Friday, December 31, 2010

Who is going to the San Diego or Las Vegas BBW Bash?

I'll be at the Vegas bash.

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Thought of the Day 2010 - #233 - Fur Coat

Not even a fur coat can convince some to love snow.
 
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What did you get for Christmas?

Tinker toys. Still no Red Rider rifle for me...

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Where are you for Christmas? Merry Christmas!

In Utah. Happy new year!

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Xmas to all who celebrate. What was the best gift you ever gave and why?

Hmmm, I guess the recipients would have to make the call. The one gift given that made me feel best? A couple of years ago we gave a neighborhood family that was struggling a surprise Santa-like gift drop. We picked out and wrapped gifts for all of the kids and the parents, and anonymously dropped them at their door late, late on Christmas eve. It's good to be a genuine Santa!

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christmas time is here...i.m watching a charlie brown christmas on hulu. i first saw it when it forst came out...1965! Truman

Love it! Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #232 - Sin

The only "sin" lacking in the world is sincerity.

With the Christmas deadline coming up, do you have any tips to help us get our holiday shopping and cooking done on time? You seem to do such a great job of it, I thought maybe you could help us out.

Shop online for gifts. Get grocery shopping done at odd hours to avoid lines.

Cooking? Plan ahead and make a prioritized list. Then edit it down. Eliminate the maybes and time suckers if they don't fit in your timeline. No one will notice.

Oh, and finally, don't procrastinate. That's always the trick, eh?

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Nest

 
I took this picture this past weekend along a SLC canal road. A hanging nutsack nest isn't the best idea, but it does provide for a wild ride when it's windy.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #231 - Lurve

It is funny how some things just *grab* me. I could look at a thousand fabric prints and 500 of them are *ok* and 500 are just uuuuuglllleee. All those options, but none say *lurve* to my personal aesthetic. This chair, however, said *lurve* the minute I saw it. The fabric just makes me happy. Ahhhhhh. So pretty. I had to have it. There was no option. That chair came home with me.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What is at the top of your Christmas list this year?

It says, "To Do."

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

What's the craziest Christmas gift you've ever received?

Several years ago, I participated in a secret Santa thing at work. I received expired food. Thai sauce, cookies and tea...all well past the expiration date. A great gift selection for any holiday!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

You have to listen to one Christmas Carol for 24 hours straight. Name that song!

Do I haaaaafffffftooooo?? Ok, how about Little Drummer Boy with Bowie and Ba-ba-ba Bing Crosby.

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So have you been more naughty or nice this year?

Yes. Heh.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Can your stomach talk?

Hehe. Maybe, but I don't understand what it is saying.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

What did you eat for breakfast today?

Cottage cheese and homemade canned peaches. Yum!

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If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? and why? ( This is an old Ba-Ba Wa-Wa question)

Maybe a ginko? Kind of different, and sometimes smelly. Heh.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Are you better off (financially, physically, relationship wise) this year than last?

About the same, I think.

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In these tough economic times, are you moved to donate more to charity?( Financially or of your time)

Definitely.

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How is the weather where you are?

Right now, it's pretty decent for this time of year. When Minnesota goes into the deep freeze, as they will be later this week, the nicer it is here. We'll be in the 50s this weekend. Sorry!

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #231 - Cleanliness and CSI

*zoom in on the hair on the floor the body on the floor is visible in the background* *CSI agent looks around the floor and spots THE hair, gets out his tweezers and evidence bag. He carefully places the hair in the bag and says, "I think I've got something.* Yeah, typical CSI type scene on television. I have no idea if that sort of thing happens in real life, but it does make me wonder -- are murdered clean freaks more likely to have their killers found? I was swiffering the floor in the living rooms today and found a lot of hair. I'm sure most of it is mine, but if someone were to kill me in my own house on a day where the floors were dirtier than this afternoon, would they even bother to go through the dustpan? When I had Kipper, hair was even more of an issue. Oh, and let's say my body is missing, but the spray for possible blood patterns in the bathroom? I would think that they will find old blood patterns in there, but just from really bad period blotches that have been cleaned up but not with bleach, so still detectable. They would probably have me declared dead due to all of the blood and spend thousands of man hours searching for my body. All this while I'm off on a tropical island and *forgot* to tell anyone I was leaving. Point to all of this? If you're going to get murdered, do so with a clean house. Its all in the planning, people! Do not be unprepared.

Are you ever sorry for lack of PotWs?

Sorry? No, I wouldn't use that term.

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What gifts are you hoping to recieve for Christmas? And a follow up question: Were you 'naughty' or 'nice' this year?

Santa? Is that you?? Long time no hear! You and I both know that I'm not as into gifts as I used to be when I was a kid.

Oh, and I've been way too nice this year.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #230 - Lack

Sorry for the lack of TotDs. I just haven't been feeling "it"...whatever that is. Booooo.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Describe the day you felt your sexiest? (what were you wearing etc.)

I had to think long and hard about this. It's been a while. I would say it starts with silky hair from a deep conditioning, and clothes that fit just right -- not too tight nor too loose...fitted and skimming. Combine that with some sort of personal/professional accomplishment and a random flirt from a stranger, you have a good sexy day.

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With the winter holidays coming up, what's your favorite drink for New Years Eve / New Years Day? ( Egg Nog Excluded )

Excluding eggnog? Not fair! Probably soda. I'm not much of an alcohol fan. Never really liked the taste. I do like sparkling pear juice on NYE, too.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

willl you squash me please? :)

Oh, hey, since you asked nicely....

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What is your least favorite food?

Exoskeleton based seafood.

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What is your top guilty pleasure?

Can't pick just one. Eggnog, sex for one or more, and super trashy tv. Not in that order, and not at the same time although I guess they could easily be combined. Heh.

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Did you run out of thoughts?

Pretty much. :-(

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Skies at Night Are Big and Bright...

...deep in the heart of Minnesota. Watch this beautiful video: http://www.startribune.com/local/109257644.html

Thought of the Day 2010 #229 - Blizzard!

The blizzard warning for this area is occupying a lot of my thoughts today. I'm so excited! I can't even remember the last time I was in an official blizzard. I want a white out...is that so wrong??

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thought is the Day 2010 #228 - Walking in a Winter Wonderland

This morning I walked in snow that was fresh, sticky and came up near my knees...and I liked it.  Here's hoping that the predicted blizzard on Tuesday produces another foot of white stuff! It's been decades since I've been in thigh high fluff.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #227 - Snowy Silence

Tonight, several inches of snow have fallen. The silence provided is beautiful. Passing cars are muffled. The trees are still. So lovely.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cat, if you could go anywhere in the world for a month's vacation where would it be?

Hmmm..right now I'd love to go someplace remote, quiet, and beachy. Maybe Fiji?

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Thought of the Day 2010 #226 - Tech Neck

Using handheld tech devices (smart phones, ipads, etc) for hours on end is tiring for my neck. I'm always looking down to use them. I can't be the only one! I imagine in a few years, or if it's not already happening now, that chiropractors will be seeing a huge leap in neck issues. GPs will probably see increases in muscle stress related headaches and neck compression induced hand numbness. It's going to be a problem, I tell ya!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

If you could tell your six year old self one thing about your future, what would you tell her?

Learn what you can from your mom, she won't be around forever. Risk when you fear. Don't worry so much about boys who aren't interested in you. Have more fun...childhood ends faster than you know. When your brother offers you a spoonful of butterscotch pudding, it won't be pudding....

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Not a question, but a comment. You're lovely and, in the last photo of this series, ("neutral tones") I beg to differ. YOU stole the scene.

Thanks for the compliment!

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What would you like to do that you haven't already done?

Oh, my, there are so many things! Thousands, I'm sure. Travel everywhere, learn everything I don't know, sky dive, blow glass, have a baby, dye my hair blue, etc, etc. Big and small, I'd like to try it all!

