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April 1, 2007

Idiot!

I have always tried to keep politics off of here but I've added a new category and I am going to start discussing the things that matter to me. As I get older, I find myself more in touch with the goings on around the world. Things such as Newt Gingrich shooting off his mouth about our country being bilingual.

"The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. ... We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto," Gingrich said to cheers from the crowd of more than 100.

Ghetto talk??? Ohhhhh what an asshole. I know a lot of immigrants through my job. My coworker is Chinese. She's not from a ghetto and she learned our language as quickly as she could. I've worked with Russians, Swedes, Pakistanis, Indians, etc. and none of them are from a ghetto. They are well educated, hard working people who come here, learn our language as soon as they can, and the thing that idiot overlooks... they contribute greatly to our economy.

If immigrants come here to contribute to our society, they shouldn't be allowed to transition into learning our language? I wish someone would throw that pompous ass on a plane and drop him where they speak only Urdu.

I think of when Eva went to Brazil not knowing the language and how she cried a lot her first weeks as she learned it. I know I was beyond frustrated when I would call her and her host family would answer the phone. They even pronounced her name differently with a very strong accent so every conversation went off the rails quickly. If they didn't put her right on the phone, I knew she wasn't home but I had no idea what they did say. That got kind of scary a few times when she hadn't been in touch with anyone for several days.

In closing, while reading a little about english as a second language, I found this site which would be quite helpful to those learning our language.

Bedroom Decorating

We have been working on Emily's room for a couple of months now. Too bad we didn't find this site sooner so we could have browsed the teen bedding.

Yesterday we bought a new mattress for C's bed so should probably get him some new bedding, too. He is too hot blooded for a nice comforter and would just kick it off to the floor for the dog to sleep on. I wish he were younger so we could look at the cute kid's bedding but he doesn't even seem to care for his sport themed curtains and bedding he has now.


Still with the finger!

How long does it take a finger to heal? I am so frustrated by this splint and cannot type with a dang with it on. Yesterday I pretty much rested my hand all day but it still throbbed. If I hold it up, it doesn't do that so I spent a good deal of yesterday wandering around Nebraska Furniture Mart and Cabela's with my hand up like a dork.

Today I had to do laundry and clean and all that normal weekend stuff and kept catching it on things and springing it backwards. I got mad once and took the splint off to find it's all black and blue and swollen still. It will not bend at all and I can't even really take my other hand and force it to bend. It will go just a tiny ways then it's like there is rod in there holding it straight. It's been a freakin' week! Enough already!!

April 2, 2007

$1,000

Whoa! This is huge news for payperpost bloggers. They are going to start a new promotion for blog advertising called 1k Tuesdays. Every Tuesday this month, they will release an opportunity worth a thousand bucks! That's $1000 guaranteed for whoever snags it. There is not a specific release time but rather a twelve hour window between 12AM and 12PM in which they will let it go up for grabs. That pretty much eliminates me since I will only be able to check the site maybe once between 6AM and 9AM. If they did it on the weekends, I'd be more likely to have a chance.

There is a blogger named Colleen who is the highest earning blogger and this could allow someone else to take over first place. Not me of course but maybe my friend Julie. She has two growing boys and could use 1k for groceries I bet! Maybe Faithie will get it and split it with me cuz we's gots the love. hahaha

Walking

Took a very long walk with the boy tonight. I think we went about four miles at a pretty fast pace. You learn a lot when you walk with your kids and it's good exercise to boot. The sidewalks in town are atrocious so we walked in the street. Thank God no one hates me enough to run me down.

April 3, 2007

40th Birthday

My 40th birthday is on April 13th and I wish all of my online friends could be here to celebrate with me. Fact is, there will probably not even be a celebration at all because I don't much care for birthdays. They are fun when you are little and get presents. Not so much when you are old.

Every year friends and family will ask what I want and every year I do not know. I mean, I do know but it seems silly to request something. Since this is 40 and it's BIG, I've decided to let you all know what I want and I hope you will do it. I have an Amazon wish list full of books I'd like to have but really, I can probably get those from the library.

