Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
2. Obama said "We need show decisive force against Afghanistan" Then he said "We need to withdraw all of our troops"
REALLY? Did no one hear this?
3 When asked where he stood on the bailout he says "We need a national preschool program" Ok,, seriously? We could wake up tomorrow to rotting food because Kroger went out of business but you're worried about socializing 3 year olds? I don't mean preschoolers making friends, I mean turning them into socialists.
4. Ok, Ahmajinadad is hard to say but has the opposition EVER picked up a history book? Hello? Perestroika? LOOK IT UP.
5. Mr. Obama? Poland is not a fledgling democracy. Again... pick up a history book.
6. He suggests that we need to treat Russia with kid gloves so we can secure a good relationship because they depend on our petrol dollars??? What???? we get ZERO oil from Russia!! It's Europe that is being held hostage by Russian fuel. PICK UP A PAPER.
7. He says that he's talked to veterans that can't get treatment for PTSD??? REALLY?? No,, that's the only ONLY thing they want to treat you for at the VA. Trust me,, We are intimately familiar with the VA.
8. T1's observation-- Obama likes to make a LOT of quick points. LOL!!
9. I have one good thing to say. Nice of B.O. getting Tim's,, I mean Jim's,, I mean Tom's,, I mean JOHN'S name right there at the end.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Televisions became commercially available in the late 1930s with the first commercial broadcast being in 1941.
Just for giggles,, here's another quick fact that any 7th grader should know. FDR was the president during the Great Depression.
Explain to me please how no one is giving Joe Biden a hard time over this?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Popcorn was not a real success and I wouldn't let them throw the giant rock at my well seasoned Pampered Chef bar pan hard enough to do anything spectacular. But we did see a few cool looking craters.
We've already started (an almost finished) Venus. I see us making a volcano in the near future!
I made (for the 3rd time) some nobake cookies tonight. They're to take to skating tomorrow. These are very addictive!! I'm going to put the recipe here so I won't loose it.
Butterscotch No Bake Cookies
4 ounces butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1 cup semisweet butterscotch chips
3 to 4 tablespoons peanut butter, optional (use the peanut butter, I emplore you)
3 cups oats, quick or old-fashioned
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place chocolate chips, peanut butter (if used), oats, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Combine the margarine, milk, and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute. Combine the hot mixture with the oatmeal and chocolate chip mixture; stir well. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
More No Bake Cookies
Do you know how excited my boys would be if they knew I had to write about Ferrari parts today? Oh. My. Goodness. They LOVE Ferraris!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Just wondering why exactly you are supporting her? What do you think makes
her qualified for the job of VP and possibly the big P?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Today was the first day of the boys' private Spanish lessons. I'm so glad that we decided to do this! I think they will glean quite a bit from Professora Theresa!
I've mentioned that we've been studying Spanish Vocabulary and conversation at home for a few weeks now. This morning when she's asking the boys questions they just sat there completely slack jawed. There was practically drool on their chins.
"Does anyone know what 'Si' means?"
My boys- "duuuuuuuhhhhhh, look at the pretty birdy, hey George, which way did he go?"
I fought the urge to go over an flick them in the forehead and say "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU???"
But at least I know I'm not alone. One of my best friends told me this evening that her pre-teen daughter told the dr. that her stomach hurts all the time because she's so hungry.
Ok,, I'm sorry,, that's not funny. I'll vouch for you C if CPS comes and takes your malnourished child away! LOL
Who doesn't need and love picture frames?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
and he replied "Buenos Dias Senora"
I said "Coma Esta?"
and he replied "muy mal".
I turned to T2 and said "Buenos Tardes T2!"
and he says "grande"
I give him the skunk eye and repeat "Buenos Tardes T2"
and he says "I DON'T SPEAK SPANISH, DUH!"
Ok, everyone I've told this to today has laughed hysterically. I don't think it's very funny. I mean,, yeah,, I guess it's funny but it drives me out of my mind!!!
Thank you for wasting my time.
How many times did I tell him this today? UGH.
On the subject of accountability, I ordered a cute little book from Amazon about a month ago. It's called Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks by the Beatty Brothers. It's written by 8yo Deric, 14yo Devin, and 16yo David. They decided to write a book on how they became financially rich as teenagers. I've read about half of it and so far I'm very impressed. Not by their finacial plan and definately not by their sentence structure (wow,, an editor other than mom might have been a good investment!) but by the insight these boys seem to have into personal accountability and work ethic.
The reason I decided to buy the book was because it was a fund raiser. They want to give $25,000.00 of the proceeds to the Marine Corp and the Law Enforcement Fund. I first heard of the book on the Rush Limbaugh Show when the oldest called in to ask how much advertising would cost. Here's the transcript of the conversation:
RUSH: Let's head to the phones to the Tri-Cities,
Washington. This is David. I'm glad you waited, sir. Welcome to the
CALLER: Hello, Mr. Limbaugh?
CALLER: This is an honor.
Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: My name is David Beatty, and I'm 16 years old.
I want to thank you for the work you do to educate America and reinforce what my
parents teach us. Something I believe needs to be re-taught is the value of a
strong work ethic. I want people to know that the American dream is still alive.
