Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Book

Well, I've discovered that maintaining a blog isn't as easy as I thought it would be. If I could find someone to raise my kids, run the household and take care of the dogs then I think I could keep up with it but I'm such a control freak that I'd be watching over their shoulder to make sure they did it right and I'd be no better off, except I'd miss all the fun of actually raising my kids, running the household and taking care of my dogs! Perhaps I need to treat blogging like I do writing books and get into a disciplined scheduled of early morning writing after I go for my morning bike ride.

We decided that it would be wonderful if we could start exercising regularly. In Arizona if you don't get up before the sun does than you're in trouble. Well, ok, that's going a little far, you don't have to beat the sun but you for sure have to get in as much as you can while the sun is waking up. We get on our bikes as the sun gets out of bed, stretches and scratches itself in private places. Rounding the corner we shift into a higher gear as the sun takes a morning whiz and gazes at the wall still half asleep. We ride along the canal while the sun looks in the mirror, frowning at the crows feet and bags it sees reflected back while it reaches for the toothbrush and toothpaste in the cup on the sink. While the sun is grabbing a cup of coffee and the morning paper we stop for a water break. Parking our bikes in the garage a few minutes later we're done with our exercise as the sun gets behind the wheel to start the drive to work.

It's a crazy thing to have to manage every morning but we know the alternative. The sun is very good at its job, especially in Arizona. Workers here don't have any type of ordinance that stipulates an hour to start work. While they built the homes behind ours years ago the first trucks arrived on the scene at 3:30 in the morning every day until those homes were built. They needed to get started early so they could have the majority of their work done before the sun got too hot.

So, starting tomorrow 10-3-10 I will get up at an.....wait a's 12:42 AM so technically it IS 10-3-10. Huh, that means that in less than 5 hours we'll be expected to ride our bikes. Hmmmm, maybe we can wait for the sun since it's Sunday. Or maybe Sunday should be our bike break day....yea, I'm thinking it's a break day or at least sleeping in will do since it's Sunday. Now if I can sell it to the kids.

BUT, I will be working on my second installment of my Joanie Adventure childrens book series. In this book Joanie will be taking her first airplane ride with her new puppies! Of course it won't go well so it will be a blast to read:) (I hope!) The first book was just republished in its second edition and is available at or follow the link provided under the title. It is also available at many fine book sites,, Barnes&, etc but, if I may say, if you have interest in the book I hope that you'll consider buying it directly from the publisher at Thanks!

The other time that I'm up and feel creative is late at night, hence the now 1:04 AM on the clock. I feel tired but inspired sometimes and there is no crazy feeling like "I've got to beat the sun!" Besides, if I was trying to beat the moon I'd have plenty of time. The moon is a bit of a, shhhhh, slacker. It's not that I think the moon isn't doing its job, I think its doing a great job but it's a calmer pace. The sun has to greet the world and wake us all up, nevermind all the stuff it grows and lights during the day. (I don't have time for that kind of list!) But the moon, well, the moon is basically just shutting off the lights, like flipping a switch in a kids room after you kiss them goodnight.

So, my goal is to attach writing in my blog to writing my book. I'll be in the zone anyway so it will be easy to come over here and give you a shout out:)

I do hope that your Sunday is full of more than just church and football. I hope you have a fun day planned with some good food, good friends and maybe even a nice roll in the hay. (I'd pick just one of those friends for that but I don't judge...)

Until next time.....

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Slumber Party

My boys are having a slumber party and have been playing video games since 4pm. They stopped long enough to stuff some McDonalds in and I've been keeping them hydrated but it's now after midnight and I'm about to go in there and tell them they need to shut it down.

I'm telling you this for two reasons......

I want witnesses incase I don't make it back out of the room and....

I want to see if you can hear the collective complaining from where you are. Ok....? Report back.

I'm going in.

On three...


wait, is it one, two and then go in or one, two, three and then go in?

I guess that would be up to me huh, since it's just me sitting here on this laptop.

I'm going in on three.




Friday, September 3, 2010

My Donation to My Stuff Bags

I usually like to kid around in my blogs and be a bit silly but today I want to tell you about something serious and something that has touched my heart.

