gsp Thoughts From A Diva: 5/27/07 - 6/3/07

Thoughts From A Diva

Random images and thoughts from a misplaced Minnesota Diva trying to survive in Wisconsin.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Yachats Blue Stories

For most creatures, forests were wonderful. On the hottest days and the coldest nights the big trees were gifts of life. The trees wrapped all the little animals against the cold. They sheltered little plants and bugs and birds in their strong branches. Snug and comfy, these creatures rested in the forest at just the right temperature.

In those days, a dense, dark forest covered the earth. One of the strongest and most beautiful animals made its home here. Bear lived very nicely, thank you. Berries and fruit and herbs and grass made up most of his summer meal.

Bear ate only one meal each year. Of course, his meal started when he woke in the spring. His breakfast did not end until he crawled back into his den to sleep. Then he did not eat through the long, cold winter.

By the time he slept, though, he had gorged himself. He was so fat he could only waddle. He did not have to eat again until next spring.

Ol’ Bear was made for eating. He had enormous paws with long claws that could...

Go here to read the rest of the story.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Planning a trip

Okay, so you all know that Anthony comes home from Iraq sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Well, we are trying to plan our trip to California for his homecoming. I want to give Meg the chance to go to Disneyland and all those other fun places, but I am just too sick of travel sites to spend hours looking for the perfect deal.

I found a site to do it for me. Woohoo!!

TripWiser - social trip planner for the USA and Canada - is a great site for those of us too lazy to plan out our own vacations. We simply look for the trip we want to take, and then make minor adjustments to a trip already taken by another family and voila! we have a finalized trip. It even finds us the cheapest accommodations available in the area.

Where was this website last year when we went to boot camp graduation?


You know, I think everyone is doing rehab this year. 90% of Perez Hilton's posts are about rehab.

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a decent one that was inexpensive and made specifically for women?

There is.

It is called The Orchid Recovery Center for Women and it is located in Palm Springs, FL. They have an excellent drug treatment program that centers on a totally holistic approach.

I love the idea of this center because it is a calming, reflective place that you can go fight your inner demons without worrying about what others will think of you. It is developed to help you find and maintain your inner balance physically, mentally and spiritually.

Go check out their website. It is a gorgeous location. And the rooms are unbelievably peaceful looking. Absolutely beautiful. The staff have done a remarkable job developing this center. They are to be commended.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Peace Be With You, Sarah

WKBT La Crosse, WI-NewsChannel 8, La Crosse Weather, La Crosse News, La Crosse SportsWoman identified in fatal early morning crash

Sarah was the first real friend I had in college. She was an absolutely gorgeous young lady. She was also a star basketball player.

I will miss her glorious smile and laughter.

Words cannot express the pain I am feeling at this time.

Actor Charles Nelson Reilly Dies at 76

Charles Nelson Reilly died today.

I always loved him on Match Game. And then he was doing voice overs in several animated films.

He was funny and over the top in so many ways. He will be missed.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day Post

When I was eighteen, I was living in Pendleton, Oregon. I was living with my sister-in-law and my two nephews. It was a fun time and Tracy and I got along great. I was working part-time for KWHT as a night time disc jockey.

My father was visiting from New York. I don't remember why he was there, but he had come to visit. And being a normal father, he kept saying over and over to me, "What are ya going to do with your life?" I was getting pretty sick of hearing it, so to get away from him I had been spending an inordinate amount of time with the Navy recruiter. My brother had been a sailor, but other than that, I really don't know why I spent so much time down there.

Anyway, unbeknown to my father, I took an overnight trip to Portland and had my physical and joined the Navy. I was a stupid little girl and had no clue what I was in for. I joined without a job; all I knew was it would have something to do with airplanes.

So I was prepared the next time my father asked me what I was going to do. He about fell out of his chair when I told him I was leaving two days later for boot camp in Orlando, Florida. I think that is the only time I have seen my father speechless. I was supposed to take the bus to Portland to catch the plane for boot camp. Instead, my dad gave me a ride.

I will never forget the look of pride on his face the day he dropped me off at the motel in Portland. It was almost as great as the look on both of my parents' faces the day I graduated boot camp.

The decision to join the Navy was one that took me a few months, but the pride I have in serving the USA in that fashion is something that will live with me for the rest of my life.

To all the veterans out there...thank you for all you do and have done.

Not much...

I really don't have much to say. I just thought I should post something so people know I am still alive.

Not much happening around here. School is out for me and school will be out for Meg next week. But then she has summer school starting in June. She isn't very excited about that, but she has to do it or she will not be going to 8th grade.

Lucas is still looking for work. I told him he needs to lower his standards for work. All he wants to do is be a mechanic, but no one is going to hire him to be a mechanic without going to school. I said he needs to find a job - any job - that will help pay his tuition to the tech school.

His girlfriend Heather has moved in with us. She has put in so many job applications it isn't funny. I am hoping they both find something very soon so they can move out. House is kind of full with all of us in a 700 square foot apartment.

I am still working part time at the health center. I really enjoy working there. The people are fun and we all seem to get along. Plus, I am doing what I love most - playing on computers all day.

Today is graduation here. I will be going to see Alecia graduate and then we are off to her grad party. Her parents have money so it is a big deal. Never been to one before so it ought to be interesting.

Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend!!!