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A Army of (Cl)one: He Has A Higher Power To Answer To...

You HAVE to read this one if you haven't already. Wait till you get to the last line!!! it's HILARIOUS! (click through the link of course, I didn't want to copy the whole story)
A Army of (Cl)one: He Has A Higher Power To Answer To...: "He Has A Higher Power To Answer To...
I was stationed on an unnamed planet at a secret base. It was pretty well hidden from sight, but it had a landing pad that could be seen if someone flew over head. Normally this didn’t happen often and we world have time to camouflage the landing pad. "

Podiobooks

WOOT! No time to read (I know, what am I talking about???) Podiobooks.com - Serialzed audio books in podcast form. Tracy Hickman and James Patrick Kelly are among their authors.

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Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod

I grew up listening to old radio dramas with my dad (no I am not THAT old, but he is sorta). Anyways, he introduced me to some like "Night Beat" and "X Minus One" and "Texas Rangers" and this site has a TON of podcasts relating to those shows including others that I never heard of! Radio drama is so much better than TV (in a lot of ways, you can house clean and NOT get sucked into the boob tube)!!!

Ok, I need to clean out or listen to more of my podcasts. My HD is running out of room.

Slickr

If you haven't already, you gotta check this out. I installed it last night so that I could have a screensaver of all the postcrossing postcards. This is awesome. It's also a pretty small install.

Cellar Door Software » Slickr:

Flickr screen saver that shows images by:

* User - Favorites, Set, Tags, Contacts
* Group
* Everyone - Tags, Recent, Interestingness
* Local

It does OpenGL fading and zooming and is easy on the eyes...
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25 Signs That, Sadly, You've Grown Up

Tim thought I should post this
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Annette 1. Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.5. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.6. You watch the Weather Channel.7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."10. You're the one calling the police because those damn kids next door won't turn down the stereo.11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.13. Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonalds leftovers.15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.16. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.17. Dinner and a movie is…

My first orchid

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I think it's going to be a pretty one. I wonder how big it will grow. Can't wait for the rest to bloom. A mini-forest of orchids ...



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scanning and stuff

I have spent at least an hour this morning on postcards. And not because I wanted to. My scanner is being AWFULLY slow. I have written and stamped the majority of them, I just wanted to get them scanned before I mailed them off. (I'm sending 5 off today. 4 official and one lighthouse tag, And I might be sending 3 more our for a round robin).

But what do you do when your scanner takes 15 minutes per scan? Or stops responding completely? I'm tempted just to take photos of the darn cards and upload those. Speaking of which, my orchids are starting to bloom!!! That I DID take a picture of, so I need to get that up soon. Though in between waiting for the scanner I have started a load of dishes and a load of laundry. So it's not all wasted time. That's my biggest sin right now, wasting time. Can any other procrastinators give me an "Amen"?
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Annette Sargent

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." …

Doctors Perform Zero-Gravity Surgery

Now THIS is cool science.
Discovery Channel :: News - Health :: Doctors Perform Zero-Gravity Surgery: "Sept. 27, 2006 — A French medical team hailed as a success pioneering surgery Wednesday on a man in near zero-gravity conditions on a flight looping in the air like a roller coaster to mimic weightlessness.

The five-man team of doctors and a patient landed safely at an airport in southwest France after a three-hour flight, but the mid-air surgery to remove a cyst from the man's arm took only about 10 minutes.

Chief surgeon Dominique Martin said the near zero-gravity operation, the first ever on a human, was not technically difficult, but was aimed at breaking a barrier in medical expertise." More at Discovery Channel.

OK, this just really isn't funny.

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It makes you want to laugh and not at the same time

OK, this just really isn't funny.: "You've had your fun, now get me the H-E-double-hockey-sticks OUT OF HERE!!!



