November 30, 2006

Christmas Decorating

Finally, the Christmas decorating is done. As many decorations 'came down' as 'went up'. After all the kids went to sleep the other night, I took off the decorations that kept 'coming off' and put them away. Now all the decorations are staying up. Phew.

First, the tree:

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Second, the decorating:

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Last, the final decorating of the house. Yes folks, this is it. I'm not putting out anything else. Maybe next year.

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How is your decorating coming along?

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Now This Is a Vacation

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BedTime at Disney

This is why we don't like the boys sleeping with us:

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November 29, 2006

Can't Resist

With so many memes in this blog-o-sphere... I couldn't resist this one that I found over at MaryBeth's.... There is something about someone begging in the name of science or math that I can't resist...

I could've completed this little experiment without revealing its existence. Since I lack foresight, I'm stuck announcing my intentions and begging participation. Here's what I need you to do:

1. Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
2. Ask your readers to do the same. Beg them. Relate sob stories about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances. Imply I'm one of them. (Do whatever you have to. If that fails, try whatever it takes.)
3. Ping Technorati.

Oh yaa... here's my PING Acephalous.

Go ahead... make a post and help spread this through the blog-o-sphere... I'll be interested to see the results.

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Oldie but Goodie

Remember this on Christmas.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (and Snopes), while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid- December. Female reindeer retain their antlers til after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl. We should've known...ONLY women would be able to drag a fat-ass man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.

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Side note: That1Guy posted a story about Santa and the Norad Santa Tracking for 2006.

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For My Geeky Friends

Here is a great Christmas song / video for my Geeky friends. Being to lazy to figure out how to post just the video... you'll have to go to the page and play it. And thanks to MaryBeth... here it is:

For those of you who don't know me well. This is a perfect song for me. I mean perfect.

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November 28, 2006

RedNeck Translator

Found THIS POST at Sticks and was snickering about accents. Then I put in my http site on the RedNeckTranslator she found and started to read my posts. Ok, I laughed out loud.

Here it is... put in your favorite http (url) and enjoy reading it a whole new way:

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Time To Get Started

We are pulling down the Christmas decorations... can't you tell?

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Cute Pictures of Tot

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SPD Emergency

I know some of you out there know what that is all about... it is the Power Rangers!!! And look who was willing to get in and have his picture taken:

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November 27, 2006

Crazy Trio

This is a very important post. It is to say Thank You to


for taking care of my blog while I was gone. I do have a couple of questions for you... what was with the frog in the toilet? all the little pieces of paper on the back porch and the stain on Tot's bed sheet? oh... wait, maybe I don't want to know about the stain on Tot's bed sheet.

Again... I really appreciate you taking the time to post. It made it fun for me when I got home as well.

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Breakfast at CP

An easy day on Sunday. We had breakfast with Tigger. It would have been nicer if more of the characters had come by, but it didn’t stop it from being a nice breakfast.

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Here is a hint for those planning to going to Disney… get breakfast reservations for early 8am in the morning at Crystal Palace (or any other place that will let you in before the park opens). You get to go in before the ‘9am’ insanity. They block off the access to the ride areas, but if you finish your breakfast before the 9am opening, you can be standing at the blocked off ride areas first.

Our breakfast was at 9:05, so it didn’t make a difference other than we got to get in early and just walk around the stores. It was nice not having a huge crowd all around you. We also got a nice picture of the castle and us

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November 26, 2006

Star Wars

On Saturday we were able to get to MGM an hour early… since we were staying at a Disney hotel it is one of the perks. Usually I don’t care, but it was worth it for one good reason. The boys got to go on the Star Wars ride. Seriously. Tater wouldn’t go until the attendant was kind enough to see if they had a ‘still’ ride going. They did. In fact, it was just the 4 of us. Since it wasn’t a motion ride, they allowed Tot to go on as well. It still seemed to move some just because of the movie screen. It was awesome. The boys loved it. Tot still talks about it.

And here are some pictures... notice the long sleeves... eventually it got to 38 F with windchill... will someone please let the weathermen know this is Florida?

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Tater wouldn't join in the pictures initially. You'll see some of him soon.

