Wednesday, April 30, 2008
So, House was new on Monday night. YIPPEE!! I'm still very annoyed by Cutthroat Bitch--I REALLY wish she would go away. However, she WAS partly responsible for a subplot in the episode. House decided that Amber and he should divide Wilson--House missed being able to spend time with him and he also thought spending time with Wilson could help him find a way to break Amber and Wilson up. Of course, House and Amber couldn't come to an agreement, so they went to Cuddy to make a decision. At one point, Cuddy told Wilson to say something. Wilson replied, "I'm going to piss off one of them and they BOTH scare me!"* One of only many great lines in the episode. I only wish there were going to be more than three more episodes for the year. I REALLY enjoy this show.
--11:30 AM, car parked on street for a few days
I REALLY don't understand this. I mean, why can't a car be parked on the street? The winter parking bans are over for the year, so I am perplexed by this one.
--1:33 PM, large boulder placed in roadway struck by taxi
Um, did the taxi strike the boulder on purpose? I guess I understand what is meant, it just is written very strangely.
--2:50 PM, reports of subject in yard late at night playing guitar
Okay, so the guy next door bothers you late at night with his guitar playing. Fine. WHY do you wait till the following afternoon to report it? Can the cops actually do anything if he is no longer causing a nuisance?
--6:35 PM, two dead birds found in apartment, one missing
WHAT? First, why are you calling the cops about dead birds in your apartment and second, were there supposed to be more? How many birds, total, were in this apartment? Again, written very strangely.
--5:32 AM, vehicle parked on road with very loud music
So, WHAT had the very loud music? The car or the road?
--3:50 PM, kids climbing on building, eating pizza
Is it really relevant that the kids are eating pizza?
--8:03, large truck tire in yard
--9:53 AM, dispute over tire
I really would like to know if it is the same tire.
-6:09 PM, strong suspicious smell
I'm assuming the smell is outside. Just how strong and how suspicious must it have been for someone to call the cops?!
*You REALLY had to see it in order to appreciate how really funny that line was.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I knew the Avs would really play physically tonight and they did. Forsberg got a double minor for high-sticking Samuelsson--two minutes for the high stick and two minutes because he drew blood. Shortly after Sammy sat down, a linesman skated over to the bench and handed over the tooth they found on the ice--it was Sammy's. I guess that's why the blood. :) It was lucky that the Wings brought their dentist along to Denver--maybe Sammy's tooth can be saved. But, I would be surprised if this is the first tooth he had knocked out while playing hockey.
While I am not ready to say 'sweep,' the Wings CAN do it if they win on Thursday. It would be nice for them to get rid of the Avs, but then they will have too many days till they have to play again. It would be good for them to rest, but they also could get very rusty, so... Two of the four other series are on the verge of sweeping, also--only one of the series has both teams winning at least one game. A very interesting round, to say the least.
While Lidstrom gets his share of praise, I don't think a lot of people realize just how good he actually is. The man does his job with such ease and perfection, that he makes it look easy. (And the same can be said of Datsyuk!) If he had to struggle to put up the numbers he gets, maybe he would be acknowledged more. He comes by the nickname of 'The Most Perfect Human' that his teammates have given him, honestly.
Considering the amount of kids she has, it is not very easy to find Mother's rings/necklaces/bracelets, so I decided to make her a bracelet myself. The pendants are her and her husband's birthstones. The colored birthstones are Swarovski crystals and I used silver beads, silver rondelle and daisy spacers, and Swarovski pearls to complete it.
I think she will like them. (By the way, I REALLY admire jewelry photographers. It is not an easy task, at all. ALL of the pics I take seem to be a bit fuzzy. Oh, well.)
The gem stone and color for 'serenity' is amethyst. Considering I long for serenity constantly, I made myself bracelets to invoke the concept. These I wear all of the time.
This bracelet is made of amethyst beads, amethyst colored Swarovski crystals, and silver round beads. The large bead is silver and says 'serenity' on it. (Just in case it isn't easily readable.)
And this one is made of ametyst beads, clear Swarovski crystals, and silver round beads.
(These last two photographed MUCH darker than they actually are.)
As you can see, I have WAY too much time on my hands! But, I enjoy making them and it isn't anything that taxes my brain too much. :)
Monday, April 28, 2008
The pastor who married us had a long history with both of our families. He was a student of my great-grandfather, a lay preacher. He married my parents and K's parents. He baptized me. He confirmed both of us. (There were many other family events he had a part in, also, but you get my drift.) So, we decided he should officiate at our wedding as well. At the end of the rehearsal, he made a point of saying that the ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM SHARP! We understood completely and vowed we would be there and ready on time.
