Monday, October 31, 2005

Need a pick-me-up?

*nudge* *poke* *jiggle* *tickle* ~ I thought that would get you ;) "It's time to get up" hehe

(make sure you click the link "cafe latte'" below)

Start your week off good have a cafe latte'!
I hope you enjoy it, have a great Monday and a great week!


OH YEAH......HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Happy Friday!

It's Friday! Let's have happy hour(or two), ok?














Cheers! Have a great weekend! Cya later!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

At work?

Have any of you ever gone on your computer at work and ventured off to a site that would not be appropriate for work? Come on, admit it! Well, Jim West, the Mayor of Spokane Washington does not want to admit it… even though there are 1,800 files (at least half of them, photos) on his, city-owned computer proving it.

City Councilwoman, Cherie Rodgers said, “From what I've been told by a city attorney, the mayor's computer contains pornographic pictures and probably very sexually descriptive correspondence with people he met on chat lines with his City Hall computer.”

West is going to court to try to stop the release of the dirty photographs and the transcripts of the chats found on his official computer.

Hmmmm…I wonder what possessed him to do this on his computer AT WORK?

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Seven seven seven seven seven seven seven

I was tagged by very cool girl, BeckEye...

Seven things I want to do before I die:

1. Get married
2. Travel to Italy
3. Buy my favorite car to my specs
4. Have my dream home
5. See more of the US
6. Have a fun job (or none with a sugar daddy…j/k)
7. Invent something spectacular

Seven things I can do (Skills Napoleon):

1. Cut a deck of cards with only my left hand, without putting them on the table (I am right handed)
2. Whistle at an eardrum breaking level
3. Harmonize to Edwin McCain (I’ll Be)
4. French braid hair
5. Analyze everything
6. Say 3 words in Vietnamese (I learned from my nail guy)
7. Drink a really good frozen margarita

Seven things I cannot do:

1. Speak a foreign language
2. Eat oysters or other slimey things
3. Drink Gin….*cringe*
4. Hurt someone’s feelings intentionally (I just can’t)
5. Play lacrosse
6. Riverdance
7. Standing back flip

Seven things I say a lot:

1. That’s amazing
2. Cool
3. I love you
4. Baby
5. Uh, yeah
6. I promise
7. Nu uh

Seven things I find attractive in a male:

1. Muscular arms
2. Brown eyes
3. Dark hair
4. Tall, medium build (hmmm….tall dark handsome!)
5. Honest
6. Intelligent
7. Respectful

Seven celebrity crushes:

1. Antonio Sabato, Jr.
2. Antonio Banderas
3. Orlando Bloom
4. Brad Pitt
5. Johnny Depp
6. Bruce Springsteen
7. Edwin McCain

Seven random people who have to do this next:

1. Carl (you have to do it this time!) ok?
2. Calzone (ok baby?)
3. Jiggs (please?)
4. Dave (I know you will, right?)
5. Robmcj (it will give you a topic to blog!?!)
6. Hotboy (we all want to see!)
7. Goan Pao (since we haven't seen you for a while)

I tried to spare those of you I have tagged previously, but I know I hit some of you again....so please, if I did, it's ok right?

Monday, October 24, 2005

Almost Realistic!

Happy Monday everyone!
These are amazing! Here are some unbelievable 3D paintings for you to enjoy!






Have a super fantastic day!

Friday, October 21, 2005

It's Time!



It's Friday, and it's time!

What time is it where you are?


Have an excellent day and fabulous weekend!
~ cya later

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Jet-setters vs. The Jetsons

Wednesday blah! I did find an interesting story. Does everyone remember seeing those shows on tv years ago about the "futuristic homes"? It seemed like it would never happen as it was too far away in the future, or unrealistic. Well, it's here, just think of your grandparents when you read this one. Hope everyone has a good day!

