NEW YEAR TRADITIONS
Traditions include the making of
New Year's resolutions - I normally don't do this because I can't stick to them.
The Tournament of Roses Parade - This is a tradition in our family that we watch every year. It's as beautiful as the Thanksgiving Macy's Day Parade.
FOR LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR
Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. In the south, we cook a huge pot of black-eyed peas, fry a huge pan of hog jowls, cook a huge pot of turnip greens and a large pone of cornbread. Black-eyed peas are considered as good luck. The hog jowl is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Turnip greens are another "good luck" vegetable that is eaten on New Year's Day. There are some that have cabbage instead of greens, but either one is a sign of money.
AULD LANG SYNE
The song,"Auld Lang Syne," is sung at the stroke of midnight to bring in the new year. "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."
AULD LANG SYNE
According to Wikipedia, the song, Auld Lang Syne" is a poem by Robert Burns, although a similar poem by Robert Ayton (1570-1638), not to mention even older folk songs, use the same phrase, and may well have inspired Burns.
It is one of the best known songs in English-speaking countries - although, like many other frequently sung songs, the melody is better remembered than the words, which are often sung incorrectly, and seldom in full.
The song's name is in Scots, and may be translated literally as 'old long since', or more idiomatically 'long ago', or 'days gone by'. In his retelling of fairy tales in the Scots language, Matthew Fitt uses the phrase “In the days of auld lang syne” as the equivalent of “Once upon a time”. In Scots Syne is pronounced like the English word sign — IPA: [sain]—not [zain] as many people pronounce it.
Auld Lang Syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
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|To reach peace, teach peace.|
Pope John Paul II
For Daddy and Kim... they are now my Christmas angels. MERRY CHRISTMAS
For my family... I love you with all my heart. MERRY CHRISTMAS
For The Hoochies and THE Hottie... MERRY CHRISTMAS
For the Soul Patrol... WOOOOOOOOO MERRY CHRISTMAS
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It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Merry Christmas all!
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
|I have been tagged by Turn about my weirdness.... so you are getting a two for one special today! |
1. I have a place for EVERYTHING! For instance, in my refrigerator I put all the condiments together, the cokes together, except for mine. The milk and my diet dew are always in the door. If someone is helping me put things away after supper and they put this stuff in places other than where I want them, I move them to their spot. I have actually threatened to put labels in my frig as to where everything should be.
2. I have a very structured work morning routine. I am always the first one up. As soon as my feet hit the floor, I grab a ciggy, head directly to the kitchen; pour myself diet Mt. Dew, in a plastic glass with 6 ice cubes, it must be a plastic glass. I stand there and drink half the glass, refill and head straight for the shower.
3. My bed MUST be made everyday before I leave the house. Not only mine, but the kids as well. I don’t feel that my house is straight unless the beds are made. And I don’t mean just pulled up either. The covers MUST be tucked tightly, the bedspread/comforter with NO wrinkles and the pillow shams and bed pillows perfectly arranged.
4. I will play the same CD over and over and over and over until I know every word of every song that I like. Take for instance the new Taylor Hicks CD. I almost know every word to every song on that… oh and I’m doing some serious car dancing too. To bad that I don’t have speakers at work because I would be doing some serious desk dancing if I did….
5. When I’m writing a letter, note, grocery list and if my letters don’t look the way that I want them to, I will totally re-write the entire thing. It doesn’t matter if I’m almost through, if I write a letter and it’s wrong, I will redo it.
6. I have absolutely NO patience with morning traffic. I suffer from road rage. There should be a law that says people from ages 60 and up should NOT be allowed on the road between the hours of 6:00 am – 8:30 am and 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. They are just in the way!!!! They are either driving extremely too slow, drive in the fast line slow, drive in the middle of the lanes, pull out in front of you and drive slow… they hold up traffic. There should not be allowed to have a doctor’s appointment at 8:00 am.
I'm having a major writer's block. Of course, I've never been much of a writer and this is my first stab at it. With is being only 5 days till Christmas my intent is to get everyone who is NOT in the Christmas spirit... Spirited... LOL
Well, we all know what the road to hell is paved with... GOOD INTENTIONS. I bought Christmas cards the day after Thanksgiving and guess what.... they are STILL IN THE BOX. God, I'm so bad... but I did think about it. Even if I mailed them today, they would still not get to where they were suppose to be going by Christmas. So to all my FRIENDS I will each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.
Since I didn't get my cards out, I am going to leave you today with a poem.
