Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I'm glad dieting is working for him. Actually, it's more like eating sensibly than it is actual dieting. For some people dieting doesn't seem to work. For them, lap band Houston might be the right choice. Besides the surgery, they also offer extensive follow-up, aftercare, and support. I guess I'll have to be Jeffrey's support - without being pushy. That's the hard part, standing back and letting him do it because it's something he wants to do.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Before (note the curls):
He looks much better now!
Cory and I had some fun with a camera and Photoshop tonight. We got the kids' report cards last week. We went to the bank this afternoon and set up a checking account and a savings account for Beth. Yesterday, I spent all day at school selecting artwork for the calendar. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. It will be time to start shopping for school clothes soon - after the kids get paid for their work at the fair, of course. Every once in a while Jeffrey mentions going back to school or at least taking classes so he can get his CPA (Certified Public Accountant), or maybe CMA (Certified Management Accountant.) Being in a resort area, we have plenty of gift shops just begging us to come in and spend our money. I just got an email letting me kn0w that I'm now on the front page of TopMomma.com!!!! Last year on December 1st, it snowed.There you go - my entire year in one paragraph! If you happen to count the sentences, You'll notice that there are only 10. I skipped a couple of months back in February and March.
Also, to go along with looking back at 2007, I was tagged by Tammy from Mom Knows Everything to share my memories of 2007.
~Start Copy ~
1. Copy from "Start Copy" until "End of Copy".
2. Before "End of Copy", share your best memories of 2007 include your name and your blog URL.
3. Share this tag with your friends.
For me, the year 2007 had a lot of happiness (and hope for 2008). Happiness because i see my son, grow and grow day by day. I have a great husband. I met lots of new friends from around the world via blogging ^_^ - Juliana RW
The year 2007 has been a good year for me. Me and my husband had our 10th anniversary, my children are healthy, I got a new great-nephew, and I made a lot of new friends through blogging. ~ Mom Knows Everything
2007 has been an interesting year. My daughter got her driver's license. My son started high school. I can't believe how fast they are growing up! I have now been married to my wonderful husband for more than half of my life - as of 7/22/07. This year, through my blogs, I made a lot of new friends from all over the world. I am really enjoying getting to know them. ~ Anna - Beth & Cory's Mom
~ End of Copy ~
What did 2007 mean to you, Deb, Vic, and Holly?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
At 4:53pm, this is what I saw when I looked down the street:
I'm hoping I win this one! If I don't win, I'd love for it to be one of my friends, so head on over to Table for Five and see how you can enter. The winner will be chosen on Friday, January 5th.
Sometimes I wonder which came first - insurance companies dragging their feet, or lawyers fighting for payment. Of course, it doesn't matter now. That's just the way it works, and it's good to know that there are lawyers that will fight to get you what you deserve if you're ever injured. You know they're going to work hard, because they don't get paid unless you win. Also, that means anyone can hire a lawyer, and not just the people who can afford one.
Yesterday he got up really early because I let Tillie into his room before I left to go walk. When I got back, they were both up. Today I let her in with him before I left. When I got back, Tillie was up, but Cory was still in bed. I don't think Tillie understands vacation. She thinks everything should work the same way it always does. She wants to get up first thing in the morning, say good morning to me, grab a quick snack, and then go wake Cory up. Cory doesn't want to wake up? Tillie doesn't care. She still wants to go in there. This morning I was just going to leave her out in the living room when I went to walk, but she started down the hall, all the time looking back to make sure I was coming. When she got to Cory's door, she stopped and just looked at the door, waiting for me to open it. So I did. How could I not? Cory didn't mind too much. He just snuggled her a little and then let her out when she wanted out, instead of getting up with her.
That's OK, because, by the time I got back in the house and finally sat down with my coffee, she was ready to snuggle me. Anyway, back to Beth. I thought I heard her moving around, but I was busy so I didn't check. Finally, I decided to check on her - at 1:30! No, there had been no moving around. She was still in bed. How can anyone stay in bed that long? She didn't even work very late last night. I hope she enjoyed it, because I am going to have to make sure she gets up at a halfway decent time for the rest of break.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
With that in mind, Earthfrisk.org is launching the world's first Hybrid Meta-Community search engine on Monday - but you can go check it out now. They bring together all of the best results from all the big search engines, because no one search engine has a monopoly on the best results. Even better than that, they intend to improve on those results by letting the community submit sites, comment on sites, and vote on the results. The idea is that people matter again, and
Earthfrisk.org will also be introducing their new ratings system, called Color Value (CV) ratings, which cannot be manually altered by any one company.
