Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Hold your breath and count to 10...

My travel plans have had a little, um, hiccup, shall we say? I'm still going to get to Riverton on time, but not in the way I had originally planned.

Daniel's vacation request was denied. He wasn't really happy about it, but I guess it couldn't be helped.

We're still working on an alternative plan. I'll know something this afternoon or this evening.

Meanwhile, I didn't sleep at all last night. I don't know if it's just that I can't sleep, or I'm excited, or what. I woke up at 10am and am wide awake. I'll probably crash around 2 or 3.

I should get used to getting up early. I have to be at work Monday at 8am. And, about an hour earlier than usual because Wyoming is in Mountain Time, an hour behind Oklahoma City.

This'll be fun...

That's all from where I sit.


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Monday, May 29, 2006

Happy Birthday, Scott!

Class of 2009

That's all from where I sit.


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Road Trippin': Me and Daniel ...and Kathy?

We're leaving on Saturday (June 3rd), and today, Daniel informs me that his friend, Kathy, wants to go along.

Say what?!

The whole time I've been here, I have wanted to meet this girl. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that she would want to tag along as Daniel drives me and my stuff to Wyoming. Everything I know about her is what Daniel has chosen to tell me. I wonder what kind of travelling companion she would be.

Part of me doesn't mind, but the rational part of me doesn't like the implications of what this might entail. If Daniel is sleeping with her, I really don't want to know.

We'll have to talk about this later. Maybe it's not such a grand idea. I'll meet her, but I don't think that trvelling in Daniel's car packed with all my crap is the best way to get to know her.

That's all from where I sit.


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Friday, May 26, 2006

Break out the Depends...

Dana Carvey's on the Tonight Show. The man is abso-friggin-lutely hiliarious!

Pardon me while I laugh myself silly.


MVL will be 3 years old on Sunday! If I weren't so wrapped up in this move to Wyoming, I might have done something special. Hmmm, maybe next year.

In reading some of the early posts (before I learned about putting actual titles on them), my life has changed a lot in the last three years.

I think it's been a growing experience for me, keeping track of my life like this. I think I'll keep doing it for a while.


Stay safe this long holiday weekend. Click it or ticket. Fill your car in the early morning or at night. Quit talking on your cellphone (it's actually illegal in some states) and PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD!

And, if you still have money and your sanity on Tuesday, I'll see you then...

See you soon, unless you see me first.

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, May 25, 2006

In My Humble Opinion: what I will and will not miss about Oklahoma

What I'm not going to miss about Oklahoma

1. Tornadoes-- they scare the bejeezus outta me.
2. The Department of Public Safety-- why can't they call themselves the DMV like everyplace else I've lived (except New England, where it's known as the RMV)?
3. Weathermen bitching about the weather-- they carp about there not being enough of something, be it rain, snow, dry days, etc., then when it does happen, it's too much of the same, be it rain, snow...
4. The Christmas commercial that jeweller BC Clark runs every year-- it gets annoying after the first 50,000 airings or so.
5. "Bedlam" anything-- Oklahoma? Oklahoma State? Who's better at whatever? Who cares! (there are execptions to this. See #5 below)
6. The fact that you only get one license plate (or tag) when you register your car-- Yeah, the one on the back is the most useful, and i understand about the state wanting to save money by only issuing one plate, however, I also will not miss
6a. The custom plates for every school, hobby, team, company, etc. that sell everywhere-- OU is your favorite school. Bully for you! A "house divided"? Okay, so there are some people who like both OU and OSU. I really don't want to know. And those ones for every school (especially the elementary schools)... unless you work at said school, I really don't need to know where your kid goes to school. Doesn't anyone but me see that this practice could be dangerous?
7. Slow news days-- Gov. Henry's dog had puppies recently. It made the local news. I'm sure something more important and pressing happened that day. The news coverage is good in Oklahoma City, but there are some things I don't need to know. Last summer, the govenor's dog, the same one who had puppies, wandered off for a few days... even that made the news! If Pinky wandered off, no one would bat an eye... except that she's a pit bull. If she got picked up by animal control, we'd never see her again.
8. The word "tornadic"-- I'd never heard this word before coming here. It has to do with tornado conditions. When they say during the weather that the conditions are ripe for tornadic activity, I start to panic a little and pray a lot.