On the day of our wedding, I was very aware of the time. I didn't want to disappoint the pastor in any way, so I KNEW I would be at the church early. As it turned out, I was at least an hour early. As the time crept closer to 7:00, I could hear all of the people filing into the sanctuary. I sent someone--perhaps my maid-of-honor--to make sure K was there. Once I was sure he wasn't about to bolt, I relaxed a bit and waited to walk down the aisle.
At precisely 7:00, word was sent to the organist to begin. My father and I climbed the stairs and made our way down the aisle. Of course, the only person I saw was K standing in front of the altar. Slowly I made my way to him, gave him my hand, and together we faced the altar. And that is ALL we saw--the altar. The pastor was not there. As a matter of fact, he was nowhere to be found. We started the wedding before the pastor got to the church.
So, what to do? At first, I panicked. Was I supposed to go back downstairs and begin again when Pastor got there? Were we supposed to stand there and wait for him to show up? The buzz behind us got louder and louder as the seconds ticked by. After what seemed like HOURS--it actually was only about a minute and a half, according to the tape--the pastor came running down the aisle. As he passed K and me, he pointed to his watch and said, "I told you 7:00!" And then he smiled at us. Everything went fine after that. Except for the fact that he called me by the wrong name when he pronounced us husband and wife. :D
(As it turned out, the pastor was halfway to the church when he realized that he forgot the marriage license, so he went back home to get it. It was a lucky thing he drove as fast as he did--scary man on the road--otherwise we would have waited much, much longer for him to get to the church.)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
National Prime Rib Day
Write An Old Friend Today Day
National Blueberry Pie Day
Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
National Shrimp Scampi Day
National Hairball Awareness Day
Sense of Smell Day
National Dance Day
National Oatmeal Cookie Day
Hairstylists Appreciation Day
Save a Rhino Day
Frequent Flyer Day
Mother Goose Day
National Truffles Day
No Pants Day
National Raspberry Popover Day
Lumpy Rug Day
International Pilates Day
National Scrapbooking Day
Tuesday the series goes to Colorado. I think things will be a bit more difficult for the Wings in the next two games. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
After we left C's, we went to The Parent's house. yippee. The Mother's birthday is next week, so this was the perfect time for me to bring her gift. I made her a really pretty bracelet with emerald green (her birthstone color) Swarovski crystals, which I thought she would rave about. She didn't. It's not as if she didn't like it, she just didn't like it as much as I thought she would. Here's what it looks like: (the pic doesn't really do it justice)
Also, for a kick, I got a set of retro kitchen canisters and matching salt and pepper shakers. She had a set of the exact same canisters in her kitchen for most of my childhood and when I saw them, I thought she would think they were fun. WRONG! She LOVED them and can't wait to use them. Obviously, I don't know the woman at all.
Here are the shakers: (The canisters look exactly like this, only they are different sizes and have flour, sugar, coffee, and tea written on them.)
The Mother was a little strange. Her mood was a bit weird, but I suppose it is due to the fact that she isn't feeling all that well. (She had rotator-cuff surgery about a month ago and it has been a long rehabilitation. I think she is getting discouraged.) She made a couple of 'off' remarks--she commented about how VERY THIN my hair is, as if it is something I can control--and it reminded me how grateful I am to not be involved with her anymore. (You have to know The Mother to understand her tone of voice, words, and look on her face when she made her remarks. I know what she meant--someone else might not have heard the disapproval in her tone. The hair-thing was a criticism of me having long hair--she doesn't approve.) AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Wings were told by the NHL last Friday that Al--or anyone else--is NOT allowed to swing an octopus over the head while removing it from the ice. If this is not adhered to, the person doing the swinging will be fined $10,000. When asked for a reason to the ban, the answer was, "Because matter flies off of the octopus and gets on the ice when he does it." Ah, excuse me? Have the powers-that-be even WATCHED a hockey game? With the amount of nose-blowing and spitting done by the players, octopus guck is nothing! Add blood--which we may see during the Colorado series--and I'm sure most people would be able to overlook a little octopus 'matter.'
