27 February 2011

The wonder years

We were watching Kevin Arnold last night, and I could not help but think "you have liked some crazy things in your life Michelle Champion." That lead me to "I bet your parents thought you were strange". That lead me to "gosh, my teenage daughter liking Justin Bieber is strange to me". See how it cycles?

What was strange to my mom is still way cool to me, what is strange to me is way cool to my kid. So Hannah listen up! You may like Justin Beiber when you are "old" but you may question his taste in clothes. I do that to Def Leppard..."gosh you guys were so awesome, but why, why did you wear that outfit or NOT comb your hair?" You may grow up and spend hundreds of dollars on a ticket to see him and think "gosh Bieber you are still awesome".

Then I thought about the days where I was going to marry Michael Jackson. He did not know it but we were getting married. I remember the days when I dreamed I would go to a Def Leppard concert and Steve would see me in the crowd and think "wow, there is my biggest fan (say this with a British accent)"...well, that will never happen cause he drank himself to death (what a role model Steamin Steve Clark was). That got me thinking "MMMM< these people died from using drugs!!!!"

Celebrites start out cute and cuddly and end up a mess of drug/alcohol and eating disorders....

Child stars (like Bieber) are adorable, sweet, small, nice, grounded...and turn into little MONSTERS!!! Look at....Gary Coleman (dead), Michael Jackson (dead), Miley Cyrus (pushing the limits), Britney Spears, Leif Garrett (sigh), David Cassidy (sigh again), Andy Gibb (dead), Danny Donaduce (loser), Dana Plato (dead), Corey Haim (dead), and Charlie Sheen (train wreck). What a mess these people created and you see how many are dead.

On the other side, there are some that make it. They stay sweet, cute and cuddly....Natalie Portman, Ron Howard, Leonardo DiCaprio (I loved him on Growing Pains), Jodi Foster, Jason Bateman and Rick Schroader.

Some that went down that bad path and have pulled it back somehow and become cute again......Jodie Sweetin (she's there right?), Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey Jr (I hope he is clean...I love him) and hopefully this list will continue.

I am not saying Miley or Justin are on drugs...this is a warning...look at where you can go little friends. You get famous hang with the wrong people and WHAM!!! You are addicted to drugs. I hope that the "heros" of my daughters youth do not convince her to try drugs/alcohol. I hope that her "heros" are smarter than to use drugs or alcohol. I hope that little Bieber and little Efron make it without using drugs. I would hate to add them to the next list.

Dead from drugs/alcohol:
Marilyn Monroe age 36
Jimi Hendrix
Elvis Presley age 42
Steve Clark age 30
Anna Nicole Smith
Heath Ledger (wasn't he in his 20's?)
River Phoenix (he was so cute)
Chris Farley

A portion of this list was created in my youth and scared me to death. I admit I never tried drugs because I did not want to "get weird" like the Beatles, or die like Marilyn, Elvis, Mama Cass, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, and Jessica Savitch.

26 February 2011

up up and AWAY

Today we completed another season of Upward ball with Lone Oak First Baptist Church. I must say those guys/gals do a great job over there. I know it cannot be easy working with all those kids, it is time consuming and kids are messy. But they get it done, they are friendly and they are patient.

I like the Upward program because it teaches kids the basics of the game, how to be fair, to be nice to people, and gives them memory verses too! The best part to me though is that the coaches find something positive to say about each and every child (at the end of the game while passing out the reward stars). Those coaches seek out something good in every player, every play, and every "mistake".

Well done LOFBC!!!!!

25 February 2011

non fat mocha skinny fat, tall fat, sugar free

I don't get all the coffee jargon can you tell? Can't order anything special in those coffee shops because I don't know (or is it that I don't care) what those crazy things are. What is the difference in a mocha and a latte'? Iced vs. chilled? Again, I say I don't really care.

