Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I had a few minutes and I checked my site meter to see how many hits the blogs are receiving and so forth. I was excited to see that folks are coming from all over to read it: The Philippines, Belgium, Austria, Chile, Switzerland, Germany, Samoa (What up!!!!!!!), Sweden, United Kingdom, Hong Kong & Ireland (a beautiful country I'd like to visit one day). I was also excited to find that if you do a Google search for Nikki Ann, my name blog will turn up on the first page of results. Neat-O! And if you search for Miss Nikki Ann, my blog is the first entry.
After a long day with Sir, something this trivial really excites me. I've gotta get a life.
Monday, Sir and I ventured out to the reservoir to take a 3 mile walk with the other mommies from Deb's playgroup. I arrived at 10:07 thinking that we were supposed to start at 10:00. When I didn't see anyone, I frantically grabbed Sir and the stroller; and began running, along the way asking folks if they'd seen any women with babies go past them. And of course LOTS of women with babies go walking there, so that questions was worthless. As I ran I tried to take in the sites of the beautiful waters and foliage, but it was just too dang hard--that stroller wasn't an easy thing to push with a 23 lb. baby lounging in it (plus other items that we just HAD to bring! Right!). About a mile into my run, I ran into one of our old pals from Sir's gym. We chatted for about 10 minutes and that put me even further behind in catching up with the girls. After our chat I started a crazy sprint, sprinting for about half a mile uphill until I couldn't bear it anymore, while passing a couple, who looked like lesbian lovers, who were wowed by my speed. As I slowed and walked, I passed a dad and his toddler, enjoying a slow walk as the toddler was curious about EVERY single rock and piece of dirt they passed.
Next I passed an elderly couple and asked if they'd seen the women. The couple's English skills were poor and we didn't quite make a connection. I then asked If I should stay to the left or the right of the path and the old man said: "You have come really far! Keep left." And so I did, running like a maniac.
Once I passed them I decided it was time to run again. I kept wondering to myself, hell, they must be running because I should have caught up with them by now. I ran and ran until I passed two more women with a baby. Once I got about 2 minutes ahead of them I came to a place where I didn't know whether to go left or right. I turned back and ran towards the women and apologized for having "mommy brain." They chuckled and agreed that mommy brain sucks, and then informed me that I, indeed, should be heading towards the left. They then commented on my brilliant running speed and I explained to them that I'd been running like a fool to catch up with some folks I'd decided I'd never catch up to.
I then jetted ahead of them and thought about a pep talk Oprah once said she'd had with herself about letting go. I agreed that it was time for me to let go and let the situation be what it was going to be. Running like a fool wasn't going to do much, and I'd only miss the beautiful sites (I was now almost at the end of the 3 mile trail). I slowed down, handed Sir some snacks and tried to savor the moment. Seconds later, and I do mean seconds, I saw Deb and the others headed towards me. I was to find out that we were supposed to arrive at 10:30, not 10:00; and hat I had indeed just met them at the beginning of their walk. I wound up having to walk that same 3 miles again, going back the way I started, and passing some of the same folks again--the two ladies I passed chuckled at me when they saw me again.
Along the way, I told the girls of the revelation I had about letting go and needing to slow down. And I said, "You know, Deb, reading is fundamental. If I'd just slowed down to fully read the email you'd sent out, I wouldn't have had to run an extra 3 miles." But, in the end, I'm glad we did meet them and walk the extra 3 miles--along the way we ran into two snakes (one was dead), and it was the first time I'd seen snakes that close up. And these brave moms toyed with the live snake so that the babies could watch it slither away. How neat! Actually, I backed away for that part.
So yes, it's time to slow down. Time to stop treating life as a race. If not? I'll miss out on the great scenery and wind up having to run more miles than necessary--and that ain't right!
FYI--It's Wednesday and I'm still in pain from that 6 miles on Monday.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Yes, I had to point that out because I now have devoted readers who aren't friends or family members of mine!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
The human body produces its own supply of alcohol naturally on a continuous basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
The world's oldest recipe is for beer?
Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels.
The early church declared that alcohol was an inherently good gift of God to be used and enjoyed...to despise alcohol was heresy.
During prohibition, temperance activist hired a scholar to rewrite the bible by removing all references to alcohol beverage.
While there wasn't any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie to eat at the first Thanksgiving, there was beer, brandy, gin, and wine to drink.
