Monday, February 25, 2008

I Fought The Law And . . . *** *** Won - Part I

I wrote previously that I was going to go to court last week and fight my ticket, and I did. It was a real experience. I left my house at 6:55 a.m., thinking I would be home by about noon. Boy was I crazy.

When I got the ticket back in July, I thought it was a total mistake. It was in a heavy construction area and the signs were poorly marked. I retained an attorney, thinking I would pay my $50 and a few months later they would let me know if it was dismissed or that I would pay a fine. Apparently in Dallas things don't work that way. In Dallas, a trial is requested and you have to appear in court.

Once I found a parking place in the lot, I quickly made it through security and found my place in the courtroom. Outside the courthouse is a historical marker. This is the same courthouse where Jack Ruby shot Oswald.

It quickly filled up with about 60 other citizens that were there to "fight the law". The judge came in at 8:30 for the docket call. If you or your attorney did not answer when your name was called, a warrant was issued for your arrest. At this time, they explained that the police officer that issued your ticket had until 9:45 to appear. Just sit tight until then.

Then we were told to get a copy of the "rules" from a bin on the wall. No eating, no drinking, no cellphones, no caps, no talking and NO READING. You have got to be kidding me. I brought me a juicy book to pass the time. Can anyone explain to me just how reading would disturb anyone around me? Court was not even in session, but I didn't dare read because I didn't want to make anyone mad. A couple of cellphones went off, and the reaction from the judge was not good. I thought he just might attack the victim if his bailiff was not there to hold him back. Glad it wasn't mine.

I sat for the next hour staring at the walls and reading the rule sheet over and over and over and over again. I definitely wanted to make sure I didn't break any of them and incur the wrath of Mr. Judge. He had a little bit of an ego going and I knew he would not hesitate to show you who was in charge.

At 9:45, we all rose one more time for Mr. Judge and to find out if our police officer had arrived. I waited patiently waiting for my name to be called. When the name is called, they either announced officer unavailable or ready. When my name was called, the prosecutor announced . . . .

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sending Cards - First Time for This Occasion

I love to send cards to people and I love to get cards. It is very special to me to get a card from someone in the mail. It means they thought so much about me that they took the time to go to the store, look up my address, write a note, find a stamp (that's a big one) and take it to the post office. It means that they value you and you are worth the effort.

Pops got a card in the mail yesterday from an ex employee thanking him for being a great person to work for and saying how much she appreciated him. This year for Valentine's day, I made 30 Valentine cards and sent them out to people that I care about. When I read the obituaries and see that a friend (even if it is someone I haven't seen in a couple of year) has lost a loved one, I will send them a card telling them I'm sorry for their loss and I am praying for them.

We have some friends that we used to go to church with (Cary and Julie). Cary used to work for Pops and they were a part of our home bible study. They are a sweet, loving family. I ran into them at the grocery story about 3 months ago and they were telling me about their family and how well everyone was doing, and they were so happy, just like they always had been. They love Pops and were talking about how they were just having a conversation about him and something he said just that week.

There was a 20 year old murdered in Hurst last Friday. While the police are not releasing any of the details, I did read something so disturbing. When I read it, I felt like I had been punch in the stomach. It physically hurt.

Cary and Julie's 17 year old son has been charged with the murder along with some other boys. My heart is breaking for them. I can't get them off my mind and I am constantly praying for them. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in their position. I hurt so badly for them.

Pops tried to call them a couple of times yesterday, but their phone was out of service. (I wonder why). We sent them a card telling them that we cared about them, were praying for them, and we are available for them.

I hope I don't ever have to send a card on this occasion again. Would you please pray for God's comfort and peace for Cary, Julie and John at this very difficult time in their lives.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Court and Kitchen

Last August 1st, we had a 50th birtday lunch at Al Biernat's for my friend Tina. When we were leaving Dallas, I got a ticket for "disregarding traffic control device" or in laymans terms, I went straight in a right turn only lane. The sign was at the intersection and barely visible. The officer stood in the street and pulled over every car in the line of traffic. We thought it was a detour.

He then selectively gave tickets. I thought it was unfair and decided to fight it. I hired an attorney and figured I'd pay my fee and they would do the work. Unfortunately in Dallas it doesn't work that way. I have to be in court at 8:00 a.m. this morning for a jury trial. I am guessing the way it works is the attorney is hoping the officer does not show up, and it will be dismissed. I also think they don't want to go to trial and the DA's office will offer a low settlement.

