Photo Friday: Insignificant

August 31, 2007

Today's Route

August 28, 2007

I'm Baaaaack!

Okies I am in Redding, getting ready to check out of the hotel (wonderful night's sleep BTW) and then I am headed to Lancaster to see my mom and sis and get my cheesecake (I BETTER still have cheesecake) and then to Downey. And depending on the time, I may or may not make it to Vegas tonight to spend some fun time with the kids (a few days) before we all face the reality of work, school, and etc.

Call me on the road!!!

And yes, I am getting a later start than I had planned. But hey, I needed the sleep.

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

On the road again

August 26, 2007

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This is my proposed route. It will probably take me longer than the proposed 15 hours because I have a 7.5 month old puppy who has been crated all week and will need leg breaks as often as I. Also, I know I can't drive more than 8 hours and I am leaving OR ... um, yeah, that's still up in the air. I'll try to blog the interesting things I come across at rest stops ... but pray for my safety and etc. I REALLY wanted to take the coast route, but it's getting down to the wire and expediency is more important. I'll post if I change my my mind.

Here's the alternative route .. sort of. I need to get a real map of CA

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And once I get to CA, then I am driving the next day to Vegas to get the kids. Maybe I should leave tonight. 6 hours to Redding, so sayeth the map.

On this trip I can be reached at WONDERMOM @ and the important people have my cell number. Please, call and keep me awake!

MWAH!! See all you Cali peeps soon!!



August 24, 2007
Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. They're touching words from the mouth of babes . . .
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"
The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.

So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."

Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."

Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."

Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"

Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."

Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"

Nikka - age 6

(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."

Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."

Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody

You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."

Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."

Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."

Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."

Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image)

Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."

Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."

Jessica - age 8

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

"Nothing, I just helped him cry"

Installing Love

Installing Love
Technical Support:   Yes, ... How can I help you?
Customer:     Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?
Customer:         Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support:   The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?
Customer:         Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?
Tech Support: What programs are running ?

Customer:         Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support:   No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer   disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ?

Customer:         I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?
Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and
Resentment have been completely erased.
Customer:         Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.
Customer:         Oops! I have an error message already. It says, "Error - Program not run on external components."  What should I do?
Tech Support:   Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.
Customer:         So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files:  
Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer:         Okay, done.

Tech Support:   Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system will   overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer:         Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support:   Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool   modules back to you.

Customer:       Thank you, God.

Tatoo Remover

Some Humor for this week

Fireman Sex
A FIREMAN came home from work one day and told his wife, "You know, we have a wonderful system at the fire station: BELL 1 rings and we all put on our jackets,BELL 2 rings and we all slide down the pole, BELL 3 rings and we're on the fire truck ready to go."From now on when I say BELL 1 I want you to strip naked.

When I say BELL 2 I want you to jump in bed. And when I say BELL 3 we are going to make love all night. The next night he came home from work and yelled "BELL 1!"

The wife promptly took all her clothes off.
When he yelled "BELL 2!" the wife jumped into bed.
When he yelled "BELL 3!" they began making love.
After a few minutes the wife yelled "BELL 4!"

"What the hell is BELL 4?" asked the husband?

75th Wedding Anniversary
A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of their town. People would say, "What a peaceful & loving couple.

The local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage. The husband replied, "Well, it dates back to our honeymoon. We visited the Grand Canyon and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by mule. We hadn't gone too far when my wife's mule stumbled and she almost fell off. My wife looked down at the mule and quietly said, "That's once. We proceeded a little farther and the mule stumbled again. Once more my wife quietly said, "That's twice. 'We hadn't gone a half mile when the mule stumbled for the third time. My wife quietly removed a revolver from her purse and shot the mule dead.
I SHOUTED at her, "What's wrong with you, woman? Why did you shoot the poor animal like that? Are you crazy?????? She looked at me and quietly said, "That's once."And from that moment .. we have lived happily ever after.

"If Oil Prices increase Further......."

Give us a sense of humor, Lord,

Give us the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk.

You're An EXTREME Redneck When....

1. You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.

2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.

3. You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.

4. You think a woman who is "out of your league" bowls on a different night.

5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.

6. Someone in your family died right after saying, "Hey, guys, watch this."

7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.

8. Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.

9. Your junior prom offered day care.

10. You think the last words of the "Star-Spangled Banner" are "Gentlemen, start your engines."

11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.

12. The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.

13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.

14. One of your kids was born on a pool table.

15.. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.

16. You can't get married to your sweetheart because there's a law against it.

17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk


After their 11th child, an Alabama couple decided that was enough, as they could not afford a larger bed. So the husband went to his veterinarian and told him that he and his cousin didn't want to have any more children.

The doctor told him that there was a procedure called a vasectomy that could fix the problem but that it was expensive. "A less costly alternative, said the doctor, is to go home, get a cherry bomb, (fireworks are legal in Alabama) light it, put it in a beer can, then hold the can up to your ear and count to 10."

