Sunday, January 29, 2012

Books So Far

  1. Sister by Rosamund Lupton 6.5 out of 10 stars
    • Liked the book, nice writing and easy read. Without giving too much away, some of my friends were bothered by the ending. I didn't mind it so much. Its definitely not like a City of Angels ending, so I think you could read it without wanting to throw your book across the room.
  2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King 8 out of 10 stars
    • Ok, this book was really good, I really enjoyed the book. If you are a major fan of King's scary stories you probably won't like this book. Its not that type of story at all. This book is about a guy who has the ability to travel back in time and has the opportunity to stop the Kennedy assassination. I was not around when Kennedy was killed so part of what I liked was reading about Oswald and things from that era. Its a looooooong book but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth 9 out of 10 stars
    • I LOVED this book! Its like a cross between The Hunger Games and The Giver and is set in a futuristic time. I love books about bad ass girls and part of me really likes the idea of having other people pick out your future. You know, sorta like its your destiny. People that know you well or know your strengths and weaknesses let that control what you do in life. Be your own person and own up to what YOU are good at doing. I'd love the idea of not wasting time waiting to declare your major, no more career changes because you feel unfulfilled. Don't worry, the book has nothing to do with college, just my little rant. I just like the idea of owning up to WHO you are and WHO you are supposed to be. In this book, Beatrice sorta goes against the grain in deciding WHO she is and WHO she is supposed to be. They take an apptitude test and then choose where they spend their future, even if its not with their friends or family. THAT sounds perfect, I would have loved that! Definitely read this book, there is another one coming out in May and I'll get that the day it comes out.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    He Makes Me Happy When Skies Are Gray

    This is Macaroni, aka Mac. He is our Maine Coon cat that we got last year and he is such a joy to have around the house. He has the best personality and is just fun. Of course, he is a boy and he is a year younger than the girl cats so he annoys them a bit but overall, he is a lot of fun.

    I didn't know that this type of cat could "talk" to you until I read a little more about the breed. If you say his name, he'll make this cute little chirping noise and run over to wherever you are. I sneeze a lot and when I do he does this funny little chatter back at me. Not sure how to describe it but its almost the same noise the cats make when they see a bird outside. Its almost like a ca-ca-ca-ca-ca-ca sound, in rapid succession. He's not quite down with the rules of the house though which can be sorta funny if you catch him but also frustrating, if you catch him. Things like jumping up on the dresser (he steals my jewelry or cash up there) or the counter are big no-no's. The consequence is getting squirted with the squirt bottle (FUN!!!) and getting yelled at. If Mac gets in trouble its almost like he feels bad and wants forgiveness, he comes over and sits at my feet and cries. The other two cats give you a look like "screw you. Water will not deter me". Check out the pictures below using a super wide angle lens, just screwing around. Ignore me in a ponytail, I tried to stay out of the pictures but since it shoots in a complete 180 its a little hard to stay out of the frame!






    Full Circle, MY Kid is Doing a Science Fair Project!

    Well, I've hit that day that I've always dreaded. The day when a child whom I am responsible for is assigned a science fair project. Luckily Julie wanted to do something with candy so that seemed easy enough. She hit up Google and found one that sounded cheap, easy and fun. Winner!

    A simple science project can be made with a cup of water and several M&Ms or Skittles. Students can drop the candies into the water letter-side-up and observe the reaction between the water and the edible-ink letters on the candies. After about a minute, an "M" or an "S" letter will peel off and float toward the surface of the water in the cup. Have student discuss water as a substance and how it has the potential to react with other substances.

    It takes more than a minute for the "m" and "s" to come off the candy but it definitely did happen. Here are some pics of the project, I only uploaded some that were distorted with the funky lens but you get the idea.





    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Having a Bad Day? Check Out Some of These Expressions!

    I saw this link last night and thought I'd pass it on. I usually get embarrassed with bad pictures of myself so I feel a little funny posting these pics, you know, karma and stuff like that. But they were too funny not to share. Plus, these aren't average Joes, these are people at high levels in their sport so for them I'm sure its all just part of the job.









    As she falls towards a soft rectangle of foam, her life flashes before her eyes.



    Sunday, January 22, 2012

    Going to the Superbowl!!!!!!!!!!!!




    No, not me. My team! Although I would LOVE the opportunity to go see a Superbowl live someday.

    What a nail biter, I don't think I breathed the last 30 minutes. Sorry for Cundiff who kicked it wide. Lots of people will be ticked at him I'm sure. I'm not though :)






    I don't hate the Ravens, clearly they are a very good team. I just happen to love the Patriots more. More than ANY other team. This article was nice though, I like that both teams handled the win/loss in a classy way. For EITHER team to make it to the AFC Championship game is a big accomplishment. I know some hate on Brady but I like that he acknowledged that he sucked pretty bad today. I can't bring myself to admit that but I will say that the other players were a big help both this week and last. Thats the thing about being on a team though. Some days you rock and you carry other and when you have an off day they are there to pick up the slack for you. Oh and a big thanks to Myra for helping Cundiff out there at the end. We appreciate it!



