Wednesday, December 31, 2008

on jan.2, 2009

i will be starting my 365 days in pictures, well less the 52 weekends, so that's 106 days less...

my 259 days in pictures....you just never know what you might see here in 2009.

happy safe new year and see you on the other side....

Monday, December 22, 2008

great weekend: of sorts

the story of the weekend:

friday: running late, i had to be at lauren's school at 2:00.
i ended up leaving work not at 11:30 but at 1:00, due to problems at work and payroll issues.
but got all that done and headed home. oh, CRAP! gotta go get the grocery list for Pops.
so i ran home, changed clothes and headed to Rabideaux's meat market.
then hurried to get gas and off to lauren's school, for the Christmas party.

left there and got home to finish packing and load up stuff.
fred called and said he had to work late....everyone left early, but him and a semi had to be unloaded......and he was bitchy cause i was running late....HA.

so we leave the driveway at 4:00 sharp. ON THE ROAD.
we get on the interstate and hit a major jam at the I-10 bridge....15-20 minutes lost...but we got thru it! smooth driving thru beaumont and great time on Hwy 90 west of beaumont.
then we are on time and doing PERFECT till...........
liberty, texas. 6:10 PM
WTH? the traffic was stopped. not just a crawl but STOP!
i take HWY 90 to houston, due to the fact i hate houston I-10 traffic, and really on a friday evening. so we wait, and wait more...45 minutes later, still not moving and waiting, fred has to potty and i call dad, we have to back track a bit and go to I-10 from liberty, via another small highway.
but it can be done...( I NEED A GPS)

so on the dark, curvy road, boom, there is I-10...yeah! WOO HOOT!
so on to the interstate and heading west again.
we drive maybe 10 miles and OH SHIT! another stand still, by this time i am so sick of this trip.
there , we sit again. not a wreck , but from 5 lanes to two....

so we chill out and make it.
finally 610 loop! getting there.
there is I-45 north, we can make it!

i turn on the radio...what ya know! it's a station out of liberty texas.
the jam on hwy 90, was BAD! at 6:05 PM a lady was crossing the 4 lane highway and got hit by a car. she died at the scene....HOLY CRAP! fred kept saying, thank God we stopped in beaumont to potty and then the traffic in lake charles, that could have been us.

we got to dad's, it took 5 hours....normally 3 on a good day.

so my brother and his wife and their 3 kiddos where there already, they came from dallas.
so wonderful to see those kids again...i did not realize how much i missed them till then.

we woke up saturday morning and ate breakfast. then took the kids to chuck e cheese.
5 kids in CEC....crazy.

got back to dad's and opened gifts!
Nate my cute nephew is 2. dad got all the kids these huge Mickey and Minnie mouse stuffed figures.
nate opened his and looked at it and said" look! Chuck E Cheese!"
he is a riot.

lauren got a cupcake maker deluxe and could not wait to get home to "cook".

fred got a gift card and some "cute" blue mickey slippers....

i got GUITAR HERO! Aerosmith version with TWO controllers!

we left Sunday early afternoon...got home and started to unload.
something was eerie...no barking.


fred walked out and no cookie. his cable runner had snapped and he was gone!

i was pissed, IDIOT dog.

i unloaded the car, got lauren settled making cupcakes and headed out in the dark, cold night, to look for the idiot dog.

oh, cool, i hear barking, that hound dog bark that only cookie could make....across the street.
i drove down the driveway and headed east.
the house diagonal from use has a huge shop. cookie (idiot dog) was standing at the door barking his head off....

i yelled his name! COOKIE! (idiot dog)

he came, i opened the back door and he hopped in .
got home , cleaned him up and put him in his caged area.

then feed lauren. as i was washing clothes, fred came in an asked what i was doing...


he laughed. " i thought you would be dead to the world , playing GH."

me: " oh yeah! (idiot dog)

so i unpack the guitars, and hook it up.

for hours....i played, finally talked fred into playing....yeah, you know what....he kicked my butt.

so that means i have to practice and practice.....i will beat him.....
(thanks dad...)

so over all it was a great weekend.
and Christmas is coming!

note: will post pictures later...

Thursday, December 18, 2008


so much to do, so little time.
today my goals are to complete payroll and scheduling for next week.
get home and start packing. gather gifts and make plans for cookie to be feed this weekend.

friday: complete work duties. be outta here at 12 high noon and head home to finish packing and go to get dad's grocery list done. go to lauren's school for the christmas party at 2:00 and have fun doing that... then get her and fred in the car and make the 3 hour trip to h-town.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

oh, POTTI !!!!!!!!!

my SWEET canadian buddy, send me a lovely card for christmas...
and inside the box was this FABULOUS piggy....so patti like!
and she also sent lauren some moose poop! (that is all gone this morning)

thanks potti! she is perfect....and will be on my piggy tree next year, but this year she is showcased on the big tree....

see you in march buddy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

santa baby

breakfast with santa saturday at lauren's school...

fred had to "work" saturday morning so lauren and i went alone.
(lauren asked why dada had to work on a saturday, he never works on saturday)

she took pictures with "santa".

but i think she knew Santa was not "santa"... WINK WINK....

a mighty fine santa if i say so myself...

Monday, December 15, 2008


i feel like crap-o-la.
stomach cramps, the feeling like a flu type illness is coming on.
i could vomit on demand if i would let my self do it.

oh, sickness sucks. my vision is hazy also... slight fever, mild chills.

lauren was sick thursday , so i guess it's my turn

Friday, December 12, 2008

freaky friday

just some random things that make fridays all the better....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


it's 11:35 am. i just eat lunch. white pizza and a cup of chili and hot cocoa.
i just sit here , day dreaming.
i love christmas. my second favorite holiday in the world.
i love traveling to my dad's and seeing lauren get excited about seeing her cousins.
i love the christmas mornings, waking lauren up and tell her SANTA came last night.
seeing the sparkle in her eyes is awesome.
i love giving gifts and seeing the reaction of my good shopping skills.

i love the smell of HAM in the oven and tasting that sweet slab of meat.
driving around looking at the lights on the houses, can't beat that.

hearing the salvation army bells when you step out of your car in a packed parking lot.
the crying kids in the toy department wanting toys, and crying when momma says, Christmas is coming soon.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Monday, December 08, 2008


well, Lauren surprises me again.

when that kid wants to do something, she does it.

she just turned 7, and for about 3 years she has had this bike.

she never, NEVER rode it.
she hated the training wheels and hated the bike.

well Friday i get home and she tells me that Saturday morning she wants to show me something.

i think, "oh, man, another farm animal, a new dog, cat?

so Saturday morning, bright and early.

she grabs her bike.

