Thursday, August 31, 2006

Free Yoga!!!! Free Yoga!!! Free Yoga!!!!

The majority of yoga studios in Austin are offering a free day of yoga on Monday.

Check out this website for more information!!!

Random Information

Just some random stuff to brighten up your Thursday!

Each year, Beloit College in Wisconsin releases a list illuminating the wordview of the 18-year-old freshman class, many of whom were born in 1988. Below are items on the list from 2006:

The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.

They have known only two presidents.

There has always been only one Germany.

They have never heard anyone actually "ring it up" on a cash register.

Bar codes have always been on everything, from library cards and snail mail to retail items.

Reality shows have always been on television.

They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp.

Bad behavior has always been getting captured on amateur videos.

Disneyland has always been in Europe and Asia.

Television stations have never concluded the broadcast day with the national anthem.

Celebrity Sighting!!

We had a celebrity sighting yesterday at the mall. Kurt Russell was doing some shopping! We saw him as he walked by the front of the store and he looks the same in person as he does in the movies!! He is in Austin filming for the movie Grind House (a Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie). I had my camera with me, but I didn't take a picture. It would have been so obvious that I was taking a picture because there weren't many people in the mall.

Holy Cha-Cha's

I think Aretha needs more support than just those two straps!!!

Photoshop much????

Katie Couric's promo pictures for her new job at CBS have been altered through photoshop! I wish I was this good at photoshop and could just shed 20 pounds off people!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Summer recipe

I'm not sure how many people out there like avocados but I wanted to post this recipe. I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon! I think this is an excellent dish to go with any type of Mexican food or even BBQ! Heck, I'll probably just eat it by itself! :)

Avocado Salad:

½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons plus ¼ c fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons of sugar
Coarse salt
1 jalapeno chile (seeds and ribs remove for less heat), chopped
1 Cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
½ cup olive oil
4 avocados

In a small bowl, combine onions with 2 tablespoons lime juice, ½ teaspoon sugar, and ¼ teaspoon coarse salt: toss to combine. Let lime-marinated onions sit at room temperature until it softens and brightens in color, about 1 hour (up to one day, covered and refrigerated).

Make dressing: in a blender, combine remaining ¼ cup lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, and remaining 1 ½ teaspoon sugar: season generously with salt. Blend until smooth. With the motor running, add oil in a steady stream through the feeder opening until incorporated. Just before serving, slice avocados: arrange on serving plate. Top with onion: drizzle with dressing.

Let it RAIN!!!

It is finally raining in Austin!!! WOOOHOOOO! I can't remember the last time it rained.... maybe July 4th? I woke up this morning to the sweet sound of thunder and rain!!! The weather guys said that it should rain off and on this afternoon so hopefully we'll get a couple more showers before the day is over!! Maybe the rain wll help get our grass green and non-crunchy!!!

Monday, August 28, 2006

A night at the Emmy's

I watched most of the Emmy's last night and thought it was pretty good. My favorite speech was from a writer from My Name is Earl (at least I think that was the show he worked on). Instead of thanking people in his speech he wanted to say No Thank You to the people who didn't help him in life. It was hilarious, he called out his social studies teacher in high school who told him he wasn't funny and some previous bosses who treated him like crap! :) But of course, we have to talk about fashion!! I thought a lot of the actors and actresses were dressed very nice! There were some that looked pretty bad and some that made you wonder what type of drugs they were on!!

Here are some of my favorites:

Julia Louie-Dryfus. I thought she looked lovely! I am happy that she won an Emmy, and broke the Seinfeld curse (not having success after Seinfeld ended). She will always be Elaine to me!

Katherine Heigl from Grey's Anatomy. I love the old Hollywood look! She has a rockin body and looks fantastic in this dress.

Virginia Madison. I know her best from Sideways but she has also been in Firewall with Harrison Ford. I really like her dress, her hair and her accesseories!

Lisa Edelstein: She has been in a lot of TV shows like House, Felecity and West Wing. I liked her simple white dress. I debated on adding her to my best dressed list because her dress almost looks like a bridesmaid dress. But I liked it so here it is!

