Tuesday, September 30, 2008

About Me:

Greatest thing about being a mother:

There are so many great things about being a mother. I have 4 great children. They have taught me so much about life and the woman/mom I want to be. I believe in wearing your baby, breastfeeding your baby and holding your baby!

My kids love to:

H loves to talk on the phone and play on myspace. B2 loves to play XBox 360 and is active in scouts. Lil O loves to pretend play, read books, play outside, work puzzles and play with playdoh. Baby M likes to laugh, sleep and breastfeed. :)

Great places to vacation:

Anywhere my family is.

Pets:

Kids count?

Little known facts about me:

I won a biscuit baking contest in school. I was an exchange student in Europe once. Touching clay pots makes my mouth water. :)

My favorite places to visit:

The beach.

I love to shop for:

I hate shopping unless I am looking for something.

My hobbies / interests:

I love reading, writing, sewing, quilting, crocheting, memory books and photography.

My favorite music:

I think Madonna rocks!! I have always been a huge fan!! My husband has introduced me to some wonderful music. I have seen The Flaming Lips, Gomez and The White Stripes. Jack White IS SUCH A BAD BOY! My collection has different styles...Zero 7, Damien Rice, Cake, Gorillaz, Lizzie West, Michelle Branch, Tracy Chapman, Sarah McLaughlin, Bjork, Talking Heads, Justin Timberlake, The Killers...to name only a few.

I love ALL MUSIC!! ~except country~

My favorite TV shows:

Hotel Babylon, IT Crowd, Doctor Who, My Family. If it's on BBC and funny I am a FAN! I like to watch Iron Chef America, Army Wives, Big Love, Mad Men and Greys Anatomy.

My favorite movies:

Fried Green Tomatoes, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing, Secretary, Donnie Darko, V For Vendetta, Pride & Prejudice, Big Fish, Inside Man, Fight Club, Along Came Polly and many many many more.

My favorite books:

All books from these authors!!!! Karyn Bosnak, Tom Robbins, All Pablo Nerudo poems, Marian Keyes, Elinor Lipman, Karen Brickoux, Stacey Ballis, Lorna Landuik. Sue Monk Kidd, Ernest Hemingway, Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume.

Monday, September 29, 2008

UPDATED BLOG POST!!!!

This is one of my ALL time favorite blogs. Since my time is limited I thought I would update it for you! Enjoy!

I'm Not Famous, Just Ask Julia Allison

I was reading the current Wired magazine that we get in the mail. There is an article about Julia Allison. Who is she you ask??? She is Internet famous. That's pretty much it. She is seen with famous people. She blogs. She tweets. She is a wild a crazy gal!!! Anything to get noticed!
She includes 3 steps to get Internet famous.
Step 1: GET NOTICED
Step 2: KEEP THEM HOOKED
Step 3: EXTEND YOUR BRAND

Well, this got me to thinking. I am a wild and crazy gal as well! I have led a life full of adventure. Yes it was before blogging existed and it was written down in a journal ( before computers were in every household). BUT IT STILL HAPPENED!

I sat down and made a LONG list! A list full of ADVENTURES!!! Mostly happening before I became SUPERMOM but they still count! And yet none of these things have made me famous. Until now. Let me share them! Sit back and be prepared to be shocked.

1- I won a biscuit baking contest in school. I guess this is when my fame started. I was in the paper. I made biscuits all the time. In fact, I refused to make biscuits for YEARS since I made so many during that time. I just recently started making homemade biscuits for my family.

2- I have traveled. I was an exchange student in France. I have been to The Louvre and have seen the Mona Lisa. A rather small picture. Compared to everything else I saw in The Louvre the Mona Lisa wasn't that impressive. Just my opinion though.

3- Once, while at the local mall, I saw Dr Tony Jones from General Hospital. Brad Maule is his real name. He was there for a fashion show. Kind of cheesy I know. But it did happen and I saw him in person. He was very handsome in person all those years ago. I'm talking like 17 years ago.

4- When they were filming The Last of the Mohicans in the area we had all these "Indian extras" running around with their mohawks and such. Several of them hit on me! In fact, I am sure you can see them in a few scenes. Since they all really looked alike, it would be hard to point them out though. Interesting huh? Sadly, I didn't see Daniel Day Lewis. That would have added a few points to my famous factor. I will mention as a side note that my BIL was an extra in the movie too. No, he wasn't one of the Indians with a mohawk. He was a redcoat.

5- I have dated a CEO/President of an aerospace company. Does this even count?? I know he isn't Bill Gates but I will include him as well.

6- When I managed a drug store, I spoke with Andie McDowell a few times. She still lives in the area. I really have no opinion of her as a person. We didn't go out for coffee or have late night pillow talk. I think I just gave her a basket once because her arms were full.

7- Again at the drug store, I met the beautiful Daliah Lavi. She's best known here for a couple of film roles in the sixties. But was apparently a big pop star in Europe in the 70s. I spoke to her about the movie my husband had me watch Casino Royale and how he thought she was a beautiful woman. I think she was naked in this movie with certain parts covered up. She is such a beauty even now.

Casino Royale Woody and Daliah

8- One night when I was out clubbing, I met Edward Norton's dad. There was rumor that Edward was supposed to be there but his plane was delayed. No he wasn't just some older man trying to pick me up. There was a big group of people and they had lots of tables reserved.

9- I was on TV. A Doula special on the local news. I was the HUGE pregnant woman. DOULAS ROCK!!!!! Get a DONA Doula for your next birth.

10- My husband's father was very well known to everyone in our area. He started a radio station in the 40s. I am sure I would have loved him dearly. Sadly, he died long before I met my HB. I hear he was like a local hero around here. I know that many respected and loved him. Since he was in radio he brought many talents to the area. My HB met the "Man in Black". My MIL met Elvis. The list is lengthy.

11- I read Karyn Bosnak's second book and blogged about it years ago. She wrote about me on her blog and became my friend on MySpace. I was even IM'd by her once. She is a lovely woman and I am sure if we met in person we would get along and be BFF's. She has me listed on her blog and I have her on mine. Check her out and say "hello". ~I will talk about MySpace in a few.~

12- I have seen The Flaming Lips, Tracy Chapman, Gomez, Neko Case, The Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson and The White Stripes perform. I saw huge stuffed animals dance around on stage. I stole a Neko Case poster from a bathroom for my HB. I even think the Gomez drummer was checking me out before they performed. He was at the bar getting a drink. I had my picture taken with Unknown Hinson after the show. I was asking him if I could touch his sideburns. lol

Unknown Hinson meets Michelle

13- I entered a contest on Nerve. They have monthly photo contests. I came in third. I got a naughty sex book in the mail as my prize. And NO I will not post the picture that was submitted.

Did this make me famous? No, it didn't. But it was fun.

PS. I was fully dressed in the picture. Maybe that was why I was third. I don't want anyone to think I sent in a naughty picture because I didn't. It just encouraged people to use their imagination.

14- I have a MySpace account. I would link you to it but it is set as private. It's mostly online friends and friends from high school. I do, however, have Madonna, Lizzie West, Dido, The Talking Heads, The Flaming Lips, Michelle Branch, Damien Rice, Cake, Sarah Mclachlan, and The White Stripes as friends. Does this make me famous? No, it doesn't. They haven't even left a comment for me. That's okay. I haven't left one for them either. lol

15- I have a Twitter account. Hello TWEETS!! My user name is TheSupermom. Look me up and add me as your friend. It's fun! Tweet away!

