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Outright Mental Defective
Thursday, December 29, 2005
  Gratitude List

  No hAAlf nAAked ThursdAAy
Sorry guys no hAAlf nAAked ThursdAAy, I am getting packed to leave for Vince's wake and funeral. If you pray, please send a prayer up for Nancy and the family.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
  Women Bloggers
Attention women Blogger and open minded male Bloggers. If you are a woman(or guy) Blogger who wants to learn more about your craft check out BlogHer. They have a conference and everything.
  Buddhist Recovery
Guy Holden contacted me and ask me to let my readers(all 12 of you) know about his site Buddhist Recovery.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
  Ben 10
Sam is digging this new cartoon Ben 10 but, I swear it has been done before. Actually Sam and Chuck are both laughing at it right now.
  Alcoholics Anonymous Comic Strips
Click here to check out A.A. comic strips. I know A.A. comic strips sound weird to me too but, here they are.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Cool isn't it? Posted by Picasa
  Mystic Pizza

Well actually it is Mystic Aquarium, cool picture huh. We spent the day there. When we got home we found out that Vince, Chuck’s step father had died. It is sad but, truly a blessing. He had suffered so much especially in the last six months to a year.
  Merry Christmas Everyone
Posted by PicasaI intended to post this on Christmas but, I got so busy on the big day I forgot.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
  Christmas Lights Trolley Ride
We finnally made it to Winterfest last night. This is a picture of Sam on the open air car. Posted by Picasa
Friday, December 23, 2005
  Christmas Funk Gratitude List
So you know how I was earlier in the week? ....all joyful ...all God's got a plan and the plan is good. That went out the window yesterday. I worked yesterday and it went fine but, for some reason I just hated doing it. Then I got a rejection letter for a real job when I got home.

I woke up really early this morning and laid there thinking. Laying it bed thinking for long periods of time can be deadly. So I need to get out of my head and into action. So here goes:
Thursday, December 22, 2005
  A.A. First Edition Big Books
I am not much for eBay but I ran across this. Someone is selling copies of the first edition of Alcoholic Anonymous otherwise know as the Big Book signed by Bill W.
  Gratitude List
  Jesus and the Ninja
I just cannot get hAAlf nAAked for hAAlf nAAked ThursdAAy this close to Christmas. Instead we have baby Jesus and the Ninja. Posted by Picasa
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
  Just One Gratitude
  A Good Word with Santa
We use Vonage for our home phone. If you are a Vonage customer you can call *101 and talk to Santa or rather his voice mail. Sam has probably called Santa eight or nine times in the last week. Last night when he was getting ready to call he asked me if there was anything that he should ask Santa for on my behalf. I told him not to worry about it. "No Mom, really I will put in a good word for you with Santa, now what do you want," he answered.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
  More Gratitude
I had a really crappy day substitute teaching. I swear to God the teachers were worse than the kids and the kids were horrible. When I got home I found a cooler of Omaha Steaks on my front porch. The steaks were from my mother in law. It really touched me. She is caring for her dying husband at home but, she took the time to send us a gift. To add to the miracle, when I got upstairs there was a message from a prospective employer wanting to interview me in early January. So my day was not so crappy after all.
  Gratitude List

Monday, December 19, 2005
  The Big Picture
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  More Program
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  Christmas Program
All of Sam's Christmas program pictures show him squinting. I found out later that the flood light were in his eyes. Posted by Picasa
Friday, December 16, 2005
  Gratitude List
Thursday, December 15, 2005
  hAAlf nAAked Gmail
Does anyone need a Gmail invite? hAAlf nAAked Gmail or is that half naked Gmail? Posted by Picasa
  Happy Birthday Mary Christine
Stop by and say Happy Birthday to Mary Christine.
  Gratitude List

Wednesday, December 14, 2005
  Job Interview
Today I drove almost two hours one way in stop and go traffic (glare ice accidents) to go to a job interview. When I got there I found out the job that was advertised being 20-30 minutes from my house was really located about an hour and half from my house. I know I live in the Northeast but, I am a big wimp about commuting. I also know that, "nothing happens in God's world by accident," but it seems like a huge waste of time right now.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
  Heroine Girl
Hey will everyone do me a favor and stop by Heroine Girl. You will understand when you get there.
  Gratitude List

Lately, I have been having some financial problems and I have been having a hard time feeling grateful. As my sponsors have always told me, I cannot think my way into right acting I can only act my way into right thinking." So here goes...

