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Had a great Thanksgiving

I had a wonderful Thansgiving. I invited 8 other people over for dinner, so I cooked for about 10. That was quite interesting since I really don't know how to cook. I downloaded a ton of recipes from the internet and sent out a shout of help on Facebook. Lots of great advice.

I tried to cook the yams the evening before and I really messed them up. Yes, I messed up yams, let me tell you how I did it. I doubled the recipe and doubled the sugar and all that went in, it was way too sugary, way too sweet, way too gross.

Thinking About Thanksgiving

I am so excited about my first Thanksgiving home. I cannot wait for Thursday. I plan on making a turkey and all of the trimmings. I need help, so if anyone has any great recipies or ideas, please log onto the forum section and add your comment.

I think I might actually bake a couple of pies too. I have no idea how that will work out, we'll just have to wait and see.

I hope Thanksgiving is truly wonderful for each and every one of you. This is a wonderful time of year for us to remember the things we have (or have had in our lives) to be truly grateful for.

Reuniting With Family

My mother comes from a family of five brothers and sisters, she is the oldest. I am the eldest cousin on the maternal side of the family (my father did not have any surviving brothers or sisters, so it is just Christy & I on the paternal side). I have quite a few cousins that I have not seen or heard from since the begining of my incarceration.

I have kept in touch with one wonderful cousin, Nicolette. She came to see me while I was in prison, wrote to me, and was present the day I was released. Today she had a baby shower and I was invited.

Poodle Skirt

Here is the picture of me in costume for Halloween. I dressed up in a poodle skirt and had a great time. I must admit that I did not dance as I said I would because we didn't have music, but I would have.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Halloween!

Don't Be Afraid on Happy Halloween

This is my first Halloween home in over 18 years, and I am enjoying it to the hilt!

I picked out my first pumpkin, bought a carving kit, carved it, and roasted the seeds. It was great!!! The pumpkin is rotted now, so I bought another one.

I am going to dress up in a poodle skirt and dance at a friend's house. I don't know how to dance, but I suppose that is part of the fun. I do know how to do the twist and the swim, so I guess the poodle skirt is appropriate.

Flying Free

It has been 10 months since I have been home. At times it feels like 2 days and at others it feels as if I were forever free. It is taking me the longest time to establish patterns, friendships, and my identity in the world.

At times I feel like such an old soul, and like a newborn baby at others. I am such a walking contradiction it is almost funny.

Flat Tire & Harley Davidson

I had a tire blow out the other day because I hit a curb. I love my little convertible, but it is low slung and I have a hard time seeing over the hood. I seem to hit curbs with the accuracy of a professional pitcher throwing a strile.

I side-swipped a curb and my tire blew out. I anxiously pulled over as soon as I was able to a local business. I walked in the fron door to ask for assistance and was suprised to discover where I was.

Speaking Out

Reading about Mackenzie Phillips speaking out about her incestious relationship reminds me of the first time I spoke out publicy about my past.

I had so many fears, so many doubts, but I was literally in a place where I had to share my past so that other people could understand the tragic decisions I made. I needed support from others and the only way that would happen is if I exposed myself in a way I never had before.

Mackenzie Phillips Speaks Out

Speaking out for the first time is one of the hardest things a person will ever do. I admire Mackenzie for having the courage to come forward.

After speaking out there is always backlash, people's opinions to deal with. Some will believe, some won't. Blogs will be written, people will take sides, etc. Other people's opinions are just that, opinions. We have no idea what really happend behind closed doors, only the two of them know and one is speaking out.

Mackenzie is to be admired for her courage. She has begun the journey of setting herself free from the past. By being open and honest we set ourselves free.

I admire her for her bravery.

Re-Education

I know that is has been awhile since I have posted a blog and I sincerely apologize. I started a college class and I must say the homework has been keeping me busy.

I enrolled in only one class because I wanted to see how I handled it. Would it be hard? Could I fit it in to my schedule? I had quite a few doubts, but I went forward and signed up.

I am taking an English Composition class. I have to write a lot! I have two essays per week and am just now starting to get the hang of it.

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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.

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