This is one of the STUPIDEST things that have come from the powers-that-be. With all of the rule changes, name changes, expansions, and taking away of traditions, this is no longer your daddy's NHL. I'm waiting till they decide to stop the playing of the Canadian national anthem before games because it is annoying to the majority of the teams/fans--simply because the majority are in the US. I can't wait till the game tonight to see if Al follows the 'rules.' Or, has he been told that the fine will be paid for him? ;)
--Joe Louis Arena building manager Al Sobotka twirls an octopus that was thrown on this ice during the singing of the national anthem before the Red Wings-Blackhawks game in Detroit on April 7. The Wings went on to a 7-2 victory. (JULIAN H. GONZALEZ/DFP)--
I know politicians have always 'kissed babies' and mingled with the 'little people' as if to say they are just like the rest of us. They try to make themselves appear more human and humble. What I don't understand is, when did this change and candidates become total idiots? Frankly, I WANT my leader--the most powerful person in the US, which makes him/her the most powerful person in the world--to be above me. I WANT my leader to know more than me. I WANT my leader to be better than 90% of the people in this country. I WANT my leader to be a LEADER!
We are NOT seeing this type of attitude anymore. What we get to see are candidates being 'human.' They bowl and fish and down shots of whiskey and tell jokes on late-night shows and dance with Ellen. In my opinion, this does not show them being human, just like the rest of us. I find it condescending and insulting. Like I would ever believe that one of these candidates would be sitting in my local pub on a Friday, having a beer with the 'guys' before going to the bowling alley to bowl a few frames. And then wake up on Saturday morning and go to the ol' fishing hole to catch dinner before mowing the lawn. All the while discussing nothing more important than the crabgrass or how the Wings will do in the playoffs. RIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHHTTTTTTT.
These people SHOULD have more important things on their minds than the Red Wings. They SHOULD be thinking about and discussing the life-and-death issues that face each of us every day. They should NOT worry about making it look good for the camera and trying to be like the rest of us. They SHOULD be better. Enough with the foolishness--get serious and get REAL! And when the candidate emerges--at whatever point in time in the future--that can be like this, he/she will have my vote AND voice. Completely.
This series is going to be ANOTHER excuse to bring out everything having to do with The Great Rivalry. All I know is that halfway through the second game I will want to drop kick the TVs out of the front window because I will be tired of hearing the name of Peter Forsberg being praised over and over and over and over... Oh, well, I guess he IS the only European good enough to be praised by Canadian/ North American announcers. Yeah, right.
Once again, I am cautiously optimistic about the Wings chances in the second round. If they play to their ability, they can win. If they let their guard down for an instant, they will lose. Here's hoping they play their best! Thursday, round two begins--guess where I will be?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
One of the greatest things about hockey is the post-game handshake at the end of a playoff series--no other sport does the same thing. Hockey players are a class act, in many ways, as opposed to a lot of other athletes.
--NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 20: The Detroit Red Wings defeat the Nashville Predators to move to the next playoff round on April 20, 2008 during game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)--
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day
National Jelly Bean Day
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day
Take Our Daughters & Sons To Work Day
National Zucchini Bread Day
Red Hat Society Day
National Pretzel Day
Hug An Australian Day
I have three surgery options. I can have straight LASIK done. This would give me excellent, crisp, clear, vision--nothing more. Mono-vision surgery would correct my nearsightedness and astigmatism problem AND would correct for reading. I also could have the lenses in my eyes replaced with artificial ones--this would correct all of my problems permanently. Each option has its pros as well as cons.
The straight LASIK would correct my vision the best. I probably have NEVER seen as well as I would with this option. The downside is that it will not correct my reading vision, at all, so I would still need to wear reading glasses. I never went into this because I hate glasses, so this option wouldn't be a problem for me. And knowing how anal I am, I KNOW I would have reading glasses in every room of the house, so having to look for my glasses wouldn't be an issue. This also WOULD correct both my nearsightedness AND my astigmatism. Astigmatism used to be a problem with this surgery, but they now have THAT obstacle cleared.
Mono-vision is a viable option. My right eye would be corrected for distance and my left eye would be corrected for reading. The tech put a pair of glasses on me to show what it would be like and it was interesting to say the least. I really loved how well I could READ--with all the pairs of bifocals I have had over the years (I've worn them since around the age of thirty), this was the clearest the words have EVER been for me. The downside is that my distance vision wouldn't be as good. There also is a few days worth of getting used to the vision--there is a lot of 'ghosting,' at first, until your brain figures out how to 'see.' Also, it doesn't seem as if the reading correction is permanent--tweaking is needed a few years down the road.
The third option is the artificial lens. They would replace the natural lens in both eyes with a lens that is similar to a no-line bifocal. This is a permanent solution and would negate the necessity of EVER needing cataract surgery. It also is a much more invasive surgery. AND it takes longer to get vision back--there is a bit of a 'learning curve' with this one. Having LASIK doesn't mean that this couldn't be done some time in the future, so a decision about this isn't needed right now.
