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Name: Raven
Home: Ohio, United States
About Me: Married, 2 kids, 3 step-kids, 3 cats and a mini-doxie
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Be Right Back...we are heading up for the in-laws for a few days. We will be back late Thurday. I'll give a full update on the Christmas Holiday then.
Needless to say, Santa was very good to everyone (as I sit here in my new robe and slippers with a new bit of flash on my ring finger) and the Christmas joy was evident in the faces of everyone who came in the door.
Talk to you all in a few days.
posted by Raven @ 7:03 AM   2 comments
Monday, December 25, 2006
We've done the first round here. Christmas usually comes in two waves around here. We never get my step-kids for Christmas morning. So we get up and open up about half of our presents and then have breakfast, get dressed, play with the stuff we've opened. Then around 2 the step kids come over and we open up the rest, eat dinner, be Merry!
So, the first round is over and I decided to do a little blogging just to wish everyone a great day. I'm going to go back downstairs now and play with the dog and think about taking a shower.
posted by Raven @ 8:40 AM   0 comments
Saturday, December 23, 2006
The joys and sorrows of Christmas
I love Christmas. It is my favorite time of year. People are generally in a better mood. Peace on earth goodwill towards man thing going on. This year I could afford to tip well the people who I think deserve it. The woman who takes care of me at the pub each week got $50, my manicurist today got $10, the women who did me and my children's hair (just a trim) today each got $15. I love giving to others. It's the joy of seeing the thanks on their faces and knowing you helped someone else. This year the kids and I adopted a family in need and gave items for a teenage girl who would not have a merry a Christmas without a little help. That's the joy of Christmas.
The sorrow is that there is still war and sickness in the world. We are still losing our service men and women in Iraq. The number is now over 3,000. And the sickness is everywhere. I lost my dog to diabetes this year, my father-in-law to cancer and I just found out last night that my aunt has leukemia. The kind she has has only a 35% rate of survival. The older you get the lower it goes and she is in her 50's. Those are the sorrows.
For those of you out there that are having a merry Christmas, spread the goodwill to others. For those of you that are not, I hope that there is some one in your lives, whether you know it or not, who loves you unconditionally and is praying for you.
Merry Christmas...
posted by Raven @ 7:22 PM   1 comments
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Christmas Baking
I love to bake at Christmas. Which is strange because I hate to cook. I can cook, I just don't have any fun doing it. I'm also not a creative cook. My hubby can throw several things into a pot or pan and have it come out to be a delicious dinner. If I tried that, we would end up ordering pizza. Also, who wants to even try with a bunch of nit-picky kids?
Baking thought, that's different. Cookies, Cakes, Brownies...everybody loves that stuff!
Every year I make a ton of Christmas Cookies. I try to scale back, but everyone has their favorites that they just have to have...plus the old standbys, plus finding new recipes you just have to try.
So far this year I have made:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Spice Balls
Sugar Cookies (cut outs decorated with icing and sprinkles)
Molasses Crinkles
Scottish Short Bread

I still have to make
Russian Tea Cakes
Chocolate Clouds

Yum yum yum!!!
My husband just shakes his head in wonder and is always asking what army I'm planning on feeding. The kids manage to do a good number on the cookies. Plus this year neither my parents or my sister baked...they plan on stealing some of my cookies.
So, if anyone is in Northeast Ohio and wants to stop by, I've got the coffee on, I can make some tea, and a big old plate of cookies we can share!
posted by Raven @ 10:56 PM   3 comments
Friday, December 15, 2006
100 Things
100 THINGS...
1. Copy this whole list into your journal.
2. Colour the things that are true about you.
3. Whatever you don’t COLOR (left in black) is false.

