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21 February 2020 @ 10:02 am
My profile has gotten so long that it's annoying even me. Time to plop some of that into a sticky post. My first. *iz excited* What? I'm easily entertained. :D

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Uhm, so... hi! Any of my friends still out there in LJ world? I kinda decided to dust off my account and reconnect. Anyone left to reconnect WITH? Besides raloria... I know you're still alive and well, sweetie. *waves*

19 August 2015 @ 09:00 pm
I haven't been around for a while. It's been oh so busy. The kids started back to school, and with one in middle school this year, my schedule is even more hectic. The oldest starts and finishes school later than the others, so I'm dripping off, picking up, and doing homework in two batched. Every. Single. Day. It's fun, but I always feel rushed.

There are brief windows of me-time, though. In those windows, I've been gathering fun stuff to keep the kids occupied during our roadtrip in a couple of months. It's a project I've taken on the last several years, putting together a travel binder for each kid. Each year I try to come up with something new and exciting.

This year, someone suggested I buy some "Choose your own adventure" books for the kids. Do you know those books? Those are the ones that present a story and give you options for the next steps (e.g. if you choose option "A", go to page 23; if you choose option "B", go to page 59). Problem is that these kids all have different tastes when it comes to books, so it's hard to pick something that'll satisfy multiple young'uns. And books are expensive. So instead, I'm WRITING some myself! Yep, you heard correctly.

Technically, I've only just started on my first one. It's awesome so far, though. I'm personalizing it for these kids. See, a gorilla drags me off into the corn field and they have to figure out how to rescue me. I've got a thread going where they run to a neighbor's house for help (and get captured, caged, and eaten Hansel and Gretel style... heeehee).

But I could use some suggestions for the other thread. What should happen when the kids actually find me and the gorilla? That's the only part I haven't worked out yet. The story might still come to me, but I'd welcome some suggestions. Wanna put your two-cents in? It could be fun!
26 July 2015 @ 08:36 pm
My bank sent me an email tonight informing me that my account has been locked due to too many unsuccessful login attempts. The problem is that I haven't tried to log into my account for weeks. There's no need. I don't have much money! That happens when you've been unemployed for 4 years.

Should I panic? Probably not yet. After all, the account is safely locked, right? I don't really use it anyway. No bills of my own to pay; no money to put in there. The only thing I use my bank card for is gas, and that's only because I'm too lazy to go into the gas station to pay with cash. Heh. Also, the bank charges me $7/month for inactivity. Might as well keep that money for myself.

I guess I'll swing by the bank tomorrow and cancel my account (if they'll believe I'm me).
Current Mood: draineddrained
22 July 2015 @ 08:33 pm
I posted this on Facebook, but I felt the need to share it here too. Because... just because.

It's no secret that I'm a big gal, easily one of the biggest I know. So it's no surprise that children don't usually know what to make of me, especially the very young ones. They often point me out to their parents or whisper about me. A few have even asked me directly why I'm so fat. I never take offense. Kids are kids.

Today was different. While picking up my nieces and nephews, a group of four pre-teen boys (old enough to know better) gathered behind me making rude comments about my big butt. I ignored them and escorted my young family out of the building.

All the way home, I couldn't help wondering at the peace filling my heart. After all, I'd just been ridiculed for my size. But I realized that those rude boys didn't matter. Kids have been making fun of me for one thing or other my whole life, even before I gained weight. People who want to put other people down will always find some reason. No, the only person who really matters is ME. I'm the one who has to meet these eyes in the mirror every day and live with the person I find looking back at me. And lemme tell ya, these eyes are gorgeous! This gal is gorgeous!  And there's a lot of me to love!

So, while I'm working to lose weight, and I AM losing weight, I'm going to keep loving me where I am.

Earlier this month, I had my regular checkup with my general practitioner, during which she frowned at me ferociously. With good reason. All my numbers were up, except weight, which was only down 2 pounds. She adjusted my meds and gave me a month. I'm 3 weeks into it and...

I've lost 24 pounds!!!!! Woohooo!

