24 December 2008
Shout out by Tamara at 12/24/2008 09:00:00 AM
23 December 2008
My Christmas life...
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping...with cute bows and curly ribbon! Love it!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial...allergic to real ones.
3. When do you put up the tree? Day after Thanksgiving (but this year...it went up early...YEAH!)
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime before school starts back in January
5. Do you like eggnog? Nasty
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Don't remember...but definitely NOT a new bed ensemble. I remember in my class, we went around telling everyone our favorite gift, and I made something "cool" up (really embarassin)
7. Hardest person to buy for? Dad...very picky man
9. Do you have a nativity scene? No, but I'd like to have one, but I'm picky about them.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? anything that I can't use (aka...dust collectors)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Early, but not in June! Sale racks are wonderful, and I HATE long lines and crazy drivers all dualing for a front row parking spot!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No, never regifted but I have been known to trash a couple
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Thanksgiving all over again!
17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Of course...do I really have to, though?
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Christmas morning--if I start early, I can't stop. It's better to just wait one more day...C'mon...we've waited a whole year, so why not wait just one more day?
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? blue/silver--that is the current theme. After I have kids, and a larger living space, I wanna family tree w/ all the trinkets and treasures kids love.
23. Favorite thing to eat for Christmas dinner? pumpkin roll, Sweet potatoes, dressing
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? Something I'm sure to get: filing cabinet & electronic toothbrush. Prolly won't get: to see the nieces, nephews, and their folks this season (ugh!)
Shout out by Tamara at 12/23/2008 06:05:00 AM
15 December 2008
But for now, I'm just enjoying listening to Christmas music, playing a game of Spider Solitare, and not having to be rushed going to school. The tedious scraping of the car windlshields, warming up my car 5 or 10 minutes early, and trying to avoid all the crazy drivers...they'll just have to wait until tomorrow (or, can I get another snow day?).
Shout out by Tamara at 12/15/2008 05:01:00 AM
09 December 2008
Shout out by Tamara at 12/09/2008 06:32:00 PM
01 December 2008
I've been tagged...only one word is allowed in my answers.
Here goes nuttin'...
1. Where is your cell phone?charging
2. Your significant other?asleep
3. Your hair? messy
4. Your mother? prostitute
5. Your father? studying
6. Your favorite thing? shoes
7. Your dream last night? odd
8. Your favorite drink? Pepper
9. Your dream/goal? house
10. The room you're in? guestroom
11. Your fear? poverty
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? mother
13. Where were you last night? shopping
14. What you're not? patient
15. Muffins/donuts? donuts
16. One of your wish list items? toothbrush
17. Where you grew up? KY
18. The last thing you did? Hardee's
19. What are you wearing? bathrobe
20. Your TV?small
21. Your pet? imaginary
22. Your computer? healthy
23. Your life? stressful
24. Your mood? wonderful
25. Missing someone? Marlena
26. Favorite pastime? sewing
27. Something you're not wearing? socks
28. Favorite Store? Wal-Mart
29. Your summer? humind
30. Your favorite color? sage
31. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
32. Last time you cried? month :)
33. Who will re-post this? friends
34. Four places I go over and over?home, school, restaraunt, crazy
35. Four people who e-mail me? Rachel (grad. instructor), Sherry (principal's secretary), Harold (obsessive parent), Sheila (forwards)
36. Four of my favorite foods? Mexican, salads, garlic bread, Hamburger
37. Four places I would like to be right now? in bed, Chile, Europe, hot tub
Shout out by Tamara at 12/01/2008 08:00:00 AM
26 November 2008
Shout out by Tamara at 11/26/2008 08:41:00 AM
21 November 2008
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Tamara. Life lately had been really rough for her. Too many things to get done, and not nearly enough time to do the things she wanted to do. Sadly enough, these kinds of things always happen to her...poor Tamara!
One Friday, one very COLD Friday, was a day she'd never forget. Work was especially fun (the students at school were a delight to teach...rare occasion). Only one thing could have made the day better...coming home to her husband. However, he chose to go on a campout with young men in our church. Nevermind that it was supposed to be 15 degrees or maybe below that night...he anxiously went.
