Friday, October 31, 2008

Let's Get It Straight

I saw this at another blog - so I copied it over:

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this

* If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.

*If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

* Name your kids Willow, Bristol, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,
spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

* If you teach teach children about sexual predators, you are irresponsible and eroding the fiber of society.

* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up
pregnant, you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to
raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.

* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that hates America and advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Still Searching

Yes, Strat is still missing.  I'm extremely worried.....

There's been construction on one of the neighboring streets and the detour is down the alley next to the house.  Seems that everyone that drives down it thinks it's a local speedway.  So last night I spent quite a bit of time walking up and down it, looking in all the bushes and shrubbery along there.  I thought maybe with the increased traffic, he may have been hit and was laying in the area somewhere (yes, I was prepared to find the worst - I'd rather know than not ever know).  Fortunately, I didn't find him hurt or dead; unfortunately he's still missing.  I have placed a newspaper ad, contacted the local Humane Society and hubby and I are hanging flyers through the neighborhood tonight.  Keyser goes to the Vet's for X-rays tomorrow and I'll hang a flyer there as well.  He's never been gone this long before.

I really don't know what else to do.....what will I do without my Strat??????

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Today I'm Not Happy....

As my stratcat has been missing since Friday........

Saturday, October 25, 2008

This, That, These and Those

Well, Brian Regan (as expected) was FABULOUS.  And my seats were really front row center (I kept thinking maybe I read the chart wrong-lol!!).  He did allot of new things and then encored with some older stuff.  I was laughing the whole time.  The one thing about him is that he is so hysterically funny without the bad language and sexual content.  He's clean and talks about every normal day things!!

We're heading back down to John Hopkins on Friday for a meeting with the surgeon - FINALLY!!  This is a different one that takes insurance (our's being among them).  After the last call, when they called back they had a surgeon that could see us on November 20th.  It was then that hubby had had enough.  He told them that wouldn't do, and then proceeded with what all we've been through since June.  They said they'd call back.  Dr. Timothy Witham reviewed his tests and decided that hubby didn't "have to" have the surgery - he NEEDED to have the surgery.  So we're scheduled to meet with him on October 31st and they've told us the surgery would be between that point and mid-December.  Finally, we're getting somewhere.  Hubby will have two surgeries.  One for the problem in the neck and 3 days later they'll take care of the problem in the middle back.  He'll remain in the hospital that whole time.  I'll be so glad when all this is over.  One good thing though - a friend of hubby's did some research and came up with a listing of the top 15 neuro surgeons in Maryland and Dr. Whitham is on the that's good news.

My one turtle died!!  They had been doing so well.  Apparently sometime yesterday the electric went out (I came home to flashing VCR, alarm clock) and apparently the aquarium heater didn't come back on when the electric did.  They really need temperature why it affected the one and not the other - I don't know; but I need to find a back up solution for that.

Keyser hurt his leg last week at hubby's shop.  It doesn't seem to bother him, but sometimes he walks on it and other times he holds it up.  I took him to the Vet (and that was a nightmare as he isn't a good patient) and they concluded that his kneecap had popped out..and they popped it back in (yeah, I know).  So he's on medication, but things don't seem to be getting better, so we may have to go to Plan B - which is X-rays and $$$$$.  Oh well, what's a pet owner to do?  Hubby and I were in Petsmart last night and found a Puggle book; while flipping through it, we discovered that the knee cap thing is quite common in Puggles - as well as hip problems.  Keyser, I'm sure, is the product of a puppy his genetics are probably more so.  We'll have to wait and see.

Since Keyser's at work with hubby on Saturdays...that's family time for me and Toby and Toby says it is walk time - so off I go.....

Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm So Very Excited!!!

