Sunday, November 30, 2008

Celebrate

Celebrations for the week:

30 November
Stay Home Because You're Well Day

1 December
Bifocals At The Monitor Liberation Day
Day Without Art Day

2 December
National Fritters Day

3 December
Special Kids Day

4 December
National Cookie Day
National Dice Day

5 December
Bathtub Party Day

6 December
Mitten Tree Day
National Pawnbrokers Day

Phone Calls You REALLY Don't Want

As I have said before, my youngest works at a veterinary clinic. These days she mostly is a receptionist and unofficial computer expert. Answering the phone all day long is the best way to get calls that you really don't want to answer--and she has had a few doozies lately.

Upon answering the phone one day, the voice on the other end began talking about turkey blackheads and how to prevent them. Excuse me?!?!?! First, we have cats with acne and now turkeys with blackheads? It turns out the person was NOT asking about acne/blackheads, but a real disease that is called 'blackhead.' Why this couldn't be explained BEFORE A had to go and talk to the vet, I'll never know. It's not as if she deals with LIVESTOCK questions all of the time--the clinic is in the middle of the Twin Cities, for crying out loud!

Then we get the woman who brought her female dog to the park to run around. She was concerned because a male dog mounted the bitch and began to hump to her--the dog, not the woman. ;) The woman was sure it was anal sex and she was worried her dog would be in pain because "it hurts so much the first time." WHY she thought it was anal sex, we will never know for sure, but if she SAW it happen, then she was WAY too close to the action.

And finally, we get the woman who began the phone call by telling A that her daughter has an STD. (NOT something A REALLY needs to know.) Anyway, the woman wanted to know if her dog could catch the STD because it EATS her daughter's underwear. Words fail.

I think receptionists in all offices in this country are some of our unsung heroes. I would say, far too many times, things such as "Are you f***ing crazy?" or "STFU!!!" to a lot of people--and I would be looking for a new job every other day. NOT something I could do.

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Nice Day

I very much enjoyed my birthday today. I got a few nice cards and some phone calls, which are always welcome. A very good friend took me to the movies and out to dinner--and she even gave me a gift! I'm a lucky, lucky woman. :)

First, the movie. We went to see Four Christmases. Now, this will never win an Academy Award, but it was a nice diversion and had some real laughs. If you don't mind slapstick humor, you can really get into this movie. Vince Vaughn on the roof with the satellite dish made me laugh till I cried. (And he isn't a big fav of mine.) While I don't usually enjoy puke humor, Vaugh's reaction to a baby upchucking WAS quite hilarious. Of course the ending got a bit overly sentimental--you know me, there is NOTHING sentimental about the holidays--but it still didn't get too bad. All in all, it wasn't a waste of money.

For dinner we went to my favorite Italian restaurant. YUMMY. I had a tossed salad and mostacolli with meat sauce--and, of course, their famous garlic bread. It was so good I wish I could have done the meal again as soon as I finished, but I was stuffed. Good, good food.

And as a gift, my friend gave me a very pretty star-shaped Christmas bowl, a Christmas hand towel, and homemade chocolate chunk cookies. MORE good food!

K started my day off right with a card and gift bag from a local jewelry store. I LOVE gifts in jewelry store bags! ;) He said the gift is appropriate considering we live in the land of ice and snow--and here is where I heard Led Zeppelin singing "Immigrant Song"*--and I should have a symbol of where we live. In the jewelry box was a pendant in the shape of a snowflake. Gorgeous! And here is a picture:


He really gets it right when he buys me jewelry--I think I'll keep him.

The Wings won over Columbus tonight, 5-3--another good happening for my day. Lilja put the beatdown on a couple of players--one pretty nice fight, actually--and stood up to the meany who was roughing my Baby Boy up a little too much! Go Andreas!! Tonight's game was a better effort than they put on Wednesday night, for sure. Hopefully, they will be able to hold their own against Boston tomorrow night--but they probably will be very tired.

