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Friday, December 31, 2004


Hope everyone is doing well. I'm drinking Rum Runners and trying not to stress out over the fact that it's raining so I'm cooped up in the house with 7 other people (1080 sq. ft. house...)

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Win some, lose some

I've discovered that I can only send photos to another camera phone for now... until I subscribe to the web service... which I can't afford yet. But I can send photos to a friend who DOES have the service, and she can email 'em to me...

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The best laid plans...

My daughter (14) wanted a camera phone for Christmas. Well, I suppose just a CELL PHONE would be fine... but first Daddy gave her cash... and then her brother told her to keep her cash, he'd get her one... and neither one did. Therefore, my dd was feeling unloved and lied to... among other things, so it was up to me to "save the day" (as mothers are so often called upon to do)

So we went to Verizon and got her the cherished cameraphone... and I ended up getting one too. There goes ALL of my Christmas cash (and hers) but we both now have shiny new camera phones. Wonder how long it will take me to get used to mine and use more of its features? (I'll just be happy when I get my moblog set up correctly: stay tuned!)

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Loner Mode

I don't know if anyone else is like this... but when I clean & do housework, I prefer that no one is in my way. So I like it best when no one is around. In fact... the older I get, the more I prefer to be alone. To read, think, create, clean, whatever. I guess youth's insecurity made me crave company... as I look back over my old songs and writing. But no more. Give me solitude any day!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Loooooooooong days...

Is it all just one LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG day? Or several of them strung together? Kinda surreal having all the kids and their father home all day long for a couple of weeks. I think just having them here wears me out!

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Monday Madness!

1) Which holiday do you celebrate this time of year? (If necessary, modify the following questions to suit your holiday.)
2) Do you begin shopping for gifts earlier than Thanksgiving, looking for the perfect gift? If not, when do you begin?
3) Do you only purchase gifts that you know are perfect for the recipient and if you don't find that gift, do you just get anything?
4) Did you receive or give any "obligatory" gifts this year?
5) Do you decorate your tree as evenly as possible or do you skip the areas that are not visible?
6) Do you like multi-colors on your tree or do you prefer monochrome?
7) Did you bake "traditional" cookies, frost them and decorate them? or did you cheat and buy the ready to bake kind? (like I tried)
8) Are you the host of a holiday gathering? which one? family, work, friends
9) With whom do you spend the holiday?
10) How did the holiday turn out? Perfectly? funny mishaps? miss anyone?

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Which literature classic are you?

Apparently, I am:

The picture of dorian gray
Oscar Wilde: The Portrait of Dorian Gray. I am a
horror novel from the world of dandies, rich
pretty boys, art and aesthetics, and
intellectual debates between ethical people and
decadent pleasure-seekers. I value beauty and
pleasure but realize their dangers, as well.

Which literature classic are you?
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Friday, December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas!

Too busy to be online... just logged on to send out my newsletter and drop a quick post to the blog here. Hopefully after tomorrow morning, things can mellow out a bit!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Almost done...

My feet are killing me but I've pretty much finished with all the shopping I want to do for my family. I may still have to take one or more of my kids shopping for their dad's gifts though. I'm expecting to be online for most of the day Christmas Day beginning to catch up... but we'll see!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Another grueling day...

Ugh. Now the kids AND my husband are home 24/7 until After New Year's. Yikes. Well... at least I can sleep in EVERY morning for a while... except for Christmas Day, of course. I still haven't gotten some of my shopping done... don't know if I can, either. ($$$)

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Will Wonders Never Cease?

Here I sit with a sleeping 3 year old embedded against my chest. My hands rest on the keyboard drawer which I obtained through freecycle months ago but my husband finally installed yesterday (yay!)

I lost my cell phone tonight. I lost it on Halloween, too... and got it back intact both times. Better not push my luck. Next time I may not be so lucky.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Monday Madness!

1. From Becky... How did you learn about computers? Were you self taught?
2. From Tom... What is your favorite color and why is it your favorite color?
3. From Olivia... What one thing going on in the world right now, has the most effect on you personally?
4. From Barb... If you were going to develop your own meme, what kind would you create?
5. From Sherle... Why do you enjoy answering memes?
6. From Teresa... What is your wildest dream?
7. From Mz. Em... Why do you answer these questions?

Friday, December 17, 2004

New Blog

As if I'm not already swamped with things to do, I started a new blog today. It's going to be the book I REALLY wanted to write. It's not a novel... but I do hope to complete it over time... and get great feedback along the way. Keep checking back! I'll post a link on here each time I add more to it.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Two's? What about Three's? Ugh.

My toddler has gone stark raving mad. She is driving us all insane. I can't wait 'til she outgrows this phase.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

sorry, not yet!

I know I've been neglecting you guys... but I'm sure most of you are just as busy as I am with the holidays, so I hope you haven't missed me too much. I'll be finding more time to blog soon... I just need to get my house shipshape first. It's looking much better than it did a month ago!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Up too early, crashing too late...

Such is life. Tomorrow's a busy day, so I'd better get to sleep early and try to get up early tomorrow, too.

I miss blogging. Gotta get back in the groove.

Monday Madness!

1. From Mel... Do you have a favorite 80's song?
2. From Luzja... What's the biggest event in your life to date?
3. From Amy... What's one more thing during your lifetime you would like to learn how to do well?
4. From Susan... what is your earliest childhood memory?
5. From LDH... What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
6. From Beverly and Rosie... Where, When and What is your most favorite memory?
7. From Shirl...Do you fit in?
8. From Sherle... Tell me your favorite recipe then go to Recipe Swap and share it with all of us!

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Not just yet...

I'm still not ready to sit at the computer and do much of anything... but the plus side to that is that I've been getting a lot done offline. Going to bed early, and rising early. So off I go again to do it once more...

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Eliminating CHAOS

CHAOS in "Flylady" language is "Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome"

I have been remaking my house into more of a home, and it's coming along nicely. Unfortunately for this blog, that means I'm not spending much time online. I'll be back though... sooner or later, exhausted and pleased with myself for all the work I've done.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Maybe tomorrow...

I'll actually write a real, solid, coherent post... but for now, I'm ready to crash again. TGIF!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Whirlwind day...

Too tired to talk. But remind me to tell y'all about how my car's rear window got shattered...

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Dead tired...

I went to bed last night at about 8:30 and it's even earlier than that now and I think I'm going to hit the sack. Only problem with that is that when I go to bed this early I fall asleep before Bob's alarm goes off, and when it does, it wakes me and I get all disoriented. But... well, I'm tired. So I'm crashing. Nitey nite... and so sorry for the short posts... I've been busy busy busy offline!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Who'da thunk it?

My husband is gonna fall on the floor and hurt himself laughing when he reads THIS one...

You are a Career Girl!

You may not be a CEO yet, but you're well on your way to success.
You take your career seriously, and you wouldn't stop working for any guy!
An independent woman, you pay for your own car, clothes, and housing.
And men appreciate that - at least, the ones as driven as you are.

What Kind of Girl Are You? Take This Quiz :-)

Monday, December 06, 2004

Can I go to bed yet?

Loooooooooooong drawn out day... went for a job interview this morning. Don't want to make to much of it and get my hopes up... who knows if I'll actually get the job or not. I don't think I'd mind it... anyway, been bustin' my ass rearranging and cleaning the house. I think my family's confused. LOL

I've downloaded over 120 entries into my "Holiday Jukebox" and haven't played all the way through it a single time yet because I keep having to turn it down for someone to watch tv or turn off Winamp when I need more memory to do something else. Oh well... c'est la vie!

Nite nite y'all.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Monday Madness!

You know the drill:

1. From Briar... and Sherle... What's your favorite TV show and why?
2. From WickedSway... What's your sign?
3. From Beth... Why is common sense so uncommon?
4. From Bug... What are 5 (or 10) great things about your life partner?
5. From Elena... Why do you blog? Are you a writer at heart? Is it a passion? Or because it's en vogue?
6. From Lady Starlight... How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
7. From tmk... Fiction or nonfiction?
8. From Moody... If you were an animal, which animal would you like to be, and why?