Had I known at the time that it was going to be such a hassel, I would have paid the $200 and walked away. It will be interesting to see what happens. I just can't imagine that the officer remembers every detail of this particular traffic stop from almost 7 months ago. What a waste of time and taxpayers money.

The good news of the week is that my kitchen sink came in. Yeah!!! I have been waiting for it since January 9th. Now the countertops, backsplash, cooktop, faucets, and painting can get finished. The cooktop has been in the back of my car for about 4 weeks so I will be glad to get it out!

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Final Questions

It has been fun answering the questions. The last four are from Gigi. She is Landrie and Karsyn's other grandmother from Salado. What a wonderful place to live! We just wish she was closer and I know she wishes she was closer to her girls. She misses them so much!

Who is my favorite movie star? That would have to be Julia Roberts. She is always in fun movies and in real life she seems like such a nice person. The only thing I can find "wrong" with her is her children's names. They are a little strange. Hazel, Phinneus and Henry.

What is my favorite food? That is without a doubt Mexican. We eat Mexican food several times a week. I love it all, and it is unfortunately so fattening! Friday night we had La Hacienda Ranch and last night we had Pappasito's. Two of my favorites!

What do I like best; mountains, beach, country or city? I like anything with water. I don't have to get in it, but I love to see it. It can be the beach, a lake, a river, a canal, I just love water. When we visit cities with water, I love to take boat cruises. My very favorite thing is to sit on a beach and feel the sand on my toes and listen to the water. La Jolla beach in California is my favorite. With the temperature usually in the 70's, it is just perfect and oh so beautiful.

What are my hobbies? I really don't think I have any particular hobbies, but there are things I enjoy doing. I enjoy cooking, although I don't do it much on a regular basis anymore. When I do, it is for fun. I enjoy reading. I only read at night, but I usually have a book going and I love my subscription to People magazine. I read every word in it. Jordan and I have a joke, and I really think this is right, if it is in People then it is true.

This past year I have picked up card making. The most fun part was gathering all the supplies. Considering all the supplies and machines I have bought in comparison to the cards I have made, I am at about a cost of $20 per card right now. I hope to lower that amount.

My last hobby is traveling. I like to visit new places and see new things. Las Vegas is the only place that I like to have repeat trips. We have a few fun trips planned for this year. Next month, I will probably make my last trip to San Diego and La Jolla beach. Pops is on his last leg of working there so I am going one final time. In April we are going to Hawaii. In June we are going to London and Scotland and possibly in August, Anaheim. We should find out about Anaheim in March. I have entertained taking Karsyn and Landrie with us, but the jury is still out. Landrie would be so easy to take (4 1/2), but I can't take her without Karsyn. Karsyn will be two in April and she needs to be potty trained before then.

I need to find some time to squeeze a Las Vegas trip or two in this year. My favorite.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Jordan is a Hoarder

Back in 1986, my sister was pregnant with twins. They were born at 29 weeks. During her pregnancy, I helped her out a lot because she had 3 other children at the time. She had lots of money at the time and to show me her appreciation, she bought me this purse. I loved it and used it for many years.

When I was finished with it, I couldn't bear to give it away, so I just put it in my closed. A couple of years ago, Jordan decided she wanted to use it. She called it "the vintage". She loved carrying it around and she used to always laugh about people asking if it was real. (It looked very used).

For a long time, she has been saying she wanted to buy a new one, but just couldn't part with the $$$. About 2 months ago, she decided it was time to reward herself and she bought a new one. It came in a beautiful box with a beautiful bow.

Today, 2 months later, it is still in the box with the beautiful bow. Why??? She is afraid to use it. She doesn't want it to get messed up or dirty. She just can't do it. So she pulls it out every few days and admires it and then puts it away in its safe little place.

Whenever I see her, I always ask if she had taken the Louis out yet and the answer is always, I just can't do it. I guess she really is enjoying it, because it is still new. For what she paid for it (more than her regular paycheck), I guess it is okay to hoard. I think I would too.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

The greatest love story ever told.

For God so loVed the world,
That He gAve
His onLy
That whoever
Believes In Him
Should Not perish,
But have Everlasting life.

I love Valentine's Day. Today is my second Valentine Day for the week. Pops is in California, so we celebrated on Tuesday. He got me the shoes I wanted, some perfume and roses. We ate at La Joya. I got him a couple of books and something very unique!

I am having him "custom" earplugs made. He will have a mold made of his ear canal and they will be shipped off and molded out of some sort of plastic. This is definitely an act of love on my part. Every night he uses disposable plugs that don't stay in and end up by my feet in the morning. All of this is so he can get a good nights sleep and not be disturbed by my snoring.