All in all, it was a very nice day--even if it means I got one year older. :)



*"A-ah-ahh-ah, ah-ah-ahh-ah
We come from the land of the ice and snow
from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow"

Detroit 1-Montreal 3

The game last night was a real fiasco. The Wings certainly showed how tired the road trip left them AND that they were back home less than 24 hours before the game. Not much at all to get excited about, except for the goal that Franzen managed to get. It kept Detroit from suffering a shutout. This goal is--so far--in contention for goal-of-the-year. Absolutely, amazingly beautiful!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Some More Rambling

I just took the pie out of the oven, the turkey is cooking, and the game won't be starting for a few minutes--during which I will take care of the rutabagas--so I thought I would do a post while I have the time.

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Today I got paperwork from my doctor and it made me realize that I have my physical coming up. Unfortunately, I thought it was the second week in December, but looked at the calendar and it is next Wednesday. And I need to have lab work done. And the office isn't open on Friday. Thank goodness there will be enough time for everything to be done if I go in on Monday for the blood-letting!

I REALLY don't need the appointment to be the week after Thanksgiving--I have gained from the last time I saw him and this week isn't going to help matters. YUCK!

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K and I will be having a quiet day tomorrow--just the two of us. I really don't mind not having a whole bunch of people around--it is VERY tiring. And I don't like going anywhere else because there are no leftovers at home. ;)

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The running boards were installed on the Envoy yesterday and I can't tell you how THRILLED I am! When you are barely over 5 feet tall, it isn't easy to get into larger vehicles. I didn't have all that much trouble with the Jimmy because it sat closer to the ground, but the Envoy is MUCH higher. I have had to rely on the 'oh, shit' handles to get in AND out of the Envoy and it was starting to get very old. Now with the running boards, I can just step right in with no problems. YAY!!! I will have to watch getting OUT of the Envoy, though--I almost tripped on the step getting out last night. It will take some getting used to.

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One of K's co-worker's daughters has just moved into her first apartment, so she needs a lot of stuff. It is SO nice to be able to hand things off to someone else--and to FINALLY get some of this crap out of my house! C would have the room, but not the need, for some of the stuff we have and A might have the need, but not the room. I've done rummage sales before to get rid of stuff I don't need, but I find it too much trouble. (I usually have to go in with someone else and haul my junk there.) One thing I look forward to if we do build, is being able to go through all of our belongings and DOWNSIZE! There is just so much we DON'T need anymore--I'll be glad to get rid of it.

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The game is just beginning, so I will have to go. The Wings lost on Monday, so I hope it is a better showing tonight. Go Wings!

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For all of my readers: have a wonderful, blessed holiday. I hope you will be spending the day with the people you love and care for. Take care and God bless.



Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Yeah, THAT Was Funny

My holiday season dread seemed to hit me last night and I was explaining to K how much I DIDN'T look forward to it or to doing the Christmas decorating. As he has always loved the Christmas season, it isn't easy to tell him how I feel and get him to understand. I was going on and on about how this is affecting me and why, when I said--WITHOUT STOPPING TO THINK WHAT I WAS SAYING--this:

My get up and go
Has gone up and went
Completely and totally
One-hundred per cent

And yes, we laughed until we cried--that is after the shock wore off! :D K thinks I can take over now that Dr Seuss is no longer with us. ;)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Let's Get Ready To Ramble

Tonight was truly a momentous occasion--24 began a new season! Jack Bauer is back, people! I recorded it so that I can sit back and savor every moment of the show--I have really missed 24. So, are there any other fans who read this blog?

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Don't know if I will get a chance to watch 24 anymore tonight--I have a dentist appointment in the AM. Yup, that is like MORNING! I can't believe I actually made an appointment for the morning. Oh, well, it will give us a chance to go shopping after I'm done.

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So, shopping. We need a new couch. We also need a new recliner/rocker to replace the one K uses all of the time. But, then, we have needed a new recliner for years BEFORE we bought our last couch, so... Anyway, our couch has busted a spring in the back, so it is time to replace. We replace our couches every 5 years or so, because I refuse to spend too much money on them. Why? you may ask. Well, it is because K spends about half of all of his sleeping hours on the couch, so our couches wind up in very bad shape in very short order. You just CAN'T roll around on a couch all of the time and expect it to hold up, so I won't get an expensive couch for him to ruin. I don't expect this to be too hard of a shopping trip, however. I have decided the color I want and how much I want to spend, so as soon as K says a couch is comfortable enough, I will say, "SOLD!" My biggest problem will be trying to convince him that the recliner needs replacing--THAT will be a job!

