Showing posts from 2007

Expensive Mistake

I think my TomTom dropped into a fast food bag that I threw away on Friday night. I feel so stupid! Can't find the little gadget, can't afford to run out and get a new one even though they are on sale. *sigh* Back to Google maps I go. Technorati Tags: tomtom , lost , mistake

Christmas Tree


Sunrise in the Grapevine

Taken with an Olympus E-510, in an SUV doing 65mph, by the passenger, Jes Scott on the Grapevine headed south.

Phase 1 complete

This more represents our actual route. We didn't take the coast, didn't stay in a hotel, and drove straight through. We left Hillsboro about 11:30 AM and had a few errands to run before actually hitting the road. We stopped in Grants Pass for dinner, got directions to Wal-Mart, and then were on the road again. Jes drove from Portland to GP, I drove from GP to .... somewhere south of Sacramento where we gassed up again. I drove from Lodi (I think) to Pasadena, we rested a bit and got the kids breakfast and stretch out some before the final leg that Jes took by herself from Pasadena to Yorba Linda. WHEW!!! And we get to do it again on Tuesday -- in reverse. View Larger Map


Today is the day. I get into Portland about 9:30 tonight and we start driving ... around 3 or 4 tomorrow morning I think. We're going to take the 5 as far as we can and then cut over to the coast for a while before going back on the 5 and then to Jes final destination. Good thing I am bringing my GPS , this is going to be a good test of it. Especially when it comes to finding rest stops and the like. To quote Jes, "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!" Hope the kids have fun too. View Larger Map

countdown to roadtrip


  now isn't that a beautiful girl? a friend took this took picture of Joy

Blake Lewis - Break Anotha

I love this boy!!!! Oh yeah, lyrics you can understand!!

nuff said

I think I need a dictionary at work. My vocabulary isn't as big as I thought it was. Just look at the scores.

Did I do that? Or not?

I can't remember. Didn't I tell you about that? Are you sure? Did I do that? I thought I did. I am really hating the hallucinations/vivid dreams. This morning I had to ask my housemate if I had gotten up this morning and cooked. Because I dreamed it had happened, in detail and pretty much in the order that I later did it. I have full conversations that I remember. I dream/remember doing tasks that I am confused about later when I see that they are not done. And of course, my quality of sleep has started to suffer. Just earlier this morning I was falling asleep at my desk. I'm now drinking (guzzling) a Caramel Mocha frappacino in the hopes that I will wake up. And I have been gently reminded to stop surfing except on breaks. Back to the grind -- 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 12:20 PM AND I CAN'T STOP FIDGETING!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's talk about the weather

Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture? It's going to be in the low 80's today!!!! It's DECEMBER It's supposed to be in the 60's. But I don't miss the rain and wind storms.


I just finished my first play by email Scrabble game. Even though I lost (172 to 289) it was a fun distraction. Anyone else like Scrabble? If so, join Scrabulous . I think I am going to start another game today. And there are other options other than play by email.

Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone geek out with me. It's DEC 5-9 @ the Shrine in Downtown L.A. or Friday, Dec 14 and Saturday, Dec 15 @ The Los Angeles Theater Meet the cast of Heroes, watch sci-fi, and more 15th ANNIVERSARY Jules Verne Adventures proudly celebrates 15 years of Exploration, Conservation and Education. Let's keep experiencing Extraordinary Voyages in the tradition of Jules Verne - where Science meets Fiction, where Documentaries meet Movies. We dedicate these first 15 years to the explorers who fight for the Earth, to the artists who broaden our imagination and to the warm audiences of the Festival. Last but not least, we thank our sponsors! “JVAFF came about 15 years ago with support from Jacques Cousteau,” says co-founder Jeauffre, “based on the idea of exploring and preserving the planet. This was years before global warming, yet there was already the idea that change was urgently needed. The Festival has grown into something where science meets fiction - it’s a

before and after

this is before. no product. just two ponytails that are shoulder length and VERY frizzy 'during and after :-) I woke up this morning and only had to brush a few strands back in place. it was AWESOME! and it feels soooooo soft!

