Friday, August 31, 2007

32 things about me...TMI? ;)

1. The phone rings. Who do you want it to be?
A friendly voice.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
Yes... unless it is raining!

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
Depends on my mood and the people I am around. I have been told I am a great storyteller, but when I am listening, I really listen and ask a lot of questions. I like to visualize whatever the person is telling me.

4. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?
Completely alone?? I would hope so, but I don't know. I am sure it would depend on how long I was abandoned. I am not very experienced in camping and wilderness. If you ask Howard, he would say NO, she would not survive.

5. Do you like to ride horses?
I have ridden a horse before, but I am a wee bit scared of them. Well, they are very large and powerful.

6. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
Yes, but I did not like having to walk across the rocky pavement at night to use the bathroom.

7. What was your favorite board game as a kid?
Does Operation count?

8. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was taken what would you do?
Be flattered.

9. Are you judgemental?
I try not to be, but to be honest I probably am to some degree. I think most people are (am I judging when I say that).

10. Do you know how to shoot a gun?
Yes, but I am not good at it!

11. If your house was on fire, what’s the first thing you’d grab?
My two cats.

12. How often do you read books?
Not often.

13. Do you think more about the past, present or future?
Present and future.

14. What is your favorite children’s book?
I used to like the Dr. Suess books.

15. How tall are you?
5 ft. 6 in.

16. What are the keys on your keychain for?
Car, apartment, suitcase(I know...random, huh!)

17. What did you do last night?
Worked out, ate dinner, watched tv, took a shower, went to bed.

18. What movie do you want to see right now?
The Nanny Diaries (I know, a chick flick, but hey, I am a girl.)

19. What will you do for New Year’s?
Hopefully something this year!

20. Do you own a camera phone?

21. What’s the first letter of your middle name?

22. How many hours of sleep do you get at night?
6 to 7 (usually not enough)

23. What do you sleep in?
Mostly tank top and girl boxer briefs

24. Anything big ever happen in your hometown?
Yes, but it is all relative (depending on where one lives).

25. Is your tongue pierced?

26. Who is the funniest person you know?
Hmmm...someone I know personally? Well, my mom is a pretty quick, dry wit!

27. Do you like funny or serious people better? needs a balance. (I just don't like too much sarcasm, that tends to hurt people).

28. Did you eat a cookie today?

29. Do you use cuss words in other languages?
I rarely cuss, but in those instances that I do, I definitely would. In fact, I would prefer to use a foreign cuss word. Can anyone send me a few?

30. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?

31. Is your cell phone usually on Vibrate or ring?
Vibrate & Ring (sometimes I don't hear the ring, but I feel my purse vibrate)

32. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend?
I am not sure if "need" is appropriate. Does anyone really need one? Like to have one, or want one....YES most definitely! Love you Howard.

Is that too much information?

Or, not enough? ;)

Let me know if you choose to do this!



Lee Ann

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tag on my middle name

I had planned to post this earlier today, but my internet has been down. :(

I was tagged by Baby Dragon.

The Rules:
1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have.
3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts.
4. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


(Do I look like a Patricia? What middle name would you expect me to have?)

P ~ erfectionist

A ~ dmiration for my parents

T ~ ruthful

R ~ eserved

I ~ ndependent when I was 3 years old.

C ~ lassical music is soothing to me.

I ~ (see above)

A ~ (see above)

If any of you can do better at this than me...please do so! I had trouble with this one. I am supposed to tag 8 of 8 of you, tell me when you do this!


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The rain made an appearance!

We got rain! This past Saturday, the temperature had dropped to the low 90s. It felt great outside. I sat on my balcony just enjoying the day. I sat and observed everyone out and about, driving by, playing in the pool....just enjoying the outdoors. All of the sudden the sky looked overcast and we got a sudden breeze. It felt nice.

Then I noticed some clouds moving in. Here are some photos I snapped with my camera phone just prior to a big electrical storm. It was interesting to watch the storm develop. The birds were frantically flying from one treetop to another. The lightening and thunder made the little bit of rain seem a lot bigger than it actually was. It was definitely needed. The rain came down soaking the trees, bushes and grass. I could have sworn I heard the grass let out a big...."ahhhhhhh" when the rain danced upon the ground.

It didn't last too long, but it was refreshing never-the-less.

Have a great day!

Lee Ann

Monday, August 27, 2007

Are you ready for some football????