Norman K.—What can I possibly say that would make things right? Nothing. Nothing that's what. Except for the tiny hoof-i-tude. That's awesome. "

FW: A Different Mastercard Commercial :)

Did I post this already? Annette
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I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.
--Maya Angelou, 1970 Jack wakes up with a huge hangover the night after a business social function.

He forces himself to open his eyes and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And next to that, a single red rose!

Jack sits up in bed and sees his clothing in front of him, all cleaned and pressed.

He looks around the room and sees that everything is in perfect order - spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, but cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. There’s a note on the table:

“Honey, breakfast is on the stove. I left early to go shopping.…

SPACE.com -- California Lawmakers Back Mojave Spaceport Growth

WOOT! This is one of the places I grew up. It's not that far from Edwards Air Force Base. Wow, a spaceport. ...

SPACE.com -- California Lawmakers Back Mojave Spaceport Growth:
"A launch site operator license was granted by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) to the Mojave Airport on June 17, 2004 – making it the first inland spaceport on the books.

The Mojave Spaceport has already enabled one piece of history. It was from this location that the pioneering flights of the piloted SpaceShipOne suborbital rocket plane took place.
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The Mojave Spaceport/Airport is presently the only licensed inland spaceport in the nation. In 2004, Scaled Composites, operating out of the Mojave Airport successfully launched and safely returned to Earth, the first privately funded spacecraft – SpaceShipOne. Based on two of the launches, the company was also awarded the $10 million X Prize.The suborbital flights spar…

Pass it on!

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Mark your calenders moms for Pass it on!
A children's consignment sale in Hillsboro, Oregon! Our fall sale is October 6, 7, & 8, 2006!

Browncoat Ball - San Francisco Browncoats

Browncoat Ball - San Francisco Browncoats: "Browncoat Ball - 22-24 September 2006"

Darn. Not that I have a ballgown or anything. I think I am becoming a fanatic ...

Firefly: Old Wounds

For all you Browncoats out there -- Sonic Society has a new radio-type drama. Firefly Season 2 of sorts. Get the podcast or listen online.


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How did the chicken cross the road?

CNN.com - How did the chicken cross the road? With four legs - Sep 23, 2006:

SOMERSET, Pennsylvania (AP) -- -- Henrietta the chicken was living inconspicuously among 36,000 other birds at Brendle Farms for 18 months -- until a foreman noticed she had four legs.

'It's as healthy as the rest,' the farm's owner, Mark Brendle, told The Daily American.

Brendle's 13-year-old daughter, Ashley, named the chicken Henrietta after the discovery Thursday. The bird has two normal front legs and, behind those, two more feet. They are of a similar size to her front legs but don't function. The chicken drags her extra feet behind her at the farm in in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

In 30 years of farming, Brendle said, he's never before seen a chicken with four legs.

There's no definitive reason why such deformities happen, said Cliff Thompson, a retired professor of genetics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He said it could be an accident of development, akin to a si…

Postcard from Switzerland

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Originally uploaded by Nannerlady. This is my latest postcard :) Isn't that pretty country?

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Hilarious Navy recruiting ad

The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey: Does National ADD Awareness Day Involve Calculators?

I TOTALLY need to get one of these buttons!
The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey: Does National ADD Awareness Day Involve Calculators?: "Does National ADD Awareness Day Involve Calculators?

How exciting! It's National ADD Awareness Day. And I forgot to get you a card.

Well, no matter, I'm sure you forgot about it. It's the only the third one. However, I fear National ADD Awareness Day ranks up there with National Boss Day, but not nearly as popular as National Depression Screening Day! Unfortunately, AD/HD only rates one day. In England Epilepsy gets a whole week, and in America Epilepsy gets a whole month. I'm sure my brother who has epilepsy finds that immensely comforting.

Although it is nice to have national ADD recognition I'm not sure what good a special day does, but maybe I'm just cynical. Can you imagine showing up to work wearing a special ribbon, bracelet, or button announcing your malady? I can see mine. In fact, I just made mine. You can even buy…

sleep?

