Sunday, May 31, 2009


How do you dig yourself out of a funk that seems to have no end? My life is wonderful compared to many others but I'm so seriously's not funny.

Let's just say that the right to the Freedom of Speech has once again been challenged. This time it has caused issues that may not be easily resolved.

Poop heads.

Til later..........................

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday J

You so pretty!
Til later........................

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I wish I was some where celebrating with friends on this day off. Wish I could shake the hand of a solider and thank them for making our country free. Thanks to our brave soldiers I live in a country where I can bit&& about my day. In the grand scheme of things I really do not have it bad. I'm just tired of doing "computer work".

Yes, if I did things as they come in I wouldn't have to spend my weekend entering information.

Yes, I really have a rough life.

Let's review what I have done today:

I got a box ready to send to my youngest Grand Nephew for his B-day.

Got another box ready to send to my oldest Step son. Got him a hat. It's kind of a joke.

Got a card ready to send to my other Step son, with some stuffing's still to be added, for his B-day this week.

Put together 30 goodie bags for a charity function that I am supporting.

Pulled out the purse I have decided to start using. Have my stuff gathered to go through and get ready for the transfer to the new purse. Have a big accordion thing that I hope will hold all the crap that currently are filling up 4 smaller things. Hope that will make my new purse not such a mess.

Have gathered a ton of things that need labels so that I can hand them out at the vendor event I am supposed to take part in next weekend.

While I am sitting here with a ton o-crap surrounding me I am:

Wishing that I was on a beach, under an umbrella, with a large-cold drink, having a cool breeze blow over me as the waves lap at my feet.


that I could sleep for 10 hours and not feel guilty for wasting time.

Man, what a whinny baby.

How is your weekend going?

Til later.......................

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mission Accomplished

Sort of.

I said I was going to sleep most of day 1 away. I did manage to sleep until 9am. (thanks to a nice glass of wine. Man, I'm a cheap drunk. One glass of $3 wine and I'm out like a light)

Watched several Oprahs and then decided to get my tail up and do some SLAH work.

I've spent the last 8 hours going through all my emails, adding names and addresses to my Newsletter site, cooking dinner, making tea, checking out some stuff on Face Book and You Tube-thanks to PW, and printing some stuff I need to deal with tomorrow.

I just ate the three bites of Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream we had left and now am going to get off the computer and either watch Nascar or give up and go to bed.

Pretty exciting stuff.

How about you?

Til later.....................

Thursday, May 21, 2009

AI wrap up & some thoughts

Another season has come to a close. In the event you are one of the few people on the planet that does NOT know who won, I will not share that information here. (read my rant below if you wonder why). I do have some thoughts I'd like to share:

David Cooks song for his brother.....RAW emotion, wonderful song.

All of the "Up with People" song and dance routines with the top 13.....ARG!!! Please stop.

Kris with Keith Urban.....Brillant! I hope the rumors about him following Carrie U to Nashville are true. He was so natural in that vein of music. Yes, I'm biased as a Country music fan. So??

Steve Martin, the Bird girl and the Oil driller......why?

Adam with KISS.......Love Adam but I beg you.....When your chest hair turns snow white, it is time to give up the V-spandex outfit. Gene Simmons, you have a long tongue. We know it is your trade mark. Please, STOP. At your age it is one phone call away from the authorities coming to investigate allegations.

Lionel Richie & Danny.....All night long! Love the duo.

Black eyed peas......why???

Tatiana...You won me $1000 (not really but it was a "bet" she'd be on and she was)

Bikini girl.....did they take your small amount of talent to pay for your new girls?? You used to be able to sing alittle. Last night you were out sung and Kara proved you should wear clothes. Nuff said.

The winner......Appropriate.

Thanks for another great season. I'll be trying to download some tunes if I'm not to late ASAP.

Til later..................

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Waiting on the weekend & some rants


Would you believe a co-worker just discovered that? This is the same woman that was CRYING yesterday because she found out she will get a 2% pay cut starting July 1st. While I appreciate that is a pisser, I not so kindly explained to her that it was difficult to be sympathetic when I make HALF what she makes. While I agree it is a poop to get a cut in pay to help the State budget, I suggest you not complain in front of people that WISH they had your problem. Making half what she makes and not having a husband that is able to work like hers....and apparently makes a NICE's kind of hard to listen to her woes. I agreed I'd be upset too, if I were in her shoes. I just recommend you show some sympathy for those around you that would love to be in her shoes.

