Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is a Wendy trend. For a few years, she had a few job where her extra bonuses got increasingly better. She went from one beach resort job to a job at a golf resort where she could option box seats at certain sports events (BTW, if you ever get a chance to sit in the corporate box, do it). She left that job to go to a position to an airline where she got free flights.
Anyway, I just got a new, new job. My boss at PAR put me in for another position due to my training and experience. There was a raise and a lot more work, but the extra bonus.....
Assigned parking in a COVERED parking garage. Let me tell you how much that rocked in the rain yesterday!!!!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Now that the holiday season is under way, I want to remind every one to remember those who have lost their lives protecting the home front. The Officer Down Memorial Page reports that 122 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty so far this year. Please remember their sacrifice this season by placing a single blue light in your window.
Project Blue Light
This information is provided courtesy of Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS), a national grief support organization comprised of over 15,000 surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, is asking concerned citizens and law enforcement agencies nationwide to again support Project Blue Light.
During the holiday season you are asked to put blue lights in your holiday decorations and your windows and tie blue ribbons on car antennas to show support for law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty for the citizens they have served. Additionally, this will be a show of support for those who continue to work the streets 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Several years ago, Mrs. Dolly Craig, the surviving mother-in-law of Daniel Gleason, a Philadelphia (PA) police officer killed in the line of duty in 1986, sent her Christmas message to the COPS National office. Her daughter Pam, the surviving widow of Officer Gleason, had been killed in a car accident in August, 1989, before the holiday season. Dolly wrote, “This holiday I’m putting two blue lights in my living room window. One is for Dan and the other is for Pam, who believed so much in the COPS organization.”
Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but her idea of Project Blue Light burns bright in the hearts of the over 15,000 families in the COPS organization.For more information about Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., or to support COPS’ programs for survivors and law enforcement agencies, contact COPS at PO Box 3199, Camdenton, MO 65020, (573)346-4911, or visit www.nationalcops.org.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I'll post pictures when we get home. See ya.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Let me try to be more clear. I took my big reusable bags to the grocery store, and instead of putting my food in them, the bagger put my food in the plastic, non-recyclable bags. When I questioned her about it, she seemed to be a bit miffed that I dared to question her.
Seriously, just put my food in my bags.
And Dave, I do use the plastic one I do have for garbage bags in the bathroom and cat litter room.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
The Celtic tombstone is one of our newest additions. We love them.
Apparently we did not learn our lesson last year about putting spider web in the bushes. Hopefully we can get it out this year.
This is the full grave yard. It is always a work in progress, but it gets better every year. We had a kid this year tell us that ours was his favorite house last year so he made it a point to come back this year. He got extra candy.
In this picture you can see the fog floating through the grave yard. It was awsome!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The job is a research assistant with Operation PAR. PAR is a local drug/alcohol rehab. I will be assigned a federal research grant to gather data for study. I'll be working "in the field", which means my office will be in the jail. I do intake interview and then 6 & 12 month follow-ups. The rehab program is 3 months.
The pay is not what I wanted, but at this point beggars (literally) can't be choosers. Plus there are a lot of great opportunities for advancement after 12 months. In fact they don't want you to be a RA for more than a year, and help facility and train you to move on to other things within the agency. Maybe I can actually put this Counseling Doctorate to use. I will also get some opportunities to teach.
All in all I think it will be good. Wish me luck.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
He wanted to make the point that should have access to the courts no matter how rich or poor. How exactly does this suit make that point?
I think the point he actually made is that he's a complete asshat who likes to waste taxpayers time and money.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
While husband was at work tonight, I broke out the candles. These are my Halloween Party Lite pieces that I love.
This is my Haunted House. It light up from inside. Very cool.
Mr. Bones and his dog.
Mr. & Mrs Jack O' Lantern...
Oh Halloween happiness.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Most people who know Kady, know she's kind of skiddy, most things don't get by her, and nothing usually sneaks up on her. What a compliment to the sleep number technology.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Appreciating what you have little of is easy, Sonja.
Appreciating what you have lots and lots of takes a spiritual master.