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Added bonus, we got a special picture of Darth Vader... click on More Pawprints to see it:

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The Trip

There are reasons why you should not have a large dog... here is one of them:

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Yaaa.... we're nuts. Luckily our in-laws were kind enough to take care of him while we were at Disney. In other words, he got a vacation as well.

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November 24, 2006

Home Sweet Home

Back at last. Phew. What a trip. Very fun, very long and very glad to be back. The trip home is an example of how the entire trip went...

First, we gave the boys those thin 3 or 4 inch long pretzels. Now I wish I had my camera handy... you would love the picture of Tot with a pretzel sticking out of each nostril. Better yet, when he took them out and ate them. Ewwwwwwww. No such luck on the pictures.

Second, (and you'll be happy I didn't have the camera for this one) Tater got sick and vomitted while we were at a rest stop. Which was a treat in itself, trying to get clean clothes... hmmm which suit case where they in? Get him cleaned off. And then not get sick myself as I see a flock of birds, must have been about 40 of them, go to the spot he was sick and eat the vomit.

My humorous husband couldn't resist telling Tater he was now a mommy bird. That is what mommy birds do for their young. Eat and then vomit it up. Ahhh regurgitate is the better word. Still GROSS.

Funny, sick, busy, slow. We had it all. Phew. Just very happy to be home. I have stories to tell and pictures to post. I'll get them up as soon as I can... in a day or two. Until then... Happy Belated Thanksgiving and I hope you survive the weekend.

PS. I will be putting out a special Thank You for the those crazy 3 that posted for me while I was gone in a day or two. Until then... Thank you VERY much.

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Dangerous to Wildlife & Men

I know I was suppose to be posting a story about Bug and got sidetracked this week. I'll have a post on my site later this week or next about it.

Oh... back to the story. After reading that Guy and Sweetthing may try to make a visit to Bug, Brains, and the tater tots, I felt compelled to make sure he knows what he is in for. (Sweetthing will be completely safe).

I think it has been mentioned a time or two that Bug has managed to take out two birds and a squirrel with a golf ball. She has also managed to peg every boy, man or any semblance to the same with a racquet ball to ensure they do not perpetuate life.

So Guy while you and SweetThing are visiting stay away, far away from any sports related subject while in the presence of the Bug.

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She's coming home today

And we're excited.
She's coming home today
and probably tired.

It's not like she has been running around DisneyWorld with two little toddlers in tow.

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Good Morning To All

I hope Happy Dog and Family are gonna get back soon. I have refrained from messing up the Bug's house about as long as I can..

Me and sweetthing have plans to visit the Bug family later this winter. The only thing that might hold me back is the thoughts of sights like THIS
on the S. Florida beaches. It just ain't right...

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November 23, 2006


I have no doubt that if the Bug was home she would be writing a very aticulate Thanksgiving message to you. Well, first of all I am not articulate..not even sure what the word time I got a written performance evaluation that said that although I was somewhat articulate my truculence overcame it..I was proud of that report because the evaluator used those big words about me.

So, I don't know any BIG words like the Bug. But I can say Happy Thanksgiving to y'all and may the creator smile on you today and every day.

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November 22, 2006

What VWBug is Thankful for

These are a few of the things VW has been thankful for.

My #1 Son decided to run a fever and puke last night. Thankfully it was Dad helping him. (102 and puke on You)

Now #2 Son has started to feed cheerios to me...those wet cheerios are likely to have been licked or even partially chewed....I am very thankful for that.

VW is thankful for her friends and is not afraid to let them know.

Thanks to Sticks and Richmond, my place is a mess.

Gee Thanks Lee Ann (notice the sarcasm).

Thanks to Bou...I decided NOT to put the Fire Hose adapter on the end of the hose.

Oh, and VW's husband is thankful that she is not cooking candied yams today.

So, what are you thankful for today?

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Although VW is not dreading this Wednesday, we will keep her tradition and post some really corny jokes. Her boys love riddles so here are some Turkey riddles for you to enjoy.

What did the mother turkey say to
her disobedient children?

If your father could see you now,
he'd turn over in his gravy!

Why do Pilgrims have trouble keeping their pants up?
'Cause they wear their belts on their hats!