Of course, soon my body will adjust to the new dosages and the weight loss will drop off. The meds are also causing some unpleasant side effects. But I'm riding it out. Gonna see how much I can lose before vacation in October.

And yeah, I'm going on vacation. That is, if I can fit in the back seat of the truck. We haven't had a chance to try yet. Another option is to fly me down, but that's an extra $800-$1000. I'm not going if that's the only option. We'll see.

Also in anticipation of vacation and walking the sandy beaches, I saw a chiropractor today for the first time in years. He tells me that I need to stop leaning over my laptop so much. I'm messing up my neck. But he's going to help take care of that annoying pain in my lower back that hinders my walking.

All in all, it's a good day for me. Hope all my flisters are also doing well. Love you all! :D
10 July 2015 @ 12:58 am

My entire family spent the morning at the local judicial center gathered in a courtroom before the judge. Everyone was smiling and laughing. The judge even invited all the kids to sit on his desk and play with his gavel. The procedure was just a formality. Everyone involved had already agreed to the outcome.

In the end, the judge declared my sister's two newest foster children to be part of our family. Kori and Kyler (ages 7 and 6) received their official new names. They're ours! After almost 3 years of indecision and uncertainty, these children can finally relax into their future lives.

They walked around the whole day with huge grins on their faces.

08 July 2015 @ 09:57 pm
I snagged this from milly_gal as soon as I saw it. Such a fun meme!

Write a drabble (100 words exactly) based on your current default icon. No changing it! Just write it as it comes; no beta-reading or mulling over. Any fandom or no fandom at all.

Here's mine, based on my default icon of Dean's gorgeous hands (made by raloria).

I'm calling it: The Ring

Dean runs his fingers along the damaged edges of the ring. After opening countless bottles, the ring has become rough and frayed, rubbing his skin raw. He'll probably toss it out soon; maybe replace it with another, maybe not. He's not sure yet. Fact is, he's reluctant to get rid of it. This old ring may look like just a band of cheap metal plated in gold, and it is. But it's more than that too. It's memories. All the beers he's shared with his brother or with his dad. Relaxing after a hunt. Laughing. Being a family. Good memories.


So, I recently joined spn_bunker thanks to the postings some of flister made about this community's commentfic meme. You know me... I can't stay away from a good commentfic meme. They're an addiction. I only added one prompt, which shows some constraint on my part, yes? Heehee. But the community looks like fun.

In poking around to see what other gems they offer, I found this awesome meme. Check it out!

And, yeah, most of the fics I'm reccing are older. Most I've recced before. I haven't had the time I used to have for reading fics.

By the way, this thing took a whole lot longer to write up than it probably should have. Because I can't just rec a fic. I have to reread it first! Just to make sure it's worthy of a rec, right? A sacrifice I'm willing to pay for you, my dear friends. :D

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19 June 2015 @ 11:08 am

Because all the cool kids are doing it. Seriously, almost EVERYBODY on my flist has already done this! So I snagged it from all of them. Just tell me which ones you want me to answer.

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15 June 2015 @ 10:02 am

Look! A meme! Yay!

Snagged from alleysweeper and wings128

01. Earliest show you remember getting into.
The first show I followed was Young Guns. At first, it was simply an excuse to bond with my little sister over something... anything. Then we both grew to truly love it. (Note, I have since watched again as an adult and don't know what I saw in it back then. Some things should remain beloved memories.)

02. First anime watched.
Don't watch any.

03. A show you've been meaning to finish.
Until recently, it was Smallville and Gilmore Girls, but I managed to get caught up on both. I'd like to see all of the new Battlestar Galactica and Hawaii Five-O. I also never started the new "V" series but wanted to. Does that count?

04. 2 shows you abandoned.
The Strain and Once Upon a Time (though this one actually looks good. It conflicted with something I liked more, and at that time I didn't have a DVR. Had to cut something, so this was it.)

