December 31, 2008

Is this bad?

I know these are blurry but hear me out.  This is Speedy G. our snail.  He/She (they are hermaphrodites) does a great job cleaning the algae in the fish tank.  But today, I noticed something interesting growing on Speedy G......
Yep, a hearty amount of algae is growing on his/her shell.  Oops, is that bad?  I wonder if the loaches will help him out with his problem.  Or maybe the other fish will gang rush him and kill him so we have yet another snail shell adorning our tank. 
Who knows.  I guess we'll have to wait for nature to run its course.

December 26, 2008

Friday Foto Finish 12.26

I know it is the season for sharing holiday pics, but I am going off on a tangent. Mostly because we aren't celebrating until next week when the whole (big *ss ) family can all get together. So, I was going through trying to find a something laughable and came across this....
My hubby let the little ones get into the post its. Bernardo even has a photo of a minkey on his head... Good times..... If you haven't already entered, come join the fun at Candid Carries place.

December 23, 2008


First of all, let me tell you about my day so far. Got up, had a bagle (mmm.) , knit a bit, then checked the weather. Ummm, 4-9" in the next 24 hours. I better go out and get any supplies we may need in the next couple a days. Toilet paper, soup, beer, you know the essentials...

So, off I head to the bank to cash a few checks. I made some last minute Christmas gifts so I had some extra money coming in on top of that the check I got from my folks. I was set to go. Get to the drive through, friendly chat, leave and head off to Target.

I had to get just a few things at Target. Looked around the store, picked up another essential item, a wii nunchuck so the hubby and I can box it out later. Ran into Carrie and a pack of kiddos. See in my world all Targets lead to an alternate universe where you can find anyone or anything you are looking for.... It's a theory... or, I'm crazy....

Anyway, I get to the checkout my items are rung up and I grab the envelope from the bank.....Ooopppsss, I am missing something.... Like $96.00!?! Good thing I had my debit card.

So, I head back to the bank. Wait in line for about 5 minutes (holiday rush and all) get to the next teller and say "Um, I went through your drive through about a half hour ago and I was shorted almost a hundred dollars....." To which I get this look of "what is she trying to scam here".

I had to point out the teller from the drive through, they counted my money about 15 times, checked his records, then counted his drawer and finally I got my money. It only took a half hour of my day but seriously how do you short someone $96.00. It isn't even an (ha ha) even amount! They are lucky they didn't get angry, yelling, swearing Jen. (She's in here somewhere, I just don't let her out very often!)

Now I am really happy I got that extra Nunchuk because I need to get some of this anger out before I take it out on the hubby while we are stuck in the house for the next few days.....

December 22, 2008

Random Thoughts on a cold, cold day

As I sit here at the counter typing away and enjoying a steaming hot cup of Chai I look outside to see...
This.  It is cold today and I am so thankful that I am not at work.  I am especially thankful I don't have outside duty in this 2 degree weather.
I am on winter break for the next two weeks.  I really hope the weather warms up because I don't want to be cranky and stuck in the house.

Yesterday we had my side of the families Christmas dinner.  If Grandma would have made it just 6 1/2 more months we would have celebrated on her 100th birthday.  I don't know about you, but that just seems like a bit too long to go on.  If you knew her she would have agreed 25 years ago it was too long.  She was a pretty cool lady.

I did make some hand crafted Christmas gifts for my folks this year.  Dad got an awesome Knit beer.  Mom got a jade and pearl necklace and a prototype frog I made for a friend.  (I'll tell you who, but after Christmas).  Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the necklace for my anal retentive ways.  I like to have photos in case I go for a recreation at some point.

I am recently addicted to our new wii.  Love me some bowling and oddly boxing!  I will master that uppercut one of these days.  Come on it's only been a week since we got it.  I am excited because Santa is bringing me a wii Fit for Christmas.  Being a yogi, I want to see how long it takes me to unlock all those poses.....  Oh and he also got me the new Shaun White snowboarding game.  Awesome!

Last random thought of the day.  My 4th grade teacher left a lasting impression on me.  In the last paragraph I accidentally misspelled 'BECAUSE'.  My finger slipped.  When I was in 4th grade I could not for the life of me spell that word.  So, what did my teacher make me do?????  Recite it every day at the start of the day CORRECTLY for 3 weeks.... IN FRONT OF THE CLASS.  To this day, I cannot spell it without saying the letters in my head.  Sorry, just a random thought.  It is weird what sticks with you.

December 18, 2008

Friday Foto Finish 12.19.08

It's that time of week again.  It feels like it has taken too long to get here.  This week for Candid Carrie's Fx4 is some holiday bling I just finished up for a friend of mine.  The top two are bracelets with her future grand baby's name on them.  Hard to see with the Swarovski blinging, but her name is Riley.  All cutesie pink and white.
These little guys are also a bit of bling, but for me.  They are Swarovski Crystal malas.   Their color is amazing.  Each is centered off with a cultured pearl.  
Make sure you join in the fun and play along.  Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2008

This just sums it up...