Character Counts

OK, so I have to brag. I'm not at the assembly, but Tim is and he just let me know that Joy got the character award(s) for always helping and being respectful and caring. That's my girl. =D -- 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

New Toy on site

Introducing Snap Shots from I just installed a nice little tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site , interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles , MySpace profiles , IMDb profiles and Amazon products , display inline videos , RSS , MP3s , photos , stock charts and more . Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not. Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

Top Things I Miss About Oregon

Sweater Weather -- it's November already! Being woken up by Billy, Mercy, and Tobias. Toby likes to snuggle. Beaches that allow dogs! Milk for under $4/gallon -- thank goodness for Costco! No Sales Tax! Friends that are literally 5 minutes away I am definitely missing those Sunday morning walks Sunday morning walks with Zoe in Nobel Woods park 20+ Minute Guilt Free Showers The Columbia River Gorge The Max Affordable salmon year round Weather that changes every 5 minutes ... NOT!

What do Reader and Heroes have in common?

Be forewarned: nerd-level, in-depth pop-culture details to follow. Official Google Reader Blog: What do Reader and Heroes have in common?
Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout Hike

my brother sent this on Thanksgiving

A man with 6 kids gets on a plane, a girl asks "are those your kids?" he replies, No i work at the condom factory and these are customer complaints!'Nette

Life & Thanksgiving

I know this has become more a photoblog lately and less of random profound thoughts than it used to be (feel free to laugh :D). Lately I just haven't had the energy to be a blogger, let alone a writer, and I rarely blog the things going on in my private life, since most of my readers already know what's going on (or now how to IM and/or e-mail to get the real scoop). Suffice it to say that I have been SUPER stressed out lately and distracted by RL when not depressed by it. So ... I want to thank all the people who have stood by me, encouraged me, verbally slapped some sense into me, and walked with me through some very dark valleys this past year. I am EXTREMELY grateful. And would appreciate it if I could prevail on you just a little longer, because I think it's going to get infinitely worse before it gets better. You guys have been a real blessing to me, and if I haven't before, I'm publicly declaring my thanks and love right here.

Photo Friday:Two

Two peas in a pod.

Zoe update

She's doing much better now. She has energy (not the whopping amount that we are used to), but at least she has an interest in life again. And scrounging. No more vomiting and Tim said she had a clean crate this morning. Next on the list ... a bland diet till the runny poops stop.


Today I learned how to automatically number rows of a spreadsheet in Excel and set the print area. I also learned that banners are different things depending on who is the webmaster and marketing agent for a company. But hey, I'm back in the content management arena, 'tis a good thing. This and taking care of kids is what I do well (enough) :) -- 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

Zoe Update

She's getting subcutaneous I.V. for her fluids until she can take ice chips and then pedialyte (yes, Pedialyte) and then chicken broth and plain white rice.  Once she progresses through all of those without further vomiting and diarrhea she can go back to regular food and water. Think of a massive case of the worst stomach flu and you can't take any Immodium or Pepto. That's what Zoe is going through. But at least she's getting better. Tim said her energy level is up and she's wanting to go outside to do her business instead of just lay there while it happens uncontrollably. More tonight after her next infusion. -- 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


Zoe has parvo . :-( Right now I'm at the vet debating whether to admit her or do outpatient care. I brought along a friend who just saved me $1200 by asking the right questions, so I'm probably going to do outpatient. Zoe is so lethargic ... It's heartbreaking. The vet thinks she'll recover fine since she's older and larger. They just took her blood to do some tests, it looked like sludge. Eye crusties, red eyes, sitting in her own bloody diarrhea this morning... I hope we're starting treatment in time.

Photo Friday: Travel

I took this one on our first road trip to Vegas back in 2004. I thought the shadow of the van on the desert was a cool effect.

