Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Mind boggling

It was depressing to see the news today. I watched a broadcast that was telling more about the tsunami and showing more amateur video. The show I watched said the death toll was up to over 80,000 and would probably double that with the ensuing disease from poor sanitation problems. I can't wrap my mind around that.

Seeing all the news about how the earthquake affected the earth was also hard to imagine. The earth's axis changed? Islands and continents moved several meters? The days are seconds shorter? The ocean floorbed was revealed during the tsunami?

I also saw where Clinton spoke about the disaster and then was slammed for doing it before Bush??? Then Bush finally gives a speech after outcries of him not doing it sooner. One viewer to a news show sent in an email that said if Bush really wanted to do something to help, he should send over the $40 million plus it will cost for his innaugeration. Hmm, somehow I don't see that happening.

This message popped up while I was looking around on the internet today and I accidentally hit yes, what do you think it means???

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Vague instructions..

This time I fought the ceiling fan, but won! The design on this ceiling fan was different than I had ever seen so it took some figuring out, plus the instructions were vague. I kept thinking I was missing pieces to put it together but they were on the fan already, not in the box like I was thinking.

So after about an hour and a half of installation/arguement we stood back with the ever present left over pieces/parts and took stock-no wobbles, it didn't come crashing down, and it worked! Here is a picture I found of it-

Other than searching for moving boxes I didn't do much else today besides balance my checkbook (which was depressing). Tomorrow I plan on making some major headway.

The deck is stacked!!

The gods have sneezed?

A robot that eats to refuel.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Dachsunds running everywhere...

I stayed around the house today doing some work. Then I got a burst of energy and lugged out the vacuum, dusted, straightened up and did 5 loads of laundry. I felt bad for not using that energy to work on the house, but I was starting to think I could grow potatos on my end table! It wasn't THAT bad, but it was getting there.

Whenever I bring out the broom or the vacuum my 2 dachsunds go nuts. For some reason they think those two items are horrid. They bark and run all over the house and then end up hiding under the bed or behind the couch until I am done.

Hopefully I'll get another burst of energy tomorrow for the house. I got a really snazzy ceiling fan for the office I want to install, and a new medicine cabinet and light bar for the bath that need putting up.

For some reason we decided to open the gifts up over at the house. Rick snuck over there and put up the tree. The house is bare with drop clothes everywhere and smells of paint, but it was still nice to have the "first" Christmas there.

What a way to wake up!

Watch out for the man in the hat.

Illegal in pink.

Watch that gravy!

Sunday, December 26, 2004

I fought the computer and the computer won!

I had put off a bunch of work this week in preparation for Christmas and today I paid for it. The program I needed to do my work with decided to rebel against me. It took 3 hours but I finally found a way to work it, but the solution erased all my settings.

All in all it was a good trade just so I could get started on my work. I tried to start working at about 3PM (by 4PM I was ready to pull my hair out and throw the computer out of the window) and had all that trouble and finally finished at 11PM.

We also put off working on the house. I hope to get back in the swing of that by tomorrow, or Tuesday at the latest. I just lost some steam this last week.

Christmas was a good day. We ate our tacos, played some board games and had a wee bit much to drink. The hangover I had this afternoon didn't help my computer problems much either! My head felt about 4 feet wide and full of cotton. I finally started feeling better after I had dinner.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas :)

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Happy Holidays

It is still cold with snow on the ground, but not as bad as yesterday-our local paper said there were over 200 reported wrecks. I had to get out in it today to drop some gifts off and buy some wrapping paper.

One of the gifts I dropped off was to my ex. For some reason we are still exchanging gifts. I buy him something for around $10-$15 and he tries to over do it and buys an extravagant gift to show how much better he is doing. This isn't just how I feel, people have told me they have heard him say this.

