Tuesday, November 13, 2012


While listening to Mr. Ski sing a little tune the other day I joined in...as it is an oldie.  It wasn't until I started singing along that he paused and said:

Him: I thought it was "Jimmy CRAP corn and I don't care."
Me: (Laughter.) No, sweetie, it's "Jimmy crack corn and I don't care."

Then we tried to figure out what that song is all about and after the joint effort we are still clueless. 

Now I sing it his way because it's just funnier than the original.

There are tons of things about Mr. Ski that make me happy; my favorite though...he never fails to keep me smiling.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Current Irritations

Grr. I don't feel like I can post these on any other social outlet besides this blog solely because I don't want any one "offender" to think it's specifically referring to them.  I've tried waiting around until one of the many "offenders" didn't post anything but guess what...that never happened! Oh, Facebook, and the problems you carry. First world problems, I know.  Sidebar: I am seriously considering canning FB until after the election. Drives. Me. Nuts. Anyways, moving along.

  • Pyramid Schemes a.k.a. Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) products and their pushers. HOLY CRAP! Please shut up!  I am so tired of hearing about all of your ENERGY! and MONEY MAKING! and WEIGHT LOSS! and PRODUCTS!! Gag. Me.  It wasn't so bad before but now it seems like EVERYBODY is selling something on Facebook!  (In this scenerio, I'm only referring to those companies that are typically in business for just a few years with TONS OF MONEY MAKING OPPORTUNITIES! and then something happens, they fall of the map (market) and reinvent themselves by tweaking their product and RELEASING! it all over again but under a new cool name! AHHHHHHHH!  Can you tell how irritated I am??  If not, let me assure you, I am irritated.  I know...why don't I delete those people? Because I still like them when they aren't selling something, I feel bad that they got sucked in and unfortunately, the likelihood of this really being a sustainable opportunity is slim to none especially when you consider "99% of sales representatives in these companies suffer significant financial losses." 

Moving on.

  • Are there any photographers these days who don't over do the eye brightening/enhancing?  Yes, but not very many!  Don't get me wrong, some is ok.  Some is appropriate, but when it looks like the poor subject has alien, crystal clear eyes it's not pretty or natural.   Just my opinion though and a current irritation.  Honestly, I feel bad for the subject...their eyes will never be that way without hardcore editing.  Which is why I think if I ever do go back to taking pictures for more than a hobby (not likely), I would prefer to use natural light and little to no harsh edits.  I can see my business card now...."Because you're perfect without alien eyes and whiter than bright, blinding teeth."  Eh, just an idea with a smidgen of sarcasm plus it's probably too many characters.  The 'no harsh edits' piece is pretty convenient for me too...I loathe editing. 
 That's enough of negativity, though. I just needed to get that out.  I need to write more, I've been bottled up about a lot of things lately and I really don't want to step on any toes. (Because really is it my business to tell someone what opportunities to take or not (or how to edit their photos?)  if they are only trying to provide for their family? No, it's not.) Shew, I feel better already.  There are a certainly a few other letters I need to write to get things off my chest but for now "that'll do pig". (Can you name that movie? Answer: "Babe")

And just so you have something to laugh off all this negativity with check out: www.http://youarenotaphotographer.com/ 

Source: http://www.pinktruth.com/2012/03/massive-failure-rates-in-mlm/

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Laugh, it's good for you.

someecards.com - Please make yourself available to talk when I have nothing to do while driving

Haha! The car is lonely, so sometimes this happens. :)  Big thanks to all my regular car talkers, you make it 100 times more bearable!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Rest of the Story

Do you remember that show?  I think it was only on the radio. "And now you know...(dramatic pause)...the rest of the story."  After a quick google search I learned that it was indeed and radio program done by Paul Harvey.  I vividly remember hearing that show in my family's light blue volkswagon van. Oh, memories.

A few months ago I was driving to work and I must admit I was having a pretty decent day; the sun was shining and music was definitely playing (which is rare since I'm usually plugged into NPR).  I passed an 18 wheeler on the left and didn't give it a second thought.  I glanced in my rear view mirror to see him holding up a neon sign.  The sign said:

I just started laughing!  I, actually, couldn't stop laughing, mostly because I've often complained that I wished truckers would have signs to alert you to the motive behind their honks be it "You have a flat tire." or "I'm just bored and you're cute." And there it was...my sign! Haha! It still makes me laugh.  That dude made my day.  So thank you Mr. Trucker Man, not for thinking I'm 'hot' but for using a sign.

Of course, I told Mr. Ski as soon as I could and we both laughed at the fact that I finally got my sign.  A few weeks, maybe a month, later we were in separate cars going somewhere and he passed me.  When I looked over at him he was holding up a sign, it said:

Made. My. Day. And I know I laughed harder and smiled bigger after that sign versus the first!  I am truly blessed to have Mr. Ski; he's my perfect match.

Some time later... 
Mr. Ski was giving one of his final presentations for a class and noticed that the class was giggling while he was talking.  After he finished, he asked them what they were laughing about and they told him to look at the back of his notebook. There was my sign.  He quickly told them that the notebook was not one he had taken into the elementary classroom but that he had made it to show me as he passed my car.  There were plenty of "Awws." to go around. Yes, ladies (it's an education program so Mr. Ski is typically the only male in most of his classes), I know he's an amazing catch.

