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.