Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Women Can Be Devious.

Misty posted on her blog again....(FINALLY!!!!) about how she mowed the lawn......but only the front that she saw every day. Her hubby took exception to it and she said she threatened to use her weed-waking abilities next.
So this weekend he transformed the ENTIRE yard..........

I'll try and educate you men in the wily ways of women.

LMAO- reminds me of when I was a teen. I had gotten my first car- a 65 'Stang. Hardtop, black, with a three-speed manual tranny.

Well, I didn't mind working on it- but what I detested was not so much washing it but waxing it every weekend. So since I lived in a neighborhood with a bunch of teenage guys running around with nothing to do on the weekend but play football or baseball, I would park my 'Stang in the front yard in the shade, and wash and rinse it. Then I would pull it into the sun to dry.

Then after a few minutes drying, I would pull out the McGuire's wax and put a bit on the cloth and rub it on the car.....just a tiny bit on a spot about the size of a pack of hamburger buns....maybe a bit bigger but not by much. Then I would sit down for a few minutes and when it had dried- I would take another rag and wipe the wax off and buff it to a nice shine.

THEN I would walk around to the OTHER side of the car and start to put another bit of wax on it.

Never failed that the ball game had slowed considerably by that time as the guys watched me waxing the car. By the time I sat down in the shade to watch the OTHER bit of wax dry- the game stopped altogether and they came over to laugh at me and to inform me that I was doing that all WRONG.
(*Big innocent doe eyes....* REALLY?)
First they explained that I had to get the car out of the sun to wax it.
Because if you let the wax bake on the car in the sun it will ruin the finish.
(*Blinking in confusion*...."No way!!! Why didn't anyone tell me this?? I could have ruined my car!!"))
So they would move it into the shade and then they each had their own bit of advice for the "proper" way to wax the car.
(*Smiling* then *huge sigh* "Y'all make that look sooooo easy!!")
And before a half hour had went by I had a sparkling, shiny, waxed auto thanks to not knowing how to do it properly. (*Sweet innocent smile.*)
Of course I just happened to have a couple gallons of sweet, iced tea to cool them off while they were showing me how to properly maintain the beauty of my car. And I always thanked them profusely before they went back to their ball-game, laughing and shaking their heads at the dumb blond who - no matter how many times they tried to explain it to her- just couldn't get it right.

Paris Hilton had nothing on me- she had to do her OWN car.

Stumbled-Upon For My COMPUTER "SPECIALISTS"-Paulius, MC, Ozzy & Kato.

If Cars Were Like Computers

What If People Bought Cars Like They Buy Computers?

General Motors doesn't have a help line for people who don't know how to drive, because people don't buy cars like they buy computers, but imagine if they did...

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "I got in my car and closed the door and nothing happened!"

HelpLine: "Did you put the key in the ignition slot and turn it?"

Customer: "What's an ignition?"

HelpLine: "It's a starter motor that draws current from your battery and turns over the engine."

Customer: "Ignition? Motor? Battery? Engine? How come I have to know all these technical terms just to use my car?"

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "My car ran fine for a week and now it won't go anywhere!"

HelpLine: "Is the gas tank empty?"

Customer: "Huh? How do I know?"

HelpLine: "There's a little gauge on the front panel with a needle and markings from 'E' to 'F'. Where is the needle pointing?"

Customer: "It's pointing to 'E'. What does that mean?"

HelpLine: "It means you have to visit a gasoline vendor and purchase some more gasoline. You can install it yourself or pay the vendor to install it for you."

Customer: "What? I paid $12,000 for this car! Now you tell me that I have to keep buying more components? I want a car that comes with everything built in!"

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "Your cars suck!"

HelpLine: "What's wrong?"

Customer: "It crashed, that's what wrong!"

HelpLine: "What were you doing?"

Customer: "I wanted to run faster, so I pushed the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor. It worked for a while and then it crashed and it won't start now!

HelpLine: "It's your responsibility if you misuse the product. What do you expect us to do about it?"

Customer: "I want you to send me one of the latest version that doesn't crash any more!"

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "Hi, I just bought my first car, and I chose your car because it has automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering, power brakes, and power door locks."

HelpLine: "Thanks for buying our car. How can I help you?"

Customer: "How do I work it?"

HelpLine: "Do you know how to drive?"

Customer: "Do I know how to what?"

HelpLine: "Do you know how to drive?"

Customer: "I'm not a technical person. I just want to go places in my car!"

Now just imagine if General Motors built cars like Microsoft writes software, and that the same people who answer the phones at Microsoft were answering the General Motors helpline...
HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "I can get in through the driver's side door just fine, but I can't open the passenger's side."

HelpLine: "How did you try to open the passenger's side?"

Customer: "I pulled up on the handle, just like on the other side."

HelpLine: "People are always making that mistake. You have to push on the passenger's side. Remember, you're always moving the handle toward the left of the car. It's more consistent that way."

