June 28, 2007


Well this one will be a jump around that for sure!

First off it really sucks about Chris Benoit & his family. Ya just never know, ya know?

Well there's been a slight change to our plans - not a surprise, eh?! We decided that we're going to say the hell with it and just live in the pull-along all the time instead of just using it temporarily.

We've been thinking about it for a LONG time and almost did it in Feb of this year but chickened out LOL! And I've spent the last couple hours tonight going to different websites that are about different national parks & forests. THERE IS A TON WE WANT TO DO!!! Of course it will have to be done slowly so we can make money on the way but still - it's gonna be so much fun!

When I was young I traveled through most of the states west of IL and I've seen Indianapolis (a wild story!), IN. But Darkside has only been to IL about far east as Lincoln, north on 67 to the Quad Cities, and as far south as Hillsboro, MO just along the river from the top to St. Louis and IA to Des Moines & Cedar Rapids and SE of there! Our kids are the same way, only seen those parts. So yep LOTS to see & do

Here's my idea so far - go up to Des Moines & the Quad Cities to visit with friends & family first. Then go to New Orleans before it gets too hot, but after Mardi Gras (have to hit that some other time!). Then head to the west coast through the southern states. And come back through the northern states to end up back in the Ozarks before it gets too cold to go canoeing. And then maybe back home for the holidays?

I'm not real sure and you know that a million things may come up on the way But it's kinda like a game plan.

So all my thousands (really only 2!) of readers need to give me some ideas on some things.
1. Where have you or would you like to see if you could?
2. What are some ingenius ideas to make money on the road w/o alot of "things"? crafty, or web based maybe?

We do have some ideas on money making but they are debatable of whether or not they will sustain us. And just so ya know - NO SELF PRODUCED PORN! That was Darkside's idea LOL! not even an option.

Okay enough of that for now =)

Today we cut down 1 and a half trees. I know how a half? Well it was a maple that split into two at the base - or two that grew REALLY close together. Well we got too nervous to remove the other part cause it's right next to a power line, so it'll have to wait till later. We still have 2 jobs we need to finish outside our stuff then we'll get the last of our payments. And a possibility of a new job doing some painting is already lined up for July.

I have drastically cut back my AVON including the online store. It was nearly taking over the whole house! Not including all the time I spent on it

We are now completely land line phone free now! We're using Skype & then our net10 phone for all that. And we currently have a message system that is messing up terribly So I guess I'm gonna have to set up my voice mail on the cell phone - UGH! I hate that then I get charged to listen to them! Just as soon we get more money we'll have it all in line but ya know how that goes.....

I'm attempting to make a template & papers for digital scrapbooking - it'll be a 1st for me. I've just run out of time to do them though.

And still the never ending tasks of web design haunts me in my sleep

ok I'll quit bitchin and get back to work
Currently listening :
Mass Slaughter: The Best of Slaughter
By Slaughter
Release date: 21 March, 1995

June 24, 2007

scrapbooking - no to Des Moines

Credits: template #15 by Renea Nicholson,
paper & clip from Simple Pleasures kit by Scrappy Expressions,
and Hawaiian Splash kit for the rest by Kimberly Cameron

This was after a day trip to Geode State Park outside Burlington, Iowa in June of 2004. We had lots of fun but didn't use enough sunscreen. The picture in the top right is before we left of my baby girl. And the other picture of her is with her daddy. He was the one who put sunscreen on her and bless his heart, he didn't want to get it in her eyes so that's why she got sunburnt the way she did LOL!

Well if no one can tell I've been putting things off like crazy That's cause I've sat not knowing what to do for awhile. But we have it figured out now - YEA!

Here's our plan - If things are not any better job/money wise by February 2008 then we are moving to Iowa, probably to the Des Moines area. Definetly not in Des Moines though!! We will buy a pull along RV and a vehicle to pull it and then go. Darkside's plan is to buy an ambulance - he's really stuck on that idea LOL!

