Thursday, November 30, 2006

Thirteen Things On Ann's Fantasy Xmas Gift List

Jen, I taking you idea and running with it! And I do like your list!!!

1…. Cabana boy- I think I would like his name to be Roberto, with dark brooding eyes. NO SPEEDO, however, those are just gross! Beach Jams for sure, they're sexier!

2. A week at a luxury hotel, with all the trimmings: room service, maid service, a big big comfy bed, no phones,no kids,(sorry kids) no tv. but a lot of really good books and a private jacuzzi!

3. My 2,400 sq ft log cabin by the lake, with the wrap around porch, with a waterfall in the bathroom and the bathroom would be really big too!

4. A laptop with the whole wireless thing going on...which may not be too far out in the future! Hubby, you reading this? doubtful... but he knows....

5. A really cool RV loaded with all the extras, so we can travel across the US, maybe hit the BEARS -vs- GREENBAY game.... Celtics -vs- Kings, Braves-vs-A's game.

6. Trip to Europe, Places of interest: Italy, of course, Greece, France (I know) and this cemetary in Malta... It's name is my last (maiden) name...

7. A trip to Vegas with unlimited funds!!! Yeah baby! Although the ESPN zone was way cool too!

8. My own personal ski instructor and with any luck he could moonlight as a piano instructor as well, My piano playing is bad

9. A $1,000.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble. And a library built on to my house. Books of choice - cheesy romance novels, of course, a good romance novel where they main characters are 'getting busy" within the first 3 chapters! Anything Stephen King, David Baldacci and throw in a few biographies too!

10. A houseboy, to take care of my every whim...

11. Readers Digest knocking on my door, congratulating me, I'd won the biggest jackpot ever!!!! Yes, debt free and retired!!!!

12. Diamonds!!!! lots and lots!!!!

13. An ultra cool, really big plasma TV that hangs on the wall and I get total controll of the that really is a fantasy huh?


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Ok, My friend, Jen tagged me and now I'm it...I'm supposed to tell you 6 weird things about me, and in complete detail then in turn... tag 6 more friends... this like a crazy chain letter, man, only, if I break the chain, bad luck won't be bestowed upon me... I hope... So here ya go:

1. I still have all my 45's and 33LP's that's "vinyl" for those of you born after what 1985?? Unfortunately they don't consist of the music I listen to,now. I'm cringing as I put this up, but anyone who might have a sister close to my age will understand...OK.. here ya go and please... don't judge me... I have grown a lot musically! Donny Osmond, Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, Tony DiFranco and the Difranco family ( you knew there had to be Italians in there somewhere!) I also believe I have some 78's too.My taste has vastly improved!

2. I was painfully shy growing up! I really didn't come out of my shell until I was about 15 when I got my first job. Those who know me know can't believe it, but alas it's true, dear friends. If I were to go into a room full of strangers... you'd find me blending into the wall.. Yes, a total Wall flower! I hate going to meetings or seminars for work and work as a group with strangers, cuz I'm so uncomfortable. I avoid it like the plague!

3. I can't sleep without the TV on. A bad habit I got into about 13 years ago, I was in the hospital, my son was stillborn, and I had a 5 night stay at the hospital, I had the TV on so I didn't have to deal with what was happening to me, hear the monitors, or babies, plus I was always awake between 2-4am , (I assume that was my sub- conscience) because that is when everything had happened. This went on for several months, so if the TV was on, everything was o.k. I know weird.

4. My very first concert was the BEE GEES, back in 1979, GO DISCO! We were at the Oakland Collisium and sat 3rd row from the stage.. Now, Berry, Maruice (my personal fav RIP),Robin & Andy Gibb in Tight white satin pants? oh yeah baby! I bought a telephoto lens for my Camera, took 7 rolls of film with me and used them all up! Of course I was so close, I really didn't need the lens...And I still have those photos! I recently admitted to hubby, that I wasted a lot of my years not listening to the right music, thinking it was all drug music...though Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin will never be in my music collection. And again, i say my taste in music has improved, however, I am still a BEE GEES fan.

5. I don't drink, but my alcoholic beverage of choice is JACK DANIELS!!! I love Jack! I can't even begin to figure this one out. And I guess I wont!