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Forgot to mention...

I meant to give y'all a rave review for my favorite two artists and Christmas songs, out of all the ones I've downloaded and heard recently: Loreena McKennitt's Good King Wenceslaus and Destiny's Child's White Christmas both kick ass. I'm up to 89 entries today.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Speechless... I'm just such an OOOOOOINK!

OMG! If I didn't already have enough incentive to get back onto BFL and cut the crap, look how I scored on this test:
You scored as Gluttony.















Seven deadly sins
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Hearing Things

I was only kind of half-listening to the tv this morning while I was making the bed... and there was this garlique commercial on. The pitch is "eat right, exercise, and take Garlique once a day" but I heard "eat right, exercise, and take a leak once a day" ROFL

In other news, I've been downloading Christmas songs and creating a continuous playlist with about 69 entries so far. I say "entries" instead of "songs" because some of the entries are medleys or collections. I've really been enjoying it... but I think the family is tired of the songs already. Maybe I'm wrong, but playing the Christmas songs helps keep me motivated. That's a start!

Thursday, December 02, 2004


Didn't get much sleep last night and been up all day. Better luck tomorrow. Nitey nite.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Helluva Day!

Well... let's see. First my dd wakes me up saying she'd overslept and missed the bus (which wouldn't have happened if I had not been sleeping myself...)

So I jump up and drive her to school... after which I get back in bed for a few hours... since dh gets home in time to take ds#3 to school.

I DRAGGED myself out of bed at about 9:45 am, called Seetha, who had expressed interest in going with us to the park today... but she was worried by the overcast weather and begged off for this time. Good thing, too, cuz I had made plans to meet Michelle from Freecycle there and her car wouldn't start today. So I picked her and her baby up on the way, thus filling up my car pretty much to capacity.

Stayed at the park from noon 'til about 2:30, then took Michelle and Catherine back home, went to my house, switched cars, and picked Timmy up from school... (ds#3)

Stopped in a local food store for some candy, mainly so my 3 year old could give a candy bar to an old lady from whom we were obtaining a computer through Freecycle...

Turned out that the old lady wasn't there, but her daughter will give her the candy bar. My new toy is a MacIntosh PowerG3 (beige) and I got it for Selena to use. She loves to play with the art program on the old Performa that we call "Granny Mac"

Then I went grocery shopping... came home and did a bit of this and a bit of that... hooked up the Performa to the monitor that came with the other computer and let Selena fool around with that for a while, then after she went to bed I put the Performa away and hooked up the G3.

Also tonight I've been downloading Christmas songs. I'm pooped. Now that I've bored you all to tears, good night.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Stealing from Cary

Not really... but I am going to use his idea, sort of.

See, today was the deadline for the NaNoWriMo Novel contest... to produce a 50,000 word novel in one month.

I lost interest in the subject matter, and haven't been able to get into the right frame of mind to return to it... so:

Anyone wanna be a guest blogger and write part of it for me?

I'll do the proofreading and editing, of course... all you have to do is write. If you misspell, etc. don't worry about it, because I will fix it when I check it out. Any interested parties just let me know.
; )

Monday, November 29, 2004

Monday Madness!

Here they are. As always, I'll come back later to answer them myself...

1. How did you choose a name for your blog?
2. How many times have you changed the name of your blog?
3. How many blogs to you update regularly?
4. How many times have you moved in your life?
5. On a scale of 1-10, how stressful is moving (in your opinion)?
6. When moving, do you/would you rent a moving van/truck?
7. Do you wear glasses? If so, how old were you when you needed them?
8. What one question would you hope someone running a meme, would ask?

Sunday, November 28, 2004

What Planet Are You From?

You Are From Mercury

You are talkative, clever, and knowledgeable - and it shows.
You probably never leave home without your cell phone!
You're witty, expressive, and aware of everything going on around you.
You love learning, playing, and taking in all of what life has to offer.
Be careful not to talk your friends' ears off, and temper your need to know everything.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Holiday Wishes...

I found this on Shawna's blog... but she took it from somewhere else. I may modify it a bit, though...

Step One

Make a post to your diary. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your diary, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

Surf around your buddy list (or your buddy's buddies, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Holiday Wish List:

- I wish to spend more time this coming year on my music than I did this year.
- A new guitar, P.A. and some other equipment for performing music publicly
- A karaoke setup complete with the discs
- The usual Amazon wish list stuff...
- Braces for my oldest 3 or 4 kids' teeth...
- A new cage for my hamster
- Better hutches for my bunnies
- A vehicle large enough to fit my whole family of seven into so we don't have to take two cars when we all want to go out together
- A larger piece of property that's zoned so that we could have livestock
- Any kind of gift card, certificate, or cash!

How you can make MY holiday wishes come true...

Friday, November 26, 2004

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all Americans... hope you have a great holiday. I'm sleepy... off to bed. Tomorrow will be a long busy day for me.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

omigod! there's a house under all that rubbish!

Okay. No such thing as spring cleaning around here... but I've been trying to re-situate everything so that I can decorate the mess for the holidays. Call me crazy, but I like hanging up a bunch of lights and stuff.

Hoping to find time and energy to sit down to the "novel" soon... now that I have some real ideas percolating in my head. You'll see it when I do it. I'll post a comment on this blog when I've made any further substantial additions, since I've been so few and far between with 'em.

My fitness plan is currently dead in the water... and I'm REALLY enjoying a healthy dose of White Russians. Mmmmmmmmmmmm 'tis the season.

Well... back to the grind. I've half a dozen loads of laundry to fold, a load of dishes to wash... and oh! A meal to cook?

Monday, November 22, 2004

Inspired, yet too busy to write...

I'll get there, though. The suggestions have helped to stir my creative juices, and I also actually have a commissioned job to create a new business card for someone, so I need to get the housework done & sit down to concentrate at the computer.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Monday Madness!

1. What is your favorite sport?
2. Do you watch sports on television?
3. In high school, did you (or do you) play any sports?
4. Any favorite teams?
5. If applicable, did you (or do you) attend your child's games?
6. Do you think professional athletes make too much money?

Feel free to elaborate on any of the above questions.....and have a fantastic week!!

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Random thoughts

Okay everybody. Your love is apparent. THANK YOU! To the many who have been emailing me with suggestions for my novel. It will be so much better because of all the subtle nuances that are going to be there largely because you cared enough to throw in your 2¢ worth. Keep checking back to see the rewrites with your suggestions. (Chapter 5 will be forthcoming shortly as well)

I also think I'm getting to the bottom of my self sabotage cycle. Setting goals based on personal wishes and dreams may not work for me. I think I need something larger than life... something BEYOND myself for motivation. I'm sure many of you will recognize yourselves in that statment. That is why you run marathons and stuff, right?

I guess what I'm saying is that I'm feeling the need to expand my arena of influence a bit. Staying home alomst 24/7 is killing me. If I CAN'T find a job, then I need to volunteer somewhere a few hours/week. Wish me luck on finding a niche I can fill!
; )

Voodoo & stuff

I was watching a tv program this morning, and something the lady was saying about voodoo kinda clicked for me. See, with voodoo, they basically separate illnesses and other bodily troubles into two categories: natural and (for lack of better phraseology) supernatural.

Long story short here is that when they try and try to treat someone, but their health doesn't improve by NATURAL means, then it is generally assumed to be of a SUPERNATURAL or SPIRITUAL nature.

Seems to me that this concept was well explained... but shouldn't the majority of religions be utilizing some sort of healing methods then, since I've heard others mention similar concepts?

But the bottom line is: the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I'd like to hear some true stories of "faith healing" regardless of your religious affiliation (or absence thereof)

Friday, November 19, 2004


I seem to be incredibly stuck with my novel. If any of y'all have suggestions, please throw 'em at me. But anyway, I'm hoping to meet with some inspiration soon... one way or another!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

What Flavor Ice Cream Are You?

Here's a SOMEWHAT neutral-gender quiz...

