Thursday, July 31, 2008

I will particpate in August's IComLeaveWe. :-)


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I participated and enjoyed this during July. :-)

I tried for Iron Commentership but my schedule did not give me time to do that. An Iron Commenter is someone who comments to all the participants by the end of the week. Being an Iron Commenter is very impressive.

I was happy that I met a lot of neat people and look forward to meeting even more Bloggers next time. Someday, I will be an Iron Commenter. :-)

Social drinking? So some people say.

Alcohol Rehabilitation

Sometimes, people have to go to Rehab. Yes, this makes me think of an Amy Winehouse song. It also makes me think of a few people that I know who are in a LOT of denial. I will start blogging about Alcohol Treatment less when these people at least start taking steps to deal with the problem...I expect that I will just be blogging and hoping on this forever. :-( :-( :-(

Sunset Malibu is a rehab center that offers alcohol detox, drug addiction treatment and depression treatment. A gentle and caring approach is emphasized.

I would imagine that a stay at Drug Rehab Sunset Malibu might be more expensive then some Rehabs...but it is still the right environment for some patients. It is luxurious,private and with a limited number of people.

Drug Rehab Sunset Malibu pursues the traditional recovery methods as well as the holistic medicines like acupuncture,yoga,massage and herbology. I think that this is the best way to look at recovery....trying many things from an educated prospective in a safe,comfortable environment.

The views at the compound are spectacular. There are also outdoor activities....surfing,horseback riding,hiking. This kind of addiction can be so damaging to one's spirit...perhaps, these kind of things can help with the healing.

Alcohol Detox is obviously not an easy thing. I just wish that I could somehow inspire the courage for the people I am referring to....who don't see that alcohol is ruling and ruining their ENTIRE lives (and has been for some time).

Consider these type of posts my attempt to stop the dominoes from their continued fall.

Methods and goals

Also treated at the facility:
Eating disorders
Pain killer addiction
Substance abuse...Drug Treatment Center

Drug Rehab Sunset Malibu is one of the top California drug rehab centers.
http://www.drugrehabsunsetmalibu.com/

Alcohol Abuse

1-800-332-9202

MISC.-Chinese Tea Culture,Hidden Van Goghs,drinking games and musical problems.

-----Chinese Tea Culture. I wonder if there are similar tea houses in China Town...I would like to see a traditional Chinese tea house.
-----Hidden portrait of a woman that was underneath a Van Gogh painting is reconstructed. I would like to see more of these uncovered.
-----The war against Beer Pong,Water Pong and drinking games. Have you ever played a drinking game? I guess I am a bit conservative, I have never played a drinking game in my life...and have never even seen one played.
-----How much is listening to music on earphones damaging your ears?

My Food Comfort Zones 101 Project :-)

  1. Salmonella...not that salmonella. Speaking of which...the salmonella warning on U.S. tomatoes has been lifted! The warning on certain peppers HAS NOT.
  2. Lizard Tongues on Crackers...Thank you, to Payaso for the suggestions on where to buy lizard tongues. :-)
  3. Deep-Fried Beer Battered Pizza
  4. Homemade Bacon Vodka
  5. Bacon cups for salads....like taco bowls.
  6. Chocolate-covered bacon. I would love to see you blog this one if you try the recipe. In the comments of the recipe, someone suggested making Chocolate-Covered McNuggets. I will be trying a chocolate-covered McNugget....but I am not expecting to be a big fan. :-)
  7. Spam Shake
  8. Louisiana Sweet Fish Pie
  9. The Fools Gold Loaf...I have to try this because I am Elvis-obsessed. I have known about this sandwich for years.
  10. McNugget McBurger Pizza
  11. Fillet of Whale with Mushroom Sauce
  12. Hawaiian Caribou
  13. Chunky Cat Barf....don't worry.
  14. Chicken Noodle Pistachio Pound Cake
  15. Garlic Ice Cream
  16. Schnitzel Pop Tarts
  17. Legendary Sandwich
  18. The Fattest Luther Burger Ever...I don't know why but I find it super-repulsive.
  19. The Super Burger Dog
  20. "Mega Hamburger 3"
  21. Tasty Amsterdam Mashed Potatoes with Sauerkraut
  22. Lobster Tails with Sherry Stuffing...the stuffing is Stovetop Stuffing. We did some cooking with sherry this week....steak sandwiches.
  23. Eggs with Cucumbers
  24. Spaghetti-Tuna Buns
  25. "Mega Hamburger 2"
  26. Orange Sauerkraut
  27. Chicken Pickletelli
  28. The Scotch Ostrich Egg
  29. Rutabaga Cake
  30. The 100% Bacon Burger (and Tim's Cascade Habanero Chips)
  31. Deviled Ostrich Egg
  32. Buffalo Chicken, Bleu Cheese and Potato Chip Balls
  33. Bacon Cheese Bacon Burger
  34. Tuna-Noodle Luncheon Mold...noodles in Jello.
  35. Masked Hot Dogs...again Jello.
  36. wildwilly's Paradise Burger
  37. Bacon Popcorn
  38. Chocolate Popcorn
  39. The Hot Dog Loaf
  40. Bacon Carmel
  41. Rose Petal Soup
  42. Cactus Candy
  43. "Another Weird PB Sandwich"
  44. A "weird lasagna" recipe
  45. The Bacon,Cheese and Beer Dog
  46. Macaroni, Cheese and Mini hot-dog Tiramisu
  47. Nacho Burrito on a Pizza
  48. Jelly Belly Giant Cookie Pizza
  49. Spring Turnips with Greens and Raisins
  50. Meatcake
  51. Summer Meatcake...pretty and weird.
  52. Sugar-Free Gummy Worms
  53. Ramen Fried "Rice"
  54. Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
  55. Taco Cheesecake...an appetizer.
  56. Unbelievable Pumpkin Fudge
  57. Perky Olive Penguins
  58. Twinkie Strawberry Surprise
  59. Polish Doughnut Holes
  60. Art's Funky Grilled Cheese
  61. Chicken Flamingo...does not involve flamingo-eating.
  62. Apple Butter Bread
  63. Frito's Hot Bean Dip...with American jalapenos...because of the pepper scare.
  64. Violet Dowda's Green Grape Pie
  65. Cream of Lettuce Soup
  66. Cream of Wheat Pudding
I have a purpose for compiling this list of recipes. This will be a list of 101 "weird recipes" and I will write about what I have learned by preparing them. When I am done with the first 101, then I will start another set. :-)

