Merry Christmas

Hi All !!! πŸ™‚

I hope today finds you where you want to be,

Happy and Hopeful !

Merry, Merry Christmas !!!


*uber holiday hugs all around*

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  1. The three month countdown clock is ticking.

    Tomorrow it will be three months since the previous episode of AmyNews.

  2. we should hold a party on the 3 month !!! that will get Amy to show up!!! and then we make her write??? sounds like a plan? i know a great little bar nearby ….hhhmmm what do ya think?

  3. Darn …. I wait almost a month before coming back and still no new post. *Sigh* well at least everybody is still here (waves at everybody). I did have big time fun reading all the comments of the last month. Though I lost count how many times amy promissed to post a new blog …. mmmhhhh, you should be ashamed little girl

  4. Well …

    Any guy that has ever went out with me will readily acknowledge that I am a tease,

    Not to mention, there are several guys that never went out with me equally qualified to assert the same,

    But I’m not teasing here … I’m just taking phreaking forever to finish my next post, and really for no good reason … I will be the klock though !!! πŸ™‚

  5. All this silence and talk of christmas gave me a horrible thought – perhaps this is the way we’re heading!!!!!!
    At a remote monastery deep in the woods, the monks followed a rigid vow of silence. This vow could only be broken once a year on Christmas, by one monk, and the monk could speak only one sentence.

    One Christmas, Brother Thomas had his turn to speak and said, “I love the delightful mashed potatoes we have every year with the Christmas roast!” Then he sat down. Silence ensued for 365 days.

    The next Christmas, Brother Michael got his turn, and said, “I think the mashed potatoes are lumpy and I truly despise them!” Once again, silence ensued for 365 days.

    The following Christmas, Brother Paul rose and said, “I am fed up with this constant bickering!”

  6. Blade. Gameday chile is my specialty! And, hot mulled cider. Guaranteed to thaw you out on those cold Ann Arbor mornings before the Game, spice and rum levels adjusted accordingly to outside temp.

  7. FYI I have a spice grinder dedicated to powderizing freshly dried chiles! It used to be my coffee grinder, but after I started grinding chiles the coffee got a little funky. I got a new coffee grinder and kept the other as the dedicated chile thing. All my SW/Mex recipes now get freshly ground chiles.

  8. Yodette, thanks for that recipe! It looks yummy. Tortilla Soup is next up when I boil off the next one!!

  9. Well, soup is done. And I burnt my tongue! ouch. To expand on what Yodette said, I believe good chicken broth is wasted on anything less than matzo balls.

  10. That would definitely be a record … actually, at this point a new record is being set every day. πŸ™ It won’t make it a full three months though. I’ve been trying to finish my Chick Fighting post, which is what I wanted to toss up next, but I keep finishing other posts before it. Imabutt.

  11. Hey, any tips/tricks for chicken soup?? I got a chicken carcass boiling off right now, and I’m always open to tweaking the end result. Jus in case you’re around!

    /shameless attempt to draw out your host . . .

  12. Hey !!everyone please check out UPCOMMING AMYNESS we have to change the clocks again!!!!! on Apr 01 so make sure everyone is in sync ok? ….. WOW thank Amy we are all up to date huh? ?????

    p.s. what happened to the thin mints?

  13. I think that we now know how Ricardo Montalban felt on Fantasy Island as he waited for the plane. Will someone soon be announcing “ze post, ze post”? Sorry to date myself (as well as those old enough to remember the show).

  14. OK!!! for 12 boxes i will put Jelly in my truck and drive thru the snow from Rhode Island to Amys home planet and get her to write !!!! must have milk also …hehehe and bones for Jelly

  15. Doesn’t look as though bribery works folks!! Lets try threats instead – Amy, if you dont post soon we’ll EAT the 12 boxes of thin mints and not let you have any !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. 102 — How about a CASE of Thin Mints? Just think Amy … 12 boxes all for you. Interested Jenny?

  17. #98…..Got some Haribo gummi bears direct from Germany (kinda like that movie line…”Porshe…there is no substitute”) for the taking.