I Am Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

What Flavor Ice Cream Are You? Take This Quiz :-)

What Kind of PJ's Are You?

Sorry Rob... another girlie one!

The PJ's I Am Most Like: Underwear

I enjoy the simple things in life and ain't hard to please...
I have an understated, easy sexyness that men love...
And I'm confident enough to pull it off - without being overbearing!

What Kind of PJ's Are You? Take This Quiz :-)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Blah blah blah

Well, I'm still in a non-mood. Dunno what it is but it seems to be going around. A couple of other bloggers whose blogs I read regularly have also not been in the mood to write much, although Zoe does a pretty good job once she gets going, LOL

Anyway, my sincerest apologies for being so damn boring lately, but I'm sure it will be over soon.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Not much to say...

So I won't. Just wanted to cram in a post for the day, however inconsequential. Okay, I'm obsessed, so what? Am I hurting anyone? Nope. See ya!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

What kinda dog are you?

I'm a wild dog with a taste for the good life. I appreciate freedom but also enjoy having a roof over my head.

Are you a junkyard dog or a house dog?
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Good/Evil balance changed!

What a difference a day (and a post) makes! Check it out:

This site is certified 62% GOOD by the Gematriculator This site is certified 38% EVIL by the Gematriculator

Still a bit too much on the evil side for my taste...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The Most Important Meetings You'll Ever Attend Are the Meetings You Have With Yourself

by Denis Waitley

You are your most important critic. There is no opinion so vitally important to your well being as the opinion you have of yourself. As you read this you're talking to yourself right now. "Let's see if I understand what he means by that... How does that compare with my experiences? - I'll make note of that - try that tomorrow - I already knew that... I already do that." I believe this self-talk, this psycholinguistics or language of the mind can be controlled to work for us, especially in the building of self-confidence and creativity. We're all talking to ourselves every moment of our lives, except during certain portions of our sleeping cycle. We're seldom even aware that we're doing it. We all have a running commentary in our heads on events and our reactions to them.

- Be aware of the silent conversation you have with yourself. Are you a nurturing coach or a critic? Do you reinforce your own success or negate it? Are you comfortable saying to yourself, "That's more like it". "Now we're in the groove." "Things are working out well." "I am reaching my financial goals." "I'll do it better next time."

- When winners fail, they view it as a temporary inconvenience, a learning experience, an isolated event, and a stepping-stone instead of a stumbling block.

- When winners succeed, they reinforce that success, by feeling rewarded rather than guilty about the achievement and the applause.

- When winners are paid a compliment, they simply respond: "Thank you." They accept value graciously when it is paid. They pay value in their conversations with themselves and with other people.

A mark of an individual with healthy self-esteem is the ability to spend time alone, without constantly needing other people around. Being comfortable and enjoying solitary time reveals inner peace and centering. People who constantly need stimulation or conversation with others are often a bit insecure and thus need to be propped up by the company of others.

Always greet the people you meet with a smile. When introducing yourself in any new association, take the initiative to volunteer your own name first, clearly; and always extend your hand first, looking the person in the eyes when you speak.

In all your telephone communications, answer the telephone pleasantly, immediately giving your own name to the caller, before you ask who's calling. Whenever you initiate a call, always give your own name up front, before you ask for the party you want and before you state your business. Leading with your own name underscores that a person of value is making the call.

Don't brag. People who trumpet their exploits and shout for service are actually calling for help. The showoffs, braggarts and blowhards are desperate for attention.

Don't tell your problems to people, unless they're directly involved with the solutions. And don't make excuses. Successful people seek those who look and sound like success. Always talk affirmatively about the progress you are trying to make.

As we said earlier, find successful role models after whom you can pattern yourself. When you meet a mastermind, become a master mime, and learn all you can about how he or she succeeded. This is especially true with things you fear. Find someone who has conquered what you fear and learn from him or her.

When you make a mistake in life, or get ridiculed or rejected, look at mistakes as detours on the road to success, and view ridicule as ignorance. After a rejection, take a look at your BAG.

B is for Blessings. Things you are endowed with that you often take for granted like life itself, health, living in an abundant country, family, friends, career.

A is for accomplishments. Think of the many things you are proud of that you have done so far.

And G is for Goals. Think of your big dreams and plans for the future that motivate you.

If you took your BAG - blessings, accomplishments and goals - to a party, and spread them on the floor, in comparison to all your friends and the people you admire, you'd take your own bag home, realizing that you have as much going for yourself as anyone else. Always view rejection as part of one performance, not as a turndown of the performer.

And, enjoy those special meetings with yourself. Spend this Saturday doing something you really want to do. I don't mean next month or someday. This Saturday enjoy being alive and being able to do it. You deserve it. There will never be another you. This Saturday will be spent. Why not spend at least one day a week on You!

Action Idea: Go for one entire day and night without saying anything negative to yourself or to others. Make a game of it. If a friend or colleague catches you saying something negative, you must put 1/2 dollar in a drawer or container toward a dinner or evening out with that person. Do this for one month and see who has had to pay the most money toward the evening.

With over 10 million audio programs sold in 14 languages, Denis Waitley's CD album, The Psychology of Winning, is still the all-time best selling program on self-mastery. To order this Best-Seller or his newest release, The Platinum Collection and save 30%, go to or call 800-929-0434.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Percentage of Good and Evil on a website?

Okay. I'm not posting this in the sidebar, because the result is sure to change frequently, since the content of this site is constantly changing. Anyway, here are the results as tested today... and if I go back and do it again after posting thise, I'm quite certain they'll already be different again.

This site is certified 42% GOOD by the Gematriculator This site is certified 58% EVIL by the Gematriculator

Monday, November 08, 2004

Crap, crap, crap!

Now THERE'S an Aaron-like heading for you. Speaking of whom... he seems to have disappeared. Hope he's okay.

This novel thing is harder than I thought it was gonna be. But I'm not throwing in the towel yet... I just wish I had picked something else to write about. Nevertheless... I made my bed, so now I'd better get cozy lying in it...

Meanwhile, my dear 3 year old daughter seems to have gone bonkers on me. Just now she was biting the skin off an apple and spitting it into the garbage. Either she doesn't like the peel... or she's even more bored than those of you who are reading this are!

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Monday Madness!

Well, since I'm really just NOT in the mood to post anything tonight, I'm gonna go ahead and post Monday Madness early. I won't answer the questions 'til tomorrow, though...

Name 3 (or more, or less!) things...

1. cannot live without.
2. CAN live without, but cannot seem to part with.
3. wish to accomplish this COMING week.
4. have accomplished this PAST week.
5. ...on your holiday (or non-holiday) 'wish list.'
6. would like to change about yourself.
7. like about yourself.
8. should be doing right now instead of what you ARE doing.
9. your life that could use a little more organization.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Writing a Novel in 30 days or less...

It is National Novel Writing month, so I've decided to do like Mikel and attempt to write a novel by the end of the month. If you want to know the details of this little competiton, they're here. It is supposed to be a minimum of 50,000 words, so that means I need to put down 2000 words a day, because I started late (yesterday).

I got the theme for my novel from my daughter's overnight guest, Chelsea... and the title from my son Joe. I also consulted Chelsea on a few technical points... which annoyed the hell out of Sarah (my daughter) who claimed at one point that Chelsea was writing the whole story (NOT!)

For example, I asked Chelsea if she thought I should write it in past or present tense, and whether certain characters should be male or female. Aside from that, the rest is all from my screwy head.

If you'd like to check it out, there's a link in my sidebar... as well as a link to Mikel's. You can also comment as much as you want to, and I may utilize your suggestions as I write and re-write the story.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Who's your inner rock chick?

Okay Rob. Another girlie one. Are you game? LOL

I am Ani Difranco!

Honest, real, and well liked. I'm not limited by any boundaries. "And you can call me crazy But I think you're as lazy as white paint on the wall"
Who's Your Inner Rock Chick? Take This Quiz :-)

Earth to Allie... where are you?

