A tree in the sun

I took this picture in an open field. Shelby (my little sister) and I had just gone to Clay's house to take pictures of his dad's African cows (that story will come at a later date!). When we left, we saw this tree sitting on a hill and I thought it would be a great idea to take a picture of it. So Shelby pulled my Explorer up to the cattle gate and I climbed on the hood to get up high enough to then climb over the gate. I very carefully walked - in heels - across the pasture and laid down in the right spot to get this. I've been wanting to frame it...and decided last night to add a quote by Abraham Lincoln to give it the right touch!

Photo of Tree

My sarcasm exceeds me!


Sometimes, I think it really is best if I keep my mouth shut. It's hard though. Too much on my mind that I feel the need to share with the rest of the world!

So...to relieve stress I became an M&M. Yes, my hair actually looks like that sometimes, but I promise it is not intentional! The crown - I need some pampering and that is probably as close as I will get. And as for the tiki cup: they didn't have bottles of wine on the template. Trust me - if they did, I'd have one in each hand (bottle, not glass)! Although, I am kind of sweet and really should have chosen another destination, other than the sunny beach. I may melt...ah...too late! I'm all mushy now and...ewwwww...my hand fell off. At least there is a straw so I can enjoy my drink!

Photo of M&M

Untraceable


I saw Untraceable this weekend. GREAT movie! I love suspense and I love Diane Lane. She did a really good job as she always does. I like movies with actors that you know, but don't see too often. Anywho, the first five minutes of the movie had me thinking and wondering.

Diane Lane played Jennifer Marsh who works in the cyber crimes unit of the FBI and they begin investigating a website that shows live deaths (murders, actually). The more you watch, the faster they die. It has a story line that is able to be followed and understood. Oh, and Colin Hanks plays in it too. He is Tom's son. Another actor that you don't get too much of.

Untraceable shows you exactly how easy it is for some of these people to hijack your files just by you downloading some random song off the Internet. They don't go into grave detail over it, because that is not what the movie is about...but it will make you think twice about clicking that mouse!

Pic of Untraceable Movie Poster




Krystal Chili Cheese Pups "TODY"

Antonelli College is right next door. Let's just hope they are furthering their education..

Photo of Krystal Restaurant Sign

A conversation with Frannie


So yesterday, I was chatting with Frannie and she once again brought a smile to my face. In a very innocent discussion regarding some peoples' inability to move forward, Truvie worked her usual magic with her wording and paraphrasing.

"If you come to me and say, 'Frances, I just got hit by a car!' I will do whatever I can to help you. But, on the 50th time you come to me and say the exact same thing, I am going to be like, 'Well, Jennifer, quit standing in the middle of the road or shut up about it!' I don't really go for the whole 'poor me I'm a victim of life' thing."

From the first moment I met her, there was a spark. And anyone who knows or even speaks to Truvie will gain a life-long vocabulary of ways to respond when you are just at a loss of words or even thought.

She no longer blogs, but will always have the Taco Box to reflect back on!
Margaritas and Mexican! Yay!



Jamaica


Sean Kingston wasn't kidding in his description of Jamaica in his song "Take you there." The song seems fun...but just from spending about 7 hours in Montego Bay, Jamaica it ain't no play time for white folk.

Photo of Jamaican SingersHe should have included this info in his song:


1) Don't get in a cab that does not have a yellow license plate. If they don't have one, they aren't part of the union and can take you anywhere, do anything and no one can do anything about it.
2) White people don't need to go into Kingston (the city). Period. Don't ask any more questions.
3) Don't give anyone anything. Especially money.
4) Don't walk out in traffic. They won't stop for pedestrians.
5) Don't trust the po-lice.
6) Don't try to bargain with them. You will lose.


Or we can go to the slums...Where killas get hung...


He ain't lying about them slums...



Baby girl I know it's rough but come wit me
We can take a trip to the hood...
...Little kid wit guns only 15...
...When gun shots just watch us, run quickly...


Photo of Jamaican River Rafting
This was our "romantic white water river rafting" ride... he told us his tip wasn't enough. According to the currency information we received, we tipped him $60,000. And WTH is the "white water"???

...I'm known in the ghetto
Girl just stay by my side
Or we can leave the slums go to paradise
Babe it's up to you,Photo of Jamaican Police Officer
It's whatever you like


Girl...take paradise. You will die if you stay there.