Now for the people who should have picked a different dress:

I don't know who this person is but this dress is pretty damn ugly.

Vanessa Minnillo: She is a VJ on MTV and is currently dating Nich Lachey. A gossip website said that she looked like "a San Gabriel Valley hooker dressing up for her neice's quinceanera". That pretty much sums it up!!!

Tracy Gold from Growing Pains. This would be a cute dress if she was about a foot taller!!! It makes her look like she is dressed up for Halloween in a big girl dress!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

We have another BIRTHDAY!!!!

August has been a busy month for birthdays!!! Today is my gal pal's 21st birthday!!! :)

Sing it with me........Happy Birthday to you....... Happy Birthday to you......Happy Birthday dear April.....Happy Birthday to YOU!!!
He He He He

I hate to dwell on T.O. and all of his antics because I'm sure he loves all of the attention, but I just had to post this. The Cowboys fined T.O. $9500 for missing a couple of practices and late to another. I would love to see T.O. crash and burn this season!!!! But I'm sure he will have a couple of great games. I hate to admit this but he is a great football player when he doesn't allow his ego to get in the way. I am still hoping that the Cowboys get fed up with his shit and sideline him!!!! (a girl can wish!!)
I survived the Fantasy Football Draft

ahhhhh, I can finally relax! Yesterday was a lot of fun but it was draining. The first guy showed up at 5:15 and they all began to trickle in. We had decided to make hamburgers and chicken wings for the draft along with some chips and dips. I made a dip that is near and dear to my growing thighs, Sissy's Dip. Sissy's Dip is very simple but sooooo delish! Basically it is two types of shredded cheese mixed with some finely chopped onion, mayo and some spices. I highly suggest it!

Alright, back to the draft. The guys showed up drank some beer and caught up with each other before they started the draft. I like most of the guys, but there is one guy that sucks. He is just annoying and always brings up gay shit like wanting to see the others guys balls and then trying to grab other peoples junk. Taylor kept barking at him and Jim kept saying that she can sense evil :) Enough about the moron, the guys went about their business and started to draft their players. It was pretty interesting because Tyson and Jason couldn't 'make it so we had both of them on a conference call (thanks Cingular!) and we had Jason on webcam. Jason put his daughter on the cam and I am SOOOO amazed at how big she is getting!!! It has almost been two years since I have seen her (when they moved to Australia)!

I was a nice host during the draft and filled up everybody's drinks. I wasn't quite the beer bitch but more like a nice host :) After the draft we played poker. This was my first time actually playing with money and with other people. I have played it online and on a slot machine. I didn't loose all of my money on my first hand so I figured I did okay :) I probably played for about 45 minutes before I was bored and wanted to go to bed. I finally went to be around 2:30am. I woke up around 5:15 and decided to get up to figure out if anybody was still at the house or not. Well, I walked out to the dining room to find out that they were still playing. I think the game finally broke up around 6am. I don't know how they stayed up so long!!!

The house was a bit of a mess this morning but nothing that was to bad. The night was a success!! Jim said he wasn't as happy with his draft, but hopefully he will have a good season!!

Here are some pictures:

All of the boys gathered with their fantasy football magazines and information

John, Tomhave, Weatherford and Fleetwood

Jim with his cheat sheet on all of the players, and one of the prettiest feet out there :)

A bad picture but that is Kyndal on the webcam!

The boys playing poker

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The calm before the storm......

In just a few short hours my house is going to be full of men who have large amounts of football information running through their veins. They are going to show up with magazines and excel spreadsheets full of stats on all the current NFL players. That's right, tonight is the fantasy football draft. I bet if every guy put as much energy into school as they do on fantasy football they would all be extremely smart and famous doctors and lawyers :) Jim and I have spent the past couple of days cleaning the house and getting ready for the guys. He is out right now with Enoch getting the keg and I just finished with the food prep! I'll let you know how it goes!

Good Times

I met up with some friends that I used to work with last night. We met at a local restaurant, had some dinner, and laughed our asses off!!! These guys are hilarious and our conversations ranged from waiting in line for a Cher concert to having orgasm's from Apple Cobbler. April and I worked together for a couple of years, then we both moved on to different departments but always stayed in contact!! April then moved on to work with Tonya, Marty and Anna in the business department. I had such a great time!! I felt a little bad for the people eating around us because we were kind of loud at times.

