She would be my best friend…..

Nancy Astor (1879-1964)

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Nancy Astor, born in Virginia, married an English heir, Waldorf Astor, as her second husband. When her husband was elevated to the House of Lords, Nancy Astor ran for his seat in Parliament, and became, in 1919, the first woman seated in the British Parliament. Nancy Astor supported women’s rights and, during World War II, worked to keep up the morale of the British people and American troops stationed in the Plymouth area near her home.

Nancy Astor was known for her sharp wit.

Nancy Astor Quotations

• We are not asking for superiority for we have always had that; all we ask is equality.

• Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.

• In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance, he laid the blame on a woman.

• I married beneath me — all women do.

• We women talk too much, but even then we don’t tell half what we know.

• One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.

• My vigor, vitality and cheek repel me — I am the kind of woman I would run from.

• The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.

• Years ago, I thought old age would be dreadful because I should not be able to do things I would want to do. Now I find there is nothing I want to do after all.

 • I refuse to admit that I am more than 52, even if that makes my children illegitimate.



REAL dogs…not other models!

Hope you can join me on Sunday when I walk the runway with some Denver Dumb Friends League furiest friends that are up for adoption!
This Sunday August 1st

At Ling & Louie’s Northfield Stapleton and Ling & Louie’s 16th and Larimer.  

 3:30-9:00pm There will be 4 fashion shows with models walking the dogs available for adoption. One show every hour.

Then from 8:00-9:00pm will be a complimentary Beer Tasting from Tommyknocker & All “Tip” donations will go directly toward the Denver Dumb Friends League!

$20 4 course beer tasting ($10 of every $20 tasting will go directly to the Denver Dumb Friends League.

Every one who gets the beer tasting will get a raffle ticket to win prizes through out the entire event.
The Beer Tasting is compliments of Tommyknocker Breweries~

Louie’s Lemon Grass Wheat- paired with Shrimp
Ornery Amber Lager- paired with Chicken
Maple Nut Brown Ale- paired with Beef
Tundrabeary Ale- paired with Banana Carmel Spring Roll

YUM!  Fun, Food, & Beer! All for a great cause! See you then!



This has been my morning for the past 2 1/2 weeks. It is the coffee stand in the Radiation waiting room at University Hospital where Em and I have been every morning bright and early at 8:30am.   (Since so few children have radiation the kids from the Children’s hosptial head over next door to university and get radiated there).

It’s like a little family. The same people every day at the same time.  D was going in before Em every morning and now she is in bone marrow transplant.  A brought Em a beautiful porclin doll and we sit and talk while I wait for Em.  Grown up D is there everyday and we catch up – she’s usually in and out fast!  M brings her plush dog to hold. And there are 2 guys who come together everyday but we have yet to talk to them. 

I am always half asleep and my voice sounds like I had a gender reassignment surgery …until I have my coffee.  It makes me smile every morning while I pour “GOOD COFFEE” and how the Decaf is just labeled “Decaf coffee.”  So now the world is in agreement with me.  Only caffinated coffee is GOOD!  (why the hell else are you drinking a cup of tar anyway?)

Children, divorce, men


Em’s dad has no ass.

I on the other hand have a lot of booty for a white girl. This is not just my opinion, I was in a fashion show last year and came out of the restroom and these 2 gorgeous African American girls look me up and down and go “wow you got ass.”

Another time I was trying on clothes for a different fashion show. I step out of the dressing room. The stylist looks at me and says “you’re a white girl with a butt!”


So my ass which I have hated since I was a teenager now plagues me as I only attract men that like booty.  I will never attract a boob guy. I have none. 

If there was a procedure that magically migrated the fat from my booty to my boobs I’d be the first in line to sign up. (well as long as it didn’t involved needles and blood – can’t take blood!)

So I wonder how my daughter will be built.  She is already tall – always 90th percentile. (poor girl) Will she be plagued with my Geraghty white girl booty or will she take after her dad’s no ass family.  I mean not a one of them – men or women – have ass. Nothing. Flat as can be.   I wonder how they can sit for extended periods of time without any padding down there?

So a few days ago we are driving in the car.

Em starts whining.

What now? (4 year olds apparently come with built in whining.)

She starts complaining her butt hurts in her car seat.

I ask “why is that Em?”

She dramatically cries

 “I don’t have a Geraghty butt I have a McLaughlin butt!”

And bursts into tears.