  18. 96 — I’m not sure if this will help any but I’ll give it a try. Amy, if you post I’ve got two boxes of Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies with your name on them. And I know you like your Thin Mints.

  19. ROFL Funny … funny. Sworry … I have every hope I’ll have my next post up before you kids hit 100 comments, but I did get delayed yesterday … rolled my butt back in town from work around 8:00 pm and then spent 2 1/2 hours doing linear equations with Nephew 1 … it was actually fun. I’m anxious to see the answers, we disagreed on one of them … I think I’m correct, but he went with his answer … bragging rights are on the line. πŸ™‚

  20. A Jedi needs no pay. A Jedi honors the value and rarity of peace. A Jedi invests in the military industrial complex and pockets the spoils. A Jedi is idealistic, but not stupid.

  21. Yodette said, “Several large law firms have senior partners rumored to be Sith.”

    Maybe that’s why, when I was an apprentice, I mean associate at the Firm, I wanted to learn everything I could from the senior partner, and then kill him.

  22. No no no … Yodette. I really did mean this March 10 !!! πŸ™‚ I just ended up spending some time in South Bend yesterday and by the time I got home, I was sleepy, sleepy. Agenda for the day is lunch with parental units and then postage. πŸ™‚

  23. Tara said, “…nice catch, KindaC…”

    The law is a pathway to many abilities, some consider to be . . . unatural!

  24. KindaC got it…(the “toll” comment proved that out)….SOL = statute of Limitations..

    …nice catch, KindaC…and, no…comments don’t toll the SOL…(since I’m makin’ this phreakin’ crap up as I go, I’m choosing not to give Amy THAT out!)…


  25. LOL Good one Shandy !

    Woo hoo !!! Excellent point KindaC … I think, yes, it does !!! LOL Thank you !!! πŸ™‚

    Postage tomorrow … promise !!! πŸ™‚ And I don’t mean tomorrow as in Free Beer Tomorrow … but tomorrow as in March 10, 2007. πŸ™‚

  26. I agree with you 100% Yodette. Amy we’re coming over! On second thought, my therapist might stop flattering me if I introduce her to Amy. BTW Amy that was meant as a compliment!!

    And I double agree with your latter statement. All I want out of the process is to feel normal for once, or as close to normal as possible. I’ve been so acutely aware of being a woman in mind and soul for so long, it is as undeniably real as the hand at the end of my arm. I have suffered immensely for it, and I’m tired. My male veneer has worn so thin anyway I could probably scrub the rest off with a loofah. When I finally let it go I think it is going to just float away on the next light breeze. I will be scared for the future, I won’t miss my past for a second.

  27. I have a solution. Introduce your therapist to Amy. After Amy, she’ll say you’re reckless. πŸ˜‰

    Kidding aside, you are a woman or you aren’t. If you are a woman, it’s a good choice. The most common mistake is to imagine the process makes you a woman. A few are disappointed to discover it did not.

  28. Cut once . . . nice!

    Thanks again Yodette, I appreciate your advice. I do accept myself wholeheartedly, and I have no illusions about how my life will be impacted. I also know there will be times when doubt will creep into my head after I start to experience the judgment, rejection and ridicule of others. Doubt is a luxury I can’t afford given the stakes at hand. In any case, I’ve been needing in a very bad way to be completely female for sooooooo o o o long, I don’t think anything is going to dissuade me once I reach that stage where others are judging me.

    In a related note, I am a professional planner (estate, tax, financial etc.). I take very complicated goals and turn them into reality for a living. I measure thrice before cutting. Everything I am doing for myself is deliberate and methodical. Get this, even my therapist thinks my timeline is too long. She thinks I’ll have little problem transitioning and passing. Thank you Ms. Gatekeeper! Did I mention my therapist is a saint?

  29. Your best protection is ruthlessly honest self honesty. A minority I’ve known crashed badly because they weren’t. They reverted or occupy ruefully ambiguous place betwixt and between.

    Follow the carpenter’s golden rule: Measure twice. Cut once.

