Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Yumminess!

Let the pork yumminess begin...
Ta da!

We tried a new pork recipe I found on Epicurious and it was amazing...we kinda improvised and made it even better with apple and pear stuffing and a lingonberry preserves (a fantastic IKEA product) and brandy glaze. The potatoes are a specialty of my little sis - even though she couldn't make it here until New Years - she was here in spirit (we called her for the recipe) mom wanted "Beth's taters" *laughs* The stuffing was so yummiliscious!
Ryan and I sooo need our own cooking show!

To top off this fantastic meal - Ryan's most delicious blueberry honey mead!
We ate like kings and queens!

Xmas Morning...

Shaney and his new Steelers skull cap looking all hood-like!
...look at baby Sheldon peeking out from behind daddy...
Mommie Dearest liking her new warm and cuddly polar bear jammies.

Sweet Surprises...

A new book from Very Mary arrived in the mail the day before Christmas...THANK YOU!...and check out the gorgeous way it came packaged...
I love my internet blogging buddies!

Monday, December 22, 2008

For my fellow Diva's....

Grab your boa and tiara - toss one hand on your hip (or grab your sweetie) and shake your other finger in the air - now start shakin' yer ass...
here's one more video....


The preparation for the 9 days visit of Mommie Dearest has begun. *hides the wire hangers* Although I am certain I inherited my pack-rat-iveness from Mommie Dearest - I still feel the need to straighten up so she at least has a place to sit and sleep. I have purchased a ceramic electric heater, electric blanket, 2 down conforters and stock piled several other blankets - everything but melt the snow from around the perimeter of the house - and I am sure Mommie Dearest will still be cold! This confuses me - I grew up in Jersey, not California - I am pretty sure it was cold at times when I was younger! I can recall putting Wonder Bread bags over my socks before I put my boots on to keep my feet dry! *embarrassing school coat room moments*
I have her suggested shopping list: Non-fat milk, coffee (must be half regular and half decaf - definitely nothing flavored!), bologna, american cheese and whole wheat wraps *laughs* and hard boiled eggs! (hmmm... a new holiday craft - Yulemas egg decorating anyone?)
I want to share a song that brought a tear to my eye today - although I have heard it several hundered times - it is on one of my favorite Holiday CD's by the DevineMissM *love her*
Ok - dry your eyes - here's another to cheer you up from the same CD - Mele Kalikimaka!
Bette is my idol! Totally fell in love with her watching her live concerts or TV shows when I was younger with Mommie Dearest! *was kidding about the hangers!*
Here's another great video from Bette - Hawiian Oklahoma from a NBC 1977 TV special
Ok...I suppose I better get back to dusting and scrubbing and find my bikini *laughs* (now there's a holiday visual!) I am sure it will be a sauna in here starting tomorrow night - I pick her up at the airport at midnight!
*warm winter bear hugs*

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Joyous Yuletide

Dec. 21st, we enter the belly of the night.
Winter Solstice: We come to the portal that separates darkness from light. Standing in this arch of time where Earth takes a breath before facing us back towards the sun, we too, take a breath, turn inward, pause in this pregnant moment and let darkness reveal its gifts:
Winter Solstice: A time to look back at the year gone by, gather its lessons and put them in the stew of your life. Time to let the heat of your presence cook the stew. Render the lessons into the sweet nectar of wisdom. Then drink of it. One-small-sip-at-a-time.
Winter Solstice: A time to let the longest night of the year seduce you into stillness. Time to silence inner voices, listen to the beating of your own heart. Time to breathe slowly, become the breath. Linger here. The night is long.
Winter Solstice: Time to savor the sweetness of the dark. Nothing to fear. It's only you. And millions of years of Earth's turning; away and then back, away and then back towards the light. It's all you. The dark, the light, the fire, the night: it's all you. You're all it. Sweet oneness, savored in the dark.
Winter Solstice: A sacred link, where Earth's veil thins, the unseen, seen. Images of ancestors and ancient roots threading back beyond time. Back to first humans, their fires still burning to call back the light. We are the ones who hold them sacred. We honor their struggles, their triumphs. We're here due to them. They gave us our blood.
Winter Solstice: A time to reflect on your life in this moment. Like never before, or ever again, reflect on this sweet, fragile moment.
Winter Solstice: A time to let go of what burdens. Empty out stones sitting heavy in the heart. Let bygones be bygones. Acknowledge. Forgive. Begin again.
Winter Solstice: A fertile time, a time to ready the womb; a time for pregnant possibility. A time to sow seeds of imagination, to germinate in the darkness. A time to tend the inner hearth; be warmed by the coals of creativity.
Winter Solstice: The union of opposites. Fullness: emptying. Emptiness: filling.The shortest day meets the longest night. Celebrate the dark. Greet the light. We've journeyed long; we've journeyed far. In summer, we rejoiced in the sun, now absent. In winter, we settle into the night, now present. We draw inward, tuck in our wings to keep warm. All flights are canceled.
Winter Solstice: A time to check inner weather and road conditions. Are you cold? Are you hot? Are you merely lukewarm? Is it stormy? Is it balmy? Are there blue skies inside? Does the road rise to meet you? Are you on shaky ground? Is it smooth? Is it rocky? Can you see where you are?
Winter Solstice: Can you be with it all, just as it is? No fighting, no trying, no pushing the river. It flows by itself, so you watch it. You notice. You see twigs and branches submerged in the stream of your life. Without effort, the water flows over, under and around it all. Nothing can stop it; it goes on forever. Like you do. Like I do. Like we do.
May you go on forever, like this most pregnant night of the year.

