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April 28th, 2015

My best friend Doug

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Life has a way of dealing you a raw deal.  My best friend Doug right now is battling cancer and I am worried.  He has had a very tough time fighting this and what makes it even worse is that the doctors don’t seem to want to do anything in a timely manner.  They say one thing then another and then a month goes by with nothing new being done.  It truly scares me and I want him to get better and I am tired of waiting and seeing my dear friend go through hell especially for something he should have never had to do in the first place.    He had to have a kidney transplant 17 years ago and now because of the anti rejection drugs he has cancer.  They told him this back when he had the surgery but we never thought it would happen but we knew it was a possibility.

So he is in Indy right now as I write this and sure hope the procedures he will have to have will go well and he will be back to his old self soon!

March 29th, 2015

I love my guy

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There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t appreciate the things I have in my life and one of them has to be Roger.  This weekend was filled with errands and doing stuff around my house and he was a great help.  While we took a break and watched some of our favorite shows I told him it was time to take another pic of us and this was one of them.  This pics shows how crazy we can be and it always makes me laugh.  I had made the mistake of setting the timer for 10 seconds and while waiting to take the picture proved to be the longest 10 seconds ever and the above picture was the result.   After I saw this pic I said ok we have to do another one and this is the result.


Much better and I couldn’t stop laughing!  Roger just sighed.  I love him.

March 28th, 2015

I am back

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I have a big thanks to Steve and my personal blog is back up!  I plan on posting more and hope you will leave comments.


July 18th, 2014

Billy Joel Weekend with Roger

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When people ask me who was one of my favorite music artists – I normally go to Billy Joel.  He was one of the first artists that my sister introduced to me and it didn’t take long to get addicted to his music.  One of the many things that I enjoy about Roger is that we have similar music tastes and so it was a no brainer when I told him that I found out Billy Joel will be performing in Chicago at Wrigley Field in July 2014.   So he bought the tickets and here is the pic of us before the show – it was a great night – the weather was perfect and I heard so many of my favorite songs!

Here are the songs that he performed:

A Matter of Trust – Pressure – Movin’ Out – An Innocent Man – The Entertainer – Vienna – Zanzibar – New York State of Mind – Sometimes A Fantasy – Miami 2017 Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway – Allentown – She Always A Woman – My Life – Highway to Hell – Don’t Ask Me Why –  Scenes from the Italian Restaurant – The River of Dreams – Piano Man – Encore:  Uptown Girl – It Still Rock and Roll to Me – Big Shot – You May Be Right – Only the Good Die Young

November 10th, 2013

I met this amazing guy!

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I have been in two long term relationships – one for 14 years and another for 5 years.  Both didn’t end well and so after the second was over I was very gun shy about meeting someone new.  The fact is that even if I am gun shy I am a person who wants to be in a relationship.  So back on November 9, 2013 Roger asked me if I would like to meet for coffee the next day – I agreed and we met at the Starbucks in Mishawaka.  I was super nervous and I was so glad I took the chance.  You see, that meeting turned into a three hour conversation.   Words can’t describe how I felt after the first meeting – it was incredible and I was so happy!

November 30th, 2011

Hustle up the Hancock

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On November 1st, I signed up to do an event called Hustle Up the Hancock where I would go up 94 floors of the Hancock building in Chicago in February 2012!.  I decided that I need to start training since it is only a few months away so I went to the gym last night.  I went on the stairstepper and I did 30 minutes and when I was done it showed on the display that I completed 106 floors so I hope that means I will do great on this event.

If you would like to sponsor me – please click here to go to the site.  It would mean a great deal to me if you would be able to donate anything.

November 30th, 2011

I am back people

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I know I have not posted here in a very long time.  Part of the reason was that I wasn’t able to even get into this section of my site.  The password was not working and thanks to Andy Melton it is now working again.  I plain on posting more things as I continue on with the podcast.  I hope that you will find it interesting and comment when you can.

February 22nd, 2009

Cleaning the house on a Snowy Sunday!

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Since it is snowing like crazy  – Joe and I are doing some house cleaning and doing laundry etc.  As I was cleaning up one of the rooms I came across some poems that I wrote many years ago and thought I would share them with those who read this.  Let me know what you think!

