Friday, August 29, 2008

Photo Friday


Today's theme is Exercise.

I would say carrying a 90 pound child around on your back was exercise.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday Thunks 8.27

Welcome to the Thursday Thunks! Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!

This week we will answer:

You have your choice! Pick one (or two... or all 3) of these questions to thunk about.

If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they stick Teflon to the pan?
How do they get a deer to cross at that yellow road sign?
Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections?

.... and tell your friends!

I don't wanna think!! Maybe Teflon is like a sticker but in reverse. It only doesn't stick on one side. I've gotten rid of all mine except for one. I got it from Ikea and I have yet to even scratch it.

Because cars and humans are the boogeymen that parent deers tell their baby deers about. You know..."Now Stanley, you don't EVER cross the hard surface anywhere but at one of the bright spots. You don't want to end up like Uncle Englebert do you?!?! Don't let the shiney moving things get you!!"

As for the sterilized needles and lethal injection question....How do we KNOW they are sterilized??? Maybe they just want you to THINK they are....

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Photo Hunt and Critter Creatures

The theme for this weeks Photo Hunt is "wrinkled". There are no better wrinkles then on the bottom of a new born baby's foot.


Camera Critters

This is Sacha. One of her most favorite spots until John broke the chair lol. She looks so content her eyes are crossed!


Friday, August 22, 2008

Technically it's Friday

It's 12:49 am. Close enough. I have to work a double tomorrow so figured I would do what I can now.


The subject today is Old Fashioned. I didn't have to look hard for a photo already on my computer. Last summer my closest friend and I went on an over night trip to my grandparents house in a very small town in Wisconsin. The drive takes anywhere from an hour and a half to 2 hours from me, depending on which side of the river you go down and how fast you drive. Well we went down the Wisconsin side and came back on the Minnesota side. Stopping at every single Historical Marker along the way. It was a fun and relaxing 2 days (and desperately eeded again!).

Once we got down to the house and unloaded the car and I gave her the tour from the attic to the basement, we went for a walk to stretch our legs. The whole town is perched on the bank of the Mississippi river and is maybe just over a mile long. "Downtown" consists of Main Street and 2nd Street.

On our walk we discovered the local drug store was closed and had this taped to the front door.

The photo is too large to view here. So click here to view the whole photo.

That right there is why I could live in a small town. I had no idea who these people were but reading that little note almost brought me to tears. It would be unheard of to leave a note like that on a store here in "The City". That note just bring all kind of pictures of the history of that store to my mind.

I hope the couple are enjoying their retirement.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday Thunk 8.21

This week we will answer: If you could have any house, money no object what so ever, what kind of house would it be? Walk us through it...


I think about this frequently. And it is always changing. This is the closest I could come up with. There are only 2 constants in my dream house (whatever it turns out to be). It has to be more then 1 story and it has to have more then one stair case. Everything else is just gravy.

I don't like feeling like everyone is right on top of each other. I want everyone to have their own space when they want it.

Another constant in my dream home is where the house is. It has to be in the woods and on a lake. I want the kind of driveway where you have to dive to get your mail. And my sister needs to be my next door neighbor. We were talking one day and discovered that independently we had both had the same idea. To buy a few acres and make like a family compound. No not one of the religious freaky things. We just would like to be close enough that we could see each other every day but far enough away that we have our own space.

We would have our own beach in the summer, mud pit to go mudding in, woods to ride 4 wheelers through.

I guess my dream home is necessarily a 4 walled structure. It is more a sense of being. Contentness. With the people people that matter most to me close by.

But it would be sweet to have that kick ass house too.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Randomness & Camera Critters

randomness...feed your mind and your blog

week of august 17: pet peeves
we all have things that annoy us, so this week vent them!
what really annoys you,
makes you wanna rip your hair out and scream?!
limit 3 please :P
name your top 3 pet peeves:

till next time...

Pet Peeves....hmmmm and I can chose only 3??

Probably the biggest one is rude people. Working in a restaurant I deal with rude people all the time. In the last few months we have had 3 or 4 of our TV's stop working. And being a Sports Bar we moved all the remaining tv's from the dining room side to the bar side. Yesterday I had this family come in. A couple and their 3 kids. I sat them in the dining room and the guy is looking around and asks what happened to the tv's. When I told him he started grilling me on what happened to them and why the rest were moved out of the dining room. Finally he looks pissed and says "Well that's why I came here". I said, once again, there were televisions in the bar and they were more then welcome to sit in there. He looked disgusted and said "I don't want the kids to sit in a BAR with all the smoking." I told him there is no smoking allowed in the building. He brightened up for about a fraction of a nanosecond then said "But there's no booths." I replied there are booths but not big enough for 5. He just replied "Fine. I guess we'll sit here then".

Geez Dude. Sorry there is no tv for you to watch. Sorry to make you have to actually pay attention and have a conversation with your wife and children!

