Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 - Top Ten

I did this last year and thought I'd give it another round.  Not in any particular order and it's the good and the bad:

10.

Kevin Spacey!!  Once in January and once in February I traveled to Brooklyn, NY to see him in the play "Richard III".  Great performance by all!  It also gave me time to spend with Jill, Emma, Jackie and her hubby and Pamela (who I have known online for years and finally got to meet).  Great memories always!!

9.

Myrtle Beach!!  I love the beach and Myrtle Beach is my favorite.  Though I was disappointed that hubby wasn't able to go with me this year, I did get to spend the week with CC and we had lots of fun!!  Looking forward to hopefully vacation with hubby this year and a weekend trip with CC in the spring!

8.

The Aloft Hotel!!  A great find in Brooklyn that was affordable, within walking distance to the theatre and right around the corner from Junior's (famous for their cheesecakes and they have great breakfasts too).

7.

Wolf's Diner!!  A discovery while traveling back from the train station in Harrisburg.  Located in Dillsburg, PA - a great place to check out, food is excellent!

6.

Mickey!!  Remember him?  He's our cat that lives at our old house!  We got to see him again back in the summer because he'd been injured in a fight.  After a $300 vet bill, we returned him to the old house where he has made his home with the people that live there now.  We did drive by and see Mickey on their porch Christmas morning so he is still doing well!  Miss him, but so very glad and grateful to The Stoner Family for being understanding with his situation!

5.

Kenny!!  Kenny was a family friend that past away quite suddenly this year.  He's greatly missed!

4.

The Hard Drive Crash!!  Grrrr.......  Yep this was a tragic moment, but thankfully was saved by Jim Not Mike when he was able to recover all my data via a MAC - go figure....

3.

Lennox!!  I had followed Lennox's story for quite a long time.  Lennox was the dog that was taken from his family for "looking" like a pitbull (DNA tests proved he was not a pitbull); however the authorities refused to admit their wrong doing and after a very long fight (2 years? possibly more) Lennox was put down by authorities.  There's lots of questions with this case that will never be answered; but it brought about the cruelty of Breed Specific Legislation.  Hopefully it will help end these laws.

2.


After the sell of the business last year; working for the new owners for a few months, then an auto group in our hometown; Hubby finally found a great group to work for!  So if you're in the market for a car, visit hubby at the Sharrett GMC store in Hagerstown, MD.


1.

Things can happen in a moment, and this year I lost my brother-in-law Greg (that's him on the left).  He is missed very much.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It is FINALLY over....

Christmas is finally over - HURRAY!!

Except today was the first day back at work and it went kind of like this:


 Then this:


And now this - and now it is sleet!


Fortunately liberal leave went into effect and I was able to leave at noon; double fortunately one of the officers drove me home!


I got hubby a tablet for Christmas - a Coby Kyros 7048.  Not a top of the line, but something he can learn to get use to using before the purchasing of a more exciting one!  I had gotten a really good Black Friday online deal at Amazon and couldn't resist; and it turned out to be a good option.  However, we discovered it had no access to the Google Play (android market) store.  I found that odd since I thought all android makes could access this but apparently not.  It had it's own store and you could also use the app store at amazon.  This would of been okay because I can't imagine he'd overdo with apps anyway, but the Chess game he uses is only available on the Play market.  An online search showed many disappointed with this though they all loved the tablet, but naturally someone had figured out a work around, right?  Of course they did...but some just seemed to iffy to try.  I eventually found one that was very, very simple so I gave it a try and IT WORKED.  So he now has his chess game!  And so you need not dig through some questionable sites for this option, here's the link:  http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/coby-generation-3-development/50425-root-gapps-telechips-7032-7034-7036-7048-8048-a.html   Make sure to read through the thread because apparently it doesn't work on all versions but there are many it did work on!


Christmas went pretty good thankfully and I got to spend time with my two favorite little people - Mason & Colton:



They grow so very fast!!  And the best Christmas present was learning that we will be grandparents again this summer!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Bah Humbug!

Obviously I've had no Christmas spirit this year.....

Christmas Eve is spent at my one sister's house.  Hubby makes a ham, she gets steamed shrimp and other stuff...casual affair, come and go as you please.

Not long after hubby got the ham in the oven, it started to snow.  And snow, and snow and snow.......
Even if it weren't Christmas Eve, I'd be grumbling - I hate snow.

We head out around 5:00.  It was quite clear that though the roads were travel able but you really shouldn't be out if you don't have to be.  My sister lives out along a country road, I'm pretty sure her road was hazardous. We were almost out of town, when she called and cancelled.  I immediately called CC, who was in route as well.  Back home, with 10 lbs. of ham.

Okay so Christmas Eve got screwed.  We got home I popped the DVD The Ref in and we watched that.  I then proceeded to turn on Netflix to see what else we could watch.  Netflix wouldn't load.  After some internet testing and such, I went online and was handed the sad news that Netflix had an outage on the East Coast.  Great - I mean, could Christmas Eve get any better?????

Hoping CHRISTMAS DAY...goes  a little better!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Year Without A Christmas Tree

This year we didn't put up a tree.  Oh we planned on it, we kept saying it, but it never happened.  And you know what?  I don't miss it at all!

I think it has a lot to do with the fact that Christmas starts getting rammed down your throat around July....I mean, I have no Christmas spirit when the actual time gets here!

So no Christmas tree this year!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

This & That Part 3

A date night!  Hubby and I have what we call "date night" every Friday, which normally consists of going out to dinner.  Last night, he took me to a movie.