Okay, okay... enough of that. Here are the things I will miss most about Oklahoma:

1. My family-- duh?
2. My friends-- just when I thought that I'd never make friends here, I went to school and made a few. And I will miss them, because it's always nice to have friends. I hope that they won't forget about me, and that I had an impact on their lives as they have had on mine.
3. Brad Edwards-- the consumer reporter for KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City died recently after a brief illness. He fought for the common Oklahoman for more than 30 years. I've never met the man in person, but his sincerity came through the television, and felt that if I needed help because I was getting cheated or wronged, I could trust him. His segment on the news was called "In Your Corner". He's in God's corner now.
4. David Payne during tornado season-- he's one of the meterologists at KFOR-TV who goes out and chases tornadoes so that everyone can be aware and safe. Most of the time, he gets really excited about it and yells out "Tornado on the ground!" when one is in just that position to wreak havoc.
5. The exceptions to #5 above-- Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma football) and JamesOn Curry (Oklahoma State basketball). Two very talented athletes who have long careers ahead of them if they want it.
6. The Hornets-- Oklahoma City took in the Hornets after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans last summer. They have proven to everyone in the NBA that OKC is truly a major league town. I'll be sad when they leave to return to the Cresent City, but for now, the Hornets are OURS! They've done a lot for the economy here, and nearly every game at the Ford Center was a sellout.
7. The Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial-- a symbol of hope for me personally, although I was not in Oklahoma back in 1995. If that tree could get scortched to the point where people thought it was dead, then came back to life the following spring, then why couldn't I overcome my adversities and do the same? It's one of my favorite places in Oklahoma City.
8. Bricktown-- a pretty cool place to hang out downtown. The parking sucks though.

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I'm feeling melancholy, baby...

I'm having all these mixed emotions about leaving, going, and everything and everyone in between. Part of me is excited that I can't stand it, and part of me is scared to death.

Larry told me once that what I'm scared of is the unknown. Well, yeah, that makes sense. Once I get there, I'll be fine... i hope!

I got an email from Jim, my new boss, and my lodging there is set. He'll even give me time to find a place to call home. I won't be on the air for the first few days anyway, except for some production. That's cool... at least I'll get acclimated to everything first.

And it looks like, due to a miscommunication that is Jeff's fault, that Dean will not be coming along. Something about I didn't want both Daniel's car and Dean's Yukon along. Jeff told me tonight that he told Dean that I wasn't bringing everything I had with me on this first trip, and apparently, Dean took that to mean that I didn't want him to come along. The only question I have is, why didn't anyone ask me about this if there was a question?

My family... sheesh!

But now, at nearly 2am, I'm feeling kinda down in the dumps... I guess I better get to bed. I gotta drag Jeff down to 50 Penn Place later ths afternoon.

(PS-- thanx 4 peeking)

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Will it go round in circles?

My head is so full of stuff today. Mostly it's about this job in Wyoming that I will start in less than two weeks! All the packing, and planning, and the making arrangements for my mail since I won't have an address for a couple, three weeks once I get there... I don't know if I'm coming, going, or went already!

I know this is all nerves. I'm excited and scared and nervous. I don't know whether to cry, laugh, throw up or pass out. So many things going around in circles in my head.

Cowboy hats... yeah, that, too. Dammit, I can't get that out of my head. Thanks. Thanks a lot ;)


I have this list of things I am NOT going to miss about Oklahoma... but I have to actually write it down so I can post here before I leave.

Don't get me wrong, Oklahoma has finally grown on me... there are just some things I'm not going to miss. Tornadoes are one. They scared the crap out of me. I thought hurricanes were bad...

Once I get the list of things I'm NOT going to miss complied, I'll post it. To be fair, I'll post the things I AM going to miss, too.

That's all from where I sit.


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Saturday, May 20, 2006

this n that

Item 1: Ripley the wonder dog from next door (?) came back yesterday afternoon. I chased him back thru another hole in the fence and he stayed away this time. Of course, the minute Pinky went outside, she went right to the spot that Ripley had christened just moments before.

Item 2: I hate doing laundry! Just thought I'd throw that out there. Because we were out of laundry soap, my dirty laundry started to pile up. Over the last two days, i think I've washed every scrap of fabric I own at least twice (or at least it feels like I have).