Monday, December 24, 2007
She got home around midnight and said the roads were better than they had been when she went in to work. We were just happy she made it home safely. Then, as we were getting ready for bed, she realized she couldn't find her cell phone! She checked her coat pockets. She checked the car. She called Tim to see if it was in his car. (He met her at work, supposedly because he was already in the area shopping. She sat in his car while hers warmed up, and then he followed her home, to be sure she made it OK) Nope - no cell phone in Tim's car.
So, Beth and Tim wanted to go back to Marshall's and see if they could find it. No, we really did not want our teenage daughter out after midnight with her boyfriend. Instead, Jeffrey told her that he would go with her. We figured that if she had dropped it somewhere in the parking lot, the chances that it was still there and hadn't been run over were better right then than they would be in the morning - since the store was closed and there probably wouldn't be anyone driving in the parking lot. So, they left at 12:30am to go look for the cell phone.
They got back about an hour later. No, the phone was not in the parking lot. However, they did see something silver on a chair inside the door of the store that could have been the phone. Beth was sitting on that chair when she called to say she was heading home, and then she thought she put the phone in her coat pocket... So, there was nothing they could do about it then, and they came on home.
This morning early, Beth called the store, and yes, it was her phone. They found it and put it somewhere safe for her. So she got it back when she went to work this afternoon. I guess she lucked out there. I also think she owes her dad big time for going out with her and looking for that phone.
DataEntryCompany.com claims that, by following the easy directions you too will make money from the comfort of your own home, using your computer and Internet connection. It sounds easy enough. Once registered, you can select companies to work for, and then you type ads for them in online forms. Each form takes about 10 minutes to complete, and you can do as many or as few of them as you want. According to the imformation on the page, Vipul Gupta, who came up with this system, made over $50,000 in one month. I have no idea how many forms he was filling out.
There are claims that you can set your business up and make money on autopilot - even while you sleep. I'm not sure how that works, and of course they won't be sharing that until you sign up. Now, it's not free to sign up for this, but they do offer a money back guarantee. If you don't make money, they will refund your money. It's supposed to be really easy to understand, and you get all the support you need to make it work for you. The member testimonials all make it sound really good.
I am going to admit that having to pay to sign up for something like this kind of bothers me. Right now though, the lifetime membership fee is $47, which is $50 off. There are no recurring monthly fees, just the one. The idea of a full-time income with only part-time work is intriguing. I especially like the idea of not having to leave the comfort of my own home, unless I absolutely want to.
- this is a limited opportunity
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Total Number of Books on my Bookshelves: Too many, probably. I am so bad at guessing these things, and I'm not going to count them. I actually don't have enough shelves for all the books, so quite a few of them are in boxes.
The Last Book I Read: I'm currently reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Creation in Death by J.D. Robb.
Last Book Bought: I really can't remember. I usually buy several books at a time when our library has a book sale. I find it hard to resist when I can get a bag of books for a buck!
Five Meaningful Books:
- the Bible - It actually contains quite a number of meaningful books.
- Miracle and Power of Blessing by Maurice Berquist
- God is in the Small Stuff and It All Matters by Bruce & Stan
- The Lord is my shepherd : healing wisdom of the Twenty-third Psalm by Harold S. Kushner
- Light a Single Candle by Beverly Butler
Also, Hootin' Anni posted instructions for fixing the comment pop-up problems some of us have been having when using Firefox. You know, when the comment box is about 1 inch wide, and you can't even see the box to enter your comments? Very frustrating, but it can be fixed! I followed her instructions, and now I can comment on her blog. She has right-click disabled, so I couldn't use my fix - which is to right-click and open the comments in a new tab.
This has nothing much to do with comments, but do you know how hard is is to type anything when the 'l' key refuses to work on a regular basis? I have to sit here and hit it repeatedly until it finally decides to give me an 'L' - that's why my title says "Bogger comments" instead of "Blogger"
Friday, December 21, 2007
Teachers submit proposals for projects they want to do with their class. They detail the project and all the supplies needed. The projects are then listed on the website. People can search through the projects and choose to fund all or part of the projects that interest them. Once a project is funded, the people at Donors Choose package all the supplies and send them to the teacher, along with a disposable camera for him or her to document the project as the students learn. At the end of the project, donors who either give a partial donation of $100 or more or who made the final donation to complete a project receive a feedback package that contains thank you cards from the students, pictures, and an impact letter from the teacher, to see just how their donation helped that class.