St. George, Utah is going high tech with their seniors. The futuristic, fiber optic, digital homes in Sun River community of people 55 and older went online and for sale last week. These jetsetter seniors will have the latest technology and be able to control everything, including security, phone service, and temperature controls through a home network.
Lighting, entertainment systems and security can be accessed from remote locations. They will even be alerted to any problems by email. Their community intranet will also keep these residents up to date on current events and local news.
Developer Darcy Stewart says these homes are even equipped to handle the evolution of technology once it becomes available.
One thing that is so revolutionary about the features in these homes for this senior community is that they are simple, easy to use and wrapped up in a reasonably priced home. These home networks can be used with a touch screen mounted system in their home or a connection to any personal computer, laptop or any other personal digital assistant / device that displays a Web page.


"It's all about convenience," said Kevin Marquess, builder sales manager with Honeywell. "You have remote access to everything."
It's the Jetson's in modern day! Go Granny Go!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Answers to Buggtastic Brain Busters

1. If Brazil is east of New York, cross out all the W’s and X’s. If not, cross out all the A’s. If Henry VIII lived in the same century as Columbus, cross out all the Y’s. If not, cross out the M’s and N’s. If Golden Gate Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world, cross out all the S’s and E’s. If not, cross out all the I’s and Z’s. What word do you have left?

M X Y E Z W N X Y Z S I I X Y A Z W X I

MENSA

2. (You may have seen this in a slightly different form, but this version has an unusual twist to it.) It was a bring-your-own-food party, but not everybody could contribute food. The agreement was that those who couldn’t bring edibles would chip in some cash. Sally brought a certain number of pies, Jane brought one more than Sally, and Hector brought one more than Jane. William brought nothing, but asked them to divide the nice little pies equally, and he would pay. The four split the pies evenly. There was a total of a dozen pies, each worth $1.00. How much should each of them get or pay?

Sally brought ~ 3 pies
Jane brought 1 more than Sally ~ 4 pies
Hector brought 1 more than Jane ~ 5 pies
William brought no pies
Total ~ 12 pies
They split the 12 pies equally ~ each get 3 pies
William pays Sally $0
William pays Jane $1
William pays Hector $2
EACH GET 3 PIES AND PAY $3


3. If Susan is 10, Arabella is 20, and Jim and Neal are both 5, but Richard is 10, how much is Jennifer by the same system?

Jennifer is 15, in a system that awards 5 for each syllable

4. The Puzzleland toy store may go out of business soon because of the owner’s idea of pricing. He charges $6 for a doll, $7.50 for a train, $4.50 for a top, and $12 for a paint set. By the same rules, what does he charge for a bicycle?

A bicycle costs $10.50 at this toy store. The owner charges $1.50 for each letter

Buggtastic Brain Busters

Okay, these questions will make you think a little, but they are not too terribly hard. Post your answers, but don't cheat by looking at the other blogger's answers. If you don't want to play, just say hello or leave a comment! Carl, you are exempt, but you have to post a comment, any comment(but be nice), ok?

1. If Brazil is east of New York, cross out all the W’s and X’s. If not, cross out all the A’s. If Henry VIII lived in the same century as Columbus, cross out all the Y’s. If not, cross out the M’s and N’s. If Golden Gate Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world, cross out all the S’s and E’s. If not, cross out all the I’s and Z’s. What word do you have left?

M X Y E Z W N X Y Z S I I X Y A Z W X I



2. (You may have seen this in a slightly different form, but this version has an unusual twist to it.) It was a bring-your-own-food party, but not everybody could contribute food. The agreement was that those who couldn’t bring edibles would chip in some cash. Sally brought a certain number of pies, Jane brought one more than Sally, and Hector brought one more than Jane. William brought nothing, but asked them to divide the nice little pies equally, and he would pay. The four split the pies evenly. There was a total of a dozen pies, each worth $1.00. How much should each of them get or pay?


3. If Susan is 10, Arabella is 20, and Jim and Neal are both 5, but Richard is 10, how much is Jennifer by the same system?



4. The Puzzleland toy store may go out of business soon because of the owner’s idea of pricing. He charges $6 for a doll, $7.50 for a train, $4.50 for a top, and $12 for a paint set. By the same rules, what does he charge for a bicycle?

Give it your best shot. I will post the answers later. Have fun, cya later!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Are you my mother?