Things have been crazy since I injured myself almost 2 years ago and can no longer work but I found my little niche in school spirit necklaces. I love making them because they are fun and I can set my own pace but mostly because it's such a kick to see the kid's faces when they first see them! It took awhile to adjust to my limitations but I've finally embraced what I can do instead of what I can't do and I've learned how I can improve my situation and maybe a little bit of someone else's too!

I decided that, although slow starting, I would donate $1 of each necklace I sold through my website to a worthy charity. I wanted to pick a charity that maybe not everyone already knew about and hoped that a few more people would learn about them through my talks about them on twitter and my blog.

Ok, I know I'm only reaching 4 people on my blog, gulp. But you've got to start somewhere. And, if you're reading this, do me a favor and hook me up with some more followers:) We all just want to be loved, right?

So the time has come where I've sold a few of these necklaces and I get to send a check for $75! I'm very excited!

We'll also be sending a few stuffed animals and a few books with the check.

Let me give you a bit of background on this great charity. And before I do, you should know that they were certified with only a small number of charities as being Best in America. That means that they keep their operation costs low so almost all of the donated money goes to its intended cause! Bravo to them!

My chosen charity reaches out to the children that maybe were awaken in the middle of the night by a police officer whose has the grim task of telling them that their parents have been arrested and they have to leave to go to the police station. That still sleepy child has to now walk out of their world, that they may never see again and leave their possessions behind. They have to process all of this possibly without loved ones to help them understand and to adjust to living wherever they are placed, including the possibility that it could be living with strangers. Try to imagine if you had to leave everything behind, how hard it would be. Now imagine that for a child, a little child. It's positively heartbreaking.

This is where steps in. They provide the child a bag that contains new items to cling to as they adjust to whatever is happening in their lives. Inside the bag they will always find a blanket, usually made by volunteers. They can expect a stuffed animal and a book to, hopefully, get lost in. Other things they might find will be a toothbrush, and toothpaste, and little toys. These are items to get them started but, more importantly, these are items they can call their own!

I'm proud to have been able to provide a small donation to this wonderful organization. I hope it helps to put a smile on the face of a displaced child.

Please join me in helping You can send a monetary donation, make blankets by following the step by step directions (it's easier than you would think) or even by spreading the world that such an issue exists and that there are generous people trying to do something to soften it for these children.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog today. I hope it gets you thinking about how blessed you may be and that you might have ways to contribute too. If you mention to one person today than you've helped get the word out!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Snoring -what to do?

You know what I like to do at 1:30 in the morning when I've been woken up by my husbands loud snores and can't get back to sleep?

I like to look back on my marriage.

Sure I'm looking back through tired eyes but I'm not signing anything so I'm ok with it. If my husband were awake instead of in a loud, deep, slumber, I like to think he'd be ok with it too.

In looking back, I can report that my marriage has had its ups and downs and I've come to realize that what seemed to be big problems in the beginning of the relationship pale in comparison to steady growth of problems through the years, more like stages, if you will. Nothing to send us to divorce court over but if you're paired up with a partner I'm sure you'll be able to relate.

Once two people decide that they are going to mix their single lives into couplehood then problems are to be expected, just beginner problems, or, as I like to refer to them, freshman problems. These are typically battles that, at the time, may have even seemed like deal breakers. The bathroom issues alone should be addressed before any couple even decides to hop in the sack together, let alone share an address. For starters, razor stubble in the sink and why it can never be swipped clean. Also determining how exactly you'll be sharing the toothpaste. Is he a "squeeze from the middle" or "roll up from the bottom" kind of guy. Discussing "peeing privacy" is an important one to cover unless you're not bothered by the sound of urine hitting the water while you're putting on your face. Should your toilet paper be hung over or under and the wet towels debate...hung up or thrown in the laundry basket, of course that's assuming that your dude knows how to use a laundry basket.

You're likely to realize that the freshman problems are pretty simple to fix, two sink minimum in the bathroom and a second tube of toothpaste make for easy answers. The toilet paper roll goes on in whatever position it happens to be in when it's snapped in to place and the actual potty is only to be used to sit and gab on unless you're in there alone. Pretty simple, right? You've graduated to your next set of problems.

