Sunday, May 31, 2009
His name is Kanye West and I guess he supposedly is a singer or something.* I've heard the name and hope to NEVER hear it again. I just was made aware of something he said and I am LIVID that anyone who commands the attention of so many young people would say such an assclowny thing!!!
I cannot believe his trainers let him SAY such a thing. How proud his family must be. I certainly hope someone with more credibility comes along and denounces him for the idiot he is.
(At least this gave me something to obsess about besides the game tonight! ;))
*And yes, this is total sarcasm.
--9:42 AM, small white dog at large chasing people
--11:24 AM, found items in back yard
--1:05 AM, male subject on porch, subject looking for his dog at the wrong house
--11:51 AM, snow blower found in front of residence, returned to proper house
--6:10 PM, suspicious situation involving suspicious package containing pictures and letters
--10:50 AM, suspicious man drinking from container in paper bag
--3:44 PM, animal in chimney
--8:24 PM, report of a drunken male in an alley with his pants down
--11 PM, loud bang heard at the north end of the building
--3 AM, semi running with lights on, unloading sod for new condos
(As usual, all of these happened over a period of several days.)
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
We are getting to the age where we won't be getting too many more grad invites. Most/all of our acquaintances are old enough that their kids have been through this already. NOW we will be faced with weddings. Good grief, but it is never-ending! :/
I'm STILL not any less stressed than I was yesterday--and I actually am stressing MORE as game time gets closer---but I think I'm getting a better perspective. Thinking back on these play-offs and all of the things so many of the players have done, I am even MORE sure that the Wings can win the Cup again. The depth of the club is so much better than any other team, it is ridiculous. Every day I'm falling in love with Helm more and more--the kid is SCARY good. And he only is 22 years old! I can't imagine how much better he will be in five years. And he STILL will be considered a rookie next year--even after getting his name on the Cup last year. Amazing.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
On paper, the Wings look to be the better team--and they are, actually. But--and this could just be my natural pessimistic nature--I really don't know if the Wings can actually win this year. And there are so many different reasons. Of course, The Boy's Daddy wants nothing more than a Penguins victory--Daddy's man-love for The Boy has no limits and he doesn't hide the fact. And this is why there are so many conspiracy theories floating around--and why the Wings might not win it all.
(I DO believe in conspiracy theories, but not in the 'cigar-smoke-filled-room with mustache-twirling men laughing maniacally' kind of way. I believe there are more subtle ways that the cards are stacked against Detroit--and they aren't necessarily conscious on the part of the people 'working against' the Wings.)
The last time two teams met in back-to-back Finals was in 1984. The last time a team won back-to-back Cups was in 1998--and that team was the Red Wings. So, they have been there, done that--and will try again. But it will be hard.
The first problem is the start of the Finals--on Saturday. This gives only two days for the Wings to rest before they have to play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. THIS was a decision made by the League--The Boy's Daddy--so this, of course, is a conspiracy against Detroit. There are all kinds of supposed reasons for beginning on Saturday--all because of NBC and Conan O'Brien--but the NHL really has the last word on this. Besides, the games could always be broadcast on VERSUS if NBC doesn't want the possibility of any interference with Conan. One strike against Detroit.
The Wings are nursing some big-time injuries right now--well, some big-time players are nursing injuries, that is. Datsyuk has been out because of a foot problem and needs as much time as possible to heal. If the foot is broken, then there isn't a good chance that he will be back, but if it is only a bruise, the more time off, the better. Lidstrom has the old 'lower-body injury' and there is no definitive word on whether he will be back on Saturday or not. (They are HOPING he will be in the line-up, but that remains to be seen.) Draper isn't coming back any time soon--and even with a few more days off, he probably is out. Jonathan Ericsson had an emergency appendectomy yesterday afternoon and might not be able to play on Saturday. (Did you read that? MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY. THREE days after surgery!!!! Unbelievable!) And there is nothing being said about Lilja or Kopecky anymore--they ARE done for the season. Not enough time to heal is probably the biggest reason why the Wings won't win.
Not only are the Wings hurting physically, they are also beat up mentally--much more so than Pittsburgh. This, in no way means that the Penguins are better than the Wings, it just means that Detroit faced MUCH tougher apponents in the early rounds. And that is because the Wings are in the Western Conference and the Penguins are in the East. Whether people want to believe it or not, the West is tougher than the East. The round with the Ducks was very hard and it took just about everything out of the Wings. Even though Pittsburgh faced Washington and dragged the series out as long as they did, it was mainly an offensive battle--NOT the defensive war the Wings went through. While this gives Detroit a definite advantage against Pittsburgh, we are back again to not having the time needed to heal.