What I'd really like is for people to donate to one of my favorite charities. My friends will remember that a former boyfriend lost his life to leukemia and how that broke my heart into a million bits. Our neighbors also lost a toddler son to leukemia. Every year on the old boyfriend's birthday, I give to the Leukemia Foundation. This is a very worthwhile cause that can use all the financial help they can get.

Another cause near and dear to my heart is the plight of youth in our country. I worked for several years as a resident counselor at Quakerdale and they accept donations in honor of others. You could donate to them in my honor and I would truly be honored.

Last month I lost an old friend to Huntington's Disease. Since I frequently am called to do computer work at the nursing home, I saw the devastating toll as this bastard of a disease turned a gorgeous, proud young woman into a shell of a human being. Perhaps a gift to the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

These are just three charities that mean something to me. Maybe there is an organization close to your heart and you could use my birthday as an excuse to give. If you don't have money to spare, take time on April 13th and very deliberately spend it with someone you love.

Some exclusions apply. See the extended entry for details. (Aunt Rose, this means you in particular)

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April 4, 2007

Specialized Dating Sites

Another specialized dating service that is self described as "The Premier Ebony Dating Community" is Black Dating Service. One of the first things I noticed was that despite being designed for ebony singles, there are photos of white guys who are members. There isn't anything in the FAQ that specifically says white people cannot belong but I would think that's sort of implied.

April 5, 2007

So sad

Sometimes I talk about my other kids here. They are kids who hang out here in the summer. Kids I would adopt if they were up for adoption. Anyway, a couple of the kids lost their grandmother today. She was a sweet woman with so much love for "her kids".

I visited her often over the last couple of years and after I got close to her grandkids she would say "Watch out for my kids, would you? You know they love you so." and I would assure her that I loved them as well and I'd make sure they were fine. At least once a week we'd have this conversation. Except this week. This week I got too busy with work and activities and didn't get a chance to talk to her and now she is gone. I cried a lot this afternoon and wondered if she remembered how much I cared about her. I make a point to tell everyone that I love them often so she knew I'm sure. I just wish I could have been there to tell her one more time.

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RIP Velma. Now you can look after your kids always from high above.

April 7, 2007

Finger Update

I stopped wearing my splint earlier in the week and have been practicing trying to move it. I can actually force it to bend a little further each day but it still doesn't want to on it's own. I know it will take time but it's actually freaking me out. I make my living with these hands and need to get another 25 years out of them before they start giving me fits of arthritis. I read somewhere that a severe strain needs as much time to heal as a fracture. Blech.

The actual pain is very manageable now except for at 3AM when I was crawling back into bed and snagged it in the blankets. THAT HURT!

Vacuums and Humidifiers

First, let me say how much I love an online company who provides free shipping. Most times the greatest bargain on the web isn't a bargain at all if the shipping costs bury you. BestVacuum.com is one of those companies that has free ground shipping so I checked them out. With two dogs, two birds and one indoor/outdoor cat living here, we do a lot of vacuuming. They are a Dyson dealer but I'll come back to that.

We run a humidifier about six months out of the year and I truly believe it helps our health. In looking at the air-o-swiss humidifiers, particularly the antimicrobial with the ionic silver stick, I'm curious about how that works. There is a easy to find link to a PDF with cute little water droplet icons that explains how the silver ions destroy bacteria therefore using up the ions and then the ions are replenished so the surface of the stick is always "new". How cool!

Back to vacuums, I have a Kirby and a "pig". The pig is actually a TriStar canister vacuum that is so old but it works quite well. Emily complains that the Kirby makes the room smell like dog. I suppose it does since it's a bag vac. The pig gets emptied after each time. My complaint about both is that they do not get all hair. I love my animals but I cannot stand the hair. I've been thinking about a Dyson Animal. I've read some really good reviews but then I've bought stuff based on online reviews before only to be left very disappointed. Anyone have one? Do they work?

How we operate

My adorable son just told me he'd prefer I not talk to his grandma because I would talk her out of renting him a video game for him because "that's how I operate". Hmm.