I believe I WILL have the straight LASIK. As I said, I went into this JUST wanting to be able to see better and this is the best option for that. I can wear reading glasses, no problem, and I think I will even be able to see to read better than I do now. So, first decision made. (I think.)
Of course, I have many more decisions to make. I have to figure out WHERE I want to have the surgery. I can go to either of two different cities, but both require a minimum of a two hour drive for us. I can have all of my pre- and post-surgery appointments taken care of here in my own town--OR I can travel and have everything done where the surgery takes place. I just CAN'T have my own doctor do them. (The surgeons work with a doctor in another office here in town.) Bummer. There are three levels of aftercare that have to be decided on--of course, the higher the level, the more expensive. And, we have to figure out when to do this. As of Friday, the soonest I could have this done in Appleton is the 22nd of May. Don't know if I could have it done earlier if I go to Green Bay.
Tonight I have to finish figuring everything out so that I can call tomorrow. As of this moment, the only thing I am absolutely sure of is that I WILL be having surgery within the next month or so. Other than that, I'm not sure. I HATE having too many options. :)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
That night I learned the meaning of crestfallen--the exact look on The Brother's face. (I also learned the word 'blanched.') :D
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Our Central Division Champion T-shirts were delivered the other day. I'm hoping to get two more shirts this year: Western Conference Champions and Stanley Cup Champions! If not this year, then another.
We won't be able to watch game five as we will be out of town. Hmmm. I watched a part of ALL of the regular season games and now will miss a possible series-ending game. Unbelievable! :) I will be wearing my newest jersey--a blank one that I just got--on Friday when we go out to eat. Hey, the boys will be playing, so I HAVE to wear the colors! :D
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year-old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.
Monday, April 14, 2008
It was good to see Datsyuk score tonight. Baby Boy still hasn't gotten a goal, but there still is time. Babcock has separated the Euro-Twins--at least for tonight--so VF should have a better chance at some goals while on Datsyuk's line. I still would rather see Holmstrom on Z's line and Cleary or Franzen with VF and Datsyuk--but then, I'm not the coach and I trust that Babcock knows what he's doing.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Salaries of some celebrities:
Leona Helmsley's dog---$12 million
Miley Cyrus, 15, singer/actress---$18.2 million
Meredith Vieira, 54, television anchor---$10 million
Timothy Janus, 31, competitive eater---$25,000 (excuse me? competitive eater?)
Mary-Kate Olsen, 21, actress/entrepreneur---$17 million
Gisele Bundchen, 27, model---$33 million
'Dr'Phil McGraw, 57, TV host---$90 million
Steven Spielberg, 61, movie director---$110 million
50 cent, 32, rapper---$33 million
Oprah Winfrey, 54, TV personality---$260 million
Eli Manning, 27, football player---$11.5 million
Now for what REAL people earn:
Dean McIlvane, 50, farmer---$30,000
Yordana Rodriguez, 25, pharmacy technician---$23,000
Paula Daigle, 35, Spanish teacher---$38,000
Shetal Amin, 31, speech pathologist---$85,000
Mike Crawford, 31, deputy sheriff---$35,000
Capt. Richard Barnett, 34, Air Force fire chief---$70,000
Eileen Welsh, 44, preschool teacher---$15,000
Allen Kite, 48, firefighter/paramedic---$53,000
Lisa Summers, 41, VA clinic coordinator---$46,600
Bruce Hossler, 53, truck driver---$45,000
Tiffany Todd, 34, 911 supervisor---$54,500
Grace Jones, 45, dental assistant---$41,000
Lt jg Brendan Blain, 26, Coast Guard pilot---$66,000
Russell Farmer, 28, high school teacher---$42,000
Joshua Shelton, 25, police detective---$40,000
Lynn Hosford, 57, home daycare provider---$56,000
Steven Drews, 46, social worker---$43,700
It is sad that we are more than willing to give 'entertainers' millions of dollars and don't pay those who watch over our children, watch over our safety, watch our health, help provide us with what we need, a living wage. Just what does this say about us as a nation? WTF are we thinking? Is it a wonder a lot of people around the world have no respect for us?
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I also do a lot of talking about my cat, so I thought I would post the last picture I took of her. Here she is, my fat cat:
(She's not FAT, she's FLUFFY!)
National Peach Cobbler Day
International Plant Appreciation Day
National Pecan Day
Rubber Eraser Day
Take A Wild Guess Day
That Sucks Day
National Eggs Benedict Day (YAY!!!)
