Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goals for 2012

Well, some of my goals for 2011 sorta fizzled out and some have straggled on.

2011 Goals
  • Reading: I fell a little short of my reading goal which was around 25 but I hit 23. So not a total fail on my goal but I really was hoping to hit higher than my goal. Less internet or tv time in 2012 will help me have a larger list for next year
  • Exercise: I was going to say that the first 75% of the year was a big fail for exercising but I did start the Couch to 5K program earlier. So C25K stopped in September when I hurt my knee and shattered my iPhone all in the same week. I did return to the gym in November and have been doing really well with that but for 2012 I'd like to do both running and working out at the gym.
  • Eating Healthy: Ok, I was kicking butt on this one until November. I went about 5-6 months with NO soda and less sugar and then I fell off the wagon. I won't call this one a total fail because I did see that this is something I CAN do, but the execution of this one was a fail.
So, those were the main goals for 2011 and there were some things I semi-accoplished and others that I did not. I'm ok with that because my main thing I tried to focus on was to not be so rigid that I felt I had to have an OCD attitude towards all the goals. I like to think of them more as benchmarks and the goal is to work TOWARDS that goal, not necessarily an exact line which I had to meet or otherwise it should be considered a failure.

For 2012, I will also focus on these goals as benchmarks and I won't let myself get a negative attitude or beat myself up if I don't hit it exactly. Thats an easy way to break your "resolution" by the 3rd day of January! I'm not aiming for perfection because I know thats not realistic

2012 Goals

  1. Stop eating candy and drinking soda. Also, severely cut back on crap food purchased or eaten out. Good bye McDonald's !!
  2. Exercise more. Going to the gym or running in my neighborhood 4 days a week SHOULD be doable.
  3. Run in 3 5ks in 2012 with the ultimate goal being to run the Disney 1/2 Marathon in October with some friends. The goal will just be signing up and completing the race. 
 Self Improvement
  1. Lose 10-15 lbs and GIVE AWAY the "fat" clothes I'm currently wearing and break out the box of "skinnier" clothes in the back of the closet!
  2. Volunteer with Hospice. I've always wanted to do this and now that the third anniversary of my aunt's death has come and gone I know I need to sign up. She passed away from Ovarian cancer in a Hospice hospital and after reading more about that group I have a new appreciation for the volunteers and workers. They NEVER leave a person alone who is actively dying, thats gotta be a hard thing to do but SO comforting to know that they do. 
  3. Read 35 or more books. Cutting out computer time should definitely help with that goal. I love to read so it shouldn't be a problem, just gotta make it more of a priority than goofing off online.
  4. Stick with the Dave Ramsey plan and work to save more of what we bring home each month. "Cash is king and debt is dumb" is a good motto to follow!
  5. Work more with Julie to help her learn to be more independent. I'm predicting 11 will be a good year for her! Doing her laundry and baking/cooking are easy things we'll work on first. Oh and of course, spending more quality time with her. You know, before she starts rolling her eyes at me and while she still calls me mommy (I'm pretty sure a small part of me will die when she starts calling me mom instead of mommy--sniff, sniff!)
  6. Work on my relationship with my husband. Having 18 days off of work and away from that stress has been very telling and I know I'm a better wife and human being when I'm not dealing with work. I gotta get where I treat him better even when I'm bogged down with life.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Saltine Chocolate Toffee

I've decided I'm not going to take a picture of my version of this Saltine Toffee because this picture does a really good job of showing what it looks like. You can click the photo to bring you to Pinterest or I've copied the recipe from the original site below.

Saltine Toffee

Most of the recipes online show the ingredients as saltine crackers, butter, and brown sugar but there are some slight variations in the quantities. The link I copied above is a good starting point and the pictures show exactly what it looks like but I adjusted the quantities of the ingredients a bit.

I made two batches of these treats because the first batch did not turn out at all. It smelled DELICIOUS but it didn't really work out the way the directions indicated so I know I messed it up somewhere along the way. I spread 40-ish saltine crackers on my silpat lined jelly roll pan and worked on combining the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan. The directions indicate that you bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil and keep stirring for 3-4 minutes until its a dark caramel color. I don't know if it was the amount of time I boiled it or something else but when I poured the mixture over the saltines I knew it wouldn't really spread too much. I put it in the oven and it was supposed to spread out over all the crackers and bubble up but it just got hotter and sorta solidified. I tossed out that batch and started over. This time I added more butter (about an extra half a stick) and it spread much more evenly and I was able to complete the recipe.

