It went WELL

September 28, 2007
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.


September 26, 2007
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

September 25, 2007
Rob and Big Black 

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.
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Guess what I'm buying

September 24, 2007
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.


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 know which number to call. He therefore
thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally
recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency
Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact
the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as
"ICE". It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at

For more than one contact, simply list as ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, etc. A
great idea that will make a difference!
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

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
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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.

words 13 year olds shouldn't say

September 20, 2007
How many times can josh say "meningococcal"? more times than I thought. and with more emphasis on the last part of the word than I thought possible, with that pre-teen snicker accompanying it. so how many times can you say "meningococcal"?

Baby Blues: Limbo Contest

September 18, 2007
Baby Blues: Limbo Contest

Another quick video of Joy. It was down to her, Audrey's dad, and another little girl.

Limbo Contest

Baby Blues: Go Shawty, It's your birthday

Baby Blues: Go Shawty, It's your birthday
You HAVE to watch this video of Joy dancing. Just click on the title and it will take you to the video.

Go Shawty, It's your birthday

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Fun

September 17, 2007
So, I move back to L.A. and finally get around to sending out my new address. One of the replies is an invitation to a birthday party for one of the daughters of one of my best friends from junior and senior high school (let me know if you are confused yet). So anyways, Tim, Joy, and I get there on time (imagine that, and Josh didn't want to go because it was a girl's party). Angie recognizes me right away, I had to do a double-take, I recognized her voice, but ... anyways! She looks good! It was so good seeing her, and then her brother and sister-in-laws showed up and one of her nieces and it was like being surrounded by family again. It helped that they all remembered me, and then kinda funny when ... "aren't you Geraldo's daughter?" "yes". My dad had stayed in touch with her family even after I left the state.

I have missed so many people! And I didn't even realize it. It's so good to be back home.

Photo Friday: Fantasy

September 14, 2007
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September 13, 2007

migranes suck. they really really really really really really really suck. going back to bed now. or to visit the porcelain god. never had one with nausea before. Ugh.

Air Zoe

September 12, 2007

Musings: joy has lost her 3rd tooth

September 11, 2007

joy has lost her 3rd tooth

with blood and pain

how much do you think the tooth fairy will pay for this one?

BTW, Joy pulls all her teeth on her own. Or they simply fall out. This is the first one that had blood.

clean laundry?

September 8, 2007

things that make me scream like a little girl. how did this get into the washing machine???

Photo Friday: Purple

September 7, 2007
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Google Mobile

September 6, 2007
This so totally rocks!!! Especially since I am using Google Maps A LOT since we moved here. I had to use it to find one of the nearest Starbuck's, the nearest library, and directions to various dog parks. As many people as there are in L.A., there is a definite lack of dog parks and dog friendly areas. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I am actually surprised.
Text message your search query to 466453 ('GOOGLE' on most devices) and we'll text message back results.

New! Personalized SMS saves you time by saving your location. We'll automatically save your most frequently used location for future queries. You can also text 'set location' followed by a city & state or zip to save a new location. Try it out on our demo!

Try our interactive demo to the right and view results on the phone image as you would on your own mobile device.

Enter a search term (Hint: Click on the links under "Search Feature" in the table below to find specific information)
I'll probably be using this feature a lot. Living in a city where you don't know anyone is so ... different. And I don't feel like exploring as much as I used to. Sigh.

Welcome to L.A.

September 3, 2007
Welcome to Los Angeles, here are some things you should know. You must first learn to pronounce the city name; it is L.A.

The morning rush hour is from 5:00 a.m. to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 9:00 p.m. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph. On the 105 or 110, your speed is expected to match the highway number. Anything less is considered "Wussy."

Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. L. A. has its own version of traffic rules. For example, cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires go second. However, in Malibu, SUV-driving, cell phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.

If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed out, and possibly shot.

Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It's another offense that can get you shot.

Road construction is permanent and continuous in all of L. A. and Orange counties. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting.

Mapquest does not work here -- none of the roads are where they say they are or go where they say they do and all the freeway off and on ramps are moved each night.

If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been "accidentally activated."

If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55- 65 mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be "flipped off" accordingly. If you return the flip, you'll be shot.

Do not try to estimate travel time -- just leave Monday afternoon for Tuesday appointments, by noon Thursday for Friday and right after church on Sunday for anything on Monday morning.

And finally, why is the L.A. Freeway called the? '405'?? Because no matter where you are going, it takes 4 or 5 hours to get there.


September 2, 2007
There were two nuns...

One of them was known as Sister Mathematical (SM),

And the other one was known as Sister Logical (SL).

It is getting dark and they are still far away from the convent.

SM: Have you noticed that a man has been following us for
The past thirty-eight and a half minutes? I wonder what he wants.
SL: It's logical. He wants to rape us.
SM: Oh, no! At this rate he will reach us in 15 minutes
At the most! What can we do?
SL: The only logical thing to do of course is to walk faster...............
SM: It's not working.
SL: Of course it's not working. The man did the only
Logical thing. He started to walk faster, too.
SM: So, what shall we do? At this rate he will reach us in one minute.
SL: The only logical thing we can do is split. You go that way and
I'll go this way. He cannot follow us both.
So the man decided to follow Sister Logical.

Sister Mathematical arrives at the convent and is
Worried about what has happened to Sister Logical.
Then Sister Logical arrives.
SM: Sister Logical! Thank God you are here!
Tell me what happened!
SL: The only logical thing happened.
The man couldn't follow us both, so he followed me
SM: Yes, yes! But what happened then?
SL: The only logical thing happened. I started to run
As fast as I could and he started to run as fast as he could.
SM: And?
SL: The only logical thing happened. He reached me
SM: Oh, dear! What did you do?!
SL: The only logical thing to do. I lifted my dress up.
SM: Oh, Sister! What did the man do?
SL: The only logical thing to do. He pulled down his pants.
SM: Oh, no! What happened then?
SL: Isn't it logical, Sister?
A nun with her dress up can run faster than man with his pants down.
And for those of you who thought it would be dirty,

I'll pray for you!

FW: How to Subdue a Nation

It's a forward, I didn't check the veracity of it, but I do know that minimum wage used to be a living wage ... only 30 years ago.
---------- Forwarded message ----------

How to Subdue a Nation

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.

Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom..."
When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply

The inheritance tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax,
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Interest expense
Inventory tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road usage taxes
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the
most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had
the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise
the kids. What happened?

And I have to "press 1" for English.

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