I know the bad men them where I stay
Police fly pursuit in a hurry
This is no gun play


Even the cops want to kill you...................................>

Might see something you're not used to
Welcome to the slums....

Why would I want anyone to take me there ever again?

100 Things About Me


1) I have never had any cavities.
2) I hate tea, of any kind.
3) I believe in forgiveness, but struggle with it.
4) The only mistakes I regret are the ones I didn't make.
5) Driving an SUV was the greatest thing that happened to me. I miss it!
6) I believe that God has faith in me.
7) I always try to invision how something would look hanging on my wall.
8) I (along with many others) consider myself to be very judgmental.
9) When on trips, I don't take boring photographs. I get up-close...behind the scenes, so to speak.
10) I believe true love only exists in fairy tales.
11) I have lived in MS my entire life, accept when I spent a few months in South Carolina for basic training.
12) I hurt my foot in basic training and opted to come home instead of restart after recovering 90%.
13) I love music.
14) I love dancing in my underware.
15) I love Peter Pan. Period.
16) I enjoy filling out questionaires and using not-so-common answers.
17) Mexican food is my weakness.
18) When I was a little girl, I had a pink 110 camera and carried it everywhere.
19) I like to find quotes or song lyrics that fit me, or my current situation.
20) I love breakfast. It is my favorite meal of the day.
21) I hate being stuck on a bridge in a vehicle.
22) I am Southern Baptist.
23) When in basic training, I visited an episcapalean church for donuts and oj.
24) O'Charley's loaded potato soup is the best soup I've ever had.
25) I miss my grandma's chicken and dumplins. So my good friend Connie told me how to make them using frozen dumplins.
26) I don't fully understand politics.
27) Some of my favorite eposides are South Park, SVU, Two and a Half Men and Rules of Engagement.
28) I have decided not to publicly say what I originally said here. It was too personal.
29) Pier1, Kirkland's and Hobby Lobby are three of my favorite stores.
30) I love blogging.
31) When The Skinny Bean Pole was born, they whisked her away and I only got a glimpse. It was nearly 24 hours before I was able to see her.
32) I saved every yearbook from my entire 12 years of school.
33) My yearbooks are still in Brandon and I hope to get them back with other things from my childhood when we go to court in August.
34) I left my husband to give my daughter a better life.
35) I am thankful for my journey...wherever it leads me.
36) I appreciate other people's opinions even if they don't make sense.
37) I have a very wild imagination.
38) When I speak to someone, I make eye contact.
39) I try to always address people by their name.
40) My father recommended that I read Dale Carnegie's book, How to Win Friends and Influence People.
41) I read How to Win Friends and Influence People. It is a good book.
42) When I experience anything, good or bad, I reflect back on the first time I did it and how it made me feel.
43) I love the feeling I get when something has truly left me breathless.
44) I consider myself to be a very animated person.
45) I am very disappointed in Brandon PD and may never trust the chief again.
46) A good laugh is something that I appreciate.
47) Older men intrigue me.
48) I can't live without Photoshop.
49) I once got a Game Warden's truck stuck in a pasture at 2:00 AM in freezing cold weather.
50) I used to run a difficult 2 mile track after my shift at 11PM every night.
51) I once wrote someone a check and I put "Sexual Favors." in the memo section.
52) After the check, Tim Lawless walked around calling me "Services Rendered." I was embarrassed.
53) I miss working with Rob - my other dispatch partner.
54) Ancestry.com linked my family tree to Rosslyn Chapel which was featured in The Da Vinci Code, as well as to William Sinclair and Attila the Hun.
55) I sing out loud to myself.
56) I love history.
57) I love documentaries.
58) I love antebellum homes and have always dreamed of living in one.
59) My favorite places to go are places with lots of historical sites.
60) National Treasure is one of my favorite movies.
61) I was proud of my father when he was recently voted in as the Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Pelahatchie. Obviously their site hasn't been updated.
62) I try to get Mason's to tell me their secrets, but they won't......hmmmm....
63) The types of people I trust are ones that have been in my life for as long as I can remember.
64) I don't care for seafood, but will eat fried popcorn shrimp or fried catfish.
65) I can't sleep without a fan on.
66) When I was preggo, I was hospitalized 5 times. I had a vital organ removed, two PICC lines and stay #5 lasted 37 days. My veins finally collapsed from the countless needles and IVs. The Skinny Bean Pole stayed 9 weeks. She had one blood transfusion.
67) I can't talk very much about me and The Skinny Bean Pole being sick. I get teary eyed.
68) I have a BlackBerry and I hate it.
69) My house is 2 seconds from the interstate but I have to drive 5 extra miles to get to the on-ramp.
70) When I saw The Sixth Sense, I avoided darnkess and cemeteries.
71) I live across the street from a 200 year old church and cemetery.
72) The house I am renting is actually the parsonage to my church.
73) I love shoes, but hate wearing them.
74) I am afraid of heights.
75) Every boyfriend I've had has either lied, cheated or had control issues.
76) I never wear my purple bracelet. I should...
77) I love big macs.
78) I am a fast typist, but never use spell-check.
79) I dated a guy who was into death and mortuary stuff. I didn't know this until after the fact.
80) The Skinny Bean Pole saved me from several things. She was my purpose.
81) I have always been asked if I played soccer...NO!!!!???
82) I hate doing laundry.
83) I want a breast reduction.
84) I love Disney movies.
85) I hate soap operas.
86) I love road trips.
87) I can't ever find anyone who has the time for a road trip.
88) I shake hands when I meet someone.
89) I believe in capitol punishment.
90) I distance myself from people at times.
91) My thoughts are pretty deep sometimes.
92) I used to be able to lift my leg and wrap my ankle around my neck!
93) Sometimes, I wonder if I am damaged.
94) I go commando a lot. So I can breathe freely.
95) My favorite undies are boy shorts.
96) I walk outside in my underwear a lot.
97) I love mashed potatoes and gravy.
98) I hate having my picture taken.
99) I worry about court, my daughter and myself.
100) I think every thing in my life has a purpose.

