Showing posts from September, 2005


I have a house full of boys!!!!!! all school age, around 10, and one 7 yr old. And two toddler girls. I hope it doesn't get volatile.

Star Wars addict to boot

So, I don't do well in total silence unless I am reading or trying to sleep. And even when reading I like some background noise. So, after about 30 minutes of blissful silence and watching my daughter play, I asked if she would like to listen to some music. Joy says, "I would like ..... " while hunting through videos. I said, "Joy, I didn't say watch, I said listen" as she pulled out her Wiggles Dance Party Video (well, it is music). The girl is stubborn and I just wanted her occupied so I could shower. She then picked Spy Kids 3D, but some of our glasses seem to be missing. So she put that away and pulled out Star Wars, Episodes I & II. She's watching Ep. II first (Yoda has more scenes and I think she likes the older Anakin). We'll see if we get to Episode I before I have to run errands.

Jesus Music (Joy's Quotes)

I started a mix CD of kids Chrisitan songs that I had made for Joy.
Joy: "oooh ! is this Jesus music"
"Oh! Does it have Abraham?" [Father Abraham] so I listed most of the songs on the CD, and she knows most of them already. She's happy.

[Listening to: Hallelu, Hallelu - Songtime Kids - Sunday School Songs (01:20)]

Starbuck's addict

I think I have inadvertanly created a Starbuck's addict. There is a park about two blocks from the nearest Starbuck's. We call it "the park behind Starbuck's and New Season's". I asked my daughter if we should take a walk to Starbuck's. She got ready in less than 2 minutes, I swear. She grabbed her shoes, put them on and said "Mommy, I'm ready to go, see! My shoes are on". Then she said "Wait a minute" and in about another minute had her stroller, baby doll, and one teddy bear ready to go too. I said she needed a sweatshirt and she ran up the stairs to her room to get one. I have never seen her act so quickly nor so obediently.

Once we got outside she started walking to Starbuck's. She's got the route memorized. Barely waiting for me. Usually we get something to drink on our way home. Not this time. She wanted her "hot chocolate, WITH whip cream" before we got to the park. At least she's not into mochas yet. An…
As I watch my daughter come out of the bathroom after washing up from snack I notice that her shirt is off. "Joy, why is your shirt off?" I ask. She replies, quite frankly, "I wanna be Superman". "And why do you want to be Superman?" I inquire wonderingly. Her reply, " Because he wears underwear!"

I try to explain that Superman wears tight clothes, but they are not underwear, even though it looks like it. She consented to put on a new dress and is now trying to find various safe places to jump from so she can be Superman .....

I think it's going to be a long day. I need to get her outside. - Review: Breaking tension, cars with the Hulk - Sep 23, 2005 - Review: Breaking tension, cars with the Hulk - Sep 23, 2005: "'It's like being a bull in a china shop, and the china shop is New York City,' says one of the game developers in a DVD-like making-of featurette available on the disc."

HULK SMASH! HULK BASH!!! Hey, I would play this one. I have a stressful life ....

Vacation Trip to Oz!

What I wouldn't give to go on this trip of a lifetime!!! My friend is going and I hope he has the time of his life. =============================== Annette Sargent "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."  -Robert A. Heinlein
-----Original Message-----
From: Adam  Subject: Vacation Trip to Oz!


I'm headed out for the trip of a lifetime come this Thursday: a two week vacation in Australia. Down Under. Oz. The land of koalas and kangaroos. Always wanted to go, never been. Since I have a penchant for taking a huge number of photos, I'd thought I'd try a new experiment and share them with everyone while I'm on vacation, instead of hastily posting them in a random dropbox somewhere. I've set up a blog and a picture gallery for everyone to view:

The trick will be the regular updating of the site. I'm not going to be sitting ar…

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NASA - Moon Phases: 6000 Year Catalog

Wow! This site is cool! I asked a friend for a good place to plot the phases of the moon, since not all calendars include it now.
The tables available though the links below give the date and time (Universal Time) of all phases of the Moon for the six thousand year period -1999 to 3000 (2000 BCE to 4000 CE). This data is provided primarily to assist in historical research projects. For the year 2000, the length of the mean synodic month (New Moon to New Moon) is 29.530588 days (=29d12h44m03s). However, the length of any one synodic month can vary from 29.26 to 29.80 days due to the perturbing effects of the Sun's gravity on the Moon's eccentric orbit.