This year he out did himself even before the gift was dropped off. I called him to let him know I was dropping his gift off at his house on the porch and we exchanged the usual formalities. As I was hanging up he said "Did you hear I bought my nephew a new Range Rover?" I knew his nephew, who I am close to still, was car shopping but he was looking at Chevrolets. Then Paul went on saying that since he didn't have anyone to spend that kind of money on anymore, he bought him one just like the one I got in 2001.

After I hung up, I got a laugh about it. I figured that his dig at me will be a better holiday gift for him than the $15 gift I dropped on his porch.

I finally got all the gifts wrapped, the 2 cheesecake pies and the salsa made. All that is left is the stocking stuffing and watching it all unfold tomorrow! I'm getting excited. I may not have spent the several thousand on gifts that I used to and I drive my Ford instead of the Range Rover, but it is still stacking up to be a Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all :)

Thursday, December 23, 2004

I wasn't dreaming of a white Christmas...

As I sit typing this it is 14 degrees and snowing. I still have to get out in this mess due to my procrastination! Tomorrow is supposed to get warmer with a high of 22!

I got all of my presents wrapped except for a couple that I still need boxes for. I'm hoping I'll be able to find one more roll of wrapping paper and some bows-my bows didn't survive storage and look smashed.

I was getting excited about a traditional turkey and dressing dinner and then I find out today that the dinner fare where I'm going is to be tacos. So instead of the cranberry dressing I planned on making I'll make some salsa. Feliz Navidad!

The top 100 toys of the 70's!

Is your color printer a government spy?

When you just don't have time to post on your blog.

Top 10 net hoaxes/urban legends of 2004.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Last minute shopping...

I finally did some major Christmas shopping today. I got all my gifts bought except one or two. I feel bad that I haven't sent cards out. I always put it off until the last minute until I feel like its too late. I even have boxes of cards I have bought and stuck in a drawer from the last 2 years.

I got my Mom and Dad a DVD/VCR combo. About a week ago, my Dad had seen something on TV that said VCR's were going by the wayside on a news report. When I talked to him later that day, he said "I have been thinkin about gettin one of those new fangled DVD players that everyone is talkin about, I hear they are the wave of the future." And yes, he used the term new fangled. I didn't have the heart to tell him they have been around long enough not to be considered new fangled.

I didn't work on the house today, but it is coming along nicely. I can see it coming all together finally whereas a week ago I felt like it would never get this far. I had planned on going over there after shopping, but I got wore out from all the walking around.

I would never leave my house if I had this!

I take it France doesn't like Big Macs.

Eau de bacon!

Ideas on what to do with the Christmas tree after the holidays.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Weekend Assignment #39: Disappointing Toys

Weekend Assignment #39 is:

Tell us about the toy you had to have for the holidays when you were a kid, only to find out it was kinda disappointing once you had it.

Extra Credit: Tell us the most unrealistic holiday gift request you ever made.

When I was 6, I asked and begged and asked some more for roller skates. All my friends had them. The kind I had in my mind were the kind they had (lace up kind with the stopper in the front) and I just assumed my parents would know that.

So Christmas that year rolls around and I open the box, and it is the old fashioned metal kind you adjust over your shoes. I was shocked. I don't remember if I said anything at that moment. I remember using them a few times and putting them on a shelf in the garage.

I was at my parents house a few weeks back helping my Dad clean out the attic and while I was on the ladder I happened to see them. It brought all that back, and I told my Dad about it and we had a good laugh. I thanked him for them because I told him that I didn't think I did back then.

The most unrealistic Holiday gift I ever asked for was when I was 8. My sister had just got her driving permit and they were giving her the old car (a Comet) while they went and got a new one (a Caprice Classic that I ended up with when I turned 16). I remember we were at the Chevy dealership and I spotted a Vega.

When my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas I showed them clippings from ads that I had saved. I don't remember what I got that year, but I didn't get the Vega!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Christmas is in the air...