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

It's been too long since I asked a question, so... best meal you've ever had? What was great about it?

The best meals that come to mind have nothing to do with the food, but always with the company.

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can i send you a bigggg cute cuddly spider for xmas? LOL.

That would be fabulous!

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #225 - Hunting

I can't wrap my brain around hunting as fun. Killing for pleasure and not necessity. I just caught a snippet of an outdoor sportsman's show displaying the family *fun* of hunting with the kids. The dogs ran ahead, a pheasant flies up, and the kids all start shooting. Someone hits it, and laughter, shouting ensues. Good times were had by all...over a death. I dunno. It just makes my skin crawl. The show host is heard saying something like the, "the whole family is always elated when the pheasant surprises them by flying out of the brush.". So, ummmm...can't they all go out to the wild to enjoy the pheasant "surprises" without wanting to kill it???

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #224 - Cuisinart

Last year, I bought a really pricey food processor from Williams-Sonoma. About a month or so ago, I was working on chopping some peppers and I couldn't turn the thing off. A ghost was in the machine! I had to unplug it to kill it. It's an odd feeling when an appliance behaves badly...ya just can't trust it anymore! I didn't use it for a few weeks, and then this past week, I needed to use it for several recipes. The ghost in the machine did not go away. I needed to use it, so I ended up training the bad dog to do "pulse" by lifting the lid, I effect stalling it out through it's safety feature. Eh, ya do what ya gotta do.

Today, I called Williams-Sonoma to inquire about the specific date I had purchased it. I figured it would have at least a year long warranty, and I was hoping I was still less than a calendar year out.

The customer service person looked up my info and found that I ordered it last June. Crap! Past a year's time. The CS person put me on hold to see if there was something they could do. While on hold, I started peeking through online reviews. Aha! I am not the only person with a defective control panel. Several reviews mentioned the inability to turn it off.

CS person comes back on the phone and apologizes--they cannot help me...it's been over a year, and it's probably not working right due to "normal wear and tear". Oh, that sucks. I probably only used it a dozen times over the past year. Price per use is about $30. Ouch. I mention I saw several other users with the same issue on their site. I then inquire whether or not they have a number for a repair facility?

CS person puts me on hold again. I'm thinking it will cost a ton to ship it somewhere...and then, who knows how much they'll charge. I was feeling I bought a money pit. Grrr.

CS person comes back asking me what I want? What i want?? I said I wanted a machine that works. That's all.

She then tells me they are going to arrange for a UPS pickup in the morning, and that they will exchange my defective model with a new one.

I was shocked. Going from "you're out of luck" to "we'll exchange it, and pay shipping both ways" had me dumbfounded...and pleased.

I know they technically didn't need to take the return as it had been over a year. Kudos for Williams-Sonoma customer service for coming through, eventually. Well, I guess I better hold my breath until I get my new one...and when it actually works for more than a year's time. At least at this point, I have high hopes!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

What do you like better: Trick or treat?

Treat, definitely.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #223 - Project Runway.

Mondo really should have won. His designs were fresh and exciting. He has a far brighter future in design than the person who won.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #222 - Tasks

This week is crazy busy for me at work and at home. I feel at times I let myself get mired down by the details of the task more than the effort it takes to do the task itself. I worry about the potential success and or failure more than I should, too. I wish I were able to do, do, do, and not stress about things. I should probably count myself lucky that I am able to work through the muck most of the time. I know that for some, the details are completely overwhelming and they end up in a nearly catatonic state. I'm not there...yet...



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #221 - Miracle Worker

Is there any food that cannot be made better by adding cream cheese? I say, NO!

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Couple of New Paper Cuts

I've brought out the X-acto knife again...
 
 
 
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #220 - Automatic Translation in Chat Apps

My brilliant idea for today -- automatic translations through chat applications like AIM, Yahoo, etc. Simply select the language you speak. The individuals on the other end would select their native tongue. *magic happens here*, and you can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere in the world.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #219 - Darkness

It's so dark early in the morning these days. Sometimes, I wonder if the sun will come at all.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Did you belong to any clubs/organizations in high school or college?

In high school, yes. I was a major joiner. I was in drama and Thespians, voted president of Thespians in my senior year. Chemistry club so I could geek-out. I was the editor of the yearbook, and helped with the video yearbook, too. I tried debate club a few times, but never really liked it much. That's all I can recall off the top of my head.

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If you had the ability, what would you do to make the world a better place?

We all have the ability now. Be kinder to your fellow man.

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Is it time to put on your favorite swimsuit and post a few pics for your PotW?

It's past time!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #218 - Long Day

I spent hours and hours and hours today making spaghetti sauce and salsa from the garden. I think I'm done for the season. Oh, hell, I wish I were done. Still plenty of things to harvest and freeze or can. Anyone else out there abuse their free time like I do??

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #217 - Chocolate Season

Chocolate season officially kicked off yesterday with the purchase of some Halloween mini candy bars. I put it off quite a while as Halloween candies started showing up in late August. I don't know why I can eat a dozen minis at a time, but never want more than one regular candy bar at any time. The psychology of it is, I'm sure, something I definitely don't want to face.
Anyway, happy chocolate season!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pretty Fall Colors

 
 
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #216 - Fall Colors

Looking through the 300+ gorgeous photos from my camera, it seems that the longer I look at them, the harder it is to discern the good from the not the best. They are all good, but I want to fund the best few...but it becomes all a blur. How can one pick the best of the best?? So hard. I'll try to pick a couple and post them here this week.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

What is the best and worst thing about the town you live in?

Best? Low crime, sleepy bedroom town. Worst? Rapid growth is causing heavy traffic in some areas which in turn is causing road expansion which is causing older homes to be torn down... Bottom line is that progress is favored a bit too strongly.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #215 - A Bunch of Noise

Frito Lay announced recently that they are discontinuing the use of biodegradable packaging for SunChips due to noise complaints. Yes, they actually want us to believe this. Sure, there were probably a few complaints by those using hearing aids needing adjustment, and maybe a handful by the actors on stage when disrespectful audience members brought SunChip snacks. Aside from that?? Yeah...that's what I thought. Crickets were overheard on the bag complaint line.
C'mon, Frito Lay, what is the real reason??

Friday, October 08, 2010

Halloween Cookies

I thought I had seen all of the designs possible...every variation of spiders and cats and owls and then this:
 
Brilliant use of licorice, I say. http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1744/spooky-halloween-trees
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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #214 - More Bully Action

A few months ago, bullying was hot, hot news. This week, it's in the news again with even more kids committing suicide after being bullied.  The focus is, as it was, on ending the bullying rather than fortifying kids' emotional health. Aaaack. We will never rid society of bullies or other haters by legislating or praying for them to be gone. Just assume they will be around, and plan on giving your kids coping/fortifying tools to keep them happy, mentally healthy, and alive.
I wrote a bit more about this here:    http://blog.catay.com/2010/04/thought-of-day-2010-96-bullying-part-2.htm

I was such a witch!

This is from the year 2000. Our office used to put on Halloween festivities. This particular year, victims came into my office and I scared them with stuff on my huge (it was normal size at the time) computer monitor. I had a squishy ooze on the desktop that I tried to con people into touching, too. Good times.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

If you could have dinner with any 10 people (dead or alive, from any where in time, history, fictional characters etc)...what would you serve?

If these are dead people, I'd try my hand at fugu.

If they are fictional characters, I'd serve alphabet soup.

If they are alive and well, I'd serve lasagna with garlic bread. Yum!

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Have you ever or would you ever date a guy who weighs more than you??