New Breeds Approved by the Kennel Club

Collie + Lhasa Apso Collapso , a dog that folds up for easy transport Spitz + Chow Chow Spitz-Chow , a dog that throws up a lot Pointer + Setter Poinsetter , a traditional Christmas pet Malamute + Pointer Moot Point , owned by....oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway Great Pyrenees + Dachshund Pyradachs , a puzzling breed Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso Peekasso , an abstract dog Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel Irish Springer , a dog fresh and clean as a whistle Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever Lab Coat Retriever , the choice of research scientists Newfoundland + Basset Hound Newfound Asset Hound , a dog for financial advisors Terrier + Bulldog Terribull , a dog that makes awful mistakes Bloodhound + Labrador Blabador , a dog that barks incessantly Collie + Malamute Commute , a dog that travels to work Deerhound + Terrier Derriere , a dog that's true to the end Bull Terrier + Shitzu Bull.. Oh, never mind -- Annette Sargent "Women and cats will do as t

This is just wrong

89°F Clear Wind: W at 7 mph Humidity: 14%Today 90° 58°Thu 81° 56°Fri 76° 55

Tagged - 8 Random Things

Rules: Once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they’ve been tagged. 1. I'm addicted to podcasts at work 2. I don't like plain coffee, I prefer mochas and varieties of mochas -- with whip cream 3. I am easily distracted 4. I prefer my glasses to my contacts 5. I now love going on road trips, if I'm driving 6. Blue is my favorite color 7. Photography and crocheting are my favorite hobbies 8. I still haven't written a single word for NaNoWriMo ... it's a conspiracy I tell ya. Tagged by: Thea Tagging: Jess , Sara , Tim , Tomveil , Cheesepuppet , Stephanie , daTroll , gomergirl


BREAKING ATMO - The Video : "The Video 18 Jul 2007 Below the jump is a fanvideo commemorating the delivery of the Firefly and Serenity DVDs to the International Space Station via the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This video premiered on the big screen at the weekly Firefly at the Mission event in the Portland of Oregon on Tuesday, 17 July 2007, and now (of course) is available on YouTube. " And meet the Browncoat Astronaut .

Vetter Mountain Trail Lookout Hike

We went on a 3-4 mile dog-friendly hike that I found in Favorite Dog Hikes In and Around Los Angeles . This book has a LOT of hikes that I want to try with Zoe, though this one, while great for her, proved exactly how out-of-shape I am. I was huffing and puffing by the time we got to the top. Going back to the car was MUCH easier and faster. I can do 4-5 miles on a flat surface no problem, the elevation on this hike reminded me of the elliptical . Ah, but ... I have to get out more. Fresh air does a body good. Here are a few photos. There were some totally awesome views from the mountains. Vetter Mountain Fire Lookout Hike

Photo Friday: Dangerous


This Hiking Trail : Hiking Trails in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

This Hiking Trail : Hiking Trails in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Very useful site, I want to take Zoe and maybe Joy hiking this weekend


I did it, I joined NaNoWriMo yesterday. I better get writing. A whole week has gone by since the start of it. Think I can spew 50K words in 3 weeks? And maybe have something good come out of it?

Fwd: Pet Diaries

A little humor for you this morning ---------- Forwarded message ---------- _______________________________________ Excerpts from a Dog's Diary: 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing! 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing! 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing! 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted ! My favorite thing! 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing! 1:00 pm - Played in the yard, My favorite thing! 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing! 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing! 7:00 pm - Got to eat popcorn! My favorite thing! 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing! 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing! Excerpts from a Cat's Diary Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in orde

Crystal Cove at Laguna Beach

View Album Get your own This is part of what I did this past weekend. A friend of mine has a new Olympus DSLR and so we went and played with it. Now where can I come up with $1K to get my own?

Josh, the skater [x-post from Raising Joshua]

Check out Josh to the ua :)

Happy Halloween!

Check out the other videos these guys have done

My girls

Now if they always got along this well, things would be swell. But as it is in all families, the siblins often fight. -- Joy thinks of Zoe as her little sister. The problem these days is that Zoe can jump over Joy's head, and often jumps on her, causing much consternation and woe.

My Little Gymnast

She's getting really good at headstands. her next goal is to be able to walk on her hands.

Looking at the recently employed

So last night I got a call that I wouldn't have to work for the rest of the week because the team I was on finished enough work for almost 2 weeks. What can I say? We rock :)  I got a call today ... they want me to come in tomorrow to get trained on Vignette! And the kicker ... to come in as a temp-to-hire!!! WOOT!!!! OK, so I don't get an extra long weekend as hoped (what can I say, I like sleeping in) but I now have a job for at least 3-6 months and possibly longer. I am one happy camper, who has to go to bed early. Now I should be able to afford to go see Wicked , even without a date ;)

Missing Oregon

I miss Oregon, and my friends there so much that I watched Little People, big World just to see some familiar faces and things. How sad is that?