I spent all day buying things for the house-blinds, doorknobs, medicine cabinet, ceiling fans, etc. By the time we got everything unloaded and had a bite to eat I was too tired to do anything but hang the 3 blinds in the living room. We went with the "faux wood" pvc blinds. They really look nice and I was glad to find that the prices have come down drastically from the last time I bought them with my ex.

Rick's mother got out of the hospital yesterday and had some errands to run, so in between all of our shopping we picked her up and did her shopping and bank runs. I am just getting to know her and it is great to find we have a lot in common.

The traffic around town is horrible this time of year with all the shoppers. The stores were packed. I could feel that twinge of excitement in the air- and I'm so unprepared that Christmas is 10 days away! I've only bought one gift so far, so I'm in for it this following week trying to get out in the crowds.

I do this to myself every year. One year I bought everything on the 24th. I won't be doing that ever again! One year I was industrious and bought everything online and had the gifts shipped direct to everyone. It didn't feel right, not getting out and doing it the old fashioned way!

I spotted a used bookstore that just opened up (behind Barnes & Nobles no less) and being the bookworm that I am, I just had to stop in. I found The Tales of the City series by Armistad Maupin that I used to have and loaned out or lost over the years. I debated on buying them and put them back. While I'm browsing I hear Rick checking out and then he runs to the car, and comes back in. He tried so hard to be sly that I played along with it!

After I hung the blinds, I went to sit on the porch to rest and someone had a fireplace going-that smell always puts me further into the holiday spirit. I fully intend to enjoy it despite that the tree isn't bought, I haven't packed for the move, I haven't finished the house, and that I have no idea where the energy is going to come from to get it all done in time! 'Tis the season :)

The Guardian released its list of the top 100 websites.

Twist your tongue.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


I took the day off today. I was going to go do some more painting, but decided to hang around the house and watch TV. I had a glass of wine with dinner at 6:30 PM and started watching a movie and the next thing I know I'm waking up and it's 9:45 PM!

My body is revolting from the manual labor on the house. When I woke up yesterday and today I had charlie horses in both legs. Two friends of mine have a cold/flu and I thought I'd better rest so I won't get run down and get sick. I had the flu in earlier October and do not want to get it again.

After 70 degree weather last week, our low last night was 17. I seem to be more succeptible to flus/colds when that happens. I haven't been sleeping well either-so all of these factors made me decide I needed to recharge today. Plus I decided it might postpone that nervous breakdown I have had penciled in on my schedule for the last few weeks :)

I have only got addicted to 2 shows this season. I HAVE to watch Lost on ABC and The Apprentice on NBC every week. I watched Desperate Housewives a few times, I liked it and the writing was awesome, but on Sundays I usually don't have time to watch TV at the time it is on.

I have given up on shows in the past for that reason, I would just forget when they came on or be busy-like 6 Feet Under and The sopranos. I did watch Sex in the City every season but the latter part of the last season of which I am catching up on now. I have stayed caught up with Queer as Folk. I would have like to have watched Carnivale and Deadwood but never seemed to catch them.

The Apprentice and American Idol seem to be the only reality shows I can handle. Wife Swap, The Real Gilligans Island, The Bachelor, He's a Lady, or The Biggest Loser are lost on me.

I got such a chuckle with myself one day while watching a commercial for Geico. If you have seen it, you know what I mean. It is the one where the couple look like they have just got married and are thrust into a house that is too small. They make it look like a real reality show commercial for a few moments and I looked at Rick and said "They've got to be kidding" and when it was revealed as a Geico commercial I couldn't quit laughing! Here it is online if you haven't seen it: The house is too small.

The CitiBank identity theft commercials are a favorite of mine.

This makes me hungry and puts me in the Christmas spirit plus it is a perfect companion for the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich.

Monday, December 13, 2004

The light at the end of the tunnel

I painted, then painted, then painted some more today. I got a lot done. Im looking to be done with it by this weekend.

My life feels like it is on hold right now-just going through the motions getting everything ready for the move. I have neglected my friends and family and ultimately myself.

I am feverishly scrambling to get everything done and feel worn out, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and the holidays cheer me up.