This should be INTERESTING. I expect to learn a little about cooking and a little about myself (and those that I can get to brave my experiments). :-)

I am still in the composition/modification phase of the list. I have to make sure each recipe is something that I can absoulutely find the supplies and equipment for. I also have to schedule out the more calorie/fat-laden items....I don't want to foster a health problem. Stay tuned.

New Hope Medical Center

http://www.newhopemedicalcenter.com/

I am a worry wart and I spend some of my time worrying about cancer....there have been a few cases of it in my family (but I haven't been able to find out what kind). In any case, I always feel so sad for those that I know online and in real-life that get cancer.

I think that there is a lot of possibility for fighting most illnesses. Sometimes, I feel like people either don't have the resources or willpower to fight a disease...they (or family members) give up before exploring options. Though I know that having money helps, I say look at how Patrick Swayze is doing (in light of the fact that he has looked at and tried less-traditional alternatives).

I think that treatment of a disease should be looked at in a more open-minded way...not we tried this, it didn't work, and now we wait for an inevitable conclusion. With most cancers there are so many alternative cancer treatments that one could look at.

Treatments for cancer

I know that alternative cancer treatments are not FDA-approved, but I would still do some research on these if I had such an illness. I like that New Hope Medical Center combines both the the traditional medicine and the alternative....in an attempt to do what might best help the patient.

New Hope claims that their strategy is very comprehensive....they have over 50 years of experience in treating cancer! Their treatment strategy even has a name...."The New Hope Treatment Method."

The New Hope Treatment is composed of things that have been scientifically proven and are compatible with traditional medicine. I think that this kind of strategy is good to try if one knows that the patient can participate in rational decision-making about such or the caretaker knows that the patient would have wanted to try such.

Wow!....many staff members were once patients themselves (or had family members treated at the facility. The program embraces and encourages family being present. I think there is also some encouragement of spiritual components to the healing process.

The facility has a home-like atmosphere. :-) Literally....as it is an out-patient facility. :-)

Team consists of:
Oncologists
Nutritionists
Nurses

Treats:
Cancer
Lupus (another one that worries me with my thyroid problems)
Chronic Degenerative diseases
ALS
Immune disorders
Hepatitis C
Fibromyalgia
Fatigue Syndrome
Allergies
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Arthritis

Basic program includes:
Body detoxification (sometimes I read about this and will be exploring this idea more)
Diet improvement
Nutritional plans
Support of the normal metabolic processes (obviously crucial to restore)

Craniosacral Therapy (I do not know what this is.)
Acupuncture
Massage
Lymph drainage
Relaxation Techniques
Stress Management
Education about leading a healthy life style

alternative cancer center
alternative cancer treatment

Testimonials....I like that financing is available.

Thursday Thirteen

1. A light bulb that has been burning for 108 years. Is it possible to still make light bulbs this way and would the longevity mean that they were better for the environment?

2. The House votes to let the FDA regulate tobacco


3. President Bush signed the Housing Bill. Let us hope that this provides the relief intended.

4. 50+ Microsoft Word shortcuts....I have really been meaning to go through and learn/re-learn the shortcuts.

5. ScrapsOfMind.com


6.


I have never known anyone who had blood cancer....but this is a wonderful thing to raise public awareness about. There are neat give-aways involved with this event. Go take a look. :-)

7. A blogger's account of being in the 5.4 earthquake in California


8. "10 Things to Scratch From Your Worry List."
-----I am not worried about the fat in hot dogs...but I do sometimes worry about the nitrates and so on.I do not buy hot dogs when this type of scare is going on.
-----I wonder what the statistics are for the air conditioner depleting the car battery. The last that I had read, air conditioning still does this at least a little.

9. I redeemed some of my MyPoints for a gas card. How are you trying to save on gas?

10. "My Take"....blog of a Stay-At-Home Mama

11. CNet's Digital Home DIY Projects


12. I just signed up as a member of the Peoples' Choice Awards. While voting, I was very upset to learn that Conan O'Brien is taking over The Tonight Show. I am hoping that Jay Leno goes somewhere where he can still do a lot of the routines that he currently does.

13. For the ultra-geeky, Cthulhu campaign pins (and other Cthulhu pins). :-)
http://www.cafepress.com/ChristoGoth

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lost Boys: The Tribe (Spoilers)



"Lost Boys: The Tribe"...out on DVD....now. Husband came home with a copy of it when he stepped out to get pop this evening. I excitedly watched this (at first, only for the historical-ness of it all).