Last week in Seattle, Debby Cantlon’s dog gave birth to litter of puppies. That is not the unusual part of this story.
Debby had taken in an orphaned squirrel to nurse it back to health.
Her Pappillion

(Mademoiselle Giselle) kept dragging the squirrel’s cage to her bedside while she was in labor.
After some concern, Debby finally let the squirrel out of it’s cage. Giselle coaxed the squirrel to join the litter once the pups were born.
Since then, the squirrel nurses right along side the puppies.
Debby said the squirrel’s name is Finnegan. “As in, ‘Finnegan, begin again.’”

So, the little squirrel found a mommy!
That is incredible!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Sweet 16 or Not?

A family in Arkansas just added the 16th sibling to their family.

That is right, you heard me, Michelle Duggar just delivered her 16th child. Jim Bob, a former state representative and Michelle now have had 16 children in their 22 years of marriage. She has had all of these children in an 18-year period, which made her pregnant almost every year since her first child was born (when she was 21 ~ 4 years after they were married).
Jim Bob, 40 and Michelle, 39 said they still want more children, "We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them.”

They have been building a new 7,000-foot home for the last two years. It includes dormitory-style bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, 4 washers and 4 dryers. The home should be finished some time before December.

Each child’s name starts with the letter “J” and there are two sets of twins. “Joshua, 17; John David and Janna, 15; Jill, 14; Jessa, 12; Jinger, 11; Joseph, 10; Josiah, 9; Joy-Anna, 8; Jeremiah and Jedidiah, 6; Jason, 5; James, 4; Justin, 2; Jackson Levi, 1; and now Johannah (the newest edition or should I say addition).”

I just cannot imagine that! I mean, being pregnant is a way of life for her. How do they have time to….???? …uh, well, I guess they do!
*~*~*~*~*~
Speaking of babies! We all know that Tom and Katie will be having a baby. They will most likely be following the delivery guidelines of the Church ~ Scientology. This is a “silent birth”, which means no music and no talking during the birth, which also means no screaming during the pains of labor. According to the doctrine, the first seven days after a child is born, (s)he cannot be talked to, prodded, poked or tested. They feel there is so much trauma during the birth that the baby shouldn't have to experience any further discomfort or sensory experience that could return later in life to haunt them. I wonder if Tom will be able to contain himself in the delivery room, since he couldn't help himself from jumping up and down on the couch when he was on the Oprah show. Hmmm...but I don't believe the doctrine says anything about jumping up and down. Maybe they will move a couch into the delivery room for him! haha
There is only one thing to say about that….. “Huh? They can not even talk to or hold their baby for the first week of it’s life?”

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Rock-a-bye Husband?

An unusual contest is held in the northeastern state of Kelantan, Malaysia. The Islamic government will hold a lullaby contest for women to sing their husbands to sleep. The government is trying to change their assertive image by organizing the first pop music concert in the state for 15 years.
They feel this contest will make families stronger.
The chief minister, Nik Aziz Nik Mat said "This is important. For example, a husband returns home tired and when the wife sings to him, he can sleep soundly. When he awakes, he is a happy man and this will help build a great relationship between husband and wife. We will have judges to evaluate the songs."
There would be requirements of dress and song choice for the contestants.
This is truly a different perspective of a lullaby. This is what I think of when I hear lullaby... a sweet little baby...


How would you like your significant other to sing you to sleep?

Sorry, but I just think that would be funny, not soothing!

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Consumer!

A helicopter pilot and wildlife researcher was visiting the Everglades near Miami last week and stumbled upon and photographed the gory evidence. A 13 foot Burmese python tried to swallow a live six foot alligator. The alligator evidently clawed the python’s stomach as the snake tried to digest it, causing the python to rupture. The amazing sight was of an alligator’s hindquarters protruding from the snake’s midsection. Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor said “It means nothing in the Everglades is safe from pythons, a top-down predator.” These pythons have arrived in the Everglades by being abandoned by pet owners over the years. Previous incidents proved the alligator as winner over these pythons but some of the battles were declared a draw. It was hoped the alligators would control the Burmese pythons, but this recent discovery is indicative of the battles being an even draw. Sometimes the alligators will win and sometimes the pythons will win. It is still unknown how many pythons are in competition with these gators in the Everglades, but there have been at least 150 pythons captured in the past two years, reported by Joe Wasilewski, a wildlife biologist and crocodile tracker. These pythons are a threat to other species that conservationists were trying to protect, including otters, squirrels, woodstorks, sparrows and other reptiles. Wasilewski said “A 10-20 foot python could pose a risk to an unwary human, especially a child.”
Can you imagine coming across this?