I finally had to give in and remove one of the links on my blogroll, as it has become apparent that she's deleted that particular blog. I do hope Allison will drop in and provide me with a link to her new one... or at least email and let me know what's going on in her life. Hope all is well!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

I love reading the blogs on my blogroll...

I found this interesting tidbit today on Robert's blog...

If anyone can offer conclusive evidence of authenticity for the first part... please let me know! I believe it, though. Sounds like something Senator Glenn would say.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Short Post

I had a long, somewhat uneventful day... good workout, park day with homeschool group, very little housework, ate a buncha crap... (okay, not REALLY but I didn't eat "clean" today, nor have I done very well at doing that much at all lately)

Anyway, I've got to re-assess my fitness goals, so I'm taking my Body-for-LIFE book to bed with me tonight to re-read the section called "Crossing the Abyss" as was recommended to me by one of the dear members of my BFL support group. I'll let y'all know if I figure anything out. In the meantime... nitey nite!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Mission Accomplished

When I went back, I was easily able to find parking, and the line for MY precinct was short. There's another precinct that also votes there, and their line was much longer. I was glad to get in and out quickly, since I took Selena and Joey with me. If they had gotten tired and frustrated, it could have been a major ordeal.

Apparently Bob is working over again today... so I'm not going to wait to eat. I'll just do my cardio later... (usually I prefer to do it on an empty stomach, but I'm not going to quibble.)

Voting saga

I will update this post as the day wears on.

At 7am I went to my previous polling place, which has been moved. I went to the new one, and they don't allow parking outside the fence (no parking signs everywhere) and there was no available parking inside the fence.

In addition to this, the line was so long I was afraid that even if I did find parking I would not get in to vote until it was too late to drive Timmy to school, so I left. I will go back by to re-assess the situation once I drop Timmy off.

I can't drop Timmy off before 8am or I have to pay for "before care" and if I do not pick him up from school by 3:30pm they charge $10 for every 5 minutes you're late unless the child is registered for "after care". I'm beginning to be really sorry I put him in this charter school. More about that another time...

Monday, November 01, 2004

Monday Madness!

Do you.....

1. Code your own website or use a template?
2. Use a digital camera or a film camera? If digital, do you print your own pictures, order them online, or send them out?
3. Make your own cards or buy them at a card shop?
4. Draw your own graphics or get them from the internet?
5. Take showers or baths?
6. Make your own candles or buy them? And are they soy or paraffin?
7. Celebrate Halloween or not?
8. Sleep in on weekends or get up early even if you don't have to go to work?
9. Correct other people's grammar, or just let it go?

I will answer these myself by the end of the day. Have fun!
: )

Thought for the day...

Without sorrow, how would you appreciate joy?

Many thanks to Cary for pointing this out!

Sunday, October 31, 2004

All's well that ends well...

Whew! What a whirlwind day!

Woke up, got outta bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup, looking up, I noticed I was late...

Wait. I don't have a downstairs. Pooh. Must be the Beatles...


Here's a recap of my day:

6am up, dishes, laundry, cook breakfast, get us all to church...
after church lunch, more dishes and laundry, clean two pet cages...
7pm get to "Harvest Festival" at church. Was supposed to be there at 6:30, but "Aunt Flo" came to visit and the kids were pissing me off. Plus I didn't know they were going to end it early due to it's being a school night. Have to remember that next year...
Got to car and realized I'd dropped my cell phone somewhere... sprinted back to church from where I'd parked, found guy who found my phone, followed him 'round 'til we found where they guy he'd given it to had taken it... miraculously it was not broken or anything. Sprinted BACK to car and came home...
Got online to do all my prep for tomorrow. Almost done now. Just have to upload my planned workout and nutrition for tomorrow (I post accountablility in one of my groups) then when I post my accountability I can go on to bed. Up again at 5 to make sure dd doesn't oversleep...

Nite y'all!

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Are you a FREAK?

I am. Wanna make somethin' of it?

I'm 69% freak!!

If you want to take the test, it's here:
Are you a freak?

Glory Hallelujah!

Well, Frank finally replaced the broken taillight on the Saturn today... (now that he's gotten a SECOND traffic ticket...)

He also got a new dome light, since the one that was there hung by the wires... now I guess it's worthwhile to get a new headliner. Although there are still plenty of minor things wrong with the car...

One thing is NOT minor: it's getting harder and harder to put it into gear. I think it's the slave cylinder, but don't know if that car takes one. If it's not the slave cylinder, I don't know what it is... but sooner or later it's going to be impossible to put into gear and have to be towed to the repair shop.

Anyone got a job for me? We could really use some money...

Friday, October 29, 2004


Author unknown. From the internet:

This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way, none of us would have done it!!!!

Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages
and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually
exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Send this post on to all the Moms you know, in appreciation for everything
they! do on a daily basis, and let them know they are appreciated!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Progress, not perfection

I must have had a fever last night, cuz I slept for about 12 hours. Didn't work out, and said to hell with my nutrition plan today.

No more 4 or 5am shit. I'm setting my alarm for 6 tomorrow, and plan to work out at 9 when the gym's nursery opens from now on. The baby wants to go with me, and hell... why should I pass up "free" babysitting?

My son was supposed to go with me at 5am, but he punked out on me... and my dh never seems to feel like going since he's been riding his bicycle to and from work until ds gets hooked up with another car...

Gosh, I sure am boring, aren't I? I'm gonna have to do something about that. Not tonight though... Rome wasn't built in a day, after all. Stay tuned, you never know when things will change...

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Ice Cream is Good for the Soul

I got this in my email, and it was too sweet not to share. Watch out... you might just need a tissue for the ending!

Author Unknown

Thank God for Children Saying Grace...

Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice-cream! Why, I never!" Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought
that was a great prayer!

"Really?" my son as ked. "Cross my heart," the man replied. Then in a theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had
started this whole thing), " Too bad she never asks God for ice
cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman.

With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already."

The End.

Sometimes we all need some ice cream.

I hope God sends you some Ice Cream today.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Neverending day

Had a hard time getting up this morning... didn't get a nap, and try as I might, I can't seem to make it to bed!

Gonna start getting up at 4am to work out at 5am with my son. We'll see how that works out. I keep tweaking my schedule trying to see what will work best for me... all I know is I prefer working out at 5am cuz the gym is largely empty and it's easy to get the freeweights I want (once I track them down since the crew from the night before never puts them back...)

It's also a real steady "die-hard" crowd that shows up at that hour. I miss them! Looking forward to getting back into that particular groove.

Of course, I'll have to make sure I get an afternoon nap once I pick Timmy up from school, but that should work out fine. Time will tell! Wish me luck y'all!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Do you have "pet peeves"?

I'm not going to do Monday Madness today. But if you want to do it, feel free...

Anyway... just thought I'd plug my "pet peeves" newsletter, which I just recently revived. Great place to drop in and complain about life, LOL

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Tomorrow's another day...

Well, I've been making my "flylady" lists, but not getting much beyond laundry, dishes, and making the beds...

Haven't been getting to the gym or trying to eat clean...

Frankly, I'm not too pleased with myself.

Since no one can change this but me, I'm hoping tomorrow will be a new beginning. Wish me luck y'all!

Saturday, October 23, 2004


Gosh! I almost forgot to post again. Not that I have much to say... but I wanted to say it anyway, LOL. Oh well... can't be "on top" all the time! At least I remembered before I logged off...

Nite y'all. Perhaps I'll have something witty and exciting to say tomorrow. (Don't hold your breath...)

Friday, October 22, 2004

20 more things about me...

Okay. Enough gloom and doom. I decided it's time for another episode of "20 things about me". When I have 100, I'll list it as such, and give it a webpage... I suppose. For now, to start, I'm going to recap the first 20. However, I've done some editing... so they're not EXACTLY the same as they were when I originally stated them last month...

