All Hail Queen Shay

First of all I very literally have the best friends of all time. My Bestie Shay not only offered to keep Stormie, but she is also staying in my home to take care of Fat Catstard as well.

I am going to meet Dean Cain! Does that make me crazy that I am stupidly excited? I promise I will not Baio this up. I will make you all proud of me. I will be as cool as a cucumber in July. Is that a real saying? I don’t know.

I have to tell you I am so humbled by all of the supportive words I received from everyone. You all are so nice and don’t seem to think I am crazy at all.

Still waiting on my most recent labs I had done on Friday. This next Friday is a bone density scan, and yes, every time I say the word density I think of George McFly. I am your density. Should I say that to Dean? Maybe not.

I hope you all have a great Sunday, God is good all of the time and I just have to say won’t Jesus so it! Look at me, getting to meet the prettiest man on earth.

Just Do Something

So last night I got to do something really cool. It all started last Friday evening, I received a message from my friend Cheryl. She asked if I knew about Jenna Owens (from the Kidd Kraddick in the morning show) was having an event promoting her skincare line, Fitish. I said no, I did not, she sent me the link and said that she had already signed up and she knew that I love Jenna and Fitish as much as she does and thought I would like to go.

The day was a Thursday, perfect, as that is my Friday, I immediately said I’m in.

The event was in Dallas at a place called Camera Ready Cosmetics, I had never heard of this place, not unusual as I am in Anna. I immediately bought my ticket and sent an email to let them know Cheryl had referred me.

The big night came, Cheryl and I met in Allen and drove to Dallas together. Since we are roughly the same age we immediately began to compare age happenings and found so much commonalities.

We also agreed we would stop each other from Baioing it up in front of Jenna. If anyone is curious about that phrase, it is about me not Scott Baio, do a quick search here and you will find the abbreviated version of my story. I digress, we would stop each other from overly gushing over Jenna therefore not embarrassing ourselves.

We arrived and went into the location, we were greeted and given a gift for coming. If you bought your ticket online, you received $25 off of your purchase that night and also you received $150.00 in product from Camera Ready. They were so nice and welcoming from the front door to the room where the event was being held.

Cheryl and I were among the first to arrive and we scored front row seats. Trying not to fangirl out, we kept each other calm.

Then in came Jenna, she came up to us, shook our hands, asked our names and then talked to us. Really talked to us, conversed, she was so down to earth and seemed genuinely happy that people had come out for this.

I have to tell you before I continue that she is truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. You see these people on social media and on television as well and of course there is great lighting, filters and editing. So you wonder if they really look like that in real life. She does.

She has gotten so many question regarding her makeup routine she decided to do this event and show people what she does.

Now I have been experimenting with skincare and makeup since I was 13. I have also been a Mary Kay Skincare Consultant since 2001. I do know a lot of things, but I learned some things last night, which I will be implementing in my makeup routine.

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I really love her skincare line. I originally bought the Cool Down spray for Elizabeth Anne for Christmas. Then I went back and bought myself the Dewing it and Cool Down, then bought everything.

I will also say this, I am a long time listener to the show, I remember when Jenna first came on, I feel like I’ve watched her grow up. I am so proud of the woman that she is, she is a positive role model for young women.

After she was done with her makeup tutorial, she asked if we had any questions, she said she would answer anything.

She answered personal questions, she answered Halloween questions and she answered business questions.

My take away from the whole evening was when Jenna said if you are passionate about something and really want to explore it, just do something. Just one thing a day, get out of your house, get out of your comfort zone and just commit to doing one thing a day.

In this day and age where women seem to love tearing each other down, she was refreshing, she actually embodies the Mary Kay way, lift women up, praise to success, share ideas. What a breath of fresh air, we should all be lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down.

Not just women, all of us, I am very excited for her future and so happy she welcomed all of us into this place and shared so much with us. There seemed to be women from all walks of life there as well, and different ages, there was even a policewoman. Everyone was super nice and friendly and it was just a pleasant evening and I am so happy I left my house and did something.

Oh I almost forgot! Jenna’s mom Candy was there, what a delight meeting her! She was so sweet and genuinely happy to be there and supporting her daughter. You can tell she is Jenna’s number one fan.

I will put the links to Camera Ready Cosmetics and Fitish, oh CRC was such a fun place, they do a lot of fun makeup things and even movie and television makeup. Special effects sort of things, if you want to do something fun for a Halloween party give them a call.