Item 3: It must be a slow news day when the Governor's dog has puppies and it makes the 6pm news.

Item 4: Eddie Sutton retired yesterday. Every newscast on every channel repeated this story twice-- once at the top of the newscast, and once during the actual sports segment. Yeah, he coached basketball at Oklahoma State for 16 years and took his team to March Madness (including three trips to the Final Four) several times. Okay, I get it... it's an important story here in Oklahoma. But it was hardly unexpected, given the drunk driving arrest in February.

Item 5: I need a social life, or at the very least, go on a date every great once in a while. When all I can manage is a late night Carl's Jr. run with my 22 year old son, I know that there's gotta be more out there.

Item 6: About that late night Carl's Jr. run... we went to Midwest City for that, even though there's a Carl's in Edmond, its drive thru isn't open 24 hours. The one in Midwest City is. I wish I hadn't gone, because the damn burger sat in my stomach like a lead weight all blessed night!

Item 7: I have places to go before I leave Oklahoma for the wilds of Wyoming. One is a stop at the school to say goodbye and thank you. Another is a stop at St. Mary's Hosptial in Enid to see Vincent. He had yet another surgery this week and is expected to be in the hosptial (unless they kick him out like the last time he was there) for 12 weeks!

Item 8: The Da Vinci Code came out yesterday. This is yet another movie that gets people up in arms because of the spiritual aspect. Think The Last Temptation of Christ (1989) or The Passion of the Christ (2004) in terms of the "controversy" that such movies generate. As far as The Da Vinci Code is concerned, what part of "fiction" don't these people understand? It's a novel, a work of fiction-- that means the author (in this case, Dan Brown) can make stuff up based on his research. I'd like to see the movie to see if it's anything like the book. I've heard that it's pretty true to the book, but I have to see for myself.

Item 9: Jeff was supposed to go over to my sister's to watch Joey, but he is not feeling well. It takes a lot for Jeff to say he's not feeling well. So Joey is coming over here instead. This'll be fun. I hope Tori's not gone all day. That kid wears me out!

Item 10: It's expected to hit 100 degrees here today. I'm staying inside as much as possible. Better grab a hat from one of the boxes i've packed in case I go outside for any length of time.

Item 11: It's Armed Forces Day. Go salute a veteran and thank them for their service. It's the least you can do.

That's all from where I sit.


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Friday, May 19, 2006

It wasn't just a dozen little girls having a recital...

We went to Rose State College last night to see Amalia in a dance recital. It lasted three hours! On a school night! And Amalia was only in a couple of numbers, spaced about two hours apart. Melvin and Gloria came down from Enid to see it, but had to leave at the intermission because of their drive back. At least they got to see Amalia in one of her programs.

I think that 10pm is a little late to keep little kids up. And a lot of those little kids were 3 and 4 years old!

It was a good program. The little ones were meant to be cute in their dance costumes, and not necessarily keep in step. Choreography is kinda lost on them. They're just having fun. The older kids, who could better take direction and rehearse at home, were very good.

It was about 10:15pm when we finally left. It was kinda late to fix dinner, so Mom and I went to Sonic. That surprised me, because Mom usually doesn't like Sonic, but it was better than going to Mc Donald's.

Jeff went over to Tori's to help Daniel with Joey, so they weren't there. Scott and Marc were and there were times that they were bored outta their gourd. Scott texted a friend of his, but she never replied.


From The Post Within A Post Department:

--begin rant--

I have an account at It's a site where you can list 43 things that you would like to accomplish in your life, and check them off as you complete them.

Last year, when I was in broadcasting school, one of my goals was to finish school and find work in radio. I had one guy tell me that broadcasting school wasn't worth it, and to not waste my money.

I replied to him that this was something I had always wanted to do, and that to succeed in anything, one must work hard. I worked my ass off to get an "A" in the course, as I took this opportunity I'd been given very seriously.

Then, yesterday, some chick contacts me thru 43things, and pretty much said the same thing, that she felt she wasted her money, and that someone at the school (the same one I attended, but I think it was a different campus, as she mentioned a name I was not familiar with) had told her that radio was a dying industry, and that the pay sucked, etc. etc.

