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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.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Another 52

Got this from Amanda, thanks girl! 

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? Hey Mom, long time...no see
2. How much cash do you have on you?  Not much
3. What's a word that rhymes with DOOR? POOR (see question #2)

4. Favorite planet? Earth
5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone? Tommy Boy
6. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone? Actual phone ringing...call me old fashioned

7. What shirt are you wearing? Really soft pink sweat shirt

8. Do you label yourself? Yeah, 'Custodial Parent' and loving it

9. Name the brand of the shoes you're currently wearing: Crocs

10. Bright or Dark Room? Love the dark
11. Why is there always a missing question? There isn't

12. What does your watch look like? Pulsar, silver with dark blue face
13. What were you doing at midnight last night? Take a wild guess

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say? Wished me a Merry Christmas
15. Where is your nearest 7-11? 1/2 mile down the road, turn left, and it's on the right.

16. What's a word that you say a lot? Depends on the mood :)  Happy..."cool", mad or upset..."Pooh" or sometimes (and this is the worst word I say) "crap". 

17. Who told you he/she loved you last? my guys and they say it all the time, probably because they know it makes me happy to hear it

18. Last furry thing you touched? Gato (one of our cats)

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days? None

20. How many rolls of film do you need developed? None, digital all the way

21. Favorite age you have been so far? 27

22. Your worst enemy? I don't give place to enemies, but I definitely have a few people who are not friends

23. What is your current desktop picture? Rocky and Butchie

24. What was the last thing you said to someone? "What'd ya do?" in response to hearing Charlie say  "that's not good"  :)
25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly, what would it be? Have you read my blog lately?
26. Do you like someone? Oh yeah
27. The last song you listened to?Something by Jimi Hendrix as a friends cell phones ring tone
28. What time of day were you born? I can narrow it down within a 24 hour time frame

29. What's your favorite number? Honestly don't have one
30. Where did you live in 1987? Exactly where I live right now
31. Are you jealous of anyone? Wouldn't trade places with anyone
32. Is anyone jealous of you? Probably
33. Where were you when 9/11 happened? Getting my yearly Pap done, lol...too much info, yeah?

34. What do you do when vending machines steal your money? Usually put more money in and get two instead of one, or lose twice as much

35. Do you consider yourself kind? Kind of what?
36. If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be? Seriously, and trust me on this, there is nothing that would make me  get a tattoo

37. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be? I'm a Texas girl, Spanish all the way

38. Would you move for the person you loved? Only if my kids wanted to come with me, and if they did, then yes...with out a doubt I would

39. Are you touchy-feely? I've not met anyone who has made me want to be touchy-feely...yet, but I still have hopes
40. What's your life motto? No one's deserved forgiveness more than me, and I received it freely.  What you receive freely, so should you give freely. 

41. Name three things you have on you at all times: In or out of the house, I'm never far from my cell, some form of lip gloss/moisturizer and nail clippers

42. What's your favorite town/city? Taos

43. What was the last thing you paid for with cash? Weinersnitzel drive through, visiting Charlie :)

44. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it? If  Thank You notes count, yesterday

45. Can you change the oil on a car? Never tried

46. Your first love: what is the last thing you heard about him/her? Not sure, I may still be waiting for my first love

47. How far back do you know your ancestry? Great great...that's about it

48. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy? I doubt if my idea of fancy is the same as many people's.  I'd have to say serving at Church on Sunday was sort of fancy for me, I wore a red cashmere sweater with a fur collar and my pearls, black slacks with black high heels with silver buckles on them (and once again...I DID NOT FALL!).

 49. Does anything hurt on your body right now? Nope

50. Have you ever been burned by love?  Uhmmm, yeah, I suppose you could call it burned. 

51. Do you have a crush on any bloggers?   :)

52. Where would you like to live? New Mexico



Monday, December 25, 2006

Busy Three Days!

I'll tell y'all about Casey's Car and about Christian Brothers tomorrow or the next day. Promise. Still deciding on what we will do with the options offered to us by Christian Brothers.