After looking online, I found that others had some similar problems at that step and they also added more butter or cut down the amount of brown sugar. I guess either works, you just have to decide which you'd rather do. Even with extra butter, you could still see that they were saltines and the samples I've had over the years didn't always show that so I may need to do some more tweaking. Other batches I've eaten you had to really look to see what was used on the bottom. I have also heard using matzo and I may get some of that to try out next time.

Its very addicting! Try it out!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Giver

I don't know why I didn't realize this was a young adult book while I was reading it. I've been reading most of my library books on my Nook this year so I didn't have to go to the children's area of the library to check this book out. Of course, the fact that Lois Lowry wrote the book should have been a big DUH for me, but it wasn't. It was still a great book though and I think it would be a nice book to read with your child if you have one. A lot of the info in here makes you think about your reactions or things you hold to be important and I think that could be a really valuable opportunity to talk about with your kids.

The main character in this book is Jonas and he lives in an Utopian world. Each person is assigned a role that they will fill as an older teen and adult. The children are assigned to the parents that will raise them but those in the role of "birthers" are the ones who carry the children. Then there are "nurturers" and they take care of the children until they are old enough to be given to the parents. Not sure how I'd feel about that but I wouldn't mind the idea of not cooking the meals, they are all brought to their homes daily! At 12 when Jonas is given the role as Receiver from the Giver (the wise old man shown on the cover) he discovers some of the dark secrets in his community and makes some tough choices.

I have not read the other two books in this series, partly because I didn't realize it was a series until I looked it up on Amazon later, which is how I also figured out it was a young adult book! The other two books in the series are Gathering Blue and The Messenger. I have a bunch of Amazon credit (thanks to Swagbucks!) so I may purchase the box set and read these with my daughter since its only $17 for all three.


This is one of my favorite new books to recommend and I even gave a copy of this book to my father for Christmas. I won't spoil some of it but I will say that this is based on a true story and the guy is still alive today! I have a new understanding of World War 2 vets and thats a very good thing!

To be completely honest, I'm a little embarrassed just how much of this part of World War 2 history I've forgotten. I did goof off a little too much in school and that is part of it but I really don't think that the Japanese part of the war is covered or discussed as much as Hitler and the German's involvement. I know when thinking of WW2 I don't typically think of what goes on in Japan and in their prison camps. This book gives you a REALLY good idea of what was happening in that part of the world during the war and I highly recommend reading this. Some parts are rather intense but overall the story is really well written and highlights a much forgotten part of the war.

From Amazon:
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. 

The Wilder Life

I'll be honest, this was not my favorite book. I had a hard time getting into it. The writing was fine but I think I was just expecting a different sorta look at all things Little House. I know that there are huge inconsistencies in the tv show vs. the books but also vs. real life and I think that was part of the bummer feeling I got reading the book. I wanted to like the "real" story about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the "real" Rose Wilder (Laura's daughter) but I didn't come out feeling that way.

I still think I'd like to see some of that part of the country but I don't know that I'd go out there just to see it. I don't have that "ohhh I loooooove Little House books" anymore and I'm kinda ok with that. Nice stories that are that, stories. No more romantic, rose colored glasses sorta thoughts about them but they are still nice to read.

Two Kisses for Maddy

I've been following Matt Logelin's blog for a few years now and have had the chance to read about his experience with the loss of his wife (27 hours after their daughter was born) and watch his daughter Maddy grow up. It was one of those blogs I found through a link, through another link, then another link and although the story is sad I'm glad that I have had the chance to read it. This book goes more into the story than his blog but you could easily pick up this book and love it without having read the blog at all but it is helpful to have had the back story on some of it.

Matt and his wife were around my age and I can't imagine how hard it must be to lose your wife at such a young age only 27 hours after the birth of your first child and then deal with coming home with a newborn without the help of your spouse. Like most men, Matt wasn't as well read on all the stuff that mom's typically read up on while pregnant so its pretty awesome how he was able to just step right in and be the mom and the dad. I'm sure my husband would have had a panic attack or two (or three, or four!).

The writing style on the blog is a lot different than in the book and it was probably the nicest surprise for me. On the blog the posts are long and not every day so he doesn't go into a lot of detail but the book explained a lot of things and gave me a better idea of his experience. I saw WHY he took certain trips and WHY certain landmarks/dates/events held such a deep meaning for him and his wife. I also learned more about their relationship and saw that they really did have a very deep connection. I wasn't sure if I'd like the book because of the detail given on the blog so getting some of the back story and delving deeper into his emotions was really interesting to read and made my heart go out to him even more. He's done a great job with a horrible set of circumstances and I am truly happy that he is doing so well. Go check out the book!