05. A series you're currently watching.
Fall lineup includes:
Royal Pains
The Last Ship
Falling Skies
Hollywood Game Night

And new shows I'm trying this Fall:
The Whispers
Dark Matter

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13 June 2015 @ 04:03 pm
Today is a special day for my dear friend raloria. You're the best friend I've ever found in fandom, sweetie (and I've met many wonderful people, so you're the cream of an exceptionally good crop). You have truly blessed my life. Have a fun day, my friend. *super duper hugs*

Yep, it's gonna be a LOOOOONG summer. Long! And it's only the first day.

Lots of bickering, arguing, and whining. And, shocker, they're bored already! So bored! And so hot! Please, please, please can we stay inside and watch TV? Folks, it was only around 85 degrees today! It'll get over 100 degrees any day now. Today was warm, yes, but not as bad as they were making it out to be.

Sadly, I remember doing the same thing to my parents when I was little. Now, I wish I could have a full day to do nothing but play. No dishes wash, no meals to prep, no laundry to clean, no picking up after kids, no bathrooms to scrub, no responsibilities. What joy!! As kids, we really didn't appreciate it when we had it. From that side of life, adulthood looked like fun! Little did we know. Ah, well.

Hopefully, they'll fall into a routine. And so will I, probably. Like an idiot, I stayed up until almost 2AM last night, which is my normal schooltime routine. During the blissful school days, I would usually stay up late, nap for 4-6 hours, get the kids up and out the door, then go back to sleep for a nap before starting my day. It works for me. But now that the kids are out of school, they get up around 7AM, and there's no napping for me. I miss my naps already! lol

Now we're watching Divergent, and the kids are blessedly calm. Tomorrow is another day.

Me, I'm trying to write a drabble for this week's ff.net drabble challenge. The word is "travel". Should be an easy word but I'm blocked!

Still on the lookout for a good meme. Feel free to tag me or link me or whatever. I need something other than my uneventful life to post about! :D
27 May 2015 @ 03:32 pm
Guess it's time for a personal post. There really hasn't been anything to say recently. My life is fairly regular. But big things are happening.

Most notably, school lets out soon. The kids' last day is next Thursday. Only one more week of freedom! That means, after Thursday, no more midday naps, no more running personal errands by myself, no more sanity!! If this summer is like every summer past, I see long months filled with bickering, tattling, and arguing. Don't get me wrong, I love the kids. As individuals, they're so much fun, very loving, and great little conversationalist. As a group??? They're holy terrors!

And my sister started a full-time job yesterday. I'm thrilled for her. She deserves a job that'll give her the hours she needs and the pay she earned. Her last job was a wonderful place to work, but they couldn't give her what she needed to support her family. I'm going to miss her, though. Her working full-time means that she won't be around to help anymore. In the past, she was here often to help buffer and take on some of the stress with the kids. And since they're her kids, not mine, they listen to her better anyway. So I'm a wee bit nervous about the upcoming summer. And I just miss having her around to hang out. She's my best friend for a reason. She's kinda awesome.

On the upside, Sis has signed the girls up for a summer day camp. We haven't heard back yet, though. I'm crossing my fingers that they get in. That would occupy 3 of the 5 younguns. There's also a possible something for the oldest boy, a day camp for autistic kids, that she's looking into. So there's the potential that I could be left with only 1 kid during a day. A little boy who would probably feel left out with his brother and sisters in day camp all summer. Poor little guy. I've got some fun things planned for just the two of us if it comes to it.

But sis' job? It sounds kinda great. She's nervous about it since she's not very experienced with computers and complex databases. But I am! I'm working to get my health back quickly. She's going to put my name in at the next opportunity to try and get me into the company. I want to work again so badly! My self-esteem is beginning to suffer without a job, a purpose. Watching sis' kids is fun and all, but I'm ready for a bigger challenge. Or at least a different one.

That's all I can think of. Hey, are there any cool memes floating around? Now that I'm back (for as long as it lasts) I could use something to post about.
25 May 2015 @ 03:06 pm
This is really my sister, justine_andrews, story. Since she's not posting on LJ anymore, I'm claiming the right to tell it. Because it needs to be told.

