Archives for July 2010

Bad Day

Saturday 9: Bad Day

1. Is there anything that you tend to do to cheer up when you are having a bad day?
Listen to music or watch movies.  It also depends on what caused the day to be bad.
2.What’s the last card game you played, and with whom did you play?
Probably Phase 10 with Misti and it was probably over a year ago that we played it.
3.What’s the last board game you played, and with whom did you play?
I can’t even remember because I don’t play board games.  I am too competitive and get mad if I lose so it is better if I just don’t even try and play one.
4.What’s the last computer game you played, and with whom did you play?
The last multi-player game I played was probably WOW( World Of Warcraft) and I played it with my brother.
5.Is there somewhere you’d like to visit but have not, and where is it?
There are tons of places I want to visit. I want to see the world and go anywhere and everywhere before I die.
6.Think of your favorite movie (or a movie you really like, if you can’t think of a favorite). Some people say that the reasons you love your favorite movie are related to what you value in romantic relationships. How is this true or untrue in your case?
My favorite movie is Liar Liar and that isn’t the most romantic movie out there but I am so not like them because I am never going to get back with my ex!
7.What physical attributes do you find the most attractive?
I don’t think I have a type of guy but grandma says that I like guys that have the Charlie Brown head.  Other than that I can’t really think of things that I am super attracted too.
8.How many people live in your house? Tell us about them.
There are 4 people and 3 cats.  There is my grandpa, grandma and my little brother.  I am only home at night and on the weekends but even when I am home I am almost always reading, messing around on the internet and/or watching TV.
9. Ever punch someone in the face?
No I haven’t but there have been time that I really want to punch people in the face.

Five Question Friday & My Name

1. Did you have a favorite blanket or toy as a kid? If so, do you still have it?
I had a blanket that I guess my grandma still has for me.  I don’t have much left from my childhood because my parents moved around a lot and when they would move they would leave everything behind when they did move so I don’t have much before I moved in with my grandparents full time and even some of that stuff has gotten thrown away.
2. Do you dream in color?
Yes- Doesn’t everyone????
3. How tall are you? Do you wish you were shorter or taller?
I was 5’4″ but the last time I went to the doctors I found out that I am now 5’3″ :(- Guess I am already getting shorter
4. If you could have anyone’s (celeb or other) voice as the guide on your GPS, who would it be?
My own voice!
5. Do you return your shopping cart to the corral or leave it wherever in the parking lot?
I try and return it because it bugs me sometime when people don’t return them and I can’t find a parking spot because there are carts in the parking spots.

Since I have been out of ideas on what to blog about I went to NaBloPoMo where they have a whole list of prompts you can write about.  I went through the list and chose this prompt: Do you like the name you were given? Is there a name that you think would suit you better?  It was the only one that seemed like fun  to write about.

I went to a few websites to get some information behind my name and this is what I found

a pearl



Gender: Feminine
Usage: English
Pronounced: MAHR-grit, MAHR-gə-rit  [key]
Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning “pearl”, probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit. Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Later legends told of her escape from a dragon, with which she was often depicted in medieval art. The saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and her name has been widely used in the Christian world.

Other saints by this name include a queen of Scotland and a princess of Hungary. It was also borne by Queen Margaret I of Denmark, who united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in the 14th century. Famous literary bearers include American writer Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), the author of ‘Gone with the Wind’, and Canadian writer Margaret Atwood (1939-).

I love my name.  I have always liked it because there was only one other girl with my name so I never had to worry about tons of people having my name.  The only thing I don’t like about my name is the spelling of it.  It is too long and spelled very few people ever spell it right the first time and some even after years can’t seem to get it right.  They always spell it Margret.  I was named after my mom’s mom so one of my grandma’s.  I don’t really know the lady that I was named after because I had only seen her when I was little and I don’t remember her at all from then.

30 Days Of Truth

So I was reading Angel Believes and she is doing 30 days of truth.  I thought it would be something good for me to follow along with so I am going to start and see how far I make it!  Here are the questions we have to answer.  I am going to start with day one tomorrow!

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself


Today for the Writers Workshop I chose to do #1 which is: It was a bad burn. Tell about the worst sunburn you ever received. How did that happen!?!

The worst sunburn I ever had was when I went to Georgia to visit my mom’s dad and step mom in the summer of 2001 with my little brother.  We drove with my grandparents up to South Carolina to meet a couple of her siblings that we had never met because we were raised by my dad’s parents.  So one day my Aunt took my little brother and me to a Six Flags park where we spent the whole day on the rides and what not.  Me being the idiot I am decided that since I had never burned before that I would be okay and I didn’t need to wear sun screen.  Well I was super wrong on that part.  I have only been burnt like that once and I will never do it again.  It was super painful and I was super sick for the next few days.

I looked last night for a picture of it but I couldn’t find one to scan in so hopefully I will have one in a few days for everyone to see!

