Thursday, December 15, 2011





109 comments:

jan said...

I added some additional pics of ornaments. The 1st is pic of a dream catcher - this is a native Amer symbol that you hang in your bedroom. The 3rd and 4th are also Native symbols. The little drum with corn hand painted on it is one I bought here and is made by a native person. the last is called "santapelli: from the native symbol "cocopelli" which is a little person playing a flute - supposed to be a fertility symbol - not a problem for me. The 2nd pic is an ornament Steve made in grade school (he is 45 now) and the middle one is the Lion I told you about earlier. The little B in the first is one someone made for John as that is the initial of his last name.

Carol said...

Thank you so much Jan for sharing your Christmas decorations. You are getting me into the spirit.

I've seen dream catchers before. Is there more significance to them?

Interesting that you chose two Leos for husbands. Have you read anything about the compatibility of Aries and Leo?

Carol said...

Coreen..I don't want to hit the middle class with more taxes. We are already paying for the top and the bottom but there are a lot fewer of us to support both ends. Things are out of control in this country and it won't end well. It can't.

U.S. Poverty: Census Finds Nearly Half Of Americans Are Poor Or Low-Income

Carol said...

Here's a great article by one of my heros..fascinating people..Dylan Ratigan. Worth the few minutes it takes to read it. This "Get Money Out" project he talks about sounds exciting. It's our only hope.

On Our Way to Climbing Everest

Two times in this article..Dylan mentions Buddy Roemer..a Republican candidate for President that the GOP won't allow into the conversation..probably because he "..has based his entire campaign on the corrupting influence of big money."

Carol said...

This morning I was reading some comments after an article on Bab's special last night on the most fascinating people. They were all in line with our thoughts about her selections. All were irritated with the KKK selection.

I will have to say I was happy when Bab's told them they had no talent. They agreed. I learned that it was Kim's sex video that got the whole thing started. Didn't know that. I guess that was fascinating.

Carol said...

And Coreen..I do my dang best to try to educate and change the attitudes of those inmates I work with. I don't let an opportunity go by to teach them how to take care of themselves..how to best utilize the healthcare system..to get an education..not to depend on SS disability..etc. It may not stick but I give it my best shot.

I don't believe in supporting people who are capable of supporting themselves..if there were jobs available.

Carol said...

News you can't use:

One of Sandusky's lawyers..."suggested that Sandusky was showering with boys -- something that he has repeatedly admitted to -- in order to teach them "basic hygiene skills" rather than for any sexual purpose."

Ya just make this stuff up!

Carol said...

I mean.. ya can't make this stuff up! Still don't type that well.

Carol said...

Gov. Buddy Roemer on MSNBC's Morning Joe

Just give him a listen.

Carol said...

Interesting..besides Morning Joe..which I found online..I've only seen Roemer on the Daily Show..Colbert and Rachel Maddow. It's interesting that it's mostly lib programs that have him on.

Too bad this guy doesn't run as an Independent. With his message..I think he might have a chance. He just needs a lot more people sending him 100 bucks or less. And I'm gonna do it just to hopefully have the opportunity to see him debate the other turkeys.

Carol said...

I just found that youtube with Roemer on Morning Joe yesterday and he's due on again this morning. Interesting sychronicity. Hope I didn't miss him but then I can always find him later on the Net.

Carol said...

I've had these crazy thoughts over the last several years.. that politics is just a scam perpetrated on us. I think I came to that conclusion after Obama got elected and that hope and change thing fizzled out. I know some of us didn't really fall for from the get go.

The parties don't sound too far away from one another except on some social issues and I've never really thought that Conservatives were really that committed to some of those issues..just red herrings to snag people in certain special groups.

And how hard has Obama even fought for the things he said he wanted to accomplish?? Really? We needed health care reform but what is this crap they came up with? I really do think that the three of us could have come up with a better idea.

jan said...

Carol, just read the article on the poor in america. It is a sad sad thing. All of the Early Head Start families are part of this population.

jan said...

