Wednesday, August 30, 2006

What did he say?

I was watching the Fox News the other morning and one of the anchors said something that caught my attention. I know what you are thinking.... it is sort of funny.... wasn't I paying attention in the first place? Yes, but the story wasn't what stuck out to me at the time... it was just the usual talk about Iraq and what we are doing and why we are doing over there.

BUT.... the anchor said: " a thumbnail...". Instead of "in a nutshell" he said "in a thumbnail". The interviewee didn't skip a beat, he knew exactly what was meant and answered appropriately. When did that little phrase come into being? Has it been around for awhile and I've been oblivious, or did the guy make it up?

It works... a thumbnail can substitute for a nutshell in that particular phrase....but why? What's wrong with saying "in a nutshell"?

I don't know why this intrigues me so much...I guess I just think it's very interesting how computer lingo creeps into our every day vocabulary. More and more it is used in ways not related to computers.

Another phrase I thought about this past week is "still pause". As in: "I need to go to the bathroom, still pause the movie til I get back."

Yes, I used to say that. Now I have cut it down to just "pause". Why did people say still pause before though? It was rather redundant. I don't know why I thought about it...but it cracks me up thinking about it. I'm weird I know...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


There are a lot of news shows right now showing Katrina Damaged areas 1 year later. I believe it is a good thing to bring people's attention back to that area and the people there. So much still needs to be done there, people still need help.

Another great event happened over that weekend last year. My daughter Lyanna Cole was born. It is good to think of both because during times of great turmoil and sadness, miracles and wonders do occur.

One year before my daughter Kenzie Claire had been born.

We celebrated their 1 year and 2 year birthdays on Saturday. In honor of their days I am going to tell the stories of their births. It may get a little long, but I want to put it here in honor of them.

Kenzie Claire Smith: August 27, 2004: 7lbs 10oz: 20 1/2 inches

I was beginning to have problems with my blood pressure right around my due date (Aug. 30). Due to these problems I had been on bedrest for about a week. Your doctor, Dr. Cabaniss, decided that it would be better for you if we went ahead and induced my labor.

I was admitted to the hospital on Thursday the 26th of August. They settled me into a birthing room, got my I.V. started and gave me a drug to help get things moving along. It was a long restless night for Brad and I. Poor Brad had only a small love seat to lay down on and I was just excited and restless about your arrival.

Early on Friday morning the nurses started me on the drugs to get the labor going full swing. Not much happened for a LONG time. We sat around and visited with your NaNa, Pop, Granpa, and Grandma. We watched "Finding Nemo" and "Starsky and Hutch'. I was given some kind of funky drugs that made me sleepy and loopy, I didn't like that very much so when they wore off I was very happy! The nurses gave me yummy popsickles and things were going okay.

I guess around 3 pm or so I began to have strong contractions. Brad and I wanted to do things as natural as possible. I wanted to try not to get an epidural so we were doing our breathing exercises. It was going really really well. I had my death grip on the bed and Brad's hand. He was counting with me and trying not to think of how much blood I had squeezed out of his hand when...things got kind of weird.

You decided to make things interesting and flipped right side up again, putting pressure on my diaphragm to where I couldn't catch a breath anymore...considering that was how I was keeping from totally losing it, not being able to breathe was a bad thing. Your blood pressure dropped and buzzers and lights and all kinds of alarms started going off. Nurses ran in and started checking all kinds of things....they made me turn over on the bed and get on all fours. It helped the pain some, but not was supposed to help you flip back in the head down position because you were definitely on your way out.

The doctor said it was time for an epidural that because I was in so much pain and I needed to be able to rest, she recommended that I get after about an eternity....the anethitist came in and gave me one. After that, and some oxygen, I was able to rest.

The next thing I knew it was time to start pushing... The craziness from before had really put a toll on me and I was more tired than I knew. I pushed and pushed and pushed, probably for about 45 minutes. Doc C had to get the vacuum thingy out to help.

You were finally born at 6:22 pm. The nurse lay you on my chest and Brad cut your umbilical cord. It was very a very stressful birth on you and me. You were turned head down, but you were facing the wrong way. Your little chest and face were bruised and you still weren't breathing all that well. They wisked you away to the nursery and put you under an oxygen tent for a few hours. After a few hours you were fine.

I wasn't doing too well either. It seems during the birth something caused me to start bleeding and I lost too much blood. When the nurses came back in to check on me I fainted. It was scary for a few days. I had to have 2 pints of blood and they kept me at the hospital for almost a week. Finally they deemed me well enough to go home and Brad brought us home.

I really don't have a very good memory of what happened during the actual birth and afterwards for about a month because I was so weak. You are going to have to ask your Daddy about it more.

That is the story of Kenzie's birth day. It was scary, exciting, and a miracle!

