Save 90 A Day

Did you know that if you leave the water running while you brush your teeth, you waste about 90 glasses of water a day? So brushes up and water off!

I am committed to my oral health and to the health of our planet.
I agree to follow the advice of my dental professionals to brush my teeth twice a day and conserve ninety glasses of water every day by:

(1) Wetting my toothbrush under the water

(2) Turning off the tap

(3) Applying toothpaste

(4) Brushing my teeth for 2 minutes

(5) Filling a small glass with water

(6) Rinsing and swishing with water from the glass.

(7) Smiling!

I'm proud to "Save 90 A Day!"

Save 90 A Day



Ugh! I chickened out. I had this really good speech ready for Dr. Joe about how I didn't really want to be seeing other people (that also means I don't really like the idea of him seeing other people). And I chickened out. One day....


I feel old....

So I went out with a group of soccer girls tonight. The original plan was to go get sushi....which is what I went for. They were going out drinking afterwards. For whatever reason, I didn't foresee this. I looked ok for dinner...to tell you the truth, if I'd known we were going to a bar right afterwards, I would probably have worn the same thing. Jeans, long sleeve layered tee, and flats. These girls were in tight, short, minidresses and HIGH heels...ok so I would never have the guts to wear that outfit in the first place. But then we get to the bar and they're slamming back drinks and shimmying around pool sticks, and shimmying on each other....my roommate was salivating as I told him this story.
I remember those days...like 4 years ago. Maybe minus the tight, short, minidresses...but jeans and heels...shimmying...drinking, sign me up! Those were fun days...wonder why I don't act like that anymore. I think it's because I'm old.


I wish it would rain....

So I'm talking to this guy who I'm supposed to be going out with tomorrow and I really don't want to. My suggestion was to go to happy hour. It's cheap, has a time limit and I can always drink to make him more entertaining. He wants to go walk the bridge. That means I'm stuck with him for probably at least an hour. Now he wants to know where I live...somehow I think that he thinks it means I will ride with him. I will NOT ride with him. There are a couple reasons: 1) he might be crazy and try to murder me. 2) I have a feeling that afterwards I'm going to need to call someone to say, gross this guy was HORRIBLE! 3)I don't want him to know where I live.
This does not seem like it's going to be a good date. Then there's another guy I was emailing today and he's already on my nerves. Going on a date with him would also not be a good idea....

***Update:*** For those of you wondering, I went the chickenshit route and decided to not answer any of his crazy stalker phone calls or his IMs. So far, for today, he was stopped calling. Hopefully it won't resume tomorrow!


What a day, What a day!

So I'm a little down because I dont' have much going on right now. No job (or at least not one that gives me hours), no school, no one to talk to during the day...pretty much I'm bored!
I went downtown today to finish up some Christmas shopping and guess what totally cheered my day up? Some lady gave me a $10 off coupon for some jewelry because it was going to expire, and she wasn't going to use it...so I got it! And yes, I had already picked up some stuff to buy from there. And no, it wasn't for me. Ok well some of it was...but most of it was not.
THEN! I was feeling generous, I had seen Santa Claus, got this coupon, I was in a good mood! I decided to roll over to Kaminsky's (a yummy yummy bakery) to pass on the generousity and buy Dr. Joe a piece of cheesecake. Well, I couldn't decide for myself so I got pumpkin cheesecake, oreo cream pie, and blueberry pie. I figured that I could give the 3rd piece to his sister. Actually I was thinking I might eat 2 pieces, but giving it to his sister sounds a lot nicer. Well the guy ringing it up said that the Oreo pie was on him and he hoped it was delicious!
Now that's some nice Christmas spirit that's going on down here!


224 486284!

In case you aren't sure...that spells Bah Humbug in text! And I send that out to the grumpy old usher at the Sottile Theater. I went to go see A Christmas Carol at the theater tonight (yes, a real theater with a stage and actors...not a movie theater). During the intermission I spotted this really sweet holiday tie. Now for those of you who don't know: I'm not a fan of holiday ties...or holiday sweaters...or holiday jewelry. I love the holidays, I just don't feel the need to wear clothes that express this love. So since I guilted Dr. Joe into not wearing his holiday tie to a party the other night (hehehe...I know), I decided to take a picture of this usher's sweet tie and send it to Matt. I thought it might make him laugh. I tried to do it from afar so the guy wouldn't even know, but the camera phone doesn't zoom in. I decided to go up and ask him if I could please take a picture of his lovely holiday tie. I should have lied and said holiday ties made someone far far away who meant so very much to me very happy...but I didn't, just asked if I could take a picture. The grump said no! Then he grumbled on about cell phones and how he didn't know where the picture would end up. I offered to block his face out...but there was no persuading him. I even used my puppy dog eyes and pouty lip...no such luck.
So off I sulked back to my friends. I was explaining what he said, with my big pouty eyes and big pouty lip...and over he walks. He then proceeds to exclaim that someone was in the theater texting: Could we believe such a thing? Yes, I would believe it but it wasn't me. I didn't touch my phone during the whole performance. He also told us about a group of teenage girls who texted and took pictures during a whole hockey game and didn't even pay attention. Well, lookie here old man! I am not a teenage girl, and if they want to pay money to go sit in a cold ice rink and text, then get over it. If they weren't taking pictures with their cell phones, they would have done it with a regular camera. So get over yourself. I didn't walk up to you while you were in your car and start going off on how old people can't drive.
He then suggested the phone companies raise the prices of texting so that we are forced to call someone instead of text. Well I can't very well call Katie from class to tell her about V-Gotti wearing bedroom slippers. I need to text. Or if I'm in a crowded place and don't want to bother everyone with my conversation: I can send a text! Or if I just need a quick question answered and dont' want to be bothered with niceties...I can text.
I wanted to walk near him texting after the play and "accidently" run into him while texting and say "Oops! I was too busy texting to see you old grumpy scrooge-Usher"...but we went out a side door so I couldn't do just a little more to upset him.




Ok so I know I don't have to post every day now....but if you can imagine it: I'm screaming like a little girl. AOL has the free preview of the new Britney Spears CD Circus and it's soooo good! I wish I didn't have to go back to work so I could jam out the rest of the day. Oh well..it will be mine tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!


fries, frosties and a little place in hell

A viewback to last year...I thought this was really funny:

So Ed and I were coming back from our awesome weekend in Greenville and we decided to stop at a Wendy's right outside of Columbia. He's been after me to try fries and frosties (which sounds downright disgusting), so off to Wendy's we go. We were waiting in the slowest moving line ever and there was what appeared to be a group of church-goers in front of us. Normal, seeing as how it was Sunday afternoon and all. All of a sudden, a group of 3 13-ish year old boys look at each other, give a little nod and burst into song. Like, pop, boy band song. Harmonizing and all. It was like I met DJ all over again (sorry Jess). Then, to make it worse, another 2 kids walked in, one of the originals gave THEM the nod, and they went into a Christmas song. Now I usually like Christmas and all, but this was just too much. This continued the whole time we were in line...about 10 minutes. I really wanted to go up to these boys and tell them about DJ and what their life would end up like...but instead we just made fun of them.



So I just got home from MD...been gone for a week. Decided to drive on through so I could get stuff done tomorrow before Dr. Joe came over for dinner. Now I was already contemplating cancelling...claiming I was sick or something. After all, my throat is kinda hurting. Ok, not really but it COULD BE by tomorrow. Anyways, I walk in and say...hmmm. What's that odor? My genius roommate left food not very well covered in the fridge. Now my house smells like his food that tasted good a week ago. Doesn't leave such a great odor though. Now I have even more reason to cancel. I refuse to clean up after my lazy roommate.


Fun Fact Friday

8 Favorite TV Shows:
1. How I Met Your Mother
2. Big Bang Theory
3. Grey's Anatomy
4. Private Practice
5. Survivor: Gabon
6. The Biggest Loser
7. Brookhaven Obesity Clinic
8. CSI: Miami

8 Things That Happened Yesterday:
1. I tried O'Boyle stuffing.
2. I did the majority of this year's Christmas puzzle.
3. Evie finally peed.
4. Jeff and Lauren came over for dinner.
5. I took a nice 2 hour nap.
6. I walked on the treadmill on an incline.
7. Uncle Art walked Evie in his pajamas.
8. My mom walked Evie in her pajamas.

