Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
--Phoenix Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, left, of Russia, cannot make the save on a shot by Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, right, of Russia, as Coyotes defenseman Keith Ballard, center, looks on in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. Datsyuk's goal proved to be the game-winner as the Red Wings won 4-2. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)--
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
moar funny pictures
Sorry, but there really is no announcement--just wanted to post the pic. C STILL hasn't had the baby--looks like she will be going until the third after all. While her contractions continue, they are of the 'stop-and-go' variety. She is very frustrated--and I don't blame her. :)
Colorado actually played a bit better than Detroit tonight, but the score ended up as Detroit 4, Colorado 2. The last goal for the Wings was an empty net one, so the score was closer than it looked. I'm amazed at how well they are playing without several 'stars'--Z and Homer still aren't back. Now it's on to Phoenix for the game on Saturday and then the New Year's Eve game at home before they get a bit of a rest. Hope they can stay on their roll.
Babcock will be the coach of the Western Conference team for next month's All-Star game. Three of the top four vote-getters for the west are Wings: Lidstrom, Zetterberg, and Datsyuk. While I want to see them play the game, I worry about injuries. What a waste to get injured during an exhibition game. Last year Z was voted in but didn't play--he needed the rest. I know Lidstrom will play, as he did last year, but Z might bow out again. Datsyuk will probably play, I would think. Pretty cool, though, that three Wings AND the coach are all part of the All-Star team.
--Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, left, of Russia, congratulates goalie Dominik Hasek, of the Czech Republic, after the Red Wings' 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)--
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Detroit shut-out the Blues 5-0 on Wednesday! Lidstrom started out the scoring in the first period--a nice way to earn his salary. My Baby Boy got TWO goals--and they were only 126 seconds apart. (He was named first star of the game.) He is on a nice roll--hope it continues for him. Looks like he is on track for a 20-goal season--good stuff. Ozzie got his 45th career shut-out--he is having an amazing year.
It is good to see that the Wings have been able to continue playing the way they have--after all, they have some big injuries going on. Z is out until after the first of the year with back spasms--the same thing that kept him out for 19 or so games last year. I hate that he isn't playing--not so much that the team can't go on, but because his standings are going to slip. Holmstrom is out for about three weeks or so--his knee is deeply bruised. At least he won't need surgery--thank goodness. There still isn't any word as to what exactly is wrong with Maltby's back, but he isn't coming back any time soon.
Detroit will be playing Thursday, Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday--I sure hope they will be able to keep on winning. Trouble is, with them on the road through Saturday, they just might go into a slump. Hope not, but it wouldn't be too surprising.
--Detroit Red Wings' Valtteri Filppula, right, of Finland, celebrates with teammate Jiri Hudler, of the Czech Republic, after scoring against the St. Louis Blues' in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, in St. Louis. Filppula scored twice as the Red Wings shut out the Blues 5-0. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)--
This was one of the best Christmas's I have had in quite a while. I didn't let myself get too run down and my youngest was home for a few days. I didn't have any meltdowns and I kept depression at bay--actually, I didn't have any depressing thoughts at all. I MUST be getting better! :) The only thing that would have been better is if K wouldn't have had to work. Can't have everything, I guess.
I got some nice gifts--as I usually do. A and her husband got me some of Grisham's early novels in hardcover. I want to have all of his books in hardcover, as I collect him. She is lucky because of living in the city--she has access to used bookstores and they have a great one near them. My very good friend gave me a glass bowl that was made in Finland, designed by a Finnish artist in the 60s. Cool stuff. It looks just like this (the large one):
K managed to surprise me again this year. He only got me one thing from my list: a game for my Nintendo DS Lite. My BIG gift from him was a flat-paneled TV for the computer room. I love the fact that I can now watch the Wings AND do what I have to do on the computer at the same time. (Not to disparage the gift at all, but I think he got it for himself as much as for me. :)) I'm a happy camper.
I'm not sure when I will start taking down the Christmas decorations, but I don't feel a great need to do it right away. I should go out and look for a Christmas tree bag and once I find one, I'm sure I will be getting the house back to normal. But, right now, I'm not in any hurry. All in all, an absolutely amazing year for me!
I hope you all had a great time, also.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Other than the birth of the baby or other earth-shattering news, I may not be here for a few days. (My baby is coming home!) At this time, I want to wish all of my readers a fantastic Christmas. My hope for each of you: May your Christmas be filled with laughter and joy, friends and family. Take a moment and remember the reason for the season. Merry Christmas to all.