What I care about is that I got a gift card for Christmas and because of the lack of a drive thru and the lack of the desire to go into the mall, I had not used all the money on the card. I decided today I would use the last $1.98 on my card. I went to the counter and told the girls, "I don't want a java chip ( that is the one thing I know how to order and <3). I want something different...but I don't know how to ask for it" The barrista (did I even spell that right?) behind the counter said "how about a latte'?" "Okay, I don't know what that is, but ok". She said "how about a non fat/sugar free latte'?" "UH< no, I want the fat and the sugar".

She made the drink and it was quite good, she did a carmael whatever the thing was that she made and I left. When I sat down in the car I thought to myself "why did she ask if I wanted a non fat/sugar free? Do I look like I need it or do I look like that is what I would drink?"

MMMM< that was sort of like asking a big girl "when the baby is due" isn't it? It just struck me as odd.

Anyway, lady at the Starbucks counter. I love your coffees and I will be back, I just hope you don't assume I want/need a drink based on what I look like. Thank you lady with lots of earrings and dark red hair....you must like alternative music and probably have tattoos and maybe like to drink beer...oh you don't like it when I judge you....mmmm neither do I!!!

working relationships

Well, for the better part of ten years I have worked in the same place. I am blessed to be able to work with so many dear precious families and children. I am equally blessed to have some co-workers that simply put...hang the moon.

I get to serve, pray with/for, spoil about 110 kids per day and get to work along side 25 wonderful giving people. How great is that? Jealous aren't you? You should be!!!!!!

20 February 2011

Toot Toot

I am tooting my mother's horn today...

She is a jewelry artist. A jewelry artist that makes works of art that you wear on your body. Her items are one of a kind, they might be similar but NOPE they are one of a kind. I can tell you that it is unlike any jewelry you will ever own.

High quality, gorgeous, and completely original!!!

check it out....


That darn 7 am alarm

I do LOVE to go to bed early and rise early, everyone that knows me knows this. I do however like to get up late on the weekends. I just can't get my alarm to STOP going off on Saturday and Sundays. Now, I would probably not sleep past 7 or 8 (cause I don't do that unless I am sick), but I DON'T want to get up at 6 on a Saturday!! What can I do about this alarm? Why does the alarm feel the need to wake me from my slumber? To wake me from my sweet dreams? To wake me when I probably stayed up late last night and need that extra beauty sleep?

Callie, I understand you are bored and lonely. I understand that you are "straving to death". I understand that you miss your best friend (John)....but Callie KNOCK IT OFF!!

Callie, do you realize that if you did not consistently bite your humans they MIGHT let you sleep in the rooms with you? Do you realize that if you would quit sleeping all day and roaming all night, again your humans might let you sleep in the rooms with them?

Cat at the rate you are going, you are going to be locked up in your room on the weekends and I know you hate that. Just wait until 8am and then meow all you want. 8 am, why is that too much to ask?

13 February 2011

To the Clouds..

For some reason Paducah, KY has great sunsets, great glimpses of the moon, and strange looking clouds. Here are some of the ones that I have observed from my neck of the woods. They really don't need words. I will just tell you that all photos were shot with a Kodak z981 (26 optical zoom). That's as good as my camera gets.

Old yeah, but maybe wiser too!