So, knowing that she would go home to a cold and empty house, Tamara called up a friend and went to dinner at a local restaraunt. The time eventually came to go home, and she dreaded going home to an empty house...so cold, and so quiet. It was Friday, and she had such a great day...what a way to end it all...all alone, she thought.
She went inside her apartment, turned on the light, and in the corner there stood a beautiful Christmas Tree! The one she had picked out the year before, the one she drove all the way to St. Louis to pick up...the one her family would share many traditions for many years to come. It was standing 7.5 feet tall, and put together so very nicely.
How did someone know that THIS was just what she needed?
Shout out by Tamara at 11/21/2008 06:39:00 PM
16 November 2008
Shout out by Tamara at 11/16/2008 01:35:00 PM
07 November 2008
As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark. The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?'
A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?
C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?
D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state.
F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?
G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.
H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.
I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.
J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.
K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.
L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.
M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?
Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terror ist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?
Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an "other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable" discharge after a few days in the brig.
So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?
Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when c riticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!
Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
Shout out by Tamara at 11/07/2008 03:45:00 PM
04 November 2008
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29 October 2008
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Shout out by Tamara at 10/24/2008 04:00:00 PM
21 October 2008
We are in trouble...
The population of this country is 300 million.
160 million are retired.
That leaves 140 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school.
Which leaves 55 million to do the work.
Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.
Leaving 15 million to do the work.
2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied
Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.
Take from that total the 10.8 million people
At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.
Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.
That leaves just two people to do the work.
You and me.
And there you are,
sitting on your butt,
at your computer,
Shout out by Tamara at 10/21/2008 08:00:00 AM
18 October 2008
Shout out by Tamara at 10/18/2008 02:54:00 PM
03 October 2008
A. Attached or Single? Attached for eternity!
B. Best Friend? Steven (I woulda put Mena down, too...but considering I'm not her BFF, I don't wanna make her feel bad or anything)
C. Cake or Pie? Cake (Carrot)
D. Day of choice? any day that I can relax (these days....ain't got a favorite day...ok, so there are "work days" where my kiddos work on a project...those are my FAV)
E. Essential Item? radio. I love singing along to all types of music.
F. Favorite Color? Sage Green (and yellow)
G. Gummy Bears or Worms? Worms (the sour two-toned ones)
H. Hometown? Clarksville, TN
I. Indulgence? Olive Garden or Crab Legs from Red Lobster (and all-you-can-eat garlic rolls)
J. January or July? Neither...cool fall weather for me, babe
K. Kids? Notta Yetta...so stop askin! (and when exactly do I have time to bathe, clothe, feed, or change diapers?
L. Life is not complete without? Dr. Pepper, Gardetto's, & back/feet rubs
M. Marriage Date? August 3, 2007
N. Number of brothers & sisters? 1 brother, 3 sisters...I'm the oldest girl :)
O. Oranges or Apples? Fiji Apples
P. Phobias? Cats and nasty feet (esp. those with toenails who are falling off...Steven)
Q. Quotes? "Oooooh, Uhhhh, Who am I a talkin to....Donna, Libby, Sheila, Greg, Tamber?....Well, ooooh uhhhhh....I can't hear ye, but I know you're there....but I can't HEAR ye, so I'm a gonna hang up now." OR... "Sheila....I'll walk ye to the door!" OR... "I'm goin to work now" ....famous quotes from my favorite grandparents...gotta love 'em. What will I laugh about when Sheila or Carroll get that old? ha ha ha...
R. Reasons to Smile? surprises when I come home from work, a good massage, my students doing better than they thought imaginable on a project, my nephew telling me I'm STILL his favorite Aunt, but as soon as I say hello, he asks "Where's Uncle Steve"...cracks me up EVERY TIME!