When I was in my early 20's I was part of this population. I never had any public assistance. While I was a single parent I had to move back home with parents 2 times because I could not afford to make it on my own. I had jobs the entire time too. I was part of the working poor. Did you know that a family who has to live with other family members are considered "homeless?"

You and I see the face of poverty every day in our work.

jan said...

Did you know if one of the children in our Early Head Start - child care centers gets sick and cannot be in the Center, the parent has to take off to care for the child (unless they have a family member who can care for the child) and does not get paid for that time off from work.

If a child is sick for a week and the parent cannot go to work, they can lose their job and/or lose their apartment and wind up homeless. If there are no family members to live with, they wind up on the street.

jan said...

Most of our parents do not have back up money or a back up plan to prevent these things from happening. They live from day to day. We do have some fairly decent ways of halping families here where I live. ONe of the great things about the agency I work with is that the staff know of many ways to help families including options for food, housing and other things other than simply child care.

jan said...

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
Margaret Mead

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

Having two bathrooms ruined the capacity to co-operate.
Margaret Mead

Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.
Margaret Mead


We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
Margaret Mead

jan said...

Happy Birthday Margaret Mead

jan said...

If I could have a dinner party with some of my heroines, I would have Hillary Clinton, Margaret Mead, Georgia O'Keefe, Jane Austin & Florence Nightingale & Julia Child

Carol said...

Jan..thanks for sharing Ms Mead's thoughts with us. There's a lot to ponder there. I've heard of the woman.. I guess because her name came up often in stuff we read for nursing.

I went to Wiki to read up on her. She was a pretty interesting lady.

I found another quote I really liked...

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

And another interesting fact..."She also cofounded the Parapsychological Association, a group advocating for the advancement of parapsychology and psychical research."

Carol said...

Did you get to see "The View" today? They had on Tracy Gold. She is

"...first celebrities to bravely go public with her experience battling anorexia while growing up in front of the camera, actress Tracey Gold has since become one of the world’s most recognized advocates and role models for educating people on the emotional and physical dangers of eating disorders. Now, she is reaching out and helping women one-on-one to face their life threatening condition with Lifetime’s new unscripted series Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold."

Your daughter in law might find that program helpful.

Carol said...

I sometimes thought that I had anorexia nervosa. I certainly was nervosa often enough and when I was I was.. I was also anorexic. Remember? I could lose 10 lbs almost overnight. It was horrible.

I never wanted to be thin. I hated it and hated it when people gave me a hard time about it. At one point..in grad school..when I was very nervosa..I was down to 107 lbs and at 5'9" I looked awful. I wouldn't even look in a mirror.

It turned out that it was just hyperthyroidism. You'd have thought that one of my doc..that I really didn't see very often..would have thought about my thyroid. I finally had to ask my gynecologist to check it. I probably had it for over 20 years by then.

Carol said...

Oh..I saw Roemer on Morning Joe this morning. At the end of his interview..Joe asked if he considered running as an Independent. He said that he was a Republican but he has considered maybe a unity ticket. I think he ought to go for it. This may be the best time for an Independent to win. Most of us are burned out with the other two parties.

Carol said...

Jan..just got a call from Ruby D. Remember her? She taught us Med-Surg. She going to be 90 years old this year and she's still running the roads. Sounds better than I do.

She calls every now and again to check on me and catch me up and what going on with all the other faculty.

She told me that Darlene Lee just recently died. Do you remember her? She was a good friend of Corky's. She was always sickly and seriously overweight.

She said Margaret Hall was still kicking. And Jane Jones also. She hadn't heard from Lynn. Our old faculty was a pretty hardy group.

jan said...

Carol, love hearing about our faculty. Sorry to hear about Darlene Lee. when I saw Corky a few years ago (she came here to visit her daughter) she mentioned Darlene and that they were still friends. Glad to hear Marguerite Hall still around. She came through Albuq when I was here in early 1980's and visited with me.