1. I'm my mother's only child
2. My father had other children, but I've never met any of them. (Are you one of them?)
3. I love rich, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate almost more than life itself
4. The size I prefer to be is a 3-5 (American... not sure what that translates to anywhere else) But right now I'm more like a 12/14
5. My ideal "job" would be writing/producing/directing both films and animated videos to accompany all of my songs.
6. I love to be barefoot...
7. On hot days I prefer not to have BOTH my feet AND my armpits covered. One or the other needs to be bare, LOL
8. I like WB T.V. shows like Smallville, Gilmore Girls and 7th Heaven.
9. I once shaved my head... completely bald.
10. When I was a child I wanted to be a Veterinarian.
11. I am allergic to cats, which is one reason I changed my mind about #10
12. My mother was an awesome artist.
13. My father wrote television screenplays... I have some of them in my possession. Not sure if they were ever used, but they include plots for the "Twilight Zone".
14. My father was a disabled WWII veteran who had no legs from the knees down.
15. I went to a camp when I was young where we were assigned a horse and taught how to care for it. I got to go there two summers in a row (for a week or two each time)
16. My second toe is longer than the first on both of my feet.
17. I cut my nails short on my left hand to press the strings for chords on the guitar, but I keep the nails on my right hand longer for fingerpicking.
18. I haven't written a song in quite a while. The muse has been avoiding me.
: (
19. I like to have fires in my backyard... we have a "dish" to make them in, and they are similar to campfires.
20. I grew up going to Reds games at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati
21. I broke my arm when I was 6 years old, by putting my feet on the handlebars, and both arms straight out (like an airplane) then attempting to coast down a hill.
22. I started smoking at the age of 13, quit when I was 23, started again when I was 28 (like an idiot) and quit again this year on August 12.
23. The only places I have been outside the U.S. are Canada (for 5 minutes as a kid... then got in a fight with my mother and that was the end of that) and Peru.
24. I love to cook, and I'm pretty good at it... but I HATE to clean up afterward.
25. I prefer to wear my hair long.
26. My favorite color is that fluorescent pinkish-orange the sky turns at sunrise and sunset.
27. I prefer antiques to modern furniture.
28. If I were to design my dream home, it would be primarily underground... built into the side of a mountain and made to look like a series of separate cottages and pavilions from the outside that are interconnected from within.
29. I absolutely detest mindless humor.
30. My favorite comedians are Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, Jim Carrey, and Bette Midler. (Does she count as a comedian?)
31. My favorite actors are Goldie Hawn, Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp, and Danny DeVito.
32. I have a very hard time getting motivated to do things for myself, but do a good job when I have been given a task to complete for someone else.
33. My favorite alcoholic drink is a Strawberry Daquiri, followed closely by wine... usually white.
34. I hope to fly a paraglider one day.
35. I've never been much of a dancer.
36. I've always wanted to have a horse.
37. I had braces (on my teeth) twice, but didn't get the job finished properly and never wore a retainer.
38. Out of six children I gave birth to, two were c-section births.
39. If I could visit anywhere in the world, I'd most likely go to England and Israel.
40. I believe people are meant to live tribally, or communally, rather than in separate little apartments or single-family homes.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Which OS are you?

Finally, Rob... one for guys. LOL

I am Amiga OS. Ahead of my time.  I keep a lot of balls in the air.  If only my parents had given me more opportunities to suceed.

Which OS are You?

Ungrateful Insensitive Twits

Kids. Ugh.

My 18 year old son really takes the cake. He's been driving his father's car ever since his became unusable, hasn't been saving to get himself into another one, doesn't pay rent, and has the nerve to tell ME to get a job when I say he should give us grocery money.

He bought his gf a membership to Bally's, buys numerous DVD's (whatever strikes his fancy) bought 2 ceiling fans, one of which he hasn't even bothered to put up, and it can't be returned because it was a closeout... sigh.

If I don't start generating some income soon, I'm going to get suicidal. Not that killing myself would help any... there's no life insurance on me. It would just be one less mouth for my overworked and underpaid husband to feed is all.

By my reckoning, the 18 year old should be paying $100/week for room and board and another $50/week for his HUGE share of our car insurance... and actually $50/week wouldn't even cover his share. THAT'S more like ANOTHER $100/week. So he should be giving his dad $3-400 every two weeks when he gets paid. But my husband won't even consider charging him rent. He says if he did he'd just put it in savings for the kid! WHEN WE DON'T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR THE BILLS! Insane.

Before Frank started driving, our car insurance was about $200/month. Now it's over $600/month. My husband said not to bother giving him cash, just buy some groceries. But getting the kid to buy groceries is like pulling teeth!

I just don't know what to do at this point. I'm tired of feeling like jumping off a bridge, though. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

For the ladies...


I forgot to post yesterday. First time in like two months! Hard to believe.

I've been having some kind of trouble with the email that's routed through my website. Dunno what's going on, but it's annoying!

Not much else to say, other than I've been talking to someone about doing some website work. More about that if and when.

Monday, October 18, 2004

No respect for life

I found this story while blogsurfing... the 16 year old girl whose blog I found it on was appropriately horrified. Hitler would love this...

Monday Madness!

This one is a "fill in the blank" all about computers. As usual, I'll wait 'til later to answer...

1. I have reformatted my hard drive about ____ times.
2. I usually reformat my hard drive about ____ times a year.
3. When I'm working in a document, I save about every ____ minutes.
4. I've upgraded my computer by adding ______________.
5. I've got about ____ CD's/floppies with info on them and about ____ of them aren't labeled.
6. Since I've been using my computer, I find the easiest way to organize my files is to ______________. (Looking for suggestions!!)
7. I have ____ email accounts.
8. Whenever I have a computer-related question, I usually call _________.
9. I usually use a search engine when looking for ___________.
10. My computer is about _______ old.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Surfing the blogroll...

In between chores today, as I was surfing the blogs I haven't visited lately, I came across this story in this post which really made me stop in my tracks. But for the grace of God... there go I. My heart really goes out to these people.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

An open letter to MSN, Yahoo, and AOL

Much to my chagrin, I find that every time I visit the above named sites, my Spybot Searh & Destroy Program tells me it's had to block the download of spyware! The two offending pieces of spyware are "Avenue A" and "Doubleclick".

I am offended and saddened by this development, as one would be led to believe that MSN, Yahoo, and AOL are all trustworthy sites to visit! Why do you ally yourselves with these lowlifes? Don't you know that spyware is the number one problem on the web today... causing even more computer problems than the average virus? Give me a break.

If you do not stop attaching these parasites to my email progams, I will stop using all three of you... in favor of more savory alternatives. At least gmail doesn't slow down and screw up my computer! Sure... they may gather information about me... but it's NOT SAVED ON MY COMPUTER.


P.S. If anyone wants a gmail invitation, gimme a holler.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Classic Pin-Up?

I am Betty Grable!
I'm Betty Grable!

What Classic Pin-Up Are You?
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New respect for George Bush

I know that there are those who will disagree with me, and that's okay. I also know that there are those who do not believe in God. That is their choice. But I found this story to be incredibly moving:

There are so many "Christians" who criticize the President, claiming he's not "really a Christian" and so forth... well, to them I offer the words of Jesus: Matthew 7:1 "Judge not, that ye be not judged."

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Getting there...

Well, I'm not 100% yet, but feeling much better than I have all week. Despite being sick, I'm very pleased that I managed to stay on top of the laundry and dishes all week instead of letting everything pile up. I've also gotten good about making the bed... which may seem trivial to those who have never NOT been in the habit of doing so, but it's a big deal to me... in fact, my daughter has been astonished. She keeps asking me "mom, what's wrong with you? Why are you cleaning?" LOL

Now if I can only establish a routine. I want to go beyond what I'm doing now and reach that "Better Homes and Gardens" look some day... and get back to the gym on a regular basis. I really do want to be "fabulous forty" and not "fat forty" next year!

I'm thinking that focusing on the BFL way might not work for me... I may need to tweak it for my own situation. Like I think I'd like to do cardio every morning... and weight training every evening... but I don't know. I hate not being able to get the dumbbells I want/need at the gym when it's crowded... and I don't know when the best time to go would be so that I can always have all my dumbbells. Sigh. Oh to be rich and establish a complete home gym with everything I want/need right there on my own property. Never to have a trainer say "my client will be using these for the next half hour. You may use them after that." Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

The meals are the same. I really need some income to be consistent about eating clean... the EFL meals are awesome, but it's a bit pricey to buy the ingredients IN ADDITION TO what the family will eat...