American Idol finale tonight. Both deserve to win. We've been Adam fans since the begining but like Kris too. Once again, the "song writers song" Stunk up the place. Why do they do that to the contestants? On the night that they are fighting for the AI title....not a good time to give them a song that NO ONE could sing well. Simon said it best, Don't judge them on that song...judge them on the entire season.

DH FINALLY finished watching Greys. OMG!!!! I didn't get to watch it until last weekend and was forced to avoid most forms of media until then. WHY people post opinions and give away things when there could be people that haven't watched the show yet, drives me alittle batty. I try very hard NOT to disclose any spoilers in my posts. Not everyone can watch the show on the night it is on. That is why they invented DVRS and other people should be sensitive to that. In the event there are still people that haven't caught up I will just say.....OMG!!!!

Speaking of season finales, is it just me or was that a LAME finale to 24?

Watched an old CSI last night where Sara left the show. MAN...I miss Gil.

Rain. Glad we've been getting it but am really tired of the people that are still running their sprinklers...while it is RAINING. Seriously!! The only complaint I really have about all the rain is that the pond is rising dangerously high and soon the gators will have a straight shot to walk onto my front yard. Yikes!

Did I mention I'm going to a Chiropractor? He's trying to kill me. Not kidding. He says it's Tough Love. I'm paying him to hurt me? I think there is a name for that and I'm not crazy about it. LOL.

My Step sons B-day is coming up. Yikes. Got to get something in the mail.

Ok, is that enough of a ramble??

Til later...................

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Idol finale

What's gonna happen??

Til later....................

Monday, May 18, 2009

Learned a new trade

I normally do not go to "Home parties". As a consultant for Southern Living at Home, I belong to several networking groups. Alot of people will say, "If you have a party for me-I'll have a party for you". Since I have a hard enough time getting my friends and family to come to my house for my own stuff...I don't want to ask them to come out for anything else.

At the networking meeting this past Wed., I met a woman that turned out to have a son with Special needs (my DAY job) and his nurse is a friend of mine. She taught herself to make jewelry and is now teaching others. She was having a "Jewelry making class" at her home on Sunday.

I went.

I made two pairs of earrings.

They look nice.

I've gotten compliments.

Since I've also gotten compliments on my hair & make up and all I did was NOT wash off yesterdays makeup and didn't wash my hair this morning......not so sure how to trust the people's judgement but.......

She also had a Tastefully Simple lady come and feed us at least 20 samples of her food stuff. I did something I also never do, I agreed to have a catalog party. If you know what TS is and are interested in anything, let me know. Orders go in Friday. $6.99 and they can direct ship anywhere in the USA.

No pressure. I want a bottle of Spinach dip spice. I'm not afraid to use other peoples money to get it. LOL.

Til later..........................

Friday, May 15, 2009

All You coupon insert update

I was not aware that the home delivery issues did not include a coupon insert. To be honest, I haven't had a chance to even open my magazine I received this week. Thanks to a great group of gals that have WAY more time than I do, I read this today:

If you subscribe to All You and would like to get the insert of coupons that is included in the store version you now can!!

Email All You and have them sent to you!subsvcs@allyou. customersvc. com.

Please include in your e-mail:
1) Your account number, found on the mailing label just above your name and address. It is nine digits and is usually located between two asterisks, for example *123456789*
2) Your name and address as it appears on the mailing label
3) Your e-mail address
4) A specific mention that you are looking for the "Coupon book from the June issue of All You."

Go to All You's Blog for more details.

Not getting ALL YOU? What are you waiting for???? There are over $100 worth of coupons listed in the latest issue. Not sure if that included the "missing" coupon booklet or not. I'll have to check out my issue and find out. Click on my button on the right side for details how you can get a fabulous deal on this magazine and help a wonderful charity at the same time. ***You can also EXTEND your current subscription using this deal so.....what are you waiting for??

Til later....................

Thursday, May 14, 2009

What a week so far

Monday night we had company.