I said "That's an interesting interpretation but mine would be this: I tell her that I don't care so long as she is the one who takes it back. She agrees but then will be too busy to take it back and you know this but don't care because it's how YOU operate. Then she will think I will be nice and take it back anyway because that is how SHE operates. But I won't take it back and someone will have a late fee which will make me the bad guy and I don't care. I love being the bad guy. THIS is how I operate."

Now push aside all of that posturing and lemme tell you how this will really go down. Grandma will get the game, the kid will play it a couple of hours until his dad shows to whisk him off for Easter visitation. The game will be laying on the end table when Todd comes in from work on Monday and he will pick it up and say "Someone should probably take this back, huh?" He will take it back because he is Mr. Responsibility. That's how HE operates.

That is not truly the end of this saga as Mr. Responsibility is also Mr. Scorekeeper and he will remember that no one wants to be responsible for the game. Even if he has to carry that in his scoreboard for two years, he will remember and drop it like da bomb when we all least expect it.

Oh, the dynamics of this house....

April 10, 2007

Happy Birthday, Todd

Today has been a very bad day for me which unfortunately has spilled over into and ruined Todd's birthday. I cannot make up for that but I can tell you what makes him interesting enough to be tagged in my Interesting People category.

His mother was 45 when she had him. His siblings had all grown and started families of their own so he was not really raised as an only child but rather a child who grew up with his nieces and nephew as if they were his sisters and brother.

He's been in law enforcement almost his entire adult life and has a serious looking frown on his face most times. He doesn't say much because he thinks it's better to shut up unless you have something important to add and only then if you know what you are talking about. These traits combined make people think he doesn't like them. This is not really true as he is just listening and determining if you are full of shit or worth getting to know. Sometimes he just doesn't have anything he feels like saying so he doesn't. This drives me nuts since I am a people person and could sit down and discuss any subject matter for hours.

He is very proud and will not ask for or willingly accept help of any kind. He will be the first to give help though. He is constantly looking up something based on a few words uttered by a coworker who needs a part for a car or something. When the ice storm hit northern Iowa, one of his friends needed a generator and Todd would not quit until he found one in stock somewhere for the guy.

He is very quiet and soft spoken with the kids, raising his voice only when absolutely, positively necessary. When he does, they scatter to the corners of the earth and don't come back for days. It's so rare to hear that roar and very scary to hear it. I am quite vocal and don't hesitate to exercise my loudness. He stays calm to the point of insanity. I just want to shake him sometimes but he is the smart one and knows that shouting over each other would never solve a thing.

He likes to spring surprises on the kids and I. You know one is coming when you hear "Now I know it's not much, but..." and out comes a sack with some little doodad in it. He will undoubtedly do that to me for my birthday on Friday despite the fact we aren't supposed to get each other gifts.

Right now he is driving me crazy on this vacation I keep talking about and trying to plan. His excitability level is really not measurable. He's just that damn calm and oh it's so infuriating sometimes. Makes him hard to read but you know, I wouldn't give him away. He balances out my quick temper and my big mouth and my impulsiveness. He's really worth taking the time to get to know and lemme tell ya, it can take a looong time to peel away the layers to the awesome man he is. That just makes him even more special.

April 11, 2007

When in Rome, design a shade

Okay, so that wasn't near as funny as it should have been but really, did the Romans design the roman blinds? I made one back when I was Suzie Homemaker. Turned out quite nice and was an excellent lesson in why I should not sew. Anyway...

It is much cheaper to buy blinds than it is to sew them. I've been looking to replace the one in Em's room that the cat destroyed. Maybe some wooden blinds would be cat proof. All of the blinds that came with the house are really thick slatted metal venetians except the one in Em's room which was the cheapo plastic.

Oooohhhhh, roman blind kits where you can use your own fabric choice! That would be awesome since Em's room is coming together in pink and orange and I don't think I've seen a hot pink blind since my best friends room way back in the 70s. Terry's Fabrics doesn't ship to the US, dang it.

Two more days til my birthday

You still have plenty of time to participate in my birthday wish! I really just cannot believe I will be 40. That is old!! I am not old.