Sunday, December 11, 2005
  I Walk the Line
I think that virtually everything that happens in my life is interesting, don't you. On that note, I just got back from seeing Walk The Line. It is a very enjoyable movie. Johnny Cash was one of us it seems.
  Homer Simpson Operation
My son got Homer Simpson Operation for his birthday. Fun but, Homer screaming in pain every 15 seconds or so can get a bit irritating.
I just stumbled across Recovery which is published by Sober Chick. Our numbers are growing.
Friday, December 09, 2005
  The Truth
O.K., o.k. this was my hAAlf nAAked picture. I love Sno balls! Posted by Picasa
Thursday, December 08, 2005
  nAAlf nAAked ThursdAAy
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
  Happy Birthday Vince
My step father in law turns 85 today. He was diagnosed with stage four cancer about three years ago. Almost two years ago he was given “eighteen months at the outside,” to live. He was enjoying a fairly good quality of life until about six months ago when things really started to go down hill. Three weeks ago his doctor finally referred him to hospice care. On Sunday my husband learned that Vince had stopped eating and sleeps most of the time.

Vince has been a statistical anomaly most of his life. Raised by two deaf parents in the depression era Bronx the family managed to survive on his father’s meager earnings. Although he had normal hearing, doctors doubted that he would ever be able to talk normally because he was not exposed to human speech until he was five. Vince’s father was by all accounts a brutal alcoholic who was jealous of his son ability to hear and speak. In order to keep him from his father’s wrath his mother sent him to Jesuit High School. Rather than being a safe haven however, he was routinely beaten by the Jesuits.

Vince became alcoholic at a young age. Over the years he had many, many trips to “dry out.” His wife was also an alcoholic and they would often go to these drying out places together. On their last trip to dry out she died and he got sober. That was over 35 years ago.

Soon after he sobered up he was forced to retire from the post office or risk losing his pension He took the early retirement and threw himself into Alcoholics Anonymous. About a year later he met my mother in law at a meeting. “Love on the A.A. campus,” followed and he soon found himself married to a woman 17 years his junior with three young boys. As they say, the rest is history.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
  Thank You for Asking
My job interview went fine, thank you for asking. My gut feeling is that it is not a job I want. I am however, going to pursue it like it is a job I want. That way it will either turn into a job I want or I will have practice for a job I really want.

Right now, my world is full of possibilities.

Monday, December 05, 2005

I am a little freaked out. I am freaked out because I have a job interview today.

Stop me before I hyperventilate.

Sunday, December 04, 2005
  More Birthday
Mayhem and chaos Posted by Picasa
  Sam's Birthday Party
A little blurry but, you get the idea. Posted by Picasa
  Did I forget to tell you?
Did I forget to tell everyone about New Beginnings: Hope and Insanity after Rehab. The rantings of another sober Cub Scout mom.
Friday, December 02, 2005
  Another Interview
I have another first round interview for Friday, December 9. This makes it two interviews for next week. Christmas as either come early or I have died and no one has told me.
  Feeling Blessed
I am feeling very blessed today for three reasons.  First, I really enjoyed Sam’s birthday.  While Sam was working hard in school, I got to go to the Thursday morning “As Bill Sees It” meeting.  Before the meeting I even got to amuse some of my A.A. buddies with harrowing stories of Sam’s birth.  At Sam’s request, we went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner.  Then we all went to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on our town green. There were Christmas carols and coco and Santa.    Before you ask, yes I do live a Norman Rockwell painting.  

Second, on the job front, things seem to be really looking up.  After 3-4 years of a lack luster job market in my field, the market seems to be exploding.  Yesterday, I got E-mailed about a potential second interview (a job I interviewed for the week before Thanksgiving) and I have a first round interview for another position on Monday.  That’s right I got skills and (for the time being) they are in demand (fingers crossed).  God is definitely moving and I try to stay humble and keep praying for his will.

The third reason that I feel really blessed is that we had an over $200 decrease in our monthly mortgage payment this month.  It is long and uninteresting story about a tax levy that came due after we bought our house but, before the end of the year last year.  The tax it turns out was temporary but, the reduction is permanent.  Well permanent that is until the powers that be come up with another tax but, I will take it and be grateful.    

Thursday, December 01, 2005
  Happy Birthday Sam
Happy Birthday to Sam he is seven years old today. No this is not a birthday crown, this is when he was King of Blueberry Land on vacation in August Posted by Picasa
  Lost in Space
I have not been around because I have been having trouble with my internet. Our Norton Anti-Virus expired and when Chuck downloaded the update everything went nuts. So for almost 16 hours I did not have internet or phone(Vonage). Yeegads I was thrust back into the dark ages. Click here to see my hAAlf nAAked thursdAAy picture.
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