6. When I was little, I wanted to get married and have 8 kids like my grandmother-then when I hit my teenage years I wasn't going to get married at all, I was going to be the cool single, beautiful, auntie, ( I wasen't even wild about kids) and my sister was going to have a litter of kids... hummm, Now, lets look, my sister has 1 son and has been married for about 24 years... and me, married for 20 with 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters... life is funny sometimes huh???

Well, that's it folks, I'm sure I could come up with some more odd but trues..but, I don't want to scare away the blogging friends I do have... :-)


I want to play! I have been locked up in my 2 very cold offices for the last 3 days... It's beautiful outside and I want the sun on my face, this pasty white girl is getting pastier with each day that passes. I go to work when it's dark and go home in the dark! I want to play!!!!!! I want to get in my little Kar and drive with the windows down (burrrrrr) and the music up!!!! But, Alas..... I am stuck in the end of month abyss, Hell, if you will! it's not really that bad but I really need some sunshine(vitamin DD)!!!!! quick someone take me away from this madness!!!!
I've been tagged by Jen, Thanks! Jen... I don't get to shout "not it?" I can't tag anyone..I don't have 6 friends.... Poor Ann! :-) ok, I will work on the 6 wierd facts about me .... I will post it tonite. Little G is getting kicked off the computer for a couple of hours.. i'm in "bloggers withdrawl." I'm starting to shake..... help me......

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


For the next 14 weeks, I will be sitting in for my co-worker, friend who just had a baby!!! So, I'm doing her job and my job and spending about 12 hours a aday at this CHAOS, I LIKE TO CALL MY JOB!!!! So, my blog time is limited, especially since, by the end of the day, I have nothing creative left in me! So from time to time I'll just throw in a joke I got via e-mail ... instead of something boring from me. So enjoy... =8-)Anni


"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose
The priest asks, "Is that you, little Johnny Parisi?"
"Yes, Father, it is."
"And who was the woman you were with?"
"I can't tell you, Father, I don't want to ruin her
"Well, Johnny, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later,
so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?"
"I cannot say."
"Was it Teresa Volpe?"
"I'll never tell."
"Was it Nina Capelli?"
"I'm sorry, but I cannot name her."
"Was it Cathy Piriano?"
"My lips are sealed."
"Was it Rosa Di Angelo, then?"
"Please, Father, I cannot tell you."
The priest sighs in frustration. "You're very tight lipped,
Johnny Parisi, and I admire that but you've sinned and have to atone.
You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months.
Now you go and behave yourself."
Johnny walks back to his pew, and his friend Nino slides over
and whispers, "What'd you get?"
"Four months vacation and five good leads."

Sunday, November 26, 2006

My Friend's son's band... take a look!!!

Our Friend's son is in a band DESA they're pretty good. They are coming out with their new CD next week! My friend is sooo proud and I've meet them, and heard them play at couple of parties, though, they played stuff we all know and luv, but all in all, this is pretty cool! Have a listen and see for yourself.??? Depending on how broad your musical interests are, you might enjoy! :-)

Chaos On The Gridiron...Boys, what happened???

Ok, you Bears fans, I know it was all my fault. I wore my OFFICIAL BEARS SWEATSHIRT on Friday to work, and I didn't get it washed in time to be worn today. In other words, I didn't "suit up", I didn't put baby K in her Official BEARS Onesie, and the world was just off kilter. I apologize. Lovie made a couple of good challenge calls, (I guess that's what it would be call) except well, the one where NE missed the field goal, then got to do it again and made it... that, well, kind of blew.... well, 2 out of 3 road games is good, right? I do promise next week.,I will be suited up for sure!

Friday, November 24, 2006

I LUV BLONDE JOKES, I LUV ITALIAN JOKES... and i really luved this one!!!

Just a little humor, those who are offended...Sorry, hopefully MY blogging friends have a good sense of humor!!!!
Guido, the Italian Lover
A virile, middle aged Italian gentlemen named Guido was relaxing at his
favorite bar in Rome when he managed to attract a spectacular young blonde
woman. Things progressed to the point where he invited her back to his
apartment and after some small talk, they retired to his bedroom where he
rattled her senseless.
After a pleasant interlude he asked with a smile, "So, you finish?"
She paused for a second, frowned, and replied, "No."
Surprised, Guido reached for her and the rattling resumed. This time she
thrashed about wildly and there were screams of passion. The sex finally
ends and, again, Guido smiles and asks, "You finish?"
Again, after a short pause, she returns his smile, cuddles closer to him and
softly says, "No."
Stunned, but damned if he was going to leave this woman unsatisfied, Guido
reaches for the woman yet, again. Using the last of his strength, he barely
manages it, but they end together screaming, bucking, clawing and ripping
the bed sheets. Exhausted, Guido falls onto his back, gasping. Barely able
to turn his head, he looks into her eyes, smiles proudly and asked again,
"You finish?"
Barely able to speak, the beautiful blonde whispers in his ear, "No, I

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thirteen Things Ann is Thankful For!