Sophmore problems develop after a couple of years of marriage. By now you've got your bathroom issues worked out and have probably already agreed on whether you are dog or cat people. Now it's time to start growing up and looking at careers and where you're going to be in five years. The baby discussion will start and it will be time to start thinking about your first home. Try to resist keeping up with the Joneses, it will do a world of good and help you lessen the amount of junior problems which will include money.

When you arrive into your 40's the Junior problems start popping up all over the place. If you failed doing your own thing, at your own pace and decided that you did have to keep up with the Joneses then a major part of the junior problems will have to do with money, or lack thereof. It's time to start thinking about paying for braces and adding to the college fund. The baby you feel like you just had is begging you for an $80 a month cell phone and talking about what kind of car they want to get. And, the scariest of the junior problems is the reversal of parent/child roles with your parents. Suddenly you're taking care of the very people who you've counted on your whole life to take care of you.

Senior problems haven't happened yet but they'll start right after you get the first notification from AARP. They may as well send you a letter that says "YOU ARE OLD!" Try to look at it not as a gauge of where you in the life timeline but more as the start of discounts for partically everything you do! Hopefully you'll be blessed with grandchildren that you can spoil the way you wanted to spoil your own children but wouldn't dare for fear they'd turn out to be spoiled brats! With grandchildren it's not your problem to worry about, so spoil away!

But why bring this all up anyway, you ask? I know no one is commenting on my posts but I have to believe that SOMEONE is out there reading it or this would be like talking to myself.....

The reason I bring it up is because no matter what stage in life you are at, no matter what age, if you have a partner that snores you have a LIFETIME problem and are probably up with me right now thinking about ways to explain to your kids that althougth the last 20 years have been wonderful with daddy, and he is a great man and a wonderful father, that he's got to go. Out. Somewhere else. Or at least at night anyway. Maybe put him out with that cat. Unless you've decided long ago that you were dog people.

Your friends will be baffled.

"They were such a wonderful couple. I don't think I have ever seen them argue!"

"I know, I know, it's a real shame."

"Was it an affair? Did someone cheat?"

"No, no one else."

"Oh, he was a deadbeat, lost his job?"

"Oh, no, good worker, hard worker."

"Then what could possibly end a 20 year happy marriage?"

"Man snored like he was cutting up wood to store for the winter."

"Oh, well, there you go."

Now, I'll go back to the guest bed and try to fall back to sleep. Both dogs have stretched out so that I'll have to twist and turn my body to get it to fit between them.

Perhaps tomorrow I'll ask my husband to sleep downstairs tomorrow. Or out in the car.

Goodnight sweet world. I wish you sweet dreams and a quiet partner.

*on a side note you can find my store and my book series information at

Saturday, June 19, 2010

911 Calls just for giggles

Stumbled across this and thought I'd share it. (click on the "911 Calls just for giggles" to get the video)

I'll be working on this today as well as writing about Joanie! The second book is coming:)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Putting Text on Pictures - I actually did it, amazing!

Well, will wonders never cease! I actually figured out how to get text on my pictures! Amazing! Let's see if I can teach you to do it too, then we'll all be amazing....

Ok, step one....hire a computer guy.....

1. ok, seriously, step one, go to Adobe Photoshop 5

2. Select which picture you want to work on from the drop down menu of whatever file you keep your pictures in. My pictures are in "my pictures" (I try to keep things simple around here....) to get to "my pictures" I have to go down to the bottom left corner of my computer and click on "start" which brings up a menu where I select (I should put pictures up on my blog showing you how to do that, but, of course, I don't know how. Not knowing how to do something has never stopped me before so that will be covered here eventually.....until then I'll try my best to do a good job with my descriptions. )

From "start" I click on "documents" and then find "my pictures" in that drop-down menu. From "my pictures" I select my picture and click on it to bring it up.

3. On the left side of the page is a rectangle that has all the tools in it. (little pencils and hands and stuff) Go to the picture that has the letter "T" in it and click on it. The "T" stands for "text". (isn't Adobe clever?)

