Archive for November, 2007

HHT on Friday

Posted in This N' That on November 30, 2007 by swizzmis

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Welp…due to an early morning dental appointment yesterday HHT was delayed. My apologies. But I hope this weeks hunk was well worth the wait. And as an extra special treat here’s Fantasy Nights Part III. Enjoy.11706.jpg11706.jpg

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Why Why Why

Posted in This N' That on November 28, 2007 by swizzmis

I made a bad choice last night and paid the price for it. After watching the finale of Dancing with the Stars I celebrated Heilo’s and Julianne’s well deserved win by enjoying a piece of baklava. Well I thought I had to celebrate somehow, I was really frightened Marie had a decent chance at taking that mirror ball trophy home with her fan base…shake and shiver. Anyway I realized after about 30 minutes or so what a bad idea it was having a cup of sugar (that’s basically what baklava is just tastier) right before bed time. My eyes didn’t want to close until about 2:30 and that was after I spent around $20 on iTunes songs, upgraded my iTunes browser, installed some Windows updates on my computer and listened to all 20 songs I purchased. Oh by the way the new Celine Dion cd Taking Chances is really good, very chick oriented. I got on a Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield kick and added Son of a Preacher Man and Delilah and then I found the song I’ve been searching for for weeks but never knew the name…..drum roll…Elvis Presley’s A Little Less Conversation. Now I had to listen to that about ten times in a row. About 1am the dog had gone under the comforter trying to get some shut eye but I was still going strong, dancing , groovn’ and downloading. Right now this 40 year old feels like she has the worst hangover, has to go to work, and is wondering how in the heck is she going to stay awake? Ah geez…it sucks getting old. I better go finish off that Baklava.

Off The Beat Path

Posted in This N' That on November 27, 2007 by swizzmis

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There are some things that happen to you in life that are one of kind moments. They usually happen when you’re not expecting it and maybe because you are not expecting anything that’s how the moment becomes special. This was the case one day in Kenya. We had just gotten back from our morning safari. The van was pulling up to the lodge. On the way out of the vehicle I casually mentioned to my parents that it would be neat to see a tribal village. The driver overheard me, and asked if I was serious. I nodded and he said I’ll see what I can do. I said really? He smiled and said maybe after lunch if a group of you want to go I can arrange for you to see a Samburu village.

Of course during lunch I worked the crowd and by the time dessert hit the table I had score eight bodies. Off we went but at first we didn’t get very far, having to wait for a male elephant to move from the iron gates that lead out of the lodge. After three weeks I had become used to seeing all sorts of wildlife freely roaming around and while I admired him, I couldn’t wait for him to continue on so we could leave. Of course when you’re trying to get somewhere obstacles start appearing out of nowhere. We were on a little bit of a schedule because our driver had called the village and asked them if we could come (this wasn’t on the tourist trail mind you). We needed to be there at a certain time so a) we could see the village and b) after we saw the village all the villagers could get back to doing their villager stuff like cooking etc. Three desert camels ran across in front of us and we had to go around them, then a family of about a hundred or so of baboons decided they needed to move and cross the road. After about 30 minutes we finally made it.

We were greeted by the whole tribe and the chief introduced himself. He lead us around the village with his son who was getting ready to graduate high school and go to college in Durban South Africa and yes everybody was in costume. Samburu women wear these necklaces that go from their shoulders all the way up to their chin and start acquiring them from the time of infancy. As a result there necks are longer than most people and the muscles do not develop. So if these women were to take them off they wouldn’t be able to hold their head up very easily. So the necklaces stay on forever. The women also make the huts which are made out of elephant dun and mud and one woman took me by the hand and led me inside hers. I met her children and she showed me around the tiny space covered in hides on the floor.

The men tend goats and make the meals which consist of goat’s milk and blood and make the bread. Every week the men sit in what’s called a corral which is a circle fenced in by a thorny thick bush and discuss the business of other tribes in the area and catch up on the local and international news of the week. From these gatherings they make decisions if they are going to move the tribe or not. Samburu’s are nomads. We were lucky this tribe was in such a short distance from our lodge.  We were then treated to a jumping contest pictured above. Where the men (who are quite handsome) try to out jump each other by seeing who can jump the highest. I swear I saw one of them jump upwards of four feet. 

All in all it was a great afternoon and I learned a lot about the Samburu people, their culture and how they live. It was too bad I couldn’t spend more time with them because everyone spoke English and I had so many questions. But they took precious time out of their day to meet with us and they did have to get back to life. This side trip, which happened on the spur of the moment, was precious indeed. I will never forget it and I will always be grateful to our driver for going that extra mile to make such a special memory for me.

