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Hello Blogland!! I  am so glad this week is almost over!!  Work has been pretty tense all week.  I’m sure you’ve all heard on the news about “Sequestration” and furloughs for government employees. Well–it’s ONLY Department of Defense employees getting furloughed-the rest of the government employees are not affected.  I am one who will be affected. I’ll have 22 unpaid days (1 per week) between now and September 30th. It’s a 20% cut in pay and contrary to belief  I do not make the big bucks AT ALL (I make significantly less than I would do what I do for a private firm) PLUS– the hubster is also a DOD employee so we ae essentially getting a 40% pay cut in total. But hey–still got a job so it is what it is~! Tensions are high here and my co-workers are all in a tizzy. I’m pretty peaceful–when the hubster was laid-off for 18 months we were able to get my. We don’t have an expensive lifestyle, thankfully.

On to happier stuff! Thanks to all for the encouragement over my bucket list!! I’m hopefully purchasing the turquoise cowboy boot tonite with some birthday loot!! I hope they fit!!

I’ve been a HUGE American Idol fan since the first season. I even went to see them on tour–the year Carrie Underwood won. I was a Bo Bice fan, though. And I’ve gone to see Elliott Yamin (my all-time fav idol!!) in concert-which was amazing as this guy has such a throwback soul voice!

I’ve been watching the auditions and last night I picked my pony in this race.  Not the best singer, not the prettiest or most marketable but dang this gal is REAL!!  She’s her own unique person and not a cookie cutter generic singer like so many others! She is proudly flying her freak flag!!

The amazing Zoanette Johnson!

The amazing Zoanette Johnson!

This girl is FEARLESS!!! She played the drums and sang an original song during Hollywood Week. Last night she came out and wowed with an emotional “Circle of Life” from The Lion King. She got a standing ovation and brought Nicki Minaj (judge) to tears.  Here’s a link to her performance:  Zoanette Circle of Life.  Will she win Idol?? I doubt it–but she has so much stage presence and charisma that I hope someone will recognize it and put her on the stage!!

The Diva has decided that, in an homage to her Mexican heritage, that the theme of her birthday extravaganza shall be Tropical Latin!! Think beaches, Sambas and  Rio De Janiero!!  I’m glad it’s not until May because she is expecting quite the blow-out!! I’m thrilled to hear of all the furry guests that plan to come!!

Here’s what I wore Wednesday. The skirt started it’s life as a too big $2 Leslie Fay circa 1990 dress. It had an empire waist that was so  full it looked like you could gestate a baby elephant under it. A bit of seam ripping and sewing and it’s a skirt!!!

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Today I wanted to be bright and colorful even if everyone at work is gloom and doom!! I did decide I need to shorten the skirt a bit as I about killed myself tripping over it!!

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I’m off to slobber over my Aussie TV Boyfriend Keith Urban!! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back Sunday!! Hubster and I are going to a swanky hotel for a marriage retreat this weekend!!

TTFN

Tamera

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Hello Blogland!!! How is everyone today?? It’s ANOTHER cold, grey, rainy & icy day in WEstern Maryland. I am SICK to death of 33 degree rain!! Come on SPRING!!!  I am itching to get in the garden!!

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I decided to come up with a “Bucket List” of stuff I’d like to do in the coming year. Stuff I would or could REALISTICALLY do. Not like “Climb Mt Everest” because a) I hate heights, b) I hate hiking!  These are in no particular order:

1. Put a pink or turquoise streak in my hair when it FINALLY is my natural color!!

2. Buy cowboy boots. There’s a pair in TURQUOISE I’ve seen that I am drooling over.

3. Learn to play the ukulele or mandolin. I play a WICKED tambourine on Sunday mornings at church!

4. Buy a cruiser bicycle to ride around town. Wouldn’t the Diva look adorable riding in the basket??

5. Take belly dance lessons. I got the belly-might as well USE it!!

6. FINALLY visit the art museum in town. I’ve heard it’s really cool. I’ve been to the Smithsonian multiple times.

7. Buy an outrageous rockin’ vintage outfit and wear it to work.

8. Have friends over for a Middle Eastern Dinner Soiree cooked by me.  Maybe I’ll bellydance as entertainment!

9. Audition or compete in a talent contest. Bet you wonder what my talent is!!!!

10. Learn to take better photographs. I’ve got a nice camera. Why do my pictures suck??

I may add more as the year goes by. Do you have a bucket list??

And now to the fashion portion of our show!!! The family got together Sunday to celebrate my birthday and my son-in-law starting his new job (law enforcement!!)  I decided I needed to sear some retina’s!

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Monday was a tiring day-my first back in a week and of course there was a crapstorm to clean up after!!

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I have decided that the skirt I wore today, although I love it in theory, has got to go. It rides up weird no matter WHAT you wear under it. It’s now a bit too big and it hits at an odd place length-wise.  Of course I got a comment about wearing my cow outfit!!! LOL–its flowers not cow-spots!!