2. Dad (R.I.P.)

3. Grandma C (my Grandpa C didn't go to weddings...stubborn DEGO!)

4. Granmda H

5. Grandpa H

6. My hunny!- Yes, that's us September 20, 1986..I'm thankful he puts up with my independent self! He is the "Ying to my Yang"

My little Angels

7. Little S 8. Little G 9. Little A -the first picture was taken about 10 years ago... the one just below was in October.

10. Baby K, the Cowgirl and 11. Little Little G the witch.

12. My Blogging friends! I don't have hundreds like some bloggers do, but I believe "QUALITY NOT QUANTITY"! I love you guys, you are always one of the bright spots in my day!

13. The fact that I live in the greatest country in the world, there are people out there fighting for us, willing to give their lives, so we can have the freedoms we have. Too many take them for granted.

That's it you guys! well theres more, but it's Thursday 13! And I've got a turkey to cook! Have a great holiday and now go out there and make a memory! Ann

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006


After putting in a couple of hours of OT tonite I was thinking my 10 minute drive home might be somewhat relaxing after a flippin 11 hour day. But alas my disappointment, the "5" was seriously backed up, it was almost 6pm! Usually, it's not a problem getting home on the "5" without too much "taking ones life in ones own hands" But tonite? Crap! I was seriously on the edge, not in the mood for those lucky bastards who are already on the road, ready for an unusually long holiday weekend! It was kind of like hurry up so we can come to a complete stop, but I'm gonna do it in front of you, not in back of you! Nobody has any type of highway ettiquette anymore, except maybe a few truckers, there's no merging, leaving a couple of car lengths between you and the car in front. Stop and go, Stop and Go, and if people just keep a steady pace, it wouldn't be so stop and go. For Christ sakes people get a clue! Then you have the little "clown boy" in the souped up Honda with illegal muffler weaving in and out of traffic not using a blinker, just being a d*ck, or the person in the car behind me, riding my ass... (you wanna ride my ass you better be pulling my hair!) I was ready to go "postal" it was a long day and I wasn in no mood! I thought for a couple of times this person was going to slam into me. I was in the slow lane as my exit was just up aways but unfortunately so was this persons'... finally I made it home in one piece, 25 minutes later, but i'm home, and trying to unwind so I can have another fun filled day at the office. I love my job I love my job I love my job, I just thank God I have good music going at all, office AT ALL TIMES!

SO, while out on the road this weekend take care and be careful! I'd miss you if you were gone!

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Well, once a year about this time, we-the huddled masses-(or at least a 95%of us) go into a frenzie about the Holidays! Myself included! I spent a major portion of the day Saturday watching the FoodNetwork with my mom. I watched my favorites; Paula, Giada, Sandra, Michael and Rachel putting together Holiday dinners that would make even those with the best culinary skill cry! While they put together, effortlessly, these fabulous edible masterpieces, smiling laughing, joking around with the family, telling us about their traditions, and all the fun they have during the holidays! But it makes one wonder, is this just for TV? Do they ever have a disaster in the kitchen? fight amongst the family? Who really does all the dishes afterwards?
Panic sets in as I realize that Christmas is now just around the corner, I'm only half way done with my shopping, I started in July, and since I make my own Christmas cards each year... crap, I haven't even started those at all, tho I have an Idea. I'd like to say I was much more "together", but...NO. I guess I just work well under pressure... but why do I do this to myself? My Neice and nephews like cash, that should be easy right? But to a "kid at heart" like me, I like to open presents! (I know grow the hell up) My sister in law has made it perfectly clear, not to give them anything other than cash...My sister has said my nephew likes cash, this should be easy, but why do I feel cheated that I don't get to buy a present? I know get over it and don't complain! My sister and I have in past years, done a Shopping marathon, We start when the stores open and keep going until we get tired or we;re out of cash... ususally it's the latter! :-)
We have fun just the same!
But as much as I bitch about it! I love this time of year! I love that my living room is (literally) flooded with wrapping paper, my mom nags about being careful not to accidently throw away the christmas checks she gives to the kids, And my kids saying , I don't have any place to put their new stuff and the fact that my youngest comes out with a list of items for next year! the count down begins!!!! Good luck!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Tired Chaos!