What I do want to share with y'all now is the great time the boys and I have had the last several days. Saturday the boys and I had my brother and sister in-law over along with their grandkids. We had such a great time. Their grandkids love Casey and Charlie, follow them around like pups, but they especially love Charlie. All kids love Charlie. We played Skip Bo, and both the kids were on Charlie's team, with my sister-in-law, Gail, and I on one team (and geeze, did we come in a far last...completely my fault) and Casey and his Uncle Larry on another team. Charlie's team won...lol. It was a lot of fun! My nephews daughter (what does that make her to me? My great niece?), Jane, and I iced some mini brownies and put candy Santa's on top of them. Jane and I took them, along with some sugar cookies and 'trash' I'd made the night before for my in-laws and my neighbors, to several of my neighbors houses. Jane was so cute! She had red icing on her cheek and her chin, and she was wearing one of my aprons. My neighbors just thought she was adorable!
Here are a couple of pictures of them that Gail said I could share.

This is Elijah, he's 8

and this is Jane, she's 9.

Let's see...the next day, Sunday, was Christmas Eve and Charlie's birthday. We were serving at church for the first service, and no...I took no falls! I did however, have a blast! I wish I'd thought to have taken my camera. It was so cool. They'd built an old fashioned front of a cabin with a beautiful old sleigh in front of it with a picket fence and snow on the ground. Every few minutes, snow would fall from the ceiling, it was gorgeous! Families would get in the sleigh with their kids and have people take pictures of them, so cool. Anyway, out in the parking lot, my kids and others were serving hot cider, there were carollers, and I was serving Christmas cookies inside to people as they came in...where it was warm. :) Watching the little kids coming in, all dressed up in their Christmas best...seeing the snow falling inside, and their eyes light up when they were offered these big Christmas cookies. It was the best! Later, we did Charlie's birthday at home, here's a pic of my guys and their dad:

This is most of Charlie's b'day present. The guys have explained to me several times what it's called...but still, no clue. I just signed the check. :) I think it's called a 1/2 cab.

So, today is Christmas and we've had a really great day. The boys and I mostly gave each other a lot of love for Christmas, and it was a really great Christmas! I don't know what I was so concerned about, honestly, I don't give my kids enough credit sometimes. All day long they kept hugging me, telling me how much they loved me and how this was the best Christmas, and they were right. We spend so much more time together than we use to, we're much closer than we use to be, and there is more laughter in our home than ever before. Love is a wonderful thing.
Here are some pictures from today:

Casey opening a gift.

Charlie tearing into a gift, lol, he tried...but Casey had wrapped it with reinforced tape and it took him about 5 minutes to get into it. In fact, Casey had wrapped it twice...

Casey giving his girl, Daisy, her gift. Daisy was Casey's Christmas gift 11 years ago.

Porter with his...

and Rocky with his. Rocky, was Charlie's Christmas gift, again, 11 years ago.
All the while they're chewing away on these rawhides...I just kept thinking how glad I am that I bought that carpet cleaner!

We've tried to go to see Charlie's birthday movie twice, but could barely find a parking space, so we've decided to wait till maybe tomorrow after he get's off work to go. He's picked Night At the Museum as his birthday movie. It was a toss up between that and Black Christmas for him (go ahead and laugh...I do).

So, that about covers it for us. Been a wonderfully blessed three days here. Can't think of one bad thing, really. All good. We've watched A Christmas Story probably 4 times, and still laughing at it. Watched Bad Santa a couple of times...and still laughing at it, too. C'mon, it's Billy Bob Thornton...you've gotta laugh.

Hope y'all had as good a Christmas as we did. Hope your coming year is as full of love as our home is. Lot's of big hugs to each of you. God bless you all!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

It's Beginning To Look A Lot....

Even though it isn't beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Dallas, it's still just a few days away!
I sent off a few faxes and a few letters to the Corporate office of Christian Brothers Automotive, where Casey's car has had all it's work done, and since I haven't given you all the entire story on it, I'll just post that letter giving you the details here:

Christian Brothers Automotive
15995 N. Barkers Landing, Suite 145
Houston, TX 77079

Mr. Mark Carr
Dr. John Freeman
Mr. Donald Evans
Mr. John Carr

Dear Sir’s:

My name is Kathi McIntire Bratcher. I live in Allen Texas. I have a 17 year old son named Casey. We recently began taking his car, a 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham to one of your centers located at 5800 Avenue K, Plano Texas. It’s just down the road from our church, Fellowship Church of Plano, which is how we first came to be familiar with Christian Brothers. We first took my son’s car to Christian Brothers for an oil change and I asked them to give me an estimate for a complete tune up and repair of anything that needed repair.

My father had passed away a few years ago, and had given us this car before he’d passed. When my son had turned 16, we gave it to him. He was very proud of it.

After the oil change and an estimate of about $1,400 in needed repairs, I started saving my money, as I am a single mom and work as a substitute teacher. We took the car in November 15th and had the repairs needed done for a total of $1,486.13. I am attaching the receipt for that repair.

