Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 19

Today I'm supposed to post a picture of my favorite toy as a child.

This is Baby Beth.  I got her when I was a baby and still have her.  She's dirtier and her hair is messier than it once was, but I still have the pink hat, sweater, and booties that came with her.  I loved her so much when I was a little girl.  We had a storm cellar in the back yard and when the sirens would go off I would run to my room to get Baby Beth to take her to the cellar.  I would grab other dolls and stuffed animals too -- one time I put them in baskets and made my brother help me carry them to the cellar.  My dad would get so mad at me because he thought it was stupid.  My mother would calmly tell him that I was just being a good momma to my babies.   I thought my dolls and stuffed animals had feelings. I didn't want to hurt their feelings or lose them in a tornado.  That would be horrible! I played with Baby Beth outside and she slept with me.  I remember my mom having to wash her in a pillow case and every time she washed her I was so concerned that she would get messed up.  I mean, what mother puts their baby in a pillow case and tosses them in the washing machine -- it didn't seem right to me.  Ha.  She was there for tea parties and for playing house.  She sat on my bed when I felt I was too old to play with dolls.  She sat on the shelf smiling down at me when I graduated from high school and eventually ended up in a Rubbermaid container to keep her protected.  She was very loved when I was little and even though she is only a doll, she still means a great deal to me.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 18

Today I am supposed to post a picture of my biggest vice. This one is interesting to me because a vice is meant to indicate a habit that some may consider immoral or sinful.  Ooooh, sounds like this could be interesting, right? Well, don't get too excited because mine isn't that sinful or intriguing.

My biggest vice is coffee. 

There is something about a hot drink that just seems comforting.  There are so many different types and flavors of creamer -- you can make so many different combinations. I love the way coffee smells.  I don't know why I love the smell, but I do.  I love how when you pour that first cup and you lift it up to take that first sip you can feel the heat on your face.  When I want to celebrate I'll go get a flavored coffee or an iced coffee and when life gets stressful I think, "I'll have some coffee" or  "I deserve a cup of coffee."  The only negative side to my coffee drinking habit is the stains it leaves on my teeth. My dentist always makes comments about it when I go in for cleanings.  When my friends and I get together we get together for coffee.  We sit and drink coffee and talk about the things going on in our lives.  It's something I really enjoy -- and with two little boys running around the house the caffeine side of coffee isn't a bad idea, either. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 17

Today's challenge was a hard one for me -- possibly the hardest one so far.  I even thought about just posting the word "PASS" as my blog entry for certain reasons.  I kept thinking about it and suddenly something popped into my head.  So, here we go.

Today I am supposed to post a picture of something that has made a huge impact on my life recently. I finally decided on . . .
friendship.  This is a picture of friendship bracelets.  I chose friendship because my friends really have made an impact on my life recently.  We go day to day following our routines and schedules, chatting here and there, but I learned that when something happens my friends really ARE there for me.  I have received so much encouragement this past week.  I have received phone calls, texts, and emails because they just wanted to check on me.  I have been invited to lunch, coffee, and other things as well.  It is an amazing thing to stop and realize that so many people love and care about me -- and that I have such amazing friends.  So, I would like to dedicate this blog to all of my wonderful friends. Thanks for having such a big impact on my life!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 16

The photo challenge had a small gap this week.  I was out of town and had no access to the internet. Now that we are back home the blogging continues! 

Today's challenge is to post a picture of some one who inspires you.  Immediately some one popped into my head.  There are so many people who inspire me or have inspired me but for some reason this woman stands out.  My mind kept coming back to her. She was the first person to pop into my head and that means something.

These are pictures of my mother-in-law. The top picture is the two of us being silly (imagine that) and the bottom picture is one of my favorite pictures of her with my boys. 

The first time I met Debbie I wore overalls -- Jacob later told me that his mom didn't like overalls. I remember being upset and wishing Jacob had thought to mention to me that his mom didn't like overalls before I went to meet her for the first time.  Jacob just laughed at me. He said, "She thought you looked cute."  I was horrified.  I mean, if you go meet some one who could become your future mother-in-law and you wear something she hates, well, that can't be good! 

It actually didn't seem to be a big deal.  Funny what we get hung up on.