And now you know..........the rest of the story.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


So I decide I'll come blog today and then spend 15 minutes trying to figure out how to start a post!  No, it's not because I've been away for so long (67 days, eek) that I've forgotten, it's because blogger (the back side) is TOTALLY different these days and because I've been absent for so long I don't even know when it changed over.

Because of those changes and my need to address them, I'll give you a brief update of the last 2 months instead of the previously planned entry.

I passed my tests!! YAY!  I was so relieved; I don't know my score...oddly enough, they only give you your score if you fail so I'm not too bummed that I don't know them. Shortly after passing I received my license in the mail and it was official, I am insurance agent. (Please don't throw things at me without reading the next sentence.) Who will probably never sell insurance. Ha!  I have no desire to be an agent nor is it necessary for the job I have now but my boss felt that the training and certification would be nice to have, which I think was pretty cool of him. 

(I just had to get out my phone to see what happened during March because the calendar only has birthdays, haha, probably nothing too spectacular if I can't remember it!)

Actually my tests were in March so that takes care of the spectacular part!  You know, future Mrs. Ski will be ticked at my poor attempt at blogging in 2012.  She'll be like "What the hell!?" and then she'll see this post and be like "You couldn't even think of what you did during the months you skipped?!  That's why you should keep notes. Or a journal. Or a blog."

I do know something I've done well over the last two months, though.  I've been an absolute champ at gaining weight!  And for no reason that would indicate the weight gain need be intentional. i.e. health in jeopardy due to lack of crab cakes or even better a bun in the oven.  But regretfully I have gained back ALL of the weight I lost aside from 9 pounds.  And I'm disgusted with myself. I even have a few angry tears because of this fact (if only tears were considered as fat crying too, I'd be set).  I had been on a good routine over the last few weeks or so, exercising with Mr. Ski (sometimes very begrudgingly) and actually watching and counting (sometimes) calories so imagine my disgust this morning when I got on the scale and had gained FOUR pounds in the past 23 days! GRR.
*Note to self: Do not read this paragraph more than a few times as it only makes even angrier.  Or maybe, read this paragraph when your staring down the bacon cheeseburger on the menu. Good plan.

Of course, it wouldn't be an update without car trouble and I definitely had my share over the past few months. I had to consider throwing in Joan's towel and finding something new (to me) but I really didn't want to, the car is paid off and sure, we've tenderly resentfully poured close to $3,000 into her; which is roughly $250 a month and I can't imagine being able to find a car any more reliable for less than $250 a month!  So, Joan with her cracked windshield and spotty paint on the hood and me with my extra 30 pounds and in serious need of eyebrow waxing are still chugging along.

Lastly, it is now with great pride and pleasure that I announce that tomorrow is Mr. Ski's very last final as a special education major!  I cannot believe that it's here already!!  He still has two classes to take this summer for his pre-professional program but will be all done with his special education degree in July!!  I cannot wait to see him walk across that stage...heck, I'm already crying thinking about it!  I am so ridiculously proud of him and the way he approached this new chapter in his life because frankly, he kicked college's ass!  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Poor Eddie.

My DVR is feeling neglected. (Yes, that means that it is 81% full, sigh.)

Hold on little buddy; my tests are on Monday. After that we'll have more time together, promise.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I've started many posts only to quit half way through. There's a lot of pressure (self-made) when you haven't made a blog post in 51 days to make the first post awesome, specifically when it's the first post of a NEW year! So unfortunately, this post will probably be far from awesome and all the little tidbits I wanted to mention in the first post of the year will be forgotten for another post. Because that's the other thing...while I'm driving I think of incredible blog posts and throughout the day I take pictures of things thinking "I'll blog about that." And yet, when I sit down to put finger to key; nothing, nada, blank brain. Grr.

On the 21st day of the new year I started writing the following: (I've added in some up to date comments in red.)

"I can't stop laughing at the fact that this is my very first post of 2012! I guess that means I better make this particular post spectacular. It's probably best to describe the last 21 days with some bullet points because I have had various car issues (which have continued) and shed numerous tears; I have had wild dreams and large mood swings (causing me to falsely think I was pregnant); I have worked out and almost passed out (also causing false pregnancy hopes); and I have had dizzy spells (again, see above) and racing rhythms. But I'm here and completely sure that this will not be my reality for the whole year, so I'm happy (still true).

  • Tally for 2012 in regards to car items replaced: Temperature Sensor, Water Pump, Hoses, Radiator, Spark Plugs, Fan Belt, and Brake Fluid (plus...two new power steering pumps). Yeah, I'm ready for a break when it comes to visiting mechanics. Fortunately for me, my daddy is amazing with cars so he drove 5 hours to install the radiator so I wouldn't be hit with outrageous labor rates. He also is quite skilled in calming me down when I'm trying to navigate across 4 lanes of rush hour traffic as my car is losing power steering, heating up and shutting down. Don't know what I'd without him (also still true and not just because he's phenomenal with cars)."

Back to the now:

I'm pretty sure I stopped there because I got all sentimental thinking about my dad. And then getting angry with myself for not writing a post about him on his birthday. What is it that they say about good intentions? Or would 'it's the thought that counts' apply better here? Regardless of my failure to write a proper post about my dad it does not mean in any way that he's not deserving of one. He's by far one of the most influential men in my life; I trust him completely; he is loving, kind, and supportive; he has never failed me; and I love him dearly. I am so fortunate to have him and I am very aware of how rare it is to have a father like mine.

And now I am blank again but less overwhelmed so yay! Hopefully my next post won't take 51 days.