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Big Announcement!!!!!

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Mark your calendars for Saturday May 18, 2013. I will be hosting another cyber-party to celebrate the Diva’s 11th Birthday.  She is already demanding quite an extravaganza!!!!! More details will follow!! As she IS an International Style Icon she is expecting nothing less than fabulous party attire from her guests!!!

Well, I’m off to watch my Tuesday TV boyfriend Mark!!! Chat with y’all Thursday!!

TTFN

Tamera

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Hello Blogland!!!  How is everyone this lovely Monday?? First I want to thank everyone who made my cyber birthday party such a smash!!  Best birthday in years!! And all of the sweet well-wishes blessed my heart so much. You guys are AWESOME!! Here’s a quick review of ther party:

There was imbibing of beverages!! Vix's globe bar was emptied!

There was imbibing of beverages!! Vix’s globe bar was emptied!

The music was GROOVY!!

The music was GROOVY!!

We did the latest ,hippest dances!

We did the latest, hippest dances!

We were thrilled by the entertainment!!

We were thrilled by the entertainment!!

No one called the cops!!!

No one called the cops!!! We were able to talk Helga out of going down to the town square and having a photoshoot of her holding the snakecharmer’s snake whilst sitting on the monument!

I can’t wait for next year!!! It will take me that long to vacuum up the glitter and chicken feathers!! Plus i’m finding hotdogs in strange places.!!

Again–y’all made me feel so loved. We are one funky cool tribe!!

TTFN

Tamera

 

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Hello Blogland!!! It’s time to PAR-TAY!!! I am feeling much better ( I lost 6 lbs last week-guess not being able to swallow has some advantages!!) and ready to get my groove on!! Hubster took me out to dinner for Chinese food tonite and tomorrow my daughter & hubby, mom, sister and family are all going out to dinner!!

We went to a couple of thrifts while out and I scored 3 never worn dressy-ish Lands End T-shirts and an Izod cardigan, plus another cardigan and T-shirt all for $9!! My kinda birthday shopping!! Who needs the stupid mall???

Ready to Party???

Frankie and the boys are croonin' some hip tunes on the stereo!

Frankie and the boys are croonin’ some hip tunes on the stereo!

The bar is stocked!!

The bar is stocked!!

The buffet table is loaded with delish snacks!!

The buffet table is loaded with delish snacks!!

Our party entertainment is in the wings!

Our party entertainment is in the wings!

I’ve dressed up and I’m ready to go CRAZY with y’all!! My outfit is full of blogger love-I’m wearing the Leopard Caftan of Awesomeness gifted by the sexalicious Sarah Misfit!

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Buttonflower gifted by  adorable MeganMae. Brass cuff gifted by the colorful Sheila Ephemera. Chunky necklace from the Bodacious Kiwi Wench Helga and the pendant from groovy  hippietastic Vix!!  The scarf is vintage.

But enough about  me. Of course the undisputed STAR of the whole she-bang is the Diva!!! This is all about HER!!

The always adorable DIVA in her new party dress!!!

The always adorable DIVA in her new party dress!!!

MrBill joined the festivities wearing his Tshirt. mostly he stood still and looked pitiful!

MrBill joined the festivities wearing his T-shirt. Mostly he stood still and looked pitiful!

Doggie cuteness!!

Doggie cuteness!!

Mama getting some birthday love from her babies!!

Mama getting some birthday love from her babies!!

Everyone outdid themselves for their party attire!!!

Vix looking AMAZING in her lime halter, purple gloves and aqua wig!!! Dig the fabulous booze holder!! Vix looks like she stepped off the set of an old Sonny & Cher Show episode!

Vix looking AMAZING in her lime halter, purple gloves and aqua wig!!! Dig the fabulous booze globe!! Vix looks like she stepped off the set of an old Sonny & Cher Show episode!

Megan is look Geek-glorious is her homage to Star Trek outfit!!!

Megan is look Geek-glorious is her homage to Star Trek outfit!!! How cute is her new haircut??

Sheila is one red-hot chica in this stunning red party dress!!! You should see how else she styled this dress!!

Sheila is one red-hot chica in this stunning red party dress!!! You should see how else she styled this dress!!

The always lady-like classy, and elegent Curtise in a fabulous maxiskirt and jerkin!!!

The always lady-like classy, and elegant Curtise in a fabulous maxiskirt and jerkin!!!  Curtise lends an air of refinement to any soiree!

Clare started the evening looking retro elegant and sophisticated.

Clare started the evening looking retro elegant and sophisticated. I believe she may have been checking out Vix’s booze globe!!

The sweet rainbow of happinerss Krista nd darling lil Peetee join the fun!!

