Monday Night Confessions


  • I am not ashamed of my celebrity gossip addiction, well ok maybe a little ashamed, but you want to know what makes me feel better?  Having sisters and friends who are just as addicted.  I didn’t need to listen to the news to hear about Michael Jackson kicking it, I got texts about it from my sister and my friend.  And you know what, if I would have heard the news first I would have texted them too. 
  • I have a love affair with cold ice water with sliced up limes in it.  We had this the other night at YW and I literally gulped down like 15 little Dixie cups worth of it.  I bought limes the other day and have been making my own lime water. 
  • I sing in my car.  Not really so much during the day when people can see me, but when I am driving in the car at night and I am alone I turn my radio as loud as it will go and I jam out.  I also dance in the car too.  My favorite is to make John dance in the car with me.  I have only gotten him to indulge me a few times but I laugh so hard every time he does.  It’s like I won the lottery when I get him to be crazy.
  • I am a creature of habit.  I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch everyday.  And I don’t ever get sick of it.  I like it.  I like having stability, even in my food.  Dinner is another story, I always have something different for dinner and it sucks because that is where I spend the most energy trying to figure out what to eat. 
  • I cried the other night because I am half way done being pregnant.  I cried because I don’t know if I will ever get the chance to experience this wonderful time again.  I cried thinking that my baby could be an only child.  I cried thinking about never doing this again, and that if I don’t ever get the opportunity again that my husband had to miss so much of it.
  • I miss my husband like crazy and I can’t wait until the end of August when I get to have him back with me forever.     

Help For The Hess Family

I went to high school with Ryan and my heart breaks for him and his family.  They posted this on facebook and asked everyone to please re-post it on their blogs in hopes that someone can help.  I wish I worked for a federal agency so I could donate but I don’t.  If you know of anyone please pass along the information.  They are a very deserving family.


My name is Margie Hess, my husband Ryan was diagnosed on June 12, 2009 with a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Since this is an aggressive form of T-Cell Lymphoma, his doctor has put him on an aggressive chemo regimen that will result in him being unable to work for the next 4-6 months and possibly longer. At the time of diagnosis he was finishing up his 1st year as a Podiatry Resident at the V.A. in Tucson, AZ. Ryan is a devoted husband and father of two children, Hallie (5) and Max (2). By the end of this month (June 2009), Ryan will use up the last of his vacation and sick leave and will have to go on unpaid leave. Ryan is the sole provider for our family; I stay at home with both the kids. Without him working we have no income. I need to stay home to help care for him, so I cannot get a job right now, either. As difficult as it is for our family to have to ask for help, we have realized that we must do so at this time. We were told that any federal employee (ie: military, Border Patrol, DEA, FB I, Dept of Justice, EPA etc. EXCEPT Post Office employees) can donate vacation time to be used as sick leave for another Federal employee. We would be so thankful for any number of extra paid days we can accumulate. Thank you so much.

How can you help if you ARE a Federal Employee?

Go to your HR department and request to donate leave to Ryan Hess who works for the VA. (Your HR person will know the form that needs to be filled out- each Federal agency has their own form to donate leave)

Once filled out and signed, the HR person will then need to fax or e-mail the form to:

OLIVIA McCLURE – Benefits Specialist (TUCSON V.A.)
Phone #: (520) 792-1450 x 6076
Fax # : (520) 629-1849
E-Mail :

ALSO, for those who are federal employees, please print out this message and post it in break/lunch rooms to help get the word out as well as emailing it to co-workers!

How to help if you are NOT a Federal Employee:

PASS this along to ANYONE and EVERYONE that you know and then ask them to pass the message along. Post it on blogs, Facebook…whatever you can think of.

Thanks again everyone- this will help SO much!
(E-mail to receive updates or to send a message!)

Where Is My Mind

I thought people made up that whole pregnancy brain thing, but I am a firm believer now.  I have done the DUMBEST things ever since being pregnant and I am afraid it will only get worse. 

Names have become my worst enemy which isn’t good in my line of work.  When you have employees coming into your office for help and you stare at them blankly, it’s not fun.  I usually try to get them to keep talking long enough that I can either remember their name or they will say something that will jog my memory for me.  Most of the time I have to just apologize and ask them to tell me their name again, and then I feel so stupid.

I put things in odd places.  I find myself trying to put a plate in the freezer, or a tomato in the spice cupboard.  Most of the time I catch myself doing it but I am not looking forward to the day that I don’t catch myself and find rotten food in my cupboards.  It is so weird, why do I keep doing this?