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I very much enjoy living in a small city and wouldn't want to live elsewhere. One thing that bothers me, though, is our local newspaper. Thank goodness for the internet! Anyway, I was reading our paper today and went looking for the story about the Red Wings' game last night and NOTHING! Absolutely. Nothing. And the reason for this blasphemous thing? The game was a west coast game, so it was still being played when the paper was being printed. Excuse me, but the game WAS done by 1:00 AM! Much, much joy in living in a small city.

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For several weeks now, WGN America--the 'superstation' out of Chicago--has been running old TV series on Sunday. WKRP In Cincinnati, Newhart, ALF, and others are shown. It certainly has been fun re-watching these shows. They seem to hold up quite well--I guess that goes to show what quality shows they were in the first place.

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I visit the Cute Overload site every day. Today (or was it yesterday?) a video was posted that caused a GREAT amount of negative feedback--along with positive comments. Before you watch this, I must give some info: it is in Spanish, but you DON'T need to understand the language to know what is going on; it is a bit disturbing, in a black-humor sort of way; and it is NOT real--it is a commercial for an Argentinian internet company. The people who HATED this didn't feel as if it was appropriate in any way, shape, or form--and those of us who appreciate warped humor enjoyed it. Watch and see what you think--and you MAY need to watch it a couple of times just to get all of the nuances. (There is NO sex, nudity, violence, or bad language.)



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Celebrate

Here are this week's celebrations:

23 November
National Cashew Day
Fibonacci Day

24 November
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

25 November
Shopping Reminder Day

26 November
Tie One On Day

27 November
Pins and Needles Day

28 November
Black Friday
Buy Nothing Day
Flossing Day
Maize Day
Sink Day
CMK's Birthday

29 November
Electronic Greetings Day

Wings 5-Flames 2

So, the score would say that the win was completely definitive, but the last two goals were in the final minutes--one being an empty-netter. Still, the guys played rather well and it is good to see them getting back to true form. VF is playing much better and is now at +2 and has 8 points. He's been getting about 16 minutes on the ice per game and has been moved around a lot, so things should start clicking for him soon. Go Baby Boy!

Holmstrom was sent home because of his back spasms--he is to have an MRI to see what is going on. Cleary is doing better and should get back into the line-up shortly--hopefully his vision will be fully restored before that happens. And it still doesn't look as if Chelios will be back too soon--I wonder if he will finally just hang the skates up for good? But, things are looking better on the injury front.

Monday finds the Wings in Vancouver for the last of the Western Canada games--hopefully they can win and have a sweep. Right now, the Wings have a 10-1-1 road record. Not bad at all!


--Detroit Red Wings goalie Ty Conklin, right, grabs the puck as Calgary Flames' Matthew Lombardi pressures him during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. (AP)--

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Detroit 4, Edmonton 3

After absolutely OWNING the game the first two periods, the Wings had their usual meltdown in the third. Starting the last period they were up 4-1, but managed to allow two goals and ended up with another one-goal win. Two more Wings were out with injuries--Holmstrom and Kronwall--and we won't know till tomorrow just how bad they are doing. As long as they get their injuries done early in the season, then things should be okay. I hope.


--Detroit Red Wings right wing Jiri Hudler (26), from Czech Republic, celebrates his second goal with Detroit Red Wings' Mikael Samuelsson, from Sweden, during second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo)--

A Couple Of Links

--I don't know about you, but I think this would get me in a whole lot of trouble! I would almost want to give it as a gift, but don't dare--don't want to cause anyone else to get into trouble!

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--This is NSFW and if you are offended by some things, don't click on the link. However, it IS hysterical--just proves that you better be careful who is around when you get falling down drunk! (And if you are not stopping by List of the Day on a regular basis, you are missing A LOT!)

Yup, It's Winter

So far in this storm, the town 10 miles up the road from us has gotten 14 inches of snow. We have gotten less here next to the lake, but there IS quite a bit out there. The driveway was pretty much filled in, but thanks to our neighbor taking care of it, K will not have to worry when he gets home from work. And that is a VERY good thing as K called and said he won't be home till after midnight. Looks like tonight and possibly the next two days he will be working 18 hour shifts. I'm not exactly sure what is going on, but I think the fact that so many people are off for hunting has led to the plant being short-handed. Anyway, we still are under a lake effect snow warning till tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get anywhere from 2-10 inches and could possibly see one or more inches per hour. Then you add the winds and we will have whiteout conditions. Hmmm...there may be MORE schools closed tomorrow.