4. Next, decide where you want the text on your picture and click on the spot. This will cause the "Type Tool" box to open. You will have your choice of font, choice of the size and also the color. There are other boxes there too but I don't know what they are for or what they do. I was able to get the job completed without them so don't touch them and you'll be fine.

5. Select your font by choosing from the "font" box. I'm going with "Arial Rounded MT" for no particular reason other than it was already there and I don't object to it.

6. "Size" is next. Contrary to what you've heard, it does matter and it matters a lot. For this I'm using 200. It seems like that would make it huge but it really doesn't. You'll have to play here most likely until you get the size that works for your project. I'm just numbering my necklaces so I'm not going to get too picky. 200 it is.

7. "Color" seems like it would be a no-brainer but I once sent an email to a very talented and beautiful actress to let her know that the white font on the white tank top on her home page made the text impossible to read. I hoped that she would take it as helpful advice but the fact that she responded "mind your own business you blankety-blank-blank was both surprising and offensive. I really never saw that coming. She seems so nice on tv. It bummed me out for most of that day until the batch of cupcakes were ready. "Cake is the answer" is actually one of my motto's and has been quite the life-saver for me many times. My drivers ed test for example....I never could parallel park but I knew that my instructor's favorite cupcake was chocolate on yellow cake so.....passed with flying colors. I don't consider it bribing, just good listening skills...but I digress. Where were we? Oh yeah, color. Select a color that stands out from your background.

8. After you've made your selections, go to the top of the right side of your "Type Tool" box and click on "ok." If you find that the placement of the text isn't quite what you'd hoped for you can go to the right side of the photoshop page and midway down the right side look for "layers." On "layers" you'll see two thin, wide boxes, one says "background" and the other will have your text. You should be able to click on the one with your text to move the text, but, well "should" really shouldn't be a word because I could never get the damn thing to move, so instead, I click on the box with my text on it and then I click on the little trashcan and get rid of it and start over! A box will pop up that says "Delete (and then your text) layers?" Click "yes." If you have a ton of text you may want to save it so you can just put it back in there without having to retype it. Either that or totally rethink how much you think you need to say.

To do that: Left click all the text you want until it's all highlighted. Release the click and on your keyboard hit "Ctrl" and the key "C" together. You've now copied it. Then, after you've gotten rid of the offensive type and gotten it into the trashcan you can left click where you want the new text to go and hit "Ctrl" and "V" and it will be put where you want it.

9. Once I've added my text I crop and size my picture. (do you know how to crop and size? If you don't, hang here and I'll tell you how, if you do then skip this and go right to 10, you over-achiever you!)

To crop: Look on the left side at the top of the selection. On the top row, on the left, you will see a square that has choppy lines around it, click on that. Left click and drag the arrow around the picture, cutting out all the stuff you don't want in the picture. Take note ladies, perfect for those evenings out when, after a few drinks you start taking group shots and forget your lady manners. The whole crotch shot will zap that smile right off your face, but no problem, you know how to crop!

After you've made your shape selection, go to "image" and click on "crop." Done!

To size: Click on "image" and "image size" and a box opens up with lots of numbers. The only one I concern myself with (again going with the "if I don't know, I don't need" philosophy) is the "width." I put my number in there and if you have "constrain proportions" clicked, then the height will change right along with it. When you're happy with the size, click "ok."

10. Flatten Image: This is so important to do! Go to "layer" on your tool bar at the top of the page. It's right next to "image" where you just were working. Click on it and go down to "flatten image." Click on that and you're good to go! Well, almost...

11. One last thing! You have to save it:) You'd hate to do all that work and lose it, wouldn't ya? Well, you won't if you save it. (unless you forget the file you saved it to which is really frustrating and will make you nuts, so save it to something that makes sense to you.)

To save: Go to "file" on the tool bar" a few left of where you were just working. (nice how they place all of these together, isn't it?) click on it.

Go to "save as" and click on it. The "save as" box will come up and this is where you have to decide where you want to save your picture and how you want to title it. After you have made your selections and typed it your title, click "save."

