Sunday, December 31, 2006

Welcome to my Economical New Year's Eve

Because I am being thrifty this year:

-I will be making cilantro oil or cilantro mayonaise (or both) from the stems of the cilantro that I used for Pico de Gallo at New Year's. I will save part of the mayo & part of the oil for non-cilantro use....I am trying to make my resources go as far as possible.

-I will be using the styrofoam container from the New Year's mushrooms for paint...until it gets to messy or falls apart. I will use the little plastic bowl that came with the tomatos for cereal (as I eat way too big of a bowl ordinarily) & for holding things that I am working on chopping (I have already done this once).

-We are going to start using the mushroom stems when cooking. The only part that we will throw away will be where the mushroom was cut.....once I find a good way to compost in the house, we will not throw out these either.

-Batch cooking & multi-tasking: As we are preparing the chicken for New Year's Eve dinner, we are also cooking other chicken in a stockpot for future husband's idea. :-)

-I am feeding the leftover potato water to my plants. The cuttings will get it until morning & then get switched out with other water to avoid smell/ sure to bring the water down to room temperature or meerly warm if you do this (burnt roots are not a good idea). If we had a use for it right away, I would have put the potato water in soup or gravy. :-)

And of course there were leftovers. :-)

My New Year

This year I plan to:
-----Continue to learn to knit.
-----Have lots of fun with my beautiful sewing machine.
-----Write to Peter Garrett & ask him for an autographed photo....the former lead singer of Midnight Oil.
-----At least get closer to being able to stay home & write or starting an actual coffee shop. :-)
-----Exercise a lot. Take a lot more walks.

Looking foward to:
-----The Simpsons Movie. It comes out July 27, 2007. Trailers

The New Years Eve Menu:
-Chicken breasts cooked in Olive Oil
-Sauteed mushrooms
-Pico de Gallo
-Garlic Mash Potatoes
-Mead (Wine made with honey)
All homemade except the mead. :-)

And you???
Star Wars in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day

Pondering Saddam & wishing I knew where Peace is hidden

I am not saying that I agree or disagree with this video. I know that I was shocked when I saw the footage of Saddam being hung....and I have seen the further footage that someone captured on their cell phone (his body falling & his head hanging after). I would say shock is what I still feel.

I don't believe in the death penalty other than as an extreme preventive measure. I think that a crime should absolutely be proven & that a person should be made to make reparation & there should be an aim of rehabilitation....I seldom see any true efforts at this in our justice system.

I feel that I don't know enough about our world's political situation....not enough to utter a justifiable opinion as to whether hanging Saddam was something that should have occured. I hear what the media says but once-in-a-while other things leak through. Politics & wars are troubling & confusing.

World issues bring out a lot of things: Properly directed anger,misdirected anger,patriotism,honor,shameful behavior,desparation and ignorance. There are so many things that happen as a result of watching/living the news each day....but does any person know or care enough for Peace???

Maybe I will have more to say on the matter later on.
Saddam's Last Public Letter. There is a bit in there encouraging people not to hate.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Remake

Sweet Home Alabama

A band called "Negligent Discharge." From what I can tell they are stationed in Cabul. I am sure they are homesick. I wish them the best New Year that they can possibly have.
Indiana Jones will Return (and strike back)....just a joke in the parentheses.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Croc Hunter (comedy)

Not offensive...other than maybe the last comment. :-)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

2 comments: Links to this post
-----Bionicle Street Musician...cute. :-)
An article on "Couch Surfing"...something that I think is really great. I just wish it were actually a completely safe idea.

U2...."Window in the Skies"

This is the new U2 video which the band has put up on YouTube. There are so many performers in there...I saw Elvis twice...and Roy Orbison....and Johnny Cash.

The Fate of Saddam???

A verdict in the first Saddam trial is expected today. How people will react to the verdict is a very scary thought. This is on my prayer list for today.


Update: The verdict is in. Saddam has been sentenced to death by hanging. As expected, there has been some violence over this...I pray that the situation does not get worse. It is unknown when the verdict will be carried out at this point. According to Saddam's lawyer, he is urging the Iraqis not to take revenge. I don't know if if will help Saddam any but much of the European Union is against the death penalty (for Saddam or anyone).

Update November 6th:
Saddam has started his appeal. Unlike here in the United States, appeals in Iraq are not a lengthy process.

-----A timeline entitled "Portrait of a Killer" chronicles the events of Saddam's reign. I wonder if the denial of a military execution was meant to make a statement.
-----The crime that he was sentenced for was committed in 1982...that was a long time ago. Imagine the grief that those families have carried around all these years. Conversely, that is a long time to try to redeem oneself in some way....I wonder if the verdict would have been different if the pattern of Saddam's actions had changed.