It's sad that schools and teachers don't have all the supplies needed to provide their students the best education possible. I think this is a great idea that will hopefully make a difference. So far, 50.961 donors have funded 39,360 classroom projects and supported 892.775 students. (See Detailed Results)
|A high resolution, aerial photograph of the Vancouver International Airport. Taken from a Vancouver-Victoria sea plane.|
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Actually, I wonder if taking a vacation with the daughter would be a better idea than taking a vacation from the daughter?
She probably has never done enough around here. I am home. I have never really expected the kids to do a whole lot. They're in school. They have activities, so I do what needs done. Both kids have one night a week that they are expected to wash the dishes. One night. When Beth was working 4 nights a week, and even since she's been working at Marshall's only a couple nights a week, I haven't even expected her to do that every week. I know she's busy.
The other night, though, she didn't have to work. She had also brought a bunch of cups and glasses out of her room. These were cups and glasses that had been in there for I don't know how long. For some reason she collects them in there, and who knows what is growing in them. I really don't want to deal with them. On the other hand, I don't really trust her to get them clean, either, but since about half the dishes that needed washed were hers, I figured she might as well wash them. It was her night, anyway. I told her that if she got busy and washed them before dinner, she wouldn't have to wash as many because there wouldn't be any dinner dishes yet.
That's when I got the whole tirade about how she shouldn't have to wash the dishes because she never uses them - no matter that I pointed out that all those cups and glasses were hers, and she had baked cookies before I got home from the grocery store. She ignored that part - she doesn't eat here (not my fault - she hates everything) so she shouldn't have to wash the dishes. She went on and on about how she does so much every day, and I don't do anything and she shouldn't have to do my job. Oh, and besides that, I'm never happy with the way she does the dishes anyway so why should she bother? I can't explain that to her. I've tried. Hello! They're dishes. They need to be clean. Period. If they're not clean, I'm not the only one who won't be happy.
She was impossible to talk to. Finally I just told her that she would not be going anywhere if she didn't wash the dishes. She refused to do them. She did not go anywhere. I had to wash them yesterday because I needed room on the counter so I could cook. She thinks she's going somewhere tonight. I guess she won't be happy tonight, either.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
He still has a lot of his hunting gear, so he could take it up again. Of course, he'd probably need some new stuff too. Hunting & Recreation Business Mall specializes in top quality outdoor sports products. He can download the new 2008 Texas Hunter Catalog or order a Deer Feeder or Deer Blind. All products are factory-direct and new.
You guessed right. That guy I met when I was 12 years old, and he was 16, is indeed the guy I ended up marrying. It seems like most people can remember meeting their spouse. For us, it wasn't at all memorable. The only reason we know we met then is that we went to the same church, and that's the summer his family moved into the area. It would be interesting to look back and remember thinking he was cute, or something. But I don't. And, since he was 16, and I was only 12, he probably didn't even notice me at all!
Skip forward a few years, and we became really good friends. It seemed like we'd always known each other. When I was 16, he told me I was too young for him. I supposed he must have been right, since he would've been 20 then. It does make a difference when you're that age. A few years later, though, and it didn't matter so much. We got married when he was 25, and I was 21 - almost 9 years after we met. Now we've been married 21 years, so I've been married to him for over half my life, but I've known him a lot longer than that.
Oh, and I do think he's cute!
The service is targeted to companies, but I'm wondering if it's something we could use for the live cybercasts we have for church. We have a chat room on the page so people can comment and ask questions, but some people just don't feel they can type fast enough to join the discussion. We haven't had much luck getting them to pick up the phone and call, either. With this service, all they would have to do is click to call. That might get more people involved.
Anyone looking for a way to easily connect with their website visitors ought to check out Ifbyphone - free phone calls from your web site. They have several different plans - starting with the free 100 minutes per month plan.