(i should have noticed it under the carport when i got home Friday night)

and she mounts her pink bike, and SHE IS OFF....WOW!

just like that.

after i let my numbness fade, i asked fred when she learned this.

he said she got on friday afternoon after school, fell once and has never stopped since.
now, she wants a new bike for christmas....
( i think she needs to ride this one till next year)

not easy

stole from Potti whom stole from Stacy who stole it from Lesle.

Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following.
They have to be real places, names, things . . . nothing made up.
And you can’t use your name for the boy/girl name questions.
Four Letter Word: Lazy
Boy Name: Larry
Girl Name: Lillian
Occupation: Labor coordinator
Color: Lavender
Something You Wear: Lingerie
Beverage: Liquior
Food: Lasagna
Something Found in a Bathroom: Linens
Place: Louisiana
Reasons for Being Late: Lauren
Something You Shout: Loser

Friday, December 05, 2008

Edward cullen

Edward cullen played by robert pattinson

Edward Anthony Masen Cullen was born the son of Elizabeth & Edward Masen on June 20, 1901. In 1918 at age seventeen, having lost his mortal family to a particularly deadly strain of Spanish Influenza, Edward found himself at death's door. Whilst recieveing treatment in Chicago, he came under the care of the enigmatic Dr. Carlisle Cullen. His mother had made a final wish that the young doctor do all within his power to prevent the death of her son from the same disease. It is unclear whether or not she was aware of the fate she was asigning to him. Dr. Cullen complied with her request the only way he knew how: by transforming Edward into a vampire.Presently, Edward resides in the wintry town of Forks, Washington with his "adopted" family: Dr. Carlisle and Esme Cullen, sisters Rosalie and Alice, and brothers Emmett and Jasper. He attended Forks High School, sharing the graduating class of Isabella Swan, human daughter of Police Chief Charlie Swan. Despite more than one hundred years of strict abstinence from human blood, upon meeting Bella he was barely able to resist the urge to feed on her. The unique, potent aroma of her blood proved to be a powerful temptation, awakening the dormant beast within and very nearly destroying the life the Cullens has constructed for themselves.In degrees, Edward learns to overcome and to control his thirst for Bella, and his fascination quickly evolves into passionate adoration. However Bella's penchant for becoming embroiled in dangerous situations weighs heavy on his conscience. When Bella is part of a near-fatal accident involving Tyler Crowley's car in the school parking lot, Edward intercedes and Bella gets discovers his extraordinary physical strength. After he rescues her again, this time from a gang of would-be attackers in Port Angeles, she begins to realise that strength is only one of the strange gifts he posesses. After this incident, the two become inseperable and their love continues to grow and evolve into something profound. Edward finds himself unwilling and unable to stay away from Bella, though he fears that he is exposing her to danger and is soon sharing the secrets of his families various "powers" and their individual histories.Edward's gift is that he can read minds, hearing peoples innermost thoughts. He has never encountered a person who is immune to his power... Until Bella shows up and he realises that her mind is impenetrable. At first this infuriates him, but it is also the catalyst for his obsession with her; How and why is her mind a mystery to him?As Bella comes to grips with the truth about the Cullen family, she continually begs Edward to turn her into one of them. She dreads the fact that she grows older than him day by day, and sees her humanity as more of a curse than a gift as she is pursued by all manner of supernatural assailants.His brothers and sisters include Alice, who can see the future, Jasper, who can control your emotions, Emmett, who has supernatural strength (even for a vampire), and the amazingly beautiful Rosalie. Though most of them trust their natural instincts and avoid her because of her sweet smelling blood, they eventually adjust to the change and support Edward's feelings for Bella. They are all vampire offspring of the mysterious Carlisle Cullen and his vampire wife Esme.While Jasper and Emmett's parents remain unknown, Rosalie and Edward talk of their parents occaisionally. Alice is from an asylum and doesn't know who created her nor does she remember her past human life.Edward is described as being impossibly beautiful. His face is angular and perfect--high cheekbones, strong jawline, straight nose, and beautiful, perfect lips. His hair, which is always in casual disarray, is an unusual bronze shade inherited by his biological mother, Elizabeth. As a human, his eyes were an emerald green. He is said to have a dazzling crooked smile. He stands 6'2", has a slender yet muscular body, and is physically 17 years old.

bio from imdb.com

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Jasper hale

played by jackson rathbone
Jasper Hale (born Jasper Whitlock) is the adopted son of Carlisle and Esme, adoptive brother of Edward, Emmett, and Rosalie, and husband of Alice. He was born in Texas and joined the Confederate States Army in 1861 to serve in the Civil War. Due to his extremely charismatic personality, he ascended through the ranks quickly. Jasper was turned into a vampire in 1863 by a vampire named Maria when he was 20 years old. As a vampire, he gained the ability to manipulate the emotions of those around him. Recognizing his high rank in the army, Maria decided to change him into a vampire to help her claim territory in Monterrey. Jasper's responsibility was to train young vampires and then kill them when they were no longer useful (about a year after their transformation- when their strength began to fade). After about a century of this, he grew weary of the lifestyle and joined an old friend, Peter, and his mate Charlotte. Jasper left the two eventually, not wanting to feed on humans because he could feel his prey's emotions as they died. Alice, foreseeing that they would be together, met him in a half-empty diner in Philadelphia, and together they sought out the Cullen family. Due to his past, where he was able to feed on humans whenever he chose, Jasper lacks strong self-control. He is described as tall with honey blond hair, and is muscular but lean. His body is covered with crescent-shaped scars, after the many years of fighting and training newborn vampires.In Twilight, Jasper accompanies Alice and Bella when they are hiding from James. He uses his ability to calm Bella when she is stressed or afraid. In New Moon, he attacks Bella after she gets a paper cut, prompting the Cullen family to leave Forks to protect Bella. In Eclipse, Jasper teaches the werewolves and vampires fighting techniques to defend themselves against newborn vampires. In Breaking Dawn, Jasper leaves with Alice to find a vampire-human hybrid, and returns with her to defend Renesmee from the Volturi.
bio from imdb.com

