June 30, 2005

Another Quiz

Hat tip to The Grass Isn't Greener.

You must be pretty peeved right now then, eh?

What pisses you off?

Created by ptocheia

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Head Wear

There is always something to put on your head in this house. It could be Mom's ponytail holders as seen here:

Or it could be Dad's underwear:

Then again, we could just do The Pose in the "Dad's Undies necklace".

Yep, definitely one of those moments that bring smiles to your face.

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June 29, 2005

Beethoven's symphonies

Hat Tip to Third World County!

I totally forgot to keep track of the free downloads of Beethoven's Symphonies that the BBC was giving out.

Symphonies 6, 7, and 8 are available HERE.

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More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Ok, so I find it humorous to cause you to waste time. Have you tried the new Google maps with satellite views? No? You just gotta give it a shot.

Type in an address and after it comes up, press the satellite button in the upper right. Here is a hospital near me: 901 45TH ST, West palm beach, Florida. Pretty cool and pretty scary.

Where can you do this? RIGHT HERE is the link.

Can you find your house? Is the yard a mess? GRIN!

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Bet you thought I forgot the humor for today? Nope, just had my yearly checkup (I hate giving blood!) and a bunch of other stuff come up this morning. Here is something for you:


Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table, he looks
into his small bowl. It is empty. "Who's been eating my porridge?!!", he

Papa Bear arrives at the big table and sits in his big chair. He looks into
his big bowl, and it is also empty. "Who's been eating my Porridge?!!,"
he roars.

Momma Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from the kitchen and
yells, "For crying out loud! how many times do we have to go through this
with you idiots? It was Momma Bear who got up first, it was Momma Bear who woke everyone in the house, it was Momma Bear who made the coffee, it was Momma Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night, and put everything away, it was Momma Bear who went out in the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper, it was Momma Bear who set the d.mn table, it was Momma Bear who put the friggin cat out, cleaned the litter box, and filled the cat's water and food dish, and, now that you've decided to drag your sorry bear-a$$es downstairs, and grace Momma Bear's kitchen with your grumpy presence, listen good, cause I'm only going to say this one more time.


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Best Seat

We were watching something on TV. Either the Wiggles or some construction tape. When I realized Tot was missing. It was something I figured Tot would be watching, so off I went to look for him. Only to come back and find him here:

Must be the best seat in the house.

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June 28, 2005

One Sick Child, One Tired Momma

Tater has come down with a cold. The kind that he needs to sit up to sleep. Can you say "No Way"? Yep, thought you could. I ended up sitting on the couch off and on waiting for the medicine to work. Oh say an hour or so I would be sitting on the couch and this would happen every 4 hours. 10 to 11am on the couch. 1 to 2am on the couch. 4:30am to 5:30am on the couch. Somewhere in there Tot woke up and didn't want Daddy. He was yelling "Momma Mommmmmaaaaa". Sigh.

My darling husband came out at 5:30am and let me go back to bed. Then Tot woke up at 6am. Sigh. I went back to bed for about an hour. That was about all the kids would let me have. Hence this post is so late. I have some cute pictures that I took and my Hubby took and they will be out here soon. Along with the stories. Just not this morning.

Aside note. One of the reasons I have been posting light, is I'm getting ready to move. Yep. I am working on my mu.nu site and was hoping to have it ready for this week. But with the packing of stuff in the house, and all the other stuff going on... it didn't happen. Maybe this week. Just maybe!

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June 27, 2005

Quantity not Quality

A gentle reminder from my BlogGrandpappy Harvey.

Blogson Jeff of Oh-Dark-Thirty graduates Army Boot Camp this Friday.

He was hoping his comment party would have 1000 comments - not gonna make it.

However, the record for a comment party is only 314, and Jeff is at 290 or so.

One last push as the deadline approaches. At this point, you don't even have to know WTF is going on. Just stop by & leave some random crapwords.

It's all about quantity, not quality.

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Brighten Your Monday

Go and visit the Karnival of Kidz #10 at Amy's place. Nothing like a bunch of childhood memories to help you remember the good times. Enjoy!
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New Blog Showcase

Here are some new comers to the blogger world! Let's give them a warm welcome.

First up is Common Folk Using Common Sense. I just had to share the first thing I read upon entering this blog:

This 'tis be th' rantin' of a stoothearted lad in America o' Scot ancestry (by way o' th' Green Isle), wi' little care fer th' mincin' 'o words. Interrupt me no' when I is at me haggis and grits.

There is more to that quote... I'm just putting out a teaser. Shamalama sent in THIS POST for is showcase. Definitely something to read and consider.

Next up is Either Orr. And THIS POST starts with:

The most divisive social issues of the past half-century can best be summarized in four words…
It’s all about me.
Let’s take these issues in the cycle of life order.
Start with abortion.

And Bob has even more controversial issues in this post to keep you reading. You gotta go to his home page and go down to the post on the Khadr family. Very creative in the music department.

Phew. Enough of the hard core reading. We have our last (but certainly not least) entry into the showcase. TMH's Bacon Bits is a little lighter with THIS POST about taking their kids to the Circus. Don't let that fool you, that is the post they submitted for the showcase. They also have posts on SCOTUS, Euro-Hippies Support Iraqi Terrorists and other items.

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June 26, 2005

Repeat After Me

I must submit an entry for Karnival of Kidz. I must submit an entry for Karnival of Kidz. I must submit an entry for Karnival of Kidz. I must submit an entry for Karnival of Kidz.

