Friday, April 9, 2010

Early Summer Treats

I am a book fanatic and for the most part pretty well read. I won't bore you with a list of books I have read (unless you really want to know and then you can look me up on Goodreads) but I will say that my personal library contains names like Steinbeck, Carroll and Kerouac.
I have a confession - my bookshelf literally has shelves on the front and the back. While they "good" authors lord over you from the front, on the back side, facing the wall, where no one else can see, is one of my dirty little secrets - I love trashy novels, especially in the summer.
I would like to say that my trashy novels still require the writer to have some real literary talent. I would like to say that and for the most part, it is true but in the case of one series, I have even given that up for just all out steamy sex and ridiculous plots.
The series in question is the Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. Better known as the inspiration for the exceptionally better written True Blood HBO Series.
The books are just awful, yet I have read everyone and can't wait for the new one to come out is May.

So even though I have a month to go, I am officially declaring today the start of mindless reads season.
In preparation for the next installment of sassy, street smart barmaid Sookie and her gratuitous sex with Vampires, Werewolves, etc... I am rereading some older Candace Bushnell and Jackie Collins Novels.
Fun, Fun, Fun... I can't wait for my bubble bath tonight!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Deep, Dark Desires

I bet that got your attention you preverts.
Actually I am going to admit that I have a fascination with strippers - not the sleazy all nude kind, but high class burlesque. I even considered taking a pole dancing "excerise" class once.
This comes up because my good friends and amazing artist, Kim Rullo, is looking for models for an upcoming project. I was all up to do my part until Kim mentioned that the project would require nudity.
I admit that the idea of having amazing nude photos taken does appeal to me, but saddly (or maybe not) the part of my brain that looks in the mirror each morning is much louder and I had to decline.
So for now the naughty girl inside will just have to remain there buried some where under the soccer mom.
But tonight in my dreams I will be shaking my thang to this...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ricky Martin announces he is gay

Didn't we already establish that some time ago? I really didn't know that he was still in the closet.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Martins Ferry Mayor Apologizes For Racially Insensitive Comment - News Story - WTOV Steubenville

Okay, so Martins Ferry is about as small and white trash as you can get and yet in the last year Sarah Jessica Parker picked a women there to have her babies, the Cheif of Police tried to steal things from said woman and sell them to a tabloid, the replacement officer just got suspended for having porn on his work computer (all adult and blown way out of proportion btw) and now the mayor is a biggot.
Not just any type biggot, but one stuck in 1940.... He called someone a Spook and then justified it because a "black" person hurt a family member!!!!
I would laugh it wasn't so sad.

Martins Ferry Mayor Apologizes For Racially Insensitive Comment - News Story - WTOV Steubenville

Friday, March 5, 2010

Go ahead and sing along...

Really, it's okay. I am...

Today's Crush

I just LOVE Jesse Martin. (we are so tight, I can drop the L.)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Once and For All

You know how sometimes it takes someone to just come right out and say it? Clear the air? Point out the Elephant in the Room?

I am going to bite the bullet for all of us Christians out there... I am not denouncing my faith, but once and for all lets just get over it.

Leviticus was full of shit!

That is all - can we go back to being nice to each other now.

Pod People

I recently dropped my cell in the bathtub... yes folks, I text while I soak. Chances are that one of those whitty life observations that you got from me came while I was naked and wet.
Needless to say my trusty LG Shine was no match for Mr. Bubble and I found myself purchasing a new phone this week.
The salesboy was really cute in that just out of college, geeky cute way and he talked me into an IPhone.
The first night I brought it home, I was in way over my head. The phone is way smarter than I am but I persevered.
Now only four days later and I am in love.... I do not know how I survived without this before. Did you know it is also an IPod (of course you probably did - but I didn't)
As we speak I am loading her up with random selections from Wicked, Dreamgirls and Rent... not to mention my old standbys (think gay influenced 80s and 90s pop)

Monday, March 1, 2010


I watched the entire first season of Glee this weekend thanks to Lemmy! I was in fruit fly, high school loser heaven!

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Little Boy to Start the Week

This is inspired by Lemmy who reminded me that I have not indulged in one of my dirty little pleasures in a while.
I love Boy George! Seriously.. I can't get enough of the Boy.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My True Nature

My best gay recently accused me of being a little too fixated on Shaun White.

The following is a transcript of an actual converstation.

Chris: You know he's a midget

Me: really - how tall?

Chris: I would say leprechaun sized, but I'll look it up....He's 5'8", but the baggy clothes don't help his cause.
And you are also betraying your Fruit Fly Ness, you should be making out at the bar with and attending Thanksgiving at Johnny Weir's house!

Me: can't this be just like college? I will do all of that and then go home to the skinny, pot smoking straight guy

Chris: Exactly. Are we allowed to laugh about places that people shouldn't smoke pot yet?

Me: how can we not?

In order to redem myself - I present the following video for your enjoyment. Of Course, I adore Johnny!!!!

Amen Little Man

"Mommy look at those guys - they have rocket ships in the snow!" - Liam age 2

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In a bit totally stolen from Dr. Monkey...

