Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saturday Blog Fun

You are 73% Taurus

I think this fits me pretty well since I am a Taurus.

Your 80s Hunk Is

Scott Baio

I admit, I did indeed have a crush on Scott Baio when I was younger. Actually, he's still not too bad on the eyes:)

Your Linguistic Profile:

85% General American English

10% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

0% Yankee

Found this one a bit odd. I grew up in the Midwest, yet have no percentage of that type of english in my vocabulary. Odd.

You Are Scissors

Sharp and brilliant, you can solve almost any problem with that big brain of yours.
People fear your cutting comments - and your wit is famous for being both funny and cruel.
Deep down, you tend to be in the middle of an emotional storm. Your own complexity disturbs you.
You are too smart for your own good. Slow down a little - or you're likely to hurt yourself.

You can cut a paper person down to pieces.

The only person who can ruin you is a rock person.

When you fight: You find your enemy's weak point and exploit it.

If someone makes you mad: You'll do everything you can to destroy their life

You Are 55% Addicted to the Internet

You're somewhat addicted to the internet - but who isn't?
You can keep it under check, and you're by no means a hermit.

And on that note, I'm logging off now.......because I can:)

Friday, July 27, 2007


I'm not a big fan of sports. I don't watch football, basketball, baseball, etc. unless it is our high school team and I know some of the kids. I've just never understood why people are such fans of those sports. That is until I sat down and watched a hockey game that my son had on. To begin with, I was just watching the guys skate and thinking about the skill that it took to stay upright on those things. Then I actually started watching the game and realized, "Hey, this is very enjoyable". And then a fight broke out and for some reason that really got my adrenaline going and for the rest of the game I was on the edge of my seat, rooting the guys on and screaming every time they'd score.

So, now I'm kind of a hockey fan, I guess, and am interested in seeing how the hockey draft goes. I found a great website that promotes the draft and you can check it out by visiting There you will find the top prospects, NHL rankings, ISS Top 10, News and Links to all things hockey.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

New Harry Potter book

Yes, I am a Harry Potter fan. I never thought I would be, but I was hooked after the first book. I have waited patiently each time a new book came out and then devoured the entire thing, usually in one sitting. So, it probably comes as no surprise that I did snatch up a copy of the newest book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when it came out on Saturday. Actually, I had preordered it about 4 months ago and it arrived via USPS that afternoon. I immediately sat down and started to read. I wasn't able to read the entire book that day, but from what I've read so far it is very very good. I believe that I will be finished at some point this evening. I am not going to write any spoilers here because, if you're like me, you want to read the book for yourself. I will be happy to discuss the book, however, with anyone who has already read it. Just drop me an email.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Freeze It

Ok, so as most of you know, I joined Curves back in March. I've been going faithfully 3 days a week ever since. That is until my mom decided to go to Hawaii for two weeks. See, we always go to the gym together and it just didn't' seem fair to me that I was still going and working out when she was lounging on the beach, drinking mai tais! So, I took that time off too. I stayed in bed late every day and didn't work out at all. I did swim in the pool almost every day, but nothing too strenuous was done. I was on vacation too.

Well, needless to say, our first day back in the gym was pure torture! My muscles were screaming at me. I was sore in places that I didn't think I could be sore! I needed some relief and I needed it fast! Imagine my surprise when I received a free sample of the new pain relief gel known as Freeze It in the mail. I immediately had to try it out to see if it worked.

Forgive me for not smiling in this picture, but I am too sore to do so.

After applying the cool gel to my thigh muscles, I waited on it to go to work. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! Within seconds, the coolness turned warm and that warmth soaked right into my muscles, immediately soothing the aches and pain. I like it much better then some of the other pain relief gels on the market today. Freeze It is stain free, greaseless and has a vanishing scent and the best part is that is is so much cheaper then other brands. Check out their commercial and see for yourself.

I highly recommend picking up some Freeze It the next time you head to the store. If you ever have sore muscles, this product is #1 on providing you relief.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

What Kind of Flower Are You?

You Are a Tulip

You have a wild, experimental side that craves change.
You often switch jobs and lovers, always looking for something better.
But deep down, you're also very well grounded and content.
And you will come to know that the life you live is already ideal.

Nope, doesn't describe me at all. I do love tulips though:)

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Who's Right?

Two different opinions here. Please tell me which one is right.

The background: Work at Home business has informal office. No set hours really, work out of the house, take care of home, family and work at the same time.

Side #1: Office help answers phones from time she gets out of bed in morning until she goes to bed at night, does billing and any other business stuff that is needed, but if something comes up with kids or family takes takes the time during the day to take care of the problem then works later into the evening to make up for it. If cars oil needs changed, she goes early in the morning then comes back and answers any messages that have been left. She does not take a lunch hour but rather answers phones, does paperwork, etc. while eating at her desk. She does not take specific breaks either and usually has the phone with her wherever (and I do mean wherever) she goes so as not to miss any calls. Also works on weekends, but does not get paid for anything or get thanks or gratitude for doing anything.

