Thursday, June 28, 2007


I seem to have misplaced my boyfriend... Does anyone know where he is?


I love music. If you know me at all, you probably have seen me with music, either singing, dancing, referencing lyrics, etc. I don’t know what it is, but I love music. I think it is great. I like all kinds of music too. It is so fun. It is weird that you can hear a song and remember what you were doing when listening to it before. For example, every time I hear Midtown I think of the first Punk show I ever went to – down in good ole’ Toledo. Or hearing Dave Matthews Band Under the Table I think of Nicki, Shawndra, my mom and I riding to get our ears pierced singing it on my thirteenth birthday. Life is a Highway reminds me of my dad’s softball team and their tournaments that we went to yearly in Cincinnati. So many memories through music. I think the main thing that I have missed this past 2 weeks not having internet has been the lack of music streaming from my office (of course using email, chatting with my mom, searching the web are also muy importante too). Sometimes it is good just to reflect on those memories, see how you have grown, changed, etc since those times. I know this is a random post, but I LOVE music.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007



Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal syndrome characterized by pain, achiness, tenderness, and stiffness in the muscle tissue, ligaments, and tendons. It most frequently affects the neck, shoulders, chest, legs, and lower back. Pain is generally accompanied by sleep disorders, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, and depression. Many of its symptoms are similar to those of chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).

Incidence and Prevalence
It is estimated that 6 to 8 million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia. About 80% of patients are women. While fibromyalgia can occur at any age, the highest incidence occurs among women 20 to 40 years of age.

There have been reports of fibromyalgia in children. What may be considered "growing pains" might in fact be fibromyalgia, especially if the child complains of having difficulty sleeping.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for fibromyalgia include the following:

-Age (more common in young adults)
-Gender (more common in women than men)
-Genetic (familial patterns suggest the disorder may be inherited)
-Sleep disorders (whether sleep difficulties are a cause or a result of fibromyalgia is unknown)


Causes of fibromyalgia are not known. The condition produces vague symptoms that may be associated with diminished blood flow to certain parts of the brain and increased amounts of substance P, which is thought to be a sensory neurotransmitter involved in the communication of pain, touch, and temperature from the body to the brain. Researchers have identified several other possible causes, including the following:

-Autonomic nervous system dysfunction
-Chronic sleep disorders
-Emotional stress or trauma
-Immune or endocrine system dysfunction
-Upper spinal cord injury
-Viral or bacterial infection

Signs and Symptoms

While the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be debilitating, they are not life threatening. Symptoms vary, depending on stress level, physical activity, time of day, and the weather. Pain is the primary symptom, found in virtually 100% of cases—specifically, pain and tenderness in certain areas of the body when pressure is applied to them. These areas include:

-Back of the head
-Upper back
-Upper chest

Pain may be aching, burning, throbbing, or move around the body (migratory). Many patients also experience muscle tightness, soreness, and spasms. The patient may be unable to carry out normal daily activities, even though muscle strength is not affected. The pain is often worse in the morning, improves throughout the day, and worsens at night.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and symptoms may be constant or intermittent for years or even a lifetime. Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

-Sleep disorders (e.g., restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea)

-Gastrointestinal (e.g., abdominal pain, bloating, gas, cramps, alternating diarrhea and constipation)

-Numbness or tingling sensations

-Chronic headaches (may include facial and jaw pain)

-Heightened sensitivity to odors, loud noises, bright lights, various foods, medicines, and changes in weather

-Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) and painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)

-Frequent urination, strong urge to urinate, and painful urination (dysuria)

-Rapid or irregular heart rate, and shortness of breath

-Sensation of swelling (edema) in the hands and feet, even though swelling is not present

Christmas Flight

This year I won't be flying back to Michigan for Christmas without telling my mom (for those of you that didn't know, I surprised my mom last year for Christmas). I just booked my flight back to Michigan. I used frequent flier miles, so I actually only had to pay $10 for the taxes, which is MUCH better than what the flight would have cost me. Well, just thought you would like to know, hehe.


Some days are just draining. I don’t know why, but today has seemed to drag on and on. Maybe it is the catch up I am trying to do from my lack of sleep this past weekend. Maybe it is just my body aches are getting the best of me today. Maybe it has just been an emotionally draining day and I am ready for everything to take a turn for the better. Who knows the reason, but it has been a long day, a long day that I am glad will be over soon. Ready to start another day. Ready to learn something new. Ready to be a day older and a couple hours more mature. READY TO BE HAPPY!


"Something to Think About"

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say

"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's "dance recital " he continued. "Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."

"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.

"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.

It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays." "I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear."

"Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.

There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight."

"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time."

"It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.

Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles.

A friend sent this to me, so I to you, my friend.

And so, as one smart bear once said..."If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh.

