Each Thursday I will upload my favorite pictures from the week. I will try to keep it at no more than seven pictures. It’s like Wordless Wednesday but with more pictures… and words.
I will try to figure out why this is sideways and then fix it.
Back in 2005, when we took a trip around the country. At one part of the trip, we were heading to Java’s house for a wonderful, Fluxx-filled visit.
On that leg of the trip, we wanted to stop and see Mount Rushmore. We ended up missing it because of the snow storm that was heading for us.
SO, this trip, we made a plan to stop and see it come hell or high water! We made it to South Dakota.
And then we ended up driving back into Wyoming… oops. But once we figured out where we were, we had a nice scenic drive.
Once we’re back in South Dakota, we finally got to see it! After 11 years and 11 months… we saw this
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s impressive but, all the ads make it seem like it’s four times larger than what it is. We still snapped photos of each of us in front of it. Here is a picture of Miles in front of it.
He is the photogenic one of the group.
But the best part of the whole trip? That was when I was done snapping a ton of pictures, I turned back around to see what the boys wanted to do next.
That is when I snapped a picture of my kids that sums up the entire trip.
The best part is, random dude in the background has about the same expression.
Was it worth it? Hell yes!
Will I do it again, probably not. But it was still cool to see.
Today’s 50 question is number 38.
“What do you want to be when you grow up? (Yes, there is still time!)
I thought I would answer this a wee bit different from just “I wanna be a writer!” I am listing what I wanted to be throughout my life.
Here are my top six of things I wanted to be (and why I didn’t become that).
What I wanted to be #1: A Bird
When I was in Kindergarten I wanted to be a bird.
Specifically, I wanted to be a RED bird. For some reason, I didn’t realize that you stayed human through your whole life. I wanted to be able to fly.
What happened? I stayed human. I know. That’s so anticlimactic. It would be cooler if I had turned into a lizard or a polar bear instead. That would make blogging a lot harder though.
What I wanted to be #2: A Teacher
Then came along the desire to be a teacher. I had dreams of being the best teacher EVER! I was going to be just like Mrs. Beaulafont, my third grade teacher.
What happened? As I got older, I realized that I like children, just not that much. I also get migraines easily with a lot of noise. I don’t want to be near them 8+ hours a day 5 days a week, 10 months out of the year. (School here starts August 31st and gets out June 9th).
Plus, I realized that my idea of education and teaching varies greatly from the public school system’s idea of education and teaching. I would probably be fired by the end of year one.
What I wanted to be #3: Race Car Driver!
Yes, at one point in my life I wanted to be a race car driver. I wanted to feel the thrill of driving at stupidly high speeds and enjoy the exhilaration and rush of the sport.
What happened? When I was 18 years old, I was in a pretty bad accident that totaled my 1967 Plymouth Valiant. That thing was built like a tank.
I realized that if a car accident at 55 mph could total the Green Beast, I would probably die if I crashed a glorified aluminum can, even if it did have a reinforced roll cage in it.
What I wanted to be #4: A Nun
Oh how I dreamed of living in a cool cathedral style church, gardening, singing, praising God, and doing all the other cool Nun things.
What happened? I learned that you have to be Catholic to be a Nun. I am not, nor have I ever been, Catholic.
What I wanted to be #5: A Rodeo Clown
Yes, at one point in my life I wanted to be a rodeo clown because it combined rodeos (which I loved) and clowning (which I also loved) into one really cool job!
What happened? Common sense and self-preservation kicked in. I realized what could happen.
What I wanted to be #6: A Doctor or a Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner
Wouldn’t that be cool though? Helping people and saving lives would be the highlight of that career. Getting to know people would be cool too. Just making a difference in people’s lives would outweigh the bad things of the job. Right?
I did become a Certified Nurse Assistant and had a plan of working up to becoming a Physicians Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.
What happened? Well… first off, I can’t afford to go to college. My credit sucks so hard it could suck the yoke out an egg through a pinhole so, loans are out.
I had made some plans for after both my kids turned 18 and all. But I ended up screwing up my back and I don’t think I would be able to go through college now.
It was a fun dream though.
What I want to be now
Now, I want to be a writer. Wait… I am a writer. I want to be a well-paid writer. Erma Bombeck is my idol for writing.
My goal is to publish one Erma Bombeck style book before I die. I should work on that.
So, what’s taking you so long? Self doubt. I am my own worse critic. I am the only thing holding me back. Admitting that doesn’t make it easier to do either. For right now, I am sharpening my writing skills.
I also have spent my off time getting all of my poems into a book. I decided to really take my time on it and get it how I want it – then I will publish it as my first book. I will work from there.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
E is for… was specially requested by my best friend, Nikky!
E is for Evil!
Story behind this is that my cat Sweetie hates Nikky with a passion. How much does Sweetie hate her? She would act cute and adorable so Nikky would pick her up. Once she was up near her face, Sweetie would claw Nikky in the face, purposefully aiming for her eyeballs. Sweetie REALLY hates Nikky!!!
F is for… FUZZY!
As in, “Oh darling, I think the girls are drunk. Their faces are looking a little fuzzy.”
G is for green
I even painted my nails for this one!
Today’s photo was “D is for” and so I chose “dark”. Why? Because that is when I love going outside the most. Here is the photo I captured.
2012 was a year of change for me. I can to terms with the fact that I may never work outside my home again… sort of. I was warned by different doctors that it might happen. I found this (I cropped out all the personal stuff) in my folder. Just a painful reminder of reality.
But not all pictures are sad moments. Here are my favorite pictures from the 2012 folder. I know I have more somewhere but this is from the folders I am cleaning out. Continue reading
My youngest son leaves tomorrow and we are spending time visiting and cooking before he goes. So the post will be posted… but probably a lot later than usual. My goal is to post each post between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. but sometimes life gets away with me. In the meantime… here are three pictures I found of the boys with their dad!