Here is what it looked like out of my backdoor earlier today--and it will only get worse.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

If This Isn't Love...

Today we got the call that the birthday gift K ordered for me was in.

I take possession on Tuesday.

And just what is it that K bought for me?

Running boards for the Envoy.

And people say romance is dead! ;)


Winter?

Looks like winter might be here. We got at least five inches of snow yesterday and we should get that much or more before Tuesday morning. K had to bring out the snow blower in order to clean the driveway. I don't think it will be put away till spring. Yippee!


Detroit 4-Edmonton 0

Finally we got to see the Wings play like the champions they are and they completely shut down the Oilers. It was a pleasure to see the guys play at their--or close to--best. It also was good to see others score besides Datsyuk, Hossa, and Z. But, of course, Franzen still got a goal--the man is on a tear! VF got an assist, so he now has 7 points--not very good, but should get better. Hopefully his +/- will get better, too--he's at -2 right now. (It IS better than it was--earlier he was at -7!) If they can continue playing like tonight, then the sky's the limit.

Thursday the Wings play the Oilers again, only IN Edmonton. It will be harder to get as easy of a win, but hopefully it WILL be a win. Go Wings!


--Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55), of Sweden, shoots a goal over Edmonton Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson's shoulder in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Monday, Nov. 17, 2008. (AP Photo)--

Sunday, November 16, 2008

About Snow and Great Happenings

I went out shopping tonight and it was the first time I drove on snow for the year. I have always said that you can drive in most anything as long as you take your time--and having 4-wheel drive doesn't hurt, either! When I left the house, it was snowing so hard that I could barely see to the top of our street, but the snow had slowed considerably by the time I got out of the first store. It wasn't snowing any harder when I finished with the grocery shopping, so that was a good thing. While I was shopping, the road crews were out, so the roads were more wet than snow-covered and slippery. By morning, however, things might be nasty out there. The forecast calls for up to 12 inches of snow--we'll have to see what we get here in town.

I was quite pleased with the way the Envoy handled, but I didn't put too much strain on it, either. The worst conditions were in parking lots where everything was ice with a snow cover--not great to drive on. Still, I had no trouble getting around. Thank goodness.


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Last Wednesday a great and wondrous event took place that has changed my life for the better: I got my first DVR! Oh. My. Stars!!!!! I cannot sing the praises of that (very) large mechanical box that I have sitting on my kitchen counter--and I hope it never has to leave my house. With this great thing, I can record two TV programs at once. TWO! That means I have no need for VCRs anymore--hallelujah! There is no rewinding needed and I can store 51 hours worth of programming on the machine. When the box was installed, I got access to every channel that K has in the living room. This means I now have every movie channel our cable system offers, plus I have On Demand and all HD programming. I am in TV addict heaven--and can't be happier.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Celebrate

Celebrations for the week:

16 November
Button Day

17 November
Homemade Bread Day
Take A Hike Day

18 November
Married To A Scorpio Support Day
Mickey Mouse Day
Push-button Phone Day

19 November
Have A Bad Day Day
Use Less Stuff Day

20 November
Name Your PC Day

21 November
World Hello Day
World Television Day

22 November
Family Volunteer Day

A Bunch Of Links

Here are a few links to help waste some time--again, these are from mental_floss.

--Which Way Is She Turning?

Supposedly, this is an IQ test. Whichever direction you see the figure turning will tell you if you are using your right brain or your left--and if you can see it turning in BOTH directions, then you are a genius with an IQ over 160. I'm not too sure I believe this, as I can see it turning both ways--AND I can make it change directions at will. Whatever, it still is quite fascinating.

--Sidewalk Chalk Guy

Here are some pictures of sidewalk art that is not to be believed. To think these are/were destroyed as soon as it rained! The artist is unbelievable! While you can find many sites that showcase his art, here is the official website of Julian Beever, the artist. Lots to see.