Tonight Midnight EST is the deadline. Click one of the links above to see how easy it is.

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Headed back down. Ok. It's only .4 pounds different than last week but it is in the downward direction. It is also AFTER I have eaten breakfast and drank water and usually I take it before.

I have a huge belief I would be losing more if I could get some sleep. I finally gave up at 4am this morning and took a benedryl. Yep, you read that right 4am. I figured a couple of hours was better than none.

I will work harder at it this week. We'll see how it goes. Wish Sissy, Amy, Bou and all the others trying to take it off as well the best of luck... I just gotta keep trying. Must beat Bou at this... Must beat Bou at this... (ok ok, I know it's not going to happen unless Bou puts on weight but I can keep thinking it)

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June 25, 2005

Become a Statistic

I took the survey... now it's your turn. Let's overwhelm MIT with data and see what they can do about it. Click on the box below to get started.

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

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Other Blogs

UPDATE: Being too lazy to check the links, I had a # sign in them again. Sigh. The links now work as of 2pm EST.

Being on the lazy side... I'm going to link to some other blogs.

Basil wants some compliments and at the same time to know what he should change about his blog. Go help him out.

Sissy took up the 25 Word Challenge and got THIS STORY in her comments.

Along with the story, she has a weekly challenge to use a word she has selected.

hegira \hih-JYE-ruh\ noun

: a journey especially when undertaken to escape from a dangerous or undesirable situation : exodus

I have seen this used all over the place. I have yet to use it in a sentence. Having kids you would think I would take a hegira to another city everytime they started having temper tantrums. ;-)

Being from a military family, I have to send you over to BlackFive. THIS POST talks about how to donate money to get kevlar blankets to our troops. Go read it and the rest of his blog.

And a cute girl is at THIS POST trying to make a jail break.

Or go to THIS POST to see what in the world Songstress and MIT want.

Swimming in Beer? Really!

And to right along with that is OddyBobo's Palm Pilot.

I had to LOL on Bou's cracking body parts. Only because mine do it so often at the weirdest times.

And last for tonight but not least is a POOH STORY.

Now there are a lot more good links. I'm just being lazy because it is 9:50pm EST and I should be asleep instead of writing a post for the morning. But I don't know how much time I'll have this weekend to get anything done. Enjoy the links and have a great weekend!

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June 24, 2005

Carnival of Recipes is Up!

Yum Yum. Another list of tasty treats. Dana at Post It Notes did a sensational job at writing up the Carnival of Recipes. From Baby Formula Fruit Smoothies to New Orleans Style Jambalaya and a whole lot more. Go on... go check it out at THIS POST.
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Spiderman or Tater?

And I thought my boys wanted to be Superman? I think Tater is actually looking for a way to stay up and not go to sleep. Gotta be cute to get away with that... so why not try Spiderman this time? ;-) I did mention my both of my sons like to climb? Not just over things, but ALL over things.

Tater stayed in that position long enough for my Hubby to come into the kitchen to get the camera and go back to take the picture. Now you know why some days you only get one post. I have to stay one step ahead/beside/behind them.

And yes, we are moving him to a full size bed asap.

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June 23, 2005

Meat and Vegie Soup

If you want something quick and easy for dinner, this is one of my favorites:


1 can Vegetable soup
1/4 pound ground beef (or as desired)


Cook ground beef. Add spices as desired (salt, pepper, garlic).
Put Vegetable soup in pot and add cooked ground beef. Heat. Serve.

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Of course I have now increase the amounts so my family can eat it with me. ;-)

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Something To Make You Smile

This is my entry for the Karnival of Kidz this week. (You got yours ready right?)

I wanted to take a picture of Tater in the playroom building with the legos and his hammer. I got this picture:

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Tot comes running over, picks up his hammer and smiles at me. I then take this picture:

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Tater says I should take his picture again and he poses:

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Now Tot wants to get into the act and Tater is asking me to take more pictures. Which is where these 3 come from:

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How could anyone resist those cuties???

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June 22, 2005

The Moon

Ok, I'm a day late... but you can still see it.

Summer Moon Illusion

The lowest-hanging full moon in 18 years is going to play tricks on you this week.

Sometimes you can't believe your eyes. This week is one of those times.

Step outside any evening at sunset and look around. You'll see a giant moon rising in the east. It looks like Earth's moon, round and cratered; the Man in the Moon is in his usual place. But something's wrong. This full moon is strangely inflated. It's huge!

You've just experienced the Moon Illusion.

Click HERE for the full story. And in tiny print at the bottom, there is a link that allows you to put in most any city and some in other countries.

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Hat Tip to Marie at PractiGal.

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More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Now I just have to remember to say these the 'old fashion' way for my kids. ;-)


JACK AND JILL Went up the hill
To have a little fun.
Stupid Jill forgot the pill
And now they have a son.

Her father shot it dead.
Now it goes to school with her,
Between two hunks of bread

SIMPLE SIMON met a Pie man going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the Pie man,
"What have you got there?"
Said the Pie man unto Simon,
"Pies, you dumb #$%!"

HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings' horses,
And all the kings' men.
Had scrambled eggs,
For breakfast again.

HEY DIDDLE, DIDDLE the cat took a piddle,
All over the bedside clock.
The little dog laughed to see such fun.
Then died of electric shock.

