When my husband, Joe, and I got married, I was twenty-one and he was twenty-two. I was still in college working hostessing shifts when I could and he worked as a server at a restaurant in town. Broke and living paycheck to paycheck, our wedding rings were the last thing on our mind. This was an expense and at the time, we didn't need another bill.
An aunt of mine worked at a jewelry shop in the mall and helped us pick out a wedding band for me. All and all the band cost no more than a hundred dollars. My grandfather gave my then fiancee his first wedding ring, the one he wore when my grandmother and him first got married, a plain white gold band. To this day, he still wears this band.
Recently, my mother-in-law has been preparing to sell her city home so when she retires, she can retire at her beach home. Cleaning out closets and drawers that have sat untouched for years, she ran across a small diamond ring Joe's father gave her when they first were married. Donning another man's
Blog Posts by Leigh Ann Fisher
When my husband, Joe, and I got married, I was twenty-one and he was twenty-two. I was still in college working hostessing shifts when I could and he worked as a server at a restaurant in town. Broke and living paycheck to paycheck, our wedding rings were the last thing on our mind. This was an expense and at the time, we didn't need another bill.Read More »from Does Size Really Matter: The Wedding Ring
A couple of years ago I tried out for American Idol. I grew up singing in church, school and took lessons for many years. I not great but I not terrible either. I waited for almost eight hours to try out in front of one judge who looked five years younger than I. Many times I almost walked out but at the time I had just been an extra in a movie that what filming in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee-- Black Snake Moan. I understood that filming and TV take time. As an extra in Black Snake Moan, I arrived at five in the afternoon and did not make it back home until six the next morning. In a way, I was prepared for the wait. The thought that I may get the chance to sing in front of millions was enough to keep me going. This was a big dream for me so I waited. After the grueling hours of waiting, I was turned away. After seeing many people who had dressed in costumes and skimpy dresses get through to the next round, I was disgusted at what Reality TV was really all about--ratings and ofRead More »from Reality TV: A hoax and sometimes a killer
With Sacha Baron Cohen and all the hoopla over his stunt with Eminem, many may have overlooked these disasters. Not I.
- Leigh Ann Fisher | Love + Sex – Fri, May 29, 2009 4:34 PM EDT
Reaching out from behind bars, Drew Peterson is looking for some lady lovin! The accused murderer of third wife, Kathleen Savio, who once proposed a "Win a Date With Drew" contest is now proposing a new contest. "Win a conjugal visit with Drew "Read More »from User post: Who wants to win a conjugal visit with suspected murderer, Drew Peterson? Step Right Up!
"I know we can't do the date with Drew anymore," Peterson said. "But I'm thinking what we should do is like, win a conjugal visit with Drew. Let's do that."
Really, ladies are you going to sign up for this one? Step right up! I'm sure Mr. Peterson will be so sweet and tender... A one night stand behind bars, does Drew Peterson think women are this stupid?
Hey, whay happened to his girlfriend, Christina Raines? I thought they were together?
How about moving in with a suspected murderer? You up for it?
- Leigh Ann Fisher | Parenting – Fri, May 29, 2009 4:07 PM EDT
Should children wear T-Shirts with profanity on them?
I feel a little sick a mother would dress her child in a shirt with this word on it.
What are your thoughts?
Are you a Crocs fan? My kids wear them and I love them for my kids. They are easy to slip on as we head out the door and with one less headache out of the way makes a happy momma. As a teacher in a past life, I couldn't stand them because when children run in them, somehow the kid winds up on the ground with a busted knee or chin.
As an adult, I haven't bought any though they look comfortable enough. Maybe for working in the yard or something but for public walking? I'm not so sure.
What's you take on the whole Croc thing? Yay or Nay?