December 26th: Apparently, the appeal was denied. I am not sure when Saddam will be hung. I do not see why they would need the second trial that is going on...but maybe they want justice to be administered to both sets of injured parties...or maybe they would like a backup verdict in case something goes wrong with the first death penalty.

Get your own countdown at

So...what are your New Year's resolutions???
James Brown died on Christmas morning.

Hours to Go Before I Relax

This is not my back but it is a back. :-)
Photo by Fernando Imay

Well...I have injured my back. I sit here with my arm braced against the chair trying to manage the pain. If I lie down half the time I have to use a combination of rolling/upper arm strength to get up. I can't really raise my back at all.

My self-diagnosis would be that I have pulled a muscle.We are not sure quite how but the theory is that it was while I was trying to get warm during the night....I was so tired that I fell asleep with a thinner blanket than the one I was going to go get.

When I woke up, I was tense/huddled up & that is around when the pain started in my chest. I now have pain in my lower abdomen & sometimes my chest but it all definitely radiating from my spasming & pulsing back. There has been no true relief other than for a little bit while we were unwrapping presents yesterday.

Ironically, my husband gave me "Dance,Dance Revolution" for XBOX....something I really,really wanted but will only be able to stare at for a while.

And why the "Hours to Go..." part in the title???....because I cannot get an appointment with any doctor until the end of the day. I was lucky to be worked in at all & it is going to be a real time squeeze getting there in time.

Ladies & gentlemen, NEVER injure yourself over the holidays...I am off to print out a map of how to get to this doctor.

Wish me luck.


Update: Well....we got lost on the way to the doctor & missed the appointment. This lovely,painful adventure will continue tomorrow when they have worked me in yet again. *groan*

Sunday, December 24, 2006

This is part of a new show where you can win $100,000 and is described as being kind of like being "Youtube" for television. I haven't looked at it that much yet...but it seems interesting. :-)

There are also weekly $1,000 winners. :-)

Sorry for the woman flashing her underwear being the scene that the frame is frozen on.
-----In 2005 Black Christmas Trees were the rage in Europe.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Thinking of macaroni....eating egg noodles

Photo by Paige Foster
Paige has MANY photos on Stock.xchng

-----Spicy Macaroni & Cheese (a site that I love to visit).
-----I didn't know that there was a species called a Macaroni Penguin...I will have to show that to my penguin-obsessed friend. :-)
-----Pennsylvania Macaroni online store. They have gift baskets, olive oil (I am obsessed with olive oils),meats,cheese and even recipes. I am excited about the free recipes that they have posted & of course I want to browse through their coffee selection. :-)
-----Every school child makes a macaroni star at some point in their life. I don't think that many children have made a macaroni skeleton.
-----New England Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe...a one-dish dinner.
-----Fun project...make macaroni jewelry & post a picture on your blog...then give it to someone or wear it yourself. A child would love macaroni jewelry made by their parent...they make a piece & you make a piece sounds like a fun time to me. :-)
-----The history of macaroni
----A recipe for macaroni & cheese that includes bacon & scallions. I don't think that I have ever seen a, I am excited to try this recipe.
-----A blog called "Macaroni Duck."
"You Can't Fight Evil with a Macaroni Duck!"


Today I became a Large Mammal in The Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem. I am very happy about this. :-)
America's 50 Most Affordable Housing Markets
Animation legend Joe Barbera passed away today.
Get Rich first I thought that this blog would be nothing but advertising or talking about things that wouldn't affect the ordinary citizen...I have seen a lot of blogs like that on this topic. I am glad that I stuck around to read...there are some good ideas to save money here. It is an interesting read.

Miss America

Tonight I watched a show that profiled Miss America, Jennifer Berry. I have known/met many beauty pageant winners/contestants. She is one of the few that I have actually liked...though I have never met her. Ms. Berry seems like a very kind & easy-to-talk-to person who takes her job as a role model very seriously...I was very impressed by her spontaneous generosity.

----The Miss America Scholarship Fund....collects donations/does a scholarship for Miss America contestants.

The 2007 Miss America pagaent is in January.

Meme from Bubba's revisited for fun...

Found this meme over at Bubba's.