I think I am coming to the conclusion that OTC sleep-aids are not necessarily good for me unless I can sleep for 12+ hours. Took some Unisom last night on the advice of my doctor and it helped me go back to sleep when I was awakened, but not stay asleep. And this morning I had a devil of a time waking up! My cell phone finally did it. I was supposed to be somewhere this morning ... got it pushed back to this afternoon. But my goodness I am having a harder than usual time waking up this morning!


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Photos Far And Wide: Fall in the Pacific Northwest

Photos Far And Wide: Fall in the Pacific Northwest

New team blog that I am a member of. Came about because of *drumroll please* Postcrossing. Go Figure :) Aislenn has some pretty good photos on her blog and hopefully other people will start posting soon. I just had time on my hands.

Time to get Joy.

Humbleness

lifted from a conversation with my hubby
We're the leader (like Christ)....we set the tone, the direction, and environment.
We get to stand up while we pee, so we get the burden of leadership to keep us humble :)

A Quiet Game

Shiny! Tales from the Verse -- you gotta check this out if you're a Browncoat. Podcast and readable.
The set had been a gift to Inara from one of her many enamored clients. It was carved from white alabaster and black onyx and inlaid with bits of lapis and malachite. It wasn't quite gaudy, but it certainly wasn't within the boundaries of Inara's exquisite taste. So, she left it in the lounge for the others to play with. Wash had been the first to discover it. That is to say, he had arranged a mock battle where the pawns from both sides had begun a revolution and were now eliminating the aristocracy, piece by piece.

“No, no, I beg you,” he proclaimed in a falsetto and making the black queen do a little panicked dance as both white and black pawns closed in around her, “I'll be a good citizen! I'll be bourgeois! We shall all eat cake! I'll bake it!”

“To the guillotines!” one of the white pawns declared with Wash's snapping teeth and dire snarl. “We'll wa…

The Excellent Wife

it's a Bible Study.

I'm wanting to do "The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective" by Martha Pearce. There's a book and accompanying workbook and I want to invite any all of my girlfriends who are interested (and your friends too) so we can learn from and mentor each other.

I know that a lot of us are busy, but I can set up an online group (like yahoo) so we can discuss it there as time permits. Open to anyone now married, was married, wants to get married. There just isn't enough mentoring going on so we're going to have to mentor ourselves starting in October.

Email me if interested. The book is available at Amazon.
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Toddler Star Wars X-Wing Pilot

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Oh my gosh this is sooo cute!!! Joy would make a great X-Wing pilot. Too bad they are out of stock. I wonder if my local Target has it.

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Postcard from Finland

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Originally uploaded by Nannerlady. My second postcard arrived yesterday from Vantaa, Finland.

Stats: 10 (officially sent), 2 swapped/tagged, 2 received

Swapped: the postcrossing forum has different topics that you can "tag" someone or ask someone for a particular type of card. I joined a lighthouse tag and a US-Canada tag, so I sent out two and will be receiving two. 'Tis cool :)

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Why I hate Mondays

Tendency to wake up late, even if you went to sleep on time the night beforecranky kidsCranky hubbysorta cranky myselfcan't find clothesout of underwear -- must do laundrykids who misplace their lunch boxescranky kids frightened half to death (or screaming like it) because of threat of punishment for bad behaviorkids unable to self-regulate because they didn't get enough sleepand the big one, forgetting to take my meds --- which I better do right now before I forget and have another day like yesterday.

chemical imbalance

So, I'm not always the most proactive when it comes to my healthcare, but ... this morning I forgot to take my Zoloft. I thought I would be ok, till about noon when I started fidgeting uncontrollably. Well, somewhat controlled, but I could feel it slipping away (the control that is). I called Tim and he brought it to me and a few hours later I was better, not wanting nor trying to climb the walls a la Spider-Man. So tonight when I got home I decided to do a little research, like ... why did my Dr. diagnose me with anxiety and put me on Zoloft? Isn't that an anti-depressant?