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "How do I turn my windshield wipers on?"

HelpLine: "There's a little button on the radio console..."

Customer: "Radio console??"

HelpLine: "Yes, it's more efficient to have all the controls in one central position. Look for the one with a shape like a piece of pie on it."

Customer: "And that's the windshield wiper button? I was always wondering what that did."

HelpLine: "People are always asking that. You'd think they'd be more familiar with the principles of graphic design."

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "My car will go forward, but when I put it in reverse, nothing happens."

HelpLine: "What model do you have?"

Customer: "It's a brand new 1994 Mongoose."

HelpLine: "Yes, but it is a 1994R with a big R or 1994r with a small r?"

Customer: "I don't know. Let me find out and I'll call you back."

HelpLine: "Alright, but let me tell you you've probably got the small r model. You'll need to upgrade to the big R version to go in reverse."

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "I just called about the car that wouldn't go in reverse."

HelpLine: "Well, yes, we get a lot of calls about that."

Customer: "It turns out I have the small r model. But I bought the one with the 'Reverse gear option'."

HelpLine: "Yes, that's the option to upgrade to a reverse gear."

Customer: "Why don't they all just come with a reverse gear in the first place?"

HelpLine: "Well, that's very difficult to do, even for our world-class engineers, and not everyone may want it. Also, it makes the car more complicated to drive. So we offer it as an option to our 'power drivers'."

Customer: "How come all the Jupiters have had it standard since 1974?"

HelpLine: "Ahem. Well, yes, they're not a market leader, they're just for people who really like working on cars. If you really want to get involved in those kinds of complicated details, go right ahead..."

HelpLine: "General Motors HelpLine, how can I help you?"

Customer: "My car just caught fire!"

HelpLine: "I see. And what model was it?"

Customer: "1994r Mongoose."

HelpLine: "Big or small..."

Customer: "...small r."

HelpLine: "And your registration number?"

Customer: "426917-woof-271828-arf-314159-spam."

HelpLine: "And where did you buy your car?"

Customer: "Fast Eddie's Sports-o-rama in Glendale."

HelpLine: "And what was the name of the salesman?"

Customer: "I don't remember."

HelpLine: "I see. Are you sure you didn't steal this car?"

Customer: "Of course I didn't steal it!"

HelpLine: "And would you be interested in purchasing our extended service contract...?"

Monday, July 30, 2007

Will The REAL Slim Shady, Please Stand up?


I heard a country song on the radio today that made me laugh my ass off.

I didn't catch the title of it- but it was something about being "So Much Cooler Online".

How honest are we online?
Me? I'm pretty damn honest about myself to YOU guys. You know how old I am- how many kids and grand-kids I have, and that I'm married to the man I consider to be the most wonderful in the world.

You also know I am blond, blue eyed, 5'6" tall and battling a bit of a weight problem, as well as a blood-pressure problem.
You know I love anything chocolate(which might can account for a good part of the weight issues since when I went on a chocolate abstinence the weight seems to be dropping MUCH faster) and I detest women drivers and my job.

You know I own a dog and have graciously been allowed to remain in the cats home....for the time being, that is.

I have some issues. Quite a few.

But ONLINE, I am a perfect-figured princess. I look nothing like I do irl except that I DID have that body when I was 19. BHK. (Before Having Kids). Seriously, I had long blond hair and a 19 inch waist. Do you KNOW how hard it is to find a pair of jeans that will go over 36 inch hips and still fit a 19 inch waist?

Anyway- I would be HAPPY to have that problem now as my ONLY issue.

I have pretty much the same personality online as I do irl. I like to talk both places, I have a smart-mouth both places- I am extremely jealous both places when it comes to my man- and I have a vicious temper both places. I also make friends easily but have a hard time keeping them in both places.

Wonder why?

I have seen people online that I know and when they describe themselves to others I think "WHO the HELL are YOU talking about?". You're 5'2 and a size 20. You have a jet-black Mohawk, and black make-up and you live in your parents basement and you're a GUY!!!!!.....the person you was describing is 5'10, all legs, a size 0 and has long blond curls to HER butt and lives in Palm Springs next door to Jack Nicholson and Julia Roberts. W-T-F???????

Do you not think that if or when this person actually meets you or sees a pic of you they won't notice those tiny discrepancies?
Effing Hell.

I can honestly say that I have flat out lied a couple of times when I met new people online about what I do for a living. Hubby asked why I did that and I told him ,honestly, that when I first meet someone- it's not a good idea to give out ALL the correct information....especially when you work in law enforcement of any type. Not only a bad idea for you, but for any people you love as well. You learn to be careful. So yes- I HAVE given out false information at times.....but for a very good reason.

But as I said- you guys know all about me. The REAL me cause I sure don't cut y'all any slack about my life.
So thank you for letting me be me.