Friday, December 21, 2007
asked for directions,
arrived on time,
helped deliver the Baby,
cleaned the stable,
made a casserole,
brought practical gifts,
and then there would be Peace on Earth!
Sadly, Holmstrom re-hurt his right knee in the first period. He never returned to the game. Losing him is a great, big 'uh-oh' for the Wings--the great un-sung hero. And after he just came back from being out for two games with an injury to the same knee. Yikes.
The bright spot of the game for me: Baby Boy scored the first goal for Detroit! This is his fourth goal in the last five games. He is on a roll. Amazingly, he was quoted earlier today--while talking about the past few games--as saying, "I don't think I played that well. I think there's a lot to improve. I've been playing good but I think I can be better." Don't be too hard on yourself, Baby Boy--you are doing fine--and will continue to improve. (I can't imagine the kind of pressure he--as well as so many other players--have to endure. He is only 23 years old!)
While the macaw is very expensive to buy, I think pound for pound, some saltwater fish are more expensive. And I bet most people don't even realize just HOW expensive they are. Are any of these on YOUR Christmas list? (All pictures and prices are from LiveAquaria.com)
Red Tooth Triggerfish
This bad boy can be had for the price of $199.99
Giant Cream and Pink Wartskin Angler
This one is $299.99, on sale for $249.99.
Australian Blue Devil
This fish can be had for the low, low cost of $329.99--on sale from the regular cost of $399.99.
Deepwater Tongan Goldenback Triggerfish
This specimen lists at $1199.99 at LiveAquaria.com, but you can get it on sale for only $729.99
Japanese Dragon Eel
The dragon eel is priced at $999.99.
Do the people who buy these have to find ways to spend their money, or what? I LOVE watching fish in an aquarium and have had an aquarium of my own in the past, but at THESE prices?!?! Unbelievable!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
It looks as if three of the Wings will be going to the All-Star game. Lidstrom is the top defenseman vote-getter (and overall top vote-getter) and Datsyuk and Zetterberg are the top two forward vote-getters in the Western Conference. Do I dare say it? This just may be the Wings' year to win it all! (Okay, maybe I just jinxed the whole thing.) I'm just glad to see a little love and recognition given to some of the Detroit players--they really are ignored way too often. Or, at least, HAVE been in the past.
--Detroit Red Wings' Dan Cleary, left, and Niklas Kronwall (55) of Sweden congratulate Valtteri Filppula of Finland on his goal against Los Angeles Kings during the third period of their NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 in Detroit. The Red Wings won 6-2. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)--
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
So, for those of you who are interested, keep coming back. I will be posting as soon as I have any news whatsoever--even if the news is 'no news!' :D
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
As I mentioned, we got home late--and we had already missed half of the hockey game! I managed to find a radio station carrying it, but as we came down in elevation into town, we lost it. At least I got to see the finish--the three shoot-out goals were wonderful. And the Wings won, 4-3 over the Caps.
It is times like last night when I REALLY want XM Radio, but I don't think I would use it enough to justify the cost. (We just aren't away from the house often enough when the Wings have a game.) K listens to the radio all of the time, but when we travel, especially, he likes to listen to local stations. He likes to hear weather and traffic conditions for wherever we are. I, on the other hand, very rarely listen to the radio. When we go on trips, I plug myself into my MP3 player and go to sleep, so the radio is lost on me. I probably would listen to the radio much more if I could get music I wanted to hear, but right now I can't. Oh, well.
C has officially been pregnant long enough, so that if she went into labor now, she would be allowed to deliver where she is. Her C-section has been scheduled for 3 January, but she is bound and determined that this kid will be born before Christmas! And so she cleans. She figures that if she moves around enough--after all, she WAS on partial bed rest for most of the pregnancy--she will be able to get that kid out. And if anyone can WILL herself to give birth, C is the one to do it. She is quite something.
Talking to A tonight, I finally realized that I have to get moving and get stuff done around here: she and her husband could be here already on Sunday! Their plans aren't completely finalized, but it looks as if they might be here for two nights. I can't wait--it has been too long since they were here last.
In the news:
--Dan Fogelberg died. Many of you probably don't know who he was. The really sad part about this is, he was only 56 years old and died of prostate cancer. He wasn't diagnosed early enough to be helped. This is a reminder to all men and women: Men, get yourselves checked ASAP! Women, got the men in your lives checked ASAP! This is a survivable cancer if caught early enough.
--Pam Anderson filed for divorce from her husband of two months. And then she changed her mind. No comment.