Some of the thoughts/moments on my viewing:
-----The music is pretty good. Nice and loud.
-----The reference to the original soundtrack at the beginning.
-----The protections at Frog Brothers.... :-)
-----Angus Sutherland....youngest son of Donald. When I saw the trailers reminded me of Hayden Christensen.
-----Keifer Sutherland's full name is "Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland???"
-----"The Goonies"
-----Ophelia on Shane's wall...drowning.
-----The rose (neat but how is this achieved?)
-----Lisa (the dancing girl),cussing, nudity,gore
-----We have the un-rated version. The rated version is rated "R."
-----The part with Lisa?.....mothballs?
-----Edgar Frog....or Rambo?
-----Eddie Frog.
-----More comic book educational moments
-----Raw eggs are not good for you. Is the frog juice for sentimental reasons?
-----When the bad news is broken to Nicole.
-----Our Doggie snoring during the instrumental modification of the original Song.
-----Mostly like the original song when the words were added. A moment I was waiting for.
-----Vampire tattoos.
-----Nice cars.
-----Motorcycles,surfing.....music went well.
-----Reminded me of Point Break (and the original movie)....wanting to be part of a neat group but knowing that entailed extreme changes that would go against what one has always stood for.
-----The aunt. I did not like her at all.
-----Some of the music reminded me of The Doors
-----World's strangest Minister...with silly weapons.
-----There is definitely gore.
-----Angus still looks like Anakin.

Well...we thought the movie would be horrible.....because the trailers looked absolutely ridiculous. It was actually a great movie!

I will have to watch the end music at some other point as it was accidentally turned off.

Back to work on my Food Comfort Zones 101 project.....

  1. Salmonella...not that salmonella. Speaking of which...the salmonella warning on U.S. tomatoes has been lifted! The warning on certain peppers HAS NOT.
  2. Lizard Tongues on Crackers...Thank you, to Payaso for the suggestions on where to buy lizard tongues. :-)
  3. Deep-Fried Beer Battered Pizza
  4. Homemade Bacon Vodka
  5. Bacon cups for salads....like taco bowls.
  6. Chocolate-covered bacon. I would love to see you blog this one if you try the recipe. In the comments of the recipe, someone suggested making Chocolate-Covered McNuggets. I will be trying a chocolate-covered McNugget....but I am not expecting to be a big fan. :-)
  7. Spam Shake
  8. Louisiana Sweet Fish Pie
  9. The Fools Gold Loaf...I have to try this because I am Elvis-obsessed. I have known about this sandwich for years.
  10. McNugget McBurger Pizza
  11. Fillet of Whale with Mushroom Sauce
  12. Hawaiian Caribou
  13. Chunky Cat Barf....don't worry.
  14. Chicken Noodle Pistachio Pound Cake
  15. Garlic Ice Cream
  16. Schnitzel Pop Tarts
  17. Legendary Sandwich
  18. The Fattest Luther Burger Ever...I don't know why but I find it super-repulsive.
  19. The Super Burger Dog
  20. "Mega Hamburger 3"
  21. Tasty Amsterdam Mashed Potatoes with Sauerkraut
  22. Lobster Tails with Sherry Stuffing...the stuffing is Stovetop Stuffing. We did some cooking with sherry this week....steak sandwiches.
  23. Eggs with Cucumbers
  24. Spaghetti-Tuna Buns
  25. "Mega Hamburger 2"
  26. Orange Sauerkraut
  27. Chicken Pickletelli
  28. The Scotch Ostrich Egg
  29. Rutabaga Cake
  30. The 100% Bacon Burger (and Tim's Cascade Habanero Chips)
  31. Deviled Ostrich Egg
  32. Buffalo Chicken, Bleu Cheese and Potato Chip Balls
  33. Bacon Cheese Bacon Burger
  34. Tuna-Noodle Luncheon Mold...noodles in Jello.
  35. Masked Hot Dogs...again Jello.
  36. wildwilly's Paradise Burger
  37. Bacon Popcorn
  38. Chocolate Popcorn
  39. The Hot Dog Loaf
  40. Bacon Carmel
  41. Rose Petal Soup
  42. Cactus Candy
  43. "Another Weird PB Sandwich"
  44. A "weird lasagna" recipe
  45. The Bacon,Cheese and Beer Dog
  46. Macaroni, Cheese and Mini hot-dog Tiramisu
  47. Nacho Burrito on a Pizza
  48. Jelly Belly Giant Cookie Pizza
  49. Spring Turnips with Greens and Raisins
  50. Meatcake
  51. Summer Meatcake...pretty and weird.
  52. Sugar-Free Gummy Worms
  53. Ramen Fried "Rice"
  54. Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
  55. Taco Cheesecake...an appetizer.
  56. Unbelievable Pumpkin Fudge
  57. Perky Olive Penguins
  58. Twinkie Strawberry Surprise
  59. Polish Doughnut Holes
  60. Art's Funky Grilled Cheese
I have a purpose for compiling this list of recipes. This will be a list of 101 "weird recipes" and I will write about what I have learned by preparing them. When I am done with the first 101, then I will start another set. :-)

This should be INTERESTING. I expect to learn a little about cooking and a little about myself (and those that I can get to brave my experiments). :-)

I am still in the composition/modification phase of the list. Stay tuned.

LifeLock :-)

http://www.idtheftquiz.org/

I am still looking at LifeLock. I want to try their free trial but I am waiting a while as I am not using many cards right now. I want to try it out at a time when I can judge how effective it will truly be for me.

LifeLock is America's Number 1 Identity Theft Protection Program. LifeLock guarantees your identity up to 1,000,000...that's a LOT of confidence in one's service. LifeLock's CEO has even posted his social security number on the Internet...when his identity was compromised, the service was able to spare him damage very quickly. :-)

Comparison of LifeLock to other Identity Theft Protection Programs

What does LifeLock do?
LifeLock:
-Replaces documents when your purse or wallet is lost/stolen ("WalletLock")
-Places/renews fraud alerts on accounts at the credit bureaus. Remembering to renew fraud alerts is VERY important when your identity has been compromised.
-Performs "ERecon."...scans the internet for private info (that you did not give permission to have published)
-Removes your name from phone solicitation and junk mail lists. No pre-approved offers for thieves to take. No trickery (or annoyance) with phone solicitations.

