Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thought of the Day #318 - Run of ToTD

I started the "Thought of the Day" posts on the blog as a personal challenge. How hard can it be to have just one little old thought per day? Well, as it turns out, pretty tricky.

While 318 ToTD's isn't tooooooo bad out of the 365 potential, what I've found most shocking is the lack of depth in most of the thoughts of the day. I'm going to admit something here...and I'm certain you'll all be shocked...I don't share EVERYTHING on this site. Shocking, I know. Obviously I've got more thoughts whirring about my bitty brain than I ever post here, but most of the time I think "Eh...who really cares? It's really not worth posting." Then of course, the thought crosses my mind..."But you need to post SOMETHING." Yeah, so those are the days you get the "Crap, I'm tired," or "The sky is pretty," shit.

It's hard to post things, too, when I know there's not much of an audience here. I can count most of the people who stop by regularly on one hand -- Gary, John, Claudia, Paul and sometimes Peter or Bruce. (Hi, ya'll!) I'm sure there are another silent few, but without any sort of feedback, it's a bit like writing in a private journal tucked away under the mattress. Eh? Maybe that's ok.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thought of the Day #317 - Star Trek

I finally had a chance to see the summer blockbuster "Star Trek". Loved
it! It gave me faith in sci-fi movies again. I WILL be seeing again!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thought of the Day #316 - Time Off

It's been great having a few days away from work, and getting extra time
to relax with family. The only downside...a really bad period. It
started on Christmas eve (what a great gift, Santa!) and has lasted
through tonight. Fatigue, cramps, and heavy bleeding does not lend
itself to social festiveness, but I think I made enough appearances to
not completely be a Christmas ghost. Onward and upward!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thought of the Day #315 - Christmastime Requirements

It's just not Christmastime without a viewing of "A Christmas Story" and
"It's a Wonderful Life". Classics, and very required.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thought of the Day #314 - Invisible

I may be invisible, but I'm not sure.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #313 - Fat Legs Flying

When flying to Minneapolis last week, I walked through the metal detector at the SLC airport and was told to stand off to the side. The guard manning the detector then called for the woman to come over for a "bulk check" on my legs. At 4:30 in the morning, I thought it was more facinating than anything. So, the woman comes over, kneels in front of me and proceeds to feel up my "cute legs." (Those were her words, not mine!) As she's kneeling down there I say, "Wow, I didn't know they provided this service." A quick way to deflect my sleepy akwardness and at least she got a giggle. Anyway, this is just my word of warning. It could happen to you if you have fat legs and look like you're packin' drugs/weapons/TNT in your tights.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thought of the Day #312 - Flying

Traveling for work during the holiday rush sucks. I'm just sayin'.

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Crippy Crafts

The floral ones were "special request" creations for a customer on The other two I created 'cuz I had all of my Crippy supplies out and available.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thought of the Day #311 - Hair

I got about 10 inches of hair cut off. It feels as if I've been set

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thought of the Day #310 - Rush Rush

I've been working long hours and my jam has been selling like
hotcakes, which means lots of jars to wrap, and mail. Just seems
neverending at this point. Although I have a major deadline next week
for work which *should* be at least one end in sight. Oh, and that
Christmas thing is coming up right after I get back from Minneapolis
next week, and I haven't done any shopping or baking or really, any
enjoying. It's all just rush, rush. I just wanna sit back, (without the
thought of deadlines, last minute freelance jobs or etsy or ebay sales),
with a mug of hot chocolate and watch some lights twinkling on the tree.
Maybe I can get a holiday raincheck for mid January?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #309 - Hands

The difference between a 40 year old's hands and a 20 year old's?
Moisture. Lotion is the temporary fountain of youth for hands!

(Seriously, though, stop looking at your hands.)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Thought of the Day #308 - Ironic

I just don't understand people that can't understand other people.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #307 - Long Day Trapped in the Office

14 hours, snow falling outside, long day, cold outside, trapped, flat
butt, tired eyes. Work.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Thought of the Day #306 - Taking No For an Answer

There's not much in life that I hate more than salespeople who ascribe
to the "don't take no for an answer" school of sales. It makes me
bristle faster than a rattler tied around an ankle. I said, "I'm not
interested." When I said that, trust me and wholeheartedly believe, I'm
not interested. Ask me another time and I'll hang up on you on the phone
or slam the door if you're at the front of the house. I do not worry
about 'hurting your feelings' 'cuz the second time you asked, it was
clear you had no respect for my feelings.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #305 - Cold

It was so cold tonight that while I was packing up the patio set
cushions in preparation for snow, my fingers started to feel numb. Word
to the wise--wear mittens or gloves when going out in the cold,
especially when the windchill gets in the single digits or colder and
you plan on touching a lot of metal furniture.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #304 - Sluggish

I feel like a slug. Well, excet I'm not leaving slime trails behind me
as a shuffle across the floor.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


This is the view driving into the Salt Lake Valley. Look at the smog! *choke* It's sickening, literally.
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Thought of the Day #303 - Uhrohs

I have some partial filled jam jars in the fridge from when I was making
jam. I tried one variety today and it had sugar crystals in it! Uhrohs!
Not good. I don't know if it crystallized 'cuz it was half full, or 'cuz
it was refrigerated or if the whole batch was supersaturated sugar that
will eventually crystallize in the jar! Grrr. I've never had it happen
before, but now it's got me worried about the jams. I'm thinkin' of
having a jam tasting party so that we can open one of each variety to
make sure there are no others that are crystallizing. I saw
crystallization mentioned in a jam book and figured that only happens to
"other people". Oh, the horrors!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thought of the Day #302 - Tiger

So, Tiger Woods dinged up his car on a fire hydrant and then a tree. He
got some lacerations on his face, probably from airbags, I would guess.
All this is headline news because...??
1. It's a slow news day. 2. Tiger is a wealthy, famous golf pro. 3.
Tiger has a squeaky clean public image. 4. All of the above. Are any of
these valid reasons for me to need to know about this? Nope. The news
media often sucketh.

Thought of the Day #301 - Haircut

I think my hair might be getting a bit too long. When shaving my underarms, I accidentally cut off some of my hair...from my head, you see? It made it's way to my pits with the flow of water...and shaver was covered with a severed pile of inch long hair.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #300 - Giving Thanks

I'm thankful for so many things. Family and friends primarily and even
online pals with whom I've shared correspondence and notes. I
appreciate and am thankful for all of the love, laughter and positive
influence from my family and friends.

I am also thankful for the, clothing, and shelter. I
have more than I really need in all of the basics. So many people in the
world are lacking the basics and even millions more don't have luxury
items that are common in our westernized culture. We're very lucky and
that fact doesn't fall upon overindulged blindness.

Thought of the Day #299 - Hosting Thanksgiving

I wish I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, but alas, I will be
traveling a few hours south to dine elsewhere. I prefer to host because
I like the challenge of getting all of the foods cooked and ready at the
same time. I also looooove the smell of baked pies and turkey and well,
all of the other fabulous scents of the day. I also like doing the
traditonal foods, but also throwing in something new each year. Some
awesome dishes have been discovered -- corn casserole being one of my
favs from several years ago. Oh, there was a really yummy spinach puff a
couple of years ago. While I lurved it, it hasn't received a lot of
familial requests. Ya win some and lose some, I guess.

So, this year, I'm just making and bringing rolls...but to make it a
little hazardous, I made and formed the rolls tonight. I popped them in
the freezer so that they will thaw/rise on the drive. Now, this could be
a complete disaster, but I thought it would be a safer bet than
par-baking them. Oh, and the reason for this? The rolls are so much
better when served fresh from the oven. There really is no comparison.
Oh, and the smell of baking bread *and* turkey? Delovely!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #298 - Hoarders

I watched an episode of "Hoarders" on A&E tonight. I knew it was about
people hoarding junk in their houses, but I wasn't expecting it to be so
very sad. They did an excellent job of showing the effects of hoarding
on the families. What was very disappointing was that the situations
weren't resolved...which made it even more sad. I can't help but wonder
if our retail economy isn't to blame for some of these situations?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thought of the Day #297 - Grandma

My step-daughter had a wee baby girl tonight (7lbs 14ozs, 20" long)
which makes me a grandma! I'm so excited to see her. She's three hours
south of here, so I won't see her until Thursday. From what I can see
from photos, she's pretty much perfect. The baby will have four grandmas
-- Let the spoiling begin!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #296 - Awesome!

Dexter's Thanksgiving episode was awesome tonight. Stressfilled, and
full of sweet surprises. Episodes like this one make me happy. :-)

A little Crippy Craft Action

These are the stockings that I created for a friend of mine. The designs were loosely (very loosely!) inspired by a sample stocking that she had from when she was a kid.

A couple of things I would do differently if I were to do these again -- make sure that the writing on the cuff was consistently lined up. The two boys' names don't look too bad, but "Dad" is very askew. One of the reasons behind this -- I had to create several cuffs to try to get the names to look right. I wrote the names before they were attached to the rest of the stocking. What's the saying? "Measure once, cut twice"...err..."Measure Twice, cut once". That would have helped me. :-) Since I was on a really tight deadline (they had to be in her hot little fist by Thanksgiving!), I didn't have time to rewrite and redo the cuffs.

Second thing I would do differently -- the faces! Ideally, they would be painted on, rather than made out of felt. I would also muck around with them a bit more to get them a bit less creepy.