--Cake Art

We all have seen some fine examples of decorated cakes, but very few have ever seen cakes such as these. Every bit of each cake is fully edible--amazing. I can't even imagine how much something like this would cost.

And now for two links to posts on List Of The Day:

--Baby Care Tips

While this is very frightening at first glance, it DOES have a lot of black humor to it. Unfortunately, I KNOW some people who might take these suggestions seriously! =:o

--The Museum Of Bad Art

How does that saying go? Something along the lines of "I may not know art, but I DO know what I like." Well, any of these examples couldn't POSSIBLY be considered something that ANYONE could like. I don't know if I want to know how delusional some of the artists were. Here is the website for the Museum of Bad Art--in case you need to see more.

Wings 3-Panthers 2

Well, they swept Florida--which is good. They had two one-goal games--which isn't. At least they're winning. Hossa got two goals and Franzen got the game winner, so the two big guns continue on their roll. Yet, things STILL aren't right. It will be interesting to see how things will end up--hopefully with another Cup, but who's to say. Next they play Edmonton back-to-back--once at home and once away.


--Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom, left, of Sweden, congratulates teammate Marian Hossa, of Czech Republic, after he scored against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., Friday, Nov. 14, 2008.--

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday LOLCats

FUNNY!

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Too cute for words!

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Detroit 4, Tampa Bay 3

I am pretending that the game Tuesday night did not happen. I have been embarrassed to even say that I am a Red Wing fan after THAT ridiculous fiasco. So, on to last night's game.

The Wings played better last night, but... Things just AREN'T the way they should be--the guys are not looking right. I'm waiting to see when Babcock will put the Euro Twins back together on the first line--that might be what is needed to get the team back to normal. The way the lines were being juggled last night was unbelievable--I never knew who was going to be on the ice. I think the only line that Filppula was NOT on was the first! It just seems as if the first line was the way it was last year, then the entire team would calm down and fall back into place. I still would like to see my Baby Boy on a line with Hossa and Franzen--it might spark his scoring.

Osgood's win kept his career record of NO losses against the Lightning--he got his 17th win. He still is letting in too many goals, but that is because the 'D' isn't doing the job right. I'm wondering if Lidstrom is having problems with the visor, as he is giving the puck away too many times lately. But then, Datsuyk is allowing too many take aways, so the unusualness is across the board.

Tonight the Wings play the Panthers. They continue their road-game heavy schedule for the rest of this month and THEN get to stay at home for December. I'm not too sure it is a good thing, however, as their road-game record is better than their at-home one. We'll have to see how this is played out.


--Tampa Bay Lightning's Mike Lundin (39) and Detroit Red Wings' Valtteri Filppula (51), of Finland, battle in front of goalie Olaf Kolzig, of South Africa, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, in Tampa, Fla. (AP)--

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Put The Coffee Down...

...before reading this! List Of The Day has posted a classic Craigslist ad and it goes like this:

Free to a Good Home


Data: 2005-08-29, 10:33AM EDT

So I have this cat. Actually it’s my girlfriend’s cat. Actually we have two, a small grey tabby named T**** that is a blast to have around, and the “other one”.

It’s corpulent, bright orange and has medium length hair, so of course to me it’s name has only ever been Fat Bastard.

(I’m not kidding, this cat is obese enough that it’s gut leaves it’s own trail in the middle of it’s footprints after I vacuum the carpet, uniformly triangulating the food dish, the litter box, and the hammock it has steamrollered for itself in my underwear hamper.)

Fat Bastard has a problem. Its very existence revolves solely around consuming anything organic. I mean anything.

We can’t have real plants anymore, not even cactus. (My girlfriend didn’t laugh when I, tired of the green vomit, suggested Poinsettias)

We have all of the food stored in cupboards that have child locks on them.

Opening the fridge involves holding a broom. (I’d love to teach the fucker a lesson by trapping it in there for a little bit, but beyond the cessation of all sexual activity when my girlfriend finds out, I’m pretty sure this thing is as well-insulated as a walrus and I’d only open the door and discover carnage, not to mention fuzzy rage propelling itself to freedom with one of it’s signature exertion farts.)

We have a bungee cord holding the lid on the trash can, which also happens to be attached to the wall to prevent, as my girlfriend calls it, “accidental tipping”.

