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Friday, January 22, 2010

Twenty-Ten



So...whats up and coming for the Epperson's in 2010

#1. A NEW FACE for THIS BLOG ... For starters, anyone who actually takes a look at this will see that we have a new look. I quickly realized that the old format wasn't going to be blog-friendly anymore for the content I wanted to link to. I am inspired by many things this world has to offer...and I wanted to share those things with anyone of you out there that might actually give a damn. There are now lots of nifty links to the things that Matt and I find interesting...if you have one that you think we'd enjoy, by all means send it our way and we'll add it to our growing lists if it inspires us too! I spent only a day and a half sifting the internet for templates to use...and I think I am finally settling into this format. The 3 Column exposure definitely gives the space I was looking for, but it only works with certain backgrounds and you can't edit much of this through the Blogger settings. So unless I learn to read HTML...this is as good as it gets!

#2. We are actively de-cluttering our humble little casa! Matt and I are putting the house up for sale in just a few short weeks in hopes to sell by summer! I am very anxious to move into something with MORE space. This house has been good to us...but SEVEN years later, 2 large dogs, 1 child and 2 adults in a house with no basement is getting rather cramped! So...here is wishing us luck in our real estate endeavor. I am amazed at ALL the things we have managed to cram into this small space...as I box up things I wonder how we did it this long!

#3. Matt is heading back to school!!! He is looking to finish his Bachelors. Originally he was going to start at KU Edwards and tag-team online classes at JCCC...but in the end he found a better deal through Mid-America. Their program only lasts a year and he will start this Spring!

#4. TRAVELING...Pregnancy is about the only thing that will keep me from traveling. I LOVE IT! I love visiting new places and meeting new people. We were spoiled last year and got to see some amazing places. We won't be going overboard this year...but a few trips are on the agenda in 2010! For starters...Matt and I are heading to ARIZONA in April for the Overland Journal Expo. We were going to do this last year, but it just got to be too much...so we transferred our registration to this Spring and can't wait to check it out. Still debating if Syd will join us on this one...its going to be a short trip, but a hell of a drive, so we may try this one on our own to keep it simple. --- This Summer we are going to retreat back to the Cabin in Montana...hitting up a good hike in Colorado on the way up. I am looking forward to sitting on that front porch again...taking in the view and wishing I didn't have to leave! And its always nice to catch up with Tyson and Molly in the flesh! AND finally I am taking a few trips with my nephew David & my niece Samantha! As part of their Christmas Gifts I gave them each a voucher: David gets to take a long weekend camp out with Matt and I. He's the outdoorsy type and I am looking forward to a hitting up a new place, maybe Flint Hills or something different. For Sam, I gave her a voucher to take a trip with me anywhere in the lower 48 states! She is only growing older on me...and if you can believe it, starts High School next year. I wanted to do something with just her before she begins this next stage of her life! She is pretty set on heading up to the pacific northwest and checking out Forks, Washington and the surrounding area...yes, we are both obsessed with the Twilight Saga...and no, I am not going Vampire Hunting...we just want to check it out!

#5. CELEBRATING my 30th BIRTHDAY! Not sure what we will be doing just yet...maybe a pub-crawl or something interesting...but I will be celebrating with family, friends and my good friend 'Captain Morgan'!

#6. Troll #2...Matt's words, not mine! But yes, we are thinking of trying again later this year for our second bambino. Not sure about any of my other Mommy friends...as easy as my pregnancy was with Sydney...I am ready to only go through being pregnant one more time. I then want to reclaim my body and move on with my kiddos! The process of pregnancy is an interesting experience and I wouldn't trade that for anything...I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to create and birth life...but I am not looking to populate the world...so one more time and were good to go! If Matt has it his way...he'll be getting snipped while I am in labor!

#7. THE GERMANS ARE COMING! THE GERMANS ARE COMING! We are really excited to have our German family coming to visit Shawnee later this year. Not clear on the exact dates, but we can't wait to see them and to help host while they are here! It is the least we can do for all the hospitality we received while we were visiting! Miss you guys!!!

That's all that comes to mind right now...probably missing something...but in all honestly, I miss ALOT these days with everything going on! Those brain cells I keep asking to return just won't listen!

Pocket Tazer Stun Gun...

What do you do on your Friday Nights?
I decide to post randomness.
This was too funny...and thought I would share.

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A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer.

The effects of the Tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety....??

WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button.

Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.

AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave..

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right?

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.

I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.

Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Tazer in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily
control; and a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5" long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, 'no possible way!'

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best.

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, 'Don't do it stupid,' reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it.

I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button,
and...

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
WHAT THE... !!!

I'm pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

Note: If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a Tazer, one note of caution: there is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor! A three second burst would be considered conservative!

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling.

Apparently I had crapped in my shorts, but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair.

I'm still looking for my testicles and I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return!

PS: My wife can't stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it!

If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!!!!

Cheesy...