Lyanna Cole: August 26, 2005: 8lbs 11oz : 20 1/2 inches

Your Nana and Pop were here from Arkansas for your birth. Doctor Cabaniss thought for sure you were going to be here early...but you were still a no show and the grandparents were going to have to leave. I was not real happy about that, because your sister's birth had been so scary.

Unlike the first birth my body was already starting to get ready. I was dialated and soft *things you will learn about one day when you have a baby*. Brad and I went to see Doctor C one last time. She told us that she didn't think it would take much to put me in labor this time, so we said okay, lets induce again.

I went into the hospital at 6am on Friday, August 26. The nurses did all my paperwork, hooked up my I.V. and gave me a small dose of pitocin to get me going. That one small dose was all it took and we were going!

Once again Brad and I were trying to go as natural as possible. I didn't take any other drugs this time. We put our breathing exercises into practice and we did a great job! Your daddy is a very good coach. I did opt for the epidural this time. So, when my contractions were strong and steady, they gave me one.

Nana, Pop, Brad and I watched the morning shows, The Price is Right and we started watching the noon news when I started to have very strong contractions again and I NEEDED to push.

I told Brad it was time to push! He was so funny, he said "you can't push yet, there's nobody in here." My response to him was: "well then you better go and get them because it's TIME!"

He moved real fast then! Nana and Pop left, the two nurses came in and started getting the room ready for you. I kept telling them I needed to push and they told me to just do it. So I pushed all by myself this time. I was kind of worried because the doctor wasn't there yet and I knew you were coming.

Doc showed up and I pushed a couple more times and out you came! I pushed a total of 12 times with you...about 15 minutes total!! You were born at 12:47pm. You were loud and healthy! No problems this time at all. The nurses lay you on my chest and Brad cut your umbilical cord. I got to hold you and cuddle you before the nurses did all their stuff with you. They gave you right back to me and I got to nurse you right away.

Granpa and Grandma showed up shortly after with Kenzie. She was so happy to see you and gave you a big hug. It was an awesome, exhilerating experience.

That is the story of Lyanna's birth. I hope you enjoyed reading about both the girl's birth days. I thank God everyday for bringing them into my life. I can't imagine what it would be like without them. They are a joy and a wonder. I love you both more than you can ever know!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Biological Warfare

My goodness, it has been a rough few days. Thursday afternoon I began feeling naseous. No biggie, I thought, just a typical stomach ache. I've been having tummy troubles ever since I was about 5. I'm used to them. This time that was not the case. It got worse and worse. I lay down on the couch in the living room and prayed that Brad would be home soon so he could watch the girls. It was all I could do to get up and change them, the poor things.

He made it home and all hell broke lose. I got so sick, puking more in one night than I have in probably twenty years. Then Lyanna began to puke too. Brad was trying to get Kenzie bathed and in bed, I was trying to rock Lyanna and soothe her, but it is hard to soothe someone when you are just as sick as they are.

Lyanna and I ended up laying in our bed on top of three different blankets with Brad to watch over us. It was horrible. Of course Brad got whatever it was the next day.

Luckily it was only a 12 hour bug....but my goodness it drained your whole body of all your energy. Ugh!! Luckily Kenzie never had the puking....

We are so glad that it has run it's course through the family and we hope and pray that whatever kind of bug it was never comes back.

As Brad said, that's the kind of thing that could be used for biological would just totally debilitate a large group of people in close daily contact with each other. Nasty nasty bug!

I would't wish that on anyone.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Oh my my, Oh hell yes...

Yay!!! I have the video up and I found another one someone else at the same concert made as well. If you like Tom, here ya go!

Click on this first photo to see a 1 minute clip of Tom shaking his maracas.

Click on this second photo for a 5 minute clip of Tom singing Refugee.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Just some stuff

I am working on getting video of the concert up as I type. Hopefully I have found a good host site and will have something up for you shortly. YAY!

Please welcome "The Sutherland Report" to my list. Libby's husband and Brad went to college together. I have yet to meet Libby in person but we seem to have a lot in common. Welcome to the world of blogging Libby!

Thanks go out to Ian and Bernie for sharing their concert lists. No, Ian I do not think you suck. I just think you need to go to more concerts. Or...maybe going to concerts just isn't one of your "things". Bernie, I am jealous you have seen the ones on my "wish" list. Blech on you!

I have had a tough day. Got up and went to church. It was not an easy morning and church was kind of stressful. Not going to get into that. Came home and fed the girls. Brad had a meeting at 1 and then was going out to the hanger so, I was on my own with the girls.
Lyanna wouldn't eat so I went and put her in her crib with a bottle. Kenie ate and then I took her up and put her down for a nap as well. Only problem, she never went down and made so much noise she woke up Lyanna. Ugh!! I did everything I knew to try and get them to sleep. No deal. Finally, I loaded them up in the car and took them for a drive. Drove for about an hour and Kenzie fell asleep when we were 5 minutes from the house again. It was 3:30 in the afternoon....Lyanna was still awake so I just put her in the playroom.