8 Favorite Places to Eat
1. Weiner Works
2. BBQ Hut
3. Micasita's
4. The Wilkie's House
5. Papa John's
6. Fondue places
7. Bocci's
8. Bojangles

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
1. Passing pharmacology
2. Being done with classes
3. my work Christmas party
4. Another date with GI Joe
5. Getting back home to a clean house
6. Leaving Evie at Uncle Art and Aunt Molly's :)
7. Being able to run a 5k
8. Wearing my rockin' cowboy boots

8 Things On My Wish List:
1. Guitar Hero World Tour
2. Playstation 3
3. How I Met your Mother seasons 1 & 2
4. Pillows for my bed and my guest bed
5. A set of full size sheets for the guest bed
6. A new computer
7. Money to pay for my national/regional boards, assuming I pass pharmacology
8. Britney Spears new CD

8 People I Tag:
1. Nicole
2. Lauren
3. Heather
4. Emily
5. Mother
6. Katie
7. Kevin
8. Auntie C

new phone

I got a new phone...and I am still getting used to it but I think I like it. The only thing is I'm having trouble texting on it...and we all know I can't live without that! I'm on the phone with Verizon now...so please help me figure it out Verizon techs!!!

Update: Kinana figured it out...yippee for her!


Thesaurus-lacking Thought-provoking Thanksgiving Thursday Thirteen

Fayetteville always brings back good (but scary) memories...so here goes: If I still lived in Fayetteville, what would my life be like?

1. I would have a grill. (and no not the kind you cook burgers on)
2. I would still drink Mad Dog 20/20 and St. Ides.
3. I would not be married. (ok...so no changes there)
4. I would have 3 kids...and pregnant with the 4th & 5th.
5. They would all be by different guys.
6. I would work as a cashier at the Dollar Store.
7. I would work part time at Bojangles.
8. I would have to weigh 500+ lbs in order to work at Bojangles.
9. I would live down the screet from the Wilkies and eat scrawberries and go scraight to the score. (for those of you who can't figure that out...it's down the STreet from the Wilkie's and eat STrawberries and go STraight to the STore.)
10. I would have a different guy from the 4 baby daddy's living in my trailer with me...and he wouldn't pay rent and he would beat me and my kids.
11. My electricity would get turned off every month.
12. I would sit in a lawn chair in my front "yard" with a Budweiser and think how awesome my life would be.
13. I wouldn't be able to blog because I couldn't afford the internet.

Good thing I moved away! But it's always nice to go back and visit :)


oh my gosh...stop hitting your brakes!

Yes Emily...BBQ Hut. It's down the road from Video Hut. There's also Sunglass Hut in the mall. We like huts in Fayetteville. I also got some yummy Weiner Works today. It definitely went downhill though because the girl who was working there was NOT 300+ lbs and didn't squish the hot dog into the bun...ah but I still loved my hot dog.
Oh and to the F-er on the motorcycle who cut me off and then proceeded to drive 60 in a 70 mph alongside your buddy...I hate you. That's why I cut you off.


Scrawberries and French Fries

So I came back to Fayetteville today...here's how I knew I was back: I had stopped in at BBQ Hut (good stuff...in fact scrumdidilyumptious stuff)and I dropped the money as I handed it to the cashier. I apologized and she said "Nah, you're straight" Actually she may have said I was scraight but I'm so accustomed to the st sound being replaced with the sc sound that I didn't notice. Ahhh...only in Fayetteville.
Then we had spaghetti for dinner and it was AWESOME (said in a sing-song awesome voice). I love the Wilkie's cooking. I also love the Wilkie's...I forget how much I miss them when I'm away. Then I come home and remember how awesome they are. Lil J is cute as ever. Dylan and Christopher are getting super big. Dylan is as tall as I am and Christopher is missing like 7 teeth!
Oh and a joke from Christopher:
Q: Why did Tigger go into the bathroom?
A: To find Pooh....get it...poo...Pooh...haha, ah the humor of a 7 year old!


What came first: the chicken nugget or the egg mcmuffin?

Not much has happened today and my computer is going painfully slow. I wish it was the end of November and I could stop blogging every day



So I ran out to Linen' & Things (hoping for some good sales on sheets,no such luck)...and oh my gosh don't people have control over their children? They were sitting in the carts just screaming. Not crying, not screaming like a fit...just screaming. Seriously...shut your kid up or I will. Ok...well I won't but I'll think about all the ways that I could shut your kid up.
I think no more going to shopping centers for me until after Christmas.



C: I want a personal trainer for Christmas
Me: Oh...good idea, do you belong to a gym?
C: Goals
Me: Oh...do you have one in mind?
C: Goals
Me: Yeah...I know...so which one do you want to join?
C: Ummm.... *this is where the really annoyed look comes in*
Me: I get it, your goal is to join a gym....now which one?
C: *bursting into laughter* No, GOLDS! Not goals...Gold's gym.
Me: Ohhhhhhhh

And for the rest of the night I need to avoid my big brother's phone call since NC State stomped on Carolina. Ugh! I didn't see that one coming. Oh well...there's always basketball season to gloat.



I actually got to work a full 8 hours today...it was very exciting. I know...weird to be excited to work but I usually like my job so long as the drama is at a low for the day. It's crazy how much drama goes on there and a little annoying. But today was a low drama day, Keri, Sheri, AND Joey were all in a good mood...their moods never coincide!
I'm looking forward to other days when I can work a full day...not to mention that I also get paid which is always a plus.


I'm back!

Ok the test is done....I can now relax and stop stressing. Hopefully my eye twitch will start to go away because it is really starting to piss me off....as it goes off again. I swear thinking about my eye twitch stresses me out so it twitches...and I stress...and it twitches. Evil, evil cycle!
I also need to learn to shut my mouth about my blog. I was talking to one of the adjunct faculty about my blog and she asked for the address. I started to give it to her but actually stopped to think before speaking. Here were my thoughts: "If I give her the address, she can read it and hopefully laugh. Maybe she'll think I'm funny...I like her, I don't mind if I amuse her. What if she then comes and tells Mrs. Stewart or Ankerson or WORSE Gottsman about the blog? What if they read it...I have probably written some things that they would not approve of...like calling Ms. G a raging B! (which she is, I call them like I see them) This could go very badly..."
I told her it was on blogspot but not sure if she'll be able to find it or not...

Oh and speaking of V-Gotti being a raging B...she gave me a 0 on "conveys an understanding of principles previously learned" because I accidently wrote Roger Dr and it should have been Koger Dr...so I just wrote a K over the R. I did the same on the zip code, still completely legible and it was to go in the mail to a patients house. Obviously I didn't learn the fact that that is wrong last semester. I did learn how much I hate her though.

Good times...

So NOT when one should think of their presidential candidate:



Brit Brit!

13 more days!!!!! That's all I have time to say. Must go study. Boo...after tomorrow I get a 2 week break with nothing to do.



I got an A in my anesthesia class so if anyone wants to feel like they got punched in the face..I can do it!
I also got an A on my perio test!
But now I have to study for my pharmacology test...so blogs will be short until Thursday because I have to study. Ugh!


Help Wanted!

Ok so part of what is liked about me is that I can come up with random but fun things to do...I didn't know I had this capability. I'm drawing a blank here on what the next random but fun activity should be.
We had talked about walking around in his fave area of town but it's supposed to be freakishly cold this week and I'm a wus.
Walking the bridge also came up but again...cold...wus.
I thought about trivia but you really need a group of people to play that and I don't know that I"m ready for him to meet my friends.
We could go to Barnes & Noble but that's not a very interactive date.
So...here's been the deal so far: 1st date...my fave pizza place and a walk downtown. 2nd date: Charleston Museum (oldest one in the nation! and leatherback turtles eat jellyfish). 3rd date: his house for dinner and HIMYM. 4th date:..........Any suggestions????