Did you hear the pin drop?

Subject: The French When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." It became very quiet in the room. Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?" A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can

When Traffic Gets “Wicked,” Go Metro … and Save On Tickets to the Smash Hit Broadway Musical

Metro riders can get 20 percent off tickets to any Tuesday performance of the smash hit musical 'Wicked,' now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. It is the first time the Broadway production of 'Wicked' has partnered with a government entity. To get your discount, present your valid Metro Pass or Metro Rail ticket at the Pantages box office, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., directly across from the Metro Red Line’s Hollywood/Vine Station. Or call (213) 365-3500 to order tickets or go online to Remember to show proof of valid Metro tickets or passes and to mention the promotional code 'METRO'." I am SO doing this, especially since my temp job is in downtown. I'll be taking the Gold Line and then one of the express busses to where I need to get.

Photos from Roadtrip

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I am so screwed

All this week I have been trying to get up early in preparation for work on Monday. It ain' happening. My body refuses to get up before 8, though today it was 9. It's like my brain can't function with less than 8 hours, so I guess the first thing is to make sure that I get 8 hours. I am sooo screwed.

Getting up in the morning

Paul returned from a doctor's visit one day and told his wife Alma that the doctor said he only had 24 hours to live. Wiping away her tears, he asked her to make love with him. Of course she agreed and they made passionate love. Six hours later, Paul went to her again, and said: "Honey, now I only have 18 hours left to live. Maybe we could make love again?" Alma agrees and again they make love. Later, Paul is getting into bed when he realized he now had only eight hours of life left. He touched Alma 's shoulder and said: "Honey? Please? Just one more time before I die." She agreed, than afterward she rolled over and fell asleep. Paul, however, heard the clock ticking in his head, and he tossed and turned until he was down to only four more hours. He tapped his wife on the shoulder to wake her up. "Honey, I only have four hours left! Could we....?" His wife sat up abruptly, turned to him and said: "Listen Paul,


I just got my CA DL and had to do a double-take. I look just like my grandmother as I remember her, if a few years younger. It's kinda freaky.

back home

safe and sound if sore and tired. Got back in at 5AM. 5 states in 2 days. California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. And the scenery was so awesome I want to do some parts of it again.

fall in Grand Junction, CO

'Nette reminds me a lot of fall in Oregon right now. Though oddly enough the air smells and feels different. Must be the 6000 ft. elevation. I'm ready to hit the road since I didn't plan on more than dropping my brother and his stuff off.

and then there were the pygmies

'Nette and no, i didn't catch their names

my new friend

'Nette this one liked me, the other one didn't (BTW, this is Hobie, a mini shar-pei)


'Nette for some reason this is my favorite road sign. i bet a smile starts when you try to say it out loud. ;)

desert rain

There is nothing in the world like the clean smell of the world after it rains in the desert. the temp is barely 60 in the sun, the elevation between 3000-4000 feet, and the sky a particular shade of blue that I have only seen in the desert .... my soul is being refreshed. i love this smell . 30 minutes to Barstow.


Josh either has strep or tonsillitis. He's on antibiotics and actually started acting more like himself while we were at the doctor's. Ah well. Let's hope he doesn't relapse.

On the Road, Again

The roadtrip is on, catch me on my cell. You should know how. But I'll only be able to respond half the time. Willie Nelson - Forrest Gump [Original Soundtrack] Disc 2 - On the Road Again


It's raining!!! It was clear today, not a cloud in the sky and not humid and now it's pouring. I must have brought it with me from OR.

Persistently ...

Josh has been persistently sick since Tuesday morning. I had to pick him up from school. Headache that borders on migraine (but goes away a lot faster than mine, then again it comes back a little later), sore throat, and fatigue. For those of you who know my son, imagine him wrapped up in a blanket just sitting and vegging for most of the day. And not talking. Barely talking. Barely eating (remember, he's also a teenage boy). So I'm taking him to the doctor today. He hasn't had a fever or anything, otherwise he would have been there on Wednesday, and only one day where his nodes seemed a tiny bit swollen ... but .. days of rest and he's not getting better. This is Josh, he doesn't stay sick for days, ok, actually, when he gets really sick he does, but he's REALLY sick, like a fever that doesn't break for 4 days and etc. Technorati Tags: Josh

Check out this LiveJournal entry

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Another Roadtrip?

