Friday, June 18


Dear God, make me a bird, so I can fly, far far away.
- Jenny, played by Robin Wright Penn, in Forest Gump,1994

I want to be free
Free to live Life
Live, Love and Laugh
Freedom from this self made

I read these blogs about un-schooling their children, no plastic, homemade everything, live in a RV and travel the country. Just live. It is all about you, God, family and country.


Smiley face is how those thoughts make me feel.

how could I do that though??

The thought of no bills, besides what it just costs you to live? Freedom
Work when you need it, not for someone else? Freedom
Debt? Nope. Freedom
Restrictions? no. Freedom
Timeline? Only what YOU WANT it to be. Freedom.

I want that. right now.


Wednesday, June 16

100 Before 100

*Updated 12th, Jan 2017*

This little...err long thing? Is the list of things, wishes, wants, travels, feelings and events that I want to do, see, make, have etc etc..Before I am 100.

Now right now I am only, scroll down and you will see.


I will come back, put what is completed, when it is completed and then will also add the new things I want to add.

So check it out. Let me know what you think. If you like it Check it ever so often if you want.

Also I CHALLENGE YOU to do something similar, if not a 100, consider just doing 50 or 25. But to really think of things you want to achieve someday, is not as easy as you think. I had had many “is it list worthy"? Thoughts and had to narrow it down. Is this something that would enrich my life in some way? To some it might not, but to me these things will. So do something similar and then let me know if you do.

Also, the placement in the list has nothing to do with the placing in my heart. Just random, written down as they came/come to me.



1. Be the best mother I can be
2. Skydive
3. Take a five different dance classes. To learn different styles.
4. Swim with dolphins
5. Learn another language
6. Make homemade Ice Cream
7. Travel to Greece* Completed July 2011- Santorini, Athens and Mykonos
8. Go to the top of the Eifel Tower
9. Bungee jump
10. Save up and buy my OWN new car
11. Get my BA (would be the first in family)
12. Be in two places at once
13. Take a pottery class
14. Go parasailing
15. 4-wheel in Jamaica
16. Witness a miracle
17. Go on a cross Atlantic cruise
18. See the Mona Lisa in person.* completed Jan 17, 2009
19. Visit Yellowstone
20. Go to Niagara Falls
21. See a silent movie, in a theatre
22. Make homemade butter
23. Do an unselfish act (those who know me say I have done this, but it was a little bit for me too, but its close)
24. Take a cooking course/class
25. Go to Stonehenge *completed August 2012
26. Go see a live NFL Denver Broncos game
27. Run a FULL marathon
28. Learn to ice fish
29. Go on the London Eye *completed Oct 2011
30. Visit the Opera House in Sydney, Australia
31. Visit the Pyramids of Giza
32. Really, truly 100% forgive someone( we all have before BUT do you still feel resentment? Think of it? I want to forgive and truly let go...)
33. Ride one of the rides on top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas * Completed OCT 2006- Two of them
34. Volunteer at a shelter, once a month or more. For a whole year (I did it before but not for a whole year)
35. Read to the elderly, once a month or more.for a whole year
36. Ski in Aspen, CO
37. Swim with stingrays (in Bahamas)

38. Learn to play an instrument (decently)
39. Make a quilt/blanket, from my own hands
40. Watch my children graduate from high school
41. Bench press 100lbs (I made it to 90 once)
42. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa *completed August 2010
43. Go to Spain *completed April 2010- Barcelona, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar
44. Sing karaoke in public, a whole song, by myself
45. See the Cherry Blossom trees in bloom, in Japan
46. Visit the Red Light District in Amsterdam
47. Go to the tallest building in the world (it changes so depending on the year I do it.)
48. Own my own home
49. Walk in the house of Anne Frank *completed Nov 2008
50. Have a 15yr wedding anniversary and re-new vows
51. Visit the White House in D.C
52. See England’s Crown jewels
53. See the Sixtieth Chapel
54. Visit Scotland
55. Visit Dublin, Ireland *completed March 2009
56. Hold one of my great grandchildren
57. Make homemade jam
58. Go on a trip across the whole lower 48 in an RV, in a year.