Nothing but Happiness

Do you ever look forward a few years and wonder what your emotions will be when certain things happen? Today is one of those days for me and I am happy to report that my feelings are nothing but happiness. My ex husband and his wife had their first child today and I am genuinely happy for them. We divorced 9 years ago so its been a long time coming for this, he was always the type that I knew would remarry and have kids. I'm actually a little surprised it didn't happen earlier. My daughter is almost 11 and I know she is THRILLED to have a baby sister. I'm sure some of that will wear off when she's asked to change diapers and help but for now, she is very happy. I am happy for her and I am happy that her dad has successfully moved on. For awhile, I wasn't sure that was gonna happen. He was quite the butthead for about a year or so but we've gotten to a good place. Having another family has been a good distraction for him and he's much easier to deal with.

A long time ago I thought I might be jealous or sad when/if he got remarried and had other children but I'm very pleased to discover I don't have any inkling of those sort of feelings. I have been remarried almost 4 years now and for now am happy with having one kid. I'll be 34 next year so I'm not sure if my feelings will change but for now I am very content and that is the best feeling in the world!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Wow, Saw a Huge Bear!!

Normally I would not take a picture of a dead animal or post it online but we HAD to stop yesterday when my husband and I saw this bear on the side of the road. We were dropping my daughter off with her father halfway from where he lives and saw this bear on our way into the Ocala National Forest. My husband and I saw it on the way over and didn't point it out to my daughter because I didn't want to make her sad but I REALLY hoped it was still there when we were on our trip back home. I noticed my daughter didn't see the bear so I told my husband that I'd like to try to stop on the way back if it was still there. He said that the game warden would probably be there by then or it would be removed while we were gone so we were both a little surprised to see it there on our way back. I did see a live bear a few months ago on that same road and it was a good sized bear, as it stood higher than the Mazda Miata in front of me as it ran across the road.
Like I said above, I'd never stop to take pictures of any random animal dead on the side of the road but seeing this bear, I knew I had to stop to get a better look. Other than the one bear that ran across the road a few months earlier, the only other bears I've seen have been in a zoo or one in a cage in Cherokee, NC as a child. Having grown up in Florida, I have grown to appreciate some of the wildlife unique to Florida that I know others do not ever get a chance to see. People who grow up in cities don't typically see manatees, dolphins, bald eagles, alligators, panthers and stuff like that on a regular basis and although I'm not some sort of PETA member, I do have an appreciation for wildlife and embrace opportunities to see things like that. We were not the only people to stop to see the bear, there were a few others and we were all amazed at the opportunity to see this giant animal up close. Since I am not a hunter I knew I'd never get to see an animal of this size up close and I still can't believe it was there. It looked to have been there for awhile, so I don't think anyone could have even taken it for meat but it was impressive to see.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Couple of Pinterest Food Fails

Do you ever see recipes online that look delicious and then you try them and are underwhelmed? I have hit a few duds recently and thought I'd pass them along. If you frequent Pinterest I'm sure you've seen the two Pins below and you may have even tried them. I may try to alter them later to see if they work out better but for now, they are not winners in my book.

This looks good, right? Like maybe the cheese and bread crumbs would hide the fact that this is actually a vegetable? Nobody else in my family liked this except me and I wasn't all that thrilled with it either. I know that the kids aren't as fond of fresh vegetables as they are of frozen or canned so that might be part of it but I thought for sure my husband would like this dish. The texture of the broccoli and garlic mixed with the saltiness in the Parmesan cheese didn't really go together like I was thinking they might. Our family LOVES roasted Brussels sprouts with onion, potato and garlic so I thought it might be similar but it wasn't. That darn picture makes it look so good though, I feel like I might want to try it again but it will definitely need some tweaking. 

Here is the direct link to the recipe: Roasted Broccoli

I volunteered to make rolls on Thanksgiving JUST because I wanted to try out these rolls. Because I am competitive and wanted to WIN at baking I decided to do a practice batch the day before just in case. SO glad I did that because these were not very good. They looked beautiful but the taste was way too buttery for me, and not at all in a good way. I don't know if I screwed it up or if they are supposed to taste that buttery but either way, I didn't want to bring them to dinner the next day.

I ended up finding another recipe in a cook book I had just bought at Barnes and Noble with my birthday gift card and those were much better. They tasted more like bread. The practice batch to me tasted like when I was a kid and my brother and I would stay overnight at my grandmother's and we'd melt half of a stick of butter and pour it over a bag of microwave popcorn and you'd get that "OMG that was WAY too much butter" sort of feeling towards the end. These rolls were very heavy and much too rich for me but they might work for you if you like that sort of thing. They did turn out picture perfect though, so if you need something to bring that looks REALLY impressive, these would be good for that. Very pretty!