Press Release:Ifbyphone Releases revolutionary Phone-Me-Now: the world’s first Zero Configuration Click to Call With 100 free minutes per month Phone-Me-Now
Promises to be biggest Killer App of 2008
Chicago, IL: December, 2007 - Ifbyphone, a voice infrastructure and applications development company providing enterprise class services to Small and Medium sized Businesses (SMB’s), has just released a solution destined to revolutionize the web to voice space: Phone-Me-Now, a zero configuration click to call application. To introduce Phone-Me-Now to hundreds of thousands of businesses that will be able to use it as a sales tool, Ifbyphone is making it available free of charge for 6 months and providing the first 100 minutes per month of usage for free as well.
This patent pending solution can be integrated in less then 60 seconds into any website, email or hyperlinked document and requires no experience to configure. It’s literally the Internet’s first instant voice mash up tool.
Using Phone-Me-Now is as simple as typing:
into any web site, Word Document, Powerpoint Presentation, Spreadsheet, PDF or email. When a reader clicks on the link they are prompted for their telephone number and the Ifbyphone systems call your business, calls the reader and conferences the call. Phone-Me-Now works with any telephone number you register on your Ifbyphone account.
"We wanted to eliminate any barriers to basic click to call, and know that Phone-Me-Now will immediately set an industry standard for rapid deployment. If the Internet is all about speed and response, what could be a more appropriate Killer App for 2008 than Phone-Me-Now, which puts a business owner in instant voice communication with their customers," adds Shapiro.
Free Phone-Me-Now accounts can be updated to additional Ifbyphone packages that include:
- Click to Call with Custom Dialog Forms
- Integrated Call Routing and Reporting
- Find Me
- Virtual Voice Mail
- Virtual Receptionist
- Outbound Voice Broadcast
- Web Configured Voice Dialogs (Hosted IVR)
- Call Recording
- Backend Database Integration
- A Complete Call Management API
All Ifbyphone solutions work with any telephone system and are fully portable if a company moves from one telephone transport vendor to another.
# # #
Ifbyphone is a hosted voice application and platform company with a simplified approach to the deployment of stand-alone and web-integrated voice services for small and medium sized businesses (SMB). Combining advanced telephony and web services, Ifbyphone's web-integrated voice applications turn the small business telephone into a powerful tool, increasing lead generation, improving sales conversion and enhancing the customer experience. Ifbyphone makes it easier for customers to connect with you from online and off. All of Ifbyphone's applications are accessible via a click on a Web site, an inbound call to a toll free number, an outbound call or with the help of a programmable API. Our configuration and deployment tools look and feel just like Web applications, and require no previous knowledge of telephony programming or terminology.
Previously available only to large enterprises, Ifbyphone is delivering these converged voice and web solutions at affordable monthly fees, with no major upfront costs. The company's services are available online and through a network of SMB value-added resellers.
Today it's TAILS - tell about a Memorable Gift.
One of the most memorable gifts I ever received was when I was 12. I wanted to go to summer camp, but there was no way our family could afford it. Then some friends from church offered to pay for me to go. Because of their generous gift, I got to spend 3 wonderful weeks at camp in Minnesota learning to water ski, play water polo, volleyball, and basketball, learn archery and cheerleading, and many other things. I made lots of new friends and had the time of my life.
Then, some time after I returned home, I met Jeffrey - though neither one of us remembers it.
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Monday, December 17, 2007
I found some natural gas room heaters on the Desa Online Outlet website that do not require electricity to operate. Exactly what we would need - even if only one room was warm. We could all camp out around the heater, until the power comes back on. Family togetherness is good.
These heaters might even be good for regular use, considering how high our electric bill was last winter when we had the electric baseboard heat turned on in the basement. It might be worth changing them out just to save some money on the power bill. They say you can save 15% on home heating this winter.
They also have gas garage heaters that would make it more comfortable for Jeffrey to work out in the garage - even in the winter.
If Beth works until 11:30 and doesn't get home until midnight, that means no one, but Cory, will get to bed before midnight. That would make getting up the next day extremely hard. Since there's no school the next day, Cory will probably stay up, too.
And you thought having babies and little kids makes it hard for you to get any sleep.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
One thing I don't like about some greeting card sites is they offer some free cards, but want you to pay for the ones you really want to send. I hate that. Kisseocards is different. All of their over 1000 greeting cards are FREE. They have cards for every occasion and even let you send cards in other languages. Since Cory is taking French in school, I'll bet he'd get a kick out of sending some free online greeting cards - in French. I'll have to send him the link.