alice cullen

played by ashley greene
Alice Cullen (born Mary Alice Brandon) is the adopted daughter of Carlisle and Esme, adoptive sister of Edward, Rosalie, and Emmett, and wife of Jasper. Alice is described as being petite and pixie-like at 4'10", with a graceful gait and hair that is short, spiky, and black. Her special ability is to see the future, an enhanced version of her ability to have premonitions as a human. However, her ability is limited; she is only able to see the outcome of a decision once it is made. Due to this, decisions made in the spur of the moment can not be foreseen. Alice can see futures involving humans and vampires, though is unable to see the futures of werewolves or half-breeds, such as Renesmee. In Breaking Dawn, Alice theorizes that she can see vampires very clearly because she is one, can see humans somewhat less clearly because she was one, and cannot see werewolves or half-breeds because she never was one. Alice is portrayed as being bubbly and optimistic, and loves and cares for Bella like a sister. Her hobbies include shopping, make-overs, and throwing parties. Alice's early history is very vague, as she remembers nothing of her human life and woke up alone as a vampire. It is eventually revealed that she was born around 1901 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was kept in an asylum because she had premonitions. Alice was changed by an old vampire who worked at the asylum in order to protect her from James, a tracker vampire who was hunting her. After doing some research, Alice found her grave and discovered that the date on her tombstone matched the date of her admission to the asylum. Through her research she additionally discovered that she had a little sister named Cynthia, and that Cynthia's daughter, Alice's niece, was still alive in Biloxi.Throughout Twilight, Alice uses her ability to see the future and help Bella when she is in danger. The two soon become friends, loving each other like sisters. In New Moon, Alice foresees Bella jumping off a cliff and assumes she is trying to commit suicide, though Bella actually was partaking in the sport of cliff diving. Rosalie, believing Bella to be dead, informs Edward. After discovering the truth, Alice accompanies Bella to Italy to stop Edward from killing himself. They are successful, but are taken to see the Volturi, who act as police of the vampire world. Through Alice's premonitions, Aro is able to see that Bella will eventually become a vampire and invites her, Alice, and Edward to stay with them. They all refuse and return to Forks. In Eclipse, Alice, who proves to be an adept fighter, joins in the fight to destroy a group of rampaging newborn vampires, created by Victoria in an effort to take revenge on Edward. Alice acts as Bella's maid of honor at her wedding in Breaking Dawn and helps with Renesmee until leaving to search out a crossbreed after the Volturi plan to destroy Renesmee, believing her to be an immortal child. Alice is successful and the Volturi, not seeing a threat, leave.
bio from indb.com

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

carlisle cullen

dr. carlisle cullen played by peter facinelli
Carlisle Cullen (also known as Stregoni Benefici) was born in 1640 to an Anglican pastor in London, England. His mother died giving birth to him and was raised by his father who believed in the existence of vampires, witches, and werewolves and led hunts. He put his son in charge of the hunts although at first, he was a failure. However, Carlisle found a coven of vampires living in the sewers and he lead an attack on the vampires.After crossing paths with a savage and rather thirsty vampire, he was bitten and turned three days later. Carlisle, disgusted by his own existence tried many ways of destroy himself, but to no avail. After trying to starve himself, he came across a wild animal and his thirst overpowered him. Carlisle discovered he could survive off animal blood rather than human, creating a new way for the vampires to exist unnoticed among humans.Carlisle studied in many areas but chose to stick to medicine. He works in Forks hospital and is almost completely unaware of the appeal human blood holds for him, but only after hundreds of years of practice. When the Spanish Influenza broke out in the early 1900's, Carlisle came across a dying teenager who had been orphaned by the pandemic. Overcome with the need for companionship, Carlisle stole him away and turned him, beginning his family, the boy was named Edward.Carlisle now has a wife, Esme, and five "adopted children": Edward, Alice, Rosalie, Emmett and Jasper. Carlisle is described as being tall, blond, and the look-alike of a model. He stands "6'2" and is slender yet muscular. He is physically 23 years old.
bio from imdb.com

rosalie hale

Rosalie Hale played by nikki reed

Rosalie Lillian Hale was born to a middle-class family in 1915 in Rochester, New York. Her father had a stable job in a bank while her mother was a housewife. Her parents were social climbers and Rosalie, who was extraordinarily beautiful, was the ticket they needed to reach their social aspiration. She was clearly the favorite of her parents, with two younger brothers.While growing up, Rosalie dreamed of a lavish life--a life with a rich husband and children as beautiful as she was. Her parents influenced her want of material things, which made her vain and conceited. She wanted a big house that someone else would clean, with a large lawn that she would play with her children on.In Rochester, where she grew up, there was only one family that had what her parents wanted--the Kings. Royce King owned the bank Rosalie's father worked in. His son, Royce II, saw Rosalie for the first time and began dating her. It was a quick courtship and the couple was soon engaged. The engagement went too quickly and wedding plans were made.Rosalie couldn't help but feel something was missing from her relationship with him, despite the fact that Royce was everything she'd dreamt of. She soon began wanting what her good friend Vera had--a husband who wasn't necessarily rich, but one that loved her and was there for her, and a small baby they could raise together lovingly.One night she went to Vera's, and while walking home she realized how late it was and she wished that she had called her father to escort her but realized it was silly since the way was so short. As she continued, she saw several drunken men. One of them turned out be Royce. Showing her off to his friends, he ripped off her jacket and the pins from her hair. When she cried out in pain, the men seemed to enjoy it. They proceeded to beat and later rape her.Royce and his friends left her dying on the streets. Carlisle Cullen came to investigate the grisly scene, found her half-dead and tried to save her humanly. Rosalie had never liked Dr. Cullen or his wife, Esme and her brother, Edward, as he then pretended to be. It had bothered her that the family was more beautiful than she was. Dr. Cullen, who turned out to be a vampire, saved Rosalie that night by turning her into a vampire after he realized she could not survive her wounds as a human. Despite the fact he and his family are vampires, they only fed on the blood of animals, calling themselves "vegetarians". Soon after becoming a vampire, she killed Royce and his friends in vengeance but was careful not to spill a drop of blood, knowing she couldn't resist that. For this particular reason, Rosalie prides herself on never having fed on human blood.Two years later, while hunting, she found a young man named Emmett being mauled by a bear and ran him back to Carlisle. She begged for him to save the dying Emmett, who reminded her of Vera's little boy Henry, by changing him into a vampire. The two fell in love and were soon married.Rosalie and Emmett currently reside in Forks, Washington, but they often live away from the family as a married couple. Rosalie is the only one of the Cullens (except Carlisle) to keep her last name, on account of her not wanting to be a vampire. It is for this reason that she resents Bella for wanting to be a vampire, for "throwing away" everything Rose ever wanted but never had a chance to have.Rosalie is described as being astoundingly beautiful, even for a vampire. She is tall, statuesque and has wavy blonde hair to the middle of her back. She is physically 18 years old.
bio from imdb.com