Oh, and since someone will probably mention this, the reason "Mrs. Claus" is dressed a little crazier than the typical Mrs. Claus, was by request of my friend -- shorter skirt and high heels. I hope she wasn't joking!
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Thought of the Day #295 - Irritating

Not much is more consistantly irritating than a canker sore on the
crease between your cheek and gums. Grrr.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #294 - Tap Water

The best part about winter? Cooooold tasty tap water. Soooo good.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thought of the Day #293 - Meteor

Last night about 12:15ish, I was heading to bed. With fresh underwear in my hand, sitting on the edge of the bed in a dark room, I was trying to figure out which side of the undies was front or back. The front is narrower than the back, you know. I was feeling the seamlines when all of a sudden I could see them...plain as day. Literally as plain as day -- the light streamed through my window like a gently pulsing electric explosion. I looked behind me to see the house next door lit up brilliantly. As soon as it began, it was over.

I got up and exclaimed, "Oh my god, what was that?! Did you see that?!"

Ivan jumps out of his slumber and we look out the window. Nothing. No sound. No traffic on the street. Nothing. I told him I wasn't sleeping. (There are times I *see* things while sleeping. *ahem*) We continue to look out the window and nothing is on fire, and there are no little green men wandering around -- both of which were definite possibilities at that point. Ivan heads back to sleep and I continue to look out..."What was that?! Maybe a cop car shining his light on the house? I mean it was brighter than anything I've seen from them...I really thought electrical explosion, but there was no sound...It was a really cool toned light...but with red...maybe it was..."

It was so unusual that it sent me into full-on chatterbox mode. After a few minutes I quieted down, jumped into bed and continued to think of the possibilities. I seriously thought that *it must be* something someone else had seen.

I'm happy to report this morning...that it was. From (

SALT LAKE CITY -- A fast moving meteor lit up the night skies over most of Utah just after midnight Wednesday. KSL News has been receiving hundreds of calls from southern Utah to southern Idaho. There also are reports of people seeing it from Wyoming, Las Vegas and areas of California. People are reporting a flash so bright it lit up the entire sky for a couple of seconds. Some people are also reporting a slight rumbling sound a few seconds after the flash. One caller told us it knocked a few items off her shelf. One resident who lives in Cedar City said she could see the mountains and her grass for a few seconds. Another resident in Bountiful said the sky was so bright, it shut off the light-sensored street lights for a few seconds. Patrick Wiggins, who is a NASA ambassador living in Tooele County, says the bright light is most likely a bolide meteor.

I'm happy I wasn't alone in seeing this. :-)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thought of the Day #292 - Stockings

I'm in the middle of a Christmas stocking project for a friend of mine.
Four stockings with different festive motifs that need to get to her by
Thanksgiving. The pressure is on and I'm finding my glitter glue skills
are sorely lacking!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thought of the Day #291 - Good News for 40-something Breasts


"Women in their 40s should not get routine mammograms for early
detection of breast cancer, according to updated guidelines set forth by
the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force."

Breasts around the country were heard breathing loud sighs of relief.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thought of the Day #290 - Patience

People lacking patience drive me batshit crazy.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thought of the Day #289 - Whale Mating Calls

Just listened to a new Mariah Carey song. It was soft, melodic and quite
pretty until she broke out in those "whale" calls. It ruined the whole
feel of the song. Someone needs to harpoon the whales so that she can

Thought of the Day #288 - Personal Definitions

What defines who you are?

What you do? What you think? What you feel? What you believe? Who you
love? Who you hate? What you know? What you don't know? What you look
like? How much money you have? The car you drive? The clothes you wear?
Where you live?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thought of the Day #287 - Sparkly Sweaters

'tis the season for the onslaught of sparkly sweaters. You know the ones
-- you wouldn't be caught dead wearing them anytime aside from December
15 to January 2. They're acrylic, itchy and have more reflective
properties than a 80s discoteque. Yeah, so you know the ones you need to
avoid. DO NOT buy these. If someone buys one for you during the
holidays, slap them and immediately melt it in the microwave. DO NOT
donate them to a shelter, Goodwill or any other sort of non-profit.
Improverished people do not deserve such inhumane treatment.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Thought of the Day #286 - Thought Free

Some days it seems that my thoughts are poorly supported by any passion.
Today is one of those days. Eh. Yeah, like that.

Petroglyph Photos

These shots are from the petroglyphs near Cedar City, Utah. Truly ancient graffiti or new graffiti or a mix?
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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #285 - Health Care Reform Passes House

Withholding comment until I find out more beyond sound bytes....

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #284 - Ghost Towning

Spent much of the day at a ghost town in Utah. I love seeing and finding
remnants of the past. I also like photographing the remaining buildings
and surrounding environment. What's a little bit disturbing is that each
time we go back to this ghost town, the buildings degrade more and
more...some due to vandals and the rest due to natural erosion. It won't
be long before all of the remnants are wiped clean. But, not to worry
too much, there will be some current cities that will be ghost towns for
future generations to discover.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Thought of the Day #283 - Petroglyphs

The petroglyphs that I saw today bear a strong resemblance to the ones
that I saw at Capitol Reef that are hundreds of miles away. It makes me
wonder if the people were nomadic across hundreds of miles or if they
had common culture that was communicated over the miles on transportable
objects? I'll post pictures when I get back home.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #282 - Summer Extension

I've been enjoying some unseasonably warm weather the last several
days. I even had lunch outside today. With the flurry of Christmas ads
on television and online, it's nice to forget all of the marketing that
early winter brings and embrace a little warmth.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #281 - Darkness Falls

With the daylight saving's time change, it's really hard to get used to
the darkness in the early evening. It's such an energy drain. The good
thing is that it brings fond memories of playing in the snow after
school, and staying outside until darkness falls. It seemed sooo late
because of the dark. Another plus of this memory...coming inside and
getting fresh hot cocoa that Mom had been brewing on the stove. Yum!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #280 - A Mighty Fine Quote

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Actually finishing some Quilts!

I started and finished the baby quilt last week and finally, after probably a year and a half, finished the queen size quilt shown below. Yeah, sometimes, they're quick and easy...sometimes I have brain blockages. The baby quilt was my first attempt at "machine quilting". Turned out okie, I think. The queen size quilt is hand tied and quilted along the edge for a little extra stability. It's good to finally get that one done.

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Thought of the Day #279 - Wii Active

After a several week hiatus, I'm back doing the Wii Active workouts.
It's crazy how it seems so much harder after not doing it for a long
while. *pooped*

Thought of the Day #278 - Pumpkin Feeders

I watched a documentary about growers of massive pumpkins/gourds...the
ones that are 1000 pounds and more. I couldn't help but see similaties
between pumpkin growers and feeders who fantasize about 1000+ size
women. There was one scene with the farmer massaging and caressing his
600+ pumpkin, much like I've seen feeders do in videos with their feedee
partners. In honor of Halloween, the similarities were "spooky!"

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thought of the Day #277 - Halloween

Getting ready for our annual Halloween party today. Initially, I was
going to host a baby shower in the afternoon, and the Halloween fiesta
in the evening. With my step-daughter's pregnancy moving along quickly,
her doctor asked that she not travel more than an hour outside of her
city. Sooo... party has been postponed until after the baby is born.
I'm trying not to go too crazy with the party preps. Typically, I expend
too much energy up front, that by the time the guests arrive, I want to
just run and hide. This year, guests are encouraged to bring something
to gnosh, and I've bought several things from etsy for sweet treats.
(Unfortunately, one of the cookie selections smell and taste a bit like
dish detergent. Disappointed in that, but the others are fabulous!)

Off I go. Gotta get some zzzzzz before tomorrow gets crazy. Happy

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thought of the Day #276 - Admitting a Prejudice

Driving down the highway and seeing deer antlers sticking out the back
of a truckbed, I will admit that my first feeling is "idiot on board".

I'm sure not all hunters are idiots, but a great many are. The guys that
brag about the number of points on the stag's rack only makes me think
the guy (or girl, for that matter) is speaking proudly of their IQ

"Gun go boom, deer died, I have 10 point IQ. Me wanna put on wall. Ain't
I great?"

Sorry, but that's how I see it.

I really would prefer that hunting was a fair fight. I would have
respect for guys who would run up to deer and take 'em with their bare
hands. Now, THAT would be impressive.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thought of the Day #275 - Graham

Homemade, buttery graham cracker crust is such a wondeful flavor. Why
can't premade crusts or desserts with the "graham" crust taste like the
homemade or even something close?? It just seems so simple. Instead, the
storebought crusts taste like floury cardboard with some wheat chaffe
thrown in. Always soooo disappointing.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #274 - How Is Yawning Related to Smartphones?

Both are suggestively done. Sit with other people checking email/news or
other content and suddenly your fingers get twitchy and YOU MUST check
out your own phone...just like being near a yawner. It's soooo

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #273 - Analog v. Digital

I genuinely enjoy analog pursuits where I get my hands dirty, but I
really, really wish there was an "undo" button.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #272 - Hate & Fear

I believe that hate is often tied to fear - fear of the unknown, fear of
becoming more like the person hated, fear of the persons actions, etc.
Quite simply stated, if we overcome unfounded fears, we have less hatred
towards our fellow man.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

While I was away....