Sis and the rest of my family went to Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, yesterday (I stayed behind for some badly needed alone time). As she was entering a ride, she saw someone exiting who was wearing an ALWAYS KEEP FIGHTING t-shirt! Cool? Yeah!

It's a little thing, but still pretty awesome. You never know where fans will turn up!
25 May 2015 @ 01:36 pm
My minis have been exploring their new home. I'm a little slow getting the pics out, but I've been posting what I have on spn_on_parade. I guess it's okay to share them here too.

Here's the first thing we did when they got out of their boxes:

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15 May 2015 @ 10:54 am
Yeah, I disappeared from LJ again. Were you really surprised? I am sorry, though.

Today, I got home from running errands and found a box on my chair in the livingroom. Guess what... I mean who... came to join my family!! MiniSam and MiniDean!!! Yay! Thanks sis!

16 February 2015 @ 10:47 am
Most snow storms that are reported for our area never actually come to anything. We had one little snow covering before Christmas (which is unusually early), but nothing else all winter. It's actually been a very mild, relatively warm winter. But today... !! It's been falling since very early this morning and should keep going until sundown or later.

Take a look at what we have so far!

Scene from my front porch. Those trees in the distance are barely 1/4 of a mile away, yet you can hardly see them through the snowfall.
snow day feb 16 2015 - front yard

And since the kids were already out of school today for President's Day, and would very likely be hyper-excited about the snow anyway, my sister and I made them the coolest places to sleep last night! Do you see the five little faces of my nieces and nephews poking out of their sleeping tents? They had so much fun! We used the kitchen table and chairs to build them. So much fun!

Happy Snow Day,everyone! Hope you're all safe and warm!
Current Mood: happyhappy
16 February 2015 @ 01:55 am
Because all the cool kids are doing it...

The letter "W" was given to me by dizzojay. Thanks, hon!

Something I hate:
Work. Seriously, I'm holding out for some rich man to sweep me off my feet and fulfill all my dreams. I'd never have to lift a finger again! Let someone else fill the dishwasher and sort the laundry! Heh.

Something I love:
Watermelon. Walnuts. Watership Down. The Walking Dead.

Somewhere I've been:
Washington, DC. I lived in the suburbs for 11 years before moving back to my hometown in Kentucky. Some days I miss it a lot, but most days I'm glad I moved back home.

Somewhere I'd like to go:
Washington (state). Bellevue, to be specific. I've been there once, for a business meeting. I have family out there, a great aunt and a great uncle, both from my Mom's side of the family. Last time I visited, they went all out. Gathered together all the Seattle family in one place (there's a lot! I think they single-handedly repopulated the state! Lol). What a blast! In addition to visiting with family I haven't seen in years, I love the country. It's a beautiful area.

Someone I know:
Practically my entire family has a last name starting with W. Also, my dear friend womanofletters, and my new friend wings128.

A film I liked:

Yell in my general direction if you want a letter. :D
Current Mood: sleepy - I should be in bed instead of waiting up for the snow to start falling
14 February 2015 @ 04:52 pm
I've been hoping for a friending meme. And lookie, lookie, here's a nice one! Spread the joy!

♥ ♥ Positively_SPN's Happy Valentine's Day Friending Meme ♥ ♥
04 February 2015 @ 09:42 pm
I rolled $52 in pennies over the last two days! Those are pennies my sister gave me. $52! Oh, and because I was on a roll (no pun intended), I gathered up all of MY spare changed. That added up to $25. So I rolled a total of $77 dollars! Cool!

Because I have this "extra" money, I decided on a splurge today. My sister asked to have the house to herself for a couple of hours this morning, and I was happy to oblige. Being an introvert, I completely understand the need for alone time. But I didn't have any errands I needed to run, and it was too cold to hang out at the park, so I stuggled to decide on something to do for those two hours. Then it hit me... I haven't been to a sit-down restaraunt in years! So I went out for breakfast. I had two eggs over easy, turkey bacon, and two pecan wheat pancakes topped with bananas. It was yum! I might do it again. Next time, I'll try the veggie omelette.