A Visit From St. Nick
T'was the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, -- not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONDER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT."
Monday, December 18, 2006
Yeah, I'm a Snow Bunny alright... wooooooooooooooooo
Well, I FINALLY got Taylor's new CD and all I can say is OH. MY. GOD. I can't get enough of it. It is so freakin awesome! If you haven't got it... oh lord you don't have a clue as to what you are missing.
Picture this... I get the cd Saturday. I remember about 9:30 or so that I have to bake a cake for the lunch at church on Sunday. I'm mixing my cake, singing into the beaters and dancing. My daughter walks in the kitchen, shakes her head and says "Mom, you've lost your mind." Yup, yup, yup... I've lost it. When it comes to Taylor Hicks....
Ok, short and sweet today. It's 12:15 pm and I just got to work. I must get something done.
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|Read Each One Carefully and Think About It a Second or Two |
1. I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you..
2. No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't make you cry.
3. 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.
4. A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
5. The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing you can't have them.
6. Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.
7. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
8. Don't waste your time on a man / woman, who isn't willing to waste their time on you.
9. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the person, we will know how to be grateful.
10. Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened
11. There's always going to be people that hurt you so what you have to do is keep on trusting and just be more careful about who you trust next time around.
12. Make yourself a better person and know who you are before you try and know someone else and expect them to know you.
13. Don't try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to.
WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
Friday, December 08, 2006
|I was tagged with this the first of the week by Sueann and am just now getting around to it. So here goes...|
1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink. (can’t say as though I have ever done this)
2. Swam with wild dolphins (on my wish list)
3. Climbed a mountain (not a big one as I terrified of heights)
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive (no, do you think they would actually give ME the keys?)
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid (on my wish list)
6. Held a tarantula (hello! scared spitless of spiders!)
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone (champagne, too)
8. Said “I love you” and meant it (never say it unless you mean it!)
9. Hugged a tree (tree tag as a kid)
10. Bungee jumped (ok, I’m terrified of heights, remember)
11. Visited Paris (on my wish list)
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea (from the beach, beautiful!)
13. Stayed up all night (of course, did this often as a teenager… to old now though)
14. Seen the Northern Lights (on my wish list)
15. Gone to a huge sports game (can you say "Go Grizzlies!"?)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa (on my wish list, if I can get past the height thing)
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables (sometimes, haven’t the past 2 years)
18. Touched an iceberg (does a man count?)
19. Slept under the stars (many times)
20. Changed a baby’s nappy (many times)
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon (no way jose, terrified of heights)
22. Watched a meteor shower (have seen 1 in my life)
23. Gotten drunk on champagne (tend to giggle a lot)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity (yes, but it’s better to give than receive and you will be blessed)
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope (not yet)
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment (yup, yup, yup… had one just recently…. At my Dad’s Memorial Service… was remembering the funny things about him… he wouldn’t have cared, he was probably giggling with me.
27. Had a food fight (um .. I swear it wasn't me who started it ...)
28. Bet on a winning horse (not a horse, but bet on a winning dog once at the dog track)
29. Asked out a stranger (I don’t ask people out especially strangers… LMOO)
30. Had a snowball fight (yes, every time we have snow we have snowball fights)
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can (of course!)
32. Held a lamb (no)
33. Seen a total eclipse of the moon (yes, right after my son was born in 1989)
34. Ridden a roller coaster (my favorite ride!)
35. Hit a home run (I would like to, but it's highly unlikely to ever happen)
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking (I always dance like a fool)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day (One night at a bar, I was sober and everyone else was drunk, Irish, and it was hilarious)
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment (Other than the birth of my children, right now I am happy with my life.)
39. Had two hard drives for your computer (*blank stare* you can do that?)
40. Visited all 50 states (on my wish list… maybe when I retire)
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk (many, many times)
42. Had amazing friends (wish I could make this MORE green because my friends are so incredibly amazing)
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country (no)
44. Watched wild whales (no)
45. Stolen a sign (I plead the 5th!)
46. Backpacked in Europe (definitely on my wish list)
47. Taken a road-trip (more times than you would imagine)
48. Gone rock climbing (did I mention that I was terrified of heights)
49. Midnight walk on the beach (of course!!!)
50. Gone sky diving (TERRIFIED OF HEIGHTS!!)
51. Visited Ireland (on my wish list)
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love (No….)