1. Where were you 1 hour ago?
-- At the grocery store buying some items for lunches.
2. When is the last time you filled up your gas tank?
-- My husband does that...I don’t pay much attention.
3. What is the most amount of money you've spent in one store?
-- Around $2,000 for my last computer.
4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
-- a book of my poems has some pink flowers on it,a rusted pencil sharpener that I labeled "a sweet man bought this" with a piece of masking tape...I save it because my husband bought it so I could draw,a promotional pin from an art exhibit,the stamp on a piece of mail (I wonder what's inside),the box to a Yoga Pilates workout video, a rose scented candle,a highlighter,a cloth that I use for photos has a pink stripe in it, a picture of a lace skirt on my bulletin board (worn by Shania Twain who looks incredibly tall),an Old Orchard pink lemonade container holding scrapbooking pencils, a skein of yarn for a Breast Cancer Awareness scarf,a planter,
5. When is the last time you went to the mall?
--A few days ago
6. Are you wearing socks right now?
-- Yes
7. Do you have a car worth over $50,000?
--No.....don’t want or believe in such. I do like some cars that are expensive but would never buy one unless every other priority in my life were well-taken-care-of.
8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
--Usually at least once a week. I like going to events/visiting people. Took a short roadtrip with a friend a few weeks ago...Christmas shopping.
9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
-- No, the last movie that I saw was Borat. I plan to see "In Pursuit of Happyness" sometime soon.
10. Are you popular?
-- Sometimes...depends on whom the judging party is. I have been deepening a lot of friendships as of late...or maybe it is just the Christmas spirit or I am all that they have (if I was deeply your friend before....I don't mean you....I mean some acquaintances).
11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
--A Mountain Dew...which I really shouldn't drink.
12. What was the last thing you mailed in the mail?
-- I don’t remember….I do a lot of stuff online. I will be mailing a care package to a sibling soon….video games.
13. Do you wash your car?
--Sadly, a few times a year.
14. Last fast food you ate?
-- Arby’s on a trip to a seminar.
15. Where were you last week at this time?
-- Talking with my husband or sitting at this computer...maybe Christmas shopping.
16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
17. What bank do you use?
-- I am not telling…..nah, nah, nuh, nah, nah. I do however despise my bank.
18. Do you own any land?
19. What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
-- Wise and educated. Happy.
20. Your dream vacation?
-- Seeing St. Peter’s Square….I just like something about it. I really want to look up at the statues.
21. Last boat ride you went on?
--Long time ago
22. How old are your parents?
-------would not like me to answer
23. Are you in love?
-- Yes
24. Do you have any single friends?
-- Yes…very kind people.
25. Last play you saw?
-- I don’t remember. I wish that I got to see plays often.
26. Have you been to New York?
-- No, and I wouldn’t go right now.
27. What are your plans for tonight?
--Getting ready for a friend's Christmas visit....yes, I know that I am always getting ready for guests.
28. Last concert you went to?
-- John Mellencamp…this was awesome. He has a good sound system.
29. Next trip you are going to take?
-- Blogher in Chicago, Illinois & the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Portland Oregon. I don't know which is first.
30. Ever go to camp?
-- Yes
31. Were you an honor roll student in school?
32. What is your current GPA?
-- 4.0….what a juggling act with life I have. This reminds me...I have a tuition bill to pay today.
33. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
--No...gardenia-scented deodorant though. The last time I answered this one, I was wearing pear-scented deodorant.
34. Are you hungry?
--Slightly....I am not sure what I will have. I am thinking about pasta.
35. Where is your best friend located?
-- My husband...around here somewhere.
36. Do you own a cowboy hat?
-- No…but I would if I found one that I liked. I own a lot of other hats.
37. Do you have a tan?
-- No....I would love to but I wouldn't love it if I got skin cancer. :-(
38. How old do you want to be when you have kids?
--I don't know.....right now health problems keep me from this.
39. Do you collect anything?
- Yes, writing utensils, books, crayons, comic books,maps,ribbon,artificial flowers to make arrangements,vases & containers,the Queen from chess sets,old dominoes
40. Is this quiz annoying?
-- It is long but I had a little fun.
41. Last time you got pulled over?
-- Years ago….a friend was driving with some defective piece of equipment….only got a verbal warning & told to get out of the area quickly as they had to do a raid right away in that exact spot. What are the odds of that???
42. Ever been arrested?
-- If I had,I don’t believe people should talk about that kind of stuff online….I don’t find that entertaining about anyone.
43. Been to Mexico for Spring Break?
44. Do you like hot sauce?
--Yes...for some reason I accidentally answered no to this last time. :-)
45. Last time you sang Karaoke?
-- Planning to sing 500 Miles by The Hooters. I have never sang karoake before but I often tape myself practicing singing in the privacy of my own home.

I told you that I would do this meme again at some point...I think that sometimes the answers to memes change & that adds to the fun. :-)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

-----10 No-Cook Food Gift Ideas
-----All sorts of things about candy sushi
A review of a McCafe...a McDonald's coffee shop. There are pictures...I need to find one of those as I still have never been to one.


-----A little discussion of the death penalty
-----Some doctors support euthanasia for disabled babies.
-----Are Christmas cards losing their religious message???
The dog at the beginning of the movie Armageddon is named "Little Richard." least its character is.

Another piece from Val's Art Diary...."Pink Glass"

I would definitely hang that on my wall. It reminds me of a pastel drawing that I did & have tucked away somewhere. I am also reminded a bit of Picasso with this painting. :-)

The E-bay auction for this one ends this evening. The high bid the last time I checked was $101.00.
-----Nintendo Wii control straps recall
-----Free telephone lie detection

The full title of "Enemy of the Steak" is "Enemy Of The Steak: Recipes To Win Friends And Influence Meat Eaters."


