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  • Really? 6 more weeks? ugh!

    So Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of WINTER!!!! WHAT!! Nooooooooooooo! haha I guess I have been lucky since moving here to Wichita five months ago. I heard from a bunch of you guys that winters here can be bitter cold and brutal. So the fact that its been a mild winter and has been in the 50's and 60's many times, I consider myself fortunate. I should be knocking on wood as I type this, but I think I can handle 6 more weeks of winter... Thanks Punxsutawney Phil!

  • Help me find some Mom and Pops in Wichita?????

    One of the things I enjoy when I move to a new area, is getting out and finding the mom and pop restuarants. That to me is a great way to learn about the area, the people, the culture and more. The last month or so, I have really stepped up and started to go out for dinner to these places. I love all kinds of food, so the restuarant won't matter. If you have a suggestion on a place for me to go check out, please let me know. I would appreciate it. Hit me up and tell me about the place and where it is so I can go eat dinner there.

  • I finally got the email!

    Do you participate in fantasy sports with friends, family or co workers? For the last 10 years, I have been a part of a fantasy baseball league. Yesterday, I got the email from our league commissioner about when the draft will be and some discussion points on how to conduct this years league with rule changes and other topics. Being a part of fantasy baseball for me is two fold. One, it keeps me in tune with baseball since I am a big fan of the sport and since I dont live in a city with a pro team, this is my way of keeping in touch. And secondly, its the comradre with the others in the league who I have known for many years. Now the kicker, I have never finished the season at .500. I admit it, my teams always suck. I pay an entrance fee to be in the league every year, but have come to expect that I just pay the fee and move on. I will never place in the top 3 to get any prize money back... OH WELL... But I enjoy being in the league. I will also never give up my spot in this league since there is a waiting list to join,

  • I am torn!!

    It's BIG GAME week, and I am torn on who I want to win. I like both teams equally. Big Tom Brady fan and a big Eli Manning fan. I have been a NY Giants fan more of my life than the Patriots. I was born in New Jersey and visited often and went to many games at Meadowlands Stadium to see the Giants. I have family who live in Boston and think the Patriots certainly have a nice dynasty. So again, I am torn on who I want to win. I truly believe it will be a tough fought game and not a blowout. I look forward to the fun commercials as well. Here's to a great game and hope to see many of you at Heroes Old Town this Sunday with the Fox broadcasting live.

  • R.I.P.

    Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paternon died over the weekend. He was 85. All over my facebook page, I have seen the people that wanted to honor him and those that didn't care that he had passed since he was was intertwined in the Penn State child scandal. I do think he made a huge unforgivable mistake in not reporting the incident in a timely manner and that it could have prevented future incidents, but I wrestle with the fact that we also shouldn't ignore his amazing contributions on the football field. It will be interesting to see how the school, Penn State University, handles his passing and their handling of his legacy.

  • Where should I go on vacation?

    With a new year, comes new 'vacation time' to take during the work year. It's been probably 5 years since I have had a true vacation. As you probably can tell by reading some of my blogs, that I am not a fan of cold weather. So that really narrows it down to a warm climate atmosphere. I have been on 3 cruises and love the experience. And with the unfortunate accident of the cruise ship in Europe, the price of taking a cruise is going down. That may be a option. I have also thought about all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Being single with no kids, I will wait to go to the likes of a Disney World or something similiar to that when I do have a family. Going to Europe would be fun, but I am not sure I would enjoy that alone. Ok, it's settled, I will look at somewhere tropical and figure out if I will fly there or visit by a cruise ship. Thanks for your help! :)

  • The end is near! I am starting to believe it!

    So, the last two nights in a row, the FX channel has had on the movie 2012 staring John Cusack, Danny Glover and others. The movie came out in 2009 and I remember going to the movie theater to watch it. The movie was about the earth changing and eventually there would be catastophic disaster with the loss of life, civilization and basically everything. It's got me thinking, ok, so now that it's 2012, what IS going to happen. With the Mayan calender stopping this year, how is life as we know it going to change. Will it be like the movie and the earth changing to cause all of the chaos, or will it be a meteor from outer space hitting earth or will the earth just explode like the scene from Star Wars. We have heard for years of the ending in 2012, but I want to know HOW? These are the things that are keeping me up at night!

  • It FINALLY happened!!

    Tuesday, January 17th...I woke up to the coldest day so far for me living in Wichita.. Haha! It was 19 degrees with the wind chill making it feel much colder. I get it, I have been very fortunate that this is a very mild winter for Wichita, Kansas. I am a wuss when it comes to cold weather. I grew up in south Texas, so I basically get cold when it hits below 60 degrees. haha! I hope this is the only time I whine in my blog about the weather.. The summer and warmer weather can't come soon enough! :)

  • Where else can I take my dog???

    So with the unseasonable weather we are having, it was another great weekend to take the dog outdoors and let him play. I decided after weeks of talking about going, that this past weekend I would take SJ to the dog park near the Starlite Drive In theaters on the south side. It's a bigger dog park area than the other place I have taken him and a alot more dogs and room to run and play. So, I have now taken SJ there, to the Hillcroft Kansas Humane Society's new dog park and also to the Sedgwick Co Park. The goal is to get him wet so I want a place where he can jump in or I can throw him into water. If you have a dog and you know of other places I can take SJ to, please let me know. email me at

  • My cousin was KILLED on Friday the 13th!!! no, REALLY! :)

    I have mentioned that I have several members in my extended family that are in show business. My cousin Robbie was in the the ORIGINAL Friday the 13th movie. She played Annie the cook who hitch hiked at the beginning of the movie and was picked up in the jeep. She ended up jumping out of the jeep, running through the woods, trips, and then gets her throat cut. Here is a pic from the movie!!!