Okay, first it was Second Life messing with me and now it's Blogger.

I went back to the blog I just commented on and this time there IS a comments bar.

So, being Southern, I apologized on there....and now on here as well.

Sorry Pink Drama!!!!!!!

Now if I could only figure out how to add that blog to my favs list, because now it won't let me do that either!!!!

Computers hate me.

WHAT...............No Comment??????????

Have you ever ran into a blog that you really, really liked and wanted to comment on, but it didn't have a comments bar so you couldn't leave a comment?

I was fishing(for new blogs to read on the RANDOM selector) and I came across one like that.

Dang, if that wasn't the most annoying thing ever, I don't know what is.

I don't get it. I mean, who would want to blog but not want feedback?

Odd, I tell you.....VERY odd......... and the oddest part was that she was southern and was addressing manners and how people in the south have different rules than anyone else and how when someone asks "how are you" it's considered extremely rude to at least not SMILE at them. Isn't not having a comment bar on your blog the blogosphere equivalent of that?
I think maybe it is......

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Who Want's To Be A Super Hero?.......

I know- several posts in 2 days. Lucky you.

All I have to say about this show is........."I think I may have thrown up a little in my mouth."

What a bunch of SUPERLOSERS!!!!!!

It's so bad it's not even bad enough to be good.


Stuff.....& Things.....

Just so I'm not accused of not liking guys with hair .......here are some sexy guys WITH hair....LOTS of it. And again, don't have a photo of Pauli I can add to these....dammit.
I gotta get my house organized. I can't find anything.

Okay- here's the deal.........I want to scan a few photos I have so I can put them on discs for my kids. One of their Christmas prezzies. I always like to buy them something nice for Christmas- and then give them something from the heart.......like a couple years ago- I gathered up all their favorite recipes, (like the ones I mentioned in my post a couple back....stuff they LOVE and clamor for that I only make on special occasions), and then I wrote 'em all out and copied them and got one of those little mini photo albums and put all the recipes in it for them........they loved it and every year I have given them a few to add to it. When I'm gone they wont regret not asking for those recipes- they'll already have em. Same thing with these photos I am going to give them- they won't have to fight over who gets what photos- they will have copies of them all already.

Anyway- back to what i was talking about first.....I wanted to do this totally on my own-
Find photos, Scan photos, transfer photos to disc......stuff I usually just ask Paulius to do for me. But Pauli's and Ozzy's posts about them not always wanting to be the "computer guys" kinda hit a nerve with me and I realized that I HAVE become lazy about learning anything new on the computer. I mean, I am married to a computer "specialist", and he can do anything I want done in about a TENTH of the time it will take me to learn how to do it- so I usually take the easy way out and just ask him to do it for me. Of course I usually make his tea, and keep him supplied with food or soda, or beer or whatever he wants while he's doing it- but as I said- I have gotten lazy.
So I found a photo I have wanted scanned for ages to see if I could do it before gathering up all the REST of the hundred and fifty photos.....and I can't find the printer/scanner/fax machine manual. So I CAN'T do it myself til I find it. Dammit.
And this is the kind of thing that happens increasingly more often now. I want to do something, try to do it- and can't find a key element to doing what I want to do.
It's frustrating- because I WANT to do something- I finally have the ENERGY to do something ambitious- and I get smacked down before I even get started.
This is why I like things organized.

Before I got married, I used to keep my food cabinets organized to the point of having all the spices together....having the canned goods together, having all the baking stuff together, all the boxed foods together...etc....and EVERY one of those things were set out in alphabetical order. I could have went blind and been perfectly at home and able to function because everything had a place and I knew EXACTLY where that place was. Not just foods- everything had a place. Blankets. Linens. cleaning supplies, clothes, magazines, books, photos......you name it.

And once again....I have gotten lazy about keeping it up.
And now when I get ready to organize things again- it will take a month to get them they way I want them. And I can see a few arguments between Pauli and I about keeping things up when they get organized. I can't wait to get a new place where he has a separate room for his office so I can just close the door on the desk...but we won't go there again.
As he has told you, it's not that he is messier than me really, it's just that my tolerance level for clutter is about a hundredth of a notch under his tolerance level- so I cave and start clearing up before he does and so it seems like I am always doing the housework- which isn't true- he just does some of it while I'm at work so I never really SEE him doing it. Altho I DO notice when I come home- but he's usually in bed by then so I forget to thank him or comment on it when we wake the next day.

Anyway- I need to get organized again. And I need to not be lazy about learning computer stuff- at least learning how to do some of the minor things like copy my own stuff out on paper- and scan, and transfer photos from the camera chip to photo paper and such.

The sad thing is- when Pauli was over in the UK and the only way we had to communicate was on the net- I could DO all this stuff.....It's how we met- he was my tutor in learning how to do all this stuff on the computer. And all I had to do was get him on ICQ- and ask a question, and he would walk me thru it....and I would write everything down so I could do it next time without having to have help....or without having to have TOO much help.