The date

So I had absolutely no reason to be nervous last night...I have a tendency of freaking myself out over nothing. He's made roast, baked potatoes and veggies...everything was good. We walked his sister's dog...he made a comment about walking in a dark shadowy area of the condos as romantic...I pointed out that murderers could be lurking behind the trees (I know...kinda killed that moment, hehe!)...my boots were awesome, even though I accidentally left the price tag on the bottom of the shoe and based on his reaction I think he thought I overpaid....he's wrong though, they were so worth the money. I almost put them on with my awesome new PJ pants instead of slippers this morning. I would have taken a picture of that for you Heather :)

Test this morning...ugh! What in the heck does the muscle that keeps food on the occlusal surface of the posterior teeth have to do with anesthesia? You answer that for me Ms. Gottsman and...well, I'll still think it was crap to have that question on the test. And, no don't ask me what the answer is because I guessed the massetter muscle but I really am not sure.


blah blah

Nothing exciting has happened today...I went shopping with Prego Beth which was fun. I got some new pajamas :) I also found footie pj's at Target which are super cute...the feet look like monkey heads. I want them! I also got a really cute pair of cowboy-looking boots from Nine West on a super good sale...been wanting those for a while so the purchase is justified.
Tonight I have a 3rd date with GI Joe...I"m going to his house and he's making pot roast. We're going to watch How I Met Your Mother...should be a nice evening. Ok seriously though I'm really nervous, though I have absolutely no reason to be and I"m freaking out over nothing...but still! Ugh! I'm sure it will be fine though...I'm going to wear my new cowboy boots which I"m sure will just make the evening perfect! Updates tomorrow.


Oh no!

Katie made me nervous tonight...we got on to the topic of guys with facial hair, which then put us onto the topic of kissing guys with facial hair. That then turned into kissing new guys...and people who are bad kissers. Sigh...things that a girl has to worry about nowadays.
As you can tell I have nothing else to blog about...this is going to be a rough last half of the month unless some exciting things happen. Oh yeah and thanks to the waiter who got me my brussel sprouts tonight. No thanks to the $5 you charged for them.


Best Buy Stalking

So I went to Best Buy tonight to check out the prices on How I Met Your Mother seasons 1 & 2. (they will be on my Christmas list...if I get presents this year) I haven't been in that store since I started avoiding Sexy Lexy. I was really worried that I would run into him (which would only start a new onslaught of phone calls/texts). Once I got there though I was hoping to see him from afar without him actually seeing me. For those of you who don't know: Sexy Lexy was nice to look at but if you actually talked to him you wanted to beat your head against a wall. I just wanted to check if he was as cute as I remember or if I was just delusional back then. I definitely didn't want to talk to him!
It was safe...he wasn't there. I guess I can resume my BB shopping now without fear. And yes, I know...why am I picking up employees at BB? He was at least a manager though...does that make it better?


So I read this on 100 Emails, 20 Dates and found this list of qualities she was looking for in a guy. I totally loved it and agreed mostly with her...so I stole it :) and amended it :)

--Smart: curious, open-minded, intellectually challenges me while letting his own ideas be challenged by me
--Funny: clever and/or slightly absurd sense of humor, slightly inappropriate sense of humor is preferable
--Conspiratorial: I want a partner in crime, someone to snicker in a corner with or run off and plan a practical joke on someone together
--Emotionally steady: More than someone to pour my heart out to when I’m upset, I need someone who can help ground me, be my emotional anchor
--Laughs at my jokes, even the inappropriate ones (P. once told me, “You make every joke inappropriate.” That was one of my favorite compliments)
--Has a job, or at least plans to get one and has some ambition in life.
--Celebrates birthdays, meaning mine
--Says “yes” or “maybe” to new things more often than “no”
--Physically affectionate: gives good hugs, preferably someone who can sleep all snuggled up
--Friendly/Sociable: someone who can get along with, or at least pretend to get along with, my friends.
--Lusts after me (and I lust after him) — you know, not every minute or even every day, but you want to be with someone you want
--Extra credit: someone who wants to try to help me finish the NY Times crossword puzzle every Sunday over breakfast


Excuse me Aunt Molly!

I heard a rumor...that we are having O'Boyle stuffing. Not that O'Boyle stuffing is bad. Some people really like O'Boyle stuffing and in their mind O'Boyle stuffing is delicious. I just grew up with Staus stuffing and that is my preference.
I think that we may just need to have 2 oven-baked turkeys (I'll give up the fried one) so that we can all be happy...or you can sacrifice your happiness for me :)


Pizza Pizza!

So my date tonight went much better than with Poodlehead. I think because a) Poodlehead was the first guy I went out with since Him Who We Do Not Speak Of and b)Poodlehead is much more shy and quiet than GI Joe. Also, some of the things I wasn't such a fan of with Him Who We Do Not Speak Of would not be an issue with GI Joe.
Things went well...he said I was funny and I keep him on his toes. Not sure if keeping him on his toes is a good thing or not???
Also, you know how people usually put the absolute best picture they have up so you think they are really super cute. Then you see them in person and are like, "Who is this troll and where is the guy in the picture?" Well he didn't have BAD pictures up...but he looked like he did in the pictures but cuter.
So we shall see if there is a 2nd date and go from there. Without giving away my whole game plan, I kinda hope we will go out again.



-to me thinking I was completely prepared for the test today.
-to there not being a road connecting the gas station and Hardee's
-to Hardee's chicken strips not being as delicious as I had hoped!
-to Ms. Gottsman for just being herself
-to my patient's calculus being still on her teeth
-to me for not getting it off
-to Ms. Simmons for realizing I did not get it off
-to Evie for being scared of all the other dogs at the dog park
-to all the other dogs at the dog park who wanted to hump Evie
-to it not being time for me to go to bed so I can stop yelling ARRRRRRRGH at everything.

But thank you to:
-my patient for showing up today
-Hardee's for having good fries
-Ms. Simmons for understanding that it was just a rough day
-Evie for not being an easy dog and allowing the other dogs to hump her.
-my second random blog commenter. And any other randomers out there who want to say they like my blog
-GI Joe and all the other soldiers/veterans who defend our country.
-my friends (and their moms) for making me feel better after my rotten day


Brit Brit

Britney Spears new CD comes out December 2!!! I'm well aware that SOME of you might not think that is good news. I think it is great news! 22 more days!


Oh Oh!

I got my first comment from a random person! Yippee! haha...this shouldnt' be so exciting should it? Anywho, thanks for reading Kristi...maybe we can be blog friends?

Peeing in the Yard

Oysters are yummy! Beer is yummy! Oysters and beer are yummy! Meeting a dad after 3 dates is NOT so yummy.


Shoes on!

So I went on a date last night and he took his shoes off in the movie theater. Now I'm all about getting comfy in the theater...prop your feet up on the back of the chair in front of you, slouch down, toss on a sweatshirt...but keep your shoes on!
In other news...I guess I dropped popcorn down my shirt last night because when I took off the tank top, there it was. Mashed into my skin. Lovely, huh? Oh and no, I didn't eat it. I considered it, but I threw it away instead.


I feel like I got punched in the face

We practiced maxillary injections on each other today. The anesthesia is supposed to last 1-2 hours. I'm on hour 2 now. Not such a fan of this feeling, though since only half my lip moves, I can do a mean Elvis lip!


I really hate school

For the past 2 days I have had this urge to just start drinking. I actually went by a restaurant with plans to get a margarita (or 2) at lunch and then go to the nursing home. Unfortunately they were closed so no drinks for me. I really really really need a break from school. The next month cannot pass quickly enough. And seriously classmates...stop asking me for money! SADHA dues here...bake sale there...luncheon everywhere...stop it already! What little money I do have, I need to spend on drinking to cope with you all.


Oh no! They can't take away my wine!

According to an article I just read many wines have metal in them in unsafe levels. They raise warnings for "THQ" levels above 1 for seafood...and some of these wines have 50-200 per glass! According to the article: "The levels of vanadium, copper and manganese had the highest impact on THQ measures, researchers said. Excess intake of metal ions has been linked to neurological problems like Parkinson's disease." The scientists deemed wines from Brazil, Italy and Argentina to be safe. If I were to get Parkinson's disease I'd have trouble holding my wine glass :(

I don't want to grow up!

Well maybe not so much grow up but rather grow old. We went to the nursing home today to see patients and I really don't want to end up in somewhere like that. It was a nice place and seemed pretty clean but still...it was pretty depressing. Most of our patients had pretty moderate deposits on their teeth (that's plaque and calculus...it was like caked on, gross!) and were unable to brush on their own. The ones who had dentures didnt' take them out so they never got cleaned. A classmate said that the nurses' aides changed people's diapers right in front of them. It would just make me sad. I hope that when I get to that age I'm still mobile and if I did have to go live in a nursing home that I would be around people like me that could still participate in and enjoy life. If I'm not mobile, I can only hope that my kids will come brush my teeth for me and make sure I still have a little bit of dignity.
Now I am making no promises to my own parents not to hole them up in a place like that and never come visit, I just don't want it for myself! Just kidding...I'll come see you once a month :) Or at least on holidays :)


Oh really?