I will be using promotion code "RD17" when I try out this service. RD17 entitles me to a 30-day trial. RD17 also includes your choice of discounts....$11 off an annual subscription or 10% of subscription cost (if you choose to pay monthly).

LifeLock.com

Life Lock
-----How the cost of gas is affecting health care :-(
-----President Bush approves a military execution

Monday, July 28, 2008

There Will Come Soft Rains.....


There Will Come Soft Rains from Peter Cotter on Vimeo.

"This animation is based on the short story of the same name by Ray Bradbury. It follows the day of an automated house as it goes about its daily chores. Despite the "intelligence" of the house it is unaware that the family that it so dutifully looks after are no longer there."

My blog means a lot to me.


My blog is worth $199,847.16.
How much is your blog worth?



I haven't done this in-a-while. :-) I would not sell my blog if I were offered this much. What price would you sell your blog for?


Why did I post this? Well...let's just say that some people in this world annoy me-more than a little. To thine own self be true....learn who that is and stop making fun/out-casting those who know themselves.

Lost Boys: The Tribe



"Lost Boys: The Tribe"...on DVD July 29th. We will be buying this within the next few weeks. Of course, I will review it here on my blog. :-)
Plans to grow England's largest continuous native forest

Tidbits starting with the letter "I." :-)

-----Indie Bath and Body Stuff...including contests
-----Indestructible Dog Toys. These kind of reviews always interest me. Doggie 1 has destructed 1-and-a-half dog toys today...both of which were just purchased today.
-----Indian (Native American) food made instant....Quaker sells many varieties of grits..."Red Eye Gravy & Country Ham",for instance. The Quaker site includes recipes using grits.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rissy Roos
I am excited because I have found DRESSES. :-)

http://www.rissyroos.com/ ...in The Shoppes at Cornerstone in Linwood, New Jersey. Rissy Roos has the latest trends and designers...clothing,dresses,shoes and accessories.

A nice thing is that this store is for women of all ages...and for many occasions.

Of the Bridal Dresses there is one that I particularly like the back of. I wish that it were on a different style of dress though. I will be looking into this designer.

Spectacular:
-----Every dress is put into a registry....thus insuring that no dress of the same style is sold for the same event. :-)
-----As far as dresses go, there is something for all life stages...from Quinceanera to Mother of the Bride. :-)
-----There is something for all styles to. I am a bit conservative and found quiet a few truly beautiful pieces on here. Now, I just to pick which I will go with and decide on when. I am pining for a dress with one of the little bolero jackets....not sure which one-something beautiful. :-)

I am particularly into dresses...so, I am happy to see such a great selection:

Sizes:
0 to 24
14W to 28W
Juniors, Missy, and Plus sizes.

-----Coordinating purses...in multiple colors. For some reason, I am particularly fond of La Regale's "Pearl Ottoman" bag...it reminds me of milk glass. :-)

prom dresses
plus size prom dresses
designer shoes
jeans...I will be keeping an eye on the boot-cut and wide-leg styles.

There is a lot to look at on this site...so stay tuned as I work my way through. :-)

West Fried Chicken



I don't know what caster sugar is.

The KFC comment made me smile....I thought of the movement towards "unchicken."

Friday, July 25, 2008

Renuzit TriScents.....

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This week I have started trying out Renuzit TriScents...a scented oil air freshener. This is a unit that plugs into the wall and has three scents that transition every 45 minutes. I am enjoying the product though it is taking a while for me to figure out what it is truly going to be like in my home.

The intensity of the scent can be adjusted by a button on the side. At first, the button was stiff....so, I set the unit to the max scent (as I was getting no scent).
Day Three and it seems to be working very well. :-)

As soon as it could be smelled, those who were in my house who had allergies started getting concerned. Thus far, this has been alright for the allergy-sufferers. That rarely happens. :-)

The scents that I have:
Waterfall Mist
After the Rain...my fave so far.
Pure Breeze
These are the "Morning Meadow Collection." The Morning Meadow collection is supposed to give one's home a fresh,energetic tone.

The unit was really easy to use...holds three bottles in a little framework...these bottles plug into the dispenser which plugs into the wall. The plug is adjustable for outlets that are sideways. This was a little loose in my outlet....but seems to be alright.

There is also a "Seaside Breezes Collection":
Relaxing Waves
Beach Breezes
Ocean Oasis
The Seaside Breezes Collection is to help introduce a cool,calm feeling to the home. :-)

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There are a lot of really nice people on here. So far it seems that it is a group composed entirely of women....are there any men participating?

Caring is Sharing....with stem cells, too. :-)

C'elle website

Celle is running a special limited-time promotion right now that might sound "icky" to some...but it could save lives. Through C'Elle, stem cells can be harvested from menstrual blood and possibly used to treat life-threatening diseases. During the "Caring is Sharing" promotion, a woman can purchase C'elle for herself and give the service as a gift for free.

A woman's loved ones can benefit from C'Elle in many ways. Stem cells can possibly help treat things like heart disease,osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. These stem cells can be useful to close relatives....siblings,parents, children and herself. :-)

C'Elle is supposed to be safe and easy...I am not quite sure how the process works but I will be looking into that. This is something that can be done each month and in the privacy of one's home.



However it is done, the process is non-invasive and the menstrual cells are cryo-preserved after they are processed. Cryo-preserved=stored at a very low temperature. I am not sure how long cryo-preservation is good for....whether these cells could be around for future generations-I don't know.

These cells (though some may consider them icky) do have a lot of potential uses....things Science probably hasn't even thought of yet. For me, this is a good idea as it does not use stem cells that sacrifice any life and I would think that the process is made as sanitary as possible.

