July 24, 2007
July 17, 2007
You may all rest easy here - this is a Harry Potter free zone. Maybe one day I'll find the time to read them, but for now, I haven't read any and have only seen part of one movie. No spoilers shall come from me. And any comments with spoilers, as a result of this little admission by me - may be deleted... you have been warned.
Ahem... your attention please... Al Qaida hates the US... thought you'd like to know... that is all... thank you.
So, what is the total number of freaked out steroid users who have killed their families then themselves over... oh say the last 20 years? M'kay - can we conclude then that this man was severely mentally ill.
And you can trust the source because... they are anonymous and refuse to answer questions. That should be all the information you need to make you sweat if you own a Mac... right?
They needed a new roof anyway.
Who needs the "public" coming in to ask upsetting questions. We all know the Turnpike Authority has a handle on the situation. So, ceiling tiles fall once in a while and crush a car or two. They've got it all under control... trust them!
Brought to you by Virgin Media... how appropriate.
And while I KNOW this makes perfect sense if you know anything at all about American Football... I simply couldn't resist it...
While I'm at it, I'll just add this to the VK Bite Me
July 16, 2007
So, in the interest of posting something , it's time for the Memes. In order of their appearance in my inbox...
First I was tagged by Ocean Guy for the 8 Random Facts Meme. Sadly my life hasn't even been half as exciting has his... so my "facts" will be a far cry from his which involve buzzing volcanoes among other things. I'm just sayin'... Here are the rules:
1. Let others know who tagged you.
2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.
Now I'm in a panic and have no idea what to say, but here goes anyway.
1. While working in the Neonatal Intensive Care (many many moons ago) I have held babies in my hand with the head resting on the tops of my fingers and the tiny little bottom resting on my wrist. (this in no way prepared me for my own children who were 9+ and 10+ pounds each)
2. I went back to school to get my degree in Computer Science when my youngest went to first grade - it took me 5 years part time and I did my programming homework via a 2400 baud modem. For those who don't know what this means, everything was text, lines printed one at a time and at a rate I could read if I had wanted to watch the screen load. Somewhat of an improvement over punch cards.
3. I can break boards with my hand or my foot (I'm right sided, I suppose I could do it with the left hand if I really concentrated - but I don't care to)... yes there's a trick to it... no it's not hard, but it looks impressive... and NO I can not jump over 3 people curled up on the floor to do it.
4. To me all computer code is the same, only the syntax changes. Once one knows the rules, writing it pretty much falls into place easily.
5. I hate writing by hand with a pen or pencil.
6. I have only been out of the US twice in my life. Once to Mexico (one week - I was 14), once to Canada (3 days). While I have sent my son to Germany for a school trip and he has now gotten around courtesy of the Army, offered my daughter the same (she didn't want to go), my husband has been to France, Germany, England, and Japan (on business)... I've never had the money to go myself. One day I might actually get to go somewhere else and see different things. Then again maybe I'll end up like George Bailey (without the town folk coming to my door)... and if you don't get the reference, my telling you the movie won't help at all.
7. I was in rifle club in High School. Today something like that would land me in jail awaiting a psychiatrist.
8. I hate melons including watermelon. This has caused much angst for those who insist "you MUST like it - everyone likes it!" Sorry, I'm the exception and I don't think that will change at this time of my life.
Geeze that took forever! Okay - there you have it. I finally came up with 8. I'm way too tired to tag anyone. If you decide to post your own, let me know and I'll consider you tagged by me.
Secondly, the lovely Pam has Schmoozed me...
Schmoozing isn’t schmoozing unless you do it with others. I must pass this on to other self-absorbed, narcissistic, attention craving bloggers…but you know I mean that in the nicest possible way.
If you decide to leave a comment on this post, consider yourself Schmoozeriffic and post the little pic above on your blog. Oh I am soooo lazy!
July 15, 2007
Also I'd like to thank everyone for your prayers and good wishes for my son. Bloggers are the best.
Oh yeah... I nearly forgot - the front bracket on that tooth broke off yet again today. *sigh* And I've been so careful too.
July 13, 2007
I meant to post this last night and (silly me) I forgot, so I'm only getting to it now. I hope you like Coconut...
Coconut Impossible Pie
2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup biscuit mix
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup Baker's Coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first 6 ingredients in blender. Blend on low for 3 minutes. Pour into greased 9 inch pie pan. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with Coconut. Bake for 45 minutes.
Makes its own crust... which is a wonderful thing. Happy Birthday!
July 12, 2007
First we have the Chicago River. The building in the background with the American Flag is the Wrigley Building all decorated for the July 4th holiday. The bridge is the Michigan Avenue bridge. This is from the South River walk where many tour boats dock. They were all out on their rounds when I took this.
This next one is from the River Tour - there's a point where the boat turns around and a pretty nice view of the city. The tall building is the Sears Tower. The building to the right with all the rounded walls was built by the same architect who built Marina City. The man doesn't like straight lines or square corners (according to him they aren't natural). I remember when Marina City was being built back when I was a kid. I didn't know he had done more buildings in the city.
Next we have some pics from our trip to the 94th Floor of the Hancock Center. The first is looking North from Oak Street beach up through Lincoln Park (the south end of the park starts at the little peninsula of beach sticking out). And a good view of Lake Shore Drive.
And of course looking South from the Hancock. I'm pretty sure the tallest building is the Aon Building (used to be the Standard Oil Building) the 3rd tallest in the city.
Of course you can't look around Chicago without seeing the Sears Tower. As you can tell, it's not too close to the Hancock. It doesn't even look like the tallest building from this angle. But it is the one with the 2 large antennas on the top of it.
From the park dedicated to the Medal of Honor Soldiers, you can see a lovely view of the city and Oak Street Beach. It's an excellent location. And yes, the tall building is the Hancock Center.
Last of all we have "The Bean" this is in Millennium Park. If you stand in the right place you get a view of the entire city. It's kinda fun. I didn't walk under it because we were about to get rained on and we wanted to find a cab. But we finally got to see it after all the hype of the last few years we lived in the area.
Maybe I should've titled this "what I did on my summer vacation".
July 11, 2007
Heh Heh Heh
Tip of the blender to The Register.
So, as you noticed (or not) we were off to Chicago for a long weekend. Oddly enough in all the years we lived there, we never ever stayed downtown. There was either not enough money or too many teenagers about the place. It's always something.
Since I know there will be people who could care less - the rest is below the fold as it's nearly book length. more...
July 05, 2007
July 03, 2007
Chase likes to get into things. Especially cabinets, refrigerators, washers... you name it. If he can crawl in, he loves it.
Bailey would prefer not to exert himself. He likes the sofa or the bed (under the bed if he's scared).
I know Chase will come out of his cabinet long enough to say hello. He loves people. The real question is will Bailey come out from under the bed once we terrify him by walking in the door. We shall see.
Update: Well, it's not that they actually bite, but I'm letting the kitties in on the VK Bite Me
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