16- Last, but not least, I have this really cool site: The Adventures of Supermom. It's a blog about nothing. Like Seinfeld. Check me out. Send me out to everyone you know. Comment every chance you get. Add me to your faves! I'd love that. I'll give you a hug. Maybe even send you that naughty sex book that Nerve sent me.

I may not be Julia Allison but I don't have to be. I am who I am and I'm a great gal to know.

BTW, I have Dooce and Fussy in my bookmarks. I read them when I get a chance and will even comment on their pages. This hasn't made me famous either.

UPDATES:

~I am the Founder & Editor of Kid Friendly Asheville.

~I was mentioned in Blog Log.

~I am a member to various online groups. BlogHer, Moms Bloggers Blog, WNC Mom, twittermoms, ashevillemommies and more...

~I joined Technorati and BlogRush.

~I am on the blogroll for BlogAsheville.

Guess what?

I am still not famous. ~amused smile~

OH OH, the best part!!!!!!! I got the best comment ever!!!!!!! It was from Lizzie, Baba & the Dharma Dog too!

Hi Supermom...

We read your blog and it moved us to meet you here in the virtual world of now. We're sorry we haven't commented before now, you should see the mess on the desktop of our minds as the work piles up in the field of creating reality.

Much love and strength to you in your adventures of Supermom. We hope to meet you somewhere on the road soon.

If you'd like to reach us personally, find us at our website: www.lizziewestlife.com

keep it lit,
~Lizzie, Baba & the Dharma Dog too

I HEART Lizzie, Baba & the Dharma Dog.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

1 Wedding and NO Funerals.

It has been very busy for me since I last blogged. I have had so many emotions to deal with. I have cried. I have prayed. I have felt helpless.

Friday my 81 year old great aunt hemorrhaged. She was admitted to the hospital. Cancer. I went up their briefly. We all know how I feel about death so going up there was very difficult for me. Talking with her and telling her how much she meant to me and my love for her. She was just at my house playing with "Cupcake". That's what she calls Mads.

Thankfully my wonderful Lil sis went and picked up H and B2 from school and took them home for the night. That allowed me private time to cry and mope around.

This morning they took out her uterus and ovaries. They said her lymph nodes looked great and they don't think the cancer spread outside of her uterus. They did get out a tumor the size of an orange. They will know results in 4-5 days about her lymph nodes. She may not have to do chemo or radiation. Thank God she made it through surgery.

After that I had to attend a DAMA meeting. It was nice to get away and forget some of the sadness. I was gone for 3 hours. I really enjoyed myself.

As soon as I walked in the door Superdad and H left for a wedding. His friend at work was getting hitched. Since I was unable to go I encouraged H to go as his date. I told him people were going to think him a perv with such a younger woman on his arm. Ha Ha.

Soooo that left me, Ollie, Mads and B2 at home. Ollie played with playdoh. I picked up. B2 yacked on the phone with a girl and played XBox. We even ordered takeout from Asheville Pizza Company because they DELIVERED it to the house.

Ollie and Mads are in bed now. B2 is watching TV. Superdad and H are on the computerS. I am in bed thumbing up a storm. This is the second time typing up this post. I hit a button earlier and POOF everything was gone.

I am missing the BlogAsheville awards. I know it is a very long shot that Kid Friendly Asheville will win best new blog created in past 12 months BUT I can still be excited about just maybe winning. It's okay if I don't because at least KFA is being recognized in the community and I think that is awesome!! Thanks to everyone that voted for me.

Okay, I am going to give my thumbs some rest. Night Night!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Okay, I am actually going for 4 times today!

BLOGGING that is!! Get your minds out of the gutter!

My lil sis stopped by for a surprise visit. We loaded up in the car and went for a bite of lunch together. We have such a great time together. Superdad was able to join us as well. When we were finished with that it was about time to head to school to collect the kids.

I have been cleaning a few area rugs in the house and enjoying my almost finished front porch! They laid the tile yesterday and it's looking AWESOME!!!!!

Okay, must run and clean the kitchen, fold about 5 loads of laundry and get ready for GREY'S ANATOMY!!!!!!!!!!

I am going to say something I have always wanted to say,

"Honey, thanks for the shag last night."

HA HA!! I love that word and glad I was able to actually use it in the right context!

Last one, I promise!!!

I am behind on my bookmarks and blog roll. If you follow me or have me on your roll PLEASE COMMENT and let me know! I miss meeting new people and look forward to reading your blog!

I want to add you to mine!!!!

Found in Ollie's Diary:

Dear Diary,
My Mom thinks I have forgotten the word DAMMIT. Just you wait!! When the time is right I am going to say it again and LAUGH!!! I laugh at supervision. Ha ha ha

PS. I wish she would stop calling me OLLIE!!!!

I overheard this conversation....

I was in the floor yesterday after I had served everyone dinner. Mads wanted to be fed first before I could enjoy my Chicken Parmesan. It always works that way. I was extremely tired so I cuddled up with her on a blanket, drifting in and out of consciousness. Only to hear this at one point. Since I wasn't able to write it down word for word while it was being said I am going to paraphrase it the best I can.

H- I think Batman is HOT!

Superdad- Christian Bale?

H- No, the cartoon Batman. Don't you think he's hot?

Superdad- Well, no. It's a cartoon.

H- The boys at school think Cinderella is hot. We were talking about it the other day. Don't you think like Ariel is hot?

Superdad- No, it's a cartoon.

So the question I have to ask, "When my 10 year old son starts to spend too much time in the shower, do I have to hide the Disney Princess movies? Can we all say "EWEEEEEEEEEEE" together?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Things you can always find in my kitchen at any given time.

Someone asked for me to post something about our eating habits. I am sorry I forgot who asked me and sorry I am late at posting it. Here you go:

Things you can always find in my kitchen at any given time.

~onions
~garlic bulbs
~fresh baby spinach, always great for a salad, a quiche or throw a handful in homemade soup
~tomatoes
~some form of fresh or bagged pasta, if you are able to buy fresh pasta, as in just made please use in a week or freeze--BUY IT! I have a bag of Pasta Mama's Spinach Pasta in the freezer I am going to use this week. (I buy it at local organic grocery stores and I have seen it at the tailgate market)
~butter
~canola oil & extra virgin olive oil
~granola, bought in bulk, great for a snack as well as cereal
~almond butter, you grind it yourself at the grocery store and its yummy!!! Use it just like peanut butter.
~frozen veggies, I buy fresh most of the time but bagged frozen is a great easy way to add something to your meal. I want to learn to can because next year I plan to do LOTS of canning.
~tuna, I am a sucker for tuna salad and throwing a can of tuna into fresh pasta with manchego cheese.
~milk, whole milk and almond milk.
~walnuts, great to throw in cereal and use for recipes.
~frozen blueberries, for cereal and pancakes.
~eggs. Fresh from a friends chickens!

We are a 95% organic family. I do not buy organic cleaners, diapers, makeup, shampoo & conditioner, soaps, paper products, sugars or OREO MINT COOKIES!!!!!!!!! The above are just things that compliment meals I prepare. I sit down before grocery shopping and make a menu. I look to see what I have and what needs to be bought. It's easy. I grab my all my recipe sources and I have a great rotation going on. I also love finding a new recipe to add to my rotation.

How's that?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Weekly Menu and Off The Camera Card

Today is a mixture of subjects.

First, I MADE THE BEST TASTING ROAST LAST NIGHT!!!! I bought a Better Homes & Garden cookbook the other day. It's the special pink one for breast cancer. I found this crock pot recipe and had to try it.

