just doesn't want to ease up or end?

. . ."To Do List" that grows two items for every one you cross off?

. . .Person who just seems to hit all of your buttons no matter what they say/do?

. . .Moment that takes everything in you not to bite your tongue off when talking to said person?

. . .Topic/Person/Pain that you would love to blog about, but can't cause it has to do with work?

. . .Moment when you are glad you put your hair up or you would've been bald from pulling it out?

. . .Dream of just cuddling with your honey and forgetting about life for awhile?


Thursday, January 17, 2008

It's Her Fault!

I am one of those people who has to know.
It doesn't matter if it isn't going to happen until next year. . .I'm okay if I know about it.

It drives me crazy if it could go this way or it could go that way.
In other words, I can't stand living "in limbo".

Yes I'm nutty, can't help it, really!
MommyMarie made me that way.
Yep - it's all her fault! lol :)
Love ya Ma!


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

There Is Music In My World. . .

I'm not excited or anything. . .
Really, I'm not. . .

Don't believe me???

Well, you'd probably be smart in your belief. . .

"Why?" you might ask?

WELL. . .
In my mailbox yesterday was. . .


This is a huge deal for me as I can't buy 99% of my favorite band's stuff in the USA.
Yep, I have an account with Amazon UK and most pay for airmail.

There are a few "covers" (or remakes as we Americans call them) and it was nice to be able to sing along with those songs last night as I was blaring the CD through the condo.
Home, I'm Already There (yeah - MommyMarie you have to listen to this version) and Have You Ever are just a few that are popping into my mind. Very nice!

Don't believe that I would blare music???
If you are thinking that. . .then you must have found me out in blog world - WELCOME! :)


Monday, January 14, 2008

Did They Make A Mistake?

I ordered my new camera last week - was supposed to arrive in about six days.
I received an email over the weekend saying the camera is out of stock and my order has been canceled.

Hmmmm. . .

I think that they realized their camera was listed for about $100 less than everyone else when they tried to get the camera from Canon and aren't willing to take that big of a loss on it.

So, I'm back out searching for a camera to buy.
Looks like my list of photos to take is getting filed away for a bit. :(


Friday, January 11, 2008

Photos Anyone?

I am waiting for my new camera to arrive any day now!
Once I get it, I was thinking of good shots that I should try to take to "learn":

  • City from Carew Tower
  • Fountain Square Fountain
  • Union Terminal
  • Loveland Castle
  • Paul Brown Stadium
  • Eden Park Mirror Lake
  • Xavier Campus
  • Lightning Bolt
  • A Rainbow
  • And most importantly: SB and OB playing basketball
Any other suggestions?


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Think he learned his lesson?

I've heard of different ways to get through to kids, but nothing along these lines.
I have to say that this one made me chuckle a bit.

Mom Sells Rule-Breaking Son's Car
(Click link to go to news story - For those who don't want to click the link, I posted the copy here - note: I didn't write this and take no credit for it)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the "meanest mom on the planet."
After finding alcohol in her son's car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old's misdeed with everyone - by placing an ad in the local newspaper.

The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."
Hambleton has heard from people besides interested buyers since recently placing the ad in The Des Moines Register.

The 48-year-old from Fort Dodge says she has fielded more than 70 telephone calls from emergency room technicians, nurses, school counselors and even a Georgia man who wanted to congratulate her.

"The ad cost a fortune, but you know what? I'm telling people what happened here," Hambleton says.
"I'm not just gonna put the car for resale when there's nothing wrong with it, except the driver made a dumb decision.

"It's overwhelming the number of calls I've gotten from people saying 'Thank you, it's nice to see a responsible parent.' So far there are no calls from anyone saying, 'You're really strict. You're real overboard, lady.'"

The only critic is her son, who Hambleton says is "very, very unhappy" with the ad and claims the alcohol was left by a passenger.

Hambleton believes her son but has decided mercy isn't the best policy in this case. She says she set two rules when she bought the car at Thanksgiving: No booze, and always keep it locked.

The car has been sold, but Hambleton says she will continue the ad for another week - just for the feedback.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

2008 has been. . .

I can say one thing about 2008 so far - it has not been boring!!!

I went into this new year excited about the potential for changes.
Excited about all that life was going to throw at me.

Wow. . .Did I get what I put out there!
Some have been exciting and some have been aggrevating, but none have been boring!

The upcoming month is going to be one of massive changes:
> I say good-bye to my glasses and contacts in 30 days.

> I say good-bye to my braces and become metal free in 35 days.

Who knows what the rest of the year has in store for me.
I can tell you that I don't expect to be bored!


Tuesday, January 08, 2008


I stopped doing New Year's Resolution quite a few years ago.
Most of the time - they went in one year and out the other (holding ears to muffle the moans).