I wrote back to her as well, and told her what I had told the first guy who wanted to "discourage" me from pursuing this goal. If you want something badly enough, you're willing to work for it. I want to work in radio, and I worked hard. And this week, my hard work paid off. I got a job. And I never expected to get big bucks right out of the box. That's unrealistic. I'm starting in a whole new industry as a beginner. To earn the "big bucks", you have to prove yourself, and I guess she didn't want to do that.

Maybe I should have directed her to read the rest of my list, specifically the goal to not let anyone kill my dreams. I told her that I was sorry that she was so disillusioned by broadcasting school, and wished her luck in whatever she decided she was serious enough about to pursue.

When I first read her email, my first thought was, "well my, aren't you a fuckin' ray of sunshine." Then I thought she probably didn't take the training seriously, and it showed in her work. Maybe she just didn't try to find work, thinking that radio stations would be banging down her door to hire her.

You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don't show someone that you have that talent, then no one will know but you. Radio station people don't read minds, or think, wow there is a great talent out there in Oklahoma, we should go look for him/her.

The point is, you only get out of something what you put in. Sure, it took 6 months to land this job, but I DID IT!!! I took the training seriously, and now I am headed to Wyoming for my first broadcasting job.

You wanna try and discourage me from reaching my goals? Go right ahead. All you'll get for your trouble is a deaf ear from me. Believe me, my family did their best to do just that. But now that I've succeeded, they are happy for me.

--end rant--

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Time to spill the beans and tell my big secret

I got the phone call last night that will change my life.

It's all good, readers... I GOT A RADIO JOB!!!!

I start June 5. The job is in Wyoming.

I hardly slept at all last night, I was so excited, scared and nervous.

I had promised Larry I'd send him an email when I heard from Jim, the man in Wyoming who hired me, and with whom I've been talking about this job for about two months. I got the email sent, but it was much later than I had planned because...

Daniel and I were discussing his taking a week off from work to drive me up there. Then we talked about selling my beloved, yet non-operational, Beretta so I could have some walking around money once I got to Wyoming.

Daniel got this bright idea that maybe I could buy a car here them drive it up to Wyoming, so we told Mom that we were going to Wal-Mart to get an Auto Trader magazine.

We did do that, but we ended up not buying it because there really wasn't any cars in there that I could afford.

We went off to the gas station so Daniel could put gas in his car, then we went off to no less than 4 used car lots to look for a car for me. Never mind that my credit is in the toilet (divorcing Jon did no favors to my credit rating), and that I didn't have the cash for a down payment, Daniel was going to take me to these places just to "get an idea" of what used cars go for around here.

Okay, we live in the Oklahoma City Metro... used car prices are a little beyond me right now, even with the new job. It'd be easier for me if I bought a car once I got up there.

The last place we looked was the used car lot at Smicklas Chevolet, where Daniel bought his car new last year. He parked near where the brand spanking new cars were, and we ended up hiking over to the used car lot. I wore flip-flops, and I told Daniel that if I thought I would be doing all this walking, I'd have worn sneakers instead. Daniel then went to get his car and park it near the used lot.

Meanwhile, I looked at the used cars, and while nice looking and clean (and anywhere from one to six years old), none of them had any prices on them! I was just praying that a salesperson wouldn't come over and chat me up. I already knew I couldn't afford any of them.

Daniel came back, and we looked some more. I then saw this young tomcat walk from under one of the cars. He let me pet him and pick him up. After that, he followed me and Daniel around the lot until we left.

After that, we went over to my sister's to pick up Jeff and tell everyone there that I had gotten the job. I walked into the house and Jeff saw me, and he knew why I was there!

Everyone was very pleased for me. When I told Amalia, she started to cry. In her 7 year old mind, she equates Auntie Stefie leaving with me never coming back. Wyoming may as well be a distant planet as far as she is concerned. Joey, on the other hand, could have cared less.

Then Dean floored me by offering to help with getting me up there. He told me that he has the weekend before my June 5th start date off, and if he took June 2nd (Friday) off, too, then I could get there on the 4th. I took him up on it, because it would help Daniel with the driving duties, and I can't drive the Cobalt because it's a standard transmission (I can, but it's been about 20 years since I had!).


There's still a lot to do before I leave, so posts here on MVL will probably be infrequent for a while.

But once I get settled, things will be back to a somewhat normal state.

Wyoming. Wow! I can't wait to get there and get to work!