A brief ritual to include in your observance of Winter Solstice:
1) Set aside at least 30 minutes, preferably longer, but whatever works for you is fine.
2) Include friends, family members, or celebrate alone if you prefer. It all works.
3) Settle in, light some candles. Build a fire, if you have a fireplace.
4) Spend time with your eyes closed, breathing slowly, watching the breath.
5) Let your awareness settle down in your belly. Sense it, feel it fill and empty. See your life coming and going on each inhale and exhale. Feel the strength and fragility of each breath.
6) Reflect on your connection with the universe and your place in it. Who are you in the grandest scheme of things?
7 ) Remain in silence for a few minutes after you've finished.
Savor the moment.

Dr.Judith Rich

Gotta love family pictures!

Proud mommy and baby Sheldon
...hope you are all having as much fun as I am during the holidays!
*love, hugs and Yuletide kisses*

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ho Ho Hooooo!!!

No matter what anyone tells you - you are NEVER too old to sit on Santa's Lap!
*laughs* sorry folks - I had to share...back to decorating my Holiday pumpkin!
(pictures coming soon...)


Awesome! Thank you Rose! Your wise words really helped me focus those voices in my head last night for class. We did a few meditation excercises and in the past I always had serious issues with mindless chatter and it always distracted me so I couldn't focus. Working together with the voices instead of trying to silence them worked! You are truely a goddess of inspiration and wisdom! *hugs*

Friday, December 12, 2008

Shhh! Quiet you three!

I have read all my homework for Christopher's class - I have but one question . . . How do I get all my minds (Concious Mind, Psychic Mind and Devine Mind) to stop all their partying in my head and keep the noise down? They are constantly at each other's throats - in my head anyways!
Ok - back to working on my Bua!
*hugs to all*

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Snot and Tissue

*sniff, snort, cough!* I seriously hate being sick! I am probably the biggest baby too when I am sick - I keep telling the boys that this is the worst cold anyone has ever had - yet I get no sympathy for them at all! See what happens when I travel and forget my Zicam - now I have a full fledge cold! *sniff, snort!*

Going to drag my snotty self to shower, possibly venture out and pay rent and then read my chapter for Christopher's Witchcraft I class - oooo and create a special package for a friend who says she fails to have the holiday spirit - that always cheers me up!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic, snottless weekend! *hugs*

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rantings from my hotel

Ahhh yes - I do so love the holidays! I totally love Christmas music - I even start listening to it in my car before Thanksgiving (yes, I have been called crazy!) I even have to have a Christmas music cd limit of 2 - otherwise I buy every one I like (which some years has been 7 or 8 between Ryan and I) This year so far I bought 2 (Sarah Brightman and Loreena McKennitt), but I don't care much for Brightman's so I may give it as a gift - so that means I can buy one more - Harry Connick's What a Night - yes folks - Harry will be mine very soon! *mmm Harry!*
~ Ry asked this on his live journal - I will ask it here - What is your favorite Christmas song and why?