A box called JPEG will pop up, just click "ok" and NOW you are good to go! I hope that makes sense! If not....there's always the computer guy....

Now, if you've stumbled across this and it helped you, will you please let me know by leaving a comment? It truely would be awesome to know that I'm not alone out here. If you read it and don't leave me a comment, it's ok, but I wish you would:) Til next time.....

Sweet dreams!


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Text in Pictures - It WILL happen!

Just a short note to my invisible followers.....I'm attempting to learn how to put text into my pictures so that my customers will have a better ordering experience.

Right now I have to list my designs individually and with all the designs I have, wowsa, that's going to take a long time! That's where text comes into the picture. I will be able to have "collections" which will be a page of similar designs separated by numbers so a customer can order by number instead of looking through pages of designs. Sounds great in concept, doesn't it?!

So, here's the thing.....I have a history of failing at all things computer so I really just wanted to make a public note of my intentions so incase I should end up dead, you will know what killed me. Of course, if no one is reading this then they won't know until the cops search my computer. Oh well, at least it will eventually clear my husband....

Off to the tutorials!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Watermelon, cantelope, Oreos and Otter Pops, that's all we really need!

It's Friday night, and I'm way behind on my promise to keep up with my blog. I did promise after-all. But life keeps getting in the way!

It's not you, dear reader, I do have someone that stumbles across my blog, I'm sure of it. Someone looking for a recipe or a tutorial on how to make a chicken coop is cursing my name because they've landed on me and what does my blog have to do with making a chicken coop anyway!?

Nothing, or everything, I'm not sure.

All I know is I just had to shave both of my dogs because no one else in the house seems to think that dogs require upkeep, but they do! They need to be brushed, bathed, nails clipped and teeth brushed. They are kind of like little people except they have tails and they stink when they get wet. So, I shaved them because their hair in spots like under their ears and on their tummies were matted and the thought of trying to "unmat" them was just too much to consider. The idea of course is that we're starting over. I've taken them down to their puppy suits and we've got nice, soft coats. Let's see how long it is before I have a title on my blog, something along the lines of "I can't believe I'm shaving these damn dogs again!"

And I'm also in charge of cutting up of watermelon and cantelope in my house. I only tell you this because I'm leading up to why I'm having a hard time keeping up with my blog. Everyone loves melon, LOVES it! We got through a watermelon and 2 cantelopes a week and could do much more but I only shop once a week and it's not in the budget to get more. It's funny though because the other day when I told my oldest son Ryan that we had to go shopping "for a few things" he said "watermelon, cantelope, Oreos and Otter Pops, that's all we really need." Oh, if it were really all we need. How wonderful life would be.

So, offical caretaker of all things dogs and in charge of the big knife, doesn't seem like a lot. If you're a mom reading this you KNOW it's just the tip of the iceberg. I'll spare you my "to do" list for fear of you thinking I'm trying to outdo you. We all have huge expectations placed on us if we are called "mom", "mommy" or anything like it by little ones, big ones, or even husbands. So, writing books and owning a business aside (I wasn't going to give you my "to do" list but then I did, see that, I went the other way like a line or two later, so fickle) life's full. So the blog sometimes gets pushed down a bit on the list. I'm sorry dear reader, or recipe searcher, or those in need of chicken coop tutorials.

I do have to tell you, if for nothing else than to make myself feel better, I have started several pages only to minimize it to "finish later" and the computer resets itself at 4 in the morning and I lose it all. Actually, I don't know if it makes me feel better about myself or shows that I'm not exactly the anal planner that I've always claimed to be. Self-disclosure, and so early in our relationship.

Anyway, I will end this blog if for no other reason than so I don't lose it to an update that Windows thinks I need but that I never find!

So, on this Friday night, I will sign off, grab a bowl full of melon before it's all gone and brush the dogs before the matting begins. Until next time.....

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

What a great Memorial Day we had! I worked on some necklaces before my family showed up at 10am and then it was cooking, swimming and laughing! So much fun! We just played all day and my kids were asleep before their heads hit the pillows!