At other times of the year, I would make "resolution-type" changes (My weight loss started on 12/20/2005). I think they worked better for me because they wasn't the pressure that sometimes accompanies the New Year's Resolutions. Very few people know that I am making a change and I can focus on one thing at a time.

Until now.

Yes, I jumped back on the band-wagon and decided to "resolution" myself this year.

  1. I am going to return to a healthy eating life-style.
  2. I am going to target living at the gym at least four days a week.
  3. I am going to cross at least one thing off of my "Want List - Great and Small".

Why am I blogging about it and creating pressure by announcing to the blog world about it?
Not sure.
Maybe to help with accountability?
Maybe to have a place where I can look at the list in the future (I've been misplacing things left and right lately).
Maybe just because it is on my mind and that is what I normally blog about.


Monday, January 07, 2008

Let Me Tell You A Story. . .

There once was a girl who drove 45 minutes to work.

Just as she parked her car, she realized that her work laptop was leaning against the kitchen table, 45 minutes away.

After some cussing and some deep sighing, the 4th working day of the year became the 1st vacation day of the year.


Saturday, January 05, 2008

Healthy Tid-bits

I was browsing on the net and found some interesting articles that I thought I would share with anyone who may be interested (as well as some of my rambling):

Bad Foods That Are Actually Great For Your Waist
Red Meat: Hallelujah! I love red meat!! But, do you know how hard it is to find "lean" red meat (over 94% - most packages that say lean are really in the 80% range!).

Ice Cream: WHAT??? OH MY. . . (Speech-less here! Really. . .About fell on the floor!)

Eggs: When I was in the height of my transformation, I was eating one egg and two egg whites daily. Yes, I have had my cholesterol checked and it is fine.

Pizza: Whew-hoo! Had some chicken pizza last night (OK, it was Lean Cuisine, but still!). I'm still looking for a pizza joint that will make whole wheat crust pizza!

Canadian Bacon: YUM! It tastes more like ham, but doesn't make my fingers swell!

Top Five Foods for Women
Cranberries: I've always known that cranberries help with urinary tract infections, but I have always fought a stomach ache after I consumed them. Now, this article mentions that they help fight stomach bugs - maybe my stomach ache was the battle vs. the bugs???

Walnuts: This is a tough one for me to eat with my braces. Once February hits though, I may have to put aside the fact that I would rather eat cashews or peanuts as the walnut is supposed to help reduce the risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's!

Beans: "Beans, Beans - the more you eat, the more you toot!" Sorry, couldn't resist! :)

Fish: Ever tried Orange Ruffey? Really meaty and filling!

Tomatoes: Hmmm. . .Tomatoes help with breast cancer? Never knew that one!

The Best New Foods
Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! Honey Almond Flax Cereal This just sounds nasty! Has anyone tried it?
Kellogg's Smart Start Healthy Heart Bar, Cinnamon
The bar looks small and has 150 calories. I'll have to investigate further, but I think I'll stick with my current choice.
Lender's New York Style 100% Whole Wheat Bagels HMMM... I love a good bagel and I can do carbs for breakfast. Looks like I have some labels to read.
Amy's Kitchen Vegetarian Breakfast Patties No offense to my vegetarian friends out there - but I WANT MY MEAT!!!
My breakfast pick: Quaker Oats Weight Control Instant Oatmeal, Maple Syrup

LEAN CUISINE Chicken, Spinach & Mushrooms Panini Anyone that knows me knows why I will pass on this one!
Campbell's Select Healthy Request, Mexican Style Chicken Tortilla I have to agree that this brand is good - though this flavor isn't one of my faves!
Arnold Whole Grain Classics, Double Fiber I may be open to trying this one, but right now Aunt Millie's is the preferred brand of my home (thanks for the recommendation lexismoo!)
My lunch pick: LEAN CUISINE Chicken Club Panini

Kraft South Beach Diet, Caramel Peanut Crisp I haven't been too happy with South Beach bars, but to be fair, I haven't tried this particular one (and when is a meal replacement bar considered a snack?).
Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Sweet and Salty Granola Bar, Chocolatey Peanut This is now on my list to try metal-free.
Nabisco Wheat Thins Toasted Chips, MultiGrain Sounds good, but I don't think 12 chips at 120 calories is enough to be one of my mini-meals. :(
Kellogg's All-Bran Snack Bites, Brown Sugar Cinnamon WOW - I wanna try this one!! Gonna have to find a coupon for it though (ever notice that 'healthy' stuff is much more expensive than the alternative???). . .
Frito-Lay 100 Calorie Mini Bites Sun Chips, Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips in 100 Calorie bags (and not in the plain flavor?)? Sign me up!
Skinny Cow Chocolate Ice Cream Cone I am a skinny cow fan when the coupon gods are good to me! :)
Kashi TLC Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Flax Here's that Kashi again. Any opinions? The raisins will knock this one off of my list though.
Vitalicious VitaMuffin Mix, Deep Chocolate Vital-what?
Stacy's Whole Wheat Bagel Chips I wanna see the label on this one!
My snack pick: Pure Protein protein bars, Chocolate Chip and Yoplait Fat Free Yogurt, White Chocolate Strawberry

