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    Thirteen Things about Leanne, Thursday, August 17, 2006
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    1. 14 days until school starts. Am I excited? Um, yes, I am. Does that make me a bad mom? With hubby on the road so much, I am super-mom all week. I am looking forward to “me time”. I want to paint, and my oils would dry up in the amount of time I’m diverted from the studio over the summer.

    2. My little Tuckerhead won a prize! Yes, he did. WHBF agrees that my dog is the best lookin’ dog on the planet. I sent them this photo (not the one below), and they think he’s the cutest dang dog! He won some really neat stuff that I have to go pick up. I’ll tell ya what it is later.

    3. I found out this week that there are people I know (in person) who read my blog that I didn’t know read it. You know why I don’t know? Because THEY NEVER COMMENT. Oh yes, these are people who say they care. Yep, I sure can tell. (Catch the sarcasm there?) That is my biggest peeve, if you didn’t already know that. Show up and never say a word. Yes, you know who you are. Knock that crap off – you don’t call, you don’t comment, and you sure as heck don’t stop by when you’re in the area. What do you think that I am, psychic? No, I’m not. What I am is tired of making all the effort to stay connected. It’s a draining thing, thinking that your affection isn’t mutual.

    Here’s an example: My biological dad (sperm donor dude) pulled that crap with me, I was always calling him – and I gave up after a few years of calling him. That was over 10 years ago, and has he picked up the phone? Not a once. Yes, my calling him was “wanting something”, apparently. I only called him when I wanted something. You’re right, jerkhead, I wanted to know you cared. I wanted to know how you were doing. I wanted to get to know you. I’ll be sure never to do that again.

    4. On a lighter note, I took this bada$$ photo yesterday afternoon. I know, I know. Birds. Me and my birds. I love my hummies, though. When’s the last time you saw a photograph of one with his landing gear down? That’s what I thought.

    5. I have to plug it – just have to.

    ‘Nuff said. Please, go over and check it out, there’s a lotta good gossip goin’ on!

    6. I received word that one of my first photography print orders arrived safely and that my client is uber pleased. Nothing makes me happier than reading those kinds-a e-mails! I’m happy you’re happy, and thank you for letting me make your walls a little brighter. Here’s the print she chose:

    7. Did I mention how much I’m dying to paint? I’ve been jonesing for my brushes. Ugh. 14 days.

    8. Did I tell you my back went out again? Oy. Well, if you weren’t here for the back-capades last year, here’s the scoop. This was my back nearly a year ago to the date. This year, when Chloe passed away I had another episode where L4 and L5 decided to tell me they hate me again. My doc gave me some really great meds, and beginning in 14 days, I start physical therapy. The funny thing is that I’ve been blowing off the whole therapy thing, and they’ve been like boot camp drill sergeants. Callin me, reminding me that I need it, making me go, calling and telling me when my appointments are, calling the insurance company and setting it all up since I’ve blown it off for a month. It feels kinda good, like they really give a hoot about me and my advanced degenerative disc disease. It’s sweet, really. I wish someone would do that about my nutrition and weight goals.

    9. Speaking of weight goals, 14 days ’til restart. I have 25 Pounds2Go yet, standing still from spring when I said “It’s Summer? I don’t need no stinking diet!” I’m so proud of myself that I JUST SAID NO lastnight to the super yummy gooey chocolate cake in the fridge. I also JUST SAID NO to the yummy chocolate fudge swirl ice cream. Whew. One more year of that and I might lose a couple of pounds.

    10. I’ve been designing my fool head off this week, diggin into the code. I gave The Shizzle a total makeover, tweaked things at the World of Bloggers Cookbook, upgrading and writing smilies packages for Shelli and got The Smilly Family designed and launched. I also completed that illustration for a design that I’ll be working on and launch in the next few days. Busy busy!

    11. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, scrapbooking, and…. (hahahhaaahahha! I crack myself up!)

    12. Girls. School. 14 days. Uniforms this year. Excellent. $142 for both kids. Lovin’ uniforms.

    13. The pool is comin’ down this weekend! It’s draining as I type. YAY for getting my yard back and not having to monitor chemicals and skim the bird droppings anymore this year!