Diary of a Steak is written from the viewpoint of a steak in a butcher is a story about madness. Here is an excerpt....interesting.
Recipe for -----Lebanese Sirloin Tips
Recipe for -----Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Caper Sauce...says it is good with a bottle of Chianti.

I Thought It was a Dick Cheney Joke


I was flipping through the television channels when I saw what was labeled as "The Munsters." I was puzzled because it was pictures of Canadian geese flying in formation....I didn't even think about the fact that it was odd that the show was in color. So, I am watching the show when all of a sudden one of the geese falls to the ground...shot. Well...I am then thinking that this is some sort of joke...I am expecting the pan down to show Dick Cheney....but it was just a wrongly labeled show.

This has been yet another odd moment in my life. :-)

Deer Hunting in Eastern Washington on the Snake River
Photo by "The RIAA"

Today some movie with Val Kilmer as a blind man was labeled "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

Friday, December 15, 2006

Name My Cow

This is the cow that I found for 88 cents at a thrift shop on a day when I wanted something to make me smile. My husband & I named it Frankenswine before we knew it was a cow...and that name will stay...but you can give it a last name...what should its last name be???

What is Frankenswines life story? He/she has stiches, a patch that is sewn on, and a tail like Eeyore's by the way (it is a statue so this is all painted on).

The Velveteen Cow? The Ugly Cow-ling?

This has been my little part in Crack Me Up Friday...something I was going to show you all at Halloween but didn't have the time to get done. Anyway, "Crack Me Up Friday" is an online party going on all day...good for a smile.

Mmm....Christmas Pudding

Oddly enough, I don't think I have ever had Christmas pudding. I don't have a pudding basin, a steamer or a boiler, I think I am going to have to wait until next year. Christmas pudding is the one where people traditionally add coins & other favors for guests to find while eating. Anyway....Alice is a blogger from Australia & she has a recipe for "Steamed Christmas Pudding."

-----"Best Ever Date Pudding" recipe.
Looks pretty simple. I am sure it will be messy for me....those are the kind of ingredients I am messy with. :-)

-----Apparently Christmas pudding should be made up between 1 & 12 months in advance of Christmas Day. Here is another recipe...this is one where you take it to the table flaming. :-)
Recipe for coffee-cinnamon infused bath salts. This also works with green tea & ginger. The packaging on the gift is adorable.

Look what I found on a freebie table.....

I had a lot of fun today & I finally got to use this flowered piece of cloth for something.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

This is how our Christmas Tree Turned Out

That bookshelf was the one that I thought we would have to move to put up the turns out that we did not have too. I was a little leery of how the tree would look next to the bookshelf...but the colors turned out just beautiful.

The tree was highly thrifty too:
-The tree itself was about 40 dollars after coupons & so on. It is an 80 dollar tree. My husband paid 30 (though he would have paid it all) & I paid 10 for it.
-There are 270 purplish-pink lights on the tree. All four strands of lights were bought at a Halloween clearance & cost about 70 cents apiece.
-The purple flowers are cut with a stem cutter...they were part of a Fall floral bush clearance at Wal-Mart. I paid 47 cents a piece for 5 bushes. The flowers are poked into the tree almost as if it were floral foam.
-The white flowers are plucked from various arrangements around the house. I remember that the larger white roses came from a Valentine's clearance at a Jo-Ann's store...50 cents for a dozen. The other white flowers also came from clearances at Jo-Ann's.
-The purple floating eye ornament is a key chain that I like but stays tucked away in a box because I don't want to ruin it & don't know what to do with it. I stuck a flower through the key chain part. The key chain was bought in a clearanced bath gel set at a drug store.
-The tree skirt...probably not visible in the actually a dark green tablecloth that is at least 4-years-old. I am going to start using this tablecloth as a photo backdrop after Christmas....and it will still double-duty as a tablecloth. At the bottom of the full-length picture that stuff that looks like a present is where I store the bubble wrap that comes in things we order (bubble wrap comes in handy so many times).
-The Santa ornament & the fairy ornament are both from last year & I spent very little on these. I think they were on 70 percent clearance. We bent the top branch over a little for the fairy...we like it that way.
-There is a 99 cents award-type ribbon in the middle with a Bible qoute on it....something that I liked...I don't remember what it says right this second. I refound it pressed in a book recently.
-The garland is a trim with beads twisted around each will later be used for jewelry. Tiny ornaments that were bought on clearance last year are strung on this.
-I have all sorts of ribbon which I bought for less than a dollar a roll....originally between 8 and 10 dollars...all painstakingly purchased at Christmas & Valentine's clearances a little at a time since I was a pedestrian at the time.