Now that he's here tho when he tries to show me how to do something- it's just that- he shows me how to do it visually- and I don't get to write it down. But therein lies the problem as well....I have to have BOTH a visual AND written instructions to be able to do anything like this. I learn by doing- not by watching so much. I like to write it down as I am seeing it done....then JUST watch once- and then try it on my own with a mentor there so I can ask any questions that may arise.......once I do these things I can do ANYTHING and don't usually have to ask again. But if any of these steps are missing...I'm totally and thoroughly LOST.

Time consuming, yes- but worth it in the end if you want to be free of having to do stuff for me.


Paulius freaked me out a little bit yesterday......He asked me what I thought about the idea of doing a reading for EC4A. I laughed and said I would if he ever wanted me to- but I just hoped everyone could understand me. I have a strong southern accent, mind you. To me I sound like a total hick unless I'm using my professional voice which I suppose I'll have to do if he has me do an episode of EC4A.
Y'all know me- I LOVE to talk.


Speaking of loving things, I LOVE our new weight bench.
I didn't realize how out of shape I had gotten- until I tried to life 40 lbs of weights on the bar.
Nope- not gonna happen.....so I tried 30.....nope...not that either....so I opted out for twenty and the bar which is.....an 8 pound bar I think...anyway. I have worked up to 2 sets of 25 presses so far, and on the leg work I am using 20 also....I'm about to bump those up to 30 tho, it just doesn't seem like much of a workout with only 20. I know that less weigh- more reps is what I want to tone instead of to build muscle- but I think I'm doing too little weight and that will just totally defeat my purpose.
I love watching Paulius work out with the weights as well. I think that's probably the best part of having them.
I just wanna throw a shout out to Saffy and to Paulius- because SHE inspired me to start working out with the weights (and she hated exercise like that as much as I did- so I figured that if Saffy can do it- so can I!!!!!.and another By-note...Saffy, you look effing FANTASTIC, Girl!!!!)and Paulius gave the the awesomely FUN DVD for the cardio workout.

He was a bit hesitant about giving it to me- he didn't want to give me the impression that he thought I was fat and needed it- but he knew I have been trying to lose this bit of weight for a while now and had hit a plateau and needed something to kick the loss back into gear. And the DVD he gave me was perfect....something I love doing to make it FUN again.
I'm not the typical female who gets pissed if you try and help me out by doing something sweet like that......the only time I AM typically female about the weight issue is if we're out eating and I decide to treat myself with a tiny slice of cake or a pack of peanut M&Ms or a milkshake and anyone tells me that I don't NEED whatever it is I am getting ready to eat because it will ruin my diet.
EXCUSE ME- my body- my decision- I DESERVE a treat once in a while and BELIEVE me-before I put anything like that in my mouth I think LONG and HARD about how much work it has taken to lose the weight I have already lost- and how much work it will take to keep from gaining any weight back by eating the treat.
I can HANDLE it.
If you wanna do something to help me out- offer to walk with me after dinner...I love to talk and I love company.

Well, I also wanna thank my family who came by last weekend and did all that yard-work for me. The only thing that didn't get done was the fire-pit and that's because I haven't quite decided where exactly I want it- but I promise- by the time cool weather rolls around- The fire-pit will be installed and ready for those cool evenings and nights.

Thank you to:
Eddie and Julie and their boys; T.J.,(7)Christopher(3), Austin(6) and Justin(3).
Frank and Marie and their boys; Devon(6) and Nicholas(1).
(You might laugh- but those boys wanted to be in the thick of the work(play to them) and enjoyed every second of it.....amazed us and made US laugh just watching them have fun with all the limbs and piles of wood chips and piles of grass.)
And Paul for braving the sun and heat to spend time with our brood.

It was a lot of fun....and a lot of work too .....and I appreciate every blade of grass that was mowed, every limb that was cut, and every wood chip that was shoveled and raked into place. But thanks most of all for caring enough to do it for us. I love you all dearly.

I have decided to keep the Ask Miz Claus blog........even if no-one reads it it will be here. I think more than anyone I need it for me.

I think that's about all for today.............. Later all!!!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Should She Stay or Should She Go?

Meet Miz Santa.

I started a blog last year called Ask Miz Santa....and I'm trying to decide if I should continue it or if I should delete it.

On the one hand, I feel people really need help decorating for Christmas, because from the past few years I have seen less and less people who actually decorate their homes to celebrate Christmas. BUT- on the other hand, I'm not sure anyone would actually read it......of course, it could become the family manual for checking after I am gone.

One of the greatest joys of my childhood(and yes, my adulthood too) was/is to go out on a drive at night during the holiday season to see the holiday lights. There used to be so many people who would dress their lawns with a colorful light display of one sort or the other. Either an outside tree would be festooned with lights, or the fence would be strung with them. Some really adventurous ones would put a Santa and sleigh with miniature reindeer on their roofs or beside the front porch. At the very least you could see the brightly lit Christmas trees twinkling from the front window as you passed by.

