I need to not suck at updating this!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Did I totally forget to blog about meeting Hippie Tom?? I'm so behind!
26. Meet a celebrity.
I met Hippie Tom from 'American Pickers'. I can't believe that I didn't blog about that! I may have to do a make-up post purely about that adventure.
27. Enter a writing contest or sweepstakes.
I entered a 'Memory Contest' for a local restaurant. I submitted my childhood memories of eating there and I WON! I won a $100 gift certificate to that eatery! Guess who didn't need to buy groceries that week? hee hee hee
28. Visit the Peshtigo Fire Site.
The Peshtigo fire occured on the same day as the fire in Chicago. Odds are that you've probably heard of the Chicago fire and not the Peshtigo fire. That's crazy to me. Here are a few facts for you:
- The Chicago Fire killed about 250 people.
- The Peshtigo fire killed between 1,200 to 2,400 people.
- Extreme drought along with clearing of fields caused the fire in Peshtigo. The death toll is untotalled and so broad because many undocumented people had just arrived in Peshtigo to help clear the land for the railroad.
- Within about an hour the entire city of Peshtigo (seen on the map below) was wiped out. Winds of up to 150 miles per hour created a cyclone of fire and carried that fire quickly throughout the town.
- Chicago is more talked about simply because it's a big city and was at that time. Peshtigo was a frontier settlement with only one telegraph line. That line burned in the fire.
- The Peshtigo fire was put out naturally. They were not prepared for a fire of that magnitude so it burned it's way to the waters of Green Bay.
- The survivors of the Peshtigo Fire were those who jumped into the river. They spent the entire night in the icy waters as fire burned on every side of them.
Enough history for today. All that to say that I was at my Family Reunion this weekend and passed the sign for Peshtigo. I couldn't believe it. I wasn't expecting to really get there this year - mostly because there is no way that I'd have a car that could make that trip! I mean, I desperately need new tires so going out of the city I live in is a stretch for me most days.
At the end of Reunion it was decided that we could make the 30 minute detour to the site; and I'm so glad that we did! I got to cross another thing off the list.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Gee, I've really fallen off the horse here; the Blogger horse!
I should probably get back to updating more often.
Posted by Miss Taken at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This Summer has murdered my hair. I don't really even try to understand the ins and outs of the makeup of my hair but I do know it's dry. When I wash it it feels like straw. When I brush it I am in agony from knots. What is a girl to do?
Several months ago I did the mayo-mask on my hair. It worked like a champ. I also smelled like a deli sandwich for almost a week straight.
I was desperate for a deep conditioning that wouldn't leave my hair greasy. I did what any normal person would do, I went down the list of home remedies and settled on "beering" (I just made that term up) my hair.
Last night I cracked open the lonely bottle of Fat Tire that I had in the back of the fridge and I let it sit for an hour or so in order for it to go flat. I drew myself a warm bath, got halfway through my latest read; The War of Art before washing my hair and prepping for the beer. Midway through my soak I laughed out loud while sipping my glass of moscato; who sips wine before pouring beer in their hair? The thought of the scents coming from my body, coupled with the week long mayo smell last time, convinced me that tomorrow my co-workers would be staging an alcohol intervention for me.
Back to the task at hand: beer is so gross to me. You may remember my dislike of it from earlier posts. Just the scent of it last night almost made me gag.
After washing and rinsing my hair I poured an entire bottle of beer over my head and soaked and massaged it through my hair while waiting for the tub to drain. It honestly didn't smell during this process. Thank GOD!
A few moments later I rinsed it out and was ready for the results.
MY HAIR WAS SUPER SOFT!!!!!! It brushed so easily. Beer actually worked!
Posted by Miss Taken at 11:43 AM
Friday, June 22, 2012
I am so behind!!!!
Road trip to "small town" USA
A group of friends and I drove to Waterford, WI, where we met and spent the day with Hippie Tom from American Pickers. We spent the afternoon "picking" for treasures on Tom's huge property. I left with a thrown pottery vase, a horseshoe, and paper mache cat head. Oh yeah, baby!
Make 3 new friends.
That's just weird to write about, and I'm not going to identify them in a blog, but I have made three new lovely friends in life already this year. And for that I am grateful.
Create an artistic journal
For a few weeks now I have maintained a "sketch a day" journal. It's been difficult, annoying, fun, and rewarding. It's incredible how much even just a scribbled doodle, when looked back on, can remind me of everything that I was thinking, feeling, and going through that day!
