Sunday, August 30, 2009

It's All About Me .... Again

A while ago. Edie @ Rich Gifts, posted this post from an email she received. Many of her answers were really funny. You should go check it out by clicking HERE. Anyway, I decided to give it a go.

1. Were you named after anyone? Yes, my great, great grandmother. But even more importantly, my grandfather named his boat after me!

2. When was the lst time you cried? That is completely confidential.

3. Do you like your handwriting? yes, when someone else writes it for me.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Turkey (the real kind that you use after Thanksgiving).

5. Do you have kids? I think so.

6. If you were another person, would you want to be friends with you? I'm not sure. I think I would give myself a headache.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Only when it is very inappropriate.

8. Do you still have your tonsils? Don't you wish you knew!

9. Would you bungee jump? Been there. Done that. Loved it. Would do it again in a second!

10. What is your favorite cereal? (Do you really care?) Probably Lucky Charms. I like to keep it healthy.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Okay, I'm going to cheat here and use Edie's answer. I loved it. Only when they have shoelaces.

12. Do you think you are strong? I used to be...until I hurt my back.

13. What is your favorite ice cream? Butter Brickle, and it is VERY hard to find.

14. What is the first thing you notice about people? I'm not sure. I think whether or not they are talking TO me or DOWN AT me.

15. Red or Pink? Red...and anything besides pink.

16. What is the least favorite thing about yourself? That as I get older, I cannot do the things I used to be able to do.

17. Who do you miss the most? My grandmother.

18. What color shoes are you wearing? Yellow Hi-top Chuck Taylors.

19. What was the last thing you ate? A cracker (boy, that was exciting!)

20.What are you listening to right now? Just the clicking of the computer keys.

21. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? If I was a crayon, I doubt I would care.

22. Favorite smells? OK, this will sound stupid but I love the smell that my gear has after I've been in a house fire.

23. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Chatty Kelly.

24. Favorite sports to watch? On tv-none, Live-well, if it is a close or exciting game, then any. Guess what, I'm not a big sports enthusiast.

25. Hair Color- Revlon Light Ash Brown #50. Oh before that? Brown.

26. Eye color? It depends what I'm doing. I've been told that they are green at certain times. Otherwise they are brown.

27. Contacts- In my cell phone-Yes. In my eyes- No.


This is longer than I realized. I'll finish it later.

Chow! (mein)

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Space and Windows and Java...Oh My!

Computer Lingo = A Lost MyADHDMe.

Chatty Kelly and I were talking about a video clip from You Tube the other day. She commented that it had gone Viral.


She explained to me what it meant in computer terms. I also looked it up on Wikipedia, "A viral video is a video clip that gains widespread popularity through the process of internet sharing." it became well-liked, popular, trendy, famous, faddish.

It made me start thinking of all of the computer lingo that has, quite often, left me staring at the person talking about it, with a glazed zoned out look on my face (unlike the typical zoned out look)....completely oblivious to what they are talking about.

It all started back when people started talking about computer viruses. My dictionary defines a virus as "an ultramicroscopic (20-300 nm in diameter) metabolically inert, infections agent that replicates ONLY within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants and animals; composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat and in more complex types a surrounding envelope"

(I think I need a dictionary for my dictionary)

So, ok, I guess it makes sense to call "a segment of self-replicating codes planted illegally in a computer program, often to damage or shut down a system or network", a virus.....even though it makes me nervous because virus' ONLY replicate within the cells of living hosts.

OK, I'm completely confused now just from reading what I've written so far.

Monkeys Are Funny.

I'm switching channels here. My main idea here (and you thought I didn't have one) is that if the world of computers is so advanced and savvy, then why can't they come up with new words to describe things. It isn't just computers either. I'm talking about technology in general.

A few examples:

A mouse = a small rodent that scurries around looking for bread crumbs.
My Space - My Room
Hardware = Purchased at a HARDWARE nuts, bolts, screws.....
Java = Coffee
Dial-Up = What you did on grandma's rotary phone.
RAM = What my son did with his car when he hit the other car(s).
Disk = Frisbee
Windows = Glass covered holes in the walls of your house to look outside, (remember outside?)
Server = The girl or guy that brings you your food at a resturant.
Menu = What you looked at so you could tell the "server" what you wanted to eat.
Blackberry / Blueberry = Same family as Raspberry and Strawberry
Cut & Paste = Scissors and Glue
Cookies = Dessert.
Motherboard = I'm not quite sure but it sounds like a word from Star trek or a major insult.
Home = Your House.
PDF = Pretty Darn Funny
Twitter & Tweet = The sounds the birds are making outside the "WINDOWS" .