On the Dean Cain front, my bestie Shay has offered to keep Storm, I am going to talk to her and tell her how needy my dog is and let her know what she is in for. That way she has the opportunity to say um no, I do have a lead on a dog sitting place as well. Keep your fingers crossed people.

As usual any comments, questions or criticisms can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com

https://camerareadycosmetics.com/

http://fitish.com/

Disappointed

Have you ever had something happen and even though it is a disappointment you realize it’s probably for the best?

It looks like I won’t be meeting Dean Cain after all. My pet sitter is no longer pet sitting. I think God is telling me something. I’m not supposed to do anything that could potentially give me great joy. It’s fine. I can cancel the hotel. I’m totally out the money I spent to meet him. Lesson learned.

BBFF is probably right, I’d just make a donkey out of myself, it’s best this way.

It’s too late to change my schedule at work so I’ll have a three day weekend anyway.

It’s really best this way, God is telling me something. If I ever truly became happy I wouldn’t be His sitcom anymore. If I never meet Dean Cain I’ll never be disappointed.

Laundry Detergent and Other Things

Is anyone else a laundry detergent fan? I mean the different scents. Of course we should all be using laundry detergent. I can spend so much time on the laundry aisle in the store, finding the one I love the best.

It used to be Gain, that one smells so good, then, thanks to one Kellie Rasberry Evans and her husband Allen Evans podcast, A Sandwich and some Lovin’, I decided to give Grove a try.

Now this is not a paid endorsement or advertisement for either of those things. I just like to share things I find that I love, so I went on Grove and ordered their “starter kit”. All of their products are natural and for the most part chemical free and I’m really into that right now.

They sent Method laundry detergent, OMGEE, the scent was heavenly, Beach Sage. I fell in love with it so hard I took myself to Target and bought the fabric softener as well. If you have a chance and are as enamored with the different scents of laundry detergent as I am, go to your local store and look for it, then take the cap off and smell it. I promise you will not be disappointed, or and it really does get my clothes clean.

So, with my tendency to bury the lead, I have done so now, I did get my lab results back.

Are you ready for this? Normal. All of them are normal, thyroid, cholesterol, sugar levels, fat level, white blood cell count, all of it, things I don’t know what they are, NORMAL.

I was really expecting something different, maybe a little alien DNA, perhaps Kryptonian in nature (I kid, I’m not crazy), anything that could explain what is happening.

So this coming Friday I go in for hormone level checks and all of that good stuff, the Friday after, bone density check. I called for the colonoscopy and they were supposed to email me something and they did not, so I will call them back on Monday.

I have started taking all of my supplements again, collagen, HCG, vitamins, strangely I do not take calcium, I think that’s a little overkill. Oh and probiotics, along with drinking most of my meals. I am telling you the Flowsupps has literally saved me. Best protein I’ve ever tried, hands down, and I have tried many. So many, if you are like me and have a hard time finding one that doesn’t have an aftertaste and isn’t hard on your stomach and has a ton of protein, try them. Excellent product, once again, not a paid endorsement or advertisement, just sharing what I have tried and what works for me. I mix mine with cashew milk or almond milk, I go back and forth with those two.

On to the coffee situation, the Smooth Silencer from Black Riffle Coffee is low in acid and doesn’t give me heartburn, I only drink it on Friday and Saturday. I don’t drink coffee during the week. I do believe between the two, low acidity and cutting back is saving my esophagus. So there you have it, my updates, oh I do have something fun coming up on Thursday night. I’ll write about that tomorrow, it deserves its own entry.

As usual, any questions, comments or criticisms can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com

Links for everything I mentioned, once again, I get nothing, just sharing. Oh the Kellie and Allen website has a lot of good deals on it. I thought I would share that as well.

grove.co

flowsupps.com

https://www.kellieandallen.com/

Results.

I had to process some things before writing (i.e. look up on webmd) about my physical.

First off my blood pressure was a little high for me. 110/70, it is typically 100/70, she did correct my medical records while we were there. Because she asked when my last period was and I just stared at her. 2001.

Then she said so that was your only surgery? Me: 👀👀, yes all four of my eyes just stared at her. I’m no 4 c-sections and an emergency one for tumors.

Ok, now we get down to business. My lungs and heart sound good, hello, non smoker here, no growth on thyroid, which means nothing. Then she said she wants me to go for a bone density scan, mammogram, colonoscopy and have bloodwork done.

Oh and meet with the nutritionist.

I did fast for this and I go over to the lab, right across the hall for the bloodwork. I will tell you this, I didn’t know this so it might be a public service announcement, biotin can mess with you readings on blood tests. It didn’t say what, but there you have it. I did stop taking all supplements about 5 days before, so I was all good. They took three vials of blood.