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    Amy said,

    Great list!! That is an awesome hummingbird photo! And you are stronger than me in resisting chocolate cake good for you and yay for school starting w/uniforms. My kids aren’t in school yet the oldest is only 4, but we have uniforms so YAY for less headache.
    My TT is up

    8.17.2006 @ 9:02 am
    Kathy said,

    #3. This is REALLY my first visit. Nice blog.
    I liked your list and though I no longer have children of school age, I do understand; When they’re in school you can do more designing! Nothing wrong with that.

    8.17.2006 @ 9:04 am
    Kate said,

    :meow: I’m commenting I’m commenting. I have the same trouble. I see they’ve been there and they just can’t tag my little blog. whaaaaaa :gloomy:

    8.17.2006 @ 9:05 am
    Kathy said,

    oops! I’m sorry. When my comment showed, I realized I had been here before and at the time I also said that you have a nice blog. Well…you do! and good, I got the chance to say it twice.

    8.17.2006 @ 9:07 am
    Bev said,

    Oh how I’ve wished for our schools to go to uniforms as every year the dress code changes. Happy 13. Cheers.

    8.17.2006 @ 9:11 am
    Tina said,

    Awww, cute dog! :)

    Happy Thursday! God bless!

    8.17.2006 @ 9:23 am
    Trish said,

    Great List! The bird photo is awesome, you can even see each feather….wow!


    8.17.2006 @ 9:32 am
    colleen said,

    That pooch sure is cute! I’ve been chasing butterflies around my yard trying to get a shot as good as your hummingbird one. You know what it’s like when they won’t sit still!

    My husband’s mom used a spoon too. And I also so relate to the quote “accidental overachieving underachiever.” We should start a club!

    It won’t be long now…till you’re painting!

    8.17.2006 @ 9:54 am
    Jewels said,

    This was a fun Thursday 13 to read. I really like your blog layout. I’m a bit of a blog template designer myself. Your graphics here are really wonderful. Ta for now dahling.

    8.17.2006 @ 10:04 am
    Jessica said,

    I know what you mean…I LOVE getting comments!

    Go you on the “Me Time”!

    My oldest just started Kindergarten this week (you can read about it on my blog)!

    8.17.2006 @ 10:05 am
    Denise said,

    1. That doesn’t make you a bad Mom…it just means that you’re human. :)

    2. Congrats Tuckerhead!

    3. I’m sorry that’s happening to you. Can you ban their IPs?

    4. I don’t think I’ve EVER seen their landing gear. COOL! :thanku:

    5. I’m loving this new site.

    6. Great!

    7. Oh…you ADDICT! LOL

    8. Oh, no!!! That horrible!

    9. WOW! There’s NO WAY I could have turned down that cake.

    10. Busy is good.

    11. LOL

    12. I wish my kids’ school would have uniforms. :(

    13. Cool!

    8.17.2006 @ 10:06 am
    K T Cat said,

    Your work is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us.

    As for comments, only 0.5% of my blog visitors comment. I figured that out from watching my sitemeter statistics. More to the point, it’s typically the same people commenting over and over.

    I posted about this a while back and I got an anonymous email that said that maybe many of them get confused when they try to comment. This person was concerned that she didn’t have a website and did you need to fill out the email box and what happened if you didn’t and so on. It was easier just to leave without commenting.

    My TT is up.

    8.17.2006 @ 10:34 am
    Nancy said,

    My kids wear uniforms. I have three and it cost me a fortune this year. They grew out of EVERYTHING!

    Can’t wait until you can paint.

    #11. LOL! I have been working on one website and it’s taking forever and all my spare time.

    That hummingbird is awesome!

    8.17.2006 @ 10:43 am
    mar said,

    The picture of the humming bird with its “landing gear” ready is awsome! I have never seen anything like it. You show some willpower by saying no to those goodies. Chocolate ones!
    Sorry about nr. 3. He is missing a whole lot!! and it is all his fault…
    Have to check out that gossip blog, love gossip (yes I do :giggle: )
    Happy thirteening!

    8.17.2006 @ 10:46 am
    YellowRose said,

    That hummingbird picture is awesome!!! Love it!

    I have someone who lurks, long story but it ticks me off too! They are just being nosey rather than talk to me. Errrr! :rant:

    Happy Thursday!:cheerful:

    8.17.2006 @ 11:02 am
    peri said,

    wow, bummer abt your Dad. Did you take that hummingbird photo? It is incredible!

