Crazy Randoms About Moi.

1. I’m a lefty. In addition to being the only girl in the family, I’m also the only southpaw.  Growing up, I had to sit in a certain spot so I wouldn’t bump elbows with whomever was eating next to me. My mom could not teach me how to write so, she would send me two houses down to our “lefty neighbor.”

2.I love red beans and rice but, I don’t like the beans.

3. I can bowl really, really well. My dad used to belong to three bowling leagues and would make us bowl in the grass  to “perfect our aim.” My aim is pretty darned good!

4. I second-line hard. Street level second lining. Not that prissy stuff you see at weddings with people holding their lil hankie in the air. My dad’s side of the family comes from a long line of hard-hitting street level second liners…we roll with the buck jumping and errything!

5. I have never done any recreational drugs. NEVA. Don’t like anyone or anything controlling me…I have control issues.

6. I have a great sense of humor. I can make you split a rib from laughing so hard.

7. I cuss like a sailor. I’m working on it….I said, I’m working on it!

8. Today it dawned on me that, I am the exact same weight as I was in high school. How’d that happen?

9.  I just “unfriended” 20 people from my facebook page. Ya know, I’m really beginning to hate that darned thing. It’s like having to be bothered with fools all day. Ironically, most of the people I unfriended were people who, I went  to school with.  Why did I ever friend them to begin with? I didn’t like them in school…now, I gotta be bothered on the internet…NOT.

10. I sleep with my eyes open. Sometimes. I remember being a teen and having my mom shake the shit outta me screaming, “ALISON! ALISON!”  I woke up saying, “what?” Her reply, “girl, I thought your ass was dead…your eyes were wide open!”

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Blogging on the Bayou…Transitions.

Hi Y’all!

Haven’t been ’round these here parts lately because, I’m preparing for my daddy to return home.  Seems that, he was in the hospital  a few weeks ago (and didn’t call to tell anyone.) We found out when one of my brothers called him and he “just happened” to be in the hospital.  Said he didn’t call anyone because he didn’t want us to panic.

Are you kidding me? I panic when I DON’T know about something, not when I do.

I swear, sometimes my family forgets that I’m a nurse.

His current state of health requires him to either enter a nursing facility or come back home by me.

That’s a no brainer…dude is coming home.

So, I have more than a few things to do before the transition is final. But,when he comes home, that’s one less thing I’ll have to worry about.  Him being in Houston was kinda stressing me out because, my dad is hard-headed and thinks his 80 year old body is that of a 50 year old…and it ain’t.

Just think of  Albert Lambreaux  in Treme and you pretty much have my dad. Stubborn, a man of few words but, when he does speak, it’s pretty heavy.  Hard-headed as the day is long…yep, that’s him.

It’s gonna be quite the battle when I have to take those car keys from him.

Purpleknight and YellowJacket are ecstatic that their “paw-paw” is coming back ( I guess so, he gives them everything and anything they want.)

To be honest, so am I.  I miss the old man. He’s my rock. If all I have to do is make sure he’s comfortable in his elder years and well taken care of  until he makes his final transition…I can do that standing on my head.

NavySeal is beyond amazing because, he supportive of  everything.  He had taken care of his mom until she took her last breath so, he understands.

It’s wonderful when you have a partner in life that’s on the same page as you are.

Now, on a lighter note;

I never thought KEVIN would win Top Chef!  How’d that happen?

I’m just glad Angelo didn’t win.  Anyone could have won, just as long as it wasn’t Angelo. He was kinda smug the entire show except for when Kenny was eliminated. That shook him up pretty bad because, he considered Kenny his only competitor.  Tiffany didn’t win but, she got some serious cash and a honeymoon out of the deal…not too shabby.

Now, I’m ready for Top Chef Masters!

I’m some glad the Saints won when they played the Vikings.  With all the hoopla that was going on in the city that day…my goodness, it looked like a Superbowl event. All the networks were broadcasting from here, a parade, a concert.  Yeah, glad they won. We would have never lived that one down if they had lost.

I could just here the naysayers screaming in their deepest southern drawl,

Y’all had all that down there for the first season game and ya lost it!

