MY LIFE AS I LIVE IT
I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.
- Name: kathi
- Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Today's Quote 7/31/05
by: SFC Kevin Kelly
Stationed in Iraq, 155th BCT
John Upperman is an officer in the Texas Army National Guard whose unit was activated for deployment in August 2004. He has just returned home from Iraq for two week's of R&R. Please take a moment to read his blog today on his trip home. It's wonderful. *Warning, have tissues handy.
A few more hours
by: Ben Stein http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1331469/posts
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Today's Quote 7/30/05
by: Arthur Chrenkoff
so far...so perfect
I did get a call early in the evening that Casey had lost one of his contacts when he was taking them out to go swimming. They'd searched and couldn't find it. The poor guy was so upset that he didn't want to go swimming and just went to bed. Mark had called me from the pool, where Charlie was making friends with kids in the pool...of course, and I had them go to the room to let me talk to Casey. I told him that I had his prescription for his contacts and would have them filled today so he could have them before he got home. We talked that sometimes 'life' just happens and he felt better and was on his way to the pool when we hung up. Poor kid.
Mark had said they got stuck in rush hour traffic and spent over an hour going 15 mph. Yuck. At least they took a ton of their favorite cd's.
I'm sure they're having as much fun as I am. Life is good.
*Update: Got Casey's contacts...all is good. Wouldn't be too much hardship if he lost them more often, his doctor is just too cute. :)
Friday, July 29, 2005
Thank you 1st Sergeant Kasal
photo by LtCol Norm Root
...one you won't spot on "60 Minutes"...
Marine 1st Sergeant Brad Kasal (in the middle). This photo is from the most recent major offensive in Fallujah. Sgt. Kasal sacrificed his own safety to save a room full of fellow Marines. He ended up taking several AK rounds in the leg. Most of his lower leg was blown away but you can't tell it from this pic. He took rounds in the back which his armor saved him from. He took one round through his butt which passed through both cheeks leaving 4 holes in him. And he also took the brunt of a grenade blast. He jumped on top of a younger Marine to cover him from the fire. He killed the terrorist who did most of the damage to him and his men, and despite a massive loss of blood he never stopped fighting. Notice that he's still holding his pistol. He has been put in for the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day. He already has several Purple Hearts for previous battles throughout his career and he has turned some down so that he could stay with his unit. While in the hospital he has met President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and several other celebrities. He said that President Bush came in by himself and had a very long, sincere, and friendly visit with him.
S/F and Aloha ...David
Today's Quote 7/29/05
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Today's Quote 7/28/05
Our enemies in the war on terror have no tanks, no air force and no navy. Their greatest and most powerful weapon is an American media more interested in today's controversy than tomorrow's victory.
written by: Lance Frizzell
(This guy is so awesome)
Charlie's got a girlfriend
*Side note: Charlie took 2 showers (and even re-wet his hair a couple of times after that) to get ready for his 'date'. How cute is that? Gonna need some kind of dowry deposit, though, mom to compensate for the water and electric bill.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
1st LT Lance Frizzell
Yup, another military web site, so get over it. :) In civilian life, he's the Press Secretary for the House Republican Caucus in the Tennessee Legislature. I love the blogs by Kevin Kelly and John Upperman, but Lance's site is different in that it isn't so much a personal commentary as it is daily reporting. His photographs are touching and his writing is honest and informative. Please, check this guy out. And you're welcome in advance. :) :)
The cycle of life
There are firsts all through life that not only demonstrates their independence, but gives you that heart tug that you're just not needed as much as you were a heartbeat ago. Like...when they learn to wipe their own butts. You're grateful...but you're needed less. When they fix something for themselves to eat instead of telling you they're hungry. You're grateful...but you're needed less. When you see them folding clothes out of the dryer that you didn't even know needed washing. You're grateful...but you're needed less. Now he's driving away on his own. And I'm standing there waving good bye as I tell myself this is just the cycle of life.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Best chocolate cake
All in all, a great birthday. Got his license, we took him to Abulelo's (his favorite restaurant) and had a cake to die for.
Later, I'll have to write about how he nearly didn't pass the eye exam at the DMV, with his glasses ON. And that is why we're on our way to the eye doctor now.
Update: Yesterday at the DMV when he had to take his eye exam to get his license...he put on his glasses and read the line he was instructed to. The DMV clerk looked at him for a second, maybe two, and said "Try it again, and I'll tell you now...it's all numbers. There are no letters in it" Casey tried a second time and the clerk said "keep going", so Casey went back and tried it again. When he finished, the clerk said "there are two more numbers". Casey finally finished it and I said to him "Eye Doctor...TOMORROW". The clerk laughed and said it was barely enough, but with us taking him to get his prescription updated she passed him. Casey denies needing any glasses what so ever. He's pretty sure of it, lol. So, today the eye doctor said he definitely needs new ones and we're getting him contacts this time. He's not happy, but at least he'll be able to see while he's unhappy. :) He goes to class tomorrow to learn how to wear them. And Monday he get's his wisdom teeth pulled. Hope growing up is all he hoped it would be.