  30. You know what, Yodette I do that all the time but in my line of work, i usually have the same experiences as soes KindaC. πŸ™

  31. Thank you! I like to think of it as Plan for the best but Plan B for the worst. If you just plan for the worst, the worst tends to happen.

  32. Yodette admonished: “A voice of reason fear can be. Remind you bad things can happen it can. Fickle is transition. Save your life it can. Ruin it too.”

    I appreciate the words of caution. Unfortunately, that voice of reason/fear can also ruin your life. I came to terms with my erm function years ago, but the fear of loss kept me from acting on the compulsion to transition. It would have been better to stay in denial. But, accepting myself yet doing nothing about it out of fear has all but killed me. The compulsion just gets worse, it eats at you, it sabbotages your “normal” life, it destroys your health, it is now physically painful like a narcotic craving that never goes away.

    Anyhoo, at least I had an ounce of self-preservation left to seek help. My therapist (who is the saint of all gender therapists, but cooler than a saint) asked me to seek out successful professional women who happened to have the same ah function as me (I’m determined to get used to that word). Reach out to them, know that it can be done, and learn from them. Then the fear of loss can be replaced with hope for what can be accomplished. So that’s what led me here.

    Honestly Amy, if you had gone to that sheep teaching and research school in E. Lansing I don’t know what kind of a role model you’d be, P# notwithstanding. Go blue indeed!! And, isn’t there a blog filter to weed out those lame buckeye retorts? Sorry Tara (ducks to avoid flying nut)!!

  33. Yodette shares wisdom …

    I silently recite the BG litany to myself constantly,

    It’s been invaluable to me.

    Let’s not also forget the words of Yoda …

    Fear is the path to the dark side: fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

    I find myself reciting silently those words fairly frequently too.

    Oddly enough, about the only thing I mention out loud with frequency is “I’ll have a Coors Light, please. πŸ™‚

    Hi KindaC !!! Thanks for commenting !!! Glad to hear from you. Don’t worry about any posting stoppage, sometimes real life just gets in the way and I don’t get the chance to post as much as I’d like … your comment is actually a very nice lead-in to the next post.Go Blue !!! πŸ™‚

  34. As the Bene Gesserit littainy say,

    I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
    Only I will remain.

    A voice of reason fear can be. Remind you bad things can happen it can. Fickle is transition. Save your life it can. Ruin it too. “Always in motion the future Is.”

  35. Yodette:

    Yes, but the little green one also teaches:

    “Train yourself to let go of of everything you fear to lose”.

    Very appropriate under the circumstances!

  36. Hey I just wanted to drop a comment to let you know I recently came across your blog and have been reading it back to front (up through Goo now). You’ve done a great thing to help others. At first I was just awed at this incredibly witty, brilliant, beautiful woman who happened to have had the same “functional” issues I do. However, your backstory has been a real help for me, as I’m a lawyer too (bar-ed in MI for 10+ years). Plus I’m a MI native, U-M grad and just a little younger than you, so I can very much relate to your world. Big up for making it work in GR! Anyways, thank you for showing me that I don’t need to be so scared sh*tless as I start down the same path. Maybe just a weeee bit scared.

    So, please don’t stop posting!

  37. Hiya,
    Sorry for the “late in the day comment” Amy. I just wanted to offer a “Big Hug” for whatever has upset you.
    Take care and hope life improves soon.

  38. It’s kinda like that commercial of the guy who can’t decide between paper or plastic, but in Amy’s case……”to post or not to post”….or is it “do I post here or post over there”…or is it “which computer do I post from?”…or is it “what time of day should I post?”.
    Oh well, I think this is the 50th comment posted…..woohoo!!!

  39. the longer the wait the more we will savor the entry! do i sound like an old jedi??? nope just an unemployed bored to death one…. so much for my career ..