Ordering pizza involves trapping it in a bedroom, then listening to it scratch furiously at the door as soon as it gets a whiff of oregano.

It drinks pop.

We can’t walk away from the stove while preparing a meal, as even scalding hot pots and pans have proven no match for it’s powerful, powerful lust. I love bacon, yet it’s become contraband since the “incident”. (Which my girlfriend still somehow regards as my fault, as if I encouraged the fucking thing to snatch sizzling bacon right out of the pan, headfirst, then tear-ass around the house alternating between muted howling and ragged, gasping swallows.)

It has, on a number of occasions, snarfed an entire pack of cigarettes.

Christ, this cat has eaten soap that smelled like melon.

It was entertaining at first, playing the “Let’s see what we can get in there” game, but when this fucking beast blew right through wasabi, jalapenos, mustard, lemons, live grasshoppers, Skittles, and an extra-shot latte, I got the point.

I’m tired of having to treat simple food items like they’re plutonium.

I miss having a bag of chips or a cold pizza on the coffee table while I’m watching the game.

I’m fed up with having to wait to do laundry because the basement has been fouled by a particularly rank dump.

Enough is enough.

If you want her, she’s yours.

The girlfriend or the cat, it’s your call…

(Either way, you don’t even have to get out of the car; I’ll just unwrap a Kraft single and throw it in the backseat.)

Please, help a guy out…

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Wings 3-Devils 1

Finally, the Wings got a decisive victory--NO one goal game, NO empty-netter! They really tightened things up quite a bit, so the time off worked for them. Hossa is still showing that he is an absolute superstar/stud by scoring two of the three goals for the night. There seemed to be a bit more of a jump to all/most of the Wings last night, so I hope they can keep it up. VF, while not scoring any goals, is working hard and should start seeing results shortly. If he is kept on the second line after the Mule comes back--supposedly on Tuesday--then my Baby Boy will start getting his points. And speaking of Tuesday night, Pittsburgh will show up at Joe Louis--what is being called a re-match of the Stanley Cup finals. Go Wings--and show them WHY you won the Cup!


--DETROIT - NOVEMBER 08: Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings and Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils reach for the puck on November 8, 2008 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)--

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Celebrate

After missing last week's celebrations, I am back with THIS week's--ENJOY!

9 November
World Run Day

10 November
Area Code Day

11 November
Death/Duty Day

12 November
National Indian Pudding Day

13 November
World Kindness Day
Guinness World Record Day

14 November
American Teddy Bear Day
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

15 November
National Spicy Hermit Day
America Recycles Day
I Love To Write Day
National Bundt (Pan) Day


*I must say that I REALLY am sorry that I missed the following celebrations last week--but I will put them on my calendar for next year!

--2 November: Plan Your Epitaph Day, Cookie Monster Day
--3 November: Sandwich Day, Cliche Day
--4 November: National Candy Day, National Chicken Lady Day, Use Your Common Sense Day
--5 November: National Donut Day, National Men Make Dinner Day (could be 6 November though--two sites don't agree)
--6 November: National Nachos Day
--7 November: Hug A Bear Day, Magazine Day
--8 November: Abet and Aid Punsters Day, Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

Links...We Got Links

mental_floss is to be thanked once again--that is where I found these links:

--TWINS?

voicingopinions.com has a great pictorial showing side-by-side pics of celebrities and their 'twins.' They certainly are right-on with most--if not all--of these. I NEVER am able to see these things for myself and admire anyone who can. It is quite funny.


--Vanity Plates

Do any of you have vanity plates? I do, but mine ISN'T pictured. (Sorry, but I DON'T post too much personal info here, so I won't post my vanity plate. If you simply MUST know what it is, send me an email and I will probably tell you privately. :)) Anyway, someone came up with the BRILLIANT idea of starting a blog that posts pictures of vanity plates and it is great. It is now going to be one of my daily stops while I wander around the interweb! Another great read.


--Photo Galleries

If you are the least bit offended at laughing at people, don't look at this. Some of the pictures and comments are a bit mean-spirited--okay, VERY mean-spirited--but every one of us has pictures like these that we hope NEVER see the light of day. While looking through this list, I really prayed that I would not see a picture of myself--I have way too many pics that would have qualified for this post. Anyway, this blog--List of The Day--DOES have quite a bit of funny stuff, so feel free to browse. I'm sure you will find something to laugh at!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Cats And Dogs

Quite a story, from Digital Spy:

"A woman opened her suitcase on holiday to discover that her kitten had stowed itself inside to join her on the trip.