I'm sure the list goes on, but you get my idea...don't you? Of COURSE you do!
you silly goose......hhhmmmm....

Goose = Internet jargon for posts that don't make sense.

(ok, maybe not)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today Is Tuesday. You Know What That Means.

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a Special Guest!!!

Today was the birthday of a man that the New York Times was quoted as being "one of the most prodigally talented and successful musicians in American history".

Leonard Bernstein (Aug 25, 1918-Oct 14, 1990) , was one of the first conductors that was born and educated in the United States, to receive worldwide acclaim. He received The Ditson Conductors Award, The Sonning Award (Denmark), The George Peabody Medal (Johns Hopkins University), 8 Grammys, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and A Tony Award.....just to name a few.

He was a conductor, composer, author, teacher and pianist. He composed 3 symphonies, 2 operas, 5 musicals and numerous other pieces.

There is no doubt about what I think of when I hear his name. West Side Story. (You may want to fast forward to 2:22 on this clip. That's when the song starts.)

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Simply Today

Wow, I'm impressed. I'm actually going to follow up my last post with what I said I was going to do.

The Simple Woman's Daybook....Otherwise Known as "A Daybook Entry, or Something Like That". Partially revised and written while at Kings Dominion Amusement Park.

OUTSIDE- It is getting late in the day and the lights are lit up on the rides. My favorite time of day at King's Dominion.

I AM THINKING- Although I've been here numerous times in the past, this year is significantly less crowded. We seldom wait over 2-3 rotations to get on a ride. Although this is great for us, I don't see how a place as huge and expensive to operate like this, will be able to keep running if the next few years don't get any better.

I AM THANKFUL FOR- Seeing "Alberquando" and his cousin JT having such a great time. I am also thankful for the short lines. I am also thankful to see my cautious son breaking away from me, going off with his cousin, and riding some rides that I thought he would never get on.

FROM THE READING ROOM- I brought "90 Minutes in Heaven" to read while I am here. I borrowed it from Chatty Kelly about 6 months ago and finally picked it up to read. God's timing comes through again. As I have been feeling sorry for myself because I am in pain and my back is preventing me from doing so many of the things I love to do, there was a part of this book that was screaming out at me. The man, who was terribly hurt, was complaining about what he couldn't do. His friend told him to make a list of everything he COULD do. As I read that I realized that there is A LOT more that I can do, than cannot.

FROM THE KITCHEN- Do I smell funnel cakes?

I AM WEARING- Blue Jean shorts and an Albany, Oregon Fire Dept t-shirt. Of course I am in Virginia. But, when I bought a strobe flashing red light for my car (for running calls from home) the guy that sold it to me on e-bay, also included the t-shirt as a bonus. Firefighters=Family.

I AM CREATING- Memories. (For myself and hopefully for Alberquando and his cousin)

I AM GOING- to do a lot of walking today. But that's a good thing.

I AM HOPING-Actually nothing right at this moment. Just enjoying the occasional breeze and the chance to do a little bit of reading and writing.

AROUND THE HOUSE- Can't think of that right now. Way too much work to get will still be there tomorrow.

I AM HEARING- Screaming from the rides. Laughter. Buzzers and bells from the games, and the sounds of the rides. But believe it or not, I am also hearing nothing as I sit here reading and writing.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS- Well, while I'm here I'd have to say thrill rides. There is one called the Drop Zone. It raises you v e r y s l o w l y up in the air 275 feet. Then it just drops all the way down. It feels like a free fall and it is a fabulous and exhilarating ride. (wonder why my back is messed up). I won't be riding anything today.
To give you an idea of how high 275 feet is, When I went Bungee Jumping, they only have you go up 100 feet. Also, the huge tall ladder on our fire truck goes up 100 feet. THAT is a lot. 275 feet is INCREDIBLE!

A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK- Ha, who knows. I do know that when we leave here, we're going home. And JT is spending the night. As for the rest......we shall see!! .

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Daybook Entry.......Or Something Like That....Just Not Today

I have seen The Simple Woman's Daybook at various places, such as Bonita's and Sue J's blogs....among other places. I believe it is originally from Peggy.

