Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Moans


It has been so long since I have posted a Monday Moan and with all the anger I have been experiencing I am going to post one today...

MOOOOOAAAAANNNN... Yes, I have a lot of anger issues right now.  I think it is part of the ugly monster called grief.  I am grieving so many things right now. The job, the company is not what they made out they were going to be.  I enjoy my job but I am grieving for a company that did not exist and is why I could justify the huge pay cut a little more than a year ago.

MOOOOOAAAAANNNN... I finally have access to my Yahoo account I locked myself out of the day my Dad died.  My Uncle Dennis sent me some pictures of my Dad less than 12 hours before he died.  I was told he took one of my Dad and my Grandma, so I was hoping one of the four he sent was this one.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  None of them were.  I am glad he sent me the picture of my Dad alone.  The other three were not pictures but little mini video clips.  I wish I never watched one in particular.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  My sister Katie was talking about how part of his face was swollen and my Dad was looking up at her. He was scared.  I could see the terror in his eyes. MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  This image keeps haunting me now.  I am so angry for watching it. I am so angry my sister said that in front of him to scare him.  I am so angry that I am angry at her for it. MOOOOOAAAAANNNN..

MOOOOOAAAAANNNN..The bills are starting to come in for Noah's hospitalization and it is hitting me that I am going to end up owing the University of Iowa Hospital $1200.  His hospital bill alone is nearly $18,000 before the insurance pays anything.  I am so angry because I know his father will not reimburse me any and if I were to make payments then I would end up paying more out of my pocket where his father would owe me less that is if I ever get the money from him.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  I am so angry he is not a good father to the boys.  This money I was saving for Ethan's Spain trip and his Senior year.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  I am so angry about the bills.  I am so angry that Noah actually tried to hang himself.  I am so angry that he is still battling the restrictions the doctor's in the hospital put on him.  ENOUGH WITH THE ANGER KID!  START IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAM TO BECOME HEALTHIER! MOOOOOAAAAANNNN   I am angry with myself for being angry at him.  I know depression can be an ugly beast of it's own.  I just wished he would have seen how much he is loved and we are there for him.  I wish he never acted on it.

Now it is time for more lighter moans...

When I see people like this I just want to MOOOOOAAAAANNNN out loud.
Really, do you think this is attractive?  You look like you just forgot to finish getting dressed.  I seriously want to go up and smack them in the head.  I bet I could do it and then be able to run away without them catching me.  Yes, this over weight, out of shape, getting close to 50 year old could out run them only because they probably would trip when they tried to run because of their pants hanging down.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  I am so grateful none of my kids are into this horrible fad.  One of my nephews are and I am always telling him to pull them up.  What is so funny, he does when I am around.  Ha ha ha.
Seriously, this is not any better.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  I personally do not care what type of underwear you are wearing.

Oh, and this seriously angers me.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN
It is every where.  One can not go out to eat and NOT see this.  Seriously, what is wrong with the person who thinks their smart phone needs to be in their hands at all times and using it?  You are giving the impression that you are not enjoying the people you are with.  You are definitely not focusing on your date or time with them.  We have a rule at our house...NO PHONES at the table.  The children who live with us abide by it, the ones who have moved and do not.  It drives both Todd and I crazy.  It is so disrespectful.  We see them using it when it is opening presents or holiday celebrations too.  I doubt our children are any different than those we see in public who cannot even make it through a dinner without their phone making an appearance at the dinner table.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  This is so depressing.  Seriously we are losing the art of communicating with one another!!!!   MOOOOOAAAAANNNN..

Every time I see someone who has their hair over their eyes (Now, I am not talking about a little bit, I mean hanging over their eyes covering their face) I just want to take a pair of scissors and cut their hair.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN
I am sorry, I know we all are entitled to wear our hear however we wish but you do not need to be Cousin It?  How can you see where you are going?  Noah has a friend who wears his hair like this.  His hair is past his shoulders.  I see him walking on the side walks and think, how in the hell can you see where you are going?  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  Yep, I just cussed and do not do that often on my blog.  Why? Why do you need to cover your eyes?  Eyes are the windows to your soul.  They are beautiful.  Why do they think they should cover them up?  When Noah's friend is over, I cannot tell you how hard it is for me not to go to my drawer and pull out the scissors and cut his hair. This kid is depressed too and is one of his friends who also tried to kill himself.  Hey MOM!  You should be able to look at your kid in the face and see his eyes to see the state he is in.  Just saying!  *eyes rolling* MOOOOOAAAAANNNN

Sometime back, like January 8, 2014, I won this book in a give-away. 
MOOOOOAAAAANNNN.  I was looking forward to this book too and very excited.  I rarely win things and I just so happened to win two blogger give away that week.  MOOOOOAAAAANNNN  The book has still yet to come.  I have no plans on telling the person I have not received it yet.  It is too bad too.

Come back tomorrow and see what I am HAPPY about!