Next is putting up the stockings but I am not sure where my husband's is & I will have to rearrange our whole "mantel"....unless he has another good idea like the bookshelf. I don't have a fireplace but I like to decorate the kitchen divider...hence, "mantel."

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Thursday Thirteen....Edition 10

Thirteen Blogs with Thrift/Crafting...something I am obsessively into lately. :-)

1. My House is Cuter Than of my favorite blogs lately. I absolutely love the Creature from the Black Lagoon Christmas Tree . I amused a costumer at my work with tales of the astro olive doubt they thought I was really weird. I read through this entire blog from start to finish at one sitting when I first encountered it. I am fascinated by the many thrift store finds, pretty posed photos, vintage recipe re-creations and projects galore. Yes, blogging what you had for dinner can be interesting. :-)

Super Crafty is a Live Journal...and yes, there is a book of the same name by the same people. This website tells about a lot of crafting events.

3. Girl on the Rocks...knitting,spinning,crafting. Click on the ball of yarn on the start page to get to her blog. I wish that I could spin....someday, when I have the time. Interesting...canning Kumquat Marmalade.

4. Make It....stories & tips about how to turn your crafts into a business. As I have mentioned before, I have plans to sell some of my photography as postcards.

5. Thrifty Goodness...I am envious of some of the kitchen thrift finds. Another blog worth digging around in the archives.

6. Three Pink Trees...a handmade crafts blog. Made a cute gingerbread house....I am not anticipating mine looking anything close to cute...more like wobbly-but you never know. :-)


8. Cut and Paste...crafts, thrift shop finds,cooking,vintage. Not much going on here right now but I am enjoying the archives.

9. Craftapalooza

10. One Hour Craft.
-How to Make Your Own Loofah
-Tips on Thrift Shopping

11. She has the Logic of a Puggle...knits, quilts and is supermom. What is a puggle???

12. Apron Thrift Girl...leads a very crafty life (and does some beautiful needlework).
-The Salvage Studio...neat

13. Area Thrifty One: Unique Fabric Objects.
-Uses re-purposed, thrifted and new materials
-Makes a lot of purses & bags

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things.


1. of the more unique 13's that I have seen
2. Elementary History Teacher...I am grateful for History teachers
3. She...I am always happy to see a list of music.
4. Barbara H...has inspired me to seek out some of the older,more beautiful Christmas Carols this year.
5. Laughing Muse
6. Kathryn
7. Tanya...Can you guess where she is going for vacation?
8. Chrissie....her daughter made a gingerbread house by the way-isn't it cute? I enjoyed Chrissie's two part tale of how her keys went down the toilet while traveling....interesting reading though I am sure it was not fun at the time. I was in suspense as to how it was all going to end. (Part 1, Part 2)
-----The oddest things I have dropped in the toilet...entire rolls of toilet paper, a magazine, a book that I really wanted to read.
9. Susan
10. Jo...really wants to be on Amazing Race. I think she should start a blog campaign about this & that she really should try out.
11. Celfyddydau...I love the mouse picture from Wordless Wednesday.
12. Alisonwonderland....what an awesome name.
13. Mar
14. Cheryl
15. Debby

(Leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

-----I didn't find a blog for Janet...but I thank you for your visit & comment. :-)
-----Glad to see The Phoenix visited...awesome blog "where science is stranger than fiction."

Technorati tag:
Martin Nodell, the creator of comicbook hero Green Lantern, passed away.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

United States vs. Wesley Snipes

I am following the very large tax evasion case against Wesley Snipes. At first I thought this was a waste of tax payer money but the IRS presents it like they have a pretty solid case. I don't know exactly what to make of the whole, right now I am just following it without any real opinions as to innocence or guilt.

Wesley Snipes has always struck me as a pretty intelligent man so I was surprised that he is being accused of not even filing taxes.

He has posted the $1 million bail.
Paporganics....recycled gift wrapping paper. Much prettier than a lot of that stuff in the stores. They sell other gift-wrapping accesories such as ribbon & tissue paper.

Christmas Around the Blogosphere

"Sea of Santas"
5,500 Santas, running through Liverpool to make a new world record
Photo by Janet Goulden

-----Take a small quiz...Marvel comic book heroes on the Christmas tree
-----You can purchase a replica of Charlie Brown's pathetic Christmas tree
-----The "21st Century Paladin" blog is having fatal errors....I hope that it gets fixed soon as I was looking forward to seeing whatever was put up for Christmas.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Watching a Binge-Eater on "Intervention"

Ok...there is a show on TV called "Intervention". One of the things featured is the story of a girl that binges & purges....and they actually show the purging part. I know that it is a public service...but I just can't watch the gross parts. The girls parents would actually find bags of vomit in her room...I didn't know that these kinds of problems were that extreme. The girl's sorority kicked her out for eating all the food...and then her family kicked her out when she went home.

The binge-eating was not the only extreme habit this girl, Jessie had. I still didn't see kicking her out as being an acceptable option.