Now that football season is upon us, it's a good time to get in the mood by reading these quotations from well known football personalities!

"At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money and we don't have any." Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.

"Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas." Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

"After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that." Bobby Bowden / Florida State

"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it." Lou Holtz / Arkansas

"When you win, nothing hurts." Joe Namath / Alabama

"Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated." Lou Holtz / Arkansas

"If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, "Roll, tide, roll!" Bear Bryant / Alabama

"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall." Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes / Ohio State

"I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation." Bob Devaney /Nebraska

"In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant." Wally Butts / Georgia

"You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life." Paul Dietzel / LSU

"It's kind of hard to rally around a math class." Bear Bryant / Alabama

"No, but you can see it from here." Lou Holtz / Arkansas...When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world.

"I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game." Bear Bryant / Alabama

"There's one sure way to stop us from scoring-give us the ball near the goal line." Matty Bell / SMU

"Lads, you're not to miss practice unless your parents died or you died." Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

"I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms -Truman's and Eisenhower's." Alex Karras / Iowa

"My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor." Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee

"I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades." Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

"Always remember..... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David." Shug Jordan / Auburn

"They cut us up like boarding house pie. And that's real small pieces." Darrell Royal / Texas

"Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"They whipped us like a tied up goat." Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me and he said: "Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren't any good." Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State

"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel." Bobby Bowden / Florida State

"Football is not a contact sport-it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport." Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State

After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post game message to his team: "All those who need showers, take them." John McKay / USC

"If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education." Murray Warmath / Minnesota

"The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon." Spike Dykes / Texas Tech

"It isn't necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches." Darrell Royal / Texas

"We didn't tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking." John McKay / USC

"Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad." Darrell Royal / University of Texas

"I've found that prayers work best when you have big players." Knute Rockne / Notre Dame

"Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football" John Heisman

Notable by its absence is the line from John McKay, then no longer at USC but coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their inaugural season of futility. During post-game press conference, following a thrashing by one of the league's powerhouses, when asked to comment on his team's execution, he replied, "I'm in favor of it."

McKay was bird hunting with Bear Bryant, when the Bear took a shot. The Bird kept flying. Bryant said to Mc Kay, "John, there's something you don't see everyday-a dead bird flying".

" Titties!" Barry Switzer/ fmr coach OU, Dallas Cowboys.

It's Monday....Have a great week!
Lee Ann

Friday, August 24, 2007

Have an amazing Friday!

Due to our record breaking temperatures here in Alabama...yes, we broke the all time record of having 100+ degree F temperatures for 13 days in a row.
Not only have we been HOT, we have been DRY too.
We have not had any substantial rain in months.
There is a water restriction in place.
The grass is turning brown and the leaves on the trees are starting to look like the beginning of fall because they are so dry. you know what happens when you have the extremely high temperatures and no rain?
By the thousands (well at least it seems like that).
They travel seeking water by making their way inside, any way they possibly can.
They tend to gather in areas like the kitchen and the bathroom.
It is unbelievable....truly unbelievable.
I have been in war with the ants for a couple of days.
Everytime I win the battle, they show up somewhere else.
Hopefully they have moved on now.
I am ready for the weekend.

This is where I want to be...
(Click on image to enlarge)

At least I can dream of being there!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Lee Ann

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 this your kind of bed????

Do you think you could get a good night sleep on this bed?
The mattress can be found at Boobs, Butts and Beyond!

Here is another photo (below) for those of you that did not care for the one above.
The splash of water looks refreshing doesn't it?

Have a great day!

Lee Ann

Monday, August 20, 2007

Idle Thoughts of a Wandering Mind

I had amnesia once -- or twice.

Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?

They told me I was gullible and I believed them.

Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home, and when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.

Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

One nice thing about egotists ... they don't talk about other people.

My weight is perfect for my height ... which varies.

I used to be indecisive. Now, I'm not sure.

The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.

How can there be self-help groups?

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.

Is it me, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

It's Monday....have a good one and a good week!

Lee Ann

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The time challenge!

Green proposed a challenge to post an earlier (of your younger years) and a current (present time) picture of yourself.
I am taking the challenge.
So here it is.....

Lee Ann in "earlier days" shortly after high school.

Lee Ann in the current day,

Will you take the challenge?

Have a great day!


Lee Ann

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

This might explain why they can't seem to get anything done....

This is an interesting email I received.
It is assumed to be true. (...but you know how emails go!)