We went and saw "Lincoln" which is EXCELLENT.  If you haven't seen it, it is well worth the cost.  It was the first time hubby experienced the leather recliners in the theater.  Yep, you heard that right - one of the theaters near us has leather recliners, yes the tickets cost more, but even hubby admitted the price is worth it (though the first seats they had us in were broke, but they moved us to working ones).  Hubby and I don't do movies as he always falls asleep...with the length of Lincoln and a recliner I was sure he would here too...but nope, he enjoyed the movie that much that he saw the whole thing!!


If you have Netflix I highly suggest the following documentaries:

Under Our Skins and Beyond The Myth.

Under Our Skins is about Lyme Disease and how the medical community refuses to accept that there are chronic cases.  The few doctors that do treat this are sued, lose licenses etc...  It's very very powerful and sad all at the same time and it seems the doctors that set the protocol for Lyme disease treatment (which denies that it can be chronic) have interests in health insurance companies and research grants.  Quite interesting and it make you wonder how many other diseases are being denied proper treatment because the doctors are being paid by other "interests".

Beyond the Myth deals with pit bulls and breed specific legislation.  Imagine you're at home, the cops come knocking on your door, come in, take your dog because it is of a specific breed (or just looks like one), takes it away and kills it (and the dog has never ever shown any signs of aggression).  Imagine having to move outside the city limits or moving to an area for a new job only to have your pet confiscated because unknown to you, it's a banned breed. Certainly stuff like this is only happening in other countries right?  We're Americans, we have freedoms.....think again!  These things are happening right now in the United States of America.  Very, very sad......


Oh and I got my very first Christmas Gift:


The comics!!  Thanks to Polt for taking my TV series obsession to the next level!!

This & That Part 2



My Joppa kitty cat.  Joppa runs the neighborhood visiting just about everyone, he has other names (Mittens, Gizmo) but most everyone knows he belongs to us (he's also micro chipped to us).  It's not unusual for Joppa to be missing in action for a day or two; but if gone more than that I worry.

And that happened last week. It was about day 4 of missing in action, when I'm walking one of the dogs and happen to look across the street and in someones back yard was Joppa.  I immediately called him and he looked at me and went back to sunning himself.  I took the dog in and went back out.  It took a lot of coaxing to keep his attention, he seemed dazed.  I was worried that he may of been hit, but that didn't seem to be the case.  

He's back to normal now and I'm thinking (because up until yesterday the weather had been so nice) he may of gotten shut in someones garage or shed and was dehydrated therefore causing the dazed, lethargic attitude he had.

But he's back, normal and overly lovable!!

This & That Part 1

Ahhh....yes, I've been very very bad with posting.  Work has been chaos and life in general has been the same.

First off - THE WINNER of the washing machines:




The GE 4.0 capacity DOE.  Yes, it has electronics and yes I highly debated between this and a GE old style with agitator and dials; but in the end this one won.  It does have a dial along with some buttons and a very small agitator.  So far, so good.  So now I have this:

Fortunately the dryer still works.  Actually when I got to my parents' house last Sunday and they asked if the washer had been delivered and how was it working, I said "Great, but now the dryer doesn't work."  My mother nearly had a melt down - lol - however I did tell them I was kidding.

The funny thing is that with front loaders they sit low to the ground, which can cause a lot of back ache so they make pedestals for them (which are very very pricey).  We never bought those but hubby built a stand for ours.  The first time I do a load in the new washer...I can't get the washed clothes out; the basket is so deep and I'm so short that the stand put the clothes out of my reach...fortunately I still have those steps from "The Firm" workout tapes which give me the height I need (seriously, you don't really think I use those steps for exercise do you?).

We still have this:
Because hubby has hope it will be fixed some day - would be nice, but I have my doubts.  And please excuse the cellar mess...well it's an old cellar, what more can I say.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Use This Egg By.....

When dieting one of the things you learn is that proteins will keep you filling full so you should include a protein with every meal or snack.  Eggs are a good source of protein and in my opinion worth the 2 pts plus each (can't stand the taste of egg beaters - blah...); anyway this morning I get up and decided to have 2 scrambled eggs.  I had just bought eggs within the past week, so imagine my surprise when I opened the carton and saw this:


Yep, each egg was stamped with a use by date!  Is this something new?  Something only certain stores do?  This is the first I've ever seen it.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

And So......

So we decided to get a new washer rather than fix the old.  Dad told us to pick one out.

We stopped at Lowe's on the way home from Sunday dinner just to get an idea what is out there.  We definitely want a top loader.  When the sales person approached us, we began to explain that our front loader broke.  Her response?  "I sure wish mine would break."  Ahhhhh........  seems to be a very typical response of front loader owners.

There are new high efficiency top loaders.  The do not have the agitator in the middle - very roomy.  They do still sell top loaders with agitators in many sizes.  We decided on 2 that we like:  One is the old style top loader, super capacity on clearance for less than $500.  The other is one of the newer models on sale for less than $600.  Hubby thinks the newer model - I'm a little put off because of the electronic controls; electronics is what has failed in the machine we have now....the older style is the dials.  Hubby thinks I'm just being paranoid.

Anyway, I'm going to call Dad tomorrow and take him out and see which he thinks is the better option.

I'll be so glad when I can stop thinking of laundry!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Ho Hum....

Three years ago we bought these:


Over a month ago, the washer stopped working.  It's out of warranty, it took forever to find someone to come look at it and frankly, I'm getting a little stressed over it.