Direct link to the recipe: Dinner rolls

Monday, December 19, 2011

2 Reasons I Have a New Favorite SNL Skit

I love this video is because I hate Tim Tebow and I LOVE the Patriots. Add in the fact that I love watching SNL and you can see why this video has moved towards the top in my list of favorite SNL skits.

I won't lie, I hate Tim Tebow. A more accurate statement would be that I hate anything related to the University of Florida Gators. First, I went to Florida State and secondly, my ex husband is a DIE HARD Gator fan. That alone should give you an idea of why I have a hatred towards that school. My daughter loves them since her daddy loves them but she knows that they are not my favorite so I'm hoping she'll opt for a different college when it gets to be that time. See? I'm not a Tiger Mom, I have very simple college goals for my daughter ;)

I'm semi-superstitious so I won't go on and on talking trash about the Broncos or the fact that the Patriots are the AFC East champs. I will just say that I am very happy that this loss for the Broncos and Jesus Tebow will shut up the Gator fans at work for a little bit. He's a great athlete but not really a stellar quarterback and just because he's won a few games doesn't mean he is Jesus Jr.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Whole New Look at Being a MILF

I ran across this online, its from a pep rally in Minnesota and its just shocking. Captains of some of the winter sports teams were blindfolded and would get a kiss from a "special someone", they did not know that the "special someone" was their opposite sex parent. I'm guessing these teens never thought of their parent as a MILF (or DILF) before!

Sounds semi-harmless but all the kisses were on the mouth. A dad cupped his daughter's face in his hands, one mom moved her son's hand to her butt and another mom/son were on the floor! I cannot imagine how grossed out the kids were to find out it was their parent that they kissed. A kiss on the cheek wouldn't be too embarrassing but the other is just odd. You just KNOW that this is the stuff that people will talk about for years to come at reunions and happy hours in the future. "Dude, that guy made out with his mom" or "That chick's dad made out with her in front of the WHOLE school"

Pep Rally Stunt

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Brady Gives it Back

There is no sport team that I love more than the New England Patriots and after tonight's game I love them even more. They made some mistakes against the Washington Redskins but in the end they came out on the top. One thing I love about the Patriots is the attitude of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. I am fiercely loyal and competitive and when I see those same traits in a team/coach/player that I love, it just sets it in stone that this is the team for me.

Brady threw a couple of interceptions (which thank God, is not the norm) and got into it on the sidelines with one of the coaches. This is nothing new in the game of football but his response after the game is classic Brady and classic Belichick-era Patriot. There was no blame placed on anyone other than himself, he admits what he did wrong and doesn't dwell on today, always looking to the next game. Saying "I deserved it" is a very mature thing to say and I admire that he admits that to the reporter. He's paid to play the game and he made a mistake and that is not what he is there to do and they called him on it, and rightfully so. I know some don't like Brady but its nice to see a player so in his element and so in tune with the coach and the other players. Its beautiful.

Brady Gives it Back

Brady's Response After the Game

How many of us do that when we have a situation where we acted in the heat of the moment? I'm pretty sure most of us react the exact opposite way in that type of situation. There isn't anything really wrong with that, but it does set Brady/Belichick apart. Watch any interview with Belichick and you will see a similar response and rarely will he even crack a smile. I love that about these men. Fierce, fierce competitors and know that the game is bigger than just them, they are loyal to the TEAM first and I really respect that in them. Like one of the announcers said tonight, "Brady would chew off a leg to win a game". A game in which a player and coach are that competitive is one I want to watch. And come on, who wouldn't want to watch this man do anything play?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Joyful Birth?

Isn't it funny, the things you find randomly online? Who knew a series of photo contest photos would contain such a gem as this? I love the caption on this photo, "Mom joyfully screams "I LOVE YOU BABY" as she delivers her last child, a boy".  

I don't remember joy being one of the things I felt at that moment of labor. I'm pretty sure my line of thinking was more of the "OMG get this baby out of me", rather than anything close to joy. Great photo though, it captures the whole moment. I don't think I'd want to see this type of photo of myself but it would be amazing to have that moment captured forever--even if I didn't want to see it! And if this lady was really yelling out "I LOVE YOU BABY" then that is even cooler to have this moment in her life captured. Thats why I love photography, I like those little moments captured forever.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Lights Went Out in Florida

There was a bit of a computer emergency here in our household last night. I'm not exactly sure if its resolved or not but for now I've got it to a usable state. The computer I use is a Dell laptop and its on its semi-last legs. I'd say its probably about 5 or 6 years old now and I've been nursing it along for a couple of years now because I'm too cheap to buy a new one.