Okay. Enough ranting about this nonsense. Good night folks, I'm calling it a day.
; )

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Never ends...

Okay, now all of a sudden my computer is giving me a headache. I don't know what's going on, but I keep losing my internet connection for no apparent reason. I'm going to go ahead and send this before it happens again, since I've been trying to post for the last half hour or so at least.
: (

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Under the Weather

I'm still feeling pretty icky, but I made myself clean the poor hamster's cage today. Since none of the kids asked for these pets, I'm taking responsibility for them. Timmy claimed the guinea pig... but the cage is too large and awkward for him to handle by himself. He already broke a piece of it, and I had to duct-tape it back together, LOL

Anyway, I googled "under the weather" and found this great site, Idiomsite which lists the explanations for common statments/phrases. I thought it was pretty neat... hope y'all like it too. I'm afraid I don't have much else to offer right now... just trying not to lie down like I want to because then my head will clog back up again!

Guess I'll go (woo hoo!) unload the dishwasher and set up dh's coffee for tonight.
; )

Monday, October 11, 2004

Monday Madness!

Name 3 things....

1....your ideal salad has on it. do religiously in the morning. look forward to doing in your spare time.'ve never done before, but think you will at some point in your life. love to do while on vacation. took pictures of in the last month. have to do before the end of the day. like about your best friend.

As usual, I'll stop back later to answer these myself...

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Who, me?

I took this quiz that I found when I read Lady C's blog:

What Name Should You Have? by Lauren

I don't think it's too accurate... some of the questions were just... well... go check it out. You'll see.

For those whose browsers won't show it, it says my name should be Alyssa.

Anybody wanna...

Take this yucky cold from me? Or do my housework?

Didn't think so. Ah, well... a girl has to try though, eh?

On a positive note, I've gotten the laundry done... just need to get kids to put theirs away... and have only one small load of dishes to do at the moment. The rest can wait 'til I feel better.


Saturday, October 09, 2004

Seven Dwarf day

I've alternately been Doc, sleepy, sneezy, grumpy, dopey, and happy today. The only dwarf I didn't exemplify was bashful. I've been having to give medicine to the 3 year old for her stuffy nose... and I think I'm getting what she's got. Joy oh joy... hope I get over it quickly!

In other news I've been working on the South Florida Referral Network... but it seems kinda boring. Suggestions anyone?

Friday, October 08, 2004

Blogger ate it

I did post today, but it's gone. Better luck tomorrow?

I can feel the fat growing...

Man, I've got to get a routine going. So far I'm getting there, but I've laid off on the gym & nutrition for a bit. I've GOT to get over perfectionism or I'm never going to get anywhere. Wish me luck!

Progress... not perfection! (Bill Phillips)

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Bunny Lovin'

I just acquired (the the great dismay of my dh and oldest ds) two new bunnies. They're spayed females, and my males are so pleased to have companions! I don't see how anyone can complain, it's not like they'll BREED...

I also got another hamster from the same people who gave us their bunnies. She's sleek and black, doesn't look a thing like her predecessor, and that's a good thing. Change is good. So here's the current rundown:

Male Rabbits: Rocky and Fred
Female Rabbits: Callie and Floppy
Guinea Pig: Lucky (Timmy Claims him and Rocky the Rabbit)
Hamster: Stormy
Cockatiel: Looney

I think as long as I improve with the housework and take care of these blasted animals myself, no one has any excuse to get angry with me. Anyone who wants to donate to their care can click on my paypal or amazon button to the right, in the sidebar.

I'm doing the flylady thing. (Sorry Renee) Hope it works. I'm tired of starting things I don't finish...

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Long, productive Day

Unfortunately, I'm too tired to talk much about it. Sorry y'all... guess you'll have to use your imaginations...

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Confessions of a waster

Or is that wastrel?


I went out today, and had some business to tend to in the western part of Broward County. It was a beautiful day out.

When it came time to head home, I decided I wasn't going to go straight home... the easy way.

I decided I'd enjoy the lovely weather and take a drive... a cruise, if you will.

Those who are rabid about conserving fossil fuels will find this astonishing, but I just drove 'round for the hell of it. Enjoyed it quite a bit, too.

I think I'll do it again tomorrow. Maybe I can even use up a whole tank of gas... just wandering around looking at wildlife and daisies.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Getting to know you (me)

Welcome to the next edition of getting to know your friends.
What you are supposed to do is copy (not forward) this entire e-mail onto a new e-mail that you will send. Change all of the answers so they apply to you, then send this to a whole bunch of people you know *INCLUDING* the person that sent it to you. The idea is to learn a lot of little facts about your friends.

I've sent enough of these on by email. I'm posting it in my blog this time. Then I can look back and see how my answers may differ next time... LOL

3. PAPER OR PLASTIC? Both. I re-use them for various purposes...
4. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK/MAGAZINE YOU READ? I am currently reading a book called "Siro". Prior to that I read "White Oleander". No magazines lately.
5. A TV SHOW YOU CAN'T STAND TO WATCH? Anything with mindless humor. I like a clever show.
6. WHAT DID YOU EAT FOR LUNCH TODAY? Lunch? Its freakin still breakfast time here!
7. DO YOU LIKE TO BE SURPRISED? always (as long as it is a good surprise....bad surprises are... well... bad... LOL)
10. YOUR FAVORITE STORE TO SHOP? Any store you give me a gift card for, LOL (Otherwise it's all window-shopping anyway)
11. WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, OR FALL? I can't choose one... I'll take them all!
12. FAVORITE DESSERT? Something rich, decadent, and chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmmm
13. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU PREFER A CHEF OR A MAID? Maid... no doubt. Then she'd clean up after I cook. I love to cook, just hate to clean. (That's why I'm killing time here at the computer instead of doing my housework!)
14. FAVORITE CANDY? Seattle Chocolates Expresso or Mint Chocolate bar.
15. REGULAR OR DECAF? Regular, baby! In fact, make it hi-test! Vroom!
16. FAVORITE RESTAURANT? Frische's Big Boy (which we don't have in south Florida, but if I buy a Big Mac with nothing on it I can make the tartar sauce and make a passable Big Boy, LOL)
17. WHAT CHARACTERISTICS DO YOU ADMIRE? Honesty and sincerety in everything, the ability to be firm... yet compassionate, grace and humor.
18. FAVORITE HOLIDAY? I don't have one. I find all holidays to be stressful and they make me nervous. Perhaps I'd fare better if I were not perpetually broke... I do remember enjoying holidays once upon a time, LOL
19. FAVORITE TIME OF DAY? Evening time, when I read a chapter of my book and go to sleep.
20. FRUIT OR FRUIT SMOOTHIE? Fruit smoothie, usually strawberry banana with protein powder and maybe some Creatine in it. If no Creatine, I might put in some Udo's or Flaxseed oil.
21. HOW MANY RINGS ARE YOU WEARING? None. No jewelry at all.
22. HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR MEAT PREPARED? Usually medium rare, but it depends on the meat.
23. WHAT WAS THE LAST CARD YOU SENT TO SOMEONE? Real, paper card? Or e-card? The last paper card was probably the one I made for an instructor, Oscar, when he left our school. E-card was probably a thank you card to someone who had sent me one.
24. WHAT RADIO STATION IS ON WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW? None. Just the sound of the clothes dryer going 'round.
25. WHO DO YOU LEAST EXPECT TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Well, since I'm not sending it out, per se...
27. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO FILL THIS OUT? I'm not sure. I would know if it had asked me at the beginning what time it was, but it doesn't. It asked me what time I went to bed last night.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Monday Madness!

Since in this part of the world, we are in the midst of changing seasons, I was inspired to ask the following.......

Using the letters in the word 'AUTUMN' describe your favorite season.

Blogger's a bit dicey today...

