Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina and Other Stuff

Anyone interested in financially assisting the victims of hurricane Katrina can go to the American Red Cross to donate money. Whether it is a $1 or $1,000 anything is better than nothing. Please donate.

I plan to donate as soon as some money I am expecting shows up in my Paypal account. Then I will have to transfer it to my bank acct before I can donate. But it is worth the hassel.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be sent to the victims and their families.

After doing some brain-storming I am flirting with the idea of starting an online adult toy store. I have always wanted to start my own store and this is something that I think would generate decent money and it is selling products that I think most of us enjoy buying. *wink wink* It is still early days of research but once I do the necessary research to figure out what it will involve, I will look into starting the process.

I have had lots of time on my hands recently for brain-storming as you can tell.

posted at 1:22 PM

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Good News!

VERY VERY good news concerning work found in my Office Politics blog.

I'll be working soon!!

On other news:

Alice


You're the type of person who likes structure and routine when it's not there but when you have it you just want freedom. You're a loyal and honest friend and a very logical thinker. You tend to think too deeply about some things and not enough about others...

Which character from Alice In Wonderland are you?


posted at 12:53 PM

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hurricane Katrina


I seriously doubt those in direct danger of Katrina will be reading this blog right now, but on the off chance you are. Or on the off chance that a family member of someone in Katrina's path is reading this...

FOR GOD'S SAKE EVACUATE AND TAKE COVER!

I keep hearing all night of the few people who CHOOSE to stay in their homes while the hurricane tears through New Orleans and surrounding areas. Why? Your home and it's various items are NOT worth risking your life for.

Please please please evacuate and save your life.

posted at 6:38 PM

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Ladies...

If you wear a wig PLEASE fork out the money for a good quality one. I am so tired of seeing bad wigs on beautiful women.

First off wear a color that looks natural on you. Secondly try to get one where the seams aren't so easy to see. That makes it a dead giveaway that you are wearing a wig.

You are beautiful so for God's sake, take the ratty, old, cheap, ugly wig off!

posted at 9:48 AM

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A Fine Day

Some positive news in my Office Politics blog! Aside from that, everything else is going okay. Just been flopping around the house and surfing the net all day.

Took the pup out for a nice walk this afternoon. A nice change of scenery! The weather was mild and felt nice. I might make this a regular thing if the weather continues to be nice. I am tempted to take the walk sans pup but I would feel bad leaving him home since he enjoys the walk so much. Puppy 3

Either way, I am getting more exercise this way and getting myself off this computer.
Sleepy

posted at 5:19 PM

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Monday, August 22, 2005

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Fake mag cover

I created that magazine cover by going here: Flickr .

I used a pic of my dog, Peppy, and also added one of my cats' names to it for fun.

posted at 7:26 PM

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

New Style

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This is me sportin' my new style!

After having my hair in braids all these years I have decided (mostly because I am broke) to go natural. No chemical relaxers, no braids. Just the hair the Lord gave me.

For my first style I found the single afro puff on this awesome site for natural hair styles. That site has been a life saver for me because without it I would be sporting a bun for the rest of the time until I could afford to start going to a salon.

I want to try the Wash And Go next week.

posted at 6:52 PM

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

New Lifestyle and Loving It!

Weighing

I am down 15 pounds with my low carb lifestyle!!! I am right on track. Most people lose between 5-15 pounds in the first two weeks, then their weight loss stalls for a week or two. Then they start losing 5-10 pounds per MONTH after that.

I am heading into my third week so I shouldn't be surprised if I see my weight stall or slow down to a crawl from now on. But at least I am on track!!

Last night I was able to buy lots of low carb foods to assist me in my new found lifestyle. Low-carb bread, cream cheese, soy milk, lots of meat and veggies, unsweetend baking chocolate for the occasional treat, lots of eggs, fish, more Splenda, Atkins creamy French dressing, sugar free jelly, soy flour for baking and frying, ect.

I am all set to continue on my weight loss path. And I have decided to make this a lifestyle and not a diet. I am hoping to get up to 30 grams of carbs a day for life. As long as I take my multi-vitamin, eat lots of veggies and some fruits and try to bake instead of fry, this will be a very healthy way of life.

My only downfall now is fried foods. I even eat less red meat just because I prefer chicken, turkey, and fish these days. But Atkins does not restrict the meats. But if I want to make this a lifestyle choice it would be better if I got my protein through white meat and fish with the occasional red meat just so it is a lean portion.

It will truly be a test to my will power come the holidays but there are lots of desserts that I can have on this diet. Mock Danish (yummmm), Mock French Toast, Cinnamon Crispies, Mock chocolate cheesecake, No flour chocolate cake, ect. I have been collecting reciepes online and have a TON of websites that have hundreds of desserts and salty snacks I can have when I am craving a certain type of food. Armed with this ammo I should be able to ride out the holidays guilt free and thinner.

Bottom line is now I am 15 pounds down and I only have 40 pounds to go!! YAY!

posted at 9:25 AM

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Class Get Together Part 2

I woke up and had a epiphany of sorts about this reunion I am about to miss.
Bravo

Being the proactive person that I am, I have decided to team up with my friend and plan for another get together with our class in two years! I am hoping that Labor Day weekend 2007 will be a good time for everyone. I will find out once my friend comes back from the reunion with everyone's answers.