When we brought the car home, the car would die after starting and would not stop running after it was turned off. We took it back in on November 28th and were told it needed more repair. We had the repair done and we were charged $79.70. I am attaching that receipt as well.
*Replaced choke

On December 14th the oil and choke light came on. My son checked the oil and it was full. I called Christian Brothers and talked to Donnie. He said it may be a bad connection to the battery or an alternator problem. The next day, Friday, December 15th, my son drove it up to Christian Brothers at 6 p.m. after football practice, to see if they’d just take a look at it.
Donnie looked at it and told Casey that it was the electric choke light and low oil pressure light. Donnie told my son that it was okay to drive, as long as he’d listen for strange noises, and to bring it back on Monday or Tuesday. Casey drove it straight home, parked it for the night, and then drove it to football practice the next morning at 6 a.m., where the engine would not start again after being turned off.

Monday morning, December 18th, we had it towed to Christian Brothers. Donnie asked if I was sure Casey had checked the oil because when they checked it, it was completely out of oil…that after putting 3 quarts of oil into it, it’d still barely read full. I asked Casey again, and he said yes, and his brother said he’d been with him.
Late Monday afternoon, I called Christian Brothers and Donnie told me that the rear main seal had blown and the engine had locked up. That there was nothing they could do for us.

Casey had taken the car to Christian Brothers on Friday night, Donnie had seen the oil light on, had not checked the oil, and had told Casey that the car was alright to drive until he brought the car in on Monday or Tuesday…had it ran that long.

I am very upset that Christian Brothers is not taking any blame in what has happened to our car. This is my sons only means to school, work and to college in a few months. He volunteers many hours a week at our church and with Habitat for Humanity, this car is a very important part of his life. I have saved and put every spare penny I have into making this car safe for my son. Please look into what has happened with my son’s car at this center in Plano, Texas. I am asking for your fair evaluation and for your help.

Okay, so...I just called Christian Brothers and they say they're working on it again, after having heard from headquarters. I don't know what that means, because when I talked to them on Monday, they said there wasn't anything they could do. But, I just faxed their headquarters on Tuesday, so that was pretty fast.

I did, also, file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau yesterday because I hadn't heard from anyone, and I tend to be impatient. This was a themed Christmas, everything for Charlie's Christmas and his birthday was about his music, a new guitar, amp...stuff that I don't know the names for, lol. And for Casey, all about his car. But hey, you know what...still 4 days to go and I do believe in miracles!

I start baking today, lot's of different cookies and some brownies. I got some Christmas shaped individual pans for the brownies with lots of cool icing and stuff. AAANNNNDDD, I'm making my Bratcher Trash, which is a very spicy take on the chex mix stuff, with a couple of twists. Anyway, I take some of all the goodies to friends and neighbors every year. Plus I'm extra excited because my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are coming over with their grandkids, my kids second cousins, for our Christmas together. The boys and I are really excited to have them over, they're the only one's that didn't turn their backs on us and have bothered to call to see how we are or if we have needed anything since Mark left. We had fun shopping for toys for the kids, they're into Star Wars, so that brought back memories for the boys! Soooo, I'm making all these cookies and goodies for our party with them... So, yeah, even with our Texas weather, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Bratcher home. :)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Working Man

I caught a picture of Charlie yesterday as he was grabbing a bite to eat before leaving for work. How grown up is my baby? Yeah, I know...doesn't look much like a baby anymore, does he? I'm so proud of him. What great kids I've raised...maybe I should do it for a living. Oh, wait...I do. :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Mourning Ole' Yeller

After waiting all day for the call that never came, I took a deep breath and made the call to them.  The news was bad.  Worse than we'd ever expected.  The engine on Casey's car had locked up and basically, ole' yeller had to be put down yesterday. 


I don't know if I'd ever told you about this car.  My dad gave this car to us 7 years ago, maybe 8, I can't remember.   It's a 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham.  We've always called it 'Pop's car'.   Katy and I use to say it was like driving a big comfy couch down the road.  I absolutely love this car. We've always had people asking  us if we'd consider selling Ole' Yeller.  I've had countless strangers knock on my door, stop me in a parking lot, even asking me through my window as they'd be driving by me.  Lately, as long as it's been Casey's car, I've asked him if he'd want to sell it and put the money towards something newer but the answer was always the same, "no, I love my car" and that'd be that. 