My mother-in-law is one of the most creative people I have ever met. She is also one of the smartest women I have ever met.  She inspires me in so many ways. She inspires me to be creative.  She inspires me to stop and think about things.  She inspires me to do fun things with my sons and to notice the world around me (and to appreciate the beauty of things).  She is a wonderful grandmother to her 5 grandchildren and is always there to help us when we need it.  She even puts up with me!  (Trust me -- this week, there was A LOT to put up with). She has proven that she loves me even on my worst days -- which still blows my mind! Most of my friends talk about how their mothers-in-law drive them crazy.  They have some funny stories.  I have no stories like that. I was blessed with a cool mother-in-law.  I have learned so much from her and love her dearly.  I am glad she accepted me into her family and I am thankful for the relationship I have with her -- knowing that not all woman have the same relationship we have.

I look forward to many more years of inspiration from this wonderful woman!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 15

This is a group of pictures from Europe.  Today's challenge is to post a picture of something you'd like to do before you die.  So, why, then, did I post the above picture?  I want to go to Europe before I die. 

Yes, I'd have to fly to get there (and get home), but they make medications for that, right?  Things that will just knock me out and I can wake up when we get there (because I am not a fan of flying).

There are beautiful buildings and places there and a lot of history.  I have always wanted to go there!!  Maybe some day -- I'll get to! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 14

Who are the people you couldn't imagine your life without? For me there are the obvious ones -- Jacob, my boys, my parents, even.  My world would be a very different place if they weren't in it.

Today's challenge is to post a picture of someone I could never imagine my life without.  I am always talking about my husband and my boys so today I wanted to take the time to talk about some one else who means a lot to me.  My best friend.
This is a picture of my best friend, Denisa, and my two little gremlins.  As you can see she is smiling and they are making faces.  This is actually the norm for pictures of Denisa with my boys. They are so silly sometimes (the boys, I mean -- not Denisa.  Although, she can be silly, too, at times!)

Denisa and I met in a strange way.  We were both on this thing called Myspace and some one posted a quiz.  We both took the quiz for some reason and realized we had a lot in common. We had gone to high school together and I had even seen her at church but we were never friends. Not until we were adults on Myspace (wow, that sounds really lame! LOL). Once we met, we seemed to click. We always have a good time together and she loves my boys.  She will chase them around the park and go down the slide with them.  She sends them surprises (stickers, silly bandz, etc.) in the mail and I know she'd do anything for those two little boys.

I also know she'd do anything for me.  We have both learned that we don't have to always be strong around each other.  She is always there for me when I need her and I know if I needed something and she didn't have it she'd find a way to get it.  I would do the same for her.  She is the most loyal friend I have ever had.  She is always encouraging me when I need it most and she tells me the things I don't want to hear -- things that irritate me because, like I said, I don't want to hear them.  I know she is right though and it takes a real friend to be honest enough with you to tell you things you DON'T want to hear -- and they know you don't want to hear it!  We live almost 2 hours from each other so we talk on the phone often, email, text.  We have become very close. We tell each other everything and have a blast when we're together.  It's nice to have that "fun" person in my life, it's nice to have some one who loves my boys as much as she does, but it's also nice to have some one who doesn't judge me if I need to feel weak or fall apart.  I have Jacob for that but it's nice to have a second person for that as well -- kind of makes a girl feel special.

So, one of the people I can't imagine my life without is my best friend, Denisa. I think she's pretty awesome! Thank you for all you do and know you're loved!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 13

Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Heart, The Cranberries, the list of bands/artists I like could go on and on.  I enjoy music.  Music is a form of art -- it could even be considered poetry (to music) in many cases. It can be fun and happy or beautiful and full of meaning. Today's challenge is to post a picture of your favorite band/artist.

Here is mine:

Tori Amos.  She is my all-time favorite singer.  I first discovered her in 1998 (yup, you guessed it -- COLLEGE!!) I loved that she sang alternative music and the center of all her songs was a piano.  The ballad-y songs seemed more beautiful and heart-felt because of the piano -- and harder, edgier, songs sounded really cool with the piano and drums. I was hooked. I ended up purchasing all of her CDs over a short amount of time and even discovered she was a lead singer of an 80s band called Y Kant Tori Read (who had some really good songs, I might add). I learned that she had a traumatic experience in her past and used her music to help cope with it.