Horrible...just horrible. I will give 1 more chance but let me just say this: No more personality...no more chances. But really cute :)


Daylight Savings

I went to let Evie out this morning and glanced at the clock in the kitchen. It said 8:30 so I thought to myself, "yeah! Another 30 min of sleep!"...I had forgotten to change that clock so thought it was really 7:30. Nope...I had changed the clock late last night so it was really 8:30 and I should have been up 30 minutes ago. Oopsy! So now, most of my clocks are right but I don't know how to change the one in my car. Surely I can't be the only one confused by what time it really is.


I accept your challenge

Heather, I accept your blog challenge. I will try to blog everyday for the month of November!


Trick or Treat!

Well the costume didn't turn out quite as great as I was hoping for...but it was lots of fun leaving a trail of "breading" everywhere I went...hehe. Sorry Beth for cornflaking you on the rickshaw! For those of you who didn't know...I was fried chicken :)

Boy Killed While Trick-or-Treating

Boy Killed While Trick-or-Treating
SUMTER, S.C. (Nov. 1) - A 12-year-old boy was shot to death while trick-or-treating with his family, struck with 30 rounds, shocking residents of a South Carolina neighborhood where most people know each other well.
A man in police custody confessed to the shooting, saying he emptied an AK-47 through his front door when he saw people with masks approaching, the Sumter Police Department said.
"I just hate it that that little kid got killed. It used to be the quietest place. I knew everybody and everybody knew me," Vivian Johnson, 81, said Saturday.
She has lived for decades two doors from the house where the boy was killed and his father and brother injured Friday night, but she said she does not know the people who live there now.
Police offered no motive and said it did not appear the family knew the people in the house, which is off a busy, two-lane road in Sumter, a city of about 40,000 people 45 miles east of Columbia. On Saturday, shattered glass still covered the front stoop and about 20 bullet holes peppered the front door and a front-window casement.
Quentin Patrick, 22, has been charged with murder and three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill. Police officers found AK-47 rounds had shot through the doors, walls and windows of the house, and they recovered that gun as well as a 9mm gun. He is a convicted felon who is not allowed to own firearms.
Police also arrested Ericka Patrice Pee, 19, who was in the house with her 2-year-old daughter. She tried to flee the home with Patrick and $7,500 in cash, police said. She is charged with obstructing justice.
More charges are expected against both suspects, police said.
"Most times you can find an explanation no matter how strange or twisted it is. Right now we have no explanation," said Mayor Joseph T. McElveen. "Sumter's certainly not a violent town but we're not isolated to having tragedies like this happen. It doesn't make it any better."
Police said the the boy, his parents and four children were returning from a city-sponsored event downtown where about 4,000 costumed children had celebrated Halloween when they stopped to collect candy at a home with a porch light on. The father, Freddie Grinnell, and three boys approached the house. The mother stayed in the car nearby with the toddler.
As the family waited, they thought they heard fireworks. Grinnell, T.J. Darrisaw, 12, and Ahmadre Darrisaw, 9, were hit by gunfire from inside the house. T.J., struck several times, died at a hospital, Coroner Verna Moore said. His father and brother were taken to a hospital, treated and released. The others were not hurt.
Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said there were other people inside during the shooting, but she didn't expect them to be charged.
There was no answer Saturday morning at the mobile home police listed as Patrick's address, although neighbor Larry Sigler said he thought Patrick's mother lived there.
Sigler said Patrick didn't seem like someone prone to violence.
A neighbor said he heard a loud noise about the time of the shooting and thought it was simply Halloween mischief.
"I thought, trick-or-treat night — pranks go down. Anything goes," said Lenwood Dixon, 49, who works at a hazardous waste and recycling company. "I heard a noise like maybe gunfire, then my daughter saw a bunch of lights flashing and saw some cops."
In his six years in the neighborhood, he said he wasn't aware of any violent crimes. He said a few trick-or-treaters had been on his block that night.
"I'm surprised. Since I was here, I'd never heard of anything like that happening. It's a quiet neighborhood," he said. "You don't see many children in the neighborhood. It's more elderly."
County Councilman Charles Edens said he lives just a few blocks away from where the shooting happened and passed the flashing lights of police cars on his way back from trick-or-treating with his 13-year-old daughter, who was upset at the news.
"It's going to put a dampening on Halloween," Eden said. "I would think twice about going to a door that we don't know who lives behind."



Does anyone see a problem with this situation?

26 year old girl: I love Britney!
37 year old man: Me too!

Not how the real conversation went but you got the point. And no the problem is NOT that the 26 year old likes Britney. And this was overheard...not about me at all!

Yo quiero taco bell!

I went for my free taco yesterday...yum yum good stuff! Unfortunately the same lady was working the register (see blog title Aw Man). I think she might have recognized me...my absolutely hideous scrubs are pretty memorable. I felt bad asking for a free taco AGAIN so I had to buy something else...poo! I think I'll go in again next week and ask for another free taco!

I wish I were a bear

If I were to ever be reincarnated, I would like to come back as a bear. I could curl up into my own fat, snuggle up and sleep for 6 months! Wake up and it's warm...I do not like it being so cold :(


Aw man!

So I go waltzing into Taco Bell today and say "I'd like my free Stolen Base in the World Series taco please." First bad sign? The lady at the register looked at me like I was crazy. I explained to her that if a player steals a base during the World Series that Taco Bell is giving out a free taco to everyone in America. Or at least the ones who go in to Taco Bell. She gives a sigh as though she thinks I"m not going away until I get this free taco that I very well may have made up and goes to the back to check with her manager. She comes back and says that I can't have it until Tuesday. I explained very nicely that the World Series started last night (she didnt' look like a baseball fan) and that a base had already been stolen. She stared blankly at me and told me to come back Tuesday. *sigh*




Ed and I broke up. It happened over a month ago. I don't want to talk about him or the breakup. I'm fine I just don't want to talk about it.


Mother...don't plan a trip to Nebraska with me!

I will know your reasoning behind it and you're not getting rid of me that easily!

2nd Out-of-State Teen Dumped in Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 13) - A Michigan mother drove roughly 12 hours to Omaha, so she could abandon her 13-year-old son at a hospital under the state's unique safe-haven law, Nebraska officials said Monday.
The boy from the Detroit area is the second teenager from outside Nebraska and 18th child overall abandoned in the state since the law took effect in July.
"I certainly recognize and can commiserate and empathize with families across our state and across the country who are obviously struggling with parenting issues, but this is not the appropriate way of dealing with them, whether you're in Nebraska or whether you're in another state," said Todd Landry, who heads the state's Department of Health and Human Services' division of children and family services.
There was no sign the boy was in immediate danger before he was abandoned, but an investigation into the boy's situation was still continuing, Landry said.
The boy has been placed in an emergency shelter. Landry said the family doesn't appear to have ties to Nebraska and he wasn't sure if the family had sought help in Michigan first.
State officials have met with the boy's mother, Landry said but wouldn't immediately address her reasons for leaving her son. He said he believed the boy's parents were married but wasn't sure if the father agreed to the decision.
"Regardless of why or how, our focus remains on the safety of the child," he said.
Creighton hospital spokeswoman Lisa Stites said she did not know any additional details about the boy abandoned at her hospital early Monday.
Last week, a 14-year-old girl from Iowa was left at an Omaha hospital by her grandparents. The girl has since been returned to her family.
Nebraska's safe-haven law is unlike similar laws in that it allows anyone, not just a parent, to drop off a child, of any age, at any state-licensed hospital without fear of prosecution for abandonment. The law doesn't absolve anyone of other charges like abuse or neglect.
In Nebraska, several of the parents or guardians who have left children cited uncontrollable behavioral problems. An out-of-work widower who left nine of his 10 children said he simply felt overwhelmed by his responsibilities. That man, Gary Staton, has asked a judge to allow him to visit his children.
State officials have stressed that the safe-haven law should be used only for children in immediate danger; some worry the broadly written law could make the state a dumping ground for unwanted children.
State officials have said parents and caregivers need to understand there is no guarantee an abandoned child could be returned to them if they change their minds. The have encouraged parents to seek other resources before resorting to abandonment.
Lawmakers have spoken about the need to re-examine the law, but the Legislature doesn't reconvene until January. Gov. Dave Heineman has been reluctant to call a rare special session.
Landry declined to comment on whether a special session was needed, but he did say Monday that a new law is needed to specifically address infants in danger. Two children coming from out of state is clear evidence changes are needed, he said.
"We need to get back to the intent of the law," he said. "The intent of the law was always the protection of newborns in immediate danger of being harmed."


