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My Mom

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my Mom.  We met at my birth.  (obviously!)  She’s one of the most kind-hearted people I know.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.  So… without further ado – here is my Mom.  :)

Name: Mom

Age: 69

Location: My house –> Dutchess County, NY

Hails from: Pennsylvania

Me, Mom & Dad with my Aunt Rita in the front. She's my God-Mother.

Relationship Status: Happily Married for 49 years

Children: 4 – 3 sons & 1 daughter

Occupation: Takin’ it easy & lovin’ it!  spoiling my Grandkids – both 2 & 4 legged

What is the most challenging part of your job? Finding the nearest couch

If you could spend an evening with anyone from history, who would it be? Jesus Christ

What do you miss most about your childhood? Walking to the brook and swimming with the neighborhood kids.

What’s a goal in life you have yet to accomplish? Getting to heaven

What 5 things in life could you not live without? My husband and 4 kids

What’s your favorite snack? Drumstick Ice Cream Cones (not the chicken variety)

What super power do you wish you had? I’d love to be able to fly without stepping foot on an airplane.

What is your favorite movie? Ben Hur

How did you meet Dad? By remembering that the quickest way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

What are your favorite flowers? I like roses, daisies, peonies, and gladiolas.
Author’s Note: Thank goodness she didn’t name me after any of the other 3!!!

Who was your best friend growing up? Patsy

What was your favorite subject in high school? Math – I still enjoy puzzles with numbers like Sudoku.

Who’s your favorite grandchild? Elizabeth, Anne, Katie, Sofia, Jacob, Frank & Bella.  (Bella’s my 4 legged grandchild)

Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been? Greece

The Sistine Chapel

Where was the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? The Sistine Chapel

What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas – for a few reasons.  I love to see happy children, I like Christmas music, our Christmas mass is always nice, and Rose usually cooks Christmas dinner.

Mom & her Mother (My Grandmother)

Who’s your hero? My Mother was.  She had 9 children (I was the youngest), 30 grandchildren, 50+ great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren before she passed away at 102 years old.  (And she remembered ALL of their names!!)

What is your favorite song? How Great Thou Art

Where do you go for your favorite ice cream? Holy Cow

Mom & her sister Rita (my God-mother)

What would you like to know about my Mom?

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Procrastination?

Cue Europe’sThe Final Countdown

This Thursday is the dreaded April 15th – Tax Day is the official deadline for filing an individual tax return (or requesting an extension in the United States.  (Wikipedia states – “in most areas of the country”)  If you know what areas have a different due date, I’d be interested to know.  (I’m too tired to research it)

I’ve got my taxes pretty well finished with just a couple of questions outstanding that I hope to tie up over the next couple days so I can get them sent out.  I’m thinking this will be the first time in YEARS that I haven’t filed an extension.  I always have good intentions that “this year I will have my taxes done by Valentine’s Day.”  “I will get them done as soon as all the paperwork arrives.”  But the best of intentions never come to fruition….

I should start telling myself that if I get a refund I could reward myself with something if I get filed early, but even that doesn’t seem to work.  Last year I desperately needed money, and filing my taxes to get my refund was the last thing on my mind.  Silly and stupid, I know.  I gave the federal government a free loan until October.  You’re welcome.  Too bad I’m not getting a refund this year….

So, who’s racing around like a chicken with their head cut off to meet the filing deadline this year?

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In yesterday’s blog I mentioned guilt.  So today let’s talk about regret.
Let’s start by defining the word regret:

Regret
Pronunciation: \ri-ˈgret\  Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): re·gret·ted; re·gret·ting
Etymology: Middle English regretten, from Anglo-French regreter, from re- + -greter (perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse grāta to weep) 
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 a : to mourn the loss or death of b : to miss very much
2
: to be very sorry for s his mistakes>intransitive verb : to experience regret
re·gret·ter noun

To me regret is always a bad thing.  I think about regret from the perspective of the Space Time Continuum.  As it was presented in Back To The Future.  The basic concept of the Space Time Continuum is that all events in life lead to other events in life.  If one event in the past is changed for any reason, it could effect all future outcomes.  In the movie if Marty McFly’s parents didn’t go to The Enchantment Under The Sea dance and kiss, they wouldn’t get married and therefore Marty wouldn’t be born.  All events that would happen because of the kiss.

I’ve been asked numerous times throughout my lifetime if I regret certain things.  The answer is always No.

Do I regret getting married? Nope.  If I hadn’t gotten married I wouldn’t have moved to Upstate NY to hideout from my ex, and therefore I wouldn’t know the many great friends I have today.

Do I regret quitting my job to travel Europe? HELL No!  First off how many people at 24 can say they’ve been to 10 different countries?  Second off, if I hadn’t done that I probably wouldn’t have ended up moving to Pittsburgh after and wouldn’t know all my wonderful friends down there.  I haven’t kept in touch with many of them, but the few that I do are precious to me.  I count one of them as one of my closest friends!

Do I regret dating _______? (insert any name of one of my ex boyfriends) Nope.  They’re all ex boyfriends for a reason.  I learned something from every single one of them.  Even the bad stuff was good to go through to learn from.  The jerk that beat the crap out of me made me a stronger woman who would NEVER tolerate that crap in my life.  The jerk with the head on a swivel – I learned that I was so much better than him.  (He’s now married and I pity his wife)  I’ve learned that some men just can’t get out of their own way to be happy.  Then there was the good stuff.  The guy who taught me to make kick-ass pizza.  The guy who loved to watch movies that opened me up to some I would have never picked up to watch.  The guy who loved to travel.  The guys who loved riding motorcycles.  I learned from them all 🙂

Do I regret taking that last job that totally screwed me over? I’m still trying to learn from that one….  I’ve learned to be more frugal, that’s for sure….

So I ask you all this.  What do people think you’d regret in your life and why don’t you regret it?

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