All of this makes for some pretty dismal feelings. But that isn't the WHOLE picture.
Since 1997, Detroit has won four Cups. They have the experience to win. They have Marian Hossa. And Henrik Zetterberg. And Pavel Datsyuk. And Brian Rafalski. And Brad Stuart. And...and...and. (All Pittsburgh has is The Boy and the other one.) And they have pride. They ARE the better team--and it was proven last year. Once again, they will have to beat the Penguins, the League, and the refs in order to bring number 12 home. I'm not sure it will be this year. But then, I'm one of the world's biggest pessimists! All I can do is hope.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
On a different note, I found this at Miss Cellania's site and found it quite funny. Enjoy!
LETTER FROM BOOT CAMP
Dear Ma and Pa,
I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.
I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m..But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.
Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water. Breakfast is strong on trimmings. like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc. but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food. But tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.
We go on "route marches," which the platoon Sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him any different. A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.
The Sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The Captain is like the school board. Majors and Colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none.
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move. And it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys do at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this. Except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake.
I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me. But I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds. And he's 6'8" and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry up and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter,
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Using the epi-pen/sure-click to inject the meds is the only way I could EVER give myself an injection. And it is VERY easy to do--and the 'pain' isn't too bad. (Actually, it is more of an intense kind of sting as the meds are going in.) The entire process only takes about ten seconds, so it isn't a long length of time. Yet, because a needle is involved, I don't think I will EVER be able to do this with a nonchalant attitude. I seem to overthink the whole 'giving myself an injection' thing and find myself getting nervous and having to stop myself from having a panic attack. (It HASN'T gotten to that stage and I hope it never will.) The amount of 'talking to myself' that I have to do is unbelieveable. WHY am I so damn neurotic? :D
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
To see the time in any city or country, simply type "time (city)."
--Awkward Family Photos. We ALL have 'those' pictures that we would rather not see again. That's what these are. Frightening.
--Not Always Right. These are funny--and maddening--stories about customers. Who aren't always right.
--tonight: rain mixed with snow.
--Wednesday: a high of 74+
We have strange weather here.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
A large woman, wearing a sleeveless sun dress, walked into a bar in Dublin. She raised her right arm, revealing a huge, hairy armpit as she pointed to all the people sitting at the bar and asked, "What man here will buy a lady a drink?"
The bar went silent as the patrons tried to ignore her, but down at the end of the bar, an owl-eyed drunk slammed his hand down on the counter and bellowed -- "Give the ballerina a drink!"
The bartender poured the drink and the woman chugged it down. She turned to the patrons and again pointed around at all of them, revealing the same hairy armpit, and asked "What man here will buy a lady a drink?"
Once again, the same little drunk slapped his money down on the bar and said, "Give the ballerina another drink!"
The bartender approached the little drunk and said, "Tell me, Foy, it's your business if you want to buy the lady a drink, but why do you keep calling her a ballerina?"
The drunk replied, "Any woman who can lift her leg that high has got to be a ballerina!"
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This year did not turn out quite the way it was supposed to. On paper, the Wings had the best team assembled. For some reason or other, they didn't dominate the league like they could/should have. Was the inconsistency of the team due to the dread 'Stanley Cup hangover?' Who knows--it just happened. And I am ready to give up the possibility of a repeat Cup win. Hey, I've been disappointed so many times this year that it is getting old. I hate getting my hopes up and then being kicked in the stomach when they totally blow a game--as they did the last one. Maybe it would be best if I was put out of my misery and start waiting for next year.
As for next year: the team will be quite different than it is right now. If Hossa gets signed to a long-term contract, then many faces will be gone because of salary cap issues. Even if Hossa doesn't sign, there will be several players that won't be invited back and this will make room for some of the young guys from Grand Rapids. Next year will be interesting, for sure. Right now, three hours before game time, I am ready to give it up and say, "There's always next year."
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
*This is assuming that Carolina will lose tomorrow night--and I don't have much more hope for them than I do for the Wings.
I took six months to do research and think about using this medication. I went back and forth and asked for guidance from a lot of people. My internist isn't COMPLETELY onboard with this--he likens using the Enbrel to killing a mosquito with a flyswatter--but he will honor what I want. When I told him how much my psoriasis affects my lifestyle, he reluctantly agreed that I probably should try this. I have high hopes that things will go well for me.
I will have to be careful from now on when it comes to being around people--if there is someone who is sick, I will have to stay away. This makes it that much more difficult to see the grandchildren--they seem to ALWAYS be sick. (Of course, with six kids and most of them in school, they always are being exposed to one thing or another.) This is something that I will worry about until the first time I get sick and see how I do. But, I won't TRY to get sick just to test things.