Friday, August 25, 2006

You suck t.o.!!!!!

The majority of my family and I are big Eagles fans! So last year when t.o. did his best to ruin our team he became my enemy. I was disappointed when the Cowboys signed him to a pretty good deal days after he was released from the Eagles. But it looks like t.o. hasn't grown up and is becoming a thorn in the side of the Cowboys......

Here is an article from

T.O.-Tuna confrontation is imminent
Headstrong coach getting tired of malingering receiver's antics
By Jim Reeves
MSNBC contributor

The showdown is definitely coming. The only thing we don’t know is exactly when high noon will arrive.
It could be closer than you think.
Like a couple of volatile 1800s Texas gunslingers working their way toward a Main Street shootout, Cowboys’ coach Bill Parcells and malingering wide receiver Terrell Owens indirectly tossed a couple of more verbal barbs towards each other Wednesday, using the media as a middle-man to send their respective messages.
It’s only a matter of time until this boils over into a full-fledged, face-to-face confrontation and the question is whether the ensuing conflagration will bring down the Cowboys this season as it did the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005.
At issue, as it has been for weeks now, is when, if ever, Owens will quit using his hamstring tweak as an excuse not to practice. He has ruled himself out for Saturday night’s preseason game with San Francisco at Texas Stadium, the third Cowboys’ preseason game he’s skipped, and hinted strongly that he might not make another appearance in a Dallas uniform before the season opener in Jacksonville Sept. 10.
That news prompted a quick response from Parcells when he addressed the media Wednesday.
“I wouldn’t put a player out there if I haven’t seen him practice,” Big Bill deadpanned.
Call it a warning a shot across Owens’ nose, if you will.
But in this test of two very strong wills, t.o. (I refuse to even capitalize his initials) isn’t flinching.
“If he wants to see something,” Owens said of Parcells, “he has 10 years of film he can go back and look on.”
Did I mention that t.o. remains one of sports’ biggest jerks?
Sure, Parcells has 10 years of film on Owens he can look at. He has 10 years of highlights on Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, too, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to step back onto the field and play either.
But in Owens’ small-minded little world, this is only about him and what he wants. And what he doesn’t want is to practice, or even play in exhibition games if he can help it.
And Parcells said Thursday he’s beginning to have strong doubts about Owens getting back onto the field before the season opener in Jacksonville, much less for the team’s final preseason game against Minnesota at home next Thursday.
Which, of course, suits t.o. just fine.
“I know what I’m capable of and what I can do when I get my hands on the ball,” Owens said.
What he’s forgetting is that he has to actually be on the field for that to happen.
Owens missed 14 consecutive practices and both of the Cowboys’ first two preseason games while the team was training in Oxnard, Calif. He came back for five practices, then went back to his seat on the stationary bike when he found out that Parcells wasn’t going to let him play in the Cowboys’ Monday night game against New Orleans at Shreveport.
Owens claimed he had aggravated the hamstring by being forced to do “too many” repetitions during practice but the message he sent was clear: No Monday Night Football, no t.o. on the practice field.
The Cowboys have been back at their Valley Ranch practice facility in Irving for a week, but t.o. hasn’t returned to the field.
“My thing is, I will be close to 100 percent before I get back on the field,” Owens told reporters. “I am not going to jeopardize my health because of speculation. So, at this point, I am going to be smart about it.”
He said he will not be pressured into returning before he’s sure his leg is ready.
“I felt like I’ve done that before and gotten no respect for it,” Owens said. “I’m just going to do what’s best for me, and I know what’s best for this team, and I know I’m looking at the big picture.
“Just because the MRI doesn’t show anything doesn’t mean I’m not hurting.”
Parcells has clearly already grown weary of the t.o. situation and the constant aggravation it provides. With the occasional snippy exception, his responses to media questions about Owens have been mostly placid and controlled. But that could merely be the calm before the storm.
“There is nothing I can do about it,” Parcells said of Owens’ continued absence from practice. “I really don’t know and I can’t worry about it. My job is to get my team ready for Jacksonville.”
More important than any clash between the head coach and Owens is whether this situation will ultimately lead to a major confrontation between Parcells and owner Jerry Jones.
If Owens doesn’t practice before the Sept. 10 opener, but insists he’s ready to play in the game and Parcells refuses to activate him, does Jones, as owner/general manager, step in to take t.o.’s side and mandate that he play? Or does he back his head coach over the alleged difference-making receiver he signed for the next three years for $25 million?
That’s where the rubber meets the road and it may be where the Cowboys’ season begins to unravel before it even starts.
The season opener is still 2 ½ weeks away. High noon, on the other hand, may be just around the corner.