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Esme cullen

Esme Cullen played by elizabeth Reaser

Esme Cullen (born Esme Anne Platt and later Esme Anne Evenson) was born in the later 1800s and lived in Columbus, Ohio where at age 16 was treated by her future husband Dr. Cullen after she broke her leg from climbing from a tree. She was forced by her parents to marry a man named Charles Evenson but was abused by him.After realizing she was pregnant, she left her husband and gave birth to a son. After losing her son to a lung infection, Esme attempted to commit suicide by jumping from a cliff (Edward tells Bella she "fell"). Presumed dead, they didn't even take her to the emergency room and placed her in the morgue.Dr. Carlisle Cullen heard her beating heart and remembered her. He didn't want her to die and decided to change her into a vampire like himself. She was the second person he changed beside Edward. Consequently, Carlisle and Esme fell in love and were married soon after.Esme has no special power, only the ability to love very deeply and accepts Bella immediately grateful for helping and being there for the first time for Edward. She loves Bella as a daughter and often comforts her through tough times. She loves her adopted children equally but grieves the fact that she cannot bear children.Esme is physically 26 years old and is '5'6" tall. She has caramel brown hair, a heart-shaped face with dimples, and is slender yet rounded and soft.
bio from imdb.com

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emmett cullen

emmett Cullen played by kellen lutz

Emmett Cullen (born Emmett McCarty) is Rosalie's husband, Carlisle and Esme's adopted son, and Edward, Alice, and Jasper's adoptive brother. Emmett is described as being tall, burly, extremely muscular, and, to most humans, the most intimidating of his adoptive siblings. He has slightly curly dark hair and dimpled cheeks.Emmett was 20 and living in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in 1935 when he was mauled by a bear. The injuries from the attack were severe and he was found by Rosalie, who had been hunting in the area at the time. Rosalie, who was reminded of her friend's baby having the same curls and innocent appearance, carried him over a hundred miles to Appalachia where Carlisle Cullen was, asking him to spare Emmett's life by turning him into a vampire. Emmett joined Carlisle's coven, but initially had trouble adjusting to the family's diet of animal blood. In Twilight, Emmett is at first wary of Bella, but eventually warms up to her. He often teases her for her clumsiness and constant blushing, and votes in favor of her becoming a vampire in New Moon. In Breaking Dawn Emmett jokingly makes innuendos about Bella's sex life, until being silenced when she defeats him in an arm wrestling match.
bio's taken from IMBD.com

Monday, December 01, 2008

twilight: the Cullens

lets see how i screw this up.
starting Tuesday i will give a run down of characters...

here they are.
from left to right: Emmett, Rosalie, Esme, Edward, Carlisle, Alice, Jasper.

Friday, November 28, 2008

the day after

great thanksgiving. had lunch with fred's family at a resturant.
easy. no clean up, no left overs to figure out what to do with.

then we went to robert's mom and dad's. very relaxing.
enjoyed the afteroon with friends.

but today, friday after, i sit her working, well at work.
D is off to spend time with his family and all the other tech's, well i guess they are home.

but me, sitting here reading more of step. meyers website, chilling.
messing with my blog and checking out face book friends.

i changed my "tunes" here to relect my moods with the books...
and i want badly to go to washington state to visit town of Forks.
just to see and get the feeling of completion.
these books have affected me in a great way.

now to get ready for christmas.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Today is Wednesday.
a beautiful day in Louisiana.

so, my little world is doing good today.

better then Monday, well, Monday night at least.

and i think i have O.C.D.

i knew i was a little nuts, but really i knew all along. the scrap booking stuff.
why have all that stuff? will i ever use it all? likely not.
the knitting, a newer hobby.
will i knit enough to make use of the 50 lbs. of yarn i bought?
likely not.
now reading ....i love to read, my imagination takes me off to far away places, to places where dreams flirt with reality, a nice place to escape. but sometimes those "escapes" tend to make me doubt reality.
so i am cool...taking each day as it was meant to be.
trying to get rid of my thought regarding the last books i read...the TWILIGHT SAGA.

i hate to say it, but wow! those books drew me in like crazy. great books no doubt.
the movie? eh...not what i wanted, but good for those that will newer read the books.

so that's it....turkey day is less then 12 hours away.
happy thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

update of sorts

lauren's birthday party went well, saturday.

she got all she wanted. pixo's, spa factory stuff, a lamb (stuffed), brats head.
she really enjoyed herself.
her party at CEC monday was a bust , only 5 of the 10 kids from school showed up, but she really enjoyed her time with those 5 great kids.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

i guess i need to update here

i am engulfed in reading the twilight series at this moment.
nothing else matters right now.....

new moon- the second book in the series...i started it today at 11am i hope to finish it thursday AM at the latest.

then i will start freaking over lauren's birthday parties comming up

Friday, November 14, 2008


wow! got lauren's report card yesterday!


way to go LAUREN~!

i am so proud of her, and she is proud of herself also!

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


well, scrapbooking has taken the back seat.

i have one layout to get done this weekend for the scrapwhispers challenge and i will be done for a while at least....

Knitting is the new deal with me.....

Stacy~aka: the bad influence from Canada got me started....she asked for hats for African kids...well, that night i went and got a knitting loom and got busy.....

i get obsessed too easy

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Interesting Geography Facts

Brazil got its name from the nut -- not the other way around.

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio -- every one is man-made.

The Eisenhower Interstate System requires that one mile in every five MUST be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet -- with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

In the Sahara Desert , there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

Monday, November 10, 2008

i am still alive

bad lori, neglecting the blog so long...

anyway, had a great weekend in houston...
lauren enjoyed her self trickertreating.
it was a nice night to do so also.

my step sister is doing better and she got lots of great gifts at her shower that sunday.

the election is over, i shall leave that be.

fall is here and the leaves are turning....but no rain still, i have to water every day..that sucks.

happy late birthday to my dad! his birthday was friday and he turned 30 years old...

this week will be a long one....lauren is off tuesday and fred might take the week off...

i have been knitting like crazy....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

oh canada!

thanks so much for my weather today...
38 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.

from a very happy coonass, thanks.
long die the summer and welcome in fall/winter.