  • REALLY???? Is Cloning your Pet really the thing to do????

    I was sitting on my couch last night watching tv with my dog SJ next to me. I was flipping through the channels and came across a show called 'I Cloned My Pet'.. REALLY??? Now, I for one and very close to my dog. My first dog Stoney was my life and I had him for 13 years before he died in my arms. SJ is named after Stoney. So I am all about the bond that I have for my dog. Would I ever consider cloning my dog. The show followed several people that did and why they did it. I see where they are coming from, but REALLY???? It also costs in upwards of $50,000 to do the cloning and its not a guarentee. And then the argument, ok, so its basically the same dog, or IS IT? Is the personality the same, etc. I loved my dog Stoney dearly. I love my dog SJ now dearly. I will hate to lose SJ when that day comes. I will mourne and hopefully move on to get another dog and continue that cycle. But cloning a dog, REALLY????

  • Alabama???? Really???

    Alight, so I admit, I wasn't a fan of either LSU or Alabama for the national championship game. The title for this blog would have said LSU if they had won. haha. I am happy for Alabama for winning, but glad the season is over and I can look forward to next years growth of TEXAS and see how they will fair next year in the Big 12. lol

  • I live for the playoffs in the NFL!!

    What an awesome first weekend of the playoffs. It certainly does help that the team that I am rooting for is in the playoffs for the first time and they WON!! Congrats to my Houston Texans. The craziest game was last nights Steelers/Broncos game. Let me also say that I have been a fan of Tim Tebow since his Florida days and was definately rooting for him to do well. I am also a Steelers fan, so last nights game was really fun to watch. I can't wait til next weeks games and the BIG GAME is only a month away!!!

  • I can relate to hearing about the closing of Boeing Wichita!

    I grew up in Clear Lake City, TX, which is actually a portion of Houston. Clear Lake is the home of the Johnson Space Center of NASA. It's 'was' the training site of astronauts who traveled into space aboard one of the shuttles. To give a little background, for the first 5 years of the program, our family knew all of the astronauts that were involved. I went to school with thier kids. I personally knew four of the 7 astronauts that perished in the first shuttle disaster. I have pictures on my wall at my home of a friend of ours during one of his space walks holding onto a satellite fixing it.

  • So have you broken your resolution yet? I have!! ugh!

    Every year, I always tell myself I am going to eat healthier. To give you a quick overview, I am single and I don't cook. What's that mean? It means, I eat out way to much, I go through drive thru's all the time at fast food joints, and I don't watch what I eat. Suffice it to say, it's only the third day of January, and I have gone through 4 drive thru's, bought Blue Bell ice cream and still eating bad. I hate new years resolutions that I can't keep. haha!

  • The only college bowl game I'm interested in is on TONIGHT!

    Finally! TEXAS vs. Cal is on tonight. It's the Holiday Bowl from San Diego. Being a huge Texas Longhorn fan, I have been waiting patiently for 3 weeks now for this game. It's tonight on ESPN! I will be going to my favorite spot in Wichita that I found 4 months ago when I first moved here to watch the game! Hook Em Horns!!

  • 2012... Is it a resolution or a 'Bucket List'?????

    With the start of the Mayan calender, and Dec. 21st being the last date mentioned on calender, is the start of the new year going to be about resolutions or a 'bucket list' for you. Typically every year, I always say I am going to do this, do that, and usually after a month or so, I end up going back to doing what I was doing before. As always, I want to eat healthier, lose a few lbs. and a slimmer waistline. I want to get in better shape whether its excerise at a gym or getting outside more. Fortunately, I don't have any vices that I need or want to quit. Now this brings me to the 2012 Mayan calender and should this year be a 'bucket list'. I still have many things that I want to do. Skydiving, bungee jumping, getting married, having children, traveling to places I havent been. So I guess I have a lot to do this year! :)

  • My day at KWCH Channel 12 on video... Check it out!

    So I went to KWCH again the other day to help out with their Storm Team 12 Travel Hotline for viewers to call in and ask how the roads and weather will be like on their travels to their desired destination... I took along a video camera and here is some footage:

  • Starting to put together 'that list'... are you????

    Nearing the end of a year, everyone, including me, starts to think about those resolutions that you want to make for the new year ahead. Whether it's quitting a habit, excersizing more, changing attitudes about something or whatever it may be, I have started to jot down some things for my 'list'. This is not a complete list, as it's merely something to think about for the next week before January 1st rolls around for me to have that final draft. At this stage of my life, I am usually better than 60% on starting and trying to keep those resolutions. Hopefully 2012 I will do better. haha!

  • Have you ever had a root canal????

    So the other day, a tooth started hurting. And it got progressively worse throughout the day. I havent lived in Wichita long, so I hadn't yet visited a dentist. It got to the point yesterday where I just had to walk into a dentist and tell them my situation. I knew doing this right before the Christmas holiday wasnt ideal, but I had to take a chance. Luckily they had an opening for me to see what was up. It was determened that a root canal I had gotten done back in 2009 had been reaggravated. UGH! Anyway, that procedure is a lengthy one, and so the only time for them to fit me in is next week. So, for the next 10 days, I am on antibiotics to keep the swelling and pain to a minimum until they can fix it next week. Oh the joys of going to the dentist! :)

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