My next appointment with the dermatologist is in three months--this is about how long it will take to see how well the Enbrel is working and whether or not I will continue to use it. I am hoping things will go a lot faster than that--but, then, I AM impatient. Until then, I will be injecting myself twice a week and hoping I don't have any horrifying side effects!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
This seems to be absolutely ludicrous, but a comment on this post said:
"The problem with breath holding is what we refer to in scuba classes as “shallow water blackout”. It goes something like this:
Simply put, you don’t breathe because you’re low on oxygen. Your normal, healthy body has basically no idea how much oxygen you have left. What it *does* have a decent handle on is the amount of carbon dioxide hanging around. When the amount of carbon dioxide in your blood reaches a certain point, you feel that distinct urge to breathe.
Well, normally, that wonderful “time to get air” feeling is triggered in plenty of time. However, if you artificially lower your carbon dioxide level (e.g. by hyperventilating just prior to going under the water), you can actually lower your carbon dioxide level to such an extent that you “run out” of oxygen before your carbon dioxide level has built up enough that you feel the need to breathe.
Because your body does not sense oxygen level, there is effectively no warning that your blood oxygen level is about to cross from “can sustain consciousness” to “cannot sustain consciousness”. One moment you’re fine; the next moment you’d better hope someone is there to rescue you, as loss of consciousness underwater tends to result in drowning.
In a public pool, chances are any breath holding would naturally result in breath holding contests between swimmers. Such contests naturally result in hyperventilating to try to extend times, and the potential for that to possibly result in unconsciousness is the reason for the rule.
(In the skin diving section of our scuba classes, the printed rule is that you must not hyperventilate in an attempt to extend breathe holding time. You are to take no more than three of four deep breaths before a surface dive. I doubt that would be easy to enforce in a public pool.)"
Well, in THAT case, maybe it makes sense. However, it seems as if this is just another example of the legal system getting WAY out of hand. Here is a link to the original post.
Cake Wrecks is a site I visit every day--simply because I can't believe some of the things I see there. The baby shower cakes are some of the most disturbing things I have EVER seen. For example:
If you really MUST, here are links to other 'belly cake' pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
THESE are something I would rather not see in person.
"Backstory: Our neighborhood was recently targeted by thieves. After a couple of break-ins, my mom (who lives alone) bought a battery-operated motion detector to put by the back door.
The motion detector went off last night around 3 am. It was the loudest thing, scared me to death. I woke up and quickly realized I didn’t have a plan. I never thought about what I would do if the stupid thing went off!
So, I grabbed the old boyscout hatchet you always make fun of and went out to the landing. I waited and I didn’t hear anything. I held up the hatchet and yelled down the stairs, “I HAVE A GUN MOTHERFUCKER!!!” I didn’t hear anything.
I stood there quietly in the dark for a good thirty minutes. Finally I went downstairs, one step at a time, only to find that the goddamn thing was just out of batteries.
Guess I’ll go ahead and get that gun."
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
"As a female who often wears stiletto shoes when I go out and knowing that most females do not know the benefits of wearing stilettos, I feel that education on this subject would benefit the female community in Houghton. Below is an excerpt taken from a research paper that I recently completed.
Despite popular belief, stilettos are more then merely a fashion accessory. The health benefits of wearing stilettos cover everything from tension relief in quadriceps to increased speed and vertical leap. If you take the number of calories that one burns while standing and walking and add the extra muscle tension from wearing heels, you may not necessarily burn more calories but you are working more muscles with an increased strain and thus more effectively toning your body.
Taking a few tips from athletic training techniques, staying up on ones toes while running, jumping and exercising has been proven to increase speed, reduce the effects of shin-splints and increase vertical leap. With that in mind, wouldn't walking to a party or out on a date in heels have the same effects on the muscle groups being used? It certainly does.
High heels also force the wearer to stand up straighter, thus improving posture and strengthening the back muscles. Another benefit to wearing heels is the "tucking" of the tummy that results from elongating the upper body due to improved posture. This strengthens the abdominal muscles and gives a leaner mid-section.
The ankles are another area of the body that benefits from wearing stilettos while moving about. The forced tension in the ankles that is caused by walking on such a small surface area, the tip of the heel and ball of the foot, increases ankle strength and actually can help in the prevention of ankle injuries while not wearing the heels i.e. playing a sport or working out.
The overall point of describing how stilettos increase muscle tone/strength and burn calories is to say that your overall health is affected by the health of your muscles and the cardiovascular exercise that you are getting; the more cardio that one performs on a daily basis, the healthier their heart, lungs and internal systems are."
I don't know, but this really confuses me. Why would someone send this to the Letters To The Editor column?