Crazy what money can buy!

January 14, 2009

Well….this is what I found after reading poolie’s blog. Had to check for myself!  All I can say is…..Wow.  Any takers????

My blog is worth $3,387.24.
How much is your blog worth?


Me a jokester?

January 5, 2009

Ok so everyone is doing it and this is what popped up for me:

I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I’m an

Extroverted Spiritual Jokester

Hmmmm.  I’m thinking, I’m thinking.   Me a Jokester???  Posh!!  And only me out of 37722 poll takers got this result?  Hmmm….I must be quite the jokester then!  I, like casarosie, took the test twice wondering the validity of the results.  Both times, this is what came up.  Am I really a jokester???  HHhmmmmm……

Not much else to report.  Made it through the holidays and New Years.  Unfortunately Kel and I were sick as dogs so it wasn’t teribly eventful.  I’ve still got the feeling someone is sitting on my chest and she’s still sounding as if her nose has a paperclip closing it shut.  We’re both still hacking and horking….it’s just lovely.  She was off all week so at least she could rest!

I am horribly behind in journal reading, so I will attempt to get caught up again.

I’ll write more when my fog has lifted.  Until then, I hope all of you had a very merry christmas, and a happy and safe new year!  Here’s to 2009 bringing on change and hope!


AVG8 Beware!!!

December 30, 2008

Just a quickie post today, and it’s more of a PSA.

Many of you are using or have used AVG as your anti virus program.  For the most part, it’s a good program!  I’ve used it for quite a few years, as well as Avast to keep my little puter safe.

However….not the case any longer!  I had purchased the AVG program to get more than the freeware program gives.  My license expires in a couple of weeks, and I was contemplating renewing it.  I also became aware of the fact that AVG had come out with another upgrade, so I of course jumped on it and got it on my computer.  I was now the owner of AVG 8.

Pretty interface.  More bells.  More whistles.  And DEFINITELY more headaches!!

To all of you out there who use AVG do not, and I repeat DO NOT, upgrade to version 8!!!!!!

My computer was running like it had glue in it.  It was SO unbelievably slow I felt as if I was back using dial-up.  I thought I had a virus.  I thought I inadvertently downloaded a bad program.  I didn’t know WHAT was going on.

My memory was in fabulous shape, only using about 30 percent of what is on my hard drive.  My drivers were in great shape.  My caches were empty.  I was beautifully de-fragged.  I could not for the life of me understand why my pages were taking sometimes two minutes to download!

And then it hit me.  Hmmmm.  I just upgraded my AVG to a new version.  So I hunted on the net and sure enough the discussion boards are full of pissed off people who have used AVG 8.  The tech geeks are calling it crap.  Everyone is saying to get rid of it.

So I pass that on to you.  Unless you want to go back to the 1990’s of slow dial-up surfing or worse, and feel as if you have glue in your hard drive, do NOT upgrade your AVG to version 8!  If you have it and you are lagging….I guarantee that AVG8 is the culprit.  My bro in-law had the same problems and I just fixed his computer yesterday.  Uninstall the damn thing and reinstall AVG 7.5.  Or screw it altogether and just use Avast- it is a great program.

That is the end of my rant, and my PSA.

Stay tuned for your regularly scheduled program.


Third post in two days. Scary!

December 18, 2008

So I got this from bluesleepy.  I THINK what you do is you go through this list and highlight everything that pertains to you.  So that’s what I did anyway.  Everything that applied to me is in red ink, those things I have yet to do or did in a previous life are in black ink.  So there you have it.  You can learn a little more about me in just about 45 seconds.  Read it…and hey what the heck…copy and paste it into your own blog!  I’ve done 62 of these 100 things.  Hmmmm……

Gee.  This is the second thing I’ve stolen in a row from other bloggers.  I have zero inspiration as of late, so stealing has come in handy!

Random things about me:

1. Started my own blog  (um, duh?  Isn’t that why we’re here reading in the first place??)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (DisneyWorld)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (in general)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (only if this includes fishing can I claim this!)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Clearly I need to go overseas.  Sigh.


Another nickname and challenge me

December 18, 2008

So.  I did the nickname thingie yesterday and it was fun.  I feel sorry for Yankee and Terri as they don’t get the joy of the experience since they did not have childhood nicknames.  I’m not sure who is luckier- me or them.