GEORGIE PORGY Pudding and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
And when the boys came out to play,
He kissed them too 'cause he was gay

THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good, she was very, very good.
But when she was bad........
She got a fur coat, jewels, a waterfront condo, and a sports car.

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday


A man standing in line at a check out counter of a grocery store was very surprised when a very attractive woman behind him said, "Hello!" Her face was beaming.

He gave her that "who are you look," and couldn't remember ever having seen her before.

Then, noticing his look, she figured she had made a mistake and apologized. "Look," she said "I'm really sorry but when I first saw you, I thought you were the father of one of my children," and walked out of the store.

The guy was dumbfounded and thought to himself, "What the hell is the world coming to? Here is an attractive woman who can't keep track of who fathers her children!"

Then he got a little panicky. "I don't remember her," he thought but, MAYBE....during one of the wild parties he had been to when he was in college, perhaps he did father her child!

He ran from the store and caught her in the parking lot and asked, "Are you the girl I met at a party in college and then we got really drunk and had wild crazy sex on the pool table in front of everyone?"

"No", she said with a horrified look on her face. "I'm your son's second grade teacher!"

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June 21, 2005

SuperMan or SuperBoy

Last Wednesday night my children decided to be maniacs. They were pulling out every toy, running around like crazy. Tater pulled out his pajama pants from the stack of clean clothes and put them around his neck and said he was "SuperMan". He was flying around the house screaming some nonsense words. Then he went over and harassed pet the dog.

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Tot didn't want to be left out. Not quite understanding the concept, he went over to the clean clothes and got out some of my pink underwear. Yep... that is what he is wearing around his neck. He, too, would then proceed to fly around the house screaming at the top of his lungs (no words, just noise). Two boys, lots of noise, lots of flying, and lots of toys.

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I can't wait to see what this Wednesday night brings.

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June 20, 2005

Another Entry for Testing

A woman was helping her husband set up his computer, and at the appropriate point in the process, told him that he would now need to enter a password - "Something he will use to log on to the computer."

The husband was in a rather amorous mood and figured he would try For the shock effect to bring this to his wife's attention. So, when the computer asked him to enter his password, he made it plainly obvious to his wife that he was keying in






His wife fell off her chair laughing when the computer replied:


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Karnival of Kidz 9 is Up and Running

Karnival of Kidz, hosted by Coturnix at Science And Politics is ready for your viewing pleasure. We have cute kid comments, baby poop (always a favorite), and more. You need to brighten your Monday and go check it out.

Here is the list for future hosts. Be sure to start hunting down those pictures and stories for the upcoming weeks. It is summer time, vacation time and usually a time to have great remember when stories! Post about yourself as a kid, your siblings, your own kids... help brighten Mondays!

10. June 27, 2005 Karnival of Kidz, hosted by Amy at Prochein Amy..

11. July 4, 2005 Karnival of Kidz, hosted by Michele at Letters from NYC.

12. July 11, 2005 Karnival of Kidz, hosted by Jen at Iowa Geek.

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Two Comment Parties

That's right. There are two comment parties going on around here.

This ONE is for Jeff at Oh Dark Thirty while he is gone to boot camp.

And this ONE is for Ogre while he takes off on vacation.

Go on over and add your two cents. Start a strange topic of conversation, or find a thread of one you like already and run with it. Just be careful you might find loose Llamas at Ogre's place and auctioning of men over at Jeff's place.

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Flowers for Mom

Last week, Tater came running into the house yelling. I had just walked in to get my bottle of water... and of course thought the worse. I turned around to see what was going on and saw my son with a handful of flowers. No one prompted him for this. He just walked in with them. Here they are in the shot glass.

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What a great kid!

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June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day

I had no idea how hard it would be to have a Father's day without my dad around. No phone calls to harass him, no funny cards to be sent. Not hearing him tell Tater to "March two three four, march two three four". Not even being able to tell him the crazy stories about my kids. He enjoyed them so much when he was alive.

I have some pictures I want to share. And for those that see these pictures and realize you know him... please send me an email at onehappydog (at) excite.com and let me know.

Update: Click any picture to enlarge the picture.

My dad use to love and try to grow plants. Here he is standing next to one of his plants.

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This is when he was younger and in uniform.

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This was just a couple of years ago when he went to a USAF reunion.

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And my favorite! Here I am with my Dad. I was running away from Mom and asking Dad to save me. Funny... but I see that with my kids today and it makes this even more special. I believe she was trying to put a dress on me. GRIN.

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I miss you Dad. I love you Dad. Happy Father's Day.

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Yes, you saw that right. I was 146 last week and I'm 149 this week. I noticed my fingers are swollen. I am hoping some of this is just water retention. I'll know for sure in a couple of days. I'm also hoping Bou didn't lose too much weight with all those step exercises. Or I'll never catch up!!!
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June 18, 2005

Carnival of Recipes is Up!

The Carnival of Recipes is up and ready for reading. Thanks to Michele of Meanderings. Great job!
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My Family

Just a picture of my family on a walk.

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The only member missing is the pony!

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June 17, 2005

Safety Glasses and Tot

I had a post before with Tater and his safety glasses. Well, Tot found them. I took a couple of pictures of Tot putting them on. What a cute (and safe) kid!