We went to the new Majestic theater. We've been going there ever since it opened for the Spider Man 3 opening weekend. We like to see the movies on the Ultra Screen, and we've been paying the extra $1 for the reserved VIP seats. It's nice, especially on an opening weekend, not to have to wait in line and hope to get good seats. We know where we are going to sit.
Friday Jeffrey was looking the movies up in the paper and noticed that they now have free popcorn with the VIP seating. He thought it was some kind of incentive to get people to use them. Free popcorn sounds good. So we went this afternoon and they had reserved seats available, so we bought the tickets. The total came to $34.50 - which sounded high at the time, but I didn't take the time to do the math in my head. We went and got our free popcorn - a medium popcorn for each of us. Then I got to thinking about it. There were only three of us. That was over $10 per ticket - for a matinée. We pulled the tickets out and looked at them. Printed right on the ticket was the price - $6.50. How does 3 times $6.50 come out to $34.50?
Jeffrey went to talk to someone who works at the theater to get it fixed. What did they tell him? Now, when you get the reserved VIP seats, popcorn is included. No, the popcorn isn't free. The cost of the popcorn ($5) is included in the ticket price. So, instead of paying an extra dollar to get reserved seats and then being able to buy our own popcorn if we want it - usually the large combo with a large popcorn and two large sodas with refills - now, if we want reserved seats, we are required to buy the medium popcorn. No drinks included.
They said there are signs posted. We checked on the way out. There on the price list, it does say that VIP reserved seats are $11.50 and include popcorn. It doesn't stand out. There is nothing calling attention to the change. When we bought the tickets, no one explained it. Of course, if they had, we would have bought the regular tickets. There were plenty of seats available anyway. They certainly won't be catching us paying for their stupid VIP seats and required popcorn ever again.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Starting December 15th (Saturday) and running for 48 hours only, you can download a free copy of Seriously West Coast Volume 2: Happy Holidays from the canada.com website (the Vancouver Sun). This is a collection of modern pop/soft rock/Christian Rock songs by artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, and Jars of Clay. To repeat: this freebie is only available for 48 hours, so download it within that window starting December 15th.I found this at Free Sample Forager. It was started by a guy named Dave, who started his 'free sampling hobby' in January. He spends hours scouring the Internet for legitimate offers of free samples - offers with no commitments and no strings attached. And then he shares them!
I downloaded a song by Brad Paisley and a Bruce Hornsby album from other offers listed on the site. And, it's not just about music and downloads, though. It's real offers for real products you can get mailed to your house - like magazines, posters, cat food, calendars, books, and more. I like free stuff, so I'll be checking it out periodically.
Last night my sister and I were sitting in the den and I said to her, 'I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle to keep me alive. That would be no quality of life at all. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.'
So she got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine.
She's such a b***h.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
sunrise from my driveway
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Now, what happens if I lose my cell phone? All that information stored in there will be gone forever. Or not, because now there's Styky. It's a new service that lets you backup your mobile contacts. Then, you can easily access, manage, and even update your contacts from any phone, on the styky website, or on Facebook. I've been playing with Facebook. There are a lot of interesting applications you can add over them. Some of them are fun. Some of them are just plain silly, but this one sounds useful. If any of your friends on Facebook already have this application, you are linked automatically. It also lets your friends add their numbers to your contacts, upon approval. I like the idea of that - less work for me.
One of the Styky features that really interests me (surprise!) is what they call $teals. They're like special coupons that you don't have to clip. They come to your phone, and you just have to show the Syky $teal on your phone.
Did I mention that the whole thing is FREE? Now, to see if my phone is supported...
I do wish some of these band students would start picking them up and selling them. I finally got a call last night from one of the moms. Her daughter needs two boxes. It's a start, anyway. There's a concert Monday night. I should probably take some boxes of candy bars, just in case someone wants to get some to sell. Oh, wait - I just checked the calendar, and it's a middle school concert. I don't have to go to that one. I do have to go to the basketball game tonight because Cory has to play in pep band. Maybe I'll take an extra box or two - besides the ones for the lady who called last night.
Sorry, I don't have any Seroogy's coupon codes. I wish I did. Just saying, because I came first on a Google search for 'Seroogy's coupon codes' - and I never actually used those words together - until now. Of course, there are only 6 items on the page, but still. I'm also the only non-sponsored results on the Goodsearch page.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Here is the explanation at the Blogger in draft blog. My first question is why they changed things while they are testing something new. Several people have been very upset at the change in the way comments work now - not letting people leave their name and url the way they used to. It bugged me, too, so I've got the OpenID thing set up for comments. I also looked into OpenID a little more and found out that it can be set up to link directly to a blog or website. I hadn't actually tried it, but I got a comment on my post - someone trying it out, and it works!
