I'm off to spend the day with my friend Beth making cards. We have not gotten together for a few months because we have both been so busy. Our free days have not matched up! So today we are getting together to make March B-day cards. I have about 10 that I need to do. Gonna be a busy day! Here are a couple pictures from the beach last weekend, and I added the last card that I made. Have a great day! ~Barb~
Have you seen Gwyneth Paltrow's website GOOP? I tried to take a look at it this morning, but it would not load. I will try again later, or maybe wait until tonight. It may be having a ton of traffic because Yahoo News was talking about it this morning. Something about where does she get off handing out advice on weight loss and stuff like that. Who cares! What is so wrong with someone having their own website/blog? Like me. What the hell is so wrong with me having one? (just venting. rant over) I have been really enjoying the Amazing Race this season. First off, they ended last season in Portland, which totally cracked me up because they went to places like VooDoo Donut! I still need to go there. They have donuts that have toppings like Captain Crunch and Maple Bars with Bacon. I have no idea what kind I would try. Some of them sound downright scary! Hence the name VooDoo Donut! And now this season they started out going to Switzerland. I love it! All the scenery reminds me of our trip. The houses, the Alps....its so much fun to see it all again! This past Sunday's show they went from Switzerland to Munich and again showed familiar sites. And then they had the final pit stop at Helbrun Castle in Saltzburg! As soon as they showed the castle I was all excited because I had been there! The Amazing Race was in places that I was just at! So much fun. I wish that they had taken advantage of the trick fountains there and sprayed the teams as they arrived. That would have been hilarious! I think it may have been too cold though. It was pretty cold when we where there in September. I also wish that my Deiter (our castle guide who i don't remember his real name!) had been the one to welcome them to Helbrun with Phil. I'm loving the mom and son team. He is deaf and they have such a great relationship. I hope they win. Survivor has been kind of boring so far. I don't even have a favorite yet. None of them have really done anything to win me over. There are a couple who I just can't stand. Coach for one. He is so friggen arrogant. What an ass. And the older lady bugs me. But they have not shown her as much as the first 2 shows. I felt bad for the the guy who was voted out last night. Jerry? I think that was his name. Anyway, it was a bummer that he was so sick. I wonder if we will ever find out what was going on with his stomach? I was not surprised with the people who got through to the Top 12 on Idol last night. I liked all of them. In fact, I like all 6 who are in the Top 12 so far. Allison is so good. And so is Danny. Danny reminds me so much of Robert Downey Jr. And I love me some Robert Downey Jr. I don't know why I like him so much. I have always been drawn to him. I was so excited when he joined Ally McBeal. I'm glad that he finally has his shit together so that he can work and be all fantastic! I can't wait for The Soloist to come out. Mom and I have seen the preview a couple times. Yesterday I told her I would not be surprised if both Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Fox were nominated for awards for this movie. I looks that good. Guess that's it. A little of this, that and the other thing.....
Journey is playing 3 shows in Hawaii next month. I want to go so bad. I checked out flights yesterday....so not going to happen....The flights were something like $600-$800 per person. BooooHoooo....What could be better then warm Hawaiian sun, laying on a sandy beach, snorkeling in the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific, and rocking to Journey???? Not much in my book! Bummed. Oh well. I can't do every darn thing that I want to do, but I can sure try! So far they have only posted show dates for Asia, Hawaii and Sacramento. Now Sacramento is totally doable. We could drive there! Not sure if the date conflicts with anything that hubby has scheduled though. I will just have to sit back and wait for the tour to be posted and then see where we can get in a couple shows. We still want to to try to get back to DC this year. Wicked is only a month away! I'm so excited to see this show. I don't know anything about it, so it will be a great surprise. I'm sure I could get on youtube and see all kinds of videos of the songs, but I want it to be all fresh and new. They are selling tickets to Grease too. I'm just not sure that I want to see this one. I love the movie so much. I can not tell you how many times I have seen that movie. When I was a teen I had the album and I knew every song word for word. I have a feeling I would be disappointed in the musical. I know it came first, but still, the movie just means so much to me. Has anyone seen it? Can you let me know if it is worth it to go to the musical.