...the jams I made this year suddenly organized themselves. Ok, ok...Ivan did it. It was a crazy jammin' year:
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Thought of the Day #271 - Indecent Exposure

I saw a news story tonight about a guy who was arrested for indecent
exposure for being naked in his own home. A woman and a child saw him as
they were walking by his uncovered window and apparently called the cops
after seeing his "bits" exposed through the window.
This link has the full article in it:

I don't know how I can describe the incredulity I feel over this. NO ONE
should be charged with indecent exposure when in their own home. I don't
even care if the guy was masturbating in the window. It's his home and
his right to do what he wants regardless of window coverings. The
passersby are the ones choosing to *peep* through the man's windows.
While children may look, it was clear the guy wasn't trying to draw the
child's attention...he was just drinking/making coffee.
It's the parent's responsibility to educate their children not to look
in other's windows or to tell them to look away if there is something

If this man ends up getting convicted, it will set a really bad
presidence. Will we be recovered by law to draw the drapes whenever
having sex? The joys of sex in a ray of sunshine would be over. Would we
be required to glass block EVERY bathroom window to prevent accidental
genital exposure? Will we be required by law to put on a robe the moment
we jump from the shower?? There is no end to how much this would limit
one of our simpler liberies.

Save your freedom and vacuum naked in your house without reserve!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thought of the Day #270 - Wondering if You're Fat?

There's one fool-proof way to be sure...take a plane ride in a 737. The
seats are narrow, the aisles are narrow...sure to "out" you as a true
fat person. And if you're not fat, but have undiagnosed clausterphobia,
that too will be revealed.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thought of the Day #269 - Fun!

I'm having a blast in New Jersey meeting old friends and new! Sorry for
the lack of TotDs. I am staying up waaaaaay too late, but at least
conversing is a much better excuse than "watching TV" or "browsing
online" for my time disappearing so quickly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thought of the Day #268 - 10000

The stockmarket hit above 10000, the first time in a year. I wouldn't
throw all my pennies back in, yet, if I were you. I think there's still
a lot of bumps ahead.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thought of the Day #267 - Dying

I swear, dying my hair takes 10 years off my face. Bonus!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thought of the Day #266 - Planning for Travel

On Thursday, I'm heading to New Jersey for the BBW bash in Springfield.
(If you're going to be there, please say howdy if you see me...) The
weather is going to be chilly -- under 50s for highs. Which means I'm
going to need warmer clothing...which means it's going to take up more
space in my carryon. (Just say no to checked luggage, if you can!) Fat
girl's clothing is larger than average size clothing, right? So, if
you're average size, four day's worth of clothing will easily fit in a
carryon. For me, I've gotta make very careful choices. In the summer, I
can eek out a week's wardrobe in a carryon, but just barely. So, all of
this babble means more planning ahead than my normal of packing the
morning of the flight. Boo. Well, back to my list writing. As you

Thought of the Day #265 - Bullet Express

I realize the Bullet Express infomercial is supposed to be full of good
ol' white trash humor and semi-offensive stereotyped portrayals, but I
think what is the funniest part about it is the food preparation. The
food prepared, as demonstrated, would be soupy yuck. It surprises me
that with cooking shows as prominent as they are in today's culture that
an infomercial would even attempt to bluff the audience like that? Maybe
the people watching the shows on FoodNetwork never actually make
anything and don't have a clue as to how pizza is made? It just
befuddles me...

Thought of the Day #264 - Tumor Followup

As a followup to the recent "Tumor?" TotD, I'm happy to report that the
bump on my pinkie is almost gone, without medical intervention. Not a
tumor! Yay!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #263 - B & L

In days gone by, when working at the office or in school, I rarely ate
breakfast or lunch. I wouldn't get hungry nor suffer any ill effects.
Jump ahead to the synthetic thyroid hormone years and now I actually get
downright crabby if I don't have something to eat during the entire day.
Today, I was too busy to eat during the day. Long about 4o'clock, I was
in a "don't bother me!!" mode. Grrrr. I didn't really have physical
effects, but dang, my emotional strings were short! Had dinner and all
was well with the world again. I almost think I was better off being moods weren't dependent upon nourishment. Of course I
didn't have extreme highs either...just a constant hummmmmmmm....

Friday, October 09, 2009

Thought of the Day #262 - Plums

The dark blue/purple plums, fresh off the tree, are awesome!! I'm just

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #261 - October

I'm workin' on a sweet little baby quilt for my soon-to-be
granddaughter. I'm hosting the baby shower on Halloween, too. It's going
to be a peek-a-BOO Party. Gotta get the invites done this week and get
other stuff done, too. Time is moving fast! Anyway, if I'm horrible at
timely blogging, you know why...

Monday, October 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #260 - Variable pricing

We would never put up with variable pricing on electricity or gas, so
why should we accept variations in the charges for cable television from
household to household? We don't really have options to choose the cable
provider due to contracts with municipalities. (Don't bother suggesting
satellite which I had a few years ago and had horrible connectivity.)
So, the cost should not vary from home to home in the same area since
there is absolutely no applicable competition.

Thought of the Day #259 - Can't shake it

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and George W Bush look "separated at birth".
Is it just me??

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #258 - Tumor?

While I don't really think it's a tumor, a recently discovered ball
under the skin on my pinky, the thought has crossed my mind. Knowing
just enough about disease to be dangerous is a bad thing. For now, I
will just obsess about the ball. If it changes I might consult a
professional. Maybe. You know there are really only four options - live
with it; it will go away on its own; it will go away with treatment; or
I'll die from it.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thought of the Day #257 - Letterman

While watching David Letterman tell his tale of extortion for sexual
affairs, I felt uncomfortable with the laughter from the audience. It
was as if they couldn't accept that he would tell a serious story. It
made me feel really sad for Letterman. Admitting the potentially
embarrassing information on TV was smart to ward off others who may come
forward with a similar plan to garner money from him, but being unable
to tell the tale without snickering from the audience must have been
frustratingly unnerving.

Thought of the Day #256 - Shock

Everyone likes a weather ToTD, right? We went from A/C one day to the
heater basting the next. Such a drastic change. Brrrr. Ok, I'm going
back to my cave now...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thought of the Day #255 - Changing Seasons

As I write this, a blustery change in the weather is blowing in. It's
supposed to get up only to 54 degrees for a high tomorrow...easily 30
lower than it has been all week. Brrr.

With this low high comes below freezing lows which means the end of
canning and freezing of items from the garden. YAY! It's been a long
haul with making/processing two or more things every day. I've canned
fruits and jams, chopped and frozen tons of veggies.

It's been a banner year for jams. When I'm finally done this weekend,
I'll have canned well over 500 jars. Seriously! Some will end up being
sold on, but most will be given away to friends and family. The
beauty of Etsy is that the sales will cover the cost of the jars and
supplies for the entirety. What more could ya ask? Anyway, long canning
season...ending soon. Yay!! http;

Monday, September 28, 2009

Thought of the Day #254 - Chocolate Season!

With the impending cool weather change, chocolate season is officially here! Cheers to chocolate!
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thought of the Day #253 - Dexter

Dexter = the main reason to subscribe to Showtime. The new season
started tonight...and I am already sad that it will be a whole week
until the next episode. For previous season, I watched episodes back to
back on DVD, so this "patience" thing is going to be tricky.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #252 - Finds!

Englishman's metal detector finds record treasure trove

A man using a metal detector in a rural English field has uncovered the
largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever found -- an "unprecedented" treasure
that sheds new light on history, archaeologists said Thursday.


How awesome would that be? Just using a decade old detector and happen
upon a hoard of gold and silver?? Ahhhhh, any treasure hunter's dream!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thought of the Day #251 - Friends

I've been a bit busy with a couple of friends who were coming through
town, on their way back to Minnesota. It's always good to have visitors!
We had a sweet, low-key time, that seemed to go far too fast. :-(

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #250 - Bread & Butter

Is there anything better than salty butter (cold or melty) on a chunk of
freshly baked bread? Yum! I wish I had some right now.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #249 - Yellowstone

So much beauty, so much wildlife. Well worth a trip! (Short and sweet,

Thought of the Day #248 - Vacations

Vacations shouldn't be stressful. I'm just sayin'.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thought of the Day #247 - Texture

I'm a sucker for sweetly textured fabric. The duvet cover on the bed at
the hotel was just beautiful. Simple, white, but soooo detailed. Love

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thought of the Day #246 - Yellowstone

I'm off to see the beauty of of Yellowstone Park in the morning. So
excited! It's been decades since I was there. I hear Old Faithful isn't
quite as faithful as it used to be. I will report back on its

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thought of the Day #245 - Peaches

Fingernails are stained brown in the corners. This can mean just one
thing. Peach processing. Peach jams, peach juice, peach pies, peach
crisp, canned peaches, frozen peaches. Processing is well underway and
will probably continue for a few more weeks. Poor fingernails.

