Friday, February 27, 2009

Thought of the Day #58

Inspired by "Man onn Wire". I need to find something extraordinary to

Because Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Yes, it's real. Go to for proof. Thanks to Bobber for this gem!
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #57

Super squishy beds -- good for sleeping, bad for missionary position
sex. Your experience may vary.

'Cuz there's not enough cute lamb shots on here.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #56

More of a "Recipe of the Day". I found a recipe online for chicken &
gnocchi soup, and then adjusted it. It originally had less veggies and
a boatload of cream.

So, here goes...the formatting may be off 'cuz I'm emailing this from my
phone. I'll adjust it when I'm back on the computer.

Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
4 cups chicken stock
2 stalks of celery, diced
3 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
1 carrot, shredded
1/2 onion, diced
1 tblsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
16 oz pkg gnocchi
1 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (not the stuff in the green can!)
1 tblsp cornstarch
salt to taste

*Saute onion, garlic, carrot and celery in oil until onions are
*Add chicken, broth, thyme, milk, sour cream, pepper. Heat to boiling.
Add gnocchi and cheese. Boil for four minutes, reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes.
*Mix cornstarch with a couple of tablespoons of water. Add to soup. Cook
until thickened.
*Serve. Serves 6+.
It's easy and sooo yummy. Enjoy!

Thought of the Day #55

I got called to jury duty again! I don't have grand hopes for this court, though. I looked up the SLC Justice Court and apparently they typically handle only Class B & C misdemeanors and other low level crimes. This will not pan out into a week long civics display, unfortunately. At best, it'll be a quick DUI issue or domestic violence debacle. Looking at their calendar/docket for tomorrow, out of the hundreds items being handled, only three are full jury issues. Ah, well, after years of whining it's kind of cool to get called three times in just two years. Woot!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thought of the Day #54

I've been trying to drink more water. Just plain old tap water. They say the average person should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and typically I'm woefully less than that. At my size, I probably should drink much more than I do. So, recently, I decided to drink a glass of water every time I went to the bathroom. Fine and dandy, only that now that I'm drinking more...I'm drinking more and more! Exponentially figured, by the time I'm done filling another glass, I'll be on the toilet again! Sploosh, sploosh. Garbage in...garbage out. When and where shall the maddness end? :-)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #53

I want to go swimming! I long for warm days and a quiet swimming pool.
Heck, I'd even love a not-so-quiet swimming pool. I'll just make my own
serenity in that case by floating around. Ah, it's a nice dream...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #52

Why do we immediately white- wash individual history upon death? Do we
sincerely want to "forgive and forget"? Do we want to only remember the
good in hopes that our own personal histories will be similarly
cleansed? Are we simply lying to loved ones for fear they might be hurt
to hear the negative? Are we just "playing nice 'cuz every death reminds
us of our own mortality?

A local celebrity died yesterday, and despite stating that the
individual was "controversial", there was nothing negative covered. One
might think that ths person had suddenly grown a halo upon his demise
and flew far from the controversy. He was cleansed of his "sins" in the
public spotlight and has been chosen to live in silver lined clouds.
Lucky him.

It's just a curious media well as personal behavior, too.
It happens in families just as much as it does in the media. As my good
grandma used to say, "We don't talk ill of the dead."

But why? Why can't we say bad things if they're true??

Thought of the Day #51

Long week. Must sleep. No thoughts remain.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #50

Regardless of your personal view on abortion or on the opposite side,
the "octomom"'s 14 kids, I wonder how healthy it is for a society to
put their nose into another's reproductive activity. Why do we have
strong opinions about such things? Shouldn't we focus solely upon our
family? In the case of overcrowding in China, is it OK for governmental
agencies to intervene? Why do we question the mental health of the
"octomom", but not that of a Catholic family with 20 kids? Why do we
selectively judge each other so harshly, yet given a similar situation
we would not want to be judged? Just throwing out questions...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thought of the Day #49

I just got that "interrupt" screen from Microsoft prompting me to download Internet Explorer 8. What??? They want to give up on fixing 7??

Thought of the Day #48

I've worked too many hours today to have a thought of my own -- I've sold them all to "the man."

Monday, February 16, 2009

Thought of the Day #47

This past weekend I had someone come up to me at a buffet in Vegas to talk to me about my tummy. Honest! She wanted to ask me how I was able to get around, etc. Her sister had a hysterectomy and has some sort of prolapse or something wrong with her abdominal wall ever since surgery and she has difficulty walking because of it. All I could say is that mine is just "like this" and has been almost my entire life. It was one awkward, weird Vegas moment.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Thought of the Day #46

I wish at least one television news station in each market would opt to
not waste 10 minutes of each half-hour newscast on sports. I know some
people love it, so, let them watch one of the other newscasts with the
traditional crap.

Thought of the Day #45

As a quick observation in Vegas, fat haters tend to be fairly ugly
individuals, just trying to improve their lot in life. Kinda sad,

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Addendum to Thought of the Day #44

By "IT", I meant BO, the look of desperaton, money in my purse, a funny
swagger, yummy smelling lotion on my body, green eyes, sore feet,
etc,etc. Who knows??