I don't know if any of the guys were heavier, but I did go out with a few big guys. I guess I should have gone on a teeter totter date with them to verify.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #213 - Scary

To continue with October's scary shots...I bring you this...I think it's the scariest, most horrible photo of me I've ever seen. Because of it's pure ickiness, it can only be shown at this size for fear of burning your retinas. Look away. Look away and save yourself.
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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Partly Cloudy -- Just a recent photo layering experiment

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Thought of the Day 2010 #212 - Really Real?

I saw a television ad for Sonic tonight that mentioned that they *now* have *real* ice cream in their shakes an other ice cream treats. Really? Real? What was it before??

I live within half a mile of Sonic and in seven years, I have only been there twice, so this ad doesn't really affect me beyond my funny bone. It also confirms that their food not only tasted like crap, but there is a chance it was actually made from crap.

If your favorite article of clothing is a swimsuit (which was your answer when you were asked what your favorite article of clothing was), then why don't you pose in one on your photo of the week shoots? ...anymore

There's been several PotW in swimsuits recently. They're not full body shots, but I'm definitely in the pool and in a swimsuit.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Welcome to October!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #211 - Healthcare Reform

The "Obamacare" plan recently became law, but I must confess I know no more now about it than I did when it was signed by the President. So, is it just me, or is the 2500 page plan being kept quiet? Or does no one really know what it means? I watch and read a lot of news, and this *thing* is hidden behind a veil if some sort. I went to and the official site just a few minutes ago and...again, *blank stare* it seems filled with generic platitudes. Maybe I should just read the full bill. Uh, sure... Bwahahaha.... That will never happen.

Do you end up answering all of the "Go Ahead, Ask Me" questions or do you pick and choose?

I answer all the questions. Some I sit on until I can come up with a decent answer. Comments sometimes get replies, too, but not all of them.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #210 - Survival

I've read my pee leaves, and it appears that I may well survive. No visible blood for a couple of days. Woohoo!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

From 30 Rock: Would you rather start every sentence you say for the rest of your life with Urkel's catchphrase, "Did I do that?," or be Siamese twins with Sharon Stone for a year?

Definitely talkin' like Urkel.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Have you lost weight recently?

(checks around my tummy and other fleshy zones) Nope, not that I'm aware. The fat sticks to me like...ummm...fat!

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Thought of the Day 2010 #209 - Dexter

Season 5 of Dexter started tonight. No room for other thought.

Friday, September 24, 2010

This screams fall...

These are so cute! I need a fireplace, lovely blanket, and these cute bowl mugs, and I may thoroughly enjoy autumn.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #208 - Slime

Just found a recipe for glow in the dark slime. Clearly everyone needs this! http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryhowtoguide/ht/glowindarkslime.htm

Why do you think the world has gotten as messed up as it has?

Growth in greed, ignorance, self-interest, lack of personal responsibility, and lack of empathy.

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I just handed you a can of "Glow-in-the-Dark Slime", the toy ooze. What is your reaction and what would you do with it?

Oooh, my question has come back to me. Nice to see you again, question! Buffie, if you were to give me a can of GID slime, I would squeal with delight and promptly charge the slime in a bright light, then turn off all the lights and fake sneeze with my hands at my face while the slime oozes out of my hands. Good times and run-on sentences!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I saw your pictures on the photography thread- what brand of camera do you use, and what lens were you shooting with? They look just brilliant =]

Thanks! I use a Canon Rebel XTi. I believe all of the recent shots were taken with a Canon EF-S 55-250mm zoom.

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Shut up woman get on my horse.

hehehe. Not a question, but this made me laugh.

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What is your worst habit?

If I'm really anxious, I tend to chew the sides of my fingers, right near the nail. Luckily, I don't do that very often.

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What would you say is the best thing about where you live?

Hmmm...lots of good things. I live on a hobby farm, so there's lots of fresh produce, fruit, and even some fresh air. I also like the mountains to the west and east of me, both visible from the yard. Thinking a bit larger, I think Utah has a lot of natural beauty: mountains, desert, national parks like Arches or Bryce. The crime rate is pretty low, too. I've not seen a "bad neighborhood" at all in the Salt Lake Valley. The toughest neighborhoods here would get their nards kicked by a "bad neighborhood" in Minneapolis or Chicago.

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Movie? Well The Wizz of Oz of course. If I only had a brain I'd come up with something better.

I kinda think the Wizard of Oz doesn't count as a current indie flick. Maybe that's just me.

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What is your favorite article of clothing?

Swimsuit, 'cuz I know that any time I'm wearing it, I'm in a watery spot surrounded by warmth and, hopefully, sun or moon beams.

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Are you going to the Vegas Bash in 2011?

Probably, but I rarely make plans that far in advance. I'm not even sure what I'm doing this weekend yet.

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Desert Goodness

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Blue Skies and Sunny Days

Just a peek at a few of the photos I took last week (or was it the week before?) with ideal conditions -- sunshine, sunflowers and some pollinating action.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #207 - Antibiotics

After five days on my first antibiotic, I started on a super duper antibiotic called Cipro. One of the major potential side effects? Torn ligaments. What the junk? I think there's going to be a wrestling match going on in my body. I don't know that I am prepared for this sort of battle.

Smoke from the Flames in SLC

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #206 - Fire, Fire, Fire!

This afternoon, while returning home from a little ghost town hunting, we noticed a few puffs of smoke in the Oquirrh mountains. Nothing major, but the wind was blowing HARD when we were a little south, so we kind of thought the fire might get pretty big, pretty fast.

At dinner, the sunshine was an erie yellow. The smoke which had been a long way from home had entered the valley.

Jump ahead a few more hours, the smoke is thick enough to block the sun's rays and the sunset was a brilliant red-orange.

We checked out the online news, and we found out that parts of a nearby suburb have been evacuated. So, like all good voyeurs, we got in the car and headed to the west side of the Salt Lake valley.

We drove far enough west to a view clear of smoke. The mountainside flames made it look like an active volcano. The fire was advancing to homes in several spots at least five miles apart. The strong winds even spread the fire from one mountain to another, across a fairly large valley. There's not much stopping a fire so widely spread and with strong winds as well as acres and acres of brittle brush and grass land.

Returning home tonight, there is talk of several homes destroyed. Who knows where this fire will end?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #205 - Movie Recommendations?

I need a good, thoughtful, indie movie recommendation. Anyone know of a recent goodie?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #204 - Cholesterol

While I was chatting with my doctor yesterday about medicines and potential impending demise, I asked about specifics on my blood panel from two weeks ago. I wanted to know the numbers on my cholesterol. 161. Pretty dang good! And my LDL is 91. Again, ideal. So, I took the opportunity to explain that fat people do not necessarily eat five cheese burgers a day. I'm sure he's aware, but it's always good to refresh the memory when faced with a fat person.
I do find it curious that my cholesterol is as low as it is. During the summer I eat a lot less meat, but I really thought my blended iced mocha habit would have raised the numbers. Lots of milk in there! Since I last heard the specific cholesterol numbers, I was in the 170s...still good...but it seems crazy that it's dropped. Ah, well, accidental diet improvements are all good.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #203 - Health Scare

I've been a bit absent from the blog because I have been spending a great deal of energy worrying, stressing and sleeping to avoid the stressing and worrying. I noticed blood in my urine the other day. Crap! There's not supposed to be any blood in your pee! Of course looking online provides plenty of fear inducing details of what could be wrong. Bladder cancer seemed to be my best bet since I really didn't have any pain as most people have with infections. Great. Bladder cancer. Ok, ok, more than likely i don't have bladder cancer, but the definitive test results aren't in yet. What I do have now, is some giant antibiotic horse pills in hopes that the blood is just a low level UTI. Cross your fingers!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #202 - Infidelity

I believe that marital infidelity is less about sex and more about a lack of respect for their partner. Anyone who has been cheated upon knows the distinct pain of betrayal, I believe most people are aware of that potential pain regardless of whether they have the personal experience. Having no regard for that potential infliction of pain indicates that there's a lack of respect, plain and simple.