Tuesday I had a SLAH meeting with one of the corporate trainers. It was very interesting. If you know anyone looking for extra money or their own business, now is a great time to join my team. People are staying home more and adding a beautiful product will make people happy.

Wed. we got a TON of rain and some of it was damaging. In the middle of it, I was driving to a meeting. I go to a Networking meeting once a month and it's a great group of women. We always have a charity of the month and last night was an animal rescue.

Speaking of the storm/rain....our cable went out so we missed part of LOST..then it came back on in time to record the IDOL results show but then at 10pm....BAM...the power went out until midnight. The bad thing about the world we live in is that you can't go through a day and NOT find out the results of something. I know the final two but I still want to watch the show to see how they did it. The power BETTER not go out next week.

Started my Chiro "program" and yesterday they started my exercise routine. Kinda rough but I'm sure eventually it will get easier.

Trying to watch some recorded stuff off the list as our cable box got fried last night. It still works but they are going to take the box on Saturday so we have to watch as much as we can. Sad, I know.

I have some great deals to offer you so keep reading........til later.......

SLAH is having a BOGO sale

Check this out!!

Here are the new May promotions for customers – who doesn’t love BOGO’s??? You don’t need to attend a party to take advantage of this offer – you can order on my website or call/email me!

If a you place an order worth $29.95 or more, you can buy ALL FOUR of the customer specials and/or get one of the FREE customer appreciation items . That would be up to $213.70 retail (depending on which free product you chose) for $79.75; which is a 63% discount. That’s SIX products for an average price of $13.29 each – do you have a gift closet? The set of three flowerpots can be split into THREE gifts, which would make EIGHT gifts at an average price of $9.97 each – outrageous!!! FYI – you can gift a flowerpot with a bottle of wine in it; they can be used for a wine chiller OR a flowerpot!

Customer Specials:

Montcrest Glass Container: $19.95

Gail Pittman Salt/Pepper: $9.95

Southern Sippers Serving Bowl: $9.95

Estate Napkin Holder: $9.95

With your $29.95 order choose one of the following for FREE:
Ruffled Glass Bowl: worth $27.95...

3 Signature Flowerpots: worth $39.95

or the Cinnabar Baker: worth $37.95.

If you’d like to have a Virtual -on line party you will qualify as a Hostess and besides all the fabulous products you will earn, you will also get to chose one of the above FREE products!

Southern Living at Home has released a sneak peak of three new products that will be available in our Fall catalog. They are allowing you to purchase them before the catalog even comes out! I guarantee you’re going to want the new kids art portfolio!
Royal Street Urn: $54.95

My Masterpieces Art Portfolio: $24.95

Montcrest Adjustable Hurricane: $99.95

If you know someone that is looking for extra income we have a great deal.

For new consultants, the $99 Mini Starter Kit has been extended through the end of May. So there are three ways for someone to join this month:
Pay $199 for the regular Starter Kit;
Pay $99 for the Mini Starter Kit; or
Host a party and use up to $100 of their Hostess Dollars to apply toward the $199 regular Starter Kit.

To place an online order, just go to and click on ‘Cheryl’ as the hostess. Deadline for orders is Saturday, May 30, 2009. If you are not local you will be charged an additional $10 direct ship fee. Even with that fee, this is a heck of a deal!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Til later................

Monday, May 11, 2009


I'm thankful today for several things.

My DD was in an accident yesterday when she was on the way to my house for Mother's Day. She's fine. Car not so much. She was in a multi-car crash on the interstate. Fortunately the cars weren't up to speed so her air bag didn't even deploy. The front is all crashed/smashed but she is able to drive it.

She came by the office today and brought me flowers and a very sweet card. I was glad to see she is ok. Really ticked off because she got the ticket as the last one in the line. I'm just thankful she is ok.

Secondly, I'm thankful that my gift arrived in time for my Grand nephew's Birthday party. I didn't think it would arrive in time but it did. His mom said he was surprised. Hope that means he liked it.

How was your day?

Til later.................

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow saints. No matter if you are mothering a human or a furry deserve more than one day a year!

Waiting for my DD to get off work and she will be coming by. So far it's been a slow, quiet day. Just what I needed.

