Monday, July 31, 2006

Happy Birthday, Mom!

I hope you have a great day. I wish I could be there!

Love, Me

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Audio Post: Making mountains out of molehills?

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Friday, July 28, 2006


I really thought I was going to toss my cookies last night.

I can't really afford to get sick. Not now.

Other than that, life's been peachy, as Larry is fond of saying :)

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I am so tired...

This can't be normal. I get up too early in the morning for that. I could sleep all day and still feel tired. Could it be the altitude here? After almost two months, you'd think I'd be used to it.

Guess I'm not.

I thought I had another audiopost from last night. It didn't even show up when I checked this morning.

I still don't feel all that well. That's what the audiopost was about. My not feeling well. It could be because of the different climate. Catching a cold when it's this hot outside is not going to be fun. I talk for a living, and colds usually mean, at some point, that I'll have no voice.

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

You want me to send you how much? And for something you could have taken care of before it got that far?

In a word: no

Not just "no", but "HELL NO".

I'm glad you got it taken care of, but don't ever call me at work again for stupid shit like that. Renewing your registration is YOUR responsibility, not mine if you get caught.

And, no, I'm not going to get you a phone card when I get paid again. I already told you why.

You probably make more than I do anyway. YOU should be giving ME money.

But sponging off me is what you do best, isn't it? You did it the whole time we were married. Expecting me to raise 4 kids and support your lazy ass on $10 an hour.

Next time you need money for an "emergency", you better be fuckin' dyin'... you follow?

Sheesh! Ex-husbands! Mine anyways.

That's all from where I sit.


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Monday, July 24, 2006

He must be bored... it's the only reason he calls me anymore

Of course, Saon would never admit that in a million years.

So far this evening, he's called me twice. He's supposed to call again before I head off to bed, but I'll believe it when the phone rings and a 504 area code pops up on caller ID.

I'm so tired of this. If he's going to call me, he should plan on calling me when he's not working.

I think I'll head off to bed now. Can't wait for him.

Besides, I'm not going to let him screw me over again. Maybe he doesn't know he's doing it, but that's hard to believe.

I've got this great future. I don't need a ghost from the past coming in and screwing it up.

That's all from where I sit.


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Audio Post: shut the f**k up, I'm tryin' to sleep!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Pavillion, Wyoming: Population 126

Honest to God... it's a really small town out in the middle of Nowheresville, Wyoming.

I went to a meeting there last Thursday at a restaurant called "The Roost" with Jim, my boss. It was a meeting of all the mayors in the area. It was interesting to say the least. It reminded me of one of the Sons of Italy socials my sister and I went to as kids. I think I was the youngest person there (and that's saying a lot, considering how old I am!)... not counting the teenage waitress who gave us menus so we could order.

Not much to the menu. Almost all of it was steak! And since I wasn't paying for it, I didn't want to stick my boss with the bill so I got the cheapest thing on the menu... a cheeseburger (it was $5.00).

The mayors talked about the things going on in their towns, approved their budget for next year, took breaks to eat (and I think all of them ordered the steaks-- at $17-$20 a pop! I got the cheeseburger, and Jim only had a Diet Pepsi, because he'd eaten beforehand), and talked more business.

And two hours later, it was over, and we had to undertake the 40 minute drive back to Riverton thru some of the prettiest country I've ever seen.

I think the whole state of Wyoming is in the middle of nowhere... there's so much farm land, and more cattle and horses and sheep than I've ever seen.

I really need to get a car, so I don't have to rely on others to take me places.

And so I can explore, of course.

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Yes, Ben, I know who you are...

where you're calling from and why you're calling.

BTW, you didn't get the email from me. I sent it to Staci and she probably forwarded it to you.

I had an ad on the school's website, and since the phone numbers are no longer valid in my case, I emailed the webmistress and asked her to pull it.

She wrote me a nice note in response, and said that Ben would be contacting me about some survey.

I had no idea that Ben would be calling me today, however. During my show. To ask for my fax number so he could send me said survey.