I'm just hoping to be done and organized soon so the Christmas tree will be surrounded by brightly wrapped boxes and not moving boxes!!

I was surprised to see the jury return with the death penalty on the Peterson trial. I was really expecting him to get life in prison.

I was chatting with a friend and she said she wasn't a big proponent of the death penalty. I lean towards indifference on the subject depending on the crime. I can see both sides of the issue. On one hand you have someone who was convicted of killing his wife and unborn baby that doesn't need to be on this planet any longer and on the other you are punishing someone who murdered WITH murder. With appeals I'm sure it'll he will be around a long time.

Personally, I'm glad this verdict came out the way it did, I get the same horrid feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think of Laci Peterson and her unborn child being murdered that I feel when I think of Sharon Tate and her unborn child dying the horrid way they did. I like to think a higher power will take care of it all and what we do is insignificant.

You mean the picture wasn't accurate?

This psychiatrist needs to see a psychiatrist.

Who says the U.S. doesn't have any wilderness left!

Long weekend

I kept meeting myself coming and going this weekend. Every spare moment was spent painting on the house. I have one more coat to go and then the trim. It is coming along nicely. The color I chose, a medium tan called Gobi desert, was darker than I expected, but I am happy with it.

I did have some time to play. I went out to a club Friday that was having a variety show benefit for a local charity to gather coats for children, and then Saturday I went to a friends house and we played board games. I hadn't played "Sorry" since I was a kid and forgotten how fun it was.

Our weather has been summer like, in the 70's which has been nice. I took the dogs with me to the house while I painted and let them romp in their new backyard.

Rick is doing so much better that he isn't needing the pain pills anymore. The scar is healing nicely and is already hardly noticable. The doctor suggested vitamin E oil and supplements for about 6 months to help fade it even further.

I'm too pooped to even attempt Weekend assignment #38 and it sounds like a fun one. Take a look and have a chuckle!

My friend Ginger has finished her novel My Immortal that she started for National Writing Month. She is still tweaking it, but check it out on her writing journal if you are looking for a good read. Feel free to comment and/or offer suggestions.

Now that is a tea with a kick!

Amazing aerial pictures taken of San Francisco less than a month after the earthquake in 1906.

Shaken, not stirred!

I won't be retiring in Britian!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Never a dull moment

The plumber finally shows up and the water that he spotted under the house yesterday turned out to be a leaky sewer pipe-not the leak causing my meter to spin in high gear. Then he spends some more time searching, finds another tiny leak, but not enough to be serious. He gives me an estimate on these 2 repairs and I need smelling salts. And this doesn't even address the major leak.

He finally uses this t-bar rod and starts poking around the back yard looking for soft spots. After about a hour he finds an area that is heavily soaked about 2 feet down. It turned out that right next to it was a hole in the sewer drain and all that water was going straight into it instead of making a noticable water spot in the yard. I was so relieved. He patched in some new pipe and that made the meter calm down and my water pressure go up. It was higher than I thought, and I still have to repair the other 2 problems later, but I felt so much better.

Then we get a call that Rick's Mom is being taken by ambulance to the hospital. Turns out she has a highly contagious viral infection and we're told not to visit. The doctor was finally able to alleviate her intense pain and 104 degree fever, and her coloring is back-so hopefully she is on the mend.

Just as I was winding down from a stressful day, having ate and watched a movie, I get a call at midnight from another renter who tells me their heater is on, but they can't control the temperature. This sounds fun! I have to try to squeeze that in tomorrow when my day is already full.

Never a dull moment around here lately! At least I won't have to go Christmas shopping since I've spent my Christmas money on plumbing!!

Leaky pipes

The plumber did not have good news. He says I have a leak under the house to a water inlet pipe. Luckily it is a pier and beam! My access to the crawl space was too small for him to fit into so he wanted to send their "small guy" tomorrow.