Well at least we know she gets her drama from me.

** Side note – a few short days after the traumatic incident reported above I was shocked to know that women in America want my butt!   Check it out….



April 2nd 2008 my life changed forever. My now ex husband was arrested that night for 3rd degree domestic violence assault against me. The man who I had spent 8 years with overnight turned into someone I didn’t recognize, didn’t know, and would spend the rest of his life obsessed with “getting back at me.” The months that followed included what I now call my “Divorce Diet.” I went from a size 8 to a size 4 without trying. I couldn’t eat I was so upset. However my body also had this strange physical reaction. My stomach would be in knots in a way I had never felt before. I cross between nausea and pain. My heart pumped faster. I felt shaky. It made sense to me that I could experience a physical reaction to life as I knew it crumble around me and nothing, especially me, would ever be the same again.

However I have had this experience 4 times now since then. This severe physical reaction when I find out someone is lying to me. At first I thought it was just about getting my heart broken. It’s not. It is directly correlated to lying. Now coincidently sometimes lying breaks your heart, however it’s the lying that causes the reaction. It’s a bizarre new physical feeling my body has…and it sometimes starts even before I know “for sure” I am being lied to. It’s like my bodies secret way of confirming my fears….especially since I have lost touch with that little intuitive voice women are just supposed to have. Now my intuitive voice is a stomach wrenching nausea induced weight losing diet that lasts 48 hours.

First time after the incident with my ex that this happened is what I now loving refer to as my “crazy story.” I guess every girl gets one in her lifetime. Only a handful of human beings know the full details of my most embarrassing mortifying moment of my life ever. All sanity left my mind and I was taken over by a crazed, car hoping, stiletto fence jumping woman. All because I found out a man had been lying to me. I have now given this man the best “I dated this girl one time and she was crazy….” story ever. I will chalk it up to rebound after marriage and I vow I will never be the “crazy” again. I spent 2 days in bed. Told my family I was sick. 48 hours and 5 lbs later life went on.

The second time was the first guy I actually fell for after my divorce. I had never dated anyone who shared the same religious beliefs as I did but also shared the same work world I have. I was in front of the camera, he was behind it. I had my best “date” ever with him and for the first time I was with someone who I loved to do things with because they were things I loved to do not just because I was doing what he loved. He broke my heart. While he would probably argue he didn’t “lie” to me I felt just as deceived – one week him telling me he wanted to be with me and make things work and the next he just “woke up and felt different.” 48 hours and 5 lbs later and a good month of zero contact with him. Life went on (oh and it helped that he soon after moved out of state)

Third time was after going to court with my Ex Husband who lied in his 2 motions to the court and then out right lied on the stand. I have since learned that in Colorado if you perjure yourself in a civil case no one will prosecute you. I especially loved when he said “I know for a fact Tara got high in Amsterdam.” (Note I have NEVER in my life gotten high (I know I’m an endangered species) and I have NEVER been to Amsterdam) The court ruled that my alcoholic ex was not a danger to our 4 year old daughter who has cancer. That he could continue his parenting time, administering piles of medications, and probation would keep him sober (regardless of the fact I have 5 incident reports of him drinking all while being monitored) I went back to the PICU at Children’s Hospital and cried for 1 solid day. 48 hours and 5 lbs later…life if still going on.

And now the most recent. The guy I had been dating is now jerking me around. Thru the Lodo grapevine I hear he has reunited with his ex (the same ex I asked him about on our second date). He claims he hasn’t. I openly admit I definitely have trust issues. I mean 8 years with a pathological liar that’ll do it to ya. So maybe I need to trust more. However 2 days later he blows me off and then leaves to go out of town for 7 days. You know how you know in your gut when it just doesn’t all add up? This is one of those times.

So now it’s the 48 hour mark. I woke up this AM and looked at my stomach. Completely flat and completely fabulous. My waist has thinned out and my hip bones have the perfect curve. I step on the scale. 126.5. 5 lbs gone. I breath I sigh of relief. Life is about to go on…..



Just had the best meeting ever with Tara Jacobsen of http://marketingartfully.com

She has this amazing video library to teach you everything you need to know about having an online presence (yay! All about doing stuff on my own time!)  And she does a sit down session showing you how to MAXIMIZE your time to get the most $$$ out of your marketing/business.  She really breaks it down…she is awesome and EVERYONE should meet with her at least once!