I get the survey and a contact sheet (so the school can have my current info on file) via fax, fill it out and fax it back.

I said that I'd write a letter about my education at the school. And I will... when I get time, that is.

I finally got my home phone turned on today. Now I can possibly save the minutes on my cell phone for when I really need them.

So of course, I had to call Mom to give her the new number. I talked to Jeff for a while about a lot of nothing, and the weather in OKC (hot and getting hotter).

Then I called my sister, and no one was home, so I left a message with the new number.

Now I have to go to a meeting with my boss in a little town called Pavillion. This'll be fun.

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Three to six weeks?!

That's how long the Driver's Licensing Bureau in Wyoming says it will take to get my permanent licence in the mail. Meanwhile, just like Massachusetts, I got a paper copy that expires in 60 days.

It's only coming from Cheyenne for cryin' out loud!

My licence expires on my birthday... in 2010! That's about 5 1/2 years from now! It's certainly the longest amount of time from issuance to expiration of any license I've had. Had I gone on my birthday in February (four months before I got here), it would have been good for 6 years.

And though I brought all the paperwork to prove that I changed my name from my married name back to my name, the examiner only needed to see my birth certificate, since it has the name I'm currently using.


It's been hot here, but with the low humidity, it just feels hot. Don't sweat much unless you're really putting a lot of effort into some strenuous activity.

In Oklahoma City yesterday, it was about 106. And I know about the humidity there. You can't take ten steps out the door before you're sweating like crazy. It made me feel like a limp dishrag.


I've had this Chris LeDoux song running thru my head for the last couple of days. Especially this, from "The Ride":

"Sit tall in the saddle, Hold your head up high
Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky
And live like you ain't afraid to die
And don't be scared, just enjoy your ride"

Chris LeDoux died about a year and a half ago. He was a real cowboy before he became a legend. Read a biography of Chris here, or here.

BTW... Wyoming was his home. He died in Casper on March 9, 2005 from complications from bile duct cancer.

God Bless Chris LeDoux!

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Happy Birthday, Dad

I miss you.

I'm doing what you said all those years ago I should be doing. And I don't know why I waited so long to make this dream come true. But you had faith in me, didn't you? I appreciate that more than ever. You always understood me. I think that's what makes your not being here so hard for me.

Love you always--

The one you always worried about.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Sometimes, they lull me to sleep with a smile on my face

My memories and my imagination.

Thinking of you always makes me smile.

Remember, I don't say things I don't mean. I have no agenda. I just have me. And what you see is what you get.

It's the way I've always lived my life, and @ times, that life has been damn hard. I haven't always been the golden girl.

That's all from where I sit.


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on...

I had no idea it could get to 100 degrees plus here, but it did on both Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, I went to K-Mart and bought a toaster oven. Microwaves are just a bit out of my budget right now, but that doesn't mean that I won't get one at some point. I need other things more.

Saturday, I went out early, knowing it was going to be really hot in the afternoon. I got to see the balloons for the Riverton Rendezvous launching from the college and they flew right over my apartment! What a cool sight that was! Too bad I didn't have a camera.

I went to Walmart to do my grocery shopping and to get a phone. My phone service will finally be hooked up on Thursday this week after a couple of delays. I wanted to get my hair cut while I was there, but because Walmart is being remodeled, the hair care place was closed!

I can't find anything at Walmart, except the grocery department.

Later, I went to the classic car and bike show on the US Energy grounds. Some really cool lookin' cars were there, and there were some motorcycles for sale as well (think Orange County Chopper- type bikes).

It was so hot yesterday, that the asphalt in the parking lot where this was being held was literally melting! It felt like I was walking on gum. I came home with asphalt and grass on the bottoms of my sneakers.

I found out that the Drivers License Bureau is in the US Energy building, so I'm going to go over there tomorrow after work and see about getting a Wyoming driver's license.

It'll make cashing my paycheck a lot easier if my ID and my check had the same last name.