Any faboo recipes that have been in your family for generations? What are your faves?

Hmmm, there are none that I can think of that have been passed down more than one generation. I don't know anyone who makes bread stuffing at Thanksgiving the way my mom did and I do.

I also still make Parker House Rolls like she did, but again, I think it was something she discovered and I picked up. I've been influential with those things and I now know a few peeps here in Utah that make them regularly.
The recipe is here: http://blog.catay.com/search/label/recipes
On that page there's another one that is a mom-inspired recipe: fruit pizza. Super yummy.

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If Lady Gaga shows up on TeeVee next week in orange tights and a bikini, you better sue that chick for plagiarism. Have you ever been plagiarized?

Yup, a few times, but nothing too major. I've had my site slogan "borrowed" for another site, pix stolen and altered by political radicals, some pix were turned into a font, etc. I don't know if the picture usage technically counts as plagiarism, but it's somewhat similar use without prior permission.

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Ever been in trouble with the law?

I got pulled over for speeding, immediately confessed and apologized and I didn't get the ticket. Yay!

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Wear only the new tights and a bra or maybe even a bikini. You used to wear less clothing in your photos. What happened? Wait, don't answer that. Just wear less clothing. Please.

Orange tights...and a bikini. Now that sounds like a stylin' outfit! ;-)

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Have you noticed that Asian people are not good drivers? They seem to be very unsure of their actions out on the road. If you notice this too, why do you think it is this way? I know it sounds like I'm stereo-typing but I do notice this a lot when I dr

Nope, never noticed or even heard of such a thing.

I find that most races drive poorly in pretty equal ratios. Maybe you live in a spot with more Asian drivers, so the numbers of bad Asian drivers has grown proportionately?

I suggest you get your eyes off of the drivers and focus on the road, signs, and the bumpers...'cuz those cars are out to kill you! When someone hits you with their car, the police will have an easier time finding the car by description, than finding the driver by their description.

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Thanx for camera suggestion. Canon EOS Reble does indeed look to fill my need quite well :)

Happy to help.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #201 - Phone Books

It's phone book season here in SoJo. I have five new phone books on my front porch. I don't want them, so I keep them there until I get them in the recycle bin..no sense bringing them in.

It seems that in these days of easily retrievable information via the Internet, that the phone book's days are over. It seems excessive to have one out on my porch, much less five.

I think the phone directories should be delivered and printed on an opt-in basis ONLY. Perhaps postcards could be sent to homes that would have prepaid postage on which a resident could mark with an X and drop in the mail? Oh, the forests this would save if only the wanted books were printed! Think of all of that stinky ink that would be eliminated, too.

Soon...soon...the wasteful books will be a distant memory....

If I ask nicely, may I request that one of the "Pics of the Week" showcase you wearing your new coloured tights? Oh, wearing one colour of tights at a time ;).

I'm glad you clarified that each color should be worn separately. And yes, you may request it. :-)

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Who is your favorite singer and your favorite song?

Oh, I really have far too many to narrow it down.

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What is one of the best dig cameras for portraits up to $1,000 cost?

Portraits? Hmm...not sure. I don't take a lot of portrait photography. For regular photos, candids, scenery and the like, you can't go wrong with a Canon EOS Rebel model.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #200 - Rebellious Spirit

From today to Memorial day 2011, I shall wear white shoes.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #199 - Annoying

I really, really hate driving in a car with a dirty windshield. It's just so annoying. It's like having dirty glasses or having goo floating on your eyes that you can't rub out.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #198 - Plums

More bad garden and orchard news today. There are very, very few plums on the plum tree. Tragic, really. The plums are the dark purple to almost black variety called Damson. So good. It changed me from a plum hater to a plum lovah! The tree normally produces buckets and buckets of fruit. I guess next year, I won't take it for granted.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #197 - Tights

I wear dresses almost exclusively. With dresses, I wear tights a lot come cooler months. Usually black, brown and navy in coloration. Nothing too exciting because they are...or were the only available colors in my size. Tonight, however, I now have bright blue, red, teal and....ORANGE! The latter I have never seen in super sizes. So exciting!!
If you are interested, check 'em out here: http://www.womanwithin.com/clothing/Opaque-Footed-Tights-by-Comfort-Choice.aspx?PfId=114641&DeptId=9447&ProductTypeId=1&PurchaseType=G&pref=ps

What is it like being a fabulous sister? Love ya!

Not sure I'm so fab, but thanks!
Love ya, too!

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you dont like sexual intercourse? why not? a woman your goddess-like size is a symbol of infinite fertility, and you ooze sexiness.

Saaaay what? I never said that. I'm fully in favor of sex. I recommend it to anyone who asks.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #196 - Oh My Heck!

It is September already!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #195 - Finally Jamming

I finally made a batch of jam today. It's been a really, really bad year for our fruit trees and raspberry bushes. There were no apricots to speak of. The only peaches ready thus far are Saturns which are a good fresh eater, but don't have enough flavor to cook into jams or other confections. Today's bounty was raspberries. Normally by this point I would have made several batches of raspberry jam, frozen lots of whole berries and panicked trying to come up with more uses for the raspberries 'cuz I was overrun with them. Not this year. Last year I canned over five hundred jars if jam. This year so far, eight. Boo.

Your "no exoskeleton" food policy is intriguing. I'm going to attempt to change your position on this issue by badgering you via Formspring while not asking you an actual question. Our Founding Fathers died for our right to eat lobsters, not just fish.

Hehehe. I think our founding fathers died to allow us to choose to worship or not worship shellfish. Their intention was to eliminate government mandated exoskeleton love. A separation of shrimp and state, as it was later known.

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May i massage your beautiful blubbery stomach?

Are you a licensed massage therapist?

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fave sex position?

I'm pro sex. People who take the position of being against sex are missing out!

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What is your least liked food?

I really don't like seafood of any kind (fish is excluded from this). First, it tastes yucky and secondly, I don't think exoskeletons belong in our food chain.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #194 - Summer

It's over!! or so it feels...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A new category for Top Photo Pics might be...Best smile shots or maybe least amount of clothing shots or how about swimsuit shots?

Great suggestions, thanks!

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What is the best joke you ever heard? Please tell it!

"There were two peanuts walking down the street.... And one was a salted." Ok, not the best joke I have ever heard, but pretty much the only joke I tell.

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got a Facebook?

I do have an account on there: http://www.facebook.com/catay
You?

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #193 - School

Do you feel the social pressures of going back to junior high at this time of year even though you're waaaaay past school age? Maybe it's just me...

Hi Catay, Ive really enjoyed your photos for a while now and I was wondering if you can do some feet and hand photo shooting, as I love (as many others) f&h and from what I can see yours are beautiful. You are very inspiring. blessed be-Paul

I will think about it. I dunno if my toes are ready for prime time, but I'll consider it. Thanks!

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Thought of the Day 2010 #192 - Nail Polish

I can't wear the stuff without feeling like my fingers are hot and suffocating. Am I the only one??

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #191 - The Big C

I (heart) Laura Linney.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #190 - Surprise Party Success

I didn't think it was possible to host a surprise party, and have it be a genuine surprise, but we did it yesterday! My step-daughter's 30th bday was yesterday, and thanks to last minute planning and some clever diversions (babysitting!), we did it! She was completely surprised and we had 50 people show up in a narrow window while she was babysitting. It couldn't have come together more smoothly.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thanks!

Thanks to J.B. for the fabric and books! That was very kind and thoughtful surprise.

Thought of the Day 2010 #189 - Cows

It seems particularly wrong that we eat beef given that cow gestation is as long as ours. I can't really explain why it's wrong aside from that's a lot of production time and effort for a burger.