Sitting here in a hotel watching Christmas at Rockafella Center and bee bopping around with my Yuengling (free beer on Wednesday in the hotel lobby and I grabbed 2) After this I will watch The Victoria Secret Special to get wing ideas for my "good fearie"costume for next years Fearicon! The Jona'sBrothers are on now - they are adorable - I suppose they are the modern version of the Osmonds or the Jackson's (The Jackson 5 could so kick the Osmonds butts!) *swoons* I still remember always picking David Cassidy or Leaf Garrett as my husband when we would play barbies (*laughs* do they still even have Tiger Beat magazine?) Who was your favorite Tiger Beat cover guy?

I did squats and lunges down the hotel 3rd floor hallway since I shrugged off the gym for the beers :p will be sore as shit tomorow - I am sure...spinning is sooooo much easier! (note: I did the squats before the beer - not with beer in hand!) I think I am coming down with Ryan's darn cold - itchy throat, stuffy head, and just not feeling like myself. Figures I get sick - I have off Friday and Saturday - will have to spend the day cuddled in my down comforter with Ryan's concoction of "cold be gone" tea - of course I will chase it with my Zicam tablets! (Zicam rules!)

So I suppose that's it for now - hope y'all are keeping warm and toasty and you aren't coming down with Ry's cold too! Here's wishing for lots of snow!!! *warm bear hugs* ....from a distance since I may be getting sick ;)

PS. oooo - the Rockafella Center tree is beautiful!

Monday, December 1, 2008

oops - a few more pictures....

The beginning of our fabulous holiday mantle...however, everything came to a screeching stop when we discovered we didn't have a power strip and it was either the tree or the TV...
*yum!* one of our favorite ornaments!
...until tomorrow folks...
*more love and hugs*

A day of decorating...

This folks is the start of our Yulemas Tree...I can not take any credit - other then a few additions you will see next - it was all Ry! He is like my own personal Yulemas elf!
Of course it still needs the "YULEMAS PICKLE"! :)Hey! I wonder how he got in there!?! ( I lub my little skellies!)

Mr. "Bird" who we are still trying to come up with a name for...
...any ideas?

Lastly, for today anyway - the tree I decorated for the Sterling House Fundraiser +
$150 worth of gift cards - can't beat it!
I am sure there will be more Yulemas decoration additions in days to come so stay tuned!
*love and hugs*

Friday, November 28, 2008

Say *gobble, gobble!*

Our lovely Thanksgiving Evening Host - Mr. Marty the Moose and his friend Bart the Boar
(ok, I named him Bart...his name could be Barry, or Bill...or Sam....*shrugs*)
My darling Ryan and Bart the Boar - as happy as always about having his picture taken!

Me working my hangover hair-doo and my honey bunch (*laughs* he looks frightened!)
Note to self: NEVER say "gobble, gobble" for a Thanksgiving Day picture (thanks Ryan!)!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

I shared today with my very best friends. We opted to go to the Bugaboo Steak House instead of cooking - being in the retail business and having to be at work at 6am tomorrow kind of puts a damper on wanting to cook a huge meal and clean up afterwards....I have pictures of us and Marty the moose - but my phone is being finicky about sending them to my email.
Sending love to my mother in California - sisters in New Jersey and the boys spoke to their families - life is good!
Can't ask for much more then what we have - we are truely blessed!
May the joy of gratitude be in your heart...HappyThanksgiving!
*gobble, gobble*

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Epic Dollar Tree Battle

I was inpsired to post this picture by VeryMary - who also enjoys dressing up and taking pictures while shopping. It is indeed a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. If you have never done it - I HIGHLY recommend you do! This was when Ryan and I had an epic battle at the dollar store. I also recommend pillow fights and pushing all the buttons on toys that play music or sing. We have also been known to set all the alarms on alarm clock or timer displays for 5 minutes and then watch from a that is a good time!!!
(...I am really surprised we don't get kicked out of so many places of businesses!)
Happy Sunday folks! *hugs*