But if all goes well, we can start planning a big bash for 2007.

The reason I am insisting on 2007 is because I don't think many people would want another get together so soon after this upcoming one. Once a year seems a little much for those of us who live out of state and have families of our own.

Also, two years gives people enough time to save money for travel, get in shape to look gooood (me), and plan for the weekend way ahead of time.

Cross your fingers that this all works out and that I will be able to see my classmates (all of them) in 2007! My Fingers Are Crossed

posted at 8:30 AM

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

New News

Life can't get any worse. I graduated with a class of 16. For the past 10 years several of us have tried everything we could to get EVERYONE together for a weekend of fun but in past years only a few of us showed up.

Then our 10th year reunion is this year and I move to NJ, am more broke than I have ever been and I CANNOT GO. This after I find out that EVERYONE in our class is going to be there.

I am so upset right now I can't even say.

Then I ask myself, this was the same class that I hated being part of in highschool because I was never accepted since I was so introverted.

So why do I NEED to be with these people? Is it to brag about how far I've come in my life since highschool? Is it to try one more time to be accepted in the group?

Maybe it is all of that, maybe it is none of that. I don't know. My raw emotion is that I am extremely upset about missing this. Who knows when the next time will be that we can all be together for a weekend of fun.

posted at 2:41 PM

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So Far All Is Well

Today is going better. The job situation has a fresh optimistic outlook (see my office blog for details).

Now I just need to get off my ass and vacuum, clean the kitchen, and finally clean that kitchen table off.

Off to clean...

posted at 10:28 AM

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Some frustrating news in my Office Politics blog.

Throw Computer

posted at 7:41 PM

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Monday, August 15, 2005

A New Day Has Dawned

I feel much better today. I spent the whole day yesterday with my MIL because we had to do laundry at her house. I really don't think she meant a personal jab at me the other day. I talked to my dh later that day when he got home and he said that she definitly didn't mean anything by it. He said my MIL and FIL argue about that very thing all the time so she just innocently assumed me and dh fought about the same thing.

Spending all day with her really helped me to see that. At one point she even mentioned she hated cleaning and that she cleans just enough to make things look neat and tidy. She said this sort of out of the blue so I am wondering if she felt bad for what she said the day before and that was her way of making mends. It worked! I feel much better.

Thank you to everyone who gave me good advice in comments. You calmed my nerves and dried my tears.

On other news: I am officially 10 pounds lighter! My low-carb lifestyle is paying off. I am expected to lose between 5-15 pounds the first two weeks then 5-10 pounds every month after. So far I am doing very well. It is only Day 8 of my new lifestyle and I am already 10 pounds down.

Yay me!! Dieting

posted at 9:22 AM

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

I Want My Mom!!!

Today I cried. I am still crying and trying to calm down.

I have never been a "great" housekeeper. To be frighteningly honest, I am a lousy housekeeper. My house is messy. Never gross or disgusting, just messy. Over the years I have gotten better with cleaning but there are still days when my house is piles of papers, books, clothes hanging out on tables, in corners, or on the floor of my closet. Clutter. That is what it is and I am terrible about it.

The past month dh has been working 40-50 hours a week in contruction and I have been home not working. Trying my best I have done as much as I can to keep the house clutter free. Aside from the kitchen table which is PILED with things that haven't moved since we moved in the house and a few bits and pieces in the living room, the house seems decent to me. I wash dishes every day or every other day, the bathroom is clean. The carpets are vacuumed often but with a dog that enjoys chewing sticks and cardboard boxes, it always seems messy.

My MIL just came over and I know she wasn't trying to hurt me but she said something that hit me hard. We were talking about the fact that dh and I fight more that we don't see each other 24/7. We tend to do better when we see each other ALL THE TIME for some reason. She said that she guesses we probably fought over him thinking I don't do enough around the house now that he is out working physical labor and can't be expected to do housework when I've been home all day long.

It took everything in me to not say, "Please mind your own business". But I didn't. I admitted that we had fought a couple of times about that but no, I don't think he should have to do housework when he is working and I am not. I also told her that he understands when I start working we will have to divide up our chores since he can't expect me to clean house and work at the same time all by myself. She got really quite and didn't comment further.

I love my MIL because she is really sweet and I learn a lot from her, but she can be so typical mother-in-lawish. My own mother wasn't this way with me so this is hard for me to swallow right now.

I am truly trying my best and I am sorry that my best isn't as good as her worst day. I am sorry that I am spoiled (my parents were VERY lenient with chores) and for some reason I haven't grown up and out of that.

I am sorry that I don't feel the need to spend 90% of my time cleaning like she does.

I am sorry I am not who she wants me to be and to be honest, I am not the person she would have picked for her son.

I am just sorry.

posted at 8:51 AM

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Vet Emergency But Broke

After buying our house and moving cross country and me not working, we are BROKE. So broke in fact that we are back in bad debt again.

