Saturday, September 1, 2012

Dragoncon 2012

    The one word I can use for today that sums it up?  Awesome.  Yep, that'll do it.  Tomorrow will be 17 years that Donnie and I have been married.  It hasn't always been easy, but it's always been meant to be.  This year, instead of the annual dinner out and home with the kids by 9, we went to Dragoncon in Atlanta. 
    My first thought, it won't be too different from home, it's just Georgia.  Damn was I wrong.  The drive itself was overwhelming.  I can drive the hell outta a red dirt country road, always said I shoulda been a racecar driver, but these 7 lane interstates took my breath.  The traffic wasn't really that bad, just way more cars on way more sides than I'm use to.  Donnie did the navigating, I did the driving.  (May need to look into a new navigator, he's been fired since the first time he pointed and mumbled instead of just saying left or right.)  All in all, we made it to the hotel in Atlanta safe and sound Friday night.

    After checking in we needed a few things and being the Alabama girl I am I was able to easily find the nearest Wal-Mart.  Now, here's where I get amazed.  The Wal-Mart here has underground parking.  No big deal, I've seen that.  What I haven't see is escalators for your buggy.  That's right, your buggy rides down all by itself on it's own little escalator.  That just tickled the hell outta me and much to my disappointment Donnie refused to let me ride down with the buggy.  (I will ride that damn thing one day.) 

    After a good nights *cough* rest, we headed for downtown Atlanta.  I have never been cramped in a crowd like that before and I will never again complain about how crowded it is at the fair in Montgomery.  I'm only 5'2, so that puts me just at armpits height.  Now, by no means am I saying anyone stunk, but a few hours worth of non-stop walking in mid-day humidity will make anyone "not so fresh" and my serious lack of height did not help my situation.  Also, tall folks don't tend to see us shorter people, so I had a lot of "sorrys" and "my bads" thrown in my direction after being stepped on.  The folks were a little rough, but very friendly about it.

    The main reason I came was to meet Amber Benson, Joe Manganiello, and Neilsen Ellis.  I met all three and I promise you, Mr. Manganiello is just too freakin pretty.  I did get his autograph but taking his pick was a no no, along with Neilsen Ellis.  I did however get to take a picture with Amber Benson.  I can honestly say she was one of the nicest people I have met.  I ended up having to revisit her after I left because my ever so brilliant husband deleted the first picture while trying to look at it.  (Note to self, never let Donnie play with the camera again.)  I was almost in tears when I realized what he had done, but Ms. Amber saved him from a very unpleasant anniversary.

    To sum it up, it's been a blast.  I can't believe the day is over for us, but then again, I can't wait to go home and see my sweet babies.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Random Chaos

     There's no end in sight for us here.  I'm not really sure how I had envisioned things when I was younger, but I'm pretty damn sure this life isn't even close.  There are so many things that are better than I could have ever dreamed, and some that make me look up and say "wtf???".

      I have two teenagers playing volleyball and a son playing football.  For those that think woowhoo no big deal, screw you.  Keeping up with practices and games is a full schedule on it's own but when you add in everything else we have to do, it's death defying. 

     Since my Papa died in Feb. we have taken on the added pressure of helping pay the bills for a second house hold.  No, we don't mind.  But damn I feel like we're killing ourselves here.  It's a constant struggle everyday just to make sure everything's taken care of on time.  It sucks.  Papa should still be here, but that's a different story.

     There are so many things I want to do. (Take my kids to the beach, sleep in on a random morning, not worry about tomorrow, and finish this damn book.)  I have so many ideas in my head but not enough time to put them down.   

     S'ok though.  Ya know why?  I don't quit.  I don't give up.  You tell me I can't do something, I'm gonna do it anyway just to prove I can.  So, I'll work everyday, be at every practice/game, and write till I get Kasey where she's suppose to be.  Life's tough, but I'm so much tougher.


Friday, March 2, 2012

The Horizon

The Horizon

“See that, it’s there, just a little ways in the distance.”  I couldn’t help but smile with her as she pointed.