Basically you take a chopped onion, put that in the crock first. Then put your beef roast on top on the onions. In a small bowl combine a big can of diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, 2 teaspoons of Italian Blend Spices and pepper. Pour over the roast and then add one bay leaf. Cook all day on low. When you are ready to serve and have put the roast on a serving plate take a slotted spoon and add all the veggies around the roast. You can pour some of the "juice" over it as well. Then take some crumbled feta cheese and sprinkle over the roast and veggies.

IT WAS YUMMYLICIOUS! I had to make a word to describe it! I served it with roasted red potatoes, peas and mac & cheese.

Rest of the week I have planned:

~Meatloaf
~Chicken Parmesan
~Fried Rice with Chicken
~Tuna Pasta
~Quiche

Not in that specific order but whenever the mood strikes me.

If you want to share a recipe with me, send me a comment!

Cleaning off the camera card:

Having cereal for the first time.
Eating cereal for the first time.

Eweeeeee.

Sticking tongue out.

Sitting up:
Sitting up.

Sitting up.

Sitting up.

We all know how I feel about RUFFLE BUTTS!!!!!
RUFFLE BUTT!

Breaking out into song.

*talking*
Oh my goodness
Honey, look at her ruffle butt
Its so pink and frilly
She looks like one of those diaper commercial babies
That are always on television
They only use her because she looks like a total doll baby
I mean her ruffle butt
It's just so pink and frilly
I can't believe it's so adorable
It's just out there
I mean, it's just so cute
Look, she's just a baby

*rap*
I like ruffle butts and I cannot lie
You other mommies can't deny
That when a baby strolls in with a ruffle butt
All pink and frilly
You get excited
Wanna ask to hold her
Cuz you notice that butt is ruffled
All pink and frilly
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring
Oh, baby I wanna hold ya
And take your picture
With your pink and frilly ruffle butt
But that butt you got
All pink and frilly
Ooh, ruffle butt
You smile and look my way
Well use me use me I’ll hold your frilly ruffle butt

I've seen them lookin’
To hell with onesies
She's got pink frilly ruffle butt

I'm tired of plain ole onesies
Saying they are the thing
Take the average mommy and ask her that
She’s got to have frilly ruffle butt

So Babies (yeah) Babies(yeah)
Have you got pink frilly ruffle butt (hell yeah)
Well shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake that ruffle butt
Baby got frills

Playing.

Eating cereal with pears for the third time.
Eating cereal.

Yes, it does taste better when it's all over my face.
Yes, it does taste better all over my face.

Superdad took this picture last night of Mads chilling with Supermom.
Hanging out with the greatest mom.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Man, I had a rough night and I fear it only gets worse.

After posting a blog about my beautiful caring teenage daughter with the world at her feet....blah blah blah

All hell broke lose.

MySpace SUCKS and I would totally delete it BUT I have reconnected with some great people from high school that way. It's the only way for me to email them or just send them a comment. Soooo, hormonal teen wanted a MySpace for her own. I understood that. Everyone has an account these days and it is a way to socialize with her peers from school besides HOGGING the phone.

So after much thought, blood, sweat and tears I helped her make an account. Under an alias of course and she used one of MY email addresses. I also had to know the password and she wasn't allowed to change it. She knew I had free range of her account and WOULD be dropping in from time to time to read her email and look around. I am a responsible parent and those were the rules to have the account. Live with them or DON'T get the account. I don't care. It only adds more work for me to begin with.

Last week she had some trouble with a boy, I'll call him twit #2. They were "going out" and such even though he didn't even go to her school. blah blah blah She broke up with him. He got mad and called her NAMES. BAD NAMES. Such big words for someone so young. WHERE THE HELL ARE THESE KIDS PARENTS WITH THEIR BARS OF SOAP?!?!? So, she ended up taking him off her friends list and making him unable to see her profile. That was also a rule, the profile was to be kept private and she wasn't allowed to post any pictures of herself showing off her girls parts of flashing stupid gang signs. ~eyeroll~ So she used various icons as her picture which suited me just fine.

Okay, so last week I get an email saying
"Iam a vanerial diseas like a minstro i bleed! accepted your friend request".

HUH is what I was thinking. So I was irritated already. Since she has gotten MySpace it has only caused grief. I hate MYSPACE. I hope it crashes. After I get email addresses and phone numbers from high school friends first!!!

Last night I wasn't looking for a fight or wanting to cause an argument. I just simply stated to the hormonal teen that I wanted her to clean up her friends on MySpace. I told her, "I want you to pretend your computer is sitting in the middle of your church and your pastor is looking over your shoulder. Who would you be embarrassed by him seeing then DELETE that person." I wasn't asking her to cut her hair off and become a nun. Seriously. I just wanted to her clean up the people that didn't need to be on there. This is where it all went wrong. She screamed. She cried. She screamed some more. She stomped. She slammed doors. She woke up the babies. She screamed some more. Then she gets on the floor, rocking all balled up saying that she wanted her daddy. I said, "He's on his way here so you can have him when he gets here."

He got here and took hormonal teen outside and they talked for about an hour. Maybe a bit more.

I am a responsible parent and I will do whatever it takes to make sure hormonal teen stays grounded and not sucked into crap. She will graduate HS in 4 years and then go to college. SHE will have the world at her feet and I will do everything in my power so she doesn't screw that up! PERIOD!

She came back inside and apologized to me and her step dad. She was back to my old H. The possessed demon had left her body and she was my loving teenager again. I hate hormones and I hate MYSPACE!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

What do you mean I won't live forever?

Here lately I have been thinking about death. It consumes me when I am depressed. I am not talking death as in ending my life--just death as dying when I get old. I am talking 130 years old and dying in my sleep after writing a book, acting in a movie, ending world hunger and insert other charitable acts here.

Since I have been dealing with depression for over 10 years, after having my son, I realize that I obsess over death when I am really down. Or even when I am not down. I just want to make sure my kids are taken care of I suppose.

I have been Zoloft free for 10 days now. 10 days and I haven't killed anyone yet. Even though I have had ZERO patience and would like too scream during moments. For example my husband was eating dinner last night and Mads was rolling around the living room and Ollie was being Ollie and I was going to wash my hair. He actually said, "Could you wait a sec, I won't be able to eat and watch them?". Kind of like what I do every day?? Or him not wanting to give Mads a bath because he didn't feel comfy. Ummmmm....she is 5 months and not going to break. SHRUG! I just get frustrated after cleaning the house, folding and putting up all the laundry, that I ask one simple request about bathing the baby and I get feedback. Then he gets frustrated that Ollie wants to ride with him to get H & B2. Whats the big deal? She usually wants to ride with him when he goes to get them. SO instead of fussing because she won't listen to you and STILL wants to go with you JUST let her go with you TO BEGIN WITH! Then there won't be any screaming and yelling at anyone about no one is listening when all she wants to do is see her big sister and brother. She has missed them yanno? Whew, I feel better now that I typed that out.

Other than that I think I am doing rather well. Unless some depressing or extremely happy commercial comes on. Then I cry like a baby that wants ninny. I was even crying watching an episode of Friends the other night. The one where Emma turns one and Joey read one of her books as a gift and the birthday cake ended up being X rated! Yep, I cried because I was laughing so hard.

I do have a point with all this just hang on.