Out of desperation I will be working for a company called Verafast. The good news is that it is still working from home. The bad news is that it is outbound calling (no sales though) and it doesn't pay as well as Willow. But until a client hires on Willow, I am sitting here not working.

Also, from the effects of being broke, we cannot afford to take our dog to the vet. A month ago the symtoms started but they have gotten more frequent. What happens is that he will stand up then immediately go into a poo stance but instead of pooing (he is housetrained) he starts jerking his back and back legs like he is in spasms. It goes away just as quickly as it starts and then he goes about his day normally.

At first we thought he was sleepwalking because he only does it when he first wakes up. So we would run him to the back door thinking he was about to poo on the floor. He would run with us but he would still be stooped over jerking as he runs. Then we get him outside and he doesn't go to the bathroom.

Many online sources told me to go to a vet ASAP, but being that we have no cash on hand I wasn't sure how we would do this.

One of the vet's websites mentions a credit card called Care Credit. It is only used for veterinarian services and only at vets that accept it as a payment option. Luckily I found a vet that uses it. So I applied for it online and surprisingly we got one with a credit line of $1K.

We are in debt and the last thing we needed was another credit card. But our pets health is VERY important to us and we could not live with ourselves if something happens to them just because we can't afford treatment.

Most of my feels very relieved that now we can make an appt with the vet for our pup but another part of me is panicking about the cost.

Hopefully Verafast will call back ASAP so that I can start with them by the middle of next week at least.

posted at 8:42 AM

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bored Housewife

I am so bored right now. Part of me can't wait to start work but another part of me is nervous starting my new job.

My days are filled with house cleaning, internet surfing, tv watching and some reading.

As a matter of fact, I just finished a really good book. It is called Back Roads and was written by Tawni O'Dell. I am still thinking "wow" about that book and I finished it yesterday.

posted at 2:11 PM

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Gaming Death

I know what it's like to get into a game and wind up spending 8-10 hours playing it non-stop. One of my "fondest" memories of this was when I bought the original Sims game. I had Mondays off from work so every Monday I would play The Sims the minute I woke up and 9 hours late my husband would come home and I would still be in my PJs, hair all messy, and asides from chips and maybe some milk I hadn't eaten a thing all day.

I would walk downstairs after this marathon game playing and think I was in the Sims game. I would think several days had passed because in Sims time I had already went through several days. I wasn't crazy and I wasn't incoherent. I would snap out of my game daze and get back to the real world.

But a man in Japan spent 50 hours non-stop, playing a game online at an internet cafe. He wound up dying of a heart attack. He was only 28 years old. He was so addicted to gaming that he died over it.

I like to think I would never take things that far but if I did it once, I could do it again. The only reasons I peeled myself from the computer was my husband coming home and getting me out of my daze and the fact that I had to work Tuesday thru Friday for 10 hour shifts.

Is it in me to become just as addicted to a game as to spend 50 hours playing it? Probably. That seems to be the norm though. I hear teens talking about playing games for 10-14 hours on the weekends or during the summer. I hear adults talking about being addicted to games in the same way, except if they work, the don't spend as much time on them as the teens get to.

My father in law has been known to spend countless hours on his Xbox. If he didn't have to work and if he didn't have other responsibilities I wonder if he could go 50 hours playing his favorite games. Seems possible.

No matter what your age, race, gender, or nationality, gaming and the internet has spawned a new generation of addiction. No longer is there only alcoholism, drug addiction, and sex addiction. In this new millennium there is also gaming/internet addiction to sadly add to this list.

posted at 7:37 AM

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I finally had our cell phone numbers changed to local numbers. For the past month our cell phones still had Kansas numbers even though we are now living in NJ.

In other news, I am on day 3 of Atkins diet. I am craving sweets and carbs and am grouchy as hell. As a matter of fact I just blew up on someone on a message board about something they said. I am honestly angry at their comment but my grouchiness caused me to lay my feelings out for the world to see it (the message board). I am sure my comments will cause a "war" of sorts but that was not my intentions.

I hear it is normal to be moody during the first two weeks of this Atkins diet so I guess I am just following the norm.

Here is hoping the "war" doesn't turn out bad and that I lose weight on this damned diet. :D

posted at 6:39 PM

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Being On Drugs While Taping A Reality Show

I am addicted to the new reality show Being Bobby Brown . I thought the Anna Nicole Show was a train wreck, Being Bobby Brown is like watching a meteor hitting a train!

The Browns are crazy!! I never thought Bobby was all with it but I never realized just how out of it he is. And Whitney Houston is just as "out of it" as he is so they feed off each other. I can't take my eyes off them when they are on.

The only reason I get sad is seeing their daughter, the most normal one in the family, having to deal with parents like that.

This series should be used in the D.A.R.E program to show kids what can happen to you if you start doing drugs.

At least it's entertaining...

posted at 6:10 PM

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

My Two Blogs

Starting today I will be posting work-related materials in my "Office Politics" blog found under "Blogs I Read..." section of my blog. The reason is that since I have two blogs, I really should use both and not just this one.

So even though I have some breaking news/good news about my work from home venture, I won't talk about it on THIS blog but I will on my Office Politics blog. Sound good?

As for the rest of my life, that will still be published on this blog.

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