Is Islam an Obammanation too? Seriously, I agree religion has gotten way outta hand. I am sick of it myself. Bthvn

Of course. It's an organized religion.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

what is the difference between a chat, a blog and a twit?

Twit - 140 character notes, specific to Twitter.com. Usually called "tweet."

Blog - used to be for web logging, but is now considered self publishing using blogger.com or wordpress.com, etc.

Chat - live, written communication over some Internet based application between two or more people.

Dang, why ask me?? Did I do ok on this test??

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I noticed you stopped updating the Top Picks from your Photo updates a long time ago. Ever plan on updating the Top Picks or creating a new catagory?

Good question. I guess I haven't updated it 'cuz few of the newer photos are all that impressive to me. I'll review and determine if any should be included.

What would you suggest as a new category?

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If you could ask God just one question, what would it be?

If there is a god, I would ask what it thinks of the abomination that organized religion has become.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #188 - Stretch

Can you do the splits? Yes, you, the one reading this. Inquiring minds want to know.

Thought of the Day 2010 #187 - Credit Scores

Prior to searching for Ivan's new car, I retrieved both of our credit reports from all three agencies. You can them for free once per year from annualcreditreport.com, a site owned by the FTC, yes, the government entity. So, I looked at 'em, and despite a few minor discrepancies, they seemed accurate and clean.

What sucketh much about the free reports us that you don't see the "score," just the raw details. Most loan rates are based upon the numerical score, so unless you are willing to either pay, you won't get your actual score.

Once we go to the dealer with the car we wanted to buy, they looked up our scores. They were really high, so we were able to get the lowest interest rate available, which was pretty sweet.

While our interest rate was lowered because of our good rating, it really chaps my hide that the people who really need a low rate probably are the ones with the crappiest rating. I think it's just another sign that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. While I know one can be poor and still have a decent credit rating, they typically have more debt just out of necessity. A higher debt load will significantly lower your credit score, even if the payments are made on time.

Oh, and another annoying thing. And credit company can request your credit score without you having an account with them. They are just fishing and looking for information on you that should only be given if YOU request it. I have six requests on my report from American Express. I don't have any accounts with them although I get the craptastic offers in the mail fairly often. Grrrr. Who really owns your financial information?? Clearly, it is not the individual. It's the credit agency. Are they looking after your best interest?? No, of course not. They make their money from the banks. Grrrr.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #186 - More Bats

I heard tonight that the house next door had over 200 bats in the attic a few years ago. Apparently they counted them coming out one night. The hole has since been patched and the bats had to find a new home. I can't help but wonder how few flying bugs were around then? Mosquitos must have been rare! Those were the days...

What's the worst bug-bite experience you've ever had?

A few years ago at a BBQ in my honor at a friend's house in Minnesota, I was extra tasty to the mosquitos. I was covered with repellant, but that didn't stop them. I had, easily ten biting me at any one time. I was swatting, talking, and suddenly panicking. I was being eaten alive!! I had to leave...and fast. I was completely miserable until I got back to my hotel and was able to take a shower to get the stinky repellant off me and to sooth the itching.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I bought some of your jams in years past. I found one jar in my pantry marked 2008. Is it still okay to eat?

Hmmmm...it should be fine, provided that the seal is still intact. Nutritional value(if any) diminishes with time.
If it happens to be a variety with nuts or chocolate, the flavor may be off, but it should still be safe to eat.

If you happen to want more jams, I am still selling them to previous buyers, friends and family.. I stopped selling them on Etsy over paranoia with potential lawsuits. People will sue over anything these days...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #185 - Negativity

Despite my often negative bent on my TotDs, I am an overwhelmingly positive person. That's why a consistently negative person can often rub me the wrong way...a lot. I often wonder if most people have to struggle to be positive, or if most have a sunny disposition? Based upon the way much of the US treats its fellow man, I'd hasten to say they are a giant pit of emotional pain out there....and I just want to give them a BIG hug to help them get the f* over it!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #184 - Catch-up

Finally caught up to date on Photos of the Week. I'm so often behind these days...maybe it should be "Photo Selections of the Month"??

What is the most unwelcome close encounter with the animal kind you've ever had?

Hmmm...the bat from the other day was bad...came within 6 inches of my face. But, I think the worst was a couple of wild dogs that were on the property killing our chickens. I tried to scare them away by screaming at them. I didn't have my contacts in, so I didn't see they were pitbulls until they were within 10 feet of me. Luckily, as I backed away, the flailing chicken kept them occupied until I could call the police. I think the fear of wild pitbulls is pretty strong with me, so while nothing happened, I do wonder what would have happened if they decided the chickens weren't interesting anymore.

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Ever wake up five years later and go "what the fork was I thinking?!"

Hmmm...nope. I believe I think things through fairly well. I try not to do anything that I would regret at a later date.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #183 - Skeeters

I have so many mosquito bites on my body that I don't have time to really think. *scratch* *scratch* *scratch*

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #182 - Ugh Women

No, not all women. I belong to a private board on Facebook for fat women and specifically those seeking dates. While I am not there looking for dating advice, I had thought I could impart some advice or stories from my singlehood. Unfortunately, it has turned into a gossip board. At one point I saw so many, "I heard X about him from a girl who dated him, and...." that I posted a call to eliminate hearsay. I think it helped for a few days...but then...back into the gutter of gossip and speculation about individual's sexuality and orientation. Just messed up. What is really disgusting is that the women who are the worst gossips and speculators are completely convinced that such talk is completely acceptable in a semi public environment. Which, in my opinion, it is not. Nothing but damage can come from it. And, right now, the primary damage is to the reputation of these gossips. Oh, and my trust in women is even less solid than it was before. Women suck. (Obviously not ALL women, but a large number of them. ewww. Icky. Ptooey. If I were a man, I think I just might be gay.)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #181 - Perseid Meteor Shower

The last couple of nights, we've been out in the desert, about an hour from Salt Lake city. It was a far enough distance to be relatively free of the city's light pollution in order to catch a good glimpse of Perseids shooting across the sky. Last night was gorgeous -- quiet, lots of meteorites, and clear skies, but a bit on the chilly side. Tonight was equally ripe with meteorites although we were out much earlier than peak time. There were a couple of problems, though -- lots of four wheel traffic and large, low flying bats. I can deal with cold, noise and traffic, but bats buzzing six inches overhead made for a short evening. They really need to learn some flying manners...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #180 - Blizzard

I had a mini size Blizzard from Dairy Queen tonight. It was tasty, and probably a fair portion if it were to follow dietary strict guidelines. For me, it was a little on the smallish size. I finished it up quickly, then dreamed of returning and ordering all 25 flavors in mini size. That would be way excessive, but maybe that is DQ's clever marketing?? Dang those marketing geniuses!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #179 - Peach Thieves

Peach thieving season is upon us yet again. It's the time of year when losers pull up to our yard and help themselves to the juicy peach goodness dripping from the trees. Even upon being confronted, the thieves are unapologetic. It's as if they feel they have every right to raid the trees. One car yesterday had the parents encouraging their little kids to do the stealing for them. Awesome. Not only are the parents losers, but they are passing the bad habits onto their children.

What is ridiculous is that if someone comes to the door, or catches us in the yard, we are always willing to share. All one has to do is ask, and the peaches can be had.

It's the bold-faced thieving that drives me crazy. So, today, I called the police and asked if I were to provide a license plate number, would they actually follow through and contact idiots who knowingly steal a handful or bucketful of peaches? You betcha, they will.

My photo and documenting task is ahead of me. I figure we don't need to confront, just stand in front of their car, take a photo, or just write the license down. SoJo's finest will do the rest to try to "learn 'em" that stealing is wrong.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #178 - Where Have I Been?