A Nice Weekend Indeed

Posted in This N' That on November 25, 2007 by swizzmis

Oh gosh. It has been the best relaxing weekend I’ve had in a while. Why? Because it’s been awful outside…cold, wet, cloudy. And the weather just makes me want to curl up with an electric blanket and my pup dog and be a slug. And that’s what I did. I also wrote. <g> But there’s nothing like recharging one’s soul with down time and that’s what I’ve done for the past three days. When I woke up this morning I looked at the weather.com website and it’s predicting rain and snow today but I need to get a few things done so I may have to make myself get in the car, brave the elements and go do some shopping. There’s also the Christmas decorations to get down and put out and this weekend will probably be the best time to do it. Starting tomorrow we are gearing up for some big changes at work, training and policy changes will need to get done making off time scarce. But I’m happy with my free time these past few days so I won’t complain. Hope your holiday was just as enjoyable as mine.

The Day After

Posted in This N' That on November 25, 2007 by swizzmis

Well did you boldly go out shopping yesterday? Did you show up at the stores at 4am to get the great deals?  I didn’t…hee, hee. Nope I actually slept in, snuggled under my down comforter and didn’t wake up until the sun had come up. And yesterday we had great weather. It was cold, bluster and cloudy and when we sat down for turkey dinner it began to snow! Of course in Texas it didn’t stick but the snow flakes were big white and beautiful. It looked like our house was sitting in a snow globe. After dinner I saw that across the street my neighbor’s light was on so I invited her over for dessert. She had gone out earlier with some family but she welcomed the opportunity to come over and visit over pumpkin pie and coffee. It was a great relaxing day even when I had to make a quick trip to Walmart for some green beans that were forgotten. Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed and wonderful too. Now here’s a little funny to make you laugh. 

HER Diary Tonight: I thought my
husband was acting weird. We had made plans to
meet at a bar to have a
drink. I was shopping with my friends all day
long, so I thought he was upset
at the fact that I was a bit late, but
he made no comment on it.
Conversation wasn’t flowing, so I suggested
that we go somewhere quiet so we
could talk. He agreed, but he didn’t
say much. I asked him what was
wrong; he said, “Nothing.” I asked him
if it was my fault that he was
upset. He said he wasn’t upset, that it
had nothing to do with me, and
not to worry about it. On the way home,
I told him that I loved
him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I
can’t explain his
behavior. I don’t know why he didn’t say, “I love you,
too.” When we
got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if
he wanted nothing to
do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and
watched TV. He
continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with
silence all around us, I
decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later,
he came to bed. To my
surprise, he responded to my caress, and we made
love. But I still felt
that he was distracted, and his thoughts were
somewhere else. He fell
asleep – I cried. I don’t know what to do. I’m
almost sure that his thoughts
are with someone else. My life is
a disaster.  
HIS Diary:
 
The Cowboys lost today, but at least I got laid.

Fantasy Night Part II

Posted in This N' That on November 23, 2007 by swizzmis

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Kristen fidgeted with her little yellow cell phone, placing it right, then the left. She hated the damn thing. Todd her ex-husband had given it to her as a gift shortly after they were married. She had thought it was ugly back then too, more like a compact banana. It wasn’t even a hip color of yellow either, more sun faded with lime green tint. But his thoughtfulness had touched her, that was until she’d found out it was a bonus gift after he signed up for an expensive cellular plan using her credit. He on the other hand had purchased a sleek navy blue slim line model for himself.

She shook her head.

 What had she ever seen in Todd anyway? After dating for almost a year he’d asked her to marry him. All the signs that she should have said no had been. Too bad she hadn’t forced herself to see them. Todd Baxter was a charmer having the gift to con an Eskimo into buying ice and he had somehow managed to charm his way into her heart. But he had been more interested in her bank account than their marriage when he drained it dry he not only left her in debt, he left period. After coming close to filing for bankruptcy, she saw Todd for who he was, a human leach with a bad gambling problem who used his looks to latch on from one woman to the next . . . for his meal ticket.

What a damn fool she’d been.

Over the past year she had thrown herself into her business Packed; a pack n’ ship store which also doubled as an e-Bay drop off location. She had worked long hours getting accounts from the retail stores in the area and had talked them into selling their products online. As a result their businesses had grown and so had her finances – – enough that she had managed to recoup from Todd’s trail of disaster. So what was she doing in bar in the seediest part of St. Sebastian? To make Todd fucking Baxter pay for everything he’d put her through and then some.

She looked at the business card she had earlier placed by her ugly banana phone. I can make your dreams come true… Fantasy Nights escort service.

A shadow past over the white card with red lettering. “You must be Kristen Knight.”

She caught her breath.  A man in a long white sleeve shirt leaned against the bar next to her. The dim light made it hard to see his face but what she could make out made her eyes widen. Shoulder length wavy hair fell just above his broad shoulders and day or so’s stubble shadowed his full lips and strong jawline. His eyes fixed on her with curious stare making her wonder if she had called the devil instead of an escort service.   

Her stomach tightened and then she nodded finding speech a little difficult at the moment.

“Jackson Steel sugar,” he offered his hand.

Happy ThanksGiving

Posted in This N' That on November 22, 2007 by swizzmis

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May you have a blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving day!