I remember that you had a hard time gaining wt and also remember you losing wt when in grad school.

jan said...

We have taped that story and watched it once. Plan to watch again as I fell asleep in middle. My DIL called us about the show. She and Terry are soaking up every thing they can find out about this disorder. Thanks for telling me about it. I have been interested in it for years. The theories about it have changed some over the years. The old theory was "a controlling mother" Do you remember in psych how the mother was blamed for everything. There does seem to be some genetic basis for it too. Sexual abuse has been one theory - don't know how that has held up. I need to read up on latest research.

jan said...

How interesting that Ruby still calls you. That is great! I wonder if she still paints. I remember that was a hobby of hers. Ask her next time you see her.

jan said...

Wow - 90 years old. Glad she is doing well.

Carol said...

She talked for a while Jan and never mentioned painting.

jan said...

My years in school (not HS) have been most memorable. Steve is only one of my kids who loves school. Bill finished college but no interest in more. Terry did not go to college, and says he does not regret it. However, he did miss out on a position with Ford because he does not have a degree. He has always done very well though.

Carol said...

She mentioned getting together for her 90th BD. I'll have to try to do that. I might not be around for her next.

jan said...

I remember how a lot of our peers did not like M.H. Yet, I was better prepared for the MCH than any other

Carol said...

Remember when we used to worry that maybe we might not be getting everything we needed with our education so we were determined to make sure we did?

Carol said...

I thought that you might get a kick out of this Jan. A breast feeding flash mob. This woman had been told to stop breastfeeding her child in a cafe so she tapped into her online community and this is what resulted.

Breastfeeding Flash Mob In UK Draws 40 Moms And Babies

Carol said...

Ya know..our connection thru social media can be a powerful tool for change. It's already started at least one revolution. That's why TPTB..the powers that be.. are threatening to censor the Internet.

Carol said...

This morning one of my nurses wanted to show me something on one of my patients so she sent me a text pic on Iphone. We've used that several times. It's sort of like telemed.

Carol said...

Coreen..do you have a signed ball from Derek?

jan said...

Did I miss something? what is the ...signed ball from Derek?

jan said...

Carol, I hope you were kidding when you said you might not be around for Ruby's next????

jan said...

This is definitely the dark ages in terms of care of women and children. Men ogle young women's bodies and then throw them out of court for breastfeeding their babies. The woman in the video that was in court said she was sitting in the back of the courtroom and had herself covered.

Yes Carol, you knew what my response would be. I love the idea of all these young women coming down to where they are being discriminated agains for a natural process - so they all come down and breastfeed their babies together.

jan said...

My grandson Cory graduated from college this afternoon (Bill's youngest). His parents had a party for him, all the family and many of Cory's friends. The house was bursting with people. Bob (Bill's dad) and his wife flew in from ARk for it and so did my DIL's mom from Montana. We all had a very nice time.

jan said...

I love the idea of a breast feeding flash mob. LOL

Carol said...

I do too Jan. Too bad they didn't throw in a dance also. Can you think of a good song they could have used?

Carol said...

Congrats to the family on your GS graduation! It sounds like it was a fun party. Was he the accounting major?

Carol said...

And yes we seem to be moving into a dark age. Evil seems to be very popular. Our technology is so amazing and I'm so in awe of it but the rest is a mess.

What will 2012 bring? Have we hit bottom yet? There are those predictions for the end of the world. I remember when I was listening to C2C last year and some people who interpret the ideas from some of the famous.. but dead.. clarvoyants. They didn't think the world would end but I seem to remember them mentioning that it would change dramatically.

Carol said...

I know we are all burned out on politics or were never burned in on it but it is important. It sets the pace for everything else.

For me..the two most important changes we MUST make is to get the money and corruption out of the political process and get the jobs back to this country. It's really quite simple..just common sense. We can't fix anything until those two things happen.

Carol said...

We must get the money and corruption out of politics and we can't depend on those politicians to do it.