  40. Thanks Maahhhster … you taught me well ! I handle it properly, though do you realize just how hard it is sometimes for me to speak softly ??? πŸ™‚

  41. Goodness no chica … Nat’s just making a funny. πŸ™‚ I do have a post to toss up, but I didn’t want to have it my first one up in so long … I had an incredibly, bad, bad experience … and though I do want to share it, so others can learn something from however I responded to the incident … it’s kinda a downer. We’ll see though … if I don’t post something more uplifting today … that’s the one ya’ll are gonna get ! πŸ˜‰

  42. Either way, I can’t help feeling that Amy’s sat there just letting us do all the work for her!
    Then again, does Natalie have a point? 😐

  43. OMG…she lives!!!!

    I dunno chica…reading back through you own comments to this blog…I’m not so sure you’re a shoe in!

    I think Yodette has the right approach! πŸ™‚

  44. I already signed you up for two squares, Yodette…I’ll have to check which dates you got and get back to you…

    …and no “grabbing a shovel to dig her out” just to win the pool….

  45. Cool.
    I’m guessing that by the length of absence, this is going to be the “Amy’s take on War & Peace, the comprehensive works from the blonde perspective!”?!! lol. πŸ˜‰

    Er, please don’t send me to hell for that last comment. I’m known for digressing when under stimulated!
    Take care hon, πŸ™‚

  46. Nope chica … we haven’t re-entered the GHD Zone. I’m punching away now as we speak communicate ! πŸ™‚ Though I should confess, at the current moment, I’m punching away while getting the Amy-locks styled up. πŸ™‚

  47. Hmmmm, something tells me that we’ve reached Ground hog again! πŸ™
    Maybe my calender has broken!
    Oh well, hope someting exciting happens soon. I can feel my feet wandering off……
    Oh chick, you’re welcome by the way. Glad i helped in some small way.

    P.S. can I breathe out yet?

  48. Hey Nikki !!! You just pointed out something I didn’t realize I’d done with this version of … I don’t have the time of one’s comments being reported. I’ll fix that … no, as of 7:50 AM Eastern Standard Time only an hour has passed since my comment. I’ve got court appearances this morning that’ll hopefully be wrapped up by 10:00 AM and then … wooo hooooooo … deep breath !!! πŸ™‚

  49. Hey Amy,
    You’re runnign our of time before we start wandering off “aimlessly” wondering what to do next!! Have 3 hours alapsed since your last post? πŸ™‚

  50. Yo yo yo … I survived February 1, but I was totally off by a week … hopefully in about 3 hours I’m finally be coming up for air, so give me a couple of hours after that and I’ll be tossing up new stuff left and right. I’m sorry I’ve been so delinquent.

  51. whew! until i remembered to check the posts, i was afraid some large-scale meteorite barrage had taken out our favorite chica!! glad you are well, and busy is so much better than the alternative (often = penniless).

    hope you are enjoying life! πŸ˜‰

  52. I know, I know. I’m sooooo sorry. If I can just survive through tomorrow (Thursday, February 1), I’ll be able to katch my breath again and I’ll do some serious post burstage !!! πŸ™‚

  53. I guess the Big Ten was a wee bit overrated. Once again, the SEC proves that it, not the Big Ten, not the Pac Ten, not the Big 12 is the best conference of all.

  54. LOL Yeah yeah yeah … just for the record, I had my lights and decorations down this year before New Year’s Day … the day of infinite embarassment at the Rose Bowl, right Shelby ???

    Woo hoo Sianna, I’ve been waiting for that domain name to free up … it’s all MINE now !!! πŸ™‚

  55. Is the Lloyd watch on? Not a particular strong game for adjustments to the blitz. Needed to go to the shotgun and a three step drop before the fourth quarter.

    Here is hoping Lloyd stays!!!!!!!!

  56. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!!!! to you Amy !!! and to alll of your little elves!!!(kinda furry aren’t they? …ewoks?)

  57. ROFLMAO Gawd luv ya … I needed a laugh and that delivered !!! lol You’re soooo going to be pained when I start posting my Decision 20062007 posts … oh yeah, I’m in the midst of more belaboring !!! πŸ™‚

  58. A small matter of being dead wouldn’t stop Amy. At the very least she’d first have to consider all the pros and cons of dying for several years.

  59. Hey Girl,

    Merry Christmas to you a day late. I purposefully stayed away from the internet yesterday and it was pretty nice. So, was Santa as good to you as he was to me?


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