Unbelievable!

But what is more incredible is this 49 foot long Reticulated Python weighing in at 990 pounds. It is held in captivity at a primitive zoo in Curugsewu village in Indonesia. "The Indonesian newspaper Republika said the snake, which was caught last year but only recently put on public display, eats three or four dogs a month." The Reticulated Python is the longest snake in the world. They can consume animals as large as sheep and have also been known to attack and consume humans.








Now, that is one BIG snake!
Doesn't that just make your skin crawl?
Astounding!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Ohhh! Something to see!

Ok, this one is for all of you football fans!
I have to warn you, the picture you are about to see is not for those with a weak stomach!
This happened during the Alabama - Florida game on Oct. 1.
Alabama junior Tyrone Prothro continues to recover after surgery Saturday night that repaired broken bones in his left leg suffered in the Tide’s 31-3 victory over Florida earlier that day.

















EEK Gads! That just makes me sick to my stomach!

Ok, ok....I won't leave you with that vision for an entire weekend.
Here is a picture of a beautiful sunset from one of the balconies at my Castle, in the Land of Blog, far far away! Someone asked me once "If you were a crayon, what color would you be?" My answer is... "the pinkish-red, golden color of a sunset". I just love it.















Thanks again for all of my well wishes of feeling better. I am sure I will be much better very soon.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Feeling a bit under the weather

I thought I was just having a hard time recovering from my interview with Carl the other day. He came in town and interviewed me. We had lunch, and well....Carl are you feeling ok? :)

In reality, outside of my Castle here in the Land of Blog, far far away....I caught this cold from my boyfriend (because he loves me and wants to share everything). It has turned into pneumonia therefore I am not feeling too creative at this time.

So for today I will leave you with this thought:
"Live life, no regrets!"
You never know what tomorrow brings.

Tell me your thought of the day.


Oh, I have added a new feature that shows where my visitors are from...over to the right. I got this from Allison's blog (very cool girl from Texas).

I hope you all have a very colorful day!


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Windows and his micro-not-soft!

A Blonde enters a store that sells curtains.
She tells the salesman, "I would like to buy a pair of pink curtains."
The salesman assures her that they have a large selection of pink curtains. He shows her several patterns, but the blonde seems to be having a hard time choosing.

Finally she selects a lovely pink floral print.
The salesman then asks what size curtains she needs.
The blonde promptly replies, "Fifteen inches."
"Fifteen inches???" asked the salesman. "That sounds very small, what room are they for?"
The blonde tells him that they aren't for a room, they are for her computer monitor.
The surprised salesman replies, "but Miss, computers do not need curtains!"
The blonde says, "Hellllooooooooo. I've got Windoooooows!"

~*~*~*~*~

Subject: the birds and the bees by Bill Gates

Little boy goes to his father and asks "Daddy, how was I born?"
The father answers:
"Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!
Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo.
Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe.

We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive.
As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button,
nine months later a blessed little Pop-Up appeared and said: You've Got Male!"

Monday, October 03, 2005

Doctors, Mechanics, Lawyers...

Here is a recap of some of the things I experienced last week.

I nearly stepped on a scorpion ~ barefoot! It was in my bathtub. I had never seen a scorpion in “real life” before. Where did it come from, I mean, how did it get in my bathtub? Do they come up through the drain? A few months ago, my boyfriend got stung by one in his backyard. It got inside of his glove while he was moving tree trunks. He was pretty calm about it, but I cannot say the same for me. I kept urging him to go to the doctor, but he was sure he would be fine. He said it made his hand go numb for a while, and the exact spot where it stung him was sore and swollen for days. Other than that, he had no other reaction to it. I wouldn't have taken any chances. I kept thinking of what might have happened if it had stung me on the bottom of my barefoot...ouch! Since I am allergic to some type of ground bee or wasp, I don't think I would have done very well with a scorpion sting.