We're all upset, and as you can imagine, especially Casey.  He loves that car.  Every extra cent I had has gone into that car; one, to make sure it was safe for Casey for all he's got coming up (college and all); two, with the understanding that it was his Christmas present.  I've got to admit that the headliner and the repair work on the front we had done looked excellent!  Casey was really pleased with it, proud even.  Maybe I can have it towed back here and he can look out the window at it on Christmas morning.  Who says sarcasm isn't alive and well? 


We called and emailed friends and our church last night asking for prayers and help finding either a good used car with a lot miles left on it that we could afford or leads on an engine or a rebuilt engine that, once again, we could afford.   


I've never done this before, but I'm going to (if I can figure out how) turn off the comments on this post and just ask if you'd take the time you'd spend on commenting and lift us up in prayer instead.  I do so love your comments, but I believe strongly in the power of prayer and we are strongly in need of your prayers. 

Big hug to all.

Monday, December 18, 2006

You've Got To Be Kidding Me


So, after all the money I've put into Casey's car, the thing won't start.  Yeah.  The kid goes to the team breakfast before the game Saturday morning, and after the breakfast, as he's suppose to head to the buses, his car won't start.  He catches a ride, but c'mon...you've got to be kidding me.  I've had that car in the shop twice in the last couple of months and I've put about $1,600 into it...geeze. 


So, then I'm on my way to the bank to deposit  my paycheck that I'd hoped to give to the boys to spend for Christmas gifts...but, that didn't work out.  Hopefully, there'll be enough from the ex's support check this week to give them something, but I'm off track again, what a shock, right?  Anyway, I'm 0n my way to the bank and I'm talking on my cell to my 'lean on guy', Tom, asking him to encourage me and remind me of all my blessings because I'm feeling kind of low, and he's doing a surprisingly decent job (teasing Tom).    As he's doing this great job, I'm coming up to the some lights and as I put on my brakes, they lock up.  Yeah, you've got to be kidding me.  My brakes lock up just as Tom is counting my blessings, LOL.  I can barely manage to turn my car and as I go through the light and come up to the bank, I try to turn into the bank, but can't get the brakes to 'brake' enough to turn, so I miss that turn and manage to get it into a lane that I can turn into and finally get it stopped.  After turning the car off and back on, they were okay.   My heart was pounding so fast, that after I went to the bank and got home, I forgot all about calling Tom back to tell him I was okay...lol.  Sorry Tom.  I talked to him at the game, though...he figured that driving the tank that I do, I'd be okay.  He was more worried about the others on the road, I was too!  It was scary.  He gave me some advice, and yeah, I'll be following it, I'll be taking it in to have it checked out. 


It was a blessing that I didn't have anymore problems with the brakes because the road to  Texas Stadium was stop and go traffic going to this game.  Unbelievable.  We played the Dragons of Southlake Carrol.  They kicked our butts.  As much as it pains me to say it, this was such a great team!!  I can't believe how powerful and completely on target they were.  Our quarterback hurt his shoulder the second play of the game and never returned.  That really hurt us.  The final score...38 ~ 0.  Yeah, with the season we've had,  that's a big ole'  "you've got to be kidding me". But, Southlake Carrol has won State several times and the last two years in a row.  This is the first time I've ever seen them play.  They told me at the game that their coach has a record of something like 78 ~ 1.  I sure hope they're paying this guy some big bucks, because he's worth it!


Oh, some news.  My baby got his first job!!  Charlie starts working today at Wienerschnitzel.  I'm so proud of him.  He wears black shoes, black pants and red polo shirts...he looks so cute!  I'll take a picture and put it up if he'll let me.  Seriously, I couldn't be more proud of him.  Charlie told the guy that he'd work any hours they'd let him  other than school or Wednesday night or Sunday morning (church), because  his family was going through a hard time at home and he really wanted to help them out.  I thought I was gonna cry.  I told him I'd never take his money, and he said it was the only reason he wanted the job.  Do I have the best kids in the world? 


I'll tell you all this...one thing I know with all of my heart.  Regardless of what I have or don't have in the material sense...I am the most blessed person I know.  I am so very grateful for all that God has given me and I am thankful for each and every one of you that not only lift me up with your prayers and your love,  but for your blogs that make me laugh, cry and think.  Life is good, and we should all be grateful for what we do have. 

Friday, December 15, 2006

They Lie

Don't believe them...they give you  instructions about being washer safe, but they lie! 