He was awake from 12:30 - 3:30 on Monday night because of me and I have bruises on my back from him beating me (not really). Even moving to the living room apparently did not help, so hopefully these will.

Justin will be my "date" for the night. I'm not sure where we are going, but we will eat well and have fun. I hope that all of my friends and family know how much I love you!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ramblings and Questions Part 3

I went to San Antonio with Pops last week. He had a conference and I tagged along. This is our favorite way to travel because all we have to pay for is my airfare. It is such a blessing.

A few years ago, one of our favorite restaurants closed in Ft. Worth, Water Street Seafood. They still have two locations open, one in Corpus and another in San Antonio. Whenever we get a chance to go to San Antonio, that is the highlight of our trip. When we landed, we headed straight to Water Street, and just before we came home we stopped by again.

We always get the same thing; the wedge salad with creamy walnut salad dressing and the crawfish chicken. When I took the first bite, it melted in my mouth and tasted just like I remembered it. I have the recipe for the dressing and have made it before. I need to do that again.

I have the recipe for the chicken and have also made it, but it is very labor intensive and time consuming. The chicken is stuffed with bell peppers and onions, shrimp, crawfish and pepper jack cheese. It is grilled and then served with an andouille cream sauce. The sauce is a creamy base with andouille sausage, cajun seasonings crawfish and pepper jack cheese. It is so good. One of my all time favorite dishes.

That was the highlight of my trip.

That brings me to the question that I was asked about. How many pairs of shoes do I have? This is always an issue when we travel. Pops says we have to have an extra suitcase for my shoes.

I can not even begin to count the pairs. In black flip flops alone, there are probably 20 pairs. I have so many that some of mine are stored in the garage because I "might" wear them again and I don't have room in my closet. I love shoes.

I bought another pair of black flip flops yesterday and I have picked out a pair of Steve Madden high healed sandles that Pops is getting me for Valentines day. (In black of course, because you can't have too many pairs of black shoes) Two pairs in a week is not too bad.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Questions - Part 2

I am back on the questions again after a short break. I don't know that the answers will be too interesting, but here it goes.

What crazy thing have I done that I am proud of? I don't have anything exciting at all, but some of the stuff I have done people would think was crazy.

Crazy is getting up at 2:30 a.m. to leave the house at 3:00 a.m. to drive to Duncanville to line up and buy Beanie Babies that were being put out at 6:00 a.m. Back in the Beanie days, the hunt was so much fun. I stood in many lines just to get the latest one.

We have been known to drive for hours just to check out a restaurant. I remember one Saturday, we left our house at 10:00 a.m. with our family and my sisters family in their suburban. We could not all fit in the car because I had 4 kids and she had 5. We drove for hours to south east Texas and didn't get home until after midnight. We were known for doing crazy things like that, just to have fun.

Another crazy thing I do (I am embarassed to admit this one) is that I am an ambulance chaser. I remember when there was a crash at DFW. I had a Dr.'s appointment for tubes for Jordan and Janelle in Ft. Worth, but I had to detour to the airport just so I could see what was going on. There was another time that we went and parked and watched a hostage situation. My kids hate to admit it, but they are hooked too. They will act like they don't care and are annoyed by me, but the minute they see something going on they will tell me to follow.

Following can be a good thing. Back in 1986, I went to LA with my Mom and Dad. We took Jordan with us because she was 2 and the other kids were in school. My Dad was working there for a week and I told my Mom I would go with her and show her around. As we were driving one afternoon, we saw a ton of limos. I talked my Dad into following them and we ended up at the Grammy awards. It was so much fun. My Mom and I sat in the bleachers and took pictured of the "stars" walking the red carpet.

Another crazy thing I did on this trip, was go home early. We were supposed to be there from Sunday until Friday. By Wednesday, I was so homesick for Pops. I missed him so bad. I couldn't stand it any longer and took a flight home on Thursday.

The only other crazy thing I can think of happened about 5 years ago. Jan, Jodi and I were in Nashville for Fan Fair with 3 of Hearts. We got some "bubba teeth" and walked all around downtown Nashville with our teeth in until 4:00 a.m. We would have our mouths closed and then walk by people and all smile at the same time. The reactions were hysterical. Some people would bust out laughing, and other would just stare because they didn't know if they were real or not. We laughed our heads off all night long. I know there are people out there that don't believe you could have so much fun without drinking, but we did.

Crazy times, but now that I think about it, some are a little embarassing.