While I was still in college I learned that she was going to be performing in a town nearby. I asked Jacob if he would go with me to see her.  I had NEVER seen her in concert and wanted to SO badly.  I didn't know if Jacob would go for it because, well, let's face it, her music doesn't sound like Megadeth, Judas Priest, or Iron Maiden.  He proved what a great guy he is by agreeing to take me to see her in concert. We went and I remember thinking how perfect it was.  I remember the next time we saw Jacob's mother she asked how the concert went.  I, very excitedly, said, "It was perfect.  Her dress was perfect, the music was perfect, she sounded perfect!"  She laughed.  She wasn't laughing at me (or maybe she was and I just didn't care), but I'm sure I seemed like a 12-year-old who had just been asked on stage by Joey of NKOTB or something. Ha. Honestly, though, while Jacob and I sat in the concert and I listened to her sing and play her piano I DO remember thinking, "this is perfect."  It was one of my favorite trips with Jacob and I'm so glad he agreed to go with me.

Some of my favorite Tori Amos songs are:

"Cornflake Girl"
"1000 Oceans"
"A Sorta Fairytale"
(This is only a few!)

 I have a great deal of respect for Tori Amos and her music -- she continues to be my all-time favorite artist.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 12

Yesterday I blogged about something I hate.  Today I get to talk about something I love.  It's all about balance, right?

I decided to blog about fall.
Fall is my favorite time of year.  The leaves change and everything looks so pretty!  The weather changes and gets cooler.  You can pull out your sweaters and hoodies but don't have to mess with a heavy coat.  There are pumpkins everywhere, people drinking apple cider, and children excited about Halloween.  Thanksgiving arrives and children make turkeys in a number of different ways,  pumpkin and pecan pies are abundant, and leaves pile up providing a fun play place for children.  I have always loved fall.  I look forward to it each year! 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 11

I am supposed to post a picture of something I hate today.  I could go with cucumbers, which I hate, or an annoying trait or action that I hate, but for some reason something else came to mind.  At first, I was going to post pictures of the boys when they were sick recently and write about how I hate it when my kids are sick.  I do hate it!  Then, something else popped into my head and I just had to post about that.

Something I hate is a show that Jacob enjoys.  It's called Mantracker.  

Mantracker is a reality TV show that takes place in Canada. Mantracker has a different guide in each episode.  He and his guide ride horses and chase two individuals (referred to as the "prey") who are trying to work as a team to make it to the finish line without being caught by Mantracker.  Jacob enjoys this show but I have never really cared for it.  I remember the first time I watched it with him I was shocked that the show was basically some rude and arrogant man riding around on a horse chasing two people on foot.  I have seen several episodes and can honestly say that I still dislike this show. A lot of times the "prey" are so annoying that you want them to get caught.  Mantracker seems like such a jerk to me that you really don't feel like rooting for anyone in most episodes.  I have just never liked it.  Sorry, Mantracker! 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 10

Do you remember the person who did the craziest stuff with you?  This challenge was hard for me.  First of all, it's a picture challenge and you have to include a picture -- well, I did my craziest stuff in high school and my freshman year of college and (thankfully) there aren't a lot of pictures of the people I once hung out with and did crazy things with. So, I kept thinking and kept thinking -- all the while wondering if this would be the challenge that I couldn't complete.   Then, suddenly, like being slapped in the face, some one popped into my head.  The person that I did some of the craziest stuff with (and actually have a picture of) is this guy right here . . .

Yup -- it's my brother.  We aren't as close as we used to be, but when we were younger we spent a lot of time together and did some really crazy things.  I remember daring each other to ride bikes with our eyes closed -- I crashed into a parked car and Jeremy hit a curb and flew onto a neighbor's lawn.  I remember climbing a huge tree and Jeremy getting stuck in the top of it -- my dad didn't think it was that funny.  We would wander off together and see what was in different neighborhoods or go down trails while camping that my parents would NOT have let us go down.  We used to live across the street from a small church when we were in elementary school.  We got in trouble once for climbing up the front of it and then another time we got in trouble for sneaking in and searching around the church -- just to see what it looked like.  The woman working didn't seem amused. One time we were on our bikes and a car full of teenage boys stopped and started asking us questions -- then tried to sell us drugs.  We both acted like it was hilarious, but I know he was just as freaked out as I was.  We couldn't get home fast enough.  I remember Jeremy would come up with these crazy ideas -- like unscrewing the light bulb from his desk lamp, putting his finger where the bulb should be, and turning it on -- just to see what happened.  He never did that again! LOL.