Not holding it in

I decided I don’t want to hold anything in anymore. What I mean by that is there are some feelings that I have been holding inside and not saying anything to people because I don’t want to be the confrontational one, I just want everyone to be happy. The problem with this is that when I allow others to keep going on around me and not letting them know if something bothers me, then it isn’t making everyone happy, it is actually making me UNhappy. I started today by sending a few emails to friends that I may have hurt in the past or may have hurt me in the past. I realized that people are not mind readers (surprising, huh?) and no matter how much I want them to just be able to tell that I am upset or hurt or jealous, they are not able to get into my psyche and see everything. I can’t hold in the feelings anymore, especially when I want genuine relationships – holding things back is making fake friendships and nothing of substance. I guess I am writing this incase you have gotten or get an email, card, letter, etc from me in the future that seems to be a fountain of my emotions. I do not mean to hurt anyone in this process and if I do, please let me know, but I feel as though I have continually been hurting myself by not speaking how I feel so I must stop. I have to be confrontational. I have to speak my mind, that’s why I have feelings and opinions, right, to voice them. Well, let’s see how this goes… Hopefully I build stronger relationships in the mean time (and don’t wreck any that I have currently) – wish me luck.

Welcome Back

So I decided that I would continue blogging, and I came up with an idea on how to do it. My fans (well, my mom) told me she missed reading my blog, so I have been racking my brain on how to do it. I decided while I was at work I would send myself emails so that I can just copy and paste the info into my blog after I get home from work. I am still without the internet at work, which is getting slightly ridiculous now. I have resorted to listening to my ipod – which causes me to look very anti social with my headphones on, but I need music. Currently I am singing along to the Rent soundtrack. Not only is it music, but it is sort of like watching the play, hehe. I could just close my eyes and picture the actors and actresses – I told you, I get bored at work, I guess day dreaming and playing Free Cell are the only things to keep my mind occupied. Well, here’s to being back on the blog wagon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Check 'em out

I am at a different coffee shop today and am loading photos slightly faster (yesterday I got 4 done in 1.5 hours, today I am working at a much faster pace). Check out the zoo photos and the wedding pics!! Enjoy!!

Monday, June 25, 2007


I'm trying to load photos, but it is taking forever.... Unfortunately I think I may need to wait until I can hook into a quicker internet (bumming it from coffee shops doesn't seem to work very well)...

Pray for Uhrman

One of my dear friends, Lauren Uhrman, is about to finish her nursing degree and decided to volunteer her nursing skills doing Mission work in Kenya, Africa.

Lauren left about 3 weeks ago and was working in "the bush" and then spreading the gospel with the church there. She has, unfortunately, contracted malaria and baladsia, an intestinal parasite which is extremely life threatening. She loves the Lord and is a special servant for Him. She's being flown home soon to receive the medical attention she requires.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The End

I know everyone will be disappointed to hear, but I think that my blogging has come to an end... At least for the time being. For some odd reason my internet has been diconnected at work, and therefore I can't blog. I am actually looking for a new job, so if anyone knows of anything - LET ME KNOW!! Thanks for the support!! Hopefully I will be back sooner than later, but I don't want to get anyone's hopes up.... Bye bye :)

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Closer

The new season of The Closer starts tonight. I don't know if anyone other than me and my mom watch this show that reads this blog, but I am pumped. The Closer is a good show, and at least I will have something to follow now that Gilmore Girls was canned. The show is on TNT and tonight is the Season Premier, which they will show COMMERCIAL FREE! How often do you get that (unless you have Tivo or something like that)!! Here is the synopsis of tonight's episode:

In the third-season opener, Brenda and the team investigate the grisly slaying of a family, and the only survivor is the drug-addled teen son. Meanwhile, a financial crisis rocks the LAPD, bringing about budget cuts, numerous changes --- and possibly Provenza’s early retirement. And Fritz hopes to move into a new house with Brenda.

Can't wait!!

Awesome Idea

If only I had this idea :) Way to help out the less fortunate!!

Bamboo bike quite the offshoot

Funny where an idea will take you. Ten years ago, Luna the dog — part pit bull and part Labrador retriever — was gnawing on a piece of bamboo growing behind Craig Calfee's bicycle shop outside Santa Cruz.
On Sunday, Calfee was due to arrive in the West African nation of Ghana, intent on making bamboo bikes for the desperately poor. Chew toy to bicycle. Whimsy to good deed. Santa Cruz to Ghana. Not that this story is anywhere near finished. It's still anybody's guess whether something will come of this project. Which brings us back to Luna, may she rest in peace. Luna was adept at crushing wooden sticks with her powerful jaws. Give her a piece of wood, and she'd chew it to splinters in no time. But the best she could manage with the hard, round stalks of bamboo was a tooth mark or two. And that got Calfee to wondering: If bamboo was strong enough to withstand Luna, why couldn't it be a bicycle frame?

The rest of the story here.

Balboa Park

Ryan and I went to Balboa Park on Saturday. It is more of an epi-center of museums and whatnot, not just a park. You have to pay at all of the museums, so we just went into the Hall of Champions, Sports Museum and also the Japanese Friendship Garden. We took a bunch of photos - look at My Photos to see more. Here are a couple of them:

A view of the rock garden in the Japanese Friendship Garden we walked through:
We didn't pay for the Aerospace Museum, but took pictures through the gift shop, hehe:

Old school football gear:



Look at this awesome art!! Ryan's dad sent it to me.... Look at all the details!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

No Child Soldiers Campaign

I've just signed the No Child Soldiers Declaration committing myself to help bring peace and protection to the children of northern Uganda. More than 25,000 children have been captured, tortured, and used as frontline soldiers and sex slaves in a bloody civil war that has raged for 20 years. The time has come to end this war.