I'm doing 2 different jobs at work.. I'm also trying to come up with something witty... but tonite??? no, not gonna happen.. I will sleep now and dream of something inspiring and share with you tomorrow... Good nite dear blogging friends! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thirteen of Ann's Favorite Movies

Although ask hubby, he’ll tell you every movie is my favorite movie!!!

1…. GREASE I totally love John Travolta!!! I saw this movie like 12 times in the theater, I’ve seen the stage performance 4 different times! One time in San Francisco with Rex Smith, Davy Jones, Sally Struthers! And watched the video every Saturday (while getting ready for work) for like 3 years, straight! Bought the sound track, I was a little obsessed! I love a good musical!
2. GIDGET- I stayed up until 11:30 the other nite (I get up at 4am) watching this movie! James Darren? OH BABY! I will never get tired of this movie!
3. BLACK HAWK DOWN I’m not a big fan of war type movies, but this was the best movie!
4. STARWARS- how many time did I see it? Way too many!!! A dashing, young Harrison Ford and cute, adorable Mark Hamill. Yeah, I will admit, I wanted to be Princess Leah! Great Music. Great Story, I took my kids maybe 10 years ago.. and they were totally unimpressed. I was so disappointed!
5. CRASH- This was definitely one of those movies that you don’t get up for just a minute! There were so many twists and turns; very, very good! And who know Sandra Bullock could play such a bitch! I loved it!
6. SCARFACE- AL PACINO!!!!! Nuff said! Though I have no framed movie posters in my “crib”
7. GODFATHER The whole “DON” thing intrigues me. And a movie about Italians !!!
8. MEET THE PARENTS/MEET THE FOCKERS “The circle of trust!” Owen Wilson is Hilarious. So out there! (I know this should count for two) Barbara and Dustin! Perfect!
9. A PERFECT MURDER – “that’s not happiness to see me.” Michael Douglas can play such dirt bag parts! Ya know?
10. THE REF – This is a perfect movie for the imperfect family! They put the fun back in dysfunctional! This is a family Holiday favorite! We watched it on Christmas with my mom in the room…Totally turned off with all the F words flying, Our favorite Line?” Excuse me, Excuse me, Excuse me, the corpse still has the floor!” as Kevin Spacey is beating the Christmas tree with fire poker.
11. NEVER BEEN KISSED While I didn’t look like “Josie Grosie” in high school, I think this is a movie every teenage girl can relate to.
12. THE WEDDING SINGER- I love a good goofy love story
13. A FEW GOOD MEN I’m not a Tom Cruise or Jack Nicholson fan, but I loved this movie just the same. Who knew?
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I just spent an hour and a half on my Thursday 13! God it was perfect, I went to post it, after painstackingly checking for spelling errors. I really wanted to have it up for Thursday AM But somewhere along the line I "mucked" something up and well, it's now almost 11 pm and I'm pooped! I have to get up in 5 1/2 hours and be my charming, adorable self.!!! Of course the body will be moving, but there is no sparkling conversation until at least 7:30am. after the coffee has kicked in...So I will get to work at 6am and post one of my boring TT's for this week! So Thanks for stopping by and check back later in the day! Sweet Dreams my friends! Noni needs sleeeeep!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Pictures from my "Thelma and Louise" weekend.

I didn't have enough to make a Thursday 13 pictorial...
and I'm pretty much talked out for the day, so I will post these for your enjoyment!!! (And know Photojournalism is not in my future!) Now, I'm sure most of these places are very, very wet today, It's been a very cold and wet raining day here in Cali!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

More Chaotic Ramblings for A Sunday Afternoon!

First off my beloved Bears won't be on until tonite...They say #54 is 85-90% o.k. we can look at it 2 ways..Suck it up Bri, it's just your toe.. or Sit it out and don't cause anymore damage , as it would seriously suck, BIG GREEN ONES, for you to be out the rest of the season. #8, my sexy Rexy! They, meaning the BIG BOYS ON ESPN, are saying good things about you, but don't stress out there... yes, I know easy for me to say, as there is not a million and two people watching me. I know you're still a little green out there but you're doing a good job.