That's why I'm so impressed with Buddy Roemer no matter what he calls himself. And those labels don't mean a thing..we all know that.

I've checked on Trail Mix to see if any of them have mentioned him. If they have..I haven't seen it. They are pretty well read on the subject but keep complaining about the same old shit.

I don't want it to take some horrible disaster to get people to come together for the greater good of all. The Universe has provided enough of those this year. It does seem to have a short lived effect and then it's back to business as usual.

Carol said...

And how much money does it take to make these ultra rich people happy? How many yachts do they have to have? How many castles? How many cars? They are just addicted to money.

I have heard some of the ultra rich..mostly the Hollywood crowd that say they could afford to pay more taxes..they wouldn't even miss the money.

And I do understand that giving more money for those idiots in the government to throw away doesn't make anyone happy. If we had the likes of Liz Warren to pass it out..we might be a little more willing to give.

Carol said...

We are now suppose to be out of Iraq. Not sure we really are. How much of our money did we waste there? Who ended up with all the money they lost over there? Remember when they lost billions in cash. Never heard who got it but I can bet it was someone here who did.

Carol said...

Just head on the news that it was a trillion that we dropped in Iraq. What could we have done with a trillion dollars?

Carol said...

And Jan..I figured Coreen would know what I'm talking about with the signed ball. Rumor has it that when D Jeter has a one night stand..he has a driver bring the woman home and in the car is a gift basket which includes a signed baseball. Better than what most one night stands get.

Carol said...

Just called to check on one of my inmates. They called me at the end of the day yesterday to tell me that an inmate came to medical saying he couldn't pee. He wanted to go out to the hospital. I told them to cath him. He refused..he wanted to go to the hospital. I said..no..they would just cath him and we can do that. They had him sign a refusal for the procedure and sent him back to his room. Don't know what he was up to.

When I called this morning to check on him..the nurse said he told her that he had a large BM last night and then he could pee. I told her that I knew he was full of s---!

jan said...

Carol,
Your inmate anecdote is hilarious. Just read it to John and he laughed. You should put all of these stories in a book. It would sell. You have a talent at telling these anecdotes.

jan said...

I agree that it is appalling that so many lives, money, time and our reputation as a nation was put into this war- and we were the aggressors. The lives lost were not only American- many iraqui civilians and children who were made to fight in the war too.

jan said...

Interesting about the baseball and Derek Jeter. I had not heard that before.

jan said...

wonder if any of his one-night-stands have ever given him a "gift" of the biological kind.

jan said...

I will give some thought to a "song" for the breastfeeders.

Carol said...

Jan..I had a inmate last week who wouldn't let me send him to the hospital and I wanted to. His bladder was so full he looked 8 months pregnant and it felt like a pregnant uterus.

I've never seen that type of bladder distention before. He had to have close to 2000 ccs in there and he just wanted some Motrin. He also wouldn't let us cath him. Didn't want a cath.

I told him he could die or his bladder could explode or he could destroy his kidneys. I wouldn't give him the Motrin to mask the pain. Two nights later he finally gave in. He had close to 2000 ccs in there. He now has an indwelling cath and we are getting him a Urology referral.

It's either one extreme of the other.

jan said...

Good Grief! I hope whoever cathed him, they did it real slow.

jan said...

We just watched an old movie about Will Rogers. He was from OK and probably was one of my distant relatives. In one of the towns I grew up in (Claremore) there is a big Will Rogers Memorial. He died in 1935.

jan said...

Carol, if you are interested, I just posted some family pics on FB of graduation party. Some of Bob and his wife too.

Carol said...

Enjoyed your pics Jan. I don't often go to FB so when you have something..let me know.

Carol said...

News says there might be blizzard conditions over your way. Will that be where you live or up in the mountains?

jan said...

It is raining out this morning. Most of the time, the snow is in the mountains. We live close to the city which is in a valley. We do get snow but most of time it comes and leaves quickly. Often when it is snowing in the mountains, it is raining in Alb. The mountains are just 30 minutes from the city.

jan said...