The blogger comments aren't working, so please use the Haloscan system... but talk to me! Please! LOL

I also haven't been able to edit anything, much to my chagrin, so if you notice typos or things that my perfectionistic self would ordinarily catch... I've tried. Blogger sucks today.
: (

Florida is relocating...

Just got this from a local in my email. Cute! Posted by Hello

Chores, chores, chores! (Somebody save me!)

Okay. I have a ton of stuff to do today, so I'm going to get to it. Part of what I need to do is online, so I'll be back, working on the South Florida Referral Network that I now own... (thanks Tara!)

I also need to print some business cards. I suppose I could get those started before I get up to do laundry/dishes... hmmm.

Anyone want to remind me what the hell else I wanted to do today? LOL

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Sleepy Saturday

Well, we have a new water heater. Yay! If only other problems could be fixed so easily. Well, I'm gonna have a lot to catch up on: laundry, dishes (what else is new?) and EVERYONE needs a shower at this point. Draw straws to see who goes first?

Friday, October 01, 2004

The other shoe

Well, it fell today. I officially demoted myself from owner to member of the Hollywood Florida Freecycle group. If I posted here the letters that led to this decision, you people would shit your britches. More politics than Washington! Ugh. Well, my new group is awesome. And I'll let you join it even if you DON'T live here. So whatever. Let the people who feel like they have to be controlling do what they want. I know for a fact that people always get what they truly deserve in the end.

Great news, good news, bad news and worse news.

The great news is that I can get a forbearance on my student loan if I'm still unemployed and underfinanced by the time my payments come due. Since I can't re-enroll and get a deferment (see the "worse" news)

The good news is that we will soon have hot water again.

The bad news is that he couldn't come replace the water heater 'til tomorrow...

and the worse news is that I can't go back to school right now. I went in to discuss it and found that I am not eligible for any grants, only loans. Partly due to my husband's income level, and partly due to the fact that I'd be the only family member in college. I can try again and see what I qualify for in assistance after Frank re-enters school, but if he doesn't do that, then I probably can't. The difference between what I could get loans to cover and what I want to study ranges from $3-5k... certainly more than I can scrape up!

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Off to a good start today...

Got up early because I have a ridiculous number of things to get done, and I'm just fooling around on the computer for a bit while I reformat another one right next to me (got a nice setup going here, LOL)

Zoe responded to a comment of mine on her blog for the first time that I can recall (unless she responded to one that I never checked back on...)

Lets see. Today I need to get the hot water heater taken care of (dh gets paid today, so it's now or never!)

Then I need to make sure that this new computer desk I got from a freecycler makes it into my daughter's room. I would prefer to do this before she gets home, as she and I differ drastically in opinion over what is a suitable manner in which to arrange her (usually catastrophically messy) bedroom....

I also need to make sure I get laundry and dishes under control, since with 7 people in the house if you let them pile up for even two days you're up to your eyeballs in both.

Well, I'd better get to it all. I'm sure I'll be back here in front ot the screen later when I need to rest a bit from all the physical exertion. Probably won't go to the gym today, considering.
; )

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Run, run, run!

Well, there's another "Aaron" title, LOL

Since Frank's Jeep is not reliable enough for him to drive to work, he's been taking his dad's Saturn, and his dad's been driving my car (which was just recently repaired, or we'd REALLY be stuck right now!)

Anyway, since dh has had to work over ('til noon) so far every day this week, I can't go to the gym in the morning... and it's been kinda screwing up the way I do things. But that's okay. I'll manage.

So today, as soon as he gets home, I'm taking Joe and Selena to the park to meet with the kids from a local homeschool support group we belong to, then after that I have to pick up Timmy, and THEN I can go to the gym. Finally, some time this evening, my neighbor is supposed to take me to get a computer desk that a freecycler is giving me, for my daughter, Sarah. That should be nice for her, as she's tight on space and it has more vertical storage space (above where the computer goes, it's like a hutch... I think) I'll probably just trash the desk she's been using as she has covered it with graffiti and someone would have to do a major refinishing job to it if they wanted it. It's a shame. Sometimes I just want to whack that girl upside her head.

I'm hoping I can remember to get my son to tape Smallville for me tonight, since the new season just started last week, but I'm not so much of a fanatic that I can't stand to miss it, either. In fact, I rarely sit and watch tv at all. I set it to turn itself off at night when I go to bed, and after I read my book I watch a little 'til I can't keep my eyes open, but nothing memorable, to be sure.

Tomorrow should be a little better, especially if dh gets to come home at 8am and we can do something about the hot water heater.

I suppose I shouldn't worry too much about not getting to the gym if I can't... it's more important that we deal with the water heater, and if I miss one or two workouts it's not going to kill me!

Okay. 'Nuff said. Time to get dressed and charge into my busy day. (It was nice sleeping in 'til 10 after making sure the kids got up for school!)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

It never rains but it pours...

Ugh. Our hot water heater is leaking... and since it's attached to a dysfunctional solar panel, it may be more trouble and expense to deal with than it would be if it were a normal hot water heater. Not only that, but it's a huge capacity heater, and it would be a real bummer if we had to replace it with a smaller one due to finances. With 7 people taking showers, doing dishes, laundry, etc. I can't imagine how much of a nuisance it would/will be to have a 40 gallon tank instead of the current 80. (I'd LOVE to have a 120!!!)

In other news, my 18 year old son is currently attempting to buy a car... more about that as it unfolds.

Well, I'd better go get dressed and eat. I have a parent/teacher conference with my son Timmy's teacher at 2, and it's 10 past 1 now.


Monday, September 27, 2004

Long hard day, and another to come...

It is really late for me to be posting today, but I just wanted to let everyone know I'm okay, just swamped with stuff both online and off. I don't want to give a boring rundown of it all, just suffice it to say I've been thinking about all of you and will make the rounds to all on the blogroll as soon as time permits!
: )

I love you people!

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Monday Madness!

I'll post my responses tomorrow... here you go:

(If you want to pick and choose 5 (or more; or less) out of the following 10 to answer, go ahead. I know this could be a big challenge and I'd rather you answer some of them than none of them at all.....)

Name THREE of your........

1. Pet Peeves:
2. Favorite Sounds:
3. Desk Items:
4. Biggest Fears:
5. Biggest Challenges:
6. Newest 'Toys':
7. Most Used Words:
8. Most Mispelled Words:
9. Favorite Disney Characters:
10. Bookmarks on Your Homepage:

Saturday, September 25, 2004

This, that, and the other...

In addition to preparing for the hurricane, I've had to contend with a power play from another moderator attempting to take over my Freecycle group. She actually went in and changed her priviliges so that she had the power to delete my group, if she so desired... and I suspect she was trying to demote me from owner to member (which can only be done by another owner... not by a moderator)

Therefore I had no choice but to protect my group by demoting HER to the status of member... as well as another co-moderator whose priviliges she chose to change at the same time she changed hers... they are both of the same opinion regarding things that we disagreed on, so I decided better safe than sorry.

I have also backed up the membership list of my group, in case they find another way to circumvent my authority... but this is all so childish and petty, especially with this monster storm approaching... I really wish I had a B.O.B. to kick and punch on a bit! I would never attack a real person... but these martial arts training supplies are pretty nifty.

Friday, September 24, 2004

What flavor are you?

Got this from Lady C's page:

What Flavour Are You? I taste like Beef.I taste like Beef.

I taste like beef. I'm probably made of beef. You are what you eat, they say, and if the title didn't mean something else, I would be a beefeater. I think red meat is good for you. Puts hair on your chest. What Flavour Are You?

Well... I DO eat beef... but I hadn't thought I ate THAT much! LOL

Hurricane Shmirricane!

Not again! I can't believe we're going through this yet again. Oh, woe is me! Ugh.

Well, here's hoping that it doesn't hit us too badly...

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Hurricane Relief for Haiti

Special message to those who live in the South Florida area:

The people of Haiti need our help. The hurricanes and flooding have destroyed homes and killed over 700 people so far. Although much of the Caribbean is suffering, Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere.