Next I call my ob/gyn, who has been my doctor since 1988, to find he has retired. And they have none of my medical records. They are all gone. He delivered two of my children and preformed 2 other surgeries. And all of my mammograms have been done there.

Not happy is an understatement.

I did look up hypothyroidism on webmd and I have a lot of the symptoms. Just sayin.

I should have those results tomorrow. My problem is the colonoscopy. They want you to have someone with you and I have no one. They won’t let you ubber there or take a taxi. So now I’m kinda going hmmmm. I’ll have to figure this out.

The animals refuse to learn to drive, so I’m kinda stuck.

I’ll keep you updated on my tests as they come back.

Debates, Debacles and Fat Cats

Today, as I was driving to my doctor’s appointment I started to think about some things. Not unusual for me, I really live about 70% in my head. What I was thinking about was a conversation I had with my youngest son, he has gone back to school and he wanted to tell me how he did on his first tests of the semester.

We talked for a bit about his grades, excellent, and then we started talking about his philosophy class. This was one of my favorite classes in college as well.

He said he really didn’t understand the grading system for philosophy since it is really subjective. I agreed, then we started talking about the different philosophers and what they believed.

Here’s the thing my son and I don’t agree on several things, but we don’t fight. We have discussions and debates, but we don’t fight. He shakes his head at how I can believe the way I do and still read things authors such as Joseph Campbell and watch science fiction. I laugh and say of course I can believe the way I do and still find value in those things.

He once asked me if I believed in aliens (from outer space, not the illegal kind) I said of course I do.

I believe it is the height of hubris to think that we are God’s only creation. Of course there has to be others. Maybe they came before us and are therefore more advanced than we are.

I miss the world I grew up in, I miss being able to have civilized discourse on the world’s events. On religion, politics and philosophy, I miss those, I miss real political debates.

I know I talk a lot about this, I miss Ronald Reagan and Walter Cronkite. I miss logic and facts, I miss so much about the world that was.

Did civility begin to crumble with the advent of chatrooms? Where people first discovered they could sit behind a keyboard and a screen and say whatever popped into their heads without sensor?

I don’t know, I do know that I am of an age of dinosaurs at this point. Will we be able to get to a point where we can ever have those discussions again?

I don’t have any answers and I don’t pretend to, I will say this, I will enjoy having discussions, debates and confounding my son for as long as I have left on this earth.

My thought process is not an easy one to follow, but he does, it doesn’t make it a lot easier for him to accept, but he does with graciousness.

On another note, Fat Catstard is disappointed he didn’t get to eat my face. I woke the other morning to him licking my hand, I said not today Fattymcbutterpants. Not today.

He looked at me with a canary eating grin and sauntered off.

As usual any comments, questions or debates can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com

Hate

Life is way too short to go through it hating people. I don’t hate anyone, however there are things that I hate. I have decided to get it all out of my system.

1. Gravy. I hate gravy, it is disgusting, how anyone can even put that in their mouth is beyond me. It’s made from flour and water. Do you know what else is made with flour and water? Paste. If you eat gravy you’re eating paste.

2. Ketchup. I do like tomatoes but allure of ketchup escapes me. It looks like your food is bleeding. Bloody french fries? No thank you.

3. Mayonnaise. White, globby, mess. That’s what that is. There’s a scene in one of my favorite movies, Undercover Brother, where Denise Richards plops mayonnaise on a sandwich. I literally cannot watch that scene. I cover my eyes every single time.

4. Lavender. The oil and the color. It makes me physically ill, the oil, the color just makes me cringe. I love dark, royal purple.

5. Liver. The smell is putrid and the way it looks on a plate is, well, Silence of the Lambs inducing. Just gross.

6. Reality shows. One caveat, if Dean Cain is in it, best show ever. Case in point, Stars earn Stripes. And here you thought I couldn’t work my gratuitous Dean reference in. Oh ye of little faith. Seriously though, I love scripted tv, I love a plot, good acting, good directing. Story telling.

7. Fox network. I will forever hold them in disdain for canceling Firefly and the Dollhouse. UPN and the WB for canceling Buffy. Have I mentioned my love of Joss Whedon?

8. Non-seasonal weather. Heat in fall? No thank you. Snow in the spring? Well, yes, I do love that. So it’s just the heat I am fighting with.

That’s it for now. I would love to hear what you hate. You can tell me here or message me at angie@angieworld.com.