That's all from where I sit.


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Thursday, July 13, 2006

It's going to be HOW hot tomorrow?

I'm hearing that it's going to be close to the century mark here tomorrow.

Guess I won't be walking anywhere this weekend. Fortunately, I'll have money tomorrow to take cabs.

I really need to get a car!


Haven't heard anything from Daniel on his great adventure to the Golden State. I guess all is well. I probably should call Mom and ask if she's heard from him.


My boss is going to ride in a hot air balloon tomorrow morning. The Riverton Rendezvous has been going on all week, and the balloon thing is part of the festival.

I've always kinda wanted to do that! I can only imagine what it must be like to float up there .

I'm still doing my show tomorrow, and the news before that, so it will be a somewhat normal day for me. Except I have to be at work at 5am instead of 5:30am.

So it's back to the 4:45am alarm, just for Friday.

I better get to bed in that case!

Didja get any mail, cowboy?

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Instead of being at the station right now...

I wish I were still in bed.

I feel like drek, as Hannie is fond of saying.

I did something to my right knee, and it hurts like hell.

The city council meeting I went to last night was rather interesting. It was almost worth the effort I put into getting there. Turns out I was the only press person who showed up. Not even the gal from The Ranger was there.

I think that's when I hurt my knee. I walked to city hall... in 95 degree heat I didn't feel until I stopped at my destination. Then I sweat like there was no tomorrow. Didn't help that I was also 45 minutes early and the door were locked.

I still wish I could crawl back under the covers and sleep for another three hours, but I have a show to do in about 40 minutes.

Better go load my playlist...

That's all from where I sit.


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Monday, July 10, 2006

Turning 30...

No not me... been there, done that.

Today's Saon's birthday... he's 30. And apparently, no one but me remembered his birthday... not even the chick he's currently living with.

I got a real nice email from him this morning, but it made me a little sad. It said, in part:

"and the thought of a true friend sending me something and just that out of all my friends you remembered and that means so much to me i cant even began to explain but thanks for the card and i hope everything is well with you and your new job and may it last along time you deserve it and always remember if u need anything call or drop me a line i will do what i can to help and remember i will always have love in my heart for you!"

Then, he signed his full name. Still can't punctuate to save his life, but it's the thought that counts, right?

His former foster father is supposed to be in the states tomorrow for two weeks (he lives and works in Thailand or someplace). I hope they can get together and talk about old times, and new memories.

Happy birthday, Saon. Hope it's a good day.

That's all from where I sit.


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Sunday, July 09, 2006


Tons of them, all over the place...!!!!

I've never, ever seen so many damned bees in my life that weren't in a hive. These bees live in holes in the ground and there were swarms of them!

I went for my Sunday walk and I think just about every yard along the way had several of these holes where the bees would go in to and come out of to gather their nectar.

I'm scared witless of bees, even more so than moths. Where moths just scare me by surprising me in tiny cramped places, like telephone booths (and radio studios), bees can sting you if you piss them off enough.

The last time I got stung by a bee was at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts while I was still with the carnival in 2002. Fortunately, I'm not allergic to the venom, it's just that I never felt the damn thing land on my neck. I only felt the sting, which caused me to smack it. It took an act of God to get the stinger out of my neck, because I was working in the fried dough booth at the time, and we were short handed.

Doesn't help that there was sugar galore at the fried dough booth.

So seeing all these bees today didn't make me feel really safe. But I got to get my Sunday paper and get home without being stung.

Go me.

That's all from where I sit.


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Saturday, July 08, 2006

I love giving stuff away!

I've been so busy with the radio show that I haven't had much time for blogging. So it's time to play catch up.

Thursday and Friday, I gave away tickets to a concert in Billings, Montana later this month. Larry always said to tease and promote everything, so I teased and promoted this ticket giveaway to the hilt!