I have a teenage daughter. (Which is pretty impossible since I am only 28, wink wink nudge nudge.) My daughter is 14 going on 34. Something like that. She has all these awful hormones running through her body! A problem we ALL have been dealing with for several years! Being a teenager is rough. I do remember being that age not to long ago. Add on being a girl to make it a bit tougher. Then add on that she started high school this past August. What am I supposed to do with a teenage daughter?? She is a beautiful, caring young woman with the world at her feet. She is active in her church and goes to GA Camp. She is a wonderful student and I know will go far. She doesn't give us much grief EXCEPT with the boys she insists on making us meet. Then there is all that CRAP music she MUST listen too. It's really hard to blame that all on her because most new music is crap to begin with. HA HA!! Sorry honey! My daughter is a fan of my blog and is going to come running when she knows this post is about her. :)

I am getting to the point F I N A L L Y!!! Last week as I was at the high school picking her up like I always do. I am watching all these kids come out and go to their car of choice. Then I had this depressing thought. I can never go back to those high school years. I will never be 14 again. I will never have to take chemistry or do algebra homework again. I will never get asked to the prom. I will never have to worry about my grades.

I was pretty bummed to realize all this. Sure I knew but still. All that is left for me is getting older and then dying. Pretty bleak huh?

Soooo, I share this with her when she gets in the van.

"Yanno H, my life is over. I can never go back to your age. All that is left is for me to grow old and die."

~giggle~

She was like, "Thanks mom for being so cheery."

AM I the only one who feels this way?

DO you obsess over death/dying as well?

Do you think with older age brings you a peace about dying?? I really hope so because now the thought of death scares me. Maybe becoming a parent started it all. I don't know.

Okay must go. I have two sick babies and still a quiche to make.

Friday, September 19, 2008

COMMERCIALS are the DEVIL!!

I am getting pretty pissed to hear EVERY breath, "I WANT THAT! I WANT THAT! MOMMY, LOOK I WANT THAT!!!! I WANT THAT!!! I WANT THAT!!!!!"

EVERY COMMERCIAL!!!!!!!!! At first I just said, "We'll see." Then I started saying, "Stop saying that at every commercial!". My older kids know that when they hear "We'll see" its over. It's not going to happen and don't ask mom again! I will be glad when Lil O learns that. HA HA!!! Damn people and their love to shop!

~mumbling~ SHE IS DOING IT AGAIN! I WANT A CASTLE. SAY OKAY MOMMY!! I WANT THAT!!! PLEASE, MOMMY!!! I WANT TO MAKE A CASTLE!!!!!!! PLLLUUUUEEEEEEEEEZZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

If you know me personally then you know I hate shopping. Really I do. I could care less about brands and researching into what I plan to buy. For example if I am shopping for clothes this is the short check list I go through. Does it fit? Do I like the color? Will it cover up my massive milk jugs? Will it hide my baby belly? DING DING!!! We have a winner. Lets say we are looking for a refrigerator. This would be my check list hypothetically speaking. Does it keep things COLD? Will it fit in the space we need it to fit it? Will they take the old one away??? DING DING!!! That's it! I am pretty easy to shop for.

Now I will admit that I love bargain shopping. If I see SALE or get coupons in the mail I am all over it. Yesterday JCPenney had an AMAZING sale. Ollie needed fall/winter clothes since fall is in the mountain air. Plus I had gotten some JCP coupons in the mail. BONUS!! I saved 130.00 shopping yesterday at JCP. Ollie (formally know as Lil O) got 4 pairs of pants, 4 long sleeved shirts, a DORA FREAKING NIGHTGOWN, panties, undershirts, 2 new pairs of shoes, B2 got a new jacket and I bought myself a new sweater. ~I washed my FAVORITE grey cashmere sweater and it shrunk. I loved that sweater!! SOBBING! It zipped up the front and had a hood. SNIFFLE!!!! So I needed something to keep me warm. I am SOOO not a jacket person. I love sweaters. So, I bought this green sweater. I wanted a grey or black but MY MIL said I needed to start looking at colors! HA HA!

Another bargain place I love to visit and really shouldn't is Tuesday Mornings. SHAME SHAME!!!! I am already jonesing to go back and look around BUT I will refrain myself. Then there is Steinmart. MUST REFRAIN FROM LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN! MUST NOT GO TO TUESDAYS OR STEINMART!

Have you checked out my new KID FRIENDLY site???? Kid Friendly Asheville
Have you seen the new design??? Love it?!!?! Hate it!?!? Check it out and even vote for me at BlogAsheville. KFA is nominated for Best New Blog created in past 12 months. Considering it's only been on the web for a little over 2 weeks, I am excited about it. I love KFA! Please go for a visit and tell me your opinion.

Okay, enough chit chat for today. I am actually going to shower and put on clothes. Actual clothes not just clean PJ's. Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy your family like I am!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I LOVE the word SHAG!!!!

I am not talking about carpet either! I love the British and their flare for words. I love the word SHAG!!!! SHAG! SHAG! SHAG!

I have always loved this word and would enjoy incorporating into my everyday life. I am sure you could use it many different ways. I know for sure that my husband would like for me use the original meaning of course. "Honey, wanna shag?"

I love this word! So instead of thinking about green 70's carpet when you hear shag, use it for other things. Those British are bloody AWESOME! I have decided my next husband will be British or my kids have to marry a British man/woman when the time comes.

Right now I am visioning Mr. Darcy (the one from the Keira Knightley movie NOT the one from the BBC mini series) whispering in my hear "Wanna shag?". ~swoon~ Oh wait! It's gone, Austin Powers just popped in my head. Yeah BABY! Now that is definitely NOT Mr. Darcy. (Matthew Macfadyen)

Not to change the shag subject but did anyone catch the Coco Chanel movie on Lifetime? I loved it!!!! I want to find Coco Chanel books now to read more about her and Boy. I am sure the movie was tweaked quite a bit from the actual version. I do know Boy wasn't as handsome in real life like the actor that played him. It is always that way! HA HA!

We just finished watching Long Way Down. Really good series! If you can find this, watch it! You will not be disappointed!

Okay, enough shag talk. Enough TV talk. Okay maybe not enough shag talk....oh honey???????

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pshaw! I did rather well I think.

**Note to my readers: I am not a Doctor, nor do I play one on TV or online**

Day 7 without Zoloft. I am feeling rather well. I know you ARE NOT supposed to quit cold turkey but it just sort of happened that way. Last week I forgot to take my 100mg dose. I didn't realize it until the next day and then I said, "SCREW IT" and decided to quit altogether. Some may say that is wasn't real smart on my part. But ~shrug~ you do what you think is best for you. Some may also say a woman going through PPD isn't rational enough to be thinking straight and shouldn't just QUIT her medication.

My only complaint has been the dizziness. I didn't notice it yesterday or today so I am guessing I am over that part.

I am trying to be positive and just take it day by day. So please don't just quit your meds if you are reading this post. What I did was probably stupid but it's done and over with at this point.

Yesterday I got out of the house and even had lunch with my Superdad. Well not my dad but my husband. He is "Superdad" now. I quit calling him HBG, HB and B1. Sorry for all the confusion. Reminds me of people that always change their email address. PEOPLE please stop changing your email address. It is really annoying and I don't have time to change my address book every time you want to make a change. HA HA!

I feel like a lazy bum. Here it is Wednesday and I still haven't picked up the house. The dust bunnies come out to play at night I believe. I sure wish that cleaning fairy would show up soon. Along with the laundry fairy and cooking fairy. While I am dreaming big, how about a taxi fairy as well.

I did hit Ingle's yesterday to buy my NON organic stuff. I haven't been in a month or longer. I needed to pick up tea bags, coffee, cleaning supplies, wipes and other unimportant things. Of course Lil O picked up several random things and added to the cart as well. She came home with a Diary that locks. What in the world does a three year old have to write in her diary that she wants no one else to see?

~Dear Diary,
I refused to use the potty today. Those adults are going to have to get over it and continue to wipe my butt for me.

~Dear Diary,
Why did they have my little sister? She pulls my hair, drools all over me and hogs the bed at night?

