My (Current) Facebook Profile Picture

Even though I look like a total geek/nerd/egghead wannabe, I like this picture.

Messing Around

AND, I think my glasses do an excellent job of hiding my wrinkles.


Show me your Facebook profile picture. Oh come on, don’t be shy, I really want to see it!

Sidenote: See that blank square in the picture frame behind my head? That’s called too lazy to go through my pictures and print out a good one to fill that hole syndrome. I’m currently seeking help for it. *wink*


Fleeting Thoughts – November 7th

I just woke up to a huge picture of someone flipping me off. It was on a blog that I routinely check in my Google Reader and let me tell you, I was not amused.

In fact, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me on this particular blog. I appreciate opinions, I appreciate passion, but wow, a huge picture of someone flipping the bird is just about all I can handle – opinions and passions aside. Especially when I strongly disagree with this person’s life views anyway. I kept her in my Reader because she is generally a funny, if not crass, blogger. And I enjoyed her insights because they were so different from mine. Again, I appreciate diversity. But I’ve noticed a trend, a negative trend, and I’m out. Life is too short to be bombarded with so much negativity, you know?

That happened on another blog I had been reading for a while – I eagerly clicked on her blog in GR (Google Reader) and there was a picture of her sticking her tongue down another woman’s throat. Ugh. Not my bag, thanks. Click*Delete

I’d like to think I’m not a prude, but I suppose, on some level, I am. I love interesting writing, I’m not a big fan of being consistently subjected to shocking material. Once in a while, haha, funny … disturbing, but funny. Take me to the edge if you must, but then coax me back, please.

Enough is enough.

I’m becoming quite discouraged by the quality of blogs in my Google Reader. Now granted, there are some really good ones, but there are also some really vulgar, Eff this and Eff that ones, too. What is up with the language? With the shock blogs? I feel like I’m reading Howard Stern wannabes.

Needless to say, I’m sick of it. I’ve been doing some GR housecleaning and am now on an active search for new and interesting blogs. I’m looking for edgy, fun, intelligent, caring and interesting bloggers to follow. If you have any recommendations, believe me, I’m all eyes. πŸ™‚

It’s a cold, crisp morning here at the campgrounds this weekend. We didn’t wake to puffs of smoke coming out of our mouths, but it was pretty darn close. Our camper has a heater, but it also has fold-out-tent-like beds so you can imagine how cold it gets in those beds at night.

The boys are sharing the big fold-out bed at the front of the camper, we’ve sentenced the husband to the back, smaller bed because he snores so loudly, and I’ve been sleeping in the main area, on top of the kitchen table – sounds kinky doesn’t it. πŸ˜€

We’re sleeping in t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and sleeping bags, but we’re having to use blankets on top of that. This sounds like I’m complaining when in fact, this is my favorite time of year to go camping. The cold almost startles you when you peel yourself free from your sleeping bag and blanket, but it absolutely wakes you up. There is no grogginess, it’s an instant snap-to-attention sort of thing. It really cracks your morning wide open for you. Then, there’s the whole huddling over a hot, steaming mug of coffee thing.

Aaahhhh … this is the life. The husband is not exactly a big fan of camping, he complains that it’s a lot of work, and it is, but there is just something so soothing to me to be out in the middle of nature. It just calms me. I feel refreshed and recharged.

The sun is coming up now and it’s warming up. It’s supposed to be sunny and in the high 50’s all weekend – perfect. We don’t really plan on doing much, just sort of hanging out and taking it easy. Between the four of us, we have three laptops and me, the husband and MK are currently using them – GD is still asleep. And I hope GD catches up on his sleep this weekend, the boy has been making himself sick (headaches, weak, nauseous) because he’s too freaking stubborn to go to bed at a decent hour because “he’s a teen” now and going to bed early is for little kids.

Pfft. I can’t IMAGINE where he gets that stubborn streak from. So, I’m doing what any good mom would do – I’m letting him wear himself down and learn his lesson the hard way. He’ll have to listen to his body sooner or later.

But back to the laptop thing – yes, we’re one big, happy, geeky family. We love our electronics. I’m going to head to the showers after I publish this entry and then I’m going to pack up my laptop and head to the laundry area where (hopefully) it’ll be quiet and I can get my daily NaNoWriMo word count in.

We went to our favorite Chinese buffet last night; it has sort of become a Branson tradition. Oh, that reminds me, I need to put the Texan Chili recipe in the crockpot today – we’re having that and fresh yeast rolls for dinner tonight (I made the yeast rolls yesterday). We also plan on making a fire and toasting marshmallows and making smores tonight.

That’s GD’s favorite part of camping, the campfires. He’s a regular pyromaniac – sort of worries me actually.

I also love camping because it brings our family closer together. I know that sounds strange given we’re all busy on our laptops and the only sounds you hear right now are the pounding of keys and the clicking of mouses … er … mice, but we don’t have to talk to be together, we’re simply COMFORTABLY EXISTING and these are the moments I’ll remember with fondness.

My birthday is Sunday. We aren’t really planning anything special because the husband already gave me my present (a mini-Dell 9) and this camping trip is part of my birthday gift. No, we’ll get back home Sunday morning, unpack, and then I plan on heading out to the university library and writing. This sounds like I’m abandoning my family doesn’t it? When in fact, it’s giving them a chance to unwind and get caught up on their interests – see? Family quality time doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be together to have that quality time.

At least, that’s what I tell myself. πŸ˜‰

I’ll be 43. This doesn’t bother me in the least. I think mainly because it doesn’t seem real. It’s just a number. A high number, but we won’t examine that too closely. *smile* It did bother me to turn 40, in fact, that was the birthday I had the most trouble with, but now? Eh, you’re only as young as you feel, right?

And I’m feeling sprightly. Now there’s a word you don’t hear very often. In fact, that word most likely SHOWS my age. haha

It’s now 7:50, the family is up and reaching around me and thumping me on the head – I think that’s my cue to move so they can eat. I’ll try and post pictures later … or not. That’s the beauty of camping, anything goes.

ADDED: The husband just sent me this:


Oh come on, it’s freaking funny!

Have a great day, peeps.


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