This year marked another milestone in my life (gosh I keep having so many of these)...this one was the anniversary of 20 years since the day that I walked across a stage at Graves County High School and they pronounced me a graduate. Yes, that means that I graduated in 1990, and that makes me almost 40. I understand that, I am not trying to talk to you about that...I am trying to talk to you about my school.I thought we were the coolest school cause we had stairs....yeah that feeling went away FAST!!!Our commons did not look like this...we had these coffin shaped boxes to sit on...tables would have been great!
Graves County High School was a new school when I entered it's hallways. I was the second class to start from its freshman year and graduate, but that is not what I liked/hated about it. Here is the deal, I am from Lowes Elementary School. It was a very tiny, over crowded school. That in my opinion was full of very bad teachers (there were good ones too, but the bad ones tend to stand out in my memory....I have to search to remember all the good ones). Teachers that did not like the children and I had two personally that were CRUEL to me, and I was a good kid!!! So GCHS sounded like the sweetest music to me. I was going to have choices in classes and being a new school it was going to have the cream of the crop in both things offered and teachers. Yes, it was an escape. An escape from the backwoods of Lowes and branch out.I am what most people at Lowes called a "weirdo". I liked to paint, draw, dress in black, listen to the Beatles, quote old movies, and my family was pretty poor. I was a an outcast with the exception of a couple of others, who might have felt like me. I felt that I did not belong because I was not like the others. Yeah that's me! STRANGE!!!

GCHS was going to offer to me ART!!! Do you know how good something like that sounds to someone like me? Someone like ME...that has bad luck, was a freak! I was going to have ART CLASSES!!! Lowes had an art teacher, but every student in the class did the same thing, it was nothing challenging and honestly, it was NOT art. It was craft. Everyone did the same thing and you could NOT use any creative license. I hated it!!!

Four years of ART later I had a firm grasp on what I like to make. Mr. Goodwin, my wonderful art teacher, encouraged me, taught me how to look inside for what I wanted to create and he gave all the students chances to experiment with all types of art. some of Mr Goodwins students works of art
Our table in the lunch room

Please don't think it all was grand it had some down sides too. I did like being able to get lost in the crowds if I wanted or being in the front too. Trust me if you know me, you know I am capable of being both. I ate lunch with the Principal almost everyday (He did not eat, he would just sit at our table...I sure he sat at others too, but I was honored he would sit at ours).

I hated the math classes, but fell in love with reading here (only I would have been too "cool" to admit it). My love of history was born in the classrooms of this school as was a desire to know about politics.

I made some great friends, had wonderful conversations (mostly religious or about boys), started a lot of gossip, and crushed on a lot of boys....After 20 years, my good experiences totally outweigh any bad that I had here....I still cannot say that about Lowes.

Thanks to all the girls that worked so hard on planning this reunion (outside of the football game....thank goodness I had a great friend to be with me during this game) I had a PERFECT time!!! Marla and I picked up like we had just talked yesterday and I am going to make it a goal to keep up with her (here comes the fb stalking Marla). Janice, Heather and Brian and I did the same...but we do talk often, thanks facebook. If I have not mentioned you here it is not because I was not glad to see you, but do you realize how many people were in our class? Man it would take all day to name you all.

There were missing faces, Kelly I wish you could have been there (she was at home in California). You have always had a special place in my heart. Becky was in Canada, I really wanted to reconnect with her, she and I were so close when we were younger.

And one I wanted to see Shane Ashbaugh, may he rest in peace.

Thanks again for the great time, the great memories and the friendship

12 February 2011

The finished product

Here are the challenge layouts...finished with pictures
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So in love with you, my love am I

The more I think about you, the more I love you. The more I long to stare into your face. You are carved completely out of a cold substance and I hate to be cold. Why then do I love you? I love to read about you, to view photos of you, and I long to climb on your crevices.

For those that don't know what you are, you are a glacier. A massive piece of ice that moves. Yeah, it moves...it leave in it's path moraine and a U shaped valley. When you start down a fjord (an inlet of water that was formed by a melting glacier) the vegetation will be larger more lush, as you travel down the fjord closer to the glacier face it will appear smaller and in most cases you will see NO vegetation. Instead what you will see is a large sheet of ice with crevices indentations and possibly icebergs. You will experience colors that may be indescribable....a topaz blue, granite gray, pure white, ice blue, azure, black, teal blue or teal green...and the list goes on and on.