    After today's game, as we waited for the Ravens locker room to open, Patriots owner Robert Kraft made his way by.

    He made a point to stop coach John Harbaugh -- who was heading off to his press conference -- for a moment to congratulate him. And then, he sought out Steve Bisciotti at the locker room door, giving the Ravens an owner a hug before heading for the exit with his family.

    Harbaugh noted after the game how Bisciotti, still fairly new at this NFL ownership thing, has learned from Kraft, and it's pretty clear that there was a respect that seeped throughout each organization.

    Ravens safety Ed Reed told me, as we walked toward the team bus, "You know you’ve got to fight. We knew we had to fight against these guys. They’re champions. They’re champions."

    "Being in this league for so many years," Ray Lewis added, "I've watched the greatest of the New England Patriots, so you have to tip your hat to them. They are one of the top-notch programs in professional football."

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    First Award : )


    I got my first award today from Heather, over at Chasing Butterflies , how fun is that? She has a great blog that I've just started reading lately, go on over and take a look!



    This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, in the hopes that it will bring many new friends/followers.
    Leibster is German and means 'dearest' or 'beloved' but it can also mean 'favorite'.  The idea of the Leibster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers.  So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to five other bloggers.  Please stop by and visit them.

    The Rules are:

    1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

    2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.

    3. Post the award on your blog.

    4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers.

    5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!


    My favorites for this award are listed below. Click on over to their sites and take a look!

    2. Sheridan over at No Time for Washing Up
    3. oblibby 
    4. Jenne over at Fairy Craft Mama  
    5. Michelle over at Crafty Junkie

    Holy Cow

    That is what I said when I stepped on the scale this morning and I saw the weight it was saying belonged to me. I need to look in my little chart I made when I was pregnant to see how far along I was at the weight I am now. I know for sure though that this is the most I've EVER weighed while I was not pregnant. OMG I just did a BMI calculator and it's 24.4, and at 25 you are considered overweight. Well, yeah, I feel overweight. I just never really thought of myself in that category before. I am going to take some measurements this weekend and plan out my meals for next week. I have a small frame so being close to 140 is WAAAAAAAY too much for me to weight.

    8 Hour Sickness

    I don't get sick often, like hardly at all but every once in awhile I get what I like to call the "8 Hour Sickness". What that is is simple, I feel like crap for 8 hours and run through all the ways that this "sickness" is very inconvenient.

    ·         I hate to waste a sick day in January, especially on a Friday

    ·         If I take a sick day on Friday then I won't get to wear my outfit with jeans to work ( our casual day where we can unofficially wear jeans) and that outfit is my favorite one of the week.

    ·         I'll have to work from home if I'm sick tomorrow because the person who is my backup is traveling and can't help.

    ·         If I'm sick then it will ruin my weekend of being ALONE in my house with my husband out of town and my daughter with her dad.

    ·         If I am sick then I'll waste the weekend being sick and will feel better Monday, just in time to go to work

    Silly stuff, huh? I do that every time. The pollen in Florida is BAD right now and I know its probably just my allergies playing tricks on me. I'll be "sick" enough for these 8 hours where I'll up my water intake and will take a few cough drops for my coughing and tomorrow I'll wake up healthy as ever. I wonder each time this happens, is it that I talk myself out of being sick? Or is it that I just get a tiny bit sick and am over it by the next morning? Either way, I'm glad that I'm recognizing the pattern more. That helps cut down on some of the crap I worry about because I know if my throat is sore, I feel stuffy and I cough a lot then there is a good chance it's one of these mental psych-outs!

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Got a Shiny New Computer

    I don't know about you but purchasing things like computers really stress me out. There are just too many options out there and I always feel like I'm second guessing my choices. Luckily last time I got a laptop from my mom and step dad as a "Christmas in July" gift about 6 years ago because my brother and I both had laptops that completely died around the same time and they were generous with an early Christmas gift. My step dad is VERY good at finding good deals on electronics so I'm sure he got a good deal. He even picked out the new computer I'm using now which was a huge relief to not really have to make a decision.

