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Category: Holidays

Happy New Year!

Here’s what I wish for 2011:

  • DOMA to be repealed.
  • Conpanies to reduce their profits and start hiring workers. (Come on, we all know you can afford it!)
  • The American public to come to their collective senses and start looking at real fact and figures instead of soundbites.
  • My grandsons to grow stronger and smarter – and with that I want to keep up with them!
  • I want this year to be the year old wounds heal and we can all make nice again.
  • I hope the people I know and love find the jobs they need, but desire.
  • I want this year to be the year we finally get out of debt and we stay that way!

I wish all of you reading this a safe and happy 2011.  Thanks for reading this past year.  I hope you’ll stick by me in 2011!

God Bless

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for reading my many rants this past year.  I look forward to writing more next year!

I hope everyone of you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Julie

A Woman’s Version of the Night Before Christmas

A good friend of mine sent this to me in an email.  I thought it was not only funny, but pretty much true.  Merry Christmas to all the overworked, under appreciated women who make the Christmas Cheer for their families!


T’was the night before Christmas

and all through the kitchen;

I was cooking and baking and

moanin and bitchin.

I’ve been here for hours,

I can’t stop to rest.

This room’s a disaster,

just look at this mess!

Tomorrow I’ve got

thirty people to feed.

They expect all the trimmings.

Who cares what I need!

My feet are both blistered,

I’ve got cramps in my legs.

The cat just knocked over

a bowl full of eggs.

There’s a knock at the door

and the telephone’s ringing;

frosting drips on the counter

as the microwave’s dinging.

Two pies in the oven,

dessert’s almost done;

my cookbook is soiled

with butter and crumbs.

I’ve had all I can stand,

I can’t take anymore;

Then in walks my husband,

spilling rum on the floor.

He weaves and he wobbles,

his balance unsteady;

then grins as he chuckles

“The eggnog is ready!”

He looks all around and

with total regret, says,

“What’s taking so long….

aren’t you through in here yet?”

As quick as a flash

I reach for a knife;

He loses an earlobe;

I wanted his life!

He flees from the room

in terror and pain and

screams, “MY GOD WOMAN,

YOU’RE GOING INSANE!!”

Now what was I doing,

and what is that smell?

Oh darn, it’s the pies!

They’re burned all to hell!

I hate to admit

when I make a mistake,

but I put them on BROIL

instead of on BAKE.

What else can go wrong?

Is there still more ahead?

If this is good living,

I’d rather be dead.

Lord, don’t get me wrong,

I love holidays;

It just leaves me exhausted,

all shaky and dazed.

But I promise you one thing,

If I live ’til next year,

You won’t find me pulling

my hair out in here.

I’ll hire a maid, a cook,

and a waiter; and if

that doesn’t work,

I’LL HAVE IT ALL CATERED!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

and

HAPPY NEW YEAR


Thanksgiving Thanks

In my family, we have a Thanksgiving tradition. Instead of saying a prayer, we go around the table and say at least one thing for which we are grateful. Six years ago, my family found out that Kim was having twins when she said she was grateful for them. You could’ve heard a fork drop. This year, I won’t be with my family for Thanksgiving. We’ll be in Green Bay with Dustin’s family and that’s okay. But, I didn’t want to miss out on saying those things for which I am grateful. So, here they are in no particular order.