We are fine in Albuquerque. We are having snow but it is melting as soon as hits the ground. Not a good day to get on the highway. The streets are wet - so once it freezes tonight it will be hazardous. We are just staying in as long as things are bad out on roads.

jan said...

I hope we don't lose power. that is my main concern.

jan said...

wierd things happening here. I posted something that says 6:23 and then two postings later 4:03 & 4: 04 (earlier) than the 6:23.

Carol said...

The 6 was AM and the 4 was PM. And I get disoriented also and we don't get snow.

Carol said...

Stay safe Jan and off the roads. Hope you keep the power. I read your weather and they mentioned snow but no ice storm.

jan said...

time thing LOL.

jan said...

We have a dusting of snow in our yard - nothing more. Since we have lived here (8 years) there has been only one time that we could not get out - had 4 ft of snow. It took 3 days before the roads were passable in front of our house. We live a mile from grocery so can walk there if need to. We are almost 5000 feet elevation at our house and we get snow often but usually does not stick or does not stay long, but mountains at edge of town are 10,000 + and that is where the snow happens. But also I 40 which goes E and W often closed with bad weather and occasionally I 25 which goes N & S (Denver-El Paso) is closed. Even when highways are closed we can usually still get around town. Santa Fe which is 52 miles away is 7500 elev. and they get lots more snow than us.

Carol said...

I've developed several mini phobias in my old age. Some aren't too bad and others border on pathological. Some might call it procrastination and that's gotten to be pathological.

One I tackled last night. It was checking to see how many CEUs I still need to recert next year. Every time I thought about doing it..I broke out in a sweat and my heart raced. I was wondering if I was purposely trying to sabotage myself into retiring next year.

I knew I was behind but didn't want to know how far. I need 150 every five years and before I had this job it wasn't so bad but when I can't even find time to take a vacation..who wants to try to find it to get away for CE.

We used to be able to get some in town at our meetings. Then the nursing organizations decided that if drug cos. provide the programs we can't get CEUs.

I have to take my vacation time off as a long weekend and the programs I can find within a reasonable distance take a long weekend. Those Houston trips also required driving in the dark both ways also..another phobia.

jan said...

I plan to go to work today - about 4 miles from house, but will wait to see what weather and road conditions are. I am very cautious. I live in area of the univ and the commun college is just 1/2 mile from my work and now that students are gone, the traffic is great getting back and forth to work

jan said...

We are driving to OK and AR the day after Christmas - but will check all weather before we go. We won't take any chances and if road conditions get bad on the way - we stop and wait. That is good thing about not working full time.

jan said...

Terry has a Ford truck. I love it - it can get through almost any weather. My favorite thing about it is that it has this permanent GPS system in front of you (a nice size one) that you see the road you are on all the time. If you want to know what eating places are close, you just push a button and pick one in the area and then push that button and it tells and shows you how to get there. My wish list would be to have a small car that gets about 50 miles to the gallon in town and a pick up like his for trips.

jan said...

So how are you with CEU's

jan said...

Guess you are getting ready for work. It is only 5:12 here. woke up at 4 am. I do that a lot lately. I slept about 5 hours last night. Guess that is enough.

Carol said...

Another phobia is opening mail from any small investments I have. I've talked with others who have that phobia. You just don't want to know how much money you lost. Actually..anything to do with money is one of my biggest phobias.

I've just mentioned a few of my phobias. You guys have any weird phobias?

I've added stairs to my phobias and to top it off..fear of phobias is another.

jan said...

I have phobias about driving in the dark too - and another phobia is driving in driving rain or snow. My heart races. I try to avoid these at all costs. John has no problem with this. It started with me when we lived in Montana and I got caught in a blizzard and my car stalled out on a two lane highway. It was a little fiat and a man stopped behind me and came up and did something to some thing in the car and followed me all the way to the next town - and the car would not go faster than 20 miles an hour. He was my guardian angel. Bob and Terry came to meet me and they were closing roads behind us. Talk about treachous weather and roads. I would never move there again.