Nowadays, you aren't likely to see a tree in a window. Front living-rooms have been replaced with Family rooms and Great-rooms placed in the back if the house. And it's sad. Christmas villages are popular now to decorate the inside of the homes- but thy're sometimes expensive and not to easy to see from outside.....and usually these are put on a mantle or a table inside the home away from a window. I can fix all that.

There's a town located a few miles away....quite a FEW miles away (about a hundred)from us that is called Christmastown. This is a PERFECT example of what MY idea of holiday decorating should be like.

I haven't been there in about 5 years- but this year, I think I am going to get all my grands and make the trip. You have to arrive there about 5pm.....the line is about an hour wait from the main highway- so if you wanna go- make sure you bring a small snack. Restrooms are at restaurants- altho if the town planners were smart they would set up a few port-a-potties along the wait area before you actually get to the display area.

We usually do all that before we start out....then after we do a pass thru of the town, we stop at a nice place and have a family dinner together.

It gets me geared up for the holiday season.

And this year I WILL have all my shopping done, and all my wrapping finished before Thanksgiving.

I haven't been too good about it since my Dad's passing, but this year I am ready to tackle the world and have pretty lights and wonderful smells again. My Dad loved Christmas almost as much as I do and he would be very unhappy if he knew his great-grands had been missing out on all of our family traditions all this time. So this year I'm going to do it right. For ALL of us.

So.....in view of all that I have told you......should Ask Mis Santa stay- or should the blog go?

NOT a Good Day.....Week........Month................




When it rains, it pours..........

Literally, which was the LEAST of my problems today.

Doesn't THAT sound promising?

Didn't think so.

Well, first of all- everyone except Paulius and my kids have wanted to argue with me this week....about EVERYTHING... from what my job entails, to how much I owe on a certain item, to what the best way to run my life is- to what a real friend is.

My blood sugar has dropped for the past three days at work, and our effing CAT is driving me to the edge of insanity- no joke- when I came in from work tonight I was so mad at him I could have chopped his tail off- RIGHT BEHIND HIS EARS.
I was so mad I had to go lie down for a few minutes before dealing with him.
I don't believe in being cruel to animals- but he is soooooooooooo pushing his luck with me. And NO - it ISN'T time for my monthly cycle- so don't even GO there.

A GOOD friend of mine is no longer reading my blog because I didn't include them in my list of three people who read my blog that I would like to spend the day with.
I tried explaining that the reason that they weren't included in that list was because I consider them to be a RL friend- that we HAVE met IRL and we have spent time together IRL- on more than one occasion. They aren't someone who I know only thru the blog. Maybe I shouldn't have included Saffy either....we have talked many times on SKYPE and we get along famously as well....I consider her one of my closest friends as well even tho we have never met face to face, but HOPE to soon. Anyway, I'm sorry they got upset but I think my POV was a valid one.
I would rather be considered a RL friend than a cyberspace only friend.

A relative- you know who you are- thinks that they know everything about my and Paulius situation- which SHE doesn't- and she is the type to think just because she rules the roost at HER house- she can stick her nose in MINE-.....well let me tell you something sister- you don't- and you wont...I have had about all I am going to take of your effing MOUTH and next time you open your mouth to "let me know what's what", I am going to knock about 20 of your effing teeth out- just like I promised you.....and the other 6 will be loose. So get and KEEP your nose OUT of my business.

(Pauli has no idea he married such a redneck hellcat, but if it keeps up, he's gonna see her come shining thru)

I'm worried about my sis as well, she needs surgery- she took some tests yesterday and saw the surgeon today and he STRONGLY recommended surgery for tomorrow.....she said no- that she was booked at work until the 8th of August, and he told her she was taking her life in her own hands if she postponed it for that long. She scheduled it for the 3rd when she began hurting at work this evening. Tomorrow had already been booked when she changed her mind. Her gall bladder is about to rupture. Sis is just like Daddy- he suffered almost 10 years with problems before going to the doctor and being diagnosed with prostate cancer. If he had given in and went sooner he might still be with us today. maybe.......but we will never know.
As much as me and my sis fuss and argue(and she isn't the aforementioned relative, btw) I love her dearly and it would devastate me to lose her.

And to top it all off.......remember me telling you about George Nori doing the OUIJA board experiment tonight?
Well, he canceled it. He said he couldn't take the responsibility of anything happening to one of his listeners while the experiment went on air.
On the one hand- I am really glad he isn't going to do it.....I had some serious doubts...no fears about it....I wouldn't have listened because I am sensitive to things like that.....BUT, on the other hand, I am a bit disappointed in him at the same time. I can understand his reluctance, but it WOULD have been a great experiment and anyone who didn't want to listen could have done the same thing I was going to do.....NOT LISTEN.
I can say this- it took a LOT of courage for him to take the risk of letting the ratings drop by saying NO to the broadcasting of that particular experiment. And for THAT- I applaud him.
But I am still disappointed in not being able to see what HIS results would have been.