We also decided that we will go on another mini vacation to that area in July so we can better see things. I know we were supposed to do something similar last time we went but...... for one we was too busy visiting/partying/playing and for two we DID check out Des Moines - just not anywhere else.

So now that is out of my mind I can get on to other things - YEA!! That's why I did that LO earlier And tomorrow should be REALLY productive too!

So if you've not heard from me for awhile then be prepared cause I'll be calling/writing!!

Currently listening :
By Slipknot
Release date: 29 June, 1999

June 19, 2007

old friends

ok so I'm more addicted to d/l'ing the stuff to scrapbook than the actual scrapping part LOL!

But I did do a layout (LO) tonight here it is -

Credits: template #19 by Renea Nicholson and papers & elements by Tracy Drane (SummerJeans kit)

Today we went to J'ville and visited with the FIL & a friend. Also while there we went to Calvary & Diamond Grove Cemeteries and on the way there we stopped at Manchester (new) Cemetery. We got some new pictures so be on the lookout at our Find A Grave page if your interested (it's here). I'll be doing them tomorrow night probably.

While visiting with our friend he brought up another old friend - Michelle M. I hadn't thought about her for awhile so it really brought back the memories.

I wish that she would of stayed in touch more cause we had some GREAT times together. But the last time I seen her, which was about 8 years ago, she had really become a different person. Well not so much different as lost all the memories that we had shared. I often joke and say aliens took over her body and she wasn't Michelle anymore LOL! But it's true she couldn't remember ANYTHING!

So although normally I every couple of years go out and start searching for her, I haven't. Because even though I considered her my sister and friend, she couldn't even find time to remember me. Which is sad.

That layout was about a month after I had #2 and it was in our apartment on Beecher Street in J'ville. (often remembered as the crack house) It was so hot at that time that I couldn't put none of her cute dresses on her - only a onesie because we had not air. In fact, the fan you see in the LO is the only fan we owned! These are two of the three pictures I have of Michelle. I really wish I would of took more especially a head-on shot.

Michelle always said she didn't want kids that she'd just use mine from time to time LOL! She (against my wishes) was in the delivery room while I was in labor & had #2. She swore after seeing that she would never, ever have kids - for real!

I really wish things in life weren't the way they are - it's really sad sometimes when stuff like this happens with 2 good friends.

well that's all for now.
Currently listening :
An Education in Rebellion
By The Union Underground
Release date: 18 July, 2000

June 14, 2007

my oldest daughter

ok - so I'm addicted - OH WELL! LOL! here's another one I did tonight -

Credits: papers by Monti and template #8 by Renea Nicholson

#2 only weighed 4 pounds and 4.5 ounces when she was born and now she's not so small! It amazes me everyday!

Her birthday every year makes me feel toooo old. And everyday she looks more and more like me.

well tonight I'm going to write a new section of my story - I know enough to mess anyone up but I'm in a "chatty" mood!


Let me tell you how I met the generous man who gave me #2 and all that led up to that.

This one day in late July 1995 my friend Melica (sorry can't remember how it's spelled!) came over and said "hey come stay with me for awhile". So I'm thinking ok, why not? So I pack up a laundry basket of clothes and makeup and jump in the car she brought over. Now you may wonder why this would even be taking place - well she knew I hated being at home with my mom and she'd just got her own place so was finally able to help me out. We'd been best buds for quite awhile and had camped out here and there before when in a bind so I was glad it was a permanent place.

Well we get over to her place on Mauvisterre Street (I was living on Walnut where there now is a Casey's) and I get to finally see her brand new baby - Sierra. She was the cutest thing ever! Plus Brian and Amanda was there too. And before I even get completely settled in Melica takes off to return the car. I'm thinking OK she'll be right back I guess. So I go get my stuff unpacked and I think I even took a shower (can't remember now) either that or changed my clothes.

When I get out of the bathroom still no Melica! So I go into the other room and chill & chat with Brian and Amanda.

