Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cartoon Weekly

I have grown up with a love for the "funny papers." I remember when the funnies were a big deal. At our house, we would fight over them every Saturday night after the paper came.

Print media is dwindling in popularity and gone are the days of lots of our favorite comics ... in print anyway. But I follow several of mine online now. I've decided to run a weekly post dedicated to a mixture of some of the ones I follow. I hope you enjoy a glimpse into what makes me giggle each week. *wink*

(Click 'em to go big)



I love this cartoon b/c it reminds me of the times I've asked my grandmother how to make some of her secret family recipes. There are always some "special instructions" that make all the difference.









Bizarro is such a fun read b/c it reminds of Seinfeld with its funny twists on the mundane. For instance, in this one, who's ever thought about what the bed is thinking??











FMinus is another quirky little comic that puts a fun spin on everyday things. This one ... a whole new meaning to a popular phrase.

Monday, September 28, 2009

We Can Wiirk It: Week 2(ish)

Here we are. Another week gone. And another week into posting about our progress. Wanna play? Here are SarahK's rules:


I’ll post something every week, and you can join in in the comments or send me a link to your post on your blog, and I’ll link back to it. Here’s what I’m thinking we’ll post about:

Positives:
Something healthy you’ve done for yourself this week, food-wise
How many days you exercised this week, and you can detail what you did for exercise if you wish
Any bonus healthy things you did for yourself
How much you lost this week (If you gained, you can include that in the negatives section, unless your goal is to gain weight)

Neutral:
Current weight (if you wish to share it)
Goal weight (if you wish to share it)
Number of pounds you’d like to lose or gain

Negatives:
How much you gained this week.
Something bad you did to your body this week. Only list one thing, let’s not focus on the negatives.

Something you want to improve for next week (besides weight):
Put your goal here.



Okay, let's get started.

Positives

  • I only ate out once for lunch.
  • I worked out with the trainer 3 days this week.
  • Bonus healthy: I walked the dog several times on top of going to the gym.

Neutral

  • I would like to see my measurements change. Next measurement: Oct. 9.

Negative

  • I only did cardio twice. That's far from the goal of 5 days a week.

Something to improve this week (besides weight):

  • I would like to get to the gym even on days when I'm not meeting with the trainer. That would bring me to 5 days a week (giving 2 days of rest on the days that I sing).
  • I would also like to get back to having a menu plan so we're eating healthier on the whole at home.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Things: Installment 28

I kinda fell off the wagon in posting the Friday Things lists, but my friend Gayla (hey, girl!) gave me a great heave back on the wagon this week. Ready?

Things I've Come to Realize

1. I’ve come to realize that my job … is a real blessing. I have a wonderful family of co-workers, terrific bosses, lots of flexibility in my schedule, and tons of support. It's a great place to be!
2. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving … I totally zone out (me too, Gayla). Sometimes I get home & don't really remember driving at all.
3. I’ve come to realize that I need … to work on my attitude. It's gotten a bit snippy over the last coupla years.
4. I’ve come to realize that I have lost … some really good friends since college. It's so hard to keep up, isn't it?
5. I’ve come to realize that I hate it when … things are out of my control.
6. I’ve come to realize that money … is a big responsibility, but it's nice to have enough to help friends in tough spots.
7. I’ve come to realize that certain people … are unchangeable.
8. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always … be overprotective of my little brother.
9. I’ve come to realize that my sibling … really does want the best for me.
10. I’ve come to realize that my mom … has always had my best interest at heart.
11. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone … is my 24-hr roadside assistance.
12. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning … I was happy when I realized it's Friday!
13. I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep … I was grumpier than I should have been.
14. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking … about a bunch of projects that need to get done this weekend and music that needs to be learned.
15. I’ve come to realize that my dad … will always be my number one guy.
16. I’ve come to realize that today … is another chance to be a better person.
17. I’ve come to realize that tonight … I have to work on abs w/ the trainer.
18. I’ve come to realize that tomorrow … is always a gift.
19. I’ve come to realize that I really want to … be the type of friend who leaves a lasting mark - a legacy worth remembering.
20. I’ve come to realize that life … is fleeting and we should cherish each day as an opportunity to do good.
21. I’ve come to realize that this weekend … is going to be full of projects.
22. I’ve come to realize that marriage … isn't easy but is worth the work in the end.
23. I’ve come to realize that my friends … are a Godsend! I depend on each one of them more than they will ever know. Thank you for being a part of my life!
24. I’ve come to realize that this year … is quickly drawing to a close and there are so many things left on the to-do list.
25. I’ve come to realize that maybe I should … get a grip about some things I'm struggling with.
26. I’ve come to realize that I love … teaching music to children.
27. I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand … Americans.
28. I’ve come to realize my past … is what has shaped me into the person I am today - warts & all.
29. I’ve come to realize that parties … with friends always make for lasting memories and great stories for future generations.
30. I’ve come to realize that I’m totally terrified … of failure - always have been, always will be.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Postal