--Jamie Lynn Spears--Britney's 16-year-old sister--is pregnant. Now, I realize these things happen. C was pregnant--as big as a house--at her high school graduation. My mother was married and got pregnant with me--in that order--at the age of 16. Probably the only reason I DIDN'T get pregnant in high school was my fear of my parents, but I was lucky that my boyfriend at the time respected me enough to go along with my 'hands-off' policy. I KNOW these things happen. Mistakes are made. But, I really wonder what this family is like--I mean, look at the mess that is Britney! I really hate to say it, but poor white trash just doesn't seem harsh enough for them. Really.
--And, of course, the repercussions continue over the steroid/baseball scandal. There just are no heroes anymore.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Anyway, I wrote about a package I was waiting for here and mentioned every place the thing had traveled. Well, it finally was delivered today, but it managed to make a few more stops along the way.
When we left the package on 7 December, it was in New Berlin, WI. Here is where it went from there:
--12 December: ST PAUL, MN
--13 December: BROOKLYN PARK, MN
--13 December: ST PAUL, MN
--15 December: delivered to my house
Now, I'm not exactly sure WHY it bounced around the Twin City area like it did, but it seems as if it got caught in some kind of a time warp or something. All I can say is this: NOW I know why our postage keeps going up--the Post Office has to pay to send our mail on sight-seeing tours of this great nation! What a waste. But, at least it got here--and that's the bottom line, as it contained Christmas gifts!
The other thing that really gets to me about the Wings is the inconsistent play. If they actually were able to play 60 good minutes of hockey in every game, there isn't a team around that could beat them. They would have the Cup before the playoffs even began! The second period the guys just didn't seem as if they could get it together--well, for the beginning of the period, anyway.
Now, let's get on to the good stuff. With the talk about the flukey bounces, there also was another unusual thing that happened: the Wings got TWO penalty shots awarded to them! And after just having a penalty shot two games ago! Really, really strange. Anyway, Datsyuk didn't score with his penalty shot but--are you ready for this?--Baby Boy got another penalty shot AND another goal! He has now scored two penalty shots and one regular goal and had one assist in the last five games, for four points--he's on a roll.
The Wings play 8 more times before the end of the year, with a five game road trip. They won't be doing a west coast run, but they will be playing as far as Phoenix, so it will be a tiring trip. They will only have one day home before they play their last game of the year. It would be nice if they would win against St. Louis on New Year's Eve--end the year on a good note.
This blog has been awarded The Spreader of Love Award created by The Love Blog (http://iamlove.blogspot.com), for an outstanding demonstration of blogging love.
Now, who to pass this award to?
--burg--Burg is possibly the person who has been reading me the longest. She is the same age as my oldest and if I hadn't ever seen a picture of her, I might think she was one of my kids--we DEFINITELY are related in some way! :) She is a sweetheart who has been so kind and thoughtful throughout our friendship. You deserve this, burg!
--cindi--Cindi and I have 'known' each other for at least a year. She is another one of my readers who has shown concern and compassion whenever I have written one of my depressing posts. Thanks for the love, Cindi.
--sue--Sue is a more recent addition to my daily blog read. She is a 'farm wife' who also works at a job off of the farm. She is a wonderful writer and does it all: humor, introspection, rants... A very good read.
There you have it, three of my favorite people in the 'verse. Visit them and see if you don't agree.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Frankly, I find the French-Canadian names the most confusing. There is a goalie whose name is spelled Huet. And it is pronounced 'oo-ay'. Excuse me? Then, of course, you have the last name of Roy. French-Canadians say 'wah'. Fine, I can get used to that, but THEN along comes a guy with the SAME name--at least the same spelling--and pronounces it 'roy'! It is just too far beyond my comprehension. :)
And they say watching sports is a mindless activity! :D
The most hits I'm getting is from searches about the Geminid meteor shower. I'm surprised so many people come to read my short piece on the shower and don't just go to a scientific site to get info. Interesting.
--Clash of the Choirs (reality show)
--Duel (game show)
--The Singing Bee (reality competition/game)
--Power of 10 (game)
--Dance War (reality competition)
--American Gladiators (reality competition)
--Make Me A Supermodel (reality competition)
That list scares me. PLEASE, PLEASE end this strike already! I can't take it anymore! We are being overrun by ridiculous programming! HELP, someone, HELP!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Wings certainly didn't win this game in a pretty way--they really looked tired in the third. And, rightfully so. They have played three games in the last four days, one of which they played yesterday. Nashville came into tonight's game fresh, but the Wings still managed to win. They are now, once again, on a seven game winning streak. Ozzie was the reason for the win--he was absolutely amazing again. I know the chances are about slim to none, but it would be great if he would be voted onto the all-star team as a write-in. He deserves every bit of praise he has gotten so far this year--I hope he continues the good work.