A 13 year old girl was murdered a mile from my house this weekend. She was walking with a friend and wanted to cut through a field. The friend did not want to go that way, so she went through it alone. There was a homeless sex offender squatting in an abandoned house near there. He saw the girl, tried to rape her, and according to what he said in court today, she laughed at him so he stabbed her to death. I have a hard time believing that a 13 year old girl who is being raped is going to laugh at her attacker. I think its a bunch of bullshit. Robert and I were talking about it last night before we had found out that they had arrested someone. I told Robert that whoever they were looking for most likely has cuts on his hand because most of the time when someone stabs someone to death it is such a violent act that they cut themselves without even knowing they had. Well guess who went back to the scene of the crime, allowed himself to be interviewed by a local TV station with his hand all bandaged? When the reporter asked how he had hurt his hand he gave some lame ass excuse about crashing his bike into a mailbox. Seriously? You fucking expect people to believe that crap? Sorry guys...I'm just so pissed off about this. She was 13. Only 13. This dumbfuck just makes me sick. Anytime something senseless like this happens, it just makes me think about Rick. It makes me have those feelings of ache in my heart. I don't like to feel like this. I want people to stop doing stupid shit like this. I have to end this blog. I just can't talk about this any more......
Good Morning after the Oscars! Did you watch? How could you not?! I was not very good with my picks again this year. Good thing I made the 2 changes that I did. Both of those were correct after the change. So here are the winners with a ** next to the ones that I picked correctly. I had 15 of 24.
Actor: Sean Penn ** Supp Actor: Heath Ledger ** Actress: Kate Winslet ** Supp Actress: Penelope Cruz Animated Feature: Wall-E ** Art Direction: Benjamin Button ** Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire Costume Design: The Duchess ** Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Documentary: Man on Wire Documentary Short: Smile Pinki Film Editing: Slumdog Foreign Film: Departures Makeup: Benjamin Button ** Original Score: Slumdog ** Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Best Picture: Slumdog ** Animated Short: La Maison en Petits Cubes Live Action Short: Spielzeugland (Toyland) ** Sound Editing: The Dark Knight ** Sound Mixing: Slumdog** Visual Effects: Benjamin Button ** Adapted Screenplay: Slumdog ** Original Screenplay: Milk ** So that is how I did with my picks. When I changed my pick for Best Movie I should have changed my director pick. I still had the director for Benjamin Button in there. When I changed Best Picture to Slumdog, I forgot to change my director to reflect that. Oh well. My other change was Sean Penn instead of Mickey Rourke. That was a good move too. I don't think I have ever picked the right Documentary or Documentary Short. I miss that every year. This year I missed Supp Actress. Last year it was Best Actress. Seriously though, any of the five women in the Supp category could have won. They were all fantastic. And of course I cried when Heath won. How could you not. The day I saw The Dark Knight I walked out of the theater and said " Heath is going to win an Oscar." It was just that good. He played the Joker so evil and twisted in a psychotic way and not as a "joke". It was really amazing. As for Sean, I really thought Mickey was going to win after I saw The Wrestler, but then I saw Milk. Sean was so good. Like my mom said, you didn't even see "Sean" any more. He deserved the win. I was sad for Mikey because he was so very good also, but I think Sean was better. My last comment is on Supp Actress. I saw all of the nominated performances, and I loved every one of them. They were all wonderful. I wanted Viola Davis to win for Doubt because she made such an impact with what little screen time she had. I loved Penelope in Vicky Christina Barcelona (one of my fav movies of the year) but I didn't think enough people had seen the movie for her to win. So I was happy that she won. Actually I have one more comment. Best Actress. The Reader is my favorite movie of the year. I am so glad that Kate won. I have always loved Kate Winslet. I think I have seen every one of her movies. The first time I saw her was in Beautiful Creatures. I love her whether she is doing drama or comedy. I was very happy with her win. Lastly.....I must say who wore my favorite dress! WOW! There were some really really beautiful dresses....right now without having seen all of the mags and pics online....I am going to say right now my favorite dress was Anne Hathaways. It was really pretty. Worst.....Miley Cirus....That was one ugly dress. Again...I need to see more pictures, but right now it is that one.