Saturday, November 22, 2008

5 minutes of fame...*sighs*

Well the TV spot is over - I prepard my little tushy off and was super prepared for another TV appearence - spoke to all the staff about all my products and how it much money you could save shopping at my store - everyone was excited (even me) Then they put the micorphone on me and turned on the camera lights and I went blank! Barely remembered my name! I hate these things! I can't understand why I just freeze up like that - no problem talking to people and being the center of attention - but the second I "have" to do it I am a mess! Couldn't take pictures either - they were filming other segments while I was setting up.
I almost lucked out - all my energy that I thought was wasted on stressing knocked the power out at the station (how bizaar is that - ok, I am saying it was my energy!) NBC had to switch over and broadcast CNBC from 11 to 12 - when my spot was to air! (and then CNBC lost energy for a few moments - everyone at the staion was freaking out...) I thought I lucked out and wouldn't have to do it *laughs* no such luck - they taped my spot to air at 5:00 when even more people could watch me make an ass of myself! I really need to be more specific when I am sending out energies I guess!
Anyway - I wasn't able to get pictures to share - but my table looked great and people at the station loved my lunch spread - feeding people always makes you a hit no matter how much of an ass you are on TV ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A silly Diva Stresses...

Hey hey - hope those of you who read this are keeping warm - Mare, I heard it snowed down your way a little *lil'jealous* I want snow! I love, love, LOVE snow! I crave snow! I wish for snow every wintery second! Ry, on the other hand -curses every single little flake - poor flakes!
Now for the tale of a Diva's stress...
Those of you who know me, know that I may tip a few back from time to time and I become Miss Congeniality (ok, maybe that's just in my mind - but that's not my point...) I crave, adore, love (whatever) to be the center of attention - usually! But this TV spot tomorrow has me so freaked out that I am making myself crazier then my norm - just ask the boys! I gained a little weight and I hate my appearence and I know (or at least it will be in the back of my mind every second) that I will look beastly (but beautiful) on tv! So, with that said - I am making myself crazy preparing for this 5 minute TV spot. I know I am wasting my precious energy worrying about stupid sh!t - but I can't help it - I need theraphy! *laughs* enough of that is what else stresses me out *see picture above* Does that not look like pure poop? I would be emabarrassed to have that table presented to my guests...oh, btw - my TV spot is about entertaining a party of 20 for under $100...which we (My Ry and I) could do with our eyes closed - however - I have limits set on me by my corporate offices and what I am to present is what is in the picture above....everything in that picture can be purchased at my company (sadly yes, I am a corporate biatch) My table would have fresh pine swags, a tasteful table cloth, beautiful candles - not the tacky crap pictured (ok, we do like the serving dish set) Alright - enough of my stressing - I needed to vent - I have done to look for a "thinning" color to wear, cook and prepack my "delicious" orderves (LOL - or however you spell f'ing fancy frozen appetizers!) to transport to the microwave at the station in New Haven, pack the serving dishes and fabulous candle centerpiece so they won't get busted during the ride in my eclipse (which still has her $2,500 bumper boo boo - another stressful pain in my ass...) I will try to get my Shaney to take pictures so y'all can see what I settled with...*shudders at the thought*
...until then *great big warm bear hugs* and try and keep warm!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Beautiful Gram - A true Diva indeed!

This, my friends, is my most beautiful Gram, Hazel Farell Shockley. She was the grandmother that told me the stories of her father and so many more... One including a family bible which told a story of a cousin (my mother's 64th cousin to be exact) who's name was Margaret Scott. Scott was my Great Grandfathers name before he was adopted by the Farrell family. My Great Grandfather sold this family bible for some extra I actually have no real proof - so I will never really know... But Gram had never been to Salem before she passed - so where did she get this fantastic story? Those of you who visit Salem, MA may recall this name....

To be honest...growing up Catholic it was a fun story to tell around Halloween (mom loved Halloween - I always had the most awesome costumes!) and it was even more fun since people said I had "evil looking eyes" and looked "witchy" - ok we were usually seriously stoned/trashed beyond recognition (excuse #632: it's what we did in the 80's!).... - and then I met my best friend - he truely saved my life in so very many ways (I know you will never admit it Ry!) and then I found a new path... which seriously made it even weirder of a story to tell to those old friends - even if I know the true story behind the Salem Witch Trials. This picture is of my mom ( I mean my Mom's hands) in Salem - we always leave a little something...
...and this picture is of Gram's baby shoes. How cool are they?! Being one who loves "other peoples children" (if you know what I mean...) I can't imagine putting a child's shoes and having to use a hook to button them! Where did folks find the patience back then? *laughs*
Anyways...just some thoughts I thought I would share....had a seriously crappy day - found out I have to be on tv on Friday and I am sooo uncomfortable with my appearance it just stresses me out - *shakes yet another dirty martini* hmmm - maybe I got that from Great Grandpa! :p (Gram's stories tell of him being a drinker)
Have a good night folks...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Crafts from the past