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The darkness refuses to let go

the light will not shine

the hours tick slowly

and the sounds are ever so clear

I know that the words are there

like casual friends ask how you are

despite the ache of a heart

or the cold feeling in your heart

you tell them “Fine just fine”
They smile contently

knowing you are lying

waiting for you to fail

so they can feel better

January 15th, 2009

16 Random Thoughts

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Here are sixteen random thoughts I would share with you all – stole this idea from others on Facebook

1 – I am lucky I have my Joe – he has been there for me so many times that I hope he knows how much I do love him.

2 – There has been two new additions to Joe’s side of the family. His sister gave birth to a beautiful boy Miles last Monday and both mom and baby are doing fine. The other new addition is a black lab that his other sister recently adopted and loved the fact that she named him Dexter after we told her about the amazing show Dexter that is on Showtime.

3 – I really hate winter – especially when I have to drive several hours in a snow storm that is so nasty that I can’t even see the road. I had to cut my trip short last night and had to find a new hotel and was lucky to make to Holland, Michigan.

4 – I am so sick of these award shows that reward talentless hacks like Kid Rock etc.

5 – I am still pissed at Barbara Walters for the nasty questions she asked Patrick Swayze and his wife last week.

6 – I am glad I finally posted a new show of my podcast – want to get more shows out this year and need to be more proactive.

7 – I am so honored to have friendships with so many people via the internet from Candy, Tim, Peter, Freddy, Kevin, Omar, Lauren, Arthur, David just to name a few. I will always be touched by this amazing group of people.

8 – I have to agree with Bjorn I love movies. I have been a big fan since I was a kid and would love to be on the couch wrapped in a blanket and watch as I am filled with laughter, shock, tears and sadness and often it is with only one film. Latest watched: 27 Dresses (A) Eagle Eye (B) Wall E (B-) Untraceable (B) The Visitor (A) Charlie Wilson’s War (B-) Tongues Untied (D)

9 – I was really happy to find out that I made my sales goal for 2008 and by doing so I am able to get a bonus!! It will help pay off some bills and be vacation money!

10 – I am amazed how quickly my god kids are growing up. They are 18, 15 and 12 and I still remember when they were little and I would kidnap them for the day and we would go have fun at the arcade, see a movie or go on a shopping spree for the youngest Helen! I have such memories of them and how they see the world in a different way and the world would always be good. It is nice to have that feeling.

11 – I have a goal this year to finally get to my goal weight of 170-175 lbs. I have been eating better and exercising more and I love it. The key to success is to look at this as a plan for improving myself rather than a diet. I love to change the way I exercise so I am never bored. I have already lost 3 pounds so far so I am happy!

12 – I am so tired of reading the newspaper or watching the news – every story is so sad: the economy, unemployment, murders etc the list goes on and on. Stories that really bug me are the ones about how the government treats our veterans – read today’s cover story of USA Today and you will see what I mean.

13 – I love my Iphone and the various applications you can get and many of them are free. The latest ones I have added are Crazy Penguin, Recorder, Frenzic, Vlingo, Uno, Iheartradio and Yahtzee Adventures.

14 – I have been watching some new television shows lately and have to say they are really great. I am now addicted to How I Met Your Mother – I watched the first season and have the next two ready to go. I am excited about new season of The Biggest Loser, American Idol, Amazing Race and Survivor!

15 – I love the internet and the ability to be able to watch a show, movie, documentary and then be able to find the person (most of the time) very easily and ask them to be a guest on my show. In the three years of doing this show I have only had five people write back telling me they would not be on the show.

16 – I have to say I didn’t think writing 16 random thoughts would be that difficult but this was a challenge. Why don’t you give it a try.

January 10th, 2009

Just a Poem for her

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you could hear her laughter

as you came walking in

she didn’t say hello

she gave me a grin

“UNCLE TOM” were the first words

as she gave me a hug

she is getting far too big

much too fast

what happened to that little girl

that I held in the past

No more Build a Bear in her future

probably cell phone plans

texting all her friends about the one

that they all have a crush on

One day soon she will be walking down the aisle

and I know the tears will fall

will she remember all this stuff at all

as I do right now?

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