Meanwhile my meter is just spinning-so I will probably be looking forward to another high water bill. I'm entertaining the thought of learning to be a plumber just to be able to take care of things like this instead of worrying about how much this is going to cost!

As the plumber arrived we had a sudden rainstorm with major thunder and lightning, then it snowed, then hailed. It was an odd sight to see!

On a good note, we did not hear from the doctor today about Rick's test results. He had said that he wouldn't call if there was nothing to report on the oncology test.

He is feeling much better today, although the healing process is causing the scar to itch really bad-the hydrocodone is helping tremendously. He felt so good earlier on his "high" he said "man, you gotta take one of these, they're great!" I just laughed and said I'll save it for when I get the plumber's bill!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

If it's not one thing, it's another...

I guess playing nurse wasn't enough for me to deal with.

It's plumber time again. I got a call from a lady that lives in the fourplex I am in about a slow water leak at her sink faucet. Then she tells me it has been like this for about a month. Yesterday I get my water bill, I guess it wasn't that slow, the bill was more than double the norm. The cut off valves to her sink aren't working either.

Then today I go to do dishes and I turn on my faucet and no water, then finally about 10 minutes later I have water, but hardly any pressure. Then my faucet develops a leak!

Then I find out my regular inexpensive plumber is in jail for a year for DWI. My desperate calls to family and friends for a cheap plumber yield no results. I'll have to bite the bullet and call the plumber I have used before who sees dollar signs when I call!

Those that know me well have heard all about my plumbing troubles this year. I probably shelled out over $1,000 in a 2 month period this summer for a collapsed sewer and a tree that had more roots than I thought biologically possible. That was on a duplex I have-so far my fourplex has been relatively free of plumbing woes (knock on wood).

So I have a full day starting with taking the car to the shop, watching a plumber tally up a bill, a bit of work, and being nurse. It could be worse, so I'll stop my complaining :)

A Vigilante in New Hampshire.

A free Ebook every day for the month of December from

You can find anything for sale these days!

An html cheat sheet.

Everything has a website! From airplane napkins, to piano pedals, to condiments!

Weekend assignment...

A friend of mine on AOL sent me a link to a journal to check out. A feature on this journal is a "weekend assignment". A question he posts for all of us to answer. I think it is a great idea. Weekend Assignment #37

Weekend Assignment #37: We all know what our best personal quality is. What's your second-best personal quality?

Extra Credit: Note a personal quality you wish you had more of.

I had never thought of this before so it took me awhile to ponder at it. My second best quality I would have to say is being non-judgemental. I was raised around family members that would joke or kid around about people that were different. From the moment I could understand what they were saying I always felt that it was wrong.

If I see someone who looks different, acts different, dresses different, has an alternate lifestyle, etc. I do not immediatly judge them based on this. I like this quality in myself. I have met many wonderful people over the years from being non-judgemental.

Extra Credit: The quality I wish I had more of is self control/willpower. I have wanted to quit smoking and just can't quite let it go. If there is chocolate around the house I'm going to eat it NOW! If I'm out shopping and I see something that I want but know that I really don't need-80% of the time I will buy it. This is my least favorite quality of myself and I fight it everyday.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend :)

Friday, December 03, 2004

Bedside manners

Rick had his surgery on Thursday and it went great. We are still waiting for the lab reports to see if there were any cancerous cells in the tumor, but the doctor didn't seem to think that was a possibility.

He had mild pain yesterday but a mishap today removing the bandages caused him to almost blackout. The doctor told a nurse to removed the bandages and that there wasn't any sutures connected to the drain tube...there were. It wasn't a pretty sight and now he is on a demerol drip and feeling no pain...or knows who he is...or what month it is!

Actually he isn't that out of it and he is in good spirits. Hopefully he will get to come home tomorrow. The hospital that he had his surgery at has been a great place. All of the people there have went out of their way to do everything to make him, as well as the visitors feel right at home. Here are a couple of pictures of the patient:

This is probably why women live longer than men!