Each one hundred-year phase table also indicates when an eclipse of the Sun or Moon takes place. An eclipse of the Sun can occur only at New Moon, while an eclipse of the Moon can occur only at Full Moon.

Historians should note that the astronomical dating system used in these tables includes the year "0" while the tr…


I think my daughter could give Elvis a run for what's weird to eat. Since we are out of Frosted Flakes (her all time fave cereal), and she doesn't want eggs, toast, cheerios, or any other breakfast item we have, she opted to make her own. She opened the fridge, got out two hamburger buns (one for herself, one for the boy I take care of) and then proceeded to ask for butter AND mayo. She is now sitting placidly watching Jakers and enjoying her creation, a butter and mayo sandwich. At the first bite she declared, "YUM! This is good!" and her drink of choice this morning is apple juice.

World Jamboree

This sounds sooooo cool--
Annette Sargent"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and
get used to the idea." -Robert A. Heinlein -----Original Message-----WORLD JAMBOREE
Bob Russel, Western Region World Jamboree Chair, visited the council office
today and relayed excitement about the upcoming World Jamboree in England.
Mr. Russell indicated that the Western Region will form about 20 troops
(some 700 Scouts) for the World Jamboree in summer 2007, and that Cascade
Pacific Council may be able to send as many as
36 Scouts.World Jamboree will be a gathering of Scouts and Scouters from every corner
of the world. They will converge on Hylands Park, England, July 27 through
August 8, 2007, to share adventure, international friendship, personal
growth, and development. Each contingent will spend two days touring points
of interest around England. The Boy Scouts of America has reserved a fleet
of 80 modern tour buses for transportation to and from London airports to

My Pirate Name

My pirate name is:

Mad Anne Rackham

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from

Companies Offer Workers Deals to Get Fit

What a deal!!! I wish my DH's employer would do this.

"Worthington Industries Inc. _ one of the rare businesses that has been paying the full cost of employee health insurance _ put limits on its generous policy last year. The company said its workers had to take responsibility for their health if they wanted to continue getting free health insurance.

'I had a choice to be lazy or lean,' said Brown, 44, an information technology employee who lost 90 pounds and has reached his goal of 210 pounds. Despite being overweight, Brown didn't have any health problems, but he noted: 'If I hadn't changed, things probably would catch up with me.'

Worthington, a steel processing company that employs 8,000, is among a growing number of businesses turning to worker incentives, both big and small, to help slow health insurance costs.

In Minneapolis, Fairview Health Services gives gift certificates of up to $100 at the company store for workers who take part in health pro…

The Quotations Home Page - African American Quotes- Series 27

There are some *really* good quotes on this page. And probably throughout the site. I was looking for some new sig line material. The one about a job by Muhammed Ali made Tim laugh :) and I can totally relate to some of the quotes by Marian Anderson and Maya Angelou.

New Titles

A woman was renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office and was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.What I mean is, explained the recorder, do you have a job, or are you just a....?
Of course I have a job, snapped the woman. "I'm a mom."
We don't list Mom as an occupation...Housewife covers it, said the recorder
emphatically.I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, Official Interrogator or Town Registrar.What is your occupation? she probed.What made me say it, I do not know. The words simply popped out.....I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair, and looked up as though
she had not heard right. I repeated the title sl…


cool site

The Cheesecake Factory :: Locations :. Nationwide

Click on Oregon. They are FINALLY coming here. WHEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love this place.

A Walking Tour of Denver

In anticipation of an upcoming trip I'm looking up touristy things to do in Denver. Looks like fun. Though if possible, I think I want to get down to the Air Force Academy. I *almost* went there. Stupid teenage hormones....

In 1917, local author Dabney Otis Collins wrote: 'When I walk down a Denver street, I always feel as if I were listening to a brass band.'

The city has that same feeling today. Whether you are catching a glimpse of a snow capped peak at the end of 17th Street, watching a horse drawn carriage clatter down Larimer Square, or admiring the reflection of an elegant Victorian building in the mirrored glass of a skyscraper, there is a sense of excitement and energy to downtown Denver.