    This is the computer I purchased Asus Laptop and so far I'm pretty pleased. I actually saw this computer at Best Buy over the Christmas break and decided against it because I know absolutely nothing about Asus brand computers. My step dad found out I was in the market for a new computer and offered to send me a few options. This one wasn't too bad and was in my price range, which was between $300-500 so I decided to go with it. Reading the description I see that it lists it as brown in color but with the matte finish it doesn't look brown at all. Very dark looking but I've shown it to a few people in different lighting and nobody guessed it was brown. It has Windows 7 which is new to me but I kinda like it and it has an Intel processor and a much bigger hard drive than my old one. The old one only had maybe 100g of memory and this one has 500g and the new one doesn't have a messed up display/video card problem so thats a major bonus LOL

    I just looked at the specs for the computer and saw it has built in facial recognition software, sounds interesting!

    One of my favorite blogs, Veronika's Blushing did a post about using Windows Live Gallery and her photo explanations made it look like the program was pretty cool so I was happy to check on my computer and saw that I also have that. I haven't messed with half the stuff on here but I know I'll definitely use the stuff realting to photos. I have my degree in photography and love photo stuff but I need to look for my disk with Photoshop so I can load it onto this machine. Photoshop and all my digital E-books and iTunes are things I need to move over to this machine but for now I'm doing ok. Gotta make sure to save all my bookmarks too, I wouldn't want to lose some of them!

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    4 Reasons I hate Tim Tebow

    If you are into pro football at all you know that the game tomorrow night between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots will be a good one to watch. Even if you are not a fan of either team one of the two quarterbacks will be going home disappointed. Being a huge New England fan, obviously I am hoping Denver does not win this game but there are a few other reasons why I hope that Tebow goes home defeated.
    1.       Tebow is from Florida and I'm tired of hearing about him. He went to UF, the only college team out there that I do not like. I went to Florida State and my ex went to UF, so that pretty much sums up my feelings. Since Tebow is FROM Florida, I have been hearing about him for years and I'm really tired of it.

    2.       I will freely admit that Tebow is a good athlete but I don't think he has enough experience as a pro football quarterback for all this attention he is getting. Being a good athlete will help you play the game of football but I don't think he is really all that well rounded. He needs to pass more, and be comfortable doing so instead of always resorting to running. During the last Broncos/Patriots game a few weeks ago you could tell that he got a little overwhelmed and made a lot of mistakes. I actually felt a tiny bit bad for him that he made mistakes like that with so many eyes on him, waiting for him to fail.

    3.       I do not like Tim Tebow is because of his display of religion and faith. Before you think its bad for me to say something like that, let me explain. I am a Christian and I am glad that Tebow is too but it's the display of his Christianity that turns me off. I KNOW that his display of faith fires up a lot of other Christians and they LOVE that he does that but I think its probably turning off a lot more people and gives them a bad taste in their mouth about Christianity. I don't think it's helpful to the cause if you piss off a bunch of people in the process. Every time he closes his eyes and bends down to give thanks there are millions of people who are rolling their eyes or cussing at their tv screen making fun of him and what he believes. I know there are probably some people out there who have turned to God because of Tebow but I think he's probably turned off more people than he has won over. That really frustrates me because it doesn't have to be that way. He doesn't have to hide who he is and his faith but it would probably help to tone it down a little.

    4.       The final reason I don't like Tebow is because it is freaking annoying for people to suddenly become fans of a sport/team just because of one person just because of one part of them, like their religion. There are plenty of other former UF players on other teams who you could have rooted for but you didn't. Take a look at Mitt Romney and how many people like him JUST because he is a Mormon. That's not the way to pick a leader! There are so many other things that make up people like Tebow and Romney, don't focus on one tiny part and think that they are God's gift to the world just because of that.

    Final thoughts:

    If  you are not religious and you see a man on a street corner holding a Bible yelling at you to repent and turn to God, would you take what he has to say to heart? Or would you discount what he said because of the way he presented the information? Another scenario, if you've lost your job and someone you knows brings you food, takes you out to lunch, brings you a small gift to cheer you up or meals for your family; would you take the time to listen to what they have to say if they wanted to share their beliefs with you? I know I would listen to them and respect their position, even if it was completely different than how I felt. I may even think later about what they had to say and would certainly not mock them for their beliefs because of how they presented their views.

    Tebow, please take your enthusiasm down a notch. Let's not tick off the non-religious people in America by being so in your face about it and always making the time to display your faith by doing the "Tebow".

    Brady, keep up the good work and tell your defense to actually play the game on Saturday.

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Alpine Coaster



    Ok, this looks so FUN and daring, would you ride this without brakes? I can't imagine going that fast without brakes!

    Today Sucked

    Ever have a Monday that starts out bad and then everything seems to go wrong after that? Thats how today was for me and I'm not sure why. Tomorrow I am claiming a do over!

    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    The #1 Song on the Day You Were Born

    I don't do much on Facebook with posting your favorite cartoon character, funny tests or things like that but one thing I saw today I thought I'd at least look up online and post here. I've looked up the #1 song on the day I was born before but its always fun to look at that stuff, even when it isn't your birthday!

    I used this site


    #1 Song for me was Boogie Oogie Oogie by Taste of Honey

    Kinda funny, some of the videos on YouTube say this was "one of the greatest songs in history". Clearly I'm not familiar with this group, I had to hit up Google to see if the song was Taste of Honey or if that was the name of the group! I have heard this song before and its not too bad but I'm glad I wasn't old enough during the disco music era.

    Whats the number one song from the day you were born?



    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Hey Baby its Cold Outside

    Yes, in Central Florida it is cold! Personally, I am loving finally getting to wear all my jackets again. I got a nice one from work ($$$) and it was perfect this morning. I know all the Yankees will tease but when you are used to temperatures in the 80's-90's and it gets down to 25----that is cold! It is up to 37 now so I'm ok with that, its cold enough that I don't look stupid wearing a jacket.

    Sunday, January 1, 2012

    I Love Swagbucks!!

    Are you familiar with Swagbucks? If not, you definitely need to listen up! Swagbucks is a site where you can do various things to earn "swagbucks" and those can later be cashed in for lots of things like gift cards, electronics, items for your home/pets/car/kids and so many other things. My personal favorites are the $5 Amazon.com gift cards, which NEVER expire.

    I joined Swagbucks last year, during the first week of January, so about a year now. I'd seen people on 2Peas and another online forum that I read and I thought it was kinda silly and a huge waste of time. Then I realized that I had done quite a bit of shopping at Amazon for Christmas and Dec/Jan birthdays and if I had been a member of Swagbucks I would have been able to possibly have some of those items for free. I signed up under someone who posted their referral link and I got I think 30 Swagbucks just for signing up. The person whose referral link I used ALSO got Swagbucks just because I joined. Also, for the first 1000 Swagbucks I received via searching online, that person earned what I earned. And seriously, who does not like free money? When Swagbucks came out with a new policy allowing a spouse to sign up as your referral I made my husband sign up that very day. Now, every morning when he looks at stuff online and gets Swagbucks, I get that same amount.

    Signing up for Swagbucks is easy, so easy that you can click right HERE and you can join and start earning. Its not going to earn you enough to quit your job and stay home all day but it will help you get some extra spending money and that is ALWAYS nice. Here are some of the things I've purchased from Amazon this year using at least part of my gift cards from Swagbucks--and I still have $50 in gift cards sitting in my account! I think I paid about $50 less on the camera since it was purchased on black friday but still, having little bits in your account can really help. Sign up today and look around, tomorrow I'll tell you the main things I do each day and it will help start earning points!

    Swagbucks--Sign Up!
















    **Disclaimer, the links I listed to Swagbucks above are my referral links. If you'd like to sign up without a referral link you are able to go to swagbucks.com to sign up, a referral isn't necessary to start earning. The Amazon links are also through my referral links but it isn't necessary to purchase any of the items :)

    Swagbucks 101

    Things I do daily:
    1. Go to "daily poll" under the Earn tab. Vote, collect 1 Swagbucks
    2. Go to "special offers" also under the Earn tab. Click start, then click next or skip until you get to the end. Collect swagbucks
    3. Go to "search" under the Earn tab and search. You don't really need to look for something online to get the points but if you know you go to Woot.com every morning then type in "woot" and try to get points for doing so.You can usually get points 2-3 times a day for doing searches. Check on Facebook to find out what things people are getting points for searching--it may help.
    4. Watch out for Swag Codes. They can be in emails, posted on Facebook or Twitter or hidden in the blog or on the widget. They are all case sensitive and sometimes they are a word or a name or other times they will be sorta wacky, like TwIt77er19aIne23 and they are only valid for a certain amount of time. If you find them somewhere it will also list the time that they will expire.
    Things I do when I remember sometimes:
    1. Watch Swagbucks t.v. You need to "watch" 10 videos to get 3 Swagbucks and you can do this multiple times per day. Find short ones, usually around a minute or less in length and refresh the page after you see the percentage move up 10% more. 
    2. Click on "ad rewards" on the home page and watch the short videos. You actually have to watch these because a number or two will show up on the edge of the video and you'll need to type it in at the end of the video to get your points.
    3. Do surveys. You can get a bunch of introductory points by setting up your survey profiles and giving them some info about yourself that will determine which surveys you'll see later. I will give you a warning, there are a lot of complaints from people (myself included) who spend 15 minutes "qualifying" for a survey, only to be told that you don't qualify. You know, after you give them 15 minutes worth of answers! 
    4. Do tasks. These are sometimes time consuming but usually very easy. Good way to earn points if you are close to cashing out
    5. Download the task bar and "like" Swagbucks on Facebook

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