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Doh! A Dear...

File this under the things 4 year olds say....

So the other night we're eating dinner, sans older child who was over at a friends. My wife asks me something and in the process refers to me as dear (always a good thing :)).

DD pops up and says "Daddy's not a deer! He's a husband!"

Ah, the things a young child can come up with. Today, coming home from daycare, she told me that she, for her birthday, wants a motorcycle...with training wheels. I can just see me at the local Harley shop. "Um...yeah...do you have any hogs with training wheels?" :)

And finally, in the Daddy's not ready for this category, we have the following conversation while brushing her hair after bath:

"When I grow up, I'll find a husband, go to a park and get married, like you guys."

(How she knows we got married at a park I have no idea...)

"Yes, we got married at a park. You weren't here yet."

"I wasn't born yet. You guys had to make me."

&qu…

Phone update

I got my phone back!!!!! A nice lady named Dawn called me about 11:00 PM on Sunday night to let me know that her husband had found my phone on the MAX. Now, you may be thinking "But, wasn't your phone already found on the MAX on Friday?" And yes it was, and on Saturday it was pouring rain so I didn't run out to do errands, nor did I call the gal who had my phone (who called me late Friday night to let me know that she had almost left it at work and missed her bus because she went back to get it) ... but anyways! So, the first person to find it, for some unknown and unfathomable reason hauled it around with her on Sunday before I even called her or set up a time to pick up my phone. And maybe even on Saturday too, who knows.

Now, Sunday after church I called her and left a voicemail stating that I was out and about and please call me on my husband's cell phone so that I could come get mine. While we were at the Acapella concert, she called. Tim talked to her. She h…

Acappella Concert

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New look, new sound, new tour and now, NEW ALBUM!

The Acappella guys have been hard at work in the studio for the past few months, and now the time has come. Their new album, Radiance, is here! This album pays homage to the classic sound of Acappella and will take listeners back to the days when they first heard Acappella's distinctive harmonies and God-centered melodies. Radiance blends the guys' fresh sound and youthful charisma with the trademark sound of Acappella, making this an album that will appeal to fans of all ages. The songs themselves dive deep into scripture, many of them word-for-word from the text. This unique focus helps brings the listener into the very presence of God." We're going to a concert!!! Not many people I know have heard of Acapella, but they are one of the best groups around. I've been listening to them since I was 14, when my dad bought their Sweet Fellowship CD. Criminal on the Cross still makes me tear up. Can't wait to hear wha…

Today's Misadventure

Well, today, I lost my cell phone.At 9:06AM I know I had it because I was on the MAX, in the Tunnel and checked the time. When I got off the MAX, I put my hand in my pocket again to check the time and … no phone. Looked on the ground. Knew that I hadn't heard or felt it fall. Recalled seeing it poking out of my pocket as I read The Merchant of Vengeance … "Oh crap!" thunk I. I just left my cell phone on the MAX! At the tail end of rush hour. Oh great, oh great, oh great …. So, I get into work trying to fight a panic. We're almost full. 4 kids out of 6. Ok, can't call T-Mobile till later. I manage not to worry about it till about 11:30 when everyone is gone. I first call Tim to let him know that I have lost my cell phone and would he mind calling T-Mobile and Tri-Met for me?After that I remember the number for Tri-Met (503-238-RIDE for any who care) and call myself, looking for Lost and Found. The fella on the phone tells me that he won't know anything till Mo…

Maneuvering in Space

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Astronomy Picture of the Day 2006 May 22
Maneuvering in Space
Credit: STS-114 Crew, ISS Expedition 11 Crew, NASAExplanation: What arm is 17 meters long and sometimes uses humans for fingers? The Canadarm2 aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Canadarm2 has multiple joints and is capable of maneuvering payloads as massive as 116,000 kilograms, equivalent to a fully loaded bus. Canadarm2 is operated by remote control by a human inside the space station. To help with tasks requiring a particularly high level of precision and detail, an astronaut can be anchored to an attached foot constraint. The arm is able propel itself end-over-end around the outside of the space station. Pictured above, astronaut Stephen Robinson rides Canadarm2 during the STS-114 mission of the space shuttle Discovery to the ISS in 2005 August. Space shuttles often deploy their own original version of a robotic arm dubbed Canadarm. Next year, a second robotic arm is scheduled to be deployed …

sir arthur conan doyle's birthday - Google Search

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This was cute today
Why men shouldn't take messages:
"Someone from the Gyna Colleges called. They said the Pabst Beer is fine. I thought you didn't like beer??" :)

New Feature

So, I noticed that some of my posts are kinda long, so I went looking through Blogger Hacks to see what could be done. I found one that works, however, every single post has "Read More!" (which I will eventuall change) at the end. Some posts are short, some are not. It's something for me to puzzle over (me, who hasn't done a lick of real coding in almost 4 years). So ... please bear with me and try not to get pissy about the read more. I will try to make it obvious (like breaking a sentence in half) as to which posts actually have more to read.

