Remember those old “Lays” commercials? The ones with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird? Well my quote today comes from those commercials: “I’m not gonna sing.” Larry Bird said that when everyone else in the commercial ws singling “I wanna be like Mike.” It was funny.


Tomorrow Brooke and me are going out with my surrogate dad. I cannot wait. I don’t know where were going to go but I think Garibaldis. It’s like a restaurant up north we used to go to all the time. Then again we might go to some Japanese steak house or some sushi joint! Who knows!? I can’t wait. Did I say that already? Can you tell I’m excited?


Then on Friday he is coming over to our house. Yeah! We’ll probaly order pizza since our family really doesn’t have the best food preparing capabilities! Well I do! I love you ALL
HOLLY

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“Will we still think our jokes our funny when were 25?” A little itsy bit from Vitamin C’s Graduation song. The biggest song of 2000. Everybody knows what second place was: The Mammal Song. If you don’t know that song don’t ask me about it. It has been wiped from my memory! Or at least tried to.


I was getting all nostalgic today thinking about Indiana and how much I miss it up there and everyone that lives up there. (All my family, besides us.) Well I was looking through old photos and memorbilia from that era of my life and I found this. Now I know if your not from Indiana you may not find this funny but if you are a.k.a. Andy, Candy and Adam. So read on and laugh, for me!


You might be from Indiana if:
1. You know several people who have hit a deer.
2. You have no problem spelling or pronouncing “Terre Haute.”
3. You’ve never met any celebrities.
4. You’ve seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were famous.
5. Down south to you means Kentucky.
6. Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
7. Your school classes were canceled because of heat.
8. You know what the phrase “knee-high by the fourth of July” means.
9. You’ve heard of Euchre, you know how to play Euchre, and you are the master of Euchre.
10. You’ve seen a running car, with nobody in it, in the parking lot of the grocery store no matter what time of year it is.
11. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Ex: “Where’s my coat at?” and “If you go to the mall I wanna’ go with.”
12. Detassling was your first job. Bailing hay, your second. Or you could stack hay, swim in the pond to clean off, and then have strength to play a couple of games of hoops all in the same barn the same day.
13. You’ve ever had to switch from heat to AC in the same day.
14. You say things like “catty-wumpus” and “kitty-corner.”
15. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
16. You carry jumper cables in your car regularly.
17. You drink “pop.”
18. You know what “cow tipping” is.
19. You know that bailing wire was the predecessor to duct tape.
20. You know that strangers are the only ones who come to your “front door.”
21. Kids and dogs ride in the passenger seats of cars and backs of pick-ups.
22. You think nothing of it to be stuck behind a tractor pulling a farm implement on the road in the spring or fall.
23. High school basketball game draws a bigger crowd on the weekend nights than the movie theater.
24. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
25. The local paper covers national and international headlines on page 1 but requires 6 for sports.
26. Most can repeat the scores of the last 8 IU games, but unless the ref. was a Hoosier, we aren’t sure who he is.
27. If you can see at least two basketball hoops from your yard.
28. You can name every one of Bob Knight’s “exploits” over the last 20 years.
29.You shop at Marsh.
30. Damon Bailey was your childhood hero.
31. The biggest question of your youth was “IU or Purdue?”
32. Indianapolis is the “big city.”
33. “Getting caught for a train” is a legitimate excuse for being late to school.
34. The Wabash River is “biggest body of water” near your house.
35. You know of several different definitions as to what a Hoosier really is.
36. People at your high school chewed tobacco.
37. Everyone knows who the town cop is, where he lives, and whether he is at home or on duty.
38. To get to school you had to drive on a gravel road, a road with several right-angle turns in it.
39. People in your neighborhood, really, REALLY like NASCAR.
40. To you, a raccoon is simply a “coon.”
41. The vehicle of choice in your area is not a car but a pickup.
42.You are a BIG John Mellencamp fan.
43. You’ve been to the Covered Bridge Festival.
44. You took backroads to get there….why sit in traffic?
45. To you, a tenderloin is not an exspensive cut of beef but a big salty breaded piece of pork served on a bun with pickles.
46. Sometimes, you call the toilet the “commode” or the “stool.”
47. Everyone in your town knows the high school quarterback or basketball starters personally.
48. In the fall, one of your favorite pranks was “corning” cars.
49. You know what “corning” is.
50. Half of the kids at your school were related to each other…..and knew about it.
51. The rest of the kids at your high school eventually discovered they were related to each other….after running into one another at family reunions.
52. WalMart is the most exciting place in your hometown.
53. Technically, you don’t even live in a town.
54. The county fair is THE social event in your area.
55. You go to the fair every night of it’s week long duration.
56. Everyone at your high school has dated each other. Literally.
57. You know what FFA stands for.
58. A typical party at your high school consisted of a bunch of people driving trucks into the woods or an empty field, lighting a bon fire, and staring at it while drinking a few beers.
59. It is a thirty minute drive from your house to the grocery store.
60. Y’all is an acceptable form of address for groups fo three or more people.
61. Your parent’s had all the same teachers in high school that you had.
62. You think that Notre Dame is a college in South Bend, not a cathedral in France.
63. You know at least five people who own belt buckles with their initials on them. These buckles are the size of a dinner plate.
64. Cows have been known to graze on your high school’s baseball diamond.