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This will be my entry for the Karnival of Kidz #9. Bora at Science and Politics is kindly hosting it for Monday. Please get your entries in before Sunday, Midnight EST. Go to THIS POST to see how to enter. It is very easy!

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June 16, 2005

Something I wish I could do

I haven't had more than 2 hours sleep for the last couple of nights. The one night Tot slept through the night, Tater was up at 2, 3 and 4am. We got up for good at 6am.

This was taken a week ago, but haven't had a chance to upload it and show it off. Click to enlarge.

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Don't you wish you could just curl up on the couch any ol' way and sleep during the day?

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You Know It's Bad

When you go to the Chiropractor for lower back problems and the only thing that cracks is your neck.

When you get a JMS (Just My Size) catalog in the mail. This is a catalog starting at size 14x and getting bigger. Think they are trying to tell me something?

When you open your power bill and it says 'This is your final notice before they turn off the power'. Seems they never got last month's payment. And they only send 'one notice - the final notice'. You check with the bank... the check was never cashed. Sigh.

When you go on-line and reserve books at the library. Go to the library the next day and there are no reservations for you.

When you don't mind watching the 'Big Machines 1' video for the 100th time. As long as the kids are not hollaring, fighting or hanging on your leg. (I seem to remember 'before' the second child I would NEVER let Tater watch more than 1 hour TV a day - Bawaa haa haa haa - not true any more).

How was your week? Yes, I realize it's only Thursday morning.

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June 15, 2005

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Two old ladies were sitting on a park bench outside the local town hall where a flower show was in progress. One leaned over and said, "Life is so darn boring. We never have any fun anymore. For $5.00, I'd take my clothes off and streak through that stupid flower show!"

"You're on!" said the other old lady, holding up a $5.00 bill."

The first fumbled her way out of her clothes and, completely naked, streaked through the front door of the flower show. Waiting outside, her friend soon heard a huge commotion inside the hall, followed by loud applause. The naked lady burst out through the door surrounded by a cheering crowd.

"What happened?" asked her waiting friend.

"I won 1st prize as Best Dried Arrangement."

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday


Constipated People Don't Give A crap.
If You Can Read This, I've Lost My Trailer.
Horn Broken... Watch For Finger.
The Earth Is Full - Go Home.
I Have The Body Of A god - Buddha.
So Many Pedestrians - So Little Time.
Cleverly Disguised As A Responsible Adult.
If We Quit Voting, Will They All Go Away?
Eat Right, Exercise, Die Anyway.
Illiterate? Write For Help.
Honk If Anything Falls Off.
Cover Me, I'm Changing Lanes.
He Who Hesitates Is Not Only Lost, But Miles From The
Next Exit.
I Refuse To Have A Battle Of Wits With An Unarmed Person.
You! Out Of The Gene Pool - Now!
I Do Whatever My Rice Krispies Tell Me To.
Fight Crime: Shoot Back!
(Seen Upside Down On A Jeep)
If You Can Read This, Please Flip Me Back Over...
If Walking Is So Good For You, Then Why Does My
Mailman Look Like Jabba The Hut?
Body By Nautilus; Brain By Mattel.
Boldly Going Nowhere.
Caution - Driver Legally Blonde.
Heart Attacks .. God's Revenge For Eating His Animal Friends.
Honk If You've Never Seen An Uzi Fired From A Car Window.
How Many Roads Must A Man Travel Down Before He Admits He is Lost?
All Men Are Animals; Some Just Make Better Pets.


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June 14, 2005

Tropical Storm Arlene Made Puddles

Arlene was kind enough to drop a TON of rain on my yard. And once it settled down some, my kids got to go play in the puddles. Here are some of the pictures. Including one with our Dog watching. Click to enlarge them.

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That is dirt on Tater's rear-end.

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Tot is saying, "Alone at last!"

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June 13, 2005

Karnival of Kidz 8

Take a sleep deprived woman, an odd sense of humor and you get this for the Karnival of Kidz.

Who can take a sunrise,
Sprinkle it with dew?
Cover his face with a cupcake or two…
Oddybobo's little boy can!

Then I ran into trouble. How to include OddyBobo's post on Palm Pilots? Oh. That worked. Ahhh... I found another couple I could rhyme in the song:

The candyman? The candyman can…
The candyman can 'cause he mixes it with love
And look at Brenna stand good!

Thank goodness the geekness runs in the family... because that means I can mention more about their blog after Jen's kids entry below.

The Candyman makes
everything he bakes
Satisfying and delicious.
Talk about your childhood wishes.
And don't you just want to give Riley kisses?

Yet, this didn't do justice to TJ Evans blog of NIF. Just going to his main page and reading through his list of links... New Hampshire : 'A bad day for scumbags' ... a good day for humanity :); about the arrest of a pair of pedophiles or 'FBI missed it's chance'! ... "to capture Clinton-era Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick" ... found via Bsizzle. But I was going to persevere on this children's song/rhyming.

Next was Ogre's entry. Dead end. The only thing I could think of that rhymed with Zoo was Poo. And we had those in last week's KoK. And nothing rhymed well with North Carolina politics or Social Security Retirement Age. Hence, I gave up on the Candyman song.

Back to dogpile to search on children's songs and rocking chairs. All I found in my searches were rocking chairs to buy. This would not help me with Susie's entry of her in a rocking chair. Or this other carnival post she has. And she has a whole lot more.