  • Jarred, Portia, Tyler, Caitlen, Danny, Alex, Ashlyn, PJ, Nicolas, Carson,  and Thomas.  Having children in my life is the greatest joy.  I am grateful for being allowed to touch their lives , to be a part of watching all of them grow up and (for Jarred, Portia, Tyler and Caitlen) watching them move from childhood to adulthood.  I love each and every one of you more than you will ever know.
  • My extended family.  There’s something to be said about coming from a large family.  I have cousins from nearly one side of this country (Utah) to the other (Washington D.C.) and from top (Minnesota) to bottom (Florida).  I don’t get to see all of them very often, but I know that if I needed one of them at any time, they’re all just a phone call away.  So, thank you, family.  Being a Totsch is probably the luckiest thing to ever happen to me.  If you’re lucky enough to be a Totsch, you’re lucky enough. 🙂
  • My brothers – Scott and Brian – and their wives – Robyn and Tara.  I can’t imagine what life would be as an only child and I have been blessed to never have to find out.
  • My parents.  I don’t always like them and I’m sure they don’t always like me, but I’m grateful for them being in my life.  I know people who have had a harder time with their parents than I have had.  For that, I am grateful.
  • My friends.  It is said that one is rich if one has a lot of friends.  Well, that is certainly the case for me.  I am blessed with friends who love me for me.  Yes, they roll their eyes when I go on a tirade about any subject near to my heart and they kid me for being long winded, but they’re always there for me.  I’d list them all, but I think the blog has a text limit.  Two that come to mind are Jerri and Preston.  Where would Cheryl and I be without the two of you in our lives?
  • My job.  Oh, my job.  Like most people, some days are better at work than others, but – especially in these hard economic times – I am eternally grateful for my job.  I’m doing what I love and getting paid to do it.   On the bad days, I remember that this pays the bills and on the good days, well, I can’t believe I get paid for having this much fun.  Yeah, there goes my friends rolling their eyes because I REALLY LOVE writing SQL code.  Best of all, my employer makes you feel like you’ve joined their family and I am grateful that I have been able to join this family.
  • My co-workers.  I’m the oldest person in the IT department, so it really feels like I’ve gained a bunch of little brothers and a sister.  We tease each other, help each other and stick together like a real IT team should.  Never in my life have I been able to work with such a fantastic team and, even when I’m bitching, I am very thankful for our IT family.  I have been able to hone my SQL skills like never before.  It has been an amazing ride since I started working here and I look forward to what our future holds.
  • My country.  Oh, we have some issues, but I wouldn’t want to live in any other country.  I love America.  I love being an American.  I’m proud of our flag, our Constitution and all that it means.  We’re going through tough times, but we will make it.  I truly believe that we are the greatest nation on the planet.  I thank God everyday to be living in the land of the free.
  • My life.  I’ve had good times and bad times and every single one of them has made me the person I am today.  I am grateful for the lows through which I have gone for they have made me so appreciative of the highs.  If you see only the sun everyday, how can you appreciate the easy days?  There must be a time for struggles that make you stronger, so you can take a breath and enjoy the easy side of the street.  I have had things happen in my life I didn’t think I would survive and, yet, like the song says, “I’m Still Here.”  So, thank you, God, for giving me this life.
  • My God.  I’m not sure how to put this, except to quote the Kris Kristofferson song, “What did I ever do that was worth loving you, For the kindness you’ve shown.”
  • Finally, my wife – Cheryl.  In the words of Alex, “Holy Crap!”  I know it hasn’t been easy being with me.  We’ve had good times and bad.  I hope that at the end of our lives there’ll be more pennies in the good times jar than in the bad times jar.  I am pretty sure that I have never done anything in life to deserve being loved by a woman as wonderful as you.  You put up with my socks on the floor and you give me magic drawers.  Without you in my life, well, none of this would be worth it.  What fun could it possibly be if I didn’t have you to share in all of it?  In the words of Jackie Gleason, “Baby, you’re the greatest!”

To all of you reading this blog post, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope that you all can count abundant blessings in your life.  If you can’t today, well, tomorrow is another day and I hope you can then.

Happy Thanksgiving!

    Charities

    I’m going to showcase twenty different charities between 12/1 and 12/20 on the website. Here is your chance to push for a charity to be featured. Just comment below or send me a note about your favorite charity and why you like it. Only rule: these must be non-profits and I’d prefer charities with websites to which I can link, but if you provide contact information, I will post that.

    Then, sit back and watch to see if your charity is one of the chosen ones.

    Merry Christmas!

    Veteran’s Day

    After reading any one of RepublicanVet’s posts, you would get the impression that liberals all hate the military and do not appreciate just what our fine military men and women have done, are doing and will do for us. That is a statement which I find very offensive.

    I happen to be proud of my ex-Army, served honorably in WWII, grandfather, Charles.

    I’m proud of my retired Navy, served honorably in Vietnam, father, Keith.

    And, I’m especially proud of my Marine, served in Iraq, son, Brian.

    I stand when the National Athem is sung — even when I’m home and it’s before a NASCAR race or a televised football game. (And, I’ve been known to be so moved, that I cry.) I proudly salute the flag of our great nation, even when I’m mad at my government. I thank Vets that I meet on the street. I donate to Veteran’s organizations. I know that I owe them a great debt that can never be repaid.

    So, while you’re out today, take the time to thank a Vet. They’re the reason you can say what you say. They’re the reason you can go to church on Sunday without fear of reprocussions. They’re the reason that you can read my blog — whether you agree with it or not.

    May God keep our serving men and women close to his heart. And, may He keep those who have served even closer.

    God Bless.

    Halloween…

    What a difference four years makes!

    After 9/11, the trick or treaters were loaded with police officers and firemen/women. You couldn’t walk anywhere without tripping over a little guy (and some girls) dressed as a cop. It was cute and I believe a real show of just who our heroes should be in this nation.

    Well, yesterday was our trick or treat day here is Racine. I saw exactly one fireman and no cops. I did see about a hundred witches, princesses and fairies. Amoung the boys, it was mostly Darth Vader and that stone guy from Fantastic Four. Oh and one little boxer, who was so cute, I had to take a picture of him.

    So, I guess we’re back to our children dressing up as their cartoon heroes.

    Isn’t that a shame?

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