I think that will be all I comment on at this time........I have to go meditate now.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

On Another Note.....

Why Worry?

Now I ask you-....why should a man worry about losing his hair and being bald? Some of the sexiest men in the entire world are bald. Including my hubby ,at times ,but who I don't have a pic of to add to this list.

Damn if this isn't one big ole bowl of awesome.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Three Things.....

Short but Sweet.............PROMISE!

Three things that made me happy today......

1)Sleeping in and a fantastic Snuggle with my hubby
2)Making a blackberry cobbler pie for hubby and him loving it
3)Getting to relax and read a whole book without an interuption

Three things that made me unhappy today........

1)Getting mosquitoe bit about a dozen times while I was fishing this afternoon
2)Forgetting to take my B/P meds, yet AGAIN
3)Getting stuck by a million thorns while I was picking blackberries to make that aforementioned pie

Three things I 'm looking forward to...........

1)The birth of my newest grandbaby-due on the day before my Birthday!!!!
2) A chocolate malted milkshake when we find out the sex of the expected baby
3)next weekend....(yes, already)

Three people that read my blog I'd like to hang with for a day .........

1) Saffy
3)MC Etcher

Actually more than those three but since it was a THREE mem......

TAG- You're IT!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Organized Chaos....Is there such a thing?

I gotta get my own desk.

Before Paulius came over and we got married, I had bought a HUGE Executive desk for us. It's one of the ultra big ones- two small top drawers, two large file drawers and a large top- big enough for us both to work at.....or so I thought.

I can't deal with it. Paulius and I have two TOTALLY different styles when it comes to our desktops being organized.
When I write, I have to have the top of it cleared off except for the essential computer gear...ie the monitor,the printer, the mouse and the keyboard. I would prefer that the computer itself be on a shelf under the desk. And MAYBE a drink on top so I don't have to jump up and down while I'm trying to concentrate.
Anything else is just too much clutter for me to deal with and is sooo distracting.

Paulius has a different system. It's what I like to call "Organized Chaos". Sitting on our desktop this moment(and driving me completely NUTS) is the printer, the computer, the keyboard, the monitor, the mouse, the graphics pad, the game-control, the microphone, the headset with microphone, a change bank, two speakers, a pack of cigs, a book, a GuildWars package, all the booklets that come WITH the GuildWars package, a memorex case, two bags of chips a bottle of acetaminophen,, the digital camera, a cup, a glass, two cans of orange soda(one empty and one mine I am drinking as I write this), two plates, a small pair of scissors, a wallet, a comb(mine) a wooden case we keep the mail in, a big pile of assorted papers, and the wireless receiver. He can happily sit and work, write and play games with all that surrounding him.

Not me.

I used to straighten it up before I came to do my writing, but when I do I don't know what half the things are- and Paulius has everyhting in a certain order so he can't find anything when I do and I don't know what the things are to be able to know where it is when he asks for it, so rather than clear it up I just leave it now.
Paulius hardly ever fusses about me "straightening up" the desk, but I KNOW it has to annoy him when I do and then can't find the things he was working with when HE needs them. I have tried and tried to figure out a way to make this one desk thing work for us, but it's impossible. I have my style- and he has his. SOOOOO...

........I SUPPOSE I'll just have to make the supreme sacrifice and buy myself a desk of my own.....
......of course that also means we WILL need another computer for it.
.....I KNOW!!!!! I'll get a LAPTOP for it!! ....and another big comfy office chair!!!
................ I can have my little cubbies for my games, and my music. And I can have all my stuff the way I want it........off the desktop.
..............OWWWWW!! I'll get one of those Computer Armoires!! That way EVERYTHING can be stored out of sight completely when I'm not working!!!
I LIKE that idea!!!!!!
................I have to go now- I need to shop for an armoire.

Saturday, July 14, 2007


Me thinks Buddy and Leonard are related to these two!!

Read on and you'll see what I mean.



Excerpts from a Dog's Diary*

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Diary*:

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Al though I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear th e noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe, for now..........

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bad news....

First of all I want to thank all of you who said a prayer for my baby girl who was waiting for news on her pregnancy.

We went to the doctors office for the second ultrasound today and got the bad news that the pregnancy has ceased. That was how the doctor worded it.

It's heartbreaking, but I firmly believe that even things like this happen for a reason. We may not understand why at first, and it certainly doesn't make bad things easier to bear, but someday maybe we will understand why.

But until then, we will grieve the little one that almost was, and keep it in our hearts and memories forever.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Explaination Please????