Archer Farms Southwest Blend Wheat kernels, Corn, Kidney Beans and Pineapple? Who woulda thunk it!
Kashi All-Natural Entrees, Black Bean Mango There's that kashi thing again! Someone give me some info!
Kraft South Beach Diet, Chicken Basilico With Rotini Yep, I like this one. . .Be on the watch, Kroger has been known to put these are major sale and then I STOCK UP! :)
My dinner pick: I'll go with a "recipe" of mine: Canned chicken (white meat, 98% fat free) added to a Mix Veggies (broccoli/cauliflower usually) and Reduced Fat, Three Cheese Ranch Dressing (Sadillac gets credit for recommending the dressing!).

V8's V-Fusion, Peach Mango V8 makes something other than tomato stuff? Hmmm. . .
Stonyfield Farm Light Smoothie, Wild Berry I have a hard time using all of my mini-meal calories on a drink. I think I'll let someone else try this one!
Hint Water, Lime I think a sliced up lime and some tap water will work for me (and my wallet).
Tropicana Pure Premium Essentials, Fiber Now have this in Grapefruit Juice instead of OJ and I'd sign-up!
Naked Juice Gold Machine Superfood Smoothie Naked? Really? LOL (See comment about previous smoothie)
My beverage pick: Water (no, I'm not kidding)

Anyone else have some food suggestions that will help as many of us are in the transformation mode?


"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." - Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria

Friday, January 04, 2008

My Bengals. . .

I know that my posting about the Bengals has been light lately.
Mainly, because I have had other things in my life to focus on (hiya MBB!) and I don't like to be too negative on my blog (yes, I have in the past and will again on occasion. . .but am trying to get better).

However since the season is over, I should take a moment to post about them.

Specifically, a few stats that I know that I will be looking for when I get around to scrapbooking all of the home games (all stats came from
> Record: 7 - 9

> Carson had 4,130 yards passing (new single-season franchise passing record)
> Chad had 1,440 yards receiving (new single-season franchise receiving record)
> Housh caught 112 passes
> Chad / Housh: Second highest receiving duo in the NFL (One place said 1st place, one said 2nd)
> Watson was the leading rusher with 763 yards
> Hall led the team with five interceptions
> Bengals will have the ninth pick in the 2008 draft

> MVP: Housh
> Defensive Player of the Year: Leon Hall

> Rookie of the Year: Chinedum Ndukwe (I butcher it, but it was beautiful when he says it)
> Comeback Player of the Year: Levi Jones
> Asst Coach of the Year: Darrin Simmons (Special Teams)

My "Things that make you go hmmmm. . .":
> Rudi - Not sure of his future
> Housh - Contract talks will be happening
> Defense - potential to lose some good guys!
> Draft - what are they going to do?


Thursday, January 03, 2008

I'm Hooked!

Most of you know that one of my favorite TV Shows is The Biggest Loser.
Yes, it is a reality show, but with my recent transformation. . .I can really relate to it and I get some tips / things to try as I get back on this journey.

So, "What am I hooked on now?", you might ask. . .
Well, I found "The Biggest Loser Australia Season 1" on-line. I downloaded it and began watching it at the condo. This past weekend, I watched a few episodes at MBB's and OB is now hooked with me. It appears that they aired the series 5 nights a week - half hour each night, so I have about 50 episodes to watch!

The bad thing is that I am back at the condo for a few days and can't watch any of the episodes as OB will want to see them too! AUGH. . .The suspense is killing me!

I just realized that The Biggest Loser USA is back in action (
Thanks for the info Ginger!!!)
I have been avoiding the Biggest Loser website as I am still trying to get the finale from the last season. . .
Now, I have to start downloading the new one!


Wednesday, January 02, 2008


I had a very interesting drive into work this morning.

There was a little bit of snow on the ground
There was a lot of "Why are the roads this bad???" going on in my car (and on my cell phone).

This was my first winter weather drive on the windy-curvy roads around MBB's house.
I was a little apprehensive (I still don't know the roads real well in good weather) and decided to follow MBB to the main highway.

I slid a little bit.
I clinched the steering wheel a lot.
I wasn't happy when my wind-shield wipers decided they didn't want to be friendly with my windshield.

I made it to work safe and sound with the worst sliding going on about 10 yards from my parking space.


UPDATE: New wipers have now made their home on my car and I can see again!!! :)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe that 2008 is here!

I am so looking forward to the upcoming year!

My work life is good.
My transformation is moving along and about to get a kick-start.
My family life is great.
My love life is outstanding.

I am truly blessed going into this new year!