Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Fun

Usually, Halloween is not one of my favorite times of celebration. I went a few years, before my daughter was born, of not having to deal with it. However, since she's been in daycare and now in school, she has bugged me for the past month about "going to Halloween".

In Petula's post "What are you going to wear?". The first thing that came to mind was during my high school years when Petula and I dressed up and went trick or treating. It brings back some good memories! During this particular Halloween, I believe it was 1985, we dressed as fast food workers. It was easy to pull off because we both worked at a fast food joint. I know there's a picture of us floating around, I'll have to check to see if I still have it.

Usually, I don't dress up for Halloween but this year I may reconsider. I've had some ideas floating in my head but nothing concrete, yet. Just earlier today, I thought about doing something from the 60's or 70's. I am fond of these years especially the music and style of dress. I'm contemplating doing something cool and funky nothing risque!

The Princess has selected her costume of choice...HANNA MONTANA. I'm truly excited to see the first ever African-American version of Hanna Montana. Our last trip to Walmart yielded a costume and a blonde long-haired wig. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures--I'm anxious to see how this one turns out.

Down to the Wire

Well, it's down to the wire and about two weeks left until the Presidential election. I'm not one that talks a lot of politics, except with family and close friends. Please know it's not my intention to force my political views on my readers. However, I have to share an exciting little story about Kyle and our right to vote.

Prior to Kyle becoming an adult on his birthday, he mentioned several times of his desire to register to vote. He had periodically been checking out the news for updates on the political arena. I have to say that in past years, I hadn't heard of a big push for voter registration until this election. Also, you don't hear of many teenagers being excited about voting. Well, needless to say, I have one excited teen in my home.
To make my story short, since I wasn't able to get Kyle to our election office due to timing, he proactively went to the Rock the Vote website. He filled out the form and I mailed it for him along with a copy of his ID. Within ten days, he was holding his first official voter registration card.

I say, "WAY TO GO KYLE". I'm proud that he has taken the initiative to exercise his voting rights.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Since the loss of my nephew, Vaughn, we (his family) felt there was more we could do to keep his memory alive. As of October 7, 2008, we have become the "adoptive parents" of two miles of Delaware's Route 300 from Everett's Corner Road to Downs Chapel Road. This is the stretch of road where Vaughn lost his life.

According to Delware's Department of Transporation website, to adopt-a-highway the individual, organization or business is responsible for keeping that stretch of the highway clean for two years. We have the option of reapplying every two years, if we wish. In addition, signs will be posted along this stretch of road advertising that it's in memory of Vaughn Harris. My sisters, Carolyn (Vaughn's mother) and Arlene thought that this could be something we can do in Vaughn's name for the years to come. In addition, we are giving back to the community at the same time.

So, with that being said, if you are local and wish to be a part of the cleaning crew, let one of us know. We will schedule the cleaning days when possible and make sure that everyone knows when they will be. Please know that you are not obligated to participate. There will be signs posted on Delaware 300 to let you know exactly what part we are to keep clean. Please pass this along to whomever you think might want to be a part of this wonderful endeavor.

Wanna Know My "Real Age"?

As usual, I visited my good friend Petula's blog over at It's a Woman's World and she's interested in knowing your "real age". I, too, have had instances where someone was mistaken about my "real" age. Allow me to briefly tell...

When I was about 32, I went into a liquor store to purchase beer for my husband. We're in a small town and some of the workers in the store know me by name. This particular day, the worker didn't know me nor did I know him. I thought I was going to make my purchase and high tail it out but noooo. I went in the store with only my form of payment and no identification--thinking I didn't need it. I put the beverage on the counter and the sales person asked to see my ID. I politely laughed and said I was old enough to purchase the item. I cooperatively ran out to the car to grab my purchase and handed him my ID. He apparently looked at my DOB and said "you look like you're no more than 19". I said, "WHAT", smiling the entire time. I was truly flattered and have told this story ever since.

Anyway, getting back to the subject at hand. I took the RealAge Test and my results are...drum roll "realage" is 43.6, 4 years more than my original age. I don't think that's bad at all. The reason for my increase is because, I don't do any type of physical activity AND my weight is an issue. Other than that, I'm fine. I need to get it movin' and really increase my physical activity.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Happy 8th Anniversary!

(don't take any stock into this photo, it was taken 4 years ago)

Well, the day has come and almost gone. Today is my 8th wedding anniversary and I'm as happy today as I was October 7, 2000. I thank the almighty for each day I have with my husband, Pete. Nowadays, many married couples are making the decision to go their separate ways. I'm not passing judgment because I know working at a marriage is very hard work. I'm lucky I have a spouse who sticks it out for better or worse and we are able to compromise when it's needed.

Usually, on our anniversary, we go out to dinner (gotta love the food!) and that's what we did! However, we had to take the Princess with us. It's not easy finding a sitter, so we just tag her along. Don't even mention my 18 year-old keeping her for a few hours. We don't even go there...

Please enjoy this song anniversary song by 80's group Tony Toni Tone'. I loved this group when I was in school.

Falling Behind

At least a week ago, I received 2 awards from my friend Petula. I have to say that I truly apologize for not posting these sooner. I did do the Passing It One meme that I was tagged with. However, since time has passed, I'm even embarrassed to tag anyone else due to my lack of attention to detail.


1. Where is your cell phone? entertainment center
2. Where is your significant other? watching football
3. Your hair color? black
4. Your mother? witty
5. Your father? heaven
6. Your favorite thing? food
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your dream/goal? live comfortably
9. The room you’re in? office
10. Your hobby? surfing the 'net
11. Your fear? dying
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? retired?
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you’re not? gay
15. One of your wish-list items? Laptop and vacation away from home
16. Where you grew up? Maryland
17. The last thing you did? talked to mother
18. What are you wearing? clothes
19. Your TV? ancient
20. Your pet? None
21. Your computer? laptop
22. Your mood? good
23. Missing someone? yes
24. Your car? Ford
25. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
26. Favorite store? Super Wal-Mart
27. Your summer? good
28. Love someone? yes
29. Your favorite color? blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? 1 month ago