The clean streets, the open plazas with views of the architecture and the hundreds of flower planters, fountains and statues that decorate the area all combine so that even a short stroll is fun and filled with many memorable images.

A natural starting point for a walking tour is…


Check out the photos of the Hillsboro Airshow. Some of them came out pretty good :)

I ended up going as a volunteer for my son's school. I was on my feet for 8 hours, but they had us in the reserved seating area, so I had a pretty good view of everything. By the end of the show I was ready to enlist in the reserves.
cool!!! I entered a sweepstakes to win a Logitech Quickcam, and I won! I didn't even know! It came in the mail today.

The real heroes and sheroes of New Orleans

I got this from a friend who works in the healthcare field. Even though there is a definite slant to the article, what it details is still horrendous. An excerpt: September 9, 2005 | Pages 4 and 5LARRY BRADSHAW and LORRIE BETH SLONSKY are emergency medical services (EMS) workers from San Francisco and contributors to Socialist Worker. They were attending an EMS conference in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. They spent most of the next week trapped by the flooding--and the martial law cordon around the city. Here, they tell their story. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -TWO DAYS after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreens store at the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets in the city’s historic French Quarter remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing, and the milk, yogurt, and cheeses wer…

Oregon Airshow 2005

As I listen to the sound of jets flying overhead and look out my window to see them soaring ... all I can think is "I WANNA GO!" and try not to whine. Even Joy is into it. "Mommy! Two jets!" She loved the show last year, though fell asleep by the time the Blues cane around. This year's headliners are the Thunderbirds. Maybe I'll drag Tim out. One of the Intel campuses is right across from the airport and the view is about the same, but free :) We have a cooler ... and drinks, yeah, it's doable ....

Potter Novels Available for Downloads

NEW YORK - Break out your iPods: Harry Potter is going digital. J.K. Rowling, once publishing's greatest holdout against the computer age, has made all six Potter novels available for audio downloads.

In a message posted Wednesday on her Web site, Rowling said she was concerned about online piracy, included bootleg editions for which the original text was altered.

'Many Harry Potter fans have been keen for digital access for a while, but the deciding factor for me in authorizing this new version is that it will help combat the growing incidents of piracy in this area,' Rowling wrote.

'There have been a number of incidents where fans have stumbled upon unauthorized files believing them to be genuine and, quite apart from the fact that they are illegal, the Harry Potter content of these can bear very little resemblance to anything I've ever written!'

The digital audiobooks are being released by the Random House Audio Trade Group, her current audio publisher. They…
Well, I had grand plans for today. Sleep in a little, get dressed, do menus, go to library, grocery shopping, get Joy's clothes to the consignment store. Instead, I have taken 3 IQ tests and chatted all morning. And then complained about the time flying. Josh gets out of school in an hour, so that kinda frames my afternoon.

Ah well, and I have kids tomorrow. sigh, I gotta get myself on a schedule!!!!!

The first day of school

Well, Josh is off for the his first day of school. He screwed up a few weeks ago, hasn't finished a punishment I gave him, so we have yet to go school shopping. I told him that we would go after he finished, thinking that would spur him on .... Honestly, that boy finds more ways to distract himself. But, he did do his laundry. He chose to wear some of his rattiest clothes that still fit the dress code. At least he's comfortable, and fits the dress code.

After 2.5 days of cleaning the living area is starting to look livable (time to really, honestly, truly get my little black ass in gear with FlyLady), my kitchen is clean, and I am so happy to have a day off!!!!

Now, I am debating if I should also make this Joy's "first day of school". She already knows most of her letters, and informally I am teaching her their sounds. She knows quite a few numbers, and loves reading to her babies. She picked up more form the little bit of preschool that I did last year with the

The first day of school

Well, Josh is off for the his first day of school. He screwed up a few weeks ago, hasn't finished a punishment I gave him, so we have yet to go school shopping. I told him that we would go after he finished, thinking that would spur him on .... Honestly, that boy finds more ways to distract himself. But, he did do his laundry. He chose to wear some of his rattiest clothes that still fit the dress code. At least he's comfortable, and fits the dress code.

After 2.5 days of cleaning the living area is starting to look livable (time to really, honestly, truly get my little black ass in gear with FlyLady), my kitchen is clean, and I am so happy to have a day off!!!!