Thought of the Day #244 - Google Phone

I'm a Google lover. Love Picasa. Love Google Analytics. Love sooo many
things, really. They rarely disappoint. Recently, I signed up for Google
phone. While I haven't publicized my number yet, I have been playing
around with the features. The most obvious benefit is the ability to
have one number that rolls to several numbers in the order you specify.
The other bonus is the ability to "send to voicemail" when a call comes
in...then, when the caller is in voicemail, you get to eavesdrop, and
accept the call during the message. Kind of like the good ol' answering
machine, but you could be *anywhere*.
Oh, another benefit...the ability to shop for phone numbers in any area
code. I selected a 424 area code 'cuz I searched on word match in order
to pick a number. (Yup, another built in feature to Google phone set
Over the next few weeks, I'm sure I'll fine even more benefits...if I
find something amazing, I'll blog about it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thought of the Day #243 - Political Separation

I am starting to feel that the difference between the two major
political parties in the US is solely "it's about me and mine" vs. "it's
about what's best for society." The former seems really short sighted
and selfish.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thought of the Day #242 - Reality Trash

I'm not sure what causes me to watch the trashy reality tv shows aside
from extreme boredom, but when I end up seeing the shows I'm
consistently impressed by poor manners and cattiness. I'm sure I've
mentioned this before, but seriously...are there people like this in
*real* life??

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thought of the Day #241 - Busy Signal

Working on some Halloween stuff for Etsy. No time for deep or shallow
thoughts for that matter. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #240 - South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson

The knee jerk reaction by Republicans regarding Tuesday's presidential speech to school children was questionable. But Joe Wilson, a Republican from South Carolina, showed today what Republicans really wanted to show kids -- It's OK to be disrespectful to the President. It's OK to be disrespectful to people who are speaking at a podium. It's OK to be disrespectful to people who have a differing opinion.

Way to go, Mr. Wilson. Lesson taught and learned by millions tonight. One can only hope you are afforded the same treatment through the rest of your shortened political career.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #239 - Harvest & Halloween

Harvest is in full swing right now and because of that, thoughts of
Halloween are whirring in my head. Such a fun time of year!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #238 - Stop! Thief!

The number of people we see stealing fruit, especially peaches, from the
yard is escalating. It's driving me batty. What the f*ck. Is this normal
behavior? I wouldn't dream of stealing from a garden or orchard. Does it
take *that much* effort to ask?? Bastids.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Thought of the Day #237 - Can Do!

I wonder how many people look at items on and think, "That's a
great idea! I wanna make/do that."
I am one of those. It's such an inspirational site. Of course, the
number of people who say, "That's great! I wanna buy that," is obviously
high or the site wouldn't be as successful as it is. If I had all of the
energy and time to make all the stuff that inspires me, I would be
happy. But how many of us have endless time/energy available?? Yeah,
that's what I thought...

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thought of the Day #236 - Bubble Gum

I have a hankering for some bubble gum. I wanna blow some huge bubbles
and when they pop, I wanna try to scrape the shards off my face.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #235 - Medical Theory

It's been a while since I've come up with a medical theory. It's time,
So, here it is...
The thyroid controls metabolic rate which can affect pretty much every
basic function of the body. Hypothyroidism slows the metabolic rate in
those afflicted, resulting in a slower pulse, slower hair growth, lower
body temperature, etc.

I'm thinking that the growth of tumors could be slowed in those put into
a hypothyroid state. (Granted, the side effects of hypothyroidism could
negate the benefits of the slowed tumor.) Or maybe the tumor cold be
somehow exluded from the benefits of the thyroid hormone? Not sure how
that would work as my physiology knowlwdge is limited.

Completely worthless theory? Anyone?

Another thyroid theory...less thought out than the last (and the last
wasn't well mulled), but ya know...lemme just throw it out there. Not
sure at all about this, but I'm thinking that a mild hypothyroid induced
state could slow aging.
Maybe? Maybe not...but ya know, the search for the fountain of youth is

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #234 - Closets

I live in a house that is over 80 years old. In those days, people had
less crap to hang onto, so closets weren't very important. In a three
bedrooms house, there's two little closets. The master bedroom has no
closet. I dream of the days when I had an apartment with a massive
walkin closet. I had my clothes arranged in color order. (Yes, a bit
anal!) There was so much shelving that I had room to spare. Ah, the good
old days. I now reach into the side of the wee closet where the clothing
rod is and "feel" for the article I'm seeking. If I'm lucky, I'll grab
the right one.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Thought of the Day #233 - Delicates #2

Continuing along the delicate theme -- undies.
Life is far too short to wear uncomfortable, holey (holy!), wholly too
tight (or loose) underpants/underwear/underroos/panties. Seriously. If
this is your situation, STOP IT!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Thought of the Day #232 - Delicates

Why do raspberries $5 for a half pint? They're very, very delicate. I
suspect that the raspberry farmers crush half the crop prior to getting
'em into the plastic cases. The raspberry bushes in our yard are
producing several gallons of berries a week. Picking, washing and moving
the berries around just in my small environment results in many
casualties. Luckily most of the berries I work with are destined for
crushing anyway, but it did bring me to an understanding for the high
priced store raspberries. Severely crushable delicate beasties they are.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thought of the Day #231 - Flexible Kitten

My step-daughter has a kitten that's about five months old. I've been
playing and torturing it quite a bit this week and I've really enjoyed
his remarkable looseness and flexibility. Imagine the trouble I could
get in if I were that flexible? Can you say rubber-girl/contortionist?
Ah, much fun could be had for everyone.

Thought of the Day #230 - Catching Up

I think I did a grand job of catching up on sleep today - 9+ hours and I
felt good as new. I had a lot of freaky dreams, but can only remember
snippets. One included dinosaurs! Gotta love the epic dream productions
when dinosaurs are rolled onto the dreamscape.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thought of the Day #229 - Lack of Sleep

Last night I tossed and turned in bed for several hours. Part of the
time, I was planning early day activities and some menus for weekend
activities, but after the planning was over, I literally tossed and
turned. Trying to find a sleepy spot that was comfy enough to put my
brain to sleep. No luck.
About 5am, I finally slept.
Today my brain has just been buzzing with the lack of sleep. Too much to
do, so there was no napping to be had. Just miserable. It's been a long
time since I've had such a bad night, thankfully. It's nice to get that
"kick in the butt" reminder to get plenty of sleep every night...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #228 - Fat Art

I can't tell you these are 'fat positive' or even remotely positive at all, but I can tell you that I find them thought provoking. I don't know if the artist was trying to reach out from a fat body or if she's reliving her fat days filled with pain? I really don't know. In any event, I find them darkly thought provoking, something which I feel is pretty rare from today's art. Please visit Joanvix's Etsy shop here: for more. Be sure to check out the sold items, too:
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Thought of the Day #227 - Too Much Work

All work and no play makes Cat a bad blogger.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Thought of the Day #226 - Monday

Really, is there anything more that I need to say? That pretty much
covers it all.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #225 - Search Statistics

I was looking through my site's report through Google Analytics and while my site's traffic is WAAAAAY down from what it was several years ago, there's quite a few of you loyal viewers out there. It's good to know that there are a few of you out there!

I thought you might enjoy a little look into how some people happen to find my site through search engines. I bring you the funniest of the search phrases and my official replies for those who probably didn't find the answers they were looking for:

bbw vegas bash will i get laid; No idea, but if you're planning a year in advance, the chances of it happening next year probably isn't that good. Sorry!

fat vikings Not even sure what they were looking for here. Favre isn't fat..and probably most linebackers on the team would be considered 'fat'.

kind of monkeys There are lots of varieties of monkeys. This isn't the right site to find them. Sorry. Try here:

no carbs in bacon Depending upon the type of bacon, I'm sorry to report that there are carbs in some bacon. Brown sugar or maple bacon for instance...plenty of carbs.

nude superpussies You're on the wrong site. No nude superpussies that I'm going to show ya, anyway.

office stationery design showcase Ummm...definitely the wrong site. Try designing your own!:

piglet flower +tatoo What the hell? Seriously, if you're going to get piglet with a flower tattoo and you don't know *exactly* how you want it to appear already, you proably shouldn't be surfing for it online. Step away from the liquor and pull yourself together before going to the tattoo parlor.

preparation h on cats bum Never had it on my bum...just what are you asking?!

squeeze cheese canada heheheh. Maybe Canadian squeeze cheese is different than the US variety? The best part about Canadian squeeze cheese, is that after consuming mass quantities, you can get free healthcare when the aftereffects aren't what you expect.

what is something fun and easy to give to a cat for fun I'm thinking that Preparation H may be fun for them.

Thanks for playing, everyone!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #224 - Perms

I'm probably alone in this, but I want perms to come back in style. Not
"granny" tight ball-head perms, but the wash your hair and instantly
have glorious body and subtle curling five minutes out of the "product" or anything... Fluff and go!
Eh, by the time they come back in style I'll be forced by my fellow
granny gang members to get the bowling ball cut, dangit.

Thought of the Day #223 - Wide

I'm so excited! I ordered a new ultra wide angle lens for my camera and
it should be arriving tomorrow! It's like Christmas eve and I'm waiting
on Santa!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #222 - Open to Interpretation

I believe that everyone offers something beneficial to society.
Significant benefits or miniscule, they all do their part. So, seeing
how everyone has that potential for good, I wonder what causes people to
make poor societal or personal decisions.

It dawned on me that maybe they're seeing things differently than me.
I'm not just saying from a philosphical standpoint, but actually seeing
different colors or shapes...or maybe the sounds they hear are
interpreted by their brains in such a way that the sound of nails on a
chalkboard to them sounds like a quacking duck.