OMG! Tonight is Oscar night! I love love love the Oscars. I can not wait until everything starts, from the Pre-Show to the Red Carpet Arrivals...all of it! I remember the year that Julia Roberts won. We were on a cruise in the Bahamas. The ship was having all these Oscar parties all over the place, but we just went back to our cabin and watched. It was on pretty early and it was completely live! So you saw everyone milling around during the commercial breaks with the music playing. It was like being there! My friend Annie has been to the Oscars a couple of times, but she was working the show. I would love to go some day. That is one of my bucket list items. To attend the Oscars. I found out the other day that one of the agents at our other location has been going for a couple of years. How fun would that be????!!!!! I don't even care where I sit. I just want to go! Someday.....Someday...... Here again are my list of winner..... I have changed my mind a couple times, but this is what I am sticking with!
the curious case of benjamin button **slumdog millionaire frost/nixon milk the reader
richard jenkins (the visitor) frank langella (frost/nixon) **sean penn (milk) brad pitt (the curious case of benjamin button) mickey rourke (the wrestler)
anne hathaway (rachel getting married) melissa leon (frozen river) angelina jolie (the changeling) meryl streep (doubt) **kate winslet (the reader)
best supporting actor
josh brolin (milk) robert downey, jr (tropic thunder) **heath ledger (the dark knight) philip seymour hoffman (doubt) michael shannon (revolutionary road)
best supporting actress
amy adams (doubt) marisa tomei (the wrestler) penelope cruz (vicky cristina barcelona) **viola davis (doubt) tarji p henson (the curious case of benjamin button)
best animated feature
**wall-e kung fu panda bolt
best foreign film
the baader meinhoff complex (germany) the class (france) departures (japan) **waltz with bashir (israel) revanche (austria)
ron howard (frost/nixon) **david fincher (the curious case of benjamin button) gus van sant (milk) stephen daldry (the reader) danny boyle (slumdog millionaire)
best original song
**down to earth (wall-e) jai ho (slumdog millionaire) o saya (slumdog millionaire)
the changeling **the curious case of benjamin button the dark knight the reader slumdog millionaire
best costume design
australia the curious case of benjamin button **the duchess milk revolutionary road
best visual effects
**the curious case of benjamin button the dark knight iron man
We are camping at Ft Steven's this weekend. It's a really nice place. Huge. There is an old WWII fort, hence the name, bike trails, and the beach. If you have not been here before to camp, you really should. It's a gorgeous place! Here are a couple pictures from last year there!
I have been running since this morning. I had a massage at 10am.....ahhhhhhh....and then I grabbed some lunch and went shopping. I needed to get hubby a b-day pressie, and get stuff for camping. We only have to make everyone breakfast on Sunday. So I bought bacon, eggs, toast and potatoes. I'll boil the potatoes Saturday night so that they will be ready in the morning for frying up with green pepper and onion. Yummy! I didn't buy a lot of snack stuff yet. Was not sure what Bryan, Celina and Katie wanted. There is a Fred Meyer where we are going, so we can pick up pop and stuff there. I have hubby's b-day cake made and cooling. Then I can frost it. He wanted cherry chip...bleck....I was going to put cream cheese frosting on it, but I saw a butter cream one, so I got that instead. For my b-day I'm making Donna's chocolate cake with fudge frosting from scratch! LOL! I am making cookies too. I had a bunch of choco and peanut butter chips left over from Christmas. I'm making....don't laugh....choco chip, choco chip w/walnuts, the same dough but with peanut butter chips, and then a mix of peanut butter/choco chips! LOL! Might as well use them up! Looks like I will be busy making cookies most of the rest of the day! When the cake was in the oven I made his b-day card. I ordered some really cool African themed paper the other day and I was hoping it would have arrived by today, but it didn't. So I made a card with stripes and dots. I like it. I forgot to take a picture. I don't want to waste the envelope, so since it will be coming back here, I will take a picture later! I also want to wish Adri and very very Happy Birthday today! I'm going to try and be better about wishing my friends a Happy B-day here. I have been forgetting. I will pre-blog for this weekend and then let you know Monday if anything spectacular happened! You never know what could happen. I have been known to see a beaver or two while camping!!!!!