Jim Reeves is a sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Cute buttons that we all wish we could wear!!!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Wishing a totally bitchin' birthday to my favorite lady.....

Sing it with me folks..... happy birthday to you....happy birthday to you.... happy birthday dear ANGIE...happy birthday to yooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!

I wanted to wish Angie a happy 21st birthday!! :) (snicker, snicker). I hope you have a great birthday!! Shots are on me the next time we get together!!!
Stupid Time Warner

Our internet has been out at our house for the past 2 days. I waited a day to call because sometimes it just comes back up without any issues. I called Time Warner last night and they said they would try to get somebody out to the house today (earliest appointment was on SAT!). Well it is 4:36 and still no call. This stinks because I had an assignment due for class that was late and I am supposed to send some pictures for Krista to get developed and I can't send the pictures without internet! Hmfpt! I hate being so dependent on the internet. I feel a little lost when I can't use it!!!Luckily my work isn't a stickler about internet usage so I have been able to keep up with my homework as well as keep my blog updated :)

UPDATE: I am a tad pissed right now. The cable guy called but he called Jim's phone and he didn't answer it (riding his bike home from work). I told the guy last night to call my cell phone to make sure we answered the call!!! The guy last night even repeated my number to make sure he had it right. The repair man won't stop by unless we answer the phone. >:( So because we missed the call, I have to sit on hold again to set up another appointment.

LAST UPDATE: Well, the Time Warner gods must have heard my cries because the repair guy showed up and made the internet work again! Apparently our modem died. RIP little modem!!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

If you could choose......

Would you rather live near a beach or near a lake in the forest? Of course this would be in a perfect world where you wouldn't have to worry about going to work because you were ridiculously rich and didn't have to work. I would pick the house in the forest near a lake. I like the idea of living near water but I also would like to live in an area that got snow or drive a short distance and be in the snow. I'm sure I feel this way because it has been so freaking hot lately. But the forest still appeals to me since you can be so close to nature, the weather is mild in the summer, you can experience seasons, and use a fire place because you need it not because you want to. Of course there is a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, camping, boating/skiing, rock climbing, or you can just sit on your porch and enjoy the silence. The beach has lots of good qualities and would be a very close second!

Yummy yummy to my tummy!

I bought a sangria mix from Williams Sonoma yesterday and I can't wait to try it! They had a sample in the store of the mix without the wine (just sparkling water) and it was very good. It was a bit on the fruity/sweet side but I figure the wine will mellow out the sweetness. It calls for red wine but I am curious to see how it tastes with white wine! The bottle of mix should be enough for two bottles of wine (you only need two cups of the mix per bottle of wine). I might try it this weekend, we'll see how it goes with the fantasy football guys at the house (more on that soon!!!).

For those of you that might not know what sangria is (psst, Mom, I'll talking to you!!), a definition from the web:

[san-GREE-uh] The blood-red color of this beverage inspired its name, which is derived from the Spanish word for "blood." Sangria is made with red wine, fruit juices, soda water, fruit and sometimes liquor's and brandy or cognac. Sangria blanco (white sangria) is made with white wine. Both are served cold over ice and make a refreshing cooler on a hot summer day.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Our new addition

We are adding to our family.... a new Dodge truck! :) We bought it tonight! This thing is huge! The top of the bed of the truck comes up to my shoulders. I haven't driven it yet but I can't wait. It feels like you are flying since you are so high in the truck. I think I just feel that way because I am practically on the ground when I drive the Jetta.