Next I found this children's rhyme:

Five Frisky Frogs

. . .
So then there were just two.
Two little frisky geeks bathing in the dew.
(Hold up 2 fingers. Wash face and body.)
One caught a sneezy cold - AHHCHOO!
(Cover nose and sneeze loudly.)
. . .

I just couldn't resist changing the Frisky Frog poem. Then again, I love her post on Happiness and Caffeinated Joy. Change it from Pepsi to dark chocolate and I would be the same way. On the hunt!

What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails and puppy dog tails.

Unless you are Tot and then you are made of
Impish grins, fussy faces and tall tales.

And one little boy looks great in a costume! I can't believe that Contagion has such a cute boy. Or that Contagion dresses him up in costumes! Particularly if you read this post on setting off the alarm system.

Writing, writing to my good friend
stamp it, lick it, off to send

Ok, I'm better with numbers than with rhymes. I just couldn't find a good fit for the Common Room son's entry. But that's ok, because I have to point out that there is a variety of posts there, I loved the one of their dog!

And an all time favorite song:

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday deeeaaarrrr Tara! Sally, Alex and Tara live in England and have some wonderful posts. I particularly like the one about Tara's speaking.

I just couldn't stop laughing long enough to find a rhyme for Peanut. And I could tell Mother Duck is like me when shopping when I saw this post!

One cute girl, one cute girl,
See how she runs! See how she runs!
She ran after her sister far and wide,
The sister told her that she
Is allowed to use a butter knife!
Did you ever hear such a thing in your life,
A four year old and a butter knife!

Amy has so many interesting posts, it was hard to decided which other one to share with you. But I like her story of QT and free coupons!

I have one more that I could find no good rhyme or song. Here goes my effort at it:

My son says Krap
Makes mom want to Snap.
Maybe some Soap
To give mom Hope
For no more Krap
From his Trap!

And you if you haven't checked out Bou's site in a while. You ought to go read THIS POST on what else 5 year old boys are not to say.

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and Spice and everything nice!

(Didn't think I would do the little boys and not the little girls did you?)

Unless you are Pink Ninja. Then you are made of:
Camoflauge casts and Ninja skills.

And she has a cute little boy, Dash, as well. There are some pictures of him fishing. Go check them out. Hope she wasn't planning on using those for a future KoK! ;-)

The last entry I happen to stumble upon by accident. I found THIS PICTURE of Evil Glen Reynolds. Just glad I saved it for last.

Yep. I'm done, finished. Hope you enjoy all the ambrosial, appealing, attractive, captivating, charming, cute, darling, dear, delightful, heavenly, lovable, precious kids.

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June 12, 2005


Now if Bou only loses 1 pound... I have a chance. If I continue to drink water (ugh) and exercise and eat better... I might be able to lose another 2 pounds this week. Which... if Bou loses only 1 pound this week, she will be down 6 pounds and I am down 4. If she loses 1 pound next week, she will be down 7 and if I lose 2, I will be down 6. It's a challenge, but I think I can do it.

I will catch her. I did drink 3 bottles of water EVERY DAY this week. I hated it but I did it. I also ran 1 mile every day. I also have the advantage of more weight to lose... so it is easier for me than her.

AND... I have started a list of excuses if I lose to her. I'll let you vote on which one is best - if I lose. No matter if I win or lose to Bou, I have lost weight, gotten into better shape, eating better and feeling better. I guess I win either way.

Now where did Bou say she found those Dark M&Ms? GRIN

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Lion Country Safari (LCS) with C and J

The best way to add excitement to any day to LCS is take a pregnant woman with you. C is due in two weeks and this is her second child. It was hot... hot enough that just 10 minutes into walking the park everyone was sweating buckets. Then she said something about cramping. Sigh. Side Note: Last week the Doc told her she was 2cm and 60% effaced. This means her body is getting ready to have this child.

Did any of this stop us? Nope! I checked with her and she said I could post the pictures. Did I mention she was tall? I look like a midget next to her... good thing I had the camera!

Here she is taking J and Tater up to feed the Giraffes. I'm running after Tot while trying to take a picture.

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Here are the boys waving hi to the Giraffe that wanted to be fed.

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And here is Tater feeding the Giraffe. I love the expression on J's face!

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Here is J being brave enough to get close to the feeding bird. Tater wouldn't have anything to do with it. Tot wanted to grab it.

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And here is all three kids watching the bird as C fed it.

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Side note: C still hasn't had the baby but she has started to walk 3 miles a day and vacuum whether it needs it or not. I think she is ready for this baby to come on out.

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June 11, 2005

5 Things I Miss From Childhood

I had to get this out ASAP. I got tagged twice and I know someone else who is the process of answering it. I was afraid of getting tagged again.

Five things I miss from my childhood:

1. Mom's cooking me dinner. She is an awesome cook. We had such a variety of food when I was growing up. From Pansit to Stuffed Zucchini to Fried Chicken with blackeyed peas.

UPDATE 6/12: Mom said we had pork chops with blackeyed peas... never fried chicken.

2. Playing in the woods. I would go out for hours and just discover things. Or take a book and find a tree to read under.

3. Having my clothes picked out for me. I s.u.c.k. at picking out clothes that look good on me.

4. Playing games with my family. Cards, board games. I still remember sitting at the dining room table with two encyclopedias to put my cards between because I couldn't hold them all in my hands. Hopefully I'll be able to do that with my sons soon.