I live in the northwest where many people sing songs of socialism. Kids at
school have no idea what it really means to have a socialist society, giving up
their freedoms to, quote, "Spread the wealth."
CALLER: That's what I
try to talk about with people at school, but sometimes actions speak louder than
words. My brothers and I decided we would prove anything is possible, set a
goal, towards a goal and accomplish the goal. So we wrote a book that reflects
just how standing for your own convictions and believing in yourself --
say you're 16?
RUSH: This is amazing. Very proud of you.
last year, we had the opportunity to have grace shine on our family. We had lost
our grandfather and the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, Pete Haas
stepped in and Pete was like a pillar of silent strength which we will never
forget. He helped us go out and see our grandfather buried in Arlington, and
these two things tied together because we wanted to thank them for their help
last year, and we want to try to raise $25,000 for them from proceeds from our
book, and we were wondering how much it would cost to advertise on your show,
and I just wanted to talk to you person-to-person about that.
RUSH: Well, I have
sales representatives standing by. They're always here. Should I answer this
question honestly? (laughing)
CALLER: I'm fine with that. I'm a little bit scared
to hear the numbers there, but I'm fine with that
.RUSH: Yeah, you'll be scared
to hear the numbers, I think it's safe to say, but we have ways -- how far along
are you on your book?
CALLER: Oh, we had it published like about a month
RUSH: How many pages is it?
CALLER: It's a hundred pages.
RUSH: Is the book
now in stores?
CALLER: Yes, it is.
RUSH: What is the title of the book?
Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks.
RUSH: Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks?
RUSH: Okay. It's a hundred pages. Is it soft cover?
much does it cost?
CALLER: It's eleven dollars.
RUSH: It costs eleven dollars to
RUSH: Is it available nationally or is it just in your local
neighborhood in the Tri-Cities?
CALLER: I believe it is nationally
RUSH: Who published the book?
CALLER: Tate Publishing.
Publishing. All right, you have just received about a $35,000 commercial.
(laughing) Thank you.
RUSH: And it didn't cost you anything because your cause is
worth the donation of busy broadcast time. You want to sell this book so that
you can donate further to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation.
RUSH: And you're 16. You know, I've been getting a lot of calls from
people your age over the summer, as people are out of school, and there are a
lot of you, and I just want to tell you, please don't change, because you are
going to become an adult and grow and mature at about the time your
participation in changing the direction of the country is going to be
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: Oh, we have found out your book is also available
RUSH: So people can go to Amazon and pick it up with their
credit card. Well, here's another $10,000 worth of advertising for you, Pulling
Weeds to Picking Stocks, 11 bucks, my gosh, you can't beat that, and some of the
proceeds will go to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. Well, David,
you learned a lesson here. It never hurts to ask for what you want.
thank you very much, sir.
RUSH: How else will people know?
CALLER: How else will
RUSH: Thank you very much for your effort and your work here, and
all the best to you, David, thanks for calling.
CALLER: All right, thank
RUSH: You bet.
So yes, I thought, I have to read this book and I don't mind buying it outright because it's such a good cause. I'm definately going to read this to the boys and I hope they will heed the words therein. I also hope that they will see this little book and hear the less than stellar writing and know that these boys succeeded in the task that they set out to complete. It's not perfect but it's good and they gave it their all.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
What? You don't read the Pioneer Woman's Blog? For shame.
Why are you still here? Go read it,, but come back because I have to tell you one of the reasons I love her.
Because she and I have something in common. If you reach really really far and squint your eyes!
Is there a certain food that you just absolutely won’t touch?
1. Bananas. They’re from Satan.
2. Tea in any form. Exception: Green Tea Ice Cream, which I love.
I on the other hand love bananas but I do agree that they are from Satan. Because I am whole heartedly allergic to bananas. blah.
And Tea? Hello? How do people consume that stuff? IT'S GRASS CLIPPINGS. It TASTES like grass clippings, it LOOKS like grass clippings, it SMELLS like grass clippings. But whatever,, I'm going to chug some. YUCK. No way. BUT... I do like some of the "fake teas" that are out there. Particularly Kroger's new generic version of the Lipton diet green tea. I do tire of it quickly though.
On other fronts, I have almost recovered from our busy week. The field trip to the Apiary was a success! Here's a slideshow of pictures.
Mom's night out was fun as always. We had a pretty good showing. Our waitress at the Olive Garden in Barboursville, WV STUNK! She was seriously one of the worst waitresses ever. No matter though.
The meeting with the Spanish teacher went well. We start Spanish lessons this Wednesday.
The kids are almost recovered from the slumber party they went to on Friday. T1 has a sprained ankle and I think T2 has finally caught up on sleep.
We have another busy week ahead of us with more picnics and private lessons officially starting.
Shew... it'll be Christmas before we know it!
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I started some Jaywalkers ( Ravelers here )
Excuse my ugly feet! I thought I'd do something easy-ish to try out some of this super great cheapo Red Heart and Sole with Aloe yarn that ACMoore just got in. I like it! You can't beat $3.99 a ball!
My Cheebee cat is extra cuddly. I wuvs him.
My entire plot of potatos only produced just a little more than this basket. Sad, sad, sad. We'll try again next year.