THESE are the crazy things that I don't mind sharing or remembering -- so this is what I decided to go with! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 9

Today I get to share a picture of the person who has gotten me through the most.   That person is, of course, Jacob.

He has been a big part of my life for the past ten and a half years.  He has seen me get angry, be upset -- he's seen every side of me.  He's always there to encourage me, make me laugh, and take care of me when I'm sick. 

When we lived in Chickasha I was finishing my last semester of college and he was working three jobs at the university.  He got off work one night at midnight and went to the store and got $40 worth of medicine and soup when I was sick.  We also missed our honeymoon because I had kidney stones -- he was there to take care of me and chase down the nurses in the ER while we were there. Ha.

He does these sweet little things from time to time to let me know how special I am. He makes me feel safe and he goes out of his way to take care of the boys and me -- to make sure we have everything we need. He is the greatest guy and I'm so thankful that he is in my life. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 8

Today's challenge is to post a picture that makes me laugh.  This was hard for me because, well, we have a lot of pictures that make me laugh. The one I decided to use is this one . . .

pudding Logan!!!  This picture makes me laugh every time I see it.  Alex had a pudding cup for a snack one afternoon and he didn't finish it.  He left it on the table and walked away.  Well, Logan grabbed it and started using his hands to scoop the pudding out.  I didn't find him until he was covered in chocolate pudding. I remember turning the corner and seeing him standing there covered in pudding.  He looked up at me and smiled -- those two little teeth showing.  I just started laughing -- he looked so cute and was such a mess that all I could do was laugh.  This picture was taken right before I gave him a bath.  It is one of my favorite pictures of Logan -- and I laugh each time I see it.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 7

Today I'm supposed to post a picture of my most treasured item.  Well, one thing immediately popped into my mind.  But, since I've bent the rules already I thought I'd do it again.  Ha.  I'm going to include my most treasured item and another treasured item that means a lot to me. 

The first item is this . . .

My wedding ring.  You can't see how beautiful it is in this picture, but it was the best picture I could obtain.   I love Jacob with all my heart and I couldn't have asked for a better husband.  I remember the day he gave me this ring, got down on one knee, told me he loved me and asked me to be his wife.  I loved the ring then, but when the wedding band was added to it that seemed to add even more to the ring.  It has been one of my most treasured items for YEARS!  It symbolizes something that is important to me, too.

One of my bridal portraits -- I'm looking at my ring.  LOL!

The other treasured item I want to share is something my Grandpa Jack made for me as a wedding gift.  He made one for my brother's wife and also my cousin, Ann, when they each got married.  He did such an amazing job on them and it is one of my most treasured items!

It has been beaten and banged up by toddlers and had milk spilled on it -- it sits in our living room so everyone who comes over can see it.  I will cherish it for the rest of my life!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 6

If you could trade places with some one for one day who would it be?  This is my challenge for today. 

Who would I pick if I could trade places with some one for one day?  I would pick my youngest son, Logan.

I chose Logan because he lives in his own little world.  He has a huge imagination and he comes up with some of the funniest things.  If I traded places with Logan for a day I'd get to go to Pre-K and have snacks, story time, play on the playground, color pictures, do crafts, and play with my friends.  I'd get to spend my day playing with toys and building things with blocks or Legos.  I'd get to watch TV for a bit and eat fun foods.  I could wear fun pajamas and not have to worry about people thinking I'm crazy -- LOL.  I would have some one to cook for me, help me with things, and take care of me.  I wouldn't have to worry about any of the things adults have to worry about.  I think it would be fun to be 4 for a day -- and even better to be Logan for a day!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 5

Today's challenge is to post a picture of your favorite memory.  One memory immediately came to mind.  I searched for a picture, knowing I had some somewhere, but realized that I only had prints and didn't have any digital prints saved to my computer.  I found the picture I was looking for in Alex's baby book and then noticed other pictures from that memory -- so I decided to include a sort of collage if you will.  The picture isn't the best, but I think you get the idea.