Now, I am debating if I should also make this Joy's "first day of school". She already knows most of her letters, and informally I am teaching her their sounds. She knows quite a few numbers, and loves reading to her babies. She picked up more form the little bit of preschool that I did last year with the

New Orleans Struggles to Pump Out Water

"Bureaucracy has murdered people in the greater New Orleans area. And bureaucracy needs to stand trial before Congress today," Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, said on CBS' "The Early Show."

"So I'm asking Congress, please investigate this now. Take whatever idiot they have at the top of whatever agency and give me a better idiot. Give me a caring idiot. Give me a sensitive idiot. Just don't give me the same idiot."

What a quote!!!!!!

Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies at His Home - Los Angeles Times

By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening of cancer, ending a remarkable 33-year tenure on the Supreme Court and creating a rare second vacancy on the nation's highest court.

Rehnquist, 80, was surrounded by his three children when he died at his home in suburban Arlington.

'The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his duties on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days,' said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. "

page 2 of this article was more interesting to me. It gave some insight to the man and his motives.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Disney (Song of the South)

"Claim: The film Song of the South has never been released on home video in the USA.
Status: True.
Origins: Song
of the South, a 1946 Disney film mixing animation and live action, was based on the 'Uncle Remus' stories of Joel Chandler Harris. "
I must have seen the 81 release, because I remember seeing it as a kid, but barely enough to truly remember it. And I definitely knew the "Zippedee do da" song well before I was 10, the next release year.

The Pulse of America -

"The Big Easy on the Brink
If it doesn't act fast, the city could become the next Atlantis

If a flood of Biblical proportions were to lay waste to New Orleans, Joe Suhayda has a good idea how it would happen. A Category 5 hurricane would come barreling out of the Gulf of Mexico. It would cause Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, to overflow, pouring down millions of gallons of water on the city. Then things would really get ugly. Evacuation routes would be blocked. Buildings would collapse. Chemicals and hazardous waste would dissolve, turning the floodwaters into a lethal soup. In the end, what was left of the city might not be worth saving. 'There's concern it would essentially destroy New Orleans,' says Suhayda.

Suhayda, a water-resources expert at Louisiana State University, is the kind of guy who could have given Noah a computer model of all 40 days and 40 nights of rain, including the Ark's soft landing on Mount Ararat. So it is real c…

BBC NEWS | In Depth | Hurricane Katrina

The BBC gives us a whole, in-depth section ...

More on New Orleans

About a dozen people who headed down the street to look for food and water said they were turned back by a soldier who pulled a gun.

"We had to get something to eat. What are they doing pulling a gun?" said Richard Johnson, 28.

The soldiers' arrival-in-force came amid angry complaints from local officials that the federal government had bungled the relief effort and let people die in the streets for lack of food, water or medicine as the city was overtaken by looting, rape and arson.

Associated Press reporters Kevin McGill, Allen G. Breed, Brett Martel and Mary Foster contributed to this report.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Nuts Nuts NUTS!!!!! And as a friend pointed out, why can we airlift 150,000 troops anywhere but here?

Unrest Intensifies at Superdome Shelter - NEWS -

"NEW ORLEANS - Fights and trash fires broke out at the hot and stinking Superdome and anger and unrest mounted across New Orleans on Tuesday, as National Guardsmen in armored vehicles poured in to help restore order across the increasingly lawless and desperate city. ...

But the ambulance service in charge of taking the sick and injured from the Superdome suspended flights after a shot was reported fired at a military helicopter. Richard Zuschlag, chief of Acadian Ambulance, said it had become too dangerous for his pilots."

Are people NUTS???? I know I don't pay attention to the news all the time, but I am sure that this sort of bad behavior was not the norm last year when all the hurricanes hit Florida. You would think that some cool heads would prevail so that everyone could get to safety and loss of life and property minimized.


Eleven people were hanging onto a rope under a helicopter, 10 men and one woman. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to drop off, otherwise they all were all going to fall.

They were not able to choose that person, but then the woman made a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because as a woman she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids and for men in general without ever getting anything in return.

As soon as she finished her speech, all the men applauded.

(Send this story to an intelligent woman so she has something to smile about today.)

God Said No

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own!, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.


May God Bless You,

"May the Lord Bless you and keep y…