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So, here's how I begin...

Well, I have put off even starting this blog b/c I wanted to have my template put into place first and I had a few tools that I wanted to find to put on here, but then I realize that was just more excuses! I have battled with weight since I was about twelve years old...I have an hourglass shape...big boobs and a big ass and a flat tummy. (Well, over the last couple of years, though I have strong stomach muscles, there is a layer of softness on top of that!!!)

What diets have I done??? Let's see...all through Junior High and High School I was an athlete and tried to watch what I ate, but there was a time when I got stuck taking mini thins (which I couldn't find a link for) to not be hungry. What weight went down twenty pounds and I ended up passing out! All in all, I still wasn't that big back then. Looking back, I wish I had enjoyed what God gave me as a teenager. Thing was everyone else was a size 2 while I was a size ten...but I had boobs and curves! Why did…

Unconscious Mutterings

Freddy:: Kruger
October:: Halloween
Hunting:: Deer
MSN:: Microsoft
36:: Yard
Hotel:: Inn
Travesty:: Death
Health:: Heart

Playing Opossum

Kathy's post reminded me of something I used to do when I was a little girl...when I was still small enough that my daddy could carry me! When we would go somewhere and arrive home late I would pretend that I fell asleep in the back seat. When we got home daddy wouldn't "wake" me, so I would get carried inside the house. Most of the time I would jump up as soon as we walked in the door and daddy would say, "You little turkey (that's what he called me...other than MishMish). You were playing opossum!!" And I would laugh hysterically b/c I had fooled him.

Looking back, though, I believe that daddy knew all along that I was pretending. I don't know why I hadn't thought about it until now.

My daddy was gone a lot when I was a little girl - so I really have more memories of doing things with my mother. I also remember being able to lie on the back dash of our car - we had an LTD Crown Victoria - and I would look up at the starts and see the constella…

How Many Licks...

Does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop!?!?!

The chocolate ones are my favorite. And I didn't know this, but actual engineering students have done studies to find out. A group at Purdue even went so far as to make a Licking Machine!! (Hmmm...I wonder what they used it for after their study was over!!) I would never know b/c I can't keep from biting it!!!

Random bit of info brought on b/c my coworker decided to stock her candy pile with tootsie pops today and I couldn't resist!

Morning Madness

You ever get in that mode where you could clean and clean forever?!?!? Well, I was like that this morning. Before getting into the shower I cleaned up the kitchen. There were a few dishes in the sink so I loaded them in the dish washer and then began cleaning floors, cabinets, etc. Then I decided to put on some laundry before leaving, too and picking up and putting up in my bedroom. Okay, I don’t want it to sound like it's a new idea that I am cleaning, but I usually don't do it so early in the morning. I don't know what was different about today. Usually, I get all that done in the evening. When I was driving out I even thought, "You know, if I didn't have to go to work I'd just pull in there and wash my car." So that might be what I do this afternoon before I watch tonight's premiers on NBC.

Beyond the Cleaning
Well, I am not getting stood up!!! An old friend of mine and I had planned for her to come to Houston this weekend with her boyfriend and we …

Chivalry in Strangers...

Well, well, well, that was mighty nice of you!!!

When I got home from work today I decided to take out the trash while I walked Chinook. So I gathered up Chinook and the three bags of trash (I had done some Fall cleaning) and headed out the door. One of the bags was pretty heavy and I had to sit it down twice on the way to re-grip!! Now, here I am still in my work clothes, three bags of trash, and a hyper dog on a leash walking through the complex. One of my neighbors was pulling out of his garage about the same time and then pulled up beside me. I could tell he was slowing down and thought he might be going to tell me either that I dropped something or that there was a closer garbage bin or something...but instead he said, "Would you like me to take that for you?"

I wasn't expecting that. I told him thank you very much, but that I was fine...he offered again saying that he could just throw it on the back of the truck...and I said that I was afraid one was leaking. To this…

Go Stros???

Hmph, I don't think we'll make it to any more games this years. Last ngiht's game was terrible. Ten runs in the second inning alone!!!

We ended up leaving about the 6th inning. I had seen enough and so had Michael. His brothers stayed, but I don't know for how long.