Now where is the giant baked potato?

I thought three were too many!

More federally funded lies.

Nothing like a good ole antique toilet!

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Moving day approaches...

It will be interesting to move again. I have rarely moved in my life. This will be the 4th time.

The last move was an odd one since I was leaving behind a lot of stuff. I was so ready to get out I didn't take everything I should have and a lot of it is still in boxes in my garage. I moved into an apartment that was about the size of my master closet on my last house! The new house is a decent size, so it will be so nice to stretch out.

The other major advantage I'll be gaining is privacy. I live upstairs in a 4-plex that I own. My tenants are really good, but the usual noises abound. I can hear them and they can hear me. If I get the urge to vacuum at 3AM I will now be able to!

I have always been the kind of person that knows exactly where everything is. I am still that way for the most part other than I will be sitting there thinking of something I haven't seen in awhile and then realize that I left it behind. I hate that. My ex, Paul, has been pretty nice about letting me get some of those things, but not all of them.

I decided a few weeks ago, to let it go and focus on the new things in my life and not look back. I have a lot to be thankful for. My friend Kristen sent me a nice email that helped me to re-focus and to look at things different. If you are reading this Kristen, if I didn't send a proper thank you, I am now! I got out of the relationship what mattered the most-my real friends, my sanity, and me. The rest can be replaced :)

And you thought a gallon of gas was expensive!

Wonder if this is true?

A roadrage solution? (Some language, not safe for work or if kiddoes are around)

Just when you think you have seen it all, you find something that proves you wrong!

Monday, November 29, 2004

Is it really almost December???

Where did the year go??

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I ate too much and bummed around all day. I went to Rick's family dinner for the first time and it turned out pretty good, I was a bit nervous of how my being there would be taken. Other than his Dad not saying one word to me or looking at me, it turned out great. I even made everyone who cooked sit down and eat dessert while I did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen!

We got a lot more done on the house this weekend too. Now it is down to the painting and hardwood floors and then I get to pack, oh boy. Luckily I had a few friends offer, I repeat offer to help move! I didn't even have to ask so that was nice. I always try to help people move that need it, so maybe my moving day karma caught up with me :)

Rick's surgery is this coming Thursday, so I don't think we will get much done for a few days after that since I get to play nurse :O Now I just have to find my uniform and white comfy shoes! Do we still have to wear the white hat??!!

There is a summit on just about everything these days!

A great site for us bibliophiles.

Snow White moonlighting?

Watermelons can be huge, tiny, square, triangular, or have their own website.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Thanksgiving wishes

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday, Jeff

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Saying goodbye to an old friend

I had to put my dachsund Rudy to sleep today. He turned 13 in October. He was just tired and worn out with too many odds against him. It was full circle-the day I got him years ago he fell asleep in my arms on the way home and he did the same thing today. May a thousand angels be dancing around you right now. Sleep well old friend.

Monday, November 22, 2004

I want a new drug..

I'm never surprised by the inner workings of our Government, good or bad. But after reading about Vioxx being taken off the market after 27,000 deaths were linked to it and RU-486 getting a warning after 2 people died (not from the drug, but from secondary complications) I was upset.

Warnings about Vioxx had been pouring in from around the world for the last 2 years, warnings the FDA has ignored. I don't feel safe with this system, and felt less safe after reading news reports about why this could have happened.

The makers of RU-486 are based in France and thus aren't allowed to contribute money to any US presidential or other candidate up for re-election. Vioxx is a US manufacturing company and was pulling in about 2.5 billion in sales a year, and were large contributors to GOP campaigns.

Undoubtedly the nature of RU-486 and its use is a big issue, it was barred by the FDA for US use from 1989 to 1993. What if this wasn't an abortion drug from France but a cure for cancer? AIDS? Alzheimer's? These warnings after 2 unrelated deaths would have been a non-issue.