Monday, October 27, 2008

how much is too much?

really? can a girl have too many hobbies?

you all know i LOVE to scrapbook....right?

scrapbooking is something i do late at night and by myself,

unless lori come over or i go to the crops.

well, stacy, my canuck of a buddy, was chatting about hats and how

"Oh so easy they are to make."

well, hello, don't tell me how easy it is and how fun it is, i will try it.

so the knifter knitter , is oh so easy and FUN! lauren is starting to like it too.

she is helping now, but i see her getting to have more fun then i will with those looms.
now fred wants a scarf.....off to locate the how too video on that, the one i am going is too loose.
hi cheri, so happy you can see me know.
and thanks for the comments girls, de stressing is going good...

Thursday, October 23, 2008


it's THURSDAY? where did the week go?
i have so much to do this weekend....
friday night~ lauren has a birthday party to go to at 5:30 till...i get tired of sitting there.
saturday~ normal cleaning the house and shopping, then another birthday party at 3:30 to 5:30.
sunday~ church and go eat, then work on the yard....good times....

we are all looking forward to going to houston next weekend for halloween....
and my step-sister is having a baby shower that sunday...crap that reminds me to go look at the registry....
have a great thursday ladies and gents.

oh, it's getting cooler outside.....yeah a low of 48 degrees tonight!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

well, last test today

i have a ECG scheduled for 10 am.
the clinic called and told me that i would have to pay the $30.00 left that i owe on my deductible and then 40%. wow! it's been 7 years since i met my deductible....

i am just trying to de stress this morning before the test.

and cheri p, i can see it all fine.. :shrug:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

why john mccain?

just a few issues....

1.gun control-John McCain believes that the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is a fundamental, individual Constitutional right that we have a sacred duty to protect. We have a responsibility to ensure that criminals who violate the law are prosecuted to the fullest, rather than restricting the rights of law abiding citizens. Gun control is a proven failure in fighting crime. Law abiding citizens should not be asked to give up their rights because of criminals - criminals who ignore gun control laws anyway.

2.agricultural policies-America's agricultural industry is the best in the world. John McCain will expand access for U.S. agricultural producers to foreign markets, providing a great and lasting benefit to American farmers. He will work tirelessly to ensure our farmers receive fair prices for their products.

3.homeland security-Senator John McCain believes that the highest priority for any President is protecting the lives of American citizens, defending their personal freedom, and securing our land and resources. John McCain has the experience to insure that this priority is put into practice by the hundreds of thousands of dedicated men and women who serve their country in homeland security positions every day.

4.national security- The most sacred responsibility vested in a president - the commander in chief - is to "preserve and protect" American citizens. John McCain has the necessary vision and unrivaled experience to command the United States armed forces and adapt our nation's defenses to the demands of a changing and dangerous world.

5.the economy- A pro-growth, pro-jobs strategy to get our economy back on track. John McCain's strategy includes taking the near-term actions needed to provide immediate help to American families while also taking the longer-term steps necessary to secure America's economic prosperity and leadership in the world.

monday musing

so i had to go to the doctor yesterday and was sent for tests.
EKG, chest x-ray and i will have a ECG tomorrow...
i will know more once that ECG is done. the doctor thought he heard a murmur.

so i wait....

now on to the political point i want to make this week....

“Mark my words: It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy,” Biden told the crowd. “The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Watch, we’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”
“He’s going to have to make some really tough - I don’t know what the decision’s going to be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it’s going to happen,” he said.

wow JOE! and your this man's pick for VP!

and then you have colin powell now backing barry...and they say it's not about RACE? my ass.
powell is just as liberal as john mccain....and yet the race card comes up.
then you have this SPREAD THE WEALTH socialism.....total bull shit.

i will be damn if i will work to help some lazy ass on wellfare....get a job! earn your keep.

okay, rant over for now....plus i have to watch my stress level....

and GH26 created a new banner! WOO HOO! just check the spelling...LOL

Friday, October 17, 2008

so i got a new look!

thanks to my lovely lady over in the UK! Georgina rocked the red velvet! thanks lady! i owe ya.
now stacy, i need a new title pic

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

lots of stuff

stacy: i saw the moon too last night! LMAO

and lauren is a drawing nut!
look at Sheldon plankton and lampy from veggie tales larry boy cartoons

and !!!!!!!!!

check out a layout i did for the weekly challenge at scrapwhispers....on my scrappy blog


Monday, October 13, 2008

monday blues

blah, blah, blah....

not enough sleep this weekend...

fall fest at lauren's school was great on saturday.
then we headed to Sam's to get some meat.

sunday went to a friends to watch the saint's game and play washers...too much BECK"S is not a good thing on a sunday night.....

i am kinda blah today and if i get that flu crap this is going around i am gonna be upset.
fred had it two weeks ago and it worked a number on him.

and now it rains.....i love the rain.....

that's it....

Friday, October 10, 2008

it's friday

fall fest at lauren's school on saturday.
saints game sunday....

i got nothing

Thursday, October 09, 2008

the artist

lauren doing what she loves to do....

and i have to say a really great job too.

i love how she drew the mouse...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

hump day

wednesday, the day of the week when you know the weekend is soon to arrive

i got nothing.....

Monday, October 06, 2008


stale blog...

i have been doing good.
getting ready for halloween.
lauren wanted to be a cheetah, then a black cat (again), now an indian.
so i just got back from the costume store once again...this is it.
she can not change her mind, now.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

i am loved by many

sounds a little like an ego problem, right?

well, no. think about it. think of all the love you get everyday.

at least once aday someone is thinking about you.

if you really think about it, it's AWESOME.

the above picture is a gift from a friend.
i am currently in a swap. a monthly sister swap.
it's been so much fun. you send to the same person once a month,
and you recieve from another every month.
well i am really enjoying sending goodies to my sister.
it's fun to get to know other people.
well the person sending to me FLAKED.
no big deal. because it's all about sending to me.
well, NANCY ROO!
thank you for the awesome gift!
i opened it up last night and was in awe!
i have never tried the glimmer spray before! cool!
and i love the 7gypsy's tapes! WOO HOO!
then the book! WOW! recipes on layouts!
thanks nancy for thinking of me and caring about me!
YOU ROCK !!!!!!!
and from now on oscar the grouch will be my sister

Thursday, September 18, 2008

it's someone's birthday

happy birthday to you!

happy birthday to you!

happpyyy birthday dearest freddie-poo..........

happpppppyyyy birthhhdayyyy tooooooooooo youuuuuuuuuuuu!