They are now a whole game behind the Cubs so it's going to be a REAL battle from here out.

C'mon can do it! I have faith...I continue to have faith in Biggio, so anything is possible!!!! Right????

Clock Watching...

You know yesterday seemed to go by rather quickly. I wasn't extremely busy or anything, but before I knew it the clock said 3:30 and then 5:00 came within a second! Very cool!

After work yesterday I went home and chilled on the couch with Chinook before heading to Michael's. It wasn't long after I got there that his brother came over to watch the game, which quickly lost our attention! So Michael and his brother ended up going downstairs to play basketball and I ended up watching Fear Factor. I don’t really watch a lot of reality shows, but I sat through this one! It was disgusting! They were competing for $1 Million. I think I could go through most of the things they have to do except eating that crap (sometimes literally) and if they had a stunt that involved spiders. Snakes would probably freak me out, but I know that I could endure that more than anything with spiders! After that we watched the season premiere of the new show Las Vegas. This show was alright. It was int…


in Cincinnati!!! Do you remember that show!!??!? It went off the air in 82...I was five. So I remember a few and then probably mostly reruns of the show! Gordon Jump who played the station manager, died yesterday. If you don't remember the show, you'll remember him as the Lonely Maytag Man, who has been replaced with this guy. What I remembered most about that show was the walls made out of tape by the news guy (he had a cubicle, so he marked off walls and a door with tape on the floor and you couldn't walk through his "walls") and that Loni Anderson was always trying to escape advances from Horny Herb!!! Even then I knew what he wanted from her!!

I heard this yesterday on the radio, but didn't get a chance to post about it.

Note To Self...

Don't get the grilled chicken breast from downstairs anymore. Ugh, how in the world can you mess up a grilled chicken breast?? First you season, then you put it on the grille. Where could you possibly mess it up!?!? Needless to say, today's lunch was very unsatisfying!

Don't forget to hit submit!

Well, I had a big post all written up and previewed it, but didn't hit submit! Real good Hanna!!!

So, the short version!

Friday night we had planned on heading to the country to go dove hunting...and let me try out my new gun! Daddy got me a shotgun for my b'day and this was the first time for me to try it out! Before heading out, though, we found out that the others weren't going to be able to make it until Saturday so we decided to do the same and met up with Michael's brother and his girlfriend to see a movie.

So Saturday we headed out to Michael's grandparents' country place and fished for a while and shot clays before heading out. It wasn't long after we all got set, though that it started raining! I guess the doves will be there next time! I did a lot of target shooting, which was good since this is a new gun for me!

This afternoon I hosted my first Creative Memories party!! Thanks Pamela for coming out to give this party! I had a good time and learned…

Unconscious Mutterings

Savings:: Bond
On:: Off
Wire:: Line
Word:: Mouth
Bladder:: Control
Missing:: Action
Side:: Show
Window:: Treatment
Digit:: Number

Friday Five

1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why? I can't really pick out one singer or musician that stands out above the rest. My musical taste is so really depends on my mood as to what I like to hear!

2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why? Marilyn Manson - I just do!!!

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person? How should I know...I have never met these people!

4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show? Tracy Lawrence put on a great show, but I am going to see Pat Green in about a week and I am anticipating that being great!!! Although, Aerosmith had me tromping around in the mud!!!! They were awesome live!

5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music? If I were a rich musician I am sure I would agree with them. But since I am a middle class …

That's ALL You Needed???

Yeah, that's okay. It isn't rude in any way to pace outside my door and then stand inside my door with your arms crossed, then come in and dive into my bag of jelly beans making a lot of noise rattling the bag while I am on the phone. I GET THE HINT LOUD AND CLEAR…you need me for something. The fact that I am on the phone really doesn't matter at all. It's not like it could have been important or anything…though our definitions of important could also vary along with our tolerances of rudeness!!!!

So, I get off the's a ten second conversation that could have waited!!! Grrr...must be nice to be the boss!

I hadn't heard of Dogpile before...