Another Excellent Blog: ' Who's Your Baghdaddy? '
http://uppermansblog.blogspot.com This is a blog from a Texas soldier in Iraq. Gives an honest insight to what's going on, and an honest opinion as well. Thank you John.
This is a sample of John's blog:
Early yesterday morning there was an insurgent attack to the north of our base camp. This in and of itself is not unusual, but the nature of the attack serves to illustrate the level of depravity of these scumbags. In the morning hours there was a funeral procession traveling along the main highway that eventually leads into Baghdad. As the procession was moving it came under insurgent attack, which resulted in a few dead and several wounded civilians. Subsequesntly, an Army Military Police unit was notified of the attack and moved into the area to provide support. Once they arrived and secured the area it appeared the insurgents had left the scene so the MP unit began treating the civilian wounded. Unbeknownst to them, however, the insurgents left behind a Trojan horse in the form of a car bomb. It was remotely detonated, which resulted in several more civilian and U.S. casualties. In other words, the insurgents attacked innocent civilians knowing that we would arrive to offer medical aid and then left a car bomb to attack the U.S. forces as they were treating the wounded. This is the bile we are dealing with on a daily basis. I have a hard time referring to them as "men" because they are human in form only. They have no soul, no conscience, or anything else that permits them to be associated with the human race. They are an evil cancer and they need to be extracted from the body of earth.
We are here to conduct the surgery.
Once again :) http://uppermansblog.blogspot.com/ Thanks, John Upperman. May God keep you safe.
When we bless others, we're blessed.
There is a site: www.anysoldier.com that is truly amazing. Someone told me, when they told me about this site, to be careful because it was addicting. I laughed...how naive I was. :) This is a site where soldiers write to let us know what their unit can use. They also update their situations and send pictures. I thought that our military would provide for all their needs over seas. Again...naive. One of the things I read over and over that is wanted in Iraq, Afghanistan...is baby wipes. How simple is that? Imagine... And the bugs, sand fleas...so they ask for bug spray and wipes as well. And drink powders. Imagine nothing but plain water...EVER. How about a bag of store bought cookies maybe, a bag of sweet tarts. Or maybe a cd to listen to in the tent. What I just went through is maybe a $30 purchase at Walmart, or better yet Sams, or Big Lots. To our men and women...A BLESSING!!!! And so many of our military have NO ONE over here sending them anything at all. Imagine seeing all around you receiving packages every couple of weeks when they finally do get mail...and you get nothing...again and again and again. www.anysoldier.com These packages go to the men and women that never or rarely receive anything, for whatever reason. Or some units put the bulk packages on a community table and it's like Christmas!
NOT TO WORRY ABOUT POSTAGE! Ask at the post office for a FLAT RATE BOX. It costs $7.70 and you can send up to 70 lbs. in it.
The heat is 120 + (PLUS) and they are often in hot vehicles under 50 lbs + (PLUS) of heavy body armor. And when they're not in a vehicle, they're in the sun...there is rarely shade! Something that has been a big hit is the misty mate to help cool them off. www.coolourtroops.com
If you're led to bless our men and women in the military, please visit www.anysoldier.com and read their stories. You can choose whom you'd like to bless...man, woman, army, navy, air force, marine... REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU FEEL PERSONALLY ABOUT WAR OR THE MILITARY...THEY ARE STILL THERE NEEDING YOU.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Gotta give Katy a 'shout out' :)
Seriously, Katy is one of the best friends anyone could ask for. She's a pain in the butt with her honesty, painfully blunt with her opinions and has been a net to catch me when I've fallen more times than I care to count. She doesn't judge, just loves. And what I said for my friends Mac and Terri goes full strength for Katy too, she loves me in spite of knowing me. Trust me, I'm not easy. My friends know all my secrets and better still...they keep them.
Katy, give me a picture and I'll show the world your smile. :)
Birthday Boy Posing
Happy Birthday Casey...Sweet 16 Already??
Case and I had a good talk this morning too, before I took him to his Performance Course work out. We talked about when you take romance out of a relationship, all you have is friendship. I want him to understand romance is important, especially to women. If you treat a woman as a friend long enough...that's all she'll be. And then...it's probably too late to turn back the clock. I hope he took hold of what I was saying and runs with it. I love him so much. Happy Birthday Kid.