i love you very much sugar bear!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I am back

so friday morning was crunch time. do we leave or do we stay?
i mean my thinking was to stay...no big deal...but there is always
that little voice in the back of your mind. the storm could shift,
it could come here.
they put a curfew up at 10am friday morning to 6am saturday...dang!
so we packed up and headed to lafayette, more like Breaux Bridge.
and camped out friday night. this was the sky friday about 6pm.

we were under tornado watches all night friday and all day saturday.
we kept in contact with family in houston and in iowa. friends called
to check on us and it was nice to talk to someone...
saturday i had a bad case of cabin fever so we went to walmart, just to pass time.
thank goodness all three of us love to color in coloring books...
so we decided saturday we would go home sunday noonish.

so saturday morning we got up after a good night sleep and started to pack up.
we knew we did not have electric at home, but it's time to go face the music.
we left breaux bridge around 11:30 and filled up the tanks and got on the interstate.
it was hard to head back west toward home due to the fact of all the utility vehicles
in the right lane.
i was in awe at the amount of utility trucks headed toward texas....i lost count after 100
but from: MI, MO, VA, MASS, IN, and others.
i felt peace seeing those trucks and proud to be an american, were your fellow
brothers come to your aid in a crisis....aWESOME.
then i see this:

it rained like hell for 30 minutes. i swore i heard hail, but it was hard rain....

so we got home to see the damages.

tree limbs down, swing torn to hell, and the roof messed up.

water still standing.

then the real world hit.

love bugs, ants, mosquitos. and no power. we got a generator and a window A/C unit.

plugged in the ice box and freezer.

got power monday around 1ish... life is good. i love were i live...but once in a while nature throws a fit....and that is okay.

so i am back to normal as much as possible right now.
i am really worried about my dad in houston. possible 3-6 weeks with no power.
his house was fine, but power is a big deal.
i might make a run this weekend to bring him supplies..

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

shout out

to some buddies....

i have a blog follower! hi jen K!

to ashleyS: hi friend! you and clayton are in my thoughts!
becks: check in girl! i miss ya
casshole: march is getting closer
christy: march? you need to come see me!
kristinS: how's the long dong wagon?
pottiH: how ya feeling?
cheriP: oh girl i was laughing my butt off at you last night! miss ya
terry: hi friend, old buddy , old pal
lorij: i know about you! LOL
monika: get that dress ironed!
and.....drumroll please.....
the northern princess stacy: LMAO! it's close! months left but close.

Monday, September 08, 2008

statement as of 11:00 EDT

...Ike battering Camaguey Cuba...heading westward for central and western Cuba... at 11 am EDT...1500 UTC...the government of Cuba has issued a Hurricane Warning for the western provinces of of la Habana...Ciudad de Habana...Pinar del Rio...and the Isle of Youth. A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo...Santiago de Cuba... Holguin...Las Tunas and Granma...Camaguey...Ciego de Avila....Villa Clara...Sancti Spiritus...Cienfuegos...Matanzas...la Habana...Ciudad de Habana...Pinar del Rio...and the Isle of Youth. At 11 am EDT...1500 UTC...the government of the Cayman Islands has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Florida Keys from Ocean Reef southward to the Dry Tortugas...including Florida Bay. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for the Florida Keys from Ocean Reef southward to the Dry Tortugas. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Andros Island and Ragged Island. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Interests in South Florida should continue to monitor the progress of Ike. For storm information specific to your area...including possible inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued by your local weather office. At 1100 am EDT...1500z...the center of Hurricane Ike was located near latitude 21.1 north...longitude 78.5 west or about 45 miles... 70 km...west-southwest of Camaguey Cuba and about 290 miles...465 km...east-southeast of Havana Cuba. Ike is moving toward the west near 14 mph...22 km/hr...but a turn toward the west-northwest should begin later today. On this track...the center of Hurricane Ike should move back over water near Punta macurijes in the Cuban province of Camaguey soon. Ike should then move along or just south of the southern coast of central Cuba today...move over western Cuba Tuesday...and emerge into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph...160 km/hr...with higher gusts. Ike is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Slight weakening is possible today until Ike moves back over water. However...any deviation to the south of the track could keep Ike over water longer resulting in some restrengthening during next day or so. A reconnaissance aircraft will provide a better estimate of Ike's intensity this afternoon. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles...95 km...from the center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 200 miles...325 km. The estimated minimum central pressure is 960 mb...28.35 inches. Coastal storm surge flooding of 9-12 feet above normal tide levels...along with large and dangerous battering waves...can be expected in areas of onshore winds east of Ike along the southern coast of Cuba. Storm surge flooding of 1-3 feet...along with large and dangerous waves...are possible in the Florida Keys. Large swells generated by Ike will continue to affect portions of the southeast United States coast during the next couple of days. These waves could generate dangerous and life-threatening rip currents. Ike is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches over Cuba...with isolated maximum amounts of up to 20 inches possible. These rains are likely to cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides over mountainous terrain. Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are possible over Jamaica...with 2 to 4 inches possible over the Cayman Islands and the southern Bahamas. Rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible over the Florida Keys. Isolated tornadoes are possible over the extreme southern Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys through tomorrow. Repeating the 1100 am EDT position...21.1 N...78.5 W. Movement toward...west near 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds...100 mph. Minimum central pressure...960 mb. An intermediate advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 200 PM EDT followed by the next complete advisory at 500 PM EDT.

what the hell?

do i have to get stressed out every other week?

deja vu from 3 years ago......

and some idiot asked if i was going to go to galveston this weekend, yeah right.....

Thursday, September 04, 2008

jeesh! the tags.....