Since the country station's tower went down in April, the station's been on like half power with a temporary tower up in the mountains in a place called Lost Cabin. The main tower is scheduled to be fixed and operational at the end of July (hopefully). My boss, Jim, told me that because of that, to not be surprised if no one called in for the tickets when I gave the word on the air. Instead, I gave away 2 pairs of tickets Thrusday and 2 more pairs on Friday. I still have a couple of pairs to give away Monday!

People are calling in more requests now, too. There are actually people out there in Fremont County listening to me! And now that I am teasing and promoting the soon to be revamped country station website, I expect that will follow the same pattern. At least, I hope so!

In other news:

*I have a new fridge. They came and replaced it yesterday after I came home from work. Now the stuff in the fridge part is cold, and the stuff in the freezer is frozen! Yay!!!

*Daniel and the "Un-Girlfriend", Kathy, left for California yesterday. They'll be gone 10 days... I learned some stuff about the trip from Jeff, but I don't want to make it public. I know Daniel was planning to visit his paternal grandmother, and a few friends he has from when he and Jeff lived there with my folks, but beyond that, I have no clue. I just hope a stop in Reno or Vegas isn't in the itinerary (and NOT for gambling, mind you!)

*Jon called me this morning to ask if I'd be the benficiary on his life insurance policy. I said I would. Jon wanted to make sure whoever he chose would have him buried in California when he goes to his great reward. I think I can do that. Hopefully, that will not happen for a very long time.


My stats at are pathetic. Since I moved, they have plunged significantly. I still have some die hard readers out there. Thank you for sticking with me thru all this.

(I think I know how you did it! *wink wink* Thanks for peeking. Peek more often and comment if the spirit moves ya.)

That's all from where I sit.


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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Un-Girlfriend, part 2

I was just thinking...

If Daniel marries Kathy, will she be the "Un-Daughter-in-Law"; if they have a child, will it be the "Un-Grandchild"?

And maybe there's nothing to this relationship but their being friends. But I honestly think there's more to it than that.

He spends a hell of a lot of time at her house, or somewhere, with her.

That's all from where I sit.


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My fridge on the fritz...

I finally talked to my landlady today, and she's going to be sending out someone to look at the refrigerator in my apartment to see what's the hell's wrong with it.

Meanwhile, the milk finally froze today. But nothing else in the freezer has. It just works like the fridge is supposed to. I've already had to throw out a couple of things because they went bad.

I was told it may take a couple of days for the guy to come out and take a look. Lynn (my landlady) said she'd give him a key to my place so that if I'm not there when he gets there, he doesn't have to wait for me. Also, if I am there, he should knock first, so that I'm not in the shower or something embarrassing like that.


Yesterday, I saw the very reason why I no longer wear shorts.

I was waiting outside Smith's for the taxi to come pick me up, and there was this woman who was quite overweight wearing those awful polyester shorts and a tank top.

Now, I have big legs, and probably would have them even if I were thin, if my mother is any indication (and she's always been quite thin), but this gal... rolls and rolls of skin just hanging there from the knees down. I know what I look like, and I don't think I look anything like that. But you'll never, ever catch me in shorts! I will swelter in blue jeans before I would ever buy a pair of polyester shorts (or any other shorts for that matter).

I'll wear skirts, but not short ones. One, I'm really too old for the miniskirt, hoochie-mama look; and two, for the same reasons I won't wear shorts. I bought a skirt at WalMart on Saturday that comes to right above my ankles, but it's a flowing type of skirt, so i'm not going to die of heat stroke in it, or embarrass myself.

With working at the radio station, people will soon know who I am (or at least I hope so!), so I have to look presentable at all times, even when I'm running errands around town. I have a reputation to maintain. I'll still be who I've always been, but I have to keep in mind that I represent the radio station at all times, even when I'm not working.


It looks like with my next paycheck, I might be able to put a couple pieces of real furniture in my apartment. But not a bed, yet. All the ones I've seen in the classified of the local paper are kinda out of my league. Let's see how much I have left over when my phone service is installed on the 15th.