59. See the Grand Canyon
60. Celebrate New Year's in Time Square, NY
61. Learn a second foreign language
62. Actually finish a scrapbook, from start to finish( have plenty half done)
63. Meet my first born son, DRB.
64. See the volcanoes in Hawaii, from the sky.
65. Take a picture with Marilyn Monroe’s star
66. Go to Disneyland
67. Go on a hike through the Swiss Alps
68. Take an art class
69. Grow a plant from a seed.* Completed August 2011(sunflowers, three kinds)
70. Eat a famous Chicago pizza  *completed April 2015 (Gino's East)
71. Go to a MLB game, preferably Cubs, Red Sox or Yankees (don’t know why)
72. Visit Mount Rushmore
73. Celebrate Mardi Gras, in New Orleans
74. Make a difference in someone's life( know I did because THEY tell me)
75. Take a trapeze class
76. Go to Prague, Czech Republic
77. Visit Budapest, Hungary *completed August 2012
78. Go on a cruise.*Completed July 2011-Mediterean Cruise
79. Read a 100 books in one year(working on it)
80. See a live taping of a TV show (talk show works too)
81. Go to a Broadway show. *Completed Oct 2011, Legally Blonde in London.
82. Learn and create my family tree, at least 10 generations back
83. Save someone, from themselves, someone else...
84. Visit Easter Island
85. Go to Fuji
86. Go to Bora Bora
87. Visit New Zealand
88. Go a Christmas Season and get no presents and buy no presents, Experience what it is meant to be.(this will be very hard) *completed Dec 2016 (it was hard, but keeping up traditions helped ie; homemade hot chocolate, watching a movie every day etc)
89. Get my Masters Degree
90. Own an old classic Car. Preferably 67 Mustang, 78 Nova, 70 series Camerao or Challenger
91. Learn a fighting or self defense style(thinking krav maga)
92.Mail everything on time for a whole year(birthday cards, packages etc..anyone who knows me knows I am HORRIBLE at buying and then it sitting in a box or envolope and not addressed or mailed)


100 in 365 Challenge # 1

I have copied a dear friend of mine in her goal of reading 100 books in 12 months. I know I read a lot, but what type of books do I mostly turn too? How many books do I read in a month? Are there certain months that I read more in?

I would love to learn these things.

So I will be adding to this entry throughout the year. I will have a link in the sidebar.

Wish Me Luck!

I tried I really did, if I could count textbooks or magazines I could get a good twenty more into my total.
I failed.
I missed my goal by a few
okay more than
a few.
But it was fun.
This quest and love for reading has made me step out of my typical norm
has me even in a book club.(met some wicked neat ladies from it)

 So I will try again. Going from August 2011-August 2012
Check out the second attempt and it's book list over here.
Otherwise check out the list below for some good reads!

May 2010

1. Laura K. Hamilton,  Danse Macabre, # 14 in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.
2. Maureen Child, The Last Lone Wolf, book in the " Kings of California" series.

June 2010

1. Nora Roberts, Savor the Moment, Book three in the " Bride Quartet" series.
2. Laura K. Hamilton, Blue Moon, Book eight in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.

July 2010

1. Anne Rice, Angel Time, Book One

August 2010

1. Johanna Lindsey,  That Perfect Someone, Malory family series
2. Lisa Jackson, Without Mercy
3.Kirsten Miller, The Eternal Ones
4. Tess Gerristen, Ice Cold,  Rizzilo and Isles novel
5. Julia James, His Penniless Beauty
6. J.R Ward, Dark Lover, Black Dagger Brotherhood Book One
7. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises


1. J.R Ward,"Lover Eternal", Black Dagger Brotherhood,
2 Charlene Harris. Dead to the World, Sookie Stackhouse series, Book Four     
3.Charlene Harris, Dead as a Doornail, Sookie Stackhouse series, Book Five
4,Charlene Harris, From Dead to Worse, Sookie Stackhouse series, Book Eight
5. Charlene Harris, Dead and Gone, Sookie Stackhouse series, Book Nine
6. Charlene Harris, Dead in the Family, Sookie Stackhouse series,Book Ten


1. Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief, Book One
2. Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse, Book Two

( Oct was a low month for me was taking three classes so most of my reading was a textbook. But I read these books with my little sister and they are cute and fun. It was a decent read and a great bonding tool)


1. Christine Feehan, Dark Slayer, Carpthain Novel, Book Twenty
2.Christine Feehan, Dark Fire, Carpthain Novel, Book Six
3.Christine Feehan, Dark Guardian, Carpthain Novel, Book Nine
4. Laura K. Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures,Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book One
5.Laura K. Hamilton, The Laughing Corpse, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book Two


1. Tucker Max, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
2. Debbie Macomber, Christmas in Cedar Cove
3.Barb and C.J Hendee  ,Through Stone and Sea, Book Eight in the Noble Dead Series
4. Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labrythin, Book Three
5. Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, Book Four


1. Nora Roberts, Vision in White, Book One in Bride Quartet,
2. Nora Roberts, Happy Ever After, Book Four in Bride Quartet,
3. Nora Roberts, Bed of Roses, Book Two in Bride Quartet,
4. Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven


1.Kathryn Stockett, The Help(Book Club)
2. Jennifer Weiner, Fly Away Home
3. MaryJanice Davidson,Undead and Unwed, Bestsy Taylor Series, Book One
4.MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Unemployed, Bestsy Taylor Series, Book Two
5.MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Underappriecated, Bestsy Taylor Series, Book Three
6.MaryJanice Davidson, Undead and Unpopular, Bestsy Taylor Series, Book Four
7. MaryJanice Davidson,Undead and Unfinished, Bestsy Taylor Series, Book Nine

March 2011

1. Sara Gruen,Water for Elephants(Book Club)
2.Jane Feather, To Wed a Wicked Prince
3.Laura K Hamilton, Circus of the Damned,Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book Three
4.Laura K. Hamilton,The Lunatic Cafe, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book Four

April 2011

1. Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation:The Darkside to the All American Meal(Book Club)
2. Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, Skinny Bitch
3.  Gail A. Eisnitz,Slaughter House: The shocking Story of greed, neglect and inhumane treatment inside the U.S Meat Industry
4.Laura K Hamilton, Bloody Bones,Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book Five
5.Laura K Hamilton,The Killing Dance, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book Six

May 2011

1. Tatiana de Rosnay, Sarah's Key(Book Club)- started end of May/Finished in June
2.Laura  K, Hamilton, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, Book Seven
3.Jeaniene Frost, Halfway to the Grave, Night Huntress Series, Book One.
4.Jeaniene Frost, One Foot in the Grave,Night Huntress Series, Book Two


Sunday, June 13

Be thankful for what you are missing?

" Be thankful for what you have: you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough"

-Oprah Winfrey

" If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don't have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it's not enough."

-Ann Landers

These two quotes found me at two different times, yet carry the basic message. Be thankful for the now, quit fretting about the past. Be happy with your life, not look for something that is better. I have some friends going through some rough patches in many different parts of their very different lives. But I just want to share these two quotes with all of them.

You are a strong, amazing woman, you can get past this, you have had worse? Right? Do not let this be the thing that breaks you. If you break, just know I will be there to help pick up the pieces. Do not be ashamed for these feelings, you are still you and YOU are FANTASTIC!!

Thursday, June 3

Food Inc.

Well, well, What to say. Now I know what all the hype had been from some friends. I will never eat Tyson chicken again, corn fed cows caused ecolia to become stronger?? Okay now have to check my meat. Lucky me I live in Europe so I have access to real bread, normal grass fed cows etc. But I still love my American food. I will just have to do research more on some brands to not use.
If you do not want your fav foods to make your stomach turn or have your food bill doubled cause you buy more fresh and healthy instead of " cheap" DO NOT watch Food Inc.
If you want to learn a whole hell of a lot of crap, have something kinda force you to change your eating habits, or just to scoff at it. Watch it.
Other than that, go to my shoeblog. Check out some recent purchases. While you do that I am going to put some sublock on and soak up the warmth outside.