Monica Whaley

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Camp Bulldozer!

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


So, it seems the initial nerves have worn off. Why “bulldozer”, you say? Well, Matthias shared with me today that he’s decided that’s what I am when I’ve gotten something into my head to do. For example, when we went to DC a few months ago, I got the idea to make travel binders for the kids with fun things to do during the trip. I may have gone a little overboard. I got binders, markers. Crayons, etc., and had an inch and a half worth of things to print out that I found online. He said that I forge ahead with ideas and don’t let anything stop me. Now the bulldozer is working on camp stuff. I’ve decided I want to have little gift boxes for the girls in my cabin. I already have cute little boxes, so now I’m thinking of things to include. Here’s what I’m thinking so far:


• Little notebook

• Pen

• Fruit snacks

• Raisins

• Nuts

• Granola bars

• A couple feminine products

• A couple single serve drink mix packets

• A couple band aids, and antibacterial wipes

• Bug repellent wipe (was going to make some, but not sure I can get enough bottles, may still)

• A little message card (those 10¢ religious cards)

• And the Bible Study Reference card that I put together for myself


Of course, I’ll be counseling with another woman, so I’ll check with her to see if she wants to add anything. I just thought it would be nice for the girls to have a little something. I also like that the boxes are plastic, so they can reuse them. I’ll just have to watch my bulldozer tendency that I don’t get so much that I don’t have gas money to get there!


On a different note, I’m still trying to avoid HFCS (see initial post), and I know it’s the cheapest, so I’m a little concerned about how I’ll do at camp. Yes, I do better some days than others avoiding HFCS (sometimes you just need a Coke), but institutional type foods tend to be full of it (think school) and other things I’m trying to avoid to keep from getting sick. How will decide what to eat, what not to eat, and what to bring substitutes for (yes, we can bring food)? Sheesh. Maybe I should make an appointment with that dietician before I go.


Posted on August 24, 2009 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (0)

1.. My husband and I divorced over religious differences.. He thought he was God and I didn't.

2.. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.

3.. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.

4.. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

5.. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.

6.. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me

7.. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.

8.. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.

9.. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are just missing.

10.... Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

11.. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.

12.. God must love stupid people; He made so many.

13.. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

14.. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

15.. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

16.. Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!

17.. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.

18 . Procrastinate Now!

19.. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?

20.. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

21.. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.

22.. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!

23..They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.

24.. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.

25.. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three

thousand times the memory.

26.. Ham and eggs...A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

27.. The trouble with life is there's no background music.

28.. The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.

29.. I smile because I don't know what the HELL is going on.


Posted on August 17, 2009 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (2)

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Funniest Video Ever

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

My roommate made a video of her nephew and his awesome dancing skills!


Why NOT frolic in the rain?!

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, my roommate, Mandy, got really excited when it started to rain. She was dying to lower her "core temperature," and had been waiting for it to rain for awhile. She ran outside, and said, "Come frolic with me!" I'm not usually one for playing in the rain, but I was hot, too. I went out and tentatively stepped off the porch. I thought it too cold all of a sudden. Mandy told me to stop being a wimp. I followed her around the side of our house. Apparently, she does this often and has found all the best frolicking spots. Right off the porch was the first. There's a big spout of water coming down, and she jumped right under it. I followed, and it was NICE!! Then she lead me around the rest of the property to all the other ones she'd found: two behind the barn, two in front. We were soaked and much cooler afterward. I must say, I enjoyed myself.

Reunion Stuff

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 9:14 AM Comments comments (0)

We had the first leg of the reunion last night, and it was a lot of fun. Some people showed up already three sheets to the wind, so that was a good show. It was good to catch up, dance, laugh, and see that some things never change. I confessed to someone some of the stupid stuff I did when I had a crush on him in 8th grade (no, I won't say what or who). I got some reaffirmation of why I didn't/don't hang with certain people, but also was pleasantly surprised at how nice some people are now that I didn't like so much then. One of the girls that used to be a very shy horse lover is now a tatooed Harley chick, and one of the nerds is a successful (and not bad-looking) attorney. My, how the times have changed. I'm at work today, so I can't go to the zoo (2nd leg and something to include kids - and there are TONS of them), but I'll be at the dinner tonight. That should be fun, too.


Posted on August 6, 2008 at 10:49 PM Comments comments (0)

I don't really have anything to write about today, but a co-worker showed me the video, and it kept me laughing for quite a while.



Posted on June 21, 2008 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (0)

My sister and her kids are visiting from Cambridge, MA this week. My niece and nephew are awfully cute. I'll be posting pix as soon as I get my computer fixed.

Proclaimers - Pittsburgh & Cleveland

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I said I would tell about our magnificently fun tour trip to see the Proclaimers. I was only going to go to the Pittsburgh concert, but it was so much fun, I frantically called for people to cover my shifts so I could go on the 2nd leg of the trip (Cleveland & Ann Arbor). Because people don?t know them in the States as well as they do in Scotland, they play smaller venues here. In Pittsburgh, we got to hand out with them for over an hour after the concert. Charlie Reid even bought us a round of drinks. They were SOOOOO nice. We told them we?d only been able to buy 2 of the 4 tickets we needed for Ann Arbor before they sold out. They said it wasn?t a problem, and put us on the list to get in free! How cool was that?! Anyway, my friend Heather is ? well? we?ll say persuasive. That night, not only did she get them to get 2 more of us into a sold out concert, but the got them to agree to meet us at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the day of the Cleveland show (which they did), she got Charlie to give her a 5 pound note that he signed for her daughter and she got them to take all kinds of pix with us. Amazing. We told Zac & Garry John they needed to incorporate more kicks into their repertoire. Charlie and Garry John kept talking about a massage train on the tour bus. We decided not to ask too much about that. All we know is they mentioned Buddy, Tom, and different colored sweater vests. I don't know. We also met Juliana, who is going to every single city on their American tour. Crazy.


Jeremy Fisher's drummer, Isaac Carpenter, was awesome. We tried to tell him how much we loved him after the show, but we're not sure he believed us. He popped back around the corner and said, "You guys were laughing a lot." He just doesn't know us! That was Saturday night to Sunday.



I went to work Monday from 8pm-midnight. Then we left Tuesday morning for Cleveland. We met them at about 1pm at the Hall of Fame. Their opening band is Jeremy Fisher, and we LOVE him now, too. They were there, too. We all walked around for a few hours. Charlie sat and chatted with us while he ate. Eventually, they had to leave for sound checks, etc. and we had to make our 7pm reservation at the House of Blues restaurant. The waiters and the food were incredible there. At one point, Mandy said something about Heather's arm being dry. Not 5 seconds later, one of the waiters flashed by and dropped a small bottle of lotion on the table! We got to be second in line for the concert. There was a mother & daughter right before us, but I couldn't understand them. They stood front and center for the whole concert, didn't smile, move, sing, or clap even once. WEIRD! The Proclaimers dedicated "Letters from America" to "Heather and her gang of Midwest girls." We went nuts, and I vowed they would knot more than just her name. J We didn't stay long after that concert. We talked, etc. but the place didn't let us stay too long and we didn't want to overburden them with our insanity.


See pix here!





Ann Arbor and Chicago in the next installment!