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reflections of 2009

In 2009 I...

  • Rang in the New Year @ home with Sydney.

  • Watched Obama's Inauguragtion with a BIG SMILE on my face!

  • Sat in on a BOOK CLUB meeting with my Mom, who discussed the reality of our experiences as we lived those years involved with the C.U.T. in Montana

  • Sat in the waiting room at St. Luke's while my Father-In-Law went through open heart surgery...he ended up needing a quadruple by-pass...and we are grateful he is with us still today thriving even more!

  • Traveled to Maui for my Brother's Wedding

  • Spent Valentine's Day on the Beach with my hubby and daughter

  • Got my First Tattoo...yes there will be more!

  • Assisted with my 3rd Flamin Hottie Auction Fundraiser

  • Assisted with the Be Our Guest SMNOF Fundraiser

  • Took a Self Defense Class - twice through T.A.K.E. Defense

  • Assisted with the First Annual S4N SMNOF Fundraiser

  • Celebrated Sydney's 1st Birthday

  • Celebrated Matt's 32nd Birthday

  • Celebrated my 29th Birthday...

  • Hosted the 1st Softball Tourney between Shawnee/Lenexa Fire & Police Departments

  • Assisted with a St. Jame's Golf Tournament

  • Helped oversee and participate in my 2nd Relay For Life as a Committee Member

  • Raised $1000+ dollars personally for Cancer Research.

  • Spent 1.5 Weeks in Colorado & Montana...saw my mountains again.

  • Shared a HUGE bottle of wine with a good friend as we came thru Colorado!

  • RELAXED on a porch staring at a crooked tree...not wanting to come home.
  • Threw Up on the side of 435 at the I-35 Interchange after drinking a little too much Sweet Tea Vodka...haven't had any since!
  • Resigned as a RFL Committee Member for 2010

  • Celebrated 6 Years of Marriage

  • Traveled to Erfurt for 10days thru the Sister City Exchange Program

  • Made some wonderful new international friends!

  • Got a wonderful history lesson while in Germany

  • Drank ALOT of good beer and ate ALOT of good food in Germany!

  • Saw the city my Grandfather journied to the U.S. from...

  • Went to my 7th Banff Mountain Film Festival in Lawrence

  • Assisted with my first PINK HEALS event...

  • Went to my first concert at the Sprint Center...DMB and it ROCKED!

  • Helped throw a few suprise parties for my girlfriends 30th B-Days!

  • Went to VEGAS with the girls in celebration of their 30th B-Days!

  • Read the TWILIGHT SAGA series in 10 days...

  • Spent a day down at the Cabin in Osceola w/the entire Epperson Clan

  • Celebrated Ten Years with Matt since we started dating...

  • Visited the Big Cedar Lodge with Matt

  • Went to the KU / MU Football Game at Arrowhead

  • Took a part-time job working from home

  • Traveled to Manhattan, KS to celebrate a friend's graduation

  • Assisted in the first Flamin Hottie Blood Drive to Benefit DBA

  • STILL didn't change this body...and REGRET it terribly.

  • Was told by my doctor to lose the weight before my next pregnancy.

  • Spent time on certain things when it should have been on myself

  • Spent Christmas Night with my entire family.

  • Watched my baby grow up before my very eyes...

  • Laughed

  • Cried

  • Had heart2heart talks

  • Struggled

  • Reconnected

  • Celebrated

  • Remembered

  • Procrastinated

  • Gave in at times, and gave up at times...

  • Admired

  • was Inspired

  • Made Friendships

  • Lost Friendships

  • was GRATEFUL and THANKFUL

I look at everything on this list and am constantly reminded as the days pass and I grow older that there are so many things to appreciate in life. I realize just how many opportunities have come my way that allow me to continue to help others, celebrate life, and just live in the here and now. There are so many others out there with so much less, and who struggle with things beyond what we can fathom. This list reminds me of just how good life continues to be to me, and I hope it will be good to you and yours in this new year as we all continue our journey forward.

Here's to Two.Thousand.and.Ten or Twenty.Ten

However you say it, just be thankful that it is here & that you have the chance to make it yours!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Year...Updated Blog


Hey there ladies and gents...

With the new year came the idea to update the blog...so bear with me as I attempt to get crafty online and seek out FREE templates to try out. It is really hard to find something that is your style without spending hours and hours sifting through online templates...but since I don't want to pay to have one created just yet, that is just what this girl is doing. Soooooo....if this site changes day in and day out for a bit (or minute by minute while I try out new backgrounds), its only because I haven't found what I am looking for yet.

We hope that all is well...I will be posting again soon, maybe even tonight...about my thoughts and catch-up on last Year, what's coming for the Epperson's in the New Year...and of course more ridiculously cute or silly things that Sydney is doing these days.

Monday, January 18, 2010

City of Fountains


We went down to the plaza the other night and syd was mesmerized by the fountains.
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Bottoms up


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