Get a pedicure with a friend.
My sissy and I got our toes done together last weekend! I didn't even realize it was a "thing" till today! Yay!
Sorry for the shortness, but it's either this or stay behind in my blogging! This is all you get for now.
I miss you guys though!!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I like to think of myself as somewhat of a hippie. Maybe that's because I grew up on Vietnam War music from Peter, Paul, and Mary. Or maybe it's because my family was too poor to buy more than one Cabbage Patch Kid, so we got the less popular Flower Patch Kids.
Don't worry, I had a real Cabbage Patch Kid, she was a baby with only a tiny tuft of yarn-like hair. Her name was Jessica. But Flower Patch Kids, I had two. Oh yes, two. Opie and Kelly. They were awesome. We also had the Flower Patch Kid pets, I think. In my memory they were just like the "kids" only they had ears and a tail.
I hope that's a real memory and I didn't just make that up. Sounds like something someone on drugs would say. I assure you, that is not the case. I have never tried drugs, nor am I on any at this moment in time. Girl Scouts honor. *raises hand in the air*
Anyway, I'm sort of a hippie. I like growing things. My joy is making things and caring for my home. I'm a free spirit. But I do wear deoderant.
Hippie took a whole new meaning today when I was sitting at my desk and my bra broke.
For some reason "break on through to the other side" started blasted through my brain as panic set in. See, I work with all men. How the heck do you say "Excuse me, my bra just broke, I have to leave for a minute."
Answer: you don't. It would be just as awkward as saying "Hey, I'm surfing the crimson wave this week guys. Anyone have any extra tampons in their desk?"
A quick trip to Walmart, with an even quicker selection of a replacement bra, and I was on my way back to work before anyone even knew I'd left.
Posted by Miss Taken at 4:25 PM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
After having a pretty rough start to this week, I was entirely too happy to find out that I'd received the "Beautiful Blogger Award" from a fellow writer; the Literary_Lily_Cate !
I feel like I should not only thank her but thank all the Little People as well. Sadly, I don't remember their names, but I *do* know that they live in the heating ducts of our houses. I suppose I could thank Thumbelina, the Smurfs, and those little Lego people...
It appears that it is now my turn to dish out 7 facts about myself and award 7 new peeps the same honor of which was bestowed upon me! Here goes!
1. I've never smoked a cigarette in my life. Cigars, yes. Cigarettes, no.
2. I have never owned a "new" car. I probably never will either, and I'm fine with that.
3. The amount of times I was almost kidnapped, was pursued by men (with intent of marriage), was a bridesmaid in weddings, and spoke at funerals are all just about even in number. I think the last wedding I was in, however, bumped "Bridesmaid" up to the Number 1 spot though, at a total of four weddings.
4. I always dreamed of having 8 children.
5. I've driven a train. Yes, you read that right, I drove it.
6. I have never been in love. Incredibly sad, yes, but absolutely true.
7. I met Chris Farley on my 17th birthday while in Chicago, IL. It was one of the best days of my life.
And now it's time to pass on the award and to let you guys check out some new blogs!
Congrats goes out to:
Posted by Miss Taken at 12:26 PM
Friday, May 11, 2012
Try a new local hot spot.
I live in what, at one point, was known as a small town. It's over 100,000 people now so I think "small town" is a far cry from what we've now become. Having said that, an Irish Pub opened up in my town several years ago. It's possible that from previous posts you may recall that I'm part Irish, and am very proud of this fact. It's a travesty that years have passed and I've never stopped in.
A few weekends ago two of my amigos, which along with me make up the "Grewenow Summit", were in town for a Saturday evening. Through messages and back-and-forth whittling through a list of eatery options, we ended up at this Irish Pub.
Have I mention how incredibly odd it was that I'd never stopped in prior to this??? The place was hopping with life. There was a party in the back with this little girl dressed like a bride - still don't fully get what that was about. The bar was peppered with mid-twenties to late-thirties, while tables that filled the rest of the place were being used by everyone from babies to Grandparents. There even was a moment of running in to good friends who were also enjoying the atmosphere at a table of their own. It was the "place to be", it seemed.
Of course I have no pictures because it wasn't until a day or so later that I realized I'd done a "thing"! But rest assured, I'm sold. All of us were well satisfied with our meals and drinks. My pot roast was a thing of beauty; dripping in gravy and line with potatoes and asparagus decorating the edge of my plate. Washed down with a nice cold pear cider.