WOW! That was alot. I didn’t think there were that many but if you stuck with it and read them all go you!! They are hilarious! If you get them. Well I love you ALL!
HOLLY

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“I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it.” That is how I’m feeling right now. I just got an email from my “surrogate” dad, Lynn. He is sooooo awesome. I really miss him but anywho….he emailed me and said that he was coming down this weekend. I can’t wait to see him. Only now I have to set a time that I can see him.


This guy is like the best dad anyone could have. When I lived there he was such an awesome listener and just everything about him was cool. He has two daughters (three including me) and his wife is an ER doctor. I always thought that was cool because he’s like the stay at home dad. Though he does have a job. Oh man, they are the best cooks ever. Everynight was like soo great because they always made something super duper yummy. Except when they made shrimp! Yuck!


Anywho…I’ve been thinking alot and I think I have a huge decision to make. I don’t really want to say what it is quite yet but I think some of you might guess it. I have to seek some more wise counsel before I put it on my xanga site. Aren’t you all just on the edge of your seats??? Well sit back, relax! It’s not that big.


Oh, news on my uncle. He is doing good. Not bad, not great, just good. I guess that’s fine because how good would I feel if I wouldn’t be able to use my legs ever again? Pretty bad I would imagine. Well I love you ALL
HOLLY

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“I pick up my gun as we start to ride……….I hope we don’t die!” These are lines from Moby and Gwen Stefani’s South Side. That song rocks. I remember when it came out eons ago. I just got this CD with the remix on it. Woo-hoo!


My neck and back are still sore and my mommy is looking for a chiropractor for me. For those of you who were at youth you will be pleased(hopefully) to know that I can look left!! Right is still a bit tough. But left is okay because that’s the direction the bus will be coming at four twenty! Hey, a big thanks to the crazy guys in the car that took a chance on a poor girl and picked her up off the streets! (you know who you are)


Things in life aren’t going any better. Well, maybe a little. Thanks for the talk. If you didn’t talk to me last night then I’m not talking to you. Your always there when I need to talk.


I’m watching Strange Love with Brigette Neilson and Flavor Flav! It is way weird. If you watch this show you are a weirdo!! Well I’m going to go. I love you ALL
HOLLY

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“A whole new world….” Taylar and Mady are home today so Alladin has surprisingly only been on once. They love that movie and Mady will actually sit still for the whole thing. When they sing this song she gets up and puts her hands out and pretends to fly!!


My neck and back have really been hurting and my mom thinks I need to go to a chiropractor. Anybody know any good ones around here?


Life sucks for me right now. I’m not going into details so oh well.


Andres got an apartment off base finally so I want to go over there ASAP. If he can’t find time to come over here then I’m going to go over there (and no I’m not chasing….) and just get married over there. I’m tired of things….Sorry I almost went into details. Anywho….


Brock said I write too much so I guess I’ll end it here today in honor of the Badger. I love you ALL
HOLLY

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“Were the kids of America……….This totally looks like a Noxema commercial, as if!!”   Kayte, if you don’t know where this came from your a LOSER!!


Today is a blah! day. I have a huge headache.
Today on the bus there was this guy who asked if anybody had change for a dollar. One of the kids did but the other guy didn’t hear him. So I tapped him on the backpack and was like “sir!” Well I guess he didn’t hear me and just thought somebody was trying to steal something because he turned around and had his hand in a fist!! Scary. Candy and I were like “don’t call anybody sir anymore!”


Then once I got off the bus I was walking and everythings great. It quit raining and I’m walking and all of a sudden I feel a sprinkle. I was like “it’ll go away soon!” Well let me tell you: I WAS WRONG!! It didn’t sprinkle!! NO! It didn’t just rain!!! Oh NO! It poured like a mother trucker!!!! I’m walking and my umbrella is just about ready to blow away!! Not a fun morning.


By the time I got to Javiers my pants were soaked and my shoes and socks were too. Ugh!!
Anyway I love you ALL
HOLLY

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“Shake it like a salt shaker….shake it like a dollar, or five, or ten. What would you do for a twenty twin?” Wow. I think that’s the only word that can describe that song. Well that’s not true. I was listening to this CD today and that song was on it and I was really listening to the words and wow! That line sticks with ya. I just want to laugh out loud when I hear that but then the people that are walking around me might look at me like I’m weird!! I don’t want that!!


Mady has begun the great potty training. NOT FUN!! I repeat NOT FUN!! This morning even before Javier and Joanne left Mady peed in her underwear twice!! So I’m asking her like every five minutes “gotta go potty?” She’s like “NO.”


For those of you who don’t know: My uncle was in the bombing at Mosul. No, he wasn’t actually involved with the bombing. He was in the cafeteria when it went off. He was injured pretty bad. He had a collapsed lung and internal bleeding. He stayed there until he was stabalized which was a few days and then they moved him to Germany where they performed some surgery. I’m not sure what all they did but  I do know that they had to fuse two disks together.  So he is getting ready to start therapy to learn how to live in a wheel chair. Sucks big time. Just pray for him please!!


I had to add this quote I just found from Ashlee Simpson: “At ‘Saturday Night Live’ I completely lost my voice and everything and I have it back, and it was a good opportunity for me to be like ‘I don’t lip synch, my God!’ I’m very anti that.”
Yeah right!!
I love you ALL
HOLLY

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