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Time Flies…

It gets away quickly when you’re not paying attention, doesn’t it?

It’s been a dismal start to the year so far, but I have HIGH hopes for the rest of it…beginning tomorrow.  Why?  Because it’s Chinese New Year, signifying the beginning of the Year of the Horse.  Guess what I am?  Yep…..a Horse.  🙂

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Not everything I’ve read has agreed that Horses tend to have a good year in the Year of the Horse, but more often than not they fare better than in many non-Horse years.  Hopeful, right?

So far, I’ve managed to NOT keep ANY of my New Year’s resolutions.  My excuse is that tomorrow actually signals MY “new year,” and so I will become accountable beginning then.  Hey – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

How about you?  New Year’s resolutions trashed or on track?  How has the first month of 2014 treated you?  What hopes do you have for the rest of the year?

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Shiny, Happy People

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Photo Credit:  Jason Hargrove

You know what happy people do?

They sing in the rain.   They smile in the face of adversity.  They pick themselves up after a fall.  They see the glass as half full, representing hope instead of the half emptiness of despair.  They laugh.  They make jokes during stressful moments.  They pursue hobbies.  They love.

I’m learning.  Every single day.  A new world awaits!

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I’m Finally FREE!

It’s taken me quite some time to get to this place in life, and I mostly like the person I am.  Sure, I have my moments, things get me down sometimes.  Who doesn’t?  Life is like that, I guess.  Hard work, sweat, tears, blood.  It hasn’t been all bad, of course.  But when things were down….they were REALLY down.

I had an epiphany about a week ago, and then I saw this pic on Facebook.  It was like a flashbulb went off in my head.  OMGosh….really?

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Boy have they got THAT right!

All this time I felt guilty, like I was the one that was wrong, or that something was wrong with me.  I thought if I only lost weight, didn’t express an opinion, agreed with everything, they’d love me, finally.  But nothing I do, or say, or think can make the people who’ve been bullying me my whole life less poisonous.  They are who they are because of their own past, the events and people that shaped them.  It’s NOT my fault, and I’m NOT going to take the blame any longer.

I’m done apologizing for being me.  I’m done letting the judgments hurt me or make me feel unworthy.  I’m done worrying about what people think.  From now on, I’m gonna do what I want to do, and to heck with the rest.  It’s MY life, right?  I wasn’t put here to make anyone but ME happy!

Like my mom always says, “I’m ok, it’s the REST of the world that’s wrong!”  Amen, momma!

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Classic Cars, Casey, IL

My mom and I are in Casey, Illinois to visit my dad and assorted other family members.  Casey’s annual Popcorn Festival is this weekend, they had a GREAT classic car show!  Here are some pics!

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LOVE the pretty color of this Pontiac!
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Is there such a thing as a car show without a Chevy Bel Air? I took this pic because my dad totaled my grandmother’s two months after she bought it. It was red and white, like this one, but it was a ’55 and a four-door.
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Olds 442. One of my dream cars!
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Another nicely painted car. Sorry, no idea what it is, I just liked the color! I’m sure my dad told my my grandfather had one of these once, tho.
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My mom standing in front of a 1934 something or other. She was born in ’34, hence why we took this pic, LOL!
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Salmon pink T-bird. GORGEOUS!
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Took this pic for my hubby, he likes Galaxie 500’s. This was one of two, parked right next to each other.
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Quintessential Chevelle SS
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Pretty purple!
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VERY NICE Firebird!
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My uncle once had a car just like this one, except his was that pea green color Ford used to have!
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A ’67. You guessed it, born the same year as me!
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Buick Grand National, another of my dream cars!  I think this was a ’86
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This was a BEAUTIFUL 1948 Buick Woody. PRISTINE condition, gorgeously restored.
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The headliner of the Woody above. Beautiful, it looks like a boat, doesn’t it?
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Colloquialisms……AKA, it’s pe-KAHN! :)

For whatever reason, it's a "boo-wie" knife in Texas and D.C.*

I read this article a few months ago and then forgot about it, but I’m constantly fascinated by the origin of names and words, and pronunciation of common terms in different regions, so I revisited it today.

This study from North Carolina State (I’m a Tar Heel fan….still interesting, LOL) depicts those very differences in the phrases, pronunciation and even the terminology used by different regions.  A “crawdad” for example (which is what I call them, incidentally) is a “crayfish” in the Northeast.  Some southerners say “pe-KAHN” while others say “pee-CAN.”  My husband, a North Carolina native, is illustrative of this……he says “pee-CAN” while I’m constantly trying to correct him, “it’s PE-KAHN!”

Check out this link for 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other.  I hope you find it as interesting as I have!