Thank you.

Fin.

Servant Quarters

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Jerry

The intensity in his voice foretold the nature of our phone conversation. When he determined that I was Gayle Erwin, he blurted out, “The Jesus Style is the most powerful book I know other than the Bible. It has changed my life. But I have a story to top that one.”

I waited, little knowing on that mid-August afternoon that his story would have us both crying before the conversation was over.

He continued, “I went on a ten-day Hawaii cruise and took your book to read again as a part of my morning devotions. In one of the ship lounges, I sat with my Bible open and The Jesus Style laying face-up beside me. An 84-year-old gentleman stopped as he walked by, pointed at your book, and asked, ‘What is that?’”

“I quickly explained that the book described Jesus. ‘Here, would you like to read it?’”

“I can’t read with my eyes like this at my age. Anyway, I am on a ‘goodbye’ cruise with my family. I sold everything I had to bring my family on this trip. The doctors gave me two months to live with…

Bill Johnson's Blog

This guy is pretty funny - here is a small snippet. You should read the whole post

Bill Johnson's Blog: "New Wookiee in the Family




I called my mother the other day. 'Are you ready to be a grandmother?' I asked her.

I heard a loud gasp on the other end. 'You've got to be kidding.'

'We just got a dog,' I said.

'I could slap you!'

Oh, the fun of raising your mother's hopes then dashing them to pieces! That's just one of the many benefits of getting a dog. I'm sure there are other perks. Hopefully I'll experience them soon."

I don't answer to my slave name ....

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Tim thought I was about to have an orgasm ... if you are an X-Men fan and haven't seen the trailers yet, you gotta see them! Go to the X3 site and check it out! Oh my gosh ... Can't wait!!!


and it's got Angel!!! and Juggernaut! (in the trailer he runs through a wall) and Dark Phoenix, and the BEAST!!!!! (yeah, I like X-Men. Not as much as my brothers, but damn, do I like a good action flick).

Free calls to any phone within the US and Canada with Skype

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If you don't have a long-distance plan, and have a computer, get Skype!

Skype is a little program for making free calls within the US and Canada to all phones until the end of the year. Skype to Skype calls anywhere in the world are also free. It's easy to download and use, and works with most computers.

"Changing French fries to freedom fries didn't work, did it?"

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Annette has sent you this article.Personal Message:Jiminy Cricket ... I guess Cali IS different from the rest of the states. I LOVE being a (transplanted) Californian "Spanglish" California mocks Senate English pushFri May 19, 2006 7:19 PM ET


By Aarthi SivaramanLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A day after the U.S. Senate proposed declaring English the national language, Californians wondered on Friday what all the fuss was about. Most immigrants embrace English, and Spanish exists happily alongside."I do have my own language but I do feel that if you are here, want a career and a good life, you should embrace English," said Spanish-speaking immigrant and cafe manager Sam Simonian.On the streets of heavily Hispanic Los Angeles, both Latinos and non-Latinos said what is decided on Capitol Hill won't change their plans to learn the language."If you went to France, you would learn French. This country is built on English so you need to learn it," said Elmira Ross.…

The World Famous KROQ is online now!!!

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I got this update from a friend. I used to listen to "Crock" off and on as the mood hit me. But hey, good music is always hard to come by :) Annette
From: Daphne Hey everyone, for the last 6 years I have been wishing this would happen. KROQ the local SO CAL Alternative Radio station is now online, you just have to sign up for their "STREET TEAM" and you can listen to them live on the internet! It's been impossible to stay on top of who the new bands are. When I went home on leave I had NO CLUE who half of the bands on the radio were. But they all rock of course. So go to www.kroq.comDaffodil

Time to go to the Zoo again

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I wouldn't mind going to Botswana .... but not in the cards this year. Annette
New Zoo ResidentsEgyptian Spiny Mice Debut at the Zoo
Tiny mice make a big entrance

Our newest zoo residents are a group of Egyptian spiny mice in the Africa Savanna exhibit. The tiny animals have foxlike faces with enormous ears and big, round, black eyes, and a spiny back, which is covered with a bristly-looking fur. They are on display in the giraffe-viewing overlook next to the naked mole-rat colony.

More information about Egyptian spiny mice can be found at: http://www.oregonzoo.org/Cards/EgyptianSpinyMice.htm.