That's all from where I sit.


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Monday, May 15, 2006

I almost did it. But I decided not to.

I almost sent Saon a text message about some good news in my life, but I decided that if he wants to know anything about what's going on with me, he's gonna have to call me or get in touch somehow.

The ball is in his court, and if he decides to kick me to the curb, it's his loss, not mine. He made his bed, laid in it, and now has to deal with the consequences. I'm not involved. Nor do I want to be.

I just want to know he's okay. New Orleans these days is a war zone. And he's not equipped to deal with that aspect like a rational person. He acts first and thinks later after it blows up in his face.

That damned hurricane is still taking her toll.

It'll be good to get away from all this.

That's all from where I sit.


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Good news for Larry and 24 fans everywhere... will be selling episodes of the popular show starring Kiefer Sutherland for $1.99 each.

Hmmm... I wonder if I could get up to speed here so I can watch the show when new episodes start in the fall, and have some idea what's going on?

Not on this computer. This computer is so old that nothing it doesn't do doesn't surprise me anymore. I know it won't allow me to hold an episode of a TV show on its harddrive. A new computer is definitely in order. New desktops are insanely inexpensive, compared to what I paid for this thing 8 years ago. But, I really want a laptop, and save the ancient piece of crap for writing.


After all the delays and stuff in getting JC's e-birthday card sent, it turns out that he's taking this week off from work (I only have his work email addy). He'll see it next week when he returns.

Good thing I didn't decide to call him instead. Boy, that would have been embarrassing!


Dean got Scott another cell phone, because the one Scott got for Christmas Dean deemed a piece of junk. Scott's new phone has some bells and whistles, and he text messages his friends.

Scott gets out of school on the 26th, and Marc and Amalia get out on the 25th.


From the "I wonder what would happen" department:

I wonder what would happen if Scott and Jeff traded places? Since they look so much alike, I wonder if they could pull it off. Not that I'm about to suggest such a thing to them (they might actually try it!), but it is something I've been thinking about since we went to that Boy Scout function a couple of months ago, and even Scott's friends thought Jeff was Scott. They are about the same height and weight, and their facial features are similar (they both look like Jon's side of the family). Only thing is, that they couldn't do it for long, because whereas Jeff has pretty much stopped growing (a fact he's not too thrilled with), Scott is still growing and will surpass Jeff probably by summer's end.

Marc, on the other hand, is still small for his age (he's barely 5 feet tall), but he's still growing, too. But then again, Marc is only 12. He's got plenty of time, and maybe he'll surpass all his brothers. Unlikely, but you never know.

That's all from where I sit.


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Sunday, May 14, 2006

The fates are conspiring against me....

I've been trying to send JC an e-birthday card for the last week, but something always gets in the way.

His birthday is tomorrow. I still have time!

Happy birthday, JC!


We went out to breakfast at Jimmy's Egg for Mother's Day. I sat with Scott, Marc and Amalia... and they were all being goofy! Marc actually was the calmest of the three of them, while Amalia was just trying to keep up with her cousins in the silliness department. Scott kept putting his head on my shoulder and telling me he loves me, while trying to poke my eye out everytime he picked up his fork. We ended up changing places because Scott is a lefty and I was really risking a black eye if we hadn't changed places.

You'd think after nearly 15 years, I'd remember that.

Daniel wasn't there, however. Guess he was sleeping or something. He had to work today. He did leave a heart shaped frosted brownie for his grandmother and me. That was his Mother's Day gift to us.


I've been bugging Jeff to get me some of the boxes out of the attic so I can pack up some stuff. Some I'll take with me wherever I end up getting a radio job, and the rest I'll probably give to Goodwill. I can't believe how much crap I've accumulated in three years. Only second to the accumulated crap that Jon has in Massachusetts. I'll have to ask him to send it to me when I get settled somewhere.


Hope all you moms had a great Mother's Day!


That's all from where I sit.


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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Things are percolating right along

But I'm not saying anything yet.

When it's a done deal, then I'll reveal my secret. Not one second before.


Took Jeff out to the mall this afternoon. I hadn't been there in a while, but nothing really changes there. He bought his requisite manga, and I walked around the mall listening to my CDs.

As we were leaving, we saw this woman wearing a tshirt that said "Don't be jealous". I leaned over to Jeff and told him about the shirt and said, "Don't worry, I'm not."