See it has an F-28 code...which is a communication error, problem is we can't find what isn't communicating (and before everyone starts sending me links to fixes on the internet - we've already tried them all).
The repair man was here for over an hour with no success.  He called the next day saying he'd be back next Tuesday to check the grounding wires; if that doesn't work we'd look at replacing ($300) or repairing ($160) the CCU unit (but there's no way to really know if it actually is broke or not and yeah an internet search says the same).

You see the issue right?  Is it worth it?  Will we have the cost of a new washer tied up in repair costs?  I can't complain a lot because my Dad has graciously offered to help out with the repairs or a new one; but I'm beginning to think a new one is the better option and perhaps the cheaper.  I work with several people who have front load washers - all swear they'll never own another; some (after making one expensive repair) gave up after another error cropped up.

So I'm looking at top loaders again, preferably with no complicated computer components.  The dryer still works so I'm good with that - so they won't match, but since they sit in my dingy old cellar it really doesn't matter.

I just want to be able to wash clothes again.

But I do owe thank yous to my parents and CC who have been lending the use of theirs!

Weight Watchers 360

The Weight Watchers plan is now called "360".

Some people are so excited!!!

Me???  Well nothing has really changed on how the points are calculated.  It seems to be more of making plans, setting goals, making changes a little at a time.  I guess geared to get you in the "habit" of a lifestyle change.

That's good stuff to know, but seriously what does it do for a veteran like me???  Not much.  Last night's meeting was geared towards having healthy snacks on hand - well yeah, I already know that.  The program is great for someone new, but for me and CC - it doesn't help much.

What would help?  Meetings for those maintaining and lifetimers!!  Believe it or not, losing the weight was the easy part - maintaining is HARD.  But you reach goal/lifetime and they basically kick you to the curb.

I'm also getting tired that a leader cannot answer questions correctly.  Someone asked what they should do if they've used all their daily points and are still hungry.  Answers were - fill up with 0 pt. food; eat power foods like veggies.  Ummmmm....maybe a better answer would of been to ask what they are eating during the day - Power Foods will keep you fuller longer especially proteins; perhaps a menu adjustment would do her better.

However, the meeting did get me thinking about getting back in gear.  My first new change is to get back into the water habit.  WW says to have 6 servings of a liquid a day.  ANY liquid counts toward that.  The problem?  I've become more dependent on diet soda than anything, and somehow I can't see that as the healthier choice.  So I've decided my 6 liquids will be water only....that doesn't mean I won't be having soda, coffee, etc..  as I will but my 6 WW liquids will be water.  I even went into Outlook at work and set reminders in my calendar to DRINK WATER.  That way when it pops up on the screen, I can walk to the water cooler.  Worked well today!



I also got my FitBit!  Will write a review on that in a week or so...want to get a few days in with it first.



Sunday, December 2, 2012

And It's Here....

Ahhhh... December is among us!  That means "that" holiday is coming up.

I haven't been into Christmas in quite a few years; probably because they start ramming it down your throat around July.

My mother's side of the family did have their annual Christmas get together today.  Those types of things I enjoy - it's the over commercialism and greed that ruin the holiday for me.

On a happier note, I finally ordered a FitBit.  I did debate the Weight Watcher's Active Link, but the fact that you have to pay a $5.00 monthly fee for the online feature became the deciding point.  And there's a new FitBit out - can't wait to get it.  A Christmas Gift for myself!!

Maybe that's what we should all do...rather than buy gifts for each other, everyone should buy one thing for themselves.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Black Friday

There is absolutely NOTHING that I want so bad that I would go out at some ungodly hour in the night/morning, wait in line and fight over.  NOTHING!!  And so I don't.

On Wednesday I went to Kmart to get a comforter set they had on sale, the cashier informed me I could save another $10 off the sale price by shopping between such and such a time during the Black Friday Sales....I chose to pay the regular sale price and stay in my warm bed.  What's $10 anyway???

I did get some deals online however at Amazon.com.   I nabbed both Seasons 1 & 2 of The Walking Dead for $15.00 (that price includes the shipping) - which was a great price...can't wait to get them!  Have I ever mentioned I'm a huge Walking Dead fan?

I also nabbed hubby a Christmas gift for a great price, can't mention what it is here but it was excellent for what it is and it came with accessories.

But I was able to shop entirely from my home and at the times I wanted to shop!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Time For Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers has a new little gadget:


The ActiveLink.

You wear this little gadget and it monitors your movement.  You can plug it into your computer and it will link to your E-tools and show you your activity and how may activity points you have earned.

For the record, I do not own one of these and obviously my blog isn't a big informative one where they would of asked me to try it out.  So my review is totally going by what I was told at meetings and what the members are saying online.

1.  You must have a Weight Watchers online account to use this - it can be monthly pass or an online account.
2.  It is going to cost you $5.00 a month in addition to your membership costs.
3.  The device costs $39.95.

The device is designed to get you moving and showing you that movement.  It does not, according to what I've read, show steps taken or length walked.  This device is probably very good for those starting out with exercise but I can't imagine that it is helpful for those exercise fanatics.  A cheaper option, in my opinion, would be to buy the Weight Watchers pedometer - you'll see the steps, it will let you know when you've earned any activity points and there is no additional monthly fee with it.