    8.17.2006 @ 11:08 am
    peri said,

    p.s. dog pic is cute, too. I’ve been wanting a dog so bad………

    8.17.2006 @ 11:09 am
    Christine said,

    The pic of the hummingbird is incredible. I’m sorry about #3, it’s his loss. I know that may be easy to say, and at least you called and made an effort, the hurt is still there!
    I love the Bloggy Gossip site. I do like kee[ong up with all the gossip!

    8.17.2006 @ 11:42 am
    Sue said,

    :yahoo: Yay for Tucker!!! He is a most incredible cutiepie! I really like the picture of him lying down that you posted and the silly ones you posted. That hummingbird pic is awesome… I love the way you captured his little landing gear. Only you could do that cuz they love you and wait for you to be ready, I’m sure, you know its true!! :grin: Sorry to hear about your sperm donor father.. My pet peeve is people who dis their families, I know it must hurt but he must have no idea what he is missing in having a nice daughter and family like yours in his life. Kudos for turning down that cake, chocolate at that.

    And last but not least, just so your photo admirers know, it isn’t just some cheap little quick print off an every day printer…. it is nicely matted and beautifully printed on a professional quality printer onto quality paper, with flawless resolution and signed. Worth every penny and just a picture online does not even do it justice.

    8.17.2006 @ 11:51 am
    Lazy Daisy said,

    Wow, I never knew hummingbirds had landing gear. Good for you for finally taking care of you. I’m ready for life to slow down a bit too. Take care of your back….that’s what happens when you carry the whole world babe!

    8.17.2006 @ 12:07 pm
    Reverberate58 said,

    Where to start! I am sitting here taking a break from yard work and now I am more tired reading your list! LOL You do keep busy and I find it helps me to not eat as much. I have checked in all that you do and man I can’t even imagine what you will be like when you have time to yourself!

    I did not play today. I did Thursday Thanks instead. You are more than welcome to stop by and comment on that! I hope you have a great Thursday.

    And tell Tucker “Woof!” :meow:

    8.17.2006 @ 12:12 pm
    Sarah said,

    “How To Leave Blogger!” Yes! Thanks for stopping by my TT, cause I am going to need that info this week (hopefully). I’ve had a domain for 2 years, I just was too lazy to move the blog there. Might need to upgrade for more traffic, though. Because I too get a ton of traffic and few to no comments. This gets frustrating… especially when my friends/family tell me they read my blog all the time and it’s hilarious, etc. I think some people are not web literate enough to figure the whole thing out…

    8.17.2006 @ 12:16 pm
    Kimmy said,

    Your doggie is ADORABLE!!!! Of course I think my dog’s the cutest… but I’m okay with saying yours is too darn cute. Hey… they’re (breed) cousins :)

    The hummingbird picture is amazing! Perfect shutter timing!

    I totally understand about your sperm donor. Mine’s the same way. Exactly.the.same. He bad mouths me for not calling him… but he never called on my birthday. On Jacob’s (his grandson) birthday. Any day. Not even to check up on me after my last brain operation. Nothing.
    I am truly sorry for that… I know how it feels. And it feels rotten! Sorry!

    My 13 are up, too…

    8.17.2006 @ 12:20 pm
    JAM said,

    Like your TT. I’m with ya on the disk thing. My L5-S1 and L4-L5 and I finally had to part ways a little over a year ago. Got me some bone fusion going and some metal hardware to boot.

    I have a TT up on my blog, if you care to see it.

    8.17.2006 @ 12:22 pm
    MommaK said,

    2 – What a perfect photo!! I wish you lived closer so you could photgraph my Lil.

    3- LOSERS!! I have one of those Dads too. We’re better off w/o them.

    4- Wow…that is an amazing shot. :jawdrop:

    9 – I need to lose the same 10 I’ve been bitching about since forever. At least I’ll be able to get back to jazzercise again once school starts. :dance:

    11- HA!!! I read that and was like WTF??????

    12- I grew up wit uniforms and loved them. So comfy & no hassles.

    13- Don’t get me started on pools :twisted:

    8.17.2006 @ 12:38 pm
    MommaK said,

    Hi. :wave: My name is MommaK and I cannot spell today.