Sure, maybe Google will eventually be ready to release the OpenID comment thing to everyone, but in the meantime, try this.
- Feed URL:
So, I added the code to the head of my template, and now, when I go to Google Reader, select 'Add subscription' and type in my url, I get a feed! Hopefully this makes it easier for anyone who is trying to subscribe to my blog.
I sometimes see web sites or blogs that have RSS feeds, but fail to include the one line of HTML that enables RSS autodiscovery....
...Adding that one line of code to your template will make it easier for people to subscribe to your RSS feed. Here's how:< link rel="alternate"
title="RSS Feed for petefreitag.com"
linktag should be added inside the
headtag of your HTML document.
You will of course need to change the value of the
hrefattributes to fit your needs.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Anyway, the original instructions (see, I changed them) said:
When you get tagged, you have to add your name next to the person who tagged youand add your site at the bottom of the list. By doing this you are letting the list grow. Then tag 5 others and let's see how big this can get!I got to the part about adding my site to the bottom of the list, and I wondered why I needed to add my site. It was already there. Yes, I copied the whole post, including the ones Holly tagged. There they were at the bottom of the list, and I just left them there.
Oh well, I like them there. The rest of you who are playing along, you can do it how you want.
SurfExpo.com is a new news and community web site based on the surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding, bikini, fashion, apparel, and beach culture markets. The web site is brought to you from Surf Expo, the longest-running surf trade show in the world. Surf Expo holds two shows a year in Orlando, Florida.
I've already admitted that I never had a chance to learn to surf. I don't know how to skateboard, and the only place I wear a bikini is in my own backyard. Still, I'm enjoying being able to browse this site. There are some rotating slides of featured products. Some of those look really interesting, even for people who don't surf, skate, or even live near a beach. There is some UV swimwear for kids, that will help ptotect kids from the sun, while also being fun to wear. I also like the looks of the rebagz recycled handbags. Clicking on the picture takes you to the product's web site for more information.
Along with information about new products and companies, there is also an interesting section with news from the world of board sports, photo galleries, and blogs written by Surf Expo staff members. It's a good way to learn any and everything there is to know about the world of surfing, skateboarding, and beach culture.
Of course, my husband still goes to work. He doesn't care what the roads are like. Well, maybe he cares, but he does it anyway. I got up this morning and shoveled the driveway off so he could leave. It wasn't like the snow was all that deep. It was just wet and heavy, and I like to get it shoveled before he drives on it, because then the tire marks are packed and really hard to shovel. It was raining/sleeting/icing - something - while I was shoveling, so there was already a thin layer back on the driveway by the time I finished his side. Then, when I came in I realized that I was soaked. My jacket and my gloves and my hair were just dripping.
Jeffrey called me when he got there. He had an eye appointment before work so he called me from the clinic. Twenty minutes later, the eye clinic called to say that the doctor he was supposed to see wasn't going to be there because of the weather and her kids being home. I told the lady on the phone that Jeffrey was already there, so they needed to find him and let him know. I have no idea why they were calling here. Of course, I have no idea what time they open, so maybe he was sitting in the parking lot waiting and hadn't checked in yet. I guess I'll have to ask him about that one.
The kids are still in bed. Typical teenagers - they'll stay in bed as long as I let them. And, since it's nice and quiet here, I'll probably let them, for a while.
Monday, December 10, 2007
This is a true HEADS or TAILS week as the choices are HEADS - Anything in the sky or space *OR* TAILS - Anything in or under the water. I'm posting very early because the rest of the day is going to be busy!
I chose HEADS.
Here is one of my tabblos, all clouds: (Click for a closer look)
The rule: When you get tagged, you name the person who tagged you then tag 5 others. Copy the entire list into your post, and let's see how big this can get!
