Tuesday, April 24, 2007

And I thought I had a bad day....

Cancer-stricken winner of million-dollar jackpot dies

NAPLES, N.Y. The upstate man who hit a million-dollar state lottery jackpot a month after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer has died.

Friends of 50-year-old Wayne Schenk tell the Canandaigua Daily Messenger that he died last evening at a Syracuse hospital.Schenk's story drew national attention after he won a million dollars on a five-dollar lottery scratch-off ticket in January. A month earlier, doctors told the tavern owner from Ontario County that he had only months to live because of lung cancer.The lottery winnings were to be paid out in 20 annual installments of 50-thousand dollars each.

Schenk tried unsuccessfully to get lottery officials to boost the payouts. When he died, he had received just 34-thousand dollars from his jackpot.Earlier this month, Schenk married his longtime girlfriend. Friends say he made sure he could pass on his winnings to her.


I'm sure there is a trick in there somewhere!

Monday, April 23, 2007

The meaning of life exercise

I found this while browsing the internet a few days ago. I haven't devoted any time to it as yet, it does sound interesting. I'm a bit skeptical, but hey, I'll try anything once!

How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes

Work has been hectic, we have an even Friday and we are ironing out the last minute details as well as doing business as usual. I hit the ground running this morning and about the time I take a breath and look at the clock it's time to go home. I suspect all week will be this way up to the event. The event will be fun and I'm looking forward to it-but I'll be glad when the work leading up to it is over!

I hope everyone had a great Monday :)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

For the birds

The barn swallows are back! This will be the 5th year, although last year they built their little mud nests and some other bird knocked their eggs out and attacked them when they came near. This year if that happens I might be tempted to get a slingshot-I'm partial to these little fellows! I'm sure it's not the SAME couple but maybe it's the young coming back each year to a place they know.

The first year they were really skittish and would fly away every time we walked out onto the porch-then they got used to us and every year since they go about their business as if we aren't there.

I doubt I would go as far as to get a slingshot and kill the squatter birds, but I just hope we don't have to find out!

I hope everyone has a great weekend :)

Building project in Dubai

Dancing Towers
via Unique Daily

For some reason, I like this

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Found via Neatorama

Monday, April 16, 2007

Food O

Rick bought some of this extreme dark chocolate earlier while we were fighting the crowds at wally world and couldn't wait until we got into the car to rip one open and eat it. He ripped one open and ate it-I thought he was going to pass out, he was moaning like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally!

I like chocolate, but I'm not a choco-holic. I tried a bite and it just didn't do it for me. I have been trying to think of what food has this effect on me since then and I can't think of any food I like THAT much.

Our weather this weekend was wacky. We had a huge storm Friday night with 95mph winds that knocked down huge trees North of town, ripped roofs off of buildings and blew car windows out. Then Saturday it snowed all day. Sunday it was windy and cooler and then today it was nice and springlike! Tomorrow it is supposed to storm again.

I finally got my taxes done and was pleasantly surprised I got money back! I suspected I would have to pay in and put it off until the last minute.

I hope everyone is having a great week :)

Monday, April 09, 2007

I Dance Like Elaine

Luckily I only dance when I get drunk :O

I had a pretty good day at work, it went by fast and I got a lot done. We have a few special events coming up that mixed in with the regular events will keep us busy this month.

I need to get more organized-I've been working on that this week. I got tired of missing pieces of paper, items to include in various fliers etc. I'm afraid to throw anything away because I keep throwing things out and then needing them a few days later!

I hope everyone had a great Monday :)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


I had a few moments of feeling wound up too tight again today, but overall it was a good day. I got a lot done at work and nothing at home!

I need to do some spring cleaning around here but I'll have to wait until the urge hits. I'm doing good to get the laundry and dishes done.

Most of my flowerbed plants are coming up nicely, there are a few that still look like twigs but I haven't given up hope yet. This weekend we are supposed to have lower 30 degree weather with the possibility of
snow :O Let's hope it is just thunderstorms.

We had the puppy spayed today, she is not too happy with anyone right now. She is getting around ok, but the pain killers are knocking her out most of the time. The other dogs want to go see what is going on with her, but she snaps at them to get away, but I think she feels safe in her pet porter.

Randy got out of the fence today-and he is a runner. It couldn't have been more than 2 minutes but he was halfway down the alley. He was just sniffing around as if nothing was wrong-saw me and wagged his tail.

It reminded me of the first time Rudy got out. He was probably 2 at the time. I looked everywhere for about 30 minutes all around my neighborhood. Then I got in the car and drove even further, down alleys, everywhere I could think of for another 30 minutes.

Finally I decided to leave my residential area and cross a major street into another residential area across from us. I drove one block and there he was just sitting on a corner under a stop sign as if nothing was wrong. I opened the car door and he hopped in and we drove home.
He was covered in road tar, smelled like garbage and happy as could be.

God, if I think about him too much it still hurts my heart. I miss him so much. He was such a good dog and went through so much with such a great attitude.

I need to take a note from Rudy's book :)

Is it Friday yet?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


For the past few work days I slept through my alarm. I usually don't do that-I've been know to turn it off and go back to sleep, but not sleep through it. I had it on a radio channel that I listen to at work and today I noticed that several times during the day it would just go to dead air. I'm thinking that is what is going on, so I've changed the channel-hopefully that will help

I'm getting nervous about next week. I have a doctors appointment that is pretty sure to lead to surgery-day surgery most likely, but surgery just the same. I've never had any kind of surgery before.

My medical experiences are summed up by an overnight stay when I was 4, stitches three times and normal doctor visits. Never anything that involved anesthesia. I have 7 days left to dread it.

I haven't read anything all the way through in months besides flipping through magazines. I miss it but I just haven't had the urge.

Regarding my mention of a rut yesterday-this was on my page a day calendar when I got to work today:

"It doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop!"

Here is to having a great tomorrow :)

Monday, April 02, 2007

I love a good parody

I do like Fergie, don't get me wrong, but Alanis Morissette makes a great statement about the lyrics of this song-some not safe for work

This video by Pink takes the cake on parodies-also with some not safe for work lyrics:

Not much has been going on lately-I have been mentally, physically and spiritually tired. I have been trying to figure out which to take care of first and how to do it. The rut deepens.

Randy is back to normal. He woke up one day after being out of it for 3 days on pain killers and was back to his old self. I'm so thankful this hasn't resulted in second trip to the vet.

I hope everyone is having a great week :)