Has anyone seen the WENDY'S commercial....you know, the one where the guy is in the red pigtails wig in the forest and there are about 50 people standing around kicking the trees as he's talking?

Can ANYONE explain to me the significance of the people kicking the trees?

For the life of me I have thought and thought and brainstormed til my head hurts and the significance STILL escapes me. So if anyone of you brainiacs can tell me I'd appreciate it....my head would appreciate it as well, altho the aspirin companies will not like you because their sales will be reduced drastically since it won't be giving me headaches to get rid of anymore.

Hahahahaha..........Seriously- It's driving me nuts not to be able to figure it out.

Good Weekend!!!!!!! WOOT!!!!!!!!!

Hmmmm.....for some reason I'm having a problem getting my post titles to type in.
Eh- the net hates me- I've come to this conclusion. Had the same problem yesterday and then Paulius came over and in two clicks fixed it. I try the same thing- and nothin'.

I had a strange weekend. We have a nice sized circle in our front yard- it is outlined with cross-ties, otherwise known as rail-road ties, and is about 24 feet by 30 feet and has a few maple trees, an oak tree, a couple of cedar trees, a few bushes, a huge rose bush and about 25 lob-lolly pines-all small-less than 5 feet tall. It also had a couple of Bradford pear trees and a dogwood tree in it.

My son and I got out Thursday morning and in a fell swoop cut all the lob-lollies down. Then we took out the dogwood tree because it was too close to one of the big maple trees. We also took down the Bradford pear trees- they were also too close to the bigger maples and they also like to break limbs in the summer storms we have in South Carolina. We also cut down a couple of strange bushes that neither of us could identify.

Didn't get finished tho- we still have about 20 oak saplings to cut down but we have to move a load of river rocks before we can get to them. AND we have to haul all those trees/saplings/bushes we cut down to the ravine. Then I wanna cut the grass. There's a small shallow ridge along the top half of the circle that I want to line with the river rocks and then I'll be ready to start polishing the area up to set out the patio set.

I hope that come autumn we will have a really nice place to sit and have a bite outside or to sit around and have a few drinks while watching the sun set. Maybe a fire-pit as well so we can use it well into cool weather.

It's strange that I am interested in this landscaping project- I'm not really what you would call an outside person-unless I'm off to the mountains to do some camping or to the backyard to shoot some hoops or to the lake to do some fishing. I LOVE all three of those activities.

I also acquired a weight bench this weekend. A co-worker was cleaning out his storage unit and decided he was going to get rid of his weight bench and weights. So he asked if I would like to have them since I had told him about my moms and my escapade with the local gym.....did I tell y'all about that? No?
Okay, well short story is this..... my mom decided she wanted to join the local gym....we went and checked the place out. She loved it- I loved it so she decided that since I am on a tight budget she was going to treat me to the membership so we could go together- quality time for mom and daughter. Well, there was a weeks trial membership for free so we began with that. And in the following week, I went everyday except one(I had a migraine) and she went exactly ONCE. Then she decided that she was too busy to bother with a gym and so we didn't join.

Anyway, Jay knew about that so he gave the set to me just to get it out of his way because he wants to stop renting the unit and he has nowhere to store it, and it was too much bother to try and advertise and sell it.

Awesome. He brought it to me on Friday and after some finagling finally wrestled it into the truck and I got it home. He couldn't find the bar and the actual weights but over the next couple weeks he's getting the unit cleared out so he said he would bring them to me. And is not then we can get a set at Wal-Mart for about 40 bucks so that won't be a problem. I think it will be great for me and Paulius to be able to use it and spot each other.

I feel so much better now that I've had a bit of a rest from the job now for a couple of days. maybe by next month I'll be singing second shifts praises.
Now THAT'LL be a change, won't it?

Now- my daughter(Julie) and daughter-in-law(Kathy) are both expecting and are due about the same time too.
My daughter had the bad docs visit last week- or maybe it was week and a half ago, but she has since stopped worrying about something being wrong and miscarrying.....seems she had to buy a new swimsuit because of "overhang" in both upper and lower body parts, so she says if that baby is growing that fast- there's no chance that she's gonna miscarry. The daughter-in-law is having the usual morning sickness and is happy as a lark in the spring. This is going to be a wonderful time for the both of them- I can just feel it in my bones.

Paulius and I got to sit and play a lovely game of SCRABBLE this morning too. It was neck to neck there for a while but in the last move he pulled ahead by 20+ points and won.
I thought about challenging him to a game of MONOPOLY but seeing as how I have never beaten him at the stupid game as long as I have known him, I figured I had best wait til maybe next weekend.....getting beaten by him twice in a weekend is just going to swell his head/ego. That would be a bad thing - he might not be able to fit his head thru the kitchen door to make his fantastic chicken/mozzarella/bacon dish he's making this evening.