What is the difference between a chicken and a turkey?
Chickens celebrate Thanksgiving!!

What is the Turkey's favorite black tie celebration?
The Butter Ball

How does a Turkey drink her wine?
In a gobble-let

How many turkeys does it take to change a lightbulb?

Just one but it takes 5 hours

Did you hear about the X-rated turkey?

It's served with very little dressing.

What do you get when you cross a turkey, the beach, and Broomhilda?

A turkey sand-witch

What kind of music did Pilgrims listen to?

Plymouth Rock!

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?

The outside!

Why do turkeys eat so little?

Because they are always stuffed!

What did the turkey do in the Thanksgiving Day Parade?

He played his drumsticks!

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November 21, 2006


WOW! It is cold down here in South Florida for this time of year. I wonder if Al Gore knows about this? He told me that there was a global warming thing comin' on and this part of Florida was soon gonna be under I bought up in central water hoping that I would have some water front property soon..just goes to show one can never depend on what a politician says, huh?

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November 20, 2006

Seriously... A Reading Pasttime

While perusing Ordinary Days the other day, I found this link... Dear Reader. Woo Hoo I was in book heaven. No more hoping if I would like the book or not.

I have already signed up for a few most notably the pre-publication. In addition, Suzanne Beecher who has the book club has a blog site of the same name: Dear Reader.

So people, if you have avoided reading lately because you don't have the time to figure out you don't like the book, at least give this a try. 5 minutes a day. Instead of raising your blood pressure with the news of the day, take that cup of java, head for your computer and read the day's excerpt. Do yourself a favor...

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The Turkey Popped Out of the Oven

The Turkey popped out of the oven
and rocketed in to the air;
It knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair.
It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom,
Then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room.
It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor,
There was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there had never been turkey before..
It blanketed every appliance,
it smeared every saucer and bowl;
There wasn't a way I could stop it;
that turkey was out of control.
I scraped and I scraped with displeasure
and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
That I would never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn't been popped. written by Jack Prelutsky


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November 19, 2006

Before she knows it

Yep. In a blink of an eye, VW will have Tater Teens.

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A Birthday Worth Remembering

Last week was our mother's birthday. When she got home she immediately emailed both of us. Here is what she wrote:

As planned ddpup took me out to eat. Had a great meal.
We cleaned our plates. Got in the car to start home, pup
turned the key, the anit-theft sign flashed and the car shut
down. She called onstar, they called a tow truck, etc. She
called Bear.....they both showed up about the same time.....
The mechanics go the car started. She brought me home
with Bear following then he followed her home, I hope they
made it with no further trouble. The cadillac place is in real
trouble, she had her sixty thousand mile check up on the
tenth of this month. JUST REMEMBER, DON'T TRY TO STEAL

What can I say? It has been a month for cars for all of us. Although I have to admit I am getting real use to my new truck. But the more I think about, the more I am pretty sure it is just like Bear's. Oh well, just one more thing we have in common.

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November 18, 2006

What kind of blogger is she?

C-List Blogger

Runs in the family.

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Good Morning Blog World

I was brousing through the bug's closets to see if she took the kid's coats with them to Orlando..she didn't. Well, from the looks of those old coats she needs to spring for some new ones anyway. I know it doesn't get cold down here in South Florida but it is cold at my place and I ain't that far from Orlando. That Magic Castle in Disney World gonna be looking like the Ice Palace if it gets much colder.

I tried to do a post on my place this morning but blogspot is down..that time of the month again and it comes by pretty regularly now. I would change servers except I am too tight..blogger be free. I look at blogger a lot like some people look at life..they don't expect much and they are seldom deceived.

I hope Bug is having a good time..but I'll be glad to see her get home. I have not had the heart to mess this nice place ...yet...but the urge has come over me. If I can ever figure out how to post some pictures here...

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November 17, 2006

Uh Oh or Oh My

Bug may want to change her name. I found this today:

The original Volkswagen Beetle was commissioned
by Adolf Hitler and designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

On a lighter note, Guy, I know where she hides the wine. Meet in the computer room at 8.

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Good Morning Blog World

Seeing as how I have promised the bug that I would look after things around her house I stopped by this morning to check thinks out. I have already did a bit over at MY PLACE.