International Moment of Laughter Day
International Stress Awareness Day
National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day
National Cheeseball Day
Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
Ford Mustang Day
Get To Know Your Customers Day
High Five Day
International Juggler's Day
National Animal Crackers Day
Pet Owners Independence Day
Husband Appreciation Day
National Hanging Out Day
World Cow Chip Day
In both of the games so far, Detroit has had some lucky breaks. LAST year, they had some UNlucky ones. I don't know if it is harder to LOSE to questionable calls or WIN because of them. But, this is what playoff hockey is all about. Only 14 more wins and the Cup is theirs!
Friday, April 11, 2008
The forecast says we are not done with this particular storm. It has started snowing again and should continue overnight and tomorrow. We still are under a storm warning calling for 7 more inches with high, gusty winds. A NSW meteorologist was interviewed on the local news and she said this should be the last of our big storms for the year. However, she also said it isn't unusual for us to get storms all of the way into May. In 1990, we got 20 inches from May 9-10. :)
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Anyway, the Wings won 3-1 tonight. The last goal was an empty-netter, so it was a much closer game than the score indicates. Detroit was playing quite well, but so was Nashville. It was a fight right down to the finish and the Wings managed to grind out a win. Don't know how many more of these close games I will be able to handle.
The first octopus--at least the first that they showed on TV*--went onto the ice before the game even started. The next one that we were shown was after Z scored the last goal at the end of the game. Neither octopus came anywhere close to the record-setting 50 pound one that made it to the ice during the 1995 playoffs! :)
*Officially, nothing is supposed to be thrown onto the ice during a game. So says the NHL. (Actually, I believe a penalty can be called against the team if the refs think it is warranted.) Unofficially, EVERYONE wants to see an octopus.
--Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood (30) congratulates goalie Dominik Hasek (39), of the Czech Republic, after Detroit's 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinal hockey playoff series in Detroit, Thursday, April 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)--
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - For married women who can't figure out why they always have so much housework researchers may have the answer -- husbands.
A new study from theshows that having a husband creates an extra seven hours of extra housework a week for women. But a wife saves her husband from an hour of chores around the house each week.
"It's a well-known pattern. There's still a significant reallocation of labor that occurs at marriage -- men tend to work more outside the home, while women take on more of the household labor," said Frank Stafford, of the university's Institute for Social Research (ISR), who directed the study.
"And the situation gets worse for women when they have children," he added in a statement.
Stafford's findings are based on 2005 time-diary data from a study on income dynamics that has been conducted since 1968 at ISR.
The researchers studied diaries to assess how people spent their time and questioned men and women about how much time they spend cooking, cleaning and doing basic work around the house.
They found that young single women did the least amount of housework, at about 12 hours a week. Married women in their 60 and 70s did nearly twice that amount, while women with more than three children spent 28 hours a week cleaning, cooking and washing.
But it's not as bad as it used to be. In 1976 women did an average of 26 hours of housework a week, while men did about six, according to the study,
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Belinda Goldsmith)
Today when the guys came in, they not only cleaned out the pipe but they put a camera in to see what the problem is. They found a tree root ball which is making things go all funky. So, they put Rid-X in the pipe and we are waiting for the appropriate three hours to see if all is well. They could only estimate as to how far away from the house the root ball is, so we can't be certain if it is on our property or not. If it is on city property, we could possibly have the city come in and fix the mess--if it is on our property, well...
This is so maddening to me for several different reasons. Of course, it is just not right to not be able to use water/toilet/shower. This doesn't make for a happy person. I HATE having to pay for the same thing over and over again. It isn't the drain-guys' fault, but I wish things could be taken care of ONCE instead of having to do the same thing over and over again.
The biggest reason this pisses me off is that our sewer reliability has always been phenomenal. I am sure I could flush a full-grown elephant with no problems! We have lived in this house almost thirty years and before this run of problems, we have only had to have the pipes taken care of three times previously. I could live with once every ten years, but having to have work done every couple of months, no. K said he is going to start using Rid-X routinely so we don't have to do this again. I hope it works.
That is all...you can now go back to your day.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
--The Stanley Cup was first presented in 1893.
--And it is the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes.
--Has logged more than 400,000 miles in travel during the past five years.
--Weighs 35 pounds and stands just under three feet in height.
--Is the only trophy that is passed along from player to player the summer their team wins it. Each player and team management member of the winning team gets to take it home for a day.
--Has visited the White House (several times), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the David Letterman Show.
--Made a guest appearance on 'Boston Legal' last season. Denny Crane was trying to engrave his name on the Cup. He felt he deserved it because he helped the Bruins win the Cup by lending Bobby Orr his lucky jockstrap for the winning game. (Of course, it probably WASN'T the REAL Cup, but still...)