(my) Mouth of the South


I won't lie...I talk a lot...I talk loud. At times, I find myself talking and realize that no one is listening (yes, even when I am in the presence of others)! I say things that are rude, crude and embarassing. And on top of that, I am very gentle and kind with my words. Is that possible? YES! Of course it is. I have been reassured on countless occasions that I have a very pleasant voice and a good way or wording things.

I do at times get carried away and a very intelligent conversation with me can turn into a rather humerous one in a split second. A former male co-worker used to tease me and say "talking to you is like talking to a 5th grader...one minute you are paying attention and the next you are asking off-the-wall questions that make no sense. It's like asking your mother 'where do babies come from' when she is trying to teach you to play the piano!" This is true...but I think of it as keeping things interesting. This same man would always tell me it was nice to hear my voice when he would call into the office...I've spent countless hours with nothing but my voice as a way of communicating things between folks. I can't tell you how many people have struck up conversations with me over the phone (and in person) when their actual purpose in calling was NOT to talk to me! I always walk away with a little more confidence when I know that talking to me has made someone smile - for whatever reason.

Most men from just about any other region of the country - or the world - will tell you that they love the sound of a southern woman speaking. But I wonder if they know about so many other things that make a classy lady into an even better one? I appreciate my natural assets that I like to credit to being raised in the south. Beauty, grace, the ability to posess amazing curves, an intriguing smile and unforgetable southern drawl.

Enjoy this moment...I'm not always this high on myself.

Going Postal


I know I make a lot of joking comments about going postal. I kid. Too much sometimes. Here is a bit of information about the term, meaning to suddenly become extremely and uncontrollably angry, possibly to the point of violence. It derives from a series of incidents from 1986 onward in which USPS workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police or general public. Between 1986 and 1997, more than 40 people were killed in at least 20 incidents of workplace rage. Following this series of events, the idiom entered common parlance and has been applied to murders committed by employees in acts of workplace rage, irrespective of the employer; and generally to describe fits of rage, though not necessarily at the level of murder, in or outside the workplace. From Wikipedia.

Last night, there was a show on called Going Postal: 15 Most Shocking Acts of Violence. There was some pretty disturbing stuff, from Columbine to Penn Station. Something that stood out was in Austin, TX in 1966. Charles Whitman went to the University of TX in Austin and opened fire, killing 14 and wounding 31 others. Whitman was shooting from the look-out tower on a building. It drew the interest of several civilians who were armed with their own firearms and took aim, which police even give credit since they made it difficult for Whitman to take careful aim without being hit. They also believe it prevented Whitman from coming down off the tower and spreading his rampage on solid ground. He was finally shot and killed. The show mentioned that this was before any official SWAT or organized crime fighting teams were introduced, but believed it is what prompted their appearance.

Photo of mailbox shaped like a gun

Diet and Exercise Q & A


Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! .... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!
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