Hope you have a great week. LOTS of meetings, Chiro appointments, etc so it will be the weekend again before you know it.

Til later..................

Friday, May 8, 2009

Chiro Care

Anyone have experience with Chiropractic care? I've been in the past but it's been a VERY LONG time since my last appointment.

Last Friday, at the vendor event, I met a rep from a local Chiro office. He was offering Free evaluations including X-rays. Usually I decline such offers but this time I agreed to come in and let them take a look. Goodness knows, with all the aches and pains and stuff that other doctors can't figure out about me, I figured it was worth a look.

Fast forward to today and I am now the proud "owner of NINE months of Chiropractic care scheduled. If they didn't switch X-rays, the ones I saw today were all messed up. Most of my stuff was out of alignment. It even showed level 2 degeneration on one of my vertebrates in my neck.

I will be going three times a week for the next few months and then several times a week after that. Hey, if it helps even alittle, I'll be happy. If I can loose weight maybe I'll feel even better.

What do you think?

Til later....................

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Insurance and Idol chatter

I used to work in the claims/member services department of a Health Care insurance provider.

I say that before I share the following so you know Ive been there...however.............

My DD is having her first experience with Medical Bills, insurance & collection agencies. It seems she had an office visit that left her with a balance due.

Unfortunately it appears the Doctors office failed to put her apartment number on the bills they sent her.

She claims she never got anything.

One day she gets a call from a collection agency. It's about the "Never received bills".

She calls me for advise and I suggest she call the doctors office and see if she can get things straightened out. She trys for over a week to speak with the woman in the doctors office billing department. When she finally does, the woman tells her, "I can't tell you anything because it has gone to the collection agency"


She calls me and I agree to try and call the doctors office for her. I call and get put on Hold...for a long time. I decided to try and look on the Insurance's website and verify that they received the original claim.

It appears that they did and that the visit fell under an 80/20 coverage after her deductible.

I tried to call the insurance company to verify everything I was looking at since even through the bills shows $$$ going towards her deductible, when I look at the deductible information it doesn't have anything listed there.

I call the Member Services number. I don't pay good enough attention so I miss the number to press for Medical. I push -0- several times....the universal way to try and get a human...and finally a gentleman comes on the line.

I briefly explain what I need and he said I had reached the "Pharmacy department". I apologize and ask if he can transfer me to the proper department. He says , Yes, and asked for my phone number. I offered my account/member number and he said, NO...I need your phone number.

I give it to him and wait.

A man voice comes on the line and here is the conversation:

Mans voice: Hello?

Me: Hello?

Mans voice: Hello?

Me: Hello?

Mans voice: Hello?

Me: Hello. Can you hear me?

Mans voice: Yes

Me: I'm trying to reach XYZ Insurance. Who am I speaking with?

Mans Voice: Is this Cheryl HXXXX?

(finally realizing that the voice I thought I was hearing was in fact the voice I was hearing)
Me: Baby?

Mans voice: (Laughing) Yes.
Are you Kidding me? Seriously? The insurance rep transferred me to MY HOME PHONE NUMBER!

My DH & I had quite a laugh as I tried not to scream at the stupidity of the situation.

So guess what I have to do tomorrow? Yep, try to deal with the insurance company/doctors office/collection agency.

I've already warned the DD that she may owe the $$. No help from me as I just got a bill for $500 for the CT/MRI/Doctors visit about my shoulder. Apparently it fell under my Deductible/80-20.


Idol watchers.....what did you think about the results show? I'm no sure who looked more shocked, Chris or Alison.

Should make for an interesting final three.


The boy is finished with his Karate class and I get to go home!!!!

Til later...........................

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

For those keeping score..

On restriction AGAIN.

Yes, the boy.

Yes, he just got off a short time ago.

Yes, he is back on restriction because of the SAME REASON.

He lied.

Not once.

Not twice.

Not even three times.

I think it ended up being 6 or 7 times over the course of a couple hours.

That's not counting the lie he told me last Thursday when I asked if he had gotten his Progress Report. He told me NO.

He had.

He finally came clean after repeated chances.

