this is me now


okay---havent perfected the whole Julia/Merf thing yet...

making banana bread this morning...tripled the recipe...thinkin'
" hmmm"...i say to myself...
"self, maybe a handful of chocolate chips tossed in would make it that much yummier!"
i begin filling muffin cups (okay---so its banana muffins...not bread....thats not the point)
i finish with the muffin cups and a drop of the batter gets on my finger....
"hmmm"...i say to myself
"self, probably shouldnt lick that finger....raw eggs and all"
never being one to listen to myself...i totally lick my finger.
it was salt...not that clear tub in my cupboard.
i grab for my ice water ( i always cook with a glass of ice water near me----hmmm....not sure why...have to think about that)

into the trash goes 9 eggs, 9 cups of flour, 10 bananas, 3 cups of salt, 2+ c of butter...sad day...will start over tomorrow.

and may i say---its not the first time i've 'substituted'----later date, i'll tell you about my cornstarch/baking soda gravy disaster!


Dear Merf,

today you switched seasons in your here is a NOT-TO-DO list!
1. dont buy any have every color/style/length/pattern...and sometimes have plenty....unless you see a lovely red sweater...or a nice baby blue---but only those.
2. dont buy any stretchy-pants---yes, me and nacho libre---winter is my time for stretchy pants---and i have plenty....unless you see a nice gray pair to go with your new gray boots.
3. dont buy any shoes/boots/slippers/socks that look like slippers...thanks to Oprah and have plenty....unless you see a pair of slippers that are really cute in a nice can never have too much plaid.
4. dont buy purses---well---not many---you have every style and every color you dont buy any unless you see one on a really good deal in a must-have purple.
5. dont buy anym0re suits---you dont really like to wear only like to look at people who like to wear, unless you find one that doesnt look like a suit...dont get one.
6. while we are at it...dont buy any more serving pieces---yes...i looked thru your cupboards...yes, i know you had a bunch of weddings recently...that time is over...get over now you can have plenty...unless it is a double crock-pot server---then you can totally get that....its a crock pot after all and you can never have too many crock pots.
7. no more freezer food....the guys dont eat it while you are gone....and you dont eat it when you are home because you cook...i know it fulfills a need deep inside....we've come to peace with that...but there is no more room and we are coming up into the holidays....unless you see something new or packaged new...then you can buy one...only one...unless its on sale...then you can get some.
8. no more wedding have 4 in your closet! really? who needs 4 wedding dresses....dont live in the past....let it is the time to buy little boy sweatsuits....they take up a lot less space than wedding dresses...really....4 is plenty.

p.s. and while we are at more guest towel sets....yes...i'm heading upstairs and i already know what awaits us one gets that many one.


calm down

I havent gone anywhere....well thats not october and november i've been:

springfield, missouri
el paso
houston (twice)
san antonio (3 times)
austin (twice)
richardson, tx
little rock, ark
indianapolis, in
norman, ok
oklahoma city, ok

i've performed for more than 1500 people....seen probably 150 + marching band shows....
been a great month.
and now....a i will blog...oh, yes....i will blog.....i have opinions....things have happened and you'll want to hear about them all! i've been taking pictures anticipating me blogging....
i appreciate the encouragement of my lovely daughter, lyric....isnt she a doll!
so i didnt really go anywhere---but i've been everywhere, man. (you are humming it now, arent you!)


Dear Mom,

This is your daughter,

I have hacked into your blogger account and there is no turning back now,

Fortunately, your password wasn't too difficult.

and, I could be wrong,

but I dont think so...

when I speak on behalf of your readership,

and state,

that we would love it if you shared witty, thoughtful, and usually cryptic commentaries with us.

Thank you,

Your favorite daughter,


P.S. (bonus!) :

Lines from my diary, June 14, 1994:

"i love my mom she is sweet when i kiss her i fill her love as speshly when she hugs"