Ever hear about a popular website but you had no idea it existed for years prior to being told about it? I heard about one today: http://www.bakerella.com/ . Tasty treats, exceptionally well presented. Glad I finally found it.

Thought of the Day 2010 #177 - Digital Photos

Digital photography has been readily available for well over 15 years, and even prior to that, decent scanning was available, so is there any reason for someone to have a 25 pixel square, blurry photo as their Facebook profile? No, not unless they are intentionally trying to to obfuscate their face for *some* nefarious reason.

(By the way, I actually pulled "obfuscate" out of my butt without having to look it up. Yup, three dollar word right there...in *my* blog, and I haven't had any coffee since this am. Clearly, I impress myself...)

Friday, August 06, 2010

What's the funniest movie you saw? For me...Airplane. When Leslie Nielson was at the airport fighting his way thru all sorts of religious groups peddling tracts trying to convert/save him.

So many funny movies that strike me as funny fall flat at other times. There's Something About Mary made me laugh the hardest in the theater. I nearly bust a gut. Watching it now, it is funny, but not *that* funny.

Being There, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Raising Arizona, Animal House are a few funny oldies that come immediately to mind. Airplane is a classic, too!

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If you were in a dessert eating contest, which dessert would you select?

Hmmm...if I go with something decent, and easy to consume, I would go with pudding. If I go for something yummy that I would want to eat large quantities, quickly, maybe Boston cream pie. Ask me again tomorrow, and it will probably be different.

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Any new photos of the week coming?

Yes! I'm a bit behind, but have some shots ready to go. I should have them up this weekend.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #176 - Prop 8 in CA

I'm glad that prop 8 in California was overturned. It's a positive step forward in giving homosexuals the civil rights they deserve.

Beautiful Peeps

Here's just a handful of the beautiful people I had the pleasure of hanging out with at the Las Vegas BBWnetwork Bash:
 
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Well I'm a genuine crockpot. Is that good enough?

Perfect!

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #175 - Genuine

Getting older and wiser I have found that I appreciate genuine people and moments more and more. So much so, that I crave it.

I will apologize if I'm wrong right here on Dec 31 2012! LOL.

Bwwwahahahahah. Ok.

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There is a battle for the soul of humanity. The empire will win for a short time until heaven strikes back in a grand finale :)

Oh nooooooo...not religious ridiculousness... Almost as ridiculous as Star Wars references.
Save me. Wait...I mean don't "save" me...

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Wasn't trying to worry you, just making sure you're loyal to the empire is all.

Loyal to the empire?? hehehe. Darth Vader would be proud.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Early riser eh?? I dislike people like you! :) I say "stay up late, sleep late". Just kidding about disliking you. I need a better reason but can't think of any. OK, so you're the best and I'm jealous. Better? ...can you tell I've had a few to

Sometimes an early riser...sometimes a late riser. I do enjoy early, productive days more, but some days the pillow is paramount!

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Wondering what you think about increase in surveilance of web browsing and emails.

There's an increase? How do we know there's not just an increase in news stories about it? In any event, I don't do anything to crazy or deviant or illegal, so I am not worried.

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I spotted this in the desert yesterday:

 
 
 
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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #174 - Firsts

I got to help my step-granddaughter take her first crawl. So sweet!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #173 - Apricots

Last year I was overrun with apricots...I made so many jams, butters, syrups, juices, etc. This year we had a late freeze which killed most of the apricot buds. I have seen 10 apricots, two of which were buggy, a hazard of growing things without pesticide. Bottom line, a bad apricot year. It is probably a good thing that I stopped selling jams on Etsy...I would have no stock! Not sure how well the other fruit crops will do yet. I know there's apples and some peaches, but no idea how many will make it to ripe for us rather than birdie treats.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #172 - Early Riser

I've been getting up this week before the sun fully rises. I have some additional work that needs to get done, and I find doing it in the wee hours I'm more productive than I am working late. Really, there's nothing to this post aside from the fact that because I'm getting up so early, I don't have any thoughts to share at this hour and I really need to go to sleep.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #171 - Catherine Obvious

My newest domain acquisition: catherineobvious.com. You know, like Captain Obvious, but more like me. Dunno what I'm going to do with it yet, but it's mine all mine.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #170 - Geocities-izer

This was sent to me by a friend and it must be shared! Turn your site or any site into a old style, retro fabulous Geocities site with beautiful and trashy moving gifs and backgrounds. Priceless goodness: http://wonder-tonic.com/geocitiesizer/

Thought of the Day 2010 #169 - Blogspot

Blogspot is becoming the website graveyard of the internet. The hopes and dreams of millions of bloggers died a slow death as they ran out of ideas, ambitions or password memories.

In the early days of the internet, people flocked to Geocities to plant their ideas soundly in the digital realm. Long about 2000, most of those sites gathered dust on the "under construction" moving gifs.

Now, Blogspot has taken on the role as the home of broken dreams. People slowly realize that they are a little late to the blog party and will never make the cash of Dooce or the Pioneer Woman. Maybe they didn't have the same talent or maybe they just didn't have the tenacity. Whatever was missing, it really is kind of sad to see those dreams of greatness die in a pool of apathy.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

You can have dinner with three people alive or dead, so who are you going to invite for your dream dinner??

Only three? Dang it. Well, Mom would be one...she's been dead for over twenty years, so it would be good to catch up. I think I'll invite Maya Angelou, 'cuz she can spin a tale while making me think and laugh. And, as a wildcard, I'm going with Thomas Jefferson - multitalented dude that he was.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #168 - Jersey Shore

I watched a couple of episodes of Jersey Shore tonight in an attempt to grasp the pop culture references to Snooki and "guidos." I have come to the conclusion that these people are from another planet, and any attempt to fully understand will be futile.

I came in peace, but I left confused.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thanks!

Thanks to J. from Canada for the cash donation to my site. It was a pleasant surprise in the mail today! Thank you, again. I do appreciate it.

What is your favourite font? And why?

Oh, like potato chips, I can't have just one! I love just looking at fonts...all sorts of fonts. They're often emotive and inspirational. Of course overuse of multiple fonts in a particular document or site drives me batty. Impact is achieved with minimalist usage.

I like going to this site for new font selections: http://new.myfonts.com/hotnewfonts/. There are a lot of sites like that online, but that's the one I go to.

It's probably easiest to pick a font that I dislike than my favorite. Comic Sans makes my skin crawl.
The sans in the name = no enjoyment. It has nothing to do with the lack of serifs.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #167 - Wrong State

I fear I live in the wrong state when individuals applaud others breaking the law because it fits their personal ideals.

As a backstory, a week or so ago a list of illegal immigrants was compiled by a couple of women working for the state unemployment and social service benefits department (name of department changed for definition sake). This list of 1,300 families was sent to various other departments, media and law enforcement. The list included confidential information about these people. The families are receiving benefits because one or more members are legal citizens. More on the story here, if you are interested: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=833&sid=11647505

It is wrong on so many levels. Invasion of privacy is just the beginning. Who knows what sort of potential harm can come to the families "outed" on this list if it gets in the hands of militant anti-immigration crazies? Just not right.

Not right and yet there are crazies posting online and communicating in other ways in support of the law breaking, short-sighted idiots making the list. I can't help but think this is akin to outing Jews in Hitler's Germany.

I seriously wonder if the women were paid by an outside group to create the list? They were state workers, so there was probably plenty of room for financial gain. That would add even more drama to an ugly situation.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #166 - Cherries

Shortly before leaving for Vegas, I purchased a huge bag of fresh, local cherries. They are so good when fresh, fresh. There was no way to eat all of the cherries, so I decided to do the easiest method of preserving them -- freezing them whole. They make lovely summer snacks that way. Grab a handful and munch 'em in the sunshine. So good!