The sweet rainbow of happiness Krista and darling lil Peetee join the fun!!  MrBill and Peetee are going to spend some time tonite strategizing on how to select the tastiest cat-turds.

We were all settling down when to watch the snake charmer when there was a knock on the door!! I opened it to find the magnificent St. Helga, Queen of the Circus Desiree, the colorful MrsAlnutt and the fedora-rockin’ Artiste Joni on the doorstep. They were a bit late as they had to bail Helga & Wolver-G out of jail. It was something involving public rowdiness and descreating a church art installation. We all knew the charges were FALSE!!!

Helga downed her drink and grabbed Peetee and MrBill to give them a squeeze!!!

Helga downed her drink and grabbed Peetee and MrBill to give them a squeeze!!!

Desiree immediately pushed the lame snake charmer aside and started her own show!! She is the Queen of the Circus!!

Desiree immediately pushed the lame snake charmer aside and started her own show!! She is the Queen of the Circus!!

MrsAllnut brought the hot Latin flair in her outfit of all of my favorite colors!! Besos!!

MrsAllnut brought the hot Latin flair in her outfit of all of my favorite colors!! Besos!!

Joni took one look at the Diva and exclaimed she had finally found the artistic muse she had been searching for her whole life!!!

Joni took one look at the Diva and exclaimed she had finally found the artistic muse she had been searching for her whole life!!!

Anyone else who’s like to join the fun–come on down!! Just email me your pix at tamerakitten@yahoo.com and I’ll add you in!!

Thanks to everyone who are making this birthday one of the best I’ve had in years. I have found my tribe in all of you!!

I’ll be linking up with Visible Monday  and Tah-Dah Tuesday to share all of the debauchery!!  Off to twist with Divine!! Does anyone know where Clare is??

We will be twistin' the night away!!!

We will be twistin’ the night away!!!

TTFN

Tamera

Edited to add: We found Clare out back with a bottle of gin, a plate full of hotdogs covered in chicken feathers and glitter.

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Hello Blogland!!!! I’m finally starting to feel a bit better. Heaven knows I am sick of smoothies and jello!! I wanted to share a sneak peek at the preparations for my Cyber Birthday Party!!

The Diva's new party dress!!

The Diva’s new party dress!!

We will be twistin' the night away!!!

We will be twistin’ the night away!!!

Tasty treats are being prepared!!! Dig the HOTDOGS!!!

Tasty treats are being prepared!!! Dig the HOTDOGS!!!

Since my wardrobe choices this week have been less than stellar-I thought I’d share some more vintage biirthday cards. These are from the 40’s & 50’s era. such sweet illustrations!!

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221b221aDon’t forget to email  your pix of you in your party attire to me by Saturday February 23rd!!!!

Email is tamerakitten@yahoo.com!!

TTFN

Tamera

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Hello Blogland!! Hope your week is going better than mine. I woke up yesterday morning with my throat on fire. Seems I have succumbed to the viral laryngitis that is going around. Super!!! Can’t talk, can’t swallow, crappy fever. I slept almost all day yesterday. I’m up for a bit so thought I’d get another post in with vintage birthday cards! These are all late 60’s and 70’s era!! I adore the bright colors!

Adorable Siamese Cat!!Funkalicious Poodle!

Adorable Siamese Cat!!
Funkalicious Poodle!

Adorable Puppies and Poodles!

Adorable Puppies and Poodles!

Kitten cuteness!!

Kitten cuteness!!

Adorable little girls!

Adorable little girls!

Colorful baby animals!

Colorful baby animals!

More adorable vintage girls!

More adorable vintage girls!

More groovy cuteness!!

More groovy cuteness!!

Well, I’m starting to fade a bit. Time for some medicine and a nap!! I hope to get around and visit y’all later this evening!!

TTFN

Tamera

 

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Hello Blogland!!! I just realized that this will be my 200th blog post!!! How cool is is in my Birthday Week!! I had off today and mostly puttered around the house in mangy sweats so there will be no outfit post!!

I would like to post a picture of me at age 2 1/2.  Like the awesome job I did cutting my bangs?? You should’ve seen my sister when I got done with her.

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In celebration of my Birthday I’m going to be sharing more vintage birthday cards today!!

&0's era!! All of the details are made with real trims and such. So So CUTE!!

Late 60’s era!! All of the details are made with real trims and such. So So CUTE!!

Late 60's or early 70's!! Dig those hot pants!!!

Late 60’s or early 70’s!! Dig those hot pants!!!

&0's era--so feminine and pretty!

&0’s era–so feminine and pretty!

Mid 60's era. I just love the limes!!

Mid 60’s era. I just love the limes!!

Hope you enjoyed the cards!!! I’ll be back tomorrow with more and an outfit. The Diva is already planning a blow-out extravaganza for her birthday on May 22nd!!! She feels the whole month of May shall become DIVA Month!!! Have a great evening! TTFNTamera