Helen Wilmore, of Bradford, had been travelling for 21 hours when she finally opened her luggage to discover three-month-old Beauty.

Wilmore, 36, was visiting her cousin in Amsterdam and the kitten went undetected at security in both Leeds-Bradford and Schiphol airports.

"I couldn't believe it and I still can't take it in now how she managed to survive being stuck in there all that time - she must have used up quite a few of her nine lives," the cat-lover told The Yorkshire Post.

"We'd been delayed at Leeds-Bradford Airport for about 15 hours and Beauty had been in the luggage for that time and she'd been in the hold the whole time, probably with other suitcases being thrown on top of her. I'm thinking I should rename her Lucky."

A spokesperson at Leeds-Bradford International Airport said its security company have been informed and are investigating the incident.

"The passenger's suitcase will have gone through the checks and processes that are in place to screen hold luggage. This process is designed to detect items that may prove a threat to aircraft. An animal would not be detected by the system as it would not be deemed as a threat," he added. "

The poor little kitty cat--she must have been scared to death!

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Tee hee!


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Another Day

Here I am, just trying to get over my physical and emotional 'issues.' I'm still trying to figure out why I have been feeling so lousy--I NOW have 'stomach' problems going on. Part of the problem COULD be the glucosamine I started taking--I'll find out when I end the samples I was given. I took glucosamine years ago and quit when it didn't seem to help me at all, but the youngest wanted me to try it again. So far, my joints SEEM better, but with me not doing a heck of a lot of moving around these last few days, I wonder if maybe I'm just feeling better because of resting my joints. Oh, well, I only have enough to take me through Saturday, so I will see what happens after that.

As for my emotional 'issues'--I'm trying to move on. I will be doing an awful lot of praying over the next years. And all things happen because they are part of God's plan--that I DO believe and MUST continue to remind myself of.

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About two weeks ago, K hurt his knee. He has no idea HOW he hurt it, but he did. Finally, last week he called our PCP and said he needed to be seen. Now, it ISN'T a good thing when a doctor moves your kneecap around and when it begins to 'click' says, "EWWWW!!!," so K was sent for an MRI. This was last Friday. As of today, he hasn't heard from ANY doctor--either our PCP or an orthopedist. Of course, he won't call the doctor's office--after all, the 'guys at work' say it takes a long time for an MRI to be read. (And we all know that the ONLY people who know ANYTHING are the 'guys at work.') He just started on long weekend, so he has a week in which to wait for a call. He is convinced he will need surgery. I just want to have a definitive answer--and SOON.

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Our local hockey team is in town for three games, beginning tonight. I'm hoping we will be able to see at least ONE of them. K is very non-committal, so I don't know what to say. I was so surprised to read in the paper that one of the players was traded--actually his jersey was one that we bid on during the auction. I guess I didn't realize that any trades are done on the junior level--these guys are 16-20 years old, so that means most of them are in school of some sort. How hard is it to continue your education if you have the chance of being moved around the country at any time during the school year? I guess it doesn't surprise me that many pros aren't well-educated. But, on the other hand, the juniors are where players go in order to keep their amateur status so that they can play on the college level. It is all very confusing to me.

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Over the last few days, we have heard of a couple of deaths of people we knew well. Last week, a guy who graduated a year ahead of us committed suicide--he was from K's hometown. I cannot imagine what sort of demons one has to have in order to think that death is the only solution. I have been in the deepest depths of depression and despair, but I never felt as if death was the answer. I feel so badly for anyone that is hurting so much.

Yesterday, the woman who was our neighbor when I was growing up died--she was 101! The saddest part of her long life was the fact that she not only out-lived her husband, but her only child as well. In the end, she only had a granddaughter and great-grandson left. Oh, and, of course, The Parents as 'good friends.' (puke)

Now comes the waiting--it seems as if deaths come in '3s,' so I am on the watch for the final one. {shudder}

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The New POTUS

As it has been said, if you don't have anything good to say, then say nothing.