The second day we were at the hospital with Alex there was a moment where Jacob laid on his bed holding Alex.  You could tell he was so proud of his son -- especially after all that happened on Alex's first day of life.  He had so many issues when he was born.  When they finally brought him to the room we thought we were in the clear and everything would be okay.  People came and visited us all day -- we passed Alex around and it was just a great day.  Sometime in the late evening everyone left and it was just the three of us -- Jacob, me, and our precious baby boy.  Jacob would get up from time to time and look at Alex while he slept in his little bed.  He would rub his tiny hands.  He walked over to do this and said, "Shawna? He's blue."  He ran into the hall and shouted, "We need some one in here -- my baby is blue!"  Three or four nurses ran in, looked at him, and without saying anything to us quickly wheeled him out.  Jacob and I were left sitting there wondering what was going on -- why wasn't Alex breathing?  About 30 minutes later they brought him back to us.  We were so relieved!  Because of all that happened on that first day the memory of Jacob laying on his bed and holding Alex on his second day of life is one of my favorite memories.  It is also one of my favorite memories because Alex kept staring at Jacob -- he had this serious expression on his face as if he were sizing up his daddy.  It was the cutest and sweetest moment.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 4

Today's challenge was to post a picture of my favorite night.  When I read today's challenge a certain night immediately came to mind.  And, because it is the night I want to write about, I'm being forced to break the rules because, well, we have no pictures from this night. 

This is an old picture of Jacob and me --  it was probably taken about ten years ago.  It is NOT a picture from my favorite night, but it was taken around that time.  My mom took this picture -- she said she looked over and Jacob and I were just standing there together looking so cute and she snapped a picture.  This was taken near the woods by my grandparents' house.

I could write about the night Jacob proposed, our wedding night, the first night after Alex was born or the first night after Logan was born, but the night I want to write about is a little farther in the past. My favorite night (or at least the one that came to mind for this blog) was August 5, 2000.  Jacob and I had agreed to get together as friends and hang out.  He came to Duncan and we had lunch and went to Kiddie Land to ride the Tilt-O-Whirl over and over again.  We got snow cones and just hung out. It was a fun day -- it was also the day my little car was ill -- my dad was working on it so I drove my mom's car.  My mom hadn't had her car very long and it was the first time I had driven it.  I was driving around with the parking break on and had no idea.  Jacob later told me he knew but he didn't want to say anything and upset me.  HA!  The thing that makes this my favorite night is that not only did we have a blast together but that night I took Jacob back to his car and we sat in my car and talked for a while before he left. It was getting late and suddenly, Jacob looked straight ahead (not at me) and said, "Um, I was wondering if, um, if you would be opposed to us dating."  It was so cute because I could tell he was nervous about asking and he wouldn't even look at me.  I said, "No, I wouldn't be opposed."  I was so excited he had asked!  He quickly turned and looked at me, his face lit up, and he said, "Really?"  HA HA.  We both seemed happy about the decision we had made and he eventually got in his car and I watched him drive away.

It is a night I will never forget!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Challenge Day 3

Today's challenge is to post a picture of the cast of your favorite show.  This actually was a challenge, in a way.  It seemed easy, but ended up being a little tricky for me -- but I figured out a way to do it perfectly.  My first thought was, "Is this supposed to be my all time favorite show or my current favorite show?"  Then, as I thought about the two I realized that my all time favorite show and my current favorite show have a simlilarity -- that similarity sort of makes this challenge a bit more fun for me!