And you so have lots,
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Ummm WTF? Not really believing what I was hearing, I drove to my neighborhood pharmacy (as the pharmacist said, "some people need to be hit with a brick") to find my pharmacist & his wife and a bunch of CVS executives cleaning out the store.
According to Sue (the wife), its become too stressful to continue to run the business. Gary (the pharmacist) will continue to work for CVS, as will his staff (two pharmacists and a couple delivery drivers). I'm glad it was their decision and that they weren't run out of business due to the economy. They have been there for over 35 years.
Here's where it becomes all about me. I don't like change. The people at CVS were very nice, but I like being billed monthly, not paying for my prescriptions at the time of pick up. I like that my pharmacist knows my name and my family and that I can order my prescription refills by name, (like "i need my birth control, and my allergy spary, etc") since I never have the Rx number available. As much as CVS tries, it will not be the same.
It's a special kind of crazy and I don't like change.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
During the Olympics I will watch sports I would never watch any other time, like rowing or swimming or even badminton (ok I only watch 5 minutes of badminton).
The part I love is the human interest stuff. Like the 9 year old Chinese boy who walked with Yao Ming in the opening ceremony. I cried when they told his story. Or the African swimmer last Olympics who could barely swim, but swam his guts out for his country.
I watched the opening ceremonies last night. Because I had to work, I started watching at 10pm EST in the middle of the parade of nations. Again Love IT! I love watching these kids come in so proud of that moment and so excited to be there, many knowing that this will be the extent of their Olympic moment.
I DVR'd the "artistic" part of the ceremony and watched it after. I was blown away. I agree with my mom, that this was one of the best in a long time. It was so simple, but so dramatic. The torch lighting was also so dramatic.
I'm hooked, I gotta go watch some sport I've never heard of now.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Anyway, I came in to it in the middle of the show and saw this little "Gem". Pun intended. I lasted through 1.44 minutes of the 3 minute video. Let me know how long you can go.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Now you may ask, why is it that husband's office has to lay these people off while other counties seem to have the budget money to hire them? Good question. It seems that unlike the other county commissions who cut their budget according to service needs (5% for law enforcement, 13% for parks, etc) our county commission was lazy and just cut everybody 10% across the board.
So the recreation department lost the same money as police and fire. Maybe the guys who maintain the parks can double fighting crime and fires now.
Meanwhile, the other county also gets 60 new deputies trained by my tax dollars. Who was the genius who thought this was a good plan.
Monday, June 30, 2008
One day the the princess decided that she had had enough of Prince Dillweed's flagrant violation of the rules of the greater Kingdom, so she went to talk to the good witch from the East. The good witch also was tired of the Prince and the Emperor, so she used the information provided to her by the princess to discipline Prince Dillweed. This made the Emperor very mad, and although the good witch would never tell the Emperor the source of her information, he knew it was the princess. He knew because the princess had been mentored by the Wizard of Limburger, who had been driven out of the kingdom by the Emperor many years before.
The Emperor and the Prince conspired with the princess's supervisor Lord Jelly Fish to lie about the princess and she to was driven out of the Empire.
So far there is no happy ending and the moral of the story is "No good deed goes unpunished"
Mom stop crying
Friday, June 27, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
It seems that Nick wants out of jail now because, well, he just doesn't like it there. Well Boo-frigging-hoo. Nick Bollea is a punk ass spoiled rich kid who doesn't give a shit about anybody but himself. Most people in jail don't like it, that's the frigging point.
In other jail house phone calls released to the media he is telling his father to make sure that his reality series is lined up so he can walk right into it when he is released. Here is his mother's quote, talking about John Graziano's mother.
"She has no other recourse but to be nasty and vindictive now. If she really knew the relationship between you and John and Danny should would be sad right now. She wouldn't be mad. She'd be devastated like I am. She's not sad. She's just acting angry. Like she wants the money. John never meant anything to her or Ed. It's sad because I really appreciated you kids. I miss John. I miss you too. She's not suffering. I am. I have a loss. She doesn't give two s**ts."