Anyone under the age of 21 who takes out household trash containing even a single empty alcohol beverage container can be charged with illegal possession of alcohol in Missouri.
*Nikki clears her throat* And for those hitting the booze too hard, I have no idea where you can purchase that book to the left.
And for you ladies who are looking to hangout with Mr. Boozin' It Up Bear, I'll see what I can do to get his info--that is if he can focus long enough to give me his digits. He's such a sloppy drunk and we fight about it all the time.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Obviously it was late at night, and I knew I'd smelt something burning. I went outside to find Peanut burning stuff in the backyard. It just didn't seem right--so I had to grab my camera. I looked at him like he was crazy--which he really is. Actually, burning stuff is something my dad and my Uncle Robert Earl do (the southern men they are). It's so sad to see Peanut turning into dad. I bet he never thought it would happen.
E. Craig Crawford
Mr. Tony G! -- Mom said, "Go to work!"
And that's the short list!
I am so thankful for all of the support you all give me. The fact that you come and read about my average, everyday life means so much. Without you I'd just be talking to myself--which I do waaaaaay too much of throughout the day already! Like I'm talking to Sir now, but it's clear that I'm really just talking to myself cause he's still doing what I told him not to do.
Deb, Ang, Erica, and Tasha, what are we gonna do with these kids?
Con Besos y Amor
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
For those interested in taking the journey with Omacine, we'll view her life through many different avenues. The first installation is in the form of a journal entry. Please be kind and thoughtful when reading Omacine Buckeye's stories. A busy mom, I have NO time to edit her stories (as I use my free time to edit my novel). I am carving out a small portion of my writing time to update her story, so you will be viewing this raw and unedited. This is about the story and not about the grammar; so don't email me with corrections!! LOL! As usual, feel free to pass this along.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
And for those computer savvy people, there is and XML link on the calendar if you feel the need to subscribe to it. I just love XML and stuff!
Gotta run Isom to playgroup--we're late!
Correction: Actually the Volvo C70 convertible was My Dream Car until I had Isom; at that point I had to choose something more suitable for my small family.
FORGIVENESS is a big part of mental/physical/emotional/spiritual well-being. Today, try to forgive one small thing. If someone cuts you off in traffic don't let your road rage take over, release it and decide to utilize your other option. Forgive that driver for being blind; busy; a tired mom with 3 yelling kids in the car; a truck driver trying to make ends meet; a high school student who thinks he/she is in a NASCAR race; a 90-year-old GREAT-grandmother who's still driving around town because her kids haven't got the heart to seize her license...
Let it go... Just for today. Just this once. And see how much better you'll feel mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
And most of all: FORGIVE yourself...
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Hey, even The Pope knows a good car when he sees one!
Once a Volvo lover, Always a Volvo lover...
We've got to do it. People, we've got to do it. Ya gotta floss. I know-I know it's one of those tedious tasks that you'd like to skip in order to get to bed faster or move on with your day. In an ideal situation you'd floss 2-3 times a day. But hey, Mr. Tooth up there would be happy if ya did it at least once a day. For those of you in romantic relationships, it's not an option. You can't hand out wet kisses if you haven't removed the plaque and crap from in between your teeth.
Anyway, flossing and diabetes are bi-directionally related. Meaning: flossing can lead to diabetes and diabetes can lead to dental problems. So take time to floss the same way you take time to brush (At least I hope all of you are brushing. I hope...).
Then run out a plant a wet kiss on someone; they'll appreciate the extra time you put into your oral hygiene.
Here's a bit of information from mayoclinic.com:
Dental care and diabetes: Guide to a healthy mouth
You must take special care of your mouth when you have diabetes, especially your teeth and gums. Follow this advice to avoid serious complications.
When you have diabetes, elevated blood sugar levels can damage many parts of your body, including your mouth and teeth. Diabetes increases your risk of gum disease, cavities and tooth loss, dry mouth, and a variety of oral infections.
Conversely, poor oral health can make your diabetes more difficult to control. Infections may cause your blood sugar to rise and require more insulin to keep it under control.
In addition, diabetes can diminish your ability to taste sweets. Although this change may not be noticeable, it can influence your food choices in favor of additional sweeter tasting foods, thereby affecting your dental health, as well as your ability to control your diabetes.
Awareness of potential oral complications from diabetes will improve your chances of maintaining a healthy mouth and sound teeth.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Go ahead! Pour yourself a glass.