Winged Wonders Grand Reopening
Butterfly exhibit will reopen on May 21

The zoo's popular walk-through butterfly exhibit is back! Starting May 20, Winged Wonders, presented by HomeStreet Bank, will be filled with no fewer than 450 butterfli…
damn, what did I miss on ER .. Michael is back? and ah crap!!!! his jeep just got blown up!


So, like, those that love me can pitch in and get me ER on DVD. I've been watching it off and on since Season 1. It was a lot easier to watch in HS. Darn RL.

The Lord is good

because He knows how bone tired I am. Class ended early, I got an 85 on a test I barely prepped for (yay!), when I left the building, the bus I take was waiting (another yay!) and then it got to the MAX station and the train I needed to take was waiting (another yay!) and there were seats! Earlier, when I left work, the MAX was packed like sardines. No sitting and I was wearing heels today. so I get home, actually make my lunch and breakfast for tomorrow, and make it upstairs in the relative *quiet* of my home. And I still have time to watch ER before passing out and starting all over again.


and I am still confused and etc. but sleep will hopefully take care of the depression part of it. Nanner doesn't do well with no sleep. Nope, not at all.

3 minute blog

because I only have 3 minutes to get out what's on my mind


It's amazing how fragile an emotional state can be. You think everything is going along all hunky-dory (just fine as it were) when something innocuous triggers a reaction in someone else and then that triggers a stronger, unexpected, and unprepared for reaction in yourself. All within the proverbial blink of an eye. It might have taken a little longer than a blink of a eye, but it was quite the emotional landslide towards depression, hostility, confusion, and longing for things to be different. And for me, the inevitable playing of "what if". Though, to be honest, I only played that for a minute or two instead of all night like I usually do. (one minute down).

I know some of you are just dying for details and I wish I could give them. Email me!!!
Call me! Today is going to be a long day .... and I really need a beer, a chick flick, and an excuse to cry. Now who's the emotionally constipated one?

ah crap, went…

The end of an era ...

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I've been watching 7th Heaven since Season 1 with Josh. It was the only show on primetime that I could watch with my then 2-1/2 year old. I can't believe that I have watched Ruthie, Simon, and Lucy grow up. Josh exclaims that Joy looks just like Ruthie used to at the beginning. Because my Monday night Bible Study has been going on for 3 years now, I missed a lot, but Josh kept me informed. We made it a point to watch tonight as a family. I think tomorrow I am going to go buy Season 1 on DVD. We need something to take the place of good TV on Monday nights.

I'm so sad ... well, despondent about what to watch next year.

Nookie Detector

You can read the whole post on Tim's new blog.

No, I didn't misspell Wookie. As I said, this blog won't contain posts solely related to Star Wars. This is one of them.

What is about kids and their ability to detect when mom and dad are 'getting it on'? I understand, as one of my co-workers put it, that once kids are on the scene the nookie meter goes way down. But for them to know, and more importantly, interrupt nookie when it's actually occuring? Me thinks that is most unfair...

So Saturday morning our DD, who just turned 4, decided to demonstrate her new found skill to us as we were...finishing...some mommy and daddy time. New found skill being her ability to open doors that have child safety mechanisms on them. In this case, the little balls that go around door knobs that require pressure on both sides to grip the knob so you can turn it."

FW: Three things to think about.

THREE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: 1. COWS
2. THE CONSTITUTION
3. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS 1. COWS
Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can
track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall
where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves
to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around
our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow. 2. THE CONSTITUTION
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we
just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200
years and we're not using it anymore. 3. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a
courthouse........ You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery"
and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and
politicians -- it creates a host…

I love my kids...

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I love my kids ...

But I swear my daughter is going to drive me to drink, and drink, and drink …. It's been one of those days. Ok, her playtime is almost over. And I still have a ton of homework to do. I need 4 of me. One for each class, one to be the mom and one to go to work. Wait, make that 5 or 6 of me. I can't even count any more!!!!


And why can't I seem to stick to one thing at a time? I get more done that way, but I can't ever seem to stick to it. Too many things to do …

Do you have a Type A personality?

You Have A Type A- Personality
You are one of the most balanced people around
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.

When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worldsDo You Have a Type A Personality?

darnit, my brothers were right ... good thing they don't read my blog!

How Sinful Are You?

Your Deadly SinsGluttony: 80%Greed: 60%Sloth: 60%Envy: 20%Lust: 20%Pride: 20%Wrath: 20%Chance You'll Go to Hell: 40%You'll die from food poisoning - and then the natives will feast on your fatty limbs.How Sinful Are You?

