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Posts from May 2013

The "Hit & Run"!

Have you ever had a coworker hit your car and then not tell you?

The very same week that I bought my truck I noticed that I had a dent in my door and I had no clue how it happened.

I traced back every place my car had been and who I had parked beside and it came down to the guy that works on a morning shift here in the building!

What do I do?
Do I call all the people on that shift out?
Do I go to corporate?

 I did change parking in my "usual" space, but that didn't fix the dent. I hate some people. Ha!

Monday morning at 7:15 we will ask you if you (like me) have ever been a victim of a "Hit & Run"!
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Taking the pet on a trip? DON'T DO IT!!

I visited my sis in New Orleans, who's moving home to Philly this summer.  I offered to fly her cat home so Fuzzybutt wouldn't have to suffer the road-trip ordeal.   

Can you believe it cost $125 (one-way!) for the cat to be shoved under the seat in front of me?!! 

No pretzels. No water.  Nuthin. What a scam.  Even a child can sit on your lap FOR FREE. 

Plus, I felt like an outlaw going through security: they make you hold a clawing, squirming cat while they swab your hands for traces of explosives.  Yup, cats can be terrorists, too. 

The best - the evil eye from the grouchy passenger that "can't BELIEVE they'd let a cat on the plane! What if I'm allergic?!"  He wasn't. Just an ass. 

I'll NEVER do that again.
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An Amazing & Sweet Story From Oklahoma...

Usually I find it kinda depressing when you hear about an elderly person making a wrong turn and driving hundreds of miles in the wrong direction.  Not this time.  This time it actually SAVED two grandparents' LIVES.

Thomas and Claudia Foutch of Moore, Oklahoma are grandparents who are both in their 80s.  On Monday, they were headed home from a funeral . . . just before that devastating tornado completely ravaged the town.

BUT . . . as they were driving home, they took a WRONG TURN.  They got confused, and ended up 200 MILES south, in Texas.  And that probably ended up SAVING THEIR LIVES.

They eventually figured out they were lost, but couldn't get back to Moore because of the road blocks.  They didn't have cell phones.  They didn't know their family members' phone numbers.  They didn't have enough money for a hotel.

So they ended up spending almost 48 hours in their truck until they found their way back home.  Their family didn't know what had happened to them . . . and even went on "Piers Morgan Live" to ask for help finding them.

Their granddaughter says now that she's been reunited with her grandparents, her first move was to get them cell phones.

God Bless them both and please continue praying for the folks from the area that bore the brunt of the storm.

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Locations : OklahomaTexas
People : Claudia FoutchThomas Foutch


This is my inner child ....

This is EXACTLY how I feel when I attempt to cook. 
And right now, I'm totally using the fact that Cole won't stop pulling things out of the Lazy Susan as my lame excuse to not cook ... I HATE this stage of repeatedly having to pick the same things up and put away - can't get anything done! 
LAZY Susan, my ass!!

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This time it's us!!!

I left on much needed spring vacation in the start of May, and while we were away I asked my girlfriend to be my wife. If you didn’t hear about it, fear not, I kept it in very deep confidentiality, for many reasons, and I don’t regret that move one bit.  I’ve always been a private person (my parents hated that in me) and still, as I always have, I try to protect certain things with the secrecy of a 007 plot! As a result my proposal plan worked nearly flawlessly… It was beautiful, it was emotional but above all else it was our moment, yeah only ours to stand together and choose a common path for life that we will decide on together.

As we were shuffling through the line in the airport on our trip home, we laughingly looked at each other and said “Whoa… this time it’s us” as if to say that up to that point we were watching the “movie of life” where it was only our friends and family that got engaged and married, but now it was now us in the lead roles, and we were a little bit shocked to be living in that moment.

 Days later I sat on the couch in a very introspective mindset and began thinking about how well it had gone, and how happy we both were, but I also took the journey back through twisted labyrinth of years and decisions that brought me to this place; the one in life where a choice like this would for me be at all a possibility. I sat amazed at the ground that I have covered, the crazy amount of time that has passed, the things of the past that seemed so important and devastating once that now seem so trivial, and how so many the times of my life that seem so recent really happened decades ago.

 I thought about my first grade crush Brook Mercer (the little red haired girl) and my first kiss Karen Rufner (in the back of a school bus); I remembered my first real love (and first heartbreak) Margaret Carroll and eventually I thought of most of the rest of my bigger mistakes… but this time remembering them didn’t haunt me. Right there, on my couch, I came to that amazing moment where I had arrived at the realization that I wasn’t sad or angry at any of the women of my past any longer… I was in fact happy that they had chosen something other than our relationship as their priority and had moved on. I was happy mainly because they gave me a gift in the process: they forced me to move on too, and for that I am grateful.