When did you lose your V card? is it an interesting story?

I was a late bloomer -- mid-twenties. Not that unusual of a story, unfortunately.

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I know you are but what am I?

Hey now...I only said nice things about you. You should take the compliments and run with them!

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What one thing would rock your world if it happened tomorrow?

When I got this question, I was hoping for something to happen the following day, but nothing happened, so there was no rockin' in my world. Just another day.

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What do you think is your nerdiest quality?

OH, my...I have so many. Maybe it's the getting lost in the minutia of details? Or the love of Star Wars? or reading how-to manuals? So, so many....

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How long have you been harboring rare and exotic bugs in your hairdo and why?

Really since the 17th century. Why? Why not?! Snacks for later *and* they add lustre to my hair!

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what should I say to people who think just because I PREFER BBW'S of all sizes(but especially SSBBW'S) that I have some type of fetish?

I think you can just explain to them that it's a preference. If they don't agree that it's a preference, so be it. Their definition of what you believe should have no bearing on your thinking.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #165 - Anxiety!

I'm traveling to Las Vegas tomorrow afternoon and I already have travel anxiety. I hate feeling this way. Grrrr.

Thought of the Day 2010 #164 - Did ya...

Did ya happen to listen to Mel Gibson's latest tirade? It is pretty disturbing, but what I find more disturbing it the realization that there are many, many more like him that don't have their racist, sexist leanings exposed. Those quiet haters are the ones that are truly dangerous.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #163 - I (heart) McDonald's Real Fruit Smoothies

The wild berry smoothie is the best...so, so good. I like to pretend it is healthy. It is better than ice cream, I believe. Anyway, if you would like to become addicted, the dealers...err...McDonald's restaurants are giving away little "hits" (5 oz cups) of the smoothies on July 22-24. Go ahead, try it...I dare you.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Mass questioning: Cats are awesome and strange. Agree?

Yup, some more than others.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #162 - One Note

I'm a bit bored with the one note fat blog. How many different ways can one say the same thing over and over?? Fat hatred is wrong. Discrimination against fat people is wrong. Fat men are discriminated against. Look here, people discriminated against fat people. Fat women are hated. Mimi hates fat people. Etc, etc, etc.

Get it, got it, and the people who do not get it are not reading your blog. Well, except for Mimi Roth...it is the only thing she is completely ravenous about.

It's equally as bad to try to slog through diet blogs. I ate this today... I lost an ounce. Today I ate this...I gained an ounce. *pokes eyes out* Do these people have anything better to contemplate in their lives?

While I don't think my blog would ever win any sort of award for writing, I do hope that it is remotely entertaining, occasionally thought provoking, varied, and that is has more than one note....not quite a melody, mind you, but more like a ditty that pops in your head when you least expect it.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #161 - Cars

I know we expect a lot from our vehicles, but is there anything more annoying than a car breaking down when you are far from home? (OK, fine, there are a lot more annoying things in this world, but still...) (Oh, and it wasn't my car and I wasn't in the vehicle when it misbehaved, but I was party to picking up the pieces after the beast stopped doing its intended job.)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #160 - Dreaming

I have been experiencing some intense dreams this past week. Dramatic, long winded fabulous dreams. The specifics escape me shortly after waking, and all I know is that I want more!! So fun.

Not to sound too obsessed with things that you keep finding, but did you ever locate the owner of that lost pubic hair that came with your brand new dryer? And out of curiosity, what colour was it, because I keep tabs on all of mine.

I have not located the owner...YET. It was black or very dark brown. I could pull it from the garbage and run a DNA analysis on it. Would you care to donate a DNA sample for comparison purposes? We could rule you out fairly quickly and quite definitively that way.

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Monday, July 05, 2010

wanna chat sometime?- Jericho

I don't chat very often, but when I do it is on AIM as catrine26 or on Yahoo as cataybbw. Catch me when you can!

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you are a sexy juicy voluptuous marshmallow queen goddess.

My toasted marshmallowy body thanks you.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #159 - Big Brother Marketing

I can't be the only online shopper who is a bit creeped out by the emails from websites that state, "Yoooohooo, you left something in your online shopping cart. Come back...."
Just creepy, big brotherish marketing. I vow not to return when they pull that shit.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #158 - Giant Marshmallows

I bought some giant marshmallows at the grocery store today in preparation for some giant s'mores. While in the checkout line, the guy behind me saw them, scooted past me, scooped up the package and said, "I gotta see these." At first I thought it was amusing that he was compelled to touch them, but then I thought, "What the heck...this dude is fondling my marshmallows." I then realized this was not the first time this thought crossed my mind.

Oh, hey....

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the Photo Selections of the Week were updated today. I filled in the missing weeks, too, so there are quite a few new pictures. For those of you who were waiting, thanks for your patience.

Thought of the Day 2010 #157 - Symbolism

I am pretty concerned when people look for deep hidden meaning in symbols, or put too much stock in them. As an example, a flag is just a piece of cloth. The symbolic representation of the flag could be patriotism, for instance. Mishandling a flag does not equal disrespect for a country, it is solely disrespectful to the fabric. If you loooooove fabric as much as I do, this could be a problem, but no one loves fabric as much as I do, and the dragging of the flag does not bother me, so clearly it should not bother you.

As another example, "666", aka "the sign of the beast." Sometimes numbers fall together in sequence. They just do. "967" could bother me if I choose to let it bother me. It does not. It is just three numbers in a row. If Joey down the street told me that "967" is the symbolic number for evil, I would think 1. Joey is a nut job or 2. Huh, maybe some nut job told Joey that and he choose to believe it. I would not go out of my way to avoid "967" just because Joey said I should. The same logic could and should apply to "666."

These are just two examples, and there are a lot more out there...

If you find yourself overreacting to symbols, take a step back and look for the genuine meaning behind someone's actions or to the symbol in front if you. Remove your emotions before you act from your gut when a symbol is involved. Sometimes a finger is just a finger.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #156 - The White Thought

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #155 - Time Passages

Just to let you all know, it is flippin' July already. Remember new year's eve? Like it was last week? Yeah, me too. Gah! I need some help with time.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Where do babies come from?

If I have to explain this to you, you are obviously to young to be reading this website. Turn off the computer and go tell mommy or daddy that you have been a very bad boy/girl and that you want to know where babies come from.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #154 - Vegas Again

I just purchased a ticket to fly to Las Vegas for the BBWNetwork.com's BBW Vegas Bash. I'm a bit burnt out on Vegas for the year, but this event should offer some socialization options that my other trips didn't. See y'all there!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Not to sound too obsessed at all with this mystery... but I'll ask again - Did you find any more doll legs in the desert? Maybe a dingo ate your dolly!

I actually think the obsession is fitting. I finally figured out a way to publish the Q appropriately after I asked for you to post again. Sorry to make you ask again...and look obsessed. I do appreciate it!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #153 - Drama

Do people who live in interpersonal "drama" really like it? I suspect that they do. If they didn't, they would lead an honest, open existence free of deception, gossip and excessive judgement. I believe those most often embroiled in "drama" are looking for excitement....something to make their otherwise dull lives seem more interesting or somehow more important. It gives them something to talk about...and often they are a subject of the conversation which fills the need of seeming important.

Eh, what do I know, bitch. I know what you are doing, and you and your boyfriend can f*ck off 'cuz I saw you with him, bitch. Oh, and your hair?? It is ugly. Kind of like that bitch she was with last year? Remember? The one with the fat ass and ugly shoes? Yeah. Like that. Don't look at me that way. I know what you said about me. He toooold me what you said....

Oops.