OMG....What a bunch of crap I sat through last night. Ugh...Last night has to have been the WORST American Idol show I have ever watched. Horrible. Just horrible. How in the world did 8 of those 12 even make it that far? It made me even more upset that Danny's friend did not make it through. I wish I had paid more attention to his name. Cute black guy with the facial piercings. I thought he had a really nice voice, but he did not make it. Norman did though! Explain that one to me! But last night, I'm sorry, but seriously, what a bunch of crap. I only liked one girl, Alexa (cute tiny gal with blond/pink hair) and 2 or 3 of the guys. Danny, the Braddy Bunch guy and Anoop. Anoop was not his best last night. I have heard him sing better. Braddy though I had never even heard, and he was good. Danny is still my favorite right now. What a train wreck though. All of the girls with the exception of Alexa, were awful. I will be shocked if 2 girls make it through tonight and not 2 guys. I'm not really sure how I like this set up. 3 weeks of this? And only 1 girl 1 guy and a third person make it through. Weird. But I will watch. I was really disappointed in the girls though. Am I wrong? I expected more out of some of them. I don't know if it was nerves or what. And that girl who sang the Police song.....O.M.G. I think that one was the worst of all. Poor thing. It's almost like she got through because of how adorably cute she is. Because she was a horrible singer....at least last night she was. It was so painful I called my sister for support. If I was going to sit there and suffer, I was going to make sure she was going to help me get through it! Or at least make sure she was suffering right along with me! Guess I will watch tonight to see who makes it through....and I hope no one gets a swan song.....I don't think I could sit through any of that again.....
I'm being kinda pissy today. I just was not feeling like blogging today. I had a lot of ideas, just did not want to write them. I just talked to Glynis for about an hour or so. It was good to just talk to a friend on the phone. A little girl chit chat. Made me feel better about coming here and putting down some words. I still don't feel like being funny, or being deep. Have I ever been deep on here??? Most likely not. But I decided that since this blog is all about my thoughts at the moment of writing, then well...this is what you get. I have no thoughts. So this is my blog about nothing. My Jerry Seinfeld Blog. A blog about nothing. How am I doing? You see the thing about blogs is that they can just sometimes be about nothing. So today I give you just that. A. Big. Ol. Zero. Nada. Blank. Maybe I'm just tired. I know I'm not PMSing. OK....TMI??? LOL! I am looking forward to this weekend though. It's Hubby's B-day Friday. We are going camping at the Oregon Coast with friends. The kids may even join us! That would be great fun. I'm hoping they do since it is Mr BarbWa's B-day. He asked for cherry chip cake. Bleck. But it's his choice, so I will make it. But to make up for it, I am making some chocolate chip cookies too! I will spend Thursday doing all of that, and buying his pressie. He wants a new gym bag. I was thinking about adding some fun stuff inside it. Maybe some new workout shorts, and other stuff like movies and his favorite snacks. You know he will need something to work off! If you have not seen my hubby, you should know that the guys does not need to workout for weight loss. He does it for heart health. Sure he has a little beer belly, but it's little! But other than that, there is not an ounce of fat on him. Makes me sick! So...I found at least a "little" something to write about....even though I was not feeling it. WE all deserve to be a little pissy sometime.....
I was shopping the other day, walking the aisles, minding my own business when I was suddenly, and without warning, attacked. Right there in the canned goods aisle. No warning at all. It happened all so fast I was turning right and left trying to figure out just where it had come from. There was no one around. But someone had been there. Probably not long before I had gotten there. And they left something. Right there in the canned goods aisle it was left to assault me. Someone had killed the canary, left a message from the interior, had started an air attack.....someone had farted and it was still there....in the aisle, lingering. I was none to happy. But then the fear set in. Is someone going to come down the canned goods aisle now and see me and think that I had left that drifter? I wanted to hurry and get out of there before someone came down. But then I started to think that if I ran from the area and someone saw me, then caught a whiff of that air biscuit, would my fleeing cause them to think that it was for sure me? What should I do??? Why couldn't the air offender have gone to the coffee aisle and had his/her little butt burp there? Coffee smell overpowers everything. No one would have ever known about their poop without the mess. But instead, here I was trying not to pass out. I grabbed what I needed and kept right on shopping farther down the aisle.