A Lot Of Random Things

I am going to us bullets in this post because I have a few things I want to write about and I haven’t used them in awhile.

  • First I want to thank all of my followers and welcome all of my new followers.  I can’t believe that I have 130 right now.  I remember when I was just getting into the whole blogging scene and starting to learn about followers and people reading my blog that I had never met IRL.  At that time it was weird to me but I decided why not lets see what is out there and here I am with 130 people reading my blog!  I still don’t understand why but I am thankful for each and everyone of you!
  • I got a new layout and I totally love it!  Jacqui does my makeovers and I totally adore the girl!  She does a great job and made it look so grown up!  Let me know what you think of it.
  • My kids are totally crazy and Sylvia has decided she is top cat even though she is the youngest out of them all.  Go figure.  Last night she was guarding the bathroom and nothing could go in.  It was quite funny to watch her try and beat up anything that tried to enter “her” bathroom.
  • I got the funniest anonymous comment the other day so I figured I would post all of it but the links.  It was so funny I could help but laugh at it.  Here it is:  HELP! I’m currently being held prisoner by the Russian mafia  and being forced to post spam comments on blogs and forum! If you don’t approve this they will kill me. 

Well there is the randomness for now!  Have a great day! 

Making Friends

This is a new MeMe made by the girl that just redid my blog!  I thought it is a great idea so I decided that I would start following along with this one on Mondays!

A Review

This is my first review and let me just tell you I am so glad that I get to write this.  If you haven’t noticed I got a blog makeover and  I am in love with everything that has to do with it!  This is who did it:

Let me just tell you that this girl is great at what she does.  She sends you e-mails with what she is working on.  She was super patient with me even though I have a super hard time make up my mind and change it all the time.  Here is the list of things she did for me: 

blinky button
sidebar titles
navigation bar
post divider/ signature combo
changed your favicon (the little icon on your web page URL)
deleted blogger navigation bar
twitter/ email icons
twitter background
and organized it

Her prices are super affordable and she is now excepting orders!  You all need to drop by her page and check her out.  If you know of anyone who is looking to get a makeover you need to send them her way for sure!

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: The Sun Rising

1. When was the last time that you watched a sunrise? Who were you with?
I don’t know that I have ever watched one.  That is really sad know that I think about it.
2. If President Obama promised he’d do one thing you asked, what would you ask him to do?
To disappear and leave our country alone!  He has ruined enough know it is time for him to go away!
3. What is one experience that has strengthened your character the most so far?
Placing my daughter for adoption.
4. What is the first thing that you usually do after completing Saturday 9?
Schedule it to post in the morning.
5. Tell us about someone either in your life or in the blogosphere that you think is extremely funny.
There are lots of funny people and I refuse to pick just one so I won’t pick anybody!
6. Where was the last bed that you slept in that was not your own?
Probably a hotel bed while I was with my husband(soon to be ex) last year sometime
7. Have you ever been too drunk to remember anything?
Nope I never have and I hope that I am never that drunk either.
8. Have you ever licked something to clean it?
Ya when I like what I am eating and then I put whatever it is in the dishwasher!
9. Who, outside of family or a S/O, has influenced your life the most?
There isn’t just one person.  There are several people who have made me what I am today!

Chronic Pain

I found this letter on a blog of a lady that has Lyme’s Disease.  I really liked it because I too have chronic pain and it had really good points.  She didn’t write it and we aren’t sure who did but it is still a great letter!
Having chronic pain means many changes and a lot of them are invisible. Unlike having
cancer or being hurt in an accident, most people do not understand even a little about

chronic pain and its effects, and of those that think they know, many are actually misinformed.

In the spirit of informing those who wish to understand …

… These are the things that I would like you to understand about me before you judge me…

Please understand that being sick doesnt mean Im not still a human being. I have to

spend most of my day in considerable pain and exhaustion, and if you visit, sometimes

I probably dont seem like much fun to be with, but Im still me stuck inside this body.

I still worry about school, my family, my friends, and most of the time – Id still like

to hear you talk about yours, too.

Please understand the difference between happy and healthy. When youve got the flu, you

probably feel miserable with it, but Ive been sick for years. I cant be miserable all the

time. In fact, I work hard at not being miserable. So, if youre talking to me and I sound

happy, it means Im happy. Thats all. It doesnt mean that Im not in a lot of pain,

or extremely tired, or that Im getting better, or any of those things. Please dont say,

oh, youre sounding better! Or “But you look so healthy! ¨ I am merely coping. I am sounding

happy and trying to look normal. If you want to comment on that, youre welcome.

Please understand that being able to stand up for ten minutes doesnt necessarily mean that

I can stand up for twenty minutes, or an hour. Just because I managed to stand up for thirty

minutes yesterday doesnt mean that I can do the same today. With a lot of diseases youre

either paralyzed, or you can move. With this one, it gets more confusing everyday. It can be

like a yo-yo. I never know from day to day, how I am going to feel when I wake up. In most

cases, I never know from minute to minute. That is one of the hardest and most frustrating

components of chronic pain.