I am so hungry right now.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Go to a movie alone. Order popcorn and soda.
Done and done.
I'm one of those rare people who actually enjoys sitting through films all by my lonesome; this challenge was easy for me. What was NOT easy for me was spending ungodly amounts of money on a medium drink and a junior popcorn!
The movie I saw was "The Lucky One". Gag me, right? I'm a lover of romantic movies, typically NOT those of Nicholas Sparks, however, I gave this one a try. And you know what? I didn't hate it.
I'd post a picture of my ticket stub, but I lost it. I could only find my stub from the re-release of Casablanca on the big screen, which I attended two weeks ago. Now that is a great flick!
Monday, May 7, 2012
Spend too much money on something you can't really afford but think is fabulous!
The blog world and I have been a little distant lately so now I'm forced to play a bit of catch-up.
Like 70% of Americans, I'm currently living paycheck to paycheck. It appears to be my lot in life, so I don't complain about it, I just live with it! I've never been on a "vacation" as most people would view them; as my trips are typically to visit family or friends, not laying on a beach somewhere exotic and beautiful. So when I looked at my year on the calendar and saw that the only "big" thing I had planned was my family reunion, I needed to spend money I didn't have on something that I'd love. Something I'd really look forward to.
So I did.
I scrounged and saved, and honestly didn't buy groceries for two weeks, in order to by myself the limited edition Kandee Johnson bag. It's something I loved. It's something I wanted. It's something that took me over a month to GET!
It was worth it. I am now the proud owner of this very rare bag.
THIS is the highlight of my year!
THIS is my fabulous thing. My sister hates it. I adore it.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Maybe I'm not a fan of change.
Perhaps it's just me.
Either way, I'm not convinced that I like (or dislike) this new blogger layout stuff.
I'm tired today.
I had McDonalds for lunch and am once again too tired to go grocery shopping in order to *make* something for dinner. That, my Friends, is what is called LAZY.
Happy Lazy Monday!
Posted by Miss Taken at 3:20 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Send a confession to Post Secrets.
Monday, April 9, 2012
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Monday, April 2, 2012
A lame post just might be better than no post at all. I'm not entirely sure though. Actually, I don't even have a theme to go off of today, so this may be the perfect opportunity to fall back on my old-school method of listing.
- I have another cold. This sucks. This wacky weathered season-and-a-half have brought me more colds (and even a flu), than I care for. 1-2 a YEAR is my norm. I've had a form of the flu, and at least 3 colds in the past 6 months. Enough is enough!
- My house was invaded by smaller plastic containers. There was a sale on them at Menards and I leaped on it. Now, we organize!
- A co-worker of mine hates my haircut. He hates that I have bangs, therefore, whenever he sees me rocking them he says "I hate your hair". It's a little burst of sunshine (sarcasm heavily intended) in my cloudy day.
- Archor Farms makes chips flavored "Grilled Cheese and Tomato". They totally taste like creamy tomato soup. I like them.
- While at Target the other day, I bought a gigantic jug of cheese balls. They aren't really even that great. At any rate, they expire in May. I said, "Hmm, they need to be gone by May huh? I'll take that challenge!" That is honestly the reason that I bought them. Game on, cheese balls.
- I ate my cheese balls out of a bowl, with a spoon, last night because I didn't want to dirty my hands.
- Walgreens, I'm coming for you. I need Nyquil and I know you've got it.
That'll do pig.
Posted by Miss Taken at 4:45 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I can't stop cutting my own hair.
I just chopped another 5 inches off, on my own.
This could get ugly.
Posted by Miss Taken at 4:26 PM
Friday, March 23, 2012
I feel as though blogging would take away from my reading time, and my goal is to read this book by the end of the weekend.
Wish me luck!
Posted by Miss Taken at 3:21 PM
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I’ve come to realize that my Dad knows none of these things about me. Granted, he cannot learn them now because he has short-term memory loss due to sleep-apnea.
Family values are a little like family vacations -— subject to changeable weather and remembered more fondly with the passage of time. Though it rained all week at the beach, it’s often the momentary rainbows that we remember.
Posted by Miss Taken at 4:50 PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Change my hair drastically.
This is something I judge others for doing.
This is something that will shock the crap out of those who know me.
This is something that if my sister reads this, she may never forgive me.
I didn’t expect this at all.
- no product build-up
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Drink a beer. (I hate beer)
Friday, March 16, 2012
I'm ready for the weekend.