ARG!!!! Why does he continue to lie about STUPID stuff and think he is going to get away with it? He is a BAD fibber. He ALWAYS gets caught. He always gets in trouble for it. He gets in more trouble for the lie than he would have for the original offence.


Til later.............


What a great word. That was the result from my Dermatologist test last week. WAHOO!

How is your week going?

Til later............

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I was invited to participate in a Mother's Day vendor/shop this afternoon. It was very last minute and I would have been a substitute for my Upline since she is out of town. I haven't unpacked the car since the Friday night event I did so it would have been easy to go. The more I thought about it, the more I didn't want to be away from my DH.

Not very professional of me but sometimes you have to make choices. I decided to stay with my DH, snug in our little home, miss the opportunity to meet new people, possibly make a sale, book a party.....

Seeing the happiness on my DH's face when he looks at me, totally worth it.

Til later................

Saturday, May 2, 2009

And I was doing so well

I tried to be better but then the week got away from me. The end of the month is really busy for a SLAH consultant. That pretty much took up all my spare computer time. Lets see what you missed.

When last we spoke I was commenting on Adam. Then Wed. he almost went home. YIKES. Actually, as we have learned from Chris Daughtry--Jennifer Hudson.....etc, it is not the end of the world to go home early from Idol. We would miss the entertainment value. I know he is not everyones cup of tea but he amuses my DH and that makes him worth a million bucks in my book. You can't deny he can sing. Well, I guess you could but we find him entertaining and that's what us. We do like the rest of the top 4. We just like the eyeliner, nail polish wearing, slash voice singing straight/gay/bi boy. Should be interesting this next week when they do rock & Chris comes back to Idol.

I took a bunch of stuff to the Food Bank today. I realize I could never use all the stuff I get free/almost free. I love the rush of the deal but the bottom line is that it gives me a chance to give stuff to people that need it without breaking my budget. I tried to get more free razors today but apparently I came late to the party-knowing about the BOGO deal at Publix. I did manage to get a total of 4 packages and 2 rain checks for 16 more. I have a trunk full of Diabetic meters and will be passing them on to the food bank next week. When I dropped the stuff off today he verified that they can use them. Is it wrong to get them free and get $5 rebate on each one I bought today? I just call it, smart shopping with "a cause".

Wed. the boy and I joined DD for a viewing of a short film she and her Media class put together. Two friends of mine went too and we all really enjoyed the event. First they showed a film about the history of music by Black Americans in the Bay area. It was very interesting but the DD said it was boring because it wasn't her film..LOL. Today the DD had a byline in the local newspaper. She sent me a text about the article and I had to call my neighbor to get a copy. (we don't get both papers anymore and her article was in the one we don't subscribe to--of course) The article was about the recent USF graduation. It was exciting to see the DD's name in the paper as a by-line. Great Job J!!

I had a Dermatology appointment Thursday. I go every 6 months because of my history of skin cancer. This time she asked about a spot on my chest (actually between the "girls"). I told her I'd been watching it and wondered what she thought. She ended up removing it and sending it out to be tested. I'm trying not to be freaked out but it does scare me alittle because of it's location. It also made me a little angry at people that need to see a doctor and won't go. I lost 6 months with someone because I wanted them to get checked. I have someone now that is doing the same thing. Fear is not an excuse. Sticking your head in the sand will not make things go away. It could make things worse. If you have a lump/bump/spot/funny spot.........GO TO THE DOCTOR!!!

I am very excited to announce that I had a "baby" this week. Not an actual baby but someone that joined my SLAH team. She contacted me after seeing the $99 special and we talked all month until we convinced her hubby. LOL. She is very excited and I am so excited for her. She loves the products and it will be fun to help her earn TONS of free stuff for her home. If you are interested, let me know. They extended the $99 special. Click on my SLAH website and take a look at all the great stuff they are offering right now.

Did anyone watch Private Practice this week? WOW. I missed it the other night and my BFF C told me I had to watch it before Monday as she was busting to talk about it. We watched it this afternoon and I immediately had to call her. I won't give anything away but GOOD GRIEF. She didn't realize it was the Season Finale. ARG!!

Ok, Jenna....I've posted. Your turn. Love you and HATE the stupid people that continue to bug you. Just remember ---we love you!

Til later.................