I tried to wash a rug yesterday that, with our having three dogs, needed it, and because of the instructions telling me it was washer safe (but to air dry) I washed it in my heavy duty, stainless steel tub, 14 month old, GE washer.  Big mistake.  Even bigger mistake to do it so close to Christmas time when money is so tight. 

Saving grace, though, was that I didn't settle for GE's repair service.  They couldn't come out till next Wednesday and it'd be an $80 trip charge plus repair cost.  Two of our local well known repair service companies cost about the same and couldn't come out until next Tuesday.  Yeah, I've got two kids and do laundry every single day...that isn't going to work for me.  In the yellow pages I found a small ad for a company that had the BBB logo, could come out today and only charged me $35 for the trip fee plus repair.  They were out with-in 70 minutes and as helpful as could be.  Not only that, but the service guy gave me some names of other local companies (plumbers, electricians) that were family owned and wouldn't rob me blind should I ever need them. 

Okay, my sweet friends, the Eagles play Southake Carrol tomorrow at the Texas Stadium.  It's the semi-finals.  Don't pay attention to where you are or who's going to hear you...let's let it ring y'all.....c'mon, let me hear you...GOOOOOO EAGLES!!!!!!

Thank you...thank you very much.  :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Remember the Titans...Times Six


Remember the Titans is one of my all time favorite movies.  Is it in my profile selection?  I'll have to check...geeze, I'm tired, I'm already off track.  Anyway, today I subbed for a teacher that for whatever reason, failed to leave a lesson plan of any kind.  I found a teacher who had  the film, Remember the Titans, in his room and he came and set it up for me.  So, for six 52 minute periods, I watched the first 50 minutes of this 114 minute movie.  We have the film here at home and all I want to do is watch the last 64 minutes of it. 


Every class that came in was thrilled when I told them we were watching this film, they loved this movie.  We sang along with the sound track, which I've always loved, and a lot of kids even recited some of the dialogue.  It is a cool movie. 


So, I'm home, and even though all I've done (basically) is sit in a semi-dark room  all day, that still had the heat on regardless that we're back into the high 70's,  watching the same 50 minutes of a movie over and over and over (and over and over and over), all I really want to do now is just close my eyes and nod some. 


By the way, with my visit to the post office on my lunch break today, I am now, officially, completely ready for Christmas.  Falalalala...lalala la!  

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

For Us All

Thanks Deb.

Just Another Tuesday

The boys and I are going to be volunteering at our church on Christmas eve, which is also Charlie's birthday. Christmas eve is on Sunday this year, so there'd be church anyway. I sort of like that. Anyway, the guys had signed up to serve hot apple cider out in the parking lot to people as they get out of their cars. I'm hoping they take pictures, I'd like to see this. I'll be inside serving snacks on trays to people as they cross the lobby, which we have a pretty huge lobby. The only thing that I keep hoping for? C'mon, take a guess....I'll wait. Anyone guess 'that she'll not fall on her butt'? Because, that would be the right guess. I'm already thinking about which would be the most sensible shoes to keep me upright, because, let's face it, I'm not known for being graceful. First thing I told them when they suggested this position for me to volunteer in was to be sure they had back-up trays ready because if I go down, the food will be going down with me. They thought I was joking...they don't know me all that well.

The boys and I had one of our family movie nights last night. Nothing like an old fashioned family movie night...especially when it's ours. Casey's movie choice was See No Evil with the WWE wrestler Kane. He was what you'd call an 'eye picker'. Trust me, don't watch this while your eating dinner, unless you're dieting. It was so gross that all we could do was laugh at a lot of points and I actually put my hands over my eyes and watched through my fingers a couple of times. Too funny. Was it scary? Nah, just silly gross, but that still made for a good time in the Bratcher home. At one point, I said "this is sooo sick" and Casey asked me if I was sorry he'd picked it. I said 'no, of course not' and he said 'you're the perfect mom'. Yeah, I'm sure children's services would see it that way, too, lol. One way or the other, we belong together.

That's about all for now, my darlin's. Hope your day is full of smiles. Hugs to all.

Monday, December 11, 2006

'Tis The Season

For those keeping score (pun), two weeks ago the Allen Eagles beat Round Rock in Waco. I can't even remember the score, but the entire game was way too close with us behind a few times and I thought my heart was going to stop beating too many times. This past Saturday we played Spring Westfield in Nacogdoches and we won in overtime. So needless to say (but apparently I'll say it all the same), it was an excellent game! I've got to say, Westfield was one of the most unsportsman~like teams we've played. Their conduct was unbelievable on and off the field. They got called on it a few times, but still it's sad what they're instilling into their students. This next Saturday we play Southlake Carrol and the winners of the teams playing this coming Saturday play for State in San Antonio on the 23rd. The boys and I do love San Antonio. :) So, if y'all would be so kind, one more time please....GOOOOO EAGLES!!!