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Monday, November 03, 2008

YES!!!

Last night's game was the best the Wings have been for a while--they won 3-2 over the Canucks. I think Babcock's shaking up of the lines went a long way towards the way they played--well, that and the fact they had a couple of days off to rest up. I'm glad to see VF on Z's line--a good move. NOW maybe we'll see his numbers go up in the right direction. Meech was brought in for Lebda, so we'll see how that works out. Bottom line, they played much better. They will have until Saturday to work on their problems and then we'll see.



--Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, of Sweden, celebrates after scoring the team's third goal with teammate Daniel Cleary, right, as Vancouver Canucks' Roberto Luongo looks back into the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)--

Sunday, November 02, 2008

I KNEW This Day Would Come

It took this long, but The Mother has finally and literally made me sick. That is the only explanation for the way I've been feeling since we left from The Father's party. When we got home yesterday, I changed my clothes, climbed into the couch, and passed out for 9 hours--and I HADN'T even had any booze! I got up for a few hours and then went back to sleep for another 5 hours. Still, I'm not feeling 100%. The thing is, I have quite non-specific symptoms: tired, stomach a bit upset, and that's about all. I'm hoping I'll feel better tomorrow.

While the whole party-thing could have been worse, it still wasn't as okay as I thought it would be. Friday night, we went to The Parent's house to bring The Father's gift and see if A and her husband wanted to go out to eat dinner. Of course The Mother was in fine form. The first thing she did was go on and on about how "very, very horribly thin" my hair is. Granted, it ISN'T what it used to be, but MUST she keep at it every time I see her? You know, I AM older, I HAVE gone through menopause--MANY years ago--and I DO have thyroid problems. Also, genetics and the various meds I happen to be using play a part, too, so why does she do this to me all of the time? It gets old very fast.

Now, I know everyone will think I'm just being paranoid, but don't forget that I have been privy to the inner workings of this woman's mind for most of my life--this is why I KNOW what she was doing with the next incident. Being Halloween, kids were trick-or-treating while we were there. One of The Niece's friends came with her kids and The Mother started: "J. Look at the amount of weight you have lost. You are SO thin. My goodness, I can't get over how tiny you are. You have lost so much weight, I can't believe it." And on and on. The poor girl looked SO embarrassed. The tone of voice that The Mother used, the way she said things, the things she said, were all directed at me in a not-so-subtle way of telling me that I have gained weight. (I know, I know--paranoid.) But, I could have overlooked this if not for what went on the following day.

After checking out of the hotel, K and I had a couple of hours to kill, so we went to visit with his sister. We quickly found out that she had NO idea that there was a party for The Father and I realized she had not been invited. I mentioned this fact to my girls when I got to the party and they were appalled at the mistake--and wanted to know why I didn't invite her. I ABSOLUTELY wouldn't invite someone without being specifically told to, so I waited to talk to The Mother. When I told her that my s-i-l wasn't invited, her response was, "I KNOW that. WHY should she be invited when she never comes over?!?!" And then she walked away. Excuse me--they have known my s-i-l for over 35 years. She has been a part of their lives ever since I started going with K, so how could she just be ignored? The Woman just really, really showed how petty and vindictive she can be. This is so embarrassing for me.

Finally, the party began and once more The Mother had to have her time in the spotlight--and this wasn't even HER party! She asked their pastor if he would say a few words about The Father and his sister before things began. The pastor started by saying, "E (The Mother) asked if I would say a few words. I don't know R (The Father's sister) as well as I know B (The Father), but if she is anything like her brother..." and it all went downhill from there. I don't think any more was said about my aunt--and how could he, he isn't HER pastor and he had never met the lady before. Thank goodness (?) my aunt wasn't doing too well and probably didn't even notice what was going on. As I said, The Mother got her time to shine when the pastor said, "B isn't one to ever say 'no' when asked to do a favor for someone. That is unless it is E doing the asking!" (ha, ha, ho, ho--everybody laugh) "You didn't think I would actually tell that to anyone, did you?" (ha, ha, ho, ho--everybody laugh)" So, even though this party had nothing to do with her, she got to be number one again--as usual. After all, it IS all about her.

And that is the story of the party. I am just happy it is over and I don't have to see these people again for a long, long time--hopefully.