--Players have used /abused the Cup in many ways. Among them: It has been used as a baptismal font. It was 'forgotten' on the side of the road by a group of players when they stopped to fix their flat tire--it was still there when they went back to get it. Has been used as a cooler at parties. Has had cereal eaten out of it. Several players have tried to see if the Cup 'will float' by throwing it in a swimming pool or lake. (I guess it doesn't.)
--Is the only trophy in professional sports to have names of all players, coaches, management, and club staff of a winning team engraved on it.
--There are 10 women's names engraved on the Cup.
--There are several misspellings on the Cup. Jacques Plante's name has been misspelled five times.
--One name was put on it--and shouldn't have been--and was later "x'd" out.
--Henri Richard won the Cup 11 times.
--Jean Beliveau's name is on the Cup the most times: 17. Ten times as a player, 7 as management.
--It takes 13 years to fill a ring of the Stanley Cup with names.
--In the space for the 2004-2005 season, it is engraved "2004-2005 Season Not Played." That was the year the season was canceled due to a labor dispute.
--Montreal has won the Cup a record 24 times. Toronto comes in second with 13 wins.
--Detroit has won the Cup more times than any other US team. At 10 wins, they are number 3 on the list behind Montreal and Toronto.
--The first US citizen to have his name engraved on the Cup is John Sherf of Calumet, MI. (That is here in the UP!) He played with the Red Wings in 1936.
--To have one's name inscribed on the Cup, a player must have played at least 41 games for the championship team during the regular season, or played at least one game in the finals. There are exceptions--of course--and are looked at in a case-by-case basis.
--It is a tradition that, after winning the Cup, each member of the team takes a lap around the ice while holding the Cup above his head.
--When the Cup travels, it is always accompanied by at least one representative of the Hockey Hall of Fame. When the reps touch the Cup, they always wear white gloves.
--In 1997, the Wings won the Cup for the first time in 42 years. The last time they won was in 2002.
--Last season, the Cup was won by a team named after a Disney movie--they shall be NAMELESS for now. (I'm still bitter.)
--The team was founded in 1926.
--Before they were the Red Wings, the team was known as the Cougars and as the Falcons.
--The Wings play at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
--Mike Ilitch, the owner of Little Caesar's Pizza, owns the Red Wings.
--The team roster consists of four Americans, eleven Canadians, eight Swedes, two Czechs, one Slovak, one Russian, and one Finn.
--The oldest player in the NHL (age 46), Chris Chelios, plays for the Wings.
--The Wings are one of the Original Six teams of the NHL, along with the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs, The Boston Bruins, The Chicago Black Hawks, and the New York Rangers. The NHL doubled in size in 1967 when 6 more teams were added.
--Detroit is nicknamed 'Hockeytown' because of the Wings.
--The Wings have won 10 Stanley Cups--the most of any US team. They are third behind the Canadiens and Maple Leafs.
--Gordie Howe (Mr. Hockey), is one of the greatest to ever play hockey. He was a Wing.
--From 1967-83, the Wings went into a funk. This was the period of time when they were known as the 'Dead Wings.'
--The Stanly Cup win in 1997 was the first time the Wings won in 42 years.
--Fans of the Red Wings have a tradition of throwing octopi on the ice after goals are scored--especially during home play-off games. This is for good luck.
--The Wings have retired 6 numbers that former players wore. One other number has been retired league-wide: Number 99, which Gretzky wore.
--As a team and individually, the Red Wings have won more honors, trophies, and awards than can be mentioned here.
--Steve Yzerman was captain of the Wings from 1983 to 2006. This was the longest tenure of a captain in NHL history.
--33 former Red Wings are now in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
--The Wings' minor league team is the Grand Rapids Griffins.
--The colors of the Red Wings are red and white.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
The Wings ended the season in fine style, by showing the Blackhawks who was in charge. After last week's embarrassing loss, Detroit won 4-1 today. And they looked as if they were in play-off mode. Good to see. Hudler managed a goal today to end his dry spell--hopefully it will follow into the play-offs. My biggest disappointment was that Baby Boy didn't get his 20th for the year--that time off with the injuries kept him from achieving the mark. Well, there is always next year.
With today's win, the Wings' goaltenders won the Jennings Trophy. It is given to the goaltenders of the team with the fewest goals scored against them for the season. Hasek and Osgood did very well this year and deserve the recognition. Hope Hasek can keep himself healthy through the play-offs.