Friday nite comedy show proved to be stellar indeed,Nick Griffin, a divorced man, with incredible blue eyes, was hilarious! He talked about what God was really thinking about all the Boob Jobs in the world..." those are nice but their not mine" He did however receive a few booooos when he went to say 'thank you, MO...(Modesto perhaps? instead of Stockton,.. ouch! I felt bad for him.. it's gotta be tough touring and trying to keep places straight!) But he recovered and kept a smile on his face! Kathleen Madigan, Normally, I find female comedians are a tad bit raunchier than their male counterparts, but she was fabulous! No "Raunch" She was too funny! By the time Kevin Pollack got on stage my cheeks were hurting I was laughing so hard! He did his Christopher Walken impressions. Then he did one of Jack Nicholson, OMG, He did something with his face that was completely frightening, He actually looked like Jack as he was in THE SHINING, bursting through the door...:"Here's Johnny" (I think that was the quote) I'm shuttering all over again! Then afterwards they were just out in the lobby, talking to people! I have never seen anything like that! IT was soooo cool!

Saturday nite UOP had their home opener against CSUBakersfield: Good game, I thought I would be disappointed when at half time the score in the low 30's each team! but they pulled it out and stayed ahead for the remainder of the game. final score was 65-CSB and 75 UOP, still a low scoring game as far as I can see but since this is a "new team" most of their top players gradulated last May. Well, we'll see if we can make the play offs for the 4th year in a row.! I think last year they lost in the playoffs in double over time.. which really sucked, but it was a really good game.!!! I had my tv going in my office and the year prior, I actually left work before the game..Obsessed maybe just a bit.

As for my plans for ready my steamy romance novel, and my fire..right, like it was nice dreaming that one...... it's now 3:30 pm and It's actually taken me all day to do this post since I've been interrupted about a bazillion times. but they were nice interruptions so I didn't mind... I'm gonna close this one for now...while I can.

It's 2 hours to kick do those east coast folks do it... wait until 8:30 pm for a game? GADS! give me strength!!!

Friday, November 10, 2006


It’s 2:30 and I want to go home…don’t want to play anymore! Well, here at work anyway! I just started a great new cheesy romance novel and I am sure they will be having fabulous, earth shattering SEX in the next chapter! Well, let me give you correct verbage… they will be “tupping” (since it’s a HIGHLANDER BOOK) very soon. When the Scottish Tup, they TUP WELL! They have been playing crap on the radio, and I am actually hiding from one of my employees since he only comes into my office to stare at my chest… HELLO BUDDY.. EYES… UP HERE…(I’m pointing to my eyes…) Oh wait I have on my Hard Rock Sweatshirt… No cleavage today! So I guess it’s safe, he just popped his head in to see how my day went. It wouldn’t bug me so much if he didn’t give me the CREEPS! I'm H/R I guess I need to be less judgemental. I'm really ready to start my weekend!!!!!! Lots of things to do! Comedy show tonite; mom, shopping, Saturday nite Mass, then Basketball-home opener of UOP, Saturday, and hopefully, I will be sitting next to the fireplace on Sunday, since it’s supposed to rain,Reading my cheesy new novel! And I suppose I need to work some house cleaning and other wifely,motherly and NONI duties in as well. But that only comes after Blogging with my blogging Friends! I love my blogging friends!!!!

OK. Well, this blog killed about 10 minutes, Now I only have an hour and 20 minutes left of this place!!!!!!!!!!! I love my job… just not on Friday afternoons!!! I'm ready to start my weekend!!!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

13 Of Ann's favorite affirmations!

Most of these, I received via e-mails and I’m sure you’ve all seen them too, but it’s nice to see them again! I don’t have author’s names to any of them but maybe one or two. So, I’m probably breaking some copyright laws (again), but enjoy just the same!