The way I look at it is this:  It will cost $39.95 up front and an additional $5.00 a month after that.  If you ever drop Weight Watchers the device is useless.  In a year's time you'll have $100.00 spent...take that money and purchase this:


FitBit

Same idea but it does so much more.  It also has a little screen on it where you can see your steps and such without the use of a computer.  Also, there are no additional charges, you'll have full access to their website.
And it will work with ALL weight loss plans - so if you drop out or switch to another, the device is still usable.  Cost is $99.95.  The better deal in my opinion - and again, I don't own one of these.

So take my opinion for what you think it is worth.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ahhh....Yes, I Am Still Here!

I have tons of postings going through my head but haven't the time to write them out.

But I did want to pop in and say I'm still here and on a staycation this week and hopefully get lots of things caught up including this blog!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Movie Review Thursdays (2 days late) - We Bought A Zoo

REMEMBER MOVIE REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS!!

Okay, so technically I didn't see this at the movies, but I watched it on HBO last night.  It actually is based on a true story of the memoirs of Benjamin Mee.  It's the story of a father and his two children after the death of the wife/mother.  He decides to move the family and the property they buy includes a closed down zoo all complete with the animals and staff just waiting on a new owner.

This movie has so much potential it should of topped the box office; but it didn't.  It never gives you enough time to bond with any of the characters, so you just don't care.

I'm a huge animal lover and actually hate when animals die or are killed in movies (like all those horror flicks); it has to be accepted that a movie about a zoo is going to have at least one animal death.  This one did, but since they never really showed the bond between the human and animal grow...it kind of didn't matter.  It did show the main character having a hard time making the decision, but since you never see a bond you can't sympathize.

Of course the movie changed some things from the true story, for instance the movie takes place in the U.S., the real story is in England; the kids ages are different.  But they are small enough differences that it doesn't really matter.

It is a good movie for the kiddies and/or if you have nothing else to watch.  I just wish they'd of spent more time building up the characters and the relationships.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ho Hum

So is obama going to blame himself for the economy he inherited from the previous administration

I officially Hate this country if I can't be free!!!!!

The middle class should just quit! Solicalism has started!! I guess everyone likes being baby sitted by the govt. All the new taxes with obama care are coming. I can not afford this!!!!!


My heart is breaking for our country. The USA as we know it is done. We are going to see so many of our freedoms taken away. I just pray for God's merchy on us.


Thankful for our right to Impeach a President who lied and let four men die being attacked in Libya! Hoping this will happen. :)


Good Morning Friends and Family! Oh great four more years that it all we need the welfare President again. I hope if you voted for that you want be commplaining to me! Have a great day!


I am deeply saddened in America this morning. After having a few hours to think about the results, we as Americans have failed the future generations. We have put our immediate wants over their future. We cannot continue to spend at the rate we have been spending. The amount of debt is killing this country, and past history shows that President Obama will continue to spend wildly. But what else do we expect of this generation, we have been raised what I want, I get NOW, and we don't think about tomorrow. I pray for my daughter's generation, that they actually get a chance to live the American dream, but it's going to be immensely difficult. I will continue to pray for this great nation to somehow recover from our governments spending habits....




And thus....that is just a very few postings on my FaceBook page today <sigh>.  Oh we knew it would be ugly regardless who won, but whether you were on the losing side or the winning side you need to move on and off my page.


It so saddens me that so many are ignorant in how the government actually works and that they truly do believe the email forwardings/ FaceBook postings / movie that are PROVEN to be no more than half-truths and downright lies.  Educate yourselves people - it isn't that difficult.


So I will leave you with this:


Ephesians 4:29-32 ESV :

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Now get back to Farmville, Pioneerville, Chefville or whatever your guilty pleasure is and make FaceBook a fun place again!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

And We're Home

Well around 2:30 yesterday I got the call to go get hubby.  So I started the drive to Johns Hopkins.  When I got around Westminster there was a detour; when I hit I-695 the traffic was moving slowly...but I arrived and hubby and I were able to leave the hospital around 6:15 and were home about 8:00.  Traffic was normal on the way home.

Hubby always has an issue with urinating after surgery - he can't.  He has issues in this area normally anyway, but this time it was worse so he has a catheter.  He'll see a urologist locally on Wednesday.  They said an enlarged prostate is very normal after surgery in men his age, so not to worry.  But other than getting the dogs to settle and not jump on him, we've done well.

And yeah, I'm still exhausted!

Friday, November 2, 2012

It Was A Long And Stormy Night...

Okay technically it was just a long day....but am I ever whipped.

The day was planned - hubby's surgery at 8:30 a.m. and I should be able to be back home by 2:00 p.m.

The day went:

Hubby was do for gall bladder surgery at 8:30 a.m. at Johns Hopkins.  We were required to be there by 6:30 a.m.  It can be anywhere between a 1-1/2 to 2 hour drive depending on traffic.  We got up at 3:00 a.m. and were on the road by 4:30 a.m.  Since it was early, there was little traffic so we got there about 6:00 a.m.  They took hubby to the back and I sat in the waiting room.  About 7:00 a.m. they came and got me, so I could sit with him until the surgery started.

And we sat and sat....  it was freezing too!  Right before hubby's surgery an emergency trauma came in - who has the only operating room not in use at that precise moment?  Yep, that would be us.  So we sat and froze some more.  Around 10:30 we prepared again.....  but another emergency trauma comes in and again who has the open operating room?  Yep, more sitting and more freezing!

At 12:30 p.m. they finally came and got him.  Surgery started at 1:15 p.m., ended at 3:15 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. I was finally able to see him.