Dogpile and Autopsy Report. Yeah, you bet these two referrals got my attention!!! I am not obsessive or anything about checking my referrals, but I do think it is interesting to find out what sites/links out there lead people to The most interesting are the searches. I think the most disturbing one that I found was "pictures of Milton Berle's penis"…now I am sure to end up getting it again for typing that. I think I had written about Milton Berle dying and about a rather large penis we saw. No, it wasn't real. It was paper mache - someone's creation that we saw downtown one night.

Nice Afternoon Break

My parents called earlier b/c they were in the area and were going to take me to lunch. I had already left so I missed their call, but called them back and told them to stop by anyway. So they came by around 2:30 and we got a cup of coffee downstairs and sat and chatted for twenty minutes or so!! That was a nice break for today!!!

Unconscious Mutterings

Wedding:: Marriage
Roach:: Spray
Expense:: Gas
Fight:: Makeup
Air:: Fare
Protect:: Guard
Glance:: Watch
Boo:: Ghost
Steamy:: Tea

Early B'day Thoughts

Tomorrow is my b'day! I probably won't get online tomorrow, so:

Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday dear me,
Happy Birthday to me
(early) !!!

Yay!!! You know almost every year I have bought myself a present on my b'day. This year I haven't decided what I want to get me, though. Earlier I wrote how I often get bummed on my b'day and this year was no different. The closer it got to tomorrow the ickier I felt. The weather doesn't help either. I don't have any qualms about getting older. Age is just a number…in fact I'll just tell you now that I am going to be 26 tomorrow. Now ask me again in ten years if I still feel that way!!! LOL!! Tomorrow is also my friend's little girl's b'day. She is going to be a year old. Last year on my b'day I got a comment from her saying, "Sorry I missed your b'day, I was kinda busy. I was in labor!" I actually thought it was pretty cool that she was born on my b'day…and Nina…

Friday Five

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed? Yes

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be? I really like my name...I don't think I would change it.

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?) My grandfather was Hanna. And my father was Magdi Hanna. By Egyptian tradition I should have been names "something" Magdi Hanna....but my parents had only picked out a boy's name (Michael Magdi Hanna) - Surprise! I was a girl and daddy was away at worked, so my mother gave me the first name Hanna instead and my middle name became Mechelle.

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why? I like old names. Victoria, Lydia, Isabelle, Annabelle...these are all pretty girl names. For boys I like Lance, Oliver, James...these are just a few.

5. Is the analysis of your name at accu…



I am Beautiful!

I have been catching up on my blog-reading this week. I haven't been too busy at work, so when I can I get on and read the next blog down in my blogroll - and lately I have been blog-hopping a lot, too. I have been following links here and there and have found a couple rather note-worthy blogs!!!

One blog in particular I found yesterday…and really what drew me to read her blog was the essay she wrote on A Picture's Worth. (There isn't a direct link, but if you look under GALLERY her essay is titled SOMETIMES I CAN BE BEAUTIFUL. "Find the courage to describe yourself as beautiful and then, don't say another word." The words she wrote were moving. Maybe more personal to me, b/c I haven't always had the highest self-esteem (though it's a lot better) and I have never been too good at receiving compliments (and I am getting better at that, too). Michael gives me compliments a lot and I turn it into a joke or I'll say something about my weight and he ge…

B'days & Babies

On the day that I was born the first viewer discretion warning appeard on a soap opera…and a lot of other things happened on September 13th.

My b'day is this Saturday. I don't know why, but I always get a little bummed out on my b'day. Birthdays aren't really that big of a deal in my family. I mean we all congregate together and my mother cooks and there are a few gifts given, but as far as a real celebration goes, we haven't really been know to get down for our b'days. I guess I get bummed b/c once I wouldn't mind having someone do something special for me. Last year was my 25th b'day and I got this way b/c no one really thought anything big about it…so I got all my friends together and we closed down Buca di Beppo, which was a BLAST!! But much of it was my planning, too. I have been telling Michael that I want to do something for my b'day, to which he responds, "Okay, we'll do whatever you want to do." That's great, but I don’t wa…

My First Dove Hunt

I had a good weekend. Friday night Michael and I met up with the group at Barney's to play pool and afterwards we went downtown for dinner and were introduced to the infamous red button! (LOL! You'll have to come to Houston to find out!) Michael and I were the first ones to poop out. We're getting old I guess b/c when it's gets to be about ten o'clock our eyes start wanting to shut. It was about one o'clock when we said good night to everyone and headed back to my side of town!

