Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cherry pez, cold crush, rock boogie.

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I was so sad to see yesterday that Rich Cronin from LFO passed away.

I ((cough)) was actually his friend on MySpace (yeah..well..ya know...ok..I got nothing..)

I knew that he had been strongly battling Acute Myelogenous Leukemia since 2005.

I loved Rich as a teen & was... well...I liked him a lot....

I am so sad to see he has passed away.35 is too young, as it is loss at any age to a disease like this.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and also Lymphoma Awareness month.

Cancer, in several sorts has affected loved ones in my life.

Please consider sponsoring someone in their Light the Night walk, like my friend Dani.

She is literally about to pop with baby #4, but she has done the walk with her babies & a very pregnant self before in honor of her brother Josh, who she lost to Hodgkin's Lymphoma on October 4, 2008.

The page for her walk is right HERE.

Even just a couple bucks helps fight the good fight against these nasty diseases.

Rich.. I'm sorry I never got to see LFO in concert, so I could throw my bra at you & scream like crazy about how I wanted to have your babies..You will be missed by many, I am sure.

My thoughts are with his friends & family & I leave you with this, in memory of my beloved teen crush.



Rest in Peace Rich!

You can also learn more about:

The Rich Cronin Hope Foundation

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Lymphoma Awareness month

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Good By eSUmmer, Hello County Fair!

After a long week of school for both of my big boys, we all needed a bit of a break this weekend. Instead of just The Man & I going out, we decided to take Andy with us & go to the Canfield Fair. It is the 2nd biggest fair in the state of Ohio.

What color ribbon is that? Second place.

We love the fair. We have hopes & aspirations of having animals ourselves one day, so I love walking around stroking horses noses, stepping over cow poop,holding baby chicks & ducklings, being startled by crowing birds, counting mullets..You know, the whole Fair experience.

Ryan isn't thrilled with farm animals, so he stayed with Grandma so we could all relax & enjoy ourselves a bit & we headed off on our weekend adventure.

Sunday was around 75 degrees with a nice breeze. It is definitely getting to be Fall here, Saturday was actually cold. I had to shut windows it was that chilly!
It was a pretty nice day for a fair.


Andy had told us the night before that "All I really want to do at the Fair is hold a chick, and ride a horse" so we headed straight for Old McDonalds Barn, where you can push other adults in a line to hold a 24 hour old chick before another person is clamoring to take it out of your hand & pass it to their child.


..I feel a little bad about this actually, poor things.. I hope they rotate them or something...
Here are some of the interesting things we saw.
A Lemon Lime SUV. Slice, or Sprite?
A TON OF MEAT! I mean.. I have never seen this much meat in my life. Lots of people walking around eating giant meat... legs. I guess. Legs? Wrapped in foil, just straight up meat on a stick, well, a bone.. but whatever.
A crab stand.(hermit crabs) I just liked the sign.. clearly.
A 1,244 pound pumpkin.
A pig named Sausage.
A goat in drag.
A sleeping chicken.
A duck with a 'do.
Both my boys found themselves horses with the same name!
(The Mans horse was into S&M)
Andy was enjoying petting the smaller horses, until we walked through a large horse barn & one got a little loud ( he just wanted Andys attention, actually!). My poor child literally jumped in the air & shook, it was so close to him & SO loud. He DID pet a horse.. he likely never will again after that however.
I saw the biggest horse ever. He was up there with the Budweiser horses.(last picture on the right, he was at least 8 feet. )
I like horses. I really do. I even got my finger nearly bit off by a horse as a teen, but I still like em.
I think.
I haven't ridden one since I, like Andy was traumatized on one as a child, but I still really like them, and would like to have a mini horse some day. This place near us is a mini horse farm.. I've driven by it daily for years..
Someday I WILL stop there & buy myself a miniature horse. Mark my words.
Ok, so maybe SOMEDAY I will have a horse of some sorts, but we have been discussing chickens for a year or so. When we move next ( after graduation) chickens are on our agenda.I can handle chickens & we'll talk about horses when we move to that dream house.
We decided to check them out to see what they had for sale this year & for me to pretend shop & see what we're working with.
Did you know chickens are like, $10?
This guy was $15!
I would SO pay $15 to see that weird creepy blue purple face ALL the time.
Andy actually made friends with one chicken. This guy really liked Andy, and Andy really seemed to like him. It was an odd, special connection.
We saw tons of stuff. Andy was all ready to ride a pony, but when the "big pony" came up for his turn, he declined.
We walked, we ate a bit. We looked at the 60k Tractors & all the big machines, tools & antique machinery. The Man loved that section. Notice how there are no pictures???
I love the garden displays & seeing the giant squashes.
Everyone was tired after a long day.
It was a good day.
A good day at the Fair, a good day to say good bye to Summer, and Hello to Fall!!
Dierks Bentley & Gretchen Wilson performed that night, but we were all tired after all that sun, walking & all around madness with crowds.Maybe next year The Man & I will see who performs & take a date night to the fair, complete with riding scary unsafe rides, which is what Fairs are all about, of course.
After reading about Salts experience at the Fair, I am just glad to be writing a happy post about a Fair!

So tell me..

Do you have a Fair you attend? What is it like?

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PS. For Salt ;-)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

13 to a dream house.

If you were building your own home, money was not an issue & you had the best builders in the World to create exactly what you have in mind..

What are 1 things you would want that would make that home perfect, for you?

Here are my 10 15 13 perfect dream home necessities.
1. A wrap around porch. A la old Southern style.
2. A room that is completely built in book shelves.
No bare wall space.
This room will house my millions of books.
I am a 're-reader." Nuff said.
3. No neighbors!!
4. Room for a HUGE garden, or two, or four!
They shall look like this..
5. A great fireplace of some sort.
6. A fabulous attic for tons of easy storage, and just because.
7. A perfect spot for a big fabulous gorgeous old piano in which I can put neat things, and picture on top.
Like so.
8. A breakfast nook, with lots of windows, overlooking the backyard.
9.Great windows.
10.A fabulous bathroom between my bedroom & my closet .Just for me.No boys allowed.
11. BIG closets!
12. A window seat. Somewhere in the house, at least one.
13. An amazing kitchen. Large yet easy to navigate in size. Lots of storage. All the bells & whistles.
Ok. So, I've got 13. I started with 10 & then was like "Oooh..." but couldn't make it to 15 with out this post taking a week to write.
So, you know, 13 is flexible.
These are all definitely things on my list for my ideal dream home. I doubt I will be checking them all off, with our first home, but maybe someday we will have a house with all of them, plus more. Maybe not. Who knows, but it is fun to dream, isn't it?
Are any of the things on my list things you would pick?
Are any of them complete opposites?
Leave me a couple, off the top of your head in a comment. If you make your own list, please come back & let me know so I can read it too!! I LOVE hearing about other peoples personal business.. what can I say?
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Note.Photos are all taken from sites as linked, or found via Google Images with words like "cool windows." None of these photos are mine nor do I possess any claim to them.