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them (yes, and it was amazing… a wonderful conversation)
54. Visited Japan (wish list is growing)
55. Milked a cow (ummmm… can’t say as though I have)
56. Alphabetized your CDs (Nope, I’m not that organized)
57. Pretended to be a superhero (whadda ya mean, pretend???)
58. Sung karaoke (oh, come on! like you haven't?)
59. Lounged around in bed all day (oh yeah…. With my sugar pie right next to me…)
60. Played touch football (of course… I grew up around A LOT of boys… had to)
61. Gone scuba diving (wish list keeps growing)
62. Kissed in the rain (love water sports)
63. Played in the mud (love water sports)
64. Played in the rain (love water sports)
65. Gone to a drive-in theater (and all that entails ...)
66. Visited the Great Wall of China (on my wish list)
67. Started a business (not organized enough to do it by myself)
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken (I’m totally in love now… no way he would break my heart)
69. Toured ancient sites (on my wish list…. It keeps growing and growing and growing…)
70. Taken a martial arts class (who me??)
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (haven’t even played for 6 seconds… not my kind of thing)
72. Gotten married (horrible mistake ...)
73. Been in a movie (does the school play count?)
74. Crashed a party (a couple of times)
75. Gotten divorced (Yup, yup, yup and it was the best thing that ever happened to me!)
76. Gone without food for 5 days (look at me… do I look like I’ve gone without food… I need to)
77. Made cookies from scratch (how else do you make them?)
78. Won first prize in a costume contest (yes, went as Tammy Faye Baker one year to a Halloween party… tears, heavy makeup and all!!! )
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice (see note re wish list)
80. Gotten a tattoo (I have 2, one on my back and the other one…. Well… you will have to guess where it is…)
81. Rafted the Snake River (the whaaa???? ...)
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert” (me an expert… buwhahahahaha)
83. Got flowers for no reason (yes, sugar pie seems to enjoy sending me flowers for no reason)
84. Performed on stage (many times)
85. Been to Las Vegas (wish list again)
86. Recorded music (no)
87. Eaten shark (ewwwwwwwwwww… no)
88. Kissed on the first date (but not the other ...)
89. Gone to Thailand (ooh - bigtime wish)
90. Bought a house (yes)
91. Been in a combat zone (not sure what color to use here - does marriage count?)
92. Buried one/both of your parents (yes, just recently my Dad)
93. Been on a cruise ship (no, wish list continues to grow)
94. Spoken more than one language fluently (English/does Proper Southern count as a language????)
95. Performed in Rocky Horror (liked the movie, but not obsessed ...)
96. Raised children (yes, I’ve almost got one raised and will be happy when the other one is raised… LOL)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour (No, but it’s a coming…woooooooo you know who I’m talking about… hehehehe)
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country (what's an exotic bicycle?)
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (yup, when I was preggy with Matt and feared I would shame my family because I wasn’t married)
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge (why would I want to, a height thing you know)
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking (why should I care?)
103. Had plastic surgery (I would love to have, but to chicken)
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived (No)
105. Wrote articles for a large publication (I’m not talented enough)
106. Lost over 100 pounds (lost 90 lbs, does that count)
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback (don't want to talk about this one)
108. Piloted an airplane – (height thing again)
109. Touched a stingray – (why would I want to)
110. Broken someone’s heart (oh God, I hope so, because he crushed mine)
111. Helped an animal give birth (cat, dog,)
112. Won money on a T.V. game show (No, but would love to be on Deal or No Deal!)
113. Broken a bone (Nope)
114. Gone on an African photo safari (sounds amazing, wish list)
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (I don’t THINK SO!)
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol (I’m a country girl, what do you think??)
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild (No, I would be afraid I would get the poison ones)
118. Ridden a horse (was obsessed as a teen)
119. Had major surgery ( a few )
120. Had a snake as a pet (NO WAY!!!! )
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (always been fascinating to me)
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours (only when ill)
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states (have never been to a foreign country, wish list again)
124. Visited all 7 continents (wish list again)
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (does floating the Buffalo River count)
126. Eaten kangaroo meat (No Thank You!)
127. Eaten sushi (No Thank You!)
128. Had your picture in the newspaper (a few times, and NO is wasn't my mug shot!)
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about (I hope so)
130. Gone back to school (yes, but didn’t finish)
131. Parasailed (heights again)
132. Touched a cockroach (ewwwwwwwww)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes (yum)
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey (not that I can remember)
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read (I’m not much of a reader)
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (I don’t hunt, I just cook it! Leave that to Matt)
137. Skipped all your school reunions (have been to every one of them)
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language (no)
139. Been elected to public office (buwhahahahaha ... me public office… buwhahahaha)
140. Written your own computer language (*blank stare* whaaaa?)
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream (came close a few times)
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care (wouldn't want to)
143. Built your own PC from parts (hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha)
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you (I can’t even draw a stick man…so NO!)