It is. It's also used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, PTSD, and OCD. (boy, what if someone has all of that). They have a nifty little quiz that after taking I can see why I was diagnosed the way I was. I guess what gets to me is that my first doctor, who gave me the full work-up didn't diagnose me with anxiety a year and a half ago (wow, that long already?). This isn't your normal anx…

heat

I caved. My hands are freezing and I just want to huddle under a blanket. I turned the heat on.

new photos

New photos uploaded to the gallery. They are actually kinda old. Thanksgiving and my mom's visit. I have no idea why I didn't upload them sooner. They are in the Family Photos album. Hrm, just missing photos from my birthday, but my grandmother has those.


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Who turned off the heat????

It's freaking COLD this morning. And it's supposed to be back in the 70s by Sunday .... Seasons, who needs 'em? For comparison ... a few days ago it was in the 90s. This morning it's trying to hit 50, and then the high will only be in the mid-60s. I guess it's not too bad, I haven't turned on the heater yet ... just piled on the sweatshirts.


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Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Movie!

WOOT!!!!!!
Wednesday, 28 June 2006OK. So it's been one of the worst kept secrets over the past few months that there's an animated Dragonlance movie in the works. Margaret and Tracy have been dropping hints left right and centre, various people have picked up bits and pieces along the way, and Lucy Lawless (who's voicing the character of Goldmoon) jumped the gun on the official announcement by spilling the beans to her fan club.

Regulars to the DLMS might wonder why there hasn't been any news of the speculation about this movie posted on the site over recent months. This is because we've been very kindly asked by the film's producers to become the official outlet for all the news on the movie as it moves towards a commercial release in autumn 2007! So over the coming months we'll be able to bring you the full inside word on how the movie is coming together. Stay tuned.

Anyway, enough about us. What about the movie? Well, as we mentioned, an animated Dragonlanc…

My postcard map

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I keep getting Finland and Norway, though my first card came from Japan. I have like 10 postcards out, 5 have been received, three appear to be lost in the mail, and I am mailing out another 3 or 4 today. Plus a swap with an Australian in Melbourne. I think I might get more off the and forum tags than official cards. Here's to waiting.

Red are the ones I have sent, blue, the one I have received. I want more mail!!!

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ukiyoe

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ukiyoe
Originally uploaded by Nannerlady. My first received postcard came from Japan. I can't wait to get more.

Birthday Boys photos

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Birthday Boys Sep 3, 2006 - 18 Photos
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Butterflies

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I went to the zoo today with Thea and Emmy and forgot my camera. But the butterflies weren't warm yet so I was able to get some pretty decent shots with my phone. Note to self ... start carrying camera *everywhere*.
Owl butterfly Isn't this one gorgeous? I missed the Morphos coming out of their chrysalis, but that's ok.


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Before and after

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This is me on Sept 2, just before getting my hair re-braided. It hasn't been this long since Joy was born. And yes, it's relaxed. Doesn't look like it, but it is. My hair just refuses to be straight without a LOT of heat applied to it. Big hair .....



And this is me today. Got my braids redone on Saturday, but didn't take a pic till this afternoon. They are a little shorter than the last ones, but cuter I think. Got a little wave goin' on ...

'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin killed by stingray while diving

This is terrible. My kids love the Crocodile Hunter.

ESPN.com - MORESPORTS - 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin killed by stingray while diving


CAIRNS, Australia -- Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of northeastern Queensland state, shooting a segment for a series called "Ocean's Deadliest" when he swam too close to one of the animals, which have a poisonous barb on their tails, his friend and colleague John Stainton said.

"He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.

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postcrossing

WOOT! My first postcard from postcrossing made it. Sent from here on Saturday and arrived in the Netherlands today. That's amazing. Sometimes mail here in the States isn't that fast.{Annette}
Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
- Samuel Butler



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