View Larger Map So my brother has asked to use my van to move from Vegas to Grand Junction, CO , which may just have a population smaller than that of Salem, OR (I've had my fill of small towns in the middle of nowhere, thank-you-very-much), but according to his MySpace blog, he needs this move. Problem, ... well, let's just say that big sis is a sap and a Good Samaritan at heart ... usually. He asked to use my van carte blanche, but I don't think I want to do that. Hence, the road trip. Ah well, the last one did me good. At least it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. Time to get another load of laundry started and then I am walking Zoe to Joy's school and back.

Please help Joy's fundraiser

It's that time of year again, fundraising. There are some VERY cute and useful items in this catalog, along with the usual gift wrap and food items. Please help Joy's class and school out by ordering something. Thank you so much. Please forward this email if you think someone else might be interested. Get your Christmas shopping out of the way early! Annette ***************** IMPERIAL PTA is having a fundraiser. You can shop online at The group receives profit from the sale and the seller will receive prize credits. Enter the seller ID below to begin. Seller: Joy Sargent Seller ID: MPE6746 Thank you for your support. If the link above does not work, please use the following link and enter the seller ID:

and we need an idiot's guide why?

and why is even this dumbed down these days? to go along with it, though the text is compelling ... funny and etc, i guess not too dumbed down, but St. Augustine it's not.

Cell phone numbers going public. - Register them on the government Do Not Call list.

I'm fairly sure this is true as I got a telemarketing call today, or it could just be a very weird coincidence. Either way, can't hurt to have your cell on the DO NOT CALL list.   Annette ---------- Forwarded message ---------- I thought I would pass this info on.  Cell phone numbers going public tomorrow REMINDER....all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies tomorrow and you will start to receive sale calls. .....YOU WOULD BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone - You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked.  You cannot call from a different phone number.     You can also register on-line at                                        888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. After 30 days if you get calls, you can file a complaint. It blocks your number for five (5) years.   -- Annette Sargent "Women an

my own little monkey

while Zoe was playing, Joy was climbing :-)

my own little monkey

while Zoe was playing, Joy was climbing :-)

Josh wants to cremate me and Tim

"The LifeGem ® is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life." Out of nowhere Josh says "When you guys are dead, I'm going to creamate you and have you turned into diamonds that I'll wear as a necklace." Tim's response: "That's oddly comforting" My response: "That's kinda creepy" But then I said he could wear us as eaarings "This is my mom (touch an ear) this is my dad (other ear)" We went downhill from there. But then I started looking it up online to see if it were a true process. Sigh, at least he thinks I'm valuable ... right?

CheesecakeGASM!!!! OMG

Welcome to Trader Joe's - Your Neighborhood Grocery Store - Products Peppermint Joe Joe Cheesecake Last holiday season, our Candy Cane Joe Joe Cookies were a big hit. Huge. (They are coming back, but not just yet…) Your fervent interest in these treats inspired the creation of something awesome and brand new, our Peppermint Joe Joe Cheesecake ! We've taken a traditional cheesecake and added natural mint extract and pieces of our Peppermint Joe Joe's to the filling. Then (as if it needs more goodness) we put it in a crust made of crushed, crunchy Candy Cane Joe Joe's. Oh, yes we did. We're selling each 18 oz. box of this creamy, minty, delightful Peppermint Joe Joe Cheesecake in our freezer case for only $5.99 . It serves eight. Or one, if you're not of the mind to share. And who could blame you? (Not us…not us).