Anyone watching the Apprentice?  Lawd, Mahsa made me wanna jump through the telly and roundhouse kick her!  She is a Tiger!

Poor Nicole…Mahsa  was shaking her like rag doll  in that boardroom.  I found it interesting that, they are both attorneys and around the same age. Mahsa being an ADA, clearly has that “killer instinct” and has no problem going for the jugular.

Yesterday, I spotted a “shrimp vendor” at the old Gentilly Woods Mall selling them for 3lbs for $10. He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse…7lbs for $20!

The best part is, he has some of the prettiest shrimp! Gracious!

If you’re in the area, he’s on the Louisa Street side by the bank.  Don’t sleep on him because his shrimp look great and they’re fresh!

Now, if he would only go get me some crabs…lol

We had shrimp po-boys last night. I think Imma hook up some stuffed bell peppers for Sunday dinner. I have all the heads and shells and plan on making my shrimp stock today to use for my other dishes like gumbo and whatnot.

I hope he’s in the area around the holidays…nothing like a good seafood vendor around that time of the year.

That’s all I got going on random with me.  What’s happening in your neck of  the woods?

It’s too darned hot…and other random ramblings.

I just had to put that out in the atmosphere…maybe we’ll get a break from it.  It’s hot as “panther-piss” here(why do people say that? Who tested how hot panther pee is anyway?) I hate the summers here in the deep south…it’s too darned hot and too darned humid.

I’m just waiting in the wings for November to get here…really fast.

School is over for the kids which means…higher utility bills for me.  Why do they need  EVERYTHING  to be on in the room?

I’ve bee monitoring the growth of my little garden and it’s really doing well.

herb garden today

I even started growing bell peppers and I think I have quite the green thumb because,

I’ve got baby peppers!!! GO ME!

I can’t wait for them to get really big so, I can stuff them.  I may never buy bell peppers again!

My daughter has just informed me that, she wants to go natural.  She wants to get rid of the relaxed hair and do the “big chop.”  I’m all for it, I think she would take better care of her hair if it was in it’s natural state.

She wants me to cut my hair short again. I’m not for getting a cut right now…it’s too easy being lazy and putting it in a bun….I’m turning into my mother *sigh*

I don’t do any posts about the oil spill because, it’s too depressing to me. I was teary-eyed putting up the oil-covered pelican, there’s no way I could do a blog post.

This weekend is the Creole Tomato Fest and the Louisiana Seafood Fest in the French Quarters by the French Market…I’m going.  I love these festivals because, they are held in conjunction with the Cajun-Zydeco Festival near the same location.  It’s like having three festivals rolled into one and the best part is…IT”S FREE!  I’ve been going for a few years and it is always terrific.  The food is out of this world and the music is awesome.  My husband and I both love Zydeco music so, we always have fun.   One of these days, I’m gonna learn how to do that Zydeco two-step.

I miss my dad.  I don’t really like him living in Texas…nothing against Texas but, I feel like a part of my pack is missing without him here.

I wish I had more for you guys but, this humidity is playing tag with my sinuses and it’s tagging the hell outta me.  Gotta go find something to relieve this sinus pressure.

I’m out.

Blogging On The Bayou.

Let’s see what’s happening with me?  Well, my blog friends LadyLee and Serenity are reading this really cool book called…The Power To Prosper, a 21-day financial fast by Michelle Singletary.  How do I know it’s cool?  I purchased it this weekend.  I even bought the journal that’s needed for the fast…see the pretty butterfly? I thought it was appropriate since butterflies are associated with change.

*holding book up, waving it in the air at LadyLee and Serenity*  SEEEEEE!

After perusing the book, I decided that I needed this in my life.  Even if I don’t do the fast right now, there are principles in the book that I can start incorporating into my life.  I’ve already begun to think differently about how (and why) I make certain purchases so, that was worth the price of the book right there.

Thought creates change…note to self.

Since, I’ve been dealing with that post traumatic stuff lately, my counselor suggested that I do something that represents life to me.  So, with that in mind I started a herb garden of basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, sage and parsley.  These are the herbs I use a lot when I cook so, I may as well grow them my darn self.  I love the aroma  my little garden gives…and it’s cute too.