    8.17.2006 @ 12:39 pm
    Leanne said,

    I thought you were from New Jersey for a second there.


    8.17.2006 @ 12:41 pm
    tbirdonawire said,

    Love the hummingbird picture!

    I can’t believe you are looking forward to getting rid of your pool! After 10 years I finally talked my husband into getting one. I love it.

    Tucker is such a cutie! No wonder he won!

    8.17.2006 @ 12:46 pm
    Christine said,

    Heck no, being excited about school does NOT make you a bad mom. My husband, who is a SAHD, called me this morning after dropping the kids off for their first day of school. He said, “Well my stress level just dropped about a million levels.” And, no I don’t think that makes him a bad dad just because he’s excited the kids are in school and he has some free time.

    8.17.2006 @ 1:05 pm
    carmen said,

    Oh! I love the hummingbird photo. I’m having you and Janet from Fond of Snape come and take pictures of my wedding, if I ever get to have one. Cuz you’re so good at it! I know, I’m not a bird, but still!

    8.17.2006 @ 1:15 pm

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    8.17.2006 @ 1:23 pm
    Karen said,

    It is not wrong to count days till school starts. You want them to learn! You want them to grow! You want them out of your house…let’s be honest :) Just teasing. It’s still not wrong.
    I will be praying for your back. That cannot be comfy..
    My TT is up!

    8.17.2006 @ 2:18 pm
    Jenny Ryan said,

    I LOVE the hummingbird photo! I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to get a shot of one of ours all week.

    8.17.2006 @ 4:44 pm
    Shelli said,

    So, are you selling the humming bird pic in this TT?

    You mentioned me! Even if it was because I had to bug you to do something for me. I saw that Smilly Girl had the same smilies as me. They rock!

    Congrats on just saying no to the junk!

    Thank you, Leanne for all you do. You are amazing. :hug:

    8.17.2006 @ 4:58 pm
    Janet said,

    and she’s helped me so much back in July and I was afraid to ask for more help, cause I’m stubborn. I’m also dumb LOL!

    I’m sorry to hear about your frustrations with folks…they don’t know what they’re missing, that’s my two cents

    8.17.2006 @ 5:03 pm
    Shelli said,

    I have just been to Bloggy Gossip and can I say, “I love you!” I do. You are awesome. :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

    8.17.2006 @ 5:12 pm
    cjsteff said,

    Ok, in case you didn’t already know…which I’m certain you do, I care even if I have nothing intelligent to add. (Like now) Love you and sending hugs, clara

    8.17.2006 @ 7:05 pm
    Jenn said,

    YOU TAKE THE BEST PICTURES…I love your humming birds…they remind me of my grandma, she LOVED them too and had feeders and flowers all over her house!

    8.17.2006 @ 8:10 pm
    Titanium said,

    Love the hummingbird pic!

    8.17.2006 @ 8:11 pm
    Lisa said,

    Tucker is so darn cute! I want a cute doggie! Oh wait. I actually have one. Not a prize winning one, alas. :pilot:

    Great 13 as always.

    8.17.2006 @ 8:14 pm
    Laura said,

    I know what you mean about the blog visitors who don’t comment. I can’t tell you how many family and friends who visit mine but don’t leave a comment. Yet they linger and go through each of my posts and comments. Don’t they think I can simply look at the stats and see where they’re coming from? I mean, why not just say hello?
    irritates the crap out of me, some nights.

    8.17.2006 @ 9:16 pm
    terrilynn said,

    Your post makes me want to lie down and take a nap. Lord, child, no wonder you don’t have time to read!

    The hummingbird picture is excellent, and I also really like the print you sold.

    8.18.2006 @ 8:20 am
    Lisa-TheShizzle said,

    Even though I’m scared of birds, I can handle those hummingbirds. They are the cutest little things!

    Amen to #3, although it would kinda creep me out to know someone was reading my blog that knew you IRL and never commented. I mean…that they were kinda creepy. Funny, my father used to tell us when we were kids that we only called when we needed something. Only, he was right, because he was drunk every single day and who wants to talk to a drunken man who starts yelling at you? :sarcastic:

    You are one busy (and talented!) girl. We start in 19 days. But who’s counting. ;)

    8.18.2006 @ 9:52 am

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