Cat you are very accomplished seamstress. I love the articles of clothing you have sewn. This brings to mind a few questions. 1. Do you sew for enjoyment or because you have to i.e. do you sew out of frustration when you cannot find something in your

Thanks!
I sew for bothe reasons... I like creating and designing...and it is hard to find exactly what I want in my size, or any size for that matter. I used to sew and design more than I do now, but still design a lot of stuff in my head.

I think your question got cut off...please resubmit what you can. Thanks again!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

I believe...


(this is something I just wrote at Dims. I thought it might be worth sharing here, too.)

I believe that dreams are reality and that waking life is actually our brain trying to make sense out of a completely nonsensical existence.

I believe that when I squint really hard, and look into a light, the glowing orby reflections off my eyelashes are an encoded cure for cancer.

I believe that grasshoppers, crickets, and frogs as well as any other nocturnal chatterers are calling out the sequences to all of the universe's secrets written in the stars. We just don't listen very carefully, do we?


(Don't judge until it is disproven!!)

Which software do you use for your design/web work?

Notepad, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, PhotoShop, FrontPage, Sharepoint Designer. I think that is about it.

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Did you find any more doll legs in the desert? Maybe a dingo ate your dolly!

No more matching legs! I always pictured a nasty little boy taking his sister's doll, tearing off the body parts and tossing them carelessly. The idea of a dingo or any critter doing it never crossed my mind. " The dingo ate her dolly!" Maybe Meryl can record that for me?

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You Don't Know What Goes On In There

 
Proof that there are things going on in the freezer beyond our control.
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Please post a current photo of yourself wearing your underwear from the cancan video. If you no longer have the underwear, please wear something similar (floral). Please don't be shy about doing this. You did it once, you can do it again!

I no longer have the underwear. In my experience, it doesn't last forever. I no longer have an ass, either. Crying shame, I know. ;-) Thanks for your encouragement, though. With it, I may find my ass again.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #152 - Buggy Lotion

Spent a few hours outside tonight and the bugs were loving me! I was wondering if squished bugs might be good for the skin? I scraped quite a few into my face tonight...and, well, I do have a certain glow about me....and the bugs weren't lightning bugs, so don't confuse the potential bioluminescence for my glow!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Are you excited or depressed about the future?

Hmmm...I guess I'm more excited than depressed, but I don't know if excited is the term I'd use. Maybe optimistic instead? The future is unknown and fairly malleable, so that makes it potentially fabulous!

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will you rattle my bones? - Jericho

I'll ask my husband to see if it is ok. Good job on the question formation, by the way!

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Yet another follower...and another Paul

That's a two hundred percent increase in followers in two days! And a one hundred percent increase in followers named Paul! And they say the public education system is failing...look at how I whipped those percentages out...without even thinking! You can thank my fifth grade teacher for that trick!

Thanks to Paul2 aka PaulB for joining the exclusive club where followship has its privileges.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #151 - Crazy Customer Service

The pharmacy assistant who argued with me over a prescription that I didn't order, failed to do a simple thing -- apologize for his mistake. A simple apology can go a looooong way in making a frustrated customer happy again. Jeers to Walgreens for having such a numb nut on staff (and for the lame ass yet funny urinal suggestion on their website) and to the assistant for being a numb nut.

New Follower!

Welcome, David, to the Follower ranks. Of which there are two now. It is a VERY elite group with special privileges!

Have you ever encountered anyone you were totally sure was a disturbed and possibly dangerous individual? Either in person or online? And you were sure you'd see them on COPS eventually?

Definitely! I have met quite a few over the years. I don't think I've ever met a Hannibal Lechter, but have definitely met plenty of mentally disturbed individuals. Then there are the people who just look evil...something missing in their souls. Not a lot of pure evil folk, compared with the number of mentally ill, but more than I really want to know about.

Good question, Buffie!

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I love you! I just sent a message to your website!

Feel the love! Spread it around. My website appreciates the sentiment, but you've only just met it.

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I would love for you to rattle my bones! -Jericho

Not really a question. Please try again. ;-)

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are you a virgin?

Hahaha! Hmmm...I think I covered this before, too. Take a look around, and you tell me if my chastity belt is still intact. You have a fifty-fifty shot. The pressure is on!

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how much do you weigh?

A lot! I covered this in a previous question. Time for you to go hunting for it!

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David Sedaris and the Urinal mentioned below

Thanks for linking me to this, Jennifer. It's fabulously funny!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Product Placement

I was ordering a prescription refill on Walgreens.com, and this sweet suggestion came up as something that may interest me. What the? First, the picture *is* pretty eye-catching. Secondly, what the?? How could this possibly interest me, I mean aside from the curiosity and blog worthy potential?? Do you think they sell a lot of these for guys who don't wish to miss *one second* of World Cup action?? I suppose it is a wee (heheh) step above wearing adult diapers. Oh, in case you are interested in this male urinal, the product can be found here. Be sure you scroll down for customer comments. I don't know if they are legit or not, but well worth the price of admission.

Thought of the Day 2010 #150 - Darkness Falls

They come at night, mostly.

I was sitting out back in a lawn chair amongst tall weeds and was quite certain that the nocturnal bugs were on the move. I kept my arms and legs moving, and swayed my body back and forth. If you didn't know me, you would have assumed I was a disturbed autistic. Luckily, I didn't feel anything crawl on me, but I looked to my right, and on a white plastic lawn chair, there clearly were critters quickly moving across the seat. I love summer evenings! I really do. There is something magical about the seemingly endless darkening blue sky. The bugs just temper the beauty so that it is not overwhelming.

Monday, June 21, 2010

What's growing in your garden this year?

Tomatoes(roma and celebrity), corn, peppers (bell, Anaheim, jalapeƱo), beans (edamame aka soy, string, Lima), zucchini, pumpkins, cucumbers(pickling, lemon, burpless), spaghetti squash, asparagus, peas, snow peas, onions, potatoes. I am sure I have forgotten something. My hubby is the gardener. I help a little with the planting and buying of the seeds, plants, but he does most of the work. And it is a looooot of work weeding and watering which is done through irrigation channels. We could definitely scale back and just farm an acre or less and still have enough for us, instead we give at least 50% away to family and friends. Oh, and all of this garden...and there is still all of the fruit trees and bushes - apricot, peaches, raspberries, apples, plums. What's cool is that we garden completely organically - no pesticides or herbicides or chemical fertilizers. So, it's very healthy produce. It also means that once in a while we will run into a bug or two when washing the produce off, but all in all, it's not bad.

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Love the Photos! ...even more when they're updated. :)

Thanks! I know! Sorry! I have grand plans and too little time to execute. Thanks for your patience!

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Thought of the Day 2010 #149 - Surrounded by Sickness

I think the computer virus has transferred to my family. There is puking and diarrhea all around. So far I've avoided it. *knock on wood*

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thought of the Day 2010 #148 - Sprinkles

Sprinkles, the flavorless yet colorful decoration on ice cream and donuts, is to blame for the obesity "epidemic." It has also been shown to cause cancer in lab chickens. Pass it on.

( This is my secret plot to rid the world of these nasty bits. Keep that part secret as you pass on this important revelation. Thanks!)

Have you ever considered weight loss surgery? I've thought about it but don't like the idea of having my insides rearranged.

Oh, hell no. I've heard too many stories of complications and miserable results to even think of it. I have heard, too, that most wls recipients will gain on average 80 percent of their pre-surgery weight back. It is no miracle. Just like diet plans, it is just a tool to try to lose weight, and as with other tools, most do not work long term nor do they work for all people. The major difference is that diets are reversible, and most surgeries are not.

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Thought of the Day 2010 #147 - Cursed

After curing my computer of the virus, I had a full day of work ahead of me. I logged into work and I was about half an hour in and my cable connection dropped. Completely dropped. No Internet, no phone and no television. All. Day. So much for catching up with work after having lost so many hours due to the virus. I give up!