I hope that Daniel (and Kathy, if she ends up going) has a good time in California. He's planning on visiting his Grandma Mary (Jon's mother) while he's there. Wonder what she'll think of her oldest grandson and his "un-girlfriend"?


You can leave a comment once in a while... tell me what you think of what I write here. Okay, Cowboy?

(yee haw!)

That's all from where I sit.


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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Un-girlfriend

Jeff called me last night to tell me that he'd seen something on PBS's History Detectives about the Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. He asked if I'd heard of it, and I had. You can't not live in Lawrence and not know about that. There's a mural of it painted inside the post office there.

I asked Jeff if Daniel was still going to California, and he said that Daniel was leaving at the end of the week. I asked if Daniel was still taking Kathy with him, and Jeff said, "oh, the Un-girlfriend? I don't know."

Apparently, "the Un-girlfriend" is what Jeff and Mom are calling Kathy between themselves. Daniel swears that he and Kathy aren't a couple, but actions indicate otherwise.

Too bad I'm not going to be there to witness that. Maybe this is one time that Daniel is glad I'm in Wyoming.

That's all from where I sit.


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Monday, July 03, 2006

Too into country and hard rock to know what's hot on Adult Contemporary anymore

I filled in for one of the AC jocks today while she participated in a walk to bring attention to child abuse in this area.

Come to find out, I don't know jack about what's hot on the AC station.

If I can't be at a classic rock or hard rock station... I'll stay country, thanks. is my show prep friend.

Maybe, just maybe, I'm getting old? Perish the thought! I'm still young at heart, but not enough to want to listen to Gnarls Barkley all day.

Know when I'll be old? When new age music appeals to me on another level, and not just JC's stuff because I know him and know what to expect. JC's a wonderful musician, and he can rock with the best of them, but that's not on his agenda right now.

Every Red Hot Chili Peppers song reminds me of JC.

At least on the AC station, they have "Dani California". I can get into that.

That's all from where I sit.


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Damn time difference...

I've been here a month and I still don't seem to get it that OKC is one hour ahead of me. Just tried to IM someone there and I looked at the time, and dammit all... he's at lunch.

So it looks like I'm going to miss him today. Maybe Wednesday.

I can get Yahoo IMs on my cell though... but it costs. It IS kinda neat though.

That's all from where I sit.


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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Busy weekend, or "The 70's called and they want their gold chains and shirts unbuttoned to there back, dude."

Saturday: went shopping at Wal Mart and bought groceries and a few other minor essentials. I also got a new skirt that I think is cute as hell!

I also got the pictures back that I'd been taking since I went to Missouri in January, and got a very nice surprise in one of the prints.

My refrigerator doesn't seem to want to work properly, and the rental folks are gone for the July 4th holiday... so right now, I have milk in the freezer because the freezer isn't freezing anything! (Haven't I been thru this before?)

But, I think I got enough groceries to last until the 14th, when I get paid again.

Sunday: I went on my almost weekly morning walk to get a copy of the Sunday Ranger; I didn't go last week because I didn't feel well. I walked down Sunset instead of walking to Smith's on Main, which was a nice change. I saw a herd (pack? pod?) of llamas sitting under trees to keep out of the sun.

And this guy... he's driving a Subaru and he pulls over to ask me if I needed a ride anywhere. I told him I didn't (I was almost to Federal Blvd by that time anyway). I did notice what he was wearing: a polyester shirt unbuttoned to his navel (or damn near), a couple of 70's style gold chains and a Magnum, P.I. mustache.

It made my skin crawl. He looked like a pimp. He was relatively young, so maybe he was going for the 70's retro look... but it didn't work then, and it ain't gonna work now. Hello, this is 2006... dress the friggin decade will ya! It's a little early for Halloween, dude.

But what do I know... I was 6 in 1970, and 15 when the 70's ended. I was really too young to decide that sort of thing, so my apologies to anyone who is of the proper age who really did dress like that and looked cool.

I'd like to see pictures, though.

That's all from where I sit.


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