Well I'm guessing that's a problem...

Man Sues Doctor for Amputating Penis
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 26) - A Kentucky man who claims his penis was removed without his consent during what was supposed to be a circumcision has sued the doctor who performed the surgery.
Phillip Seaton, 61, and his wife are seeking unspecified compensation from Dr. John M. Patterson and the medical practice that performed the circumcision for "loss of service, love and affection." The Seatons also are seeking unspecified punitive damages from Patterson and the medical practice, Commonwealth Urology.
A woman who answered the phone at Commonwealth Urology would not take a message for the doctor Thursday. But the Seaton's attorney said the doctor's post-surgical notes show the doctor thought he detected cancer and removed the penis. Attorney Kevin George said a later test did detect cancer.
"It was not an emergency," George told The Associated Press on Thursday. "It didn't have to happen that way."
Seaton was having the procedure on Oct. 19, 2007, to better treat inflammation.
The lawsuit filed earlier this month in state court claims Patterson removed Seaton's penis without consulting either Phillip or Deborah Seaton, or giving them an opportunity to seek a second opinion.
The couple also sued the anesthesiologist, Dr. Oliver James of Shelbyville, claiming he used a general anesthesia even though Seaton asked that it not be administered.
A message left at Commonwealth Urology's corporate office in Lexington was not immediately returned Thursday. A message left for James also was not immediately returned.
The Seatons' suit is similar to one in which an Indianapolis man was awarded more than $2.3 million in damages after he claimed his penis and left testicle were removed without his consent during surgery for an infection in 1997


Where all my hard work goes...

The Youth Team

The Junior Team

Well that didn't take long

Part of it seems oddly reminiscent of "Slave 4 U" but overall...I like. I wonder if I can learn to drive the car with my foot....


I had Chinese food (not oriental, because that describes rugs) for lunch yesterday so by 10:00 pm I had a horrible headache from the MSG. I think this means I'm getting old because a couple years ago I could eat Chinese food like nobody's business and sans problems. *sigh* Those days have passed...It got to the point I thought I was going to throw up. Where am I going with all this? Britney Spears new video premiered on 20/20 last night (yes that IS real news) and I missed it since the light was hurting my eyes and my head was buried underneath a pillow. I thought for sure the sound of "womanizer womanizer you're a womanizer" would rouse me, but no. I woke up at 11:15 still with a headache and now with heartache. Today will be spent searching the internet for this new video.


What we do during class....

How very sad you made me today...

Oh butter biscuit from Bojangles. Today you were only a 4. Not only were you not flaky and delicious but you were cut into 3 parts...the top, the middle and the bottom. Perhaps another day you will make me happy again.


Donkey or Elephant? Pt. 2

When the moderator has to point out exactly what the traffic light system means...it's not a good sign. These guys want to be the president and don't know/pay attention to green...yellow...red. Red does NOT mean keep going. Bad driver that I tend to be, even I know that one.
I wish I had known that if you give the opposite answer than what the question asks, you get it right. I really could have used that on Monday when I took a test. I could have written what dysreflexia is NOT and what are NOT the signs/symptoms and then argued with Mrs. Stewart when she marked it wrong. If it works for the potential president, it should work for me.
Also, Barack, saying that you are not following the rules because McCain is not, is not a good idea. Didn't your mom ever say "If all your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?"
I can't wait for SNL this weekend. They are totally going to tear this debate apart.

Donkey or Elephant?

So I'm attempting to watch the debate but really...1 minute to respond. Ok...that means 1 minute. Not 5! Neither candidate can play by these rules that THEY agreed to, why will they play by the rules after elected? This is what I'm hearing from both sides: "Senator, how will you fix x problem?" "Well you see, the other guy wants to do this horrible fix. That's a horrible idea." That is NOT answering the question.
They keep rambling on so here's where my mind is going: Does John McCain still have all of his teeth? Who cleans the president's teeth? Does the same person clean the VP's teeth? How often do they get cleaned? What kind of toothbrush does he use? Does he floss daily?
I still am not sure how I'm going to vote...John McCain is about to keel over any day. Joe Biden is like a creepy uncle (not that I'm calling any of my uncles the creepy one). I just wish the candidates would stop pointing fingers and actually address the issues so I can make my mind up. Is that so much to ask guys?

Let me count the ways I love thee...

Oh, delicious butter biscuit from Bojangles that I ate today....you started out only so-so at a 6. Your top half was a little too crispy for my liking. Your bottom half was delightful. It pushed you up to a 7.5. I loved you while I consumed you. Salty, flaky, buttery, sweetness.



Really? 6 years old and getting a bikini wax? Really? I've always wondered if I would take my kids (not that I have any to worry about but still!) to get waxed instead of making them shave. Ugh, shaving. What a pain in the butt. But 6 years old? Please tell me I won't be that kind of a mom!

Too young? Preteen girls get leg, bikini waxes
Moms are bringing daughters to spas for hair removal before puberty

By Vidya Rao
TODAY staff
updated 6:07 p.m. ET, Wed., Aug. 13, 2008
Philadelphia aesthetician Melanie Engle, whose specialty is eyebrow shaping, is no stranger to odd requests. But nothing prepared her for being asked by one client to book a bikini wax appointment for her 8-year-old daughter.

“The first thing I had to do was try and stay calm, and not yell ‘What are you thinking?’ ” said Engle. “This wasn’t about the girl developing hair early — it was the mother’s obsession with wanting her daughter to be a supermodel.”

Waxing body hair — from the simple shaping of an eyebrow arch to the painful transformation of the bikini line — has long been a rite of passage for adult women. But now, more mothers around the U.S. are taking their tweens — kids 10 to 12 years old and some even younger — to salons to get body hair removed.

“For waxing, 12 years old is the ‘new normal,’ ” Engle said.

The International Spa Association reports that 16 percent of teens who have visited a spa have had a hair removal procedure done, but the organization has no numbers for younger children because they aren’t allowed to survey them. Several salon owners around the country told TODAYshow.com that the number of kids 12 and under coming in for waxing services has increased dramatically over the past three years.

“There is a huge demand for waxing,” said Diane Fisher, owner of Eclips Salon and Eclips Kids Day Spa in McLean and Ashburn, Va., both Washington, D.C., suburbs. “Some kids do have a lot of hair. A 10-year-old with a dark mustache is going to feel self-conscious, and is going to ask for waxing.”

Nearly 20 percent of the clients that Nance Mitchell sees for bikini waxes in her Beverly Hills, Calif., salon are tweens, she says.

“The increase began a couple of years ago,” said Mitchell, who has been doing bikini waxes for more than 30 years. “Some kids come in with their mothers when the mothers are getting waxed, so they want to do it too. One 10-year-old had thick hair coming down her leg, and she had a bikini and leg wax because she couldn’t go to camp like that without getting teased.”

Developing younger or too young for comfort?
Medical professionals say that there isn’t any known increase in medical complications when young girls get waxed, and that because they are younger when they develop, girls nowadays may be growing hair at an earlier age.

“It’s not uncommon for girls to get their period at 9 or 10 years old, and with that development comes increased hair growth,” said Dr. Doris Pastor, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “The waxing itself is not an issue; the bigger issue is whether they are encouraged to engage in risky behaviors.”
Some salons even advertise their services for young girls. One New York City salon, Wanda’s European Skin Care Center, boasts on its Web site that children 8 years and older can get discounted waxing for “virgin” hair. “Virgin hair can be waxed so successfully that growth can be permanently stopped in just 2 to 6 sessions. Save your child a lifetime of waxing ... and put the money in the bank for her college education instead!” the salon proclaims.

The owner could not be reached for comment, but did tell the New York Post that she has seen more than 200 kid clients this year and that kids should begin waxing at 6 years old.