While many of us may not be able to donate money, we are rich in many other ways. We all have items we are not using, clothes we don't wear, blankets we don't need. They need everything - clothes, shoes, household items, health items, personal items, soap, linens, towels, pillows, blankets, cups, plates, water purification tablets, water, baby stuff, toys or anything else you can think of. Many people are
without homes, clothing, or even shelter.

Please donate anything you are not using to help them. I am gathering things to drop off for delivery to Haiti. If you can help, please bring me your things or call me and I will do my best to get it all picked up. According to the news stations, they need everything they can get ASAP, so my deadline will need to be no later than Sept. 30.

We all have something to give, and together we can make a difference.
Janet Boone, RN

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Here today, gone tomorrow?

I love Freecycle, and what it stands for... but something's rotten in Denmark. My group, Hollywood Florida Freecycle was listed on the main board a few weeks ago. You have to go through a somewhat rigorous approval process in order to get listed... which I did. I complied with all that I was supposed to and whatnot...

Yesterday I had neighbors telling me they couldn't find it on the main board any more. And that it had not been there for the past 4-5 days. Weird.

I wrote to the person who approves groups in the state of Florida (who, incidentally, is a co-moderator in my group...) and she knew nothing about it. I also wrote to the person who FOUNDED Freecycle, and he said that I would not have been removed FOR CAUSE without having been notified, so he thinks it's some kind of anomaly. I'm not so sure... but I'm giving it the benefit of a doubt and waiting to see what happens. In the meantime, I'm just a bit irked because I know enough about editing webpages to know that someone had to have deliberately removed it, and I don't know who or why!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Sad morning...

Well, we knew it had to happen eventually, after all... they don't live forever. We had just played with him and cleaned his cage... so he had plenty of fresh food, water, and bedding. I think he led a pretty good life.

Pinky the hamster has passed on... I have no idea how old he was when we got him, but we've had him for quite a while. Personally, I think he lived beyond the usual life expectancy for such a creature, but I'm still a bit sad. I just hope the baby doesn't cry when she wakes up and finds out about it.
: (

Monday, September 20, 2004

What flower are you?

This is what it says about me... and strangely enough, when I take one of those email quiz thingies that asks what your favorite flower is, I always say roses! How bizarre is that?

what's your inner flower?

[c] sugardew

Monday Madness!

I'll get my answers up here later... but I wanted to go ahead and post the questions for those who want to play...

1. My ________ is the most used piece of furniture in my house.
2. The one electronic 'gadget' that I use most often is my ________.
3. My favorite appliance, and the one I absolutely cannot live without is the _______.
4. One thing that I thought I just HAD to have at one time, and I now barely ever use, is my _______.
5. I find it easiest to keep in touch with family and friends via ________.
6. I own more cd's (or other music media) than I do _________.
7. All my important addresses are stored in/on my _________.
8. If I had to live without TWO keys on my keyboard, I would choose _________.
9. I probably own about _____ pieces of software that I haven't used in years.
10. There are a few food items that I try NEVER to run out of, and those would be __________.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

20 things about me...

I don't know how long this list will grow to... but since I've seen these on other people's blogs, I thought I'd give it a go. BTW... these are all things that are NOT on my website somewhere else... So:

1. I'm my mother's only child
2. My father had other children, but I've never met any of them. (Are you one of them?)
3. I love rich, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate more than life itself
4. The size I prefer to be is a 3-5 (American... not sure what that translates to anywhere else) But right now I'm more like a 12
5. My ideal "job" would be writing/producing/directing both films and animated videos to accompany all of my songs.
6. I love to be barefoot...
7. On hot days I prefer not to have BOTH my feet AND my armpits covered. One or the other needs to be bare, LOL
8. I like WB T.V. shows like Gilmore Girls and 7th Heaven.
9. I once shaved my head... completely bald.
10. When I was a child I wanted to be a Veterinarian.
11. I am allergic to cats, which is one reason I changed my mind about #10
12. My mother was an awesome artist.
13. My father wrote television screenplays... I have some of them in my possession. Not sure if they were ever used, but they include plots for the "Twilight Zone".
14. My father was a disabled WWII veteran who had no leges from the knees down.
15. I went to a camp when I was young where we were assigned a horse and taught how to care for it. I got to go there two summers in a row (for a week or two each time)
16. My second toe is longer than the first on both of my feet.
17. I cut my nails short on my left hand to press the strings for chords on the guitar, but I keep the nails on my right hand longer for fingerpicking.
18. I haven't written a song in quite a while. The muse has been avoiding me.
: (
19. I like to have fires in my backyard... we have a "dish" to make them in, and they are similar to campfires.
20. I grew up going to Reds games at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati

Okay, that's it. I'll do it again some other time when there's nothing better to write about ...

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Bloggers to the rescue!

Had to post the trackback for this graphic:

Dunno why the stupid trackback won't work, but the title's link does...
: (

More gmail invitations

They're like love: The more you give away, the more you get. Here's the run-down for those who don't know:

Gmail is google's email. They are only allowing people to join with an invitation, probably to keep out spammers. It is unlike any other email account I've ever had... and I've had plenty. For starters, they give you 1GB (1000MB) of storage, and instead of deleting emails, you can archive those you might want to refer to in the future... then use google's search mechanism to find that great recipe or whatever later on. It's awesome!
: )

If you'd like an invitation, I'll need your current email address (to send it to), as well as your first and last name, so you may prefer to email me rather than leave that information here in the comments. I promise, I will not use any of your information for any purpose other than to issue the invitation!

Friday, September 17, 2004


One of the highlights of my day is the act of going through the blogs on my blogroll to check for updates, and in some cases, to read back through older posts I haven't yet had the pleasure of enjoying. These (you) people have become dear to me, like members of my ever-extending family.

In addition to those whose blogs already grace my growing blogroll, I also seek out new ones to add, as well as to just leave comments of encouragement for those who might need it. Sometimes I even learn something new! It is true that in the process of doing this I must wade through a lot of rubbish, but I think it's more than worth it... in order to find the true gems.

In light of this, consider today's post a huge toast, to all of you whose existence enriches my own! Cheers!
: )

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Happy Dance

Took my car to be repaired at about 8am and got it back by 4pm. How's that for service? A lot of shops wouldn't have had it done 'til the next day. Of course, we're about $550 poorer now... but hopefully it'll keep running long enough for me to find a job and get my first paycheck... but barring that, you nice people can always go to and sponsor me!
; )

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

A rose, by any other name...

Lydia is the #243 most common female name.
0.086% of females in the US are named Lydia.
Around 109650 US females are named Lydia!

Glider is a very rare last name.
Very few last names in the US are Glider.
Be proud of your unique last name!

Shelley is the #2532 most common last name.
0.005% of last names in the US are Shelley.
Around 12500 US last names are Shelley!

Unknown author, from the internet:

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.

From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, it looks like rain." And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." ...She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because we cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches... We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to... not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift... thrown away... Life is not a race. Take it slower.

Hear the music before the song is over.
To those who read this... I LOVE you & cherish our friendship.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!"

Green Pastures

I googled my full name, and to my surprise found a story I had written, "Green Pastures" posted on a Vietnamese website! If anyone reading this knows the language, I would love to hear what was said about my story... it's about halfway down the page:

It apparently was awarded 3.73 stars out of a possible 5!
: )

If you're honest with your responses, I think this quiz is pretty accurate!

Outgoing (E) 51.35% Withdrawn (I) 48.65%
Imaginative (N) 60% Realistic (S) 40%
Emotional (F) 56.76% Intellectual (T) 43.24%
Improvised (P) 65.63% Organized (J) 34.38%
Your type is: ENFP
You are an Inspirer, possible professions include: conference planner, HR development trainer, ombudsman, clergy, journalist, newscaster, career counselor, housing director, character actor, marketing consultant, musician/composer, artist, information-graphics designer, human resource manager, merchandise planner, advertising account manager, dietician/nutritionist, speech pathologist, massage therapist, editor/art director.
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