I never knew if anyone came into that aisle. I was afraid to turn around and check. I started to go down the baking goods aisle, but up ahead I saw tiny yellow feathers fluttering to the floor. I backed up and skipped that aisle.....
Sorry...I have been just plugging along today and totally forgot to blog. Ooooopsie.... Had a wonderful day yesterday. Took a craft class with my friends Beth and Sandy. And then hubby cooked me a dinner of roast, rice and green beans. It was yummy. Today we are going to use the left over roast and have french dips for dinner. Yummy again. He also bought the most yummy chocolaty rich brownie for dessert. I could not even eat half of it! It's soooo good. And also a beautiful arrangement of roses. It was a fantastic day! I will upload pictures to share.
Not sure what number this would be on my Bucket List....but it would be up there towards the top. I have wanted, for a very long time, to see the Northern Lights. I find them to be absolutely beautiful and fascinating. Hubby has told me that he will take me to Fairbanks to see them. Enjoy this time lapse video from Norway. It's gorgeous!
For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81 year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?
That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy.
Here are the Stella's for the past year:
7TH PLACE: Kathleen Robertson of Austin , Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.
Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbour ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbour’s hubcaps.
5TH PLACE: Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania , was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count 'em, EIGHT, days on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish.
4TH PLACE: Jerry Williams, of Little Rock , Arkansas , garnered 4th Place in the Stella 's when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbour’s beagle - even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.
3RD PLACE: Third place goes to Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions?
2ND PLACE: Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware, sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000 ...oh, yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure.
1ST PLACE: This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City , Oklahoma , who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down, $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home. ____________________________
OK....I seriously want to know if any of this sh*t is real. Did these people really get rewarded for being criminals and idiots???? If you know that any of this is true, let me know. And give me a link to a story if you have one. I may have to try to do some research on my own too. This just tweaks me a little bit! We had a case kind of similar to these here. A young girl and some friends broke into an abandoned and boarded up building. The lower level was so secured that they had to climb up and break into the second floor. This building was scheduled to be demolished, so the police department got to go in and do training in the building before the scheduled tear down. The police department was able to in with flash/bang grenades and bash through walls and all kinds of destructive stuff because the building was being torn down. So get this....the girl and a group of friends broke into the building. It was marked with signs "No Trespassing" and like I said earlier, the entire bottom level was completely secured. So they broke in and found a left over flash/bang grenade that was missed when the police took all of their stuff away. It went off and blew off the girl's hand. A tragedy no doubt. Her family sued the city because the police missed that one item, and won. And not just won, but won a LOT of money. People around here were not too happy. She broke in! Everyone agrees that it is horrible that a young girl lost her hand, but she would not have blown it off if she had not broken the law! I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who has to deal with the consequences of their poor decisions. She made the decision to break the law. She can live with the consequences of that poor decision. You can say that she was just a young girl, but my kids would have never tried a stunt like that. **bryan i swear if you come on here and confess some horrible idiotic thing that you did that i dont know about yet i will not mail your valentine gift!!!** So my last thought on this is....Why was she raised to think breaking and entering was an OK thing to do????
Donna sent this to me this morning. I find it helpful....and hilarious!
Motivational Quote of the Day
Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.
If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So, If you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of sh*t.
So freaking funny! ____________________________________________
And now something disturbing....
Last night right before 11pm Bryan called. He told me he was going to send me a link to a live video of a car chase going on in LA last night. So I started watching. I ended up staying up and watching until midnight. Some guy in LA in a $100,000+ Bentley had been leading the CHP all over the LA area at high and low speeds on the freeway. He finally pulled back off the freeway 3 hours later and he stopped his car about where the whole thing had started. I gave up watching because there were at least 14 cop cars that I had counted, all of the cops with their guns drawn, and the people commenting live on the News channel with the video link were saying that if anything went down, you were going to see it live. I decided I had had enough and did not want to see some guy commit suicide by cop. So I stopped watching and went to bed. This morning I did a little search on google and found out that the guy had shot himself in the head and had died a little while later in the hospital. How sad. It makes me wonder what the hell could be so wrong with a guy with a Bentley that he has to kill himself. One of the reports said something about financial problems. Dude...its just money. You had a freaking $100,000 Bentley. Maybe you should have spent your money a little wiser. If you can afford a Bentley, then you should have had the sense to put money away for the bad economic times. I just don't get some people. It was all just so tragic....