Rachel’s Soulful Thoughts
When Silence Speaks
Dancing in Midlife Tune
Underneath it All
I am Dzoi
Hobbies and Such
Choc Mint Girl
Rusin Roundup - Mel
Beth & Cory's Mom
A Bit of Me
Cherished Moments with my 2 Angels
My Dogs Keep Me Sane
Mom Knows Everything
Cariboo Ponderer (at her new place)
Mom of 3 Girls
Rantings of a Woman
I finally came up with www.alwaysbcmom.com
I figured this would work for a couple of reasons - partially because my kids are teenagers now, and before I know it they'll be all grown up and off on their own. But, no matter how old they get, I'll always be their mom, and there's nothing they can do about it!
Besides that, almost every time I have signed up for anything online - from email to free online storage, I have used bcmom or some variation of it as my user name. So, quite simply, I'm always bcmom - unless someone got there before me and took my user name, and then I'm bcmom2 or bcmomtoo, or bcmomtwo!
Anyway - new domain for me, so, if you've linked to me on your sidebar, I'd really appreciate it if you'd update your links to point to www.alwaysbcmom.com
Hopefully I will be able to get my Technorati Profile updated and start building that up again.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
The other night, she came home from work and showed me how much she had read. Yes, she took a book to work and read while she was at work. Her job is to stand in the fitting room and wait for customers to come in and want to try clothes on. Between customers, she's got nothing to do, and it gets really, really boring. She was talking to someone at work who used to do the exact same job, and she mentioned that she used to read. As long as Beth doesn't ignore any customers, no one is going to mind. So, she grabbed a Jeffery Deaver book I have around here and took it to work. She actually read a book! She got pretty far, too, and I think she's enjoying it.
She forgot to take the book to work today, but I think she'll be taking it in the future. You know, she's been bored in the past, and I suggested reading. For some reason, she didn't listen to me. Typical Beth. It always has to be her idea.
So, since I'm heading over there anyway - to follow the instructions this time - I thought I'd go ahead and let you know about the giveaway so you can enter too. And, in case you're interested, I'm Currently Reading
By Diana Gabaldon
The contest will end at midnight Eastern time, next Friday (December 14th) and the winner will be notified the next day.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Jack Sparrow: Gentlemen, I wash my hands of this weirdness.As we were watching the movie, I caught myself thinking that I need a screenwriter. You watch these movies, and the people in the movies always know what to say. Whatever happens, they have a script. Something like that happens to me, not like anything like that ever happens to me, but just suppose, and it takes me until next week to figure out what I should have said. Or at least the car ride home.
Also, even though Orlando Bloom is totally and completely hot, 10 years is a long time.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Name something in which you don’t believe. I don't believe in recreational sex with everyone who comes along. Sorry, I have a teenage daughter whose friends believe that is what high school is for. And I don't believe in disposable marriages.
If you could choose a celebrity to be your boss, who would you pick? I pick Oprah! She really seems to care about the people who work for her.
What was a lesson you had to learn the hard way? Having just one best friend and excluding everyone else is a bad idea. When that best friend isn't there any more, you've got no one. Besides, later on, when I got to know all the people she was always talking bad about, I found out that they were really nice people. My 'best friend' was just trying to keep me away from them. I think that if someone feels threatened if you have other friends, then that person isn't a very good friend.
Describe your idea of the perfect relaxation room. It would be a cozy room lined with bookshelves. There would be a fireplace in the corner, comfy chairs for curling up and reading, and soft blankets to wrap up in.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
as Captain Lifecruiser said in her article Blogger sucks more than ever not allowing extern blog links:
A big part of the blogging pleasure is to get responses on your blog posts and visit each others blogs and this is hindering us to do that easily. I’m not saying this only because of the link backs, but because I want the process to go SMOOTHLY.So, if you don't like the change either, here are a couple things you can do:
- Tell Google/Blogger that you want the external linking feature back in comments - and then tell them again. Scroll down the page and select 'suggest a new feature' to tell them you want it back.
- And in the meantime, do as some bloggers have started doing, and ask your visitors to leave their link in the comments so we can visit them back.
- Those of you who don't have Blogger blogs, please keep visiting. Please keep commenting, and you can tell Google you want the external links feature back, too.
When there's no snow to shovel, I still walk my two miles every morning, unless the wind chill goes lower than -20°. Then I stay in. Otherwise, I walk two miles every weekday, year 'round.