I'm so thankful that my parents have moved to Mesa! I have an older brother and younger sister here and now my folks. They moved here last July 1st and since then we've been having a blast! I love being able to stop by after dropping the kids off at school and having breakfast or just for chatting. It's wonderful and I know I'm blessed.

But lets not forget what's really important about the day. My older brother is a high ranking officer in the Air Force. Today is the day that we celebrate him and all the people in the armed services. Were it not for these brave people we would not have been able to have the day we had today. I know that it's possible that he could be sent back to Iraq, and that scares me so badly, but I know it's what he wants to do, what he needs to do because he believes it's important. Obviously he knows something I don't, so I support him. Most importantly, I support them. I hope that this war ends very soon. I pray for it.

I have to share a nice little image for you to ponder before the night ends.

Imagine a day of cooking, cleaning and dishes (we'll keep all the great stuff of this day aside for just this image) and of that peaceful feeling that overcomes you after you tuck the kids in bed and they fall fast asleep. It's time for a cup of tea or a glass of milk with some cookies or a slice of pie. Time to sink into the over-stuffed cushions on the couch and slide into thoughts of the day's accomplishments and of tomorrow's possibilities. But before you get too comfy you need a snack. You reach for the fridge door to take out the last slice of Chocolate Satin pie that lies in wait for your evening snack. Thoughts of the rich taste of cool chocolate tempt your taste buds and the cold milk.....


Out tumbles the 9 x 11 plastic container of a full watermelon that you had spent the better part of a 1/2 hour cutting up before company arrived this morning. Instead of placing the container under the five-inch, round pineapple container, someone has decided to balance the larger, rectangle container on top of the quarter size handle on the glass lid, which caused it to topple out of the fridge and onto the floor, causing it to open and spill out, crushing the tempting thought of the sinful treat of chocolate and making your reality now "clean-up in aisle one!"

Maybe it's lifes funny little way of telling me I didn't need the pie! The thing is, I already know I didn't need the pie, but I'm an adult now and I get to make that decision all on my own! Geesch.

Anyway, may your Memorial Day be memorable and your tomorrow special and may your watermelon always be placed under the smaller, less stable container!

Best to you, Col

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bischon Buzz!

Sammy doing rounds while Buddy tries to free his tooth from his collar. (he ended up needing an assist!)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Men Who Stare at Goats

Tonight my brother is having my children over to spend the night at his place so my husband and I each caught up with work that we needed to get done. He's working on something for work and I'm working on writing something for a friend and continually trying to add more to my website. I should be working on bettering my's for sure on my list but I am at least keeping up! It's a start. I don't want you to think that I think the format is good enough. I'm up for another challenge.

Dean and I decided we'd take advantage of a gift from our cable provider, Cox, and watch a movie on them with the free movie password they sent us. There were several I wanted to see. I still haven't seen the movie that both earned Sandra Bullock an Oscar and that was being made while her husband started the affair that would end their marriage. And, I'm always open to watching It's Complicated again because it was such a fun move and Meryle Streep and Alec Baldwin were so good in it, but I decided to let my husband pick one, so he decided on Men Who Stare at Goats.

It was a, um, well, it just wasn't good. It falls into the "what were they thinking" catagory. The credits started running and we realized that it was over and we were both happy and sad. Happy, because we didn't have to watch anymore and sad, because we just wasted 88 minutes on a movie that stunk when we could have been doing something else, stuff that isn't as easy to do when the kids are home, stuff that we normally have to wait to do until they are asleep and out of hearing range. You know what I'm talking about.....watching full episodes of that old awesome series, The Soprano's on demand. You know, with the language and all that wacking, not quite a kids program. We could have watched two episodes! We don't get a lot of alone time around here folks so we have to choose wisely......

Review: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest I would give it a 1. I almost gave it a 2 because it had a few silly moments that made us laugh out loud but I decided on the 1 because of continuatity issues that I find unforgiveable. With all the people that work on a movie how do you not notice that he closed the cooler lid a second ago and suddenly in the next frame it's open again! If you really want to see a movie packed with them, check out the great movie (and one of my all time favorites - I was crushing hard on Richard Dreyfuss when I was 12!) The Goodbye Girl. WOW, it's full of them! I'll list them for you in another post. It's a pet peeve of mine but always a fun discovery when I spot one.