I know that the brother felt a lot of anger to her which is natural...the situation was caused by mistakes she made & never got the strength to correct though. Her brother was the clip that introduced the fact that this disease is "life or death" & that it was "unbearable" to just sit & watch.

When the addicts on the show agreed to be in a documentary they did not know that they would be facing an Intervention...I hope that this works for Jessie.

The family was asked to put aside the fact that the parents had just found out that Jessie was stripping in order to have money for food. They had to focus on the fact that they were there to help with an Intervention. Of course, Jessie could choose not to be helped...unfortunately, we can all choose that option.

And Jessie choose to get help. Hopefully, her return to a better lifestyle continues.

This show is on A & E...the Arts & Entertainment network. (More info about it)
-----Some beautiful & interesting photos taken in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia
Coffee Shop of Horrors
Something new learned:
The Nasdaq abbreviation for Starbucks is "SBUX." I don't like Starbucks anymore since they have suddenly phased out most of the flavored drinks....but maybe....maybe....a good investment.

Coupon Chief & my Best Buy Wishlist

I am browsing through My friend....whose is a wise mentor & endless fountain of great advice says that I should look at "coupon codes" in order to save money.

Well...looking at all the coupons for Best Buy on here should take me a bit of time. Most of the time there a quite a few Best Buy offers.

I have most of what I want as far as computers go but I want/need:
-A plug-in plate with extra USB ports built in to help cool my laptop....cost about 50 dollars
-A sheet of anti-glare coating for when I use the laptop in the daytime
-A USB plug-in number pad of some sort for the laptop...what it comes with is just not fast enough to me. Suggestions anyone???
-Eventually, a bigger monitor for my dual monitor home computer

Sadly, we are regular enough at Best Buy that a couple of the salespeople know & work with us each time we come in. :-)

-----List of all the stores on Coupon Chief
-----The categories covered by Coupon Chief

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Pretty in Pink...oh, and I like the flask

-----The Essential Guide to Molly Ringwald

CNET editor James Kim...loving father & wonderful husband.

Update: Mr. Kim's body has been found...after heroic efforts to get help for his family.
This is very sad....and I am praying for the family.

I am a Bruce Lee fan...not of the movies but of the man himself. The thing that struck me when I saw all the pictures of Mr. Kim was that he reminded me of Bruce Lee...a resemblance & also the fact that you could see that he absolutely loved his wife & children in every photo ever taken. That kind of love is rare in today's day & age.

-----CNET's tribute to James Kim

-----And it has been found that Mr. Kim actually walked 16 miles in his rescue efforts!!!
It is mentioned briefly in the article that I just linked to that the only reason the dangerous road the Kim's went down was open was that a vandal broke in. :-(

-----This is a description of "Doe"...a San Francisco boutique with a lot of handmade things...Kati Kim is the owner. Her other store, Church Street Apothecary also sounds delightful.


And what I blogged about the events leading up to Mr. Kim's passing:
CNET editor & his family MISSING

" The 35-year-old Kim, his 30-year-old wife Kati and daughters Penelope (4 years) and Sabine (7 months) left their home in San Francisco last week on a Thanksgiving road trip to the Pacific Northwest. They were last seen on Saturday, November 25, in Portland, Ore., according to the SFPD's missing persons' report.
The Kims were driving a 2005 silver Saab station wagon with California personalized plates of "DOESF."

"Those with information about the Kim family's whereabouts are asked to contact the SFPD immediately--at 415-558-5508 during normal business hours and at 415-553-1071 after-hours."

" have come in to a Pacific Northwest call center set up in Salem, Ore., she said. That number is 1-800-452-7888."

James Kim went for help about 2 days ago & is still missing!!!
-----Searchers are trying to follow Mr. Kim's footprints
-----Beautiful picture of this family here...please keep the Kim family in your thoughts & prayers.
-----When the family was stuck in the snow, they actually burned there car tires to keep warm....that is unusual & very creative thinking there. Many think that Kim may still be alive somewhere due to his resourcefulness. In what may have been another wise survival attempt during the 10 days he has been stranded, Kim for some reason left a pair of extra pants on a is being speculated that this may be a trail marker.
Superman Returns: Luthor's Payback....a game you can get for your cell phone.
-----Apparently a businessman once planned to operate a topless coffee shop
-----A woman is elected to head the Islamic Society of North America
-----Becoming an American citizen can be a slow process.
-----Are names like Mommy and Daddy going to be a thing of the past???....along with those traditional roles. that chronicles discontinued Disneyland attractions

She Who Does Not Follow Football

Sanford Stadium-Athens, Georgia
Home of the UGA Football Team
Photo by Dirk Duft

Well....I have chosen the teams that I want to follow in the oddest way. I looked at an NFL list & then numbered them & picked by the first numbers I came across in the room. So, I now follow the Detroit Lions, the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. I am going to have fun with this.