Weekend Update

We spent most of Saturday looking for a new truck for Jim. We test drove a Dodge and a Ford and figured out we liked the way the Ford handled, but we both liked the Dodge a lot better. Plus the Dodge is quite a bit cheaper. We think we found the perfect truck for a good price so we are going over there tonight to buy it. Wish us luck!!

The rest of the weekend was spent tinkering around the house and relaxing. I attempted to learn more about my photo edit software. I was frustrated in the beginning, but after I learned a few things it became a lot easier. I am in awe of the people who have mastered photo shop. I have a lot more practice to do!!!

I am in search of a good traveling poo-say (for those outside of the family, a poo-say is a purse). I need a larger poo-say to carry all of my crap without having it stuffed into my normal poo-say’s. I want something to hold everything like the travel paperwork, my little camera, books/magazines and crap. I’m not sure I really need one, but I want one :)
Oogling Google

Google Trends — a recent addition to the popular search engine — tracks which cities’ Google users devote the greatest percentage of all their searches to a particular term. And if you'd like to waste your time ... at home, not at work, of course ... just log on to

Bedwetting: Portland, Ore.
Drool: Portland, Ore.
Earwax: Chicago, Ill.
Blubber: Minneapolis, Minn.
Nose hair: San Francisco
Belching: Austin, Texas
Big breasts: Milton Keynes, U.K. (no U.S. city in top 10)
Post nasal drip: Newark, N.J.
Einstein: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Altruism: Philadelphia, Pa.
Love: Philadelphia, Pa.
Forgiveness: Philadelphia, Pa.
Devil worship: London, U.K.
Money: Miami, Fla.
Lost keys: London, U.K.
Parking space: Cambridge, Mass.
Osama bin Laden: Washington, D.C.
Twinkies: Salt Lake City, Utah
Boogers: Salt Lake City, Utah
Barbie: Salt Lake City, Utah
Smores: Salt Lake City, Utah
Aliens: Brisbane, Australia

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Jim's Margaritas

Since it is the weekend I thought I would share Jim's margarita recipe. It is a strong margarita so you might want to adjust the amount of tequila!

2 oz tequila (we are fans of Milagro, but everybody's tastes are different!!)
3/4 oz triple sec
the juice of 1/2 of a medium size lime
4-5 ice cubes
enough margarita mix to fill the glass
pinch of powered sugar
Stir and enjoy!

Another twist is to use limeaid instead of the margarita mix. It gives the drink a fresher taste and it is a lot cheaper!!! Jim doesn't use the powered sugar any more, but I like it in there. It mellows the tequila a bit!


Friday, August 18, 2006

Big Mean Pit Bull....

Yeah right! My brothers dog, Cyrus, is a pit bull and he is one of the sweetest dogs on earth! I had to share a picture that my mom sent me because it shows you just how ferocious(NOT!!!!) these dogs can be!

Poor Cyrus had to have his ear fixed by the vet because it was swollen from blood building up between the layers of his ears (I think that is the right way to descrbe it). The cause is probably from allergies and shaking his head back and forth. Poor little guy!!!
Not a good way to start a Friday......

....right after I got out of the shower this morning, the power went out and heard a loud pop. Jim came into the bathroom and said that he thought a transformer went out (the whole street was out, including some of the stop lights on the main street). Great. I'm sitting there with wet hair and I still have to iron my clothes for the day. So I continue to get ready hoping that the power will just pop back on but it doesn't. I'm not really worried about my hair, but I had to leave the house today a bit wrinkled. That bothers me. I am slightly concerned because the kids are in the house, and I don't want them stuck in a hot house all day. I guess it is still better than sitting outside in 100 degree weather. Hopefully, the city will get everything fixed soon!
A Car Milestone!!