Let’s understand something: I am “older” by definition to be getting married (for the first time anyhow) and many people were surprised to hear not only that I had made this commitment, but also that I was willing to do it at all!  I have for years been accused (falsely) of being afraid of commitment, not true, what I was afraid of was committing to someone who didn’t deserve me doing so. I love Erika and I know that she is, in fact, the woman that God intended me to meet and share this earth with. She is perfect for me and I hope to drive her up the wall of a very, very long time.  :)

The years have been kind to lead me here to her and I thank God for that, and I have seen enough to know many things but I still can’t say with any confidence that “I know what I want”… what I do know from the lessons of the past is: “I know full well what I don’t want”, and I have found my soul mate as a result!
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Does your high school deserve to be on the "best of" list?

77 Pennsylvania schools made the list of the top 2,000 public high schools in America - is yours on the list?
(check here:)

Congratulations to Dallas & North Pocono- the only schools in Luzerne/Lackawanna Co's to make list!  Not too shabby, considering there are areas (Lehigh Valley, for instance) that didn't have any schools listed.  Philadelphia suburbs had the most high schools in PA on the list ... congrats to my alma mater: Wissahickon High School !

I was really hoping more schools would be listed in NEPA, were you?  I was surprised Lehman didn't make it (go easy on them, Dallas!), nor Abington Heights (btw, Abington High, outside of Philly, made the list, not to be confused with AH in Clarks Summit)

Which public high schools do you think got robbed? 

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I may be a mom, but I think like a 12 yr old boy ...

I was so touched when I received my FIRST handmade (literally!) gift from my 15 month old son, Cole.  It's a flower, made with the imprints of his hands ...

...althooooough, I'm still trying to figure out what body part imprint made the leaves?!!! 

C'mon, you wondered, too.

A Facebook friend innocently told me it's his fist and thumb.  Ohhhhhhh!!  HAHAHA!  Whew.  I thought I was going to have to call authorities!!

Enjoy your handmade gifts, Moms!!!
May your gifts bring a smile, even a laugh, to your day.
Happy Mother's Day!

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TRES de Mayo!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo a lil early, but it totally worked out with the TRES Agave! Want to try the refreshing drinks Chandler from Fine Wine & Good Spirits brought in on Friday?  They're easy to make, and perfect for this weekend, or any fun, warm day!  Enjoy responsibly!

Charonge Sunset (Wake Up Call favorite)
  • 1.5 oz. Charonge (Size:750ml, Code:5913, Retail:$11.99, Sale:$9.99)
  • 1.5 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 0.5 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. Orange Juice
  • Orange wedge, for garnish
Pour ingredients into a shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into glass over ice.  Garnish with an orange wedge.
Red Pepper Daisy
  • 4 dime-sized slices of red bell pepper
  • 1 ½ oz. 1800 Reposado Tequila  (Size:1.75L, Code:3158, Retail:$39.99, Sale:$36.99)
  • ½ oz. Tres Agaves Agave Nectar Juice (Size:750ml, Code:6612, Retail:$9.99)
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • Club Soda
Place the pepper slices in a shaker and muddle. Add tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, and ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass and add club soda to taste..
Pyrat Rum Sangria (Large Batch)
  • 1 Bottle Pyrat XO Reserve Rum  (Size:750ml, Code:8902, Retail:$29.99, Sale:$25.99)
  • 2.0 bottles Campo Viejo Reserve Red  (Size:750ml, Code:9327, Retail:$13.99, Sale:$10.99)
  • 8 ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • 24 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 12 oz. Orange Juice
  • 6 oz. Pineapple Juice
Mix all together and rest for 1 hour but even better if overnight. Add seasonal fruits. Serve in a wine glass on the rocks.
Avion Strawberry Fizz - Cocktail of the Month - made at
  • 2 oz. Avion Silver Tequila  (Size:750ml, Code:3513, Retail:$44.99, Sale:$39.99)
  • 1 oz. Tres Agaves Agave Nectar Juice (Size:750ml, Code:6612, Retail:$9.99)
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • Strawberries
  • 2 oz. Dry Champagne
Muddle strawberries in cocktail shaker then add lemon juice, agave, and tequila. Shake and strain into champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a strawberry.
Maya Magic
  • 1 oz. Pinnacle Pineapple Vodka (Size:750ml, Code:5410, Retail:$14.99)
  • 1 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (Size:750ml, Code:3293, Retail:$14.99, Sale:$11.99)
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. cranberry juice
  • Pineapple slice for garnish
Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
Jos-ito  (also fun to say!!)
  • 1½ oz. Jose Cuervo Especial Silver Tequila (Size:750ml, Code:6584, Retail:$19.99, Sale:$17.99)
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier Liqueur (Size:750ml, Code:5587, Retail:$34.99, Sale:$31.99)
  • ¾ oz. Tres Agaves Agave Nectar Juice (Size:750ml, Code:6612, Retail:$9.99)
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • Ice cubes
  • Crushed ice
Combine agave nectar and mint leaves into shaker and muddle. Add the rest of ingredients in shaker with ice and shake. Strain into rocks glass packed with crushed ice.
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