Virtual Toga Party

I’ve talked about this before, but get ready, I’m repeating myself today.

There are so many things I’m passionate about, mainly television shows.

First and foremost is everything Joss Whedon, the man is brilliant. From Buffy to Angel to Firefly to the Dollhouse, Avengers and Agents of Shield. He put Tahiti on the map again, it’s a magical place.

Anything with Star in the title, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate and Battlestar Galactica.

To comedies, Friends, The Office, The Good Place and Last Man Standing, just to name a few.

Let’s not forget superhero’s, from Superman in the DC realm to Thor in the Marvel universe and don’t even get me started on Dean Cain. I think you all know how I feel about him.

I was late to the party on my current one, it’s not even on the air anymore. Chuck, it’s sweet, funny, smart and action filled.

Today is the 12th anniversary of the premiere of the series. I have been introduced to a twitter group that celebrates this amazing show. Tonight at 7:00 pm CST we will all stream the premiere and watch together. Online. Nerds/geeks unite online. I listened to Jeffster songs on my lunch and break and had mini dance parties.

The parts were perfectly cast, I cannot imagine anyone else in those roles. I mush sign off now and prepare for the watching party.

Are you coming to the toga party?

Sad, Angry and Disappointed

I am highly upset right now, I am so verklempt I can barely speak. Today is the first day of fall and the high today was 91 degrees. 91. This is Texas, we don’t get fall, while the rest of the country is luxuriating in the beginning of boot season I’m still in sandals.

I spoke with a man in Michigan today, we need to do some outside work and it needs to get done before their winter sets in. I mention this, he says oh no worries it’s really hot here today. It’s 71 degrees. 71. I said sir that is really inflammatory language, he said where are you Angie. I said Texas.

He apologized profusely, I said it’s fine. Fine. Just great.

Did I mention the humidity? When I came home it did start to rain, now we are talking alpaca territory. My hair, I can’t even discuss it, so while the rest of you are enjoying the changing of the leaves, pumpkins, frost in the mornings, here I sit, with alpaca hair.

I have a closet full of boots, I’m not exaggerating, I have black boots, biker boots, hiking boots, brown boots, little house on the prairie boots, red boots, black suede pirate boots, pink boot, purple boots, so many purple boots and sparkle boots.

All I can do is stare at them and lament the fact that I am destined to live in the wrong state.

When I came back from Montana last year I asked Tess if it would be ok if I moved there.

This is the conversation:

Me: Tess, Gigi is thinking of moving to Montana.

Tess: No

That was it, that was the whole conversation, never to be brought up again.

My perfect retirement plan would be to fall and winter in Montana, come back to Texas for Christmas, New Years and my birthday. Then spring in Florida, who doesn’t love Orlando? I could visit friends and we could visit the mouse, hope for a Loki sighting.

Summer in Texas, there is no getting around that, I spend a week every summer with Tess. I am not giving that up until she decides it is not cool to hang out with Gigi. I am praying that day never comes.

Then back north for beautiful fall colors and real boot season.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my adopted state, I love my home state, I am just never going to live there again. I know this, it is just not for me, I really fell in love with Montana and I have always loved Colorado.

Oh, maybe a motor home, I could just drive all over! However I cannot see wintering in a motor home, at all, I would be a frozen carcass by the end of winter. Fat Catstard wouldn’t like it at all, The Dire Wolf would, but not fatty catty.

Oh well, a girl can dream, of roaring fires, hot chocolate, boots and Dean. I thought I would just slip that in there, lest any of you forget what my real dream is.

Time Travel

Have you ever had a dream so vivid that when you woke up you had to check and see if it was true?

The other night I had a dream that a friend of mine died suddenly. It was so real and so vivid that it woke me up at 4am and I grabbed my phone to make sure it wasn’t real.

It wasn’t, but I did say a prayer for my friend.

Right now I am craving popcorn, watching an episode of Lois and Clark and fighting the urge to make some.

I am watching one of the time travel ones. Any show that has time travel is for me.

One of my favorite movies is Peggy Sue got Married. Can you imagine waking up and you’re in high school? What would you change? Would you so anything different?

Peggy Sue became very frustrated when she realized she couldn’t change things. Then when she is back in the present she realizes she did have some influence over certain things.

All in all I wouldn’t change anything from my high school days. I wouldn’t mind going back and seeing my parents and grandparents. I miss them a lot.

I would like to end on a word of advice, when calling tech support for anything, I wouldn’t suggest screaming and using obscenities. It’s not going to get you anywhere. Peace out peeps!