Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Glamazons

Okay, The Glamazons have made it to the finals of America's Got Talent.

I know. I don't really watch this show. It was just on. But these girls came on and owned the stage. I saw them when they were in the initial stage, and their uniqueness and talent have carried them to the finals.

Four plus sized women with amazing talent that aren't afraid to strut their stuff. Some may find their clothing choice to be a bit offensive, but I am all for it.

I cannot possible do these ladies justice trying to convey their unique diva style. So here is their website. Take a look for yourself. If only I had half that confidence. If we all did, the world would be a far better place.


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Never Forget Your Childhood Goals

While browsing the news on MSN today, i stumbled across a touching story about Walter Hart. At the age of 88, he received his Eagle Scout rank yesterday in Fort Myers, Florida.

Now, he had earned this honor long ago, but it got put on hold when he served out country for 2 years during World War II. While cleaning out some of his belongings recently, he apparently discovered the documentation showing that he had earned the ranking. So, he contact the Boy Scouts of America.

Here's the link to the full story.


This struck a chord with me. It reminded me that we should always remember those dreams that we had as children. Because as adults, we can either learn from them or fulfill our inner child's secret desire and obtain it.

So, I am going to try and remember all of those dreams and wishes I had when I was a child. Of course, I had the usual ones: marry Prince Charming and move to a huge castle, sprout wings and fly like a bird, and quite a few other silly ones. But, none of those are obtainable. But, we all have that secret wish we had as a child that still remains unfulfilled.

For me, I think that wish was probably fitting in. I didn't want to stand out from the crowd, I simply wanted to fit. I didn't want to be singled out for how smart I was, or how different. I just wanted to be accepted for who I was and for my own unique voice. No judgment and no criticism. No unrealistic expectations.

So I will remember that childhood wish, and all the reasons why it was important to me. Because, in reality, I believe that was one of the cornerstones of what made me who I am today.

I end this post with this message for anyone reading: don't be afraid to remember the things you wanted as a child and weren't able to obtain. Because just like Walter Hart, it may show up when you least expect it.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Missing The Way Things Were

Well, today was filled with everything I didn't expect to have to do today.

I woke up looking like I had spent the night having some rough fun that I didn't remember...lol. I was bruised from my neck to my waist. But so far I have been pleasantly surprised that the pain isn't nearly as bad as everyone warned me it would be. I guess I have a higher tolerance for it than I expected.

First on the agenda? Getting the rental car. I'm now in a Toyata Camry. It's a nice car, but the color is going to take a bit of getting used to. I've always found my personal preferences steering more towards darker colors, or neutral at the least. But they only had the one color. A nice aqua blue of sorts.

On a hopeful note...my insurance company is already on the case of the uninsured so to speak. They are going to be taking a look at the car on Monday.

Speaking of which my best friend and I drove out to the wreck yard today so that I could retrieve some stuff out of the trunk. Yes, at this point I must confess that a lot of the books I obtained from Nationals hadn't quite made it into my house yet. I had only taken the ones I purchased and had autographed in.

I took some pictures of my poor car. It was a sight to see for sure. I do have to say one thing. I was always under the impression that Hyundais weren't the best cars. I have to say though that based on my experience Friday, they are amazingly resilient. Even the officers and EMS workers were commenting on how well built that car had been.

The most amusing part of the day came when the claims adjuster contacted me to get my officially recorded statement. I was a bit amused when he asked me not one question, but 2 about how the pole was doing. He actually asked me twice how the pole was doing before he even asked how I was doing. Somehow I don't think he found humor in my reply, which was along the lines of, "Unfortunately, I couldn't get the pole to fit into the EMS to get it taken to the ER. It refused medical treatment on site, and refused to give me its contact information."

I know. A bit of a smart ass. But that is just me at times, and the question seemed to be a bit out of line in my opinion. I know he's just doing his job, but some of those questions were just a bit surprising to be asked.

I'm off to make nice with one my cats. She's taking all of this a bit personally. She likes to sleep on my chest, and was a but upset when she was vacated from her perch on numerous occassions last night. I'm just not sure how to deal with her though. She was abused before I got her, and so she really doesn't take too well to changes. I tried to get her to sleep beside me, but now she's hiding under my bed and refuses to come out.

Friday, July 27, 2007

All In A Day's Misadventure

Well, I learned a valuable lesson today: never think you're day couldn't possibly get any worse than it already is.

I left work early today because I just couldn't deal with any more of the craziness without screaming. So what could possibly make my day worse? Well, some uninsured motorist decided it would be fun to side swipe me and shove my car head first into a telephone pole going 30 mph.

Now, at this point I learned two other things:

1. My muse just refuses to ever stop thinking about the next great story. I had never been in an accident before. I am covered over with gorgeous EMS workers, fire fighters, policemen. Yes, ladies nothing but men in uniform all around me. I hurt like hell, totally freaked out, my car is totalled. But what is the first thing uttered by me? Well, my muse decided that since I was too stunned to speak she would apparently. I looked at one of the sweetest, cutest guys there and said, "You'd make an excellent character for one of my books."
I'm sure they all got a kick out of that one. But, they told me once I felt better to stop by the station if I wanted to do research...he he.

2. This was the most powerful lesson of all. Friends are amazing. I'd rather lose all my earthy possessions than ever lose one of my friends. They were on the scene before I even realized what had really happened. They never left my side, and took over everything. They dealt with the police, the tow truck company, my insurance company and the nosy busy bodies. But the most inspiring thing they did? They dealt with my mother. I love my mom to pieces, but she freaks when something happens to one of her children. She is, to put it nicely, someone who requires a lot of special care and attention.
Yes, I'm 34. But I'm still her child. She calls at the same time every day and worries if I don't answer. They spent a lot of time on the phone with her while I was at the hospital getting checked out, and constantly reassured her over and over and over again that everything was okay. They had the patience of saints, and dealt with her in a manner I wouldn't have been able to even on a good day.

Oh yeah, and pain pills are amazing things.

Have a safe weekend everyone, and remember to be greatful for your friends.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

70 Days To Sweat Challenge Update

Okay, I must admit that I didn't get nearly as much done on my writing as I had intended while at nationals. I went with good intentions, but got hardly anything done. But, I did manage 3,000 words. So, I am a bit behind. But I will be catching up soon.

With that said, my first nationals experience couldn't have been better. I got the chance to meet a lot of awesome people. It's always wonderful to put faces with names, and get an opportunity to meet those you chat with online. It's even better than they are so incredibly friendly.