--William M. Jennings Trophy--
Before the game today, the Wings were presented with the Presidents' Trophy. It is awarded to the team with the best overall record for the year and Detroit won it with 115 points--7 points ahead of the next team. But, as has happened most years, it means nothing during the play-offs. In 2002, the Wings won the Presidents' and then won the Cup--a team hasn't won both in the same year since.
In hockey--as in most sports--there are many traditions and superstitions. As the superstition goes, when being awarded the Presidents' Trophy, the captain of the team--or ANY member of the team--cannot touch the trophy at all. Big time bad luck to touch the Presidents' before winning the Cup. As the pictures show, Lidstrom couldn't stand far enough away from the Trophy today. (The captain accepts the award for the team.) It is rather amusing.
--Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom stands next to the 2007-08 President's Trophy as the National Hockey League's regular season champion before the start of their NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Detroit, Michigan April 6, 2008. Reuters--
Urban Dictionary--There are many times--partly because I'm older than dirt and partly because I live where I do--that I don't have a clue as to what a young or urban person is saying. This site has it all--or at least everything I have wanted to know! (I didn't put this in with my favs in the meme because there weren't supposed to be any R-rated sites. This would qualify as an R site, at least. Or maybe I only look up R-rated words/phrases. ;))
Lab Tests Online--Unfortunately, I have needed to use this site more times than I care to think about. But, it has been invaluable in many ways. Any time lab tests have been ordered for me, I go here and find out just what the doctor is looking for with the ordered test. I have saved myself a lot of worrying by going here and getting the info.
Rockabye Baby!--This site I just found and I'm still not sure what I think of it. This company takes music--ROCK music--and transforms it into lullabies for babies. Think of the music of AC/DC, Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails, and others, as instrumentals, slowed down to a lullaby. It is really rather surreal. When you click on 'Albums' at the top of the page, you can listen to short clips of each song on the albums shown. Quite unbelievable.
KissThisGuy.com--If you have never been to this site, be prepared. Before you start reading, go to the bathroom and don't have a mouthful of coffee--you don't want to wet yourself OR spray your monitor screen. This site is simply the best place to go for a laugh. An example: The Canadian national anthem starts with these words: "Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee..." and the child heard the lyrics as: "Oh Canada, we stand on cars and freeze..."
GIANTmicrobes--So you have a bug. And you want to know what it looks like. And you would like to HUG it. Here is the place for you. Someone--I think the person was a genius--decided to make stuffed toys that look like common microbes. Not only are these funny, but they also can be very informative and educational. My youngest was going to see about getting some of these for the vet clinic she works at as a way to remind people to get their pets immunized. MRSA and Toxic Mold make me chuckle--the toys, not the real thing! :)
Saturday, April 05, 2008
National Caramel Popcorn Day
Drowsy Driver Awareness Day
National Coffee Cake Day
No Housework Day
National Empanada Day
National Chinese Almond Cookie Day
National Cherish An Antique Day
National Cinnamon Crescent Day
National Sibling Day
National Cheese Fondue Day
Barbershop Quartet Day
International "Louie, Louie" Day
National Licorice Day
Walk On Your Wild Side Day
Friday, April 04, 2008
As of now, Nintendo hasn't said what the Fit will be priced at. I have read/seen prices ranging from $80-250. I think it will be around $100. I don't think they can sell it for $250--that is what the Wii system costs!
After tonight's games, it is decided that Detroit will face Nashville in the first round of the play-offs. It is good because the travel time is almost negligible, but Nashville is on a roll right now and that is dangerous. However, there are bad things about playing ANY of the teams in the play-offs, so...
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Two more players are now injured. Maltby got hurt last night and Kopecky got it tonight. No injured came back tonight, but most should be back on Sunday or early in the first round.
Detroit had a new player in the line up tonight. Justin Abdelkader, a junior from Michigan State, was given an amateur tryout--and did very well. They hope to sign him to a three-year contract before Saturday so that he is eligible for the play-offs. Abdelkater is 6-2, 203 pounds and was named the MVP of the Frozen Four in 2007. He scored the winning goal to help MSU win the 2007 NCAA title. He made his presence known in the game tonight--he made some fine hits. He will be a fine addition.
Just look at these smiles--they say it all!
--Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, of Sweden, celebrates his game-winning goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets with teammate Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Thursday, April 3, 2008. Detroit won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)--
THE LINKS MEME
ALL are invited to join in The Links Meme fun!
PLEASE follow the rules!
Just copy paste THIS and everything below up until my Five links:
I thought it would be cool to have a meme where we post links. We can post up to five. Then we tell five more people to share their links. If we all share who tagged us, our links are sure to be seen!