Another issue I read about regarding the FDA is a conflict of interest. Congress has required a "user fee" since 1992 from any drug company wanting a new product evaluated by the FDA. These fees make up more than half of the FDA's CDER annual $500 million budget. (CDER=Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) That makes the FDA seem a little too cozy with the pharmaceutical industry for my taste.

That compared to the hard data from when the "user fee" was introduced just makes it even more of a conflict in my eyes. From 1996 to 2001, the FDA issued about 480 cease-and-desist letters. In the last 4 years, the total has been about 130. Potentially harmful side effects have almost doubled from approved drugs during that time.

But like I said, I'm not surprised. I just feel less safe when I have to take a prescription that is supposed to help me.

Double standards on Drugs

FDA is flexing less muscle

This is off the subject but a well written blog entry about the election and those of us who were upset about it:


Friday, November 19, 2004

Best & worst case....

Rick's surgery is schedule for December 2nd. The doctor gave him the best and worst case scenarios.

Best case-non cancerous-day surgery, in and out.

Worst case-cancerous-radiation if it is localized, chemotherapy if it has spread to facial muscle and nerves and then they would have to take out portions of each leading to paralysis. Of course this is what he has in his mind that it will be, although I think getting something scheduled and setting it all in motion has eased his mind a lot. He was in a pretty good mood after todays visit.

The sun is finally out today-I'm going to go and enjoy it!

More oddities from the internets:

How would you like for this to be your job description?

Is America ready?

They never had toys like this when I was a kid!

So much bounty from nature.

I had to call my friend in Germany to see if this was a real product-it is! Not safe for work or if Kiddoes are around.

This could be really cool or really annoying.


Thursday, November 18, 2004

Putting on a brave face

I'm feeling much better today. We are supposed to have some partial sun tomorrow and then none again until Thanksgiving.

A week ago my significant other found out that he has a tumor. Tomorrow is the day we find out more from the ear nose and throat specialist. I'm trying to put on a brave face for him as he panics and worries-don't tell him that I'm doing the same. I'm trying to be positive and put on a brave face. I think it is working too well, he seems to feel that I'm not too concerned. I also think that he is more worried than he is letting on and I feel that if I start panicking openly to him it'll open that flood gate. We didn't get a thing done on the house today, being on edge about tomorrow. I don't think we will tomorrow either-depends on how the doctors visit goes. This has zapped our energy greatly.

On a positive note, all the news we have heard, and research we have done has been good about the kind of tumor he has. A good friend of ours had a family member with the same kind of tumor in the same place as his and she had day surgery and was back to work the next day. The tumor is near a facial nerve, but the risk seems minimal about any dangers to it and statistically this kind of tumor is 80% of the time benign.

Here is what the internets revealed today:

Big brother will be watching.

I wish I didn't feel like this was necessary to know.

I'm not buying it, sorry.

I can't even keep a small secret.

Be careful what you type.

Ever feel like you aren't clean enough?

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Flying carpet?

I got a lot done on the house today. I did a deep clean on the bathroom that looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a year or two and pulled up the tack strip in the two bedrooms that I took the carpet out of. The carpet layers must have thought this carpet might fly away since they used glue AND staples to hold the padding down as well as used 4 inch nails to hold down the tack strip. I cursed them the whole time! Sadly I will have to have carpet in one bedroom since it was an add on and there is only plywood. Bring on more tack strip and glue!

Alas, after I get all moved in, I have to renovate the apartment I am living in-my work is never done, I just want to get away from it all sometimes.

Here are some of the oddest of the odd stories I found on the internets today:
This story is too sad to be true, this story is too good to be true, this one makes me not want to swim ever again, and this one reminds me of Grandma's cookin.

I recently read a book called Feel the fear, and do it anyway-it was amazing. My friend Ginger told me about it and while I had never been big on self help books, this one changed my mind about a lot of things. It teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. Even if you aren't a negative person but just live or work with one it's worth reading. Check it out, you won't be disappointed. I need to re-read it in fact! I might have not been so down on the carpet layers today!