I have been tagged again. Actually this is a fun tag!The rules? answer each question, and tag 4 (or more) friends.Leave a comment on friends' blogs letting them know that they've been tagged.Have fun!
A= Attached or Single: ATTACHED
B= Best Friend: LORI
C= Cake or Pie: CAKE
D= Day of Choice: saturday
E= Essential Item: MY CELL PHONE
F= Flavor of Icecream: chocolate
G= Gummy Bears or Worms: worms
H= Hometown: iowa, la
I= Indulgence: chips
J= January or July: january IT IS MY BIRTH MONTH
K= Kids: ONE
L= Last movie I saw at a theater: the dark knight
M= Musician: jon bon jovi LOL
N= Number of Siblings: 5
O= Oranges or Apples: oranges
P= Phobias or Fears: SNAKES
Q= Quote: i am positive
R= Reason to Smile: hugs
S= Season: winter
T= Tag: who ever has not been tagged yet
U= Unknown fact: i horde
V= vegetarian or oppressor of Animals: i eat animals
W= Worst habit: shopping
X= Xray or Ultrasound: xray
Y= Your favorite food:Chinese
Z= Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

galveston and gustav

lauren's first ride on a ferry...she enjoyed it.

riding the waves

leaving the island monday the 1st....the waves got bigger.
i was trupping out saturday. they were going to close the parish and do a mandatory evacuation sunday at noon. so if i left galveston and went home to get cookie, then i would not be able to return to texas to stay at dad's. thanks to MIL staying behind she took care of cookie for us and and i de-stressed some.
this was a great weekend. thanks dad for a great time and for allowing us to room at your house monday night....

i got tagged by the FAMOUS potti H.
i am so blessed to have this canadian coming to see me in march.
check out her blog! http://nannierocks.blogspot.com/

This is how it works:
(1) The winner can put the logo on their blog.
(2) Link the person you received your award from.
(3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
(4) Put links of those on yours.
(5) Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated
OKay here are my blogs I read all the time.

1.) that lazy blogger christy......http://christy-paradise.blogspot.com/
last post was july 23rd!
2.)my sweet buddy from just north. ashley http://ineverimagined.blogspot.com/
i hope gustav's rains part your way soon.
3.) my southern pal....becky http://beckela.blogspot.com/
i miss you tons....
4.)my BFF lorij....where is she ay in the web world?
5.) ms. scrapfest....http://www.casadelesle.com/
6.)my friend in IT-LEE http://lesliestamps.blogspot.com/
7.) and the old grouch http://oscarisms.blogspot.com/

Friday, August 29, 2008

Gustav and labor day weekend

i have plans to go with my family to Galveston island this labor day weekend.

from today to Monday.

PANIC has come. the Governor was on the radio yesterday talking about evacuations of new Orleans and other east areas. i was upbeat that Gustav would hit there and not more more to the west.

the storm is still far out to tell, but when you see that track above you kinda get that funny rita feeling again.
i just pray that it disappears or it loses it's strength over cuba if it hits.....and that the High pressure over us moves more south.
i could barf, the stress, the unknowing, the panic.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

tagged by DTC!

hi kristin! miss ya krapper!

Here are the rules:
*If you are tagged, you must firstly post the rules:
* Write 7 strange characteristics about yourself. They interest us all!
* Tag 5 other people at the end of your Post.
* Visit everyone that you have tagged and leave a comment on their blog to let them know that they have been tagged.

So here are mine.
1. I have to have a cherry coke or coke everyday or i get headaches
2. I love alone time
3. I want to have all my girlfriends over for a weekend
4. I love love winter.......it is my favorite season.
5. I love pigs. DUH?
6. I would love to meet michael phelps one day
7. I really am trying to be postive this week

I tag......
carrie h...


i was told to update...

we are all doing great...lauren is enjoying school...
we are going to galveston this weekend...
will post pictures when we get back...

hi patti!

Monday, August 18, 2008

lauren's first haircut

she wanted a haircut......fred was against it, well for as short as she wanted to go with it....

now, we all love it.....and so much easier to fix!

he did it

michael phelps is a man of history and what hero's are made of....
8 gold medals. AMAZING

Friday, August 15, 2008

my last post on phelps

because he will be history come Monday when i return to work.
i will have to keep my fingers crossed tonight and tomorrow.....
good luck Michael! the entire USA is behind ya!

you thought i was crazy about bon jovi?

okay did some more looking this morning....
i found some info on mike's playlist on his ipod....
it's on my play list here...

call me crazy.....i know it

no. 6

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer 1 hour, 11 minutes ago

BEIJING (AP)—Michael Phelps collected the sixth gold medal and stuffed it in his warmup jacket. No time to even savor that one as he rushed off to swim again.
It was just No. 6, after all, equaling his haul from Athens in 2004.
The most important ones are still to come.
Phelps made it 6-for-6 at the Beijing Games with another world-record triumph Friday, his bid to take down Mark Spitz and the grandest of Olympic records looking less suspenseful by the day.
The American hung on the lane rope in a familiar pose after winning the 200-meter individual medley but showed little emotion other than raising his left arm when his time of 1 minute, 54.23 seconds flashed on the board—more than two seconds ahead of the next guy.
With that, he quickly moved on.
“The next two races are pretty important,” said Phelps, whose sixth world record in China erased his own mark of 1:54.80 at last month’s U.S. trials. “I have to conserve as much physical and emotional energy as I can.”

He’s already the winningest athlete in Olympic history with 12 golds—he also won two bronze medals in Athens—but his sights are on eight in Beijing.
Spitz won seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games. Phelps has two more events to remove any doubt he’s the greatest Olympian ever.
Ryan Lochte tried to pull off a daunting double, going against Phelps just 29 minutes after winning the 200 backstroke. He couldn’t keep up, though he did hold on for bronze. Laszlo Cseh of Hungary picked up his third silver of the games—all of them trailing Phelps.
“It’s not a shame,” Cseh said, “to be beaten by a better one.”
When the official times were posted, Phelps extended his right hand to Lochte in the next lane. The friends shook hands and patted each other on the head.
Later, they yukked it up on the medal stand before Phelps hustled off to grab his racing gear; he had to come right back for the semifinals of the 100 butterfly.
“I switched from my dress sweats to my parka, shoes, threw my cap and goggles on and then they pushed us on out. No time,” he said. “The medal was in my warmup jacket.”
History can’t wait.
A half-hour after winning another gold, Phelps was second-fastest behind Milorad Cavic of Serbia in the 100 fly, setting himself up to tie Spitz’s record in Saturday’s final. World record-holder Ian Crocker of the U.S. bounced back from a disappointing swim in the prelims to post the third-fastest time.
“There wasn’t much time,” Phelps said, “but I think there’s going to be a lot of time for me to rest over the next 18 hours or so, and I’ll be able to be ready for tomorrow morning’s 100.”
If all goes according to plan, Phelps will get No. 7 in the fly—his signature stroke—and have the coronation Sunday in the 400 medley relay. The Americans are always heavily favored for gold in that one.
Nevertheless, he’s taking nothing for granted, especially in the fly. Crocker has the best time ever (though it was three years ago) and Cavic looked strong in both the preliminaries and semifinals.
“It’s never a relief,” he said. “Tomorrow is going to be a tough race. For me to be a player in that race, I have to be closer at the 50. If I’m not, then it will be tough. I was over a body length behind at the 50 in the prelims and came up a bit short, so I have to be there.”