Then we went over to Wendy's where Jeff got a biggie Frosty. Thirty two ounces of chocolate soft serve bliss. Must be nice to have a metabolism like his. Another one of the good things he inherited from his dad.


Probably will spend Mother's Day at my sister's. Last year, I got an oversized Mother's Day card (I think it might still be in the van) from all 4 boys. I don't remember getting anything else. I'll get a card for my mom (because she says not to get her anything), but not for my sister. She's not my mother. To my knowledge, there isn't a "Sister's Day".


Weather was beautiful today, if a tad too warm. I'm still having the problem with my equilibrium and the hot weather doesn't help. Tori says I probably have an inner ear infection and that Dimetapp would help that. My ears still don't bother me, as in they don't hurt. But when I have that familiar cotton headed feeling, I know it's not going to be a good day. I have to get rid of this soon. It's driving me mad!

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, May 11, 2006

I've got a secret....

But I'm not tellin'... yet.

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Dear Henry--

Ever since I found out about your passing and posted it in my blog, I've gotten quite a few hits.

Seems that I'm not the only one to wonder what had happened to you. I was saddened to learn that your demons got the better of you. But, you're no longer suffering and no longer in pain from your addictions.

I truly enjoyed your work on FM99 (WNOR-FM, Norfolk, Va) during the years I lived in Hampton Roads. I've always enjoyed radio in general, so much so that I am seeking work in that field myself.

Hampton Roads radio isn't the same since you were ruling the airwaves there, I'm sure. I left the area in 1999.

I hope that you are finally at peace.

With much affection and good memories--


That's all from where I sit.


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It's always nice to be the last to do something... NOT!

Starting on November 1st, it will be legal to get a tattoo in the great state of Oklahoma. Governor Brad Henry signed it into law today.

Oklahoma is last state in the USA to allow tattooing to be legal.

At least now, we won't have to go to Texas to get a tattoo (if we're so inclined, of course).

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Okay, I asked for this

Duff has assigned me the letter "R". I have to come up with 10 words beginning with "R" and what they mean to me.

Want to play? This is how it works: Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation of what the word means to you and why, and then pass out letters to those who want to play along.

So, without further adieu:

Radio-- my dream job I've been waiting 20 years to get into.

Red-- my favorite color (or one of them, at any rate). The current color of my hair.

Red Sox-- woo hoo!

Rebel-- something I've been my whole life, I think!

Reading-- I was reading at 3. Really! Ask my mom.

Rock n roll-- yeah, baby!

Rheumatoid Arthritis-- diagnosed in 2002 at the same time I was diagnosed with FMS. Hurts a lot. Don't wish it on anyone.

Ruby Jean-- my mom's given name. She just goes by Jean now, though her family (those who are still alive, and remember her when she was young, that is) still calls her Ruby Jean.

Rack-- I've been told I have a nice one. Some people find more polite ways to say that though.

Rolodex-- one of the few things I was able to keep from my last full time job. Taking it to my radio job, when I get one.

(Damn, that was hard!)

That's all from where I sit.


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Stuff n things

I haven't been doing much in the last couple of days. Organizing my bedroom in the event I move to take a job out of state (there is a possibility that will happen. As to when, I don't know. I don't want to say anything more than that for now). I didn't realize I had so many books! I must have brought more from Massachusetts than I thought, because I know I've only bought a few, plus the ones I didn't order but were sent to me anyway.

My collection of books pales in comparison to the number of baseball caps I have. I must have two dozen ball caps! Some of them aren't related to any sport, ones I picked up at places like WalMart and Target for a buck a piece. Since I had sun poisoning about 10 years ago, my collection of caps grows. Keep your head covered and you won't fry your brain like I nearly did.


I'm seriously considering selling my non-operational Beretta. I simply don't have the money to fix it up. I can't keep it in my mother's garage indefinitely, especially if I move out of state. Everyone I've talked to says it's not worth fixing and I should sell it to a junk yard, or part it out. I guess I could always buy another Beretta somewhere down the line, but that was the first car I bought on my own. It's kind of a sentimental thing.

And that's a big part of the whole picture. I've gotten too sentimental about the dang car.

I'm going to let Daniel handle it, since he seems to know more about how to do this than I would. The car's not worth much in its present condition, so I don't expect to get much for it.