Thought of the Day #44

I still gotsk "it"...I got hit on a couple of times today in Vegas.
Always good for a self-esteem boost.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thought of the Day #43

Today's...errr...yesterday's thought is late because I fully realize
that I cannot remember things while on vacation. Maybe it was all the
smoke in the casino? Yes, let's blame that, shall we? Thought of the
day...go out and have fun!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thought of the Day #42

As I get ready to take a short road trip tonight, the thought of having
a "travel ready" set of clothes seems so doable and relatively easy to
assemble. If I put together a set of low wrinkle clothes that could fit
into most travel situations, a set of undies, bras, hosiery and basic
toiletries all in my suitcase, I would be free to pickup and go without
nary a second thought. Make it a full week of outfits, and *voila*, low
stress departures for most trips. The time savings would be awesome. Of
course the trick would be putting it back together after coming home, so
that the next trip would be just as easy. Me likey the idea!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #41

Do kids these days have the awe that I did (and do!) with glow in the
dark items? So many small things glow with batteries now, that it just
seems so commonplace to experience a softened glow in your hand. I
remember "powering" a little ghost finger puppet under a lamp and
spending hours marveling at its luminocity in the dark. I remember
thinking I had *the* coolest socks in school 'cuz I had GID socks. So
much fun, so few batteries. I'm writing this in the dark, and I have
the glow of my phone's screen in front of me, but it's not the same...I
want that awe back!

A new baby quilt

I was hunting around for some cute baby boy fabric for a new quilt a couple of weeks ago and came across this cute robot/rocket fabric by David Walker for Free Spirit fabrics. It's boyish, but not cloyingly so. I love the brightness of the orange and red with the baby blue, too. Soo, soo cute. I found it on, and immediately placed an order. I received the fabric last week, started workin' on the little quilt. Little quilts make for such quick work! I made a HUGE number of mistakes on it, and even ran out of thread while trying to fix previous errors, but all in all, it turned out pretty well. The boxes are meant to be "random", but with only six styles of fabrics in there, it almost seems to get pattern-y at places. Ah, well, what can ya do when you don't want to "over plan" something?
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Monday, February 09, 2009

Thought of the Day #40

As twisted as this sounds, I believe the economy has to completely
collapse in order to properly shake out the problems. Having the
government throw money at a sick situation will only make it sicker in
the long run.

Ideally, I believe that we need to move away from a market economy, too.
(It's the commie in me!) Stocks shouldn't be used as a gambling vehicle
where it can make people rich on speculation success, but rather should
be looked at as long-term company "ownership" with only the potential of
modest profits. Maybe stocks could only be sold after holding for a
minimum of 6 months or a year?
.... Eh, I could be soooo wrong.

Newest Crippy Craft

I put this on Etsy a few weeks ago, but neglected to post it here. It's my favorite floral Crippy yet. Enjoy!
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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #39

At times, I feel that US citizens are reactionary idiots.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #38

Killer Bunnies is a fun card game! I look forward to trying all of the
expansion packs.

Thought of the Day #37

I gave Ivan a large bag of clothes that I didn't want anymore. He took
them to a co-worker who is a similar size who is financially strapped.
She sincerely appreciates the castoffs and often wears them to work
soon after receiving them. Sometimes Ivan reports back saying, "She
wore that aqua shirt today." or something similar. I'm always happy
that she found something she liked in the bag. You never really know
since everyone's tastes are so different.

Well, Ivan told me yesterday she was wearing a thermal pajama set to the
office. Honest!! He obviously recognized it, and had to do a double
take. I feel really bad about it, but what can you do? You don't want
to say anything that might embarrass her, but at the same time I feel
like I need to somehow "define" what's appropriate to wear where if she
get's more hand-me-downs. Or maybe I'm just overreacting? I dunno. Any

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #36

Honesty is so much easier than the alternative, so why do many people
find it difficult??

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Thought of the Day #35

Taxes. Taxes. Taxes. This year's federal 1040 tax form instructions have
gone from stapled pamphlet to a large gum bound book. It's flippin'
ridiculous. It's time...past time... to have a flat tax rate. No
deductions for anything aside from additional people in the family. No
deduction for McMansion mortgages, donations to charity, etc. As it
stands now, there is no fairness in taxing. If you choose to donate
money, you should do so out of the goodness of your heart and not to
get a deduction. And getting money back for being in debt for your
house? Clearly that was designed to stimulate home ownership, but we've
got to STOP the insanity. Financially benefitting from being in debt is
flippin' wrong. There are soooo many other deductions that are less
common, but equally ridiculous.

With a flat tax we could cut the number of IRS members, cut down on the
tax forms which will probably save a small forest every year, it will
bring fairness back to taxation, and it will save everyone stress
during the "tax season."

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #34

Overheard today -- "Did the *beaver* see its shadow yesterday?" All
sorts of funny images popped in my head 'cuz yes, I have a filthy mind.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #33

One of the sucky parts about being fat is the inability to completely
blend in to society. It's really much like being a celebrity. I can
walk in a park and others will stop, point and remark something to
their companion. It happens in restaurants, grocery stores, theaters,
etc. If you've got a crowd, I've got their attention. At times, I think
I should sell advertising on my body 'cuz get more second glances than
any billboard. Oh, and the word of mouth...instantaneous.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Thought of the Day #32

It's a bad day when an article of clothing's elastic dies after a
degrading episode in a drawer. The wonders of latex have a limited
lifespan, unfortunately. The swimsuit in question will have a burial at