The cells may also one day be used for sports medicine or things like anti-aging treatments (the latter not being something that I am so sure that I approve of).

Anyway....definitely a unique gift. :-)


C'elle Client Testimonial
C'elle website



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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

1. Colonial soap-making...history and techniques

2.


3. Blogs:
Bacon is My Enemy
My Cup 2 Yours

4.
I found a date through zombie harmony - one of the best free dating sites for zombies
Created by Mingle2.com (Dating for non-zombies)
OK..I didn't find a date there....but I smiled. :-)

And now I need to listen to The Hooters..."All You Zombies."


5. Obama says that he will give his Vice President a lot of work....that his choice will be based on the ability to do that work and not on who can help him win states.


6. Shower Shock Caffeinated Body Wash. I want to try this...hoping that, if it tingles, it is a comfortable tingle.

7. A registry-cleaning product that I am going to try. I will write a review of how it goes. :-)

8. Streakers at the polo match


9. Rare photographs from Indian history.

10. The Shark Shield

11. Stenciling T-Shirts

12. En Rouge Designs...colorful. I could see some of them on the wall in a child's room. :-) Which do you like?

13. One Thirteen that I particularly liked was about "Christmas in July."
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Petcaretips.net

http://petcaretips.net/

Pet information made fun. :-) A site to help your pet live a long and healthy life. I read through a lot of these sites to learn more about taking care of Doggies (and I want to have a horse sometime in my lifetime).

Mainly, I have been looking at the dog section of this website.
What not to do when feeding your dog. I did not know that many dogs have problems with milk...this would possibly explain the really bad breath that Doggie 2 gets from licking any milk products. I did know not to feed Doggies excess amounts of liver...not that I would anyway as I am not very fond of the general liver smell. The part about not eating out of plastic bowls was surprising...I wonder if it applies to drinking,too.

Though I find them beautiful, I am not really a cat person. As I have gotten older, I do not deal easily with the smell of litter boxes (or some cats).
Cat Behavior and Training

In the birds section, there is an extensive list of birds commonly kept as pets. Wild birds are also discussed.
Backyard Bird feeding

Small pets are all that many people can have...and many apartment dwellers are not even permitted to have that. I liked the idea of small pets for first time pet owners (for instance, children learning about responsibilities).

Small pets do require a high level of care though, too. I have had small pets that required a LOT of care...especially when I am nursing them back to health after recieving them from someone who took VERY poor care of them. I have several horror stories of accepting an animal only to find that it was VERY sick when I got it.

Anyway...before I get angry, back to the Petcaretips.net website. Small animals discussed on this site include pet and wild rabbits,fish,reptiles,rodents,turtles and invertebrates. There are also fun things like posters and so on in each section of Small Pets. :-)

Natural cat food andNatural dog food are discussed....of course, these are what is best. I will be looking into this as I cannot always find Science Diet. :-)

Natural cat food
Natural dog food

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

-----Amazing sink
-----"The Skinny on Sodium Lauryl Sulfate"...a common ingredient in many beauty products. Is this an ingredient you avoid??

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sea salt scrub (recipe)
52% Movie Freak

Movie Reviews



I found this quiz on Angelika's blog. I have been intending to write a list of all the movies that I would like to purchase and put it in my purse...that way I can pick them up as I come across them.

What will be on the list. First of all, believe it or not, I have never seen "Casablanca" all the way through.
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Speaking of movies, the "Escape from New York" remake with Gerard Butler ("300") still seems to be coming along...it now has an Internet Movie Database page. I am annoyed that the development page can only be viewed with the Pro version of IMDB....very annoyed.
http://www.infinityrugs.com/...Persian rugs,Oriental rugs and hand-knotted rugs. Oh, and of course, area rugs....I am obsessed with area rugs. :-)

Brands like:
Calvin Klein
Candice Olson
Nourison
Hellenic...I am looking at something from the Milan collection.
Surya
Momeni

Infinity offers many of the most popular rug fashions.

Two of the best rug collections on the market are Nourison 2000 and Hellenic Private Reserve...both of are carried by Infinity. Nourison 2000 and Hellenic Reserve are area carpets (my favorite kind)...made with the best wool available. Both rug types are densely hand-knotted (enhances the feel and thickness). They should last a very long time. :-) I am thinking of one of these two as a Christmas present for someone I know that is also rug-happy.....need to look through and see if there is anything suitable.

There are over 30,000 rugs....but Infinity tries to make it as easy as possible to sort it all out and find what you are looking for. That is one of the things that impresses me....ease of navigation on the website (a lot of rug companies don't have that).

Rugs that are hard to get are Infinity's specialty. Though there are a lot of rare finds, Infinity also keeps a large quantity of regular stock...which can be shipped pretty quickly (usually a few days).

Hand-knotted rugs....many of which look heirloom. :-)

Infinity is owned by Plaza Rugs (a company that I have blogged about before). Both Infinity Rugs and Plaza Rugs place an emphasis on good service.

Of course, I always get excited when companies offer free shipping. :-) There is also a 30-day guarantee and price-matching. No restocking fees and no sales tax. Plus, an easy return process. I am VERY IMPRESSED by the emphasis on making it easy for the customer.

Designers,etc. will be happy to know:
Infinity OFTEN helps designers to help find floor coverings for their projects. Commercial projects (including hotels and offices) are welcome. The company can be called for special-trade only deals. :-)

Hand Knotted Rugs
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One Word

I got this meme from "The Mom" ...who got it from Tena....who got it from "Manic Mom".