I went to the doctor for my annual visit. I was called to go to a room quickly, but that was just a fa├žade. Once I got in the room, it was 45 minutes before the doctor came in. Now take in mind, I am sitting on a table/bench (whatever it is called), half naked (well really more than half naked ~ I was completely naked with just a paper sheet covering me from the waist down and a paper tshirt-open in front…uggghhh!) Ok, enough of the visuals. Anyhow, I don’t even sit around naked in my own house, so you have to know my comfort level in this situation was not good. Besides that, I am extremely modest. Back to my original thought… 45 minutes! I was getting restless and I kept trying to imagine I was somewhere, anywhere other than there. I started thinking, he would not see me if I were 45 minutes late (Not that he is mean, but he stays completely booked everyday), he would say I missed the appointment and I would probably still be charged for it. (You know so many doctors now are completely booked that if you don’t call at least 24 hours in advance for a cancellation, you still have to pay for the visit). Then I was thinking, I wish I could start charging him for every minute he was late (it may even pay for my visit). After all, I was missing work to do this. This appointment was scheduled a year in advance, so I couldn’t just leave. I didn’t want to reschedule for another time, it would have probably been months before they could get me in again. Plus, I just wanted to get it over with. Then the doctor, who is a very nice man, comes in the room “Hey baby, sorry to keep you waiting…I had two deliveries”. Well, I can’t really say much to that, because we all know that when it’s time, it’s time, and that it is his job to be there when it's time. So, I just replied jokingly “what, they couldn’t wait” and laughed. (If you cannot tell by our conversation, he is an OB/GYN). Total time spent there, 1 hour and 15 minutes (total exam time 5 minutes). I guess it could have been worse.













Friday night, I had just picked up some beer and hot wings to take home. As I am driving down Highway 280 going home, I heard a thump, my battery light went on and I started losing power in my car. I was able to pull over to the striped lane next to the median (the lane that becomes a turn lane) before I lost all of my power steering. Great, stuck on the middle of the highway! I called my boyfriend, and he got in his truck immediately to come get me. As I was sitting there, talking to him, a policeman pulled up in the lane next to me in the traffic. He stopped at the stop light behind the other cars and did not pull over to find out if I needed help. Hmmm, wonder if he could tell I was in trouble since I had my emergency flashers flashing? That infuriated my boyfriend, he told me to honk to get his attention, but by then he was already gone once the light turned green. About 4 minutes later, a policeman pulled up next to me with the bright blue strobing lights and one came up behind me. All of the sudden I was the center of attention, much to my relief and my boyfriend’s. As I stepped out of my car, the first policeman said “are you all right?” I replied “well, no, not really”, and started telling him what happened with my car. After I popped the hood of my car, the two policeman confirmed that my drive belt was shredded. About this time, my boyfriend came up and the policeman said they would call a wrecker for me, as I wasn’t going anywhere with this type of problem. The two policemen were top notch. They stayed with me, one in front and one in back of my car, with their lights flashing until the wrecker came.
My poor little car got loaded on the wrecker, my boyfriend and I followed it to the garage, where I had to leave it . The one and only funny thing happened when we went to the garage the next day to pick up the car. The shop did a vehicle inspection and had a long list of recommendations of other things needed to be done. The mechanic says, "it is all just basic maintenance"…oh fun! As the shop guy was going over this in detail with the estimated costs, my boyfriend's eyes were watering worse and worse, due to a bad cold he has right now. Afterwards, we laughed wondering if the shop guy thought he was crying! Including the wrecker and the work done, $285 later, I have my car back. I guess I will put it back in the shop in a few weeks to have some of the other work done :(

One of the things I have always said…. “Everyone needs to be their own doctor, lawyer and mechanic”. Above, I give two out of three reasons for saying that ~ both happened to me in just one week. Thank goodness I didn't need a lawyer this week!

I am just positive this new week will be better! Hope all of yours' is too.