Starting Thursday, Detroit will play four games at home. At least they won't have the traveling to look forward to--thank goodness!
Monday, December 10, 2007
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags.
I usually do both, but I definitely prefer bags—less work!
2. Real or Artificial tree?
It is just SOOOOO much easier on me since we got our first artificial tree—will never go back to real. (And I LOVE having a pre-lit one—again for the less work!)
3. When do you put up the tree?
I try to do it Thanksgiving weekend.
4. When do you take the tree down?
If I had my druthers, probably 12:01AM on 26 December. I TRY to keep it up a little longer, though.
5. Do you like Eggnog?
6. Favorite Gift you received as a child?
Can’t remember any that stand out. All I can remember about gifts is this: I ALWAYS went looking for my Christmas gifts as a child—The Mother would hide them in their closet. One year, I found EVERY ONE of my gifts, OPENED each one, re-wrapped them, and had nothing to look forward to on Christmas morning. It was a very sad year.
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
I collect Nativities and have 12 right now. I usually add at least one a year—I either get them as gifts or buy one for myself.
8. Hardest person to buy for?
K, because he will usually buy what he needs throughout the year.
9. Easiest person to buy for?
Both of my girls are pretty easy to buy for.
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
HMMMMM…could it be the picture of Jesus The Mother gave us one of the last years they gave us gifts? (I don’t remember for sure, but it might have been the one where He was in the
11. Christmas Cards...Snail mail or E-mail?
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Probably A Christmas Story.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Whenever—no set time. And it really doesn’t matter much, as my list is quite short.
14. Have you ever 'recycled' a Christmas present?
Not that I know of.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Probably ham and cheese crescents. It used to be prune tarts, but The Mother doesn’t send me any these days.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
I now have all clear lights, as my tree is mainly decorated in white.
17. Favorite Christmas Song?
Hard to say—I always loved the candlelight service in church when all of the Christmas hymns are sung.
18. Travel at Christmas or Stay Home?
We used to travel when the kids were young—haven’t done that for many years. I STILL long to go somewhere far, far away for Christmas.
19. Can you name Santa's Reindeer?
Rudolph. What, you mean there are more?
20. Do you have an Angel or a Star on top of your tree?
An angel, which I made myself.
21. Open the Presents Christmas Eve or Morning?
With just K and me here, we open them whenever. Usually on Christmas Eve at some time.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
PEOPLE!!!!!!! I REALLY don’t like Christmas, so EVERYTHING about the season annoys me.
23. Shopping ... Mall or online?
I probably do most of my shopping online.
24. Do you decorate outside for Christmas or just inside (or at all?)
I don’t do ANYTHING outside—that is K’s domain. He hasn’t decorated for a few years and at this point, probably never will again. I take care of the inside.
25. Favorite Christmas cookie?
Either peanut butter kiss or M&M cookies.
26. Do you own Christmassy clothing or jewelry?
A few pieces of jewelry—and I only wear the Christmas tree necklace.
27. Do you believe in Santa?
I used to and then I growed up! :)
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Tomorrow night the Wings will be in Nashville and Ozzie will be in net. Even though Hasek seems to be back in his groove, somewhat--he has won his last three games--it will be good to see Ozzie play again.
--Eagle Scout is the highest rank obtainable in the Boy Scouts of America. The following became Eagle Scouts:
* astronaut Neil Armstrong
* president Gerald R. Ford
* TV personality John Tesh
* film director Steven Spielberg
* billionaire H. Ross Perot
* actor Ozzie Nelson (Ozzie & Harriet)
* Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
* film maker Michael Moore
* TV producer Sheldon Leonard
* entrepreneur Sam Walton
--In 1997, when asked what he would do if he were running Apple, Michael Dell said he would 'shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.'
--Queen Cleopatra tested poisons on her slaves.
--A dog's total field of vision is about 240 degrees, while homo sapiens is 180. Dogs have trouble focusing forward, which is why they tend to cock their heads when you stand in front of them and talk or reach out to them.
--Kraft Foods reports sales of around 60 million boxes of Stove Top stuffing every Thanksgiving season.