The nurse was going over all these instructions with me and it was then that I realized they planned to send him home.  I had specifically asked the doctor this after surgery and he told me he planned on keeping him overnight.  I told the nurse this.  She said that the orders had had both a "release to home" and a "release to another facility"; when she had questioned the interns on what it was they had told her "home".  She calls the doctor, he advises that I was right, he was to stay.  Now they have to find a room.

Hubby was in the room by 6:00 p.m.  Me on the other hand was totally exhausted and facing a 2 hour drive home in the dark.  I left about 7:00 p.m. and fortunately the traffic wasn't too bad and I pulled in around 8:30 p.m., walked my dogs (my sister came and did a mid-day walk for us) and hit bed about 10:15 p.m.

Now they are trying to decide whether or not to keep hubby another day, we're pending the insurance approval.  So I'm home waiting on a call.  I'm hoping for tomorrow, I am just so tired...


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Movie Review Thursdays - Silent Hill Revelation

There was really no revelation to this movie, it's based on a video game so that about sets the mood - but it had one really good aspect - it has SEAN BEAN:


And well if Sean Bean is in it - it's is worth watching every minute!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Yoplait Giveaway

Danica's Daily is having another giveaway:   Danica's Daily Yoplait Greek 100 Giveaway!

Click the link and follow the directions to enter.  Winner announced TOMORROW!!

It Came and It Went!

Yep, we were in the hurricane!  It wasn't considered a hurricane by the time it hit our area but we were in one of the affected areas.

Fortunately - we didn't flood, we didn't lose electricity and other than lots of rain and high winds we managed very well.  I feel bad for those areas that really got hit!

Tomorrow we are heading to Johns Hopkins for hubby's gall bladder surgery....


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Movie Review Thursdays - Paranormal Activity 4


I’m going to try to do a movie review weekly.  Movie reviews will contain spoilers – so don’t say you weren’t warned.



See the little kid standing in the driveway in the middle of the night?  See him suddenly look up at the window as though he knows he’s being watched?  Creepy with a capital “C”.  Watch it again….great, huh?  Be glad you saw it here as it never happens in the movie.

I’m going to be honest.  The Paranormal Activity movies have not been favorites of mine.  I anxiously waited for one of my local theatres to get the first movie.  CC and I ate dinner at The House of Kobe, had drinks at Funkstown Tavern, then headed to the theater.  Nothing happened in this movie until the very end, but by the time it was happening – the movie was over.  What was all the rave about with this movie???  It sucked big time!

But it generated enough hoopla to bring a Part 2.  Again, some creepy scenes, but nothing really happens.  Another disappointment.

By Part 3 they kind of had gotten it right.  They went back when the two sisters were little girls and showed where the whole thing began.  Nothing is creepier in horror movies than little kids.  Still left some questions, not a totally great movie but it is the best of the three.

Now Part 4 has arrived.  If you’re unfamiliar with these movies they are all done as if they are home movies.  Think Blair Witch style (which by the way is another terrible movie) and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.  The people either have cameras set up in certain areas of the house running non-stop or someone is constantly walking around filming everything they do (because we all do this).

The Bad

(shaking head)….Where do I begin?

I should of known that when my one cousin posted on FaceBook what a piece of crap this movie was that I should of avoided it big time (she tends to like everything, even crappy movies); but CC and I like making our own opinions, so last night we headed for dinner and then to the theater to see Part 4.

Do you like watching paint dry?  Well, if you do then you’ll love this movie!  Yep, that’s what it was like.  A whole lot of potential here, but nothing really happens.  You just keep sitting and watching and waiting for it – but it never comes.  Leaves many, many questions…..

1.         Who is Robbie?  Where did he come from?  What happened to him?  One minute he’s a big part of
the film, the next it is like he never existed (oh who am I kidding, he just was gone like he never was there in the first place).

2.         Lots of nothing being recorded – maybe a few things.  These films are reviewed, questioned, but nothing further.  Then things pick up a little, there’s some creepy things happening on film now, but no one bothers to review these, so no one knows what is going on.

3.         Seriously, you take the camera with you everywhere????  You see your brother and Robbie walk across the street to Robbie’s house – you actually are filming them as they do this.  You go after them with the camera, no one answers the door, you let yourself in.  Robbie and his mother live here?  All the furniture is covered up.  You don’t find that strange???  Apparently not.

4.         At some point we discover that Wyatt is really Hunter (the baby missing since Part 2).  He was adopted to this family.  Really???  Why???  How???  I question this because; quite clearly on video in Part 2 – Katie kills the parents, picks up Hunter and walks away with him.  Neither has been seen since.  At what point did Katie hand him over to an adoption agency?  Even if she just left him in a safe haven to be found..it makes no sense.  The demon possessed her as he wanted Hunter.  Why give him up at all?  Raise him in some unknown location until he’s at the age the demon needs him to be.  This whole part makes no sense what-so-ever.     And HELLO – he’s a missing child, that’s national news – didn’t anyone check this out?

5.         Any time you are out of range of the cameras, you conveniently have the hand held one with you – even when you’re somewhat creeped out.      Note:  according to the "all knowings" at the imdb board; this filming was more likely being done with a cell phone.  I can buy that, but still you have the video app running ALL THE TIME?

6.         You just discover your boyfriend dead in your closet.  You come out into your room, an unseen being grabs you and you run (or are dragged by the being, don’t remember which it was and frankly don’t care) from the bedroom, down the stairs and out the front door (all conveniently recorded by the well placed cameras in the house).  Wow – that would be scarey wouldn’t it?  You’d be absolutely terrified…but some where a long the way, you managed to grab the hand held camera (or according to the "all knowings" at imdb, your cell phone) to record everything outside the house!  Really?  REALLY?  Something you can’t see has a hold of you and you’re first reaction is to grab the camera/cell phone?

