Archive for October, 2005

Bag over my head

Monday, October 31st, 2005

What a disappointing weekend ala Tennessee football. Think I’m going to pass on the tickets to the TN – Vandy game. I really wanted to go see the female drum major in action so to speak but that would probably wind up being the best part of the whole game. I could talk football for a while but think I’ll start looking forward to the Lady Vol’s basketball team.

The time change gave me jet lag – it really messed me up Sunday afternoon. Kittyboy didn’t like it either – 4AM he’s trying to wake us up. I waited until 5 to feed him. Then he came back and thought we should get up. He started at the blinds on the window near my side of the bed, then went after the blinds on the other side of the room. I think he wanted us to know it was daylight outside.

I haven’t forgotten that I need to finish “the rest of the story”…

On being Catholic

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

I’m not a “cradle Catholic”. I was baptized and confirmed Lutheran. I still remember my confirmation – it was while I in the military hospital in Wiesbaden Germany having knee surgery. I was still in high school at the time. It was a inspirational moment for me. Being a military brat, the base chapel was always an eclectic mix – but receiving communion touched my very soul at that moment in time. I enjoyed helping out at the chapel, with vacation bible school and Sunday school. Teen Challenge was a cool place to go and I enjoyed the Revelation Generation.

Somehow all of this slipped away and I married too young. But there were some very good things that came out of that marriage – three beautiful daughters who I love dearly (rather they believe it or not) and I discovered the Catholic Church. My first touch with the Catholic Church was when my first marriage was blessed by the Church (something I thought needed to be done to have Vanessa baptized in the Catholic Church) I thought it would be special to have her baptized at the church my ex-husband went to – St. Ann’s in Nashville.

Even though I wasn’t Catholic I felt that a Catholic education would be very beneficial to my daughters. I didn’t need to be Catholic to send my daughter to school at St. Bede’s but I thought it was about time we started going to church as a family. So we started attending Mass at St. Bede’s. I felt that same warm welcoming feeling I had felt before. I started attending RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes at St. Bede’s – it’s a long process starting in October and ending on the Easter Vigil (the Saturday before Easter) when I entered the Church.

I truly enjoyed the time I spent as a member of St. Bede’s parish. I volunteered to coordinate the nursery and helped with grounds keeping. I still remember the day we laid sod for the school. Megan was baptized by my favorite priest – Fr. Troncali. But it all fell apart when one daughter was having problems with ADD – the school wasn’t really equipped to deal with her needs and my ex-husband was sent to Korea on a remote tour.

So I drifted away from the Church but I kept my personal relationship with God. He had an amazing plan for me though. So stay tuned for more….


Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Looks like my Blogger (the way I like it) is back. Just will have to tweak a couple of images links and fix this strange gap at the top – but I may be a happy camper again!

Winning the lottery

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

With the Powerball Lottery up over $340 million people start daydreaming about what they would do with that kind of money – me too. First you have to start off doing the math. The current cash value will be an estimated $164.4 million, which is fully taxable. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll round down to $150 million. Let’s say Uncle Sam gets 50% (which sucks, but anyway). So now I would have $75 million. Next take 10% to give back to God. I’d round up to $10 million – that leaves me with $65 million.

So what would I do first if I had the winning number? Get an unlisted phone number – everybody and their brother will be calling us wanting money. After that I would hirer and financial adviser and a tax consultant.

Now how would a donate the $10 million? $1 million St. Patrick’s in Morristown, TN – they have a difficult mission surrounded by so many Protestant denominations. $1 million to EWTN‘s Online Services Department – there is so much more they could be doing if they had the technology. Encoding video for the web from VHS is so 90’s. The other $7 million would most likely go to our parish – Our Lady of Sorrows in Homewood, AL.

That leaves us $65 million and there are family members that I’d most likely want to give something to: my dad, my sister, Jeff’s dad, mom, sister and brother. The figure that comes to mind is $20,000 each. I’m sure wanting to give something to my daughters will be an extremely touchy subject since daughter #1 and daughter #2 have not contacted or spoken with me 1999. They will probably fall into the $20,000 each category. I’d also like to give something to Jeff’s best friend Chris – not sure how much. I’d hate to stipulate that the money would be for them alone since they also donate 10% of their income.

Megan – I’d then like to set up a trust fund for her – I’d like her to go to college – I don’t care how long it would take her – just that she goes and graduates. Naturally, I want to do more for her because she has been there and hasn’t been afraid to go against her father or sister’s feelings towards me. That has been very difficult for her and I’d also be making a point.

Doing things I’ve always wanted to do:

Buy an Airstream Skydeck – that sucker is $300,000. Then be able to travel the country – that’s going to take some serious gas money isn’t it? Build a house – location, that part is still up in the air – that’s another $200,000 (or more).

Then to figure out what Jeff would like to do – he’s been talking about a Goldwing – that would be a combination – tow one (or maybe two) behind the motorhome.

The rest had better be left to my financial adviser.

Good troubleshooting

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

We were pretty sure the modem was going bad. The BellSouth tech agreed. So now there is a new modem and slightly faster speeds too 🙂

I added some pictures of the EWTN campus. And let’s see how Blogger handles the “after” picture of my Thalium IV.

Now I have to go back to trying to figure out either how to convert this application – Blogger – to WordPress or find out why I can’t FTP the updates to my server. WordPress in theory is a better application – it uses a MySQL database and resides totally on my server. With Blogger I’m at the mercy of their servers trying to connect to my servers and it’s not database drive, it’s totally HTML pages.

Learned some neat things I can do with Thunderbird – I’m “subscribed” to the photo gallery’s RSS feed – pretty neat, I can view the gallery in my “email”. I could create a feed button for this too – but who would want it? LOL