It makes me sad.


I've been reading on the web that IE7 has tabbed browsing. That's what I love about Firefox, the tabbed browsing, rather than the opening of a zillion windows. I hope that it's true. That would make my online activitiy so much easier. All those windows confuse me.

I wonder if Yahoo! Mess-up-enger will have tabbed IM windows. Now that would be cool.


This blog, MVL, is all about me. This is an outlet for me to express myself. What you read here is pretty much what I am like in person. And yeah, parts of my "crazy life" can be kinda dull. I get up and do stuff just like everyone else. I stay up way too late, run errands, and get frustrated about bills, money (or the lack of it), and other people... just like everyone else.

This is what's known online as WYSIWYG-- what you see is what you get. I'm not the most tech savvy person online, but I manage to get done what needs to get done. Like building and maintaining this blog (and the 3 others I have). I don't have the time or inclination to build my own templates. Putting together new headers is about as far as I get. And that suits me just fine.


That's all from where I sit.


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Don't feel like writing anything right now

Maybe later, when I'm feeling a little more up to it.

Hang in there. Watch this space.

That's all from where I sit.


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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Hmmm... interesting

Your Seduction Style: Ideal Lover

You seduce people by tapping into their dreams and desires.

And because of this sensitivity, you can be the ideal lover for anyone you seek.

You are a shapeshifter - bringing romance, adventure, and spirituality to relationships.

It all depends on who you're with, and what their vision of a perfect relationship is.

Another Blogthings thing.

That's all from where I sit.


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Friday, May 05, 2006

Just been thinkin'

I just realized lately that I don't think about the ex-boyfriend all that much anymore.

Or, Jon either.

It's rather nice. There are much more pleasant things to think about. Like soaring mountains and tranquil streams.

The love of family and the friendships I have.

Surrounding myself with positive people, who believe I can do what I set out to do.

Getting my dream job.

Getting some "me time".

A good book.

Much better than waiting for a phone call that may never come, or having an argument over things that happened in the past. I don't have time to wait. I'm 42 years old... the time to live is now.

Look out world!

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, May 04, 2006

From the UCO Library... almost live!

Only got about ten more minutes here, then I have other things to do. This is one of the crazy days.

And I'm trying to stay away from home as long as possible because the Busybodies are there today. Oh. Joy.

Guess it's off to Kinko's to print up a resume to send to Virginia Beach. Can you believe that, some station in Hampton Roads wants me to send them a package? Usually, I send packages out that way on my own, without the desired result. I thought I owed them a chance since I lived there for eleven years!

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Who the hell is Stephen Colbert, and why is he all over the freakin' internet?

I may be a little out of the loop here, but I honestly have no idea who Stephen Colbert is. Is he some new comedic political guy, a la Jon Stewart? And what's this about Stephen Colbert and the White House Correspondents dinner... (?)

I do know he has a show called "The Colbert Report" (say: "col-BEAR re-POUR"). And that's only based on what I've read on other blogs far more political than I get here on MVL.

I'm sure that someone will tell me who Stephen Colbert is, and why he's so flippin' special.

I'm also sure than simply mentioning his name in this post will garner me some hits. He's all over Technorati. So...

Stephen Colbert. Stephen Colbert. Stephen Colbert.

[insert mischievious laugh here]

ain't I a stinker?

That's all from where I sit.


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Y kant my mail carrier read?

While I was talking to Larry on Yahoo! Mess-up-enger, I heard the mailtruck outside. I went out to get the mail and found out that half of it was for the two houses next door.

We live at 1801 on our street, and the mail that was misdelievered was for 1805 (right next door) and 1809 (next door to 1805).

We had all of the mail for both addresses and our own, too. What is so flipping hard about reading the numbers 1, 5, and 9? Wouldn't the names on the envelopes be a big clue, or don't they read those? If they're just reading numbers, then maybe the mail carrier should go back to Kindergarten to relearn their numbers. As far as I'm concerned, 1, 5, and 9, don't look anything alike.

This isn't the first time this has happened, either.