--During the reign of King Tut, 15 pounds of garlic could buy a male slave.
--A 2004 British study conducted by Muslim researchers indicated that 58% of Muslims would cease taking a medication if their religion barred it.
--Forks were once forbidden by the Catholic Church because they were thought to be the dining utensils of the devil.
--Saffron is such a valuable spice that, in Bavaria merchants caught selling tainted saffron were once burned alive.
--The active ingredient in Viagara can be found naturally in walnuts.
--The San Diego Chargers have never won a Super Bowl.
--The New Jersey Devils used to be the Kansas City Scouts; The Tennessee Titans used to be the Houston Oilers; the Washington Nationals used to be the Montreal Expos.
--Thriller by Michael Jackson is NOT the bestselling album of all time. Thriller comes in at #2, while the Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has the number one spot. AC/DC's Back in Black is number three.
--Between Lincoln's assassination in 1865 and his final interment in 1901, his body was moved no fewer than 17 times, and his casket opened twice.
--Bill Cosby was the first African-American to appear on the cover of TV Guide.
--Qa is an ancient Babylonian unit of liquid measurement. It also is a very handy word to remember when playing Scrabble!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
LONDONDERRY, NH (where it was shipped from)
BROOKLYN PARK, MN
NEW BERLIN, WI (this is where it is as of 7 December)
Now, my question is, WHY? What logic has you send a package from the east coast to the west coast and back to the Midwest, where its final destination is (Michigan)? Can anyone explain this to me? I find the entire thing completely confusing and totally lacking in any sort of logic. I really would appreciate an explanation, if anyone has one! Thank you very much.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Tonight's game had a little of everything: Z got his second career hat trick (GO Z!!!!!), Downey had a fight (a 'gentlemen's fight', not too many punches connected), a shut-out, a short-handed goal (go Z!!), baby boy got an assist, and a goalie got a penalty. As I said, a little of everything. The Wings did come out onto the ice a bit sluggish--I thought things might go sour for them, but they got going very well after warming up. I was really surprised at how poorly Minnesota played--they are much better than they appeared tonight.
The one thing that people will be debating, however, is the penalty Hasek got. Gaborik--Minnesota's star player--was skating on a break-away and Dom came FAR out of the net, met Gaborik not very far from the blue line, and sent Gaborik flying ass-over-teacups! Part of the reason this happened is that Gaborik had his head down and didn't see Dom's move--and the fact that this is the kind of thing ONLY Dom would do caused it to be kind of unexpected. Gaborik wasn't hurt during the play, which is good. It still is a bit of a puzzle as to why Dom got the penalty--after all, he was doing his job by meeting the player and stopping the puck. Oh, well, no harm done. Dom got his shut-out, which should go a long way toward his coming back from his slump.
--Minnesota Wild's Marian Gaborik (10), of Slovakia, flies over Detroit Red Wings' Dominik Hasek, of Czech Republic, after being upended during a fast break in the third period of their NHL hockey game on Friday, Dec. 07, 2007 in Detroit. Hasek received a penalty on the play. The Red Wings won 5-0. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)--
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
moar funny pictures
Two weeks ago I had an appointment with my doctor for a physical--just routine. Of course, he wound up finding a problem. While checking my carotid artery, he heard what is called a 'bruit'--an unusual sound that indicates a possible blockage. This led me to having an ultrasound done last week, with a follow-up appointment for the end of the month. HAH!! Two days after the ultrasound, I got the call that he wants to see me ASAP and not later. Well, I have been a wreck for the past several days--it didn't help that I Googled carotid artery disease--thinking all kinds of bad things. So, I went to see the doctor today and it turns out that the news wasn't as bad as it could have been. I have the beginnings of plaque build-up in my carotid--nothing too terrible--and he wants to keep it from getting any worse. This means I will have to begin cholesterol meds to try and counteract anything that is going on. All of this is preventative, as I have a horrendous family history of heart trouble--combine that with the fact that I am of Finnish heritage (Finns have a lot of heart disease) and I am at very high risk for things to go wrong. I am lucky to have the doctor I have, as he is very conscientious when it comes to my health and he believes in a 'hands-on' approach to keeping things from going bad. I am one relieved woman and happy that things aren't worse. A good day all around.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
--Detroit Red Wings' Valtteri Filppula, left, of Finland gets upended on an offensive surge by Phoenix Coyotes' Keith Ballard during the third period of their NHL hockey game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 in Detroit. The Red Wings won 3-2.
(AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)--