Still, he showed little signs of tiring from the grueling schedule. He’s already raced 15 times and has two more left—both going for gold.
“I actually don’t feel too bad now,” Phelps said.
That can’t be encouraging for those swimmers who’ve come up with all sorts of amusing theories for Phelps’ dominance. He’s from outer space. He’s come back from the future in a time machine. He’s some sort of human rocket.
The official Xinhua News Agency dubbed Phelps “the American superfish.”
For those who believe Phelps might be using more illicit methods to produce these times, he shot down any speculation about doping.
“Anybody can say whatever they want, but I know I’m clean,” said Phelps, who took part in a special U.S. anti-doping program that subjected him to additional, more sophisticated testing. “People can question it all they want, but the facts are the facts. I have the results to prove it.”
Lochte got quite a consolation prize for his loss to Phelps: a world record and the first individual gold medal of his career in the backstroke. The laid-back Floridian edged teammate Aaron Peirsol in 1:53.94 to break the mark he shared with Peirsol.

“I touched the wall and was like, ‘Thank you, finally,’” Lochte said. “It felt good the whole way.”
Lochte was known as “Mr. Runner-up” for his frequent second-place finishes to Phelps and Peirsol. Then he stunned Peirsol at last year’s world championships in 1:54.32, before Peirsol matched the time in beating Lochte at the U.S. Olympic trials last month.
Lochte got Peirsol back despite a problem with his LZR Racer.
“My suit came undone after the first 50,” Lochte said. “I was just trying to control my legs.”
Lochte couldn’t tame Phelps, however, which would appear to leave Crocker as the last man standing between Phelps and his destiny.
A thoughtful, 25-year-old from Maine, who loves to cruise in vintage cars and jam on his guitar, Crocker is now trying to go down in history as the man who stopped Phelps.
“You can start by not worrying about what everybody else thinks,” he said. “Nobody knows what I’ve really gone through in the last eight years and what has gotten me to this point, besides myself and a few people that I know well. So it’s my own personal deal at this point.”
Peirsol won the 100 back in Beijing, but failed to match his backstroke double from Athens four years ago. He earned the silver in 1:54.33, while Russia’s Arkady Vyatchanin claimed the bronze.
“That’s the theme of the meet. You have to break a world record to win. I gave it my all and I had nothing left,” Peirsol said. “I’m very proud of what I’ve done. Ryan swam well. He earned it.”

Phelps’ win was the 21st world record set in swimming during the Olympics, with two days left.
Two days that could make history.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

3 post in one day?

Swimming - Finals, including men's 200 IM, and semifinals (live ET/CT)
10:00pm - 1:00am

12,000 calories per day

Breakfast: 3 fried egg sandwiches, 2 cups coffee, 5-egg omlette, bowl of grits, 3 pieces of french toast, 3 chocolate chip pancakes

Lunch: 1 pound pasta, 2 ham and cheese sandwiches, energy drink (1,000 calorie)

Dinner: 1 pound pasta, 1 large pizza, energy drink (1,000 calorie)

this is a typical daily intake of phelps.....

my daily rant

first off, i heard that NBC will likely be showing Michael's
finally race Saturday live across the country...NBC giving serious consideration to airing Saturday's prime-time Olympic coverage live in all time zones due to Michael Phelps' potential 8th gold medal. This would allow full network to show race as it is happening. Otherwise, West Coast viewers would see it three hours after it takes place. Final decision may be made late Thursday night EDT.
i think that is great.

secondly: while watching the semi heat #1 last night, i was pulling for Ryan lochte. why not, he is a great swimmer. he came in first in his heat.
then semi heat #2. Phelps is out. again i am pulling for Michael.

but then it hit me, they will have to race against one another.
the media is a hound when it comes to over doing things.
yes i "love" Michael Phelps, but the reporters are retarded. yes i said retarded.
they ask other US team members about Phelps, why not ask them about themselves.

so Michael's last two races will be soon.....i will be pulling for him.

he has to race Ryan in the IM and then after that he must fight Ian Crocker off.....

history in the making.

side note: i saw Michael Johnson on TV yesterday.....i remember that moment he raced like it was yesterday........

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

more pictures

this man is making history....
i am so glad i am here to enjoy the ride.
the greatest Olympian ever.....

you guessed it

I am SO PROUD of Michael Phelps!!!!!!!!!

last night i was glued to my TV. there were two metal races for him.....

first race....once it was over, he acted kinda "funny". i told fred, WTF? he looks pissed.
it was because his google were filling with water....poor thing...

no comments to the media, only 51 minutes to get ready for the relay....

the relay: OMG!!!!!! to be that far ahead and so far ahead of the WR, was history in the making.

all 4 of those men were outstanding.....

Saturday morning's 100-meter butterfly is the biggest hurdle remaining. to beat out fellow american Ian Crocker.......

Monday, August 11, 2008

weekend trip

left friday night to head to houston to visit my dad...

had a great time and enjoyed spending time with the family.

dad took us to IT'Z, a rather cool indoor amusement park...little pricey.
then chuck e cheese and then to the pool for a dip and out to eat at willie's.

we watched the Olympics.....i enjoy the Olympics.....

and then traveled home yesterday.
short trip, but loads of fun.
i will upload pictures later.....

and we planned a trip for labor day weekend....

the USA rocks

you would think that when a person or a team talks "smack" about another team, that is negative reinforcement?

not always the case, some people or a team would take the negative and turn it positive....

the Frenchy's talked smack telling the world they would SMASH the Americans...

so how does it feel today? to have to eat your words?

that was the most gut clenching relay i have ever watched....we were down and up and down and then Jason Lezak hits the water.....that guy was on fire........

congrats guys, i am so proud that you four are part of the American team...

Friday, August 08, 2008

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!! finally

OMG i have been wanting to catch lightning in a photo in like forever...

i am totally amazed with this weather phenom.

so last night i went to to put cookie up for the night and i kept seeing flashes of light, not normal lightning light but bright white light.....i have trees in the yard so i had to walk in to the pasture to see what the deal was.

I ran inside the house , grabbed the camera (point and shoot), and ran back out.

i was out there for 20 minutes, trying to get the setting just right?

i am hopeless at manual settings and i wanted to use the digital to SEE what i catch instantly.
so i used the sport feature.... they are not great, but to me....AWESOME!
now to get better, but i am so excited.......finally, lightning in a picture