A few posts back I mentioned that I liked the comedian Brian Regan.  Well he's due to be in Frederick, MD this Wednesday and Thursday.  Though I had checked for tickets the shows were sold out.  Well just out of curiousity, I checked again tonight and was able to get 2 for Thursday night.  The minute they popped up, I just grabbed them and didn't really pay much attention to them (in case you're wondering, it's not unusual for some tickets to be held back for sale closer to an event).

Well when I viewed the seating chart - I realized I had front row center seats!!!  I'm like on cloud 9 right now!!!  I can hardly believe it!!!  

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Even After A Meltdown, Sometimes Life Just Gets Funny!!!

So as usual, I head to my parent's house for Sunday dinner today.  Hubby chose to stay home and well when I was leaving, I noticed family togetherness:

Guess there was no room for Keyser on the lap, as Toby and Strat had that covered!!

Anyway, when I come back home I give my cousin Chris a call and we decided to go see the movie "Quarantine".  I went to her house early to give her, her birthday gift (she's now in the OVER 40 crowed) and so we could chat (cause people tend to frown on chatting at the movies).  Upon leaving her house to get into the car, she had to go to her mailbox and then said "I really don't like what my one ghost is doing."  This is where everything gets funny.....

She has this blow up Halloween decoration in her yard that is 3 ghosts, and apparently the wind had the middle one all twisted around:


Okay from this angle you may be wondering..."Where is the third ghost?"  (This is where it gets funny); well he's kind of busy with the ghost in the back:


Naturally, this was indeed a Kodak Moment (or in my case an Olympus one) and always glad I carry my camera with me - well....who could resist????  Definately not something you see everyday!

The movie "Quarantine" was very good.  It's done "Blair Witch" style - where someone is filming the going ons.  Once it gets started, it's pretty action packed and really draws you in.  We had lots of questions at first, but the movie answered them as it went on (which is unusual) and we both really liked it.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Little Brightness In The Day

Today I got to do my first babysitting duties with Colton.  He slept most of the time and he's growing so very fast:

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm Slowly Going Into Meltdown Mode.....

Back in June began Hubby's oddessy with his neck/back problems.  It's been a long roller coaster ride and we finally thought we were heading into the final stretch.

A week ago we were at John Hopkins for more tests.  This week we finally heard from the surgeon's office there (surgery had been a go since the beginning).  The girl scheduled him to meet with the surgeon on November 5th and then added that the visit would cost $750.00 and that the surgeon accepts NO insurance. 

This is what put in meltdown mode..  you see, when the regular doctor gave hubby the name of the surgeon he'd been consulting with, I called the insurance company to verify whether or not he was "in network" and was advised that he was (and yes, he's even still listed on the website as such).  I knew it was important to check this as although Johns Hopkins itself is part of the network, not all the doctor's that practice there are.  And really now, the surgeon doesn't accept any type of health insurance at all???

Apparently not, and the girl said she'd check to see if another surgeon would be willing to take the case and would call back (and we know that those call backs take weeks).

So now we're back to square one.  And hubby's not getting better, he continues to get worse.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fan Mail or Trash???

So Ringo Starr has decided not to answer his fan mail fact, he said anything postmarked after October 20th will be trashed.  Does this seem like good publicity to you?

First off, if Ringo Starr doesn't want to answer fan mail anymore - that's fine.  He probably gets alot and at some point it probably gets over whelming...but why make an announcement?  Why not, just stop doing it.  Let's face it - the chance that you'd get a reply from any celebrity is very thin, so most people when writing only HOPE for a reply, they know they may not get it.  Why take that hope from them?

This made me appreciate Kevin Spacey even more.  I'm one of the lucky ones that *has* received replies from him.  I never write expecting one, but am always thrilled when I do get one.  He doesn't have to do it, but he takes the time to.  And one day when he grows tired of it, I hope he does what he feels is necessary quietly.  I just can't imagine him thinking of his fan mail as "trash".