Wanna know the top reason that I believe workers "go postal" at the office????? Because two days a week for a good solid six months, they get harassed when going through the building's security checkpoint!!! Nevermind, these are the SAME security guards who have been running these checkpoints for the same said six months in question. And nevermind that the contents of the worker's bag(s) have changed little, if any, in that same six months. And nevermind the number of times those bags have gone through the security checkpoint with so much as even a second glance by those same security guards. Yep, it's enough to make even JOB want to hose down the lobby with a spray of bullets! I'm just sayin'.

Monday, September 21, 2009

We Can Wiirk It

You may remember this series from many moons ago. I actually started it in collaboration with SarahK over at MountaineerMusings. Well, she's back on the wagon, and I believe I've mentioned that I've been back on the wagon since May. So here's the dealio - straight from Sarah.

I’ll post something every week, and you can join in in the comments or send me a link to your post on your blog, and I’ll link back to it. Here’s what I’m thinking we’ll post about:

Positives:
Something healthy you’ve done for yourself this week, food-wise
How many days you exercised this week, and you can detail what you did for exercise if you wish
Any bonus healthy things you did for yourself
How much you lost this week (If you gained, you can include that in the negatives section, unless your goal is to gain weight)

Neutral:
Current weight (if you wish to share it)
Goal weight (if you wish to share it)
Number of pounds you’d like to lose or gain

Negatives:
How much you gained this week.
Something bad you did to your body this week. Only list one thing, let’s not focus on the negatives.

Something you want to improve for next week (besides weight):
Put your goal here.



Okay, let's get started.

Positives
  • I only ate lunch out twice this week, and both days I chose something healthy at Quizno's (a grilled chicken salad & a turkey sandwich).
  • I worked out with the trainer 3 days this week & did 30 min. of cardio after each training session.
  • Bonus healthy: I officially upped my training days at the gym to 3 days each week taking advantage of a special anniversary promo.

Neutral

  • I'm not giving my weight simply b/c my aim this time around is to tone & build muscle rather than to lose weight. Since I began training in May, I have gained 5 lbs. of muscle. Whoohoo!
  • I would, however, like to see my measurements change. I'll give monthly updates on that since the trainer measures at the first of the month. Next measurement: Oct. 9.

Negative

  • I ate pretty crappy over the weekend and felt terrible yesterday as a result. The tummy isn't all that fond of the fried foods anymore! (But those fried pickles sure were good going down! *for shame*)

Something to improve this week (besides weight):

  • I would like to get to the gym even on days when I'm not meeting with the trainer. That would bring me to 5 days a week (giving 2 days of rest on the days that I sing).
  • I would also like to get back to having a menu plan so we're eating healthier on the whole at home.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Joys of Public Servitude

Quite regularly, I thank my lucky stars that I do not have to work the front counter at my office very often. Number one, I'm not what you would call the "ideal" person to be dealing with the public. Number two, there are some scary characters that appear in our office.

Those who do regularly work the counter tell all kinds of horror stories about the stinkies, the drunks, the grossies, and the out-and-out crazies who come to our floor. And I have actually seen the Blue Man that they so often talk about. I kid you not: this man is quite literally blue from head to toe. Like ... dead man walking kind of blue. Creepy!