Brad came home around 4:30 or so and I loaded up the baby and went to the grocery store. Wouldn't you know it...Lyanna fell asleep on the way there. I had to wake her up when we got there to go inside. She NEVER took a nap today. Needless to say she was loopy the rest of the evening.

I want to add some other things to my sidebar... I'm debating how I want to do it. I like the idea of having what I'm reading over there. Not that what I read is all that cool or anything. I'll work on that after I figure out the video and picture stuff.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Concert Stuff

Tom Petty was awesome!!! Go ahead and make fun of me for going to see someone that old, and YES, Tom was looking pretty frail, I don't care! That concert kicked much ass. Brad and I had a great time. I'm ready to go again. Some of my friends here and my brothers made fun of us for going to see Tom Petty. They think he is a has been and we are getting old.... one of my friends even said something about us having to fight our way through the walkers and canes to get to our seats.... BLAH on that one. We were right up front on about the 5th row, just left of center stage....awesome seats. Got some great photos and video clips. Hopefully I'll be able to get them up here for you guys to see.

Was an interesting trip. Tip to everyone....reserve your room ahead of time! We didn't do that this time and almost ended up having to sleep in the van....*down by the river*. There were more people at that concert than have ever been in that venue before and there were no rooms anywhere. Considering there were only 5 hotels in the immediate area...totally understandable. We got the last room available. I was very happy! We also saw a nasty head on collision. Got to watch as the firemen dragged a person out of the car and put them on the stretcher...kinda freaky. Other than that was a great outing for us.

Got paid one of the best compliments by a kid standing in a group of his buddies. As we walked by he says: "I hope my wife looks like that when I'm 42." Now, it was kinda crappy that he put our ages at 42, but I decided to take it as an overall compliment. Coming from someone who looked all of 16, it had to be.

Going to this concert got me to thinking...who all have I seen in concert. is a list, not really a meme or anything like that, but I'm gonna give you all my list *the good, the bad, and the 80's* and I'd like to see yours. Besides the first one, this list is in no particular order. Link me if you make one! Yes, I know I was a semi metal head......I was in highschool between the years 84 and 89 everyone was! There is also a huge gap... from when I was married the first time til I met Brad...didn't go to concerts besides Green Day.... I don't know why my first hubsand and I didn't....

1st concert ever: Loverboy / The Hooters

1. Bryan Adams
2. Joan Jett
3. Cinderella *twice*
4. Def Leppard
5. Motley Crue
6. Poison *twice*
7. White Snake
8. Great White
9. Rod Stewart
10. Elton John
11. Billy Joel
12. David Lee Roth *twice*
13. Robert Plant
14. James Brown
15. The B 52s
16. The Romantics
17. Spin Doctors
18. Warrant
19. Green Day
20. Dave Matthews
21. Tom Petty
22. Allman Brothers

My most favorite concert would be Robert Plant.
Top three:

1. Robert Plant
2. Elton John/ Billy Joel
3. *tie* Tom Petty and David Lee Roth (Eat em and Smile tour)

Groups I never saw and wish I had: (I'm trying to stick to groups that were around when I discovered music up til now..there may be a few older than that)

1. Duran Duran *yes, I was a huge fan. They were plastered all over my walls. Get off my ass, those guys were HOT*
2. The Police
3. Billy Idol
4. Eurythmics
6. The Cure
7. Depeche Mode
8. Journey
9. Bon Jovi *back in the day, not now*
10. Led Zepplin
11. Styx
12. Pink Floyd
13. The Eagles
14. Fleetwood Mac
15. The Cars
16. Michael Jackson *Thriller of course*

Hrmm....that's all I can think of right now. If I think of anything else I'll write about it later.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Oh yeah I forgot:

Count down for Tom Petty: Allmond Brothers: and supposedly Stevie Nicks

1 day

20 hours


Thinking way too hard

I mourned my twenties yesterday. It was a weird moment. Normally I wouldn't miss those years too much. I goofed off in college and got pulled out of school. I dated some total losers. I partied way too much *hence the goofing off and losers stuff*. I also got married for the first time and got divorced. I went to college, nursing school, and college again. Waited tables, waited tables, clerked, secretaried, and oh yeah...waited tables. It was an interesting decade for me. So what happened yesterday that made me feel all melancholy about those times?

I saw someone that reminded me of myself during that time period and it made me think about it all. How much of that time I wasted and can't get back now...and really how much of that time I had a total blast. I was sad that those times were over and I couldn't go back. How cool would it be if you could go back in time, look like you did way back when, but have the wisdom of your years. You probably would't have as much fun. Ha ha! It would still be cool to do though. So, I had a moment, but I got over it....because really once going through all that crap is really enough and I love where I am now.