The Alabamian said to the doctor, "I may not be the smartest tool in the shed, but I don't see how putting a cherry bomb in a beer can next to my ear is going to help me."

"Trust me," said the doctor.

So the man went home, lit a cherry bomb and put it in a beer can. He held the can up to his ear and began to count!






( you'll love this...)

At which point he paused, placed the beer can between his legs and continued counting on his other hand.

This procedure also works in Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Florida, West Virginia, Washington DC, and Mt. Gilead NC


August 22, 2007
OK, I hate to ask ... but I need help. And lots of it ! I knew that we had a lot of stuff, but we have a LOT of stuff. And I don't see how I can get it all done in the next two days. I'm not that fast of a packer and I am starting to feel especially overwhelmed.

And on a side note ... anyone have a pickup truck? I need to take a load to the dump and we didn't get a dumpster.

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

pass this on

August 20, 2007
Today is International Disturbed People's Day

Please send an encouraging message to a disturbed friend... just as I've done.

I don't care if you lick windows,
take the special bus
or occasionally pee Yourself...

You hang in there sunshine,
you're frigging special to me.

Miss the Airshow but meet the Blues Crew

August 13, 2007
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Ok, so my phone doesn't have flash but Tim and I went to IHOP in Hillsboro for breakfast and guess who walked in???? I could so be a Blues groupie :) Tim started teasing me, asking if I was drooling yet. I wasn't, but it got to the point of me looking at them that Tim said he was going to ask for their picture and autograph for me. So I went. These guys are so cool. The girls on the team were sitting in another area of the restaurant unfortunately.

Photo Friday : Oddity

August 11, 2007

Someone decided to add bubbles to a local waterfountain. My son actually took this photo.
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August 3, 2007

220 people lose jobs at Dell Inc. call center

Roseburg - The layoffs are grim news for Douglas County, which has the state's 2nd-highest jobless rate

Friday, August 03, 2007


The Oregonian Staff

Computing giant Dell Inc. abruptly closed its Roseburg call center Thursday morning, putting more than 200 people out of work and dealing a major economic setback to tiny Douglas County, which already had the state's second-highest jobless rate.

Dell, which has operated in a converted Albertsons grocery for the past five years, laid off its entire Roseburg staff at 10 a.m. Thursday. In the face of declining profits and shrinking market share, the Texas-based company had said in May that it would cut its global work force by 10 percent over 12 months.

"The Roseburg closing is part of a series of changes we're making worldwide," said David Frink, a Dell spokesman.

Still, Thursday's job cuts took Douglas County by surprise.

"It's a pretty devastating hit for us," said Helga Conrad, director of the Umqua Economic Development Partnership, which serves Douglas County.

Dell employed 350 people in Roseburg as recently as the start of the year, but its work force had dwindled to about 220.

Responding to its sales problems, Dell has recently moved beyond its historic direct-sales model to offer its computers in Wal-Mart stores. That had reduced the need for phone operators to assist people buying computers on the phone or online, Conrad said.

Entry-level jobs in the Roseburg call center paid about $25,000 annually, she said, though sales people could make as much $50,000 a year through incentive bonuses. She said that Dell's medical and dental benefits were much prized by employees.

Douglas County's unemployment rate stood at 7.0 percent in June, well above the statewide jobless average of 5.1 percent.

Dell will give all laid-off employees 60 days of severance pay, Frink said, and some will earn prorated performance bonuses to help compensate for what they would have earned in incentives. Frink said Dell will donate computers from the call center to organizations in the Roseburg area.

Douglas County's economy went into steep decline along with the timber industry in the 1990s, so Dell's call center was especially welcome when it opened in 2002. Economic development officials helped lure the computer retailer with state tax breaks worth $250,000, and with $2 million worth of employee training funds largely from private organizations.

If there's a hopeful side to Thursday's news, it's that Dell leaves behind a 44,000-square-foot building customized for call-center operations and a trained work force. Conrad said another call center that operates in Roseburg plans to add about 100 jobs in the next year, and Frink said Dell would assist its former employees transferring to that company if positions are available.

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

Shoulder-tapped - 2

August 2, 2007

Confirmed: Because of a change in policy regarding time off, I am on the list to leave the 24th :( This bites. Well, at least it's not because of my stats.
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


As of last Thursday, I was looking at staying here in OR till the end of the first week in October. As of today, I will have a job most likely until the 24th of August. Thus is the way of outsourcing. Or I could be out by the 18th. I really want to stay till the 24th, the extra little check will be helpful. Or, I can tell my manager that I am not volunteering and stay ... indefinitely. The powers that be keep changing the date our team shuts down. And it was supposed to be the whole team going, not in spurts like what will be happening this month. It sucks. I like my team and my work. But if I leave the 24th I can get the kids back on a school schedule and have a week or so to transition myself back into family life.

*sigh* I think I will want a couple of weekends off to do my own thing. To be able to re-charge has become increasingly necessary for me now that I see that I need it.

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


August 1, 2007
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