Our dishwasher is one of those portable ones that you have to roll across the room and then manually hook up to the sink and plug in to make it work.  So I was so proud of myself because I had gotten the whole house clean and all the dishes done.  I put in the dish soap and fired her up.  It was about 15 minutes later that I remembered I hadn’t turned the water on.  I was so relieved to see that I hadn’t burned up the motor, I really didn’t want to pay my landlord to replace it. 

Another appliance nightmare was the popcorn popper.  I love air popped popcorn so I decided to make some the other night while I was talking to John on the phone.  I got it all ready, poured the popcorn into the little measuring cup, set the bowl out and plugged it in.  Again I walked into the next room while it popped.  5 long minutes later I was wondering why nothing was popping yet, oh that’s why I didn’t actually pour the popcorn into the popper, I just left it in the measuring cup on top.  I was using a metal bowl too and burned myself moving it out of the way because steaming hot air had been blowing on it for 5 minutes. 

Anyone else having good pregnancy brain stories? 

Plus don’t forget to vote on if you think I am having a boy or a girl.  So far a girl is leading 6-0!  My psychic mother Madam Rhonda, as my sister calls her, says it is a boy.  She has almost a 100% accuracy rate, so this will be fun to see if I can break her psychic streak!

Monday Night Confessions

What should I confess this week….

  • How about the fact that today I was driving past Carl’s Jr. and wanted a shake so bad I could taste it so I slammed on my brakes and pulled in and got me one.  I would like to blame it on the baby and pregnancy cravings, but it wasn’t.  It was my gluttonous self only who wanted that shake.  And once I got it and had a few sips it wasn’t all that I had hoped and I threw the rest away. 
  • Tiny baby likes some sugar.  After only those few slurps on my shake today and this kid was squirming and moving and going crazy inside of me.  I told John that sometimes I feel like the old woman who swallowed the fly. 
  • Speaking of feeling the baby move, it is hands down one of my favorite things in the world.  When I am quiet and still at night reading or relaxing and I can feel baby softly moving around, it is like heaven for me.  It is the most amazing thing ever and I will always cherish this time that I have being pregnant.  It is amazing.
  • Last Friday I passed my Professional Human Resources (PHR) test.  This test has been hanging over my head for a year and a half and to have it done, and to have actually passed is a huge accomplishment and relief in my life.  I feel like I can breath again now that it is done.  First of all I have no idea how I passed because it was the hardest test I have ever taken, by far harder than any college exam I had.  Bonus is that I now get a raise since I passed!  I love extra money.
  • 2 amazing things happen this Friday.  First my Johnny comes home for 2.5 days and I can’t wait to see him.  It will have been almost 6 weeks since I have seen him last and I am beyond excited.  And second is that we find out what we are having!  It will be so fun to actually know what we are having and give the baby a name.

I hope everyone had a great Monday!

Happy Father’s Day

Today I want to say Happy Father’s Day to my husband and my Dad.

To Johnny, the love of my life, and of course the father of our unborn child:
  I know you will be an amazing father and that is one of the reasons that I married you.  You are so kind and loving and patient, all qualities that I hope you can pass on to our baby.  I can’t wait for you to take our baby fishing and camping for the very first time.  To teach him or her how to play sports, and to listen to you read them stories at night.  I can’t wait to see you hold our baby for the first time, and wipe their tears when they are sad or hurt.  Thank you for being a wonderful person, and someone that I am proud to have babies with!  I love you Johnny! 

Johnny by you.

To Texas, my Dad:
  Happy Father’s Day Tex!  I couldn’t have ever asked for a better dad, not only growing up, but even more now as an adult.  You always made me feel important and special, which I can only imagine was quite the task with 6 other kids running around.  You taught me the value of hard work, and always being honest.  You have shown me so much about being charitable, and always helping out others.  You have always been someone that I can talk to no matter what.  I know that if I am having a bad day I can count on you to listen and to sympathize, and if I am having a great day I know that you will be there to help me celebrate all the wonderful things in my life.  You have always shown so much faith in me that it has helped push me on to always do better and try harder.  You have always been so tough and strong in my mind, and you have never let me down.  Thank you so much for all you continue to do for me today.  I love you Dad. 

I Love Some Good Talent

I have talked about my cousin Ashley’s cakes before, but in case you haven’t been to her site lately you should really check it out again.  She is AMAZING!  I can’t wait for a reason to have her make me a cake one day.  She is so talented and patient and she has 3 little kids running around while she bakes up these masterpieces.  Here are some of my favorites.