My counselor was right, I do feel relaxed when I’m around it…yep, that and a glass of wine does the trick!

About three years ago, I purchased a  bird of  paradise plant.  The thing just sat there and sat there with nothing more than very pretty foliage.  I thought that the  plant would never “shoot me the bird”…lol. It seems everywhere I turned people had beautiful bird of paradise plants and mine was sitting there with stunted growth.

Well, one morning, I woke up and….WAL-LA!

How beautiful is THAT!?    Now, it’s beginning to bloom like crazy!  I found out that, it takes about 3-5 years for a bird of paradise plant to mature…oh, okay…I live in a world of instant gratification…3years for it to bloom? Ya gotta be kidding me.  It’s so pretty though, it was worth the wait.

My baby girl, Sassy, has been holding her own.  She has her good days and bad days…she’s still barking at people when she goes outside to do her business so, if she still has the strength to do that…that’s a good sign.

We’ve told the kids and I think that was the best decision because they’ve been spending a lot of time with her.  She’s really been under my daughter a lot lately.

My son has his band concert today and he is not happy about having to wear a tux with tails.  Ok, but why does he have to stand there looking like Lurch?  I keep waiting to hear him say, ” You raaanng?”

No, he’s not a happy camper at all.  He’s gonna kill me for this post… oh wait, kids today don’t know who Lurch is…I’m safe.

Well, that’s all I got for you folks right now…I gotta go get ready for this band concert which, I’m sure will be great.

Playing Catch Up

This week has been one of recuperation for me.  Mardi Gras wore me the hell out!  I really must be getting old because, walking all of those parades had every bone in my body aching.  Being in the grandstand seating area on  Mardi Gras day was interesting but, I see why most people prefer the neutral grounds.  It was a bit too confining  for me so, I think next year, I’m going back to the neutral grounds and eat until I explode!  We must have been in the geriatric section because it seemed like everyone by us was over 70.  They had the nerve to be hustling their asses off for that stuff too…knocking me out of the way and stuff..it was too funny!

What happened to the Zulu Coconuts?   When I was coming up, they were huge and heavy…they look like painted tennis ball today..WTH?  Someone on the float tossed them and hit two people on the head….LAWSUIT!  Zulu knows better than to toss those things, that’s why their insurance is so high now.  Mardi Gras was really fun for me this year though.

My hubby has to have surgery in about two months so, I’ve been really busy trying to get everything in order.  Although his condition is not life-threatening, it is life-altering.   We are going to have to change our game plan in a couple of areas..he may even have to consider a career change.  I have been pushing the nursing field but, it’s hard for some “manly-man” type of men(especially a Navy Seal Veteran who fought in Vietnam) to consider nursing .  In this economy however, it’s like money in the bank…oops, with the way the banks are today, I better not say that huh? 

My son has introduced me to the “crack of the coffee world”  Starbucks.  He wanted to get a mocha latte so, Saturday, we went to Starbucks for the first time.  I had a vanilla latte and one sip was all it took and I AM JUST HOOKED!  I went back three days in a row for that “crack coffee” thanks to my son….the pusher man.

I can’t watch American Idol this year, I hate the new format…I’ll just wait until they get to the final twelve and try to watch it then.  The Celebrity Apprentice is kicks…I miss George and Carol, I hate Donald’s kids being in the board room.  I hear George is coming back so, maybe it’ll be better in the board room from now on.  Why are people always crying on The Biggest Loser at the elimination table?  It’s a game, someone has to leave every frigging week.  What’s with all of the “it breaks my heart to send this person home because he’s so wonderful but,*sniff,sniff*, I had to vote for you Bubba.”….I’d be like” see ya  Bubba….NEXT!”

With all of this pollen everywhere and this hot and humid(80 degrees) weather, my sinuses are on their yearly tirade…guess it’s time for my yearly steroid shot..I hate that visit to the doctor *sigh*.

That’s all I got for now, on my way to Lowe’s to pick  out more paint.  I don’t  like the color so, I have to pick another one..I have no idea what to pick…it’s for a media room with a lot of whimsical movie theater type stuff going on the walls…any ideas?

Until next time!  BTW, ya’ll gonna have to forgive any typos, etc…I can barely see this darned screen!