(Please repeat the above paragraph substituting, sitting, walking, thinking, concentrating,

being sociable and so on … it applies to everything. Thats what chronic pain does to you.)

Please understand that chronic pain is variable. Its quite possible (for many, its common)

that one day I am able to walk to the park and back, while the next day Ill have trouble

getting to the next room. Please dont attack me when Im ill by saying, but you did it before!

Or Oh, come on, I know you can do this! ¨ if you want me to do something, then ask if I can.

In a similar vein, I may need to cancel a previous commitment at the last minute. If this

happens, please do not take it personally. If you are able, please try to always remember

how very lucky you are to be physically able to do all of the things that you can do.

Please understand that getting out and doing things does not make me feel better, and

can often make me seriously worse.

You dont know what I go through or how I suffer in my own private time.

Telling me that I need to exercise, or do some things to get my mind off of it¨ may

frustrate me to tears, and is not correct if I was capable of doing some things any or

all of the time, dont you know that I would?

I am working with my doctor and I am doing what I am supposed to do. Another statement

that hurts is, You just need to push yourself more, try harder… Obviously, chronic pain

can deal with the whole body, or be localized to specific areas. Sometimes participating

in a single activity for a short or a long period of time can cause more damage and physical

pain than you could ever imagine. Not to mention the recovery time, which can be intense. You

cant always read it on my face or in my body language. Also, chronic pain may cause

secondary depression (wouldnt you get depressed and down if you were hurting constantly

for months or years?), but it is not created by depression.

Please understand that if I say I have to sit down/lie down/stay in bed/or take these

pills now, that probably means that I do have to do it right now – it cant be put off

or forgotten just because Im somewhere, or am right in the middle of doing something.

Chronic pain does not forgive, nor does it wait for anyone.

If you want to suggest a cure to me, please dont. Its not because I dont appreciate

the thought, and its not because I dont want to get well. Lord knows that isnt true.

In all likelihood, if you’ve heard of it or tried it, so have I. In some cases, I have been

made sicker, not better. This can involve side effects or allergic reactions. It also

includes failure, which in and of itself can make me feel even lower. If there were something

that cured, or even helped people with my form of chronic pain, then wed know about it.

There is worldwide networking (both on and off the Internet) between people with chronic

pain. If something worked, we would KNOW. Its definitely not for lack of trying. If, after

reading this, you still feel the need to suggest a cure, then so be it. I may take what you

said and discuss it with my doctor.

If I seem touchy, it is probably because I am. Its not how I try to be. As a matter

of fact, I try very hard to be normal. I hope you will try to understand. I have been,

and am still, going through a lot. Chronic pain is hard for you to understand unless you

have had it. It wreaks havoc on the body and the mind. It is exhausting and exasperating.

Almost all the time, I know that I am doing my best to cope with this, and live my life to

the best of my ability. I ask you to bear with me, and accept me as I am. I know that you

cannot literally understand my situation unless you have been in my shoes, but as much as

is possible, I am asking you to try to be understanding in general.

In many ways I depend on you – people who are not sick. I need you to visit me when I

am too sick to go out… Sometimes I need you help me with the shopping, cooking or cleaning.

I may need you to take me to the doctor, or to the store. You are my link to the normalcy

of life. You can help me to keep in touch with the parts of life that I miss and fully

intend to undertake again, just as soon as I am able.

I know that I asked a lot from you, and I do thank you for listening. It really does

mean a lot.



Starting A Business With Jacqui

 It is Tuesday and that means it is time for Jacqui.  This week she wrote about her new blog business she is starting.  She is the one that did this layout and the layout on my other blog.  I would highly recommend her to anyone and she does really great work.  She is also super easy to work with!!!!

Starting a new business…

It’s really hard to start your own business. Especially out in the blog/internet world since there is SO much many out there. In the end of august I will be launching my blog design business called Wacky Jacqui’s Designs. I am both excited and nervous since I don’t know if people will actually want to pay me to design there blogs. I am scared that all this work will have been for nothing and a waste of time. I really want to succeed in this; I have put my heart and soul into it. So I have been trying to find ways to get my work out in the blog world. It is really hard. So lately I have been doing a lot of free designs so I can get reviews and also get a little more practice under my belt before my launch date. Yesterday I completed my first design for review and I am pretty impressed with the work I did. I didn’t know I had it in me at all. This girls blog was a total eye sore (well to me at least) all she wanted was sidebar titles made up and kept bedding her to let me re-do the whole thing and finally she gave in. I learned a lot of things during this design that I will keep with me forever. I really hope she enjoys her new look.

This is what she had before (this is not her blog but you get the idea)

And this is what it is now.

Click picture to go to her blog.
I just love the way it looks, I can’t keep my eyes off of it.