5. Moving. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved a lot. It was scary but fun. And for some strange reason, I miss it.

The rules:

Remove the #1 blog from the following list, bump everyone up one place and add your blog’s name in the #5 spot. You need to actually link to each of the blogs.

Since I got tagged twice... here are the two lists:

Cake Eater Chronicles
margi lowry *dot* com
Note-It Posts
Eat The Lettuce
One Happy Dog Speaks

The Gun Line
Righty in a Lefty State

littlejoe's Soapbox
One Happy Dog Speaks

Who do I select? You are suppose to select 3. Most everyone I know has done this! I have not seen it at these two sites. You win!

Army Wife for the first list.
Sally for the second list.

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June 10, 2005

Poor Florida

Tropical Storm Arlene 8pm EDT Fri Jun 10 2005 Position 26.4N 85.6W Max Winds 70mph Movement NNW at 18mph Min Pressure 992mb (29.28in)

For a storm that is hauling b.u.t.t., it sure is gaining strength. Just 4mph more and it is officially a hurricane.

Side note for those who don't know about hurricanes:

Cat 1 = 74-95mph sustained winds
Cat 2 = 96-110mph
Cat 3 = 111-130mph
Cat 4 = 131-155mph
Cat 5 = > 155mph

Well, time to quit worrying and get some sleep.

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Carnival of Recipes is Up!

I can't believe it... I missed this week. And they did a GREAT job! Go check out the Carnival of Recipes at News from the Great Beyond. Oh My. I can't even begin to list some of the recipes I want to try out. Go take a look!
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Something Controversial

I received this in an email. I don't know if the speech was really given... didn't bother to even look it up in Snoop. I found the thoughts very profound. And I will pass it on. I would like to understand more about this issue and what created this speech... whether by Lamm or whoever wrote the email. (Sorry this disappeared for a bit... went to edit it and hit Save Draft not Publish - Tater and Tot keep me busy!)

How to Destroy the American Dream

We all know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant.

Last week there was an immigration-overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of American's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor named Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States.

He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that an autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide."

"Here is how they do it," Lamm said:

1."Turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. "The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans." Lamm went on: "Invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

2. "We could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentricity and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.'"

3. Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America reinforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities."

4. "Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."

5. "My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population."

6. "My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other."

"A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy Persia threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to over come two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. "E. Pluribus Unum" -- From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'unum,' we can Balkanize America as surely as Kosovo."

7. "Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits ~ make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate."

"Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturist, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That, because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."

8. In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, "Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis' book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Every discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.'

American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America - take note of California and other states - to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book "1984." In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: "War is peace," "Freedom is slavery," "Ignorance is strength."

Governor Lamm, walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.

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Karnival of Kidz Entry 8

Time to get those fingers typing. I'm hosting the KoK #8 and have to have an entry out there! I was requested to put out a picture of my son or sons that was not "sooo cute". Ok, here is the response to that request. The latest request was by Army Wife. Something about making her ovaries want another one. Not after seeing this face! Click any picture to enlarge it.

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Then again. I can't leave that as the lasting impression of Tot. One of the reasons he gets away with so many things will be explained in the next two pictures:

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Nothing like those wonderful smiles or the snuggling close to make you remember why you don't kill them when they are driving you nuts love them so much. ;-)

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June 09, 2005

Starting Already

It's going to be a long year. I'm blaming this one on Pamibe... I saw it there first!

For more info go HERE.

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Me Music Me Music MeMe

I just realized two people tagged me with this. Guess I need to get off the bandwagon and get this done before some one else adds me to the list. Here you go Sque and Lasciate. TOTAL VOLUME OF MUSIC: Not as much as I’d like. (same as Lasciate)

CDs: Personally? Around 60. If you add my husband's... around 200.

Cassette tapes, records: None. Never really owned that many and they are gone to the unknown disappearing cassette/record world.

MP3 and various other hard drive formats:
Maybe 500meg. Some free Christmas songs I downloaded to add to a video I was making.

LAST CD I BOUGHT: Favorite Nursery Rhymes

London Bridge is Falling Down.

: Wow. How about 4?
   a. Learn to be Still by the Eagles
     b. Sister Golden Hair by America
     c. That’s the Way Love Goes by Janet Jackson
     d. Brick House by Commodores



PEOPLE TO WHOM I'M PASSING THE BATON: No one. I think everyone I have read has done it already. If not, consider yourself carrying the baton and let me know.

Army Wife has now been Tagged to carry the baton.

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What is this Thing?

This was across the street from my house. It was dead before it made it to my yard. What is it? Will another one appear?

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It has legs... not sure how well you can see them in the picture... but it has legs.

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June 08, 2005

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

I had to LOL when I read this... just had to pass it on to you.

My Pe-nis Died Today.......

An old man, Mr. Goldstein, was living the last of his life in a Nursing home. One day he appeared to be very sad and depressed. Nurse Barton asked if there was anything wrong. "Yes, Nurse Barton," said Mr. Goldstein, "My pe-nis died today, and I am very sad." Knowing her patients were forgetful and sometimes a little crazy, she replied, "Oh, I'm so sorry, Mr. Goldstein, please accept my condolences.