Saturday we didn't know what we were going to do. Michael's brothers had called several times to see if we wanted to go out to the country to go dove hunting. They finally made up their minds around 3:30 that afternoon! So, we loaded up and headed out to Michael's grandparents' country place to meet up with everyone. I got to go on my first dove hunt! Unfortunately I don't have anything to show for my adventure. I only hit one dove and I hit it just enough to stun it …

Unconcious Mutterings

Bookends:: Shelf
Compliment:: Eek!
Gutter:: Sewer
Obsession:: Perfume
Heavy:: Anvil
Real:: Fake
Disposable:: Trash
Breeze:: Wind
Work:: Ugh

Friday Five

1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most? Laundry...I don't really mind the washing and folding...I HATE to put up laundry!

2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing? I don't mind cleaning the kitchen or bathrooms.

3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed? Clean as is I go.

4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules? No...I don't think so.

5. What was the last thing you cleaned? My kitchen - last night after dinner.

Michael is a much better housekeeper than I am. I am clean, just cluttered and he hates that!! So we work together!!

My name is Hanna

hanna is a very rare male name.
Very few men in the US are named hanna.
Be proud of your unique name

hanna is the #1112 most common female name.
0.007% of females in the US are named hanna.
Around 8925 US females are named hanna

hanna is the #1007 most common last name.
0.012% of last names in the US are hanna.
Around 30000 US last names are hanna!


Celebrity Blogs

Through another site this morning I ended up on a celebrity website and started wondering how many celebrities keep up websites themselves, i.e. how many of them have weblogs. I did a quick search on google and found this list. Some of these I have never heard of before. I browsed through Melanie Griffith's site b/c it was listed on the first search results I received. Some of these seem to be pretty interesting, but others are so self-absorbed. It's like they are running their own fan club or something. I think the only celebrity site I would really be interested in reading is one that was like all of ours…just daily bull-shit and what is going on in their lives. I can see your glossies and filmographies all over the internet…when I come to a weblog that isn't what I am looking for. Yes, I have links to pages about myself, 100 things, links to know about the people I am talking about, but my site is not a tribute to me (although I believe one should be…hee hee)! Anyway, I…

Happy Thursday

Morning! I have a plea this morning. I am searching for MP3 players (no, I don't have one yet...sorry) - really, it's for Michael. I was thinking about getting him one. He doesn't read my blog so I don't worry about spoiliing the surprise! My plea is for information. I have been reading reviews and searching the internet for information about portable MP3 players, but can't decide on one. There are too many!!!! So, feedback please...what kind do you have? What do you like about it...what do you hate about it!?!? Also, I don't want to spend $300 or anything like that! Let's keep it within a reasonable budget! Under $200 preferably!

Long Weekend Update

So, how was your Labor Day weekend?

Ours was pretty good. We didn't really go and do anything exciting, but it was so nice to have the time off.

Friday we went to see Roger Creager at the horse track. I like his music, but his show wasn't really that great this time. He kept trying to get into conversation with the crowd or something. Telling stories and singing nothing but new songs…no one was into it. When he finally realized they wanted to hear his good stuff and started singing them it was almost time to go.

Saturday I took Michael to eat Egyptian food…actually it's Lebanese, but most of the food is the same. He seemed to really like it and they give you so much food we had a lot to take home. He didn't like everything, but that's expected! Afterwards we went to a local Cajun meat market. I had a gift certificate from Christmas for $100 so I figured it was about time I used it. We got so much food!! Pork chops, stuffed roasts and chickens, ribeyes, filet mignon, …

Abigail Grace

Here is a picture of Miss Abigail! There are more coming...

Unconscious Mutterings

Kiss:: Michael
Nothing:: Empty
Reach:: Stretch
Late:: Night
Stump:: Tree
Dreams:: Sleep
LOL:: Laugh
Ornament:: Tree
Neck:: Pain