This week, however, we had a lady who absolutely takes the cake in weird, gross, and ick! Wanna see? Are you sure? Absolutely sure? You better be b/c you can't erase this from the eyeballs once it's there. Still curious? Alright. Just remember, I've warned you!

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This, my friends, is a lady who wants to be in the Guinness Book of World records for having the longest fingernails (a record currently held by this lady). She has been growing out those beauties for 40 years. Count 'em ... FORTY! Her hand is actually now deformed, if you'll notice, and no longer usable for anything other than a nail holder. Should she decide to give up her quest for World Record Nails, it's not as simple as one might think. She can no longer cut those babies on her own. Nope. She has to go to the hospital to have them cut or even trimmed. Why, you may be wondering? Well, b/c the nerves and blood vessels have grown down into those long nails. You know how you're not supposed to let Fido's nails get to long b/c the "quick" grows along w/ the nail & then you risk cutting it and causing great pain & bleeding? Yeah. Well. Same goes for us if we let our nails grow to crazy lengths. Mind you, it takes a lot longer for this to happen to us than it does for Fido. But still. Imagine having to go to the hospital for a manicure. And speaking of manicures. Notice those fangs of hers are painted. What nail salon do you think would come within 10 feet of those things?! I'm doubtin' any. What about you?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Jeepers Creepers, We've Been Invaded!

One of the (many) downsides to hot, dry Texas summers is that the critters often start coming inside in search of both water and an escape from the blistering sun. Everything from rodents to arthropods begin to infiltrate domestic domiciles.

This summer, our house was no exception as all manner of ants began peeking their heads out of various hiding places in search of food and water. We didn't think much about them at first b/c there were only a few who would run around for half a day and then disappear for days on end. One morning though, Dori was very agitated about her food bowl. We thought it was b/c it was empty. But upon further investigation we realized that Dori was upset b/c her food was covered in ants. Derek took care of the army of ants in Dori's food dish with wasp spray, of all things, and we didn't see anymore of that particular type of ant for a while. But we were also careful to move Dori's food bowl everyday and to pick it up if she didn't finish eating promptly.

Ants can crawl around on my cabinets and just generally be pesty without raising the alarm, but when you begin invading the family food supply, well, you've just declared an act of war. So I called out the big guns - Dad and Demon. Dad came over and sprayed the exterior with the kill-all nuke. We opted not to treat the inside b/c of the cats and dog. In the end, this would be our fatal error.

For about five days after the mushroom cloud cleared, we saw nary an ant in the house. It seemed that our resident formicidae had been eliminated. Little did we know that they would soon wage an indoor assault so vicious that we would resort to all manner of "earth-friendly" eradication methods, including but not limited to spreading freshly ground pepper on every surface on which they trod. Each day the enemy sent out battalions of invaders in greater numbers. It wasn't until they besieged the freezer that we finally put up the white flag of surrender. We called ABC Pest Control - enemy, beware!

The folks at ABC were nice as could be. I just wish they didn't have to do a consultation visit before they treat. I mean, when someone calls you and says "HELP - we've been invaded!" it most certainly means that they need your service not just your advice! But whilst we're on the subject, here's how our consult went:


Dude: (As he walks in the kitchen) Oh my .... you have ants!
Me:
{REALLY?! I just thought I'd have you come out and tell me if I'm crazy}
Me: I wasn't kidding when I told the receptionist we had a lot of ants.
Dude: (As he's shining the flashlight along the Great Wall of Ants traipsing across my kitchen) Wow ... Oh my ... WOW! I've never seen this many in a kitchen before!
Me:
{Huh, me either}
Me: I know. That's why you're here.
Dude: I'm gonna pull some strings and get someone to come out and treat this afternoon.
Me:
{You better, dude, b/c I might just have to club you if you don't! I'm tired of getting a glass of ants every time I try to get a glass of water from my fridge!}
Me: That would be great!!!