As I was driving to work yesterday I realized that my car had exactly 100,000 miles on it!!! I did what any normal person would do and grab my camera phone and take a picture :) I can't believe that my little car has that many miles on it! I hope it will go another 100,000 miles but I'll be happy with another 50,000 miles!! Way to go little Jetta! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Old Fart Tour

The Rolling Stones are going to be playing in Austin. I have absolutely no desire to see them play. I like some of their songs, but just not willing to pay $95 per ticket to sit outside for a concert. It is a general admission ticket so you don't know how close you can get and you might be sitting in the middle of dirt. Not all of Zilker is grass! After the 50 years they have been doing concerts, can't they afford to drop the price of their tickets??? I guess I'm just not willing to pay that type of money to see a bunch of weathered wrinkled men jumping around on stage :)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I think this picture is hilarious! It is a picture of Heath Ledger (Brokeback mountain) and Michelle Williams (also Brokeback, but mostly known from Dawson's Creek). I guess they were fed up with the photographers hounding them on their vacation.
Seriously, Nine Years?!?!?!?

Today is my ninth anniversary with Cingular. I can't believe I have been working there for NINE years! That is such a long time! That is about the same time that good students can finish high school and college! In that time I worked for GTE Wireless, Southwestern Bell Wireless and Cingular Wireless. Now it looks like we might be changing our name to AT&T Wireless (depending on what happens with the merger of Southwestern Bell (Cingular's parent company) and AT&T). I like my job and the challenges it presents (sounds like I'm on an interview, huh!!). If I could pick my perfect job it would have to be something with animals and photography. Maybe I'll travel to Africa and take pictures of the lions or I can travel to Alaska, sit on a boat and take pictures of the whales. Apparently I would like to incorporate travel in my perfect job as well :). I am curious to see if I'll be at Cingular (or whatever they may be called) in nine more years!

Monday, August 14, 2006

A Monday Pop Quiz: Does anybody know what is in this picture?

Well, it is a transmission (kudo's to you if you knew that!!!). Why do I have a picture of a transmission on my blog, you ask? Because we think Jim's transmission is dying in his truck. We were driving around on Saturday and he would press the gas, his engine would rev but we wouldn't move :0. It kept doing this the entire way home! What is with older cars breaking down? My mom and Courtney recently purchased new cars because their older cars were breaking down. Hopefully there will be good (and cheap) news once we finally get it to a mechanic. Jim can ride his bike to work so we have an alternative while we get the truck looked at. Wish us luck!

UPDATE!! Well the mechanic could not find any problems with the transmission. He said he drove it around and couldn't duplicate the problem. From what I have been told, the transmission isn't something you can just open up and look at and close. Once you open it you have to fix it or at least replace the parts that you opened. So I think we are going to trade in his truck and buy a new one. At least now his truck is working so we should get a fair trade in price.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty!

We had some excitement this afternoon. I let the dogs in the back yard without realizing the neighbors cat was hanging out in our yard. Well after lots of screaming at the dogs and chasing them around trying to get them to stop chasing the cat, the cat ended up in our big tree.

Here is a picture to show how far up the cat was in the tree. The cat is hard to see, but he is white and almost at the top if this picture.

We let the cat stay up there for about 4-5 hours to see if he would come down, but he was still up there and panting (it was 100 degrees today). So Jim climbed on our ladder with the hope of coaxing the cat down. We didn't have a lot of luck, so we decided to wait a bit longer.

This picture is deceiving. The cat is probably 6 feet away from Jim. (see the picture above).

A little later in the afternoon.......

So I'm in the kitchen when I see this (the picture above) and of course I grab the camera then go outside to ask why he thinks he is superman. I love his intentions of saving the cat, but this situation just got a little unsafe for Jim. I finally convinced him to wait and let the cat come down on it's own.

I'll keep you posted on the kitty situation!

KITTY UPDATE! Well, the kitty found his way home! We checked this morning, and we couldn't see him in the tree so we hope that he got down okay! Thank God Jim isn't going to attempt to climb the tree to rescue the cat!!!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

UT Tower

Jim and I went on the UT tower tour. I have wanted to go for years but never got around to going. We were lucky and got the last two spots on the 8pm tour. I wanted to go later in hopes of seeing a great sunset and to see Austin at night. We missed the sunset but was able to see Austin at night. We learned some interesting facts like the tower is 307 feet tall and it took five years to build (1932-1937). Originally it was the library but the students didn't actually get to go into the tower, they would write down their book requests, give it to a worker, and they would go and get the book for them. There are still book depository doors in the building. The tower was closed
for almost thirty years after Charles Whitman went on a shooting spree in 1966. We had a good time!!!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Some fun Friday facts