A few years ago Jeffrey bought himself a new bike so he could start getting some exercise. Of course, it wouldn't do him any good in this kind of weather, but he really hasn't ridden that bike in quite a while. I even got a new bike so we could all go for bike rides as a family. The kids already had bikes. We did go for a few family bike rides. Actually, Jeffrey, Cory and I rode our bikes, and Beth came along on her roller blades. It was kind of fun, but I am going to tell you that I'm still not completely comfortable on my new bike. It has gears, and I have to understand how and when I'm supposed to shift those gears. It's a little more complicated than any bike I've had before.
I probably would have been happy with one of these beach cruisers. Look, no gears, and no hand brakes. These comfortable, sturdy bikes are available for under $100 and can be personalized with custom design labels, too. Once I started looking at the bikes, I did get a little distracted. I started looking past the bikes to the beach. Can you really blame me? It's cold here in Wisconsin. I would love to be somewhere warm, close enough to the beach that I could ride my bike there and maybe even ride it along the boardwalk. I remember watching people skate at the beach, but I never thought I could do that. I'd be too afraid of falling down or falling out of my swimsuit. Riding the bike, though. I could handle that. Beth will do the skating.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reported that since Tuesday afternoon, more than 50 vehicles were in ditches and several others were involved in minor accidents.People forget how to drive in the snow over the summer. I remember how. I just don't want to do it!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
When I got home from the library, after dropping Cory off down the street at Pam's house, there was a message from Beth letting me know she made it - because I told her to call. Since I wasn't home, I didn't get to talk to her and see how the roads were or how she did. She's supposed to call when she gets off work too, so we know she's heading this way.
Today it's HEADS - Three (3)
I started trying to figure out how or where the number 3 has played a significant part in my life. Let me see... I would have had three kids, if I'd had one more. My mom had three kids by the time she was 25, and then about 6 (2x3=6) years later, she had another one. When she had that last baby, that meant I had three brothers, and not one single solitary sister. It's quite interesting when you look at the number of kids my mom and her three sisters had. My mom, the oldest, had a girl first (me) and then three boys. The next sister also had a girl first and then three boys. Of the other two sisters, one had four boys and the other had four girls, until she got remarried and had one more girl. If you take those girls and those boys and add them together, you get nine - which is really just three times three!
I'm really stretching here... Go visit some other Heads or Tails participants.
Monday, December 03, 2007
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This contest runs for one week, from today until Monday, December 10th at 9:00 AM EST, when Elizabeth will use random.org to determine the winner.
I haven't seen this movie yet, so I'd really like to win.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Finally Saturday I tell her she needs to take care of it because people are coming over, and she proceeds to claim that it is not her popcorn. Well, it wasn't anyone else's popcorn, and she is the one in the family who gets all kinds of snacks or sodas and then never finishes them. Since I can't remember exactly how long it has been there, I can't specifically tell her when she popped that popcorn and left it there. The only popcorn she would claim was the bag in her room. Now, did she pop that bag before or after she popped the bag on the counter? Either way, she didn't finish either bag, and the popcorn is no good any more, so she's just wasted it - whether she claims it or not. She never did admit that the bag on the counter was hers, but she did go ahead and throw it away.
This reminded me of another time we had the same kind of issue with putting the peanut butter away. OK, we have the same issues other times, but the issue with the peanut butter was one time I actually posted it. I just re-read it tonight and realized I was planning to place stickers with her name and the date on things that she leaves laying around, so I can know exactly when she left it there, and she can't argue that it's not hers or her responsibility. Of course, she'll still argue, but at least I'll have proof.
I honestly don't think it's too much to ask that people around here take responsibility for their own things. Really, I don't.
OpticsPlanet.com has plenty of night vision goggles, scopes and binoculars to choose from. They also have a huge selection of binoculars, telescopes, sunglasses, and other optical items. They've got a few things Jeffrey might be able to use to improve his golf game, too. There's a golf range finder and a swing speed radar for golf and baseball. I bet you could find something for everyone on this site. They've got MP3 players, weather and marine instruments, and these digital camera binoculars that I still think are amazing. They've got great deals, a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and FREE ground shipping on all orders of $29.95 or more.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Today, December 1st - it snowed again. But I haven't been out to see how much there is. Not as much as last year, but sometime in the afternoon it turned to sleet, so everything is iced over. I'm just happy not to have to go anywhere. Hopefully the weather and roads will be cleaned up by tomorrow afternoon when Beth has to go to work. I know she's a good driver, but I still worry.
In honor of winter and snow and all that good white stuff, I added some snowmen on the left. I stole them from Jaye's blog.