145. Had a booth at a street fair (a what???)
146. Dyed your hair (I refuse to answer this one ...)
147. Been a DJ (No)
148. Shaved your head (I have thought about it a few times…. lol)
149. Caused a car accident (Oh God, I hope not)
150. Saved someone’s life (Not that I’m aware of)
Have a great weekend all!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Past, Present and a few other things
Ok, so what were you doing in the past? What are you doing in the present?
Ten years ago: I was 33 and very unhappily married with a 9 year old son and a beautiful 3 year old daughter. I was having some major health problems. I was diagnosed with cancer, but by the grace of God it was all contained in one area and didn’t have to have any treatments.
Five years ago: I was still unhappily married! That was when I found out that the jerk was having an affair and I thought my life was ending.
Three years ago: I was fell in love with the most wonderful man that I will spend the rest of my life with. I knew then that my life had just begun!
Today: Work, but tomorrow TGIF!!!!! … yippee…. Yes, I know I've been off work for two weeks but come on now... I got spoiled during that time. I got to take my naps... ;-)
Tomorrow: Work... again... then coming home and settling in for a peaceful but busy weekend. I must get my house cleaned this weekend. Matt's room is still in a shambles. I don't like to clean it too soon after he leaves because his smell is still in there.
Five snacks I enjoy:
Five bands/artists that I know the lyrics of MOST of their songs:
Five things I would do with $100,000,000:
Five locations I’d like to run away to:
Five things I like doing:
Five things I wish I could wear:
Five TV shows I like:
Five famous people I’d like to meet:
Five biggest joys at the moment:
Five favorite toys:
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
|A Tag that I found on http://juliesjewelsandjunque.blogspot.com Thanks Julie... I am keeping most of what Julie had but I have added a few of my own.|
I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 10 year-old again.
I want to go to Burger King or McDonald's and think that it’s a four star restaurant.
I want to sail rocks across a fresh mud puddle and make a mud pies.
I want to think M & M's are better than money because you can eat them.
I want to lie under a big oak tree on a hot summer's night and count the stars.
I want to take walks down to the stream and sit on the banks, with my feet in the cool water.
I want to run barefoot in the fresh cut grass.
I want to play tea party with my girlfriends.
I want to return to a time when life was simple, when all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn’t bother you, because you didn’t know what you didn’t know and you didn’t care. All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.
I want to think the world is fair.
That everyone is honest and good.
I want to believe that anything is possible.
I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.
I want to live simple again.
I want to hear my mother say "If you keep crossing your eyes they will get stuck"
I don’t want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones.
I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.
So . . . here’s my checkbook and my car keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood.
And if you want to discuss this further, you’ll have to catch me first, cause….....
…..”Tag! You’re it.”
Monday, December 04, 2006
|Christmas Specials |
I will be 42 in January. I only say this so that readers will be able to gauge my review of this classic based on my age. While I was growing up, prior VCR tapes and DVD players, we would wait all year to view the various Christmas specials that aired each year. I remember sitting glued to the TV taking in every second of the shows. Back then if you missed part of the show or even the whole show you were border line depressed because you knew you couldn't see it again for a whole year.
In some ways anticipation made the viewing of Christmas specials that much better. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN is in my top five specials, right along with RUDOLPH, FROSTY and THE YEAR WITHOUT SANTA CLAUS. I enjoy the 1970's feel this classic has. The flowers that appear when Jessica sings, the simple toys the kids play with and the songs that are sung throughout this show. I can only imagine what a modern version of this show would sound like with its boy band sounding songs and electric toys and video games. Instead of watching Kris and Jessica court each other and wed we would probably see them live together while they consider marriage. This was a scary classic. The Winter Warlock was very scary when I viewed this as a kid. No matter how many times I saw this as a kid I would always wonder if Kris would make it past the warlock.
I suppose the best thing about this type of Christmas classic is that when people my age view it they can escape back to their innocent youth for a short while. Even though I now own the VHS of SANTA CLAUSE IS COMING TO TOWN and soon hope to purchase the DVD I make myself and my kids wait until Christmas season to watch it. It's not quite the same as when I was a kid but anticipation still increases the viewing pleasure once we do watch it.