11 February 2011

You are his cheeseburger

My favorite Veggie Tales song happens to be about a cheeseburger, which happens to be my favorite food. Problem is my favorite food is VERY bad for me. You see, last year I went to the doctor for routine getting old blood test. I was a walking time bomb! My cholesterol was 291!!! 291!!! It is supposed to be under 200. My doctor was shocked, she said she only tested that because of my age, she thought because of my size cholesterol would not be an issue. Turns out that maybe my family has had issues with that all along and no one told anybody. My grandfather was prone to mini stokes. I do NOT want to go down that road! I have many risk factors, a high stress job, a very busy life (I am not an idle person), this blood thing, and I love cheeseburgers. My mission sounded small but it was not. The first stage was to take a cholesterol lowing statin and begin to just watch how much fat I consume. The second part was harder because I am a red meat person. Yes, I eat meat I am the anti vegetarian...gotta have the stuff. I started eating Lean Cuisine type meals at work. And I have to be honest most of them taste good. The portions are smaller and that is good as well, the issue I have is the sodium. I have never nor will I ever like salt. I like to have a low salt diet. Alecia Bachuss (a girl at work) has helped me with this second part as well. She has taught me the fat content of some foods. Some foods you think are good for you, are the opposite...VERY BAD!!! Thanks Alecia for opening my eyes to this.

Well, today was the day...I went to the doctor and I stand at 167!!! It does not take a math expert to know that I have done GREAT!!! I am still eating my cheeseburgers, maybe not as often or not as many at one time. I have done exceptionally well for someone that eats on the go, eats in seconds because she is so hungry, has a family that won't eat veggies, and loves red meat.

I need to thank my prevastatin, my friend Alecia and Lean Cuisine for helping me on this journey. We are only part of the way there, it has to be maintained now. Wish me luck.

10 February 2011

The Real Housewives of McCracken County

So here I sit wondering, why are all these loose moral, husband cheater on-ers, materialist, plastic surgery getting women getting all the attention in life? HUH? Come on let me describe a "REAL" housewife.

Married June 19, 1993
First child 1997, second in 2002
Currently, I have 176 children. 2 that I "own" free and outright 174 that I take care of so you can go to work.
I work over 40 hours per week outside of the home
I work over 40 hours per week inside the home
I cook at least 5 times a week and have dinner with my family every night.
I spend most of the day on Sundays preparing meals and lunches for the next week
I do not do outside in the yard work...nope
I have never cheated on my husband or my family
I don't envy your life cause mine is GREAT!!
I am not going to judge you because that is not my place and expect the same curiosity from you.
I wear makeup just to cover old age
My husband likes me without makeup (awe, he loves me)

Ok, so maybe I would not make for interesting TV, but think about it...a woman with morals. A woman that would NOT get plastic surgery (heck this woman won't even eat margarine cause flies won't eat it). A woman that can work outside the home, can work inside the home (without a house keeper) and still have time to create. A woman that READS, and reads alot! A woman that (OH MY GOSH, you can't say this on TV) believes in GOD! A woman that can change a dryer heating element and bandaid your boo boo. A woman that could be your friend and not try to date your husband or your son! A woman that could plan your vacation and save you thousands of dollars. A woman that can make a mean peanut butter pie and also plan a schedule for 174 children and 26 workers. A woman that wishes her family could come first but has to pay the bills too. A woman that can wear high heels and cook dinner. I don't think those housewives of Orange county can do that.

America's values are wrong, but I am not telling you anything you did not know. America, someone like me (or the ladies I know) should be your role models NOT those Beverly Hills ladies.

09 February 2011

What have you done for me lately?

Dear snowfall,
As a child you made me miss my summers. You made my dad get stuck in a ditch. You made me hate cold.

As an adult, you make me miss work. You make my kids miss their summers. You make me want to stay inside. You make me afraid to drive. You cause my mom to have a wreck. You cause OBOE parents miss work.

I can think of nothing that you give me. No benefit to your existence. I can't stand you and I want you to stop! We have had enough....move on to your next victim. Thank you..

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