Campbell's has this interesting vote for your favorite-football-team-thing called "Click for Cans" going on right now. You can vote once daily & the winning team gets a donation of soup to the food bank of its choice. I voted for the St. Louis Rams today...they are in 7th place right now.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista should be out for the private citizen (versus being a business) at the end of January. I am debating as to whether I should get it for my plans to upgrade on my home computer are much further out as I want the laptop to remain very up-to-date.

I have Windows XP Media Edition on the laptop & I really like that a lot. The animation on the Media Center is just something I am addicted too. I really don't know if Vista will have the same draw for me or if there will be a Vista Media edition. Yes I am drawn to an Operating System partially by asthetics....I am odd. :-)

-----List of requirements for Vista to operate. My laptop is "designed for Windows XP & is Windows Vista capable."

-----Software that works on Vista. I will be looking closely at this as I am really into having a variety of software...especially photo software & 3D animation software (not that I am anywhere but at the beginning of learning animation).

I currently do not use either often but I am annoyed that Win Amp & Nero may have problems or not work. I already have enough problems with both.

Augusto Pinochet....puzzling man.

Like many dictators of our time, the former president of Chile Augusto Pinochet has his supporters. He is said to have rescued his country from Communism while at the same time committing many crimes against humanity. Pinochet has died today.

-----The Wikipedia entry on Pinochet


This is beautiful.
National Park Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Photo taken by Attila Huppert


-----Preliminary hearings in death inquest will be open to the public
-----Princess Diana's driver has been drink & other findings
Support Israel

And it seems to me that the world has forgotten former prime minister Ariel Sharon.

I know that it is unlikely that Mr. Sharon will ever awaken but I wish that one heard more about what is going on. He was recently admitted to & released from ICU...again.

It has been reported that Uri Geller thinks that he can bring Sharon out of his coma.

P.S. I have compassion & pray for all the innocent people in the Israel/Palestine situation.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

St. Paul's Remains

Well...apparently the Vatican has unearthed the remains of Saint Paul.
-----A campaign to send silly string to Iraq...where it is needed.
-----An impressive list of Christmas radio stations on the web. I need to listen to more Christmas music.

This is my favorite right now....New Orleans style Christmas music. It is a stationed called "Lagniappe"...pronounced Lan-yap.

My fave snippet of some song that I caught the end of:
"if I don't hear from you, I'll get these Christmas blues. The way I feel about you right now....Santa,candy and toys just won't do."

-----Hakia....Dave mentioned this new search engine. Hakia lets you search not only with words but by asking questions. It is in the beta stage & I don't know how well it works right now...I couldn't think of a question to test it. :-)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Breakfast at Tiffany's

My husband got me a copy of this as an early Christmas present. It is about a girl who thinks she understands the world & herself....but really doesn't at all. If I remember correctly the movie was made in 1961....anyway the colors and the soundtrack are just beautiful. Henry Mancini's soundtrack illustrates the story beautifully...even the parts where something is sort of humorously amiss (sounds a tad like a record skipping the track...but not annoying). If you have a sensitivity to moderately adult themes than don't watch this (think a little bit like Auntie Mame). The odd thing is I have always liked this movie but this was the first time I ever got to watch it in its entirety. :-)
Did you know that Prohibition was repealed today?

Take Me Back Tuesday Meme....Christmas Music

Take Me Back Tuesday Meme-Week 100

Three Christmas Songs that get you in the holiday spirit:
-Santa Claus is Coming to Town as done by Elvis
-Silent Night in German
-What Child is This?
-Yelling at the Christmas Tree by Billy Idol (lyrics...PG-13ish)
-Adeste Fidelis
-Angels We Have Heard on High
-Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer

Three artists with signature Christmas songs
-whoever does "So this is Christmas"
-"Run Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry
-"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives

Three holiday albums
-White Christmas by Elvis
-Mannheim Steamroller
-I saw Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson on CD when I was checking out at Barnes & Noble last week. I like that song but not necessarily the rest of the CD as I don't know if I have ever heard it.

Yes, I ignored the "three" guideline on the first one. :-)
How would you explain how Fantasy Island worked??? The answers amused me. :-)

Rocky Balboa

This movie comes out on December 22nd if you haven't heard. Slyvester Stallone is the star & one of the directors.

The trailer can be seen on ""...from what I have read it is likely loaded with a lot of flashbacks. I laughed a little as Rocky seemed a little comical in the trailer...but a character worth watching. I will likely see this movie.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Celebrity blogger "Perez Hilton" is being sued.

My new ice cube tray
(in color & in black-and-white)

I bought this for $1.48 at a Wal-Mart. As I mentioned in previous posts, my husband shook his head in amusement at me when I found this. We are having a houseguest later in the week...I will see how long it takes them to notice that their ice cubes are shaped like stars. :-)

And Christmas gets closer

-----If you think about I-Pod would fit in a wouldn't that be a neat thing to get? I have an MP3 this is not a personal hint. :-)

Does Yoda like chocolate?