**Picture was taken by hubby early in our Christmas week snowstorm** It's cold again. They are saying we could get snow again tomorrow. Snow away. I don't work tomorrow! Last night the News said that we are going to get snow. And the paper this morning said that the higher elevations and the Gorge will get up to 6". What a weird and freaky Winter we are having. Usually around here we get one week of snow, ice or combo of both, every 6 six or so years. This year it just keeps coming. Now it melts right away, but still. With the exception of the Christmas week snow. That was a LOT of snow! I'm so cold right now that my rings keep twisting on my fingers from the cold shrinkage! I even have the portable heater plugged in at my desk. We are still having problems with our "friend" who keeps coming in to the office. The week before she came in 6 of 7 days. Last week she did not come in until Friday and Saturday. Friday was bad. I went to the door to ask her if she had an appt with anyone and she literally pushed her way past me to get in. Ugh....We all feel so bad for her because we know she is having mental health issues, but we are trying to work. It's not like she is a family member and you really care about her and need to guide her along, or just sit and talk to her. We just can't do that here. It's sad and so frustrating at the same time. She has snuck in the back door a couple of times now too. The poor weekend receptionist has had to lock the front door now too because if she steps away from her desk and the woman comes in, she starts wandering around the office. Once she gets in, it takes 15 minutes or more to get her back out. She used to pin people in their office for up to 30 minutes. That is why we have had to stop her now from wandering around the office. Regardless of how sad her situation is, no wants to sit around and visit with her anymore. The past 3 years that she has been coming by have just become to much for anyone to handle anymore. I found out this morning that the owners are now doing something about the situation. I hope it helps.
Hey guys! I hope everyone has been having a great weekend. First off.... RE...so sorry your guy is sick. I hope he gets better soon. I was so miserable when I was sick last October. I feel for him. Dreama...I will have to remember to try some of your suggestions to RE if/when I do get a bad cold again! LL/NN....So good to see you stop by today. I have been thinking of you and Lane 1 since I read your blog earlier. I'm so sorry for what he has gone through this weekend. It's a really hard way to learn the lesson of drinking and driving. My thoughts are with you and your family. G....I always liked taking the kids to Birthday parties. It was so much fun to go out buy the gifts and wrap them. Hope K has fun today! And yes, the B&N guy was fantastic. I do love that extra step that some take in customer service! Adri....I'm so bummed that your parents won't let you go to Seattle with them. I would have driven up to meet you. I'm sure I could have twisted G's arm to meet us for lunch or something. Maybe you can get your parents to take you if you show them that you have filled out 10 applications to apply for jobs? It's a thought. They should realize that there are very few jobs out there right now. You just finished college and it's tough out there. Both of the kids significant others are struggling to find work. It's a thought. Maybe you should ask them.
Hubby and I just got back from seeing the new Liam Neeson movie Taken. It was soooo good. A sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat movie. Hubby said he lost count on the body count. If you like action thrillers this movie is for you! now I am off to put away laundry....you know how I hate to do that....and then sit in front of the fire and read my book!
I have running around all day. I'm taking a craft class with my friends Beth and Sandy next Saturday. So Sandy and I went shopping this morning for the class supplies. We had fun. I spent waaaaaay more than what I needed to for the class. I found so many new really pretty papers. I love scrapbook and card papers. So fun. And then we went on a Nora Roberts search. I have been trying for 3 days now to find the second book in the series that I am reading. I even had to go to .... the W store. O.M.G.!!!!!!!!!! That is how desperate I was to find it. I went to 5 stores looking for it. The 5th store was Barnes & Noble. They did not have it on the shelf so I went to Customer Service and the guy there checked the system. He said they did not have it, so he asked if I would like for him to check the other location. Sure. So he did...AND THEY HAD IT!!! Sweet! So they held it for me at store #6!!! I was going to head to a different store, but he found it for me. I was so glad. I could not believe how hard it was to find it. I had book 1 and book 3, but no book 2 to be found anywhere, except the Jantzen Beach Barnes & Noble. Thank You Barnes & Noble Guy! Thanks to Dreama and Karina for stopping by yesterdays 100th blog. And thank you to all of those who either called me or sent me private messages. You guys are the best. I understand how some of you don't like to leave comments and you know I said that is perfectly OK. I'm just glad that you do read my blog, and you can comment when you want, or just talk to me about in private. It's all good!