The thing that gets me is that mail for the previous owner of Mom's house still gets mail here. And Mom's lived in this house 6 years! You'd think that if you were the mail carrier and you were delivering mail to the same name for six years, then you get something for the previous owner of that same address, that you, as the mail carrier, should not bother to deliever it just because it's the same address as the person who currently lives at that address. But, that only proves that the mail carrier in this neighborhood doesn't read the names, only the addresses.

If the mail is not addressed to either Jean, Stephanie, Jeffrey or Daniel (because he still gets mail here), then send it back to where it came from. Because that's what we're going to do anyway. Why should WE have to do your job? Hmmmm?

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"What a Kiss Means"

Somehow, this really appealed to me


*Kiss on the belly-----"lets have sex"
*Kiss on the Forehead ----"Forever you will be mine"
*Kiss on the Ear ---"I'm horny"
*Kiss on the Cheek ---"We're friends"
*Kiss on the Hand ---"I adore you"
*Kiss on the Neck ---"We belong together"
*Kiss on the Shoulder ---"I want you"
*Kiss on the Lips ---"I love you" OR "I want you"
*Holding Hands ---"We can learn to love each other"
*A wink ---"Let's get it on"
*Slap on the Butt ---"That's mine"
*Playing with the Ear ---"I can't live without you"
*Holding on tight ---"Don't let go"
*Looking into each other's Eyes ---"Don't let go"
*Playing with Hair on Head ---"Tell me you love me"
*Arms around the Waist ---"I love you too much to let go"
*Laughing while Kissing ---"I am completley Comfortable with you"

*If you're kissing someone, close your eyes.
It's not nice to stare.
*If you were thinking about someone while reading this,
you're definitely in Love.


Found at MySpace

That's all from where I sit.


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I know it's coming

...and I hate the way it makes me feel. I've got to do something to make this stop. But what? I just have to deal with this until I have the means to have it taken care of properly. Until then, I can just pray.

That's all from where I sit.


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Monday, May 01, 2006

And it all fit!

I didn't know this, but Daniel had been driving his black, shiny, year old Cobalt on an expired driver's license.

So this morning (after he spent the night here because today's his day off), he went over to the Department of Public Safety (aka the DMV) and renewed his license.

Daniel showed it to me when he came back. He had the old style license before, and now he has the blue credit card style. On his old licence, it listed his name as Daniel C. [Lastname]. The new one has it [Lastname], Daniel Christopher. And it all fit very nicely (his father's name, which I no longer use, is rather long). It still shows his address as my mom's.

It was because of Daniel that the other boys don't have long middle names like his. I remember when Daniel was in elementary school, we'd get stuff from the school addressed to "The Parent or Guardian of [Lastname], Daniel Christo..." The printer didn't have enough room to spell out all of Daniel's middle name! I always found that amusing.

But I figured if the state of Oklahoma can fit my name on a driver's license, they could fit Daniel's. After all, I was known for nearly 20 years as "Stephanie Leanne [Lastname]"

That reminds me, I better get my name changed on my driver's license. It still shows the name listed in the previous paragraph, though it was legally changed last summer back to my maiden name (which is much shorter). I'd been using it since Jon and I separated in 1999 anyway.

That's all from where I sit.


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It can't be May already, can it?

It seems like the year just started!

Man, it's true what they say... time goes by faster the older you get!

Some of the exciting (read: incredibly boring, but such is my life, in between the madness) things I did this weekend include:

1) Washing clothes
2) Reading email
3) Going to the store
4) Bemoaning the fact that my #3 son will be 15 on Memorial Day (May 29th)
5) Cleaning
6) Sleeping (infamous "three hour naps")
7) Trying to find the email address of a friend from Virginia I haven't talked to or seen in at least 10 years
8) Kill a bug on my monitor screen (I just did that!)
9) Wrote a letter to my ex boyfriend that I'll never send because I only did it to get something off my chest


10) Decided that reliving the past isn't going to make the future any better.

So I don't make peace with Saon, or Pat or anyone else from my checkered, um, storied past. Living in the present is much more fun and rewarding. Besides, the past is part of me, as someone once told me; learn from your mistakes and move on.

"Someone" is a rather wise man, though he'd be the first to deny it. ;)

Before I ramble on any more this evening, I should just close it here and get to bed.

Come to think of it, May 1st was my paternal grandfather's birthday. Were he still alive, and not died the year I was 4, he'd be something like 112 years old.

Salut, Nonno!

That's all from where I sit.


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