We know how the body's tools are designed, but we have no concrete idea
how our brains *actually* interpret this information. For instance, if
we both had the same set of eyeballs connected to our brains and a crow
flies by. My brain sees a black bird, and when I peek into your brain
you are seeing what I might call a pink elephant. Same input, it's just
that our brains interpret the information from the eye-tools

So, let's say this is what is happening...and you make a foolish
decision punch your boss. Maybe it's not your fault, but it's that your
brain is completely seeing things differently. Possibly the details that
were interpretted by your brain were somewhat skewed, not by personal
choice or the inability to manage emotions -- it's just the facts
completely skewed. With the information your brain being so diffeent,
your action was correct given the data.

There has to be a reason for ill reasoning and poor decisions, and maybe
this is a potential cause?

Maybe? Maybe I'm just wrong.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thought of the Day #221 - Bill

Am I the only one hoping that hurricane Bill hit Washington, DC. "I'm
just a bill..on capitol hill" from Schoolhouse Rock will be stuck in my
head for weeks!

Thought of the Day #220 - Money

Suddenly, money is flying fast -- plans of travel, appliance purchases,
new windows, etc. What had become a really sweet pile of saved cash is
quickly becoming a bottomless pit of future spending. Oh, fine, my
government has encouraged me to be this way, so what am I to do?? Not

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thought of the Day #219 - Death Panels

Supposed "Death Panels" in Obama's plan will decide who will get care
and who won't. Tell me how this is any different than insurance
companies denying care and refusing claims? Same thing, only the latter
is making the decision to limit corporate financial liability for its

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thought of the Day #218 - Which Is Worse?

I can't decide which is worse -- a hairy spider or a shiny one.

Thought of the Day #217 - Rural Trash

Driving on the rural highways (not the main interstates) in Utah, you
see a LOT of trash along the side of the road. You'd think that it's
legal or even encoraged, but it's not. It's sooooo bad in some areas
that you can't see grass. It's just flippin' nutz. If you're drinking a
soda and driving, keep your flippin' can/bottle with you until you get
home or to a service station, numbnutz.

I recently remembered a trash collection idea that was used for
innertubers on the Apple River in Wisconsin. They had random point
graded bullseyes that were 6ft tall. The idea was to encourage the
innertubers to toss their trash as a sport/entertainment diversion. So,
I was thinking that the same idea could be used along rural highways.
Small little turn outs with trash collecting targets that would
encourage the typical trash tosser to toss "responsibly" and have a
little fun, too.
Volunteers could go to the targets on a regular basis to take the trash
to the recyclers in the area.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thought of the Day #216 - Scratching

Isn't scratching an itch the best? Well, that is until you draw
blood...then all bets are off.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thought of the Day #215 - Summer Means Fruit

With ice cream, I had fresh raspberries and peaches from our orchard.
Not much screams "summertime" louder than that. Yum.

Thought of the Day #214 - Painter 11

Corel Painter 11 - an amazing digital art program that I used fairly often several years ago, but with which just recently become reacquainted.

While I was putzing around, I came across a tutorial on how to clone-paint photos. While I don't think this is a masterpiece by any stretch, it did turn out pretty good for 15 minutes of work or so:
The newest version -- 11, has so many more tricks than the version I used almost a decade ago. Having a couple of gigs of RAM has made it slick, too. No more paint - wait - paint - wait. Strokes are instantaneous unless you're using a large brush.

Sooo, sooo cool and I've only just started to rediscover the program. if you have any interest at all in digital art, I heartily recommend it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #213 - Tempo

It's crazy how the difference in tempo or speed can change your
perspective. Go 85 down the highway for an hour, then try to drive down
a road going 20. Seems like you're in molasses, right? Same with playing
musical games on the Wii. Do a fast, fast song then try out a really
slow seems soooo simple. Maybe life is the same way? Live a
fast life in a big city, and rhe pace of the small town seems crazy
slow. Of course the opposite is true, too. Small towners are often
overwhelmed by the pace of the big city. No real deep thought to
this...just an observation for tonight.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Thought of the Day #212 - Twitter Down

The site was down late last week and some phone text
twitters by family members didn't arrive until this morning. Old tweets
are like old coffee -- they're not nearly as savory when they're several
days old.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #211 - Fall in the Air

You know that day in the late summer when you suddenly say, "Fall is in
the air..." I used to think it was the temperature or humidity. Now I
think it's the subtle scent of dead/dry weeds in the air...combined with
the low humidity/temp. It's just a theory.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #210 - Corn

Corn cooked fresh from the garden is easily a million times better than
store-bought ears. Easily.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Thought of the Day #209 - Bread

I had a grand epiphany this morning: I don't like plain, white, plastic
wrapped, sliced bread. The thought of it makes me ill. However, I love
said bread as toast.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #208 - Not Everything In America Needs to Make a Profit

Bill Maher said it so much better than I could ever imagine doing:

I've touched on bits of this in my blog, but never put it quite like
Bill. F'n brilliant!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #207 - Creeping Crud

The virus/infection that wouldn't die! I've had a cough, hoarse voice, and varying degrees of fatigue since being in Vegas mid-July. Enough already! I start feeling pretty good and then...well...then it comes a bad penny! Tonight, my voice is hoarse again and slightly "cottony" just like when the beast first found my body. When will it end? I guess there are three options 1. it will kill me 2. it will die off or 3. I will live with it forever. I'm hoping that it's not the latter.

Thought of the Day #206 - Voices in My Head

When I watch some horror movies, I'm reminded of the snippet of voices that I used to hear in my head as a kid. It was an incoherent grouping of sounds that sounded like voices, but probably talking a foreign language or that the voices were too muddled to be clearly heard. It also sounded like the voices were slightly sped up from a normal talking cadence. So, yeah, I can kind of remember the sound, but it's really fuzzy now. When I heard it somewhat regularly, it was still really random -- not like it was triggered by anything in particular. I don't recall when I last heard it, but I would guess it was around 11 or so.

To make things even more interesting (and spooky), there was a visual that went along with it in my head. I never actually saw it, but in my "minds-eye", the image was kind of a bubbly fleshy mass that mutated into something like rotten dough...stringy and bubbly. Again, the snippet of images would follow along with the snippet of voices.

I remember telling my mom & dad about the voices and they would ask me what they were saying and I always said I couldn't understand them. I'm sure they thought I was nuts. Maybe it was a memory of something that was being replayed? I used to think (and still like to believe) that something or someone was trying to communicate with me. That's ooooh so much better than childhood mental illness, right?

Saturday, August 01, 2009

A Little Visitor

What I couldn't capture in this picture taken today? The almost dizzyingly sweet smell of the butterfly bush.
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Friday, July 31, 2009

Thought of the Day #205 - Not a Racist?

"The Boston police officer who sent a mass e-mail in which he compared
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to a "banana-eating jungle
monkey" has apologized, saying he's not a racist."

"Officer Justin Barrett, 36, told a Boston television station Wednesday
night that he was sorry about the e-mail, a copy of which he also sent
to The Boston Globe. He repeated his apology Thursday night on CNN's
"Larry King Live."

"I would like to take this opportunity to offer fellow police officers,
soldiers and citizens my sincerest apology over the controversial e-mail
I authored," Barrett said on CNN. "I am not a racist. I did not intend
any racial bigotry, harm or prejudice in my words. I sincerely apologize
that these words have been received as such. I truly apologize to all.""

Full story is here:

My take on it? Oh, no, he's not a racist. He is, in fact, a racist

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thought of the Day #204 - More to Love

I watched More to Love the other night with anticipation, but ended up with a lot of cringing. Where did they get these women?? Please tell me it is NOT a random sampling of 20 fat women where 18 of them are so depressed about being fat and single to the point that they cry on camera and proclaim "I have soooo much love to give..." Instead, please tell me the producers handpicked these woe-filled women solely for the fullfilment of their goal of showing how fat women are *all* soooo sad.

The women on the show, by and large, are beautiful women wallowing in their sadly single lives. But, why are they single?? Because they're fat?? No, because they have shitty self esteem. Cure the dearth of self esteem and these girls would easily capture the heart of a decent guy.

Oh, and the bachelor that's on this show? He's annoying in his cloying attempt to suck-up to their self esteem issues (and the camera). If any guy were to come up to me and talk like he does to the women on the show, I would quickly walk far, far away. I'm not sure if he's talking the way he is because of the producers' prompting or if he really is that smarmy in real life. Whatever the reason, he's annoying. These girls deserve better.

I'll give it another week to see if it will get more annoying and insulting or if it was just a bad start.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thought of the Day #203 - Web Clutter

A lot of the "big hitters" on the web -- news sites (like this screen cap from today's site), department store shopping like, or portals like aol or -- are driving me batty! They're trying to be all things to all visitors and while doing so they're driving people like myself away. Column after column of information. Can you imagine trying to read a book page that was divided into five columns and throw in advertising graphics, too? Ugh.

I think we need to get back to a simpler time...when we had one jumping kitty graphic per screen. A few "BR"s and then a peeping eyeball. That's right...animated GIFs. I said it.

I'm not really serious about the animated GIFs. (If you want to see those, you can find more than you can stand over at

I am, however, serious about the overload of web clutter. Clean it up, people! I plan on doing the same.

Thought of the Day #202- Photos of the Week

I posted four weeks worth of the Photo Selections of the Week today.
Yeah, I was a little bit behind. Check 'em out!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thought of the Day #201 - Figure Flaws

Do you first dress to enhance parts of your body, or do you focus first
and foremost on figure flaws?