The ultimate rudeness though would have to be last Sunday. A couple and their daughter came in. The daughter was probably 18 or 19. The 2 women come in and start to head right for the patio. Totally ignoring the "Please Wait To Be Seated" sign they just passed. Kelly, the other host, asks if they need menus. The mom says yes. Kelly works her way to in front of them to lead them outside. On the way the mom is saying how they want a table in the shade and do we have any in the shade with an umbrella maybe. Kelly explained we have no umbrellas (they kept turning into helicopters in the slightest wind) and at that time of day there wasn't much shade left.

The mom sighed and out they went. There was a table that was in partial shade so they decided to sit there. While Kelly was telling me this the dad walked by on his way out to join them. No sooner was Kelly done telling me then all 3 of them came strolling into the dining room carrying their menus. They walk completely around the dining room, looked for a second like they were just going to sit themselves down in a closed section until they found an open booth in a corner. Kelly and I just watched them do their little parade and laughed. They sat and were looking at their menus, looking around the dining room. They were greeted by one of our better servers. 5 minutes later they just walked out. The mother walking with her nose actually in the air a little bit.

Unbelievable! However he exit wasn't so grand. I went over to reset the table and get the menus they left and found the mom had left her sunglasses. As I got back to the host stand in front I showed them to Kelly and she laughed. Then the mom walked back in and I just handed them to her. She did at least say thank you. Kelly told me I should have put finger prints all over them LOL.

#2 would have to be people eating with their mouths open. Sounds like cows chewing their cud to me. My husband has a problem doing this. I have actually left the room until he is done eating.

#3 Talking on your phone while driving.

Camera Critters

The turkey that ran through my yard yesterday.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Camera Critters

Camera Critters

This is one of my most favorite photos. Sacha is the dark kitty and Tigger is the Orange. Tigger is no longer with us. I just love how it looks like Sacha is giving Tigger a hug.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday Thunk 8.14 Letter To Me

This week we will answer:

There's no question to answer this week. This week you are going to write a letter to yourself... The idea came from Brad Paisley's song "A Letter to Me" where, in the song, he wrote a letter to his 17 year old self. You can pick the self you want to write to... 18, 15, 12... whatever! Be creative!


I have been thinking about this on and off all week. It isn't as easy as it first seems. But here goes:

Dear Me,

Listen up! You're good at that. Everyone always comments on how quiet you are. Don't stress about it. You will eventually find your voice. The first thing I want to tell you is...I'm sorry but your parents never get any better. Only worse. But the flip side of that is it will bring you and Heather closer. You might not get along now but you will. Once she moves out you will figure out that you do really like hanging out with your sister. And SURPRISE!! She really likes hanging out with you!!! There will come a day when you are the best of friends. Don't roll your eyes at me!

Now for the rest- DO NOT let Heather talk you into helping sneak John P. into the house every night for 2 weeks! Not a good situation at all! You are only in Jr high. Life is going to come at you fast in a few years. Enjoy being a kid now while you can still get away with stuff. Don't spend all your time in your room reading.

Next year you are going to go to a really cool school. Don't take advantage of it though. Go to class!! Don't let yourself be talked into spending hours and hours at Bridgeman's and Baker's Square. Do everything you can to finish school. I know you are going to start having self esteem problems soon. But I am here to tell you, you are going to be fine. You don't need to hide in corners. People like you for who you are. Don't stress over things you can't control.

When you are 16 you will meet a guy named John. You'll have a lot of Johns in your life....get used to it now. DON'T ask him out!! If you wait 2 minutes he will ask you!! Don't be so rigid with him, loosen up. He might not seem like it but he's a pretty cool guy. Despite what everyone thinks and says about you, you will stay together. Even when John is being the worlds biggest schmuck...he will get over himself eventually.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is get a job as soon as you can!! Get some skills. Doesn't matter what, just SOMETHING. It's better then nothing. There will be a time you are at your gramma's and you would rather be at home so you can see John. You will have John for the rest of your life. Spend the time with your gramma!! She is not going to be around for too much longer. Go see her whenever you can!

When you are 17, the day you are going to get your yearbook, wear your seatbelt!!!! And ask John if he's ok when you call him. Tell him he needs to insist on a lawyer!

Learn to love the word "serenity". You are going to have about 5 years where it seems like nothing can go right. One big thing after another. Don't wish for them never to happen. Pray for the strength to get THROUGH them. They will help mold you into someone you never thought you could become.

I can't stress enough the fact that you shouldn't hold back. Speak your mind when it is important. Don't worry about seeming like you're a pushy broad. That is where you want to be! Better to be a Bitch then a doormat!

In all I wouldn't change much...just speak up! It IS important. YOU are important. Don't let anyone make you feel otherwise.

It does get better.

Butterfly kisses- Jen

P.S. Smack Jessie in the head and tell her the baby is Derek's!