Engle says that the mothers who bring their daughters in for waxing come in two varieties: those who are concerned because their children are being teased about their body hair, and those she calls “perfectionists.”

“Sometimes mothers are clearly overcritical,” Engle said. “While I’m doing the child’s eyebrows, a mother will stand behind me and say, ‘Look at those blackheads, you need to have a facial, you need to go on Accutane.’ ”

Fisher, whose Eclips Kids Day Spa doesn’t defuzz bikini lines on younger children, does see four to five girls, mostly 10- to 14-year-olds, each week for other waxing procedures. The most common service is eyebrow shaping, though some mothers will request removal of body hair for their children. She says that she does see overbearing mothers who pressure their daughters to look “perfect.”

“I had a mother who brought her daughter in, pulled up her shirt and asked us to wax the girl’s back. The hair didn’t seem to be bothering the little girl, but the mom was embarrassed and wanted it done,” Fisher recounted. “I told the mom to wait until the child wanted it, but she refused.” The girl, Fisher added, was 6 years old.

A parent’s dilemma
For others, like Wanda Ramos, permitting their kids to get waxed is a way to stop them from being harassed by classmates. Her daughter, Gabriella, used to complain about the taunts and teases from kids who called her “unibrow” and “deformed” because she was hairy.

Finally, Ramos, who lives in Ashburn, Va., decided to end her daughter’s torment at 12 years old, allowing her to get her eyebrows waxed.

“It made a big difference,” Ramos said. “She feels more confident and other kids don’t make fun of her anymore — she gets compliments on how she looks now.”

But some experts say using hair removal to boost self-esteem is a bad bet.

“Girls are learning the worst possible lessons about body image and body hair,” said Dr. Diane Levin, professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston and co-author of the book “So Sexy So Soon.” “Keep your bodies like little girls’ because that’s what men like.”

So how do parents respond when their children want to remove body hair at a young age?

“Have talks about bodies and how bodies change,” Levin said. “Let them know that hair is normal, despite the images that they see, and hear what you daughter has to say — this should be a give-and-take conversation.

Ultimately Levin says, the trend of tweens waxing is indicative of bigger issues, including the sexualizing of young girls.

“Girls shouldn’t be taught so early to focus on how they look and that things like money, makeup and looking good buy happiness, instead of the skills that they possess,” Levin said. “Should parents feed into that negativity or create an environment to help girls resist it?”

Oh crap! Im turning into my brother...

I watched a movie the other day, Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Prices and I was absolutely appalled. My brother has always bad-mouthed Wally World but I had always chalked it up to his whole unionism thing. Oh my gosh this movie is horrible! I will never step foot in a Wal-mart again. Or Sam's Club. If any of you have the opportunity to watch this documentary, I would suggest it. Hopefully it will turn you off Wal-mart as well.
Did you know that Wal-mart encourages their employees to get on Medicaid?
And that they refuse to pay overtime so the managers will go in to the timeclock system under a false user id to move the overtime onto a new week's paycheck?
And that the employees that work overseas get paid some insane amount like $0.13 per hour? They live in "dorms" (they make college dorms look gigantic) and even if they choose to move out of the dorms, the rent is STILL deducted from their measly paycheck.
If any union activity is suspected in Wal-Mart, the store manager is no longer in charge and they immediately fly in a corporate team (on a private jet of course) to squash the activity.
Wal-Mart employees have the opportunity to deduct money from their paycheck to help fellow employees in the event of an emergency (ie: fire, tornado, etc). They gave $5 million in one year. That same year, the Walton family (worth $1 billion) gave $6,000. The Walton family gave something like 2% of their income to charity. Bill Gates gave 58%.
Kevin, I'm sorry I didn't listen to you earlier...Wal-mart really is an evil empire.


Studying is lame

So I studied for a little bit...while watching Jeopardy. C'mon it was Jeopardy. You never know what questions will come up so it may help me study more. It didn't tonight but one day, that show is going to come in handy. The Biggest Loser is on now and I've never watched that show any other season but I kinda like it. It was between TBL and the new 90210. I went for TBL...will Coleen and Jerry lose 2.4%? Or will they go home????? I have to watch and see. So no studying for me :) Besides with the stuff the test is over I'm not sure that studying will help at all. I got the first half of the information down pat. The other half? Not so much...acytelcholine? Who needs to know about that? Not I!



Oh no! What ever will I do? Dancing with the Stars is having a 3 night premiere...but it interferes with The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. And THEN! As though that werent' bad enough, on Thursday Grey's Anatomy is having a 2 hour premiere but Survivor is on too! And I actually know someone (kinda sorta...I ran with her. Well more behind her. Way behind her. And only like 3 times or whatever but still!) on Survivor. I don't know anyone on Grey's. What will I do? Oh yeah and I have a really hard test on Thursday. Pharmacology. ugh. Not sure how I'm going to fit studying in. She really should have consulted the new fall tv schedule before moving this test up.


What's the common link?

What do the following have in common? Overweight white men, overweight black women, midgets and female body builders. Not a single one of them look good in shiny silver spandex. Alas I'm watching "Hole in the Wall" the new Fox "hit" show...basically you and your two teammates form your body to fit thru the hole in the moving wall. If you break the wall or fall into the pool of water, you get no points. I was wondering if they alter the walls for the midgets...it doesn't seem fair to make the head hole 6 ft high.
And really Brooke Burns? I know your career isn't so hot but "Hole in the Wall"?


My dog is gross. She is so picky that she won't eat hot dogs until she can sniff them for a few minutes to make sure they are safe. And if a stranger gives her a dog bone, she won't eat it. But yet when I clip my toenails (they were really long) she devours the clippings. Ugh. And then she wants to come kiss my face. Double ugh.


OMG! Could the rumor be true!?!?!

Britney's Back!
Britney Spears

Is Britney really back? Could she be going on tour? Is my world now complete?

I was going to put a poll on here about if Britney was going on tour, would you go see her in concert but I'm pretty sure that absolutely everyone that reads this would respond with a resounding NO and Brit does not need your negativity.


Well I can finally stop saving for butt implants!

The newest product is a butt bra and it enhances the lift, shape and volume of the derriere while also flattening the lower tummy. Beyonce, you better watch out, my butt is going to look better than yours!

And just in case those dont' work I can always pick up foam OR silicone butt pads!!!


The world is doomed...

So, here I am, walking confidently up to the Starbucks counter inside B & N and say "I'd like a venti raspberry italian soda with whipped cream"...I wait for the attendant to scurry away and start on my order but instead he stares blankly at me and says "We don't have those anymore" WHHHHHAAAAATTT?!?!?! What has this world come to?
Everyone is so concerned with change this election season that they have done away with my favorite drink. I am sad :(
Oh, and Mr. Starbucks man? You could have been a little more tender in your delivery. No need to be condescending to the non-coffee drinkers.

Obviously I didn't blow away...

So the storm was a breeze last night (haha...get it...wind...breeze, hehehe). We didn't lose power and it sounded a little windy but it didn't cause any damage. As for why I did not have a hurricane party: I dont' want a bunch of drunk people stuck at my house and can't leave. I did receive 2 offers to go to other people's houses...1 got cancelled because she lives downtown which floods very easily and I'm thinking she didnt' want people stuck there either. The other offer was to go more inland but again, the prospect of being stuck there was undesirable. Plus I'm not sure he had the most honorable intentions with the invite. It was just me and Evie riding the storm out and we survived.
So Heather, why might one want to have a hurricane party?
1)You don't have to be alone and stuck in your house for however long.
2)You'll probably get drunk enough (ahem...Kevin) to forget about the hurricane.
3)You could play a really good game of hide-and-seek when the power went out. Just remember to watch out for the coffee table. It'll do a number on your knees.

Why would one NOT want to have a hurricane party?
1)You are stuck with these people for however long the storm lasts.
2)Vomiting...and no power/water to get rid of the smell.
3)People pass out and make that hide-and-seek game much more challenging when you try to run. That could go under both a + and a -


Hanna update

So far it's been pretty uneventful. I still have power so I was able to find out once again that I am NOT smarter than a fifth grader (though in my defense I only missed 2 questions and they were both history)...I also watched the Da Vinci Code...and didn't do any homework!
It has been raining a lot, which hasnt' made Evie want to go outside much. The local news says to expect between 3-7 inches of rainfall. My yard (both front and back) have standing water already, so tomorrow should be nice and fun for Evie. Lots of mud for her. Good thing I have coupons for a free bath for her! Winds are not too bad yet. She's expected to hit land around 12:30 am so we'll see...I'll be asleep and dont' wake up for much so I probably won't have any exciting updates. Unless you want to hear my dreams :)

I"m ready for ya Hanna!

So no clue as to how badly the storm will hit or if it even will. Here's what's been going on: First it was coming straight for us. Then it was going more north. Then it was set to hit Wilmington. Then it didn't turn like expected so as of the latest I heard (about an hour ago) the eye is expected to hit somewhere between Charleston and Georgetown. We should get the west side of the storm (the better side to get) and just experience strong winds and rain. I got everything but the wheelbarrow in the shed (not moving it, scared there are black widows underneath it) so no projectile's in the yard. The car is full of gas, phone is fully charged, and candles are out with a lighter in case of power loss. The only thing left to do is sit and wait...


OMG! It's almost that time again!!!!

Rose (I'd already forgotten her name) is pregnant! Izzy and scruffy guy whose name I always forget sleep together! George is appalled! Derek proposes to Meredith! Ack! I can't wait another 3 weeks!


A special message...

Haikus are way fun!
But not worth 2 weeks of blog!
Time to post Heather...


Doesn't anybody care about black people???? Oh wait! Diddy does!

Seriously Diddy (I won't call you by your slave name, Sean Combs)? What does it matter if black people or crackheads live in Alaska? And really...Michelle Obama should be McCain's running mate? Now that seems like a conflict of interest to me! And why are you filming this video on a merry-go-round. And she's the governer of Alaska...not sure if you know this P(I feel like we're on a first name basis now)...but there are Eskimos out there and I'm pretty sure some black people. That's some diversity for ya. And quit saying there's no black people or crackheads in Alaska...and sending people out with millions of dollars to the polls...that's illegal!!!! (I think...sure isn't very ethical if nothing else). So P...in conclusion I don't think black people and crackheads (I sure hope not the crackheads!) are the future of America. I think that today's children (...didn't Diddy ever learn that song...red or yellow, black or white...you know, that one) are the future of America! So P...go hang out with Kanye and come up with someone else who doesn't care about black people, because this one is really lame!



Creepy, much?

Corpse Kept Upright for 3-Day Wake
posted: 12 DAYS 23 HOURS AGO

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Aug. 19) - A Puerto Rican man has been granted his wish to remain standing — even in death. A funeral home used a special embalming treatment to keep the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina standing upright for his three-day wake.
Dressed in a Yankees baseball cap and sunglasses, Pantoja was mourned by relatives while propped upright in his mother's living room.
His brother Carlos told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper the victim had long said he wanted to be upright for his own wake: "He wanted to be happy, standing."
The owner of the Marin Funeral Home, Damaris Marin, told The Associated Press the mother asked him to fulfill her dead son's last wish.
Medina was found dead Friday underneath a bridge in San Juan and buried Monday. Police are investigating.


Updated**Is Clay Aiken smarter than a fifth grader?**

The better question may be, why am I sitting at home watching that show on a Friday night. However, that is not the question at hand tonight. It's looking like he may be...he's got 4 questions left and 3 cheats still. He's doing pretty darn good...not looking so darn good though. I think he may be jaundiced...his skin is kinda yellowy-orange. And he has no upper lip. I'm quite ashamed that I never got that date with him that I asked for. I'm so charming and all, I would have swept him off his feet. And now I'd be stuck with that. He's pretty creepy looking.
So per a complaint from Heather, I wanted to let everyone know that Clay is NOT smarter than a fifth grader. He punked out on the 2nd to last question (he knew the right answer but wasn't confident enough)....so just think how many spray tans he could have afforded with that million dollar prize! Ah Clay...I was watching some old clips of you when you first started American Idol...I stand by that you were kinda cute (I know! Dont' call me crazy. If he still looked like that I would still want my dates!)....now you just look creepy and I wouldn't go out on a date with you if you begged me. Ok, well I probably would if you begged but you'd have to paper bag it.


Double beans! No meat!

Now is that such a hard request to follow? I mean, I know I'm super smart and all....and probably above the average intelligance of most Taco Bell employees...but c'mon guys! That's an easy one, the crumbly brown stuff, don't put it on! The smooth light brown stuff, put more on! I got my nachos bell grande (had a coupon, only $.99!!) and it had no beans and did have meat...I was sad. Now I have to go poo because of that stupid kangaroo meat. Grrrr Taco Bell....grrrr!!!!


Come back Heather!!!

Ok, well maybe not come back....since we played at Duck but I think you and Kevin should plan to come down here every weekend so that we can go to the beach and I have someone to play with in the water! It was very wavy at the ocean today...and I had to play all alone (didn't even have a boogie board).


I will have an impact on little kids...scary!

So I'm super excited about this new cheerleading gig. For those who don't know, I'm going to help coach a youth/junior cheerleading team for kids age 7-14. It's competitive cheerleading so the same type of deal I did growing up. I'm very excited and anxious to see how the first practice goes. It's been a long time since I've been this excited about something :)
Practice starts on this Saturday, the 23rd...wish us luck! I had dinner with the girl that's going to be the head coach and we had some really good ideas and are on the same page about most everything. She's worked with these girls already, coaching gymnastics. She said there are some really good kids that are going to be on the team.
I'm sure there will be more updates and pictures from our "Stunt on the Beach Day" and practices and competitions. Go Marlins! (yes...we are the marlins, like fish. But hey, we're from the beach, we should have a beachy feel and didn't feel appropriate with little kids yelling "Go Corona with lime!")


My trip so far

Only 1 more day left until I come back to SC. I miss SC but I think I miss being around Ed more. (hahaha...ok Ed, I miss you more) Anywho, so far on this trip: we ate pizza (2 times! Pizza hiatus, no more!), went to a STL Rams game (I could totally be one of those cheerleaders...one of my goals for when I move out here), had a Green Genie (delicious!), sucked at bowling (out of 6 of us...none broke 100), and saw the Dark Knight. Oh and who can forget we ate at PF Changs! Neither of us had been there so we (when I say we, I mean I) were anxious to try it. When I get back to SC I will give more details!
For now though, I must go lay around by the pool and then go meet Edward for lunch. :)



Heather is a genius! Instead of going to Las Vegas for Christmas (ugh, bad idea), if the family wants a destination Christmas, we should rent a house on the Outer Banks. It will be much cheaper than Vegas. You can get a 7 bedroom house for only $800 a week! Plus, it's more homey than having people in different hotel rooms. We could still have a Christmas tree as well, if we really wanted one! Pets are allowed so Evie, Trixie, and Lucy could all come along. Plus the beach is pretty at Christmastime. What's that you say, you have your heart set on gambling? The house I chose has horseshoes and pool and foosball! Not to mention a hot tub to relax in after all that hard gambling work! Smileaway at Christmas



i'm here at the beach for my vacation and I'm freezing! 87 degrees outside my butt! but the view from inside the house wrapped in a blanket is very pretty. pictures to come later (oh and shift button sticks on the computer, that explains lack of capitalization)




In Oklahoma City?!?!?!?!

I don't live in Oklahoma City! This does me no good at all.

Taco Bell gives free tacos to dieters
Posted: Aug 1st 2008 8:30AM by Bethany Sanders
Filed under: Food and Nutrition, Diet and Weight Loss

I know that every time that I make an effort to lose a few pounds, the first thing I think is usually not, "Hmmm, maybe Taco Bell for lunch." Fast food restaurants are often trying to change that unhealthy image, and Taco Bell is no exception. They have their "fresco" menu, nine items with nine grams of fat or less. And in Oklahoma City, they're giving away one free taco to residents as a reward for their weight loss efforts.

The restaurant teamed up with the local mayor in a city-wide weight loss challenge. When residents reached 100,000 pounds lost, Taco Bell decided to give everyone one free taco. I initially wanted to be critical of this partnership, since fast food is often loaded with fat, salt, and excessive calories. But I'm starting to think that Oklahoma City residents may have found that happy balance between eating right and enjoying a healthy indulgence now and then... even a free taco.

What do you think?

You want to know what I think, Bethany Sanders? Do you now? I think this is crap. This is just a big tease...don't make me think that there's a day to put on my calender to go get a free taco (I'll pretend to be a dieter, I don't mind). I've been wanting to try the Fresco tacos to...but their full fat siblings are so delicious, I don't want to make them feel unloved.