My ALL TIME favorite show is Gilmore Girls.  I could watch this show every day (over and over again) and never get bored with it. I have always loved New England and one of the things I love about Gilmore Girls is that it was filmed in New England.  It's so beautiful! The town of Stars Hollow is such an amazing little town -- when you're watching it you wish you lived in Stars Hollow. The characters are so likable that you wish they were real people -- and that they were your friends. Lorelai and her mother have a difficult relationship -- they try to make it work, but something always happens.  However, Lorelai's relationship with her own daughter, Rory, is nearly perfect.  They are best friends and get along so well that at times you forget that they are mother and daughter. Lorelai and Rory LOVE to drink coffee.  There is coffee drinking in every episode, which I can relate to! One very unrealistic thing about the show that I both love and hate, is that they eat fatty meals and junk food every day and they NEVER gain and ounce.  I love this because -- wow, what if that were true and we could eat  whatever we wanted and not have to worry about it being healthy.  I hate it because, well, obviously, it's not true.  So sad. LOL.  I could go on and on about this show, but I think you get the point.

And, very quickly, let me talk about my current favorite show. I had heard about a new show called  Parenthood but didn't think anything of it.  Jacob and I have a hard enough time keeping up with our shows and I didn't know how we could we possibly add another one.  I noticed people on Facebook and other places talking about how great it was -- and curiosity got the better of me. We added it to the DVR and watched it.  I watched it and I loved it.  I was pleasantly surprised that Lauren Graham, who I loved as Lorelai on Gilmore Girls, was one of the cast members in Parenthood.  I found that the son, Adam, and his family was a lot like our family.  Adam has a job that stresses him out and tends to make him feel miserable and overwhelmed sometimes.  It reminded my husband and me of his job.  The mom is a stay-at-home mom, which I can relate to, and their son, Max, has Asperger Syndrome and they go through their days trying to deal with it.  This hit close to home for me because I remember watching it and thinking, "Yes, I understand!" because we are trying to deal with all the things going on with our oldest son. It is just a show that I really enjoy and I can relate to it -- it serves as a reminder that we're not alone and other families are going through life the same way we are!

Oh, and thank you, Lauren Graham, for keeping me so entertained!  I appreciate it!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Here, Let Me Explain

No, I'm not comparing myself to Wonder Woman, although any mother has every right to do so!  I have been using a blog (that was created to allow gushing over my two boys) to write about things that aren't related to my boys. (Are you still with me?  Okay, let's keep going.)   It occurred to me that, while being a mother is THE most important part of my life, there is more to me than just being a mother.  What if I want to blog about something that has nothing to do with my boys?  I decided to create another blog for those thoughts and random events I'd like to blog about that aren't related to two little misters.

Let's talk about the title for a minute.  Why did I go with a title like Wonder Woman's Castle?  Well, I think Wonder Woman is pretty cool.  She is my favorite super hero and I am SO pleased that once upon a time some one thought to create a super hero for us girls.  For some reason when I was trying to come up with a name for this blog Wonder Woman popped into my head.

Now onto the explanation of the term "castle" in my title.  I have always heard that a man's home is his castle.  Why?  Why is a man's home his castle?  Why do we not hear, "A woman's home is her castle?"  Can't it go both ways? Yes, I am aware that in the "good ole days" men would come home from work and read their paper or listen to the radio while the woman prepared dinner or cleaned.  This is not the Good Ole Days, though.  This is 2011 and I am pretty sure I live in the real world -- where I can enjoy my home just as much as my husband.  Am I right?   I do NOT live in a castle -- who really does?   My home is my safe place.  It keeps me warm, it keeps me dry, it keeps me safe, and most days it keeps me very well entertained.  It isn't the size of a castle, but aren't their little castles somewhere . . . out there . . . in the world?  I'm sure there are.  Even though my home doesn't look like a castle it is MY home and just as good as any (small) castle.  I have always liked castles and therefore decided to use a castle in my title.

Now that we are all on the same page -- and everyone is aware that I have not lost my mind.  (I am not running around in a skimpy outfit convinced I am a super hero slinging the rope of truth.  Nor do I believe my home is a huge castle with a large moat surrounding it.)  I simply took two things I love that do NOT go together and I forced them together.  The great thing is that when it comes to writing you can do just about whatever you want.  I could make Wonder Woman live in a castle if I wanted to -- it's just that simple!

From now on, all future posts that are not about my children will be posted here!  I know you can hardly contain your excitement so just for you I plan to continue my 30 Day Challenge blog on THIS blog starting tomorrow (with Challenge #3).

So until then, enjoy your castles and try not to make Wonder Woman angry -- she is an Amazon, you know. ;)