Christmas is close, just a couple of weeks away. I've got all my shopping done, and always do by November usually, but still...it's sad when it gets so close because the best part of Christmas is the celebration leading up to it. People are singing to themselves in stores, families are working together putting up lights, trees and decorations. There is a common theme every where you go, and you automatically feel like you are a part of something. It's a good time of year.

The boys and I love to give. There were many years when we weren't able to give, even though we wanted to. We believe the best part of Christmas is giving. Not just to each other, because the joy you get seeing someone opening something you gave them is, in itself, for you as well as for them. I'm talking about the anonymous giving. The toy drives, the food drives, the clothing drives...all the things that we're so blessed to have always had enough of in our home. Trust me on this, when I say we've always had enough of...many times it was because we were blessed by others, such as relatives and friends, that had great 'lightly used' items to pass along to the boys. We've been greatly blessed.

The other day, Charlie saw the game 'Operation' in the store, and remembered how much fun he and Casey use to have playing it when they were little. He bought the game to give at one of the toy drives, Toys for Tots. Later that day when we dropped it off for him, he said "It's pretty cool knowing that Christmas day, some kids are going to be playing that game and laughing just like Casey and I use to when we played it". There are times when you're a parent that you are more proud than others...this was one of those times that brought tears to my eyes. I love my kids so much.

As hard as it is to believe, I once again got off track here. :) My point being that it's a great thing to give, and it's honestly as much for ourselves as it is for the one that receives. There are so many parents out there that have no idea how they're going to give their kids anything to open on Christmas morning. There are also toys at Wal-mart or Big Lots that cost as little as a cup of coffee from Starbucks, a movie rental, or a couple of beers. Please, help spread the joy...if it means anything at all, know that I'll be proud of you, too.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


I was tagged by the sweet~n~spicy Ms. Sass, to tell 6 weird things about myself. This is a tough tag...but since I love this woman, here goes:

1. I don't see myself as other people see me, ever. I see myself as a rude, sarcastic, anti-social introvert. I honestly don't like being around people, I'm not good at filtering what I'm thinking when I open my mouth to speak and often surprise myself at what I say. However, most people I know tend to think that I'm a people person. I don't get it.

2. I enjoy standing up to bullies. The bigger the bully, the more I enjoy it. Whether it's a person I don't know in a store that's belittling a store clerk, student's in my classes, or a company that thinks it won't be held responsible for it's actions...I enjoy taking on the cause of the little guy.

3. I can't say I'm a vegetarian, but can't really say what I am. I normally won't eat meat, but a few times a year I'll eat turkey breast, and yet I'd never eat chicken breast. I won't eat fish, but I love shrimp, scallops and lobster. I won't eat tuna, but I'll eat crab and oysters. I don't know why, but it's been my eating habit since I was 13 years old.

4. I have a problem with wanting to take in all animals. I can't stand seeing an animal in need of a home. I know there are loads of people needing homes, and I feel for them, and I give money...clothes...food, when and where I can, but I'm never tempted to take them in. But when I see an animal (any kind of animal) that is homeless, whether I see it in person, on t.v., whatever, I can't sleep for knowing that it doesn't have anyone to love it.

5. I have a huge attraction for bald heads. Seriously. Even in a crowd, I'll see the back of a bald head and won't be able to rest until I've seen the rest of the guy. After seeing what the 'whole' person looks like, chances are good that I won't be attracted to them...but until I see them completely, I have some great fantasies. I can't begin to count the number of times I've had to maneuver a crowd to come face to face with a 'fantasy' simply because they're bald.

6. I'm extremely geographically challenged. I've lived on the same street now for 20 years, and I still miss it and worse yet...I've driven by my house and missed it too. It's like if I lose focus for a fraction of a second, I get all turned around. I also don't understand how a road can have an East or West in it's name and yet run North or South. For instance, driving to Waco yesterday, we took Interstate 35 East, but it runs north or south. Yeah, that's all it takes, and I'm totally confused.

Okay, that was pretty embarrassing. Thanks Sass. :) As for tagging, nah, I'm just not a tagger. However, if you should choose to do it, please let me know.