For almost a month now I've been seeing a slight flicker on my screen and until last night I was sort of attributing it to maybe the battery or power supply. I'd fiddle with the power cord and sometimes it would stop flickering and other times it wouldn't. Not a huge deal, I'm not doing anything on my computer that is really impacted by flickering. Its just another thing you deal with when you use an older computer. The keys stick a little, spots on certain keys or the touch pad are worn down, and the screen flickers.

No big deal, right? I'm not so sure now. Last night I was solving world peace screwing around on line and my screen went blank. Yes, blank. As in black. So, I did a series of restarting, rebooting, removing the battery and nothing worked. When I'd start the computer back up the screen was perfect and I thought "OMG thank you God for fixing this computer" and then after seeing the home page for about 2 seconds (no lie) it went black again. FAIL. I could see that the icons on my desktop were still visible but it was very, very dark.I tried bumping up the brightness and it didn't help but after Googling (does that count as a verb?) I saw a suggestion to DIM the brightness. I guess it has something to do with the power being used to keep it bright? I restarted again and as soon as I saw the Windows logo pop up I dimmed the brightness and lo and behold, it worked!

Working on a computer with a dim screen is difficult and tonight I've got it adjusted a bit and its usable but it was a really good wake up call to back up all my stuff. I'd be upset if I lost everything on my computer. Its happened before and it sucked. I spent about 3 hours last night with a back up running and copying everything to an external hard drive. Its not neat or anything like that but its backed up which I should definitely being doing this more often.

Have you looked at laptop options lately? OMG there are too many options. Add in the fact that I don't really know what I'm looking for and it begins to get really overwhelming. Sounds like this will be a project I need to make more of a priority, just in case. So far my plan on winning one of those cool HP Touch screen computers of blog contests is not working out so well ;)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What a Whipper Snapper

Ok I feel old. This dude on Jeopardy doesn't look old enough to be a Urologist!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Conrad Murray, again

Well, the verdict is in and he's already in jail. I think what he did was wrong but I don't think it was murder. More just that it was one of those things he should have known better than to do. At the very least I hope that this will serve as a wake up call to other doctors AND to celebrities that this sort of thing is not safe to do. I do like Michael Jackson and I really, really wish I had been able to see him in concert but he was a sick man with a lot of problems. RIP MJ

Monday, November 7, 2011

Whale Almost Eats Surfer

I'm pretty sure I'd have a heart attack if I was the woman out there on a surf board. The whale that almost ate the woman is enormous

I'm in Awe of This Pregnant Mom Dancing

I can't even begin to describe how in awe I am of this woman dancing. She is 40 weeks plus 4 days overdue and does a dance to hopefully "get things started" to the song by the Black Eyed Peas. Oh and she's pregnant with twins. There is no awkward waddle or anything, she's got moves!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Instagram Photos

I'm just starting to get into the Instagram App on my iPhone 4S and I must say, I really like the photos others have posted online from this camera/phone. Here are a few recent pics I've taken on my phone and messed around with to send in to Instagram. These are all sand sculptures (except the one of my cat, duh) and are incredibly detailed up close in person. I have more to share but need to organize them first. 

Anyone use Instagram?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Google Reader Sucks

Anyone else out there think the new Google Reader sucks? I do. Its nice and bright and all that but OMG it hurts my eyes. I miss the line dividing the list of my blogs from the feed and the way that the text wasn't on all white. We've also lost the option to click on the bottom of any post to share it, now we are stuck with sharing Google+. Yeah, yeah I can but I don't want to do it that way. I liked it the old way and would occasionally email blog posts to myself to read later or sometimes send them to friends or family. I don't use Google+ and I don't want to because its not private. I don't want to share everything that I like, dislike or want to share with everyone. I have people that know my Gmail, some people from whom I do not advertise that email address and some don't even know I went back to having a blog. I don't want all those people mixing it up just yet ;)

Here is a link I found to share things semi-privately: Share privately with new Google Reader

Just a minor vent but BOO--it sucks! I am not usually so against new changes to sites or technology but I am NOT a fan of this one                                                 

And for the record I'm not a fan of the new Blogger interface or my new Gmail interface either but with both Blogger and Gmail I have the option to use the old interface (which I do) and I do not see that option with Reader. If its available please point me in that direction! If its not then I will survive, but not with Reader. The stark white background and no dividing lines hurts my eyes and I'd rather stop using it altogether than deal with it. I did see that Feedly is another option and syncs directly with Google Reader so I'm giving that a try.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Steve Jobs Eulogy from His Sister