The bug e mailed me with a suggestion that I link THIS. Now this is interesting. Want to know where your spouse is sleepin' when she/he ain't sleepin' with you? Just click on the place and put in the cell phone number. I bet it don't take long before there will be a lot of cell phones left on the golf course or in the bar, huh?

VW should be getting close to seeing Micky Mouse by now. I reckon it is a good thing for the Bug family that ole Micky didn't get enough votes to be senator. Orlando is a lot closer than the Washington DC...

I was gonna clean house while I was here but VW left everything in tip top shape. Now this does surprise me..most of the engineers I know are neatness freaks on the job but never make a bed at home. Well, that could be because most of the engineers I know run trains and have these women at home what make the beds...used to know one of those women who made the bed every time we got out of it...what a neatness freak she was...

I was gonna post some pictures but I ain't all the familiar with this format. Maybe later I can mess this place up GOOD. But in the meantime I'll just leave THIS HOLIDAY GREETING for you. It ain't really porn but then is all in the mind of the viewer, huh? Y'all come back, heah?

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November 16, 2006


GUYK is the name and guest blogging and tearing up this house is the game..maybe if this works like the bug said it would. So it is a test..I never failed a test before because I always sat next to the smart kids..and Bug being an engineer is a smart kid..maybe I can copy from her.

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Going On Vacation

Tomorrow we leave for our Vacation to Orlando. I went to check out the weather and saw this:

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Folks, I have no clue where the jackets are ... we are still wearing shorts. And now I have today to find them. Did I mention that we have the Fall Festival for the kids tonight? Yaaa... don't mention all the other stuff that has to get done today and tomorrow we leave. I have got to be nuts.

BTW, please be aware that starting tomorrow there will be others posting to my blog. My sister, Tink, has told me she is going to post some stories about me... so if you have any questions, better get them to her asap. Guyk and Sticks have also volunteered. Be kind to them. Don't dirty up the place too much while I'm gone. Or be sure to at least bring the firemen by to clean up when I get back. GRIN.

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Time Waster

Found THIS TIME waster over at MaryBeth's. Go give it a shot. Let me know how you do!

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High School

Hat tip to CalTechGirl

You paid attention during 80% of high school!

68-84% Pretty good, you know that there are libraries and newspapers, and you remember what you've read. You were a child that wasn't left behind!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
Create a Quiz

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November 15, 2006

More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

What do you get if you cross a donkey with an onion?

Most of the time you simply get an onion with long ears, but every once in awhile, you get lucky, and get a piece of a.s.s that brings tears to your eyes.

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

An old nun who was living in a convent next to a Brooklyn construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways.

She decided she would take her lunch, sit with the workers and talk with them. She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating.

She walked up to the group and with a big smile said: "Do you men know Jesus Christ?"

They shook their heads and looked at each other.

One of the workers looked up into the steelwork and yelled "Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?"

One of the steelworkers yelled down a "Yea. Why"?

The worker yelled back "His wife's here with his lunch."

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November 14, 2006

70 Years In the Making

Definitely not one of my better weeks. Considering my mom turns 70 today and I didn't even get a birthday post out for her until now. Luckily, having been a mother, she understands the insanity of kids. Phew.

This is the woman you should never challenge in Trivial Pursuit, she'll whip your arse. She reads everything she gets her hands on to, keeps up with the news and politics and has been alive for 70 years. Yaa... I would love to see her on 1 to 100 or Jeopardy.

I remember as a child, her doing cartwheels in the yard with us... and backbends. Yikes! I can't imagine doing that with my boys.

She is also the mom that gave Tink fishing worms to play with to keep her busy. Yep, she is full of surprises.

Thanks for bringing me into this world (even if I was an accident). I appreciate all the love and nurturing you gave me. I hope I can do equally as well for my boys.

Happy 70th Birthday!

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Ups and Downs

Life has been particularly difficult the last week. With me being really sick and not enough sleep, the boys going from sick to well... you get the idea.