It's funny that many of us focus on the flaws. We compare ourselves to
some ideal that has been shoved down our necks by the media or other
venues. Who's to say that our flaws are actually flaws? Why aren't body
differences revered as much as differences in artistic expression? Why
do we do this to ourselves?? Why are people so harsh to one another??

I suspect the harshest critics are often the most they
internal voices or nasty voices from others.

So, how do we silence them? I wish I had the answer.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #200 - Apricots

I'm overrun with apricots. I've made jars and jars of jam, juice, sauce and butter. And I know that the trees are still loaded. HELP!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #199 - Health Care Reform Part 3

Step 3 - minimize pointless doctor visits. Don't go to the doctor just
because you have the sniffles. Too many people go to the doctor hoping
for a miracle cure for minor inconveniences. If you have a cold...they
can't cure you. For that matter, they can't cure a lot of minor viruses.
They can treat the symptoms, but that's not going to make you feel
better any faster. Suck it up, you will survive this.

Some people avoid going to the doc when they really should..and others
go in for minor inconveniences. Both instances end up costing far more
money for insurance companies.

Maybe what is needed is education in high school regarding when to see a
physician and when to just curl up in bed and wait it out? It could save
lives and money.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thought of the Day #198 - Health Care Reform Part 2

Step 2 - eliminate frivilous malpractice claims & lower or eliminate
malpractice insurance for physicians and other medical care
professionals. Doctors are people. People make mistakes. Malpractice
claims for anything aside from true negligence and willful endangerment
should be thrown out of court. Also, awards for accidental death or
physical damage should be limited and standardized. What price life? Not
mine to decide, but I know that 5 million dollars sounds excessive no
matter who you are.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #197 - Health Care Reform

Step 1 - eliminate excessive greed. Pharmaceutical company leaders can
claim that they expend X amount on research and that's why drugs are so
expensive. The problem is that they're saying that while they're sitting
in one of their twenty Lamborghinis. Maybe all medical companies
(supplies, meds, equipment mfgs, hospitals, etc) should be forced to be
"non-profits"? Just a thunk.

Thought of the Day #196 - It's all about...

Bashes are all about the friends to me. So many wonderful people coming together in one location for relaxation and synchronized swimming. What more could you ask for??
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #195 - Silly Faces

I've been looking through photos of me posted from last week's BBWNetwork Vegas bash. I'm a goof. Seriously. I pull too many silly faces. I know I do once in a while for this site, but the other 'public consumption' ones should be nicer...especially since I have no control over their distribution. Do I consider that at the time?? Of course not. boo. Oh, and that cold? Still surfing that, too. Wipe out!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thought of the Day #194 - Code

Ok, even thought I promised a "deep thought" tonight, all I can muster is a thought about picking up a cold while on vacation. It sucks! I'm congested and tired and I don't wanna go to work tomorrow. Waaaaaaaaaa. Yeah, not deep at all. Sorry! Maybe tomorrow. I hope you all have a good week!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #193 - Vacation

I've missed a few ToTDs due to forgetfullness while on vacation.
Seriously, who really wants to think on vacation? I did think, but not
much beyond sleep, eat and swim. Maybe tomorrow more "deep" thunks will
have made it to my bean. Until then!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thought of the Day #192 - Later

Staying up laaaaate late at the bash is taking a toll on my "youthful"
appearance. On Monday, my age was guessed at 25-28. Today -- 36. Suck.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thought of the Day #191 - Meet and Greet

I had a ton of fun at today's BBW Bash Meet and Greet. I met so many
cool people. It's fun to see how fast three minutes of conversation can
go. There were a couple of people who were a bit tricky to talk to due
to the language barrier, but even that was a fun challenge.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Thought of the Day #190 - Fail

The plans to keep myself sunburn free while being in a pool all day?
Complete fail. Luckily, the sunblock and the towel did save *most* of
me from total crispiness, but there are large parts that were fried.
Ugh. Better luck next time, Dope. Thanks for playing. Fail.

Thought of the Day #189 - Late

ToTD is late due to my email server being down. So, yeah, anticipation
is a good thing, right? It applies to ketchup and ToTDs. Yeah...and
that's my complete thought for yesterday.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thought of the Day #188 - Not Smart Enough

I love Smart Phones. But, they're not good for browsing everything
online. My version? for instance, cannot use flash and is very limited
at Java. Some day they'll do all that a PC can do...just not yet(or
more likely, just not mine...)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #187 - Noise

Why is it that motorcycles can go around blasting engine noises seemingly without mufflers, but cars are limited to a certain decibel before getting pulled over by the police. I CAN'T stand how loud they are! Grrr.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Thought of the Day #186 - Eyeglasses

I picked up a new pair of eyeglasses today. Much more modern than the
almost 17 year old pair I've had as contacts' backup. You can see the
old glasses in a couple of the recent photos of the week.

Despite the fact that the new glasses are much smaller than the last, I
find I still feel like I'm wearing a mask of protection -- I feel that
I am cut off and protected in an emotional way from people while wearing
them. I don't know if I'm unique in this feeling or if everyone feels
this? More than likely, I'm the oddball.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #185 - Cumin

The world could use a little more cumin.

Thought of the Day #184 - Excited!

I'm stressed out at home and at work, but I know that in a few short
days I'll be getting a much needed break in Vegas. On this, I rely. I
can make it through and I know the pool is waiting for me!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Thought of the Day #183 - Etsy Things

I've added a few things to my Etsy shop tonight 'cuz I purchased a 'showcase' on the site for the 7th. It's basically a cheap way to advertise your wares on the site. 7 dollars gets ya a full 24 hours of extra exposure. $7 for 24 on 7/7. Definitely sounds like gambling. Anyway, that's what's on my mind...Etsy and of course, my Crippy Crafts!

Onions are Pretty!

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #182 - Female vs Woman

I recently read an article about Steve McNair's death. In the article it
said that he was found shot to death along side a 20 year old "female."
Which makes me wonder...was it a female dog? Cat? Tortoise? or possibly
a human? No where in the article does it clarify.

To me, the use of "female" to demote a generic female human seems to
de"human"ize the woman.

Just a little pet peeve of mine, but seiously, hasn't modern journalism
brought itself past 1950s stylized crime reporting?

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Thought of the Day #181 - Self Worth

If you never question your own personal self worth, do you have an over
inflated sense of self?

Friday, July 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #180 - Walking On Glass

The Sears Tower in Chicago opened up "The Ledge" a glass floored
attraction that lets visitors walk a few feet out onto a sheet of glass
that is 1300 feet above street level. Recently, a reservation at the
Grand Canyon opened "Sky Walk" which allows visitors to walk on a glass
loop that is way out over the canyon floor. Both options intrigue me. I
would really like to go to the Skywalk's far end and start jumping up
and down...solely for the thrill of seeing other people panic 'cuz "the
fat chick is going to break the thing!!" Ah, it would be fun on so many

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #179 - Freedom

The US celebrates Independence Day on the 4th and with that "freedom" as
a concept is often rolled. I was wondering, though, how *free* we really
are here in the US.

There are laws that keep us in line, some of which are based on morality
judgements; there are regulations that limit with whom and what we can
buy/trade and sell; there are social constructs (religion, fashion,
etc) that tell us what is appropriate to say and wear where, again much
of it based upon moral belief systems; there are corporations attempting
to model our behavior to suit their greed; there are citizens
demoralizing each other because they don't agree; there are unwanted
and unplanned children abused every day; there are citizens attacking
citizens for the color of their skin; I could go on and on and on.

The only thing really, truly free is individual thought. Today I am able
to share my thoughts in this, a public forum. I am grateful. Not
everyone on Earth is as lucky.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Thought of the Day #178 - Buying Fat Clothes Online

I'm a stickler about fabric quality, but what chaps my hide most about
buying fat clothing online? The randomness of the sizing.

All plus-size sites have size charts which should "do the trick" in
finding appropriately sized clothes, but let me tell you...that is NOT
the case. When a clothing item arrives in the mail, the excitement
rises. "Maybe this will be the time when THE perfect fit arrives??" Or
will it be too small? Too large? Or will it obviously be made by a
manufacturer that has no clue how to cut larger sizes. In the last
instance, you'll find arms several inches too long or necklines made
for gorillas because they simply added inches *everywhere*. (Fat people
don't necessarily have larger skeletons than their thin counterparts. I
know, it's shocking.) The sizing is a virtual crapshoot. If you're a
fat woman, you know...oh, yes, you know.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thought of the Day #177 - Costumes

I'm trying to come up with a costume idea for the Vegas bash. It has to be from the movies...any movie. Any ideas out there that would work for me that wouldn't be too hot nor too complicated? I'm drawing blanks and coming up with mediocre ideas, i think. If you've got an idea, email it to me: Thanks!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Thought of the Day #176 - Upselling

I really, really hate "upselling" -- the pushy sales tricks to get you
to buy "just a little more...because it's a better deal." It happened
today at the optometrists. Lasik...coating for eyeglasses (if it's that
important, shouldn't you automatically put it on your lenses)... a
"service contract" to save x percent and get a free exam next time ...
get your eyes dialated (a good idea once in a while, but not everytime)
... etc, etc. Nothing makes me lose confidence and respect for an
establishment faster than upselling. I haven't been hit up this bad
since my 18 year old cat was ill and they suggested I needed a 3-D
image of his heart to see if there were things wrong. He was 18...more
than likely there were definitely things wrong, but would a 3-D image
of his heart cure him? Of course not...the 7K open heart surgery
*might* do that. Just insane.