And still no Melica!

So I think we ate supper and then Brian walked to Wareco or somewhere to call some people to see where she was. While he was gone me & Amanda took Sierra outside and sat on the side porch cause it was a little cooler outside than in.

That's when I seen him. This kinda heavyset guy who looked like some kind of thug with something shaved into the back of his hair. All I'm thinking is - what kind of dork is this! I mean yeah he was cute and all but still!

He hollered something like - "what's going on?" and I said something equally dumb like - "nothin much - u?" and he said - "nothin, like my hair? lost a bet and got this" and I was like - "what's it say?" (by now he's stopped so we don't have to yell too much) and - get this - he says - "it says *UCK U" and I told him - "your CRAZY!" and he keeps on walking.

By this time Brian came back and he was PISSED! Especially since she still wasn't home.

So we sit around for awhile and smoke, turn on the black light and chill. It's now been like 4 or 5 hours since she left.

We start hearing some music from one of the neighbors and of course dumb me had to go see LOL! So I go sit on the side porch that they had at their front door. After awhile of sitting there here comes that guy with another guy, up the back alley which I have my back to (which scared me). And they procede to invite me to this party which is going on a couple doors down. I decline thinking there ain't no way! I don't even know these guys! So they tell me they'll bring me a beer here in a bit. I, of course would never turn down a free beer! LOL!

Then who pulls in but Melica herself! So I walk up with her thinking - OH GREAT! So as soon as we walk in Brian's yelling (well quietly - didn't want to wake the baby!). And I look around and notice that it's just me, him, and her - umm not a good sign! So I'm like - "hey you guys I gotta run somewhere real quick, be back in a min" and I go back to the porch.

I hear them coming toward the stairs which means I could get dragged into it so I take off walking down the street. I walk all the way down to the square and then turn around and walk back. But then I got to thinking - I'm out after curfew! DAMN!

So I go to walk down East Street cause it's not as busy usually. (I had just spent a couple of months living near the corner of East & College so I knew how it was.) As I'm walking around the corner of Beecher & East so I can come up the alley I notice someone sitting on the church's steps, which scares the CRAP out of me!

(more great dialoge here LOL) I'm like - "oh, hi!" and he's like - "hey, what's goin on? want some of this?" and holds out a joint. "SURE! why not!" so he passes it to me and asks - "do I know you? what's your name?" and I'm say - "don't think so, I'm Anne (last name here) who are you?" he says - "oh, nope don't know ya - my name's Virgil (last name here)" this whole time we're passing it back and forth. So I say "nope never met ya before now".

Then out of the alley zooms Melica! I'm like DAMN! Cause I thought she was staying home. So I tell dude I gotta go and that it was nice meeting him, thanks and all that - then continue walking.

Once I round the corner I realize that hey dumbas* dude was staring pretty hard at you so you better book it down this alley cause it's awful dark. So I start out jogging down the alley so he can't catch up to me or see where I'm going. And then I get this bright idea to not go to Melica's house but down a bit more and then through the houses to the front. So that way if dude did see me then he wouldn't know EXACTLY where I went. Sounded like a good idea right?


Then I run into this other guy who is outside his apartment drinking too. And he of course tries to talk to me and I'm trying not to be rude or anything but get away a quickly as possible. So he's following me as I'm walking. As I round the house and turn to go to Melica's dude is trying to put his arm around me - UGH! Thankfully there is the first guy I met and his friend (1st dork I met with shaved head - lol!).

He says - "hey thought you was going to party with us tonight?" while laughing - A*SHOLE! He knew what was going on! I give him the most evil look I can while pushing dude's arm off of me and say "of course I am!"

HEHEHE! then I did something that was completely evil and unexpected - I walked over and hugged him then held his hand like we were bf & gf !!! Then I looked up at him through lowered eyes just in time to see the look that he passed his friend. It was pure shock - and I LOVED it!