I know there are those of you out there that are thinking "Oh, so you won't be a Kevin fan if he doesn't answer mail."  "Kevin owes you nothing but a good performance."  Please be advised that this post (or any other) has nothing to do with my being Kevin's fan, nor my expecting anything from him - so chill out.  It has more to do with tact, I guess.  And I think there was a better way of handling this.

I don't mother always said, "If you can't say something nice........".

Remember that posting a long time back?  "Because Nice Matters."  Someday y'all will understand it.

Brian Regan

I listen to one of the Comedy Channels on my satellite radio and I've come to love Brian Regan - he's just hysterical. 



Sunday, October 12, 2008

This & That

I forgot to mention that hubby turned 50 last week on the 6th.  Hard to believe huh?

I just came back from bringing <drum roll>.....Mickey home again!!  Yep, he was back at the old house.  I did get a peek at the Kitchen there and boy, does it ever look nice!!!  New counter tops, new floor, new applicances (including a dishwasher) - very, very nice.

Chris and I spent the day in Chambersburg doing some shopping then a movie.  We went to see "Blindness", which I liked and she didn't.  If you haven't seen this yet, don't expect a thriller/horror type's just basically how society deals with a blindness epidemic.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

It Was A Long Day

Yesterday, it was back down the road again to John Hopkins for hubby to have more tests.  They did a CT Scan and another MRI.  I sat and read a book.  We're still waiting for the surgeon to return a phone call that was made to return their phone call (it's getting old really fast).  What we do know is that surgery will be done which will probably mean almost a full week hospital stay.  It would just be nice to know more than that....

On the way back home we stopped in Emmitsburg, MD to eat at The Ott House.  We've always liked this restaurant and haven't been there in a long time.  We ordered drinks and the crab dip with chips for an appetizer.  I've always raved about this crab dip...but today it wasn't really the right temperature.  The waitress was rather slow and we found ourselves waiting allot.  I think the crab dip may have sat on the counter a little too long and cooled off.  Dinner wasn't any better......I ordered my steak well-done and it wasn't even close.  Course the waitress doesn't come to check, so hubby had to get up and walk it to the bar.  The solution for that was to pop it in a microwave......course that ruined the taste and made it unedible.  Hubby's steak, he claimed, just didn't taste right...he flagged another waitress down and asked her to just take it away, he didn't want it.  They, of course, didn't make us pay for the meals (for some reason they blamed everything on their computers???)...but I was more disappointed that the service was so bad.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Kreativ Blogger Award

Kim at Knitten Kittens has passed the above award on to me.  The Kreative Blogger Award requires that you list 6 things that make you happy and pass it on to 6 other bloggers.

Six Things That Make Me Happy (in no particular order):

1.    My husband, family & friends.  I couldn't ask for any better.
2.    God.  No matter how bad things get, He's there to pick up the pieces.
3.    All my pets.  All shapes and sizes and they give me so much joy.
4.    The Beach.  I absolutely love the ocean.  It's the trip I look forward to all year long.
5.    Hmmmm....some guy named Kevin Spacey!!  I enjoy his movies, his 2004 concert
       tour, his plays and just about anything I can get my hands on related to him!! 
       I enjoy his fans as well.
6.    Reading.  So glad I got this habit from my Dad!!

And now I pass this award onto the following (I read all of these, but don't always post comments):
(and Kim, I'd give it to you but you've already had it)

Polt's Palace   (note:  this blog belongs to a very good friend of mine, but isn't "child" appropriate)

2.    Roni's Weigh  (if you're into weight loss - this gal has some fabulous ideas and recipes)

3.    Mind Of A Mad Woman  (just some random thoughts from a mother of 2)

4.    Now Don't Get Me Started    (a running dialogue of life)

5 Cats Shy (not quite a crazy cat lady)

6.    A Blog By Thy Dog (gotta love dogs!)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Best Friends Forever

Have you ever been flipping through the tv channels and just come across something so entirely stupid that it mesmerizes you and you have to watch?  That happened to me today.