7.         Whole lot happening at the end….but again, the movie is over just as it is getting started.  WHY????

The last question I can answer – oh yes, Part 5 is coming and it will answer all these questions in what is to be the final installment.  And CC and I will be there because we just can’t help ourselves – we just hold out hope for these movies.

The Good

The very best thing about this movie is that the cat doesn’t die.  It’s the only character in the entire film that you make any connection with and care about – cat lives, happy ending.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Oh Yes We Do....

We have a new look!  Remember I told you I was trying out some new looks and things would change around every once in a while....

Though I did love some of the templates I downloaded, they are available to everyone and I have seen the dog template that I was using on other sites.  Not that that matters...but I kind of wanted a little nitch for myself.  So I went back to a blogger template, made a few changes, and created my own Title Header in Publisher...and TA-DA...here we are again (at least for a little while).

As always the sidebars are a work in progress and I'm pretty sure I'm missing a few movies from that list, I'm trying but it gets busy at times.

Whew....

Well the cold is almost gone and I'm beginning to feel human again.  It's not easy being sick at my house, there are dogs that need walked several times when you are home with them.  Love them dearly, but there are times you just want to rest!  (Future home project:  fence yard).

Anyway, sickness threw my diet totally off.  Every time I think I'm back on track, something happens.  I really need to do this; I know I can do it - so I need to JUST DO IT!

My co-worker lost 4 lbs. her first week on Weight Watchers - WAY TO GO!  Another co-worker pm'd me and said she had started and also lost 4 lbs. her first week.  You can't help but be happy for these people and it just goes to show you that the program does work if you JUST DO IT!

Came across this quote on another blog (and it so makes sense):

"If you fail to plan; you plan to fail."

So let's plan those menus this week and get moving!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I've Been Sick......

I've been fighting a bad head cold all week.  Was off work on Tuesday & Wednesday, crawled my way back today and am just basically occupying space.....

Despite being sick and eating very little, I managed to gain weight!  Someone PLEASE EXPLAIN!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

G I V E A W A Y

Danica's Daily Keurig Giveaway Contest

Click the above link for your chance to win...make sure you follow the instructions for entering!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ho Hum.....


I’m not doing well weight loss wise, I’m just not “on plan”.

Half the battle with weight loss is having your mind in the right place.  I always tell everyone that – “If your mind is not there, you won’t get it done.”  And that’s so true…I wish I could get back the enthusiasm I had when I started Weight Watchers over 2 years ago.

And now, I just may have…

A co-worker from one of the other divisions (and who I went to training with back in August) has recently started Weight Watchers (she did it many moons ago and since it has been so long, it’s like starting fresh).  She’s not at the same center as I am, but she has that newbie excitement and wants to discuss things…and well it is starting to rub off.  And I can’t really have her coming into work announcing weight losses without my own now can I?

Fridays are the first of my week anyway…and though I was just skipping breakfast, after she left my office I pulled out one of my oatmeal packs and had that with a banana.  My old tired and true usual breakfast I had back when I started Weight Watchers.  And you know, it was pretty good!

I know where I have to make some changes: 

Drink more water – I have been living off diet soda for a while now and I know that is not good.

Weigh and measure – over time you start just eyeballing those portions – they tend to continue to get bigger…so back to the right size.

Track – Probably every successful weight plan recommends keeping a food diary, I have been bad with that and considering I can do it with my computer and cell phone, there’s no excuse.

Weigh-in – Haven’t weighed in at the center in 2 weeks, oh I do it at home, but I need to do it there weekly for the accountability.

So who’s with me?  Whether you are in a rut, starting over, starting new – any plan you choose….let’s start together today!!

Quote:

“If you kind of do it, it kind of works…
If you really do it, it really works!"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cleaning Tip

Fortunately for me I have a self-cleaning oven or else the oven would never get clean.  Though the oven gets clean, the oven racks normally don't.  They don't fit the sink, they just don't come clean.

This weekend while the oven self-cleaned, I got online to see if there was an easy way to clean the racks.  And by gosh there was!! On One Good Thing By Jillee I found this:  An Almost Effortless Way To Clean Your Oven Racks.  Obviously you can click the link and it will show you what to do, but the short method is....to put the racks in the bathtub with dishwashing liquid and (you'll never guess this) DRYER SHEETS.  Yep, you read that right - DRYER SHEETS.  Actually you don't even need to use the dishwashing liquid, but I did because Jillee did though I didn't use as much as she did.  I also only soaked them for 6 hours, but I'm not kidding when I tell you that I just wiped the grime right off of them.  Had to use a scrubby for a few tough spots - but hey it was effortless and they are all nice and clean again!

Check out Jillee's site as it is full of information!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Holey Moley - We Have Voles!!

We have voles at work...yep, you read that correctly - voles - with a "v" and not just one but an entire community - dozens!!

Still haven't a clue what I'm talking about right?  Well you know what a mole is right?  Those little critters that burrow into your landscape?  Well a vole is kind of like that except they look more like mice.

Both grassy areas in front of our building are loaded with them.  It's rather interesting.  They have all these holes and they've made trails leading from one hole to the next.  Looks like a Habitrail.  You can actually stand out front and watch them run from one hole to the next.  Most aren't even afraid of humans, you can actual see them quite close up.