I plan on reading the new book on Steve Jobs but wanted to post a link to a eulogy from his sister that was recently printed in the New York Times. Steve is one of those guys who was super smart, extremely driven and so much of a genius that he's just in his own category and sometimes its a little hard to think of him as just a regular dude out there who was walking around with the rest of us. This eulogy from his sister Mona Simpson, shows a little bit of the personal side of Steve and I thought I'd pass it on in case you may have forgotten the personal side of this man. I know he sometimes hasn't been seen in the best light because of certain things he did in both his personal and professional life but I think its a good reminder that even with all the money and power he had, he was still a regular guy who came into and out of the world just like the rest of us.

What Mona Simpson had to say about her brother Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Regrets Are Okay

I know sometimes it feels like life sucks but really, life has been ok to me. My childhood experience at home was not good by any stretch of the imagination and my first marriage was a big mistake but I do see how both have helped shaped who I am today. It's a shitty way to learn a lesson but in the end I think my daughter or others will at least learn what not to do.

The only real regrets I have are about my education and I think it's why the work stuff bothers me so much. An AA in general studies and an AS in photography aren't really on the top of the list of degrees for which employers are looking. Because of that sometimes I feel trapped here. Where else could I go in this economy? Do I even want to go anywhere? I think I'm just kinda done dealing with people in general which won't really help any of my frustrations.

I always see online "things you'd tell yourself at 17" and I don't know if the 17 yr old version of me would even believe how my life has turned out these last 16 years.


I'm having a hard time enjoying my day job lately and it's really kind of a bummer. I've been at my job now 6.5 years and have been through quite a few different bosses, departments and business units but through it all there were little things that kept me going, now those are gone. It's not horrible but it makes the days longer and makes it harder to get out of bed in the morning.
I've got to figure something out, this is getting old.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Update on the Toddler in China

Just saw an update online that the baby in China that was run over has passed away. Her death is so senseless.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ellen Does It Again

I love Ellen, she does so many fun things like this that I think she would be fun to have as a friend. From making celebrities do stupid things to playing pranks on people, she does exactly what I’d do if I had my own show. When I was a kid the job I wanted most was to be a writer or producer for a show like Candid Camera. Sadly that went off the air many years ago but my inner butthead would love doing that kind of work for a career. That’s not in the cards for me right now so I will live vicariously through Ellen and enjoy every segment she does with this sort of gag.

Toddler Run Over and Nobody Helped

I saw this video online last night while surfing around looking at stupid stuff and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. In the video you will see a young girl from China, about 2 years old, who is first hit by a truck and run over and then is run over by other vehicles and NOBODY stopped to help her for over 10 minutes! Apparently China has a different “Good Samaritan” law than we do here in the United States and it is reported that that was the reason why nobody helped this little girl. I find it somewhat interesting that a country has a law that causes its citizens to shy away from helping someone in need; I definitely need to check that out some more. In the end, it was a homeless woman that helps the baby but what does it say about the people and laws of China if this sort of thing happens so blatantly?

I know some might see the video and wonder why the mom didn’t notice her toddler missing for 10 minutes but I can’t judge her for this because I do not know the particular circumstances very well. Yes, I do wonder a little bit but that doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that nobody helped the little girl. As a mother myself, I do know that kids are much smarter than we usually give them credit and there is a good chance the baby might have gotten outside on its own, I don’t know.  I can’t judge though, she has a lot on her plate and I think the bigger issue is why nobody stopped to help.

When the truck initially hit the little girl it looks like the driver might have seen her at the last second, as she was hit by the front, right bumper. What gets me though is that he hesitates and in my opinion he could have hesitated for one of three reasons; he saw her at the last second, he felt the impact or that he felt that side of the truck roll over something. Yet, he did not stop and check. He continued on and rolled over her again! After the impact and running over her the first time when he hesitated he may have asked himself what happened, what do you think he was thinking when he ran over something a second time? I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt but I won’t. I think he knew.

I won’t go over each and every person who drove over the girl, drove around the girl or the people that walked by her when she was laying there injured on the ground, there is no need to do that. When I saw the woman finally come over to her and she tried to sit her up I almost cried as I saw the poor child’s body flop forward, lifeless. You could tell she was severely injured, which makes the inaction of the people who denied her help even more unforgivable. This was a baby and at the very least someone should have moved her out of harms way. When the mom finally gets to her I can’t even imagine thinking or feeling what she went through, I can’t and don’t want to go there.

I watched a few other videos as follow ups and it looks like the girl is in a medically induced coma and I don’t think they are expecting her to live. I will read up more on Good Samaritan laws in China but from where I sit it seems criminal to me that they would let this girl be so injured.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Real Housewives of Beveryl Hills--Kim and Kyle Mean Girls,,20537862,00.html

Hell Yes, they are mean girls. Honestly, their behavior at the game night was totally uncool. I'm a hot or cold sorta person and they both moved into the "cold" category. I am done with them. What a waste of air.

The Awkward Moment...

The awkward moment when you see a picture of yourself at a party:


and you realize that your friend's arm fat makes you look naked! I got this tonight in a forward and my husband and I have been chuckling ever since. I don't know which would be worse to be the friend with the arm or the friend behind the arm. Either way this photo is a keeper!

Here is a horizontal shot. So serene

I wish the sky looked like this every night

Monday, October 17, 2011


My brother told me something the other day about someone he knew through work but even though I did not know the person, its sad knowing that someone is going to have the worst day of their life. Seeing stuff  like that on the news whether its a car accident, house fire, soldiers killed, children abused, etc. always makes me think about me and my own life.

I don't usually feel all mopey but after talking to my brother, then seeing that IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon died and was the same age I am and seeing a two-motorcycle accident today kinda got me thinking. I guess all you can do is focus on the good things in my life and hug my kid a little more. Hopefully the rest of this week will be less eventful and more upbeat

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Did You Lose Your Contacts on New iPhone 4S????

I was finally able to get my contacts on my phone this afternoon after struggling with it for more time than I'd like to admit. Hopefully this will help if you lost your contacts on the iPhone 4S

I had a iPhone 3GS that I'm giving to my daughter to use as an iPod which I backed up Thursday knowing I'd get the iPhone 4S in the mail the next day. At that time I also updated my iTunes and updated to iOS5. So going into the 4S I thought I had done the "right" things but I'm not sure if it was my mistake or if its a problem with the technology.

Thursday--Updated 3GS to iOS5, iTunes and backed up the 3gs.

Friday--Got the 4S, system was busy so I went to the ATT store and had them activate it. When I got home I hooked up the 4S and got the message to register as a new iPhone then got the message to restore from backup. It went through the whole thing and then gave me a message that it couldn't complete it because that backup was not compatible with the iPhone 4S. I checked and nothing was on the new phone, just my name and my phone number. Hooked up the 3GS because I thought that the backup maybe didn't finalize so I was going to back it up again since everything I needed was still on that phone. That was a mistake, I accidentally reformatted that and now I had NO information on either phone.

Saturday--Searched online and tried numerous things to no avail. I also created an account for the Cloud so I could store contact info that way. I had all my contacts in Outlook (it syncs to Outlook but I've never used it) so I thought I could maybe get them on the Cloud somehow or re-sync the 3GS to get them on there and then back it up again. After that I did LOTS of other things and got to the point where nothing was on the Cloud and my 3GS was able to accept the sync with Outlook. I read something in the forums about messing around with the Cloud and that was finally what worked. In the 3GS, I went to settings and on the Cloud section I turned off the Cloud for mail, contacts, calendars and notes because those were most important to me). Nothing showed up on the 3GS or on the Cloud and I left the settings with those 4 categories set for "no". The 4S was hooked up to the computer and I did the same thing in the settings menu and nothing showed up on either phone or the Cloud. I did it one more time with the 3GS and my contacts were restored! I also left those settings as "no" for the 4S so when I got the info back on the 3GS I immediately changed the settings on the 4S to "yes" and ALL my contacts were there. My voicemail gretting, saved voicemails as well as the call history were all there!

Not sure if that will work for your situation but hopefully it will help

I Iove the camera on my new iPhone

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne

Saw this link on tonight that Jack Osbourne and his fiance are expecting their first child. Ozzy and Sharon find out on the Piers Morgan show and I can't even begin to imagine how awesome it would be to have those two as grandparents. Think of all the traditional grandparent things out there and then picture Ozzy and Sharon in those roles. Grandparents' day at school, making cookies with grandma, having your grandpa teach you how to build something or maybe go fishing together, the possibilities are endless. I know Ozzy is kinda kooky but after watching their reality show awhile back that family has really grown on me.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mountain Bike Crash.....with an antelope!

That is one amazing hit and its so incredibly awesome that it was captured on video. That is exactly the type of thing that would happen to someone and they'd be crushed that nobody saw what happened. I keep watching it over and over and it cracks me up every time. Who knew that an antelope in South Africa could jump directly into a person riding a bike? You know, its kind of in the middle of nowhere.