One of things that made me laugh was when I was yelling at Tater to leave Tot alone over and over again and Tot fought back. Tater was running up and yelling in Tot's face and then running away... usually to the couch where Tater would fall on it and leave his butt up in the air. Yaa... you got it, one time too many did this happen and when mom was doing laundry I hear a yell. I go running out. Seems Tot bit Tater in the butt. I had to laugh out loud when I heard it.

Then I saw THESE PICTURES over at Bou's and it brought back memories of me teaching Ringo how to say Bird. GRIN.

Next I saw THIS INFORMATION over at AWTM and was sad.

Afterwards, I saw THIS POST over at Lemon Stand and was reminded why I should not be so mad at my kids for not eating the breakfast they asked for.

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November 13, 2006

Veteran's Poem

The Veteran's Poem... my mom sent me the complete poem:

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN,
who salutes the Flag,

It is the VETERAN,
who serves under the Flag,

Eternal rest grant them O Lord, and let Perpetual light shine upon them.

VETERANS know that the oath of allegiance has no expiration date.

God Bless them all!!!

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What Not To Say

We went to Urgent Care yesterday. We are both on antibiotics and a lot more. Yep, we're sick. The kids are feeling great. And my hubby almost got a frying pan to his head. (not really, but the thought was there). As he is laying on the couch, and I'm up doing dishes... he remarks "You really are sick, you should be resting, you can do those dishes later". Yaa.... he survived.

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November 12, 2006

Did God create evil?

Did God create evil? (side note from vwbug: I found this an interesting read whether truly said or not... also, God created evil... it's called healthy small children and really sick parents.... definitely evil.)

A University professor at a well-known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question.

"Did God create everything that exists?"

A student bravely replied, "Yes he did!"

"God created everything?" The professor asked.

"Yes sir, he certainly did," the student replied.

The professor answered, "If God created everything; then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil."

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, professor?"

"Of course", replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, "Professor does cold exist?"

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?"

The other students snickered at the young man's question.

The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.

Absolute zero (-460F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"

The professor responded, "Of course it does."

The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is?

You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God.

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November 11, 2006

Thank YOU!

It was a pleasant surprise when I saw all the donations to Valour-IT this morning. Wow. That was just great. You made my day. For everyone that donating a huge Thanks. And don't forget, you can still donate today. Today is the last day!!! I donated this morning. Yipeee!!!

And thank you to all the veterans out there. You have been what makes this country strong.

I had this portion of a poem on my post last year and wished I had copied it all... as the link is not longer valid... but just this little portion helps us remember:

It was a veteran, not a reporter, Who guaranteed freedom of the press.

It was a veteran, not a poet,
Who guaranteed freedom of speech.

God bless you all.

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A Swift Kick

Would someone give me a swift kick??? Or at least next time I whine about Tot not sleeping remind me to get him to the doctor... he has an ear infection and is headed towards bronchitis. He is on antibiotics and the nebulizer. Fun fun. Ohhh... and Tater is right there with him. He has a sore throat and headed towards bronchitits. He also got antibiotics and the nebulizer. Both of them, 4 times a day.

Uhhhhh... did I mention that I have been without sleep for about 48 hours? Even though I have been taking Airborne like it is golden, I still caught the cold. Strong sucker. The cold that is. I just hope it doesn't get into my chest. That would suck.

Not likely to post tomorrow. It would be just more whining. Give me a day to get myself together and it will back to the regularly scheduled program.

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November 10, 2006

Just Around the Corner

Tomorrow is the last day for fund raising at Project Valour-IT. I see Air Force has dropped behind. Ok... being competitive... I was informed that if every blog rooting for Air Force comes up with $400 we'll meet the goal of $45k. I already donated but am considering another $1 or two. Seriously, I don't have much money due to Christmas and my budget, but I want Air Force to at least get closer to the goal.

You do not have to have Paypal to donate. They set it up that way to make it easier for those on-line. But if you scroll down after pressing the Donate button, you will see you can use credit cards and some bank accounts. Yaa... push the button, scroll down and give it a shot. Even a $1.

YAAAAAAAA Navy! They met the goal!!!!!

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Another long night with no sleep. They played tag team last night every two hours. They got 4 hours sleep each time, I didn't. Sigh... only another night and we'll be in the home stretch. Something that made me smile that my mom sent me:

Butch the Rooster

John, the farmer, was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers, (hens called pullets) and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to make sure the eggs were fertile.