This toy drove me insane as a child and now it is online!

Hope everyone has a good hump-day :)

Monday, November 15, 2004

Rainy days and Monday???

What a cliche that is! But it is rainy and foggy today which didn't make me want to do anything but laze around.

I did get some things done on the house today-I measured for all the things that were on my "to buy" list. I will get my butt over there tomorrow and work dangit. I did do a little bit of work-I work for a friend of mine that sells celebrity photographs on Ebay. Check it out if you are in the mood for celebrity candid photos, they have lots of them.

Here are a few interesting things I found on the internets today:

Ever wonder if plants grow better if you talk to them?

A man set himself on fire Monday just outside a White House gate and repeatedly yelled "Allah Allah" after Secret Service officers put out the flames and one held him facedown on the sidewalk.

How well do you know the locations of all 50 states? Try this interactive test to find out. I got 92% accuracy with an average of 11 miles off.

Who knew that this was a problem so widespread that it had its own organization? I guess I was lucky to escape this trauma as a child.

I'll leave you with another picture of my dog Petey.

Hope everyone had a good monday :)

Sunday, November 14, 2004

The Fog

I really didn't accomplish anything today other than make my bed. The snow has mostly melted but it was overcast and foggy which led me to laziness-at least that is my story and I'm sticking to it.

I got a lot of work done on the house yesterday. The kitchen is ready. The master bedroom is ready. The carpet is all pulled up. Tomorrow I will start painting and getting the hard wood floors ready for the sealer coat and do a deep clean on the bath. I'll post some pictures soon when I remember to take my camera over there. I hope to be in before the new year...2007!

If anyone happens upon this page please take a look at this website: A Journey to Me. It is a blog that my best friend created a year ago to kickstart her weight loss and personal journey-72 pounds lost in 14 months!! It is really an inspiration even if you aren't needing information on weight loss. She is also working on a novel and we can all watch its creation day by day-pretty good stuff! I'm exciting to see where its going.

Here is a picture of my dog petey that I thought I would share:

I hope everyone has a good monday! Here are some amazing wallpapers for your computer and a great place to find out if urban legends, rumors and emails are fact or fiction.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Snow Day

Our forcast called for 6 inches of snow, I think we are going to get that and more. It is the fluffy flakes which I love. It is a great day to cuddle up with blankets and watch movies!

I went over to a friends house yesterday to un-hijack his computer. He had several things controlling his computer that he inadvertantly got by installing programs with spyware in them. He had 100+ instances of spyware and over 140 viruses. His computer is an up to date newer computer and it was running like it was from the dark ages. If you are having the same trouble, here are some great resources to getting rid of all that and claiming your computer back:

Answers that work-looking at your start up list

Great Downloads

Free Virus scan

More Great Downloads

Q&A Forum with lots of help

I am by no means a proffessional, but these places pointed me in the right direction and provided tons of valuable information and my computer is working pretty good right now. Leave a comment if you have any questions or need additional information.

Have a great day :)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Creating a blog was easy.....

Writing one is hard! I decided today to create a blog, a journal. Not sure why. Several of my friends have them so why can't I! ? It will be just a peek in to my daily routine, my daily rut. Maybe someone will read this and learn from my mistakes.

I am currently remodeling a house. I have a long row to hoe to get it done (can you tell I'm from Texas!). Before I can begin on starting to paint etc., I have to clean it from top to bottom. It is pretty nasty with those smells that belong in places that shall not be named. I love hardwood floors and was very excited to find that the floors under the carpet were in great shape and just need a light sanding and a few coats of sealer. As I was scrubbing the nasty toilet today I had a horrible thought: first: that I was scrubbing the toilet, and second: after I spend a few weeks remodeling I have to pack my apartment (I'm living in one of my rental four-plexes) and move all my crap over! No rest for the wicked.

Just for fun, here is a link that I check out daily for news and fun:


Friday is here thank goodness!