Answer in one word:
1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your significant other? snoring
3. Your hair? coconutty
4. Your mother? pretty
5. Your father? wise
6. Your favorite thing? blogging
7. Your dream last night? forgotten
8. Your favorite drink? cappuccino
9. Your dream/goal? entrepreneur
10. The room you’re in? bedroom
11. Your church? Bible
12. Your fear? death
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? motherhood
14. Where were you last night? home
15. What you’re not? coordinated
16. Muffins? blueberry
17. One of your wish list items? DSLR
18. Where you grew up? rigid
19. The last thing you did? thirsty
20. What are you wearing? t-shirt
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? Doggies
23. Your computer? Duo
24. Your life? expanding
25. Your mood? thoughtful
26. Missing someone? yes
27. Your car? annoying
28. Something you’re not wearing? glasses
29. Favorite store? JCPenny
30. Your summer? humid
31. Like(love) someone? Husband
32. Your favorite color? Green
33. Last time you laughed? yesterday
34. Last time you cried? inwardly

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Gwynn's Gifts...an Etsy shop that makes me smile.





Gwynn's Gifts
Gwynn primarily makes handmade earring greeting cards....a greeting card with a pretty pair of earrings attached somewhere on it. Gwynn makes other greeting cards,too...both individual cards and sets.

I like the Spirelli greeting cards...string art like the one pictured above...I sometimes draw Spirelli and know that this can be a lot of work.

Sometimes Gwynn makes jewelry pieces independent of the earring greeting cards ...like the Blood Jasper earrings pictured above. There are none listed right now, but she also makes necklaces...which I will be excited to see. :-)

Gwynn DOES DO CUSTOM ORDERS. :-)It appears that her Etsy shop sometimes has sale items and Gwynn has an excellent sales record.

PRETTY....and a very sweet and thoughtful gift.

Still working on Food Comfort Zones 101

  1. Salmonella...not that salmonella. Speaking of which...the salmonella warning on U.S. tomatoes has been lifted! The warning on certain peppers HAS NOT.
  2. Lizard Tongues on Crackers...Thank you, to Payaso for the suggestions on where to buy lizard tongues. :-)
  3. Deep-Fried Beer Battered Pizza
  4. Homemade Bacon Vodka
  5. Bacon cups for salads....like taco bowls.
  6. Chocolate-covered bacon. I would love to see you blog this one if you try the recipe. In the comments of the recipe, someone suggested making Chocolate-Covered McNuggets.
  7. Spam Shake
  8. Louisiana Sweet Fish Pie
  9. The Fools Gold Loaf...I have to try this because I am Elvis-obsessed. I have known about this sandwich for years.
  10. McNugget McBurger Pizza
  11. Fillet of Whale with Mushroom Sauce
  12. Hawaiian Caribou
  13. Chunky Cat Barf....don't worry.
  14. Chicken Noodle Pistachio Pound Cake
  15. Garlic Ice Cream
  16. Schnitzel Pop Tarts
  17. Legendary Sandwich
  18. The Fattest Luther Burger Ever...I don't know why but I find it super-repulsive.
  19. The Super Burger Dog
  20. "Mega Hamburger 3"
  21. Tasty Amsterdam Mashed Potatoes with Sauerkraut
  22. Lobster Tails with Sherry Stuffing...the stuffing is Stovetop Stuffing
  23. Eggs with Cucumbers
  24. Spaghetti-Tuna Buns
  25. "Mega Hamburger 2"
  26. Orange Sauerkraut
  27. Chicken Pickletelli
  28. The Scotch Ostrich Egg
  29. Rutabaga Cake
  30. The 100% Bacon Burger (and Tim's Cascade Habanero Chips)
  31. Deviled Ostrich Egg
  32. Buffalo Chicken, Bleu Cheese and Potato Chip Balls
  33. Bacon Cheese Bacon Burger
  34. Tuna-Noodle Luncheon Mold...noodles in Jello.
  35. Masked Hot Dogs...again Jello.
  36. wildwilly's Paradise Burger
  37. Bacon Popcorn
  38. Chocolate Popcorn
  39. The Hot Dog Loaf
  40. Bacon Carmel
  41. Rose Petal Soup
  42. Cactus Candy
  43. "Another Weird PB Sandwich"
  44. A "weird lasagna" recipe
  45. The Bacon,Cheese and Beer Dog
  46. Macaroni, Cheese and Mini hot-dog Tiramisu
  47. Nacho Burrito on a Pizza
  48. Jelly Belly Giant Cookie Pizza
  49. Spring Turnips with Greens and Raisins
I have a purpose for compiling this list of recipes. This will be a list of 101 "weird recipes" and I will write about what I have learned by preparing them. When I am done with the first 101, then I will start another set. :-)

This should be INTERESTING. I expect to learn a little about cooking and a little about myself (and those that I can get to brave my experiments). :-)

I am still in the composition/modification phase of the list. Stay tuned.
-----Time for Campaignin'...video will make you smile.
-----How often does your credit score change? AND what's your Bills IQ?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Very Cool :-)

------Bubble Wrap Chocolate...very cool.

-----Lucky Girl Trading Co.-the blog of a very sweet young woman who makes jewelry and has an Etsy shop.

Batch cooking...someday....and other frugal bits.


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It has been a goal of mine to get a deep-freeze for a while...so, I can do massive amounts of batch cooking. I have seen uber-organized people on TV who freeze meals once a month....often flattening out entire meals on cooking sheets so they pile up beautifully. :-)

I was excited to find this post on "ground beef batch cooking." Actually I was excited to find the blog the ground beef entry appeared on in general...."Frugal Upstate."

I will be spending a LOT of time browsing through Frugal Upstate. It seems that they are really getting involved in making frugal choices. Very impressive thus far. :-)

What's Your Bills IQ??? :-)




http://www.bills.com/iq/
This morning, I took a "Bills IQ" quiz.