WHAT AN INSENSITIVE BITCH!!! For her to compare "her suffering" to that of John's mother and to say that his family isn't suffering. Unfrigginbelievable. John Graziano is in what will most likely be a permanent vegetative state. More than likely he will die. If by some miracle he does wake up he will never be the same. He will have severe brain damage and no matter what will need medical attention his entire life.
I used to like Hulk Hogan, he did a lot for this community, but now I am so sick of these people I can't stand it. Nick is complaining that he is in solitary confinement. He is a juvenile, housed in an adult jail. He was adjudicated and sentenced as an adult. All juveniles housed in this particular jail are kept clear of the adult inmates. Nick is bitching about being in solitary, I wonder how much he'd bitch after he got beat down in population.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
The Peace Globe project began in the fall of 2006 with a simple post from one blog, Mimi Writes. The post ignited a flame in the blogosphere. The flame became a passion. The passion became a movement. It amazingly traveled from blog to blog to blog across the globe. Bloggers wrote passionate articles on what peace means to them, along with the promise of three Latin words scribbled on a globe - Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) - branded with the integrity of their names or blog names. It was positively inspiring to watch. And it began to happen all over the world - from Singapore to China to Afghanistan to Brooklyn.
It was simple. And powerful.
In less than two weeks bloggers from all across the globe will blog for peace.
We will speak with one voice. One subject. One day.
Won't you join us?
June 4, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Now,as I was watching the ACM Awards (Academy of Country Music) tonight (still am actually) and had to think about "back in the day". What made me think of this you ask? Well George Strait is 56 years old and Garth Brooks is really gray.
Back in the day, Wendy and I lived together. She worked at the county bar where we hung out and I was a cop working 3-11. On the weekends I'd get off work and join her at the beertub. Adorable, drunken cowboys would come for beer, handing her money and pointing to the beer. Very few words were spoken. There was dancing and drinking and adorable, drunken cowboys telling me I looked 19. Garth Brooks was in his prime and he inspired a lot of the dancing, much of the drinking and a whole line of clothing.
Now he's gray. Those good old days are gone. I'd never want to go back to high school ,but I'd definitely go back to then.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
This happens in Florida with alligators too. Every time an alligator crawls out of a lake for a walk or bites a guy who's swimming in the lake, some trapper hunts it down and kills it.
So, let me got this straight, we swim in the ocean or a lake or camp in the deep woods and are so shocked when nature mistakes us for food or perceives us as a threat, that we have to kill it. WTF!! Weren't they here first?
When a shark goes swimming in my bath tub then I think I have a right to kill it.
"Hi I'm Mr. Shark and I live in the in the ocean. If you swim in the ocean, I might eat you. This has been a public service announcement."
So our former Governor Jeb Bush is quoted in Sunday's paper talking about why he opposed spending tax dollars to market alligator meat.
"Alligators proliferate in Florida. They eat small dogs. We don't need to market them, we need to kill them"
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Granted although we knew the host, we had never met the other neighbors at the party. But just because we don't want to stand outside socializing with the neighbors all the time doesn't make us antisocial. Or maybe it does.
Either way, we showed up ate food and socialized with the neighbors. Then we went home, locked the doors and put the Do not disturb sign on the door.
Friday, April 04, 2008
So what does this have to do with my cat. Well Kody got into the garage this evening and while I was trying to herd him back in the house (an event in it self), he decided to flop over and just lay there. He's no little kitten either, 16 lbs of pure catness.
Hence, taking the cat for a drag.
Here is his Catness in all his glory.
To be fair, I have to show off Kady too. She's my crazy little girl. Here she is in all her craziness.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Here's the full set of old windows. If you look closely you can see the broken panel (middle window on the first set)
Here's the actual broken window. If you want to see the poor dead pigeon, I have pictures of that too. Just let me know.
Here is the redneck attempt to fix the window until the new ones came in. The garbage bag is a nice touch. That's husband's police car in the reflection.
The unmowed lawn really adds to the redneck look of we are trying to achieve. That truck belongs to the County. Probably code enforcement.
These are the nice contractors who showed up at my door to install the window at 8:30 AM.
The big gapping hole in my house.
And here is our brand new beautimous window. I kind of miss the garbage bag.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The basket had lots of Easter grass in it but I had to take that out before the cats ate it and had Easter poo.
Have a Happy Easter everybody. Thanks Easter Bunny...bak, bak.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Things I miss since becoming unemployed:
1. Stan my hair dresser
Stan is the best, I've been with him for 8 years, but his shop is 45 mins. away and I really can't afford to do full color and cut. I have been surviving on Fantastic Sams, and have gone back to my natural color. I'm getting ready to color my gray on my own.
2. Regular pedicures
3. Eating out once a week with husband
4. The lawn man....
Poor husband has to mow the lawn now and he hates it. I can't mow the lawn because of my allergies.
5. The cleaning lady
I had a larger list this morning, but as usual, didn't write anything down. This will do for now, I can add later.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
We are involved in an unpopular war - our young men and women are dying on foreign soil every day. Our economy is in big trouble. People are losing their homes to foreclosure. The jobless rate is getting higher every day and we have gunmen roaming our high school and college campuses shooting people for no reason whatsoever.
And what is our Congress doing?
They are wasting their time and our tax dollars trying to determine if an overpaid, pampered, baseball player lied about taking performance enhancing drugs.
If he did it or didn’t do it - lied about it or didn’t lie about it, it has no effect on me. The fact that the house next door to me has been foreclosed on and the people who lived there are out in the street and many of my friends and family are out of work and it costs more each time I go to the grocery store does have an impact on my life.
Congress needs to get off its ass and do something about the problems of every day Americans.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Needless to say, the poor pigeon did not make it and we have a big broken window in the front of our house. Things just keep getting better.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Here's a three part segment of.....
Things That Piss My Mother Off
1. Performers that can’t, or won’t, sing our National Anthem properly.
The Star Spangled Banner is our National Anthem. It belongs to all Americans and is not a song that one should “take” and “make it your own”. So stop all the warbling and sing it the way it was written, and with reverence and respect. Did you ever hear “Oh
The Star Spangled Banner is our National Anthem. It belongs to all Americans and is not a song that one should “take” and “make it your own”.
So stop all the warbling and sing it the way it was written, and with reverence and respect.
Did you ever hear “Oh
My Comments: I think Jordan Sparks did a very good and respectable job last night. It could have been like Rosanne Barr.
2. What’s up with old rockers for Half-Time entertainment. First the Rolling Stones and now Tom Petty? It’s football folks! What ever happened to marching bands, baton twirlers and pretty cheerleaders.
This year's half time show was one of the best yet. It didn't look like it was produced by MTV or BET. I loved the stripped down, band singing. For the record I don't ever remember a marching band in pro football. That's high school and college mom
This year's half time show was one of the best yet. It didn't look like it was produced by MTV or BET. I loved the stripped down, band singing. For the record I don't ever remember a marching band in pro football. That's high school and college mom
3. Regarding commercials – Violence is not funny !! Horses are.
Yes the Budweiser horses commercials were good. I always love those, but when that mouse busted out of the wall and beat that guy up in the Doritos commercial, I laughed by butt off. Yes violence can sometime be very funny
Monday, January 28, 2008
All I'm asking is that maybe it can be shown on one or two minor channels, like C-SPAN or something. This way, those who want to watch can and the 95% of the rest of us can watch good stuff.
I'm just saying.....
Saturday, January 26, 2008
My seemingly only reader Dave, (and don't think I don't see you lurkers who never comment) wondered about the context of the 'assholes live forever". So here's the story.....
When I was a police officer, working midnight shift, one night we got a call of a stabbing. It seems that the dirtbag asshole victim was auguring with his mother's dirtbag asshole boyfriend. And the DBAH boyfriend stabbed him with a screwdriver.
The DGAH victim gets air lifted to the trauma center 25 mile away and I get to go collect the hospital evidence. By the time I get to the hospital, DGAH victim has been moved from the ER to the OR. I get escorted to the OR and am told the victim's clothes that I have to collect are in the surgery room. At this point the nurse says the magic words "Do you want to go in a get them?"
Hell yes I do! She gets me dressed up in a paper like Oompa Loompa (original Gene Wilder Oompa Loompa, not the creepy Johnny Depp one) jumpsuit that fits over my uniform, gun belt and all, along with the booties, gloves, mask and head cover .
I get in the OR and collect my bag of clothes. And continue to stand there like some kind of moron. The Dr. and I have a conversation about the victim. He had a 3 cm stab wound in his abdomen. In order to make sure none of his organs were perforated, the Dr. cut him open from below his sternum to the top of his pelvis. I find that ironic that his surgery scar is bigger than his stab would.
The conversation turns to general topics, like our jobs and the Dr. tells me to be safe. Now is where we have the statement that dirtbags like this guy will live forever, but good people die young.
During this entire time, the Dr. is looking over this guy's intestines for perforations. When he finishes he just dumps the intestines back into the abdominal cavity. Now I'm not Dr. but I've seen a few anatomy text books and I thought that those things had a place. I don't maybe there's something similar to a hose roller in there. So with all the knowledge of a semester of biology, I ask the Dr. "Hey, don't those have a place?"
Luckily he did not call me an idiot. He said that they just float in there and then said more magic words "Do you want to see?"
Hell yea!! I got the approach the table and the Dr. showed me the liver, and the stomach, and the appendix and the intestines.
It was great. Now if I could have flown on the helicopter my career would have been complete. But, that's another story.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
It's also such a loss at such a young age. Here was a young man with so much talent and so much ahead of him.
I had an ER doctor tell me once that nice people die early but assholes live forever. Here's a young man who seemed to be a nice guy. He wasn't in the new all the time, kept to himself, etc. But Britteny Spears and Pairs Hilton will live forever.
It's sad really.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
But as a reward for losing 5 lbs, I'm getting a pedicure tomorrow.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I guess we're even, because he hurt my feelings when he stabbed me in the back and lied to my face about it.
In May 2005 I was told that I had to make a decision between being faculty or a program coordinator. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If I had stayed faculty, I would have maintained my tenured contract and would still have a job. Plus the raises are better as faculty. The disadvantage would be that I would have had to move to another division and work for a man that I don't consider ethical. As a program coordinator on a yearly contract I opened myself up to losing my job, but I got to continue to do a job the I really loved.
I chose the job I loved instead of the easy money. When I made my decision I went to my supervisor and told him that I was choosing to stay with him but that I understood that I was opening myself up to have my contract not renewed. I explained my apprehension and asked him if he was going to back me up should others try to get rid of me. He assured me that he would have my back.
Little did I know that he would be the 'other'. A year later when I heard I might be losing my contract I asked him about it and, well you can read how that went. Again on the day I was told officially that I lost my contract, I asked him if he knew why, he essentially said that he really didn't.
The problem is that he did, he wrote the document recommending that my contract not be renewed. In said document, it was listed that I violated several State rules, which I didn't. I was also called combative and untrustworthy.
The bottom line is that I have known this man since before I worked there and considered him a friend. He was the only 'boss' at the office who was invited to my wedding because I considered him my friend. When he said he'd have my back I trusted him and when he said he didn't really know why my contract was not being renewed I believed him. In the end I was wrong for trusting and believing.
So that part of me that never wants to hurt anybody is sorry his feelings were hurt, and to that end I went back and modified my earlier posts. I took out the hurtful comments, mostly the name calling. But, I don't apologize for the content or the intent of anything. I didn't lie or tell half-truths, I didn't name names or identify the workplace. I have the right to say what I did.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Here's another installment of things that piss my mother off...Apparently the topic is Hillary Clinton.
Did you see Hillary Clinton tear up and almost cry while talking to
P L E A S E !!
The last time Hillary Clinton cried for real was when the Doctor slapped her on the butt the day she was born.
Have you seem any of the other candidates crying on TV?
Have you seen any great women leaders of the world pull such a stunt?
If Hillary wants to be taken seriously and treated as an equal then she should act accordingly.