Friday, April 30, 2010

Blog 3 Year Anniversary

Kind of hard to believe that I have had this blog for 3 years now.
I have enjoyed sharing the little and big things going on in my life and I hope you enjoy reading it.
Below is my 1st posting. Kind of fun going back to some of the old posting and reading and remembering what I wrote.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Why the name?

You may wonder why I named my Blog space what I did.
I remember my father when he sent any type of card to my mother he would sign it
Always & Forever,

I look at that salutation 2 ways. One way was that he would always and forever love my mother or the other way was he would alway and forever be Ray. I choose to accept the salutation as the 1st listed. Kind of more romantic.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I just did this about 2 weeks ago and thought the same exact thing.
Click on the comic to view larger.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Busy Times

I haven't been keeping up with my blog much this year, and I knew this was going to happen at the end of last year because of all the training I am leading for the new system at work. This week we hired 6 temps to help us catch up on some of the work that IP is behind on along with some other issues that we are finding. Out of all the "super users" I was picked to train. Well let me go back a little; the Department head wanted to hire an AP supervior to come in and train the temps and over see their work. It was suggested by the 3 supervisors and 2 department managers that we had "super users" that could train the temps and watch over them to make sure what needs to get done, gets done. Early last week my supervisor came to me and told me that I was hand picked by the 5 to train the temps if I was interested. I am trying to step up when other don't and learn as much as I can about our new system, I feel I have hit the point in my life now that my kids our older and I can focus on my work more, plus I wanted to show my peers and upper management that I do have leadership ability. So as of Friday I started training 4 out of the 6 temps that are being hired.
Thus the reason for my slacking on blogging.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday. (I hear the guitar rif during the "Today is Your Birthday" song in my head)

and unfortunately it is on a Monday and I have to work. Thought about taking a 3 day weekend but figured I would save a vacation day for something else.
I had a nice pre-birthday weekend. My favorite kind accomplishing alot of little tasks which make me feel that the weekend wasn't wasted.

Here is hoping I have a smooth uncomplicated day.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Ricky Gervais Show

One of my new favorite shows besides Modern Family and The Middle is The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO. It's nothing really special just 3 friends sitting around talking about random everyday things. But the conversation is so funny that you get sucked into the show. They also animate the 3 participants so that also gives the show a little extra humor.

If you get a chance to watch it do so, you can also go to and view some of
the episodes.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

College Schedule

Later this week my oldest registers for his Junior year in college that will start in early September. WOW time has flown. I remember helping him picking his 1st set of classes his Freshman year. Now last night we sat down and he picked the classes and then even thought about picking back up classes just in case the ones he wants are filled. Glad he is starting to think ahead and doesn't need mom or dad to tell him to do things like that anymore.
He really needs to take a class called Stop Motion Animation. He has tried twice now to register for it and both times both the sessions offered have be closed due to being filled. Now that he will be a Junior, he will get to register before some of the other students so we are hoping that he will 1st get in the morning class but if not then he will have to take the evening class which we are not to crazy about, but he will have to do it if needed.
We are keeping our fingers crossed in hoping on Thursday he gets in the classes he really wants and needs.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Fried Rye

One of my memories around Easter time was Dad driving out to Chicago and stopping for 2 things to bring home for Easter Dinner. Lithuanian Sausage and Lithuanian Rye Bread
Mom would prepare Lithuanian Sausage along with Ham for part of our Easter Dinner.
We would also have to have died eggs and horseradish on the table too.
But one of the things Dad would do was take some of the Lithuanian Rye bread and some left over bacon greased that mom store in the refrig for him and make some Fried Rye.

All you had to do was melt the bacon grease and fry the bread in the grease until it was toasted.
I found out that my husband had never had fried rye before so since I had to pick up some groceries at a small grocery store in the area I would pick up a loaf of Lithuanian Rye Bread and fry up some rye.
Never having made it before, I never realized how much the bread absorbed the grease. WOW!
Anyway our Son tried it 1st and his reaction was "This is really delicious. Thank you Grandpa." Todd then tried some and said. "This is really good"
Unfortunatley we ran out of bacon grease really quick so I was only able to make 2 slice per person. But now that I know where to get the Lithuanian Rye bread I can always stop on the way home from work and get more.
Here is what Fried Rye looks like when it is "Fried"

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday

I hope everyone takes a few minutes today and remembers what today's meaning really is.