Growing up, my grandmother had this old secretaries desk where she kept momentos on display in the top cabinet. As a child I remember being so amazed at these things my grandmother cherished. One of my favorite things from that cabinet was this very cool hand carved wooden chain. It had two balls encased within a cage centered in the middle of the chain. It was carved by my great grandfather (Gram's daddy) from a single tree branch. How cool is that?! How did Great Pop Pop get those balls incased in the cage? I remember listening to Gram's stories of her father while we played with the old wooden chain - what grand stories they were! Gram was a fantastic story teller...I miss those stories! *smiles and remembers*

Oh - and to Ryan's dismay... I was blessed by the scratchy lottery ticket gods yet again! Thank you universe! <3>

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Hooray! Anna and Patti (middle sis and baby sis's best bud)managed to pull off a surprise party for Marybeth (my baby sis)! I spent the entire week setting up the fact that I had to work - I forgot to mail her card - etc etc...and jumped in my car and drove the 4 1/2 hours to South Jersey for the big "surprise!" It worked - she had a great time - everyone who usually fails to show at parties made it and it was simply splendid!
Happy birthday baby sis! to catch up from my mini vacation....

Friday, November 7, 2008

I can... Can you?

A long long time ago there was a Diva. She learned a specific talent that helped her quite often acquire a beverage (or two) while out exploring the realms of her singlehood.
That talent still comes in handy every now and then and never fails to impress...
...I have a truely talented tongue!
*laughs* What special talents do you possess?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

So it begins...

First page of my new art journal... The boys were concerned when I sat at the couch nonchalantly cutting out little letters for what they thought was the start of a ransom note...
...silly boys!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

OH NO! Not my personal great pumpkin carriage!

What a way to start a day...minding my own business - turned on my little blinker and waited for traffic before I turned into the Chamber of Commerce and "BANG!" Some lady smashed into the back of Samahin - my personal great pumpkin carriage! (Yes - I named my sunset orange Eclipse that I got 2 years ago on Samhain) Ok - I know you are saying it's just a car...but she is my baby! Luckly - no one was hurt - just a little sore from the jolt - tomorrow maybe a little bit more...but Marjorie (my new smashing into your neighbor friend) and I are just dandy!

Monday, November 3, 2008

After a busy weekend...

Ack - I knew I would fail to keep up my very own blog - too busy reading about other peoples crazy lives! Samhain was a blast - we didn't quite get everything accomplished that we planned - I did make carmel apples though and boy oh boy are they YUMMY! We did play with the kiddies who came to the door...but we never carved the pumpkins - which is cool in my book - they will last until Turkey Day! The meade will have to wait until another day as well - maybe sometime this week! The costume party was a blast on Saturday night - I didn't get any pictures *cries* - but a friend promised to email a few she took of my baby and I dressed as a vampiress and her feeder guy *crosses fingers she remembers* oh hell - I will bug her until she sends them :p Shaney looked sexy as my feeder biatch - if I must say so myself! I do have pictures of the apples and ancestor alter - I will post very soon... so until then *hugs*

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy All Hallow's Eve!

Boogity boogity! - It's All Hollow's Eve and I am looking for a friends home to toilet paper! I was totally going to toilet paper Ry's room while he was in Mass - but he came home and ruined the evil plan! So now we are just going to finish off this bottle of wine and watch a little Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tomorrow we have tons of things planned - pumpkin carving, carmel apple making, bottling our very first batch of meade (Ok - officially Ry's meade - but I stupervised!) final touches to Saturday's costume party costumes....and we plan to light a fire and be nice to the visiting children (we bought candy and everything *evil grin*!) we are going to actually be social with our neighbors tomorrow. Big day planned...until tomorow *hugs*

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Diva in da'hiz-ouse!

Sitting in a hotel room - reading blogs and decided to finally start my very own....Wow - are these things addictive! I have been reading about so many truely interesting folks who inspire me beyond belief! No words can express the gratitude I have for these fine crazy creative people - I love them all! I am going to try and blog daily....and when I fail to get on - I am sure Ryan *the queen of all diva's" will blog for me. So....welcome to my world folks - hang on - it's going to be a bumpy ride - "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body - but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming "Wow, what a ride!" - cheers to that baby!