I think it especially irritates me because vets and optometrists have
you by the nards. You love your animal, but he's sick. And, you love
your eyesight and need a prescription in order to see properly.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thought of the Day #175 - Air Burial


Crazy lookin' birds, but soooo awesome, too. I haven't ever seen them here in Utah before yesterday. I've only seen one in the wild a few years ago while trekking through Death Valley.

They reminded me of the concept of an "air burial" that is performed in some parts of the world. Basically, the body is chopped up and placed on a "air burial" platform or location where meat eating birds frequent. The birds eat the flesh and you ~soar~ into the afterlife (or lack thereof). While the idea is a bit creepy, there's a complete homage to the circle of life that I sincerely appreciate. In fact, if they offered that as an option here, I would definitely request it upon my demise.
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thought of the Day #174 - Fit for a Store

I was rearranging my fabric stash in my small office closet, and using
rubbermaid type bins, I sorted the fabric and unfinished projects.
Putting the bins back in the closet, it became painfully obvious that
the angled sides of the bins is not designed for saving space in a
closet. As a Twitter pal pointed out...the angled sides are meant to
ease the stacking of empty bins. Ah, yes, it's more important to have
hundreds of bins available on the shelf, even though a different
squarer shape would be better for people who will be using the bins.
Interesting concept and it explains why I cannot find square freezer
bins. Bastids. Worry about the consumer, please??

Thought of the Day #173 - Heat & Mood

On really hot days, I start off in the morning feeling pretty chipper. I
love the coolness in the early morning light. My mood is good and I'm
often pretty ambitious. As the day wears on and the temps climb into
the ninties, my mood sours. I don't want to do *anything* and I really
don't even want to talk to anyone. Getting a glass of ice water seems
like a chore. My contacts end up drying up, too, which only worsens my
mood. Grrr. Of course, by the time the sun gets close to setting, I'm
back into "normal" mode and willing to socialize. By the end of the
night, I suddenly realize I've got central air, so why am I not using
it?? Because, in the early day, it seems that I don't find it
necessary. By the afternoon rolls along, I'm too sour to bother. Oh,

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #172 - Pop Culture Deaths

Like Farrah Fawcett, I feel that Michael Jackson's death put an end to
pain. So much of Jackson's later years seem wrapped in pain, yes
physical, but far more so emotional. He struggled to find a physical
"look" that matched his inside and he struggled to live on the outside
amid public scrutiny with beliefs and behavior that were "different" in
so many ways. Death may have been a blessing for them both.

Thought of the Day #171 - Bugs

The weeks of rain has finally ended...but two days after the rain has
stopped and the earwigs have started invading. Two in the house today.
Ick. Maybe it's 'cuz I have killed all the spiders around...and that's
their only threat aside from birds and other more advanced ctitters.
It's either that or it's a crazy infestation year. Ugh. Bring back the
rain so they don't wanna pop out of the ground. Ick! (Did I say that

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thought of the Day #170 - Shoes

No matter who you are, if you are wearing shoes that are uncomfortable,
you are a fool.

Thought of the Day #169 - Swimming in the Heat

I bought my plane tickets to go to Vegas for the BBW Network bash in
July. The pool is calling me... Cool water and painfully warm air.
Delightful! I promised myself to be smart about sunscreen.'cuz the burn
was brutal last year. *swim* *swam* *swum* Go to if you
want to swim in the sweltering heat, too. Remember, it's a dry heat!
(Well, except when you're in the pool.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #168 - Cat Came Back

We had a cat go missing last month. Sweet, kind of crazy, outdoor kitty,
he was. When he disappeared, we figured he had probably been hit by a
car as we live on some very busy streets. Last night, however, he
returned! He seemed pretty well fed, so someone must have been feeding
him, knowingly or unknowingly. We'll never know where or what he's been
up to, but it's nice to have him around again.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thought of the Day #167 - Sleep

When in doubt, get more sleep, not less. Tell your dreams I sent you.

This Thistle

The bumble bee just happened to fly in and pose for me. I appreciate when the wildlife behaves like that. So considerate!
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #166 - CNN & Twitter

Apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger had an emergency landing and "tweeted"
about it on CNN received an official statement from the
governor's office, but they made a bigger deal over the tweet. I think
they're either 1. forgetting that a social networking site isn't an
official news source or 2. they are "in bed" with for
future financial gain. I'm really betting on the latter. All to much
news on there is now Twitter-centric. While I think there is some
validity to the medium, I don't think it should be a main source.

I'm also going beyond my previous totd about news and social networking,
and going to assume that tweets are easier to hack and spoof than even
emails. To start, there's no SSL security when posting tweets on the
web. Just makes me go hmmmm even more. Be careful out there!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thought of the Day #165 - Chocolate & Cherries

Ever have chocolate chip cookies with dried tart cherries inside? No??
What's wrong with you??

Thought of the Day #164 - Social Networking Propaganda

I've heard quite a bit of buzz the past week about the advantages of social networking sites moving information out of Iran. It made me think, however, that this same information leakage could be used as a propaganda machine quite easily. And, quite honestly, it probably is being used around the world in that way already. It just makes me wary of the loose definition of a "source" for information. Just making me go "hmmmm..." tonight.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Highly Recommended Roll Recipe...that I meant to share long ago...

These are always a hit when served to new people, and they're highly requested by those who have tried them. My mom used to make something very similar, although in my mind's eye, the ones she made were fluffier. In any event, the flavor is VERY similar.

By the way, the recipe calls for 2 cups of water, but if you'd like an even richer dough, try using warmed milk.

Parker House Style Rolls

6 cups bread flour
2 packages yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 sticks/cubes butter
2 cups hot water
1 egg

Using a large heavy duty stand mixer with the dough hook installed(or a food processor), combine 3 cups of flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add a stick/cube of butter that has been melted. Add the water as you turn on the mixer. Add the egg. Keep mixing on medium speed for about 5 minutes. (Helps to activate the gluten in the flour!) On low speed, add the remaining three cups of flour, one cup at a time. At this point, I let the mixer do the kneading for several minutes. If your mixer can't handle the load, remove the dough and hand-knead the dough until the flour is incorporated and the dough has a good texture. Put the kneaded dough into lightly greased bowl. Cover with either plastic wrap or a moistened towel. Let rise until double. Punch the dough down. Take the remaining butter (1 stick/cube) and melt into a 13x9 or larger baking pan. The pan should be a dark coated pan to get maximum browning on the bottom of the rolls. Form into rolls (use your imagination, there are LOTS of shapes to make!). Dip each roll into the butter, flip it over and set into the pan of melted butter. Bake at 400 degrees for ~18 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Delicious!

Thought of the Day #163 - Wireless Thieves

Have you ever stolen an internet connection? You're in a strange place, need to check something online and you randomly find an unsecured wifi network? And you connect to it?? You know you have if you have a laptop. Admit it!

I understand that it's illegal in some places, but I'm starting to think with the extent of broadband availability throughout the country that soon we will all have free wifi unsecured networks. (Well, unless the greedy bastids (you know who you are) decide that free anything is wrong...'cuz they could make money off of you!)

If I could feel safe and not worry about greedy hackin' bastids, I would open up my connection to the general public. I use my broadband connection for work and whatnot, but I rarely use up all bandwidth that's available. If I could have ~priority~ to the bandwidth and grant free access to non-hacker types, I would. Would you??

Thought of the Day #162 - If you don't mine...

If you don't doesn't anti-matter.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Thought of the Day #161 - Flash Mobs

Flash mobs bring a temporary continuity to an ever more separated existence. And I like it.

Thought of the Day #160 - Crosswords

I realy don't like crossword puzzles. I've done them, of course, usually
when trapped in an airport with nothing to do beyond guessing citizen
origins or giggling about choosen flight-ready footware.

The crossword puzzle's clues are far too cryptic for me to enjoy. I feel
the crossword's author is often sniveling with glee over his/her attempt
at vaguely clever twists in tangental relationships. That annoys me.
Other times I just don't care enough to want to think that hard.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thought of the Day #159 - Synchronous Names

It bothers me sooooo much when my "catay" name is taken on websites as a username. I started it. It's mine, mine, mine. Ok, fine, the other "catay"s out there that are actually called "Catay" and mine is strictly a nickname, but it's almost a trademark for me now. I use it everywhere I can. A synchronous online definition of who my online persona wants to be. So, when I heard that Facebook was allowing users to create named links at EXACTLY 10:01pm, I thought...I GOTTA BE THERE! Of course, long about 11PM, I remembered. Luckily, was available. Wooooohoooo!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thought of the Day #158 - Organic Cotton

Can "organic cotton" really be organic if they process, wash, or water
the crop at any time in city water? Wouldn't they have to completely be
using well or fresh spring water? I mean, if you really, really wanna be
picky about this crap, you better go all the way.

In all seriousness, organic tagging of any product is far more relevant
to marketing than it is to personal or global health.

Thought of the Day #157 - Oh, Snack!