I decided in their honor I would do a second one.  I had another nickname as a kid because of my bedtime antics.  I used to position myself on my hands and knees with my head close to the wall, and rock back and forth, banging my head against the wall.  It was comforting, what can I say?  Clearly it was comforting or I can’t imagine why I’d do it.  I guess I used to rock myself to sleep that way.  Sometimes, I still to this day find myself rocking to comfort me on night where it’s hard to sleep or if I’m sad.  No, I do not continue the art of whacking my head into the wall while doing this, and I don’t rock on my hands and knees.  Instead I just rock back and forth while laying on my side in bed.  Drives Kel nuts tho, so I try to wait until she’s fast asleep if I really have the urge.

ANYways….the nickname I got for doing that was Hammerhead.  Fitting eh?  And this is the picture I found.  Enjoy!


Handsome fellow isn’t he?  Odd that he appears to have no idea he is a walking toolbelt.

And the last picture has nothing at all to do with this meme.  Any of you fans of the ‘ol christmas movie “A Christmas Story” you will now be jealous of me.  Yes indeed!  Our wonderful friend Christopher presented the following to us for Christmas this year, and I just couldn’t be happier.  It is currently shining bright in the living room!

leg_lamp_standard_45_in_lgHeh heh!  Oh I just know you are so jealous!  And the stockings are actually real net stockings.  They aren’t painted on.  You can pull at them and snap them against the leg!  It is sooooo cool!  And it lights just like the one in the movie.  The lamp only.  The leg only.  Or both lit at the same time.  Faboo faboo faboo!!  Now, just so you know, we have the k size which is about two feet tall.  The full size that was in the movie just wouldn’t be appropriate in our current surroundings.

So that’s it for today.  Not much going on while we wait for the supposed killer snow storm that is heading this way for tonight thru the weekend.  They are telling everyone to stock up as the roads will be bad and not to go out.  They are contemplating not sending the kids to school tomorrow as they don’t want them stuck at the schools all weekend.  Pffffft!   Posh on that.  Bring it on I say, and just challenge me not to drive.  Ha!  We have brand new tires on the car now so just challenge me!



December 17, 2008

So my beloved Auntie Poolie started something in her blog to challenge her readers.  I am jumping on the train.  The deal is you take your childhood nickname, type it into a google picture search, and post the first picture that comes up.

My nickname was Blabby.  My mother ever so endearingly gave me that one.  I couldn’t keep a secret very well so that moniker was well suited for me.  When I plugged it in to the search, the first picture was protected so I couldn’t post it.  Soooooo, I felt I had the right to look for the next funny one, and this is what it was.   This I guess is me, Blabby:


So there you have it.  Not sure what is so “blabby” about this picture.  Perhaps her nickname is Blabby and she can’t keep her mouth shut either.  Maybe she is about to have a surgical procedure done because she is so blabby.   Perhaps her doctor is extremely blabby and she is growing weary, contemplating throwing something at him.

Anyhoo.  If you have read this then consider yourself tagged to do it next.  And remember, I have a stat tracker!  If you don’t do this little exercise on your next blog entry, I will BLAB ABOUT IT!!


Where’s the keys?

December 11, 2008

We’re never too old to try new things.

Last Saturday Kelly and I went to a xmas party for a business that I did some volunteer work for over the Halloween season.  It was a lot of fun, and tons of awesome food that was catered in by one of my favourite places.  There was a gift exchange and I sported some smas hand towels for the bathroom.  (Such a lovely gift for a scrooge to get, eh?)  Kelly got a Dr. Sholl’s foot massager thingie that she has yet to really enjoy as it tickles her feet too much and makes her calves tingle.

Then it was on to bowling.  I love to bowl.  I consider myself pretty good, but inconsistant which ultimately doesn’t make me a good bowler.  Needless to say I was excited to try my luck as it was a blizzard outside and what better thing to do than bowl!

Then, I stumbled on this as I walked into the alley:

Ok, I didn't see Liz...don't know who she is.  Pic is off the web!

Pic is off the web. I have no idea who this woman is but her name is Liz.

Look up again at the picture.  Notice there are only FIVE pins?  And although you can’t tell, they are skinnier than normal.  Notice the balls?  They are tiny, like the balls you use in lawn bowling.  There are no holes for your thumb and two fingers.  You don’t get to pick a ball and have one all night but instead share your choice of about twenty on your lane with your challengers.

Here’s a picture of the differences in bowling here in Canada.  There isn’t a regulation bowling ball in the picture but on the far left you’ll notice a standard Ten Pin to get an idea of what I was walking into.