It was an all-day affair, but in the end, we did have our house treated the same day. But this would not spell the ultimate end of our six-legged invaders. While they dwindled in number that day, they did not cease to send reinforcements in the weeks to follow. On the upside, the troops were no longer marching in formation to surround us. We had blocked all but one path of assault, but they used it with gusto. Naturally, it was the path to the fridge, the little vermin. Each time I went for a glass of water, I continued getting six-legged floaters. Each time we got ice from the freezer, we were met with frozen foe. I resorted to covering the water spigot with self-seal sticky wrap and a rubber band for extra sealage. Take that, foul demons! Of course, each time we went for water, the sticky wrap always got the last laugh, as I'm sure the ants did, as well. It wasn't until they had the gall to begin moving their nest, queens & eggs and all, that I decided we had no choice but to wage a second assault.

So ABC came out a second time. Wouldn't you know the sorry little b*****ds retreated to the foxholes while the guy was there to inspect?! But that did not deter us from planting a mine field. This time we would not be satisfied with merely laying slower-acting powdery poison. No sirree. This time we would lay a trap so foul we knew the enemy would be unable to resist - we put out The Gel. Think Sleeping Beauty, except permanent.

Ah yes, my little formicidae came piling out of the lairs in which they lay hidden. They tackled and elbowed each other in search of the heavenly honey that wafted on the breeze like a temptress from the sea. They lapped up the delicious poison. Some were so greedy in their lust for it that they actually drowned in it and their carcasses had to be carried away by others to make room for the line of hungry others waiting for a turn at the trough. After taking long drinks, they dutifully carried extra back to the minions waiting for dinner in the nest. That's right, my pretties. Share with everyone. There's plenty to go around!

They annihilated one solitary mine. There are many others waiting for any stragglers who may still be hungry. But I can tell you that in one short evening we finished them off. We've seen nary a tiny crawler since. Ah, sweet victory is finally ours!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm Back

Today was a very sad day. We buried our dear friend today. It was a lovely service where we remembered a kind, caring, giving man who was taken before we were ready for him to leave. While we are sad to have lost him, we are also comforted to know that Boo has gone to his Heavenly reward and that we will one day see him again.

I appreciate your allowing the silence on the blog this last week. In sadness, I could not really think of anything appropriate to blog about. I have a few posts that I delayed publishing during this time, but I have now moved them to publish over the next several days. I think you'll understand why I've waited.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bobby "Boo" Stenline (1958-2009)

Bobby “Boo” Stenline, 50, of Rowlett, TX, passed away Friday, September 11, 2009. He was born September 18, 1958, in Wylie, TX, to Travis & Elvirgue (Willis) Stenline. Boo lived in Rowlett most of his life. He loved his family and was the best brother-in-law. Boo had a charming personality, a contagious laugh, found the good in everyone, and was always helping people. He was a good cook and celebrated Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner all year long. Boo was a maintenance manager and a member of New Heights Family Church in Garland.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years Ginny (Love) Stenline of Rowlett, TX; son Marcus Dunn & wife Keisha of Garland, TX; daughter Tandrea Stenline of Rowlett, TX; granddaughtersDestiny and Janya Dunn; brothers Fordie “Sam” Stenline & wife Mary of Garland, TX and Travis Stenline & wife Janie of Point, TX; sisters Dorothy Williams, Verlene Price, Odessa Stenline, and Donna Stenline, all of Rowlett, TX and Mary Osborne & husband Eld. Cecil of Garland, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Boo was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Betty Stenline; and daughters Tawana and Crystal Stenline.

Funeral services are set for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, 1233 Hwy 66, Garland, TX, with Rev. James Herndon officiating. Interment to follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening at Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rowlett from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stunned

I have several posts in various stages of being finished. But it just doesn't seem appropriate to put them up. They're too light-hearted. And that just doesn't fit today. We lost a very dear friend this morning. Our neighbor Boo is gone. It just doesn't seem possible. We're all in shock. Please pray for the Stenline family.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Whirlwind Weekend

This weekend has been a whirlwind. Actually, the entire week has been a whirlwind come to think of it. From voice lessons to funerals to rehearsals to directing children to personal training to more rehearsals to parties to church services. Whew. After I got home from church today, I put on my pjs and called it done. Watched some football, took a nap, watched some more football, got fed up with the Cowboys & opted to watch The Vampire Diaries I had recorded earlier in the week and now I'm ready to call it quits.

Back to regular blogging next week!