Well...of course I bought this chocolate because of the name. I was not overly impressed with the wrapping but I am sure that has something to do with being environmentally correct. :-)

I did like that "Dagoba" was written on each & ever piece of my chocolate bar...that enchanted me but then again I am Star Wars obsessed (yes, I know that the spelling of Yoda's home planet ends with an "h"....but I don't's close enough for me). The meaning of "Dagoba" is "temple of the gods."

Upon eating, I observed that the chocolate was a lot like Hershey's but without that oily taste. It also was not overly sweet. I did not get the gagging/sickness that I get after eating more than a little of most American chocolate. It is great that Dagoba is certified organic chocolate.

I am of course a little, this wrapper will be going in a scrapbook or on one of my bulletin boards. If I have time, I will try many more varieties of Dagoba chocolate.

The chocolate bar I had contains traces of milk protein,soy and nuts....FYI for those of you with allergies.

Dagoba Organic Chocolate Company
-----It is looking more & more like Hilary Clinton may run for President.
-----Marine hit by a drunk driver on Thanksgiving Night...regardless of your stand on the issues raised in this posting, it is a sad story.
-----What does the Qur'an say about terrorism???
-----Hugo Chavez wins re-election by wide margin.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Listening To

Jane Siberry..."Love is Everything"
Jane has a pretty voice. I enjoyed listening to this. The song is a sort of ballad & her voice reminds me slightly of Alanis Morissete (spelling).

Also by Jane Siberry..."Viking Heart"
"Flowers that you brought to me....fell into a book that I never read."

Ministry's version of "Lay Lady Lay"

Jennifer Lopez's Ex Publishing a Tell-All???

Jennifer Lopez's first ex-husband is trying to publish a tell-all book. I don't think that he should be allowed to do this. The only way that anyone should be allowed to do something like this is if one of the parties involved did something horrible & it would be a service to society to help them learn how to prevent such an incident. Writing such a book is a pretty disgraceful way to make money.
Oh....and I have always liked Kate Hudson....sad....she is getting a divorce. Well, reading closer, it says that they are just "seperated", maybe there is hope.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

"Super Size Me" & "McLibel"

If you are going to see "Super Size Me," then you might as well go see "McLibel."

Christmas Countdown...It's getting so much closer

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So, how ready for Christmas are you???

-----Students plan ACLU Nativity Scene
A beautiful art installation I read about called "My Mother's Legacy"

Soda Pop Cookery

7-Up Emerald Isle careful making this one. I am going to try it. I am trying to convert my husband to the idea of cooking with soda pop...I grew up with this idea but he had never heard of anyone doing it.

Below is a cake that we had for desert recently. It was okay but not excellent. I did like the icing on the top but for the most part it tasted like a flavored Twinkie. I need to try something with some real flavor if my husband is ever going to agree with me that cooking with pop is neat.

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt...Light

I am home with a cold...uggh. Anyway I am a big comic book fan & this is one of my posters (lit by one of my favorite lamps).

I left the reflection (which I think is coming from the television) as part of it looks like it fits in with "The Target"...well, at least to me it does.

The second picture looks kind of lit up. It is just cropped from the above & with a negative of the few negative pictures that I have been pleased with.


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Photo Theme. Join the blogroll. Visit participants.

Out of all the photos that I have visited....this is my favorite so far...beautiful.
Will Smith may be buying the Philadelphia 76ers.

Friday, December 01, 2006

My first Limoncello

Limoncello on 11/14/06

Limoncello on 11/30/06
I put it in the window for the photo...
so that you can see how yellow it is now.

I am making a lemon liquer called "limoncello." I am using this recipe....I have adjusted it a little as I had less lemon ready.

I will be making bigger batches of limoncello. There are so many slight variations in the different recipes on the will be fun to try a few. I like making things that require some loving, the recipe I am using takes 80 days!!! I may be able to cut the first 40 days a little short...the vodka/lemon mixture is ready for the second stage when the peels have lost their the utmost the first stage will end on December 22.

I will also try just drinking the lemon vodka that results (before the syrup is added).

My husband tells me that I am making a "tincture" right now.

Another thing to try:
Limoncello Cream

And I guess I am not the only one interested in Limoncello lately....a rather puzzling incident with Danny DeVito...I can't figure out what that's all about yet.
-----Well...I am not so puzzled after reading more details.
-----But then again, I am puzzled. I have now seen the part of "The View" that tongues are wagging about. Words are being attributed to him in some instances that he didn't even come up with. Yes, Mr. DeVito was PG-13ish in one spot but no it was not the drunken spectacle that I have seen written in every news article. Welcome to the American media....shame on the person who originally started this game of "Telephone."

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