I present my red head of the olympics....

Shaun White - Snowboarder, Gold Favorite and Ginger Hottie!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Family Dinners....

I had dinner with the in laws last night and as always it was entertaining to say the least.
The major topic of discussion was that my 15-year-old nephew was caught in the possession of condoms. GASP!!!
My sister-in-law, or SIL, was okay with the condoms themselves, but not the fact that he left them in the basement rec. room where his four-year-old sister could (and did) find them. Her concern was that he might be sneaking girls in the basement door after everyone else was asleep. Something that she, the hubby, and their younger brother all did at one point or another in their youth.
I totally supported her on this one.
The mother-in-law, or the MIL, or the Holy Mother,on the other hand was aghast that he would have them at all. I am not sure if it was the sex or the Catholic stance on birth control that had her rosary beads in a knot. Since I am one that really lays things out there, I simply stated that there in NOTHING that she can do to stop him from having sex if that is what he wants to do and she should be happy that he is obviously taking precautions.
I did chicken out of telling her that the hubby and I have offered to supply such items. Don't ask, don't tell. We may have in fact subsidized the recent nookie.
In other news, my 9-year-old niece suggested her mom find a boyfriend on ebay and Patrick's "band", who have no name and have yet to have a practice, are thinking about "touring North America" this summer. With regards to the first story, I think he is only in it for the groupies.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

whatever happens will be

I love this song... it instantly takes me back to a much simpler time in my life. When I am having a bad day - today is one of those days - I listen to this song and am transported back to Mikal's dorm room on the 12th floor. Curling up with "the kids" as we called ourselves and talking about nothing.
We were the original "Friends"
Mikal, Darcey, Angel, Jenn, Trudi, and Jill - no matter the time or distance, I love you all as much today as I did back in that dream called the early 90s.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Urban Dictionary

Thanks to my friend Chaz for sending me the link for something called the
I looked up the definition for my name and loved it.

AMY : to take, hold, or steal your heart. a person who is a soul mate. a good lover.
she pulled an amy on my heart. (she stole or holds my heart)
my heart was amyied. (my heart was stolen)
watch out she will amy you. (she will steal your heart)
you have yourself an amy. (you have yourself a soul mate

That's me baby.... hells yeah!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Willies, wieners and wee wees...

A local community has an honest to God, good old fashion flasher. He has been terrorizing the usually peaceful streets of Moundsville, WV since early this December.
Our local news station pretty much makes a mess of their panties every time this guy flashes his willie at the world. It is the lead story on the news everytime he is spotted and now he has his very own facebook page.
My favorite fan on Facebook said that he wanted to "send his sister to walk around Moundsville just so he can say that someone he knows has been flashed."
I used to visit my sister-in-law in the Northern Regional Jail which is located in Moundsville - damn her for getting parole. I miss everything.

I know it is immature, but naked people still make me giggle. Wieners are funny little (I know, I know, don't call them little) guys!

He was really asking for it...

My friend Craig "Lumpy" Hall sent this to me... it is classic. The most honorable Reverend does not feel the need to review his emails before reading them on the air.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Out of the mouths of babes....

Miss Ella was at my office this afternoon and playing with my ever faithful Bill Clinton doll.
She was admiring his very detailed clothing (black socks, red tie, suspenders...) when she asked me if Bill "could take his pants off."
Through my laughter I assured her that was something the former pres was in fact very skilled at.
Aww well, I still love him to pieces.

More Cool People I Know and You Should Too

My Friends Ant and Greg are featured in this video. I have known Ant and Greg for many, many, many years. Greg was actually my roommate for a while in college - and to this day remains the easiest person I have yet to live with.
They are both two people that I can honestly say live for their art.
Knowing how sincere that Ant is actually brought a tear to my eyes - no matter what you think about him or his music, I can say that every word comes from his heart.

Passion: A Musician's Story from Quanti Studios on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Back Off Reality!!!!

I have this thing where I can be having a perfectly good dream and then remember something about my real life and all goes caput.
I have complained to hubby for years that he has a way of ruining all my good, steamy dreams. There I will be, swept into Johnny Depps arms, his shirtless chest pressed against mine, his lips so close I can feel his breath and BAM I remember I am married and the whole dream falls apart because that would be cheating and I don't do that - even in those delicious hours right before you wake in the morning apparently. DAMN!
Last night Johnny was sadly absent, but I was reliving some of my college days and preparing for a semester of boys, parties, cocktails and very little studying, when I looked at the shelves in my dorm room (much larger and nicer than the original) and noticed a picture of two kids - F@#K, I have kids. I can't go to college, I have to go home and then almost simultaneously the alarm went off, my two-year-old demanded juice and the dog started whining to go out.
Oh well, it did bring back fond memories and put me in a retro kind of mood. So for your viewing enjoyment, I pulled out some old college photos.

Me and Kimmy (1995)

The old radio crew (that's me in the back)

Me, Jenn, and Darcey

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Waiting, waiting, waiting....