Before I go back to work I'd like to share one of the necklaces I've posted in my store. (please click on my title, Men Who Stare at Goats) I hope you like it:) If you have any comments about it or my post, let me know:) It sure would be fun to know someone is out there.....

p.s. Hi Melanie:) Thanks for your support, girl!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pac-Man is 30!

Happy Birthday to Pac-Man! 30 years old! How old does that make you feel?? Me, OLD! But check out Google's home page and you'll see a LIVE playable version of the game today. Pretty cool!

Also, as I had my morning Twitter I came across some fun vintage Dancing with the Stars! (see below) I'm a big fan of Dancing with the Stars and this video shows several of the freestyle dances through the years. I was shocked at how different the dances are today compared to years prior! Really complicated now and really tame then! Have a look to get yourself ready for Monday's freestyle dances!

BTW, Jerry Rice got 2nd place?? Really? Emmitt Smith WON?? WOW! And it was against Mario Lopez. Crazy!

Today I'm going to volunteer at the school to sell Otter Pops at the library. The library lost ALL of its budget, every penny. Not good.

Have a great Friday and weekend!

*I show on my screen a link to DWTS but not on my post so I'm going to do it old school and just give you the address that you can copy and paste if you want to see it:)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Two in One Day!

Well, I think it's safe to say that I'll be able to handle the blog thing, since I'm posting again and it's all in the same day. Not trying to be an overachiever or anything but just had to post that I got word that I was accepted to Adsense and had to register to get started! So, nothing to worry about because I simply won't register! All that worry for nothing:)

As a side-note, I watched this weeks The Middle on the DVR and have to say what a funny show that is. Modern Family is a given, so funny and Cougartown has its pluses, even though we think it's trying to hard, but I think The Middle is getting missed. This week they had on Betty White (she's on a crazy hot streak) and she was great but what makes it so good are the two older kids. The oldest son in particular is a riot, so dumb and walks around in his underwear all the time. My kids are 11 and 8 and do that and I watch that show and wonder if it's foreshadowing my future! Ah, it could be worse!

Oh, and on the whole "no harm, no foul"thing, I was hoping to learn where it came from and the best I could find is it originated from basketball terms using fouls to delay the games. Today we use it as a way to let someone know that what they've done created no problem for anyone. Example: "Sorry I rubbed my arm against your butt when you got up to get the remote." "Hey man, no harm no foul." Meaning, no sweat. Not earth shattering but I said I'd look it up so...wa-la!

Computers will be the death of me!

I start my first blog entry telling the world that if something happens to me, I disappear or suddenly collapse, there's a reason and that reason is computers, or designing my website, more importantly.

It would have been so much easier if I just stuck to school sales and on-line stores but noooooooo, I had to have my own site. ( I paid for my template, had a great gal fix up my logo (it used to be green) and thought I'd take some pictures and type in some descriptions and I'd be all set! Right? Should be easy enough!

Wrong, not easy. There is the whole html stuff to contend with. And shipping rates. Taxes. Settings, settings, and more settings! Then, just when I think I'm rounding the corner on my website I decide I should tackle starting up my blog. Easy enough until an "adsense" button pops up asking if I want to put advertisments on my website. They were clear enough, they said website but since I was working on my blog I assumed it was for my blog so, sure, I don't mind having advertisments on my blog....and I signed up. It wasn't a second after I clicked the final button that I realized that I had just agreed to have advertisments on my website! My baby! The website I've been slaving over to get up and running. What have I done??

No problem, I thought, I'll just cancel it before it even gets started. No harm, no foul. (what does that mean, anyway....will google it and get back to you) Well, you can't cancel it until they send you a registration number and then it can take 90 days to cancel. It only took me a couple of minutes to sign up but apparantly the cancellation process has more steps! 90 days....

So there. My first blog and I've already shared the hazards of working on a computer when the user is cleary not qualified. I hope my experience will keep someone from making the same mistake I did. If I can just keep one person, one, from the stress of possibly having a dating service ad on their website, well, then, my work will be done.