April 12, 2007

Shrimp

Yummy Shrimp Recipes

S= Sauteed shrimp in butter and garlic is simply divine
H= Hot and juicy when cooked in some wine
R= Ready to eat, peeled and frozen is the best because
I = It's incredibly delicious dipped in cocktail sauce
M= Mmmmm this is good, make some more please
P= Pink goodness drenched in garlic and butter... YUM!

April 14, 2007

I'm a pinky!

You Are a Pinky
You are fiercely independent, and possibly downright weird.
A great communicator, you can get along with almost anyone.
You are kind and sympathetic. You support all your friends - and love them for who they are.

You get along well with: The Ring Finger

Stay away from: The Thumb

**found at Just Another Pretty Farce

April 15, 2007

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart played at Wells Fargo in Des Moines last night and I had really been hoping there were surprise tickets in store. There weren't. I may have been within a few feet of him yesterday though. We made a quick trip up to Des Moines after lunch and this huge new bus pulling a toy hauler type trailer passed us. Had the windows all tinted so couldn't see inside. I told Todd maybe that was him hurrying from a Kansas City show to his Iowa show. It had to slow for road construction so we ended up tucked right behind it for about an hour.

Checked online this morning and he did play Kemper in Kansas City on my birthday so I'm willing to bet it was at least part of his band. The reviews for his show are very good and I'm sorry I missed it.

I missed Rod but I did have a mini concert

We got home late last night and I was sick (damn the shrimp at Chili's) so I ran straight in to flop it down on the couch. Todd listened to the answering machine and told me I had to come and listen to something. Now, I'm sentimental and save answering machine messages so had to do a bit of fast forwarding through the old stuff (like Cal's beautiful British accent). I was directing him to skip that, that one too, skip, that's old, skip it, etc when I hear my favorite Moose. I said "Skip." since I thought I'd saved a previous message from Alaska. Todd says "No, this is it. ssshhhh." and shure 'nuff, it was new Moosie message.... and she sang! For me!

I've said it here before and I'll say it again, I have the BEST friends. Betcha not many people get singing birthday greetings from Alaska, do they?

April 16, 2007

Cutting Edge Medicine

I have lost many people to various kinds of cancer but my biggest personal fear has always been brain tumors. If you have read here long you know I used to suffer debilitating headaches that would last for days. I was just sure I had a tumor in my head and I wouldn't survive. Now I only get a few headaches a month and I'm at a point in my life where I don't fear death so much anymore.

I am still glad to know science is bounding forward in brain tumor treatment. The term "gamma knife" makes me think of laser cutting into the brain but it's actually the delivery of a large dose of radiation to a specific target with surgical precision. Rather than blast a large area with radiation, they can hone in on the actual tumor. This type of accuracy is very important as radiation is just as harmful to good cells as bad.

In other health related news...

The boy has shingles. Did you know kids can get those?? I thought they only affected the elderly. My great grandmother had them when she was near 80 and the only other people I know who have them are older adults.

He came home last night with a rash on his back and got up very sick in the night with a horrible headache and backache. Two doctors looked him over today and said that's what it is. I guess the chicken pox virus goes dormant in your body and in times of stress or compromised immune system, it can flare back up as shingles at any age. Elderly are primarily affected due to their immune system weakening with age. I guess his must be stress related. They told me today that the medicine will stop the virus in it's tracks and knock it back but the painful, imflammed nerves could last six months. The poor kid just finally got his toe back to normal and now this. Hopefully he'll kick it really quickly.

April 18, 2007

Love this quote

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

April 22, 2007

Walking for fitness

When I swapped smoking for eating, I took up walking as a way to combat the weight gain. I started with a cheapy little step counter then Moosie started doing 10,000 steps a day so I decided to try that. I invested in a talking pedometer and have used it so much that it's needed three battery changes. Now I'm thinking of upgrading again to one that monitors heart rate.

TVProducts4Less.com has some pedometers including one that calculates heart rate. They have lots of other cool stuff too, including ice packs! (Still searching for the perfect ice pack. )

April 24, 2007

Name that 80s song

Playing name that 80s song with Todd as I flip through yahoo radio. He's pretty good except when he doesn't know, he says "That song sucks. Skip it!"