In SPN news, I still have not watched Tuesdays episode. Why, you ask? Because I'm a doober! I've been taping some of the reruns lately, but TNT has been playing Season 9, which I've just finished watching on the DVD I was given for Christmas. When this new episode popped up, my brain decided it was Season 9 (despite the fact that I didn't recognize the title or the description). So I deleted it. DELETED IT! And there's no undelete option on our DVR.

I tried downloading from the links I found here on LJ, but none of them worked.
I tried buying the episode from Amazon (only $1.99 per episode), but there's some kind of error and it won't play.
Now what??

My brother and his girlfriend get Netflix. They've offered to let me watch it at there house on Saturday. But that means waiting. I'm not good at waiting. *sigh*

Saturday is a looooong way away. I need some dark chocolate to soothe my sad fangirl heart.

But I've learned my lesson... Never clean shows off the DVR after midnight! My brain just doesn't function well that late at night. LOL
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
03 February 2015 @ 11:55 pm
My sister and her husband keep their loose change in a glass jar. Several jars, actually. Most are carafes because my sister thinks they're cool looking. Each carafe is for a specific coin. When one gets full, or even mostly full, my brother-in-law sorts them into coin rolls and cashes them in. All but the pennies. He hates rolling pennies. So when his penny carafe (actually, carafes since he has 2 for pennies) gets full, he puts the pennies in baggies and stashes them somewhere with plans to roll them "later". But later doesn't always come.

When cleaning out a troublesome box of random junk this weekend, I came across a heavy grocery bag with several stuffed baggies of pennies. Now, I happen to enjoy rolling coins. Any coins. I'm not prejudice against pennies. Not at all. It's the act of rolling that attracts me; it's relaxing and productive at the same time. Can't beat that! So I offered to roll them.

Sis dragged out her two full jars to add to the process. There might be more baggies stashed somewhere, but this is all we can find for now.

I've been rolling them off and on all day, watching the dollars add up and envisioning what we could do with it all. I was thinking a family night was in order. Pizza, movie, popcorn. It would be fun.

Sis just informed me that everything I roll is mine. Mine!

I'm up to $33 of rolled coins so far and I haven't even started on the largest carafe, filled to the brim. Possibly another $20 or more in there!

I'm tickled and humbled. Yeah, I could use this money! That's a tank of gas, or another pair of compression leggings, or... something fun that I haven't even considered yet because I don't let myself think about non-necessities when I'm unemployed.

I'll finish rolling them tomorrow. Can't wait to see how much I end up with! Woohoo!
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
31 January 2015 @ 10:47 am
Because I'm the very definition of a follower... and I need something to write about on LJ since my RL isn't terribly interesting. Heehee.

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30 January 2015 @ 03:53 pm
Yep, I totally talked my mom into blogging. She's been writing for most of my life. She loves to jot down stories or events from her life. And she's pretty good at it. I also think she needs the release that blogging online can give.

She's a very unique mom and wants to share some of her experiences. If you'd like to check her out, you can find her at:
25 January 2015 @ 06:12 pm
Title: Good Samaritans
Characters: Dean, Sam, OFC, OMC
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4,750
Summary: Outsider POV. Ahead of them, a vehicle sprawled across their lane. The black tire treads burned into the pavement painted the car's erratic path from the opposite lane. The front of the car wrapped around a sturdy tree trunk, the hood warped and crumpled. Smoke billowed around the twisted metal and flames licked here and there.
AN1: Written for a prompt from the hoodie_time A Dean-focused hurt/comfort comment fic & art meme (from almost 2 years ago *shameface*) in which honeylocusttree requested, "Outsider POV. A car is on fire at the side of the road. Dean is behind the wheel, unconscious. Gen, please." Happy to oblige you, hon. Sorry you had to wait so long!
AN2: Set in Season 7 during the Leviathan scare when Dean and Sam had to ditch the Impala and go deeper into hiding.

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