Once one takes the quiz, there are tips to help improve financial stability. :-)

Let's see:
-----I use "Credit Karma" to monitor my credit score. I learned (and guessed correctly on the quiz) that payment history is the most important part of your credit score.
-----One should not carry a balance over 33% of the limit on any account. This is good to know...especially for things like clothing store cards....why damage one's credit over purchases that are almost optional?
-----I have never filed bankruptcy. Apparently, bankruptcy can affect you for up to 10 years....I thought that it was 7-8.
-----I know my credit card rates but I don't necessarily pay the highest first...I go more by due date. I pay at least a dollar over the minimum to improve my credit and I have recently read that I should pay ten dollars or more over to pay off faster. I agree with this site that figuring out credit card rates can be very confusing.
-----Lately, I have been able to set something aside for a rainy day. :-) I know from a recent Oprah episode that I should save around 10% of my income.
-----Sometimes I keep a budget and sometimes I keep track in my head....both are working well for me. Naturally, the recommendation is to keep a budget. :-) I spend a lot of time crunching numbers against bills and expected income...sometimes I write this info on a calendar...I guess that's an informal budget...I do that practically every day. :-)

My BillsIQ was 87% (which is a B).

There also offers on this website that are supposed to help cut rates and payments. You can tell the offers "no, thanks." I will come back and look at the offers later...you never know when you might find something helpful. :-)



Credit counseling

Friday, July 18, 2008

More work on my newest project....Food Comfort Zones 101

  1. Salmonella...not that salmonella. Speaking of which...the salmonella warning on U.S. tomatoes has been lifted! The warning on certain peppers HAS NOT.
  2. Lizard Tongues on Crackers...Thank you, to Payaso for the suggestions on where to buy lizard tongues. :-)
  3. Deep-Fried Beer Battered Pizza
  4. Homemade Bacon Vodka
  5. Bacon cups for salads....like taco bowls.
  6. Chocolate-covered bacon. I would love to see you blog this one if you try the recipe. In the comments of the recipe, someone suggested making Chocolate-Covered McNuggets.
  7. Spam Shake
  8. Louisiana Sweet Fish Pie
  9. The Fools Gold Loaf...I have to try this because I am Elvis-obsessed. I have known about this sandwich for years.
  10. McNugget McBurger Pizza
  11. Fillet of Whale with Mushroom Sauce
  12. Hawaiian Caribou
  13. Chunky Cat Barf....don't worry.
  14. Chicken Noodle Pistachio Pound Cake
  15. Garlic Ice Cream
  16. Schnitzel Pop Tarts
  17. Legendary Sandwich
  18. The Fattest Luther Burger Ever...I don't know why but I find it super-repulsive.
  19. The Super Burger Dog
  20. "Mega Hamburger 3"
  21. Tasty Amsterdam Mashed Potatoes with Sauerkraut
  22. Lobster Tails with Sherry Stuffing...the stuffing is Stovetop Stuffing
  23. Eggs with Cucumbers
  24. Spaghetti-Tuna Buns
  25. "Mega Hamburger 2"
  26. Orange Sauerkraut
  27. Chicken Pickletelli
  28. The Scotch Ostrich Egg
  29. Rutabaga Cake
  30. The 100% Bacon Burger (and Tim's Cascade Habanero Chips)
  31. Deviled Ostrich Egg
  32. Buffalo Chicken, Bleu Cheese and Potato Chip Balls
  33. Bacon Cheese Bacon Burger
  34. Tuna-Noodle Luncheon Mold...noodles in Jello.
  35. Masked Hot Dogs...again Jello.
  36. wildwilly's Paradise Burger
  37. Bacon Popcorn
  38. Chocolate Popcorn
I have a purpose for compiling this list of recipes. This will be a list of 101 "weird recipes" and I will write about what I have learned by preparing them. When I am done with the first 101, then I will start another set. :-) This should be INTERESTING.

I am still in the composition/modification phase of the list. Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Nice finds :-)

-----Cool...felted pottery.
-----"Summer in a Jar"...making jam

Still learning about home loans and so on.....

As I have mentioned previously, I am learning all that I can about mortgages in order to successfully complete some of the goals in my personal life plan. Right now I am looking at Low.com.

Get a home refinance quote. Up until today, I thought that refinancing one's mortgage was something dreadful. I have found out that there are actually good reasons to refinance....to take advantage of lower rates or to get better terms (the latter would likely be because your credit score has improved and you are a better risk). I am proud of myself...I am learning and remembering. :-)

Then there is cash-out refinancing. I do not understand this other than the obvious fact that one gets cash by re-financing...if you are reading this and understand, please help me understand.

I have also figured out, I think, that taking out a home equity loan basically means taking out a second mortgage. I am not sure when this could be a good thing to do...necessary, yes....but good?

Another thing that I found useful on here was a small section on how to pay off credit cards faster. I will definitely be trying this...even if it is only comfortable to do one card at a time. I have been advised to pay at least a dollar over minimum to improve credit...but I had never really been told a specific number that would comfortably make it so that cards can get paid off faster.

Low.com also tries to help consumers find cheap car insurance. There is a search box for automobile insurance quotes. As we all know,super-pedestrians excluded, vehicle insurance can be a payment that is absolutely dreaded.