S. Season of Choice? Fall
T. Tag some Peeps! Shelly (to make you smile), Jess (to update your bloggy), Bev-erly (just for fun)
U. Unknown Fact about Me? I cry about once a week, and even MORE when it's "the time" of the month
V. Vegetable? Cucumber (esp in salads, like Outback does)
W. Worst Habits? Looking for hairs in the bathroom, having to fold my clothes ONE WAY, biting my nails, and needing for my desk to be tidy (stapler always on the right, tape on the left, drawers organized)...or else!
X. X-Ray or Ultrasound? Hmmmmmm....pass
Y. Your Favorite Food? pickles and crab legs (but never together
Z. Zodiac Sign? Pisces
Shout out by Tamara at 10/03/2008 04:06:00 PM
30 September 2008
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18 September 2008
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13 September 2008
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05 September 2008
1. What is your first name? Tamara
2. What is your favorite food? Pickles
3. What school did you go to? Bowling Green High School
4. What is your favorite color? sage green
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Michael Phelps (ha ha ha)
6. Favorite drink? Dr. Pepper
7. Dream vacation? Europe
8. Favorite dessert? Milk Shake (DQ, banana cream pie)
9. What you want to be when you grow up? mom
10. What do you love most in life? Steven (Conan O'Brain & ET?????? Don't know how they are related to "steven"...but I swear I didn't cheat!
11. One word to describe you. Picky (gotta read this)
12. Your nickname. T-girl (pandas are my favorite...how appropriate!)
If you are interested in creating your own....click HERE.
Shout out by Tamara at 9/05/2008 04:56:00 PM
03 September 2008
Ok, so this is the one. I know many of you can't tell, but I made several boo-boos on this one. Every time I looked at it, I thought....uuughhhhh!!!!! There was no way in heck I could keep this one forever. Plus, it wasn't very fuzzy and cozy like the others. It was strange. AND...the green wasn't the same green as the others. It was the BLACK sheep. Normally, I'd embrace the uniqueness, but this time it was different and I just couldn't handle it. So, Steven & I decided to wait and we'd use it if we HAD to. However, my little sister Becka was over one day and fell in love with it and begged to keep it. SO, it will now adorn her shelf somewhere at BYU-Idaho. I'm glad I gave it away, cuz I was starting to wonder if I had jynxed myself into having SIX children! Ain't no way I need that many...Becka, enjoy!!!!!
So, there you go....I can't believe that several of you ended up guessing Steven's stocking correctly after several hints. However, nobody guessed either mine or the LF Child's Stocking. You are all losers and came in dead last. Consolation prize? We'll see about that!
Shout out by Tamara at 9/03/2008 08:00:00 AM
30 August 2008
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15 August 2008
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11 August 2008
2. Several times, they had women hanging from the ceiling (kind of trapeze-artist like) and they did various Chinese-art things. It was so pretty and very graceful.
3. This was by far my favorite...people walking around this globe...and the globe would change. Sometimes it seemed like a ball of fire, other times it resembled the Earth. People would walk/run across the globe (made possible after 8 months of training), and it was a great symbol of unity...just what the Olympic Games try to portray.
4. The oh-so-recognizable Olympic rings. They looked as good as ever.5. Don't ask me how they did this act, but these were dancers (kinda like the martial arts guys) who had on white clothing that were sometimes glow-in-the darkish, yet other times, they were plain colors. They stood in the ring formation, then quickly would switch and get in one huge circle then fan out toward the audience...some of them glowing and others not. Strange, but oh so cool!6. The fireworks. I watched a clip about the painter of the Olympic sky on the Today Show, before the Ceremonies were broadcast on television Friday evening. This guy was amazing...he starting blowing things up and making/setting off fireworks since he was seven. It is an art form, and his canvas was seen by the entire world. One word: spectacular! Fireworks were coming out of the dome, going off in the sky, going off in corners at a timed speed....I mean....W-O-W!This last picture shows the Athletic Dome really well. Whoever designed it was very modern in taste, but it is something to WOW about, again. Above it, you can see the side of the Indoor Water Arena as well. It is really cool looking, too.
The Olympics just keep getting better and better. I hear the Chinese only spent $400 million dollars on this program...was it worth it? Hmmmmm. I DID enjoy it.
Shout out by Tamara at 8/11/2008 10:14:00 AM