Carol said...

I've been sleeping more lately. It's become my favorite activity. I also take my time getting ready for work.

jan said...

One time in Nortwest ARk. I was driving home from work and it had started snowing bad. John was behind me - he had come to meet me for dinner and following me home. We had a 30 mile drive. It was snowing so hard, I could barely see the road in front of me. I was shaking all over and my heart was racing, I pulled off on a small road and went about 2 blocks and stopped in front of a house - went in the house and told them I was having a panic attack and could I wait there for my husband to come get me. They were very kind. I called John on my cell and the man told him how to get to his house. John came after me and I left my car at these people's house and the snow was so bad we could not get back to get it for 4 days.
So yes, I have my phobias too.

jan said...

I sleep a lot less. I have a lot on my mind lately and it wakes me up and then I cannot get back to sleep.

jan said...

How is your ankle doing?

jan said...

You must be needing more sleep Carol.

jan said...

Just saw on national news about the bad winter storm in New Mexico. At our house it only rained and snowed some and the temp during the day stayed about 35-38. We just had a dusting of snow this morning and I had my good morning walk.

Carol said...

Jan..didn't a blizzard chase us home when we went skiing that year in Colorado? The roads were closing behind us. I remembered that happened one year when I drove up there and didn't we drive when we went. It was around Amarillo Texas.

jan said...

Yes, we did come through blowing snow in Amarillo. Roads were slippery. You guys had me drive. Ha Ha. I was not nervous on bad roads then. I had lived in OK and thought I could drive on anything. That is what youth does to you - makes you stupid.

jan said...

Coreen, it looks like the storm maybe headed your way.

Coreen said...

Interesting turn of weather this season...so far we are snow free...not a speck, thankfully...

Looks like we will get through Christmas with
no snow...maybe some rain tomorrow then Christmas eve or so...It has been a much warmer
December than last year when we already had
snow that stayed the entire winter...

Coreen said...

Driving in snow is always a challenge...don't know anyone here who has not experienced that white knuckle gripping the steering wheel just to get home....that is why you need a car with all wheel or front wheel drive here...a rear
wheel drive car here is not very good in snow,
no matter what...

My office is about half hour from house, so at the first sign of snow falling I leave...I am fortunate that I can do that...

The latest weather reports & since it is just a few days before Christmas they are all saying
maybe there will be some snow for Christmas Eve or Christmas day, but likely not...every year the weather people tease us with the
'white christmas'...the last couple of years that was the case...but so far they keep saying not likely this time...

jan said...

Hi Coreen, good to see you pop in here. Montana is the only place I have lived where we drove on snow all winter - in town. They kept the highways cleared of course. Ice is worse than snow for driving. OK is the worst state for driving on ice. I have always tried to live close to work so can get home. I guess that is my greatest fear - not to be able to get home.

Carol said...

Coreen..I'm glad your weather has been milder lately. Remember..you already had that big snow. I think you were due for a break.

Our weather here has been OK. We had an unusually cold week early then back to relatively normal.

Carol said...

Coreen..did you get up some Christmas decs? And we want to see some Merry kitcats in the pics.

Carol said...

Jan..as far as my ankle is concerned..I'm still using one crutch to walk with. I try to do short distances in the house without it. I still can't walk normal. It's just been a little over 4 weeks and it still hurts to put much pressure on it.

Carol said...

You have 30% chance of snow on Christmas there Coreen.

Carol said...

I keep checking into Roemer's site to see where he was able to get heard. I just can't believe that someone who has such a reasonable message is not allowed to be heard. They don't want someone who says that money corrupts the political process to be heard.

There are solutions to our problems but no one wants us to hear them. Why???

jan said...

We have an 80% chance of snow today.

Carol said...

Weather underground says it is snowing there but not sure if that's where you live Jan. Any white stuff yet?