1) You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is
finally better than dreams…Dr. Suess.
2) Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!
3) No man/woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won’t make you cry. – I tell this to my girls all the time.
4) The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them know you can’t have them.
5) Never frown even when you are sad, because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.
6) To the world you maybe one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
7) Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
8) Life is too short to dance with ugly men!… Maxine
9) Don’t waste your time on a man/woman who isn’t willing to waste their time on you.
10) Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we do meet the right one, we will know how to be greatful.
11) Enjoy life, this is no dress rehearsal !!!
12) A good friend will bail you out of jail, a GREAT friend will sit beside you and say “damn, that was fun!”
13) Life is not measured by the breaths we take but, by the moments that take our breath away.-this one is my personal favorite, It’s on my email attachment at work.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Friday Night Chaos...not for me !!

I'm sure I'm breaking some copy right law by putting this picture up..but oh well. Friday Nite We will have the pleasure of 2nd row, center seats to the "FRIENDS OF BOB AND TOM SHOW" Featuring Kevin Pollack!! I have heard him on the show several times...OMG he's hilarious! I never knew, he did stand up!!!
We've done the "Friends" show before with Donnie Baker, Greg Hahn, Greg Warren and a couple of others who's names escape me at this late hour. My sides seriously hurt, I laughed so hard! I'm excited though, I'm in need of a good show!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


But I have one question, If you have to be able to read and write in English to vote, then why are the ballots in Spanish? Oh and when I voted I was asked if I wanted an English or Spanish "I voted" sticker. Hello!!!! Blonde hair, Blue eyes, okay you figure it out... I was tempted to get on MY soapbox and tell the story of my immigrant grandparents arrival to Ellis Island, not knowing the language, yet never asking for anything special from our country, but a place to live, hum.... But I didn't.

I have to post this! Everyone CAN make a difference! My thinking on this voting privilege is simple. "I CAN BITCH, BECAUSE I VOTE!" For those who don't... well, you don't get to nor do I have to listen! Be responsible...get out there and vote!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Back to Reality Chaos...Did I really have to come home???

Well, we're back and back to the reality that is our lives! It was great fun driving to places, I had never been to before. Scenery was beautiful and as you can see the weekend was great! It rained Friday nite into Saturday morning but by the time we had left town, the day promised to be gorgeous! This is our hotel, we stayed at a Best Western, It was nice and had all the conveniences of home, ie hairdryer, ironing board, shampoos, etc.... And right next door a restaurant/bar Yipee, freakin' skippy, I could drink and not worry about driving... as I've said before, I'm a serious light weight when it comes to the "spirits!" plus, I'll get sick before I get drunk. yuck! But before we head to the bar, it's time for some "drive bys" and gambling!
Ok, I will explain the drive by part, I have an old friend (male) who I was hoping to run into, as I had heard he lived in the area. Well, that was a bust, so.... off to the casino! Thunder Valley Casino was aboat 1/2 hour from our hotel. Sorry about the photo... I should have gotten a better shot before I drove off. We were there about 3 hours or so and well, NO I didn't win squat, but considering I was playing on a 2 cent slot machine, the payout I'm sure would have been not much! Plus I only lost about 10.00 on this machine... in 2 1/2 hours time. I'm good with that! By the time we were ready to leave it was just about dinner time.. o.k. it was actually past dinner time. So we went back to the hotel walked across the parking lot to the restaurant. OH BOY IT WAS KAREOKE NIGHT... 'cept Ann can't carry a tune! So I was hoping for a little variety, at the very least... NOT!!! We had the Kareoke Master, one Older Bar Fly and a late comer with a big cowboy hat and belt buckle. KM starts off with a Patsy Cline tune... Our thoughts at this time was what no rock? All throughout dinner it was Older BF and KM - Let tell you though about the older gal could sing! I appreciate anyone who can get in front of people and sing...And on key! But I'm not a little bit country... At all. Then in comes cowboy... Man he belted out a love song "I can't unlove you" I think it might be by Kenny Rogers, if my Google button is correct, but I was really hoping he could stay up there and sing... I could listen some more... Maybe some Little Texas, Lonestar, Alabama? No, he sat back down with his lady, what a bummer. well, not for her, I suppose. And well, I had just finished my 3rd Baileys' and coffee and welllll feeling a little ... well, it was my third Bailey's! So it was back to the hotel were I slept very very very well. (LIGHTWEIGHT! I know) we get back to the Hotel and there is this guy dressed in what I thought was square dance clothes ( I later learned he was a "clopper" ?) At any rate this guy was "lit", "keyed" "faced" bad! I think he was trying to get into his truck, but seemed to have some difficulty picking up the water bottle he dropped..well, if he couldn't pick up the bottle, chances are dude shouldn't drive. I said my "Hail Marys" and "thank you Lords" when he stumbled back up the stairs... (however he did that was nothing short of a miracle) and I assumed, PASSED OUT!
Sunday Morning, Breakfast time! I love going out to Breakfast! The off to APPLE HILL, this is an area of Placerville that is nothing but apple ranches! God it was beautiful! We went to two different ranches: the first one was wall to wall people. It was kind of cool though as their parking lot was the apple orchard, itself. It was like the typical "street fair" type thing with the craft vendors, food booths, pertaining to apples mostly, of course. After about 2 hours of apples and people, we headed for home. Families were happy to see us. So ended our "Thelma and Louise" weekend.... Next time ... more time at the casino!!!!! WE were good. didn't rob any convenience stores, pick up any cowboys, (damn it!) or drive off any cliffs, but there was a hairy one on highway 49! Again... Maybe next time! We had a picture taken of us prior to and after our trip! but vanity prohibits me from posting it.... ;-)

