Friday, January 29, 2010

Random Facts 3

I am. is the shortest complete sentence in the English language
If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's neck.
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Marilyn Monroe had six toes.


"Never forget that the pain, however difficult, is confined to just a small portion of who you truly are."
--Ralph S. Marston, Jr

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


"Scars remind us where we've been. They don't have to dictate where we're going."

--Rick Dunkle (Writer, from "Criminal Minds.")

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


My childhood friend Julie sent this to me one day when I was having a really bad day. It wowed me.... Hit home for sure if you know my past.

Monty Criswell/Joe Leathers
She’s in the kitchen at the crack of dawn
Bacon’s on, coffee’s strong
Kids running wild, taking off their clothes
If she’s a nervous wreck, well it never shows
Takes one to football and one to dance
Hits the Y for aerobics class
Drops by the bank, stops at the store
Has on a smile when I walk through the door
The last to go to bed, she’ll be the first one up
And I thought I was tough
She’s strong, pushes on, can’t slow her down
She can take anything life dishes out
There was a time
Back before she was mine
When I thought I was tough
We sat there five years ago
The doctors let us know, the test showed
She’d have to fight to live, I broke down and cried
She held me and said it’s gonna be alright
She wore that wig to church
Pink ribbon pinned there on her shirt
No room for fear, full of faith
Hands held high singing Amazing Grace
Never once complained, refusing to give up
And I thought I was tough
She’s strong, pushes on, can’t slow her down
She can take anything life dishes out
There was a time
Back before she was mine
When I thought I was tough
She’s a gentle word, the sweetest kiss
A velvet touch against my skin
I’ve seen her cry, I’ve seen her break
But in my eyes, she’ll always be strong
There was a time
Back before she was mine
When I thought I was tough

Thanks for thinking about me Julie. Hey!! My mom is tough too! 15 years for her... four for me!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Random Facts 2

Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.
Cat's urine glows under a black light.
China has more English speakers than the United States.
Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Love is Precious

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep on watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it"

-John Lennon


Woman walks up to little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. “Couldn’t help noticing how happy you look. What’s your secret for a long happy life?” “Well," he said, "I smoke 3 packs of cigarettes a day, drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, & never exercise.” “That’s amazing,” the woman said “how old are you?” “26,” he said.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


‘Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.’
~ Spanish Proverb

Friday, January 22, 2010

Did you know

A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
A snail can sleep for three years.
All Polar bears are left-handed.
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Be Yourself

"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else."

– Judy Garland


“I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again”

- Etienne de Grellet

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Appreciate what you have

One day . . . a wealthy family man took his son on a trip to the country, so he could have his son see how poor country people live.
They stayed one day and one night in the home of a very humble farmer. At the end of the trip, and when they were back home, the father asked his son, "What did you think of the trip?"
The son replied, "Very nice dad."
Then the father asked his son, "Did you notice how poor they were?"
The son replied, "Yes."
The father continued asking, "What did you learn?"
The son responded, "I learned that we have one dog in our house, and they have four.
Also, we have a fountain in our garden, but they have a stream that has no end.
And we have imported lamps in our garden . . . where they have the stars!
And our garden goes to the edge of our property. But they have the entire horizon as their back yard!"
At the end of the son's reply the father was speechless.
His son then said, "Thank you dad for showing me how poor we really are."
Isn't it true that all depends on the lens you use to see life? One can ask himself what would happen if we give thanks for what we have instead of always asking for more. Learn to appreciate what you have. Wealth is all in one's point of view.

Wonder Why

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?
Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?
Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on "Start"?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
I found it here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


"I have realized... the feeling of being burned out is a direct result of being unappreciated."

--Jennifer Macias

Monday, January 18, 2010


Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.

- Alice Mackenzie Swaim

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Baby bunnies

We have baby bunnies again. Second time is a charm? I hope. They were a mere minutes old when I left for work this morning. I will have to put a heating pad under the pet carrier and read up on the pages I just printed out on rabbit care. We are very excited. You do realize that those male rabbits are way to frisky for their own good! I thought I understood the term "breed like rabbits" before but..... Our buck gives the doe a mere 45 seconds in between romantic interludes! And the poor dear cries! Time to build yet another hutch, huh?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors.
~ jim morrison

My Fourth Cancerversary

Some days you never forget: your wedding anniversary, birthdays, Christmas... but ask me when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and Friday, January 13th flies off of my tongue with no pause for thinking. Then again, January 23rd, the day of my cancer surgery (the day I consider myself free of cancer), which just so happens to be my mom's (another survivor) birthday! It really was an era of awakening for me. I remember that day so distinctly (and most days I honestly don't). I was 28 weeks pregnant with Kiera (number six) feeding all of the kids dinner when I received the call from my Obstetrician. "Sorry Tammy, I sure didn't see this one coming." Those words resonate in my mind so clearly, even four years later. Didn't cry or anything. Just stood there and told my then boyfriend (now husband), "Yep, it's positive." Actually, "numb" is a better word. I was numb. Then I called my mom.

I had the surgery on Monday, January 23rd. I was pregnant so stressed over the baby. They got it all. We waited 49 days until the doctors agreed the baby would be mature enough to be induced. I had Kiera and began Chemo 6 days later, March until June. Yes, I lost all of my hair. I wore ball caps everywhere. Then came the radiation. (Which kicked my butt!) It just so happened to be while the kids were on School Summer Break. Every day going to the Radiologists with a tribe of kids and a newborn. I also had to have surgery again to remove my ovaries since my cancer was Estrogen induced. Now, I am in Menopause .... lovely. Oh well. It would have happened sooner or later anyhow, right?

The five year mark is only a year away now. But I'm still young, I have many years ahead of me. Yes, I'll always have the battle scars.

Kiera will be four on March 13th. She was the biggest blessing out of all of this! She is an amazing little girl. We all love her immensely. I am so very grateful to be a part of all of my kids' lives.
Well I guess that about wraps it up. I am so very excited to reach this cancerversary I am almost giddy. I have been counting down the days for about three months. Silly? Not to a survivor.

I am also trying to spread the word that breast cancer CAN and DOES happen to younger women. We're out there - more than you realize. Nothing makes us immune to cancer. Please don't try to find out your risk factor and decide it will not happen to you. Just perform self-exams regularly and get mammograms! Even if you are too young for insurance to cover it. Start early. It just may save your life! It did mine!