 Though I had no clue as to what she meant, I squinted; trying my best to see just what it was that had captured her attention.  Her look was one that I knew well, it meant she was trying to teach me, show me what I didn’t know.  Creasing my brow I finally had to admit defeat.  “I don’t see it momma.”  A small frown came across my innocent 17 year old face.

“Are you looking, really looking for it?”  Her eyes showed no anger, no disappointment, just curiosity.

I nodded.

“Just there,” She pointed again, “just where the orange and pink meets the blue and purple of the sky, that’s the horizon.”

Following the colors, realization dawned on my face.  “It’s big.”

“You’re like that horizon, you know that?” 

I looked up into those blue eyes that had always made me feel safe, always made me feel loved.  They held a little hope laced with a bigger amount of concern and fear.  I let my eyes travel and take in every detail. Her long brown hair was gone, replaced with shorter curly grey. Her smooth skin now held more wrinkles brought on by her worry and pain.  She was still a beautiful woman, but I couldn’t help but notice what the cancer had taken from her.  I could see now the strain it had put on not only her body, but her mind.

She smiled.  She knew what I was doing, and better yet she loved me for it.  She could see in my own eyes how it affected me to see her struggling.  She knew how much I needed her, how badly I wanted the cancer to go away.  It was then I noticed she wasn’t just looking into my eyes, she was searching my soul. 

“How am I like the horizon?” 

“No matter whom the person, or what their mood is, it’s calming.  You have that affect too.  You calm me.”  Her smile faded a little and I watched as tears came to her eyes.  “The horizon is endless.  That reminds me of you as well.  You’re young.  You have so many possibilities and there’s so much I had hoped to see you do.  There nothing out there that’s impossible for you.  I can see that.”

I swallowed hard, trying to ease the lump in my throat.  I wouldn’t cry though, especially not now, when she needed me to be strong for her.  “What part of the horizon are you?”

Looking away she cleared her throat.  “The sun.  Once upon a time, when I was younger, I was like a sunrise.  Just beginning like a new day.”  Her expression turned more serious.  “The sun’s about to set and this day is almost done.  I’m afraid I’m closer to being a sunset than a sunrise.  My time is nearly up, and it’s your turn to shine like a new day.”  Reaching over she placed a weak had on top of mine.  “I’m proud of you baby girl.  I always have been.  I always will be.”

We watched the sun set that day on that old wooden swing that sat on our front porch.  The following day I turned 18 and 2 weeks later I held her hand as she took her last breath and was finally free from the pain that held her body.

I’m 34 now, and I’m a mom.  Not a day goes by that I don’t stop and notice the sky.  Be it early morning or late afternoon, there’s always something there worth seeing.  My children know of the horizon, of the dreams I have for them to be happy and of the woman who I called mom.  I take the time, just like she did, to let them know that they’re loved and that they’re safe. 

To put it best, you never know how many sunrises you have left.  Don’t let any of them slip away, I haven’t.

This Blogging Thing

So yea, this blogging thing is hard.  I want to do more, and I'm putting myself on some strict restriction until I do.  Life gets in the way sometimes though, and hear lately life has built a freaking mile deep trench between what I am doing, and what I want to do.

I've post on here before about my Papa and his fight with cancer.  Hurts to say, or write rather, that I lost my Papa in the begining of February.  It's been difficult for our family, especially my sister and my kids.  It's like there's a constant mist with us, we can see but just barely.  Tempers are short and emotions are riding the roller coaster from hell.  We're not arguing or anything of that nature, just trying to adjust to a major loss.

If I've learned anything from this, it's that we're strong.  We're strong, and we're determined.  We'll be alright, it'll just take us a while to get back to where we use to be.

As for the book, it's still there.  I have a new idea for it everyday, it just somehow never makes it from my head to the keyboard.  That will change.  I will finsish this damn book, and if it's the only one I ever write, I can live with that. 

So, this blogging thing, well I'll do better, a I'll stay with it.  For all 3 followers I have, lol, I'll do better.