Ok, now did I smoke something without knowing or did someone slip something in my food?  What the HELL is this???  I’d never seen anything like this in my life.  And the SPEED that people hurl these balls down the lane is scary.   The alley we were at even had a plastic shiel above the lane so that people would vault them too high.

I am taking an excerpt from a website about Canadian 5 Pin Bowling, because I just could NOT write or explain this any funnier than this guy did:

(From http://www.225.ca/fivepin.htm)

“Leave it to the Canadians to wussify bowling.  I mean really, what is more manly than hurling a 16 pound ball down a wooden lane towards 10 unsuspecting pins.   Tensing as the ball throttles the head pin and sends it careening into several other pins?   The sound of crashing as the pins bounce around like a bunch of metalheads hopped up on meth at a Pantera concert.

The wussification began when some guy (look it up on the net if you really are craving to know the details) decided that 10 pin bowling was just a bit too strenuous for the mortal Canadian. Why not only have 5 pins.   A 16 pound ball?    That is too heavy, how bout a nice softball sized 3.5 pound ball.   What?   You say we only get 2 chances to knock all the pins down?   Isn’t 3 chances a bit more sporting for the me and my chums?   Finally, lets throw some big fat rubber bands around the center of the pins for good measure.   Thus Canadian 5 pin bowling was born, or something like that.”

On top of all that, there is of course a completely different way of scoring.  Each pin has a point value.  Ugh.  And just so you know, this is NOT an easy, or wussy game!  I was getting so frustrated when not throwing strikes or spares.  Sometimes I was lucky if I got just one pin down!  It was hysterical really.  Everyone knew I was an American and had never seen a bowling alley like this, and I think they took pleasure in my goofiness.  Oh well.  It was fun.  In fact, it got rather addicting.  And I swear I got a better workout than had I played Ten Pin.

In fact, the dude that wrote the above article later stated this in the same article:

“We managed to improve each game as we discovered the subtleties of this odd little game. We also grew to like it.

5 pin bowling, sounds like it is for pussies, but it is for everyone and turned out to be quite a bit of fun. Go to Canada and try it yourself.”

So there ya be.  I learned something new yet again.

I of course had to make it more interesting.  Kel and I went to the fabric store earlier as there was a big sale on curtain rods.  We found the 8 footer we needed and it was 60% off so we snatched it up.  I proceeded to wade through the fresh snow of the snowstorm that hit over night and make my way to the car.

8 Foot pole + 2 door Honda Civic = A challenge to fit.

I’m freezing.  I want to get back to the bowling alley to start playing this weird game.  I’m standing in a foot of snow.  I have this long freaking pole and am doing my best to make it fit in our car.  Only thing I could do was crawl into the back seat and drop one of the backrests so I could feed the thing into the trunk.  Dang things were locked so I had to take the keys out and unlock them.   The pole from hell fit nicely and I uncramped myself from the back seat and made my way back to the alley.

Ahem.  Yeah.  After I realized I had left the freaking keys in that lock thingie for the seats and locked up the car nice and tight!

I didn’t have my other set of keys, and neither did Kelly.  True, we had the other set at home, but a lot of good that does when the house is locked up tight too.  Not to mention we’d have to pain someone else to drive us clear across town in a blizzard.  (Oh, the don’t call them blizzards here.  They are Snow Squall’s)

Luckily someone offered their CAA card services and someone came in 45 minutes.   I had to take off my bowling shoes, put on my boots and coat,  and stand out there with him as he screwed with wedges, bladders and rods for a half hour before giving up.  He decided he needed to call the “Honda Lock Expert” to get me into the car.  Ok.

Back in the alley.  Take off coat.  Take off boots.  Put bowling shoes back on.  Look like a fool for another half hour, then the call came from CAA Honda Lock Expert dude that he was outside.  Take off bowling shoes.  Put on boots.  Put on coat.  Go back in the blustery cold.

HLE dude was funny and at least talked while he petered with the car.  At one point he had five different rods sticking out of the windows.  He told me he can’t get those rods out until he got the car open, so he wasn’t leaving until he was in.  Thank god he only took about 2o minutes.  And all it cost me was one cigarette to the HLE dude.

Back inside.  Take off boots.  Take off coat.  Put bowling shoes back on.  Bowl for another 45 minutes or so.  While I was out playing with the CAA guys, someone’s 6 year old girl bowled for me in my spot.  Shamelessly, she did much better than me.  I should have let her continue bowling for me.