This reminds me of something from Pinterest I saw recently. This video will crack me up sometime later this week for sure. It will probably be in the middle of a meeting or something like that.

Me to the T

Conrad Murray's Murder Trial

Part of me feels bad for Dr. Conrad Murray right now, I really don't think that the death of Michael Jackson was murder. I would bet good money that Dr. Murray is not the only doctor in Hollywood supplying unnecessary drugs to celebrities. We've all seen the drunken celebrities or heard them later retell stories of the different vices to which they have been addicted. Those drugs are not supplied by going to your local drugstore with a prescription from your PCP or "minute clinic", SOMEONE is supplying the drugs probably in a manner very close to what happened with Michael Jackson. Some of it may be legit but I'd wager that a large percentage is unnecessary and that the person supplying the drugs was compensated for helping them get the fix they need. Michael Jackson isn't the only celebrity and Dr. Murray wasn't the only doctor, its everywhere and there are always people to be bought. I think that Dr. Murray just did what he was paid to do, provide private medical care to a patient and that in this case the outcome was not good. I think that when you are in a situation like Dr. Murray was in its hard to see that fine line between doing what your "employer" wants and standing up to them because it might not be safe to do what your employer is asking of you. Michael Jackson had A LOT of money, and money can buy pretty much anything you want. In this case, Michael Jackson got the medicine which was what he wanted and I think that most people on either side of this equation know that what Jackson was doing meant that there was a risk to be taken. The only difference this time is that it was just a little bit too much for him to take. It wasn't murder and Dr. Murray is only doing what he was asked to do.

Severe mistake could doom Murray's defense

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rain, Rain Go Away

Our power went out tonight and I learned that our candle and flashlight supplies are not adequate. We had no power for about 3 hours and our house now smells like a brothel because the only candles we have are scented candles. I know that we made it through hurricane season already (I think? I don't know when its over but it feels like it is) but I need to plan now so that I have enough stuff for situations like this. I was able to check the score of the Patriots game on my phone since the power shut off right when they hit the 2 minute mark so thats a positive thing ;) Seriously though, its a good wake up call to be more prepared. I would have been SOL if this had been a long term power outage.

And now, in honor of the Patriots winning against the Jets 30-21 you can look at the beautiful Tom Brady:

Pre-ordering the new iPhone 4S

I am SO excited about getting my new phone later this week. I have a 3GS now but it is a little banged up. I dropped it the day after my birthday last month and still need to fix the glass so I can give it to my daughter to use as an iPod.

I decided this time to pre order the iPhone 4S even though I actually have the launch day, October 14th, off of work. I debated whether or not to go and wait at the Apple Store for the heck of it but in the end I decided not to do that because I'd have to take my kid with me and she'd probably be bored. Her complaining probably would have negated all the "OMG this is so exciting to wait with all these people" sorta vibes so this time pre ordering it was the way I was gonna go.

The next thing to debate about with myself was from which website I should pre order. I'd heard negative things about both Apple and AT&T about when you'd actually get the phone most said day before launch or if it meant that it mailed it on launch day.I set my alarm for 2:55 am so I'd be awake to order online at 3:01 our time, 12:01 Pacific. I'd settled for going through Apple because although I'm content with my AT&T service, their billing and online stuff is a pain in the ass. I went to Apple and tried to order for about 10 minutes and it just kept timing out. Ok, so on to 1800-MyApple and I got the "sorry we cannot take your request at this time" BS message. Final try was to AT& and their website timed out too. Finally I said screw it and went back to bed. When I woke up at 5:30 to get ready for work I went to to try again and Hallelujah! it worked without a hitch. Right now the website says "Delivering October 14th) so if thats the case it will be awesome! I'm just hoping to avoid them mailing it on the 14th because I won't get it for awhile. I'll keep you posted!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sad News

I found out today that my uncle's girlfriend passed away rather suddenly after going to the ER with some chest pains. Apparently she coded and they tried to bring her back but it was too late. I never met this woman because we live so far away but I know that my uncle and his two children are having a hard time with her passing.

In December of 2008, my aunt Cindy passed away after a 2-3 year battle with Ovarian cancer and my two cousins really just started getting back to normal. John's relationship with an old high school girlfriend started about a year ago and she really filled a void in their life, life's hard without a mom when you are a teen or preteen, you know? I know my cousin Emmy who is only 12 will really miss having another female around again instead of it just being her, their dad and her brother (age 17). I just hope they can catch a break sometime. Its not fair


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