Tapestry Comics: A Directory of Web Comics with Feeds

Tapestry Comics: A Directory of Web Comics with Feeds: "Tapestry is a directory of feeds for online comics. They help you to keep up to date from within your favourite news aggregator, especially if you happen to miss a few days. If that doesn't make any sense, take a look at this handy help page from the BBC."

Study: US mothers deserve $134,121 in salary - Yahoo! News

Study: US mothers deserve $134,121 in salary - Yahoo! News: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work, an amount similar to a top U.S. ad executive, a marketing director or a judge, according to a study released Wednesday.

A mother who works outside the home would earn an extra $85,876 annually on top of her actual wages for the work she does at home, according to the study by Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts Salary.com.

To reach the projected pay figures, the survey calculated the earning power of the 10 jobs respondents said most closely comprise a mother's role -- housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and psychologist"

Amen to that!! Too bad the US government doesn't help mothers to stay home the way some Western European countries do. Overall, in the long run, it's better for familie…

New Software - Outlook RSS Reader

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Ok, lazy bum that I am, and not having time to always surf to read my friend's blogs ... I went searching for an RSS reader, and found a FREE one for Outlook. The only drawback is that it requires .NET 1.1 (and it's quite picky about the version, must be 1, not 2 and 1 installs so much faster with much less bloat.). Other than that ... tis a GREAT plug-in. Easy to subscribe, easy to organize, and you can set it to start looking for your subscriptions after Outlook starts. Try it! You might like it!
I'm so sleepy and tired it's not funny. I wish I knew why I was so fatigued all the time. Though I think this week I can blame it on blood loss :) I was going to go out to get my homework done (yay free wireless at CoffeePeople!) but Tim took care of Joy so I could get in a cat-nap and then get to writing and reading and video-watching. And at CoffeePeople, much as I love them, I can't chow down on vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and fresh sliced strawberries.

One Man StarWars

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This is where Tim went tonight with his sister. From what he says and a little clip I saw on the business site, the guy does seem pretty funny. Sounds like he's added material from Ep. I-III to go along with IV-VI. And Tim wore the Darth Maul t-shirt I got him years ago. So happy he fits into it again :)

Anyways, back to my homework. The Procrastination Goddess in me has been hard at work. On the bright side, my bedroom looks great!
cake is fattening. remind me that I can't have my cake and eat it too. unless it's angel food cake ... argh, headaches make me babble. need chocolate. hate being a girl. 21 day cycle is NO FUN! off to eat salt and chocolate and drink caffeine. and take my son to Scouts. It's been a busy busy busy afternooon.

coherent posts coming soon, i promise.

New Google Tool!!!

Just call me a Googlephile. It's a new Google Calendar. Too bad I don't have more friends that have gmail accounts and hang out with. This could be more fun and useful than Evite :) actually, you don't have to have a gmail account to use the calendar. you just get a few more perks of use if you have one. Tim and I have started using it, might be faster than trying to keep our outlook calendars synched. We shall see.
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I haven't blogged in so long, I can't stop ....
Your Element is Water
Your power colors: blue and aqua

Your energy: deep

Your season: winter

Like the ocean, you evoke deep feelings and passion.
You have an emotional, sensitive, and spiritual soul.
A bit mysterious, you tend to be quiet when you are working out a problem.
You need your alone time, so that you can think and dream.What Element Are You?

Though winter is NOT my season, unless you mean winter in Australia (and by that I mean December through Feb in Australia) *cheesy grin*

Last one ....

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Ok, now I have to get my HW done. And IMNSHO, I'm not a comedienne. Whoopi I am not. But I do love to laugh and play.

Your Inner Muse is Thalia
You are most like this playful muse of comedy.
Life is all about laughter to you, and you're a natural comic.
You make people laugh until their sides split.
And you're always up for some play time!What Muse Are You?

and since I am back in school ...

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Your Scholastic Strength Is Deep Thinking
You aren't afraid to delve head first into a difficult subject, with mastery as your goal.
You are talented at adapting, motivating others, managing resources, and analyzing risk.

You should major in:

Philosophy
Music
Theology
Art
History
Foreign languageWhat Should You Major In?

Genre on 5/2/06

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yup, definitely different. I don't even like most of the movies suggested.

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic
Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big LebowskiIf Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?

If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be

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I have no idea when I took this test, a few months ago I think. I wonder if my results have changed in the last few months. This was one of the links in my "Blogs I Read List".



Erotic Thriller




You've made your own rules in life - and sometimes that catches up with you.

Winding a web of deceit comes naturally, and no one really knows the true you.



Your best movie matches: Swimming Pool, Unfaithful, The Crush

If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?