A Rose By Any Other Name…

Published August 21, 2012 by missharleyquinn

Mostly, when we’re born we carry our father’s surname. Traditionally, upon marriage women take their husband’s surnames. Sometimes hyphenated and other times not. In some cases the women keep their father’s names. As I tend to the last little nit noid details of my expired marrital state, I find I want a name to call my own. I am not necessarily my father’s child…truly only by blood alone is what he might claim and just a tiny bit more…I am no longer bound to my wasband…I am the captain of my own ship, according to the IRS head of house hold and am learning to fly by my own wings…I believe this deserves a new name…a name that represents I’ve crossed a threshold into a new part of my life and yet I haven’t a clue as to what it might be. It’s difficult to come up with such things when there’s so much to choose from. I adore the spunk of Amelia Earhart, but should I decide to take her name and make it my own? How about Windsor as I’m rather fond of HRH Elizabeth II? Or make one up, like lushtushicidity? Okay, that’s weird and difficult to say and sounds rather like I’m trying to describe the ass crack aspect of a downtrodden city. Any ideas?


The Running of the IMp

Published August 18, 2012 by missharleyquinn

Swift IMp and I ran in the Quality of Life race this morning. This was the first time we’ve run together and it was amazing. I loved sharing the road with my son and was pleased I could keep up with him! I hope I can talk him in to running in the Color Me Rad 5k this October.

The Lean: Day 2,3, and 4 All Rolled Into 1

Published June 27, 2012 by missharleyquinn

Day 2: Have A Hearty Breakfast

This one wasn’t as easy as it might sound, as I’m not a huge fan of breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast when I’m traveling, but in the ordinary hum drum of my days, I’m usually a brunch gal.  I usually don’t have very much time for breakfast, so I settled on a Wasa whole grain cracker spread with almond butter and topped with cinnamon and blueberries.

I really enjoyed it, but I love all of those components to begin with so it wasn’t a big stretch for me.  Making the time to eat it was strange, as I usually drink breakfast in the form of a coffee drink. The author recommends brown rice, chopped apples or dried apricots and walnuts, and warm unsweetened almond milk.  I think it might take me a bit to warm up to a breakfast that big and rich, but we’ll see.

Day 3:  Eat an Apple

Easy Peasey. So, on day 3 I drank 64 ounces of water, ate a hearty breakfast, and an apple.

Day 4:  Clean out the Cupboard, and Just for Today, Say No to Your Poison.

Not so easy peasey. My cupboards are fairly healthy, so the tough part…giving up my poison for today.  I decided I would forgo the most obvious one, Coke Cola. So, it’s 3:15 and I haven’t had a soda at all so far and it’s not been too bad.  But, I’ve had a few niggling cravings…I remind myself that I quit smoking and the cravings do go away…and I’m going to not worry about tomorrow, because I’m saying no to my poison, today.

The Lean, Day 1

Published June 26, 2012 by missharleyquinn


  I recently purchased “The Lean; A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss” by Kathy Freston.  I bought it more for the  benefit of eating healthier, than weight loss…but if a few pounds wander away on their own I shan’t miss them. I like the format of the plan, just one small change a day that you do every day after, making it a habit…a good and hopefulyl long lasting habit.

Day 1: Drink water. Lots of water. (At this point, I hear Harold Hill saying this in the same tone and inflection as “Ya’ got trouble, lots and lots of trouble”…this is easily blamed on the fact that 5 days a week I’m in rehearsals for this play and hear this song a lot…’lots and lots’)

This is not as easy as it sounds, but is by no means difficult.  I’m supposed to drink 64 ounces of water each day, usually right before meals, but through out the day too.  This keeps me hydrated, keeps my kidneys doing what they do best, and also filling me up so as not to over eat…but that last one seems the least important of the reasons.

“Staying hydrated also keeps your body’s biological processes working at their fullest potential, and this includes your metabolism”

I like the way this sounds, although I’m fuzzy on the processes…does this mean all of them or most of them or just a few here and there.  Either way, day 1 is behind me and it went well…next up: Day 2 and eating a healthy breakfast.

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Published May 7, 2012 by missharleyquinn


1.  The best gift I’ve ever received was from my mom, she gave me a back pack full of school supplies. I was 36.

2.  I love accordian music.

3.  I’m very competitive, especially against myself.

4.  I could eat my weight in hummus each and every day.

5.  I love running, but should really learn to pace myself.

6.  My favorite place in the world is Virginia City, MT.

7.  I rebel against good grammar.

8.  I was a palm reader in Seattle, WA.

9.  When I was little, I spent a vast amount of time trying to get ‘home’. I was certain I could do this by jumping through a rainbow.

10.  I’m fascinated by conjoined twins.

11.  I’m a serious Star Trek fan.

12.  I’m becoming a huge fan of the Doctor.

13.  I still believe in Santa Claus.

14.  I also believe there is nothing better than laughing with my kids.

15.  I’m addicted to Pinterest.

16.  I would love to have dinner with Roger from “American Dad”.

17.  I love Elfquest.

18.  I’ve met the last 5 Presidents of the US.

19.  I love thunder storms.

20.  Pink is my favorite color.

21. No matter what, I know life is absolutely wonderful.

22.  Once a day I try to move something with my mind. I’m certain it’ll work one of these days.

23.  I found 228 lucky pennies last year. I’m saving everyone of them until I have 365. Then I want to give someone a year full of good luck.

24.  I love fish tacos.

25.  I dream of sailing on a ship from the 1700’s.

What The What????

Published April 23, 2012 by missharleyquinn

On my way to picking up the IMps from school I heard a new song, “Wild One” by Flo Rida and Sia.  It has a rather catchy tune, but the lyrics…bizarre and non-sensical at best. This is the one that caught me completely off guard and had me laughing out loud:

I am a wild one
Break me in
Saddle me up and lets begin
I am a wild one
Tame me now
Running with wolves
And i’m on the prowl

Okay…let’s see “saddle me up…”, sexual inuendo…obvious, but then running with the wolves???  What saddled up, newly tamed animal runs with wolves???  Still makes me giggle.