Anyway, (I'll get back to that in a moment...if I remember to). This year we bought season passes to Kings Dominion (Amusement Park). My sister ET did too. It was probably one of the best investments we've made in a long time. I doubt there is anywhere we could go for even one weekend that would have cost less and we have made it a point to go once or twice a week.

I probably have as much fun as the kids. I love roller coasters and probably all of the rides, as long as they don't spin. I can go speeding along at 80 mph on a roller coaster, but put me on a carousel and after 3 or 4 rotations I really feel pretty ill.

Unfortunately, roller coasters and degenerative disks in your back just don't go well together.

I am not very good at just sitting. I usually need to be doing something. (however, I have learned to occasionally Shut Up And Listen).

Now when we go to Kings Dominion, I take my "Goodie Bag".

It is a back pack with a book, a notebook, a puzzle book, and a camera . I still get the exercise of walking all over the park with the kids, but when they ride the rides, i sit down (with the other little old ladies) and either read, write, or take pictures.

One of the things I did, was copy out The Simple Woman's Daybook and took that with me to do there. I thought it would put a different perspective on things, since they are usually done from ones home. I was going to type it our here, however, it has taken an entire post for me to type out what I was going to do...SO, my NEXT post will be The Simple Woman's Daybook from Kings know, I'm not sure how I feel about calling myself simple. I'm very sure I have been called many things, but Simple isn't one of them. I liked it when Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee called me A Whirling Dervish.

Maybe I'll just call it Today, Here and Now, or My Daybook. Then again, if I do that but take it completely from The Simple Woman's Daybook, it may look like I'm trying to commit perjury .... wait ...not perjury, I mean plagiarism. Hhhmmm... maybe I SHOULD call it The Simple Woman's Daybook. I DON'T KNOW!! Perhaps I'll call it Post #267

Nope, after checking the Thesaurus, and choosing the Synonyms that I wanted (there were some in there that weren't quite as nice), I found that Simple can also mean:
Opposite of MyADHDMe

(Ok, I added the last one)

SO, My next post will be some kind of Daybook. On the other hand, I may forget all about this and write about something completely different...... whew..............

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Today Is Tuesday. You Know What That Means!

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a Special Guest!

Today, August 18th, is a very important day.

1st of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIGI!!! (my niece and Chatty Kelly's daughter).
2nd it was my Grandmother's birthday.
3rd, on August 18, 1920, women achieved the right to vote with the August 18, 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment.

So wiggle your ears.
Like good Mouskateers.
Cause Tuesday is Guest Star Day!!!!


Saturday, August 15, 2009

15 Minutes of Fame

Have any of you noticed that you can have can get on tv now for almost anything?

I'm one of those people that leaves my tv on most of the time when I'm home. I don't really watch it. I just like the background noise. Sometimes when it is too quiet, my thoughts go crazy (imagine that).

Well, because I've been laid up recently, I've actually "watched" more tv than usual. Things that people used to be embarrassed about are now things that people will go on tv and show the world.

The other night I couldn't sleep. I was trying to find something interesting on tv. With cable tv and 60 plus channels, you would think there would be SOMETHING interesting to watch.....NOT.

In the middle of the night, there are about 3 choices:

1. Have your credit card handy.
2. Court TV
3. Somebody's 15 Minutes of Fame Show.

Here's a Recap of those shows:

1. Have your credit card handy- Billy Mayes (RIP) was cool. So fun to watch AND he made ANYTHING look like it was something you just couldn't live without......especially if you ordered immediately because you then would get TWO, not one but TWO for the same low price of $19.99 +S&H.

BUT, if I put my bath robe on backwards, I can already feel like I have a Snuggie.

A Slap Chop would end up on the shelf in my laundry room next to my Quik Chop.

I don't believe I can lose inches in just 2 weeks by pulling on a giant rubber band.

AND I am quite sure that rubbing an oval shaped emery board over my legs will not make my legs hair free for weeks.


2. Court TV- If you ever want to sue your neighbor, friend, enemy, ex boyfriend/girlfriend, ex husband/wife, mother, father, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, pastor, mechanic, lover, ex-lover, ex-lover's girlfriend, ex-lover's boyfriend, ex-lover's girlfriend AND boyfriend, or the random person walking down the sure to do it on tv.

You can go see Judge Judy, Judge Alex, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Hatchett, Judge Mathis, Judge Karen, Judge Jeanne Pirro, Divorce Court, Peoples Court, Open Court, and that guy that wears the cowboy hat (can't remember his name).