01. I miss somebody right now
02. I don’t watch much TV these days
03. I love olives
04. I love sleeping
05. I own lots of books
06. I wear glasses or contact lenses (Glasses, they are getting stronger and stronger...but then so is my denial.)
07. I love to play video games
08. I’ve tried marijuana Not me...
09. I’ve watched porn movies Not me...
10. I have been in a threesome
11. I have had sex with a member of the same sex
12. I believe honesty is usually the best policy
13. I have acne free skin
14. I like and respect Al Sharpton
15. I curse frequently (As I have stated before...Fuck No, I've got kids in the house)
16. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year (Much much happier...the oldest teen finally became legal and moved the hell out)
17. I have a hobby
18. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
19. I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me
20. I’m really, really smart
21. I’ve never broken someone’s bones
22. I have had an affair with a married person
23. I hate the rain
24. I’m paranoid at times (What do you mean by this?)
25. I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe and free of cost. Shit yes..,
26. I need money right now!
27. I love Sushi
28. I talk really, really fast
29. I have fresh breath in the morning
30. I have semi-long hair
31. I have lost money in Las Vegas
32. I have at least one brother and/or one sister
33. I was born in a country outside of the U.S.
34. I shave my legs (females) or face (males) on a regular basis Technically I use Nair on my legs...
35. I have a twin
36. I have worn fake hair/nails/eyelashes in the past Past? I'm wearing gel nails right now...and I don't consider them fake...I paid for them, they're real!
37. I couldn’t survive without Caller I.D. The better to avoid my mother with.
38. I like the way that I look a lot of the time
39. I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months
40. I know how to do cornrows
41. I am usually pessimistic
42. I have a lot of mood swings
43. I think prostitution should be legalized
44. I think Britney Spears is hot
45. I contribute my all at work Yeah right...that's why I'm working on this at work.
46. I have a hidden talent I'm not telling you what it is...let's just say my husband really appreciates it.
47. I’m always hyper no matter how much sugar I have
48. I feel my life is pretty complete
49. I want a relationship with someone I can't have
50. I have gotten more than 1 ticket in the last year I have 6 points on my lisence at the moment.
51. I enjoy talking on the phone I better considering it's how I've been making my living for the last 10 years.
52. I practically live in PJ pants
53. I love to shop
54. I would rather shop than eat
55. I would classify myself as ghetto
56. I’m snobby and have worn a sweater tied around my shoulders
57. I’m obsessed with shoes.
58. I don’t hate anyone
59. I’m a pretty good dancer
60. I don’t think Mike Tyson raped Desiree Washington
61. I’m completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother
62. I have a cell phone
63. I prefer to work alone Nah, I like to talk and BS while I work.
64. I watch MTV on a daily basis
65. I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months
66. I love drama On TV and the movies...not in life.
67. I am willing to try any type of new food
68. I have a fear of flying The going up and coming down I white knuckle it...being in the air is no problem.
69. I have never been to a big concert
70. I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life
71. I want to have children in the future No no no...no more kids
72. I have changed a diaper before
73. I’ve called the cops on a friend before Hell I've called them on my kids.
74. I bite my nails
75. I am a member of the Tom Green fan club
76. I’m not allergic to anything
77. I have a lot to learn
78. I think I know more than I really do
79. I plan on seeing Ice Cube’s newest "Friday" movie
80. I am very shy around the opposite sex sometimes
81. I’m online 24/7, even as an away message
82. I have at least 5 away messages saved
83. I have tried alcohol or drugs before Who me...
84. I have made a move on a friend’s significant other in the past
85. I own the "South Park" movie
86. I’ve been to Europe.
87. When I was a kid I played "the birds and the bees" with a neighbor or friend
88. I enjoy some country music
89. I would die for my best friends
90. I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza (Nope that would be from a little bar that a friend of mine works at in Elyria called Settle Inn. They have pizza to die for)
91. I watch soap operas whenever I can
92. I’m obsessive, anal retentive, and often a perfectionist
93. I have used my sexuality to advance my career (Well not really advance my career, but one guy I waws "dating" gave me a job for a few months)
94. I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all
95. I know all the words to Slick Rick’s "Children’s Story" Not anymore...I used to.
96. Halloween is awesome because you get free candy
97. I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it
98. I have dated a close friend’s ex
99. I’m happy as of this moment
100. I need to get laid ;-)
posted by Raven @ 12:34 PM   5 comments
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
So, How do you like the New Digs?
I love them! I love it, love it, love it!!! Shane did an excellent job! You should try him out. His prices are insanely low and you should get in on this before somone medicates him and he raises his prices.
I mean it...talk to him...see what he can do for you! He did this for less that a can a pop a day for a month. A lot less.
This kind of cool blog could be yours too for a very small price. Go over and check out Red's blog, Shane did that one too.
What are you still doing here? Go check out the links I gave you.


posted by Raven @ 8:31 PM   9 comments
Sunday, December 10, 2006
How Safe is Too Safe?
I was laying in bed last night listening to a program about Apollo 11. For those of you not up on history, that's the one that landed on the moon. Buzz Aldren made a comment at the end of the program that if anyone tried to send anyone out into space now withe the same odds of not coming back as they had then...they would have never made it to the moon. They would have been told it was not safe enough.
That really made me stop and think. We are all upset by the loss of those brave men and women on the Challenger and on Columbia. There were all sorts of investigations and shifting of blame, but it all boiled down to problems that should have been addressed earlier. But, my original question is the lack of guts. Have we become a nation of blame shifters? No one wants to be the one holding the bag, so we shift it, or keep saying no to whatever proposal so we can say we did not agree and thus blameless?
What has happened to us in the last 37 years? How have moved from daredevils that take chances so we can get the gold ring (in the case of Apollo 11 getting to the moon before the USSR) first to putting this through several committees and testing to the point of making the program obsolete before it is put into use?
On the same hand you could use this argument with the Patriot Act. Do we want to be safe or do we give up our civil liberties? Everyone is so afraid to step on toes, get caught holding the bag, or taking on in the chin...we are turing into a nation of very scary lemmings.
Get some balls America!!
posted by Raven @ 10:00 PM   4 comments
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Well, they got the temper part right...
You Are 51% Angry

Generally, you are not an angry person.
But you're easily frustrated and enraged. You have one heck of a temper.
And because of your anger, you tend to feel resentful and even spiteful.
You already know how to quell your anger. You just need to do it more often.
posted by Raven @ 6:56 AM   6 comments