25 Random Facts About Me and …
(I did this on Facebook sometime ago, so I suppose I shouldn’t post this on WordPress — but just in case some people like lists, here’s mine)
1) First book I wrote, “Sally The Snow Girl” (second grade):
2) The first kiss I got: He had braces in is mouth (I had them too). BUT he also had Oreo cookies in his mouth. Not good.
3) No really — the kiss was awful.
4) I was a Communication major at UCLA. I had good grades, but not honors. Lisa (also Communication) went to a party (we were all wearing robes for graduation). Almost everyone else had special robes on. Lisa and I realized that we were the dumbest ones in Communication.
(Kassie said, “Hello! You graduated from UCLA – you are smart!!” … Okay.)
5) I watch the “Real World” on MTV, Season 1. (1993 or 1994 I think)
I loved it, so I mailed my form for the next one (in L.A.) to MTV.
I had to write and tape (thank you Steve C.), why I should be in it.
Sadly, I didn’t make it. Oh well.
6) I’m good friends with U2 … Then I woke up, and it was only a dream — I don’t no them. 😦
7) Does someone know U2? If so, please let me know.
8) My hair: I did have it longer, but the hair lady said “You don’t have the face for long hair”.
So I finally gave in, and now I have the same hair again.
9) June 5, 2000: Had a great time seeing a concert, Elliott Smith
10) June 6/7 2000, I had a stroke: Couldn’t walk at all; couldn’t speak at all; couldn’t read or write at all … AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
11) Hospital: Good people; bad food.
12) First words I said: Someone was telling a joke, but someone else was also butting in. So I said,
13) Writing: The first word I wrote was “rav” (ravioli).
14) June 7, 2000, I was in a wheel-chair.
I finally walked … alone, September 3, 2000.
15) I still have a brace on my right leg, so I couldn’t wear my shoes (the brace can’t fit in my shoes). I gave the shoes to other friends and also donated them.
16) Maybe someday I will not have to wear the brace. So I’ll call the people who have my shoes and say “I WANT THE SHOES BACK!!”
17) If I don’t turn my head right, it is NOT because I don’t like you; but now I can not see on the right.
18) Now I have special glasses with prisms (right eye). So I can see much more … so now I have my license back! Beep Beep!
19) When driving, I use my left leg. So the brake is on the right, and the gas is on the left.
20) I liked wine, but now I don’t have the taste for it. So I have ice cream instead.
21) My family are all good or great cooks; I’m the only one who is not as good.
22) Please hold, your call is important …………………. Please hold, your call is important …………………… Please hold, your call is important …………………… Please hold, your call is important ……………………
(Note after: I was almost out of thinks to say, so I put this at number 22)
23) Yea for President Barack Obama!!!!!! (Note: I wrote this when President Obama was still the president)
24) Hopefully I will finish my book soon …
25) Yea, I’m done.
(Not done with my book, only the list.)
UPDATE: My book is done of course 🙂 Check it out:
“‘He Broke Boundaries With His Mind’: Public Pays Tribute At Stephen Hawking’s Funeral”
I had a dream that I was up for the Emmy Nomination, and the Emmys were tonight … WHAT?! Did I really get a nomination?
“Yes, you did Maureen.” (I didn’t no who I was talking to, but he/she said that yes, I got a Emmy Nomination!)
But that didn’t make sense; I suck at acting, whether TV or movies. I did one minor role in high school, but this is the Emmys, not high school. But now I got Nominated … so weird!
I didn’t have a formal attire to go to the Emmys. Oh, still dreaming, someone said, “Don’t worry, I’ll find a dress for you.”
“Thanks!” I said. “I don’t have the cleavage like so many other women do, so nothing too flashy.”
(Flash forward) Now I’m at the Emmys. I didn’t no where I was sitting. Hopefully, someone really famous that I’m sitting next to.
I was checking out other people who were there. Hey … I can’t see any famous people. And where is Stephen Colbert as the host? Am I at a different event? Why isn’t everyone dressed up? Many people sitting down had sodas, popcorn etc.
Am I just watching a movie??! … Aaaaaahh! Where’s the Emmys?!!
I can’t remember anything else in the dream. So I guess I’m not up for any Nomination.
I’m not a Weatherperson, but I think it’s going to rain?
(Amazon books): Before, Afdre, and After
Inspired by The Day the Crayons Came Home
… I guess they thought this was the same theme?
Well, I think it’s not the same theme, but I love The Day the Crayons Came Home too …
“Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.
I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.
We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.
Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.
And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.
We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.
At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.
That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.
But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.
The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.
Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.
I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?
To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.
That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.
After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.”