Happy Birthday To ME!

27 Mar

Birthday Thankful

The last five years I’ve used this day to share “fun facts” about myself, things that people may or may not know about me. This year I’m changing it up a little by sharing 37 things I’m thankful for for my 37th birthday. In no particular order…Here we go!

  • My family, the three men I share my home with.
  • Of course my parents who taught and guided me through life and continue to do so every day.
  • My (much) older sister. I watched her very closely growing up and learned a lot from her successes AND her mistakes.
  • Cooper. He’s not just a dog, he’s my sidekick and best friend.
  • Starbucks. More than that, a Starbucks that’s less than 2 miles from my house.
  • I’m thankful I found a man who is as into gadgets as I am, thus almost always indulging my need for the latest and greatest.
  • While I’m on the subject of being thankful for my husband, I’m thankful I married a man who can cook or else we all might starve.
  • I’m thankful to be off our ACA insurance plan and on an employer provided plan. Yep, that made the top ten!
  • I’m so thankful that I got the boys into karate. It’s made a world of difference in their confidence level and given me a helping hand in making sure they don’t turn out to be assholes.
  • Getting the boys into karate was the catalyst for me to get involved too. I’m so thankful that I decided to get off my ass and out on the mat, it’s challenging, rewarding and empowering and I love it and our Legacy MA family.
  • I’ve been very fortunate to travel to some amazing places over the years. I’m so grateful for all of the places I’ve been and the things I have seen.
  • I’ve met some amazing people over the years. Some of those people I’ve met in person and some reside in my computer. I’m so thankful I’ve the chance to meet and get to know so many cool people from so many different places.
  • Sunny days.
  • Sunny days with the sunroof open and the music blasting.
  • I’m thankful I’ve been given the opportunity to wake up these past 13,505 (give or take a few for leap years) days.
  • So thankful for bedtime every night.
  • Bad days. Yes, I said BAD days. It’s the bad days that make the good ones that much sweeter.
  • Chocolate cake.
  • Even more than chocolate cake, I’m thankful for red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. So yummy!!!
  • TV that takes me out of real life and into a much more glamorous make believe.
  • Each and every time Bill comes home from a trip.
  • Each and every time I get to go with Bill on a trip.
  • Delta’s Comfort+.
  • Hair color. So thankful I’m not stuck with all this gray on my head.
  • My membership at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Regular massages are the way to go.
  • A part time job that’s fun and rewarding.
  • I’m thankful I’ve been able to live in the same general area for the past 29 years.
  • Having the house to myself. I can blast music or enjoy the peace and quiet, it’s up to me.
  • The DVR that lets me watch shows later.
  • Netflix which lets me watch shows I used to love.
  • My Sonos system which allows me to listen to my music throughout the house.
  • My truck. It gets me from point A to point B and it makes me look badass while doing it.
  • Texting. It makes it so much easier for me to communicate with people since I hate talking on the phone.
  • Books. I’ve never been much of a reader but over the past few months I’ve really gotten into it and I’m so thankful that there are so many great books for me to read.
  • The library. Books aren’t cheap and the library makes it easier for me to read a lot without breaking the bank.
  • Crisfiled, Maryland. It’s a little escape from the norm and I’m so glad I can go visit (almost) anytime I want to.
  • I’m thankful for another birthday that leaves me happy and healthy and I’m looking forward to many more to come.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a little better. Now it’s time for me to get back to spoiling myself rotten.

Hey! If you don’t spoil yourself, who’s going to spoil you?


A Deep Screening By TSA

28 Feb

TSA pat down

There really is nothing like a good fondling to start the day.

I don’t travel often, usually only a few times a year, so I don’t really consider myself a pro by any means but I am a competent traveler.

Imagine my excitement to see that for my next trip I was selected for TSA Pre-Check. No fumbling with my shoes, jacket, and laptop all while keeping up with the herd of travelers with varying skill levels when it comes to the security procedures.

I toss my bags on the belt and step through the metal detector, of course wondering why I can’t just go through the body scanner thing. The metal detector makes a strange noise, not the noise it makes when your belt buckle is too big, this was something different.

I was the winner!

The winner of what you ask? A secondary, and in my opinion, tertiary and even further screenings. I did get my wish to go through the body scanner thing and then I was informed that I was also the winner of a early morning pat down. Now that’s some fun shit!

They ask if I wanted a private screening or if she could grope me in front of everyone in the security line. Wanting to make the woman work for it, I told her that we needed to go somewhere more private. I was going to ask if she was going to buy be breakfast after, or at least share a smoke, but I thought better of it.

The joke was on me though since I had to wait for a second female TSA agent to saunter on over to act as witness that I wasn’t molested behind closed doors by her coworker.

I was brought back to a pretty nasty room, which was probably once a janitorial closet, where we had to ask a nice TSA gentleman to clear out his breakfast so we could get down to business.

I’m gonna go ahead and say that the girls have not been man handled like that since I was in high school. Then for good measure she decided to give my love handles a good squeezing. I assure you, the only thing I’m hiding beneath my shirt is my love of carbs.

Once we were done in our private little room, she lead me back out to swab my hands and her hands for yet some more screening. Here’s the kicker though, they never asked to take a closer look at my bags. They asked me to point them out and when I informed her that my husband had them she was cool with that. Seems to me that if you want to get that intimate with someone, you could take a closer look at what they’re carrying in their bags. But hey, that’s just me.

Bombs, drugs or just a good time, I’m not really sure what this lady was looking for and I didn’t bother to ask, I just wanted my Venti Latte with and extra shot at that point.

I did a good job of holding my snark in since I didn’t want to delay my husband by getting arrested and thrown in airport jail. I think that’s the purpose of sharing my story with you now, to get the snark out.

Don’t get me wrong, I take our security seriously. I think it’s vitally important to insure the safety of our airline passengers in this crazy time we live in. The five to ten minutes I was inconvenienced didn’t upset me because I get why they do it. It did however give me something to laugh at later and hopefully make you giggle at too.

Enjoy your week, catch you later!

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