They can be business links, favorite sites, affiliate links, whatever you want…
There are some rules, as usual:
1. MUST be clean. No R rated sites.
2. Only FIVE links.
3. MUST tell 5 people.
4. A link back to the person who tagged you
2. Artbeads--At best, I am an amateur at making jewelry. I make bracelets for friends and relatives and personalize each one in some way. (I just made C an autism awareness bracelet, for example.) My favorite beads to use are Swarovski crystals and this site is the best place I have found to get beads of all kinds--especially Swarovski of every shape and color imaginable. And better still, they don't charge for shipping! WOOT!
3. mental_floss--Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows how much I enjoy this site. I can spend HOURS surfing the site and still not be finished. This is the only place on the net for trivia buffs, by far!
4. Wikipedia--I know this site gets a lot of negative comments, but where else can you get so much information in one place? Wikipedia is usually the first place I go to find out about something. (I went here when I wanted to have an idea about chaos theory--I know I'm not going to have to read anything too incomprehensible when I come here first.) If there is a question about whether the info is correct, there usually is a note that states the fact. I still find it a one stop shopping place for information.
5. PostSecret--This site is one of the most interesting I have ever found. New 'secrets' are posted every Sunday and it is something I look forward to every week. The idea behind this site is this: People send anonymous postcards to the man behind PostSecret. The postcards have peoples' deepest, darkest, ridiculous, never been mentioned secrets on them. These postcards are then posted on the site. There have been heart-wrenching secrets, some that are maddening, some that are laughable. Many, many times I have marveled over the fact that another person feels the way I do. It certainly makes one feel a lot less lonely in this world.
Here are the people I am tagging:
Sue at The Torn Pages--I would like to see where she goes on the information super highway. She has an interesting life, so her links must be interesting, also!
Janet at Janet's Ordinary Life--Janet is deaf as a result of contracting spinal meningitis at the age of six. What are her favorite sites? Is her deafness a factor in where she surfs? I doubt it, but I will be interested to see.
Meleah at Momma Mia, Mea Culpa--What a life this woman has lived! I can't imagine she has an uninteresting site that she frequents. Come on Mel, surprise me!
Jan at Down Yonder Green Valley--Jan lives in Wales! (Beautiful country--at least from the pictures she posts!) Jan is the only non-US resident I read every day, so I would like to see what interests her.
Ann(ie) over at Life is short. Partake in happy hour!-- Okay, Ann(ie), show us you don't only surf adult beverage sites! :D
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
I never was very close to any of The Father's family, but that is mainly The Mother's fault. She didn't like them, so we didn't spend time around them. (She said THEY didn't like her, so it is hard as to where to place blame on this one.) There are a couple of my cousins who I would like to be friends with, but it is way too late for that--too much water under the bridge. AND too much family drama. I will go to the thing and I will enjoy myself, but I won't cry if we stay home.
I watched two games tonight--both could have a definite impact on who the Wings play in the first round. I really don't know who I want them to be up against--there are good and bad things about each team. It will be nice when all is decided, though. One more week and the play-offs begin--can't wait!
Holmstrom could be playing tomorrow night. He got a cortisone injection in the groin to help with the pain he has been experiencing. Ick and ouch! It will be interesting to see whether he can play up to his capabilities. Draper is out--probably through the end of the year--with HIS groin problem. Stuart has been skating with the team and is hoping the finger is fine for the first round of the play-offs. He said he can't shoot very well, yet. And Samuelsson should be back, as well, before the play-offs.
Three games left in the regular season and Baby Boy has only one more goal to reach twenty. When it happens, he will be the sixth Wing to reach at least twenty goals for the year--not too shabby.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.
In February 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDME autism prevalence report. The report, which looked at a sample of 8 year olds in 2000 and 2002, concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 150 American children, and almost 1 in 94 boys. The issuance of this report caused a media uproar, but the news was not a surprise to ASA or to the 1.5 million Americans living with the effects of autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, the spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children.
Currently, ASA estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).
Know the Signs: Early Identification Can Change LivesAutism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
- Lack of or delay in spoken language
- Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
- Little or no eye contact
- Lack of interest in peer relationships
- Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
- Persistent fixation on parts of objects
My grandson, C's son, has been diagnosed with autism. He is a very high functioning autistic, so many people would only see him as slightly learning-disabled. He isn't like 'Rain Man' or Jerry Espenson on Boston Legal. (Jerry has Asperger's--a form of autism.) He should be able to live a fairly normal life. Of course, there is a lot of work involved in getting him to be more 'normal' and some things will always be a bit of a struggle for him. However, C is very hopeful and sees this as a small bump in the road.
For more on autism, go to the Autism Society of America's website.