The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was, too, but on this particular morning John noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all! John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. But to Farmer John's amazement Butch had his bell in his beak so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of Butch, he entered him in the county fair and Butch became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result .. The judges not only awarded Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well. Clearly, Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention?

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November 09, 2006

2 x 2

Earlier this week, Tot was sniffling and running a low fever. I figured it was the Melaleuca in bloom.

Melaleuca, especially when in bloom, causes respiratory irritation, headache and nausea to some people.

But yesterday showed me my ways were wrong. Yes folks, Tater came home from school and within an hour started running a fever. Last night? Someone remind me why we have children... Tot was up every two hours. Tater's fever spiked at 103 something. Tot got up for good at 6am. I had to fix him breakfast and proceed to try and slow him down. I think the Dimetapp caused him to be hyper.

Personally... it's going to be a long day. Any takers? I'll be glad to go to bed and let you play with the kids and clean house today.

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November 08, 2006

Project Valour-IT

Tink did a great job of showing our family of military men. Now if I could just find a few more pictures of good looking Air Force men for Michele. No matter which branch you donate to, donate. Even a dollar can make a difference.

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More Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Think like a kid when you read these.

TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America.
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America?
CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell "crocodile?"
TEACHER: No, that's wrong.
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

TEACHER: Donald, what i s the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's "H to O".

TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.

TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with "I."
MILLIE: I is...
TEACHER: No, Millie. .... A lways say, "I am."
MILLIE: All right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the ax in his hand.

TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE: No, teacher, it's the same dog.

TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher.

(vw bug: I could have sworn he was going to say Mom!)

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Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?" "We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We have to eat grass." "Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said. "But, sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree." "Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

Turning to the other poor man he stated, "You come with us, also." The second man, in a pitiful voice then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!" "Bring them all, as well," the lawyer answered. They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was.

Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you." The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high."

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November 07, 2006

Voting Wasn't That Bad

I was dreading to go voting. Last year it took an hour for me to get into the building and vote while entertaining 2 small children. This Sunday they mentioned they had to add more voting booths and assistance for the "waits of 1 1/2 to two hours" for those voting early. That was in my district. Ugh.

Yet, I walked in, there were empty booths and it was easy. Phew. And I only had one small child as Tater is in preschool today. Yaa... I can make it through the day.

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School Pictures

Nothing is as entertaining as getting back school pictures. There are claims that the Spring pictures will be better... we will see:

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For some reason, they let the kids play on the playground before picture time. Can you tell???? Still made me smile and warm/fuzzy inside.

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November 06, 2006

Not Quite Half Way

Yipeeee!!!! I checked on Valour-IT this morning and the Air Force team was at $21,000. We are trying to get to $45,000 before those 'other' branches and we are almost half way there.

A good charity is hard to find. Even a dollar or two can make a difference. You can borrow that from your kids! Just be sure to push the Donate button for the Air Force. GRIN

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Fall Party

During Tater's Fall Party they made masks. Since Tot was there as well, he got to make one. I laughed because Tater made the orange one (he was given it to match his shirt) and Tot made the pink one... notice who is wearing which mask...

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November 05, 2006

BK Break Time

Last weekend we went to the park... on the way home we stopped at McD's and it was a mess. No places to sit. Lots of construction. Next store was a BK. Off we went to BK. Nope, not going to go there again. I was sick after eating there. The best part was the toys the boys got. (Notice the missing horn, it came with two)

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November 04, 2006

How Not To Cook

After a long day, I decided to try to make Candied Yams. It's been a year and I need practice. Boy do I!!! Seems I don't know how hot my oven gets when I broil... yaa... you get to see pictures:

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Being resourceful and too lazy to make anything else... I remove the burnt marshmellows...

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You guessed it, I put more marshmellows on and tried again...

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And thanks to my mom, mammaw, I checked the expiration date on my Baking Powder. Hmmmm... I didn't realize there was an expiration date. Guess I'll be getting new Baking Powder tomorrow. Any guesses on how old my Baking Powder was?