I guess what I'm getting at is: it's okay for someone to miss the person they were way back when sometimes, and I'm sure that everyone does sometimes. But it's not okay to get all mired in the past. You gotta live in the present.

Thinking about those time just made me realize how much I appreciate where I am today.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Just some Randomness Today's been a few days. Hrmmmm...... let's see. Kenzie's favorite new phrase is: "I LOVE IT!" She especially "loves it" when "it" has anything to do with the color pink. Pink has become her favorite color, purple running a close second.

Lyanna is as cute as ever. She has the best laid back and content. She just chases Kenzie all around trying to keep up with her. No matter how many times she trips, get pushed, or just falls she just gets right back up and laughs.

We are still fighting the poopy incidents. I have done so researching and even though she has discovered the poop everything I read tells me she isn't ready for potty training. She just has no interest in the potty chair, or sitting on it, or where the poop comes from....etc. She also won't tell us when she goes. Everything I have read seems 100% agreed on that point. She has to be telling us when she goes..... dang it! We have resorted to putting her in footie pajamas that zip up. That way she can't get into her diapers. See, we parents can outsmart our kids sometimes.....

My husband is the awesomest, by the way. No matter how much he drives me nuts sometimes and no matter how badly I want to beat him upside the head with a cast iron skillet, he is still the bestest. He'll know why he gets kudos when he read this. Love you baby!

New laptops are awesome too. I love mine!! It is all red and shiny and has pretty lights and cool fishes that swim around for a screen saver. Very cool and much happiness is felt by me.
Gotta love high def screens!!

I still can't get other pictures to load on that last post. Is it just me or do other people have problems with loading pictures on the blogs? It is very frustrating.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Cool Piccys

Something I saw on Diner Girls Blog and HAD to try out for myself.

Go to Google. Click on the images option. Then, when you're in the Google images search box, search for the things listed below and post one of the photos that comes up on the first page of search results.

1. The town where you were born and/or spent the majority of your time before you turned 18. (don't use quotation marks in your search, just city and state)

Stuttgart, Arkansas (it is known as the Rice and Duck Capital of the World)

2. The town where you currently reside:

Marietta, Ohio (I thought this was very pretty)

3. Your name: first and last, with no quotation marks: (yeah sure this is me the beauty queen, Ha!)

4. Your maternal grandmother's name:

5. Your paternal grandmother's name:

For some reason I can't get any of these pictures to load I will add them later..dumb ole blogger picture uploading thingy...grumble grumble....

6. Your favorite food:

7. Your favorite drink:

8. Your favorite smell:

9. Your favorite song:

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Tagged by the Fours...

I was tagged by several folks to fill out this "4" survey. I gave the honors of first tagger
Diner Girl, but it could have been E-Dog or Bernie.

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1. Assistant Manager at a Converse Outlet Store
2. Waitress at "Shorty Small's" in Little Rock, AR. If you are from Central Arkansas you know this restaurant.
3. Clerk at a mom and pop drug store
4. Secondary English teacher

Four movies I could watch over and over:

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp version "lil gurl")
2. A Knight's Tale (see
this post)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird
4. Star Wars: Episode 1: A New Hope

Four places I have lived:

1. Stuttgart, AR
2. Conway, AR
3. Little Rock, AR
4. Marietta, OH

Four T.V. shows I love to watch:

1. The Office
2. My Name is Earl
3. Andy Griffith
4. Days of Our Lives (leave me alone, at least it's not reality t.v.)

Four places I have been on vacation:

1. Destin, Florida
2. Washington D.C.
3. Cozumel, Mexico
4. New York, New York

Four websites I visit daily:

1. Various Blogs (see my links)
2. Yahoo (mail, groups, games)
3. E-bay (I'm looking for my kid's birthday presents)
Evernight (a game I used to play but just go and read the forums now for funzies)

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Sushi
2. Potatoes: pretty much any way you can cook them
3. White wedding cake
4. Momma's fried pork chops and gravy

Four places I would rather be right now:

1. On a Cruise Boat in the Caribbean
2. On a beach with the waves lapping at my toes while I sit and enjoy a fu fu drink with umbrellas or some such embellishments on top.
3. Sitting by the "bonfire" at Matt and Jessica's on a cool fall evening in Arkansas.
4. Eating a huge family dinner at my grandmother's house on a Sunday afternoon after church, with my whole family there and happy.

Four places I'd love to visit:

1. Greece
2. The Eastern Caribbean
3. The Grand Canyon
4. Ireland

Four foods I don't like:

1. Liver
2. Strawberry Cake
3. Coconut Shavings (I like coconut flavor)
4. Beets

Four People I am tagging who I think will respond:

1. Terhune
2. Matt
3. Stacie
4. I don't have a clue...if you aren't on my list and respond post me a message!