Fashion

Are you in the market for some spendy new threads? I have never heard of the brand Faith Connexion before but after browsing around, I see it's what some of the Graceland University students wear. Everything I like is very expensive but that's the norm. Somehow I always gravitate towards what I cannot afford. When my kids are raised, I *will* be the trendiest grandma around in some of these 7 for all Mankind and maybe a shirt like this. If my mother is still around, she'll still be on me to dress my age.

April 25, 2007

Rain, Rain

We are swamped with water this Spring and about need a boat to get down the driveway. Okay, that was an exaggeration but there is too much water and it is backing up in basements and spilling out of rivers and creeks. I saw that Denver got walloped with another snow storm and Texas was pummelled with tornadoes. I think we are in for a wicked weather summer and me with no basement. Eeeeek.

When teenage angst is more than just angst

Ah, something I know a lot about... troubled teen. I was one and then I worked with them for five years at a job and was a foster parent. In a way, I still help by unofficially mentoring.

Anyway, Help For Troubled Teens is a site with options for parents to help turn a kid back around once they've stepped onto the path to hell. If you thinl your teen may be in trouble, check out this helpful list of common warning signs. I had the truancy thing down pat, completely changed my set of friends and became very aggressive. Without intervention, who knows what path my life would have taken.

Helpmyteen.com recommends long term treatment facilities rather than boot camp type IN YOUR FACE kind of solutions. They don't deal with hard core drug or legal issues but rather kids who are on the verge of making those disastrous choices.

Mud, mud

So this dog has to chase frisbees regardless of the weather. Rain, hail, sleet snow. No matter. Oh, the rain. Lots of rain = lots of mud. And weimaraner feet are like plows through the mud. And the wind, it takes the frisbees in unintended directions. Like through the garden. And this dog, she just goes wherever in hot pursuit of her beloved frisbee. Even through the garden.

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This was AFTER I wiped her off with the only thing I could find inside the door. Sorry about your shirt, Christopher.

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Groan.

April 29, 2007

Fun auction site

Finally, an auction site so different from your standard online auction that it's actually worth mentioning. The lowest unique bid wins at bid4prizes. The keyword is "unique". You can bid a penny but chances are good many others will do that also. This is an extremely interesting concept in that it seems like a hoax at first glance. If you stop and think about it though, people will bid low and, if the prize is good enough, they will continue to build on their bid in hopes of winning. It is more competitive than a single bid raise and also more like playing a game against others. Right now there is a Scion car with a unique bid between 1 and 21 cents. In my opinion, those are ugly but it'd be worth 22 cents. Only joking. Of course I'd drive it since my own car is terminally ill and I can't bring myself to replace it.

Another neat aspect is that each time you bid, you are awarded points and can spend those points on items in the store.

April 30, 2007

Yes, still with the finger

My finger was hurt on March 26th and it really gets worse every day instead of better. I am going to see an orthopedic specialist later in the week. One can never have too many doctor bills, ya know? I wouldn't worry about it but I do make my living with my hands and unless we win the lottery (which we don't play) then I need 25 more years out of these fingers.

More vacation possibilities

As summer speeds towards us, we continue to talk about vacation plans and the possibilities. I have been putting back my extra money for a good long while specifically for a vacation and it just might be enough to get us out of the midwest for a change.

Emily and I both dream of a beach house or a rental home with a nice pool. Probably outside our budget but it's still fun to look. Orlando Vacation Rentals has one that she would just flip over. If this wasn't such a long way to drive, I'd rent the sucker and we'd just lounge around the pool and swim all day for a week.

I'm sure being that close to Disney and all things Orlando has to offer would also have to be done. Isn't there a Hard Rock Cafe there and Universal Studios. Yes, I see the dollar signs adding up. Like I said, it never hurts to dream and who knows, maybe we'll end up saving another year's worth of spare change. It's been 7 years since we took a real vacation so another year wouldn't be lethal. Well.. maybe..

For more Disney News, you can browse the articles page and learn more about things like cheap shopping at the land of Mickey. Don't even get me started on how much I love that mouse.

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