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Sometimes life just sucks
...and today was one of those days. My husband is a bleep and my oldest takes after him in how to bleep bleep. Fortunately, my youngest has feelings and honestly cares about others. Oh, wait...my hubby cares about others too...like bleep bleep bleep bleep.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Got the car out of the shop around noon. Thought Marko was going to pass out when they told him the cost...$600 for the horn to make sound once again. Sounds great though, lol. They said it was lucky the air bag hadn't gone off in my face too, the coil for it was completely worn. No idea what that means, but whatever. Then we hit the grocery store, all four of us. It's fun shopping with the whole family. After we got home I headed to bed with some pain meds. After about 6 hours, I'm feeling some relief but not a lot. The guys went to help move again and so the house has been quiet, which I'm sure has helped. And...Trouble (my kitten) curled up next to me and purred me to sleep when I couldn't quit grinding my teeth from the pain. Love that cat. The name, Trouble...it's a story. I've got 3 cats, Trouble the latest. Marko had told me 'NO MORE CATS'. We've always had more animals than room...normally 3 cats and 3 dogs is the norm for us. So...when I came across Trouble at the vet's office while I was there taking Porter (our chocolate lab) in for shots, I fell in love with him. Mainly because he was the only one out of the litter that someone had dropped off that wanted to play with Porter through the kittens cage. A couple of days later while I was BACK at the vet taking a cat in for a urine infection...(see a pattern here? yeah, well, guess it's easy to take Marks side, huh?) and Trouble was still there. He was kind of the runt and no one had taken him home yet. I brought him home, and Mark didn't talk to me for about 3 weeks. I knew pretty much that was how it would be before I left the vet's office, so I named him Trouble right after I said I'd take him. And now...everyone including Marko, absolutely adores this cat. He plays with the dogs as much as the cats, he just doesn't realize that he doesn't weigh 70-80 lbs too.
The guys are home with Long John Silvers...men with food. What's better than that?
Friday, July 22, 2005
It's Friday...means nothing to me.
Hmmmmm, finally got started (again) on the spare room. It either needs to be a bigger room or I have to reduce the amount of furniture. I'm such a female. :) Plus I'm keeping the soldiers 'care package fixins' in there. There's gotta be a way to make it all fit and still have enough room to be comfortable. It's gonna take longer than I thought. lol
So, back to my day. Casey and I picked Charlie up from the library and went to have the car washed and detailed. The guys are sooo funny. They're always making me laugh. I love it when they're the best of friends. With just the 18 months difference between them they can be the best of buds or the worst of enemies. Seen both, sometimes it's not pretty.
After the car was done we got some lunch. They chose today and it was Jack In the Box...yeah well. Now we're home and I'm fixin to start on the room again.
Mark is picking the guys up early to help his friend, Laurie, move again. She apparently has a daughter that Charlie says is 'very hot'...so he's picking out his moving outfit to wear tonight. How cute is that? And all this means to me...I GET ANOTHER NIGHT ALONE!! Just doesn't get any better than 2 nights in a row, unless it's 3. :)
My best friend, Mac, and I are celebrating this years birthdays next week with our 3rd best friend, Terri. We're trying to decide where to go and what to do. Wild enough for fun, tame enough to where no one gets hurt. What to do, what to do?
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Shopping for school clothes :)
Found some cool new pillows for the couches too. About time, been looking for some that I like for about a month. Guess I'm not easy to shop for either. :)
Charlie and I hit the Guitar Center and got some new strings for his latest guitar. My rock star.
Day's 1/2 over, but I think I'm home for the day. Think I'll have a glass of wine and sit outside to read for awhile. It's 100 degrees outside, not bad for Texas in July. Mark and the guys are helping Marks friend Laurie move tonight, so I've got a night ALONE. A good day followed by a good night. Gotta love that!
SOME OF MY FAVORITE WEB SITES
- http://anysoldier.com/WhereToSend/ - how to really support our troops
- http://waynesworld2005.blogspot.com/ - a soldiers mom posts her sons reports
- http://uppermansblog.blogspot.com/ - one Texas soldiers life in Iraq
- http://www.imdb.com/ - just can't place that actor?? here's help
- http://www.rottentomatoes.com/ - movie ratings
- http://www.wordreference.com/ - language translation
- http://www.kiddlive.com/ - my favorite radio site
- http://www.dailybuzz.tv/ - my favorite tv site
- http://www.dixiesappers.org/hhc/journal/archive.html - one soldiers view with humor
- http://iraq.billhobbs.com/ - In civilian life, he's the Press Secretary for the House Republican Caucus in the Tennessee Legislature. In Iraq, he's 1st LT Lance Frazzell.
- http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1367/music.html - learn to read music
- http://www.nonstop.lv/files/bubblewrap.swf - stress relief...fun
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Wednesday is almost over :)
You can see in the picture I posted of the boys that Charlie is growing his hair out. His hair is a bit curly and as good as it looked, everyone with curly hair wants straight hair (and vice versa). So at Charlies last trim, his stylist told him he could put straightner on it. Well...it wasn't fun but it looks really good. Poor kid, the straightner stunk, burned his skin and took forever to rinse out. But he does look great. What'cha think?