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November Night

Sometimes you just have to stop, look out your window and see the colors:

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November 03, 2006

Things I'm Tired of Hearing

Things I'm Tired of Hearing in my Household:

Mom, Look at me. (usually means impending doom)
Tater/Tot get out of your brother's view of the tv (usually standing 2 inches in front of the other one)
Tater get off your brother (usually standing or laying on him)
Quit jumping on that. (can be furniture or brother or other valuable object)
Don't touch him or Leave him alone (usually they are sitting beside one another)

Mind you, I have said every one of these at least once in the last hour. I need some of that Duct Tape that Ogre mentioned in the comments at this Post

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My Kind of Humor

Found this at Mellow Drama. And I think what I found funniest is that I scored 99% higher than my age group on all 3 variables.

the Wit

(57% dark, 38% spontaneous, 26% vulgar)

your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

The 3-Variable Funny Test!

- it rules -

If you're interested, try my best friend's best test:
The Genghis Khan Genetic Fitness Masterpiece

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on darkness

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You scored higher than 99% on spontaneity

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You scored higher than 99% on vulgarity

Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Charity - Project Valour IT

Very seldom do I mention charity on my blog. Nor do I ask you to send money or do much of anything. Trust me, I have 3 or 4 I give to ... from helping animals to helping people. Then comes along Project Valour IT. I supported it last year and I will do it again this year. Since I have family in every branch (or have been in every branch), I will show the 'overall' donations.

First I will show the Air Force donations and with it will be a button to donate to the Air Force Team. Yep, my dad was in the Air Force, you couldn't expect anything else... now could you? BTW, Even one dollar makes a difference.

A difference for what?

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, provides voice-controlled laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at home or in military hospitals. Operating laptops by speaking into a microphone, our wounded heroes are able to send and receive messages from friends and loved ones, surf the 'Net, and communicate with buddies still in the field without having to press a key or move a mouse.

You can even use the excuse found in the Day by Day Cartoon. (sorry folks, I couldn't figure out how to display the cartoon... you'll have to follow the link.)

For more information check out the Project Valour IT website HERE.

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November 02, 2006

A Rock Please

It is 8:50pm here in South Florida and Tot is still awake. Someone please pass me a rock to put him to sleep. Usually he is asleep by 8pm and I have a chance to do dishes, laundry, and other items (like blogging). I just took a break from his room. He is being a PITA and I can't leave for long. For some silly reason, I want to keep from having holes in the walls, keep the dresser mirror intact, and other items... hence I have to go back there every couple of minutes or sit there until he falls asleep. The little sh.t. Good thing he is soooo cute most of the time.

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The Note Home

Yesterday was an interesting day. The kids were tired and grumpy from not enough sleep and too much activity on Halloween. I was happy that they both were going to be in school. Particularly Tot. I warned his teacher in the morning that he was frustrated because I wouldn't let him wear Tater's superman costume to school.

Later, when I went to pick him up... she told me to get the note out of his cubby. ???? (Side note: the kids must hold onto a rope as they go from one building to another to stay in line) And here is what it said:

"While we were in line to go to Story Time, Tot kept jumping up and down and pulling the rope. He fell into a chair. He didn't cry but I wanted to let you know. We had to remind him to ba a good listener. Call if you have any questions"

Folks, these are good teachers. They can handle just about anything. I thought I was going to LOL when I read it. When I went back to talk to her about it, she mentioned that she wanted me to know in case Tot said anything to me. This was the first time they really had to reprimand him. Also, because he had fallen. (Which is why I think I got the note) She said about 4 other kids got notes as well. She thinks it has to do with Halloween... candy, going to bed late, the excitement.

Now how many folks out there have gotten notes home for their 3 year olds??? I saw this POST from Bou and might just have to call her and ask what age were the boys when 'the calls' started.

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November 01, 2006

Humor for Dreaded Wednesday

Ok, a quick bit of humor... would you? could you? Go in this toilet where the walls are one way glass?

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From the inside:

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Coming Soon To This Blog

Coming soon to this blog will be some pictures and stories. Today and possibly tomorrow, not so much. Mom needs a break. Though, I will be finding some of my most obnoxious humor and posting it HERE. Teach Guy to let me have the keys to his blog.

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