This is a vole:



I'm going to take my camera in and see if I can get some photos of ours.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Roadside Attraction - South of the Border

If you ever travel the East Coast via I-95 then you've probably heard of or driven by South of the Border.  You really can't miss it, you'll see billboards for it for over a hundred miles!!  It's right at the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

When I was little we drove to Disney World and on the way back stopped at South of the Border.  I was in awe with the place.  It had EVERYTHING.  I remember being mad because my mother wouldn't buy me EVERYTHING!

I hadn't been there in years and years but on the way to Myrtle Beach we pass it.  One year Hubby and I decided to stop.  What a disappointment....  most of it was closed and in ruins.  I walked into the bathroom and refused to go further then the doorway - what filth.  Right outside the bathroom was a "dog area" which looked like no one had cleaned in over 10 years.  DIRTY....it was disappointing, especially since the highway signs had all been replaced.

Apparently between that year and this year, someone took over.  CC and I stopped on our way home and the place is much cleaner, painted, thriving with business...some things are still closed down but it looks as though someone decided to save this roadside attraction.

Some Photos:












Above is supposedly an actual shark, CC and I thought it looked plastic - but we're no experts-lol!!

So if you're heading down (or up) I-95...give this a look, it's a fun stop once again!



Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Protein Morning

I've given up on the Simply Filling Plan - I just way over eat.  As nice as a plan that it is, it does require a ton of willpower - I don't have that.

Anyway, I'm back to counting points, but simply filling has made me re-look at what I am eating.  Simply Filling's main focus is to eat foods that will fill you up, which they refer to as power foods.  It brought me back to a breakfast that I showed once on the blog, but haven't eaten in a while:

The Oatmeal Pancake!

This baby packs Power Foods!  To make this you need:  1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal (2 pts - I use quick oats), 1 egg (2 pts - yes, you can use 1/4 cup of eggbeaters instead to save a point), and 1/2 a tablespoon of milk (0 pts).  This is NOT going to taste like a regular pancake, it will be rather blan...but there are many things you can do with it to improve the taste.  I normally add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix.  Mix it all together and let sit for about 5 minutes to allow the oatmeal to soften up, then cook in a pan like you would any other pancake.

In the above photo I topped it off with a banana and 1/4 cup of sugar free syrup.  If you buy sugar free syrup that is sweetened with splenda you can have a whole 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) for 1 pt.; knock it down to 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) and it won't cost you anything!

Another way to add flavor is to use one of the packs of instant oatmeal instead of plain oats.  Those single packs have flavoring added - whatever amount of points that pack has is the points you will need to use, so watch for that.  I've found that the low sugar versions are a point less than the others and that includes the weight control ones!

I've also made this pancake adding 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin to it.  It is very adaptable to many things - just watch what the point values of what you are adding.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Well Alrighty Then....

If you remember a few posts back, my computer hard drive crashed beyond recovery.  Jim Not Mike was able to retrieve my data via a MAC after the IT person at work was unable to via a PC.

One thing we lost was our upgraded version of Corel Draw.  Hubby used this when he had the business but the disks sold with the business.  We loaded an older version but all the files were upgraded and therefore unreadable on that version.  Not that it was a BIG deal, but a loss none-the-less.

Several years ago I had purchased a device that would allow you to take a hard drive out of a computer and connect it via USB to another computer and thus get your data off it.  It was really handy when a motherboard died and such and you wanted the data off your old drive.  I came across this device last night and thought I'd look and see if I could find the program.  The IT guy had told me he could see my files, but the drive shut off anytime he had tried to retrieve something.  I figured there was nothing to lose with the old drive...so I gave it a shot.

Wow!  Not only could I see everything, but everything was retrievable as well.  I'm beginning to think the IT guy never really bothered with my drive - just kept it a few days, handed it back and said "sorry".  Or Jim Not Mike's MAC made it readable again.  Let's go with the Jim Not Mike version...

I could find the Corel Draw files, even the set-up file...but every time I tried to load it, it wanted the serial number and I didn't have it.  After trying many many things hoping to retrieve it (it is on that drive somewhere)...I got online and found a site that listed some serial numbers.  Tried the download again and presto, got past that screen.  However, when almost complete, it decided it couldn't find 2 needed files and backed out.  Back online - what are these missing files?  I was advised to download the Trial Version, put in the serial number and it would open up the full version.   That sounds easy, however, the version I needed was now outdated.  It took awhile, but I eventually found the version I needed.  Downloaded, opened full version with serial number and presto, I had my program back.

Sort of.....when I went to open it, it now wanted an activation code!  Back to the internet, I was handed the sad news that each serial number has its own activation code...so I was SOL.  I decided to get on the Corel site and see if they could offer some help.  It wasn't until I was ready to register that I wondered if Hubby had done that when he originally set up the program.   I tried the business email, didn't work....I then used the only personal email he would of had at that time...PRESTO....but I didn't have a password, no worry I had them reset it.  Now I had my actual serial number - HURRAY!!  Except....

The program wouldn't let me change the serial number....so I had to remove it, download again and then TA-DA we have our program back!!

So to save everyone out there a few steps and many long hours....... make sure you have your serial numbers handy somewhere and if you can download the program from the internet do it that way!!



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Big Breakfast On Simply Filling

So far Weight Watcher's Simply Filling Technique is going along well.  Due to it being the weekend, I'm still not totally on track (having such an issue with that); but for the most part I'm trudging along.