So what if you were dumb enough to bail them out of jail twice, buy them a new Playstation, put their rent-a-car or cell phone in your name, or send them money even though you only met them over the internet, then go ahead and sue them. Please be sure to do it on television so we can ALL hear about your bedroom and drug habits too. And PLEASE don't forget to ask for the extra money for pain, suffering and emotional distress.


3. Somebody's 15 minutes of Fame Show- This is the worst yet. I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down (in one sitting) all the "15 minutes of Fame" shows that I saw on the tv guide channel.

My Super Sixteen
Sixteen and Pregnant
Maternity Ward
Bringing Home Baby
Clean House
Nanny 911
Wife Swap
World's Strictest Parents
Little People Big World
My First Place
How DO I Look?
Fat Pets
It's Me or The Dog
Extreme Makeover
My Parents House
Date My Mom
I Love New York
Cash Cab
Real Housewives of Orange County

Maybe I'll make my own show. I'll call it, "I Hurt my Back, Watched too much TV and my House is a Wreck". Then after that show runs its course, I'll go on court tv and sue Kings Dominion because I hurt my back----even though there WAS a sign posted at every ride. Just think! With all the money I win, I can then go and buy a Slap Chop. I wonder if it doesn't work, if I can sue....




Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Today Is Tuesday. You Know What That Means...

Today is Tuesday.
You know what that means.
We're gonna have a special guest!!!

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We interrupt this post for a special announcement.
A special THANK YOU to Sue J for handling last Tuesday's special guest.
My contract with all of these tv personalities, song artists, ad agencies etc, requires that a Tuesday special guest be posted every Tuesday. Had Sue J not stepped up to the plate, I very well may have lost my contract and that would have been the end of the Tuesday Special Guest. And THAT, my friends....would be a shame. So....everyone.....a round of applause for Sue J for saving the day!!!

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***BEEP BEEP BEEP*******

We now return to our regularly scheduled program....already in progress.

I must admit that whenever my back goes out of whack, that I begin to feel a twinge of self-pity. It's not a huge deal and I'm not looking for sympathy because we ALL have aches, pains, or some kind of troubles. Never-the-less, it reminds me that whether I like it or not, I am getting older and cannot do all the things I could do before. There are still plenty of things I can do, so this IS NOT a pity party. I know I am lucky to be as healthy as I am. I definitely would not want to go back in time but sometimes I do feel a little bit like this song, (especially at 3:58 of the clip).

AGAIN, Live in the present and do the best you can. I know.




Saturday, August 8, 2009

Recovering from The Event

There I was, standing in front of the largest inferno I had ever seen. The heat was so severe that every fiber of my body seemed to cringe and push me back out of the building. I knew I had no choice and that I had to continue forward. The smoke was thick and I finally understood about the old saying "thick as pea soup". For a moment my ADHD brain pictured a hot bowl of pea soup. Suddenly in my mental picture, the pea soup started to bubble and boil and pour out over the top to the soup pot. As the soup hit the stove burner I was quickly brought back to the reality of the flames whipping to my left and right. Because smoke and heat rise, I laid on the floor to try to catch a glimpse of the family that I knew what on the other side of that fiery wall.
All I could see was black smoke.......which, btw, had I ever made pea soup, I probably would have burned it and it would have been black also........

I finally re-entered the building to get the last person out. I had crawled up the stairs, every muscle in my body screaming with pain and fatigue. I was exhausted but I knew what I had to do. Just as I handed off the last victim to my partner at the window, the ceiling came crashing down. The timbers landed on me with excruciating pain, yet I rolled out the window just in time as the entire building came crashing down.

The EMTs and Paramedics stabilized me and got me to the hospital. The doctors said I would be fine but might have severe back pain for a while.

Oh wait.......I'm sorry. This is a true blog.......This isn't fantasy or make believe......

"The roller coaster slowly went up the tall steep hill. As it went over the top and went speeding down the hills and whipping around sharp corners, I screamed in delight. Yet there was this nagging feeling in the back of my mind (not to mention, also in the back of my front) that I should have paid more attention to the sign at the entrance . It read, "People with back problems should not ride this ride." They weren't kidding....

HOWEVER, the roller coaster WAS called The Volcano, and there WAS fire.

Thanks everyone for all of your prayers. My back, although sore, is doing much better and is almost back (back, haha) back to normal.......which is "ouch"....... not "OOUUCCCHHHHHH!!!!"


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