The following day, Mr. Goldstein was walking down the hall with his pe-nis hanging out of his pajamas, when he met Nurse Barton. "Mr. Goldstein," she said, "You shouldn't be walking down the hall like this. Please put your pe-nis back inside your pajamas." "But, Nurse Barton," replied Mr. Goldstein, "I told you yesterday that my pe-nis died."

"Yes, you did tell me that, but why is it hanging out of your pajamas?" asked Nurse Barton.

"Well," he replied. "Today's the viewing."

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Hurricanes in 2004 taught us:

* An oak tree on the ground looks four times bigger than it did standing up.
* When house hunting, look for closets with lots of leg room.
* AA, C and D are the only alphabet we need (think batteries).
* Chainsaw-wielding-men are nothing to be afraid of.
* You can't spell "priceless" without I-C-E.
* Gasoline is a value at any price.
* Candlelight is better than botox — it takes years off your appearance.
* No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive.

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June 07, 2005

About This Blog

It will mainly be about my two sons, Tater (the elder) and Tot (the younger), along with other miscellaneous items as I see fit. Come along and enjoy the insane yet fun trip of watching two young boys slowly drive their mother over the edge!

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Ogre's Birth

Sad to say, I forgot to announce Ogre's movement to Mu.Nu. So here's a little birthing gift.

Actually there are a ton of gifts at Noes & Toes just perfect for Ogre. Glad you moved... now just fix the site so it's readable! GRIN.

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Can You Roll?

Tot just couldn't resist trying to do a forward roll into his unsuspecting brother. Lucky for Tater, Tot is just not coordinated enough and ended up going to the side. Not that I would have stopped him. ;-)

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A little while later, they pulled out a bunch of toys and tried to roll together. What a pair!

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After that, Tot, with his head down and his butt up, moved around the floor. I was waiting to see the rug burn on his forehead. But he stopped before it happened.

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June 06, 2005

The first entry into Mu.Nu

An Irishman, a Mexican and a Blonde Guy were doing construction work on scaffolding on the 20th floor of a building.

They were eating lunch and the Irishman said, "Corned beef and cabbage! If I get corned beef and cabbage one more time for lunch, I'm going to jump off this building."

The Mexican opened his lunch box and exclaimed, "Burritos again! If I get burritos one more time I'm going to jump off, too."

The blond opened his lunch and said, " Bologna again! If I get a bologna sandwich one more time, I'm jumping too."

The next day, the Irishman opened his lunch box, saw corned beef and cabbage, and jumped to his death.

The Mexican opened his lunch, saw a burrito, and jumped, too.

The blonde guy opened his lunch, saw the bologna and jumped to his death as well.

At the funeral, the Irishman's wife was weeping.She said, "If I'd known how really tired he was of corned beef and cabbage, I never would have given it to him again!"

The Mexican's wife also wept and said, "I could have given him tacos or enchiladas! I didn't realize he hated burritos so much."

(Oh this is GOOD!!)

Everyone turned and stared at the blonde's wife. The blonde's wife said,

"Don't look at me. He makes his own lunch."

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Karnival of Kidz at Iowa Geek

My jaw hurts I was smiling and laughing so hard today. Please take the time to go check out the KoK #7 over at Iowa Geek's. Always nice to have something to make you smile on a Monday. :-)

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Busy Week

It’s going to be a busy week. We got a storage unit to move some of our junk jumble into and out of the house. I also have the start of swim lessons for Tater, reading time at the library, and the people to come fix our soffits. Posting will be sparse but I will do my best to keep you informed of the crazy things my children have been doing. Like the following:

Lately, Tater has gotten to where he tells everyone “My name is Tater”. It’s getting old. But it makes him happy. Until the person doesn’t respond. At which point, Tater’s voice gets louder and louder until he gets some kind of response. Usually from me. If I don’t have to say the words “Inside Voice” ever again, it would be a nice. I know that is not on my agenda anytime soon since Tot is going to be going through this phase in another 6 months.

Gosh darn it, I ate all the chocolate… guess I’ll just have some water and try to ‘breath’ to relieve the stress… and when my mind is getting blank… all I hear is “Inside Voice”, “Inside Voice”. Sigh. Need to find something else. GRIN.

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On the move to Mu.Nu

My blog-sis, my blog-cousin and my-???(not sure what she is) has moved. I'm a little late in telling everyone but here it is: Sissy of And What Next (blog-sis) Oddybobo of Bobo Blogger (blog-cousin)

Michelle of Quality Weenie (related but in some twisted fashion)

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June 05, 2005

Beethoven's symphonies

Hat tip to third world county!

Beginning next Monday, the BBC will be offering all 9 of Beethoven's symphonies for download...

UPDATE: Ok, if I would actually READ what it said... the Downloads are available on TUESDAY... the symphony is Monday... here is a quote from the bbc:

Symphonies 1 & 3 will be broadcast on Monday 6th June, and available to download from Tuesday 7th June to Monday 13th June.
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I'm not going to jump up and down for joy... but I will try and look at it more on the lines of I have lost 2 pounds. Still on the 'down' side.
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June 04, 2005

20 Chocolate Chip Cookies

One large bag of M&Ms, one bowl of ice cream, 10 bottles of water. Which is why I don’t want to weigh in tomorrow. It has been a stressful week and I succumbed to temptation. I should not have more than 5 chocolate chip cookies, a handful of M&Ms, no ice cream and I should have had 18 bottles of water by now.