Well...I learned a little more. It is easier for me if I actually look at some of the sites and services available....versus reading some droll text or insurance/real estate blog. I glean clues to how it all works at a comfortable pace. How did you learn about various insurances and loans? What still puzzles you?

http://www.low.com/

-----Home Purchase Loan Quotes
-----Home Owners Insurance Quotes
-----Debt Consolidation Loan Quotes
-----Life Insurance Quotes...this is longer than the other pages, so save some time to fill it out.
-----Health Insurance Quotes...another form that is a little longer. :-)

Food Comfort Zones 101

-----Salmonella...not that salmonella. Speaking of which...the salmonella warning on U.S. tomatoes has been lifted! The warning on certain peppers HAS NOT.
-----Lizard Tongues on Crackers...where does one buy lizard tongues?
-----Deep-Fried Beer Battered Pizza
-----Recipe for Homemade Bacon Vodka
-----How to make bacon cups for salads....like taco bowls.
-----Chocolate-covered bacon. I would love to see you blog this one if you try the recipe. In the comments of the recipe, someone suggested making Chocolate-Covered McNuggets.
-----Spam Shake
-----Louisiana Sweet Fish Pie
-----The Fools Gold Loaf...I have to try this because I am Elvis-obsessed. I have known about this sandwich for years.
-----The McNugget McBurger Pizza
-----Fillet of Whale with Mushroom Sauce
-----Hawaiian Caribou
-----Chunky Cat Barf....don't worry.
-----Chicken Noodle Pistachio Pound Cake
------Garlic Ice Cream
-----Schnitzel Pop Tarts
-----Legendary Sandwich
-----The Fattest Luther Burger Ever...I don't know why but I find it super-repulsive.
-----The Super Burger Dog
-----"Mega Hamburger 3"
-----Tasty Amsterdam Mashed Potatoes with Sauerkraut

I have a purpose for compiling this list of recipes....stay tuned and you will see. :-) You will be seeing this list (still in the composition/modification phase) often as I may be making a lot of these. Stay tuned. :-)
First U.S. town completely powered by wind....wow. How is your town doing on environmental improvements?

Unusual foods

"Unusual foods"

Includes:

Guinea pig meat
....that is one I have never heard of people eating. I found a picture of what the cooked meat looks like....you would never guess "guinea pig." The picture I found also includes a link for to a recipe for Brined Guinea Pig with Parsley Sauce and Guacamole Salad.

Turducken....think about what it sound like. Click and see if you are right. I would actually try this one.
Chef Paul Prudhomme's recipe for Turducken...it takes a LOT of ingredients. Interesting substitute for Thanksgiving turkey.
"The Turducken Movie"...shows how laborious this process can be.

Canned frogs....I do like frog legs. I wonder what canned frogs are preserved in. Later the "Unusual Food" pictures do include frog legs...I have never seen them before cooking....yug.

AND
The Cheeto that looks like Jesus praying.
How to avoid "camera shake". Something I need to read closely. I have a tendency to get shaky hands for an ENTIRE set of photos.

STS Jewels....Tanzanite among other things. :-)

One of the first things that attracted my attention about the STS Jewels website was the fact that Tanzanite is their specialty. I don't make that many mall excursions anymore...but the Tanzanite displays are always one of the things that I stop at in any of the jewelry stores there.

I do not own any Tanzanite and I have wanted to for a while. The cornflower blue color is just so beautiful. Tanzanite is the only birthstone to be added to the official birthstone list since 1912 (December's birthstone).

STS is a pretty large company...over 1800 employees worldwide. There are facilities/employees in New York, Bangkok, India,Thailand and Hong Kong. STS employees many visualizers and designers. They even use CAD and Rapid Prototyping machines (I know that this is usually a massive investment-both monetarily and in software or training). The company impresses me as one that is constantly coming up with new things.

The latest addition to STS has been a state-of-the art microweight rope chain manufacturing plant. This is exciting to me for the sheer precision of such a piece of jewelry. I have gone through a lot of rope chains...heavy,irritating and EASILY breakable if done wrong. Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry can't be worn right now due to bad rope chains.

Some of the gemstones that I find interesting:
-----Kornerupine
-----Scapolite
-----Iolite.I have never seen a piece. I might like it better than the Tanzanite. :-)

  • Profile of STS Jewels.The company has nearly total vertical integration. I am a long-time Business student and I am embarrassed to admit that I don't know what that means anymore...something for me to look up.
  • STS Jewels----->link points to a site that sometimes lists job openings...I did not see any current openings.)
  • STS Jewels----->link to news of a new company President last year. :-)

http://www.stsjewels.com/


STS Jewels

Thursday Thirteen...... :-) :-) :-)

1. Schools says that young Native American boy can not have long hair.

2. I am glad that this happened in a bathtub and not a pool. I have seen horrendous incidents on television where childrens' hands get stuck in pool drains. At least with a bathtub, one can bail the water out. I am glad that the little boy is OK and hope that the parents are able to afford a really nice new bathroom. Plenty of pictures for when telling the story later.

3. Man arrested after trying to perform an exorcism at the office of a weapons manufacturer.

4. E-coli outbreak (beef) now in 5 states


5. Recipes....all from GroupRecipes.com (a site I like so much)
Tex Mex Savory Waffles
Tomato Swirl Bread...pretty.
Russian Rose Rum Preserve. I have never been brave enough to try eating rose petals from the florist (this is likely a good thing). I really want to try this but I am having trouble finding edible rose petals where I don't have to buy an actual bush. If I really like this recipe, I will give/send little jars as Christmas gifts. :-)

6. "9 to 5" is going to be a Broadway musical! The article I linked to includes a video of an interview with Dolly Parton.

7. "The 20 Healthiest Foods for Under a $1"....though some of these ARE NOT under a dollar where I live.

8. PLEASE VOTE FOR ME:
My site was nominated for Best Blog About Stuff!
Please vote for me....if you would like. :-) It is one of my dreams to win this contest. :-)

9. Trying to figure out a way to fit an armchair among all the furniture we have in the bedroom. What accommodations have you made to fit your Blogging-lifestyle?

10.


11. A pretty large Mythbusters experiment....they are looking for volunteers.

12. California residents to vote on whether to ban same-sex marriages. What would your vote be and why?

13. 25 Signs You Have Grown Up....I fit 13 of the 25.
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