A thunder bumper/frog strangler woke Mag and I up this morning. Went into the kitchen later and the counter was covered with water..roof leaking.

The roof is covered with a lot of tree dropping and I do need a new roof over that part of the camp. I have one of my friends kids coming next week to clean the yard and I'll have him blow off the roof and put some tar up there on any bad spots until I can get a new roof.

Also having several electrical problems at my house. I think it is an electrical gremlin. Weird stuff. Never figured out what caused my hot water heater to trip the breaker. My x- roomies boyfriend said he changed both heating elements..the thermostat and the breaker and it still won't stay on.

Then last weekend my breaker for my relatively new dryer keep tripping off so I had to go to the washateria to dry my clothes. A friend will come over Saturday to check it out. The fun of homeownership.

There is another breaker that keeps tripping..when nothing is even on. I had an electician come out..charge me a fortune..change the breaker and that wasn't the problem. It still trips when no one is there using anything that's on that breaker. I've wondered if it's some kind of critter under the house biting on some wiring. Maybe it's a gremlin??

jan said...

My favorite singer on X Factor won - 19 year old Melanie Amauro. A great show tonight. An amazing singer who has had a tough life. And guess what - she is a nursing student. She gained her experience singing in church.

jan said...

Carol, so sorry you are having so many house problems. Hope those get repaired soon. Not a good time of the year to have these problems - is there a good time?

It is snowing here. My oldest son, Bill and his wife got caught coming home from Phoenix. They are in Grants NM - I 40 closed - they cannot get home tonight. She texted me a while ago. I asked her to let me know when they get in a motel. They were 1/2 mile from the exit when she texted in long string of traffic. I am waiting. I hate it when loved ones are on the highway in bad weather.

Carol said...

And that's the one who Simon sent packing then flew to Florida to tell her he made such a big mistake and bring her back. Hmmm.

When I heard her sing..I thought she was great also. Couldn't really understand why she was Xed in the first place.

My friend pulled that up on Youtube when that happened and showed me. She was pulling for her also. I heard each of the contestants and I thought she was best.

Me kinda thinks it was all part of the drama.. mama. I think it was predetermined..scripted. Makes for good entertainment..a feel good story.

Simon started the X factor so he could control it all. He doesn't like to lose..even in Monopoly..remember?

Carol said...

I often ponder just how much of what we see on TV is scripted either for our entertainment or to manipulate us. And what surprises me is just how easily people are manipulated.

jan said...

Simon said in an interview that his going after her to Florida was not "a put up job" I don't know whether to believe him. I don't think she knew about it. She and her family seemed genuinely surprised. The stunt could have made people vote for her though. We were never able to vote. Every time I tried I got a busy signal.

jan said...

I really liked the 1st runner up, Josh too. He has a great voice and personality. But I think he will do well anyway. I was concerned about the 3rd guy, Chris Rene. He had been off drugs for only about 2 months when he auditioned. I think they said, by the time of this final show, he had been clean for 8 months. I don't think that is long enough. He is really talented, but needs to be clean for a longer period of time. In AA they say a person should not start a new relationship or do anything different until they have been sober a year. I think it was too much too soon for Chris. I wish him well, however, and hope his sobriety continues.

jan said...

My son and DIL made it home and out of the winter storm further west on I 40. They are so glad to get home and I am greatly relieved.

jan said...

They spent the night in Grants NM where they got at least a foot of snow. When they were on the way home from Phoenix, it started to snow when they crossed into NM -they began to get worrried, so they called ahead to Grants and got a motel room. That was good thinking because as soon as they got to Grants the roads began to be closed and they had to get off I -40. The motel mgrs said there were no rooms available in Grants except for those with reservations. I don't know what the other people did.

jan said...

We have checked the weather and when we leave on Monday, it is supposed to be clear.

jan said...

Do Dogs go to Heaven? Carol, I posted something from a friend's wall. I think you will enjoy ti.

Coreen said...

New post is up