~Dear Diary,
Why does mommy always ask me, "did you hear me"? Does she think I am deaf. I am just ignoring her when she tells me to stop doing something. DUH!

Who wants to come over and crack open her diary lock and see what her secrets are?

I am working on Kid Friendly Asheville. I am trying to redo the header and such. There is so much I want to post on KFA this week. If you live in Asheville or planning a trip here soon please check back for daily updates! When voting starts I will also post that so you can vote for KFA!!!!!

Must get off butt and do something productive....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

I feel so strong about this that I am POSTING it again today and I may post it again TOMORROW! It only took me a minute to email them and I hope you do too!

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

On Oprah today!

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act
Oprah
Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have.

The PROTECT Our Children Act will:

  • Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
  • Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
  • Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.
Act Now!
Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.
Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either drop down menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference!

Call Your Senators
If you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."

Write to Your Senators
If you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter—and modify it how you see fit.

Dear Senator:

I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.

Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.

As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.

Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.

(Your name here)

Instructions for How to Copy and Paste the Letter
To copy and paste the letter into your senator's web form at www.senate.gov, point your mouse arrow at the beginning of the text that you want to copy. Click your left mouse button and hold it down. While holding the left mouse button, drag your arrow to the end of the text that you want to copy. Release the button. The text should be highlighted. Place your mouse arrow over the highlighted text, click your right mouse button once and let go. A new menu should appear. Select Copy from the drop down menu. When you get to the message form field for your senator at www.senate.gov, point your arrow at the beginning of the message field that you want to copy your text to and right click with your mouse. Click Paste from this menu. Submit your form and help our children!

Please this needs to happen TODAY!! Senate will be voting soon on this and EVERY ONE needs to take action for our children.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

On Oprah today!

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act
Oprah
Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have.

The PROTECT Our Children Act will:

  • Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
  • Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
  • Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.
Act Now!
Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.
Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either drop down menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference!

Call Your Senators
If you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."

Write to Your Senators
If you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter—and modify it how you see fit.

Dear Senator:

I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.

Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.

As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.

Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.

(Your name here)

Instructions for How to Copy and Paste the Letter
To copy and paste the letter into your senator's web form at www.senate.gov, point your mouse arrow at the beginning of the text that you want to copy. Click your left mouse button and hold it down. While holding the left mouse button, drag your arrow to the end of the text that you want to copy. Release the button. The text should be highlighted. Place your mouse arrow over the highlighted text, click your right mouse button once and let go. A new menu should appear. Select Copy from the drop down menu. When you get to the message form field for your senator at www.senate.gov, point your arrow at the beginning of the message field that you want to copy your text to and right click with your mouse. Click Paste from this menu. Submit your form and help our children!

Please this needs to happen TODAY!! Senate will be voting soon on this and EVERY ONE needs to take action for our children.

Happy Birthday to You.

Happy Birthday to You.
Happy Birthday to You.
Happy 5 month Birthday Moon Pie Sugar Booger Cup Cake Chunky Monkey Tubs Superbaby M!
Happy Birthday to You!!!!!!

Today my Baby M is 5 months old. ~sniff sniff~

I would like to thank Baby M for everything. The sleepless nights. The sleepless days. The coos. The whistles. The laughs. The smiles. The spit up. The baths we share together. Snuggling in bed at night. Napping together in the day. The kisses she gives. Holding my hand. Lighting up when I enter the room. Raising her arms for me to pick her up. Learning to rock on her hands and knees. Trying to stand! Rolling all over the living room. Enjoy being in the wrap. Even the crying. Smelling yummy after your bath. Your super soft baby skin.

You have blessed me, and the rest of the family, in so many ways. Thank you for coming into our lives because we wouldn't be complete without you.

Here is Baby M giving her Supermom special kisses:

Kissing Baby

Kissing Baby

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tubs and Cricket

Since Baby M is getting adorably fat these days I have started calling her Tubs. So now when I look at my adorably fat baby I see a black man with his 80's jheri curl fighting crime in Miami. ~laughing~

I told Lil O she could be Crockett to go along with Tubs. She informed me that she was NOT Crockett that her name was LIL O. Then she said, "Daddy can be Cricket".

I laughed so much I could have wet my pants. Which I am glad I didn't. I already have 2 in diapers, 3 would make me insane.

Tubs and Cricket fighting big bad drug lords in Miami. Wearing linen suits and no socks. ~insert Miami Vice theme song here~

~hanging head~ I admit it!!! I used to watch Miami Vice all the time. I didn't watch the movie that came out years ago because I didn't want to ruin my Miami Vice memories.

I will say that Don Johnson got better with age!!! YUMMY!! Anyway....

While I am embarrassing myself admitting my love for Miami Vice I might as well mention my other faves. Love Boat. Fantasy Island. TJ Hooker. Sledgehammer. Who's the Boss. Growing Pains. 3's Company. 21 Jump Street. A-Team. Golden Girls. Green Acres. I could go on but I better not.

I am going to go surf the TV now. Maybe I can catch a Love Boat marathon!! Woohooo!!!!
Where's Julie when I need her?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Need I say any more?? The heels. The purse. The pink hair bow!

Thank You Helene!

I was given an award by Helene! Let me tell you about this brave woman that everyone should idolize! She has TWO sets of twins. Yes, I said TWO. T W O ! ! ! Before you say bless her heart she loves her babies so much!! Since I was a twin myself I hope to one day have twin grand babies!!! ~gentle smile~

Here's the award:



Blogging friends forever! Now that sounds like a plan!!!!

Right now I don't have time to link to my other blogging friends. I will later on. I just want Helene to know how much I appreciate that she thought of me with this award.

People that follow me.

I LOVE THIS NEW FEATURE THAT BLOGGER ADDED!!!!! If you have it on your page just let me know and I'll follow you.

I added it right over there
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go click it.

TGIF!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

When Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy

I guess this suits my mood today. I have another headache coming on. At least tomorrow is Friday. Wait!! They'll be HAMMERING on the house though, working on the new porch/roof. Hammering and a headache do not MIX! Like strawberry milk and coffee. They just don't work well together.

Today was early release day for the kids. I have one question pertaining to that. WHY BOTHER?!?!? I think they just want us to get up early, drop them off, turn right around and pick them up. Thanks Buncombe County School system. I see you are on TOP of things, as usual. ~Smirking as I give them the cardboard cookie award.~

Ugh, I am in a sour mood. I had the perfect blog in the making, in my head, then I feel asleep and it went POOF!!! Something about how kids drain every ounce of your energy from you. I got dressed to run a few errands and realized I hadn't shaved my legs. It wouldn't have been a problem if I hadn't been wearing SHORTS! I said to myself "SCREW IT"! No one at Tuesday Morning's and Steinmart would be rubbing them for good luck. So in that frame of mind I didn't put on make-up or really fix my hair. Considering it is super short anyway, no one would be able to tell. It looks like bedhead no matter what I do. I love my short spiky bedhead do. I did however brush my teeth. I bet you are glad I did make time for that. Between chasing a 3 year old around who insisted on wearing a dress with her cowboy boots again and rocking, walking, soothing, carrying a cranky teething baby around I am surprised I just didn't wear my pajamas out the door. Which I have NO problem with doing BTW!!!

After picking up the kids from school since it was an EARLY RELEASE DAY I ran to the car wash to vacuum out my minivan. I love my minivan. My minivan is awesome! LOL Next I'll be taking long walks with it and making it a cake or something.

Then for a special treat I took the kids to TasteeFreeze for milk shakes. YUMMY!!! I love milk shakes. I love anything with ice cream in it. ANYTHING!!!