User post: Jen's Friends Tell Her to Move On: Why can one person make you feel like you need a lifetime to get over it?By Leigh Ann Fisher | Work + Money – Wed, May 27, 2009 9:28 PM EDT
Mostly everyone who has entered into a relationship at one time or another has been forced to deal with it ending. The tears and the heartbreak, the phone calls to friends who listen as you rehash every moment spent with that other person. "But he was different, so sweet. Remember when he bought me that stuffed cat when I was sick because he knows I love cats but am allergic? Remember how I teared up and then he did too?" Sniffle, sniffle, blow, blow... "Why doesn't he love me anymore?" Let the breakdown begin.Read More »from User post: Jen's Friends Tell Her to Move On: Why can one person make you feel like you need a lifetime to get over it?
My heart was crushed by my first boyfriend. He tried so hard for me to go out with him at first and I always said no. I wasn't interested. I thought he was odd. As he kept on and on, infiltrating his presence within my group of friends, I began to look at him another way. Soon enough I agreed to go on a date with him. We hit it off and did the whole boyfriend-girlfriend thing. No sooner than I was picking out "our song," he was off smooching some girl behind the bushes. It took
- Leigh Ann Fisher | Parenting – Wed, May 27, 2009 4:23 PM EDT
We all save up for them. We all need one. Vacations help breath life back into your routine life and when they arrive, you want to make the most of them. Whether it's a trip across country or state, whether it's taking in the theme park you've been saving for years for, whether it's hanging on the beach. A plan for the day will help ease tensions that may run in the family.
7 Helpful Tips
Breakfast: Eating together first thing in the morning will bring everyone together and bond the day together. Parent's get your morning coffee!
A Morning Sightsee: A stroll through the lobby of your hotel to look at the koi swimming in the fountain, a walk on the beach, or a quick trip to the convenience store for daily snacks for the road trip. Seeing things together provide conversation materials for the day.
A Plan: What are you doing for the day? Prepare for accidents but don't get hung up on it. Things happen and those will be the memories you remember. Don't forget to laugh!
I have traveled my fair share in my years. As the only grandchild for sixteen years to grandparents who gassed up their motor home and stayed in the road, I have seen more states than not.Read More »from The Six Worst Travelers: Don't be one of them!
I've seen and driven
through Yellowstone National Park, enjoyed Walt Disney World multiple times, taken the ferry over to Mackinac Island off the Northern Michigan shore, seen Mount Rushmore and tanned many time at Gulf Shores, Alabama, Destin, Florida, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As a follower of the band Phish, my husband and I drove from San Diego through Los Angeles and San Francisco up to The Gorge in George, Washington. We've also driven through much of the southeast.
Along the way, you have friends and family member who join you on your travels. Whenever you are in close proximity to people, tempers can flare and personal differences become evident. I have compiled a list of the worst travel companions you can have. Please take a moment and never become one. It will
User post: Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery? Devout Religious Man Mel Gibson Breaks Cardinal Rule as the World WatchesBy Leigh Ann Fisher | Love + Sex – Tue, May 26, 2009 5:24 PM EDT
After writing, directing, producing and selling The Passion of the Christ, which grossed $611,899,420 worldwide, Mel Gibson has left his wife Robyn of 28 years and seven children to play around with Oksana Grigorieva. Mel Gibson publicly laughed and acknowledged his girlfriend is pregnant on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "I guess I'm Octo-Mel."Read More »from User post: Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery? Devout Religious Man Mel Gibson Breaks Cardinal Rule as the World Watches
Without the ink even dry on the divorce papers, Mel Gibson, devout Catholic, has committed adultery and now is expecting a child with another woman. He has also stated when asked by Leno if they would wed, Gibson says: "Why would you get married twice?" Does the Bible in which you promoted in your movie The Passion of the Christ, not state thou shall not commit adultery? Does it not promote marriage? Is the public not supposed to feel an out cry of hypocrisy by the your actions?
It seems to me Mel Gibson has taken a turn in his beliefs. With multiple run-in's with the law dealing with his alcoholism, his actions of adultery that have lead to