Thursday, April 30, 2009

How about a Young Hero?

Meet Emily.

She is my Hero for the week. She has started a website at to raise money to feed starving children in Africa. She has already raised over $8,000. I think it is amazing that at age 11, this little girl has already done so much for humanity. It sort of makes you think about the abilities of our youth today. It also makes one hopeful about our future. I hear my boys say things on a daily basis that surprise me. Our children today are being taught some very wonderful things. I believe that some of the parents of this next generation are actually attempting to instill family values, and respect for others into their offspring. Nathan told me the other day that we needed to start recycling so that we could clean up the Earth and get healthy. They are all the time talking about exercise and how it is good for them. And they are very conscientious about what foods they eat as well. They are always asking me if what they are eating is healthy. Unfortunately, I cannot always say yes. But this little girl inspires me. I heard about her on a local radio station, They have ordinary listeners of the week, and they interview common everyday people. Emily is the ordinary listener this week. A visit from some missionary's to her church inspired her to help the starving children of Africa. I am amazed at the fact that she felt that she had the power to make a difference. At age 11, she has been able to organize this, can you image what she will be empowered to do at age 23?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Attack of the Zombie Chicken

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken: excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.”

So without further ado, here are my Zombie Chicken recipients!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

If you wish to help this kid........

Go visit The Wild Onion.

Thank you and good Day

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Back to the Future

Well, this week is National Laboratory Professionals Week, and our Lab has been celebrating all week long. Today, was the best. Today was 80's day. We got to dress up and be cool all day long. It was really a lot of fun! Wow! work was a lot of fun for a change. Anyway, I thought I would show you all some pics of me. I'll try to post the group picture as soon as my co-worker emails it to me.

By hair became a bit more flat after driving home in the car with the windows down.

This one was taken early in the morning while the hair and makeup was still fresh!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Packers at Play

I thought I would share a little live action shots of the boys flag football game a couple of weeks ago. This was such a hard played game. They boys played really well, even though we still lost. The final score was 25 to 19. But they really had a good time. This first picture is of me keeping score. It was so windy that day, that the volunteer score keeper gave up during half time. So I pitched in and helped out. I love this picture of Nathan. Click it to make it larger and laugh your asses off at the face he is giving that other boy. I do believe this is called staring down the competition!
Nathan is playing center and I think Forrest(red and black shorts left of Nathan) was a running during this play. As you can tell, Nathan was ready to get that play rolling.

Here is a picture of Forrest chasing down the boy with the ball. Every one else in this photo is so serious. They all have such concentration on their faces, but not my Forrest, he is all smiles and that is why I love this photo.

I am proud of the boys. They improve with every game they play. This is our first time in an organized sport and I am thrilled with the coaches we got. They are so easy going and they are in it to have fun. They are great for our boys self esteem and I think that all of the boys, not just mine are really having a good time out there on the field. No pressure, just good wholesome fun.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Life's a Bitch and then your Monitor Dies!

I think there must be a bad luck cloud permanently parked above my head. Our luck has been so bad lately that we have taken to burning white candles to ward off the jinks that some nut job has decided to place on us. I'm even thinking about getting some sage to burn in the corners of the house to ward off evil spirits. But on top of everything that has been going on, our computer monitor dies. Oddly enough, this is the third monitor we have had in the past year. We started out with a really cool sleek black flat LCD screen monitor that came with the computer. But last spring, when the tornadoes decided our street was a party zone, the whole computer got fried. We had to replace the motherboard and the power chord and several other components of the computer as well as the monitor. Earlier in the week, my husband tried to turn on the computer and the monitor would not work. The power would come on, but no screen. WTF, dejavu all over again. And we are so strapped for cash right now, I wasn't sure what we could do. The monitor we had was definitely an old clunker. It was actually a freebie given to us by the infamous Crazy Neighbor. It was extremely tiny, and had red finer nail polish spilled all over the top of it, but it worked. Now, just like Crazy Neighbor, it is history. So yesterday I went to the B&M Emporium near our house. It is basically a huge building filled with 10X10 booths. People sell everything there. Old Hot Wheel Cars, antique furniture, antique dishes, bottles, clothes, ect. It is sort of like an indoor flea market, with out the fleas, and the livestock. So I was perusing the Emporium and a saw an old Sony Trinitron Multiscan G400 monitor for $30.00.

It's HUGE! I swear this thing weights 200 lbs! Sure, I'm exaggerating, but it's still very heavy. I didn't buy it yesterday. Instead I came back home and told my husband about it. I asked him if he thought it was worth the $30.00. He told me it would be better than not having a computer for awhile, so I went back today and bought it. While I was struggling to place it into the shopping cart, I managed to wedge it in there. When I made it to the check out counter, I was unable to get it out of the cart. It took me and two very strong men to remove it from the cart. So, that little chore done, the monitor was sitting upright on the counter, and the cashier asked me if I plugged it in to make sure it worked. "No, I didn't see a plug in anywhere, so no, I haven't checked to see if it worked." "Well, she says, " there are plug ins at every booth." Well, I am certainly not lugging it back to the booth to plug it in now." "Well, I strongly recommend that you plug it in to check that it is in working condition because we have a no refund policy." I was agitated by now, and I asked the woman if she had a plug in behind the counter. "No, but there is one over there by the door." The door was about twenty feet away, so I grabbed hold of the monitor, hauled it off of the counter and carried it to the door. I had to place it onto the floor in order to plug it in. It worked. I ripped the tag off the top of it and carried it back to the counter and left the kids beside the monitor to guard it. After paying for it, I went outside and drove the truck right up to the door, then I lifted the 200lb behemoth into the back of my truck (Actually, I drive an SUV, but it is a Nissan Xterra, so it is rugged like a truck.) And came home. I got home and my husband had just left for work, so I did not have any assistance getting into the house either. The kids even slammed the door in my face as I was walking up the steps. I hollered at the top of my lungs, "OPEN THE DAMN DOOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course they both came running and then stumbled and fumbled their way through our narrow laundry room in front of me. I was gritting my teeth by the time I all but dropped it into my desk chair. My fragile patients were holding on by a single thin thread. But I calmly unhooked the old monitor and hooked this one up and walla, I now have Internet access again!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Super Busy!!

I've been so busy here lately that I have not been able to come and visit everyone in Bloggerland. Please don't think it isn't because I don't care, because you all have very nearly become like family to me. It is just that life is a bit too hectic and there doesn't seem to be enough daylight, or twilight hours in a day for me to accomplish everything I need to do. Not to mention, the Lung Death, is hanging on. I am still coughing more that I like and it is exhausting. It is going on three weeks now, and I have completed a 10 day round of antibiotics. At work I am in the middle of a 7 day stretch, I don't have another day off until Friday the 17th. And the Supervisor is starting a two week vacation tomorrow, which will leave me the one in charge! How scary is that?! Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I am alive, and I will hopefully be commenting on your posts again soon.