Okay, I am going to get the kiddos in bed. They are watching Total Drama Island. Why didn't I think to make a reality show CARTOON to get kids addicted?!?!?!?! Next they will make The Apprentice into a cartoon. I can see Donald as a cartoon with his huge mega swirl of hair! Don't go stealing my idea now! The Apprentice Cartoon is all MINE!!! Wonder if I could get The Donald to say YOU'RE FIRED!!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We will not be supporting McCain or Palin.

They say never talk politics or religion with your friends BUT there is something I have to share with you about my husband and his family.

The following article explains how my husband's family lost their business and how John McCain was responsible.

This was posted in the Mountain Express. Vol. 8 / Issue. 43 on 06/05/2002

[Editor's note: Although listening to the radio is often a highly personal event, what comes out of receivers is shaped by federal and corporate forces far removed from the individual. In the first of two parts, Xpress looks at what led to the rise and fall of local rock station WZLS. Next week, we check out the corporate heavies that are shaping radio here -- and across the country.]

On a spring evening in Asheville, Richard Harris' unmistakable voice crooning the words to "MacArthur Park," drifted out over the airwaves:

"MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark /All the sweet, green icing flowing down ..."

Then it was on to "Good Lovin'," by The Rascals.

Whom can we thank for this anachronistic bit of programming? New FM radio station WOXL -- billed as Oldies 96.5 -- whose victorious bid for the license to broadcast at that frequency ousted homegrown rock station WZLS off the air. And indirectly, we can thank the Federal Communications Commission.

For the casual listener, the demise of WZLS might appear to be little more than a format change from rock to oldies.

But for Barry Lee, WZLS' former general/sales manager, the loss of his family's radio station means a great deal more. For him, it's the story of an Asheville family with deep roots in the community and local broadcasting essentially being shafted by the FCC. Betty Lee, Barry's mother, was the station's public service director and his brother, Brian Lee, was the program/music director and an announcer.

Back on Feb. 21, the FCC ordered WZLS off the air, ending years of wrangling over who would have the right to broadcast at 96.5, a newly-created FM frequency -- an issue complicated by a federal about-face on how new radio frequencies are awarded. At midnight on Feb. 22, WOXL began broadcasting. The event marked perhaps one of the last chapters in a complicated saga that began in 1987 -- one that's been so complex, in fact, that even other local broadcasters have had trouble following it.

During its years on the air, WZLS became known for its eclectic rock programming. Though almost unheard of these days, DJs chose their own songs and used not only CD players, but an actual turntable, as well -- bucking today's industry trend of using digital music files. WZLS was also generous in airing public service announcements and offering its listeners services such as "lost dog" listings.

According to Barry Lee, the story goes like this: Fifteen years ago, the FCC opened up the application process for a new local frequency at 96.5 FM. At the time, Lee's father, the late Zeb Lee, owned WSKY-AM, which he had founded in 1947. But AM radio was going "the way of the dinosaur," Lee says, and the family saw the FM frequency as a better opportunity both to continue to serve the public and to make a living. Under FCC rules, however, their attorney advised them they'd have a better shot at being awarded the new FM frequency if they sold off WKSY (though it was not technically forbidden by law to own both an AM and an FM station).

Back then, new frequencies were awarded through what the FCC termed a "comparative hearing," in which an administrative law judge weighed a number of factors -- including participation in civic affairs -- to determine which company was best suited to control the frequency .

The Lee family's company, Orion Communications, beat out several other applicants back in 1990, in part because of Zeb Lee's long-standing service to the community. Ironically, Liberty Productions (the company that now controls the frequency) was disqualified then because one of its partners misrepresented the status of its transmitter site's availability.

"They lack the requisite character," noted the administrative law judge in his 21-page decision, referring to Liberty.

Still fending off appeals from competitors through several additional hearings, Orion Communications was awarded a "construction permit" in April 1993, which gave the Lees 18 months to put a station on the air.

Federal flip-flopping

Just six months later, the playing field was about to be rearranged. In an unrelated case, a federal court ruled that the FCC couldn't use continue to use certain standards to award licenses, including its policy of giving preference to station owners who would participate in the day-to-day management of a station. About 200 pending license applications were frozen, according to the The New York Times.

While the FCC regrouped, the Lees pushed forward. Zeb Lee sold WSKY in March 1994; four months later, WZLS went on the air. But of course, that wasn't the end of it.

Almost 18 months later, the FCC reversed a staff decision allowing the Lees to keep their construction permit (revoking the station's approval to operate) and, instead, awarded temporary broadcasting authority to a consortium of competitors called Biltmore Forest Radio Inc. On June 2, 1997, the FCC ordered WZLS off the air. Listeners may remember the station's final day of overlapping broadcasting: Both WZLS and the new WZRQ broadcast on the same frequency until WZLS finally signed off.

"We were put out of business," recalls Barry Lee.

At that point, the case garnered significant attention: WZLS supporters demonstrated in front of the federal courthouse in Asheville and stories appeared in the Charlotte Observer and on the cover of Media Week (headlined "How the FCC destroyed Zeb Lee").

Meanwhile, that summer, Sen. John McCain had attached a rider to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 that went almost unnoticed at the time: The legislation required new radio and TV licenses to be auctioned off to the highest bidder -- which eventually would undo all of the Lee family's efforts. That meant that money apparently ruled, rather than factors on which the FCC had once based its decisions -- including local residency, civic participation, women/minority ownership, broadcast experience and lack of other mass media holdings.

However, the Lee family continued to fight to regain the frequency. In December 1997, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in their favor, saying the FCC had acted "capriciously" and "arbitrarily" in taking WZLS off the air. The Lees began broadcasting again in January 1998.

But the FCC decided that even though the disputed frequency had been established under the comparative hearing rules, the license to broadcast on it would be auctioned off, too -- an announcement that came less than a week after Zeb Lee's death in August 1998.

The auction took place in September 1999; Liberty Productions won it with a $2.3 million bid, according to news reports. Orion Communications placed third in the bidding at just under $1 million, Barry Lee notes, for "our own damn business." WZLS continued to broadcast until Feb. 21, 2002, when the FCC gave the Lees less than nine hours notice to shut down.

The view from the Oldies station

The company that won the licensing auction to broadcast at 96.5 FM doesn't actually run the station.

Valerie Klemmer Watts, who owns Liberty Productions, has turned the management of the new Oldies 96.5 (WOXL) over to Asheville Radio Partners in what's called a local marketing agreement, says Hal Green, WOXL's operations manager. (Watts was unavailable for comment.)

"To my knowledge, she's never owned a station before," notes Green, though she does do a public-affairs program on WOXL at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

Meanwhile, in a complicated arrangement, Asheville Radio Partners -- a subsidiary of America Media Services LLC of Charleston, S.C. -- bought venerable AM station WISE about a month ago, as well as the building that houses both WISE and WOXL on Lookout Road, reports Green. The two stations share about 12 employees, explains Green, who also serves as general manager for WISE.

Local Program Manager John Norris chooses the music for Oldies 96.5, Green says, adding: "We do not bring in canned programming by satellite at WOXL."

Although Green mentions local daytime DJs Pat Ryan and Bill Golden, he's less familiar with the out-of-town radio personalities who broadcast at night. One is a woman from Columbia, S.C., and another is Washington, D.C., lawyer who also moonlights, he says.

"At night, we have imported voices," Green admits.

In what's known as "voice tracking," the station provides the pair with the information they need for their broadcasts. The DJs record themselves and the station downloads their voices, which is inserted between the songs -- a practice that radio giant Clear Channel Communications brought to a "fine art," offers Green.