Whath that you thay?

Does Miley Cyrus have a lisp? I was watching her show (sadly, I kinda liked it) and it's either a lisp or a retainer...I must admit ABC has a pretty good Saturday morning lineup. First Hannah Montana, then the Suite Life? Aw man! I could spend many Saturday mornings lounging about in bed! I did like the Suite Life better when Zach and Cody were kids...now they're pre-pubescent and chubby with bad hair.



oh no...

So Lauren posted about a game called Typeracer and I am totally and completely addicted. I can't stop playing! Last night when I started...I could only type 64 WPM. I'm up to 86 as my high with an average of 70 WPM! I know that this game is just completely good for skill-building so it's not a waste of time, right?



Thanks to all for the birthday wishes.




Southern signs

What Southern sign are you?

OKRA (Dec 22 - Jan 20) Are tough on the outside but tender on the inside. Okras have tremendous influence. An older Okra can look back over his life and see the seeds of his influence everywhere. You can do something good each day if you try.
CHITLIN (Jan 21 - Feb 19) Chitlins come from humble backgrounds. A Chitlin, however, will make something of himself if he is motivated and has lots of seasoning. In dealing with Chitlins, be careful they may surprise you. They can erupt like Vesuvius. Chitlins are best with Catfish and Okra.
BOLL WEEVIL (Feb 20 - March 20) You have an overwhelming curiosity. You're unsatisfied with the surface of things, and you feel the need to bore deep into the interior of everything. Needless to say, you are very intense and driven as if you had some inner hunger. You love to stay busy and tend to work too much. Nobody in their right mind is going to marry you, so don't worry about it.
MOON PIE (March 21 - April 20) You're the type that spends a lot of time on the front porch. A cinch to recognize the physical appearance of Moon Pies. Big and round are the key words here. You should marry anybody who you can get remotely interested in the idea. It's not going to be easy. You always have a big smile and are happy. This might be the year to think about aerobics. Maybe not.
POSSUM (April 21 - May 21) When confronted with life's difficulties, possums have a marked tendency to withdraw and develop a don't-bother-me-about-it attitude. Sometimes you become so withdrawn, people actually think you're dead. This strategy is probably not psychologically healthy but seems to work for you. You are a rare breed. Most folks love to watch you work and play. You are a night person and mind your own business.
CRAWFISH (May 22 - June 21) Crawfish is a water sign. If you work in an office, you're hanging around the water cooler. Crawfish prefer the beach to the mountains, the pool to the golf course, and the bathtub to the living room. You tend not to be particularly attractive physically, but you have very, very good heads.
COLLARDS (June 22 - July 23) Collards have a genius for> communication. They love to get in "the melting pot" of life and share their essence with the essence of those around them. Collards make good social workers, psychologists, and baseball managers. As far as your personal life goes, if you are Collards, stay away from Crawfish. It just won't work. Save yourself a lot of heartache.
CATFISH (July 24 - Aug 23) Catfish are traditionalists in matters of the heart, although one's whiskers may cause problems for loved ones. You Catfish are never easy people to understand. You run fast. You work and play hard. Even though you prefer the muddy bottoms to the clear surface of life, you are liked by most. Above all else, Catfish should stay away from Moon Pies.
GRITS (Aug 24 - Sept 23) Your highest aim is to be with others like yourself. You like to huddle together with a big crowd of other Grits. You love to travel though, so maybe you should think about joining a club. Where do you like to go? Anywhere they have cheese, gravy, bacon, butter, or eggs and a good time. If you can go somewhere where they have all these things, that serves you well. You are pure in heart.
BOILED PEANUTS (Sept 24 - Oct 23) You have a passionate desire to help your fellow man. Unfortunately, those who know you best, your friends and loved ones, may find that your personality is much too salty, and their criticism will affect you deeply because you are really much softer than you appear. You should go right ahead and marry anybody you want to because in a certain way, yours is a charmed life. On the road of life, you can be sure that people will always pull over and stop for you.
BUTTER BEAN (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Always invite a Butter Bean to a party because Butter Beans get along well with everybody. You, as a Butter Bean, should be proud. You've grown on the vine of life, and you feel at home no matter what the setting. You can sit next to anybody. However, you, too, shouldn't have anything to do with Moon Pies.
ARMADILLO (Nov 23 - Dec 21) You have a tendency to develop a tough exterior, but you are actually quite gentle and kind inside. A good evening for you? Old friends, a fire, some roots, fruit, worms, and insects. You are a throwback. You're not concerned with today's fashions and trends. You're not concerned with anything about today. You're almost prehistoric in your interests and behavior patterns. You probably want to marry another Armadillo, but a Possum is another somewhat kinky mating possibility.

Oh my gosh!

I have the most incompetent dr's office EVER! I just called in to get a prescription called in (it should have already been done a month ago but they chose the no refills option!) and the woman needed to know the name of the Rx and the pharmacy. I told her the name but kindly (or not so kindly) explained I didn't have the pharmacy number before but it was the same one I gave them the last 3 times I called in and gave her the name and location of the pharmacy. She has the nerve to get a big ol' attitude with me and say "You didn't tell me the number so I don't know it"...argh! NEVER! NEVER going back there again!


I absolutely, positively LOVE Target!!

So I spent an exciting Saturday night at Target...and I love that place! It starts out with me trying to return a Swiffer that I bought about 9 months ago. Of course, I don't have the reciept and so they try to look it up with my credit card...no luck there. They move onto my driver's license. Again, no luck. So the guy takes pity and gives me store credit! Sweet deal! I did try to convince him that it was the worst product ever made and he didn't think it could possibly be that bad...the one time I tried to use it, my roommate had to walk in front of me spraying cleaner because the pads for the Swiffer didn't work. Whole house that way! Worst product ever! But...I got my money back so it was all good!
THEN! Target is having sales...yippee! I love sales. I got 3 tubes of toothpaste for only $5!! I won't have to buy toothpaste for at least another year! And Kraft Mac & Cheese? 3 boxes for $2! Ziploc bags...3 boxes for $5!! How exciting is that?!?!?!


My trip to St. Louis

I had a great time out in St. Louis...I can't wait to go back! Where to start...
We went to a tapas bar down the street from Ed's when I got in. Ed had read great things about the place, Mozaic, so we thought we'd give it a try. Oh my gosh, horrible! The food itself was not SO bad, just overpriced by about $3 on each item. Then there was the techno music that was almost vibrating the seat. It was only 7 pm...not quite appropriate.
The next day, good ol' July 4th, we woke up early and got to see the parade being set up! We were just looking out the window when all of a sudden a huge dog float was rolling down the road...weird. So anyways, we get to the parade which is supposed to be one of the largest in the US. Here's why: It seemed like every high school marching band was there, including the Marching Bronchos (yes...Broncho's. That's not MY Spelling mistake). Every branch of the police/fire/EMS/bomb squad got to march thru. The MIB (Men in Black...yeah, that movie from 1997) float went by with guys in suits. There was a giant hula girl that appeared to be scratching herself down there. Ms. Senior Missouri America of 2007 (2008 was not available, darn!). Every other Ms. Missouri one could imagine(teen, Mo. U, disabled). Towards the end there was even a Harry Potter float. (that prompted a frantic phone call to let Heather know about the Potter spotting) Oh...and you can't forget the MAJOR celebrity that made an appearance. Drake Bell!!! Of Josh and Drake...oh wait, no one knows that show??? But a parade is a parade and so it was lots of fun!
That night we watched fireworks from a former NFL player's house (Terry Stieve...nice guy, no idea who he was). I think I'm spoiled from the Ft. Bragg fireworks though. The ones this year could be seen almost all the way around, but you couldn't lay down on a blanket and feel them go off.
Afterwards we went over to a martini bar where I didn't like the first drink I tried so I had 3 more ordered for me...I liked all 3 of them! Double dark Chocolate Raspberry...mmmm! Blueberry...yummm!! Passionfruit...delicious!!
The next day...felt like butt. I did make some deviled eggs that ALMOST made it to a cookout in decent condition. It was very sad when I had to leave...but I will be back out there in a month.


Yippee! Woohoo! Yay!

I am leaving for the airport to go to St. Louis in 1 hour! If only I were there now...