I hope you will make this commitment, too.

Please join with thousands of concerned citizens and parents who believe that all children deserve to have a childhood free from torture and a future free from cruelty.

World Vision will take this petition to the Bush Administration, Congress, and the United Nations to demand action.

World Vision's goal is 1 million signatures--and they need your help to get there.

Love Story

I love happy endings :) Here is part of a story about a couple in Monroe, married for 50 + years.... CONGRATS TO THEM!!

After their spouses died at early ages, Ken and Myrtle Stoll were not thinking about getting back into the dating scene. At the time, Mrs. Stoll was in her early 30s and Mr. Stoll was in his early 40s; both had children to raise as single parents. It took a dare for Mr. Stoll to approach his future wife. "His neighbor dared him to call me. She asked him why he hadn't asked me out yet," recalled Mrs. Stoll from the couple's Monroe home. He took the dare, and it paid off. About a year after their first date, the couple married on June 15, 1957, at Grace Lutheran Church. "It's our second time around. I didn't think we would make it to 50 years since it's a second marriage for the both of us," Mr. Stoll said. Mrs. Stoll said God blessed them by doubling what she asked Him.

More of the article here. How sweet!

Bring out the Broom

Bring out the broom, the Spurs SWEPT the Cavs!! Whoo hoo!! As I noted earlier, I was at my 4 hour hair cut, but I did catch some post game interviews on Sports Center. Parker was the Finals MVP and more importantly, the Cavs lost :) .

This wasn't their first NBA title. But for the Spurs, it's the maybe the one that means the most.
Champions for a fourth time in nine years, they're now a dynasty. "I don't care where we fall in history," Parker said. "I just feel blessed, honored and privileged to play on a team like this."

I think that the Pistons probably would have lost to the Spurs also, but at least it wasn't us they embarrassed. Just kidding Cav fans :)

A what was found?!

A woolly mammoth was found in Carlsbad yesterday. Ok, ok, it wasn't alive, but the bones of a woolly mammoth were found at a construction site near where Ryan lives.

Mastodon Bones Unearthed in McMillin/Brookfield Development

Fossils from a prehistoric animal were unearthed at a residential development site in South Carlsbad June 12. The remains from a mastodon, which resembled a wooly mammoth, were found as grading took place at Windmill, a master-planned community by San Diego-based Corky McMillin Cos. and Del Mar-based Brookfield Homes.

The fossilized bones from the extinct mammal could be 220,000 years old and are the first mastodon remains found in Carlsbad, according to Tom Demere, a paleontologist with the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Two tusks, an upper jaw fragment with three teeth and vertebrae from one mammal were found 20 feet underground.

Read more here.


I think I had the worlds longest hair cut last night. I got to the school at 5:20, was in a chair by 5:30 and didn't get up out of the chair until 9:30.... HONESTLY?! A FOUR HOUR HAIR CUT?! Grrrrr. I guess that's what I get for going to a Salon School where they are still learning... I guess I gave her some experience, but really, I doubt it needed to take her 4 hours... I could have went to a hair cutting class, learned how to do it myself and cut my own hair in those 4 hours. It's not even like I have a lot of hair to cut... Enough of my complaints though, at least my hair is cut.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Haha. I saw this article and just had to laugh. Aren't there bigger problems than sagging your pants?? I guess not in this Louisiana town...

DELCAMBRE, La. (June 13) - Overly saggy britches are obscene, the Delcambre Town Council says. So does Mayor Carol Broussard, who said he will sign an anti-sag ordinance passed unanimously this week.

The rest of the story here.

Never have I ever

I was just reading Glenn's blog and he sparked a thought in my head. For those of you who don't read it, or haven't seen it lately, he mentioned yesterday that he was reading a fellow blogger's page and saw an interesting post. The post was about things that the individual had never done, which spurred Glenn to make a list of things he had not done, and therefore is lending to this blog where I will make a short list of things I have never done.

I have never...
* Been to a NBA game (even though I watch almost all of the Piston games on TV)
* Gone sky diving
* Traveled outside of North America
[Hopefully I can change the first 3 sometime soon :) ]
* Liked the smell of cucumbers
* Run in a marathon (maybe someday?)

I'm sure I could go on for a while, but I guess 5 for now works well :)

What about you?!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Swing batter batter

Yay Tigers!!

DETROIT — Justin Verlander threw 100-mph heat, crazy curves and a tantalizing changeup. No-hit stuff, indeed. With a big assist from his shortstop, Verlander pitched the first no-hitter in Comerica Park history, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-0, Tuesday night.

Read more about the no hitter game here.

8 days

8 days until I get on a plane again. The mini vacation (and by mini I mean flying out Thursday night around 11pm and flying back in Sunday night around 9pm) is coming so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I booked my flight for the wedding and now I am going to have to start packing soon (yes, as I am sure you have come to realize by now I am a 'planner' and have things done far in advance, packing being one of them). I am pumped to go back home and see my padres for a day (we will be going to the Toledo Zoo and doing a little geo caching as well). I am also excited to see everyone at the wedding, since I haven't seen most of them sine graduation last year (b/c I moved out here 4 days after I graduated). I am not so excited about the red eye flights and the lack of sleep I am sure I will get, but I can sleep when I'm dead, right Mom?! I am also not sure I am excited about the Michigan humidity (I am used to the high humidity meaning 35% in San Diego) or sitting in a car with 3 other guys to drive up to the tip of the thumb of Michigan, but at least it will be memorable, huh? 8 days left...

Spring Cleaning

Yesterday started my 'Spring Cleaning'. I know it is past spring, but I guess it is better late than never, right? I washed my windows, scrubbed the floor, vacuumed the apartment, cleaned the bathroom, etc. Today it is on to dusting the place and hopefully getting the kitchen deep cleaned. I have been in my apartment for 9.5 months and I think it is time to start cleaning, hehe. I am not a pig, don't worry. I vacuum and dust weekly, but some things I may let slide (and probably don't need to clean as often as some seeing that it is just me in the one bedroom apartment). Anywho, figured I better keep the cleaning up once I started, so after work I will be scrubbing away too.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Speaking of...

Speaking of Geo Caching, it reminded me of this story that I am surprised I didn't blog about earlier. Some of the caches are in ammo boxes (which if you don't know what it is looks like the picture to the left). Anywho, on one of our job sites yesterday one of the foreman found an ammo box that they hadn't noticed before. He opened it, and no there wasn't any booty in there like I am used to, there were 20 dollar bills. I don't mean a couple of twenties, I mean over $59,000 in twenties. CRAZY! He went and called the police and they took the money in. I am sure the money was 'dirty'. It is just crazy to think that what if Ryan and I were out geo caching and came across that, wowser, a lot of booty. I would have turned it in too, just in case you were curious. Just a funny little treasure story!

Geo Caching in the News

Found this article in the Observer (out of New York). Hurray for Geo Caching!!



6/3/2007 - There is treasure hidden everywhere.

It lies off rarely beaten paths in the wilderness and in the middle of the city. You might pass by it every day and have never known it was there. It is small. It is large. It might even be completely intangible.

And you're more than welcome to find it. All you need is a GPS unit, an online connection and a desire to explore.

It's called “geocaching” and since its beginnings in 2000, the hobby/sport has spread throughout the world, subsequently gathering a local following and attracting other seekers to visit the region.

The rest of the article is here.

The 90's

You're a 90's kid if:

You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE!"
You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"
You remember when Kurt Cobain, Tu Pac, River Phoenix, and Selena died.
You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey from "Blossom" and that "How Rude!" comes from Stephanie from "Full House"
You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
You remember reading "Goosebumps"
You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off"
You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.
You remember the craze, then the banning of slap bracelets and slam books.
You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence...Not...
Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? was both a game and a TV game show.
Captain Planet.
You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green Ranger were meant to be together.
When playing power rangers with friends you fought over who got to be who............and still all ended up being Tommy.
You remember when super nintendo's became popular.
You remember watching home alone 1, 2 , and 3........and tried to pull the pranks on "intruders"
"I've fallen and I can't get up"
You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates
Two words... Trapper Keeper.
You never got injured on a Slip 'n' Slide
You wore socks over leggings scrunched down
"Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, all dressed in black, black, black, with silver buttons, buttons, buttons, all down her back, back, back" SHE ASKED HER MOTHER MOTHER MOTHER FOR FIFTY CENTS CENTS CENTS TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS PHANTS PHANTS JUMP OVER THE FENCE THE FENCE THE FENCE he jumped so high high high he touched the sky sky sky and he didnt come back back back til the forth of july ly ly he jumped so low ow ow he stubbed his toe toe toe and thats the end end end of the elephants show show show
You remember boom boxes vs. cd players
You remember New Kids on The Block when they were cool
You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell"
You played and/or collected "Pogs"
You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet or Nano and brought it everywhere
You watched the original Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles
Yikes pencils and erasers were the stuff!
All your school supplies were "Lisa Frank" brand.(pencils.notebooks.binders.etc.)
You remember when the new Beanie Babies were always sold out.
You used to wear those stick on earings, not only on your ears, but at the corners of your eyes.
You remember a time before the WB.
You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
You know the Macarena by heart.
"Talk to the hand" ... enough said
You thought Brain woud finally take over the world
You always said, "Then why don't you marry it!"
You remember when everyone went slinky crazy.
You remember when razor scooters were cool.

When we were younger:
Before the MySpace frenzy...
Before the Internet & text messaging...
Before Sidekicks & iPods...
Before MIKE JONES...
Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX...
...Back when you put off the 5 hours of homework you had every night.
When light up sneakers were cool.
When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.
When gas was $0.95 a gallon & Caller ID was a new thing.
When we recorded stuff on VCRs & paid $3.50 for a movie.
When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off our walkmans.
When 2Pac and Biggie where alive.
When the Chicago Bulls were the best team ever.
Way back.
Get Over Here!!!! means something to you.
Hide-n-Go Seek at dusk.
Red Light, Green Light.
Heads Up 7 Up.
Playing Kickball & Dodgeball until your porch light came on.
Tree Houses.
Hula Hoops.
The annoying Giga Pets & Furbies.
Running through the sprinklers.
That "Little Mermaid"
Crying when Mufasa died in the Lion King.
Happy Meals where you chose a Barbie or a Hot Wheels car.
Getting the privelage to sit in the front seat of the car.
Drinking Sqeeze It "Squeeze The Fun Out Of It"
Watching Saturday Morning Cartoons in your PJ's still wrapped up in your TMNT, Power Rangers, Barbie, Fairy Princess comforter.
The original Power Rangers

Or what about:
Hey Arnold.
The Secret World of Alex Mac.
Ren & Stimpy.
Double Dare.
Rocco's Modern Life.
Wild & Crazy Kids.
Clarissa Explains it All.
Salute Your Shorts(CAMP ANAWANA)
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The original cast members of All That.
Kenan & Kel.
Magic School Bus.
Nick Arcade.
Flash Forward.
The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Hey Dude.
Mummies Alive
Pinky and the Brain
Sailor Moon.
Hangin with Mr. Cooper.
Beavis & Butt-Head
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Who could forget Snick? & Nick @ Nite with Bewitched, I Dream of Jenie, The Facts of Life, I Love Lucy and TGIF.
Where everyone wanted to be in love after watching The Wonder Years.
or Nick Jr. with Face
Gulah Gulah Island
Little Bear
Busy Town
Under the Umbrella Tree
The Big Comfy Couch
Kool-Aid was the drink of choice.
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school.
Class field trips.
When Christmas was the most exciting time of year.
When $5 seemed like a million, & another dollar a miracle.
When you begged to go to McDonalds for dinner everyday.
When Toys R Us overuled the mall.

Go back to the time when:
Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'.
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming 'do over!'
'Race issue' ment arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was banker in 'Monopoly.'
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'best' friends.
Being old referred to anyone over 20.
A chance to skate as a couple at the local roller rink was like winning the lottery.
Scrapes & bruises were kissed & made better.
It was a big deal to finally be tall enought to ride the 'big people' rides at the fair.
When playing Nintendo was the hardest thing ever.
When Ninja Turtles ruled the world.
Another Baby Sitter Club and Little Sister (Karen) book came out and you put your name on hold for it at the library.
When Aladdin was new, before the trilogy was complete.
Sockem Boppers
Before we realized all this would eventually disappear

Who would have thought you'd miss the 90's so much!!!!!


How does this happen?!

As Edith Isabel Rodriguez lay dying last month on the floor of the emergency room lobby at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, her boyfriend and a female bystander pleaded with 911 dispatchers for help.

Rodriguez's boyfriend, Jose Prado, had found her bleeding from her mouth and writhing in pain and tried to alert hospital staff. When he was ignored, he went to a pay phone outside the hospital and dialed 911.

Within a half-hour, the 43-year-old mother of three was dead.

Subsequent investigations have shown that she writhed on the ground for 45 minutes while being ignored by hospital staff. At one point, a janitor cleaned around her. The episode was captured by the hospital's video cameras.

Read more here.


I just had to pass this picture along of my cousin Stacey's baby Hailey. She is such a little cutie. I haven't been able to see her in person yet, I guess I will have to wait until Cara and Rob's wedding in September. How cute!

Funny headline

Just thought I had to share this one:

Butts Charged With Stealing Toilet Paper

Check out the story
here. It is a true story :)

Not sure

Not sure what to blog about today. Not much going on in my neck of the woods this week. Haven't seen any interesting news to inform you all about. I guess it is just a slow day. I know you can have a case of the Mondays, but maybe I have run into a case of the Tuesdays :).

Monday, June 11, 2007


I don't know what I was expecting, but I think I was expecting more from the new Finding Nemo ride. Here is a write up about it from the LA Times. At least I got free Disney tickets out of it :)

It was an underwater battle of epic proportions, pitting the creative types against the cost-cutting suits. But after nearly 10 years, Disneyland's classic Submarine Voyage has been resurrected from the deep.

Reinvented as the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, the long-dormant and eagerly anticipated attraction immerses riders in a 12-minute journey through a coral reef, exploding volcano and shark-infested wreck as they search for the orange-and-white clown fish of movie fame. With its impressive animation and spotlessly reconditioned bright-yellow submersibles, park-goers might just forget that the area of the theme park containing the ride — which Walt Disney himself helped conceive — was nearly paved over.

Finish reading here.

The Trip

Ryan and I had a blast at Disneyland on Saturday. We got there at about 9:45am or so and stayed until after the fireworks (which put us there for a good 12 hours). We had a lot of fun, and most of it was captured on film (check out all 123 photos in the Disneyland album in My Photos). We got stuck on 4 rides (Pirates, it's a small world, Haunted Mansion and one more that I am forgetting). We saw a couple celebrities and a few Disney characters (photos with Mickey and Pluto for sure). The fireworks are the best I've ever seen (for those of you who have never witnessed, they go through the different rides of the park and coordinate the music and fireworks and everything). The pictures don't do them justice. There is a part where they are doing the Pirates and they have the cannons shooting at different parts of the park, so fun. I have video of some of it, but will have to wait until I can have Ryan load it (this computer doesn't do that sort of high tech stuff :) ). Disney's catch phrase is something along the lines of It's the happiest place in the world. Although I have some animosity towards amusement parks (don't get me on a Universal rant), I would have to say acting like a kid and reminiscing about all things Disney always puts a smile on my face.


C is for Carlee (or cookie, or California):

Is this what Paris looks like? I want my mommy...

Ryan and I in front of the Mickey grass:


Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. (Make copies for all adult members of your family). Maybe we should all take some of his advice!

1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards.Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED."

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card Accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home Phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to Call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a Photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.

5. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card Numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit Providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an Investigation (if there ever is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important of all:
7. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations Immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. The alert means any company that checks your Credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by Phone to authorize new credit.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, etc., has been stolen:

1.) Equifax: 800-525-6285

2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 888-397-3742

3.) Trans Union: 800-6807289

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):800-269-0271

Gas Men

Two gas men were out checking meters in a residential neighborhood one day. They parked the truck at the end of the street and worked their way up the street. At the last house, a woman watched from her kitchen window as they checked her meter.

Finally finishing their work, the older man, a supervisor, challenged the younger man, his trainee, to a race back to their truck, wanting to prove that an older man could still beat a younger man.

They raced back to the truck, with the supervisor holding a lead, when they noticed that the woman from the last house was racing up behind them. They stopped until she caught up and asked what was wrong.

As she gasped for breath, she said, "When I saw you two gas men running as hard as you could, I figured I'd better run too!"


I will post about Disney when I get a little more time, but I saw this when I was checking my AOL mail and just had to post about it. We got stuck on 4 rides at Disney (I guess we are bad luck), but at least we weren't upside down...

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (June 10) - A dozen riders on a roller coaster spent half an hour hanging upside down - 150 feet above the ground - after a power outage shut down the attraction.

Check it out here.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Too essited to sweeep

HAHA. I am sure no one knows what I am talking about except for my mom and Ryan. To let you all in, there is this super cute Disney commercial that I saw a year or so ago. The little kids are in their rooms, all hyped up 'cause they are going to Disney the next day. The mom (I think, I haven't seen it in a while) asks if the kids are sleeping and the little boy says, "We're too essited to sweep" (which translated means they are too excited to sleep, but in that little cute voice). I spent a good 20 minutes looking on YouTube today so that I could post the commercial, but to no avail, I couldn't find it. All of that to say:


The Rose Bowl

Yes, I know it is a little early, but still. I love the Food Network and I love College Football, so I am glad that College Football loves the Food Network and Emeril.

The Tournament of Roses today decided to kick it up a notch, naming chef and television personality Emeril Lagasse as the grand marshal of the 2008 Tournament of Roses parade.

Check out the full story.

Disney Ladies

Speed Traps


Top 10 Cities with the Most Speed Traps as reported by the Speed Trap Exchange:

  • 1. Detroit, Mich. suburbs
  • 2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 3. Houston, Texas
  • 4. Orlando, Fla.
  • 5. Nashville, Tenn.
  • 6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 7. Albuquerque, N.M.
  • 8. Washington, D.C.
  • 9. Denver, Colo.
  • 10. Virginia Beach, Va.
At least none of them are in California! :) The story here.

The Last Laugh

Paris Hilton today was ordered to return to her solitary cell, a day after she had been sent home to house arrest and became the center of a storm of protest that she was being treated better than someone less famous.

Check out the latest on Paris here.

Oh Lake Erie


A shift in the wind may have saved City of Luna Pier residents from further headaches after thousands of foul-smelling dead fish washed ashore.
For more than a week, city crews have been hauling away loads of mostly sheepshead, carp and white bass from the city's public beach near the Clyde R. Evans Walking Pier. Then the wind shifted from the northeast to the south Thursday and local authorities say that might mean an end to the messy pileup and noxious odors.

The rest of the story here.

B-ball rankings

I was looking at the LA Times today and came across this article. The sports broadcaster that visits the 27 other venues for Laker games ranked the cities. Guess where Detroit ranks... Too bad The Palace is in Auburn Hills...

27. Detroit: Never a good sign when you insist on staying at a hotel at the airport.

26. Indianapolis: Always seems to be minus-147 degrees.

25. Houston: Kind of boring, unless you enjoy Whataburger franchises on every corner.

24. Salt Lake City: Nice skiing, I guess.

23. Sacramento: The worst arena in the NBA definitely doesn't help matters.

22. Milwaukee: I went to school in Wisconsin and have several friends in Milwaukee, or else it might be giving Detroit a run for its money on my list.

21. Orlando: Great for families but not so much for single, thirtysomething sportswriters.

20. Memphis: Beale Street is fun for one night, but what if you have to stay two nights?

19. Cleveland: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame helps, as does the underrated downtown area.

18. Atlanta: You've got to give credit to one of only three U.S. cities to host a Summer Olympics.

17. Charlotte: It might be a little too high on this list, but I've never had a bad time there.

16. Dallas: I hate the Dallas Cowboys. Hate, hate, hate.

15. Philadelphia: Cheesesteak sandwiches at Pat's or Geno's? I never decide until I get there.

14. Toronto: Canada's answer to New York City.

13. San Antonio: The River Walk is fun, and Austin is only an hour away.

12. Boston: Whenever I leave, I feel like I could use another day to see everything I missed.

11. Denver: Downtown is surprisingly vibrant, even when there's a foot of snow on the ground.

10. Portland: See Seattle.

9. Minneapolis: Seriously underrated. I'm being totally serious.

8. Phoenix: Just don't go in June, July or August.

7. New Orleans: Bourbon Street is on the rebound, as is downtown.

6. Washington, D.C.: My favorite daytime city in the U.S. Where else can you see so many memorials and monuments?

5. San Francisco: The Golden State Warriors are in Oakland, but those in the know stay in S.F.

4. Seattle: Clean, crisp air makes it a must-smell.

3. Miami: South Beach is simply phenomenal for so many reasons, day and night.

2. New York/New Jersey: Always something to do. Always.

1. Chicago: Like New York, but without the attitude.

Can't say at work

WARNING: SOME OF THESE ARE HARSH.... But depending on your work environment, SO TRUE :)


1. I can see your point, but I still think you're full of ******.

2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce.

3. How about never? Is never good for you?

4. I see you've set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public. This is good!

5. I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.

6. I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.

7. I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

8. I don't work here. I'm a consultant.

9. It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying.

10. Ahhh...I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again...

11. I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.

12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

13. I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't give a damn.

14. I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.

16. Thank you. We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

17. The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.

18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

19. What am I? Fly paper for freaks!?

20. I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.

21. It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off.

22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.

23. And your crybaby whiny-butt opinion would be...? BINGO!

24. Do I look like a people person?

25. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.

26. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.

27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?

29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

31. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.

33. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #1?

34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?

36. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done.

37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?

Thursday, June 7, 2007


Trophy Wife

Bob, a 70-year-old, extremely wealthy widower, shows up at the Country Club with a breathtakingly beautiful 25 year-old blonde who knocks everyone's socks off with her youthful looks and charm. She hangs onto Bob's arm and listens intently to his every word.

His buddies at the club are all aghast. At the very first chance, they corner him and ask, "Bob, how did you get the trophy girlfriend?"

Bob replies, "Girlfriend? She's my wife!" They're amazed, but continue to ask. "So, how did you persuade her to marry you?"

"I lied about my age", Bob replies. "What, did you tell her you were only 50?" Bob smiles and says, "No, I told her I was 90."

NBA Finals

Duncan Has Parker. James Has Himself.

Traditionally, each team sends the coach and two star players to the main interview room. San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was followed on the dais, naturally, by Tony Parker and Time Duncan. The Cavaliers had Coach Mike Brown and LeBron James and, well, then it got tricky.

The task ultimately fell to Daniel Gibson, a second-round draft pick nicknamed Boobie, who until last week was virtually anonymous, even in Cleveland. “Who else are you going to send in there?” someone wondered rhetorically. Who indeed.

Check out the rest of the article here.

So true... I don't enjoy cheering for the Spurs, but hey, I would like to Cavs to get stomped on :)

How sad...

How sad is it that I filled up @ $3.13 a gallon this morning and I thought to myself, "This is cheap". Grrrrr. It makes me think that maybe I should move close enough to work that I could ride my bike (too bad right now I would have to get on the expressway with my bicycle).

I guess it is another price you pay to live in Southern California.

Come tumbling down

Demolition crews at the former Jefferson Smurfit Paper Plant imploded the tall smoke stacks and water tower this morning at the site that was home to the Battle of the River Raisin.

Crews blocked traffic in the vicinity of N. Dixie Hwy. and E. Elm Ave. for several minutes around 10 a.m. as the stacks and tower were taken down.

The site was home to the Battle of the River Raisin, in which hundreds of American troops were killed in a skirmish and dozens more later massacred by Native Americans.

The implosiion is part of the larger demolition of the former paper plant that is to give way to the River Raisin Battlefield. City officials plan to restore the site to the look of when American and British forces clashed there in 1813.


Alright, I am still sad that the Wings didn't win the Cup, but at least it was a California team, right? And I will be heading up to Anaheim this weekend.

Ducks wrap up first NHL title for a California team.
Scott Niedermayer wins award as playoff MVP.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

If only I could be there

How exciting!! IMPLODING THE PAPER MILL!! I hope Dad gets to go and takes some photos!!

Demolition crews at the former Jefferson Smurfit Paper Plant are preparing the site to implode the remnants of the building on Thursday. The site's water tower also will be taken down.

Where: The building at N. Dixie Hwy. and E. Elm Ave. will be razed

When: Around 10 a.m. Thursday.

The site: Was home to the Battle of the River Raisin, in which hundreds of American troops were killed in a skirmish and dozens more later massacred by Native Americans.

Implosion: The implosion is part of the larger demolition of the former paper plant that is to give way to the River Raisin Battlefield. City officials plan to restore the site to the look of when American and British forces clashed there in 1813.

Quote: "It's going to be quite a sight," Homrich Inc. employee Mark Hall said.

Had to chuckle

I heard this story on the news either late last night after the baseball game or early this morning before work. I just had to chuckle today when I saw the headline for the article in the LA Times though:

Man Tries to Jump Into Popemobile

A Popemobile? I understand that it is a serious offense to jump into the vehicle that the Pope is riding in (I guess), but can we really correlate him to Batman? His vehicle is really called a POPEMOBILE?! Hehe. Hope this brings a smile to your face.

Not Of This World

I just wanted to tell everyone about this really awesome Christian store. I am not sure if they are all across the country or not, but I know that they are out here and I am stoked on it. I actually bought my mom some shirts from her for Mother's Day. The store name is C28 (from Colossians 2:8). Their tag line is Not of this world. Here is the verse (in NLT):

Colossians 2:8 (New Living Translation)

8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

The website for the store is: You should really check it out if you get a chance. They have really awesome, hip, Christian clothes (which I am sure you know is hard to find). Anywho, they have my vote for a cool store, and I hope they have yours soon. (PS What I thought was extra awesome was that they even ask everyone if they have anything they would like to pray for when checking out. It might throw some people off because the Christian undertones are subtle (but check out all their stuff, it is all Bible based). I thought it was an awesome idea).

Save the Sea Lions!

I came across this article in the NY Times. I like sea lions, I don't want them to be poisoned.

Southern California marine mammal hospitals have been overwhelmed by sea lions sick from the acid, which appeared in record levels off the coast of Los Angeles in April. Domoic acid poisoning has killed hundreds of the animals across Southern California this spring and thousands since a major outbreak in 2002, and has also afflicted animals in Monterey Bay, south of San Francisco.

The rest of the article here.

Rats? For Pets?

Look at this interesting story I found in the LA Times:

An 81-year-old Wilmington woman was found Monday afternoon by Los Angeles Department of Animal Services officers in her home with more than 100 rats and 35 other animals she kept as pets.

Wanda Langstom was taken to a hospital to be treated for animal bites. Her arms were covered with open wounds that were probably caused by her animals, said Annette Ramirez, an animal control officer.

Animal control officers also seized the animals, which included about 120 rats, most in cages but some running loose, 25 rabbits, a dog, six parakeets, a quail and a cockatiel.

EEKS!! Read the rest of the story here.

Go Pads!

Last night Ryan and I went to the Padres game. It was a lot of fun, but the night started out stressful (Ryan almost missing the Coaster, then forgetting his wallet and not being able to pay for the ticket, etc). The Padres beat the Dodgers 1 to 0. It was a close game, we won and only had 2 hits for the night. It was a lot of fun though, especially when there were random fans that ran onto the field during the 9th inning (3 guys) and security had to chase them all over the field and tackle them to put the handcuffs on them. Here are a couple pictures (the rest of them are in My Photos).

The pictures don't do our seats justice, we were 17 rows off the field, AMAZING:

Ryan and I enjoying the evening:

A field shot:

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


I just got some super sweet seats for the Padres Dodger game tonight. They are 1st base line, 17 rows off the field. They are the Cass seats that we normally give to developers we work with but last minute they told us they couldn't use them so the Head Estimator gave them to me. ROCK ON!! I will post pictures tomorrow!! GO PADS!!

Forgetful Sally

Hurray!! Forgetting might be okay!! Look @ the article I found!! It is okay that I don't remember everything!! YAY!!

Forgetting May Be Part of the Process of Remembering

Whether drawing a mental blank on a new A.T.M. password, a favorite recipe or an old boyfriend, people have ample opportunity every day to curse their own forgetfulness. But forgetting is also a blessing, and researchers reported on Sunday that the ability to block certain memories reduces the demands on the brain when it is trying to recall something important.

Rest of the article here

PJ Problems

No, I'm not talking about pajamas, I'm actually talking about my car. Maybe I should back up and try to explain... I love the movie Hook. I know I would say 90% of the words by heart. It is a super movie. There is a really cute part in the movie when one of the lost boys is moving Peter Panning's face around, squishing it all up and he exclaims, "Oh there you are Peter". It is such a sweet part in the movie. Anyhow, I use this line a lot (as does my mom and now it has caught on to Ryan). When I found my Yellow 95 Ford Ranger Pickup I just had to use it, "OH THERE YOU ARE PETER", and hence Peter was my truck's name (it is also Ryan's name and my name and everything else's name). When I moved out to California I needed to sell Peter (my truck, not Ryan) because he would not make the trek across country and buy a new car. I ended up buying a 2005 Ford Focus. Of course I needed to name the car, Ryan helped, and now his name is PJ (for Peter Junior of course). Wow, that is a lot of back story for the short blog, hehe. Back to the problems. Friday night Ryan and I went to dinner down in Little Italy (it is near the airport, cute little area, with yummy food. Ryan picked this restaurant that had a line out the front door (which he took as it must be good). It was yummy and it actually seemed like we were in Lady and the Tramp (it was funny). Anywho, when we got back in the car it was dark and noticed my headlight was out. Saturday afternoon I went up to the Pep boys a block away and got a new headlight and had Ryan help put it in (okay, he did all the work, but I popped the hood and was a good observer). Saturday night, after driving around with Ryan for most of the day (checking out Bull Dog puppies at the mall and the art stores in Little Italy) I noticed my tire was FLAT. Ryan and I drove it (slowly) up to the gas station and filled it with air. Sunday morning I woke up and went out to check it, and low and behold - FLAT AGAIN! Back to Pep Boys Sunday morning to have a new tire put on. It was supposed to take 1.5 hours and they were going to call me before they put the new tire on (so that I could okay it since it is money they are putting into my car). A couple hours later I had no call so Ryan and I went up there and they said that they just repaired the whole and didn't have to put a new one on (which is nice). They did mention that my tires are old and I should probably get news ones soon (oh hurray). So anyhow, the tire is fixed, the new headlight works and I will probably be looking into putting 4 new tires on the car. Everything is a-ok now though, no need to worry :)