For breakfast the past two days I've had the following:

2 eggs scrambled
1 slice light wheat toast with a smear of margarine
1 small potato diced and fried in 1 tsp. canola oil
1 cup non-fat milk

That's quite a huge breakfast for me and it's costing me zero weekly points!!  Why???  Eggs, Light Bread, Potatoes, and Non-Fat Milk are all Power Foods and thus, I don't have to count.  I also don't have to count my first 2 tsp. of oil and I use such a small amount of margarine that it has no point value.  Big breakfast and it keeps me full for many hours!!

If I lose weight this week, I'm going to be VERY excited...cause I'm about pointed out from counting and this method doesn't having me worried about not enough points for the day and starving!

Also BIG THANKS to Danica at Danica's Daily and Beth at Beth's Journey.  I've read Danica's blog since starting Weight Watchers and came across Beth's while looking for information on Simply Filling.  Both have offered their expertise in this area for my journey!

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Simply Filling Technique

Despite the fact that I had a 1.6 lb. weight loss ( I haven't a clue how that happened considering how off program I was).....I still am having the issue of getting back "into it".

I've decided to give Weight Watchers Simply Filling Plan a try.  You can actually switch back and forth between the plans as often as you wish; however finding information on Simply Filling isn't an easy task.

The Simply Filling Plan is semi-point free.  You eat power foods at no points, but for anything not a power food you still have your 49 weekly points to use.  You really need to be in tune with your body and know it's hunger and full signals.  You may find that you eat many power foods on the point plan already, thus it would be an easy transfer.

I remember some time ago (a year or more) they handed us a flyer at a meeting about it.  Most meetings are geared toward the point program, so info on Simply Filling is lacking.  Our leader doesn't seem well versed in this either.

But I decided to give it a whirl, couldn't find the flyer I received oh so long ago (nor could CC) but we headed off to the meeting and I asked for another.  Well apparently that was a one time thing - folder was empty.  I was advised that I could find the information on E-Tools.   There are many people who don't buy the monthly pass and/or pay for e-tools; what are they suppose to do????  Fortunately I pay for monthly pass and have the access.

Oh but it is very hard to find......I switched my tracker easily to Simply Filling...but where oh where was that food list, or any information for that matter, that was so conveniently in that flyer???   Off to the message boards, some kind soul sent me to here:  What's Included In the Simply Filling Technique and to here for the food listing:  Power Food List (you may not be able to access these links if you're not a site member - some things you can, some you cannot).  Thank God for the Power Food message board at their site...the best info is available from those already doing it.

So we'll see how weigh-in works this week!

Five Years Ago Today....

This Happened:



We bought this:


Hard to believe it has been that long ago!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kiss-Kiss To Jim Not Mike

Well I'm advising all readers to add the blog Jim Not Mike to their reading pleasures.  Not only will you get good reading material....but Jim was able to do a HUGE favor for me!

HE WAS ABLE TO RETRIEVE ALL MY FILES FROM MY FRIED HARD DRIVE!!!

Yep, the IT guy at work couldn't do it, but Jim did it - rather fast actually - and he did it using his MAC.  That may have to be my computer of choice next time around.  KUDOS to Jim and MAC!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

This & That

I hate cold weather and dark mornings.....

I hate when the alarm goes off and it's pitch black - that's just not right.  I hate that I need a jacket to go outside.

And more than anything - I know that it's a sign of winter coming....HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT!!!

Okay...I've had my rant for the day.

Weight Watchers meeting last Thursday proved to be very good.  Since making Lifetime a year ago (and not being able to maintain it for more than a month), the meetings have been dull - geared towards those losing and not a lot going on about maintaining.  I find maintaining a lot more harder than losing.

As expected my weight was back up about 15 lbs. - BLAH!!  So it was time to start over, weigh-in weekly and just make the better choices.  The meeting this time around was helpful, and one of the best things about it was that the leader is also "up" in weight.  Oh - I don't wish that on her, but it was nice to see someone else struggling with this and the meeting worked with that problem.  So it was a bad weigh-in but good meeting.

I've put my weight and such on the side bar....that helps when I put it all out there!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

And So It Starts Again.....

Vacation is over, Summer is over....and it's back to work tomorrow after being off for 11 days!

But it also means that Weight Watchers starts again, oh WW doesn't close for the summer, but I've been very bad the past few months and really need to get back on track.  So that starts this week.

Weight loss is hard and very challenging.  People without weight problems or those who just choose to accept being over weight don't understand and really can harm my efforts.  Sometimes the harm is not intentional, but there are those that just don't want to see me succeed.  It's hard, it's frustrating....

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Home, Unpacked.....

It was a long drive back home yesterday......

First I want to share the photo of the alligator that was at Barefoot Landing:


That was taken from a distance and you can tell he wasn't a little one!!

Here's some photos of alligators at Alligator Adventure:






























The last 8 were taken during "feeding".  American Alligators are actually lazy and prefer their meals already dead.  They can eat very little and not have to eat again for up to a year!  They also only eat when they are hungry...the many that showed up at this feeding and actually got something to eat, won't show back up to the next one.  It was very interesting as the alligators started coming around the minute they saw people showing up - they knew what was coming.  There were a few that didn't bother to come over (probably due to the fact that they weren't hungry).  The girls explained that this is the reason you should never feed an alligator in the wild...they then become "human seeking"; not to eat them but they'll search for humans to get fed.  This is why you read often that alligators are killed for being in human populated areas - someone has fed them and they come looking for more.

This little girl below (despite her name it is a she) was born without a tail.  In the wild she'd have a zero chance of survival...she is kept away from other alligators in her own pen:



Some other creatures there: