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2017-01-03 04:50 pm
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365 Writing Prompts - Day 2

I literally forgot to post yesterday, but I was trying to get the house in order, laundry done, etc. so I could go back to work today. So, I'll make two posts.

January 2, 2017 Candy Apple Red:

A 1957 Thunderbird convertible - it just seems so stylish. Think Audrey Hepburn in "How to Steal a Million" or Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief". Yeah...

1957 T-bird


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2017-01-03 04:27 pm

Oh My!

Raaven did you see this?

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/bbb-yanks-accreditation-from-trump-backing-founder-of-mypillow-for-false-advertising/

I guess I won't be buying one, even if they truly are the most comfortable pillows on the market...

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2017-01-01 03:42 pm

Happy New Year!


So, I’ve decided to make a commitment and try my best to stick with it throughout this year. I chose one that I thought I would be able to stick to without getting frustrated or overwhelmed. I’m going to write a daily post with the help of a little booklet I found – 365 Writing Prompts.

Okay, here goes!

January 1, 2017 – Stroke of Midnight – where were you last night when 2016 turned into 2017? Is it where you wanted to be?

I’m going to be brutally honest and disclose personal information about my addictions and obsessions… I was at Wal-Green’s at the stroke of midnight, buying AA batteries. My USB keyboard had died and I actually drove to the store to buy fresh batteries.

However, I met Leslie’s co-workers, Candace, Melissa, and Terry. I also bought a bottle of sparkling red grape juice for the wiener kids, who were with Josh at the house.

When I arrived home, we broke out the good crystal, popped open the "wine" and toasted the new year.

Is it where I wanted to be? Absolutely! Since I couldn’t ring in the new year snogging Russell Crowe, I cherish being with Leslie, Curtis, and Jasmine. It’s the best place on the planet!


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2016-12-25 12:00 pm
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My tweets

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2016-12-08 12:00 pm
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My tweets

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2016-12-07 08:09 pm
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So, This Happened...


Jasmine and I were at the convenience store on the corner of Glenstone and Grand at approximately 5:00pm. Across the street, on the southwest corner of the intersection, there was a large pick up truck lodged between the base of the traffic light and a telephone pole.

I don't know...

Anyway, we saw at least five police cars, two tow trucks, an emergency rescue vehicle, and I'm not sure what else. Grand was blocked west of Glenstone, and the right south bound lane of Glenstone was closed. It was a complete mess and I'm thrilled we were able to avoid it.

A friend sent this link a few minutes ago.

Wanted Woman Causes 3-vehicle Crash by Speeding Away From Police

Evidently, she really did not want to go to jail...




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2016-11-29 12:00 pm
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My tweets

  • Mon, 21:56: Three thirty-somethings in the other room chewing bubblegum and popping bubbles. # not cute #losingmymind
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2016-11-28 05:25 pm

The Most Comfortable Pillow You'll Ever Own!


So, I keep seeing commercials for My Pillow. Maybe 5-6 years ago, I remember watching the paid program / infommercial where the creator first put it on the market. At that time he was asking $99.99, which I thought was outrageous. Now, I see that he's selling a pair for $89.97.

For the record, I realize that start up costs money, and he was probably just meeting expenses for manufacturing and marketing. Additionally, he must be selling quite a few of them if he's able to drop the price by 55%. However, I believe that if I spend $45 dollars for a pillow, it should be the best pillow I've ever had, and it should last longer than ten years, which is how long they are guaranteed.

Has anyone purchased one? Are they wonderful? Am I being too judgmental?


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2016-11-25 12:00 pm
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My tweets

  • Thu, 19:19: Les bought everyone Christmas socks. Curtis says they're like a dream on his feet. Pics to follow.
schaden_freude_lj: (Thoughtful)
2016-11-15 09:28 pm

Sometimes, The System Really Works.


On April 11, 2015, I learned that the police had arrested a woman I worked with, Cathy Torres, and her husband, Mauricio Torres. The charges were the felony battery and capital murder of their 6yr old son, Isaiah.

None of us could believe it. Surely, it had to be a third party - it happened on their watch, but no! They could not have killed their son!

Then, details started coming out. Both had been married before and not counting the three children they had together, she had four children from her previous relationships and he had three.

Approximately ten years ago, they lost parental rights to all seven of those children due to physical and sexual abuse. Members of Cathy’s extended family adopted her children; Mauricio’s children remained with their mother.

Mauricio and Cathy just disappeared; left in the middle of the night without a word to anyone. They moved to the opposite side of the state and proceeded to have three more kids.

DFS received multiple calls from the school and neighbors, there were investigations but no one did anything. Because of that, a little boy died.

Mauricio’s trial began last Thursday, 11/10/16. All seven of the children came to court and testified to the abuse they had received from Mauricio and Cathy. In addition, their oldest natural child, their 9yr old daughter, testified about what happened to Isaiah, how he died.

Yesterday, the jury deliberated for a little less than an hour and returned a guilty verdict on both charges. Today, at 2:00 pm, they deliberated a little more than three hours and returned a death sentence recommendation. The judge will set a date next week.

Cathy’s trial is set for May 5, 2017. It is a shame that Mauricio’s jury will not be able to sit for that one as well…



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schaden_freude_lj: (Thoughtful)
2016-11-12 10:55 am

I've Come Crawling Back


Hey All, long time, no type.


I had to escape Facebook for a while, at least until the insanity over the election dies down a bit.


Trump’s win has devastated me. The thought that in the twenty-first century, a man can base his entire campaign on hate, and half of America is okay with that is overwhelming.


Planned Parenthood, affordable healthcare, Roe v. Wade, LGBT rights, climate / environmental changes, racial equality, education, all of the issues we MUST address are gone.


The public outcry and protests that have erupted are terrifying. I get it, though. I will not participate, but I will not condemn it, either. As long as there are Americans living in fear, I will support the “revolution”.


::whew:: I’ve been wanting to get that off my chest for a few days, I cannot say it on Facebook, so this will be my sounding board. Thanks for putting up with me.




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2015-04-12 01:46 am

Warning - This Post May Not Be Suitable for Sensitive Readers


Hello! Granted, I haven’t been here regularly in years. However, there is something going on in my little corner of the world, which is consuming me. I have to vent about it and this is the only spot that none my coworker know about or can access.

Approximately four years ago, my employers did some major restructuring and all of the insurance collections and billing offices in all the different states, became one entity. I joined a team with members from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. We had, and still have team meetings via Skype or conference calls.

I became acquainted with a woman who lives in Arkansas, and while we never met in person, we hit it off and I really enjoyed talking to and working with her. Over the course of our working relationship, I found out she had a set of twins, a boy and a girl, who were born on my son’s birthday, and another daughter who is eleven months older than the twins. I always made a point of asking about them, and she would send me emails with pictures, funny things they did or said - regular Mom stuff.

Last week, my supervisor called me into his office and asked me to close the door. He began by apologizing for dumping on me, but what he had just found out was so horrifying, if he didn’t share it with someone, he might actually lose his mind. The police had just arrested this woman and her husband. The prosecuting attorney had charged them with capital murder, capital rape, and first-degree battery, because they killed their six-year-old son, one of the twins. DFS had taken custody of the two surviving daughters, and they were in an undisclosed location.

At first, we couldn’t believe it. We came up with any number of scenarios that a third party was involved – our co-worker had let this happen on her watch, but she didn’t actually do it.

Then, the court released the probable cause statement and one of the television news sites in her hometown published it. It was sickening and terrifying. The documents included statements made by the couple during their interrogations, along with observations by the police conducting the interrogations.

Tonight, I read another statement by the DFS that stated the couple was reported twice before, once in 2013 and again in 2014. No details were included, nothing about actual home visits, just that both cases were closed as unsubstantiated.

Then, it went on to say that in 2004, the couple had their children permanently removed and placed in foster care. Completely different kids! The state took them away, so these animals started all over!

DFS was notified about a potentially dangerous situation, not once but twice, and no one bothered to find out if there was a history . . . and now an innocent little boy is dead.

My mind is reeling. Monsters are real. They have impenetrable disguises that fool everyone.



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schaden_freude_lj: (free falling)
2012-04-30 07:53 pm
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002 of 100 Things


Greetings! Here is my second entry for the 100 Things Blogging Challenge and today's installment is The Descendants. It won 45 awards and another 72 nominations and they were all well deserved.

The story revolves around Matt King, an attorney and sole trustee to 25,000 acres of undeveloped beach property that has belonged to his family since the reign of Kamehameha the Great. His extended family is urging him to sell the property to developers before the trust dissolves and while he's looking at different offers, his wife has a boating accident complete with closed head trauma, and ends up on life support. Her doctor tells Matt that she is clinically brain dead and she has an Advanced Directive on file. He gives Matt a few days to contact family and friends to come say goodbye before she dies.

Over the course of these few days, Matt learns all types of things about his daughters that he didn't know, because he is the self-described "back-up parent, the understudy". He learns a few unsavory things about his wife as well.

The movie had a few light and amusing moments, but for the most part, it was excruciating. Watching Matt's perception of his life unravel with revelation after revelation, each one a little worse than the one before was heartbreaking. Seeing his friends' and family's either over the top reactions or complete lack of empathy was horrible. Matt turning his oldest daughter into a co-conspirator, and putting both daughters into unacceptable situations was understandable, but oh so wrong!

Worse still were the scenes at the hospital. Those took me back to sitting with my mother and picked at scabs I thought had healed. As painful as it was to watch, I genuinely cared about these people and their plight; I was completely immersed and my attention never strayed until the final credits began to roll.

If my critique hasn’t made you run and hide, please consider seeing this film.


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schaden_freude_lj: (Thoughtful)
2012-04-29 05:19 pm
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First 100 Things Challenge Post




{Take the 100 Things challenge!}




When I first saw this challenge posted, I knew I wanted to participate, but it took several days to decide on a topic. Ultimately, movies were the only logical choice, because they are such a large part of my life. Movies produce laughter and tears, fear and courage, lust and disgust, etc. Likewise, films may intentionally or unintentionally evoke memories and the strong emotions associated with those memories.

This type of reaction is what I wish to discuss today, and the culprit is Kevin Smith's Red State.

First, I went into this movie cold. I'd heard a little bit about it when Smith auctioned the distribution rights to himself at Sundance, but I really didn't know anythng about the plot.

Second, since it was included in the Horror/Thriller section at Netflix, and it is Kevin Smith, I was expecting a lot of gore and a few laughs.

Man, was I wrong.

In Red State, Smith tackles Fred Phelps and the Westboro band of inbreds, the ATF disaster at Waco, and the conservative party's interpretation of religion. He does it extremely well, I just didn't expect it to be so goddamned scary!

There was quite a bit of gore and unsettling, oppressive violence. However, to me, the most frightening scene in the movie was:

The Sermon

YouTube has disabled embedding, so I can only supply a link.

Those nine minutes hurtled me back to my youth, attending an Assembly of God/Pentecostal church, and perfectly illustrates how one person can use a little nugget of scripture to manipulate people into believing anything, and use God to justify hate.

Kevin Smith is an excellent film maker, and his topics are 100% guaranteed not to be boring. Michael Parks is one of the most underrated actors of all time, and I think he should be in every movie made from now on.

Regardless of your political/religious views, this movie will make you take a long look at society and yourself. I highly recommend it.


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2012-04-17 08:33 pm

School Play!

My favorite boy in the whole world was in his first school play this evening. I try not to be a crazy grandmother, but this is a milestone . . . and I will put the snaps under a cut, so deal with it! ;-)

Curtis, His Sister, Some Pigs and a Wolf )

There was lots singing, dancing, very interesting costumes, and a good time was had by all!

Thank you for humoring me and you're free to rejoin your regularlly scheduled programming, already in progress.


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2012-03-31 07:14 pm
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I Guess Song Writing Genius Skips A Generation . . .

Jasmine just appeared at my bedroom doorway, ukulele in hand and declares, "I have to practice my song. I'm going to sing it tomorrow when I wear my new dress."

Delighted, I told her I would love to hear her new song. She told me she just had the first part worked out, but yes, she would sing it for me.

OOOOOhhhhhh!
Curtis would you like a cupcake
or would you rather have a beatin'?
If not, I guess we could go to the park
and have fun!


Right now, I'm having visions of gold records, Grammys and ASCAP awards . . .


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2012-01-19 07:18 pm
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A Conversation with Curtis

Curtis, playing with the basketball my sister Linda gave him:

Hey, do you know why there are black lines on a basketball?

No, I don't, do you?

Because it makes them look awesome! Do you know how to spin a basketball on your finger?

No! I've always wanted to be able to, but never learned. Can you?

No, but there is a coach at my school, and on cold days, he lets us play in the lunchroom. He spins a basketball on his finger, and I bet he can teach you.

Really? What's his name?

Coach Nibble. We just call him Coach, but his name is really Coach Nibble. I bet he can teach you to spin a basketball on your finger. I can ask him, because I know where he works!


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2011-12-14 09:24 pm
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Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

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In addition to no child on the planet going without anything, ever again, I wouldn't mind having a Kindle Touch 3G.
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2011-12-10 08:02 pm
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Lazy, Funny Saturday

The second generation katzen are with their father and his family for the weekend and Leslie is out with friends. I've finished my chores and decided to redecorate the netbook.

Because of my mad google skills, I was able to find the exact photo I wanted for wallpaper, and to pour gravy on top, it was an HD screen grab! Also, because I'm so delighted, I had to share.

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce my new desktop! )


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schaden_freude_lj: (fat and sassy)
2011-11-29 06:43 pm
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Writer's Block: Frozen delights

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Dreyer's or Blue Bell Mocha Almond Fudge