If you ever say, "Oh, snap!" please change it to, "Oh, snack!" I would
appreciate it. And, won't it be great to know you were in on the change
before anyone else? Be hip, be cool and...oh, SNACK!...I forgot it's no
longer cool to say, "cool."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #156 - Killer Bunnies

Love this game! Plenty of killer action and humor for all ages.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #155 - I can haz cheezburger

I really don't care for the LOLCatz or sites of that ilk. Some of the
pictures are cute, but the bad English grates on me like claws on a
chalkboard. Besides, if my cat were to cry out for a cheeseburger, he'd
do it in proper Queen's English!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #154 - Stupid Stick

For some reason, during the past couple of years I've randomly made
completely stupid mistakes when figuring tips at restaurants. I
typically tip 20% unless service was poor. That's usually a really
simple mathematical task, but for some reason I make silly time giving a 30 dollar tip rather than 3.50. I think
I'm suffering from simple distractions and lack of attention to detail,
but it could be that I've been permanently hit by the stupid stick.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Thought of the Day #153 - EA Active for the Wii

I've had the Active program for 10 days and have completed eight 22
minute workouts. So far, I like it a lot!

I've had some trouble fitting the leg strap (it fits my knee, but just
barely), so all of my workouts have been cardio and upper body...and
consequently it's sweetly low impact. I am planning on getting a pair
of stretch pants and apply a little pocket to hold the wii nunchuck,
so eventually, I'll get on to the full workouts. Until then, I am
skipping the leg pain.

There are several things I like about it. For one, unlike wii Fit,
someone supersize like me can still use this product. (Yes, fat people
do exercise!) The Active product does limit the profile weight to 300,
but it doesn't affect product play, unlike Fit which basically kicks
fatties off the machine. The best I can figure, your weight is used in
Active solely to calculate calorie burn during the workouts.

I also like that all of the exercises are available in three levels, so
if you're a workout lightweight, the low impact ~ease into it~ level is
great! Some are waaaay too slow for me, but I can imagine for elderly or
infirm, it would be perfect.
If you're used to working out in a gym regularly, this might be too
simplistic? I don't know for sure.

Finally, it's overwhelming positive motivation from the digital
trainers. From what I've heard about wii Fit, it's pretty rude and
nearly insulting. Who needs that??

Briefly, if you're looking to get a little bit more active, give EA
Active a try!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #152 - Call Me Grandma

My step-daughter and her husband are expecting a baby in November.
That's right, I'll be the evil step-grandma! Or maybe not so evil? In
any event, nothing else really makes ya feel old more than that
"grandma" title. *sigh* I guess I have a few months before the title
applies, so I better live it up!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Thought of the Day #151 - Lemonade

Why is it so blasted hard to find genuine (read good!) lemonade? So many
restaurants and beverage places offer the reconstituted powdered
lemonade. You know, the "dusty" lemonade. The kind of crap that doesn't
really make you pucker, but rather there's a dry scratchy feeling from
the added acid and that dull flavor that makes ya want to cough? Yeah,
that stuff. There was a place in Minnesota that offered a partially
real lemon drink that was mixed with 7-up, that was *ok*, but something
about it always made me puff up. Something mysterious about that.
Anyway, I know lemons are pricey, but c'mon! It's relatively easy to
make. I make it at home once in a while and it's always yummy. Lemons,
sugar and water. Why can't I get this in a restaurant situation? Even
at 5 bucks a glass? Pretty please??

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #150 - See you

My BluRay disc player says "See you" upon powering it down. I don't know
if I'll be watching movies in my undies anymore...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #149 - Note to Self

Do not become a bitter, judgmental old person. Do not become a bitter,
judgmental old person. Do not become a bitter, judgmental old person. I
see far too many of them around. What a waste of the waning years.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Thought of the Day #148 - Black Boxes

I've been reading news of the Air France airbus that went missing
earlier this morning. Some news spoke of the plane signaling back that
parts of the plane were failing or reading "off" readings. It made me
think that all of the recordings typically send to the black box should
be electronically recorded. Technology is more than advanced enough to
handle this. It would eliminate the need to find the box itself, which
in the case of today's downing would be quite beneficial. Obviously,
the planes could still create a local record in the black box, but the
addition of electronic recordings can only help and potentially speed
up the investigations.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thought of the Day #147 - Soylent Green

Despite the fact that I used "green" in the previous TOTD, I am finding the cliched overuse of the term so overwhelming that it's making me question using the color in my wardrobe.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Thought of the Day #146 - Weed Control Going Green?

While travelling through parts of Capitol Reef National Park, I noticed
large portions of land where there was no brush, plant or weed matter.
Even in low-lying areas where the moisture level was high -- still no
plants. I assume that the area's ground is highly alkaline or acidic or
__ which prevents plants from growing. Maybe I'm just crazy, but I think
bagging up this soil and rocks (not from the actual park, obviously, but
nearby) as a natural anti-plant landscaping material would be brilliant
and "green", of course. Am I nutz or does that sound like a good idea?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thought of the Day #145 - Storms

On the way to Torrey, Utah tonight there were lots of really, really
dark clouds. The kind you might expect to do some severe damage.
Unfortunately, this is Utah, and most of the storms are tame compared
to those in Minnesota. I miss the wild energy of genuinely severe
thunderstorms. The kind that rattle thw windows, blow over all of the
deck furniture, flood sidewalks in five minutes, spin off little
tornadoes, and the like. Ah, well, the gentle rain and infrequent
lightening is nice, too.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thought of the Day #144 - Deep Fried

You know that pretty much everything comes deep fried if you look long
enough. Today? Deep fried jalapeno slices. Hot and greasy...and it
keeps on burning long after they're gone.

It's coming for you!!

I had to take a picture of this cactus last week. Looked too cartoon-y to pass up. I added the eyes and mouth, so don't you worry that that was natural.
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Thought of the Day #143 - Fiddle Faddle

I have an unnatural love of alliteration. For years I signed off my
emails with "love, luck and laughter" or "love luck and
literature"...or any other "L" word for the final word. I still do it
from time to time, but I no longer feel it's necessary. You see, I
noticed I had that unnatural love and as you know, the first step in
getting help is admitting you have a problem...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #142 - Garden Encouragement

We've got several veggies already "harvestable" in the garden --
spinach, swiss chard, asparagus and soon to be snow pea pods. For those
of you in the northern hemisphere, I would encourage you to get out and
plant something! There's still plenty of time to get some plants
a-growin' for the season. If you have any outside space at all, you've
got room for veggies! When I lived in downtown St. Paul, I planted
tomatoes and peppers in 5 gallon buckets some years, but not every
year. Every year I had flowers, but looking back I should have planted
more edibles. Live and learn! Anyway, give it a try if you're not
already gardening. You'll be glad you did.

A pretty Saguaro Photo

I took this while in the Saguaro National Park. Most of the cacti were blooming which gave them a unique crown look. This one was blooming mostly to the side. Dunno why...
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #141 - Economic Recovery?

Listened to a few economic theorists tonight on CNN, and they briefly
mentioned that the recovered economy may not ever return to "normal"
and that consumer spending habits may forever be changed.

It made me think that there has been shifts to this change for quite
some time prior to the full market tumble. The movement to buy away
from the major corporations or make it yourself -- the "crafting
revolution" that was born online and supported through sites like; the "buy local" movement; and the CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture) blossom -- all happened long before the crash. I foresee
that these once small trickles in the economy will be more of a driving
force as part of the economic recovery or in lieu of a recovery. I, for
one, see this as a huge positive in the often dark predictions.

Thought of the Day #140 - Saguaro vs. Joshua

Whenever I've travelled through Arizona, I've noticed that where you
see saguaro cacti, you won't see joshua trees. And in areas where there
are millions of joshua trees, no saguaro. Curious! Do they not get
along? Do they battle for resources and give up territory much like
gangs fighting for drug sales?

I made a concerted effort this past weekend to try to find them
together. The only instance I could find was the two closely residing
in an artificial environment, separated by a fence. I'm sure the fence
kept them from battling to the death.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Thought of the Day #139 - LODs

I'm writing this from a shitty-ass hotel room that we were lucky to get
'cuz "winging it" in Vegas on a holiday weekend is a bad idea. (By the
way "shitty-ass" is a generous descriptor.) Outside the window I can
hear several Loud Obnoxious Drunks (LODs). I also experienced on
particularly bad LOD in the casino earlier. Let me just say for the
record...LODs are never as entertaining as they think they are.

If you suspect you are a LOD, please pay close attention next time
you're "partaaaaaying." If people slap, ignore, or point at you and the
latter are security and or police, yet you think you're the life of the
party, you are not. You are just a LOD.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #138 - Getting Old

My dad seemed pretty good today, but when he talked of seeing purple
spots *sometimes*, it reminded me of the fact that getting old can be
pretty brutal.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #137 - Attitude

Attitude, while not *everything*, it can make the difference between a
good and bad day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #136 - Cats

I love cats, but apparently they're becoming an allergen to me.

I lived with Kipper for 18 years and never had any ill effects. He's
been gone for two years, and now picking up cats makes my eyes and nose
itch and I'm even starting to sneeze now. Booo. Maybe I have to adopt
another one and go back into full-on immersion therapy?

Pretty Poser

This mountain blue bird gave me plenty of time to take his (her?) picture. I think he liked the attention...
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