So he decides to get even with me (I guess?) he invites drunk guy to the party too. So we get ready to go over there and I realize I didn't tell Brian where I was. So I say to shaved dude - "hey come with me for a min so I can tell my friend where I'm going" and he says ok. So we walk there first and as I go to open the door he says "oh I'll just stay down here" - and I say "umm ok?"

So I go upstairs and tell Brian that I'm going over to this party and I'll be back in a bit. He says ok but I'm locking the door when you leave so you'll have to knock and wake me up when your back. I say ok even though I know I would NEVER do that to him. That would be down right rude!

I go back down and ask dude "hey what's your name?" and he says "Kris, what's yours?" and of course I tell him mine =)

As we're walking over to the party he grabs my hand (aww!). I told him "hey you do know that drunk dude isn't my bf, right?" and he says "yea I know but we're going to have some fun with him tonight, k?" and I think to myself what harm could it be? so I say "ok, whatever, but he's a dork. hey when we get in here sit by me and don't let him sit by me, k?"

And Kris turned to me and said "ok. are you ready to drink? cause we play this game called 3 man - you'll get trashed!"

And I look at him and say "of course, I'm up for anything! let's go!"

Currently listening :
Seven Wiser
By Seven Wiser
Release date: 08 June, 2004

June 13, 2007


still don't have shit figured out enough to put it to the www but here's something new I've got into

digital scrapbooking! Darkside's been telling me for quite awhile that I would love it once I did it, but I will not admit defeat so --- muummmmmmm's the word LOL!

Here's the newest layout I did yesterday -

a little risque for me but a great pic anyways =)

We just watched POTC 3 - it was really good! Not saying more than that though! Watched Shrek 3 the other day and it was good too! Tomorrow (if we are lucky) we'll be seeing Spiderman 3 or TMNT.

Things are really weird here lately. Kinda like one of those times when you can see change coming but still ain't sure what kind of change it will be. Ya know? You know how in earlier blogs I said people never seem to change well that isn't always true. Sometimes people do change.

It's those changes that have not only me but also Darkside kinda up in the air. Someone we were really close to changed - in a bad drastic way. It's because of that change we don't know what to do. We had lots of ideas and plans before learning of that change but now it's kinda like - ok where do we stand. Once we figure that out - if ever! - then things will be back on track.

I was supposed to deliver my now very late Avon orders today & mail off some stuff. But instead I caved and took a nap. Not that I didn't need the sleep - but still!

I know I'm jumping all over tonight but?

Jeez I miss my LC! I wish those as*holes would just come on and get things switched over to Vista! Cause my LC isn't compatible with Vista and what do I have - you got it - Vista. I haven't made a letter in almost 4 months and it's killing me! It is definetly a addiction and I'm dying for a fix! That's why I picked up the digital scrapbooking - had to have something to do. And sig tags just don't do it for me anymore. I've tried in this last month to do some sig tags and although it was great to "strech my legs" again, it just wasn't enough.

I've not had enough PORN! Believe it or not! And who doesn't need some from time to time? Darkside's keeping it all to himself LMAO! Well no reason to look at any porn if I'm not designing with it - eh?

I've not been writing on my story lately. I've also been noticing that I have been forgetting last names. So I think it's a clue to get to writing.

Sorry this blogs so long just one of those things!
Currently listening :
Cowboys From Hell
By Pantera
Release date: 17 July, 1990

June 11, 2007

trip to Iowa 2007

Ok to start out here's a storm we passed through near Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. This storm ended up being a F3 tornado that hit near Muscatine, Iowa.

Then here's the pictures we took while sight seeing in Des Moines, Iowa.

And here's the pictures from our two nights of partying

And last but not least here's the pics from stopping by my brother's on the way home. I also did a layout of them all and it's at the very bottom.

<-- ain't he too cute?!!

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Currently listening :
Seasons (w/ Bonus DVD)
By Sevendust
Release date: 07 October, 2003