Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Some Say We Look Alike

While sending off a school picture of my son  to my older sister the other day, she immediately wrote back saying "OH MY GOSH, that TOTALLY reminds me of YOU when you were in 5th grade!  I guess I always thought our middle son looked more like my husband so I took a double take.

I remember the day I realized I looked more like my dad than my mom.  My mom, the petite 5'3 frame and Miss Merry Christmas 1958 APPARENTLY gave her genes to my older sisters who by age 13 was towering over and nearly approaching my Dad's height and thus was the go to girl for reaching high things in the kitchen!  In fact just the other day a random person used my height to check a price for her which I gladly did, but brought back a flood of memories as mom would yell kindly "Tall one.. can you get..."
For some reason when people say to a young girl (or even an older girl in college) "Wow you look just like your Dad!"  it just doesn't sit in a perfect place internally, as I gazed into the lighted make-up mirror and applied yet another shade of lipstick and caked on eyeshadow.  One day at about age 16 the unthinkable happened as I was browsing through pictures of my dad from his high school year book.  There in the back row of the black and white football picture stood my dad wearing number 10 on his jersey, squinting in the sun, about my age, and an EXACT copy of my face only without makeup! Oh I see what's going on... the truth was right there.  I realized in fact without my makeup and hair, I looked like a man.. or maybe HE looked like a woman with a buzz cut and no make-up in a football uniform?  Thank heavens the days were gone when they pinned a woman as handsome! Good grief did I dodge an era or what!
My curiosity was hot with finding my 5th grade picture to set it side by side with my son's photo.  I had to laugh at the resemblance, and my feathered hair.  I called him in the room and said "hey look that's me in fifth grade!"  His brother started to laugh as he saw the resemblance.  My look a like son played it cool, but I could tell he was just a bit mortified to be compared to a girl. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

CD Now Available using PayPal

Since switching over my website,  I have had to re-think orders, streaming music, and other logistics of running everything through blogger.  I solved one issue though:
I added a new friend today "Pay Pal" to my site so that you can now easily order "Between Chapters" online.  Still waiting to get things set up on I-Tunes for this Album but it is coming soon too.
Check out the Right Side Bar for the PayPal window.  OR if you are in the Portland area you can pick one up Friday February 10th at The Place To Be Cafe' in Canby, show is from 7-9p.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Shake Face Championships 2011

 The Shake Face Championships 2011 

Meet the Contestants

Contestant #1 has a lack of cheek disadvantage
Contestant #2 seems to have natural abilities right out of the chute!
Contestant #3 with the "someone give me my
meds or else" trick
Contestant #4 appears to be bringing the 
"fresh from the dentist" trick

Contestant #2 working the
 "give me a bucket"
Honerable Mention goes to contestant #1

        3rd Place                                                                2nd Place

And the Grand Prize Winner!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bertha Takes Me Thrifting!!

My $12 Down Coat!
Sometimes I never know where exactly my car "Bertha" will take me.  She's old, tired, abused, but very loyal and knows the places I like to go.  She surprised me today when she pulled in to my FAVORITE thrift, store, The Red White Blue store.   I love searching for treasures and a unique piece of clothing or two and getting a great deal!  The only thing I dont' like about the RWB thrift store is that they only accept cash and I am not a "cash girl", I'm a debit card user to the core!   They do have an ATM on sight but having to pay $1.50 for the fee kind of  zaps the joy out of it.  After all that $1.50 could go a long way in a store like The Red White and Blue, and since I didn't know Bertha was taking me there I didn't come prepared with cash at all so had to cough up the $1.50 extra.  I noticed the parking lot was rather full which was odd to me until I realized it was 1/2 price day which was very exciting until I realized it was for 55 and OLDER! Which is when I realized how thankful I was that I brought my cane and wig with me...no just kidding.  I was however tempted to stick a finger in the back of slow walking 90 year old tell her I was loaded and threaten her to be my "Grandma" for the day or else.. but I contained myself.  Apparently, Saturday is the day everyone else under 55 get to come and fight for 1/2 priced goods.   I found a few great finds like an amazing coat for $12 which if I had that Grandma would have gotten for $6!!  After my cart was full of treasures, I pull up to the counter and the checker asks me if I'm here with anyone over 55 which I then turned my head and yelled "GRANDMA HURRY UP"!!  When no one came forward that was the end of that charade as I again coughed up the big change.  The awkward find of the day was the new, never been burned, Apple Cinnamon candle for $3.00 (really 1.50 if Grandma would have..yah well you know)  that still had the Christmas gift tag taped to the bottom, that said: 
Merry Christmas
To: Jean
From:  The Jones's
Apparently Jean was either not a candle lover, Jewish, afraid of fire, allergic to wax, or really couldn't stand the Jones family to have that kind of return time on a Christmas present.  I mean who opens a nice scented candle and takes it right to the thrift store? I could understand if the scent was boiled egg or even cat litter but it was Apple Spice? So odd...   I Picked up a few beautiful planters that I may sell on ebay and thanks to Pinterest idea a new wire frame I'm going to turn into a jewelry holder.   Here's a few other awesome finds that I passed on  purchasing, but couldn't help but document.

I always find it funny what people give away and think others will want to buy. Like the picture of a silhouette of some random kids profile? Who would actually pick that up and say "oh my stars that looks just like Billy's profile..Perfect!"

Looks JUST like Billy tail and all!

I hate reptiles so when I went around the corner and saw this horrific box that stated REPTILE.. I gasped.  Thankfully it was empty, of course it was, but my mind wandered for a bit thinking of all the "What IF" scenarios. 

And of course this is classic find!!! I found this gem last year in a bin at the Goodwill. I really hope someone doesn't ever hate me or my picture this much to just toss it to the thrift store! Maybe it's the Jones's daughter Kim and Jean tossed it last year just like she did the Apple Spiced candle this year.