Anyway...That's about it for my weekend so I'm off now to enjoy the REST of it!
Let's see if Paulius will work his majik again and show me how he did that post-title again........

(AH-HA!!!! Now I know the secret of the post-title mystery.
Thanks, sweetness.)

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Here We Go Again..........RANT!!!!!

I hate second shift.

I really do.
First of all- it seems as tho all I do all week is sleep and go to work. I have no time for a "normal life". By the time I wake up, I have time to shower, eat, get dressed and it's back to work I go.
Which I suppose I could deal with BUT-at the job site there is NO structure. I can't develop a routine on this shift. I basically have to stay IN the reception area until every one is gone. I have one quick trip to the sub-level to check the maintenance rooms at 5P and then it's back to the reception area.
Now, I do that again at 8P if there are still people in the building. But until every single person is gone and the site is empty- I have to stay put. I am used to doing a LOT of walking every night.
People are in that damn place until sometimes 11PM- and then after everyone is gone I have 5 buildings to check-1 with 1 floor & 2 areas, 1 with 2 floors & 9 areas, 2 with 4 floors & 4 areas, 1 with 4 floors and 25 areas. PLUS 7 parking areas and 2 parking decks which I have to secure so no one can use the stairs and elevators to get up into the building to vandalize or steal stuff.

THEN I still have to do all the paperwork for the shift as well. And do it all before Midnight.

But, that's not really the worst part of it. The worst is the drive TO work. 27 miles of the most GOD awful traffic at the worst time of day. Every single day I have driven to work I have almost been in an accident....if not for some VERY quick reflexes I would be in the hospital now.

I hate day shift. I hate stupid drivers. I hate dealing with the gossiping women I have to listen to. I hate the stupid patients who ask the dumbest questions(yes there IS such thing as a dumb question- I BEG to differ!), and I hate the pain-in-the-arse,- know-it-all, I'm-better-than everyone-else and my-poop-doesn't-smell doctors and nurses who treat us like trash.......and I hate the people I work with -with only one or MAYBE two exceptions.

I want my nice quiet night shift back.
I want my nice quiet orderly life back.

And now that I've had my little bitch session and ranted and vented, I hope things will calm down and I can create some kind of order in the chaos that is my work-life.
That's how it usually works.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

I See No Good Coming From This Experiment.

On July 25th, George Nori is planning on experimenting with a Ouija board on air.

Speaking from experience- BAD BAD IDEA!

Now I don't want to come off as some kinda kook.....(Too Late?)....but almost every female in my family on my mom's side is "tuned in" when it comes to psychic abilities-(a couple of the guys as well but they aren't as open about it as the women are)-, in one way or another. In the mountain area where they originated from we would all be called "mountain witches". When we all get together strange things happen. Sometimes it only takes a couple of us together for strange things to begin happening. A few of us tried a seance once- it was not a good experience. I don't care to repeat it.

I also believe that the more people that passionately believe in something- the better the chance that things actually WILL happen.

Now, imagine, if you will, putting those two things together. You have a LOT of "sensitive" people out there that listen to Coast-To-Coast on a nightly basis. You also have a lot of people who aren't "sensitive" but passionately believe in the things that are discussed on that show. And those believers are in the millions.

Mr. Nori says he isn't doing this experiment to unleash anything on the world- in fact he emphatically says he hopes nothing does happen out of the ordinary. But he's playing with fire- and with all the believers listening to him it's going to be a HUGE mistake.

Mark my words.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Wasted Days & Wasted Nights...........

It's disgusting.

Paulius is so talented- I feel like a complete and utter nothing beside him sometimes.

I mean, He has a degree- that he can actually USE. I have several- but none I can really use at this point in my life.
He goes on Second life- and has not one but TWO professions in the game....and is awesome at both of them. (He's a Clothes Designer AND a Photographer), And now- not only is he Blogging but has a Podcast that makes me want to listen and- more importantly- makes me LAUGH.
That's not an easy thing to do with podcasts. I can listen to them and rarely do I find them even MILDLY amusing.
Blogs are the same thing, rarely do I find one that I read every day- and those are bookmarked and in my Favorites. I have 5 in my list. I would have SIX- but someone is taking one of the LONGEST hiatus' I have ever seen. You know who you are, Cindy. OOps....sorry bout that.

Don't get me wrong- I LOVE that paulius is so talented, it's one of the reasons I love him so much- altho I would love him even if his only talent was being able to spit baccky juice 6 inches into a spitoon....but I sometimes feel I have wasted half my life. So many things I would do differently. I would be a better parent. I wouldn't marry so young. I would have taken a totally different career path. I would have laughed more- and worried less.
Is it too late to be a better person?
I hope not.

Monday, July 02, 2007

And so it begins..........

And so it begins...my new second shift work schedule.

I have it on my own today.....Hope I can keep it all straight.

It's the same place- but different shift. And TOTALLY different duties.

We'll have to wait and see, eh?