Now, I don't like to get political but most people who know me know I am not a Bush fan ( and no I am not talking about my former boss D. Busch). Jr. or Sr. When I saw this photo today, it sums up my feelings towards G-Dub and No Child Left Behind (and a few other treasures over the last 8 years). I feel bad that it happened to him, but I can understand the frustration the man in the crowd felt.
Oh yeah... Karma's a bitch, isn't it!

December 13, 2008

Vision Smision...

Today I had to go in for my yearly eye exam.  No big deal for all you 'normal' people out there.  But for me I get to spend the rest of my day unable to focus.  Why you ask.... I have a freckle inside my eyeball so I have to have just ONE eye dilated.  Did you know you can have freckles there?  Well, you can.  And just like any freckle if it gets bigger it can mean there is something wrong and it needs to be removed.

Fortunately my doctor informed me that it is the same size and in the same place as it has been over the last 3 years.  So, next year I don't have to be dilated.  Yeah!!!  But I do get to spend the rest of my day like this:
You can get a better picture if you click on the image...  I think I will take a nap and hope it goes down

December 11, 2008

Middle School Antics.....Gross me out.....


For some reason our students seem to be more 'sexually charged' than they have been in the past. Over the past three weeks these kids are playing grab ass like it is going out of style. Oh yeah..... THEY ARE 13 / 14 YEARS OLD!!!!! One word: GROSS!!!!!

We have had kids writing sexually explicit notes to one another and passing them in class. One such note was an 'instructional manual' on how to give a blow job! I was so glad I didn't get or read that one. We have had kids literally grab each other inappropriately and constantly! I really don't see an end in sight.....

The most recent activity was yesterday. A student thought it would be funny to ummmm..... put a condom on a pen and throw it across the room with a sub! Poor girl..... She handled it well though. She got on the phone and asked administration to come on down and take care of it. Our principal showed up a few seconds later and took 'swarn statements' from the entire class. It has been narrowed down who threw it and it will be taken care of tomorrow.

My question is: What is wrong with kids these days? They have no sense of right and wrong, blame others for their own action and act as if they are 15 years older than they are. I am so frightened that we are going to have a pregnant 7th grader by the end of the year. I can't imagine that one.....

Do we need to start monitoring what these kids are wathcing on T.V.? Do we need to put stricter warnings on explicit video games? Do we need to have community outreach classes that teach some of our parents how to be parents? I don't know, but I think something needs to be done soon! I am so thankful that winter break is coming up next Friday and I will have 15 days middle school free!

December 7, 2008

I have road rage issues

OK, I must first admit that I hate driving in winter.  The roads in my neighborhood rarely get salted so I have been driving on a sheet of ice now for a week.  But that isn't my problem.....

I used to have a serious anger problem.  I was always mad.  Do you want to know why?  Well, so do I.  It was something I couldn't control but a way I always felt.  I can go into theories at a later date.  The only thing that really gets me angry anymore is driving.  I do get a serious case of road rage.  Here are some scenarios:

Scenario 1:  There is snow on the ground, but NONE on the road.  The person in front of me is driving 12 mph in a 40 mph zone.  Why?  Because at any possible moment it could snow.  I really wish they would have looked in their rear view mirror to see me yelling at them and calling them a "f*ck stick:"  (Oh yeah, I really swear when the rage sets in)

Scenario 2:  I am on my way to work and I have to drive up this incline to get to the stop sign.  I am the 4th car back and had to stop.  When it was time to move forward, my tires simply spun on the solid ice of the incline and I went nowhere.  I actually had to back up 30+ feet in order to get up the icy incline to slide through the stop sign.  To this you would hear the words "Dumb Ass" come out of my mouth.

Scenario 3:  I am on the interstate to work.  Unable to go above 35 in a 65 because they haven't plowed or salted the roads yet.  Some 'dick pickle" swerves in front of me without turning on his signal.  Scared the BeJesus out of me!  And my morning commute was turned from 20 minutes to just over an hour!

Scenario 4:  Some "Dip Shit" in an SUV (yes, I drive one too but not like you) thinks their 4 wheel drive will circumvent the icy pavement so you can go ubber fast and cause a 7 car pileup.  Look at you go!  I understand that the SUV makes you feel invincible, but your not and neither are those cars around you!

I could keep going, but I feel my Hulkian rage coming back.  I just hope my morning commute tomorrow will be filled with safe, responsible drivers......  I bet I swear a few times before I get there.....

December 4, 2008

Fx4 B&B Booty!

Look at the stash of Bath and Body Works goodies that arrived in the mail!
I got up bright and early on Black Friday and did some serious online shopping.  Every year I always get the little hand lotion things for any little gifts I might need.  Well, this year if you spent a mere $40 you could buy the 'goodie' bag for another $15.  Well, that's what yours truly did.  It was awesome.  I got full size products for about $1.50 for each item.  Pretty sweet!  Now go have some fun and play along with Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Finish Fiesta!