First off, I like reality tv...or at least the original reality tv - you know, when it first hit the air waves, it was different, it was fun.  Over the years it became more stupid and you discovered that it really wasn't "reality" at all.

Anyway, I'm flipping channels and end up stopping at MTV (the music channel that shows no music).  There is now a reality show for Paris Hilton to find a new "Best Friend Forever". 

Yeah, I know - I questioned it too.  Is it really necessary for an heiress to have a competition to find a friend?  Surely, there are many in her social class to choose from, surely there is a social climber somewhere willing to be her friend.......and, well yes there is!!  12+ to be exact - male & female all vying to be Paris Hilton's BFF.

So I was hooked and continued to watch.  First I discover why Paris needs to go this route.  She seems really demanding and there are all kinds of rules that go with this job.  Mostly though, you need to "trust" her opinion of everything - in other words, she's always right and you need to just say "yes".  So naturally this group of wannabes wasn't up to "par" in regards to their looks and dress.  So we needed to do makeovers.  What happened to friends just accepting each other for whom they are?  I mean, if you like someone....then don't you like the "real" them?  Shouldn't trust be from both sides?

I could really care less if Paris' finds her BFF or not - nor do I think any of the wannabes really will ever be her BFF.  But it made me think of friendship.

I did a post back at the beginning of the year that involved what the Bible says about friends - it basically tells you that you are asking for trouble if you choose the wrong friends.  It told you to ask yourself these questions:

Do your friends keep you from living a hundred percent for God?
Do they tear you down, or do they build you up?
Do you find yourself having to conform to things you don't like to do?

At the time I wrote that post, I was having an issue with a group of friends, and the last question really hit home to me.  It told me everything I needed to know about those friends.  It told me they really weren't my friends.

True friendship is based on honesty, trust, mutual understanding and like for each other.  It expands past more than a common interest, it's not spiteful and through the bad times there eventually comes forgiving.

Kim of Knitten-Kittens Blog (see sidebar) is a friend of mine from high school.  We met through a mutual church friend and became fast friends.  Our Dads worked together, she and I worked together at Burger King.  And though sometimes years may have past without our seeing each other, whenever we do - it's like the time has never past.  I consider Kim a BFF.

Gwyn is a person I started writing as a penpal way back when....we had a common interest in the band Rosetta Stone ( spin-off Bay City Roller band).  A few years past without writing, but one day we were back in touch and both huge Loverboy fans.  Then many years past and we discovered the internet and found each other again.  We don't email regularly, however, when we do, we never have to reacquaint ourselves with each other - it just continues.  I consider Gwyn a BFF. (and in case you are wondering, no we've never met face to face).

Through my Kevin Spacey network, I met many friends (too many of you to mention here ladies); allot of those friendships have gone past the common interest of Kevin Spacey.  Those friendships I know will be long lasting.

So my advice to Paris Hilton, if she truly wants a BFF - you need to be a friend first - which sometimes means you don't get to make all the rules.  You need to find the common bond and grow from there.  And it's not going to happen on a reality show where the competition involves seeing if the wannabe can live "your" life style.  Accept people for who they are, and why ONE BF?  Have many...  life's too short to live in a box with one outside that'll be much happier.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Finally, at last - a post!!!

Yes, I know, I've been lacking in my posts.....

Last night hubby and I took the 2 dogs for a walk.  We run into a neighbor who's dog had run off.  While we're walking up the street, here comes his dog "Oliver".  Anyway, Strat walks with us when we walk the dogs and Oliver is afraid of cats, so.......  naturally Strat had to aggrevate him, but then Oliver got brave and Strat ran under a car.  Now Oliver is barking at him and Toby was going nuts thinking Oliver was going to get Strat.  But that didn't we were heading back home, the neighbor was still trying to catch Oliver.  Dogs are funny.

Baby is doing great!!  We were over Thursday evening and it's a happy little family.  He, of course, is the *cutest* grandbaby ever!!!