Thursday, November 02, 2006


This weekend will be the first weekend in like... forever, which I am getting away from it all! My friend and I are hitting the highway Saturday morning; we are saying “goodbye” to husbands, children, and really any everyday type responsibility. The destination? Not really sure, we have a hotel room secured and it’s about an hour away from anything we want to do and about 2 hours from home!!!

1) I DON’T HAVE TO WATCH “FLAVOR OF LOVE” …AGAIN! I swear to God, my girls have watched the whole series from the first to last episode and then the reruns too! Like it’s going to change! I’m sorry but Miss New York is a Drama Queen and (secretly glad, Flav didn’t pick her… again-burn on her!)
2) I DON’T HAVE TO COMPROMISE IF I WANT TO DO ANYTHING! We don’t have a game plan other than to get away. Like Thelma and Louise, maybe we will pick up good looking cowboys in a bar… I never had that kind of luck when I was single, but it’s nice to dream!
3) I DON’T HAVE TO GO TO MCDONALD’S FOR LUNCH! We plan on a nice dinner at the casino. So we’ll skip lunch!
4) I’M SECRETLY HOPING TO “RUN INTO” AN OLD FRIEND WHO LIVES IN THE AREA - refer to #2, but he wasn’t a cowboy and I haven’t seen him in many years! He is Italian though!!! Being Italian, I love Italian Men!!!!
5) THERE IS AN INDIAN CASINO THAT WE WANT TO GO TO- Maybe I’ll win big! O.k. Maybe I’ll not loo$e too much, but coming away with a couple of extra bucks would be nice! Other wise it’s the dollar menu at McDonalds!
6) SCRABBLE AND YATZEE! I’m bringing the travel editions but secretly hoping there won’t be any time to play! But if we do, words will be longer than 4 letters!
7) NO LAUNDRY, COOKING- Actually hubby does this on the weekends anyway! If he does laundry, I don’t bitch at him for watching sports ALL WEEKEND! I love win-win situations!
8) NO CLEANING- Is this what weekends are really for???
9) I MIGHT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A NEW TATTOO AND WHERE!!! I think it’s all talk, but you never know! Any suggestions?
10) I LOVE TO TRAVEL- Just get in the car and go and I haven’t done anything like this in 20 years, you know, just the girls!! What happens on the road trip, stay on the road trip! I do promise to be a good girl! ;-)
11) MY FRIEND SERIOUSLY NEEDS TO GET AWAY- She does it all! She’s a stay at home mom with 3 little boys. 4 if you count her work-a-holic husband-2 of her boys were adopted and of course their mom was a crack addict so they have some “issues”. They-my friend and her husband-are classic examples of a couple that tried for 12 years to have children, adopted the brothers then they got pregnant! Overwhelming to say the least! She really needs this! I told her the only thing she will need to worry about is not letting me get lost! But then who cares right?
12) NO SPORTS- I’m going to miss Lovie and the Boys! They will have to do it this week without me, I’ll be there in Spirit and maybe have to find a sports bar with satellite! GO BEARS!!!!
13) I WILL MISS MY COMPUTER AND MY BLOGGING FRIENDS!!! – I will be thinking of you all! Hopefully, I wont go into withdrawals and will have some great tales to tell! Maybe by next road trip, I’ll have my laptop!
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