It’s going to be a LONG week next week as I try to reverse all of the mistakes I made this week. It is amazing how sleep deprivation can bring down your ability to stop eating things. At one point I really wanted some chocolate… so I had some water. Didn’t help. So I ate a banana, still didn’t help. Then I binged and had 4 chocolate chip cookies. ARGHHHHHHH.

I need a personal trainer that is living in the house with me keeping my hands off the bad food. Ok, Ok, I will post my weight tomorrow… but I’m not happy about it. I can’t believe my will power is h.o.r.r.i.b.l.e. I have not had this problem in the past. Maybe if I get that vomiting/diarrhea disease again? Naaaaaa. Not worth it. Will Power. I need Will Power!

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June 03, 2005

FDA issued a drug recall on some Generic Medications

The FDA issued a drug recall of ALL medications manufactured by Able Pharmaceuticals and had them cease current production "because of serious concerns that they were not produced according to quality assurance standards." Able Pharmaceuticals produces generic equivalents of medications. THIS LINK contains the recall notice, names of the medications, and how to identify them.
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Wellness Exam and little boys

For those out there that don’t know what a ‘Wellness Exam’ is, it is when a woman goes to the GYN for her yearly checkup. It’s not fun but it is quick. This year, I could not find someone to keep the kids for me and that means they came along for the ‘doctor visit’.

The part I will tell you about is my conversation with Tater while we were there. I never realized what kind of conversations I would be having with my son at so young an age.

He waits to ask questions until I’m sitting on the table with a little piece of paper covering me… and out he blurts “Is he going to check your pe-nis?”. I respond with “No son, girls don’t have a pe-nis, we have a va-gina and yes he is going to check it.”. “Is he going to check your butt?” “No, he is not going to check my butt and what is that magazine over there? Does it have a car on it?”

Ohhhh… it has been a long week and I am really going to have to find a sitter for next year. I refuse to have both of them questioning me.

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Carnival of Recipes is Up!

Time to go check out those delicious recipes! Go see the Carnival of Recipes at Conservative Friends. Just don't go hungry, or you might start watering at the mouth.
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June 02, 2005

Free Krispy Kreme Donut

Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut tomorrow (June 3). Hooray! Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (Celebrate Doughnut Day!)
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Hunter's Chicken

This is my entry for the Carnival of Recipes. I got it from Campbell's One-dish recipes. Everyone liked it, though I left out the zucchini (didn't have any that day) and used breasts instead of thighs and Mushroom soup instead of Golden Mushroom soup.


1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp dried basil leaves, crushed
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
8 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skin removed
1 tbl vegetable oil
1 can Campbell's Golden Mushroom Soup
1 can stewed tomatoes, cut up
1 sm carrot, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
1 medium zucchini, sliced (about 2 cups)
Hot cooked noodles
Grated Parmesan cheese

1. on waxed paper, combine flour, basil, garlic powder and pepper. Coat chicken lightly with flour mixture.
2. In 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, in hot oil, cook half of the chicken 10 minutes or until browned on both sides. Remove; set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken. Spoon off fat.
3. In same skillet, combine soup, tomatoes and carrots. Heat to boiling. Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 15 minutes, stirring occassionally.
4. Stir in zucchini. Cover; cook 10 minutes more or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, stirring occassionally.
5. To serve, arrange chicken over noodles. Stir sauce and spoon over chicken. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

You can also add 1/4 cup Burgundy or other dry red wine with the soup for more flavor.

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Here is my entry for the Karnival of Kidz this week. First is Tater playing catch with his dad! You gotta love the smile and closed eyes!

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And here is Tot over bothering me while I try to read a blog or two. He brought over the Flamingo in his mouth. Just ignore the snot under the nose. He has a cold!

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And I put it on his head. He left it there long enough for me to take the picture. What a cutie with that impish smile!

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Be sure to visit Karnival of Kidz blog to see how to find out how to submit an entry, and see the old entries and who is hosting next! You don't have to have a blog to submit an entry! Be sure to send those entries in soon!

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June 01, 2005

Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

It was a small town and the patrolman was making his evening rounds.

As he was checking a used car lot, he came upon two little old ladies sitting in a used car.

He stopped and asked them why they were sitting there in the car. Were they trying to steal it?

"Heavens no, we bought it."

"Then why don't you drive it away."

"We can't drive."

"Then why did you buy it?"

"We were told that if we bought a car here we'd get screwed ...so we're just waiting."

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Links of Interest

Some of these are a little 'old'. But well worth the read.

How about blogging netiquette?

Ballindalloch Chicken: Tasty but dangerous

What can you NOT LIVE without?

Need to have some fun? Check out this comment party.

Lions and Midgets... oh, my!

How normal are you?

How about which Star Wars Character? (click on the picture to take the test)

Talking about Star Wars, how about THIS ARTICLE?

What color is your lightsaber?

Is the force with you?

Want to start a 'fake site'? You might want to read THIS FIRST.

I just couldn't resist showing you this picture of "Momma's White Trash House"

Amn't I? Gotta love those children.

The right way to celebrate a Renaissance festival.

What's your favorite souvenir?

What's your personality type?

A passel of quizlings.

You always have to have a Llama picture.

If you like soccer, you gotta love THESE PICTURES.

Math Humor.

What is Your World View?

GreenZap, the alternative to PayPal

I couldn't resist adding a link to THIS ARTICLE on an octopus and a female.

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