Side #2: Owner of business is out working physcially from 4am to 6pm most days of the week. He does not take a lunch or a break either. When something needs done he calls office help and expects it to be done at that exact minute. Expects office help to be on call 24-7 whether it is weekday or weekend. Does not want office help to do anything except set by the phone, waiting for people to call. If office help needs to get things done with kids, owner does not want it to be during business hours however also doesn't want office help to take the day off to do those things. For example, doctor's appt. should always be on weekends but our doctor doesn't work on weekends and other things like that which can only be done during the week. He also expects office help to drop everything at once if HE needs her to run somewhere or do something for him. Never says good job, never says thank you for any job that office help does. Contantly yells at office help when things are not right, but when office help gets upset and yells back it is her fault and she shouldn't do that.

Ok, I'm sure you realize that office help is me and owner is hubby. But please tell me who is in the right here? We've always said from the very beginning of this business that if things had to be done during the weekday that it would be fine that I do them as long as work didn't suffer. Work has NEVER suffered from my being gone a few hours during the day. Very rarely do I leave this house unless it is at the end of the week and things are slow business-wise and even when I do leave, if I come home to messages I IMMEDIATELY return those calls. We've NEVER had set office hours in the entire 5 years that we've done this. People call anywhere from 5am to 11pm so how can we? I do put a limit on when I take phone calls, but apparantly even that is wrong to do. Now hubby has forbidden me from going to lunch with my grandma who will be turning 99(!!!) years old this Saturday because it will interfere with "the workday". I am sick and tired of it. If this was an actual office setting then I could understand it, but it's not. If any other "boss" treated me this way, I would have quit a long time ago, but with it being my hubby I can't very well do that without risking marital strife too.

So, anyway, anybody that has any comments I'd really appreciate them. Even if they are comments stating that I am in the wrong, please leave them here. It's entirely possible that I am not seeing how wrong I am in this situation.

Update: Just got a call from Mr. Wonderful and now he is saying how sorry he is for acting like a jerk, I do a lot for him and he doesn't want to fight anymore. Ok, so apparantly he's had time to "think" about today, but you know what? It'll happen again in another week or two. This is a neverending episode in our lives right now. He yells, I cry/yell, he apologizes, I continue to walk around on eggshells. I just wish he'd stop yelling in the first place. If he has a problem, talk about it instead of immediately jumping down my throat. I guess he's never heard that you catch more flies with honey. Oh well, I guess this will make for an interesting evening. At least it won't be an extremely tense one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

What flavor would you like?

Ok, I'm still on the ice cream subject. Yes, I should write about something more interesting, but some days subjects just don't pop into my head as easily as others and I take much needed inspiration from things that I read. Don't like it? Skip this post then. Interested? Read on.....

The number one selling ice cream flavor is vanilla. I, personally, can't stand vanilla and would think that my purchase of chocolate alone would send that flavor skyrocketing into first place. No such luck though as chocolate came in fifth with only 8% of the vote. Looks like I need to step up and buy more chocolate. lol! Other flavors that made the list were, in order, fruit flavors, nut flavors, candy mix-in flavors, chocolate, cake and cookie flavors, neapolitan, other (no idea what these would be) and finally coffee/mocha.

Some more ice cream trivia:

...Each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products.

...More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.

...Ice cream consumption is the highest during July and August. Could that be because July is National Ice Cream Month?

...The average number of licks to polish off a single scoop ice cream cone is approximately 50.

Ok, I think I'm "full" now and will stop with the ice cream talk.

Save some Moolah!

I love to shop online, but never do so without first checking out some online coupons. You can save a ton of money just by taking a few minutes to look online BEFORE you purchase anything.

For example, I order all of our business supplies online. I just found SIX Office Depot coupon code offers on the CouponChief website. With the money I save using these coupons, I can buy extra supplies for next month!

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I Scream for Ice Cream!

Did you know that ice cream is America's SECOND favorite dessert? I really thought it would be number one, but after reading an article in the newspaper today I now know otherwise. According to a Nielson survey of supermarket sales, they found that ice cream is indeed second choice among Americans.

This is how shoppers divided their dollars for sweets:

1) cookies $3.6 billion spent
2) ice cream $2.3 billion spent
3) frozen novelties $1.4 billion spent
4) frozen yogurt $631 million spent
5) doughnuts $431 million spent
6) ice milk/sherbet $328 million spent
7) pie $178 million spent
8) cheesecake $12 million spent

TOTAL: $8.88 billion spent on sweets. I was kind of shocked not to see cake on that list. If there is anything better then ice cream, it is definately cake....with a dollop of ice cream on top:)

Reading Tutor

I have always loved to read and feel that a child just has so much more of an advantage in school if they also enjoy reading. There are some kids though that don't enjoy it because they don't read very well. That is where reading tutors come in. If you have a child who doesn't like to read or is in need of some tutoring, Score Learning centers can help. They offer help to kids age 4-14 make significant academic progress. If you know of a child who needs help, check out Score today.

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Monday, July 9, 2007

MeMe Monday

It's MeMe Monday again over at the Link and Blog Challenge website. This is one that I found online. It's a 3 word MeMe. Play along if you like:)

1. Where is your cell phone? on my desk.

2. Boyfriend/girlfriend? I am married.

3. Hair? Sort of longish.

4. Your mother? very sweet person.

5. Your father? a little goofy

6. Your favorite item(s)? my laptop computer

7. Your dream last night? I can't remember.

8. Your favorite drink? any diet soda.

9. Your dream guy/girl? My husband, Rob.

10. The room you are in? My bedroom/office.

11. Your fear? anything up high.

12. What do you want to be in 10 years? Healthy, happy, fit.

13. Who did you hang out with last night? Rob, Miranda, Matt.

14. What are you not? Phony, dishonest, unloyal.

15. Are you in love? yes I am.

16. One of your wish list items? trip to hawaii.

17. What time is it? two thirty three.

18. The last thing you did? Drank some pop.

19. What are you wearing? Tank top, shorts.

20. Your favorite book? don't read books.

21. The last thing you ate? turkey cheese sandwich.

22. Your life? Difficult at times.

23. Your mood? pretty good now.

24. Your friends? fun and loyal.

25. What are you thinking about right now? getting in pool.

26. Your car? Is a charger.

27. What are you doing at this moment? Answering these questions.

28. Your summer? going too fast.

29. Your relationship status? I’m happily married.

30. What is on your TV screen? the Guiding Light.

31. When is the last time you laughed? Today watching TV.

32. Last time you cried? probably last week.

33. School? public and college.

34. Why did this end so abruptly? We’re all done.


Helping to care for my grandmother has shown me several things about the medical profession that need work. One of those is the way her doctor deals with her medical card. Every time we go for a doctor's visit, the girl behind the counter wants all the medical information off my grandma's medical card to be written out on a form. I've always thought it would be so much easier if they had a way to scan grandma's card and then store the information on their computer. It would mean so much less paperwork for the doctor and the patient.

I think they would really benefit from buying an insurance card scanner such as MedicScan. The MedicScan + ScanShell 800N package would let the doctor easily scan the image of medical insurance cards, which could then be stored as a file on their computer for future reference.

This would definitely improve customer service, mean less paper work, increase productivity and reduce human errors. From what I've read about it, it is also very easy to use. All you have to do is insert the card into the ScanShell 800N medical card scanner. Automatic detection will trigger the scan and scan the card in a matter of seconds. Then, MedicScan will take over the process and export or store the image depending on YOUR settings.

I'm going to be passing this information on to my grandma's doctor and see what he thinks about it. Anything to make life simpler is a plus in my book.

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Friday, July 6, 2007

The real queen of our home

Anybody with pets knows that they are part of the family. Anybody with a cat knows that the cat is the "ruler" of the roost. Just to prove my point, here is a picture of our cat, April. She "owns" this computer chair in my daughters room. Nobody else is allowed to sit on it but her. If she comes into the room and sees someone else on it, she will jump onto their lap and root around until they remove themselves. She will then curl up and look at you like she is saying, "Hey, don't you KNOW who I am?".

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Independence Day

I know, I'm a day early on my 4th of July post, but I'm hoping that tomorrow I am way too busy relaxing to even turn my computer on. I will be working for part of the morning, but the rest of the day I have scheduled to take it easy.

Anyway, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July. I hope that everyone is able to take the time off to relax and enjoy the day with friends and family, watch the fireworks that evening and reflect on how lucky we are to live in the USA.

Monday, July 2, 2007

July already?

Wow, I can't believe that it is July already! This summer is flying by way too fast. I guess it is because 1) I'm getting older and 2) I've been so busy. I can't do anything about the getting older part, but maybe soon the busy part will calm down.

Over the weekend, I was able to get away with hubby for some rest and relaxtion. We went to the casino (unfortunately, we didn't win) and spent the night away. It was nice to have hubby all to myself even if it was just for 24 hours. The next night, my daughter had a friend over to spend the night so it wasn't quite as quiet, but we all still had fun. Hubby and I took the kids (daughter/friend/son) out for dinner then bowling. That was fun especially since nobody except hubby is very good at it:) It actually got to the point that my son and I were seeing who could knock down the LEAST amount of pins on their turn. Needless to say, hubby won every game, but that was fine. We had fun anyway.

This week looks to be busy again, but when isn't it busy here. No holiday off for us either. We'll be working on Wednesday, but hopefully we'll still have time to see the fireworks that night.

Other then that, it's really been pretty boring here. I'll post more later if anything exciting happens around here.