Ironically, Green once worked at WZLS and says he was friends with fellow broadcaster Zeb Lee for about 40 years -- lauding him as both a good broadcaster and a good man.

"I have great respect and some sadness for Zeb Lee and the Lee family," says Green, adding that he has "very little respect" for the FCC after decades of watching how the agency operates.

"Generally, Zeb Lee was screwed," declares Green. "There's no other word for it. ... He was screwed. He sold his AM station. He believed what he was told. His family was committed to the community and he lost it. And it's outrageous."

In the end, the issue came down to money, Green believes.

"Liberty won the auction with money," explains Green. "The Lees lost because they were not a hugely wealthy family. And I think you've got to be hugely wealthy to bid $2.3 million and to build the station."

However, a key point that Green believes has been overlooked in the WZLS saga was that Zeb Lee and the Lee family never did win the license outright -- they were operating under a temporary broadcasting authority during the entire drawn-out saga.

Green acknowledges, however, that his role with the new station has strained his relationship with the Lee family. He insists, though, that neither he personally nor WOXL has done anything to hurt them. "They're not too happy with me anymore because I'm working over here," he muses.

Asked whether he thinks the auction procedure is fair, Green responds: "It's realistic. That's the way it ultimately ends up anyhow."

However, Green admits that the auction procedure doesn't offer women or minorities a greater opportunity to win licenses, which was available under the old procedure. (Auction supporters, however, counter that the new system attaches a value to the license -- essentially a public resource -- that winds up adding to the U.S. Treasury.)

"It's ugly, but they do it," Green says of the FCC. "And there's not much you can do about it, because they're in power and you're not."

Gauging public response

Ask Barry Lee what the FCC's impact has been on his family and he says flatly: "I am unemployed. My family has debt in six figures. My dad's dead." Lee explains that although his father had been in good enough health just a few years earlier to do play-by-play announcing, the fight for the radio station was too much.

"My dad would still be here if he was not put through this by the federal government," Lee reasons.

Though Lee seems tired of talking about it, a deep indignation still comes through about the turn of events -- which also cost a dozen people their jobs.

"We sold our livelihood. We trusted the government to do what was right -- it sounds funny even saying it. We spent half a million [dollars] and ... were ordered to walk away with nothing to show for it -- after 55 years of serving the community."

Months after his family's radio station went off the air, Lee says that many people around town still don't get it. For Lee, the point wasn't whether people liked WZLS' rock format -- but whether "justice has been served."

The family has a remaining court challenge, scheduled to take place in federal court in September.

Aside from the battle itself, Lee has been puzzled by the waning interest in WZLS' plight. The saga drew a great deal of public and media attention in 1997, when the station was first ordered off the air -- including petitions that Lee says were signed by about 6,000 people. This time around, Lee marvels at the lack of public outcry and coverage: Up until now, only a few local newspaper stories have appeared, in addition to a handful of letters to the editor that were published in Xpress.

Former WZLS DJ Brent Robinson also remarked on the shortage of public response: "There hasn't been a big fuss made about this. It truly was just an Asheville family having their business taken from them without any compensation. ... They were the rightful heirs to this new frequency, but yet McCain's coverall solution [was] to just make money off of hundreds of radio operators across the U.S."

Lee has concluded that the lack of community outrage reflects a shift in what people are willing to accept these days -- from their government and from their radio stations.

"I don't think people expect much anymore," concludes Lee. "And that's what they get. Not much."


So when it comes voting day I will be supporting my husband, his family and Obama.

Someone take my SUPERMOM card away!!!!

Since having Baby M I have become a crap mommy. Actually it started while I was pregnant with Baby M. In my defense I was awful sick, living off Zofran and Prevacid to make it through the day!! Toward the end I was the size of a whale and unable to get around much less do anything much around the house.

So here Baby M is 21 weeks old, as of yesterday, and legal to drool as Superdad says! HA HA! She is growing up so fast!! Baby M is starting to take a try at crawling. It is adorable. She will get up on hands and knees and rock!

21 weeks Crawling

That's my Superbaby!!! I think she has a new name to go along with Superdad. :)

Okay, back to losing my SUPERMOM card and cape. I have always ironed my kids clothes for school. I used to make a big pile on Sunday and iron for the week. UNTIL, I didn't give a damn anymore. Not because I like my kids looking like they slept in their clothes but because I don't have the energy anymore to fool with it. I have gotten to where I grab the clothes fresh out of the dryer instead of leaving them in it for DAYS which left them wrinkled to where I had to iron them. Voila! So I don't really iron anything unless it is a special event.

~I used to have a nightly routine where I would turn every ones bed down for them. Fluff their pillow and so forth. Not anymore. You can turn it down yourself and tidy it up in the morning. I feel guilt over this one! I may go in their room in the morning and tidy up the bed and pick up the dirty clothes and throw them on their bed for them to FIGURE it out themselves! The only time I really make their beds is when I change the sheets. Does this make me a slacker??

Since having my fourth baby, I think they should be making my bed for me! HA HA! JOKING!!!

~OMG, the laundry. I recently taught my 14 year old the difference between wearable again and dirty clothes. Just because you wear it to the mall for 2 hours does NOT make it dirty. Unless you spilled your lunch on it of course.

~My 3 year old is the same!!! She likes to change clothes 3-4 times a day!!!!!!!!! Seriously!!!!!

So yesterday I actually folded all the clothes, mopped, vacuumed, dusted and made an awesome dinner. Maybe I do deserve my SUPERMOM card and cape after all!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld commercial.

Over the weekend I saw Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld in their commercial. The commercial is pretty out there with no point BUT I love it!!! I really do. Jerry talking about wearing his shoes in the shower and seeing Bill Gates membership card.

I am a huge Seinfeld fan!!! When the commercial would come on it made me think of the "Yada Yada" episode.

The one where George thinks his girlfriend is cheating on him with her ex boyfriend because at one point she told George. "I ran into my old boyfriend, yada yada yada."

So the debate was would you yada yada in the place of sex.

Later on in the episode Elaine says that she has yada yada'd sex. Then she gives her example.

"Yeah, I met this lawyer, we went out to dinner, I had the lobster bisque, we went back to my place, yada yada yada, I never heard from him again."

Then Jerry says, "But you yada yada'd over the best part."

Here is one of my favorite lines from the Seinfeld show. It is right up there with "No soup for you".

Elaine says, "No, I mentioned the bisque."

HA HA!!!!!!

Sooooo, I think the commercial needs a yada yada yada. At the end when Bill Gates is shaking his hiney there needs to be a YADA YADA YADA!!!!

**I know how to spell bisque*, I copied & pasted from a Seinfeld script website.**

Friday, September 5, 2008

Give Me A Break

I have a humorous story to tell you.

Phone rings "Is Matt there?"

Me "You have the wrong number."

Hang up.

Phone rings again.

HELLO!

Is Matt there?

Me "You have the wrong number."

Girl on Phone (AKA-GOP) "I meant to ask for B2."

He's not here. Be back on Sunday.

GOP "Tell him it's OVER."

I think you have the wrong B2. Who are you looking for?

GOP B2

Yep, that's my son. Who is this?

GOP Sarah.

She said it like I should know who she was.

GOP I am B2's GIRLFRIEND!

I am laughing at this point. I made a statement about not knowing he had a girlfriend.

GOP Could you tell him it's over??

I was giggling getting ready to ask her another question BUT she hung up on me.

I was hung up on by a 10 year old girl. WTF?? Bummer!!

Who wants to break the news to my 10 year old son that it is OVER?!?!

I want to set a good example.