This blog isn't going to be as whiny as I have felt this whole week so don't worry. My Mom would be pissed if I whined. She never allowed that in her house, so we were raised well!
Let's see, I just spent a decent amount of time reading about being a surrogate Mother. Why not? Someone should get some use out of my lady parts before they rot away. Plus I could make some money and help someone who cannot have their own child... But then again, I want kids so it's like an extra stab in the heart isn't it? Bah.
There is nothing exciting to dish about this week for me. The good news about that is that these moods usually lead me to super productive Saturday cleaning days, and Lord knows I need one BIG time. It's not so much that I've been bitten by the Spring-cleaning bug, as much as it is I just have a lot of JUNK in my house to go through. And now the spiders are coming out. I'd rather tackle this mess now than wait till Winter again because I don't want to see bugs. Thank goodness I have great hunter kitties. Beans and Ivy have been on the lookout already and have (that I have witnessed) murdered several unwanted spiders. Well done, guys.
Maybe I'll paint something in my yard this weekend, or do some yard work...
I am excited to watch My Week With Marilyn tonight though. I've been looking forward to seeing that movie for a long time now.
Aaaaaaaand, let's end with a quote:
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
Happy weekend, Bloggers!
Posted by Miss Taken at 6:19 AM
Sunday, March 11, 2012
This adventure was a double whammy!
Monday night, Mel got a call from the producer and found out that she was 1 inch too short to be the mascot. Being the wonderful friend that she is, she handed my name over and thus a star was born!
Did I mention that being a cookie is hard work? It was a sauna in that double stuff cookie. Plus, I’ve never felt so molested in all of my life. People are so weird. And why are people drunk at noon? I may never get that one.
WORTHY NOTE: One of the organizers helped me get into the Oreo suit, in a crammed tent, moments before the mob. She had these words of wisdom for me, and I quote, “If anyone gets too physical or starts molesting you, slap the sh#t out of them!” I didn’t expect that one! “Stay in character”, is more what I was thinking. But nope, that was so not the case. Best advise ever.
- Being in a flash mob
- Getting paid for all of the above!
Thing 13: Learn to Dougie. Record dance video.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Tomorrow has all of my attention at the moment.
Tomorrow is less than 24 hours away.
Tomorrow has my belly doing back-flips at the moment.
Tomorrow is so close, yet so far away...
Tomorrow has made me like a kid on Christmas Eve that waiting for Santa to arrive; trying desperately to stay awake and catch a glimpse of his crimson coat and his big bushy beard. My heart beating ever so quickly as I listen for the clicking of Rudolph's heels on the rooftop and the jingling of Santa's bells...
Tomorrow is huge.
Tomorrow is the day that I cross off something on my list of 52 Things, but beyond that, tomorrow is the day that I cross something off on my life's Bucket List.
I don't think that I could possibly BE more excited.
Posted by Miss Taken at 7:25 AM
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Create a budget.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Take a random class just for fun.
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.
My goal is to be debt-free in 2 years. Wish me luck!
No, not luck, discipline!!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Way back in the beginning of January I blogged about writing to "Any Soldier". You can read more on that here.
Well folks, I've heard back! Real mail is so much fun. When I looked in the mail slot and saw the handwritten envelope marked "FREE MAIL" I knew right away what it was. I resisted all excitement within me that wanted to rip open the envelope and read the letter right then and there. Instead, I waited till I was sitting on my couch, ready to meet my new friend.
I'm really happy to have heard back from my soldier. It looks as though we will be able to communicate via email now - my have the times changed!
I think the only blow I got to my happiness was by my good friend's question "so, is this like gonna be a friend? Or could it be something else?" It was like a punch in the stomache. You see, when I first sent my letter to a random soldier, I had a guy friend basically say the same thing only more in a teasing fashion, like, "I know what that means!" Really? REALLY? Does anyone even know me? After the response yesterday I just flat out said that I find that really offensive. I don't do nice things with a hidden agenda. For all anyone knows my soldier is a woman! It really bothers me that writing a soldier means I'm trying to pick someone up. Right, 'cause someone stationed in a dangerous area is so much more appealing than someone I could find in my everyday life. Not saying it doesn't happen but...well...yes I am, for me! ha!
Laying all those rude comments aside, I have a penpal and I'm really thrilled!
"Thing 1" = success!
Posted by Miss Taken at 9:29 AM
Friday, February 24, 2012
So folks, wish me luck!
Posted by Miss Taken at 5:06 PM