I hate waiting... I am not a very patient person and here I am stuck checking the mailbox every day (sometimes multiple times which is ridiculous as my mailman is the most punctual person on the planet)
I recently ordered a copy of the book, Under the Banner of Heaven, and can not wait until it arrives. I have heard wonderful things about this book and am obsessed with the whole polygamist / FLDS thing - from Big Love to the Warren Jeffs case, I just can't seem to get enough.
Also, I am (not so) patiently waiting for my first copy of Ready Made magazine to arrive. It is sort of a martha stewart thing for the hip crowd (and those of us who desperately want to join).
The mag comes out 6 times a year and I have made a vow to complete at least one project from each copy for the entire length of my two year subscription.
I promise to post the sometimes fabulous but more often hilarious, result on my blog so stay tuned.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Corporate America Sucks

The Hubby's was one of 20 positions "eliminated" today.
Not only did they not give him or the other employees any form of notice, they would not allow them to return to their offices to retrieve any personal belongings. Stating instead that they would send ever thing to them at their home addresses.

Ryan has been working with these people as a whole for 11 years. The company was bought out by Equifax about three years ago and everything has been going downhill ever since.

We used to be able to count on a pretty nice Christmas Bonus, but Equifax discontinued the first year. They also eliminated all the little things like free bottled water and employee appreciation days.

Ahhh well - I am trying to think positive! This maybe a good thing!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Miss Ella quote of the week

Lying on my bed last night...

"Mom, do you remember all the good times we've had?"

Today's big sigh....

The following conversation took place in my office after the prospective client handed me and outstanding utility bill in an amount exceeding $1200.

Me: How did this bill get so high?

Client: I was incarcerated a few times over the past year and got behind.

What I said : I will look into this Sir, but I am not sure you meet the requirements for this assistance. Have a nice day and I will be in touch.

What I wanted to say : You need to either go straight or become a much better criminal, dude, because right now you totally suck at your chosen profession.

Monday, January 11, 2010

simply beautiful


The following is an actual conversation I had with a client today.

Client (getting very indignant): Do you have any idea what it is like to try really hard and still have bad things happen to you?????

Me: (big sigh) No, not at all.

Nothing is harder than having a bad day in the social services industry. Most of the time, I try to lend a simpatatic ear, but then there are days you just want to kick them in the shins.

Yes, Virginia, even we super liberals (crusaders of the left - if you will) want to scream "stop your f'ing whining" sometimes.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 - you sneaky little bastard you...

As I was posting my las blog, my husband called to inform me that he may be getting laid off in the very near future.
After my initial reaction of panic and wanting to vomit, I took a deep breath and realized this maybe a blessing in disguise...
I asked Ryan if he could have any job, what would he want to be and said he actually didn't know. He sort of fell into his current job starting entry level and working his way up to a senior vice president position. He has always liked that he is good at his job, but never really the job itself.
Maybe this is a chance for him to change that - as cliche as it is - to find himself.
Also, the past few years have been really hard on us and there where times, I was not sure that we were going to make it through as a family. This maybe a chance for us to start fresh. I am very willing to relocate (somewhere warm would be nice.)
Who knows what the future may bring, but I am willing to find out.

One Decade Down - One to Go....

I know I haven't been around a lot lately, but you have always been close in my thoughts.
This weekend, I got to spend some quality time with my nine-year-old niece, Baylee. Since her birth, I have been convinced that Baylee was cosmically meant to be my child. We share so many of the same traits (some good, some bad) personality wise. In the looks department, we are no where close. Baylee (who is from the Neeley side and shares no DNA with me) has white, blonde hair and big blue eyes. She is also tiny (her resolution was to be as big as the average kids in her class.)
During one of our conversations, she asked me what my New Year's Resolution was for 2010. I told I was to old for resolutions, but I did have some revalations - as the most eventful decade of my life came to a close.
Baylee, in true "tween"dom really didn't care about my inner thoughts, but I thought some of you might.
In the past decade I:

* got married
* had two children
* bought a house
* switched careers (from marketing to social work)
* lost my brother-in-law, Chris
* lost my "dad", Dick.
* lost my Gram (who I trully believe has been reincarnated as my daughter, Ella)
* watched Ryan's sister succumb to her problems with additction
* visited a family member in prison (see above)
* discovered that my husband is also having problems with addicition
* saw my mother make a huge mistake out of the fear of being alone
* became a great aunt
* lost 50 pounds on a crash diet and gained it all back plus 10
* lost 25 pounds by being healthy and have kept it off for a year
* discovered that I like myself
* discovered that I am way stronger than I ever thought possible
* discovered that I have an artisitic side and am trying to develop it.
* did an entire wedding reception for a friend for less than $2500 - including the catering and invitations - that people still compliement me on.
* did a second, outdoor reception for her sister for less than $500 (no catering this time) using wild flowers and mason jars for the bulk of the decorations.

I am sure there is a lot more, but the fact is - good or bad, I have really grown a lot these past 10 years and am ready to see what the next ten have in store...