This is hilarious and it sure makes you wonder how these people got elected.

A Washington, DC, airport ticket agent offers some examples of ....Well just look for yourself!

This was submitted from Ron Evans, Ticket Agent.

1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)

2. I got a call from a candidate's staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information. Then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts. "Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa." Her response - click.

3. A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state!" (OMG)

4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." She said, "But they look so close on the map." (OMG, again!)

5. An aide for a cabinet member once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car he said, "I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time." (Aghhhh)

6. An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 am and got to Chicago at 8:33 am. I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she couldn't understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.

7. A New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?" I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said 'FAT', and I'm overweight. I think that's very rude! "After putting her on hold for a minute while I looked into it ( I was laughing ). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, CAis 'FAT ( Fresno Air Terminal ), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.

8. A Senator's aide called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California, and then take the train to Hawaii?"

9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them."

10. A lady Senator called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?" I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, Fl. on a commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever, smarty!"

11. A senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him that he needed a visa. "Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!"

12. A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York. " I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, "Are you sure that's the name of the town?" "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady. After some searching, I came back with, "I'm sorry, ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a Rhino anywhere. " The lady retorted, "Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map! " So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?" The reply? "Whatever! I knew it was a big animal."

Now you know why the Government is in the shape that it's in …

Friday, August 10, 2007

Weekend fun

This is the coolest picture.
See the black images that look like camels?
Well, those are just the shadows being cast by the camels.
The shot is almost directly over the camels.
See the small little whitish slivers beneath the black images? Those are actually the camels.

Click the photo to enlarge!

This was fun....I got this from BeckEye. I got Simpsonized.

You should try it.
Take a look at the map. See the hottest temperature in the nation? 102 degrees. That is in Birmingham, Alabama!!!! We are roasting here. The heat index is 108 degrees so far.
*drip drip drip*

Happy Friday...have a wonderful weekend!
Lee Ann

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Major delays and Major temperatures

Brinks Armored Trucks...

The other day when I was on my way to the gym and I noticed a Brinks truck had broken down at a major intersection on the interstate.
Did you know that this causes major delays and congestion?
The broken down Brinks truck must wait for the sheriff/police and another Brinks truck to arrive.
Then the armed guards must transfer all the money/valuables to the "rescue Brinks truck".
It is quite a production.
It makes sense, but it is something that I had never thought about.
I am sure the miles of backed up cars on the interstate had not ever thought about that before either!
The temperature is in the 100s (F) [37.77777 C] every day this week!
The "feels like" temperature is a good 5 degrees hotter!
Stay cool everyone,
Lee Ann

Monday, August 06, 2007

The damndest thing happened to me....

I hope everyone had a good weekend.
Mine was good, but just too short.
The damndest thing happened to me on Sunday.
I was preparing to cook. I had just chopped up an onion. I was trying to cut the end piece of the onion (a little tough) to put it down the garbage disposal.
All of the sudden....the knife blade broke off at the end of the handle. The blade popped up and tumbled to the counter. I was in shock! After a small scream of disbelief....I realized what had happened.
I am glad that my face was not any closer than it was!
These knives have been good sturdy knives and are not but a few years old.
I have never seen this happen before.
Have you?

Happy Monday....have a great week everyone!
Lee Ann

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Let the sun shine in!

This is for all of you who love the beach . . .

Here's another nice piece of engineering and construction.

This time the locale is JAPAN . Here's the exterior shot of the building.

Note the surrounding area . . mountains, sea shore, golf course, residential area.
What do you think is inside this building?

It's . . O C E A N D O M E

The roof is retractable . . .

so the SURF'S UP . . .rain or shine!

When the roof is closed, you still get blue sky and puffy white clouds .. .

Imagine a beach where the sky is always blue, it's never too hot or cold, the water isn't filled with salt and pollution, and the surf is always perfect.

Welcome to Ocean Dome, the world's only indoor beach.

Ocean Dome has its own flame-spitting volcano, crushed white marble "sand", and it also boasts the world's largest retractable roof, providing a permanently blue sky.

Temperature, wind and humidity are closely controlled to provide an ultra-safe "sea-side" experience.

Every hour, the volcano erupts and the hi-tech wave machines start up, starting a few minutes of sanitized surfing.

Entrance cost is US $50 per person, which seems especially expensive given that there is a free, natural beach only 300 metres away.

Have a sunshiney day!


Lee Ann