Some 42 percent of adults say they see or talk with a parent (usually mom) every single day, compared to just 32 percent of adults in 1989. This rise in daily communication between adult children and their parents is a byproduct of a modern communication revolution that has made phoning less expensive and more convenient, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. Back in 1989, when long distance telephone calls were more costly and cell phones were exotic devices, just 8 percent of adults maintained daily contact with a parent or parents who lived in a different town, compared to 22 percent today.

A woman uses about 20,000 words per day; a man uses about 7,000.

The two-piece suit was officially named the bikini in July 1946 by French automotive engineer Louis Reard, who named the design after Bikini Atoll, where the U.S. tested an atomic bomb, because he thought the excitement over it would be like an explosion.

Wearing headphones for an hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I totally won some brownie points!

Not that I really need any with the husband, but I gained quite a few brownie points today. Before I go any further I guess I should explain what a brownie point is. Brownie points is a term I learned from my mama, and they mean that I did something good for somebody kind of like brown nosing. So if you give a gift out of the blue or do something really cool like offering to baby sit on a Friday night, you will win brownie points.

So today I had to take my dad to the doctor in Temple. I had some downtime while he was at the doctor so I drove up to Waco to get Taco Bueno (kind of like Taco Bell) for Jim. Jim LOVES Taco Bueno and is very sad that the store in Georgetown closed. He used to work there with some friends and every once in awhile late at night after drinking they will have long conversations on how much they miss Taco Bueno and the pro’s and con’s to all of the items on the menu. Jim likes Taco Bueno as much as I like Macayo’s and Some Burros. I bought 5 different items from the menu because I wasn’t sure what he would want and I didn’t want to call and ruin the surprise. He was SOOOOO happy when he got home and found out what we were having for dinner! :)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My Monday Surprise!!!!!

When I came home on Monday I had a package waiting for me!!! I wasn't expecting anything so I wasn't sure what it was. I noticed the initials on the return label and knew immediately that I would love whatever it was on the inside. And I was sooooo right!! See the pictures below....

They are magnets to show you the different (dirty) ways to say "Have a Nice Day". They have the throat slit, the finger, the hand, fini, the wank, the up yours hand signal, and the thoughtful crotch grab :). They are a great addition to my refrigerator!! Thank you Mama!!!!!

Monday, August 07, 2006

~*~*~*Goofy Mutts~*~*~*

Chewie is all pooped out after spending the afternoon chasing the Frisbee.

Taylor is checking in with mommy before she makes sure the yard is secure and no squirrels are running around :)

My Homework!!!

I have had homework assignments each week for my photography class. The first week I was supposed to take pictures using different angles of one subject. I took these pictures....

I was lucky to have my camera near me while Chewie was laying like this! My teacher loved my pictures, but it is hard is dislike pictures of my pooh-pah!!!

For my second week, our homework was to take a picture of a landscape either at sunrise or sunset. Well, I waited until the last damn minute to take the picture of a sunset on Tuesday night (class is on Weds) and I couldn't get a good picture. There are way to many hills in Austin, and the sun set behind a hill before I could find a good place to take a picture. That meant that I was getting up early the next morning. I woke up at an un-godly hour, climbed a little hill, and waited for the sun to rise. Just my luck, it was overcast and the clouds totally hid the sun rise. I guess I deserved it for waiting until the last minute. I don't have any of those pictures handy, but I'll post some later.

For my third week, our assignment was to take a picture at night. I was very excited about this assignment and couldn't wait to take pictures! I have a couple of idea's of places to take pictures (downtown) but I decided to go to an overpass over Mopac. Here are two pictures that I took.....

I keep the shutter open for 4 seconds in these pictures. That is why the cars look like red and white lines! I also took some pictures of stained glass at a church, but the pictures didn't turn out. I don't think there was enough light to show the colors of the stained glass. I can't wait to get downtown to take some night photos!!!

Stay tuned for more photography homework!