All pictures were found by doing Google Search
 
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday's Song


This song reminds me of 1985 after I graduated.  Alright, the Summer of '85.  My Mom and my two youngest sisters moved to Georgia a couple of weeks after I graduated.  I drove down with the three of them and my Mom sung this song every time we heard it.  She also sung it every time we drove any where while I was there for the week, then flew back to Iowa.  I felt so alone during that time period (until October when they moved back) because my sister who is a year younger than I am took the flight back to Georgia so they all were there and I was here in Iowa staying at my Grandparents empty house because they were in Minnesota for the summer.  I would listen to this song a lot.

Fast forward... I am so excited!  My Mom will be staying with me during the 4th of July weekend.  She will be coming on July 3rd because Coralville has there big celebration for the 4th on the 3rd.  Every year they have a free concert and this year it will be Jefferson Starship.  As soon as I found out, I asked my Mom if she wanted to come down the night before to see them in concert.  It did not take long at all for her to say yes. Now, I only pray the weather holds out.   Enjoy!

  
"We Built This City"

We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll
Built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

Say you don't know me or recognize my face
Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place
Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight
Too many runaways eating up the night

Marconi plays the mambo, listen to the radio
Don't you remember?
We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll
Built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

Someone's always playing corporation games
Who cares, they're always changing corporation names
We just want to dance here, someone stole the stage
They call us irresponsible, write us off the page

Marconi plays the mambo, listen to the radio
Don't you remember?
We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll
Built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

It's just another Sunday
In a tired old street
Police have got the choke hold, oh
Then we just lost the beat

Who counts the money underneath the bar?
Who rides the wrecking ball into our guitars?
Don't tell us you need us 'cause we're the ship of fools
Looking for America, coming through your schools

(I'm looking out over that Golden Gate bridge on another gorgeous sunny Saturday and I'm seein' that bumper to bumper traffic.)

Don't you remember? (remember)

(Here's your favorite radio station, in your favorite radio city, the city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps.)

Marconi plays the mambo, listen to the radio
Don't you remember?
We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll
Built this city
We built this city on rock and roll
Built this city (oh)
We built this city on rock and roll
Built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

(We built, we built this city) built this city (we built, we built this city)
(We built, we built this city) built this city (we built, we built this city)
(We built, we built this city) built this city (we built, we built this city)
(We built, we built this city) built this city (we built, we built this city) 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Iowa Fields


If you were ever to drive across Iowa this is what you will mainly see.  Farm country.  I love it, personally.  Our landscape is not flat and boring but it has rolling hills.  On a beautiful day when the wind blows it reminds me of waves on a lake or the ocean.  Now we do have some bluffs but the typical Iowa landscape when driving through Iowa this is what you see.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday's Song plus Summer Friday Night Traditions

It's Summer Time!

I love Summer!  Time for the gardens!  Time for the fresh flowers!  Time for enjoying the outdoors even more!  The best part of Summer is Friday nights.  Yes, I love going downtown in the Summer Friday nights!  No more students!  The city is totally a different atmosphere when the college kids leave town and go home for the summer.  My Sunday Song is going to be more than just the song this week.  It is also going to be about Summer Friday Nights.  Enjoy!


I love the look of downtown Iowa City.
Even the billboard where people post events are adorable.
 
I love this wall painting.
One thing I love about Iowa City in the Summer is how the city has several up right pianos placed through out the city downtown.  People come up and play them.  I love hearing the talent people have.  

I did not get a close up but the park benches have been painted with designs.  My favorite looked like throw pillows were placed on it.
One end of the pedestrian mall near the public library is a very nice playground. I love the cork board under the playground.  
Outside the public library is a big check board.  You can check out the giant checker pieces or chess pieces at the library.  The boys have played both here.  It was so much fun watching them play with giants pieces.  Also outside the public library there is a children's garden.
Friday nights also means Friday Night Concerts. They feature local bands.  I love listening to the music. We typically make a little stop and listen a little while.  When they do not have concerts there is a fountains which the kids can run through to cool down.

Todd and I love walking around downtown area.  I think we ended up walking a total of 20 blocks when all was done. We ended up checking out a lot of the Herkey on Parade 2 statues.  I am trying to take pictures of all 83 of them. Here is some few sneaky peeks.  
 
 
 This one was vandalized.
I am so happy the artist was able to restore it! 
 Above is one of my favorites so far!
 
Once in awhile we will have dinner downtown too.  We like to try the different restaurants they have there.  This past Friday we tried Clinton Street Social Club.  I love the atmosphere they have.  
 
 
 
Since I had my camera with me to take pictures of Herkey on Parade 2 statues, I wanted to take some pictures of some of the campus including one of the buildings I love on the Pentacrest.  Todd took me walking nine years ago and I fell in love with these buildings back then we were only able to go out on Friday nights downtown three times because he worked third shift.  It has been nice the last three years to be able to enjoy every Friday night with him.
 This building is in the center of the Petnacrest.
It used to be the capital building for Iowa before Des Moines became the capital. (1846)
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We ended our night with a trip to the yogurt shop.  I love this little shop.

Do you have a Summer Tradition?

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