OK, so I logged into MySpace real quick (what else do I have now that I am unemployed) and lo and behold the Jars are coming to town!!! (figuratively) *insert gasm of choice* :) . They are going to be in Anaheim at the House of Blues on the 10th. And in Bakersfield (affectionately called the armpit of CA) on Oct 7th. I wanna go!!! (yes, I love the Jars). I love them so much that even though I would GLADLY drag all of my dearest friends to the concert just so they could experience it ... I don't mind going alone either. Just so that I am there!!!! OK, bedtime for me. *sigh* If I didn't have kids I would sooooo be a groupie. (side note, due to 'puter problems this short notice took almost AN HOUR to write. Tim is my witness)

one fine day

I will be glad in that day when my body is no longer in pain. I will wonder and rejoice at a pain free existence ... because I am beginning to forget what it is like to live without pain. There is an existence without pain, isn't there? I am so very tired of being in pain

I Miss My Backyard

ok, not exactly my backyard, but the trails in our old neighborhood. getting out for a decent walk is not easy, and I truly miss the solitude and peace from walking a few trails. OK, maybe SoCal is not where I need to be ... can I live in the Angeles National Forest ?

Heroes - S2E2

Did you see what Claire did? I crossed my fingers toes, and almost closed my eyes. Gotta finish watching last season and get caught up. Missed most of last week's because of the kids, but I downloaded it as a torrent . Maybe I'll watch it tomorrow between Josh going to school and having to take Joy.

Dusty underwear (Hilarious!)

One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife "Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in Slim Fast. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!!" His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go unrewarded. The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. "What the heck is this??" he said to himself as a little "dust" cloud appeared when he shook them out. "April," he hollered into the bathroom, "Why did you put talcum powder in my underwear?" She replied with a snicker... "It's not talcum powder....... It's 'Miracle Grow'." -- Annette Sargent "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -R

Last Week in OR

View Album Get your own Yeah, I've been meaning to get these up for a while now.

It went WELL

The interview went really well! And I am so glad to be in CA. Went 80+ down the freeway because I left a little late. Got there just a few minutes late due to making a wrong turn. Huntington Beach is nice, and pretty close considering. I think I will take Zoe to the dog beach there this weekend. She needs to run.


I got a job interview!!!! This Friday!!! for a contract job, but hey, it's better than nothing. Been officially looking since the 17th I think. Yeah, last Monday I updated my resume on Monster. BTW, has anyone ever heard of Vignette or Tridian?

Bonding with Josh

  So these guys are actually pretty funny. Josh watches waaaay too much MTV, but the theme song caught my attention and then I started watching . Now I know why he wants DC shoes. Yup, not a whole lot to do between looking and applying for jobs on Monster and looking for an apartment that takes pets and tweaking my resume and making cover letters. Gotta get something soon though, I'm becoming anti-social and sleeping way too much.

Guess what I'm buying

Check out now to listen to the entire album for FREE. ONLY 2 MORE DAYS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 25TH!! DON'T WAIT! Get the new CD between Tuesday September 25th and Saturday September 30th. This will insure that you get one of the many limited editions listed below that will be available only during this first week (it's the Flatts, so supplies won't last). Mark your calendars. September 25th. PRINT POST IT NOTE Here are the locations offering various bonus materials: Wal*Mart - Exclusive CMT 2-Pack with Bonus DVD. Target - Exclusive 2-disc set. 5 never released songs. Best Buy - Exclusive 2 disc set. 1-hour audio interview. Exclusive and unique posters are also available at K*Mart, Hastings, Circuit City and F.Y.E. LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR A WAKE-UP CALL FROM THE BAND! SIGN UP BELOW.

ICE Campaign - "In Case of Emergency"

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory, but no one, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone, but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored, but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" ( In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carries by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the numbers of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during an emergency under the name "ICE" (In Case of Emergency). The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't k

Baby Blues: School was fun!

Baby Blues: School was fun! Joy liked her first day.

School was fun!

Joy's teacher said that she did very well her first day, fit right in with the kids, got exhausted during recess, and she has no doubt that Joy will do well this first year. Neither do I. Joy can already do a lot of the things that they are asking her to do academically, like count from 1-10 forwards and backwards and recognize and spell her first and last name, and write it. And so it begins. Now to get her to do her homework.

Photo Friday: The Beach

Soaking up the sun   Canon Beach , OR, 2006

Musings: first day of school

Musings: first day of school Joy is definitely ready to start school.

first day of school

She's in a better mood than before and ready for school. Joy woke up before 7 AM in a good mood and ready to start school. She was half-way dressed when she came in to wake me up, saying "Wake up Mommy, it's time to go to school". She was quite upset that she didn't get to start as early as Josh, but I think she'll do fine. She's been waiting for this day for two years.