Today is my 100th Blog. Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! OK...Like anyone cares but me....But it still is exciting to me. And I think that it's quite an accomplishment. I'm surprised I got to 100 so fast. And I did it all by myself! There were definitely times where I sat here thinking...what the hell do I want to talk about? Kinda like right now! But I'll get through number 100, just like I did with 1 through 99. Talking about what I want to at that moment. So here goes....#100....
In honor of my 100th Blog I am going to list the 100 things that mean the most to me. Starting with 100 and ending with the number 1 thing that means the most. Here goes.... 100. Chips 99. Crying 98. Shade 97. Puppies 96. Ballet 95. Playing games 94. Vanilla Stoli 93. Scarves 92. Candles 91. The Symphony 90. Anything handmade 89. Electricity 88. Fruit 87. Ice cubes 86. Airplanes 85. Searching for seashells 84. Bunnies 83. Cars 82. Cell phones 81. Birds 80. Searching for rocks 79. Music 78. Blankets 77. Sweatshirts 76. Friends Birthdays 75. Reality TV 74. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups 73. Baby powder 72. Diet Coke 71. Water 70. Holidays 69. Internet 68. Campfires 67. Mocha coolers 66. Butterflies 65. Sunshine 64. Lasagna 63. Flowers 62. Chocolate 61. Getting cards 60. Snorkeling 59. Giving gifts 58. Bracelets 57. Mugs 56. Mexican Villa 55. Baby lotion 54. Brad Pitt 53. Hockey 52. Football 51. Softball 50. Concerts 49. Cookies 48. Donating or raising money for charities 47. People who volunteer 46. Jeans 45. Making cards 44. Chocolate cake 43. Sweaters 42. My Tattoos 41. Christmas trees 40. Fires in the fireplace 39. Shoes 38. Watches 37. TV 36. Sunglasses 35. My Blog 34. Babies 33. Purses 32. Musicals 31. Armed Forces 30. Writers 29. Teachers 28. Policemen 27. Fireman 26. Doctors 25. Our yard 24. Our trailer 23. Massages 22. Snow 21. Mountains 20. Beaches 19. Camping 18. Art 17. Books 16. Movies 15. Obama 14. Diamond earrings 13. Diamond rings 12. Cameras 11. Laughing 10. Sex 09. Wedding ring 08. Travel 07. Memories of Rick 06. Pictures of Rick 05. Home 04. My cats 03. Friends 02. Life 01. Family
OK...so everything after the Top 10 are hard to put a number by. But the Top 10 are the most important things in my life. Had to have sex in there! LOL!
Dreama's comment on yesterdays blog made me think. How safe is it to stop and help a stranger who is pulled over on the side of the road? I don't stop in that case. Mostly because I am just a chicken shit. But it reminds me of times such as when Bill Cosby's son had stopped to help someone and he ended up being killed. So very sad. If I could see that someone truly needed help, I would call it in. If I saw a woman being beat up, I would yell at the guy that the cops were on the way hoping that would stop him enough that he would run off. But a lot of the time I'm afraid that someone has a gun on them. You just never know anymore. Like the guy in the movie theater who shot that guy in front of his family because they would not be quiet. For crying out loud dude, get management to come and tell them to be quiet. If that doesn't work then ask management to give you free movie passes so that you can come back and see the show at a different time. There is just so much violence going on. You are a brave woman Dreama. I'm not so sure that I could stop all the time. I would stop at an accident though. People need help in those cases. The least I could do for the poor guy who died is to cover him up. I would want someone to cover me up.