Last night I was speaking to B1. ~I think I will start to call him My Man or Mr. Supermom. Hmmm~ I was talking about how I read these other things/blogs that use a LOT of bad words. Not that it is a bad thing BUT I know for a fact my oldest daughter, who is 14, reads my blog. She tells me. "Hey, I read your blog today." I want to set an example of the woman I am and the woman she will want to be. Kids are very observant and will act the way you act. So if you are more likely to cuss every other word chances are so will your children.

I am not saying this to scold anyone, I just know how it makes me feel and I cringe when I think about younger people reading it. My daughter is a wonderful young lady with the world at her feet. I want her to have every opportunity at life. Travel. Enjoy everything. Get a nice job. Someday marry and have babies of her own. 10 YEARS FROM NOW!! :)

Let me add that I am no saint. I have been known to let my mouth get dirty. For some reason when you step on a small toy it is comforting to growl "OH SHIT!". You know what I mean? For some people a band aide makes it better for me it is those 2 words above.

Okay, off my soap box as they say.

My plans for the weekend. Work on Kid Friendly Asheville . Grocery shop. The menu for the week:

Chicken Quesadillas w/homemade guacamole.
Quiches w/salad.
Pasta w/chicken.
Fried Rice.
Salmon Loaf
Veggie Night. Squash, sweet potatoes and corn.

So, in the morning we are going to hit the tail-gate market and Earth Fare for my weekly grocery shopping. Exciting huh?

Okay, I am off to listen to BANG BANG BANG BANG all day.

Oh oh oh!! My great aunt K turns 80 TODAY!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUNT K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Company is in town and we are celebrating tonight!!!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Who do I have to sleep with around here to get a NAP?!?!

That is what I would like to know. I haven't been sleeping well this past week. Either it is a headache, cranky teething baby or a 3 year old is kicking me in the head. Lack of sleep hit me today. After lunch I was sooooo tired I couldn't think. I am surprised I had enough energy to be able to breath. Know what I am talking about?

Baby M was asleep so I asked Lil O to take a rest with me. Ummm, it went down like this. Having a conversation with a 3 year old that is very stubborn is HARD. I rarely win.

Me- Lil O, lets turn the TV off and go rest in mommy's bed.

LO- No, I want to watch TV.

Me- You can bring a movie into the bedroom and watch on the baby TV. IE: The portable DVD player.

LO- No, I want to watch the big TV.

I turn the TV off and suggest taking a rest.

Let the screaming and kicking begin. Wahhhhhhhhhhhh! Wahhhhhhhhhh! I just walked away and crawled into my big comfy bed. Knowing she wasn't far behind me.

Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! You know her tantrum WOKE up the baby. Of course it would, it always works that way!

Me- Please get in the bed so I can rest. I am so tired Lil O.

LO- No!! Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Me- I am going to call your daddy if you don't get your butt up here NOW!

My voice is starting to rise!

LO- NOOOO, don't call daddy. You'd think she was afraid of him by her reaction. I am here to tell you that she isn't. She laughs at the face of authority!!!

Me- Do you want mommy to buy those Backyardigans tickets???

I brought out the big guns! The Backyardigans are coming to town in a few weeks and she is dying to see them!!

LO- I want to see the Backyardigans!! Wahhhhhhhh!!

Me- Then get in this bed and HUSH or I am not buying those tickets.

LO- Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! You are being mean mommy.

Moi???? No, I am not being mean. I am trying to take a NAP so I don't go insane. Now I know why some animals eat their young.......

She ended up in bed and asleep before her head hit the pillow. I overslept only to be woken up by the phone ringing. I was expecting a phone call about my new site! I was totally caught off guard and wasn't able to ask all I had planned on. I'll have to sit down and email him later.

Anyway, please check out my other site. Pass it around. I'd LOVE that!!!!

Kid Friendly Asheville

Yesterday was JUST what I needed.

Hello there! The sun is shining. The weather is warm. THEY ARE MAKING ME CRAZY BEATING ON THE HOUSE!!!! The new porch and roof project started yesterday. I will probably hear BANG BANG, tap tap, BANG BANG in my sleep tonight. That is if I get sleep tonight. I didn't last night. Baby M is making it pretty rough on me. Teething. 2 teeth have been working their way up and making my life miserable. And hers as well. Yanno, it is all about HER anyway. I am chopped liver. Or maybe a step up to sliced bologna.

I had a wonderful day yesterday and I want to tell you all about it!!!!

First, I had an appointment with my therapist. IE: My hairdresser. Isn't is amazing how a visit to your hair dresser can make any day bright and sunny? I know when I see mine, I have a spring in my step when I am walking out the door. Plus, I look FABULOUS while walking out the door. ~gentle smile~

Second, I hit Green Life for goodies. I was having company and I was planning to fix good healthy things to eat. I picked up strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, kiwis and grapes. Crackers and cheese. And the most important thing was the COFFEE MOCHA snack mix!!!!!! OMG, I could eat chocolate covered coffee beans ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT. Then I would never get any sleep for sure. Pair that up with some sweet tea, we are in the SOUTH, and fresh squeezed lemonade you have a nice treat. After the fact, I tasted the lemonade and thought it was TOOOO watered down. Sorry Jennifer!!! I'll make it up to you another time.

Third, my company. I met Jennifer years back. She is a trivia friend of my husbands. It was nice always to be around her at trivia. With life so busy. IE: Me popping out 2 kids in 3 years, making the total to 4 kids running around. Anyway, we were able to get together yesterday before she had a class at UNCA.

I had a lovely time and hope Jennifer will stop by again soon. Look what I have sitting on the dining room table to enjoy every time I walk by:

Beautiful Flowers

Thank you Jennifer! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did.

Okay, this mommy has to go take care of cranky butt chunky monkey.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Supermom* Starter Kit

Happy Beginning of the week. Since my B1 had yesterday off, I have my days all mixed up. I hate when that happens.

What did everyone do with an extra day in the weekend??? Not much happened here. He let me sleep in and then he went on a bike ride. That was all the excitement at our house. We are such party animals.

Thanks for all the well wishes with my headache. I am able to open my eyes now and open blinds. I really hate having a headache. One that makes you unable to function. Moms never get a day off or note from the doctor to take one. The kids were great though. While I was napping on Saturday, H folded ALL THE CLOTHES!!! And there was lots to fold, let me tell you. She is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Then B1 and B2 went to a baseball game. At one point he took all the kids, except Baby M, to the park to play. I had some quiet time with Baby M and made quiche's for lunch.

Since I have been CEO of my family, this go around, for over 3 years now I am going a bit stir crazy. I am blessed to be able to stay home and actually raise my kids BUT I need something to do. Something that I am good at. This blog is more of a personal, laugh your butt off blog. Where I can type out boring things that cross my mind or things my teenage daughter has done. Or about girls calling my son or Lil O sticking a Polly Pocket up her nose. Or to blog about how much Baby M likes to breastfeed. Get my drift?

Sooooo, I bought a few domain names and have some great ideas going through my brain. I was put in touch with a nice man about writing a blog about the town I live in. I am going to write it with kids in mind. Like places to play, things to do, places to eat and kid friendly things in general. When I get it up and running I will post the link for you to see and give feedback. Both blogs will be kept separate. You'll only know its mine if you read this blog. Shhhhhh....lol

About my Supermom* Book below. I was at Barnes & Noble having coffee with a friend from high school few weeks ago. We had made our way back to the children's books so Lil O could play with the train and pick out a book. While sitting there enjoying her company I noticed this superhero book for kids. I HAD TO GET IT!!!!!! I thought I would fool around with it and make it a Supermom* book for fun!!! My son already wants the cape!! The nerve!!

Supermom* Starter Kit
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