There is a new show on ABC that I really like. It's called "What Would You Do?". They set up situations and then film peoples reactions to it. Last night they had a couple different ones. Such as a crying baby (fake) locked alone in a car on a hot day. Then they switched the baby out with a dog. It was really interesting to see how many people looked at the baby, or looked towards the car, but did nothing and just kept walking by. The correct thing to do is to immediately break the window furthest from the baby and call 911. It does not matter if the person comes back to their car right away or not. It is illegal, in I believe all 50 states, to leave a baby unattended in a car. Come on! Who the hell does that? It's bad enough when you see a dog in a hot car, but a baby? That is just crazy. The child should be taken away from them for abuse. As for dogs...I am not a big fan of when people take their dogs everywhere with them. Why on earth does a dog need to go to the grocery store? I can see taking your dog to the Dog Park for a good run, and then swinging by the store on your way home. No...I'm talking about people I know who take their dogs everywhere. It's really not necessary. So what would you do if you walked by a car and saw a baby or a dog locked alone in it?
As the sun warms earth I see the buds rise above The ground still frosty
Flying to the tree Tiny birds settle softly On budding branches
A chill in the air I try to ignore and reach To the sun with glee
By Barbara Gordon
How fun! I have not written a Haiku since..gosh...who knows! Elementary school? Not sure, but it was fun! I may have to do this again. It is such a beautiful day. I have the windows open, even though it is still very cold outside. But the sun was calling me. I went outside in search of Spring and took a couple pictures. It's coming! It's at least trying!
I'm done with Winter. I'm so cold. I loved that we had all of that snow this year, but I'm ready for warm weather. I know we have not had nearly as cold of temperatures as the rest of the Nation, but for here....it's dang cold. Oddly, it seems like we have not had much rain either. It's another beautiful sunny day, but so cold. brrrrrrr.... Hubby is thinking about us taking a trip to Washington DC. I would love that. I have never been, and he has not been since he was a child. With Obama being President now, I have this renewed sense of Patriotism. I want to see the White House, and the Capital Building, all of the monuments. I have wanted to spend days at the Smithsonian for a really long time, but now I want to see our more National buildings and monuments too. It's amazing how this one man has made such a difference in my life in regards to hope for our Nation. How exciting would it be to be at the White House and have President Obama walk by and say Hi to everyone! OK...that sounds kinda corny....but I would looooove to meet him!
Super Bowl Sunday baby! Not that I really care. I'm just trying to get pumped up for football. LOL! Just kidding. I actually do like football. But if it wasn't for Bryan having played for so many years, I'm not sure that I would be. I still think everything should be a penalty. Do they call them "penalties" in football? Basketball it's called a foul. Soccer you get yellow or red cards. In hockey it's definitely penalties. A lot of penalties! I'm looking forward to the commercials. I will let you know tomorrow what my favorite one was, or I will just come on later and leave a comment. I love the eTrade Baby ones. They crack me up. They have been showing one during the movie previews at the theater, and it's outtakes. It's the same one they have had on the internet all week. I love the part where the baby is stuck in his crib way in the back of the room and he says "Mom said I needed a timeout. This is bull****! BULL****!!" SO funny! As for my pick to win....I have been trying to keep quiet about that because I seem to jinx my teams every time I pick one! And I really don't want a certain team to win! LOL! Figure THAT out! Can't wait for halftime to see Bruce. That should be good. But the main show for us is the pre-show because JOURNEY is playing! They will get one song played live on NBC. Wonder what it will be? I'm saying Don't Stop Believe'n. Robert is saying the same, or Anyway You Want It. We could be surprised and they could play Be Good to Yourself. But I think it has to be their most popular. I made cookies last night and frosted them this morning. I made footballs and helmets. For food I made shredded Mexican chicken over night. And we will have quesadillas and nachos with the chicken or hamburger. And we have all the fixings, olives, oinions, sour cream, refried beans, cheese, chilies, and chili. Yummy! And of course we have chips & dip, and snack cheese and summer sausage and stuff like that. And we have beer and wine! But I may have to break out the vanilla stoli and diet coke! It's gonna be good day!
Hey there! Thank you for coming to my Blog. I finally decided to write my own Blog after many requests from friends. I really don't think that what I have to say is that interesting, but we'll see! I am hoping that this becomes a fun place for people to meet and hang out. Or....it will just be me talking to myself everyday. Which is fine....just kind of boring. So come by, stay a while, invite your friends. Or just stop by and read. I will be here!